Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

February 19th, 2015 @ 4:58pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Sunshine in the forecast, cherry blossoms painting the town pink, a new year celebration, and a home and garden show will all make this a wonderful weekend. Here are just a few events and activities you can check out around town. If I missed anything, feel free to email Miss604 with your event info.

Tatsuya-san enjoys a spring day in Vancouver
Photo credit: Eric Flexyourhead 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, February 20, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Late Night Movie at the Rio Theatre
Sponsored by Miss604: Surrey Leadership Action Conference 2015 (SLAC)
Science World After Dark
Vancouver Aquarium Presents: The Sustainable Table Chef Series
The Edible Inevitable Tour: Alton Brown Live!
Surrey Library: Social Media and Your Personal Brand
Queensborough Open Mic Night
Heritage Week Walking Tours: Vancouver’s Historic Downtown
Northwest Comedy Fest: Doug Benson
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival – VIMFF
Winterruption on Granville Island
BC Home and Garden Show
Earlybird RV Show, Abbotsford
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Théâtre la Seizième: Stupeur et Tremblements
15th Annual Chutzpah! Festival
Talking Stick Festival
Northwest Comedy Fest

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Surrey Leadership Action Conference 2015 (SLAC)
Vancouver Chinese New Year Spring Festival
Chinese New Year on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Week Walking Tour: Granville Street, Then and Now
2015 Chinese New Year Gala
Wesbrook Lunar New Year Celebrations
Coldest Night of the Year Walk, Surrey
Coldest Night of the Year Walk, New Westminster
Heritage Week Walking Tours: Hudson Street – Marpole History
Northwest Comedy Fest: CBC’s The Debaters
NORTHWEST COMEDY FEST: Kyle Bottom’s Comedy Bucket
Northwest Comedy Fest: Maria Bamford
RunGo Dash for Dogs in Stanley Park
Winter Farmers Market
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival – VIMFF
Théâtre la Seizième: Stupeur et Tremblements
Winterruption on Granville Island
BC Home and Garden Show
Earlybird RV Show, Abbotsford
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
15th Annual Chutzpah! Festival
Talking Stick Festival
Northwest Comedy Fest

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Surrey Leadership Action Conference 2015 (SLAC)
Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade
Academy Awards at the Vancity Theatre
Cineworks Presents an Evening of Oscars
I Am Someone: Walk2Talk
Emotions – Open Mic Experience at The Belmont
The Family’s Pasta & Italian Cooking Classes
Toes in the Sand Wedding Show
Just Add Love Wedding Show
Dare to Dream Bridal Showcase
Heritage Week Walking Tours: Commercial – Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood
Winterruption on Granville Island
BC Home and Garden Show
Earlybird RV Show, Abbotsford
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
15th Annual Chutzpah! Festival
Talking Stick Festival

Volunteer Opportunity with Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

February 19th, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This spring you can make a big difference in someone’s life! Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland is currently looking for volunteer mentors ages 19-25 for its Go Girls! Group Mentoring Program, taking place in Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam Schools.

If you enjoy working with young people and would you like to help young girls learn to embrace active living, balanced eating and a positive body image, then consider volunteering with Big Sisters.

Go Girls! takes place over a two month period and encourages physical activity participation, healthy eating choices, and the development of a positive self-image among girls ages 11-14. Two mentors co-facilitate the program for a group of 8-10 participants and the sessions are two hours long, held after school in select Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Vancouver middle schools. Each session is structured around themes of physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.

The most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential.

More information on Go Girls! can be found online and the volunteer application is also available online.


Miss604 is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Big Sister of BC Lower Mainland Volunteer Recruitment Campaign. Follow Big Sisters BC Lower Mainland on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Squamish Valley Music Festival Lineup: Mumford & Sons, Drake, Sam Smith

February 19th, 2015 @ 10:16am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Virgin Mobile Presents Squamish Valley Music Festival this August 7th, August 8th and August 9th in Squamish, BC. Bringing some of the world’s biggest artists up the Sea to Sky, along with celebrating a lot of local BC talent, over 70 artists will join the three headliners Mumford & Sons, Drake, Sam Smith for three days of eclectic music from all genres.

