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Things to do Family Day Long Weekend in Vancouver


Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 — 9:29am PST
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Family Day in BC has switched to the third Monday in February, syncing up with the rest of the provinces’ holidays. While we have a few snow days under our belts, Family Day will bring friends and loved ones together through some really fun long weekend events around Metro Vancouver:

Family Day Long Weekend

Family day Long Weekend in Vancouver

Friday, February 15, 2019
Valentine’s Cooking Demo and Dinner
Vancouver Bach Choir: Behind the Keys
Hearts, Horses, and Hope Gala
Yoga Date Night
Music in the Morning: Trio Celeste
Canada’s Walk of Fame Hometown Stars
Early Bird RV Show
JFL Northwest Vancouver’s Just for Laughs Festival
Annie The Musical
Gateway Theatre Presents: Yoga Play
Studio 58 presents CABARET
Boda del Lupo: One Thing Leads to Another
Langley Players: Half Life
Lunar New Year on Granville Island

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Visit the New Tourism Coquitlam Website and Win


Friday, February 15th, 2019 — 10:58am PST
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Tourism Coquitlam has launched VisitCoquitlam.ca, a central resource for residents and visitors featuring rich images, engaging local content and tons of ideas for great places to eat, stay, and play in Coquitlam.

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They’re celebrating the launch of this platform with a social media contest.

How to Enter to Win

Visit Coquitlam on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, comment with your favourite place to find fun in Coquitlam, and tag a friend. You’ll be entered to win prizes for local activities, shopping or dining from a different local business each week.

One prize awarded each Friday until March 15th. Must be 16 or over to enter. One random winner chosen each Friday, and winners will be notified on the platform on which they entered.

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Weekly Prizes

To kick off the competition, the first prize this week is from Climb Base5 Coquitlam. Get out and get active at Metro Vancouver’s largest climbing gym with four x 2 hour guided climb times. Prize will be awarded February 22, 2019. Check them out at Climb Base5 Coquitlam

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Need inspiration for fun in Coquitlam? Here are some of my favourite (and most popular) Tourism Coquitlam posts from the last year: Photos from Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam; 7 Ways to Embrace the Rain in Coquitlam; Quintessential Korean: 9 Restaurants in Coquitlam You’ve Got to Try; Hiking and Fishing in Coquitlam; 10 Must-Try Coquitlam Dessert Spots.

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And most importantly for this weekend: Family Day Fun Runs All Month in Coquitlam. Get out and enjoy Coquitlam, and be sure to tell @VisitCoquitlam about it for your chance to win!

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Monster Jam at the Pacific Coliseum: Win Tickets


Thursday, February 14th, 2019 — 3:31pm PST
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Monster Jam, the most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world, returns to tear through British Columbia with a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement, featuring another weekend of larger-than-life events with high-octane racing and freestyle stunts.

Northern Nightmare
Northern Nightmare

Monster Jam at the Pacific Coliseum

  • Where: Pacific Coliseum at the PNE (2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver)
  • When: Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7:00pm
    Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 1:00pm and 7:00pm
    Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 1:00pm
  • Tickets: Starting at $18 each. Pit Passes available to purchase for $15 each Tickets are now available to purchase online or charge by phone at (604) 252-3700.

This year’s exciting truck lineup features Monster Jam super-truck icon Grave Digger (driven by 2018 Triple Threat Series East Champion Tyler Menninga) and World Finals Champion and Canada’s own Northern Nightmare (driven by BC-native Cam McQueen returning to Vancouver to compete for the first time since 2015) plus highlighted by two Vancouver debut truck appearances including EarthShaker and Jekyll & Hyde.

Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered, not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world. Now across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones.

In addition to the world-class racing and freestyle competition action, fans can come to the stadium early to enjoy the Monster Jam Pit Party pre-show experience – which gives fans unparalleled access to view their
favourite trucks up-close and meet the star drivers for autographs & photos.

Win Tickets

I have a 4-pack of tickets to give away to Monster Jam on Friday, March 8th. 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, February 21, 2019. Follow Monster Jam on Facebook and Twitter.

The Roots To Headline 2019 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival


Thursday, February 14th, 2019 — 10:35am PST
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Coastal Jazz & Blues Society is thrilled to announce one of the headliners for the 34th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Roots! They will perform at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday, June 28 at 8:00pm.

