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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, May 24th, 2018 — 9:12am PDT
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The PNE Summer Night Concerts lineup has been announced, the night markets are open, and the festival schedule is getting full. Summer is almost here and the event lists are just getting better and better. This Friday and Saturday, check out the Surrey International Children’s Festival, proudly sponsored by Miss604, and these things to do in Vancouver this weekend:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, May 25, 2018
Sponsored by Miss604: Surrey International Children’s Festival
Variety’s Spring Into Summer
Essential Oils Make & Take
ROVE – A Mount Pleasant Art Walk
Be Wise: Speaker Series and Whisky Festival
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Richmond Night Market
The Dance Centre Presents: Second Nature – Aeriosa
Electric Company Theatre Presents 40 Days & 40 Nights
Awkward Stage Productions Presents: MilkMilkLemonade
rEvolver theatre festival
VTSL Presents Colin Mochrie in Vancouver
Parker Art Salon
ITSAZOO Presents WET
The Arts Club Presents: Mamma Mia!
Pacific Theatre Presents: Tolkien by Ron Reed
First Impressions Theatre Presents: Shirley Valentine

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Electric Harbour Tours in Coal Harbour


Friday, May 25th, 2018 — 1:19pm PDT
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WESTCOAST Sightseeing has launched a new west coast tour experience aboard electrically powered, 12 passenger boats hosting unique and intimate tours of Vancouver’s spectacular Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and Canada Place. Electric Harbour Tours has opened with two boats: Elektra One and Elektra Two, with two more boats slated for delivery by summer.

Electric Tours in Coal Harbour

Electric Harbour Tours in Coal Harbour

Departing from just west of the Westin Bayshore on Coal Harbour, the 45-minute, narrated tours dive deep into Vancouver’s history, sharing facts about architecture, landmarks and Indigenous history.

The electric vessels are ultra-quiet and will sail past Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and the Port of Vancouver providing passengers with stunning views of the North Shore mountains and Vancouver city skyline and amazing front row seats to watch landing and departing seaplanes, cruise ships and resident seals, herons and other wildlife.

Electric Tours in Coal Harbour

The new boats are 100% electric with lead-acid batteries holding a 10-hour charge and will receive a boost charge while docked. The luxuriously appointed boats were manufactured by Duffy Boats in California who have specialized in electric boats for over 40 years. Duffy Boats are used world-wide and are the vessel of choice for the environmentally stringent California Fish and Game Department for the exploration of sensitive marine habitats.

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Top 3 Places to Cycle in Vernon


Friday, May 25th, 2018 — 1:00pm PDT
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Situated between Swan Lake, Kalamalka Lake, and Okanagan Lake, there’s a reason that Vernon is known for its water recreation. However, with new bike lanes, paths, and the legendary Rail Trail making tracks through the northern Okanagan city, it’s also become a great place to go for a ride.

Between shopping and patio dining on Main Street (30th Ave), and hammock hangouts at Kalavida Surf Shop, I researched this article about biking in Vernon for ZenSeekers that has all you need to know, including where to rent a bike. Once you have that info, check out these Top 3 Places to Cycle in Vernon:

Top 3 Places to Cycle in Vernon

Biking in Vernon

Bike the City

Rent from: Sun Country Cycle (102-1340 Kalamalka Lake Rd, Vernon)

The City of Vernon has a network of gravel, paved, multi-use, and separated/dedicated bike lanes. Some of the best routes are in the Downtown Shopping Core, along 29th Street, 30th Street, 30th Ave, 32nd Ave, and 39th Ave. From Polson Park, there is also a great roadside route that will take you right to the north end of Kalamalka Lake, along Kalamalka Lake Road. You’ll meet up with the folks at the Rail Trail Cafe and Kalavida Surf Shop, at the base of the Rail Trail.

Biking in Vernon

Ride the Rail Trail

Rent from: Kalavida Surf Shop (13904 Kalamalka Rd, Coldstream)

The Rail Trail is the northern part of the 50km path called the Okanagan Rail Trail, that reaches all the way down to Oliver along an old CPR railway corridor. Through Lake Country, Kelowna, Summerland, and Oliver, that will be fully linked by the end of the summer.

Biking in Vernon

Pedal Predator Ridge

Rent from: Predator Ridge (301 Village Centre Place, Vernon)

Looking for an awesome resort getaway, perhaps with some gourmet dining, golf, spa facilities, shops, and epic valley views? World-reknowned Predator Ridge just opened up their own network of bike trails that reach down to Ellison Provincial Park at the north end of Okanagan Lake.

