Best of Vancouver 2012 Georgia Straight: Thank You!

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 — 7:32am PST
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The Georgia Straight released their Best of Vancouver issue this morning, sharing the results of their annual public poll about their readers’ favourite (and maybe not-so-favourite) things about our city.

I would like to thank everyone who voted for me as the Best Local Twitterer, a title which I am proud to claim for the third year. I have been self-employed for the last five years and since social media is a huge part of my business, it means a lot to receive this recognition from the public. As an individual, I’m just happy that so many people enjoy hearing what I have to share about the city and my adventures. Thank you for this honour and for continuing to read my content.

Congratulations are in order for Vancouver is Awesome who has received the title as “Best Local Blog” and I am thrilled to be their Runner-Up. When people ask me to recommend another blog it’s always VIA. Bob and his team of over a dozen editors work tirelessly to cover events, music, film, food, history, and even local pets. They do it all with passion, style, and a big smile on their faces. Really, I’m not sure I’ve seen Bob or contributors like Christine McAvoy ever in a bad mood. @VIAwesome was my Runner-Up in the Best Local Twitterer category as well.

A new kid on the block, Bored in Vancouver, took 3rd place in both Best Local Twitterer and Best Local Blog. My first action was to follow them on Twitter this morning and my second is to congratulate them. Their slogan is: “Website with free and cheap stuff to do when you’re really bored in Vancouver.” Sounds good to me!

Outside of the online media categories, other titles go to:

Best Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
Best Community Centre: The Roundhouse Community Centre
Best Live Music Venue: The Commodore Ballroom
Best Local Employer: lululemon athletica
Best Brunch: Cafe Medina
Best Place to Buy Jeans: Dutil
Best Weekend Getaway: Whistler
Best Hair Salon: Suki’s
Best TV Newscast: Global BC
Best Morning Show Hosts (Radio): Nat and Drew (Virgin)

The full list is available online including categories like Vancouverite Closest to Hell, Best Comedy Club, Best Kitchenware Store, Best Local Claim to Fame and also the Claim to Shame.

BC Sports Hall of Fame 2012 Honoured Members Reception

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 — 8:20pm PST
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This evening the BC Sports Hall of Fame hosted a reception for its Honoured Members and Class of 2012 inductees. Seated in the Hall of Champions, the new inductees were among family and friends as their achievements were recognized ahead the 44th annual Banquet of Champions at the Vancouver Convention Centre that will take place tomorrow night.

BC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012

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Sean Millington and Lynn Kanuka introduced each new inductee as their name plates were revealed on the walls of the BC Sports Hall of Fame at BC Place.

BC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012

(Read full write-ups on each of the honourees here)


Ashleigh McIvor (ski cross)

Ski cross champ @AsleighMcIvor gets inducted into the @BCSportsHall BC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Howard Kelsey (basketball)

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Michael Edgson (para-swimming)

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Bernard Buster Moberg (softball)

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Andrea Neil (soccer)

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David Esworthy (equestrian)

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Don Martin (sailing)

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Barbara Howard (track and field)

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W.A.C. Bennett

May Brown

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The 1945-46 Vancouver Canucks
Ernie Dougherty (forward) and Andy Clovechok (forward) were present to represent the team.

BC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 BC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012

2003 inductee Charmaine Crooks was also at the reception to donate her London 2012 Olympic torch which she carried this summer.

BC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012

A limited number of tickets are still available for tomorrow night’s Banquet of Champions if you would like to attend. On Twitter, the tag to follow will be #2012BOC.

Find out more about these inductees and others who have been honored at the BC Sports Hall of Fame which is located through Gate “A” at BC Place. Follow the Hall on Twitter and Facebook throughout the year for information about the galleries, sports in BC, and more.

We Day Vancouver 2012: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Magic Johnson, Dr. Holly Branson, Demi Lovato, OneRepublic

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 — 1:34pm PST
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We Day returns to Vancouver on October 18th to inspire and celebrate youth who make a difference in their community and around the world. This is the 4th year that We Day has come to Vancouver, filling Rogers Arena with 20,000 school kids and motivational celebrities and storytellers on the main stage thanks to Free The Children.

We Day 2011- Shaq on stage

We Day 2010 We Day 2010

Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner that has more than 1.7 million young people involved in its programs in 45 countries. Founded in 1995 by international activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children believes in a world where young people are free to achieve their fullest potential, and empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens.

This year’s special guest speakers at We Day Vancouver include:

  • Dr. Holly Branson – Free The Children ambassador, daughter of Sir Richard Branson
  • A performance by ONE DROP, a Cirque du Soleil Founder’s initiative
  • Premier Christy Clark – Premier of British Columbia
  • Shawn Desman – Platinum selling and Juno Award winning recording artist
  • Magic Johnson – Basketball Hall of Fame legend
  • My name is Kay – Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Demi Lovato – Singer-songwriter and X Factor judge
  • OneRepublic – Platinum selling, Grammy nominated, American pop/rock band
  • Tyler Shaw – 2012 Coca Cola COVERS MuchMusic Video Award winner
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu – Nobel Peace Laureate

I’ve had the pleasure of covering We Day live for the last three years, here are some of my highlights from each event:

We Day 2010 - Rev Jesse Jackson Sr Dr Jane Goodall

Mia Farrow His Holiness the Dalai Lama

We Day 2009:
Quotes: Dr Jane Goodall: “Every individual makes an impact every day.”
Mia Farrow: “I can be tempted toward despair but I feel it’s more productive to be galvanized and take action.”
Jason Mraz: “There’s something about music. When you put a message with a melody it seems to travel so much further.”

