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CAN Relay 4 Autism & Family Festival

Monday, July 8th, 2019 — 9:24am PDT
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The Canucks Autism Network (“CAN”) is hosting its first CAN Relay 4 Autism & Family Festival on July 20th at Swangard Stadium. You are invited to collect pledges then walk, run or wheel around the track in support of CAN. All are welcome to attend the free family festival on site throughout the event.

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If you would like to get some exercise and help the cause, you can join the relay portion of the event by collecting pledges to run, walk or wheel a target number of laps around the track.

CAN Relay 4 Autism & Family Festival

Where: Swangard Stadium (3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby)
When: Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
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For the relay, you can sign up as an individual or team. Set a personal or group goal to walk/run/wheel a chosen number of laps around the track and collect pledges from friends, family and co-workers to help you reach your fundraising goal. The first three individuals or teams to raise $5,000 will win an Xbox prize pack. Fundraising prizes also include Canucks tickets, signed merchandise and more.


The festival will have carnival games, bouncy castles, food trucks, music, and a vendor marketplace. Come in your best 80s attire or any fun outfit to participate in the costume competition.

The Canucks Autism Network holds its 10th birthday festival at Surrey Civic Plaza 2018

Catch the Science World live show, visit the Tap Snap photo booth, listen to the Mayday Club Youth Choir, check out Sirota’s Martial Arts, and groove to the 13th Floor Rock Band.

The CAN Sensory Friendly Space is an onsite quiet zone that will have activities and seating for those with sensory sensitivities to recharge.

About Canucks Autism Network

Founded in 2008, CAN delivers programming to children, youth, young adults and families living with autism while promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion through community engagement and training initiatives across British Columbia.

For more information, follow CAN on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and be sure to stop by the CAN Relay 4 Autism on July 20th.

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Bard on the Beach Fireworks Nights: Win Tickets

Monday, July 8th, 2019 — 9:11am PDT
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Two of the biggest parts of summer in Vancouver combine to make for one spectacular evening! Bard on the Beach is once again offering its Bard-B-Q & Fireworks nights where you can enjoy a Bard main stage show, dinner, and a private view of the Honda Celebration of Light from their grounds at Vanier Park.

Bard-B-Q Fireworks at Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach

July 27, July 31 and August 3, 2019 at 5:00pm

See The Taming of the ShrewShakespeare in Love or All’s Well That Ends Well, then enjoy an exquisite salmon barbecue* from Emelle’s Catering with all the fixings, delicious desserts and an entire evening of entertainment! Visit the PIXSTAR photobooth and more before enjoying a private view of the spectacular Celebration of Light fireworks.

Note: The Shakespeare in Love performance is only available for the July 27 Fireworks night. Alternate food options are also available. Please call the Box Office if you have an allergies or food concerns. Dinner will be served outdoors.

Bard on the Beach 2019 Season

The Taming of the Shrew
June 5 – September 21 on the BMO Mainstage

Shakespeare in Love
June 12 – September 18 on the BMO Mainstage

All’s Well That Ends Well
June 26 – August 11 on the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre

August 21 – September 15 on the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre

Special Events

Notable returning special events also include Family Days, Talkback Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays and the Exploring Shakespeare Talks (one for each of the four plays), Forum: Kate – Victim or Victor?, Operas & Arias: Verdi and More! View the full schedule online here »

Tickets for Bard on the Beach’s 30th season are now on sale beginning at $26. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection as many performances sell out in advance. Order online through the Bard website or call the Bard Box Office at 604-739-0559 or (toll free) 1-877-739-0559.

Enter to Win Bard-B-Q Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to see The Taming of the Shrew on the BMO Mainstage followed by Bard-B-Q dinner and then the private viewing of the Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks from the Bard grounds (July 31, 2019).

Bard's Taming of the Shrew.
Bard’s Taming of the Shrew. Photo: Emily Cooper.

The 2007 ‘spaghetti western’ version of The Taming of the Shrew – one of Bard’s most beloved productions – is the inspiration behind this hilarious Wild-West love story, where two fierce kindred spirits finally meet their match in each other. 

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, July 15, 2019. Prize is for the July 31st event and cannot be exchanged for another night.

RENT on Stage in Vancouver: Win Tickets and Dinner

Friday, July 5th, 2019 — 9:44am PDT
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Broadway Across Canada presents the 20th anniversary tour of RENT on stage in Vancouver, September 17 to 22, 2019.

RENT on stage
The company of RENT 20th anniversary tour. Carol Rosegg photo.

RENT on Stage in Vancouver

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St, Vancouver)
When: September 17 to 22, 2019
Tickets: Available online now or by calling 1-855-985-5000

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.

A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews and transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996. RENT won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Based on original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, RENT), Evan Ensign re-stages the 20th anniversary tour.

