WOW Westminster: The W at Westminster Pier Park


Friday, April 21st, 2017 — 9:05am PDT
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You may have passed the giant “W” in New Westminster’s Pier Park every day, twice a day, looking down from the SkyTrain, or you may be like me and have only seen it in Instagram photos until now. This week I met up with some friends in the Royal City, who showed me the park and WOW Westminster up close.

Installed in 2015, this 140-foot-long installation, comprising four forty-foot shipping containers precariously cantilevered to form a “W,” was designed by the Brazilian artist José Resende.

Title: WOW Westminster
Artist: José Resende (b.1945, Brazil)
Medium: Four corten steel shipping containers
Dimensions (H x W x D): 10.7 x 42.7 x 2.4 m (35’1″ x 140’1″ x 7’10″)
Weight: 15,422 kg (34,000 lbs.)
Location: Westminster Pier Park in New Westminster, British Columbia

Marcello Dantas, the Vancouver Biennale’s senior curator credited with having chosen both the site and the artist, says, “Resende’s WOW Westminster is not only an interpretation of the economic activity of the Fraser River and the flow of goods through trains, ships and trucks: it’s also about capturing the energy and history of this transportation hub, the transformation of the City of New Westminster and its waterfront into a recreational arts and cultural playground. WOW Westminster will become a respite for citizens and an icon of the City and region for decades as viewers explore the riverside walk along Westminster Pier Park.”

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Win Tickets to VAMSO Presents A John Williams Tribute


Thursday, April 20th, 2017 — 3:15pm PDT
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The Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra (“VAMSO”) ends its season with a tour de force finale of riveting film scores in A John Williams Tribute at the Orpheum Theatre. This homage to the maestro of the movies will feature Williams’ epic and gripping works from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Indiana Jones, Catch Me If You Can, and more performed by VAMSO under the baton of conductor Kathleen Allan.

VAMSO Presents A John Williams Tribute

Where: The Orpheum (601 Smithe St, Vancouver)
When: Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:00pm
Tickets: Available now online or at the door for $10 to $15.

“John Williams’ music is just as iconic as the characters and stories of the films he scored,” says Kathleen Allan, Associate Conductor of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. “While he is most famous for his majestic and rousing themes, Williams also has an uncanny ability to spark emotion with soaring melodies and heart-rending harmonic shifts. This concert, in celebration of the recent 85th birthday of Hollywood’s most beloved composer, will showcase all sides of his diverse musical output.”

Audiences at A John Williams Tribute will be transported to mystic kingdoms and faraway galaxies while taking in memorable themes from silver screen classics by directors George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. While the program offers some of the most recognized motion picture music of all time, the concert will also include Williams’ lesser-known masterpieces. Such works include Suo Gan, the stirring Welsh folksong featured prominently in Empire of the Sun, and the ceremonious Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan, which will feature the choirs of VAM’s Mary Buckerfield White Choral Program.

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, April 20th, 2017 — 11:14am PDT
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This weekend stop by BC’s largest Earth Day celebration, Surrey’s Party for the Planet, on Saturday. It will have free, family-friendly fun all day with an eco, enviro, and sustainability twist. Info about this festival and many more events are listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green.

Friday, April 21, 2017
Make It! Vancouver
Earth Day at TELUS Garden
Science World After Dark: Earth Day Edition
African Night with Jacky Essombe
Vancouver Photo Book Fair
Edmonds Film Festival
Verses Festival
Dance Centre: Lesley Telford, Inverso
Stone’s Throw Productions Presents: The Wolves
Tulips of the Valley, Chilliwack
Abbotsford Tulip Festival

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Free Outdoor Dancing Events in Vancouver This Summer


Thursday, April 20th, 2017 — 8:45am PDT
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Free, outdoor activities are all the rage in Vancouver during the summer months and nothing gets locals and visitors moving like dance. After two years in development, Dance in Transit is set to liven up Downtown Vancouver with free, public dance events for all skill levels, May 20 – September 1.

Dance in Transit

Free Outdoor Dancing Events in Vancouver This Summer

Dance in Transit: Free Outdoor Dancing Events in Vancouver This Summer

The idea is to engage Vancouver in healthy, safe, fun activity that will include all cultures and occupations, dancers and people who have never danced before. This project is all about building community, expanding social networks, and easing people away from their digital devices and back to face-to- face connection.

Sam’s Dance, Rose Royce Group, and CiTR Radio are partnering to host Dance in Transit. Each event will focus on specific dance styles with mini-lessons, demonstrations, performances, social dancing, snacks and drinks.

