Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy Giveaway

November 11th, 2009 @ 3:09pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tinker BellThere’s plenty of on-ice entertainment in Vancouver but it usually involves more slashing, hitting, and beer drinking than it does sparkling twirls and sugar-coated wonder. A slightly different “night at the rink” is coming to town at the end of the month in the form of Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy.

Worlds of Fantasy pulls out all the stops and includes a full gamut of kid-favourite characters including: Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of CARS, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Tinker Bell. They’re also tossing in an early bird Princess Showcase an hour before the show officially starts.

As a seasoned auntie, I’ve been to Princesses on Ice before and from the slushy that came in the special Cinderella mug to the bag of popcorn as tall as my niece, it was a lovely night out. That, and I always like having an excuse to visit the Coliseum.

I’ve been given not only two tickets to give away but two family packs of tickets for my readers. Please leave a comment below or re-tweet this link (http://bit.ly/4vNyQe) to enter and I’ll draw two winners (of 4 tickets each) on Monday November 16th, 2009.

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The Disney on Ice show runs November 25th until the 29th at the Pacific Coliseum.

Update November 16th: I am currently drawing the winners at random from the comment and Twitter entries. The first to win 4 tickets is Ana – congratulations! Emails will be sent out shortly with further details regarding ticket pick up.

Update November 16th: My second winner (from Twitter) is @scatteredmom – congratulations & thanks to everyone for entering!

ABSOLUT Vodka Vancouver Bottle

November 10th, 2009 @ 2:58pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This afternoon I was at the official announcement that Vancouver has the first-ever Canadian City-inspired bottle of ABSOLUT vodka.

ABSOLUT Vodka Vancouver Bottle Launch

The Vancouver bottle was designed by BC artist Douglas Fraser who currently resides in Victoria. His bottle art features a float plane soaring over the city and ocean as the mountains cast a blue backdrop — all natural design choices for our fair City. “I also wanted to push it and see if I could create something reflective of something else,” Fraser noted as he said he also wanted to capture the whole work/play atmosphere of Vancouver. He also mentioned that the “V” design reminds him of the original Vancouver Millionaires hockey sweater.

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120,000 of these limited edition bottles (expected to sell out) are currently in stores and will be on shelves until at least December. Further to the specialized local bottle, $1 from the sale of each will go to a new Vancouver public art project. Over the last few months ABSOLUT took submissions for the projects and the finalists are now featured on their website. The top 5 proposals are listed for public online vote and once the campaign has ended, $120,000 will be put towards that art project.

Finalists are:

  • Braden Hammond
  • Graeme Burglund
  • Daniel Code
  • David John Suggitt
  • Shrapnel Design, Considered and Scott Roberts
  • Kelly Kretz, Senior Brand Manager for ABSOLUT vodka added that they can’t wait to “bring BC’s favourite submissions to life” through this initiative. “In addition to being globally recognized as an exciting, cosmopolitan and naturally stunning Canadian city, Vancouver is a hotbed of cultural and creative talent, which ABSOLUT is very proud to support.”

    ABSOLUT Vodka Vancouver Bottle Launch ABSOLUT Vodka Vancouver Bottle Launch

    You can also try out the ABSOLUT Vancouver Maple Whitecap Martini designed by the bartender at Coast. The Whitecap consists of: ABSOLUT Vodka, Maple Syrup (roasted with vanilla, cinnamon and cloves), egg white, lime juice, and is topped with some nutmeg powder.

    ABSOLUT Vodka Vancouver Bottle Launch

    You have until March 2010 to get your votes in on the art projects and the winner will be announced shortly after.

    Beyond Pink 2009 – Young Women in Business

    November 10th, 2009 @ 9:19am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Update November 13 & 14 2009: I will be updating this post throughout the day featuring info and photos from Beyond Pink

    The Young Women in Business are presenting their 2nd Beyond Pink conference this coming weekend.

