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The CBC Toque Sessions return for the third year with more concerts featuring an unprecedented range of musical acts. With tunes ranging from jazz, rock to world music, your senses will tingle! From January 12 - March 30, 2012, every Thursday and Friday, we invite you to join us at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre for a FREE concert.  

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Winter in Vancouver is chilly, so come inside to enjoy entertaining musical acts and make CBC Vancouver your pre-weekend stop this season!  

All concerts are free.
Unless otherwise stated, reserve your seat to with the concert of your choice in the subject line.


 Frazey Ford Memphis Project - Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 PM - FULLY BOOKED
Colleen Brown - Friday, March 30 at 5:30 PM  - FULLY BOOKED
Chad Brownlee - Friday, March 30 at 7:30 PM
Wines of Chile take centre stage as the theme region at the 2012 Playhouse Wine Festival. Marking its 34th year, the festival runs from February 27th to March 4th, 2012. 

A fundraiser for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company and arguably one of the most important wine events in North America, this year's event will bring 180 participating wineries from 15 countries. The festival is expected to entertain some 25,000 oeno-enthusiasts at 64 events. There will be seven days of tastings, seminars, and wine focused minglers hosted at the Vancouver Convention Centre West and top Vancouver restaurants, hotels and venues. 

Tickets are a hot commodity and on sale. Visit the website and find the event that tickles your palate today.

The 2012 Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala takes place Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. Be a part of this fundraising event as organizers hope to raise $500,000 to benefit essential S.U.C.C.E.S.S. programs and services that benefit seniors, youths, women and families.

Considered to be one of the premier charitable social events in Metro Vancouver, the festivities will include a VIP reception, silent and live auction of exclusive items donated by local businesses, and a sumptuous banquet followed by performances from The Goh Ballet, and Keeva Mak, one of Hong Kong's rising recording artists.

To order tickets please call S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation at 604-408-7228 or email

Hockey Day in Canada comes to the Richmond Olympic Oval!

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Join us for a free, family focused day of all things hockey under one roof on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 10:30am - 10:00pm. 

Come out for the celebrity ball hockey tournament hosted by CBC Sports Reporter Shane Foxman and refereed by Canucks mascot, Fin

The game will serve as the official kickoff for Richmond Celebrates Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Players include:

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Come be part of this year's Angel Dedication Event at VGH this Thursday, December 15. Celebrate the many "Angels" around us and in our hospitals. 

Date:  Thursday, December 15, 2011
Time:  11:30am - 12:45pm
Place:  Winter Wonderland, Diamond Family Courtyard, Jim Pattison Pavilion,
Vancouver General Hospital, 899 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Special Guest: Gloria MacarenkoCo-host, CBC News Vancouver

Thousands of dedicated Angels celebrating loved ones and honoring doctors and nurses are displayed on trees at VGH. The Angel Campaign helps fund critically-needed medical equipment and important research at VGH, UBC Hospital and GF Strong Rehab Centre. 

Visit to make a gift, dedicate an Angel and help decorate our tree.

LIVE Remote with The Early Edition at VGH


CBC Radio One's The Early Edition, with Rick Cluff  will also be broadcasting live from VGH tomorrow!  Join us from 5:30 - 8:30 am in the Winter Wonderland at the Diamond Family Courtyard. We'll be hearing from those who have and are spending their holidays in the care of VGH. The coffee and hot cocoa will be ready to go, dark and early tomorrow morning.

Location: CBC Audience Lounge
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Doors at 5 pm.
How to get in? First come, first served..

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If you weren't planning on coming down to CBC Vancouver Open House and Food Bank Day tomorrow, you might want to rethink that. We're happy to announce that George Stroumboulopoulos will be joining us a for a tweet-up from 5:30 - 6:30 pm tomorrow, Friday December 2! 

Finish your day with something sweet from our hot chocolate bar in CBC Vancouver's dressed up audience lounge while hanging out with some of your and @CBCVancouver's Twitter pals and of course, George @Strombo

Your ears will be treated to tunes from "A Very Radio 3 Christmas" - a music mix you'll only find at this event. And the coolest part of all of this? The first 25 people who arrive at the line for the tweet-up will receive highly coveted CBC Radio 3 swag! CBC News Vancouver will also be coming live to the tweet-up so practice your great audience smiles. :)  Because we'll be deep within the CBC building, free wi-fi access will be provided.  

Hope you'll come out to this great event and don't forget your donation for BC's Food Banks!
2011_CBC_OHFBD_OneSheet_B.jpgFriday, December 2, 2011 marks the 25th Anniversary of CBC/Radio-Canada's Food Bank Day at CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre. We're inviting you to join us for a full day of fun including newsroom tours, live broadcasts and the opportunity to meet CBC personalities including Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko, Rick Cluff, Stephen Quinn, CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos and Hockey Night in Canada's Scott Russell.

Be part of the audience for special live broadcasts in Studio 700. The day starts off with Rick Cluff, host of The Early Edition, followed by a CBC Radio 3 show. Enjoy the special joint broadcasts of BC Almanac and North by Northwest, On The Coast and All Points West, as the shows continue the live experience throughout the day.  Special guests and performers include Richard Brodeur, Wally Buono, Hannah Georgas, Jill Barber, Randy Bachman and 54/40. The evening ends with CBC News Vancouver at 5, 5:30 and 6 pm live from the news set.

For the full schedule of  live broadcast and special performances, please visit

Join the free newsroom tour of the state-of the-art integrated newsroom starting at 8am.Meet CBC Hosts and reporters, learn how we make radio, television and digital programming. You'll also get a chance to try being a weather presenter!

For more information on how to donate, please visit CBC British Columbia's 25th Annual Food Bank Day & Open House. 
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Treat your sweetheart to one of the finest and romantic Shakespearean performances this fall.  Vancouver Opera presents Romeo Et Juliette at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

French opera at its most romantic, Charles Gounod's gorgeous version of Shakespeare's tragic story is graceful, dramatic, and supremely melodic. Famous for its deeply emotional love duets, its exquisite orchestral colours and its heart-stirring choruses, Roméo et Juliette beautifully portrays the most iconic elements of the play - the passionate balcony scene, Mercutio's "Queen Mab" speech, the disastrous duel, and the sublimely spiritual final scene. Don't miss this amazing performance that is on stage for 4 nights only!

 For tickets, please visit

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Find your next favourite book and author at the Jewish Book Festival, happening from November 26th to December 1st. The festival will have meet-the-author opportunities, literary readings, panel discussions, book club gatherings and a cocktail evening celebration. 

