Vancouver History: Bailey Bros. Photography

Monday, January 30th, 2012 — 3:02pm PDT
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The Bailey brothers, Charles S. and William, setup shop in Vancouver at the end of the 19th century. Charles was the first to arrive from Ontario and form a photography company partnership, Neelands & Bailey, which lasted about a year. In 1890 William joined his brother in Vancouver and Bailey Bros Photography was born.

1886 – Tremont Hotel on Carrall betwen Powell & Cordova. Archives item# SGN 123.

1888 – Looking East on Hastings from Granville. Archives item# Str P127.

1890 – Cordova Street. Archives item# CVA 1376-91.

1892 – Dawson School at Helmcken & Hornby Streets. Archives item# SGN 48.

1890s – 500 block of West Hastings. Archives item# SGN 14.

1890s – Ferguson residence at Burrard and Howe. Archives item# SGN 67.

1890s – English Bay. Archives item# SGN 151.

1890s – Townley residence at Hastings & Burrard. Archives item# SGN 299.

All photographs by Charles S. Bailey.

Over the years Charles and William captured Vancouver as it became a city. Charles usually took most of the photos while William ran the business which operated out of Vancouver and also Kamloops. In 1896, at just 27 years old, Charles passed away. During his short life, he captured Vancouver as it became a city and was, according to the Camera Workers of BC registry, the first professional Canadian photographer to visit Hawaii.

Related photographer profiles: Leonard Frank, Fred Herzog, Philip Timms, Don Coltman.

Vancouver’s Official Super Bowl Party

Monday, January 30th, 2012 — 1:23pm PDT
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Vancouver Super Bowl PartyNext weekend the NFL and Bud Light are hosting Vancouver’s Official Super Bowl XLVI Party, showing the big game live from Indianapolis.

The event at the Commodore will kick off with a welcome from the Seattle Seahawks Cheerleaders and after the game there will be a live performance from The Sheepdogs.

What Vancouver’s Official Super Bowl XLVI Party
Date Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, 2012
Time Doors at 2:00pm
Where The Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville)
Tickets Available online for $52.25.

I have three pairs of tickets up for grabs for Vancouver’s biggest football fans. Here’s how you can enter to win your way in:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming the NFL team you support (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to #CanadasXLVI Super Bowl Party in #Vancouver from @Miss604

I will draw three winners at random from all entries at 11:00am on Thursday, February 2, 2012. Must be 19+ to enter, win, and attend this event. Please enjoy responsibly and plan a safe trip home.

Update My winners are @BlueJayGal Shayne, Alex @ryanjenkster, and Scott!

Save The Rio Events February 2012

Monday, January 30th, 2012 — 11:13am PDT
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Earlier this month the Rio Theatre obtained their liquor license so that they could host 19+ events (performances, comedy, concerts) with bar service. The celebration was short-lived as they soon realized that they could no longer also screen movies, at any time of day, if they had that license in place. The movie house had to shut down its projectors and as a result, the community has rallied in support of the Rio to hopefully change the out-dated provincial liquor laws.

Save the Rio East Van All Stars Variety Show
Burlesque, comedy, spoken word, music and magic hosted By Kitty Night’s The Purrrfessor
When: Friday, February 3, 2012 doors at 8:00pm, show at 9:00pm
Performers: Burgundy Brixx, April O’Peel, Lydia DeCarllo, Rita Star, Callio P Cock, Duncan Shields, Taylor Harp and more.
Tickets: By donation or available online in advance (select your price)

A Legion of Stand-up Comedians Have Come to Save the RIO!
What: A night of comedy hosted by by Patrick Maliha
When: Saturday, February 4, 2012 doors at 7:00pm
Comics: Carter Hortie, Ivan Decker, Art Factora, Sean Emery and Damonde Tschritter, plus special guest Graham Clark
Tickets: $10 at the door $8 in advance online

Photo credit: Urban Mixer on Flickr –

Find our more about the Rio’s plan of action online and follow @RioTheatre on Twitter for updates. These are both licensed events, must be 19+ to attend. Please enjoy responsibly and plan a safe trip home.

