Araxi Longtable Series Summer 2015

May 21st, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Araxi Restaurant is now accepting reservations for their popular summer longtable series happening in Vancouver and Pemberton. This al fresco dining experience is set in two striking locations, driving home the farm-to-table concept through locally sourced and crafted four course menus.

Araxi Long Table Dinner in Pemberton, B.C.
Photo credit: John Bollwitt for Miss604

Araxi Long Table Dinner in Pemberton, B.C. Araxi Long Table Dinner in Pemberton, B.C. Araxi Long Table Dinner in Pemberton, B.C.
Photo credit: John Bollwitt for Miss604

Araxi Longtable Series

Award-winning Executive Chef James Walt will craft exclusive menus that showcase his internationally recognized farm-to-table dishes. With wine pairings by Samantha Rahn, 2013 Sommelier of the Year, and service orchestrated by renowned Restaurant Director Neil Henderson, the Longtable Dinners salute both Araxi’s culinary provenance and it’s future. This year, as a convenience for guests, the dinners will be staged on the BC Day and Labour Day long weekends.

Vancouver @ Bard on the Beach, Vanier Park
Monday, August 3, 2015
This dinner will welcome 250 guests to a dramatic urban setting, and Chef Walt will be supported by his Vancouver-based Toptable Group colleagues, chefs Frank Pabst of Blue Water Cafe, Andrew Richardson of CinCin Ristorante, Quang Dang of West Restaurant, and Thierry Busset of Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie and Cafe.

Pemberton @ North Arm Farm
Saturday, September 5, 2015
The Pemberton Longtable Dinner will be the longest table staged at North Arm Farm to date. Chef Walt’s menu embraces the extraordinary local ingredients, harvested at the peak of the season, and guests will have the opportunity to meet the farmers and suppliers, and tour the organic fields where, just hours before, farmers pick the produce next to the outdoor kitchen.

Elegant yet informal, guests may arrive as strangers, but leave as long-lost friends. Tickets are just $159 plus tax and gratuity, and include a four-course dinner served ‘family style’ with selected wine pairings. The longtable dinners sell out quickly; tickets can be purchased online or via email at longtable@araxi.com.

Follow Araxi on Facebook and Twitter, and follow the tag #AraxiLongtable for more information.

FIFA Women’s World Cup Free Fan Zone

May 21st, 2015 @ 7:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The FIFA Women’s World Cup takes place coast to coast in Canada from June 6th to July 5th, making it the largest live spectator sporting event in our country’s history. Throughout the event, Fan Zones will be located in all six official Host Cities: Vancouver, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ottawa, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Moncton, New Brunswick.

FIFA Women’s World Cup Free Fan Zone

Ranging from in-stadium opportunities for ticket-holders to free off-site events, the Fan Zones offer activities for all ages including live entertainment, interactive displays, activations by FIFA Partners and National Supporters as well as screenings of selected matches and appearances by the official FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 mascot Shuéme.

In Vancouver, the Fan Zone will be ta Larwill Park (West Georgia at Cambie Street) and will be open to the public for free.

FIFAWWCSaturday, June 6, 2015 from 12:00 to 19:00
Monday, June 8, 2015 from 15:00 to 21:00
Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 12:00 to 21:00
Friday, June 12, 2015 from 15:00 to 21:00
Monday, June 15, 2015 from 12:00 to 20:00
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 from 15:00 to 20:00
Sunday, June 21, 2015 from 12:00 to 20:00
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 15:00 to 22:00
Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 12:00 to 20:00
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 12:00 to 20:00
Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 12:00 to 17:00
Sunday, July 5, 2015 from 12:00 to 20:00

Tickets for matches at BC Place are on sale starting at $20.15 for group stage matches and fans will also have the opportunity to attend any match, competition-wide, for fifty dollars or less – including the final in Vancouver – making this an extremely affordable world-class event.

Follow FIFA Women’s World Cup on Facebook and Twitter and follow Canada Women’s National Team soccer updates on Facebook and Twitter with tag #CANWNT.

Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day 2015

May 20th, 2015 @ 11:13am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The first Sunday in June sees tens of thousands of people take to Hastings street in Burnaby Heights for Hats Off Day, a free family festival where Heights merchants “take their hats off” to their community and their customers. This is a huge one-day extravaganza featuring a colourful main-street style parade with real local flavour, followed by a big street party.

Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day 2015

Where Hastings Street between Boundary Road and Gamma Avenue
When Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9:30am to 4:00pm

Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day 2013

This entire ten block stretch of Hastings is shut down to traffic and the streets get packed with activities, entertainment, and delicious food samples. It’s fun for every age and it’s also dog friendly so bring your four-legged family members too. With multiple activities and attractions, each block has something to experience.

Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day 2013 Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day 2013

Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day 2013

Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day 2013

Family Fun Dash
The day kicks off with the Family Fun Dash where families dash down Hastings Street in a three-block race, starting at 9:30am. The start line is at Madison Avenue and the finish line is at MacDonald Avenue. All proceeds benefit the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society. Click here to register you and your child for the Family Fun Dash.

Parade
Following the Family Fun Dash, the Hats Off Day Parade starts at 10:00am. This 10 block long parade begins at Beta Avenue and proceeds down Hastings Street up to Boundary Road. You can expect plenty of glitz and glam parading down Hastings with the theme as “Hollywood” this year.

Show and Shine
The Show & Shine will begin at approximately 11:00am, immediately following the Parade. As in previous years, the Show & Shine takes place along Hastings Street between Willingdon and Gamma Avenues. Once the Show and Shine begins, volunteer judges will be inspecting the vehicles after they are parked on Hastings Street.

Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day 2013

Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day 2013 Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day 2013

Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day 2013 Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day 2013

Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day 2013

Follow the Burnaby Heights Merchant Association on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Hats Off Day is free to attend and food is available for purchase from various merchants.

Miss604 is a proud partner of Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day

PNE Concerts Summer 2015

May 20th, 2015 @ 10:49am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Summer in Vancouver means a trip to the PNE with the family and no experience is complete without checking out the amazing entertainment lineup that the fair offers each year. This summer is no exception with a roster of exciting concerts announced today.

Today in Vancouver Part 2: Swingers and Spinners | The PNE Fairgrounds
Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque on Flickr

The Summer Night Concerts will run every evening starting on Saturday August 22nd in the PNE Amphitheatre, and are FREE with admission to the Fair. For super fans, the PNE will be offering reserved seating at each of the shows with tickets going on sale starting Saturday May 23, 2015 at 10:00am.

PNE Concerts Summer 2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015 Colin James
Sunday, August 23, 2015 Clint Black
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Sloan
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 The Beach Boys
Thursday, August 27, 2015 Daughtry
Friday, August 28, 2015 The New Pornographers
Saturday, August 29, 2015 Tom Cochrane with Red Rider
Sunday, August 30, 2015 Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too, Colbie Caillat & Christina Perri
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Lee Brice
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo– 35th Anniversary Tour
Thursday, September 3, 2015 Boyz II Men
Friday, September 4, 2015 Daryl Hall and John Oates
Saturday, September 5, 2015 Brett Kissel
Sunday, September 6, 2015 MAD DECENT (Ticket now required regardless). Free with admission is now Platinum Blonde
Monday, September 7, 2015 Loverboy

New 2015 PNE Entertainment and Attractions

Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby
Nightly 7:30pm, Pacific Coliseum
For the first time anywhere, all the majesty of a true Broadway show is available for fans young and old to experience- FREE with admission to the Fair.

The Magical History Tour: The Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition
Daily 11am-10pm, Garden Auditorium
The Magical History Tour: The Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition will be making its world premiere on the Fair’s opening day, August 22nd, which also happens to be the 51st anniversary of the Beatles historic concert at the Fair in 1964.

Craft Beer Festival
Daily 2:00pm to 9:30pm, Miller Drive
The Fair at the PNE is excited to feature a new and exciting area, the Craft Beer Festival. This licensed area will feature 20 local craft brewers each week for guests to sample the diverse craft beers being developed in the Lower Mainland. Twenty vendors will be featured between August 22nd-30th, and a new group of 20 vendors from September 1st-7th.

Dinosaurs Alive! A Jurassic Experience
Daily 11:00am to 11:00pm, Miller Drive
This new outdoor exhibit will offer guests a spectacular and representative snapshot of thirteen different dinosaurs that roamed the Earth during the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods.

The Superhero Discovery Centre: The Hall of Heroes Exhibit
Daily 11:00am to 11:00pm, Rollerland
This interactive exhibit will thrill every Superhero fan in the family.

PNE Donut Dash
9:00am Sunday August 23, 2015, Empire Fields and PNE Fairgrounds
The inaugural PNE Donut Dash 5km presented by TRY EVENTS is Vancouver’s tastiest 5km run where runners will be re-energized with tasty Fair treats throughout the course including mini donuts, cotton candy and more! Registration includes a PNE Donut Dash t-shirt, race bib, finisher’s medal and FREE admission into The Fair at the PNE on Sunday, August 23. Entry fee: Early bird registration fee is $30 to the first 500 people to register! Regular registration fee is $35 until July 31, late registration fee is $40, August 1 to 16. Entry fees (plus service fees) are per person. More info at the PNE website.

Returning PNE Favourites

Mosaic Music Series
Nightly 7:00pm and 9:00pm, Chevrolet Performance Stage

PNE Prize Home
British Columbia’s most affordable home lottery is back for its 81st anniversary. This year’s Prize Home is a spectacular 3080 square foot contemporary home inspired by the views from the lake view lot in beautiful Naramata, British Columbia where it will be relocated after the Fair.