We Day 2010:
Quotes: Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr. “Often people say at rallies like this that the youth are our future. The reality is that the youth are right now.”
Martin Sheen quoted Robert F. Kennedy: “Each time a man stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

We Day 2011:
Quotes: Mia Farrow “Even if a fraction of them [the children here today] make good on the feelings they have now then the world will be a better place.” “With knowledge comes responsibility. We are what we do, not what we say.”
Dr. Holly Branson “Helping someone is about giving them the opportunities to lift themselves out of hardship.”

Craig Kielburger tweeted last year that in 2010 the efforts of students and youth, through Free the Children, raised $5.7 million, volunteered 1.7 million hours, and collected 619,000lbs of food.

Last December We Day inspired a group of students from West Vancouver’s Gleneagles Elementary to start We Blogs, an internal blogging program at their school. I was invited out to their class to talk about blogging and how they could share their stories.

We Day

We Day is taking place in Toronto (September 28th), Vancouver (October 18th), Calgary (October 24th), Winnipeg (October 30th), Waterloo Region (November 14th), Montreal (November 20th) Saskatoon (February 27th, 2013), National We Day (April 29th, 2013), and Halifax (Fall 2013). These are the most We Day events to ever happen in Canada. They are all free to attend but applications must be submitted and approved for classes and students to attend. “Priority is given to school groups who commit to the We Schools program, which includes engaging in one local service action and one global service action, and submitting two action reports.”

For those unable to attend, I will once again be covering We Day in Vancouver through a live blog and live tweets, sharing messages from each of the speakers. I’ll have a special guest of my own as my niece, who is in Grade 7, will join me as a junior reporter. You can also watch online through MuchMusic and they will also air television broadcasts on Sunday, November 11th and Sunday, November 24th 2012 starting at 3:00pm Pacific Time.

You can download the We Day application for iPhone for more information and follow the conversations on Facebook and through @FreeTheChildren #WeDay #Vancouver on Twitter.

City of Vancouver Community Garden Applications

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 — 11:27am PST
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The City of Vancouver is making more land available for community gardens and have opened up another round of the application process.

COV Community Garden
Photo credit: parker yo! on Flickr

You can currently download and submit an “Expression of Interest” for starting a community garden in a city park, on other city-owned land, or on private land.

The Park Board has outline its policy for a community garden in one of the city’s parks and provides support by:

  • Providing access to information on the development and operation of community gardens
  • Helping interested groups find suitable land for the development of community gardens (including on City-owned land, land controlled by other government agencies, and privately owned land)
  • Helping develop user agreements with the owners of sites chosen for new gardens
  • Helping develop a community-led environmental education program

Vancouver currently has 75 community gardens that you can join as well, if space is available. Each garden is listed on the City of Vancouver’s website along with contact information.

Applications for new community gardens will be accepted until October 31, 2012.

Object(ing): The Art/Design of Tobias Wong at the MOV

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 — 10:24am PST
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The Museum of Vancouver (“MOV”) is launching a new exhibition called Object(ing): The art/design of Tobias Wong. It starts this week with an opening night reception on Thursday to celebrate the work of this Vancouverite who is considered one of the most provocative and conceptual designers of his generation.

Photo credit: Dean Kaufman. Photo courtesy of the MOV.

The late Tobias Wong’s work has seduced, fascinated, outraged and inspired observers, but the artist is no longer here to explain himself. What were the conceptual origins of his work? What inspired him? What shaped him? How does his work continue to influence other creators today? Through show and tell, his friends, family and observers from the art and design world will reveal the enigmatic artist through his work.

On October 4th the MOV will host another special event called “Tobias Wong: Show & Tell” where some of Wong’s friends and family will be sharing items from his collection.

I have two tickets to give away for this event along with a private tour of the exhibition thanks to the MOV. Here’s how you can enter to win this experience:

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RT to enter to win tickets to #TobiasWong: Show & Tell @MuseumofVan from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Thursday, September 27, 2012.

Object(ing): The art/design of Tobias Wong will be on at the MOV until February, 24, 2013. Tickets are still available for $15 for opening night and Show & Tell. Follow the Museum of Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter.

Update The winner is Karen!

GigaPixel Photo of Voices in the Park

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 — 9:44am PST
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Ronnie Miranda of Active Computer Services has produced another gigapixel (one billion pixel) image of a Vancouver scene. His latest was captured at the Voices in the Park concert this past weekend.

Those who attended can tag themselves and their friends in the image and share on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. You can also donate to the Sarah McLachlan School of Music directly from the photo page.

The Sarah McLachlan School of Music is a free music program in Vancouver, British Columbia aimed at youth who do not have the financial means to take music lessons. The school is dedicated to helping young people find their voice.

The concert that took place on Saturday, September 15, 2012 and featured performances from Bryan Adams, Stevie Nicks, Sarah McLachlan, and even an appearance from former United States President Bill Clinton.

Voices in the Park

Ronnie’s other images include 100 megapixel panoramas of the Celebration of Light Fireworks and one billion pixel photos of GigaPixel Fairview Vancouver at Dusk and Night. He has also created a series of time lapse videos: Gigapixel Time-Lapse of Vancouver, Vancouver Video Collection, Canucks Fan Time-Lapse, Vancouver Time-Lapse Videos.