Friday Find: Mobi Vancouver Bike Share

mobi bikeLast week I was invited to a sneak preview at Vancouver City Hall, as The City and Vancouver Bike Share Inc. debuted the soon-to-be-launched Vancouver bike share program, dubbed  – Mobi (pronounced moe-bee).  Attendees at the launch got to see one of Vancouver’s Mobi bikes. The “Smart Bikes” and can be activated and unlocked from a docking station through an interface on the bike or through a payment kiosk, similar to the Car2Go or EVO Car Share models, making them easy and convenient for short trips around the city. Helmets will be available on bikes at no additional cost.

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On-Bike Smart App

“Vancouver already tops North America for active transportation. Adding Mobi bike share to the mix will help further extend the reach of walking and transit trips, and change the way people get around Vancouver,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Mobi will be a great addition to our active transportation network, giving Vancouverites and visitors safe, convenient, and fun mobility to get around the City.”

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Helmets Are Included With Mobi Bikes

“Our tagline, ‘bikes we share’, really reflects the community-based nature of the program,” says Mia Kohout, general manager at Vancouver Bike Share Inc. (a subsidiary of CycleHop), the firm contracted by the City to operate the program. “It’s about sharing bikes, sharing the space, and sharing our City,” she adds.

Both the City and Vancouver Bike Share Inc. are working to finalize preparations for bike share to launch this summer, which includes identifying the best locations for public bike share stations to help fill the gaps in the active transportation network.

A total of 1,500 bikes at 150 stations will be available by the end of summer 2016. The initial service area will include the Downtown Peninsula, bounded by Arbutus Street, 16th Avenue and Main Street.

Founding memberships are now on sale for $99 or $129 for one year depending on the plan chosen, reflecting deep discounts of close to half price, only available until June 30, Kohout says. “People who buy founding memberships will get the best deal and have the flexibility to grab a Mobi whenever they need one,” she adds. Anyone interested in a membership can visit signup.vancouverbikeshare.ca.

PNE Summer Nights Concerts 2016

summer-night-concerts-145Once again the Fair at the PNE has another line-up of stellar Summer Nights Concerts for the 2016 Fair. The PNE Amphitheatre is planning two-weeks of back-to-back music to please every fan.
From Canada’s own Simple Plan to The Monkees’ 50th Anniversary Tour throw in, The Sheepdogs to Culture Club and the Summer Nights Concerts have something for everyone. Kicking off the Summer line-up is a one-day pop festival KiSS Radio Wham Bam featuring local heroes, Hedley plus more artists to be announces.

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Olivia Newton-John performs at PNE 2012

Summer Nights Concerts happen at 8:30pm on concert nights, and are included with the price of PNE Admission.  Seating is first come-first seated but a limited number of reserved seats go on sale tomorrow at 10am, reserve them online at pne.ca.  The KiSS Wham Bam Festival takes place from 2-10pm and is a ticketed event, not included with the price of admission. 

Check out the full line-up of PNE Summer Nights Concerts:

Saturday August 20th – 2-10pm: KiSS Radio Wham Bam ft. Hedley
Sunday August 21st – 8:30pm: Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies
Tuesday August 23rd – 8:30pm: The Sheepdogs
Wednesday August 24th – 8:30pm: Steve Miller Band
Thursday August 25th – 8:30pm: Simple Plan
Friday August 26th – 8:30pm: Olivia Newton-John
Saturday August 27th – 8:30pm: FOREIGNER
Sunday August 28th – 8:30pm: Culture Club
Tuesday August 30th – 8:30pm: MONSTER TRUCK
Wednesday August 31st – 8:30pm: A Tribe Called Red
Thursday September 1st – 8:30pm: Dru Hill with Sisqo, Nokio, Jazz & Tao – 20th Anniversary Tour
Friday September 2nd – 8:30pm: Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo – We Live For Love Tour
Saturday September 3rd – 8:30pm: Tim Hicks
Sunday September 4th – 8:30pm: The Monkees – Good Times:The 50th Anniversary Tour
Monday September 5th – 8:30pm: Chris Isaak

For more information visit pne.ca

Picks of the Week – May 25, 2016

Wrapping up May with some fun and entertainment in the picks of the week.

ThriftShop: Get ready to sing a long to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ catchy tune when they perform tonight at the PNE Forum

Oz: At the Commodore, Australian singer/songwriter Matt Corby takes the stage on Thursday night

Duel:  On Wednesdays at XY it’s a Showtunes showdown singalong at Keys – Piano Bar & Live Showtunes

Queens: Wednesdays, The Queen of East Van, Isolde N Barron joins Davie Village legend Carlotta Gurl at The Junction for The Barron Gurl Show

Icon: The legendary Paul Simon plays in support of his upcoming album, Stranger to Stranger, on Thursday at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Stage:  At The Arts Club, Elton John’s multiple Tony Award winning musical, Billy Elliot brings ballet, pop and emotion to the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Pack: Thursdays The Bratpack; Valynne Vile, Jane Smoker, Shanda Leer, Jem and Gia Metric bring their naughtiness to XY with DJ Nick Bertossi

Blaze: Friday night at The Junction, Sienna Blaze celebrates her birthday with a special edition of her monthly DIVAS night

Balls: Whitecaps FC play early Saturday afternoon when they play host to Houston Dynamo at 3pm in BC Place

BBQ: Head to Railtown Cafe for this Saturday’s edition of the Railtown Tailgate Summer Barbeque 2016 Series, the street is closed for the Meat and Greet

Punk: Jersey punk rockers Titus Andronicus bring their energy to the Biltmore Cabaret stage on Saturday night

Onyx: Saturday at ONYX XY YVR it’s DJ Landon James & Bibi Souphresh’s turn to keep the night going

Haus: Saturday night at Hindenburg, BawdyHaus brings DJ Stands (Seattle), Del Stamp and GingerBear for a bawdy party.

