5 Reasons to Visit Surrey Party for the Planet

April 24th, 2014 @ 7:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Surrey Party for the Planet, one of BC’s largest Earth Day celebrations, is happening this Saturday, April 26, 2014 at The Plaza at New City Hall. John and I have been to every Party for the Planet as I’ve had the pleasure of being a sponsor every year since the event began in 2011. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s family friendly, and there’s always a great entertainment lineup. If you weren’t already convinced to join us on Saturday, here are…

5 Reasons to Visit Surrey Party for the Planet

New Surrey City Hall
Source: City of Surrey.

City Hall Open House

The Grand Opening of the New City Hall will also take place during Party for the Planet starting at 2:00pm. There will be opening remarks by Mayor Dianne Watts and Council, a ribbon cutting, cupcakes, tours (from 10:00am to 1:00pm), and a public art unveiling.

Surrey Party for the Planet 2013 : Lights Surrey Party for the Planet 2013 : LightsLights at the 2013 P4TP


Wander between the Main Stage, Children’s Stage, Atrium Stage, and Centre Stage throughout the full day of live music, from the Kwantlen Glee Club, Jodi Proznick Quartet, and Surrey Strings to Jeremy Fisher, Jordan Klassen, Dear Rouge, Andrew Allen, and Said The Whale. Check out the full lineup online.

Entertainment for Kids

Visit Kids World for face painting and eco-themed crafts, and check out the Children’s Stage – Library Schedule for entertainment from Mad Science, Juggler Mike Battie, Storytime, Surrey Libraries’ Poetry Contest Winner, Raptors Ridge Birds of Prey Demo, Robin and the Magical Tree: Music & Puppets. Bobs & Lolo will also be on the Main Stage twice.

Party for the Planet, Surrey

Tree Sale

Returning this year is the popular Tree Sale with $20 trees ready to be planted. You can also find the Surrey Urban Farmers Market, food producers, and artisans in Farmer’s Alley, Sustainability Way House, the Nature Nook, and other featured activity areas.

Party for the Planet, Surrey

Mini Donuts and More

If you don’t arrive hungry, you’ll soon be craving some of the tasty treats being served up at Party for the Planet. You’ll find Poutine by Big Red Poutine and authentic polish food by Old Country Pierogi on site along with artisan ice-cream by Rocky Point Ice Cream, gourmet burgers, corn on the cob, corn dogs, coffee, mini donuts, and take-home snacks from the Honeybee Centre and Sweet Thea Bakery.

Surrey Party for the Planet takes place Saturday April 26, 2014 from 10:00am to 9:00pm at Surrey City Hall Plaza, 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey. It is accessible by transit (Surrey Centre Station) and a bike valet will be on site.

Brentwood Feel Good Fridays Giveaway

April 24th, 2014 @ 3:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Brentwood in Burnaby recently launched a campaign to spread some cheer on what they’ve dubbed Feel Good Fridays.

brentwood logo

Every Friday between 12:00pm and 2:00pm, up to 10 lucky guests will learn there is such a thing as a free lunch when Brentwood’s guest services team swoops in and surprises them by picking up the tab, no strings attached. They’ll have DJ Juice providing a Top 40 and old school soundtrack during your shopping experience along with free chair massages. If you’re around Centre Court or the Food Court on a Feel Good Friday, it might just be your lucky day.

To spread even more cheer Brentwood is offering up a $50 gift card to one lucky Miss604 reader to enjoy a relaxing shopping experience and to treat a friend to lunch on the house.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

RT to enter to win a $50 @BrentwoodInfo gift card from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/w8AXV

Brentwood, on the corner of Willingdon and Lougheed (and at Brentwood SkyTrain station) is home to 110 stores and services including Sears and London Drugs. Follow Brentwood on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their shops, services, and special events.

I will draw one contest winner at random from all entries at 9:00pm on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Terminal City Rollergirls 2014 Season

April 24th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Created in 2006, Terminal City Rollergirls (“TCRG”) is a member-owned and operated, non-profit organization consisting of close to 100 skaters, a team of sharp officials, incredible volunteers, generous sponsors, and an army of passionate fans. The Terminal City Rollergirls 2014 season is well underway but there’s still plenty of action coming up over the next few months.

