Circle Craft Summer Market at Jack Poole Plaza

July 22nd, 2014 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Everyone loves Circle Craft! This is what I have learned over the years hosting event listings and contests for this anticipated local craft fair and market. Circle Craft and the Craft Council of BC are holding their second annual Summer Market this week at Jack Poole Plaza (next to the Olympic Cauldron) and it’s bound to be a popular one.

The Craft Council of British Columbia and Circle Craft Cooperative Summer Market

Summer Market
Photo by Tim Matheson for Circle Craft Co-operative on Flickr

This FREE outdoor market will have over 80 vendors showcasing their handmade work ranging from wood, glass, jewellery, leather, fine art, and ceramics. You will also find home décor and clever functional items you will not be able to live without. It will be a great market for gifts or to treat yourself.

Market hours: Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 11:00am to 7:00pm; Friday, July 25, 2014 from 9:00am to 7:00pm; Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 9:00am to 7:00pm; Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Summer Market
Photo by Tim Matheson for Circle Craft Co-operative on Flickr

To make sure you go home with some of the very best finds, I am giving away 100 Summer Craft Show Dollars to spend at the market. 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 100 @CircleCraft Summer Market dollars from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Follow Circle Craft on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about the co-op, their space on Granville Island, the summer and Christmas markets.

Coquitlam, Capilano, Lower Seymour Watershed Tours

July 22nd, 2014 @ 12:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s no secret that we have the very best tap water around, fed from pristine sources and delivered to our homes straight from reservoirs nestled within our scenic mountains. To showcase these resources, Metro Vancouver is offering a range of watershed tours this summer. Coquitlam tours run Thursdays and Saturdays while Capilano tours run Fridays and Sundays, starting at 9:00am or 1:00pm.

Metro Vancouver manages three protected watersheds to provide 2.3 million residents with a clean, reliable and affordable supply of drinking water. Every summer, we open the Capilano and Coquitlam Watersheds to the public by hosting guided tours.

Providing safe, high-quality drinking water is a core Metro Vancouver service. Ongoing projects on the sources and distribution system will maintain the quality of the region’s drinking water and meet the needs of an increasing population.

Capilano Lake
Photo credit: Bill Xu on Flickr

Capilano Watershed Tour

Length: 4 hours
Register: Online in advance (go to browse programs > watershed tours)
About: Discover the Capilano Valley and how it was shaped first by the glaciers, then by the pioneers of our province. Take in the spectacular views of the Coast Mountains, Capilano River and alpine storage lakes. Tour includes multiple points of interest, 3 of which require participants to get off the bus for a short walk (~100m). Adults only (must be 15+).

Coquitlam Watershed Tour

Length: 3 hours
Register: Online in advance (go to browse programs > watershed tours)
About: This tour showcase everything from drinking water infrastructure to giant old-growth Western redcedar and Douglas-fir. Catch a glimpse of the past as you visit the 1913 water intake tower. Enjoy panoramic views of the watershed, Coquitlam Island and Coquitlam Lake. Participants should be capable of getting off the bus 4-5 times and walking for approx. 100m on rough,unsurfaced trail at one of the stops. Adults only (must be 15+).

Bonus: Lower Seymour Valley

Length: 4 hours
Register: Online in advance (go to browse programs > watershed tours)
About: Families only. Take a ride on a magic school bus to the Seymour Falls Dam. Discover the salmon hatchery, explore the old growth forest along the Seymour River. Learn about where your water comes through games and inter-activities that are fun for the whole family. This tour includes a 1 to 2 km walk on a rough, flat, unsurfaced trail. Suitable for ages 5+. No strollers please.

If you’re interested in one of these unique tours, start planning now for August. Tickets are free but registration online in advance is required, at least one month in advance. More tour details are available in this PDF or by calling 604-432-6430 and emailing toursreg[at]metrovancouver[dot]org.

