The Fawnz Creative Communications Blog


August 15, 2018


2018 Vancouver User Experience Awards Call for Entries


Today the Vancouver User Experience Group (VanUE) announced that the 2018 Vancouver User Experience Awards (Vancouver UX Awards) are now open for entry.  The fifth annual awards celebrate the incredible UX experiences developed in Vancouver.  Free to enter, entries are submitted online at until Friday, September 28th, finalists announced on Wednesday, October 31st and winners celebrated at a gala event on Thursday, November 29th at The Imperial in Vancouver.   Finalists are also invited to present at a “Demo Day” event on Wednesday, November 7th that features lightning talks from 10 award finalists and five award sponsors at the Microsoft Vancouver office.  With categories from marketing to charity, lots of categories to enter.


July 4, 2018

First Pick Fall Postcard Cover 2018

A love for all things created locally, sees The Fawnz Creative working with (and sponsoring!) the fall 2018 First Pick Handmade event Sept 15 -16 at Heritage Hall in Vancouver.  Swing by and check out the new fall and winter lines that many of our local indie designers are launching at this head to toe handmade and fashion and accessories only event.


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May 8, 2018

Every year at the Culture Crawl, the Terminal City Glass Co-op sees heaps of Vancouverites crowded around the studio to see glassblowing demonstrations.

If you haven’t seen liquid glass created in a glass art form, then Spark Fire & Light is a night on the town for you.  Saturday, May 26th, TCGC opens their doors and welcomes all to celebrate the Co-op, watch some glassblowing demonstrations with a beer and some appies, and maybe even bid on some local glass art.  Check out for details.


April 14, 2018

Most recently, The Fawnz Creative client POWERSHiFTER celebrated the growth of their team.  We shared a few appointment notices for a new team member and a few promotions.  Always so good (and so appreciated!) to see these new roles recognized with local media.


January 4, 2018

Typically liking to stay behind the camera, we chatted with a favorite blog Creators Vancouver over the holidays.  We are a part of a new section called FTCreative – where the site seeks out advice and resources for professional creators.  A definite honour to be asked to take part.

 January 4, 2018

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Update your media skills for 2018! Sign up for a Saturday course in New Media Journalism at SFU Continuing Studies:

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A new year means new studies.

Learn and discuss the opportunities, strategies and tactics with Trade and Consumer Shows this spring at BCIT, registration is open now. 



December 29, 2017

Starting the new year with a big list of resolutions? Well, if one is to study Public Relations – we can help with that!

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Get started in the fast-paced world of PR in the New Year! Join SFU Continuing Studies’ PR Certificate program this spring and you’ll be job-ready in just nine weeks. Apply now:


December 11, 2017

As the holiday market season starts to wind down, we start planning the spring 2018 shows.  Lots of fun stuff with First Pick Handmade March 17-18 and Nifty for Fifty Sunday, April 15th – both at the Heritage Hall on Main Street.  More to come!  Shop small, shop local!


November 10, 2017

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy is celebrating 15 years of curated art and design with their milestone show December 9-10th at Heritage Hall.  One of my favorite shows at this time of year.

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July 17, 2017 

First Pick Handmade will transform Heritage Hall into a 3,300-square foot pop up boutique department store for the discerning fashionista that values Canadian design and quality materials.   Featuring a combination of fashion industry veterans and newer startups, with a common thread of high quality construction and materials (including linen, cashmere and leathers), Vancouverites can shop for new fall 2017 looks (with limited runs) and get first picks directly from 27 local and Canadian designers. Clothing, jewelry, hats, winter accessories, shoes and bags, for men and women, will be featured at First Pick Handmade on Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th at Heritage Hall at 3102 Main Street in Vancouver.  

First Pick Post Cards

February 11, 2017


Save the date for the 10th Annual Nifty for Fifty show where 30 indie designers are offering deep discounts on locally created clothing and accessories for you and your home.  10 years means that some fun stuff will be at the show like music and some beverages!


