Contests around the Entertainment Channel

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Blogging, Professional Blogging, Shopping

The b5media Entertainment Channel, where I’m Editor, is alive with contests! Check out some of these great opportunities to win everything from DVDs to Books to Purses!

I also have four other contests running on my other b5media sites I wanted to share:

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Vancouver Fashion Week 2008

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events, Photography

Vancouver Fashion Week kicked-off in style with a Gala at the Opus Hotel on Wednesday. Hosted by Dawn Chubai, the event allowed the crowd to get a sneak preview of the designs that will be featured throughout the week, with each designer introducing their collection.

Vancouver Fashion Week Gala Vancouver Fashion Week Gala

After the Gala we moved next door to Bar None for an after party where people mingled with the designers and models, and had a great time on the dance floor.

Last night the event moved to Chapel Arts where the runway featured collections by emerging Vancouver designers, followed by colorful and intricate designs by Anna Sui. Tonight we’ll be able to see design by 3Sixteen and Papillion.

Vancouver Fashion Week

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Sun and cupcakes

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Around Vancouver

To everyone’s joy the sun decided to make an appearance this weekend and it was actually a little warm. To take advantage of the nice weather we met Eugene on the Milestone’s patio at English Bay for lunch and then went for a stroll on the seawall.

We stopped at the cupcake shop, Arieanna always drools every time we drive by.

Hmmm cupcake... Hmmm cupcake...

Warner Music Junos After-Party Jam Session

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A bunch of artists having fun on stage at the Warner Music Canada Juno Awards VIP afterparty on April 6th in Calgary, Alberta.

I have a few other videos here of the set, but wanted an excuse to try the Flickr video feature (which is limited to only 90 seconds). Sadly, the audio is crap because I was so close to the stage and speakers. It truly was amazing. Some of the best music I’ve ever heard, all done improv by some amazing artists.

Juno Awards 2008 Day 2 – FanFare, Gala Awards & VIP Party

Posted in Events, Photography

This continues from Day 1 – This morning we went to the Juno FanFare, an opportunity for fans to get autographs from some of the nominated Juno musicians. It was held for a number of hours, and I took hundreds of photos that haven’t yet made their way online. An amazing experience.

JunoFare 2008

An hour after getting back to the hotel to download those photos, we headed out again, this time to the Juno Gala, where 30 awards were being presented. We had only 1 media pass to this event, but worked some *magic* with the organizers to get us both in. I think they also gave up on organizing the "writers" vs. "photographers", so we were encouraged to visit both rooms. To photograph Juno winners, and to be a part of the Q&A sessions following. Wicked.


Fast forward 4 hours, and we headed to a CTV party where he had "red carpet" access to shoot the VIP guests. But, after 45 minutes of shooting in the cold weather and knowing we were’nt going to be invited to the party, we decided to follow up a rumor of a party that was "the" place to be.

We arrived to said party, obviously not on the guest list of this very VIP invite-only party. Duane Storey confidently convinced the manager to add him to the list, and Jeanne and I followed as being "with him", passing on our b5media info to the organizers. From there, we got a media tour of the hotel where the party was hosted, including a birds eye view of the syncronized swimmers. Our "media bracelets" allowed us access to every part of the party, including the VVIP floor and lounges. We had to turn in our SLR’s, but Duane managed to sneak in his point and shoot.

Synchronized Swimmer at Juno Party

Let’s just say it was fricking amazing to be there. "Fucked right the fuck up", according to Duane. Everywhere you looked you saw Juno nominees and winners.  It was ridiculous and exhilirating and amazing. And, very comfortable too. Everyone was having a great time, very relaxed. The VIP floor had a number of "branded" rooms that supplied VVIP guests (us included) to a mountain of free stuff. We were fitted with new Adidas shoes (a blessing, given how sore my feet were), and took our large leather Adidas bag around to collect a bluetooth headset and some bath products. We missed the designer clothes, and did not partake of the free manicures (seriously).

Things for the next 3 hours are just a blur. Going from room to room, talking and listening and taking it all in. It was packed right to capacity. On the VIP floor, my favorite room was the Jam Space. A whole band set-up was there for musicians to come and just play around. Which they did. Whether they were of the same band or not, they made music together. And for the handful of people in the room (from 5 to 30 people), it was an exclusive concert like no other. Duane Storey at one point picked up the guitar and started to play with it. It wasn’t long before he was joined by a drummer and a bassist – and they jammed for a set. Just like that. Duane actually participated in two such sets, with different musicians.

Tomorrow – the Juno Awards. And after-parties. Who knows what those will bring! The hundreds of photos still sitting on my computer will start to see their way onto Flickr tomorrow. Plus, a lot of the news reporting has to make its way to MediaScribbler – in due time. For now, sleep!

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Juno Awards 2008 Day 1 – JunoCup

Posted in Events, Photography

What a rollercoaster of events this weekend has been, and the biggest Juno Awards event is still yet to come. From crazy disorganization of events, to the serendipity that found us elbow to elbow with most of the Juno nominees for the entire night on Day 2; it has been nothing but amazing. And, here is my story:

I arrived in Calgary, flight came in late, on Friday night. There were two overlapping events to attend, one half over, by the time I’d checked into my hotel. So, Jeanne, Jyle and I headed to the JunoCup, a hockey match between NHL greats and various celebrities (our photos can be seen here for all Juno stuff).

I found the photography challenging at the arena, for sure. With the ice, the multiple types and sources of light, the strobes, and the fast movement… was a challenge even without a new camera to figure out. But, it was an amazing experience to be crouching on the ice photographing hockey greats and other stars as they were announced into the stadium. A lot of that day, and even today, was disorganized chaos for the media. But, things have worked in our favour thus far.

After the JunoCup, we hit The Marquee for some music. Tired, we came back and uploaded / edited photos for a couple of hours, then hit the bed. Four hours later, I was up again.


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