Movies Under the Stars at Holland Park in Surrey

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 — 10:28am PDT
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Free family movie nights return to Holland Park in Surrey this August as Movies Under the Stars brings Saturday evening entertainment to the heart of the city for the whole community to enjoy. Along with the four animated movies, each night will also feature entertainment from local performers.

Movies Under the Stars at Holland Park in Surrey

Where: Holland Park (King George Blvd & 100 Ave, Surrey)
When: Saturdays in August with activities at 5:00pm, movie at dusk

Each movie will begin at dusk so everyone is encouraged to come early to grab a good spot. But don’t worry, there will be entertainment and activities beginning at 5:00pm to entertain the crowd until the movie begins. There will be local performers and musicians as entertainment, as well as activities such as crafts and facepainting.

Bring your own lawn chair, blankets, and umbrellas. Refreshments will be available at the North Surrey Lions BBQ with proceeds going to local charities.

Lego Batman on Saturday, August 5th
Sing on Saturday, August 12th
Moana on Saturday, August 19th
Beauty and the Beast on Saturday, August 26th

Bonus Sing-Along!

On July 15th, head down to Surrey Civic Plaza (City Hall) for a Mary Poppins sing-along. Kite flyer Tristen Underwood will also be there to dazzle the crowd with some high flying fun.

Follow the Downtown Surrey BIA on Facebook and Twitter for information about these event and more.

Miss604 is proud to be a media sponsor of Movies Under the Stars

Tackling Invasive Plants in Stanley Park

Monday, June 12th, 2017 — 8:40am PDT
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This post has been contributed by the Ben Hill, Communications Volunteer with the Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”).

Tackling Invasive Plants in Stanley Park

If you’ve visited Stanley Park over the last few weeks you’ll be aware that it’s growing season. Many of the flowering plants are in bloom and new growth is everywhere.

Unfortunately not every plant is a desirable part of the forest ecosystem. Although Stanley Park is a beautiful forest, it is threatened by invasive species. Not always obvious to visitors, our staff and volunteers have identified 97 non-native plants in the Park, of which 73 are low priority “trailside weeds.”

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Beautiful but problematic: invasive water lily at Beaver Lake. Photo: Michael Schmidt.

Some invasives, like English ivy, were introduced many years ago as decorative plants – before people understood their impact on the environment. Others have arrived by accident, although often they started out as garden plants. You might ask why invasives are a big deal. Non-native species do not have natural predators or control, so they can often spread very quickly and out-compete native plants. This is a problem because they don’t provide the sources of food and habitat that native insects, birds and mammals prefer.

Different invasives have very different effects on the environment. English ivy is an evergreen that grows quickly and smothers the forest floor, preventing native ground dwelling species like salal from flourishing. When it takes hold, the ground becomes a carpet of ivy where very little else can grow. The fragrant pond lily was introduced to Beaver Lake in 1937 because of its beautiful flowers. But when they die back each year, the decomposing plant material accumulates and contributes to the infilling that is shrinking the lake.

Ivy Busters Stanley Park
A SPES volunteer tackles English ivy.
Photo: Greg Ferguson

For more than 10 years SPES has been running programs with the help of an army of willing volunteers to tackle invasives in the Park. Dubbed ‘Ivy Busters’, the volunteer crew was dedicated to removing English ivy, but over the years we’ve expanded our work to target many other invaders in the Park with our weekly Special Invasives Removal Team or SIRT.

Since November last year, SPES volunteers have been working on the “Growing Vancouver’s Largest Urban Forest” project supported by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (“TDFEF”). Volunteers have been out in the Park in rain and shine pulling, digging and cutting away invasive plants. In those six months they’ve removed 350m³ of invasive plants from the Park and planted 200 native species to replace them. This has contributed to restoring 35 acres of habitat across the Park. Over that time, SPES focused on patches of English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, yellow lamium, and periwinkle, and will be targeting yellow flag iris and purple loosestrife in the warmer months.

If you want to get involved with working to remove invasives and protecting the Park, we’re always on the lookout for volunteers. If you’re interested, please email Kari Pocock, SPES’ Stewardship Coordinator, at

SPES would like to thank TDFEF for their support of our invasive species removal projects in Stanley Park.

Follow SPES on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

About the Guest Author:

SPESLogoFourLineAs a member of the Stanley Park Ecology Society ("SPES") for the last six years, I wanted to offer the team an opportunity to share their news, events, and work so I created the "SPES Series" where they contribute and share stories with my audience once a month.

This post has been contributed by Ben Hill, SPES Communications Volunteer.

Whitecaps Father’s Day Packages

Sunday, June 11th, 2017 — 9:19am PDT
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Bring dad to watch a soccer match at BC Place this Father’s Day weekend. Vancouver Whitecaps FC are offering a special Father’s Day Package that includes tickets to watch them take on FC Dallas on Saturday, June 17, 2017 plus the opportunity to have a family photo on the pitch afterward.

Whitecaps Father’s Day Packages

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Whitecaps Father's Day Packages

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Update The winner is Darwin!

FVDED in the Park 2017 Lineup

Friday, June 9th, 2017 — 12:30pm PDT
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The Chainsmokers and Wiz Khalifa are set to headline FVDED in the Park in Surrey, July 7 & 8, 2017. Set in Holland Park and returning for its third year, FVDED has become Western Canada’s preeminent urban music festival.

