Bard on the Beach Summer 2015

April 28th, 2015 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

There’s something very special about going to the theatre in Vancouver and something even more spectacular happens when that theatre experience takes place seaside, at sunset, on a gloriously warm summer night. Bard on the Beach Summer 2015 returns this summer, with the white tents at Vanier Park hosting the award-winning Shakespeare Festival from June 4th until September 26th.

Photo courtesy of Bard on the Beach 2015.

Bard on the Beach Summer 2015

Bard on the Beach presents is a summer long celebration of Shakespeare with timeless tragedies presented with a twist, such as a Victorian steampunk style The Comedy of Errors and a 1920s Chicago feel Love’s Labour’s Lost, complete with jazz music.

Play run dates and Special Events for 2015 are:
The Comedy of Errors: June 4th to September 26th (BMO Mainstage)
Opening Night Saturday, June 13

King Lear: June 18th to September 20th (BMO Mainstage)
Opening Night Thursday, June 25th

Love’s Labour’s Lost: June 19th to September 20th (Howard Family Stage)
Opening Night Friday, June 26th

Shakespeare’s Rebel: July 2nd to September 19th (Howard Family Stage)
Opening Night Sunday, July 12th

Bard-B-Q & Fireworks: Saturday, July 25th, Wednesday July 29th and Saturday, August 1st
Includes a play, dinner, on-site entertainment & exclusive fireworks viewing.
New start time: 5:00pm. Tickets from $95.

Chor Leoni:
Manely Canadian: Monday, June 22nd and Monday, June 29th at 3:00pm and 8:00pm.
Tickets $15 to $37.

Wine Wednesdays: July 15th, August 12th and September 9th at 6:00pm.
$20 (must purchase play ticket for the same evening).

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Live At Bard
Mondays, July 13th and July 20th at 7:30pm.

Opera & Arias: Gilbert & Sullivan!:
Monday, August 24th and Monday, August 31st at 2:00pm and 7:30pm.

Discovering Shakespeare Talks:
Saturdays, June 20th and June 27th, July 18th* & August 8th at 11:30am.
A lively look at each play with Bard’s Education Director, Mary Hartman.
(*guest lecturer: Shakespeare’s Rebel playwright C.C. Humphreys)

Exploring Shakespeare Talks:
Mondays, July 13th and July 20th, August 10th* and August 31st at 7:30pm.
Delve deeper into each play with SFU’s Paul Budra.
(*guest lecturer: Shakespeare’s Rebel playwright C.C. Humphreys)

Family Nights at Bard: Tuesday, June 30th & Thursday, August 6th
Family package pricing available.

Ben Elliott (Antipholus), Dawn Petten (Dromio). THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, 2015. Photo & Image Design: David Cooper & Emily Cooper

Ticket prices for 2015 include all applicable fees and taxes and begin at $26. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; note many performances sell out in advance. Full pricing information, the performance schedule and full site and event details are on the Bard website. To book tickets, call the Bard Box Office at 604-739-0559 or (toll free) 1-877-739-0559 or order online through the Bard website. Follow Bard on the Beach on Facebook and Twitter.

Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Established in 1990, Bard is an annual summer festival with a mission to perform, explore and celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare surrounded by the natural beauty of Vancouver, British Columbia. Play performances run Tuesday through Sunday with matinees on selected weekends and weekdays. All evening performances start at 7:30pm.

BC Mining Week 2015 Events and Giveaway

April 27th, 2015 @ 6:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Mining Association of BC is hosting BC Mining Week from May 3rd to May 9th, celebrating the history and future one of the province’s largest industries through community events from Britannia Beach to Prince George.

1898: Pick and shovel mine near Ferguson. VPL# 70 & 1926: Miner sitting on a ‘locie’ towing ore cars. VPL# 8361. Photographer: Albert Paull

Britannia Mine Media Day Tour Britannia Mine Media Day Tour
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

BC Mining Week Events

Event: Mining Student Night
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: Four Seasons Hotel (791 W Georgia St, Vancouver)
Tickets: Free event, RSVP.

