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Vancouver Aquarium Features Luminesence Nov. 24th-Jan 2nd

7 Dec

I was lucky enough to be invited to a preview of Luminesence at the Vancouver Aquarium a couple of weeks ago to see the amazing Jelly Swarm! As part of Luminescence- a celebration of aquatic light, the Vancouver Aquarium commissioned Tangible Intervention and origami artist Joseph Wu to create and art installation that would awe our visitors. They created Jelly Swarm, a masterpiece of over 100 origami jellies with LED lights covering the entire ceiling of the entrance gallery.

This installation took three months of detailed planning, plus 15 hours of overnight install shifts! The software for the lights and the complex structure that the jellies hang from are all completely unique and bespoke and made entirely for the Aquarium.

Take a look:

Check out this amazing video of the making of Jelly Swarm

We also got to experience their awesome 4D theatre! Without revealing too much we got to wear awesome 3d glasses and were sprayed with SNOW! It was amazing!

They also featured two electric eels who were lighting up a Christmas tree!

Of course I had to get in on the action.

Luminesence – A celebration of aquatic light is on from November 24th to January 2nd

From the Vancouver Aquarium website

“Looking for new and unique ways to enjoy the festive season this year? Then visit Luminescence and discover how animals create and reflect light through special exhibits and shows.

Visit the Aquarium’s traditional holiday tree, powered by the help of two electric eels! These amazing animals are one of only a few species in the world that can discharge a huge jolt of electricity. See the eels in action at one of the daily shows and witness a dazzling display of light each time the eels feed.

You can then immerse yourself in Jelly Swarm, a unique light installation created by Tangible Intervention in collaboration with origami artist, Joseph Wu. Over a hundred jellies with LED lights will fill the entire ceiling of a gallery. Control the lighting yourself at the touch of a button and create beautiful patterns of light throughout the amazing swarm hanging above you. Then take part in glow in the dark arts and crafts activities or make your very own origami jelly decoration to take home with you.”

It was awesome to walk around the aquarium and see some of the other animals too!

The whole experience was awesome! Who doesn’t love the aquarium? Make sure to check this show out over your Christmas holidays!

For more details visit their website

The 2011 Aritzia Warehouse Sale is coming September 1st

23 Aug

Aritzia is having their annual sale from September 1 to 5, 2011 at  142 Water Street in Gastown.

HOURS:

Thursday Sept 1st: 8am to 8pm
Friday Sept 2nd: 8am to 8pm
Saturday Sept 3rd: 9am to 6pm
Sunday Sept 4th: 10am to 6pm
Monday Sept 5th: 10am to 6pm

will you be there?!

Secret Locals Illuminated By “Green Lantern” Symbol

11 Jun

In celebration of the June 17th theatrical release and big-screen debut of “Green Lantern,” Warner Bros. Pictures will electrify 11 North American cities including Vancouver on Monday, June 13, encouraging people to Join the (Green Lantern) Corps.

To Join the Corps, fans will be invited to decipher local clues leading them to a secret location where the “Green Lantern” symbol will be projected from dusk until midnight. Those attending the events, sponsored by Kodak, will have the chance to win fantastic prizes, including an opportunity to be among the first to see the film at local preview screenings, limited edition T-shirts, light-up “Green Lantern” rings, “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” Blu-ray combo packs and more. And some people who are photographed with the projected symbol behind them will have their photos posted on the movie Facebook page

Watch closely as the clues will be revealed by the following media people/companies/stores etc.:

The Beat 94.5 FM (thebeat.com), CityTV, Fairchild Radio, Thick Magazine, Miss 604, Chapters Indigo on Robson Street, New Balance and Subway. Local comic book stores include: Book and Comic Emporium, Golden Age, Four Aces Comics, Imperial Hobbies, Gray Haven Hobbies, Tazmanian Comic Connection, Lucky’s Cards Music Comics, Rx Comics, The Comicshop, Metropolis Comics & Toys, Central City Comix Co, Hourglass Comics, Big Pete’s Sportscards,

Each will disclose one clue each day (for the week of Monday, June 6 until Friday, June 13) to help fans identify the “Green Lantern” symbol’s secret location. The first 17 fans to uncover the secret location and get their photo taken with the symbol at the location will receive passes to the advance screening, two days before the film’s nationwide theatrical release, plus other fantastic prizes.

