Vancouver Comedy Festival 2009

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

comedyfest vancouverThe Vancouver Comedy Festival is happening September 17 – 27th and will host legendary performers such as Steve Martin, Carol Burnett, Tom Arnold, and David Cross.

A dozen venues including the Media Club, Lafflines, The Cultch, and the Orpheum will host multiple events throughout the course of the ten-day festival. Some of the other 80 performers include Pauly Shore, Last Comic Standing competitors John Heffron and Jon Reep, Flight of the ConchordsArj Barker, and Canada’s king of duct tape, Red Green.

You can also see Oscar Nunez from The Office along with Scott Adsit from 30 Rock at The Cultch for the Cultch Comedy Lab: SF Sketchfest on September 25th. Then on the 26th George Stroumboulopoulos will host Edge of the Fest.

Tickets for some of these shows start at only $15, which is an amazing deal. They also have a 2 for 1 deal to see Tom Arnold and Red Green’s shows when you enter the promo code from the festival’s website.

I’ve only recently experienced Vancouver’s thriving local comedy scene for myself (thanks to Patrick and Art) so I’m sure an event like this will do nothing but good things to boost the community’s profile.

On September 23rd you can check out the aforementioned Art Factora in XM Radio’s Maple Leaf Comic Allstars showcase at the Media Club.

You can follow @VancouverComedy on Twitter for festival news and updates.

First Official Canucks Tweetup of 2009-2010 Season

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tweetdeck, official Twitted app of the Canucks Fan ZoneThe Vancouver Canucks to host an official Tweetup on Thursday, all are welcome to come out to watch the game and cheer on the team.

During the NHL season the term “Canucks” usually becomes one of the top ten trending topics on Twitter while other teams across the league have yet to achieve this social media popularity.

To show their appreciation and to further engage fans, the Vancouver Canucks will be hosting a series of Tweetups throughout the 2009-2010 season. The first of which will take place this Thursday, September 17th at the Hurricane Grill in Yaletown.

The event has been added to the Vancouver Tweetup website if you would like to RSVP. The team will offer up some fabulous prizes ranging from signed merchandise to pre-season game tickets, and gift certificates for the Tweetup host venues.

Last year as a member of the Canucks Fan Zone I participated in liveblogs and promotion of the team’s social media initiatives. This year the Fan Zone group is back and we’ll be helping the franchise coordinate events like these as well as create online content and other fun campaigns.

Miss604 mention in Canucks Magazine Canucks: Game 1 of 2009 Playoffs

Fan Zone members include Richard Loat (@Mozy19), JJ Guerrero (@canuckshockey), Brian Wawryshyn (@canuckscorner), Alex (@hgiraffe), John Bollwitt (@JohnBollwitt), Mike (@nucksmisconduct), Dave (@Uncleweed), and yours truly. You can follow any Fan Zone member, or @VanCanucks (the official account of the Canucks) on Twitter for news, game information, and updates throughout the season.

VIFF 2009 Preview

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver International Film Festival returns October 1 and for 15 days it will entertain the city with over 375 films showing on 640 screens.

viff 2009

This year’s line up is thoroughly impressive as 70 countries will be represented. VIFF got me hooked on documentaries last year and also re-kindled my love of Canadian film. This year 89 Canadian films will be showcased including a documentary by Pete McCormack called Facing Ali and the latest from Carl Bessai, Cole.

VIFF 2009 gala screenings:

  • Opening gala: A Shine of Rainbows – Vic Sarin, Director (Canada/Ireland)
  • Closing gala: Queen to Play – Caroline Bottaro (France)
  • VIFF 2009 series spotlights:

  • Canadian Images
  • Dragons and Tigers
  • Audience Award Winners
  • Spotlight on France
  • The Way of Nature
  • Non Fiction Features
  • VIFF 2009 Awards:

  • Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, presented by Brad Birarda & Robert Sali ($10,000 prize)
  • Canwest Award for Best Canadian Feature Film ($20,000 prize)
  • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award ($2,000 prize)
  • Women in Film and Television Vancouver Artistic Merit Award
  • There are also five different audience awards so if you do make it out to a screening, be sure to text and submit your feedback.

    The Vancouver Film and Television Forum will also be taking place September 29th to October 2nd.

    The full program is now available online along with Festival Pass information. Tickets can be purchased starting September 19th.

    I’ll have more updates and film reviews over the next few weeks but in the meantime you can check out @VIFFVIFC on Twitter for updates from the festival.

    Vancouver HDR Photography Tribute: Sunsets

    Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Being stuck inside on a sunny day isn’t very pleasant. Being stuck inside on a sunny Vancouver day when I should be at the CCMA’s or at a speaking engagement is even less fun.

    To perk myself up a bit (and because these look cool in my feverish state) here are a few more photos to add to my Vancouver HDR tribute series.

    Downtown – Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr –

    Downtown – Photo credit: nomade_moderne on Flickr – Nomade Moderne Photography

    West End – Photo credit: thebobman on Flickr

    English Bay – Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr –

    False Creek – Photo credit: kennymatic on Flickr – @kennymatic

    Wreck Beach – Photo credit: olicanae on Flickr

    Spanish Banks – Photo credit: Basedigital on Flickr – Best viewed at original size

    Please click through and visit the Flickr collections from each photographer as they each have much more to offer. Also, as I only usually feature Creative Commons licensed photos, if you would like to get on my radar feel free to add your photos to the Miss604 Flickr Group.

    Timeraiser Vancouver

    Comments 11 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Timeraiser is coming to Vancouver for the second time on September 24th at the Roundhouse in Yaletown. It’s “part volunteer fair, part silent art auction and part night on the town.”

    Timeraiser is an event targeted for those who would like to give back but not by necessarily writing a donation check. It matches you with agencies so that you can apply your skills to help them out in whatever capacity, and help out.

    This is Vancouver’s second Timeraiser event and participating agencies include the MS Society of Canada, BC & Yukon Division, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, and many more.

    If you’re an artist or are interested in local artwork, the silent auction part of Timeraiser may also be of great interest. The idea is to not bid money on the artwork, but pledge volunteer hours instead. At the end of the auction they will announce the number of hours raised that will contribute to the community. To date the event has invested over $295,000 in the careers of 450 artists across Canada.

    You can read the Timeraiser FAQ for all of the details, or check out their website or Facebook page for more information.

    Tickets are $20 which also translates to a pledge of 20 volunteer hours over the course of 12 months (this can be updated at the event).

    I was invited to the media launch last night but due to being out with the flu I was unable to attend. However, thanks to one of Timeraiser’s partners, Molson, I have a few tickets to give away for this. If you are looking for volunteer hours to apply your skills to a deserving agency, please leave a comment below and I’ll draw some winners by the end of the week.

    Update: I drew two winners and they are Greg as well as Mandy – thanks everyone and have a great time at the event!