December 2009 Archives

earlyedition.jpgThe 2010 Olympic Games are quickly approaching and CBC Radio One 88.1FM / 690AM in Vancouver is the station that will get you up to speed on everything to do with the biggest event to hit our city. Starting January 3, 2010 at 8:30am and every following Saturday morning leading up to the start of the Games, tune in as host Rick Cluff counts down with you.

As "Vancouver Welcomes the World," you'll get an inside peek on what your neighbours are doing to join in the spirit. You'll learn what it takes to be an Olympic volunteer to hearing stories from kids who are taking part by committing to read 20,010 book prior to the opening ceremonies.  We'll also give you the scoop on the British Columbians and Canadians to watch as they battle their way to Olympic victory.  Plus, you'll be taken on a special trip back in time...just listen starting January 3, 2010 to find out what it's all about!
lani.jpgFor the December 4 CBC Vancouver Open House, we invited you to share the photos you took at our big event. Those who submitted photos were entered into the Me @ CBC Sweepstakes to win an 8GB iPod Touch. Over 100 photos featuring smiling faces with their favourite CBC staff, reporters, and mascots were submitted.

The randomly drawn winner, Lani Johnson, sent in a photo of her and her friend steps away from the broadcast set of CBC News Vancouver. Her sweet photo comments captured what CBC means to a lot of folks. You can read her story and view the photo gallery HERE.
It's 4 days until Christmas and CBC has bushels of of fun programming, contests, and interactive activities to help you get into the holiday spirit.
On December 25, Christmas Day, sip on warm apple cider while listening to CBC Radio One's special "Festival on Ice". Join host Paolo Pietropaolo for an hour of ice skating music and fun facts about one of Canada's favorite winter pursuits. You'll hear star skaters Kurt Browning, Katia Gordeeva, Jamie Sale, David Pelletier, and others tell us what music they love to skate to. You'll also hear Andrea Menard and the Canadian Tenors in concert at the rink of the Entertainment and Sports Centre in Abbotsford, BC.

Broadcast times:
  • CBC Radio One 88.1FM / 690AM in Metro Vancouver at 2pm
  • CBC Radio 2 - 105.6 FM in Metro Vancouver at 7pm 

If you love ballroom dancing, the Snowball Classic Contest is for you! The world's best ballroom dancers will be coming to Vancouver in January and CBC is giving you the opportunity to attend as a VIP.
One night only at the Patricia Hotel, 403 E. Hastings St. Vancouver
January 15, 2010 8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)
First-come, first-seated. FREE.
Hosted by Stephen Quinn of CBC Radio One's "On the Coast"

jellyrollhandbill.bmpJelly Roll Morton (1890-1941) is a musical icon and the self-proclaimed originator of jazz. He started playing piano in the "sporting houses" of New Orleans when he was still a teenager. He went on to become one of the most acclaimed pianists and composers in jazz.
braidwood_340.jpgAfter collecting your votes in the last month, Rick Cluff, host of CBC Radio One's The Early Edition revealed this morning the 2009 CBC B.C. Newsmaker of the Year: Thomas Braidwood.

The former B.C. Appeal Court justice led an inquiry to reveal, in part, the role a taser may have played in the death of Robert Dziekanski at YVR. All eyes were on Braidwood as he concluded in July that the stun guns can be deadly and that police must rethink how they are used.

Maybe it's the cool heritage nylon mod bag or the wide selection of Coronation Street merchandise but regardless of what it was, the CBC Vancouver fans wanted it.

CBC Shop Opening 002.jpgThe CBC Shop opened  this morning to a line-up of smiling devotees waiting to bring home their favourite gear.

The event became a little bit more star studded when local CBC Vancouver on-air personalities Rick Cluff, Sheryl MacKay, and Jaeny Baik were spotted in line with armfuls of retro tees, travel mugs, and books. We hope you stop by for a visit too!  The CBC Shop is located inside the CBC/Radio-Canada building at 700 Hamilton Street in downtown Vancouver and is open Monday - Friday from 9am to 5pm.

cpgen00205(125).jpgYou don't want to miss out on this opportunity. The CBC Shop located in Vancouver at 700 Hamilton Street officially opens tomorrow - Thursday, December 17. For one day only, there will be a one-day only grand opening sale where everything in the store is 30% off regular price.

From the ever popular 1970s retro CBC tees to Hockey Night in Canada fuzzy rugs, you can find it at the CBC Shop. If there's a die-hard CBC fan in your life, visit us on Thursday to get the perfect holiday gift!
Thanks to everyone who tweeted and emailed us yesterday with the colour of Ian Hanomansing's tie following the 5pm broadcast of CBC News Vancouver on November 14. Ian was indeed wearing a striped blue tie. You were all entered into a random draw to win a copy of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada DVD Trivia game.

