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Barenaked Ladies to be Inducted Into Canadian Music Hall of Fame at 2018 JUNO Awards


Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 — 2:35pm PST
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The 47th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2018 will be hosted in Vancouver from March 19 through March 25, 2018, culminating in The JUNO Awards Broadcast on CBC on Sunday, March 25, taking place at the Rogers Arena. During the ceremony, an iconic act will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (“CARAS”) and CBC are pleased to announce the 2018 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame will be world-renowned rockers Barenaked Ladies – Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn and Tyler Stewart – alongside original member, co-founder and singer-songwriter Steven Page.

Barenaked Ladies to be Inducted Into Canadian Music Hall of Fame at 2018 JUNO Awards
Barenaked Ladies. Photo Credit: Matt Barnes. Steven Page. Photo Credit: David Leyes.

Barenaked Ladies to be Inducted Into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

The band celebrates their 30th anniversary this year, marking three decades as legendary performers and one of Canada’s most celebrated collectives, earning countless accolades including eight JUNO Awards, two Billboard Music Awards and multiple Grammy nominations.

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame was created by CARAS in 1978 to acknowledge artists who have made an outstanding contribution to the international recognition of Canadian music. Barenaked Ladies will come together for a one-time special appearance with Steven Page on Sunday, March 25 at The 47th Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast on CBC, to mark their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

The band will join the ranks of Canadian music icons in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, including Alanis Morissette, Anne Murray, Blue Rodeo, Bruce Cockburn, Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Oscar Peterson, RUSH, The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip, Shania Twain and 2017 inductee Sarah McLachlan. In 2016 the Canadian Music Hall of Fame found a permanent home with the opening of Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.

Barenaked Ladies History

Formed in 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario, the chart-topping Barenaked Ladies have been making music for three decades and have sold over 15 million albums worldwide. The band’s style has evolved significantly over the course of their career, favouring acoustic in the early days and growing to encompass a mixture of genres.

The 1991 release of The Yellow Tape, initially meant as a demo cassette, would go on to become the first independent tape to ever achieve platinum status, with over 100,000 copies sold in Canada. Following multiple indie cassette releases, the band signed to Sire Records, with whom they released their first full album entitled Gordon. Gordon was a cultural phenomenon in Canada and was certified Diamond (selling over 1 million records).

Stunt, released in 1998, would become the band’s most commercially successful record, climbing all the way to No.3 on the Billboard album chart, anchored by the smash hit “One Week,” which peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Get Your Tickets!

This will be the fourth time that Vancouver will host Canada’s Music Awards ceremony; shows previously took place in 1991, 1998, and 2009. Tickets are available starting at $59 (plus fees) through the Rogers Arena Box Office, by phone at 1-855-985-5000 and online at ticketmaster.ca.

Follow the JUNO Awards online with the tag #JUNOS on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Science Of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!


Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 — 9:41am PST
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Bringing the weird and wonderful world of Mr. Robert Ripley to British Columbia, beginning January 25, TELUS World of Science is hosting the celebrated travelling exhibition, The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Featuring the curious collections of the extraodinary explorer, the exhibition reveals how science can unlock secrets and explain the unexplainable. The exhibition is presented by Save-On-Foods and will be open until April 22, 2018.

The Science Of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Where: Science World at TELUS World of Science
When: January 25 – April 22, 2018

standing within the massive jaws of a megalodon shark
Pose for a photo while standing within the massive jaws of a megalodon shark, an extinct species that was the largest predatory shark to have ever lived.

An adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries, The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! includes real artifacts, experiments, touchable specimens, along with computer interactive and multimedia experiences. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about some of the most extreme animals that have ever lived, dive into the complexities of human biology and marvel at the seemingly impossible collection of remarkable objects that Mr. Ripley collected as he travelled the world.

The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! welcomes visitors to explore the wonders of science and nature through themed zones, including:

Extreme Biology: Feel dwarfed by some of the world’s largest organisms and invaded by some of the smallest—discover the science behind our planet’s most extreme biology.

The Wonderful World of Ripley: Discover the extraordinary world of Mr Robert Ripley, an adventurer who travelled the world collecting artifacts and stories from the remarkable people and places he encountered.

Weird World—Past and Present: From geologic formations such as gigantic mineral crystals, to exploding killer lakes, uncover the scientific explanation behind every wonder of the natural world.

Cultural Practices: Investigate extraordinary body modification techniques practiced by cultures around the world and how these aesthetic changes affect the functioning of the human body.

Gallery of the Unexpected: Explore objects that represent Mr. Ripley’s legacy of inspiring people to create unique art and collect unusual things.

Perceptions and Illusions: Learn how illusions exploit the way our brains process sensory information to turn them into images or sounds we can comprehend, impacting how we perceive the world around us.

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I have a 4 pack of tickets to give away to The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, January 29, 2018. Follow Science World on Twitter and Facebook for the latest event information.

Win a Getaway to the 2018 Victoria Film Festival


Monday, January 22nd, 2018 — 3:05pm PST
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The 24th annual Victoria Film Festival (“VFF”) invites you to theatres around BC’s capital city to celebrate feature films and enjoy cinematic events February 2-11, 2018.

Victoria Film Festival

The Victoria Film Festival is Vancouver Island’s largest and longest-running film festival. Celebrating 24 years, VFF screens over 100 films over 10 days with a variety of great events including the Opening Gala, Canadian Opening, SpringBoard, Art Exhibits, Sips ‘n’ Cinema.

