The Renaissance Town of Wells, BC

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 — 5:06am PDT
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Whenever I tell people I have been to the Cariboo they ask: “Did you go to Wells?” and up until earlier this summer, the answer was no – and they would look so disappointed. After my visit in early June, I can now proudly say I have been to Wells – thanks to FestivalSeekers – and now I know what all the fuss is about!

Wells, BC

I arrived in town during the Wells Classic Show & Shine and Pooley Street was hopping. The brightly painted buildings – galleries, studio spaces, shops, theatres – popped as did the show & shine classics that were on display.

East Van meet Wells! see who I met on my trip to this artsy Cariboo town »

Wells, BC

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Summer Beer-B-Qs at Four Seasons Whistler

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 — 8:43am PDT
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While it’s a world-class, and renown winter playground, Whistler sure is fun in the summer! From alpine hikes and the Sunday farmers market, to mountain biking, live music and zipline adventures. Of course you’ll want a solid home base for all of your adventures (whether they take place on the peak or poolside) and I recently got to experience the hospitality at Four Seasons Whistler.

Foodie Weekend at Four Seasons Whistler

Summer Beer-B-Qs at Four Seasons Whistler

You have your luxurious stay at the Four Seasons (with spa, fitness room, gorgeous mountain views, poolside Moet Cabanas) and then you have the biggest, best, most delicious Beer-B-Q you can imagine!

Foodie Weekend at Four Seasons Whistler

SIDECUT at the Four Seasons Whistler has partnered with local craft breweries to present the Beer-B-Q in the courtyard every Thursday this summer from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. $39 gets you in for all-you-can-eat deliciousness! ($19 for kids 5-12, kids 5 and under are free).

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This is not a paid post, views are my own. My media stay was compliments of Four Seasons Whistler.

Bard-B-Q Fireworks: A Classic Vancouver Experience

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 — 7:16am PDT
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Take two of the best parts of summer in Vancouver and combine them for one spectacular evening! Bard on the Beach is once again offering its Bard-B-Q & Fireworks nights where you can enjoy a Bard mainstage show, dinner, and a private view of the Honda Celebration of Light from their grounds at Vanier Park.

Bard on the Beach

Bard-B-Q Fireworks at Bard on the Beach

July 28, August 1 & 4, 2018 at 5:30pm & 6:00pm

See As You Like It or Timon of Athens followed by an exquisite salmon barbecue* from Emelle’s Catering with all the fixings, delicious desserts and an entire evening of entertainment! Visit the PIXSTAR photobooth, take in the award-winning Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band and more before enjoying a private view of the spectacular Celebration of Light fireworks.

Bard on the Beach 2018 Season

As You Like It
June 12 – September 22 on the BMO Mainstage

June 6 – September 13 on the BMO Mainstage

Timon of Athens
June 26 – September 9 on the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre

July 6 – September 13 on the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre

Special Events

Notable returning special events also include Family Nights, Talkback Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays and the Exploring Shakespeare Talks (one for each of the four plays).

On August 27, 2018 Bard hosts Forum: Gender and Shakespeare in 2018. Musical performances return to the BMO Mainstage, including Chor Leoni: Mane Event as well as Opera & Arias: Bold and Beautiful with the UBC Opera Ensemble and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Bard will also present two VocalEye performances and one Relaxed Performance, increasing the Festival’s accessibility.

View the full schedule online here »

Tickets for Bard on the Beach’s 29th season are now on sale beginning at $24. 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 As You Like It 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 (August 1, 2018).

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 Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Prize is for the August 1, 2018 event and cannot be exchanged for another night.

* Alternate food options are available. Please call the Box Office if you have an allergies or food concerns. Dinner will be served outdoors.

meowfest Vancouver

Monday, July 9th, 2018 — 6:18am PDT
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meowfest, hosted by meowbox, is a global celebration for cat lovers supporting the BCSPCA and other not-for-profit cat organizations and for the first time it’s coming to Canada’s West Coast.

meowfest Vancouver

Where: Yaletown Roundhouse (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver)
When: Sunday July 29th, 2018, from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Tickets: Mostly SOLD OUT, some bundles/meet & greet passes are still available

Kitten Lady meowfest

Meet your favorite celebrity cats, enjoy food truck fare, listen to speakers and entertainment, do some shopping, schmooze with adoptable cats and more at this cat-filled conference.

