5 Family Day Weekend Activities in Vancouver

As we move into the first long weekend of 2017, here’s 5 Family Day Weekend activities;

1: Align Entertainment’s The Little Mermaid : Michael J Fox Theatre, Burnaby –  Until February 18, 2017
With most family theatre productions taking place around the Christmas holidays, this is a welcome opportunity to introduce your little ones to live theatre.

2: Family Day at Burnaby Village Carousel : February 13th 11am-2pm
Families with young children can pre-register for crafts, carnival games, children’s entertainment, and carousel rides

3: Odysseo by Cavalia : Under the White Big Top at Olympic Village  – Until March 5, 2017
No horsing around, while not inexpensive, the whole family will enjoy the amazing 150 minute show.

4: Free Skating At Robson Square : Ice Rink at Robson Square – Until February 14, 2017
It’s your last weekend to take in free skating at the covered ice rink at Robson Square. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for $4

5: Family Day at the Peak of Vancouver : Grouse Mountain – February 13, 2017 only.
50% off Gondola access plus a full day of special activities including pancake breakfast, Global BC Family Puck Shoot Out, Family Day Lunch Specials, Candy Station as well as the usual snow activities

Friday Find: PocketLIVE.tv

This week, PocketLIVE, a new digital broadcast platform was launched.  The Vancouver based live broadcasting site has curated a diverse group of talent who share their talents and lives with an appreciative audience.

pocketLIVEEven though the site is only days old, the broadcasters are already filling the channels with content.  Lifestyle & Wellbeing, Performing Arts, Fashion & Makeup, Education & Opinion, Visual Arts, and Music are current categories viewers will find to watch.  Browse the categories to find Broadcasters, follow them to see when their next live or check for their next scheduled broadcast.  Your favourites build your feed so you’re watching your own interests and friends. Once you’re watching, chat with the broadcasters and other viewers to make PocketLIVE truly interactive broadcasting.

A couple of people I’ve watched so far are my friend Josh Rimer‘s daily broadcasts as he tries new things – Friday’s it’s cocktails, activist/writer/fitness coach Chad reading from his book – Enjoy the Journey: a Tale of a Backpacker.

The first 1000 people to sign up to pocketLIVE get 1000 coins which can be used to reward the broadcasters to help them on their journeys.  So sign-up, tune-in to pockeLIVE and who knows what interesting stories and people you’ll discover along the way.

Join an Instameet to #ExploreBCDay

#ExploreBCDay

In honour of BC Day on August 1 2016, Hello BC is helping to organize a day of Instameets around the province as a way to celebrate the holiday.

What’s an Instameet? An Instameet is a gathering of photographers and Instagrammers who come together, at a pre-set time and place, to take photos and upload them to Instagram. Visitors and locals can join in the BC Day celebrations by registering for one of the Instameets, happening all over the province, from Prince George to Victoria, listed on the Hello BC website.  Then explore the location taking photos, sharing them to Instagram with the hashtag #exploreBCday and meet fellow photographers (and maybe a few Pokemon Go players along the way).  These events are happening at popular summer destinations and attractions across the province, so there will be plenty of photo inspiration for everyone.  While the Vancouver and Victoria ones are full,

Grab your friends, find a BC Day Instameet near you and get creative. Follow what other Instameet participants are going by following the #exploreBCDay hashtag and see how people around the province celebrate BC Day

Social Media Camp 2016 Wraps & 2017 is on Sale now

smc-logoSaturday, Social Media Camp (SMCamp) came to a close for 7th time at the Victoria Conference Centre.  The annual 3 -day event has grown each year to become Canada’s largest social media conference.

As social media has become more mainstream, Social Media Camp’s topics and speakers have evolved from social media 101 to include digital marketing and sales.  Each year there seems to be a new App that generates much buzz across SMCamp, this year Snapchat was that app as people still try to find how it will fit their audience.  Other Apps evolve to survive so there’s always more to learn as algorithms and terms of use change.

This year’s great speakers came from all across the continent (plus the UK). Over the three days, we heard from You Tube master Steve Dotto, digital markters Mitch Joel, Journalist/Canadaland Podcaster Jesse Brown, video/online strategist Sunny Leonarduzzi, LinkedIn Expert Vivika von Rosen, Instagal Sue B Zimmerman, author-entrepreneur Tara Hunt and many more.  Knowledge, networking, ideas and inspiration are all take-aways from Social Media Camp.

SMCamp_HashIf Social Media Camp sounds appealing right now is a great chance to grab tickets for the 2017 SMCamp as the Conference Special Rate has the 2017 tickets on sale until tomorrow May 10th. Buy tickets now on Eventbrite 

 

Social Media Camp 2016 coming soon

smc-logoIn just a few weeks, hundreds will descend upon Victoria Conference Centre to learn from, be inspired by and network with Social Media pros and enthusiasts.

