BC Place is Hosting a Movie Night on its Giant Screen

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When the state-of-the-art jumbotron at BC Place was installed during its renovations a few years ago, it was compared to “the size of a Yaletown apartment”. That thing is HUGE. Now it’s got a chance to shine in a new light when it shows more than in-game programming. On October 19th, join Kids Up Front Vancouver at BC Place for a fun family movie night.

BC Place Movie Night

BC Place is Hosting a Movie Night

  • Where: BC Place Stadium in Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
    • 5:00pm – 6:15pm: On Field Activities     
    • 6:30pm – 8:00pm: Toy Story 4 Viewing
  • Tickets: Available via Ticketmaster. $50 Family/Friend Pack (four tickets), or $15 for individual tickets.
    • Each ticket purchased includes entry to the movie, plus one hotdog, one soft drink, one popcorn PLUS each ticket purchased donates a second ticket for a kid to experience movie night.
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60 Years of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre: Celebrate with Mid-Century Madness

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Vancouver Civic Theatres presents Mid-Century Madness, a dress-up party celebrating 60 years at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

60 Years of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre: Celebrate with Mid-Century Madness

Mid-Century Madness

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8:00pm
Tickets: $19.59 online now, to commemorate the 1959 inaugural year

Queen Elizabeth Theatre 1959
Queen Elizabeth (with Mayor A. T. Alsbury) at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. VPL #46154 Date: July 15, 1959. Photographer / Studio: Province Newspaper

July 5th, 1959 was the opening day of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver and a few weeks later Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II personally gave it her name. The venue accommodates 2,781 patrons and over the years it has hosted some of the world’s greatest plays, musicals, operas, ballets and concerts.

On October 26th, dress up in your favourite 60s attire, think the stylings of one “Don Draper” or rather, “Peggy Olson”, and prepare for a journey in our time machine.

The year is 1959, shoppers are on the hunt for the latest in mod fashion at the newly opened Oakridge Shopping Centre. In the background, children are buzzing over the first Barbie doll just about to hit the shelves and an eerie theme song from The Twilight Zone, a newly introduced television show, plays in the distance. This is the year that Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre welcomes its first guests.

Theatre lobby, 2019 and 1986-87 (Vancouver Archives photo CVA 775-31)

Enjoy a welcome glass of bubbly, make your way through the flashing lights and glam photo booth, take in art from the decade, and party in style throughout the Queen Elizabeth Theatre lobby exhibits. Get ready to dance the night away with a vibrant and soulful live performance by Vancouver’s own Dawn Pemberton and musical stylings by DJ Veronica and Trumpeter Malcolm Aiken late into the night.

Tickets are available online now. Follow Vancouver Civic Theatres on Facebook and Twitter for their latest event updates and news.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to this fun theme event on October 26th, here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

UPDATE The winner is Eric Nicole!

Vancouver to Host the International Theatresports Institute Festival

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Vancouver TheatreSports™ (“VTS”) is honoured to host the 2019 International Theatresports Institute Festival, October 15 to October 20, 2019 on Granville Island. The lineup includes a bus trip with masked Mexican luchador El Jaguar, a ‘live gorilla’, Life Game, OK Tinder, The Toys Strike Back family-friendly show, and much more!

Vancouver to Host the International Theatresports Institute Festival

International Theatresports Institute Festival

When: Tuesday, October 15 to Sunday, October 20, 2019
Where: Granville Island (The Improv Centre, The Waterfront Theatre, The Nest)
Tickets: Single Tickets, Group Tickets, and Festival Passes are on sale now. Prices range from $7 to $35 for Single Tickets and $49 to $220 for various Festival Passes. For groups of 10 or more people, a 10% discount will be offered.

El Jaguar VTS
Take a bus tour with El Jaguar

Show Highlights

The International Theatresports Institute (“ITI”) is the largest improv network in the world, representing 90 improv companies, schools and universities from 22 countries on six continents. Every two years, ITI convenes a conference and festival that brings together improvisers from around the globe. Previous locations have included Dubai, Milan, Würzburg, and San Francisco. This year’s Festival features more than 50 public performances from improvisers from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, UK, and U.S.A.