    Beyond Pink is a 2-day conference with speakers, panels, a tradeshow on Friday night and a gala party on Saturday night. As a media sponsor I will be blogging from the event on Friday and a bit on Saturday as well, sharing all of the insights, discussions, and innovations that I can rustle up from this promising crowd.

    Some of the speakers so far include: Penny Ballem (City Manager, City of Vancouver), Fiona Walsh (Founder, FM Walsh and Associates), Patricia Graham (Editor-In-Chief, Vancouver Sun), Linda Morris (CEO, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon Region), Cybele Negris (CEO, Webnames.ca), along with celebrity addresses from Allison Mack (Actor/Director), and Kristin Kreuk (of Smallville).

    Friday’s schedule is workshop-driven, starting with a 9:00am keynote and ending the day with the tradeshow at 4:00pm then a dinner event at Canvas around 8:00pm. Saturday includes breakfast, more workshops, a few panels, followed by a martini reception at 6:00pm then the closing gala at 7:00pm. Today is the last day to get tickets.

    You can follow along online here on Friday and Saturday mornings, on their Flickr group (where my images will be shared) and you can also find more information on Twitter @msBeyondPink.

    Live Twitter updates November 13, 2009

    Update November 13th, 2009: Arriving at Beyond Pink this morning I checked out the CRAVE talk that featured company founder, Melody Biringer along with the head of CRAVE Vancouver, Arpen Thandi. Melody gave a history of her various ventures in business which were entertaining and realistic. CRAVE (now in 10 cities and recently launched in Amsterdam) has taken 7 years to build but once she knew what it was exactly that she wanted to build and promote, things started coming together.

    From the Miss604 Flickr Pool

    November 9th, 2009 @ 5:31pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I started the Miss604 group pool on Flickr a few years ago because I wanted a place for people to share their images of Vancouver, while also allowing them to be posted on Miss604.com. Since that time, many people have contributed photos ranging from nature scenes to shopping experiences. Yesterday John was browsing through the group and he remarked that the caliber of the photos being added were absolutely top notch. I agreed, so I thought I would start making a weekly photo post either featuring “my week in photos” or the week in photos as contributed to the Flickr pool.

    Photo credit: kougar, on Flickr
    Logs, kids, and sailboat masts-0308
    Photo credit: zoomzoomMCMLXXIV, on Flickr
    New Westminster's Front Street - Antique Alley
    Photo credit: to be, inspired, on Flickr
    Media Democracy Day 2009
    Photo credit: The Blackbird, on Flickr
    Rocky Point Photowalk
    Photo credit: John Biehler, on Flickr
    Archway HDR
    Photo credit: TylerIngram, on Flickr

    Photo credit: Matzuda, on Flickr

    Please click on the photos to explore the original as posted by the photographer and to check out their other works.

    To join the Miss604 Flickr group you will need a Flickr account (free or Pro) and then you’ll just need to go to this link and click on “Join This Group”. Once you have done that you will be able to share any of your own images that are on Flickr, with the Miss604 group by clicking on the “Send to Group” button above the photo.

    Vancouver History Tidbits

    November 9th, 2009 @ 9:41am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Drenched to its core on a bleak and dreary Monday morning, the city has come alive for another workday. Even though I do not have a commute, I can still feel the cold damp chill of downtown’s enveloping concrete soak through my skin, as though I were standing on a corner mid down-pour. It’s just one of those mornings.

    For this reason, I’ll start off my own blogging work week with some local history notes and even some lighter tidbits to help part those Monday morning clouds just a bit.

