Red Riding Hood Movie Premiere in Vancouver

Friday, February 25th, 2011 — 1:00pm PST
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The latest adaptation of Red Riding Hood will be premiering in Vancouver next week at the Scotiabank Theatre downtown. 

Starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, and Billy Burke, you’ll be able to play a bit of ‘Guess Where Vancouver’ in this locally-filmed production that has a bit of a darker spin on the classic tale.

If you would like to attend the premiere Wednesday March 9th at 7:00pm I have 4 double passes to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment listing your favourite fairytale (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • I entered to win a double pass to the #Vancouver premiere of #RedRidingHood from @Miss604

    I will draw 4 winners at 12:00pm next Friday, March 4th, 2011.

    Update The winners are Sanja, Mel, @JHMoody2011, @GluttonwithaCam – have a great time at the screening!

    Norwoods Restaurant in Ucluelet

    Friday, February 25th, 2011 — 11:15am PST
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    The following photo essay was experienced and contributed by John Biehler exclusively for

    Once we finished our Zodiac tour of the Broken Group Islands, we headed to dinner at Norwoods on our last night in Ucluelet.

    We started things off with the ‘local seafood trio’ which included crab chowder, tempura prawns and grilled octopus (which was my favourite):


    Local Salt Spring Island Mussels and Clams Piquant Tomato Sauce

    Grilled Fillet of Beef Peppercorn Sauce, Gratin Potatoes, Roasted Shallots, Seasonal Vegetables

    Classic Braised Lamb Shank Bourguignonne Rosemary & Garlic Knödel, Spinach

    Richard Norwood, Chef/ Proprietor and Philippe Mallette, Chef d ‘Cuisine in the open kitchen


    I couldn’t resist the Pumpkin & Cinnamon Crème Brûlée for desert. I then finished my night off with a Goodnight:

    Grand Marnier, Baileys, Frangelico, Steamed Milk, Nutmeg, Orange Twist

    Indeed it was a good night at Norwoods. Everyone in my tour group agreed that Norwoods was the unexpected and stellar food highlight of the trip to Vancouver Island.

    Related posts from the rest of the tour of Vancouver Island include caving in the Horne Lake Caves and surfing in Ucluelet.

    John is an avid photographer, gadget geek and traveller. You can find him on Twitter and at where he discusses photography and all sorts of technology. All photos in this post were taken by John.

    Disclosure: Activities, services and dining experiences during the trip were compliments of Tourism Vancouver Island or the operators and businesses mentioned.

    A guest post by John Biehler

    Guest contributor John Biehler is an avid photographer, gadget geek and traveler. He has filled in for Rebecca on several media travel trips and provides stunning video and photos from these adventures.

    Whitecaps FC Countdown ’til Kickoff

    Friday, February 25th, 2011 — 9:36am PST
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    The Vancouver Whitecaps FC has launched a ‘Countdown ‘til Kickoff’ campaign leading up to their first season in the MLS against Toronto FC, March 19th, 2011.

    Over the next few weeks, the Whitecaps will host daily events, stunts, and promotional campaigns around the city with celebrities, icons, and landmarks. Here are just a sample of what’s the come:

    New Whitecaps Logo for MLSFratelli’s Bakery on Commercial Drive February 26
    The bakery’s first 100 customers tomorrow morning will receive a Whitecaps cupcake complete with chocolate logo. A spectacular Whitecaps cake will be featured in the bakery window.

    Body-Painted Jersey March 4
    Look for this stunt featuring the Whitecaps kit in a large format print positioned at the parkade on the south-east corner of Cordova & Granville.

    Downtown Building Projection March 11
    The Whitecaps will broadcast a 3D building projection experience (including sound) on the south side of the Sears building in downtown Vancouver (Robson & Howe). The projection will run from sundown on March 11th to 6:00am March 12th.

    Find out more about daily events from the @WhitecapsFC Twitter account. You can also check out a video interview I did with Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi last summer.

