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Secret Supper Soiree

January 15th, 2011 @ 4:35pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last night I hopped on a Vancouver Trolley and I had no idea where I was going. As a guest of the Secret Supper Soirée, all I knew is that the trolley would take us to three locations (that were not restaurants) where we would enjoy four wine pairings and six dinner courses. As it is a secret supper tour, I will not divulge the locations, however some may be able to take a few guesses based on my photos.

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The food almost took a back seat to the experience on this culinary journey as I visited locations in Vancouver that I have never had the chance of exploring before. With a glass of wine in hand, I thoroughly enjoyed the iconic, unique, and historic venues that I had only previously read (or written) about.

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The Secret Supper Soirée runs for five more nights, January 15, 28, and 29 as well as February 4 and 5, 2011 departing from the Pacific Central station at 6:00pm sharp. You will have plenty of time at each stop to wander, purchase additional hand-crafted cocktails, and enjoy your courses. The tour host will give everyone 15, 10, and 5 minute warnings before the trolley departs for the next venue.

The cost is $79 per person without wine pairings, or $119 with wine, and guests can make requests based on dietary requirements/restrictions when you book. I would recommend the tour for a group (of at least 3) as it’s a very social experience — fancy dress is also encouraged.

Update All tours are sold out however you can check out other upcoming culinary events from the organizers, Swallow Tail Canada.


Darren Barefoot is Living One Year, Canadian

January 14th, 2011 @ 2:28pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Darren Barefoot, owner of Capulet Communications and one of the first-ever Vancouver bloggers, is currently on a mission to live all of 2011 “Canadian”. What this means is that for the next twelve months he will consume Canadian food, Canadian media, and wear Canadian-made clothing while blogging about the entire process.

Thoughtful Darren
Photo credit: DBarefoot on Flickr

When I asked Darren why he’s has made this challenge for himself he said that he’s mostly just seeing if it can be done. “I’m curious to discover how much of a Canadian life one can live, or how restricted my life will end up being by the end of the year. I’m also interested in thinking more about what I consume, so this seemed like a good way to make the research fun. Finally, I’m a bit of a patriot, so if there are
opportunities to uncover great Canadian products, services or ideas, that would be delightful.”

He will be dividing the year into 12 sections, one for each month, where he will layer on another level of restrictions. Starting off with ‘household goods’ the year will wrap up with ‘internet’ in December. “The categories are cumulative, so it’s pretty easy right now (though I have started carrying hand sanitizer everywhere, because I can’t use soap out in the world),” said Darren.

“The suffering will increase, and there’s a reason I put “Internet’ in December. That will be a challenge. So, too, will food, but only because I’m not a foodie at all, so it’ll be quite the effort to start to care that much about what goes in my mouth.”

Living in Vancouver it’s very possible to ‘live local’ or at least adhere to a 100 Mile Diet of sorts. I wondering if Darren were living and blogging from somewhere else (as he’s done in the past), if the game plan would be any different. “It’s definitely easier to be in Vancouver. Not only are there local farmer’s markets and organic grocery stores, but also local clothing and furniture designers I can connect with. If I was in a smaller town or away from the green ethos of the west coast, I’d have fewer options beyond big box stores and franchies. Mind you, I anticipate getting a lot of products shipped to me from other parts of the country, so the Vancouver advantage may not necessarily be enormous.”

You can follow Darren’s One Year, One Canadian blog or Twitter account for progress reports. He will also be running monthly contests starting with a $50 MEC gift card giveaway for January.

I Love Granville Island Storytelling Contest

January 14th, 2011 @ 12:21pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Granville Island is on almost everyone’s “must see” list when they visit or live in Vancouver. Whether you enjoy it for the arts or artisans, baked goods or butchers, restaurants or views, it has a little something for everyone and Granville Island Works would like to know what you love the most.

