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Send a CandyGram in Support of A Loving Spoonful

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It’s that time of year! You can surprise someone special and support a great cause when you send a CandyGram in support of A Loving Spoonful.

Candy Grams 2020

Send a CandyGram in Support of a Loving Spoonful

CandyGrams are $10 and they include:

  • A specially designed Valentine’s Day gift pouch (that is re-usable!)
  • Two delicious 3D Heart gummies by Spoonful’s Candy Creations
  • Dare Bear Paws mini-fruits fruit snacks
  • McDonalds Coupon for a Big Mac or another Entrée
  • Postage for anywhere in Canada (CandyGrams are sent using Canada Post)
  • Even more goodies to be announced soon!

Each CandyGram purchased means 2 meals can be provided for individuals and families in need, and all additional donations made with CandyGram purchases will be used to purchase meals, produce, milk, yogurt, juice and bread for people in need.

On Sale: Monday January 13th, 2020
East Coast* Deadline: February 5th, 2020
West Coast** Deadline:  February 6th, 2020
Metro Vancouver Deadline: February 9th, 2020

*For Mailing Purposes East Coast is:  SK, MB, ON, QC, NS, NB, NL, PEI, YT, NU, NT
**For Mailing Purposes West Coast is: AB and BC outside of Metro Vancouver

A Loving Spoonful, a charity that supports individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS and in many cases co-existing illnesses. They deliver ready-made and nutritious meals to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS who are unable to provide food for themselves because of medical or health conditions. With your help, they hope to provide 8,000 meals to people living with illness!

Follow A Loving Spoonful on Facebook and Twitter (tag: #candygram) for more information.

Broadway Across Canada Vancouver Shows for 2020-2021

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Broadway Across Canada has unveiled their upcoming 2020-2021 Season. Five theatrical productions will take centre stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre beginning next fall including the Vancouver premiere engagement of the Broadway Musical, HAMILTON

Broadway Across Canada Vancouver Shows for 2020-2021

Hamilton National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus
Hamilton National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus

2020 will close out with DEAR EVAN HANSEN (February 25 to March 1, 2020), FINDING NEVERLAND (April 7 to 12, 2020), and WICKED (season option, July 9-26, 2020).

Kicking off the 2020-2021 Broadway Across Canada Season will be CHICAGO (September 15 to 20), Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. Next is JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (October 28 – November 1, 2020), in a new mesmerizing production to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.

This is followed by ANASTASIA (January 19 to 24, 2021), a dazzling show that will transport you from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Next up is season option COME FROM AWAY (March 9 – 21, 2021), a Best Musical winner all across North America. Closing the season is HAMILTON (June 22 – July 25, 2021), the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.

Four show Season packages start at $215 and are available for renewing subscribers today at 10:00am online, by phone at 1-866-542-7469. New subscriptions are available beginning January 23, 2020 at 10:00am.  Come From Away is available as a Season option at an additional cost.  

For the latest news, announcements and “backstage” access on all upcoming shows follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook #BACTouring #BACSub #BACSuperfan.

Vive les Voyageurs Festival at Fort Langley

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This weekend is Parks Canada’s 11th annual Vive les Voyageurs Festival at Fort Langley. Discover French-Canadian culture — past and present — through interactive presentations and treats like maple taffy and poutine. Reflect on the role of French-Canadian trappers, interpreters and voyageurs played in shaping the history of Fort Langley and Canada.

Fort Langley Maple - Vive les voyageurs Winter Festival
Fort Langley Maple Taffy

Vive les Voyageurs Festival at Fort Langley

Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley)
When: Saturday, January 25 & Sunday, January 26, 2020 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission: Regular admission fees apply ($7.90 per adult and $6.60 per senior), while admission is free for youth (17 and under) and annual pass holders.

It’s a great time to purchase the 2020 annual passes at the early bird price, just $16.05 per adult and $13.49 per senior.

All ages will have fun learning more about ‘la culture canadienne-française’ at Vive les Voyageurs. There’s room to explore, fun hands-on activities and a dedicated children’s play area and the festival is even better. New this year, kids won’t want to miss the “Tiny Boat Races” activity at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Families will also enjoy interactive presentations like the Métis jig workshop and French-Canadian music performances.

lelәm’ at the fort café will offer poutine, tourtière, hot drinks and heritage-inspired treats, while outside visitors can watch hot maple syrup poured on snow transform into tasty taffy.

Fort Langley National Historic Site reflects the rich and varied heritage of our nation and provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history. Many of the Hudson’s Bay Company workers—including those who came to work at Fort Langley—were French-Canadian. Many developed legendary reputations for their work transporting furs by canoe across the wild reaches of the country. They helped negotiate trade with Indigenous communities, and navigated great rivers carrying bundles of fur over portages.

Follow Fort Langley National Historic Site on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Saints and Sinners Tour with Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist and The Tea Party

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It’s just like a flyer plastered around A&B Sound in Whalley in my formative years! The Saints and Sinners Tour with Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist and The Tea Party will hit Canada this summer. Starting June 26th in Penticton it will head around BC then east before culminating in St. John’s NL on July 30th.

