Top 10 Endangered Heritage Sites 2015

May 4th, 2015 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

For the 15th year, Heritage Vancouver has release its annual list of the Top 10 Endangered Heritage Sites in Vancouver. From schools and churches to houses to hospitals, these sites are noted for the critical threats facing their existence and their significance to their communities.

St Paul’s Hospital 1923. Archives# Bu N251.

Top 10 Endangered Heritage Sites 2015

#1 Point Grey Secondary School (1929)
Point Grey Secondary School is an important and impressive historical landmark in the Kerrisdale community. Built in 1929, it is one of Vancouver’s oldest, prominent and significant high schools. It is currently threatened by the Vancouver School Board’s approach to the seismic mitigation program. Many other heritage schools in Vancouver have already been lost, and it is time to stem the tide.

#2 St. Paul’s Hospital – Burrard Building (1912-13, 1930)
On April 13, 2015 the Province of BC and Providence Health Care announced plans to move St. Paul’s Hospital from its historic Burrard Street location to a new health care campus on Station Street. The existing site would be sold for residential and commercial development in order to generate a major part of the $1 billion-plus budget for the new facilities. This jeopardizes the future of the historic Burrard Building.

#3 Oakridge United Church (1949)
This is the second year in a row that heritage churches are featured on our Top10 Watch List. At 305 West 41st Avenue, the distinctive Oakridge United Church is threatened with demolition. There is declining attendance at the two congregations that share the church and only the St. Giles Community Preschool, which occupies the lower level, is thriving. There is a proposal to build a 6-storey residential building as allowed under the new Cambie Corridor Plan. This would accommodate a small church facility, but would displace the Preschool.

#4 Marine Garden’s Townhouses: Mid-century Housing Innovation
Featured during the Habitat ’76 UN-sponsored convference, was the Marine Gardens townhouse complex at SW Marine Drive and Cambie Street. Designed in 1974 by architect Michael Katz and landscape maven Cornelia Oberlander, the complex was a utopian example of how to provide dense living (45 units/acre) while maintaining a caring community and generous tree-filled public spaces for families to play in. Since then, this model has demonstrated how livable this community is; 70 family-sized units available at an affordable price have provided space for many families to grow. This fragment of a more visionary time will soon be demolished in favour of two anonymous glass towers.

Carrall Street, looking north in 1907. Photo by Philip T. Timms. Archives# CVA 677-577.

#5 Gastown
In the late 1960s freeway construction threatened to demolish the historic heart of Vancouver: Gastown, Chinatown and Strathcona. A committed group of citizens and local politicians were able to stop the destruction, and in 1971 Gastown and Chinatown were designated as “Historic Areas” by the Provincial Government.

Today this area is once more threatened by a number of development proposals unsympathetic to the height, profile and rhythm of the streetscape due to the suspension of a number of these critical incentive programs. Multiple proposals of this nature are now coming forward. Some are proposing demolition of designated heritage-designated buildings without even the retention of their historic facades.

#6 The Disappearing Design Legacy of C.B.K. Van Normans
With the demolition of Dunbar’s favorite “castle”, or French Norman storybook house, at 3815 West 39th Avenue, the pressure has increased for insensitive developers, realtors and architects to finally acknowledge that there is a higher value – other than just monetary – in the character of our historic the inherent value of neighbourhoods and their unique period houses. Of over two hundred houses designed by prominent local architect C.B.K. Van Norman, only about 25-29 remain, the rest fallen to development. Despite his facile use of any period style, he was known as “the father of modern architecture in Vancouver.”

#7 First block of East Hastings, South Side
In recent years, the Downtown Eastside has weathered ever-increasing pressures for both residential and commercial developments, with mixed results, both socially and architecturally. This pressure affects two of the first four buildings in this block, that together present an undisturbed heritage streetscape that merits preservation.

