Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 — 3:12pm PDT
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Fresh as a Daisy Films proudly presents the Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival (“VHS”). The VHS will bring creators, diverse audiences, and the horror industry together for the inaugural short film festival.

Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival

Where: Cinematheque Theatre (1131 Howe St, Vancouver)
When: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 walk the blood red carpet at 6:30pm
Tickets: Available online now for $18.50

Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival

Walk the red carpet, meet the filmmakers, enjoy STORM beer and / or wine available for purchase. The VHS will consist of two blocks of short films curated by the programming team with one intermission. The 12 official selections for VHS 2018 are an international ensemble of horror cinema that explores every corner of the genre.

VHS 2018 Lineup:
Blood Oranges ­Steve Flavin (USA)
Bride Of Frankie ­Devi Snively (USA)
Day 34 ­Jesse Lupini ­(Canada)
The Desecrated ­John Gray (USA)
El Gigante ­Gigi Saul Guerero ­(Canada)
The Last Resort ­Stephanie Blakey (UK)
Marian ­Brian Patrick Lim ­(Philippines)
Mr. Machine ­Jeff Wish (USA)
Nosferatu Rising ­Sean Genders & Jason Baird ­(Australia)
Relivation ­Wim Bax & Wouter Springer ­(Netherlands)
Where’s Violet? ­Arthur Edelman & Nathan Lebedoff ­(Canada)
The Whistler ­Jennifer Nicole Stang ­(Canada)

All official selections will be automatically nominated for ‘Best Film.’ All other award categories have five nominees as chosen by the programming team. The VHS Short But Sweet Audience Award will be chosen live at the event. Those in attendance will be asked to vote for their favourite film of the night. Award Winners will be announced LIVE at The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival.

Fresh as a Daisy Films, formed in 2016 by Lloyd Darling and Connor J. Campbell, is a Vancouver-based production company specializing in short films that explore the fragility of the human condition, and the consequences of neglecting the things we require to truly be alive. The company has an interest in dark drama, thrillers and horror.

They aim to produce a cultural event for the city of Vancouver, specifically for those who share their love of the macabre and are fascinated by what terrifies us as well as what unites us. The goal is to celebrate the power of storytelling and provide a platform for emerging talent in the world of independent filmmaking.

Follow the Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram #VHS2018 for more information.

Local History: King George Boulevard

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 — 12:56pm PDT
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On this day in 1940, the Peace Arch Highway was renamed the King George VI Highway. Attending the ceremony was Premier Duff Pattullo and Elmer Johnston, president of both the BC Automobile Association and the Vancouver Tourist Association, along with Surrey Reeve J.V. Leyland.

“Scores of cars,” the Province reported, “lined the highway on both sides of the Peace Arch to witness the colourful opening ceremony.” [Source: Vancouver History]

Local History: King George Boulevard

In 2009, it was renamed King George Boulevard. Running from the Fraser River to the USA border. Here’s a quick look at the highway/boulevard over the years:

Whalley's Corner

Whalley’s Corner at Grosvenor Road 1931
Vancouver Archives #CVA 20-13

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The Gumboot Kids in North Vancouver and Vancouver: Win Tickets

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 — 11:00am PDT
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The hit CBC Kids’ series The Gumboot Kids is coming to North Vancouver and Vancouver. Families are invited to join singer-songwriter Jessie Farrell as she sings songs from the groundbreaking series.

The Gumboot Kids in North Vancouver and Vancouver
The Gumboot Kids, Jessie Farrell. Photo by Anick Violette

Fans will have an opportunity to meet and mingle with Jessie, Scout, Daisy and other special guests from CBC Kids, including Daniel Tiger and True from True and the Rainbow Kingdom. All three seasons of The Gumboot Kids are available for streaming on the CBC TV app and online.

The Gumboot Kids

October 20, 27, 28 in North Saanich, Vancouver (sold out), and North Vancouver:

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2:00pm
Where: Highlands Elementary, North Vancouver
Tickets: Available online now for $20 for adults, $15 for kids and children under three are free. Discounted family packs and group rates are also available.

When: Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4:30pm
Where: West Point Grey Community Hall, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online now for $20 for adults, $15 for kids and children under three are free. Discounted family packs and group rates are also available.

Vancouver-created television series Scout & The Gumboot Kids (along with spinoff shows Daisy & The Gumboot Kids and Jessie & The Gumboot Kids) has been winning the hearts of children across Canada with its lovable characters, gentle tone and emphasis on nature play and mindfulness. The series is also earning accolades around the world including honours from the prestigious Munich Prix Jeunesse Award, NHK Japan Prize and The Parents Choice Award. The Gumboot Kids is endorsed by both the David Suzuki Foundation and the UCLA Global Media Centre for Social Impact.

