Things to do in Vancouver This BC Day Long Weekend

July 29th, 2015 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The long weekend is here and we’ve got free fireworks, dancing, movies, and more happening around Metro Vancouver along with the Squamish Logger Sports Festival just up the Sea to Sky.

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Things to do in Vancouver This BC Day Long Weekend

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

Friday, July 31, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Logger Sports Festival
Sponsored by Miss604: Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Vancouver Pride Events
Chicks Ahoy! Boat Cruise Party
Queer as Funk, Pride at the Imperial
Take Off Fridays, Free Fun at YVR Airport
Free Friday Walking Tours, West Hastings
Music at the Cannery
Free Waterfront Walking Tours, North Vancouver
Shipyards Night Market, North Vancouver
Surrey Night Market
International Night Market, Richmond
The Arts Club Presents: Godspell
The Arts Club Presents: Les Misérables

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Logger Sports Festival
Sponsored by Miss604: Downtown Surrey Movies Under the Stars
Tour: Downtown Granville & the Historic Commodore Ballroom
Powell Street Festival
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks
SHOREfest Free Concerts Before the Fireworks
Vancouver Pride Events
Summer Sessions Concerts at Shipbuilders’ Square, North Vancouver
Cates Park Concerts
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Free Waterfront Walking Tours, North Vancouver
Vancouver, Plaza of Nations Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
International Night Market, Richmond
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park

Sunday, August 2, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Logger Sports Festival
Free Sunday Salsa Downtown
Vancouver Pride Events
Powell Street Festival
37th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade
Pride Hershe Bar
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Forage with Chef Whittaker
Vancouver Street Food Festival
Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Free Waterfront Walking Tours, North Vancouver
Vancouver, Plaza of Nations Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
International Night Market, Richmond
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Queen’s Park, New Westminster

Monday, August 3, 2015 — BC Day
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Logger Sports Festival
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Araxi Longtable Vancouver
Summer Family Fun Day at Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex
BC Day Instameets
Richmond Night Market
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Queen’s Park, New Westminster

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Vancouver Pride Parade 2015 Route, Viewing, Road Closures

August 1st, 2015 @ 1:11pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s Pride Week in Vancouver and that means there will be no shortage of events for the LGBTQ2+ community and beyond. This weekend alone there is the Pride Youth Dance, Laugh Out! Starring Elvira Kurt, and the Pride in the Village BBQ, and next weekend is Pride Night at the Whitecaps Match. The biggest of all events is the Vancouver Pride Parade, which draws over half a million spectators downtown each year and is one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ2+ events in the world. This year’s theme is Gender Superheroes.

Vancouver Pride Parade 2011

Vancouver Pride Parade 2011 Vancouver Pride Parade 2010
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Vancouver Pride Parade 2015

Ever since we have lived in the West End (going on 10 years now) John and I have enjoyed watching the pride parade because it is so cheerful, inclusive, fun-filled, and vibrant. It has great music, exciting floats, happy faces, giveaways, and everyone from church groups and bands to community organizations and businesses take part. Here’s all you need to know about this year’s Vancouver Pride Parade:

When Sunday, August 2, 2015 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Where The parade begins at Robson Street and Thurlow Street, heads west to Denman Street, follows Denman to Pacific Street and Beach Avenue and finishes at Sunset Beach Pride Festival and Pride Market.

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At the Sunset Beach Pride Festival and Pride Market you can browse through over one hundred exhibitors including local artisans, supporters and community organizations. A variety of bands, drag performers and speakers will be featured on the main stage, with DJs spinning in the beer garden throughout the day.

2015 Pride Parade Grand Marshals

To inspire people this year and reflect the diversity at Pride, Roan Reimer, Michelle Fortin, and Romi Chandra Herbert are this year’s Pride Grand Marshals.

Vancouver Pride Parade Viewing Areas

Spectators can line the streets all along Robson, Denman and Beach Avenue. There are a few hosted viewing parties as well at The Boathouse and at Allstar Wings and Ribs.

Vancouver Pride Parade 2010
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Vancouver Pride Parade Road Closures

Road closures will run anywhere between 8:00am and 4:00pm on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

  • Alberni Burrard to Thurlow 1000 block: 7:00am to 3:00pm
  • Alberni Bute to Thurlow 1100 block: 7:00am to 3:00pm Local Traffic Only
  • Robson Burrard to Bute 1000 to 1100 blocks: 7:00am to 3:00pm
  • Thurlow Georgia to Nelson 700 to 900 blocks: 7:00am to 3:00pm
  • Robson Bute to Denman 1100 to 1600 blocks: 10:00am to 3:30pm
  • Denman Robson to Beach 800 to 1200 blocks: 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Beach Denman to Jervis 1300 to 1700 blocks: 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Pacific Jervis to Burrard 1000 to 1200 blocks: 11:00am to 5:00pm
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Vancouver Pride Parade 2011 Vancouver Pride Parade 2011
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Vancouver Pride Parade Etiquette

Tips on being a good spectator from parade organizers:

  • Please stay off road – let marchers come to you to get free swag.
  • No spraying water or throwing object at entries. Their costumes and sound equipment is very expensive.
  • Use recycling and garbage bins provided around the venue. Help our event become zero impact.
  • Parking along the Parade route is extremely limited so leave your car at home and take transit to the Parade.
  • Open alcohol is prohibited on streets and parks so leave it at home. Come to the beer garden at Sunset Beach after the Parade and have a toast.
  • Remember to practice sun safety by wearing a hat, applying sunscreen, and staying hydrated.
  • Stay off the Parade route to give floats and marchers lots of room to move. Take all pictures from the side of the road.

