Vancouver in a Day

April 18th, 2011 @ 9:40am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tourism Vancouver has been commissioning some very cool projects lately like Kris Krug’s photo essays (capturing Chinatown and Downtown neighbourhoods).

Chinatown - Vancouver, BC Chinatown - Vancouver, BC
Chinatown - Vancouver, BC Chinatown - Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: Kris Krug for Tourism Vancouver on Flickr

Their latest series is with Sean Horlor (Columnist, Producer, star of Don’t Quit Your Gay Job) creating an online video campaign called “Vancouver in a Day” where, over the next six month, Sean and his partner Steve Adams (Director/Director of Photography) will feature what visitors and locals alike can do around town, in one day.

Since I’m often asked, “What should I do when I’m in Vancouver?” I thought it would be worth finding out how Sean and Steve are selecting their subject matter: “When we’re planning each video, we take into consideration the time of year and build a list of Vancouver spots and activities that we would like to try and that we would like to show to locals and visitors,” said Steve.

“Even after we’ve both lived here for so long, there are a ton of typically Vancouver things that neither of us have tried,” added Sean. “That was my first time on Grouse in the five year’s I’ve been in Vancouver.” The touristy places sometimes aren’t top of mind for locals however they’re popular for a reason. Places like the Vancouver Lookout and even Grouse, as Sean mentioned, are definitely worth exploring while being a ‘tourist in your hometown’.

If Sean and Steve, aside from this project, had a single day to enjoy Vancouver, Steve says he would do a day hike to the Lions for a scenic and intense look at the city and then have dinner with friends at one of the many great restaurants in Gastown. Sean said it would have to be summer and he’d enjoy morning pitch and putt in West Vancouver, then grab some fresh produce, bike to Third Beach and have an afternoon beach BBQ. That would be pretty perfect.

Follow the video series on Tourism Vancouver’s Inside Vancouver blog for the next few months and take note of some great ways to enjoy our city.

From the Miss604 Flickr Pool

April 17th, 2011 @ 9:57am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver has come alive this spring with festivals, fundraisers, flowers, and playoff fever. This week I have assembled the usual collage of user-submitted photos from the Miss604 Flickr Pool to showcase what it means to live in Vancouver.

Photo credit: PiscesDreamer on Flickr

Photo credit: bcbusinesshub on Flickr

The only Greek restaurant in the Village
Photo credit: PiscesDreamer on Flickr

SL388130 The Dogfather, English Bay
Photo credit: Valentina Beatrice, Zanzibargirl on Flickr

Photo credit: aloalo* on Flickr

[100/365] Springing. Violet
Photo credit: kardboard604, TheVancouverGuy on Flickr

[097/365] Neighbourhood.
Photo credit: kardboard604 on Flickr

Walk to Leo's 3
Photo credit: Fotagenic, kelly.kaye on Flickr

Photo credit: TheVancouverGuy on Flickr

Bloedel Conservatory
Photo credit: TheVancouverGuy on Flickr

Skiers take a break
Photo credit: GlacierTim on Flickr

DSC_4966 Mossy birdhouse
Photo credit: wdworden, Ruth and Dave on Flickr

going home
Photo credit: parker yo! on Flickr

Ellie Goulding
Photo credit: Maurice Li on Flickr

Towel Power
Photo credit: PiscesDreamerI Walk Alone...
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

As always, click-through on the images to see more from each photographer and please feel free to add your own photos to the Miss604 Group on Flickr.

Happy 15th Anniversary CKWX News1130

April 14th, 2011 @ 4:54pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s been 15 years since News1130 hit the airways in Vancouver offering up all-news, all the time (with traffic and weather on the 1’s). They’ve survived some tumultuous times in the local radio economy and have branched out to social media – even hosting their first Tweetup a few months ago that welcomed about a hundred listeners.

Photo credit: Erin Loxam © News1130

While the current news format has been around since my high school days in 1996, the CKWX call sign has been a part of the Vancouver media landscape for the better part of the last century. CKWX powered up with 10 watts in 1923 and by 1928 they were broadcasting at 100 watts from the top of the Hotel Georgia.

1940s – Group broadcast on CKWX. Archives Item# CVA 1184-2378. Photographer: Jack Lindsay

It’s a little tough to keep track of all the frequencies and call signs but of note in 1941, CKWX 950 moved to AM 980 (which is now CKNW radio) and in 1951 CKWX moved to AM 1130 where it lives today. They were the first Vancouver radio station to broadcast at 50,000 watts, back in 1957. CKWX had adult contemporary programming in the 1970s and were then spinning country through the 1980s and 1990s before becoming a news station in 1996 with headlines cycling through every 30 minutes.

1940s – Group broadcasting on CKWX. Archives Item# CVA 1184-2382. Photographer: Jack Lindsay

Tonight there is a celebration for News1130’s 15th year and you can follow along online by searching the tag newx1130xv on Twitter.

