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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, February 21st, 2019 — 12:35pm PST
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It’s already the last weekend in February! Between Family Day and Spring Break, you can still find some really fun things to do around Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley – snow or not.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, February 22, 2019
Vancouver Glow Party 2019
Ed Hill Album Taping
BC Home + Garden Show
Coastal Dance Festival
Kidd Pivot’s Dance/Theatre Hybrid Revisor
The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey
Wen Wei Dance Presents Ying Yun
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
JFL Northwest Vancouver’s Just for Laughs Festival
Studio 58 presents CABARET
Talking Stick Festival

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Come From Away Takes the Stage in Vancouver: Interview with Becky Gulsvig


Thursday, February 21st, 2019 — 12:48pm PST
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Come From Away is a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world. “We talk about it being the 9/12 musical, not the 9/11 musical, because it’s really about the generosity and kindness of human spirit that can come out of such a tragic event.” I recently had the opportunity to chat with Becky Gulsvig, who plays Beverley Bass (and others) in the Broadway Across Canada production of Come from Away, which is making Vancouver debut at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for a limited engagement March 5-10, 2019.

Come From Away
First North American Tour Company of COME FROM AWAY. Photos by Matthew Murphy, 2018

Come From Away Takes the Stage in Vancouver

Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

One of those stranded individuals was Beverley Bass who was piloting a 777 from Paris to Dallas when it was diverted to Gander on 9/11 when US airspace closed.

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Win a Surrey Arts and Dining Date Night


Thursday, February 21st, 2019 — 12:16pm PST
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Surrey Civic Theatres presents the enchanting puppet show for adults, Metamorphosis, at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall on March 13th. An imaginative and poignant series of vignettes that range from the trivial to the metaphysical, the multi-faceted work created and performed by Iceland’s famed master puppeteer Bernd Ogrodnik is a poetic — and often hilarious — exploration of the nature of our existence, inviting audience members to change how they perceive the objects of their everyday lives.

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Bernd Ogrodnik in Metamorphosis. Vignette titled Mother and Daughter. Photo by Minna Hatinen.

Surrey Civic Theatres Presents Metamorphosis

Where: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall (13450 104 Ave, Surrey)
When: March 13, 2019 at 7:30pm
Tickets: From $25, available online now or by calling (604) 501-5566. Audience advisory:  One of the vignettes contains some mature content. This performance is intended for audience members ages 16+. 

Originally commissioned in 2006 by the National Theatre of Iceland for adult audiences, the 90-minute presentation of Metamorphosis has toured the world extensively and comes to Canada for the first time in 2019. Featuring original stories ranging in length from just a few minutes to nearly 20 minutes, the mixed program triggers complex emotions, stirring the hearts and souls of audiences and encouraging new perspectives. Mostly presented in mesmerizing silence, three stories—“A Boy and a Horse,” “The Last Dance,” and “Mother Earth” — are set to an eclectic mix of musical accompaniment featuring Gabriel Faure’s “In Paradisum” and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” as well as instrumental melodies composed and performed live by Ogrodnik.

Win a Surrey Arts & Dining Date Night

Enjoy a date night in Surrey complete with dinner (or drinks) and a show! I’m giving away a $50 dining certificate for Dominion Bar+ Kitchen as well as a pair of tickets to see Metamorphosis at Surrey City Hall’s Centre Stage – just across the plaza.

Dominion Kitchen Surrey

Dominion Bar + Kitchen (Dominion) is revolutionizing Surrey’s restaurant culture with a new social hub. Dominion is located in the lobby of Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection, the first world-class hotel built in the area in over two decades. With views that overlook Surrey Civic Plaza, a vibrant public square with immediate transit access and pedestrian walkways, Dominion Bar + Kitchen is expected to be the culinary destination for residents of and visitors to Surrey. Follow @DominionSurrey on social media #DominionSurrey.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow Surrey Civic Theatres on Facebook and Twitter; and Dominion Bar + Kitchen on Facebook and Twitter  for more info and date night inspiration. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Win Tickets to See Camilo The Magician’s New Show: Magik


Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 — 12:46pm PST
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As the song goes, from JUNO award winning band Said the Whale, “Camilo – I need to see where you made that card go!” Camilo the Magician (indeed the inspiration behind the song) is back with a new touring show called Magik.

