Last Weekend for Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam

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Have you visited Metro Vancouver’s largest free light display this winter? You have just a few more days to visit (or re-visit) as it’s the last weekend for Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam.

Lights at Lafarge

Last Weekend for Lights at Lafarge

Miss604 has partnered with the City of Coquitlam and presenting sponsor Coquitlam Centre for the Lights at Lafarge Picture This Contest. Spot the #ExploreCoquitlam frames around the 1.2km lakeside path, snap a pic, share to social and tag #ExploreCoquitlam @Miss604 and @CoquitlamCentre by January 19th. You’ll then be entered to win 1 of 5 prizes.

Thanks to prize sponsors La Ruota PizzaCafe DivanoUrban GateBrowns Town Centre and Legend House Restaurant.

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Weather permitting, Lights at Lafarge makes for a lovely night out in Coquitlam, with plenty of local dining options – and some food trucks on site – so you can make it a really fun, festive activity. Take the SkyTrain to Lafarge Lake – Douglas Station and walk over.

For more information about this event and more happening around Coquitlam this season, follow Visit Coquitlam on Facebook and Twitter.

Miss604 is a proud Media Partner of Lights at Lafarge

Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements at SUM Gallery

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Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements is a visual art exhibit inspired by the Chinese Five Elemental forces, seized by the urgent tensions between Queer Chinese diasporic identities. It opens February 1st at the SUM Gallery with a free community reception.

Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements at SUM Gallery

Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements

Where: SUM Gallery (#425-268 Keefer St, Vancouver)
When: February 1 to April 29, 2020
Featured artists are: Jen Sungshine, Kendell Yan, Kai Cheng Thom, Jay Cabalu, and David Ng.

A collection of multichannel installations, visual and sculptural activations provoke a cosmic encounter of our living past and present as we ‘race’ towards a healing future. These elemental activations attempt to collapse the linear temporality to dislodge an emotional, spiritual, cosmological, and metaphysical enunciation of Queer ‘Chineseness’. Rather than focus on the trauma that queer people of colour face, this project is fundamentally an invitation to an exuberant celebration of queerness that is unabashedly Chinese.

Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements at SUM Gallery
David Ng – Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements at SUM Gallery

The opening reception on February 1st is free and open to all. It includes a performance of “Diaspora Babies” by Kai Cheng Thom, Lion dancers (Fluffy the Lion), gallery activations, and cocktails. RSVP here.

This exhibition is curated by Love Intersections, a media arts collective made up of queer artists of colour dedicated to collaborative filmmaking and relational storytelling.

The Rocket Man, A Tribute to Elton John: Win Tickets

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Don’t get the January blues! Book your tickets now for an entertaining evening of music and dancing with powerhouse vocalist and piano player Ryan Langevinin in The Rocket Man, A Tribute to Elton John.

The Rocket Man, A Tribute to Elton John

The Rocket Man, A Tribute to Elton John

When: Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:30pm
Where: Centennial Theatre (2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver)
Tickets: Available online here »

When: Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7:30pm
Where: Clarke Theatre (33700 Prentis Ave, Mission)
Tickets: Available online here »

When: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 7:30pm
Where: Massey Theatre (735 8th Ave, New Westminster)
Tickets: Available online here »

Backed by a full live band and dancers, this talented cast of entertainers will have you smiling, moving and singing along to hits such as Crocodile Rock, Benny & The Jets, Tiny Dancer, Sad Songs, Your Song, Saturday Night’s Alright, Philadelphia Freedom, Candle In The Wind and so many more.

BONUE! The opening act for all three of these dates is The Piano ManA Tribute to Billy Joel. Ryan Langevin stars as the Piano Man and gives a genuine and powerful Tribute to the music and legacy of Billy Joel.  Accompanied by a live band and dancers, you will be taken on a journey through all of Billy’s biggest hits including It’s Still Rock n Roll To Me, The Piano Man, My Life, Just The Way You Are, You May Be Right, Only The Good Die Young, Uptown Girl, Tell Her About It, River Of Dreams and so many more!

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to EACH of these local shows! 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, January 21, 2020.

UPDATE The winners are Darcy (North Van), Claudine (Mission), Marlene (New West)

Sea to Sky Gondola Re-Opening February 2020

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Happy Valentine’s Day! The Sea to Sky Gondola re-opening will take place on February 14, 2020. It’s will be just over six month since a criminal act of vandalism on August 10, 2019 forced the closure.

Sea to Sky Gondola Re-Opening

Sea to Sky Gondola
Sea to Sky Gondola

In the coming weeks, thirty new cabins will be installed on the new main haul rope that arrived from Switzerland at the end of October. The reopening comes just in time for Family Day Long Weekend with the gondola welcoming guests back with 50% off lift tickets all weekend long in celebration of the love and support they received from their community during the closure.

