Urban Grind at Harbour Centre

February 28th, 2015 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Are you missing the Grouse Grind at this time of year? Have you been sneaking around the gate to do the trail anyway although authorities urge against it? Do you simply need to spend an hour walking up something after work? Do you like to see an awesome view of the city after you workout and reach the summit of something 553 feet tall? Then you should consider the Urban Grind at Harbour Centre.

Harbour Centre in the Fog

Urban Grind at Harbour Centre

For a $5 admission you can climb the stairs at Harbour Centre and enjoy a beer, DJs, food court voucher, and more when you get to the Vancouver Lookout at the top.

The Urban Grind starts Tuesday, March 3, 2015 and will be open every Tuesday in March from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Participants can complete unlimited circuits during that time, if the 360 degree views of the city if the Lookout don’t distract you too much. The $5 admission is also at least $10 cheaper than the regular Lookout adult fee.

Vancouver City Skyline at Twilight
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO

Harbour Centre and The Vancouver Lookout are located 555 West Hastings. Follow along on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

February 27th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
Early Cherry Blossoms Blooming in Vancouver BC Canada
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, February 27, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Late Night Movie at the Rio Theatre
Pet Lover Show, Abbotsford
Dodging for Dimes
Dance House Presents: Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Vancouverite: A Comedy Show
Studio 58/Langara College presents Oklahoma!
37th Vancouver International Wine Festival
Festival du Bois, Coquitlam
Axis Theatre: Stella – Queen of the Snow, Port Coquitlam
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
15th Annual Chutzpah! Festival
Talking Stick Festival
MPS: how to be Presented by Boca del Lupo

Saturday, February 28, 2015
UPS Anniversary Events at Robson Square Ice Rink, Free Rentals, Hot Chocolate, Toques
Pet Lover Show, Abbotsford
Monster Jam Vancouver
SFU Hockey Presents JDRF Night to Support Children with Type 1 Diabetes
CRAZY8s 2015 GALA Screening & AfterParty
Free ArtStarts Weekend
Contemporary Art Gallery Free Family Weekend
Hawkers Market
Vancouver Badass Short Film Festival
Continuity & Connection: Traditional and Innovative Japanese Noh Performance, Jazz Piano
Vancouver Shogi Club (Japanese Chess)
Highlands Preschool Children’s Sale
Workshop: Sing with Good Noise and Louise
Western Front’s Annual Gala Art Auction
Dance House Presents: Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Winter Farmers Market
37th Vancouver International Wine Festival
Studio 58/Langara College presents Oklahoma!
Festival du Bois, Coquitlam
Axis Theatre: Stella – Queen of the Snow, Port Coquitlam
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
15th Annual Chutzpah! Festival
Talking Stick Festival
MPS: how to be Presented by Boca del Lupo

Sunday, March 1, 2015
7th Annual Richmond Wedding Show
Viewing Party of Spurs vs Chelsea at Bimini’s
Hallelujah Praise: Motown Meets Gospel
Blackbird Academy Open House
The Little Prince with Monster Theatre at New Westminster River Market
Carousel Theatre for Young People Presents: Shakespearean Rhapsody
VSO: A Japanese Celebration
Kids 12 and Under Free Admission at VanDusen Garden in March
37th Vancouver International Wine Festival
Studio 58/Langara College presents Oklahoma!
Emily Dickinson Play at Roedde House
Festival du Bois, Coquitlam
Pet Lover Show, Abbotsford
15th Annual Chutzpah! Festival
Talking Stick Festival

Stay tuned for the March event listings, which will be posted within the next few days. 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.

March Events in Metro Vancouver

February 27th, 2015 @ 7:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

As the cherry blossoms fill our streets, parks, and yards with pink confetti, March arrives with free admission for kids at VanDusen Garden, Spring Break, dance celebrations, fashion, festivals and CelticFest fun. As always this list is updated several times a week so if you have an event to add, simply send it in for a free listing.

Cherry Blossoms, Arbutus Ridge/Kerrisdale/Mackenzie Heights Vancouver
Photo credit: Jonathan Pope on Flickr

March Events in Metro Vancouver

Jump to: Sunday, March 1st to Monday, March 8th, 2015
Jump to: Monday, March 9th to Sunday, March 15th, 2015
Jump to: Monday, March 16th to Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
Jump to: Monday, March 23rd to Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Pay it Forward with Sumac Ridge

February 26th, 2015 @ 3:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Sumac Ridge is kicking off a yearlong do-good campaign and they invited me to help them Pay it Forward this month. The Summerland, BC winery offered up $500 so that I could help out a local charity, and after touring the Dress for Success Vancouver offices last fall, they immediately came to mind.


