Harry’s Spring Run Off 2012

March 5th, 2012 @ 7:53am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

We’re heady into fun run reason in Vancouver and one of the first to lace up for is Harry’s Spring Run Off. Happening Sunday, March 25th, this fundraiser takes participants around Stanley Park to benefit prostate cancer research.

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Photo credit: gherringer on Flickr – Submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool.

Date Sunday March 25, 2012
Times 8km starts at 10:00am, Children’s Run at 11:00am
Course 8km on the Seawall, meet at the miniature railway, Stanley Park

Runners raise funds that will support the Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH. “Founded in 1998, the Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH has become Canada’s leading — and one of the world’s foremost — prostate cancer research and treatment centres. Over 2,500 patients are seen annually by the Vancouver Prostate Centre. The Vancouver Prostate Centre’s surgeons and researchers have developed and delivered optimized care results to men with prostate cancer. While BC has the highest incidence of prostate cancer in Canada, it also has the lowest mortality rate thanks to the pioneering treatments and innovative research that take place here.”

Registration for Harry’s Spring Run Off, presented by Harry Rosen, is still open until March 20, 2012. Follow the run on Facebook for more information. Thanks to Stephane for letting me know about this run.

Anderson Cooper Live in Vancouver: Cancelled

March 2nd, 2012 @ 1:09pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Emmy Award-winning CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will be appearing in Vancouver for “A 360 Degree View of the World”, a live and unscripted engagement at the Vancouver Convention Centre on April 5th, 2012.

Anderson Cooper Vancouver

Anderson Cooper has become “the go to source” for reliable and up to the minute, unbiased views of current events and ground-breaking news. The veteran journalist famously keeps politicians and policy makers honest with in-depth reporting, illustrating broad ways of thinking. His modern approach whether it be through the use of social media or zoning in on relevant pop culture has helped engage a new generation to gain an interest in world affairs keeping viewers of all ages and backgrounds informed and aware of current news and social issues.

Tickets for the event are available online for $175 each and they include a pre-event reception with live music at 10:30am, a luncheon, and opening remarks from CTV’s Tamara Taggart. Anderson will be discussing his life, experiences while reporting for CNN, and HootSuite will host a Q&A session. During the Q&A Anderson will take audience questions and respond to some Twitter activity live. Working with Pacific Carbon Trust, this event will also be carbon neutral.

I have two tickets to give away to this one-of-a-kind opportunity. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Friday, March 9, 2012 at 12:00pm. You can follow @CooperYVR (powered by HootSuite) for updates and information about Anderson Cooper’s time in Vancouver.

UPDATE: I would like to thank everyone for entering the contest however I will be unable to draw a winner as I received the following from the organizers today:

“On behalf of Leverage Worldwide, we regret to inform you that Anderson Cooper- A 360 Degree View of the World has had to be cancelled. We are disappointed and regret having to cancel this event which was scheduled for April 5th, 2012 at The Vancouver Convention Centre. Anyone who has already purchased tickets will receive a 100% refund and can do so by calling Northern Tickets at (604) 569-1144.”

Rock of Ages Vancouver Pre-Sale

March 2nd, 2012 @ 10:54am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Rock of Ages, the hit Broadway musical featuring the music of Pat Benetar, Styx, Journey, Foreigner, and more is coming to Vancouver. Get your jean jackets ready because this 5-time Tony nominee arena rock show musical will hit the stage at The Centre May 8th to 13th, 2012.

Rock of Ages Vancouver Pre-Sale Rock of Ages Vancouver Pre-Sale
Photo credit – © Scott Suchman via Broadway Across Canada.

The worldwide party musical Rock of Ages features a mix of 28 rockin’ 80’s tunes including Don’t Stop Believin’, We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Wanted Dead or Alive, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight This Feeling, and I Want to Know What Love Is. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s.

2009 Tony Awards

The pre-sale will run from Friday, March 9 at 10:00am to Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:00pm.

Link: Miss604 reader pre-sale link

Although it states that the pre-sale date is March 5th, that is just for American Express cardholders. Regular ticket sales will begin after March 11th.

Sears Closing Downtown Vancouver & Some History

March 2nd, 2012 @ 10:03am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This morning it was announced that Sears was closing its downtown Vancouver location, along with others in Calgary and Ottawa, by October 31st [News1130]. While rumours are flying about what will move into the Pacific Centre Sears spot, which they took over from Eaton’s back in 1999, my immediately reaction was that now we can finally do something about that building.

Bordering Georgia, Howe, Granville, and Robson, its blank stone walls lock out the public and offer one of the most unwelcoming sidewalk views in the city. A few years ago many talked about projections and artwork to liven up the building and during the Olympics, the broadcast projection was rather successful.

The TD Tower and the adjacent Eaton’s (Sears) building, as a part of Pacific Centre, actually sit on the site of the first and second iterations of the Hotel Vancouver.

1923 – Georgia at Howe. Second Hotel Vancouver. Archives Item# CVA 677-951.

The second Hotel Vancouver stayed at that spot until 1939, when the hotel as we know it today opened up on Burrard and Georgia.

1939 – View of 2nd and 3rd Hotel Vancouvers. Archives Item# CVA 1376-154.

After the second Hotel Vancouver was demolished, Georgia at Granville became nothing but a parking lot until the Pacific Centre development began.

1969 – Granville looking West to Georgia. Archives Item# 2010-006.095.

1969 – Pacific Centre construction. Archives item# cva 1135-41 & cva 1135-42.
Photographer: William E. Graham.

In the late 1960s, Eaton’s Department store moved from Hastings (where SFU’s Harbour Centre campus is now) to the brand new Pacific Centre Mall location [Source].

Photo credit: vjm. on Flickr – Submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool.

Now that a new tenant will be moving in, Cadillac Fairview could take advantage of this opportunity to provide street-level access, bring in more foot traffic, and even open up sidewalk-level retailers around the perimeter.

I’d love to know your thoughts. Would you like something to be done with the building now that it will be undergoing a tenant transition?

Update July 19, 2012: CTV News confirmed that Nordstrom will be moving in.

A Year with Frog and Toad at Carousel Theatre

March 2nd, 2012 @ 8:04am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Carousel Theatre, the award-winning theatre for young people on Granville Island, presents A Year with Frog and Toad starting Saturday, March 3, 2012.

Todd Talbot, Allan Zinyk. Photo by Tim Matheson for Carousel Theatre.

“After playing to sold out houses and critical acclaim in 2010, Carousel Theatre is proud to bring the musical treat A Year with Frog and Toad back to the Waterfront Stage for an encore run. Join Frog, Toad, and friends for four seasons of adventures, and enjoy your favorite songs and stories all over again. Arnold Lobel’s beloved amphibian heroes come to life on stage in this charming musical exploration of friendship and fun.”

Where The Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright on Granville Island)
Who The show is for ages 3 and up, just not babes in arms.
Dates Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, April 8, 2012.
Times Performances at 10:00am (some days, all ages) and 2:00pm.
Tickets Available online starting at $15 (for ages 3 to 17), $29 for adults, and $25 for seniors and college students. A seating map is available online as well.

Carousel Theatre Frog and Toad
Kaylee Harwood, Darren Burkett, Janet Gigliotti. Photo by Tim Matheson for Carousel Theatre.

I have a four-pack of tickets available to a show during the last two weeks of the run, March 25th to April 8th. The winner will be able to choose their performance time and invite 3 friends, young and old, to join them. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 11:00am. The winner will be contacted right away so that we can arrange ticket to the performance of their choice after March 25th.

Update The winner is Christie C!