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.

Fun for Everyone at Big White This Season

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 — 10:44am PST
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I took a non-skiing friend on a girls weekend to Canada’s favourite family ski resort one weekend and we had an amazing time! Between the ice skating on the country’s highest outdoor rink and tubing at sunset, to tapas and wine at one of the 16+ dining establishments, Big White‘s wide array of offerings provide something for everyone.

I wrote about my experience for SnowSeekers:

Jingle bells on two eager Clydesdales chimed as we slid through the snow on our way to a warming hut for brunch. “It’s a winter wonderland!” says a young guest staying at Big White with her family.

This was the last activity for my friend and I before we headed home after a full weekend at the resort. On the sleigh, we compared notes with the youngster, whose itinerary was similar to ours.

“Tubing, then skating, then games?” She looked up to her mother to confirm her agenda. We had already done all of the above (although, we subbed the games for apres cocktails)… Continue Reading »

Big White

Big White

Big White

I would highly recommend taking advantage of the Snow Host program, which is a complimentary service for you to get to know the mountain quickly. Meet at the big chair in the village daily at 10:30am and get matched up with a host that will show you around anywhere you want to explore on the mountain. Look for the yellow jackets!

Big White

Our host Karl was amazing, with decades of experience at Big White he could tell you about every single one of the 118 runs (from 15 lifts), or where to find the best coffee in the village.

Big White

Big White

With 2,765 acres to explore on your skis or snowboard it’s a downhill dream, and with a lift capacity of 28,000 skiers per hour, you’ll rarely have to wait longer than a few minutes in line. This allows for more village explorations at this truly ski-in/ski-out resort.

Big White

Big White

With so many activities and so much terrain, you’ll never be bored, but if you’re seeking downtime, there’s bound to be a patio or hot tub open somewhere.

Make sure you also check out some of the unique eats! We found a Kelow-nut (a version of the cro-nut which is a croissant/donut), a s’mores waffle, and there’s also the legendary flaming gun barrel coffee.

Big White

Big White is located about 50km from Kelowna. Thanks to Honda Canada for the Pilot that got me to Big White and back in the middle of winter. I can barely recall another time when I had to drive in the snow before that weekend but with winter tires, AWD snow traction control, I felt really safe the entire ride.

Big White

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Vive les Voyageurs Winter Festival at Fort Langley

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 — 9:31am PST
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Fort Langley National Historic Site proudly presents the 8th annual Vive les voyageurs Winter Festival, a celebration of the vibrant French-Canadian culture that thrives today in British Columbia, and first emerged in the region when the Hudson’s Bay Company arrived in 1827 at Fort Langley.

Vive les Voyageurs Winter Festival at Fort Langley

Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley)
When: January 21 & 22 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission: Thanks to the 150th anniversary of the Confederation, the Government of Canada is very pleased to offer free admission for all visitors to the event.

French-Canadians have made a name for themselves in BC since the Hudson`s Bay Company first set foot on the shores of the Fraser River in 1827. As voyageurs, interpreters, trappers and more, their names are still heard throughout our community. Join us to celebrate this important heritage and learn something new about our ancestors of old and our community members of today.

Savour French-Canadian dishes including poutine and tourtière at lelem’ at the Fort Café. Visit the Maple Taffy booth and watch as hot maple syrup turns to taffy on snow.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy hands-on spoon-and-jig workshops, Métis beadwork demonstrations, musical performances and the entertaining Fur Trade Wedding program.

The official Canada 150 kick-off kick-off will take at 1:00pm on January 21st. Watch as local ice sculptor, Harold Sawatzky, expertly creates an ice sculpture, and take your photo with Parka, the Parks Canada Mascot.

Free for #Canada150

The Government is very pleased to offer free admission for all visitors to national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada in 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, including the Vive les Voyageurs Festival at Fort Langley National Historic Site.

Follow Fort Langley National Historic Site on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Variety Show of Hearts Telethon 2017

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 — 2:26pm PST
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The 51st annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon returns to Global BC on Sunday, February 12, 2017 with an all new single-day format with moving stories, joyous celebrations, and performances by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, jammed into eight hours of entertainment.

Variety Show of Hearts Telethon

When: Sunday, February 12, 2017 9:30am to 5:30pm
Where: Tune into Global BC live from the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam on television and live streaming online.

British Columbians will be treated to an energetic line-up of engaging hosts from Global BC, Rock 101, CFOX World Famous, and CKNW AM 980, as well as live entertainment from Dallas Smith, Dan Mangan, and The Washboard Union to name a few.

The new one day format of this year’s Telethon is inspired by the changing landscape of philanthropy. The Show of Hearts will be more impactful, more efficient, and will reflect the core purpose of Variety – The Children’s Charity: To inspire donors to help all children who have special needs in BC and the Yukon to fulfill their potential, so they can focus on the important things – like being kids.

This past October, Variety BC kicked off the Telethon season with the first ever Variety Week, where Global BC’s audiences across British Columbia got to meet amazing kids like Johannes, Drake, Oliver, Ella and more, whose remarkable spirits inspired an overwhelming outpouring of support. Telethon will allow donors to witness the power of their contributions in action as we catch up with these families and introduce more incredible kids whose lives have been impacted by a Variety grant.

As Variety BC enters its 51st year, its humbling and awe-inspiring history provides them with the foundation needed to be bold and innovative, as they look forward with renewed enthusiasm and excitement for the next half century of helping families and children with special needs.

Ways to Give

Donate online, by phone 310-KIDS (5437) toll-free in BC, or by texting KIDS to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.

Rebecca Bollwitt is a member of Variety BC’s Board of Directors and Miss604 is a proud partner of the Show of Hearts Telethon’s Social Lounge

Broadway Across Canada Shows 2017-2018

Monday, January 9th, 2017 — 9:06am PST
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Broadway Across Canada is thrilled to announce this year’s stunning season at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. The 2017-2018 season will open with Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera. Next up is the brand new production of the romantic and beloved classic, The Sound of Music and back by popular demand is the Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons, Jersey Boys. Rounding off the season is the true American dream story of Motown’s founder Barry Gordy, Motown the Musical.

Broadway Across Canada Shows 2017-2018

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – July 11-23, 2017
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, will come to Vancouver as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is bigger and better than ever before. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night”, “All I Ask Of You”, and “Masquerade” is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – September 12-17, 2017
A brand new production of The Sound of Music, is the spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family. Featuring music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

JERSEY BOYS – November 14-19, 2017
This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL – February 6–11, 2018
It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music and is now Broadway’s musical. This is the true American dream story of Motown’s founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers; shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs as “My Girl”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit.

Season Packages

Four show Season packages start at $185 and are available beginning today online or by phone at 1-866-542-7469.

Broadway Across Canada 2017-2018 Vancouver Season Subscribers receive exclusive perks, including: priority seating access, guaranteed prices, easy payment plans, guaranteed same seats locations for all season presentations, ticket exchange services, lost ticket replacement, online upgrades and NY ticketing services.

Follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their shows coming to Vancouver in 2017-2018.