Hitting the OpenRoad with the Hyundai Kona

Thursday, July 12th, 2018 — 10:05am PDT
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With my destination set to the Four Seasons (for their epic Thursday night barbecues), I rode up the Sea to Sky in style in the all new Hyundai Kona from OpenRoad Hyundai Boundary.

Hyundai Kona

Michelle parked her own Hyundai next to mine in a Downtown lot and we carpooled up to Whistler in my Tangerin Comet-coloured Kona. “I have to get new wheels,” she said. “Cause these look so good.” I had no idea that would be the first thing she noticed about our ride!

Plugging in my iPhone to activate Apple Car Play, sliding the sunroof back, hopping from Eco Drive Mode in the city to Sport Mode on the highway for more pick-up. This crossover has a lot of pep, and a lot of room – enough for our weekender bags, groceries, and more – and we didn’t even use the organization compartment that sits under the cargo area.

We exited the highway at Porteau Cove for a quite picnic lunch, turning into the parking lot at the same time as car club convoy of booming Italian sports cars. We hopped out to enjoy our feast at the picnic tables, and to also take photos of our hot little ride on the edge of Howe Sound. We got a few looks, and many smiles.

Hyundai Kona Collage

Lumbar support, touch-screen displays, and the Infinity audio system (and the great company I had) made the rest of the road trip a breeze.

Enter to Win

Thinking of hitting the open road for an afternoon adventure? OpenRoad Hyundai has a $250 Cactus Club gift card for me to give away to a lucky Miss604 reader. Dine-in, or take out for your own elevated Sea to Sky picnic.

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 Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

For more information about the Kona, get in touch with OpenRoad Hyundai Boundary on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Update The winner is Jocelyn!

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This is not a paid post, views are my own. I had a Hyundai Kona media vehicle for 1 week courtesy of OpenRoad.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, July 12th, 2018 — 8:12am PDT
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It’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival weekend at Jericho Beach Park! On top of that there are free outdoor dances, a symphony by the sea, street fairs and markets. Find all of these things to do in Vancouver this weekend and more listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, July 13, 2018
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Sister Says: Music and Storytelling Concert
Friday Movie Series at the Richmond Olympic Oval
Echology Chamber Choir
CAG Talk | Ellen Davis on Channa Horwitz
Indigenous Plant Use
Tracey Bell, 13 Divas in 69 Minutes
Fridays on Front, New West
VANS Park Series
Adults Only Playland Nights
BAD A$$ B!TCHE$ – A Cutting Edge Cabaret
Music at the Cannery
Kitsilano Showboat
Richmond Night Market
Shipyards Night Market North Vancouver
Canada Cup International Softball Championship
Indian Summer Festival
Dancing on the Edge Festival
Les Miserables at the QE Theatre
Plastic Orchid Factory Presents: i miss doing nothing
Vancouver TheatreSports: Avocado Toast, Free-Range Comedy

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Richmond Maritime Festival 2018

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 — 11:07am PDT
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Enjoy music, storytellers, dancers, drummers and more at the 15th annual Richmond Maritime Festival happening July 28 & 29 at Britannia Shipyards. Celebrate Richmond’s historical connection with the sea at this free family event at a National Heritage Site.

Richmond Maritime Festival 2017 - Steveston, B.C.

Richmond Maritime Festival

  • Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site in Steveston (5180 Westwater Dr)
  • When: 10:00am to 6:00pm Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Who: Performers include: Flint & Feather, The Boom Booms, Wooden Horsemen, Beauty Shop Dolls, Company B Jazz Band, Jocelyn Pettit Trio, The Seabillys, Adrienne ft Drix, Jessica McMann, Ben Dunnill, Roku Shichi Taiko Drummers, The Wild Moccasins Dancers, Eire Born Irish Dancers.

Over two days, land lubbers and sea-goers of all ages will enjoy activities that delight one and all. Discover local lore, visit beautiful wooden boats, create works of art, bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the tasty treats. Take in music, painters, potters, stilt performers, puppets, story tellers and much more!

Richmond Maritime Festival 2017 - Steveston, B.C.

The Richmond Maritime Festival celebrates all things waterfront at the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. From wooden boats to model boats, water safety to sea creatures, local lore to fishing history, the festival invites visitors to explore a spectacular heritage site and enjoy music, games, interactive exhibits, roving performers, street food fare, and ship boarding experiences.

Richmond Maritime Festival 2017 - Steveston, B.C.

Enjoy music, storytellers, dancers, drummers and more. On Saturday night enjoy this national historic site with live music, drumming and light refreshments. Come back Sunday for full-scale festival fun for all ages.

Follow the Richmond Maritime Festival and Fun Richmond on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information and to share your photos from the event.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of the Richmond Maritime Festival

All Girls Can: Meet the Vancouver Women Helping Educate Girls in Africa

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 — 9:10am PDT
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You don’t need to be local to make an impact. A growing team of women and girls in Vancouver are getting involved in ‘One Girl Can’, a Vancouver based charity who aspires to end poverty and gender inequality through education. All Girls Can make a difference, and these women are proving that!

