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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 — 4:57pm PST
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It’s full steam ahead to holiday season with markets, craft fairs, lighting displays and more family fun on the horizon. Here’s what’s happening around Vancouver this weekend:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

November Craft Fairs Things to Do

Friday, November 16, 2018
Lights of Hope at St Paul’s Hospital
A Fall Gala: A Night of Art and Inspiration
Family Paint Night
35th Annual Britannia Christmas Craft Fair
4th Annual WestCoast Big Band Festival
Surrey Kids Conference 2018
West Coast Christmas Show – Tradex Abbotsford
Metro Vancouver ParksFest
Christmas at Hycroft
Eastside Culture Crawl
Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash
A Christmas Story: The Musical
Dumb Instrument Dance Presents Public and Private
Gateway Theatre: Empire of the Son
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
The Arts Club Presents: Miss Bennet, Christmas at Pemberley
Firehall Arts Presents: The Enemy

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Christmas in Abbotsford and 5 Festive Fraser Valley Events


Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 — 3:14pm PST
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The Fraser Valley is full of Christmas cheer and at its heart is Abbotsford‘s artisans, retailers, farms, and markets. Enjoy festive family-friendly events, unique shopping opportunities, and the very best memory-making opportunities. Here are 5 events to inspire, delight, and enchant your holiday season in the Fraser Valley:

Christmas in Abbotsford and 5 Festive Fraser Valley Events

Highstreet’s Holiday Show

Where: Highstreet Shopping Centre (3122 Mount Lehman Road)
When: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 5:00pm
Details: Free! The Fraser Valley’s biggest and brightest holiday show! Highlights include the lighting of a dazzling 65 foot Christmas tree, one of the tallest in Canada, along with Santa’s arrival to Highstreet on November 17th. Weekly holiday shows will include 30 minutes of entertainment with the MEI Screaming Eagles Marching Band, Project Dance, Rudolf, Frosty, Spandy Andy, and of course Santa! Free live shows every Saturday at 5:00pm until December 15th.
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Highstreet Tree Lighting Abbotsford

Abbotsford Historic Downtown Lighting

Where: Downtown Abbotsford (2633C Montrose Ave)
When: Saturday, December 1, 2018 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Details: Free! Abbotsford sees its second Christmas tree lighting at Winter Jubilee. Highlights include the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, a craft beer and wine garden, children’s activities, photos with Santa, an artisan marketplace, carollers, and more. Valley Collective Farm Market will also host a ticketed Christmas event on November 30th and December 1st as part of the Historic Downtown lighting and festivities.
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Maan Farms Christmas

Where: Maan Farms (790 McKenzie Rd, Abbotsford)
When: November 24-25; December 1-2, 8-9, 2018
Details: Three weekends, three themes! Love & Briadl November 24th & 25th, Food & Wine December 1st & 2nd, and Cheer & Gifts December 8th and 9th. Every weekend the Christmas Market Series will include: More than 50 vendors, breakfast with Elsa and Anna, food trucks, photos with Santa, festive activities, cooking demo from Mama Maan, gift wrapping station, samples from the kitchen, mulled wine, egg nog, visits from Mrs Claus, and more!
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Mt Lehman Sojourn in the Country

Where: Various locations
When: November 8 – December 8, 2018
Details: Escape with Mt. Lehman Sojourn in the Country – a collaborative of like-minded, quality vendors located in the Mt. Lehman area of Abbotsford whose passion is for you to experience the very best of country living Abbotsford has to offer. Do Cookie Decorating with Santa and Mrs. Claus (November 24th) or shop the Christmas Artisan Market Glenda’s Christmas Cottage (December 8th), and visit the Tanglebank Christmas Open House (November 24th & December 8th). Visit Seaside Pearl and Mt Lehman wineries, and book a staycation at Brookside Inn.
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Winter Harrison Christmas Lights