    Vancouver History: Photographer Leonard Frank

    Thursday, February 24th, 2011 — 1:43pm PST
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    As we make our way through Vancouver’s 125th anniversary year, many have been looking back to see how our city has grown. Thanks to the efforts of Vancouver’s first Archivist, Major Matthews, and photographers who took to documenting the ‘early years’ we can view glimpses of what Vancouver was like in its formative years. One of such photographers is Leonard Frank.

    1900s – C.P.R. Station & Deadman’s Island in distance. VPL Accession Number: 9384

    Yesterday was the anniversary of Frank’s passing, as I learned from Chuck Davis’ “Leonard Frank, the photographer, died February 23, 1944, aged about 74. He came here from Germany in 1892, age 22, looking for gold, but that didn’t work out. Then he won a lottery in which first prize was a camera. Frank’s father was a professional photographer, and taught the craft to young Leonard. So he began to take pictures. For 50 years he took pictures. His nearly 50,000 images captured a now-vanished British Columbia with astonishing clarity and beauty. I swear you can see the stubble on the lumberjacks’ cheeks. Enjoy this extraordinary body of work in Cyril Leonoff’s multi-award-winning 1990 book Leonard Frank: An Enterprising Life.”

    1914 – Group portrait of miners. VPL Accession Number: 14843

    The Vancouver Public Library has an impressive collection of Frank’s works which feature Vancouver, the logging and mining industries, and various communities on Vancouver Island such as Port Alberni and Qualicum.

    1914 – View looking North from the 100 Block of West Pender. VPL Accession Number: 4704

    1920s – Men, Women, Children Standing Beside a Pacific Stages Bus. VPL Accession Number: 10428

    1920s – St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church (Burrard & Nelson). VPL Accession Number: 8179W

    1930s – Parade near the court house (where Robson Square is today). VPL Accession Number: 7852

    1930s – Military parade on Georgia at Burrard. VPL Accession Number: 7852

    You can view more from the collection at the Vancouver Public Library and even order prints online. The Vancouver Archives also has a collection of photos from Leonard Frank.

    Related posts can be found in my Vancouver 125 or History categories.

    Canstruction 2011

    Thursday, February 24th, 2011 — 9:40am PST
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    Canstruction returns to Vancouver this weekend under the sails at Canada Place. This annual fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society will feature the works of 23 creative teams as they build structures and sculptures using canned goods.

    Photo credit: Stephen Rees on Flickr

    gordonr on Flickr

    The displays are then judged in categories such as Juror’s Favourite, Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, and more. All are designed using only the product labels as the color palette. When the competition and exhibition is complete, the Food Bank anticipates over 100,000 cans of food to be donated.

    Canstuction is open to the public from 10:00am until 5:00pm February 27th until March 6th, 2011. You can visit the structures, vote for your favourite, try your hand at building at ‘CANSCHOOL’. Admission is free however donations are encouraged and of course they will all go directly to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

    Jodi Picoult in Vancouver

    Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 — 3:51pm PST
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    The Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival takes place in October however throughout the year they also organize a series of special events with internationally-acclaimed authors. Coming in March, they will be presenting bestselling author Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper, Handle with Care). Picoult will read from her new novel, Sing You Home, accompanied by guitarist Ellen Wilber.

    “Popular author Picoult tackles the controversial topic of gay rights in her latest powerful tale…Told from the perspectives of all three major characters, Picoult’s gripping novel explores all sides of hot-button issue.” – Booklist

    The reading will take place at St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (Nelson at Burrard) at 7:30pm, Sunday March 13, 2011. Tickets are $21 general/$19 students and are available online or by calling (604) 629-8849.

    In addition to the special event with Jodi Picoult, this spring the VIWF will present 2010 Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson, bestselling author Simon Winchester and two of Canada’s most acclaimed writers, Elizabeth Hay and Miriam Toews. The VIWF has also recently launched Incite, a free regular reading series in partnership with Vancouver Public Library.

    If you would like to win tickets to Picoult’s reading March 13, please leave a comment naming your favourite book or one that you love to read over and over again. I will draw one winner at 12:00pm March 1, 2011.

    Update The winner is Lia – have a great time at the reading!