Vancouver Pub Night for Haiti

January 28th, 2010 @ 9:33am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver digital media industry is hosting the Help for Haiti Pub Night tonight at Steamworks in Gastown.

Photo credit: Greg Timm on Flickr

Lead organizer and videogame veteran, Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch says, “Like many Canadians, our hearts go out to Haiti. My husband, Eli and I are both take action type of people and we decided to gather our network around a long-term sustainable project: clean drinking water. With Steamworks hosting the event and the help of friends in the music and digital media industries, we’re hopeful that Thursday night will raise enough money to launch this project for Haiti.”

Funds raised throughout the evening and from ticket sales will be donated to the Unicef Safe Water Project‘s initiatives in Haiti, with matching funds from CIDA.

The theme is “Beer for Water” and tickets can be purchased for $25. With each ticket you will get a beer and a choice of burger and fries. There will also be live entertainment from Adaline, DJ Revise, Echo Pilot and The Zoe Trio. The videogame sector has also donated prizes for a silent auction.

Register online to make your donation and stop by Steamworks tonight (January 28th, 2010) from 7:00pm until 10:00pm.

Updates and event information is available through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Vancouver Time Lapse Videos

January 27th, 2010 @ 1:31pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This morning a beautiful time lapse video of Vancouver was floating around Twitter (it’s the first video in the following series). This has inspired me to create a quick gallery post of some of my favourite time lapse videos of our fair city.

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Vancouver 2010 Four Host First Nations Aboriginal Pavilion

January 27th, 2010 @ 12:51pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Simply put, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics would not be possible without the support of the Four Host First Nations (FHFN) who will share their land and culture with the world during the Games.

The Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Lil’wat and Squamish Nations will be hosting over fifty free events for the public from February 12th until the 28th at the Aboriginal Pavilion. This will be located at West Georgia and Hamilton Street, in the plaza of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Photo Credit: B Johnny – Artist’s rendering of pavilion & dome

“This Pavilion is our Longhouse. This is where we will welcome friends, family and visitors,” said Tsleil-Waututh Chief George-Wilson. “The Olympic focus on youth and on sport, combined with the experiences this Pavilion will offer, will become a very positive story to be told and celebrated by many generations to come.” – FHFN

Here are just a few of the activities that will feature the FHFN culture along with Inuit, First Nations and Metis:

February 12, 2010
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Performances at 9:30pm and 11:00pm

February 14, 2010 – February 28, 2010
We Are Here
A daily multi-media experience presented by the Four Host First Nations.
Six shows at 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm and 8:00pm

February 16, 2010
Our Land, Our Nation, Our History
Presented by The Grand Council of the Crees and led by Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come and Deputy Grand Chief Ashley Iserhoff. Performers will present Cree songs, legends and storytelling according to the four seasons: Spring, Fruit of our Culture; Summer, Fruit of our People; Fall, Fruit of our Nation; Winter, Fruit of our Survival.
Four shows at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm

February 20, 2010
The People Behind the Inukshuk
Presented by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. The Canadian Arctic will warm up the audience to a national Inuit performance that celebrates traditional Inuit throat singing, Western Arctic and Eastern Arctic styles of drum dancing and traditional Inuit games of agility and strength.
Four shows at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm

February 22, 2010
Royal House of Hip Hop
DJs, rappers and hip hop royalty including Feenix, Team Rez Official, Ostwelve, Kaiva and Def 3.
Performance at 9:30pm until 12:00am

40 Years and Still Strong
Presented by the Dene Nation (Northwest Territories). Dene artists and athletes performing their unique, lively and fast paced handgames competition, exhibition and drum dancing. Come enjoy Dene culture, heritage and language at its finest with entertainment from across the Land of Denendeh.
Exhibit at 11:00am until 3:00pm

February 28, 2010
The Road Forward
Commissioned by the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad
Six shows at 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm and 8:30pm

You can follow the Four Host First Nations account on Twitter for more information and daily updates. I would also like to encourage readers to check out the FHFN website as they have lots of images, history, and even ringtone downloads available.

As a bit of the side note, Molson is supporting the Vancouver 2010 Aboriginal Youth Legacy Program (created by VANOC and the FHFN). With a $10 donation they will send you a commemorative pin designed by FHFN artist Glenn George.

