Whitecaps FC reveals 2019 Season

WhitecapsFCThis week, Whitecaps FC and the MLS revealed the 2019 schedule kicking off the preseason February 8, 2019 in Honolulu, HI.  Home fans will get their first look at new coach Marc Dos Santos’ new look team when 34 regular season  gets underway March 2nd hosting Minnesota United FC at home in BC Place.

Vancouver’s regular season includes a home and away game against each Western Conference team, and one match either home or away against Eastern Conference clubs, including a visit to expansion side FC Cincinnati on August 3 ,and a visit from Wayne Rooney’s D.C. United on August 17 at BC Place

In celebration of the historic 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl triumph by the “team from the Village of Vancouver”, Whitecaps FC will host an anniversary match on August 31 against New York City FC, reminiscent of the 2-leg semi-final victory over New York Cosmos at Giants Stadium which sent the Whitecaps to the Soccer Bowl.

Whitecaps Pride Night

Other highlights of the season include Cascadia Cup home fixtures against Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers in March and May, a visit from Canadian rivals Toronto FC on May 31st.   Community matches include, Jeans Day, in support of BC Children’s Hospital FoundationSaturday, April 27 vs. Philadelphia Union.  Pride Night is Saturday, May 25 vs. FC Dallas and the annual Legends & Stars Charity Match takes place Saturday, September 14 vs. Houston Dynamo.  

The season on Decision Day, as all league matches kick off  at 1 p.m. PT. The ‘Caps host Western Conference rival Real Salt Lake at BC Place in the regular season finale.  The new fixed-bracket, single-elimination format for the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs begins on October 19 with the 2019 MLS Cup is set for November 10.

The 2019 Canadian Championships schedule is still to be announced.  For more details and information on the Whitecaps FC 2019 season visit whitecapsfc.com

BC Home + Garden Show 2017 opens tomorrow

With just a month to go before spring arrives, now is the time to start planning your projects at the 2017 BC Home + Garden Show. Opening tomorrow, through February 26, 2017, at BC Place Stadium the 46th annual show fills the stadium with everything to give you fresh ideas for the coming year.

With real estate being so much at the forefront and such a big part of household budgets, people are spending more time at home and doing more to increase their home’s value.   Top home improvement celebrity experts, gardeners and award-winning chefs will be on hand to share their knowledge with the public. DIY, cooking demos and hands-on classes for crafts, gardening and other projects take place throughout the 5-day show.

The main stage welcomes HGTV personalities; Bryan Baeumler of Bryan Inc, Carson Arthur and Tiffany Pratt from Home To Win and Mike Holmes Jr of Holmes + Holmes.  Joining them on the main stage, garden experts Brian Minter, Leanne Johnson, Steve Whysall and many more help your green thumb.

The Cooking stage welcomes guests from Fable Kitchen, Odd Society Spirits, Mission Kits, Virtuous Pie, Big Rock Brewery and The Juice Truck all on hand to share ideas and aspirations for your kitchen.

Throughout the show floor, visitors will find other inspirations and be able to get advice at the featured; FloForm Lounge, Container Laneway Home by Honomobo, BC Hydro Smart Home and garden displays throughout BC Place.

It’s not all just dreaming either, take home some arts and crafts by making them yourself in the hands-on Workshops or shop from the M(ART)Ket or Portobello West Market .

The BC Home + Garden Show runs February 22 – 26, 2017 at BC Place Stadium. Discounted tickets and details are available online

12 Days of Christmas Present Ideas – Day 6

Today’s 12 Days of Christmas gift idea is rather illuminating.  Something decorative for the home is always a great idea but even better when it’s practical.

Estandsons_img_0954I was lucky to recently receive an Established & Sons’ FOLD Lamp from Inform Interiors at IDS Vancouver, which lead to today’s gift idea.  The stylish lamp isn’t something I would think to purchase for myself but was a very welcome addition to the living room. Established & Sons, the British design brand curating innovative and contemporary design,  has a wide selection of beautiful, modern and practical pieces for the home, like the FOLD lamp.
Inform Interiors also has a wide selection of pieces in-store and online. From $20 glassware, to extravagant home furnishings, you’ll find inspiration for everyone on your list.


IDS West 2014 gets the party started

Thursday night, International Design Show West (IDS West), the West Coast’s premier residential design showcase, packed the Vancouver Convention Centre for an opening night party to kick off its 10th year.

