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AHA MEDIA films at the launch of TELUS customers the first to stay connected from the living room with Facebook on Optik TV

March 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Today, TELUS introduced a new Facebook application on its Optik TV platform. The first of its kind in Canada, the app is designed to provide customers with access to Facebook features and content without missing a second of their favourite TV shows.
The Facebook app wraps part of the perimeter of the television screen, allowing users to enjoy their favourite Facebook features while simultaneously continuing to watch TV programming. Offered as part of the Optik TV subscription, the Facebook application on Optik TV uses the standard remote control to allow customers to view status updates, activities and Wall posts, find a friend, and write messages on friends’ Walls. The application also offers the ability to view photo albums in slideshow mode to create a high-impact full screen presentation view of photos right on the TV.

TELUS customers first to stay connected from the living room with Facebook on Optik TV

Vancouver, B.C. — TELUS is giving Western Canadians something new to “Like” about Optik TV. TELUS today introduced a new Facebook application on its Optik TV platform designed to provide customers convenient access to Facebook features and content without missing a second of their favorite TV shows. This innovative application is a Canadian first, and brings a whole new dimension to both TV watching and social media. Through “Share my View”, users are able to post what they’re watching on their Wall, creating a social TV viewing experience that brings their whole friends list into the picture.

“IPTV is the future of television, and with Optik TV the future is here at TELUS. We are committed to enabling a truly connected home, offering new ways for our Optik TV customers to stay connected and multitask while enjoying television, and to that end we plan to launch a number of applications this year,” said David Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer, TELUS. “TV applications are a great example of the power of Internet-enabled TV. This Facebook app brings social networking to the living room – it’s all about making TV viewing a social activity again, in an exciting new way.”

To promote the launch of this bold new TV app, TELUS has teamed up with Leonard Nimoy in an innovative marketing campaign that announces Facebook on Optik TV as “The Next Frontier of Social Networking.”

The application wraps part of the perimeter of the television screen, allowing users to enjoy their favorite Facebook features while simultaneously continuing to watch TV programming. Included in the Optik TV subscription, the Facebook application on Optik TV uses the standard remote control to allow customers to view status updates, activities and Wall posts, find a friend, and write messages on friends’ Walls. The application also offers the ability to view Facebook photo albums in slideshow mode to create a high-impact full screen presentation view of photos right on the TV.

TELUS Optik TV customers need only their current Facebook account and subscription to Optik Internet to take advantage of the Facebook application for TV.

The Facebook application was developed in partnership between TELUS and ES3, the premier developer of iTV (interactive television) applications for the award-winning Microsoft Mediaroom platform upon which Optik TV is based. “Applications for IPTV, such as the Facebook app, are key drivers in the evolution of TV and how consumers interact with the largest screen in the home,” said Doug Edwards, CEO, ES3. “I truly believe the Facebook application for Optik TV presents a clear view to the horizon of purely integrated social activities that can be tied with our TV viewing experiences.”

TELUS offers Optik TV in British Columbia and Alberta communities. TELUS is investing $1.3 billion in network infrastructure in B.C. and Alberta this year alone to increase Internet speeds, introduce Optik TV to more communities, and expand its wireless network.

Below is Sean Ruzicka speaking about TELUS introducing Facebook on Optik TV in Vancouver

Below is a photo a 3 second teaser video of Leonard Nimoy teaming up with TELUS to launch “The Next Frontier of Social Networking.”

Below is Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA excited about Facebook on Optik TV

April Smith and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA were very happy to attend Bombay Sapphire event with Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill and Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

May 12, 2010 3 comments

April Smith and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA were very happy to attend Bombay Sapphire event with Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill and Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This event was “The Bombay Sapphire and Canada’s Guru of the Grill Chef Rob Rainford Spice-up the Summer Season”

Chef Rob Rainford robrainford.com

Merlin Griffiths www.bombaysapphire.com/ca/en/merlin_griffiths/

Bombay Sapphire BombaySapphire.com

“Ready, shake, grill! With the weather heating up and summer just around the corner, everyone is getting ready to fire up their BBQ and show off their grilling expertise to friends and family alike. This year, take your summer entertaining skills to the next level and skip the burgers and beer. Impress your guests with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin’s Inspired Cocktail and Cuisine pairings, featuring exclusive recipes from BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and Rob Rainford, host of Canada’s favourite grilling show License to Grill

Inspired by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE botanicals, each dish is rich in worldy, exotic flavours, complimented by the easy mixability of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE dry gin. There is a pairing for every palate, so sip-in every second of summer and ensure your guests leave begging for an invite to your next BBQ.”

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In this video is April Smith and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA’s first walk through of Bombay Sapphire event with Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill and Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire in Vancouver May 10, 2010

April Smith and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA enjoyed 360 degrees and panoramic views of Vancouver’s skyline and mountain and water views! Thanks to Lena Beyer of Cossette for serving us Sapphire Southside drinks!

