Winter Jazz on Granville Island

Add a Comment by Alexis Miles

Warm up with Winter Jazz on Granville Island this month! Coastal Jazz and CMHC Granville Island present three days of free concerts (February 21–23, 2020) live at Performance Works on Granville Island.

The Great Get Down with Dawn Pemberton

Winter Jazz on Granville Island

When: February 21-23, 2020
Where: Granville Island
Tickets: FREE! RSVP for a chance to win prizes

From funk and blues to a new jazz twist on traditional Korean music; from sweeping cerebral improvisation to tasty straight-ahead jazz guitar; there’s something for everyone.

Friday night starts the weekend in a groovy pocket when Lydia Hol and her band combine ‘60s soul, psychedelic rock, sequins and style. She’s followed by local soul stalwart Dawn Pemberton, whose gospel-tinged voice has won her a WCMA Award as well as the hearts of everyone who hears her. Her powerful sound and stage presence make her the new queen of Canadian soul!

At 1:00pm Saturday afternoon, one of Vancouver’s finest jazz guitarists David Sikula leads his quartet through original compositions and tasty standards. With Jon Bentley, James Meger and Joe Poole. Sarah Kim’s Watermill Project interweaves traditional Korean music with modern jazz to stunning effect. With Itamar Erez, Eli Davidovici, and Mili Hong.

That night genre-bending artistry is on the menu as SICKBOSS and Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die II: Bird Dogs of Paradise push the boundaries between free jazz, rock and folk, and contemporary creative music. Led by guitarist Cole Schmidt, SICKBOSS is a who’s who of Vancouver sonic all-stars. Trumpeter Jaimie Branch’s latest project is the much-anticipated follow up to her debut, Fly or Die, which made numerous top 10 lists in 2017, including the New York Times, LA Times, Wire, and NPR.

Sunday afternoon features smoky-smooth Vancouver trumpeter/pianist/vocalist Bonnie Northgraves and her quartet, with tunes that recall the early jazz styles of New Orleans. The weekend ends with string-master Itamar Erez and his quartet exploring the styles of the world through a jazz lens.

For more information follow Costal Jazz and Blues Society on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Firehall Arts Centre Presents: Talking Sex on Sunday

Comments 9 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Firehall Arts Centre is thrilled to celebrate International Women’s Day with the world premiere of Talking Sex on Sunday from Friday, February 14 to Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Talking Sex on Sunday
Firehall Arts Centre presents Talking Sex on Sunday

Talking Sex on Sunday

Where: Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova, Vancouver)
When: February 14 – March 8, 2020
Tickets: Available online now from $25

On the first Sunday of every month, Margot and her lady pals always host a theme party. What happens when Margot decides to kick it up a notch by having a Sex Toy Party? In this new musical comedy by Sara-Jeanne Hosie and Nico Rhodes, we witness these women share fears, reveal dirty secrets, explore new possibilities, and find the power of female friendship.

Directed by Donna Spencer, this production features performances from such fierce females as Janet Gigliotti, Jennifer Lines, Sara Vickruck, Irene Karas Loeper, Caitriona Murphy, Katrina Reynolds, and Seana-Lee Wood.

Follow the Firehall Arts Centre on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for info.

Win Tickets

If you would like to see this new musical, I have a pair of tickets to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Click below to post an entry on Twitter
Click to enter via TwitterClick To Tweet

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Monday, February 10, 2020.

UPDATE: The winner is Tracy!

Surrey Hosts Celebrity Sledge Hockey Game

Add a Comment by Rebecca Bollwitt

Humboldt Broncos bus-crash survivor Ryan Straschnitzki and Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser are hitting the ice together to play a celebrity sledge hockey game in Surrey on Saturday, February 1, 2020. The game will have hockey players and legends face off against local celebrities to promote Surrey’s new Para Ice Hockey and adapted sports programs.

Sledge Hockey at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics. Photo by John Biehler
Sledge Hockey at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics. Photo by John Biehler

Surrey Hosts Celebrity Sledge Hockey Game

  • Where: North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex (10950 126A St, Surrey) near Scott Road SkyTrain
  • When: Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30pm
  • Tickets: By donation, register here »

This event is part of the 2nd annual Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival (aka WickFest), on now until February 2nd. My pal Tom Zillich at the Surrey Now Leader has all the details in this article.

Adapted Sports in Surrey

North Surrey’s new three-sheet arena was designed and built with inclusivity and accessibility in mind. Features include level access to the ice from dry surfaces, and players boxes and penalty boxes made of clear lexan, instead of regular puck board, allowing para ice hockey players a clear view of the ice from their sledges. Also, removable benches in the players boxes allow para players to remain in their sledges when off the ice.

The City of Surrey’s Para Ice Hockey for Beginners program runs seasonally at Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex, for those aged six and up. Participants learn how to maneuver a sled, shoot the puck and play fun games with an instructor.

Playdome at BC Place this Spring Break

Add a Comment by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s the return of Playdome at BC Place! After a brief hiatus, the exciting, exhilarating family carnival returns to the stadium for spring break in 2020.

