Team Up and Bring Home the Cup Contest

Comments 73 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Team Up and Bring Home the Cup is an initiative to give exposure to every hockey-loving region in Canada. Those involved with community hockey are being asked to submit an essay or video describing what hockey and team spirit means to their amateur team. Readers will then get the chance to vote on the submissions and the winner will get the chance to host a party with the Stanley Cup and Mark Messier in their hometown hockey community.

The contest began in 2009 with the HRS Huskies from St. Lazare, Québec being the first ones to experience the grand prize, which also includes a home theatre system, Pepsi products, Lay’s products, a 52 inch LCD TV, and gift certificates for products and services throughout the year. The party will also be filmed and featured on TSN and

You can browse entries that have already been submitted by teams across the country and have your team submit their own. Deadline for entries is March 12th then public online voting will begin March 22nd (full contest rules can be found online). After the 22nd, browse the gallery and vote for your favourite to help select this year’s winner.

Photo credit: celinet on Flickr

Miss604 Giveaway
To celebrate this promotion of local hockey across Canada, I have been given a handful of NHL Shop gift certificates to give away to my readers who help promote this campaign. Each gift certificate is worth $75 for the online NHL shop in Canada.

To enter to win my giveaway, please leave a comment listing your favourite aspect of hockey in Vancouver — from road hockey in the ‘burbs to the 1994 Stanley Cup run. You may also re-tweet to enter this contest by copying & pasting the following:

  • Enter to win $75 for the NHL shop in support of Team Up & Bring Home the Cup – @Miss604
  • Fine print: The Miss604 giveaway is only open to residents of Canada. The contest will run until Monday March 15th at 12:00pm PT. I will draw seven winners at that time from both comment and Twitter entries. Each comment or tweet equals 1 entry into the draw.

    Update March 15, 2010 The following seven people have won the gift certificates for the NHL Shop online:

  • That_B_Radical (Twitter)
  • James (Comment March 8th)
  • Jeff (Comment March 9th)
  • kvnjjwong (Twitter)
  • Mitch (Comment March 8th)
  • MardaMischa (Twitter)
  • Donna (Comment March 8th)
  • Vancouver 2010 Paralympics Opening Ceremony

    Comments 7 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay is en route, making its way to Vancouver for March 12th. This morning I had the chance to speak with Patrick Roberge whose production company, Patrick Roberge Productions (PRP), has been tasked with presenting us the the Opening Ceremony.

    Photo credit: Kanpeki Yume on Flickr

    Having closely watched several recent Olympic opening ceremonies, I asked Patrick how the Paralympic ceremony compares. He said that the structure is similar, having the same protocol requirements such as the athletes parade, raising of the flag, and lighting of the cauldron. “Then we have the opportunity to make the show that surrounds all those elements as different as we like,” he added.

    Before the Olympic opening ceremony in Vancouver many wondering how Beijing could be topped, however the production truly dazzled millions of viewers in its own way. Leading up to the Paralympic ceremony, I asked Patrick what we could expect (without giving away any secrets of course). “What we’re going for is a very friendly, very emotionally charged ceremony that will make people really connect with the human story of the Paralympics.” Sure, past Olympic ceremonies were grand and spectacular but the goal for the Paralympics is to make that connection on a more intimate scale. “We’re hoping people will be incredibly filled with amazing spirit and be inspired by the celebration of ability that we’ll demonstrate.”

    Producing the Paralympics Opening Ceremony is no small feat however. With experience in Torino and Beijing alongside working on the Man in Motion Tour & Terry Fox anniversaries, PRP is fully prepared to take on this significant task. “It’s an incredibly rewarding experience – the people have been unbelievably cool,” said Patrick. The uniqueness of the Paralympics is what will make these Games and even this ceremony so profound.

    Patrick told me that someone once said to him that most Olympians have a similar story: They were young children who got into sports, they began to pursue them, excelling in their field, and ended up with incredible athletic achievement leading them to the Olympics. However, he said that every single Paralympian story is different, they each have an incredible history and that’s what they’ll bring to the production. “Not all started off as athletes – they became athletes,” he said. The Paralympians each have stories about their individual feats of excellence in getting to this level of competition. “It’s been very inspiring to me from artistic direction.”

    With CTV airing the Opening Ceremony complimented by Brian Williams’ as host, this could be one of the most-watched Paralympic Opening Ceremonies to date. Many Vancouverites are already excited to keep the Olympic-sized celebration alive. School children are talking about sledge hockey out in the playground while my own niece and nephew are already spellbound by the athletic ability of the participants. Patrick said that Vancouver is already such a great place to live the Paralympic dream and celebrate triumphs of human ability. “Our heroes are Rick Hansen and Terry Fox. Vancouver has also elected a quadriplegic Mayor [Sam Sullivan]. We’ve broken those barriers.” The goal of the ceremony, simply put, will be to showcase the best athletes in the world.

    Humbled and honored to have this opportunity, Patrick and his team at PRP will present Vancouver with its first glimpse of the Paralympics, and the Paralympians this Friday. He said their goal will be to “inspire the rest of the world, Canadian style.”

    Photo credit: timbarton on Flickr

    You can follow Patrick Roberge Productions on Twitter @PRP_Inc and read more about their past productions such as the Vancouver 2010 logo launch on their website.

