Grand Villa Casino Night Away with Dueling Pianos

Thursday, October 20th, 2011 — 10:53am PDT
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Photo: Tourism Burnaby

If you’ve driven Eastbound on Highway 1 from Vancouver you would have surely passed the Grand Villa Casino & the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre.

It’s quickly become a hot spot for Burnaby nightlife, casino play, and dining at EBO Restaurant & Lounge, Centro, Apetito, and Grand Dynasty. Every Thursday night in the Scala Lounge they also present Dueling Pianos.

The high-energy dueling pianos show is described as “sing-a-long and comedic entertainment all night”. The pianists, Mick Dalla-Vee and Tom Arntzen, are both legendary in Canadian music.

The Grand Villa Casino approached me to do a giveaway and have offered up two prize packages so two lucky readers can have a mini ‘staycation’ or at least a night away in the hotel with food and entertainment.

Dueling Pianos
Photo: Grand Villa Casino

The prize packages each include: Two $50 gift cards that can be used for chips or slot play in the casino, one night’s accommodation in the hotel, a $40 food and beverage gift certificate for the Scala Lounge so the winner and their guest can enjoy Dueling Pianos.

I write so often about our region and rarely see it through the eyes of visitors. I realized that I’ve never actually spent the night in a Vancouver hotel even though I recommend so many to those who seek my advice. I think this is a fantastic opportunity to discover that what’s there for tourists is also available for locals to enjoy.

Here’s how you can enter to win this Night Away/Dueling Pianos contest:

  • Leave a comment this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I entered to win a Night Away/Dueling Pianos prize package from @GVCasino & @Miss604

I will draw two winners, who will each get a prize package, at random from all entries at 10:00am on Thursday, October 27, 2011. You must be 19 years of age or older to enter, win, and play at the casino. Please enjoy responsibly and know your limit, play within it. The prize packages are redeemable for bookings on a Thursday night as they are bundled with the Dueling Pianos performance. The $40 for Scala Lounge cannot be used on alcohol or gratuity.

Update The winner is Lisa! (comment from October 21) AND @DarrylAMiller.

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  1. Cliff says:

    Looks like fun! I’ve been meaning to try Ebo restaurant.

  2. cheryl says:

    Cool I have never been in this building. I used to work across the street when it was empty

  3. Donna L says:

    I saw a dueling pianos show in a Vegas lounge and it was so entertaining! The funnest part was seeing how they translated modern songs into piano music, all without sheet music. Amazing!

  4. Erin says:

    I loved duelling pianos in Vegas, and would love to see it here!

  5. Brenda says:

    I love dueling pianos!

  6. Lisa says:

    Sounds like it would be an amazing time!

  7. Courtney says:

    wow! this sounds so amazing!! i’ll keep tweeting too!

  8. Diane says:

    I always like Joy to the World.. but I just saw the YouTube video of 2cellos playing Welcome to the Jungle and think it would be fun to see the dueling pianos take that on.

  9. Marina says:

    This looks amazing! I would love to see a duelling pianos show here.

  10. Rachel says:

    I would love to see the dueling pianos!

  11. Cameron says:

    I’ve been meaning to stop there and check it out.

  12. Allison says:

    love this casino! would love to win this ๐Ÿ™‚ *fingers crossed*

  13. vicky says:

    A perfect getaway! Would love to check it out:)

  14. jaci says:

    This would be a fantastic date night ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. luc says:

    Fight, fight!

  16. Christine says:

    I’ve been wanting to see the dueling pianos for a long time. Fantastic in vegas!

  17. tania says:

    That would ba great night away.

  18. rino says:

    what a night out!

  19. Laura says:

    date night!!!

  20. Raia says:

    Pass this place all the time, I’ve never had the chance to go though! Would be a nice break from midterms;)

  21. Lee says:

    I’ve heard great reviews of the dueling pianos.

  22. Jill says:

    I would love to take my hard working husband for a night out, he deserves it!

  23. Michelle W. says:

    My anniversary is coming up. Looks like a fun way to spend it!

  24. Sharylin says:

    We had planned to go tonight but aren’t able to now ๐Ÿ™ Winning this mini staycation would be a great date night! I have seen these two awesome musicians and they rock the pianos!

  25. Beth says:

    Sounds like a great show!

  26. Liza says:

    i’d like to be a tourist in my own city!

  27. rob says:

    I would love to go. Ebo is also delicious!

  28. Areta says:

    Great, here’s my entry!

  29. linda says:

    this would be awesome.

