November 2010 Archives

UPDATE: The winners of this contest are Jonah and Delana. Enjoy the taping!

Q with Jian Ghomeshi
is touching down in Vancouver for a special taping on Thursday, December 2 at 2 p.m.

The show is fully booked but we have 2 more pairs of tickets to give away to our faithful Twitter and Facebook followers. You can enter up to 4 times through all our platforms. If you don't win the tickets, remember Jian Ghomeshi will be at CBC's Open House & Food Bank Day the next day. Check the schedule and mark it on your calendars to come and meet him!  ... and tune in to Q on Friday morning, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. to hear the broadcast!

Sarah McLachlan will be on hand for a feature chat and a performance in advance of her ambitious "Sarah and Friends" North American tour. Vancouver rockers Black Mountain will be performing from their acclaimed latest album "Wilderness Heart" throughout the show. Plus, author William Gibson and a special West Coast Media Panel.

How to enter via Twitter:

  1. Follow us on Twitter @CBCVancouver
  2. Tweet or retweet the following to qualify for 1 entry: I just entered to see Q's @jianghomeshi on Dec 2 @cbcvancouver. He'll be at #cbcopenhouse Dec 3 to meet fans too!
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post for a 2nd entry.

How to enter via Facebook:

  1. Become a member of our Facebook page "CBC Vancouver" by clicking "Like" (3rd entry)
  2. Leave a comment or a post on our Facebook page about CBC's Open House & Food Bank Day (4th entry).
*Please note that existing Facebook members have automatically qualified for their first entry.

We'll be drawing winners at 3 pm PST on December 1, 2010. Good luck!

It's Open House and Food Bank Day on December 3 at CBC Vancouver and all sorts of surprises are in store. This latest one is a sweet treat (or perhaps, a tweet)!

George.jpg.jpgFrom 11:30 am - noon during Open House & Food Bank Day, our Twitter followers are invited to join us for the first-ever official tweetup at CBC Vancouver with Canada's boyfriend, George Stroumboulopoulos.
While George is in town, he's looking to help raise awareness and funds for B.C. Food Banks and some of our lucky CBC Vancouver twitter followers will get the chance to be an intimate part of it. At the tweetup, you'll be hanging out with George and helping to support B.C.'s food banks through your donations and tweets.
To get on the tweetup list, follow CBC Vancouver on Twitter; then RSVP to with your full name, city, and Twitter handle. Space is limited and by registration only. To take part in the conversation on Twitter, reference your tweets with #cbcopenhouse.
Fans of CBC Radio One's Q with Jian Ghomeshi, fret not if you couldn't get tickets to the live taping in Vancouver on December 2. Just stay tuned to CBC Vancouver this upcoming week jian.jpg.jpgbecause we'll be giving away the final few pairs.

On Monday, listen to CBC Radio One's The Early Edition for a chance to win a pair of VIP seats to the show. B.C. Almanac with Mark Forsythe and On The Coast with Stephen Quinn will also be challenging you with a contest to win a pair of tickets later in the week.

One of our loyal Twitter followers and a member of the CBC Vancouver Facebook page will also each receive a pair of tickets.

For full details on each contest, in Metro Vancouver stay tuned to CBC Radio One 88.1 FM/690 AM, follow us on Twitter @CBCVancouver, and join us on our Facebook page.

Plus, Jian will be at the CBC Vancouver Open House & Food Bank Day on December 3. Check the schedule of on-air personalities so you can see all the stars!
November 24, 2010 - CBC/Radio-Canada opens its doors to the public for another Open House Food Bank Day. Local personalities such as Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko and Rick Cluff will be joined this year by some of CBC's most popular network personalities to help raise funds for food banks in BC.

Peter Mansbridge, iconic host of CBC's The National, will be leading a team of network stars including Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio's Q, George Stroumboulopoulos from George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and Jim Treliving from Dragons' Den.

"Last year's event was a huge success with thousands of people touring the building and meeting our local personalities," says Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC  British Columbia. "This year, the public will also have the opportunity to meet their network personalities who are excited to join us in this great cause."

The event will begin with a live broadcast of The Early Edition at 5:30 am and continue broadcasting live for most of the day including CBC News Vancouver at 5, 5:30 and 6 pm. The public will be able to participate in tours of the building, including a behind the scenes look at the state-of-the-art integrated newsroom, meet CBC hosts and reporters and get a chance to try hosting the news in CBC's Studio 60 until 8:00 pm. The evening will end with a live concert with Barney Bentall and The Grand Cariboo Opry.

The CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre, located at 700 Hamilton Street, has raised funds for food banks around the province for the last 23 years. Last year, the event celebrated the opening of the newly designed building and raised more than $600,000 for local food banks, the majority of which were by individual donations.

Food Bank volunteers will be on site accepting donations. Donations can be made online now at   

To make a donation to the Food Bank, and for more information about CBC/Radio-Canada's Open House & Food Bank Day go to You can follow us on twitter at @CBCVancouver and #cbcopenhouse and on Facebook at and the public can also check in on Foursquare at the CBC Shop for a free button.


