darelle’s #DriveTo25: Local Company Launches Charitable Campaign

June 29th, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The cause-driven online marketplace, darelle, is launching a campaign this week in Vancouver by donating up to $25,000 to charities. They will donate $1 for every eligible new user that registers and joins a ‘Buy Request’ between June 29th and July 12th, 2015.


How it Works

darelle uses an innovative supply and demand model that benefits charities, businesses, and consumers. By participating in “Buy Requests”, users can express interest in any given product or service, with no commitment to buy. The team at darelle then takes that interest to local businesses, who can place offers on the requests made by consumers. It brings engaged customers to businesses, it gives great value to consumers, and darelle donates 25% of the revenue they earn from transactions to charities chosen by users of the site.

The #DriveTo25

darelle wants to donate up to $25,000 to eligible local charities over a two week period. Each new user of the site during this time can choose any of the charities registered with darelle, and as long as they join one Buy Request (remember, that is not a commitment to buy, just an expression of interest) then darelle will donate $1 per user to that charity.

To sweeten the pot a little, they are also doing a draw for one new user each week for a $500 gift card to any of the businesses registered on darelle (dinners out, local trips, and more).

Follow darelle on Twitter, Facebook, and the tag #Driveto25. Find out more by visiting darelle.com/driveto25.

Disclosure: Sponsored Post

This post is sponsored by darelle.com

5 Reasons to go to Surrey Canada Day

June 30th, 2015 @ 2:49pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Born and raised in Surrey, and having been the first blogger to ever write about my beloved hometown (back in 2004), I am proud to once again sponsor the FREE Surrey Canada Day. Happening on July 1st at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre (176 Street and 64th Avenue) in Cloverdale, festivities will kick off at 10:00am and they won’t stop until the fireworks light up the night sky at 10:15pm. If you were thinking about visiting Western Canada’s largest Canada Day celebration, here are 5 reasons to help you make the decision to join us out in Surrey:

Concert Lineup

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Main stage schedule
11:00am Rockin Robin and the Magical Tree
11:45am Jessie Farrell
12:30pm Langley Ukulele Ensemble
1:00pm Embrace China – Colourful Guizhou
1:30pm Opening Ceremonies – Mayor & Council
1:30pm Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band
2:30pm Little India
3:30pm Madeline Merlo
4:30pm Me and Mae
5:30pm The Hip Show – Tragically Hip Tribute
6:10/7:10/8:30/10:15 The Freshest
6:30pm Zerbin
7:30pm The Zolas
8:55pm Mark Donnelly
9:00pm Blue Rodeo
10:15pm Fireworks Spectacular

Family Activities

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Have fun in the Sports Zone, at Surrey Libraries’ Storyville, on Shooting Stars Amusement Rides, and more. Local organizations, non-profits, businesses, and community partners will have tents setup with activities, giveaways, and information. Not only can you get to know your neighbours, you can engage with these exhibitors and learn more about your community while you’re out and about having fun.

Food Trucks

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Burgers, wraps, cotton candy, kettle corn, smoothies, and much more is served up throughout the day. You can bring cash but there are ATMs on site and some food trucks may accept debit. Whether you enjoy grilled meats, a sugary treat, or a full serving of vegetables, there will be something for you at Surrey Canada Day.


Photo credit: Guus Krol on Flickr

The free Fireworks Spectacular will follow the mainstage concerts at 10:15pm.

Free Cupcakes

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Arrive in time for the official kick-off with Mayor and Council at 1:30pm as it’s tradition to follow this up with a massive cupcake giveaway.

Surrey’s 2015 Canada Day Celebration will take place Wednesday, July 1st at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176 Street and 64th Avenue in Cloverdale. The event opens at 10:00am with the fireworks show slated to close the day at 10:15pm. Follow Surrey Events on Twitter and Facebook for details leading up to Canada day.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of Surrey Canada Day!

Free Outdoor Movies at Canada Place

June 30th, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Enjoy free movies in Downtown Vancouver as Fresh Air Cinema brings their big screen to the North Point of Canada Place on Thursday nights in July and August.


Free Outdoor Movies at Canada Place

In line with the Canada Place mission to provide inspirationally Canadian experiences, each film will feature great Canadian talent.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 Despicable Me
Thursday, July 16, 2015 Austin Powers 2
Thursday, July 23, 2015 Mean Girls
Thursday, July 30, 2015 The Lego Movie
Thursday, August 6, 2015 The Proposal
Thursday, August 13, 2015 Back to the Future Part II
Thursday, August 20, 2015 Dumb & Dumber
Thursday, August 27, 2015 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair, then sit back and enjoy the show. Beverages and popcorn will be available for purchase onsite. As this is a family-friendly event, no smoking or alcohol is permitted. Canada Place is located at 999 Canada Place in Vancouver and is accessible via Waterfront SkyTrain station.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

June 30th, 2015 @ 7:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The sunshine has been persistent and consistent in Metro Vancouver, beaming down and making every day a potential beach day, complete with spectacular sunsets. Thanks to everyone who shared their photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and with the tag #Photos604 on Instagram this week!

Vancouver Photos of the Week

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My own photo in response for a FIFAWWC/Canada pic!

Photo credit: Tim Cheung on Flickr

Take Off Fridays at YVR Airport

June 29th, 2015 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This summer, our award-winning Vancouver International Airport (“YVR”) is bringing back its popular Take Off Fridays summer event series. Each Friday, from July 3rd to August 28th, the terminal will come alive with music, entertainment and family-friendly activities.