  30. Ine says:

    As mentioned in previous posts, I’ve seen a similar show in Vegas a few weeks ago, and it’s amazing! Those dueling pianists are amazing. I don’t understand how they can know that many songs…

    Loved it. I recommend it to anyone!

  31. Vince says:

    This would be so much fun!

  32. Deidre says:

    I have never seen this kind of show – but it would be a fun night out!

  33. richardw says:

    I have been meaning to visit the grand villa! What a great chance to do it now!

  34. Deidre says:

    I have never seen this kind of show โ€“ but it would be a fun night out!
    (made a mistake with my email address in prior comment!)

  35. Xing says:

    Fun prize! I would love to win!

  36. Megan says:

    Great contest!

  37. Sunshine G says:

    I’ve never seen duelling pianos but it sounds like lots of fun!

  38. liz says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun without the hassle of crossing borders.I love it!

  39. Iain says:

    Nice – not too far from home.

  40. Cathy G says:

    I wanted to see this is Vegas but missed it! I’ll will have to check it out in Burnaby. I’m so glad that we have this locally.

  41. J says:

    I would love to win this for a night out!

  42. Albert C says:

    This contest is awesome. Would love to see.

  43. Hayley says:

    Sounds like a great night out.

  44. andice says:

    Saw a sneak peek @Dueling Pianos last spring … Engaging entertainers!!

  45. tracy says:

    gosh! this is only 10 minutes from where i live. quick getaway ๐Ÿ˜‰

  46. Christine says:

    Fun! I’ve never been to a casino. I need to get with it!

  47. Gigi says:

    I’ve always passed by that casino when I am on the skytrain to school. Never really took a transfer bus to see what this wonderful place has to offer! This would be an awesome win for a night out with my friend who’s visiting me from seattle!!

  48. Darryl says:

    Great prize pack. I have never been there and this is a great way to try it.

  49. Kevin Baggs says:

    would love to take my wife out

  50. I’ve been meaning to try out the duelling pianos for ages. I loved it in NYC.

  51. Tanis says:

    Sounds awesome, would love to win this one, thank you!

  52. Kody says:

    Fun times ahead!

  53. Brandon says:

    Been meaning to try out Grand Villa, great sounding prize!

  54. Michelle says:

    Would love a night kid-free!!

  55. My friends go there ALL the time (convenient location)… I have YET to make it there!!! PS: I OWE HER ONE!!! xx/oo

  56. Taigi says:

    Ebo sounds like fun. A bit of gambling doesn’t hurt as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Alan says:

    My old ‘hood. Would be great to re-visit.

  58. Dana says:

    Would love to have a night out here as I’ve never been. Thanks!

  59. Ryan says:

    Sounds like fun!

  60. Dana says:

    Have never been here so would love to!

  61. Mike W says:

    Great contest, great prizes! I hear the slots calling my name!

  62. Laura says:

    gambling with prize money would be much better to lose than my own money! consider me entered!

  63. Tara says:

    Would love a stay-cation what a beautiful hotel!

  64. Don McQueen says:

    This would be a good chance to visit the casino – I haven’t been there before.

  65. Jennifer says:

    Pick me! I love dueling pianos!

  66. Nav says:

    It would be a wonderful experience! ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. Chris says:

    Duelling! Pianos!

  68. Jenn says:

    Sounds like fun!

  69. Natalie says:

    What a good stay-cation!

  70. Chuck says:

    I want to win

  71. Teresa K says:

    I love playing the piano.

  72. Michael Kwan says:

    I just went there the other night and it’s so different than the old casino that was there a few years ago. Too bad there are no poker tables.

  73. Priscilla says:

    I’ve never seen dueling pianos before. I would loooooooove to win!

  74. Emma says:

    Looks like fun! Would love to check it out.

  75. Lora says:

    Sounds like fun!

  76. Jan says:

    a night away in the city listening to dueling pianos. cool.

  77. Bryan says:

    I could really use this!

  78. lor says:

    sounds like fun!

  79. Gina says:

    I have just discovered the Grand Villa and love it. I was just telling a girlfriend it would be the perfect place to spend an fun evening and spend the night.

  80. E. Tang says:

    I drive by it every day but have yet to go inside.

  81. Lindsay says:

    I’ll share my winnings with you if I win ๐Ÿ˜‰

  82. Henry says:

    Love the show and how they involve the crowd to increase the good experience.

  83. Natalie says:

    I am a big fan of the “stay-cation” and this would be a great fall treat!

  84. Adam says:

    Out to van city in November … Would be great to win!

  85. Ian says:

    sweet i wanna win this!

  86. Jeremy says:

    Sounds like a great night out!

