Real Canadian Superstore Spring Giveaway

May 13th, 2015 @ 10:40am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s the time of year when casual social conversations revolve around digging, planting, watering, and awaiting growth from seeds. Spring garden fever has hit Real Canadian Superstore and President’s Choice want to help you develop your green thumb with an edible garden kit, that tastes as good as it looks:

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PC® Goji Berry
Considered both a fruit and an herb, sweet Goji berries are full of antioxidants. They’re usually sold dried but the shiny red berries are also wonderful fresh, adding a pop of colour to both your garden and your meals.

PC® Mint Strawberry Herb
It’s unbelievable how much this herb tastes like fresh strawberries and refreshing mint! A creative culinary touch for garnishing summer beverages and desserts.

PC® San Marzano Plum Tomatoes
Developed in Italy and considered by some to be the ultimate plum tomato. A garden must if you make your own pasta sauces, and the perfect pairing to a ricotta crostini.

You can enter to win all of these plants in a quick giveaway starting today, and ending tomorrow so that you can get these into your hands, and into your garden, as soon as possible. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 8:00am on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Must be a resident of Greater Vancouver to enter/win. Visit your local Real Canadian Superstore in Vancouver and North Vancouver for more information about edible gardens this season.

Update The winner is Amanda!

Archive Photo of the Day: Mount Pleasant Streetcar

May 13th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Mount Pleasant, waiting for the street car, 1908. Timms Photographic Co.

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Photograph shows Westminster Avenue (Main Street) between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Source: City of Vancouver Archives #Dist P144.

Vancouver Icons: Museum of Anthropology

May 12th, 2015 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Museum of Anthropology out at UBC houses one of the world’s finest collections of Northwest Coast First People’s art, and it’s been my favourite museum ever since I visited with an elementary school class almost thirty years ago. I am fascinated by the collections within its walls but the building itself is worthy of a close-up.

Museum of Anthropology
Photo credit: Kyle Pearce on Flickr

Designed by Arthur Erickson in 1976, it is made primarily out of concrete, and its great hall displays huge totem poles, feast dishes, and canoes from the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nisga’a, Gitxsan, Haida, and Coast Salish peoples, while smaller pieces in gold, silver, argillite, wood, and other materials are exhibited elsewhere in the galleries. The grounds around the museum were designed by landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander. [Source] This award-winning structure is today’s Vancouver Icons photo feature:

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Museum of Anthropology at UBC
Photo credit: Ann Hung on Flickr

UBC Museum of Anthropology
Photo credit: *MandyJ* on Flickr

Museum of Anthropology at UBC
Photo credit: Ann Hung on Flickr

Council of the Federation
Photo credit: Province of British Columbia on Flickr

Museum of Anthropology
Photo credit: Alex Akopyan on Flickr

Museum of Anthropology, UBC, Vancouver
Photo credit: roaming-the-planet on Flickr

Museum of Anthropology
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Museum of Anthropology 1
Photo credit: Jonathan F.V. on Flickr

Museum of Anthropology 2
Photo credit: Jonathan F.V. on Flickr

The museum’s latest exhibit, that just opened in May, is “Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art“. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more information and to plan your visit.

Other Vancouver Icons posts: Fort Langley Community Hall, Christ Church Cathedral, Waterfront Station, Pacific Central Station, Randall Building Mural, East Van Cross, Robert Burns Statue in Stanley Park, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Flack Block, The Drop, Prospect Point Lighthouse, Engagement, Ovaltine Cafe, The English Bay Slide, Freezing Water #7, Cleveland Dam, Heritage Hall, School of Theology Building at UBC, Gate to the Northwest Passage, St Paul’s Hospital, Capilano Lake, Stawamus Chief, Nine O’Clock Gun, Malkin Bowl, Search, Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

Things to do in Vancouver May Long Weekend

May 12th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Victoria Day is coming up bringing with it high temperatures, beach days, picnics, forest walks, family getaways, and the highly anticipated May Long Weekend. If you’re sticking around town this weekend, here are just a few events and activities to enjoy.

Love at Whytecliff Park
Photo credit: Lisa Nixon on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver May Long Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green below.

Friday, May 15, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604 Friday Night Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
GO Fest Whistler
18th Annual Cloverdale Chili Cook-Off
Carl Bessai Premieres BAD CITY at the Rio Theatre
VSO Pops: Ella and Louis
Walk With Your Doc Week, Vancouver Events
The West Fine Art Show
Shipyards Night Market, North Vancouver
International Night Market, Richmond
Final Weekend of Cézanne/Vancouver Art Gallery Extended Hours
Power Of My People Pop-Up Shop at Scott Landon’s Antiques

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Kitsilano Pool + Vancouver Outdoor Pools Opening Weekend
Playland Opening Day
Opera Mariposa: Tour de Force
Genesis Theatre Presents: The Rockingbyrds!
BCSPCA: A Fetching Affair at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Maker’s Market
Truvelle Bridal Gastown Pop-Up Shop
Red Bull Tour Bus: Gastown
Burnaby City Hall Farmers Market
Vesak 2015 for World Peace
Arts and Crafts Family Show
New West Artisan Fair
Trout Lake Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Fort Langley Village Farmer’s Market
International Night Market, Richmond
Final Weekend of Cézanne/Vancouver Art Gallery Extended Hours
GO Fest Whistler
Walk With Your Doc Week, Vancouver Events
Power Of My People Pop-Up Shop at Scott Landon’s Antiques
The West Fine Art Show

