Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 — 7:31pm PDT
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This weekend you can celebrate the mom in your life with several activities and events around Vancouver, along with this full lineup of fun:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver Chinese Gardens

Friday, May 11, 2018
Richmond Night Market Opens
Shipyards Night Market
BCCF World Chorfest 2018
Vancouver Design Week
West Coast Amusements Surrey Carnival
Ballet BC: Program 3
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
The Arts Club Presents: Mamma Mia!
Art Smash on Granville Island
Crafted Vancouver
Pacific Theatre Presents: Tolkien by Ron Reed
First Impressions Theatre Presents: Shirley Valentine
Théâtre la Seizième Presents: Des Arbres

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Shipyards Night Market

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 — 7:19pm PDT
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The Shipyards Night Market, one of Metro Vancouver’s biggest night markets, has returned for the summer! Join thousands of nightly visitors on the picturesque waterfront setting in Lower Lonsdale to experience the Shipyards Night Market’s vibrant atmosphere.

Shipyards Night Market

Where:Lower Lonsdale’s Shipyards District, North Vancouver
When: Fridays until September 28, 2018 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission: FREE

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Surrey Fusion Festival Lineup 2018

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 — 6:47pm PDT
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Surrey Fusion Festival, presented by Coast Capital Savings, has announced the Saturday headliner for the 11th annual event. Canadian band Walk Off The Earth will bring their high energy live performance to the stage on Saturday, July 21.

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WE Care Vancouver and WE Day Family

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 — 6:49am PDT
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Aiming to bolster participation in community involvement across Vancouver, Parq Vancouver, alongside Victory Square Technologies, has partnered with WE to launch WE Care Vancouver. This new initiative aims to strengthen the city’s involvement in community service by offering a series of free tools for volunteering, workshops, and a celebration of these world-changing actions through the first-ever WE Day Family event coming to Vancouver this fall.

WE Care Vancouver

“At Parq Vancouver we believe that Vancouver can be known as the most caring city in Canada, and we want to do our part to make this happen”
~ Jasmine Marchant, Director of Human Resources for Parq Vancouver

Vancouverites have a desire for stronger community connections, yet a 2017 study conducted by the Vancouver Foundation found that participation in almost every community-related activity has dropped since 2012.

When asked what prevents them from getting involved, 44 per cent of Vancouver residents age 18 to 24 reported not being aware of opportunities and 33 per cent reported feeling like they have nothing to offer.

WE Care Vancouver offers free resources and activities to help residents of Vancouver—together with their families, friends or co-workers—get involved in their community and create positive change. As a cause inclusive initiative, people are encouraged to take action on any issues they are passionate about, leading the community to support a wide range of charitable organizations across the city.

We Care Vancouver Parq
Scott Menke – Co-Owner, Parq Vancouver; Craig Kielburger – Co-Founder, WE; Joe Brunini – President, Parq Vancouver; Wes Everaars – Director of Development, the Lookout Society; Jasmine Marchant – Director of Human Resources, Parq Vancouver; James Graham – Community Manager, Victory Square Technology
  • WE Care Vancouver family workshops: A series of free service-learning sessions for adults and children, focusing on civic engagement activities and how to implement them in day-to-day life, year-round.
  • WE Care Vancouver guide: The digital guide to doing good in Vancouver, including step-by-step instructions to begin, build, implement and celebrate the results of participants’ own volunteer campaigns.
  • WE Care Vancouver e-newsletter: A weekly dose of inspiration, containing easy ideas for doing good every day, as well as information on upcoming WE Care Vancouver events.
  • Dedicated support team: A team of social good experts that are available to answer questions, offer guidance and help program participants every step of the way.

“Victory Square Technologies is proud to be a major sponsor of WE Care Vancouver. My colleagues and I embrace the amazing power and passion that the WE movement has sparked in our global youth,” said Victory Square CEO Shafin Diamond Tejani. “With the inclusion of families at WE Care Vancouver, we are excited for the great things that will ignite our passion for making a difference for our city, our country and our world.”

WE Day Family Vancouver

You’ve heard of WE Day, and probably watched the social media, video, and television broadcast coverage before and now you have a chance to earn your way into this spectacular event, that was previously only for WE Day students!