YVR Observation Area

Take Off Fridays at YVR Airport

Take Off Fridays will feature local DJs and live musicians as well as caricaturists, balloon artists, mascots, face painting and more between 9:00am and 3:00pm. Guests can try delicious food samples and take advantage of great deals from airport shops and restaurants. The Vancouver Aquarium, Science World, and The Vancouver Canadians will also be providing on-site activities on select days.

Aviation buffs can stop by the Public Observation Area for interactive displays, quizzes and behind the scenes videos or take a tour to learn about YVR’s history, art and operations.

Take transit in on the Canada Line or, if you’re driving, take advantage of a reduce parking rate available for $5 for up to four hours. Vouchers will be available at the Customer Information Counter, International Terminal, Level 3.

Latin American Week in Vancouver

June 29th, 2015 @ 9:28am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The largest Latin American celebration in the Pacific Northwest happens right here with Latin American Week in Vancouver, featuring 12 days of events and festivities. Food tours, community awards, and art exhibit, dancing, soccer, movies, and much more is in store starting on July 1st.

Latin American Week in Vancouver

Presented by Latincouver, here are the featured events taking place for Latin American Week in Vancouver:

Free: Canada Day on July 1st, 2015
LatincouverCanadaDayFor the first time ever, Carnaval del Sol will begin by celebrating Canada Day on Granville Island in the Picnic Pavilion from 12:00pm to 2:00pm with Samba dancing.

Later on, join the fun in Downtown Vancouver for the Canada Day Parade, starting out from West Georgia and Broughton at 7:00pm, ending at Canada Place.

By Donation: Latin Arts Exhibition July 2nd to July 8th, 2015
LatincouverArtLatincouver and The Back Gallery Project work together to celebrate Latin American Week by showing the work of Latin American artists living and working in Vancouver including: Josema Zamorano, México (Photography); Avelina Crespo, Ecuador (Photography); Pablo Dompé, Buenos Aires (Sculpture); Tonel, Cuba (Drawings); Manuel Piña, Cuba (Photography). The Back Gallery Project is located at 602 E Hastings in Vancouver and the exhibition is open from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Opening night is July 2nd from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

By Donation: PANAM Youth Games July 4th – July 5th, 2015
LatincouverPanamIn celebration of the Pan-American Games, there will be a variety of sports competition and cultural awareness events taking place for boys and girls aged 9-25 at David Lam Park (1300 Pacific Blvd) in Vancouver. Activities include a soccer tournament (teams of boys and girls, ages 9-13), 3km races with LatinRunners, baseball and softball, capoeira, zumba, yoga, and more.

Tickets: Tastes of Latin America July 5th – July 9th, 2015
LatincouverTastesLatincouver has partnered with Off The Eaten Track culinary tours to create a truly unique and tasty tour of the best Latin food in Vancouver. The three hour tour meets at Waterfront station downtown at 4:00pm and visits 5 culinary stops along the way including a stop at the Latin Arts Exhibition. The tour includes at least 8 samples of authentic Latin cuisine, a glass of wine, a private tour of the Back Gallery Project, private transportation, guide and more. Purchase tickets online, only 10 available per tour.

Tickets: Latin Film Night July 7th, 2015
LatincouverFilmLatincouver and the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival are hosting a very special screening at 7:00pm and 9:00pm at The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St) in Vancouver. The first screening is Lion’s Heart, a comedy from Argentina that became a huge box-office hit. The 9:00pm screening is Gonzales The False Prophet from Mexico. Purchase tickets online.

Tickets: Inspirational Awards July 9th, 2015
LatincouverAwardsThis gala event celebrates and awards those Latin Americans that have made remarkable things in BC. We will have a great event featuring Gerardo and los Habaneros band, coming from New York. Tickets are available online and the award gala takes place 6:30pm to 11:00pm at Edgewater Casino.

Free: Carnaval del Sol July 11th – July 12th
CarnavaldelSolCarnaval is the signature cultural celebration of Latin American Week. Over the last few years, 100,000-150,000 attendees have enjoyed the festivities on Granville Street downtown. This year, Carnaval del Sol moves to Concord Pacific Place (88 Pacific Ave) on the north side of False Creek. Attractions this year, in the new and expanded space, include:

Over 20 artists on the Main Stage such as Latin Grammy winner Alex Cuba, and the popular Cuban band Gerardo Cantino y ​Los Habaneros who are both flying in from New York. Bloco Energía with Brazilian ​Samba Fusion, Mariachi del Sol & Viva Mexico, and more entertainment from all over Latin America.

The Sol Y Playa Lounge is a 400 seat beer garden with 100 tons of sand for playing beach badminton. Relax and enjoy the main stage performances from their urban beach. The Kids Plaza will have a wide array of activities with a dance stage, sand art, bouncy castle, magician, workshops, and piñatas!

Enjoy the Travel and Education Plaza, the Arts and Cultural Plaza, the soccer tournament at the Sports Plaza, health and wellness at the Family Plaza, and of course spend some quality time at the Food Plaza with vendors dishing up vibrant flavours and dishes from every corner of Latin America.

For all of this information and more, follow Latincouver on Facebook and Twitter and learn more about Latin American Week in Vancouver online.

Miss604 is a proud media partner of Carnaval del Sol