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2011-09-22 |
CBC Live! A Kick Off to Culture Days

2011-08-05 |
Free Concerts Every Weekday Outside CBC Vancouver

2006-08-29 | The Vancouver Sun
TV Towers & the CBC Building New Development to get Plaza

2006-01-28 | The Vancouver Sun
Tuning in on Robson Street | Concord is Building the Residential Towers Jointly with the CBC


CBC Live! A Kick Off to Culture Days (Covered Event, Come Rain or Shine!) Sept. 30th

CBC B.C. Community
September 22nd, 2011
TV Towers Vancouver - CBC - A Kick Off to Culture Days - September 2011 Live Schedule

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Get ready for a star-studded line up of live broadcast, events and music at CBC LIVE! – A kick off to Culture Days on Friday, September 30th, 2011. This will be an all day outdoor festival from 10 am to 10 pm with a spectacular opening by CCMA Artist of the Year – Johnny Reid.

The stage will start with a Special Q Media Panel  hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, Steven & Chris and Dragons’ Den. Bring the kids for interactive activities and story time at Kids’ CBC Tent with Mamma Yamma and Super Why!. Throughout the day, meet the Stars of CBC Television. Did we mention George Stroumboulopoulos will be here? Catch the live broadcast of CBC Radio One’s On The Coast and CBC News Vancouver.

What’s a celebration without cake? Enjoy a piece of cake in the evening with the CBC Stars. Join the countdown in the evening with CBC Radio 3 for the Culture Days Concert featuring Stars, The Midway State, and The New Pornographers.

CBC LIVE! Schedule: 

10:45 am – Culture Days Kick Off Spectacular with Johnny Reid

11:00 am – Jian Ghomeshi hosts a Special Q Media Panel
From Cairo to Vancouver: How social media has affected the biggest news stories of the last year

11:00 am – Meet CBC News Network morning show host Suhana Meharchand at the CBC News Vancouver Tent and test out your skills at our anchor desk!

12:00 pm Noon – Kids’ CBC Live – With Patty, Mamma Yamma, the Breakfast Froog and special musical guest Amy Millan.

Throughout the day, come to Kids’ CBC tent for puppet shows, pirate crafts, and storytelling with Super Why!, CBC News Vancouver’s Gloria Macarenko, CBC Radio One hosts:  Margaret Gallagher, Stephen Quinn, and CBC Radio 3 hosts: Grant Lawrence, Lana Gay and Lisa Christiansen.

2:00 pm – Steven & Chris co-hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos
Catch Chris and his event co-host George Stroumboulopoulos with Best Recipes Ever’s Kary Osmond, Dragons Robert Herjavec and Bruce Croxon.3:00 pm – CBC Radio One’s On The Coast with Stephen Quinn

Stephen will be featuring special Culture Days musical guests.

5:00 – 6:30 pm – CBC News Vancouver Live from Hamilton Street
Watch Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko, Claire Martin and Shane Foxman during the live evening newscast. Be sure to come back at 6:30pm to the CBC News Vancouver tent where you can meet them.

5:00 pm – CBC Celebrates 75 Years
Have some cake with CBC’s biggest stars!

5:30 pm – Face the Dragon
Dragons’ Den Student Entrepreneur Contest with Jim Treliving, Robert Herjavec, Bruce Croxon and Dianne Buckner

7:00 pm – CBC Radio 3 Countdown Show with Grant Lawrence
Join Radio 3 host Grant Lawrence for the countdown show to Midnight Music.

8:00 pm – Midnight Music: A Concert for Culture Days
Be a part of this FREE concert hosted by Jian Ghomeshi featuring StarsThe Midway State and The New Pornographers.

Meet the Stars of CBC Television at the CBC LIVE Lounge
Adam Beach from Arctic Air
Allan Hawco from Republic of Doyle
Bruce Croxon, Dianne Buckner and Robert Herjavec from Dragons’ Den
Erin Karpluk from Being Erica
George Stroumboulopoulos
Jian Ghomeshi 
Kary Osmond from Best Recipes Ever
Kevin Weekes and Mark Lee from Hockey Night in Canada
Natalie Lisinka from InSecurity
Ron James from The Ron James Show
Steven & Chris



Free Concerts Every Weekday Outside CBC Vancouver

Musical Nooners
August 5th, 2011
Remy Scalza, Inside Vancouver (

The summer of freebies continues.  In case you haven’t already noticed, free daily concerts are being staged downtown outside the CBC studios on Hamilton Street from noon-1 p.m. all summer long.  The free music series, called Musical Nooners, started back in July and will continue until Aug. 26.