Saints and Sinners Tour

Saints and Sinners Tour with Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist and The Tea Party

Tour Dates in BC:

  • June 26, 2020 – Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre
  • June 27, 2020 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
  • June 29, 2020 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre

With over a dozen Gold and Platinum certified albums, hundreds of thousands of concert tickets sold and some of the most incredible hits among the line-up, the tour will be a once in a lifetime rock music spectacle. Every night will be a new experience for fans with a rotating, surprise line-up for each show and each band could not be more excited about hitting the road on this amazing tour. 

The Saints and Sinners 2020 Tour has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket (where available) will go to the Unison Benevolent Fund and their work providing counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

VIP Packages and Artist’s Presale start Tuesday January 21st at 10:00am. Tickets on sale Friday, January 24 at 10:00am.

For $99 you can upgrade your tickets to the VIP package that includes:

  • Once in a lifetime photo opportunity with you and all four bands!*
  • Exclusive VIP Commemorative Saints and Sinners 2020 Tour Laminate **
  • Exclusive Saints and Sinners 2020 Tour Lanyard 
  • Limited Edition Pin-Pack (includes 4 Pins, 1 from each band)
  • Exclusive Saints and Sinners 2020 Tour Drink Koozie
  • Front of the line access to the venue for VIP pass holder ^
  • Early access to merch booth for VIP pass holder^

 * Photo will be with you or your group, and all bands on the tour
** VIP Laminate is your access ticket to the VIP event
^ Unavailable in Ottawa & St John’s

For more information about the BC dates, follow Live Nation West on Twitter.

Vancouver Soup Festival

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When the weather outside gets frightful, Vancouverites celebrate with food festivals! We’ve got hot chocolate, food trucks, and for the second year, the Vancouver Soup Festival presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Vancouver Soup Festival

Vancouver Soup Festival

Until February 2, 2020 participating restaurants will feature different soups each week and you are invited to visit, order, savour, and then VOTE for your People’s Choice favourites from each week’s offerings.

Vancouver Foodster will have 3 sets of winners each week. You can pick your favourites based on originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. Vegan, gluten free, noodles or none, spicy or creamy – have fun trying them all!


The Chopped Leaf (488 Robson St)
Week 1: Mexicali (a hearty soup made with tomatoes, black beans, onions, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic & spices)
Week 2: Tuscan Kale (a vegetable medley made with tomatoes, onion, celery, carrots, kale, lemon juice & spices)
Week 3: Spicy Creamy Tomato (a smooth and savoury base kicks a classic tomato flavour up a notch.

Noodle Arts (1739 Robson St)
Week 1: Beef Noodle Soup (traditional hand pulled beef noodle soup)
Week 2: Lamb Soup (lamb, tofu, cabbage)
Week 3: Chicken Noodle Soup

Mi Casa Mexicana (2015 Burrard St)
Week 1: Birria de Res (from the Jalisco region of Mexico this soup features beef stew, cilantro, onion, lime, corn tortillas and salsa roja)
Week 2: Mole de Olla (from the Mexico City region this soup features beef, zucchini, green beans, corn, cilantro, onion, lime, corn tortillas and salsa roja)
Week 3: Pozole Rojo (from the Mexico City region this soup features corn hominy, chicken/pork broth, onion, lettuce, radish, oregano, lime. Served with tostadas, sour cream, and spicy salsa pozolera)

Follow @VanFoodster on Twitter for the latest flavours and voting info.

PuSh Festival Date Night Giveaway: The Fever + Cibo Trattoria

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The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (“PuSh”) presents 600 HIGHWAYMEN‘s The Fever, January 29 to February 2, 2020 at the Annex.

The Fever

Where: The Annex (823 Seymour St, Vancouver)
When: January 29 to February 2, 2020 various times (3 shows January 31st)
Tickets: Available online now starting at $39

PuSh Festival The Fever
The Fever – Photo by Waleed Shah

How much can we trust other people? How do we form our conceptions of them? What does it take for us to work together? The Fever takes issues like these and makes them the stuff of riveting theatre. It all begins with the character of Marianne, who has just held a party; from there, the performance builds into a study of community, caring and mutual reliance. Along the way, limits will be tested and bonds will form.

In these times of cultural fragmentation and heavy discord, art about the ways we work with—and against—each other has a special relevance, a special value. Don’t expect anything didactic from this piece, however; it doesn’t so much promote unity as enact it on the spot. That’s about as much as can be said without spoiling the many surprises in store…

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival runs January 21 to February 9, 2020. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more info.

Date Night Giveaway

I have a pair of tickets to give away to The Fever along with a $75 gift certificate for dinner at Cibo Trattoria!

Cibo Trattoria serves up authentic Italian cuisine prepared in a traditional manner with ethically sourced, seasonal and local ingredients and showcases rustic elegance on each plate.

For more info, follow Cibo Trattoria on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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The winner will be able to choose their performance date/time. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, January 23, 2020.