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7 Holiday Party Ideas

7 Holiday Party Ideas


The  holidays in  September?

We know, few people want to think about them this early! But if you want a good location for your party, you’ve got to book it stat. To help you, we’ve gathered a few ideas for stand-out parties.

1Play a game.

For something completely different, you and your guests can play one of Vancouver’s many themed escape games. The fun begins when your group is locked in a (non-claustrophobic) room and you have to work together to find the way out. Game length, theme, and cost varies by location. Check several locations here.

 2Drink. Don’t drive.

Vancouver Brewery Tours offers private craft brewery tours. Hop aboard one of their chauffeured vans (up to 28 seats available) and let them take care of the rest. Allow room in the budget for a taxi home for each of your guests.

Or, if wine is your preferred beverage, House Wine will stage a private wine-tasting in your home or office. They offer many tasting themes, including (but not limited to) “Wine Etiquette,” “Brown Bag Value,” and “Match Maker” or will create a theme to suit your tastes. Again, allow room in your budget for taxis for your guests.


When was the last time you went to Theatresports? For a truly entertaining evening, buy out the entire theatre for your group. The theatre seats up to 180 and includes exclusive access to the bar & lounge.

4Wield a sword.

We dare you! Bring your staff to Academie Duello on Hastings Street and learn to swing a broadsword, properly draw a sword, or even fend off baddies with an umbrella. No experience required.

5Jump around.

Extreme Air Park (in Richmond or Langley) offers “all trampolines, all the time.” Visitors can do their own thing on any of the trampolines in the 42,000 square foot facility, but we recommend a rousing game of trampoline dodge-ball to get everyone playing together. (Probably best suited for an agile group with good knees.)

6Eat out.

Grub is a lovely little bistro on Main Street. Closed for too long after a fire, it’s open again, and the food is as good as ever. Intimate, welcoming setting for a smallish group.  Or, there’s the lovely Pied à Terre on Cambie Street (site of Line 21′s holiday party last year).  Food good enough to satisfy even the fussiest gourmand.

8Eat early.

Who says your party has to be in the evening? Consider brunch instead. The options for a great brunch are vast in Vancouver. The Teahouse in Stanley Park is an old favourite, and the view is spectacular. Or try Tuc Craft Kitchen. Featuring lots of local ingredients and a hip vibe, it’s been rated one of Vancouver’s best brunch spots.


Coming Attractions and Highlights!

New Releases

I Am Chris FarleyI Am Chris Farley
Airs on The Movie Network, September 25
Airs on Movie Central, October 1

A documentary on the brief life and legacy of Chris Farley. The film explores the comedian’s fast rise from Saturday Night Live to the silver screen, followed by his untimely death at age 33.

Ninth FloorNinth Floor
Plays at VIFF, September 26 & 29

Takes a penetrating look at the Sir George Williams University riot of February 1969, when a protest against institutional racism snowballed into a 14-day student occupation at the Montreal University.

Playing at VIFF, September 28 & October 2

Escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for half a decade, a young woman and her five-year-old son struggle to adjust to the strange, terrifying, and wondrous world outside their one-room prison.

Haida GawiiHaida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World
Plays at VIFF, September 29, October 3 & 9

Stunning cinematography explores the geographic heart of the Haida Gwaiian people, who thrived for more than 10,000 years until they were decimated through disease, rampant commercial logging, and industrial over-fishing since contact. Today, the Haida Nation is recovering, exerting their sovereignty, and winning battles against unsustainable logging and fishing.

Tricks on the DeadTricks on the Dead
Plays at VIFF, September 30 & October 4

The little-known history of 140,000 Chinese recruits who were secretly transported through Canada to dig trenches on the fronts of World War I.

Plays at VIFF, October 1 & 5

A complex portrait of Eadweard Muybridge, the father of motion pictures, whose searing jealousy of his young wife eclipsed his genius, leading to one of the most infamous legal cases in history.

Crash GalleryCrash Gallery
Premieres on CBC, October 2

An art challenge series showcasing 15 artists from across Canada. In every episode, three talented artists go head-to-head against each other in a real-time creative arena, giving the audience a front-row seat to the creative process.

The Romeo SectionThe Romeo Section
Premieres on CBC Friday, October 14

Follows  spymaster Professor Wolfgang McGee, an academic who secretly manages a roster of espionage assets. These assets, referred to as Romeo or Juliet spies, are informants engaged in intimate long- or short- term relations with state intelligence targets.





September 2015 Recipe: Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

This month, we’re featuring a recipe from our very own “crazy dog lady.” It’s been tested—and given two paws up—by not only Rachel’s dogs, but by the many pups who pass through her home. The long bake-time ensures a good crunch.