Win VIP Fireworks Lounge Tickets

July 21st, 2014 @ 5:23pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Honda Celebration of Light fireworks are always a highlight of summer in Vancouver, whether you’re watching from the shores of Kitsilano or a blanket on English Bay beach. To amp up your experience you can purchase tickets to The Keg Lounge, the YVR Observation Deck, or win your way into an exclusive viewing area.

Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Win VIP Fireworks Lounge Tickets

Thanks to, a friend of the world’s largest offshore fireworks competition, I have a pair of VIP tickets to The Clearly Contacts Lounge for prime viewing of the fireworks. You won’t have to jockey for a spot on the beach or worry about dinner that night, Clearly Contacts will have you covered with their signature blue bean bag chairs and BBQ.

The Clearly Contacts Lounge is located at the foot of Jervis Street near all of the Sunset Beach festivities like The Family Zone, presented by Clearly Contacts, which will have bouncy castles, facepainters, roaming mascots and more. Community and cultural programming on the SHOREFEST Stage will delight audiences of all ages throughout the day.


I will draw one winner for each fireworks night: July 26th (USA), July 30th (France), or August 2nd (Japan). Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment with which night you would want to attend (1 entry)
  • Follow @ClearlyContacts and @Miss604 on Instagram and tag a summer pic #ClearlySummer (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win VIP @ClearlyContacts Lounge @CelebofLight fireworks tix from @Miss604 #ClearlySummer

Contest closes at 9:00pm on Thursday, July 24, 2014 and all three winners will be drawn at that time. The Clearly Contacts Lounge is open to all ages. Follow the on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.

Note: Contest previously incorrectly noted The Keg Lounge as the prize. The prize is for the Clearly Contacts Lounge at the foot of Jervis Street. It includes VIP seating and BBQ.

CBC Musical Nooners Summer 2014

July 21st, 2014 @ 3:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

CBC Musical Nooners are back for the 5th year, providing free lunchtime entertainment outside of the CBC Vancouver broadcast centre on Hamilton Street. Monday to Friday (until August 22nd) you can catch a great variety of some of the best local bands Vancouver has to offer between 12:00pm and 1:00pm.

The Boom Booms
Photo credit: Steve Chou on Flickr

CBC Musical Nooners Lineup

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
In partnership with the Mission Folk Music Festival

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
In partnership with the Mission Folk Music Festival
The Lion The Bear The Fox

Thursday, July 24, 2014
In partnership with the Mission Folk Music Festival
John Welsh Band

Friday, July 25, 2014
In partnership with the Mission Folk Music Festival
Hey Ocean!

Monday, July 28, 2014
The River and the Road

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Hayley Sales

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014
The Sojourners

Friday, August 1, 2014
Mad Pudding

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Babe Gurr

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Hilary Grist

Live at Squamish 2011: Hey Ocean
Hey Ocean! — Photo credit: John Bollwitt for Miss604
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Zakiya Hooker

Friday, August 8, 2014
Dawn Pemberton

Monday, August 11, 2014
The Fugitives

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Dominique Fricot

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tonye Aganaba

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Colleen Rennison

Friday, August 15, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014
Roy Forbes

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Murray Porter

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Dan Moxon Trio

Friday, August 22, 2014
The Paperboys

For more information on the Musical Nooners series and CBC in British Columbia the tag #musicalnooners and CBC Vancouver on Twitter.

Vancouver Canadians Dog Day of Summer

July 21st, 2014 @ 2:40pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Canadians

The Vancouver Canadians continue their annual tradition of inviting your four-legged friend to the ballpark with you on Tuesday, July 22nd as they host Vancouver Canadians Dog Day of Summer presented by Bosley’s by Pet Valu.

The Hillsboro Hops will take on the Vancouver Canadians at Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St) at 7:05pm while fans enjoy some great baseball with all of their family members, furry or otherwise.

The first 200 people with a dog will get a $5 gift card from Bosley’s by Pet Valu. There will be plenty for the dogs to enjoy at this game as well, like watering stations, activities and two-foot Fungo hot dogs.