    West End

  • The forward pass, the blue line, and the playoff system are all some of the rules of hockey as we know it today that were invented here in Vancouver at the turn of the last century. [source]
  • In 1939 Vancouver’s first public aquarium was opened and managed by an America, Ivar Haglund. He later moved to Seattle and opened the restaurant (and now food court chain), Ivar’s Acres of Clams. [source]
  • The statue of Lord Stanley at the entrance to Stanley Park was almost a statue of Lord Strathcona (who would have had the park named after him as well). Strathcona was City Council’s first choice however he urged that Stanley was more appropriate.
  • Mark Twain was a guest lecturer at the Vancouver Opera House in the summer of 1895. [source]
  • In 1920, five-pin bowling (which was invented in Toronto) came to the Lower Mainland and overtook ten-pin in popularity by 1945. [source]
  • What we know as “Gastown” was incorporated as the Town of Granville in 1870. [source]
  • CBUT, Vancouver’s first TV station, went on the air in 1953. It is currently our CBC, channel 3. [source]
  • On Remembrance Day in 1935, the cornerstone for St. James Anglican Church at Gore and Cordova streets was laid. [source]
  • April 1924, the Cenotaph at Vancouver’s Victory Square was unveiled in a ceremony presided over by Mayor William Reid Owen. [source]
  • If readers have any suggestions or requests for a history follow-up post this week, with Remembrance Day in mind, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me.

    Circle Craft Christmas Market 2009

    November 6th, 2009 @ 11:28am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Photo: tom_lin on Flickr

    Each year dozens of artisans, crafters, and exhibitors showcase their wares and talents in a warm and cozy holiday atmosphere at the Circle Craft Christmas Market.

    The 36th annual market will take place next week, from November 11th until the 15th at the Vancouver Convention Centre and the market will once again be offering up some nifty crafting treats. Exhibits include a Student Art Exhibition, an Entertainment Stage, Ballz of Fire glass-blowing workshops, Wood Turning Demonstrations, and more.

    As my good friend Keira told me when I asked her about Circle Craft she said, “I Love it! I always go!” Luckily the folks in charge of the event have given me two tickets to give away to a reader and a guest so they can experience the market themselves.

    To enter to win the passes, just leave a comment on this blog post or re-tweet including this link (http://bit.ly/1VWOdg) as well as @Miss604 and @CircleCraft.

    Find out more about the Circle Craft Christmas Market on their website or blog. I’ll draw the contest winner on November the 10th and they’ll have tickets waiting for them at the Will Call table.

    Update: I have drawn Dagmar as the winner of the tickets, congratulations! Thanks to everyone for entering and I hope you’ll check out the market regardless.

    Vancouver History: Man's Best Friend

    November 5th, 2009 @ 1:50pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    This morning I asked my Twitter followers what today’s “Then and Now” theme should be and I received some great suggestions. One that stuck out (hat tips to Patty Gibson) was a feature about dogs and their owners.

    With Vancouver being such a dog-friendly city, complete with doggy day spas, dog bakeries, with a selection of off-leash parks and beaches, I thought it would be a great fit. Mind you, I might not have been able to find direct comparison photos (or appropriate “Now” images) but I thought I would still provide a glimpse into Vancouver’s dog-loving days of the past.

    Not a sight you’re likely to see today. Three small boys who look like they have just returned from a hunting trip with their faithful companion.

    Photo credit: Major Matthews Collection, Item # SGN 1734

    A man strolls along Granville (near Hastings) with his dog as they approach the original CPR train station.

    Photo credit: Major Matthews Collection, Item # Bu P266

    I’m not sure if Reuben Hamilton’s dog Cronje was a class pet or just a visitor but he was a welcomed edition to the Charles Dickens school photo nevertheless.

    Photo credit: Major Matthews Collection, Item # Sch P68

    You wouldn’t believe how many images I have found in the Archives that show bears chained up in yards like dogs, or even playing with dogs. The image below is from Waterloo Street in Kitsilano.

    Photographer: James L. Quiney, Item # CVA 7-21

    The photograph collection at the Archives has at least a dozen photos of military personnel posing with their dogs. Here is the group from Hastings Park C.S.E.F.

    Photographer: Stuart Thomson, Item #CVA 99-704

    A view from the ferry terminal in West Vancouver, you can see a pup was there when the two bridge towers of the Lions Gate went up.

