Archives Photos of the Day: Christmas in Vancouver

December 5th, 2011 @ 10:55am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

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

December 5th, 2011 @ 10:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

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

Carousel Theatre: The Wizard of Oz

December 3rd, 2011 @ 11:36am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

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)

Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2011

December 2nd, 2011 @ 2:21pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Bright Nights in Stanley Park light up the park starting tonight and running until January 2, 2012. It’s the 14th annual event that sees millions of lights decorate the park and the miniature railway.

Reindeer Crossing
Photo credit: jelee_unleashed on Flickr

View animated displays, listing to holiday music, enjoy hot chocolate, and try the fresh popcorn and roasted chestnuts from the Stanley Park Ecology Society. Santa will also be on-hand for visits.

Stop by daily from 3:00pm until 10:00pm and stay until 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturday. Bright Nights will just be closed on Christmas Day. You can park at the miniature railway lot, take the #19 bus into the park, or walk in from downtown.

Admission is by donation to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund and train tickets are $9 (adults) and $6 (children and youth). You can purchase train tickets ahead of time online or by calling 1-855-985-5000.

Visit Bright Nights in Stanley Park on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Whistler Film Festival 2011: Preview

December 2nd, 2011 @ 9:50am (PT) by Michelle Kim

I’m at the Whistler Film Festival again this year and though I’m linked to two films in the festival (my dog Momo is in the Rob Leickner’s Lost Lagoon and a short I’m producing, Mermaid in a Jar, has been shortl-isted for MMPIA short film award), I will be covering the festival for Miss604.com.

This year there will be over 70 films from around the world being screened and a lot of tributes and awards (way more than in previous) honouring various people in the industry including Michael Shannon, Patton Oswalt, and Jay Baruchel.

There are also a lot of money being handed out – up to $50,000 in cash prizes! There is $15,000 for the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature; $10,000 for the New Voices; and various others including the MPPIA short film award ($15,000 cash prize plus $100,000 in services).

And of course the films. I’m going to try to see Foreverland, Monsieur Laxhar, Café de Flore, Doppleganger Paul, and of course Lost Lagoon (Go Momo!).

But because there are so many films, so many parties, and so many outdoor-related activities to distract you, you always have to go with the flow at WFF and see what happens. Stay tuned as I report back after this weekend.

The Whistler Film Festival is on now until December 4, 2011. If you’re heading to Whistler yourself, download the free mobile app for events and schedules. Follow @WhisFilmFest on Twitter for news and updates from WIFF.

A Miss604.com 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.

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