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, April Smith of AHA MEDIA has a second walk through of Bombay Sapphire event ( going downstairs ) with Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill and Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, April Smith of AHA MEDIA speaks with Chef Rob Rainford in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, April Smith and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA speak with Chef Rob Rainford in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill and Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire welcome everyone to “The Bombay Sapphire and Canada’s Guru of the Grill Chef Rob Rainford Spice-up the Summer Season” event in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire shows a Sapphire Sapphire with Raul Pachecco in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill shows Grilled Tri Tip Steak made with Bombay Sapphire Gin Part 1 in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill shows Grilled Tri Tip Steak made with Bombay Sapphire Gin Part 2 in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire shows a Sapphire Sangaree made with Bombay Sapphire Gin in Vancouver on May 10 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill shows Sapphire Salsa Fresca made with Bombay Sapphire Gin in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Chef Rob Rainford shows Sapphire Leg of Lamb made with Bombay Sapphire Gin in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire makes a Sapphire Barcelona with Lorraine Murphy in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill makes Smoked Honey Dew Melon Soup with Bombay Sapphire Gin in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video , Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire makes Lavender Blueberry Sapphire Collins with Raul Pacheco and Lorraine Murphy in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire and Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill give final thoughts on using Bombay Sapphire Gin with cuisine and cocktails in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Chef Rob Rainford slices Sapphire Leg of Lamb at Bombay Sapphire event in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below is a photo of Merlin Griffiths, Raul Pacheco and Chef Rob Rainford

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Below is a photo of Raul Pacheco, Lorraine Murphy and Peter Davies

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Below is a photo of Merlin Griffiths, Peter Davies and Chef Rob Rainford

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Below is a photo of Chef Rob Rainford with April Smith

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Please see all 50 photos from our “The Bombay Sapphire and Canada’s Guru of the Grill Chef Rob Rainford Spice-up the Summer Season” event on our Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157623918942139/

AHA MEDIA was very proud to be invited to an exclusive screening of “It’s Complicated” at Shangri-La Hotel – Blue Moon Theatre in Vancouver

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA was very proud to be invited to an exclusive screening of “It’s Complicated” at Shangri-La Hotel – Blue Moon Theatre in Vancouver!!

“They snore, leave the toilet seat up and correct your Grammar. They know how you like your coffee, your favourite song and never forgot your anniversary. You love them. Why? It’s Complicated…

“It’s Complicated” – a hilarious look at marriage, divorce and everything in between starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010.

Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Venue: Shangri-La Hotel – Blue Moon Theatre, 1128 West Georgia Street

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AHA MEDIA says that “It’s Complicated” is a fantastic and funny movie! Perfect for today’s social media world and social relationships! :)

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Below are photos of Peter Davies and Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA who viewed “It’s Complicated!” They enjoyed themselves very much!

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Inside Blue Moon Theatre

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Please click any of the following photos to enlarge

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AHA MEDIA thanks  Jennifer Barron and Reena Gacad of High Road Communications and Universal Studios Home Entertainment for this wonderful opportunity! :)

Some of AHA MEDIA status updates on Facebook and Twitter over 2009 in Vancouver + Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

@Ahamedia went and filmed our walkthrough of @Workspace!! Post tomorrow!

Going to film Press Conference at Golden Crown – Illegal Tenant Evictions

NEW POST! @AHAMEDIA filmed at Fight HST Rally at Canada Place on Sat Sept 18 – Over 5,000 ppl!  http://tinyurl.com/nf2q3q

Will be helping to present at #BarCamp on @FearlessCity – Moble Media + @W2Woodwards – New Media Arts Centre in Vancouver #BCV09

Will be helping to do a presentation on Mobile Media Strategies at @FreshMediaMe at @W2Woodwards from 1:50pm to 2:40pm TODAY!

Just filmed a short segment of the the Sites of Empowerment tour in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside with Wendy Pedersen and CCAP volunteers. Nice to see Vancouver City Councillor George Chow with our group of 40 interested folks on life in our community! :)

Dear Friends, I just started @AHAMEDIA Fan page on Facebook. Please come join me http://tinyurl.com/yzw4sfz Thank you

Today AHA MEDIA will be filming Remembrance Day ceremonies at Victory Square in Vancouver

AHA MEDIA is pleased to attend Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES ) on Tuesday Dec 15, 2009

December 16, 2009 2 comments

AHA MEDIA is pleased to attend Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES ) on Tuesday Dec 15, 2009

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
www.vancouverparks.ca

“The fences are coming down”

The Pigeon Park renewal project is substantially completed, The removal of the fencing represents the return of this important public space to the community.