Catch this year's featured author, Israeli writer and film maker 
Etgar Keret in conversation with CBC's Eleanor Watchtel for a live recording of CBC Writers & Company

Listen to talented and inspiring writers including,
 Pen Faulkner, award-winner David Guterson, and Ed King in a special book club with Sheryl MacKay, host of North by Northwest

Join children authors, local writers, Mann Booker Prize nominee 
Alison Pick, Giller Prize nominee Alexi Zentner as well as Bravo's Top Chef Danyelle Freeman and many more talented writers at the Jewish Book Festival.

For more information and tickets, please visit

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CBC Radio One presents Civic Election 2011. Tune in to your local CBC Radio One station to hear results from municipalities in your area.

Here in Vancouver, CBC On The Coast, Stephen Quinn will host the live special, starting at 8pm when the polls close. He will be joined by Cecilia Walters at the results desk, bringing you the outcome of voting from Whistler to Chilliwack.

You'll hear interviews with newly-elected and returning mayors, and analysis from our civic vote panellists - Frances Bula and Gordon Price.

For more information and updates on the coverage of Civic Election 2011, visit CBC's Election Connection website.

Thumbnail image for Art for Life 2011.jpgAttend the art event of the season at the 18th Annual Art for Life Fine Art Auction on Saturday, November 26th at the Rocky Mountaineer Station. This is a signature annual art auction hosted by the Vancouver Friends for Life Society, which enhances the wellness of individuals living with serious illnesses by providing complementary health and support services.

Enjoy the evening of art-inspired performances, cocktail-style bites, sweet treats and drinks. The event includes an "Auction in Three Acts" featuring exciting performances by Vancouver's Bif Naked, Public Dreams and Queens of Vancouver. The auction will showcase a collection of 90 artworks valued at close to $200,000 donated by Vancouver's top artist and galleries. 100% of art sales benefit the Vancouver Friends for Life Society.

For more information and tickets, please visit
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No Talk, All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 hours. Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to educate and inspire individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams and launch startups. 

On November 18, join entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, savvy designers  for Startup Weekend Vancouver at the SFU Beedie School of Business. Over 100 entrepreneurs will build companies together and pitch them to a crowd of over 200 at a closing night Gala. Hear the esteemed speakers talk about Vancouver's growing entrepreneurship community and why digital entrepreneurs should be excited with the local scene. 

Join this exciting event and collaborate with amazing teammates. See the Vancouver startup scene in action. For more information, please visit

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Cute Cats and the Arab Spring: 
When Social Media Meet Social Change          

Activists around the world are turning to social media tools usually used for more pedestrian purposes: the sharing of family videos and videos of cats flushing toilets. But these tools can be extremely powerful in the hands of activists, as they are pervasive, easy to use and difficult for governments to censor.

In the 2011 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture,  Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Centre for Civic Media at MIT, looks at "the cute cat theory" of internet activism, as it helps explain the Arab Spring protests, aggressive internet censorship in countries like China and Vietnam, and the challenges for the corporate owners of social media platforms in an era of online speech.

Ethan Zuckerman is also a principal research scientist at MIT's Media Lab. His research focuses on the distribution of attention in mainstream and new media, the use of technology for international development, and the use of new media technologies by activists.

The 2011 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture will be hosted by Paul Kennedy and recorded for future broadcast on the CBC Radio One' Ideas.

Participate in this fascinating lecture this Sunday, November 20th, 7pm at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC.
Reserve your seat at VancouverHumanRightsLecture.

First United Logo.JPGA Fundraising Performance of Duke Ellington's Sacred Music. Benefiting the Work of First United Church. Featuring: Dee Daniels • Marcus Mosely •  Fred Stride Orchestra • the Sacred Music Gospel Choir • Sojourners •  Tap Dancer: Alex Dugdale 

Duke Ellington, considered the Sacred Concert to be amongst his most significant accomplishments and devoted the last years of his life to performing this music throughout the world.  
CBC Radio One's Rick Cluff, Emcee for the last year's event was at a loss for words and many described the event as "spectacular".  An audience of almost a thousand was treated to a magnificent and soulful performance. 

Dee Daniels and Marcus Mosely with the Fred Stride Orchestra will bring their gospel background, blues flavouring and unique styling.  Proceeds will benefit the work of First United Church which has provided shelter and services to those in need in the Vancouver's Downtown Eastside for 125 years.  

Don't miss this spectacular concert on Friday, November 18th, 8 PM at St.  Andrew's-Wesley United Church, 1012 Nelson Street (corner of Burrard Street), Vancouver. 

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling Natalie at 604-681-8365 Ext 104

IMAGE.jpgNAAAP Vancouver is proud to host the fourth annual Spotlight on Leadership celebration, with the theme this year of Faces of Change: Sustaining Culture & Cultivating Community

This year, NAAAP is very honoured to have renowned architect and community activist Bing Thom as our keynote speaker. His leadership in design, culture and community exemplifies the event theme, and is guaranteed to inspire.

The event will be held on Thursday, November 3 at SFU Segal Graduate School of Business in downtown Vancouver.b Doors open at 6:30 pm and the presentation begins promptly at 7:00 pm. 

A short recognition ceremony will be conducted and will be followed by a panel discussion for three special recipients. A networking session will follow for a chance to meet the honourees for the evenings - light refreshments will be served during the networking session.

Tickets can be ordered by emailing or by RSVPing at
RobertsonGregor150w.jpgAntonSuzanne150.jpgJoin Vancouver mayoral candidates Suzanne Anton (Non-Partisan Association) and Gregor Robertson (Vision Vancouver) as they debate the issues that matter most to Vancouverites. The 90 minute debate will take place on Wednesday November 9 at 7pm at CBC Studio 700

It will be broadcast live on CBC Radio One. The debate will be moderated by Rick Cluff, host of The Early Edition

The candidates will answer questions put to them by a panel which includes: CBC News Vancouver Anchor, Gloria Macarenko, On The Coast's Stephen Quinn, and Patrick Smith, SFU Professor, Urban Studies and Political Science. The candidates will also take questions from the audience. 

To reserve your seat for the event, email (limit 2 seats per reservation).
Us&Them_dress_0258.jpgVancouver's award-winning Headlines Theatre is celebrating the 30th Anniversary Season with an innovative and unique theatre production call Us and Them - exploring the question of how and why we create divisions between ourselves and 'others'. 
This play is a continuation of last year's project, Us and Them (the inquiry), in which Headlines Theatre hosted public inquires with various community members to understand the human motivations that lead to the creation of "the other".

