The Live Sessions with Hayley Sales Tonight, Win Tickets

October 7th, 2010 @ 8:56am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Chan Centre at UBC has been presenting The Live Sessions concert series over the last few months. These intimate performances are also live recording sessions for CBC RAdio 2’s “Canada Live” series and the next concert will be with Hayley Sales. A Vancouver Island girl who grew up on a blueberry farm, her latest album Bird Became a Book is being described as having a unique and personal ‘folk Island style’ sound.

I have a pair of tickets to give away to the Hayley Sales Live Session tonight (October 7th). Here’s how you can enter to win:

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  • RT to enter to win tix to Hayley Sales tonight @chancentre from @miss604 http://ow.ly/2Q4Cr

    I will draw one winner at 1:00pm and they will receive a pair of tickets for tonight’s show beginning at 7:00pm at the Chan Centre’s Telus Studio Theatre.

    Update The winner is Toby Sullivan. Thanks for participating in this quick contest!

    Clara Hughes to Lead Take a Hike Bike Ride in Stanley Park

    October 6th, 2010 @ 12:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes will be in Stanley Park tomorrow morning (October 7th) for a bike ride with the Take a Hike Foundation. Hughes, who is also set to be honored on Canada’s Walk of Fame this year, is hosting this event to celebrate Take a Hike’s 10 year anniversary.

    Take a Hike is an alternative education program that engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, counseling, and community involvement.

    Clara Hughes
    Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

    I sat in on a press conference during the Vancouver 2010 Games after she won a medal as a part of the speedskating relay team where she announced that she was donating her medal bonus ($10,000CDN) to Take a Hike. She also gave the teacher who founded the program tickets to her 3000m race at the Olympics.

    Thursday’s event will start off with a press conference at 10:30am over at Second Beach. Hughes will give a talk about her life journey and the Olympics, which is bound to be incredibly motivational. She and Take a Hike students will then set out on a biking tour of the park.

    If you’re in the area, I encourage you to check out her speech – even during the press conference in February I was moved by her determination and inspirational words of wisdom.

    Joe Fresh Flagship Store on Granville

    October 6th, 2010 @ 11:40am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Joe Fresh is a brand typically associated with Superstore that produces clothing for men and women. They’ll be hopping outside of the giant green box and launching a flagship store in downtown Vancouver this month, bringing more fashion options to the entertainment district.


    Photo credit: From the Joe Fresh Life blog

    On October 16th they’ll be celebrating their grand opening with one giant street party outside of 540 Granville Street. This will include free concerts from Mariana’s Trench, Divine Brown, Stereos and Sweet Thing — some of the country’s hottest acts right now.

    Things will kick off around 2:00pm and go until 6:00pm on Granville between Pender and Dunsmuir. Follow @JoeFreshStyle on Twitter for store opening announcements, events, and the latest from Joe Fresh.

    ComedyFest Vancouver Encore with Jon Dore

    October 6th, 2010 @ 9:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    While ComedyFest Vancouver has wrapped up for another year they have one more event happening this week. Comedian Jon Dore will be performing encore shows tomorrow at The Cultch and Friday at Lafflines.


    Comedian Jon Dore on Q with Jian Ghomeshi

    Over the last few years he has made a name for himself on TV, as the comedic relief on CTV’s Canadian Idol, reporting on the pressures and excitement of the contest with his unique brand of humour. Shortly after, and much to the delight of his fans across the country, Jon created The Jon Dore Television Show, for The Comedy Network and is now airing on IFC in the US.

    Jon has appeared on his own Comedy Now! special for CTV and The Comedy Network, on Comedy Central’s Live At Gotham, Comedy Central Presents…Jon Dore and on CBS’ How I met Your Mother. An incredibly talented actor and comedian, Jon has been hailed by TV Guide as one of Canada’s top “rising stars of the future”, and was on Variety’s Top Ten Comic’s To Watch in 2009.

    Not only is live comedy simply the best in Vancouver, this is a chance to see a rising Canadian star in two intimate venues.

    I have a pair of tickets for each encore show to give away. You can either enter to win by leaving a comment on this post listing the date you would like to see Jon (Thursday or Friday), or posting the following on Twitter:

    RT to enter to win tix to see comedian Jon Dore from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/2PqoB

    I will draw the winners tonight at 5:00pm.

    Update The winners are Marda (Thursday) and @masey (Friday). Have fun at the shows!

    PowerSmart Month: Week 1 – Cubes & Candlelight

    October 5th, 2010 @ 3:18pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    October is PowerSmart Month and I have partnered with BC Hydro over the next few weeks to bring you contests, rebate offers from local retailers, energy-saving tips, event info, as well as one giant grand prize that I’ll announce in a day or so.

    PowerSmart Month

    To kick things off, the PowerSmart Cubes were revealed today at Georgia and Granville. These two living spaces are housing two actors for the next four days. One will do their best to save energy while the other will be a power hog. Through simple everyday actions you’ll be able to see their power usage meters rise as they use appliances and electronics in the cubes.

    PowerSmart Month

    Stop by the cubes between 6:00am and 10:00pm daily to see how energy is being used. While you’re there, Tweet a PowerSmart tip you see in action using the tag #psCube on Twitter and you’ll be entered to win a daily prize. The cubes will be on the corner until Friday, October 8th. Follow @PowerSmartBC on Twitter for daily contest updates.

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    PowerSmart Deal of the Week
    Save on an Energy Star Panasonic 32″ LCD TV at London Drugs.

    PowerSmart Tip of the Week
    With the chilly Fall air moving in this month you’ll want to draft-proof your home instead of cranking up the heat. Seal up cracks along windows and doors with caulking and weather-stripping or one of those cute stuffed weiner dog Draft Dodgers to reduce heat loss. As you can see in the Cube photo above, wearing a Snuggie or an extra layer is a good alternative to turning up the heat in your home.

    Contest of the Week
    October 21st is the Candlelight Conservation Dinner that will see dozens of restaurants around town doing their dinner service with the lights out.

    I have two $100 gift cards for Chambar (a Candlelight Conservation Dinner participating restaurant) that I will give away to two readers. Leave a comment with a PowerSmart tip below to enter to win. This could be unplugging your cell phone charger when it’s not in use or taking shorter showers.

    Candle Light
    Photo credit: ananyahcom on Flickr

    I will draw two winners (who will each get one $100 gift card) on Monday October 11th at 11:00am. Winners will then be able to make reservations for the Candlelight Dinner October 21st.

    Update The winners are Virginia and Maria — have a great dinner at Chambar!