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February 11, 2019

Big congrats to the POWERSHiFTER team!


Best Spot to Source your Sustainable Fashion in Vancouver – First Pick Handmade 

Featuring spring collections from over 30 Canadian indie fashion and accessory designers – March 16 – 17 at Heritage Hall 

(Vancouver, BC) – First Pick Handmade again transforms Heritage Hall into a 3,300-square foot pop up boutique department store on Saturday, March 16th to Sunday, March 17th, at 3102 Main Street, Vancouver.  This spring fashion and accessory only event features head to toe handmade fashions with several local designers debuting their spring seasonal lines. Customers of all gender expressions can expect to find high quality, Canadian made pieces, with a sustainable focus.

“We’ve seen some real success with our market,” says Janna Hurtzig, First Pick Handmade Founder, and Curator, “We’ve hosted three shows, and, in that time, we’ve already been noted as the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver’s pick for sustainable shopping. I think we offer a really unique market experience in that we offer fashion and accessories only, and all handmade by local and Canadian designers.”

What:                    First Pick Handmade – spring fashion and accessories Canadian indie designer pop up sale

Date:                     Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hours:                   11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Where:                 Heritage Hall

3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

Tickets:                 $3.00 per person, at the door or Eventbrite

First Pick Handmade spring 2019 vendors include:

Clothing for Women:  Sans Soucie Textiles, Modeluxe Designs, Kate and Frances, Jessica Redditt Designs, Couture Therapy, Silver and Gold Clothing (AG + AU), Dogwood Denim Apparel, Harly Jae, Street and Saddle, Supernova by Black Hole and Novel Supply

Clothing for Men: Novel Supply, Dogwood Denim, Stede Menswear and Street and Saddle

Jewelry: Black Solv, Billy Would, Kolton Babych Fine Jewelry, Roberto Fioravanti, Zula Jewellery, Joanna Lovett Sterling, Shesso

Bags, Belts + Wallets: Bronsino Designs, My Bukuro, Joseph Henry Workshop, Fiveleft Leather
Active Wear and Lingerie: Daub and Design/Daub Active, Revol Girl Period-Proof Panties
Skin Care and Beauty: Conscious Care, Element Botanicals, IceMelk by Craft Lipstick

Shoes:  Amy Slosky

Vendor’s with Men’s/Genderless Items:  

Stede Menswear (men’s button-down shirts and knit tees) Bronsino (belts, belt bags, pouches), Black Solv (jewelry), Kolton Babych (jewelry), Roberto Fioravanti, (jewelry), Zula Jewelry, Billy Would Designs (belt buckles, bottle openers, keychains), Joseph Henry Workshop (wallets, shaving kits, key fobs, card holders), Novel Supply (clothing),  Dogwood Denim (custom fit jeans), My Bukuro (totes with interchangeable straps, key and transit pass lanyards), Conscious Care (CBD Oil creams, oils), Street and Saddle (special edition designs), Fiveleft Leather (leather wallets, bags and accessories),  Amy Slosky (made to order shoes) and Element Botanicals (skincare)

About First Pick Handmade:
Janna Hurtzig, of the local Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere label, saw a need for a local fashion and accessories only show like First Pick Handmade.  She continues to curate the show with the goal to create access for consumers to Canadian designers.  Since 1998, Hurtzig has been part of Vancouver’s handmade scene in numerous roles such as vendor and show coordinator, so she knows what makes for a good experience is for both the designer and the consumer.  Fall plans will see an extension of First Pick Handmade moving into an additional  housewares show as well.

Hurtzig has been a co-organizer for Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, one of Vancouver’s most popular and successful Holiday markets currently celebrating their 16th year.  For the past 11 years, Hurtzig has sold her handmade designs at popular shows across Canada.

Find First Pick Handmade on social media:

Instagram: firstpickyvr

Facebook: First Pick Handmade


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December 5, 2018

Photo Credit: Jef Gibbons

 aeqdigital wins Best UX and UX for Products Categories at the

 2018 Vancouver User Experience Awards

 From left to right: aeqdigital team Matthew Corstorphine, Mike Godfrey, Kehuan Wang, and Olivia Tapper (presented by sponsor Allen Pike from Steamclock Software) won two Vancouver User Experience Awards, Best UX and UX for Products, for their Sneaker Con iOS App. The dual-winning project focuses on creating a platform for sneakerheads around the world where they can buy, sell and trade their authenticated sneakers anywhere, anytime. Held at The Imperial Theatre in Vancouver, BC on Thursday, November 29th, over 400 industry leaders attended the Vancouver User Experience Awards that celebrated prizes:

