Vancouver Canadians: Hall of Fame Week 1


Monday, June 13th, 2011 — 2:25pm PDT
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Even though Vancouver is a hockey town, there is a strong history of baseball that runs deep. From the Asahi at the Powell Street Grounds to our Little League World Champion participants and of course, the legendary Nat Bailey Stadium where Babe Ruth once visited.

Nat Bailey Stadium

I admit, it wasn’t until I married a man from Iowa that my passion for baseball grew. He took me to my first Vancouver Canadians game, Seattle Mariners game, and to see the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 80% humidity on a steamy midwest afternoon. We’ve even played catch at the Field of Dreams.

Thanks to the BC Sports Hall of Fame, I’ve been able to learn more about baseball history and some of the great British Columbians who have played the game over the last few decades. Each week, for the next three weeks, I’ll be featuring a Hall of Fame Inductee and their contributions to baseball. Today’s featured BC Sports Hall of Fame baseball inductee is Larry Walker


Courtesy BC Sports Hall of Fame

Hometown: Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Inducted: 2009
Biography: Larry Walker is one of the greatest Canadian-born ballplayers of all time. Larry played 17 major league seasons from 1989-2005. Walker established himself as one of the most feared combinations in all of baseball fusing blanket fielding with a monster bat. Over the course of his 17-year career with the Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals, he would win seven Golden Gloves, three Silver Sluggers, and was named to five All-Star Games.

His career season came in 1997 with the Rockies, where he hit .366 with 49 homers, 130 RBIs, and 33 stolen bases earning the National League MVP, the first Canadian-born player ever awarded this honour. A year later, Walker won the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s most outstanding athlete.

With each profile, I will also be hosting a series of giveaways that include 10 tickets as well as the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. I’ll be drawing one winner each week who will be able to bring their own cheering section with them, using all 10 tickets.

Here’s how you can enter to win for the game Monday, June 20th at 7:05pm against the Yakima Bears.

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  • I want to throw out the first pitch & win 10 tickets to see @VanCanadians thanks to @BCSportsHall & @Miss604 http://bit.ly/kM6ZY8

    I will draw one winner on Thursday, June 16th at 9:00am 3:00pm.

    Vancouver Canadians Baseball HatFresh off Stanley Cup fever, Vancouverites can enjoy ‘Nooners at the Nat and warm summer evenings at the ballpark starting June 17th as the Vancouver Canadians begin their season.

    With individual game tickets in the reserved grandstand starting at just $12.50, it’s an ideal destination for families, and even fun night out with someone special (with a dog ‘n a beer).

    Update Thanks to Rich at Patterson Brands we also have a Vancouver Canadians cap to give away with this prize package (value $25).

    Update The winner is Josh!

    Canucks Fan Time Lapse Videos


    Monday, June 13th, 2011 — 1:46pm PDT
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    I love featuring creative videos of Vancouver, from time lapses to tributes that tug at our heart strings. There’s no shortage of content being uploading during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and fan enthusiasm is at an all-time high. Even the Johnny Canuck video has been published on the Huffington Post. In case you were unable to witness the 100,000 fans in the downtown core last Friday, here’s the latest Canucks-themed video (sent to me by Hockey Community) to get your heart pumping.

    Here are two more time lapse videos of streets that intersect with Granville that show just how massive the crowds have been getting.

    Other Vancouver time lapse videos: Vancouver Spring Reborn, Vancouver Time Lapse Videos 1, Vancouver Time Lapse Videos 2, Top Vancouver Videos of 2010, and the Stephen Brunt Canucks Video Essay, for good measure.

    Village Carnivale on False Creek


    Monday, June 13th, 2011 — 11:57am PDT
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    The Village on False Creek is presenting the free “Village Carnivale” this week with community artists, performers, activities, food vendors, face-painting, and a 65-foot ferris wheel.

    Athlete's Village

    The Carnivale runs Thursday June 16 & Friday June 17 (4:00pm to 9:00) and Saturday June 18 & Sunday June 19 (11:00am to 7:00pm). The festival is free for all ages and ferris wheel rides are $4 per person (case only) – free for children under 6 (accompanied by an adult). Village Carnivale is in partnership with Public Dreams (LunarFest, Illuminares, Secret Souls Walk).

    The Village at False Creek is located in South East False Creek between Columbia and Ontario, from Athletes Way to the water (the Olympic Athletes Village site). Village Carnivale is one of several community events happening in the space this summer.

    Grind for Kids 2011


    Monday, June 13th, 2011 — 9:55am PDT
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    The Grouse Grind officially opened for the season on Saturday as Vancouverites and visitors alike took to the 2.9 kilometer trail that goes right up Grouse Mountain. Known locally as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, this 30 degree ascent is either on the bucket list of many or a part of their weekly routine.

    Baden Powell Trail
    Photo credit: planetc1 on Flickr

    For those who plan on doing the Grind more than once this summer, you can make each count by signing up for Grind for Kids. You can sign up through the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and have friends, family, and co-workers pledge/sponsor you for each Grind you complete this summer. Registration is $20 and with that you’ll receive your own timer and the chance to win some great prizes. Not only will you be partaking in a classic West Coast feat (and getting some amazing exercise) you can help out the BC Children’s Hospital in the process.

    Grouse Mountain

    Once you reach the top of the Grind, you can stay for a bite to eat at the lodge, and hop the Skyride back down after you’ve caught your breath (and done some stretching after the haul up the hill). Be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing and do not walk back down the trail. Stay safe this summer and read all trail advisories, updates, and alerts.

