Summer Time is the Best Time!

I just absolutely love summertime. Fresh, cool air breezes through the city and brings with it the aroma of sizzling meat on the barbecue. In Vancouver, the groups of people clustered on Robson Street signal the latest in-store sales and product promotions. In Toronto, the  GO trains become packed with Blue Jays fans waiting to see Ricky Romero wind up on the pitcher’s mound. Ahhh, summer.

This past Saturday was a great summer day for myself and some friends. If you live in Vancouver and were anywhere near Gastown this past weekend, you know that the Vancouver International Jazz Festival was on. As we strolled down Water Street, the atmosphere surrounding us was uplifting. Magicians and jugglers lined the streets, welcoming any and all spectators. Nearby pubs were packed with jazz fans yearning for a pint. Lemonade stands and corn on the cob stations offered food to satisfy anyone’s taste buds and two different stages hosted the smooth, rhythmic beats of Jazz.

Looking around, I couldn’t help but really feel a part of something that day. People lucky enough to live in Gastown hung out their windows, watching the live performances from the comfort of their own home. The crowds watching the shows were both young and old, tourists and Vancouverites alike – all coming to enjoy the same genre of music. It was a great day!

If you didn’t get the chance to go out this past weekend – shame on you…buuuutt don’t worry. The Jazz festival will continue until July 4, 2010.  For more information on show times and locations, visit the website.

You Could Participate in a 1,000 Person Dance for Canada Day!

After a surge of national pride demonstrated during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, an enthusiastic Langley business woman, Maria Martini, was inspired to keep the pride alive. Joining forces with Associate Director of Choreography for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games’ Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Marlise McCormick, and award-winning song-writers Bob Buckley and Brian Gibson, plans were set in motion to create a Canada Day Celebration like never before seen in the country.

Enthusiasts, athletes, dancers and energetic performers (16 years old and up) are invited to perform a 1000-person Flash Mob Dance to a new and unique Canadian song. Imagine, one thousand participants coming together for a choreographed dance!

So what have you done since coming to Canada? Now’s your  chance to take part in a truly historical moment. Go home with an amazing experience to tell your family and friends! This could be you! Registration is now open at http://www.keepthepridealive.ca – participate in this 1,000 person mob dance!

A bilingual song, entitled “Keep the Pride Alive” and in French, “Une Fierté à Conserver,” was recorded by twenty-eight musicians. This new hit single will be performed by six of BC’s best vocalists, including Langley’s own superstar, eleven year old Cole Armour. This musical celebration will truly touch the hearts and minds of Canadians, reigniting the euphoria of national pride. This amazing song was recently recorded and is primed for dance rehearsals, starting in late June. The time has come to sign-up a thousand people to perform the flash mob dance.

With an impressive team, who were involved in the creation and production of the Olympic Ceremonies, this Canada Day Celebration is destined to make an historic imprint on the hearts and minds of Canadians. Event Producer Maria Martini says, “My greatest desire is that Canadians will rekindle the euphoric national pride we all felt during the Olympics, and keep the pride alive.”

(deadline: June 20, 2010)

This production will be featured at the Langley Canada Day Celebrations.

DETAILS:

• THREE PERFORMANCES: (1) June 30 at 9:00 pm (2) July 1 at 3:00 pm (3) July 1 at 9:00 pm

• REGISTER FOR THE FLASH MOB DANCE: http://www.keepthepridealive.ca BEFORE June 20, 2010

• LOCATION: McLeod Park on the corner of 56 Avenue and 216 Street, Langley, BC

• FREE to participate and attend

FOR MORE INFORMATION

• Follow them on Facebook: Keep the Pride Alive

• Download a PDF of the Event Flyer at: http://www.keepthepridealive.ca

• Learn more about Langley Canada Day Celebrations at: http://www.langleycanadaday.ca

Calgary International Beer Fest!

Are you in Calgary or looking to travel there soon? You might just have to check out the Calgary International Beer Fest. Happening May 28th and May 29th, there’s so much to enjoy!

  • Arrive early because the first 4,000 attendees through the doors each day receive an official BeerFest sample mug!
  • Once inside, you can purchase sample tokens to enjoy 100s of beers from down the block to around the world, delicious food from some of Calgary’s most delicious eateries, plus a sample of coolers & ciders
  • Talk with beer experts as they educate you about their products
  • Sit back and soak in the live music from some of Calgary’s top local performers
  • Lots of great prizes to be won
  • Get passes to after parties from some of Calgary’s hottest destinations
  • Enjoy watching NHL playoffs, or play Wii games on the largest indoor screen in Calgary
  • A variety of interactive entertainment & games adds to the excitement
  • Once you’ve sampled – Vote for your favourite Beer & help your favourite win the People’s Choice Award
  • The Show Map & Program will help you navigate your way as well as keep track of all your favourite beers to buy later

This amazing two day sampling event runs:

Friday, May 28th, 4 – 10pm open to public, and Saturday, May 29th, 2 – 3 Industry Only, & 3 – 10pm open to public.

For ticket information visit this website.

Make sure to get over there and taste what the world has to offer – BEER!

Cheers!

Laura

Made in Vancouver Street Festival 2010

The Yaletown Business Improvement Association has created this festival that will be running from February 13th until the 27th 2010, showcasing all that the Yaletown community has to offer. This event will be featuring three live entertainment stages, hundreds of performers, a fashion stage and the After Dark Parade presented by Coca-Cola. This street festival is actually looking for volunteers to help out with the parade barricade, street barricade, block captains, event photographers and people to man the volunteer headquarters team. This is a great opportunity to be a part of this celebration so if you are interested in applying for one of these positions the registration link is on the YIBA site or you can connect to the direct link.