The Davie Day Street Festival in Vancouver’s West End takes place Saturday September 11th.
Davie Street will be closed from Burrard to Broughton for a full day of family-friendly entertainment and activities. This giant block party will feature a main stage for live acts, a market, and plenty of food from the restaurants along the way.
There will be 8 “zones” along the street including: Community, KidZone, Arts & Culture, Heritage, Lifestyle, Doggy, Sustainability, and Relax. It’s totally free to attend and the festivities will run from 12:00pm until 7:00pm.
One of downtown’s hidden gems is the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, just off Georgia, on Hornby Street. Here you’ll find a breathtaking collection of Reid’s art that varies from wire sculptures and a diamond necklace, to tribute carvings and statues.
I was fortunate enough to be given a private tour from Bill’s widow, Dr. Martine Reid. We walked around for about an hour as she spoke of intricate techniques as well as heartfelt personal stories about specific pieces.
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On this day in Vancouver history, Elvis Presley performed one song at Empire Stadium before he had to leave the stage due to crazed fans battling with local police. He came back on stage after a few minutes and played four more songs [source]. The screams from the crowd were so loud that no one could even hear The King perform.
1957, Elvis kneeling on top of the CKNW reporter table
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Red Robinson wrote on his website: “Vancouver was the biggest success story on the whole tour. I was proud to be part of the success that day as I had tried in vain to get Elvis here for a year and a half. This was the first celebrity to ever rent stadiums and he could do it because he was a giant, even then. He had completed two movies, had great success with his recordings up to that time going to the top of the charts and his appearances on the Milton Berle, Ed Sullivan, and Steve Allen TV shows were ratings monsters. He was a true sensation. I have always stated that this was his biggest show of that tour but to hear Elvis himself say that it was is the icing on the cake.”
1957, PNE officials and military restraining Elvis fans
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Photo credit: The Province Newspaper
1957, Elvis Presley with a CKNW reporter
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Photo credit: The Province Newspaper
The Live at Squamish music festival is coming up this weekend presenting legendary bands such as Bad Religion and Devo alongside some of Vancouver’s hottest modern acts, like Said the Whale and We Are the City.
If you haven’t got your tickets yet, not to worry as the JP Scion Dealership approached me to help them give away two pairs and I was happy to oblige. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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Each pair of full weekend passes is valued at $300. I will draw two winners tonight around 6:00pm who will each get a pair. Winners will need to pick up their tickets this week from the JP Scion Dealership in the North Vancouver Auto Mall.
Those attending Live at Squamish can check the tag #LASFest on Twitter throughout the weekend for updates and Tweetup information on-site.
Update The winners are @BruiseViolet and Incredimike – have fun!
I announced a few weeks ago that I will be participating in the Drop Zone challenge, raising funds for Easter Seals while repelling down the face of an office tower in downtown Vancouver. My fundraising efforts have since been lacking so with the event only a few weeks away, I thought I would kick things up a notch.
Tinhorn Creek Winery has kindly offered up an incentive prize. All those who donate a minimum of $20 to my campaign (for which a tax receipt will be issued by Easter Seals) will be entered to win a 2-night stay (for two) at their vineyard’s guest house in the Okanagan.
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As I do not receive the email address of the donor, please check back here September 7th to see if your name was drawn (I will draw one winner based on the donations received). Then we’ll get in touch to setup your experience at Tinhorn Creek. Thanks to everyone in advance for helping me with this campaign.
Update I have extended the contest to the day of my drop, which is September 14th.
Update The winner of the stay at Tinhorn Creek is Cameron Williams! Thank you to everyone for supporting my campaign!
Follow @vcrdropzone for event info and @TinhornCreek on Twitter for winery updates.