Tickets are just $12.50 for reserved grandstand, or $16 for box seats, and they can be purchased online in advance or at the Nat Bailey box office. All dogs must be on a leash, up to date on vaccinations, and owners should download this waiver or fill it out on-site tomorrow.

For a full list of giveaways and promotions visit the Vancouver Canadians online and follow along this season Twitter and Facebook.

Hardbite Potato Chips Photo Contest

July 21st, 2014 @ 2:01pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Imagine picking up some of Harbite‘s new Jalapeño flavour chips, crunching into a handful of perfectly kettle-cooked morsels, licking your fingers, reaching again for the bag of BC’s only locally produced potato chip and seeing your awesome photograph front and centre on the packaging!

Harbite Potato Chips is asking its customers to contribute a ‘hot shot’ to be featured on the packaging of their new Jalapeño flavor chips. Along with bragging rights, the winner will receive $500, a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition camera and – of course – free chips.


Hardbite Potato Chips Photo Contest

In keeping with its current family of packages featuring iconic BC locations, photos should capture a favourite summer activity: anything from hiking to surfing, swimming to cliff jumping. Up to three original, high-resolution ‘hot shots’ should be uploaded to the company’s website by July 31, 2014.

A panel of judges will be looking for image quality, composition and how well the picture represents the Jalapeño flavour: exciting, daring and satisfying. 25 finalists will be selected to face off in a public vote and the entry with the most votes on August 31 wins. Which means all through August those finalists will be busy recruiting friends, family and possibly total strangers to vote for their photo.

All entries must be original photos taken in BC featuring a person engaged in a summer, outdoor activity. Photos must be in digital format: high resolution or minimum 2500 pixels wide. They must also be in JPEG format.


Proud to have roots right here in BC, Hardbite is produced in Maple Ridge by a dedicated group of employees who carefully craft every bag of chips by hand with no artificial anything. No GMOs, gluten, trans fats or cholesterol.

For more information visit the Hardbite website and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


This post has been sponsored by Hardbite.

Pemberton Festival Photos Saturday: Snoop Dogg, Deadmau5, The Flaming Lips

July 20th, 2014 @ 6:07pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Saturday at Pemberton Festival was the busiest to date on the festival grounds, with crowds well exceeding those that flocked to the stages on previous days. The back-to-back lineup of entertainment on all six stages, including Laugh Camp with some of North America’s most popular comedians, had concert-goers on their feet almost constantly as they shifted from one viewing area (or beer garden) to the next.

Pemberton Music Festival 2014
Photo credit: John Bollwitt for

The sets were long compared to most festival schedules, there was plenty of food options, many beer garden locations, you could bring your own (empty) bottle on site to fill at the free water stations, and there was even enough room for chairs, picnic blankets, and strollers for families that hung back from the stage on the grass.

Pemberton Festival Photos Friday: Nine Inch Nails, Blondie, Grimes

July 19th, 2014 @ 2:38pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

We hopped off the shuttle at the impressive Pemberton Festival grounds yesterday and immediately stopped to take in the panoramic view. Mount Currie on one side, evergreen-covered slopes on the other, vast green fields, and stages in every corner pumping out crowd-pleasing beats.

Pemberton Music Festival 2014
Photo credit: John Bollwitt for

Pemberton Festival officially began on Wednesday but Friday was the first full day of concerts as thousands enjoyed everything from Blondie covering the Beastie Boys to Kendrick Lamar’s impressive (albeit late starting) set, and the sun popping out from behind the clouds when Soundgarden took to the Pemberton Stage.

Pemberton Festival Tips and Info

There are at least a half a dozen beer gardens (with cocktail bars) on site along with multiple washroom areas (collections of porta potties), hand washing stations with running water, and water bottle refill stations. You can bring in your own empty water bottle and fill it up for free throughout the day.