Get Game Ready and You Could be Going to the Grey Cup


Monday, October 1st, 2018 — 12:27pm PDT
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Your face gives away a lot about how you’re feeling and when you decide to scoop a brush into some orange and black paint, swiping broad strokes across your cheeks, temple and nose, your face says: I AM A BC LIONS FAN!

Get Game Ready for the Grey Cup

Game Ready Contest

This season, belairdirect is taking Grey Cup fever to the next level by offering fans the chance to win an experience of a lifetime, with the launch of its Game Ready contest across the country. CFL fans are encouraged to get wild and creative with their face painting skills by submitting their best game-day look to the Game Ready Contest.

The winner of the belairdirect Game Ready contest will win an all-inclusive Grey Cup experience valued at up to $5,000*, which includes two tickets to the 106th Grey Cup Championship in Edmonton, a three-night stay at a hotel, transportation to and from Edmonton, gifts cards and a swag bag full of surprises.

Makeup Simplified

To help inspire creative game-day face-paint looks, belairdirect partnered with several CFL players as Beauty Gurus to guide fans in Makeup Simplified tutorial parodies, as a way to bring simplicity to the fan regiment. The simplest way to get to the Grey Cup is for fans to paint their face with makeup. Check out the Contest Simplified video including key makeup tips from some fan favourite players.

I’ve seen some pretty creative BC Lions fan makeup, and it’s even amplified with orange and black outfits, props, drums, and wigs. Show how much you love the ‘Lions this season, by submitting your Game Ready look for the contest between October 1 and November 4, 2018.

You’ll most likely do a better job than I did:

Game Ready Contest

While I don’t think I have a future in beauty blogging tutorials, your future could include a trip to the Grey Cup, good luck!

No purchase is necessary. To be eligible to win, entrants must be a legal resident of Canada and have reached the age of majority in their province of residency at their time of entry in the contest. Full contest rules and regulations are outlined here.

*Total value of the prize package will vary depending on the travel cost between the winner’s place of residence and Edmonton. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received during the contest duration. Entrants must also answer a mathematical skill-testing question to be eligible to win. The contest runs from October 1 to November 4, 2018.

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Vancouver’s Newest Rooftop Garden at the Vancouver Public Library


Saturday, September 29th, 2018 — 1:27pm PDT
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In April of 2013, I climbed a ladder, poked my head through a big metal hatch, and crawled up onto the rooftop garden at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch.

Aerial Photos from News1130 Air Patrol

Alongside a small group of local media, we stood among the grass and geese as Chief Librarian Sandra Singh outlined a visionary plan to create a rooftop space for the public. A 28,000 square foot ‘garden in the sky’ serving as the perfect stage for their strategic plan announcement that includes intentions to expand community spaces, create dynamic collaboration zones, and offer high-tech creation spaces for hundreds of thousands of cardholders. Today, that vision came to fruition.

Rooftop Garden at the Vancouver Public Library

Rooftop Garden at the Vancouver Public Library

Crowds gathered at the official opening of Vancouver Public Library’s (“VPL”) central expansion this morning, taking in the exciting new spaces and rooftop views for the first time since the Central Library opened in 1995. Initially leased to the provincial government, the top two floors of the iconic Central Library building have been transformed into vibrant community spaces.

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October Events in Metro Vancouver


Friday, September 28th, 2018 — 2:46pm PDT
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October is packed with events and activities, containing the Thanksgiving Long Weekend as well as Halloween attractions. There’s the Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train, corn mazes & pumpkin patches, Fright Nights, haunted trolley tours, spooky walks in Fort Langley, zombies, parties, improv, markets, haunted houses and many more October Events in Metro Vancouver which are listed below.

October Events in Metro Vancouver

October Events in Metro Vancouver


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Multi-Day Events

Monday, October 1, 2018
Small Business BC’s INSPIRE
Vancouver International Film Festival
Les Belles-soeurs at Gateway Theatre

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Surrey Small Business Information Expo
Métis Paddle Carving
Vancouver International Film Festival
Les Belles-soeurs at Gateway Theatre

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Kealoha at the Chan Centre
Daniel Chimowitz Walking Canvases Exhibition Opening
Main Street Farmers Market
Paint Night Zealous Art
Vancouver International Film Festival
Les Belles-soeurs at Gateway Theatre

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Coquitlam RCMP – Volunteer Info Session
H’Arts for the Homeless
Oktoberfest at BREWHALL
An Evening of Thankfulness
Discover Dance! Company 605
Coffee with a Cop, Port Coquitlam
Santé à La Famille ft. Mission Hill
Tricksters & Transformers: An Evening of Indigenous Word
Downtown Farmers Market
Vancouver International Film Festival
Les Belles-soeurs at Gateway Theatre

Friday, October 5, 2018
October 5th Pro D-Day Painting Spooky Pumpkins
Oktoberfest at the Alpen Club
Cabaret of Wonders – Shawn Farquhar
Alien Organisms Art Show and Zine Release
Vancouver Halloween Expo
Sketching with Dinosaurs
Wine and Wood sign painting pARTy at Zealous Art
Family Paint Night
Richmond Night Market
Vancouver International Film Festival
Les Belles-soeurs at Gateway Theatre

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Oktoberfest at the Alpen Club
Stewart Birthday Party
New West Craft Fall Markets
Fort Langley Cranberry Festival
BC Lions vs Toronto Argos
Vancouver Halloween Expo
Gulf of Georgia Cannery: Free Admission Day, Salmon Science Expo
Jeremy Dutcher at the Massey Theatre
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Riley Park Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Vancouver International Film Festival
Les Belles-soeurs at Gateway Theatre

Sunday, October 7, 2018
Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo
Oktoberfest at BREWHALL
Thanksgiving at the Cascade Room
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Vancouver International Film Festival

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FAN EXPO Vancouver 2018: Win Passes


Thursday, September 27th, 2018 — 10:35am PDT
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FAN EXPO Vancouver is a pop culture convention for fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, cosplay, authors and gaming. The 3-day extravaganza is packed with exciting family-friendly activities, programs, attractions and celebrities.

