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The Drop Zone for Easter Seals 2014

August 5th, 2014 @ 9:16am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s a Vancouver bucket list item that you might not have even considered before. Sign up for The Drop Zone for Easter Seals and you can rappel down a 20-storey office tower in downtown Vancouver — all for a great cause!

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That time I did The Drop Zone. Photo by Keira-Anne on Flickr

Register now to start your fundraising for Easter Seals and if you reach $1,000 or more, you can participate in The Drop Zone taking place Monday, September 8, 2014. The money raised will benefit Easter Seals House in Vancouver as well as summer camps for children with disabilities in Shawnigan, Winfield and Squamish.

Since 2005, nearly 6,000 superheroes have joined the exclusive Superhero Club for Easter Seals, raising more than $10 million dollars for Canadians with disabilities. Be part of a formidable group of heroes and continue this amazing fundraising trend in 2014. By doing so you will make a big difference for families living with disabilities.

Easter Seals is dedicated to fully enhancing the quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination of Canadians living with disabilities by providing programs and support in these areas: Active Living; Family & Community Support; Assistive Devices Programs.

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That time I did The Drop Zone. Photos by Nordica Photography.

Easter Seals Drop Zone 2010

I participated in The Drop Zone back in 2010 and I’m gearing up to do it again in 2014. You can support my campaign here and find out more about The Drop Zone by following Easter Seals on Twitter and Facebook.

Japan Vancouver Fireworks Photos

August 3rd, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Honda Celebration of Light fireworks in Vancouver finished up for another year last night in English Bay. Thanks to those who shared their photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram, I have another wonderful collection of images to share that give you just a sample of what summer fireworks nights are like in Vancouver – see you again in 2015!

ShoreFest ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC, on Flickr

Japan Vancouver Fireworks Photos

Celebration Of Light
Photo credit: Philip on Flickr

Celebration of Lights
Photo credit: Claude Martin on Flickr

Celebration of Light ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

West End Fireworks
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Celebration Of Light
Photo credit: Philip on Flickr

Honda Celebration of Light 2014
Photo credit: Don Janus on Flickr

Honda Celebration of Light 2014
Photo credit: Don Janus on Flickr

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Photo credit: David Evanochko on Flickr

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Photo credit: Hammond Photography & Hammond Photography on Flickr

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Photo credit: Claude Martin on Flickr

After the Fireworks
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Fireworks focus wankery
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Opening blasts - France
Photo credit: Jamjam on Flickr

As always, please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool or with the tag #Photos604 on Instagram. View all photo collections here.

Win a Trip to France!

The Honda Celebration of Light is also hosting a photo contest with KLM, here are the details: Upload your best picture of the fireworks at the 2014 Honda Celebration of Light in the Entries section of this website. When voting opens, get your friends (and friends of friends) to vote for your picture. They can vote once a day for one week. Once voting has closed, a panel of industry experts will decide who gets to go on the trip.

Win Tickets to Beck at Deer Lake Park

August 1st, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Beck will be playing Deer Lake Park in Burnaby on August 19th as part of Live Nation’s Concerts in the Park outdoor music series.

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Photo courtesy of Live Nation

Beck is currently touring in support of his critically-acclaimed twelfth studio album, Morning Phase and reviews of this tour so far are pouring in, like this one from New York in June: “Beck was absolutely awesome. This is, by far, my favourite show of the year, and very possibly ever! Beck and his amazing band played with excellence and enthusiasm. The crowd fed off their energy resulting in an unforgettable evening. Beck’s music spans two decades of creative genius and, if possible just keeps on getting better. The evening was a showcase of this. I’m thrilled to have been there.

Beck at Deer Lake Park

Doors open at 5:30pm and Jenny Lewis will open for Beck when the show starts at 7:00pm. The show is general admission/all ages and tickets are available online, by phone 1-855-985-5000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets for $59.50 (plus FMF & service charges).

Win Tickets

If you would like to see Beck live in concert at this beautiful outdoor venue, I have a pair of tickets for the show to give away thanks to Live Nation. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite Beck song (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to see @beck at Deer Lake Park from @LiveNationWest + @Miss604 http://ow.ly/zQi86

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, August 8, 2014. Follow Live Nation on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest Vancouver concert event information.

Update The winner is @justinecrawfish!

Things to do in Vancouver BC Day Long Weekend

August 1st, 2014 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The big August event list just went up yesterday but this glorious weekend ahead of us warrants its own posting. A long weekend, sunshine, and plenty to do around Metro Vancouver. Have a great BC Day everyone!

