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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, June 21st, 2018 — 8:39am PDT
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Indigenous Peoples’ Day is June 21st but this weekend many local venues are celebrating with special events. The Vancouver Canadians have also started their baseball season, and the legendary Greek Day on Broadway takes place on Sunday. Check out these events and other things to do in Vancouver this weekend listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, June 22, 2018
Vancouver Canadians Game Day
Vancouver Magic Circle: Magic for Kids!
Playland Adults-Only Night
The Cinematheque Presents Good Luck
Dance to the Beat of Greece
The Ring Master Presents: The Red Notebook
Richmond Night Market
Shipyards Night Market North Vancouver
TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival
Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival
Luxury Home & Design Show
Strawberry Tea at Historic Stewart Farm
The Arts Club Presents: Mamma Mia!

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Canada Day with Whitecaps FC: Win a Prize Pack

Sunday, June 24th, 2018 — 1:20pm PDT
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Whitecaps FC will play their first-ever Canada Day match at BC Place on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 4:00pm. It will be a celebration of Canada and soccer when the high-scoring ‘Caps host Colorado Rapids. For the occasion, you can get two tickets and a Canada Day scarf for $90. Here are some other special deals and events happening at the match:

Canada Day with Whitecaps FC


All fans are encouraged to wear red and white as Whitecaps FC keepers will be dressed in red and the outfield players will be in the all-white Rain Kit. Fans are also encouraged to bring their Canadian flags to the match (4′ x 8′ or smaller are permitted without pre-approval). Anyone with a flag must enter through Gate G. Find more information on visual displays here »

‘Caps Kickoff will open at 2:30pm on Terry Fox Plaza, with food and beverage specials at the BC Place Patio. Fans are invited to stop by the Bell Box for Canada Day face painting, and to donate their soccer boots to match day community partners Hope and Health who will be holding a boot drive.

Inside the stadium, a special Canada Day cake will be offered to fans at the Ford Family Zone on a first come, first serve basis.


In celebration of Canada’s successful bid to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, members from Canada’s 1986 FIFA World Cup team will be attending the match and recognized to the crowd at BC Place. Learn more about Whitecaps FC alumni who have represented their country in the World Cup here »


As part of the Canada Day festivities at BC Place, 60 immigrants will officially become Canadian citizens with Carol-Ann Hart as the presiding judge, while club legends Bob Lenarduzzi and Carl Valentine will be special guest speakers. The citizenship ceremony will take place at BC Place earlier in the day, with the new Canadians staying to enjoy the match.


Prior to the match, Whitecaps FC academy and camp coaches will host a free one-hour clinic from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. for players from 6 to 11 years old. Space is limited. To secure a spot, contact the Whitecaps FC sales team at 604.669.9283 x 2218.


Make sure to pick up a Canada-themed match program when entering the stadium, including a poster of Whitecaps FC and Canadian national team midfielder Alphonso Davies.


Fans will be treated to specials on traditional Canadian-themed food and beverages including: $3 off the Double-Smoked Canadian Bacon BLT, $2 off Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs, $3 off Canadian Bacon Grilled Cheese, $3 off Original Canadian Poutine, plus many more during the Earlybird Special: 3:00pm to 3:30pm inside BC Place.

Win a Prize Pack

I have a Canada Day with Whitecaps FC prize pack to give away that includes a Canada Day scarf and 2 tickets to the match. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 8:00am on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Vancouver Biennale Launch 2018-2020

Sunday, June 24th, 2018 — 10:16am PDT
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The Vancouver Biennale is officially launching the 2018-2020 exhibition, “re-IMAGE-n”. Under the artistic direction of Barrie Mowatt and curatorial leadership of Marcello Dantas and Jeffrey Uslip, the Biennale invites international artists to respond to the prevailing issues of our time, including the widespread refugee and migrant crisis, a global shift towards nationalism and isolationism, and an intensifying drain on our shared natural resources.

Projects will “re-IMAGE-n” (reimagine) a progressive social framework that supports free speech, Reconciliation and the rights of First Nations, LGBTQ rights, artistic freedom, gender, racial and sexual equality, ecological awareness, religious freedom, and the ethics of biotechnology.

Vancouver Biennale Launch 2018-2020

Where: Vanier Park
When: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 10:00am to 1:00pm

Ajlan Gharem‘s Paradise Has Many Gates
Ajlan Gharem‘s Paradise Has Many Gates. Photos via PriceTags

You are invited to join the first event of the season around Ajlan Gharem’s Paradise Has Many Gates installation in Vanier Park.

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Leo Awards Winners and Red Carpet Photos 2018

Sunday, June 24th, 2018 — 8:48am PDT
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BC’s stars of film and television took the red carpet on Sunday, June 3rd for the second night of the Leo Awards that weekend, and third night overall, celebrating the industry’s best. From short films and documentaries, to stunt work and supporting actors, everyone looked their very best for the ceremony and dinner held in the Hyatt Regency’s ballroom.

Leo Awards Winners

Here are just a few of those honoured at the awards. You can view the full list here »

Nancy Robertson Brent Butt
Hosts Nancy Robertson & Brent Butt. Photo by Laura Yee-Lim

Lauro Chartrand
Prison Break – Ogygia

Peter Kelamis
Beyond – Knock, Knock

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Win a Theatre Under the Stars Fairytale Prize Package

Friday, June 22nd, 2018 — 9:12am PDT
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Vancouver’s legendary Theatre Under the Stars (“TUTS”) presents its 2018 summer season featuring performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and 42nd Street. Fairytale wishes and show-biz dreams will come true this summer at Stanley Park’s scenic Malkin Bowl, running July 4th to August 18th, 2018.

