INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

Celebrities and stars on TV and in concerts are in our daily lives but did you know that many famous musicians and actors are from Canada? Check out some of the legends who were born in the Great White North:

Avril Lavigne, the skater-punk girl with black cloth and a tie, became famous almost overnight with her song “Complicated”. She is from Ontario, as is Shania Twain. This country superstar is known for songs like “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” or “That Don’t Impress Me Much”, remember? Another Ontario-produced celebrity is Bryan Adams. This world superstar is from Kingston, Ontario and has been a singer, songwriter, photographer and much more since the 1980s. We all sing along when his song “Summer of 69” is on in the club at least once a weekend. From Toronto, Ontario is the rock legend Neil Young, who is the idol of many starts. He played in bands and solo and his most famous song is probably “Heart of Gold”.

Then there is Nelly Furtado who is from Victoria, BC. The rock/folk singer-songwriter sang in a duet with Bryan Adams at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. And of course there is Celine Dion from Quebec. We know her for many cheesy songs and the Titanic hymn “My heart will go on”! Did you know that the director of “Titanic” is from Canada as well? The Ontario born film legend James Cameron made movies like “True Lies”, “The Terminator”, “Aliens”, “Titanic” and “Avatar”.

In film, one of the Canadian superstars is Pamela Anderson. Apparently, she was not born on the beach in the red bathing suit but is from Ladysmith, British Columbia. The next one is a real Canadian: Keanu Reeves we all know from The Matrix. He was born in Lebanon to an English mother and a Hawaiian-born American father. The family moved around the world and ended up in Toronto. Jim Carrey is of course a famous Canadian with a dual Canadian and American citizenship! He is an actor and comedian known for many many different movies like “The Mask”, “The Truman Show”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” or “Bruce Almighty”.

Oh, and of course, Justin Bieber. No explanation needed.

Did I forget a very important Canadian? Let me know.

Cheers,

Xenia

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Free VIP Access to Vancouver Fashion Week

That could be YOU in the front row!!!

For one day, you get to participate in a glamorous event fit for a celebrity.

Vancouver Fashion Week is in town, and at this Wednesday’s pub night, October 27, 2010, you get the chance to get your hands to the golden ticket!

That will be the key inside one of vancouver’s most cherished event in the fashion industry.

You may pose for the many flashing lights from the paparazzi trying to catch a glimpse of well-known designers, models, and celebrities.

Imagine…

I (Tracy), will be your own personal escort. We will get ready in a true documentary format.  What does that mean?

Our whole process—from getting ready to leaving the event—will be captured on film.  There will be snapshots of us putting on make-up, dressing up, posing for the camera, walking the runway to the main event, sitting in the fashion show, sharing bubbles with celebrities (or celebrity look-alikes), and running back in time before our carriage turns back into a pumpkin.

We will truly prim and accessorize as if we are going on Vogue.  How many times in your life can you play pretend to an actual Fashion Week event?

The ticket is worth $75!

It includes a whole DAY PASS to all shows within that day AND the after party!

FIRST, get your hands on THIS:

THIS is the golden ticket!!!

You get this ticket at this week’s HALLOWEEN PUB NIGHT!!!

INTERNeX International Exchange

Suite 200-211 Columbia Street

Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-

Web: http://www.internexcanada.com

Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

Email: pr@internexcanada.com

CHEERIOS,

Tracy

*Please note that only an INTERNeX candidate can win the price.

Vancouver Fashion Week

We all hear about the extravagant fashion weeks in New York and Paris, and we all dream of attending one of those! 

But dream no more, we have one in our very own backyard.  Only it doesn’t take place in a backyard, but in Vancouver’s prestigious Empire Landmark Hotel located in central downtown on Robson Street.

  

What is Vancouver Fashion Week?

The excitement as the countdown to Vancouver Fashion Week is contagious throughout Vancouver to all areas of British Columbia.  At the event, you can get a glimpse into the glamorous life of celebrities, industry professionals, and even some of your favorite designers!

In Vancouver, our “coolness” factor is significantly increased if we boast of a ticket to Vancouver Fashion Week.

Want to increase your “cool” factor?

 At one of our upcoming pub night events, we will have ONE FREE ticket to Vancouver Fashion Week!

Please note that you need to be OVER nineteen years old to be eligible for the ticket due to the fact that there will be alcohol served at the event.

 

Cheers,

TRACY

The Laugh Shop, Calgary

Looking for something to do? The Laugh Shop is Calgary’s one-stop hub for laugh-out-loud hilarity. It features the finest and funniest in live stand-up comedy — no joke. They also have an ever changing roster of national touring comedians, local favourites, and we’ve hosted numerous international celebrities too. The Laugh Shop is a great night out! They offer a cafe-style menu of appetizers, sandwiches, desserts, and a full bar.

Interested?

Shows & Tickets

Thursday – 8 p.m. $10

Friday – 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. $15

Saturday – 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. | $15.00

The Laugh Shop Calgary
The Blackfoot Inn
5940 Blackfoot Trail SE
Calgary, AB T2H 2B5

– Laura

Last Night’s INTERNeX PuB NiGHT

Last night was a great time at the Calling! A bunch of us met up around 7 p.m. for Trivia night, a weekly event they host. The bar was packed and everyone got into groups to participate in the trivia game.

They asked a variety of questions, including general knowledge, music trivia and television trivia. We had fun trying to answer the questions but there were some other groups that clearly ate their wheaties that morning. If you’re looking for a fun night then Wednesday’s at the Calling isn’t a bad place to try out!  You can win free pitchers of beer and other prizes for winning trivia rounds with your group.

Around 11 p.m. we headed over to English Bay and had fun at the beach, the temperature was pretty mild last night! I had a great time meeting new people and I’m look forward to seeing everyone out again in 2 weeks!

