March in Vancouver History

March 3rd, 2015 @ 2:18pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Thanks to the City of Vancouver Archives and Chuck Davis’ History of Metropolitan Vancouver, here’s a glimpse at what happened throughout the month of March in Vancouver history:


Property damage caused by the explosion. Archives# CVA 586-3598. Photographer: Don Coltman.

March 6, 1945

“If you were here on March 6, 1945 you will remember the waterfront explosion of the 10,000-ton freighter Greenhill Park, easily the most spectacular and disastrous event in the port’s history,” wrote historian Chuck Davis in his History of Metropolitan Vancouver.

March 9, 1870

Debate began on the “admission” of British Columbia into Canadian Confederation.

March 10, 1870

On this day the settlement know locally as Gastown was given its official name: Granville Townsite. Lord Granville was the Colonial Secretary at the time and the Granville Townsite was selected as the terminus for the Canadian Pacific Railway. It wasn’t until 1886 that the townsite was renamed, when it incorporated, as the City of Vancouver.

Built - Main Post Office (1958)
Photo credit: Heritage Vancouver on Flickr

March 14, 1958

The Main Post Office opened on Georgia Street. The 5-storey structure—capped with an oblong 3-storey slab—covers an entire city block (1.2 hectares) and encloses a total floor area of almost 16 acres (686,000sq ft). Designed by the firm McCarter Nairne & Partners, the building used state of the art technology, and contains numerous commissioned artworks [source]. In 2012 and 2013, the building was listed as one of Heritage Vancouver’s Top 10 Endangered Heritage Sites.

March 15, 1930

A group of people gathered in Green Timbers Urban Forest to plant more than 120 baby trees in BC’s first “forest plantation”. Today, Green Timers Urban Forest is a vital part of Surrey’s major park systems.

March 19, 1974

Vancouver city council voted to buy The Orpheum and it reopened as a concert hall April 2, 1977.

March 25, 1910

A crowd of 3,500 gathered in Richmond’s Minoru Park to watch the first airplane flight west of Winnipeg.

March 29, 1902

The cornerstone was laid for the Carnegie Centre at Main and Hastings, which started out as a public library.

Related Posts: February in Vancouver History, January 1st in Vancouver History October in Vancouver History, November in Vancouver History, December in Vancouver History.

Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks Dates Summer 2015

March 3rd, 2015 @ 1:42pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s only March but everyone’s been talking about summer in Vancouver, since we’ve been having such spectacular weather lately, and summer in Vancouver means fireworks nights. The Honda Celebration of Light announced its dates this morning along with a renewed partnership with Honda and even more entertainment options this season.

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Photo credit: Vick Sahota on Flickr

Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Honda Celebration of Light will take place July 25th, July 29th, and August 1st in 2015. In this morning’s press release, it was announced that on top of one of the greatest fireworks displays on earth, fans will also be able to enjoy three days of cultural programming, sponsor activities and Canadian music at English Bay and Sunset Beach.

In addition to The Keg Lounge and licensed seating at the YVR Observation deck, another VIP Lounge is being offered on the Inukshuk Peninsula and families are invited to enjoy food trucks and a licensed area in Sunset Beach this year.

West End Fireworks
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Competing countries for the 2015 event will be announced at the end of March and tickets will go on sale for all VIP viewing areas on April 1st. Follow the Honda Celebration of Light on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Win Tickets to Delhi 2 Dublin at CelticFest Vancouver

March 3rd, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Formed on CelticFest’s stage in 2006, Delhi 2 Dublin is one of Canada’s most buzzed-about bands and they’ll be returning to CelticFest Vancouver on March 15th.

Delhi2Dublin

Who: Delhi 2 Dublin with special guest Troy MacGillivray and Mairi Rankin
When: Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 8:00pm
Where: Imperial, 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $25 in advance online, $30 at the door, must be 19+

I first heard the Bhangra / Celtic sound of Delhi 2 Dublin when strolling down Granville during Juno Fest 2009. The distinct pulsating melodies mixed with Dub Reggae and Electronica caught everyone’s attention as the tent hosting the group had the crowd spilling out from the street and onto the sidewalk.

I saw them again at the Commodore in 2010, where the audience threw up their hands and pogo’ed up and down while chanting for D2D. Sitar music blended with wicked violin as kilts and saris twirled on stage. Beats made the crowd bounce as the energy was contagious — everyone was having a blast.

Win Tickets to Delhi 2 Dublin at CelticFest Vancouver

Over the last few years they have topped world music charts in Canada, toured extensively in Canada, the UK and the USA, and made their way around the Pacific Rim and Europe. Catch them at home in Vancouver by entering to win two tickets from Miss604 and CelticFest:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Follow CelticFest Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Vancouver Skyline Reflection Photos

March 2nd, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The peaks of the North Shore mountains are mirrored in the towering glass of Downtown Vancouver, and the whitecaps on the water recreate the snow-capped Lions a thousand times over. We’re so lucky to see our city skyline twice on a clear day, once above us and once below in the calm waters of False Creek or Coal Harbour. Here are a few of my favourite reflection photos of Vancouver:

