NHL Heritage Classic: Youth Hockey Ticket Giveaway

Monday, February 24th, 2014 — 11:08am PDT
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The Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic is set to be played at BC Place on Sunday, March 2, 2014 as the Vancouver Canucks, in vintage uniforms, take on the Ottawa Senators.

NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place

One-of-a-kind games like this should be enjoyed by all so the NHL and Canucks for Kids Fund have partnered with me to award tickets to a local youth hockey player.

Youth Hockey Ticket Giveaway

To enter to win, enter the contest on behalf of a deserving youth hockey player (as their parent/guardian) fill out the form below. The lucky winner will receive a pair of tickets to this classic stadium match-up.
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By entering this contest on behalf of a youth hockey player you give consent to the sharing of entrants’ information (content/stories) by the National Hockey League and its teams, and give consent as a parent/guardian of any minors featured in the content.

NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place

Tickets to Sunday’s Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic are still available online now. I will draw one winner at random from all valid entries at 9:00am on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 and once approved, the lucky winner will be notified by email.

The Canucks for Kids Fund dedicates resources to assist charities which support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey, and facilitate and encourage education in British Columbia.

Update The winning entry was submitted by Belinda!

Canada Wins Hockey Gold, Olympians Win Our Hearts

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 — 6:30am PDT
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In Canada, little else can wake a nation from its cozy winter slumber — coast, to coast, to coast — like hockey. At 3:45am Pacific Time sleepy selfies were popping up online as young and old put on their toques, turned on the TV, and cheered for Canada. Social media connected us all and hockey made us one.

Kyle Wagner of Deadspin: “People spend their whole lives looking for something to love like Canadians love hockey.”

We weren’t Vancouver versus Toronto or the Canucks against the Blackhawks. If it takes an international tournament every 4 years to remind us of that unity, so be it, because this morning’s camaraderie and support for our nation was the stuff of which indelible memories are made.

Canada's flag is awesome
Photo credit: kougar on Flickr

220 Olympians in 14 sports, with 25 medals. From individual victories to team triumphs for both men and women, Canada has had an amazing showing at the Sochi 2014 Olympics as athletes performed with incredible passion and made our country proud.

Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse will carry our flag at the Closing Ceremony today and once you’ve recovered from the early morning hockey wake-up call, head down to Jack Poole Plaza downtown. The Vancouver cauldron will be re-lit from 4:00pm to 8:00pm to celebrate all of Canada’s achievements at the Games.

In Vancouver, we know what it takes to make an Olympic experience happen so here’s to the volunteers, CBC Olympics broadcast team, athletes, players, and Canadian Olympic Team staff at Sochi 2014.

And remember, tune in to the Paralympics March 7th to March 16th, 2014!

Winter Snack Pack Giveaway from Udi’s

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 — 9:44am PDT
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Most of us have been glued to our televisions and mobile devices watching Canadian athletes giving it their all this winter and Udi’s Healthy Foods wants to enhance your viewing experience by offering up some of their tasty gluten free snacks. Their motto is “eat well, smile often” which means if you’re gluten free, you don’t need to waste another bite on bland, crumbly, and tasteless food.

Udi’s products are available all over North America and in Vancouver you can find them at Choices Markets, Save-On-Foods, Safeway, IGA, Ed’s Gluten Free Specialty, Green’s Market, Drive Organics, Famous Foods, Donald’s Market and Killarney Market.

UdisFebruaryGiven the response of my last giveaway with Udi’s in September, I was happy to come on board and offer up another. To keep you fuelled this season, I have a Winter Sports Snack Pack Giveaway from Udi’s that includes:

  • Ancient Grains Crisps – Simply Sea Salt
  • Ancient Grains Crisps – Jalapeno & Cheddar
  • Maple Pecan & Chocolate Chip Soft-Baked Cookies
  • Salted Caramel Cashew Soft-Baked Cookies
  • Snickerdoodle Cookies

Whether it’s part of your diet already or you would like to give gluten free a try, here’s how you can enter to win this Udi’s prize pack:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @udisglutenfree winter snack prize pack from @miss604 #CanadiansGlutenFree http://ow.ly/tTgdM

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Follow Udi’s on Twitter and Facebook to find out more about their product line and where it can be purchased around Vancouver.