Experience this grassroots, interactive physical theatre production at The Cultch till November 12, 2011. 

For more information and tickets, visit Headlines Theatre  
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This is your chance to learn more about the mandate and operations of CBC/Radio- Canada. Join the live webcast of the Annual Public Meeting on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (PT) . 

During the Annual Public Meeting, senior executives of CBC/Radio-Canada will review highlights of 2010-2011 and provide an overview of the Corporation's direction for the current fiscal year and for the future. To mark the national public broadcaster's 75th Anniversary, this year's event will include a presentation by Foreign Correspondents, on the role they play as the eyes and ears of Canadians abroad.

Streamed live from the Canadian War Museum, you can join the meeting by webcast.
Register today for your chance to participate and ask your questions to the President and CEO, Chair of the Board, Chief Financial Officer and Foreign Correspondents. 
Register to join the Annual Public Meeting here 

TEDxVancouver The Frontier.jpgOpen your mind, learn and be inspired at one of the most fascinating speaker events of the year. TEDxVancouver will be infusing the world-renowned TED platform and bringing together talented and accomplished individuals with innovative minds to spark deep discussion and connections. This year's theme is "The Frontier" and features an outstanding line-up of thought provoking talks by Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire, social media expert & CEO of Hootsuite Ryan Holmes, and one of Fast Company's Top 100 Most Creative People in Business Shahrzad Rafati. Catch the presentation from artist and educator, Jer Thorp and Sean Aiken, the man who worked 52 jobs in 52 weeks.

Listen and learn from these Canadians as they give "the talk of their life" in 18 minutes or less as part of the TED tradition. Take part in this excitement at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on November 12, 2011 by applying to attend at
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Chat, laugh, and get inspired at 2011 Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival. Internationally renowned and undiscovered authors mingle with 14,000 readers of all ages in intimate, interactive and informal settings on Granville Island. The festival features a list of talented and award winning writers for their wonderful story telling including some of British Columbia's favourite authors. From comical, inspiring novels, suspenseful crime fiction stories to compelling and provocative non-fiction titles there's a novel for everyone!  Wrap up the festival on October 23rd by celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Governor General's Award as previous award recipients share their personal stories in achieving the prestigious award.

Join this amazing festival from October 18-23. Get your tickets at

Tosca Cafe.jpgThe Vancouver Playhouse Theatre presents the American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco's production of Tosca Cafe. Set to some of the best music ever made from Hendrix to Puccini, this imaginative work is gorgeously choreographed and achingly moving. Created and staged by Carey Perloff and Val Caniparoli, this radically original fusion of movement and theatre conjures a world in which love, betrayal, and hope emerge from the shadows and disappear with the clink of a glass. Diverse characters, sensual movement, mesmerizing drama and amazing music - all in one show playing from October 8th - October 29th, 2011!  Get your tickets at 
Sook-Yin-590x296.jpgOn the 19th and 20th of October, you're invited to CBC Studio 40 for an unforgettable evening with CBC Radio One DNTO's Sook-Yin Lee and her guest raconteurs.
On Wednesday, October 19, story spinners Charlie Demers, Tetsuro Shigematsu, Ivan E. Coyote, Deb Williams and Grant Lawrence will make you laugh, and maybe cry with their stories on "Unexpected Gifts", but our musical guest, Shad, will make you dance in your seat. To reserve that seat, email for a ticket at
and include the date of the show. Doors open at 7 p.m.. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp. 
You can also reserve a seat for the Thursday, October 20th extravaganza featuring "Hidden Talent or Secret Superpower" stories from Morgan Brayton, Sam Mullins, Sarah Hyde, J.J. Lee, and Andrew Westoll. BONUS: a sneak preview of songs from Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers fame's soon to be released new album: Bright and Vivid. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 7.  Did we mention tickets are free? Get on that.
Email and be sure to let us know the date of the show you want to attend. If you can't make it, this special DNTO from Vancouver will air on CBC Radio One on October 29th at 1:30 p.m.

Don't miss this star-studded event 10 am - 10 pm, TOMORROW - Friday, September 30.

Things are buzzing as crews complete set up of the CBC Live site which includes three stages and an amazing lighting set up for an all day festival ending with a blockbuster concert.

Check out the photos from our Facebook page

Things get going at 10 am. Come down and join in the official opening with Q's Jian Ghomeshi and country music star Johnny Reid who will perform his hit "Let's Go Higher".

Stay for a full day of special broadcasts and the chance to meet your favourite CBC stars George Stroumboulopoulos, Chris Hyndman from Steven & Chris and Dragons' Jim Treliving, Robert Herjavec and Bruce Croxon, Erin Karpluk from Being Erica, CBC News Vancouver's Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko, Claire Martin and Shane Foxman and many more. Full schedule here.

Bring the kids for interactive activities and story time at Kids' CBC Tent with Mamma Yamma and Super Why!. Plus a fabulous Kids' CBC stage Show with Patty, The Cat in the Hat and a special performance by Amy Millan of Stars. Also, catch the live broadcast of CBC Radio One's On The Coast and CBC News Vancouver

Join Grant Lawrence in the CBC Live Lounge at 7 pm for a special Radio 3 - CBC Live Concert Countdown featuring interviews with The New Pornographers, Stars and The Midway State. This is a lead-up to the concert that starts at 8 pm featuring these amazing bands. 

Get ready for a star-studded line up of live broadcast, events and music at CBC LIVE! - A kick off to Culture Days on Friday, September 30th, 2011. This will be an all day outdoor festival from 10 am to 10 pm with a spectacular opening by CCMA Artist of the Year - Johnny Reid

The stage will start with a Special Q Media Panel  hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, Steven & Chris and Dragons' Den. Bring the kids for interactive activities and story time at Kids' CBC Tent with Mamma Yamma and Super Why!Throughout the day, meet the Stars of CBC Television. Did we mention George Stroumboulopoulos will be here? Catch the live broadcast of CBC Radio One's On The Coast and CBC News Vancouver

What's a celebration without cake? Enjoy a piece of cake in the evening with the CBC Stars. Join the countdown in the evening with CBC Radio 3 for the Culture Days Concert featuring Stars, The Midway State, and The New Pornographers.

CBC LIVE! Schedule: 

10:45 am - Culture Days Kick Off Spectacular with Johnny Reid 

11:00 am - Jian Ghomeshi hosts a Special Q Media Panel
From Cairo to Vancouver: How social media has affected the biggest news stories of the last year

11:00 am - Meet CBC News Network morning show host 
Suhana Meharchand at the CBC News Vancouver Tent and test out your skills at our anchor desk!

