Broadway Across Canada 2015-2016 Season

March 30th, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Broadway Across Canada, who has brought shows like Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Miserables to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage in Vancouver has announced their 2015-2016 season lineup.

Broadway Across Canada 2015-2016 Season

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Disney’s The Lion King
June 18th to July 12th, 2015
More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Vancouver’s best-loved musical returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.

Once
November 17th to November 22nd, 2015
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

Dirty Dancing
January 12th to January 17th, 2016
Dirty Dancing- The Classic Story on Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

Mamma Mia!
March 29th to April 3rd, 2016
Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia!.

BAC Tickets and Subscriptions

Vancouver Season Subscribers receive exclusive perks, including: priority access over general public, easy payment plans, guaranteed seats for all season presentations, ticket exchange services, lost ticket replacement, online upgrades and much more. Season ticket package costs vary in price depending on performance, seat location, and date of purchase. Packages start at $131 and are available online and or by phone at 1-855-542-7469.

Follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their shows coming to Vancouver in 2015-2016.

City of Vancouver Heritage Awards People’s Choice

March 30th, 2015 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The nomination process for the 2015 City of Vancouver Heritage Awards has closed but new this year is a People’s Choice Award category, which is accepting nominations until Friday, April 10, 2015.

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Vancouver Block. Photo credit: Zorro1968 on Flickr

The public is invited to submit nominations for heritage restoration, rehabilitation and conservation for sites located within the city of Vancouver. This is a simple process to encourage anyone to nominate a project – large or small – that they feel deserves recognition. All that is required is up to three photographs, and some basic information – your name and e-mail contact and a few sentences summarizing the work.

Heritage Award winners include architects, community organizations, developers, writers, artists, and ordinary citizens. Recipients are recognized for their extraordinary work efforts to preserve our diverse heritage throughout Vancouver’s neighbourhoods.

Past award winners include the Salt Building (2011) which was built in 1930 and is now home to CRAFT Beer Market; Hotel Georgia (2013) for respectful, detailed restoration of the landmark hotel and for balancing heritage conservation with modern interventions; Hudson’s Bay Company (2013) for the re-creation of the historic ground floor entrance canopies; the Vancouver Block (2011); Flack Block (2009); Friends of Victory Square (2007); and many more.

Flack Block entrance Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Photo credit: colink. & Lisa Nixon on Flickr

For the People’s Choice Award, nominate your favourite example of work that represents quality heritage conservation in Vancouver. The presentation of the City of Vancouver Heritage Awards, to be held in early May 2015, will include the winners of the People’s Choice Heritage Awards.

Boulevard Happy Hour Giveaway

March 27th, 2015 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

“These are the best chicken wings I’ve ever had!” is not something I expected to exclaim during a romantic, candlelit anniversary dinner in the city’s best new fine dining restaurant, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar.

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Photo courtesy of Boulevard

John and I recently enjoyed an epic dining experience at Boulevard, and I use the word epic because a six course pairing menu, with impeccable service, starting with oysters and ending with coffee and hazelnut semi-freddo is worthy of the adjective.

Our night began with some bubbles to toast the occasion, 9 years of marriage and our first visit to this award-winning restaurant in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. We put ourselves in the hands of Executive Chef Alex Chen as multi-course meal was prepared for us along with a few special requests from John — the Iowa boy who has to try the pork on every menu.

Our fresh oysters were served with Taittinger Brut Réserve, and a delicious frothy Thai fish sauce along with chardonnay and pinot noir meunier options. Next came the Yellowfin Tuna Crudo, paired with a 2011 Verdejo from Bodegas Naia.

The crispy chicken wings were next. Crunchy, crackly, and smothered in sticky fish sauce caramel served with sambal chili and pickled vegetables. The texture was my favourite part, with such a loud crunch even though it wasn’t over battered. The succulent morsels of chicken soaked up the sweet and spicy flavours that were buoyed by the Sperling Vineyards 2013 pinot noir pairing. Delicious.

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Photo courtesy of Boulevard

Reeling from the party in my mouth caused by the chicken wings, we got down to business as two preparations of Boulevard’s popular entrees arrived at our table. Roasted sablefish with coconut rice, gai lan flan, beech mushrooms, shallot, and lemon grass vinaigrette paired with Laughing Stock’s 2013 Viognier was bright and aromatic.

John’s Snake River Farm pork chop made him smile with the accompanying daikon choucroute, confit carrot, bacon, caramelized apple, and mustard jus paired with a 2012 Zweigelt from Arrowleaf.