Terminal City Rollergirls Schedule

For the first time in nearly three years, Vancouver’s Terminal City Rollergirls will be welcoming fans back to New Westminster’s Royal City Curling Club for its next two regular-season, house-team roller derby doubleheaders.

Game 2
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Royal City Curling Club, New Westminster
Doors at 4:00, whistle at 5:00pm
Faster Pussycats vs Riot Girls
Bad Reputations vs Public Frenemy
Game 3
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Royal City Curling Club, New Westminster
Doors at 4:00, whistle at 5:00pm
Riot Girls vs Public Frenemy
Faster Pussycats vs Bad Reputations

TCRG-RollerDerbyThe famous DougieDog diner truck will be on site for both of the Sunday events serving up hotdogs, and a beer garden will be hosted upstairs in the RCCC lounge, providing a seated window area for audiences to watch the action from a bird’s-eye view. The club is likely to reach capacity quickly, so patrons are reminded to arrive early and bring a chair as club chairs are limited.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids aged 6-12, and available by cash at the door, or online. Kids aged five and under are free.

SemiFinals Sunday, June 15, 2014
Royal City Curling Club, New Westminster
Doors at 4:00, whistle at 5:00pm
Championships Saturday, July 12, 2014
Minoru Arena, Richmond
Doors at 5:00pm, whistle at 6:00pm

There is also an all-stars match-up on Friday, July 11, 2014. Terminal City All-Stars take on Houston Roller Derby All-Stars at Minoru Arena in Richmond, doors at 7:30opm, whistle at 8:00pm.

Last year Erin “Miss E. Masculator” Morrisette wrote a guest post for me, featuring “5 Reasons to Love Roller Derby“. In case you missed it, here are those reasons again:

5 Reasons to Love Roller Derby

You’ve seen the posters on the Drive. You’ve overheard discussions on the Skytrain. You’ve even seen the skaters fly by on the seawall…and you still haven’t been to a roller derby bout? Don’t worry; there has never been a better time than now to check out the Terminal City Rollergirls, Vancouver’s first female roller derby league. Need convincing? Here are five reasons why we’re sure you will love roller derby:

1) The sport: Fast-paced and hard hitting, flat-track roller derby is the fastest growing women’s sport in the world. Since the first modern day women’s leagues formed in Texas and Arizona in 2002, there are now about 1400 active teams worldwide, including over 100 in Canada. And it’s no wonder. You won’t find balls, stunts or alligator pits; modern roller derby is not fake or pre-determined. With four blockers from each team trying to stop the opposition’s point-scoring jammer while also helping their own jammer score, roller derby is a highly strategic game where offense and defence happen at the same time. Teamwork is essential, but huge hits and breakneck speed play their part, too. Sit in the front row and you just might find yourself a part of the action – at your own risk, of course.

Photo credit: Bob Ayers on Flickr

2) The event: The Terminal City Rollergirls host big, lively events that look and sound great. Of course, the 2000 or so fans are treated to an action-packed sports event, but their appetites are also pleased with offerings from the beer garden and food trucks on site. During breaks in the action, DJ Shawn LaRock spins booty-bumping tunes, and there is half-time entertainment by the likes of the Vancouver Dodgeball League, EastVan Pillowfight League, Vancouver Bike Polo and more. After the bouts, little fans can collect autographs from their favorite players, and grown-up fans can buy their favorites a victory beer at the after-parties. Et tu, Canucks?

3) The crowd: Diverse and hilarious, people-watching at a roller derby bout is almost as fun as watching the sport itself. From families with bouncing kids to raucous bachelorette parties, roller derby events draw a wide range of people. The tattooed and mohawked sit next to hardcore sports fans and diminutive grandmas – everyone’s a roller derby fan once the whistle blows.

4) The players: Terminal City Rollergirls are hyper-competitive, strong and colourful women from all different backgrounds. Everyone has heard the old story of the shy-librarian-by-day-fierce-derby-girl-by-night – and the TCRG does have a couple of those – but the players represent so much more. From bank managers to architects, video game designers to elementary school teachers, these women take their sport very seriously and train hard to be the best players they can be. Their incredible athleticism and big personalities will make it difficult to pick a favourite player, but you’ll try.