“Green Lantern” opens in theaters nationwide in 3D and 2D on Friday, June 17, 2011
www.greenlantern.com

Check out the Trailer

Pink Elephant Thai Brings the Heat

9 Jun

I was lucky enough to attend a really fun evening at Pink Elephant Thai on Alberni St. in Downtown Vancouver. Pink Elephant Thai is the latest location for restauranteur, Desmond Chen who also owns Charm Modern Thai in Yaletown, Thai House in Yaletown, Urban Thai in Yaletown and Thai House on Robson St. to name a few.

Pink Elephant Thai is very very PINK! Men, don’t let it fool you! Although the decor is very feminine the food is most certainly not. Filled with non stop punch, heat and flavour everything I tasted was incredible.

We started the evening off with some appetizers. They graciously made me some crispy tofu! It was really fabulous! The silken tofu in the center was surrounded by a light crispy batter that exploded with a salty flavour that went perfectly with the spicy chili sauce that it was served with. I would get this again for sure.

The non vegetarians had some gorgeous Spicy Butterfly Butter Jumbo Tiger Prawns. These looked amazing and apparently tasted that way too.

Next up was the floating market and lettuce wraps. I didn’t get to taste the lettuce wraps as they were made with free range ostrich and oyster, but the others were really enjoying them. I had my own personal veggie floating market that was delicious! Who knew you could tempura a single leaf of spinach!

Veg Floating Market

Non veg Floating Market

Double ‘O’ Lettuce wraps

We then moved on to some amazing mains! I was lucky to have a couple of dishes made for me completely vegetarian. The Panang Curry and Pad Thai. The Pad Thai wasn’t as delicious as I had hoped, but the Panang Curry was OUTSTANDING! The spice, the coconut MMM! GET THIS!

Keang Panang Pla

Pad Thai

Some other items I didnt get to try:

Khao Mun Gai
Singapore style chicken with ginger rice

Coconut Curry

My favorite item of the night was the pinky martini! This was amazing!!! Pinky vodka is infused with Rose and then they mix it with cranberry juice and leche juice. Its really a great flavour. I am not a martini girl but I loved this!

It was great seeing some old friends and making some new ones!

Melody Fury, me and Dennis Pang

Mijune & Sherman

Owner Desmond Chen and Dennis Pang

They have these HUGE Singha Beer towers. I think they hold about 7-9 beers? Great for a big party or watching the game!

The Gorgeous chef, and this lovely man whose name escapes me. He has the most precious dog!

we ran in to Adrian Eden and Lindsay Blunt! It was his birthday! PINK CHAMPAGNE!

Thank you to Desmond and the amazing staff for a great night, and to Tanis for putting things together!

Check out Pink Elephant Thai (I have been there twice since!)
Address
1152 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1A5
www.pinkelephantthai.com

June Happenings in Vancouver

3 Jun

Summer is here Vancouver! There are going to be A LOT of fun things going on this month and I cannot wait to check some of these things out!

JUNE 3rd
Cliffwalk opens at Capilano Suspension Bridge

The much anticipated Cliffwalk is going to be opening up the first weekend in June. It’s going to be sunny so why not head over to the North Shore and be the first to try this out. Looks scary! But fun!
MORE INFO HERE

JUNE 3rd & 4th
Free Outdoor Movies

It starts again! There are some outdoor movies returning to the city, and it starts in Richmond on the 3rd and 4th of June.

June 3, 2011:
Peter Pan (2003) @ Richmond, BC
Garry Point Park

June 4, 2011:
The Goonies @ Richmond, BC
Garry Point Park
Follow Follow @OutdoorMoviesBC on twitter for more info

JUNE 4th-SEPTEMBER 5th
Birds up Close at the Vancouver Aquarium

Starting this weekend as well, be the first to enjoy this amazing aerial show of some of the most powerful birds. This outdoor show features charismatic and peculiar birds including the bald eagle, Harris’s hawk, peregrine falcon, turkey vulture and gyrfalcon – each with their own impressive abilities.
LEARN MORE HERE

JUNE 5th
Italian Day on Commercial Drive

This aint no Jersey Shore! Enjoy some amazing Italian food, friends and culture at this year’s Italian Day on the Drive!
Sunday 12-8pm
CHECK THE SITE for details