Biking in Vernon

Read my ZenSeekers article to get top tips for cycling in Vernon »

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Public Disco in Alley Oop


Friday, May 25th, 2018 — 9:56am PDT
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Vancouver has pop-up markets, pop-up shops, and pop-up rollerskating, and then there’s the laneway party you didn’t know Vancouver had: a pop-up Public Disco in Alley Oop.

Returning for a second year, Public Disco in Alley Oop an is immersive pop-up party for neighbours and strangers to connect through music. This space, reimagined by local architecture firm HCMA with the help of the Downtown Vancouver BIA, also served as the location for Public Disco’s first street party in June of 2017. Now, one year and 7 volumes later, the party returns to Alley Oop.

Public Disco in Alley Oop

Where: Alley Oop (aka the Pink Alley) behind 688 W Hastings off Seymour
When: Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 2:00pm to 9:00pm

Public Disco in Alley Oop

Public Disco utilizes the universal power of music to dissolve barriers to social interaction and get folks of all walks of life connecting on the dance floor. It also serves as a gateway for the public into the cities vibrant dance music scene, showcasing a variety of local DJ’s in the realm of house and disco music. All ages and everyone is welcome!

Sparkle Station & More

For those that need a little help adding some sparkle to their look we have a free biodegradable glitter and face painting station manned by professional makeup artist Jena jac. There will also be ping pong from frida&frank, children’s toys, places to sit and dancing accessories for play.

Enjoy an acclaimed lineup of DJs (all of whom can be seen playing at this year’s Bass Coast Festival), including Nina Mendoza, Wabi Time (Of Humans/Sabota), Ryan Wells and Neighbour (longtime DJ at Shambhala Music Festival).

Public Disco in Alley Oop

Public Disco is a series of open air dance parties in reimagined urban spaces ranging from plazas and parking lots to back alleys around Vancouver. For more information follow the Facebook event page, the Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter for Public Disco.

Richmond Canada Day in Steveston


Thursday, May 24th, 2018 — 7:05pm PDT
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Combine the Steveston Salmon Festival, fireworks, headliners Big Sugar, and you one excellent roster of Canada Day festivities in Richmond!

The annual Richmond Canada Day in Steveston will feature a free, full-day street party throughout Steveston Village alongside the much beloved Steveston Salmon Festival. A headline performance by Juno Award-winners Big Sugar and fireworks over the Fraser River will cap off the celebrations. Richmond Canada Day in Steveston is presented by Vancouver International Airport (“YVR”).

Richmond Canada Day

Highlighting the day is the Steveston Salmon Festival, known as Canada’s biggest little birthday party, the festival is famous for its salmon barbecue where over 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits. An annual tradition since 1945, the Salmon Festival also features a huge Canada Day Parade through historic Steveston Village.

Elsewhere in the village the Canada Day Street Party will feature 50 diverse performances on eight stages, including Main Stage performances by Big Sugar, Terra Lightfoot and Vince Vaccaro.

The Street Party also features an artisan village, marketplace and plenty of food trucks. New this year is the Hockey Zone, featuring a fun 3-on-3 competition in honour of Canada’s favourite national sport, with a special guest appearance by Vancouver Canucks mascot Fin.

Visitors can also explore the Village with additional activities at the Gulf of Georgia National Historic Site, Steveston Interurban Tram and Steveston Museum.

The day kicks off with Salmon Festival’s pancake breakfast at 6:30am, followed by a special Canada Day flag raising ceremony at 8:40am. The Canada Day Parade gets underway at 10:00am.

Big Sugar will hit the Bayview Stage at 9:00pm, followed immediately at 10:15pm. by a fantastic fireworks show along the historic Steveston waterfront, presented by Dueck GM.

All events are free admission. Follow Fun Richmond on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagam for more info.

Bill Reid Gallery Presents BODY LANGUAGE: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest


Thursday, May 24th, 2018 — 6:43pm PDT
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The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, celebrating its 10th anniversary, announces the leading-edge exhibition BODY LANGUAGE: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest, running June 8, 2018 until January 13, 2019.

Until the 1885 potlatch ban, tattooing and piercing were integral to Northwest Indigenous cultures as a way to mark identity and social status. This premiere exhibition, led by guest curator Dion Kaszas (Nlaka’pamux, Hungarian, Métis), traces the history and meaning of traditional tattooing and piercing practices, and explores their contemporary revival.

