Nordstrom Vancouver Opening Events

September 3rd, 2015 @ 11:48am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Nordstrom is coming to Vancouver, opening up at Pacific Centre with entrances off Robson and Granville streets, and they want you to get to know a bit about who they are and what they offer. Officially opening Friday, September 18, 2015 at 10:00am, the fashion specialty retailer is hosting a series of events, with many local non-profit beneficiaries:


Nordstrom Vancouver Opening Events

Beauty + Fit + Friends
When: September 11th and 12th, 2015
What: Bring a friend before the store opens to the public and check out the special services offered at Nordstrom Vancouver. Get your makeup done, learn tips and tricks from the biggest names in beauty, enjoy music, food, drinks, and a photobooth. Call 1.866.792.6167 by September 4 to book your beauty classes, bra fitting and makeup appointments.
Local charity component: For every bra you purchase from a participating brand, $2 will go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – BC/Yukon Region. Nordstrom and the participating brands will make a minimum donation of $5,000 to the Foundation.

Fashion Show – SOLD OUT
When: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 at 6:00pm and 7:00pm
What: Prior to the opening gala later in the evening, enjoy a reception and fashion show at the Vancouver Art Gallery, across the street from the Nordstrom Vancouver location.
Local charity component: Tickets are $300 and include admission to the gala afterwards; all proceeds will benefit the BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Covenant House Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Opening Gala – SOLD OUT
When: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
What: Sip cocktails, savour dinner and dessert, enjoy entertainment and shop the season’s best looks.
Local charity component: Tickets are $150; all proceeds will benefit the BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Covenant House Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Pre-opening Beauty Bash
When: Friday, September 18th, 2015 from 7:30am to 9:30am
What: Get the inside scoop on the latest products, trends and tips. Shop all your tried-and-true favourites and new recommendations. Get your makeup done, have coffee and breakfast bites, grab a donut and juice from food trucks. Snap a pic in the photo booth, have a snack and listen to live music by Side One. Enter through the main entrance. Call the beauty hotline at 1.800.7beauty (1.800.723.2889) if you have any questions.
Local charity component: The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – BC/Yukon Region (CBCF). Sign up for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – BC/Yukon Region CIBC Run for the Cure, spin the breast-health trivia wheel to win prizes and more (Nordstrom will make a minimum donation of $5,000 to CBCF).

Opening Day
When: Friday, September 18th, 2015 at 9:30am

Vancouver Triple Points Event
When: September 18th to September 20th, 2015
What: Debut Rewards members earn rewards points toward Nordstrom Notes and get to shop scheduled bonus points events throughout the year. Talk to a salesperson at the Vancouver store for quick and easy signup. Restrictions apply.

For all of this information and more, follow Nordstrom Vancouver on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Nordstrom is located at 799 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

September 3rd, 2015 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Despite receiving a season’s worth of rain within a week, summer’s not over yet in Vancouver. It’s still warm enough to enjoy the region in all its glory, even though leaves have fallen much earlier than usual — mostly thanks to the wicked windstorm we had last weekend. Local photographers have still been out and about, capturing sunsets, summer scenes, and fun times at the PNE. Here are some of my favourite shots from the Miss604 Flickr Pool:

Vancouver Photos of the Week

The Seawall in Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

Pre-Sale Code for ONCE in Vancouver

September 3rd, 2015 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Broadway Across Canada presents ONCE in Vancouver, November 17th to 21st at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience.

ONCEpresaleFeaturing 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.

Tickets for ONCE go on sale Monday, September 14, 2015 online or by calling 1-855-985-5000. Tickets start at $25 (plus applicable service charges). Reservations for groups of ten (10) or more are now being accepted by calling 1-800-889-8457. Performances run Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00pm, Sunday evening at 7:30pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00pm. ONCE in Vancouver, presented by Broadway Across Canada, is part of three city Canadian tour including stops in Calgary (November 3rd to 8th) and Edmonton (November 10th to 15th).