Photo credit: Bob Ayers on Flickr

5) The league: TCRG is a member-run league that has been around since 2006. They have four house teams (the Bad Reputations, Faster Pussycats, Public Frenemy and the Riot Girls) with rabid local fan followings, and the TCRG All-Stars rep team that plays internationally. The All-Stars made history last year, making the biggest rankings jump in the history of WFTDA (the NHL of roller derby). The league has a reputation to uphold and a lot of fantastic neighbouring leagues to challenge. They’ll be holding one bout per month (starting in April) so Vancouver fans will have ample opportunity to catch the rollergirls in action. More information on the upcoming season can be found on their website at terminalcityrollergirls.com.

Follow the Terminal City Rollergirls on Twitter and Facebook for more league and event information.

Vancouver Icons: Freezing Water #7

April 24th, 2014 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Many come up with their own names for public art around Vancouver. There’s the rib cage, the ‘are those supposed to be there?’ chairs, and the frame. Despite not knowing the formal names for these pieces, each is greatly appreciated, enjoyed, and widely photographed. This week’s Vancouver Icon photo feature is of ‘the mercury squiggle’ or ‘the water blob’ in Vanier Park, officially called Freezing Water #7.

Freezing Water #7, by Jen Run
Photo credit: Steven Ballegeer on Flickr

The beautifully fluid design makes this 7-ton stainless steel sculpture look light and graceful in its frozen movement.

Ren Jun made his North American debut with this elegant, amorphic stainless steel sculpture Freezing Water #7 at the Vancouver Biennale 2009-2011. The sculpture is located in Vancouver’s waterfront Vanier Park. Cast in stainless steel, the artist reveals his mastery of material, volume and engineering to create a monumental public installation as fluid as a bird in flight. This sculpture captures the artist’s inspiration of spilt water as it puddles and morphs into mercury-like shapes.

Freezing Water #7
Photo credit: Larissa Sayer on Flickr

the bat kite at J. Ren's Freezing Water Vanier Park, Vancouver
Photo credit: Gail Edwin Aguiar & oaming-the-planet on Flickr

Riding Frozen Water Freezing Water #7
Photo credit: Dan Fairchild & Alastair Smith on Flickr

Vancouver Vanier Park
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

Vancouver Biennale; "Freezing Water 7" by Jun Ren Vancouver Biennale
Photo credit: Jonathan Pope & Gail Edwin Aguiar on Flickr

Freezing Water @ Vanier Park
Photo credit: Mike Heller on Flickr

Sculpture in Vanier Park Vanier Park
Photo credit: Thomas Chung & Miss Barabanov on Flickr

Jun Ren, "Freezing Water"; Sculpture Biennale, Vancouver 2010
Photo credit: Jonathan Pope on Flickr

Previous Vancouver Icons posts: Cleveland Dam, Heritage Hall, School of Theology Building at UBC, Gate to the Northwest Passage, St Paul’s Hospital, Capilano Lake, Stawamus Chief, Nine O’Clock Gun, Malkin Bowl, Search, Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

Win Tickets to CircusWest Kaleidoscope

April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

CircusWest is a comprehensive circus arts centre for all ages, located in the historic PNE Gardens, offering children, teens, and adults an opportunity to explore circus arts in an encouraging, non-competitive environment. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year CircusWest’s next event is Kaleidoscope – Circus in Technicolour.


Where: Garden Auditorium, PNE 2901 E Hastings, Vancouver
When: May 1st to May 4th, 2014 at 12:30pm and 7:00pm daily.
Tickets:Adults $20, Youth (18 & Under) $13, Students & Seniors $15, School Group Rate $9. Available online.

Kaleidoscope – Circus in Technicolour features the circus talents of teenaged circus performers from the Performance and Centre Stage programs of CirKids in an original production staged at the PNE Garden Auditorium. This spectacular performance tells the story of a young boy who searches for and is inspired by coloured worlds of circus and ultimately finds his true colours. It promises to be an immersive multi-sensory experience with athletic aerial and ground circus acts, a beautiful sound track, lush projections and unexpected surprises to delight one and all! Within one show, witness incredible acts including trapeze, acrobalance, juggling, unicyclists, tumbling, dance, tissu and trampoline.

Win Tickets to CircusWest Kaleidoscope

If you would like to attend a performance of Kaleidoscope, CircusWest has offered up a pair of tickets to one lucky Miss604 reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 5:00pm on Monday, April 28, 2014. CircusWest is a registered non-profit and is a creative space where individuals can dream big, push limits, and defy gravity all while having fun. Follow along on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2014: Nominees

April 23rd, 2014 @ 1:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

YWCA Metro Vancouver is excited to announce 60 outstanding nominees for the 31st annual Women of Distinction Awards.