12:00 pm Noon - Kids' CBC Live
With Patty, Mamma Yamma, the Breakfast Froog and special musical guest Amy Millan.
Throughout the day, come to Kids' CBC tent for puppet shows, pirate crafts, and storytelling with Super Why!, CBC News Vancouver's Gloria Macarenko, CBC Radio One hosts:  Margaret Gallagher, Stephen Quinn, and CBC Radio 3 hosts: Grant Lawrence, Lana Gay and Lisa Christiansen.

2:00 pm - Steven & Chris co-hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos
Catch Chris and his event co-host George Stroumboulopoulos with Best Recipes Ever's Kary Osmond, Dragons Robert Herjavec and Bruce Croxon.

3:00 pm - CBC Radio One's On The Coast with Stephen Quinn
Stephen will be featuring special Culture Days musical guests.

5:00 - 6:30 pm - CBC News Vancouver Live from Hamilton Street 
Watch Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko, Claire Martin and Shane Foxman during the live evening newscast. Be sure to come back at 6:30pm to the CBC News Vancouver tent where you can meet them.

5:00 pm - CBC Celebrates 75 Years
Have some cake with CBC's biggest stars!

5:30 pm - Face the Dragon
Dragons' Den Student Entrepreneur Contest with Jim Treliving, Robert Herjavec, Bruce Croxon and Dianne Buckner

7:00 pm - CBC Radio 3 Countdown Show with Grant Lawrence
Join Radio 3 host Grant Lawrence for the countdown show to Midnight Music.

8:00 pm - Midnight Music: A Concert for Culture Days 
Be a part of this FREE concert hosted by Jian Ghomeshi featuring StarsThe Midway State and The New Pornographers.

CBC Radio 2 Canada Live and CBC Radio 3 featured Canada's Favourite Independent Musician, Dan Mangan at CBC Vancouver over the weekend.  Dan Mangan has a new album to share with the world - Oh Fortune, is its name. In a world teeming with music, Dan's new record matters - it stands out from the crowd.  The Vancouver musician has new songs to share which he says are deeper and darker than he's ever done before.  Just ten days before the album's release, Dan brought 11 musicians along with him to CBC Vancouver's Studio 40.  They recreated the album in its entirety, live in concert - track by track.  It was magic.


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CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating its 75th Anniversary as Canada's public broadcaster and the art of broadcasting! You are invited to join the celebration at CBC Prince George, CBC Victoria and CBC Kelowna for CBC/Radio-Canada's 75th Anniversary Open House on Saturday, Oct 1st.  This is your chance to meet your favourite on-air hosts and personalities, tour the studio, win prizes and learn about your local CBC station. 

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CBC Prince George
9 am - 1 pm at CBC Prince George on 890 Victoria Street

CBC Prince George is opening its doors to the public for a joint Open House with CBC Prince Rupert. The public can tour the studios and meet local hosts including Mark Forsythe, host of BC Almanac, Robert Doane and Carolina de Ryk, hosts of Daybreak North, Betsy Trumpener from CBC News and Pamela McCall, morning host of a new CBC Radio news segment. 

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10 am - 4 pm at CBC Kelowna on 243 Lawrence Ave
Tour the studios, get behind the mic and read a radio script, meet the staff and on-air personalities, win prizes and much more. Meet Sheryl MacKay, host of CBC Radio's North by Northwest, Chris Walker, new morning host of Daybreak South, Rebecca Zandbergen, new afternoon host of brand new afternoon show Radio West as well as Daybreak South's Alya Ramadan.

10 am - 2 pm at CBC Victoria on 1025 Pandora Street
Meet your favourite on-air personalities, tour the studio and chat with staff including Gregor Craigie, host of On the Island, Jo-Ann Roberts, host of All Points West, Khalil Akhtar, host of CBC Food segment as well as Kelly Nakatsuka from All Points West. Also meet Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks.


We hope to see you there!
Follow us on twitter: #CBCCelebrates75 or go to the website


Don't miss this unique opportunity for side-splitting laughter! The Debaters CBC's radio and television comedy sensation, is in Kelowna for a live radio recording on October 4th at 7:30 pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
This incredible evening includes six debates by 12 comics including local comic Tim Nutt who will debate Vancouver Improv Star, Roman Danylo on the topic "Sasquatch vs Ogopogo: who is the superior legendary creature?

Other topics up for debate include: "Beer vs Wine","Karl Marx: is it time to give him another look?", "Women need to accept that all men are projects" "Keep kids off the internet for as long as possible.", "Will video stores be missed?"

Tickets are selling fast, book yours today
For more information on The Debaters visit the website at

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This Labour Day weekend, bring your family and friends to support and cheer on for Team Red and Team White as they continue to play till 11:05am on Monday morning to break the record of playing over 243 hours of non-stop hockey for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Celebrate with the teams in this history making event with live DJ music, CBC facepaint and prizes! 

Since the puck dropped August 26th at Burnaby's 8 Rinks, 40 courageous women from across Canada are still going strong on the ice with the goal to break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Game of Ice Hockey.

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Get closer to the heart & soul of Latin American culture through Vancouver Latin American Film Festival! For the first time, the 9th Annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is featuring three competition sections for Best Short-Film, Best Documentary and feature-length films. This year, the festival is incorporating a panel of youths from post-secondary schools to present the Youth Choice award for a fiction film made by an emerging director. The film festival kicks off on September 1st!


For the full festival line up and to purchase tickets, please visit

Thumbnail image for 75th logo English_comm page slider_614wX250h.jpgCBC Radio-Canada is turning 75 on November 2, 2011 and we want you to celebrate with us through 75 days of specialty multi-platform programming! From documentaries to interactive websites dedicated to helping you explore the depths of your public broadcaster, you're invited to be a part of the anniversary celebrations.

It kicks off this weekend on Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m. with a 2 hour CBC television special that we like to say was "co-produced with Canadians." Get ready for the documentary 1 Day

Earlier this year, we asked you to submit a video from your day on April 30th. We received thousands of submissions and our producers have compiled as much of the footage as possible to showcase a unique 24 hour snapshot of the diversity and beauty of our nation and our people. You'll also hear from some well-known Canadians who let us tag along their day. Be sure to check it out because Canadians play a starring role all the way!

To see a calendar of all anniversary-related programming and events, check out on Monday, August 22. 