Dress for Success Vancouver is a community empowering women into the workforce by providing them with professional attire, career services, and skills development programs. Their purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures.

They provide each client with professional attire to secure employment, but are about much more than simply a new outfit. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, their programs furnish her with a confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.

To Pay it Forward, I met with Christina Florencio from Dress for Success last week, along with Kate Colley on behalf of Sumac Ridge, and together we spent $500 on much-needed interview and office attire for clients. We then delivered our haul to volunteers in the Dress for Success sorting room, and from there the contributions will be picked up by clients.

If you think a shopping spree for yourself feels good, let me tell you that there’s no rush like a shopping spree for someone else – many others – who are all very much in need of what you’re buying!

Pay it Forward with Sumac Ridge

Throughout 2015, Sumac Ridge want to continue to Pay it Forward, and that’s where everyone else comes in. The idea is as simple as doing something nice for someone who has made you feel special. Starting in March, Sumac Ridge will share a special treat with one of their loyal supporters and from there, it will be a chain reaction. The March recipient will select April’s, the April recipient will select May’s and so on. The campaign, and those being celebrated will be shared on Sumac’s social media channels using hashtag #SUMACPIF.

Sumac Ridge will also recognize those doing good in the community by celebrating individuals nominated throughout the year on their Facebook page. British Columbians will be asked to tell the winery who deserves a “random act of kindness” and why. The winery will select 12 additional individuals to receive a “People’s Choice” giveaway in the third week of each month from March 2015 through February 2016.

For more information, and to join the conversation, find Sumac Ridge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Free Kids Admission at VanDusen Garden in March

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

Kids get free admission at VanDusen Garden Botanical Garden from March 1st to March 31st, 2015! Bring the family to explore the 55 acres of the gardens with pink cherry blossoms, sculptures, a hedge maze, local wildlife, and over 7,000 different plants from around the world.

Photo credit: May L on Flickr

Free Kids Admission at VanDusen Garden in March

Get up to two free child admissions (for kids 12 and under) when you purchase a regular priced adult, senior, or youth admission. VanDusen is open every day in March, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Full details about this offer are available online.

According to the garden’s bloom calendar you can expect to see early Rhododendrons, Helleborus, Winter Aconite (Eranthus hyemalis), Crocus, and Cornelian Cherry blossoms.

Hellebore Baby Muscari
Photo credit: May L & May L on Flickr

Bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden or grab lunch at Truffles Cafe and browse the gift shop. Follow VanDusen on Facebook for more information and programming updates.

Win Tickets to What You’re Missing at the Chutzpah! Festival

February 26th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Chutzpah! Festival, which began on February 19th, is going strong through to March 15th at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various off-site venues around Vancouver. Now in its 15th year, it brings to the stage awe-inspiring dance, insightful theatre, hilarious comedy, and engaging music from international and Canadian artists.

The wide range of performances entertains audiences with everything from an Ethiopian-fused Reggae band and the Borealis String Quartet to stand up comedy from three hilarious South Asian, Italian and Vietnamese American-Jewish comedians Samson Koletkar, Mike Capozzola and Joseph Nguyen.


Single tickets for Chutzpah! are $20 to $36 and can be purchased online or by phone at 604-257-5145 (box office) or 604-684-2787 (Tickets Tonight). Chutzi Packs are also available, which allow you to see four different shows of your choice for only $85. Tickets are also be available in-person at the Jewish Community Centre (950 West 41st Avenue).

What You’re Missing

If you’re not attending any Chutzpah Festival performances, you’re definitely missing out so the aptly named “What You’re Missing” should be at the top of your list of shows to check out before the end of the festival. Chutzpah! will host the Canadian premiere of this play from March 10th to March 15th, 2015.

What You’re Missing (Cailtlin McCarthy & Amitai Marmorstein). Photo by Tim Matheson.

What You’re Missing is a bright new comedy about yearning and stifling, freedom and control, assets and liabilities, culture and class, and of course, strong dominating mothers. Vancouver-born, UK-based playwright Tamara Micner paints with a smile as she colours the streams of implications for two young people in love, living in the shadows of two very different histories – the Eastern European and Chilean Jewish experience.