Playdome at BC Place

Playdome at BC Place this Spring Break

Where: BC Place Stadium Gate A entrance off Terry Fox Plaza
When: March 20 to March 28, 2020
Hours: Open daily from 10:00am to 9:00pm. Friday, March 27th until 10:00pm and Saturday, March 28th until 8:00pm.

Western Canada’s largest indoor carnival will have over 45 rides and attractions all under one roof, providing tons of indoor family fun.

Carnival lovers can enjoy all of their favourite rides right inside BC Place. Try your luck at carnival games or treat yourself to time-tested carnival fare favourites including cotton candy, mini donuts, slushies and more!

Dome Passes offer great value with unlimited rides all day! Children under 2 receive free admission, and Guest Passes can be purchased by adults who wish to accompany children on a limited number of rides. Playdome is pleased to offer additional savings on the new, best value Family Pass and for the first time in 2020, Playdome will also offer a limited number of Ultimate Fast Passes for those who are short on time but big on fun.

Tickets go on sale starting at 10am on Monday, February 3, 2020. Save by purchasing online before you go. Follow Playdome on InstagramFacebook and Twitter following the tag #PlayDome for updates.

Seattle Museum Month 2020

Add a Comment by Rebecca Bollwitt

This February is the 6th annual Seattle Museum Month when travellers save big on discounts to the city’s most iconic museums. From February 1 to 29, 2020, visitors who book a stay at any one of 60+ downtown Seattle hotels will receive 50% off admission to 41 museums.

Seattle Museum Month 2020

Chihuly Garden and Glass Seattle
Chihuly Garden and Glass Seattle

Don’t miss visiting the newly opened Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, the state’s oldest museum, located in a brand new building at the University of Washington Seattle campus.

The museum is home to one of the best-preserved T. Rex skulls in the world, extensive Northwest and Alaskan Native art and objects collections, and working research labs, which are on display in full view for visitors.

In addition, the Seattle Asian Art Museum will celebrate its re-opening February 8-9. The historic Art Deco-era museum underwent a $56 million renovation and expansion to more fully display one of the largest collections of Asian art in the nation. Beginning February 12th, Museum Month passes will be accepted.

Participating Museums & Venues

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art*
Bellevue Arts Museum
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center*
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Center for Wooden Boats*
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Frye Art Museum*
Henry Art Gallery
Job Carr Cabin Museum*
Kids Discovery Museum
Kitsap County Historical Society & Museum*
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park*
LeMay – America’s Car Museum
Living Computers: Museum + Labs
The Museum of Flight
Museum of Glass
Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

Museum of Pop Culture
National Nordic Museum Northwest African American Museum
Northwest Railway Museum*
Olympic Sculpture Park*
Pacific Bonsai Museum*
Pacific Science Center
Puget Sound Navy Museum*
Seattle Aquarium
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Asian Art Museum
Seattle Children’s Museum
Seattle Pinball Museum
Shoreline Historical Museum*
Suquamish Tribal Museum
Tacoma Art Museum
U.S. Naval Undersea Museum*
University of Washington Botanic Gardens*
USS Turner Joy Museum Ship
Wing Luke Museum
Woodland Park Zoo
W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory*
* = free admission 

Seattle MoPop
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop)

The Seattle Museum Month pass can save the average family of four $200 or more off admission prices. For information about this campaign and more throughout the year, follow Visit Seattle on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook #HEYSEATTLE #VisitSeattle.

Free Winter Festival at Guildford Town Centre

Add a Comment by Rebecca Bollwitt

For two weekends this February there will be a free winter festival at Guildford Town Centre. They’ll be transforming their parking lot into a winter wonderland complete with an outdoor skating rink, life size snow globe, and food trucks to refuel your bellies with delicious snacks.

Winter Festival at Guildford Town Centre

Winter Festival at Guildford Town Centre

  • Where: Guildford Town Centre – The exterior parking lot, next to Life In Style, on the north side of 104th Avenue in Surrey
  • When: Friday, February 7 to Sunday, February 9, 2020 and Family Day Long Weekend Friday, February 14 to Monday, February 17, 2020
    • Friday: 3:00pm to 8:00pm
    • Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Admission: FREE!

Skate for a Cause

Bring your own skates and helmet, or rent some for $5. Cash only. Helmets are mandatory for kids 12 and under. Skate rentals end 30 minutes prior to close. All proceeds from skate rentals will be donated to the Surrey Hospital Foundation.

Food trucks on site include Reel Mac n’ Cheese, Street Dogs (with burgers, hot dogs, poutine, funnel cakes, mini donuts, hot chocolate and more), and Salty’s Lobster Shack.

More Activities

Grab your friends and family and step into the life size snow globe for the perfect photo op. Enjoy some sweet tunes from Virgin Radio 94.5 broadcasting live on Saturday, February 8th, and get your face painted during Family Day Weekend, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Valentine’s Day Date Night

On Friday, February 14th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm you can celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Winter Festival. Register online and your skate date will include a gift of a complementary professional photo at the kissing booth taken by the popular Photobooth Vancouver, two long stem roses, and a $10 food voucher for the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival trucks at the event.