Things to do in Vancouver Labour Day Weekend

August 28th, 2014 @ 4:47pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Summer isn’t over yet and with events lined up for Labour Day Weekend — even in the rain — you’ll have plenty of activities to enjoy with the family around town.

Endless Summer
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver Labour Day Weekend

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

Saturday, August 30, 2014
FREE PNE Gate Admission 11:00am to 1:00pm
Southsiders 3 on 3 Soccer Tournament
TaiwanFest Downtown
Discovery Day at the Surrey Nature Centre
Victorian Vancouver: Family Portraits Opening
ArtStarts Celebrating Seasonal Birds: Printmaking with Colette Lisoway
Earthwise Society Tomato Fest
Surrey Food Truck Festival
Labour Day Chinook Classic
Curious Flea at River Market
River District Farmers Market
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Kerrisdale Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
Contemporary Art Gallery Guided Visit with Shaun Dacey
PNE Concert Night
Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival
Live Music at The Village at Park Royal
Summer Sessions at Shipbuilders’ Square, North Vancouver
Squamish Nation Youth Powwow
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Richmond Summer PlayDays Movie/Concert Night
FREE PNE Gate Admission 11:00am to 1:00pm
Fort Farm Fest
TaiwanFest Downtown
The Re:Clamation Official Wrap Party for theNative HipHop Festival
Victory Square Block Party
Artful Sundays
ArtStarts Celebrating Seasonal Birds: Printmaking with Colette Lisoway
Hershe Bar Where the Girls Are
Vancouver Food Cart Festival
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
White Rock Farmers Market
Coquitlam Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Contemporary Art Gallery Guided Visit with Olivia Qiu
PNE Concert Night
Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival
Live Music at The Village at Park Royal
Squamish Nation Youth Powwow
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films

Monday, September 1, 2014
Free Outdoor Movie at UBC: Monster’s University
Fort Farm Fest
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park

All August events can be found in the big event list. Stay tuned for the September list which will be published on Monday, September 1, 2014. In the meantime, follow Miss604 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for information about the latest community activities and happenings.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

August 29th, 2014 @ 10:18am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

In a little while, my weekly photo collections will be filled with grey clouds, boots in puddles, umbrellas at crosswalks, and leaves that have tumbled to the ground as they give up on the season. Until that time, which won’t be anytime soon, please enjoy these glimpses of summer around Metro Vancouver and beyond thanks to those who have shared their photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram:

Vancouver Photos of the Week

Buntzen Lake
Photo credit: Conrad Olson on Flickr

Howe Sound from the highway
Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup on Flickr

Little man walking down big river / Mali čovjek odlazi niz veliku rijeku
Photo credit: Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic on Flickr

Photo credit: Vladimir Megan on Flickr

Up the Mast 2014-06-23 Vancouver West End Amazing Laughter-4
Photo credit: Don Janus & Michael Schmidt on Flickr

Photo credit: Steve Jin on Flickr

Ocean Concrete Silos IMG_7513
Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

2014 08 Aug 14 Fresh Photo Eng Bay Fog 02a 4s hh
Photo credit: Doug Farmer on Flickr

Girl at the piano
Photo credit: Jianwei Yang on Flickr

Love, Reign O'er Me, English Bay
Photo credit: jean-philippe castonguay on Flickr

Bridged The View from A Bridge
Photo credit: Patricia Meyer & Patricia Meyer on Flickr

Coffee Time
Photo credit: Patricia Meyer on Flickr

Moncton Gas 90555
Photo credit: Ann Hung & Ann Hung on Flickr

Crab Park Sunset
Photo credit: Philip on Flickr

Inukshuk IMG_7394 IMG_7441
Photo credit: Gemy & Gemy on Flickr

Fun At The Beach IMG_7388
Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

Burrard Inlet Sunset Kitsilano Sunset
Photo credit: Philip & Alan W on Flickr

2014-08-16 Richmond Terra Nova Park Sunset 02-1
Photo credit: Michael Schmidt on Flickr

Endless Summer
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

2014-08-21 Vancouver Playland Long Exposures Westcoast Wheel-51 2014-08-21 Vancouver Playland Long Exposures Zero Gravity 1-12
Photo credit: Michael Schmidt & Michael Schmidt on Flickr

Here comes the rain again Falling on my head like a memory.
Photo credit: shockk on Flickr

Partial Milky Way Over Merritt, BC, Canada
Photo credit: Sunny Jhooty 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.