It has been a lively summer here on CBC Vancouver's outdoor stage with the Musical Nooners delivering 40 free concerts in 40 days. Despite cooler days start the summer months, local and even some international musicians have heated up the stage with live concerts every weekday from 12 - 1 p.m. The lucky lunch time crowd has had the pleasure of enjoying exciting performances ranging from modern jazz, African fusion-pop, funky blues to indie pop and mariachi music.

There are only 2 weeks left in the Musical Nooners series with an outstanding line-up of bands including Vancouver's country rock singer Dustin Bentall who will be pairing up with fiddler and singer Kendel Carson; leader of the Juno Award-nominated group Silk Road Music Andre Thibault; and 2007 Canadian Idol top 3 finalist Carly Rae Jepsen.

Don't miss this roster of talented musicians and enjoy the rest of your summer lunch hours with a CBC Musical Nooner!

Mon, Aug 15 - Emily Taylor Adams
Tues, Aug 16 - Company B Jazz Band
Wed, Aug 17 - Dustin Bentall & Kendel Carson
Thurs, Aug 18 - Pacifika
Fri, Aug 19 - The Beladeans

Mon, Aug 22 - Carly Rae Jepsen
Tues, Aug 23 - Andre Thibault (Silk Road Music)
Wed, Aug 24 - Ranj Singh
Thurs, Aug 25 - David Vertesi
Fri, Aug 26 - The Crackling
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Join the excitement and be part of a history making event as 40 courageous women aim to break the Guinness world record for the "Longest Ice Hockey Game" played ever. They're playing in hopes to raise over $400,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada so that one day soon, CF can stand for "cure found". The puck drops on August 26th at Burnaby 8 Rinks and the game will continue over 10 days non-stop until September 5th. That's over 243 hours of a single hockey game!

Show your support by becoming a volunteer for the Longest Game 4 CF! Here's what they're looking for: 

1. General Volunteers: A wide range of opportunities are available. General event support, laundry help, runners, information and guest services, raffle ticket facilitators, greeters, and so much more. There's something for everyone!

If you live or work in downtown Vancouver, your summer lunch hours are about to be a lot more fun. CBC Vancouver's Musical Nooners are back! From July 4th to August 26th, every 
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Our musical performance department has been hard at work booking some of the West Coast's favourite local and even international artists. From blues legends Jim Byrnes & Colin Linden to Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter Greg Sczebel to Dan Moxon of Bend Sinister...yes, you'll be treated to a free one-hour show from these brilliant artists.

Just grab your lunch and head down to the outdoor stage at 700 Hamilton Street. We'll see!

Calendar of Acts - July 2011 - more to be announced

Mon, July 4 - Aché Brasil
Tues, July 5 - The Sojourners
Wed, July 6 - The Matinée
Thurs, July 7 - Maria in the Shower
Fri, July 8 - T. Nile

Mon, July 11 - Dee Daniels
Tues, July 12 - Redgy Blackout
Wed, July 13 - Ti-Coca & Wanga-Nègès
Thurs, July 14 - Locarno
Fri, July 15 - Imaginary Cities

Mon, July 18 - Joe Trio
Tues, July 19 - Mélanie Boucher with Jennifer Hodge
Wed, July 20 - Wayne Lavallee
Thurs, July 21 - Greg Sczebel
Fri, July 22 - Fine Mist

Mon, July 25 - Oliver Swain
Tues, July 26 - Ganga Giri
Wed, July 27 - Jim Byrnes & Colin Linden
Thu, July 28 - Karen Flamenco
Fri, July 29 - Dan Moxon (Bend Sinister)

Tues, Aug 2 - Buffaloswans
Wed, Aug 3 - Steve Dawson and Shaun Verreault (Wide Mouth Mason)
Thurs, Aug 4 - Mariachi Los Dorados
Fri, Aug 5 - Louise Burns

Tues, Aug 9 - ZimbaMoto
Wed, Aug 10 - AJ Woodworth
Thurs, Aug 11 - Cousin Harley
Fri, Aug 12 - Sun Wizard

Mon, Aug 15 - Emily Taylor Adams
Tues, Aug 16 - Company B Jazz Band 
Thurs, Aug 18 - Pacifika 
Frid, Aug 19 - The Beladeans

Mon, Aug 22 - Carly Rae Jepsen 
Tues, Aug 23 - Andre Thibault (Silk Road Music)
Wed, Aug 24 - Ranj Singh 
Thurs, Aug 25 - David Vertesi 
Fri, Aug 26 - The Crackling 

Be sure to follow us on Twitter in case of changes to the schedule due to inclement weather. 
artswells.jpg.jpgWells has always been a town vibrant of arts and culture. In the 1930s, musical acts were enjoyed in the very same Wells Community Hall where many of this year's shows and exhibitions are being held. Artists have traveled from across the country to this little mountain town to be part of this inspiring collaboration! Arts Wells is a 4 day outdoor & indoor festival designed with community in mind. Head over to the city of Wells and enjoy the weekend taking in great artists, the local flavour of nature trails, historical sites, artisans, and friendly folk!

  • Over 30 different Workshops to attend where you can learn everything from beatboxing to Ukrainian dance to lyric writing to laughter yoga and so much more.

  • Activities for kids including a crafting station, children's workshops and stage.

  • Over 100 musical performances on 9 stages including folk, jazz, country, funk, hip-hop, electronic, world, pop, roots & more
Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival - July 31st, 2011

The CBC Vancouver team will be marching in the 33rd annual Pride Parade and Festival. Join us along the parade route and you can see personalities like CBC News Vancouver's Gloria Macarenko, CBC Radio One's Sheryl MacKay and CBC Radio 3's Lisa Christiansen. To coincide with this year's parade theme "celebrate", you can expect more fabulous floats, more elaborate costumes and an even greater number of people filling the streets of Vancouver with Pride!  Catch the entertainment after the parade at the festival on Sunset Beach. CBC Ambassadors will be out in full force there too! For more information on the parade route and festival, visit

The 21st annual Harmony Arts Festival turns the West Vancouver waterfront into an open-air celebration of the arts from July 29 - August 7. Visitors can enjoy art exhibitions, artist talks and HAF2010.jpgdemonstrations, a Cinema in the Park, over fifty distinct concerts, and a unique wine and culinary experience in the Wine Garden.

Come experience the excitement and sounds of this award winning Festival along Ambleside and John Lawson Park. From rock, blues and jazz, to classical and world music, there is something for everyone and all musical tastes. 

