Rosewood Hotel Georgia: Win a Night’s Stay

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 — 9:30am PDT
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The Rosewood Hotel Georgia re-opened this summer, combining dazzling modern luxury with decadent decor from throughout its 84-year history. I was able to visit the hotel recently, for the first time since my hard-hat tour in May to see the final results.

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

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Boasting one of the largest collections of Canadian artwork in the country, the hotel has paintings and works from Alan Wood, Derek Root, Douglas Coupland, Takao Tanabe, Sonny Assu, and more. The Patrick Hughes in the lobby will blow your mind. The pieces are canvas, wax, metal, paper, and a variety of other textures that are also reflected around the hotel in complex fabrics, embossed wallpapers, and furnishing.

Spanish Ballroom Hawksworth Restaurant

Public are welcome to stroll through the lobby, enjoy the 1927 bar, Hawksworth Restaurant, and the soon-to-be opened Reflections outdoor lounge (update now open) that sits below the residential tower.

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Dark wood lines the hallways that are splashed with art (vases, paintings, sculptures) as you walk from guest rooms to the fitness facility, pool, or the Sense spa.

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This rich mix of classic touches combined with digital features (heated floors, WIFI, etc.) are part of the signature Rosewood style.

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The stone floor in the lobby is original to the hotel along with the inlaid tiles, the elevator floor counters, the lobby clock, the bronze post office box, and a few other features.

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The guest rooms look out onto either Georgia (the Vancouver Art Gallery), Howe, or Reflections on the non-street side of the hotel. Each has a flat screen television, full-sized amenities in the washrooms, and bathtubs that make you want to drift away in a soak after a long day.

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I highly recommend that locals take a walk through this modern classic to enjoy a slice of Vancouver history that has been beautifully updated. For an even closer look, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia has offered up a special prize so one of my readers can have a bit of a staycation experience in style. Here’s how you can enter to win a 1-night stay in a deluxe guest room (value $375):

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    I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 11:00am. Follow the hotel on Facebook or Twitter for special offers, event information, and updates.

    Update The winner is Craig!

    PNE Vancity Member Day 2011

    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 — 3:13pm PDT
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    On Wednesday August 24th, members of Vancity Savings Credit Union will be able to purchase deeply discounted $5 PNA fair admission from 11:00am until closing.

    Vancity HQ
    Photo credit: Derek K Miller on Flickr

    You can get your fair gate pass at any PNE ticket booth on Vancity Member Day only by showing a Vancity member debit card or Vancity Enviro Visa card. Drop by the main gate, ocated on Hastings and Renfrew. Vancity employees will be there to greet our members from 59 communities throughout BC. All children 13 years old and younger can get in with free admission, regardless of whether they are a member or not, and the PNE concert series that day presents Serena Ryder.

    Photo credit: .stv on Flickr

    Vancity is Canada’s largest credit union and a Living Wage employer with $15 billion in assets, more than 417,000 members and 59 branches throughout Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria and Squamish.

    If you’re a Vancity Savings Credit Union member just let me know in the comments. I have 2 Playland ride passes to give away (valid only tomorrow) for a lucky member who can attend the fair Wednesday, August 24, 2011.

    If you would prefer to keep your name private, please feel free to use an alias for this contest entry only but be sure to provide a valid email address so I can contact you should you win. I’ll draw a winner this evening from all entries.

    Update The winner is Racheal!

    Vancouver History: Wooden Coaster

    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 — 10:43am PDT
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    It’s where you can ride the Crazy Beach Party, visit Hell’s Gate, or take a spin on the Enterprise without leaving Vancouver. The Fair at the PNE has returned for the 101st year and with it children young and old will enjoy carnival games, marketplace shopping, livestock exhibits, rides, cotton candy, and more sticky-gooey tasty delights. Over the years the rides have changed, we’ve added a few and lost many, but there’s one that has been a mainstay and that’s the wooden coaster.

    Roller coaster at the PNE in 1923. VPL Accession Number: 12261.

