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Lila Downs at the Chan Centre, Win Tickets

Monday, February 19th, 2018 — 1:23pm PST
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The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC welcomes back Mexican-American vocalist Lila Downs, who will share her eclectic and vibrant blend of boleros, jazz, rock, blues, and more in the Chan Shun Concert Hall.

Lila Downs at the Chan Centre

With proud Indigenous roots and a powerful social conscience, Downs last year released her tenth studio album, Salon Lágrimas y Deseo. This collection of works honouring iconic Latin American women won the 2017 Latin Grammy for ‘Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album’. Chan Centre audiences will be among the first to hear these empowering and uplifting anthems live.

Lila Downs at the Chan Centre

Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (at UBC, 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 8:00pm
Tickets: Available online now from $46, in person at the box office, or by calling (604) 822-2697.

Lila Downs is the daughter of a Mixtec woman who left her village at 19 to sing in Mexico City cantinas. Her father is a Minnesota-born, Scottish-American professor who, upon seeing Downs’ mother perform, instantly fell in love. As a result, Downs grew up in Minnesota and Oaxaca with stylistic influences from both sides of the border. Today, she is considered one of the most innovative exponents of Mesoamerican music.

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The Chan Centre has offered up two tickets for a lucky Miss604 reader to see Lila Downs. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Follow The Chan Centre on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more information about upcoming shows.

5 Ways to Get Inspired by Coquitlam’s 2018 Travel Guide

Saturday, February 17th, 2018 — 8:09pm PST
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Interested in pristine hiking trails, world-class running trails and free outdoor festivals – all within easy access in Coquitlam? The city is gaining a reputation as a mighty fun place to visit, and anyone who rocked out to Bif Naked as the sun went down at Kaleidoscope Arts Festival last August can attest the community’s electric energy.

From free concerts at the amphitheatre stage to the annual lights display at Lafarge Lake, if you haven’t already jumped on the SkyTrain to Coquitlam, you can bet you’ll be doing it this year.

The city has just released their 2018 Travel & Experience Guide, which you can pick up for free in Coquitlam or read online. Start planning your Coquitlam activities this year and if you need any more inspiration, here are 5 Ways to Get Inspired by Coquitlam’s 2018 Travel Guide:

Coquitlam’s 2018 Travel Guide

Top Parks and Trails in Coquitlam

Ask Olympian Leah Pells, considered one of the best female distance runners in Canadian history, for run route suggestions, and you might be surprised by her response. “Mundy Park is not only my favourite running spot in Coquitlam, but in the world. I love the trails. It is my healing place,” she raves.

In fact, Mundy Park is rated by TripAdvisor.ca reviewers as one of the top things to do in the city, second only to Town Centre Park, which in 2017 was named the greatest public space in Canada by the Canadian Institute of Planners. Mundy’s 400-acre coastal rainforest features two lakes and a forested trail system totalling 16 km.

Whether you’re interested in exploring new trails, hiking to new peaks, or mountain biking the trails less travelled, Coquitlam’s 2018 Travel and Experience Guide has all the information you need on how to get started.

Insider Tips for Coquitlam

Quiz five-year-old Amalie about what she thinks is the best playground in Coquitlam, and she breaks into an excited grin. “Queenston Park,” she squeals. “I like the big slide ’cause it’s really fast.”

This kindergartner is one of many kids who weighed in with their “expert” opinions on the city’s best parks. Check out which top five made the list »

Coquitlam’s travel guide also includes tips from locals spilling the beans on the best things to see and do – from hiking, biking, shopping and even craft beer.

Free & Affordable Festivals in Coquitlam

Picture the outdoor festival experience in a park setting: live music on stage, kids dancing on the grass, people sipping craft beer and purchasing treats from food trucks. Mark your calendars for upcoming highlights including Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day (which attracts 80,000 people), Kaleidoscope Arts Festival and the Summer Concert Series.

Other signature events include Festival du Bois, the Teddy Bear Picnic and Grand Parade, BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival. Stay tuned to visitcoquitlam.ca for festival updates.

Drink, Eat, Shop

Check out the guide’s list of patios and places to sample craft beer. You’ll also glean insider recommendations on ethnic restaurants to try, plus shopping destinations where you can hunt for your next treasure.