    The Paralympics begin nine days of competition March 13th, following the Opening Ceremony on the 12th at BC Place. You can read this post for a full guide to the Paralympics (from parking to free events). The Closing Ceremony will take place March 21st in Whistler.

    Oscar Parties in Vancouver

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    With the Olympics behind us I’m unsure if Vancouverites are taking a much-needed rest or if they’re aching to get back out and party. For the latter, this weekend’s 82nd annual Academy Awards just so happen to offer such a opportunity.

    Photo credit: carsten_tb on Flickr

    The Lamplighter Public House is offering up a prix fixe $40 menu for Oscar night. Doors at 5:00pm for the event Sunday, March 7th.

    OPUS Hotel
    The OPUS will feature a red carpet event Sunday evening alongside a 3 course Oscar Dinner available in Elixir Bistro for $30 (with optional wine pairings for $20). You can sip & mingle for $25 from 5:00pm until 10:00pm.

    PitchMarket 2010 Oscar Wrap Party
    Held at Players Chophouse the PitchMarket Oscar party will also have a red carpet along with food samples, drinks, and viewing of the Academy Awards. Tickets are $35 and the event begins at 5:00pm.

    If you’re not up for one of the parties around town, or if you aren’t near a TV, I’m certain you’ll see the buzz on Twitter if you’re interested. I admit, I haven’t even seen Avatar yet since it’s been such a busy year however I look forward to catching up and seeing some of the winners once things slow down.

    Massive Attack Plays Vancouver

    Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Massive Attack is playing a concert at the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park May 29th, 2010.

    While the show is a ways off, this will be one hot ticket. If you aren’t familiar with Massive Attack, you may at least recognize the theme to House which is a sample from the duo’s song Teardrop [YouTube].

    Massive Attack with Guest Martina Topley Bird
    Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, Vancouver
    Saturday May 29th at 7:00pm
    Tickets on sale on Friday March 12th at 10:00am through LiveNation

    Luckily I have been given two tickets to give away to a lucky reader. As the Malkin Bowl is an amazing outdoor venue with a lot of history in Vancouver, to enter to win the tickets, please leave a comment stating your favourite live venue in town. All comments will receive 2 entries in the draw meanwhile you can also re-tweet about the contest to gain 1 entry. Feel free to copy & paste the text below:

  • Enter to win tickets to Massive Attack May 29 at the Malkin Bowl from @Miss604
  • Good luck everyone, I’ll do the draw in just over a week’s time.

    Update March 17th I just drew the winner at random and it’s Heather (who commented March 12th).

    Fine print: Comment + re-tweet will equal 3 entries into the contest. The draw will take place March 17th at 12:00pm noon. The winner will have 48 hours to confirm their prize otherwise a new winner will be drawn at random. Update: This post has been republished due to an attack on this website. All comments have been removed.

    Obscura Day 2010

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    The Atlas Obscura is an online directory resource for unique, intriguing, amusing, and peculiar attractions around the globe. Being a fan of historic and cultural oddities, I figured this would be a great thing to cover.

    On March 20th they are hosting “Obscura Day” highlighting the best destinations from South America to the North Pole. It just so happens that the Vancouver Police Museum has been put on their map to represent our city.

    “We were approached by Atlas Obscura a few weeks ago,” said Chris Mathieson, Executive Director of the Vancouver Police Museum. “They had received a fantastic review of the Police Museum by one of their international users and thought we’d make a great fit for Obscura Day.”

    Sins of the City Tour Sins of the City Tour

    Once you register for an Obscura Day event in your city (or a city that your are visiting) you will be treated to tours and special offers. The Vancouver Police Museum will offer up two tours that you can choose to take for a donation of $15.

    Old City Morgue
    The Vancouver Police Museum building is the former City Morgue and Coroner’s Court. Between 1932 and 1980, close to 15,000 autopsies were performed in this space, covering almost every major homicide and accident in the city during that period. Special behind-the-scenes opportunities will also be included; not for the feint of heart.

    Sins of the City
    The Museum’s “Sins of the City Tour” will explore the history of vice crime in Vancouver. Brothels, gambling dens, opium house and strip clubs are all featured on the regular tour. For Obscura Day they’ll add a few special stops into the mix. Appropriate clothing (including closed-toe shoes) will be required for this adventure.

    You can read my post about my experience on both on these tours.

    The Atlas Obscura is, “a compendium of this age’s wonders, curiosities, and esoterica. The Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project with the goal of cataloging all of the singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist.”

    Outside of Vancouver, other Obscura Day attractions include the World’s Largest Treehouse in Crossville Tennessee, the Underground Salt Museum in Kansas City, a tour of the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore Maryland, or a self-made concert at Ringing Rocks Park in Pennsylvania (bring a hammer to make some noise).

    The Vancouver Police Museum tours will take place between 11:00am and 2:00pm on Obscura Day, March 20th.

    “We hope it encourages locals to take notice of us and realize that we’re so much more than just a dusty collection of badges and uniforms,” Mathieson told me. “We have an amazing building and some of the best stories in the city to tell.”

    Tickets may only be purchased through the Obscura Day website.