Join the Stanley Park BioBlitz

Saturday, July 8th, 2017 — 9:58am PDT
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This post has been contributed by the Alyx Coulter, SPES BioBlitz Coordinator with the Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”).

From Small to Tall in Stanley Park

While most of us just stroll through the grooves and groves of Stanley Park, there are countless creatures that call it home. From the old growth giants of the forest to the tiniest of insects, these species rely on each other as part of an interconnected system with a complexity that rivals mankind’s most intricate machines. In this case, the strongest machines are the ones that have the greatest variety of living things working together. This variety is called biodiversity and it can help determine the health of an ecosystem. This summer, we’re working to see just how much biodiversity exists in Stanley Park.

A damselfly rests at Beaver Lake. Photo: Don Enright

Join the Stanley Park BioBlitz

Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13, we will explore biodiversity as part of a national effort by the Canadian Wildlife Federation called BioBlitz Canada 150.

Happening in 35 communities across Canada, the BioBlitzes pair scientists with the public to find and count the hidden treasures of our country’s natural spaces.

At the Stanley Park BioBlitz, this will mean turning our eyes up to the treetops, down to the intertidal zone, and everywhere in between. Nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and families can register for free surveys and discovery walks where they will get to experience our biodiversity firsthand.

Barred owls perched in Stanley Park. Photo: Mark White

During the surveys, experts will work with the public using the phone app, iNaturalist, to snap photos of each species they find, adding to a country-wide database of biodiversity. On a local level, this data will supplement our existing inventory of biodiversity: the State of the Park Report for the Ecological Integrity of Stanley Park (“SOPEI”). In fact, the surveys at the Stanley Park BioBlitz have been specifically chosen to help broaden our knowledge of the park and provide data for the newest iteration of SOPEI. By gaining a clearer picture of our local biodiversity, we can ensure that Stanley Park remains a strong machine and overall healthy ecosystem.

A beaver forages at Beaver Lake Photo: Mark White

Register online today to ensure your spot on one of the Stanley Park BioBlitz’s exciting surveys and join us on Saturday, August 12 at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park from 2:00pm-6:00pm for the BioBlitz festival featuring interactive exhibits and activities for all ages!

About the Guest Author:

SPESLogoFourLineAs a member of the Stanley Park Ecology Society ("SPES") for the last six years, I wanted to offer the team an opportunity to share their news, events, and work so I created the "SPES Series" where they contribute and share stories with my audience once a month.

This post has been contributed by Alyx Coulter, SPES BioBlitz Coordinator.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, July 6th, 2017 — 2:12pm PDT
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This weekend in Vancouver you can check out the largest Latin American festival in the Pacific Northwest, Car Free Day, new adult-only Friday nights at Playland, street parties, and markets. All of these event and more are listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, July 7, 2017
Reconciliation Concert in Coquitlam
Fridays on Front
CBC Musical Nooner Concert Series
Tour de Delta
VSO: Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions
Cannabis Life Conference
Canada Cup International Softball Championship
Adult-Only Nights at Playland
Illumination Summer Night Market, Richmond
Richmond Night Market
Shipyards Night Market North Vancouver
Whistler Children’s Festival
A Woman Alone at the PAL Studio Theatre
Problem Child by George F. Walker
Problem Child by George F. WalkerDancing on the Edge Festival
Indian Summer Fest
Greek Summer Fest
A Week of Free Movie Screenings at The Cinematheque

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Britannia Mine Museum’s New I HEART Carbon Exhibit and Giveaway

Thursday, July 6th, 2017 — 1:25pm PDT
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The Britannia Mine Museum, a National Historic Site just up the Sea to Sky, has launched its summer “I HEART Carbon” exhibit which runs until end of September. This exhibit explores the complexities of an element that’s all around and through us: carbon.

I HEART Carbon Exhibit

From what is carbon, how it shapes the world we live, how it has been used throughout history, CO2 emissions, to innovations that capture and convert carbon compounds such as CO2 into assets and the future of carbon.

The “I HEART Carbon” exhibit also features several innovative Canadian companies who are bringing carbon innovations to life.

There’s a company in Squamish that’s building the world’s first industrial pilot plant to explore whether atmospheric carbon dioxide could be used to produce gasoline, diesel and other transportation fuels, which are cleaning burning than fossil fuels. Abbotsford’s Fraser Valley Biogas was the first facility in North America to produce and supply renewable natural gas to customers, turning farm waste into natural gas and organic fertilizers.

Learn about these initiatives and more at the “I HEART Carbon” exhibit, which is part of Canada’s Innovation150 program that showcases Canadian innovations of the past, and focuses on innovations that drive our future.

