HP Envy 14 Beats Edition Giveaway


Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 — 10:30am PST
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Tis’ the season of giving and I have quite a line-up of prizes to share with my readers over the next month (more so than usual, I suppose). Starting off with a bang (well technically the week started with Wizard of Oz and Prince ticket giveaways), HP Canada has offered up their HP Envy 14 Beats Edition laptop, valued at $1,299.

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12 Bands of Christmas


Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 — 8:26am PST
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Shore 104.3FM is hosting 12 Bands of Christmas on Friday, December 9, 2011 at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. The station will be broadcasting live in the lobby from 6:00am until 8:00pm while collecting donations for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Local musical acts will be performing live throughout the day: Zaac Pick (8:00am), Lindsay May (9:00am), Dan Moxon (10:00am), TBA (11:00am), Mark Peterson (12:00pm), David Morin and the Foundation (1:00pm), Daniel Wesley (2:00pm), Gord Rutherford (3:00pm), Watasun (4:00pm), Reid Jamieson (5:00pm), Washboard Union (6:00pm), Jim Byrnes (7:00pm).

You can stop by to make your donation (monetary or non-perishable food item) or text SHORE104 to 41010 to contribute $10.

Prince at Rogers Arena, Win Tickets


Monday, December 5th, 2011 — 11:45am PST
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Prince is coming to Rogers Arena in Vancouver on December 16th as a part of his Canadian tour. The Purple Rain artist has already see rave reviews pour in from some of his shows back East:

Prince Vancouver
Photo courtesy of Live Nation

“He sang in his raspy midrange and piping falsetto, danced with liquid ease, and played ornate moody guitar solos as though thinking aloud through the instrument.” – The Globe and Mail.

“…continuously wowed for three hours by the undiminished vitality of the man’s stage presence, and indeed of the whole, mesmerizing Prince thing, 30-odd years into his singular and uncompromising career.” – Toronto.com

Tickets are still available and they start at $38 and go up to $246.70 (plus fees, taxes).

I have partnered with Live Nation to give away a pair of tickets to see Prince live in Vancouver. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming a Prince song (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win #Prince tickets from @LiveNationWest & @Miss604 http://ow.ly/7Pjsi #Miss604Holidays

I wil draw one winner at 10:00am on Friday, December 9, 2011.

Update The winner is Kelly!

Archives Photos of the Day: Christmas in Vancouver


Monday, December 5th, 2011 — 10:55am PST
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Santa Claus rolled through town in a parade this last weekend, the lights are twinkling at Robson Square, and the city’s Christmas tree will soon be lit. It’s a festive time for many cultures and religions. I scanned through the Vancouver Public Library’s archives to come up with a merry collection of images from Vancouver’s past in this week’s series.


1900’s – Santa giving gifts. VPL Accession Number: 18052. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.


1918 – Butcher shop at 2513 Main St. VPL Accession Number: 20633. Photographer: Dominion Photo Co.


1927 – Woodward’s Department Store. VPL Accession Number: 10419. Photographer: Leonard Frank.


Marine Building decorated at Christmas. VPL Accession Number: 14664 & 14664A.
Date unknown. Photographer: Leonard Frank.


1929 – Spencer’s Department Store. VPL Accession Number: 17174.


(Left) 1932 – BC Electric at 600 Granville. VPL Accession Number: 70431A. Photographer: King Studio.
(Right) 1952 – The Cave Supper Club. VPL Accession Number: 82042. Photographer: Art Jones.


1952 – Universal Lumber and Box Co. Christmas party. VPL Accession Number: 82046A.
Photographer: Doug Conk.


(Left)1966 – SPCA Christmas puppy. VPL Accession Number: 41113.
(Right) 1960 – Santa arrives at Children’s Hospital. VPL Accession Number: 41585
Photographer: Province Newspaper.


1965 – Vancouver General Hospital Christmas tree. VPL Accession Number: 42319.
Photographer: Province Newspaper.

December Events Metro Vancouver 2011


Monday, December 5th, 2011 — 10:00am PST
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We’re five days into the month but it’s already been a busy one. Holiday theatre, fundraisers, galas, free family fun, and much more has filled up December 2011 calendars. Here’s what you can enjoy around Metro Vancouver this month:

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Robson Square ice rink is open again this season for free skating. Photo credit: nolitawanders on Flickr

Monday, December 5, 2011
Battle of the Belgians at Biercraft
Miss Representation: Screening at VIFF Theatre
Solo Collective Theatre’s After Jerusalem at Performance Works
Off-White Christmas Improv Comedy
Bright Nights in Stanley Park
Woodward’s Windows on display
Burnaby Village Heritage Christmas
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Solo Collective Theatre’s After Jerusalem at Performance Works
Off-White Christmas Improv Comedy
Bright Nights in Stanley Park
Woodward’s Windows on display
Burnaby Village Heritage Christmas
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast
East Van Love Tweetup
Solo Collective Theatre’s After Jerusalem at Performance Works
Off-White Christmas Improv Comedy
ELIA Leadership Symposium
Bright Nights in Stanley Park
Woodward’s Windows on display
Burnaby Village Heritage Christmas
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Book Launch: Bill Reid and the Haida Canoe
Drive-Thru Christmas for the Richmond Christmas Fund
One of a Kind Christmas Craft Show
ELIA Leadership Symposium
Solo Collective Theatre’s After Jerusalem at Performance Works
Off-White Christmas Improv Comedy
Bright Nights in Stanley Park
Woodward’s Windows on display
Burnaby Village Heritage Christmas
Friday, December 9, 2011
O Christmas Tree light up ceremony in Mount Pleasant
Home Alone: Screening at the Rio Theatre
Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting
Vancouver Giants Teddy Bear Toss
One of a Kind Christmas Craft Show
ELIA Leadership Symposium
Solo Collective Theatre’s After Jerusalem at Performance Works
Stuff the Bus for Surrey Christmas Bureau at Comfort Inn
The Beat Cares at Brentwood Town Centre
Off-White Christmas Improv Comedy
Jewel Box of Lights at Bloedel Conservatory
Bright Nights in Stanley Park
Woodward’s Windows on display
Burnaby Village Heritage Christmas
Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden

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Carousel Theatre: The Wizard of Oz


Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 11:36am PST
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Carousel Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz this holiday season at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. It’s the fantastic tale of Dorothy, the Tinman, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto (her little dog, too).


Scarecrow (Darren Burkett), Tinman (Mike Stack), Dorothy (Robyn Wallis) and Lion (Josue Laboucane) in Carousel Theatre’s The Wizard of Oz. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Based upon the 1939 motion picture, the theatrical version of the production was adapted by the Royal Shakespeare Company. I have never seen a live version of The Wizard of Oz but I was in one as a child. Our elementary school produced one when I was in grade three and our class made up all the munchkins in Munchkinland.

The show opened last night and will run nightly at 7:00pm until December 31, 2011. There are also 2:00pm matinees on the weekends. The duration is 95 minutes and is suitable for children 4 years old and up. Tickets are going very fast with many shows sold out already.

Carousel Theatre has kindly offered up a prize pack for one of my readers that includes 4 tickets to the show, a copy of the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, and even a Glinda tiara. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming your favourite (or your child’s favourite) Wizard of Oz moment (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win 4 tickets to @CarouselTheatre’s #WizardofOz from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/7NB6H #Miss604Holidays

I will draw one winner at 10:00am on Thursday, December 8, 2011.

Update The winner is Angela! (comment on December 5th)