Win Free Tuition for CircusWest

August 28th, 2014 @ 3:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Combine fitness, performance art skills, and good old fashion play with CircusWest this fall as they launch their new program for the season for kids and adults alike.

Photos courtesy of CircusWest

CircusWest is Vancouver’s circus performing arts society – a comprehensive circus arts centre for all ages. Located in the historic Garden Auditorium on the PNE grounds in east Vancouver, CircusWest offers children, teens, and adults an opportunity to explore Circus Arts in an encouraging, non-competitive environment. CircusWest’s programs encourage respect for oneself and others and provide an environment to learn responsible risk-taking. As a collaborative community in which everyone can develop skills, find their artistic voice, and realize their potential, CircusWest is a creative space where individuals can dream big, push limits, and defy gravity – all while having fun.

Programs include: CirKids (ages 3 to 19); Camps (spring break and summer); CATS Circus Arts Training Sessions (drop-in practice); Adult & Teen (classes for ages 13 and up); birthday parties (kids, teens, and adults); and workshops (for groups, companies, team-building).

Not sure what class may be for you? CircusWest is offering an Intro to Circus Fun Night on September 10th from 8:00pm to 9:30pm, where you can try your hand at a variety of circus skills and equipment on this safe and fun filled night. Please note, that some of the more popular classes may fill up by this date, so sign up in advance if you know which class you want to take.

CircusWest’s classes make for perfect training to help build and maintain core strength, balance and flexibility while providing a unique way of artistic expression. There are classes offered for all ages in a supportive, non-competitive environment let by highly experienced coaches.

Win Free Tuition

CircusWest has partnered with Miss604 to give away tuition* for a 6-week Adult & Teen class (September 15 to October 26). The winner can choose from a variety of classes including trampoline, tissue (aerial silks), main a main (handstands), acrobatics, aerial hoop & trapeze, intro to jazz & modern, strength & flexibility, swinging trapeze and partner acro.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. The winner drawn can either sign up for themselves or gift this prize to a loved one (for example a parent can sign up their child, provided the child is 13 years or older). Follow CircusWest on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about their programs and special events.

*Must be 13 years and up to participate in Adult & Teen classes. The winner will be required to pay for Gymnastics BC insurance ($20) and CircusWest annual membership ($15). Prize includes a quality class of $155-200 in value for a 6-week class September 15 to October 26, 2014.

5 Vancouver Hyperlapse Videos

August 28th, 2014 @ 11:48am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Two days ago Instagram introduced Hyperlapse, a new app that allows users to create speedy timelapse videos with their phones:

hyperlapseTraditionally, time lapse videos depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with expensive equipment. We designed Hyperlapse to be as simple as possible. You don’t need an account to create a hyperlapse. Instead, you open up straight to the camera. Tap once to begin recording and tap again to stop. Choose a playback speed that you like between 1x-12x and tap the green check mark to save it to your camera roll. You can share your video on Instagram easily from there.

5 Vancouver Hyperlapse Videos

Vancouverites have been quick to add Hyperlapse to their app collections and film the city around them. Here are just a few early Hyperlapse videos of Vancouver that locals have captured this week.

Hyperlapse from Instagram is available only for iOS devices in Apple’s App Store right now.

Rifflandia Festival in Victoria

August 28th, 2014 @ 10:37am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Rifflandia Festival will take over Victoria clubs, bars, public spaces and parks from September 11th to September 14th as this mega music event welcomes acts like Girl Talk, Serena Ryder, Dragonette, The Skatalites, Dear Rouge, Head of the Herd, Jon and Roy, Rich Aucoin, We Hunt Buffalo, and dozens more.

