5 Mother’s Day Picks for 2019 That Aren’t Brunch

This Sunday, much of the world celebrates Mother’s Day. While each country & culture has its own traditions, here in North America, the 2nd Sunday in May usually includes brunch, flowers & family.

While a family meal with the matriarch is common, you might be looking for a different option to celebrate Mom. Here’s a five options for Mother’s Day, May 12, 2019, in Metro Vancouver that don’t include making reservations but do included doing something with Mom.

RUN: Blueshore Financial Mother’s Day Run presented by Westin Bayshore: start the day with a 3k, 5k, 10k family fun run / walk through scenic Stanley Park, from Ceperley Field to Coal Harbour with a festival-like wrap up at the finish line or brunch at Westin Bayshore.


LAUGH: Vancouver TheatreSports celebrates Moms everywhere with its ‘mother of all Mother’s Day shows’ – MOM=WOW – a special, one-performance-only, Mom-themed show just for her at 4:00pm, after toast mom with a sip and the sunny views of the marina from the Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge.

MUSEUM: Celebrate Mom at Burnaby Village Museum, from 11am to 4:30pm, with a day packed with special activities, exhibitions and crafts planned with Moms and families in mind, top off your visit with a visit to the Ice Cream Parlour for a slice of Mother’s Day lavender cheesecake & tea.

TREES: If you’ve taken Mom for a visit to enjoy the gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park, enhance your own urban forest with the Vancouver Park Board Tree Sale, any unclaimed or unpurchased trees from the online sale may be purchased for cash on between 2-4pm at Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot.

MATINEE: Vancouver Academy of Music (VAM) Symphony Orchestra, joined by internationally renowned pianist and VAM alumnus Jon Kimura Parker, brings its season to a close with a riveting performance of Stravinsky’s vibrant, folk-inspired Suite from The Firebird, at The Orpheum at 2pm.

5 Egg-celent Easter Events for 2018

The Easter Long Weekend is upon us, spring should be here and after a long winter people are anxious to get outside for some Easter fun.

Here’s a few family friendly fun events to get you and yours out hunting Easter Eggs and visiting the Easter Bunny.

VanDusen Great A-Maze-Ing Easter Egg Hunt
From Friday to Sunday, kids can take part in an outdoor Easter Egg hunt at the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Gardens.

Stanley Park Train Easter Fair
From Thursday to Monday, take a ride with the Easter Bunny on the iconic miniature train and look for his buck-toothed friends as you ride through the Stanley Park woods.


Vancouver Aquarium Easter Scavenger Hunt
Throughout the weekend, take a self-guided tour through the Aquarium looking for the inhabitants and their eggs & Easter treats.

Big Easter Run 2018
Saturday, hop around Jericho Beach Park on the Big Easter Run,  join in a 5k, 10k (adults) or 1k (kids) supporting Canuck Place.



Brunch Buffet
After you’ve burned off all those calories and energy running around the park or hunting Eggs, you’ll need something to eat. Check out some of the great Easter Brunch Buffets around the City at; Notch 8, Boulevard, Oceans 999, Yew seafood + bar and plenty more.

Picks Of The Week – September 11, 2013

No matter what they say, it’s ok to wear white after Labour Day when the weather’s this bright and sunny. Enjoy some late summer sun!

Fest: Take a quick trip across the water to Victoria as the city’s venues are filled with music during Rifflandia Festival running until Sunday Sept 15th.

Stage: This is the last chance to catch the hilarious Avenue Q on stage at The Arts Club Theatre Granville Stage, after two extensions the show must close September 14th.

Dance: This week DJs Jay Douglas and G Luve spin the tunes at Jerk-It Fridays at Oasis Ultra Lounge

HipHop: Don’t let summer end as Hustla: End Uv Summah bash takes on the Biltmore Cabaret on Saturday September 14

Run: Continue a 33 year of tradition of raising Cancer Awareness as the annual Terry Fox Run takes place on Sunday morning at 0830 at Ceperley Park next to Second Smoking Sausage BBQBeach.

Roar: After the run, head to BC Place as the BC Lions take on Montreal Alouettes at 1:30pm

Eat: Hungry? Head over the Mount Pleasant for the 3rd Annual Smoking Sausage BBQ Cook-off Competition at Main Street and 7th Ave. from 2pm – 5pm

Give: Continue the day by buying a ticket and attending Passions a benefit for the Dr Peter AIDS Foundation at The Dr Peter Centre at 5pm

On Sale: This week’s gigs going on sale include: Jonas Brothers (Nov 5 – Orpheum Theatre – On Sale Friday Sept 13), Said The Whale (Dec 28 – 2 shows: all ages at 4pm & 19+ at 8pm – Commodore Ballroom –  On Sale Friday Sept 13)  Keith Urban’s Light The Fuse Tour (Jan 15/2014 – Rogers Arena – On Sale Friday Sept 13)

Hunt for the Underwear Affair 2013

UnderwearaffairOnce again runners will be dropping their pants and sprinting through the city in the annual Underwear Affair. Benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation, Underwear Affair’s goal is to draw attention to cancers below the belt – prostate, colorectal, ovarian, testicular, bladder, cervical, and uterine.
The 10km run and 5km walk are joined by the new event Booty Hunt, an urban scavenger hunt through the streets of the city looking for a cure to the below-the-belt cancers. Grab your whole gang of BFFs, work friends, workout buddies, booty calls (especially them), significant others, landlord, frenemies, anyone and everyone and hit the streets! Underwear Affair events start off from Lot 6C – 88 Pacific Boulevard (Next to Roger’s Arena), Booty Hunt competitors check-in at 1pm before being released on the streets at 2pm. Run and walk check-in starts at 3:30pm, stretching exercises happen at 5:45pm then the run starts at 6:00pm followed by the walk.
So don’t be alarmed if you are passed on the street by someone, or a whole bunch of someones, in their skivvies. Cheer them on!