#8 Terminal Avenue
Industrial Buildings/Vancouver’s Disappearing Industrial Heritage

This handsome group of industrial buildings fronting Terminal and Western on False Creek Flats are some of the last original industrial heritage buildings remaining in the Eastern Core. The group facing Terminal Avenue was purpose-built for Massey Harris farm implements, the BC Valve Company, and Vancouver Neon Products, all in the early to mid 1920s. Other buildings located on Western Street between Northern, Central and Southern Streets were constructed for lighter industrial uses like canning, meatpacking, lumber services and machinist shops. Altogether this industrial group represents a wonderful microcosm of Vancouver’s industrial growth after eastern False Creek was filled, with a corresponding change in industry to reflect the times.

#9 East Hastings Street – Heatley to Campbell
In 1996, Vancouver City Council approved a policy to “let go” of the industrial frontages along East Hastings from Heatley Avenue to Victoria Drive. The draft Local Area Plan proposes the creation of a ‘high-street’ along East Hastings from Heatley to Clark as a part of the renewal of the area. Ill-considered development along this corridor could impact critical heritage and cultural landmarks at an accelerating rate. Unrecognized but important heritage assets remain unprotected and could be lost, or could alternatively be retained and rehabilitated to serve as a basis for a renewed local shopping area.

#10 Commercial Drive – Grandview’s main street
Commercial Drive has evolved over the years into a street that is an interesting mixture of textures, tastes, cultures and activities. It is outstanding not only for its significant heritage buildings but also for its sense of place, experience and uniqueness. As Vancouver continues to grow eastward, the pressures to develop this site to its allowable four-storey height limit could create a dreary blandness that would destroy what is important about ‘The Drive.’

1927: Commerical Drive at 2nd Ave. Archives #CVA 105-1.

Past lists have included the First Shaughnessy area (currently protected by a moratorium on demolition by the City of Vancouver), the Waldorf Hotel, Legg House, and numerous historic schools and war memorials.


On Saturday, May 9th, you can join Heritage Vancouver for a tour of these sites, departing the Museum of Vancouver at 1:00pm. Click here for more details. A Transit Museum Society (TRAMS) historic bus will be used for the tour and heritage expert, author, and consultant Donald Luxton will act as guide, sharing stories and historical facts about each of the sites. The bus will stop at two of the most intriguing sites for brief tours and a talk with a guest speaker representing the area.

Vancouver Area Night Markets 2015 in Richmond, North Vancouver, Surrey

May 4th, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Under colourful flags and strings of lanterns swaying in the warm summer air at twilight, fried fare, exotic delicacies, and cheap merchandise can be found at a number of local night markets. They’re as famous for their unique foods-on-sticks and entertainment as they are for their lively ambiance and people watching. Here is a list of Vancouver area night markets that you can look forward to this season:

Richmond Night Market
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

International Summer Night Market Richmond

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Location: 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond (behind Home Depot)
Dates/Hours: May 8th to September 27th, 2015
Fridays and Saturdays 6:00pm to 11:00pm; Sundays 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission & Details: Free admission, free Wi-Fi, free shuttle from Bridgeport Station.

Richmond Night Market

Location: 8351 River Road, Richmond
Dates/Hours: May 15th to October 12th, 2015
Fridays and Saturdays 7:00pm to 12:00am; Sundays and Holidays 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Admission & Details: $2.25, free for children 10 and under, free for seniors 60+. $20 Zoom Passes are available for 10 repeat visits plus 5 bonus visits. The theme is “Magical Candyland” and the market features food booths, vendors, and a candy shop.

Shipyards Night Market North Vancouver

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Location: Shipbuilders’ Square, Wallace Mews Rd, North Vancouver
Dates/Hours: May 1st to September 25th, 2015
Friday nights from 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission & Details: Free admission. The Shipyards Night Market features with local products, showcasing BC’s artisans, bakers and farmers along with entertainment on the Shipbuilders’ Stage and a Beer Garden, with local beer, organic Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea, wines and ciders.

