Win a Got Craft Spring Prize Pack

April 27th, 2016 @ 5:35pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Got Craft? is celebrating its 10th year on May 7th and 8th, 2016 with their their 19th indie show at The Pipe Shop Building in North Vancouver.


Got Craft? Spring Market

Got Craft? brings together over 70 makers and indie craft designers showcasing organic bath and body products, accessories, home décor items, toys, greeting cards, and so much more. Find the perfect gift for Mom this Mother’s Day, whether she’s a tough-to-buy-for foodie, organic fanatic or fan of self-care.

“We’re super excited to be celebrating 10 years of Got Craft? To see how much the event has grown, and to see what an impact we’ve had on small business in BC, is so gratifying”, say Andrea and Robert Tucker, creators of Got Craft?. With vendors coming from all over BC, Got Craft? supports small business and aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and D.I.Y. culture.

Where: The Pipe Shop Building (115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver)
When: Saturday, May 7th & Sunday, May 8th 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tickets: Available online for $3 in advance or with flyer at the door, and at the door without flyer for $5

Enjoy a day of shopping at the Got Craft? indie craft market with amazing swag bags for the first 50 guests each day, hands-on DIY workshops hosted throughout the weekend providing guests the opportunity to get crafty, and flowers for the moms!

Win a Prize Pack

Got Craft? has once again LOADED up a prize pack for a lucky Miss604 reader with goodies from their makers and designers valued at over $650!

Amara Blue Designs
Cabin + Cub
Cici Art Factory
Delish General Store
Dragon Mist Distillery
Element Botanicals
frostbites syrup co.
g ceramic & co.
Glitter & Spice
Graveley & Sons
Irit Sorokin Designs
Little Wren
mana jewelry
Old Order Distilling Co.
She’s So
Spark Kombucha
Strathcona 1890
The Hive Printing
The Little Moore Shop
The Local Churn
Custom stamped bar necklace in brass
Blossom Brooch
Paper Print of their choice
Strong As A Mother Tank
Dragon Mist Coffee Liqueur
Lady Magic Aromatherapy Elixir Set
Constellation Planter
Teething necklace and bracelet
Infusion Kit
Gold Filled, Turquoise Earrings
Cross stitch cat pin
Gift Certificate
Crescent Moon Necklace
Mason jar tumbler + 1L growler
Micro Mini Shell Kit + gardening card
Kids Bibdana
One box of savoury butter

Here’s how you can enter to win this awesome bounty plus tickets to the event:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win $650+ @GotCraft prize pack from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The winner will be able to pick their prizes up at Got Craft?. Follow the event on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information and inspiration. Prize bag is as-is and cannot be exchanged for value or for other items.

Mother’s Day Events in Metro Vancouver

April 27th, 2016 @ 12:18pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Celebrate the mothers in your life on Sunday, May 8th, 2016 by treating her to some of these events and activities around Metro Vancouver.

Mother’s Day Events in Metro Vancouver



Got Craft?
The East Van Bazaar
Kitsilano Farmers Market

Walks & Tours

Jane’s Walk New Westminster
Mother’s Day Community BioBlitz
Mother’s Day Community Bioblitz: Birding Tours
The Women of Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour
Dawn Chorus Walk at Queen Elizabeth Park

Teas & Brunch

Mother’s Day at The Glades Garden
Mother’s Day High Tea To Go
Mother’s Day Tea on the Train, Port Moody
Mother’s Day Tea at Irving House

Shows & Entertainment

Here’s to the Ladies Who Laugh
BC Renaissance Festival
Mother’s Day at VanDusen Garden
Vancouver Opera Presents: Evita
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Metro Theatre Presents: Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

Check out more events in my May Event List and subscribe to the Miss604 weekend event newsletter to get the best local events right in your inbox every Thursday.

May Events in Metro Vancouver

April 27th, 2016 @ 11:59am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Sunny days lead us to a new month, full of festivals, family fun, and many ways to enjoy our region both indoors and outside. Miss604 is proud to sponsor BC Youth Week, the first week of May, and the rest of the month is full of activities including the opening of Playland, Mother’s Day, and the May Long Weekend.

May Events in Metro Vancouver, May 2016

This list is updated every day so be sure to check back often. If you have an event to add, send it in for free using my Contact Form here.

