Canada 150! Where to Celebrate Canada Day 2017

After a year long build up Canada 150 celebrations reach their peak this weekend.  With Canada Day, July 1st falling on Saturday there’s plenty of time to relax after your celebrations. Here’s a few of the events happening around Metro Vancouver this Canada Day.

Canada Day At Canada Place

Canada Day at Canada Place: 9:45am – 10pm July 1 / 8:30am – 6:30pm July 2 Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and Canada Place Way.
For Canada 150, Western Canada’s largest celebrations spread over two days, July 1 & 2, featuring the Canada Day parade, Citizenship Ceremony, Canadian Forces Displays, Kids Zones, Pancake Breakfast, five Concert Stages with Sam Roberts, FEFE, Emerson Drive, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette and more.

 

Canada Day Fireworks over Canada Place

Canada Day Fireworks: 10:30pm two barges; Coal Harbour off Canada Place and off shore of Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Ticketed viewing available on Canadian Trail at Canada Place, tickets $15 open from 8:30pm
Best free viewing locations; Coal Harbour, Vancouver Convention Centre, Stanley Park (near 9 o’clock gun), Crab Park or Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver.

Canada Day on Granville Island: All-Day Granville Island
Fun and festivities for the whole family fill Granville Island on Canada Day. First Nations performers, Buskers, Parade, Kayak demonstrations, Lobster Man Cook Out, Water Park & Picnic Areas, Kids Market activities, Artisan Markets, and Vancouver International Jazz Festival performances throughout the day.

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations: noon – 4pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Artisan Craft Market, Food Trucks, Kids Play Area, and performances including Lions Gate Chorus, Axé Capoeira, Pro Arté, Mazacote, and many more.

North Vancouver Canada 150 Evening: 6:30pm – 10:30pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Canada 150 event sponsored by Rotary Club of Lions Gate featuring a free concert with Dreams; Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band and Arrival; Abba Tribute Band plus Tom Lanvin & the Legendary Powder Blues Band. After, watch the Canada Day Fireworks

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum: 11am – 4:30pm Burnaby Village Museum
A historic Canada Day deserves a day with history, experience how things were done in the 1920s with photo stops, RCMP Red Serge, entertainment from Coast Salish Singers and Dancers, Tian-Jin Temple Drummers, Kokomo African Heritage Ensemble, Acadamie Duello, and much more

Canada 150 at Queen’s Park: 11:30am – 3:30pm Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Art, music, demonstrations, displays and activities for the whole family at Queens Park. Plus evening Fireworks at 10pm on the Fraser River between River Market and Inn at the Quay.

Richmond Canada Day in Steveston: 10:00am – 10:30pm Steveston Village, Richmond
Combined with Steveston Salmon Festival, the village is packed with food trucks, entertainment and activities.  The Concert Stage features Wintersleep, Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Youngblood, DJ Seko, Watasun and more. Then Fireworks Show along the Steveston Waterfront at 10:15pm

Canada Day Surrey: 10am – 10:30pm Bill Reid Amphitheatre, Surrey.
Amusement Rides, Toddler Town & Kids Zone, Strawberry Tea, Demos, Sports Zone, plus day-long concerts stage featuring Chilliwack, Magic!, Hedley and many more wrapping up the day with Fireworks at 10:30pm

Introducing Adult-Only Playland Nights for 2017

Have you ever visited Playland and felt the dilemma of having to choose between sitting in the beer garden or enjoying fairgrounds? This July you no longer have to choose, with the introduction of Playland Nights : Adult-Only Friday Nights.

Now your only choice is what pairs best with craft beer – Beaver Tails or mini-donuts? Will you have red or white wine with your corn dog? Throughout July, Playland Nights – the first ever adult-only Friday nights run from 7 pm to midnight.  

Kicking off Friday, July 7, then every Friday for the month, Playland will host evenings dedicated to adults-only, complete with craft beer, wine, Playland themed cocktails like a candy floss martini, and fresh squeezed hard lemonade, food, midway games and of course, the exhilarating rides.

The whole Playland grounds will be licensed so 19+ guests can enjoy their favourite beverage anywhere onsite instead of being confined behind the walls of a beer garden. Mike McDaniel, President and CEO of the Pacific National Exhibition says, “we are thrilled to offer this new addition to our Playland schedule for the first time this year. We strive to continue to offer our guests new and exciting ways to enjoy Playland and we are sure these 19+ nights will be a huge success.”

