Rogers Hometown Hockey at Larwill Park

Friday, January 13th, 2017 — 9:10am PST
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Bring your family to Larwill Park in Downtown Vancouver this weekend to celebrate hockey in our community with Rogers Hometown Hockey. Canada’s largest touring hockey festival will have live music, games, hockey stars and a viewing party.

Rogers Hometown Hockey

When: January 14 & 15, 2017 12:00pm to 5:30pm
Where: Larwill Park in Vancouver (Bounded by Cambie, Dunsmuir, Beatty, Georgia)
Admission: Free!

Pick up a virtual autograph inside the Rogers Tent, meet your favourite NHL Alumni in the Scotiabank Community Locker Room, test your skills in the Chrysler Pacifica Stow N Go Challenge, and cheer for your local minor hockey teams in the Cheer Like Never Before contest.

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Stop by Sunday as Hometown Hockey hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone broadcast live from Vancouver. Stick around for a live performance from local musicians and watch as the Vancouver Canucks take on the New Jersey Devils.

For more information follow Rogers Hometown Hockey on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using tag #HometownHockey.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, January 12th, 2017 — 4:07pm PST
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Wedding shows, a winter classic, hockey, skating and more can be enjoyed this weekend in Metro Vancouver. Events are listed below and if you have one to add for this weekend, or in the future, feel free to send it in for a free listing.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, January 13, 2017
UBC Thunderbirds Winter Classic
Opening Night: Strong Female Character
Empire of the Son – Montréal
Lights at Lafarge
Skating at Robson Square

Saturday, January 14, 2017
It’s My Wedding Show
Westin Bayshore Wedding Fair
Vancouver Gluten Free Expo
JP Maurice EP Release
Rogers Hometown Hockey, Larwill Park
Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market
Empire of the Son – Montréal
Lights at Lafarge
Skating at Robson Square

Sunday, January 15, 2017
KidPreneur Market Day, Surrey
The Anxiety Show – Ep. 1, F**k Fat Shaming
MOVE with Janine’s New Year Ab & Booty Blaster
It’s My Wedding Show
Westin Bayshore Wedding Fair
Vancouver Gluten Free Expo
Rogers Hometown Hockey, Larwill Park
Classical Concert Series Presents: Sleep and Dreams
Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market
Lights at Lafarge
Skating at Robson Square

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2017 MLS Schedule

Thursday, January 12th, 2017 — 11:55am PST
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This morning Major League Soccer (“MLS”) revealed the 2017 schedule for its 22 teams, which includes the lineup of matches for Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

I’ve highlighted a few matches against our Canadian and Cascadian rivals, and the reigning MLS champions, that are bound to have an electric atmosphere and great competition:

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2017 MLS Schedule

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Vancouver hosts Toronto

Friday, April 14, 2017
Vancouver hosts Seattle

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Portland hosts Vancouver

Sunday, July 23, 2017
Vancouver hosts Portland

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Vancouver hosts Seattle

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Seattle hosts Vancouver

Sunday, October 22, 2017
Portland hosts Vancouver

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Vancouver hosts NEW team Atlanta United

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Vancouver plays at new Orlando City SC stadium

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Vancouver hosts NEW team Minnesota United

« Click here for the full schedule »

In addition to the MLS lineup, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will also play in CONCACAF Champions League and the Amway Canadian Championship this year. CONCACAF matches will be played February 22nd at Red Bull Arena vs New York Red Bulls, and then March 2nd at BC Place again vs New York.

Just as MLS has done for the World Cup since 2010 and the 2016 Copa America Centenario, the 2017 schedule will include a break for the CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage for the first time. Group stage matches for the CONCACAF Gold Cup will be played from July 7 through July 17.

The schedule for the 2017 Canadian Championship will be announced at a later date.

The regular MLS season kicks off at BC Place on March 5th when the Whitecaps take on Philadelphia Union. Follow Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Twitter and Facebook for more information about the schedule and single game ticket purchases which will be available in February.

Innovation150 Kick Off at Science World & Innovation Festival Vancouver

Thursday, January 12th, 2017 — 10:53am PST
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What do the Walkie-Talkie, IMAX, the egg carton, instant mashed potatoes and the sport of hockey all have in common? They were all Canadian inventions! You can celebrate Canada’s innovative past, present and future for our country’s 150th anniversary when the Innovation150 National Tour launches at Science World next week.

Innovation150 Kick Off at Science World

The cross-country Innovation150 tour will celebrate Canadian ingenuity and inspire the innovators of tomorrow. Locally, from January 19 to February 3, 2017, Science World and Innovation150 are organizing a city-wide celebration of Canada’s innovative past, present and future for our country’s 150th anniversary. Innovation Festival: Vancouver will offer exciting exhibitions, events and activities for youth and families.

