Bigger & Better Chilliwack Sunflower Festival return for 2019

Blooming bright for a second year, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival returns on August 1st.  This year, a massive field of dahlias complements the acres of sunflowers, for a total of 20 acres of flowers, bringing even more colour to the Fraser Valley community,!

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

Every day from August 1 to September 15, visitors can make their way through 35 varieties of peak-season sunflowers — from two-foot Dwarf Sunspots to 12-foot Mammoth Grey Stripes, in varying shades of yellow, orange, and red. Pick your own Sunrich Orange sunflowers to take home (while supplies last), as well as cut sunflowers and field flowers, sunflower-inspired gifts, and onsite-grown spring bulbs of tulips and daffodils.

The addition of 54 varieties of dahlias, a giant pumpkin patch, and a field of pick-your-own Chilliwack corn (while supplies last) bring even more to the 2019 Festival

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – Dahlias

“The success of last summer’s inaugural Chilliwack Sunflower Festival exceeded all expectations,” says festival co-founder Kate Onos-Gilbert. “It was so gratifying to welcome thousands of families, couples, and individuals to our fields, and to see them marvel at the bounty of seasonal beauty that Chilliwack produces at this time of year. The festival has grown so much since last year, too — so I encourage those who attended last year to make a return visit.”

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – Pick Your Own Corn

Around every turn, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival provides countless opportunities to capture the perfect Instagram-worthy keepsake photos and videos. Roam the acreage to discover swing sets, an operational windmill, a vintage bicycle, face cut-outs, and more.  Take a break from the blooms with the many outdoor lawn games available to play: bolaball, “giant” Jenga, dominoes, tic-tac-toe, checkers, and more. 

Weekends include the added attraction of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser train, which offers free rides through the fields.

A dedicated covered area provides a shaded retreat from the summer sun to enjoy cold drinks, ice cream, and snacks, plus local food trucks will be on site daily.

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival runs every day from August 1 to September 15 (hours vary; check website for full details). Location is 41310 Yale Road. Ticket and season-pass prices vary for individuals, families and bus groups; children five and under are admitted free.
On-leash pets are welcome — a water station and complimentary pick-up bags will be available.

Visit for directions, complete ticket pricing, and more information.

Artist David Wilson draws inspiration from Instagram

Vancouver painter David Wilson’s latest exhibition, Interrupting the Interface, opening Thursday at Kimoto Gallery, takes inspiration from today’s most prolific source of images, Instagram.

Wilson’s new series of paintings demonstrates the subtle interface between reality and filtered reality. It’s an important distinction in the age of fake news and doctored images, but also a deeper comment on how the filters of memory or mood inform our everyday perceptions.

Wilson, best known for depicting Vancouver, has turned to Instagram – and to other cities — in building this body of work. “I pulled thousands of wet street scenes from places like New York, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, and London. I was trying to connect that rainy Vancouver aesthetic with these other places, and to focus on commonalities rather than the iconic landmarks of each place.” Similarly Instagram curates diverse images from around the world, bringing places together in the online depository. 

Users of Instagram edit their images by adding filters, in contract to the traditional meaning of a filter, to remove part of it – like when you filter coffee grounds. Wilson says he does “a little of each” when he works up an image. His process is both reductive and expansive, removing elements of realism by adding brushstrokes of paint.  “I’m essentially re-interpreting. It’s my own perception – based on my life experience.”  

See for yourself how the artists interprets the landscape with inspiration of Instagram.
David Wilson “Interrupting the Interface” opens Thursday September 7th and runs until September 30, 2017 at Kimoto Gallery,  1525 West 6th (at Granville).

Join an Instameet to #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:

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

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:
Hosted by: @tourismlangley

Time: 1:00 pm
Meeting location: Made in India Clothing (8312 128th Street)
Hosted by: @tourismsurrey

Harrison Hot Springs
Time: 10:00 am
Meeting location: Harrison Hot Springs Visitor Centre (499 Hot Springs Rd)
Hosted by: @tourismharrison

Time: 3:00 pm
Meeting location: Bright Pearl Statue, Chinatown (1689 Government Street)
Hosted by: @tourismvictoriabc

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

See the full list of scheduled BC Day Instameets at

Behind the Scenes with Olympian’s Instagram & Twitter

With the ready access to Instagram and Twitter to interact with each other and their supporters, many Olympians are giving us a great account of what a day-in-the-life of an Olympian is like at Sochi 2014.

Here’s a few of our Canadian Olympians who are giving us some interesting behind the scenes access.

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First off the Official Canadian Olympic Team Twitter @CDNOlympicTeam & Instagram @CDNOlympicTeam is providing great highlights of the Games.









MarkMcMorris_Photo 2-9-2014, 21 13 05Our first medalist of the Games is @MarkMcMorris on Twitter & Instagram 










McNaughtonJames_Photo 2-9-2014, 21 23 00The Canadian Bobsleigh Team of Justin Kripps ( @JustinKripps ), Tim Randall ( @TimRandall86 ), James McNaughton ( @McNaughtonJames ) and Bryan Barnett have gained worldwide exposure when McNaughton tweeted a photo of the team in training








JustineDufourLapointe_Photo 2-9-2014, 21 40 45The Dufour-Lapointe sisters are on Twitter together @3_SDL and Gold Medalist @JustineDufourlapointe is Instagramming what it’s like to be Champion.









KIrsten_MT_Photo 2-9-2014, 21 33 11Members of the Canadian Pair Figure Skating Team @DylanMoscovitch and @Kirsten_MT  are tweeting some of the fun they get up to on their downtime at Sochi. (Instagram @dyland1984 & @Kirsten_MT )


Once Patrick Chan finishes his competition he’ll probably get back on Twitter ( @pchiddy ) and Instagram ( @pchan31 )






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More from the ice, follow Long Track Speed Skater @Denny_Morrison on Twitter










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and @CharlesHamelin on Instagram for Short Track action










PandaHausOfRock_Photo 2-9-2014, 21 56 50On the downhill course follow Jan Hudec, if nothing else for one of the best Instagram handles @PandaHausOfRock