Surrey Night Market

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Location: Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds, 17726 62 Ave, Surrey
Dates/Hours: May 29th to September 20th, 2015
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday from 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Admission & Details: $2.00 for adults, free for families of all Canadian Forces personnel and Veterans living in BC, children less than 48″ in height when accompanied by their families, those in wheelchairs, and seniors over 75 years. Sample a wide variety of foods, services and goods, and enjoy performances by local entertainers, rides for kids, door prizes, free parking.

All admission prices are as listed at time of publishing. All are subject to change.

Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre May 2015

May 4th, 2015 @ 7:42am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This month’s offerings for Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre include Fritz the Cat, James Cameron’s Aliens (part of a double feature with Ridley Scott’s Alien), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Zoolander, and Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness.

Tickets are available online in advance or at the door for $8 or $6 if you come in costume for the midnight shows. These 19+ screenings can be complimented with a beverage from the theatre’s full service bar as you enjoy a night out with friends.

Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre

RioMay2015Friday, May 1, 2015
Fritz the Cat
(Ralph Bakshi, 1982)
Based on Robert Crumb’s comic strip of the same name, director Ralph Bakshi’s Fritz the Cat follows the adventures of a hypocritical swinging college student cat who raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements in a swingin’ (and highly sexual) animated version of the universe in the 1960’s.

Friday, May 8, 2015
The Alien(s) Double Bill
(1979) & (1986)
As one of – if not the – greatest action heroines to ever hit the silver screen, Sigourney Weaver’s unstoppable Ellen Ripley kicks all the asses and takes all the names in both Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) and our Friday Late Night Movie, James Cameron’s Aliens (1986).

Friday, May 15, 2015
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
(John Cameron Mitchell, 2001)
John Cameron Mitchell wrote, directed, and stars in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the cult rock musical about a transsexual punk-rock girl from East Berlin who tours the U.S. with her band while recounting her life story. Also starring Miriam Shore, Andrea Martin.

Miss604 is a media partner of the Rio’s Late Night Movie series.

The Rio Theatre is an independent art and movie house located at 1660 West Broadway, at Commercial Drive, and is easily accessible by transit. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more film screenings, comedy showcases, and special event information.

Surrey Public Picnic Party and Central City Giveaway

May 1st, 2015 @ 1:36pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Join Magnum Projects and Prime on the Plaza at the Surrey Public Picnic Party next weekend for the sales launch of this new residential tower in the heart of Surrey’s downtown core. Showcasing the micro-loft lifestyle, you can check out the suites, enjoy some refreshments, and enter to win some awesome prizes.


Surrey Public Picnic Party

Visit the Prime on the Plaza sales launch at 103rd Ave and University Drive between 12:00pm and 5:00pm on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Located right across from Surrey Central SkyTrain, the public picnic party is for guests of all ages and will include food (free samples from two food trucks on site), drinks, and a tour of the the innovative micro-loft one bedroom and two bedroom show suites.


The first 100 guests will each receive a $25 gift card to shop at Central City Shopping Centre. You can also enter to win a grand prize at the event: A unique, flexible accordion chair that seats 8, from Expand Furniture.


About Prime: With more than 10,000 people moving to Surrey each year, Prime On The Plaza is located directly adjacent to City Hall and will bring modern micro-loft living to Downtown Surrey, giving buyers with the opportunity to purchase a home in one of the world’s hottest real estate markets starting at just $139,000. Prime will feature a mix of innovative micro-loft homes and Surrey’s best designed one-to three bedroom units, and provide over 16,000 square feet of phenomenal amenities.

