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Rogers Santa Claus Parade 2014

November 18th, 2014 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Downtown Vancouver will see back-to-back parade weekends with the Grey Cup Parade on Saturday, November 29th followed by the annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, December 7th.

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Photo credit: Cameron on Flickr

Rogers Santa Claus Parade

When: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 1:00pm
Where: The Parade starts at Georgia and Broughton, travels east on Georgia to Howe, turns south on Howe, and finishes at Howe and Davie.

Ringing in a new season of giving and holiday cheer, the Rogers Santa Claus Parade attracts 300,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver each year and will include 3,500 participants with 65 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups.

Aside from watching the parade along its route, you can also head down to the Robson Square Ice Rink for family activities. Enjoy free skating (rentals $4) and photos with Santa (3:00pm to 5:00pm).

Around the front of the Vancouver Art Gallery you’ll find the Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square with a Food Bank drop-off zone, gingerbread decorating station, face painting, Letters to Santa station, balloon twisting, and an entertainment stage featuring several music and dance performances.

On parade day, spectators are encouraged to bring a monetary or non-perishable food donation for the Food Bank. For each dollar donated, the food Bank can purchase three dollars’ worth of food. The Rogers Santa Claus Parade is one of the largest food and fund raising events for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Since 2004, the Parade has collected $132,400 and more than 73,500 lbs. of food for hungry families in the Lower Mainland. Follow the parade on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Eastside Culture Crawl: Terminal City Glass Co-op

November 17th, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver’s visual celebration of art, creativity, and community, returns November 20th to November 23rd as it is extended to four days for the first time ever. The culture crawl welcomes you to studios, homes, garages, and other creative spaces in Vancouver’s Eastside, where you can meet a cast of painters, jewellers, sculptors, potters, photographers, glassblowers, furniture designers, and more. In fact you can visit with 375+ participating artists in 70 buildings throughout the community during the Eastside Culture Crawl this year.

Eastside Culture Crawl

What: 18th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl
When: Thursday, November 20th and Friday, November 21st from 5:00pm until 10:00pm; Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday, November 23rd from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Where: Various Vancouver Eastside locations bounded by Main Street and First Avenue, Victoria Drive and the Waterfront.

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Full listings for all Eastside Culture Crawl events, artists, demonstrations, and locations can be found online and follow along on Twitter and Facebook.

Terminal City Glass Co-op

11 artists from Terminal City Glass Co-op are participating in this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl. Terminal City Glass Co-op was founded in 2012 as Canada’s first and only non-profit, co-operative glass arts facility. The Co-op is home to some of Canada’s top, award-winning glass artists, who are able to practice their medium in a fantastically, creative space.

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Co-op artist Brad Turner

After the Eastside Culture Crawl wraps up, Terminal City Glass Co-op will host two timely “Make Your Own Glass Ornament” workshops, on November 29th and on December 13th. Participants get one-on-one time with expert artists to create their very own Christmas tree ornament, picking their own colours and using a variety of tools to shape and blow the glass into a delightful decoration.

If you would like to do a Make Your Own Glass Ornament workshop, I have 2 passes to give away for the December 13th session (value $110). Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win: Make Your Own Glass Ornament workshop from @CultureCrawl @tcgcoop @Miss604 http://ow.ly/Eqdqe

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Finished pieces are available for pick-up on or after Tuesday, December 2nd (if made on November 29th) or Tuesday, December 16 (if made on December 13th). For ages 16+. Follow Terminal City Glass Co-op on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their events and artists.

Update The winner is lindsay!

15 Vancouver Grey Cup Photos from the Archives

November 17th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver is the home of the 102nd Grey Cup Festival later this month and this town is no stranger to football greatness and good times. The 1955 Grey Cup game in Vancouver was the first to be held outside of Ontario and Vancouver has also hosted the Grey Cup Championship in 1958, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1999, 2005, and 2011. Here’s a look back at some of these moments thanks to the City of Vancouver Archives and the Vancouver Public Library:

15 Vancouver Grey Cup Photos from the Archives


1955 – Grey Cup sign in Vancouver. VPL Accession Number: 43903.
Photographer: Province Newspaper.


