Archives Photos of the Day: Ice Cream

May 8th, 2012 @ 3:36pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I was having a hard time figuring out what I would feature this week from the Vancouver Archives and Vancouver Library until I stepped onto my balcony. The thermometer is rising past 15 degrees, flip flops are out in full force, and there’s only one thing that’s coming to my mind this afternoon: ice cream. While it’s not the most popular tag in the archives, I did manage to find a few images from days gone by.

1916 – John Oliver eating ice cream at what would become the PNE. VPL Accession#: 30206.
Duke Ellington with ice cream sunday. Photographer: William Cunningham. VPL Accession#: 60435

1920 – Almond’s ice cream store in English Bay. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. Archives item# CVA 99-3097.

1949 – Staff at the soda counter at Jersey Farms Dairy in Kitsilano.
VPL Accession#: 81018B & VPL Accession#: 81018A

1936 – Port O’Van Ice Cream, 1166 Hornby. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. Archives item#: CVA 99-4857.

1940s – Ice cream parlour clerk. Archives item#: CVA 1184-1218.
1930s – Man holding ice cream. Photographer: James Crookall. Archives item#: CVA 260-347.

1935 – Palm Ice Cream truck. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. Archives item#: CVA 99-4448.

1953 – Royal Ice Cream, New Westminster. Item No. IHP9267-0060.
1935 – Palm Ice Cream truck. Archives item# CVA 99-4440.

Circus West: Blue Sky Circus

May 8th, 2012 @ 10:21am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Circus West presents Blue Sky Circus this week at the PNE Gardens. Through accrobalance, juggling, and movement it tells the story of a group of young stargazers guided into space by mystical astral forces.

“Zodiac inspired characters, including Sagittarius, Libra, Aries and Scorpio, guide the Stargazers on their way. Soleil, the sun character, weaves mayhem in a gyroscopic spinning hoop. Constellations come to life as aerial dancers twirl high above centre ring. Jugglers create a starry sky through dazzling object manipulation.”

The cast is comprised of young circus artists who are enrolled in the CentreStage and Performance programs at CircusWest. Acrobatics, aerial fabric routines, unicycles, swinging trapeze, stilts, trampoline feats and more are set to dazzle the crowd.

Janet Smith from the Georgia Straight attended a dress rehearsal and interviewed some of the performers, like 15 year-old Eloise Aguilar-Saurina (who plays Halley’s comet) and 15 year-old Claire Hopson (who rides the ultimate wheel—a). She has a great article posted about Circus West’s program and the upcoming Blue Sky Circus show.

Performances are scheduled daily at 12:30pm and 7:00pm from May 10th to May 13th, 2012. All tickets are general admission and are available online for $20 (adults), $15 (students), and $13 (youth, under 18). The PNE Gardens are located at 2901 East Hastings.

Virgin Mobile Presents LIVE at Squamish 2012: VIP Giveaway

May 7th, 2012 @ 1:19pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Good times in a field return this summer with Live at Squamish, happening at the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields August 24th to 26th.

Live at Squamish 2011: Girl Talk
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr for

Tickets have been released and the all-star line-up was announced a few weeks ago with Saturday night headliners The Tragically Hip, and Sunday headliners City and Colour.

Other acts include Chromeo, Lights, Sheepdogs, Beats Antique, Charles Bradley, Mother Mother, The Airborne Toxic Event, Wintersleep, Kathleen Edwards, Plants & Animals, Current Swell, The Pack A.D., Rich Hope, The Matinée, Wake Owl, Humans, Washboard Union, Maurice, No Sinner, Good For Grapes, Rococode, Yes Nice, Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Facts.

Live at Squamish 2011
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr for

The Silent Disco DJs are John Morgan, Andy Chambers, Kristian Littman, Maurice Ryan, and Henry Mah.. Features of the festival this year also include camping (in a bigger field at a local school), glamping (a VIP camping experience) and a Vancouver Shuttle Bus.

Live at Squamish 2011
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr for

Live at Squamish (“LAS”) has offered up a giveaway package for one lucky Miss604 reader. This includes 2 VIP passes to the festival, a reserved glamping spot (morning yoga session included), and a backstage tour. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment here naming the artist you’re most looking forward to seeing (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a VIP @LiveatSquamish weekend from @Miss604 #LAS2012

I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:00am. Prize includes 2 VIP tickets, with access to the VIP viewing area. It does not include transportation to or from the festival. The backstage experience will be coordinated through festival organizers.

Update The winner is Kayley!

Music Monday Canada 2012

May 7th, 2012 @ 10:04am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s not only #MusicMonday (a weekly theme) on Twitter, it’s also Music Monday across Canada and will see over half a million students lift their voices in song this morning.


“Our most important goal with Music Monday is to celebrate the galvanizing power of music in Canada and demonstrate how that power is rooted in school music programs. We are creating an event that can be used as a platform to inspire public celebration, awareness and discussion every year. We want to provide a tangible demonstration of how music programs shape young lives and the fun young people have in making music.”

