Grind for Kids 2011

June 13th, 2011 @ 9:55am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Grouse Grind officially opened for the season on Saturday as Vancouverites and visitors alike took to the 2.9 kilometer trail that goes right up Grouse Mountain. Known locally as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, this 30 degree ascent is either on the bucket list of many or a part of their weekly routine.

Baden Powell Trail
Photo credit: planetc1 on Flickr

For those who plan on doing the Grind more than once this summer, you can make each count by signing up for Grind for Kids. You can sign up through the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and have friends, family, and co-workers pledge/sponsor you for each Grind you complete this summer. Registration is $20 and with that you’ll receive your own timer and the chance to win some great prizes. Not only will you be partaking in a classic West Coast feat (and getting some amazing exercise) you can help out the BC Children’s Hospital in the process.

Grouse Mountain

Once you reach the top of the Grind, you can stay for a bite to eat at the lodge, and hop the Skyride back down after you’ve caught your breath (and done some stretching after the haul up the hill). Be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing and do not walk back down the trail. Stay safe this summer and read all trail advisories, updates, and alerts.

Find out more about the Grind for Kids on their website or Twitter

Leo Awards 2011

June 12th, 2011 @ 1:48pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Leo Awards wrapped up last night at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver as the best in BC film and television arrived on the red carpet for an evening of dinning and celebration. Here are a few of the red carpet arrivals and some of the winners announced during Saturday’s gala.

Leo Awards Red Carpet

Mackenzie Gray - Smallville Leo Awards Red Carpet

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Ali Leibert

Beatrice King Leo Awards Red Carpet

Leo Awards Red Carpet

Best Supporting Performance by a Female – in a Feature Length Drama
Alexia Fast – Repeaters

Justin Rain

Leo Awards Red Carpet

Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series
Carmen Moore – Blackstone – White Bread, Red Class

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Best toes of the night with Canucks nail polish

Caitlin Cromwell

2011 Leo Winner - Tyler Labine

Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama
Tyler Labine – Tucker & Dale vs Evil

Anna Mae Routledge, Katrin Bowen, April Telek

Anna Mae Routledge - Amazon Falls Katrin Bowen April Telek - Amazon Falls
The ladies of Amazon Falls: Anna Mae Routledge, Katrin Bowen, April Telek

Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama
April Telek – Amazon Falls

Gabrielle Rose at the Leos

Jodelle Ferland at the Leos Holly Elissa Lamaro

Michael Eklund - Leo Awards Red Carpet

Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series
Michael Eklund – FRINGE – The Plateau

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Dustin Milligan - Gunless

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Ryan Robbins - Sanctuary

Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series
Ryan Robbins – Sanctuary – Animus

Leo Awards Red Carpet

Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series
Lucia Walters – Life Unexpected – Family Inspected

Rob Easton, Sean Horlor
Rob Easton & Sean Horlor

Paul McGillion

Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama
Paul McGillion – A Fine Young Man

Leo Awards Red Carpet

Lamaro Holly Elissa, Chelah Horsdal

As always, the cast of Sanctuary made a splash as autograph hounds, fans, and admirers online wanted every chance to see the group – especially the amazing Amanda Tapping. Tapping stopped to sign autographs, chat with passersby, and made a quick comment to Susan Gittins and I about how wonderful her online following is.

Amanda Tapping greets passerby

Ryan Robbins - Sanctuary Agam Darshi

Amanda Tapping at the Leo Awards

Christopher Heyerdahl - Sanctuary Robert Lawrenson - Sanctuary

Sanctuary Cast

Both Wednesday and Saturday were great nights for British Columbia’s entertainment industry. You can view the full list of winners online and the rest of my photos on Flickr. Feel free to add the names of some of the beautiful people I captured in these photos and if you would like to use any of these images please ask first. Susan Gittins also has photos up on her Flickr.

You can still enter to win a Leo Awards presenter gift bag until Monday morning.

Leo Awards 2011 Gift Bag Giveaway

June 10th, 2011 @ 12:50pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 13th annual Leo Awards for outstanding achievements in British Columbia film and television will be handed out Saturday, June 11th at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

Agam Darshi at the Leo Awards
Agam Darshi at the 2010 Leos

Steph Song at the Leo Awards Jodelle Ferland at the Leo Awards Lou Diamond Phillips at the Leo Awards
Steph Song, Jodelle Ferland, Lou Diamond Phillips at the 2010 Leos

Warren Christie at the Leo Awards
Warren Christie at the 2010 Leos

The Celebration Awards Ceremony was last Wednesday where Leos were awarded for screenwriting, costume design, sound, editing, and more. There was even an award for Best Music Video (that I believe was added last year) that went to The Rose by Sarah Slean, Producer CJ Wallis.

