Join #Miss604Party celebrating Miss604’s 15th Anniversary

Western Canada’s beloved @Miss604, Rebecca Bollwitt, is celebrating 15 years of miss604.com by giving back to the communities that have made her the most awarded-winning blog. 

One of Named one of British Columbia’s Top 100 Women of Influence and recipient of over 20 local blog awards, Rebecca Bollwitt is celebrating the crystal anniversary of Miss604.com by hosting a party at Timber (1300 Robson Street) November 14th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
Tickets are available online at www.miss604.com with proceeds being donated to Variety – the Children’s Charity.

Miss 604 - Rebecca Bollwitt

Rebecca built her first website in 1997 and she has been blogging about life in B.C. since 2004 on Miss604.com. Over the last 15 years, Miss604.com has become the most award-winning blog in Western Canada, garnering numerous “Best Blog” and “Best Twitter” awards as well as a national award from Notable and an international media award from Variety – the Children’s Charity, where she volunteers her time as both Secretary of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Marketing and Membership Committee.

“Variety’s Show of Hearts Telethon has been an annual tradition in B.C. for over 50 years,” says Rebecca. “And when I got the chance to work with the production in 2015 as its first-ever social media sponsor, I was hooked. I saw how each year they help over 3,000 kids with special needs province-wide by providing mobility equipment, specialized therapies, mental wellness, educational programs, lifesaving medical equipment and more, and I knew I had to be a part of this.”

Rebecca has also co-authored 2 books for Pearson/Que (Blogging to Drive Business) and nearly 10,000 blog posts about fun things to do, local insights, travel, and history. She remains committed to supporting her community and continues to sponsor over 25 events in B.C. each year. Rebecca is an official Jeans Day Ambassador for the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation and a proud blog sponsor of Big Sisters B.C. Lower Mainland and One Girl Can. 

To see her philanthropy in action, Join Rebecca’s 114,000 followers on social media @Miss604, and join the #Miss604Party celebration on November 14 at Timber. Tickets include 604-themed canapés, a drink ticket, door prize ticket, networking, and support for Variety – the Children’s Charity. Raffle and silent auction items include prizes donated by The Cultch, DanceHouse, Disney on Ice, Early Music Vancouver, Forage, Gateway Theatre, H2 Rotisserie & Bar, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, PuSh Festival, Rob Cole Stretch Therapy, TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Christmas Market, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver TheatreSports, Vancouver Whitecaps, and more!

Experience Stage Fright at Presentation HAUNTED House

Presentation HAUNTED House

Presentation House Theatre has long had rumours of paranormal activity in the building, tonight the veil is lifted and the Presentation HAUNTED House invites those who dare, to seek the truth for themselves. Co-produced by the HIVE Performance Collective and Presentation House Theatre, this spooky encounter features nine emerging theatre companies filling every nook and cranny of the building with innovative creepiness. The frights take place tonight, October 31, as well as November 1, and November 2, 2019. 

“This event is going to be different from your traditional haunted house, where you simply walk through a maze with spooky surroundings,” says Andrea Loewen, Presentation House Theatre Managing Director, “It’s a guided, theatrical experience created by some of the Lower Mainland’s most exciting up-and-coming artists. Every theatre has ghosts, and PHT is actually certified as haunted by the Cornerstone Supernatural Society, something the HIVE Collective has taken its inspiration from. What could be creepier than that?”

Says Kim Selody, PHT Artistic Director, “Each of the nine companies has their own take on the idea of a haunted place so there will be lots of different and interesting ways to be scared in some unexpected spaces.”

Audiences will venture through secret and hidden areas of Presentation House that are usually unseen by the public, including vaults, back passages, odd doors to unexplained rooms, along with the more traditional spaces of the building.

The HIVE Performance Collective appeared at PHT as part of the revival of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in 2019. The ad-hoc collective made up of a dozen independent theatre makers works collaboratively as a non-hierarchical group creating and thinking together. Companies appearing at the Presentation HAUNTED House include Little Thief Theatre, Nebula Theatre, Re:current Theatre, Star Star Theatre, The Troika Collective, and Unladylike Co.

“I am incredibly excited to see what the artists from the HIVE Performance Collective create in our building,” adds Loewen. “They’re so creative and innovative in their work, and I know they’ll transform our entire building into something fun and spooky.”

All proceeds from this immersive, multidisciplinary event will benefit the HIVE Performance Collective and Presentation House Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now at 604-990-3474 or online at tickets.phtheatre.org
More information and show details can be found at phtheatre.org. Presentation HAUNTED House is recommended for ages 8+.

Help a Rainbow Refugee Resettle in Canada

As we head into Pride Weekend in Vancouver, we reflect on the privileges and freedoms afforded to Canadian citizens. While not perfect, they’re far better than many places around the globe, especially for those identifying as LGBTQ+. Rights have been extended in more and more countries but unfortunately, there are still at least 14 countries where homosexuality is legally punishable by death.

Rainbow Refugee is a Vancouver based community organization supporting people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Since 2011, Rainbow Refugee Society has worked in partnership with the Federal government to direct a blended sponsorship program called the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Project (RRAP). This is a national project and Rainbow Refugee has the responsibility of working with its own Circles of Hope as well as other community organizations across Canada to sponsor LGBTQ+ asylum seekers.

The Rainbow Connection is one of the Circles of Hope hoping to supporting Rainbow Refugee. We are a group of friends, lead by Mr. Gay Canada 2019, working together to assist a LGBTQ+ person hoping to resettle in Canada. We are grateful to live in Canada and have the ability to live and love in a safe and supportive community. Supporting a person, presently living in an African refugee camp, whose life is in danger because of who they are is our way of sharing the benefits that we have through our citizenship and friendships.

We have set up a Canada Helps donation page to help raise funds online as well as raising offline funds to support our goal. Along with our knowledge and support, the money we raise will assist this Rainbow Refugee to set up a new life in Canada. It will go towards food, housing, transportation, personal health… anything and everything needed every day to live a full life.
We hope you will support us in this endeavour, any little bit you can contribute is greatly appreciated and if you cannot provide monetary support we ask that you share the donation page with your network.

Thank you!

Colin Mochrie returns to Vancouver TheatreSports

Prepare for loads of laughter when Colin Mochrie, Vancouver TheatreSports (VTS) alumnus and star of Whose Line Is It Anyway, returns to Vancouver TheatreSports for three benefit performances.  All performances benefit Vancouver TheatreSports, a registered non-profit charity, and the Colin Mochrie Scholarship Fund at VTS’ theatre school, The Improv Comedy Institute. Established in 2014, this scholarship provides assistance to those wishing to study improv but are unable to do so because of financial barriers.

The trio of funny-bone tickling performances take place at the intimate Improv Centre on Granville Island and historic The Vogue Theatre.

COLIN UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL – Thursday, May 30, 7:30pm at The Improv Centre
See Colin up close and catch every expressive comedic nuance in an intimate space! This very special evening includes a full 90-minute improv performance starring Colin along with VTS ensemble members, and a Q&A session where audience members ask the questions. VTS patrons who arrive early for a drink at The Improv Centre’s Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge might even get lucky and snag a selfie with Colin Mochrie before the show. Ticket prices for this performance range from $99 (theatre seats) to $109 (tables/banquette seats).

COLIN AND FRIENDS – Friday, May 31, 7:30pm at The Improv CentreColin returns to The Improv Centre, to perform with some of his improv friends from the VTS ensemble. This is a wonderful opportunity to catch an improv master at work in an evening that is sure to tickle your funny bone. The intimate, 186 seat, Improv Centre is fully-licensed and guests are welcome to take their beverages with them into the theatre to help lubricate their laughter during the show. Ticket prices for this performance range from $89 (theatre seats) to $99 (tables/banquette seats).

THE COLIN MOCHRIE EXPERIENCE – Saturday, June 1 | 7:30pm | The Vogue Theatre
Saturday night the laughs move to Vancouver’s Entertainment District as Colin take the stage at The Vogue Theatre. This performance once again features the improv master with some of your favourite VTS  improvisers in a free-wheeling improv laugh-fest. Ticket prices for this performance range from $29 to $65.

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to catch one of the world’s greatest improvisers at his best. Colin Mochrie’s return to VTS and Vancouver is sure to be one of the hottest comedy tickets this spring.