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Camilo – by Andrew Gerard Photography

Camilo Returns with Magik

  • When: Shows at 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday March 15 & 16, 2019; Friday and Saturday March 29 & 30, 2019
  • Where: Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 W. 41st Ave, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: Starting at $25, available online now

Magik takes audiences into a new, more adventurous territory. More than a year in the making, the new show is a thrilling combination of illusion, mind-reading, close-up magic and of course Camilo’s signature comedy.

“These are not the usual magic show illusions,” says Camilo. “This time, audiences won’t be expecting where and when the Magik is going to happen.”

John and I had a date night at one of Camilo’s shows a few years ago and on top of being dazzled by his slight of hand illusions, the show was filled with humour. You’ll be amazed by the mystery of the production, and you’ll also leave smiling from the sense of wonder. It’s a truly great night of entertainment.

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I have a pair of tickets to give away to see Camilo’s MAGIK on Friday, March 15th at 8:00pm. 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 27, 2019. Find Camilo The Magician on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more info.

YWCA Panel on Pink Shirt Day


Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 — 12:27pm PST
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On Pink Shirt Day YWCA Metro Vancouver youth leaders and a panel of experts will be hosting a free event at Hootsuite: Building Healthy Online Communities in the Age of Cancel Culture. With online interactions become increasingly polarized, the event will examine what it looks like to engage meaningfully online while navigating current social and political landscapes.

YWCA Panel on Pink Shirt Day

YWCA Panel on Pink Shirt Day

Where: Hootsuite (5 E 8th Avenue, Vancouver)
When: February 27, 2019 – 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Admission: Free! Register online here »

With digital conversations becoming increasingly polarized with every subject (i.e. the Gillette ad) and with cancel culturetrolling and outright harassment taking centre stage with regards to online interactions, our YWCA Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) find it important to examine this behaviour, especially since research shows that dehumanization and anonymity behind screens contributes to a lot of the radical behaviour we’ve been seeing.

Panelists include:

  • Fatima Rua Youth Advisory Council Member | YWCA Metro Vancouver
  • Johanna Sam MSc, PhD(c) |The University of British Columbia
  • Eva Taylor Senior Manager, Social Marketing | Hootsuite
  • Laura Track Human Rights Lawyer and Director of Education | Community Legal Assistance Society
  • Miley Leong Youth Engagement Coordinator | YWCA Metro Vancouver

Join the YWCA for this free event as they explore how to collectively foster healthier online communities. 

RunGo Dash for Dogs 2019


Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 — 10:35am PST
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The RunGo Dash for Dogs is a guided 10km, 5km or 2km run or walk through Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC. with 100% proceeds going to BC and Alberta Guide Dogs.

This fun and non-competitive race takes you through the beautiful trails in Stanley Park. After the run there will be a social event with pancakes, prizes, and good tunes! This is a race for people to support dogs, you don’t need a dog to run. 

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs
BC & Alberta Guide Dogs

RunGo Dash for Dogs

Start Location: Brockton Pavilion (1151 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver)
Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Start Times: 10km: 9:45am, 5km 10:00am, 2k 10:15am

Early Packet Pickup is Friday, February 22, 12:00pm to 7:00pm at Denman Running Room (679 Denman St, Vancouver). On run day, registration opens at 9:00am at Brockton Pavilion in Stanley Park. There will be limited run day registration (+$5) so register in advance to secure your spot.

When you fundraise over $100, you get a Puppy Pal Sponsorship that includes:
  • A welcome letter about your sponsored pup
  • A framed photo of your lovable bundle
  • 5 blank puppy greeting cards
  • An ‘official puppy sponsor’ certificate

Guide dogs and good dogs are welcome, dogs must be on leash and under control at all times for the safety of the working guide dogs.

The event is hosted by the RunGo app, a running app with turn-by-turn instructions for popular running routes in cities like Vancouver, London, New York, and Seattle. Download the RunGo app for Android or Apple devices.

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs makes a profound difference to blind/ visually impaired people by partnering them with a certified guide dog at no cost. These guide dogs provide tangible and immediate help; making a significant difference in their partner’s safety, independence, sense of well being and belonging.