Harrison’s Lights on the Lake

Where: Harrison Lakefront
When: November 24th, 2018 to January 28th, 2019
Details: Free! Lights on the Lake is a Sasquatch-themed festival, sharing Harrison’s favourite ways to spend time outdoors. Feature light displays include the legendary, mythical creature hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, fishing, camping, wind surfing, and wishing visitors a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The inaugural lighting occurs at 5:30pm on Saturday, November 24th with pre-lighting festivities including complimentary hot chocolate and treats, a roving Sasquatch, and a few other surprises. Open 7 days a week from dusk until 11:00pm. Make a staycation out of it! Check out deals and festivities at the Harrison Beach Hotel and Harrison Hot Springs Resort
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Vancouver Gift Guide for a Cause


Friday, November 16th, 2018 — 9:59am PST
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Last year I launched a Vancouver gift guide that featured items and experiences that give back to local causes. Since September of this year, I’ve been receiving emails about things to include so I knew I had to write the post up again for 2018.

These gifts keep on giving, through being an awesome item or experience, from which proceeds also support non-profit organizations in the Greater Vancouver area, and beyond. If you know of any more, please leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list, thanks!

Vancouver Gift Guide for a Cause

Hope in Shadows Calendar 2019
Photo award winners Buffie and Mark Irvine – Hope in Shadows 2019

Organization: Megaphone Magazine
Gift: Hope in Shadows calendar. More than 150 vendors sell Megaphone magazine and the Hope in Shadows calendar each year on the streets of Vancouver, North Vancouver and Victoria. Hope in Shadows is a community project based around a photo contest and calendar for people experiencing poverty in Vancouver and Victoria. The Hope in Shadows calendar is launched each October and sold through Megaphone’s vendor program, which creates seasonal employment for people impacted by poverty.

Organization: One Girl Can
Gift: A portion of every bottle of AG Hair products sold supports One Girl Can, a registered charity that provides educational opportunities to impoverished girls living in marginalized areas of sub-Saharan Africa. AG’s cult-favourite Firewall argan shine & flat iron spray is being introduced with limited edition packaging for the holidays and will give back 50 cents from every bottle sold. Holiday greeting cards are also available, raging from $25-$50 and are perfect as a gift to friends and family in lieu of traditional presents. The cards feature photography from One Girl Can’s most recent trip to Africa with LA-based photographer Adam Amengual, who volunteered his time to document the trip.

Organization: Tradeworks
Gift: Tradeworks ornaments. Tradeworks employs individuals with various barriers to employment after their completion of a carpentry and manufacturing employment program run by our partner organization, Open Door Group.

Me To We Necklace

Organization: Me to We
Gift: Shop extraordinary gifts made with love in Kenya and Ecuador. From stocking stuffers to beautiful, one-of-a-kind accessories, we have something for everyone on your list. Each gift gives education, water, health, food or opportunity to a family, a woman or a community.

Organization: Cause We Care
Gift: Blue Ruby Jewellery and Cause We Care have teamed up once again to offer a beautiful bracelet for purchase with proceeds supporting a local cause. 100% of the proceeds from these bracelets go towards Cause We Care Foundation’s programs and initiatives in support of single mother-led families and children in need in the Vancouver area. Bracelets from the Blue Ruby x Cause We Care collection retail from $20 to $125 and are available for purchase at all Blue Ruby locations, in addition to Hill’s of Kerrisdale, Hills Dry Goods Kitsilano and the newly opened Hill’s Dry Goods South Granville.

Organization: Science World
Gift: Tickets to the Science of Cocktails on February 7, 2019. All proceeds from the event support the Class Field Trip Bursary Program, allowing over 8,000 kids from underserved schools to visit the geodesic dome in the next school year by covering their entry and school bus fee.

Organization: World Wildlife Fund
Gift: Symbolic wildlife adoptions. Give someone the symbolic gift of a dolphin, owl, cheetah, narwhal, arctic wolf or panda! This will help conserve wildlife and our planet for future generations. With more than 30 species to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect one.

Lush Charity Pot

Organization: Various (environmental conservation, animal welfare, human rights)
Gift: Lush’s Charity Pot. This rich and generous cream contains ingredients sourced from some of our Sustainable Lush Fund projects that support regenerative agriculture around the world. With every purchase of Charity Pot, they donate 100% of the price (minus the taxes) to small grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.

