Kokanee Mountain Cans Prize Pack


Friday, March 25th, 2011 — 10:59am PDT
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Kokanee recently launched a new series of beer cans that depict trail maps of Western Canadian ski destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, Marmot Basin, Cypress Mountain, Fernie Alpine Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Lake Louise, Red Mountain Resort, and Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

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Complete with QR codes, you can also scan the cans to get the trail maps instantly on your phone. With the weekend coming up, it’s a friendly (and timely) reminder that although grey skies are moving in on Vancouver, you can still get outside and enjoy some early spring activities, such as carving up the powder at any of these fine destinations.

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snowboarding/skiing at Cypress Mountain.. Timber Bowl
Whistler Blackcomb (runningclouds), Cypress Mountain (iwona_kellie), Fernie (Scott Innes)

To promote their new Mountain Can series, Kokanee has offered up the following prize pack for a Miss604.com reader: Two lift Whistler Blackcomb tickets, a Kokanee bucket, a Kokanee hoodie, a Kokanee backpack, and a Kokanee t-shirt. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming one of mountains on the Kokanee cans (1 entry)
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  • I entered to win a #KokaneeMountainCan prize pack from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/4mvLQ

    I will draw one winner on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 12:00pm. There is no purchase necessary and you must be 19 years or older to participate in this Kokanee giveaway. Please enjoy responsibly. Contest is open to residents of BC.

    Update The winner is A.J. (@gluttonwithacam) – congratulations!

    Whitecaps FC First MLS Home Game


    Friday, March 25th, 2011 — 10:22am PDT
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    The Vancouver Whitecaps FC hosted its first MLS game at home last weekend at Empire Field. Although the opposing Toronto FC fans had a presence in the stands, it was quickly drowned out by the chants and cheers of Whitecaps fans.

    Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC: From the radio booth
    Photo credit: John Bollwitt

    The crowd of 23,000 on opening day was electric with excitement and anticipation. Scarves were removed from around necks and held up, flashing the Whitecaps FC logo with pride, songs were sung, and you couldn’t have asked for a better outcome in a soccer game, let alone a premiere home-opening game as Vancouver came out on top, 4-2.

    Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC: From the radio booth
    Photo credit: John Bollwitt

    In case you were wondering who that large group was that knew all the songs, had their own branded scarves, flags, and attention of the team, they were the Southsiders — the Vancouver Whitecaps’ loyal supporter group since 1999. You can find tickets in their section online, learn their songs, sign up for membership, and support the team at home and on the road.

    If you were at the game or know someone who was, you can view a full panoramic photo of Empire Field courtesy of GigaPan. Click on the South or North views and zoom in to see if you can spot yourself in the stands.

    The next Whitecaps FC homegame at Empire Field is Saturday April 2nd. Tickets are still available starting at just $20. Follow @WhitecapsFC and @Southsiders on Twitter.

    UBC Archives: The Great Trek


    Thursday, March 24th, 2011 — 12:22pm PDT
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    The other day I visited the UBC Archives after messaging back and forth with archivist Erwin Wodarczak, who runs the @UBCArchives Twitter account. Being a big fan of local history, and having previously visited the Vancouver Archives, I was excited to discover artifacts from their vaults and see what kind of resources were available for research purposes.

    UBC Archives

    I read the minutes of the first Board of Governors, perused old photo albums depicting student life over the last century, and tried out the automated archive retrieval system.

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    One important piece of Vancouver history that was highlighted for me was the story of “The Great Trek” or “The Great Pilgrimage”. This was a peaceful protest by UBC students in order to finish building the campus out in Point Grey. Up until that time, they use facilities in Fairview — on the site of what is now Vancouver General Hospital.

    Although a site commission had, several years earlier, selected Point Grey as the location for the new university, the outbreak of World War I in 1914 halted development of the site following the initial clearing of the land and some preliminary construction. Overcrowded lecture halls and inadequate laboratory facilities characterized the University’s early years at Fairview. Additional space had to be found as the number of students grew. Professors held agricultural classes in a private residence, French classes in the basement of a church un-used by its congregation during the week, and chemistry classes in the famous chemistry tent erected on the site.


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    Students and faculty alike viewed the “shacks” at Fairview as a temporary inconvenience and looked forward to what they felt would be an imminent move to the new campus. Unfortunately, the inadequate Fairview facilities would serve as home to the University for its first full decade of existence. As the number of students attending UBC expanded, the frustration with government inaction on the construction of a new university campus also grew so much so that the students decided to take action. [The Great Trek Remembered]

    In the spring of 1922, the student-run “Build the University” campaign began. Each would collect signatures on a petition wanting the government to resume construction of the Point Grey campus. With the petition in hand, signs, banners, cars and horses, 1,200 students walked from Fairview to the Point Grey site. They gathered within the shell of the Science Building, where construction was halted so many years before.


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    By the end of the campaign and the trek, they had approximately 56,000 signatures which they took to Victoria and were granted government funding to complete UBC’s campus. The cover of the school’s paper, The Ubyssey, read “Government Sees the Point!” on November 9, 1922.


