15th Annual BC Wine & Oyster Festival at Victoria’s Coast Hotel

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Events

The last week just flew by, but I never did finish talking about our fantastic ‘New Victoria for New Media’ trip. With a little time now, I’m going to try to wrap that up!

After our trip to Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, our bus took us to check in at
Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina. The hotel is located about 5 minutes walk from the main city center in Victoria, which was a nice place to be. Aside from the easy walking distance, they also have a hotel shuttle that can take you, or pick you up, from wherever you want to go in the city. As you can see, we had an amazing view from our room!

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As if the cider weren’t enough for one day, just 30 minutes after checking into our hotel, we headed out for the 15th Annual BC Wine & Oyster Festival, which was being held at the hotel. Apparently, the website for that festival is already down (permalinks, people!), but it was a great event and very well attended.

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Obviously, being pregnant, I wasn’t able to drink any of the wine or to eat any of the oysters. Well, I’m not an oyster fan anyway. But I did come along to enjoy the view, chow on some cheese (yay, they had pasteurized brie!!) and partake of the chocolate fountain. Ianiv hasn’t been drinking much either in the past several months, so he didn’t go crazy with the free alcohol. I think he had a couple of beers (yes, they had beer there too!) and maybe one glass of wine. If you go to the festival in another year, definitely take the time to read up about the beer and wine beforehand so you know what you want to try – so many choices!

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Chip’s Not Dead Yet – This Saturday!

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events

This Saturday, thousands of people in Vancouver will run, walk or parade for one mile uphill to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital in the Chip’s Not Dead Yet Memorial Mile. Back in February, we had a chance to meet Chip Wilson, the man behind this charity race. We talked about the race, which includes a serious sprint, as well as theme waves that cater to the wacky – from women in wedding dresses to kids dressed as superheroes! There’s also a Pooch Parade, so bring your dogs and bring your families out for a great day!

For every dollar the Chip’s Not Dead Yet charity run raises, Chip Wilson will match that amount up to $150,000!When sick kids get better they run, play, and most of all they appreciate the fact that they’re alive. What if we all did that?”

A couple of months ago, Ianiv & I had a chance to tour the BC Children’s Hospital and to learn how charity dollars are put to work. It was an eye-opening experience. A hospital for kids has to be prepared for premature babies as well as adult-sized 18-year-old kids… that takes a lot of equipment and a lot of specialized knowledge and care. Imagine buying not just one bed size (like in a regular hospital), but many sizes. Same goes for all the equipment – just look at the various sizes of blood pressure cuffs pictured to the right! So, though BC Children’s Hospital may fund-raise a lot, and may do well in those efforts, consider that the Hospital is more than 3 times as costly to run than a regular hospital!

I had honestly never thought of all of the complexities involved in treating sick kids. The hospital staff – who were amazing! – have to know how to not only treat these sick kids, but also to care for their emotional and developmental needs as well. That changes with each age group. The BC Children’s Hospital shared with us how important it is to have parents involved with their child’s care, although the ICU had no room for parents to sleep with their children. The hospital is far too small for the needs of the entire province. A new hospital is being developed, but it’s a few years away.

One of the things that shocked me most was to learn that doctors who specialize in treating kids actually get paid less, on average, than those who treat adults. Obviously, with so many more adults in the world, it’s more “profitable” to treat them – though treating kids takes a great deal more specialized training. This fact isn’t really related to the Hospital’s charity needs, but it stuck with me.

If you haven’t yet signed up for the Chip’s Not Dead Yet charity event, you can do so here! There are also some great prizes to win, as well as a fun-day filled with music (Daniel Wesley, A Current Swell, Armchair Cynics, and Run GMC.) and more! Don’t want to run? Try the Couch Potato Wave!

Ianiv & I sadly won’t be in town for the event – we’ll be in Victoria – but it should be a great event if you can go!

Juno Awards 2009: Live Blog

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events, Photography

Tonight is the Juno Awards in Vancouver! On Friday I had a chance to preview the set for the Juno Awards, created by set designer Peter Faragher and executive producer John Brunton. On Saturday Ianiv & I headed out to the fan fare event where fans had a chance to meet & greet some of the musicians. And last night I attended the Gala Awards Dinner where 32 awards were handed out, from Album of the Year (The Stills) to Children’s Album of the Year (Barenaked Ladies).

Tonight Rebecca (miss604) and I are sitting up in the press booth for online media with a bird’s eye view of the performance at GM place. We’ll both be liveblogging – me here in this post, and Rebecca here. The eTalk red carpet event has already started and the stadium is slowly filling up. CTV will be broadcasting the event live in BC starting at 5pm and one-hour delayed across the country.

Performances tonight include Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Adams, Serena Ryder and more. Stay tuned for updates!

4:54PM – The crowd is getting psyched for the Junos The stadium is almost full.

5:00pm – Nickelback kicks off the Junos with a bang. Literally. The place fills with fireworks, smoke and a bang as they begin singing “Something in Your Mouth”. The crowd goes wild, the place just alive with camera flashes. And the set ends with a swash of flame.

5:05pm – host Russell Peters takes the stage doing a couple of dance numbers, including some awkward break dancing.

“Seriously folks, I know this is Vancouver. But what’s with the grow op on stage?”

