Best of 604 Awards – A Tale of Two Parties

While many readers knew that last night was the reception for the Best of 604 awards, most were not aware that there was also another party being held at a swank restaurant on Granville Island. Sarah and I were invited to attend both and it created some interesting and funny situations.

The party at Granville Island was put on by the Industrial Alliance, a life and health insurance company that offers a wide range of life and health insurance products, savings and retirement plans, RRSPs, mutual and segregated funds, securities, auto and home insurance, mortgage loans and a bunch of other stuff.

Like most financial firms, Industrial Alliance has no idea there’s a recession going on. Their party was held at the beautiful ocean front Dockside Restaurant on Granville Island, which offered a stunning view of False Creek and Vancouver at night. There were huge spreads of food, chefs doing live cooking, dessert tables and an open bar that served every drink known to man. By comparison, the Best of 604 reception was held at the Cellar, which had no view at all because it’s a cellar. I did found out later that they had some finger food and one free beer per attendee.

We decided to hit the Industrial Alliance party first, fill up on food and drinks, and then head across the bridge to accept my award for Best Personal Blog of Vancouver.

The Events According To Twitter

For those who are on the fence about Twitter, the following tweets may help to shed some light on its true powers. All who were following me on Twitter would have know what happen last night instead of waiting until now to find out. And most importantly, you were able to participate in the event. You want to build a relationship with you readers? Twitter is a great way to do it!

@JohnChowDotCom (John Chow) says:
At a party for financial planners. Free food and open bar. Must resist the temptation!

@JohnChowDotCom (John Chow) says:
Wondering if I should head over to #bestof604 They don’t have free food or open bar like this party.

@duanestorey (Duane Storey) says:
@JohnChowDotCom just chug a few and you’ll be fine!

@delwilliams (Delores Williams) says:
@JohnChowDotCom don’t you hate that. If you invite someone to a party then bring on the food and booze.

@netchick (Tanya) says:
@JohnChowDotCom I’d stay where you get free booze and food! (where are you?)

@jpearce01 (Jordan) says:
@JohnChowDotCom sir that does not sound like a party…you could always be fashionably late to 604. 🙂

@shanegibson (Shane Gibson) says:
@JohnChowDotCom hope you come, wanted to tip a pint with you. I’m good for a couple drinks gratis!

@MichaelYurechko (Michael Yurechko) says:
@JohnChowDotCom Take a few drinks to go and sneak them into #bestof604 😛

@JohnChowDotCom (John Chow) says:
Everyone at this party is wearing suits and I’m wearing a Market Leverage T-shirt. He. He. He.

@liweng (liweng) says:
@JohnChowDotCom you must be getting a lot attention then

@JesseNewhart (Jesse Newhart) says:
@JohnChowDotCom let’s see how you can leverage that

@steitiyeh (steitiyeh) says:
@JohnChowDotCom hahaha All the luck johnn…. btw, where could i get one of those tshirts?

@MLDina (MLDina) says:
@JohnChowDotCom LOVE IT!!! Show that shirt off (and send us some pics)!

@ryan444123 (Ryan ) says:
@JohnChowDotCom I love the MarketLeverage T-shirt. It’s so comfortable.

@JohnChowDotCom (John Chow) says:
@NetChick i’m at Dockside restauarnt in Granvile Island. It’s a party for financial planners. They don’t know there is a recession it seems.

@duanestorey (Duane Storey) says:
@JohnChowDotCom they are expecting a bail out.

@michaelkwan (Michael Kwan) says:
@JohnChowDotCom maybe the recession makes for more business for financial planners. lots of people running to the hills, begging for advice

@JohnChowDotCom (John Chow) says:
I ate like 10 plates of this.

Plate of Shrimps

@stephenfung (stephen fung) says:
@JohnChowDotCom 1 gallstone… 2 gallstone… TEN Gallstones!

@EcoInsomniac (EcoInsomniac) says:
@JohnChowDotCom Those shrimp look awesome

@AlexFraiser (Alex Fraiser) says:
@JohnChowDotCom That look sooo good, now I really want some shrimp.

@lynziecox (lynziecox) says:
@JohnChowDotCom OH that looks so good!! I am now starving…….

@mikemichelle (mikemichelle) says:
@JohnChowDotCom I agree with Stephen…are you even watching your health?

@bobsherman (bobsherman) says:
@JohnChowDotCom And you didn’t save me any?

@JohnChowDotCom (John Chow) says:
I’m stuffed. Heading over to #bestof604 to get my award.

