Peak Performance Project Finale

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This post was contributed exclusively to by Michelle Kent.

The culmination of year one for the Peak Performance Project happened last night at the famed Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. 3 BC bands went head to head to head for a piece of $275 G’s.

What a sweet, sweaty, good-rocking culmination it was. Continue reading this post ⟩⟩

Handsfree Headset Giveaway

Comments 721 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Photo credit: mikekline on Flickr

At the beginning of 2010 new rules came into effect under BC’s Motor Vehicle Act.

As of January 1st, 2010 drivers caught talking on a hand-held device will be subject to fines — this means no texting or emailing as well. British Columbians have a 31-day grace period before fines will start to be handed out to violators as of February 1st.

My friend John Biehler was interviewed about handsfree options for your phone so that you can still talk while on the road. If you don’t have your headset yet, you still have a few days to convert and Metropolis at Metrotown can help you out.

Metropolis at Metrotown will be running a ‘Hands-free, Hassle-free’ initiative from January 22-30, 2010.

“Safety ambassadors, dressed in official uniform, engaging with the public in parking lots at Metropolis at Metrotown and handing out “tickets”, which are actually coupons for headsets.

Blackberry coupons will be handed out and can be accessed online, offering a $20 in store rebate on the purchase of a BlackBerry® Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605 and a $10 in store rebate on the purchase of a BlackBerry® HS-500 Wireless Headset at Metrotown.”

They have also offered me 12 headsets to give away to my readers. Over the next 12 days (until the new rule becomes enforced) I will be giving away a handsfree headset to one reader every day.

The Headsets Arrived TodayPrize details:
BlackBerry® HS-500 Wireless Headset, retail value $79.99 USD, works with any Bluetooth-enabled phone.

How to enter to win:
Leave a comment on this post on the day you would like to win. For example, to win today’s headset, leave a comment now. To win tomorrow’s (if your name wasn’t drawn today) come back and leave a comment on this post tomorrow. All approved comments (and trackbacks) on this post over the next 12 days are eligible.

Good luck & safe driving!

Fine print: Daily winners will be notified by email. Winners may only win once. Since I will be shipping out all headsets myself, I’m sorry but I must limit this contest to residents of BC only.

January 22nd winner: Olivia
January 23rd winner: Ari
January 24th winner: Ed
January 25th winner: Greg W
January 26th winner: Andy L
January 27th winner: Kim
January 28th winner: Peter L
January 29th winner: Teresa
January 30th winner: Jason
January 31st winner: Penny
February 1st winner: Jen
February 2nd winner: Gil

Thanks to everyone for entering the contest, and a big huge thanks to those who came back daily. Hopefully this has raised some awareness about using a handsfree device with your phone if you’re driving.

Monopoly Canada, Getting Vancouver its Space

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Monopoly is coming out with Monopoly Canada and its up to the public to vote where each major city will reside on the famed playing surface.

The highly coveted Boardwalk position seems to be the most popular and there are even campaigns across the nation to get hometowns into that prestigious piece of real estate.

65 Canadian cities have been pre-selected and they’re looking for the top 20 which will have spaces on the game board. You can cast your ballot for up to three cities each day until February 7, 2010. The city that gets the most votes will then slide into place at Boardwalk.

I’ve been contacted a few times about this and it’s been brought to my attention that Vancouver is slipping in the polls. Here are the top 10 rankings as of 11:45am on Thursday January 21st, 2010:

Image via CBC

#1 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu 5.4%
#2 Calgary 4.7%
#3 Chatham-Kent 4.1%
#4 Quebec City 3.4%
#5 Trois-Rivières 2.8%
#6 St. John’s 2.7%
#7 Kawartha Lakes 2.6%
#8 Medicine Hat 2.6%
#9 Montreal 2.5%
#10 Sarnia 2.4%

You can find a list of all eligible cities here and there’s also a wildcard ranking which you can find on the current standings page.

Monopoly and Vancouver have gone hand in hand for quite a while now. I remember playing Vancouveropoly growing up, passing over Dr Sun Yat Sen Gardens on my way over to the Vancouver Aquarium then passing by Monk’s.

