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3 Places to Watch Halloween Movies in Vancouver

October 16th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Dust dances in the beam of light streaming from the projector. Your hand trembles as it reaches for another piece of popcorn that may or may not make it to your mouth as you pause with fear. You start whispering to the characters on screen, warning them of the danger they are about to put themselves in. The music picks up, goes silent, and here come the screams! The thrill of a scary movie is most welcome at this time of year and if you’re looking for a hair-raising good time, check out these 3 places to watch Halloween movies in Vancouver:

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Photo credit: Marta Wlusek on Flickr

Rio Theatre

Location: Rio Theatre at 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Online: Twitter / Facebook

Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:30pm. All ages welcome in the balcony. Tickets $8 in advance or in costume, or $10 at the door. Bar service for those 19+. Audience participation is highly encouraged. $2 prop bags will be sold in the lobby prior to the show.

Night of the Living Dead on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:30pm. Presented by The Gentlemen Hecklers. Tickets $6 in advance or $9 at the door. 19+ only with bar service. Join the Gentlemen Hecklers for a special Halloween edition of the show, when they are going to take you through one of cinema’s greatest, goretastic, zombies-want-to-eat-you classics. with their live, hilarious commentary.

Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:00pm. All ages. Tickets $6 advance or in costume, or $8 at the door. Bar service for those 19+. All ages welcome in the balcony. Costumes highly encouraged.

The Cinematheque

Location: The Cinematheque at 1131 Howe St, Vancouver
Online: Twitter / Facebook

The Wicker Man on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:30pm; Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8:30pm; Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:15pm. Also part of the Halloween Triple Bill ($21) on October 31st and November 1st.

Nosferatu the Vampyre on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:20pm; Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:30pm; Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 6:30pm; Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 4:15pm; Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 8:20pm. Also part of the Halloween Triple Bill ($21) on October 31st and November 1st.

Eraserhead on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10:15pm; Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:30pm; Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 6:30pm. Also part of the Halloween Triple Bill ($21) on October 31st and November 1st.

Vancity Theatre

Location: Vancity Theatre at 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
Online: Twitter / Facebook

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 catch Faith Healer + clip talk: The Canadian Horror Picture Show at 6:30pm; Canadian Horror Show clip talk with Ernest Mathijs at 7:20pm; and Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed at 9:00pm.

On Thursday, October 30, 2014 get your tickets for Nightbreed – The Director’s Cut at 6:30pm; Prom Night (1980) at 9:15pm; and Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II at 10:50pm.

5 Haunted Houses To Visit This Halloween

October 15th, 2014 @ 3:54pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver is not immune to haunted houses and ghostly tales, and at this time of year eerie amusements and attractions with the sole purpose of scaring your proverbial pants off pop up all around town. I found five that will get your blood pumping this season:

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Haunted Mansion at the PNE. Photo by Phillip P on Flickr

North Vancouver

What: Belmont Haunted House
Where: 1006 Belmont Ave, North Vancouver (Edgemont Village)
When: October 15th to October 31st from 2:00pm to 9:00pm daily
About: Promising to be the region’s largest and spookiest independent haunted house. The elaborate mix of special effects and live actors is guaranteed to make you scream. Admission is by donation to Ronald McDonald House BC.

Surrey

What: Potter’s House of Horrors
Where: 12530 72nd Ave, Surrey
When: October 10th to October 31st from 5:00pm to 10:00pm
About: The House of Horrors is a professional presentation in a labyrinth like walk through of approximately 9,000 square feet. It consists of several rooms and displays connected together by dark twisty hallways. New for 2014, Potter’s has added a second haunted house. 5:00pm to 6:30pm every night is “Family Hour” when lights are brighter, sounds are lower, and there are no actors. After that, it all gets amped up and is not recommended for children from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $10 (plus taxes/fees).

What: Historic Stewart Farm
Where: 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
When: October 25th 3:00pm to 4:30pm (5-7 years); 6:30pm to 8:00pm (7-11 years)
About: This one’s for the kids! Stop by the farmhouse in your costume and discover that it has been taken over by ghosts. Admission is $15. Pre-register by calling 604-592-6956.