November 5, 2016

It’s my favorite show of the season, Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – December 10-11, 2016 at Heritage Hall.



October 19, 2016.  So this looks fun.


Hot Glass Cold Beer Pairs Beer Tasting with Glassblowing for Halloween Fun

(Vancouver, BC) — A Hot, Haunted and Hoppy Halloween Await As Hot Glass Cold Beer Brings Craft Beer Tasting To The Next Level!

On Saturday, October 29 Terminal City Glass Co-op (TCGC) will present the third annual Hot Glass Cold Beer event, pairing craft beer tasting with glassblowing demonstrations, a carved pumpkin contest, a costume contest, and more!

Date:                Saturday, October 29, 2016

Time:                7:00 – 10:00 pm

Location:          Terminal City Glass Co-op, 1191 Parker Street, Vancouver, BC

Cost:                $55.00 per person.  Cost includes a hand-blown taster glass made and by glass artist Scott McDougall, whose design was selected by a jury of brewery representatives. Additional glasses are available for purchase at the event.

Tickets:             Purchase online at

Held at the TCGC studio in East Vancouver, Hot Glass Cold Beer presents limited and seasonal craft beers from nine local breweries: Bomber, Callister, Faculty, Postmark, Powell Street, Steel & Oak, Steamworks, Storm and Strange Fellows.

TCGC member artists will demonstrate how to create pumpkins from molten glass, and will also blow glass into an actual hollowed-out pumpkin. They will also create a fire-breathing glass jack-o-lantern!

With Halloween right around the corner, guests can enter their pre-carved pumpkin in the People’s Choice contest for the chance to win a hand-blown glass bowl made by TCGC members.

Funds raised at Hot Glass Cold Beer will help support community-building activities at TCGC like artist slide shows, open houses, and other events that promote glass as an art form.

About Us: Terminal City Glass Co-op is Canada’s first and only nonprofit glass arts co-op. We offer courses in glassblowing, flameworking, beadmaking and sandblasting to everyone age 16+, and provide access to glassmaking equipment and resources for the development of emerging and established glass artists.

For more information:

Holly Cruise

Cell: 604-616-8911

Cathy Beaumont

Office: 604-253-2667


September 9, 2016

The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada’s Armoury on West 1st and Burrard really seems to be a secret of the city.  After four years away, the regiment is moving back in and welcoming us all to the house warming party!

Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Host Highland Homecoming, a Free Public Event on Saturday, September 24, 2016 to Celebrate

Return to Armoury after Four Years of Renovations

 (Vancouver, BC) – The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, Vancouver’s Infantry Regiment,, invite all to attend Highland Homecoming, on Saturday, September 24th. This day of celebration will include a parade, ceremonies and a military tattoo, as the Regiment returns home to the Seaforth Armoury at 1650 Burrard Street, after four years away. The day’s festivities will begin with a march led by the Seaforth Pipes & Drums, from the Jericho Garrison, where the Seaforth Highlanders have been stationed for the past four years, to the refurbished Seaforth Armoury. The official ceremony to reopen the Armoury will be followed by a formal parade and a Drumhead Ceremony. The afternoon will end with an entertaining and spirited military tattoo with musical performances.

Approximately 250 Seaforth Highlanders of Canada members, Cadets and Regimental Association Members will participate in the day.  Music and entertainment will be provided by the Seaforth Highlanders Pipes and Drums, the Band of the 15th Field Regiment, the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, Shot of Scotch Vancouver Highland Dancers, male vocal choir Chor Leoni, along with many others.

During the past four years, the Seaforth Armoury has undergone extensive seismic upgrades and had its building services modernized to allow the Seaforths to continue to respond to domestic emergencies such as earthquakes, wildfires, and floods as well as train to serve overseas in Afghanistan and elsewhere.  The Armoury was originally opened in August 1936, and is the home of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and two Cadet Corps.