The biggest draw of the day is Meowfest’s celebrity guests. Cross-eyed internet phenomenon Nala Cat, who has a staggering 3.5 million followers on Instagram, will be in attendance with her owner Varisiri Mathachittiphan. Nala is the most followed cat in the world, and Mathachittiphan uses her status to draw awareness for sheltered cats and raise money for animal charities. Also at the event will be Luna Rose—a sassy one-year-old Scottish fold mix who is pushing 400K followers on Instagram—and BenBen, an adopted cat from the streets of B.C. who was saved from being euthanized by his New West owners.

As well as the fine feline talent, the event’s human lineup includes Kitten Lady—or Hannah Shaw to her friends—who has made it her goal to advocate for tiny orphaned kittens. Joining her is Andrew Marttila, the man behind The Great Went Pet Photography, who documents the lives of celebrity and adoptable cats alike. [Georgia Straight]

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Honda Celebration of Light: Win YVR Observation Deck Passes

Friday, July 6th, 2018 — 6:20am PDT
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The unforgettable energy of the Honda Celebration of Light returns for its 28th year with a thrilling line-up featuring competing teams.

Front Row Fireworks

Honda Celebration of Light

For the first time ever, all three participating countries will be required to incorporate the same theme into their fireworks display and musical accompaniment. As voted by the public, this year’s theme
will be Love.

  • Saturday, July 28, 2018 Fireworks for Africa, representing South Africa
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Unique Pyrotechnic, representing Sweden
  • Saturday, August 4, 2018 Daehan Fireworks Co., representing South Korea

At 10:00pm each night, rain or shine, the fireworks will begin from barges located in English Bay. Music simulcast can be heard on LG 104.3 FM and through the festival’s mobile app, which will be released in early summer. The winning team will be announced on August 7th, 2018.


Family Fun, Reserved Seating, and More

Back again for all three days, the Park Stage at Second Beach is a free family-friendly festival site featuring live music, food trucks, sponsor activations, a site-wide liquor license and the REMAX Family Zone.

Channel your inner funkmaster at The Park Stage at Second Beach while listening to the diverse musical lineup. The free concert will feature the musical stylings of talents like Jully Black, Five Alarm Funk and Busty and the Bass. Rhythm will fill the air all day on July 28th, August 1st and August 4th leading up to the fireworks show high above Metro Vancouver. This is the perfect location to sit back with family and friends, relax in the sun and enjoy the music.

YVR Observation Deck FireworksThe best of Vancouver’s food truck scene will be lined up along Beach Ave. offering something for everyone. Take a stroll to find a whole range of delicious choices, including The Kaboom Box, Vancouver favourite Hunky Bill’s, Reel Mac & Cheese and Kampong. You’re sure to find mouth-watering meals to please even the pickiest of palates. And to finish it all off, stop by for a scoop at Rocky Point Ice Cream.

Make sure to keep your eyes in the skies as all three nights of the festival will feature the Pete McLeod Airshow dazzling the crowd above English Bay. On Saturday, August 1st, before Sweden’s fireworks performance, the Pete McLeod Airshow will also be joined by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. All three airshows are sure to be a hit amongst those young and old.

Attendees can reserve a seat at the 3-day summer festival with exclusive VIP and family-friendly viewing options of the fireworks with the best seats in the house! Limited seats are available for the 3 ticketed viewing locations: The Keg Lounge, the Concord Lounge at the Inukshuk, and the YVR Observation Deck with new partner Air Canada included in the Observation Deck experience.

Win YVR Observation Deck Passes

With an incredible festival line-up featuring South Africa, Sweden and South Korea, the YVR Observation Deck is the perfect place for families to sit back while enjoying the show. Your ticket includes reserved seats, fireworks performance music, ability to purchase alcoholic beverages and a designated bathroom facility.

I have a pair of tickets to give away so a lucky Miss604 reader and their guest can enjoy the fireworks from the YVR Observation Deck on Saturday, July 28 (value $88). Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 2:00pm on Monday, July 9, 2018.

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Update The winner is Terry!

Summer at Sun Peaks Resort with Free Concerts and More

Thursday, July 5th, 2018 — 11:27am PDT
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Summer at Sun Peaks Resort

Summer at Sun Peaks Resort - Sun Peaks Concerts

Just a four-hour drive from the lower mainland, Sun Peaks Resort has long drawn Vancouverites for skiing and riding every winter. When the seasons change, mountain views, wildflower trails, lively patios and weekend events turn the resort into a summer playground where adventure meets culture. Here’s how to make the most of Sun Peaks’ festival season.

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Adrenaline thrills on two wheels
Try downhill mountain biking on Sun Peaks’ 40 trails that range from gentle descents to white-knuckle technical drops. Access the 2,000 feet of vertical with a day pass and chairlift ride, or watch the pros scream down the trails during the BC Downhill Championships and BC Cup July 7-8, 2018.

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