Blogathon 2009 – Welcome to Blogathon

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #1 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

Good morning Blogathon 2009!

Welcome to Blogathon Vancouver 2009! Every 30 minutes for the next 24 hours I will be publishing a blog post. This is my third year participating in Blogathon and to keep me going, I am once again supporting the Union Gospel Mission through donations from my readers.

We’re all setup at Workspace in Gastown and we should have one heck of a campaign. I’ll be joined by about 15 other bloggers who will each be supporting different causes through Blogathons on their own sites. Throughout the day I’ll be featuring some of these bloggers as well as some guest posts that have been contributed.

Thank you to the sponsors that are making today’s on-site event possible: Kontent Creative (for the logo work), Workspace (venue), Dairy Queen (lunch), and Developmental Disabilities Association (dinner sponsor). Thank you in advance for your support, comments, and readership of

Post #1 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

Canada Line Tour

Comments 29 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This fall the Canada Line, Metro Vancouver’s latest Skytrain line, will link the downtown core to Richmond Centre and the Vancouver International Airport. I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek of the line this morning as a small group of us rode from Waterfront station to each of the other terminus stations in Richmond.

Music: “Hey Now Now” by The Cloud Room

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You can view the rest of my photos on Flickr and another item of note is that cell reception for Telus and Rogers is spotless throughout the tunnels as they both have setups down there.

This weekend the Canada Line / Shop The Line is presenting the Granville Showcase. Granville Street is re-opening after its construction phase (although there’s still some landscaping going on). I’ll be there for a short while during Blogathon to judge a contest with @CatherineBarr over at The Edge around 4:00pm.

As a part of the event on July 25th, there will also be an open house at the Vancouver City Centre station on Granville & Georgia from 2:00pm – 7:00pm.

Update from News 1130: “The new Canada Line rapid transit line will open for service on Monday, August 17th. People will be able to ride Canada Line between Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver, Richmond City Centre and YVR. And to celebrate, you’ll be able to ride for free from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on August 17th.”

Update from Google: The Canada Line is now searchable in Google Maps, under directions.

Play it Loud with Bev Davies

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On Friday July 24th Bev Davies will be launching Play it Loud, a showcase of some of her concert photography over at Chapel Arts.

Sting in Vancouver – Flickr Photo © Bev Davies All Rights Reserved

Bev Davies isn’t just a fantastic rock and roll photographer, she’s a legend. Chances are that any awesome punk, rock or talented act that passed through Vancouver over the last few decades was captured with her camera.

On Friday there will be an opening night performance by Brian Goble (doors at 7:00pm) and the showcase will run until August 16th. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, Sundays from 1:00pm- 4:00pm, and you can also call ahead to make an appointment.

Michael Jackson in Vancouver, 1984 – Flickr Photo © Bev Davies All Rights Reserved

Bev captured the rock and roll stars of today before they even had record labels or became household names and among many other things, created a series of calendars featuring her work and recently spoke at Northern Voice. She’s an icon in Vancouver’s punk and overall music history so you just know that this is going to be one heck of an exhibit.

You can follow Bev on Twitter @bev101 and view some of her photos she has graciously shared on her Flickr account.

Pride in Fashion

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Vancouver’s Pride Week is fast-approaching and as usual there are countless satellite events happening around the city making. One of such events is Pride in Fashion.

Photo credit: Yvonne Chew

On Thursday, July 30, gay culture strikes a pose at Celebrities nightclub in Vancouver Pride Week’s fiercest event: PRIDE In Fashion. Featuring some of the city’s top male models, a performance by the urban dance collective House of La Douche, music and images from four decades on the gay club dance floor, and high-drama styling by The Lounge Hair Studio, PRIDE In Fashion reminds us that Pride isn’t always about rights: sometimes it’s about being fabulous.

Tickets are $20 in advance and doors for the show open at 9:00pm, Raul also has a post up about this event with additional information.. Pride in Fashion is another way that the community can participate in the events of Pride Week, aside from the amazing parade held each year on the August long weekend.

A special item of note is that this fashion showcase is being styled by Shallom Johnson who is the founder and editor of the Stylefinds blog. Shallom is far more than a fashion blogger however, as she also contributes to Spade and ION magazines and has a keen eye for style. She is also a contestant in the Holt Renfrew Contemporary Correspondent Search and is an event planner, having recently coordinated the Designers on Designers showcase in Gastown.

RBC desiFest VIP Pass Giveaway

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desifestCanada’s only national South Asian music festival, the RBC desiFest is coming to the Plaza of Nations this Saturday. This free event aims to “help instill a sense of civic and national pride and strengthen foundations for a homegrown star structure by showcasing the wealth of Canadian talent in our communities and unearthing and celebrating our rich cultural histories.”

The performers are all home-grown talents from across the country who have traveled with the Festival from Montreal over to the Stampede in Calgary, and finally Vancouver. Local artists such as Desi Detour, Juggy Jag and Bombay Sapphire are also set to perform. Aside from the dozens of musical acts on the mainstage, there will also be food vendors (anything from corn on the cob to fish and chips) and booths with fashions, goods, and body art from Vancouver Henna.

The festival runs from 12:00pm until 8:00pm this Saturday, July 25th and I have the opportunity to give away two VIP backstage passes to one of my readers. The winner will receive the official RBC desiFEST CD along with VIP backstage passes to join headlining artists Parichay, Blitzkrieg, and Roach right before they take the stage.

To enter, please leave a comment on this post or re-tweet this link on Twitter including @miss604 and @rbcdesifest in your update. I will draw a winner by noon tomorrow (Friday, July 24th).

With the sun shining it seems as though there are more festivals in Vancouver this year than ever before, which is definitely a good thing. Consider stopping by this event on Saturday, which conveniently wraps up just in time for your wander down to English Bay and catch the fireworks.