UX for Emerging Experiences:  The RecoVR Hub, Finger Food

UX for Products:  Sneaker Con IOS App, aeqdigital

UX for Good:  Power Smart for Schools, Engine Digital

UX by Students:  Accelerate, Charity Principe, Joseph Coombes, Rex Shi, So Jeong Bae, and Alyzah Kahariane from the Centre for Digital Media

UX for Marketing:  Samuel French, Engine Digital

People’s Choice:  Inclusive Post-Partum Care, Aron Chen, Gabriel Yeung and Venus Lau from SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology

Best UX:  Sneaker Con IOS App, aeqdigital

For more information, please visit the Van UX Awards website at Follow the awards on Twitter: @VanUXAwards and on Instagram:

Media Inquiries:

Fawn Mulcahy

The Fawnz Creative Communications


November 22, 2018

 Christmas Glow Returns with All-New Theme and Double the Space!

 Enjoy the warmth of the season at Greater Vancouver’s largest indoor Christmas festival and market

November 22, 2018 (Langley, BC) — ​Christmas Glow, Greater Vancouver’s largest indoor Christmas festival, opened its doors today to welcome visitors — bigger and brighter for year two. Set inside the greenhouses of Milner Village Garden in Langley, Glow guests are free from rain, sleet and snow, can leisurely stroll under the twinkle of a million lights and enjoy nearly 95,000 square feet of lighted sculptures, interactive activities, live entertainment and a Christmas market. Guests who attended the launch of Christmas Glow last year will be delighted to find a brand-new experience this year: “Glow Around the World”. Lighted trails will lead visitors to six countries — France, Britain, India, China, Mexico, and Holland — complete with lighted iconic landmarks and bustling streetscapes. Guests are encouraged to get their Glow “passports” stamped at each stop to earn a surprise.

“Christmas Glow was such a huge hit in 2017, we wanted to go above and beyond the expectations of our new and returning guests,” said Lawrence Jansen, CEO, Darvonda Nurseries. “We traveled to international trade shows to find the latest technology to continue to increase our wow factor. We found that recreating these mammoth landmarks was trending, so we handpicked some of the very best. In addition, our Glow team member, Breanne Kanis, designed some of the huge pieces, so you won’t see them anywhere else.”

In addition to the Glow Around the World light gardens, there are traditional Christmas light exhibits, like twinkling reindeer and giant candy canes — perfect for selfies and holiday family photos. Designed for kids of all ages, giant LED swings and hopscotch that change red and green are sure to be favourites. Also new this year is Glen the Glow-comotive, a trackless train offering visitors a choo-choo around the event. And a Christmas festival wouldn’t be complete without daily visits from Santa, live entertainment, seasonal food and goodies, a licensed bar for ‘the big kids’, a garden centre for all your poinsettia needs, and a Christmas Market featuring 40 local artisans and boutique businesses. Christmas Glow is a robust seasonal experience for all ages.

Tickets are available for purchase online at​.

Event: Christmas Glow, Greater Vancouver’s largest indoor Christmas festival

Location:​ Milner Village Garden Centre, 6690 216​th​ Street, Langley, BC

Dates:​ November 22nd – January 19, 2019 (closed Sundays and Dec. 24, 25, 31)

Times: Please see the website for days and hours of operation

Online tickets*:         $16.99 children and seniors (plus fees)

$22.99 adults (plus fees)

$69.99 Family package (two adults and three children) (plus fees)

Free for children 3 and under

*Prices will vary at the gate.

To Purchase:​

Parking: Free on-site parking


Connect with Glow:                      Facebook: @glowlangley

Instagram: @glowlangley                   Twitter: @glow_langley


About Darvonda Nurseries: Darvonda Nurseries is the creator of Glow Gardens, a series of indoor seasonal family festivals. Owned by the Jansen family, they began doing business in 1975, starting out as a 10,000 square foot glass greenhouse in Langley, BC, producing tropical indoor potted plants. The greenhouse facilities have since grown to include seven different locations, including Edmonton, AB, which feature 27 acres of glass and plastic growing space, as well as 20 acres of outdoor production area. The company uses its creative design sense to develop unique product offerings on a per customer basis and offers exclusive design programs to big box stores around the world.

With deep roots in their community, the Jansens have found a new way to connect families and neighbours year-round through Glow. Christmas Glow started in 2017 in Langley. In 2018, they are proud to debut Harvest Glow in Langley and Christmas Glow in Edmonton, AB and Barrie, ON.

Christmas Glow will be giving back to the lower mainland by supporting Langley School District Foundation, Surrey Cares Community Foundation and Compassion. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to each organization.