The effervescent, talented Tamara Micner has us laughing deeply as we celebrate the universal in fumbling our way through difference. It’s 1974 in Vancouver. Isabel and Ed really like each other – and really like each other’s parents (a lot) more than their own! They want to travel together, but Ed’s mother refuses. Isabel’s dad won’t speak to Ed, Isabel’s mum won’t shut up about Pinochet, and everyone’s too hungry or too full. As the two families meet, eat, misinterpret and overreact, will the older generation be a catalyst, or a catastrophe? Is it only the young couple who are coming of age?

What You’re Missing premiered at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge in 2011 and has previously sold out at London’s King’s Head Theatre in 2014.

Gracing the stage in Vancouver will be six of Western Canada’s finest actors: Stephen Aberle, Natascha Girgis, Luisa Jojic, Amitai Marmorstein, Caitlin McCarthy and Jeffrey Renn. Directed by the award-winning director John Cooper, who has directed over 130 productions across Canada.

Showtimes are March 10th, March 11th, March 12th, and March 14th at 8:00pm; March 13th at 3:00pm; and March 15th at 1:00pm. Tickets are $29 (adult), $25 (senior), $20 (students), plus taxes/fees.

If you would like to see What You’re Missing at the Chutzpah! Festival, I have a pair of tickets to give away for the opening on March 10th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow the Chutzpah! Festival on Facebook and Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

Okanagan Spring Break Skiing at Sun Peaks, Silver Star, Big White

February 25th, 2015 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Even the black diamond runs are green this season on the local mountains as a lack of snow has left the chair lifts motionless and lodge doors closed. Fortunately, I did get a taste of winter earlier this season when I was whisked away to the Okanagan to experience three stunning resorts and discover what “champagne powder” really was.

Okanagan Ski Trip

Okanagan Spring Break Skiing

Over six days I visited Sun Peaks (near Kamloops), Silver Star (near Vernon), and Big White (near Kelowna) and I strapped on my snowboard for the first time in many years. Aside from the groomed slopes, friendly guides, and family activities, I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed some of the very best meals I’ve ever tasted in the region, let alone at a ski resort. If you’re thinking about heading on an Okanagan ski trip with the family this spring break, here are a few useful pieces of information to help you make the best of your getaway, based on my recent experience:

Sun Peaks

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About: Sun Peaks is Canada’s second largest ski resort with 4,270 acres of terrain on three mountains. You’ll find light and easy runs, rolling cruisers, alpine bowls, tree skiing and lots of powder. The longest run is called 5 Mile, and it really is 5 miles (8km) long!

Where to Eat: It’s tough to get me to try sushi when I’m inland but OYA Sushi was delightfully delicious and fresh. Also try Voyageur Bistro where you’ll get a healthy helping of Canadian and BC history knowledge served up alongside your wild salmon.

Special Offerings: The guided Breakfast Fresh Tracks was a highlight. Kick off your day on the mountain with exclusive access to exceptional alpine terrain accessed by the Crystal chair until 9:00am, followed by a hearty breakfast at the Sunburst Mid-Mountain Restaurant. There are a lot of events and family programs coming up for spring break so check out their full calendar for details.

What I loved: The history of the resort, meeting Nancy Greene Raine and skiing with Sun Peaks Mayor Al Raine, the variety of runs, no lines, no crowds.

Silver Star

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About: Silver Star Mountain Resort is BC’s third largest ski area, with 128 runs and over 3,269 acres of terrain. It’s a big mountain with a small town feel in the village with mid-mountain ski-in/ski-out access. It has a great ski school program (I took a refresher/intermediate lesson here with a really fun guide), nicely groomed cruisers, steep powder filled chutes, and back country that one day I’ll explore, when the more lessons pay off.

Where to Eat: Breakfast at Bugaboos Bakery to start your day, lunch at The Den (except on Trivia Night, have dinner there first), more upscale (and romantic) dinner at Silver Grill by the fireplace.

We met up with a few Vernon tourism partners and producers at the Pinheads bowling alley, a state of the art 4 lane venue with an impressive bistro that provided us with a vibrant spread of local cheeses and meats. It was safe to declare our charcuterie and fruit plates the best bowling alley food I’ve ever had.

Special Offerings: Silver Star is the first resort in Canada to offer an all-inclusive experience with the My1Pass. In addition to unlimited skiing and snowboarding, all Silver Star alpine season passes and day tickets include free upgrades allowing unlimited access to the nordic and snowshoe trails, tubing at the Tube Town Adventure Park, and ice skating. Check out their deals page online for upcoming packages and promotions.

