Hanson at the Commodore This Month, Win Tickets


Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 — 1:00pm PDT
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Hanson will be playing the Commodore September 25th, bringing their mature and intimate rock sound back to Vancouver for the first time in two years.

I had the chance to interview Zac, Taylor, and Isaac two years ago at the Commodore along with Keira. At the time they were promoting their album “The Walk” by doing a pre-show walk around the block in bare feet in support of TOMS Shoes. They were really friendly, humble, passionate, and any doubts the audience ever had about them being able to play their own instruments were instantly squashed when they took the stage.

Tickets are currently available through Live Nation for their show this month.

I have a unique prize pack to offer one lucky reader and a guest that includes a meet and greet with the band and two tickets to their show.

To enter to win, please leave a comment on this post stating why you would like to win this prize — I’d really like to make sure a Hanson fan gets the meet and greet opportunity. Perhaps you’re Hanson’s biggest fan, you love their latest tunes, or you’ve always wanted to meet the men that you first saw as boys singing “MMMBop” on MuchMusic. Let me know in the comments and you’ll be entered to win.

I will draw one winner from the comment entries on September 16th at 9:00am.

UpdateThe winner is Celena, congratulations!

Amuse Consulting Social Media Seminar


Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 — 10:32am PDT
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Next week Marc Smith – event planner extraordinaire – from Amuse Consulting will be hosting a social media seminar: “How to use Twitter & Facebook to Raise Your Profile & Increase Business“.

Social Media IconsMarc’s not a self-proclaimed social media “guru” or “expert” but he is a small business owner who has grown his audience, reach, and customer base by using social media tools. Unlike other seminars that spew buzz words without talking of actual results, Marc will be using real-world examples and providing information (about Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc.) that has helped him and his business.

I have worked with Marc on several occasions including Twestival Vancouver and with his help, it was our most successful Twestival fundraiser to date.

There are two seminar times to choose from on Tuesday September 14th: a breakfast session at 7:30am and a lunch session at 12:30pm. You can sign up for the one that suits your schedule and admission is just $20.

Both sessions will have WIFI available as well as complimentary coffee. They will also be hands-on, so bring your laptops so you can take notes, click links provided, and see how things work for yourself.

Lotus Awards: Meet the Judges This Week


Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 — 10:10am PDT
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The Lotus Awards are an advertising awards show celebrating creative marketing in British Columbia. Award categories include broadcast, interactive, design, ‘other’, out-of-home, and print. They’ll be coming up in November however there is a preview event coming up where you can meet those who will be judging the Lotus Awards.

Judges include Michael Borosky from Eleven, Tyson Damman from Big Spaceship, Christian DaBica from Jager Di Paola Kemp and couple of guys that gave us the legendary and unforgettable social media campaign; Old Spice’s The Man Your Man Could Smell Like. From the agency Wieden + Kennedy, Craig Allen and Eric Kallman will bring a fresh scent to the Meet the Judges Mingler.

The event with the judges takes place this Thursday, September 9th at Opus Bar at the Opus Hotel (350 Davie St). Tickets are $40 for the mingler and things will kick off at 6:00pm. This is an amped-up networking opportunity and preview for the Lotus Awards. I’ll be there on Thursday liveblogging and tweeting updates as attendees mingle with these advertising masterminds.

The Lotus Awards ceremony will take place November 10th 2010. Follow them on Twitter @LotusAwards

Vancouver Fringe Festival 2010: Johnny Tomorrow and the Way of the Planetarium


Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 — 9:00am PDT
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Today’s ticket giveaway for the Vancouver International Fringe Festival is for Johnny Tomorrow and the Way of the Planetarium by Michael Unger.

Johnny Tomorrow takes you on a journey to the stars inside the star theatre, and back in time over the 40 year history of the H.R. Macmillan Planetarium. He’s searching for answers to the ultimate astronomy question: Are we alone? And if so, why are we here? And why are there so many lasers?”

This one-man show is presented at the HR Macmillan Space Centre September 9th until the 19th.

To enter to win, please leave a comment that includes anything space-related. You can include a memory from the Planetarium or mention the meteor shower that we experienced this summer.

The winner will receive a pair of tickets to opening night, September 9th. Since we’re short on time, this will be a one-day contest and I will do the draw at 5:00pm today.

The Vancouver International Fringe Festival launches this week with over 600 performances from 83 shows at over two dozen venues around the city. From September 9th until the 19th Fringe will host shows from pop-up “Bring Your Own Venues” outdoors around Vancouver to seven main stages.

Update “G” is the winner, have a great time at the show!

Fox, Fluevog & Friends; Co-founder Tells of Fun with Funky Footwear


Monday, September 6th, 2010 — 6:30pm PDT
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The following post was contributed by Anita Webster.

Peter Fox at MOV by Anita Webster
Peter Fox, photo by Anita Webster

Peter Fox has spent a lifetime looking at the ground.

“I started out in linoleum – I looked at flooring where ever I went. Then I moved into shoes and my gaze moved up about an inch.”

