16th New West Cultural Crawl

Now in its 16th year, the New West Cultural Crawl is an annual arts & culture festival that celebrates and exhibits the vast creative talents across New Westminster. For two days, August 10th and 11th, New West artist studios and venues open their doors to welcome thousands of visitors from across Metro Vancouver.

This family-friendly event invites young and old to explore the city’s neighbourhoods; Downtown, Uptown, West End, Sapperton and Queensborough. Map guides allow visitors to explore at their leisure while checking out works by the city’s professional and emerging artists. Sixty + venues, from Galleries, and Community Centres, to Theatres and even a Brewery open the doors to welcome the exploration of the Arts. 

In 2018, the Cultural Crawl welcomed over 4000 visitors, learning about 150 artists. Find out what’s new and up coming in 2019 by exploring New West Cultural Crawl August 10 – 11, 2019. Visit newwestculturalcrawl.com to download the weekend’s brochure and map guides to the five neighbourhoods. 

Picks of the Week – August 9, 2017

The buzz of the BC Day long weekend, Vancouver Pride, Celebration of Light and so much more has come and gone but there’s still plenty in the picks of the week to keep you entertained all week.

Arts: The 27th Harmony Arts Festival  is underway now. Tonight, Best Of The West showcases local restaurants and wineries, then tomorrow Mixology Night On The Pier is a cocktail competition, all alongside the rest of the line up of arts & entertainment to West Vancouver.

Laughs: The dynamic duo of comedy Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy bring another edition of The Ryan and Amy Show to XYYVR for two nights, August 10th & 11th

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Culture: The New West Culture Crawl gets underway Friday night with an Opening Night party at Anvil Centre, kicking off the weekend Culture Crawl around the Royal City

Bach:  2nd Vancouver Bach Festival presented by Early Music Vancouver brings chamber music concerts, ensembles and soloists bringing classical music to Christ Church Cathdral and The Chan Centre until Friday.


Murals: Saturday the Vancouver Mural Festival hosts the Mount Pleasant Street Party, 10 blocks of car-free entertainment, arts, markets and performances by Yukon Blonde and Louise Burns.

HeldOver: Now that the season has been extended until August 26, there’s even more evenings to enjoy in Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings.

Take Off: Celebration all things aviation at the 50th Abbotsford International Airshow, as static displays, aerial exhibitions, entertainment and fireworks fill Abbotsford Airport this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Roar: Sunday, BC Lions play host to Saskatchewan Roughriders and their hardcore fans at BC Place

Croon: Famed English singer/songwriter Bryan Ferry brings his smooth sounds to the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday evening.

O Canada! Where to Celebrate Canada Day


This Friday, don your red & white and get ready to celebrate Canada Day.  Whether you’re planning small family festivities or taking part in one of Canada’s largest celebration, Metro Vancouver has plenty of options to celebration Canada Day.

Here’s a few of the events happening around Metro Vancouver this Canada Day.

Canada Day at Canada Place: 10am – 6pm Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and Canada Place Way.
Western Canada’s largest celebrations feature the Canada Day parade, Citizenship Ceremony, Canadian Forces Displays, Expo 86 memorabilia, plus the Canada Day Concert with Aaron Pritchett, Sheena Easton, Barney Bentall, Bear Mountain, and more.

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 (north east), Crab Park or Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver.

Canada Day on Granville Island: 10am – 6pm Granville Island
Fun and festivities for the whole family fill Granville Island on Friday.  First Nations performers, Buskers, Parade, Kayak demonstrations, 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. 

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum: 11am – 4:30pm Burnaby Village Museum
Spend Canada Day with history, experience how things were done in the 1920s with photo stops, RCMP Red Serge, entertainment from Japanese Taiko Drummers, Metro Vancouver Firefighters Band, Acadamie Duello, Parade and Cupcakes.

Canada Day at Queen’s Park: 11:30am – 3:30pm Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage with performances, demonstrations, displays and activities for the whole family plus “pick a box” silent auction.

Canada Day Surrey: 10am – 10:30pm Bill Reid Amphitheatre, Surrey.
Amusement Rides, Toddler Town & Kids Zone, Stawberry Tea, Science World Demos, Sports Zone, plus day-long concerts stage headlined by Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, wrapping up the day with Fireworks at approximately 10:15pm



Picks of the Week – August 12, 2015

Moving into the middle of August and dispite the “Back to School” ads and Halloween decorations popping up at Costco, the picks of the week are here to keep your summer moving

Taste: Tonight, Tasting Plates Commercial Drive will find hundreds of foodies and friends descending on The Drive. Tickets are available at check-in to experience the flavours for yourself.

Alt: If alt-rock is more your thing, join Wilco for a gig at The Orpheum tonight.

Films: The 2015 Vancouver Queer Film Festival kicks off with an opening event at Robson Square on Thursday night before the Fest runs for the next 10 days.

