musica intima’s Nativité: Win Tickets

Monday, December 4th, 2017 — 4:13pm PST
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This December, professional vocal ensemble musica intima is performing a series of seasonal and spicy holiday concerts, including two matinées and a new venue in North Burnaby.

musica intima's Nativité

musica intima’s Nativité

The traditional repertoire for Nativité, which was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award, includes O come, O come, Emmanuel; Lully, lulla; Ave Maria; and Five Carols. The ensemble performs newer festive songs that are jazz and blues inspired by Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, and favourites from Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Gordon Lightfoot, Jackson Browne, and Boney M.

Because the ensemble is a small choir of eight professional singers, it produces a clean and unique sound that can successfully go beyond traditional choral music. It is also conductor-less. Audiences can hear the individual voices, as well as the fuller group harmonies that make Christmas carols so special.

Show: North Burnaby Matinée
Where: Brentwood Church (1600 Delta Ave, Burnaby)
When: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2:00pm

Show: Dunbar Matinée
Where: St. Philip’s Anglican Church (3737 27th Ave W, Vancouver)
When: Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 3:00pm

Show: New Westminster
Where: Knox Presbyterian Church (402 Columbia St E, New Westminster)
When: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 7:30pm

Show: Downtown Vancouver
Where: Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard St, Vancouver)
When: Friday, December 22, 2017 at 7:30pm

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to the performance in Downtown Vancouver on December 22nd. 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 11, 2017. Follow musica intima on Facebook and Twitter for more information about their shows this season.

VanDusen Festival of Lights 2017-2018

Monday, December 4th, 2017 — 11:55am PST
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Blossoms in the spring and twinkling lights in winter, VanDusen Botanical Gardens has once again made its transformation into a festive, sparkling wonderland for the VanDusen Festival of Lights. This family-friendly event features both indoor and outdoor activities and attractions, plenty of photo opportunities, holiday treats, and of course millions of lights illuminating the spectacular gardens.

VanDusen Festival of Lights 2017-2018

Festival of Lights 2017-2018

  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden
    5251 Oak St (37th and Oak) in Vancouver
  • When: December 1 – 14 from 4:30pm to 9:00pm
    Open late December 15 – 24 from 4:30pm – 10:00pm
    Closed December 25. December 26 to January 7 from 4:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Admission: Buy tickets online in advance to save money and skip the line. Hard-copy tickets valid for any event night will be available for purchase at VanDusen Botanical Garden’s admissions desk. Buy tickets during regular garden hours (10:00am to 4:00pm in November and 10:00am to 3:00pm in December)
  • Be mesmerized by the Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake every 20 minutes, visit Storytime with Santa (December 1 to 24), enjoy a show at the Vancouver Puppet Theatre (December 26 to January 7), and listen to singers, choirs, bands and entertainers inside the Visitor Centre halls.

    All tickets include a free ride on the Air France carousel, where you can also enter to win a trip to Paris!

    VanDusen Festival of Lights 2017-2018

    Walk over to the Make-A-Wish® Candle Grotto to make a donation to the charity partner, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and make a wish while you light a candle to fill this picturesque grotto. There’s also the Make-A-Wish® Lego Room of Joy in the Visitor Centre. Learn about the Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon, get a glow star with a minimum $5 donation and enjoy the Lego display.

    Warm up at the Fireside Lounge outside with fire pits and specialty holiday beverages in this new outdoor licensed area. Nosh throughout the gardens at Cin City Donuts, Urban Wood Fired Pizza, Frosty’s Patio & Bar, Potato Tornado, Shaughnessy Restaurant, Santa’s Kitchen, Truffles Café, Truffles Pop-up Café, and Big Dogs.

    VanDusen Festival of Lights 2017-2018

    Follow VanDusen Botanical Garden on Facebook and Twitter for more information and tag your photos with #VanDusenFOL.

