FestivalSeekers Is Your Ultimate Festival Guide

May 28th, 2015 @ 1:29pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The quote “I didn’t even know there was a festival for that!” is displayed on the About page of FestivalSeekers, an online directory and guide to festivals across Western Canada. Indeed, the site provides information about festivals you didn’t even know existed on top of the most popular summer events, contests, photos, deals, and useful tips for while you’re visiting an area for a festival.

“It’s a one-stop-shop,” Editor-in-Chief Lisa Monforton told me over the phone from her home base in Calgary. She and a dream team of experienced adventurers, from Comox to Jasper, curate content for all levels of content so that you can find out about events in your area, across the region, and beyond. Stunning photos, interviews, and multimedia load the site with the best previews for festivals across two provinces as well as providing quick links for ticket purchases and deals for over 200 events in BC and Alberta.

Since being founded in 2009 by Jim Barr (aka Doc Pow), Seekers Media – through FestivalSeekers and SnowSeekers – has been delivering winter and festival content. In 2014 Seekers’ digital network educated and inspired well over 1,000,000 travelers through video views, story reads, contest entries and social media engagement on a winter and or event Alberta/BC travel experience.

All of the FestivalSeekers correspondents, including Lisa, not only write about festivals, they enjoy experiencing them too. “It’s not unusual for my husband and I to just get in the car and hit a music festival in the Shuswap. We’ll pack a cooler, picnic basket, put clothes in a knapsack, put on some car tunes, and hit the road.”

The variety of events covered and posted, on top of the extra information provided, makes FestivalSeekers a valuable reference for music, sports, arts, and culture related festivals.

Want to learn more about Tough Mudder in Drumheller or Whistler? How about Timber Day in Revelstoke, the Nelson Fat Tire Festival, the Shuswap Dragon Boat Festival, and Spock Days in Vulcan? You can find out about tickets and lineups but also find accommodation recommendations, places to eat, and other amenities nearby the event site through FestivalSeekers.

I’m happy to say that I’ll be joining the ranks of the FestivalSeekers contributors this summer as I profile a series of festivals happening in a less talked about corner of the “604” region. I’ll do my best to not only tell you about what’s happening over on FestivalSeekers, but to also provide photos, interviews, and the very best resources and information to help you plan your own adventure this season.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Every year FestivalSeekers gives away over $100,000 in contest prizes and this month they want to give you the ultimate summer festival experience! You can enter to win 2 general admission festival passes to the Alberta or British Columbia festival of your choice PLUS $300 spending money. Enter to win over on the FestivalSeekers website (contest closes June 22, 2015). Good luck!

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To learn more, and to keep up with FestivalSeekers, sign up for the newsletter and follow along on on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube for more information. You could also be considered for the “festival photo of the week” feature on their social media outlets simply by sharing your festival photos with the tag #FestivalSeekers.

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This post is sponsored by Festival Seekers/Seekers Media

BC Sports Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees

May 28th, 2015 @ 3:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tonight at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West), this year’s impressive roster of BC Sports Hall of Fame inductees will be honoured, recognized, and celebrated for their contributions to sport in our province.

Banquet of Champions

2015 Inductees

Inductees that will be recognized at the Banquet of Champions:

John Haar, Builder, Baseball
Leah Pells, Athlete, Athletics
J.Paul McConnell, Media
Denny Veitch, Builder, All-Round
Shelley Winter Andrews, Athlete, Field Hockey
Paul Kariya, Athlete, Ice Hockey
Garett Hickling, Athlete, Wheelchair Rugby
Denny Morrison, Athlete, Speed Skating
Duncan Campbell, Pioneer, Wheelchair Rugby
BC Members of the 2012 Canadian Olympic Women’s Soccer Team: Karina LeBlanc, Sophie Schmidt, Christine Sinclair, Brittany Timko, and Emily Zurrer

As the social media sponsor of the Banquet of Champions, I will be on site providing updates on Twitter using the tag #2015BOC. Stay tuned for photos, quotes, and more from this inspiring celebration.

…. UPDATES TO FOLLOW TONIGHT…

Follow the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the Banquet of Champions festivities on Facebook and Twitter, and using the tag #2015BOC.

The BC Sports Hall of Fame is open daily at Gate A of BC Place from 10:00am-5:00pm. Go there. Experience. Be proud. Be inspired.

Vancouver Icons: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

May 28th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The mission of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society, incorporated in 1981, is to maintain and enhance the bridge of understanding between the Chinese and Western cultures, to promote Chinese culture generally, and to be an integral part of the local community. Since Vancouver’s Chinese Garden was built between 1985-1986, it has served as a stunning venue, cultural hub, public park and green space in the heart of the city.

Using the time honoured principles and techniques of the original Ming dynasty garden, 52 master craftsmen from Suzhou China, working with Canadian counterparts, completed this landscape masterpiece within a year. The intricate halls and walkways are constructed with precise joinery and without the use of nails, screws or glue. For the architect, the botanist, the student of history, the lover of beauty, the Garden provides insights into the subtle wonders to be found within the walls of this living treasure.

Opening on April 24, 1986 at 578 Carrall Street, this oasis is loved by locals and tourist, and as such it is today’s Vancouver Icons photo feature:


1985: Archives# CVA 1502-1005.