Squamish Valley Music Festival Lineup

Squamish Valley Music Festival Lineup

Mumford & Sons, Drake, Sam Smith, Of Monsters And Men, Kaskade, Alabama Shakes, Brandon Flowers, Schoolboy Q, Mother Mother, Chance The Rapper, Adventure Club, Porter Robinson (live), Hot Chip, The Kills, Milky Chance, Arkells, Vance Joy, Death From Above 1979, Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings, Odesza, Royal Blood, Angus & Julia Stone, George Ezra, Bahamas, Kaytranada, A-trak, Tchami, Gorgon City (DJ Set), Slightly Stoopid, K-os, Joel Plaskett With The Emergency, First Aid Kit, Mariachi El Bronx, Whitehorse, Robert Delong, Hannah Wants, James Bay, Elle King, Slow Magic, Benjamin Booker, The Funk Hunters, Sza, Bear’s Den, Alvvays, Justin Nozuka, Dear Rouge, Peking Duk, P Reign, Tei Shi, Oliver, Mat The Alien, The River And The Road, Willa, Scott Helman, Old Man Canyon, Little India.

More than 105,000 music fans attended the Festival last year, making it the largest outdoor music event in Western Canada. Squamish Valley Music Festival generated an estimated economic impact of over $32 million over its four day run.

Squamish Valley Music Festival 2014
Photo credit: John Bollwitt for Miss604

New This Year

This year, the festival is proud to have Spotify Canada onboard to enhance the fan experience by providing unique playlists of festival performers online, on their phones and through the festival app. Check out the lineup playlist here: SVMF.


Weekend passes go on sale Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:00am. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster. Virgin Mobile Members Presale starts Monday, February 23 at 10:00am and ends Wednesday, February 25 at 11:59pm. Members who purchase a Festival pass will receive a $20 credit applied to their RFID wristband, while quantities last. Go online to see the exclusive access and deals available for Virgin Mobile Members.

The Festival will again be held at Centennial Fields and will be expanding its use of the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) enabled wristband system that was implemented last year to incorporate all food and merchandise vendors, including those at the four offsite campgrounds.

More information is available online, or by calling 1-888-999-2321. Follow Squamish Valley Music Festival on Twitter and Facebook.

Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade

February 19th, 2015 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 42nd annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade takes place on Sunday morning, as a part of the Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival, celebrating the Year of the Ram.

Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade

There will be a pre-parade photo opportunity at the Millennium Gate on East Pender on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 at 10:45am, with the parade starting out at 11:00am. Over 80 parade teams from various multicultural groups will start at the historic Chinatown gate and cover a 1.3 kilometre route along East Pender Street, Gore Avenue, and Keefer Street.

Wanna Touch My Forehead for A Luck?
Photo credit: Nattawot Juttiwattananon on Flickr

Fans Flags
Photo credit: Steve Tannock & Steve Tannock on Flickr

This annual parade is a non-commercial event, bringing in over 3,000 participants from various community and cultural groups. It will feature the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada with dozens of colourful and energetic lions from various local fraternal and martial arts organizations. From dance troupes to the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands and various community groups, the parade is expected to draw close to 100,000 spectators.

Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Cultural Fair

Throughout the weekend there will be multicultural performances, a special lion dance, martial arts and military demos, and more at the Sun Yat-Sen Plaza (50 East Pender Street). Stop by anytime between 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Saturday, February 21st or Sunday, February 22nd.

The Suffers’ Recipe for Success

February 18th, 2015 @ 8:17pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

“This is 2015, this is what soul music is,” Adam Castaneda of Houston’s The Suffers told me last night at the Sunset Tavern in Seattle. The 10-member band is currently on a West Coast tour to spread their Gulf Coast Soul sound to those hungry for real, exciting, and energizing live music. Somewhere along the way, I also got the recipe for great gumbo.

The Suffers are Nick Zamora, Kam Franklin, Kevin Bernier, Jon Durbin, Jose ‘Chapy’ Luna, Michael Razo, Cory Wilson, Adam Castaneda, Alex Zamora, and Pat Kelly. (Photo by Daniel Jackson)

The Suffers’ Recipe for Success

I met Adam in the front room of the Sunset Tavern on Ballard Ave NW, under glowing red lights and next to the hum of the old school photobooth, in which we couldn’t resist posing following the interview. Painted above the front door in cursive letters it stated that the venue’s capacity was 99 people, meaning over 10% of the people in the back room tonight would be on stage — meaning we were about to get walloped with some amazing sound.

Adam, who plays bass, formed the Suffers in 2010 with keyboardist Pat Kelly and the pair carefully assembled the group piece by piece over several months, adding each ingredient to the mix along with the cherry on top, powerful and energetic vocalist Kam Franklin.