Update: Susan Gittins got some photos of them inflating the dome at the pavilion.

Photo credit: © Susan Gittins on Flickr

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Vancouver 2010 House of Switzerland Canada

January 27th, 2010 @ 11:31am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Earlier this week I profiled all of the national pavilions and hospitality houses (that I knew of) that will be setup during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Some were easy to look up while more research was required for others. One pavilion that has supplied me with more than enough material is the House of Switzerland Canada who will be setting up shop at Bridges on Granville Island and the Mountain Club in Whistler.

Here is a rundown of what they have planned over the next few weeks:

February 5th and 6th, 2010
From 4:30pm until 6:30pm there is public open house in both Vancouver & Whistler locations to learn about the House of Switzerland will be doing during the Games.

Daily Events from February 5th until February 28th, 2010

  • Medal ceremonies and celebrations for Swiss Athletes
  • Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate giveaways, demonstrations and contests
  • ‘Swiss Days’ celebration of traditional Swiss culture
  • Give-aways from Zimtstern (makers of my hat, among other things)
  • Culinary creations from Swiss Chefs
  • Live broadcasts of Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games
  • Complimentary Pure Swiss bottled water for each guest
  • Childrens’ Entertainment by the famous Globi – the “Mickey Mouse” of Switzerland
  • Personalized Nespresso coffee, served by World Barista Champion Sammy Piccolo
  • Ricola give-away day
  • Free samples from cheeses of Switzerland
  • ‘Swiss Biscuit Day’ with free samples from Swiss biscuit maker HUG
  • Live music with musicians from St. Moritz – daily ten-minute sets
  • Switzerland’s Official Broadcast studio set-up in Bridges Restaurant
  • Complimentary wifi for accredited media
  • Tweetups, watch @HOSCanada2010 for daily information
  • Valentine’s Day event (still a surprise)
  • When you visit you can also enter for a chance to win a trip for two to St. Moritz Switzerland valued at $10,000 including 5-star accommodation at luxurious Hotel Kempinski or Hotel Badrutt’s Palace.

    You can get to Bridges by taking the new (free) Olympic Line Streetcar to Granville Island which will be home to many pavilions as the all-encompassing French Quarter. You can catch the streetcar from the Canada Line’s Olympic Village station.

    Vancouver History: Vogue Theatre

    January 27th, 2010 @ 9:55am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Located at 918 Granville Street, the Vogue Theatre is an icon of Vancouver’s entertainment district.

    For decades its neon sign topped by the Roman Goddess Diana has stood the test of time and acted as a beacon for everything from theatrical performances and punk rock shows.

    The 1,178-seat theatre opened its doors for the first time in 1941 and was a movie house operated by Odeon. According to it was a response to the Capitol and the Orpheum movie houses operated by Famous Players at the time.

    The Georgia Straight reports that the first film screened there was the 1938 hockey-themed romantic comedy I See Ice. Dal Richards and his band were the first live act to play the Vogue in April of 1941.

    1951 – City of Vancouver Archives location: 200-D-9

    Originally owned by the Reifel brothers, the Vogue was sold to a development company in 1987 and would lay vacant and silent until 1992 when it became a live performance venue.

    1967 – City of Vancouver Archives location: F14-E-1 file 1

    It has also hosted big-time events such as the Vancouver’s ComedyFest, the Vancouver International Film Festival and Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

    1968 – City of Vancouver Archives location: F14-E-1 file 1

    In 2002 the building (exterior) was officially recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada. It’s also the home-base for Vancouver’s “Star Walk” which is currently being re-installed since the Granville Street reconstruction project.

    Photo credit: svacher on Flickr

    I was at a friend’s house a few weeks ago and she lives on Seymour, just behind the Vogue. Big red “V”, “O”, “G”, “U”, “E”, letters sat on the roof as they began to prepare for a restoration in time for the Olympics. I haven’t been by to see the rejuvenated sign but if you have, please feel free to link your Flickr image in the comments.


    You can find current information about performances by following @VogueTheatre on Twitter.

    Vancouver 2010 OIympic Zipline Downtown

    January 26th, 2010 @ 10:19am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The Olympic Zipline is coming to downtown Vancouver. Something usually associated with soaring high above mountain treetops on Grouse or in Whistler will be flying high above Robson Square courtesy of Ziptrek Ecotours.

