Sedins at Metrotown Monday

September 3rd, 2010 @ 10:46am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

To promote the launch of EA’s NHL 11 the Sedin brothers will be at Metropolis at Metrotown this coming Monday.

Where: EB Games, Metropolis at Metrotown
When: Metrotown on Monday, September 6th from 9pm-12am
What: Play NHL 11 on Playstation 3 (live games and demos) and meet the Sedins

Leading up to the Canucks pre-season it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet the twins and try out the new game (even though it’s got a Blackhawk on the cover this year). The first person in line for the event will also receive a ticket to a Canucks regular season homegame.

Starlight Casino Outdoor Concert Series

September 3rd, 2010 @ 9:45am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Starlight Casino is presenting an outdoor concert series this month in New Westminster.

September 4th, 2010
Chuck Negron
Founding member of Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World”, “Mama Told Me Not to Come”

September 11th, 2010

September 18th, 2010
Blood, Sweat & Tears

September 24th, 2010
The Guess Who
“These Eyes”, “Clap for the Wolfman”, “Hand Me Down World”, “No Time”, “Star Baby” and “Share the Land”.

If you would like to attend the Chuck Negron show, head to the casino’s guest services tomorrow and use the keyword “Miss604” for free tickets. Tickets can be claimed using the keyword on the day of the concert and this offer is valid for the first 50 people who drop by.

The Starlight Casino is located at 350 Gifford Street (Queensborough) in New Westminster and the outdoor concert series will be in the North parking lot.

Vancouver Video: Camera Testing and Time Lapse

September 2nd, 2010 @ 5:42pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

At least once a month a really cool video of Vancouver makes it way around the internet. Whether it’s a tribute, news item, time lapse or miniature tilt-shift, it’s always cool to step back and get another view of the city.

The latest video (to appear on my radar at least) is by Brandon Moza, who was testing out his new Canon camera a few months ago.

Thanks to the Room With A View Blog for the heads up on this one.

And just for fun, here’s a new video time lapse video (above) featuring Vancouver. Our city is only in about the first 35 seconds of this video but it’s a neat time lapse view of Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics.

Vancouver Fringe Festival 2010: The Exquisite Hour & Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along

September 2nd, 2010 @ 5:02pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Continuing my Vancouver International Fringe Festival series I have tickets available for two more productions coming up this month.

The Exquisite Hour
by Stewart Lemoine
Directed by Julie McIsaac, featuring Josue Laboucane and Nevada Yates Robart
Carousel Theatre Studio
1411 Cartwright Street (on Granville Island), Vancouver

“Are you satisfied with what you know?”
A seemingly well-adjusted bachelor finds his life forever altered on a summer evening in 1962 when an alluring encyclopaedia saleswoman materializes in his backyard to make an unusual sales pitch… The next hour of real time will surprise and delight in this witty and romantic screwball comedy by Fringe favourite Stewart Lemoine.

Showtimes: September 10th – 14th, 17th – 19th

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Created & written by Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Joss Whedon & Zack Whedon
Music by Joss Whedon & Jed Whedon
At the Firehall Arts Centre
280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog is a live theatre production based on Joss Whedon’s popular online short film. This hilarious musical tragicomedy sees young Billy takes on the status-quo as he sets out to change the world under the guise of Dr. Horrible. Aspiring to join the infamous Evil League of Evil, Billy inadvertently introduces his nemesis, Captain Hammer, to Penny, the girl of his dreams.

Showtimes: September 10th – 14th, 16th – 19th

To enter to win tickets, please leave a comment stating which of these two shows you would like to attend. I will draw a winner for each show on Monday, September 6th, at 9:00am. 

The Vancouver International Fringe Festival launches next week with over 600 performances from 83 shows at over two dozen venues around the city. From September 9th until the 19th Fringe will host shows from pop-up “Bring Your Own Venues” outdoors around Vancouver to seven main stages.

Update My winners are Jessica (Dr Horrible’s) and Parker (The Exquisite Hour).

Update September 22, 2010: Dr Horrible’s has won PICK OF THE FRINGE and to celebrate, I have 2 tickets available for an encore performance tomorrow night. This is a Twitter-only contest so post the following to be entered to win: 

“Dr. Horrible’s wins Pick of the Fringe – RT to enter to win tix for an encore show tomorrow night!”

I will draw one winner from all Tweets tonight at 8:00pm.

Jon and Roy at the Chan Centre

September 2nd, 2010 @ 1:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Acoustic West Coast duo Jon & Roy will be performing at The Chan Centre later this month fresh off a summer tour.

Jon & Roy blend a mellow contemporary coastal sound with hints of raggae, folk and rock. Singles from their latest album Homes can be heard on The Peak and are available on iTunes.

The performance will be part of The Chan Centre’s Live Sessions concert series in the Telus Theatre September 23rd. Tickets are just $16 and $10 for students (with valid student ID).

I have also two tickets to give away, here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • RT to enter to win tix to see @jonandroy at the @chancentre from @miss604

    I will draw one winner (who will receive a pair of tickets) Monday September 13th at 12:00pm.

    Update The winner is @stylekid (from Twitter) – congratulations!

    New Pattullo Bridge Plans

    September 2nd, 2010 @ 10:53am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The Pattullo Bridge is long overdue for an upgrade and Translink has recently announced a set of preview events so that the public can review the proposed plans.

    The bottom of the tip of the iceberg
    Photo credit: waferboard on Flickr

    Open House:
    September 14th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Chuck Baillie Community Centre at 13458-107A Avenue, Surrey

    September 21st from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Justice Institute at 715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster

    The open houses have been rescheduled to an unknown time in November.

    TransLink plans to present several options, including their preferred one, to audiences in Surrey and New Westminster this month. Access on the Surrey side will remain relatively similar to the existing configuration, save for some modifications to 128 St and Scott Road. The major change will be the removal of access to the bridge from Royal Avenue in New Westminster, although connections will remain to Columbia St, McBride Boulevard, and Front St. Following the consultation meetings, TransLink will present a preferred plan to Surrey and New Wesminster councils. [CivicSurrey]

    The bridge opened in 1937 (with tolls) and since that time it has been unable to expand and accommodate the growing needs of the traffic crossing the Fraser each day. Built for vehicles that pale in comparison to the semi truck trailers and SUV’s of today, the lanes, grades, and angles of the bridge make it a dangerous crossing for motorists at all hours of the day.

    Should the new Pattullo Bridge be tolled, that would mean every single Fraser River crossing direct to Surrey will have a toll.

    two yellow lines
    Photo credit: waferboard on Flickr

    I have been writing about the dangers of the bridge and its ridiculous condition for four years now and along with the 70,000 drivers who use it each day, I can’t wait to see the new plans.