Stanley Park Easter Train 2013


Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 — 10:49am PDT
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The Stanley Park Easter Train has rolled into town over Spring Break and it’s only here through the weekend. Until April 1, 2013 the family can enjoy the wonders of Stanley Park’s natural beauty and stop in for a train ride (with an Easter theme) around the miniature railroad.

Train
Photo credit: Pat Z on Flickr

Rain or shine, the Stanley Park Easter Train runs 10:00am to 5:00pm daily. The surrounding plaza area will have egg hunts (bring your own basket), crafts, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Tickets for all activities, including the train, are $8.75 for children. Adults are free to supervise activities and their tickets are $3.50 to ride the train.

Tickets for this event can be purchased in advance by calling the Miniature Railway Admin Office at (604) 257-8530. Once the Easter Bunny and his crew move out for the season the area will once again be transformed into Klahowya Village featuring the Spirit Catcher Train for the summer.

Easter Dino Egg Hunt at Britannia Mine Museum


Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 — 9:29am PDT
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The Britannia Mine Museum is just a quick drive up the Sea to Sky highway and it’s full of history, activities, environmental and educational information, and more. This weekend, it will be the scene of an Easter Egg Hunt of epic proportions.

Britannia Mill
Photo credit: kennymatic on Flickr

The Easter Bunny’s favourite cousin, the loveable Britanniasaurus Rex, will be back hiding his favourite little dino eggs filled with gemstones and goodies throughout the site for kids to find.

When: Sunday, March 31, 2013 with egg hunts at 10:00am and 2:00pm
Where: 45 minutes north of Vancouver along the Sea to Sky
Cost: Free for members or by regular admission.

On Easter Sunday there will also be kid-friendly learning activities to help identify the gems and visitors can enjoy the usual crowd favourites such as the underground mine train and gold panning, tour the historic 20-storey Mill building, the company gift store, and the children’s play.

Britannia Mine Media Day Tour Britannia Mine Media Day Tour

You might recognize it as a filming location for some notable movies and TV shows but its main purpose is as a National Historic Site and as “a non-profit organization with the intent to increase awareness of the impact of mining and minerals to society, the history of the storied Britannia Beach community and the ideas and practices of environmental renewal and sustainability.”

The Britannia Mine Museum is open seven days a week from 9:00am to 5:00pm with guided tours throughout the day (last tour departs at 3:00pm). Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more news and special event info.

Mumford & Sons in Surrey at Holland Park


Monday, March 25th, 2013 — 1:06pm PDT
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UPDATE May 24, 2013: View photos from the concert here.

Mumford & Sons, one of the world’s hottest bands, is set to play Surrey’s Holland Park on May 24, 2013 as a part of Live Nation’s Concerts in the Park series. While the City of Surrey is known for its awesome free family festivals and concerts, this is gearing up to be one of the city’s largest ticketed outdoor concert events in almost 20 years since Lollapalooza, 1994).

Surrey Fusion Fest 2011
Fusion Festival 2011 at Holland Park in Surrey

“The English folk rock quartet – best known for the chart-toppers “I Will Wait” and “Little Lion Man” – will be supported by 24-year-old soul musician Michael Kiwanuka and the U.K. indie sextet Mystery Jets.” [Now Newspaper]

Mumford & Sons will then go from Surrey to the Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington and continue their North American tour from there.

Attendance is expected to be around 25,000 in the beautiful public space which is located near Central City shopping centre, two SkyTrain stations, and as a bonus it has free WIFI (a legacy of the 2010 Olympic Games). Online registration starts today. Tickets officially go on sale Friday, April 5, 2013 for $58 each (plus taxes, fees, etc.) and will be available online through Live Nation, by phone 1-855-985-5000 or in person at Red Cat Records, Highlife and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Fan Expo Vancouver 2013: Norman Reedus Contest


Monday, March 25th, 2013 — 10:07am PDT
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Fan Expo Vancouver is fast-approaching as enthusiasts prepare to flock to the Vancouver Convention Centre for April 20th and April 21st. Fan Expo is Comicon Hollywood North – bringing authors, artists, storytellers, filmmakers, actors, under one roof to celebrate anime, manga, comics, sci-fi, gaming and horror.

