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Canada SCORES Red Carpet Poetry Slam

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The Canada SCORES Red Carpet Poetry Slam is moving online for a virtual format this year on February 25th. This event celebrates Canada SCORES poet-athletes’ successes while raising awareness and much-needed funds to allow the organization to continue to provide their free after-school programming.

Red Carpet Poetry Slam - Canada Scores

Red Carpet Poetry Slam

When: Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Online
Tickets: Available online now for $25

The Poetry Slam features original performances by select Poet-Athletes, chosen based on their performances at their recent Community Poetry Slams and their overall commitment to the Canada SCORES program.

The evening will also include an incredible online auction (to be launched closer to the event) and will be hosted by Jason Pires from CTV and Carl Valentine from the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Canada SCORES Vancouver partners with urban schools to provide a high quality, team-based after-school program that integrates soccer, poetry and service-learning.

Founded in Burnaby in 2013, Canada SCORES began offering their unique after-school programming at no cost to families in January 2014 with 45 students in 3 Burnaby elementary schools. Today, they have grown to support over 200 students, grades 4-7, through partnerships with 12 schools from Burnaby, Surrey, and New Westminster.

SocialAtHome: Win Access

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After two incredibly successful online conferences in June and October 2020, SocialAtHome – Canada’s Virtual Digital Marketing Conference – is returning for a third online event March 4-5, 2021. The speaker lineup is expanding everyday, with Seth Godin, Amber Mac, Brittlestar, Wilson Wong, and many more!



When: March 4-5, 2021
Where: Online
Tickets: Available online now. Early Bird $299.68 for the live summit and recorded options (until February 3); $218.43 live summit pass; $110.81 for students.

What’s Included

Enjoy two days of 25+ exceptional and tailored speaker sessions and workshops, with a choice of three different speaker experiences every 45 minutes. You can also get an add-on option to have access to recorded sessions for 30 days following the conference so you don’t miss a thing!

Participants will also get the SocialAtHome Box – the ultimate conference swag bag delivered right to your door.

Who Should Attend

SocialAtHome is ideal for digital marketing, social media or communications professionals who want to stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in digital best practices, social customer service, and beyond.

This will be your opportunity to ensure your company’s digital voice is ready for whatever 2021 might bring. Tap into your audiences, dig into your analytics, and push beyond your comfort zone to power your strategies, up your tactical game, and deliver results.

For the past five years, SocialWestSocialEast and SocialCentral have brought thousands of people together, and now SocialAtHome will continue to offer attendees unprecedented opportunities for networking and professional development – from the safety of your own home.

Win Access

I have a live summit pass to give away (value $218.43) thanks to my pal, and conference founder, Mike Morrison from Mike’s Bloggity Blog, one of Canada’s favourite entertainment and lifestyle blogs.

I first ran into Mike at the Juno Awards in Vancouver back in 2009 and it’s been a pleasure to support each other as our careers have grown over the last decade. Based in Calgary, Mike founded Bloggity Inc, a modern media that company that hosts events for digital marketers and entrepreneurs across Canada.

Here’s how you can enter to win your way in to SocialAtHome!

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on February 3, 2021.

Small Business BC Awards, 2021 Nominations Open

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Nominations are now open for the 18th annual Small Business BC Awards. Once a simple business planning contest, the awards have evolved over the years to a large-scale provincial competition with a reputation for prestige and excellence among the BC small business community.

Small Business BC Awards Nomination

Small Business BC Awards

If you’re a business owner, you can nominate your own business. Or, if there’s a small business you love, show your appreciation and nominate on their behalf. Nominations and voting are open until 11:59pm on March 7, 2021.


Once nominated, businesses engage with their community to gather as many votes as possible before the deadline March 8th. The top 5 businesses in each category with the most votes and best applications will move on to the next stage of the contest, where they’ll pitch their business to a panel of business experts.

Nominees can increase their brand visibility, reach new customers and boost their reputation.

In a typical year, the event would culminate with a gala award ceremony where the success of the small business community is toasted. As we continue to navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the award ceremony will be held virtually in 2021 over several days.

Related: Small Business BC Digital Meetups During COVID-19 Isolation

Got Craft? Virtual Market Foodie Edition: Win a Prize Pack

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The Got Craft? Virtual Market Foodie Edition is coming up February 4-7, 2021. This newest market will feature 35 Lower Mainland based chefs, bakers, and makers creating small batch food and drink including plant based, gluten free, and low sugar options.

Got Craft Foodie Virtual Market

Got Craft? Virtual Market Foodie Edition

When: Thursday, February 4 to Sunday, February 7, 2021
Where: Shop online then choose from flat rate shipping or free Vancouver curbside pick up.