TV Towers Vancouver - CBC Stage - Musical Nooners Summer 2011

CBC Stage | Musical Nooners 2011

The concerts only last 60 minutes, but it’s a fantastic way to spend your lunch hour if you happen to be downtown.

So far, some great local acts have taken to the CBC’s outdoor stage, including Juno-winning songwriter Greg Sczebel, Dan Moxon of Bend Sinister and the Brazilian group Ache Brazil.   Here’s a video of Vancouver bluegrass band Headwater performing at last year’s Nooners series:

There are some excellent bands slated to perform in the days ahead.   On Monday, Aug. 8, local Kanye West-influenced hip-hop artist Panther and the Supafly take the stage.  On Thursday, Aug. 11, you can catch local Rockabilly icon Paul Pigat.  And on Friday, Aug. 12, pop-rockers Sun Wizard perform.

The remainder of the schedule hasn’t been announced yet (at least not that I’ve been able to find).  But I think that half the fun is actually just showing up and being surprised by whatever act happens to be on stage.  The genres are so diverse – from rap to rock, country to roots – that you always get to listen to something new.  Plus, it’s free.

CBC Vancouver’s Musical Nooners are presented every weekday afternoon from noon-1 p.m. at the CBC’s outdoor stage on 700 Hamilton St. (between Robson and W. Georgia Streets).  The concerts continue from now through Aug. 26.



TV Towers & the CBC Building New Development to get Plaza

Officials say the project will result in an integration of studios and resources, but will not produce staff reductions
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
Brian Morton, The Vancouver Sun

TV Towers Vancouver - The Vancouver SunVancouver’s downtown CBC building is undergoing a full-scale renovation that will add a multi-use plaza, community space for a non-profit organization, and a more “collaborative working environment” for journalists.

The project, which is estimated to cost between $34 million and $38 million, is being funded through the sale of the property’s parking lot to a real estate development company, which will build condos on the site.

TV Towers Vancouver - CBC Building

TV Towers Vancouver - CBC Building

Although the project will result in an integration of studios and resources, staff reductions are not anticipated, project manager Ken Golemba, the CBC’s former operations manager for English television, said in an interview.

TV Towers Vancouver - Project Manager Ken Colemba

TV Towers - Project Manager Ken Colemba

“No, that’s certainly not planned,” said Golemba. “The idea of integration is to make better use of the resources.”

Golemba also said the project was not precipitated by staff cutbacks over the past decade, which had left empty space in the CBC-owned building.

“This has nothing to do with any staff reductions. The building is over 32 years old and is in need of renovation.”

“As we’ve evolved, the building has become a maze of interior walls, and it’s difficult to move people around. We’re trying to get four newsrooms working closer together.”

The redevelopment of the concrete structure at Georgia and Hamilton, which is home to the CBC’s second-largest English broadcasting centre, is scheduled for completion in fall 2009.

Key changes include:

  • An enclosed public promenade for passersby to enjoy an “interactive space” and observe the CBC newsroom in action.
  • A multi-use plaza featuring a 372-square-metre community performance space, outdoor stage, courtyard and water garden.
  • A new newsroom and state-of-the-art production centre integrating studios and all of CBC/Radio Canada’s news and current affairs journalists. Large areas will be visible to the public, with one of the studios opening directly onto the plaza for live news coverage.
  • About 780 square metres of community space to house a yet-unnamed non-profit cultural organization.

Golemba said the project is being funded by the sale of the building’s parking lot to Concord Pacific, which plans to build two condominium towers there. Parking will be moved underground.

Work on the condo towers is expected to commence next week.

TV Towers Vancouver - Building Rendering

TV Towers Vancouver - Building Rendering

The non-profit organizations will not pay rent to the CBC, just their own operating expenses.

Golemba said the integrated news room model is already in use in Edmonton and Ottawa.

“This is going to be a very open public space to welcome our community,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know what goes on in this building. You [will be able to] peer right into the newsroom and see it operating.”

Golemba said the CBC in Vancouver has not experienced any major staff reductions since 1997, when 30 to 50 people were let go. “Since then, we’ve gained new programs, and gained a number of staff back.”

Jim Thompson, spokesman for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, a non-profit group advocating for more and better Canadian programming, said in an interview that he wasn’t aware of the Vancouver redevelopment, but fears there might be pressure to reduce staffing as the news operations are coordinated.

“We would hope there would be no further cutbacks, although the CBC is under tremendous financial pressures,” he said. “And the plans for the CBC by the current government are completely unknown.”

A total of 434 people work in the building, Golemba said.

