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Vancouver History: Before and After Photos Part Four

September 2nd, 2009 @ 11:56am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This is now the fourth week of my Vancouver then and now photo series thanks to the resources available at the City of Vancouver Archives. To celebrate what’s left of summer in the city alongside the launch of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, the theme this week is beaches.

English Bay

Photo credit: Private Collection


Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr


Photo credit: Royal Canadian Air Force


Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr

Second Beach

Photo credit: Major Matthews Collection


Photo credit: worldofjan on Flickr

Kits Beach

Photographer: Stuart Thomson


Photo credit: thelastminute on Flickr

Should you have any theme suggestions for next week, please drop me a note in the comments of this post.

Just Singin' Round

September 2nd, 2009 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

For the past 11 years, on the first Tuesday of every month, something really neat has been taking place at the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park. Just Singin’ Round is a monthly singer/songwriter showcase put on by the Synergy Foundation. They have professionals, amateurs, first-timers, and family bands who call come together and the best part is that each month, a local non-profit is supported.

Yesterday every cause they have supported this year benefited from the fundraising and I was a guest of the Developmental Disabilities Association (who was the cause of choice in June). For just $25 you can come to the Rowing Club, have a nice meal (including salad, dinner, dessert) and be entertained by the showcase.

Performances last night included: Care Smith, Karen Larson, Piper McKinnon, Coco Love Alcorn, Yvonne McSkimming, Mark James Fortin, and Beverley Elliott.

Causes supported during the 2009 season are: NSDRC North Shore Disability Resource Centre, VASS Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports, Developmental Disabilities Association, West Coast Assistance Teams PAWS, Canadian Society for Mucopolysaccharide (MPS), Living Through Loss Counselling Society of BC (LTLC), Acorns 8 Oaks Daycare, Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, and The Cascadia Society.

You can find information about purchasing tickets or reserving a table for next month’s performance online, and they have been known to sell out very quickly.

The Uptown CCMA Blogger Gift Lounge

September 1st, 2009 @ 3:04pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA’s) are coming to Vancouver and we need some bloggers to help capture the events of this star-studded evening. I will be in the exclusive, invitation-only Gift Lounge at GM Place on September 13th thanks to the Uptown Giftbox Company and I’m looking for a small group of bloggers to join me.

Jessie Farrell – Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

As the official producer of this backstage party Gabrielle Durning, the driving force behind this West Coast company, has created the hottest ticket in town. The selected bloggers will have access to the lounge where there will be food, entertainment, on-site services, and tons of swag. There is a long list of VIP invites for artists, musicians (like Reba McEntire, Martina McBride and the Awards host Jason Priestley) and media that will be stopping by as well. Bloggers will be stationed in the gift lounge to live blog, take photos, Tweet, and share the experience through social media.

The best part is that once the ceremonies wrap up, each blogger will be able to leave with their own Uptown Giftbox prize pack which they can donate to the approved charity of their choice.

So far this year I have liveblogged everything from the opera to the Juno Awards so this should be another exciting event to be a part of — and I can even give a little bit back to a local cause while I’m at it. The one and only Erica Ehm will also be the official host of the Lounge and I was lucky enough to hang out with her for a bit at a Tweetup a few months ago.

To be considered for one of the Uptown CCMA Blogger Lounge positions, you simply need to write a blog post on your own site mentioning this offer. Please link back here to ensure we can see your entry and also include a link to Uptown Giftbox who will be running the gift lounge. We’ll select the team for the CCMA Blogger Lounge on Wednesday September 9th.

Update: The bloggers who will join me in the lounge are Heather, Erin, Kristi, Cole, and Stimuli e-Mag.

Operas and Arias Bard on the Beach Giveaway

September 1st, 2009 @ 10:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

As the Bard on the Beach season rolls into its final month, a special Operas and Arias performance is just beginning.

operas arias
Photo credit: David Blue

Fresh from their performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte in Prague and Ontario, UBC Opera Ensemble, directed by Nancy Hermiston, will perform an in-concert staging of this fun-filled romantic opera. Members of Vancouver Opera Orchestra, conducted by Leslie Dala, will accompany this talented cast of rising opera stars.

The performances (three nights only) will take place in the main Bard on the Beach tent with the Pacific Ocean and local mountains as the backdrop. Tickets are $32 (matinee), $35 (evening), but you can win a pair of tickets for the either the performance on September 7th or September 8th. To enter, simply leave a comment or re-tweet this post.

Update: The contest is now closed & I just drew Lori‘s name. Congratulations & thanks to everyone for entering.

Vancouver Twestival Tickets are Now on Sale

September 1st, 2009 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

twestival vancouverFor the second time this year, I am organizing a Twestival event in Vancouver.

Twestival is a global fundraising event that is organized through Twitter, using the service to gather volunteers, get community input, invite participants, and publicize the event. Twestival will be like a meetup, where you can show up, have some food, win some prizes, and enjoy some entertainment. 100% of ticket sales go directly to the cause of choice.

There was a public vote a few weeks ago and Vancouver chose to support the BC Childrens Hospital Foundation.

Below are the event specifics, which I posted earlier on the Twestival Vancouver website:

Jackson Rathbone of Twilight with 100 Monkeys

August 31st, 2009 @ 1:36pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper in the Twilight movie saga, has been busy in Vancouver filming the latest installment of the series however he’s also managed to find time to be a part of the band, 100 Monkeys.