Dueling Pianos
Nightly 6:30pm and 9:15pm, Celebration Plaza Beer Garden
Every night at the Plaza Beer Garden, the Dueling Pianos will play all of your favourite tunes in a fun, head-to-head ‘battle’ with great music. Raise your glass, sing along, and hit the dance floor at 6:30pm and 9:15pm.

Superdogs
Daily 12:00pm, 2:30pm, & 4:30pm, Pacific Coliseum
The beloved Fair attraction and the World’s Most Popular Dogs are back and are loading up on star power for their brand new bling-filled, blockbuster show HOLLYWOOF!

Tooncity – Mermaid Tales- A Musical Journey Under the Ocean
Daily 12:30pm, 3:00pm and 5:30pm, ToonCity
Bring your kids or just your inner child to take a trip under the ocean and into the magical world of Mermaids! Swim with the jellyfish, snorkel through the kelp, and join the fun in this Mermaid musical celebration.

Safeway Farm Country
Daily, Livestock Barns

PNE 2015 Dates and Prices

The 2015 Fair will run from August 22nd until September 7th and will be closed on August 24 and 31. Open each day from 11:00am until late.

Fair Gate Pass (14 – 64 years) — $16.00
Fair Senior Gate Pass (65 years+) — $8.00
Fair Child Gate Pass (13 years and under) A maximum of five children aged 13 & under will be admitted free per one paying adult 21 years of age or older — Free

Fair Season Gate Pass
Online savings will go up to the gate price starting August 22, 2015 — $42.50

After Dark Gate Pass
Available only at on-site ticket booths after 9:00pm daily — $5

Summer Night Concerts Optional Reserved Seating — Starting at $20
Nightly concerts are free with Fair Gate admission. Venue has capacity and may close.

The Broadway Musical, Peter Pan, Starring Cathy Rigby Optional Reserved Seating — $20
Musical is free with Fair Gate admission. Venue has capacity and may close.

Pinwheel Deals Coupon Book
Available only at on-site ticket booths — $2

The Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition
13 years and under free. Available only at on-site venue ticket booth — $3

Craft Beer Fest — $10
Admission includes a 4oz-sampling cup and 2 drink tickets. Purchase online in advance and receive and additional drink ticket. $1.50 per additional beer token

PNE Donut Dash-5K Run — $30*
*$30 rate valid for the first 500 people to register, after this rate will increase to $35 until July 31. Late registration from August 1-16 is $40.

Follow the Fair at the PNE on Facebook and Twitter. All prices stated are those provided at the time of publishing and could be subject to changes, fees.

Vancouver Heritage House Tour 2015

May 19th, 2015 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s 13th annual Heritage House Tour is coming up on Sunday, June 7th. This popular event, that usually sells out, will give participants and exclusive look inside 14 historic Vancouver homes through a self-guided tour.

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1928: Queen Charlotte Apartments at 1101 Nicola Street, Vancouver. Archives #Bu N261.1.

Vancouver Heritage House Tour

From luxury apartments and elegant homes to an industrial conversion and vintage charm. In 2015, Vancouver Heritage Foundation is looking at a range of ways Vancouverites are living in heritage. There are 9 stops on the tour, comprising 14 homes and 40 years of history. A special inclusion this year are two very different apartment buildings. See four lovingly cared for units inside the West End’s historic Queen Charlotte Apartments and three contemporary lofts inside a reinvigorated warehouse in Southeast False Creek.

Built in 1927, the Queen Charlotte Apartments is a prime example of the early luxury “hotel/apartment” buildings that dotted the West End with its once grand lobby, one of two of the province’s surviving still-operational cage elevators and beautiful early Art Deco details. In contrast, the industrial conversion of the 1913/15 B.C.Telephone building offers original exposed brick walls and some of the largest first growth wood beams you are likely to see.

For those who love a traditional heritage house, there are 7 more private homes on tour, ranging from a cozy and charming bungalow with quirky history and ties to the PNE to an 1899 West End masterpiece that recently benefitted from an award-winning major restoration.

There will be a pre-tour lecture on June 2nd with author Michael Kluckner, A Brief History of the Vancouver Apartment and Condo. Michael will offer an illustrated talk exploring the evolution of apartment and condo living in the city of Vancouver. Proceeds from both the tour and the talk support VHF’s efforts to conserve Vancouver’s heritage.

What: Heritage House Tour
When: Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tickets: Available online for $40 / $30 with valid student ID. You can also purchase in person via At Home West Vancouver (1530 Marine Drive, West Vancouver), and Benjamin Moore – Coast Decorating Centre (4464 Main Street, Vancouver).

Follow the Vancouver Heritage Foundation on Facebook and Twitter for more information about the tour and other special events.