Win a Night on The Town with Lumière Vancouver

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On a dark weekend in November, Lumière Vancouver will bring its brilliant light to the West End and Downtown Vancouver over three nights of family-friendly displays and attractions.

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From November 1-3, 2019 you can visit 25 interactive art installations that add wonder to four beloved sites: English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza, Lot 19, and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly known as the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery).

Each site’s interactive art installations honour a different theme:
• Nature (English Bay)
• Pride (Jim Deva Plaza on Davie at Bute)
• Local (Lot 19 – between Hastings and Cordova)
• Interactive (šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square)

Lumiere Bear
New at English Bay this year: A magnificent 24 ft tall grizzly bear installation designed by the MK Illumination Canada team

Free Vancouver Trolley shuttles will be available to transport viewers between each site and don’t miss the Lumière Vancouver Block Party each night as well, from 5:00pm to 10:00pm at Jim Deva Plaza. It’s a great way to appreciate dazzling art, and to get out and enjoy these cool Vancouver neighbourhoods.

Win a Night on The Town

I have the chance to give away a Lumière Vancouver prize package to enjoy Downtown Vancouver and the West End this season! The prize includes:

A $50 gift card for The Park Pub, a $50 gift card to Bayside Lounge, brunch for 2 at Papi’s Seafood and Oyster Bar (value $70), and $175 in Visa Rewards cards from so you can book a stay downtown this season. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow the festival on Twitter and Facebook, and StayVancouverHotels on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for more info. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

UPDATE The winner is Linda!

Starry Night Gala for Together We Can

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On November 9th, 2019, the largest addiction treatment organization in Canada, Together We Can (“TWC”), will host the Starry Night Gala at the Rocky Mountaineer Station.


Starry Night Gala for Together We Can

Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station (1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Tickets: Available online now for $225

Based in Vancouver with facilities across British Columbia, TWC specializes in treating all forms of addiction and providing their clients with a viable path towards recovery. With over 300 beds and thousands of clients coming through their doors each year, they are at the forefront of the battle against addiction.

The 2019 fundraising gala will be in support of their Fallen Sons Memorial Fund, a scholarship that provides access to rehabilitation services for individuals who for one reason or another are unable to get the help they need. In British Columbia, addiction is the only potentially fatal disease that treatment isn’t guaranteed for by our healthcare system. The rehabilitation industry is largely dominated by for-profit organizations, but TWC has made its mark as the largest of the bunch despite being a non-profit, CRA-recognized charity. The scholarship program that the event will fundraise for ensures over 100 people get the treatment they so desperately need each year.

With the overdose crisis that has seen over 11,500 Canadians lose their lives since 2016, it is more important now than ever before to provide treatment to those who need it.

Join TWC as they turn the tide in the battle against addiction. Get your tickets for the Starry Night Gala today and follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more info.

Miss604 is a proud media sponsor of the TWC Starry Night Gala

Vancouver Podcast Festival 2019

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Back in 2005, I fell in love with a man who had a podcast. He moved to Vancouver, he podcasted some more, and then we started podcasting together — we even brought in a group of friends to do one specifically about hockey in 2008. After a few years, everyone got a little too busy and we all pod-faded. That was the actual term, to pod-fade. Now, almost a decade later, the medium is picking up again and it’s easier than ever to find and listen to podcasts. So much so, that there’s an annual festival in Vancouver dedicated to podcasting panels, masterclasses, and presentations.

Vancouver Podcast Festival

When: November 7 to 10, 2019
Where: Various Locations across Vancouver (VPL, Charles Bar, Rio, SFU)
Tickets: Available Online for $100-$215

Vancouver Podcast Festival

The four-day festival includes acclaimed storytellers including Martin Austwick (The Allusionist), Mike Browne (Dark Poutine), Christopher Goddard (Dirty John), Falen Johnson (Secret Life of Canada), Helen Zaltzman (The Allusionist) and many more.