Central City Shopping Centre Giveaway

To promote the Surrey Public Picnic Party, Magnum Projects and Prime have offered up 3 gift cards for Central City Shopping Centre to lucky Miss604 readers, all valued at $100! Here’s how you can enter to win one of these gift cards:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming something great about Surrey (if you need inspiration, it’s my hometown and I have a lot of posts about it) (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a $100 Central City gift card from @MagnumProjects #PrimeOnThePlaza + @Miss604

For more information about this development and more, follow Magnum Projects on Facebook and Twitter. I will draw three winners who will reach receive a $100 gift card. Draw will take place at 12:00pm on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The card will be available for pickup at the Prime sales centre at 103rd Ave and University Drive in Surrey.

BMO Vancouver Marathon Road Closures, Route

May 1st, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s marathon weekend in Vancouver with a free expo at the convention centre gearing up for run day on Sunday, May 3, 2015 followed by a finish line street festival downtown.

Named a Top 10 Destination Marathon by and one of the world’s most “exotic” marathons by CNN Travel, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is a Boston Qualifier that takes runners on a 42.2 kilometre (26.2 miles) adventure past beaches, through natural parks, and along Vancouver’s bustling Seawall.

BMO Vancouver Marathon Route

This year, approximately 18,000 participants of the 44th BMO Vancouver Marathon, Half Marathon and 8KM races will experience three separate race courses showcasing the City of Vancouver. There are three major routes for the 42.2 KM BMO Vancouver Marathon, Half Marathon and the 8KM run through Stanley Park.


BMO Vancouver Marathon Road Closures

Road closures will be in effect on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 7:00am to 11:00am for the Half Marathon, 8:30am to 4:00pm for the Marathon, and 9:30am to 11:00am for the 8KM.

Traffic will be impacted in Vancouver’s Riley Park, Coal Harbour and Downtown on Saturday, May 2nd, and Riley Park, Cambie, Oakridge, Fairveiw, Kerrisdale, Dunbar, UBC, Point Grey, Kitsilano, False Creek, Chinatown, Yaletown, West End, Coal Harbour and Downtown neighbourhouds on Sunday, May 3, 2015. All roads in Stanley Park will be closed from 6:30am to 11:00am, and the Coal Harbour area will have lengthy closures from Saturday night to Sunday evening around the finish area. View the full list of road closures online.

Coal Harbour / Downtown (Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM) Detour Map
False Creek / Chinatown / Yaletown (Half Marathon) Detour Map
Cambie North (Half Marathon) Detour Map
Cambie South (Marathon) Detour Map
Dunbar (Marathon) Detour Map
UBC (Marathon) Detour Map
Kitsilano (Marathon) Detour Map
Point Grey (Marathon) Detour Map


Visit community cheer stations to show your support and you can still register for the BMO Vancouver Marathon, the Half Marathon and the 8KM events if you want to participate.

Follow the marathon on Twitter (with tag #RunVan) and Facebook for the latest updates and information.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

May 1st, 2015 @ 7:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The clouds should part to give us a sunny first weekend of May and there’s plenty to do around town to celebrate this new month. Comedy and photography showcases, EAT Vancouver at BC Place, theatre, walks, the BMO Vancouver Marathon, and much more including BC Youth Week events.

