Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

September 19th, 2014 @ 10:24am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Enjoy the last weekend before school starts up again with Vancouver Fashion Week, the Fraser Valley Cork & Keg, Steam Whistle’s Oktoberfest at the Imperial and all the walking tours and farmers markets you can fit into a weekend. The Friday Late Night Movie series at the Rio Theatre is a Sam Raimi/Evil Dead triple bill, Miss604 is proud to sponsor the Surrey Youth Fest in Cloverdale on Saturday, and the Vancouver Confidential: Book Launch on Sunday is the talk of the town.

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, September 19, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: September Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Fraser Valley Cork Keg – Wine, Beer and Food Festival
Dunbar: Art in the Park
Turning Point Ensemble: Imaginary Worlds
Hot Art Wet City: Kyle Bottom’s Comedy Bucket
Celtic Performing Arts Presents: Carlos Nuñez
BC Lions vs Toronto with Tim Hicks at Halftime
Vancouver Design Week
8th Annual Boat Show at the Creek
New Forms Festival at Science World
Vancouver Fashion Week

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Surrey Youth Fest: Fall Outdoor Festival
Steam Whistle Brewing’s Oktoberfest
Surrey Art Studio Tour
Osprey Yoga’s Grand Opening
1 School 1 Day at Jack Poole Plaza
Altered Book Workshop with Rachael Ashe
Urban Village Pop-Up Patio Longtable
Pirates at the Cannery
YVR FOD Squad at the Great Shoreline Cleanup
Olde Harvest Fair, Surrey
Mid-Century Modern House Tour
Celebrate Hillcrest’s Milestone: 5,000,000 visitors and counting
Long Table Winemakers Dinner With Chef Chris Whittaker
Wesbrook Village Festival
Princess Project Donation Days at Willowbrook
Digital Darlings Photoshop Workshop
MEC Outdoor Nation Vancouver
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Kerrisdale Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Vancouver Design Week
8th Annual Boat Show at the Creek
New Forms Festival at Science World
Vancouver Fashion Week

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Vancouver Confidential: Book Launch
Rhythm of Life: The Run and Walk for Everyone
Campbell Valley Wine Run
Princess Project Donation Days at Willowbrook
BC Gold Ribbon Campaign
Heritage Vancouver: Historic Chinatown
Digital Darlings Photoshop Workshop
MEC Outdoor Nation Vancouver
Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Vancouver Design Week
8th Annual Boat Show at the Creek
New Forms Festival at Science World
Vancouver Fashion Week

View the full monthly event list to plan ahead at any time. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook for frequent updates about local events and community happenings.

Flashdance Vancouver Pre-Sale

September 19th, 2014 @ 1:05pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Flashdance is coming to Vancouver this fall and Broadway Across Canada is hosting a pre-sale today only! This electrifying live show will hit to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage November 11th to November 16th, 2014.


The pop culture phenomenon of FLASHDANCE is now live on stage. With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.

FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock & Roll.” In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Roth.

FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL features a book by Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay), and Robert Cary with direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis).

Flashdance Vancouver Pre-Sale

Pre-sale tickets are on sale today only and Miss604 readers can use the code OWENS to book online until 10:00pm tonight, using this ticket link. Regular tickets will go on sale Saturday, September 20th at 10:00am.

Follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their shows coming to Vancouver in 2014-2015.

Archive Photos of the Day: Athletes

September 18th, 2014 @ 2:17pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The BC Sports Hall of Fame‘s 46th annual Banquet of Champions is coming up on September 25th an in honour of all inductees, past and present, I have dedicated this week’s archive photo roundup to the athletes.

Featured BC Sports Hall of Fame Inductees: Helen and Margaret Callaghan
Inducted 2008 in the “Pioneer” category
About Vancouver sisters Helen and Margaret Callaghan sparkled on the ball diamonds of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and later a PBS documentary on their baseball careers became the basis for the well-known Hollywood film, “A League of Their Own”.

Vancouver Archives# CVA 99-126. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.

Featured BC Sports Hall of Fame Inductees: 1914-1915 Vancouver Millionaires
Inducted 1977 in “Ice Hockey”
About The 1914-15 Vancouver Millionaires were the first BC team to win the Stanley Cup.

Source: Mighty Jerome.

Featured BC Sports Hall of Fame Inductee: Harry Jerome
Inducted 1966 in “Athletics”
About Harry Jerome was inducted into the Canadian Amateur Athletic Hall of Fame in 1967, and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1971. Harry was invested with Order of Canada in 1970. In 1959, Jerome broke Percy Williams’ thirty-one year old Canadian record for the 220 yard dash.

1932. Vancouver Archives# CVA 371-1728.

Featured BC Sports Hall of Fame Inductee: Duncan McNaughton
Inducted 1966 in “Athletics”
About McNaughton then won gold at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles in the high jump.

Photo by Bill Cunningham of the Vancouver Province. Source: Riley Park Stories.

Featured BC Sports Hall of Fame Inductee: Mary (Stewart) McIlwaine
Inducted 1966 in “Swimming”
About Before the age of seventeen, Mary held every Canadian freestyle and butterfly record in all distances up to 220 yards. She also held American records for the 100m and 100-yard butterfly in 1961-62.

For more information follow the Hall on Twitter and Facebook. Miss604 is the proud Social Media Sponsor of the Banquet of Champions.

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:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win your way into the #HauntedVancouver @vantrolley tour from @Miss604

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!