Vancouver Heritage Foundation Photo Contest

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 11:01am PDT
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The Vancouver Heritage Foundation just launched a photo contest where you can submit your pictures of heritage buildings around the city for your chance to win a grand prize staycation at a bed & breakfast.

Sinclair Centre -- the old post office building & the Winch Building

Peppered throughout the city, between glass towers modern storefronts, you’ll find structures that have stood the test of time in Vancouver. From prominent favourites like the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or the Marine Building to the cluster of heritage homes in Mole Hill, City Hall, or the Staples store that used to be Dominon Motors.

West End Barclay Heritage Square

Snap a photo, using any equipment that you like, and submit it to the Vancouver Heritage Foudation’s Facebook page before July 21, 2012.

Grand prize: The winner will be awarded a one night stay at The Manor Guest House at 13th & Yukon. The prize will be redeemable until September 30, 2012.

Staff-voted prize: The Vancouver Heritage Foundation staff will also choose their favourite picture. This winner will receive 4 tickets to VHF Tours: 2 tickets to the Vancouver Specials Tour, and 2 to the Laneway House Tour.

Bonus votes can be gathered by sending out a tweet to promote your entry. The tweet must include your name, @VanHeritage and #VHFPhotoContest to receive 5 extra votes. The contest will be open until July 28, 2012 to allow for a week of voting once all submissions have been received.

Surrey Canada Day 2012: Concert Photos

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 — 10:07am PDT
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Surrey’s Canada Day saw over 100,000 people enjoy free festivities and concerts throughout the day on July 1st as the city once again delivered a solid celebration. Neighbours, families, Canadians, and visitors enjoyed a full 12 hours of flashy midway attractions, BBQ treats, and one of our favourites — free concerts from top local and national acts.

Surrey Canada Day 2012
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The Chevron Main Stage ran all day with everything from Cole Armour’s national anthem performance to DJ Flipout’s mixes. The High Bar Gang, Andrew Allen, Blaze of Glory (Bon Jovi Tribute), and Jerry Doucette were all crowd favourites.

Gastown Grand Prix 2012 Prize Pack

Monday, July 2nd, 2012 — 10:02am PDT
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The Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix returns to the streets of Vancouver July 11, 2012. Coming off a 3-year hiatus, this race is one of the most famous in Canada and it attracts North America’s best cyclists.

Gastown 2006 - Hairpin turn
Gastown Grand Prix 2006 Photo by Greg Descantes

For spectators, it’s a free festival where crowds can line familiar streets in Vancouver’s heritage district and cheer on Olympic-caliber riders — who fly by at over 50km/hour. It’s a challenging race but the reward is worth it as the Gastown Grand Prix features the largest prizes for a criterium in North America. A past winner is a man called Lance Armstrong, that you might have heard of, he won the Gastown Grand Prix in 1991.

Date Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Times Opening ceremonies 5:45pm. Women at 6:15pm, men at 7:30pm.
Where The race starts at the steam clock, does a hairpin turn around Shine, goes down Cordova, turns left on Carrall, around Gassy Jack and then back up water street. Men do 50 laps totalling 60kms. Women do 30 laps totalling 36kms.

I have also been informed that cowbells are encouraged so bring yours down after work if you want to cheer on some cyclist that will be heading onto London 2012.

The race has been brought back after a three-year hiatus thanks to Gastown-based Global Relay who have invested $1 million over the next 5 years.

To celebrate the return of the Gastown Grand Prix, Global Relay Group has offered up a prize pac for a Miss604 reader that includes a limited edition race backpack and $50 to spend at an Donnelly Group establishment (like the Lamplighter in Gastown). Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow the Gastown Grand Prix on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00pm Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win. Donnelly Group establishments include: The Academic, Cinema, Hooker’s Green, Lamplighter, New Oxford, Metropole, Smileys, Library Square, The Bimini, The Calling, Post Modern, Bar None, Republic, Clough Club, Killjoy, Granville Room.

Update The winner is @_dlight!

