102.7 The Peak Frequency Swap

September 10th, 2012 @ 1:39pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Update your preset stations as you’ll now find The Peak at 102.7 on your FM dial. The frequency swap with Co-Op Radio went into effect today as the world class rock station upgraded from 100.5 to a stronger signal.

102.7 The Peak

No longer will you lose the station once you pass Taylor Way on the North Shore, head up Burrard Inlet to Port Moody, or head East of the Fraser and into the valley.

“This exchange is incredibly good news for the station and our valued listeners and customers,” says Gerry Siemens, Vice-President and General Manager of The PEAK, which is owned by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.

The Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved the $1.437 million swap in September 2011. Siemens says the move gives The PEAK “one of the strongest radio signals in the city thanks in part to a new antenna for the 102.7 signal custom built in Italy.”

In return for its signal, Co-Op Radio receives: The PEAK’s stereo transmitter and related components; a back-up transmitter and a new transmitter site; costs paid for the move to the new site, plus leasing costs for five years; $300,000 of billboard advertising through Pattison; and $125,000 annually for five years to cover the station’s operating costs. [Source: Press Release]

Back in January of 2009 I wrote a blog post about the launch of the station and how it was going to fill a void. Through its successful Peak Performance Project, in-studio and public concert series, giveaways, social media engagement and super friendly personalities, they have achieved just that and more.

You can listen to 102.7 The Peak anytime, regardless of frequency, on their mobile application or through their website. Follow @ThePeak on Twitter for more information daily.

Chef Meets BC Grape 2012

September 10th, 2012 @ 11:49am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The British Columbia Wine Institute (“BCWI”) presents the 8th Annual Chef Meets BC Grape event in Vancouver on September 20th. 75 BC wineries will be sharing more than 300 of their BC VQA wines that will be paired with 14 dishes from local Ocean Wise partner restaurants.


Amuse on the Vineyard
Butter on the Endive
Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar
Cibo Trattoria
Edible Canada
Forage Restaurant
Hapa Izakaya
Le Gavroche
Raincity Grill
Terminal City Club
The Fat Cow & Oyster Bar
The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
The Patio at Nk’Mip – Osoyoos
Paired With:
Vancouver Island
Quail’s Gate Optima
Stoneboat Vineyards Pinot Gris
CedarCreek Pinot Noir
Haywire Canyonview Vineyard Chardonnay
Young & Wyse Cabernet Sauvignon
Sperling Vineyards Old Vine Riesling
Cassini Cellars Cabernet Franc
Stag’s Hollow Viognier
Painted Rock Merlot
Black Hills Alibi
Laughing Stock Blind Trust White
Nk’ Mip Qwam Qwmt Syrah
Weekend in Tofino, B.C. - Sept. 2010
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

The event will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre East in ballrooms A & B on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 7:00am to 9:30pm. Tickets are available now for $75 each.

I also have a pair of tickets to give away to one Miss604.com reader and their guest. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
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  • RT to enter to win tickets to #ChefMeetsBCGrape from @winebcdotcom & @Miss604 http://ow.ly/dBvQh

    I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 7:00pm. Must be 19+ to enter and attend this event. Please enjoy responsibly and plan a safe ride home.

    Update The winner is Megan!

Vancouver Canadians Win Back to Back Northwest League Championships

September 9th, 2012 @ 9:45pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Canadians have defeated the Boise Hawks 12-9 to win back to back Northwest League Championships.

Their playoff run was hard-fought and included what some say was the greatest game of all-time where the C’s came back to win 10-7 against the Boise Hawks in the first game of the finals — after being down 1-7. Boise came back in the second game but couldn’t keep the Canadians at bay tonight.

Here’s what Rob Fai posted earlier today on the Vancouver Canadians site: “Everyone dreams of being ‘that guy’. The player that steps into the batter’s box with all the chips on the table and delivers the knockout blow that helps his team to a Championship.

Today, someone will be that player. Someone will forever be remembered for the base hit, the defensive gem or the curveball that froze someone in his tracks. This is the beauty of baseball. Someone is going to be the hero, and someone is going to have to wear the horns. What baseball has taught both the Canadians and Boise Hawks this summer is that a game can be won or lost on but a few plays.