  87. Jen says:

    What an exciting staycation this would be ๐Ÿ™‚

  88. Isha says:

    Would be nice I miss Vegas

  89. Andrew says:

    Sounds like a super fun night out.

  90. Vanessa says:

    I play the piano and would love to attend this!

  91. Hilary says:

    I checked out the dueling pianos once before, but would definitely like to do it again!

  92. Ryan says:

    This could be fun!

  93. Tina says:

    I would love to see the dueling pianos.

  94. The last time I was in that hotel, I was giving a speech to the Roatary club that was sending me on exchange. That was years ago. I imagine it’s really been tranformed! I had no idea there was a casino there!

  95. kelsey says:

    I’ve never been to this casino so this would be great!

  96. Tyler C says:

    Sounds like the makings of one good night ๐Ÿ™‚

  97. Dana says:

    Have never been here and would love to! Thanks!

  98. ally says:

    Sounds amazing. I would love to go!

  99. Janet says:

    I love piano music and would love to go to the Grand Villa

  100. Lisa says:

    My husband and I really need a night away, this would be perfect. We both love the piano.

  101. Laureen says:

    Oooh, I need a staycation and I love Delta chains – I’ve stayed at the Delta in Edmonton, Kelowna and 2 different Deltas in Ottawa! The last trip I took to Vegas a few weeks ago was so hectic I feel like I need a vacation from that vacation ๐Ÿ˜› I would love to check out the dueling pianos too!

  102. Tooth Fairy says:

    Looks like fantastic opportunity an a real sweet time!
    Tweeted it @toothfairycyber too โ˜บ

  103. donnam13 says:

    I would love to win this and see the Dueling Pianos!

  104. kandes says:

    Great idea!! tourist in your own city!!

  105. Shay & Geoff says:

    Being survivors of Breast Cancer / Liver Transplant
    we sure would enjoy this mini staycation.In fact you
    can BET ON IT that we could! Sing us a son, you’re
    the piano man….. ๐Ÿ™‚

  106. Alex says:

    Sounds awesome, would love to win this prize.

  107. ann says:

    fantastic! desperately need a time out!

  108. Richard says:

    That would be a really nice present to share for my birthday tomorrow!

  109. I would love to go!!! Thanks!

  110. Carol says:

    What a great contest – such a fun prize.

  111. Jarrod says:

    Wow, this looks like a great time!

  112. Tracy says:

    Looks like a fun evening out!

  113. Bob says:

    Mick and Tom are better than anything I’ve ever seen in Vegas!

  114. Bonnie says:

    I’ve never had the pleasure of watching the dueling pianos, but would love to.

  115. Aimee says:

    Can I bring my banjo?

  116. dyena says:


  117. Sharon Moyer says:

    This would be a long needed staycation – would enjoy this so so much!
    Just what the doctor ordered for both the hubby and I.

  118. Ruby says:

    This sounds fun!

  119. Lisa says:

    Sounds like a fun date night idea : )

  120. Sharon says:

    I do always think about this place when I drive by. Sounds fun!

  121. maria says:

    Great prize!

  122. Vincent says:

    I would really love to bring one of my special friends here! haha XD

  123. Gina says:

    This is an absolutely amazing staycation. ๐Ÿ˜€

  124. Michelle says:

    Great contest, definitely giving this to my parents if i win!

  125. Ashley says:

    Would love to win this! Haven’t stayed since the remodel

  126. Bon says:

    sounds like a great night out!! love to win this!

  127. MB says:

    Gambling and pianos!

  128. Tiffany says:

    I’m SOOO intrigued by this Dueling Pianos!! I’d love to make it a mother & daughter event for sure!

  129. Markus J says:

    Count me in!

  130. Michael says:

    I want to go to there. throw those giftcards on red and then go for a drink.

  131. Olivia says:

    Dueling piano performance? I hope i get this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  132. Cecilia says:

    Dueling pianos?! That sounds really cool!

  133. Shuko Johner says:

    I would love to win this! Pick me please!!!

  134. Tessa says:

    This would be a great bday present for me!!

  135. Dae says:

    Date night!

  136. minna says:

    this would be a fab thursday night out !

  137. Lindsey says:

    I would love to see duelling pianos! I’m intrigued…

  138. Natasha C says:

    I’ve always wanted to check out this glamorous looking venue.

  139. Sarah says:

    Sounds like fun!

  140. Nancy says:

    I would love to see dueling pianos

  141. Sarah says:

    I would love this night away! dueling pianos sounds great!

  142. Sharifa says:

    Would love to see this awesome hotel.

  143. Julia Sousa says:

    Sounds Fun!

  144. lisa says:

    i would really enjoy this.