We Day Vancouver

Those who participate in the WE Care Vancouver initiative will have the opportunity to earn their ticket to the inaugural WE Day Family Vancouver. Coming to Rogers Arena in the fall of 2018, 18,000 adults and kids will experience this powerful life-changing evening of inspiring speeches and musical performances.

Alongside WE Day Family Vancouver, Parq Vancouver and Victory Square are helping to bring this exciting event to the city in order to celebrate the impact created through community service and inspire families to continue making a difference in their own backyards. WE Day Family events, which started in Toronto in 2016, have hosted renowned speakers and performers such as Nelly Furtado, Paula Abdul, Andre de Grasse, Ban Ki-Moon, Jacob Tremblay, and more.

“In Vancouver and all over BC we have already seen the incredible spirit of giving amongst youth involved in WE programming, resulting in measurable impacts,” said co-founder of WE, Craig Kielburger. “Through our work with students involved in the WE Schools program last year alone, students in BC volunteered more than 830,260 hours and raised over $1.8 million for more than 850 local and global causes. Together with Parq Vancouver’s dedication to community service we are excited to continue the momentum in building a culture of caring across the city.”

To learn more about the WE Care Vancouver initiative, and to sign up for the program, visit WE Care Vancouver online here »

To kickstart the campaign, WE Care Vancouver is launching with a sock drive. Socks of all sizes have been identified as the item local Vancouver shelters need the most.

To kick off this city-wide initiative and to demonstrate how simple it is to get started with WE Care Vancouver, the staff and families of Parq, Victory Square and WE will host a massive sock drive to create care packages in support of Lookout Society. Simply drop off new pairs of socks in the lobby throughout May.

Follow @parqvancouverbc #PARQCARES for more information.

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Mother’s Day Events in Vancouver

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 — 8:33pm PDT
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Celebrate the mother in your life this weekend by treating her to some of these Mother’s Day events in Vancouver on Sunday, May 13, 2018 and beyond:

Mother’s Day Events in Metro Vancouver

Mother's Day


Mother’s Day Portraits at Lougheed

Brunches & Teas

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet
Port Moody Museum Mother’s Day Tea
Mother’s Day Tea at Stewart Farm
Mother’s Day High Tea at Chartwell
Mother’s Day Tea at Irving House
Mother’s Day Tea, Coquitlam
Township 7’s Mothers Day Rosé Release
Mother’s Day at the Glades Garden
Mother’s Day High Tea To Go

Activities & Entertainment

Cooking Class: Mother’s Day Bake – Bread and Bubbles
Mother’s Day Paint Night
Mother’s Day Run Vancouver
Mother’s Day MOM WOW at Vancouver TheatreSports
Mysterious Mother’s Day Games
Mother’s Day Brunch Paddle Boat Cruise
Mom’s Best, A Night of Storytelling
Mother’s Day at Lonsdale Quay
New Westminster Symphony Orchestra Mother’s Day Concert

There’s also always a stroll on a Stanley Park trail, or a visit to the Burnaby Village Museum, which is now open for the season. The DOXA Documentary Film Festival is still on, along with Art Smash Granville Island, and Mamma Mia! at The Arts Club.

Check out more events in my May Event List and subscribe to the Miss604 weekend event newsletter to get the best local events right in your inbox every Thursday.

Win Tickets to See Les Misérables in Vancouver

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 — 9:26am PDT
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Tickets go on sale TODAY for Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables in Vancouver!

One More Day Les Mis
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Les Misérables in Vancouver

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St, Vancouver)
When: July 10 to 15, 2018
Tickets: 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 or call 1-866-542-7469. Ticket prices start at $30.50.

With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1).

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream”, “On My Own”, “Stars“, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

The new production is currently playing to sold out houses around Japan, São Paulo and Mexico City with upcoming productions around the UK.

Seen by more than 70 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.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to Les Misérables (July 10th performance). Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite character or song from Les Mis (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to see Les Misérables in Vancouver on July 10th @BACTouring

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

I will draw one contest winner on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 12:00pm. Update The winner is Roxana!