H’Arts for the Homeless

September 28th, 2015 @ 7:28pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Lookout Society is hosting its 7th annual H’Arts for the Homeless gala on Thursday, October 1st. This special evening includes entertainment, live painting and inspiration that celebrates the joys, successes, strengths and stories of the people Lookout serves.

H’Arts for the Homeless

Where: The Imperial (319 Main St, Vancouver)
When: Thursday, October 1, 2015 @ 5:30pm
Tickets: $60 available online or by phone 604-255-0340

Artist photo courtesy of Lookout Society

Live entertainment, unique performers, music, dance, visual artists and delicious food are all part of the H’Arts experience. Gala guests also learn the story of homelessness through art installations.

The gala features a group of visual artists creating artwork throughout the night. The finished works are then auctioned off with comedian David C. Jones wielding the auctioneer’s gavel and encouraging bidders on.

Funds raised at this year’s gala will help pay for medical and dental equipment needed for two health clinics operated by the Lookout Society in Surrey.

The Surrey North Community Health Centre and low cost dental clinic provide valuable services in Surrey. Last year 5,279 people visited the health clinic while 2,024 made contact with the dental clinic. The two clinics are located in the Lookout Society’s Health Services Building on 135A Street and cater largely to those who are homeless and living in poverty.

Lookout Emergency Aid Society is a non-profit, charitable organization meeting the needs of the homeless since 1971. Lookout operates 181 year-round shelter beds which provide warm beds, meals and services for men and women. Follow Lookout on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Win Tickets to Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear

September 28th, 2015 @ 1:19pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

A modern soulful folk band from Kansas City, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, is coming to Vancouver to play The Cultch on October 15th, presented by Paul Mercs Concerts.

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear

Where: The Cultch – Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St, Vancouver)
When: Thursday October 15, 2015 @ 7:30pm
Tickets: Available online or at The Cultch box office

At home, Madisen and Ruth Ward are family members. Onstage, they’re the leading members of Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, a soulful folk band whose sound is anchored by twin guitars and two big, booming voices.

The two began playing entire shows together, ditching cover songs in favor of Madisen’s original material. Both sang, both played guitar, and both watched as their band’s audience slowly grew. For years, though, they kept a low profile. This was honest music, performed by a band of blood relatives with no record label, no manager, no budget. Still, it was hard not to notice Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear. Onstage, they were solemn one minute and electrifying the next, able to command an audience’s attention with little more than two acoustic guitars and Madisen’s super-sized baritone vocals.

Their debut album, Skeleton Crew, was released in May of this year. Produced by Jim Abbiss, known for his award-winning work with Arctic Monkeys and Adele, Skeleton Crew captures Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear in their most natural setting. The two tracked most of the tracks live, sitting across from one another in the recording studio.

Win Tickets

If you would like to see this group perform a “mix of folk, rock and driving roots music that nods to the past while still pushing forward”, I have two tickets to give away to their show in Vancouver PLUS a vinyl record. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Follow Paul Mercs Concerts on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about upcoming shows and artist events in your area.

Pick of the Fringe Mrs Singh & Me

September 28th, 2015 @ 12:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The “Pick of the Fringe” at this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival is coming to Surrey after an encore performance on Granville Island. Mrs Singh & Me will run for five shows at the Newton Cultural Centre from October 2nd to October 4th.

Mrs Singh & Me


A playwright debut for Munish Sharma and a premiere presentation for the South Asian Arts Society, Mrs Singh & Me will be at the Newton Cultural Centre (13530 72 Avenue) with the following performance times:

Friday, October 2, 2015: 7:00pm-8:00pm & 9:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday, October 3, 2015: 7:00pm-8:00pm & 9:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday, October 4, 2015: 6:00pm-7:00pm

“Munish Sharma and South Asian Arts Society have put together a show that’s both audience-pleasing funny and a serious account of intra-cultural, intergenerational tensions.” – VancouverPlays.com

Munish Sharma (Iceland, This is War, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Chicken) debuts his skills as a playwright in this dark comedy. Love is in the air, but Mrs Kuldeep Singh (Nimet Kanji) is having none of it. Her instincts could be right or she could be missing out on the best son-in-law she could ever ask for – Raj, whose methods are as extreme as his heart is sure.