The Best of 604 Award Reception

I had no doubt that I would win the Best Personal Blog of Vancouver. Given the size of my readership vs. the competition, it wasn’t even close. My goal wasn’t to win the award itself. My goal was to get more votes than the entire field combined. I came up short, with 46% of all the votes. Gus Greeper was runner up with 7% of the votes. You can see the full list of award winner at

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41 thoughts on “Best of 604 Awards – A Tale of Two Parties”

  1. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for coming! Next year, you can sponsor the food n’ drinks! YAY!

    1. Li Weng says:

      It really looked like a cool event! Just wish that I was there. That’s it! Next year I’m crashing if not invited haha 😛

    2. John Chow says:

      In that case, you’ll have the change the name to the John Chow Blogger Awards. 😛

    3. That shrimp looks amazing! Are you going to Affiliate Summit West?

      You can win a free Silver Pass on my blog. 🙂

    4. Hey Rebecca did you host the event!? I’m going to have to add you to my fave blogs list – miss 604 what what 😉

  2. John, are you using a plugin to pull your Twitter conversations into a blog post format?


    1. John Chow says:

      No, it’s not a plugin. It’s a custom script that Shoemoney coded for me.

  3. liciece says:

    Wow,you have a very strong group of supporters.Congratulations for the award! 🙂

  4. BusinessX says:

    Congrats on the win. You make a strong case for Twitter, keeping people posted on the happenings at a dotcom mogul moment. Keeps people “in” on what is happening.

    What was in the schwag in the bag?

  5. blogmerchant says:


    Did any of your competition know who you were?

    1. John Chow says:

      Gus Greeper knew who I was. She introduced herself. As for the rest, if don’t know who I was, I’m sure they do now. 😀

  6. Elliot says:

    Congratulations!!, If I were in the same competition as you were I would have just stayed at home;))

  7. wow. nice party
    beware john, you have gall stones – don’t eat fat 😉

  8. Li Weng says:

    46% of all the votes! That’s pretty awesome. Although you said you were aiming for 50% or more. Ah well, you gotta be content with what you have. lol

  9. Wow..that is really party….too bad i am not in Canada…

  10. Well John. Your life is full of attending parties and eating out. 😀

    I suggest you try eating traditional home-made Indian food once. You’ll love it! 🙂

  11. No doubt if you put your readership to it, you’d have won whatever category your blog was in, but I think that should have been something like Marketing Blog, rather than Personal Blog. Personal blogs aren’t usually about making money by telling people how to make money, after all!

    1. John Chow says:

      Hi Derek,

      Had there been a marketing blog category, I would have enter that but I would still enter myself in the personal blog category because I still consider this blog personal (it bears my name after all).

      At one point, I thought about entering every category to take first place in all of them but that would have turned the competition into a joke. I think next year, blogs can only be entered into one category.

  12. MLDina says:

    I can attest to both the power of Twitter AND the power of…I was wondering where all the new follow requests came from, and then I saw this post. Thanks for the mini-plug on twitter, and the even bigger one wearing your MarketLeverage shirt!

  13. Trevor says:

    Wow. Awesome.

    The shrimp looks good, especially after coming back from volleyball practice.

  14. Portable TV says:

    There are some sweet santa hats in the twitter pics……

  15. Ben Pei says:

    Why do I always miss out the tweets?!?

  16. Ben Pei says:

    By the way.. Are shrimps expensive over at vancouver?

  17. Caden Grant says:

    Congratulations for winning!

  18. hahaha – thats awesome!! congrats again!! just got home form my own partying – glad to hear you won!!!

  19. Eric says:

    weren’t u just in the hospital because of gall stones issues from a high fat diet?

    I don’t think 10 plates of greasy shrimp will help that any…

    p.s. sure do look delicious tho!

  20. Wow..that is really party

  21. Melissa says:

    OK. Now I know I have to sign up for Twitter!

  22. Rick Vaughn says:

    John where the hell was the victory dance? Should have spiked your award like a football player. I bet that would get you some traffic!

  23. Hey John, I know I’m off topic but it seemed that your comment for the what I call “The Walk in the Park” was closed. I did want to comment that if I had a cute little thing in pink like Sally at home I would definitely quit my 9-5 job and stay home with her. She is a doll.

    Also wanted to comment on your or Canada’s health care system, I can’t believe you had a private room, here in the U.S. a private room (if even available) would cost you an arm and a leg (not literally lol). I doubt we will ever see that kind of Health Care System in our life time, but who knows with our new President Elect one never knows.

    1. John Chow says:

      Hi JJ. Ya, comments are close on all post past 30 days.

  24. chuan says:

    congrats mr. Chow! gong xi gong xi!

  25. the shrimps are tempting

  26. That looks great. I’d love to go sometime.

  27. John,

    I have never found another top blogger who socialize as deep as you. I wonder if GOD gave you 30 hours per day..?


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