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Canada Day at Canada Place Fireworks and Schedule

Monday, June 26th, 2017 — 4:11pm PDT
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Canada Day at Canada Place for Canada 150 is going to be big! 2 days, 6 zones with 5 performance stages, a parade, fireworks, and much more is in store for the long weekend.

Canada Day at Canada Place

When: July 1 & 2, 2017
where: Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and surrounding city streets

Day 1 Schedule July 1, 2017 »
Day 2 Schedule July 2, 2017 »

Concerts include Sam Roberts, FEFE, Emerson Drive, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette, Madeline Merlo, The Matinee, and many more. Check out the citizenship ceremony welcoming 150 new Canadians; Coast Capital Savings Youth Zone; Canadian Forces Zone with incredible displays and interactive exhibits; Canada150 Zone; North Point Lounge serving beer and wine, presented by Steam Whistle Brewing; Kids Zone in Harbour Green Park (July 1 only); Canadian Oath reaffirmation ceremony presented by CIBC; multi-community fireworks show with simulcast by Rock 101 (July 1); pancake breakfast (July 2); Canada150 parade through downtown Vancouver (July 2).


When: Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:30pm
Watch as the sky lights up in celebration of our nation’s 150th! Two fireworks barges will be located in Coal Harbour, and Dundarave in West Vancouver.

Canada Day fireworks in Burrard Inlet can be best viewed from the Fireworks Viewing Zone at Canada Place; Harbour Green Park; Coal Harbour; Stanley Park (9 o’clock gun); Crab Park; and West Vancouver Seawall (between Ambleside and Dundarave).

Tune in to Rock 101 to hear the official soundtrack to this year’s show. Tickets for the Fireworks Viewing Zone at Canada Place are available online now for $15. Children 5 & under are free.

Second Day of Fun

Start the second day of festivities off with a pancake breakfast (8:30am to 10:00am) and enjoy all of the activity zones and concert stages once more until the Canada150 Parade (5:00pm to 6:30pm) down Georgia Street.

Variety Kids Can Gets a Boost from Vancouver Entrepreneur

Monday, June 26th, 2017 — 12:53pm PDT
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This past March, Variety – The Children’s Charity of BC launched the Variety Kids Can campaign in order to attract increased funding towards Variety BC’s core grant areas, as well as provide new opportunities to expand on the ways the charity can help the kids and families it serves.

To kick off the campaign, the Milan & Maureen Ilich Family Foundation presented Variety with an astounding donation of $1 million. They invited other organizations and individuals to step up and support Variety Kids Can, and Shafin Diamond Tejani, of Victory Square Technologies (“VST”) has now done just that!

Variety Kids Can Gets a Boost from Vancouver Entrepreneur

Tejani has been giving of his time, talent and treasure to children’s organizations around the world for over 20 years. Recently, his colleague and VST Board Director Howard Blank introduced him to the work Variety does to help children and families in the province facing extra challenges associated with special needs.

“I knew I wanted to be a part of Variety Kids Can, so that families requiring a little extra support can always have a place to turn to.” – Shafin Diamond Tejani

He was very impressed with Variety and offered to sponsor the “One Night In Monte Carlo” event, a very successful fundraising initiative held in April of this year. He learned about the generous donation and challenge put forth from Rick Ilich of the Milan & Maureen Ilich Family Foundation and he answered their call to action.

“I was so moved by the incredible work that Variety provides families and children with special needs across our vast province,” said Tejani. “The work they have been doing for kids in every corner of the province for over half a century is truly inspirational.”

Tejani and Victory Square Technologies have committed to matching every dollar raised up to $500,000.

Variety Kids Can

Funds raised go towards areas such as mobility equipment, specialized therapies, mental wellness, educational programs and bursaries for learning disabilitieslifesaving medical equipment and supplies.

Variety Kids Can“The Variety Kids Can campaign is an opportunity for businesses and individuals to directly step up and impact the lives of kids and families facing the challenges of special needs,” says Variety – the Children’s Charity CEO Kristy Gill.

“We hope that the generosity of Shafin Tejani and the Milan & Maureen Ilich Family Foundation sparks a philanthropic competitive challenge that will usher in a new audience of donors and help us help an additional thousand kids in BC.”

Tejani now challenges fellow British Columbians to champion the Variety Kids Can campaign. “Please give whatever you can so that together we can raise an additional $1,000,000! Variety truly steps in where healthcare ends.”

Variety – the Children’s Charity provides direct help to children with special needs in BC and the Yukon. For over 50 years Variety has ensured children have the support to reach their potential. You can help make a difference for children and families in BC by donating today.