1960 – Grey Cup crowds. VPL Accession Number: 43958.
Photographer: Province Newspaper.


1963 – Half time at the Grey Cup in Vancouver. VPL Accession Number: 43989.
Photographer: Province Newspaper.


1963 – Grey Cup game. VPL Accession Number: 43994.
Photographer: Province Newspaper.


1966 – Grey Cup night riot. Photographer: Province Newspaper.
(Left) VPL Accession Number: 42743 (Right) VPL Accession Number: 42742.


1966 – Grey Cup game. VPL Accession Number: 43890.
Photographer: Province Newspaper.


1968 – Photographers at the Grey Cup game. VPL Accession Number: 43894.
Photographer: Province Newspaper.


43rd Grey Cup Parade. Archives# 2008-022.290. Photographer: Leslie F. Sheraton.


48th Grey Cup Parade on Georgia. Archives# 2008-022.167. Photographer: Leslie F. Sheraton.


48th Grey Cup Parade on Georgia. Archives# 2008-022.169. Photographer: Leslie F. Sheraton.


43rd Grey Cup. Crowd entering Empire Stadium. Archives# 2008-022.211. Photographer: Leslie F. Sheraton.


Edmonton takes to the field at the 43rd Grey Cup. Archives# 2008-022.219. Photographer: Leslie F. Sheraton.


43rd Grey Cup. Edmonton fans pour onto the field at Empire Stadium. Archives# 2008-022.224. Photographer: Leslie F. Sheraton.


End of the 43rd Grey Cup. Archives# 2008-022.222. Photographer: Leslie F. Sheraton.

Robson Square Ice Rink Skating 2014-2015

November 17th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Robson Square Ice Rink opens for the season on December 1st and will feature free skating and wintery activities through to February 28, 2015.

Family fun at the outdoor rink at Robson Square
Photo credit: BC Gov Photos – Submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool

The popular downtown ice rink, operated by the Government of BC, will be open on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and for other special events and occasions. There is no fee to enjoy the rink but rentals are available for $4 if you require a pair of skates. Helmets are included with skate rental and ice cleats are available for $2.

Robson Square Ice Rink Skating Hours

Sunday to Thursday: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00am to 11:00pm

Christmas Eve (December 24th): 9:00am to 9:00pm
Christmas Day (December 25th): 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Boxing Day (December 26th): 9:00am to 9:00pm
New Year’s Eve (December 31st): 9:00am to 11:00pm
New Year’s Day (January 1st): 9:00am to 9:00pm

Robson Square Ice Rink
Photo credit: Brandur Coombs on Flickr

Robson Square Ice Rink Events

Rogers Santa Claus Parade
December 7, 2014 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Robson Square is participating in the Rogers Santa Claus Parade on December 7 by hosting Photos with Santa.

Sally Skates with The Salvation Army
Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Join the Salvation Army for skating games, great music, entertainment and overall Christmas merriment. Bring a non-perishable food item to support The Salvation Army’s food programs in Vancouver and receive a free hot chocolate.

12 Days of Christmas
December 13th to December 24th, 2014
The 12 days of Christmas are a festive time of year at the Robson Square Ice Rink. Bring your family and friends down to the ice rink this holiday season for a music series as local musicians will perform your holiday favourites from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Performers include The Ponderosas (December 14th); Phat Santa Swings (December 15th); Carumba (December 16th); Tom Arntzen/Hot Mamas (December 17th); Christmas Celts (December 18th); John Gilliat World Music Ensemble (December 19th); JC & The Wailin’ Wassailers (December 20th); Rumba Calzada (December 20th); Karla Sax (December 21st); Caviar & Lace (December 21st); Santa’s Brass (December 22nd); Dr. Strangelove (December 22nd); The Strays (December 23rd); Left Coast (December 23rd); Karla Sax (December 24th); Company B (December 24th).

Follow Robson Square via the BC Government News accounts on Twitter and Facebook this season.

Win a Refresh Market Prize Pack

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

The 6th Refresh Market is popping up in Squamish next weekend with over 70 local designers, artists, and indie shops from all corners of the “604” — from Pemberton to Metro Vancouver.

