Win an I Love Transit Week Prize Pack

August 31st, 2015 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

i_love_transit_2015_banner_300x90It’s I Love Transit Week again in Metro Vancouver! Every year TransLink devotes a week to why we love/like transit.

Do you like not having to drive and enjoy the free time you have on transit to read or use your phone? Perhaps you love transit because it’s good for the environment? Or maybe you just like the view from the SeaBus? Whatever you love/like about transit, TransLink wants to hear about it. Snap a photo, shoot a video, write a Haiku, draw a picture, perform a song, or however you want to show transit some love then share that on social media with the #Ilovetransit hashtag between August 31st and September 4th.

Win an I Love Transit Week Prize Pack

In celebration of I Love Transit Week, I have a prize pack to give away courtesy of TransLink and The Buzzer. It includes:

  • A 3-zone FareCard, good for a month of unlimited transit travel
  • A TravelSmart jacket
  • A cooler tote bag
  • A Transit map
  • Buttons and more

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming your favourite form of transit (bus, Millenium or Expo Line SkyTrain, Canada Line, Sea Bus, etc.) (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a summer transit prize pack from @Translink & @Miss604 #ilovetransit

I will draw one winner on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 3:00pm. Follow @Translink on Twitter for questions, comments, and the latest service information.

Disclosure: Sponsored Post

This post is sponsored by Translink

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:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win your way into the @OfficialNatJay album release party from @Miss604

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:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @TinhornCreek @walnutbeach #CanadianConcertSeries getaway from @Miss604

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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Photos of Vancouver Windstorm Aftermath

August 30th, 2015 @ 6:42am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The most intense windstorm to hit the Vancouver area since 2006 ripped through the region on Saturday, August 29th, at one point leaving over 300,000 people without power. With service yet to be restored in some areas, here is a look at just some of the damage done:

Photos of Vancouver Windstorm Aftermath

Just as the downed tree in Stanley Park, along the SeaWall near the rowing club, became an iconic image of the 2006 storm, unfortunately I think this one of the tree atop the red Dodge Neon might be the photo that represents this storm:

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8th Avenue Angle

For the latest power outage information, check BC Hydro on Twitter. If their main website is not working for you, they are uploading PDF documents to Twitter so you can get some updates there.

Check out my post about what you should have in a 72 hour emergency kit, courtesy of Red Cross Canada.