The upcoming event will welcome 25% new vendors to the line up including Tempea Natural Foods, JJ Bakes Company, Kindred Cultures Water Kefir, Scratch Fine Foods, Hoochy ‘Booch Kombucha, and Nonno’s Pasta Shop, serving Vancouver’s first plant-based Italian pasta and sauce.

Shop small and support local businesses, offering a curated selection of goods including chocolate, kombucha, coffee and teas, Asian style dumplings, baking mixes, lemon squares, nut butters, honey, jam, kimchi, and so much more!

The Got Craft? Virtual Markets are online events to support and engage the creative community from the comfort and safety of our homes. Since they aren’t able to host events in-person due to COVID-19, it’s a way to come together while staying apart. Since moving Got Craft? events online at the beginning of June 2020, they’ve had the opportunity to showcase over 200 makers and small shops from across Canada.

Win a Prize Pack

In the great tradition of Got Craft? markets, I have an awesome prize pack to give away! Here’s what’s included:

Charlie Girl GoodsCaramels 
Coconama Chocolate Co LtdChocolate Bark + Coconama Cup
Hoochy ‘Booch KombuchaKombucha
JJ Bakes CompanyOriginal Flava Cupcakes
Kindred Cultures IncWater Kefir
Le Bocal StoreFrench Ready to Bake Mix
LEMONJARZDried Lemon Slices
Living Lotus FoodsChocolate Bar
Luv The GrubSpiced Mango Chutney
The Lemon SquareLemon Bars
True NOSH CompanyBlack Garlic, Mushroom, Kelp Asian Cooking Sauce
Wize TeaIced Tea Sampler

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00am on February 2, 2021.

The Arts Club Audio Plays

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The Arts Club Theatre Company Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran has announced the company’s upcoming theatrical projects, in the form of four world premiere audio plays from Western Canadian playwrights.

Arts Club Audio Plays

The Arts Club Audio Plays

The Arts Club will release four audio plays, forming a series titled Listen to This, written by artists affiliated with the company’s Emerging Playwrights’ Unit and Silver Commissions Project. The plays will be directed by Ashlie Corcoran. Each full play can be purchased individually or as part of a series on the Arts Club website.

Listen to This

By Bronwyn Carradine, member of the Arts Club’s 2019 Emerging Playwrights’ Unit
Release date: February 10, 2021

Married couple Annie and Josephine have been trying to start a family for the past five years. As their patience and pennies start to dry up, they begin to second-guess their choices, until another chance at a baby literally bursts through the front door. Unexpecting is a comedic exploration of marriage, friendship, and modern motherhood.

Night Passing
By Scott Button, member of the Arts Club’s 2019 Emerging Playwrights’ Unit
Release date: March 17, 2021

Ottawa, 1958. A young man moves from a rural town to the big city, hoping to reckon with his emerging sexuality—and comes face to face with the horrific, oppressive acts against the queer population there. Night Passing is inspired by the true stories of LGBTQ+ Canadians who endured brutal harassment at the hands of their own government, and the vital resistance that followed.

Someone Like You
By Christine Quintana, a 2020–2021 Silver Commissions Playwright
Release date: May 19, 2021

A boyfriend from hell. A nightmare apartment. A botched Tinder date. Isabelle and Kristen have been through a lot together. But the arrival of Kristen’s new romantic interest leaves Isabelle wondering how long she can stay in a supporting role. This new comedy launches Cyrano de Bergerac into the 21st century: mistaken identities, millennial manifestos, and the quest for self-love. Who might be waiting in the wings?

My Father Is the Greatest Man in the World
By Tai Amy Grauman, a 2020–2021 Silver Commissions Playwright
Release date: July 14, 2021

Rose grew up on a farm in small-town Alberta with her Métis family. Now a country singer in Nashville and pregnant with her first baby, Rose returns home with questions for her father, John. Once a trapper on the land, John has worked in the oil field since Rose was born. What from his past can help unlock her child’s future?

Unexpecting and Night Passing, developed in the Arts Club’s 2019–2020 Emerging Playwrights’ Unit, were originally written for the stage and later adapted to an audio format. Someone Like You and My Father Is the Greatest Man in the World, developed as Silver Commission projects, were originally commissioned as stage plays, but were modified to an audio format prior to being written. 

Subscribe to the whole series for $30 or purchase access to an individual audio play for $10. To enjoy Listen to This for free, subscribe to Spotify and Apple Podcasts and receive 15-minute weekly instalments of each show.