Photo Credit: Patrick Hui
2013 will mark the third year of The Whistler Longboard Festival in Whistler. This year's festival is comprised of four main events: Downhill Freeride and Race at The Whistler
Sliding Centre at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the Skate Showcase in the heart of Whistler Village Stroll, a local Skate Competition and the Skate + Shoot Longboard
Biathlon at the Whistler
Olympic Park. The Festival will take place over four days from Thursday, July 4th through Sunday, July 7th, 2013. It was recently announced by the International Downhill Federation that Whistler's downhill competition has been added to the World Cup Circuit. Its exciting news for Whistler, adding another World Class event to its roster. This year's event will feature live streaming, improved access to the downhill course, advanced timing systems and of course a beer garden to sit back and watch the action with a cold brewsky from the Whistler Brewing Company.
Check out the schedule:
For more information, check out www.whistlerlongboard.com
- IDF World Cup DH - July 4-6 @ Whistler Sliding Centre
- Skate Jam - July 5th - 5pm @ Whistler Skate Park
- Skate X Shoot - July 7 @ Whistler Olympic Park
- Skate Ramp demos in the Village all weekend
This July the EPIC Sustainable Living Festival (formerly the EPIC Expo) will be setting up shop on the beautiful grounds of Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. EPIC will take place on July 6 and 7, 2013 and will still be a gathering of forward-thinking companies with sustainable products and practices, however this time it will be in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful and iconic outdoor settings. The EPIC Festival will feature Live Music and Guest Speakers on the Main Stage as well as a Sustainable Living Marketplace featuring hundreds of eco friendly companies.
In addition, in celebration of BC’s amazing food culture and community, EPIC Festival will host Green Table Network chefs preparing gourmet tasting plates, exhibitors offering sips and samples of delicious sustainable food and beverages, and food trucks with Vancouver’s best street cuisine.
The Sustainable Living Marketplace is the epicentre of EPIC, where thousands of visitors will stroll through a canopied open-air promenade of booths and displays. This is where the EPIC concepts truly comes to life, highlighting the link between the economy, the environment, and the community.Follow EPIC Festival on Facebook for more updates and information
https://www.facebook.com/epicexpo?ref=ts&fref=tswww.epicfest.ca If you are interested in more information regarding participation as a restaurant, beverage supplier, exhibitor or sponsor, please contact Bluebird Strategy:info (at) bluebirdstrategy . com
Interested in Sponsorship training? Bluebird Strategy is pleased to share some exciting details of a Sponsorship Seminar that is coming ot the Vancouver area. The event is a full day workshope on Wednesday, June 22nd entitled
"Inventory Development and Valuation - What Do You Have To Sell To Sponsors + What Is It Really Worth?"
The workshop is presented by The Partnership Group Sponsorship Specialists, Tourism Vancouver and Langara College and will take place at Langara.
The day will focus on assisting you to determine what you may have within your organization to actually sell that is worth real value to a sponsor or prospect. It will look beyond the traditional "hanging of a banner" or "logo inclusion" inventory benefits into what companies are seeking from you in a sponsorship package of assets and benefits. It will provide you with the tools, systems and real life experience and scenarios to seek out within your organization new and unique items that you may have to sell and "build an inventory of benefits" that sponsors want to buy.
The day will then continue by teaching you to actually determine and place "real market value" for each and every one of your inventory benefits and assets, be they tangible or intangible. This part of the day will utilize industry accepted standards and formulas for calculating value to ensure you walk away with the necessary tools to value your own property assets.
This full day session will be a hands-on interactive workshop that will engage delegates both during lecture and in break-out groups to build and value inventory. This is a must attend workshop for any organization seeking to generate more revenue.
Friends of Bluebird Strategy can take advantage of a preferrable registration rate of $275! (Regular Rate is $450) To take advantage of this rate, please use the promo code "bluebird" when registering at: http://www.partnershipgroup.ca/pg/register.phpFor more information on this workshop please visit: http://www.partnershipgroup.ca/pg/venues.php
This Thursday March 24th, clear your schedules as there are two not to miss events going on in Whistler. Find a dinner (or lunch) date and head over to one of the 13 Whistler restaurants (over 230 in the Vancouver area) participating in this year's Dining Out for LIfe
in support of a Loving Spoonful and Friends for Live supporting those living with HIV/AIDS.