The songs from The Gumboot Kids soundtrack are written, co-produced and performed by North Saanich-based artist Jessie Farrell. Having established herself as Canada’s country music sweetheart—winning top honours from the Canadian Country Music Association, touring and writing with the biggest acts in country music, and building a loyal and loving fanbase from coast to coast—Jessie pivoted to children’s and family music in 2011 after her first child was born. She has since released three family albums featuring music from The Gumboot Kids, including the Western Canadian Music Award-nominated album, Sparkle & Shine.

Win Tickets

I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away to the North Vancouver show. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at 9:00am on Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Follow The Gumboot Kids on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information about the program and touring show.

Vancouver Podcast Festival

Monday, October 15th, 2018 — 4:34pm PDT
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A new festival dedicated to highlighting the power of podcasting as a non-fiction medium will present an array of public and industry events from November 8-10, 2018. Vancouver Podcast Festival, presented by DOXA features three days of panels, hands-on workshops, and live podcast presentations and tapings to celebrate one of the world’s fastest-growing mediums.

Vancouver Podcast Festival

When: November 8-10, 2018
Tickets: Available now online
Where: Rio Theatre, CBC Vancouver, The Post @ 750, Secret Location, and the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch.

Vancouver Podcast Festival

The theme of the festival is “True Crime and Justice,” and will feature internationally acclaimed shows, including You Must Remember This, hailed as “addictive” by The Guardian and “essential” by Vanity Fair. Other exciting talents include the award-winning Someone Knows Something and Peabody winner In The Dark, shows that take justice into their own hands and cause real change, overturning cases, uncovering killers and exposing flaws in our legal systems. At the Vancouver Podcast Festival, these journalists will reveal how they make and share their groundbreaking work.

Free Events

There will be over a dozen free festival events at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch.

Evening Events

Evening events, including live episodes, on-stage interviews, and more at The Rio Theatre, will feature hosts and producers from popular podcasts such as:

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VIFF Award Winners 2018

Monday, October 15th, 2018 — 1:53pm PDT
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The 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) has wrapped for another year with sold out screenings, audience favourites, world premieres, and whole lot of effort from VIFF’s awesome squad of volunteers. A feature of the closing gala last Friday was the distribution of this year’s awards. Here are some of the winners:

VIFF Award Winners 2018

VIFF Awards 2018 Peoples Choice

Super Channel People’s Choice Award 2018
Winner Finding Big Country (Dir. Kathleen Jayme)

Sea to Sky Award
Winner: Meredith Hama-Brown (Broken Bunny)
Special Mention: Robin Hays (Anthem of a Teenage Prophet)

Best BC Film Award
Winner: Edge of the Knife (Dirs. Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown)

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Women’s Collective Hosts a Fireside Chat with Jill Earthy

Monday, October 15th, 2018 — 11:21am PDT
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Women’s Collective is a series of inspirational Fireside Chats, the first of which will take place on October 30th with Jill Earthy, Head of Growth at Female Funders in conversation with Lien Yeung of CBC. The Fireside Chats are a new series of volunteer driven, inclusive community events, with proceeds going to women’s charities in the Lower Mainland.


Founded by Maninder Dhaliwal, President & CEO Lions Gate International, the focus of the event series is real career and life advice for women from real people.

“Our speakers are successful and accomplished females who’ve lived the advice they are offering, and men who have earned the right to be on our stage by being champions of diversity and inclusion, and having a track record of supporting, and mentoring women.”

Fireside Chat with Jill Earthy

Best Advice I Ever Got: Life and Career Lessons
Where: Launch Academy (300-128 W Hastings, Vancouver)
When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 76:00pm to 7:30pm
Tickets: Available online now for $25

Jill Earthy is the Head of Growth for Female Funders and Founders (powered by Highine BETA). She was formerly the Chief Growth Officer of FrontFundr. She is a community leader and active mentor, currently serving on the Board of Governors for Simon Fraser University (SFU), and as Board Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Centre in BC. She is Co-Founder of the WEB Alliance, a collective of over 25 Women’s Business networks in BC and Co-Chairs the annual We for She Conference in Vancouver supporting the economic advancement of women.

Jill is well recognized for her contributions to the community and has won numerous awards including most recently the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion award as a Community Champion and the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Wendy McDonald award as a Community Catalyst.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to this inaugural Women’s Collective event. 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 Friday, October 26, 2018. Follow Women’s Collective on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram #wmncollective #sheforshe for more information about upcoming shows.

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