The 2011 festival proudly features the new upscale Art Market with a line-up of artists and artisans selected by an esteemed jury. Taking over Argyle Avenue along the waterfront for the first time, 60+ artists and artisans from British Columbia and Ontario will be selling original creations.  Festival visitors will find one-of-a-kind pottery, jewellery, fashion, leather goods, paintings, wood-work, glass and more.  Come meet the talented artists and purchase a unique work of art.

With over 200 artists (60+ artists and groups) the 34th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival again offers a brilliant weekend of musical discovery. The festival runs from Friday, July 15 through to Sunday night, July 17. 

Come hear the amazing Rosanne Cash, a rare live performance by Gillian Welch, Tim Robbins & the Rogues Gallery Band (yes, THAT Tim Robbins), African superstars Freshlyground, the Saharan sounds of Tinariwen, India's Nomadic Caravan, Joel Plaskett Emergency, The Jayhawks, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, New Country Rehab, James Cotton Superharp, Haiti's Ti-Coca & Wange-Neges and many more! Tickets are available in advance to July 14, 2pm and at the gate for Friday night, Saturday & Sunday - or you can purchase a full weekend pass.

Indiansummer.jpgThe inaugural Indian Summer Festival brings the best of India to Vancouver, July 7 - 17th in celebration of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary and the official "Year of India" in Canada.

The Indian arts & ideas festival will showcase top contemporary and classical Indian talent across music, dance, theatre, literature, film, visual arts, yoga and cuisine - pairing some of India's internationally renowned artists and performers with local Vancouver counterparts. Some highlights include "In-Conversation" with Bollywood star Tabu with best-selling author Yann Martel, an intimate concert with the "god of Indian violin" Dr. L Subramaniam, and even a live cooking demo with Vikram Vij.

Don't miss 10 days of exciting programming, 20+ events, workshops and more. SFU Woodward's, downtown Vancouver, 149 W Hastings. Tickets start at just $8. Full festival line up available and tickets on sale now at
Experience Latin America's culture and passion at the 3rd Annual Carnaval Del Sol on June 26th along Granville Street in downtown Vancouver!  This street party stretches along Granville from Smithe to Pender Street. 

Join the celebration and participate in a fun and exciting street soccer tournament featuring the Vancouver WhiteCaps FC and Mayor Gregor Roberston. Dance to salsa music and Zumba while watching great performances by local and international Latin artists. Taste and enjoy traditional foods as Granville Street is transformed into an authentic Latin American open-air food court and marketplace. Bring the kids to play games and activities in the kids entertainment zone. Learn about sustainability from special guest speaker, CBC's The Nature of Things host David Suzuki. The celebration goes from 10am to 10pm! For more information on the day festivities, please visit

Come and experience the superb acoustics of CBC's Studio One with some of Canada's most loved jazz musicians. From June 24th - 29th, you can experience a free jazz concert at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre each night as part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival!  

Seating will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Each concert will begin at 5:30pm and doors will open at 5 p.m.

Sat, June 25         Phil Dwyer Septet 
Sun, June 26 Van Django 
Tues, June 28 Altered Laws

For more information about this year's CBC Studio One jazz series, visit the webpage at Coastal Jazz.
UPDATE: The Granville Street Fan Zone is being replaced by an expanded Georgia Street viewing area. In addition to CBC's existing screens, 2 additional screens will be added along Georgia Street at Homer and Hamilton. All of Georgia Street between Richards and Hamilton will be closed off to traffic starting at 2 p.m. for fans to watch the game together.

CBC and the City of Vancouver are continuing to join forces to show every Canucks games on 700 Hamilton Street for the Stanley Cup finals! Get ready for an even bigger party!

The CBC 700 Hamilton Street Fan Zone, powered by BC Hydro, will continue to be alive with 2 giant outdoor screens, thousands of cheering fans, face painters, the city's most diverse food carts and free Go Canucks Go posters.

The party starts at 3 p.m. every game night until 4:30 p.m. Then, it's time for Hockey Night in Canada's pre-game show as clock counts down for the face-off Canucks fans have been waiting for all year!

CBC Vancouver is also extending its partnership with the City of Vancouver to host a 2nd Fan Zone location on the 700 block of Granville Street between Robson and Georgia. Fans can now also gather on Granville to watch the game and cheer on the Canucks*. (*Please note this area will now be closed)

Come on out and enjoy the game with your neighbours and friends!
It was damp but definitely not dreary as hundreds of Canucks fans gathered on our plaza yesterday to watch Game 1 of the Western Conference NHL Playoff finals.Vancouverites who IMG_3039.JPGbraved the rain were treated to a sizzling match-up between the victorious Canucks and opponents the San Jose Sharks. 

The street party kicked off with everyone swaying to the bumping beats of all-Canadian playlist from CBC Radio 3. Red jacketed ambassadors got everyone into the blue-green-white spirit by painting faces, foreheads, and even the top of someone's head! 

We'll be back Wednesday for game 2 starting at 4:00 pm. We hope to see you there!
Come to the CBC Vancouver outdoor plaza to watch EVERY Canucks playoff game on our 13' outdoor screen! We've partnered with the City of Vancouver to shut down Hamilton Street, Hockey Fan Zone April 15 057.jpgbetween Georgia and Robson, for every Canucks game so you can cheer on our home team with your family, friends, and colleagues! 

The hockey Fan Zone Street Party opens 2 hours before every game so we can all get in the spirit. Here's some of the exciting things you can expect: 

  • FREE face painting
  • FREE Go Canucks Go posters
  • Playoff Playlist tunes from CBC Radio 3
  • appearances by Peter Puck from Hockey Night in Canada
  • ...and some of the city's most diverse food cart vendors!
Come early so you can park your lawn chair in the best viewing spots! See you there!
Love Vancouver, Love Your Planet is a free outdoor festival, taking place on June 5th on the 
beautiful seawall in Vancouver's Olympic Village. Marked by UN-World Environment Day, the 
event promotes green and healthy living through fun and engaging activities that includes an 
open-air eco-craft market, vegetarian food vendors, live concerts and recycled art installations

A variety of community organizations will encourage and educate Vancouverites to help build a more sustainable future for the city in the festival's Eco-Stewardship Showcase featuring expert panels, interactive workshops and information sharing.

Get involved with the festival as a volunteer. Sustainable business, local artisans and NGO's are invited to participate in our Eco Fair.

