Vida Spa Massage Giveaway

Comments 154 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I don’t know about you, but since the Olympics rolled into town I haven’t had much time to slow down. Things have been go go go with the Paralympics, Twestival planning, trips across the continent and website attacks. Thanks to Vida Spa, I can at least offer a relaxing experience to one lucky reader (through whom I can live vicariously).

The newest Vida Spa location at the Westin Bayshore in Coal Harbour is offering up the chance to win the following:

The Detoxifying Aromatherapy Massage, a light, full-body massage that cleanses the system through healing botanical essences. Custom-blended essential oils including cypress, juniper berry, rosemary and grapefruit are integrated into the massage oil to provide an herbal detoxification that helps clear unwelcome toxins while restoring energy and well-being.

This 60-minute massage is a one of Vida’s 2010 Spring Renewal Treatments.

If you would like to win the Detoxifying Aromatherapy Massage (either for yourself or as a gift) please leave a comment below. You may also enter to win by re-tweeting the following on Twitter:

I entered to win an @vidaspas treatment from @miss604

All entries (from Twitter and comments) will be pooled and one winner will be drawn Friday April 16th at 12:00pm.

Vida Spa opened this newest location in February, just in time for the Olympics. They also have locations at the Sheraton Wall Centre, the Sutton Place Hotel, in Whistler at the Fairmont and in Seattle at the Pan Pacific.

Fine print: Approximate value for the 60-minute treatment is $125 (regular price) and is currently on special for $106.25. Appointment time can be arranged between the winner and Vida Spa (valid Monday-Friday until May 31, 2010).

Update I have drawn the winner and it is Melanie (comment entry) – thank you to everyone for entering and I hope we can all get some relaxation time in the sunshine this weekend.

Tony Parsons Joins CBC Vancouver

Comments 13 by Rebecca Bollwitt

At a press conference at the CBC Vancouver broadcast centre this afternoon it was announced that legendary BC anchor Tony Parsons would be co-hosting the local supper-hour newscast.

Tony Parsons, who I grew up watching on BCTV, anchored his final newscast on Global TV’s News Hour in December of 2009.

Around that time but published a book but Parsons was off the air during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

He then returned to television with CHEK-TV in Victoria as the anchor of their 10:00pm newscast in March. According to today’s press release, a deal between the CBC and CHEK-TV has been made that will see the local news from CBC Vancouver simulcast on CHEK-TV in Victoria.

“Tony Parsons has been synonymous with local news in Vancouver for 35 years and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the CBC News Vancouver team,” said Johnny Michel, Managing Director, BC Region, CBC. “He is the most recognizable face in local news and has an innate gift to get to the heart of what matters for Vancouverites.”

Parsons will be co-hosting with Gloria Macarenko on CBC Vancouver from 5:00pm until 6:30pm and will then appear specifically on CHEK at 10:00pm.

Update April 13, 2010

I had the chance to speak with Tony this afternoon, you can see his responses to a few quick questions in the video above.

Laughs at the Legion

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Some of Western Canada’s top comics will be performing in Vancouver April 16th, raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission.

Photo credit: zdenadel on Flickr

“The Legion Of Stand-Up Comedians and Drive by Comedy presents the comedy show of the year. Some of Canada’s funniest stand-up comedians will deliver a fantastic show while raising money for Vancouver’s homeless.”

The lineup includes:

  • Carter Hortie (Vancouver’s Living Legend of Stand-Up Comedy)
  • Paul Breau
  • Jane Stanton (Bumbershoot Festival, Global ComedyFest, CBC Radio and XM Satelite Radio)
  • Darcy Michael (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Just for Laughs, CTV, The Comedy Network)
  • Patrick Maliha (Voted Vancouver’s Favourite Stand-Up Comic 2008 and 2009)
  • Graham Clark (Winner Canadian National Laugh-Off Competition, Montreal’s Just for Laughs, Comedy Now on CTV and the Comedy Network)
  • The event takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #179 (2205 Commercial Drive @ East 6th Ave). There are 225 tickets available all for $15 with $5 from each going to the Union Gospel Mission. Doors are at 7:00pm with the show at 9:00pm. There is a full bar service available and prizes supplied by Splitz Grill.

    Tickets are available through Echo Vintage (beside Neptoon Records on Main Street), Golden Age Collectibles, Patrick Maliha, Carter Hortie or by calling (604) 219-2665. You may purchase online through PayPal but a service charge will apply. The following is what I was told about PayPal ticket purchases…

    “As a special treat, the first 20 people to purchase their tickets via PayPal will get a FREE former Vancouver Canuck’s Authentic Autographed 8×10!! That’s right, you could get legendary goalie Dany Sabourin or former elite goal scorer Murray “The Beef” Baron! Why not buy two tickets and get TWO Authentically Signed 8×10’s?! Imagine your child’s surprise when they see autographed photo’s of Jeff Cowan and Peter Nedved under the tree?”

    You can find out more through Facebook or by contacting Patrick Maliha directly.

    Book Signing Event at London Drugs Recap

    Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    This past Saturday I had a book signing event at London Drugs. Earlier this year, I co-authored Blogging to Drive Business along with Eric Butow of California. This was my first book signing event and it was a fantastic experience.

    Many people came and went throughout the day including my Blogger Starter Kit contest winner, Karm. As there were plenty of cameras in the crowd, I have already spotted some photos from the event online.

    Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

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    Sinclair Centre’s 100th Birthday

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    A few weeks ago I took a behind the scenes tour of the Sinclair Centre buildings, one of which just celebrated its 100th anniversary.

    Sinclair Centre's 100th AnniversaryTo share this milestone with all Sinclair Centre is hosting an entire week of festivities including entertainment and snacks for all.

    The first 50 people to bring in the Sinclair Centre birthday ad from the Georgia Straight get a free cupcake. House of Q will also host tastings while you can get work done from Tattoos 4 Now.

    There will be appearances by magician Matthew Johnson, caricaturist Ted Couling, Mark James Fortin (jazz standards), Steve Walker & Lucie Elliott (country music), Kelly Brock (contemporary) and more.

    The entertainment (and cupcakes) can be found in Sinclair Centre’s food court daily 11:00am until 2:00pm today until April 16th, 2010.

    You can follow them on Twitter @SinclairCentre for updates throughout the anniversary week.