Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala 2014

September 18th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Canuck Place is hosting their sold out Gift of Time Gala on September 27th. This is the 10th annual Gift of Time Gala, bringing together community supporters, families, businesses, and friends for a black tie reception and dinner all for an amazing cause.

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala 2013 Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala 2013

What: Gift of Time Gala
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 5:30pm until late
Where: The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, Grand Ballroom, 1601 Bayshore Drive
Tickets: Sold out! Presented by TELUS, the Gift of Time Gala will feature dinner in the Westin’s Grand Ballroom, cocktails, musical entertainment, live and silent auctions, and inspirational stories of courage and compassion.

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala 2013

I attended my first Gift of Time Gala last year and I’ve never been so overwhelmed by the generosity of attendees and the courage of the guest speakers at an event, I must remember to pack tissues this year as I return as the Social Media Sponsor.

I live-blogged part of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice CEO Margaret McNeil’s speech:
“When people find out where I work, they often pause and then say ‘Ahhh. That must be a hard place to work. How do you do it?’. I tell them that I work in a place of awe and wonder. I live in awe of our staff who are present with families and kids every moment of every day, regardless of what is happening with their child. Our nurses, physicians, counsellors, therapists, cooks and housekeepers and every volunteer is there to listen, to support, to enjoy, to help every family, every child, regardless of what is happening with that family. I live in awe of our families. They hold hope and reality in their hands at the same time. I see the joy and pain of parenthood, and I see the love for their children in every action.

Donations help fund respite care, medical care, pain and symptom management, meals, recreation therapy, education, art, counselling, music and play therapy for children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. With these generous gifts, Canuck Place can provide care for newborns, children, and teens with respite days which is a large part of what they do. There are currently over 560 kids and families in the Canuck Place program right now.

You can support Canuck Place at any time through online donations, volunteer opportunities, or a wealth of other avenues. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more information about their organization, their work with BC families (including the new Abbotsford Canuck Place) and ways that you can get involved.

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours

September 18th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Trolley Company has just announced the dates of their upcoming Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours. These spine-tingling tours will run four times a night in mid- to late October, taking guests to ghoulish sites around the city, sharing local history and lore.

Haunted Halloween Trolley Tour
Photo by Aaron Aubrey, courtesy of Vancouver Trolley Tours

What: Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours with 2.5 hours of Vancouver ghost stories and featuring stops at Vancouver Police Museum and Mountain View Cemetery.
Where: Departing from Canada Place
When: October 15th to October 31st, four times daily (excluding Sundays and Mondays) at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm
Tickets: This tour is for Adults only (13+) at the rate of $40.00 per person including tax. Reservations are required with payment by credit card over the phone (604) 801-5515 ext 100. Book in advance as dates are limited and we always sell out!

Your host will tell the gruesome tales of The Castelanni Milkshake Murder, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Lady in Red and more. You will drive through eerie locations such as Stanley Park to hear about The Babes in the Woods and continue through the winding roads and murderous mansions of Shaughnessy. The tour stops to visit Mountainview Cemetery where the troubled spirits occupy their time. When you arrive at the Vancouver Police Museum you will climb the stairs to the city of Vancouver’s first city morgue where over 15,000 autopsies have been performed, including Errol Flynn. You never know if you will stumble onto another autopsy already in progress….

This ghostly tour is also available for private group tours at the rate of $600 including tax and an additional $5 donation per person to the Vancouver Police Museum (maximum 33 passengers), departing Canada Place at 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm and 9:00pm.

Win Your Way In

Once again this year the Vancouver Trolley Company has offered up a pair of tickets to one lucky Miss604 reader and their guest to enjoy this seasonal tour. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Thursday, September 25, 2014. The winner will be able to choose their preferred tour date/time (based on availability). Follow the Vancouver Trolley Company on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about their scenic tours and tour packages.

Slurpee Name Your Price Day for Food Banks in Canada

September 17th, 2014 @ 3:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

If you thought July 11th (7-Eleven Day) was awesome because it’s the annual Free Slurpee Day then this will make you even more happy. On Friday, September 19th 7-Eleven stores across Canada are hosting Slurpee Name Your Price Day where 100% of proceeds will go to Food Banks in Canada.