FAN EXPO Vancouver

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre (West)
When: Friday, October 12, 2018 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, October 14, 2018 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tickets: On sale now including child, single day, deluxe, and premium options

Get an autograph or a photo with your favourite guest and get the inside scoop about your favorite movies & TV shows at the celebrity panels. Watch professional comic artists battle it out in our popular Sketch Duels, learn from our “How To” workshops, and take photos with your favourite costumed characters!

This year can’t miss celebrities include Aquaman’s Jason Momoa, the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer Kristy Swanson and Family Matters’ alum Jaleel White aka Steve Urkel.

Jason Momoa FAN EXPO Vancouver

Other confirmed guests include:

Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory)
Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy)
Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)
Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead)
and more!

FAN EXPO Vancouver will also welcome iconic voice actors: Kevin Conroy (Batman), Charles Martinet (Super Mario), Sean Schemmel (Dragon Ball Z), Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time), and more, as well as comic creators/artists responsible for creating pop culture’s most legendary stories. The 3-day event will allow fans of all ages to hear from their favourite stars on stage and meet them in person at autograph signings and photo ops, as well as take in the spectacle of over 250,000 square feet of geeky fun.

Win Passes to FAN EXPO Vancouver

I’m giving away a pair of 3-Day Passes to FAN EXPO Vancouver. 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 Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

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Toast to the Coast 2018


Thursday, September 27th, 2018 — 10:05am PDT
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Celebrate ocean wonders on Friday, October 19th at the Toast to the Coast fundraising event in support of Ocean Wise and Vancouver Aquarium, presented by CIBC. This annual event connects food and drink connoisseurs with ocean conservationists for a lively cocktail reception in honour of our ocean.

Toast to the Coast

Toast to the Coast 2018

Where: Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way, Vancouver)
When: Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7:30pm
Tickets: Available online now.
Getting There: Travelling to and from the Aquarium for Toast to the Coast is part of the experience. The Vancouver Trolley Company will run its vintage-looking trolleys every 15 minutes between Waterfront Station and Vancouver Aquarium, starting at 7:30pm with the last trolley leaving the Aquarium at 12:45am.

Toast to the Coast proceeds directly support Ocean Wise’s many conservation programs including Ocean Wise Seafood, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Plastic Wise, Coastal Ocean Research Institute, Vancouver Aquarium and its Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

Toast To The Coast

As guests connect with charismatic aquatic creatures and ocean conservation opportunities, they will delight in delectable bites crafted by Ocean Wise Seafood champions, including ARC Restaurant, Diva at the Metropolitan, The Lobby Lounge and RawBar, Market by Jean-Georges, Minami, and Notch8 Restaurant, as well as Ocean Wise Executive Chef Ned Bell’s outstanding culinary creations.

Guests will pair their canapés with pours from the province’s top wineries, breweries, and distilleries, including Clos du Soleil, Stags Hollow, Long Table Distillery, Postmark Brewing, Stanley Park Brewing, Salt Spring Coffee, and Walter Caesar. Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, The Pointe at Wickaninnish Inn, and Uno Gelato will tantalize taste buds with dessert.

Toast to the Coast’s silent auction is another highlight of the evening. Guests can bid on an impressive array of auction items that appeal to adventurers, arts and culture buffs, fashionistas, sports fans, luxury travelers, and gourmands. Prizes include a one-week stay for up to six guests at a villa in Mérida, Mexico, an inflatable stand-up paddleboard from Thurso Surf, as well as a bespoke suit from Indochino.

The evening culminates on the dance floor with an after party led by DJ Sherry Freeze from Girl on Wax.

Follow the Vancouver Aquarium on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Aurora Winter Festival at Concord Pacific Place


Thursday, September 27th, 2018 — 9:57am PDT
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The North Pole is coming to Vancouver! The Aurora Winter Festival, a family-friendly event inspired by the North Pole, will launch this November at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. Tourism Vancouver’s Inside Vancouver blog has the scoop:

Aurora Winter Festival

When: Friday, November 23, 2018 to Sunday, December 30, 2018
Tickets: On sale starting October 15, 2018

Aurora Winter Festival at Concord Pacific Place
Rendering via Tourism Vancouver

Enjoy the light displays – like the light dome showcasing the Aurora Borealis – as you skate along the frozen river and take in the sights and sounds of nightly entertainment, including a Ferris Wheel, carousel, a tube park, Christmas market stalls, food trucks and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Santa and a few other characters along the way.

For those seeking further adventure, you can join the Mystical Worlds Quest. The Quest, an interactive app, will lead guests across the four worlds in search of key icons ​that will help keep the Mystical Worlds energized and beautiful.

Follow Aurora Winter Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.

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