What: Refresh Market
When: Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: West Coast Railway Heritage Park (39645 Government Rd, Squamish)
Tickets: Admission is $2

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Shop for a wide selection of vintage, handmade and curated goods, enjoy a beading station for kids, get portraits from Corrie Lindroos Photography, view a fashion show curated by Sarah Johnston and Diane Rudge of Wild and Heart, sample local food and take advantage of childminding provided by Little Twigs Playcare.

Win a Refresh Market Prize Pack

Refresh Market has offered up an incredibly generous prize pack loaded with goodies (valued at over $350) for one lucky Miss604 reader to enjoy. This includes:

  • Blue Owl Designs, 4 Pairs of Earrings ($40)
  • Meliferra Bees, Large Jar of Infused Honey ($17)
  • Kimberly Francis, Cedar Story Board ($144)
  • Vanessa Stark Art, 5”x7″ Art Print matted to 8″ by 10″ plus a pack of 6 art cards ($45)
  • The Salt Dispensary, Gourmet Salt Pak: Black Truffle, Fumee de Sel and Sel de Provence salt ($20)
  • Sasha Eillenna Jewelry, Warrior Heart Necklace. Cast in solid bronze ($70)
  • Mountain Tea Co., Tin of organic, loose-leaf tea and a holiday collection infused sugar ($15)

Here’s how you can enter to win:

Follow Refresh Market on Facebook and Instagram for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. The winner can either pick up the prize at the market or it can be sent out directly.

Update The winner is Kerry Cole on Facebook!

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

November 14th, 2014 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
Granville Island Public Market
Photo credit: Alexis Birkill on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, November 14, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Late Night Movie at the Rio Theatre
Vancouver Chamber Choir: HOMEWARD New Lyricism
Hockey Canada 100th Anniversary Century Tour at Richmond Olympic Oval
FUSE: Revolution Counter Revolution at the Vancouver Art Gallery
CURIO: DOXA’s Fall Fundraiser
Opening at Gallery Gachet: Coalescence: A Body of Memories
The 5th Annual Vancouver Short Film Festival
Vancouverite: A Comedy Show
Christmas Craft Fair, Aldergrove
Merging Media Conference
Google Partner’s Breakfast (Vancouver) Co-Hosted by Jelly Marketing
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Circle Craft Market
Flashdance The Musical
Havana Theatre: Hunter Gatherers by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
The Cultch: Broken Sex Doll

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Election Day in Vancouver
Discovery Saturday: Norse Winter Festival, Surrey
Movies for Change at Surrey Libraries
MEDA Presents: Twilight at the Oasis ~ An Evening of Bellydance
The Christmas Show at the Langley Events Centre
MEC Snowfest North Vancouver
Noul Pop Up Social
Enigmas at the Imperial
Lifespan BC Presents: Longevity and Genetics Conference 2014
Pandora’s Collective Presents “Midnight in Paris” Fundraiser Gala
Lord of the Flies, Abbotsford
North Vancouver Arts Council Workshop: Fearless in Watercolour
Beginner Swing Dance Intensive
Marvelous Wonderettes at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
Vancouver Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium
Saturday Book Club at Vancouver Public Libraries
Hockey Canada 100th Anniversary Century Tour at Richmond Olympic Oval
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Circle Craft Market
Flashdance The Musical
Havana Theatre: Hunter Gatherers by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
The Cultch: Broken Sex Doll

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Main Street Vinyl Record Fair
Autumn Flight with Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble
The Christmas Show at the Langley Events Centre
Theatrical Dialogue: Shades of Monogamy
Walking Tour: Old Money: West of Denman Tour
Edible Canada: Family Dinner 2014
The Cinematheque: Wizard of Oz
West Point Grey: Afternoon Tea for Kids! Princess & Pirate Theme
Britannia Library Film Screening: On the Waterfront
Savouring Heritage at Main Street Brewing Company
Vancouver Pasta Class: Gnocchi
An Evening with Joan Baez
BC’s Non-Profit Housing Conference
Studio 58/Langara College Presents One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Hockey Canada 100th Anniversary Century Tour at Richmond Olympic Oval
Circle Craft Market
Flashdance The Musical
The Cultch: Broken Sex Doll

View the full monthly event list to plan ahead at any time. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook for frequent updates about local events and community happenings.

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.

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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.