Happy Canada Day from Surrey 2012

Sunday, July 1st, 2012 — 4:54pm PDT
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Surrey Canada Day is in full swing at the Cloverdale Millenium Amphitheatre, just off 176th and 64th Avenue in Surrey. The smell of mini donuts fills the air as children get their faces painted, mascots roam the grounds, families enjoy picnic take-out lunches, and costumed storytellers charm walk-up audiences.

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Surrey Canada Day 2012

The event kicked off around 10:30am with not a single drop of rain, although the soggy ground has turned the venue into a giant mud pit. Spirits are high, despite the need for gumboots, and thousands have turned out for festivities that include concerts, crafts, activities, midway rides, motocross, and much more.

July Events in Metro Vancouver 2012

Saturday, June 30th, 2012 — 1:37pm PDT
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We didn’t see much sunshine in June but there have been a few glorious days so far this summer. I’m still fixated on the belief that the rain leads to even greener grass and floral blooms on those sparkling sunny days. Whether you’re staying around town or heading up the Sea to Sky, I have you covered with the following event listings. These have been submitted by readers and the list is always updated throughout the month so be sure to bookmark this post.

Return To Kits
Photo credit: Mark Faviell on Flickr

Sunday, July 1, 2012
Surrey Canada Day
Canada Day at Canada Place
Port Moody Golden Spike Days
Steveston Salmon Festival
Ships to Shore Steveston
Tbooth Wireless ViVa Vancouver Block Party
Port Coquitlam Canada Day
Free Admission at Maritime Museum & Museum of Vancouver
Vancouver’s Largest Street Food Party at the Waldorf
Defining Moments Exhibition Opening Celebration
North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations at Waterfront Park
Hershe Bar: Where The Girls Are

Monday, July 2, 2012
Port Moody Golden Spike Days
Dance at Dusk in Stanley Park
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Free Outdoor Movie in Stanley Park
Dance at Dusk in Stanley Park
Scarlet Satin Production: Unboxed Plays at the Railway Club
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Craft Beer Bus Crawl
Van Dop Gallery Presents Gabor Gasztonyi at Wild Rice
Journeys to the Edge
Scarlet Satin Production: Unboxed Plays at the Railway Club
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Whistler: ArtWalk Opening Reception
Lama Marut Book Tour
Children of the Street Society’s Pub Night Event
Indian Summer Festival
Scarlet Satin Production: Unboxed Plays at the Railway Club
Salsa by the Sea

Geroy Simon New CFL Record Holder For Receiving Yards

Friday, June 29th, 2012 — 10:26pm PDT
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Geroy Simon of the BC Lions broke the CFL’s record for receiving yards tonight at BC Place.

Geroy Simon by John Bollwitt
Photo credit: John Bollwitt

Simon caught a 56 yard pass from Travis Lulay to knock his total up to 940 receptions, 15,192 yards — beating Milt Stegall’s previous record.

From TSN: “Simon achieved the feat in the same number of seasons — 14 — that it took Stegall, who played from 1995-2008, to set his record.

The Lions veteran entered Friday’s contest needing just 67 receiving yards to take his place in history. He continued his career-long trend of doing memorable things in games involving the Bombers.

He began his CFL career with Winnipeg in 1999. He won a Grey Cup and the league’s most outstanding player award in 2006 with the Lions in the Manitoba capital.

Known for being a fan favourite, Twitter erupted in congratulatory messages, which resulted in “Geroy Simon” becoming a worldwide trending topic on Friday night along with the team-generated #81AllTime tag.

The BC Lions defeated the Winnipeg Bluebombers 33 to 16 in this season-opening game in Vancouver.

Simon joins a strong list of BC Lions who hold CFL records. Lui Passaglia leads the team as he is still in the books for Most Games Played (408), Most Regular Seasons Played (25), Most Consecutive Seasons Played (25), Most Points, All-time Regular Season (3985), Most Field Goal Attempts (1203), Most Field Goals (875), and Most Singles Regular Season (309).