Friday Find : BC Day Instameets

Photo 2015-07-29, 23 58 03One of the most popular photo subjects on Instagram, aside from selfies and food, is beautiful scenery.  If this is your style of Instapic, this holiday BC Day Monday, August 3rd, is your chance to get out and meet other like-minded Instagramers.

BC Day #Instameets are happening all around the province.  Destination BC has helped organize 20+ Instameets as a way to help celebrate the beautiful scenes of Beautiful British Columbia.

An Instameet is a group of Instagram Photographers coming together at a set location, and set time, taking photos of their locations to upload  to Instagram.

Locals and visitors can join any of the BC Day Instameets and sharing their photos on Instagram using the hashtag #exploreBC. The Instameets are happening at popular destinations and attractions all around the province. So gather your friends, find a BC Day Instameet near you and start posting and remember to tag #exploreBC in your posts

Some of the nearby Instameets are:

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Meeting location: Details pending

New Westminster
Time: 11:00 am
Meeting location: Westminster Quay, behind the Fraser River Discovery Centre (on the waterfront side)
Hosted by: @tourismnewwest

White Rock
Time: 5:30 pm
Meeting location: White Rock Visitor Centre (1459 B Johnston Road)
Hosted by: @inwhiterock

Time: 11:30 am
Meeting location: Lelem’s Arts & Cultural Café (100-23285 Billy Brown Road)
RSVP: Registration for this event is limited. To attend this event, please email:
Hosted by: @tourismlangley

Time: 1:00 pm
Meeting location: Made in India Clothing (8312 128th Street)
Hosted by: @tourismsurrey

Harrison Hot Springs
Time: 10:00 am
Meeting location: Harrison Hot Springs Visitor Centre (499 Hot Springs Rd)
Hosted by: @tourismharrison

Time: 3:00 pm
Meeting location: Bright Pearl Statue, Chinatown (1689 Government Street)
Hosted by: @tourismvictoriabc

Time: 7:00 pm
Meeting location: Heritage Hudson Bay Bastion (95 Front Street)
RSVP: To attend this event, please click here.
Hosted by: @tourismnanaimo

See the full list of scheduled BC Day Instameets at

Shakespeare’s Rebel at Bard on the Beach


The 26th season of Bard on the Beach is in full swing under the tents at Vanier Park.  This year’s season includes the new play, Shakespeare’s Rebel by CC Humphrey. Based on his historical fiction novel of the same name, Humphrey crafted the book into a fast paced, action adventure with the balance of humour, swordplay, family and romantic entanglements that would make The Bard himself happy.

Centred on a member of Shakespeare’s company of actors at The Globe Theatre. John Lawley, charismatically played by Benedict Campbell, is a premier swordsman, actor and drinker who must muddle through a tumultuous time in English history.  Elizabeth I is on the throne and sends her champion Robert, Earl of Essex (John Murphy) to quell the uprising in Ireland while at home the sinister Sir Robert Cecil (Robert Klein) plots against him.  Amongst it all he juggles keeping his friend Shakespeare (Anousha Alamain) on track to produce a play that will keep The Globe afloat, his son’s desire to be in the company of actors, his ex’s new fiance and his loyalty to Essex.  Colleen Wheeler’s Queen Elizabeth I and Jennifer Lines’ Tess manage to keep the men in check and command the attention of their paramours. All of the company are engaging as they whip through the plays quick changes and action.

Shakespeare’s Rebel, alternates with Love’s Labours Lost in the Howard Family Stage at Bard on the Beach until September 19th.

Picks of the week – July 29, 2015

While Vancouver Pride is filling the town with excitement and colour there’s plenty of other events and activity in and out of town to fill my picks of the week

Fireworks: The 2015 Honda Celebration of Light continues with Team Brazil, tonight and Team Canada on Saturday night, illuminating the skies over English Bay

Festival: Before the Fireworks, enjoy free music and entertainment all day long at Shorefest presenting evening headliners; Dustin Bental & Kendel Carson then Randy Bachman tonight starting at 7:15, and on Saturday it’s Kuda Oms followed by Chilliwack.

Country: Big names in country music are taking over Merritt, BC all weekend for the Rocking River MusicFest; Big & Rich  w/ Cowboy Troy, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dallas Smith & many more.