For more information, please contact:
Asifa Lalji, APR
CBC English Communications
Twitter: @CBCVancouver

Friday, December 3, 2010
7:30 PM (Doors at 7 PM)
CBC Studio 40, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Featured artists: Barney Bentall, Ridley Bent, Kendel Carson, Dustin Bentall, Wendy Bird, Shari Ulrich & the entire Grand Cariboo Opry Cast

opry.jpgCanada's finest roots and country musicians join Juno Award winning musician Barney Bentall to put on a one of a kind event that hearkens back to a simpler time. The Grand Cariboo Opry is making a stop at CBC Studio 40 for an All Access TV taping on Friday December 3rd at 7:30 PM (doors at 7 PM).

Barney Bentall hosts the old time, variety show like proceedings and is joined by a mess of talented musicians. Everyone plays and everyone sings....sometimes all at once! It's a night chock-full of music, humour, warm wit and unique lyrical endeavours reminiscent of bygone days.

"It's full of life. The music takes you on a journey -- gospel, old-time country and rock. The mood migrates all over the place. There's a mix of music and storytelling and it taps into a time long ago," says Bentall.
This event is fully booked but a rush line will be available starting at 6pm. Because it is CBC B.C.'s annual Open House and Food Bank Day we hope you'll come early to take part in this excitement filled day.

handels Messiah NOV 2010.jpgVancouver Bach Choir
Saturday, December 11
8:00 pm
Orpheum Theatre

No Vancouver Christmas is complete without a grand Orpheum performance of Handel's Messiah, surely the most popular work of all time. This year the Vancouver Bach Choir's Messiah is conducted by Leslie Dala with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and superb Canadian soloists Allison Angelo, soprano; Lauren Segal, mezzo; Colin Ainsworth, tenor, and Alexander Dobson, bass.

For ticket information, visit the Vancouver Bach Choir's website.

The beauty of Benjamin Britten's timeless classic, A Ceremony of Carols, forms the centrepiece of Elektra's traditional introduction to the holiday season. Chez Nous: Christmas elektra.jpgwith Elektra ushers in the season with a concert featuring favourite carols in old and new settings, all wrapped in the richness of Elektra's shimmering sound.

Let Elektra set your holiday mood, with a concert of ravishingly beautiful music full of expectation and hope - and as always, there will be treats for the kids! Sponsored in part by CBC.

Saturday, November 27, 2010 ~ 2 pm
Queens Avenue United Church
529 Queens Ave (at 6th St), New Westminster, BC

Saturday, November 27, 2010 ~ 7:30 pm
Ryerson United Church
2195 W 45th Ave., Vancouver, BC


Eastside Culture CrawlIn its 14th year, the Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual FREE 3-day visual arts phenomenon. This event involves more than 10,000 people visiting artists in their studios in the area bounded by Main Street to Victoria Drive and from First Avenue north to the waterfront of Vancouver, Canada.

From November 26 - 28, the Eastside Culture Crawl Society provides opportunities for the public to engage with member artists through the ongoing creation of events and programming that support the growth of east side artists.

Painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, writers, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those of international fame... these are just a sampling of the exciting talents featured during this unique chance to meet local artists in their studios.

Voices of Hope Concert

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voicesribbon.jpgThe Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation invites you to our third annual Voices of Hope concert - an evening of remembrance and celebration on the eve of World AIDS Day. Sponsored in part by CBC.

Hosted by CBC Radio 2's Bill Richardson, performances include Dr. Peter's Affirmation by the Vancouver Men's Chorus marking the 20th Anniversary of the Dr. Peter Diaries, along with Will Blunderfield, Linda Lee Thomas, Kunaka Marimba and The North Shore Celtic Ensemble.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at Christ Church Cathedral on the corner of West Georgia and Burrard (accessible ramp at southeast entrance). Doors open at 7pm. Admission by donation; Dr. Peter Ambassadors are invited to attend free of charge.

For more information or to become a local sponsor, contact events@drpeter.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 604-331-3452.

Join us to celebrate the third annual News Day in BC on Thursday, November 18. The CBC Broadcast Centre will once again be taken over by intrepid student reporters.

Students_Day1 020_cropped.jpgThroughout the day, students will file stories on CBC Radio One's The Early Edition, BC Almanac, On The Coast and CBC Radio News. They will also have stories online at and in print in The Vancouver Sun. And of course, they will be featured on CBC News Vancouver at 5, 5:30 and 6. A special arts story will air on CBC Radio One's North by Northwest with Sheryl MacKay on Saturday, November 20.

We challenged students across Metro Vancouver to pitch their story ideas to us for a chance to be a student reporter. Thirty students made the cut and they have spent the last few weeks with their CBC and Vancouver Sun mentors putting together some excellent work. We hope you will check out their stories on radio, on TV, online, and in print!

Turn on your camera or pull out your sketchpad - ICBC is calling on artistic youth to help spread road safety messages to their peers and, in return, they'll be eligible to win some cool prizes.

