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.

From the Miss604 Flickr Pool

Friday, January 27th, 2012 — 10:52am PDT
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I only spent a few days in Vancouver this week as I took a whirlwind trip to Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci, Quebec (which will be the topic of a forthcoming post). However, local photographers have been busy snapping shots and adding them to the Miss604 Flickr Pool. The snow has disappeared but our city still shines, whether it’s under the soft glow of sunset or through shadowed alleys splashed with colour.

Full rainbow - some days are better than others
Photo credit: Scapevision on Flickr

Roasting Chestnuts on Robson St. Len
Photo credit: Kenhall & PiscesDreamer on Flickr

IMG_4118 Under water
Photo credit: The Vancouver Guy & Zorro1968 on Flickr

Photo credit: kenmcall on Flickr

strathcona Alley Graffiti, South of Cordova & Richards
Photo credit: Beaulawrence & colink. on Flickr

Friday... let's hug it out.
Photo credit: ng.kelven on Flickr

Lions Gate Bridge
Photo credit: Wynonna on Flickr

City of Golden Glass
Photo credit: Basedigital on Flickr

Shine On Me
Photo credit: kenmcall on Flickr

While You Were Sleeping, Vancouver...
Photo credit: Maurice Li on Flickr

Big City Nights
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Vancouver at Dusk
Photo credit: Basedigital on Flickr

As always, click on each picture to see more work from the photographers and please feel free to add your photos to the Miss604 Flickr Pool. You can add your own license and share your work alongside over 500 other members. Your photo could also be selected for feature here in the future.

Mount Pleasant Photography Exhibit at Rize

Friday, January 27th, 2012 — 10:04am PDT
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The Rize development in Mount Pleasant has committed to providing space for the community, local retailers, and showcasing area artists. Throughout the months of January and February 2012, they are hosting an exhibit called 5 that will showcase the works of Linda Suffidy, Emmanuel Buenviaje, Thibault Sendra, Salvador Nunez, and Raven Sto.

Preview: Mount Pleasant Vernacular
Photo credit: Emmanuel Buenviaje on Flickr

On now until February 11th, you can stop by to check out the photography of Emmanuel Buenviaje Emmanuel focused, fittingly, on the Mount Pleasant area for this exhibit. “I wanted to push and explore the practice of photo documentary towards a personal visual language. With a graphic design background, I rely on sound design principles where colour, composition and play become one.”

It’s free to visit the 5 exhibit which is open Tuesday to Saturdays from 11:00am to 5:00pm at 196 Kingsway at East 10th.

The Matinée at VENUE

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 — 3:42pm PDT
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It’s been four years since I met up with Matt Layzell of The Matinée at Roxy Burger to interview him for my E!Online column. The six folk/southern/roots band members (Matt Layzell, Matt Rose, Pete Lemon, Mike Young, Geoff Petrie, and Dave Young) had only been together for a year but their future looked promising.

Live at Squamish 2011: The Matinee
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Since that fateful night, The Matinée released a self-titled EP, have done a Canada-wide tour, released a full studio album, were featured in Shore 104FM‘s Sounds of Summer contest, and recently placed third in The Peak Performance Project.

Their top-tapping music is real and approachable and their energetic live shows have earned them quite the following. You can catch them January 30th at The Yard Cafe for an acoustic set, at VENUE February 18th, in Whistler at the GLC on February 25th, during CelticFest Vancouver March 15th, and in Toronto for Canadian Music Week March 22nd to 25th.

Live at Squamish 2011: The Matinee Live at Squamish 2011: The Matinee
The Matinee at Live at Squamish Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

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Matt has offered up 2 tickets for their February 18th show at VENUE to a Miss604 reader. If you would like to check out The Matinée in action with guests The Washboard Union and Good for Grapes, here’s how you can enter to win your way in:

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I will draw a winner at 11:00am next Friday, February 3, 2012. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win.

Update The winner is Adam!

Black History Month Vancouver 2012

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 — 11:32am PDT
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Already recognized in Canada and the United States, the City of Vancouver has also officially declared February as Black History Month. Last year I touched on Vancouver’s Black history by doing up a small profile on East Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, but there is a much greater story to be told and celebrated.

Governor Douglas ca. 1860 Royal BC Museum
BC Archives# 193501-001. Call#: A-01229

Although often overlooked, there’s a rich tapestry of Black history going back to the early colonial origins of Canada.

In 1858, nearly 800 free Black people left the oppressive racial conditions of San Francisco for a new life on Vancouver Island. Governor James Douglas had invited them to settle in British Columbia. Though still faced with intense discrimination, these pioneers enriched the political, religious and economic life of the colony.

Unknown to many, Douglas was himself the product of a mixed marriage — his father was Scottish and his mother Guyanese. Douglas strove to be known as Caucasian; however, he quickly agreed to the appeal from the San Francisco delegation. In turn, the Black pioneers pledged their support to Douglas and to the cause of British sovereignty.

Many from that initial group have contributed notably to BC life: Mifflin Gibbs became a prominent politician; Charles and Nancy Alexander initiated the Shady Creek Methodist Church; and John Deas established a salmon cannery. The group also formed one of the earliest colonial militia units, the Victoria Pioneer Rifle Corps. A ceremony took place on February 20, 2000, in Saanichton, BC to honour the original arrival of Black pioneers in British Columbia. [City of Vancouver]

Vancouverites like Harry Jerome, Emery Barnes, and Dr Rosemary Brown were pioneers in their fields, and the legendary Joe Fortes was named Vancouver’s “Citizen of the Century”.

VPL Number: 21746. Photographer / Studio: Dominion Photo Co.

Local Black History Month Events

What: Women of Our Times, Here & Now. Join The National Congress of Black Women Foundation as they honour: Barbara Howard, Eleanor Collins, Eve Smith, Marcella King, Thelma Gibson, and Jeni LeGon. A reception, a silent auction and live entertainment to follow.
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Time: Doors open 5:30pm, 6:00pm start
Where: James Cowan Theatre, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
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What: 5th Annual Pan Afrikan Slam. Poetry and music, presented by Black Dot Roots and Culture Collective. Admission by donation.
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Time: 8:00pm
Where: Calabasha Bistro, 428 Carrall St
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What: Movie – The Godmother of Rock & Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Time: Doors at 6:30pm, 7:00pm start
Where: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St
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What: Free movie – The Mighty Jerome
Date: Monday, February 27, 2012
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia

What: Theatre: Intimate Apparel. The story of 35-year-old Esther who is an independent African-American woman who makes a good living sewing exquisite undergarments and corsets for brides-to-be. Set in 1905 New York.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: The Arts Club Theatre, Granville Island Stage
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What: Honouring Black History Month Though Oral Tradition: “Family Celebrations: How Does your Family Honour Heritage?”. Admission by donation.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Intercultural Hub, Matsqui Recreation Centre, 3106 Clearbook Road, Abbotsford
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A full list of events is available on the City of Vancouver’s Black History Month homepage.