Vancouver

What: Judge Dee’s Chinatown Haunted House
Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden at 578 Carrall St, Vancouver
When: October 21st to October 31st from 7:00pm to 10:00pm (closed October 27th)
About: Not suitable for children at any time. The Classical Chinese Garden transforms into a terrifying Haunted House featuring over a dozen actors, dancers and musicians. This one-of-a-kind experience is inspired by the gruesome stories of Judge Dee: China’s Sherlock Holmes. Tickets available online in advance for $12, $10 for students or on site.

UPDATE: Vancouver, West End

What: Barclay Manor Haunted House
Where: 1447 Barclay St, Vancouver
When: Friday, October 31st from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, November 1st from 4:30pm to 6:00pm and 6:30pm to 8:30pm
About: Historic Barclay Manor is one of the West End’s oldest houses and being a Vancouver heritage home has its own natural creepiness. Make your way through the haunted house and see what surprises we have in store! This year promises to be the scariest yet, ages 8 and older recommended. Pre-registration at the West End Community Centre is recommended.

Burnaby

What: Haunted Village
Where: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
When: October 23rd to October 26th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
About: More than a house, the entire Burnaby Village Museum has been converted into a Haunted Village filled with Halloween haunts for young and old. The Village, the Farmhouse and the carousel will all be adorned in a ghoulish, spooky yet fanciful fashion. This year the decorations play with the theme of crows and Victorian steam punk. Admission is $14 for adults, youth and seniors and $9 for children 2-12 years old. Entrance includes trick-or-treating for the children, entertainment and carousel rides for all. Taxes included. Tickets available at the door; Members free. The Ice Cream Parlour will be open for ghoulish snacks and light meals.

UPDATE: Maple Ridge

What: Glenhurst Manor Haunted House
Where:11661 Glenhurst St, Maple Ridge
When: October 25th, 26th and 30th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm; October 31st from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.
About: Admission is by donation of cash or non-perishable food items for the Friends In Need Food Bank. 10 live actors bring the house to life. Guests will enter the haunted house through the hotel lobby, then walk along corridors from room to room. There will be a room decorated in red velveteen with flickering lights and candles and a children’s room with a brass day bed and fleur de lis decor. Upon exiting the hotel, guests will walk into an area filled with 30 jack-o-lanterns and where they will find a cemetery and mausoleum. On Halloween night from 5:00pm to 6:00pm there will be no actors in the house so that families with young children can visit.

Win Tickets to Evil Dead The Musical

October 15th, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s not every day that a friend and I leave a musical, covered in stage blood, and singing along to an upbeat tune about a cabin in the woods. This jolly good time, complete with guts, gore, and entertaining musical numbers, was Evil Dead The Musical and it’s coming back to Vancouver this Halloween.

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Evil Dead The Musical

Evil Dead The Musical is based on the Sam Raimi 80s cult classic which tells the age old tale: 5 college kids travel to an abandoned cabin in the woods, boy meets girl, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes evil spirit, girl meets the big bad and boy meets chainsaw instead. Friends into lovers, lovers into friends, and friends into Candarian Demons. Mayhem ensues, and don’t forget the spectacular singing and dancing. Evil Dead includes hilarious numbers like, “All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon.”

What is the splatter zone, you ask? It is exactly what it sounds like! The front row of the theatre is designated “The Splatter Zone.” Those who buy tickets for the front row understand they will come away splattered with blood and that is all a part of the fun.

Evil Dead: The Musical boasts an impressive cast of local professional talent that is led by Scott Walters in the iconic role of Ash. He is joined by his returning cast mates Meghan Anderssen, Mat Baker, Eric Gow, Ian Rozylo, Matthew Graham, and Jennie Neumann, and introducing the newest addition Andrea Bailey. The award winning design team includes: Set Design by John Bessette, Lighting Design by Darren Hales, Make-up Design by Richard Elsom, Costume Design by Oriana Camporese, Stage Management by Robin Richardson and it is co-produced by Allyson McGrane of Left Right Minds. The production will also feature music from a live local band.

