Halloween SkyTrain Party

October 31st, 2014 @ 10:26am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

If you’re out celebrating tonight the wise choice for getting around would be public transit and if you’re up for a party anyway, why not have it right on the SkyTrain? The Vancouver Public Spaces Network (“VPSN”) hosts the Halloween SkyTrain Party for all ghosts and ghouls tonight.

Halloween aboard the SkyTrain, 2009
Photo credit: VPSN on Flickr

What: 9th Annual Halloween SkyTrain Party
Where/When: Meet on the Canada Line platform at Waterfront Station. The party will be leaving shortly after 8:00pm, so don’t be late.
Admission: Your price of admission is a $2.75 transit ticket, or your U-pass (kids, high school students and 65+ = $1.75). This event is all about celebrating transit, so please remember to buy a transit ticket.

TransLink passed on info to VPSN about safety at the event: Racing between trains at stops can be a real safety issue, so please try to respect that. The party will be making stops at every station between Waterfront and Richmond Brighouse and picking people up along the way who will probably have no idea what’s going on. They are all welcome to join in the fun so be courteous and pass along a fun attitude.

Once the party train returns to Waterfront Station, participants are invited to a covered public space one block south to continue the festivities. DJ Rocky Fi$her will provide your soundtrack and treats will be served. If you need any more information follow VPSN on Twitter and Facebook.

November Events in Metro Vancouver

October 30th, 2014 @ 6:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Leaves disappear from branches, lapels sport poppies, and we cruise into the holiday season with returning festivals and craft markets around the region. This November I invite readers to join me in celebrating 10 years of Miss604 at my anniversary party on November 13th. Two days later, I encourage everyone to vote on Election Day in Vancouver. The full event list for the month is below and if you have anything to add, send details my way at any time as the list is updated every day.

Snow Geese Migration
Photo credit: Ann Hung on Flickr

November Events in Metro Vancouver

Jump to: Saturday, November 1st to Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
Jump to: Monday, November 3rd to Sunday, November 9th, 2014
Jump to: Monday, November 10th to Sunday, November 16th, 2014
Jump to: Monday, November 17th to Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
Jump to: Monday, November 24th to Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Multi-Day Events

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

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Parade of Lost Souls, East Vancouver
Dia de Muertos at La Mezcaleria with DJ Lejos
Museum of Anthropology Film Screening: Raza
15th Annual Rockin’ for Research Gala
Halloween Hangover Show with Elizabeth, Electric Oak, Altona at The Biltmore Cabaret
65 Roses Gala for Cystic Fibrosis Vancouver
Gunilla Klingberg at the Contemporary Art Gallery
Vancouver Opera: Stickboy
Vancouver Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium
Saturday Book Club at Vancouver Public Libraries
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Time Change! Turn Your Clocks Back 1 Hour
GDay for Girls
Creme de la Creme Wedding Show
Marketing for Hippies 101 Workshop
Vancouver Public Space Network: Last Candidate Standing
Quatuor Mosaïques in Recital
North Vancouver Arts Council Workshop: DIY Masquerade
All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver
Vancouver Archives Film Screenings
WW1: Vancouver’s WW1 Commemorative Places Bus Tour
Koerner Quartet: Nothing But The Classics
The Buffy Musical

Archive Photos of the Day: On The Job

October 30th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I began assembling this collection of photos from the City of Vancouver Archives on Labour Day, hence the theme, and while it didn’t get published then, I still love these “on the job” photos of Vancouver workers throughout the years:

1887: C.P.R. crossing under construction on Cordova between Seymour and Granville Streets. Archives# Can P25.

1944: Workers cleaning the exterior of the Dominion Bank Building. Archives# CVA 1184-225.

1941: Workers processing salmon. Archives# CVA 586-700.

1910: Interior of Vancouver Map and Blueprint Company Limited at 441 Seymour Street. Archives# Misc P3.

1940s: Woman using the pneumatic tube delivery system at the offices of Kelly Douglas Ltd. & B.C. Telephone employee using a large adding machine. Archives# CVA 1184-2097 & CVA 1184-2882.

1914: Workers with sections of the facade of the Credit Foncier Building at 850 West Hastings which is under construction. Archives# M-14-93.

1947: B.C. Telephone workers at Robson Street. Archives# CVA 1184-2894.

1942: Workers assembling airplane parts at the Boeing plant on Sea Island. Archives# CVA 1184-1143.

1912: Interior of the real estate office of Lawson and Shepherd. Archives# Bu P681.

1947: United Airlines reservation staff at work. Archives# CVA 1184-2919. Photo by Jack Lindsay.

1946: Parsons, Brown [Limited office at 535 Homer Street. Archives# CVA 586-4166 & CVA 586-4170.

1909: Bridge workers on the second Granville Bridge during construction. Archives# CVA 1376-451. Bullen Photo Co.

1900: Letter carriers and inside workers in the post office at Pender Street and Granville Street. Archives# Port P957.

1930s: Railroad workers and B.C.E.R. engine number 981. Archives# CVA 677-384.