Peter is the Fox of Fox & Fluevog, the wackier-than-thou shoe emporium born in Gastown in the early 1970s. He spoke at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) last night as part of the exhibit Fox, Fluevog & Friends, an entrancing look at the lives of these Vancouver-based gods to the well-shod.

MOV’s Joan Seidl had to coax the story out of the self-effacing Fox, but we did find out he was working at Harrod’s in London in the ’50s when he was offered a job at Evans-Sheppard, a downtown Vancouver shoe store. He didn’t know where Vancouver was but over he came, family in tow.

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King Tut, photo by Anita Webster

Years later he took his aunt’s suggestion that he open his own store. He borrowed money from a friend at church on the condition the friend’s son – one John Fluevog – be part of it. So began the legend that is Fox & Fluevog.

(Fox intimated that there was talk of calling the store ‘How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet’. Hey, it might have flown! BTW, it’s a quote from the Bible).

Through the ’70s Fox & Fluevog presented Vancouverites and the fashion-forward with high-as-you-dare platforms and clogs that no Dutchman would recognize. In the early ’80s the partners went their own ways, Fluevog to pause then re-open stores in several fashion capitals and Fox to SoHo where he set up business and moved into satin shoes – especially a bridal line.

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Peter Fox, photo by Anita Webster

Fox was adept at going where the others weren’t. He told us for inspiration he’d examine what was out there, find what was missing, then fill in those holes. He took cues from galleries and art around him – for example a King Tut shoe came after he saw that exhibit.

Toward the end of the evening I noticed a loyal customer showing Fox a bag full of his shoes she’d brought along and I saw something I’d never seen before – a shoe-signing.

Fox, Fluevog & Friends runs until September 26th at the MOV.

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Live at Squamish: Day Two


Monday, September 6th, 2010 — 4:39pm PDT
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Before John and I headed out to cover a second day of Live at Squamish we took a detour to the estuary for a quick stroll. Afterward, on our way back to the festival grounds, we ran into a roadblock setup by a black bear. It was a great start to another great day.

Live at Squamish 2010 - Bears in the area

Arriving at the festival grounds we noticed immediately that dancing, hopping, and sometimes somersaulting were just a few ways concert-goers kept warm on the breezy Sunday afternoon.

Live at Squamish 2010

As John and I spent about 10 hours a day at the Logger Sports Field in Squamish we survived on truck/street food. Pulled pork, gyros, jerk chicken wraps, mini-donuts, and homemade oatmeal chocolate peanut butter cookies. One thing I’d like to see next year is more of a “lighter” selection when it comes to the food. Inviting folks from the local Farmers’ Market to sell fruit and some vegetable options wouldn’t be a bad idea. However, I did hear the “Bucket o’ Poutine” was pretty good.

Live at Squamish 2010

There were quite a few families at the event and all of the young ones we saw seemed to be having a fantastic time. I think the kids really added to the fun and happy-go-lucky atmosphere.

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Live at Squamish 2010 - Tokyo Police Club

It also seemed the enclosed beer gardens helped control any rowdiness although I’m not sure what the perk of the VIP beer garden was other than it being closer to the stage (you still paid the same for beer). However, I’m glad we had VIP access so that we could use the washrooms that were inside portables (with stalls, running water, etc.)

At the end of the day, we were all there for one reason: the music. Here are just a few of the acts we checked out during Day Two of this first annual Happy Times in a Big Field event.

You Say Party
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Mother Mother
Live at Squamish 2010 - Mother Mother

Live at Squamish 2010 - Mother Mother

Live at Squamish 2010 - Mother Mother

Kuba Oms
I did a quick interview with Kuba and had to hold my Flip camera pretty close to ensure I captured audio so please excuse the poor framing of the shot.

Tokyo Police Club

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Live at Squamish 2010 - Tokyo Police Club

Bad Religion
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Live at Squamish 2010 - Bad Religion

Live at Squamish 2010 - Bad Religion

The bands were on fire (solid sets, great voices, rocked out instruments) and the mood was light and festive. My highlights included We Are the City, Jon & Roy, Mother Mother (who drew an immense crowd & hung out in the audience after their set), and Bad Religion. I tweeted last night that one of the first mp3s I ever downloaded in the mid-90s was ’21st Century Digital Boy’ and it was awesome to see Bad Religion — celebrating their 30 year anniversary — rock it out last night.

Live at Squamish 2010 - Bad Religion

One thing I failed to mention in any previous post was the abundance of Canadian content and I’d say well over half of the acts on the schedule were from British Columbia. Kudos to the organizers and host radio stations, Mountain FM and The Peak, for cultivating this enthusiasm for home-grown talent.

Live at Squamish 2010 - Bad Religion

We’re looking forward to seeing how this annual festival will grow; there’s definitely room for more people to come out and party in the giant venue. As long as they can maintain the mix of good wholesome family fun combined with beer garden silliness and carefree dancing to wicked tunes, I think Live at Squamish will become a regular end-of-summer highlight around here.

See also my recap of Day One. All photos used in this post were taken by John Bollwitt for Miss604.com. You can view the rest of John’s photos in his Flickr set.