The winner of the DVD trivia game is Johann Wong, congratulations!

Stay tuned to this page for future contests and more chances to win CBC gear.

etspt00041(220).jpgKeep your eyes peeled to CBC News Vancouver tonight starting at 5pm and you can have a shot at winning a free Hockey Night in Canada The DVD Trivia Game!

To enter, just tell us what colour tie co-anchor Ian Hanomansing was wearing on tonight's CBC News Vancouver broadcast. Send in your answer by 9a.m., December 15 through email at the address CBC.Vancouver.Communications(at) or you send us a tweet on Twitter @CBCVancouver. A winner will be randomly drawn from the entries received. Good luck!

mitchell_340.jpgToday on CBC Radio One's The Early Edition, host Rick Cluff revealed the the fourth runner-up to CBC's 2009 B.C. Newsmaker of the Year: the female ski jumpers.

Throughout 2009, a group of 14 female ski jumpers, often represented publicly by Charlotte Mitchell (pictured), was in court, fighting their exclusion from the 2010 Olympic Games. Visit the Newsmaker page to learn more about their story.

The top 18 newsmakers of the year in B.C. have been named but who will take the title? Vote for the British Columbian who made a splash in the headlines while changing the way you see our province, inspired you, or made you shake a fist at your TV, radio, or monitor. With nominees ranging from Vancouver's favourite bachelorette Jillian Harris to controversial activist Marc Emery, you only have until December 11 to vote so visit and have your say.

The final 5 will be revealed the week of December 14 on CBC TV, CBC Radio One, and on

On Friday, December 18, CBC B.C.'s Newsmaker of the Year will be named!
Fatima and PR assistant Camille resized.jpgThanks to the generosity of British Columbians, CBC/Radio Canada's 23rd Annual Food Bank Day and first ever open house in the newly renovated Vancouver Broadcast Centre raised a record $568,607 for local food banks!

As donations poured in all day on December 4th, over 6000 people visited the Vancouver Broadcast Centre. The building was filled with high energy as everyone toured the new building, enjoyed live musical performances, met favourite local CBC/Radio Canada personalities, journalists, and staff. Despite the chilly temperatures, playful mascots Peter Puck, Huckle from Busytown Mysteries, and Bo from Bo on the Go! were on hand and kept everyone smiling.

We're reaching the end of our Open House + Food Bank Day at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre - and what a fantastic ending!

As of 8 pm, we raised more than $530K, all thanks to the generosity of British Columbians.

It's been quite a morning with the halls, studios and newsroom Picture 066.jpgfull of people meeting hosts, snapping pics and trying their hand at predicting the weather with Claire Martin and Ann Luu.

The Early Edition was live this morning (you can see a clip of the Sojourners performance in a previous blog entry).

CBC Radio 3 began broadcasting live from Studio One with a high energy performance by Said the Whale. If you missed it, you can catch a clip here.

Check out the Sojourners with Jim Byrnes on The Early Edition during the CBC Food Open House and Food Bank Day here.

December 4th is finally here and staff at the Picture 003.jpgCBC/Radio-Canada Vancouver Broadcast Centre are ready to welcome the world... or at least anyone who can make it to the building at 700 Hamilton Street.

The event had a fabulous kick off this morning with The Early Edition broadcasting live from Studio 700. Musical guests so far have included Chor Leoni and the Sojourners with Jim Byrnes.

Last night, over 700 people packed into North Vancouver's sold out Centennial Theatre to watch CBC Radio One's The Debaters host Steve Patterson and favourite local comedians argue their way to comedic victory.

As the humorous debaters stepped up to rant and rave about topics ranging from the merits of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics to Sweden's greatest exports being Ikea and Abba, audience members cheered and howled with laughter.

WOD_logo.jpg Do you know a remarkable woman who has made a real difference in your life and in the lives of others? Consider nominating her for the 2010 YWCA Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards.

Recognized nationally as one of Canada's most prestigious awards for women, the Women of Distinction Awards honour women whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community. The YWCA also acknowledges organizations that support the diverse needs of their employees.

Many of you reading this website are already making plans to be at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre on December 4th for our Open House and Food Bank Day. Whether you are coming to meet hosts such as Ian Hanomansing, Gloria Macarenko and Rick Cluff, or to donate some money to your local food bank, you'll be in for a great time.

Add to the day, a series of free concerts in Studio 40.

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