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This blog has migrated (January 2013)

December 27, 2012

It’s time for a place holder post to let you know you can find me at http://janislacouvee.com. I’ve migrated all the content and thank you for following my posts!

Win Tickets to “Influence” by Intrepid Theatre

February 28, 2011

Elliott Loran, Karen Lee Pickett, and David Radford, images – Intrepid Theatre

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Powerhouse Performance Company Presents: EDGES

January 5, 2011
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Social Media Year in Review – November 2010 Victoria BC

December 31, 2010

It’s no secret that I enjoy fine craft beer, in particular Hermann’s from Vancouver Island Brewery. It was a pleasant surprise to be invited to the Hermannator launch November 1st.

Doug Brown, agency manager of Copeland Communications, brought Jay Baer, author (with Amber Naslund) of the well respected blog “Convince and Convert”  to Victoria to speak. Then he graciously arranged for Jay to be the guest at a tweetup November 3rd at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa . Jay returns (with Amber) as keynote speaker to Social Media Camp  in June 2011. Jay and Amber’s book, “The Now Revolution” is scheduled for release in February 2011.

Trish Caddy launched the Babes Go Bare 2011 Calendar in early November.
 
Open Gov West BC  brought together over 150 delegates- government employees, non profits, concerned citizens, and businesses- who work with any level of government.  I was a panelist with Chris Moore (City of Edmonton), Tara Ney (Oak Bay), and Ian Graeme (Prov of BC).

Most of the day was spent live tweeting the conference. The #ogwbc hashtag trended nationally!   Feeling a little out of my element, I had originally posted this:   but later learned that one of the participants (with a hearing impairment) was able to follow more closely because of my tweets.

Walter Schwabe @fusedlogic from Edmonton attended Open Gov West BC and met with the local Twitter community at our morning #victoriatweetup November 11th. Another long distance Twitter friendship culminating in a face-to-face meeting.

Both the “gents” and “ladies” managed to meet for tweetups in November.

Glenn Letham,  editor and founder of GIS User,presented to Social Media Club on “Geo-location technology and apps”. Glenn is recently back in Victoria after many years in the States, most recently in Fort Collins CO. He has great insight! Glenn is also a very talented photographer.

The Johnson Street Bridge referendum vote was held November 20th. http://johnsonstreetbridge.org/.

After meeting initially in early 2010 and discussing it, Jaryd Zinkewich  and I presented on “Generational Knowledge Transfer”   at Pecha Kucha Night 4

Social Media Year in Review – July 2010 Victoria BC

December 31, 2010

Ideas Victoria was founded in 2007 by Kris Constable as a place for critical thinkers to meet and discuss their ideas. IdeaWave Conference July 10 & 11th was an offshoot of these meetings. 50 speakers for 10 minutes each over 2 days. Here’s my presentation “Set Theory and Human Relationships – The Importance of One”.  The next IdeaWave is scheduled for February 22 and 23rd I’ll be speaking on “Building Resilient Networks, Online and Off, in the 21st Century”

If you like ideas, don’t miss this conference!

In July Dan Parks and Sean Dhillon started the “High Noon Hump Day Tweetups” focussing on apps like Foursquare and others for iPhone and Android. Lunches take place at different restaurants in the Capital Region. Check http://www.meetup.com/lunchtweetups for more details. The first meetup of 2011 is January 12th at AURA Restaurant

North Studio, Stikky Media, Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Expo and Birds of a Feather Bed and Breakfast hosted the 2nd Mashable Meetup July 29th. It was a lovely evening on Esquimalt Lagoon shared with friends old and new.   Thanks to FatDaddys BBQ for the fabulous eats too!
Photo: Stikky Media

The Social Media Club meeting July 27th was an “Un-Meeting” with great discussions facilitated by Melanie Wood of ACD Systems.

Social Media Year in Review – March 2010 Victoria BC

December 31, 2010

Babes Go Bare For Cancer  had a scheduled Head Shave and silent auction March 6th and, on a whim, the week before, I tweeted that I would shave my head if I could raise $1000. Guess what? 