Customers will have the option to pay $0.50, $2, $50 or whatever they want to enjoy their favourite frozen beverage. Funds from this campaign will be donated to Food Banks Canada, the national organization supporting local food banks across the country. The National Food Sharing Program will provide essential food to those 7-Eleven communities most in need, ensuring customer donations have the greatest impact.

Impact of donations


  • $1 donation
    = breakfasts for a week for an individual in need
  • $3 donation
    = enough snacks for every school day for a week for a school aged child
  • $5 donation
    = dinners for a month for an individual in need
  • Pay the standard $1.99 for a large Slurpee and you will help to share 14 meals – that’s a week’s worth of breakfasts and dinners for someone in need

You can find your nearest store using the 7-Eleven App and share your experience on social media using #Nameyourprice or tweeting at @7ElevenCanada.

Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory that assists close to 850,000 Canadians each month. Together our network shares over 200 million pounds of essential safe quality food annually, provides social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency, and advocates for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry.

Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver

September 17th, 2014 @ 12:50pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 102nd Grey Cup will play out at BC Place in Vancouver this November, and with the championship football game comes a world class city-wide festival where fans from across the country can meet to celebrate. Hosted by our very own BC Lions, the Grey Cup Festival announced its plans for entertainment and activities this fall.

The Grey Cup

Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver

The 102nd Grey Cup Festival will feature a 3-day nightly concert series presented by Global BC and The Province and headlined each night by some of Canada’s brightest stars, including Canadian country talent Tim Hicks, popular Vancouver-based folk band Hey Ocean! and ‘Canada’s greatest party band’ Trooper. In addition to the Concert Series, the 3-day TELUS Street Festival will include FREE live music daily on the stage, featuring a rotation of talented local artists, including Delhi 2 Dublin, The Matinee, and The Boom Booms.

Canada’s largest sports festival will run from November 26th until November 30th at the Vancouver Convention Centre, in conjunction with the 102nd Grey Cup championship. Tickets for the festival will range from $20 to $350 with many free events and activities indoors and outside at Jack Poole Plaza.

Grey Cup Festival 2011

Remember how it felt around the city when the Olympics were here? Fans from other cities sporting their team colours, family activities and concerts, supporter beer gardens, and that electric feeling in the air knowing that a big sporting event is taking place and there’s a shiny prize on the line? That’s how John and I felt about the Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver when it was here in 2011. It was like a taste of that Olympic feeling all over again and I just know we’re going to have even more fun this November. Just look at the music lineup alone!

Grey Cup Festival 2011 Molson Canadian House
2011 Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver

Kudos to the CFL, BC Lions, and sponsors for stacking the stages with Canadian and homegrown talent that can get crowds pumped up and dancing in the streets.

Grey Cup Festival Activities and Concerts

  • Grey Cup Festival kickoff (Wednesday, November 26th)
  • TELUS Street Festival featuring the stage
    (Thursday, November 27 – Saturday, November 29th)
  • Nissan Family Zone featuring the Canadian Direct Insurance Family stage
    (Thursday, November 27th – Saturday, November 29th)
  • Team Parties (Thursday, November 27th – Saturday, November 29th)
  • Grey Cup Festival Concert Series, presented by Global BC and The Province
  • Thursday, November 27th – New Music night, presented by The Peak 102.7:
    Headliner: Hey Ocean!
    Supported by: Family of the Year, The Gay Nineties
  • Friday, November 28th – Country Music night, presented by 93.7 JRfm
    Headliner: Tim Hicks
    Supported by: Tebey, One More Girl
  • Saturday November 29th – Classic Rock night, presented by Rock 101
    Headliner: Trooper
    Supported by: 54.40, Sass Jordan

Other events during the festival include the Blakes CFL Alumni Legends Luncheon (Friday, November 28th); Edgewater Casino Night (Friday, November 28th); Save-on-Foods Grey Cup Festival Parade (Saturday, November 29th); Cheerleader Extravaganza (Saturday, November 29th); Rock and ROAR Gala (Saturday, November 29th); Grey Cup Fan March (Sunday, November 30th); Pre-Game Tailgate Party (Sunday, November 30th); and of course the 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game (Sunday, November 30th) at BC Place.