2.5 c natural peanut butter
3 eggs
1 1/3 c flour
½ – ¾ cup broth or water


Beat peanut butter and eggs together.
Mix in flour and broth/water until you have a stiff dough.
Spread out evenly on large cookie sheet (one with edges) so that the dough covers the entire sheet.
Bake 30 minutes at 325.
Remove from oven.
Keep the half-baked dough in the pan. Using a sharp knife, deeply score the dough into roughly 1/2 inch squares.
Return the pan to the oven. Turn heat down to 300.
Bake at least 40-60 minutes.  (Treats will be visibly greasy from the peanut oil.)
Cool. Break along score lines.
Store in an air-tight container. They keep well frozen.

Coming Attractions and Highlights!

Cedar CoveCedar Cove
Airs on Hallmark Channel, Saturdays at 8/7pm C

Based on author Debbie Macomber’s book series of the same name, Cedar Cove focuses on Municipal Court Judge Olivia Lockhart’s professional and personal life and the townsfolk surrounding her in the picturesque town of Cedar Cove.

I Am Chris FarleyI Am Chris Farley
Playing at TIFF Lightbox, Toronto, until August 27
Playing at Rio Theatre, Vancouver, August 29 & September 1

A documentary on the brief life and legacy of Chris Farley. The film explores the comedian’s fast rise from Saturday Night Live to the silver screen, followed by his untimely death at age 33.

Highway Thru Hell, Season 4
Premieres on Discovery Canada, September 8 at 10pm ET/7pm PT

Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue has the daunting job of clearing semi-trailer wrecks to keep the Coquihalla highway open. Closure is not an option. For Jamie and his colourful crew, winter season is a non-stop onslaught of tangled semis and blistering weather.

First DatesFirst Dates
Premieres on Slice, September 1 at 10pm

A new documentary series about real people going on real first dates. No gimmicks. Just genuine people going on a dinner date. All ages. All demographics.


Red Carpet Premiere at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, August 31 at 6:45pm

A complex portrait of Eadweard Muybridge, the father of motion pictures, whose searing jealousy of his young wife eclipsed his genius, leading to one of the most infamous legal cases in history.

Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden MysteryReal Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Airs on Hallmark Channel, August 26 at 7pm

A mystery hits close to home for Aurora when a member of the Real Murders Club she presides over is found dead. Aurora realizes the crime mirrors a case discussed by the club and fears that one of her members could either be the next target or even the murderer!

Gourmet Detective: A Healthy Place to DieGourmet Detective: A Healthy Place to Die
Airs on Hallmark Channel, September 6 at 3pm

Henry Ross, a prominent chef, and Maggie Price, a no-nonsense police detective, reunite at a luxurious resort where Henry is a guest at a gourmet food conference and Maggie is taking a much-needed vacation. The two team up to untangle a complicated web of mystery involving a journalist, a movie star, and high-profile fixtures of the San Francisco restaurant scene.

Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly RoomGarage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room
Airs on Hallmark Channel, August 9 at 7pm

Jennifer Shannon uses her sharp eye when finding rare garage sale treasures to resell at her consignment store. When her business partner dies, she uses her intuitive skills to investigate her friend’s death in a multimillion-dollar home with a dark history.


Summer 2015 Recipe: Pimm’s Cup


Pimm's Cup

There are a host of slight variations on this classic drink. We started with this recipe.


1/2-inch thick  English cucumber wheel
1/2-inch thick lemon wheel
2 ounces chilled Pimm’s No. 1
4 ounces chilled 7UP, lemon-lime soda, or ginger ale
ice cubes
mint leaves


Place cucumber couple of mint leaves, and lemon in glass. Muddle. Add a couple of ice cubes, Pimm’s and choice of carbonated beverage (I prefer ginger ale). Enjoy!

Coming Attractions and Highlights!

Some Assembly  RequiredSome Assembly Required
Now streaming on Netflix

When 14-year-old Jarvis Raines’ house is nearly destroyed by a defective toy, he sues the company and ends up owning it.

Love AgainLove Again
Airs on Hallmark Channel, June 27 at 5pm

A couple on the brink of divorce decides to keep their marital woes a secret as they help their daughter plan her wedding. As the two work together on the happy occasion, they soon discover that their own marriage might just be worth saving.

A Perfect MatchA Perfect Match
Airs on Hallmark Channel, June 27 at 7pm

When an engaged couple can’t agree on anything, the mother of the groom (Linda Gray) hires a wedding planner and an event planner to help put together the wedding of their dreams.  The two planners are as different as night and day, but as they too learn to compromise, they discover that opposites do indeed attract and can combine to produce incredible results!

