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.

Photo credit: syume on Flickr

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!

IOC – International Olympic Committee Headquarters

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

During November’s trip to Switzerland our group stopped in at the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne.

Tour of IOC Headquarters

Perched at the top of a small grassy hill, the IOC looks out over Lake Geneva and the public park, Parc Bourget. The IOC is made up of a few buildings pasted together over the years including a mansion that was centuries old. The entire area was once occupied by the Roman Empire and recent archeological evidence shows bones and ruins dating back to 6,000 BC.

I must explain that I missed pieces of the tour. Unfortunately this was our first stop after arriving from London the night before and with the 9-hour time difference and the jet lag migraine bubbling up in my head, I had to excuse myself from the tour a few times. After my intermittent absence I rejoined the tour group but as a result I didn’t take nearly as many notes on this tour as I could have.

Tour of IOC Headquarters

Inside the IOC much of it seemed like your standard office building, with more than a few high-tech and upscale elements. The one thing that stood out most was the art work. Culture being one of the Three Pillars of the Olympic movement, the building featured statues, installations, paintings, and sculptures on every floor and down every corridor.

Tour of IOC Headquarters

Olympic-branded candies sat in a dish outside one of many meeting rooms with dominating wooden doors, behind which I could only imagine the importance of the business being discussed.

There was a modern cafeteria for employees where chefs prepare culinary creations for staff daily. The eating area had dark wood floors, modular furniture and a full view of the lake from the floor-to-ceiling windows. On a pillar near the employee lounge/cafeteria were bulletins, including one promoting the Vancouver 2010 exhibit over at the Olympic Museum.

Tour of IOC Headquarters Tour of IOC Headquarters

Our guide explained that just out the window and to the West was the local waste treatment plant and that energy produced from the waste when it is treated actually supplies power and heat for the IOC buildings. With Environment being yet another one of the Three Pillars of the Olympic Movement it seemed quite fitting.

Tour of IOC Headquarters Tour of IOC Headquarters

Tour of IOC Headquarters

From there we walked through a few more boardrooms, each more impressive than the next with flat screen televisions, branded pens, and bottles of water on standby as though half a dozen meetings were about to convene at the same time.

Tour of IOC Headquarters

We crossed over to the old IOC building, which is the mansion and home of the smallest meeting room we had seen yet, although it was the most distinguished. This was where top-ranking IOC officials get together with IOC President, Count Jacques Rogge.

Tour of IOC Headquarters

I’m unsure if they do tours normally but it was a nice familiarization of a beautiful complex that simply emanates excellence, right down to the Olympic-branded Mercedes parked out front.

Tour of IOC Headquarters

On our way out some protesters started to gather on the front lawn. They had t-shirts, signs, and appeared to have invited local media – either that or they brought their own troop of photographers. We were inside the building as the group began chanting outside and two of them walked over to the entrance. Pausing outside for a photo op, we watched as the protesters chatted politely with the women at the front reception desk. After a few minutes they came back outside, picked up their signs, and continued their display. No security, no men in suits with earpieces coming to take them away. They pretty much just walked to the other side of the street on their own and continued peacefully. For some reason I suspect that this isn’t a rare occurrence at all outside the IOC.

Tour of IOC Headquarters Tour of IOC Headquarters

We hopped in our tour van and headed for the the Olympic Museum but not before our guide pointed out that there’s a campground next to Parc Bourget and the IOC. To camp on Lake Geneva, in a place as historic as this, surrounded by dozens of international sporting federations and museums just seemed like something we’d have to do when John and I go back to Switzerland. We’ll even see if our pal Dave wants to come as it seems like something he’d really get a kick out of.

You can view the rest of my photos from my media trip to Switzerland in this photo set, and read all posts here.

Vancouver 2010 Mascots About Town

Comments 9 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Ever since Quatchi, Miga, Sumi and Mukmuk made their way on the scene as mascots of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, they’ve really been making the rounds. The mascots make appearances at events, festivals, and I even spotted Quatchi in the West End hitching a ride in the back of a pickup truck last month.

Quatchi Hitches a Ride

Unfortunately Mukmuk does not qualify for this segment as he only exists in miniature plush form, but I present to you “Vancouver 2010 Mascots About Town”.

Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr

Quatchi in that pickup truck again during the Rogers Santa Claus Parade.

