Vancouver vs Nashville – A Blogger Battle

April 28th, 2011 @ 12:45pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Canucks start their second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs tonight against Nashville and after a heated battle with Chicago, the team and the fans are certainly fired up.

After a few suggestions on Twitter that I find a blogging counterpart in Nashville, I contacted Nashville Scene – a source for all things Nashville with news, reviews, food, and of course, music. A few quick emails later and we have a blogger battle.

Nashville Scene

Nashville Scene – Nashville Declares War on Vancouver, Sort of:
“This politely worded Canadian aggression will not stand. Yes, Miss 604, we accept your “friendly challenge.” The terms, agreed upon by our dueling partner in the godforsaken frozen North — OK, the lushly green, conifer-scented, beautifully landscaped North — are as follows: The blog from the winning team’s city will receive a hotly coveted, generously apportioned, lavishly assembled (yet small enough to sneak through Customs) package of goods from the losing city’s hometown.”

The Mayors of Vancouver and Nashville have a similar challenge, that was announced today as well: “If Vancouver wins best out of seven games, Mayor Dean will help Vancouver celebrate by sending a country ham and CDs representing the broad spectrum of Nashville’s music scene to Mayor Robertson. If Nashville wins, Mayor Robertson has promised to send a Fraser River Sockeye Salmon along with a CD of Vancouver’s musicians.”

Nashville Scene and I will be putting together prize packages featuring the best out cities have to offer (and whatever can fit in a shipping box). The winner will keep their prize pack and be shipped the prize put together by the losing city. So technically when the Canucks defeat the Predators I will be receiving a prize package from Nashville that I will be happily sharing with you all. It’s pretty much a win-win situation, except for when it comes to the action on the ice. So, before the puck drops tonight at Rogers Arena, I would like to call upon my readers for suggestions.

What should I include in a super Vancouver prize package? Some Raincoast Crisps? Mink Chocolates? Smoked Salmon? An autographed 8×10 glossy of Fin? A “Bike Lanes Make Me Hornby” t-shirt?

[092/365] Game On
Photo credit: on Flickr

Best case scenario, the package never leaves my office. But, just in case, please leave your suggestions below or Tweet them to @Miss604 & @NashvilleScene using the tag #nashclash (per the @VanCanucks account).

Update Confirmed prize package items so far include:

  • Travel mugs from Whistler Blackcomb
  • Two lift tickets from Whistler Blackcomb
  • The Vancouver Book of Everything from Tourism Vancouver
  • A Vancouver t-shirt from Sharks & Hammers and Welcome to East Van
  • Raincoast Crisps from Lesley Stowe
  • A Vancouver t-shirt from 9 o’clock gun
  • A Canucks playoff towel & shirt from the Canucks
  • A box of Granny Smith apples from Bella Gelateria
  • Update May 9, 2011: The Canucks have defeated Nashville so I’m going to roll over the Vancouver prize pack to the next series. In the event that I do not need to send the package to the opposing team’s city, it will all be donated to KidSport.

    Wheel to Heal 2011

    April 28th, 2011 @ 11:59am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Wheel to Heal is coming up in May as locals ride their bikes to raise funds for Eagle Ridge Hospital in the Tri-Cities area. Participants are challenged to fundraise (by way of a personal campaign website) for the event which will consist of riding a 10km, 40km, or 80km course throughout Port Moody, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam.

    Spring Time in Stanley Park
    Photo credit: John Bollwitt

    The event is coming up May 15th but there is still time to register (until May 12th) or sign up to volunteer. Entry fees start at $0 (children 8 and under) and go up to $35 for adults. Prizes will be awarded for the top fundraisers in each age category.

    Eagle Ridge Hospital sees 100,000 patient visits annually and every year over 40,000 patients visit the Emergency Room. Apart from the busy ER, there are 6 full time operating rooms, outreach programs (from Diabetes to IV therapy) and patient recovery stories that would warm your heart from those who have suffered severe car accidents to strokes in the new High Intensity Rehabilitation program.

    You can go hard-core and do the 80km ride, or bring out the family for the 10km route, all complete with beautiful scenery along the way. Follow Wheel to Heal on Twitter or Facebook for more information.

    Disclosure Wheel to Heal is an advertiser on by way of an image ad. This blog post has been published separately from this agreement.

    YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2011: Nominees

    April 28th, 2011 @ 9:15am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The nominees for the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards have been announced and the winners will be awarded at a banquet ceremony Tuesday, May 31st at the Westin Bayshore.