Miss604’s Rebecca Bollwitt is a proud member of Variety’s Board of Directors

Memories of Stardust Contest

Monday, June 26th, 2017 — 9:01am PDT
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There’s going to be one last chance to lace up and rollerskate at Stardust in Surrey on July 8th and after the doors close for good, the whole building will be gone forever. If you were a Stardust regular, celebrated a birthday there, attended a class party there, did a rollathon, air band battle, or all night skate – the Downtown Surrey BIA wants to know your story in their Memories of Stardust contest.

Memories of Stardust Contest

Memories of Stardust ContestDid you take roller skating lessons at Stardust? Do you remember the horse races and limbo on roller skates? Did you win a prize for doing the hokey pokey or bird dance?

Where did you go after skating? Fresgos, Olympia, White Spot (or McDonalds after the All Night Skate)? Did you work at Stardust? Who was your favourite Stardust Staff member? Did you meet or significant other at Stardust? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have a memory of Stardust.

Share your funny, sad, goofy, poignant, or just a memory that reflects how Stardust played a role in your life and you could win prizes such as a gift certificate for Central City (previously known as Surrey Place), a gift certificate for Fresgos, and a gift certificate for White Spot.

To enter, simply email your Memories of Stardust to:
with the subject line “Memories of Stardust Contest”.

Make sure to include your name, email, and which rink you are referencing (it could be Guildford, Whalley, North Van or Richmond). You can also send in a photo, with a caption. Entries are being accepted until July 8, 2017.

The Last Skate

The Weststone Group, the new property owners of the iconic Stardust property, would like to pay tribute to Stardust by hosting a series of free family skates and one by donation skate for all ages. Three of the skates are going to be free admission with a ticket required. The last skate of the evening will be a $5 ticket fee with the proceeds going to the Surrey Food Bank’s Tiny Bundles program. View the Facebook event here.

Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza Reopens

Friday, June 23rd, 2017 — 10:19am PDT
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The Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, one of the most popular meeting places in the city, is set to reopen on Saturday June 24th after being closed for a massive revitalization effort. The opening will coincide with the Vancouver Jazz Festival‘s Downtown Jazz series, which will feature performances throughout the day to show off the new space.

Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza Reopens

The old courthouse building was built in 1911 and the Vancouver Art Gallery took over the space in 1983. The north plaza has been home to events, fairs, concerts, protests, and Vancouver’s occupy movement in the past.

1920s. Vancouver Archives# CVA 99-3101. Photo: Stuart Thomson.

The new plaza is 4197 square metres (45,176 square feet) and will have a capacity for up to 1500 people when fully open. It is designed to compliment Robson Square on the other side of the Art Gallery and the surrounding heritage buildings. The new fully accessible space enhances safety for large gatherings, improves flexibility for events and day to day use.

Rendering courtesy of Nick Milkovich Architects; photograph of plaza courtesy of City of Vancouver.​

Design features include:

  • A flexible space that can be used for solitary and small group use, as well as large events.
  • A safe, inviting environment for formal and casual use.
  • A surface with pavers that will be long-lasting and durable for heavy use.
  • Full accessibility for all users.
  • A continuation of the Hornby Street maple trees, with new trees added along the west side of the plaza.
  • A flexible pavilion / bus stop on the east side which can be used during events and can accommodate future use as a food/beverage stand or tourist information centre.

The total cost of the upgrade is $9.6 million. “In addition to replacing the once grassy pavilion with more durable tiles and adding more seating, the city says a large part of the project’s cost was replacing an underground water membrane.”
[Source: CBC Vancouver]

The plaza redesign was led by Nick Milkovich Architects, with support by HAPA Collective, and Matthew Soules Architecture, and construction was completed by Jacobs Brothers contractor.

Dominion Days Festival at Historic Stewart Farm

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 — 9:38am PDT
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Gravel from the driveway crunched under my tires as the sweet aroma of plum blossoms wafted through my open car window. The ocean breeze tumbled over Crescent Beach and up the Nicomekl River, making boughs dance at Surrey’s Historic Stewart Farm. Parking by Stewart Hall, which is currently home to a Canada 150 exhibit, I walked over to the front farmhouse gate.

Historic Stewart Farm

I cracked open the front door, where the foyer opened up in front of a grand staircase, and I was greeted by friendly faces and even more delicious aromas – this time of cookies and scones, fresh-baked from the stove. It was my first visit to the farm but it felt like I was coming home.

