Fridays on Front the Holiday Edition

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The excitement of one of the region’s most popular summertime shopping and dining series back for one night only with Fridays on Front the Holiday Edition. Enjoy a free nighttime holiday market in the heart of historic Downtown New West.

Fridays on Front the Holiday Edition

When: Friday, December 13, 2019 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Under the parkade on Front Street
Tickets: Free!

Fan favourite food trucks will be serving up delicious street eats; Mo Bacon, Frying Pan, Boca’o, Cannoli King, Bread and Cheese, Mr. Arancino and more. Sip on mulled wine by Pacific Breeze Winery and award winning local beer by Steel & Oak as you browse through the New West Craft holiday artisan market.


The fun family friendly activities will be provided by New Westminster Family Place with support from Warner Bros. It wouldn’t be a winter market without music; The Arts Council of New Westminster will be spreading some serious cheer with your favourite holiday jingles. This event will bring our community together for a truly magical experience.

For more information, visit follow the Downtown New West on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Originally formed in 1989, the Downtown New West BIA represents the interests of over 400 businesses and property owners located from the Fraser River waterfront up to Royal Avenue, and from the Pattullo Bridge to 10th Street. With lots of new and exciting additions such as Westminster Pier Park, River Market, and Anvil Centre, Downtown New West is now a vibrant and trendy area with the some of the hottest and most unique shops and restaurants calling our streets home.

Got Craft? Holiday Market 2019: Win a Prize Package

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It’s become a tradition like watching a tree lighting or skating at Robson Square, I’m hosting a giant giveaway to celebrate Got Craft? Holiday Market!

Got Craft? Holiday Market 2019

Got Craft? is a curated marketplace that showcases the best in independent craft and design. With an emphasis on handmade, it connects makers and small shops with a conscious community seeking to support local businesses. Held twice a year, each event features 95 vendors, food and drink, music, and the best swag bags in town.

Got Craft? Holiday Market 2019

  • Where: Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver)
  • When: Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Tickets: Available online now for $3 or at the door for $5. The first 50 people at the event on each day will receive one swag bag filled with goodies from Got Craft? vendors and sponsors. 

Follow the event on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more information and inspiration.

Win a Prize Package

Got Craft? has once again offered up an amazing prize pack for a lucky Miss604 reader to win. This year’s haul is valued at over $1,200 thanks to Got Craft? vendors!

… and then againHand-Stamped Vintage Silver Fork
AAGOLDSMITHSterling Silver Stackable Rings
Alicia Carvalho StudioMini Notepad + Ring Dish
Birch Street StudioSet of 4 Mix + Match Geometric Earrings
Blackbird FabricsSewing Kit
Cabin + CubHairpin Set
Emma Hands DesignTea Towel + Enamel Pin
irit sorokin designsBracelet
JewellerAJGreenWobble Necklace
Karla’s SpecialteasTurmeric Latte
Kasama ChocolateBean-to-bar Chocolate
Konisa StudioCredit Card Wallet – Carrall
LanaBetty Starfish Pin + Earrings
Léïa-Fahé StudioPorcelain Earrings
Linden Paper Co.Jungle Weekly Planner
+ Christmas Reindeer Card
Little Fox ApothecaryEssential Oil Little Fox Kit
Living Lotus Food & Nutrition Inc.Chocolate Ganache
Luli DesignsStud Earrings
Luv The GrubChutney + Spread
Mr. SogsBaby Rattle
Munch LifeVanilla Latte Almond Butter
Nostalgic LinksFootball Field Cufflinks
PaperbacknoteArchie Paperbacknote Set 
Picco PressDigital Art Print
Reclaimed Print CoWall Hanging
SoftSoulPair of Shoes
Somerton StudiosTwo Pairs of Earrings
Sriracha Revolver Hot SauceBox Set
Strathcona 1890
Urban Seed Collections
Plant Tonic
The Beautiful ProjectBirthday Party Invites
The Cookies Fortune CompanyFortune Cookies
The Dolly ShopGolden Girls Magnets
The Nut MerchantRoasted Nut Snack
The Salt DispensaryVariety Pack
VeespokeInfinity Scarf
Woash WellnessTea Blend 
ZimtChocolatesVegan Nib-to-Bar Chocolate

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 Monday, December 2, 2019. The winner must be able to pick up their prize pack at Got Craft? on December 7 or 8, 2019 between 10:00am and 5:00pm at the Croatian Cultural Centre.

UPDATE The winner is Chad!

