It’s a Nanaimo thing. World Championship Bathtub Racing is a high-thrills, adrenaline pumping sport that’s been a tradition on Vancouver Island since 1967. I had the chance to go out on the water with a bathtub racer earlier this spring to learn more about the sport, its history, and the community festival that has been built up around it. Read my full story for FestivalSeekers online and check out some photos from my day out at Departure Bay:
World Championship Bathtub Race
After getting tossed out of a bathtub on the waters off Nanaimo’s Departure Bay, all Jamie Garcia could say, with a giant smile splashed across his face, was, “Does that thing ever rip!”
“It’s all part of the race,” Marion Steward added as she turned our support boat around to go and pick him up. Stewart has been racing in the Nanaimo Marine Festival’s World Championship Bathtub Race for the past 12 years, which is where she met fellow competitor Garcia.
I got to tag along one morning as Garcia was testing out a new motor on his custom-built tub. It was an impressive 40 pounds of fibreglass, decorated chromed parts and sponsor logos – and it was now upside-down in the water. » Read more…
English Bay and Sunset Beach will host stages featuring a diverse lineup of cross-genre Canadian talent showcased on July 23, July 27, and July 30 at LG 104.3’s SHOREFEST this year.
LG 104.3’s SHOREFEST showcases great local and national talent within the LG 104.3 Stage at the Keg Lounge in English Bay and the Sunset Beach Stage at beautiful Sunset Beach. This year’s headliner is multi-platinum and 80’s iconic Canadian rock band, Loverboy. In addition, LG 104.3’s SHOREFEST features Jim Byrnes & Friends, The Matinee, and JUNO Award® winner Trooper to get the crowd amped for the Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks competition.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
LG 104.3 Stage
Sunset Beach Stage
Jim Byrnes & Friends
The Lion, The Bear, The Fox
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
LG 104.3 Stage
Sunset Beach Stage
The Boom Booms
Saturday, July 30, 2016
LG 104.3 Stage
Sunset Beach Stage
Krystle Dos Santos
Good For Grapes
The River and the Road
July 23, 2016 Royal Fireworks, representing Netherlands
July 27, 2016 Howard’s Fireworks, representing Australia
July 30, 2016 Walt Disney Entertainment, representing United States
The Kitsilano Showboat has begins its 81st season of free entertainment in Vancouver, running every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from June 20th until August 20th. Since 1935 this summer staple has featured musical acts, plays, and dancers all near the pool at Kitsilano Beach.
From the Burnaby International Folk Dancers to Bella Domingo Polynesian Dancers, the live entertainment is diverse and vibrant. Enjoy a summer sunset at the beach and cherish this Vancouver tradition of outdoor music and dance. Tango, country dance, performing arts, orchestra, chorus, violin, brass, and much more. All programs start at 7:00pm and the Kitsilano Showboat is free to enjoy but donations are very welcome.
There’s nothing quite like being out on the water in Vancouver, and when you mix in tropical Latin rhythms, it just makes the experience that much more magical. It’s a good thing Summer Salsa Cruises are back again this season! Hop aboard and enjoy complimentary dance lesson, sit back and watch the sultry dance show or view the stunning scenery around you, either way this will be a night to remember.
Summer Salsa Cruise in Vancouver
The MV Britannia has three levels of DJs pumping a variety of music for testing your most sultry Latin moves and heart-pumping salsa lessons by some of Vancouver’s best instructors.
The 2016 Summer Salsa Cruise series runs Saturday June 25th, July 9th, August 6th, 13th, 20th, closing the season September 10th. Book a private event or join one of the incredibly fun summertime salsa cruises. Tickets are $29 in advance, or $34 at the door. Group rates are available.
Nights out on a salsa cruise have food available on board and a bar on each level to quench your thirst all night.
SalsaCruises.com is offering 2 lucky Miss604 readers a pair of tickets to their upcoming Summer Salsa Cruise on June 25th. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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On Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10:00am to 3:00pm, discover activities for all ages, scout out local food trucks, enjoy live entertainment and take a photo to remember your day at a selfie station. One of this year’s venues participating in Surrey Doors Open is the Honeybee Centre.
Where: Fry’s Corner, 7480 176 St (Fraser Hwy at 176th) When: Visit for free during Surrey Doors Open, June 18 from 10am-3pm
The Honeybee Centre will be offering live beekeeping demonstrations from their expert beekepers to show you how to take care of bees and extract honey. Kids can learn the A, Bee, C’s of the honeybee’s world and make a Bee headband.
Take a free sample of local honey and see a real beehive up close. Watch a show, sit down for some lunch at the Fry’s Corner Beestro, and don’t forget to check out 15 different varieties of local and exotic honeys before you leave.
Join a free celebration of your community at Surrey Doors Open! This is the 5th annual, self-guided tour that takes you to unique places and spaces found throughout Cloverdale, Grandview Heights, Newton and City Centre. Follow the City of Surrey on Twitter and Facebook using the tag #SurreyDoorsOpen.
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