Rifflandia Festival Artists

Death Cab for Cutie, Girl Talk, Serena Ryder, Dragonette, Del the Funky Homosapien, Kool Keith The Beatnuts, Choir Choir Choir, LIINKS, Miami Nights 1984, Neon Steve, Oliver Swain’s Big Machine, Ratking, The Roper Show 222, Annie Becker, Bocce Avocado, Chet, The Franklin Electric, GI Blunt, Kate Kurdyak, Lola Parks, MF Jones, The New Groovement, Paperboy & the Messengers, Raleigh, Ruby Karinto, Shaprece, The Shilohs, DJ Stallion Thieves, DJ Trever, The Wild Romantics, Willhorse, DJ Wood… just to name a few!

Since 2008, Rifflandia has become a city-wide music fest in our province’s capital with an impressive concert lineup, theme days like Nautical Friday, Save The Day Saturday and R&R Sunday, and a collection of three creative festivals (Thinklandia / Artlandia / Makelandia) all rolled into one. There’s also a charity component with $2 from every Rifflandia ticket sold going to War Child making it a very worthy (and fun) reason to hop a ferry to Victoria for the weekend.

Rifflandia Venue Map

Single day tickets and festival passes are available online or in person at Royal McPherson Box Office, Lyle’s Place, and Ditch Records. Follow Rifflandia on Twitter and Facebook for more information. Some venues are open to children (12+) so whether you’re looking for weekend fun with the family or your favourite band is playing your favourite Victoria club, there’s something for everyone.

Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival

August 28th, 2014 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver’s cobblestone streets will be dripping with sweet and smoky sauce this weekend as the Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival takes place Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st. Carrall Street will be closed to traffic and the neighbourhood will turn into a festival space complete with live music, picnic tables, and some of the city’s best barbecue.

Photo courtesy of Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival

Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival

Entertainment includes Bend Sinister, The Sheets, and The Deep End while the following restaurants participate in the BBQ & Chili cook-off:

The Blarney Stone, Chill Winston, The Irish Heather, TUC Craft Kitchen, Lamplighter, Peckinpah, Gringo, The Hastings Warehouse, Calabash, The Charles Bar, Deacon’s Corner, Railtown Café.

The festivities will take place on the 200 block of Carrall Street, between Water St (Gassy Jack statue of Maple Tree Square) and Cordova Street (passing by the entrance to blood alley). The entire street will be closed to vehicular traffic. Large tents and barbecues will line the street which will be filled with picnic tables, a beer tent, restaurant patios, and a large musical stage hosting live music all weekend long.

Visitors can enjoy a wing eating competition, brisket, chili, pig roasts, dancing, music, appearances by Jason Garrison (NHL), Georgia Simmerling (Canadian Ski Cross Team), Angus Reid (BC Lions), Jordan Harvey (Whitecaps) and more. This year’s festival will be in support Athletics for Kids.

Food stations will be open both days from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Saturday’s festivities will run from 12:00pm to 5:00pm and Sunday’s from 12:00pm to 10:00pm finishing up with Bend Sinister’s performance at The Blarney Stone. View the event schedule online and follow The Blarney Stone on Twitter for more information.

Westham Island Herb Farm: A Day at the Farm

August 27th, 2014 @ 10:29am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Westham Island Herb Farm hosts their 9th annual A Day at the Farm event on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Squash & Pumpkin Season Basket of fresh garlic
Westham Island Herb Farm bounty. Photo credit: Ann Hung & Eric Flexyourhead on Flickr

Organized by the Delta Farm and Wildlife Trust A Day at the Farm is a great way for the entire family to learn about farming and agriculture in Delta. Go for a ride on a hay wagon tours, meet a dairy farmer, learn about chickens, see how crops grow in the region, watch draft horses plough, and listen to live music.

