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.

WordCamp Whistler needs YOU!

Posted in Blogging, Events

WordCamp Whistler

WordCamp Whistler is just around the corner and we need your help to make it the best event this winter. First of all, go sign up if you haven’t done that yet. Or, even better, submit a speaking proposal.

We are also looking for sponsors to help us cover the conference expenses. There are multiple levels of sponsorship packages that you can choose from and they all give you some kind of exposure to all the attendees. If your company is interested in sponsoring this event, or if you know someone who may be interested please visit the sponsorship page for more information.

You can also help us promote WordCamp Whistler by displaying one of our banners on your website.

WordCamp Whistler 2009

Posted in Around Vancouver, Blogging, Events

The official announcement for WordCamp Whistler is out. It’s on January 24th at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort where they’ve also secured a great group rate.

This site is your official source for WCWhistler information. Check out the speaker page, add your own submission to become a speaker, find out more about sponsorship, and check back for blog updates. You can also follow the action with the RSS feed or by adding @WCWhistler on Twitter.

So go buy your ticket before they sell out. It’s going to be an awesome time.

First 2010 Indy Media Centre Meeting

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events

As a follow up to the whole Social Media and the 2010 games frenzy of the past couple of weeks a meeting was organized to discuss the possibility of creating a media centre for independed, non-accredited people to use to cover the event. We met last night at the Raincity Studios HQ and we had a great turnout.

I’m not going to recap the meeting here. For that you can go to Raul’s post where he did a great job of live-blogging the session. There is a webpage/wiki with more information about the project and I also attempted to do a live stream using Qik on my iPhone, which mostly worked, and got about half of the meeting online for your viewing pleasure.

The bottom line is that there is a lot of interest from a lot of people and various organizations. We have a lot of questions and a lot of ideas and we need to start working on figuring out what we intend to do and how we are going to get there. I intend to help out in any way I can.

Social Media and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events, Social networking

I’m a big supporter of independent media. As part of the team at NowPublic I help build tools that anyone can use to report on the news and events happening around them. With the prevalence of devices capable of recording video, still images and sound, it is almost impossible that a significant event will not be recorded in some way. And sometimes all this content created by the people is at odds with the interests of the corporations that produce or sponsor an event.

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be taking place in Vancouver and we are home to some very creative people who will be on the ground, recording and reporting on their experience during the games. For this reason a few days ago Raincity Studios wrote an open letter to VANOC requesting to start a conversation about how we can make sure that everyone will be able to document their Olympic experience:

“In brief, we’d like to have a conversation about how to allow fans and amateur media makers to document their Olympic experience while keeping out of the way of the IOC IP lawyers.”

It remains to be seen what VANOC’s response will be, if any. It would be very nice if everyone could document their Olympic experience and share it with the rest of the world without the fear of getting takedown notices that would make all their efforts useless.



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