Summer Skyline
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver BC Day Long Weekend

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

Friday, August 1, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Sponsored by Miss604: Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Symphony at Jack Poole Plaza
White Rock Sea Festival
Free CBC Musical Nooners Concert
Nettle’s Tale Launch Party
Chicks Ahoy! Women’s Pride Cruise #flygirlpride2014
Free Concert: Music at the Cannery
Surrey Night Market
Take Off Fridays at YVR
Feel Good Fridays at Lougheed
Richmond Night Market
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Honda Celebration of Light: Japan
Vancouver Street Dance Festival
Ru Paul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons at The Commodore
38th Annual Powell Street Festival
Free Outdoor Movie in Holland Park, Surrey
Vancouver Shogi Club (Japanese Chess)
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Kerrisdale Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
White Rock Sea Festival
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Pride Parade and Festival
Vancouver Men’s Chorus: Big Gay Sing
Chicas-Post Parade Outdoor Party @Sheraton Gardens #flygirlpride2014
Pride Hershe Bar-Where The Girls Are! #flygirlpride2014
Graze Garden Series: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Vancouver Shogi Club (Japanese Chess)
Vancouver Food Cart Festival
Steveston Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
White Rock Farmers Market
Coquitlam Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
White Rock Sea Festival
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films

Monday, August 4, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Old Money: a West of Denman Historical Walking Tour
Araxi Longtable Dinner at Bard on the Beach
Come Home to Squamish: 50th Anniversary Community Picnic
Free Dancing in Stanley Park: Royal Scottish Country Dance
BC Day Caribbean Festival & Concert
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films

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.

Related: 8 Vancouver Apps for Summer, Stanley Park Picnic Ideas, Where to Camp in Washington State, Where to Camp Around Metro Vancouver.

August Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre

August 1st, 2014 @ 7:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Rio Theatre has a nice selection for their late night movies series this August including a marathon of Indiana Jones. These 19+ screenings can be complimented with a beverage from the theatre’s full service bar as you enjoy a night out with friends. Tickets are available online in advance or at the door for $8 or $6 if you come in costume.

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Rio Theatre Friday Late Night Movies

Friday, August 1, 2014
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam, 1998)
Only visionary director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys) could manage to make Hunter S. Thompson’s seminally gonzo classic, a psychedelic fever dream of epic proportions about a (very) drug-fueled Vegas road trip, into one of the most memorable movies of the 1990s. Featuring standout performances from Johnny Depp, Benicio del Toro,Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, and many more.

Friday, August 8, 2014
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (Steven Spielberg, 1998)
Famed archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) returns for more death-defying adventures in the third instalment of one of the best-loved movie franchises of all time. Nazis! A quest for the Holy Grail! And Sean Connery!

But wait…. There’s More! We’re also screening Raiders of the Lost Ark at 7:00pm and The Temple of Doom at 9:30pm as part of a much-requested marathon. All Indiana. All night Long.

Friday, August 15, 2014
Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, 2001)
Though only a moderate box-office success upon its initial release, director Terry Zwigoff’s (Crumb) comedy, based on Daniel Clowe’s (who also wrote the screenplay) comic book of the same name, has since acquired a truly cult status. The story follows two highly intelligent, fairly precocious, and somewhat cynical best friends (Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson) who plan to move in together following high school graduation. As a gag, the girls respond to a man’s (Steve Buscemi) newspaper ad for a date… Then life get complicated. Also starring Brad Renfro.

Friday, August 22, 2014
Do The Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
In addition to director Spike Lee casting himself in the lead as beleaguered pizza deliveryman Mookie, he also wrote the groundbreaking script (which garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay), which still stands as a hot-button catalyst for conversation about racial tensions in urban America. On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. With Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, Rosie Perez, Giancarlo Esposito.

Friday, August 29, 2014
Jumanji (Joe Johnston, 1995)
When two kids (Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce) find and play a magical board game, they release a man (Robin Williams) trapped for decades in it, and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Also starring Bonnie Hunt, Bebe Neuwirth, and David Alan Grier. Are you game?

The Rio Theatre is an independent art and movie house located at 1660 West Broadway, at Commercial Drive, and is easily accessible by transit. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more film screenings, comedy showcases, and special event information.

Miss604 is a media partner of the Rio’s Late Night Movie series.

August Events in Metro Vancouver

July 31st, 2014 @ 4:42pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

There is no slowing down this month as August is packed with events, from the Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival to the Harmony Arts Festival, the Honda Celebration of Light, Pride Festivals (in New Westminster and Vancouver) and Vancouver TheatreSports League: TripImproviser if you’re looking for something indoors. This event list is updated frequently so be sure to check back often and feel free to send in your own listings via my contact form.

