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Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2017 Kickoff Giveaway

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 — 10:42am PST
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Soccer season is almost here! Grab your scarf, practice your supporter chants, and prepare to head to the pitch at BC Place to cheer on Vancouver Whitecaps FC this spring, summer, and fall.

CONCACAF Champions League

The first home match of the year will be on Thursday, March 2nd as Whitecaps FC face New York Red Bulls in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League. This series is the North American equivalent of the same popular tournament in Europe, the UEFA Champions League, won last year by Real Madrid.

This is the first time in club history that the Whitecaps have made the quarterfinals. The winner will advance to the semifinals to take on one of the best teams from Mexico, either Tigres or Pumas. This will also be our first chance to check out the team’s new striker, Fredy Montero.

MLS Home Opener

Vancouver Whitecaps FC take on Philadelphia Union in their season opener at home on Sunday, March 5th. Three former Philly players play for the Whitecaps: Jordan Harvey, Sheanon Williams, and Andrew Jacobson. The Union made the playoffs last year, finishing sixth in the Eastern Conference before losing to Toronto FC.

This kicks off the team’s 7th year in Major League Soccer (and the 6th year John and I have season tickets). I think it’s safe to say that we are die hard fans. The atmosphere, the action, the sport, the supporter culture, all of it is so amazing to experience in Vancouver.

Read more about 40+ years of Whitecaps history here »
Read more about the fan experience at Whitecaps matches »

Kickoff Giveaway

To celebrate the start of the season, and our time in the Champions League, I have three prizes up for grabs! You could win:

  • Tickets to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League in Vancouver
  • or tickets to the MLS season opener against Philadelphia
  • or the new Rain Jersey

Here’s how you can enter to win one of these prizes:

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I will draw three winners at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Follow Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more information about the season.

604 Corners: Langley

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 — 9:11am PST
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Langley City, and the Township of Langley, are nestled on the edge of where Metro Vancouver meets the Fraser Valley, between the Fraser River and the USA border. Home to the fastest growing population in the region, some mighty fine markets and wineries, and the birthplace of BC, it’s today’s 604 Corners photo feature:

Langley, BC

Home On The Range

Bird's Eye View of the Fraser Valley

Langley Winery Day

Little House in the Valley

Cranberry Bog in Langley

Little Red Barn In The Valley

Langley Winery Day

Fort to Fort ~ Fort Langley, BC

bedford channel sunrise

Cotton Candy Clouds - Langley, BC

604CornersRead more in the 604 Corners Series:
10 Photos of Lynn Canyon
12 Photos of Delta
12 Photos of Steveston
12 Photos of Port Moody
12 Photos of Maple Ridge
12 Photos of Squamish
12 Photos of New Westminster

One Night in Monte Carlo for Variety BC

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 — 5:05pm PST
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Join Variety for a singular night to remember! One Night in Monte Carlo is where chandeliers meet a pop culture mashup of entertainment over a multi-course dinner. An elegant red carpet arrival sets the tone for an event designed to make an entrance and be entranced.

One Night in Monte Carlo for Variety BC

Classic interactive games of chance make a special renaissance including craps, roulette and blackjack; all in the name of a great cause.

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017 6:00pm to 12:00am
Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront (1133 W Hastings St)
Tickets: Available online now

Enjoy a night of vintage glamour and nouveau chic, with ballet and burlesque, champagne and cocktails. Proceeds from this event will support the Variety Mobility Program. For more information, follow Variety on Facebook.

Variety – the Children’s Charity steps in where health care ends, providing direct help to children with special needs in BC and the Yukon. For over 50 years Variety has ensured children have the support to reach their potential. Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604.com is a proud Board Member of Variety BC.

#SkiNorthBC: 72 Hours in Smithers

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 — 10:26am PST
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This winter I partnered with SnowSeekers, with whom I have done a few fun assignments, to share their #SkiNorthBC stories from destinations in Northern BC.

The team visited Powder King, Terrace, Smithers, Quesnel, and Troll Ski Resort. The fifth story is from SnowSeekers #SkiNorthBC expedition member Dax Justin, as he spends 72 Hours in Smithers, BC.

72 Hours in Smithers

Dax is an explorer and photographer based in the Canadian Rockies, and it was his first trip to Smithers, which is located at the halfway mark between Prince George and Prince Rupert in Northern BC. Its population is about 5,400 and its foundation is alpine culture. With a quick bit of research, Dax discovered that a town bylaw even requires businesses in the downtown area to construct buildings in an Alpine style.

» Read Dax Justin’s full story on SnowSeekers website »

“Meet Taylor Bachrach, Canada’s powder-shredding mayor.” Photo by Dax Justin

Dax spent the day with Taylor Bachrach, Canada’s powder-shredding mayor, found sustenance at Aspen in the Riverhouse Lounge, enjoyed the musical stylings of multi Grammy-winner Alex Cuba, and caught the sunrise from Hudson Bay Mountain.

Smithers, BC. Photo by Dax Justin

“It was my first snow cat ride. It was pitch black and we were on the side of a mountain. And the other was that we didn’t have matches or a lighter to spark up the wood stove in our cabin. But that was OK. We huddled in and talked, thankful to see the first golden rays of morning as we headed out for the first tracks shoot. We watched the sun come up and then skied down the mountain. What an exhilarating start the day with no one else around us. I bet you could hear us whooping it up for miles getting to experience this amazing alpine experience.”

Photo by Dax Justin

» Read Dax Justin’s full story on SnowSeekers website »

If You Go

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Giveaway: Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 — 10:20am PST
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I love digging into Vancouver’s history (as evidenced by my 1,000 plus posts about local history on this site) so when Will Woods first came along with his Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours about five years ago, I was very excited to see that it would be shared with locals and visits alike, in a creative way.

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

On the website Woods writes: “We tell the stories that don’t make it onto the tour buses – tales of crime, corruption, and sin. As former mayor and all-round rogue L.D. Taylor once said: ‘We’re a port city. This ain’t no Sunday School town!'”

Today, Forbidden Vancouver has grown, with 12 guides who have hosted over a thousand walking tours and held special events at famous venues like the Penthouse and the Commodore. The two main tours they operate are The Lost Souls of Gastown and Prohibition City, which start up again in March.

If your idea of adventure is following your guide down lamplit alleyways, back to a world of illegal booze, opium dens, and unsolved murders, then you’ve come to the right place.

Tour: Lost Souls of Gastown
Running: Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays (starting March 3, 2017)
Details: Venture into Vancouver’s earliest and most gruesome history on the Lost Souls a Gastown. A time when Vancouver was the Granville Townsite – wild frontier town that suffered a devastating fire, smallpox outbreaks, and unsolved murders.

Designed for adult audiences, the Lost Souls of Gastown is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Created by Forbidden Vancouver’s Chief Storyteller Will Woods – and based on documented Vancouver history – the plot weaves through back streets and alleyways to a dramatic finale in the heart of Gastown’s Maple Tree Square.

Tour: Prohibition City
Running: Every day (starting April 1, 2017)
Details: Delve into Vancouver’s dirtiest secrets on this scandal fuelled walking tour. Starting in the world of the saloon, you trace the story of prohibition in Vancouver while winding along the city’s most storied streets. You’ll hear tales of blind pigs, corrupt mayors, and enterprising bootleggers. Plus you’ll see first hand evidence of opium dens and walk down an alleyway once teeming with over 40 “bawdy houses.”

Along the way you’ll see some of the city’s greatest heritage buildings like the Sun Tower and the Dominion Building, which once battled to become the tallest building in the British Empire. The tour finishes in Gastown, steps from the city’s most talked about bars and restaurants.

I was honoured to review & endorse Forbidden Vancouver’s Secrets of the Streets.

Enter to Win

I have a gift certificate for two tickets to give away for the Prohibition City or Lost Souls of Gastown tours (winner’s choice).

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Follow Forbidden Vancouver on Facebook, and Twitter for more info.

Pemberton Music Festival 2017 Dates

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 — 10:09am PST
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Huka Entertainment is pleased to announce that Pemberton Music Festival, Canada’s biggest camping, music and comedy festival, will return for its fourth consecutive year on Thursday, July 13 through Sunday, July 16, 2017. Last year’s event drew more than 180,000 fans to the most beautiful place on earth and featured more than 100 performances over four days.

Pemberton Music Festival

A limited supply of Early Bird tickets, which enable fans to purchase advance festival passes at a discount before this year’s lineup is announced, go on sale Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:00am PST online.

Early bird ticket prices start at $299 CAD plus the option to buy a camping and parking pass during the early bird period. In the coming weeks, during advance and regular on sales, all campers will be required to purchase a camping bundle that includes 1 to 4 festival passes and either a parking pass or Pemberton’s new rideshare option.

For those electing to stay in nearby Whistler where accommodations from the luxurious to the affordable abound, shuttle passes are required to be purchased in a bundle along with festival tickets.

Fans are encouraged to plan early, demand is likely to increase, space is limited and early bird tickets will go fast. The Pemberton Music Festival was ranked as a Top Ten Worldwide Grossing Festival, according to industry trade magazine Pollstar in 2016.

Follow Pemberton Music Festival (#PembyFest) on Twitter and Facebook for more information.