Metric with Stars at Rogers Arena

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 — 5:45pm PST
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Metric is returning to Vancouver on November 10th for a show at Rogers Arena in support of their latest album Synthetica.

Live at Squamish 2011: Metric
Metric at Live at Squamish 2011. Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

The concert will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 with doors at 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now starting at $29.50 for reserved seating and general admission on the floor. Book now by calling 1-855-985-5000, visiting a Ticketmaster outlet, purchasing online, or by using the Rogers Wireless Box Office.

Vancouver is the second stop on Metric’s tour that will set out from Victoria on November 9th and will finish up in Toronto on November 24th. Synthetica debuted at #2 on the Soundscan Album chart and the first single “Youth Without Youth” debuted at #1 on the Canadian Mediabase Alternative Radio chart. It stayed there for several weeks making them the first artists in the history of the chart to ever hold that spot continuously.

Special guest Stars also released their album North just a few weeks ago. If you would like to catch the show that’s sure to rock Rogers Arena, here’s how you can enter to win a pair of tickets:

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RT to enter to win tix to see Metric at Rogers Arena from @LiveNationWest & @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:00pm.

Update The winner is Holly Manuel!

Archives Photos of the Day: Airplanes

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 — 1:24pm PST
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Sitting in Toronto’s Pearson International Airport I decided to feature airplanes in this edition of the Archives Photos of the Day series. Even more fitting, it just so happens that today is the 92nd anniversary of the first trans-continental flight from one end of Canada to another.

On this day in 1920, Air Commodore A.K. Tylee of the Canadian Air Board and his crew aboard a DeHavilland D-H-9-A biplane landed at Minoru Park in Richmond after setting out from Halifax 10 days before. All in all, there was 45 hours of flight time. [Source: Vancouver History]

1929 – Group of men standing beside a DeH. Moyh airplane with Goodyear balloon landing gear.
VPL Accession Number: 9373. Photographer: Leonard Frank.

1931 – Wedell Williams Leaving Vancouver Airport in his Airplane. VPL Accession Number: 9398.
Photographer: Leonard Frank.

United Airlines’ inaugural flight from Seattle to Vancouver. Archives #CVA 1376-81.

(Left) 1940s – Thunderbird. Archives #CVA 1184-2779.
(Right) 1940s – Queen Charlotte Airlines. Archives #CVA 1184-2738.

1950 – New Westminster Salmonbellies lacrosse team at Vancouver airport.
VPL Accession Number: 84520. Photographer: Artray.

1955 – RCAF Vampire. Attributed to N.A. Mustang.
VPL Accession Number: 41318. Photographer: The Province.

Check out the History of Flight in BC for more information and historical tidbits.

Topshop Topman Opening at The Bay Vancouver

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 — 10:34am PST
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The Bay in downtown Vancouver, at the bustling corner of Georgia and Granville, has been undergoing a small facelift recently. Removing bulky awnings and replacing them with heritage style pieces, a restoration of the facade, and creating a hole on the Georgia and Seymour side to make room for Topshop.

The Bay
The Bay – 2010. Photo credit: jonwick04 on Flickr

Topshop started out life way back in 1964. Since those humble beginnings in the basement of a department store they’ve grown up and now have over 300 stores in the UK alone. They ship to more than 100 countries and our eclectic British style is known all over the world. The Oxford Circus flagship is a mecca for cool girls, whether they’re holidaying in London or living in the capital, and they’ve spread the love across the pond with flagships in Chicago and New York!

Over the years they’ve built a strong bond with industry insiders and in 2002 they joined forces with NEWGEN, a scheme which allows us to foster new design talent and provide a global platform for the scene’s brightest new stars. They’re also the only high street brand to show on schedule at London Fashion Week, and Topshop Unique has become the style set’s hottest ticket.

This will be the largest Topshop in the world outside of the location in London’s Oxford Circus. This new flagship, nestled in The Bay, will carry both Topshop and Topman brands (for men and women) and have luxury elements like customized shopping experiences for birthdays and special events.

On Thursday, October 18, 2012 the public is invited to the official opening of the 33,000 store in The Bay. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony (with Bonnie Brooks) at 9:30am with a breakfast food truck parked out front and a DJ spinning inside. The store will then be open from 9:30am to 9:00pm offering exclusive deals like an iPad case giveaway when you spend $75 or a hat giveaway with each Topman spend of $75 or more. Everyone receives a opening celebration tote bag with purchase, free treats will be served all day, and you can get a complimentary makeover by Topshop Beauty Queen.

