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5 Reasons to Attend Surrey Fusion Festival

Thursday, July 19th, 2018 — 11:39am PDT
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Surrey Fusion Festival, presented by Coast Capital Savings, is introducing 14 new cultural pavilions in 2018, once again making it the largest multicultural celebration in BC!

Up from 39 pavilions in 2017 to 53, this year’s expanded festival—taking place Saturday, July 21 & Sunday, July 22 at Holland Park—welcomes first time participants Albania, Argentina, Brazil, England, Guatemala, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Portugal, Sri Lanka and Venezuela.

Surrey Fusion Festival

Where: Holland Park (13428 Old Yale Rd, Surrey)
When: Saturday, July 21 & Sunday, 22, 2018 11:00am to 10:00pm
Admission: FREE! You can also purchase food tickets $1 each.

Surrey Fusion Festival

It’s one of my favourite cultural events of the year! If you haven’t been before, here are 5 reasons to attend Surrey Fusion Festival this weekend:

1. The theme for this year’s festival and cultural showcases is influential women. Participants will celebrate inspiring or influential women and the contributions they have made to their culture through displays of music, art and crafts. First, second and third place for Best Dressed Pavilion will be awarded to the most impressive exhibitions.

Surrey Fusion Festival 2012

2. The festival’s Indigenous Village returns to offer education on Indigenous culture through music, food, art and live performances. It will feature traditional installations, including a West Coast longhouse and carved cedar canoe archway, Métis trapper tents and teepees. Attendees can also enjoy contemporary music, traditional West Coast Indigenous music and dance, powwow performances, fiddling and jigging, a Métis pavilion, First Nation and Métis artisans, carving demonstrations, Sto:lo bannock and various desserts by the Bannock Queen.

3. Surrey Fusion Festival has been named Best Festival at the Regional Canadian Event Industry Awards in 2017 as well as the Best Festival at the annual Special Event Magazine Gala Awards competition on January 10, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. This celebration of worldwide culture is internationally recognized for being awesome!

4. This year’s event will welcome over 150 performers, including headliners Walk Off The Earth on Saturday, July 21 and Ranjit Bawa on Sunday, July 22. Additional performers include alternative-soul group The Boom Booms, reggae surf-rock band John Welsh & Los Valientes and Brazilian capoeira performers Aché Brasil. Also appearing is world-renowned environmentalist Ricky Kej live in concert featuring the Surrey Orchestra.

5. Did I mention it’s FREE to attend?! It’s also easy to get to from either King George SkyTrain or Surrey Central SkyTrain.

Surrey Fusion Festival 2018

Follow Surrey Fusion Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information. Miss604 is a proud media partner of Surrey Fusion Festival

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, July 19th, 2018 — 9:00am PDT
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This weekend Miss604 is proud to sponsor the Surrey Fusion Festival in Holland Park. This free cultural event features 150 performers across six stages, including headliners Walk Off The Earth and Ranjit Bawa. This year’s event will welcome a record 53 cultural pavilions and feature an Indigenous Village, kid’s zone, sports zone, inflatables and vendors. All of this and many more events are listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, July 20, 2018
Fridays on Front, New West
Family Paint Night – Unicorn Painting
Essential Oils Make and Take
Free Outdoor Movies North Van, ET
TRIUMF Outdoor Movie at Wesbrook
Adults Only Playland Nights
Introduction To Bartending
Music at the Cannery
Kitsilano Showboat
Richmond Night Market
Shipyards Night Market North Vancouver
Vancouver International Chinese Film Festival
Canada Cup International Softball Championship
Babelle Theatre Presents: This is Here
Tomo Suru Players Presents: The Dance Teacher
Vancouver TheatreSports: Avocado Toast, Free-Range Comedy

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Savour Hastings West

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 — 11:32am PDT
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Get to know Downtown Vancouver a little better this summer through its shopping, arts & culture events, food and entertainment! Yesterday you got the chance to win Brunch on Granville and today, for the second stop on this digital, virtual tour, we visit Hastings West.