  145. Que Banh says:

    This would be a great gals night out!

  146. alana says:

    Girls night out….just what the dr ordered…

  147. Gerald says:

    I have driven by and wondered what was inside that building. As you say we often don’t know our city’s own delights – I’d love to take in dueling pianos and try my luck at the casino.

  148. mary says:

    would love a visit

  149. Shaunna says:

    Sounds like a great night I have never visited their restaraunt but have heard great things

  150. Cyndi says:

    I’ve been to Vegas but never gambled in Vancouver, need to try my luck out here!

  151. Kristen says:

    Staycations are a great way to experience our city in an extra exciting way!

  152. Maria says:

    Never been there. Would love to go and see duelling pianos!

  153. Elisa says:

    what a great prize! Everybody… Slot slots slots with some shots shots shots!

  154. Dilara says:

    I stayed at the Delta Burnaby last year and loved my time there! Also watched Dueling Pianos and thought they were fantastic. Would love a chance to stay again.

  155. Terry Bodaly says:

    I love going to the Grand Villa Casino but have never eaten in EBO and haven’t yet seen the Dueling Piano’s. Good luck everyone.

  156. Dueling pianos – how awesome is that?

  157. Andrea says:

    Had no idea about the entertainment… sounds like an evening out to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  158. Bernadette says:

    Would love to win this package, haven’t taken a time out for me and really need a nice getaway for me and my significant other. A perfect way to celebrate a honeymoon without having to leave the city! Love this casino! Keeping my fingers crossed.

  159. Daryl says:

    Sounds like fun

  160. Erica says:

    This sounds great! I would love to take my boyfriend ๐Ÿ™‚

  161. Rebecca says:

    Would love to win this!

  162. Andy C. says:

    Looks like fun

  163. Caitlin says:

    Sounds awesome!

  164. Tom says:

    This would be a great gift for my girlfriend.

  165. linda says:

    makes a fun little getaway.

  166. Kristina says:

    Thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway!

  167. A.J. says:

    I’ve only ever been through the casino here once. Wish I stayed to play a few hands of blackjack though…

  168. Amanda says:

    Sounds like fun – YES PLEASE!

  169. Eran says:

    Just moved. non-stop work for a week and a half. need a break……

  170. Ed N says:

    I love grand villa. If I could I’d be there every weekend

  171. Virginia says:

    This sounds like a fun prize package! Thanx!

  172. Shannon says:

    Love your blog & love this casino! ๐Ÿ™‚

  173. Joaquin Verdugo says:

    It’s sounds like a great night in town! I’m sure my wife would love this! Thank you

  174. Shane says:

    My girlfriend would love this! Me too ๐Ÿ™‚

  175. Deborah says:

    Miss 604 is cool

  176. Jennifer says:

    Sounds like a great night!!

  177. Michelle says:

    What a great contest!

  178. Kathy says:

    I’ve been to this Casino and to Ebo Restaurant. I’ve heard so much about the Dueling Pianos!

  179. Matty says:

    I have always wanted to check out this hotel!

  180. Maryanne says:

    We sometimes hit up this casino for lunch. Would love to try it out at night.

  181. Lindsey Straily says:

    Pick me pick me!

  182. Brenda says:

    This would be so awesome, would love to win!

  183. Michelle says:

    This was my mum’s favorite casino!!

  184. Brent Flink says:

    I’d love a mini “stay-cation” and dueling pianos would be a gas! (fingers are crossed…)

  185. Lloyd says:

    Sounds like a fun night.

  186. Rory says:

    Sounds like a fun night out!

  187. contestpatti says:

    I would love to win this & get a night away with my husband!

  188. Danielle says:

    sounds awesome!

  189. Joey says:

    I always go by this on the Hwy 1 with my boyfriend and we always talk about stopping there. This would be a great opportunity to do so!

  190. Katie says:

    Would be a nice getaway

  191. cathy says:

    I would love to win! Pick me!

  192. Julie says:

    I would love to check out the dueling pianos. Saw the dueling pianos show @ New York hotel in Las Vegas and it was awesome. Great to see our Canadian version ๐Ÿ™‚

  193. JennA says:

    This would be awesome!

  194. Adrienne says:

    Pick moi!:)

  195. Sherri Robson says:

    i forgot all about this casino!!

  196. Sharon says:

    My parents would love this!

  197. Maria says:

    My boyfriend is a pianist and it’s his birthday this week. Would love to take him to this!

  198. TY says:

    o my haven’t been to a casino in a while. this would be perfect!

  199. Pooya says:

    Yes, I looove to see the dueling pianos!

  200. gail whitworth says:

    would love to visit

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