    Photo credit: David Loughnan, Item # CVA 265-51

    Should you have your own suggestions for the “Then and Now” theme, please feel free to leave a comment below.

    Check out these photos and more information on the City of Vancouver Archives website, or in person at 1150 Chestnut Street in Kitsilano.

    Goodbye Talk1410

    November 5th, 2009 @ 11:28am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I'm a Talk1410am Girl NowThere have been many changes in the Vancouver radio landscape over the last year or so and while some have been great (such as the addition of The Peak 100.5 and Shore 104.1), the mics of many beloved personalities have been turned off.

    This morning I hopped into a Zipcar and while the tuner said “1410” I heard the call sign “Team 1410″. I thought this must instantly be a mistake since Chum Radio Vancouver hosts both stations. The message was followed by a show intro and then men talking about basketball.

    Instantly flipping over to Twitter I saw an update from John Bollwitt that included this link:

    A message from James Stuart – Vice President & General Manager of CHUM Radio Vancouver….
    … In 1996 CFUN’s very successful run as a music station came to an end and it began its life in the talk radio world. Since that time we as a company have continually and aggressively endeavoured over the years to grow the size of listening audience, and even though the effort has certainly been there, the results have shown us that our business model for CFUN must change – and the time for that change to happen is now.

    To those who have listened to TALK 1410 through the many ups and downs of the talk format and changes in styles and personalities…we sincerely thank you and we also sincerely thank the advertisers who have supported the radio station as well over the past years. I truly hope you will give our new station a try, but I also will understand if you decide that it is not for you.

    We will be the new home for world class sports personalities including Jim Rome, Dan Patrick, Bob McCown and the best of the best ESPN sports insiders. We will broadcast every BC Lions game, from pre-season to playoffs, and hopefully, all the way to the Grey Cup. Along with that, you’ll be able to listen and join in the conversation with extensive pre and post game shows for all of the Lions games. 1410 is now the new and permanent full time home for BC lions football in Vancouver, and that starts tomorrow night with the crucial, must win game against the Eskimo’s at BC Place. If you’re going to the game, take your radio and you can follow all the action as only Rick Ball & Giulio Caravatta can describe it, right here on TEAM 1410. [Read more…]

    From what I understand, Talk 1410 (or 14 CFUN as many previously knew it) has ceased to exist. The Team 1410 will be kind of like an “ESPN 2″, complimenting the Team 1040. Nothing has changed at The Team 1040 aside from the fact that they will now have a brother station providing amped-up sports coverage. However to my knowledge, the future of those associated with Talk 1410 is entirely uncertain.

    I have had the pleasure of appearing for a weekly afternoon segment at Talk 1410 for the last year, working with amazing folks like Patrick Maliha, Val Cole, Kate Gajdosik, Art Factora, and Joe Leary. I’m not sure where they are right now, or where they will be, but I wanted to say they will be greatly missed from the airwaves.

    Val Cole and Patrick Maliha of Talk1410am

    Not a week went by that I didn’t have someone email my contact form to say they listened to and enjoyed the segment. I can only imagine how the impact the full time shows, hosts, and segments had on the population.

    I hope for the very best for all Talk 1410 personnel as they were truly a great bunch to work with. If you can find your favourite host online (website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN etc.) let them know how much you appreciated their talents.

    As a side note, I have been interviewing people for a series about radio in Vancouver over the last month and it will be published in the coming weeks. At this time I just want to encourage Vancouverites to listen to local radio. It’s there with you anytime you need it – at home, in the car, during your commute and even in the shower. It’s free, hyper-local content at its best.

    Update: Joe Leary is still on-air and back in the mornings with TEAM 1410 hosting a sports talk show.

    Also, the legendary call letters, “CFUN” have been signed over to Rogers for use with their all time hits station 104.9. The TEAM 1410 will be using CFTE.

    So in the end, CFUN is still alive in Vancouver, just with a new company, new content, and new frequency.