Thursday, February 11, 2010

Our hearts are GLOWING

this is from my nephew Mitchell in Toronto...  and he's right, our hearts are glowing!  

We took down our Christmas lights, but left our red lights in our small maple in our front yard... it is meant to resemble an Olympic Flame, white lights on the trunk, and opening up and widening at the top, all bright red and  yellow like a torch.  We have had them off for the month as well, and are waiting for tomorrow to start it up! 

We are off to party downtown at the first night of LiveCity celebrations when the torch arrives in Yaletown.  I hope they can squeeze us in!

Ready, Set . . .

Last Night I was really priviledged to see the final Dress Rehearsal for the Olympic Opening Ceremeonies!  Yay!   Coming from the West End, we decided to take a Georgia Street bus rather than the skytrain.  Bad decision.  You are made to walk all the way around the Stadium Skytrain Station, through China town and around to the far side of BC Place.  Yes, of course it was raining!    Anyway, the moral of that long story is that you must GO WITH THE FLOW, keep smiling and if all they offer at the end of the road is Molson Beer, drink it up anyway!  

We had a blast at our two seats in the upper level, but dead centre for an excellent vantage point to see everything in the stadium.  What fun, great talent, great show.    I really can't wait to see it on Friday on TV.  I can't tell you anything else, or VanOC will hunt me down and kill me!  No, really, I promised John Furlong I wouldn't say a word. 

The Live celebration site in Yaletown will host a big Olympic Torch celebration tonight beginning at 4:30.  The torch should arrive at 8 pm.  Organizers are expecting a BIG crowd, but David Lam Park apparently only holds 6,000 people.  

For Opening Day tomorrow, LiveCity Yaletown will be showing video recordings of all the past Opening Ceremonies from Winter Olympics since Calgary 1988.   There is a Vancouver pre-show from 4 until 6, and the BIG SHOW will start at 6 p.m. local time.   It should be a great place to watch the Opening Ceremonies, as there is a big light show every night to finish off the celebration.   

For a full schedule of daily free events at the two LiveCity sites, click here:

OMG, I can't believe it's really starting!   But I do BELIEVE! 

Final Torch Runs in Vancouver

Did you know that you can watch LIVE streaming video of the torch relay?  No?  Well, you have one more day, and you'll be able to see it coming through rainy Vancouver. The day is just starting to brighten now, and it's coming our way!  It will be around the West Side of Vancouver today, out to UBC and Burnaby.  Tomorrow I'll be able to see it come by Lost Lagoon in my beloved park on it's final day.  Oooh I'm sooooo excited!!! 

See it live here: 

You may need a plug-in, but it's the main CTV video format, so you'll probably need it by the end of the Olympics anyway.  I think I'll leave the live torch relay on my computer full time until the end tomorrow!  There's a map showing where it is, and a live feed showing the crowds.   They don't tell you who is carrying it, but you can hear the crowds whoohoooo-ing.  Sweet! 

Monday, February 8, 2010

Coast to Coast Pride

You see all kinds of Red CANADA Gear out there now, and it's wonderful to see a blatant display of True Patriot Love.  Canadians are usually a bit too reserved, and Vancouverites can be a bit too cool, to wear our hearts on our sleeve, or show our Maple Leaf tatoos over our hearts.  (Too bad it's not really cold enough for mittens! )

As Rusty Goepel said this weekend, you better dust off your national anthem lyrics - you're going to need to sing it out, and often.

This video is from a rapper in Halifax.    COAST TO COAST PRIDE, PEOPLE! 

The torch is coming!

On day 99 of the torch relay, the torch has already passed through Whistler.  Have a look:
Today the torch is all over the Fraser Valley, and I am excitedly awaiting it's arrival in my neighbourhood.  It will practically parade around my house three times, so I'll be sure to catch it in the park, around the lagoon and on it's way downtown on Friday, which is Opening Day.  

Saturday night in Vancouver

We were privileged over the weekend to attend the corporate opening party of Visions of British Columbia: A landscape Manual, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, which was sponsored by Raymond James Limited.   See VAG description below...

It was really inspiring to see and hear Rusty Goepel, one of the founders of Goepel McDermid Inc, (which eventually became Raymond James Limited).  Rusty is also one of the visionaries who has been working on bringing the Olympics to Vancouver since the early days when just a handful of people put together a bid corporation and worked to produce Vancouver's successful bid for these Games.   Today he is the chairman of the Board of Directors of VANOC.  You could say that Rusty is largely responsible for our relocation to Vancouver, and we are definitely feeling happy about that these days!    

The Art Gallery has a huge illuminated video screen on the Robson Street facade which was projecting creative videos with music, with quite a vibe.  Right across the street is Robson Square and the already opened GE Plaza and the outdoor skating rink.  What a buzz of activity, and good family fun.   The city is officially aflutter with excitement, and new visitors are out on the streets in their uniforms.

Just look HOW GLITTERY Robson Square looked on Saturday night.   We stopped by Bacchus, the lovely bar of the Wedgewood Hotel after the party, and it was full of CTV dignitaries.  The Wedgewood is quite near the CTV headquarters and CTV is building a big broadcast booth right in the middle of Robson Street for their nightly news broadcasts.


Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape Manual is an extensive two-floor survey of art that represents the variety and richness of artistic vision in British Columbia. The exhibition highlights key artistic practices that have recorded, communicated and shaped the public perception of this region and defined a collective consciousness of this place. Drawn primarily from the Gallery's rich permanent collection and supplemented with key loans, this exhibition includes landscapes, cityscapes and portraits in a variety of media that speak to the diversity of British Columbia, its peoples and its histories.

The subtitle of the exhibition refers to Jeff Wall's Landscape Manual, an inexpensively produced booklet self-published in 1969, in which the artist provides commentary on the making of landscape photographs. Similarly, the artists in this exhibition have studied the people and places of British Columbia and have made work which, when shown together, offers a guide that can be used to negotiate the many narratives and experiences of the province. The exhibition focuses on the art of 37 artists, including Roy Arden, B.C. Binning, Emily Carr, Robert Davidson, Gathie Falk, Brian Jungen, Scott McFarland, Liz Magor, Susan Point, Bill Reid, Jack Shadbolt, Gordon Smith, John Vanderpant, Frederick Varley, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and many others.

Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape Manual has been possible thanks to the generosity of our presenting sponsor, Raymond James Ltd., and major support from the Province of British Columbia. Additional financial support was provided by supporting sponsor, Vancouver Airport Authority, and the Vancouver Foundation. Curated by Bruce Grenville, senior curator, with Emmy Lee, assistant curator.