BC Youth Week 2011

Monday, April 25th, 2011 — 3:25pm PDT
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BC Youth Week 2011 is coming up May 1st through May 7th as our province joins an international movement to promote and involve youth participation in sporting events, music, art, movie nights, community projects, and even random acts of kindness.

BC Youth Week

There are over 20 cities across BC that will be hosting events that include just some of the following: Youth Swim at the Canada Games Pool (New Westminster), Youth Week Dodgeball Tournament (Richmond), Sk8 Downtown (Vancouver), and Open Mic & Jam Session (Burnaby). Hosting over 45 events for Youth Week, Surrey’s schedule can be downloaded as a PDF.

Follow BC Youth Week on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Vancouver Spring Reborn

Monday, April 25th, 2011 — 12:37pm PDT
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The rain soaks lush green lawns and carries cherry blossom petals downstream as we await those glorious days of sunshine that are to come. Welcome to spring in Vancouver.

Local photographer Henry Low, who has been sending quite a few videos my way lately, just dropped his latest production in my inbox and it’s too good not to share.

You can view more videos of Vancouver that I have featured including spectacular time-lapses by searching my video category or browsing Henry Low’s YouTube channel.

Campus Lip Dub Videos

Monday, April 25th, 2011 — 11:53am PDT
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Lip dubs and flash mobs are all the rage these days, taking hours to organize and choreograph often hundreds of participants for that shot at internet stardom (while having a ton of fun in the process).

Lip dubs are described as “a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video. It is made by filming individuals or a group of people lip synching while listening to a song or any recorded audio then dubbing over it in post editing with the original audio of the song.”

The fist lip dub that I watched was one this office put together in 2007:

Lip Dub – Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger from amandalynferri on Vimeo.

That was followed by one produced by Vancouver-based Strutta in 2008:

Christmas is all Around Lip Dub from Jordan Behan on Vimeo.

It took a few years to catch on but some local schools have now been getting in on the action. First there was UVIC in October of 2010, UBC Vancouver in April 2011 (nearing 1 million views on YouTube), as well as UBC Okanagan this month.

If you love lip dubs then check out LipDubHub.com for the cream of the crop and check the accounts of those who posted originals as “making of” lip dub videos are also popping up. Know of any more Vancouver or BC-based lip dubs? Drop a note in the comments and I’ll add the link to this post.

From the Miss604 Flickr Pool

Monday, April 25th, 2011 — 9:14am PDT
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Before the rain began to fall over the last few days we had a healthy run of sunshine-filled days in Vancouver. On a gloomy Monday, this week’s collection of images from the Miss604 Flickr Pool features some brighter shots from around our region.

Brockton Pt. Lighthouse
Photo credit: Sliver of Light on Flickr

Photo credit: TheVancouverGuy on Flickr

Parkma Off The Drive
Photo credit: PiscesDreamer, Cherry B, aaronmalexander on Flickr

It's on its way!
Photo credit: supermans wife on Flickr

Surrey Vaisakhi SL388208
Photo credit: rbrtwhite, Valentina Beatrice on Flickr

The Boys Of Summer Are Coming Back!
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Science World,Vancouver
Photo credit: RingoLee on Flickr

Beans The Dirty Apron's Fruits
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks, aaronmalexander on Flickr

Dyke Access
Photo credit: rbrtwhite on Flickr

Last trip
Photo credit: Light Partner on Flickr

[112/365] Good Friday, Good Earth Day
Photo credit: kardboard604 on Flickr

As always, click on any of the photos to view more from each of the photographers featured. Please also feel free to submit your photos to the Miss604 Group on Flickr.

Live at Squamish 2011: Early Bird Tickets

Thursday, April 21st, 2011 — 3:23pm PDT
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It was announced earlier this month that the Live at Squamish music festival is returning this summer for two days of bands, solo artists and DJs.