    Ziplining on Grouse

    Early reports said the line would run across Robson Square and over to Chapters at Robson and Howe, however the Ziptrek Ecotours website illustrates things differently. Starting off atop the steps of the Law Courts (between Robson and Smithe) it will cross over Robson and end up on Howe across from Sears (via on Google Maps).

    You can view the landing tower (on the right) in this photo that I took on Saturday:

    Olympic-ified City

    The line is 170 meters (550′) and will be open from February 12th until February 28th. Daily hours of operation are 10:00am – 9:00pm and the cost to ride is FREE. During the games Ziptrek will also have a live webcam running so you can get a view of the line.

    Update January 27th, 2010 Here are a few photos of the lines going up via Susan Gittins on Flickr.

    Putting Up and Testing the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Zipline @ Robson Square

    Putting Up and Testing the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Zipline @ Robson Square

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    Update February 4th, 2010 I took some photos today (above). They were testing the lines again today and I’ll be heading to the media event tomorrow. Looks like things are good to go for this free attraction!

    Update February 5th, 2010 This morning the Premier of BC, Gordon Campbell, along with Canadian Olympian Charmaine Crooks were some of the first to ride the free Olympic zipline across Robson Square in downtown Vancouver.

    Gordon Campbell on the Olympic Zipline Downtown

    Update February 11, 2010 I rode the zipline first thing this morning with John Biehler – it was pretty awesome. He took some video of our ride as well:

    Here’s my video, which is quite a bit shakier:

    Heading down the Olympic Zipline

    The zipline opens to the public tomorrow, February 12, 2010.

    Update February 25, 2010 The zipline will be open during the Paralympics as well – March 12 – 21st, 2010 from 10am until 9pm daily.

    Update April 1, 2010 Unfortunately I had to republish this post and comment were removed.

    Vancouver 2010 Torch Relay Celebrations

    January 26th, 2010 @ 9:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    As the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch makes it way around BC on the last leg of its journey the excitement is bubbling over from community to community.

    Photo credit: AlbertaVan2010 on Flickr

    Over the Rockies, through the Kootenays, down and around the Thompson Okanagan.

    Photo credit: UrbanWorkbench on Flickr

    Here’s a rundown of where the torch will be as it comes to the South Coast of British Columbia.

    Day 99 – February 5th, 2010
    Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
    Whistler Olympic Park

    Day 100 – February 6th, 2010
    Cache Creek
    Logan Lake

    Day 101 – February 7th, 2010
    Seabird Island
    Harrison Hot Springs

    Day 102 February 8th, 2010
    Maple Ridge
    Pitt Meadows
    Walnut Grove
    Fort Langley

    Langley (Township)*

    Day 103 – February 9th, 2010
    Peace Arch
    White Rock
    North Delta
    New Westminster*
    Tsawwassen (FN)

    Day 104 – February 10th, 2010
    Bowen Island
    Horseshoe Bay
    North Vancouver (District)*
    North Vancouver
    Squamish (Xwemelch’stn)
    West Vancouver*

    Day 105 – February 11th, 2010
    West Vancouver
    Port Moody
    Port Coquitlam

    Day 106 – February 12th, 2010
    BC Place Stadium

    Olympic-ified City

    *Community Celebrations:
    Day 99 – February 5th, 2010
    Whistler: 3:30pm – 5:45pm Village Square, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Skiers Plaza.
    Day 100 – February 6th, 2010
    Lilooet: Celebration at the Old Mill Plaza at 11:20am with torch arrival at the mall by 12:30pm.
    Day 101 – February 7th, 2010
    Chilliwack: 1:00pm – 3:00pm at The Landing site (Ashwell St. & Hodgins Ave).
    Abbotsford: Celebration Event at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.
    Day 102 February 8th, 2010
    Langley (Township): 10:30am – 1:00pm at the Langley Events Centre (7888 – 200 Street) moving inside at 1:00pm.
    Surrey: 5:30pm at Holland Park (between Central City & King George SkyTrain stations). Click here for route maps.
    Day 103 – February 9th, 2010
    New Westminster: Queen’s Park at 10:15am.
    Richmond: 7:00pm at the Richmond O Zone in Minoru Park .
    Day 104 – February 10th, 2010
    North Vancouver (District): 8:42am flame arrives Lonsdale Quay, 9:30am celebration at Cates Park, 12:30pm celebration at Lynn Valley Center Mall.
    West Vancouver: 7:00pm at the West Vancouver Community Centre Spirit Square
    Day 105 – February 11th, 2010
    Coquitlam: 8:00am – 10:00am at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave).
    Vancouver: Celebration at LiveCity Yaletown from 5:00pm.

