2 Show Ticket Giveaway for the Chan Centre: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks & Ladysmith Black Mambazo


Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 — 10:54am PST
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I’m excited to present a very special 2 show ticket giveaway with The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, featuring the following performances:

No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts presents the dazzling multimedia work No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks on February 24, 2019, at 7:00pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall as part of the Beyond Words series.

Manual Cinema by Julia Miller
Manual Cinema by Julia Miller

The late poet was a radical and disruptive presence within the national literary scene, becoming the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1950. In this ambitious creation, innovative art-collective Manual Cinema collaborates with Chicago-based poets Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall to craft an inspiring biographical narrative, featuring a live six-piece band and original score by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts presents the soulful, harmony-driven sounds of Ladysmith Black Mambazo on March 2, 2019, at 8:00pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall.

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Sharing the bill alongside Malian guitarist Habib Koité and lutist Bassekou Kouyate, the nine-member choral group returns to a sold-out Chan Centre for the first time since 2006 on their global tour of Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration, for which they earned the Best World Music Album of 2018 and their fifth Grammy Award.

“Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the world’s most admired musical ensembles. Their repertoire is beautifully uplifting — messages of hope and unity translated through stunning vocal harmonies and energetic performances,” says Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director of the Chan Centre.

Win Tickets to Both Shows!

I have a pair of tickets to see No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks on Sunday, February 24th AND a pair of tickets to the SOLD OUT  Ladysmith Black Mambazo with HabibKoité and Bassekou Kouyate show on March 2nd. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts is located at 6265 Crescent Road, UBC. Follow along on Twitter and Facebook for the latest performance information. I will draw one lucky double winner from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

5 Spring Break Day Camps Around Vancouver 2019


Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 — 10:16am PST
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Spring Break is just around the corner and local businesses and attractions are gearing up by loading their calendars with events and activities for kids. Whether your child is into cooking, nature, science, or the performing arts, there’s a day camp in Vancouver that can accommodate, educate, and entertain them all week long in 2019:

5 Spring Break Day Camps in Vancouver

Spring Break Cooking Classes for Kids and Teens at Well Seasoned
March 18-28, 2019
Hosted by Chef Helena and designed to entertain, teach and inspire young minds aged 7-16. Each class is $58 and can be booked individually. You can also book a set of 3 for $160. Class availability is updated daily on the class calendar.

Vancouver Aquarium: Spring Break AquaCamp
March 18-22 and March 25-29, 2019
Aquacamps are filled with hands-on activities, animal observations, crafts and time to run around outside to fully engage your children in an environment that encourages active learning. Children will learn about local and exotic animals, life cycles, food webs, adaptations, ecosystems and sustainability.

Stanley Park Ecology Society
Animal Detectives March 18-22, 2019
EcoLeaders’ Adventure March 25-29, 2019
Aftercare available from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Stanley Park Ecology Society offers Eco Camp for children ages 7 to 11. Embark on an exciting educational adventure among the giant trees, sandy beaches and hidden wetlands of Stanley Park. This spring break, spot wild animals like otters and beavers, have a blast exploring the beach, and learn while spending valuable time outdoors.

Arts Umbrella Day Camps
Granville Island March 18-22, 2019
Granville Island March 25-29, 2019
South Surrey March 25-29, 2019
Spring Break at Arts Umbrella is where young artists let their imaginations free – be it capturing photos or popping cool hip-hop moves. Week-long camps and programs let students get creative through Theatre, Dance, and Visual Arts classes. Young artists challenge their curiosity and stretch artistic boundaries.

Vancouver Police Museum: CSI Spring Break Camp
March 20- 22, 2019 & March 27-29, 2019
An exhilarating, three-day crime-solving spree, featuring exciting opportunities for kids and pre-teens to work on criminal investigations and forensic science activities.

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Things to do Family Day Long Weekend in Vancouver


Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 — 9:29am PST
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Family Day in BC has switched to the third Monday in February, syncing up with the rest of the provinces’ holidays. While we have a few snow days under our belts, Family Day will bring friends and loved ones together through some really fun long weekend events around Metro Vancouver:

Family Day Long Weekend

Family day Long Weekend in Vancouver

Friday, February 15, 2019
Valentine’s Cooking Demo and Dinner
Vancouver Bach Choir: Behind the Keys
Hearts, Horses, and Hope Gala
Yoga Date Night
Music in the Morning: Trio Celeste
Canada’s Walk of Fame Hometown Stars
Early Bird RV Show
JFL Northwest Vancouver’s Just for Laughs Festival
Annie The Musical
Gateway Theatre Presents: Yoga Play
Studio 58 presents CABARET
Boda del Lupo: One Thing Leads to Another
Langley Players: Half Life
Lunar New Year on Granville Island

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BC Home and Garden Show Jane Stoller Prize Pack


Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 — 8:05am PST
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The 2019 BC Home + Garden Show is February 20–24, 2019 at BC Place Stadium, featuring HGTV Canada stars Bryan Baeumler of Island of Bryan, Mickey Fabbiano & Sebastian Sevallo of Worst to First and Carson Arthur of Home to Win headlining on the TELUS Main Stage. Catch exciting presentations from Vancouver’s very own award-winning designers and experts across all five days.