Directed by Jessie Award-nominee Kathleen Duborg, produced by Gurpreet Sian and award-winning producer Rohit Chokhani, and starring Munish Sharma and award-winning actress Nimet Kanji (Bollywood Wedding, The Violet Hour, Continuum), Mrs Singh & Me confronts cultural traditions and tackles generational differences, along with a generous helping of chai and cookies.

Tickets for the Surrey performance run are available online or in person at Kamal’s Video Palace, located at 8268 120 Street in Surrey. Ticket prices are $20 (plus applicable fees and service charges). Follow South Asian Arts for more information.

Visit Nardwuar’s Video Vault

September 28th, 2015 @ 9:57am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The greatest music historian in the country is inviting us all into his world this week as CiTR hosts Nardwuar’s Video Vault, a free drop-in event, on October 2nd.

Visit Nardwuar’s Video Vault

When: Friday, October 2, 2015 @ 12:00pm
Where: CiTR Studios are located the bottom South West Corner of the new AMS Nest at UBC (Lower Level 500) 6133 University Blvd.


30 years ago, Nardwuar did his first interview at his High School with Art Bergmann (one of the key figures in Canadian punk rock in the late 1970s) and his band Poisoned. In honour of this anniversary, Nardwuar posted about the experience on his Instagram:

“On their 2nd EP “This is your Life” they thanked my High School in their liner notes! I was shocked! Being the president of the student council I decided they would be a great band for the first dance of the school year. The Young Canadians had broken up but Art was rockin’ with his new band Poisoned. They wanted $1400 bucks and i talked them down to, um, $1398 because in my mind that number would look cheaper to the teachers! Now that the band was secured, when the night arrived I got my buddy Glen Winter to get a video camera for an interview with Art, because I just had to find out why he thanked our High School! So on Sept 26 1985 I did my first interview! Watch THE INTERVIEW on @youtube https://youtu.be/002S7Bho3jE or at Nardwuar.com Doot doo!”

Decades later, after speaking with Nirvana, Courtney Love, Tom Morello, Jack White, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, and dozens of other artists, he’s not afraid to ask anyone, anything really. Just ask Mikhail Gorbachev.

When the New York Times published an article in early 2015 singing the praises of Nardwuar, Shawn Conner wrote on the Tourism Vancouver blog: “Vancouverites, and Canadian music fans, have long acknowledged Nardwuar – known as John Ruskin to family and friends – as a national treasure whose fearless interviewing style has endeared him to thousands of music fans. Now, millions of Americans are waking up with their morning coffee and newspaper to an appreciation of the beloved VJ/DJ/music journalist/musician.”

Jon Montgomery with Nardwuar
I first met Nardwuar during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Still going strong since that first interview in 1985, Nardwuar has over 300,000+ subscribers on YouTube, over 49,000 followers on Instagram, 124,000 Twitter followers, and his most-viewed video on YouTube is Nardwuar vs. Odd Future, which has over 4.5 million views. He’s got a world-wide reputation for his unbelievably well-researched interviews and friendly, quirky, lovable style.

Since October 1987, you’ve been able to hear Nardwuar on CiTR radio and now this Friday you can drop-in and visit with him as he talks and plays clips from his audio and video vault of interviews. Follow the event on Facebook for more information. Doot Doola Doot Doo…

Free Day at Science World and the Around the Dome Science Festival

September 25th, 2015 @ 9:06am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver’s annual Around the Dome Science Festival, presented by Genome British Columbia, is taking over Science World for the next month. Starting this weekend with a FREE day of admission on Sunday, September 27th (thanks to BC Hydro) the fun continues with special events and workshops through to October 25th.


Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27, 2015
Community Science Celebration from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Explore eye-popping science shows and lots of exhibitors, demonstrations, activities and programs for the whole family. Meet the people in our community doing cool science each and every day.

Sunday, September 27, 2015
Enjoy a free day of science Under the Dome from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL)
Learn about OWL from 11:00am to 3:00pm. They provide care to over 400 birds of prey each year. Meet a raptor and learn about the work that OWL staff and volunteers do to rehabilitate injured and orphaned birds.

Saturday, October 3 & Sunday, October 4, 2015
Make Your Own Origami Whale
Create your own origami whale with the help of staff and volunteers. This program is inspired by Science World’s new OMNIMAX film, Humpback Whales.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Café Scientifique: Keeping Animals Happy and Healthy
Join Science World for ideas, discussion and refreshments as you hear from professionals working in animal behaviour, health and welfare on current issues and how we can improve the lives of animals in our care.