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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The cranberries are harvested and the wilting corn mazes are looking spookier. We’re heading into a dreary stretch of weather but theatrical productions, gallery exhibits, Halloween and harvest events, and dazzling attractions will keep our spirits up. Here are just a few things to do around Vancouver this weekend:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend - Autumn

Friday, October 18, 2019
Oktoberfest at the Alpen Club
Science World After Dark Murder Mystery
West Coast Women’s Show
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Dance Auditions
Bloedel Conservatory’s 50th Anniversary Tiki Night
Vancouver Maritime Museum Arctic Awards Gala
Drink & Draw Friday
FEAST: Asian Dining Festival
Vancouver Art Book Fair
The Creature Creeps at Evergreen Cultural Centre
International TheatreSports Conference & Festival
Replay: A Bunch of Great Plays, Again! At Havana Theatre
Whistler Writers Festival
VanDusen GLOW in the Garden
Fright Nights at Playland
Vagabond Players Present: Terror by Gaslight
Hidden Wonders Speakeasy Magic Experience
Fort Langley: Grave Tales: Two-hour Adult Edition

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3 Cool Vancouver Buildings That Don’t Exist Anymore

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I watched the demolition of the Empire Landmark Hotel in the West End over the course of about 11 months. I would walk by and it seemed like each day, bit-by-bit, a floor was gone. It wasn’t a particularly lovely building by any means, but it was an icon on the Downtown Vancouver landscape. Rising 42 storeys and topped with a revolving restaurant, it opened in 1973 and closed in 2017. Now it’s a hole in the ground until two new residential towers are built.

It got me thinking about the ever-changing landscape in Vancouver, and how even in my neighbourhood some trees outlast buildings. So, here are three architecturally stunning buildings that Vancouver has gained and lost over the last century. If you can think of any more, please leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list.

3 Cool Vancouver Buildings That Don’t Exist Anymore

Georgia Medical Dental Building
1950s: Georgia Medical-Dental Building viewed from the Vancouver Art Gallery steps. Archives# 2008-022.040.

Georgia Medical Dental Building
Built: 1927-1929
Demolished: 1989
Where: On the corner of Hornby and Georgia
What’s there now: Cathedral Place
About: Built in 1927-29, the Medical-Dental Building was the first art deco skyscraper built in Vancouver and was designed by the same architects who did the Marine Building, McCarter and Nairne. “Like the Marine Building it rose in tiers, topped by pale terra cotta that dripped off the brick facade like ice cream,” reported the Vancouver Sun.

The Changing Vancouver blog calls this next one “the saddest loss of a heritage building in the city.”

Birks Building on Georgia and Granville
June, 1946. Birks Building on Georgia and Granville. Photographer: Don Coltman. Archives# CVA 586-4399.

Birks Building
Built: 1912-1913
Demolished: 1974
Where: Granville and Georgia
What’s there now: Scotia Tower
About: “[It was] an 11-storey Edwardian masterpiece with an elegant terra cotta facade and a graceful curved corner,” according to the Vancouver Sun. “The corner of Georgia and Granville was rounded glass windows all the way up. It was quite spectacular. That’s where the Birks clock was for years and years. It was a familiar meeting place: ‘Meet you at the Birks clock, Georgia and Granville.’”

Second Hotel Vancouver
1917. Second Hotel Vancouver. Georgia and Granville. Photographer: Philip Timms. Archives# CVA 677-21.

Second Hotel Vancouver
Built: 1912-1916
Demolished: 1949. It closed 10 years earlier and turned into a government administration building during World War II, while the third Hotel Vancouver was opened.
Where: Georgia between Howe and Granville
What’s there now: TD Tower
About: “Features included arched windows, castle-like turrets and a 14th floor that was adorned with eight-foot tall terra cotta moose and buffalo head sculptures. Gargoyles, Canadian-style. The hotel was big, with 700 rooms, several dining rooms, two ballrooms, a billiard room, shops and offices. And it was a study in elegance, from its three-storey entrance portico to its renowned rooftop garden.” [Source: Vancouver Sun]

Related reads: City Hall History, Pacific Central Station, Waterfront Station, Heritage Hall, Hotel Europe.

Green Day’s American Idiot in North Vancouver: Win Tickets

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Green Day’s explosive, award-winning, Broadway phenomenon American Idiot is coming to North Vancouver, presented by URP

Nick Heffelfinger, Tanner Ford, Erin Palm, Colin Sheen, Ali Watson, Kerry O’Donovan.
Photo by Robert Sondergaard.

Green Day’s American Idiot in North Vancouver

Where: Centennial Theatre (2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver)
When: November 5 to November 10, 2019 at 8:00pm
Tickets: Available online now ($25-$45) or by calling (604) 984-4484

Winner of two Tony Awards® and the Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11, suburbia, discovering love, loss, sex, drugs, and rock and roll along the way.

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