Art Deco Chic at Museum of Vancouver

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 — 10:44am PDT
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The Museum of Vancouver is launching Art Deco Chic next month. Starting March 8, 2012, this new exhibition will showcase the popular design style from the 1920s. Visitors can browse over 65 original garments from around the world and a collection that was worn locally.

Photo credit: Rebecca Blissett for MOV

From the Museum of Vancouver: “Notable Vancouver items on display include a black beaded gown worn to the opening of the Commodore Cabaret in 1929 and a red and gold lamé evening dress made from fabric depicting the battles of the Trojan War.

Many items on show are exquisite designer dresses with labels such as Chanel, Lanvin, Vionnet, Patou, and Schiaparelli. To contrast these high fashion items is a piece from the MOV’s collection – a modest, yet stylish, navy polka dot dress made by the Aurora Dress Company of Vancouver around 1927.

Thanks to Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke, who are sharing their private collections, you can check out stylish handbags, shoes, jewelry, and more.

I have two passes for opening night of the exhibition on March 7th. Attendees are encouraged to wear vintage glam while they enjoy champagne and other refreshments. Here’s how you can enter to win you way in:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Art Deco Chic runs until September 23, 2012.

Update The winner is Winnie!

Challenger Relief Map of BC

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 — 9:58am PDT
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Flipping through the pages of Chuck Davis’ History of Metropolitan Vancouver I came across an image of a man with a mop standing on top of the Challenger Relief Map. Created by George Challenger, to this day it’s the largest map of its kind in the world.

Assembly of Challenger relief map of British Columbia in P.N.E. B.C. Building
Via the City Archives on Flickr

Since his arrival in British Columbia in 1896 George had probably traveled over more of the northern part of the province than any other white man, and his experience as prospector, miner, survey crewman, logging and sawmill operator uniquely fitted him for the map making project. It was his desire to instill in British Columbia’s youngsters the same sort of pride in the province that finally prompted him to build the big map.

1954: Unveiling ceremony. Archives #CVA 180-5609.6.

1954 – Bank of Commerce directors viewing the map.
VPL Accession Number: 82619A & 82619B. Photographer: Art Jones.

The map was built over a seven-year period, (1947-1954), from three-dimensional cutouts of quarter inch fir plywood donated by MacMillan Bloedel. With help from his wife and his son Bob, George Challenger cut, painted and assembled the 986,000 pieces individually on 180 4-by-8 foot and 16 4-by-4 foot panels of plywood at a total cost of $252,000. [Challenger Map]

Challenger donated the map to the PNE where it was first on display in 1954. I remember visiting the piece in the BC Pavilion when I was younger, and I’m sure other locals and visitors might recall this unforgettable map as well until the pavilion was demolished in 1997.

Challenger Relief Map
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

In 2010, after being in storage for almost a decade, the South West section of the Challenger Map reappeared at RCMP headquarters in Richmond as a part of the 2010 Winter Olympics Integrated Security Unit.

Challenger Relief Map Challenger Relief Map
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

As far as I know, the map is back in pieces, packed away in storage, as a permanent home has not been found. You can donate to become a Guardian of the Map, assisting with restoration and preservation efforts for this Guinness World Record-holding piece.

False Creek Open House: Rogers Arena

Monday, February 20th, 2012 — 1:04pm PDT
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Last November there was a series of Open Houses and public consultations regarding North East False Creek, on some of the land between Stadium Station and Science World. The conversation has picked up once again and tonight you can attend an Open House regarding development immediately surrounding Rogers Arena.

False Creek Concept Plan
Context Plan October 25, 2012. Rezoning Application for 800 Griffiths Way – Rogers Arena

According to the Vancouver Public Spaces Network: “The West Tower is a 22-storey office tower, which has already been re-zoned and is just completing a prior-to approval process. The East Tower would be built above the existing Canucks team store and would be a 31-storey mix of retail, office space, and residential. The South Tower, located just south of the Georgia Viaduct, would be a 32-storey all-residential tower.”