What: Evil Dead The Musical
Where: The Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Ave at Oak
When: October 22nd to November 1st, with 2 shows on Halloween
Tickets: Preview (Oct 22): $20; General (Oct 23-Nov 1): $30; Splatter Zone: $40

Previews start October 22nd at 8:00pm and the show officially opens October 23rd with an 8:00pm performance. October 24th and October 25th there are shows at 7:00pm and 10:30pm, October 29th and October 30th shows are at 8:00pm, Halloween night you can catch Evil Dead at 7:00pm and 10:30pm, and the show closes November 1st with performances at 7:00p and 10:30pm. Costumes are welcome.

If you would like to check out Evil Dead The Musical in Vancouver, I have a pair of tickets to give away for the performance on October 23rd thanks to Down Stage Right Productions. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
#Contest RT to enter to win tickets to @EvilDeadYVR from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/COHCE

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 5:00pm on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Follow the production on Facebook and Twitter for more information. *The show is intended for an adult audience and contains quite a helping of coarse language, violence, suggestive scenes, actors showing some skin, and spraying blood and guts.*

Update The winner is @Chloe_lala!

#FitWhatever in the 2015 Honda Fit

October 15th, 2014 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Honda Canada has been a great supporter of Miss604 over the last few years so when they asked if I would put their new 2015 Honda Fit to the test, with a local adventurer, I was immediately on board. They paired me up with Sarah Shandl of Vancouver We Love You, an adventure group that takes advantage of all the trails and beaches Vancouver has to offer — and they also sell really cute t-shirts with proceeds supporting Covenant House.

#FitWhatever in the 2015 Honda Fit

#FitWhatever Adventure with the Honda Fit

Being the adventurer in our dynamic duo, Sarah picked the activity for our afternoon out with the Honda Fit: We would stand up paddle board, go for a walk, then grab some lunch. If the weather turned too sour, we’d simply hit a trail on a local mountain.

It was a grey and drizzly afternoon when we met up in Stanley Park to get a brief overview and demo of some of the 2015 Honda Fit‘s features:

  • Premium tech features like the Display Audio System with HondaLinkTM Next Generation and available exclusive Honda LaneWatchTM blind spot display.
  • With its 60/40 Split 2nd-Row Magic Seat, the Fit has four distinct modes that make its generous passenger volume and class-leading cargo volume (with the rear seats down) feel even more substantial.
  • The interior has a premium look and feel, thanks to the available leather-trimmed seating surfaces, comfortable driver-focused design and excellent visibility.
  • Paddle shifters add a new dimension of fun to the available continuously variable transmission (CVT), while an all-new Earth DreamsTM engine provides more horsepower.

While we could have lounged in the Fit in the parking lot, watching a movie via an iPhone 5 and an HDMI cable plugged into the front console, we had to be on our way.

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#FitWhatever Adventure with the Honda Fit

Loading up a #2015Fit for an adventure with @VanWeLoveYou #FitWhatever @HondaCanada

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It was pouring and our jackets were already soaked from running over to the totem poles concession for chai lattes, but we stuck with our original plan. Sarah packed her two inflatable stand up paddle boards into the back of the Fit along with pumps and paddles, and we set out for Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver.

Sarah and I are both born and raised locals but surprisingly neither of us had ever been to Whytecliff Park. Its rugged shores off Marine Drive in West Vancouver remind me of Gulf Island parks where you can climb between twisting Arbutus trees and Douglas firs and jagged rocks replace the popular soft bark mulch trails found in many other coastal parks. It overlooks Queen Charlotte Channel, where the Salish Sea (Georgia Strait) splits off from Burrard Inlet and heads into Howe Sound.

