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Beauty and the Beast in Vancouver Pre-Sale

November 14th, 2014 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s a tale as old as time, and a musical loved by all generations. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Vancouver in February, 2015.


Broadway Across Canada presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton. Based on the 1991 Academy Award®-winning animated feature film and celebrating 20 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has become an international sensation that has been seen by over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and has been translated into 9 different languages.

Broadway Across Canada presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from February 3rd until February 8th, 2015.

Vancouver Pre-Sale

Valid only today, you can use this pre-sale link and code: BELLE to secure your tickets for this magical performance. The link and code are valid starting at 10:00am on Friday, November 14, 2014 and will be valid for one day only.

The general box office then opens at 10:00am on Saturday, November 15, 2014 via Ticketmaster online or by phone 1-855-985-5000.

Follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their shows coming to Vancouver in 2015.

Vancouver History: November

November 13th, 2014 @ 2:45pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Thanks to the City of Vancouver Archives and Chuck Davis’ History of Metropolitan Vancouver, here’s a glimpse at what happened in the month of November throughout Vancouver history:

November 3, 1862

Three fellows named Morton, Brighouse and Hailstone filed a claim today for the land that is now Vancouver’s West End. They paid more than $1 an acre, which led scoffers in New Westminster—who thought the land was of little value—to call them “The Three Greenhorns“.

West End Photowalk

November 8, 1927

A vaudeville performance today inaugurated a new theatre in Vancouver, The Orpheum.

1946: The Orpheum on Granville Street. Archives# CVA 1184-2290.

November 10, 1940

“Cap” Hobbis opened his first bicycle store in New Westminster.

November 12, 1938

The Lions Gate Bridge was opened to traffic today without ceremony. The official opening would happen May 26, 1939, presided over by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

1938: Plaque commemorating the completion of the Lions Gate Bridge. Archives# CVA 95-9.

November 14, 1982

The 255-tonne BC Place Stadium roof, which was replaced in 2011, was inflated for the first time.

November 15, 1937

Premier Thomas Dufferin Pattullo officially opened the Pattullo Bridge, calling it a “thing of beauty”.

1937: Archives# Br P29.

November 26, 1955

The first Grey Cup game ever played in Vancouver happened on this day between the Montreal Alouettes and Edmonton Eskimos.

November 29, 1926

Baseball’s Babe Ruth hammed it up on stage in Vancouver during a personal appearance tour of North America. He posed as if at bat for a photo and crouching behind him as catcher Mayor Louis D. Taylor.

1926: Babe Ruth “at bat” in Vancouver. Archives# CVA 1477-107.

Surrey Santa Window Walk

November 13th, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Downtown Surrey is the place to be next week as the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival lights up City Hall Plaza and just days before, the Santa Window Walk invites all to celebrate local businesses and charities.

Surrey Santa Window Walk

Where: Participating Businesses along King George Boulevard, North of 104th
When: Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 11:30am to 1:30pm


Teams of students from local high schools will paint a holiday design on the windows of local businesses. These designs will represent a local charity which will also be stationed in front of these businesses during the Santa Window Walk. Participants include Surrey Food Bank, Umoja, The Child Development Foundation, Night Shift Ministries, Surrey Christmas Bureau, Girl Guides, Kinsman Lodge, Surrey Hospice Society, Harmony House, Surrey Animal Resource Centre, Surrey Urban Mission, Beneath One Sky, and Pacific Community Resource Society.

This year the windows of TD Bank, Round Up Café, Labour Unlimited, KFC, Church’s Chicken, Jiffy Cleaners, Al’s Vacuum, Westland Insurance, Pharmasave, Enterprise, Whalley Optical, Surrey Urban Mission, the Canadian Post Office, and Rave Re-up will all receive a window make-over from students from Sullivan Heights, Fleetwood Park, Fraser Heights, Night Shift, Frank Hurt, Southridge and Earl Marriot.

Everyone is invited to participate in this self-guided tour while lively holiday music plays and you get to explore local shops and services. Play the lollipop pull at the Christmas Bureau’s window or try some tasty baked goods from Harmony House.

Pick up a ballot at each stop, collect as many as you can, and drop them off at the Dell Shopping Centre (10650 King George Boulevard) by 1:30pm on November 20th for your chance to win some great holiday prizes.

For more information follow the Downtown Surrey BIA on Facebook and Twitter. Click here for a full PDF map of participating locations.