What I loved: Friendly staff, beautiful views, delicious dining in the village. Oh, and my room at the Snowbird Lodge had its own private hot tub on the balcony!

Big White

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About: Big White is known as Canada’s Family Resort with over 750cm of light, dry, fluffy powder falling annually. It has Canada’s largest fully ski-in/ski-out village and an impressive Ski School. Accommodations range from hotels, luxury apartments, modern mountain vacation homes and themed log cabins.

Where to Eat: Gunbarrel Grill for après drinks, and the Globe for lunch or dinner with award-winning drinks and wines, tapas, and family-style s’mores cooking house-made marshmallows at your table.

Special Offerings: Check out family nights, craft activities, pizza nights, and Spring Break programming along with package deals.

What I loved: The wide range of activity and dining options. When my group arrived at Big White it was socked in with fog, which didn’t deter quite a few who still took to the slopes. Being unfamiliar with the mountain, and having taken refresher lessons all week, I opted to join the part of the group that was going to check out everything else the resort offers. Ice skating, ice climbing, tubing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, nordic skiing, are just a few of the other activities — then there’s the wining and dining. Gunbarrel coffee, s’mores, and house wine commissioned at a local Kelowna winery.

For more information about these three resorts and more throughout our beautiful province, check out Destination BC’s Ski BC hub online and follow HelloBC on Twitter and Instagram.

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This is not a paid post. My experience was a part of a media trip with Destination BC, Ski BC.

Spa at the Four Seasons Seattle: My Oxygen Facial

February 25th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Michelle Kim

After our heavily caffeinated drive from Vancouver to Seattle, and after quickly taking in our room’s stunning 10th floor ocean-front view as the light change across the Pacific Northwest sky, Rebecca and I were quickly whisked downstairs to the hotel spa for some much needed rest and relaxation.

View from our room at Four Seasons Seattle

A girls getaway isn’t complete and without a decadent spa treatment and the Spa the Four Seasons Seattle definitely delivered, being truly an oasis within the oasis that is the Pacific Northwest.

Bathrobed and barefooted, Rebecca and I walked along the pristine white tiles, admired the purple orchids, and sat in an eucalyptus-scented steam room while we waited for our treatments.

Four Seasons Seattle SpaI have extremely dry skin and have tried so many types of moisturizers and treatments only to have little success. Facials, for the most part, have only ended in more dryness and a rash. So when I made the appointment to get an oxygen facial and peptide eye treatment at the Spa, I was a little nervous, because, after all, what exactly is an Oxygen Facial?

My esthetician was Christine who proceeded to explain what the Oxygen Facial was developed by Intraceuticals, and Australian company, and involves a machine that sprays atomized moisturizers, antioxidants, and vitamins onto the skin by using a stream of pressurized oxygen. The treatment is suppose to hydrate skin immediately, with the oxygen pushing the treatment deep into the skin, making the face appear smoother and plumper. It’s a favourite among celebrities like Madonna, Victoria Beckham, and Kim Kardashian.

With a metal wand, Christine started with the eye and lip treatment on the right side of my face. The pressure of the oxygen stream wasn’t intense and all, even around the eye, and just felt like someone lightly blowing on me. After that was complete, she then proceeded on the same side, with the Oxygen Facial for the rest of the skin. Then Christine handed me a mirror; it looked as though I had a facelift, botox, and fillers on the treated side of my face. The lines around my eyes smoothed out, my cheekbones were higher, my lips were slightly fuller, and my skin was so hydrated it had a dewy glow.

After she completed the entire face, and after we went upstairs, and in the ensuing hours, at dinner and at a show, I couldn’t stop touching my face. It was so soft and moist. Even the next day, and the day after, my face was so hydrated.

Needless to say, it was a pretty miraculous treatment and I even purchased a product from the Intraceuticals line at the Spa (the Atoxelene Line Wand) before we drove back to Vancouver. I plan to return to Spa at Four Seasons Seattle for another treatment as soon as I can and to purchase more products, which seem to be cheaper to buy there than here in Canada, even with the exchange rate. Along with the long chats with Rebecca, catching up on life and love, the treatment at the Spa at Four Seasons Seattle was for me a highlight of the trip and definitely life-changing, for my skin at least.

Disclosure: cmp.ly/1

This is not a paid post. Opinions are those of the author. The spa treatment was compliments of the hotel for media review purposes.

A Miss604.com guest post by Michelle Kim

Guest contributor Michelle Kim is a local actor, producer, director, and writer. Providing write-ups about theatre, film, and the arts.