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Vancouver Pride Parade 2010 in Photos

August 1st, 2010 @ 7:28pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This afternoon we attended the Vancouver Pride Parade along with about 700,000 other people. One of the largest pride parades in North America, I remarked earlier that I hadn’t seen this much joy and high-fiving since the Olympics were in town. The following photos were all taken by John Bollwitt.

Vancouver Pride Parade 2010

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Vancouver Pride Parade 2010

One of my favourite floats was the Vancouver Queer Film Festival who re-created the float/parade scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Vancouver Pride Parade 2010

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Vancouver Pride Parade 2010

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Vancouver Pride Parade 2010

Vancouver Pride Parade 2010

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Vancouver Pride Parade 2010 Vancouver Pride Parade 2010

Complete with enough beads to go around, the crowd loved TD Bank’s high-energy float.

Vancouver Pride Parade 2010

Vancouver Pride Parade 2010

Vancouver Pride Parade 2010

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Vancouver Pride Parade 2010

Vancouver Pride Parade 2010

You can view the rest of John’s photos in his Flickr set and please feel free to add your own to the Miss604 Flickr group.

Celebration of Light 2010 Fireworks Photos: Finale

August 1st, 2010 @ 10:36am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last night’s finale was a tribute to China, the country who won the Celebration of Light fireworks contest last year. While it was announced that team Spain won the title this year with their impressive performance and near-perfect timing, a team of Canadians put together the show that capped off another season of the fireworks in English Bay.

Tribute to China at Vancouver's Celebration of Light Fireworks in English Bay
Photo credit: Susan Gittins on Flickr
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Photo credit: Tom Wiebe & popejon2 on Flickr
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Photo credit: kiwi_cam on Flickr
Tribute to China
Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr
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Photo credit: Maurice Li on Flickr
Celebration of Light Vancouver - Tribute to China
Photo credit: PacificEagle on Flickr
Celebration of Light - China
Photo credit: Darko Sikman on Flickr
Celebration of Light 2010 - Tribute to China
Photo credit: Shauna.Ullman on Flickr
Celebration of Light - China
Photo credit: Darko Sikman on Flickr

Should you have any photos from last night’s finale, please feel free to add them to the Miss604 group on Flickr. You can revisit all of my fireworks coverage: Barge Tour, Team USA, Team Spain, Team Mexico.

Canada vs China Basketball at Rogers Arena

July 31st, 2010 @ 12:09pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Canada vs China BasketballOn August 10th the Canadian national basketball team with take on team China at Rogers Arena.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams have engaged in international play in preparation for the FIBA World Championships later this summer. The women just finished a tour in BC versus Chile and Sweden. The men will take on team France August 12th and 13th in Toronto and this will be their first time playing at the newly renamed Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

I just so happen to have a pair of court-side tickets to give away to the mens’ game against China Tuesday August 10th. Here’s how to enter to win:

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    Regular game tickets start at $19.75 (plus service charges). I will draw a contest winner Thursday August 5th at 9:00am.

    Update The winner is Dave – have fun at the game!

    Live Music Summer Recap & ShoreFest Rundown

    July 31st, 2010 @ 11:31am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Going through our photos I realized that I haven’t yet posted about some of the concerts and live music I’ve experienced this month.

    Ryan Dahle at the Biltmore
    Familia and the Manvils played a showcase the other night celebrating Ryan Dahle‘s current album, Irrational Anthems. Dahle also produced the Manvils’ latest album.

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    Ryan Dahle at The Biltmore

    It was great to see Ryan Dahle on stage again since I was a big Limblifter and Age of Electric fan back in the day. You can pick up his album (available in record form) and preview some tunes on his website.

    Blake Shelton at Tulalip
    I admit, I’m not a country fan however I’m enough of a music fan to know live shows are almost always a good time, no matter the genre.

    Blake Shelton at Tulalip

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    Blake Shelton at Tulalip

    The outdoor amphitheatre at Tulalip is a great setting with a lawn, full service washrooms, VIP tents, and beer service. Headliner Blake Shelton saw one of my tweets about being in attendance and gave a shout out to “Canadians” on stage. Once the show was over the opening act, Chance McKinney headed inside the resort to play at the cabaret – a more intimate setting.

    Wil at ShoreFest
    ShoreFest is a free concert series at English Bay that has been presented every fireworks night this summer. We had the chance to see a few acts such as Wil, Kuba Oms and Spirit of the West.

    Celebration of Light 2010: Spain

    Celebration of Light 2010: Spain

    Wil at ShoreFest

    Tonight ShoreFest presents Jim Cuddy (8:00pm), Patrick Brealey (7:00pm), Yukon Blonde (6:00pm) on the main stage. While over on the Rogue Sunset Beach stage tonight there’s Jim Byrnes (4:45pm), Barney Bentall, Tom Taylor, Shari Ulrich (3:45pm), and Headwater (3:00pm). The both Shore stages open at 12:00pm.

    On the Water for a Tulalip Bay Tour

    July 30th, 2010 @ 1:15pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    During my stay at Tulalip Resort my group was shuttled over to the Port of Everett where we boarded the Hat Island Ferry for a tour around Tulalip Bay.


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    When you’re driving down the I-5 toward Seattle, the Port of Everett would be on your left. It looks rather industrial and is home to a US navy station however it is becoming a destination for the community by hosting a farmers market, concert series, kite-boarding, and harbour tours.

    Tulalip Bay Boat Tour, via Everett

    The Jetty Island ferry carries beach-goers and kite-boarders across a small channel to the sandy spit where there are dozens of eagles nests resting precariously on top of pilings. The sandy beach is a draw for picnics and sunny afternoon recreation.

    Tulalip Bay Boat Tour, via Everett

    The Hat Island passenger ferry operates just a few days out of the week and the rest of the time it can be chartered for tours like ours.

    Tulalip Bay Boat Tour, via Everett

    We set out from the Port of Everett, past Hat Island, and into Tulalip Bay. From the water we could see some of the mountains in the Cascade Range (including the snow-capped Mount Baker) peeking up from behind the Tulalip on the shore.

    Tulalip Bay Boat Tour, via Everett

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    Tulalip Bay Boat Tour, via Everett

    We mimicked the Whidbey Island Ferry crossing as we headed from Whidbey back over to the coast, catching a glimpse of the Mukilteo lighthouse.

    Tulalip Bay Boat Tour, via Everett

    Mukilteo - Ferry to Whidby Island

    Tulalip Bay Boat Tour, via Everett

    Heading south down the I-5 from Vancouver you end up missing quite a bit of the Washington state coastline. I recommend heading down Chuckanut Drive just after Bellingham then making your way to Everett or Mukilteo to see what you can get up to on the water. Disregarding border wait times, you’ll be down there in about 2 hours with plenty of time to explore. If you have your own boat, the Port of Everett has plenty of guest moorage available.