That same morning, the Major General B.M. Hoffmeister, OC, CB, CBE, DSO Building, neighbouring the Armoury at 1755 West 1st Ave., will also see the official opening as home to the 39 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters and several other Canadian Armed Forces units.

Event Details:

Date:               Saturday, September 24, 2016

10:30 am         Parade to exercise the Infantry Regiment’s Right of Freedom of the City lead by the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums

Route:             Regiment and Cadets will depart Jericho Garrison, 4050 West 4th Avenue, march down West 4th to McDonald, left on McDonald, right on Cornwall and finally right on Burrard. The parade concludes at 1650 Burrard Street

11:45 am         Canadian flag raising ceremony at the Seaforth Armoury doors, 1650 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

 1:00 pm           Parade and Drumhead Ceremony on the parade square. In honour of having the Afghanistan Battle Honour emblazoned on the Regimental Colours, veterans of the Afghanistan Campaign, from across the Lower Mainland, have been invited to parade with the Regiment.

2:00 pm           Highland Homecoming Military Tattoo connecting Vancouverites to the Military through music and Military exercise.  Bands, singers, and highland dancers will entertain.  The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada will provide training exercises, equipment demonstrations and a broad sword set demonstration

3:45 pm           Event concludes

Participants:    Local male vocal ensemble Chor Leoni, the Band of the 15th Field Regiment, the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums, and the Highland Dance Team, Shot of Scotch

Location:         Parade square inside the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Armoury

Cost:                Free for all to attend

Parking:           Street parking is available

About The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada:

Vancouver’s Infantry Regiment, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada – – celebrated their 100 year anniversary in 2010.  Formed in 1910 by members of the local Scottish community, the Seaforths have served as volunteer soldiers, supporting Canada in every major Canadian Forces overseas mission, including the two World Wars and most recently Afghanistan.

Join us on Facebook: DND Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Primary Reserve Unit

Twitter: @Seaforth100


September 6, 2016

Fiveleft Leathergoods is celebrating 10 years of designs on October 1st with a runway show and after-party.  It’s free and all are invited to attend. Please click on the link to rsvp.



September 6, 2016

Heading to the Vancouver Fringe Festival?  If so, be sure to check out Morgan Brayton’s one person comedy show – Give It Up.  Exploring 30 years in the arts and entertainment industry, you are sure to laugh.

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May 23, 2016

Any meeting held at 1000 Parker Street offers fantastic photo backdrop opportunities (built for social!).  The building holds a community of artists which really is a secret of the city.


Had a great meeting with Niina Chebry (seen here!) and the rest of the Parker Art Salon planning committee. Reviewed coverage and plans for next year’s show.  The Parker Art Salon is an opportunity for artists really collaborate on a project.  I imagine that artist’s work can be quite solitary and lonely at times.



May 9, 2016

Late to post (oops) — we secured a fantastic Where Magazine mention for the Nifty for Fifty event.  Please watch for more news for the 2017 event and 10th anniversary milestone.  We scored some great finds at this year’s event too.



February 22, 2016

Join us April 22nd to the 24th for the 2nd Annual Parker Art Salon and fine art exhibition at 1000 Parker Street in Vancouver.

Parker Art Salon

The legendary 1000 Parker Street Studios artist’s warehouse is inviting the general public to join their 2nd annual Parker Art Salon and Fine Art Exhibition, April 22 – 24, 2016.  The salon events will be hosted on two floors with the hallways transformed into an exposition of painting, sculpture and installation pieces: 56 artists showcasing their best work steps away from where they create.



December 22, 2015

Super happy to be working with Melissa and on the 9th annual Nifty for Fifty indie designer blow out sale at Heritage Hall this April 10th  Thirty local, indie designers will be selling last year’s lines under $50.  Just in time to do some spring shopping…

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December 3, 2015

We saw another great client win with the front page of The Georgia Straight (Dec 3 – 10, 2015 issue) for Shiny Fuzzy Muddy.  Three participating artists (heyday designs, him creations and Westerly Handmade Shoes) featured products with the cover photo. Shiny Fuzzy Muddy was included in a larger feature on Christmas craft and art shows around the city.  A big win for Shiny Fuzzy Muddy and the over 25 artists participating in this curated, annual show.