Topshop joins a line of high-end and highly sought-after stores that will be opening in Vancouver over the next year or so including a new anchor department store in Pacific Centre and a Victoria’s Secret that will move in at Robson and Burrard.

Related post: Archives Photos of the Day — The Bay

Sustenance Festival Vancouver Street Food Carnival

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 — 9:44am PST
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The Sustenance Festival is happening in Vancouver this month with a wide range of food related festivities, activities, and events. From free exhibitions to workshops about cheese, there’s something for the urban food grower, home chef, and general lover of good food.

Sustenance Festival: Street Food CarnivalThis weekend the Sustenance Festival will host the Street Food Carnival at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Yaletown. Gathering food trucks of all sorts, the carnival will have buskers, entertainment, and more.

The theme is “Food Innovation in the City” and the event will celebrate the unique offerings from some of the most-loved food trucks around. It’s free to attend but come with an empty belly and some cash to spend on treats like BBQ and tacos on the go.

The Street Food Carnival will run from 12:00pm to 4:00pm on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at the Roundhouse Turntable Plaza.

This is the final event of the Sustenance Festival so check out the full event listings between now and then to learn more about food in the city from the Vancouver Food Policy Council, Chef Rossana Ascencio, and more.

Follow the Roundhouse Community Centre on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about Sustenance Festival activities.

Blogger Profile: Nat Nanton

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 — 2:29pm PST
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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.

Ami Sanyal Photography

Nat Nanton

Blog: Nat Nanton
Twitter: NatNanton
Facebook: /TutuMama
Instagram: NatNanton

How long has your blog been around?
My blog was born in February 2011. It’s my second toddler.

What is your role?
This blog has been a labour of my love from start to present (no end in sight). I built it, designed it, and I write every post.

What does your site do/what is it about is for mothers who feel motivated by their children to live their best life. I provide readers with inspiration, resources, and insights that empower mothers to live up to their potential. I write about inspired parenting, health, fitness, creativity, setting goals, and overcoming obstacles (because motherhood isn’t all cuddles and kodak moments).

What can people see, read, and do when visiting your site?
People can check out the weekly Instagram challenge for mothers and find out how to participate.
They can click through to my online tutu boutique, Tutu Mama.

They leave with tips, tricks and fresh perspectives on how to take themselves to the next level.

And if they like what they see, they can sign up for email updates!

Why do you blog?
The other day I heard a woman say, “why would I have children? Children are dream-killers”…

That is why I blog. To spread the message that motherhood is the magnetic pull to fulfilling one’s purpose.

I show my readers that children are walking/eating/pooping motivation machines. A dreamer’s dream, really.

What is the ultimate goal for your site, how would you like to see it grow?
The ultimate goal of my site is to grow a community of make-it-happen moms online and to provide them with the chance to connect offline, through retreats and conferences worldwide.

If you’re going to dream, dream big. Right?

Follow Nat on her blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Read all entries in my Blogger Profile series and feel free to suggest a blogger for possible feature in the comments of this post.

PowerSmart Month 2012: Candlelight Conservation Dinner

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 — 10:39am PST
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October is BC Hydro PowerSmart Month which focuses on sharing information about conserving energy, using electricity wisely, finding the right electronics and lighting options for your home, and offering great deals and savings to consumers. Throughout PowerSmart Month I will be sharing updates, deals, and a few exciting giveaways.

BC Hydro’s Candlelight Conservation Dinner is coming up October 25, 2012 at participating restaurants throughout the province. Reservations can be made now for this cozy and romantic dining experience that will save energy by turning off the lights.

Photo credit: JOH_1373 on Flickr

Candlelight Conservation Dinner restaurants are located in Comox Valley Quesnel, West Shore, Vancouver (Lower Mainland), Fort St. John, Vernon, Powell River, Victoria, Prince George, and Dawson Creek and a full list is available online. Each will be extending an exclusive discount or special offer on the night, anything from a free appetizer, to 2-for-1 entrées, featured menu items and other great deals.

I have $100 gift cards available to give away for three of the participating restaurants: The Observatory (at Grouse Mountain), Hidden (at the Westin Grand on Robson), and The Teahouse (in Stanley Park). Each of these venues provides a unique experience which will only be enhanced when dining by candlelight. Here’s how you can enter to win one of these three gift cards:

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RT to enter to win a $100 gift card for the @PowerSmartBC Candlelight Conservation Dinner from @Miss604

I will draw three winners at random from all entries on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 9:00am.

Update The winners are RC (Teahouse), James (Hidden), @AdinaStylist (Observatory).