“We are so excited that on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020, we get to carry our passholders and guests back up the mountain on a brand-new cable, in brand-new cabins. Our community stood by the gondola and showed us overwhelming support, confidence, and love through the last six months, and for that, we are so grateful.” – Kirby Brown, Sea to Sky Gondola General Manager.

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The final pieces of the rebuild are coming together and the final safety inspections and certification by Technical Safety BC is slated for the first week of February. Work that took place on the journey to rebuild the Sea to Sky Gondola includes the installation of a new 4.4km long main haul cable, assembly and installation of thirty new cabins, and the installation of a new state of the art security system.

With a snowy winter wonderland waiting at the summit and 50% off lift tickets for the entire Family Day Long Weekend, the Sea to Sky Gondola looks forward to showing the love to the community that showed them such extraordinary support during the closure.

Coming from Vancouver? The Squamish Connector (24 seats) offers roundtrip shuttle service from three downtown Vancouver locations to the Sea to Sky Gondola. Guests can enjoy three hours at the Sea to Sky Gondola before returning to downtown Vancouver by 4:00pm.

Hours of operation until May 15, 2020, are 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Win Tickets to Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in Vancouver

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Show One Productions presents the anticipated return of the world famous, all-male ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (“Trocks”) on stage in Vancouver for one night only

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in Vancouver

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Photo by Zoran Jelenic.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Photo by Zoran Jelenic.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St, Vancouver)
When: February 1, 2020 at 8:00pm
Tickets: Available online now »

This sensational performance will showcase the Trocks’ wickedly absurd antics and serious dancing chops — featuring sly send-ups of beloved ballet classics and contemporary worksInfused with a heavy dose of highbrow hilarity, this antic-laden evening will offer audiences a chance to experience high-powered diva energy as the men strut their stuff in size 11 pointe shoes.

“The Trocks offer a welcome respite from our challenging times” says Svetlana Dvoretsky, President & Executive Producer of Show One Productions. “In these difficult periods, this production is full of raucous humour and unbridled positivity. Indeed, audiences always have the time of their lives at Trocks’ performances. Whether they are laughing along with the company’s unique rendition of ballet favourites like Swan Lake or delighting at their take on contemporary dance, audiences frequently cite the group’s sensational comic timing and peerless ballet technique as the singular reason they keep coming back again and again.”

Founded by a group of professional dancers in 1974, the New York-based company is dedicated to presenting lovingly crafted parodies of beloved ballet classics. Since its first performance, the company was lauded by audiences and critics alike, with rave reviews from The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Guardian. Trocks soon began a grand tradition of touring the world.

Today the Trocks have performed in more than 30 countries and 500 cities worldwide. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more info.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to this funny and sophisticated show, here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Monday, January 20, 2020. UPDATE the winner is Sunshine!

The Variety BC Show of Hearts Telethon 2020

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The 54th annual Variety BC Show of Hearts Telethon will be broadcast live on Global BC from the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver on Sunday, February 9, 2020. The iconic event will air from 9:30am to 5:30pm and can also be streamed on Global’s website.

The Variety BC Show of Hearts Telethon 2020

Show of Hearts Telethon 2020

The eight-hour telecast will introduce viewers to Variety kids from across the province including 12-year-old Brody who has Marfan syndrome, cerebral palsy and epilepsy and who received an adaptive stroller, an electric wheelchair and a van conversion from Variety.

Viewers will also have the opportunity to catch up with some of the kids they met during Variety Week including 9-year-old Cole who was partially paralyzed after a cancerous tumor crushed his spine. Variety has funded his rehabilitation by providing physiotherapy sessions to help him retrain his muscles and nervous system so that he can regain feeling in his legs. Now as Cole tries to take his first unassisted steps, it is with the help of a pair of custom leg braces also provided by Variety.  

Returning hosts include Global BC’s Chris Gailus & Sophie Lui, Global Okanagan’s Doris Bregolisse, 980 CKNW’s Jody Vance and CFOX’s Karen Khunkhun. They’ll be joined by actor Paul Greene, inspirational speaker Cara E. Yar Khan and long-time Show of Hearts favourite, Alvin Law.

This year’s entertainment line-up will feature performances by Juno Award-winning indie band Said The Whale, singer-songwriter Shawn Austin, Canadian blues rockers Wide Mouth Mason, country artist Todd Richard and special guests, multi-platinum selling group The Tenors.

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Miss604 Social Lounge influencers at the 2019 Show of Hearts Telethon

Donations to the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon can be made by calling toll-free at 310-KIDS and also online at variety.bc.ca or by texting “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.

Miss604 is the proud sponsor of the #ShowOfHearts Social Lounge and Rebecca Bollwitt is Variety‘s Secretary of the Board of Directors. You can donate to Miss604’s personal #ShowOfHearts campaign online here »