Things to do Family Day Long Weekend in Vancouver


Thursday, February 8th, 2018 — 9:33am PST
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The Family Day long weekend is here, bringing with it low-cost and free attractions, community events, festivals, and time for fun with family and friends. On Sunday, February 11th, Miss604 is proud to be a sponsor of the 52nd annual Show of Hearts Telethon for Variety – The Children’s Charity of BC. Tune into Global throughout the day to hear some heartwarming stories of how Variety helps BC kids with special needs, and donate online or anytime by texting KIDS to 45678.

Things to do Family Day Long Weekend in Vancouver

Things to do Family Day Long Weekend in Vancouver

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green.

Friday, February 9, 2018
Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair
The Main Affair at Heritage Hall
2018 Vancouver Prom & Evening Dresses Pop-up Sale Event
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Fraser Valley Home & Garden Expo
Family Day 2 for 1 at VanDusen
Family Day 2 for 1 at Blodel Conservatory
Zee Zee Theatre Presents: My Funny Valentine
All Access Tours of BC Place
Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival
Soar Over China at FlyOver Canada
Family Valentine’s Train Ride at Bear Creek Park
HomeGround Festival
Legally Blonde: The Musical
West Moon Theatre Presents: Next To Normal
The Arts Club Presents: Jitters
The Arts Club Presents: Fun Home
Romance Week at Vancouver TheatreSports
French Film Festival

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Free Weddings at Robson Square


Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 — 9:45am PST
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Back again this year, you can tie the knot for free at Robson Square just ahead of Valentine’s Day! Presenter Pop Up Weddings BC has assembled a group of photographers, decorators, florists and officiants that will gather at Robson Square so you can exchange or renew your vows.

Free Weddings at Robson Square

When: Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Robson Square (800 Robson St, Vancouver)

Free Weddings at Robson Square
Photo via Love in the Square on Facebook

Donations of $20 are encouraged, all proceeds will go directly to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Last year,77 couples were wed and $1,375 was raised for the cause.

The event will be first come first served but they will do our absolute best to marry everyone that comes to register. Couples only need themselves as well as a properly filled out marriage license — just don’t sign it yet!. Having some witnesses is always a good idea but not 100% necessary. They ask that couples dress for the weather. You can read the full wedding day FAQ sheet here »

For more information, follow Pop Up Weddings BC on Facebook and Instagram.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort: Win a Getaway for Your Valentine


Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 — 1:12pm PST
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Heart-shaped boxes of chocolates line store shelves and red roses are awaiting delivery. Valentine’s Day is almost here and what would be more fabulous than treating your special someone to a romantic getaway complete with spa treatments, dinner and dancing? Miss604 has teamed up with Harrison Hot Springs Resort to give away a romantic getaway for two that will absolutely thrill your Valentine!

Harrison Hot Springs Resort

From the gorgeous sandy beaches of Harrison Lake, the forested canopy of Sasquatch Provincial Park, to farm-gate shopping in nearby Agassiz, and the luxurious spa and hot springs pools at the resort. The Fraser Valley is such a lovely, romantic getaway destination, surrounded by natural beauty, the serenity of the countryside, and world-class dining. Those sunsets over the lake casting pink shadow on the nearby snow-capped mountains are the cherry on top.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort

I’m giving away a one-night couple’s stay* at Harrison Hot Springs Resort with dinner for two in The Copper Room, and a couples’ massage at the Healing Springs Spa. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow Harrison Hot Springs Resort on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for more information. I will draw one lucky winner at 12:00pm on Monday, February 12, 2018.

*Redeemable for a reservation Sunday to Thursday, no holidays or long weekends, until September 1, 2018.

Update The winner is Katelyn Learned!

Save the Rio Theatre


Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 — 12:33pm PST
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In 2012 ago I wrote a post called “Save the Rio” and now, six years later, I’m doing it again. The historic little East Van theatre-that-could is up against a wall again and it needs your help:

Save the Rio Theatre

Dear Friends of the Rio,

The Rio Theatre needs your love!