Where Queen Elizabeth Theatre Salons (650 Hamilton)
Date Monday, February 20, 2012
Time Open House is 5:00pm to 8:00pm (drop-in) with a presentation at 7:00pm
Walking Tour Departs at 6:00pm rain or shine

If you cannot attend tonight’s events you can also provide feedback online.

2 Days in Seattle

Monday, February 20th, 2012 — 11:20am PDT
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Over the last few weekends, the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau (“Seattle CVB”) has been inviting specific individuals to enjoy their “2 Days in Seattle” campaign.

topsy2daysinseattleUsing Klout, one of many systems that calculates a score for social media users, they sent out invitations throughout major cities in the Pacific Northwest. Klout offers a “Klout Perks” system where companies can offer deals, products, and services to select individuals based on their Klout score. You can claim perks for handbags, wine, books, coffee, and more.

According to Topsy, there have been over 1,420 mentions of #2DaysinSeattle over the last few weeks with the most mentions happening on the first weekend, February 4, 2012.

This perk was offered to those with a specific score (or higher) from Vancouver, Portland, San Francisco, and LA. Seattle CVB offered the following complimentary perks: 2 nights in a downtown Seattle hotel, spending money, gas money (if you drove) or a train/plane ticket, and gift cards for local shops and tours. In exchange, they hoped that participants would tag their photos, check-ins, and tweets with #2DaysinSeattle, sharing their adventures with their own friends and followers. Using that tag, Seattle CVB could also track where visitors were going and reply with suggestions via their incredibly helpful @SeattleMaven account.

While I was not obligated to provide any coverage of this trip, I thought I would try something new with the following collage and collection of places that John and I explored.

Our stops during #2DaysinSeattle

We didn’t bust out our large Nikon cameras for this trip, we wanted to keep things light. The following photos were all taken with our iPhones and posted to our Instagram accounts. Instagram is a simple social network just mobile photos.

2 Days in Seattle Collage Miss604

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Disclosure: Unpaid, Personal Opinion
I was not paid to write this post of any other. I was not expected to provide coverage. I, and I believe most of the participants, treated this as a contest prize.

UBC Arts Last Lecture 2012 with Strombo

Monday, February 20th, 2012 — 9:58am PDT
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The Arts Undergraduate Society of UBC will be hosting their annual Arts Last Lecture on Friday, March 16, 2012 and they have announced that George Stroumboulopoulos will be their guest speaker.


Where Old Auditorium, UBC
When Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7:30pm

Each year, the Arts Undergraduate Society invites a speaker to deliver a “Last Lecture” to the graduating class in the Faculty of Arts. It not only gives the students a chance to celebrate their accomplishment with peers but hopes to empower and inspire the UBC graduates as they set out into the world.

I received an email from the organizers who said that although this is mainly directed towards the graduating class, the event is open to the public, all students (of all years) and faculties. Tickets start at $10 and they are available online. Follow @ubcAUS on Twitter for more information.

From the Miss604 Flickr Pool: Lions Gate Bridge Lights

Sunday, February 19th, 2012 — 9:54am PDT
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It was on this day, February 19, 1986, when the Lions Gate Bridge was illuminated for the first time, a gift from the Guinness family that initially had the bridge built. In honor of this, I have picked out some photos from the Miss604 Flickr Pool.

Photo of the Day Project 2011:February 15 2011
Photo credit: tlmacdonaldphotography on Flickr

On the Lion's Gate South West bound
Photo credit: popejon2 & EP-3 on Flickr

The Lions Gate
Photo credit: EP-3 on Flickr

Entering the Lions Gate Under the lions
Photo credit: Matzuda & arnoldkwong on Flickr

Lions Gate Bridge
Photo credit: Matzuda on Flickr

The 100-watt mercury-vapour bulbs, all 170 of them, were replaced in 2009 with high-efficiency LED lighting. This change cut the power consumption by 90% and now saves the province more than $30,000 a year in energy and maintenance.

Lions Gate Bridge
Photo credit: neil.fisher on Flickr

Lions Gate
Photo credit: Darko Sikman Photography on Flickr

Vancouver @ Night
Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr

As always, please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool.