Pemberton Festival Lineup 2015

April 1st, 2015 @ 7:05am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Pemberton Music Festival, taking place Thursday, July 16th through Sunday, July 19th in beautiful Pemberton, BC, has announced their lineup this morning and it’s no joke!

Pemberton Festival Lineup

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Kendrick Lamar • The Black Keys • J. Cole • Tiësto
Hozier • Kid Cudi • Missy Elliott • Weezer • Jane’s Addiction
The String Cheese Incident (two nights) • Bassnectar • Passion Pit • M.I.A. • Billy Talent
Chromeo • Dada Life • Sam Roberts Band • The Decemberists • The War On Drugs
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros • Portugal. The Man • PartyNextDoor • Chvrches
Chet Faker • RL Grime • Banks • De La Soul • STS9 • Duke Dumont • Matt And Kim
Earl Sweatshirt • Flux Pavilion • Dan Mangan+Blacksmith • Father John Misty
Galactic Featuring Macy Gray • Run The Jewels • Paul Oakenfold • Courtney Barnett
Cut Copy (DJ Set) • Bleachers • Ryn Weaver • Logic • Tobias Jesso Jr. • Real Estate
Preservation Hall Jazz Band • Flatbush Zombies • Yung Lean • Givers • Moon Taxi
Ryan Hemsworth • July Talk • Badbadnotgood • Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Judah & The Lion • Gay Nineties • What So Not • Beats Antique • Kali Uchis
Spooky Black (Corbin) • The Suffers • Giraffage • DJ Dodger Stadium
BAS • Sango • Jacklndn • PPL MVR • Boyfriend • Maggie Koerner

Full Flex Express Featuring
Jack Ü (skrillex + Diplo)
Zeds Dead, A$AP Ferg, Tycho, Hundred Waters & Anna Lunnoe b2b Mija

Pemby Comedy
Tim & Eric • Cheech & Chong • Reggie Watts • T.J. Miller
Doug Benson • Eric Andre • Harland Williams • Tig Notaro
Ali Wong • Ben Gleib • Gorburger • Chris Trew
Air Sex Championships

Advance weekend General Admission tickets go on sale this Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:00am and start at just $279, plus a choice of camping or shuttle privileges for $89 or $29 for a Go Green pass, which are in limited supply. Full ticketing package and information can be found Pemberton Music Festival website.

Camping and Updates

Last year thousands of people camped out or took a Whistler/Creekside shuttle to get to and from the side. For campers, the experience will be improved upon for 2015:

Campgrounds for 2015 will be expanded to include property on both sides of the Sea to Sky Highway, which means that campers parked on the south side of the road opposite the festival grounds will have the option to camp there, and will no longer be required to carry their gear across the bridge spanning the road to the festival site. Additionally, paths from other parking lots leading to festival campgrounds will be upgraded to include hard-packed surfaces with minimal obstructions.

Other improvements will include food service and offerings for VIP patrons as well as placement of campground amenities, including showers and water filling stations. Additionally, a limited amount of RV passes for camping pass purchasers will be available at an Early Bird rate of $349. RV passes accommodate up to eight people per vehicle.

The four-day contemporary music festival is produced and promoted by HUKA Entertainment, in collaboration with the Village of Pemberton and land partners the Sunstone Group, the Lil’wat Nation and Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.

Follow Pemberton Music Festival on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

April Events in Metro Vancouver

March 31st, 2015 @ 6:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

April means flowers, family time, and Earth Day festivals out in the fresh air, like the City of Surrey’s Party for the Planet. There are a lot of Easter Egg Hunts to start the month off on a festive note, and of course the tulip festival in Agassiz that will run through the middle of the month, as long as the weather permits. All this and more is listed below and this list is updated several times a week so if you have an event to add, simply send it in for a free listing.

40 Acres of Tulips
Catch this year’s Tulips of the Valley Festival April 1st to April 12th.

April Events in Metro Vancouver

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Vancouver Icons: Waterfront Station

March 31st, 2015 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Waterfront Station is a transportation hub in Downtown Vancouver that connects the West Coast Express, Canada Line SkyTrain, Expo Line SkyTrain, SeaBus, and buses outside on Cordova that run all over the city. The current station building was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1914 and is the third station to stand at that location.

Second C.P.R. Station at the foot of Granville:

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1905: Archives# Can P114.3

Third C.P.R. Station with second visible on the left:

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1914: Archives# CVA 152-1.080

View of Seymour and Cordova from the Post Office in 1923:

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1923: Archives# Wat N44.4

Vancouver Icons: Waterfront Station

Today, Waterfront Station connects thousands of commuters with point A to point B as well as hosting offices, a restaurant and bar, and a Starbucks that has been around since 1987 – in fact it was the first Starbucks location outside of Seattle. When travellers have time to slow down and take in the scenery, the station’s columns and grand hall make it very photogenic, and worthy of being my Vancouver Icons photo feature today:

At Gas Town
Photo credit: forester401 on Flickr

Waterfront Station
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Waterfront Station
Photo credit: Dennis Tsang on Flickr

Vancouver (West Cordova Street) Station
Photo credit: Hugh Llewelyn on Flickr

Waterfront Station
Photo credit: Alex on Flickr

Waterfront Station
Photo credit: Jamey M. Photography on Flickr

Vancouver Waterfront Station
Photo credit: Phillip Jeffrey on Flickr

Waterfront station . Vancouver
Photo credit:Nick Kenrick on Flickr

Canada Line SkyTrain Waterfront Station
Photo credit: Swire on Flickr

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Photo credit: Dennis Tsang on Flickr

Transit of Light
Photo credit: Asher Isbrucker on Flickr

Previous Vancouver Icons posts: Pacific Central Station, Randall Building Mural, East Van Cross, Robert Burns Statue in Stanley Park, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Flack Block, The Drop, Prospect Point Lighthouse, Engagement, Ovaltine Cafe, The English Bay Slide, Freezing Water #7, Cleveland Dam, Heritage Hall, School of Theology Building at UBC, Gate to the Northwest Passage, St Paul’s Hospital, Capilano Lake, Stawamus Chief, Nine O’Clock Gun, Malkin Bowl, Search, Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

March 31st, 2015 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

With rain showers replenishing our creeks, rivers and rainforests after an early streak of spring sunshine, Vancouver is looking as beautiful as ever. Thanks to those who have contributed their images to the Miss604 Flickr Pool and the #Photos604 tag on Instagram this week:

Vancouver Photos of the Week

Memory of Spring
Photo credit: tinayeung_ on Flickr

I Made It Down The Coast
Photo credit: Chris C on Flickr

2015 - Vancouver - The Family Stack Stanley Park Totem
Photo credit: Ted McGrath & BumFluff2009 on Flickr

Granville Island Birds
Photo credit: Ayan Blue on Flickr

Vancouver Cityscape vancouver at dusk
Photo credit: Ann Hung & Alex Costin on Flickr

Aloutte Lae
Photo credit: Shakil Seeraji on Flickr

W.Georgia Street gastown puddles
Photo credit: Alex Costin & Alex Costin on Flickr

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Photo credit: Ken Campbell on Flickr

Chasing light
Photo credit: Jamjam on Flickr

Fly over Vancouver
Photo credit: Jamjam on Flickr

Salmon Skies ~ Gulf Islands, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

Blue Glass Orange Light Vogue Theatre Hastings & Seymour, from the Vancouver Lookout
Photo credit: Mike Browne & Lisa Nixon & colink. on Flickr

Electric Glow ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

As always, please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool or with the tag #Photos604 on Instagram. View all photo collections here and follow Miss604 on Instagram.

Looking for Western Canada’s Next Home Stylist

March 30th, 2015 @ 4:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The search for Western Canada’s Next Home Stylist is on! Marketplace Events, owners and producers of some of the biggest home and design shows in Canada, and Urban Barn are scouring the Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton areas for the next big name in design, entertaining and all things lifestyle.

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If you think you could be Western Canada’s Next Home Stylist, create an audition video (mobile video is fine, and encouraged) and then upload your entry to the competition website Thursday, April 30, 2015. From there, three finalists will be selected and notified by Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The winner will be announced in August.

Whether you’re a blogger, designer, lifestyle or entertaining enthusiast, you’re invited to submit your audition video. If you’ve got a reputation for throwing buzz-worthy parities, creating unforgettable spaces, and styling incredible Instagram snaps, they want to hear from you. This could be your chance to launch a hobby into a career, expand your audience, and make some amazing industry connections.

The winner will receive a $10,000 prize package and launch into stardom as the official spokesperson for Marketplace Events at this year’s Vancouver Home + Design Show, the Calgary Home + Design Show and the Edmonton Fall Home Show. They’ll also make connections with Western Living magazine and receive a shopping spree from Urban Barn.

Urban Barn Giveaway

To promote the search for Western Canada’s Next Home Stylist, I have a $50 Urban Barn gift card to give away.

Now with 40 stores, servicing customers across Canada, Urban Barn carries a host of great quality furniture, home decor and accents sourced locally and abroad, to offer unique home styles you simply won’t find in other stores.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
Find out how you can be Western Canada’s #nexthomestylist + RT to enter to win $50 for @Urban_Barn from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/L0hfT

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Follow Marketplace events on , and Urban Barn on Twitter for more information.

Broadway Across Canada 2015-2016 Season

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

Broadway Across Canada, who has brought shows like Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Miserables to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage in Vancouver has announced their 2015-2016 season lineup.

Broadway Across Canada 2015-2016 Season

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Disney’s The Lion King
June 18th to July 12th, 2015
More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Vancouver’s best-loved musical returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.

Once
November 17th to November 22nd, 2015
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

Dirty Dancing
January 12th to January 17th, 2016
Dirty Dancing- The Classic Story on Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

Mamma Mia!
March 29th to April 3rd, 2016
Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia!.

BAC Tickets and Subscriptions

Vancouver Season Subscribers receive exclusive perks, including: priority access over general public, easy payment plans, guaranteed seats for all season presentations, ticket exchange services, lost ticket replacement, online upgrades and much more. Season ticket package costs vary in price depending on performance, seat location, and date of purchase. Packages start at $131 and are available online and or by phone at 1-855-542-7469.

Follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their shows coming to Vancouver in 2015-2016.

City of Vancouver Heritage Awards People’s Choice

March 30th, 2015 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The nomination process for the 2015 City of Vancouver Heritage Awards has closed but new this year is a People’s Choice Award category, which is accepting nominations until Friday, April 10, 2015.

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Vancouver Block. Photo credit: Zorro1968 on Flickr

The public is invited to submit nominations for heritage restoration, rehabilitation and conservation for sites located within the city of Vancouver. This is a simple process to encourage anyone to nominate a project – large or small – that they feel deserves recognition. All that is required is up to three photographs, and some basic information – your name and e-mail contact and a few sentences summarizing the work.

Heritage Award winners include architects, community organizations, developers, writers, artists, and ordinary citizens. Recipients are recognized for their extraordinary work efforts to preserve our diverse heritage throughout Vancouver’s neighbourhoods.

Past award winners include the Salt Building (2011) which was built in 1930 and is now home to CRAFT Beer Market; Hotel Georgia (2013) for respectful, detailed restoration of the landmark hotel and for balancing heritage conservation with modern interventions; Hudson’s Bay Company (2013) for the re-creation of the historic ground floor entrance canopies; the Vancouver Block (2011); Flack Block (2009); Friends of Victory Square (2007); and many more.

Flack Block entrance Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Photo credit: colink. & Lisa Nixon on Flickr

For the People’s Choice Award, nominate your favourite example of work that represents quality heritage conservation in Vancouver. The presentation of the City of Vancouver Heritage Awards, to be held in early May 2015, will include the winners of the People’s Choice Heritage Awards.

Boulevard Happy Hour Giveaway

March 27th, 2015 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

“These are the best chicken wings I’ve ever had!” is not something I expected to exclaim during a romantic, candlelit anniversary dinner in the city’s best new fine dining restaurant, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar.

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Photo courtesy of Boulevard

John and I recently enjoyed an epic dining experience at Boulevard, and I use the word epic because a six course pairing menu, with impeccable service, starting with oysters and ending with coffee and hazelnut semi-freddo is worthy of the adjective.