May Events in Metro Vancouver

Jump to: Sunday, May 1 to Sunday, May 8, 2016
Jump to: Monday, May 9 to Sunday, May 15, 2016
Jump to: Monday, May 16 to Sunday, May 22, 2016
Jump to: Monday, May 23 to Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Multi-Day Events

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

Sunday, May 1, 2016
Sponsored by Miss604: BC Youth Week
BMO Vancouver Marathon
Vancouver Youth Week: Skate Jam
Mega Youth Night, Richmond
VSO Symphony Sunday: Faust Plays Bartok
Walk for Alzheimer’s – Vancouver
Friends of the Grove Cocktail Party & Fundraiser
Art in the City at West End Community Centre
Salmon Leave Home
Vancouver Opera Presents: Evita
Verses Festival
Firehall Arts Centre Presents: Just Words
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
Abbotsford Tulip Festival
Burnaby Festival of Learning
Metro Theatre Presents: Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
CANstruction Vancouver

BC Renaissance Festival

April 27th, 2016 @ 10:31am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The BC Renaissance Festival presents “Pirate Haven” on May 7th & 8th, where the fairgrounds in Maple Ridge will turn into the year 1676 at Port Royal, Jamaica.

BC Renaissance Festival

BCRenFestCharity and her crew, now set in the 17th Century, have arrived in Port Royal with some… complications. While in port, they find themselves at odds with the British Navy and the Governor. Loyalties are tested, and Charity and Admiral Fairfax square off with an interactive challenge for would-be crew of all ages.

While visiting Port Royal, be sure to explore the marketplace and various establishments for food and drink. Enjoy the entertainment on our stages and sing along with us at the Frog & Fiddle at day’s end.

Where: Albion Fairgrounds (23448-105 Ave, Maple Ridge)
When: May 7th & 8th from 9:00am to 7:00pm
Tickets: Available online now starting at $10 (plus fee) or at the gate. Sorry, no pets allowed on the grounds.

Activities at the festival include games like the Admiral’s Challenge, live entertainment from fire dancers to belly dancers and mermaid tales, and shop from vendors peddling wares like chain maille, jewelry, leather goods, stones and crystals.

Of course there will also be food at Pirate’s Haven, everything from turkey legs and samosas to ice cream and kettle corn, even a fruit & vegetable stand (to fight off that scurvy).

The BC Renaissance Festival will also host Enchanted Encounters, August 27th & 28th. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Win a Getaway to the Half Corked Marathon in Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country

April 26th, 2016 @ 2:13pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

One of the most hotly anticipated (and sold out) events in Western Canada, the Half Corked Marathon weaves racers along an 18km route through the beautiful vineyards of the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country, sampling wines and fine food along the route. Bordered by mountain ranges, rivers, and lakes, the area is majestic by nature – and naturally unique, just like the Half Corked Marathon.

Photo credit: Darren Robinson

Half Corked Marathon

Created by the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association, and inspired by the legendary Medoc Marathon in Bordeaux, the Half Corked Marathon pays homage to one of Canada’s most decorated wine regions; a celebration of the Golden Mile and Black Sage Road benches connecting the communities of Oliver and Osoyoos.

Taking place on Saturday, May 28, 2016 this is the sixth year of the Half Corked Marathon, which can be walked or jogged. Racers are not timed and fancy dress is encouraged! Visit 10-12 wineries and food stations along the route where you can sample wines and fine cuisine from Oliver-Osoyoos restaurants.

Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country Getaway

Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country wants to invite one lucky Miss604 reader to the region to give them a coveted spot in the Half Corked Marathon (with a guest) along with a suite 2-night stay at Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip Resort May 27th to May 29th.


A true oasis, Spirit Ridge at NK’MIP Resort places guests in the heart of Canada’s premiere wine making region. Framed by drastic sun-drenched landscapes, miles of vineyards and views to Osoyoos Lake, Spirit Ridge is within reach of desert golf, luxurious spa experiences, a winery and a unique cultural opportunity. Designed to accommodate breathtaking views and al fresco luxury, Spirit Ridge graces guests with gourmet kitchens, spacious bedrooms, as well as balconies and patios perfect for barbecues and moonlit cocktails.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming an Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country member (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a Half Corked Marathon @UncorktheSun @SpiritRidgeBC getaway from @Miss604

Follow Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country on Facebook and Twitter for more information about this event and the region’s many other attractions.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Prize is valid for an overnight stay May 27, 2016 and May 28, 2016 (checking out May 29th) and cannot be exchanged for cash or different travel dates. Must be 19+ to enter.

