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Vancouver’s Two Tulip Festivals Brighten Up the Fraser Valley


Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 — 5:41pm PDT
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Yes, I’m claiming Chilliwack and Abbotsford’s tulip festivals in the name of Vancouver since they are such a bright and beautiful staple of springtime in our region. We all flock to the Fraser Valley for $1 U-Picks and selfies among the millions of petals, as snow-capped mountains photobomb us in our flower crowns. Each festival, starting up in April, has a few new features this year and they’re both worth the trek (70km & 80km respectively from the City of Vancouver proper) to enjoy these gorgeous natural attractions.

Chilliwack Tulip Festival

Tulips of the Valley Festival, Chilliwack

Tentative Opening Date: April 2019 (TBA this week)
Where: 41310 Yale Rd, Chilliwack
Tickets: Buy online starting end of March. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Hosting their third year at a new location in Chilliwack, and leasing the tulip fields from a farmer in Chilliwack, Onos Greenhouses Ltd will open over 20 acres of tulip fields to the public, making it the largest tulip festival in Western Canada. While on the fields you will also be able to enjoy fresh Dutch Stroopwafels and different food offerings from some local food trucks. Stop by the store to buy your fresh cut greenhouse tulips, potted tulips and photo cards.

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Bloom – The Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Tentative Opening Date: April 2019 (TBA this week)
Where: 36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford
Tickets: Buy online starting end of March.
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Featuring U-Pick Tulip Fields, tulip crown photo ops, tulip bouquet sales, food trucks, photo booths, covered picnic areas, children’s games, school field trips, and discounted locals nights for Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley and Mission residents. VIP and locals only events return this year too.

Whichever you get to – I recommend BOTH – enjoy the very best of the Fraser Valley while you’re there and check out some local craft breweries, restaurants, wineries, and more.

Vans Hi-Standard Grand Finale at Mt Seymour


Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 — 9:23am PDT
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The 2019 Vans Hi-Standard Series is excited to announce the final stop of the 2019 tour season, and it’s right here in North Van! From March 29 to March 30 the celebrated snowboarding event series will culminate at Mt. Seymour to determine the official 2019 Hi-Standard Series winners. The finale will close out the series with a live musical performance by a surprise guest, Vans prizes, giveaways and free waffles for all!

Vans Hi-Standard Grand Finale at Mt. Seymour Schedule

March 29, 2019
8:00am to 2:00pm:
Hi-Standard Series Final Round – for everybody just need to register, it’s free!
10:00am to 3:00pm:
Shoe Customization Workshop, Free Waffles and Boot Preview
12:30pm to 2:00pm:
Hit Run – Pros and MVPs join together to combine skills and style to earn cash on a custom hit run
March 30, 2019
FINAL for PROS and ALL MVP’S
10:00am to 4:00pm:
DJ spinning on the mountain
10:00am to 4:00pm:
Free Waffles and Boot Preview
10:00am to 12:00pm:
MVP and Pro Expression Session + Cash for Tricks
1:00pm to 4:00pm:
Creative Session with rewards for creative lines and tricks + Van Doren Best Trick – Winner Take All!

Following an international eight-stop tour around the world seizing the best mother nature has to offer and honouring the slogan of “Style is Everything”, the Hi-Standard Series grand finale at Mt. Seymour will bring together all the regional men and women MVPs from Canada, South Korea, Russia and the United States to ride alongside the Vans global snow team and local BC talent for their last chance to claim the ultimate 2019 Series MVP title.

The final event will also award the “2019 Hi-Standard Best Creative Obstacle” to the winning park crew for the most creative design execution of a flat box, a mail box and a Sidestripe rail, utilized for the event’s Vans Doren Best Trick. The park crew winners will be outfitted in 2019/20 Vans snowboard boots, and Vans MTE footwear and apparel.

In addition to the snowboard jam, Vans will present a shoe customization workshop hosted by a different featured artist in each city. Spectators and family members can enter their personalized designs to win a pair of their very own customized Vans. Fans and competitors can also expect to see familiar faces from the global Vans Snow team throughout the tour.

Follow Mt. Seymour on Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtag #VansHiStandard for more information.

A Miss604.com guest post by Alexis Miles

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Alexis Miles is a college student with a passion for writing, hiking, and live music.

Imperial Series at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival


Monday, March 25th, 2019 — 3:19pm PDT
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Coastal Jazz & Blues Society announced today the Imperial Series, performances taking place at The Imperial (319 Main Street) during the 2019 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, which runs this summer from Friday, June 21 to Monday, July 1, 2019.

The Suffers
The Suffers will play The Imperial on June 24

Pre-sale tickets for TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival’s Imperial Series will be available for Festival donors March 26-28, 2019 at 10:00am and tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, March 29, 2019 at 10:00am.

Imperial Series Lineup:

  • The Comet Is Coming June 21 @ 9:00pm $28
  • Jonathan Wilson (with guest Ben Rogers) June 22 @ 9:00pm $35
  • The Suffers June 24 @ 9:00pm $28
  • Makaya McCraven (with guests Eli Davidovici’s Shapes) June 26 @ 9:00pm $28
  • Thus Owls, Jo Passed, and Unnatural Ways ft Ava Mendoza June 27 @ 9:00pm $25
  • Anteloper, Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions, and Gordon Grdina’s Haram June 29 @ 9:00pm $25
  • Jacob Collier June 30 @ 9:00pm $42

Earlier this month it was announced that The Roots would headline the festival. Follow the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter #VanJazzFest to get the latest updates.