For more information and tickets visit Vancouver TheatreSports online at vtsl.com

Get Supper, Feel Super With Dining Out For Life 2019

Tonight, put your money where your mouth is, by Dining Out For Life.
All day Thursday March 14, 2019 restaurants from New West to Whistler and all stops in between have pledged 25% of their day’s food sales to A Loving Spoonful to help support people living with HIV/AIDS in your community.

From El Santo in New Westminster, to Hunter Gather Eatery & Taphouse in Whistler, and the dozens of other restaurants in between are taking part in BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser.

Just by eating out at one of the participating restaurants, you’re supporting A Loving Spoonful’s programs and services. It’s that easy. For every $3.55 raised, a healthy meal will be provided to someone in need. A Loving Spoonful delivers meals to those affected by HIV/AIDS, helps with nutrition and meal planning, Easter Sunday Dinner with city Chefs donating their time to provide dinners to groups of 50 to 60 people, Family Pantry Program which provides families with healthy pantry staples, healthy Snack Packs for clients and much more.

Visit the Dining Out For Life website to see all the participating restaurants near you, get out and dine. Share your Dining Out For Life experience on social media and follow along at #Vandofl / #DineOutGiveBack, to see where others are dining.

Drop your pants at Pants Off Vancouver!

Now’s your chance to be a superhero! Thursday October 11th, drop your pants in support of Prostate Cancer Canada, at Pants Off Vancouver – Superhero Edition.

Join your friends and neighbours in this unique fundraiser to support and wrap up Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  Prostate Cancer is the most cancer amongst Canadian men, 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed in their lifetime. While most Canadians will know at least one person in their lives who has been affected by Prostate Cancer, there is still much more to be done to educate and research the disease.

Pants Off Vancouver soars sky-high to provide an uplifting, entertaining evening, at Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel’s Vista 360. Men and women alike will check their coats, and pants, to gain access to the scenic 19th floor space.  Guests are encouraged to wear their favourite superhero gear, after all, superheroes are no strangers to their underwear being on display. Everyone will enjoy an evening of music, comedy, food & drink, plus hear some inspirational stories from survivors and researchers & doctors at the forefront of the fight against Prostate Cancer.

Drop your pants and raise awareness at Pant Off Vancouver Thursday October 11, 2018 in the Vista 360 room at Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street.

Tickets for Pants Off Vancouver are on sale now at www.pantsoff.ca.vancouver, Early Bird Tickets are just $65 until Friday (eligible for a $25 tax receipt).

 

August 15th Dine Out for Les Dames d’Escoffier Summerdine

This August 15th, Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter present their unique annual dining event Summerdine.  A delicious province-wide dining celebration featuring fabulous food and glorious wines, Summerdine takes place on one evening only at different restaurants, wineries, and culinary venues across BC. It could be in a vineyard, aboard a yacht, at a picnic table or in an elegant dining room.

Some of the locations participating in Summerdine 2018 include:

Forage Private Courtyard

VANCOUVER

  • AnnaLena in Kitsilano
  • Boulevard in The Sutton Place Hotel.
  • Burdock & Co. on Main Street
  • Forage on Robson Street (weather permitting, in the private courtyard)
  • A long table set on Pacific Yacht Charters moored in Coal Harbour
  • A private dining room at Vij’s on Cambie Street

OKANAGAN

  • al fresco dinner hosted by Dame Wendy Rose at Bella Wines on the Naramata Bench
  • Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ

Sea Cider Ciderhouse

VICTORIA

  • al fresco long table at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse  in Saanichton catered by Dame Chef Ali Ryan of Victoria’s popular Spinnakers Gastro Pub.

See the complete Summerdine list and book tickets online at lesdames.ca/summerdine for locations, menus and photos.  Regardless of the location, all diners will be treated to a specially-designed multiple-course menu, wines selected to complement that menu, a special table or location and an opportunity to meet and chat with the chefs and restaurateurs. 

All Summerdine dinners are priced at $80 per person and include the multi-course meal with wine (gratuity not included). One exception is the Victoria event at Sea Cider which is priced at $100 per person. All funds raised from Summerdine go to support Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter’s Scholarship and Outreach programs.

Les Dames d’Escoffier is a world-wide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality, with a mandate to support the advancement of women in the hospitality and culinary domains as well as fostering industry excellence through educational and charitable activities.