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Social Media, Who’s it for

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Accent Inns was once again proud to sponsor WordCamp Victoria. Another awesome event. Some fantastic speakers. I can’t thank the organizers enough for all their hard work putting together this event.

As always, I learned much at Wordcamp but 2 things specifically come to mind. One was the success and importance of Video Blogging and the other …well watch the video to hear those thoughts..

Happy Blogging everyone!



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In Love With Tony Bennett

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

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A long time ago I must confess, I was a little bit in love with Tony Bennett and although he is older now, I must also confess that I may still be!

I’ve never been to a concert where the performer received a standing ovation before they actually performed but that’s what happened a few nights ago when Tony Bennett took the stage at the Royal Theatre in Victoria B.C. after a 20 minute performance by his daughter Antonia Bennett.


Many in the audience had grown up with his music and there was no denying the love as Tony reminisced about the early days of his career, telling everybody that he and Rosemary Clooney were the original “American Idols”. He also shared how Bob Hope had given him his stage name – a shortened version of his birth name Anthony Dominick Benedetto. (more…)


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Cycle of Hope for ALS Launches Today!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Accent Inn proud to support cycle of hope for ALS

Cycle of Hope for ALS

This afternoon in Victoria B.C. the organizers of the Cycle of Hope kicked-off the event campaign with the goal of raising funds to support for families dealing with ALS.  Six riders from the Greater Victoria area are set to cycle 650 kilometers throughout B.C. to raise awareness and funds for families living with ALS. The cycling adventure will begin in Kamloops August 8th and finish in Hope August 18th. The riders from Victoria are inspired by a friend who recently lost her father to the disease. “Cycle of Hope has been my way of healing from the loss of my dad from this devastating disease. My goal is to raise awareness and much needed funds to find a cure for ALS”, says Cindy Lister the rider behind the event. (more…)


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Wild About Whales

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Boys and Girls club Victoria BC






Leaked video footage smuggled out of Crystal Pool confirms Admiral Roger Girouard (retired) is secretly training an unidentified whale for Boys and Girls Club’s Whale Derby. After a successful launch in 2011 this unique fundraiser will see over 4500 tiny yellow plastic whales racing down the Gorge waterway on Saturday, June 9at 1pm.  (more…)


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Act like a local in Victoria: 10k fun-runs, ice cream, coffee and the beach

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012



Guest Blog by Nevin Thompson

If you were returning to home with your active, outdoorsy family after spending nearly a decade overseas as an expat, where in Canada would you choose to live?
For us the choice was simple: wherever there was no snow in the winter and no rain in the summer, which left us with just one choice out of all of Canada. Victoria, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, north of Washington State’s majestic Olympic Mountains, has pretty much the best weather in Canada. On top of that, there is lots to do here, especially if you enjoy the outdoors. There’s a reason why Victoria is ranked as Canada’s fittest city. (more…)


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Social Media Camp

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Social Media Camp Victoria BC 2012Are you attending Social Media Camp?   Not sure if you should?  Think you have all the skills you need?

If you own or manage a business, run or volunteer for a non-profit or charity you need to know this stuff and this June 8-9, 2012 you have the opportunity.  Even if you don’t feel comfortable with the idea of Social Media or not sure how much time you want to apply to it, this is an event that will help you gain knowledge so that at least you have an idea of what’s happening out there and as you move forward in this “new” (not really anymore) communication channel, you’ll pick-up skills and time saving advice that’s just what the doctored ordered (trust me, the Doc tweeted about it so it must be true). (more…)


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Camosun Chargers Win Awards

Monday, April 16th, 2012
CHARGERSLOGOblue_whitebackgroundLast Thursday night I had the wonderful opportunity to attend and present at the Camosun College Chargers annual awards night. As with previous years it was a great way to review the incredible year both the teams and student athletes had. It was mentioned that Accent Inns has sponsored the Chargers for 11 years now. Wow! What an honour it has been for our company and certainly for myself (I think I’ve only missed one of the awards banquets).
Once again the MC’s for the evening were Mira Laurence and Jordan Cunningham of CTV Vancouver Island. Not only do these two news and sports media folks know their Chargers but I must say….Billy Crystal watch out, they are headed for the Oscars. They had us laughing all night long. But of course the night wasn’t just about laughs and reviewing the past season but to celebrate some of the awe inspiring efforts put in by the the students, the coaches and the teams as a whole. It should be noted that the Chargers have some of the most dedicated and caring  coaches anywhere. I’m glad we also had the chance to applaud the behind the scenes staff. Special thanks from Accent Inns go to  Graham Matthews (Athletic Director) and  Bonita Joe (Marketing & Communications Officer) for being so awesome to work with and for their sincere focus on helping the students achieve their goals. So read below for an excerpt from the Charger blog listing the many award winners and their achievements. 
Your Faithful Supporter,
John Espley (Accent Inns)
GO Chargers!

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The Artist – movie review

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The Artist

Going to the Movies

A Movie Review

Being used to movies in high-definition with surround sound on a wide-screen, I wondered in advance if it would be possible to follow and enjoy a movie without sound or colour.

I saw the movie in a quaint old-fashioned theatre in Sidney BC, with a small screen and a poor viewing angle. The tall man in front of me blocked part of the screen and I did not think I would be able to follow the plot that was so dependent upon facial expressions and the occasional words spread across the screen. (more…)


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Chargers Men’s Basketball Win Bronze

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012


The Camosun College Chargers men’s basketball program has ended its four-year absence from the podium at Provincials, finishing third at this year’s PACWEST Championship to bring home Bronze!

Landing Top 3 was no easy feat for the young squad who earned its medal finish amongst teams equipped with considerable size, strength and experience.  It was a do or die situation in Thursday’s quarterfinals where the Chargers had to defeat Douglas College, a very dangerous offensive team and the only team in the conference that was able to beat the top-ranked VIU Mariners in the regular season.  Camosun managed to pull out the win 68-62, leading the game through all four quarters.  (more…)


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We Should All “Be A Tourist”

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Sidney Mus Lego ExhibitVictoria BC along with several other jurisdictions puts on a great event every year called “Be A Tourist in your own Hometown”.

Here in British Columbia we are blessed with the most wonderful surroundings which comes with the fact that we can expect many visitors such as relatives, friends and tourists. Have you ever been challenged with thinking where do I take my cousins or where should I tell my Mother In-Law to go? (don’t answer that). Have you been walking somewhere in our city and a visitor has come up to you and asked for directions? Are you a front line employee who gets asked for suggestions of things to see? OK, time to do your research and visit some of those great attractions that you haven’t been to in years or perhaps you’ve never been before. The cool thing about this homework is that it’s actually fun! (more…)


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