Media Inquiries:

Fawn Mulcahy




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October 5, 2018

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy’s 16th annual artist curated collection of fine art, craft and design returns to Heritage Hall December 8th – 9th

(Vancouver, BC) – Celebrating 16 years of Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Collective holiday events, the annual artist curated collection of fine art, craft and design will host a two-day only show at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, in Vancouver, BC on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th.  This collaborative event provides a venue that champions craftsmanship over mass production, hosting over 30 BC based artists to exhibit in an intimate environment where shoppers can mingle with the makers and find holiday gifts created with intention, that become future heirlooms.  Over 70 Canadian artists have been featured at events over the past 16 years.

What:                                   Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – annual curated show and collection from                                               Canadian designers and artists

Dates / Times:                  Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 11:00 am – 6:00 p.m.

Where:                                Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

Admission:                         $4.00 per person – at the door or online

The 2018 Shiny Fuzzy Muddy event features five new participating designers including:  Dianna Watters Handmade, contemporary cross stitch (Toronto); Kathleen Tennock Ceramic Studio (Whistler); Bianca Barr, accessories, clothing and jewellery (Vancouver); Mama Mui Lab, ceramics (Vancouver); and BILLY WOULD designs, reclaimed hardwood jewellery.

Returning designers include:  Frances Felt, clothing and accessories for women (Pemberton); ONLY CHILD Handicrafts, beadwork (Salt Spring Island); Russell Hackney Ceramics (Bowen Island); Sans Souci, zero waste textile and designs (Vancouver); Kat Cadegan Jewellery (Revelstoke); Banquet Workshop, screen prints stationery, textiles, clothing and jewellery (Vancouver); AW by Andrea Wong, accessory designs (Vancouver); LUprints, home goods (Pemberton); Claudia Schulz, hat designer (Vancouver); mimi, felt and sewn accessories for children (North Vancouver); Caroline Miller Design, jewellery (Squamish); Cathy Terepocki Ceramics (Chilliwack); Adhesif Clothing, new and recycled fabrics for one-of-a-kind garments (Vancouver); Him Creations, felter (Vancouver); Red Pot Pottery (Surrey); Art by Lan Yao (Squamish); TOODLEBUNNY, jewellery (Vancouver); Daub + Design, hand dyed fashion (Vancouver); Julie Mackinnon Ceramics (Salt Spring Island); we.are.stories, small batch clothing line (Nelson); zed handmade, hand knit designs (South Surrey); Joanna Lovett Sterling, jewellery (Burnaby); bronsino, hand crafted bags and accessories (Burnaby); Winterluxe, recycled cashmere winter accessories collection (Vancouver); flightpath designs, leatherwork goods (Vancouver); dahlhaus, pottery (Vancouver); and Kari Woo Contemporary Art Jewellery (Calgary, AB).

About Shiny Fuzzy Muddy:

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy formed in 2003 as a non-profit collective to create events and to bring art to the people.  2018 sees the collective celebrating their 16th year milestone of offering high end and handmade events connecting artists to the community with curated holiday events. The group’s core members and local makers, Janna Hurtzig, Kari Woo and Frances Dickinson, annually plan the Shiny Fuzzy Muddy show, which takes place the second weekend in December at Heritage Hall. With an effort made to seek out new artists, up to thirty guests are invited to exhibit and sell their work at this historic Main St. location. The common thread that ties the work together is the high quality of design, craftsmanship, material sensibility and professionalism.  For more information on Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, please visit the website.

Media Contact:

Fawn Mulcahy, The Fawnz Creative Communications



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Ecofish Research Ltd. (Ecofish) is Listed on the 2018 Growth 500


– Canadian Business unveils 30th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies –


Vancouver (September 13, 2018) Canadian Business and Maclean’s today listed Ecofish Research Ltd. on the 30th annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing

Companies. Produced by Canada’s premier business and current affairs media brands, the Growth 500 ranks Canadian businesses on five-year revenue growth. Growth 500 winners are profiled in a special print issue of Canadian Business published with Maclean’s magazine and online at and


Ecofish Research Ltd. made the 2018 Growth 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 100%.


“The companies on the 2018 Growth 500 are truly remarkable. Demonstrating foresight, innovation and smart management, their stories serve as a primer for how to build a successful entrepreneurial business today,” says Deborah Aarts, Growth 500 program manager. “As we celebrate 30 years of the Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies program, it’s encouraging to see that entrepreneurship is healthier than ever in this country.”

Ecofish is no stranger to Canada’s list of Fastest-Growing Companies.  They made their first appearance on the Growth 500 list in 2016 and their forecast shows no sign of letting up. 


“This achievement is a direct reflection of the passion and dedication of a group of talented scientists and support staff who care deeply about the environment, our clients and what we do,” says President Adam Lewis.  “We are thrilled to have made our second appearance on the Growth 500 list.”