Vancouver Icons: Flack Block

November 13th, 2014 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

On November 11th each year a poignant and concise banner is raised on the Flack Block that states: We Remember. Looking at the photos from this year’s ceremony at Victory Square’s cenotaph, I got the idea to add the Flack Block to the Vancouver Icon photo series. Aside from standing on a very important corner that saw much local history play out over the last century, the building (and its rejuvenators, The Salient Group) received a 2010 Heritage BC award for exemplary conservation of a designated landmark structure built between 1898 and 1900.

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Photo credit: Doug Farmer on Flickr

Flack Block

The Flack Block was built in 1898 by Thomas Flack, one of the first prospectors to strike it rich in the Klondike Gold Rush. Located at the commercial centre of the city and across from the first courthouse, this building was the original home to the Bank of Vancouver. In later years it hosted men’s clothier E.A. Lee, but as Hastings Street around Victory Square declined, it became home to a series of pawnshops and varied illegal activities. [Source]

1900s: Flack Block, northeast corner of Hastings and Cambie. Archives# M-3-27.5.

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Photo credit: Roland Tanglao on Flickr

One of Vancouver’s most important turn-of-the-century buildings, the revitalized Flack Block is the western ‘keystone’ property in the Woodward’s Block. It re-opened in 2008 after an intensive two-year, $20 million restoration.

We Remember
Photo credit: Philip Tong on Flickr

Flack Block entrance
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Flack Block Flack Block
Photo credit: Bootup Labs & Dave Shea on Flickr

Flack Block remembers
Photo credit: Ralph Giles on Flickr

1939 & 1940: Photo by Leonard Frank. VPL# 10937 & VPL# 5582.

Remembrance Day
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Previous Vancouver Icons posts: The Drop, Prospect Point Lighthouse, Engagement, Ovaltine Cafe, The English Bay Slide, Freezing Water #7, Cleveland Dam, Heritage Hall, School of Theology Building at UBC, Gate to the Northwest Passage, St Paul’s Hospital, Capilano Lake, Stawamus Chief, Nine O’Clock Gun, Malkin Bowl, Search, Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

Holiday Gifts from White Spot

November 12th, 2014 @ 3:48pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Holiday shopping season is upon us as our neighbours to the south line up for deals next Friday and local shoppers make their lists, and check them twice. With that in mind, White Spot is bringing back their holiday gift card incentive and other special offers for gift givers in BC.

Holiday Gifts from White Spot

giftcard_2014This season when you purchase $50 in White Spot gift cards you receive $10 in bonus certificates valid for the new year. Bonus certificates are valid from January 2nd until March 31st, 2015. One coupon per person, per visit, while quantities last.

The White Spot cookbook will also be available for the special retail price of $14.95 ($10 less than the retail price printed on the book) with partial proceeds going to Variety, the Children’s Charity. With your purchase you’ll also receive two $5 off coupons (one for breakfast and one for takeout). Coupons are valid from January 2nd to March 31st, 2015.

Enter to win

To promote these holiday gift ideas from White Spot I have a $50 gift card and a White Spot cookbook to give away to one lucky reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow White Spot on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date on their latest menu offerings and promotions. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, November 20, 2014.

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This post is sponsored by White Spot.

Winter Farmers Markets in Vancouver

November 12th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The thermometer is plummeting, windblown trees have shaken the last bits of summer from their branches, and holiday decorations are being unboxed. A whole new season has at last arrived in Vancouver and with it comes locally grown vegetables, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, and baked goods at the winter farmers markets.

Winter Farmers Markets in Vancouver


What: Winter Market at Nat Bailey
When: Every Saturday from 10:00am until 2:00pm. November 1st to April 25th, except December 27th.
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St, Vancouver)
Details: In addition to shopping for groceries, you can find a selection of food trucks and hot drink vendors along with market musicians for your enjoyment. There’s covered seating and warming stations as well for those chilly Saturday mornings.

What: Hastings Park Market
When: Every Sunday from 10:00am until 2:00pm. October 5th through November 30th
Where: Hastings Park (Hastings Skatepark, Renfrew Street, Vancouver)
Details: This 9-week trial market brings in the very best of this vibrant neighbourhood, featuring a broad line-up of many of your favourite summer vendors with a great selection of local winter produce. See what’s happening at the PNE during the winter months and take advantage of the location. Stroll down tree-lined pathways twinkling with lights, wander through the Italian garden and stop by the Trout Pond, bring the kids bundled up and play in the playground.

