12×12 Photo Marathon: Raw Talent Exhibit 2012

Friday, August 17th, 2012 — 5:15pm PDT
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The 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon takes place tomorrow as 60 photographers traverse the city to each capture 12 exposures of 12 subjects. This competition has skyrocketed in popularity in four short years, selling out early each time.

Participants, of all skill levels, get to combine their keen eye for photography with a sort of scavenger hunt all within a 12 hour timeframe. Themes or words to use as inspiration for subjects are announced every hour on the hour from the event’s home base at COFFEEBAR in Gastown. Once it’s all over and done, a panel of judges will review each snapshot from each participant and award prizes for creativity, aesthetics, theme interpretation, and overall series.

Once the rolls of film are developed, no one besides the organizers and judges gets to see the results until the Raw Talent Exhibit. Every single photo is presented, every photographer gets equal billing, every stroke of genius and disastrous technical malfunction is bared to the world. For one day. The photos then live on Flickr under a Creative Commons licence, available for anyone to share. A photographic documentary of a day in Vancouver as seen by the people who shape the city.

The Raw Talent Exhibit will then take place September 22nd at the Salt Building in the Village at False Creek. You can imagine that an exhibit of this magnitude (organizing 720 developed photos from 60 photographers) could use a bit of support so organizers have decided to crowdfund.

“12×12 brings people together to share a common love of art and photography,” says Morten Rand-Hendriksen, Creator of the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon. “The Raw Talent Crowdfunding project is yet another way to build on this foundation. As all previous cycles of 12×12, this year’s exhibit is free and open to the public. It will also be brought to you BY the public thanks to the online fundraiser!”

If you would like to support the Raw Talent Exhibit, you can click to donate here and help make this unique event possible.

Follow the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon on Twitter and Facebook and follow the tag #12x12YVR on Saturday, August 18, 2012 as the competition takes place.

Westin Bayshore Pool Pass Giveaway

Friday, August 17th, 2012 — 11:39am PDT
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The Westin Bayshore is one of Vancouver’s most iconic hotels. Jutting out from the downtown core, adjacent to Stanley Park and the Sea Wall, it offers 511 newly decorated (dog friendly) guest rooms fitness facilities, Vida Spa, dining, and plenty of local history.

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I’ve been to the Westin before for events like the Juno Awards and the annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards but there’s much more to this urban resort than meeting space (although there is 71,337 square feet of it). You can escape the city while still being right in the thick of it. Park and mountain views, water features, greenery, and more.

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The hotel has a guest entrance right off the sea wall, a lounge with free WIFI, shops, a Starbucks, an indoor pool and an outdoor pool — the outdoor pool recently being named a “Top 10 Hotel Pool” by the Vancouver Sun.

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Halibut Summer Salad at the Seawall Bar & Grill

To wind up your summer in style, the Westin Bayshore has offered up 5 pool passes and a $100 food and beverage credit for the Seawall Bar and Grill (excluding alcohol) to give away on my site. The pool is for guests only but with the passes you can enjoy poolside service and beat the heat with friends and family! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow the Westin Bayshore on Twitter and Facebook for more information and great deals for locals and travellers.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Each pool pass also has an additional $20 credit attached that will expire September 30, 2012. Passes are valid for pool entry for a full day, on the day they are redeemed.

Update The winner is Victoria! (Comment August 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM)

WAVES Music Festival for Music Heals

Friday, August 17th, 2012 — 10:00am PDT
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This Sunday WAVES Coffee House on Smithe and Howe in downtown Vancouver will launch a new concert series for a cause.

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Stop by WAVES at 100-900 Howe on August 19th for free live music from local artists and $1 from every purchase made on that day (for coffee, baked goods, etc.) will be donated to Music Heals, an organization that provides music therapy programs in hospitals throughout BC.

Participating musicians are a part of the Melodies In Mind program, and will also be featured in a display at this WAVES location and in monthly artist showcase. Local artists benefit from exposure at WAVES and a great cause is supported.