Ecofish was founded in Vancouver in 2001 to meet the need for reliable, trustworthy, science-based environmental consulting.  Since then, the Ecofish team has worked effectively with stakeholders, regulators, and First Nations to improve the environment and operations for over 100 projects in B.C. and internationally. Known province-wide for their unrivalled expertise in the hydroelectric sector, Ecofish’s growth in recent years has expanded their breadth of expertise into the mining, marine and offshore, and oil and gas sectors, to name a few.  Ecofish’s science-based solutions help their clients overcome today’s unprecedented environmental challenges.


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About the Growth 500

For 30 years, the Growth 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Ranking Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by five-year revenue growth, the Growth 500—formerly known as the PROFIT 500—profiles the country’s most successful growing businesses. The Growth 500 is produced by Canadian Business. Winners are profiled in a special Growth 500 print issue of Canadian Business (packaged with the October issue of Maclean’s magazine) and online at and For more information on the ranking, visit


About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at


About Ecofish Research Ltd.  

Ecofish Research Ltd. has helped industry meet environmental licensing and compliance requirements for 17 years. A trusted advisor to industry, government, and First Nations with over 100 staff working on projects in BC, across Canada, and internationally, they deliver key environmental assessment, monitoring, and mitigation services for all project phases: pre-feasibility, assessment, construction, operations, and decommissioning. Their technical expertise features compliance and effectiveness monitoring, mitigation and offsetting solutions, hydrology, fish passage design, instream flow assessment, and water quality modelling. Their regulatory experience provides strategic planning, regulatory solutions, and litigation support.


Media contact

Stephanie Johnson, Ecofish Research Ltd.,, 604.608.6180

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Local Family Festival Set to “Glow” through the Seasons


Christmas Glow expands with a new fall celebration and  VIP party space



July 17, 2018 (Langley, BC): Darvonda Nurseries announced today that it’s expanding Glow, the popular Christmas festival located inside the greenhouses of Milner Village Garden Centre, which features interactive light sculptures, children’s play areas, seasonal food and drink, and a local market. This year, the Langley Christmas event will double its square footage, and a new festival, Harvest Glow, has been created for autumn. Glow will also delight Christmas revelers in Edmonton, AB, and negotiations are underway for additional Canadian and US cities.


“We’re excited to unveil Harvest Glow, which will run September 27 – October 31, also at the Milner Village Garden location. Families will easily spend two hours enjoying all the activities, like an indoor pumpkin patch, a hay maze, animal petting stable, and even nine holes of mini golf,” said Lawrence Jansen, CEO, Darvonda Nurseries. “And of course, thousands of lights, and animated light sculptures. Our Farmers Market will also be the perfect place to buy fresh, local produce.”


There’s an all-new theme for Christmas Glow this year, “Around the World”, which takes visitors country to country as they follow Santa on his annual journey. The expanded space is expected to host 150,000 visitors November 22 – January 19, featuring an estimated one million lights throughout 4,000 square meters. The larger footprint also includes a private party room for birthday parties, holiday celebrations and corporate functions. Bookings can be made now through the website.


The Glow Christmas Market is also returning with room for 40 local vendors, the perfect spot to shop for unique gifts from artisans, farmers and boutique businesses.


“Everything we’ve designed this year has families and community at the heart of it. We’ve added more children’s play areas and increased parking and indoor seating to make the experience more enjoyable from start to finish,” adds Jensen. “Our community has so many rich resources, from artists to farmers, this is an ideal event to bring everyone together.”


Early bird tickets go on sale in August. Sign up now at to find out how to enjoy 40% off regular ticket prices.


Connect with Glow:

Facebook: /theglowgardens
Twitter: @theglowgardens
Instagram: /glowchristmas


Darvonda Nurseries began doing business in 1975, starting out as a 10,000 square foot glass greenhouse in Langley, BC, producing tropical indoor potted plants. Under the ownership and direction of Byron Jansen and wife Tamara, the greenhouse facilities have since grown to include seven different locations which feature 27 acres of glass and plastic growing space, as well as 20 acres of outdoor production area. The company focuses its efforts on offering flowering annuals and indoor potted plants that are not marketed simply as a commodity. Instead, Darvonda uses their creative design sense to develop unique product offerings on a per customer basis and offers exclusive design programs to big box stores around the world.


With deep roots in their community, the Jansen family has found a new way to connect families and neighbours year-round through Glow. Christmas Glow started in Langley in 2017. In 2018, they are proud to debut Harvest Glow in Langley, and Christmas Glow is expanding to Edmonton, AB.


Media Inquiries:

Fawn Mulcahy






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.

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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.  

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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…

NFF Sale 2016 Front (3)

NFF Sale 2016 Back (3)

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.

SFM Postcard Landscape Date

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.

Gift Guide SFM 2015 Sustainable  Gift Guide 2 SFM 2015 Hostess Gifts  Gift Guide 1 SFM 2015

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