Family-Friendly Activities

From parks, outdoor pools and spray parks to fun indoor activities and outdoor adventures that won’t cost a cent, get the scoop on a variety of ways to wear out the kids – no matter the weather. Dig out your hiking boots, walking shoes, mountain bikes or fishing gear and get ready to explore.

Read Coquitlam’s 2018 Travel and Experience Guide online. Printed versions are also available to pick up free at Coquitlam City Hall, recreation centres and city libraries.

Enter to Win

I have loved partnering with the City of Coquitlam for the past year because there are so many community events and activities, including the festivals mentioned here (and in the Travel Guide) including the Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival, which is offering up 4 tickets to a lucky Miss604 reader!

This festival takes place March 9-10, 2018 at the stunning Westwood Plateau Golf Club in Coquitlam. Sample beer from more than 40 craft breweries plus food from eight restaurants and caterers. New this year, check out Cask Corner, featuring 6-8 unique cask brews.

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The winner will receive 4 tickets to the Saturday, March 10, 2018 matinee (from 12:00pm to 2:30pm). Applicants must be age 19 or over to win. Please enjoy responsibly. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00am on Monday, February 26, 2018.

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Discover Wells, BC with this SnowSeekers Q&A

Friday, February 16th, 2018 — 10:02am PST
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In search of long line, fresh powder, friendly locals, and epic Instagram-worthy sights and scenes? Then you need to #SkiNorthBC!

Photographer and writer Abby Cooper (@AbbyDells) set out for Northern BC with SnowSeekers’ #SkiNorthBC expedition this winter. She hit 6 different destinations and chronicled her journey. I wanted to find out more about what she experienced, discovered, and what anyone looking for a Northern BC adventure simply cannot miss.

Discover Wells, BC with this Q&A

Photo by Abby Cooper

Read Abby’s Top 5 Reasons to Visit Wells »

Q1. What were your first impressions of Wells?
ABBY: Despite the cooler temps Wells delivered a warm welcome with its brightly colored historical buildings and smiling faces.

Q2. Who was your best local resource for info?
ABBY: Dave Jorgenson of Whitegold Adventures is the best resource for all things related to Wells. His extensive knowledge of the towns history is flawless, even more impressive his ability to cram as many activities into a day as possible. Kite skiing, skating, cross country skiing, fishing, backcountry skiing, whiskey sampling – all of that and more in a day for Dave! When it comes to adventure he’s knows where to go when and what adventures tool to bring to enjoy it most thoroughly.

Photo by Abby Cooper

Q3. What did you find most surprising/unexpected?
ABBY: Adventure starts as soon as you open your front door. You can snowmobile out of your front yard in Wells or cross country ski, or snowshoe to the local pub if you choose. There’s no reason to commute in Wells, the trails start from your accommodations and lead you as far as you’ll let them take you.

Photo by Abby Cooper

Q4. What is a can’t-miss in Stewart?
ABBY: If you have the opportunity, ski touring on the Bowron Lakes with Dave from Whitegold Adventures is truly spectacular! But if an evening is all you have don’t miss a cheeky visit to the Wells Hotel to sample one or many of the 350 types of single malt whiskey.

Q5. What was the most Instagram-worthy moment or place?
ABBY: Sunrise on Jack Of Clubs Lake is gorgeous! Wander out to the middle of the lake to look back at town if it’s froze and watch the whole place light up!

Photo by Abby Cooper

Q6. What would make you go back again and again?
ABBY: Wells serves as the perfect launch pad for winter adventures of all sorts, there’s always more to do, see and sport to try in this neck of BC.

Read Abby’s Top 5 Reasons to Visit Wells »

If you go

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  • Call Tourism Quesnel at (250) 992-8716
  • Troll, Quesnel, the District of Wells and Barkerville are destinations along the famed Barkerville Highway (aka Highway 26) – all within the Cariboo Regional District.
  • SnowSeekers has partnered with National Car rental to secure you a SnowSeekers’ preferred rate. Make a reservation online, or with an agent and in the Contract field enter XVC4SNO for a savings that could cover your ski pass cost every day.
  • Get inspired and learn more to what BC has in store for you this winter, search #ExploreBC on social media.