2013 YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

The Awards honour women whose achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community and businesses and organizations that support the wellness and diverse needs of their employees. The Women of Distinction Awards is the YWCA’s premier fundraising event and will be held on June 3, 2014 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. Funds raised through the event support YWCA programs and services across Metro Vancouver.

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Nominees

Arts, Culture & Design
Shaira Holman – Co-Founder / Artistic Director, Vancouver Queer Arts Festival
Susan Van der Flier – Board, Vancouver Opera

Business & the Professions
Sheila Bouman – Chief People and Performance Officer, Peer 1 Hosting
Mary Buttery – Partner, Davis LLP
Sheila Eddin – Vice President, Transformation, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
Catherine Gibson – Partner, Davis LLP
Carmen Thériault – Partner, Wealth Preservation, Bull Housser LLP
Lisa Vogt – Partner and Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Community Building
Sashi Assanand – Founder and Executive Director, Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society (VLMFSS)
Leigh Boyle – Founder & Executive Director, The Lipstick Project Society
Loretta Cella – Founder and Executive Director, Passion Foundation
Nasreen Filsoof – Founder and President, Canadian Iranian Foundation
Theodora Lamb – Online Community Organizer, Executive Producer, Hollyhock Leadership Institute
Jill Leversage – Managing Director, Highland West Capital Inc.
Jennifer Schaeffers – Executive Director, CKNW Orphans’ Fund

Education, Training & Development
Kristi Blakeway – Vice Principal, Thomas Haney Secondary
Deborah Jacobs – Education Department Head, Squamish Nation
Gail Ruddy – Head of School, York House School
Janis Sarra – Professor, UBC Faculty of Law and Director, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Almira Bardai – Partner, Hive Communications
Justine Bizzocchi – Founder, SFU Venture Connection
Alisa Choi Darcy – President, Quote Endquote Cross-Cultural Strategy Inc.
Shehla Ebrahim – Doctor, Ambleside Dermedics
Liza Hagusa – Founder and Owner, Mother Me Newborn Care Inc.
Deanna Loychuk – Founder, 30 Minute Hit
Carolyn Lundie – Founder and Owner, YogaButtons Kids Yoga Ltd.
Kim Pickett – Principal / Creative Director, KIMBO Design
Reisa Pollard – Founder & Designer, Beyond Beige Interior Design
Shannon Rogers – President and General Counsel, Global Relay

Environmental Sustainability
Diana Allen – Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Sofi Hindmarch – Wildlife Biologist, British Columbia Conservation Foundation
Lyda Salatian – Founder & Program Director, The Lower Mainland Green Team (LMGT)
Elizabeth Sheehan – Founder and President, Climate Smart

Health & Wellness
Victoria Bernstein – Director of the Post-Operative Cardiac Surgical Unit, Vancouver General Hospital
Nafisa Merali – Founder, Naz Wellness Group
Gina Ogilvie – Medical Director, Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control
Charlene SanJenko – Founder, PowHERhouse
Sarah Shandl – Founder, Vancouver, We Love You Great Adventure Club
Elizabeth Watt – Physician

Non-Profit & Public Service
Lana Bradshaw – Vice-Chair, Children’s Wish Foundation BC & Yukon Chapter
Pauline Finn – Vice-President of Community Engagement, Science World British Columbia
Anita Huberman – CEO, Surrey Board of Trade
Judy Krawchuk – Vice-President, Child Development Foundation of BC
Darlene Marzari – Former MLA and Vancouver City Councillor
Heather O’Hara – Executive Director, Potluck Café Society
Anar Popatia – President, Canadian Club of Vancouver
Linda Reid – Speaker of the House, British Columbia Legislature
Shauna Sylvester – Executive Director, SFU Public Square and Carbon Talks Fellow, SFU Centre for Dialogue
Carolyn Tuckwell – President & CEO, Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC
Wai Young – Member of Parliament for Vancouver South

Technology, Science & Research
Jennifer Gardy – Senior Scientist, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
Caron Strahlendorf – Pediatric Oncologist / Hematologist, Clinical Associate Professor, BC Children’s Hospital

