Paint the Town Red for Vancouver 2010

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Across the nation communities have been asked to Paint the Town Red in an effort to cheer on our Canadian athletes at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

More than 200 athletes will be representing Canada and from Newfoundland to Nanoose Bay, everyone is being asked to go Red. This includes leaving up your red Christmas lights, putting a red “Go Canada Go” flag on your car, and painting your face red when watching event. You can even go online and creating an interactive “Podium Pal” which you can deck out in red or find other activities on the campaign’s Facebook page.

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I’ve watched the campaign grow for a while now so I thought I would make a special appeal to Vancouverites at this time and if I may, I’ll use hockey as an example.

When the Canucks are in the playoffs we can rally enough to get towel power going however we never really have a “sea of blue” like how Calgary has their “sea of red” all year long. Our stands are speckled with blue uniforms, white jerseys, retro flying V’s and although those are all cool in their own right, there’s never one single uniform colour that takes over. This will be symbolic, from sea to sea.

The Olympics will be here in a short amount of time and athletes who have been training their entire lives will get the chance to perform to the best of their ability and represent their country on the world’s stage.

Even though this is but a small individual gesture on our part, if you’d like to support the athletes, wear some red during the games. Grab a Sled Head toque, some of those red hot mittens, put red ribbons in your hair, wear an old red t-shirt or knit yourself a scarf and just be a part of the experience. Go Canada Go!

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  1. VictorWednesday, January 20th, 2010 — 3:47pm PST

    We just blogged about this on the DDA blog site the other day. For Richmonders, like myself, there’s even a site to make your own Paint the Town Red posters:

  2. NicoleWednesday, January 20th, 2010 — 6:14pm PST

    For those of you having trouble finding the red Mittens downtown (they are lined with fleece and super comfy btw) there are TONS in the suburban Bay stores. I there were four tables chock full in the Bay Guildford (Surrey) this morning – and the best part? They’re only 10 bucks!

  3. JulieThursday, January 21st, 2010 — 9:28am PST

    It’s going to be great to see the city all tricked out in red–and if you’re still looking for red mitts, here’s another way to get your hands on some: I’m doing a Red Mitts for Haiti auction at my site right now–the bidding’s up to $200 now!

  4. sesliyesSunday, February 7th, 2010 — 8:57am PST

    thank you very much it is very perfect

  5. Day Tripping: Squamish » Vancouver Blog Miss 604 by Rebecca BollwittMonday, February 8th, 2010 — 9:38am PST

    […] After our cheesy experience we walked through downtown, looking at all the shop windows that were Painting the Town Red. […]

  6. Painter VancouverTuesday, March 16th, 2010 — 10:04pm PDT

    I was wondering what that was all about!

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