The Mary Winspear Centre's New Website 

Holy Cow is proud to work with the Mary Winspear Centre - did you know that 185,000 people visited the centre last year, which means a $6.5 million economic impact for our community? 

When the Mary Winspear Centre approached us about collaborating on a new website we were happy to help. This conference centre, theatre and arts venue plays a vital role for local residents and visitors from far-afield. Our latest website project has now been live for two months and receiving lots of positive feedback.

Our challenge was to bring a modern, streamlined sensibility to the project to help the centre better communicate and respond to the community’s needs. By utilizing custom photography, the Mary Winspear Centre brand shines in its new website. We were also really excited about telling the story behind the centre, sharing the fundamental roles that sponsors, volunteers and donors play in ensuring the success of the venue and its foundation.

In addition to the Events Listings detailing upcoming programming at the centre, there is a custom Events Calendar. This allows at-a-glance monthly information detailing all activities at the facility. With links to accommodation, tourist attractions and other local information the Mary Winspear Centre website fulfills the vision of being a gateway to the Saanich Peninsula.

Visit the new website: www.marywinspear.ca


Have you met Truman?



Who's hungry?

It's been a pleasure working with our friends at Sidney's Thai Corner Restaurant creating new menus, takeout brochures and a website refresh. If you live on the Saanich Peninsula you should be getting one of these colourful, coupon-containing flyers in your mailbox in the next few days. Yummm, who's hungry? 

Visit their website.


New Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) comes into effect July 1, 2014

Canada's new Anti-Spam Legislation has been designed to protect consumers from unsolicited electronic marketing messages. This legislation is relevant for any client who currently has a database of electronic mailing addresses and who is intending to collect contact information for future electronic marketing purposes. 

The new rules do not prohibit sending electronic marketing messages, but they require you to:

1)    obtain consent

2)    provide identification information

3)    provide an ‘unsubscribe’ mechanism

Holy Cow is able to assist you with interpreting these new rules to ensure your business is compliant. Please contact us prior to June 30 to see how your business may be affected.

For more information, please visit: fightspam.gc.ca


Project TARDIS

TARDIS at dusk, Cannery BuildingIf you live on the Saanich Peninsula you can’t have helped but notice the activity surrounding the filming of FOX TV show Gracepoint. Filming is taking place in Brentwood Bay and Sidney as well as locations all over the Saanich Peninsula. One of the lead characters of the new show is played by British actor David Tennant, perhaps most famous for his portrayal of the Doctor in sci-fi TV series Dr Who.

As we’re located on the waterfront in Sidney, just across from the site being used for the Gracepoint police station, and as many of the Holy Cow team are big Dr Who fans, we just had to show our love of the British TV star in some way. A casual office conversation evolved into a labour of love for our Ken as he rushed to complete the building of a full-sized replica TARDIS before film crews left the area.

Who knew it was possible to download blueprints for a time machine? Ken discovered all sorts of Whovian facts as he problem-solved his way through the project. Exactly what shade is TARDIS blue? Should he go with the 1960’s model or the 2000’s reboot? The ‘Police Call Box’ signs were printed locally on a back-lit acrylic, and if you open the compartment on the front …. well you need to visit to see the details within!

The Holy Cow Team

The Holy Cow TARDIS arrived with a flourish, and cloud of smoke, last week. Dominating the 3rd floor balcony it can be seen from the bottom of Beacon Avenue and looks especially impressive illuminated at night. Even more exciting for Dr Who fans is that we’re welcoming the public to come up and view the blue box close up, and take a #TARDISselfie as a memento. We’ve already seen lots of fans come through, but it won’t be here for long. After May 9th the blue box will be moving on, due to re-materialize at an undisclosed location.