Wander: Up in Whistler, world class yoga, music, meditation and speakers fill the village with positive vibes at Wanderlust Whistler, Thursday to Monday.

Movie: Head to the North Point of Canada Place at dusk for a free showing of The Lego Movie on Thursday evening

Smoke+Mirrors : Imagine Dragons bring their Smoke + Mirrors tour to Rogers Arena with support from Metric on Thursday night

Dance: The Vancouver Street Dance Festival brings world class street dancers and DJ to Robson Square for a weekend of free music and dance battles.

Improv: The Vancouver Theatresports League has extended its hilarious Throne and Games improv show until August 29th

1989 : The sounds of Taylor Swift will carry across downtown from BC Place when her 1989 World Tour stops in on Saturday night

Tents: Vanier Park celebrates the world of Shakespeare at Bard of the Beach, this year performing The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Loves Labours Lost and Shakespear’s Rebel until September 26


Picks of Vancouver Pride 2015

PrideWalk_VancouverVancouver Pride 2015 is in full swing and there’s plenty to do.  If you don’t have plans here’s a few highlights that still appear to have advance tickets available. Lots of other events may still have tickets available at the door on the day of event.

Drag: Displace Hashery in Kits has a special edition of The Sticky & Sweet Show on Thursday night

Street: Friday evening, The Davie Street Block Party is 3 blocks of Davie Street, centred on the Rainbox Crosswalk, bringing the pride party to everyone, the fences are gone this year and $5 wristbands are available for those 19+

Celebs: While you’re in the village on Friday night, check out Celebrities Pride Ball with Producer/DJ Chris Cox

Fur: XY Friday brings Furtrade Pride Edition with DJ Steve Sherwood & Ginger Bear Todd with Hosts Alma B Itches and Baby Bear

TheO: The Odyssey Bar & Nightclub returns to it’s glory for Pride, Thursday’s advance tickets are sold out but Legends Reborn Friday with DJ Eddie Martinez, Nick Bertossi and host Berlin will get your party going

Studio: Big Pride Weekend kicks off with Varsity, featuring superstar DJ Dave Aude & Vancouver’s DJ Landon James, at the newly refurbished Studio Records

Ruff: Music fills Friday night when Ruff Pride gets underway at The Pint with DJs Dreaddy, Sollars, Jay Douglas and Brian Maier of SFO.

After: Keep the Big Pride party going into Saturday morning at Encore Dance Club with PLAY: featuring DJ Isaac Escalante and DJ Mumbles

Brunch: Recover from your Friday and start Saturday at the Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast with pancakes & breakfast bites on Bute Plaza from 8am – noon (by donation)

BBQ: If you can’t make it in time for Breakfast on Saturday, check out the by-donation, Pride In The Village BBQ at Bute Plaza from noon – 4 pm

Queens: Vancouver’s biggest drag show, Queen of the Night, takes over the Commodore on Saturday night with a massive line up of local and visiting Drag superstars

East: Saturday, your favourite Dress Up, Mess Up night returns for one last shot at glory – Queer Bash: Satanic Titanic featuring Queen Of East Van, Isolde N Barron, DJs Jef Leppard and Colby B from NYC plus many more

Big: The Big Pride Main Event, Glitter takes over 560 with DJ Abel, DJ Bret Law and Sollors bringing the pride beats on Saturday night.

Late: Keep it going until Sunday morning with another Big Pride after hours, SIN at Encore Dance Club with DJ Alain Jackinsky & Nick Bertossi

Parade: Expect hundreds of thousands to come out to watch the 37th Annual Pride Parade starting at noon on Sunday

Festival: Follow the parade or spend the day at the Sunset Beach Pride Festival with entertainment, beer garden and food trucks at Sunset Beach from 11am – 6pm

TDance: Find some Sunday afternoon fun at the Trouble T-Dance at The Granville Strip (formerly Vancouver Fan Club)

Victory: Rapture: Victory blows the roof off the Commodore with huge line-up of entertainers on Sunday night; DJs Nick Bertossi, Tom Stephan, DJ Grind, Shokra, plus an international collection of hot gogo dancers and drag queens

Crown: doppelgänger presents Royal Pride at aura nightclub with DJ/Producer Lee Harris from the UK, Toronto’s Jeremy Khamkeo and Sollars spinning tunes, Beardonce performing and Berlin hosting Sunday night.