We honestly turned down another course at this point as we were getting so full and our taste buds were loaded with so many explosive flavours that they were dancing and waving a white flag, content and perfectly satiated. But we couldn’t miss out on dessert.

Affogato parfait with layers of coffee and hazelnut semi-freddo, mocha hot chocolate, vanilla ice cream with a glass of Château d’Orignac sent us from cloud nine to cloud ten.

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Photo courtesy of Boulevard

Although we haven’t been back yet for Boulevard Bar Manager Justin Taylor’s highly-praised cocktails, we definitely have plans for another date night there soon. The impeccable and professional service, the wide selection of wines, and the European ambiance with modern decor will make us regulars soon enough. That, and those chicken wings. They’ll keep me coming back for sure!

Boulevard Happy Hour

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar is giving guests a new reason to look forward to punching out at the end of the work day thanks to the restaurant’s new, seasonally-inspired additions to the lunch and dinner menus from Executive Chef Alex Chen, as well as Happy Hour drinks and small-plate specials available from 3:30pm to 5:30pm daily beginning Friday, March 27, 2015.

Justin Taylor’s new daily Happy Hour drink menu features

  • Russian Standard Moscow Mule, $5
  • Vodka, Gin and Bourbon Highballs, $5
  • Red Truck Ale, Lager and India Pale Ale by the bottle, $4
  • Granville Island Lager on tap, $5
  • Nichol Vineyard and Estate Winery Wine by the glass, $7

Chef Chen’s Happy Hour food menu offers a range of small-plate selections

  • Buck-a-shuck Oysters, $1 each
  • Octopus Ceviche with lime, cilantro, onion, tomato, chipotle tortilla chips, $10
  • Heirloom Beet Salad with hazelnut, frill lettuce, white balsamic, $9
  • Clam Chowder with smoked black cod, sawmill bay clam, potato, fennel pollen, $9
  • Crispy Chicken Wings with fish sauce caramel, sambal chili, pickled vegetables, $10
  • Crispy Stuffed Olives with anchovy, ricotta, spiced citrus aioli, $6

With all of this in mind, I am more than happy to announce an amazing giveaway from Boulevard to celebrate their new Happy Hour offerings.

Boulevard Happy Hour Giveaway

You can enter to win Boulevard Happy Hour for 8 People valued at $250! Here’s how:

  • Leave a comment naming a menu item you’d love to try (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win $250 for #BLVDHappyHour at @BLVDYvr from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/KTLTH

Must be 19+. Please enjoy responsibly. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, April 3, 2015. Find Boulevard in the Sutton Place Hotel, located at 845 Burrard Street just off Robson. Follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more information about Happy Hour.

Disclosure: cmp.ly/1

This is not a paid post. Views are my own. Our meal was compliments of Boulevard.

12 Beautiful Photos of Steveston

March 27th, 2015 @ 11:47am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

If you ask any local to create a list for an out-of-towner that includes tourist attractions and favourite hidden gems you’ll always see Grouse Mountain, Granville Island, and Stanley Park on the list but more often than not, you’ll also find a recommendation for Steveston. This historic fishing village is located along the South Arm of the Fraser River in Richmond and has attractions, quaint coffee shops and boutiques, annual festivals and some of the best eats around — from hearty barbecue and fish & chips, to a classic ice cream cone to be devoured on the boardwalk on a sunny summer day.

12 Beautiful Photos of Steveston

Every week when I put together a collection of photos from the Miss604 Flickr Pool and the #Photos604 tag on Instagram there are always images of Steveston. Whether it’s an epic sunset, a cool boat reflection photo, or art at Garry Point Park. Here is just a small sampling of images that feature this charming part of the “604”.

Evening catch
Photo credit: Kenny Louie on Flickr

Early Morning In Steveston
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Seaside
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Richmond Steveston Fisherman's Wharf at Sunset
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

Richmond Steveston Marina at Sunset
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

Steveston Sunrise
Photo credit: Ken Campbell on Flickr

Staring At The Sun
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Gulf Of Georgia Cannery Sunset
Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

Steveston sunrise
Photo credit: Ken Campbell on Flickr

Richmond BC    (Explored)
Photo credit: Brandur Coombs on Flickr

Sunset
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

The Fine Art of Fishing
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

March 26th, 2015 @ 8:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
The Old Giant Cherry Blossom Tree in Full Bloom
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green below.