Get ready to laugh, and get your tickets today! For more information, follow Vancouver TheatreSports on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

VIFF 2019 BC Spotlight Gala Awards

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That feeling when you open your inbox and see that the film you sponsored (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open) at VIFF won two awards at the VIFF 2019 BC Spotlight Gala Awards!

VIFF 2019 BC Spotlight Gala Awards

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

On Saturday, the Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) held its annual BC Spotlight Gala at the Vancouver Playhouse, honouring exceptional BC and Canadian filmmakers with awards as part of the Gala presented by TELUS. These awards across eight categories will help to support and further the careers of recipients, with prizes totalling $110,000 in cash and in-kind-services from industry leaders.

The award winners were announced before the screening of Anthony Shim’s Daughter, this year’s BC Spotlight Gala Film. Starring John Cassini, Teagan Vincze, and a host of Vancouver talent, Daughter tells the story of Jim (Cassini) as he finds solace in the wake of a personal tragedy in the companionship of Nikki (Vincze), a younger escort, casting her as someone who was unjustly taken from him. 

List of Winners


Sea to Sky Award Presented by TELUS
$20,000 cash prize. This award recognizes the outstanding work of one female key creative on a BC-produced feature or short.
Jury: Daniel Doheny, Ben Popp, Sanja Živković

  • Winner: Ying Wang for The World Is Bright 

Best BC Film Award Presented by Creative BC and Encore by Deluxe
$10,000 from Creative BC and $15,000 in post-production services credit supplied by Encore by Deluxe.
Jury: Daniel Doheny, Ben Popp, Sanja Živković

  • Winner: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn

BC Emerging Filmmaker Award Presented by UBCP/ACTRA, AFBS & William F. White International Inc.
$7,500 cash prize sponsored by UBCP/ACTRA and ACTRA Fraternal Benefits Society, plus a $10,000 equipment credit supplied by William F. White International Inc.
Jury: Daniel Doheny, Ben Popp, Sanja Živković

  • Winner: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers for The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open


Best Canadian Film Award
$15,000 award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada.
Jury: Jason James, Katherine Jerkovic, Loretta Todd

  • Winner: One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk by Zacharias Kunuk
  • Special Mention: Blood Quantum by Jeff Barnaby

Emerging Canadian Director Award
$3,000 award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada.
Jury: Sue Biely, Chris Ferguson, Connor Gaston

  • Winner: Heather Young for Murmur
  • Special Mention: Myriam Verreault for Kuessipan

Best Canadian Documentary Award
$15,000 prize presented by the Rogers Group of Funds.
Jury: Bojan Bodružić, Doreen Manuel, Andrea Warner

  • Winner: Jordan River Anderson, the Messenger by Alanis Obomsawin
  • Special Mention: My Dads, My Moms and Me by Julia Ivanova

Best Canadian Short Film Award
$15,000 in colour grading and/or VFX services credit supplied by Side Street Post, and $2,000 presented by VIFF.
Jury: Lawrence Garcia, Shaun Inouye, Sophie Jarvis 

  • Winner: At the Bottom of the Sea by Caroline So Jung Lee
  • Special Mention: The Physics of Sorrow by Theodore Ushev

Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award
$2,000 and a Roundtrip Flight anywhere Delta Air Lines flies. Presented by Gary Harvey and Delta Air Lines.
Jury: Lawrence Garcia, Shaun Inouye, Sophie Jarvis 

  • Winner: Guillaume Fournier, Samuel Matteau and Yannick Nolin for Acadiana
  • Special Mention: Jessica Johnson, Ryan Ermacora for Labour/Leisure

Follow VIFF on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more information about the festival, its events, special guests, and films. I also recommend following The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for information about upcoming encore screenings.

Share Your Coach for a Day Pep Talk and You Could be Going to the Grey Cup

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belairdirect is known for making insurance simplified, and now they’re making #FootballSimplified – especially for super fans who want to go to the Grey Cup! You could win an all-inclusive trip through belairdirect’s Coach for a Day contest. Submit your best pep talk and have the chance to see what it’s like to be a CFL coach for a day.