Win Tickets and Dinner

I have a pair of tickets to give away to opening night on September 17th along with a $100 gift card for Honey Salt at Parq Vancouver so you can enjoy dinner and a show!

Honey Salt Patio Vancouver
The Honey Salt patio is open!

Honey Salt celebrates the purity and richness of British Columbia with seasonally inspired, farm-to-table cuisine from locally sourced ingredients. Boasting a lively selection of regional beers, spirits, and inspired cocktails, Honey Salt is representative of a casual, sophisticated citywide dining destination that is infused with neighbourhood ambiance. Open for lunch, dinner, weekend afternoon tea, and weekend brunch.

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, July 12, 2019. For the latest news, announcements and “backstage” access on all upcoming shows follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook #BACTouring #BACSub  #BACAddict.

UPDATE The winner is Jodi!

Surrey Fusion Festival 2019

Thursday, July 4th, 2019 — 10:41am PDT
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It was created in 2008, when Surrey was named a Cultural Capital of Canada, and over the last decade it’s won awards and attracted hundreds of thousands to enjoy its spirit, culture, music, and of course – food! The Surrey Fusion Festival is legendary, known for its pavilions that celebrate dozens of countries that weave the fabric that makes up this vibrant city (and my hometown).

Surrey Fusion Festival Highlights
Surrey Fusion Festival Headliners: 2Baba and Sharry Mann

Surrey Fusion Festival

Where: Holland Park (13428 Old Yale Rd, Surrey)
When: Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, 21, 2019 11:00am to 10:00pm
Admission: FREE! You can purchase food tickets $1 each.

Now in its 12th year, the two-day event will see participation from over 55 pavilions, where attendees can experience art and cuisine, while learning about history and traditions from international cultures.

New pavilions include Venezuela, Uganda, Uruguay, Haiti, Paraguay, and Belgium. Additional attractions include an Indigenous village, artisan market, kid’s zone, inflatables, sports zone, cooking stage, and seven stages featuring over 200 performers.

Surrey Fusion Fest 2012

Nigerian Afro pop artist 2Baba and Indian-Punjabi singer Sharry Mann will headline Surrey Fusion Festival. This will be the first time the annual free event will see international headliners perform for both Saturday and Sunday night.

Known by his stage name 2Baba, the Nigerian singer song-writer and record producer is one of the most established musical artists in Africa, having won multiple international music awards, including four MTV Africa Music awards. Sharry Mann is a Punjabi singer and actor recognized as a leader in the Punjabi music industry. He is known for his most popular song 3 Peg, which has garnered over 360 million views on YouTube. Also performing is well-known Canadian electro-soul band, Busty and the Bass. The band is known for its unique brand of music, which incorporates two vocalists, a horn section, and a diverse range of musical genres.

Win Food Tickets

I have $50 in food tickets to give away to the Festival! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow the City of Surrey events team on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more information. Miss604 is a proud media partner of Surrey Fusion Festival.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

UPDATE The winner is Jeanne!

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, July 4th, 2019 — 9:37am PDT
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July was ushered in with a blast of Canada Day fireworks but the fun it’s stopping any time soon. For your first full weekend of the month, there are free festivals, free dancing, free movies, and many more things to do in Vancouver:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, July 5, 2019
CBC Musical Nooners Kick-Off
Free Dancing & Lessons in Downtown Vancouver
Fridays on Front, Downtown New West
Art Party at the Polygon Gallery
City of Lougheed Summer Fun Series
A Nude Hope: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure Farewell Run
24 Hour Friday Night Screenings of The Clock
Bard in the Vineyard at Township 7
American Crown Circus & Circo Osorio, Coquitlam
Heroic Opera Presents Verdi’s Macbeth
Trivia Night at Biercraft Wesbrook
Shipyards Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Kitsilano Showboat
Bard on the Beach
Dancing on the Edge Festival
Indian Summer Festival
Rock of Ages at Metro Theatre
A Room Somewhere Presents Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye

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Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory Festival: Win Passes

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 — 2:06pm PDT
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Ensemble Theatre Company’s 7th Annual Summer Repertory Festival includes an uplifting comedy set in a doughnut shop, a classic political satire and a celebration of the power of storytelling.

Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts, Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday, and Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy promise to provide local audiences with a reason to see theatre during the warm summer months.

Superior Donuts. Photo by Emily Cooper.
Superior Donuts. Photo by Emily Cooper.

Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory Festival

  • When: July 10 to August 16, 2019 (no performances July 15 & 16)
    • 7:30pm nightly, 2:00pm Sundays, July 21, 28 & August 4
  • Where: Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery St, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: From $25, Festival Pass: $88. Brunch readings $10.

Brought to vivid and powerful life by Ensemble’s talented group of actors, directors, and designers, this year’s selection of plays showcases the humour, insight, and risk that only live theatre offers.

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