The Britannia Mine Museum has an important role in educating the public about the contributions of mining and minerals to society, the 113-year history of the storied Britannia Beach community and the ideas and practices of environmental renewal and sustainability.

Britannia Mine Museum Giveaway

I have a fantastic prize package to give away that includes:

  • A Family Flex Pass (unlimited visits for any 2 adults and up to 3 youth for the entire year)
  • $50 to the Britannia Mine Museum Company Store where you can pick up a unique souvenir or gift.
  • $25 to the new Chatterbox Cafe where you can grab a cup of coffee, a bite to eat, and enjoy the beautiful Howe Sound view.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Click below to post an entry on Twitter
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Prize package can be picked up by the winner at the museum.

The Britannia Mine Museum provides unique and memorable experiences that engage visitors of all ages. Visitors can enjoy fun exhibits and crowd favourites like the underground mine train, the historic 20-storey concentrator mill and gold panning, and learn about Britannia’s history as one of the largest copper mines in the British Commonwealth in the 1930s.

Follow the Britannia Mine Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information about “I HEART Carbon” and other exhibits and attractions.

Update The winner is Kenneth McAllister!

Free Outdoor Music Takes the Stage in Coquitlam

Thursday, July 6th, 2017 — 11:02am PDT
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Free outdoor music! Need I say more? Coquitlam is amping up its entertainment offerings this summer with a number of concerts and festivals centred at its amphitheatre-style stage at Town Centre Park. Think live music in the open air, the scent of coconut sunscreen, and picnic blankets spread out over the grass. This is summertime at its best – and it’s open to all ages.

Free Outdoor Music in Coquitlam

Hop on the SkyTrain to Lafarge Lake-Douglas station, which drops you off at Town Centre Park. From there, follow the music and the crowds to the outdoor plaza, which has plenty of seating plus grassy areas to stretch out. Mark your calendars for these highlights!

Free Outdoor Music in Coquitlam

Free Outdoor Music in Coquitlam

Summer Concert Series presented by Envision Financial
Pack a picnic or grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks on site as musical acts take the stage under the white canopy at Town Centre Park Plaza. The first concert on Friday, July 14 features Joe Fernandes Band and Megan Twist from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Also mark your calendars for concerts on August 11 and September 1 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Free admission!

Place des Arts presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Place des Arts’ summer teen theatre troupe performs a wild, fun-filled adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy, featuring lively music and audience participation. The free performances take place at Town Centre Park Plaza at 7:00pm. each night from Wednesday, July 26 to Saturday, July 29, or watch the matinee on Sunday, July 30 at 2:00pm.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival presented by Kia West
BC’s beloved rocker, Bif Naked, takes the outdoor stage as the headlining act to this highly anticipated, full-day arts festival set for Saturday, August 12. The musical lineup also features The Matinée, The Paperboys, West My Friend, Derrival and Jennifer Hayes. Other festival highlights include dancers, circus performers, storytellers, artists, an artisans market, kids’ activities, local food trucks and craft beer. Free admission!

While You’re Here

Have children in town? Their eyes will bug out at the sight of Town Centre Park’s playground, skate park and spray park. The park also has free foosball and table tennis located near Percy Perry Stadium (just pack your own paddles and ball).

The park is located in Coquitlam’s City Centre, so there’s plenty to do in the area, including shopping, dining and unique dessert options. If you’re in need of an espresso, the nearest café is Caffé Divano, or take a short stroll down to Glen Drive for a huge selection of restaurants from around the globe.

Other Fun Events this Month

Music on the Grill: Evergreen Cultural Centre takes the entertainment outdoors for its popular Music on the Grill series. Sit down for a BBQ dinner served al fresco on their patio with pre-show entertainment, followed by the evening’s marquee presentation in the Studio Theatre. The lineup includes The Bills with Mildly Wild on July 8, Big Little Lions with Ben Beveridge Trio on July 22, and Tiller’s Folly with Dawson Rutledge on August 19. The cultural centre is located at Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station. Tickets required.

CanWest Games : Athletes travel from the US northwest and western Canada from July 28-30 to compete in this event, deemed the largest Functional Fitness Competition in Western Canada. Watch the athletes at Percy Perry Stadium (at Town Centre Park), shop in the vendor village and chill out in the beer gardens.

Hard Rock Casino Ultimate Car Show: Interested in exotics, classics or muscle cars? Get revved up at this July 29 event held at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver from 10:00am to 3:00pm Admission is free for spectators.

Free & Fun: Whether you’re interested in going for hiking, mountain biking or outdoor spray parks, Coquitlam’s free Travel and Experience Guide has plenty of entertainment ideas. Read about all of these events and more online, and share your fun summer photos using #explorecoquitlam.