As you may have heard, the Rio building has been listed for sale, and with zoning changes it is likely a developer will ultimately tear it down.

The business operators of the Rio are preparing an offer to buy the building. The deadline is February 6, 2018. We need your help fast! We need to collect as many signatures as possible to demonstrate the community’s support in saving the existing, historical, art-deco venue that we know and love.

The existing property owners have always been among our biggest allies — now is the time to let them know how much the Rio means to YOU in support of our offer being accepted.

While the City of Vancouver has made provisions that a developer would have to include a ‘movie theatre’ in a new building, this does not ensure the same size, or that it would have live performance space. And during construction, East Van would be left with a cavernous hole in the ground, staff would lose their livelihoods, and thousands of patrons and performers — like you — would lose a beloved cultural space. While the operators of the business currently have an eight year lease, there would likely be pressure from a new developer to shorten this term.

As the operators and management of the Rio Theatre, we do not want to see it destroyed. With your support, we have worked hard to transform the Rio from a venue on the verge of closure to a thriving, successful business. The Rio has emerged as one of Canada’s most successful live performance/single-screen venues, and leads the way as a model for all independent theatres.

And we are no strangers to overcoming adversity. In 2012, we won a very public battle against BC Liquor Control with our effort to change outdated liquor laws, ultimately resulting in modernization of liquor policy across the province.

The bottom line: We do not want the Rio’s future to be in the hands of a developer that doesn’t understand the cultural needs of our community. Although we are not opposed to sustainable development if it becomes necessary in the future, we want to ensure the spirit of The Rio survives. Given the current and immediate crisis of the numerous venues this city has lost – we need to take action.

We believe the best way to #SavetheRio is for the current proprietors of the business (with the help of a team of investors) to own the building, so that they may continue to function as a dedicated steward, ensuring the space continues to thrive and remain the cultural anchor of Commercial Drive.

We want to hear your voice! Sign this petition and say a few words of what the Rio means to you.

Also you can contact the following politicians and let them know how you feel:

Director of Development Services Development Review Branch, Andrea law andrea.law@vancouver.ca

Finally, many of you have asked about being a part of buying the building. For serious investors, contact me at corinne@riotheatre.ca

As of February 1st, the appeal has 19,000 signatures – but more are needed. You can show your support here »

And spread the word! Use the tag #SaveTheRio on social media and follow the Rio on Facebook and Twitter for their latest updates.

Vancouver Olympic Cauldron Lighting to Cheer on Team Canada at the Pyeongchang Olympics


Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 — 11:56am PST
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To cheer on Team Canada athletes and to honour and the 2018 host city Pyeongchang, South Korea, the Vancouver Convention Centre will light the iconic Vancouver Olympic Cauldron on Thursday, February 8th prior to the Opening Ceremony for the Olympic Games and

Vancouver Olympic Cauldron Lighting

The lighting will take place on Thursday, February 8, 2018 5:00pm to 7:00pm just ahead of the Pyeongchang Olmypics opening ceremony. There will be a brief celebration and remarks at 5:00pm by Honourable Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture; Ken Cretney, President and CEO, BC Pavilion Corporation; Brent Hayden, Olympic Medalist and World Champion.

Vancouver Olympic Cauldron Lighting

In addition, BC Pavilion Corporation (“PavCo”) will show support for Canada’s athletes competing in the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games by lighting its venues in Canada’s colours:

  • At the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Cauldron and facility district markers will glow red and white for the duration 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.*
  • BC Place will glow in red on select days and feature a unique “Medal Ceremony” animation during opening and closing days and when Team Canada wins a medal.*

*with the exception of scheduled illuminations for events and community organizations

The Cauldron will also be lit on March 17th at 5:00pm, prior to the Closing Ceremony, for the Paralympic Games.