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In this photo and video, Sarah Blyth of Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation welcomes us to Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Tuesday Dec 15 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or —Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this photo and video, A speech is given where Beverly Dobrinsky and Carnegie Village Choir are invited to sing at Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Tuesday Dec 15 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this photo and video, Beverly Dobrinsky and Carnegie Village Choir sing at Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Tuesday Dec 15 2009


This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this photo, Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA and Ellen Woodsworth – Vancouver City Councillor watch the performance by Carnegie Village Choir

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In this photo and video, Terry Hunter, Joseph Pepe Danza and DTES Samba Band play at Pigeon Park Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Tuesday Dec 15, 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this photo, Dalannah Gail Bowen of  Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts  sings

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In this photo, Andrea Reimer  – Vancouver City Councillor chats with Constance Barnes – Vancouver Park Board

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Hungry Folks line up for Chili, Cheese Scones and Hot Chocolate at Pigeon Park

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In this photo, Garvin Snider gives his thoughts on the new Pigeon Park

Please see all 35 photos on our Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/7215762288446

Neighbourhood Swatch: How a Downtown East Side Creative Agency is making a difference with a $12,500 Gift of Creative Services to Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

What do a 70 year old gospel mission and a nine-year old creative agency have in common? The Downtown Eastside, for one. Like many of the applied and creative arts agencies in the North end of Vancouver’s poorest postal code, Burnkit Creative is energetic, thoughtful, and not afraid to work alongside the contradictions and contrast of the Downtown Eastside.

So while many businesses were cutting back during the recent economic downturn, Burnkit took a look around their own neighborhood and decided to lend their talent and energy to support a non-profit agency that would in turn help those who have been hit hardest by the recession: the homeless and working poor of the Downtown Eastside. The result was a contribution of $12,500 worth of creative services toward the Union Gospel Mission’s annual Christmas ad and direct mail campaign.

For Union Gospel Mission, Burnkit was a natural fit. “People who work on the Downtown Eastside often have a certain raw edge to their work, and that’s what we were looking for in this campaign,” says Genesa Wheaton, Director of Resource Development at Union Gospel Mission. “Not many businesses would choose to set up shop in the poorest postal code in Canada. That type of entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to become a part of this community are not lost on those of us who live and work on the Downtown Eastside. For a company like Burnkit to literally put their money where their office is and support UGM in a new, unique way is corporate philanthropy in action.”

Burnkit brought that edge into the campaign as they began the creative process with Union Gospel Mission. “We wanted to engage people in a new way, unlike anything else UGM had ever expressed in previous campaigns – and Burnkit was up for the challenge,” explains Wheaton. “We wanted to help Vancouverites rethink homelessness and addiction, and the response we’ve received to date says that it’s working.”

The resulting ads (attached in low-res; high-res available on request) feature photos of people who have used UGM’s services, and are now UGM staff members, appearing confident and offering unexpected comments like, “I wish I was stuck in traffic.”

“We wanted to jar people a little bit, and make them reevaluate their neighbour’s problems – and their own,” says Josh Dunford, Director at Burnkit. “So maybe next time, instead of being upset, they think, ‘Ok, I’m not going to let this traffic jam ruin my day. I’m thankful for what I’ve got. Some people would love to have a car to be warm and dry in, and a job to be going to.’”

“If people truly want to help, this is a great way to make a difference this Christmas,” says Wheaton, “and we’re thankful organizations like Burnkit, and supporters of UGM see the value in supporting those in need at Christmas time.“

Christmas Meals 2009 – Preliminary List in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

December 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Sunday December 6th – Fransiscan Sisters -385 E. Cordova, 12 – 2pm

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Sunday December 12 – Union Gospel Mission- 616 E. Cordova 10 am – 5pm

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Saturday December 19th – Mission Possible – 543 Powell St 11 am, 12:30, 2 and 3:30 pm

21st Oppenheimer Park Christmas Dinner - Alexander and Dunlevy starting at Noon

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Wednesday Dec 23, –  Table for 2000 – Free Gourmet Meals for Vancouver DTES at @UGM by @Glowbal_Group http://tinyurl.com/yeyf9fj

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Thursday December 24th – 15th Annual Labour Community Christmas Dinner - 1880 Triumph Street 5 – 8 pm

The Dugout 59 Powell 7 – 9 pm Tickets issued in line

Carnegie Centre - 401 Main St. OPEN ALL NIGHT until 6am Friday

Snacks and entertainment throughout & Breakfast at 5am Friday

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Friday December 25thHarbour Light – 119 E. Cordova St. 10am – 2 pm

- Potters Place Mission – 21 E. Hastings 11am – 9pm  On the hour, all day

- Evelyn Saller Centre - 320 Alexander St. 3 – 5pm Cost $2.oo

- The Dugout – 59 Powell 7-9pm Tickets issued in line

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