JUNE 8th
Douglas Coupland at the Waldorf

Artist Douglas Coupland hosts an interactive presentation on YouTube at The Waldorf Hotel. If you missed the May event this is your chance!
MORE INFORMATION HERE

JUNE 11th
AndrewPalooza

This charity concert features Behind Sapphire and Bodhi Jones and will be MC`d by the Peak`s Carmen Cruz! All proceeds of this event are going towards ANDREW who needs treatment very badly for his MS. Taking place at the Red Room Ultra Bar on Richards St.
FIND OUT MORE AND GET TICKETS

JUNE 11-12th
Dragon Boat Festival Vancouver

Recognized as North America’s biggest and best, the 23rd annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver will be a true celebration of our diverse and beautiful city, attracting over 100,000 people and close to 180 dragon boat teams from across the Lower Mainland and around the globe.
LEARN MORE HERE

JUNE 13th
Hip Hop Karaoke at Fortune Sound Club

Hip Hop Karaoke (HHK) offers the chance for people to pay homage and respect to their favourite Hip-Hop artists and properly represent their tracks in a ‘karaoke’ style format. While initially an underground event, HHK has proliferated around the world, spawning nights in countless major urban centres and growing a huge rep as the only true spot to throw down a real karaoke track. HHK embraces the raw ‘show n prove’ nature of emceeing, allowing people to kick their favourite jams over proper instrumentals (no thin-ass re-worked typical karaoke beats) on stage with a real sound system and DJ.
MORE INFORMATION HERE

JUNE 15th
#VCAmyBday Come Tweetup with me at Calabash Bistro

I am having a tweetup to celebrate my birthday and to support an amazing charity called Vancouver Street Soccer.
Happening from 6-9pm at Calabash Bistro, there will be door prizes and food and drink specials! FUN!
RSVP & MORE INFO HERE

JUNE 19th (AKA My Birthday!!)
Car Free Day on Commercial Drive, the West End & Main St.
Back again car free day is taking over several neighborhoods in Vancouver. Lots of food, vendors and fun in the sun.
Check carfreeday.org for more details

JUNE 29th
The Refinery’s Cocktail Kitchen with Bartender Simon Ogden
Bartender Simon Ogden graces the Refinery at their weekly Cocktail Kitchen series. Simon is from Veneto in Victoria BC where I had the pleasure of visiting recently and was truly amazed with their gorgeous cocktails and elegant decor.
Cocktail kitchen pairs 3 cocktails with three small plates for just $30. It is a truly amazing experience that must be tried.
MORE INFO AND TICKETS HERE

This is just a taste of what is going on this month! Don’t forget about WICKED and BARD ON THE BEACH
Have a fun June everyone!

Another Vancity Amy Tweetup June 15th & Fundraiser!

30 May

I am about to celebrate my 27th birthday, and wanted to share it with the amazing friends I have made over the last year! What better way than with a tweetup!

Come down to CALABASH BISTRO on WEDNESDAY JUNE 15th from 5-9pm for a birthday Extravaganza and Fundraiser!

We will be raising funds at the door for an amazing organization called Vancouver Street Soccer.


A bit about them:

The Vancouver Street Soccer League uses soccer to inspire and empower. Our league is made up of teams that provide friendship for the homeless, physical fitness for the ill and addicted, direction for at-risk youth, and cultural focus for other unique communities such as inner-city First Nations people. There’s a reason why soccer is known as the ‘beautiful game’ – the beauty is that it can enrich people’s lives. We’re here to get the ball rolling…

The Vancouver Street Soccer League is associated with Street Soccer Canada and the Homeless World Cup.

This year they are trying to send two teams to Paris for the homeless world cup, each team costs $20k-$25k to get there.
Help them send the 1st ever women’s soccer team to represent Canada in the homeless world cup in Paris. 2011!

The night is going to be FUN FUN FUN! Filled with great friends (some old, some new and some you haven’t met yet!) free appetizers (gratiously donated by Calabash Bistro), photo contest prizes, and an amazing CALABASH RUM PUNCH drink special just $6!

There will be music pumping, food and drinks, prizes and more birthday fun! Come help raise some money for this amazing charity and celebrate a great year with me!

I cannot wait to see you all there!!!

Suggested donation is $5 Bring as much or as little as you can afford as every bit helps!

