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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Chris Velan at the Railway Club on Thursday

Hello blog. I missed you while I was away in Belize. I’m coming back to way too much email and an invitation to see Chris Velan at the Railway Club on Thursday, April 1. This email alone is worth trolling the inbox for other gems.

What do I know about this event?

1) MEC is a member of 1% For the Planet
(http://onepercentfortheplanet.org/en/), an organization that encourages businesses of all sizes to donate 1% of sales to environmental causes.

2) MEC’s 1% goes to funding The Big Wild.

3) Canadian musician and lover of the outdoors Chris Velan (http://chrisvelan.com) recently joined 1% For the Planet.

4) Chris is touring the country in support of 1% and The Big Wild, playing evening concerts and gigs at MEC stores.

5) I like MEC and I know the right people there in order to get an invite. And maybe I should encourage my clients to join this 1% For the Planet. Maybe MEC even wants some Boxcar pennies?

Want to get a teaser? Listen to a couple of songs and learn more about the tour here:

Photos and fun to come. Now back to the inbox.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Watching the Paralympic Opening Ceremony

FYI: There is no live broadcast of the Paralympic Opening Ceremony. It starts at 6 pm PST this Friday night, and runs 2 hours and 8 minutes. If you’re interested, good luck.

CTV and NBC intend to package it and transmit it in the early afternoon Saturday (check your listings).

As for watching the Games, CTV plans to only broadcast the sledge hockey games that include a Canadian team live, and is only carrying a total of 25 English hours of about 200 hours available, most of it in nightly 90-minute packages. For those of you who tried to watch NBC’s coverage of the Olympics, the Paralympic coverage will be even worst. NBC plans a total of 20 hours, some of it weeks after the events are held.

For diligent, internet-bound viewers, you can watch the Opening Ceremony live. The International Paralympic Committee has a web broadcast site that will carry it (and most of the Games competitions) live.

Here’s the address:


(Source: Peter Morgan, thank you!)

Monday, March 08, 2010

I’m Speaking at CanWrite! 2010

Each year, Canadian Authors Association holds a national CanWrite! Conference. This year’s conference is in Victoria from June 24-27 and I’m speaking on social media and online marketing for authors.

Full program is up and registration fees increase March 15 so register soon.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Oprah’s Favourite Women Authors: Constance Kellough

Oprah picks 17 of her favourite women writers, including one of my Boxcar Marketing clients, Constance Kellough, author of The Leap.

Constance Kellough
Constance Kellough is the president of Namaste Publishing, the publisher that brought us Eckhart Tolle. In her book The Leap, she proposes that consciousness is a reality anyone can enter at any time. The key is stillness, not silence. The Leap promises to help you stay present with the physical realm in a profoundly deep way. As the Zen masters say: Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water; after enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.

“This is a book of crystalline vibration…The Leap assists humanity to purposefully, passionately and compassionately support our leap into a new reality.” Ann, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada