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Best of Surrey: Surrey Leader Readers’ Choice Awards

December 1st, 2015 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Our local weekly papers have some excellent readers’ choice awards which can be referenced throughout the year if you’re looking for the Best Spa, Best Car Dealership, Best Brunch, or Best Take-Out. There’s the Straight’s Best of Vancouver, Westender’s Best of the City, the dining issues of each, and also the Surrey Leader Readers’ Choice Awards, the results of which were published in November.

The international award-winning Fusion Festival

This is the 5th annual Surrey Leader Readers’ Choice Awards and it’s a great reference for where to go, what to see, where to eat, and to get to know the people who make the city great. Some of the results this year are:

Most wonderful Surreyite

  1. Mitra Castano (Owner/Operator of Triunity Martial Arts Studios National Director @ Jeunesse Global)
  2. Kabir Bath (Head coach and owner of Kaboom Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts)
  3. Dianne Watts (Conservative Member of Parliament for South Surrey – White Rock, and former Mayor of Surrey)
Most wonderful North Deltan

  1. Nicole Dhaliwal
  2. Carson Jones
  3. Eliza Olsen

Best business person

  1. Mitra Castano
  2. Sukhi Bath
  3. Dr. Mahsa Soraya

Most seen around town

  1. Jinny Sims
  2. Dianne Watts
  3. Bruce Hayne

Most trustworthy politician

  1. Dianne Watts
  2. Jinny Sims
  3. Lois Jackson

Best use of taxpayers’ money

  1. Road construction
  2. Surrey Public Libraries
  3. Recreational facilities

Outdoor activity in good weather

  1. Going to Crescent Beach
  2. Walking in Burns Bog
  3. Movies Under the Stars

Outdoor activity in bad weather

  1. Shopping at Guildford Town Centre
  2. Walking in Burns Bog
  3. Funtopia

Place to take a tourist

  1. White Rock
  2. Crescent Beach
  3. Guildford Town Centre

Place to take your kids

  1. Crescent Beach
  2. Surrey Public Libraries
  3. Bear Creek Park

Place to take your parents

  1. Bear Creek Park

  2. Farmers’ markets
  3. Crescent Beach

  1. Kennedy Heights
  2. Morgan Crossing
  3. Panorama/Sullivan


  1. Bear Creek
  2. Unwin
  3. Watershed


  1. Fusion Festival
  2. Vasaikhi Parade
  3. City of Surrey Tree Lighting

Education facility

  1. Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  2. Simon Fraser University

Book store

  1. Chapters
  2. Talize
  3. Black Bond Books


  1. Donegal’s Irish House
  2. Vera’s Burger Shack
  3. A&W

Coffee Shop

  1. Cuatro Coffee
  2. Starbucks
  3. Tim Hortons

Fine Dining

  1. Old Surrey Restaurant
  2. The Keg Steakhouse and Bar
  3. Elizabeth’s Chalet

Fish ’n chips

  1. Salty’s Fish and Chips
  2. Donegal’s Irish House
  3. White spot

Place to meet new people

  1. YMCA
  2. Cactus Club
  3. Sundowner

I was very excited to see that three events that Miss604 sponsors are favourites in the city: Fusion Festival, Movies Under the Stars, and Surrey Tree Lighting Festival. View the full results online and follow the Surrey/North Delta Leader on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Downtown Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting

November 30th, 2015 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Downtown Vancouver Christmas tree lighting will happen December 4th at Jack Poole Plaza, with an event presented by Amacon and benefitting the Vancouver International Children’s Festival.

Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting

Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting

Where: Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver Convention Centre
When: Friday, December 4, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Cost: Free

Returning for the 9th year, the ceremony will light four holiday trees for the season, including a 50 foot tree, and have live entertainment, Santa visits, food trucks, free cookies and hot chocolate.

At the event you can donate to the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and its programs that support the Good Neighbour Program, Adopt a Class and the Hospital Outreach Program. Buy a bulb to help them bring deserving kids to the next Children’s Festival. Follow the event on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Got Craft Holiday Edition: Win a Prize Pack

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

Vancouver’s largest indie craft market is back and in a new location on a North Shore! Got Craft? Holiday Edition takes place December 12-13, 2015 at The Pipe Shop Building in North Vancouver. Browse and shop with over 80 makers and indie craft designers showcasing organic bath and body products, accessories, home décor items, toys, greeting cards, and so much more.


Got Craft Holiday Edition

  • Where: The Pipe Shop Building, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 12 to Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Tickets: Available online for $3 or at the door for $5. Tickets can be purchased at Got Craft? and are valid for the whole weekend.

Enjoy a day of shopping at the Got Craft? indie craft market with amazing swag bags for the first 50 guests. Free hands-on DIY workshops will be hosted throughout the weekend providing guests the opportunity to get crafty and bring home their own creations.

Holiday shopping is made easy with something for everyone including the tough-to-buy-for foodie, organic fanatic or purist on your list. Guests will enjoy tasty treats, music, swag bags and free craft workshops throughout the day. With vendors coming from all over Canada, Got Craft? supports small business and aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and DIY culture.

Got Craft? is held twice a year, in May and December, and welcomes over 5000 guests a year. When founders Andrea and Robert are not busy with Got Craft?, they can be found at their shop on East Hastings, London Fields Shoppe.

Prize Pack Giveaway

Got Craft? giveaways are some of my most successful every year so I’m very happy to partner with them once again to offer up an amazing prize pack. They have assembled over $1,000 in prizes!

Win Prizes From

Antipod Workshop
birdie & coco
Cabin + Cub
Coral + Cloud
Designs by Val
Draw Me a Lion
Easy Tiger
Fable Naturals
fair pour toi
Fiber Lab
Firefly Notes
Fox and Rebel
g ceramic and co.
Rogue Florist
Simple Soap
Sandve Woodworks
The Lemon Square
The Rice Babies
type B
Urchin Bags
Graveley and Sons
Green With Envy
Irit Sorokin
The Hive Printing
Loulou Lollipop
Make More Happy
Mally Designs
Mistura / Fento
My Chocolate Tree
Pip & Pin
Quirky Paper Co
Natural Wool Knits
Element Botanicals
Reclaimed Print Co
Coconama Chocolate
Lia Hood Jewellery
Karla’s Specialteas
Locomotive Clothing
The Beautiful Nomad
The Salt Dispensary
Maureen Funk Designs
Delish General Store
The Nut Merchant
Sarah Mulder Jewelry
The Beautiful Project
District Dogs Designs
Vancouver Candle Company
Georgina Baker Jewellery
Half Baked Cookie Company
honey canada natural craft
Robbie Vergara Screenprinting
Sweet Kiwi Cupcakes and Cookies
The Chocolate General Store Ltd
Strathcona 1890 Urban Seed Collections
Light & Lines Studio by Sarah Clement

Click here to view the full prize list – you will love what’s up for grabs! Of course the winner will also receive 2 tickets to the market. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming a Got Craft? vendor (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @GotCraft $1K prize pack from @LFieldsShoppe + @Miss604 http://ow.ly/VhAnU

Follow Got Craft? on Twitter and Instagram for more information. I will draw one contest winner at random from all entries at 6:00pm on Sunday, December 6, 2015. The winner must be able to pick up the prize in person at Got Craft? on December 12th or 13th.

December Events in Metro Vancouver

November 29th, 2015 @ 5:23pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This December there are a lot of ongoing/multi-day events in Metro Vancouver with a several special activities, fairs, markets, and shows in between. Miss604 is proud to sponsor the Lumiere Festival which will light up the West End in Downtown Vancouver on December 11th and 12th.

Some other content I would like to highlight this month:

This event list is updated several times a week so check back often and submit your events (for FREE) via the contact form. This list is generated using the events you send in so if anything’s missing be sure to let me know!

December Events in Metro Vancouver

December Events in Metro Vancouver

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CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pledge Day

November 29th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Guest Author

Mark your calendars! Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 is the 38th Annual CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pledge Day. This full day “radio-thon” is broadcast live on CKNW News Talk AM980 from the beautiful Terminal City Club in downtown Vancouver. The Fund’s largest fundraiser of the year, last year Pledge Day was able to raise over $1.8 million for special needs children in BC, and has raised over $40 million since its inception in 1977!

CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pledge Day

Photo credit: Mark Whitehead

Where does this money go each year? CKNW Orphans’ Fund is one of the largest sources of individual grant funding in British Columbia and helps over 15,000 children annually. The money raised helps some of the most vulnerable children in the province, funding everything from speech therapy, to medical equipment, summer camps, tutoring, educational bursaries and more.

A child recently helped by the CKNW Orphans’ Fund: Elle is 10 years old and has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, a seizure disorder, Sleep Apnea, Dysphagia and lowered immunity. She is on regular seizure medication and requires orthodontic treatment to address her mouth structure and some broken teeth.

Elle is one of four children living with both middle income parents. These orthodontic treatments are extremely expensive, and must be done by specialists at BC Children’s Hospital. Elle’s parents are unable to afford the treatments and CKNW Orphans’ Fund gladly stepped in to provide funding. Pledge Day donors helped pay for the orthodontic treatments Elle needs.

Tune in to CKNW News Talk AM980 to hear interviews with inspiring guests including philanthropists, business leaders, celebrities, media personalities, and most importantly, children who have been helped by the Fund.

Donations of $98 or more will be eligible to receive a free Sarah McLachlan Christmas CD.

3 Ways to Get Involved

  • Donate online at or by calling 604.222.9898 on December 2nd

  • Stop by the Terminal City Club on December 2nd to support in person and check out some of the great guests!
  • Help support the Fund by tweeting: On Dec 2nd support @cknworphansfund & help special needs children in BC. http://ow.ly/ECclS #pledgeCKNW

Please help us make a real difference in the lives of special needs children! Click here for more information on CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pledge Day. If you know a family or child that could benefit from the CKNW Orphans’ Fund, please send them this link.