The Party On Opening Night, presented by Cosentino, brought out a huge crowd to be the first to see this year’s latest and greatest in residential design.  Furniture, fixtures, flooring, roofing, gardening and more are all on display from 250 exhibiting retailers, designers and manufacturers until September 28th.   Open to public as well as trade, the show also features a line up of guest speakers on the Living Space stage and GRAY conversation stage.  Celebrated designers Sarah Richardson and Kimberley Seldon headline with panels of some of North America’s best designers.

IDS West 2014 runs until September 28th at Vancouver Convention Centre West, open to the public from 4pm – 9pm Friday, 10am – 6pm Saturday and 10am – 5pm Sunday. Tickets $15 for single days, $25 weekend passes.

Find Great Finds at Walrus

Located in the heart of the Cambie Village, Walrus is a boutique filled with creatively curated brands and pieces with an emphasis on Canadian brands. I recently attended an in-store event for the launch of the Native Shoes Spring Summer 2014 line at the shop and was impressed by the vast array of goods in the small space.
As their tag line states, the shop is “a pleasant surprise”, Home Decor, Jewellery, Fashions, Gifts, Kitchenware, Apothecary, Garden and Stationary might sound like a department store but all these items are found on the crisp white shelving within Walrus.   Herschel Bags, Native Shoes, Malin + Goetz, Secrid, Billykirk, Miansai, Braun are just a few of the local and international brands sitting along side to take home.

Search out your own finds at Walrus the next time you need a gift or just a little pick me up for yourself.

Walrus is located, in the Cambie Village,  at 3408 Cambie Street or shop online at shop.walrushome.com
Follow them on Twitter @WalrusHome, Facebook.com/WalrusHome and Instagram @WalrusHome.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013 – Home Decor & Accessories

If you’re in need of a last minute gift idea before running out to a Christmas gift exchange, there are plenty of great gift shops in Vancouver. Every neighbourhood has it’s own local shop, filled with chachkas and trinkets for a small hostess gift or present. Most feature even more substantial gifts and home accents, works of Art, kitchenware, bed and bath accessories all carefully curated by the store owners.
Stop by shops and find out what the shops have discovered from their shopping excursions to bring to your hands.

espace d (pictured above) on Richards, The Cross on Homer St, or Fine Finds on Mainland in Yaletown

Homewerx and its sister shop, Room In Order on Davie Street in the West End.

Old Faithful Shop on West Cordova, Parliament or Örling & Wu on Water in Gastown.

All are just a few of the terrific shops in downtown Vancouver along, where you can get almost all your gifts for you Christmas list in one location! Look around your neighbourhood and see what you find in your local shop.

Whitecaps Announce 2014 Schedule


Whitecaps FC may not have made the post season but that hasn’t stopped them from making news. Lots of action happening this week, re-signing a number of players and declining the options on others.

The MLS schedule was released this week too, just in time to get your favourite fan a Whitecaps Holiday Pack for Christmas. The schedule includes 17 regular season home games, kicking off the season hosting New York Red Bulls at 4:30pm and wrapping up on October 25 versus Colorado.
In between some highlight matches will be LA Galaxy visiting on April 19, Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle Sounders – May 24 & July 5 and Portland Timbers – Aug 30.  Due to the East / West conference schedule, only Canadian rivals Montreal Impact come West on June 25 for their only clash with Whitecaps FC. Toronto FC host the only match against Whitecaps this season.

The 2014 home schedule:

Saturday, Mar 8 vs New York

Saturday, Mar 29 vs Houston

Saturday, Apr 5 vs Colorado

Saturday, Apr 19 vs LA Galaxy

Saturday, May 3 vs San Jose

Saturday, May 24 vs Seattle

Wednesday, Jun 25 vs Montreal

Saturday, Jul 5 vs Seattle

Saturday, Jul 12 vs Chivas

Sunday, Jul 27 vs Dallas

Sunday, Aug 10 vs Kansas City

Saturday, Aug 30 vs Portland

Saturday, Sep 6 vs DC

Wednesday,Sep 10 vs San Jose

Saturday, Sep 27 vs Real Salt Lake

Saturday, Oct 4 vs Dallas

Saturday, Oct 25 vs Colorado

Now grab your tickets and come out and cheer on your Whitecaps FC