    Find out more about the Grind for Kids on their website or Twitter

    Leo Awards 2011


    Sunday, June 12th, 2011 — 1:48pm PDT
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    The Leo Awards wrapped up last night at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver as the best in BC film and television arrived on the red carpet for an evening of dinning and celebration. Here are a few of the red carpet arrivals and some of the winners announced during Saturday’s gala.

    Leo Awards Red Carpet

    Mackenzie Gray - Smallville Leo Awards Red Carpet

    Leo Awards Red Carpet

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    Ali Leibert

    Beatrice King Leo Awards Red Carpet

    Leo Awards Red Carpet

    Best Supporting Performance by a Female – in a Feature Length Drama
    Alexia Fast – Repeaters

    Justin Rain

    Leo Awards Red Carpet

    Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series
    Carmen Moore – Blackstone – White Bread, Red Class

    Leo Awards Red Carpet Leo Awards Red Carpet
    Best toes of the night with Canucks nail polish

    Caitlin Cromwell

    2011 Leo Winner - Tyler Labine

    Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama
    Tyler Labine – Tucker & Dale vs Evil

    Anna Mae Routledge, Katrin Bowen, April Telek

    Anna Mae Routledge - Amazon Falls Katrin Bowen April Telek - Amazon Falls
    The ladies of Amazon Falls: Anna Mae Routledge, Katrin Bowen, April Telek

    Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama
    April Telek – Amazon Falls

    Gabrielle Rose at the Leos

    Jodelle Ferland at the Leos Holly Elissa Lamaro

    Michael Eklund - Leo Awards Red Carpet

    Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series
    Michael Eklund – FRINGE – The Plateau

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    Dustin Milligan - Gunless

    Leo Awards Red Carpet Leo Awards Red Carpet

    Ryan Robbins - Sanctuary

    Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series
    Ryan Robbins – Sanctuary – Animus

    Leo Awards Red Carpet

    Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series
    Lucia Walters – Life Unexpected – Family Inspected

    Rob Easton, Sean Horlor
    Rob Easton & Sean Horlor

    Paul McGillion

    Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama
    Paul McGillion – A Fine Young Man

    Leo Awards Red Carpet

    Lamaro Holly Elissa, Chelah Horsdal

    As always, the cast of Sanctuary made a splash as autograph hounds, fans, and admirers online wanted every chance to see the group – especially the amazing Amanda Tapping. Tapping stopped to sign autographs, chat with passersby, and made a quick comment to Susan Gittins and I about how wonderful her online following is.

    Amanda Tapping greets passerby

    Ryan Robbins - Sanctuary Agam Darshi

    Amanda Tapping at the Leo Awards

    Christopher Heyerdahl - Sanctuary Robert Lawrenson - Sanctuary

    Sanctuary Cast

    Both Wednesday and Saturday were great nights for British Columbia’s entertainment industry. You can view the full list of winners online and the rest of my photos on Flickr. Feel free to add the names of some of the beautiful people I captured in these photos and if you would like to use any of these images please ask first. Susan Gittins also has photos up on her Flickr.

    You can still enter to win a Leo Awards presenter gift bag until Monday morning.

    Leo Awards 2011 Gift Bag Giveaway


    Friday, June 10th, 2011 — 12:50pm PDT
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    The 13th annual Leo Awards for outstanding achievements in British Columbia film and television will be handed out Saturday, June 11th at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

    Agam Darshi at the Leo Awards
    Agam Darshi at the 2010 Leos

    Steph Song at the Leo Awards Jodelle Ferland at the Leo Awards Lou Diamond Phillips at the Leo Awards
    Steph Song, Jodelle Ferland, Lou Diamond Phillips at the 2010 Leos

    Warren Christie at the Leo Awards
    Warren Christie at the 2010 Leos

    The Celebration Awards Ceremony was last Wednesday where Leos were awarded for screenwriting, costume design, sound, editing, and more. There was even an award for Best Music Video (that I believe was added last year) that went to The Rose by Sarah Slean, Producer CJ Wallis.

    Saturday’s gala will see nominees in categories including (but not limited to): Feature Length Drama (Direction, Program, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Musical Score, Stunt Coordination, Supporting Performance (Male, Female), Lead Performance (Male, Female)), Dramatic Series, Short Drama, Documentary, Animation Program or Series, Stunt Production, Youth or Children’s Program/Series, and Web Series.

    Productions with the most nominations are Sanctuary (17 nominations), Repeaters (10 nominations), Smallville (8 nominations), Voodoo (11 nominations), Hiccups (10 nominations).

    Thanks to Presenters’ Gift Lounge sponsor, Eco Fashion Week, I have a Leo Awards gift bag to give away to a reader. In the gift bags presenters will find SIGG water bottles, Aveda product & bag, Happy Planet health shots, Lav & Kush gift certificates, She to Shic gift certificates & express mani, Shoofoo Fashions washcloths, Spark Jewelry gift certificates, Dahlia Drive cuffs, Portobello West gift certificates, Twigg & Hottie gift certificates, Ziptrec Ecotours gift certificates.

    Here’s how you can enter to win your own presenter gift bag:

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    I will draw one winner at random from all entries Monday morning, June 13th, at 10:00am.

    Update The winner is Joey Cheng (@_JoeyCheng)!