Registration for Underwear Affair 2013 is still open, if you can’t participate on the day you can still support the cause by pledging to one of the competitors fundraising efforts. For more information and registration on Underwear Affair Vancouver visit their website, like it on facebook.com/VancouverAffair or follow on Twitter @UnderwearAffair

Picks Of The Week – July 3, 2013

Hope everyone had a good Canada Day and our American friends have a Happy 4th tomorrow! Here’s some stuff to get you through the week.

Rock: Join the Kiss Army as the iconic rock band bring their Monster Tour to Rogers Arena on Saturday

Swing: For something on the opposite end of the musical spectrum but no less iconic, The Glenn Miller Orchestra is onstage on Saturday July 6th as well at The Orpheum Theatre.

Roar: BC Lions bring Lions pride into BC Place on Thursday July 4th as they take on eastern rivals Toronto Argonauts at 7pm

Rock: Pop, rock, new wave, there’s not much the iconic B-52s haven’t done in their 35 years in the music business. See for yourself on Friday July 5th at River Rock Show Theatre

Soccer: Expecting a sell out at BC Place, Vancouver Whitecaps FC take on Seattle Sounders in a Cascadia Cup challenge match. Always guaranteed to be a lively match with many Seattle fans making the trip up the I-5

Underwear Affair

Dance: Get out your 90s gear and get ready to hit the floor to dance your night away at Electric Circus at The Cobalt on Saturday night featuring a birthday set from DJ Kasey Riot and performance by Lady Jem

Run-derwear: Get our and support the BC Cancer Foundation’s annual Underwear Affair. On July 6th, hundeds of people will drop their gear and hit the streets to run through the city in their underwear to bring attention to cancers below the belt.

On Sale: Concerts announced with tickets going on sale this week are Shaggy (Aug 30 at Commodore Ballroom) on sale Friday July 5th, Beyonce (Nov 30 at Rogers Arena) and electronic act Zeds Dead (Oct 16 at Commodore Ballroom) both shows on sale Monday July 8th

Be an Athletic Supporter! Cheer on BMO Vancouver Marathon

BMO MarathonThis Sunday is the 27th edition of the BMO Vancouver Marathon.  The city will be filled with runners as they make their way around the city on the marathon, half-marathon, 8km and kids run.  For every runner there is a multitude of people supporting them and cheering everyone along the route.

The BMO Marathon organizers have highlighted various locations around the course that are optimal to gather and cheer on your runners. As the course is a point to point run it takes some coordination to make it to more than one location along the course. Eleven Starbucks Coffee locations around the course have partnered to be neighbourhood cheer spots. Spectators can stop in until May 4th, to get a customizable cheer poster before they head out to root for their runners.  Find the locations and print your own poster by clicking here.

To help keep the spectators and runners entertained along the course, the Community Music Challenge returns for another year.  Thirty music groups as well as radio stations, ROCK 101, 99.3 The Fox, and CKNW AM 980 are on location throughout the city. Runners will be able to vote for their favourite band and the top 5 bands will receive cash prizes.

At the end of the race, competitors and spectators can gather at the Finishers Street Festival after the finish line for entertainment, kiss & cry with the finishers and lots of family fun.

Even if you don’t have anyone participating on Sunday, get out an cheer the runners on as they pass you if you’re somewhere along the marathon route.

A Successful Affair

Top Finisher Charlie Bewley

Last weekend, the streets of Vancouver were stormed by people who stripped down to their underwear, dressed up in skimpy costumes or superhero costumes to bring awareness to below-the-waist cancers. The Underwear Affair took place under hot sunny skies in it’s new location at Concord Pacific Place on the shore of False Creek. The huge fundraiser brought out more than 1000 people to run, volunteer and donate to the 2012 Underwear Affair, altogether, an incredible $633,000 was raised!

Men’s and Women’s Top Finishers

The 2012 run’s top finisher was Twilight star Charlie Bewley setting the pace and crossing the line at 37:40 and first lady was Hennisea Hoy at 41:05.
Proceeds from the Underwear Affair will benefit the BC Cancer Foundation, an independent charitable organization supporting research and care at the BC Cancer Agency. With cancer survival rates better than any other province in Canada, the BC Cancer Agency is a model for cancer care and control around the world and is leading the way in uncovering cures and putting these cancers behind us.

Fun Costumes abound

Together, we’ve all made a difference! For more information about The Affair and to register for next year’s Underwear Affair, visit uncoverthecure.org.

Hundreds turn out to bring awareness to Cancers below the belt