Theatre Under the Stars

Where: Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park (610 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver)
When: Shows alternate nights July 4 to August 18, 2018
All shows at 8:00pm, except on Fireworks Nights, when shows begin at 7:00pm.

TUTS will once again offer a two-show subscription pack – allowing audiences to secure their seats to both productions for one great price. On sale now through May 5th, subscriptions are $70 for adults, $50 for children & youth, and include Premium tickets to both productions, souvenir programmes, and exchange insurance for both nights.

Theatre Under the Stars Cinderella
Laura Cowan and Mallory James Photo by Lindsay Elliott Photography

Fairytale Prize Package

I get to feel a bit like a Fairy Godmother as TUTS has partnered with Miss604 to offer up an incredibly magical Fairytale Prize Package for a lucky reader and their family that includes:

  • 2 premium costumes from Just Imagine Fun Clothing
    (2 gift certificates for $50 each)
  • 2 hair services at Melonhead Children’s Hair Care
    (2 gift certificates for $40 each) Options include:
    Party Hair: Must have children’s hair washed and dried prior to arrival so they are ready for thermal tools (curling irons, straighteners) and pinning. Glitter included!
    or Wash, Cut, and Dry: Includes a wash, cut, and blow dry styling. Glitter and colour included!
  • Dinner at Stanley’s Bar and Grill at the Stanley Park Pavilion (gift certificate for $100)
  • A magical meeting with Cinderella at Malkin Bowl
  • 4 tickets to see Theatre Under the Stars’ presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a magical musical of dreams come true and happily ever after. The timeless enchantment of the fairy tale classic is given fresh life by the creators of The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and Oklahoma!. Brimming with wit and warmth, the TONY Award®- winning musical promises to transport the hearts of children and adults alike with Fairy Godmothers, glass slippers, and the triumph of true love.

Here’s how you can enter to win!

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TUTS Cinderella
Mallory James and Tré Cotten. Photo by Lindsay Elliott Photography

Follow #TUTS2018 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Give a Canuck Place Best Day Ever

Friday, June 22nd, 2018 — 8:46am PDT
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Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is giving kids and their families the chance to have their Best Day Ever. Since 1995, Canuck Place has been a place of comfort and compassion where children could experience the simple joy of being a child, and families could cherish each moment together.

Hear from families, volunteers, and supporters as they share their best days, large and small:

An Understanding Hug

Since their daughter, Florence, passed away at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice Jason and Michaela Evanow have been receiving bereavement support from the Canuck Place counselling team, including attending bereavement group sessions, where they can connect with other families who can truly understand, because sometimes a Best Day Ever is simply an Understanding Hug.


“Canuck Place gave us the opportunity to feel comfortable in a home-like environment and let Florence be with her mama and daddy under the same roof.”

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A Day Without Pain

The children who receive care at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice have complex medical needs. Many have overlapping conditions, and minor bugs or typical childhood ailments can have unpredictable repercussions to their health. When this happens, simply getting back to a stable, pain-free baseline is a Best Day Ever.

For Kerena and Heston, a Day without Pain is their Best Day Ever. “I would like to thank those who have donated towards pain and symptom management at Canuck Place,” says Kerena. “Your support allows Canuck Place to offer life rings to families like ours who feel like we are drowning with nowhere to turn.”

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Adaptive Adventures

Canuck Place Jayda

“A Best Day Ever is experiencing life through her eyes,” Jayda’s dad Paul says. “Taking in each special moment, and enjoying the time together, allowing Jayda to be worry-free, pain-free, not having to worry about anything.”

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Whether it’s an Adaptive Adventure, a Day without Pain, or an Understanding Hug, you can make a Best Day Ever possible at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Donate today.

Follow Canuck Place Children’s Hospice on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Big Sisters Celebrates 15 Years of the Life-Changing Study Buddy Campaign

Thursday, June 21st, 2018 — 10:25am PDT
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It’s no secret that pressures for girls to be perfect are at an all-time high. Not to mention that 50% of kids in the Lower Mainland are being bullied. Add to that, struggles with achievement at school, and it’s nearly impossible to build confidence on their own.

Whether it’s bullying, low achievement, high pressure for better grades, or isolation, there’s no question that school is a challenge for many kids.

Big Sisters Celebrates 15 Years of the Life-Changing Study Buddy Campaign
Refer a Little Study Buddy Now

With a Big Sister at their side, girls don’t have to face these challenges alone. Having a Big Sister transforms what a Little Sister believes about herself—the core of her identity. By trying new things, engaging in new relationships, and questioning perspectives, each Little Sister learns to find her own voice and beliefs in a world that is continually trying to tell her who she is and how she should act.

And, research proves it. 96 percent of adults who had a mentor as a child say they’re happy and 92 percent feel confident.

For some kids that confidence comes from having fun in the community with an adult who is there just for them. For other kids confidence comes from improving academically, socially, and emotionally at school where they spend upwards of 40 hours per week.

The Big Sisters program is built on the foundation of regular outings based on common interests to build a trusted relationship. It’s not about homework.

So, how does Big Sisters reach those girls who need a boost in confidence in their school work?

15 years ago, visionaries at Big Sisters recognized this gap as an opportunity to fill a significant need for emotional, social, AND academic support.

Enter the Study Buddy program, a weekly one-to-one mentoring relationship that focuses on school work. Little Sisters in this program not only improve their academics but also report a higher level of self-esteem.

By leveraging the Big Sisters mentoring model, the Study Buddy program provides at-risk girls with positive role models who build long-term, empowering relationships. And, yeah, they work on homework too.

Do you know a female, transgender, or non-binary child aged seven to 17 who could use a caring adult to help them with their homework?

Please refer her/them to the program. Big Sisters envisions a world where every child who needs a mentor, has mentor.

Big Sisters Celebrates 15 Years of the Life-Changing Study Buddy Campaign

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