SHOREFEST Concert Schedule and Lineup

July 21st, 2015 @ 8:49am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Honda Celebration of Light is the world’s largest offshore fireworks competition and in Vancouver there’s plenty of action onshore to get crowds pumped for the spectacular displays in the sky. SHOREFEST is returning to English Bay and Sunset Beach, presenting talented homegrown artists in a free concert series on each night of the fireworks.

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2015 SHOREFEST Concert Schedule and Lineup

Presented by LG 104.3, with a beautiful west coast backdrop, enjoy over 20 free shows ranging from R&B and soul to blues and rock on Saturday, July 25th; Wednesday, July 29th; and Saturday, August 1st.

SATURDAY JULY 25th
Sunset Beach Stage
2:00pm – Paul Pigat
3:00pm – Sadie Campbell
4:00pm – Tonye Aganaba
5:00pm – Ben Rogers
6:00pm – Harry Manx

English Bay Stage
7:30pm – Bend Sinister
8:30pm – Platinum Blonde

WEDNESDAY JULY 29th
Sunset Beach Stage
2:00pm – Skye Wallace
3:00pm – Dawn Pemberton
4:00pm – Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer
5:00pm – Steve Dawson
6:00pm – Colin Linden

WEDNESDAY JULY 29th
English Bay Stage
7:30pm – Dustin Bental w/ Kendel Carson
8:30pm – Randy Bachman

SATURDAY AUG 1st
Sunset Beach Stage
2:00pm – Wes Mackey
3:00pm – Chin Injeti
4:00pm – Bros Landreth
5:00pm – Colleen Rennison
6:00pm – Daniel Wesley

English Bay Stage
7:30pm – Kuba Oms
8:30pm – Chilliwack

Check out the full list along with artist bios online and follow the tag #SHOREFEST on social media.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

July 16th, 2015 @ 5:02pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This weekend is all about the Fusion Festival in Surrey, of which I’m proud to be the Official Social Media Sponsor. Free admission for its live music, dancing, entertainment, crafts, cooking demos, and family fun. Sample food from over 45 cultural pavilions and enjoy two full days of festivities in Holland Park (Saturday and Sunday).

Surrey Fusion Fest 2012
Photos by John Bollwitt for Miss604

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, July 17, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Take Off Fridays, Free Fun at YVR Airport
Free Friday Walking Tours, West Hastings
Fresh Air Fridays at Highstreet in Abbotsford
FALLEN ANGELS: Sacred + Profane Works
Nettle’s Tale + Nicole Bridge Gastown Pop-Up Shop
Kyle Bottom’s Comedy Bucket
Music at the Cannery
The Phonix Funk Train at The Imperial
Shipyards Night Market, North Vancouver
Surrey Night Market
International Night Market, Richmond
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
The Arts Club Presents: Godspell
Indian Summer Festival
A Nude Hope: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure
The Arts Club Presents: Les Misérables

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Surrey Fusion Festival
Hard Rock Casino Ultimate Car Show
Fiji Festival
FALLEN ANGELS: Sacred + Profane Works
Hastings Sports Day
Book Launch for “Toshiko” By Michael Kluckner
SBR Cartel and Purpose Apparel Fashion Show
VIVA Vancouver: The Granville Social
Five Hole For Food, Vancouver Charity Street Hockey
TD Concerts at the Pier in White Rock
Art Deco Photowalk
Nettle’s Tale + Nicole Bridge Gastown Pop-Up Shop
Burnaby Artisan Farmers Market
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Vancouver, Plaza of Nations Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
International Night Market, Richmond
The Arts Club Presents: Godspell
Indian Summer Festival
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
A Nude Hope: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure
The Arts Club Presents: Les Misérables

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Surrey Fusion Festival
Richmond Rocks
Edmonds City Fair
Flight of the Navigator at The Cinematheque
India Live
Tea Sparrow First Annual Iced Tea Festival
Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square
Hot Rod Sunday at Willowbrook
Landmark Events Showcase Festival at Red Room
Vancouver Street Food Festival
Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Vancouver, Plaza of Nations Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
International Night Market, Richmond
The Arts Club Presents: Godspell
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
A Nude Hope: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure
The Arts Club Presents: Les Misérables

Check out the full July event listings here and if you have an event to include, please send it in by email for a free listing. Follow Miss604 on Twitter for more daily updates.

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Queen Elizabeth Park Zipline for a Cause

July 16th, 2015 @ 4:39pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
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Photograph by: Rebecca Blissett
Vancouver Courier

The temporary Queen Elizabeth Park zipline opened earlier this month, celebrating the park’s 75th anniversary. Starting from Bloedel Conservatory at the top of Little Mountain Park, it runs 190 meters, offering an over-the-top view of the park’s manicured gardens.