Handel’s Messiah Presented by Early Music Vancouver: Win Tickets

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Early Music Vancouver (“EMV”) invites audiences to celebrate the festive season with the much-anticipated return of Handel’s Messiah, on November 30th at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Handel's Messiah Presented by Early Music Vancouver
Handel’s Messiah Presented by Early Music Vancouver. Photo by Jan Gates.

Following the dramatic success of EMV’s 2017 production, celebrated guest conductor Ivars Taurins travels from Toronto to lead the combined forces of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (“PBO”), the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and four internationally acclaimed vocalists in a thrilling period instrument performance of the all-time seasonal favourite.

  • Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (UBC – 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver)
  • When: Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 8:00pm. (Pre-Concert Talk at 7:15pm with Matthew White, Ivars Taurins, and the soloists)
  • Tickets: From $18. Available online by or calling the box office at (604) 822-2697

Handel’s Messiah is one of the most recognizable works in the classical repertoire and has an unbroken performance tradition dating back to its debut in 1742. Today, the work is often heard with a chorus made up of hundreds of singers and supported by the instrumental forces of a modern symphonic orchestra.

EMV’s Messiah will feature a baroque chamber orchestra of 20 period instrumentalists, a chorus of 40 singers, and soloists steeped in baroque vocal performance practice, allowing for a reading of the work that is nimble, nuanced, and steeped in the sounds of 18th century England.

The brilliant work is divided into three parts, each made up of several scenes. Part One offers comforting prophecies of salvation, and a jubilant musical accounting of Christ’s birth. Part Two is the emotional core of the work, depicting Christ’s passion, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. Part Three is one of joyful affirmation and thanksgiving, inviting listeners to celebrate the gift of eternal life offered by Christ’s sacrifice. The exuberant and iconic “Hallelujah Chorus” has become so recognizable in Western culture that it is now almost synonymous with celebration.

Handel’s Messiah Presented by Early Music Vancouver

Handel’s Messiah will also be presented at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver on November 30, 2019 at 7:30pm, and at the ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge on December 1, 2019 at 3:00pm.

Follow Early Music Vancouver on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more information.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to Handel’s Messiah at the Chan Centre on Saturday, here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one contest winner at 9:00am on Thursday, November 28, 2019. UPDATE The winner is Carlos!

Holiday Shopping at Metropolis at Metrotown: Win a Gift Card

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From Black Friday deals to photos with Santa, gift wrapping, extended hours and more, holiday shopping at Metropolis at Metrotown has never been easier — or more fun!

Holiday Shopping at Metropolis at Metrotown
Brian Dennehy Photography

Black Friday

Metropolis at Metrotown’s 7th annual Black Friday Weekend starts at 8:00am on Friday, November 29th. There will be amazing deals and promotions offered to shoppers throughout the entire weekend. Bargain hunters won’t need to go far to get the best deals this holiday season, with several retailers offering early bird door crasher specials from 8:00am to 10:00am.

Early morning mall access will be available through the entrance closest to Customer Service Ground Level, near NYX Professional Makeup, which will open at 6:00am. All other mall entrances will open at 6:30am.

As BC’s largest shopping centre, with over 375 stores, Metropolis will also stay open late on Black Friday, until 10:00pm!

Friday, November 29, 20198:00am to 10:00pm
Saturday, November 30, 201910:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday, December 1, 201910:00am to 9:00pm

Major stores include Indigo, Cineplex SilverCity, Forever 21, H&M, Hudson’s Bay, Old Navy, Real Canadian Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sport Chek, T&T Supermarket, Toys “R” Us, Uniqlo, Urban Behavior, Walmart, Winners HomeSense, and Zara.

Holiday Shopping at Metropolis at Metrotown
Brian Dennehy Photography

Holiday Shopping at Metropolis at Metrotown

Convenient and easy, two words that you’ll associate with holiday shopping at Metropolis at Metrotown! Here are just a few ways that your retail experience will be a breeze this season:

  • Text Guest Services: Shoppers can text (604) 359-9111 to reach Metropolis’ Guest Services for assistance while in the mall or planning their trip to the mall. Inquire about finding a store, mall hours, parking, children’s stroller, and more. This service is available during mall hours.
  • Photos with Santa: Metropolis’ popular Photos with Santa program starts Friday, November 15 and runs until December 24, 2019. With a minimum donation of $4 per photo, visitors will receive a digital photo with Santa, with proceeds benefiting the Burnaby Christmas Bureau. Shoppers are encouraged to visit Santa earlier in the season as wait times are less.
  • Gift Wrap Services: Burnaby Neighbourhood House and MS Society of BC/Yukon will be offering gift wrapping services by donation starting November 29th to December 24th. All proceeds will go back to the charities. Gift wrap booths are located in front of The Disney Store on the Ground Level, and in front of Plenty on the Upper Level.
  • Metropolis Gift Card: Metropolis’ gift card is available for purchase at Guest Services and their dedicated holiday gift card kiosks. They are redeemable throughout the mall, as well as 22 other Ivanhoe Cambridge shopping centres across Canada. The gift card is also available for purchase online »
Brian Dennehy Photography