Dynamite Gift Card Giveaway

Monday, January 30th, 2012 — 10:14am PDT
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If you were to ask me my personal style, I would tell you that I don’t really have any. I wear jeans, sometimes skirts, and a top that suits the occasion. In home in my office my “uniform” includes t-shirts usually have technology or social media tones — like the HootSuite t-shirt I’m wearing as I compose this post. However, everyone needs a little black dress, a cute top (to go with those favourite jeans), or a versatile skirt that they can wear in almost any situation.

When it comes to fashion, local designers and Canadian companies are actually quite easy to find in Vancouver. Robson, West 4th, Gastown, and East Vancouver are speckled with homegrown designs, talent, shop owners, and franchises. One in particular is Quebec-based Dynamite.

Photos courtesy of Dynamite on Facebook

After 35 years, and with over 250 stores across Canada and the United States, Groupe Dynamite provides affordable fashions that take its customer from the office to glam nights out and casual weekends, with urban flare.

Dynamite locations around the Lower Mainland and across BC:

Metropolis at Metrotown (4700 Kingsway)
Coquitlam Centre (2929 Barnet Hwy)
New Westminster Smart Centres (805 Boyd)
Richmond Centre (6551 No.3 Rd)
Robson Street (1100 Robson St)
Orchard Park Shopping Centre, Kelowna
Pine Centre, Prince George
The Bay Centre, Victoria

Dynamite has generously offered up a $100 gift card for a lucky reader. Use the card yourself, for your family, or for your partner but be sure to spend it all in one place. Here are three ways to enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming a “must wear” item you have your eye on for spring (1 entry)
  • Leave the same type of comment on the Miss604 Facebook Page Contest Tab (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
Calling all fashionistas! RT to enter to win a $100 #Dynamite clothing store gift card from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries received at 11:00am on Friday, February 3, 2012. Follow Dynamite on Facebook or YouTube, and check out their new dSocial site for more information about seasonal fashions.

Update The winner is @kahhlee!

North Vancouver District Public Library Book Sale

Sunday, January 29th, 2012 — 1:29pm PDT
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Bargains await if you’re looking for books, CDs, and DVDs, which will all be on sale for 50 cents to $2 at the Friends of the North Vancouver District Public Library (“NVDPL”) Book Sale.

Chapters display table
Photo credit: Ruth and Dave on Flickr – Submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool.

Happening at the Lynn Valley Library (1277 Lynn Valley Rd) February 24 to 26, 2012, you can stop by between 10:00am and 7:00pm on Friday, on Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and on Sunday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Children’s items usually sell out quickly on Friday and on Sunday everything is half price. You can fill a bag with books for $3 or a box for $5.

Proceed from the sale will provide book prizes for the Summer Reading Club, The Trick is to Read Halloween program, as well as the Excite Your Library Experience campaign to create an improved lobby lounge at Lynn Valley Library. Find out more about the Friends of the Library and follow @NVDPL on Twitter for updates.

Hycroft Antiques Appraisal Clinic

Friday, January 27th, 2012 — 1:31pm PDT
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The University Women’s Club will be hosting the Hycroft Antiques Appraisal Clinic in March, which is loosely based on the popular television series Antiques Roadshow.

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I was just at the North Vancouver Museum with Emily Carr University’s Professor Emeritus Sam Carter discussing the art of being a collector so news of this event is timely. Earlier this month John and I also stopped by Antique Archeology (home of the American Pickers) in Iowa.

Antiques Roadshow was the original program that helped the everyday person get their household items, heirlooms, or collectibles appraised by a professional, on television. Now in it’s 14th season, with over 10 million viewers each week, I can’t help but think it inspired recent pop culture phenomenons like American Pickers, Pawn Starts, and even Storage Wars.

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If you have an item you would like to get appraised you can register now for the Hycroft Antiques Appraisal Clinic that will take place March 5th and March 6th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Call (604) 731-4661 or email uwcv[at] to book your appointment.

Local art and antique experts Anthony Westbridge and Peter Blundell will take on the task of doing verbal appraisals including the age, history, and value of items. Admission is $35 for University Women’s Club members and $40 for guests. Antiques, collectibles, and art are perfect for this event, but please do not bring guns, stamps, coins, furniture or jewelry.