Spot The Crazy Canucks Contest

October 7th, 2008 @ 3:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Crazy Canucks on Canucks.comA few weeks ago we mentioned a special photo shoot we had at GM Place and now you are able to see JJ, Alanah, DaveO, John and me as featured bloggers and podcasters on the Canucks’ official website.

As it turns out, they’ve extended the FanZone campaign to outdoor advertising, including bus stops, Skytrain stations and even buses themselves. So far we’ve only spotted John’s poster at the Granville Skytrain station but we know we’re all out there… somewhere. This is where our podcast listeners and blog readers come in.

If you see us, snap a photo of you with us, where ever that might be, and submit it to The Crazy Canucks Flickr Pool. Your photo will have its opportunity to show up on the front page of our site, but there’s more!

Submitting a picture to the Flickr pool enters you into a draw for two tickets to the Canucks Open Practice on October 26, 2008. [The Crazy Canucks]

The Canucks Hockey Blog was nice enough to donate the prize and I’m also going to throw in a copy of the Sidney Crosby, On the Ice and Beyond DVD.

So keep your eyes peeled and have a camera handy, spot The Crazy Canucks posters and you could win.

Misss604 Ad Space: UQ Events

October 7th, 2008 @ 12:40pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

As stated when I first started making my site open for advertisements, I will always disclose when a blog post is a part of a paid ad placement. As I choose my advertisers probably as carefully as they choose me, I make sure to remain above board for my readers.

UQ Events is the latest company to take up real estate on my side bars so I have conducted an interview with Michelle Lanthier of UQ Events to find out a bit more about who they are and what they do.

What is your website/url
The website is www.uqevents.com

What is your role/involvement with the business
I would say that I mostly deal with marketing related tasks. However, when you work for a smaller company it seems that you are constantly multi-tasking in order to accomplish 5 things at once (many of which are not at all marketing related).

What does your site/service offer

October's Third Tuesday Food Drive

October 6th, 2008 @ 5:22pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Media Sponsor for Third TuesdayDuring National Digital Media Day I started collecting food donations for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. I still have the items sitting at home (about two bags worth) and I thought to myself that it would be really great to have more than this when I drop off the donations.

I knew I had to arrange some type of in-person event and get a food drive going and this is when I asked Tanya and Monica to have it at Third Tuesday on October 21st, an event I have been livebloging over the last year. Being the wonderful women that they are, they accepted without hesitation.

Third Tuesday is a monthly meetup or bloggers, social media experts (and newbies), professionals, consultants, students, marketers and PR gurus. We get to enjoy a presentation from a speaker (this month it’s Mhari Petrovic) followed by after-hours networking. It’s a great way to get out and meet the community, talk to colleagues, make new acquaintances and hopefully some business connections as well.

The attendees of this event each month are all so talented and motivated I thought they would be a great group to approach. Everyone is welcome to come to the meetup and bring a non-perishable food item for donation.

The GVFBS helps feed more than 9,000 people each week in 16 depots located in Burnaby, New Westminster, Vancouver and the North Shore. Additionally, the GVFBS aids over 100 agencies within these areas, providing help to another 16,000 individuals weekly.

Along with knowing you’re helping out those in the community that are in need, you will also get your name in a draw for some excellent prizes when you bring in your donation.

There will be additional information revealed closer to the date (venue etc.) and this will also be added to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s calendar. If you’d like to help out, please leave me a note in the comments. Thanks in advance for your support.

Update: Prizes are confirmed for those who donate to the Food Bank at Third Tuesday! The first will be a 5-item gift pack of CARE by Stella McCartney skin care products and the second is a ticket vouchers for a regular season Vancouver Giants game.

The History Boys at The Arts Club

October 6th, 2008 @ 3:20pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

After catching The History Boys last week at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, I have to agree wholeheartedly with Jon from Beyond Robson who wrote, “the play is easily the most intellectually engaging thing I’ve seen on a Vancouver stage in years, and is almost flawlessly delivered by director Dean Paul Gibson and his cast and crew.”

The cast of the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of The History Boys.
Photo by David Cooper.

For those who may not have already deduced, I love history and for that matter, I loved history class. From AP European History to Canadian Studies, I ate it all up in high school. In The History Boys, classmates at the all-boys school are clever, intelligent and incessantly witty while their teachers attempt to mold them into perfect Oxbridge material. Oxbridge being a mashup of Cambridge and Oxford, as the play is set in England.

Mrs. Lintott: And you, Rudge? How do you define history?
Rudge: Can I speak freely without being hit?
Mrs. Lintott: You have my protection.
Rudge: How do I define history? Well it’s just one f’ing thing after another.

The passionate debates, the laugh out loud and groan-worthy humour, and yes, even the pantless scenes were all priceless. Matter of the heart, matters of art, and talk of Auden, Orwell and Hardy – I was so inspired by The History Boys that I went to my bookshelf (parted the frames that held our lovely wedding photos) and dusted of The Return of the Native, Far from the Madding Crowd, and Jude the Obscure.

Hector: The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.

It’s also worthy to note the production value of the play, the stage setup and the music. If you’d like to check out this Tony Award winner for yourself, it will be showing until October 25th on Granville Island. Tickets are available online or at the box office.

Monday Morning Link Fest: Getting Down to Business

October 6th, 2008 @ 10:21am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Mondays and Tuesdays are my big writing days where I prepare my contributions for E!Online as well as HockeyStars. A big part of my new ventures into the realm of self-employment is freelance blog writing. Our company, sixty4media, offers tutorials, training, setup, coding, themes, podcasts, screencasts etc. but we can also find the right person to create your content. If that person happens to be me and you’d like me to write (transparently) about topics you’d like me to cover, feel free to drop me a line.