Venues

  • Robson Square: Below street level on Robson between Howe & Hornby
  • Jim Deva Plaza: Davie Street at Bute by the rainbow crosswalk
  • Queen Elizabeth Plaza: Hamilton at Georgia, in front of the theatre
  • Plaza of Nations: Pacific Blvd by the Edgewater Casino

Schedule

Fridays
May 26 @ Robson Square 8:00pm to 11:00pm
June 2 @ Robson Square 8:00pm to 11:00pm
August 18 @ Robson Square 8:00pm to 11:00pm
August 25 @ Robson Square 8:00pm to 11:00pm
September 1 @ Robson Square 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Saturdays
May 20 @ Robson Square 8:00pm to 11:00pm
May 27 @ Jim Deva Plaza 7:00pm to 10:00pm
June 3 @ Robson Square 8:00pm to 11:00pm
June 10 @ Robson Square 8:00pm to 11:00pm
June 17 @ QE Plaza 2:00pm to 5:00pm
June 17 @ Robson Square 8:00pm to 11:00pm
June 24 @ Jim Deva Plaza 7:00pm to 10:00pm
July 1 @ Plaza of Nations 8:00pm to 11:00pm

July 8 @ QE Plaza 7:00pm to 11:00pm
July 15 @ Robson Square 8:00pm to 11:00pm
July 22 @ Jim Deva Plaza 7:00pm to 10:00pm
August 5 @ Plaza of Nations @ 8:00pm to 11:00pm
August 12 @ Jim Deva Plaza 7:00pm to 10:00pm
August 19 @ Plaza of Nations 8:00pm to 11:00pm
August 26 @ QE Plaza 7:00pm to 11:00pm
September 2 @ Robson Square 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Sundays
June 11 @ Robson Square 2:00pm to 5:00pm
July 2 @ Robson Square 2:00pm to 5:00pm
July 16 @ Plaza of Nations 2:00pm to 5:00pm
August 13 @ Plaza of Nations 2:00pm to 5:00pm
August 20 @ Robson Square 2:00pm to 5:00pm
August 27 @ Robson Square 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Dance in Transit is looking for partners, sponsors, and volunteers. Full details can be found on the website.

Win a Drum Heat Date Night


Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 1:51pm PDT
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Preeminent percussionist Sal Ferreras presents the 31st annual Drum Heat, a concert uniting BC’s top jazz and world music talent to benefit Arts Umbrella students. Performing in styles and fusions from the Carribean, Latin America, and Asia, this year’s stellar lineup will ignite the stage with sizzling hot rhythms and harmonies.

Drum Heat

Where: Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St, Vancouver)
When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 8:00pm (doors at 7:00pm)
Tickets: Available online now

Leading this heart-pumping evening, Sal Ferreras will perform percussion, vibes, and vocals. An elite musician, Ferreras has been called to play on a series of JUNO and GRAMMY-Award winning recordings. With a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia, Ferreras is a highly sought-after expert in drumming, and world music. His love for connecting musical minds has brought him as far as Australia, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal, Taiwan, and all over North America. With his many staggering achievements, Ferreras was inducted in the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2002, and was honoured in 2010 with the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Music.

As part of his work to benefit the community through the arts, Ferreras contributes net proceeds of Drum Heat to directly support Arts Umbrella programs. Three out of five Arts Umbrella students need financial assistance to access arts education. Through the generous support of audiences who attend Drum Heat, the funding from the concert reaches more than 12,000 young people each year.

Win a Drum Heat Date Night

I have a pair of tickets for Drum Heat to give away along with a $100 gift card for dinner at Nuba in Kitsilano.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Art can change the lives of children in incredible ways, which is why Arts Umbrella helps young artists cultivate creativity and grow self-confidence through dance, theatre and visual arts. Since 1979, the not-for-profit has opened the doors for all kids ages 2 to 19 to find and explore their artistic voices. More than 20,000 students discover the magic each year – with more than half participating at little to no cost to their families.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Update The winner is Barb!

5 Things You Can’t Miss at Surrey’s Party for the Planet


Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 11:25am PDT
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BC’s largest Earth Day celebration, Party for the Planet, returns to the Surrey City Hall Plaza on April 22nd. This year’s festival headliner is JUNO nominated artist Shawn Hook.

Surrey Party for the Planet

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Where: The Plaza at City Hall (13450 104th Avenue, Surrey)
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Admission This is a free event. No tickets are required!

5 Things You Can’t Miss

1. Canada 150 Zone:
Be a part of all the fun in the Canada 150 zone at Party for the Planet! We will be celebrating Canada’s birthday this year with a wide variety of “Canadian” themed activities and crafts, as well as amazing performances on our Canada 150 stage. Pick up a #SurreyCanada150 passport for your chance to win prizes, decorate and enjoy Canadian flag cookies, and much more.

2. Enviro-Fun:
Stop by the tree and plant sale, enjoy some nature play, and mix up a smoothie using bicycle power! Learn all about the City of Surrey’s Environmental Extravaganza happening around the city until June 11th, and explore an Eco Dome.

3. Sports:
Visit with the BC Lions, play some 3-on-3 road hockey, and try your skills at the rock climbing wall to get the best view of the Party for the Planet grounds.

4. Food Trucks:
What’s a festival without food? From mini donuts to vegan fare, the Party for the Planet food trucks will keep you satisfied. Try a scoop of Rocking Point Ice Cream or a gooey sandwich from Melt Town Grilled Cheese.

5. Performances:
From Will Stroet and the Purple Pirate, to Yo-Yo master Harrison Lee and the energizing Blink Acro, there will be plenty of free performances and shows all across the event site on Saturday. On the Main Stage look for Kutapira, Willa, Virginia To Vegas, and Shawn Hook closing out the program at 6:00pm. View the full schedule here »

Check out this curated list of activities specifically for artsy kids, and active kids at Party for the Planet. Follow the Surrey Events team on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Miss604 is a proud partner of Party for the Planet