Update The winner is Ben!

Ballet BC Grace Symmetry Review

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 — 8:19am PDT
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On Thursday night Ballet BC, in collaboration with Turning Point Ensemble, presented the first of three performances of Grace Symmetry at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The performance features live music by Turning Point Ensemble, a local chamber ensemble whose repertoire specializes in music composed in the past 100 years and who is known for its collaborations in interdisciplinary productions.

Alexis Fletcher and Gilbert Small. Photo by Michael Slobodian for Ballet BC.

Grace Symmetry includes world premieres by Kevin O’Day and Medhi Walerski, plus the return of In Motion by Wen Wei Wang, an audience favourite from the 2010/11 dance season, which was my favourite piece of the evening.

In Motion had the musicians from Turning Point Ensemble, dressed in black, sharing the stage with the dancers. Either behind a transparent scrim and or occasionally emerging to play right next to dancers, the musicians’ presence added to shapes, lines, and dimensions to the piece in a transcendent way with Conductor Owen Underhill’s arms swaying up and down, the line of a clarinet, the shape and sound of a violin.

In Prelude, James Proudfoot’s spectacularly spartan and brutalist lighting design drove the piece and the lights literally moved down onto the dancers as the piece progressed, creating an oppressive force on them, having them submitting to what was above. I loved the uniformed costume design by Kim Nielson in this piece–all the dancers had a sheer nude top on and both men and women looked as they were topless. Darren Devaney’s solo was just spectacular, rolling his abs and contorting his body in ways that would normally would look ugly if anyone else did it, but somehow he made it absolutely exquisite.

Unfortunately, due to Peter Smida suddenly falling ill after Prelude, Here On End had to be completely reworked and re-spaced during the intermission and as a result lacked unity and a polished quality. However, it is my understanding that he will be back for the next performance and if not, I’m sure that Ballet BC will add grace and symmetry to the piece by tonight’s performance. I only wish I could go back tonight.

Tickets for Grace Symmetry‘s final performance tonight can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787(855-985-ARTS) or online at ticketmaster.ca and range in price from $22.25 to $70.00 (plus service charges).

Follow Ballet BC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.

Disclosure: Review
Views are those of the author. Media tickets were provided for review purposes.

A Miss604.com guest post by Michelle Kim

Guest contributor Michelle Kim is a local actor, producer, director, and writer. Providing write-ups about theatre, film, and the arts.


Vancouver Olympic Cauldron Lit for Gold Medals

Friday, February 21st, 2014 — 11:44am PDT
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It took several days for Vancouver to involve its Olympic cauldron in Sochi 2014 celebrations but since it fired back up again on February 12th, it’s been re-lit every evening at 6:00pm when Canada wins a gold medal in competition that day. Tonight it will be lit thanks to our gold medals in Ski Cross (Marielle Thompson) and Men’s Curling (Brad Jacobs and his rink), and it will burn for about 2 hours.

Olympic Cauldron in Vancouver
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Bring the family, sing O Canada and get a healthy dose of camaraderie, sportsmanship, and patriotism as we near the end of the Games.

Photo credit: NeilPanda on Flickr

Vancouver Olympic Cauldron Vancouver Vancouver flame lit again!
Photo credit: LawrenceH & daver604 & Christina T on Flickr

Olympic Cauldron in Vancouver
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The Olympic Cauldron, Vancouver
Photo credit: Alexis Birkill Photography on Flickr

As of Day 14, Canada has won gold in women’s ice hockey, women’s bobsleigh, ladies’ short track relay, men’s and women’s curling, men’s and ladies’ moguls, ladies’ slopestyle ski, and ladies’ ski cross.

Cauldron to be lit Sunday, February 23rd

The Vancouver Convention Centre has confirmed that the cauldron will be lit Sunday, February 23rd: “To celebrate Team Canada’s tremendous success at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Vancouver’s Olympic Cauldron will be re-lit on Sunday, February 23rd.

The lighting will take place in the morning following the conclusion of the final sporting event through to the end of the Closing Ceremony. In addition, the Cauldron will be re-lit from 4pm to 8pm. Join us in singing our national anthem at 4pm on the Jack Poole Plaza. Go Canada!”