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Views from the Vancouver Lookout. Photo credit: Kai Jacobson

Savour Hastings West

Hastings West is a distinctive sense of place and arrival. Its stimulating juxtaposition of the old and the new; the established and the unconventional. It’s home to stunning architecture, like the iconic Marine Building, and epic views, from the top of the Vancouver Lookout. It’s also a walkable and bikable corridor with connections and bike lanes.

Hastings West is home to the Downtown Vancouver BIA’s first Perch, Lot 19 which provides the many office workers along the street an opportunity for respite. Lot 19 is sandwiched by the Vancouver Club, Terminal City Club and Mink Chocolate and acts as a thoroughfare between Hastings and the Waterfront. You may even recognize it from many Vancouver-filmed TV shows and movies. It is activated with public seating, buskers, games, and a variety of special events.

Win a Hastings West Prize Pack

Thanks to the Downtown Vancouver BIA, a lucky Miss604 reader can spend the day wandering, exploring, and savouring the sights and good eats along Hastings West.

Hastings West Collage

Today’s prize pack includes:

Here’s how you can enter to win all of this!

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Follow Downtown Vancouver BIA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Keep your eyes on Miss604 and the Downtown Vancouver BIA for even more great contests this week.

I will draw one winner of the Savour West Hastings on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 12:00pm.

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Our Cityride Vancouver 2018

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 — 11:17am PDT
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Join Vancouver’s biggest mass-participation, non-competitive bike ride on August 18th. Our Cityride is for participants of all ages and abilities, and is focused around a fun and festive atmosphere.

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Our Cityride Vancouver

Where: David Lam Park, Yaletown (1300 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver)
When: August 18, 2018 festival 1:00pm to 8:00pm, ride 5:00pm
Register: Ride registration is $20 for those 18 and over, 18 and under are free.

Founded by five-time Olympian Charmaine Crooks and former elite cyclist Mark Ernsting, Our Cityride celebrates the spirit of local communities and aims to cater to people of all ages and abilities.

The Festival

The festival is open to all and it’s free to attend. There will be a Kid Zone, entertainment stage, beer garden, international expo and free bike valet service.

Registered riders will be entered to win some great prizes including a trip for 4 from Vancouver to Amsterdam courtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Charity partners are the Canucks Autism Network and Heart & Stroke.

Our CityRide Vancouver Map 2018

The Ride

The 17km ride through Yaletown, Chinatown, Gastown, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and into the West End is expected to attract thousands of participants.

For the safety of those involved there will be strategic road closures and delays to traffic for a few hours during the event between 4:00pm to 7:30pm. All roads that affect residences and businesses will have a plan in place to help minimize all inconveniences.

Road Closures
Homer St (Pacific to Beach) to 9:00am to Midnight (Resident access maintained)
Drake St (Pacific to Marinaside) 9:00am to Midnight

Pacific Blvd (Homer to Drake) Noon to 9:00pm
Pacific Blvd (Hornby to Homer) 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Pacific Blvd (Drake to Davie) 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Davie Street (Pacific to Marinaside) 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Marinaside Cres (Davie to Nelson) 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Pacific Blvd (Nelson to Carrall) 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Keefer (Carrall to Quebec) 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Columbia (Keefer to Alexander) 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Water St (Alexander to W Cordova) 4:45pm to 6:45pm
W Cordova West Bound (Water to Thurlow) 4:45pm to 6:45pm
Thurlow (W Cordova to W Pender) 4:45pm to 6:45pm
W Pender West Bound (Thurlow to W Georgia) 4:45pm to 6:45pm
W Georgia Single Lane Closure (W Pender to Denman) 4:45pm to 6:45pm

Pipeline Rd West Bound 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Stanley Park Dr Single Lane Closure (Pipeline to Park Ln) 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Beach Ave (Park to Denman) 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Beach Ave East Bound Single Lane Closure (Denman to Broughton) 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Beach Ave (Broughton to Granville) 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Follow Our Cityride on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more information.

Brunch on Granville Street

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 — 2:16pm PDT
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Get to know Downtown Vancouver a little better this summer through its shopping, arts & culture events, food and entertainment! The first stop on this digital, virtual tour, is Granville Street.

