January 2011 Archives

eva-benefit-concert-poster-final.jpgThe Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Vancouver Chapter) and the Massey Theatre are hosting a benefit concert in honour and celebration of Eva Markvoort, a New Westminster woman who died on March 27, 2010 after a lifetime battle with cystic fibrosis. 

Headlined by Dan Mangan, the 65_RedRoses concert will also feature the magnificent local 'indie' musical talents including The Zolas, Hannah Georgas, and David Vertesi. No fees are being paid to the artists. All proceeds from the event will go to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honour of Eva Markvoort.  

Eva raised awareness for cystic fibrosis and organ donation through her popular blog 65_RedRoses and was the subject of an award winning documentary of the same name.  Tickets can be purchased from the Massey Theatre's box office. 

Face the Dragon

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Thank to you to all who entered. Finalists will be contacted via Facebook message by 1 pm, January 28.

48 Hours to Get your Pitch ready to face CBC Dragon Brett Wilson 
Brett Wilson from CBC's Dragons' Den will be in Vancouver on January 29 as part of CBC Live at Metropolis at Metrotown and will be hearing from 3 lucky entrepreneurs.
To win the opportunity to face Brett,  submit a video or audio pitch (max 60 seconds in length) on the CBC Vancouver Facebook Page (facebook.com/VancouverCBC) by January 28th at 9 am. Later that day, we'll announce the top three who will give Brett their 60-second pitch live on stage at Metropolis.
Brett will choose the top pitch winner who will receive a very special Dragons' Den prize.

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Grand Court at Metropolis at Metrotown, Burnaby
ALL DAY! Starting at 11 am

Get ready for autographs, giveaways, prizes and entertainment including the chance to try reporting the weather, the news, and recording a radio promo. The kids will love meeting Lunar Jim! The day's activities kick off at 11 am but be sure to stick around because our stars will out and about all day.

CBC LIVE! Schedule

12:00 pm Meet the Stars of CBC News and CBC Vancouver 
1:00 pm  Steven and Chris LIVE!
A "Live Right Now" special with chef Jonathan Chovancek and trainer Garfield Wilson from CBC Television's Village on a Diet and Brett Wilson from Dragons' Den. 

2:00 pm  Face the Dragon
Watch three lucky winners pitch a business to Brett Wilson from Dragons' Den.
Contest entry details to be revealed Monday, Jan 24 right here!

2:30 pm  Interview George Stroumboulopoulos
It's BC's turn to put George in the interview chair.
Contest entry details to be revealed at 5:30 pm, Jan 21.
3:00 pm  Meet the Stars of CBC Television
(wristbands will be distributed to the first 100 people) 

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who entered. Finalists will be contacted via Facebook message by 12 pm today. 

Want the chance to interview the award-winning host of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight


Your interview will be recorded by our CBC production crews, packaged and sent to you web-ready for you to share. We'll be positing it on the CBC BC blog as well as the George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight website - so be ready for the country to watch you! We won't be showing George the submissions or telling him what your questions are, so George's answers will be totally unscripted

Here's how you enter:
  • Upload a 60 second video on facebook.com/VancouverCBC telling us why you want to interview George and what 5 questions you would ask him. 
  • Include your name and the city you are from.
  • Post your video by January 27th at 11:59 pm. 
  • Shortlisted candidates will be called on January 28th so be sure to check your Facebook page that day. We will be contacting you for your phone number.

The videos will evaluated on creativity, interview skills, and presentation. Five short-listed candidate will be prepped by a CBC producer to get them camera-ready in case they win. All 5 shortlisted candidates will be on stage at the mall when the winner is announced so make sure you can be there. 

The fine print:
Your video becomes the property of CBC.
Submissions with foul, abusive or racist language will be omitted from the Facebook site and the contest.
You have to conduct yourself respectfully, or the live interview will be stopped.

CBC Radio One's Hot Air presents:
The Chet Baker Song Book
February 3, 2011
7:30 pm. Doors at 7 pm
CBC Studio One - 700 Hamilton St., Vancouver 
If you love the music of Chet Baker this tribute concert will make you smile; if you don't know Baker's music, this is a wonderful opportunity to discover something truly special.

Chet Baker is one of the undeniable legends of jazz.  His voice, vulnerable and so affecting - his trumpet sound, so personal and subtle. 

