2010 Celebration of Light Fireworks in Vancouver

July 8th, 2010 @ 10:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
  • View a full transit, traffic and viewing guide here
  • View a behind the scenes look at the fireworks barge here
  • The Celebration of Light fireworks return to Vancouver this summer as English Bay will be lit up for four explosive nights.

    Photo credit: rbostyle on Flickr

    July 21 USA (evening sponsored by The Keg)
    The award-winning team from the USA will try its hand dazzling the crowd on opening night.

    About their show: “…a tribute to the Big Band era and promises to be high energy, with a lot of hoppin’ swingin’ fun.”

    July 24 SPAIN (evening sponsored by London Drugs)
    Fresh off a World Cup run Spain will take to the beaches to launch an impressive performance.

    About their show: “…an exercise of imagination and force, the audience will enjoy with the recreation of the fight between the light and the darkness.”

    July 28 MEXICO (evening sponsored by HSBC)
    Mexico has been a part of the Celebration of Light for several years and they always have a strong showing with vibrant colours and accompanying music (if you have a radio near by).

    About their show: “…A wide variety of rythms were selected for this Journey, we play with Rock “en español”, pop, Mexican contemporary, and blends of popular (Banda) music with electronic elements.”

    July 31 CHINA (evening sponsored by Concord Pacific)
    Often a winner of the Celebration of Light competition, China’s performance usually blows away hundreds of thousands of spectators who look on in awe.

    About their show: Coming from a wonderful Chinese history tale, the public will travel through a world full of sound and visual and they will enjoy exotic choregraphies of fireworks which will take on a whole new dimension.

    I ran a poll last year asking if people would miss the fireworks if they were gone/canceled for the summer and over 60% said yes (the rest said “good riddance” or left other comments). Regardless, they’re back again for their 20th year in 2010.

    You can watch the fireworks from front and centre in English Bay, across the way in Kitsilano, or on the water (from a safe distance) by boat cruise or kayak. Shore 104.3FM will also be presenting the ShoreFest concert series on the beach before the fireworks begin.

    Follow the Celebration of Light on Twitter for updates and information.

    Vancouver Summer Sunsets

    July 7th, 2010 @ 8:06pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Tornado warnings for various counties scroll along the TV screen while we watch local news coverage of flash floods here in Iowa. This isn’t exactly the sunny July summer I was expecting in Iowa although I’m happy to hear that back home in Vancouver you are not suffering the same fate. The heat is intense, the humidity is sticky on one’s skin, and for brief moments the clouds part enough to catch a glimpse of a spectacular sunset.

    The sun is setting in Eastern Iowa...

    I just know that by Friday when it clears up (as the forecasts are predicting) it will be absolutely breathtaking to watch the sun roll along the backs of the green corn-covered hills. In the meantime, I’m dreaming of home so here is a quick compilation of sunset photos from the Miss604 Flickr Group.

    Vanier Park at Sunset
    Photo credit: Popejon2 on Flickr
    Scotch Pond Sunset Serving the sun Sunset & Luna
    Photos: Clayton Perry Photoworks & Here in Vancouver
    Casting About
    Photo credit: Tom Wiebe on Flickr

    If you would like to brighten my evening please feel free to add your sunset (or I’ll even take sunrise) photos to the Miss604 Flickr Group or @Miss604 on Twitter with a twitpic. For now, I’m keeping a close eye on the KatKam too.

    Update Thank you for the submissions I’ve already received tonight:

    Photo credit: Nicholas.Blah on Flickr
    ships, night, passing and all that...
    Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr

    Photo credit: eph_photography on Flickr

    Archives Photo of the Day: July 7, 2010

    July 7th, 2010 @ 1:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Today’s Archives Photo of the Day features two streetcars (the number 6 and number 3) destined for Davie Street passing by what appears to be the Hudson’s Bay Company downtown.

    Description: Streetcars downtown, 1944
    Photographer: Don Coltman, Steffens Colmer
    Archives item#: CVA 586-1873

    The Avett Brothers at Vancouver Folk Music Festival

    July 7th, 2010 @ 10:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns for its 33rd year July 16 – 18th at Jericho Beach Park and all the way from Concord, North Carolina The Avett Brothers will be taking to the main stage Friday night.

    Known for the rousing intensity of their live shows, Scott and Seth Avett’s music combines bluegrass, country, punk, pop/rock, folk and even ragtime and honky-tonk.

    I have two tickets to give away to The Avett Brothers performance as well as a copy of their album, I And Love And You.

    Here’s how to enter to win tickets to see The Avett Brothers at the 2010 Vancouver Folk Music Festival:

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    You can find The Avett Brothers on Twitter @TheAvettBros and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival @VanFolkFest.

    Festival tickets are available at local independent record stores, farmers’ markets and the official box office on Pender.

    Update The winner is Shane (and no, you don’t have to give me your car). Congratulations and have fun at the Folk Fest!

    Shore 104 Sounds of Summer Finalists

    July 7th, 2010 @ 9:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Shore 104.3FM has recently announced their Top 10 finalists for the Sounds of Summer contest. They have been on the lookout for original songs by local singers and songwriters and are now in the phase of the contest where they have opened things up to a public vote. The Top 10 finalists are:

    SHOREfest 2009
    Shore 104 on Flickr

    Reid Jamieson “Rail”
    Robert Wilson “Big Sore Heart”
    The Belle Game “Tiny Fires”
    Zaac Pick “My Century”
    Scott Valentine “Do It For Love”
    Quest Poetics “Phantom Of Smiles”
    Garrett Kato “Mountains”
    Lindsay May “Lie To You”
    The Matinee “Let Her Go”
    Headwater “Brown Stone Road”

    I had the chance to interview Matt Layzell of The Matinée for TV Week Online a few weeks ago when the Top 20 were announced. I also chatted with Patrick Zulinov, Programmer and Music Director the Shore. “Our contest really focuses on the songwriting and the artist… It’s about how they can perform those songs rather than what they can do in the studio or with all the technical magic available to them right now.”

    To vote for your favourite of the Top 10 visit the Sounds of Summer site and click on one of the artists that have the “Vote” button on their image.

    The winner will get a prize pack and a slot at the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival and Shore Fest during the Celebration of Light later this summer.

    Dubuque to Cedar Rapids Iowa

    July 7th, 2010 @ 8:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Monday turned out to be far more productive than anyone thought given the previous day’s festivities on the Fourth of July. We hopped in the car and headed East into Dubuque for lunch at the Dubuque Star Brewery.

    Dubuque, Iowa

    Located along the Mississippi and heavily populated by mayflies (aka fishflies) the old brick building that once housed the brewery is now home to a restaurant, winery, bar, and offices. It was kind of like Milestones’ lobby meets Steamworks or Yaletown Brewing. While our server didn’t know the difference between a Stella and a local wheat ale, the food and brews were delicious.

    Dubuque, Iowa Dubuque, Iowa

    Dubuque, Iowa Dubuque, Iowa

    Iowa: July 2010 - Dubuque, IA
    Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

    From there we headed over to Eagle Point Park where you could sit for hours on the bluff watching Mississippi river traffic flow up and down through the locks.