Granville Street Neon DTVBIA

Granville Street is downtown Vancouver’s premier entertainment district with an array of bars, clubs, restaurants and retail. Known for its eye-catching signage that nods back to the neon heyday when there were once 19,000 neon signs in Vancouver! Shop local boutiques, book stores, major retail meccas, hop a bus, catch a show, sip on a patio, and enjoy the lively atmosphere this street provides.

New retailers are coming on stream continuously making the street go from strength to strength. Take a stroll down Granville and stay a while, perhaps this giveaway will help!

Brunch on Granville Street

Thanks to the Downtown Vancouver BIA, you can win brunch for two at all of the following brunch destinations on Granville:

Brunch on Granville

The Templeton (1087 Granville)
“Nostalgic, organic and delicious food served up in the heart of Vancouver’s entertainment district”

Twisted Fork Bistro (1147 Granville)
“Slightly french dining made simple, all the flavours, all the tender care but with a little less fuss”

Festal Café (433 Granville)
“100% Paleo, organic, gluten free, low carb, sugar & GMO free; it consists of wholesome foods & anti-inflammatory, healthy quality fats, from the farm to The Festal Table.”

Smak (545 Granville)
“Delicious, healthy, affordable and 100% gluten free.”

Here’s how you can enter to win brunch at ALL 4 spots!

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Follow Downtown Vancouver BIA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Keep your eyes on Miss604 and the Downtown Vancouver BIA for even more great contests this week.

I will draw one winner of the Brunch on Granville Contest on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 12:00pm.

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5 Reasons to Attend The Kaleidoscope Arts Festival in Coquitlam

Monday, July 16th, 2018 — 10:19am PDT
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Kaleidoscope Arts Festival returns to Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park on August 11th to celebrate all things art at this free family-friendly event. This year, the City of Coquitlam is ​excited to have the Juno award-winning band, The Philosopher Kings, take to the TD Community Plaza stage as the headlining act.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival in Coquitlam

Where: Town Centre Park next to Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station
When: Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 2:00pm to 10:00pm
Tickets: FREE! All ages.

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Kaleidoscope Arts Festival is Coquitlam’s free, full-day celebration of the arts with dynamic live performances across two stages, with Juno award-winning band, The Philosopher Kings, headlining the TD Community Plaza stage.

The schedule includes dancers, multicultural acts and interactive community art, and craft beer and food available for purchase. You won’t want to miss this event, here are 5 (of many) reasons why!

Featured performers on two stages include The Philosopher Kings, Mathew V, Dawn Pemberton, Kytami and The Kwerks. Plus, other unique and engaging artists throughout the festival site. What I loved about the concerts last year, on top of the great views of the stage from all over the amphitheatre, was how engaged everyone was. Young and old people were picnicking, dancing, and singing along.

Kaleidoscope Arts Coquitlam

2. The Spectacular Setting
Town Centre Park’s main feature is Lafarge Lake, but there’s also basketball courts, a spray park, gardens, and more. The festival site is situated on the edge of the lake with a panoramic backdrop that includes Burke and Eagle Mountains. In 2017 it was named, “Best Public Space” by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival 2017 - Coquitlam, B.C.

3. Brew Corner and Food Truck Alley
Your favourite food trucks all in one place along with cold craft beer and cider to enjoy throughout the festival site – there’s no beer garden fence! Grab some food truck fare, picnic by a stage, and enjoy your favourite craft beer or cider right there too.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival 2017 - Coquitlam, B.C.

4. Spark Your Creativity
Hands-on activities, crafts, and interactive performances will keep you engaged with the arts aspect of the festival. Join artist TaraLee Houston at The Studio as builds her interactive textile art “Weave Community Circles.” Using a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors from recycled fabric and ribbon you can join in the creation of this giant art installation. Visit the Eco Art, Writers’ Corner, and Improv exhibits too!

5. FREE! And Easy to Get To
Town Centre Park is located right next to the Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station. There’s also plenty of parking available throughout the entire park area.

Don’t miss out! RSVP to the Facebook event to get all the latest info about the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival in Coquitlam on August 11th.

Miss604 is the proud Social Media Sponsor of Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

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