September in Vancouver History

September 3rd, 2014 @ 8:28am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Every month I put together a list of events to look forward to around the city with festivals, markets, fundraisers, pub nights, and everything in between. While I look ahead I also like to take a look back and share what happened each month around Vancouver. Thanks to Chuck Davis’ legacy, The History of Metropolitan Vancouver, I have put together a list of things that happened in Vancouver throughout history, in the month of September:

September 2, 1927
On this day in history (September 2nd, 1927) Jonathan Rogers sold his namesake “Rogers Building” at the corner of Pender and Granville for $1 million to General F. A. ‘One Arm’ Sutton. At the time, it was the biggest real estate transaction in the city’s history.

Rogers Building
Photo credit: midbach on Flickr

September 3, 1929
Winston Churchill, Britain’s former Chancellor of the Exchequer visited Vancouver today and gave a talk at the Vancouver Theatre on Granville Street. He became extraordinarily famous a decade later, when the Second World War began.

September 4, 1918
Vancouver’s first plane crash happened at the home of Dr. J.C Farish on the corner of Bute and Alberni. Chuck Davis writes:

“Piloting the little plane was Lt. Victor Bishop of the RAF, a seasoned pilot who had seen (and would see more) action in the First World War. Bishop’s plane dropped like a stone and fell on the roof of a house owned by Dr. J. C. Farish at the corner of Bute and Alberni Streets. Bishop was not seriously injured. In fact, he stepped out of the plane into the upstairs hallway of the house and, with the assistance of one of the residents, walked down the stairs to the front door and outside through a gathered crowd to a waiting ambulance.”

September 5, 1940
The provincial government’s wartime order-in-council required all school children in BC to salute the flag and sing God Save the King at least once a week.

September 7, 1968
Jimi Hendrix played the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver today. During the show he acknowledged his grandmother, who lived here and was also int he audience. The Jimi Hendrix Shrine in East Vancouver today is located near his grandmother’s old restaurant, Vie’s Chicken and Steak House.

Vancouver Hendrix Shrine‎.
Photo credit: Nattawot Juttiwattananon on Flickr

September 8, 1979
The Vancouver Whitecaps won the North American Soccer League championship in New York against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

September 11, 1898
The New Westminster Fire was finally out after two days of destruction that destroyed almost the entire downtown leaving hundreds homeless. The Burr Block was one of few buildings that remained, and is still around today.

1898: Remains of the Bank of BC after the New Westminster fire. Archives# Out N574.

September 14, 1928
Percy Williams returned to Vancouver today after winning two gold medals in track and field at the Amsterdam Olympics.

Percy Williams, Vancouverite

September 16, 1884
CPR President William Van Horne recommended today that the town at the western end of the railway’s line be renamed Vancouver. It had been called Granville until that time.

September 17, 1995
General Motors Place opened today as a new home for the Vancouver Canucks. Today it’s known as Rogers Arena.

September 22, 1887
Under the chairmanship of Alderman R. Clark, the Vancouver Board of Trade was formed on this day.

September 24, 1977
The Gastown Steam Clock was dedicated.

Water Street
Photo credit: Eugene on Flickr

September 25, 1911
Park Drive in Vancouver was renamed Commercial Drive.

September 26, 1971
The Stanley Park Seawall was officially opened today. Jimmy Cunningham began building the Seawall in 1917 and over several decades it grew, bit by bit.

September 29, 1950
The Sunset Community Centre opened today and received a very special call from none other than Bing Crosby to mark the occasion. Crosby was fond of BC and a year later he managed to visit the community centre in person.

Sources: Vancouver History. Related Posts: January 1st in Vancouver History, February in Vancouver History, March in Vancouver History, July in Vancouver History, August in Vancouver History, September, October in Vancouver History, November in Vancouver History, December in Vancouver History.

Pre-Sale Code for ONCE in Vancouver

September 3rd, 2015 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Broadway Across Canada presents ONCE in Vancouver, November 17th to 21st at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience.

ONCEpresaleFeaturing an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

Tickets for ONCE go on sale Monday, September 14, 2015 online or by calling 1-855-985-5000. Tickets start at $25 (plus applicable service charges). Reservations for groups of ten (10) or more are now being accepted by calling 1-800-889-8457. Performances run Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00pm, Sunday evening at 7:30pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00pm. ONCE in Vancouver, presented by Broadway Across Canada, is part of three city Canadian tour including stops in Calgary (November 3rd to 8th) and Edmonton (November 10th to 15th).

Pre-Sale Code for ONCE in Vancouver

Beat the box office and book your tickets in advance of the general sale by using this pre-sale link and the code MOVIE starting at 10:00am September 11th and ending at 10:00pm on September 13th.

Follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their shows coming to Vancouver in 2015 and 2016.