#FitWhatever Adventure with the Honda Fit

#FitWhatever Adventure with the Honda Fit

#FitWhatever Adventure with the Honda Fit

We parked in the upper lot and took a quick walk down to the beach area to check out the conditions. The water in the small crescent-shaped bay, flanked by rocky arms, was glass-like and calm. Each raindrop seemed to fall right in without causing a ripple.

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Marching back up the paved ramp from the beach, just past the concession coffee shop near the lower parking lot, we got out the paddle boards and pumps. When they were fully inflated we walked the boards down to the pebbled beach where we left our flip flops and got out on the water.

We had both ditched our jackets at this point as we couldn’t have been any more soaked. Having only paddle boarded on lakes before, and having only stepped on from a dock, I pushed off, kneeled down on the board, and coasted into the water.

The next step was for me to stand up, as the name of the activity suggests. Sarah, ever so patient, offered some tips on where to place my paddle and where my feet should be positioned once I get up. Slowly, one foot at a time and with a sense of balance I had to reach deep into my childhood gymnastics days to recall, I got up on both feet. Admittedly, I told Sarah I probably looked like a baby deer standing up for the first time.

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There we were, in the middle of a classic Vancouver downpour, standing up and paddling around as harbour seals ducked away and hid over near Whyte Islet. They probably saw my shaky start.

The water remained calm and smooth, like a frozen lake, as the only sounds around were of raindrops breaking the surface and our paddles lapping at the waves we created. Once we each reached the furthest corners of the park, and once we were thoroughly soaked — almost as much as we’d be if we’d fallen in — we returned to shore and carted the boards back up to the Fit where they would be deflated for the trip home.

After a quick change of clothes and repacking of the Fit, we blasted the heat (I totally forgot we had heated seats too) and left our soggy park behind as we winded back down Marine Drive in search of lunch at Savary Island Pie Company. Grilled cheese with sundried tomato warmed us up and we took a pair of strawberry-rhubarb pie slices for the road along with two chai latte refills.

The very last stop on our adventure was at Ambleside Park where we walked across the beach to where lines were being cast by hopeful fishermen and women. We took one last photo with our trusted vehicle, thanks to the help of a friendly passer-by and his dog, and we set a course back to Stanley Park.

#FitWhatever Adventure with the Honda Fit

For a smaller car, the Honda Fit was surprisingly comfortable, lacking the awkward arrangements and configurations that other vehicles of this size might have to apply. I held onto the Fit for a few more days after the adventure and even took my sister and brother-in-law back over to the North Shore to have brunch at The Tomahawk that weekend. Four of us sat comfortably in the car, even my brother-in-law was fine in the back seat and remained there after I offered to give up my shotgun position.

#FitWhatever Adventure with the Honda Fit

Having previously owned a smaller vehicle, and having driven all of Honda Canada’s fleet (2013-2014) I support the Fit’s claim of having the “most stunning luxury-to-size ratio yet”.

I really didn’t know how we’d do, getting two full-size inflatable stand up paddle boards, our bags and other gear along with drenched sneakers and jackets into the Honda Fit but it worked — and it was an incredibly fun experience.

BC Children’s Hospital Superhero Ball

October 14th, 2014 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel will host the 2nd annual Superhero Ball for BC Children’s Hospital on October 24th. The revolving rooftop event space is the perfect place for caped crusaders masked avengers to gather in support of this very worthy local cause.

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BC Children’s Hospital Superhero Ball

What: Superhero Ball (costumes encouraged)
Where: Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel (1133 W Hastings)
When: Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:00pm
Tickets: Available online for $35 (plus fees/tax)

Guests of the Superhero Ball will nosh on artfully crafted cocktails and canapés so savoury and innovative, they’ll keep everyone swaying and swooping to the beats mixed by DJ Southpaw. After costume contests for most original, best duo and best villain, guests can then be immortalized in the photo booth. But the best souvenir just might be something won at the silent auction. Not only are the goodies up for grabs tempting in their own right, they are just one more way superheroes – even those who are suiting up for only one evening – can help the children of BC Children’s Hospital.

