Surrey Fusion Festival 2012: Photos

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 — 7:44am PDT
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The 5th annual Surrey Fusion Festival is taking place this weekend in Holland Park with over 30 cultural pavilions, entertainment and food alongside international bands, local chefs, and dance teams.

Surrey Fusion Fest 2012

Arriving on scene on Saturday the site looked larger than previous years with an expanded Flavours of Surrey area with the Safeway Celebrity Cooking Stage, the heritage and agriculture section with tents, the World Sports Zone, activities, and dairy demos, and more. The sun was shining and the grass was drying from recent rain showers. The clouds parted and presented a perfect day in the park with a different drum beat to be heard around every corner.

Surrey Fusion Fest 2012

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Surrey Fusion Fest 2012

Yelp Food Cart Fest at the Waldorf

Saturday, July 21st, 2012 — 11:44am PDT
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Following a successful Canada Day festival where a collection of Vancouver’s food trucks served up meals to thousands, the Waldorf is now opening up its lot for street food Sundays starting July 29th until September 2, 2012.


The Yelp Food Cart Fest will a variety of food trucks like La Brasserie, Soho Road, Off the Wagon, Re-Up, Juice Truck, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Cartel Taco, Streat Meat, Pig on the Street, Guanco, Holy Perogy, and more. There will also be a beer garden (for those 19+), live musical performances, DJs, and family entertainment.

From Yelp: “The kickoff event [July 29] will be curated by Jamie Leah Gill of Moonrock vintage clothing and jewelry. Over 50 vendors will be on hand to sell vintage and original clothing, accessories, art, jewelry, and home decor. Upcoming summer market will include a vintage market curated by The Chosen Ones, a farmers and artisan market, an outdoor book and comic sale, and more.

It’s the perfect opportunity to try delicious bites from these trucks, some of which have been featured on Food Network’s Eat Street.

The Waldorf Hotel is located at 1489 East Hastings and will run from 12:00pm to 6:00pm Sunday July 29th, August 5th, August 12th, August 19th, August 26th, and September 2nd. Admission is free, come hungry! Follow Yelp_Vancouver and @WaldorfHotel on Twitter for updates week to week.

This has been extended through September 2012

National Lacrosse League Returns to Langley: Win Tickets

Friday, July 20th, 2012 — 2:44pm PDT
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The National Lacrosse League is returning to the Langley Events Centre this winter for a weekend of events and a pre-season game featuring the Calgary Roughnecks and the Colorado Mammoth.

NLL at the LECThe National Lacrosse League a team in Vancouver, the Ravens, from 2002 until 2004 but lacrosse has always had a grassroots community and fan base in the province through the BC Lacrosse Association.

“The National Lacrosse League is pleased to have Langley Events Centre host a second preseason game following the great success of last year’s event”, said Brian Lemon, NLL VP of Operations [source: Press Release].

The Langley Events Centre is the current home of the Western Lacrosse Association’s Langley Thunder.

The weekend will also feature a coaches talk and clinics for young players. The game will be played Saturday, December 8, 2012 between some of the league’s top stars like John Grant Jr. (Colorado), Gavin Prout (Colorado), Scott Ranger (Calgary), and Shawn Evans (Calgary). An autograph session will follow the game along with a social in the Langley Events Centre‘s banquet hall.

Tickets for the Calgary vs Colorado game start at $18 and go on sale tomorrow (Saturday, July 21, 2012) at 11:00am through Ticketmaster online or by calling 1-855-985-5000. If you would like to beat the box office, I also have a pair to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment stating why you woud like to attend this lacrosse game (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to #NLLattheLEC from @LangleyEvents & @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 10:00am. Update The winner is Conrad!

VFS Summer Intensives: The Business of Screenwriting

Friday, July 20th, 2012 — 1:22pm PDT
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This week I have gone back to school, kind of. The world-renown Vancouver Film School has invited me into their Summer Intensives classes, which are brief crash-courses, each representing a slice of a full multi-month program and course load. The intensives run for eight hours, five days this week and should they desire, students can then sign up for the full program in the fall. I’m getting a sneak peek (a few hours a day) in a different Summer Intensive each day this week. My course on Tuesday was The Business of Screenwriting.

VFS, notebooks, writing, things


“As soon as you have a full time job, you’re not a full time writer — and that becomes a problem,” instructor Kat Montagu told the Business of Screenwriting class. Writers want to write and financial independence, while being a writer, is the ultimate goal. However, writing doesn’t usually come with a steady paycheque and if it does, it’s not often one with which you can purchase a house full of bling. Kat, who is a writer, screenwriting teacher, and story editor, started off the class by giving a real-world talk about how to work while being a writer and how to get work as a writer. Shifting the conversation to film and television writing specifically, pens were bobbing as students feverishly jotted down notes about the ins and outs of the industry.

