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Surrey Fusion Festival 2019

Thursday, July 4th, 2019 — 10:41am PDT
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It was created in 2008, when Surrey was named a Cultural Capital of Canada, and over the last decade it’s won awards and attracted hundreds of thousands to enjoy its spirit, culture, music, and of course – food! The Surrey Fusion Festival is legendary, known for its pavilions that celebrate dozens of countries that weave the fabric that makes up this vibrant city (and my hometown).

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Surrey Fusion Festival Headliners: 2Baba and Sharry Mann

Surrey Fusion Festival

Where: Holland Park (13428 Old Yale Rd, Surrey)
When: Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, 21, 2019 11:00am to 10:00pm
Admission: FREE! You can purchase food tickets $1 each.

Now in its 12th year, the two-day event will see participation from over 55 pavilions, where attendees can experience art and cuisine, while learning about history and traditions from international cultures.

New pavilions include Venezuela, Uganda, Uruguay, Haiti, Paraguay, and Belgium. Additional attractions include an Indigenous village, artisan market, kid’s zone, inflatables, sports zone, cooking stage, and seven stages featuring over 200 performers.

Surrey Fusion Fest 2012

Nigerian Afro pop artist 2Baba and Indian-Punjabi singer Sharry Mann will headline Surrey Fusion Festival. This will be the first time the annual free event will see international headliners perform for both Saturday and Sunday night.

Known by his stage name 2Baba, the Nigerian singer song-writer and record producer is one of the most established musical artists in Africa, having won multiple international music awards, including four MTV Africa Music awards. Sharry Mann is a Punjabi singer and actor recognized as a leader in the Punjabi music industry. He is known for his most popular song 3 Peg, which has garnered over 360 million views on YouTube. Also performing is well-known Canadian electro-soul band, Busty and the Bass. The band is known for its unique brand of music, which incorporates two vocalists, a horn section, and a diverse range of musical genres.

UPDATE Mankirt Aulakh has been added to the Surrey Fusion Festival line up. He will be playing at the Concord Pacific World Music Stage on July 21 at 5:30pm instead of Sharry Mann.

Win Food Tickets

I have $50 in food tickets to give away to the Festival! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow the City of Surrey events team on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more information. Miss604 is a proud media partner of Surrey Fusion Festival.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

UPDATE The winner is Jeanne!

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, July 4th, 2019 — 9:37am PDT
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July was ushered in with a blast of Canada Day fireworks but the fun it’s stopping any time soon. For your first full weekend of the month, there are free festivals, free dancing, free movies, and many more things to do in Vancouver:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, July 5, 2019
CBC Musical Nooners Kick-Off
Free Dancing & Lessons in Downtown Vancouver
Fridays on Front, Downtown New West
Art Party at the Polygon Gallery
City of Lougheed Summer Fun Series
A Nude Hope: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure Farewell Run
24 Hour Friday Night Screenings of The Clock
Bard in the Vineyard at Township 7
American Crown Circus & Circo Osorio, Coquitlam
Heroic Opera Presents Verdi’s Macbeth
Trivia Night at Biercraft Wesbrook
Shipyards Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Kitsilano Showboat
Bard on the Beach
Dancing on the Edge Festival
Indian Summer Festival
Rock of Ages at Metro Theatre
A Room Somewhere Presents Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye

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Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory Festival: Win Passes

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 — 2:06pm PDT
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Ensemble Theatre Company’s 7th Annual Summer Repertory Festival includes an uplifting comedy set in a doughnut shop, a classic political satire and a celebration of the power of storytelling.

Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts, Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday, and Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy promise to provide local audiences with a reason to see theatre during the warm summer months.

Superior Donuts. Photo by Emily Cooper.
Superior Donuts. Photo by Emily Cooper.

Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory Festival

  • When: July 10 to August 16, 2019 (no performances July 15 & 16)
    • 7:30pm nightly, 2:00pm Sundays, July 21, 28 & August 4
  • Where: Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery St, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: From $25, Festival Pass: $88. Brunch readings $10.

Brought to vivid and powerful life by Ensemble’s talented group of actors, directors, and designers, this year’s selection of plays showcases the humour, insight, and risk that only live theatre offers.

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It’s Free Outdoor Concerts and Patio Season in Coquitlam

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 — 12:28pm PDT
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Coquitlam Summer Concerts at Town Centre Park/Lafarge Lake

It’s Free Outdoor Concerts and Patio Season in Coquitlam

Summer is here and the outdoor music scene is coming alive in Coquitlam.  One to add to your free entertainment calendar is the Summer Concert Series in Coquitlam, which takes place at a stunning outdoor amphitheatre in Town Centre Park.