Update The winner is LesliCK!

Missing from Me: Free Play by Youth at the Roundhouse

April 26th, 2016 @ 1:41pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Some Assembly Theatre Company presents Missing from Me, a new play with the Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group Project that will be on stage at in Vancouver during BC Youth Week.

Missing from Me: Nicholas Roe, Una Spasovski, Christopher Rahim, Parker Phelan

Missing from Me

Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews)
Tickets: Admission is Free
When: May 4 at 1:30pm; May 5 at 11:00am & 1:30pm; May 6-7 at 7:30pm. Talkback sessions take place after performances.

Missing from Me is a new and original Canadian production that brings together a culturally diverse group of youth including Mongolian, Japanese, French, Squamish Nation, Greek, Kurdish, Chinese, and Serbian.

In an unexpected twist, eleven travellers at a train station must adapt to a sudden change in their plans. Due to this situation that is beyond their control, they are confronted with life altering decisions and end up discovering true inner strength and what family means to them. Issues addressed in the play involve abuse, transphobia, and the importance of support.

Missing from Me is written and performed by Vancouver Youth: Lauren Preissl (Vancouver), Christopher Rahim (East Vancouver), Nicholas Roe (Langley), Brogan Ho (Burnaby), Tuya Mendee (Vancouver), Elodie Doumenc (West Vancouver), Joe Baker (East Vancouver), Madeleine Konst (Vancouver), Parker Phelan (Vancouver), Una Spasovski (Vancouver), and Marina Haga (Vancouver). In collaboration with Some Assembly Theatre artists Valerie Methot, Ken Lawson, Jeremy Baxter, Trena Hollands and Allen Morrison.

Nicholas Roe, a writer, performer, and poster designer for the production has worked with Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group Project (“RHYTAG”) for two years, and currently attends RE Mountain Secondary in Langley.

“In 2014, I went to see RHYTAG perform Dream Catchers, one of my friends was in the show and I wanted to support her. After watching it, I found it to be interesting, then I listened to the feedback and thought it would be a cool project to participate in. So I decided to leave my contact information with the theatre group. That summer, I received a call asking if I was still interested in participating, and from there the rest his history. This is my second year on the project and I love it even more than the first.”

After taking improv lessons at The Vancouver Theatre Sports League, and writing over 40 short stories and several poems, Nicholas is taking on the role of Luther in Missing from Me. He explains the process of having over 10 youth from around the region assemble for a collaboration of this calibre:

“Around summer time or early September, Valerie our director begins calling anyone who shared interest in participating in the project at the show or through other means. If the candidate is still interested, they are then emailed a copy of the schedule and asked if they are able to commit fully to it. Once this is established, they are sent a questionnaire to fill out, and then an interview is scheduled with our director and youth worker. After that, we all meet as a group for the first time and the writing workshops begin.”

With many voices, and many topics to address in one single show, there is one thing that ties everyone’s story together. “The main theme though is that the characters feel isolated with what they’re going through. It’s only when they start talking to each other, that they do not feel isolated anymore.”

Nicholas says that each performer comes up with their own character, which they will be portraying. “The characters have their strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, as well as general crap they’re going through. There are a lot of topics with what each character is going through. We do our best, and no big ideas are missed.”

Missing from Me is a free show, and all are welcome to attend the performances that include both matinees and evening performances. Both young and old can benefit from the insight produced by this diverse group with a very important message that includes being kind, supportive and not judging other people.

“There’s a line in the play: ‘No one can ever really know what someone else is going through… what someone is feeling inside’.”

You can call (604) 603-5247 to reserve a spot. Leave a message clearly stating your name, phone number, date, and time of the show you would like to attend. The Roundhouse box office opens one hour before each performance in the Performance Centre lobby.

Follow BC Youth Week

Connect with BC Youth Week is May 1-7, 2016 with events and activities for youth throughout the province. Follow along on Twitter, and Facebook for more information.

Miss604 is a proud partner of BC Youth Week