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Vancouver Beach Chair

March 16th, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Essential for afternoons at Third Beach, or breaks from volleyball on the sand in Kitsilano, Gallant & Jones has released the Vancouver Beach Chair for the season, a collaboration with local talented textiles designers KT&Paul.

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The Vancouver Beach Chair is all handmade with a solid frame and fabric back, designed and hand printed in Vancouver.

The frame is hand crafted in small batches out of North American White Oak here in Vancouver and it is stained with a natural and eco-friendly oil for superior outdoor protection. With stainless steel screws, it’s built to last! The hand screen printed back is 100% cotton and held together with flat nickel plated pins. The chairs folds flat for storage and carrying, and it looks great in the Vancouver sunshine.

For every chair sold, Gallant & Jones along with designers KT&Paul will be donating $10 to Covenant House Vancouver, a cause very close to my heart. You can purchase the black or the turquoise style online for $169 and if you ever need a new fabric sling for the back, those can be purchased separately.

Gallant & Jones is a local company known for their outdoor furniture (along with bags, tents, and towels). Their most popular product is their Deck Chair, and with every purchase a tree is donated and planted through the Love Trees Program. Follow on Facebook and Twitter for more company info.

Cherry Blossom Photo of the Day Sakura Fountain

March 16th, 2015 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

During March and April I will be featuring a Cherry Blossom Photo of the Day, sourced from the Miss604 Flickr Pool and/or the #Photos604 tag on Instagram. You can barely walk a full block in the city without encountering a photographer capturing this pink blooms — or stopping yourself — so it’s the perfect time to start this series. Enjoy!

2015 Sakura Vancouver
Photo credit: Change Xia on Flickr

View more photography posts on Miss604 along with the Vancouver Photos of the Week – and be sure to tag your photos with #Photos604!

CIMC Canadian Internet Marketing Conference in Squamish

March 16th, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Canadian Internet Marketing Conference (“CIMC”) is coming up March 28th to March 29th, 2015 at Quest University in Squamish, BC.

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Why I am Speaking on a Panel

Let’s face it, the thought of “internet marketing” doesn’t always conjure up the most pleasant feelings as pop-up ads, spam email, and unwanted selling opportunities come to mind. However, there is a very good side to internet marketing, and it’s the bigger, better side. The side where a campaign raises thousands for a cause, where a video can move you to happy tears, and when the independent business can connect with major brands to reach customers and audiences they wouldn’t have dreamed of reaching before. Making connections and achieving goals.

This is the side of internet marketing that I know and that has allowed me to grow my dream business over the last ten years. I love what I do, and you should too, so with the Canadian Internet Marketing Conference coming to Squamish, I hope I’ll see you in the audience when I take the stage for a panel presentation about blogging for business.

CIMC Information

Where: Quest University, Squamish, BC
When: Saturday March 28th and Sunday 29th, 2015 from 9:00am each day
Tickets: Available online. Tickets include admission to the two day conference, lunch and coffee on both Saturday and Sunday, and goodies. There is currently a limited number of Student Tickets available right now for $129.00.

Hear from over 20 World-Class speakers, enjoy 6 networking opportunities, participate in a $10,000 Dragon Den style contest with the Lion’s Den, attend workshops, the Best Agency to Work for in Canada Award Banquet, the Canadian Internet Marketing Awards, and parties.

Speakers include everyone from prolific local bloggers and the UBC School of Journalism, to individuals from Invoke Media, TELUS, Whistler Blackcomb, 1-800-GOT-JUNK, and more.

CIMC is hosted by Marwick Marketing and Jelly Marketing, two BC marketing firms who were fierce competitors who realized there wasn’t a solid internet marketing conference for them and their staff in BC so they banded together to bring this event to our backyard.

Follow CIMC on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Join the Thunderclap campaign to show the world you’ll be at CIMC in Squamish this month.

Win Vancouver International Auto Show Tickets

March 16th, 2015 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver International Auto Show is coming up March 24th to March 29th, 2015 and Honda Canada wants you to check out the action.

On Tuesday, March 24th AJAC will announce their inaugural Green Car of the Year Award and Jack Poole Plaza will host exotics and supercars. Get into an electric vehicle on Wednesday with the Green Ride and Drive and on Thursday it’s Province Sports Day, with fun and car culture activities all day long. On Friday, bring your RBC banking card for 2 for 1 entries all day long. Saturday will have a modified drive up hosted by Drive Marketing Group and on the final day, Sunday, the BC Hot Rod Association hosts a drive up on Jack Poole Plaza.

Honda at the Auto Show

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Honda Canada (including Acura) over the last few years, putting many of their latest models to the test as we drive out to the valley to pick up groceries from farm gate stores, tackle the Sea to Sky for an afternoon in Squamish, road trip over to Victoria in style, or pack up paddle board gear for a soggy afternoon on the water.

