Social Media Year in Review – May 2010 Victoria BC

December 31, 2010

Paul Holmes organized a second WordCamp May15th.  Attendance at both has been over 100 each time.

Don’t miss the third WordCamp Saturday January 22nd. Registration costs are modest, and the speaker line-up  includes options for beginners, advanced and technical users. I’ll be moderating a blogger panel with Rebecca Bollwitt (Miss 604), Mike Vardy (Eventualism) and Lorraine Murphy (Raincoaster) and speaking on “Promoting Through Blogging”.

Pecha Kucha Night volume 2 was held on May 27th. Speakers included Ben Ziegler and Karen Rivers.

from The Vancouverite

May 25th @RealReporter Salim Jiwa spoke to Social Media Club on “Trends In Journalism Today & The Impact of Social Media”. Here’s some thoughts from one of the attendees, Yule Heibel.

photo from youcookca

Kudos to the Fairmont Empress and Inn at Laurel Point for innovative marketing. May 12th saw the inaugural #poutineoff on the lawns of the Empress Hotel. Judges, sourced via Twitter, were @cqwww @toots11 @flygirlWS @seedtocup @lacouvee @EATmagazine @TravelWithTaste @youcookca. Mayor Dean Fortin was the MC. Fairmont Empress Chef Ito’s “Tiger Poutine” was narrowly declared the winner.

photo from youcookca


Social Media Year in Review – April 2010 Victoria BC

December 31, 2010

Rod Cooper organized BC Social Media Summit April 7th as a fundraiser for his participation in The Ride To Conquer Cancer . Speakers included Chris Burdge, Rod Phillips, Tracy McAllister, Paul Holmes, Terri Davies, Rob Cooper, Ross Dunn, Janis La Couvée. My presentation “Building a Brand, Lessons Learned from Twestival Victoria” is here.



Evening tweetups continued sporadically. We met at the Bard and Banker on April 17th for a great evening out.  

April 14th also marked the beginning of the very successful “gents #victoriatweetup” organized by Frans Jonker. These continue on a regular monthly basis. Contact Frans for more details.

April’s Social Media Club meeting topic was “Traditional Media Meets Social Media” with participation from Deborah Wilson (CBC), Dana Hutchings (CHEK News), Bryan Capistrano (the Q! and the Zone), Amanda Farrell (Monday Magazine) and Sarah Petrescu (Times Colonist). The discussion and debate were lively! Here are Yule Heibel’s original and follow up posts. Did you attend? What did you think?

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.

Social Media Year in Review, January 2010 Victoria BC

December 31, 2010

The year began January 2nd with a movie #victoriatweetup . Cindy Stephenson looked down the row of people and said “a year ago I didn’t know one of these ppl”. It’s the power of Twitter. (I met Frans Jonker at that tweetup!).

Although it took until the fall of 2010 for them to become regular, the first WestShore tweetup was January 8th.

Social Media Club Victoria continued to attract powerful international speakers. Julien Smith, co-author with Chris Brogan of “Trust Agents, brought his unique style to Victoria for a presentation on January 20th.  (And returned for Social Media Camp in October – we were lucky!!)

The Blue Bridge counter petition successfully met it’s goal. Organizers Ross Crockford, Yule Heibel and Mat Wright used social media extensively to rally supporters, petition signers, and media attention through Johnson Street

Photo by: and Licensed under the Creative Commons By Attribution, Non Commercial Use Only license.

Social Media Year in Review – Victoria BC 2010

December 31, 2010

At the end of 2009, Social Media Club Victoria was 9 months old, most traditional media in Victoria did not yet have a social media presence, and the only regularly scheduled tweetup was the am #Victoriatweetup held the 2nd Thursday and 4th Wednesday of the month at Cabin 12

Social media successes for 2009 included Twestival Victoria (September), WordCamp (November), Johnson Street and presentations by Raul Pacheco, Lorraine Murphy and Joe Solomon @engagejoe  at Social Media Club.

2010 saw incredible growth, not only in the numbers of active users of social media, but in the offline events, groups, and meetings. The online to offline community blossomed!

Here’s a Social Media Review for Victoria BC in 2010. It’s highly subjective. Please let me know what needs to be included (and what I have forgotten) and I will revise the posts.

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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

Babes Go Bare Calendar 2011

November 1, 2010