Young Woman of Distinction
Cicely Blain – Founder, Celebrating Women at UBC
Vuitton Chan – Student, Simon Fraser University
Isabel Chen – Co-founder and Executive Director, Keep Safe Initiative
Madison McDougall – President, Kappa Kappa Gamma – Gamma Upsilon Chapter
Hayley Pipher – Founder, Vancouver Youth Food Alliance
Tesicca Truong – Member, Engaged City Task Force

Innovative Workplace
Flipside Creative
Pacific Blue Cross

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards for the fifth consecutive year. Here’s all you need to know about this very special event:

Where: The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Time: 5:30 – 6:30pm General Reception; 6:30pm Awards Dinner

Book your tickets online today or by calling (604) 895-5768. Early bird tickets are on sale until May 4th for $195 per person (this includes the awards ceremony and dinner). Starting May 5th tickets will be $225 per person. Be sure to book soon as this event is known to sell out the largest ballroom at the Bayshore!

New this year you can book a Distinguished Partner Table that includes 10 seats/tickets, VIP registration, name signage on table, name listed in the program and sponsor signage, and more.

Follow the YWCA of Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information along with the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards @YWvanWODA on Twitter.

YWCA Metro Vancouver is dedicated to achieving women’s equality. Their mission is to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities.

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards: 2014 Winners Announced

April 23rd, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The winners of the 25th annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards were announced yesterday during a live awards presentation event at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. It was the largest year yet for the awards, with winners in 49 categories.

The Olympic Cauldron, Vancouver
Cactus Club Coal Harbour wins Best Downtown. Photo: Alexis Birkill on Flickr

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards: Winners

Restaurant of the Year: The Farmer’s Apprentice
Bartender of the Year: Jay Jones
Chef of the Year: Pino Posteraro
Sommelier of the Year: Mike Bernardo

Hudsons's on First
Hudson’s on First awarded Best of Vancouver Island.

Other categories include Upscale Dining, Best New Design, Best New Restaurant, Best Casual Dining, Best Food Cart, Best Coffee House, Best Seafood, Best Upscale Italian, Best Casual Italian, Best Pizzeria, Best Upscale French, Best Casual French, Best Upscale Japanese, Best Casual Japanese, Best Upscale Chinese, Best Casual Chinese, Best Dim Sum, Best Noodle House, Best Indian, Best Korean, Best Thai, Best Vietnamese, Best Other Asian, Best of the Americas, Best Steakhouse, Best Casual Chain, and best of regions North Shore, Best Whistler, Best Victoria, Best Other Vancouver Island, Best Okanagan, Best Winery/Vineyard Dining.

This year the best of Vancouver neighbourhoods were also awarded: Downtown: Cactus Club Cafe (and Best Chain); East Side: Via Tevere Pizza (and Best Pizza); Chinatown/Gastown: Bao Bei; Richmond: Top Shanghai Cuisine; West End: Nook; West Side: La Quercia; Yaletown: Blue Water Cafe.

A list of winners is available online and pick up your copy of Vancouver Magazine on May 1st for full details.

Archive Photos of the Day: Vancouver Traffic

April 23rd, 2014 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

According to TomTom’s Traffic Index, Vancouver was the most congested city in North America for the second quarter of 2013. Despite a great walk score, bike lanes, and transit options, traffic is a part of daily life in our city — and it has been for the last century. I dug through the Vancouver Archives to bring you today’s archive photo feature: Vancouver Traffic — albeit very light in these historical photos compared to now.

1929: Granville at King Edward. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. Archives# CVA 99-3640.

1928: Brake test on Georgia. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. Archives# CVA 99-1842.

1952: Seymour at Georgia. Archives# CVA 772-14 & 1942: Stanley Park Drive. Archives# CVA 1184-144.

1939: Pender at Beatty. Archives# CVA 772-3.

1927: Traffic accident. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. Archives# CVA 99-1974.

1974: Victory Square. Archives# CVA 780-767.

1974 & 1975: Water Street. Photographer: William E. Graham. Archives#: cva 1135-60 & cva 1135-44.

1980s: Alma at Broadway. Archives# CVA 772-72 & Granville at Broadway. Archives# CVA 772-675.

1980s: Homer at Pender. Archives# CVA 772-838.