Our night began with some bubbles to toast the occasion, 9 years of marriage and our first visit to this award-winning restaurant in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. We put ourselves in the hands of Executive Chef Alex Chen as multi-course meal was prepared for us along with a few special requests from John — the Iowa boy who has to try the pork on every menu.

Our fresh oysters were served with Taittinger Brut Réserve, and a delicious frothy Thai fish sauce along with chardonnay and pinot noir meunier options. Next came the Yellowfin Tuna Crudo, paired with a 2011 Verdejo from Bodegas Naia.

The crispy chicken wings were next. Crunchy, crackly, and smothered in sticky fish sauce caramel served with sambal chili and pickled vegetables. The texture was my favourite part, with such a loud crunch even though it wasn’t over battered. The succulent morsels of chicken soaked up the sweet and spicy flavours that were buoyed by the Sperling Vineyards 2013 pinot noir pairing. Delicious.

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Photo courtesy of Boulevard

Reeling from the party in my mouth caused by the chicken wings, we got down to business as two preparations of Boulevard’s popular entrees arrived at our table. Roasted sablefish with coconut rice, gai lan flan, beech mushrooms, shallot, and lemon grass vinaigrette paired with Laughing Stock’s 2013 Viognier was bright and aromatic.

John’s Snake River Farm pork chop made him smile with the accompanying daikon choucroute, confit carrot, bacon, caramelized apple, and mustard jus paired with a 2012 Zweigelt from Arrowleaf.

We honestly turned down another course at this point as we were getting so full and our taste buds were loaded with so many explosive flavours that they were dancing and waving a white flag, content and perfectly satiated. But we couldn’t miss out on dessert.

Affogato parfait with layers of coffee and hazelnut semi-freddo, mocha hot chocolate, vanilla ice cream with a glass of Château d’Orignac sent us from cloud nine to cloud ten.

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Photo courtesy of Boulevard

Although we haven’t been back yet for Boulevard Bar Manager Justin Taylor’s highly-praised cocktails, we definitely have plans for another date night there soon. The impeccable and professional service, the wide selection of wines, and the European ambiance with modern decor will make us regulars soon enough. That, and those chicken wings. They’ll keep me coming back for sure!

Boulevard Happy Hour

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar is giving guests a new reason to look forward to punching out at the end of the work day thanks to the restaurant’s new, seasonally-inspired additions to the lunch and dinner menus from Executive Chef Alex Chen, as well as Happy Hour drinks and small-plate specials available from 3:30pm to 5:30pm daily beginning Friday, March 27, 2015.

Justin Taylor’s new daily Happy Hour drink menu features

  • Russian Standard Moscow Mule, $5
  • Vodka, Gin and Bourbon Highballs, $5
  • Red Truck Ale, Lager and India Pale Ale by the bottle, $4
  • Granville Island Lager on tap, $5
  • Nichol Vineyard and Estate Winery Wine by the glass, $7

Chef Chen’s Happy Hour food menu offers a range of small-plate selections

  • Buck-a-shuck Oysters, $1 each
  • Octopus Ceviche with lime, cilantro, onion, tomato, chipotle tortilla chips, $10
  • Heirloom Beet Salad with hazelnut, frill lettuce, white balsamic, $9
  • Clam Chowder with smoked black cod, sawmill bay clam, potato, fennel pollen, $9
  • Crispy Chicken Wings with fish sauce caramel, sambal chili, pickled vegetables, $10
  • Crispy Stuffed Olives with anchovy, ricotta, spiced citrus aioli, $6

With all of this in mind, I am more than happy to announce an amazing giveaway from Boulevard to celebrate their new Happy Hour offerings.

Boulevard Happy Hour Giveaway

You can enter to win Boulevard Happy Hour for 8 People valued at $250! Here’s how:

  • Leave a comment naming a menu item you’d love to try (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win $250 for #BLVDHappyHour at @BLVDYvr from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/KTLTH

Must be 19+. Please enjoy responsibly. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, April 3, 2015. Find Boulevard in the Sutton Place Hotel, located at 845 Burrard Street just off Robson. Follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more information about Happy Hour.

Disclosure: cmp.ly/1

This is not a paid post. Views are my own. Our meal was compliments of Boulevard.