#FitWhatever Adventure with the Honda Fit Acura RDX Weekend in Victoria: Feb. 2014

At the Vancouver International Auto Show, you’ll learn about: The 2016 HR-V, based on the Fit platform, it’s a brand new vehicle for Honda, a subcompact SUV. The 2016 Honda Pilot, completely re-engineered, and redesigned with a new body shape. The 2016 Acura ILX, a compact luxury sedan is positioned as the gateway to the Acura brand and all models come standard with the award winning Acura Watch safety technologies. Honda Fit, which is a finalist for Canadian Green Car of the Year and recent winner of AJACs Best New Small Car Under $21,000.

The Honda Fit joins the Kia Soul EV, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and Subaru Legacy as a finalist for the Canadian Green Car of the Year.

Show Hours, Tickets

The Vancouver International Auto Show will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West) and will be open Tuesday, March 24th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm; Wednesday, March 25th from 12:00pm to 10:00pm; Thursday, March 26th from 12:00pm to 10:00pm; Friday, March 27th from 10:00am to 10:00pm; Saturday, March 28th from 10:00am to 10:00pm; Sunday, March 29th from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Tickets are available online in advance, with special pricing for the opening reception, general weekday admission, and weekend admission.

Win Vancouver International Auto Show Tickets

Honda Canada has offered up a pair of Vancouver International Auto Show tickets to one Miss604 reader and their guest. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win @VanAutoShow tickets from @HondaCanada + @Miss604 http://ow.ly/KoEro

The prize consists of two General Weekday Admission tickets, valid for one day of the show Wednesday to Friday. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015. Follow the Vancouver International Auto Show on Twitter and Facebook for more event information.

Update The winner is John S!

Cherry Blossom Photo of the Day Burnaby Canopy

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

During March and April I will be featuring a Cherry Blossom Photo of the Day, sourced from the Miss604 Flickr Pool and/or the #Photos604 tag on Instagram. You can barely walk a full block in the city without encountering a photographer capturing this pink blooms — or stopping yourself — so it’s the perfect time to start this series. Enjoy!

Cherry Blossoms 2015
Buchanan Street and Rosser Street in Burnaby. Photo credit: Kenneth Leung on Flickr

View more photography posts on Miss604 along with the Vancouver Photos of the Week – and be sure to tag your photos with #Photos604!

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith On Tour

March 13th, 2015 @ 12:19pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Cherry blossoms in February, a pod of orcas breaching under the Lions Gate Bridge, and Dan Mangan playing at the Vogue Theatre are all truly Vancouver experiences. I caught up with the local musician before his Canadian tour early this spring, which is soon to be followed by an extensive European circuit in April.

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“It was an interesting experience, I think I would probably do it again,” Dan told me over the phone just a few days after he opened himself up for a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). The experience took several hours and fan asked questions about everything from his influences to his favourite beer. The two-time Juno Award-winner recently returned from a two year hiatus, in which time he became a father, scored Simon Pegg’s feature Hector And The Search For Happiness alongside Jesse Zubot, and joined up with Blacksmith (Kenton Loewen, Gordon Grdina, John Walsh and often Jesse Zubot, JP carter and Tyson Naylor) for his fourth studio album, Club Meds.

“We’re not trying to make records that sounds like anything or anything else, it sounds just like an honest representation of what’s in our guts right now.”

The sound and tone on Club Meds has reviewers talking. They’re loving the hearty, electric feel, and are comparing it to Peter Gabriel, which seems like a far cry from Robots but Dan assures that it’s simply a representation and reflection of who he is today.

“It’s funny because it didn’t feel like a seriously conscious shift [between albums], I think that it was just a matter of sort of going where my ear took me. Mining for sounds and going for different sonic spectrums.”

Dan said that when you’re in the ‘singer/songwriter’ genre as he is, you can get locked into a box pretty easily. “So this is a little bit more experimental on all fronts in terms of there being a lot more collaboration from the band than before.”

The lyrics on Club Meds are a sharper as well, and Dan’s views and opinions have come through as they do in one of his writing contributions for The Guardian’s Arts section.

“You look at the world and you look at your kid and you sort of brace yourself for all of the bullshit that they’re going to experience in their life, and so there’s definitely an element of if ‘I’m going to be making music, if that’s going to be my life’s work then my life’s work should be thoughtful and relevant and sort of reflect the world that we’re in’.”

Feeling a greater sense of duty than before to touch on world issues, Dan says he probably just wasn’t ready to write about them earlier on.

“I think one of the things I need to get across I didn’t make this to be a soapbox album. It’s more about seeing these things in society actually and seeing those paradoxes in yourself as well, and then you know kind of writing about that experience. I have had moments of my life of feeling very awake and very connected and so very intuitive, and I’ve had moments of my life that feel very robotic — and so I think that this album is touching on those two worlds and the ongoing battle between them.”