One of these women is local mother Jen Murtagh. She joined One Girl Can on a trip to Africa, and since returning has been an enthusiastic ambassador as well as sponsoring a girl.

One Girl Can Jen

“I’m the mother of an 8-year-old daughter, and it was when I gave birth to her that I really started recognizing the inequalities that women even here in Canada still face – and it is so much more pervasive in developing countries. I knew then that I wanted to do meaningful work that aided women.”

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1600 Pandas+ World Tour at Metropolis at Metrotown

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 — 8:20am PDT
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After being showcased around the world in over 100 exhibits, the world-class art installation of 888 papier-mâché pandas by French artist Paulo Grangeon is making its first North American appearance at Metropolis at Metrotown as part of the 1600 Pandas+ World Tour.

1600 Pandas+ World Tour
at Metropolis at Metrotown

When: July 10 to August 8, 2018
Where: Grand Court at Metropolis at Metrotown
Admission: Free!

1600 Pandas

Metropolis at Metrotown, consulting curator AllRightsReserved Ltd., and World Wildlife Fund (“WWF”) Canada proudly present the exhibit 1600 Pandas+ World Tour in Canada to raise awareness of wildlife conservation, pandas and sustainability with all proceeds from the exhibit going to WWF Canada to fund wildlife conservation research and education.

About the Exhibit

The 1600 Pandas World Tour was first launched in 2008 by the WWF and acclaimed French artist Paulo Grangeon, who handcrafted 1,600 papier-mâché pandas— the number of living pandas left in the wild at that time — with recycled materials. The updated exhibit title “1600 Pandas+” refers not only to the 17% increase in the population of wild giant pandas to over 1,800 in the past decade, but also to increased public awareness of panda conservation, as an always symbolic reminder of wildlife sustainability.

1600 Pandas+ World Tour opened in Canada on July 10th in the Grand Court at Metropolis at Metrotown, with artist Paulo Grangeon in attendance.


During the exhibit, visitors have the chance to reserve and adopt one of the papier-mâché pandas on display. Visit the Adoption Kiosk in Grand Court for details on how to make your donation to reserve your panda. All adoptions will be available for pick up from August 10-12, 2018 in Grand Court during mall hours.

Pandas Takeover Vancouver

Prior to the exhibit opening, there were a number of Panda Flash Mobs during the week of July 2nd for locals and visitors to enjoy. The Panda Flash Mobs took place around Vancouver and were covered on Metropolis at Metrotown’s social media accounts.

1600 Pandas

Spread the Word + Win

Come visit the exhibit, take photos in the selfie zone, and share your photos online using #1600PandasPlusCA for a chance to win a weekly prize of a panda gift pack and a $50 Metropolis gift card.

Visit the contest kiosks at the exhibit and enter for your chance to win a family trip for 4 to visit the pandas at the Calgary Zoo and a $500 Metropolis gift card.

Win a Metropolis at Metrotown Gift Card

I have a $250 Metropolis at Metrotown gift card to give away so you can shop while you visit the pandas! 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 Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Follow Metropolis at Metrotown on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information about their shops, services, and special events.

Update The winner is @pgan27!

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Review of Les Miserables in Vancouver

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 — 5:33am PDT
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Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Miserables is on stage now in Vancouver! I sent Fran Martin to opening night and she texted me at intermission offering a rave review already. Here are her thoughts on the show:

Review of Les Miserables in Vancouver

Review of Les Miserables in Vancouver
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Although I had seen Les Miserables before, there was something about last night’s performance that outshone all others. It really blew me away.

Thenardier and his wife were hilarious (J. Anthony Crane & Allison Guinn) and the backdrops were even more amazing.

I was impressed by the special effects, such as the moving sewers as Jean Valjean (Nick Cartell) carried/pulled Marius (Joshua Grosso) and how the fall of Javert (Josh Davis) was executed – so well in fact that it actually gave the impression of depth.

By the end of the Finale, there was not a dry eye in the entire theatre. The singing was so powerful, it drew out all emotion. Can you tell I loved it? We didn’t want it to end!

Fran wasn’t alone, with City TV’s Thor Diakow taking to Twitter to say: “‘Look down! Look down!’ Les Misérables will be stuck in my head all day. Incredible show last night and @nickcartell’s Jean Valjean is astounding. Never seen such a quick standing ovation. A MUST SEE!’

Les Miserables Emily Bautista as Eponine

Seen by more than 130 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Misérables is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year. Catch it in Vancouver at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St, Vancouver) until July 15, 2018.

Purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster or call 1-855-985-5000. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 1-800-889-8457. Broadway Across Canada Subscribers can visit BroadwayAcrossCanada.ca or call 1-866-542-7469. Ticket prices start at $30.50.

Follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their shows coming to Vancouver in 2018-2019.

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