Three-day passes for the 102nd Grey Cup Festival Concert Series go on sale Friday, September 19th for an early bird rate of $90 (going up to $102 after October 15). Tickets for the Grey Cup final game are also still available for purchase online.

Best of Vancouver 2014 Results

September 17th, 2014 @ 11:41am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

BestofVancouver2014This morning the Georgia Straight released the results of their 19th annual Best of Vancouver readers’ choice awards.

I am very honoured to have been voted #1 Best Local Blog this year. I am so thankful for every reader, sharer, commenter, and contest entrant that has read my blog and this is such a great way to mark the 10 year anniversary of Miss604.

The top three winners in categories like City Life, Media, Culture, Travel, Mind & Body, and Food & Drink have all been posted online and the print version will be available around Vancouver as of Thursday, September 18th. Here are just a few of results (that can also be found on this handy map):

Best of Vancouver 2014 Results

Local hero: Trevor Linden
Best neighbourhood: Kitsilano
Vancouver’s claim to fame: Natural beauty
Best local tv personality: Tamara Taggart (CTV)
Best local tv news anchor(s): Chris Gailus (Global)

Best local bike store (chain): Bicycle Sports Pacific
Best local street/community festival: Car Free Vancouver Day
Best local performing-arts festival: Vancouver Fringe Festival

Best movie theatre concession: Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway
Best live music venue: Commodore Ballroom, 918 Granville
Best shopping mall: Metropolis @ Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway
Best restaurant patio: Dockside Restaurant, 1253 Johnston, Granville Island
Best new restaurant: Craft Beer Market, 85 W. 1st

Best local tourist attraction: Stanley Park
Best out-of-town spa getaway: Scandinave Spa, 8010 Mons Road, Whistler
Best hotel (Metro Vancouver): Fairmont Pacific Rim‎, Vancouver, 1038 Canada Place
Best boutique hotel (Metro Vancouver): Loden Hotel, 1177 Melville Street

Follow the Georgia Straight on Twitter for more results, news, and information. Thank you again, dear readers!

Nat Jay Album Release Party

September 17th, 2014 @ 7:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Nat Jay is releasing her first full-length album All I Think When I Wake Up on September 23rd, celebrating in style with a release party later that week.


Recorded in Vancouver at Fader Mountain Sound with Craig Northey, Doug Elliott, and Pat Steward of The Odds as the studio band and produced by Winston Hauschild (Hannah Georgas, Wanting, Hey Ocean), All I Think When I Wake Up has already received national and international recognition through placements on CBC TV’s “Heartland” and “Arctic Air” as well as “Continuum” on Showcase/Syfy. The album’s first single, “Can’t Getcha Out”, will be featured internationally on the popular Australian television drama series “Winners & Losers”. In addition, Nat Jay was awarded $10,000 for “Can’t Getcha Out”, which was named “Best of BC” by Shore 104.3FM.

Since the release of her debut EP Lights Across the Sky in 2008, Jay has shared the stage with Canada’s own two-time JUNO Award winner Dan Mangan, Matthew Barber, Oh Susanna, and Justin Rutledge, as well as New York City’s Jay Brannan and Australia’s folk-blues group, Angus & Julia Stone.

Nat Jay’s album release party will take place at 8:00pm at the Granville Island Revue Stage on Friday, September 26, 2014. Tickets are available for $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Win Your Way Into the Nat Jay Album Release Party

I have a pair of tickets to the party and a signed copy of Nat Jay’s new album to give away, here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow this talented local artist on Facebook and Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

September 16th, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Even though the season is changing, construction cranes swing overhead, and rush hour traffic continues to flow over our many bridges, it’s as though the pause button has been hit on Vancouver’s gloriously sunny summer. The kids aren’t back in school just yet, patios are overflowing with patrons, and beaches are peppered with swimmers and sandcastle creators. Call it an extended summer or simply proclaim that Vancouver is a pretty great place to be in September.