Coach for the Day Pep Talk Video

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The fan with the winning video will receive an all-inclusive trip for two to the Grey Cup in Calgary, with transportation, accommodation, and more! Additionally, the winner’s ‘Coach for a Day’ video submission will be featured on the big screen during the game.

There is only one entry per person for the belairdirect contest so make sure you get your pep talk down and straight to the point! Let your team know you’re behind them all the way.

belairdirect is a Canadian insurance provider with more than 60 years of experience offering comprehensive home and auto insurance solutions to Canadians. On top of being the Official Insurer of the CFL, belairdirect proudly sponsors three of the league’s teams: Montreal Alouettes, Edmonton Eskimos and BC Lions.

Win Tickets to a BC Lions Game

To promote belairdirect’s Coach for a Day contest, I have my own giveaway just for BC Lions fans! I have 2 pairs of BC Lions tickets to give away for the game on Friday, October 18, 2019 vs the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Here’s how you can enter to win my contest:

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I will draw one winner at random from all blog/Twitter entries, and another at random from Instagram on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 5:00pm.

You can submit your Coach for a Day video to belairdirect’s site (which also has their full contest details listed) until November 3, 2019. Follow belairdirect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more info and inspiration.

UPDATE The winners are @rkdhil on Instagram and Mike!

Hope in Shadows: Low-Income Photographers Share Stories Through Their Own Lens

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It’s become a tradition in Vancouver towards the end of the year: The leaves start to fall, Halloween costumes are being planned, and the holidays are right around the corner, and I get to purchase my Hope in Shadows calendars from my local vendor.

Hope in Shadows Cover 2019
The winning cover photo by Arden Gillespie

Hope in Shadows: Low-income Photographers Share Stories through Their Own Lens

Hope in Shadows is a photography project that shares the stories of homeless and low-income people through their own lens, and in its 17-year history, it has put more than one million dollars directly into the pockets of people experiencing poverty in BC. In an award ceremony in the Downtown Eastside this morning, Hope in Shadows launched what’s expected to be another busy season of street vendor sales for the iconic community project and calendar.

The calendar challenges stigma around homelessness and poverty by making space for people to share their own stories through photography. Street vendors who sell the calendar – all people impacted by poverty – take the photographs in a 5-day contest each spring using single-use disposable film cameras.

This year, vendors were asked to capture images on the theme of “Belonging”. After narrowing down roughly 1,500 photographs to a Top 30, a community jury and public vote selected 13 photos to make up the 2020 calendar.

Hope in Shadows 2020 Group Pic

The 2020 Cover Photo

The winning photo and cover of the 2020 calendar was taken by vendor Arden Gillespie (Kispiox). Called “ Best Friends,” it’s a portrait of a couple, Jeremiah Kitch Kessic (Lakota, Sioux and Cree) and Auntie M (Coast Salish) outside of the Savoy Pub on East Hastings. 

Photographers are involved further in the calendar’s creation, with each photographer and anyone captured in a photograph invited to share the story behind the image. It’s an important avenue for self-expression for those whose voices are often silenced and ignored.

Hope in Shadows is a project of Megaphone magazine, a non-profit that offers meaningful work to people experiencing poverty and homelessness.

People with low-income work as vendors, selling the monthly Megaphone magazine and annual Hope in Shadows calendar on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria to make community connections and earn income. Vendors buy each calendar for $10 and sell it to customers for $20. They keep the profits. It’s flexible work for people who may have barriers to traditional employment.

Megaphone Magazine Big Sell
Janet let me partner with her for the day to sell Megaphone magazines

A few years ago I got to partner up with a Megaphone vendor and sell copies of the magazine in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Janet had an incredible story and it was an honour to tag along with her for the day.

As of today, Megaphone street vendors in Vancouver will sell the calendar as long as supply is available. Customers can find and pay vendors directly with their smartphone using the Megaphone App, available for free download from the iTunes and Google Play stores, or find where vendors usually sell by looking at the map online. Follow Megaphone on Twitter and Facebook for more info.