DOXA, Western Canada's largest documentary film festival, explodes in 2011 with an exceptional lineup of films. There is something for everyone, from the rude rough world of skate 
punks to the rarified visions of Vancouver's photo-conceptualists.

DOXA kicks off the festival with an all ages show at Vancouver's legendary Vogue Theatre with Louder than a Bomb! The film follows four teams of Chicago-area high school students as they prepare and perform at the world's largest youth poetry slam. DOXA's closing film presents the visual majesty of the world's most ancient cave art in Werner Herzog's stunning 3D opus Cave of Forgotten Dreams

In honour of the City's 125th Anniversary, DOXA is very proud to present a special Spotlight on Vancouver. From vintage Vancouver images to the world premieres of new films about the city and its people, Spotlight on Vancouver creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of this place we call home.
canadian_club.JPGOn May 18th, the 10th anniversary of the Maple Leaf Youth Awards will recognize outstanding youth who have contributed greatly to their communities. The program celebrates and rewards the exemplary achievements of four students in grades 10 through 12 in the categories of Academics, Arts, and Community Service. Join the Canadian Club of Vancouver to share your pride in Canada and commitment to the future leaders of our country. 

MC'ed by CBC Radio One The Early Edition's host Rick Cluff, this year's guest speaker is former team captain of the Vancouver Canucks Trevor Linden.  Trevor will be speaking about pride in Canada, leadership & good citizenship. 

To get your tickets, visit the Canadian Club of Vancouver's website here.

VAHMS is proud to present the 15th Annual explorASIAN Festival to Metro Vancouver in celebration of Asian Heritage Month in Canada.

There are a multitude of events and activities stretching 
throughout the month of May to enjoy. Head to the explorASIAN site for the calendar or events.

You can kick off Vancouver Asian Heritage Month on May 1st with a free public event on the CBC Outdoor Stage called Beat the Street. From 12pm - 4:30pm, Beat the Street will feature 4 groups that truly highlight the diversity of musical art forms within Vancouver's Asian communities. 

The 4 groups to be featured are: Tetsu Taiko (Japanese Drumming), Kathara Canada (Filipino Dance, Drumming and Martial Arts, Cheondoong Performing Arts (Korean Drumming), and a traditional Persian Ensemble. Also playing throughout the day will be Arabic/Turkish group Reyhan.

On Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8th, Think City will be staging its fourth annual Think City Tours event throughout Metro Vancouver and tour registrations are now available.

Think City Tours are about providing a fun and informative way for residents to engage with the many rich stories of the people, nature, history, and culture of our communities.

These tours bring to life the stories that are literally at our footsteps. Last year, volunteer guides gave 42 tours on foot or by bike in Vancouver, Surrey, the University of British Columbia and White Rock, attracting 1,000-plus participants. Sign-up for your tour today!
georgeblog.jpgIf you didn't get a chance to join us at the live tapings of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight earlier this week, check out some of the photos on our CBC Vancouver Facebook page

Our fabulous photographer captured all the best moments including George chatting it up with guests k-os, Hannah Georgas, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, rapper and actor Ice Cube, B.C. Premier Christy Clark, Stockwell Day, and CBC's Ian Hanomansing. You'll even see pictures from a special tweet-up where 145 lucky fans had the chance to watch an advance screening of iconic slasher flick, Scream 4.  Of course, there are also plenty of photos of George with the audience so be sure to tag the photos if you see yourself!
On May 13, 2011, the Vancouver Waldorf School will host the return of its annual fundraising gala and auction from 7pm to midnight. A Spring Soirée is inspired by the works of William Shakespeare and will feature a live and silent auction with fabulous items. Renowned and emerging artists from Vancouver will delight and entertain guests for a truly memorable evening. 

Thumbnail image for Spring Soiree Button.JPGProceeds from A Spring Soirée will provide crucial support to the Vancouver Waldorf School's operations, including the Tuition Adjustment Program. The School embraces a philosophy of inclusivity, offering tuition adjustment to many families who do not have the means to pay full tuition so their children may have the opportunity to receive a Waldorf Education. Funds from the evening will also help fund the twelfth grade end of year trip to Costa Rica. 

For more information regarding the Spring Soirée please call 604.689.1463 or visit

Get in the spirit of the hockey playoffs with CBC Vancouver's hockey FAN ZONE! We're cheering for the home team and we want you to join us. It's going to be a party!

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For 2 hours before every home game, come to the Fan Zone located at the corner of Georgia and Hamilton Street by the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre. We'll be celebrating with:

  • "Playoff Playlist" music by CBC Radio 3
  • free Canucks warrior face painting
  • free "Go Canucks Go" posters
  • leave a video message for the Canucks. Check out some of the videos HERE.
  • watch the game on the giant CBC outdoor screen
  • ...and appearances by Hockey Night in Canada's Peter Puck!

We can't wait to celebrate with you!

On April 17, 2011, well-known Canadian singer/songwriter Susan Jacks will host and perform in a fundraising concert entitled "Susan Jacks &  Friends - for LIFE,"

Susan received a kidney transplant in February, 2010 and was fortunate that her brother Billy (whose name was used for her international hit song "Which Way You Going Billy?") was a perfect match. Susan says she feels blessed that she was able to find a match and she now devotes her spare time and energy to promoting the need for organ donation and supporting the work of The Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Additional artists Craig McCaw, Satwant Singh, Virginia Blatchford, and singers from the show Music Hop will be joining Susan in her celebration of kidney transplantation. 

For tickets or more information, visit The Kidney Foundation of Canada's website.

An Exploration of Fundamentalism, Feminism and Expression
with Farzana Hassan 

April 16, 2011 - 8 pm
UBC Chan Centre

About Farzana Hassan:
A committed Muslim, women's rights activist, author of Islam Women and the Challenges of Today and past president of the Muslim Canadian Congress, Hassan regularly criticizes fundamentalism and extremism in her religion. As she has said, "fighting Islamic extremism and opposing terrorism is a crucial way of countering the rising tide of Islamophobia."

Is the niqāb a symbol of religious expression, or a tool of oppression? Farzana Hassan, outspoken and controversial commentator on Islam and Muslim issues, believes that the face-covering veil traditionally worn by Islamic women represents the latter.
Vancouver Recital Society presents an unforgettable evening with multiple Grammy award-
winning cellist Yo Yo Ma with the Silk Road Ensemble on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm at the Orpheum Theatre. 
About Yo-Yo Ma
Whether performing a new concerto, revisiting a familiar work from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music, reaching out to young audiences and student musicians, or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Yo-Yo Ma seeks connections that stimulate the imagination. Mr. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, his recital and chamber music activities, and his recording projects. In each he works to expand the cello repertoire through both performances of lesser-known twentieth-century music and the commissioning of new works. Mr. Ma serves as the Artistic Director of the Silk Road Ensemble.
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 Please indicate "Chet Baker Song Book" in your subject line. A rush line will be available starting at 6:45 pm.