Strongbody Apparel Launches Rewards Program

Strongbody Apparel, the local fitness gear company has now added even more incentive to purchase their high quality odour-free gear.

Pulse Elite Tee StrongbodyStrongbody Rewards, was just launched this last week, bringing a bonus to your buying.  The program is one of the simplest I’ve seen, sign-up, shop, earn points, redeem points for Strongbody store savings.  Just click the EARN REWARDS tab on the right of the strongbodyapparel.com site, fill in your details and you’re ready to earn, in fact you can start earning before your first purchase with a visit to the Strongbody Apparel Facebook Page.

Points are earned everytime you login and make a purchase from the webstore, 10 points per $1 spent. If you refer a friend you can earn 1000 points, shop 3 times and earn a 2000 point bonus. Redemption starts at just 500 points to save $5 off your next purchase, or save up to $25 with a 2500 point redemption.

The great quality of their stink-free gear is already a great reason to shop Strongbody Apparel, with the addition of Strongbody Rewards you’ll enjoy buying your active gear even more!

 

Origins & Celebrations of Victoria Day

Well before confederation Canada has been celebrating the May Long Weekend, in 1845 the colonial government recognized May 24th as Queen Victoria’s Birthday. Over a century later, we still celebrate Victoria Day on the Monday before May 25th.  Not only a celebration of Queen Victoria but also the Canadian Sovereign’s Official Birthday.

The status of the holiday varies across the Canadian Provinces and Territories but everywhere there is a celebration on Victoria Day (or in Quebec, National Patriots’ Day).
Here in BC, as expected, the Provincial Capital is a hub of Victoria Day celebrations, culminating in the Island Farms Victoria Day Parade, today at 9am along Douglas Street.  Now in its 118th year, Victoria’s largest parade is a fun-filled day for the whole family, bringing out an annual crowd of 100,000+ and marks the unofficial kick off to summer for Victorians. Visiting Marching Bands perform all around Victoria for the weekend and the annual “Drum-Off” on the Parliament Buildings’ Lawn, is a crowd pleaser.

Wait for it….! #victoriadayparade2016

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In New Westminster, the Ancient and Honourable Hyack Anvil Salute at Queen’s Park starting at 1130, has been taking place for 146 years.  The 21-Anvil salute was started in the early days of the Colony of British Columbia by the local fire department.  With no cannons available to perform a traditional 21-gun salute, the “Hyacks” as they were known, improvises by placing gunpowder between two anvils creating a tradition for the ages.


Whether you take in any local activities,  spend your Victoria Day with family and friends, or have to work on today, I hope you enjoy a great day and look forward to the summer ahead!

 

Friday Find : Get Buffer stink-free gym shirt

Today’s Friday Find is another Kickstarter that will hopefully payoff for the company.  Buffer, the Odor-Free Gym Tee is the creation of a trio of fitness-preneurs who were sick of stinking when they had to finish up work after working out.

Buffer_T_Shirt_-_solo_front_large_2xAs anyone who regularly works out knows your favourite gym shirt doesn’t retain its freshness after washing as long as it used to, odours seem to return immediately after putting it on.  This is thanks to that beautiful marriage of sweat and bacteria, that cling to your everyday workout gear even when it’s been washed, detergents never completely get rid of them all.  Buffer creators Steve, Ryan and Trevor set out to put an end to this dilemma by developing a shirt that won’t stick.  The Buffer team focused on Function, Design and Quality when building their gear. They found that the technology that hospitals use for anti-bacterial treatment would work to create their odour-free fabric; copper ions are infused in the nylon-spandex.  Upon testing the quick-dry / moisture wicking Buffer shirt was found to be 99% antimicrobial.  The four-way stretch and flatlock seams add to the functional comfort of the workout gear.

While stink free gym gear is not a new idea, but the more brands that successfully eliminate the stink, the more that the big brands will follow suit so soon we’ll all be smelling fresh.

Check out the Get Buffer on Kickstarter.  There’s just one week left to get in on the start of the stink-free revolution.

 

Billy Elliot dances at The Arts Club

Now playing at The Arts Club Theatre Company Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Billy Elliot is a feel good, good-time of a musical. Based on the critically acclaimed 2000 film of the same name, the musical is itself a multiple award-winning production with music by Elton John and book/lyrics by screenwriter Lee Hall.

Set in County Durham, England during the turbulent 1984 miner’s strike, Billy goes against the grain in his village filled with generations of pit workers.  Instead of continuing his boxing classes, Billy finds an affinity for ballet and becomes a stand out in Mrs Wilkinson’s ballet classes.  Fearing the reaction of his hard nosed father and even harder headed older brother who are embedded in the strike action Billy pushes ballet to the back burner when they do find out.  However, when his skill and passion are finally seen by his father it’s his turn to face the conflict of supporting his youngest son or supporting his older son, and colleagues. Told with plenty of humour and heart, the show balances the emotional and sensitive moments with a good helping of laughs

With a number of children in the cast, the entire ensemble is excellent but the talented Nolan Fahey is a stand-out.  Making his Arts Club debut as 11 year old Billy, does most of the musicals heavy lifting, appearing in nearly every scene, singing and dancing throughout.   As Mrs Wilkinson, Arts Club veteran Caitriona Murphy is engaging as always, capable of going toe to toe with Billy’s gruff father, played by Warren Kimmel, and at the same time becoming a substitute mother for Billy.

Billy Elliot plays at The Arts Club Theatre Company Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until July 10, 2016. Buy tickets online now.

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