Event: Explore for More Careers – Career Day in Mining
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Segal Graduate School of Business (SFU @ 500 Granville St, Vancouver)
Tickets: RSVP.

Event: sheTalks Resources
Date: Monday, May 4, 2015 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Location: BCIT Downtown Campus (555 Seymour St, Vancouver)
Tickets: Available for purchase online.

Event: BC Mining Week Opening Reception and Mining Person of the Year
Date: Monday, May 4, 2015 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Five Sails Restaurant (999 Canada Place, Vancouver)
Tickets: Available for purchase online.

Elk Valley
Event: Elk Valley Mine Tours
Date: Daily, May 4th to May 8th
Tickets: Free, but must book your seat in advance.

Event: BC Mining Week Community Fair
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:30pm
Location: Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way, Vancouver)
Tickets: Free and open to all.

Event: Women in Mining Reception
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Pan Pacific Hotel Oceanview Suite (999 Canada Place, Vancouver)
Tickets: Purchase in advance

Event: Teck’s Annual Celebrity Pie Throw
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Location: Vancouver Art Gallery (front lawn)
Tickets: Free event for spectators.

Business Luncheons
Prince George, Sparwood, Smithers, Kamloops, Vancouver.

Britannia Beach
Event: Family Fun Day at the Britannia Mine Museum
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Britannia Beach, Sea to Sky (Hwy 99), 45 minutes north of Vancouver
Tickets: Britannia Mine Museum rates apply.

Event: Kamloops Community Fair
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Big Little Science Centre (655 Holt St, Kamloops)
Tickets: Free to attend and fun for the whole family!

Event: Mining Day in Princeton
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Veteran’s Square, Downtown Princeton
Tickets: Free to attend and fun for the whole family!

Prince George
Event: Prince George Mining Week Pub Night
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: BX Pub (433 Carney St, Prince George)
Tickets: RSVP.

Event: Gold Rush! Eldorado in BC
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Location: Royal BC Museum
Tickets: Required. Click link for purchase info.

Event: Celebrate BC Mining Week with Whitecaps FC
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Location: BC Place
Tickets: Required. Click link for purchase info.

BC Mining Week Contest

In 2011, 2012, and 2013 I partnered with BC Mining Week by hosting giveaways and we’re doing it again this year! You can enter to win an iPad Mini exclusively from BC Mining Week and Miss604, here’s how:

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RT to enter to win an iPad Mini from @ma_bc @Miss604 celebrating #MiningWeek. Find an event:

Follow the Mining Association of BC on Twitter and Facebook for more information about BC Mining Week and surrounding events.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, May 8, 2015. This contest is open to residents of BC only. The prize has been furnished by the Mining Association of BC and is no way connected to Apple Computers. Mining Association of BC employees and their relatives are not eligible to win. The prize is a 16GB silver iPad Mini.

Army and Navy Shoe Sale 2015

April 27th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 66th annual Army and Navy Shoe Sale starts Wednesday, May 6th with famous designer shoe brands all on sale for under $50.

Army and Navy buyers have amassed a must-have collection for the legendary 66th annual shoe sale. From Betsey Johnson to Nine West and Calvin Klein, you will be able to choose from thousands of pairs of summer gladiators and workday stilettos, party pumps and boho booties. Check out the sneak peek online.


On the morning of the Army and Navy Shoe Sale, doors will open at 8:00am at all locations including Vancouver (Gastown), New Westminster, Langley, Calgary, Edmonton Whyte Avenue and Edmonton Londonderry Mall. On average, 5,148 shoppers line up on the day of the Army and Navy Shoe Sale, which has sold 3.732 million total pairs of shoes to date.

Army & Navy is Canada’s Original Discount Department Store. It is a family company that is 100% Canadian owned and operated which has been proudly serving its communities for 96 years.

Army and Navy Shoe Sale 2014
1960s. Archives# CVA 780-768.

