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Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 — 9:25am PDT
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Heading into July and with the sun finally poking out from behind the grey sogginess of June, I figured it was time to profile some of the latest images to be added to the the Miss604 group on Flickr.

Noah reads the wall for the first time.
Photo credit: Jay Piddy on Flickr

The Bay downtown -1243
Photo credit: zoomzoom7419 on Flickr

commercial drive
Photo credit: just_jeanette on Flickr

Save-On-Meats
Photo credit: Maurice Li on Flickr

Vancouver 2011 Mini Maker Faire
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Round Bowen Challenge: A 32 km Paddle Race Around Bowen Island Near West Vancouver
Photo credit: Susan Gittins on Flickr

Salmon sashimi on Thai basil oil  at Market by Jean-Georges. Short rib poutine  at Market by Jean-Georges.
Photo credit: Melody Fury, Melody Fury on Flickr

Latincouver Carnaval del Sol
Photo credit: Michael Kwan on Flickr

Dancing with Mummy
Hayley_Bouchard, Hayley_Bouchard on Flickr

Jerrica Santos at Fête de la Musique in Vancouver Fête de la Musique in Gastown, Vancouver Fête de la Musique in Gastown, Vancouver
Maurice Li, Maurice Li, Maurice Li on Flickr

long shadows of Summer Solstice at Kits Beach, Vancouver
Photo credit: Judy B – The Travlling Eye on Flickr

Granville Bridge
Photo credit: bkang83 on Flickr

A crisp night in Vancouver
Photo credit: lumbum86 on Flickr

All of these shots were contributed by photographers around Metro Vancouver. As always, please click through on each of the photos to view more from each photographer and feel free to add your own to the Miss604 Flickr Group.

Canada Day at Canada Place: Social Media Hub


Friday, July 1st, 2011 — 4:00pm PDT
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The Social Media Hub at Canada Place’s Canada Day celebration was sponsored by Vancouver is Awesome and myself. Throughout the day, bloggers stopped by for some WiFi connectivity and caffeine compliments of Salt Spring Coffee.

Canada Day 2011 | Canada Place
Photo credit: Rick Chung on Flickr

John Biehler and Duane Storey were out taking photos and video for Miss604.com and Rick Chung was on hand for VIA. Here’s a sampling of their coverage and the festivities that have been going on at Canada Day in Vancouver.

Canada Place
Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

Mosaic Wall @ Canada Place
Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

Serious Sausage Go Canada!
Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

Canada Day 2011
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Terminal City Rollergirls
Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

Pretty packed outside Canada Place #happycanadaday
Photo credit: Raul on Flickr

Canada Day 2011 @ Canada Place
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Canada Day 2011
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Canada Day 2011 @ Canada Place
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Canada Day 2011
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

The celebration is over yet. There will be a parade down Georgia at 7:00pm followed by fireworks in Burrard inlet. There’s still time to get downtown (preferably by transit, bike, or foot) to enjoy the rest of this sunny Canada Day.

Celebration of Light Bleacher Contest 2


Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 — 6:15pm PDT
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The Celebration of Light fireworks in English Bay are taking place July 30th, August 3rd, and August 6th. This year, you can catch the dazzling offshore display of pyrotechnics from reserved bleacher seating and I’ve already given away a pair of tickets for the first show July 30th when China will light up the skies.

Celebration of Light 2010 - Vancouver
Photo credit: Michael Kwan on Flickr

Here’s how you can enter to win my other pair of tickets for reserved bleacher seating for the second fireworks night:

1. Simply fill out the contest box below telling me which country will be presenting that night.


Should the contest box not appear on your screen, you can enter via the official contest page.

2. Or for an additional entry, post the following on Twitter:

I entered to win bleacher seating for the @CelebofLight fireworks from @miss604 http://ow.ly/5tvcw

One winner will be drawn at 10:00am Monday, July 25, 2011 at random from all entries (contest box entries will be compiled along with Twitter entries).