    The ride portion at the fair has held many names including “Happyland” before becoming “Playland” a few decades ago. From what I can find, there have been at least three iterations of a wooden coaster at the PNE including the Giant Dipper. According to Chuck Davis’ records, in 1927: “The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) and his brother Prince George (later the Duke of Kent, and still later King George VI) visited Vancouver.” While here, “Edward tried out the Dipper one afternoon and liked it so well he returned in the evening.”

    Giant Dipper roller coaster at the PNE in 1932. VPL Accession Number: 12276.

    Located on the West side of the grounds, the Giant Dipper was demolished in 1948 to make room for an expanding Hastings Racecourse track. The Dipper was a crowd favourite and there was much opposition when this was announced.

    “THEY’RE TEARING DOWN the Giant Dipper at Vancouver’s Hastings Park today to make room for the extension of the racetrack. This may be good news to adult followers of the galloping bangtails, but it’s something close to a major tragedy for thousands of youngsters. Shown viewing the crumbling skeleton with nostalgia and sorrow is 14-year-old Bob. Said Bob, ‘If they want to rip things apart in this town, why don’t they start in on a few schools?’ The Giant Dipper has been a top attraction at the midway since 1925. It cost $65,000. It was almost a mile long, and the cars reached 40 miles an hour. The longest sheer drop was 60 feet—a thrill credited with having hastened the ripening of many a beautiful friendship.” [Source via The Province Newspaper]

    When the new coaster went up in 1958 (at the location you find it today) it was the largest in Canada.

    Wooden coaster 1950s. VPL Accession Numbers: 44439A & 43219.

    The coaster was built board by board 53 years ago and reaches speeds of 45mph/72kmh and a height of 23m/75ft. It was designed by Carl E. Phare and was built by Walker LeRoy as a part of the vision for Playland.

    Lomo LC-Wide
    Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

    It’s ride that you either love, hate, or love to hate. I’m not sure it’s scary because of the dips and turns, or because it feels like it could fall apart at any minute. Regardless, it’s always a thrill that leaves me with an unwipable smile after each go.

    Photo credit: concrete_jungler on Flickr
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    Photo credit: DennisSylvesterHurd on Flickr

    Today, it’s the oldest operating coaster in the country. It’s frequently been named to “Top Ten” lists for wooden roller coasters around the world and has received an official “Coaster Landmark Award” from the ACE.

    Photo credit: tiffa130 on Flickr

    The PNE will run until September 5, 2011 and after that time Playland will still be open on weekends until the end of September. If they bring back Fright Nights this year, you can even ride the coaster in the dark this fall.

    Live at Squamish 2011: Sunday

    Monday, August 22nd, 2011 — 8:23pm PDT
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    After a successful first day of Live at Squamish 2011, Sunday followed with an even larger line-up of artists. With shows starting earlier in the day, it was packed with even more music and dancing. Although the sun hid periodically behind incoming cloud cover, the bikinis were out, the beer gardens were brimming and hands were clapping for the amazing talents that graced each stage.

    Live at Squamish 2011: The Matinee
    The Matinee on the Green Couch Sessions stage. Photo by John Bollwitt on Flickr

    Live at Squamish 2011: The Matinee Live at Squamish 2011: The Matinee
    Photos by John Bollwitt on Flickr

    Live at Squamish 2011: The Matinee
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    The Zolas on the Stawamus Stage. Photo by John Bollwitt on Flickr

    The Zolas The Zolas
    Photos by John Biehler on Flickr

    Live at Squamish 2011: Metric
    Metric. Photo by John Bollwitt on Flickr

    Live at Squamish 2011: Metric
    Photo by John Bollwitt on Flickr

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    Live at Squamish 2011: Metric
    Photo by John Bollwitt on Flickr

    Metric Weezer
    Metric then Weezer. Photos by John Biehler on Flickr

    Live at Squamish 2011: Weezer
    Weezer. Photo by John Bollwitt on Flickr

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    Photos by John Bollwitt on Flickr

    Live at Squamish 2011: Weezer
    Photo by John Bollwitt on Flickr

    Metric finished their set to a booming rendition of Stadium Love and Weezer dropped a few covers on the crowd including Pumped Up Kicks and Radiohead’s Paranoid Android. Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo also took a stroll through the crowd and without skipping a beat, while being hugged and grabbed by adoring fans, didn’t skip a beat during his Island in the Sun ‘hip hip’ cues.