November 16, 2015

Front page of the Business section in The Vancouver Sun – big congrats / clasps on the back with telling your A-SAY APP story JP & POWERSHiFTER.Powershifter

November 5, 2015

One more great piece of creative from the upcoming Shiny Fuzzy Muddy show.

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October 18, 2015

It’s been a weekend of presentations at SFU – Saturday saw our Communications Planning Bootcamp with Darren Roberts and Sunday saw an early morning start at the Communication Convergence Conference with a 10:30 am presentation. Great weekend all around.


September 27, 2015

Nine to Five recently featured my Informational Interview Intelligence post to help our most recent SFU Continuing Studies students land their next opportunity.

September 16, 2015 – Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Holiday Guides

Apparently Christmas is about 100 days away.

My favorite collaboration of artists – Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – have released holiday gift guides.  Too cute not to share.

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Gift Guide SFM 2015 for the Man Cave

June 18, 2015 – New Blog Post with SFU Continuing Studies.

How do you get experience in PR? Three volunteering tips from our instructor .

May 1, 2015 – Front page of The Chronicle Herald.

We landed a front page article (with a 69 year old wedding photo) with John A. (Jock) McStay, a Seaforth Highlander of Canada veteran and Porters Lake resident, will left on Thursday, April 30th to join the Ministry of Veterans Affairs Official Delegation in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands.

We landed a front page article (with a 69 year old wedding photo) with John A. (Jock) McStay, a Seaforth Highlander of Canada veteran and Porters Lake resident.  He left on Thursday, April 30th to join the Ministry of Veterans Affairs Official Delegation in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation
of the Netherlands.

April 23, 2015 – Very proud to join the SFU Continuing Studies Instructor’s Blog – Nine to Five.  (good name…).  First blog post and off to a good start:

August 30, 2014 – Upcycled will take part in the Curious Flea at the New West Quay on Saturday, August 30th – please come visit us between 10 am and 5 pm.

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July 25, 2014 – Upcycled by The Fawnz Creative is a project my partner Dave Pederson and I have started. We find vintage items and upcycle them for new use. At Artifact, we will be featuring our cake trays made from vintage china. Fun!

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June 25, 2014 – Glowing heads to Winnipeg for the Fringe Festival.


July 2013

Glowing: A Reproduction Production

Sometimes comedic inspiration can come from dark places. Mary-Jo Dionne, writer and performer of “Glowing: A Reproduction Production” – part of the 2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival line-up – experienced her last episode of melanoma during an already-horrific pregnancy, ultimately serving as the subject matter of her debut, one-woman show “Glowing: A Reproduction Production”.

The thirty-minute performance follows a 40-year-old woman, born without a biological clock, who eventually becomes pregnant, with an experience that is anything but a glowing one. She thinks it can’t get any worse than her all-day “morning” sickness, but she’s wrong. At seven-months-pregnant, while other women are deciding on paint colours for the nursery, a cancer diagnosis leave her deciding whether or not she should go through with a potentially life-saving amputation. All told, this poignant one-woman comedic journey aims to de-bunk the myth that all pregnant women glow.

An award-winning writer and comedian who has performed in Vancouver, Toronto, New York and LA, “Glowing: A Reproduction Production” represents Mary-Jo Dionne’s debut with the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Ticketing: Tickets can be purchased via starting Thursday, August 1, 2013
Performances: Six performances total – Sept. 6 (10:30 pm), Sept. 7 (3:55 pm), Sept. 8 (2:45 pm), Sept 9 (6:45 pm), Sept 12 (8:25 pm) and Sept 14 (9:00 pm)
Venue: The Revue Stage on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
Donations: Audience members are invited to bring a donation of baby food to each Glowing performance to be donated to local food banks