Picture the views over Lafarge Lake as bands take to the stage at TD Community Plaza. You can roll out blankets, kick back on the steps, bring lawn chairs or dance in the grass. Pick up a snack at a food truck or pack your own picnic.

It’s a family-friendly scene, with crowd-pleasing bands. To top it off, it’s easy to get to – located a short walk through the park from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station.

Coquitlam Concerts
Concerts at Town Centre Park/Lafarge Lake

Free Outdoor Concerts

The first in the 2019 Summer Concert Series kicks off Friday, July 12 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, with some rock ‘n’ roll. The show begins with Oliver and The Elements, described as a lively repertoire bouncing from Motown, Memphis, New Orleans and London, including CCR, James Brown, Rolling Stones and Marvin Gaye.

Next, Quickness takes the stage. This Vancouver band is attracting a growing following, offering up a mix of introspective tunes and rock anthems.

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Win a 80s Pop-Up Roller Rink at Robson Square Prize Pack

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 — 10:30am PDT
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There’s an 80s-themed pop-up roller rink party at Robson Square on Saturday and everyone is invited! Rollerskate Vancouver is partnering with Jack 96.9 for this event with Jack Up the 80s host Larry will be spinning an all-vinyl 80s DJ set.

Pop-Up Roller Rink at Robson Square Clinton Johnson

80s Pop-Up Roller Rink at Robson Square

  • Where: Under 800 bock of Robson St at Robson Square, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 6, 2019
    • 12:00pm to 2:30pm Family Skate, 2:30pm to 5:30pm Adult Skate (ages 16+)
  • Admission: $15 for adults, skate rentals are $10.
    • If you are bringing the kids, use the promo code MINIPOPS online to get 25% off for families of 3 or more. This discount is only available for the 12:00pm to 2:30pm Family Skate. All kids 12 and under MUST wear a helmet.

Skate rentals will be provided by the totally tubular Rolla Skate Club truck. If you are not bringing your own skates, they highly recommend that you reserve a pair of rentals, as sizes are limited, especially for small sizes (kids 11 to men’s 3) and large sizes (men’s 11 and up).

For the Adult Skate at 2:30pm, get ready to Jack up the 80s with special guest DJ Larry from JACK 96.9. Those side ponytails and fluffy mullets will be rocking to the biggest hits from the Me Generation.

Win a 80s Pop-Up Roller Rink Prize Pack

I have a prize pack (valued at $250) to give away that includes:

  • 4 admissions and skate rentals for the Family Skate at 12:00 or the Adult Skate at 2:30pm
  • 4 free roller skating lessons (age 14+) with Rolla Skate Club
  • AND a $50 gift certificate from!

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow Rollerskate Vancouver on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more info. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:30am on Friday, July 5, 2019.

UPDATE The winner is @MackenzieKaty!

5 Takeaways from The Digital NonProfit Conference

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 — 11:07am PDT
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I host speaking engagements and workshops several times a year, from local universities and educational institutions, to corporate events, tutorials and info-sessions. My goal though is to attend a conference or workshop myself at least once a quarter so that I can continue to learn and grow. When The Digital NonProfit Conference approached me to attend their event on June 11th at the Roundhouse in Yaletown I was in!

5 Takeaways from The Digital NonProfit Conference

I’ve been on the board of two nonprofits in the last 3 years, and I’m currently the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Variety – The Children’s Charity of BC (as well as their Marketing Committee Chair and Membership Committee Chair). As such, I invited Cally Wesson, CEO of Variety to come along with me. Here are a few takeaways I had from the event:

5 Takeaways from The Digital NonProfit Conference

1. NetSquared knows how to organize a conference! It started with a seamless sign-in process where everyone stepped up to an iPad and printed off a name sticker on a repurposed lanyard, followed by selecting a pronoun pin to attach to it. The booklet was awesome, with room for bios, notes, and talking points. Then there was the flow of the event, with ice breakers, fascinating topics, speakers, the seemingly endless supply of coffee, food trucks outside at lunch and an Earnest Ice Cream stand inside. Afternoon sessions with a side of sundae? Yes please.

2. “The shortest distance between two people is a story.” I love this. Thanks to Nicole Jones from Tech Soup for sharing this during her lightning talk.

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