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Surrey Canada 150 Celebrations

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 — 9:10am PST
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In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the City of Surrey is set to be the City of Festivals this year. To honour this historic birthday, Surrey will be proudly showcasing national and civic pride with premier concerts, festivals and community events all throughout the city.

Surrey Canada 150 Celebrations

Canada 150 celebrations are planned all across Surrey. From the City’s Museums and Galleries which will feature our nation’s arts, culture and heritage, to City Libraries where patrons will be asked to vote for their favourite Canadian author and story, to Canada 150 themed city sidewalks, crossings and flower displays.

New this year is Dominion Days (July 1-2) will be held at historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey. The two day festival will celebrate Canada’s birthday by going back in time to turn of the century, 1900, complete with historic “re-enactors,” live music and entertainment.

Signature Festivals

Party for the Planet
Where: Surrey City Hall Plaza
When: April 22, 2017
Headliner: Sean Hook

Surrey Canada Day
Where: Bill Reid Millenium Amphitheatre
When: July 2, 2017
Headliner: Hedley

Fusion Festival
Where: Holland Park
When: July 22-23, 2017
Headliner: Nelly Furtado

Canada 150 zones will be incorporated at every major event. The Canada 150 zones will showcase our country’s history and include a variety of Canadian themed activities, along with amazing local performances by First Nation’s performers, hoop dancers, French-Canadian artists and more.

The Tree Lighting Festival will also take place at City Hall Plaza on November 25th. Mark your calendars and be ready for some fun at these free, family-friendly events in Surrey this year.

Best of the City 2017: Thank You for Voting Miss604 Vancouver’s Favourite Blog

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 — 7:46am PST
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The results are in for the Westender’s 20th annual Best of the City reader poll for 2017 and I am honoured to once again be awarded #1 Best Local Blog and #1 Best Local Twitter — thank you!

Best of the City 2017

Best Athelete
1. Trevor Linden
2. Bo Horvat
3. Henrik Sedin

Best Sports Team
1. Vancouver Canucks
2. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
3. BC Lions

Best Music Radio Station
1. 102.7 The Peak
2. 94.5 Virgin Radio
3. 99.3 The Fox

Best Talk Radio Station
1. Roundhouse Radio
2. CBC Radio One
3. CKNW 980

Best Podcast
1. Stop Podcasting Yourself
2. Intergalactic Interviews
3. Geeks vs Nerds Vancouver

Best Comedy Club
1. Yuk Yuk’s
2. The Comedy Mix
3. Vancouver TheatreSports League

Best Games/Trivia Night
1. IQ 2000 Trivia
2. Storm Crow Tavern
3. West End Games Night

Best Beach
1. Kitsilano
2. Wreck
3. Spanish Banks

Best Free Public Event
1. Honda Celebration of Light
2. Car Free Day
3. Pride Parade

Best Local Comedian
1. Charles Demers
2. Ed Hill
Tie 3. Ivan Decker & Patrick Maliha

Best Live Music Venue
1. Commodore Ballroom
Tie 2. Rickshaw Theatre & The Biltmore
3. The Cobalt

Best Blog
1. Miss 604
2. Trying to Be Good
3. Vancouver is Awesome

Best Instagram Feed
1. Daily Hive
2. Vancouver is Awesome
3. Miss 604

Best Twitter Feed
1. Miss 604
2. Scan BC
3. Roundhouse Radio

Read the full results here, in City Life, People, Arts & Entertainment, Retail, Lifestyle & Hobbies, Services, Health & Fitness, Personal Care, and Pets.

Read winner profiles from Best Talk Radio & Radio Personality: Roundhouse Radio; Best Karaoke Night: ANAF Veterans 298 Canteen; Best Theatre Company: Arts Club; Best Women’s Clothing/Best Warehouse Sale: Aritzia; Best Local Actress: Cobie Smulders; Best Construction/Renovation Contractor: Refine & Design Homes and Renovations; Best Gift Store: Bird on a Wire Creations; Best Local Choreographer: Crystal Pite; Best Wedding Photographer: Ambrosia Photography, and more.

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:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
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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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