Top Drop Vancouver 2015

September 2nd, 2015 @ 8:21pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Enjoy one of the year’s signature wine, beer, and gastronomy events over two days at Top Drop Vancouver, bringing together international, terroir-focused wineries, cideries, breweries, and more September 10th and 11th.


Top Drop Vancouver focuses on sustainably-farmed, handcrafted wines offering a distinct sense of place, without heavy-handed winemaking trickery to get in the way. While honest wines are the centrepiece of Top Drop, the group of restaurant and wine industry professionals behind the event believe craft beer, cider and gastronomical pursuits are all part of the same dynamic conversation, and each play a key part in the event.

The Top Drop Dinner Series takes place on Thursday, September 10th at four venues from Vancouver to Whistler. Plan your evening with chefs and wineries at Cinara (350 West Pender), Edible Canada (Granville Island), Wildebeest (120 West Hastings), or at Alta Bistro (4319 Main St) in Whistler. Menus, wine pairings, tickets, and dinner series event info is available here.

The Main Event, benefitting the BC Hospitality Foundation, features a walk-around tasting room with sips and stories from the principals of 33 international wineries. Attendees can visit and taste with a good handful of British Columbian craft breweries, cideries and food purveyors. If you like what you taste, you can make purchases right on site with Everything Wine and Libations Liquor Store.

What The Main Event
When Friday, September 11, 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where Yaletown Roundhouse (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver)
Tickets Available online for $59, with event proceeds going to the BC Hospitality Foundation, which provides financial support to individuals from the hospitality industry facing a major medical crisis.

Alderlea Vineyards – Vancouver Island, B.C.
Alta Alella – Alella, Spain
Anthonij Rupert – Cape Winelands, South Africa
Badia a Coltibuono – Tuscany, Italy
Baillie-Grohman – Creston, B.C.
Benjamin Bridge – Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia
Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard – Vancouver Island, B.C.
Champagne Lallier – Champagne, France
Champagne Philipponnat – Champagne, France
Château Le Puy – Bordeaux, France
Château Musar – Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Cline Family Cellars – Sonoma, California
Elio Altare – Barolo, Italy
Elk Cove Vineyards – Gaston, Oregon
Frank Cornelissen – Sicily, Italy
Giusti Wine – Veneto, Italy
Inglenook – Napa, California
Kangarilla Road – McLaren Vale, Australia
La Rioja Alta – Rioja, Spain
Latta Wines – Walla Walla, Washington
Lock & Worth – Okanagan Valley, Canada
Montenidoli – Tuscany, Italy
Orofino – Similkameen Valley, B.C.
Scribe – Sonoma, California
Spottswoode Estate – Napa, California
Stina – Dalmatia, Croatia
Synchromesh Wines – Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Tabali – Limari, Chile
TH Wines – Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Truchard Vineyard – Carneros, California
Vaglio Wines – Uco Valley, Argentina
Viña Cousiño Macul – Maipo Valley, Chile
Viña Falernia – Elqui Valley Chile
Wine Australia Regional Collection
B.C. Tree Fruits Cider – Kelowna, B.C
Howling Moon Cider House – Oliver, B.C
Tod Creek Craft Cider – Victoria, B.C.
Naramata Cider Co. – Naramata, B.C.

Craft Breweries
Longwood Brewery – Nanaimo, B.C.
Main Street Brewing – Vancouver, B.C.
Postmark Brewing – Vancouver, B.C.
Red Truck Beer – Vancouver, B.C.
Strange Fellows Brewing – Vancouver, B.C.

Follow Top Drop Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more announcements and information leading up to the dinner series and the main event.

Win Tickets to the Nat Jay Album Release Party

September 2nd, 2015 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

One year since the release of her highly acclaimed debut full-length album, All I Think When I Wake Up, singer, songwriter, and recording artist Nat Jay is releasing an EP and hosting a party at The Rickshaw. Nat Jay’s new acoustic EP, Quiet Dreams, will be available on iTunes on September 8th, and a week later her debut album is up for Pop Album of the Year at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards — so there’s a lot to celebrate!

Nat Jay Album Release Party

Where Rickshaw Theatre (254 E Hastings St, Vancouver)
When Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 8:00pm
Tickets Advance tickets are now available online through The Rickshaw or at the venue the night of the performance. Ticket prices are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Press photo by Mike Savage

Recorded in Vancouver at FaderMountain Sound with long-time collaborator and producer Winston Hauschild, Quiet Dreams showcases several heavyweights, including Gretsch Guitar artist, Paul Pigat (Jakob Dylan, Neko Case), and a duet with Hey Ocean! lead singer, Ashleigh Ball (“Something This Way Comes”). Also highlighted are string players Caitlin Grieve (Cairo) and Doug Gorkoff (Black Dog Quartet). Quiet Dreams has already received international recognition with placements on Channel 7’s popular TV show Winners & Losers in Australia.

