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    Have you ever wondered how Christmas came to be the holiday it is today? see more

    Source: AlwaysChecktheBside.com

    On the B-Side: The Origins of Christmas [Blog]

    Have you ever wondered how Christmas came to be the holiday it is today?

    Spoiler Alert: Santa isn't real (he was created by poets and artists), and Christmas isn't even Jesus's birthday.

    It all started with the Pagans' celebration of the winter solstice (before Christ). They brought boughs of holly and trees inside as a sign of life and the intent of protecting it, and wood logs were burned to encourage good spirits in the new year. Sound familiar?

    Christianity came along in the third century and wanted to be separate from Paganism. Instead of a winter solstice celebration on Dec 21st, they put on a Nativity Feast on Dec 25th and started getting everyone on board with THEIR dinner party... This was then considered Jesus' birthday, even though the Bible doesn't actually state so. In fact, many believe his birthday to be in April based on where the constellations were positioned in the sky.

    Also worth noting is "Yuletide," a festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples. Scholars have connected the celebration to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin, and the pagan Anglo-Saxon Mōdraniht. It later underwent Christianized reformulation resulting in the term "Christmastide".

    So, Christians continued with some of the Pagan traditions like bringing a tree into the home. What was different was they added apples to the tree to symbolize Adam and Eve... those apples eventually took the shape of our modern ornaments.

    The traditional Christmas we see today really didn't start until the 1840s when Prince Albert, Queen Victoria and their children were painted around a traditional Christmas tree. All of a sudden, everyone had to be a part of it.


    Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. In fact, when Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elf-like figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the colour of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today. Much of Santa's original colourful image also stemmed from the Dutch "Sinterklaas".

    The Coca-Cola Company began its Christmas advertising in the 1920s with shopping-related ads in magazines like The Saturday Evening Post. The first Santa ads used a strict-looking Claus, in the vein of Thomas Nast.

    In 1930, artist Fred Mizen painted a department-store Santa in a crowd drinking a bottle of Coke. The ad featured the world's largest soda fountain, which was located in the department store Famous Barr Co. in St. Louis, Mo. Mizen's painting was used in print ads that Christmas season, appearing in The Saturday Evening Post in December 1930.

    In 1931 the company began placing Coca-Cola ads in popular magazines. Archie Lee, the D'Arcy Advertising Agency executive working with The Coca-Cola Company, wanted the campaign to show a wholesome Santa who was both realistic and symbolic. So Coca-Cola commissioned Michigan-born illustrator Haddon Sundblom to develop advertising images using Santa Claus — showing Santa himself, not a man dressed as Santa.

    For inspiration, Sundblom turned to Clement Clark Moore's 1822 poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" (commonly called "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"). Moore's description of St. Nick led to an image of a warm, friendly, pleasantly plump and human Santa. (And even though it's often said that Santa wears a red coat because red is the color of Coca-Cola, Santa appeared in a red coat before Sundblom painted him.)
    Sundblom’s Santa debuted in 1931 in Coke ads in The Saturday Evening Post and appeared regularly in that magazine, as well as in Ladies Home Journal, National Geographic, The New Yorker and others.

    In the end, it's definitely OK to question where our traditions come from, because more often than not, they're a blend of many varieties, with a very long, interesting history!

    ~Merry Christmas~

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    Dan, Dylan & Jason discuss the best sandwiches in Victoria and it gets flavourful... see more

    On the B-Side: All the Sammiches [Blog]

    One thing Victoria is known for is the countless amount of restaurants every direction you turn. We've heard for years that only San Francisco surpasses Victoria for the most restaurants per capita in North America. We're not entirely sure that's true, but we'll keep saying it. Going for lunch, as a result, can sometimes be overwhelming with the endless options. Well, here's a list of the best Sandwiches in town to make your life a little easier (Also listen below as Dan, Dylan & Jason get passionate about their sandwich game - it's pretty entertaining).