    Major Lazer
    Major Lazer at the Garibaldi Stage. Photo by John Biehler on Flickr

    Major Lazer Major Lazer
    Photos by John Biehler on Flickr

    Live at Squamish 2011: Major Lazer
    Photo by John Bollwitt on Flickr

    Live at Squamish producers committed to doing the festival for five years so if you missed it in 2010 or 2011, you can make a point of adding it to your summer calendar until at least 2014. Read all of my Live at Squamish coverage here.

    All photos in this post were taken exclusively for by John Bollwitt (Website, Flickr) & John Biehler (Website, Flickr).

    Thievery Corporation at Malkin Bowl in Vancouver

    Monday, August 22nd, 2011 — 6:24pm PDT
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    Thievery Corporation will be playing Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park next month. Touring for their sixth studio album, Culture of Fear, this DJ duo has sold over 1.2 million albums in the US over their 15-year career. Their sound has been described as “space-rock” that is hip hop inspired with “airy down-temp trances and dub-reggae infused vibes”.

    Their live performances are legendary as they’re known to bring out live bands for instrumentals and vocalists to compliment their smooth beats. Fresh off their shows in Hungary, Turkey, and headlining at Red Rocks in Australia, they’ll be gracing Vancouver with their presence as we coast into autumn. While there’s rain pouring down today, this beautiful outdoor concert would be a great way to extend all the good times had this summer in the sunshine.

    Tickets for Thievery Corporation are available for $45.00 (plus service charges) and you can purchase them online through Live Nation or the Rogers Wireless Box Office.

    It’s an early concert, starting around 5:30pm on September 13th at the lovely outdoor Malkin Bowl with guests Los Amigos Invisibles. If you would like to attend, I have a pair of tickets to give away, here’s how you can enter to win:

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    I will draw one winner this Friday, August 26, 2011 at 10:00am.

    Update The winner is chicgeek!

    From the Miss604 Flickr Pool

    Monday, August 22nd, 2011 — 12:19pm PDT
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    This weekend in Vancouver was the hottest yet — and that’s not just due to the kissing flash-mob held at Canada Place. From marching zombies to bumper cars, there was no shortage of activities and events around town. As proof, here’s the latest collection of photos that have been contributed to the Miss604 Metro Vancouver Flickr Pool by those who have been out and about, or staying close to home.

    Piercing eyes
    Photo credit: Eric Flexyourhead on Flickr

    Photos by Ed Lau Photography on Flickr

    Photos by Ed Lau Photography on Flickr

    Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXe
    Photo credit: PiscesDreamer on Flickr

    stella and tonka
    Photo credit: nonstopdesign on Flickr

    In Love With A Hand Full Of...
    Photo credit: BillyKLam on Flickr

    Sometimes creativity just means switching A with B. Superman - The Battle for Granville
    Photo credit: alextoul & eych-you-bee-ee-ahr-tee on Flickr

    White Rock
    Photo credit: rocketcandy on Flickr

    Young Poser
    Photo credit: Ryan Mezzo on Flickr

    Thurlow Waterfall
    Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr

    Photo credit: P Squared Pics on Flickr

    Celebration of Lights 2011 - Canada - "Then and Now" 2011 Celebration of Lights Fireworks
    Photo credit: WinstonWong & Maurice Li on Flickr

    Vancouver Downtown - Filtered - 2.jpg
    Photo credit: alextoul on Flickr

    Please feel free to contribute your images to the Miss Group on Flickr and as always, click-through on the photos above to view more work from each photographer. You can also browse previous “From the Miss604 Flickr Pool” posts (all 37 weeks so far).