FVDED in the Park 2017 Lineup

Presented by Blueprint and Live Nation Canada, FVDED In the Park will feature The Chainsmokers, Wiz Khalifa, PartyNextDoor, Dillon Francis and Ty Dolla $ign over three stages during the two-day event, as well as up and coming artists Russ, Harrison Brome and others.

FVDED in the Park 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017
Wiz Khalifa
Dillon Francis
Ty Dolla $ign
Louis The Child
The Funk Hunters
Jax Jones
So Loki
B Traits
Live Evil
Saturday, July 8, 2017
The Chainsmokers
Yellow Claw
What So Not
Lost Frequencies
Jai Wolf
Lane 8
Nebu Kiniza
Nora En Pure
Harrison Brome
Night Lovell
Andrew Luce

Follow FVDED in the Park #FVDED2017 on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter for more info. 2-Day GA passes, 2-Day VIP passes, and single day passes are on sale now.

Atmosphere Gathering in Cumberland

Friday, June 9th, 2017 — 10:13am PDT
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Did you know BC still has a 3-day outdoor festival with awesome live music, DJs, dancing, family fun, and on-site camping in a gorgeous valley setting with mountain views? It’s Atmosphere Gathering in Cumberland on Vancouver Island, and I recently researched a story for FestivalSeekers where I discovered great food, music, culture, and even better people!

Atmosphere Gathering in Cumberland

When: August 18-20, 2017
Where: Cumberland Village Park (1 hour north of Nanaimo)
Tickets: $175 for a full weekend pass, $40 for a full weekend camping pass. Purchase online now.

Vig Schulman, one of Atmosphere’s producers, had me envision the scene: a 60-foot tall big-top circus tent where the silent disco will go into the wee hours of the night; a camping zone; the trees from which hammocks will hang for mid-festival naps; a kombucha bar; food vendors; shade tents; crafts; dancing; circus arts like trapeze and aerial silk performances; artisans, and all round good vibes. Then there’s the main stage that will host three full days of live music from Half Moon Run, Dirty Radio, CloZee, Stylust Beats, OKA, DJ Shub and many more.

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Cumberland, BC
Future home of the Atmosphere Gathering

Cumberland, BC

Cumberland, BC

What I loved about visiting Cumberland, is the passion and excitement I felt even while having lunch at the Waverley Hotel. DJ Mr. Mac Himself was spinning tunes into silent disco headsets that soon almost half the bar was wearing. There was a steady beat in the town, and Atmosphere is the culmination of all of those good vibes.

Whether you want to dance the night away, rock out with live acts, or take a break in the calming area with workshops and yoga between shady evergreens, there’s a refuge for every energy level at Atmosphere.

You are also free to leave and return to the festival at any time, which is great for those who want to check out the new Cumberland Brewing headquarters on Dunsmuir or pop into the Waverley Hotel for lunch. (I highly recommend one of their massive salads full of locally-grown greens.

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Museum of Vancouver Presents Unbelievable: Win Passes

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 — 5:27pm PDT
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The Museum of Vancouver (“MOV”) is diving deep into their vault and showcasing some of Vancouver’s most valuable treasures in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

MOV Presents UnbelievableThis new exhibition, called Unbelievable, features contested objects, storied replicas and, iconic artifacts for a mind-bending exploration of the role stories play in defining community – and what happens when these tales can not be relied upon.

We currently live in a post-truth world full of fake news, alternative facts and falsehoods, where literally nothing can be taken at face value. In Unbelievable, they will look at the contradictory and unbelievable stories behind treasured artifacts challenging visitors to look differently at the world and facts.

MOV Presents Unbelievable

Dates: June 24 to September 24, 2017
Where: Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver)

The first large Unbelievable object that visitors will encounter is the Thunderbird totem pole. It appeared in controversial filmmaker Edward Curtis’ 1914 work In the Land of the Head Hunters.

Vancouver Expedition frontlet, c. 1790s. Collected at
Nootka Sound by Midshipman Thomas Dobson on
HMS “Discovery” under Captain George Vancouver
1791-1795. Museum of Vancouver Collection.

The totem pole has since been replicated in fiberglass, as well as re-carved to stand in Stanley Park – but the original has been tucked away within MOV’s vaults. The pole’s complex histories lay the groundwork for an exploration of stories, symbols, and struggles that follow. Furthermore, the Thunderbird totem pole challenges our fundamental thinking about reconciliation and Canada in its 150th year.

Unbelievable will also include a search for other contemporary ‘totems’, each with contrasting stories about a point in time in Vancouver. These include the original ‘R’ from Arbutus Street’s ‘The Ridge’ sign (where a replica now adorns condos); a full-scale bronze-cast model of Stanley Park’s derivative Girl in a Wet Suit; and opposing and battling Quatchi costumes from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games – one an official costume, the other an anti-mascot built by protestors.

The artifacts will also illustrate the tangled threads of narrative around Vancouver’s relationship with First Nations communities. Pieces include a carving given to George Vancouver’s crew, a large mask of a bird depicting the European-brought disease of smallpox, and Pauline Johnson’s ‘Indigenous’ dress, a fantasy garment for a cultural celebrity with a vivid imagination.

Finally, more surprising items ask visitors to create their own stories about unique artifacts found within the MOV collection, encouraing visitors to share their thoughts about how each object came to be, and then later present them with the opportunity to compare their narrative to MOV’s documentation of each artifact.

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Update The winner is Dane!