Thanks to all those who have shared their wonderful photos of the region this week with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram, here are just a handful of my personal selections:

End Of The Road.
Photo credit: Nattawot Juttiwattananon on Flickr

DSC_1551 Through the Looking Glass - 2.....Renzullo's Deli, Vancouver, BC IMG_7932
Photo credit: Chris Gehlen & Rosey-Noelle & Gemy on Flickr

"East Van" 2014 - Vancouver - Larrivee Guitar
Photo credit: Eric Flexyourhead & Ted McGrath on Flickr

2014 - Vancouver - False Creek East Sunrise 2014 - New Westminster - Incoming 326
Photo credit: Ted McGrath & Ted McGrath on Flickr

2014 - Vancouver - Way Out Old and New
Photo credit: Ted McGrath & Patricia Meyer on Flickr

BC Place Stadium  - Explored!
Photo credit: Shannon Leigh Photography on Flickr

The Docks of Jericho Evening light on the Erickson
Photo credit: Aaron Von Hagen & Eric Flexyourhead on Flickr

False Creek Blues
Photo credit: Aaron Von Hagen on Flickr

To Bluer Skies Girl In A Wetsuit
Photo credit: Philip Tong & Philip Tong on Flickr

Dog Days of Summer ~ Surrey, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

The Skies Were On Fire
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Navigating the sunset
Photo credit: Fernanda G on Flickr

Gold River
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Coal Harbour Sunset IMG_8099 A Night At Porteau Cove
Photo credit: Gemy & Alan W on Flickr

Porteau Cove Star Trails
Photo credit: Aaron Von Hagen on Flickr

As always, please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool or with the tag #Photos604 on Instagram. View all photo collections here.

We Day Vancouver Lineup Announced

September 16th, 2014 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

We Day Vancouver will take over Rogers Arena on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 as 18,000 youth from across the province enjoy a full day of inspiration and celebration as a reward for work they have done in their community over the last year.

We Day Vancouver

We Day gathers thousands of motivated youth who care about, and have impacted, their school, community, and global causes all together in an arena to dance, clap, and listen to celebrity speakers. Founded by Free the Children in 2007, We Day has hosted 278,000 youth at events in cities across North America and in the UK and as a result, $37,000,000 has been fundraised for 1000 causes and 9,600,000 hours have been volunteered by participating youth.

We Day Vancouver Lineup

The We Day Vancouver speaker and entertainment lineup for October 22nd at Rogers Arena was announced this morning:

Selena Gomez
Orlando Bloom
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Shawn Mendes
Debby Ryan
Sir Ken Robinson
Marianas Trench
Kardinal Offishall
Donnie Yen
Victoria Duffield
Shawn Desman
Karl Wolf
Silken Laumann
Craig and Marc Kielburger
Spencer West
Mustafa the Poet
Hannah Alper
Ashley Rose Murphy
Robin Wiszowaty
Cast members from the TV series DEGRASSI

The We Day Experience

I have covered We Day Vancouver since 2009 and my most recent experience was at We Day Seattle with my niece. Every single event is powerful and moving, combined with plenty of music, entertainment, and the signature We Day Dance that is learned at the start of the day.

We Day 2010 We Day 2010

My first We Day, the kids at which are probably all long since graduated and doing amazing things in college, saw speakers like Dr. Jane Goodall, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sarah McLachlan, Mia Farrow, and Jason Mraz. My most recent We Day, this past March in Seattle, was with the Superbowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, Martin Luther King III, Joe Jonas, Cody Simpson, and actor Ed Norton who said:

“Everybody, especially young people, feels powerless sometimes… …yet every day we are reading about or hearing about people who do incredible, inspiring things in this world.”

Ed Norton at We Day Seattle

At last year’s We Day Vancouver Craig Kielburger, one of the two founders of Free The Children and We Day, sat down with Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate. Annan had these words for the audience:

“Young people have to remember that the world is going to be yours. My generation is moving on. You have to have the courage and the strength to take on the issues. Be prepared to work with your neighbours and colleagues.”

Get Involved

We Day is an invite-only event but students can get involved in their Me to We campaigns at any time. From helping to educate others, to hosting a food drive at your hockey game or donating used clothing, to taking part in campaigns like We Are Silent, We Stand Together, We Create Change coin drive, We Scare Hunger at Halloween, or We Are Love around Valentine’s Day.

There are many resources for students, families, schools, and businesses available online. You can sign up for one campaign or commit to a full year of We Acts. Pick a fundraiser, adopt-a-village, host a third-party event, and more. You can find everything you need on the Free the Children website and more information about We Day Vancouver online.