The Uptown CCMA Blogger Gift Lounge

Comments 18 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA’s) are coming to Vancouver and we need some bloggers to help capture the events of this star-studded evening. I will be in the exclusive, invitation-only Gift Lounge at GM Place on September 13th thanks to the Uptown Giftbox Company and I’m looking for a small group of bloggers to join me.


Jessie Farrell – Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

As the official producer of this backstage party Gabrielle Durning, the driving force behind this West Coast company, has created the hottest ticket in town. The selected bloggers will have access to the lounge where there will be food, entertainment, on-site services, and tons of swag. There is a long list of VIP invites for artists, musicians (like Reba McEntire, Martina McBride and the Awards host Jason Priestley) and media that will be stopping by as well. Bloggers will be stationed in the gift lounge to live blog, take photos, Tweet, and share the experience through social media.

The best part is that once the ceremonies wrap up, each blogger will be able to leave with their own Uptown Giftbox prize pack which they can donate to the approved charity of their choice.

So far this year I have liveblogged everything from the opera to the Juno Awards so this should be another exciting event to be a part of — and I can even give a little bit back to a local cause while I’m at it. The one and only Erica Ehm will also be the official host of the Lounge and I was lucky enough to hang out with her for a bit at a Tweetup a few months ago.

To be considered for one of the Uptown CCMA Blogger Lounge positions, you simply need to write a blog post on your own site mentioning this offer. Please link back here to ensure we can see your entry and also include a link to Uptown Giftbox who will be running the gift lounge. We’ll select the team for the CCMA Blogger Lounge on Wednesday September 9th.

Update: The bloggers who will join me in the lounge are Heather, Erin, Kristi, Cole, and Stimuli e-Mag.

Operas and Arias Bard on the Beach Giveaway

Comments 14 by Rebecca Bollwitt

As the Bard on the Beach season rolls into its final month, a special Operas and Arias performance is just beginning.

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Photo credit: David Blue

Fresh from their performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte in Prague and Ontario, UBC Opera Ensemble, directed by Nancy Hermiston, will perform an in-concert staging of this fun-filled romantic opera. Members of Vancouver Opera Orchestra, conducted by Leslie Dala, will accompany this talented cast of rising opera stars.

The performances (three nights only) will take place in the main Bard on the Beach tent with the Pacific Ocean and local mountains as the backdrop. Tickets are $32 (matinee), $35 (evening), but you can win a pair of tickets for the either the performance on September 7th or September 8th. To enter, simply leave a comment or re-tweet this post.

Update: The contest is now closed & I just drew Lori‘s name. Congratulations & thanks to everyone for entering.

Vancouver Twestival Tickets are Now on Sale

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

twestival vancouverFor the second time this year, I am organizing a Twestival event in Vancouver.

Twestival is a global fundraising event that is organized through Twitter, using the service to gather volunteers, get community input, invite participants, and publicize the event. Twestival will be like a meetup, where you can show up, have some food, win some prizes, and enjoy some entertainment. 100% of ticket sales go directly to the cause of choice.

There was a public vote a few weeks ago and Vancouver chose to support the BC Childrens Hospital Foundation.

Below are the event specifics, which I posted earlier on the Twestival Vancouver website: Continue reading this post ⟩⟩

Jackson Rathbone of Twilight with 100 Monkeys

Comments 14 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper in the Twilight movie saga, has been busy in Vancouver filming the latest installment of the series however he’s also managed to find time to be a part of the band, 100 Monkeys.

The band is made up of Rathbone’s high school confidantes, Ben Graupner and Ben Johnson, along with his friends Jerad Anderson and Lawrence Abrams. The thing that makes the band so unique is that each member can play every instrument. In between songs, one of them yells ‘switcharoo’ and they all switch instruments. “It’s amazing to see musicians that can play six or seven different instruments without missing a beat. There’s never a dull moment when they’re on stage,” said Tim Crockett of New Castle Entertainment.

On September 12th 100 Monkeys will be launching their 100-city nationwide tour right here in town at the Rickshaw Theatre. Their music features hauntingly smooth alternative rock beats combined with classic sounds, and a mix of croony and catchy lyrics. It’s definitely a unique combo which would be amazing to see at a small local venue.

If you would like to attend the 100 Monkeys concert and see Jackson Rathbone (who also just finished filming M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Air) please leave a comment on this post or re-tweet this link. I’ll draw the winner of two tickets on Thursday September 10th. Tickets can otherwise be purchased online for $20 and it is an all ages show in a wicked historic Vancouver venue.

Update: I just drew the winner and it is “Sarah”. Congratulations & thanks to everyone for entering!

Update: Nardwuar was at the show and interviewed 100 Monkeys:


The Art of the Photowalk

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Grab your camera, tell people where you’re going, and ask them to join you. That’s pretty much the concept behind a photowalk. Over the last few years I’ve met up with some incredible photographers (professional and amateur) who carry anything from $5,000+ cameras/lenses to Polaroids, pocket cameras, and camera phones. If you enjoy taking photos it’s well worth it to be on the lookout for photowalks in Vancouver.


John Biehler on Flickr

Photowalks usually start out at a specific location and the group will then wander around a loose course to take photos until they arrive at their destination or loop back to the starting point.


Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr

John Biehler, PhotoCamp organizer and veteran photowalker who recently participated in the Worldwide Photowalk event in Vancouver says there’s much more to it than taking photos. “I like photowalks because it gives photoraphers a chance to experiment, share their gear and techniques as well as meet new people.”


Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Some photowalks may only be with your and your friends, while others can gather a large crowd of people, walking around and taking photos of whatever they come across. “The best part though is seeing the end results afterward,” Biehler told me. “Twenty people shooting the same alley always results in a huge variety of awesome pics.”


Left: JeremyLim.ca Middle: Phillip Jeffrey Right: John Biehler

As there is no central location to find out about a photowalk in town just yet, your best bet it to be on the lookout on Twitter and Facebook. Flickr is also a great resource as there are already several established photowalking groups for the Vancouver area, such as Vandigicam.


Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

John Biehler, along with Scott Prince, is also proposing a PhotoCamp walk at BarCamp coming up in October.