West Coast Robinson
Photo credit: Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic on Flickr

August Events in Metro Vancouver

Jump to: Friday, August 1st to Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Jump to: Monday, August 4th to Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Jump to: Monday, August 11th to Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Jump to: Monday, August 18th to Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Jump to: Monday, August 25th to Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Multi-Day Events

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


Friday, August 1, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Sponsored by Miss604: Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Symphony at Jack Poole Plaza
White Rock Sea Festival
Free CBC Musical Nooners Concert
Nettle’s Tale Launch Party
Chicks Ahoy! Women’s Pride Cruise #flygirlpride2014
Free Concert: Music at the Cannery
Surrey Night Market
Take Off Fridays at YVR
Feel Good Fridays at Lougheed
Richmond Night Market
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Honda Celebration of Light: Japan
Vancouver Street Dance Festival
Ru Paul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons at The Commodore
38th Annual Powell Street Festival
Free Outdoor Movie in Holland Park, Surrey
Vancouver Shogi Club (Japanese Chess)
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Kerrisdale Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
White Rock Sea Festival
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Pride Parade and Festival
Vancouver Men’s Chorus: Big Gay Sing
Chicas-Post Parade Outdoor Party @Sheraton Gardens #flygirlpride2014
Pride Hershe Bar-Where The Girls Are! #flygirlpride2014
Graze Garden Series: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Vancouver Shogi Club (Japanese Chess)
Vancouver Food Cart Festival
Steveston Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
White Rock Farmers Market
Coquitlam Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
White Rock Sea Festival
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films


Monday, August 4, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Old Money: a West of Denman Historical Walking Tour
Araxi Longtable Dinner at Bard on the Beach
Come Home to Squamish: 50th Anniversary Community Picnic
Free Dancing in Stanley Park: Royal Scottish Country Dance
BC Day Caribbean Festival & Concert
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films

August in Vancouver History

July 31st, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver was incorporated in April of 1886 and the months that followed were full of growth, development, and unfortunately a giant setback in the form of the Great Vancouver Fire. By the time August rolled around, the city was rebuilding and as Chuck Davis notes in his History of Metropolitan Vancouver, it was usually a time when new technologies were introduced to the city. Here are just a few advancements that happened in Vancouver, in August, over the last century:


1895: Old Market Hall on Main Street. Archives# City P6.

August 2, 1897
Movies arrived in Vancouver when an “Ethiopticon Kinetoscope” exhibition was held at Vancouver’s Market Hall.

August 3, 1939
Two-way radios were installed in Vancouver police cars.


1898: English Bay. Archives# Be P124.

August 6, 1898
Telephones were installed at English Bay, they cost 5 cents.

August 8, 1887
The first electric lights were turned on in Vancouver.

August 13, 1977
Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, left his footprints in fresh cement at the opening of the iconic Harbour Centre tower in Vancouver.

August 26, 1957
At midnight in downtown Vancouver, one-way streets were instituted.


1918: Final stages of station construction before the False Creek fill was complete. Archives# Bu N540.077

August 28, 1915 The first Canadian Northern (later Canadian National) train arrived in the city today at what is now called Pacific Central Station.

Downtown Squamish Getaway for Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival

July 31st, 2014 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Squamish Days are here! July 31st through August 4th the community will celebrate 100 Years of Squamish and the 57th annual Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival. The weekend will be packed with fun for the whole family, from participation in a 10km run to sitting back and enjoying a wacky parade and live music, showcasing Squamish’s rich history and vibrant community spirit.

Squamish Days

Participate in the following events around town:

LoggersSportsAd-JulyAdWhat: World Championship Chair Carve
When: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 3:00pm
Where: Squamish Station Mall

What: Squamish Days Bed Races
When: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:00pm
Where: Cleveland Ave, Downtown Squamish

What: Squamish Days Festival Parade
When: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 11:00am
Where: Cleveland Ave, Downtown Squamish

What: Squamish Days 10km Run and Flashback Mile
When: Sunday, August 3, 2014
(Registration 6:30am-8:00am)
Where: Howe Sound Sec. School (Start & Finish)

Logger Sports Events

The following events and competitions will take place over at the Squamish Logger Sports Grounds (39555 Loggers Lane) from July 31st to August 4th: Tree Climbing; Tree Topping; Birling; Chokerman’s Race; Axe Throwing; Underhand Chop; Butcher Block Chop; Obstacle Pole Bucking; Springboard Chop; Hand Bucking; Speed Bucking; Standing Block Chop; Tree Falling; Ladies Triple; and the Team Relay

Novice & Intermediate Loggers Sports Show
Photo by Randy Roy

Downtown Squamish Getaway

As a proud partner of the festival, I have the opportunity to do a very quick giveaway today thanks to Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival and Squamish2014. Drop everything, change your plans, and head for Squamish this weekend as you might win this awesome getaway prize package:

Friday Night in downtown Squamish has a lot going on including the Bed Race, and Pajama Shop & Street Party. Then on Saturday the winner can mini golf in the morning before heading to the Loggers Sports Show at 1:30pm (walking distance from hotel). The Howe Sound Brew Pub is also right downtown close to where all the fun is happening Friday night.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming a Squamish Days event (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @SquamishDays @Squamish2014 getaway from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/zNyqD

Follow Squamish Days on Facebook and Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00pm Thursday, July 31, 2014. The winner must be able to attend this weekend (Friday, August 1, 2014 – Saturday, August 2, 2014) as all prizes are only valid during Squamish Days 2014.

Update The winner is Ron S!