Vancouver Skyline Reflection Photos

False Creek Reflections
Photo credit: Jaden Nyberg on Flickr

Vancouver Skyline (_K3_7452)
Photo credit: Ross G. Strachan on Flickr

Sunset Vista
Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

City of dreams
Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup on Flickr

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Photo credit: Ken Campbell on Flickr

False Creek Sunrise
Photo credit: Philip Tong on Flickr

Skyline reflections
Photo credit: Wayne Harrison on Flickr

Low Tide Reflection
Photo credit: James Wheeler on Flickr

City Of Glass
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Perflection ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

The Golden Hour
Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

Science World Pano
Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

Obsidian Cityscape Reflections Coal Harbour #1
Photo credit: Evan Leeson & Don Janus on Flickr

Vancouver reflections
Photo credit: Ann Badjura on Flickr

The Perfection Reflection
Photo credit: Difei Li on Flickr

Science World
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Vancouver sunrise Yaletown Reflections
Photo credit: Tim Shields & Dustin Quasar on Flickr

Vancouver Skyline
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Reflections of BC Place
JC Photography on Flickr

Rainbow BC Place at Starry Starry Night
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

St Patrick’s Day Parade Vancouver

March 2nd, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 11th St Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver will take place on Sunday, March 15th, 2015. As a part of CelticFest Vancouver, the parade is the festival’s largest and most popular free event.

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Photo credit: janheuninck on Flickr

St Patrick’s Day Parade Vancouver

Starting at 11:00am, the St Patrick’s Day Parade will follow its 2014 route, which begins on Howe and Davie, heads north on Howe to Georgia, and ends at Georgia at Granville Street.

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2012-03-18 St. Patricks Day Parade 019.jpg
Photo credit: Michelle Lee & janheuninck on Flickr

Road Closures

Throughout the weekend, Granville Street between Robson and Nelson will be closed to vehicle traffic. On the day of the parade, Howe from Davie to the Granville Bridge will be closed from 8:00am to 2:00pm, all southbound traffic on the Granville Bridge and Granville Street (except buses) from Davie to West 4th will be closed, and Drake Street, one block east and one block west of Howe and Davie will be closed. From 10:00am to 2:00pm, Howe will be closed from Davie to Georgia; Georgia will be closed from Hornby to Seymour, and Granville will be closed from Georgia to Pender.

St. Patrick's Day Parade St. Patrick's Day Parade St. Patrick's Day Parade
Photo credit: Michelle Lee & Michelle Lee & Michelle Lee on Flickr

Organizers anticipate that crowds of 200,000 will come out to cheer on over 2,000 parade participants including award-winning pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians, Scottish and Irish dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers, vintage cars, the Vancouver police motorcycle drill team and pipe band, fire and police dogs, mounted horse drill teams, multi-cultural organizations and performers, local businesses, distinguished guests and many more.

Throughout the weekend of March 14th and March 15th, you can stop by the Celtic Village and Street Market on Granville Street and at Robson Square for free entertainment. Follow CelticFest Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Win Tickets to the Vancouver International Dance Festival

March 2nd, 2015 @ 8:55am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver International Dance Festival (“VIDF”) is set to present a dynamic showcase from local, Canadian, and international artists from March 8th to March 28th at venues across Vancouver. Curated by long-standing producers Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, this year’s festival will engage, intrigue, and inspire audiences through diverse, thought-provoking works.

VIDF

Vancouver International Dance Festival

Festival highlights include legendary Japanese butoh performance group Dairakudakan, Montréal’s experimental and in-demand contemporary dance company Par B.L.eux, and Hungarian dancer-choreographer Ferenc Fehér, among many others.

VIDF 2015 will also include a series of free-for-member performances (membership fee: $3) at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall, in addition to free site-specific works from Kokoro Dance at the Woodwards Atrium. Information on these performances and all festival events can be found online. Tickets range from free to $50 for VIDF shows, and a festival pass is $98.

Win Tickets

I have the exclusive opportunity to give away a three-pack of tickets to three highly-anticipated VIDF shows:

VIDF-1 VIDF-Response www.christinedivito.com

Dairakudakan:
Mushi no Hoshi – Space Insect
Vancouver Playhouse: March 20th and March 21st at 8:00pm
With 22 surreal, shape-shifting dancers, other-worldly costumes and body-paint, and a spectacular set, Dairakudakan exemplifies the transformative power of butoh through its imaginative blend of theatre and dance.

The Response (Vancouver):
Orbits: a movement study
Roundhouse Exhibition Hall: March 26th to March 28th at 7:00pm
This instalment, a duet, finds two atomic beings moving through space in relentless unison with moments of irregularity and reaction, the bodies of the dancers striving to portray the sense of chemical reactions we find internally and externally in our universe.

Par B.L.eux:
Snakeskins
Roundhouse Performance Centre: March 12th to March 14th at 8:00pm
This solo (actually a ‘fake’ solo, because he is accompanied on stage by dancer Daniele Albanese and musician / multi-instrumentalist Hahn Rowe), offers the choreographer the opportunity to point sharpen the strong lines of his work and reposition his approach in the present.

The winner will receive a pair of tickets to Par B.L.eux Snakeskins (March 12th at 8:00pm); Dairakudakan (March 20th at 8:00pm); and The Response (March 26th at 7:00pm). Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow the VIDF on Facebook and Twitter for more performance, artist and schedule information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, March 6, 2015.

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.