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The Roots Headline Vancouver’s Jazz Festival

Legendary GRAMMY award-winning crew The Roots are one of the best-known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business. Prolific and progressive, they were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone and serve as the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Forsaking usual hip-hop protocol, they are endlessly creative, whether with their own material or through numerous collaborations. The Roots Picnic, a yearly star-studded mix of musicians, has become a celebrated institution, and most recently, they are working on animated live-action and animated children’s series in partnership with Amazon. They’ve gone platinum, they’ve gone gold, and they bring the house down every time.

Tickets for The Roots

Pre-sale tickets for Festival donors will be available from February 19 to 21 at 10:00am, and tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, February 22 at 10:00am online. Ticket prices start at $79.

The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival will take place June 21 to July 1, 2019 and will be held in multiple locations across Vancouver. With 1,800 artists, 300 performances, 35 venues, and 150+ free shows – this annual event is not to be missed. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get the latest updates.

2 Show Ticket Giveaway for the Chan Centre: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks & Ladysmith Black Mambazo


Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 — 10:54am PST
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I’m excited to present a very special 2 show ticket giveaway with The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, featuring the following performances:

No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts presents the dazzling multimedia work No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks on February 24, 2019, at 7:00pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall as part of the Beyond Words series.

Manual Cinema by Julia Miller
Manual Cinema by Julia Miller

The late poet was a radical and disruptive presence within the national literary scene, becoming the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1950. In this ambitious creation, innovative art-collective Manual Cinema collaborates with Chicago-based poets Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall to craft an inspiring biographical narrative, featuring a live six-piece band and original score by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts presents the soulful, harmony-driven sounds of Ladysmith Black Mambazo on March 2, 2019, at 8:00pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall.

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Sharing the bill alongside Malian guitarist Habib Koité and lutist Bassekou Kouyate, the nine-member choral group returns to a sold-out Chan Centre for the first time since 2006 on their global tour of Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration, for which they earned the Best World Music Album of 2018 and their fifth Grammy Award.

“Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the world’s most admired musical ensembles. Their repertoire is beautifully uplifting — messages of hope and unity translated through stunning vocal harmonies and energetic performances,” says Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director of the Chan Centre.

Win Tickets to Both Shows!

I have a pair of tickets to see No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks on Sunday, February 24th AND a pair of tickets to the SOLD OUT  Ladysmith Black Mambazo with HabibKoité and Bassekou Kouyate show on March 2nd. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts is located at 6265 Crescent Road, UBC. Follow along on Twitter and Facebook for the latest performance information. I will draw one lucky double winner from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

5 Spring Break Day Camps Around Vancouver 2019


Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 — 10:16am PST
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Spring Break is just around the corner and local businesses and attractions are gearing up by loading their calendars with events and activities for kids. Whether your child is into cooking, nature, science, or the performing arts, there’s a day camp in Vancouver that can accommodate, educate, and entertain them all week long in 2019:

5 Spring Break Day Camps in Vancouver

Spring Break Cooking Classes for Kids and Teens at Well Seasoned
March 18-28, 2019
Hosted by Chef Helena and designed to entertain, teach and inspire young minds aged 7-16. Each class is $58 and can be booked individually. You can also book a set of 3 for $160. Class availability is updated daily on the class calendar.

Vancouver Aquarium: Spring Break AquaCamp
March 18-22 and March 25-29, 2019
Aquacamps are filled with hands-on activities, animal observations, crafts and time to run around outside to fully engage your children in an environment that encourages active learning. Children will learn about local and exotic animals, life cycles, food webs, adaptations, ecosystems and sustainability.

Stanley Park Ecology Society
Animal Detectives March 18-22, 2019
EcoLeaders’ Adventure March 25-29, 2019
Aftercare available from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Stanley Park Ecology Society offers Eco Camp for children ages 7 to 11. Embark on an exciting educational adventure among the giant trees, sandy beaches and hidden wetlands of Stanley Park. This spring break, spot wild animals like otters and beavers, have a blast exploring the beach, and learn while spending valuable time outdoors.

Arts Umbrella Day Camps
Granville Island March 18-22, 2019
Granville Island March 25-29, 2019
South Surrey March 25-29, 2019
Spring Break at Arts Umbrella is where young artists let their imaginations free – be it capturing photos or popping cool hip-hop moves. Week-long camps and programs let students get creative through Theatre, Dance, and Visual Arts classes. Young artists challenge their curiosity and stretch artistic boundaries.

Vancouver Police Museum: CSI Spring Break Camp
March 20- 22, 2019 & March 27-29, 2019
An exhilarating, three-day crime-solving spree, featuring exciting opportunities for kids and pre-teens to work on criminal investigations and forensic science activities.

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