    These community celebrations are free and open to the public although in some cases space may be limited. You can follow the Torch Run via as well.

    Sun Peaks Resort Winter Wine Festival

    January 25th, 2010 @ 3:26pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Last week I jetted up to Sun Peaks Resort just outside of Kamloops, BC to take part in the Winter Wine Festival.

    Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    The Winter Wine Festival is presented as a part of the seasonal Okanagan Wine Festival series, which hosts events across the region in spring, summer (at Silver Star) and fall as well.

    Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    I was only there for a short time but managed to squeeze in the “Icewines and Nothing More” workshop as well as the Winemasters’ Dinner featuring a 7-course meal, Okanagan wines, and Canadian cheeses.

    Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    The menu

  • Croquembouche with roasted garlic, pear & goat cheer, spiced maple syrup (paired with Summerhill Cipes Brut 2007)
  • Dungeness crab salad with cucumber, tomato confit & mustard vinaigrette (paired with Twisted Tree Viognier Rousanne 2007)
  • Truffled organic potato veloute with forest musehroom ragout (paired with Summerhill Pinot Noir)
  • Blood orange panna cotta with pink peppercorn & mint syrup
  • Pentangle bison with double smoked bacon, barley risotto, and black current jus (paired with Howling Bluff Winery “Sin Cera”)
  • Dairy Farmer’s of Canada Cheese Course (paired with Twisted Tree Tennat)
  • Passionfruit tart with chocolate spehere (paired with Summerhill Riesling Icewine)
  • Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    It was a lovely evening as I was sat with other journalists, locals, tourism folk, Dieter from Thistle Farm, and the resort’s own official “ski bum”, Thiago. Sun Peaks ran a contest this year to win the ultimate seasonal job being their “ski bum” for 3 months. In the same vein as the “best job in the world” from Queensland Tourism.

    Thiago, who hails from Brazil, is currently enjoying the experience of a lifetime hanging around Sun Peaks. Every day they have new adventures planned for him including events like the Winter Wine Festival or hopping on a helicopter. He is spending a few weeks in each hotel and his meals are courtesy of all the local restaurants and pubs. You can read about his adventures on the Ski Bum Canada blog.

    Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    Participants at the workshops and the dinner ranged from local wine enthusiasts to international travelers making the Winter Wine Festival their destination. Taking a ski getaway and pairing it with a wine festival seems to be a winning combination.

    Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    This was my first time up at Sun Peaks and I have to say, I fell in love. It was serene and peaceful in the village while my heart raced as I peered up at the slopes I so desperately wanted to carve up. The village itself has a delightful European influence with a sloped corridor which provides ski-in / ski-out convenience. The exterior of each hotel and shop is crafted perfectly to mimic cozy alpine lodges and the snow coats each rooftop like a fluffy down comforter.

    Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    I think the best thing about the resort, from my brief experience, was the people. There is a year-round population of 500 and those I met are all passionate about two things: Sun Peaks and skiing.

    Sun Peaks Trail MapThe Winter Wine Festival wraps up this week but if you would like to explore the next Okanagan Wine Festival you can check out their event listings online or follow @OKWineFests on Twitter. Also, the snow is powder-fresh on Sun Peaks if you’d like to head upbefore the end of the season. You can drive there from Vancouver in about 4 hours, take a Greyhound to Kamloops, or hop a flight.

    You can view their webcams if you want to catch a serious case of snow-envy and check out their terrain map (above) to ogle the second largest recreational ski area in the province.

    I’d also like to send a quick word of thanks to Tourism Sun Peaks who helped me triage a canceled flight out of Kamloops. I didn’t have a phone number or email handy but I did have my iPhone and access to Twitter. I sent @SunPeaksResort a direct message telling them I was pretty much stranded and they relayed my message to my contact within minutes. Big thanks to Melanie Simmons for being a great hostess and also being so responsive to my situation.

    Disclosure: – Unpaid. My accommodation was covered.