Saturday’s gala will see nominees in categories including (but not limited to): Feature Length Drama (Direction, Program, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Musical Score, Stunt Coordination, Supporting Performance (Male, Female), Lead Performance (Male, Female)), Dramatic Series, Short Drama, Documentary, Animation Program or Series, Stunt Production, Youth or Children’s Program/Series, and Web Series.

Productions with the most nominations are Sanctuary (17 nominations), Repeaters (10 nominations), Smallville (8 nominations), Voodoo (11 nominations), Hiccups (10 nominations).

Thanks to Presenters’ Gift Lounge sponsor, Eco Fashion Week, I have a Leo Awards gift bag to give away to a reader. In the gift bags presenters will find SIGG water bottles, Aveda product & bag, Happy Planet health shots, Lav & Kush gift certificates, She to Shic gift certificates & express mani, Shoofoo Fashions washcloths, Spark Jewelry gift certificates, Dahlia Drive cuffs, Portobello West gift certificates, Twigg & Hottie gift certificates, Ziptrec Ecotours gift certificates.

Here’s how you can enter to win your own presenter gift bag:

  • Leave a comment on this post with your favourite “Made in BC” film or show (1 entry)
  • Leave a comment on the Miss604 Facebook Page Contest App with your favourite “Made in BC” film or show (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • I entered to win a #LeoAwards gift bag from @EcoFashionWeek & @Miss604

    I will draw one winner at random from all entries Monday morning, June 13th, at 10:00am.

    Update The winner is Joey Cheng (@_JoeyCheng)!

    Vancouver Icons: Girl in a Wetsuit

    June 10th, 2011 @ 10:47am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    On this day in Vancouver history, June 10, 1972, the Girl in a Wetsuit statue was revealed just off the north shore of Stanley Park. She was commissioned by Douglas Brown, a local lawyer, who approached sculptor Elek Imredy in 1968. He wanted the statute to be based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid that sits in the water in Copenhagen. I wrote more about our Girl in a Wetsuit’s history in 2008.


    The Little Mermaid
    Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid. Photo credit: hoangnt on Flickr


    Photo credit: blueviking63 on Flickr

    Girl in a Wetsuit, Vancouver
    Photo credit: Taylor McConnell on Flickr

    Photo credit: Wendy North on Flickr

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    Photo credit: (Left) tgreyfox (Right) cwagdom on Flickr

    Girl in a Wetsuit
    Photo credit: Matthew Kendall on Flickr

    Stanley Park Fishermen
    Photo credit: Larissa Sayer on Flickr

    Girl in a wetsuit
    Photo credit: Ben Shepherd on Flickr

    Lion's Gate Bridge, Vancouver
    Photo credit: sallylondon on Flickr

    Over the years our Girl out there in the water has been the subject of many photos, a resting place for animals and birds, and sometimes she’s been dressed up in celebration (most recently in Canucks apparel).

    Girl In A Wetsuit
    Photo credit: PiscesDreamer on Flickr

    Girl in Wetsuit
    Photo credit: flinner! on Flickr

    Girl In A Wetsuit
    Photo credit: Philip Tong on Flickr

    The Girl in a Wetsuit
    Photo credit: Michael Schmidt on Flickr

    Girl In A Wetsuit
    Photo credit: Philip Tong on Flickr

    Previous Vancouver Icons posts include: The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible to the public every day.

    Green Lantern Vancouver Premiere

    June 9th, 2011 @ 1:10pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    One of this summer’s superhero blockbusters, Green Lantern, starring Vancouverite Ryan Reynolds, is hitting theatres next week and our city is joining in on a series of worldwide premiere events.

    On Monday, June 13th, there will be a night projection of the Green Lantern logo somewhere in the downtown core at 9:00pm (safely after the Canucks game). The first 17 people to find it will win double passes to the Vancouver premiere (two days before the global release) and everyone else who finds it will have a chance to win other prizes from Warner Brothers Canada.

    They haven’t said where the projection will be but they have been releasing clues every day, which I am able to post.

