Archives Photos of the Day: Bridges

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 — 1:01pm PDT
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Today’s collection of archives photos come from museums and archives around Metro Vancouver. One theme throughout the various communities in our region is that they have bridges; crossing the inlet or an arm of the Fraser.

Date: 1904
Description: Opening day celebrations on the first Fraser River Bridge (now the Fraser Railway Bridge).
New Westminster Heritage Accession Number: 117
Photo source: New Westminster Museum

Date: 1920
Description: Second Narrows Bridge (before the next Second Narrows which became the Ironworkers Memorial)
Vancouver Archives Item Number: CVA 99-1335
Photo source: Stuart Thomson

Date: 1923
Description: Construction progress photograph looking north across False Creek showing a dredge on the east side of the Connaught Bridge (site of the current Cambie Bridge).
Vancouver Archives Item Number: CVA 371-278
Photo source: WJ Moore

Date: 1937
Description: William M. Mott, owner of Mott Electric Co. posing with cable on the deck of the Pattullo Bridge prior to its opening.
New Westminster Heritage Accession Number: 3109
Photo source: Stride Studios

Date: 1965
Description: The Port Mann Bridge upon completion.
Surrey Archives Number: 203.23

Should you have a theme you would like me to cover for either the Then and Now, Archives Photo of the Day, or general history segments, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment with a suggestion.

Vancouver Haunted Houses: In the House Festival’s To Hell and Back

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 — 11:44am PDT
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Darkness covers miry early mornings in Vancouver as Fall has finally arrived with force. Firecrackers snap in the distance as jack-o-lanterns begin to take up real estate in windows and on the front porches of the West End. Halloween is just around the corner and aside from trolley tours and Fright Nights now is the time to check out a few of the Haunted Houses setup around town.

What To Hell and Back: The Phantasmagoric Adventures of Hellen Beck

When October 30th and 31st with the hour-long tours leaving every 30 minutes between 6:30pm and 10:00pm.

Where I read that the address of the haunted hour will remain a mystery until your register however I just spotted 2495 Wall Street on the event’s website. Organizers ask that you arrive about 15 minutes ahead of your tour to make sure you don’t miss out on any part of the display. Light snacks will be provided.

Info No age limit was given on the website however with student pricing my guess would be at least 14 years and older for this haunted house tour.

Presented by the In The House Festival, tickets are available for $35 or $30 for students online.

Read about more Haunted Houses in Metro Vancouver: Barclay Manor, Scare Affair, To Hell and Back, Dungeon of Doom.

PowerSmart Month: Week 4 – Wrap Up

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 — 10:07am PDT
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October is PowerSmart Month and I have partnered with BC Hydro over the last few weeks to bring you contests, rebate offers from local retailers, energy-saving tips, and event info. This week I’ll recap some of the events of the past month and promote the grand prize once again.

PowerSmart Deal of the Week
From October 21st until the 31st you can get $6 off select Energy Star specialty CFL bulbs at Rona.

PowerSmart Tip of the Week
Over the last month new tips and suggestions for being Power Smart have been posted and contributed. For week one I mentioned draft-proofing your home and got some great feedback in the comments. Week two was about recycling electronics through local outlets or manufacturers. Finally, week three talked about saving energy by turning off your lights, getting a timer, or using energy-efficient lightbulbs.

Candle light dinner for...
Photo credit: .martin on Flickr

The Candlelight Conservation Dinner last Thursday also saw dozens of local restaurants switch the candle-only lighting in their dining rooms, which not only saved power but created intimate settings. You can try having your own candle-lit dinner at home these days as they would be perfect for adding ambiance or romance to your meal on a cold and rainy Vancouver evening.

PowerSmart Month Grand Prize
The Grand Prize is still available until I do the draw November 1st. This includes a Samsung 3D-Ready TV, Samsung 3D-Capable Blu-ray Player, a 3D Starter Kit (two pairs of 3D glasses & Monsters vs. Aliens 3D Blu-ray, and Geek Squad advanced setup install from Best Buy. To enter to win this grand prize, fill out the contest entry form below.

PowerSmart Contest of the Week
I have one more $100 Best Buy gift card available for Best Buy that you can enter to win by commenting or re-tweeting this post.

RT to enter to win $100 for Best Buy from @PowerSmartBC & @Miss604

I will draw the winner of this final weekly prize on Friday, October 29th at 12:00pm. Thanks to everyone for supporting this campaign over the last few weeks and for providing such great feedback.

Update The Week 4 winner is Danny, congratulations!