Fund a Need

Organization: UNICEF Canada
Gift: UNICEF Canada Survival Gifts are a collection of over 65 charity gifts essential for child survival, protection and development – available both as online and offline catalogues. They are not only gifts that give back but real items that are distributed to children and their families in response to real need. You purchase the survival gift on behalf of a friend or loved one, they receive a personalized card, and a child receives the gift.

Organization: Canadian Cancer Society
Gift: Make a meaningful gift in someone’s name through the Canadian Cancer Society’s gift program. You can order daffodils, give the gift of sleep, help give camp supplies to a child with cancer, donate a wig, fund research or stock a lab. Place your gift order, send a personalized card to your loved one, and let them know what you have been able to fund in their name.

Organization: YWCA Metro Vancouver
Gift: Fund a need for local women and children, on behalf of a loved one this season through the YWCA Metro Vancouver’s Simplify the Season campaign. Give the gift of healthy lunches for a month, clothes for a family in need, groceries and more. Shop needs online, click to purchase, and the YWCA delivers while you let your friend know that you’ve made this gift on their behalf.

Organization: Canadian Red Cross
Gift: Build a Survival Kit from a selection of gifts online that will deliver hope and comfort this season. Now through December 25, 2017, all gifts are matched by Aviva Canada meaning your gift is doubled. You can add blankets and comfort, mother and baby health packs, or grocery packs to your cart and send these gifts on behalf of your friend or loved one, with an option to send them a personalized e-card to let them know.

If you know of any other initiatives, please feel free to leave information in the comments section. Happy shopping!

Potters Christmas Store: Win a Gift Card


Thursday, November 15th, 2018 — 4:43pm PST
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Have you ever walked into a store, had your eyes light up, and involuntarily you let out a little… “Woooow!”? That’s what it’s like to step into Potters Christmas Store in Surrey, the 28,000 square foot greenhouse which has become the largest Christmas store in Western Canada.

Potters Christmas Store

Where: 19158 48 Ave, Surrey
When: Nov 3 to Dec 24, Santa photos Dec 1-2 & 8-9

Potters Christmas Store

For nine weeks a year, Potters transforms this garden centre space into a holiday wonderland. Greenhouse benches are moved out and store fixtures are moved in, along with everything Christmas. Santa’s workshop is readied and the lights in Santa’s House are turned on. They shop the world for all things Christmas so that you can find everything you need in one place.

Their line of themed ornaments covers everything from fishing to skiing to baseball to equestrian and then some. They have an entire showroom dedicated to Christmas lighting and home décor — including a full-size leg lamp, just like in A Christmas Story. They also carry an extensive line of decorated garlands and wreaths, pet-themed ornaments and decorations, nutcrackers, personal care items and more. Not to mention games, gift items, a clothing and jewelry boutique, and over 200 stocking stuffers.

Potters Christmas Store

For the foodies, the Gourmet Food area has been expanded with fun new items, including SpiritDust (add just a pinch to your holiday drinks to add colour and glitter), flavoured popcorn in 10 flavours (including Cookies & Cream and Apple Pie), 30 flavours of hot chocolate, “Cookie Bits” hot chocolate topping, and much more.

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I have a $100 gift card to give away so that you can shop ’til you drop! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 12:00pm.

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Ed The Sock’s War on Stupid Tour


Thursday, November 15th, 2018 — 8:24am PST
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Canadian Icon, and star of Canada’s longest-running late-night show, Ed the Sock, is blazing through Western Canada on his War on Stupid Tour. Ed’s razor-sharp wit and fearless honesty have made him a hero to Canadians – especially us 90’s kids – and Right or Left, he’s going to spill your Kool-Aid. Ed’s War on Stupid multimedia tour tears it all apart, taking no prisoners and showing no bias.