Last year’s event sold out so be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible to participate in this fun and fantastic evening in the 360 degree rotating event space atop the luxurious Renaissance.

BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute-care hospital dedicated to serving close to one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children’s specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 85,000 children were treated at Children’s Hospital. Funds raised by BC Children’s Hospital Foundation are used to support BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute.

Win Tickets

If you would like to attend the Superhero Ball I have two tickets to give away courtesy of the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite superhero (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win #SuperheroBall tix from @RenVanHotel + @Miss604 http://ow.ly/CLt1q in support of @BCCHF

Follow the Renaissance on Twitter and Facebook, along with BC Children’s Hospital on Twitter and Facebook. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, October 20, 2014. Must be 19+ to enter, win, and attend this event. Please enjoy responsibly.

Update The winner is Jason!

BC Bubbly: Sparkling Wine from the Okanagan

October 14th, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Everyone loves bubbles! Pop a cork or cap to celebrate a milestone, achievement, or to make any occasion special. Here in BC, there are plenty of options to sip a crisp and effervescent wine made right here in the Okanagan.

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“I’m sure if I look hard enough there’s a Harvard study saying how you cannot be unhappy when you have bubbles,” Jay Drysdale of Bella Wines said with a smile. While on an Okanagan Wine Festivals tour with local and international media, my group joined Jay at Okanagan College’s BC Wine Information Society Sensory Lab in Penticton on a warm early October evening.

BC Bubbles

The Sensory Lab was built in the heart of wine country thanks to donations from the BC Wine Information Society, which operates the BC VQA Wine Information Centre in Penticton. It was here that I learned about the history of sparkling wine in BC from Jay and sampled some of the region’s best offerings.

“These styles don’t need to be chasing Champagne, they can be our own,” Jay added. The Okanagan — whether north, south, east, or west — has such unique terroir (the characteristic taste and flavour imparted to a wine by the environment in which it is produced) that BC wine is standing out on its own.

Sparkling Wine from the Okanagan

Sumac Ridge (Summerland) produced Canada’s first traditionally-made sparkling wine and Canada’s first sparkling Shiraz in 1989, and the Stellar’s Jay Brut is always a solid option today. Summerhill (Kelowna) followed in 1992-1993, as did Gray Monk (Lake Country).

Jay says there are about 45 wineries in the Okanagan who now do sparkling for various reasons, whether it’s to expand their portfolio or use up extra juice, and that number will soon go up to 60. “It’s the wild west of winemaking! It’s exciting that we’re so bloody young, it’s a whole new frontier.”

BC Bubbles
Liquidity’s NV Bubbly.

He told my group that he’d love for BC to be known for more than ice wine internationally, perhaps for its Syrah, Riesling, and most certainly its bubbles. “We need to be shouting that BC grows a style like no one else in the world.”

All revved up, caps and corks were popped for our own tasting in the Sensory Lab. We sampled Bella‘s sparkling Chardonnay, Summerhill‘s Cipes Brut, 8th Generation’s Integrity Frizzante, Gray Monk‘s Odyssey White Brut, and Sumac Ridge‘s Stellar’s Jay. Each was its own expression of its vineyard, grapes, and growers — from green apple, citrus and floral notes to rich and creamy vanilla.

Other sparkling wines enjoyed throughout our trip included Stoneboat‘s Piano Brut and Faux Pas Rosé Brut, and Liquidity‘s NV Bubbly, produced between Oliver, Osoyoos, and Okanagan Falls, which is also home to Blue Mountain and See Ya Later Ranch.

Oliver’s Road 13 Sparkling Chenin Blanc won a 2013 BC Wine Award for Best of BC and a gold medal for its 2010 vintage. Bella (Naramata) won gold medals for both its 2012 Oliver West Side and Oliver East Side sparkling Chardonnays. Vineyards that are a hundred kilometers apart are all producing exciting and unique sparkling wines in their own way.