It’s true, the stage is a mix of industrial with the lush greenery in trippy colors, a hint to Vancouver’s “other” reputation. Russell takes some time to greet some of the stars, from Bryan Adams to Divine Brown, whom he gropes over a bit.

5:10 – KD Lang and Buffy Sainte-Marie present the award for Songwriter of the Year. And the winner is… Dallas Green! His thanks go out to everyone “who has ever tried to write their own song.”

5:15 – Sam Roberts Band, winners last night of Rock Album of the Year, take the stage to perform “Them Kids.” Video:

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Register for Chip’s Not Dead Yet Memorial Mile

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events

Chip's not dead yetLast night various social media folk were invited out to meet Chip Wilson, the man behind lululemon as well as the charity race Chip’s Not Dead Yet.

June 20, 2009 will mark the second year for this crazy charity race. The race day is a one-mile uphill race that draws out some of the world’s best runners (for the generous winning prize) as well as superheroes and bridesmaids. That’s right – it’s a theme race! There are several “theme waves” to the race – from the Pooch Parade to the Superhero Half Mile or the “fun” High Heel Dash.

The race was set up to benefit BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Chip explained how creating a race like this had the potential to raise a great deal more awareness and funds for the hospital than simply him donating each year (though Chip will match entry fee contributions up to $150,000). The goal of the race is to raise $1 million annually in perpetuity. And Chip is taking social media into heart as part of the strategy to get there. Memelabs is working with them on their social media strategy, including a contest for best “theme wave” idea.

Last night we had the chance to bounce some ideas off of Chip and his team about how social media could help build buzz for the event – it was a great discussion to be a part of. There’s so much we can do to leverage our “influence” online towards positive things like this race. It was a fun opportunity to offer ideas about how new technologies can enhance the entire experience before, during and after the race. I look forward to seeing what comes of it.

If you’re interested in being a part of the race, you can register for $30 (cheap!) and can kick-start your own fundraising efforts now. Whether you take part in the race seriously, sign up for the family wave, or just go to the fun zone for the street party, it’s a great local event to keep in mind for the summer.

The event will take place on June 20th on West 10th in Point Grey. Stay tuned to the CNDY Twitter for more updates.

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Virgin Radio Launch

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events

On Friday, Vancouver welcomed it’s newest radio station! 95.3 (previously Z then Crave) is now Virgin Radio (@virgin953). Buzz Bishop posted about the launch party on twitter and was kind enough to extend and invitation to Ianiv & I.

As Buzz notes:

Virgin 953 is all about doing things differently. Pushing your boundaries. Getting you through the boredom of life, over the edge and into the goosebumpy goodness. You might even call it a popgasm.

Virgin 953 is very similar to how the radio station has always been, with the same demographic and music styles. There is a fancy new schedule, some new programming, but overall it’s still the same great radio station.

The launch party on Thursday was over the top crazy! If you can imagine a naked man (yes, naked, and flown in from LA), a tattoo artist, a woman with a snake, servers in crazy tutus, and people being set on fire… well, that was the long and short of it. Toss in some food and an open bar, and it was quite the party!

Check out our photo set here.

Parade of Lost Souls 2008

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events, Photography

Last night was Vancouver’s annual Parade of Lost Souls on Commercial Drive, which happens each year the Saturday before Hallowe’en.

Parade of Lost Souls 2008

The celebration marks the end of the year, with a series of colorful processions through the Commercial neighbourhoods. Thousands of Vancouverites dress up to come participate in the festival – to walk the parade, dance in the streets, view the fire dancers or listen to the ghostly bands.

Parade of Lost Souls 2008

This was our second year visiting the parade, and it was the perfect night for it!

You can view the entire photo set here.

Molson Brew 2.0

Posted in Around Vancouver, Beer & Wine, Events

Molson Brew 2.0

Last night we attended Molson’s second Brew 2.0 event, the first of which was held earlier this summer in Toronto.

Molson put together an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vancouver’s Burrard Street Brewery. The night consisted of a meet & greet party, a beer & food tasting, a tour of the Molson brewery and a special one-night-only beer crafted especially for us. We had a chance to meet brewmasters Kerry Scarsbrook and Gord Rickards (creator of Rickard’s Red), as well as 7th generation Molson family brewer Geoff Molson.

The Brew 2.0 menu prepared by by Blair Rasmussen, Executive Chef at the Pan Pacific, featuring ceviche and bruschetta and bison sandwiches, was paired up with different beer choices for each course. Rickard’s White for the ceviche, Coor’s Light with the bruschetta, etc. The special 50th anniversary brew was, to me, kind of like a Hefeweizen meets a Brown – it had a taste like celery. Quite nice.

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We learned a lot about beer, including the difference between the beer that goes into the keg vs what is bottled / canned. That difference being pasteurization. We tasted some canned Rickard’s Red right off the line that hadn’t been pasteurized yet, and the difference was significant. Also, the Molson Canadian on tap there, fresh from the brewery, is good. I was astonished by that – it had so much more body and flavor. We also learned not to place beer bottles on their side for more than a few days – so much for our beer drawer!

The invite for the Brew 2.0 event went out to Vancouver’s social media community – to people like Duane, Rebecca & John, Raul, Colleen, Tanya, Monica, John and many many others. We were not asked to write about the event, but writing is what we do. So, you give us a great experience and we’ll very happily write about it. I was impressed with the evening and with how well Molson reached out to the community – great work!



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