“If you haven’t been to the Gulf Coast or spent much time there, there are a lot of different cultures that come together.” Adam says that Houston is a melting pot, especially when it comes to music. Country, classical, blues, jazz, get stirred up with Cajun music, combinations of caribbean and native music, and African melodies. Pour latin influences into the mix such as Tejano music, Colombian influences, and you’ve got a hearty combination.

“It may not necessarily be soul as it’s defined in record charts and in stores, but it’s all very soulful music, and it all gets mixed up.” While avoiding a throwback or retro vibe, The Suffers manage to show what soul means to them, in this day and age.

“It’s a gumbo, which is not just in New Orleans it’s all over the place.” Starting with your base, the roux, each chef adds in their own ingredients to make their gumbo unique. “Some put a little crab in it, or some shrimp. Some people put chicken in it or some other combination and it just makes a gumbo, it’s a stew. No matter what they put it in, it’s always good.”

The Suffers in SeattleThe band took to the stage shortly after 9:30pm, did a quick round of sound checks, then turned inward toward Nick on the drums to let out a battle cry in unison with their arms in the air. The music that then filled the room was in perfect harmony, and I was able to savour every note.

The first song rolled into the next, and the next, as the group barely seemed to pause, boiling over with energy and keeping the motion and the music flowing. Even the lights of the disco ball that slowly turned in the corner couldn’t keep up until they cruised into Giver, an 8-minute ballad.

Funk, soul, and definite ska influences tickled my ear drums. Michelle, with whom I made the trip to Seattle, leaned over and mouthed the words, “She’s amazing!” I nodded, took another sip of my local Chuckanut Pilsner, and felt even more glee as audience members began to let loose on the dance floor in front of the horn section. Bringing together a solid, smile-inducing, toe-tapping, core-shaking, sound with everything from bongo drums and a keyboard to bass and a trombone, takes talent and The Suffers have it in spades.

As it turns out, I was standing next to Lynval Golding, of legendary new wave/ska band The Specials, for almost the entire show, after which he recorded a video message standing alongside lead singer Kam Franklin. “Tonight I fell in love with this wonderful, amazing, beautiful lady,” Golding says in the video.

“Music has got such strength,” he added. “Good music is what it’s all about and this is a fantastic band.” Golding, who says he doesn’t usually get excited but was actually beaming with the joy from The Suffers’ performance, signed off by saying they were wonderful, wicked, excellent, and I felt exactly the same way — and hungry for more.

Recent winners of five Houston Press Music Awards, you’ll be able to experience The Suffers live in the “604” this summer at a music festival — I can’t tell you which just yet — but you’ll want to make sure to set a reminder to catch them on stage. Adam told me that the band loves festival settings as much as small venues. “We’ve all been playing music for a long time and in front of different size crowds, it’s just a different thrill. Whether it’s a barbecue or a sushi dinner, both are great you know. Bring your appetite!”

Pick up The Suffers’ debut EP for just $5 online and follow the band on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as they complete their West Coast tour and move into festival season.

PlayDome at BC Place Spring Break March 2015

February 18th, 2015 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

BC Place will once again become PlayDome this Spring Break and with over 45 rides and attractions it’s Western Canada’s largest indoor carnival.

PlayDome at BC Place
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

PlayDome at BC Place

All your favourite rides and attractions have returned, so be sure to take a spin on the Mini Jets, experience freefalling on the 1001 Nights ride, walk through the Dark Ride haunted house and play the always-entertaining Carnival Games.

PlayDome @ BC Place PlayDome @ BC Place

PlayDome @ BC Place PlayDome @ BC Place PlayDome @ BC Place
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

PlayDome at BC Place Dates and Hours

PlayDome at BC Place will be open from 10:30am to 9:00pm daily from Saturday, March 14th to Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 (closing at 6:00pm on Sunday, March 22nd).

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $29 Dome Pass (valid for full day, all rides), $59 Ultimate Pass (9-day, all rides), $8 Guest Pass (required to enter as a spectator). Purchase between 10:30am and 11:30am each morning to receive a $5 early bird discount off your Dome Pass or Ultimate Pass. Children under 2 years old admitted free (for safety reasons, they are not permitted to ride).