For more on skiing in Northern BC, set a bookmark to check out the #SkiNorthBC expedition page on a regular basis. More stories and videos will be coming out all season long.

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Win a Getaway to Parksville Uncorked

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 — 1:15pm PST
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Food, wine, a pairing dinner, craft beer, bubbles, brunch, and those gorgeous eastern Vancouver Island sunrise views. The 10th annual Parksville Uncorked Food and Wine Festival is happening March 8-11, 2018 at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and The Beach Club Resort and you won’t want to miss it!

Celebrating the 10th Annual Parksville Uncorked – Wine & Food Festival

This high-spirited, decadent weekend usually sells out so act fast to scoop up your tickets and plan your time at Parksville Uncorked! Signature events include:

Parksville Untapped
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Thursday night’s event at The Beach Club Resort shines a spotlight on regional breweries, cideries and distilleries along with samples of distinctive regional dishes. Get tickets »

Friday, March 9, 2018
The Signature Wine Tasting at Tigh-Na-Mara gives you a crack at over 50 wineries and delectables from the kitchens of Executive Chef Eric Edwards, of Cedar’s Restaurant and Lounge at Tigh-Na-Mara and The Beach Club Resort’s Executive Chef Rick Davidson, of the resort’s Pacific Prime Restaurant. Get tickets »

Winemakers’ Dinners
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Saturday offers the chance to dine with one of two BC winemakers and experience their bottles with extraordinary food prepared to complement it by the fine chefs at one of the two host resorts. This year’s winemakers dinners are Dirty Laundry Vineyard at Tigh-Na-Mara and Orofino Winery at The Beach Club Resort. Get tickets »

Bubbles & Brunch
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Bubbles always signify festivity, and Parksville Uncorked invariably likes to go out on a high note. So wrap up your weekend with Bubbles & Brunch at either The Beach Club or Tigh-Na-Mara. Get tickets »

Book Now

Check out the resort packages available and book your getaway today, either online or by calling 1-800-663-7373.

I have been to Parksville Uncorked twice, and it was the perfect event for each trip. The first was during our 5th wedding anniversary a few years ago, which was an incredibly romantic getaway. The second was with my sister last year for a girls weekend. Again, it was a balanced and relaxing weekend by the sea with really fun wine and food themed events.


Win a Parksville Uncorked Getaway

The festival has generously offered up a getaway package to a lucky Miss604 reader and their guest. This include 2 nights’ accommodation at Tigh-Na-Mara, for Friday, March 9th to Sunday, March 11th plus two passes to Swirl the signature wine tasting event, and Sunday Bubbles & Brunch for two. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, February 23, 2018. Prize/hotel stay can only be used during Parksville Uncorked 2018. Must be 19+. Please enjoy responsibly. Accommodation is based on double occupancy.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 — 11:18am PST
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Happy New Year! This weekend there are dozens of events around Metro Vancouver celebrating Chinese New Year and ushering in the year of the dog. All of these event listings, including Sunday’s 45th Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade, and more are listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green.

Friday, February 16, 2018
Surrey Eagles Community Night
Opening Reception: Threshold
LunarFest: Butterfly Lovers at the Vancouver Playhouse
Tibetan Lunar New Year Celebration
Aberdeen Centre’s Golden Dragon and Lion Dance
Celebrate Chinese New Year at Parq Vancouver
Yaohan Centre’s Chinese New Year Celebration
Lanterns in the Gardens at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Celebration Chinese New Year at International Village
Hearts, Horses, and Hope
Seven Tyrants Theatre Presents: A Steady Rain
Tell Me Your Nightmares! February Show
The History of Romance
Early Bird RV Show at TRADEX
Vancouver International Puppet Festival
KDocs 2018 Festival
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Zee Zee Theatre Presents: My Funny Valentine
Fool for Love at the Shop Theatre
Soar Over China at FlyOver Canada
Legally Blonde: The Musical
Who Killed Gertrude Crump?
West Moon Theatre Presents: Next To Normal
Broken Tailbone at The Cultch
Chutzpah! Festival
The Arts Club Presents: Jitters
The Arts Club Presents: Fun Home
Gateway Theatre Presents: Salt Water Moon
Talking Stick Festival

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