Open daily (weather permitting) between 11:00am and 8:00pm, riders (between 60 and 250lbs) can enjoy the thrill for $12-$20 a ride. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or onsite.

Queen Elizabeth Park Zipline for a Cause

On Saturday, July 25th, the Queen Elizabeth Park zipline is donating proceeds to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, thanks to the Vancouver Park Board and Greenheart, the operators of the zipline.

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s mascot, Sunny Bear, will drop by during the day to say hi to the kids. Zipline tickets are $14 for youth, $20 for adults and $60 for a family of four. Follow the @BCCHF on Twitter for more information about this special event.

Paper Airplane Competition at YVR Airport

July 16th, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

On Friday, July 17th, YVR Airport will host its annual paper airplane competition during its free Take Off Friday event. Aviation fans of all ages are invited to test their paper airplane making skills while YVR ambassadors offer tips on the best folding techniques.

paper airplane
Photo credit: hgz on Flickr

Paper Airplane Competition at YVR Airport

20 competitors will be drawn at random to launch their design down a 32-foot carpet runway. Competitors will be judged on the longest distance, creativity and best aerial acrobatics.

Schedule of Events
Registration 10:00am to 11:00am
Paper Airplane Folding Workshop 10:00am to 11:00am
Radom Draw 20 Contest Participants 11:15am
Paper Airplane Contest 11:30am to 12:00pm

Prizes
Prizes will be awarded for the top three flights:
First place: $1,000 Uniglobe Travel Gift Certificate
Second place: $500 CAD Cash Passport (Mastercard Prepaid Currency Card)
Third place: $250 YVR Bucks

I’ll be one of the lucky judges so I’ll see you on Friday at the YVR Observation Area (in the domestic terminal) on level 4.

Stick around for more Take Off Friday fun every Friday until August 28th. Take transit in on the Canada Line or, if you’re driving, take advantage of a reduce parking rate available for $5 for up to four hours. Vouchers will be available at the Customer Information Counter, International Terminal, Level 3.

Win Tickets to The Arts Club’s Les Miserables

July 16th, 2015 @ 9:24am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

School’s out, summer’s here, and The Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Les Misérables is on stage this July and August. Too hot out? Rainy (let’s hope)? Escape to the lovely neoclassical Stanley Theatre to enjoy Victor Hugo’s tale again, or for the first time.

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Photo credit: Ross den Otter for The Arts Club.

I have seen Les Misérables four times on stage now and I, along with my niece who came with me to a matinée this week and had only seen the recent film version, thoroughly enjoyed The Arts Club’s production.

For those that know the story, you’ll be able to follow along quite well and if you’re unfamiliar with the theatrical adaptation (music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, original lyrics by Alain Boublil, based on the novel by Victor Hugo) then you can pick up “Bill’s Notes” in the lobby. A play on Cliff’s Notes/Coles Notes, this comprehensive guide (with spoiler alerts) is penned by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd and contains insights about the story, the production, and a hearty history lesson about 19th century France.

Les Mis at The Arts Club

Once the lights go out, prepare to be captivated. The ensemble was one of the strongest I’ve ever heard from The Arts Club, and performances by Keiran Martin Murphy (Jean Valjean), Warren Kimmel (Javert), and Jennie Neumann (Eponine) were standouts for me, the best portrayals of those characters I have seen to date.

The Thénardiers, thieving, scheming and absurdly amusing pair played by Nicola Lipman and Andrew Wheeler, relax the audience of this heavy historical drama with their raunchy comic relief. The costumes, from rags to stain ballgowns, bows and bonnets were impeccable, along with the set these creative elements were both of the quality and calibre you would expect from the professional and award-winning teams at The Arts Club. But it was those voices that stole the show.

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Photo credit: Ross den Otter for The Arts Club.

The children, Jaime Olivia MacLean as Young Cossette and Cameron Andres as Gavroche, both with years of performing arts experience proved that they are already bright shining stars in the Vancouver theatre community. This production is captivating, enthralling, and I got goosebumps several times — and it wasn’t from the cool stream of air flowing from the temperature-controlled theatre.

Les Misérables will be live at The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, for 2:00pm, 7:30pm or 8:00pm shows on select days through to August 16, 2015. Tickets are available online from $39 including same-day student rush tickets (sponsored by TD) available online as well.

Win Tickets to The Arts Club’s Les Miserables

I have a pair of tickets to give away to Les Misérables this summer, courtesy of The Arts Club. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming a character or song from Les Misérables (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to #ACTCLesMiz from @TheArtsClub @Miss604 http://ow.ly/PHIQg

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, July 24, 2015. Saturday performances excluded. Follow The Arts Club on Facebook and Twitter for more information about their productions.

Update The winner is Julia!