Whistler's legendary Flipside
, which just re-opened their doors in January, is participating as well as the infamous Hy's Steakhouse
, the scrumptious mediterranean classic Kypriaki Norte
and a full list can be found on the Facebook event page here
. All participating restaurants will contribute 25% of their sales to this worthy cause. In addition, presenting sponsor Sumac Ridge will also contribute a $1 from every bottle sold for the entire month of March to the cause.
After an early dinner, head down to the Whistler Brewing Company in Function for the 1st ever Whistler Twestival
. Twestival is a global fundraising movement that uses social media to raise funds for charity. Whistler will join nearly 200 cities across the globe as they “tweet, meet and give.” All proceeds raised from Twestival Whistler will benefit local charity, Zero Ceiling Society.
Twestival Whistler tickets are $10 and include one complimentary beer from Whistler Brewery. There will be an evening of "twentertainment" including live music by DJ Foxy Moron and Big Mountain Rhythm, roaming painted models, a used ski art station, grab bags and a well stocked silent auction. The event will take place March 24 from 7pm to late at the Whistler Brewing Company in Function Junction.
To purchase tickets or make a donation, visit http://www.whistler.twestival.com
GALA.GLAM.GIVE is Ovarian Cancer Canada’s signature fashion show reception hosted at Birks prestigious flagship store in downtown Vancouver. This unique event, taking place on Wednesday, March 2nd, provides significant fundraising support for Ovarian Cancer Canada.
The event will feature Canadian designer - Malene Grotrian’s Spring|Summer Collection on the magnificent runway staircase with some of Vancouver’s most recognized celebrities modeling including gold medalist Ashleigh McIvor, ET's Erin Cebula, Patricia Graham, Jody Vance, Monika Deol, Fanny Kiefer and Senator Yonah Martin.
A live and silent auction will provide guests with an opportunity to support Ovarian Cancer Canada and purchase items generously donated from businesses throughout our fair city.
On March 4th, 2010, the Community Foundation of Whistler will launch an inaugural fundraising event in support of the Kathy Barnett Memorial Fund. The fund was created in 2008 in memory of Kathy Barnett, a former Whistler resident and CFOW Director. Kathy was a strong, community-oriented woman who gave of herself for the betterment of others. Together with her husband, Kathy co-founded the Pique Newsmagazine, a successful independent weekly newspaper.
The luncheon will feature a high profile keynote speaker who will address the topic of Women and Leadership, as well as profile women who have received grants from the endowment fund. The event will be held at the beautiful and majestic Fairmont Chateau Whistler and will be hosted by Chris Quinlin. Attendees of the event will have the exciting opportunity to bid on one of a kind Whistler experiences with the company of influential and inspiringwomen and men as mentors for the day. Through a celebration of Kathy’s legacy, the event will inspire local women and build ongoing financial support for the endowment fund.
This event has been made possible by the support of Pique Newsmagazine, the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, Long Run Productions, Vancouver Magazine, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, the Women of Whistler as well as a dedicated volunteer event committee.
As the sponsorship lead for this year’s inaugural Eco Fashion Week presented by AVEDA, I have been tasked with the challenge of building a sustainable sponsorship strategy with a sales focus exclusively on organizations that are committed to improving their environmentally efficiency.
Through this process, I have recognized some key strategies to share with you about sustainability, sponsorship and event execution. First priority is to ensure the sponsors you are approaching have a sustainability mission or are working towards one – often found on the partners websites. Sponsorship is a much a partnership, and if your two organizations don't share like minded goals, there is no point pursuing the relationship:
- Seek sponsorships that can help achieve event goals of low waste, ethical sourcing and sustainable operations
- Use green rating programs to help guide you to sustainably minded companies; for example the Green Key Eco-Rating Program recognizes hotels that are committed to improving their environmental performance.
- Approach sponsorship from organizations with locally made, organic and regionally sourced products wherever possible.
- Partner with your local public transportation authorities to ensure there are sufficient and effective modes of public transportation to your venue, if your event is large enough they may put on additional busses to your venue.