1900s: Interior of an unidentified office. Archives# CVA 371-146.

Vancouver History: The Creche

October 30th, 2014 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

104 years ago a philanthropic institution in Vancouver offered daycare for the children of working mothers for 10 cents a day. The Creche, first located at 752 Thurlow Street downtown, received children of women who have to go out to work “when their mothers are unable to give them personal care,”1 and it was Canada’s first such public institution.

1916: Children and supervisors at The Creche at Pender and Cambie. Archives# Bu P48.

The Vancouver City Creche was established in 1910 by the Associated Charities to provide a daycare centre for the children of working women. In 1912 the Creche became a public institution under the Health Department and new quarters were provided.2

The crèche began as the private undertaking of women from Vancouver’s small but influential network of suffragists and social reform activists. Its “founding mothers” included Helen Gregory MacGill, Mary Ellen Smith, Mrs. T.E. Aikins, and Mrs J.O. Perry. MacGill, a member of the University Women’s Club, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (wctu), and the Local Council of Women, was an outspoken advocate for women and children’s legal rights and the province’s first female juvenile court judge.3

According to The Progress Club, not only did The Creche care for children of working mothers, but it also had an employment bureau to find work for women.4 Eight months after it opened, 123 children from 95 families attended The Creche and 2,000 working positions were filled through the mediums of this bureau.

In 1917 the Creche building was transferred to the Infant’s Hospital and Creche was moved into the former Old Peoples’ Home on Cambie Street. In 1919, it stopped providing employment placement services and became solely a child care institution. And, throughout the 1920s, the public focus of the crèche was on the interests of neglected children. 5

The average daily attendance in January 1929 was 47 children per day. In 1932 the Creche was closed and the activities taken over by the foster home plan of the Vancouver Day Nursery Association which provided home-based child care for the city’s working mothers.

1, 4: The Progress Club
2, 5: City of Vancouver Archives
3: “A Proper Independent Spirit”: Working Mothers and the Vancouver City Crèche, 1909-20 by Lisa Pasolli

Ballet BC’s 2014-2015 Season

October 29th, 2014 @ 3:29pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

We are so fortunate to live in a city with such an appreciation for the arts and I am thrilled to once again introduce Ballet BC‘s program for the season and to offer up a contest for my readers.

Photo by Michael Slobodian courtesy of Ballet BC

Ballet BC’s 2014-2015 Season

Ballet BC begins its 2014–15 season with No. 29 – a program marking the company’s 29th season and 29th new creation under the artistic leadership of Emily Molnar.

No. 29 features the World Premiere of White Act by Spanish-born choreographer Fernando Hernando Magadan, the Ballet BC premiere of An Instant by Vancouver-born choreographer Lesley Telford and the reprisal of the explosive audience favourite A.U.R.A. by Italy’s Jacopo Godani.

A.U.R.A.(Anarchist Unit Related to Art)
Ballet BC Premiere: November 2012
Choreography: Jacopo Godani
Music: 48nord
Set to a dynamic electronic acoustic score by German duo 48nord, A.U.R.A. is sleek and startling in its relentless intensity, showcasing Jacopo Godani’s explosive and kinetic style. The provocative nature of A.U.R.A. combined with its virtuosic physicality proved highly successful with audiences and critics in Vancouver and abroad.

White Act
World Premiere
Choreography: Fernando Hernando Magadan
Spanish-born choreographer Fernando Magadan, a new voice in contemporary dance, reveres beauty, passion and nature, as well as the supernatural, and explores “…our constant attraction to everything that confronts and challenges the laws of physics against our mortal nature.” In this new work, he uses his clear artistic voice to create a complex, emotionally abundant world.

An Instant
Ballet BC Premiere
Choreography: Lesley Telford
Music: Michael Gordon, Weather
Inspired by Wislawa Szymborska’s poem Could Have, Vancouver-born choreographer and dancer Lesley Telford investigates “…the moment you wake up when chance, circumstance and unpredictability interrupt our planned lives. A critical moment may shift our direction in a split second.” Set to Weather by Michael Gordon, Telford’s work is beautifully poignant in its exploration of the fragile balance and illusion of life’s stability.

No. 29 plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 8:00pm November 6th to November 8th, 2014. Tickets range from $30.00 to $80.00 (including service charges) and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787 (855-985-ARTS) or online via Ticketmaster.

Win Tickets to Ballet BC’s Season Opener

If you would like to attend No. 29, I have a pair of tickets 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 tickets to @BalletBC’s #No29 from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/DxzfB

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, November 3, 2014. Follow Ballet BC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.

Interesting Vancouver

October 29th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Back in 2008 I liveblogged the Interesting Vancouver event at the Vancouver Rowing Club. Founder Brett Macfarlane brought together over a dozen informative, creative, inspirational and thought-provoking speakers that night and the event has continued every year since. On Friday, November 7th, the 7th annual Interesting Vancouver will take place at the SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

Interesting Vancouver

InterestingVancouverRunning from 6:00pm until 11:00pm, this fascinating gathering of the curious and unexpected will showcase the region’s most interesting people and the way they express their creativity through their hobbies, passions and obsessions.