It was a little busy last night, so I think on May 26th we’re going to try out a different bar, maybe even a club! Stay tuned for more details on that! Check out some of the pictures from last night!

Cheers,

Laura

Tiger Woods Party!!

So as i have previously mentioned i’m doing some promo work for the cellar. This pub/club is located at 1006 Granville Street and is one of the new places to be for the summer! Boasting some of the craziest most unique parties ever, like their recent hit the Jersey Shore party and their upcoming Tiger Woods party, the cellar will never disappoint.

Next week, May 19th 2010, the cellar presents…

TIGER WOODS PARTY
taking “just do it”…just a little too far

You may know him as that sleezey dude who hangs out in bars sending filthy text messages… but believe it or not, he also plays golf.

So as part of our “celebrities who make poor decisions” program, we’ve decided to throw a massive party in honour of this World Famous Swinger!

Come dressed as…
A golf pro, a cocktail waitress, or an angry ex-wife… for your chance to win A TRIP TO VEGAS!!! And the GREEN JACKET

This party is the event of the month, so don’t miss out people! I have tickets for just 5 BUCKS!!! If you purchase these tickets beforehand you will have the security of NO LINE, NO COVER & A FREE DRINK!!! These tickets are going fast so email us at pr@internexcanada.com for tickets!

Shinya a.k.a MAX

So last week when I was trying to figure out our next potential candidate for the “expose” post, I was wracking my brain trying to find someone that could truly give us a glimpse into the “INTERNeX experience”. Little did I know but I had this person right in the office with me sitting across the room. Can you guess who it is? It’s Shinya! This once shy Japanese boy came to Canada and managed to see more places and do more things in one year then I’ve done in the past nine years that I’ve lived here. So yeah since he did just about everything that was possible and participated in every one of our programs he is the perfect candidate!

What is your name?
My name is Shinya but my “Canadian” name is Max

Where are you originally from?
Kobe, Japan

Why did you choose Canada as the location of your placement?
Well I’d been to Australia and New Zealand so Canada just seemed like the next stop for me

How did you find about INTERNeX International Exchange?
I found about it through the Japanese Embassy

Which program(s) did you participate in throughout your stay in Canada?
Well I actually participated in all three of the programs offered by INTERNeX

haha O.k. well let’s take this one program at a time then…What was the first program that you enrolled in?
Initially I started off with the hospitality program because I thought that this would be the best opportunity to improve my English skills and truly immerse myself into the Canadian culture. I was placed in Lake Louise, Alberta and for the first month I was a Dishwasher then when the second month came around I continued to do Dishwashing but in addition to this I was both a server and a clerk in the resort gift shop. After a total of 3 1/2 months working at the resort I moved back to Vancouver and applied for the PR/Communications internship offered by INTERNeX at their Vancouver office. The reason why I chose to taken on this position was because I thought that this would be able to take my experience to the next level and be that final step towards breaking me out of my shell. I was an intern at the office for 5 months but due to the fact that the internship was unpaid I had to find another means of gaining an income so I could continue to stay in Canada. Thankfully INTERNeX was gracious enough to set me up with a coffee shop located just a few blocks away from the office in Gastown. It was at this location that I worked as a Barista for 4 months. Then during the 2009 Christmas Break I decided since I’d already done the other two programs why not do it all…so i enrolled in the Ranchstay program. For two weeks I was placed on a mixed farm in Montana where I had many “firsts”. For the first time in my life I rode horses, fed cows, herded buffalo and took care of numerous farm animals. This was definitely something that will stay with me forever. And last but not least, most of you know that Vancouver was the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics so before I returned home I thought what better way to end my trip then to try and get a job in the Olympics…so that’s what I did. I hired on as a member of the event service staff who were responsible for assisting media personnel and essentially acting as security by ensuring that everyone had the correct accreditation in order to gain entrance into the media tent. Throughout the few weeks that I worked there I met a considerable amount of athletes/celebrities. Some of the most memorable ones are Aiko Uemura, the Japanese Mogul Skier, Russian Figure Skating silver medalist, Evgeni Plushenko, Gold Figure Skating Couple, Tesse Virtue & Scott Moir, and last but not least BC Premier, Gordon Campbell

What was one of your most memorable moments of your entire stay?
I would have to say it was throughout my entire hospitality placement. It was such an entirely new and scary experience for me. For the first time in my life I was living all by myself in a foreign country where I knew no one. At first it was really hard but the staff that I worked with soon enough became my family and all my previous fears were completely gone!

If you to choose one program that you would recommend, which one would it be and why?
The internship program because it really helped me to grow on both a personal and professional level. Even though it is not a paid position the benefits that you reap are invaluable and it truly helped me to make lifelong connections with people from all over the world. Every day I was exposed to something new and I cannot even begin to explain how this has made me who I am today

What are some of the skills that you gained from your internship placement?
Good customer service skills, communication skills both intra and inter personal, building trust and numerous web site building skills

What one place/event/festival would you encourage people to check out?
Definitely Stanley Park. This amazing park, less than a mile from downtown Vancouver, is one of the city’s main tourist attractions and offers over 1,000 acres of an evergreen oasis. The park is full of wildlife and sometimes there is just nothing better then just to relax and take in the natural surroundings…it truly made me forget at times that i was still in the city

So what are you planning on doing once you return home to Kobe?
First i am planning on going back to University and to continue on with my environmental studies and I am also working on maintaining my connection with INTERNeX by recruiting Japanese University Students for the Ranchstay program. So it’s not really over yet…

If you have any more questions or queries about our programs please do not hesitate to contact us at the office:

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: info@internexcanada.com