Ed The Sock’s War on Stupid Tour

Ed The Sock War On StupidNovember 27th at The Queens in Nanaimo
November 28th at Upstairs Cabaret in Victoria
November 29th at The Biltmore in Vancouver
November 30th at Knotty Burl in Squamish
December 1st at Main St Nightclub in Chilliwack
December 3rd at Blue Grotto in Kamloops
December 4th at Bloom Nightclub in Nelson
December 5th at Union Hall in Edmonton
December 6th at Dickens in Calgary
December 7th at Garrick Centre in Winnipeg

Tickets are available online now. VIP meet-and-greet/photo ops with Ed are available in limited numbers.

“You would watch me and I would say what you were thinking. I was your voice out loud. Then I went away for a while… and look what you’ve done with the place! Fact is opinion and opinion is fact. Literally also means figuratively. Knowledge isn’t power, power is spreading your lack of knowledge. Gen X’ers hate on Millenials without realizing who it was that raised them!” [See more of Ed the Sock on ET Canada]

In a special treat for fans of classic Muchmusic, Ed also unveils video clips of his interviews with celebrities & notable Muchmusic moments, spilling the beans on the backstage stories and celebrity politics never before revealed.

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I have a pair of tickets to give away to the Vancouver show at the Biltmore! 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 Thursday, November 22, 2018.

For more information about the tour, and VIP meet-and-greet/photo ops, follow Ed the Sock on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Park and Tilford Hi-Light Festival 2018


Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 — 5:23pm PST
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Winter in Vancouver is all about light displays, which make dark days and nights brighter and illuminate the holiday spirit. On the North Shore, you’ll find over 150,000 twinkling bulbs on display at the 30th annual Park and Tilford Hi-Light Festival.

Park and Tilford Hi-Light Festival

Christmas Lights

Where: Park and Tilford Gardens (333 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver)
When: November 30 to December 31, 2018, nightly 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission: Entry by donation with 100% proceeds to the North Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society.

This month-long Christmas celebration has a light display that spans three acres. Join the opening night celebration on Friday, November 30th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. The opening Light Up festivities begins around 6:30pm, where hot chocolate, live entertainment, and a Light Up countdown will be enjoyed by all.

There’s a full line-up of entertainment throughout the season on Family Friday Nights, November 30, December 7, 14, and 21. Santa will also be on site for selfies.

Read about other FREE holiday activities around Metro Vancouver this season »

The Barra MacNeils in North Vancouver: Win Tickets


Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 — 4:32pm PST
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The Barra MacNeils — Canada’s “first family of Celtic music” — herald the arrival of the 2018 holiday season by bringing their East Coast Christmas Tour to North Vancouver’s Centennial Theatre for an evening of world-renowned sibling harmonies and the signature beauty of Gaelic song. This concert marks the first time the group have performed in North Vancouver in their almost 40-year history!

The Barra MacNeils East Coast Christmas Tour

When: Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 7:30pm
Where: Centennial Theatre (2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver)
Tickets: Tickets are $48 ($43 for children ages 4 – 12, and for groups of 10 or more) including box office fees and taxes, and are available online or by calling (604) 984-4484.

The Barra MacNeils in North Vancouver

The MacNeils — Lucy, Boyd, Stewart, Kyle and Sheumas — began performing together as children in 1980, in their native Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. (The name “Barra” comes from an island in Scotland that is the family’s ancestral home.) Since then, the group have released more than a dozen acclaimed albums (including 1993’s gold-selling Closer to Paradise), won countless awards, and toured North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Their repertoire combines original material and beloved traditional songs, spanning Celtic and North American folk, country and pop. The family’s instrumental brilliance, honed throughout the decades, sees them playing the diverse likes of mandolin, tin whistle, fiddle, bouzouki, acoustic and electric guitar, piano, and various percussion instruments.

For their East Coast Christmas tour, the Barra MacNeils present a musical potpourri of traditional family favourites gleaned from Christmas ceilidhs, midnight masses and down-home festive frolic, steeped in Cape Breton tradition with strong Celtic roots. The result is a Christmas concert unlike any other of the season: one moment a rousing chorus; then a hauntingly beautiful Gaelic ballad; the next, a flurry of foot-stomping tunes that turns into step-dancing revelry.

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00am on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Follow the Barra MacNeils on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more info about the tour.

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