Now down to the link fest for this Monday morning, or as I like to call it, “one week til turkey day”.

Jeremy Lim is the winner of the software license that was donated to WordCamp at Barcamp by the fine folks at Artisteer.

Gary from Bluefur has some great tips and links with regards to self-employment, freelance, and working for the man in his latest “In the Sphere” post: Salaries and Millionaires.

I just wrote about the Twitter for Business over on the sixty4media blog.

Twitter can be professional and also productive, as with any service you need to know when to ignore all of the noise and find out how this powerful tool can work best for you. [sixty4media]

John sent me this link over delicious, where is your username registered? Thanks to that extensive list of services and sites, I discovered Corkd, a great social network for wine lovers, and that I am also f’ing awesome (and you can be too).

Vancouver’s own “Interesting” event will be taking place October 24th. This premiere event, held around the world, “is a multi-disciplinary conference for and by the curious and creative minds of Vancouver. Speakers come from a host of backgrounds such as sciences, academia, marketing, technology, art, and more.” Additional information is available on the Interesting Vancouver site and you can register through the Eventbrite page.

Last week Liz Strauss, a leader in blog and social media consulting for business, named me as one of her “Successful and Outstanding Blogs” of the week (which is very cool). At Blog World Expo a few weeks ago she made the following comment with regards to PR companies only contacting the high-rollers of the blog realm: “The thing I know about bloggers is that if you talk to them and they’re little bloggers, they grow – and they become bigger bloggers.” She also noted, “I want a relationship, not a one link stand,” when it comes to building blogger relations.

Change of Seasons in Stanley Park

October 6th, 2008 @ 7:49am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Yesterday our morning workout turned into a 2 hour power-walk in and around Stanley Park.


I packed a camera with me since it had been a while since I was able to check back on the restoration progress in the park and more specifically, I wanted to see how the Merilees Trail looked now [see Update from April 2008].

New lookout?
Merilees Trail – April 2008
Picnic Time
Picnic time along the Merilees trail – October 2008

The “Siwash bunker” has new access; we no longer have to scale, jump, or crawl across roped bridges to take in the great views from the top.

Bunker Access
Siwash Bunker Access – October 2008

The Prospect Point parking lot is now relocated away from the cliff (where they clearcut all those trees) with plenty of room for tour buses and paid parking.

The clearing at Prospect Point – January 2008
New Prospect Point
Where the road used to be at Prospect Point – October 2008

Hollow Tree looks like it’s in its worst shape yet. The tree behind it has been cut down, there are more cables wrapped around it and two pillars holding it up at the front and quite frankly it looks hideous.

Leaning Hollow Tree
The Hollow Tree – April 2008
Hollow Beast
The Hollow Tree – October 2008

I didn’t get the chance to follow up on “my spot” on the sea wall that I’ve been tracking over the last few years but John said it still hasn’t been repaired.

Still busted

For a bit of back-story… in December of 2006 a great wind storm tore through they city’s most prized natural wonder and it’s been in a rebuilding and replanting phase ever since (you can browse John’s archives or mine for coverage of the storm in 2006). My photos of the park are available in my Flickr set.

Palin on Foreign Policy and Tina Fey on SNL

October 4th, 2008 @ 7:49pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I was just talking to John about Halloween costume themes this and I have a hunch that “The Palin” might just be the frontrunner for women this year.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on SNL

Sarah Palin and Katie Couric

Gibson's Finest Iron Bar Competition at Players Chophouse

October 4th, 2008 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Thanks to Kevin from FoodVancouver, I attended the Gibson’s Finest Iron Bar Competition at Players Chophouse yesterday afternoon.

Gibson's Finest

I admit, I’m not a big whisky drinker but I knew I couldn’t pass up this event (especially since I had such a good time at the Grey Goose Arbiter of Cool earlier this summer).

Canadian Whisky

After a quick education in Canadian whisky, the four mixologists / bartenders that were vying for the title and a spot at the Canadian championships took their places for the competition.

Sophie and "The Sophie"

Sophie Taverner of The Cascade Room


Frank Plater of the Fairmont Waterfront


Ryan Cheverie of Hamilton Street Grill

Judges with Justin

Justin Tisdall of Boneta

The judges were Raj Taneja of Urban Mixer (it was great to finally meet him in person), Jay Durant from Global TV, and Michael Schratter from 24 Hours.

Judges and Contestants

The idea was to do a sort of “Iron Chef” competition; there were three rounds with three different mystery ingredients which ended up being ginger (candied, fresh or ale), orange (fresh, marmalade, or juice) and lemon (fresh, soda, or juice).

Mystery Ingredient #2

Ryan and Sophie


Each contestant also had their own signature drink so we got to sample “The Justin”, “The Sophie”, “The Ryan”, and “The Frank”.

"THE" drinks

Justin ended up being the champion, receiving an oversized novelty cheque, a trip to Montreal for the Grey Cup and a spot at the national finals. His signature drink contained: 2oz Gibson’s Rye, 1/5th oz Amaretto, 2oz apple cider infused with orange dulce tea, and a chopped bird’s eye pepper.

Thanks to Gibson’s for the successful event and to Players for the delicious pairings. My photos are available in my Flickr set and Raj was also taking photos which will be up on his Flickr as well.