Disclosure: Review
I am not being paid to attend, or cover the VFS courses. I found this to be a unique opportunity and decided to sit in for a few hours each day upon invitation of VFS staff.

Vancouver History: Chief August Jack Khatsahlano

Friday, July 20th, 2012 — 10:19am PDT
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This Saturday is the Khatsahlano Music + Arts Festival along West 4th Avenue. The namesake of the festival, and the community of Kitsilano, is August Jack Khatsahlano. August Jack became known for working with Vancouver’s early settlers and for recording his peoples’ oral history.

August Jack, hereditary Chief Khatsahlano, was the last of forty great medicine men in the ancient order of the dancers of the Squamish Indians. He was born in Stanley Park, Vancouver and lived in what is now known as the False Creek area. August Jack and his wife Mary Ann lived in and around Squamish for many years where he was a boomman. He moved to the Capilano Indian Reserve for a time but eventually moved back to Squamish. He and his wife had their own home on the reserve in the North Yards.

His daughter Louise said he was a great story teller and people often come from many parts of the province and elsewhere to visit him. His totem pole carving was a true work of art and a favourite pasttime was to get away prospecting. A grandson Frankie Williams carries his grandfather’s Indian name. This man, well-loved by white and Native alike, died in Squamish on June 5, 1971. His age was not known for sure but he was thought to be well over 100 years old. [History of August Jack]

1943 – August Jack Khatsahlano
speaking at the re-dedication of Stanley Park.
Archives item# Reded N12.

He was born in the village of Xwayxway, which is Stanley Park today. However, in a book by Major J.S. Matthews it says that Squamish Chief August Jack Khatsahlano was born near the site of Burrard Bridge at the village of Snauq along False Creek (according to baptism records). He was the son of Khaytulk “Supple Jack” of Chaytoos and grandson of Chief Khahtsahlanogh.

Major Matthews (Vancouver’s first archivist) would chat with August Jack many times over the years and the book “Conversations with Khatsahlano, 1932-1954” was published with his records. Matthews and August Jack discussed everything from area history, legends, and traditions like the Potlatch, to food preparations and plants for medicine — there’s even a quick, random note Gassy Jack’s wife going up to Squamish.

Conversation with August Jack Haatsalano (Kitsilano) October 26, 1932:
“After my father died we moved to Snauq and it was from there I saw Vancouver burn in June 1886. Afterwards, as a boy, I used to go over and search in the ruins for nails.”

“The name I go by is August Jack, that is, August, son of Supplejack. But, according to the whitemans usage, I should be August Haatsalanough; anyway I have assumed that name. Sometimes I sign my name Kitsilano, sometimes Haatsalano.”

Matthews refers to him fondly as “my friend August Jack”, a “splendid character”, “a natural born historian”, “and a charming man, one of nature’s gentlemen,” in his notes. I am only about a quarter of the way through the “Conversations with Khatsahlano, 1932-1954” reference material, thanks to the Vancouver Archives, but it’s absolutely fascinating to learn more about dynamic Chief Khatsahlano through these discussions.

If you’re out and about in Kits this Saturday take a moment to think of August Jack Khatsahlano, the namesake of this friendly, eclectic, and vibrant neighbourhood.

Blogger Profile: Jon Strocel

Thursday, July 19th, 2012 — 3:33pm PDT
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Over the years I have profiled bloggers from the Northwest Territories to the Fraser Valley, anyone that interests me and that I hope will interest you as well. A few years ago I started asking a standard set of questions and I’ve sent these out to a few local bloggers for this week’s series. Click, share, explore, and enjoy.

Jon Strocel

Jon and his sweet rideBlog:
Twitter: @thev3h
Facebook: /thev3h

How long has your blog been around?
Since April of 2009. 639+ posts and going strong.

What is your role/involvement (developer, owner, blogger etc.)
I’m the publisher of the site. So I do the site design, deal with technical issues, sell and organize the ads, and I’m the face of the site in the community.

In the beginning my wife Amber and I did all the writing. Now we have a great team that we work with to write and organize the events calendar, so we’ve been able to grow the site while maintaining our sanity.

What does your site do/what is it about
Our site aims to be the primary destination for community and event information for the Tri-Cities. When my family and I moved to Coquitlam in 2003, there wasn’t really a hyper-local blog that was doing the kind of coverage we wanted to see of places to go and things to do. So we ended up making it ourselves.