4th of July in Vancouver with American Idol Nick Fradiani

July 2nd, 2015 @ 7:58am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This 4th of July in Vancouver there will be a very special American celebration at the City’s free FIFA Women’s World Cup Fan Zone. American Idol winner Nick Fradiani will perform live on main stage, including his debut single “Beautiful Life” which is the Fox Sports Official Women’s World Cup anthem.

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Nick Fradiani photo by Lee Cherry, courtesy of Fox

4th of July in Vancouver with American Idol Nick Fradiani

The Fan Zone will be open from 12:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, July 4th and Nick Fradiani will take to the stage at 12:15pm, courtesy of Fox Soccer. Broadcast of the 3rd/4th place Women’s World Cup match between England and Germany will start at 4:00pm on the big screens.

As the Season 14 American Idol winner, Nick Fradiani is not only be headlining the Idol tour, but he is watching his first solo single, “Beautiful Life,” [written by Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba] climb up the Billboard charts. In addition to traversing the US promoting his single, Nick has already begun the creative process for his album, his first for Big Machine Records. He has been writing on his own, and will be doing some co-writing sessions up until he leaves to go on tour. Nick’s goal is to continue to write while on the road, and he is hoping to fit some recording sessions in between dates as well. After the tour wraps, Nick will solely focus on being in the Studio, readying his album for release.

During the tournament, the Fan Zone has attracted more than 89,000 visitors during its first nine opening dates, including 21,508 on the day of the quarter final match between Canada and England. With America in the final, and thousands of USA supporters in Vancouver, the Fan Zone will offer fun soccer-related activities and this free concert to help them celebrate the success of their team this far.

USA will take on Japan in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, July 5th at BC Place at 4:00pm and the Fan Zone will be open that day as well from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. It’s free to attend the Fan Zone, located at Georgia and Cambie in Downtown Vancouver, and there is beer for purchase, food for purchase, and free family activities throughout the venue. Follow the City of Vancouver on Twitter and Facebook, and #VanFanZone on Twitter for more information.

I’ve had a great time being the City’s official journalist/blogger for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Vancouver and have given away tickets to every match at BC Place to those who tweeted selfies @Miss604 from #VanFanZone. I’ll have the winner of the tickets to the final posted later today.

Win A Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival Getaway

July 1st, 2015 @ 6:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

SAM-Squamish2015Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival returns for the August long weekend with fun for the whole family. From participation in a 10km run to sitting back and enjoying bed races, barbecues, pancake breakfasts and live music, the festival showcases Squamish’s rich history and vibrant community spirit. There are ticketed events and free activities available over all five days.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Events: 2nd Annual Beard Pageant and the Campfire Showdown

Friday, July 31, 2015
Events: World Championship Chair Carve, Summer Night Street Party in Downtown Squamish, Into the Woods Art Fashion Show, Squamish Days Bed Races.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Events: Children’s Sports, Novice & Intermediate Logger Sports Show, Rotary Beef Barbecue, Squamish Days Giant Bingo, Axe Throw International, Logger’s Stomp Dance.

Sunday, August 2, 2015
Events: Logger’s Pancake Breakfast, Squamish Days 10km Run, Squamish Days Flashback Mile, Festival Parade, World-Class Open Logger Sports Show.

Monday, August 3, 2015
Events: Picnic at the Pavilion (11:00am to 3:00pm) with live local bands, food vendors, and a Black Kettle Brewing Beer Garden.

Special Guests for 2015

TSN Lumberjack Series Film Crew will be filming onsite, Ryan Cook from HGTV’s Carver Kings will be onsite carving, available for pictures and signing autographs, and Norman Foote will be performing at the Children’s Sports on Saturday.

Win A Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival Getaway

As a sponsor of this event, I am thrilled to offer up an amazing Sea to Sky experience courtesy of the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival. The getaway prize pack includes:

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming a Squamish Days event (1 entry)
  • Like, share, or comment on this post on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @SquamishDays getaway from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/P2RSe

Follow Squamish Days on Facebook and Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm Thursday, July 9, 2015. Hotel voucher is valid during the weekend or another time this summer. Some restrictions may apply.

5 Reasons to go to Surrey Canada Day

June 30th, 2015 @ 2:49pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Born and raised in Surrey, and having been the first blogger to ever write about my beloved hometown (back in 2004), I am proud to once again sponsor the FREE Surrey Canada Day. Happening on July 1st at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre (176 Street and 64th Avenue) in Cloverdale, festivities will kick off at 10:00am and they won’t stop until the fireworks light up the night sky at 10:15pm. If you were thinking about visiting Western Canada’s largest Canada Day celebration, here are 5 reasons to help you make the decision to join us out in Surrey:

Concert Lineup

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Main stage schedule
11:00am Rockin Robin and the Magical Tree
11:45am Jessie Farrell
12:30pm Langley Ukulele Ensemble
1:00pm Embrace China – Colourful Guizhou
1:30pm Opening Ceremonies – Mayor & Council
1:30pm Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band
2:30pm Little India
3:30pm Madeline Merlo
4:30pm Me and Mae
5:30pm The Hip Show – Tragically Hip Tribute
6:10/7:10/8:30/10:15 The Freshest
6:30pm Zerbin
7:30pm The Zolas
8:55pm Mark Donnelly
9:00pm Blue Rodeo
10:15pm Fireworks Spectacular

Family Activities

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Have fun in the Sports Zone, at Surrey Libraries’ Storyville, on Shooting Stars Amusement Rides, and more. Local organizations, non-profits, businesses, and community partners will have tents setup with activities, giveaways, and information. Not only can you get to know your neighbours, you can engage with these exhibitors and learn more about your community while you’re out and about having fun.