Sunday, October 11, 2015
Water Education Day
Interact with water and the water cycle. Where does your water come from and what happens to the water that you use? Chat with scientists, researchers, specialists and employees to better understand and appreciate your water.

Saturday, October 24 & Sunday, October 25, 2015
City Farm Fest
Celebrate urban agriculture and backyard biodiversity. Learn about composting at home, take a tour of our gardens, meet city chickens and more.

Throughout the month there will also be a City of Vancouver Viaduct Display, the ACEC—2015 Awards for Engineering Excellence Road Show, First Responders Weekend, BC’s Waste Ace Contest, and more. Check out the full schedule of events online.

Guests are encouraged to experience more of their community and help reduce our carbon footprint by taking public transit. For more information follow Science World on Facebook and Twitter.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

September 24th, 2015 @ 3:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Festivals of film, the moon, reading, writing, flamenco, and… bacon are all happening this weekend as autumn brings on a deluge of events and activities. If you’re looking for something low key, check out these 10 Parks for Fall Colours and enjoy a stroll through the leaves.


Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, September 25, 2015
Culture Days – City of Vancouver Public Art Tour Burrard Corridor and Downtown
Global Physics Photowalk
Fine French Dinner
Vancouver Accelerate Your Life
FROM BYRD TO BARD The Glorious English Tradition
North Vancouver Museum and Archives: Family Records Workshop
Beyond the Inferno // UBC
Vancouver Startup Week Open House
Free Word Vancouver Festival of Reading and Writing
Vancouver International Film Festival, VIFF
IDS West
Vancouver Flamenco Festival Events
Snowbird RV Show

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Etsy Made in Canada Marketplace at Robson Square
MetamorFest 2015 Community Street Festival
Baconfest at Urban Digs Farm
Surrey Art in the City Tour
Real Ugly (For Lovers of the Unloved)
Hot One Inch Action, Button Fest
Surrey Library Maker Showcase
Harvest Festival and Food Swap
Vancouver Startup Week Open House
Vivian Fung: Biennale Snapshots At The VSO
Ryan Gander: Make Every Show Like it’s Your Last
Hamelin: A New Fable with Axis Theatre Company
Annual Retail Job Fair at Metropolis at Metrotown
Surrey Library: Screening: The LEGO Movie
North Vancouver Museum and Archives: Mathias Joe Totem Pole
North Vancouver Museum and Archives: Behind the Scenes
SocialLIGHT Conference
Chinook Wawa Immersion Weekend
13th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance
Railtown Tailgate Summer BBQ Series
Brilliant Gala for St Paul’s Hospital
Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival – Maple Ridge
Mount Pleasant Metamorfest
Vancouver Heritage Foundation: Mid-Century Modern House Tour
HypeSound: Music Production Workshop with Tigerstyle
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Vancouver, Plaza of Nations Night Market
Richmond Night Market
International Night Market, Richmond
Free Word Vancouver Festival of Reading and Writing
Vancouver International Film Festival, VIFF
IDS West
Vancouver Flamenco Festival Events
Snowbird RV Show

Sunday, September 27, 2015
Free Day at Science World
Township 7 Grape Stomp
World Rivers Day at Burnaby Village Museum
North Vancouver Museum and Archives: Pleasure Faire Walk
The Emerge 15 Fundraiser
Surrey Art in the City Tour
The Family’s Pasta & Italian Cooking Classes
Hello Happy Market
Special Afternoon with Dr. Kevin Zakresky – Lecture Only
Hamelin: A New Fable with Axis Theatre Company
Portobello West [Van]
MEC Big Wild Challenge
Chinook Wawa Immersion Weekend
SocialLIGHT Conference
The Inspiration and Craft Behind the Image
Who Killed Kraft Bier?
Sunday Seafood Boil at Boulevard
Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Vancouver, Plaza of Nations Night Market
Richmond Night Market
International Night Market, Richmond
Free Word Vancouver Festival of Reading and Writing
Vancouver International Film Festival, VIFF
IDS West
Vancouver Flamenco Festival Events
Snowbird RV Show

Check out the full September event listings here and if you have an event to include, please send it in by email for a free listing. Follow Miss604 on Twitter for more daily updates.

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