  • Joan-E: a seven foot tall drag queen obsessed with bingo
  • Jamie D. Grant: a paramedic/magician/artist who will change your life before you leave the room
  • Kristin Lehman: popular film and TV actress who credits Vipassana meditation for saving her life
  • Bev Davies: a legendary punk rock photographer from Vancouver’s thriving early music scene
  • Craig Addy: a composer who heals people through improvised music as they lay under his piano
  • Harrison Lee: 14-year-old national champion YoYo-er, and several more interesting people
  • Lt. Col. Harjit Sajjan: Canada’s first Sikh commanding officer who passionately believes in the ripple effect
  • Khelsilem Rivers: Indigenous multidisciplinary artist working to reverse the decline of Squamish language speakers

Tickets are available now for $25. Follow Interesting Vancouver on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Miss604is10: A Special Anniversary Party

October 28th, 2014 @ 2:51pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Dear readers: Miss604 is turning 10 this November so I’d like to throw a party to celebrate… and of course you’re all invited!

What #Miss604is10
When Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 6:04pm until 10:00pm
Where The Belmont Bar at 1006 Granville (at Nelson) downtown Vancouver
Tickets Available online now for $15.

The event will be a casual reception with $6.04 cocktail drink specials, beer specials, and complimentary canapés served throughout the evening. The first 50 people through the door will also get a free beer ticket.

Net proceeds from this event and the prize raffle at the event go directly to Covenant House Vancouver as a part of my Covenant House Sleepout campaign. Read about my 2013 sleepout experience here.

miss-mona-partyanimalWhen I started this blog back in November of 2004 I had no goal and no purpose aside from tapping my fingers on the keyboard to express a few silly thoughts every couple of weeks. In 2006 I changed the focus of my site, writing more about Metro Vancouver, lifestyle, travel, my community and local charities that could benefit from online support. I attended events, I hosted blogging marathons for causes, and I met some incredible people thanks to the opportunities that my blog has provided. Doors have been opened, whether I knocked or not, and for this I am thankful.

In 2008 when I went out on my own, with the company I share with my husband, I still didn’t know how much the blog would grow. By 2010, when I wrote over 120 blog posts about the Olympics in our fair city, I knew I had to keep pushing and keep creating content that I love.

My readers have raised tens of thousands of dollars for some amazing charities, they have supported local business and the arts, and they have continued to drive me to do what it is I do every single day. Please join me in celebrating Miss604.com on November 13th.


A very big thank you to major sponsors LONDON DRUGS, PATIO SOCIAL, GRANVILLE LIQUOR STORE, and HONDA CANADA.

Win Tickets to CircusFest

October 28th, 2014 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

CircusWest presents CircusFest next week, featuring Vancouver’s top circus artists alongside talented national and international performers. The festival consists of a variety of shows from contemporary works to classic acts, children’s daytime shows and late night cabarets. On top of the performances, there will be workshops for all levels, industry panel discussions, and social events.


CircusFest Highlights

CircusFest events will take place at The Cultch, the PNE Garden Auditorium, Sideshow
Studios and the Wise Hall, from November 6th to November 9th, 2014.

  • 1 intro event with an Emerging Artist Showcase, Circus improv, and Renegade Show
  • 14 main stage shows
  • 2 cabarets with a variety of circus disciplines & high caliber performers
  • 22 workshops
  • 3 industry panel discussions
  • + roving performers, live music, dance parties, and tonnes of fun!

Check out the full schedule online.

Win Tickets

CircusWest has offered up a pair of tickets to one Miss604 reader to attend the I Love Circus Cabaret at CircusFest on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 8:30pm at the PNE Garden Auditorium:

This performance is all the reasons why you love circus! Larger than life aerial acts, group parkour, hula hoops, jugging, hand to hand, unicycles and more, this show will leave you inspired. Hosted by two of Vancouver’s finest, this show will have you on the edge of your seat. We invite you to don your finest circus inspired attire, and join us in celebrating why we all love circus!

I Love Circus Cabaret artists include: Quinn Beasley; Sylvia Louis (Aerial Silks); Dianna David 9Contact/Clown); Jacki & Nicolo (Duo Strap); Michelle Christa Smith (Baton); Nick & Rachel (Pole Act); Sidonie Adamson (Aerial Hoop); Kyle Johnson (Juggling); Unicycle Built for Two (Duo Unicycle); Duo Volta (Duo Trapeze); Hybrid Movement; The Circus Lab (Hand to Hand); Anahareo Dolle (Aerial Hoop); and Alley ‘Oop (Hula Hoop).

Here’s how you can enter to win tickets to the I Love Circus Cabaret:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win @CircusFestVan tickets from @CircusWest + @Miss604 http://ow.ly/DuakE

I will draw one winner from all entries at 12:00pm on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Follow CircusWest on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about their programs and special events.