Top Tips for Viewing Coquitlam’s Lights at Lafarge

Monday, November 5th, 2018 — 11:33am PST
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Metro Vancouver’s largest free lights display is set to return this month. Cue grins! Whether you’re a seasoned Lights at Lafarge explorer, or you plan to visit for the first time, here are a few tips to plan your Coquitlam adventure.

Top Tips for Viewing Coquitlam’s Lights at Lafarge

Lights at Lafarge Lake

First of all, consider SkyTrain. The display is just steps from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station and parking can get busy. The station is also located within City Centre, so you can easily walk around the area to pick up hot drinks, meet for dinner or round up the evening with a nightcap.

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TELUS Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

Monday, November 5th, 2018 — 11:03am PST
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TELUS presents the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade, the largest Christmas parade celebrated in Western Canada, on the first Sunday in December. Join in the free, family-friendly fun with live entertainment and activities, along with supporting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the CKNW Orphans’ Fund.

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

When: Sunday, December 2, 2018 12:00pm
Parade Route: The route will travel from West Georgia and Broughton, then head east along West Georgia, turn south on Howe and finish at Howe and Davie.

This year’s Vancouver Santa Claus Parade will feature marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats and community groups, which entertain over 300,000 spectators.

Santa Claus Parade

A very special part of the TELUS presents the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade is celebrating the “Spirit of Giving.” Each year, on parade day, volunteers collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations on behalf of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

For every $1 donated, the Food Bank can purchase $3 worth of food! We are also thrilled to announce our new partnership with the CKNW Kids’ Fund! If just 200 people donate $10 each, the CKNW Kids’ Fund can send a child with special needs to speech therapy, tutoring, or even ensure they have custom hearing aids.

More Activities and Fun

Breakfast with Santa at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (9:00am to 10:30am)
A delicious breakfast buffet and exclusive meet & greet with Santa before the TELUS presents the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade. $35 per adult, $15 per child. Full pre-payment at time of booking, inclusive of taxes & gratuity. Reservations 604-647-0517.

Christmas Square (10:00am to 12:00pm)
Parade spectators are encouraged to arrive early for pre-parade fun. The free festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with two hours of family entertainment at the Christmas Square the North side of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Christmas Square includes a Food Bank drop off, face painting, Letters to Santa station, and an entertainment stage featuring Live music by LeftCoast.

TELUS Photos with Santa (2:00pm to 4:00pm)
Free photos with Santa after the parade at TELUS Garden (510 W Georgia St)

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade presented by TELUS on Twitter, and Instagram along with the tag #TELUSSantaClausParade.

Eastside Culture Crawl 2018: Prize Package Giveaway

Monday, November 5th, 2018 — 9:47am PST
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Vancouver’s four-day fête in celebration of visual arts, design, and crafts, the Eastside Culture Crawl, runs November 15 to 18, 2018 in studios, homes, and garages throughout Vancouver’s Eastside community. The Crawl will present a line-up of artists, venues, and events to date, attracting 35,000 visitors from across Metro Vancouver and showcasing the work of more than 500 artists in 80 locations in the Eastside.

22nd Edition of the Eastside Culture Crawl

22nd Edition of the Eastside Culture Crawl

  • When: November 15 to November 18, 2018
    Thursday & Friday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am to 6:00pm
  • Where: Various Eastside locations between Columbia, 1st Ave, Victoria Dr, and the waterfront

Visitors can immerse themselves in Canada’s largest artistic community of its kind, which extends from Columbia Street to Victoria Drive and from 1st Avenue to the Waterfront, through on-site visits, live demonstrations, probing presentations, and intriguing installations.

Culture Crawl Umbrella

“More than just the home to Vancouver’s popular, four-day celebration of visual arts, the Eastside community contains the largest ratio of artists per capita in the country and serves as the nucleus for hundreds of visual artists and their studios,” says Esther Rausenberg, Executive Director of the Eastside Culture Crawl.

New App

Available for free download on November 15th, the Eastside Culture Crawl app will help festival goers better navigate the neighbourhood, favourite preferred artists, and locate nearby refreshments, bike parking, and car-sharing vehicles. By improving upon an already popular event, the Crawl hopes to continue growing its audience, thereby encouraging and advocating for participating artists to keep producing their brilliant works of art.

Feature Presentations

Members of the public are invited to supplement their Eastside Culture Crawl experience through a number of feature presentations and installations, including:

A juried exhibition of works, featuring 70 artists from the 2018 Culture Crawl, on at various venues:
ARTS FACTORY (281 Industrial Ave)
Until November 11, 2018
Until November 18, 2018
THE CULTCH (1895 Venables St)
Until November 18, 2018

Until November 18, 2018

Strange Fellows Brewing (1345 Clark Dr)
A showing of evocative, art-based, contemporary silent films.
November 15 to 18, 2018 daily from 12:00pm to 11:00pm

The Arts Factory (281 Industrial Ave)
November 23, 2018 at 7:00pm
Eastside Culture Crawl and Cineworks present an evening of films by and about Vancouver-based artist Carole Itter, recipient of the 2017 Audain Prize for

Win a Prize Package

Culture Crawl Prize 2018

I have an amazing prize package to give away thanks to Eastside Culture Crawl participants and sponsors:

Dalina Cafe & Grocery
Gift Certificate $25

Gift Certificate $50

Eastside Culture Crawl umbrella
$30 value

John Steil
“The Bird’s Nest”, Lino Print (6 ½ x 6 ½”)

Kiku Hawkes
“Handless Boy”, 2014 Archival print on 100% cotton rag paper (8.5 x 11”)

Robbie Vergara Screen Printing
“Waiting” Printed on a Poly-Cotton Blend T-shirt using non-toxic, water based ink

To top it off, Modo, an Eastside Culture Crawl Partner, is throwing in a $100 Carshare driving credit with Modo. Get access to over 600 cars, trucks, hybrids, EVs, cargo vans and more with Modo.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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  • Click below to get another entry by posting on Twitter:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Follow the Eastside Culture Crawl on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Vancouver Winter Farmers Markets 2018-2019

Friday, November 2nd, 2018 — 2:33pm PST
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Vancouver Farmers Markets’ winter season kicks off this weekend at the newly expanded Riley Park and Hastings Park Winter Markets.