What: Holiday Market
When: One weekend only! Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10:00am until 4:00pm
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)
Details: Vancouver Farmers Markets’ annual showcase of seasonal food and fine craft takes place once a year in December at the Croatian Cultural Centre. Visit with over 80 vendors who regularly sell at the summer markets as they bring out their holiday best at this indoor event. Admission is $3 and members get in for free.

For more information follow Vancouver Farmers Markets on Facebook and Twitter.

AboveUSA at FlyOver Canada

November 11th, 2014 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Our neighbours to the south have some amazing landscapes and you can experience it, virtually, thanks to FlyOver Canada‘s latest attraction, AboveUSA. For a limited time only, guests can experience AboveUSA and FlyOver Canada back to back at Canada Place.

AboveUSA at FlyOver Canada


On now until November 30th, and running daily form 10:00am to 9:00pm, you can soar above the majestic scenery of North America without ever leaving Downtown Vancouver. Enjoy both experiences for the regular admission price of FlyOver Canada as well!

First you’ll follow a biplane across some of the USA’s most iconic sights. Then, stay seated and take off again to experience FlyOver Canada, a thrilling flight ride that takes you from east to west across Canada. Both rides incorporate state of the art special effects including, wind, scents and mist. This indoor activity is perfect for out of town guests and locals alike.

Shows start every 20 minutes and the experience lasts 30 minutes, tickets are available online in advance or at the box office. Follow FlyOver Canada on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Get Your Tickets for the Miss604 Anniversary Party

November 10th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

There are just 3 days left until the Miss604 anniversary party, where I’ll be celebrating 10 years of this blog with friends, family, readers, sponsors, supporters, and the 604 community. Proceeds from the event support Covenant House Vancouver where more than 1,500 street–involved youth turn each year to find sanctuary and a brighter future.

We’re getting down to the wire so I will try my very best to entice you all to attend the party happening Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 6:04pm until 10:00pm. Here are some highlights:

The Venue
The Belmont (1006 Granville) brings a new flavour to Vancouver’s entertainment district. This freshly renovated space offers a wide selection of craft beers, tapas, and live music.

Courtesy of The Belmont

You can check out the remodel at the #Miss604is10 party, enjoy a glass of Granville Island Brewing‘s Winter Ale (generously sponsored by Granville Island), and sample some of their new menu items that I have ordered up including pissaldiere, duck confit crostini, beet salad spoons and chicken skewers.

The Belmont will also serve up a “604 cocktail”, and Vancouver Photobooth will be there for guests to document the night with prints from their photobooth.

The Prizes
I have been fortunate to work with some incredibly generous companies over the years who have supported my site and the local community, and I’m proud have the following raffle prize sponsors on board for the #Miss604is10 party: Whitecaps FC, Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions, White Spot, Triple O’s, Mission Hill Wines, The Arts Club, Fraser Valley merchants, London Drugs, the BC Sports Hall of Fame, Rize, and Vancity.

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Biehler’s 3D Print of Kris Krug

John Biehler, one of the premiere 3D printing authorities on the planet, will also be giving away a 3D print at the party (via silent auction).

I have gift bags, overnight stays, signed team merchandise, gift cards, wine, and more all up for grabs. Guests can purchase raffle tickets on site (cash only, there is an ATM at the venue as well) and all proceeds from this raffle support Covenant House Vancouver.

The Cause
On any given night, there are between 500 and 1,000 homeless and at-risk youth on Vancouver’s streets. The majority of them have fled an abusive home, were abandoned by their parents, or were aged out of the foster care system at 19 with no family, no money and nowhere to go. Covenant House‘s Crisis Program takes in homeless, runaway and at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24. Young people can stay in the Crisis Program for as long as they need to because getting through a crisis takes as long as it takes. Covenant House’s goal is to guide young people away from their immediate crisis and toward independent living or, where possible, family repatriation.

I hope that I have convinced you to join me at the #Miss604is10 anniversary party! If I have, please purchase your ticket today ($15) as this is your only way into the party and I would love to see as many people there as possible.

Guests can feel free to dress up but this is a generally casual event as I simply want to celebrate with good company, good food, good music, and good times for a cause.

Thanks to #Miss604is10 major sponsors London Drugs, Patio Social, Granville Liquor Store, Honda Canada, and Tourism Surrey.