1985: Archives# CVA 1502-1040.


1986: Archives# CVA 784-317.

Sun Yat-Sen Park Entrance
Photo credit: M Yee on Flickr

Pagoda
Photo credit: Kevin Krebs on Flickr

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Walking Tour of Gastown & Chinatown

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden
Photo credit: Maurice Li Photography on Flickr

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Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup & Ruth Hartnup on Flickr

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park
Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup on Flickr

Sun Yat-Sen Garden
Photo credit: Scapevision on Flickr

Tonight in Vancouver: The 17th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque on Flickr

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver Canada
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

Other Vancouver Icons posts: Museum of Anthropology, Fort Langley Community Hall, Christ Church Cathedral, Waterfront Station, Pacific Central Station, Randall Building Mural, East Van Cross, Robert Burns Statue in Stanley Park, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Flack Block, The Drop, Prospect Point Lighthouse, Engagement, Ovaltine Cafe, The English Bay Slide, Freezing Water #7, Cleveland Dam, Heritage Hall, School of Theology Building at UBC, Gate to the Northwest Passage, St Paul’s Hospital, Capilano Lake, Stawamus Chief, Nine O’Clock Gun, Malkin Bowl, Search, Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

Archive Photo of the Day: Harrison Lake Camping

May 28th, 2015 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Harrison Lake Camping, 1889 by Bailey Bros. Photography

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Surrey Canada Day Lineup 2015

May 27th, 2015 @ 7:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Canadian rock royalty, Blue Rodeo, will headline Surrey’s annual Canada Day Celebration, presented by Coast Capital Savings, on July 1st. This year’s celebration plans to be the largest Canada Day event in Western Canada with attendance expected to surpass 100,000!

Surrey Canada Day 2013

Surrey Canada Day Lineup 2015

Opening for Blue Rodeo will be alternative artists, The Zolas; other Main Stage acts include newcomers Little India, and country music favourite, Me and Mae. Tragically Hip cover band, The Hip Show, and Zerbin will perform early evening, and this year’s fireworks musical mash-up will be crafted by BC DJ collectives, The Freshest.

Surrey Canada Day 2013

The event marks Canada’s 148th birthday and highlights include: free live entertainment; a half a million square feet of site area; an expanded Kids Play area; family fun for all ages; over 100 exhibitors; amusements with midway games and rides; and a spectacular fireworks show for the grand finale.

Canada Day in Surrey is always a blast, with fun for the whole family including rides, snacks, crafts, activities, and free live entertainment all day long. Here are my “5 Reasons to Attend Surrey Canada Day” that I made up last year, and the same applies for 2015.

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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!

Easter Seals 24 Hour Camp Challenge: Win a Harbour Tour

May 27th, 2015 @ 1:51pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Easter Seals 24 Hour Camp Challenge is coming up June 13th and June 14th and is a community based fundraising event that involves groups of people participating in different camping and sporting events for 24 Hours.

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Easter Seals 24 Hour Camp Challenge

The Easter Seals 24 Hour Camp Challenge event provides 12 hours of competitive fun and 12 hours of camping fun, all while raising funds to help send more than 800 BC kids with disabilities to BC Easter Seals overnight camps. Teams compete for fun in activities and games including relay races, skills challenges, trivia, volleyball and bocce and round out the day with live music and a taste of the unforgettable camp experience that BC Easter Seals provides.

The event takes place at Camp Squamish, a beautiful 22-acre site with endless grass fields, forested trails and amenities including washrooms, showers, fire pits, an outdoor barbecue pavilion and even an indoor pool. You’ll get a taste of just what your valuable fundraising provides: unforgettable camp experiences to children throughout the Province.

Teams are made up of co-workers, recreational groups, friends and family who collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise money towards their collective team total. All funds raised from this event go towards Easter Seals Camp Squamish. Follow 24 Hour Camp Challenge on Facebook and Twitter for more information and be sure to register today!

Easter Seals Camps give BC children and young adults with disabilities the chance to discover their individual abilities. Camp sessions are carefully planned and designed to encourage these kids to gain new skills, develop new friendships, gain confidence and independence – skills that will help them to live lasting and fulfilling lives.

On average, over 700 children and young adults with disabilities from all over BC attend a one-week camping session at one of three Easter Seals camps located across the province – Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, Squamish near Vancouver and Winfield in the Okanagan.

Win a Harbour Tour

To promote this awesome camp experience, I have a local adventure to give away to one lucky reader. You can enter to win 1 Harbour Tour for 4 courtesy of Sea Vancouver, a value of $168)!

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Launching from the Westin Bayshore Hotel, our fleet of open-air, purpose built, zodiac-style vessels are Vancouver’s fastest and safest way to view the city from the sea. Waterfront Sightseeing Adventures begin cruising along the Vancouver Inner Harbour, then soaring up to 55 Km/h as we cross the Burrard Inlet. Along the way our experienced, qualified and passionate skippers will provide a fascinating array of information, highlighting the sights of Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, Northshore, English Bay, False Creek and Stanley Park. With over 30 possible points of interest, each adventure is tailored to the interests of our thrill seeking passengers.

Here’s how you can enter to win this Harbour Tour:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite camping activity (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a harbour tour for 4 from @24EasterSeals + @Miss604 http://ow.ly/Nw6gP

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.