Vancouver Winter Farmers Markets


Starting November 3rd, Riley Park Winter Market (formerly Nat Bailey) will expand to both sides of Ontario Street and take place at Nat Bailey Stadium and the new Riley Park Plaza at 50 E. 30th Ave. Shoppers will find over 70 farms and producers there each Saturday, along with more food trucks, an expanded seating area, and market entertainment.

Hastings Park Winter Market at the PNE welcomes a large new roster of vendors, including local farms, craft beverage producers, artisanal food makers, and food & coffee trucks.

Other highlights of the weekly Winter Markets include live music, face painting for kids, educational activities and community programming, and a great opportunity to connect with local farmers and producers.

Riley Park Winter Farmers Market
Every Saturday, November 3, 2018 – April 27, 2019 (closed December 29)
4601 Ontario Street & 50 E. 30th Avenue.
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Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market
Every Sunday, November 4, 2018 – April 28, 2019 (closed December 30)
PNE, Renfrew & Hastings
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Bonus! Port Moody Winter Farmers Market
Every Sunday November 4 to April 28, 2019 10:00am to 2:00pm
Closed November 11, December 30, and April 21
Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Road, Port Moody)
More info »

For more information, and to find out what’s in season, follow Vancouver Farmers Markets on Facebook and Twitter.

Online Holiday Auction for One Girl Can

Friday, November 2nd, 2018 — 2:16pm PST
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One Girl Can is excited to launch their winter auction again this year with some amazing prizes to be won. With contributions from the Canucks, Nita Lake Lodge, Aritzia, Cactus Club and more, get in quick to score some great deals this winter and prepare early for the holiday season!

Canyon Lights Capilano Suspension-Bridge Park

Online Holiday Auction for One Girl Can

100% of auction proceeds will go directly to One Girl Can, a Vancouver-based charity focused expanding access for girls’ education in Africa. This holiday season they are raising funds for a new dormitory at Magomano Girls Boarding School in Kenya, where girls are living in a deteriorating dormitory which is severely overcrowded. One Girl Can wants to provide them with safe and healthy home which fosters the dignity and confidence they need to be successful in their studies.

Auction items available include:

  • 2 Tickets to Canucks vs Winnipeg Jets (Dec 22)
  • 2 Tickets to Canucks vs Florida Panthers (Jan 13)
  • 1 Night in Nita Lake Lodge’s Lakeview Studio + Dinner
  • $350 WithinUs Gift Basket
  • 4 Passes to Capilano Bridge Canyon Lights
  • and much more »

Nita Lake Lodge Whistler Winter

Bidding couldn’t be easier through the online auction page. The auction just launched today, so check it out now to place your early bids! Bidding closes at 3:00pm Friday, November 16, 2018.

Win Tickets to The Little Mermaid Jr

Thursday, November 1st, 2018 — 11:03am PST
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The Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association (“CTORA”) presents The Little Mermaid Jr at the Massey Theatre, with incredibly talented youth performers, including Disney stars, performing popular musical productions with collaboration from Vancouver Aquarium to provide support and the three-dimensional (3D) backdrop.

The Little Mermaid Jr

Where: Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave, New Westminster)
When: Saturday, November 24 & Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 6:30pm
Tickets: Starting from $20, order online with assigned seating

Little Mermaid JrLily Yuan, CTORA founder and producer, shares, “Last year’s production of Aladdin was a huge success, so we expect The Little Mermaid Jr. and the Beauty and the Beast Jr. to sell-out quickly this year.

We not only have a talented team of young performers and renowned directors, we have also incorporated original art with digital technology to bring audience a stunning, lively, and one-of-a-kind performance stage.”

As a non-profit organization that leads in providing talented youth performers the opportunity to share their passion for art and culture, CTORA welcomes three (3) award-winning and local youth performers to join this year’s musical productions:

Zoey Siewert as Ariel
(in November 25 show)
Performance credit: Universal NBC’s Nina’s World; ABC’s Once Upon A Time.

Zac Siewert as King Triton
(in November 25 show)
Performance credit: Marvel’s (short-series) Black Spiderman, Chopped Canada Junior.

Jaedon Siewert as chef Louis
(in November 25 & 26 shows)
Performance credit: Universal’s Aliens Ate My Homework; ABC’s Siren.

More than 30 talented performers will take the stage this year with returning performers to include:

Neil Hong as Prince Eric,
Victoria Kazantseva as Ursula

The Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association will also present Beauty and the Beast Jr. on December 7 & Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 West 41st Ave, Vancouver). Follow CTORA on Facebook and Instagram for more info.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to the Little Mermaid Jr performance on November 25th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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  • Click below to get another entry by posting on Twitter:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Update The winner is Michelle!

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