On February 3, join saxophonist Mike Allen as he leads an ensemble blessed with fine jazz musicians who love Chet Baker's music.  Adam Thomas sings with an uncanny feel for Baker's voice.  Brad Turner resonates in a visceral way with Baker's trumpet sound. This concert is not to be missed by any jazz enthusiast!

This concert guest list is now full. If you'd like to be added to the wait list, email RSVP.Vancouver@CBC.ca. Please indicate "Chet Baker Song Book" in your subject line. A rush line will be available starting at 6:45 pm.

Actor Lorne Cardinal is defending Carol Shields' "Unless" in this year's 10th Anniversary Canada Reads on CBC Radio One!  

Join North By Northwest's Sheryl Mackay in the CBC Studio One Book Club with Lorne and one of Carol's best friends, Shelagh Rogers, as they pay tribute with stories, memories and readings of the beloved Ms. Shields!  

Come share your own love of her work on Tuesday, February 1 in the CBC Broadcast Centre.  The only way to get in, is to win!  Go to   www.cbc.ca/bc/bookclub to enter for free tickets.


January 6, 2011 - CBC News and CBC British Columbia announced today the expansion of CBC News Vancouver at Six on CHEK.

Beginning January 15, CBC News Vancouver will add new 30-minute weekend newscasts to the CHEK lineup, complementing the existing CBC News Vancouver at Six newscast seen during the week. These new broadcasts will make CBC News Vancouver at Six available 7 days a week on CHEK. The weekend team includes host Aarti Pole, sports with Karin Larsen and weather with Simone Grewal.

"Viewers on the Island have embraced the partnership CBC BC has developed with CHEK," says Johnny Michel, Managing Director, CBC British Columbia. "In addition to getting the best in news, sports and weather from the CBC News Vancouver team during the week, they will now have a great new weekend newscast hosted by Aarti Pole to get them ready for the week ahead."

CBC News Vancouver has been seen at 6 pm on CHEK since April 2010 when host Tony Parsons joined Gloria Macarenko, Shane Foxman and Claire Martin as part of the CBC News Vancouver team.

"CBC News Vancouver at Six has been a strong addition to our weekday news programming," says John Pollard, President CHEK Media Group. "CBC Vancouver's weekend news will complement our own top-rated Island-based weekend newscast, hosted by Skye Ryan, and provide our viewers with enhanced regional coverage seven days a week."

For more information on CBC News Vancouver Saturday and Sunday, visit cbc.ca/vancouverweekend

For more information on CBC in British Columbia, visit cbc.ca/bc

For information on CHEK TV, visit cheknews.ca

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Asifa Lalji, APR
CBC English Communications
Twitter: @CBCVancouver


"Vancouver playwright Melissa James Gibson makes waves in NYC." - The Vancouver Sun

Starring Megan Follows as Jane
This is a crisp, smart urban comedy about modern relationships in crisis and Vancouver playwright Melissa James Gibson received critical acclaim for its recent off-Broadway production. 

Jane is a promising poet without a muse and a single mother without lessons to pass along. Her dating life is a shambles and her helpful friends are only making things more complicated. This captures the uncertain steps of a circle of friends backing their way into middle age. For more information, visit The Vancouver Playhouse.

The VRS first presented Lang Lang when he was an unknown, fresh-faced 16 year-old. He made a big impression on the VRS' Artistic Director Leila Getz. Since then he has achieved superstar status and has been dubbed the "hottest artist on the classical music planet" by the New York Times. This upcoming concert will be his fifth with the VRS.

The 28 year-old pianist has built up a legion of loyal fans. He was featured in Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2009. In 2008, over five billion people viewed Lang Lang's performance in Beijing's opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad.

ClaireLRN.JPGCBC News Vancouver's Claire Martin helped kick off Live Right Now yesterday at the Robert Lee YMCA. Patrons of the Y and CBC fans signed up for their accounts and got right into the action. Many started off their participation in this health movement by taking the Body Age Test. After seeing positive results, everyone pledged to continue being eating healthier and living a more active lifestyle. 

If you haven't signed up for your own Live Right Now account yet, do it HERE.

Be sure to join CBC Vancouver's group led by Sr. Meteorologist Claire Martin, Climb It for Change

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