A Country WeddingA Country Wedding
Airs on Hallmark Channel, June 27 at 9pm

A famous country singer set to marry a glamorous Hollywood actress returns to his small town roots. When he crosses paths with his childhood sweetheart – and finally feels inspired to write songs again – he re-evaluates his life, his values, and his opinion of true love.

 When Call The HeartWhen Call The Heart
Airs on CBC, starting June 28 at 8pm

Based on the bestselling novel, When Calls The Heart  follows the story of young school teacher Elizabeth Thatcher, who has just arrived in Coal Valley, a 19th-century coal mining town in the Western Frontier that is worlds apart from the wealthy, high-society life where she grew up.

Frankie & AliceFrankie & Alice
Airs on Super Channel, June 28 at 10pm ET
Airs on Super Channel VOD

Inspired by the remarkable true story of Frankie, an African-American go-go dancer with dissociative identity disorder who struggles to remain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old child named “Genius,” and a Southern white racist woman named “Alice.”

The Carpenter's MiracleThe Carpenter’s Miracle
Airs on Super Channel, June 28 at 6:30pm ET
Airs on Super Channel VOD

A small-town carpenter becomes a local celebrity after resurrecting a dead child, but strives to get back to the life he once had before the miraculous event. 

Airs on The Movie Network, July 1 at 4:55pm

The story of two teenagers who discover themselves, and one another, on a week-long summer trip to Slovakia.

Cruel & UnusualCruel & Unusual
Airs on The Movie Network, July 3 at 2:10pm

Wrongly condemned for killing his wife, a man finds himself in a mysterious institution where he is sentenced to relive her death for eternity.

Molly MaxwellMolly Maxwell
Airs on The Movie Network, July 8 at 7:25pm

A 16-year-old girl’s quest to figure out what makes her extraordinary leads to a close relationship with her teacher.

Cedar CoveCedar Cove, Season 3
Airs on The Hallmark Channel, starting July 18

Judge Olivia Lockhart is considered the community’s guiding light in the picturesque coastal town of Cedar Cove, Washington. But like everyone else, Olivia fights the uphill battle of balancing career with family and finding love, all the while doing her best to care for the township she calls home.

Fudgy Flourless Cookies

Fudgy Flourless Cookies

Thank you to Leslie Foster for this month’s recipe. She based her Fudgy Flourless Cookies on this recipe.

And now, over to Leslie…

Yum! Only 62 calories/good-sized cookie and they taste brownie-like. The main difference between my recipe and the original is that I perfected the amount of egg whites.  I made them with the original recipe and failed, but the taste was there, so I tried again, weighing my egg whites. You don’t have to weigh, though, and I put how to do that below as well.


3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 tsp. salt
3-4 large egg whites, weighed out to 120 grams
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks


Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Line two baking sheets with parchment. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. (Note: parchment paper works best. I tried it with Silpat once and wasn’t as successful.)
Whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt.
Stir together the vanilla and egg whites.
If you don’t have a scale, add egg whites slowly until you get quite a thick batter. Start with 2 egg whites, then add the rest in small amounts, stirring well to incorporate. It’s easy to go from too thick to too thin.
Whisk until the batter is moistened.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Scoop the batter by the tablespoonful onto the baking sheets. Cookies will spread, so place about 6-8 on a sheet.
Bake for 8 minutes, or until the tops are glossy and lightly cracked.
Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet, as they come off easier when they’re cool. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

6 Favourite Patios

Favourite Patios

It’s summer and the patios are full of hungry patrons soaking up the sun and relaxing with great food and drink. Here are a few of our favourite outdoor eating places.

The GalleyThe Galley Patio & Grill at the Jericho Sailing Centre

Featuring sun, sand, sailboats and a panoramic view of Vancouver, the Galley Patio at the Jericho Sailing Centre is a perennial favourite place to relax over a burger on a warm summer night. Combine your casual dinner with a stroll along Jericho or Locarno Beach.


Coo Coo CoffeeCoo Coo Coffee

Unassuming and friendly with really great coffee and easy snacks, Coo Coo Coffee is a great place to grab a java and enjoy the sun on a beautiful summer morning in Yaletown.


Tea HouseThe Teahouse in Stanley Park

One of Vancouver’s oldest patios with a view to die for. The brunch menu is surprisingly affordable. Do try the warm croissants and homemade jam.


Flying Beaver

It’s a little out of the way, but the view is worth it. Perched right out over the Fraser River, the Flying Beaver shares space with VYR’s float plane terminal (and is named after the venerable bush plane). You can enjoy your excellent chicken wings while watching float planes come and go (and if you are really lucky, you’ll spot the beaver who actually lives below the building). If you can’t get onto the smallish patio during summer, the covered section stays open year-round. Daily food and drink specials.