Live at Squamish 2010 - Media Preview & Soundcheck

Nestled on the logger sports grounds in Squamish, with the Stawamus Chief in view behind the main stage, Live at Squamish is once again shaping up to be the event of the summer this August 21st and 22nd. Acts are being revealed the the coming weeks such as Stars who now join Weezer, Metric, Major Lazer, Girl Talk, Bend Sinister, The Zolas and more.

Stars “Take me to the riot” on Vimeo.

Early Bird tickets are still on sale until May 15th but they’re going fast (camping is already sold out). Early Bird Weekend passes are $119 and Early Bird Day passes are going for $79 (plus service charges). Kids under 12 are still free when accompanied by an adult. Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out, I have a feeling that these will be hot items come summer. Squamish, music, laying on the grass, beer garden, local and world-class talent… need I say more?

As a media partner of this year’s Live at Squamish music festival I have the opportunity to give away two pairs of weekend passes right now, before the Early Bird deadline is up. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post listing one of this year’s confirmed artists (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • RT to enter to win weekend passes to @LiveatSquamish with @Weezer @Metric & more from @Miss604 http://bit.ly/feIMvY #LAS2011

    I will draw two winners at random from all entries next Friday, April 29, 2011 at 12:00pm.

    Update The winners are Natalie Burgwin (comment entry) and jeff (@zenspiration Twitter entry) – congratulations!

    ART Restaurant at Four Seasons Seattle

    Thursday, April 21st, 2011 — 12:13pm PDT
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    John and I recently treated ourselves to a quick trip South of the border to enjoy a little retail therapy, the tulip festival, and a Mariners game. Thanks to recommendations from my Twitter followers, we ended up staying at the Four Seasons Seattle.

    The hotel invited us down to ART Restaurant for dinner and three hours later, we were sufficiently stuffed with taste buds pleasantly exhausted.

    Art Restaurant - Four Seasons Seattle

    Cocktails (sorry, no photos of these)
    Shanghai Bunny (boulard calvados, fresh ginger, carrot juice, ginger ale)
    Minetta in Spring (bulleit bourbon, navan, rosemary syrup, cherry bitters)

    Each guest receives a bread basket with red bean hummus and we had an amuse bouche with crab, rolled in cucumber.

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    Baby Gem Lettuce, Shoots Endive
    Sunchoke Bisque with Goat Cheese Spring Roll

    Art Restaurant - Four Seasons Seattle Art Restaurant - Four Seasons Seattle

    Seared Indian Spiced Salmon with Alaskan Crab and Yukon Gold Potatoes
    Pan Seared Halibut with Fiddlehead Ferns, Asparagus, Spring Morel Mushrooms

    Art Restaurant - Four Seasons Seattle

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    Walk the Red Carpet (red velvet cake, honey yogurt panna cotta, blueberry puree)
    It’s Complicated (gluten-free valhrona bittersweet chocolate tart, pistachio ice cream)
    There’s a Hole in My Bucket (vanilla bean dusted donut holes)

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    Art Restaurant - Four Seasons Seattle

    This is not a review post, as dinner was compliments of the hotel, but hopefully you will check out ART the next time you’re in Seattle. The Yelp ratings are impressive and now we know why. The ingredients are “market fresh”, which would be expected of a high-end restaurant so close to so much seafood and produce at Pike Place Market. The inspiration behind each dish and the source of the ingredients (whether it be from the farm or from the sea) is explained. The atmosphere is classy and comfortable and the staff was very friendly.

    Art Restaurant - Four Seasons Seattle

    You’ll want to make a point of ordering some of Giorgio’s Limoncello – he’s the restaurant manager and he’ll be sure to tell everyone at your table about how this secret family recipe came to be at the Four Seasons. Even if you’re not a hotel guest, stop by for Happy Hour in the lounge, enjoy some charcuterie and a cheese plate, and catch the game on one of the big screens.

    You can find the Four Seasons Seattle on Twitter @FSSeattle as well as @ARTRestaurant.

    Disclosure: cmp.ly/2 I was not paid to visit this hotel or restaurant however as stated above, this meal was compliments of the hotel.