Army and Navy is Canada’s Original Discount Department Store. This family company is 100% Canadian owned and operated, with a strong legacy in Vancouver’s historic Gastown neighbourhood. Follow the store on Twitter and Facebook for more information. You can also enter to win VIP access for you and three friends plus a $250 gift card.

Surrey Food Truck Festival

April 27th, 2015 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival is making its way to Surrey on May 2nd, with 20 food trucks, artisans, live music, a beer garden, and family activities.

Surrey Food Truck Festival

Stop by the Cloverdale Fairgrounds (6050 176th St, Surrey) between 11:00am and 5:00pm on Saturday, May 2, 2015 to get your fill of food truck fare. Admission is $2 for adults, and kids under 13 are free. Members of the Fraser Valley Food Truck Association include:

SurreyFoodTruckFestival2015Aussie Pie Guy
Cheeses Crust
Guerilla Q
G’s Donairs
Wilkyz Grill
Slavic Rolls
Dougie Dog
Suburban Spoon
The Kaboom Box
The Reef Runner
Chariot of Fries
Reel Mac & Cheese
Stolovaya Catering
Cravings Kettle Corn
Mollies Mini Gourmet
Big Red’s Poutine
The Bannock Wagon
This Little Piggy
Rocky Point Ice Cream
Old Country Pierogi
Hot Grandma’s Kitchen
Poomba’s Smokehouse
Mama’s Fish & Chips
Lenny’s Lemonade
Cheese Street Grill
Tasty Torpedo Sandwich Co.
Taters – The Baked Potato Co.

The Fraser Valley Food Truck Association is organized by a group of regional mobile food vendors with the cooperative goal of providing resources and support to food truck vendors in the Fraser Valley Region, including the North-East sector of Metro Vancouver. Its mission is to promote its members by providing support and access to information. Mobile vending has experienced incredible growth in just a few short years and what was once a cottage industry has now become one of the fastest growing trends in food service.

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards 2015

April 24th, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver Magazine hosted their annual Restaurant Awards earlier this week, recognizing top chefs and top eateries across the city and beyond. Now in its 26th year, the awards had 17 judges who ranked winners in 50 categories. The results are all posted online and here are just a few of the distinguished recipients:

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards 2015

vanmagrestaurantawards2015RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Ask For Luigi (305 Alexander St, Vancouver)
Vikram Vij
Lauren Mote
Thomas Haas
Bryant Mao, at Hawksworth
Ned Bell, Yew at Four Seasons
Vancouver Island Salt Co.
Hawksworth (801 W Georgia St, Vancouver)
Ask For Luigi (305 Alexander St, Vancouver)

Dynasty Seafood (777 W Broadway #108, Vancouver)
Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie (163 Keefer St, Vancouver)

DIM SUM Chef Tony Seafood (101-4600 Number 3 Road, Richmond)
STEAK HOUSE Hy’s Encore (637 Hornby St, Vancouver)
PIZZERIA Nicli Antica Pizzeria (62 E Cordova St, Vancouver)
BEST OF THE AMERICAS Tacofino Commissary (2327 E Hastings St, Vancouver)

Cactus Club Coal Harbour
Photo credit: globetrekimages on Flickr

BEST OF DOWNTOWN Cactus Club Cafe Coal Harbour (1085 Canada Place, Vancouver)
BEST OF THE WEST END Kingyo (871 Denman St, Vancouver)
BEST OF YALETOWN Homer St. Café and Bar (898 Homer St, Vancouver)
BEST OF GASTOWN &CHINATOWN Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie (163 Keefer St, Vancouver)

CASUAL CHAIN Cactus Club Cafe
FOOD CART Tacofino
SEAFOOD Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar (1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver)
COFFEEHOUSE Revolver Coffee (325 Cambie St, Vancouver)

Congratulations to all of the winners and honourable mentions! They are the reason that Vancouver has such a vibrant and diverse dining scene. View all of these results and many more online and follow Vancouver Magazine on Facebook for more information.