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.

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This post has been sponsored by Hardbite.

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 ClearlyContacts.ca, a friend of the world’s largest offshore fireworks competition, I have a pair of VIP tickets to The Clearly Contacts Lounge to give away.


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 Lounge @CelebofLight fireworks tix from @ClearlyContacts @Miss604 #ClearlySummer http://ow.ly/zqomG

Contest closes at 9:00pm on Thursday, July 24, 2014 and all three winners will be drawn at that time. Must be 19+. Please enjoy responsibly. Follow the ClearlyContacts.ca on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.

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.

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 Miss604.com

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 Miss604.com

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.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

July 18th, 2014 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

With a bit of a break from the scorching sunshine we’ve seen recently, you will still be able to participate in plenty of activities around Metro Vancouver this weekend. In Surrey it’s time for Fusion Festival (my favourite free, family-friendly summer festival filled with delicious food options) and in Vancouver I’m proud to sponsor Be Like Ada on Saturday, which is a code bootcamp for teen girls. On top of that there are community festivals, the Quidditch Global Games, the Vancouver Food Cart Festival, night markets, free dancing, free movies, and more. Have a great weekend!

Photo credit: Brigitte Mueller on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green below.

Friday, July 18, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Late Night Movie at the Rio Theatre – Mortal Kombat
Music at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Take Off Fridays at YVR
Feel Good Fridays at Lougheed
Shipyards Tours in North Vancouver
Ice Cream Social Rock and Roll Club
LuckyBabe Launch Party Pop Up
Free Outdoor Movie in Surrey
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
International Fastpitch Championship
Pemberton Music Festival
Theatre Under the Stars: Legally Blonde the Musical
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Surrey Fusion Festival
Sponsored by Miss604: Be Like Ada: Coding Bootcamp for Teen Girls
False Creek Neighbourhood Day
Modern Chinatown Tasting Tour
Five Hole For Food Vancouver
Fresh St Market Salmon and Berry Festival
Quidditch Global Games
Walking Tour: Historic Granville Street’s 800 to 1200 Blocks
Vista D’oro Farms & Winery – 3rd Annual Walnut Festival
Downtown Gallery Tours
Wreck Beach Cleanup
Fort Langley Parks Day
PechaKucha New West: Volume 6
#StandUp4FSHD Fundraiser in New Westminster
Port Moody: Art in the Garden
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Kerrisdale Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
Evergreen Cultural Centre: Carli and Julie Kennedy
Orpheum Tours
Coquitlam Watershed Tours
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
International Fastpitch Championship
Pemberton Music Festival
Theatre Under the Stars: SHREK The Musical
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Surrey Fusion Festival
The 2014 Prospera Valley Granfondo
Free Sunday Salsa at Robson Square
Concert Sundays at Lonsdale Quay
Fresh St Farms Salmon and Berry Festival
Free Dance Series on Granville Island
Vancouver Food Cart Festival
Steveston Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
White Rock Farmers Market
Coquitlam Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Capilano Watershed Tours
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
International Fastpitch Championship
Pemberton Music Festival
Theatre Under the Stars: Legally Blonde the Musical
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park

View the full monthly event list to plan ahead at any time. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook for frequent updates about local events and community happenings.

Related: 8 Vancouver Apps for Summer, Stanley Park Picnic Ideas, Where to Camp in Washington State, Where to Camp Around Metro Vancouver.

Surrey Women’s Centre Bid to Benefit

July 17th, 2014 @ 2:19pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Surrey Women’s Centre is launching Bid to Benefit, a new and creative campaign to help raise funds for their SMART (Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team). Bid to Benefit is an online auction that will run from July 18th to July 28th, featuring over 150 brand new designer dresses to make any occasion special.

SMART is a 24/7 crisis line with support workers, transportation to Surrey Memorial Hospital or the Abbotsford Regional Hospital for emergency medical treatment immediately following an assault, court support workers to help women navigate the court system, counselling, and help with applications for financial aid and housing.

Surrey Women’s Centre Bid to Benefit

From grad party to garden party, you can bid on fabulous frocks (originally valued at $150-$1,295) from Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier, Akiko, Nicole Miller and others which will be available in sizes from 0 to 20.

Winning bids will contribute to the Surrey Women’s Centre’s goal of raising $20,000 in order to continue helping women and girls in BC create fresh starts.

Dressing up for a great cause!
I loved this dress, and it can be yours! Photos by Liz Dungate.

I had the pleasure of modelling two of the dresses (one of which is seen in the photos above) that will be available for bidding/purchase through the online auction. Thanks to Tugboat and Liz Dungate, I got glam for the cause and to support the vital work that Surrey Women’s Centre does for women in our community.


No time for an auction? Your support is welcomed by donating online anytime. Here is just an example of how your donation can make a difference:

  • $10: 1 comfort package that includes some of the comforts of home as women and girls transition to a safe space.

  • $20: 1 hour of support on the 24-hour crisis line.
  • $30: 1 hour of 1:1 counselling.
  • $40 : 2 hours of support, outreach and advocacy beyond the emergency room.
  • $50: One hour of group counselling for up to 10 women.
  • $100: Provides four women with emergency transportation to hospital immediately following an assault.
  • Read stories to see how your contributions can help.

If you would like to add a fantastic designer dress to your wardrobe while also supporting this important community resource, visit the Bid to Benefit website over the next 10 days to place your bid or make a donation. Follow the Surrey Women’s Centre on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.