The goal is to give Lower Mainland residents the opportunity to reconnect with where their food is grown while also learning about how the island’s habitat is home to many wildlife species.

Fog and reflection on Westham Island
Photo credit: Patricia Meyer on Flickr

Now for a bit of a geography lesson: Starting in New Westminster and heading west, the Fraser River first splits around Lulu Island (Richmond) and Annacis Island. The north arm waves around Mitchell Island and then Sea Island (YVR Airport) and Swishwash Island before touching down in the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia).

The south arm passes Deas Island (which is actually attached to the land), Kirkland Island, Gunn Island, Barber Island, Duck Island, Shady Island and finally Westham Island before it hits the sea. Westham Island is home to several farms, a winery, the Alasken Nation Wildlife Area and the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary.

Westham Island Herb Farm is open daily to the public, from 9:00am to 5:00pm, between May and October. All of their produce is grown by them or their neighbours in Delta soil or from other agricultural areas of British Columbia. Explore this area during A Day at the Farm on September 6th and follow the Westham Island Herb Farm on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about what they do and their upcoming events heading into a new season.

VIFF 2014: BC Film Spotlight

August 26th, 2014 @ 6:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) is known for showcasing local, Canadian, and international film talent and this year homegrown talent is front and centre as VIFF has just confirmed 13 features for the BC Spotlight program.

Sonja Bennett of Vancouver and James Caan in Preggoland.

Launched in 2013, this showcase of British Columbia productions earned the highest attendance ratings in VIFF’s history. The dedicated promotional microsite received over 10,000 unique visitors in just two weeks, while the #MustSeeBC campaign generated over 100,000 social media impressions.

About #MustSeeBC: VIFF will offer two significant BC Spotlight cash awards. The Best BC Film award includes a $10,000 development bursary provided by the Harold Greenberg Fund (The Fund). Meanwhile, the BC Emerging Filmmaker award consists of a $7,500 cash prize sponsored by the Union of BC Performers/ACTRA and ACTRA Fraternal Benefits Society plus a $10,000 equipment credit supplied by William F. White. (Films must be signatory to a UBCP/ACTRA agreement to be eligible.) Winners of these awards will be determined by the members of the BC Spotlight jury.

Last year’s #MustSeeBC winner was Leap 4 Your Life, which was sponsored by Miss604, and I’m proud to once again sponsor a BC film this year.

2014 BC Film Spotlight Films

Preggoland (Director Jacob Tierney) Screening sponsored by Miss604
35-year-old Ruth (Sonja Bennett, who also penned the uproarious screenplay) fakes being pregnant to fit in with her child-rearing friends. This latest comedy from Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) will have you cringing in between fits of uncontrollable laughter as Ruth’s web of lies becomes increasingly tangled. The road to acceptance has never been so baby-bumpy and this local comedy will have you laughing until you birth. Sorry, burst.

Black Fly (Director Jason Bourque)
Jake Henson (Dakota Daulby) is a troubled teen haunted by the deaths of his parents—his father in a hunting accident and mother by suicide—who escapes an abusive uncle to reconnect with his older brother Noel (Matthew MacCaull). In director Jason Bourque’s taut thriller, their reunion on an isolated island on the BC coast shows that even though blood is thicker than water, it’s still blood. And it’s messy as hell.

Bloody Knuckles (Director Matt O’Mahoney)
After having this hand lopped off by a gangster he’s offended, a brash underground cartoonist watches the disembodied appendage return to life and become a reanimated avenging angel/defender of free speech. Deliriously irreverent, wantonly vulgar and perversely gory, Matt O’Mahoney’s splatter horror flick is one of the year’s most gonzo genre offerings and “signals an underground spirit thriving in Vancouver…”—Spectacular Optical

