For the next two weekends (June 22-23 & June 29-30, 2019) Downtown Vancouver will be transformed into one mega outdoor Jazz Festival and the best part is… it’s FREE to enjoy! From Robson Square to David Lam Park, here are some of the performances you can check out in person during the Free Downtown Jazz Festival Weekends.
Free Downtown Jazz: Robson/Georgia
Saturday, June 22, 2019 Georgia Stage: 12:30 to 1:30pm: Mike W.T. Allen’s Space Elevator 2:15pm to 3:15pm: MACK 3:45pm to 4:45pm: Begonia 5:15pm to 6:45pm: Too Many Zooz 7:30pm to 9:00pm: Snotty Nose Rez Kids
Robson Stage: 12:00pm to 1:00pm: Bill Runge Quintet 1:30pm to 2:30pm: Elisa Thorn’s HUE 3:00pm to 4:15pm: Braveheart +1 5:00pm to 6:15pm: Oliver Gannon Quartet 6:45pm to 8:00pm: Audrey Ochoa
Sounds of Youth Stage: 12:00pm to 1:00pm: Elgin Park Senior Band 1:00pm to 2:00pm: Kwalikum Secondary School Band 2:00pm to 3:00pm: Burnaby North Senior Band 3:00pm to 4:00pm: West Vancouver Secondary Jazz Band 4:00pm to 5:00pm: VSO School of Music Big Band 9:30pm: Documentary Film Screening, presented with DOXA (TBD)
Vancouver Biennale presents the Real Canadian Potluck! Celebrate the beginning of Summer with a thousand other picnickers, revelers, great music, and food on June 27th. All you need to bring is family and friends, a picnic dinner, (with a little extra to share if you’d like), and an appetite to sample an assortment of food sensations created especially for the potluck by local foodies.
Real Canadian Potluck
Where: Vanier Park, Vancouver When: Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 6:00pm Admission: Free! Just bring your potluck meal
The gathering place is Paradise Has Many Gates, a Vancouver Biennale public art installation in Vanier Park. This amazing chain-link mosque, by Saudi Arabian artist Ajlan Gharem, is the perfect dramatic backdrop to the event, as it exemplifies what the Biennale is all about – where art is a catalyst for community engagement, social action, dialogue, and learning where we live, work, play, and transit.
Are you interested in sharing your cultural traditions through food? We’re looking for people who make a traditional food item that would give others a taste of where they come from. Everyone from professional chefs to home cooks is welcome to apply. We’re offering financial stipends to cover the cost of ingredients, enough for you to be able to offer a hundred delectable bites to potluck picnickers. If you’re able to offer a food item, please call Sammi at 604-682-1289 (office).
Meet, mingle, share a delicious nosh, and explore and enjoy the many musical and entertainment venueswhile watching the setting sun.
Surrey Canada Day is always one of the country’s largest celebrations on July 1st and this year it’s even expanding to bring you move family-friendly fun! Miss604 is proud to once again be a sponsor of this event (since 2008) and I’m always happy to share all the goodness my hometown has to offer.
Surrey Canada Day
Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Cloverdale (176 St & 64 Ave) When: Monday, July 1, 2019 10:00am to 11:00pm (fireworks at 10:30pm) Admission:FREE! You can also purchase tickets for the midway rides, and snacks from the many food trucks and vendors on site.
In partnership with the Canucks Autism Network, this year’s Surrey Canada Day will provide a Sensory Friendly Space. Sensory friendly spaces are designated areas that have reduced input from the sensory environment. This includes decreased levels of lighting, sound and smell. Particularly helpful for individuals with autism, or anyone who is overwhelmed in busy public spaces, this space offers a wide range of elements to support relaxation, including comfortable seating, sensory toys, books, games and noise-cancelling headphones.
4. New Rodeo Zone
Attendees are invited to grab their best country hat, boots and denim for the new Cloverdale Rodeo Zone. Located inside the Cloverdale Agriplex, the area will offer country-themed activities including games, bull riding, an inflatable corn maze, axe throwing, western food vendors and live country music performances on the Rodeo Stage – featuring local Canadian Country headliner Dave Hartney. Additionally, the Rodeo Zone will feature a Summer Market offering artisan goods from over 20 local vendors.
3. Themed Zones and Rides
New to the amphitheatre, attendees can test their reflexes at the NHL feature in the Sports Zone, or participate in cedar brushing in the Indigenous Zone. You can even take a ride down the 200 ft zip line. These new attractions add to this year’s event roster, which includes 15 amusement rides,
Our Lady Peace is headlining (9:00pm), Bif Naked will be performing (7:30pm), and throughout the day you can catch live entertainment on 4 stages. The Hip Show, Buckman Coe, Star Captains, Her Brothers, Aché Brasil, Ashley Pater, Beauty Shop Dolls, Ben Klick, Dave Hartney, Nylez K, Jessie Farrell, The Wild Mocassin Dancers, Top Line Vocal Collective and many more!
