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Il Divo in Vancouver: Win Tickets

July 10th, 2012 @ 7:17pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Il DivoIl Divo is coming has launched their world tour and they will be making a stop in Vancouver on July 25th. Recently named Artist of the Decade at the BRIT Awards, Il Divo (Carlos Marin, Sebastien Izambard, David Miller and Urs Buhler) have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide – which is phenomenal for a classical act.

A full orchestra will accompany the group who will be performing crowd favourites as well as singles from their fifth studio album, Wicked Game. Nikki Yanofsky, Canadian pop-jazz sensation (and the voice behind the Vancouver 2010 Olympic anthem “I Believe”) will also open for Il Divo at select Canadian stops — including Vancouver.

The shows will have been designed by Creative Director Brian Burke (Artistic Director of ‘La Reve’ and Celine Dion’s 5 year run of ‘A New Day’ at Caesars Palace, both in Las Vegas) so the audience is definitely in for a treat.

Tickets are currently on sale for all North American stops including VIP packages. Regular admission tickets start at $64.95 (including taxes & fees).

I have two pairs of tickets to give away to two lucky readers. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw two winners at random from all entries next Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 10:00am. Update The winners are Ken & @lnf!

Lunch Meet Vancouver

July 10th, 2012 @ 1:34pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

lunchmeetLast week Vancouver Public Spaces Network and Space2Place hosted their first Lunch Meet. An immediate success, trending city-wide on Twitter, this free outdoor event will take place every Thursday in July.

The concept is simple, head to the 300 block of Abbott Street (at Cordova) anytime between 11:30am and 1:30pm to meet a neighbour, eat your lunch, get lunch from a food truck, and enjoy some music.

A report on last week from VPSN: “Lunch Meet transformed the 300-block of Abbott Street into an urban cafeteria, offering a long-table dining experience and a range of exciting culinary choices. Many participants took advantage of the lunch specials offered by local businesses and food carts, while others chose to pack their own lunches. Local DJ Rocky Fisher provided musical entertainment throughout the communal outdoor meal.”

Follow the Vancouver Public Space Network on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about their events and initiatives.

Blogger Profile: Briana Tomkinson

July 10th, 2012 @ 11:19am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

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.

Briana Tomkinson

BrianaTBlog: Tenth to the Fraser
Twitter: @10thtothefraser
Facebook: /10thtothefraser

How long has your blog been around?
My husband Will and I started the site in October 2008.

What is your role/involvement (developer, owner, blogger etc.)
Co-founder, developer, blogger and editor! I’ve been involved in every aspect of the site, but I’ve also had a lot of help along the way.

What does your site do/what is it about
Tenth to the Fraser is about life in New Westminster, what people are thinking, doing and saying within our six-square-mile city.

Khatsahlano Music & Art Festival 2012

July 10th, 2012 @ 9:34am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival is Vancouver’s biggest free outdoor music event and they’re ramping up to bring a full line-up to six stages along West 4th this month. They’ll have over 30 of the city’s top talent at the 10-block street fair this month.


What A festival with entertainment, a massive garage sale, participation from merchants and artisans, and free live concerts.
Where Along West 4th between Burrard and MacDonald in Kitsilano.
When Saturday, July 21, 2012 starting just before 12:00pm and running until about 8:00pm.

On the Car 2 Go Stage at Balsam, you’ll find acts like Ladyhawk and Bend Sinister. The Vine Stage will have Portage and Main, 41st and Home, and Redgy Blackout. There’s also the No Limits Stage at Yew, the Maple Stage, Cypress Stage, and The Peak Burrard Main Stage. Peak artists such as The Zolas, The Matinee, Headwater, Kathryn Calder, Jeremy Fisher, and Ali Milner will all perform. Last but not least, don’t miss the Beyond Scarlett MacDonald Stage with Jordan Carrier, The Oh Wells, and more.