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Granville Island Broom Company The Dungeness Gang
Photo credit: jpopeskul1, Tequila Partners, [kam], Derek K Miller on Flickr

From now until February 10, 2011, you can enter the Granville Island storytelling contest online by telling your story (maximum 300 words) about why you love Granville Island. If you have an entry that includes photos or videos, you can email your story and accompanying documents to stories [at] granvilleislandworks [dot] com. The grand prize includes a full day out with dinner, a craft session in an open studio, and a boat cruise. Secondary prizes range from jewellery (designed on the island) to kayak rentals.

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Photo credit: photodreamz_, Mandy_Jansen on Flickr

Personally, some of my favourite days in the city have been walking down to the False Creek Ferry dock near the Aquatic Centre and cruising over to Granville Island. With my husband or a group of friends we would get some coffee, pain au chocolat from La Baguette et L’Echalote, and stroll around the island on a photowalk. Children and tourists would be feeding french fries to hovering sea gulls while buskers sing acoustic folk tunes or slipped their way out of straightjackets. Snow-capped mountains peek out from behind a glass city while the murky waters of False Creek flow out into English Bay under the span of the Burrard Bridge. After picking up produce and fresh cuts of meat from the market for our meal that evening, we would reach for our return trip ticket on the ferry and sail toward home. Days like those are just one of the many reasons why I love Vancouver, and Granville Island.

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Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Some Granville Island Storytelling contest entries are already posted online. Follow Granville Island Works on Twitter or Facebook for contest updates and other news.

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Anniversary Events

January 13th, 2011 @ 4:12pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Yesterday CTV was looking for news and events surrounding any kind of Vancouver 2010 anniversary events. Turns out, there’s plenty going on around town and so far 10,000 people have signed up on Facebook for a simple gathering on Granville — anywhere on Granville between Drake and Georgia. 

Photo credit: Mananetwork on Flickr

The Olympic cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza will be lit at 4:00pm on February 12th, 2011

Breakfast with John Furlong
VANOC CEO John Furlong will be at the Vancouver Convention Centre West Saturday February 12th, 2011 from 9:30am until 11:30am. Meet Mr Furlong, have breakfast, and grab a copy of his new book. Tickets are available for $35 or $55.

Robson Square
Free skating and with other free & family-friendly activities planned from 9:00am – 11:00pm February 12th. The entertainment line-up includes: Four Host First Nations (with representatives of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh), Mark Donnelly – Mr. O Canada, Uzume Taiko, Koan, Public Dreams, Inez, The Shirleys, En Karma with South Asian Arts, Jets Overhead, Dustin Bentall, and Said the Whale.

There will also be free admission to the Vancouver Art Gallery February 12th.

Olympic Glory Relived on Granville
Beginning at noon and running until 9:00pm on February 12th, Granville Street will be activated from Smithe to Dunsmuir. Enjoy buskers, street hockey, and the Lunar Festival parade. Organized by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association. There will once again be street closures along Robson, Seymour, and Granville. The Facebook event with the unstoppable momentum will culminate on the same date at the same locations.

Granville and Smithe will be home to the “Centre Ice” celebration site and Canadian figure skate Patrick Chan will be doing meet and greets at the McDonald’s as well.

Olympic Street Hockey on Granville
On February 12th while Robson and Granville Streets will be closed to traffic and there will be a charity street hockey game in the afternoon.

Lunar Fest will take place February 3rd until the 13th as well. You may remember the lanterns and art from Lunar Fest last year that were on Granville between Robson and Georgia. 

Illuminate Yaletown
Illuminate Yaletown will be back February 11th at 12th with features contemporary light art installations.

Two events in Whistler are outlined by Tourism Vancouver. 

  • Celebrate Live! February 11-13, 2011 with appearances by athletes, food, art, and live music.
  • Whistler Winter Arts Festival February 1-28, 2011 with literary events, photo exhibits and more at  various venues.
  • With Glowing Hearts Film Screening
    There will be a free screening of With Glowing Hearts on February 12th. This documentary followed social media documentarians, protestors, journalists and more throughout the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    There will be a “salute to 2010” at the Vancouver Canucks game February 12th.