UPDATE: Win a 4 Pack of Tickets

I have the opportunity to give away a 4-pack of tickets to PlayDome. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
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RT to enter to win 4 tickets to #PlayDome at @BCPlace from @Miss604

Be sure to follow BC Place on Facebook and BC Place on Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

4 Vintage Vancouver Portraits

February 18th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Browsing the City of Vancouver Archives, I am often searching for a building, a place, or a theme related to how much Vancouver has changed over the years. Lately I’ve been focusing a bit more on the people of Vancouver who walked in Stanley Park, went to parties in the Hotel Vancouver ballroom, and who drove down Georgia Street long before us.

4 Vintage Vancouver Portraits

Using the search term “portrait”, I found 4 stories to tell by researching the people captured on film many years ago.

1927: Mayor L.D. Taylor smoking a cigar in his living room. Archives# CVA 1477-51.

Vancouver’s most-elected Mayor was Louis Denison (“L.D.”) Taylor who served as Mayor eight times between 1910 and 1934, spending 11 years in the city’s top office. During his time in office the Sun Tower was built (at the time it was the World Tower), he pushed for South Vancouver and Point Grey to amalgamate with Vancouver, and the airport at Sea Island opened. [Read More]

1870s: Studio portrait of Mrs. Jane Morton, nee Bailey, and her mother. Archives# CVA 677-512

Mrs. Jane Morton was the wife of one of the Three Greehorns, John Morton. Morton bought land on Burrard Inlet in 1862 along with Samuel Brighouse, and William Hailstone. The group was dubbed the “Three Greehorns” as it was believed that they paid far too much — $550.75 — for 180 acres of land, which is now the West End.

Jane was Morton’s first wife, and she had owned a tea merchant’s business in Blackpool, England, with her brother James. When Jane passed away during childbirth in 1881, Morton was able to claim her entire share of the business, worth about 700 pounds, and use the money to retain his part in the Brickmaker’s Claim and, in 1884, to purchase a large farm in Mission.

1930s: Mrs. Herbert Drummond. Vintage print attributed to Chas. West Studios. Archives# Port N527.22.

Herbert Charles Drummond was a real estate broker born in India to British parents. He lived at 1960 Robson Street from 1913 to 1938 with his wife Helen Frances Mitcheson Lewis but the couple traveled extensively through India and Europe. In 1916 and 1917, Helen was the regent of the Coronation Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, the first chapter to be established in Vancouver. In 1931, Helen was the guest of honour at a luncheon given by Comtesse Alexandre Lambert. (Before her marriage, the comtesse was Flora Macdonald Russell, the daughter of Joseph Ambrose Russell of 1973 Robson Street). [Source]

1954: Miss Surrey 1954 (Miss Valerie Crockford). Archives# CVA 180-4421.

I found Municipal Council meeting notes from Surrey in 1954 that named Miss Surrey a Miss Valerie Crockford. They approved a motion to grant Miss Crockford $50.00 to help pay for her Miss Surrey expenses. She was a contestant in the 1954 Miss PNE pageant, competing against the likes of Miss Chilliwack, Miss Vernon, Miss New Westminster, Miss Vancouver, and others.

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Win Tickets to the Cineworks Oscar Party

February 17th, 2015 @ 2:12pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony will take place this Sunday and Cineworks in Vancouver is inviting you to their Oscar Party hosted by Paul Anthony.


Win Tickets to the Cineworks Oscar Party

Cineworks is an independent filmmakers society and an artist-run production and exhibition centre that supports independent filmmakers and media artists. Through initiatives that foster dialogue and experimentation with cinematic practices, Cineworks engages their membership and the broader community through the transformative power of the moving image and the changing role of film in its contemporary context.

Join Cineworks on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 4:00pm (doors) 5:00pm (start) until 10:00pm for their 2nd annual fundraiser and Oscar screening party at Creekside Community Recreation Centre (1 Athletes Way, Vancouver).

The event will be hosted by Paul Anthony who is the Host, Creator and Executive Producer of TV’s critically acclaimed Talent Time airing on both Shaw TV and the Novus Network. Paul was the inaugural recipient of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Award for the most promising newcomer and as an actor, he has performed in over fifty film and television projects including Blade Trinity and the Emmy Award winning Traffic.

Tickets for the Cineworks Oscar Party are available online for $85 and I also have a pair to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming an Oscar nominee this year (1 entry)
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RT to enter to win tix to the #CWOscarParty via @CWOscarParty + @Miss604

I will draw one winner at 12:00pm on Thursday, February 19, 2015. Follow Cineworks on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Update The winner is Elizabeth!