BC Home & Garden Show

BC Home + Garden Show

  • Where: BC Place Stadium, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, February 20, 2018 4:00pm to 9:00pm Thursday, February 21, 2018 Noon to 9:00pm Friday, February 22, 2018 Noon to 9:00pm Saturday, February 23, 2018 10:00am to 9:00pm Sunday, February 24, 2018 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Tickets: Adults (13+) $16; Adults (13 +) Online $14; Seniors (60+) $13; Seniors (60+) Online $11; Seniors (60+) $6 before 6:00pm on Thursday & Friday only. Children 12 years & under are free.

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Gather at The Cooking Stage for seminars and live demos from the city’s most respected chefs including Ryan Stone of Heirloom Vancouver and Fable’s Kurtis Perry.  At the Vancouver Sun Gardiner’s School, rediscover your lost love for all things leafy with daily seminars from the Lower Mainland’s top gardening gurus and landscape designer Carson Arthur. Explore more than 3,000 square feet of innovative garden spaces designed to impress by Great Canadian Landscaping, Holley Landscaping, No Limit Landscape, Para Space Landscaping and more. Step inside a 32-foot yurt, styled by Jamie Banfield Design and imagine a cozy night spent with nothing but the sounds of nature in the background. Go for a test drive with Toyota Canada or step into the power smart house of Dave, one of BC Hydro’s very own employees… and much more!

Portobello West, Vancouver’s favourite fashion and art market, is also showcasing a selection of the city’s top emerging artisans and craftspeople in a special home show pop-up edition

Win a Prize Pack

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I have an awesome prize pack to give away thanks to the BC Home + Garden Show and life-biz organizing expert Jane Stoller of Organized Jane. The prize pack includes:

2 tickets to the BC Home and Garden Show
Reserved front row seating at Jane Stoller’s presentation on Friday (Feb 22 @ 4pm)
2 complimentary glasses of wine at the Lounge
One-hour, one-on-one coaching session with Jane Stoller
A copy of Jane Stoller’s book Organizing Your Lifestyle

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Must be 19+.

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Whisky & Words for the Vancouver Writers Festival


Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 — 6:58am PST
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Each year the Vancouver Writers Fest hosts a whisky tasting event called Whisky & Words—previously A Dram Come True. Guests enjoy unlimited drams of whisky from distilleries around the world, as well as local craft spirits and beer. They savour delicious food, peruse our silent auction—featuring rare and unique whiskies as well as experiences—and relish in live entertainment by local musicians. 

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Whisky & Words

Where: Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St) Vancouver
When: Friday, March 8, 2019 8:00pm
Tickets: Available online now. 19+. Please enjoy responsibly.

In addition to unlimited pours throughout the evening of the main event, guests will also dine on delicious bites from local Vancouver restaurants. Our silent auction promises to thrill with highlights including a whisky tasting experience at the new Parq Vancouver’s Hidden Lounge at D/6 hosted by one of Vancouver’s top bartenders and the Macallan Edition Series 1-4.

A series of Masterclasses will also take place from 5:30pm to 7:00pm before the event on March 8th. The Masterclasses will range in topics from Women & Whisky to Different Grains, Different Whiskies to BC Tastings. Stay tuned for more details. All event proceeds support education programming.

This event usually sells out, be sure to get your tickets today. Follow the Vancouver Writers Festival on Facebook and Twitter for more info.

Vancouver’s Snow Lifeguards


Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 — 6:42am PST
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After the first major snow storm of the year, I texted my friend Laura: “Photo walk? I want to catch those Lost Lagoon cherry blossoms in the snow.” She replied back with a thumbs up emoji, a snowflake emoji, and a camera emoji and then met me over on Lagoon Drive during her lunch break.

Snow Cherry Blossoms

Indeed, the cherry blossoms were no bigger than they were about 2 weeks ago when I first discovered them in late January, with the cold stunting their ambitious early growth. We got the snaps we wanted then continued down to the waterside path where signs: “DANGER THIN ICE KEEP OFF” were laid around the shore of Lost Lagoon.

Then we noticed a bit of a crowd around one person in particular: Someone in a big red parka, sitting on top of a bench against which a rescue ladder rested in the snow. “Is that a… lifeguard?” As we got closer the words on the back of their coat became clear.

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The lifeguard was very friendly but said they were necessary at this time of year. Apparently when the snow starts to fall, folks get the notion that the ice is ready for skating and they walk (or attempt to skate) out over the open water.

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There were some tell-tale holes in the ice, which I hope were from animals and not from humans, but once we got over to the Stanley Park Nature House I really did have to raise my palm to my cheek and gasp. Someone had indeed been ice skating as well.

From the Vancouver Park Board on Facebook: Please keep off the ice! Despite all the cold weather, it remains thin on lakes and ponds across Vancouver. Our lifeguards are out this week making people aware that the ice isn’t safe. 

To be clear: Lost Lagoon is NOT frozen over. There may be snow on it, but it is NOT frozen. It is NOT safe for skating or walking on. Please do NOT attempt this.

Miss E. Robinson and Pete Pantages, Royal Lifesaving Society members pose at snowy beach
1927: Miss E. Robinson & Pete Pantages (founder of the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club), Royal Lifesaving Society members. Vancouver Archives #CVA 99-1784. Photo by Stuart Thomson.

Live vicariously through these archive photos from almost 100 years ago when Lost Lagoon did in face deep freeze but really your best bet for outdoor skating in Vancouver this winter is the Robson Square Ice Rink which is open for FREE skating until February 28th.