Special programs and screenings through the BC Wave, Canadian Wave, French Canadian Wave, Indigenous Perspective, Word Perspective, Asian Cinema, and more all bring the world to Victoria.

Win a Getaway to the 2018 Victoria Film Festival

Passes Now on Sale

Passes and tickets are on sale now:
Film Pass $159 + tax
Admits holder to regular screenings. Admission for (1) to all regular film screenings, including Sidney films. Does not include Opening Gala film or festival events. Does not include Front of the Line.
Gold Pass $299 + tax
Admits holder to regular screenings. Includes Front of the Line, Admission for (1) to the OPENING GALA film and party – all Gala Party drinks, food and entertainment included. (2) single night admissions for the VIP LOUNGE – All drink and food included.
Sidney Pass $129 + tax
Admission for (1) to all regular VFF films at STAR CINEMA – Sidney. Does not include Opening Gala film, festival events, or any screenings in Victoria.

Win a Victoria Film Festival Getaway

Thanks to VFF, one lucky Miss604 winner can get whisked you away from Vancouver to Victoria in style for a pink carpet occasion with a Game of Thrones star! The prize package includes:

  • Round trip with Harbour Air for 2 to enjoy the festival
  • 1 night at the DoubleTree by Hilton (Feb 3-4)
  • Dinner for two at 10 Acres
  • 2 tickets to screening of Pickups, and QA with Aidan Gillen (“Littlefinger” from Game of Thrones) on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 9:15pm at the Victoria Conference Centre

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VFF annually assembles an impressive and entertaining selection of feature films, acclaimed filmmakers and cinematic arts events to fête the greatest story telling medium of all time. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for the latest festival updates.

I will draw one contest winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, January 26, 2018. Prize cannot be exchanged for other dates. DoubleTree by Hilton check-in February 3, 2018 & check-out February 4, 2018.

BC Sports Hall of Fame Red Mitten Weekend for Family Day


Monday, January 22nd, 2018 — 10:00am PST
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Combining the fun of Family Day with the spirit of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic legacy, Red Mitten Weekend returns to the BC Sports Hall of Fame February 10th to 12th!

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BC Sports Hall of Fame Red Mitten Weekend

Dates: Saturday, February 10 to Monday, February 12, 2018
Times: 10:00am to 5:00pm daily
Where: BC Sports Hall of Fame, Gate A at BC Place

BC Sports Hall of Fame Red Mitten Weekend for Family DayGet 50% off admission all weekend and kids wearing red mittens (12 and under) get in FREE!

Celebrate the 8th anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics by playing ping pong on the table from the Vancouver 2010 Athletes’ Village.

Get a photo holding a real 2010 Olympic Torch, while standing on a 2010 Olympic Podium!

Break a sweat in the Participation Zone where you can rock climb, run, and play a hockey shootout. Highlights from the 2010 Games will be playing on the big screen so you can relive the action.

For more information, follow the BC Sports Hall of Fame on Facebook and Twitter.

Join the Take a Hike Foundation Moonlight Snowshoe


Monday, January 22nd, 2018 — 9:46am PST
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The 12th annual Take a Hike Foundation Moonlight Snowshoe is coming up on February 15th and as a new sponsor of this event, I thought I would learn – and share – more about this local organization.

Take a Hike Foundation This Season

Take a Hike’s Model

In secondary schools across the province, some students are falling through the cracks and failing to graduate from high school. In many cases, this is due to their circumstances, not their abilities. At-risk students may find themselves unable to cope in the traditional school system when they are struggling with abuse, addiction, mental health issues, hunger, poverty, or violence.

The team behind Take a Hike includes teachers, clinical therapists, youth and family workers and adventure-based learning specialists. The program establishes the right conditions necessary for students to experience success and provides students the opportunity to graduate, rebuild relationships and develop life skills. It achieves this by uniquely combining adventure-based learning, academics, therapy and community involvement.

Take a Hike’s Impact

One of the best ways to learn about an ogranization, that I have found, is by listening to the individuals that they support. In Take a Hike’s recent January newsletter, they featured a story from Mannat, a Grade 12 student:

“The first trip I ever went on was a canoe trip and that is where reality hit me. I didn’t know that we would be on the move every day to a different place with all our stuff and I think that was the biggest shock. I cried for three days on that trip about how much I wanted to go home and how I was going to drop out of the program when I got back into the city, but I guess that didn’t happen because I ended up completing that canoe trip, three other trips, and I am still here enjoying every bit of Take a Hike.

What I realized on that trip was that life around you continues to keep growing and moving even when you feel like everything around you is falling apart. All you have to do is just step back and take a break from what is going on without phones or other distractions. I felt at peace and content with myself after that first trip. Take a Hike has helped me grow as a person and has really put me on the right path in my life.”

Take a Hike students are now busy preparing for their second multi-day trip of the school year. Every year your support makes it possible for each classroom to take three intensive, challenging outdoor trips that get students out of the city and give them opportunities to grow.

Take a Hike Foundation Moonlight Snowshoe

Take a Hike Foundation Moonlight Snowshoe

This is your chance to be part of an intimate and inspiring evening, alongside Take a Hike’s students and staff, on a guided snowshoeing under the moon.

Where: Mount Seymour – The Hut (1700 Mount Seymour Road)
When: Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5:00pm
Registration: Already 2/3 full! Register today »

The evening will include the guided tour, food, live music, silent auction and prizes, and more all in support of a great cause! Follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information.