Fan Expo Vancouver 2013

Special guests confirmed so far include:

  • Stan Lee (Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, The Hulk, The Avengers)
  • Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints, The Walking Dead)
  • Sean Patrick Flannery (The Boondock Saints, Young Indiana Jones)
  • Tia Carrere (Relic Hunter, Wayne’s World)
  • Elvira (Mistress of the Dark)
  • James Marsters & Juliet Landau (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Soska Twins (American Mary)
  • Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter)
  • Sean Astin (The Goonies, Lord of the Rings)
  • Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • David Prowse (Star Wars)
  • Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica)
  • Robin Dunne (Sanctuary, Space Milkshake)
  • Dean Redman (Smallville, Tron: Legacy)
  • … and more!

Other attractions include autograph and celebrity photo sessions, The 501st Legion: Star Wars Photo Session (Darth Vader, Boba Fett & Stormtroopers), Q&A sessions with celebrity guests, sci-fi fantasy author book signings, gaming tournaments, cosplaying (props & weapons policy in effect), artist competition (“Sketching Duels”), workshops & seminars, artist alley, kids activities, exhibitor & retail areas, anime game shows, and more. There will also be a Student Special F/X Makeup Competition on Saturday, April 20th and the Canadian Videogame Awards will be later that evening at the convention centre as well.

Tickets are now on sale for Fan Expo Vancouver happening April 20th and April 21st, 2013 from 10:00am to 7:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday.

Norman Reedus Contest

Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints, The Walking Dead) will be the feature of a question and answer panel at Fan Expo Vancouver and I have a family pack of tickets to give away to this unique opportunity. The family pack includes 2 adult tickets and 2 children’s tickets (10 and under) to Fan Expo along with priority seating for 4 people at the Norman Reedus Q&A.

Here’s how you can win tickets to see The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon in person at Fax Expo:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win Fan @ExpoVancouver passes & Norman Reedus Q&A tix from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/joGLL

I will draw one winner next Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 12:00pm. Child passes not transferrable to adults. No cash value. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more exciting announcements and event information in the weeks to come.

Update Unfortunately Norman Reedus is no longer available to attend Fan Expo Vancouver however there will still be a Walking Dead panel with Michael Rooker.

The contest winner is: Mae!

Clayton Perry Photography: Vancouver and Steveston


Sunday, March 24th, 2013 — 10:09am PDT
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I started the Miss604 Flickr Pool in 2008 and for the last four years I have been publishing weekly collections of the shared photos with the group. One name you’ll see frequently in the photo credits and captions in Clayton Perry Photography. Clayton has contributed over 1,000 images to the Miss604 Flickr Pool, sharing his keen eye, bright colours, and unique vantage points through images of Vancouver and his hometown, Steveston.

Vancouver

Steveston

If you would like to purchase prints or talk to Clayton about his photography services, he can be reached through his Flickr or Facebook accounts or by email:
clayton[at]claytonperryphotography.com. He’s also on Twitter @CJPPhotos.

LOFT Online Shipping to Canada Giveaway


Friday, March 22nd, 2013 — 2:03pm PDT
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The fashionable women’s retailer, LOFT, has recently opened up international shipping to over 100 countries including Canada. With their spring collection now available online, stylish ladies from Vancouver to Halifax (Germany to Indonesia) can browse, shop, and ship.

LOFT online offers apparel, accessories, shoes, swim, maternity, petite, tall, sunglasses, hats, and more for work or play. By selecting Canada as your origin on the website you can view all prices in Canadian dollars, have duties and taxes calculated at checkout, have guaranteed landed costs (no additional charges at delivery) and get low international shipping rates. For a limited time there is also free shipping on international orders of $100 (UD) or more.

To celebrate LOFT’s spring collection and their new shipping options, they have offered up a special gift for one luck Miss604 reader: The Cabochon Stretch Bracelet:

LOFT-contest-bracelet
Clustered cabochons and shimmery gems create a vintage-inspired, boldly pretty result. 1 3/4″ width.

Here’s how you can enter to win this bracelet from LOFT online:

  • Leave a comment here naming a fashion item you would shop for online (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a stylish bracelet from @LOFT online & @Miss604 http://ow.ly/jkUHw

I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:00pm. Follow LOFT on Twitter and Facebook for more shopping and shipping information.

Update The winner is Nadya!