Guest DJ’s, axe throwing, special activations and more will accompany the already exciting features Playland offers.  Advance tickets are $26 ($29 at the gate) and include unlimited access to 25+ rides and attractions around the Park.

Tickets for Playland Nights are on sale now online at: ticketleader.ca/events/playland-nights

Celebrate with your “SuperDad” at VTSL

This Father’s Day, Vancouver TheatreSports League (VTSL) welcomes guests to a special 2pm matinee performance in celebration of Dads…The SuperDad Show.

The SuperDad Show pokes fun at the foibles and complexities of what it means to be a father these days. Based on audience suggestions, VTSL’s quick-witted improvisers could explore such relevant topics as ‘the sensitive Dad,’ ‘Dads and their love affair with the barbecue,’ ‘hockey Dads,’ ‘Dad, can I have the keys to the car?’ or ‘Dads and Daughters’ to name a few of the endless possibilities.

The family-friendly SuperDad Show takes place at 2 pm, after brunch or leaving plenty of time after the show to take Dad to dinner or to fire up the barbecue.   The Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge at VTSL’s Improv Centre will be open at 1:30 pm for pre-show drinks and, weather-pending, the patio deck over-looking the picturesque Marina will be open for an sunny sip or take your drink into the theatre to enjoy during the show.

Give your ‘super’ Dad some belly laughs instead of headaches and bring him down to The Improv Centre for an afternoon of improv hilarity. Besides, he needs something to take his mind off the fact that the Canucks didn’t make the playoffs. Warning: SuperDad may contain ‘dad jokes.’

Tickets are only $20, including the show PLUS either a glass of House Wine or Beer on Tap or non-alcoholic beverage. Tickets are on sale now at vtsl.com.

Audi of Richmond Flagship Opens

This week, Audi of Richmond opened the doors to its stunning, new state-of-the-art, building at 5600 Parkwood Cr. in the Richmond Auto Mall. At over 100,000sq feet the new building is the largest in new car showroom in Metro Vancouver and one of the largest in the country.  

Owner’s Cowell Auto Group, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, are in the process of redeveloping all of their Richmond Auto Mall locations, Audi of Richmond is first out of the gate.  At the glamourous opening night event, Cowell Auto Group President Rand Cowell welcomed their opening night guests; customers, staff, family and friends, to the stunning new Audi Terminal.  Audi of Canada President Daniel Weissland reaffirmed Audi’s stature as the most-progressive luxury brand in the Canadian market, with 13 new models arriving this year.  Audi of Richmond’s massive showroom is poised to bring customers the ultimate one-stop-shop for all things Audi. 

Cowell Family Members & Audi Canada President Daniel Weissland cut the ribbon to open the new Audi of Richmond

From the one-of-a-kind Audi Direct Reception, the covered drive-in entry way keeps visitors out of the elements. Then flows into the sleek and modern terminal comfortable customer experiences await in all directions; Parts, Service or Sales. The overheight ceilings and windows provide a bright, natural backdrop to the new car showroom.  Space for more inventory on site makes the Audi of Richmond shopping experience seamless.  Even the Certified Pre-Owned shoppers get the largest showroom in Metro Vancouver. The unique to Audi of Richmond Audi Sport Customization Lounge allows personal touches to be added to new Audi Sport purchases.
Customer waiting areas on each of the three levels ensure every moment of a visit to Audi of Richmond is never far comfort.  European Coffee machines, instant filtered chilled water dispensers, cafes and more, elevate the service most other auto stores.  The luxury treatment is throughout the store, gone are the days when the service and parts department are relegated to a grimy, backdoor.
Even if you’re just browsing, the new Audi of Richmond building is worth a visit next time you’re in the Richmond Auto Mall.

EAT.DRINK.PLAY at Firehall Arts Centre June 22, 2017

On June 22, 2017, the Downtown Eastside’s Firehall Arts Centre celebrates its neighbourhood with EAT.DRINK.PLAY.  Toasting the incredible food and drink happening in the Firehall’s backyard, the annual event brings together the area’s finest restaurateurs, craft brewers, small-batch distillers, and performers for an eclectic summer evening of sampling and sharing.

“For 35 years, the Firehall has been producing performing arts in this wonderful heritage building at the corner of Cordova and Gore. Our neighbourhood is so full of great places to eat and we wanted to let our audiences know about them,” explains Donna Spencer, Firehall Artistic Producer, “so we decided three years ago to create an event that would celebrate their contributions to the neighbourhood and invite these businesses to introduce themselves to our audiences by sharing their culinary expressions. The event has quickly become an annual favourite with everyone who attends providing a perfect capstone to the end of our programming season and a refreshing way to start the summer.”

Circle Game photo: Tyler Branston

Attendees will discover the diversity of delectable treats and libations while enjoying performances from the cast of the Firehall’s recent hit Circle Game: Reimagining of the Music of Joni Mitchell, as they roam through the heritage building bidding on some amazing silent auction items. 

Some of the local restaurants contributing tastes of signature dishes include neighbourhood hot spots The Diamond, Deacon’s Corner, Clough Club, Tuc Craft Kitchen, Kofta Meatball Kitchen, Save On Meats, The Pint, and Cadeaux Bakery, among others.  

Local brewers Powell Brewery, Big Rock Brewery, Andina Brewing Company, Strange Fellows Brewing, Strathcona Beer Company, and Steamworks will be here while Odd Society Spirits returns to serve up samples of their signature vodka and gin.  

EAT.DRINK.PLAY takes place June 22, 2017 at 7pm at Firehall Arts Centre tickets are available online now.

 

Celebrate the Opening of the new Tom Lee Music Vancouver Store

This weekend, June 3 & 4, 2017, is the Grand Opening event for the new Flagship Tom Lee Music store in downtown Vancouverat 728 Granville Street. 

Tom Lee Music
Photo credit: Jeremy Cook

To celebrate the unveiling of its new location at the busy intersection of Granville & Georgia, Tom Lee Music will offer workshops, door crasher deals, exclusive & limited edition products, and prize draws, as well as live performances by acclaimed artists Jenny Lin, Shawn Verreault, Michael Kaeshammer, Don Alder, Ian Parker and more.

The latest evolution of Tom Lea Music finds a new, state-of-the-art facility in the revitalized Vancouver Centre Cinemas featuring top brand musical instruments and equipment, the latest advancements in digital music technology, interactive displays, integrated sound and video technology, as well as acoustically designed spaces with soaring ceilings to inspire music making.

“Since we opened our doors in Vancouver 30 years ago, the way we make music – from the instruments we play on, to the tools we record with – has evolved dramatically,” says Graham Blank, Vice President, Director, Tom Lee Music. “We have proudly created a new space that responds to these sweeping changes and redefines what a music store can and should be. Whether an aspiring musician or a professional artist, when stepping into our new store, customers will find the products and tools they want more easily at their finger tips, moving through departments seamlessly with the modern flow and smart layout of our innovative facility.”

In addition to carrying all categories of musical instruments and equipment the new flagship Tom Lee Music Vancouver store features an collection of rare and one-of-a-kind instruments including signature edition guitars, custom art case pianos, boutique music technology products and acoustic folk instruments.

Within the busy heart of downtown, above London Drugs and conveniently situated near transit and abundant parking, Tom Lee Music is now better positioned to offer a superior customer experience, and remain one of North America’s largest musical instrument retailers.

Vancouver Craft Beer Week is brewing

The 8th Annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) is upon us and brewing up 10 days of events across Metro Vancouver.

Starting today, with the Opening Night Party at Roundhouse Community Centre, an evening of food, beer, art and music presented by The Georgia Straight.

Other events throughout the VCBW include;

Collaboration Tap Takeover at Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery,  on Saturday from noon-5pm. Experience collaboration brews from the regions fave brewers plus food, entertainment and take a tour of the brewery.

Brewers Row Block Party in Port Moody at The Parkside Brewery, finds the Tri-Cities breweries; Yellow Dog Brewing Co, Twin Sails Brewery, Moody Ales and The Parkside Brewery joining forces for a day of fun & beer.

Biercraft Belgian Showcase at Biercraft Bistro highlights the traditions of Belgium’s brewing history from Ales, Blondes, Darks, Trappistes, Flemish and Saisons

Forbidden Fruit at Devil’s Elbow celebrates Fruit Beers from 20 different BC craft breweries, in an homage to Portland’s popular Fruit Beer Festival.

The VCBW Festival, at the PNE Fairgrounds, closes the week June 3-4 with a weekend of beer and cider.  100 craft breweries and cideries bringing over 300 brews, the biggest selection of beverages in one place. It’s not just beer either; art, live music, djs, food trucks, marketplace, demonstrations and more.

This is just a selection of the many, many events happening during Vancouver Craft Beer Week. For more information on these and the full list of events visit vancouvercraftbeerweek.com