Innovation Festival: Vancouver

Quantum: The Exhibition – Meet an Expert
January 21, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
January 22, 11:00am

Grownup Science Workshop
January 24, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Power Of Ideas Interactive Presentation
January 20, 23 and 24 10:00am, 12:00pm
January 21 and 22 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

Actua Maker Mobile Innovation Stations
January 21, 10:00am to 12:00pm
January 22, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Actua Maker Mobile Workshops
January 21, 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm
January 22, 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm

Throughout the festival check out the Power of Ideas Exhibition, and QUANTUM: The Exhibition until February 26, 2017 at Science World.

This showcase and national tour launch is the collaborative effort of five of Canada’s leading science outreach organizations—Perimeter Institute, Actua, the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, the Canadian Association of Science Centres and the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation.

For more information follow Science World on Facebook and Twitter with tags #Innovation150 & #quantumvan.

UBC Thunderbirds Winter Classic with Celebrity and Canucks Alumni Game

Thursday, January 12th, 2017 — 9:44am PST
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Be a part of the crowd for the UBC Thunderbirds’ largest ever hockey game at the 3rd annual UBC Thunderbirds Winter Classic! The men’s team will take on the Manitoba Bisons in front of 5,000 local fans on Friday. Arrive early for a special Canucks Alumni and Hollywood North charity game for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

UBC Thunderbirds Winter Classic

When: January 13, 2017 @ 5:25pm for charity game, Winter Classic puck drop 7:00pm
Where: UBC Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
Tickets: Available online now starting at $5

Start your weekend off right at the UBC Thunderbirds Winter Classic with where there will be music, community booths, prizes, food, drinks and an epic hockey game. Spectators will have the opportunity to donate to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in exchange for autographs and photos with their favourite players, actors and musicians.

The puck drops at 5:25pm and the celebrities will have a meet and greet with fans during the first intermission of the UBC and Manitoba match-up.

Celebrity and Canucks Alumni Game

Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica)
Fred Ewanuick (Corner Gas)
Adam DiMarco (Arctic Air)
Warren Christie (Motive)
Dan Payne (Descendants)
Michael Coleman (Once Upon a Time)
Jason Burkart (Once Upon a Time)
Dylan Playfair (LetterKenny)
Tyler Johnston (LetterKenny)
Andrew Herr (LetterKenny)
Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Baby Daddy)
Lisa Durupt (Less Than Kind)
Mike Dopud (Arrow)
Ryan McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica)
Ken Hegan (George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight)
Brendan Fletcher (The Revenant)
Brad Swaile (Death Note)
Jason McKinnon (Level Up)
Vancouver Canucks Alumni
Jamie Huscroft
Mark Lofthouse
Jyrki Lumme
Larry Melnyk
BJ MacDonald
Gary Nylund
Garry Monahan
Eddie Hatoum
Dave Babych
Bob Murray
Randy Heath
Rick Amann

Darcy Rota
Steve Kariya
Jackson Davies

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre will also have a kiosk at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbirds Sports Centre on the night of the Winter Classic for those who want more information on how to help. One of the game’s Hollywood North celebrities, Tyler Johnston (Letterkenny, Supernatural) posted a list of donation items that fans can bring to the game on Friday:

Blankets, towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks, underwear, bras, toiletries, jackets, feminine hygiene products, footwear, umbrellas, reading glasses, books, DVDs, art supplies.

Since 1978, the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre has provided a safe space for women and children in the Downtown Eastside. They provide practical support, basic necessities and hot nutritious meals to over 500 women and children every day. They support women to make positive changes in their lives by connecting them to a continuum of services including outreach, advocacy, wellness, recreation, housing and skills development.

Shred for the Cause at Mt Seymour

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 — 11:14am PST
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Enjoy a night of skiing or snowboarding while you support an awesome local organization during Shred for the Cause at Mt. Seymour. Head up Monday nights (between January 23 and March 27, 2017) and ladies can ski or snowboard at Mt. Seymour for just $10, with $5 from every lift ticket going to The Bloom Group.

Shred for the Cause

Dates: Every Monday from January 23rd to March 27, 2017
Times: From 6:00p to 10:00pm
Cost: Ladies pay a minimum $10 cash donation at Guest Services

Men are still welcome to come out and enjoy some evening shredding and donating to the cause. Lift tickets for men from 6:00pm to 10:00pm are $33 during Shred for the Cause. There’s NO need to pick up any vouchers at retail outlets this season. Tickets will be sold out of the ticket booths at Guest Services. Please bring CASH for quick processing.

The Bloom Group Community Services Society has provided some of the most progressive social services in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for over 50 years, including low-barrier shelters for women and children. Last season $17,700 was raised during Shred for the Cause.