And extended holiday hours can be a HUGE help, here’s when you can shop Metropolis at Metrotown:

December 1 to 18, 201910:00am to 9:00pm daily
Sundays: 10:00am to 7:00pm
December 19 to 23, 2019 10:00am to 10:00pm
Moonlight Madness
December 24, 201910:00am to 6:00pm
December 26, 20198:00am to 10:00pm

Follow Metropolis at Metrotown on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more information about their shops, services, and special events.

Win a Gift Card

Metropolis at Metrotown is giving Miss604 readers the chance to check off a whole bunch of names from their shopping list with a $500 gift card giveaway! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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If you already follow both on Facebook and Instagram, thank you! You can leave a comment to confirm and you’ll get that bonus entry. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

UPDATE The winner is Elizabeth!

Vancouver TheatreSports Presents Merry Kissmas

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Your holiday theatre experience can be filled with belly laughs and happy tears when you join Vancouver TheatreSports for Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance on now until Christmas Eve.

Merry Kissmas Presented by Vancouver TheatreSports

When: November 20th to December 24th, 2019
Where: The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online

VTS’ holiday special parodies all the inane clichés and tropes you would expect to see in any popular holiday TV special or film. In this instance, the fairy-tale romance is made even more unbelievable by building the plot around an impending Royal Wedding in a heretofore unknown small country – ‘Improvanzia’. Will the dashing Prince Rudolf fall for the beauteous, but non-royal, Meaghan Sparkle? How will the Royal Parents react? How will the suburban in-laws-to-be fit in with the posh Royal Relatives?

Overseen by Chris Garland, famous celebrity wedding planner, this romcom parody sees VTS improvisers use audience suggestions to create on-the-spot, never-to-be-repeated comedic versions of stereotypical romcoms as well as Royal Wedding characters and situations. Flashbacks will take the audience to key moments in the couple’s courtship and the action moves forward to the day of the wedding – ‘Kissmas Day’.

Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance is suitable for families with children ages 8 and up. For more information, follow Vancouver TheatreSports on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and the Miss604 improv tag.

Education and Career Fairs Abbotsford

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Education and Career Fairs (“ECF”) invites you to their 23rd annual series of events across BC that can kick start your career this fall. The first in our region is in Abbotsford!

Whether you are looking to learn more about an industry, explore your options in career-specific education, or if you’re ready to look for employment, free Education and Career Fairs will be ready to help you take that next step in your career.

Education & Career Fairs

Education and Career Fairs Abbotsford

When: Monday, December 2, 2019 9:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Envision Financial Athletic Centre, UFV (1395 McKenzie Rd, Abbotsford)
Registration: RSVP for free here »

Abbotsford Learning Lounge Programs

9:30am to 9:45am: 21st Century Post-Secondary Planning with EducationPlannerBC

10:00am to 10:15am: Positive Employment Outlook for Automotive Trades Industry

10:30am to 10:45am: A Day in the Life of a Web Developer

11:00am to 11:15am: The Future of Education: Becoming a Teacher in BC

11:30am to 12:00pm: 21st Century Post-Secondary Planning with EducationPlannerBC // Find Your Path Through BC’s Post-Secondary Transfer System with BCTransferGuide

12:15pm to 12:30pm: Passion vs Paycheck

12:45pm to 1:00pm: A Day in the Life of an Animator of Game Designer

1:15pm to 1:30pm: Engineering: What to Know and How to Get Started

Education & Career Fairs

About Education and Career Fairs

Over the past 22 years, ECF has travelled throughout the province with fairs in Lower Mainland, Okanagan, Vancouver Island, and into Alberta. Collaborating with school districts, employment centres, and local WorkBC centre’s each year ECF sees over 10,000 attendees across all fairs. This year, there will also be Education and Career Fairs in Nanaimo (November 28, 2019), Surrey (December 4, 2019), and Vancouver (December 6, 2019).

Follow Education and Career Fairs on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Miss604 is a proud Media Partner of the Education & Career Fairs