Over 35 food trucks across the site will make sure you do not go hungry on Canada Day! From waffles and kettle corn to poutine, bannock, and those amazing Jamaican patties.
I saved food for the top spot because I also have $50 in food tickets to give away so you won’t even need to get out your wallet at Surrey Canada Day! Here’s how you can enter to win:
You can once again support the families of Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon (“RMH BC”) by bringing together your friends and family for good food, great company and an even better cause. Home for Dinner is a community fundraising initiative, which encourages locals to embrace the tradition of connecting with family around the dinner table by hosting a dining event in their home, or at their favourite restaurant.
Continuing on the success of last year, the campaign raised $107,000 in proceeds, allowing families to spend time together while their children are receiving life-saving medical treatment.
Prepare a meal in your home and invite your favourite people over. Instead of bringing wine or a hostess gift, your guests can contribute to something even more meaningful – keeping a family close when it matters most.
You can find all the tools online to host your event, including invitations, menu cards, speaking notes, donation forms, tax receipt request forms and more here »
Host a meal at your favourite restaurant or dining spot. As a thank you for your generosity in picking up the tab, your guests can contribute something even more meaningful, supporting the families who are staying at RMH BC that night.
All funds raised will go towards families staying at Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver, ensuring they benefit from a supportive and healing environment while their child or children undergo life-saving medical treatments. Each generous donation will ensure a family can continue to share meals and moments together at Ronald McDonald House BC while their child receives life- saving medical treatment. Large or small, the possibilities are endless!
As a child I reveled in Roald Dahl’s writing, enjoying his darkly comic style, villainous adult characters and the unexpected twists and turns his books always seemed to take. It’s one of the many reasons I was so excited to bring my daughter to see The Arts Club’s rendition of Matilda The Musical, playing now at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre.
Matilda the Musical is the adaptation of one of Dahl’s most beloved books and is a funhouse fairy tale of a story with characters you may remember like Miss Honey, Miss Trunchbull and Matilda Wormwood. It is true enough to the book, ensuring to captivate those loyal readers, yet sophisticated enough as to engage those who may not know the story and are in need of a night of comic relief. It is sweet, smart and wickedly fun.
Directed by Daryl Cloran, Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary little girl whose bravery and brilliance helps her take charge of her own destiny. She will happily choose books over TV any day and discovers her telekinetic powers for good, helping her classmates navigate the dreadfully delightful, Miss Trunchbull. Played by the hilarious John Ullyatt, Miss Trunchbull is the headmistress of Crunchem Hall whose motto is Children are Maggots.
You will come to loathe her grotesque parents, including her sleazy car salesman father and ballroom dance crazy mother, whose hilarity and over the top selfishness seem beyond absurd, if not for a Roald Dahl book.
I found myself smiling the entire evening as I listened to the hilarious and clever songs of Tim Minchin, with personal favourites including “Miracle”, “Revolting Children” and “When I grow up”. The Arts Club have assembled a dynamic and talented cast of both children and adults in Matilda who will surely find ways to captivate your heart and leave you coming back for more of their upcoming productions.
Matilda the Musical at The Arts Club
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St, Vancouver) When: On now until July 14, 2019 Follow The Arts Club on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more info.
Views and opinions are those of the author. Media review tickets were provided by The Arts Club.
Guest posts by Jen Murtagh, Chief Strategy Officer at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation. Founder NetworkinginVan. People philanthropist. Loud laugher. U2 Superfan. Dominator of boggle. Follow Jen on Twitter @JenU2.
The Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival (“TWFF”) returns June 21 to June 25, 2019 to the Vancity Theatre. TWFF is an annual non-profit arts and cultures initiative started in 2007, and over the years, it has become the largest film festival focusing on Taiwanese cinema in North America.
Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival
Where: Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St, Vancouver) When: June 21 to June 25, 2019 Tickets: Available online now for individual films or in ticket packs
Over the past years, TWFF has presented more than 100 Taiwanese films and invited many filmmakers to Vancouver. This year’s lineup featured documentaries, dramas, thrillers and comedies.
Win Tickets to See The Plastic Bag
I’m giving away tickets to the screening of The Plastic Bag, on Saturday, June 22 at 6:00pm.
The beautiful Little Liuqiu Island is the natural habitat for the endangered green sea turtle. Xiao Lu is passionate about green sea turtles and is wholeheartedly dedicated to conservation research. As an anti-plastic activist, Xiao Lu encountered a series of dilemmas which led to many disagreements and the eventual breakup with her boyfriend.
As green sea turtles hatch and head into the ocean, only one in a thousand hatchlings will survive and safely grow into adulthood. It takes as many as 50 years for green sea turtles reach sexual maturity and at that point, they return to their nestling beach to lay eggs. But what will become of their habitat after 50 years? Tourism has stimulated the economy of beautiful Little Liuqiu Island but how will it find a balance between tourism and marine conservation?
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