December 3rd marked the 24th annual CBC Food Bank Day at CBC Vancouver. This was the second year we tied it in with our public open house and once again, the public came out OHFBDAfternoon 112.jpgby the thousands to tour our integrated newsroom, meet their favourite personalities and donate to food banks in BC.

We raised $445,680 during the action packed day! We had help of course with our local CBC personalities and special guests from the CBC Network: The National's Peter Mansbridge. CBC Radio's Q's Jian Ghomeshi and CBC Television's George Stroumboulopoulos and Jim Treliving. They did everything from interviews, to working the phone lines and meeting fans.

Jian kicked things off on December 2nd with a special Vancouver edition of Q. As you know, because you follow this blog regularly, Jian's show filled up in less than an hour. More than 300 excited fans watched the live recording of the show with special guests, Black Mountain and Sarah McLachlan.

Things just kept going up from there. We kicked things off on December 3rd bright and early with CBC Radio's The Early Edition with a memorable performance of Silent Night with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Jim Pattison (see our Facebook page for the video).

The fun continued with extended versions of CBC Radio One's BC Almanac, On The Coast and All Points West, as well as CBC Radio 3 programs. We heard from local favourites The Zolas, Chor Leoni Men's Choir and many others. Hosts Stephen Quinn, Mark Forsythe, Grant Lawrence, and Jo-Ann Roberts kept the broadcasts exciting with lively interviews and some amazing incentive prizes to help with the fundraising. And our news team with Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko, Shane Foxman, Claire Martin and all our reporters and producers kept things exciting as people toured the studios.

We also had our first CBC Vancouver Tweetup with none other than @strombo. We had a great turnout and loved meeting our fellow tweeps, live and in person.

And of course, with your help, we helped raise a significant amount of money for food banks in BC. With every dollar translating to three dollars in food purchase for the food bank, the impact will be felt by many British Columbians in need!

Thanks to all of you who donated and thanks to those who volunteered and worked so hard to make this event successful!

Join us tomorrow, Friday, December 3 for one of the most exciting days of the year here for us at CBC Vancouver. It's CBC's Open House & Food Bank Day where we we open our doors iMeet CBC personalities at Open House Dayn support of food banks in B.C. and welcome you into our state-of-the-art broadcast centre.

This is the 24th year of the CBC British Columbia Food Bank Day where all our local and regional radio shows broadcast special programs to help inspire your generosity towards those who need the services that B.C. food banks provide. In tandem, we invite everyone to come to the CBC Broadcast Centre in downtown Vancouver on 700 Hamilton Street to see how we make radio, television and digital programming.

You can meet on-air personalities including Peter Mansbridge, George Stroumboulopoulos, Q's Jian Ghomeshi and your favourite local personalities including Tony Parsons and Gloria Macarenko. Tour the integrated newsroom and help your local food bank by making a donation. It's a day full of great entertainment, exciting activities and heartfelt generosity.

Food Bank Day kicks off 5:30 a.m. with CBC Radio One's The Early Edition. Our phone lines are open from 6:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m. to take your donation calls but we hope you can come downtown for a visit and donate in person.

The Open House runs from 8:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit CBC's Open House & Food Bank Day page.

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!

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!
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.
Saturday, November 6
5:00 p.m. until late
W2 Storyeum Salon, 151 W. Cordova

Purchase tickets

remixology.jpgFresh Media ReMixology is an event series bringing people together to sample and share ideas in discussions lead by some of Vancouver's best and brightest media remixologists.

ReMixology 3 will feature Steve Pratt, Director of the CBC Radio 3 and CBC Radio Digital Programming. Steve will share his own experiences creating an innovative online platform for music in Canada. Additionally, the evening will consist of amazing local musicians, and an opportunity for media enthusiasts to socialize, network, and innovate!

CBC Vancouver's Soccer Mania continues to draw in huge crowds, and yesterday's concert with Delhi 2 Dublin was no exception.

Vancouverites eased their sorrows after the shocking elimination of Italy in the morning match, and celebrated the beautiful game with the heart thumping beats of Delhi 2 Dublin.

The band, with their unique fusion of bhangra, celtic, reggae and world rhythms, recorded a live outdoor concert for CBC Radio 2's Canada Live with close to 300 people in attendance.

Known for their unique ability to connect with their audience and get them on their feet, band members moved from the stage to the crowd dancing with fans. 

If you missed the concert, tune in to CBC Radio 2's Canada Live on July 9 (available on 105.7FM in Metro Vancouver).

Get your jerseys back on and bring your hockey spirit to the CBC Vancouver outdoor plaza this Friday, May 7th.
HNIC_4col_R.jpgThe fun kicks off at 3 pm with a live broadcast with Stephen Quinn host of CBC Radio One's On The Coast which will feature special musical guests Rude City Riot, Chef Angus An doing a live food demonstration, and Juno-winning recording artist Shari Ulrich. The CBC News Vancouver team with Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko, Claire Martin, and Shane Foxman will also be roaming our plaza to say hello.
And yes, the games are back! Win some great prizes while testing your slap shot or dueling on the bubble hockey tables. We'll have some special guests on the plaza including Peter Puck, hockey playing stilt walkers, Cosmo the Clown, and more. And if that weren't enough, enjoy the Bread Garden BBQ on their outdoor patio with proceeds going to CBC's Food Bank Day.
When you're done playing and eating, hang out and watch the Canucks vs Blackhawks on the large outdoor screen. If you are jersey-less, pick up a Hockey Night in Canada jersey at the CBC Shop for only $25.... all the cool kids will be wearing them!
Tell your friends and family to come on down and join the fun! See you there!

headline1.jpgCBC Radio One in Vancouver has dedicated the airways on January 19 to help support those on the ground in Haiti.

Come down to the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street today, and catch your favorite CBC hosts as they broadcast live from the Bread Garden.

If you were wondering what that sound was coming from the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre on Friday November 6, it was 650 enthusiastic dancers filling three studios to help raise money for the United Way.

Top professional dancers and DJ's from Vancouver and Seattle donated their time and talents to the cause and the joint was jumping!  
The event raised $7068.50 towards CBC's United Way campaign.

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