Friday, March 27, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Friday Late Night Movie at the Rio Theatre
Sponsored by Miss604: Salt Spring in the City
Battle of the Badges Charity Hockey Game
Songs of an English Cavalier at the Orpheum Annex
The Afrobeats Commingle
Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me
Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium
Spring Break at the Cannery in Steveston
Vancouver Pro Musica Presents Sonic Boom 2015
Vancouver International Auto Show
Vancouver International Dance Festival

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Salt Spring in the City
#DinnerPartyYVR
ArtStarts: My Space as a Self-Portrait Collage with Kyra Kelpin
Bon Ami Bakery Grand Opening, Family Event
Fresh St Market Chili Cookoff, Ambleside and Surrey
Motown Meltdown: A Night of Music & Dancing in Support of Sight
Skulls N’ Roses: Bret Taylor Art Show
Lip Service Lip Sync Battle
Official Launch of The Roxy’s New House Band
Hillview Preschool Easter Egg Hunt 10am-1pm
Stanley Park Easter Train
Covered Patio Long Table
Elijah at the Orpheum
Portobello West Spring Market
Easter Egg Hunt, West Point Grey
Easter Egg Hunt, Coquitlam
Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium
Vancouver Pro Musica Presents Sonic Boom 2015
Vancouver International Auto Show
Vancouver International Dance Festival

Sunday, March 29, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Salt Spring in the City
Shop the Blogger Closet, Fashion Event
Face Off Against Cancer, presented by the Vancouver Canucks Alumni
Rolf Kempf with Dave Symington & Ron Samworth
Cannery Farmers Market
Spring Flea Market
Stanley Park Easter Train
Variety BC Rock for Kids
Healthy Family Expo
Hastings Park Farmers Market
ZHOOSH Sunday Series – Health & Fitness Seminars
MEC Langley Race Two Spring 5K and 10K
Portobello West Spring Market
Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium
Vancouver Pro Musica Presents Sonic Boom 2015
Vancouver International Auto Show

Check out the full March event listings here and if you have an event to include, please send it in by email for a free listing. Follow Miss604 on Twitter for more daily updates.

Easter Egg Hunts in Vancouver, Surrey, Langley, North Shore

March 26th, 2015 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Easter arrives in early April this year as it brings spring showers, blooming flowers, and the ability to finally wear all that white you put away at Labour Day. Over the next two weekends there are several family-friendly events happening around the Lower Mainland with the main attractions being good old fashioned Easter egg hunts.

Easter Eggs
Photo credit: jamieanne on Flickr

Specific fees and ticket prices can be found by clicking the link in the title of each event below. In many cases, pre-registration is encouraged to guarantee participation. Some age restrcitions may apply as well.

Stanley Park Easter Train
Where: Stanley Park Miniature Railway (Vancouver)
When: Saturday, March 28th – March 29th, April 1st – April 6th from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: Yes

West Point Grey Breakfast with Bunny
Where: West Point Grey Community Centre (4397 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, March 28th from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: Yes

Eggcellent Easter Event at Glen Pine Pavilion in Coquitlam
Where: Glen Pine Pavilion (1200 Glen Pine Court, Coquitlam)
When: Saturday, March 28th from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: Yes

Great A-Mazing Egg Hunt at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Where: 5251 Oak St at West 37th Ave (Vancouver)
When: Saturday, April 4th & Sunday, April 5th from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: Yes

Renfrew Community Centre
Where: 2929 E 22nd Ave (Vancouver)
When: Saturday, April 4th from 12:30 to 3:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: Yes

Easter Egg Hunt at Roundhouse Community Centre
Where: 181 Roundhouse Mews (Yaletown, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, April 4th from 9:30am to 2:15pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: Yes

False Creek Community Centre
Where: 1318 Cartwright St (Granville Island, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, April 4th from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: Yes

Sunset Community Centre
Where: 6810 Main St (Vancouver)
When: Sunday, April 5th from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: Yes

North Vancouver Host Lions Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Heywood Park (Marine Drive at Hamilton, North Vancouver)
When: Saturday, April 4th from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: No

Heywood Park Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Heywood Park (1621 Hamilton Ave, North Vancouver)
When: Saturday, April 4th from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: No

Easter at Maplewood Farm
Where: Maplewood Farm (405 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver)
When: Sunday, April 5th from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: Yes

Dundarave Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Dundarave Village (2400-2500 block Marine Drive, West Vancouver)
When: Saturday, April 4th at 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: Unconfirmed

Easter Eggstravaganza in Richmond
Where: South Arm Community Centre (8880 Williams Rd, Richmond)
When: Saturday, April 4th from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: Required