© The Vancouver Sun 2006


Tuning in on Robson Street

VANCOUVER | Concord is building the residential towers jointly with the CBC
Vancouver Sun
Saturday, January 28th, 2006
TV Towers Vancouver | Concord Pacific's David Negrin

Concord Pacific's David Negrin

Presentation centre: 1550 Homer Mews, Vancouver
Hours: 10 – 5 p.m. daily
Telephone: 604-899-8800
Developer: Concord Pacific
Architect: Walter Francl
Interior design: Situ Design
Project size: 2 towers, 454 residences
Residence size: 439 sq. ft. – 1,100 sqft., studios, one bedroom, one bedroom +den, two bedroom + den
Prices: $250,000 – $600,000
Warranty: National Home Warranty
Completion: November, 2008

TV Towers Vancouver - The Vancouver Sun

The 22-storey TV Tower 1 is sold out.
The 32-storey TV Tower 2 isn’t, although it could be by this evening.

TV Tower 1 was fully bought after one month of selling in the fall.

TV Tower 2 attracted so much new-home-buyer interest that people lined up three days before the presentation centre opened for business, on Jan. 14.

The developer held back 90 apartments so it would have something to sell at its previously announced “grand opening” today.

“I was a bit surprised by the early lineups, but I wasn’t surprised we did so well,” Concord Pacific’s David Negrin says.

“It’s a great central location. Robson Street is a bustling area, you are close to Yaletown, the library, BC Place and the Ford Theatre. There are not that many residential towers along Robson.”

The TV Towers site is well known as the site of CBC’s regional headquarters.

Concord is building the two towers as a joint venture with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to redevelop the block into a sleek residential and commercial complex.

Concord won the bid to buy the property from CBC in 2004, which Negrin believes was partly in response to their proposal to integrate the residential towers with the national broadcasting company.

“We always envisioned the site as integrated with CBC, there’s even a walkway connecting it to CBC. The towers have a very active design, incorporating colour into the building.”

The orange of CBC is on the skin of the building and different mauves and greens are being used in the balcony glass, which again helps to tie the buildings into the CBC.

CBC is revamping its headquarters, to make it an more open and inviting building and more a part of the surrounding community. Construction on the new CBC building will begin in the spring, with completion slated for 2009.

TV Towers Vancouver - Display Suite - Kitchen

TV Towers Vancouver - Display Kitchen

The TV Towers on Robson follow European design trends in the interior spaces. This includes the use of high-glass white cabinetry in the kitchens with glass mosaic back splashes (a stainless steel backsplash upgrade is available as well as granite and stone countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms). There is a strong focus on clean lines and efficient floor plans.

There are nine typical suites per floor, including studios, one bedrooms and one bedroom with den and two bedrooms with den.

Negrin says the contemporary look of the towers appeals to a younger demographic, with most of the buyers in their 20s to 40s. He adds the price point is also affordable for first-time buyers.

“We are very competitive pricing. That’s what appeals to younger buyers. With 25 per cent down you could be paying $1,800 a month. That’s cheaper than renting.”

Negrin adds land is scare in downtown Vancouver and with the city’s moratorium on converting office space into residential developers are having to look elsewhere for projects.

“The key to this project is it’s on Robson. There is not much available downtown so it’s still a good deal for investors. Their investment will pay off.”

TV Towers Vancouver - Display Suite - Kitchen 2

TV Towers Vancouver - Display

The smallest of the units is a studio at 439 sq. feet. Here the architect has used an open plan concept to expand the space.

Situ Design principal David Hepworth says in small spaces it’s important to make the interiors “clean and modern.”

“Small spaces stuffer from too much stuff. It’s a more simplified line of detail. We tried to pare it down to just one uniform palate of materials and colours,” says Hepworth.

For instance, of the two colour schemes , either light or dark, there would be the same countertops used in both the kitchen and bathroom to help unify the space.

Hepworth says the smaller units are geared for either a young professional or as a pied-de-terre home.

Research from Price Waterhouse Coopers recently indicated developers would be wise to build more of these smaller units.

The September Condo Market Review found “there was more demand for smaller units than what was being offered,” says vice-president Craig Hennigar.

“It could be a price point issue or more people living alone or people planning a lifestyle where they want a place to go away on the weekend. The message to developers was you could improve your profitability by selling more smaller units.”

TV Towers Vancouver - Display Suite - Kitchen Fixtures

TV Towers - Fixtures

Hennigar says even a bachelor suite, of 420 sq. ft., can be quite livable. “It all comes down to layout and design and furniture systems,” he says.

Negrin says of the condos held back for sale today there is still a range available, from studios to one bedroom and den to two bedrooms and den.

The towers also have a 97,000 sq. ft. amenity space, with a whirlpool hot tub, steam room, sauna, yoga and pilates studio and full-equipped gym. There’s also a “Hollywood-style” screening room, sports lounge and games room, meeting room and 24 hour concierge.

© The Vancouver Sun 2006

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