If you would like to see Vancouver on the Monopoly Canada game board, be sure to cast your vote each day. Vote now, vote often, and if you vote for Surrey to go in the Baltic Avenue position, I may not speak to you again.

Link Fest: Events for the End of January

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

My dance card is nearing capacity for February but there is still much to do this month. Here is this week’s Link Fest for your perusal.

East Van
Photo credit: PiscesDreamer on Flickr
  • Friday January 22nd @ 9:00pm head down to the Rickshaw Theatre for the Shimmy Shake Showdown 2010, in support of the Terminal City Rollergirls.
  • January 22nd is also the launch of LunarFest 2010, a Vancouver Lantern Festival & International Art Exchange between Canada & Taiwan that will run until February 28th.
  • This Saturday January 23rd is Arthritis Society Night at the Abbotsford Heat Game.
  • Help for Haiti Pub Night happens January 26th at Steamworks.
  • January 26th at the Dunbar Community Centre you can take an Earthquake Preparedness workshop. This is a free event that will run 7:00 – 8:30pm (4747 Dunbar Street – Room 202).
  • Duthie Books will soon close its doors forever. Stop by this legendary Vancouver bookstore starting January 28th for their very last annual sale with 40% off merchandise.
  • Megaphone Magazine‘s special 2010 Winter Games issue will be out January 29th. Look for people selling it out & about in your community.
  • Daydream Weddings will be hosting a Valentine’s Boudoir Photography Marathon January 30th and 31st.
  • On January 30th there will be an Urban Barn Dance 8:00pm – 10:30pm at the Hastings Community Centre (tickets $8).
  • Bowl for Big Brothers 2010 team registration is now open. The event takes place between April 11th – May 15th this year.
  • REMINDER: If you’d like to try out for Red Bull’s Crashed Ice you can do so at Canlan Ice Sports in North Vancouver on January 29th.
  • The National Film Board (NFB) is now offering content online in HD and 3D.
  • If you have a community event that you would like to promote, please feel free to send me the details.

    Vancouver History: The Carnegie Building

    Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Stopping by my daily history read, I learned that it was on this day 30 years ago that the Carnegie Building reopened as the Carnegie Reading Room. Located at the intersection of Main and Hastings, I thought it would be worthy of the history profile to see how the building has been a part of the community for over a century.

    1902 – Carnegie Library under construction, Item #: CVA 1376-27

    “On March 25th, 1901 Vancouver requested and was granted $50,000 from US steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to build a library. Carnegie agreed to give the funds only if the city furnished a site and agreed to spend $5,000 a year. The city council accepted the Carnegie gift and its conditions.” – (

    1903 – Major Matthews collection, Item#: Bu P116.3

    Built in 1903, it was indeed the first public library in Vancouver. In 1957 the library moved on to a bigger location and it became the home of the Vancouver Museum for ten years. In 1967 the museum moved out and the building lay vacant. “Following a massive campaign spearheaded by the Downtown Eastside Residents’ Association City Council agreed to save the building and convert it to a community Centre. Carnegie Community Centre opened its doors to the public on January 20, 1980.” – (

    190? – Photographer: Trueman, Richard H., Item #: Str P322

    Once again part of the Vancouver Public Library system, the City refers to it as “The Downtown Eastside’s Livingroom”.

    2005- Photo credit: squeaky marmot on Flickr

    Carnegie also has some beautiful architecture including skylights and a towering spiral staircase.

    Carnegie Community CentreServices include the public reading room, a seniors centre, a learning/literacy centre, a kitchen (serving 3 meals a day), an art gallery, an auditorium & gym, and even a dark room along with a pottery room for creative classes.

    2008- Photo credit: Fecki on Flickr

    It’s an amazing building that is testament to the diverse community of Vancouver’s Eastside and the determination to make a progressive, educational, and safe centre for all. It’s open 9:00am until 11:00pm every single day of the year, every day of the week, and is worth checking out.