Food Trucks

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Burgers, wraps, cotton candy, kettle corn, smoothies, and much more is served up throughout the day. You can bring cash but there are ATMs on site and some food trucks may accept debit. Whether you enjoy grilled meats, a sugary treat, or a full serving of vegetables, there will be something for you at Surrey Canada Day.

Fireworks

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Photo credit: Guus Krol on Flickr

The free Fireworks Spectacular will follow the mainstage concerts at 10:15pm.

Free Cupcakes

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Arrive in time for the official kick-off with Mayor and Council at 1:30pm as it’s tradition to follow this up with a massive cupcake giveaway.

Surrey’s 2015 Canada Day Celebration will take place Wednesday, July 1st at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176 Street and 64th Avenue in Cloverdale. The event opens at 10:00am with the fireworks show slated to close the day at 10:15pm. Follow Surrey Events on Twitter and Facebook for details leading up to Canada day.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of Surrey Canada Day!

Free Outdoor Movies at Canada Place

June 30th, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Enjoy free movies in Downtown Vancouver as Fresh Air Cinema brings their big screen to the North Point of Canada Place on Thursday nights in July and August.

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Free Outdoor Movies at Canada Place

In line with the Canada Place mission to provide inspirationally Canadian experiences, each film will feature great Canadian talent.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 Despicable Me
Thursday, July 16, 2015 Austin Powers 2
Thursday, July 23, 2015 Mean Girls
Thursday, July 30, 2015 The Lego Movie
Thursday, August 6, 2015 The Proposal
Thursday, August 13, 2015 Back to the Future Part II
Thursday, August 20, 2015 Dumb & Dumber
Thursday, August 27, 2015 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair, then sit back and enjoy the show. Beverages and popcorn will be available for purchase onsite. As this is a family-friendly event, no smoking or alcohol is permitted. Canada Place is located at 999 Canada Place in Vancouver and is accessible via Waterfront SkyTrain station.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

June 30th, 2015 @ 7:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The sunshine has been persistent and consistent in Metro Vancouver, beaming down and making every day a potential beach day, complete with spectacular sunsets. Thanks to everyone who shared their photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and with the tag #Photos604 on Instagram this week!

Vancouver Photos of the Week

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My own photo in response for a FIFAWWC/Canada pic!

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Photo credit: Tim Cheung on Flickr

Take Off Fridays at YVR Airport

June 29th, 2015 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This summer, our award-winning Vancouver International Airport (“YVR”) is bringing back its popular Take Off Fridays summer event series. Each Friday, from July 3rd to August 28th, the terminal will come alive with music, entertainment and family-friendly activities.

YVR Observation Area

Take Off Fridays at YVR Airport

Take Off Fridays will feature local DJs and live musicians as well as caricaturists, balloon artists, mascots, face painting and more between 9:00am and 3:00pm. Guests can try delicious food samples and take advantage of great deals from airport shops and restaurants. The Vancouver Aquarium, Science World, and The Vancouver Canadians will also be providing on-site activities on select days.

Aviation buffs can stop by the Public Observation Area for interactive displays, quizzes and behind the scenes videos or take a tour to learn about YVR’s history, art and operations.

Take transit in on the Canada Line or, if you’re driving, take advantage of a reduce parking rate available for $5 for up to four hours. Vouchers will be available at the Customer Information Counter, International Terminal, Level 3.

darelle’s #DriveTo25: Local Company Launches Charitable Campaign

June 29th, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The cause-driven online marketplace, darelle, is launching a campaign this week in Vancouver by donating up to $25,000 to charities. They will donate $1 for every eligible new user that registers and joins a ‘Buy Request’ between June 29th and July 12th, 2015.

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How it Works

darelle uses an innovative supply and demand model that benefits charities, businesses, and consumers. By participating in “Buy Requests”, users can express interest in any given product or service, with no commitment to buy. The team at darelle then takes that interest to local businesses, who can place offers on the requests made by consumers. It brings engaged customers to businesses, it gives great value to consumers, and darelle donates 25% of the revenue they earn from transactions to charities chosen by users of the site.

The #DriveTo25

darelle wants to donate up to $25,000 to eligible local charities over a two week period. Each new user of the site during this time can choose any of the charities registered with darelle, and as long as they join one Buy Request (remember, that is not a commitment to buy, just an expression of interest) then darelle will donate $1 per user to that charity.

To sweeten the pot a little, they are also doing a draw for one new user each week for a $500 gift card to any of the businesses registered on darelle (dinners out, local trips, and more).

Follow darelle on Twitter, Facebook, and the tag #Driveto25. Find out more by visiting darelle.com/driveto25.

Disclosure: Sponsored Post

This post is sponsored by darelle.com