Vancouver vs Nashville – A Blogger Battle

Comments 31 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Canucks start their second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs tonight against Nashville and after a heated battle with Chicago, the team and the fans are certainly fired up.

After a few suggestions on Twitter that I find a blogging counterpart in Nashville, I contacted Nashville Scene – a source for all things Nashville with news, reviews, food, and of course, music. A few quick emails later and we have a blogger battle.

Nashville Scene

Nashville Scene – Nashville Declares War on Vancouver, Sort of:
“This politely worded Canadian aggression will not stand. Yes, Miss 604, we accept your “friendly challenge.” The terms, agreed upon by our dueling partner in the godforsaken frozen North — OK, the lushly green, conifer-scented, beautifully landscaped North — are as follows: The blog from the winning team’s city will receive a hotly coveted, generously apportioned, lavishly assembled (yet small enough to sneak through Customs) package of goods from the losing city’s hometown.”

The Mayors of Vancouver and Nashville have a similar challenge, that was announced today as well: “If Vancouver wins best out of seven games, Mayor Dean will help Vancouver celebrate by sending a country ham and CDs representing the broad spectrum of Nashville’s music scene to Mayor Robertson. If Nashville wins, Mayor Robertson has promised to send a Fraser River Sockeye Salmon along with a CD of Vancouver’s musicians.”

Nashville Scene and I will be putting together prize packages featuring the best out cities have to offer (and whatever can fit in a shipping box). The winner will keep their prize pack and be shipped the prize put together by the losing city. So technically when the Canucks defeat the Predators I will be receiving a prize package from Nashville that I will be happily sharing with you all. It’s pretty much a win-win situation, except for when it comes to the action on the ice. So, before the puck drops tonight at Rogers Arena, I would like to call upon my readers for suggestions.

What should I include in a super Vancouver prize package? Some Raincoast Crisps? Mink Chocolates? Smoked Salmon? An autographed 8×10 glossy of Fin? A “Bike Lanes Make Me Hornby” t-shirt?

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Best case scenario, the package never leaves my office. But, just in case, please leave your suggestions below or Tweet them to @Miss604 & @NashvilleScene using the tag #nashclash (per the @VanCanucks account).

Update Confirmed prize package items so far include:

  • Travel mugs from Whistler Blackcomb
  • Two lift tickets from Whistler Blackcomb
  • The Vancouver Book of Everything from Tourism Vancouver
  • A Vancouver t-shirt from Sharks & Hammers and Welcome to East Van
  • Raincoast Crisps from Lesley Stowe
  • A Vancouver t-shirt from 9 o’clock gun
  • A Canucks playoff towel & shirt from the Canucks
  • A box of Granny Smith apples from Bella Gelateria
  • Update May 9, 2011: The Canucks have defeated Nashville so I’m going to roll over the Vancouver prize pack to the next series. In the event that I do not need to send the package to the opposing team’s city, it will all be donated to KidSport.

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    1. MarinaThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 12:57pm PDT

      Great idea! I say some locally made chocolates should definitely be on the list. 🙂

    2. mingThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 12:59pm PDT

      As for food, it needs to be able to travel well, so smoke salmon is a good choice.

      Some lululemon athletica wear.

      music CD from Nickelback. Maybe some from Bif Naked.

      Hows that for starters?

    3. Henry LeeThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 12:59pm PDT


      I was thinking about Douglas Coupland’s “City of Glass” book about Vancouver, and about how I’ve given this book to people who’ve never visited Vancouver before.

    4. JohnThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 1:02pm PDT

      Not being a Vancouverite myself, I may not know some of the more eclectic Vancouver must-haves. But I say this, I never leave the city without a handful or four of some of the fantastic microbrews available in the coast city. I’d have to think any of BC’s wines would greatly surpass the quality of even the finest of Tennessee’s moonshines (if not their effectiveness).

      From Calgary…Go ‘Nucks!

    5. JennThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 1:04pm PDT

      How about one of these?! Haha!

    6. FionaThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 1:18pm PDT

      Check out – their t-shirts are all about Vancouver. Really cool.

    7. CariannThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 1:25pm PDT

      These “Enjoy the Sedin’ery” shirts are pretty sweet!

    8. TeresaThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 1:33pm PDT

      I’d see if Got Craft would donate one of their swag bags. And I’d go for some indie music picks, things that Nashville residents might not know (yet).

    9. marisa. pThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 1:33pm PDT

      A mixed tape, dayglo abortions, doa, skinny puppy…and fluevog shoes!

    10. RuthThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 1:51pm PDT

      Canadian-made sake from Osake on Granville Island! (Bit hard to ship – maybe one of their gift mini versions?)