Featured acts this Sunday, August 19, 2012 include: Tatiana Speed (at 12:00pm), Thomas Beckman (at 12:45pm), Sound Refuge (at 1:30pm), Monika Schwartzman (at 2:15pm), Kamile Kapel (at 3pm), Glenn Chatten (at 4:00pm).

Follow WAVES on Twitter, Melodies In Mind on Twitter, and Music Heals on Twitter and Facebook for more information about this collaboration.

Chester Johnson Park at YVR Airport

Thursday, August 16th, 2012 — 3:45pm PDT
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The walk between the parkade and the international terminal at Vancouver International Airport (“YVR”) is dotted with the usual landscape like luggage carts, suitcases, tuckered out travellers, and taxi cabs. However, tucked between the two structures is a great green space called Chester Johnson Park.

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The sign is visible when entering the parkade from the roadway and looks as though it labels but a small grove of evergreens. The triangular penninsula includes more than meets the eye to the urban explorer. The three K’san Totem Poles stand next to a small pond that is fed by a rocky waterfall and split by a path over a bridge. My niece, nephews, and I ventured down the path and came across flowers, conifers, nursery logs, benches, and curious shaded corners.

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The air is cool and crisp, and the perfect getaway from a place where people go to do exactly that. We spent at least 20 minutes on the path and another 10 exploring around the small waterfall area. If you have time to kill the next time you’re at the airport, take a stroll down a path in Chester Johnson Park and get one last dose of West Coast life before you dash off into the terminal.

Tomorrow is another Take Off Friday at YVR Airport and a special hotdog eating competition will take place at the Japadog right in Chester Johnson Park at 12:30pm.

Vote to Give: Voices in the Park

Thursday, August 16th, 2012 — 10:29am PDT
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Voices in the Park, a benefit concert for the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, is coming up on September 15th. The school provides free after-school music education for underserved and at risk children who face challenging cultural, social and economic circumstances.


TELUS is the presenting sponsor of Voices in the Park and is also offering up donations to the school through “Vote to Give”. Visit the Vote to Give website and watch the student video then vote on which of three songs presented should be performed by the students on the Voices in the Park stage. For each vote, TELUS will donate $5 to the school.

Voices in the Park takes place in Stanley Park this September with confirmed acts including Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Adams, Stevie Nicks, Jann Arden, Hedley, The Boom Booms, Grammy Award winning producer Chin Injeti, along with a special appearance by former president Bill Clinton. Tickets are currently on sale starting at $85.

Follow Voices in the Park on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Vancouver Zombie Walk 2012

Thursday, August 16th, 2012 — 7:58am PDT
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Be not afraid this Saturday as the seemingly undead take to the streets of Vancouver — it’s just the 5th annual Vancouver Zombie Walk. It’s a march for all ages and all who would like to participate, sidle, limp, and moan their way through downtown streets.

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Photo credit: ed lau photohgraphy & PiscesDreamer on Flickr

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Photo credit: rob.masefield & ed lau photography on Flickr

Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery steps by 3:00pm on Saturday, August 18, 2012. The walk will then depart at 4:00pm and head down Robson toward Denman. It will turn left on Denman and continue to English Bay ending at the A-Maze-Ing laughing statues.

Be sure to be appropriate zombies, refraining from vandalizing property in any way or smearing “blood” on anything along the march, aside from yourselves. There may be young ones participating but do your best not to scare unsuspecting children along the way.

The Zombie-A-Go-Go at Sanctuary @ Club 23 West after party is free for zombies before 10:00pm. There’s also an after party at The Cellar on Granville, presented by Vancouver Makeup FX for $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Full information about the event and the parties is available on the Facebook Event Page.

Photo credit: ed lau photography on Flickr

Zombie walks have been around for the last decade in various cities around the world. The first on record was in Sacremento, California in 2001 and the world record was set in 2006 when 894 participated in Pittsburgh’s first “Walk of the Dead”.

For more zombie action, check out Thrill The World Vancouver, which is the annual Thriller dance for a cause in October.