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Uninterrupted A Cinematic Spectacle Under the Cambie Bridge

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 — 9:22am PDT
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Vancouver has a new cinematic art installation this summer! Projected onto the underside of the Cambie Bridge, the river meets the city with Uninterrupted, a story about wild Pacific salmon migration that unfolds nightly along with an ambient, original soundtrack.

Uninterrupted A Cinematic Spectacle

Wild salmon are a major building block within the Pacific ecosystem – if you live in BC or the Yukon that’s your neighbourhood. These amazing fish are intimately connected to our lives and our western landscape in ways we rarely consider. Uninterrupted brings the beautiful struggle of a salmon migration to the heart of the city, encouraging everyone to think about the connections between people, animals, and the environment – and to take action in our own communities.

Tuesday to Saturday
June 28th to August 14th at 10:00pm
August 15th to September 24th at 9:00pm

Free viewing takes place in Coopers’ Park, on the north side of the bridge, with nightly capacity for up to 800 people. We ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes in advance; there are also pre-event projections to enjoy.

Follow Uninterrupted on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more info.

CBC Vancouver Musical Nooners: Free Lunchtime Concerts

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 — 11:15am PDT
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CBC Vancouver Musical Nooners are back this summer, with a full lineup of free daily lunchtime concerts. The popular series returns with a splash to the outdoor stage at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre on Friday, July 7th at 12:00pm, featuring a special two hour concert with Juno award-winning indie rock band Said the Whale, and opening act Fake Shark.

The first show of the series will be a special 2-hour performance that will see Hamilton Street shut down to vehicle traffic between West Georgia and Robson.

CBC Vancouver’s Musical Nooners free concert series runs Monday to Friday, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, at the CBC Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street (between Robson and West Georgia) from July 7 to August 25, 2017.

Musical Nooners Lineup

Friday, July 7 – OPENING DAY
Fake Shark – 12:00pm to 12:30pm
Said The Whale – 12:45pm to 1:45pm

Monday, July 10, 2017
Genres: Blues
Murray Porter

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Genres: Reggae, soul, Americana
Buckman Coe

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Genres: Folk rock, reggae
Jon and Roy

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Genres: Afro beats, reggae, rock

Friday, July 14, 2017 ​
Genres: Electronic, pop

Monday, July 17, 2017
Genres: Rock n’ roll, soul
Old Soul Rebel

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Genres: Folk, adult contemporary, soul
Khari Wendell McClelland

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Genres: Indie Soul, singer-songwriter
Desiree Dawson

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Genres: Gypsy Jazz

Friday, July 21, 2017
Genres: Mexican Folk, Cuban, Latin soul

Monday, July 24, 2017
Genres: Rock, folk, pop
Paul Lambert

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Genres: Alternative, pop
Cassandra Maze

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Genres: Country, folk
Raquel Cole

Thursday, July 27, 2017
The Long War – 2017 Searchlight Winner
Genres: Indie rock

Friday, July 28, 2017
Genres: Indie rock
The Velveteins

Monday, July 31, 2017
Genres: Chamber, pop
The Ruffled Feathers

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Genres: Singer-songwriter
Steph Cameron​

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Will Stroet from CBC Kids
and more activities
12:00pm to 2:00pm

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Genres: Country, blues, rock
Miss Quincy

Friday, August 4, 2017
Genres: R&B, soul, Christian, gospel
Warren Dean Flandez

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Genres: R&B, soul, songwriter
Emily Chambers

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Genres: Blues, Gypsy Jazz, pop
David Sinclair & Keith Bennett

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Genres: Blues, world pop
Sister Speak

Friday, August 11, 2017
Genres: Canadian Blues, rock,
Jesse Roper

Monday, August 14, 2017
Genres: Roots, blues, rock
Main St. Muze featuring Babe Gurr

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Genre: World
Ache Brasil

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Genres: Latin, dance

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Genres: Latin, folk
Wooden Horseman

Friday, August 18, 2017
​Genres: Indie-rock

Monday, August 21, 2017
Genre: Blues, folk, singer-songwriter
Leah Barley

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Genre: Fusion, world
Dave Bawa

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
​Genre: Singer-songwriter

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Genre: Singer-songwriter
Roy Forbes

Friday, August 25, 2017
​Genres: Funk, world fusion
​Coco Jafro

Following last year’s overwhelming popularity and success, Kids’ Day will be back this year on August 2nd. Will Stroet of Will’s Jams from CBC Kids will be on stage to delight young fans and their parents alike. Guests can mingle with Scout from CBC Kids’ and Parka from Parks Canada, make creations at the craft centre and participate in an adventurous scavenger hunt.

View the full series lineup here »

For more information on the Musical Nooners series and CBC in British Columbia follow along on Twitter or with the tag #musicalnooners.