    • Broughton Street Deli
      • 648 Broughton St
        • Their classic clubhouse is a popular item, and their Black Forest Ham can be addictive.
    • Chorizo & Co
      • 807 Fort St
        • The "Bocata" Breakfast Bun is spoken of like it's a magical creature, and for good reason. It consists of: a Brioche Bun, soft fried egg, crispy chorizo salami, manchego cheese and pimentón aioli.
    • Frankie's Modern Diner
      • 910 Government St
        • Order their grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup - you'll thank us. But the question is... to dunk, or not to dunk?
    • Glen's Fabulous Sandwiches
      • The Bay Centre food court
        • The sandwich artists at this spot are PRO. You'll have a mouth-watering, overloaded sandwich in your hand in less than 2 minutes.
    • Red Barn Market
      • Any location (Cadboro Bay doesn't make sandwiches on site however)
        • Get it on bread, grilled on focaccia, throw some peppers on there - do whatever you want, but for Pete's sake, get some Red Barn bacon on there or it's just not a sandwich.
    • Salt + Pepper Fox (Grab & Go)
      • 569 Johnson St
        • Belly grumbling while doing all that shopping? This grab & go location is perfectly situated to cure your hunger pains.
    • Sammich Cafe
      • 1150 Douglas St
        • Any place that has a "Shia La Beef" sandwich on their menu is worth going to.


  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Atomic Vaudeville is bringing back their rendition of the Rocky Horror Show: Live Oct 19-29 see more

    On the B-Side: Midnight Movies, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Bat Wings!

    In 2005, a documentary was released called “Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream” (click here for a clip). It explored the anything-goes era of 1970s cult films and their continuing influence on pop culture and modern society.

    While this activity is a thing of the past, local group Atomic Vaudeville is bringing back their rendition of the Rocky Horror Show: Live from Oct 19th to 29th at the Metro Studio...


  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Dive into the history of the Zone’s Band of the Month and some of the bands that got their start... see more

    On the B-Side: The Zone's Band of the Month

    Dan Gunn was in San Fran just 4 days before the US election and was feeling a bit Canadian-home-sick. While checking out the Struts at the Fillmore he learned they’re originally from the UK and had to go to the US to get noticed. This got him thinking how great musicians have it in Victoria thanks to the Zone’s Band of the Month program that’s been running for 14 years.

    [Click to read and hear more]

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Originally a well-known bartender from Australia, Shawn Soole found his way to Victoria after... see more

    On the B-Side: The Aussie that created Victoria's Cocktail Culture

    Shawn Soole's eye for detail, skillful hands, professional palate and knowledge in spirits has led him to new endeavours… starting S2 Hospitality Concepts where he has redesigned Cafe Mexico, Japanese Village and helped launch Clarke Shane’s vision with the new Clarke & Co. (interior, signage, menus – the works). Oh, and he’s also turned Cafe Mexico into one of the world’s largest Mezcal bars!


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    Visit bsideoftheticket.ca/the-innovati... for the full blog post! see more

    On the B-Side: The Innovation Tree

    The Innovation Tree was lit on September 27th after VIATECthe DVBACity of Victoria and the Government Street Merchants came together to make it happen. It’s lit with Aurora lights from Limbic Media which are sound reactive! Really!

    ...Click to read more and hear Dan Gunn discuss it on the Zone@91.3fm!

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    On the B-Side: the SeaSpider® Anti-Torpedo-Torpedo see more

    This week on the B-Side: the SeaSpider® Anti-Torpedo-Torpedo

    Yes, you read that correctly... A torpedo that launches at other torpedos! It’s called the friggin’ SEASPIDER, and, AND, it was built right here in Victoria!

    Click here for more info and to hear Dan Gunn talk about it on the Zone@91.3fm's Morning Show! 

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    FTS on the B-Side see more

    FTS (Forest Technology Systems), began in 1980 with a focus on the fire weather meteorological niche. Since then, FTS has become a leading manufacturer of remote environmental monitoring systems, instrumentation and communications technology for the Hydrology, Fire Weather and Meteorology industries.

    Click here to listen to Dan Gunn discuss them on the Zone@91.3fm!