Basic pairings for sparkling wine range from deep-fried foods and vegetables to oysters, sushi, shellfish, and poultry. BC Liquor Stores currently carry 13 different sparkling wines from our province and independent wine shops like Liberty and Everything Wine also have affordable local selections. The next time you reach for a bottle of bubbly, drink local and make that the cause for celebration.

okanaganwineriesThere are 186 vineyards and 215 licensed vineyards in BC with 131 of those wineries located in the Okanagan region.

Last year, BC wineries won over 2,000 medals in national and international competition – more than ever before.

Find more BC winery listings via the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and the BC Wine Institute for Okanagan, Vancouver Island, Fraser Valley, Gulf Islands and Similkameen listings.

Free Movie Day in Vancouver

October 14th, 2014 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Cineplex is hosting a select Free Movie Day (aka Cineplex Community Day) in participating theatres across the country, benefitting Free The Children, which is the awesome non-profit that has brought us events like We Day. We Day has hosted 278,000 youth at events in cities across North America and in the UK and as a result, $37,000,000 has been fundraised for 1000 causes and 9,600,000 hours have been volunteered by participating youth..

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Doors will open at 8:30am on Saturday, October 18, 2014 and movies will start at 9:00am. Select concession items will be just $2. In the Greater Vancouver area, SilverCity Colossus in Langley, Cineplex Odeon Strawberry Hill, Scotiabank Theatre in Downtown Vancouver, SilverCity Coquitlam, SilverCity Riverport, Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford, Cineplex Odeon International Village, Cineplex Odeon Meadowntown, and others will all show the following films for free:

ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH @ 9:00am
ENDER’S GAME @ 9:15am
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS (3D) @ 9:30am
PARANORMAN (3D) @ 9:45 am
DIVERGENT @ 10:00am
FREE BIRDS @ 10:15 am

Enjoy a free movie, concession items for a cause, and a fun family day at the theatre in your community. Follow Cineplex on Twitter, and Free the Children on Twitter for more information.

Free The Children and Cineplex are working together to empower young Canadians to make a positive difference in their local communities and around the world. Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner that works with hundreds of thousands of elementary and secondary students from 5,000 schools across Canada and 2.3 million youth worldwide.

From sponsoring We Day, Free The Children’s biggest youth empowerment event, to providing opportunities and scholarships at youth summits and leadership camps, to offering free movies at Community Day in October, Cineplex is dedicated to empowering the next generation of Canadians to get involved in pressing issues like local hunger and bullying, and make a difference in the lives of others. Free The Children is Cineplex’s national charity partner.

Voting in Vancouver

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

The next civic election takes place Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Vancouver and with a voter turnout of just 35% last time, the City of Vancouver is hoping to spread the word about advanced voting, where you can vote, and voter awareness in general. Also, for the first time ever, you can vote at any of the 120 voting locations in the city!

Voting in Vancouver

You can help elect Mayor and 10 Council members for Vancouver City Council, 7 Board Commissioners for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and 9 School Trustees for the Vancouver School Board. You can also vote on whether to authorize the City to borrow a specific amount of money for major projects such as building and transportation infrastructure, public safety projects, and parks.

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Advance Polling Stations

For the 2014 municipal election, the City of Vancouver is providing 8 locations, for 8 days of advance voting for 12 hours per day (8:00am to 8:00pm) for a total of 768 hours of advance voting prior to the election. This represents a 280% increase over 2011 and a 320% increase over 2008.

You can vote in advance between the hours of 8:00am and 8:00pm on November 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8,th 9th, 10th, and 12th at any one of these locations:

West End Community Centre – 870 Denman St.
Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews
Thunderbird Community Centre – 2311 Cassiar St.
Sunset Community Centre – 6810 Main St.
Killarney Community Centre – 6260 Killarney St.
Kitsilano Community Centre – 2690 Larch St.
Kerrisdale Community Centre – 5851 West Blvd
City Hall – 453 West 12th Ave.

Have your say and be sure to vote either in advance or on November 15, 2014 to take part in your city’s future. Follow the City of Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information.