ICBC has launched two contests: the 180 Film Contest, for 19 to 25 year olds and the Your Ad Here contest, for high school students in grades 8 to 11. The contests ask these groups to create either a short film or a print ad on one of three road safety topics: impaired driving, speeding or distracted driving.
iwib_photo.jpg.jpgNominations are closing soon for the 12th Annual Influential Women in Business Awards presented by Business in Vancouver. These awards recognize outstanding business women in public or private sectors in British Columbia. Past winners include Carole Taylor, former Finance Minister of BC, Tamara Vrooman, CEO of Vancity and Janet Austin, CEO of YWCA to name a few. The honourees are selected based on their outstanding achievements in business, contribution to their industry, and influence in the local business community. Award winners will be profiled in the February 22nd issue of Business in Vancouver and honoured at the Influential Women in Business Awards luncheon to be held in March.

Student reporters' stories on CBC and the Vancouver Sun on November 18

November 15, 2010 - On November 18, 30 student journalists will report the stories they have been working on for the last six weeks. Stories will be heard on CBC Radio One starting at 5:30 am, appear on CBC News Vancouver at 5, 5:30 and 6 pm and be available online all day. New for this year, students will also be producing stories for The Vancouver Sun.

Students from across Metro Vancouver were selected after pitching their stories during a two-day audition process in October. CBC and Vancouver Sun staff mentored successful students with their stories.

Students are tackling tough issues including an intense rivalry between two Vancouver schools, cyber bullying -which has prompted an RCMP investigation, a new fashion trend - which could pose a serious health risk and racial discrimination. As well, one student will be featuring an exclusive interview with the mom of a student who was beaten to death at a local school.

 "The students really raised the bar this year," says Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC British Columbia. "There was a real competitiveness and passion the students brought to their work and it will show in their stories."

On November 18, stories will be heard on CBC Radio One's The Early Edition, BC Almanac and On The Coast, seen on CBC News Vancouver at 5, 5:30 and 6, appear on throughout the day and in The Vancouver Sun. On radio and tv, students will co-host segments, report on original stories as well as report on sports and weather. A special arts story will be heard on November 20 on the weekend show North by Northwest.

For more information on News Day in B.C., visit the website at, follow the hashtag #cbcnewsday on Twitter and join us on

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Media Contact:
Asifa Lalji
CBC English Communications
Twitter: @CBCVancouver


Get a head start on your holiday shopping before the snow gets here, and shopping will become a big sloppy mess.

The CBC Shop is your one stop for friends, family and fans - ours, not yours...or yours too.

From CDS, DVDs and books, to CBC gear for kids, tech junkies and hockey addicts, you'll find something for everyone.

Check out the photo gallery below for some special items on sale at the Vancouver location - 700 Hamilton Street between Georgia and Robson, open Monday - Friday 11 am - 6 pm.

Andrew the shop keeper will hook you up with some great deals. And, if you check in on Foursquare, he'll give you a CBC button.

nboc_crow.jpgAlain Trudel, conductor
Jonathan Crow, violin

Sunday, November 21, 8:00 p.m. at the Chan Centre

The National Broadcast Orchestra concludes its British Columbia tour at home in Vancouver's Chan Centre on Sunday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m. Acclaimed violinist Jonathan Crow joins the NBO and conductor Alain Trudel for this program of Classical Gems and World Premieres. Works by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven share the stage with award-winning new works, and Cameron Wilson's Canadian Seasons. This final tour performance will be recorded for broadcast on CBC Radio 2 at a later date. 

Tickets $35 plus handling fees. Call Ticketmaster at 604-280-3311 or visit



November 5, 2010 - CBC Radio One's On The Coast today announced the winner of the best high school solo singer/songwriter in the Lower Mainland contest OTC Unplugged, Roan Shankaruk from Vancouver Technical School in Vancouver, BC. Judges chose Roan after a final performance of the top three students from the contest during a special live broadcast of On The Coast from CBC Vancouver's Studio 700 today.

Thirteen year old Roan performed two original songs on piano including "The Compromise", a musical theatre piece.

"What a fantastic performance by all three students," said Stephen Quinn, host of On The Coast. "The audience and judges were blown away by the performers. They all have bright futures ahead of them."

Roan will receive an all day recording session with Juno-nominated CBC music producer, Jon Siddall, in one of CBC's state-of-the-art recording studios. She will also receive a radio-ready copy of her single, which will be featured nationally on CBC Radio 3 by host Lisa Christiansen, as well as 100 CDs and cases from Digital Media Alliance, and a week to produce a music video at Gulf Islands Film and Television School.

The show, which was streamed live on the web, is available on demand at

On The Coast is hosted by Stephen Quinn and can be heard on CBC Radio One weekdays from 3-6 pm on 88.1 FM and 690 AM in Metro Vancouver.

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For more information, contact:
Asifa Lalji, APR
CBC English Communications
604.662.6464 / 604.340.4975


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