Students will be singing “Tomorrow is Coming” in unison from Campbell River to Nunavut to Halifax. Vancouver’s event will be hosted at Robson Square today at 12:00pm as six local schools take part. Conducted by Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, they will be joined by Red Robinson, Executive Chef Chuck Currie, dentists, lawyers, transit drivers and more.

From the local organizers: “The Coalition for Music Education in Canada created Music Monday to celebrate the galvanizing power of music and demonstrate how that power is rooted in school music programs. The schools and community groups participating in Music Monday are among the fortunate – most of them have music programs. Many young students are not so fortunate as music classes, resources and specialist teachers have faced serious cuts or elimination throughout the country.”

Grab some food truck fare on your lunch break and take a seat around Robson Square to catch Music Monday fanfare and hear the students sing. Follow Music Monday Canada on Twitter and Facebook. Music Monday happens on the first Monday in May each year.

Guest Post: Price Pro Surrey

May 7th, 2012 @ 9:14am (PT) by Guest Author

In recent years something has sprouted up alongside condo towers and the new library in my hometown: Surrey pride. Proof of that lies in the creation of blogs and websites that have the sole purpose of showcasing and featuring our province’s second largest city.

Scott Graham started up Surrey is the Bomb last summer and has been a champion of the city on social media ever since. He has provided a guest post today, shining a spotlight on one of his favourite local businesses:

Warehouse stores and positive community impact aren’t two things that usually go together but Price Pro is so much more than a warehouse store. Price Pro is an integral part of the Welcome Home Addiction Recovery Academy and their main purpose is to provide young men and women with the opportunity to free themselves from addiction while learning real world job skills.

Price Pro is 100% non profit and all of it’s proceeds go towards the Welcome Home program. The benefit to the community, other than the addiction recovery program, is a store that offers very high quality products at prices that are the same if not less than other major retailers. Their meats are free range, hormone free and local whenever possible, their procuce is local and organic when in season. They sell quality furniture which is also locally made whenever possible and everything else you’d expect at any other warehouse store.

As a food blogger I can tell you that the butcher shop is one of the best in town, their house made sausages are amazing. As someone who grew up in Newton, I can tell you that Price Pro is exactly what the neighbourhood needs. I love Surrey and it pains me to see parts of it in turmoil. When I was young I would ride my bike all over Newton, I would go to Newton Rocky Cycle to buy parts for my BMX, I would go to Bev’s Stationary to buy hockey cards and I would go to the Newton Wave Pool because all of my friends from other cities were jealous that we had a wave pool!

Time moves forward faster every year, my daughter is two now and it seems like she was born yesterday. It feels like those days of riding my bike all over Newton were a few weeks ago. I chose to stay in Surrey after high school. I love this city, every square inch of it is a part of me and places like Price Pro validate my passionate and sometimes irrational feelings about Surrey. If you’re in the area or even if you’re not make a trip out to Price Pro (at 6911 King George Blvd), do some shopping and help people in need who are trying so hard to change for the better. It actually feels good to shop there.

Follow Welcome Home Society on Twitter and Facebook for more information and updates. Scott Graham’s updates can be found on Twitter @SurreyistheBomb or @WhatsForLunchBC.

Disclosure: Unpaid, Personal Opinion
This post has not been sponsored. Scott was not paid to write this profile. He submitted this piece as he believes in this business in his community.

Mother’s Day in Vancouver 2012

May 7th, 2012 @ 7:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Mother’s Day is May 13th this year as cards, flowers, and fancy perfumes fly off store shelves with the help of gift-giving children.

Mom and 9 ducklings
Photo credit: Judy B – The Travelling Eye on Flickr

It’s as good a time as any to show mom that you care and if you’re looking for an event or brunch around town, there are some great resources available to help you plan something special.

  • Tourism Vancouver’s helpful blog offers up two great resources: Top Spots for Mother’s Day Brunch and where to find Mother’s Day tea.
  • The main Tourism Vancouver site also features options for relaxing: 8 Spa Treatments to Make You Melt.
  • If you’re looking for a wide variety of brunch options, Erin Ireland has bee curating a list of the city’s best brunch spots: Best Brunch in Vancouver.
  • The online reservation system Open Table has a list of restaurants accepting reservations: Mother’s Day Brunch.
  • Back to tea, the Westender (now WE Vancouver) also has a list of their top picks for afternoon tea: Mother’s Day Afternoon Teas in Vancouver.
  • You could check out a DOXA Festival film, the EPIC Expo, or another local event.

    There’s also a bevy of free options like talking a seaside walk around Stanley Park, smelling the flowers at Queen Elizabeth Park, checking out the catch of the day at Granville Island Market, or shopping along Robson, West 4th, or South Granville (warning: you may need to open your wallet for this last option as spring/summer fashions are now in stock).