Pre-Sale Code for ONCE in Vancouver

Beat the box office and book your tickets in advance of the general sale by using this pre-sale link and the code MOVIE starting at 10:00am September 11th and ending at 10:00pm on September 13th.

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

Top Drop Vancouver 2015

September 2nd, 2015 @ 8:21pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Enjoy one of the year’s signature wine, beer, and gastronomy events over two days at Top Drop Vancouver, bringing together international, terroir-focused wineries, cideries, breweries, and more September 10th and 11th.


Top Drop Vancouver focuses on sustainably-farmed, handcrafted wines offering a distinct sense of place, without heavy-handed winemaking trickery to get in the way. While honest wines are the centrepiece of Top Drop, the group of restaurant and wine industry professionals behind the event believe craft beer, cider and gastronomical pursuits are all part of the same dynamic conversation, and each play a key part in the event.

The Top Drop Dinner Series takes place on Thursday, September 10th at four venues from Vancouver to Whistler. Plan your evening with chefs and wineries at Cinara (350 West Pender), Edible Canada (Granville Island), Wildebeest (120 West Hastings), or at Alta Bistro (4319 Main St) in Whistler. Menus, wine pairings, tickets, and dinner series event info is available here.

The Main Event, benefitting the BC Hospitality Foundation, features a walk-around tasting room with sips and stories from the principals of 33 international wineries. Attendees can visit and taste with a good handful of British Columbian craft breweries, cideries and food purveyors. If you like what you taste, you can make purchases right on site with Everything Wine and Libations Liquor Store.

What The Main Event
When Friday, September 11, 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where Yaletown Roundhouse (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver)
Tickets Available online for $59, with event proceeds going to the BC Hospitality Foundation, which provides financial support to individuals from the hospitality industry facing a major medical crisis.

Alderlea Vineyards – Vancouver Island, B.C.
Alta Alella – Alella, Spain
Anthonij Rupert – Cape Winelands, South Africa
Badia a Coltibuono – Tuscany, Italy
Baillie-Grohman – Creston, B.C.
Benjamin Bridge – Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia
Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard – Vancouver Island, B.C.
Champagne Lallier – Champagne, France
Champagne Philipponnat – Champagne, France
Château Le Puy – Bordeaux, France
Château Musar – Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Cline Family Cellars – Sonoma, California
Elio Altare – Barolo, Italy
Elk Cove Vineyards – Gaston, Oregon
Frank Cornelissen – Sicily, Italy
Giusti Wine – Veneto, Italy
Inglenook – Napa, California
Kangarilla Road – McLaren Vale, Australia
La Rioja Alta – Rioja, Spain
Latta Wines – Walla Walla, Washington
Lock & Worth – Okanagan Valley, Canada
Montenidoli – Tuscany, Italy
Orofino – Similkameen Valley, B.C.
Scribe – Sonoma, California
Spottswoode Estate – Napa, California
Stina – Dalmatia, Croatia
Synchromesh Wines – Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Tabali – Limari, Chile
TH Wines – Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Truchard Vineyard – Carneros, California
Vaglio Wines – Uco Valley, Argentina
Viña Cousiño Macul – Maipo Valley, Chile
Viña Falernia – Elqui Valley Chile
Wine Australia Regional Collection
B.C. Tree Fruits Cider – Kelowna, B.C
Howling Moon Cider House – Oliver, B.C
Tod Creek Craft Cider – Victoria, B.C.
Naramata Cider Co. – Naramata, B.C.

Craft Breweries
Longwood Brewery – Nanaimo, B.C.
Main Street Brewing – Vancouver, B.C.
Postmark Brewing – Vancouver, B.C.
Red Truck Beer – Vancouver, B.C.
Strange Fellows Brewing – Vancouver, B.C.

Follow Top Drop Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more announcements and information leading up to the dinner series and the main event.