Cristina Pato Quartet at the Chan Centre


Monday, March 25th, 2019 — 8:46am PDT
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The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC presents the boundless sounds of the Cristina Pato Quartet on April 11th in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. Cristina Pato is a musical force, skilfully playing at the edges of jazz, classical, Latin, and world music with a tightly knit, synergistic band featuring Julien Labro on accordion, Edward Perez on double bass, and Mauricio Zottarelli on percussion.

Cristina Pato Quartet Photo by Xan Padron
Cristina Pato Quartet Photo by Xan Padron

Cristina Pato Quartet

When: Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 8:00pm
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (UBC, 6265 Crescent Road)
Tickets: From $38 online, in person at the box office, or by calling (604) 822-2697

Cristina Pato is a master of the gaita (Galician bagpipes), and her sophisticated sound skirts the boundaries of jazz, classical, folk, and world music. Pato’s high-energy quartet—which showcases the gaita alongside accordion (Julien Labro), double bass (Edward Perez), and percussion (Mauricio Zottarelli)—recently released Latina, an album which expertly hones in on the rich complexities of Latin music. 

Pato has produced and released six solo gaita recordings and two albums as a pianist, in addition to collaborating on more than 40 recordings as a guest artist. Her work with Yo-Yo Ma on Songs of Joy and Peace (2008) helped earn a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album. She tours regularly throughout the US and Europe, and has shared the stage with artists such as jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill, Cuban saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, and the musicians of the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.

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I have a pair of tickets to give away to see the Cristina Pato Quartet live in concert on April 11th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow The Chan Centre on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more information about upcoming shows. I will draw one contest winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, March 29, 2019.

DISH Fundraiser for BC Hospitality Foundation


Monday, March 25th, 2019 — 8:44am PDT
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The BC Hospitality Foundation is pleased to announce the date of its 9th annual food, wine and cocktail tasting fundraiser. DISH will take place May 8th at Vancouver Convention Centre East. The event features plenty of wine samples, bites from top local restaurants, a cocktail competition, a silent auction, and more.

Hospitality Charity DISH Fundraiser is Winning Combination of Food, Wine, Cocktails, and Fun

Tickets: Available online now. $75 +fee until April 8th, $85 +fee after
When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – Parkview Terrace
999 Canada Place, Vancouver

DISH, is an acronym for Drink, Indulge, Savour, Help, and these words sum up the spirit of the evening. Guests at DISH have a chance to meet and mingle with Vancouver’s culinary luminaries, as well as to find new favourites among a stellar lineup of US wineries. They’ll enjoy bites from 14 Vancouver-area restaurants and over 25 wineries from California, Washington, Oregon, and New Mexico.

DISH will have live music, and the opportunity to bid on an outstanding array of silent auction items and purchase tickets for a raffle with a prize worth over $1,000.

The event will also include a cocktail competition at which 6 local bartenders will vie to be crowned champion of the evening.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the work of the BCHF, which provides assistance for hospitality workers in financial crisis due to extraordinary medical circumstances, as well as operating a scholarship program to foster the next generation of hospitality industry leaders.

Names of participating wineries and restaurants can be found here »

For more information follow BC Hospital Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

A Miss604.com guest post by Alexis Miles

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Alexis Miles is a college student with a passion for writing, hiking, and live music.

Burnaby Arts Council Gala & Fashion Show Fundraiser


Thursday, March 21st, 2019 — 2:27pm PDT
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Sponsored by the Burnaby Arts Council

The Burnaby Arts Council proudly presents its Gala & Fashion Show Fundraiser on April 13th, which will include a Live Art Auction with a limited edition framed print by Susan Point, original artwork by Bill Higginson and local favourite ceramic artist Keith Rice-Jones and much more!

Burnaby Arts Council Gala & Fashion Show Fundraiser
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Burnaby Arts Council Gala & Fashion Show Fundraiser

  • Where: Deer Lake Art Gallery (6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby)
  • When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
    7:30pm doors, event 8:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Tickets: Tickets are available online now for just $35 and they include admission to the fashion show, art auction, live painting, silent auction, nibbles and a cash bar.

Live auctioneer and emcee David C Jones will keep the evening flowing. Enjoy live music from Cumbia Galera, door prizes, and of course all the amazing art you can bid on and take home!

Live Painting & Art Auction

The event will also have live painting with February Park’s Edge winner – Jace Kim, whose piece, created on site, will be included in the live art auction. Jace Kim is a Canadian painter currently based in Vancouver, BC. He was born and raised in Korea where he was highly influenced by comic book art until the age of 15.

He graduated Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a bachelor’s degree in Media art (animation) with the passion of animator. He worked in various game and motion graphic companies as a digital artist but he made a drastic transition to become a traditional painter.

Art auction piece donated by Susan Point
Art auction piece by Susan Point

Fashion Show

The event will also have a lovely 2019 spring/summer fashion design showcase featuring Yifat Jovani. Schooled in Miriam College in Tel Aviv, Yifat draws her inspiration from her years of travels, her love of nature, geometric shapes and from the beauty and strength of the women around her. As a mother of two, a designer, and a career woman, she recognizes the demands of the modern woman’s lifestyle.

She believes women don’t have to suffer to look fabulous, and designs clothes that are easy to wear, easy to pair and easy to care for. It is this marriage between comfort and style that makes Yifat Jovani designs’ unique, and adds to their growing popularity and increased media attention. All creations are locally produced and manufactured in Vancouver.

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I have 2 pairs of tickets to give away to the Gala & Fashion Show Fundraiser!

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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For almost 50 years the Burnaby Arts Council has fostered & promoted the Arts in our community. In 2020, they celebrate a year long explosion of dynamic programming filled with even more exciting events!

Follow the Burnaby Arts Council on Facebook and Twitter and using the tag #BurnabyArtsConnected on social media.

I will draw two contest winners at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, March 29, 2019.

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