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    There is a cairn on campus (West Mall) dedicated to the effort of the students. I’m looking forward to uncovering more stories, photos, and documents in future trips to the archives.

    Documentarians Travel from Vancouver to Midway


    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 — 4:27pm PDT
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    Vancouver photographer Kris Krüg wrote to me this morning from Midway Atoll, one of the most remote places on the planet, to inform me about his latest project.

    Journey to Midway Island
    Photo credit: kk+ on Flickr

    Kris is with his friend, artist & activist Chris Jordan, who has been to Midway several times and produced the images seen in this YouTube video.

    Journey to Midway Island
    Photo credit: kk+ on Flickr

    “He’s been mentoring me as a photographer, particulary in the area of printing my work for galleries, collections, and museums,” Kris told me, regarding Chris. “He asked me come along on the trip as a second camera and a social media documentarian.” Needless to say the offer was accepted.

    Journey to Midway Island
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    All photos by kk+ on Flickr

    What the team plans to do is create a feature-length documentary called Midway. Kris said they’re documenting the effects of plastic pollution in the ocean and after only day on the island, he’s already made grim discoveries. “Tens of thousands of baby albatross die each year of starvation and dehydration with bellies full of plastic. These babies have no feathers and have never left Midway. The mama birds and papa birds are out fishing at sea, picking up floating plastic garbage and debris, and bring it back to feed their babies. It’s horrific.”

    Journey to Midway Island
    Photo credit: kk+ on Flickr

    I asked Kris how we at home and help, and the most support can come through simply sharing the images and updates he’s posting to his Flickr, Twitter, and blog. “For those with want to get involved at a deeper level we’ve received some grants and private finacing in addition to personally funding the trip out of our own pockets. Funds would help, but we’re making this movie one way or the other!”

    Journey to Midway Island
    Photo credit: kk+ on Flickr

    Update March 29, 2011… More photos from the journey.

    One Love One Ocean - Kris Krug on Midway Atoll

    Journey to Midway Island


    All photos by kk+ on Flickr

    Follow the team: ChrisJordan.com, MidwayJourney.com, KrisKrug.com. Kris will return to Vancouver form Midway April 5, 2011. Read also my previous profile of Kris when he went down to Louisiana during the Gulf oil spill.

    Vancouver Police Museum Bootleggers’ Ball


    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 — 10:38am PDT
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    The Vancouver Police Museum is hosting a creative fundraiser with a saucy twist that will take party-goers back to a time of prohibition (and rum-running) in Vancouver for the Bootleggers’ Ball.

    Vancouver Police Museum
    Photo credit: kpwerker on Flickr

    Where Biltmore Cabaret (396 Kingsway, Vancouver)
    When Friday April 8, 2011 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm

    In celebration of the museum’s 25th anniversary, the Bootleggers’ Ball was inspired by their popular “Sins of the City” tour. Attendees are encouraged to come in period attire (flapper dresses, pinstripes) and will enjoy burlesque and Vaudeville performances throughout the night by The Creaking Planks, The Vaudevillians, Lola Frost, Darla DeVine and Lacey L’Amour.

    Silent auction prizes will be available for bids and although the event has a prohibition-era theme, drinks will be flowing. Tickets are available individually or in groups for $40 a piece.

    A a media sponsor of the event, I have two tickets to give away as well. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
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  • I entered to win tickets to the @policemuseum #BootleggersBall from @miss604 http://ow.ly/4kTZN

    I will draw one winner at random from all entries on March 30th at 12:00pm. You must be 19+ to enter this contest as the venue is not all-ages. Please enjoy responsibly and plan a safe ride home.

    Update The winner is Eileen! Have a fantastic time at the event!
    Update Unfortunately Eileen can’t make it so the runner up is Patrick Davidson!

    Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2011


    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 — 9:27am PDT
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    The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival returns in timely fashion this weekend as pink buds are already sprouting from tree-lined streets. Festivities will take place around town from March 26th until April 22nd including some of the following events:

    Today in Vancouver: The city springs into Spring!
    Photo credit: [travelfox] on Flickr

    Haiku Invitational
    Submit your cherry blossom haiku online now until May 31, 2011.
    Sakura Days Japan Fair
    VanDusen Botanical Garden hosts a family-friendly festival April 2nd and 3rd from 10:00am until 5:00pm.
    Cherry Jam Downtown
    Burrard SkyTrain station downtown is home to dozens of blossoming trees. Enjoy festivities March 31st from 12:00pm until 1:30pm.
    Cherry Jubilee
    The performance Violionpower with Edmund Chung takes place April 9th at 5:00pm in CBC’s Studio 700.

    Sping Cherry Bliss
    Photo credit: P Squared Pics on Flickr

    Visit the festival’s website to find out more about events, sign up to be a cherry scout, Bike the Blossoms, and locate blossoms around Vancouver. There’s also still time to purchase Birthday Blossoms in honor of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary, before March 29th.