Where to watch Honda Celebration of Light 2018

The 2018 Honda Celebration of Light is upon us and expected to bring more than a million spectators to the shores of English Bay July 28th (South Africa), August 1st (Sweden) and 4th (South Korea). This year the teams must all incorporate the same theme – Love – into their competition entry.

The audience gathers early around English Bay Beach and Kits Beach, to watch the live performances at the Honda Zone, Z-Fest and Second Beach Park Stages or the Red Bull Air Show.

If standing amongst the masses to witness the fireworks spectacular isn’t your cup of tea, and you don’t have a friend with a balcony view of the fireworks barge in English Bay, a boat to take you out on the waters or a flight above the city to look down to the Celebration, here are a few other spots that will give you another unique outlook on the Celebration of Light.

The Honda Celebration of Light ticketed spectator spots offer guests front and centre views of the action from;

View from Keg Lounge

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar Lounge – a VIP 19+ lounge, located on the roof of the Bathhouse Roof at English Bay including live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

Concord Lounge at the Inukshuk – the closest water-side view of the fireworks from the lounge surrounding the Inukshuk with DJ, buffet and cocktails.

The YVR Observation Deck – reserved-seating bleachers with dedicated cash bar and food services

YVR Business Class Cabanas – are almost all sold out for the chance to take your private party hosting up a notch with a private cabana for 24, limited numbers are available for August 4th only.

A couple of other special spots around over in Kits to watch are:

Vancouver Maritime Museum presents Fire & Light Fireworks Night, a fundraiser and entertaining evening on the VMM’s exclusive patio at Vanier Park, filled with food, wine, fireworks, performances by ABRA-Cadabra : an Abba tribute band, plus silent and live auctions.

Bard on the Beach offers Bard-B-Q and Fireworks : a special night, watch a performance of As You Like It or Timon of Athens then stay for a Salmon BBQ by Emelle’s Catering, visit the PIXSTAR photo booth, enjoy music by Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band and, of course, watch the fireworks from the Bard Village.

While reservations this close may be hard to come by restaurants ringing English Bay also offer great vantage points;

Cactus Club Cafe – English Bay
The Boathouse – English Bay & Kits Beach
Hook Seabar – English Bay
The Three Brits Pub – English Bay
Avocado Bay – West End
Bayside Lounge – West End
Beach Bay Cafe & Patio – West End
The Sylvia Hotel – West End

Prince of Whales Whale Watching is also offering 2 hour cruise packages to enjoy the fireworks from the water,  limited tickets still available online.

Wherever you end up watching the Honda Celebration of Lights, may it light up your night! 

Contest: Watch Germany Defend World Cup Title at Vancouver Alpen Club

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 begins June 14th, kicking off a month of the beautiful game, with defending champion Germany gunning for their fifth title. 

Over 31 days, millions of fans will witness 32 teams, 64 matches over 12 venues in 11 cities. Both Iceland and Panama are making their debut while 20 teams are returning to the world cup finals including defending champions, Germany.

To help celebrate the excitement of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, Vancouver Alpen Club is opening early for all the Germany matches in Russia.  Local German fans will gather to watch the live broadcasts on the big screen in the ballroom.  DJ Dean will help keep the crowd entertained in match breaks and sponsor, Erdinger, will be giving away a team jersey each match.

 

General admission tickets are just $5; and a limited number of VIP seats will be available each match for $30 including premium front row seating, food specials and a beer, as well as an Erdinger special edition soccer glass.  

CONTEST:
Vancouver Alpen Club, the best spot to watch German matches, is offering a lucky reader, a pair of VIP viewing tickets to Germany’s opening match versus Mexico on June 17th, at 8am (doors open at 7:30am).

To enter:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would share your World Cup viewing experience (1 entry)

Tweet the Following & Tag a World Cup Buddy (1 entry) :

RT to #Win an @AlpenClub #WorldCup VIP experience via @jminter http://ow.ly/a3v330kjF1r #contest #GERvMEX

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, June 11, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access.

 

Unique views of Honda Celebration of Light

The 27th Honda Celebration of Light is expected to bring one million plus spectators to the shores of English Bay July 29th, August 2nd and 5th.

If standing amongst the masses to witness the fireworks spectacular isn’t your cup of tea there are a number of options for a more exclusive viewpoint of the event.  If you or a friend have a boat or English Bay facing apartment you’re set, if not here are a few other spots that will give you a unique outlook on the Celebration of Light.

The Honda Celebration of Light ticketed spectator spots offer guests front and centre views of the action from;

The YVR Observation Deck – reserved-seating bleachers with dedicated cash bar and food services
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar Lounge – a VIP 19+ lounge, located on the roof of the Bathhouse Roof at English Bay including live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
Concord Lounge at the Inukshuk – the closest water-side view of the fireworks from the lounge surrounding the Inukshuk with DJ, buffet and cocktails.
YVR Business Class Cabanas – take your private party hosting up a notch with a private cabana for 24. July 29 and August 2 are already sold out so book August 5 soon

Other spots around the English Bay to watch include:

Vancouver Maritime Museum presents Fire & Light Fireworks Night, a fundraiser and entertaining evening on the VMM’s exclusive patio at Vanier Park, filled with food, wine, fireworks, dancing with The Raincity 6 Band plus silent and live auctions.

Bard on the Beach offers Bard-B-Q and Fireworks : a special night, watch a performance of Much Ado About Nothing or Two Gentlemen of Verona then stay for a Salmon BBQ by Emelle’s Catering and watch the fireworks from the Bard Village.