Rock: The Hard Rock Casino Vancouver welcomes The Wallflowers to The Theatre on Friday night

Play: XYFridays this week welcomes Forplay with DJs Quest and Gingerbear Todd and the Forplay GoGo Dancers

Art: Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of FUSE at Vancouver Art Gallery as FUSE: Disruption spills out of the Gallery into Robson Square and Skating Rink with performances, music and art

Pride: Celebrate Pride in the Royal City at New West Pride 2015 Street Party on Saturday afternoon followed by Queer As Funk at Columbia Theatre then more parties into the night

HardRock: On Saturday night, Canadian rockers, Three Days Grace bring their cross-country tour to Hard Rock Casino Vancouver

Onyx: On Saturday night it’s DJ Nick Bertossi’s turns on the tunes for the sexy gogo’s and patrons to get down and dirty at ONYX XYSaturdays

Jam: The Cobalt has FAM a queer dance party that has good times, good music and a good cause as its door proceeds help support local queer charities.

HipHop: Get ready to bounce at Rogers Arena on Sunday night, when Nicki Minaj stops in Vancouver

11th Annual New West Cultural Crawl

Next weekend New Westminster will come alive with Arts & Culture.  The 11th Annual New Westminster Cultural Crawl takes place August 9 & 10, 2014.  The two day city-wide Arts & Cultural experience opens the doors to local artists and artisans, explores the city’s heritage, and its unique cultural footprint.

Every year arts and cultural fans come from all across Metro Vancouver to visit New West’s artists, studios, galleries, live music venues, restaurants, theatres and historical locations, exploring the “rejuvinated” New Westminster and discover upcoming and professional talent.  The Royal City represents a largely undiscovered arts and cultural community that ranges from emerging artists to several acclaimed Federation of Canadian Artists members.  Seven of these artists are being featured in the New West 7 Exhibition at the Van Dop Gallery starting during the New West Cultural Crawl and running until September 27th.  Angie Au Hemphill, Judith Copland, Gabor Gasztonyi, Jim Walsh, Leslie Poole, Teressa Bernard, Jerry McLaughlin are the featured artist on exhibit at the Gallery at 421 Richmond Street. It is just one of the 23 venues and many more artists showing during the Crawl.

Download your 2014 New West Cultural Crawl  Venue Guide then head out to New West August 9th and 10th.
Watch for other Arts & Cultural events across the province as part of August’s month-long BC Cultural Crawl.

Get Laughin’ at Northwest Comedy Fest

NW Comedy FestUntil February 22nd, expect the sounds of laughter to be ringing out across Vancouver as the second week of Northwest Comedy Festival is in full swing.
The Vogue Theatre, The Orpheum Theatre, Comedy Mix, Lafflines and Yuk Yuks are lined up with stand-up and improve events. Some of the highlights of this week are:
Pee Wee Herman hosting “Best Of The Fest” – Feb 20 at Orpheum Theatre
Bobby Lee – Feb 20, 21 & 22 at Yuk Yuks
Dave Foley – Feb 20, 21 & 22 at Lafflines
Patton Oswalt – Feb 21 at Vogue Theatre

There are many, many more events throughout the week, visit northwestcomedyfest.com for the full lineup and then head out and get laughing.
Follow along with the fun on Twitter @NWComedyFest, Instagram @NWComedyFest and Facebook.com/NWComedyFest

Hub Restaurant New Westminter

Located at the top of New West Skytrain Station, HUB Restaurant is a perfect location for an after work drink, to watch the game or a pre/post movie meal. With the addition of retail shopping, movie cinemas, dining options and the easy access to SkyTrain, the recent renovations to New Westminster Station have created a true hub in downtown New Westminster.  HUB Restaurant sits on the top level of the station and features great views across to the Fraser River over River Market and the Inn At The Quay.

On a recent visit to New West, Billy (@billyforce) and I decided to try out HUB (one of three locations the chain has in the lower mainland) for dinner.

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It was a busy night so we grabbed a cocktail (Classic Cocktails are $2 off on Fridays) and didn’t have to wait too long to be seated.







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With our Moscow Mule and Coastal Caesar in hand we made our way to the table, for a busy restaurant it was noticeably quiet, even though the bar and lounge area in the centre of the room are ringed with tvs.







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To start, we ordered the Lobster Wings, crispy, tasty bites of lobster with a warm lemon butter for dipping.








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My entree of Crab Mac & Cheese was more than just the expected bits of crab in mac and cheese, it was accompanied by three decent sized pieces of fresh crab as well as the crab mixed into the rich, mac and cheese. The entree was served with a nice light salad and I added a half order of crab cakes as an accompaniment.




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The nicely encrusted cakes are lightly crispy and served with a zesty remoulade and the fresh frise adds a crunch to the creamy crab cake.







Photo 2-14-2014, 18 46 26Billy ordered the 8oz Sizzling Sirloin, the thick cut of medium rare steak was served atop nicely grilled seasonal vegetables and mashed potatoes, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Overall, everything with the meal was great; service, cocktails and meal, we were glad to have decided to stop into HUB.

The HUB Restaurant New Westminster is located on Skytrain level in The Shops at New West Station (above Safeway).
Phone 604.544.0401 or email newwest@hubrestaurant.ca for information and reservations or book online at Open Table
HUB Restaurant is on Twitter @HubRestaurant and on Facebook.com/HubNewWestminster