Vancouver Haunted Houses: Scare Affair

Monday, October 25th, 2010 — 11:00am PDT
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Variety – The Children’s Charity is hosting the Scare Affair Haunted House in Vancouver until October 31st. The $10 donation for admission will go directly to Variety.

Suitable for ages 10 and up, Scare Affair will run this week from Monday to Thursday, 3:30pm until 10:00pm, and on Friday from 3:30pm to 11:00pm. On Halloween this Sunday, it will be open from 1:00pm until Midnight.

You can find the Scare Affair at 281 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver [Google Map].

Read about more Haunted Houses in Metro Vancouver: Barclay Manor, Scare Affair, To Hell and Back, Dungeon of Doom.

Western Canadian Music Awards 2010

Monday, October 25th, 2010 — 9:25am PDT
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Last night the Western Canadian Music Awards were handed out at the Kelowna Community Theatre, wrapping up this year’s BreakOut West music festival and conference.

All set for the Western Canadian Music Awards - starting soonThe awards celebrate and recognize achievements in Canadian music for artists based between Manitoba and BC, including the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

The event went quickly with over twenty awards handed out between stellar mashup performances that saw We Are the City team up on stage with Grapes of Wrath, Bif Naked perform with Fringe Percussion, You Say Party get funked up with Grand Analog, and Said the Whale jam with Jean Paul Maurice and Aidan Knight — just to name a few.

Backstage John and I hung out in the media room (which was also the green room) in order to catch the winners as they made their way in with their new hardware. At least about 40 percent of them were unable to attend last night including International Achievement Award Winners Sarah McLachlan, as well as Tegan and Sara.

Aboriginal Recording of the Year
Leela Gilday – Calling All Warriors – NWT

Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

Blues Recording of the Year
Jim Byrnes – My Walking Stick – B.C.

Children’s Recording of the Year
Norman Foote – Love My New Shirt – B.C.

Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

Classical Composition of the Year
Stephen Chatman – Earth Songs – B.C.

Classical Recording of the Year
musica intima – into light – B.C.

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Recording of the Year
Amanda Falk – In Between the Now & Then – MB

Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

Country Recording of the Year
Doc Walker – Go – MB

Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year
Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle – Let’s Just Stay Here – B.C.

Album francophone de l’année/ Francophone Recording of the Year
Geneviève Toupin – Geneviève Toupin – MB

Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

Independent Album of the Year
Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice – B.C.

Jazz Recording of the Year
Sandro Dominelli – The Alvo Sessions – AB

Roots Solo Recording of the Year
Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice – B.C.

Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

Pop Recording of the Year
laurell – Can’t Stop Falling – B.C.

Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year
Grand Analog – Metropolis Is Burning – MB

Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

Rock Recording of the Year
You Say Party – XXXX – B.C.

Songwriter of the Year
Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice – B.C.

Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

Urban Recording of the Year
Maiko Watson – Sweet Vibration – MB

World Recording of the Year
Alpha YaYa Diallo – Immé – B.C.

The biggest success story of the night was Dan Mangan, who had a clean sweep in all three categories in which he was nominated, Songwriter of the Year, Roots Solo Album of the Year, and Independent Album of the Year for Nice, Nice, Very Nice. Mangan was in New York last night so WCMA host, Grant Lawrence, read Dan’s acceptance speeches on stage via email on his Blackberry.

Just before the awards Dan Mangan followed me on Twitter so I was able to send him a direct message, asking for thoughts on his hat-trick.

Dan Mangan's quote for my post via Twitter DM

The night ended on a high note as Hall of Fame inductees, Chilliwack, played back to back hits. From classical to instrumental and children’s recording artists, everyone was in good spirits and supporting of fellow artists last night. BC and Manitoba were well represented in the awards room and from the sounds of the crowd and thunderous applause out in the theatre, it seems like everyone had a fantastic time.

All photos by John Bollwitt for

Vancouver Haunted Houses: Barclay Manor

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 — 3:36pm PDT
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Barclay Heritage Square is probably my favourite urban oasis in Vancouver’s West End and this year its centrepiece, Barclay Manor, is also a haunted house.

Barclay Heritage Square

The haunted house tour runs Friday October 29th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday October 30th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Admission is $3 per person or $10 for a family of four. The sign out front says the tour is suitable for those 6 years old and up. Call (604) 257-8333 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Barclay Manor

Throughout the year Barclay Manor is a social and recreation centre for those 50 years or older, and is a division of the West End Community Centre. The Barclay Heritage Square features flower gardens, a dog park, as well as two other heritage houses including Roedde House Museum.

Read about more Haunted Houses in Metro Vancouver: Barclay Manor, Scare Affair, To Hell and Back, Dungeon of Doom.