The Boy From Geita (Director Vic Sarin)
Born with albinism, young Adam is ostracized in his Tanzanian village and violently assaulted by witch doctors who believe that his limbs possess mystic properties. A Canadian born with the same condition hears of Adam’s plight and takes action. “Harrowing and poignant… Vic Sarin’s [documentary], with its searing images, is both ode to human resilience and ingenuity, and indictment of human cruelty and stupidity.”—Globe and Mail

Everything Will Be (Director Julia Kwan)
Director Julia Kwan documents the pivotal changes affecting the culture and economy of Vancouver’s Chinatown, one of the oldest in North America. With humour and sympathy, Kwan introduces us to residents who see their way of living eroding and to others who welcome the transition, including contentious real estate consultant Bob Rennie.

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (Director Grant Baldwin)
As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. We love food and yet—thanks to our expensive obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes—we throw nearly half of it in the trash. Attempting to live waste-free, filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer subsist on discarded food for six months. Their documentary charts this experiment’s shocking revelations. Winner, Emerging Artist Award, Hot Docs 2014.

Martin’s Pink Pickle (Director René Brar)
A boy follows his girlfriend to Hope, an ironically named small town where his dreams die a slow death. However, his settled lifestyle is disrupted by a trip back to the city for a medical appointment, where he and a friend become stranded for 24 hours. René Brar tells the story of two troubled kids who never really grew up while examining the complex nature of relationships.

The Pristine Coast (Director Scott Renyard)
Wild fish populations in BC have been declining since the late 70s, roughly the same time the open net fish farm industry began to grow fish in marine waters. Focussing on the research of biologist Alexandra Morton, filmmaker Scott Renyard links the crash of many fish species on Canada’s West coast to diseases spread from fish farms in this persuasive and urgent call to action.

Sitting On the Edge of Marlene (Director Ana Valine)
Ana Valine’s darkly comic drama centres on mother/daughter con artists who just can’t catch a break. Seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Sammie (Paloma Kwiatkowski)—who lives with her pill-popping, alcoholic mom Marlene (Suzanne Clément)—this bittersweet journey leads us through dysfunction, love and addiction, before culminating with an unusual deliverance for this compelling pair. Winner, Best Director, Leo Awards 2014.

Songs She Wrote About People She Knows (Director Kris Elgstrand)
Carol (Arabella Bushnell) has a unique way of dealing with her frustrations with family, friends and co-workers: writing brutally honest songs (that frequently feature threats of violence) and leaving them on their voicemail. Carol’s creative catharsis has some immediate and unexpected consequences in this hilarious, offbeat comedy from writer-director Kris Elgstrand.

Turbulence (Director Soran Mardookhi)
Writer-director Soran Mardookhi brings us the moving story of Sherzad (Kamal Yamolky) and his estranged young daughter, Jina. A former electrical engineer in Iraqi Kurdistan, he’s now trying to make a new life for himself in his adopted home of Canada. Jina (Camillia Mahal) numbs her harrowing childhood memories with drugs. But even among other misfits, she has a hard time fitting in…

Two 4 One (Director Maureen Bradley)
Maureen Bradley’s debut feature is a bittersweet romantic comedy with a transgender hero in an unimaginable predicament. Oddball couple Miriam and Adam have an ill-advised and pivotal one night stand that sees them both wind up pregnant. Engagingly shot by Amy Belling, watch for standout performances from Gavin Crawford (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Naomi Snieckus (Mr. D) and Gabrielle Rose.

Violent (Director Andrew Huculiak)
Best known as the drummer for Vancouver-based We Are the City, Andrew Huculiak makes his directorial debut with this beautiful, atmospheric film shot in Norway and inspired by the band’s latest album. It stars newcomer Dagny Backer Johnsen as a young woman who, after enduring a catastrophic event, loses herself in memories of the people who loved her most.

The 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival will run from September 25th to October 10th and will also feature 20 short films from British Columbia directors. The full program, with hundreds of titles, will be released in September with tickets going on sale September 4th. Passes and packages are available online now. Follow VIFF on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information and schedule updates.