While reservations this close may be hard to come by restaurants ringing English Bay also offer great vantage points;

Cactus Club Cafe – English Bay
The Boathouse – English Bay & Kits Beach
Hook Seabar – English Bay
The Three Brits Pub – English Bay
Bayside Lounge – West End
Beach Bay Cafe & Patio – West End
The Sylvia Hotel – West End

Wherever you end up watching the Honda Celebration of Lights, enjoy the nights and lights!

Pemberton Festival 2016 Line-up

Pemberton2015This week Huka Entertainment announced the line-up for the 2016 Pemberton Music Festival as well as the Pemby Comedy festival.

Pearl Jam_approved image_credit Danny ClinchHighlighted by headliners Pearl Jam, The Killers, J. Cole as well as Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Billy Idol, Wiz Khalifa, Halsey, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, J. Cole, Kascade, Cypress Hill, Miguel, The Chainsmokers, Mac Miller, Wintersleep, Tyler, The Creator, Arkells and many, many more coming to the music stages.

Over on the comedy side, Cheech and Chong bring their classic hazy, humour to the Pemby Comedy Festival. The fest will also welcome comedy from, Reno 911’s Nick Swardson, SNL’s Pete Davidson, Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Maria Bamford and more.

“We are incredibly excited to announce the lineup for 2016,” says A.J. Niland, Chairman and CXO of Huka Entertainment. “The lineup carries on our tradition of diversity and depth so there is something for everyone. We have been working hard making improvements and expanding the experience – more space, better camping, more art, and bigger production. We can’t wait to welcome the best artists and the best fans to the most beautiful festival in North America.”

At first glance it looks like quite a retro festival, but delve deeper into the Pemberton Festival line up and there is plenty of diversity. Last year’s festival welcomed 115,000 fans spread over the four-days of the festival at the foot of majestic Mount Curry allowing the festival to give back $100, 000 in grant to arts organizations in the Village of Pemberton.

Check out some highlights from last year. 

Pemberton Music Festival 2015 :: Day 2 and 3 highlights from Huka Entertainment on Vimeo.

With Early Bird Tickets already sold out, a limited supply of Advance Tickets go on sale tomorrow April 8th, at 10am.
Regular General Admission, and VIP packages with or without camping are also available online at pembertonmusicfestival.com

#MetropolisxKlout scores big!

20140511-224759.jpgBC biggest shopping centre and Klout joined forces to host the first ever Metropolis x Klout Spring Social, an exclusive VIP event, which I was privileged to be invited to, for the top-500 retail and fashion social media influencers in the Lower Mainland, as determined by Klout.

In the Metrotown Grand Court, influencers and our guests were treated to an exclusive VIP experience that included samples from participating retailers including DAVIDsTEA, Purdy’s, L’Occitane, Skoah and more. The evening also featured food and a DJ spinning tunes to keep the VIPs entertained while they were also treated to a sneak preview of spring retail trends, Each influencer received a gift card to Metropolis at Metrotown and was entered for a chance to win over $3,000 in prizes, including a $500 shopping spree.

Of the 400 shop shopping centre’s desire to position itself in the forefront of the digital and social space, Metropolis Director of Marketing Judy Black says, “Our partnership with Klout is the first of its kind in Canada and it has not only allowed us to identify our most influential and valuable customers on social media, but also to reach out to them through Klout and reward them with an exclusive experience like the Metropolis x Klout Spring Social.” 

The event also featured a digital photo booth that encouraged guests to tag themselves on Facebook, and guests were encouraged to post about our Spring Social experience using the hashtag: #METROPOLISxKLOUT.

The top 500 retail and fashion influencers in the Lower Mainland were determined by Klout through its scoring system, which calculates social media influence through a variety of metrics from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social networking sites, and assigns each user a score between 1-100.

 

Equal Play kicks off

brandi-chastain-promoSoccer (or football) is one of the most popular and most played games around the world however in many parts of the world girls don’t have equal access to play.  What most people take for granted as normal in their backyard are obstacles for many girls around the globe.  Equal Play is a campaign to encourage equality and open opportunities for girls and women in all aspects of their live.

This Saturday Equal Play presents a soccer clinic with Brandi Chastain, a unique opportunity for young girls (9-16years), at David Lam Park from noon – 1:30pm

Then Saturday evening the Legacy Kick-Off event features inspirational speaker and entertainment hosted by Canadian Soccer Hall Of Fame member Carrie Serwetnyk and featuring appearances by Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, World Cup & Olympic Champion Brandi Chastain and many more. The Legacy Kick-Off takes place Saturday May 10th at the Vogue Theatre, tickets start at just $20 and are on sale now.

Rogers Santa Claus Parade

The man in the big red suit is on his way back to visit all the good little girls and boys in Vancouver. The ninth annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade takes place on December 2nd, 2012.

The pre-parade family activities get under way at 1030 am as the Christmas Square returns to the Vancouver Art Gallery with Face Painting, Gingerbread Tent, Write a Letter Santa stations and performances.

At 1pm the parade gets under way with a route running from Georgia and Broughton Streets, along Georgia to Howe and finally ending at Howe and Davie Streets.

New this year is the introduction of VIP seating at the corner of Georgia and Howe, which has proved popular as they are already sold out.
After the parade head to Robson Square’s ice rink for photos with Santa, free skating and more family fun to wrap up the day from 3pm – 5pm