The band is made up of Rathbone’s high school confidantes, Ben Graupner and Ben Johnson, along with his friends Jerad Anderson and Lawrence Abrams. The thing that makes the band so unique is that each member can play every instrument. In between songs, one of them yells ‘switcharoo’ and they all switch instruments. “It’s amazing to see musicians that can play six or seven different instruments without missing a beat. There’s never a dull moment when they’re on stage,” said Tim Crockett of New Castle Entertainment.

On September 12th 100 Monkeys will be launching their 100-city nationwide tour right here in town at the Rickshaw Theatre. Their music features hauntingly smooth alternative rock beats combined with classic sounds, and a mix of croony and catchy lyrics. It’s definitely a unique combo which would be amazing to see at a small local venue.

If you would like to attend the 100 Monkeys concert and see Jackson Rathbone (who also just finished filming M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Air) please leave a comment on this post or re-tweet this link. I’ll draw the winner of two tickets on Thursday September 10th. Tickets can otherwise be purchased online for $20 and it is an all ages show in a wicked historic Vancouver venue.

Update: I just drew the winner and it is “Sarah”. Congratulations & thanks to everyone for entering!

Update: Nardwuar was at the show and interviewed 100 Monkeys:

The Art of the Photowalk

August 31st, 2009 @ 10:02am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Grab your camera, tell people where you’re going, and ask them to join you. That’s pretty much the concept behind a photowalk. Over the last few years I’ve met up with some incredible photographers (professional and amateur) who carry anything from $5,000+ cameras/lenses to Polaroids, pocket cameras, and camera phones. If you enjoy taking photos it’s well worth it to be on the lookout for photowalks in Vancouver.

John Biehler on Flickr

Photowalks usually start out at a specific location and the group will then wander around a loose course to take photos until they arrive at their destination or loop back to the starting point.

Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr

John Biehler, PhotoCamp organizer and veteran photowalker who recently participated in the Worldwide Photowalk event in Vancouver says there’s much more to it than taking photos. “I like photowalks because it gives photoraphers a chance to experiment, share their gear and techniques as well as meet new people.”

Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Some photowalks may only be with your and your friends, while others can gather a large crowd of people, walking around and taking photos of whatever they come across. “The best part though is seeing the end results afterward,” Biehler told me. “Twenty people shooting the same alley always results in a huge variety of awesome pics.”

Left: JeremyLim.ca Middle: Phillip Jeffrey Right: John Biehler

As there is no central location to find out about a photowalk in town just yet, your best bet it to be on the lookout on Twitter and Facebook. Flickr is also a great resource as there are already several established photowalking groups for the Vancouver area, such as Vandigicam.

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

John Biehler, along with Scott Prince, is also proposing a PhotoCamp walk at BarCamp coming up in October.

Savvy Mom Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009

August 31st, 2009 @ 9:18am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Baby JakobThe Savvy Mom Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes outstanding women in business who also just happen to be mothers.

Since 2008, I have been a business owner. I am customer service, marketing, sales, accounting and development rolled into one. However, imagining someone who can manage all of that (and more) on top of being a parent is something that I truly admire. This past year I have also met some talented women through such events as the Enterprising Mom’s Network conference and the YummyMummyClub Tweetup. Having the drive, ambition, and vision to excel in business while taking care of others and ensuring they can do the same in their lives, is remarkable.

Savvy Mom is a nation-wide online network of resources to help you learn about health, share, shop, eat, and get the most out of your city’s resources by connecting with other mothers. They have a collection of writers across the country and this contest serves to recognize individuals who have excelled in their field.

Two current nominees have contacted me about the event so I thought it best to highlight each of them.

Sandy Gerber Co-Founder, 3 Degrees WestNominee Bio.
3 Degrees West Design & Communications was born when Karley Cunningham and Sandy Gerber merged Twist Multimedia and ThreeKids Media in 2005. Since that time they have been offering e-marketing, strategies for corporate presentations, website management, and other aspects of branding and corporate development. 3 Degrees West also believes in giving back as Sandy worked with a poverty relief project in Nicaragua, Bridges to Community.

Natacha V. Beim CEO, Core Education & Fine Arts (CEFA) – Nominee Bio.
Since 1998 CEFA has been providing pre-Kindergarten education in several core learning areas, from mathematics to visual arts. Natacha is a teacher who specialized in European Junior Kindergarten who wanted to bring those same principals and core learning opportunities to our region. She has been preparing to franchise the CEFA method so that schools can be setup around BC and soon, across Canada. There are currently almost 10 CEFA schools around the Lower Mainland.

Past winners of the Savvy Mom Entrepreneur of the Year Award include, Martha Scully of Canadian Sitter Inc (bio), and the team from Mabels Labels (bio). Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit of yoyomama (bio) won last year on behalf of the BC & Territories region.

“Winning the SavvyMom award last year for great for us,” Annemarie told me. “We were only just over a year old, so it was great for increasing our national awareness and credibility. Plus the prize came in handy as well. We approached winning like it was a campaign – figuring out how to best position it as a plus for us and for our readers. Which it truly was. It’s not enough to just post a button on your site and hope to win, instead you need to spread the word and ask for votes in a way that’s compelling for all parties.”

If you know an exceptional woman who handles both being a mother and running a successful business, nominations are still being accepted and voting is open until September 13, 2009. The winner will also receive over $15,000 in prizes and professional services.