Eco-Easter Egg Hunt at Colony Farm
Where: Colony Farm Regional Park (Colony Farm Rd, Port Coquitlam)
When: Saturday, April 4th from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: No

Very Victorian Easter at Historic Stewart Farm in Surrey
Where: 13723 Crescent Road (Surrey)
When: Saturday, April 4th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: Yes

Fort Langley Easter Egg Scramble
Where: 23433 Mavis Ave (Langley)
When: Sunday, April 5th from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: Yes

Easter Extravaganza at the Museum in Port Moody
Where: Port Moody Station Museum (2734 Murray St, Port Moody)
When: Sunday, April 5th from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee:

Township 7 Winery Annual Easter Festival
Where: Township 7 Winery (21152 16th Ave at 212th St, Langley)
When: Sunday, April 5th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ticket/Registration Fee: Yes

Should you know of any other community events, Easter or generally happening in April, please feel free to submit them for possible listing in my monthly event roundup.

Fan Expo Vancouver 2015

March 26th, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Fan Expo Vancouver, a pop culture convention for fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming, returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre from April 3rd to April 5th, 2015.

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Fan Expo Vancouver 2015 Celebrity Guests

Carrie Fisher (Star Wars), William Shatner (Star Trek), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy), Stephen Amell, John Barrowman (Arrow), Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210), Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead), Brent Spiner (Star Trek), and many more including Jennifer Morrison who was added today.

Fan Expo Vancouver 2015 Highlights

  • One of the most famous vehicles in film history, the Back to the Future time machine will be displayed to help The Michael J. Fox Foundation in its fight against Parkinson’s disease.
  • Canada’s largest display of original Star Wars costumes will bring out the kid in everyone. Enjoy a daily Star Wars Kids Hour and embody your inner R2-D2, posing with Stormtroopers.
  • Fans will find a goldmine of pencillers, inkers and writers in this special area. From meeting rising stars, to pros working on the industry frontlines, this is a haven for comic book, graphic novel, limited edition print, and original art and sketch enthusiasts.
  • Check out Lunar Crow’s cosplay armour making workshop, build some Lego models, visit with some of the talented artisans behind Japan’s Lolita fashion craze, and get tickets for the official Fan Expo After Party on Saturday, April 4th at Rain Ultraclub.

Fan Expo Vancouver 2013

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Other than having the chance to talk to some celebrities last year, like John de Lancie and Billy Boyd, my favourite part of the expo was the exhibitors where I picked up some cool artwork and steampunk-inspired jewellery.

Dates, Times, Tickets

Friday, April 3, 2015 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, April 5, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Passes for single day, full weekend, and VIP experiences are available online now. Same day tickets can only be purchased at the box office.

Check the guest list online for the latest announcements and follow Fan Expo Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Best Buy Cuisinart Cooking Utensil Giveaway

March 26th, 2015 @ 10:09am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Easter is coming up and that means hot cross buns, chocolates, honey baked hams, roast lamb, and fresh fruit pies enjoyed around a table with family and friends. If you’re sitting at your desk, bookmarking and sharing the latest delicious-looking recipes for your spring supper table, BestBuy.ca wants you to browse on over to see their latest cooking appliances, bakeware and utensils to help you make the very best meals this season.

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I have partnered with Best Buy in the past to feature everything from their wearable tech and fitness gadgets, to robotic toys and mobile solutions. The kitchen section of BestBuy.ca is the next highlight as it features knife blocks, pots and pans, wine glasses, waffle irons, blenders and bakeware, and everything in between.

Best Buy Cuisinart Cooking Utensil Giveaway

I have a prize pack filled with Cuisinart Attrezzo utensils to give away that includes:

BBY-UtensilsCuisinart Attrezzo Can Opener
Cuisinart Attrezzo Slotted Turner
Cuisinart Attrezzo Slotted Spoon
Cuisinart Pasta Server
Cuisinart Attrezzo Skimmer
Cuisinart Solid Spoon
Cuisinart Attrezzo Nylon Ladle
and an Cuisinart Attrezzo Ice Cream Scoop for your desserts. All of these Attrezzo utensils have soft-grip handles, are made of stainless steel, and are dishwasher safe.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite Easter/Passover/spring dishes. Whether it’s something you like to cook, or that you like to eat at this time of year (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a Cuisinart Kitchen Utensil prize pack from @BestBuyCanada + @Miss604 http://ow.ly/KQhjA

I will draw one winner at 12:00pm on Monday, March 30, 2015. Follow Best Buy Canada on Facebook and Twitter for more information about their kitchen products.