The 7th annual Social Media Camp takes place May 5 – 7, 2016. Since its inception, Social Media Camp (SMC) has introduced and connected 1000s of people, beginners to professionals, to the ins and outs of Social Media, learning and sharing a wealth of knowledge of social media marketing.  Entrepreneurs, bloggers, social media managers and those with any interest in learning about the realm of social, SMC packs in 3 days of workshops, panels, keynotes and networking that are always inspiring and worthwhile.

The SMC organizers have assembled a line-up of speakers to bring you “knowledge you can use”; relevant, up-to-date insights and best practices, and case studies aimed to help build and maintain your social media strategies. SMC prides itself on being not just about “marketing” but also delves into the cultural impacts of social media, its effects on politics, society and its security and safety implications.

Social Media Camp is designed to provide you with the insights & knowledge to improve your social media efforts and achieve your company’s business goals.  You can choose from relevant case studies, interactive workshops, riveting keynote talks, speaker panels, one-on-one coaching, trade show and of course, lots of inspiring networking opportunities.

The 7th Annual Social Media Camp takes place at Victoria Conference Centre May 5-7, 2016, registration is open now.

Friday Find : BC Day Instameets

Photo 2015-07-29, 23 58 03One of the most popular photo subjects on Instagram, aside from selfies and food, is beautiful scenery.  If this is your style of Instapic, this holiday BC Day Monday, August 3rd, is your chance to get out and meet other like-minded Instagramers.

BC Day #Instameets are happening all around the province.  Destination BC has helped organize 20+ Instameets as a way to help celebrate the beautiful scenes of Beautiful British Columbia.

An Instameet is a group of Instagram Photographers coming together at a set location, and set time, taking photos of their locations to upload  to Instagram.

Locals and visitors can join any of the BC Day Instameets and sharing their photos on Instagram using the hashtag #exploreBC. The Instameets are happening at popular destinations and attractions all around the province. So gather your friends, find a BC Day Instameet near you and start posting and remember to tag #exploreBC in your posts

Some of the nearby Instameets are:

Vancouver
Time: Details pending
Meeting location: Details pending

New Westminster
Time: 11:00 am
Meeting location: Westminster Quay, behind the Fraser River Discovery Centre (on the waterfront side)
Hosted by: @tourismnewwest

White Rock
Time: 5:30 pm
Meeting location: White Rock Visitor Centre (1459 B Johnston Road)
Hosted by: @inwhiterock

Langley
Time: 11:30 am
Meeting location: Lelem’s Arts & Cultural Café (100-23285 Billy Brown Road)
RSVP: Registration for this event is limited. To attend this event, please email: Sarah@tourism-langley.ca
Hosted by: @tourismlangley

Surrey
Time: 1:00 pm
Meeting location: Made in India Clothing (8312 128th Street)
Details: http://truesurrey.ca/colours-of-india-instameet/
Hosted by: @tourismsurrey

Harrison Hot Springs
Time: 10:00 am
Meeting location: Harrison Hot Springs Visitor Centre (499 Hot Springs Rd)
Details: http://www.tourismharrison.com/instameet
Hosted by: @tourismharrison

Victoria
Time: 3:00 pm
Meeting location: Bright Pearl Statue, Chinatown (1689 Government Street)
Details: http://www.tourismvictoria.com/events/instameet/
Hosted by: @tourismvictoriabc

Nanaimo
Time: 7:00 pm
Meeting location: Heritage Hudson Bay Bastion (95 Front Street)
Details: www.tourismnanaimo.com/instameet
RSVP: To attend this event, please click here.
Hosted by: @tourismnanaimo

See the full list of scheduled BC Day Instameets at blog.hellobc.com/instameet

Periscope pops up at FIFA WWC Half time

The FIFA Women’s World Cup has brought thousands of football fans to Vancouver and cities across the country.  For the Vancouver matches, Destination BC is introducing a new way to show fans what else the province has to offer.
Follow @HelloBC on Twitter and watch for a “Live on #Periscope…” tweet during half time, click the link and watch the show on Periscope. The Periscope videos hosted by local personalities, Jaeger Mah & Carly Walde and take viewers to visit locations around BC.periscope
Watch for the Tweets and videos during the following BC Place matches:

June 16 (Nigeria vs. USA) 5:00 pm game start – broadcasting from the Sea to Sky Gondola

June 21 (tbd) 4:30 pm game start– broadcasting from Fort Langley

June 23 (tbd) 7:00 pm game start– broadcasting from False Creek

June 27 (tbd) 4:30 pm game start– broadcasting from Whistler

July 5 (tbd) 4:00 pm game start– broadcasting from the Vancouver Aquarium