    11. Maestro JamesThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 2:10pm PDT

      We support ya Miss604 all the way – add us to the team. As we make everything from scratch and our first choice is BC grown….we love our BC Granny Smith apple sorbetto….so we will donate to the cause 1 case of BC Granny Smith apples. If they come to Vancouver, we will treat them to gelato for 10 people at our shop.

    12. Johnette CanuckThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 2:15pm PDT

      Don’t give it a second thought –
      it’s never going to happen…!

    13. CFThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 2:23pm PDT

      The crisps and smoked salmon sound good. Maybe some cream cheese from the farmer’s market and a copy of the Zolas to top it off?

      And send it in a reusable container, of course. 😉

    14. doug gillespieThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 2:37pm PDT

      #nshclash: season tickets to the Canucks and Immigration application to Canada! Lol

    15. DougyGfromBCThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 2:40pm PDT

      Season tix to Canucks and Immigration Application into Canada! #nashclash

    16. auThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 3:45pm PDT

      playoff or seasons tickets or perhaps, give us new Sedin & Luongo jersies! lol

    17. Lori-Vancouver BC HostThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 6:50pm PDT

      JJ Bean Coffee Beans or maybe just a gift card for JJ Bean:)

    18. MaeThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 7:18pm PDT

      What a great suggestion and idea! Fun too!

      How about some pretty postcards of Vancouver? Or you could tap into your flickr pool for photos.

    19. LindaThursday, April 28th, 2011 — 8:47pm PDT

      maple syrup, candied salmon, bc wine, ice wine, a touque, butter tart, nanaimo bars, hockey puck with made in canada inscribed on it, an inukshuk.

    20. mr. pinkFriday, April 29th, 2011 — 9:27am PDT

      Man, every online battle between sports rivals should be so civilized! If you’re ever in Nashville, we will have to continue this scorched-earth flame war on our front porch, with big glasses of iced tea.

      Thank God you’re not Detroit. But you probably do that already.

    21. Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 Rebecca BollwittFriday, April 29th, 2011 — 9:47am PDT

      @ mr. pink I think our series with Chicago was a little less civilized. There were even cardboard cutouts of Vince Vaughn at Rogers Arena.

    22. Sharon TwissFriday, April 29th, 2011 — 1:11pm PDT

      At Save-On / Urban Fare, I saw a lovely tin of Roger’s Chocolates celebrating Vancouver’s 125th ($20). Maybe Roger’s Chocolates would donate one? Or maybe even Save-On (to make up for their putting US produce in the bins and not changing the BC-grown signs).

    23. SherryFriday, April 29th, 2011 — 4:02pm PDT

      Lots of great ideas so far but how about adding some Bremner’s Blueberry juice and for a touch of west coast chic, silver salad servers in a salish pattern.

    24. JenFriday, April 29th, 2011 — 11:43pm PDT

      DEFINITELY Mink Chocolates. You know how I feel about those 🙂

    25. JakeTuesday, May 3rd, 2011 — 9:13am PDT

      I lived in Vancouver for 2 years going to UBC. I miss the salmon jerkey more than anything other than the entire city of Vancouver! We have a lululemon here in Nashville now, so don’t send that. This is a great round, for whoever wins, I get to root for a team in the next round! OMG, and send Nanaimo bars. Nashville has a HUGE sweet tooth. Make Nashville send a Tennessee Tipsy Cake and t-shirts from all the honkey tonks downtown!

    26. RyanTuesday, May 3rd, 2011 — 10:40am PDT

      Definitely candied spicy salmon from the vendor at Granville Public Market. Some post cards of downtown from the Cambie/Granville bridges with the skyline at sunset. BC Ferries clam chowder? That should travel across North America as well as it down across the Strait of Georgia. Olympic mittens. Gold medal hockey souvenirs.

    27. TaigiTuesday, May 3rd, 2011 — 10:58am PDT

      How about a signed poster of the Canucks! LOL
      A Wall mural of the cityscape
      Replica Mini Totem pole
      Teas from local vendors like Murchies?

    28. GigglesTuesday, May 3rd, 2011 — 12:40pm PDT

      Purdy’s chocolates for sure!! A totem pole of some sort!

    29. Michael KwanTuesday, May 3rd, 2011 — 4:09pm PDT

      Raincoast Crips? I thought their beef was done with the Raincoast Bloods after Tookie got them together? 😉

    30. Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 Rebecca BollwittTuesday, May 3rd, 2011 — 4:12pm PDT

      @Michael Ha! Thanks for noticing that 😉

    31. Michael KwanTuesday, May 3rd, 2011 — 4:24pm PDT

      @Rebecca: To be fair, credit goes to my fiance for spotting the error. The joke is all me though. 🙂 That said, I think Raincoast Crips would make for an interesting customs declaration.

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