The Vancouver Pride Society has all of the information you need to have a safe and happy Pride in Vancouver. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter along with the tags #VanPride + #PrideParade2015.

Team Brazil Fireworks Photos from the Honda Celebration of Light

July 30th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The second night of the Honda Celebration of Light saw an estimated 300,000 people pack Vancouver beaches for Team Brazil’s display in the longest running offshore fireworks competition. While I’m still out of town in New Orleans, I followed the comments online that called the show amazing, spectacular, and gave it an A+!

Team Brazil Fireworks Photos

Tonight in Vancouver: Team Brazil, Celebration of Light
Photo credit: juliusreque on Flickr

Fireworks in #Vancouver tonight #EnglishBay #CelebrationofLight

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Photo credit: Robert Henrickson on Flickr


Photo credit: Robert Henrickson on Flickr

China: Celebration of Light Vancouver
Photo credit: sworldguy on Flickr

Honda Celebration of Light 2015 - Team Brazil
Photo credit: Don Janus on Flickr

Celebration of Light 2015 - Brazil
Photo credit: Peter So on Flickr

Celebration of Light 2015 - Brazil
Photo credit: Peter So on Flickr

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Photo credit: Rosey-Noelle on Flickr

The final night of the fireworks is Saturday, August 1st. Team Canada will be up at 10:00pm along with “Skydancer” Anna Serbinenko at 8:00pm. Follow the Honda Celebration of Light on Facebook and Twitter for more information and check out free SHOREfest concerts in the afternoon, leading up to the fireworks.

August Events in Metro Vancouver

July 29th, 2015 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This August, Miss604 is proud to be a sponsor/media partner of Movies Under the Stars in Surrey’s Holland Park, Squamish Logger Sports Festival, and the brand new Salt Spring Garlic & Music Festival. Enjoy free movie nights, farmers markets, pride events, theatrical performances, and more!

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Upgrade Your World with Microsoft Windows 10

July 29th, 2015 @ 8:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s a big day in the tech and business world as Microsoft consumers using Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Phone can upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft’s newest operating system. Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade for the first year after launch and will continue to be supported for the lifetime of the device, at no cost.

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I remember upgrading our family’s home computer decades ago — remember the Weezer Buddy Holly video CD that came with Windows 95? It’s always a big day when you can upgrade your tech and Microsoft is bringing back some familiar features with Windows 10, like the Start Button, and new features like Microsoft Edge, Continuum, and coming to Canada in the fall, Cortana.

To mark the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft announced that they will help 10 global and 100 local non-profits to achieve greatness by investing more than $10 million in cash and technology investments, and today we’re announcing that we’re bringing the spirit of that campaign to Canada.

Upgrade Your World

Using the hashtag #UpgradeYourWorld, tell @WindowsCanada about the people or groups in your community who are empowering others to do great things. Or join the conversation and tell Microsoft how you would upgrade your world. Microsoft will bring a few of these ideas to life in the coming months.

Microsoft has identified nine global nonprofits (CARE, Code.org, Keep a Child Alive, Malala Fund, Pencils of Promise, Save the Children, Special Olympics, The Global Poverty Project, and The Nature Conversancy) and would like YOUR help spreading the word to people in your community about the opportunity to vote for a 10th nonprofit that will receive $500,000 as well as Microsoft technology and services.

“Many of the kids have lived with violence or the threat of violence for much of their young lives. Feeling safe is a right we all have but one these kids have not enjoyed.”

Personally I would tell Microsoft about the volunteers at Covenant House Vancouver, that I have met through my years of doing the Executive Sleepout, and the work that Covenant House does for the community.

They have programs and outreach for at-risk youth including a Crisis Shelter, Drop in Centre, Street Outreach, and Rights of Passage.

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Photo by Covenant House

From the emergency Crisis Shelter to Rights of Passage, where youth become self-sufficient, gainfully employed, successful individuals, Covenant House’s impact on our community, and the lives of BC youth, is extremely important.

Going beyond local and thinking global, I would also tell Microsoft about the Village Bicycle Project that I learned about while I was in Ghana delivering bikes to rural village youth in 2011.

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Photo from my trip to Ghana in 2011

I met David Peckham of the Village Bicylce Project in Nsiana, Ghana where he was showing kids how to do maintenance on their bikes. “Bikes provide power and opportunity, allowing people to lift themselves from poverty. Riding a bike is four times faster than walking, the only choice for millions of Africans. People with bikes get to schools, markets, farms and health care in one-fourth the time, improving their lives and economic futures.”

How will you #UpgradeYourWorld? Share your thoughts on social media tagging @WindowsCanada and be sure to upgrade your devices to Windows 10!

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