Human Structures Vancouver
Photo credit: Karen Lee Colangelo 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, May 1, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: BC Youth Week: Free/Affordable Events Around the Province
EAT Vancouver
Canstruction Vancouver
Langara Photography Grad Show: What the F Stop
Art World Expo™ at Telus World of Science
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Chan Centre
Vancouverite: A Comedy Show
Commercial Drive Street Party
Kimoto Gallery Opening Reception: DaySleeper by Kevin Boyle
BC Kidney Transplant Summit
Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Presents: The Scarlet Queen of Mercy
Ouro Collective Feature Show: Contemporary Street Dance and Visual Arts
Vancouver International Burlesque Festival
Some Assembly Theatre & Roundhouse Youth Theatre Present: Webs We Weave
Vancouver Opera Presents: Sweeney Todd
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Shipyards Night Market, North Vancouver
BMO Vancouver Marathon: Free Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: BC Youth Week: Free/Affordable Events Around the Province
Sponsored by Miss604: Youth Basketball & Breakdance Showcase
Got Craft? Spring Market
New West Artisan Fair
Wheel2Heal for Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation
London Drugs Presents: LDFotoCon
Vancity Member Day at Science World
BC Mining Week Event in Vancouver
Surrey Food Truck Festival
Fair Trade Mother’s Day Pop-Up Sale
Surrey World Labyrinth Day: Walk as One at 1—at Fleetwood Gardens
Beginner Swing Dance Intensive
Ouro Collective Feature Show: Contemporary Street Dance and Visual Arts
Vancouver International Burlesque Festival
Some Assembly Theatre & Roundhouse Youth Theatre Present: Webs We Weave
BMO Vancouver Marathon: Free Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo
EAT Vancouver
Canstruction Vancouver
Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Presents: The Scarlet Queen of Mercy
Vancouver Opera Presents: Sweeney Todd
DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: BC Youth Week: Free/Affordable Events Around the Province
BMO Vancouver Marathon: Run Day
MS Walk at Bear Creek Park in Surrey
Kids Help Phone: Walk So Kids Can Talk
Beaty’s Birding Bonanza on Bird Day 2015
Big Brothers Spring Cleanup at Local IKEA Stores
Got Craft? Spring Market
International Dance Day Richmond
Olive Oil Workshop & Tasting
All Dressed in White Bridal Show
Beginner Swing Dance Intensive
Vancouver Academy of Music’s Annual Showcase
Vancouver Recital Society: Paul Lewis
Kids’ Stuff Swap Meet, Richmond
EAT Vancouver
Canstruction Vancouver
Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Presents: The Scarlet Queen of Mercy
Vancouver Opera Presents: Sweeney Todd
DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Check out the full May event listings here and if you have an event to include, please send it in by email for a free listing. Follow Miss604 on Twitter for more daily updates.

Peoples Jewellers Mother’s Day Giveaway

April 30th, 2015 @ 2:50pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Mother’s Day is on the horizon and while great moms like my own love everything from breakfast in bed and a homemade card to a morning out at brunch, I’m certain a dazzling piece of jewellery would also (most definitely) make her day. Peoples Jewellers — with nearly 150 locations from the Maritimes to British Columbia — is ready for the occasion, providing a full Mother’s Day Catalogue including pieces from the Open Hearts by Jane Seymour collection, and a giveaway for one lucky Miss604 reader!

Peoples Jewellers Mother’s Day Giveaway

peoplesdiamondsFrom Open Hearts by Jane Seymour™, a fancy take on the classic open hearts pendant leads to radiant sparkle and extraordinary shine.

Beautifully crafted, a ribbon of sleek sterling silver loops and twirls into the iconic open hearts design with eye-catching curlique flourishes. Shimmering diamond accents are scattered along the design, adding subtle sparkle. A unique and thoughtful design, this pendant is polished to a brilliant shine and suspends along an 18.0-inch box chain that secures with a durable claw clasp.

Open Hearts by Jane Seymour is available exclusively at Peoples Jewellers retail locations across Canada and online, starting at $79.00.

Here’s how you can enter to win the Open Hearts by Jane Seymour™ Diamond Accent Curlique Pendant in Sterling Silver valued at $149 (as shown in this post):

  • Leave a comment on this post about a special mom in your life (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a Open Hearts by Jane Seymour pendant from @PeoplesDiamonds @Miss604

Peoples, The Diamond Store® is a member of the Canadian Jewellers Association and abides by the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct. This allows them to ensure the authenticity of the Canadian diamonds they use. These diamonds can be traced from the Canadian mine, providing customers with a method to authenticate the diamonds purchased from Peoples Jewellers. Follow Peoples on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.

I will draw one contest winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The winner will receive one Open Hearts by Jane Seymour™ Diamond Accent Curlique Pendant in Sterling Silver ITEM# 19991797.