The festival is free to attend and be aware that there will be transit re-routes in place to ensure this is a fully pedestrian zone for the day. Get out and explore Kitsilano, West 4th, discover local artisans, and celebrate Vancouver music at Khatsahlano.

Blogger Profile: Michael Kwan

July 9th, 2012 @ 1:34pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This week I am reviving my Blogger Profile series that began back in 2006. Whenever I am asked “How do you find good blogs to read?” I suggest that if you have one favourite blog already, check and see if they have a link list, blog roll, or “suggested reads” section. You’ll find the blogs recommended by someone you already enjoy and from there, you can keep jumping around a network of bloggers, discovering new favourites along the way.

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.

Beyond the Rhetoric
Credit: Michael Kwan

Michael Kwan

Blog: Beyond the Rhetoric
Twitter: @michaelkwan
Facebook: /beyondtherhetoric

How long has your blog been around?
Beyond the Rhetoric launched in 2006, but its story actually dates back to 1999. It started as an e-mail newsletter called Now That’s Entertainment, which eventually evolved into a Geocities website. In 2006, after finally acquiring my own domain, I “relaunched” Now That’s Entertainment as Beyond the Rhetoric and the rest is history. That backstory explains why my YouTube channel is “nte604,” for instance, instead of “BeyondTheRhetoric” or “MichaelKwan.”

What is your role/involvement (developer, owner, blogger etc.)
Owner. Operator. Blogger. Administrator. Sales Manager. Slave Driver.

What does your site do/what is it about
Beyond the Rhetoric is a mish-mash of several topics. The initial goal was simply to “tell it as it is” and “go beyond the rhetoric,” as it were. Today, many of the posts focus on entrepreneurship, working from home, life-work balance, and the business of freelancing. I also do a number of restaurant reviews and movie reviews, as well as posts on local events, grammar, writing style, personal development and inspiration.

What can people see, read, and do when visiting your blog?
I’ve made a commitment to having new content every day (except Saturdays) on the blog, so people can expect something new to read every time they visit. The comment section on each post is always open to feedback and discussion; some posts have sparked some interesting debate and I encourage everyone to put in their two cents. Even though Beyond the Rhetoric is my blog, I don’t want it to serve simply as my soapbox. It’s meant to be a platform for mature and intelligent conversation.

Why do you blog?
As a freelance writer, I’m always working to improve my craft. While I certainly get a lot of ongoing practice writing for my clients, Beyond the Rhetoric gives me a place where I can freely write about whatever comes to mind. It allows me to explore different topics while (hopefully) engaging with my audience. At the same time, it serves as an ongoing portfolio for my business, giving potential clients some insight into my typical writing style.

Even outside of my business, though, I feel that the blog gives me a platform where my voice can be heard. The great thing about the Internet is that the barrier to entry has been set quite low, granting regular people the ability to widely communicate with readers all around the world. I have regular traffic coming from places like Singapore and Australia; if it were not for the Internet and blogging, this would likely not be possible.

Michael Kwan (i.e., Me) Michael Kwan (i.e., Me)
Photo credit: Michael Kwan / Michael Kwan on Flickr

What is the ultimate goal for your site, how would you like to see it grow?
When I launched Beyond the Rhetoric in 2006, as mentioned above, I figured it would serve as a good ongoing portfolio of my writing. It would be a good passive and ongoing marketing tool. That’s true, but the bigger goal is to grow it in something that is bigger than just me. In the last little while, for instance, Aaron Koo and Lesley Chang have signed on to be regular contributors to the blog, in addition to the occasional guest post that I receive. As the blog grows, I hope that the number of “voices” on the blog grows with it.

While I certainly don’t foresee it becoming something like the Huffington Post, I would like to see Beyond the Rhetoric grow to become a more substantial part of my career. As much as I enjoy writing for my clients, there is just a greater sense of satisfaction when you know you’re writing for (or managing) something that is truly your own.

Follow Michael: Beyond the Rhetoric, Twitter, 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.