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Kitsilano Pool + Vancouver Outdoor Pools Opening Weekend
Old Money: West of Denman Historical Walking Tour
Arts and Crafts Family Show
Whitecaps FC2 Match at Thunderbird Stadium
Hershe Bar – Where the Girls Are
Baker’s Market Spring 2015
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
International Night Market, Richmond
Final Weekend of Cézanne/Vancouver Art Gallery Extended Hours
GO Fest Whistler
Walk With Your Doc Week, Vancouver Events
Power Of My People Pop-Up Shop at Scott Landon’s Antiques
The West Fine Art Show
Playland Opening Weekend

Monday, May 18, 2015 ~ Victoria Day
Kitsilano Pool + Vancouver Outdoor Pools Opening Weekend
Victoria Day at Burnaby Village Museum
Victoria Day at Fort Langley
Jericho Arts Centre: James & Jamesy in High Tea
Richmond Night Market
Final Weekend of Cézanne/Vancouver Art Gallery Extended Hours
GO Fest Whistler
The West Fine Art Show
Playland Opening Weekend

Check out the full May event listings here and if you have an event to include, please send it in by email for a free listing. Follow Miss604 on Twitter for more daily updates.

Music Monday: Joline Baylis

May 11th, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Having a dream backed by a lifelong passion is one thing, but it takes a leap faith – and a lot of perseverance – to make that dream a reality. Local singer/songwriter Joline Baylis has embarked on a journey to make music her career, punching out of day job and committing to her dream of being on stage.

“I had this idea that unless you can be famous, don’t bother,” Joline, who is actually a former classmate of mine from high school, told me over the phone this morning. She admits that while she’s played for 20 years, she had never considered taking the step to the next level until very recently. “I just never thought it was something I could actually live off of so that’s what I’m trying to do now for the first time.”

“Music wasn’t even something I was thinking about at all but it just kind of became a big part of my life. It’s almost like it built its own momentum and it’s just been carrying me along — sometimes willingly sometimes less willingly. It’s like okay, I’m in for it, I’m along for the ride.”

Last year Joline left her office job and took up busking for a living. She found a sustainable niche playing on the streets and seawalls of Vancouver, providing a soundtrack for audiences captivated by a sunset at English Bay. “People are already there relaxing, watching the sunset, and they’ll tend to stick around for a few songs, buy a CD, and keep in touch. They actually do become fans.”

Eventually she found herself stuck in first gear, with hesitation about her new career path building. “I can support myself with busking, and I did that for about a year. But at this point it’s a lot of playing, and a lot of repetition since you’re playing the same songs every day, sometimes three times a day. It becomes a grind, even like a day job, which is the whole reason I wanted to get out of office work in the first place. It’s a routine and I didn’t want to do that to music.”

Music, Joline explains, is about giving something of value, and it has a real power to move people when the musician is feeling that same vibe and not standing in front of a crowd projecting their own stress and anxiety about making ends meet. Her new focus is on recording, touring, and kicking her career into that next gear with an Indiegogo campaign for her first album.

“It’s interested because you find out that ‘the dream’ is nothing like what you imagined it would be. Especially nowadays the way the industry is, the way that social media is involved. As an independent artist there are so many ways to live that dream. You can make your own way and there’s obviously an industry that you need to work through but there are also so many avenues to express yourself and create your own opportunities, which is encouraging.”

She credits much of her newfound momentum to her collaborators, such as Kenton Loewen (Dan Mangan and Blacksmith, The Crackling), Wynston Minckler (Bocephus King, Tim Sars) and Paul Pigat, who has played with the likes of Neko Case and Carolyn Mark.

“I wouldn’t be doing music at all if it weren’t for the people that I’ve met who have helped me, played with me, encouraged me, and taught me. It’s a very supportive team.” Joline admits that she’s almost glad that this album didn’t happen sooner because at this point she feels it’s happening the right way, in a professional manner.

Trusting her gut, and her talent, has got her this far and she’s looking forward to what lies ahead. “I still have a lot to learn but I’m excited because once I know how things work a bit more and what the tasks are that need to be done, then it’s a lot easier to do them. Motivation comes then when you feel like you can start to make some headway and be productive.”

At time of publishing, there are 11 days left to support Joline’s dream via the Indiegogo campaign for her debut album. Perks include everything from digital downloads and show tickets to hand-knit fingerless gloves (another talent of Joline’s), to art prints and producer credits. She will then record at Afterlife Studios (in the legendary Mushroom recording space), under the guidance of John Raham.

Upcoming Show + Links

joline-thesands-june12On June 12th you can catch Joline at the Media Club playing with Kenton Loewen and Wynston Minckler, in support of The Sands (Julie McGeer, Peggy Lee, JP Carter, Paul Rigby, Patrick Metzger, Barry Mirochnic) with The Crackling (Kenton Loewen) opening the night.

Tickets are available at Highlife, Red Cat and Zulu Records, or can be purchased directly from members of the bands.

Follow Joline on Twitter, Facebook, and her campaign’s Facebook group for more information. Her Indiegogo campaign ends on Friday, May 22, 2015.