Nat Jay will perform two sets at this unique show – one acoustic set with guitar and strings, and one full band set. The opener for the evening will be local buzz artist Jasper Sloan Yip, who is fresh off appearances at the Vancouver Folk Festival, Arts Wells, and the Tiny Lights Festival.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to the the Nat Jay album release party to give away, here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow this talented local artist on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Must be 19+. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Tinhorn Creek Canadian Concert Series Contest

September 1st, 2015 @ 6:10pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Wine country, live music outdoors, and Canadian musical talent — what could be better? Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is closing out another season of their Canadian Concert Series in their Golden Mile vineyard amphitheatre with Canadian rockers The Trews.

Tinhorn Creek Canadian Concert Series Grand Finale

The Trews
Saturday, September 12, 2015
7:30pm (gates open at 7:00pm)

About The Trews: In 1998, a group of four young Canadians from Nova Scotia decided to form a serious rock band. Since 2002 they have received numerous accolades including winning the 2005 Canadian East Coast Music Award for Group of the Year and 13 Top 10 Canadian radio singles, including two #1s! The Trews are a well-known Canadian classic rock band who have supported and joined Bruce Springsteen on stage as well as recently taken part in CapeFest with Slash from Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith. The Trews bring with them a classic rock and electric sound that is sure to bring the house down and get the crowds dancing the night away under the Okanagan sky in Tinhorn Creek’s outdoor amphitheatre.

Canadian Concert Series Contest

Tinhorn Creek and Walnut Beach Resort have teamed up once again to offer a spectacular giveaway for one lucky Miss604 reader so that they can enjoy the region with a guest and dance the night away at the Canadian Concert Series. The prize package includes two tickets to The Trews at the Canadian Concert Series and a one night stay at Walnut Beach Resort (a Pinot one bedroom mountainside suite with den and full kitchen), as well as two rides on the Tinhorn Creek shuttle to get you to the concert series and back.

Stretch out on a secluded private beach along Canada’s warmest lake or lounge on the expansive sundeck around an impressive outdoor heated pool, sipping reds and whites from the wine bar. The best vacation spot in the Okanagan Valley is, undoubtedly, Walnut Beach Resort.

Photo courtesy of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Tinhorn Creek has a wineshop, barrel cellar, demonstration vineyard, tours, and Miradoro Restaurant which are complimented by sweeping views of the South Okanagan valley between Oliver and Osoyoos. It’s a one-of-a-kind venue for a concert series that celebrates so many great things about our beautiful province.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow: Walnut Beach Resort on Facebook and Twitter & Tinhorn Creek on Facebook and Twitter.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Monday, September 7th at 12:00pm. You must be legal drinking age to enter this contest. Please enjoy responsibly. Walnut Beach Resort stay prize is valid only September 12, 2015 for this concert event. Prize does not include transportation to/from the Okanagan. Prize cannot be redeemed for cash or any other value.

Free Queen Elizabeth Party in the Park

September 1st, 2015 @ 7:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

On September 13th you’re invited to QE Park to celebrate its 75th anniversary with live music and festivities. The Queen Elizabeth Party in the Park will have a free concert with The Zolas and Delhi 2 Dublin, $5 zipline rides, free pitch & putt and more.


Queen Elizabeth Party in the Park

Take transit to the park by walking over from the King Edward Canada Line station or taking a 15 Cambie, 33 UBC, or 003 Main Street bus.

Main Stage Lineup:
12:00 noon to 12:30pm Opening Speeches
12:30pm to 1:30pm Pop Junkies
1:45pm to 2:45pm Hot Panda
3:00pm to 4:15pm Patrick Nazemi
4:30pm to 5:30pm The Zolas
5:45pm to 7:00pm Delhi 2 Dublin
2:00pm, 3:30pm, and 5:00pm Aerial show by CircusWest at the fountain plaza

All day activities from 12:00 noon to 7:00pm:
Stanley Park Brewing licensed area, $5.00 zipline rides, free pitch & putt, free admission at the Bloedel Conservatory, face painting at the fountain plaza, photo booth at the fountain plaza, pickleball at the tennis courts, free drop-in at the QE lawn bowling club. More information is available online.

Named after King George VI’s consort, Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), the park was dedicated in 1939 when King George VI visited Vancouver when it was decided that it would undergo a transformation, from being a basalt quarry to lush green gardens. Read the full history here.

September Events in Metro Vancouver

August 31st, 2015 @ 5:21pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Seasonal harvest festivals, fun runs, fringe theatre, and more are all in store this September. If you love BBQ, September 12th is a day just for you with several lip smacking events happening from Langley to Stanley Park. On September 5th, be sure to check out the brand new, and FREE, Richmond World Festival. These events and more are all listed below.


This event list is updated several times a week so check back often and submit your events (for FREE) via the contact form.

September Events in Metro Vancouver

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