Harnessing this enlightened expression, through Club Meds’ lyrics and sound, Dan and the members of the band carefully combed through the studio session files to figure out what sounds were important to keep, what could be incorporated into the live show, and what wouldn’t trap them. He said the goal for their performances isn’t to recreate or recite the album, but to create something that allows them to bring its sound to a live arena.

You can catch Dan Mangan + Blacksmith at The Vogue tonight in Vancouver and tomorrow, Saturday, March 14th. They’ll then be at SXSW in Austin, Texas next weekend, then off to Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, The Netherlands, and UK all through April. Follow Dan Mangan on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest music and tour info.

Vancouver Fashion: Win a Walnutte Luxury Scarf

March 13th, 2015 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The cherry blossoms are in full bloom here in Vancouver, and now the calendar is finally catching up. With the official start of spring just around the corner, we’re getting ready to shed our winter layers and embrace the warmer temperatures. One layer that you may want to hang on to during this transition period is the scarf. Walnutte is a new line of luxury scarves based in Vancouver and the company collaborates with artists from around the world to design vibrant scarves for women, produced in fine fabrics such as silk and cashmere.

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Walnutte launched in 2014 with its limited edition Reflections collection, a series of photographic images by Manhattan-based architect, Justin Huang. The collection is printed on 100% silk in a versatile oversized square, with delicately hand-rolled edges. Only 500 of each design in the collection are produced, and each scarf is accompanied by a serial number and certificate of authenticity.

Walnutte’s colourful Tropical Illusion scarf can be seen in this month’s issue of InStyle magazine (March 2015), featuring Walnutte creative director, Roshena Minnes. Due to the positive response, the company recently released this video to demonstrate how to recreate the look by tying two scarves into a beautiful maxi dress.

Roshena Minnes told me that the brand’s mission is to create joy through beauty and colour. “The name Walnutte represents the idea that there’s more to life than what we see on the surface, just like the strong walnut shell hides a delicate treasure.” Recognizing that fashion is a powerful tool to communicate how we feel on the inside, she set out to make people happy and bring a smile to their face every time they wear a Walnutte scarf.

Follow Walnutte on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to learn more about this rising star on Vancouver’s fashion scene. For more scarf tying inspiration, check out their tutorial on 8 ways to tie a square scarf.

Win a Walnutte Luxury Scarf from the Reflections Collection

To celebrate the start of spring, Walnutte is excited to offer one lucky Miss604 reader their choice of one of the four designs in their limited edition Reflections collection, valued at US$225. Here’s how you can enter to win your favourite Walnutte luxury scarf:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite design from the Reflections collection
    (1 entry)
  • Share/like/or comment with your favourite design on this post on Facebook
    (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a beautiful @walnutte luxury silk scarf from @Miss604 http://bit.ly/1NT6xp1

Walnutte scarves are available on the company’s website with complimentary shipping to customers in Canada and the US. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

Update The winner is Stephanie La Plante! (Facebook)

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

March 13th, 2015 @ 8:35am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
Water Taxi on the Dock
Photo credit: Jerry Meaden on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, March 13, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Friday Late Night Movie at the Rio Theatre
Turning Point Ensemble: Carnival Featuring Ariel Barnes, Cello
West End Cherry Blossom Photowalk
Blue Blossom painting pARTy
Bev Davies vs D.O.A Return To The Scene of the Crime
Canuck Place Clothing Drive, Abbotsford and Vancouver
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith at The Vogue
Family Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery for Spring Break
CelticFest Vancouver
15th Annual Chutzpah! Festival
Vancouver International Dance Festival

Saturday, March 14, 2015
St Patrick’s Day 5K
The Mad Picker: Antique & collectible Show & Sale
Science World Spring Lab: Pi Day
Vancouver Craft Beer Week: Celebration of Questionable Irish Heritage
KPU Documentary Film Festival
CelticFest Surrey
PlayDome at BC Place
A Celtic Celebration, Annual Cultch Fundraising Gala
What If Vancouver Conference
Terminal City Roller Girls Bout
Vancouver Shogi Club (Japanese Chess)
Bev Davies vs D.O.A Return To The Scene of the Crime
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith at The Vogue
Family Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery for Spring Break
CelticFest Vancouver
15th Annual Chutzpah! Festival
Vancouver International Dance Festival

Sunday, March 15, 2015
St Patrick’s Day Parade
Cannery Farmers Market
Walking Tour: Shaughnessy Heights
Loudmouth St. Patrick’s Day Trunk Sale
The Mad Picker: Antique & collectible Show & Sale
What If Vancouver Conference
Science World Spring Lab: Voice Acting
Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock at the Chan Centre
Rock Out to Spring Bazaar
St Patrick’s Day at Lonsdale Quay
Hastings Park Farmers Market
The Cinematheque: From Our Collection: Character
Family Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery for Spring Break
CelticFest Vancouver
15th Annual Chutzpah! Festival
PlayDome at BC Place
Vancouver International Dance Festival

Check out the full March 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.