Win Tickets to the Nat Jay Album Release Party

September 2nd, 2015 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

One year since the release of her highly acclaimed debut full-length album, All I Think When I Wake Up, singer, songwriter, and recording artist Nat Jay is releasing an EP and hosting a party at The Rickshaw. Nat Jay’s new acoustic EP, Quiet Dreams, will be available on iTunes on September 8th, and a week later her debut album is up for Pop Album of the Year at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards — so there’s a lot to celebrate!

Nat Jay Album Release Party

Where Rickshaw Theatre (254 E Hastings St, Vancouver)
When Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 8:00pm
Tickets Advance tickets are now available online through The Rickshaw or at the venue the night of the performance. Ticket prices are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Press photo by Mike Savage

Recorded in Vancouver at FaderMountain Sound with long-time collaborator and producer Winston Hauschild, Quiet Dreams showcases several heavyweights, including Gretsch Guitar artist, Paul Pigat (Jakob Dylan, Neko Case), and a duet with Hey Ocean! lead singer, Ashleigh Ball (“Something This Way Comes”). Also highlighted are string players Caitlin Grieve (Cairo) and Doug Gorkoff (Black Dog Quartet). Quiet Dreams has already received international recognition with placements on Channel 7’s popular TV show Winners & Losers in Australia.

Nat Jay will perform two sets at this unique show – one acoustic set with guitar and strings, and one full band set. The opener for the evening will be local buzz artist Jasper Sloan Yip, who is fresh off appearances at the Vancouver Folk Festival, Arts Wells, and the Tiny Lights Festival.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to the the Nat Jay album release party 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. Must be 19+. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Tinhorn Creek Canadian Concert Series Contest

September 1st, 2015 @ 6:10pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Wine country, live music outdoors, and Canadian musical talent — what could be better? Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is closing out another season of their Canadian Concert Series in their Golden Mile vineyard amphitheatre with Canadian rockers The Trews.

Tinhorn Creek Canadian Concert Series Grand Finale

The Trews
Saturday, September 12, 2015
7:30pm (gates open at 7:00pm)

About The Trews: In 1998, a group of four young Canadians from Nova Scotia decided to form a serious rock band. Since 2002 they have received numerous accolades including winning the 2005 Canadian East Coast Music Award for Group of the Year and 13 Top 10 Canadian radio singles, including two #1s! The Trews are a well-known Canadian classic rock band who have supported and joined Bruce Springsteen on stage as well as recently taken part in CapeFest with Slash from Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith. The Trews bring with them a classic rock and electric sound that is sure to bring the house down and get the crowds dancing the night away under the Okanagan sky in Tinhorn Creek’s outdoor amphitheatre.

Canadian Concert Series Contest

Tinhorn Creek and Walnut Beach Resort have teamed up once again to offer a spectacular giveaway for one lucky Miss604 reader so that they can enjoy the region with a guest and dance the night away at the Canadian Concert Series. The prize package includes two tickets to The Trews at the Canadian Concert Series and a one night stay at Walnut Beach Resort (a Pinot one bedroom mountainside suite with den and full kitchen), as well as two rides on the Tinhorn Creek shuttle to get you to the concert series and back.

Stretch out on a secluded private beach along Canada’s warmest lake or lounge on the expansive sundeck around an impressive outdoor heated pool, sipping reds and whites from the wine bar. The best vacation spot in the Okanagan Valley is, undoubtedly, Walnut Beach Resort.

Photo courtesy of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Tinhorn Creek has a wineshop, barrel cellar, demonstration vineyard, tours, and Miradoro Restaurant which are complimented by sweeping views of the South Okanagan valley between Oliver and Osoyoos. It’s a one-of-a-kind venue for a concert series that celebrates so many great things about our beautiful province.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow: Walnut Beach Resort on Facebook and Twitter & Tinhorn Creek on Facebook and Twitter.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Monday, September 7th at 12:00pm. You must be legal drinking age to enter this contest. Please enjoy responsibly. Walnut Beach Resort stay prize is valid only September 12, 2015 for this concert event. Prize does not include transportation to/from the Okanagan. Prize cannot be redeemed for cash or any other value.