    2010 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

    Inspiring women from around the region have been nominated in for their work in Arts, Culture & Design, Business & the Professions, Community Building, Education, Training & Development, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Health & Active Living, Non-Profit & Public Service, Technology, Science & Industry, and as a Young Woman of Distinction, or for creating an Innovative Workplace. From a playwright, artists, CEOs, nurses, Executive Directors and volunteers, to educators and students. A full list of nominees is available online.

    While the award winners are determined by the YWCA’s committee, the Connecting the Community Award relies on a public vote. All nominees are listed in an online poll and they need your help to get votes until the poll closes May 27th.

    You can also purchase your tickets for the banquet at an early bird rate of $170 before May 6, 2011. Included with your ticket is a full dinner at the Westin, drinks, and a tax receipt for a portion of your ticket price. This event supports the non-profit programs of the YWCA in Vancouver.

    As the exclusive social media partner for the second year, John and I will once again be providing live coverage from the awards on on the night of the banquet.

    Camilo the Magician

    April 27th, 2011 @ 2:36pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    This week Camilo the Magician (inspiration for the song by Vancouver-based Said the Whale) will take to the Revue Theatre on Granville Island to dazzle audiences.

    Tickets for tonight and tomorrow are going fast for just $20. For a little taste of what Camilo can do, check out the video below from when he visited 100.5 The Peak’s studios to perform a card trick.

    International Dance Day 2011

    April 27th, 2011 @ 11:09am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    April 29th is International Dance Day as initiated by UNESCO back in 1982, the date commemorating the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), regarded as the founder of modern ballet. This year Vancouver’s Dance Centre is celebrating with a series of public performances and events around the downtown core.

    Salsa Dancing on Granville Street
    Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

    The theme this year is diversity in dance, of which Vancouver has plenty. Swing champions Tessa Cunningham and Myles Munroe will be “swing bombing” sites around Vancouver. Starting with the intersection of Robson and Burrard at 12:05pm on Friday. They’ll move onto the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia St side) at 12:25pm, then will head to the Vancouver Public Library (Robson at Homer) at 1:00pm.

    And, Turn...
    Photo credit: Tom Wiebe, Ed Lau on Flickr

    Festivities will continue at the library until 2:00pm with free performances by Mandala Arts and Culture (classical East Indian dance), Urban Tap Squad and Friends, and Karen Flamenco. A full schedule of events, including evening performances, is available from the Scotiabank Dance Centre.

    Canucks Beat Blackhawks, Bring on Round Two

    April 27th, 2011 @ 9:41am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The Vancouver Canucks have had rivals before but there was something more heart-piercing about this series with Chicago. Being the Presidents’ Trophy winners, defeating the returning Stanley Cup champions (who previously booted us out of the playoffs, twice) was the moment of glory we were looking for.

    2279: Go Canucks Go
    Photo credit: DennisTsang on Flickr

    Before the game started people were posting images of a double rainbow on Twitter. Many took it as a sign that something good was going to happen. In Vancouver, when the rain breaks long enough to allow the sun to crack through the clouds, anything that happens then – above our beautiful city – is magical.

    What does it mean?
    Photo credit: gmcmullen on Flickr

    After going up three games in the series, then falling back, the Canucks certainly made sure that we were on the edge of our seats coming into a forced game seven in this first round of the playoffs. Not only was it a game seven last night in Vancouver, with just seconds left on the clock Chicago tied it up and pushed us into overtime. Many were wringing their hands thinking the Canucks should have won in four… they should have won in regulation in game seven… they should have done a thousand things that kept everyone up last night, unable to sleep or concentrate on work all throughout the day.

    Clutching our chests and screaming at the television, radio, or in the arena, Canucks fans everywhere let out one giant sigh (that may have lasted a few hours) after Alex Burrows scored the game-winning goal. They played with purpose and they peppered the Blackhawks’ goalie Crawford (who did an amazing job) and the Canucks made it count when it mattered. It was a team effort, shutting down their stars, defence, clearing the puck, and goaltending. We win. Chicago is out.

    Canucks Round 1 Victory Celebration 2011
    Photo credit: Maurice Li on Flickr

    Don’t take down the car flags if we lose a game in the next series. Don’t use that playoff towel as a shammy for your car if we lose two in a row. Do get those images of Vince Vaughn cheering on his team in Chicago out of your head. We have to believe in this team. Bring on Nashville. Go Canucks.

    The screen capture of the Green Man with a cutout of Vince Vaughn last night can be found here. View my Canucks Playoff Guide for songs, contests, and hockey blogs to follow.