Babes Go Bare was founded by Trish Caddy in the fall of 2009. She connected with the local social media community for much of her sponsorship. Total fundraising efforts for the 2010 calendar were $19,000. The 2011 calendar features many “babes and blokes” from the local Twitter community. Please consider donating or purchasing a calendar. Here’s why I decided to become a model.

Chris Causton announced his Liberal Party of Canada candidacy at an “un-press” conference and invited local social media enthusiasts and supporters.
 

“Recognizing the role online media plays in local news and opinion, this event is an opportunity for bloggers, online citizen and professional journalists, and social media enthusiasts to meet Christopher. Video cameras are welcome!”.

 

Twestival Victoria  returned March 25th and raised over $8000 for Concern Worldwide. Victoria was the 8th city worldwide (per capita) and the 16th in total funds. Thanks to an amazing @yyjtwestival organizing committee, and Twitter community! To date we have raised over $13,000 in two events for Victoria based Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society  (September 2009) and Concern (March 2010).

Stay tuned for another Twestival Victoria local March 24th 2011.

Bees for Babar fundraiser

December 2, 2010

Join the “Bees for Babar” Charitable Society” this Friday December 3rd for an end of year fundraiser at Camosun College (Landsdowne Campus) Young Building Room 216 5:30-7pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. There will be food, fun, and dance performances from Victoria Dance Theatre.

This innovative project incorporates beekeeping to ensure that subsistence farms near game reserves in Ghana are not destroyed by wildlife, and thereby keeps the wildlife from being poached by the farmers. A win-win for everyone!

Port Theatre Nanaimo BC

November 14, 2010

Recently, thanks to CHEK TV, we had the opportunity to travel to Nanaimo for Guitar Summit appearing at The Port Theatre.

The concert was phenomenal, combining the talents of the Montréal Guitar Trio and the California Guitar Trio in a magical evening that ranged from re-worked scores of spaghetti westerns, to Pink Floyd’s Echoes, original compositions evoking the northern reaches of the artic, and rollicking tunes replete with Québecois influences.

It was, however, the theatre itself that captured some of my attention. Built in 1998, the Port Theatre is an intimate 800 seat venue with near perfect sight lines and excellent acoustics. Concerts range from family friendly fare to modern dance, jazz standards, comedians and more. Tickets are very reasonably priced, and members benefit from significant discounts and a Spotlight series that allows them to purchase 4 tickets for $100.

We are fortunate in Victoria to have a wide range of theatre and performance options open to us. If, by chance, you find yourself venturing up Island for a get- away, I would highly recommend visiting the Port Theatre’s website, and adding some live performance to your get-away schedule. You won’t be disappointed.

Of note is the Port Theatre Society’s “Theatre Angels” program that will “distribute over 4,000 complimentary tickets, through over fifty social service agencies, to local people on limited incomes, offering access to a wide variety of performances for children and adults alike”.

Stinking Fish Studio Tour

November 14, 2010

Having started the holiday season with a visit to the 13th Annual Gallery Walk, what better way to continue than following the fish signs to The Stinking Fish Studio Tour.

Now in it’s 10th year, the tour takes you along the quiet roads and paths of rural Metchosin and East Sooke, about 30 minutes from downtown Victoria.

This year’s tour is November 26th – 28th; the artists studios will be open from 10am to 5pm.

What better way to spend a quiet November weekend than to meander from studio to studio, perhaps stopping off at Albert Head, Witty’s Lagoon or Devonian Park for some fresh air and a short walk down to the beach.  In addition, many farms along Metchosin Road are open year round.

When hungry, be sure to check out the legendary My Chosen Café. The food is definitely worth the drive and the wait.

Maps of the tour can be downloaded here.

Why “Stinking Fish”?

“In the 1840’s, when explorer James Douglas asked the First Nations people of this region what they called the area now known as Metchosin, they answered
S-met-sho-sun, which literally means “stinking fish”.”  from the Stinking Fish Studio Tour website.

What a wonderful opportunity to meet with artists, discuss their recent work, and perhaps, take away that perfect Christmas gift.

Some personal favourites are Chiarina Loggia (@chiatweet on twitter) for her evocative explorations blending photography and print making, and Robin Hopper & Judi Dyelle internationally acclaimed potters.

Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day 2010

November 11, 2010