My source for the preceding information is the Vancouver Radio Museum which has an amazing archive of information and photos. You can also read Broadcasting History to find talent including News 1130’s Andy Walsh, Canada’s longest serving on-air personality, and a very young Red Robinson who worked at CKWX as a teen.

Tokyo Police Club at the Commodore

April 14th, 2011 @ 1:57pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Smirnoff Canada concert series is presenting Tokyo Police Club at the Commodore April 23rd and one of my readers will be able to attend the sound check and get a pair of tickets to the show.

The promotion is through the Smirnoff Canada Box Office, which offers exclusive advance tickets, seats, and unique concert opportunities. Also on the bill that night is Vancouver’s own Said the Whale, as well as Dinosaur Bones. Tickets for the show are $20 (plus service charges) and are available at Zulu, Red Cat and Ticketmaster.

Live at Squamish 2010 - Said The Whale
Said the Whale – Photo credit: John Bollwitt
Live at Squamish 2010 - Tokyo Police Club
Tokyo Police Club – Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

If you would like to enter to win this experience with Canadian rockers, Tokyo Police Club, leave a comment on this post naming one of their songs and/or post the following on Twitter:

I entered to win show & soundcheck tickets to @TokyoPoliceClub from @smirnoffcanada & @miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm, Tuesday April 19, 2011.

Update April 18, 2011: I now have two more pairs of tickets to give away so I will be drawing 3 winners.
Update The winners are Beth, rino, and @iamkaz Stv. Congratulations!
No purchase necessary, must be legal drinking age to win and attend the show. Please enjoy responsibly.

Lonsdale Quay 25th Anniversary

April 14th, 2011 @ 1:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Lonsdale Quay opened its doors for the first time April 12, 1986. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Quay (including the market, shops, bus loop and Sea Bus terminal) they’re hosting two days of free family-friendly events this weekend.

Lonsdale Quay Market, North Vancouver Lonsdale Quay Market, North Vancouver
Photo credit: Urban Shore, Urban Shore on Flickr

Activities include a bouncy castle, face-painting, a BBQ (by donation to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation), entertainment (Ben Sigston, VOC Sweet Soul Choir, Adam Woodall Band) and more. Festivities run from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, April 16th and 17th, 2011.

Photo credit: AE Creations on Flickr

The Lonsdale Quay hosts market stalls, artisans, butchers, bakers, cheesemongers, florists, eateries, gift shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Its market is great for finding local ingredients for dinner or grabbing an ice cream (during the warmer months) and sitting outside enjoying the view of Vancouver from across the water.

April 2011 Events in Metro Vancouver

April 14th, 2011 @ 9:36am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Although the month is almost half over, there is still plenty happening around Metro Vancouver as we move into warmer weather and playoff season. The following events have been contributed by readers through my contact form.

The Garden
Photo credit: rbtwhite on Flickr

Fundraising events for Japan are all listed over on this post.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Month
Vancouver Art Gallery: WE: Vancouver 12 Manifestos for the City (until May)
The Dance Centre presents Co.ERASGA/Complot in EXpose (until Friday)
National Volunteer Week photo contest (until Friday)
BC Arts & Culture Week (until Friday)
Friday, April 15, 2011
Gong! The Vancouver Indonesian Cultural Festival (until April 17)
Ballet BC 25th Anniversary
SFU Gathering of the Clan Fundraising Breakfast
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Surrey’s Party for the Planet
Vaisakhi Parade, Vancouver
Ballet BC 25th Anniversary
Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Host Public Events to Honour 100 years of Service
Bike the Blossoms
Lonsdale Quay 25th Anniversary
Core Education + Fine Arts “Make it Better” project

Sunday, April 17, 2011
Vancouver Sun Run
Singer/Songwriter Susan Jacks fundraising concert promoting organ donation
The Perfect Wedding Show

Monday, April 18, 2011
Vancouver International Poetry Festival (until April 23)
Marquis Wine Cellars: Urban Easter Egg Hunt (until April 22)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Everything You Wanted to Know About Shakespeare: But Were Afraid To Ask
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders
Fraser Valley Acoustic Guitar Festival
Friday, April 22, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Easter Arts Celebration for Families at Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Feast of Friends Vol.2 The Greaser’s Ball
Sunday, April 24, 2011
International Administrative Professionals Week (until April 30)
Monday, April 25, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Vancouver Archives: Legacies, Lessons, and the Future
Wednessday, April 27, 2011
Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Day
Norine Braun No. 8 CD Release
Lost In The Trees & Sean Rowe at the Media Club
International Administrative Professionals Day
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Petnership Project Holistic Wellness Pet Show
Erica Seckinger art show
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver: Women Day Workshop + Build
Vancouver Biennale Auction & Grand Finale

Should you wish to add any other events to the list, please do not hesitate to submit them in the comments or by email and I will update the post.