There will be a photo contest for some great prizes happening so make sure to tag everything from the night with the hashtag #VCAmybday

RSVP HERE: http://vancityamybirthdaytweetup.eventbrite.com/

Some great sponsors have donated prizes for Wednesday!

Thank you to:
Bella Gelateria www.bellagelateria.com
Marquis Wine Cellar www.marquis-wines.com
Bonchaz www.facebook.com/bonchaz
Gastown Tattoo www.gastowntattoo.com
Car2Go www.car2go.com
Bombay Brow Bar www.bombaybrowbar.com
Evolve Designs www.evolveinteriordesign.com
Calabash Bistro www.calabashbistro.com

Remember: If there is a game 7, we will play it!!! So come anyhow!

Some of My Favourite Long Weekend Activities

17 May

As you know, the long weekend is coming up and I know for most of us sometimes figuring out what to do is a bit of a challenge. I myself will be heading off to Victoria to see my friends and family and I am planning to do excessive amounts of sleeping and also eating. YIPPEE! Not to mention snuggling with these gigantic muffins

I have my weekend all sorted out, but there are some things happening in Vancouver that I am sad to be missing, or things that I love to do and I am sad I wont get to this long weekend. Here are some of my fav things to do or events that I wish I could attend!

#1 Hip Hop Dance Class at Harbour Dance Centre
Eric Malapad is one of my favourite teachers in Vancouver. He will really bring out the best in you and make you really let go and have fun. If you want to sweat and gain a few new moves, take Eric’s class.
Sunday at 12:30 (intro) or 1:30 (level 1)

#2 Go Watch Bridesmaids Again
Seriously this movie is hilarious. If you are feeling down, or just want to sit and laugh for a couple hours go watch this movie. I would seriously spend an another afternoon or evening watching this again. Check the showtimes

# 3 Naughty By Nature Plays Bar None May 22nd
Come ON!This show is going to be awesome. Not such a big fan of Bar None (snobby people working there!!!) BUT I would go for this. I am SO sad to be missing this event. Are you going?? Lucky jerk! Get tickets

#4 Go to BOGO at Payless
They have so many cute girls shoes right now! Perfect little slips ons for spring. At buy one get one half price you cannot go wrong. Alright, I guess I can also do this in Victoria but seriously! There are some DEALS right now as some of the spring stuff is getting cleared out and the summer stuff arrives. Don’t miss out! Should I also mention that Joe Fresh has $8 t shirts?! Get on that people!

#5 Get a car from Car2Go and head over to Lighthouse Park (with a stop on the way back in to downtown at the Bakehouse of course!)
If you don’t know about Car2Go yet you gotta check them out. Its a great way to get a car inexpensively for a short period of time. You just drop it off in a designated area when you’re done and the Car2Go people take care of gas and all the rest! Check out more about them HERE
I LOVE Lighthouse Park! Its gorgeous there! Such a great place to go on a hiking trip and amazing views of the city. Grab your camera, grab the dog and take a hike!
Anytime I head over that way I have to go to the Bakehouse. They have the most INSANE bread (I think it’s actually a bread made of beer?!) its slightly sweet and just amazing. They have the best salad, sandwiches, chili, insane cookies and pastries and just yumminess all around. perfect stop on the way back in to town after a long hike! Check them out

#6 Go play records, read crazy books, play musical instruments and eat at Prophouse Cafe
If you have still not been to Prophouse Cafe yet then GO!!! It’s an insane ride to another planet. This place is FULL of insane “props” an area where you can play records, play some music on their many instruments, read one of the books lying around and so much more. There is hours of entertainment here! They also have some GREAT full of fruit scones, really great chili and quiche and delicious coffee. They have soy, almond and regular milk to add to your coffee as you wish. Its just a GREAT place and one place I always head to when I am on Commercial Drive (its just off Commercial on Venebles). Take a look at my blog post about it! AND GOOO!!!!!

Well I could go on…. and I will but for now I will leave it at that and add more as we approach Friday. I hope you enjoy your long weekend, be safe and have FUN!!!!

Projecting Change Film Festival WIN TICKETS!

8 May

Projecting Change Film Festival (PCFF), Western Canada’s only environmental and social issue film festival is taking place May 26th-29th. The festival is heading into its fourth year at SFU Woodwards and unites individuals who are passionate about exploring some of today’s most pressing global issues through thought provoking films and engaging discussions with speakers from around the world.