    June 6: During the Olympics streets near this building were closed for the celebrations of superheroes clad in red & white.
    June 7: Everyday it overlooks the most artistic building in Vancouver.
    June 8: One of its neighbors is a vault for priceless works of art.
    June 9: If shopping is your superpower, you can utilize it at this building.
    June 10: Masked with secrecy this building has no windows.
    June 11: One of its neighbors has never lost to its archenemy: high clothing prices.
    June 12: If villains needed money to fund their evil plans they would target its neighbour recognized by its green logo.
    June 13: The Sears Building Vancouver 701 Granville Street

    I will be sharing the daily clues as I receive them up until Monday. You can also enter to win a double pass for the Vancouver premiere from me. Here’s how:

  • Leave a comment with the one superpower you wish you could have (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • I entered to win premiere passes to #GreenLantern from @WBPicturesCan & @Miss604

    I will draw one winner on Monday, June 13th after the night projection event. Green Lantern opens in theatres nationwide in 3D and 2D on Friday, June 17, 2011.

    Update The winner is Deidre!

    Rob Leickner’s Lost Lagoon

    June 9th, 2011 @ 11:15am (PT) by Michelle Kim

    I’m always fascinated by people who have gained a great deal of mastery in one creative discipline and then dare to venture into another—only to become hugely successful in that field as well. Such is the case and story of Vancouver director Rob Leickner.

    Rob Lost Lagoon
    Photo credit: Michelle Kim who met up with Rob at Gene Cafe on Main

    You see, Rob is a music guy. In the mid 1990’s, Rob and two of his friends started The Hive—an independent recording studio in Vancouver. What began in someone’s basement later evolved into a 3,000-square-foot industrial complex. Since its inception, the studio has recorded some of the most recognized names in independent music including Destroyer, Gigi, Ten Kens, The Cave Singers, and Black Mountain.

    Now his first foray into the film industry happened by chance, really, when his friend Terry Miles (whose band, Ashley Park, he recorded at the studio) asked him to play the role of a mute director in a film he was making on a shoe-string budget. It was suppose to be just one-day shoot for Rob, but ended up being more. But Rob didn’t care, he was having fun working with his friends on what seemed to be a good film.

    But the film wasn’t just good—it was great. When Life Was Good premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2008 to rave reviews and all the accolade took everyone who worked on the film on a bit of a whirlwind. It was this experience that inspired Rob to make something of his own.

    “It got me thinking,” he says. “I didn’t just want to be a bystander. I wanted to make my own film.”

    Now Rob didn’t have a lot of experience in the film industry, other than being a huge fan of films—in particular Korean and Chinese ones (in fact, it was his love for Korean cinema that inspired him to move to Korean and teach English for a year). So he decided to shoot what he knew.

    The result was Rob’s first feature film, Everything Louder Than Everything Else, about a recording studio and all the characters that come through it, which premiered at the Whistler International Film Festival last December. I actually saw it in Whistler and I’m not going to lie—I was pretty surprised that I loved it. Here was this guy who had never shot anything before, completing an excellent first feature film.

    Lost Lagoon Film
    Photo credit: Michael Milardo for Lost Lagoon

    In the same vain of his first feature (of shooting what you know), Rob is tapping into his experiences of living in Korea, being a long-distance runner, and, of course, working in the music industry to make his next feature film, Lost Lagoon, currently in pre-production and slated to shoot later this summer.

    Lost Lagoon tells the story of Mi-Ran (Diana Bang)—a long-distance runner who moves to from Seoul to Vancouver under the guise of studying English but really comes to listen good music and run through some beautiful trails. But when Vancouver doesn’t turn out to be quite what she expected and when her beautiful older sister comes to visit, Mi-Ran finds that she is just as isolated in Vancouver as she was in Seoul. What ensues is a process of self-discovery.

    Philip and Dave - Lost Lagoon Film
    Photo credit: Michael Milardo for Lost Lagoon

    Why the title Lost Lagoon?

    “Because Vancouver’s Lost Lagoon was once part of the ocean but now it’s separated,” he says. “I like the idea of this isolated body of water being a metaphor for this young woman.

    Rob is currently trying to raise funds for Lost Lagoon through Kickstarter—an online funding platform that allows people to donate to create projects in development. You can donate anything (from as low as a five dollars )and there are incentives to donate more (my favourite incentive is the opportunity to go on a 10km run with Rob!)

    To get more information , to see some preliminary footage, and to see how you can support the film, visit the project online and follow on Twitter.

    Lost Lagoon Film Mi-Ran
    Photo credit: Michael Milardo for Lost Lagoon

    What is cool about the site is that Rob posts Mi-Ran’s running playlists (pointing you to some very cool music) and he even gives you running tips! I plan to download some of the music and run through Stanley Park… maybe even around Lost Lagoon.

    This feature was written exclusively for Miss604 by actor, writer, and producer, Michelle Kim. Read all posts contributed by Michelle for and follow her on Twitter @miju.

    A guest post by Michelle Kim

    Guest contributor Michelle Kim is a local actor, producer, director, and writer. Providing write-ups about theatre, film, and the arts.