Photo credit: connect2canada on Flickr

The mascots atop the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.

Photo credit: for ladybug on Flickr

Quatchi, Sumi and Miga hang out at the Vancouver Auto Show, surprisingly not in the back of a pickup truck.

Vancouver Sun Raise-A-Reader 2009
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

A rather rockstar shot of all three mascots by John on Canucks Raise a Reader morning.

Photo credit: wyliepoon on Flickr

All three in front of City Hall in Toronto — they’re looking pretty disoriented, which sometimes happens to Vancouverites in Toronto.

Photo credit: Mike Pan on Flickr

Sumi and Miga share an intimate moment in the back of a pickup truck. I have determined that the pickup is the main mode of transport for a mascot.

Sumi then distracts some curlers at the new Curling Venue (near Nat Bailey Stadium) in Vancouver.

Mascots at ice level watching curling
Photo credit: Ariane C on Flickr

And although Mukmuk doesn’t seem to get around as much as the others, his plush version has been globetrotting with TarePanda. Here he is in London, England as well as Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden.

All Mukmuk photos by archangeli on Flickr

According to a poll I conducted last February, my readers chose the mascots as their favourite symbol of the Vancouver 2010 Games. With all of this travel, public relations, and hanging out with the locals for the last few years I wonder if they’re still on top?

[poll id=”43″]

Should you have any mascot images that you would like to feature here, please feel free to add them to the Miss604 Flickr Group.

Club Bud Vancouver 2010

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Club Bud, the notorious Olympic party destination is coming to Vancouver for the 2010 Games, setting up shop for five crazy nights in February.

Torino introduced the world to Club Bud in 2006 with a six-story pyramid-shaped nightclub. Club Bud kept the party going in Beijing with 360° video screens, an electrifying dance floor and an outdoor pool. In February 2010, Club Bud will transform the famed Commodore Ballroom into the place for athletes, celebrities and some lucky fans to celebrate in style. Athlete and celebrity arrival times on the red carpet will vary by party.

Companies and sponsors are each hosting special evenings at the Commodore and Club Bud is looking for an intrepid social media reporter (and a friend) to capture and document the festivities. They’re calling it the Club Bud Party Crasher search where successful applicants will get full access Club Bud in order to blog, tweet, and take photos.

Here are the Club Pub parties that the Party Crasher can choose to attend:
Friday, February 19 – Burton Party (Update: Read about it here)
Saturday, February 20 – NHL Party (Update: Read about it here)
Thursday, February 25 – Budweiser Party
Friday, February 26 – Under Armour Party
Saturday, February 27 – lululemon athletica Party

To apply to be the Club Bud Party Crasher all you have to do is become a fan of them on Facebook which will add the Club Bud application badge to your profile.

I’m unsure if the public can purchase tickets for Club Bud so it’s definitely worth entering the Party Crasher contest if you’d like to take part in any of these events. The job search closes on February 3, 2010 and you can read all contest rules and regulations on their Facebook page.

Vancouver Motorcycle Show – Win Tickets

Comments 17 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Motorcycle Show is coming to the TRADEX in Abbotsford January 21st to the 24th.

The Motorcycle Show features special events daily such as Vintage Rider Night on Thursday and She Rides Nite on Saturday.

The expo will also have a manufacturer showcase, the Throttle Trauma Stuntacular, Supermoto, Custom Alley, the Great Canadian ATV Showcase, and the Yamaha Riding Academy. I’ve also just counted at least half a dozen major prizes that are up for grabs from manufacturers like Honda, Yamaha and Harley-Davidson.

Tickets are $12 (adults), $8 (junior), free (age 5 and under), and $32 for a family pack (2 adults & 2 juniors).

I realize that my contests recently have got to do with jewelry and cosmetics however I’m pleased to offer up a couple four-packs of tickets to this event. This will be a quick one-day contest so to enter to win please leave a comment below. That’s it!

I’ll then draw two winners who will each get a four-pack of tickets. The tickets will be available for you at the venue (will call) so all you need to do is find three friends to join you, pick a day to go, and have some fun.

Update: I just drew the winners and they are Sandy and Michelle, congratulations!

Fine print: As the timeline is tight, I’ll draw the two winners at 5:00pm PT today. They will have 24 hours to confirm that they can attend/claim their prize otherwise I will draw another winner.