Also new this year, you can pick up Celebration of Light t-shirts which are now for sale online for $20. I was one of the t-shirt design contest judges and it’s great to see contest winner Reena Negi’s idea come to life on this year’s shirt.

Follow the Celebration of Light on Twitter or Facebook for updates leading up to this summer’s events and add your photos to their group on Flickr.

Social Media Day 2011


Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 — 9:52am PDT
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Social Media Day 2011 takes place June 30th in over 1380 communities around the world. Each of these communities has planned a meetup where people will get together to celebrate social networking, its technology and the connections it has made.

Social Media Day in Vancouver
Pete Cashmore (@Mashable) & City of Vancouver’s Andrea Reimer
with the “Social Media Day in Vancouver” Proclamation June 30, 2010.
Photo by John Biehler on Flickr

You can meet your Vancouver online community offline at one of the following events:

Burnaby (SFU Cornerstone, Meetup Link), Langley (Agave Grill, Meetup Link), North Vancouver (TBD, Meetup Link), Surrey (TBD, Meetup Link), Vancouver (Ceilis Irish Pub, Meetup Link).

Social media isn’t just for making connections online, a large part of it (and often its main goal) is to bring people (friends, clients, partners, customers) together in an offline environment. The tag for Social Media Day on Twitter is #smday so you can share photos and updates from your local meetup.

KidSport and Triple O’s Campaign


Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 — 11:41am PDT
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Triple O’s, makers of some of BC’s best burgers on the go, is supporting KidSport BC this month through an in-store and online campaign.

From June 20 to July 3, the public will be able to contribute to their local KidSport chapter when ordering off the Triple O’s menu in any of the 30 participating locations. Funds raised during the two-week period will help kids with financial barriers experience the benefits of sport participation by covering the registration fees for a sport season of their choice.

To help get the word out, here’s how you can enter to win a $50 gift card from Triple O’s:

  • Leave a comment on this post listing your fondest childhood sports memory – or why you think it’s important for children to be involved in sport (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT & @TripleOs will donate $1 to @KidSport http://bit.ly/jImUcb & enter you to win a $50gc via @Miss604 http://ow.ly/5shCB

That’s right, for every re-tweet on Twitter (up to 25,000) Triple O’s will donate $1 to KidSport. Enter to win a gift card and donate to a great local cause all in one shot. This campaign hopes to raise enough to cover the registration fees of children in 39 BC communities.

To learn more about KidSport, follow them on Twitter or Facebook and support them through Triple O’s this month.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries Monday, July 4, 2011 at 10:00am. Update The winner is Lelainia lloyd!

Canada Day 2011 Burnaby, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Richmond, Tri-Cities, West Vancouver


Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 — 11:24am PDT
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Everyone is welcome at Vancouver’s Canada Day on the waterfront at Canada Place however if you’re looking for something local, there are a few other locations where you can celebrate Canada’s 144th birthday.

Surrey Canada Day 2009

Burnaby
Head to the Burnaby Village Museum for carousel rides, Vaudeville performances, dancers, artists, and more.

Fort Langley
All of Fort Langley will be hopping with events happening at several locations. Admission to the Fort will also be free all day.

New Westminster
The fireworks at the Quay have been canceled but you can still stop by Queen’s Park for festivities throughout the day.

North Vancouver
Lonsdale Quay will be the hub of activity on the North Shore with concerts and activities for the whole family. They’ll also be hosting a series of free summertime events throughout July and August as a part of SummerFest 2011.

Richmond
Canada Day, July 1st means it’s also the 66th annual Steveston Salmon Festival. Starting out with a pancake breakfast the Canada Day Parade will follow along with music, craft shows, activities, and the famous salmon bake.

Surrey
Celebrate at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre from 11:00am until 10:30pm, ending with fireworks.

Tri-Cities
Celebrate in Anmore, Coquitlam, Port Moody or Port Coquitlam.

West Vancouver
John Lawson Park is the place to be with a family picnic, concerts, and fireworks finale at 10:30pm.