Reborn: Sunday at The Odyssey international DJ Hector Fonseca provides the tunes and RuPaul’s Drag Race Alum, Yara Sofia performs

Worship: Get taken to CHURCH at XY Sunday with a funkified evening with DJs Airick X, Colby B and G-Luve plus a performance by Portland’s Chanti Darling

Grrr: Bearracuda Pride jets into 560 with music from DJs G-Luve (YVR), Freddy Kop (SEA), Louis Lennon (LDN), Matt Stands (SEA) and sexy Steamworks GoGos from Seattle and San Diego

Have a safe and happy Pride!

Eat Naaco pop-up at Hawkers Mercado

Hawkers Mercado is the pop-up food market at the new McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Centre at YVR.  An offshoot of the popular Hawker’s Market events, Hawkers Mercado brings unique dining options to the Outlet Centre until Labour Day.

Naaco_IMG_9297On our last visit we decided to have a bite at Eat Naaco, the first Vancouver effort from the Calgary Food Truck.   Eat Naaco combines Indian and Mexican cuisine using quality, local ingredients.  This pop-up creates three Naan + Taco combinations for their Hawkers Mercado menu;  Bengali Frijoles (vegetarian), Chicken Tinga Marsala, Beef Vindarojo.  The soft warm naan lends itself well to the tender meat fillings and fresh, crispy veggie toppings.

Chicken Tinga Marsala

Eat Naaco is at Hawkers Market until Labour Day but plans to open its first free standing Vancouver location.
Watch for it possibly in Gastown, later this autumn.

Polaris Music Prize Short List Announced

polaris10en@2xThe 2015 Polaris Music Prize Short List has been announced, highlighting this year’s top 10 albums up for consideration.

ALVVAYS – Alvvays
CARIBOU – Our Love
DRAKE – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
VIET CONG – Viet Cong

It was also announced that singer/songwriter Fred Penner will be the host of this year’s Gala event to determine the winner taking place on September 21 at The Carlu in Toronto.

“I am honoured to be the host for this year’s prize.  I have been part of the Canadian music scene for over four decades. As I perform at festivals from coast to coast I am continually impressed with the incredible range of talent we have in this country. I particularly love that Polaris celebrates this musical diversity. The level of prestige involved with this organization is admirable and I am delighted to be associated with it,” said Penner. Fred Penner is a member of the Order of Manitoba and Order of Canada.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, as selected by a jury of national music media.  The nine remaining short listed artists will receive $3,000, courtesy of Slaight Music.
Judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre or record sales, the prize’s past winners have included Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007), and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Friday Find – Gojoy Berries

GOJOY_IMG_4705The Fraser Valley is well known for it’s great crops of strawberries, cranberries and blueberries, now a local company is adding goji berries to the list of BC Farm Fresh berry crops. Gojoy Berries‘ farmer Peter Breederland has brought the, native to Asia, superfood to local markets.  The crop at Gojoy Berries farm in Aldergrove has just reached its peak and hit coolers so you can enjoy the antioxidant, vitamin c, and beta-carotene rich fresh berries.  Gojoy Berries also sells frozen whole berries and an awesome frozen “Smoothie Booster”, a tasty blend of BC-grown goji, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries and blackberries.

The brilliant red berries are packed with a unique flavour, sweet and slightly savoury that are great on their own or perfectly pair with oatmeal, granola, yoghurt or even ice cream. Packed with flavour, fibre and plenty of nutrients,  are low in calories so feel free to dive into a basket while their fresh.GOJOY_2015-07-13, 09 21 53

Frozen whole, the berries are equally versatile, mixed into a chilled cocktail, blended into a smoothie, baked or cooked in your favourite recipe they show why they are known as a superfood.

The Smoothie Booster is a handy packet of berries that packs a punch of flavour and nutrients when added to your smoothie. The Smoothie Booster blend works with savoury green smoothies or sweet fruit smoothies to give them the added boost of vibrant colour year-round.

All the Gojoy Berries products are available online and in stores now. Fresh berries are only available for a limited time so grab them while you can!

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