Vancouver Canadians 2011 Championship RingThe Single ‘A’ Toronto Blue Jays affiliates have enjoyed sold out games at Nat Bailey Stadium this summer as baseball-fever hit Vancouver.

From the Vancouver Sun: “The Canadians finished the season with 50 victories, 46 in the regular season and four more in the playoffs. The 50 wins is a team record.”

This is the Vancouver Canadians’ third title. They have also won the Pacific Coast League championship in 1999 and they polished off the Tri-City Dust Devils last year to top the Northwest League.

London 2012 Paralympics: Canadian Medal Count, Returning Athletes

September 9th, 2012 @ 2:58pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The London 2012 Paralympics were closed today with a star-studded ceremony including Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Coldplay. Benoît Huot “The Shark” was the Team Canada flag-bearer at the closing ceremony as he collected gold, silver, and bronze medals at these games.

LONDON, ENGLAND 08/30/2012: Benoit Huot celebrating his win in the Men’s 200m IM – SM10 finals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Aquatics Centre.
(Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Over the course of the 11-day London 2012 Paralympics, our Canadian athletes made our country proud by collecting 7 gold, 15 silver, and 9 bronze. We even had a 5-medal day on September 7th. Our medals came in Archery (1 bronze), Athletics (1 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze), Boccia (1 bronze), Cycling Road (1 gold, 1 bronze), Swimming (4 gold, 9 silver, 3 bronze), Wheelchair Basketball (1 gold), and Wheelchair Rugby (1 silver).

BC athletes will be flying home through Vancouver International Airport (“YVR”) on Monday, September 10, 2012 including athletics gold medallist Michelle Stilwell, boccia bronze medallist Josh Vander Vies and swimming silver medallist Nathan Stein. They will be arriving at 11:55am on Air Canada flight AC855.

Continue to follow the Canadian Paralympic Committee on Twitter and Facebook for more information about parasports and leading up to the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Socchi.

Vancouver Giants 2012-2013 Home Opener

September 9th, 2012 @ 2:32pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Season 12 of “Hockey with Heart” starts this month with the Vancouver Giants and single game tickets for all 36 home games are now on sale — starting at just $19.

Our team will return to the ice at the Pacific Coliseum to play against the visiting Victoria Royals on September 21, 2012. For the home opener, the first 5,000 fans through the gates will receive a magnetic schedule and the team will be wearing retro jerseys in honor of the 1945/1946 Canucks team being inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Giants games are always a good time for the whole family and this season they will have special promotions and events happening for almost half of their home games.

vancouver giants logoOver the course of the season, the Giants will pay tribute to three hockey legends, starting with Captain Canuck himself, Trevor Linden, on Saturday, December 1st. Some of his most storied moments have come right at the Pacific Coliseum, and on this night the fans will get to show their appreciation.

Then, on Friday, Feburary 1st, Burnaby Joe will be at the Coliseum. Despite spending his career with the rival Colorado Avalanche, Joe Sakic is one of the biggest names in hockey to come out of Greater Vancouver. This is a chance for fans in the region to call him their own for the first time and cheer for him.

Finally, on Friday, March 1st, Mr. Hockey himself will be in the building for his annual visit. But this year will be a little more special, as Gordie Howe celebrates his 85th birthday in 2013. On this night, the Giants will pay homage to his storied career and contribution to their franchise.

The 12th season of “Hockey With Heart” will also include a long list of annual favourites like the Teddy Bear Toss (Fri Dec 14), Celebrity Dash for Cash (Fri Jan 18) and Honda Fan Appreciation Night (Fri Mar 15) to wrap up the season.

Season tickets are still available along with Mini-Packs, 6-ticket Flex Packs, and group tickets. Vancouver will also host the Subway Canada/Russie Super Series (tickets will be on sale at a later date). All Giants games can also be heard on TEAM Radio (1040AM/1410AM) this season.

If you would like to attend the home opener against Victoria on September 21st I have a 4-pack of tickets to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment here naming a Vancouver Giants player (past or present) (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win 4 tix to the @WHLGiants home opener from @Miss604 #HockeyWithHeart http://ow.ly/dzXAk

Your Giants tickets from the home opener will also get you free admission to Playland the next day (Saturday, September 22, 2012) after 3:00pm.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 12:00pm. Follow the Vancouver Giants on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the season.

Update The winner is @timmywong11!