Historic Stewart Farm

Historic Stewart Farm

Surrey Archives

John Stewart purchased the farm land on Mud Bay from Samuel Hardy in 1880, after making his way from Scotland to Quebec, then to the Redwood Forests of California to build up his savings. He married Annie Davidson in Nanaimo in 1884 and the couple had two boys, William James and John Massey.

The Stewarts built the house in 1894, and would live and work on the farm, all 600 acres, until the 1920s. It was then in the hands of the Ward family until the City of Surrey purchased the bundle of land and buildings in 1984.

Today, Elgin Heritage Park has are 3km of trails along tidal river wetlands, through forests, and meadows alongside the Historic Stewart Farm, which is free to visit, and open to the public.

Historic Stewart Farm

Historic Stewart Farm

Historic Stewart Farm

After my tour of the house, and a spot of tea with curator Jerrilin Spence, I got a tour of the grounds. Root cellar, gardens, farm stables, and out on the lawn were tables were people were enjoying a late morning picnic. That’s where Jerrilin painted a picture of their upcoming Dominion Days Festival for me.

Dominion Days Festival

In the vintage spirit of Historic Stewart Farm and Canada 150, this year you can celebrate July 1 and 2 at the Dominion Days Festival. The two day festival is expected to be the largest, most action-packed event the South Surrey heritage site has held to date.

Dominion Days Festival at Historic Stewart Farm

Where: Historic Stewart Farm (13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey)
When: July 1 & 2, 2017 from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Admission: Free! Sponsored by the Friends of the Surrey Museum Society.
Getting There: Free wheelchair accessible shuttle service from Elgin Hall, Crescent Park tennis courts and the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre.

Activating the whole site until dusk, organizers have scheduled many family friendly activities:

  • A Calithumpian noisemaking parade (bring your noisemakers!)
  • Musicians, dancers and children’s entertainers
  • Food trucks and celebratory cupcakes
  • Victorian lawn game competitions
  • A dunk tank, face painting and caricatures
  • A period costume pioneer selfie station
  • Guided nature walks through Elgin Heritage Park courtesy of Urban Forestry
  • The Re-Enactors and much, much more

At Stewart Farm you get to not only learn local history and participate in fun activities, you can take in the picturesque scenery and enjoy the outdoors in this bucolic setting just south of the city.

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 — 8:42am PDT
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Pack up the beach blankets and the sunscreen, summer is officially here! Better yet, summer weather is officially here in Vancouver! This weekend you can get out and enjoy the city with special events like Doors Open Vancouver, the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, or the legendary Greek Day on Broadway. All of these events are more are listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, June 23, 2017
Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival
Vancouver International Guitar Festival
Ole Originals 2017 Sample Sale
Illumination Summer Night Market, Richmond
Shipyards Night Market North Vancouver
Kitsilano Showboat
Cinerama at Spanish Banks, at Low Tide
Queer Arts Festival: Unsettled
Between the Sheets by Jordi Mand
Hamlet by Sandbox Theatre Productions
Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Doors Open Vancouver
JUMP Into 150 at Capilano Mall’s Rooftop Bounce Carnival
Downtown Jazz
Block Party for North Shore Rescue
Red Light Rendezvous Sins of the City Walking Tour
Learn Graffiti with Indigenous Artist Larissa Healey
Downtown Eastside Women’s Fair and Flea Market
Cadence at Vancity – One Night Only!
Saint-Jean Baptiste Day
Artisan Rock Candy Making Class
UBC Farm: Joy of Feeding
Film Premiere, Giants Among Us: Rick Hansen & the Great White Sturgeon
Graham Clark’s Quiz Show
Free Outdoor Dance Event at Jim Deva Plaza
BC Lions vs. Edmonton Eskimos
12th Annual ‘Ties & Tails’ Charity Auction & Gala
Naomi Klein in Conversation
Walk for Water
Holly Park: Park Play Palooza
Axis Theatre Presents: Th’owxyia: The Hungry Feast Dish
Riley Park Farmers Market
Trout Lake Farmers Market
Burnaby Farmers Market
Downtown Eastside Women’s Summer Fair and Flea Market
West End Farmers Market
River District Farmers Market
Illumination Summer Night Market, Richmond
Richmond Night Market
Kitsilano Showboat
Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival
Cinerama at Spanish Banks, at Low Tide
Queer Arts Festival: Unsettled
Between the Sheets by Jordi Mand
Hamlet by Sandbox Theatre Productions
Vancouver International Guitar Festival
Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver

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