- When sourcing your vendors, ensure that they are located in close proximity to the venue
- Minimize the traditional event waste as much as possible; print signage that can be used every year, focus on online marketing campaigns, ensure sponsors “giveaways” at your event are of value to the consumer
- Have a plastic bottle free event! Tap water instead of bottled water is cheaper and of course, greener!
Eco Fashion Week presented by AVEDA is pleased to welcome these sustainably minded partners on board for 2010!
When it comes to environmentally responsible make up, hair and body products, AVEDA has been paving the way since 1978.
AVEDA`s best practices include pure flower and plant ingredients in their products, responsible packaging that rewards consumers to recycle, campaign to end animal testing in the industry and an impressive environmental sustainability policy.
For more information: http://www.aveda.com/aboutaveda/esp.tmplSIGG:
Metro Vancouver’s tap water is arguably some of the best drinking water in the world, and it costs you only about $0.0008 per litre. A single-use one litre bottle of water can cost you as much as $1.75 a litre and will take hundreds of years to decompose.
EFW has partnered with SIGG Bottles to provide its guests with free water at the event...don`t forget your Sigg Bottle! For more information: http://www.sigg.com/siggnificance/simply-eco-logical/Painted Turtle Wine:
Painted Turtle comes in a 100% Recyclable Wine bottle as well as a portion from the proceeds from every bottle is donated to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund. For more information: http://www.paintedturtlewine.com/greenInitiatives/index.htmlSchramm Vodka:
Using locally grown Pemberton potatoes, Pemberton Distillery produces small batches of organic single malt whisky using organic malted barley from the Okanagan Valley and pure Coast Mountain water. For more information: http://pembertondistillery.ca/
For a list of all sponsors and supporters of the inaugural Eco Fashion Week, check out www.ecofashion-week.com/partners
For more information about Sponsorship and Eco Fashion Week, contact Bluebird Strategy
Bluebird Strategy and Eco Fashion Week Vancouver are proud to announce Aveda has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the inaugural Eco Fashion Week taking place in Vancouver, September 28-30th, 2010. “In the inaugural year of Eco Fashion Week, it is extremely important that we position ourselves with organizations and brands that share the same culture and values as our own” says Myriam Laroche, President of Eco Fashion Week, “AVEDA is without a doubt one of the most ethical, sustainable and respected brands in the fashion and beauty community.” www.ecofashion-week.com/partners For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities at Eco Fashion Week, please contact Bluebird Strategy.Eco Fashion Week will take place September 28-30th, 2010 in Vancouver, B.C. www.ecofashion-week.comAveda is distributed by Collega International in Canada www.aveda.comBluebird Strategy is the exclusive sponsorship sales agency for Eco Fashion Week. www.bluebird-strategy.com
You didn’t think the party would stop in Whistler after March, did you? This past weekend, the 15th Annual TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival kicked off in Whistler Village. 10 days of media showcases, outdoor concerts, film premieres, free samples, ski bunnies, neon and of course, legendary parties that you may not remember or not soon forget.
The coolest part about this festival is that is probably one of the most artistic action sports festivals out there. In the middle of Village Square, Jordan Soak spray paints the hood of a Chevy Camaro, with the sweet sounds of indie band City of Glass in the background. Later on, I found myself in the depths of Maxx Fish on a wonderfully sunny early evening to witness in the first Pecha Kucha night in Whistler. I know, what the? Meaning “chit chat” in Japanese, the event originated in Tokyo as a way for young designers and artists to network and share their work with each other. The format is set up so that each presenter shows 20 photos and has 20 seconds to share thoughts and dialogue about each. Considering there was a Periodontist, a Zoologist and a former Sex Experimentalist, it was definitely entertaining to say the least.
And it wouldn’t be a true Whistler event if there wasn’t a teaser for the next season’s extreme sport, enter Anthill Films (formerly the Collective). I was invited to attend the premiere of their new film “Follow Me”. Amazing cinematography and some of the most talented (and good looking) mountain bikers in the biz, all in a recipe for a great flick!
If you didn’t get up to Whistler this past weekend, don’t worry, there are 6 days left of the Festival including the not to be missed the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown (sorry folks its already sold out), the street wise Fashion Show and you can check out the local Whistler celebrity’s in the Chairlift Revue on Sunday night.