    Miss604 is a proud partner of the 2017 VanDusen Festival of Lights

Give the Gift of Holiday Cheer: Festive Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Monday, December 4th, 2017 — 10:53am PST
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The holidays are a very busy time of year, wrapping up year-end work, shopping, and planning time to be with friends and family. It can also be very expensive, which is why John and I plan date nights at home. We’ll go for a walk in the park, cook a meal together, then treat each other with cocktails crafted right in our kitchen.

We love to experiment with spirits, bitters, and garnishes. “But you have to try it first,” John will say as he parks himself in front of me with a glass in hand. I’m usually attempting to finish up some work on my computer, “I’m almost done, just one more minute.” He places the glass on my desk, without a coaster since he knows that will get my attention. I pause, take a sip, “Oh, that’s good!”

Festive Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Giving the gift of spirits offers Christmas cheer, that you can even share. This season I have partnered with Beam Suntory to offer a few delicious suggestions, inspiring you to create your own craft cocktail nights, so you can sip, savour, and cherish time together:

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5 Things You Can Recycle, But Probably Didn’t Know That You Could

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 — 10:27am PST
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There’s a little dance John and I do down at our recycling bins every few days. We have our boxes and bags full of goods we don’t want to put in the trash, so we spend a few minutes reading labels, looking at the bottom of containers, and comparing them to symbols and graphics on the 8 bins in front of us.

5 Things You Can Recycle, But Probably Didn't Know That You Could

We hop from one bin to the next with items in hand. Cardboard, glass bottles, newsprint, no problem! What about cups, bottles, foil, or paper items that don’t blatantly appear on the bins’ helpful placards?

Luckily, Recycle BC has the very easy, and straightforward, “What Can I Recycle” tool to help you sort your discarded items. It lets you identify the items and tells you where they are accepted for recycling — such as curbside collection, multi-family collection, or at your local Recycle BC depot.

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Fall for Local Holiday Market: Enter to Win a Prize Pack

Friday, December 1st, 2017 — 11:09am PST
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Fall for Local Holiday Market is a one-of-kind shop small event, that prides itself on curating high quality modern pop-up featuring independent brands. Not only can you shop from 80 vendors, you can pop into a free mini wreath DIY station, wrap your gifts at our free gift wrapping station, and warm up with fresh free coffee.

Fall for Local Holiday Market

Where: The Pipe Shop Building (115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver)
When: Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10, 2017 11:00am to 5:00pm
Tickets: Early Bird (online) $3, Regular Ticket (on-site): $5 (cash only), kids 12 & under free

Bonus! Get there early as the first 50 guests will receive a free canvas tote bag filled with local goodies on both days.

Fall for Local Holiday Market

Enter to Win a Prize Pack

I have THREE awesome prize packs up for grabs and you get to choose which one you would like to enter to win. Here’s what’s in each:

Fall for Comfort – Package value over $170!

Thread Style
Emily Cheung
City and She
The Soap Co.
Wild Design Lab
Midnight Paloma
Modern Hippie Wellness
$30 Gift Card
Gift Cards
Soothe Salt Soak
470ml Soap
Gift Card
Detox Mask
Charcoal Mask

Fall for Bling – Package value over $240!

Mind The Minimal
Reiko Designs
Divine East
Billy Would
Rocky Mountain Trio
Divine East Bracelet TBD
Gold Bracelet

Fall for Food – Package value over $170!

Il Fioraio Florist
Kapow Now
Moon Brew Tonic
Tality Kombucha
Roasters Hot Sauce
The Good Stuff
Kizzy’s Macarons
Small Christmas Wreath
Tea Towels
3 Bottles Kombucha
Hot Sauce
6 ready-to-blend smoothie mixes
Box of 10 assorted macarons

Here are the many ways you can enter to win one of these prize packages:

Click to enter #FallForComfort via TwitterClick To Tweet
Click to enter #FallForBling via TwitterClick To Tweet
Click to enter #FallForFood via TwitterClick To Tweet

Follow Fall for Local on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for more information. I will draw one winner for each prize pack at 12:00pm on December 7, 2017. Winners must be able to pick up their prizes at the event on December 9 or 10, 2017.

Update The winners are Comfort: Ashley Banbury; Bling: Kelsi Gillies; Food: Julie Palk!