BODY LANGUAGE: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest by Aaron Leonen
BODY LANGUAGE: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest by
Aaron Leonen

BODY LANGUAGE: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest

Where: Bill Reid Gallery (639 Hornby St, Vancouver)
When: June 8, 2018 – January 13, 2019

BODY LANGUAGE features five Northwest Indigenous cultural tattoo practitioners: Nakkita Trimble (Nisga’a), Nahaan (Tlingit), Corey Bulpitt (Haida), Dean Hunt (Heiltsuk), and guest curator Dion Kaszas (Nlaka’pamux). Each of these contemporary artists is researching and reclaiming the traditional techniques of their Nations, and building awareness of the significance and protocols around the tattooing traditions.

For millennia, Indigenous tattooing and piercing have been central to ceremony and recognize special life events, potlatches, and social rank within Northwest Indigenous communities. After they were banned, these personal crests were transferred to clothing and jewellery.

BODY LANGUAGE explores designs on skin, and their relationship to traditional clothing, rock art, jewellery, basketry, and weaving. This exhibition will also reveal how these traditions, as they re-emerge, transcend mere decoration to provide healing, protection, and a profound sense of belonging.

The contemporary artists represented in BODY LANGUAGE are at the forefront of the revival of Indigenous tattooing in British Columbia. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to learn the significance of and protocol around tattooing traditions, and explore the rich history and artistry of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment on the Northwest coast.

To complement the exhibition, the Bill Reid Gallery is pleased to offer the following public programs:

Stitching Ourselves Back Together Symposium
Friday, June 8, 2018 9:30am to 4:00pm
Join us for a full day symposium exploring the history, revival and contemporary concerns around cultural tattooing. Registration required. Lunch included.

Live Tattooing in the Gallery
Saturday, June 9, 2018 11:00am to 4:00pm
Artists from the exhibition will demonstrate their techniques and chat about their process.

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. The passes will be available for one-time use during the month of June.

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Free Port Moody Shoreline Shuttle


Thursday, May 24th, 2018 — 9:28am PDT
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The City of Port Moody will launch a new, summer-time shuttle bus service on Friday, June 1, 2018. Residents and visitors will be able to catch the free Shoreline Shuttle on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between June 1 and September 3, 2018.

Port Moody at low tide

Free Port Moody Shoreline Shuttle

Form this morning’s press release:

“The Shoreline Shuttle will connect Inlet Centre, Rocky Point Park, and Moody Centre, stopping near popular destinations like the Recreation Complex, Public Library, Eagle Ridge Hospital, Inlet Park, and the Port Moody Arts Centre,” says Mayor Mike Clay. “It’s also going to help people access our business areas, including Clarke Street, St. Johns Street, Suter Brook Village, Newport Village, and Heritage Mountain Shoppers Village. I encourage our residents to leave their cars at home, and hop on the free Shoreline Shuttle this summer.”

The Port Moody Shoreline Shuttle will be in service from 4:00pm to midnight on Fridays, 1:00pm to midnight on Saturdays, and 1:00pm to 10:00pm on Sundays. The service schedule will be adjusted for holidays (Canada Day, BC Day, Labour Day), and select special events (Golden Spike Days Festival, RibFest, Car-Free Day). The bus will travel in a one-way loop, leaving Rocky Point Park approximately every 30 minutes during operating hours.

Riders can hop on or off the shuttle at the following locations:

  • #1 Rocky Point Park (2800-block Murray Street)
  • #2 Kyle Street (St. Johns Street at Kyle Street)
  • #3 Clarke/Douglas (Clarke Street at Douglas Street)
  • #4 Moody Street (St. Johns Street at Moody Street)
  • #5 Williams Street (St. Johns Street at Williams Street)
  • #6 Buller Street (St. Johns Street at Buller Street)
  • #7 Moray Street (St. Johns Street at Moray Street)
  • #8 Suter Brook Way (Ioco Road at Suter Brook Way)
  • #9 Recreation Complex/Civic Centre (Knowle Street)
  • #10 Eagle Ridge Hospital (Ungless Way at Newport Drive)
  • #11 Guildford/Balmoral (Guildford Way at Balmoral Drive)
  • #12 Klahanie (Murray Street at Klahanie Drive East)
  • #13 Inlet Park (Murray Street at Electronic Avenue)

Port Moody Shoreline Shuttle

The Shoreline Shuttle can carry a maximum of 20 passengers, or 16 plus two passengers in wheelchairs. The new shuttle bus service is a pilot program. City staff will evaluate the program at the end of the summer and prepare a report for Council. View the full schedule and route map online here.