A film-festival-meets-TED-talk-type of event, PCFF kicks off with an Opening Night Gala, co-presented
by Eco Fashion Week, on Thursday, May 26th at 7pm which will include a fashion show featuring a retrospective of Jeff Garner’s Prophetik as well as a 30 minute documentary about his eco-fashion line.

In addition to film screenings and speaker series, PCFF includes Youth Day on Friday May 27th. Youth Day empowers and educates students from elementary and secondary schools across the lower mainland about issues relevant to their communities. This year, Youth Day is pleased to feature What’s On Your Plate?, a witty and provocative documentary produced and directed by award-winning Catherine Gund about kids and food politics. Youth Day will also include The Clean Bin Project, a documentary by Vancouver filmmakers and partners Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin who challenge each other to a year long contest to see who can produce the least amount of waste.

Projecting Change Film Festival takes place at SFU Woodwards, 149 W. Hastings Street in Vancouver from Thursday, May 26–Sunday, May 29. For more information and a full list of films please visit: www.projectingchange.ca.

If you would like to win 2 tickets to the event RT the following message:
“I want to win 2 tickets to Projecting Change Film Festival 2011 May 26-29 from @VancityAmy RT to enter! http://ow.ly/4POwT”

Winner will be announced Friday May 20th!

Yaletown Mother’s Day Week from May 2nd – 8th

27 Apr

The Yaletown Business Improvement Association is running a week long event in honor of Mother’s Day. Yaletown Mother’s Day Week will be running from May 2nd – 8th and will feature a different Yaletown Groupon each day! This is the first Groupon week of its kind in Canada!


Starting on April 29th, the I ♥ Yaletown street teams will be roaming the area giving away freebies and specials every day until Monther’s day (MAY 8th! don’t forget!!). They will also help guide you towards the best gifts for Mom.

Each day a special Yaletown Groupon will be available. To see the daily Groupon deals check here: www.groupon.com/vancouver/

You can also win a $5,000 “Yaletown Experience Grand Prize Package” for your mom! The package includes; Yaletown MINI’s Mini Cooper for the weekend, a night at the Opus Hotel, an exclusive salon makeover, brunch and dinner at Yaletown’s top restaurants and a fashion shopping spree!

Also daily prizes through Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you are following!

Win dining experiences, health and beauty packages, fashion and gifts, as well as spa and relaxation items as part of the daily Yaletown Mother’s Day Social Media Contest! To enter to win daily prizes with the “Yaletown Mother’s Day Social Media Contest” check complete details at yaletowninfo.com/mothers-day-contest/

Enjoy all that Yaletown has to offer, for yourself or for your Mom! So make sure you are following the Yaletown Business Improvement Association on Twitter @iyaletown!

Bake for the Quake

24 Apr

Tonight was Bake for the Quake at The Roundhouse Community Centre. TONS of bakers came together with their amazing treats to sell and all the proceeds went to Japan.

I got there about 10 minutes before 6 and I am glad I did! There was a HUGE line behind me within about 5 minutes. Walking in the the small room at the Roundhouse I was overwhelmed with the amazing baked goods! As much as I wanted everything, I had to make my choices carefully. There were so many people there it was a bit of a challenge to look around! I hardly got to say hello to anyone!

These marshmallows were amazing!! YUM! Not very veggie of me, but I could not resist!

These focaccia’s were amazing! YUM! Thank you Brian!

These raspberry ganache cupcakes were lovely!

Candice was really working the amazing Canucks cupcakes! She is amazing! @loveyourccake

Some friends!!!

Apres Midi Tea was there too! They will be opening this Spring in Gastown and their tea was unbelievable. Follow them on Twitter @apresmiditea

The owners!

I was able to walk away with about $20 worth of goodies that were well worth it!!!

Happy I scooped one of the Canucks cupcakes up from Baked in Vancouver

Some amazing Coconut Marshmallows

My fav girl @lovesaschie of obsessionsofagirl.com her wonderful nutella chocolate chip cookies

A raspberry ganache cupcake

Great Chai Samurai Cupcake!

Bake for the Quake was an amazing event and over 650 people came through that day! It was so crowded and hopefully they will do the event again in the future, but in a larger room!

Thank you to the organizers and all the amazing bakers!