    Volunteer Reunion
    Olympic “blue jackets” or “smurfs” (or whichever name everyone had for the beloved and tireless volunteers) will have a reunion at Jack Poole Plaza February 12th at 4:00pm. Torchbearers are also encouraged to come out for their own reunion event at the same time and location.

    Olympic Village, Creekside
    Creekside Community Recreation Centre will host a free family-friendly community event in the Creekside gymnasium from 11:00am – 3:00pm February 12. The event will feature a range of Olympic and Paralympic themed activities including a hockey sledge race, winter sports on Wii, pin trading, 2010 memorabilia on display and a big-screen TV showing Games highlights. Organized by Vancouver Parks and Recreation.

    Grouse Mountain
    Grouse Mountain will be open for 24 hours between February 12th and 13th to celebrate the Olympic anniversary. Activities will include a torch parade of skiers, a one-day kids hockey tournament on the outdoor rink.

    West Vancouver
    The Columba Light Festival will take place February 11th and 12th with performances by Mother Mother and Said the Whale along with drumming, dancing, and ice skating at the Park Royal outdoor rink.

    Irish House
    Doolin’s Irish Pub is bringing Irish House back February 26th.

    Closing Ceremony
    The TD Winter Carnival at Robson Square will commemorate the closing ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics with a day of midway games, skating, free hot chocolate and more. Join the fun Sunday, February 27th, 2011 from 12:00pm until 4:00pm.

    Thinking back on all of the amazing memories, free celebrations, and impromptu gatherings, I have recently spent some time going through my Olympic and Paralympics posts and photos.

    I’m not sure what everyone is expecting, or what else they would like to see, but I’m sure the public will create their own event regardless of anything that might be formally setup (eg. the Facebook event mentioned above). O! Canada will be sung and hands will be sore from high-fives, that’s for certain.

    Stay tuned to @Miss604, @OlymGlryRelived, @DowntownVan, and the tag #ReliveIT on Twitter for event information which will also be posted here as announcements are made.

    PuSh Festival 2011

    January 13th, 2011 @ 1:39pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The 2011 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival kicks off next week and will run until mid-February. The festival’s mission is to engage and enrich audiences with “adventurous contemporary works in a spirit of innovation and dialogue.” For three weeks PuSh will present dozens of performances and productions, from karaoke and musicals to visual art exhibits and speed dating.

    The following is a rundown of this mega, multi-venue, city-wide festival happening January 18 – February 6, 2011:

    Main Shows
    La Marea (The Tide), Iqaluit, Circa, In the Solitude of Cotton Fields, Floating, PodPlays – The Quartet, 100% Vancouver, Terminal City Soundscape, City of Dreams, Dances for a Small Stage® 23, Bonanza, sound machine, Hard Core Logo: LIVE, Peter Panties, Rouge, datamatics [ver.2.0], 46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes

    Club PuSh
    Club PuSh at Performance Works on Granville Island will have experimental and cutting-edge work in various formats. Marquee acts begin at 8:00pm and a live band will play nightly at 10:00pm. It’s being called the “social hub” for the festival where you can grab a drink, chill, and chat. Tickets for ClubP PuSh (January 26–30 & February 2-5) are $25 or included in your full PuSh Pass. A full schedule of acts is posted online.

    General Information
    Venues include the Zero-hundred block of Water Street in Gastown (between Abbott & Carrall), The Royal Canadian Legion (2205 Commercial Drive), The Cultch (1895 Venables), Heritage Hall (3102 Main), The Dance Centre (677 Davie), and Performance Works on Granville Island. Tickets range from free, to $115 for a 4-show PuSh Pass.

    The festival will also celebrate and recognize Vancouver’s upcoming 125th anniversary through several events. Follow the festival on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube. The Georgia Straight will have extensive coverage and the festival is also looking for bloggers to help cover events.