The LionsThe Lions

You probably won’t be surprised by the standard pub-style fare on the menu, but you may be surprised by how delicious it all is. The deep-fried dill pickles are some of the best around. The patio is generously sized and surprisingly welcoming given the downtown location.


Hot Dogs on English Bay

Okay, they’re just dogs and a cold can of pop, but… load on the onions, relish, and mustard, grab a spot on a bench, and enjoy the lovely view. Sure feels like summer! An especially lovely place to linger as the sun goes down. Bet you’ll witness at least one busker, and just try to resist having your photo taken by the giant laughing statues.



Coming Attractions and Highlights!

New episodes air on Discovery Channel Canada, June 1 at 8 ET/ 5 PT

Four brand-new episodes of the show that takes you behind the scenes to one of the most dangerous part-time profession on the planet.

So You Said YesSo You Said Yes
Airs on Super Channel, June 4 at 7:30pm ET

When Annabelle, the owner of a specialty bridal shop, falls for Sam, the son of her fierce bridal shop competition, she must fend off Sam’s mother’s attempts at sabotage to be with the man she loves.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with LoveSigned, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love
Airs on The Hallmark Channel, June 6 at 9pm

The Postables are back! This time Oliver, Shane, Rita, and Norman explore the mystery of true love as they deliver divorce papers to one couple the same day Oliver’s missing wife reappears.

Baby BootcampBaby Bootcamp
Airs on Super Channel, June 9 at 6:15pm ET

When super-cute fitness instructor Julia turns thirty with no husband prospect in sight, she vows to start a family of her own with or without a man; that is, until adorable widowed father Scott joins her Baby Bootcamp.

Sunflower HourSunflower Hour
Airs on Super Channel, June 10 at 8pm ET

Enter the world of Sunflower Hour, where a reality television crew follows the casting search for a new puppeteer of a popular children’s television show, unearthing secrets probably everyone wished had stayed that way.

A Bone To Pick: An Aurora Teagarden MysteryA Bone To Pick
Airs on The Hallmark Channel, June 11 at 9pm

Aurora Teagarden is known around her small town as a master sleuth. When her friend Jane unexpectedly dies and leaves Aurora everything in her will, she also leaves a troubling murder mystery haunting her neighborhood.

7 Surprising Benefits of Being a Captioner or Transcriber

7 Surprising Benefits of Captioning / Subscribing

A big part of the job of captioning and transcribing is watching television shows, movies, and other digital media very closely. Sometimes over and over again. This attention to content pays off in unexpected ways.

We can spot a bargain.

1. We can recognize a bargain.

  • I learned that to make one’s own wedding cake would take 40 hours labour at a minimum. Paying a baker is well worth it.

We get great ideas.

2. We get great ideas.

  • One Line 21 employee also writes for the BuildDirect.com blog. She gets a lot of her article ideas from set designs—both things done right, and things to avoid. We’ll never reveal which projects spawned which ideas. Steffani’s a great writer with good ideas to share. Read her here.

We're better conversationalists.

3. We’re better conversationalists.

  • Information I’ve picked up pops up in life a lot. I’ll be talking with people about food or places or whatnot, and I’ll think, “how did I know that? Oh, right, it was in that show!”

We've added to our travel bucket list.

4. We’ve added to our travel bucket list.

  • Sichuan, China: where mysterious coffins hang on the side of a cliff.
  • Battambang, Cambodia: to see the bamboo railway.
  • Kenya: to see the elephant sanctuaries.

We're safer.

5. We’re safer.

  • I remember the work safety video where I learned that if a power line falls on your vehicle, it will charge the metal body of the vehicle. The vehicle is insulated by its rubber tires. Bottom line: you must NOT touch the frame of the vehicle or try to exit. I had absolutely no idea about this.

We're better at reading menus.

6. We’re better at reading menus.

  • I’ve learned so many foody terms and ingredients from working on cooking shows. Menus no longer intimidate me.

We've upped our game at Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit.

7. We’ve upped our game at Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit.

A sample of the interesting bits we’ve learned:

  • Baby beavers like to ride around on their mother’s tail.
  • Excavators have decelerator pedals.
  • Marilyn Monroe had a sort of artist/muse relationship with Milton Greene.
  • The author Ian Rankin writes his crime novels about Edinburgh specifically and incorporates the history and geography of the area.
  • Ted Harrison struggled for artistic and critical respect while enjoying commercial success.
  • Artist Yolanda Sonnabend is now cared for by her brother, a biologist who was at the forefront of early AIDS research.