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Vaisakhi Parades in Surrey and Vancouver


Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 — 11:52am PDT
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Two of the largest Vaisakhi celebrations outside of India occur in Surrey and Vancouver each spring, with community events and parades. Considered one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar, you can join hundreds of thousands to celebrate the new year at these two local events:

Surrey Vaisakhi Parade
Photo courtesy of the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade

Vaisakhi Parade Surrey

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When: Saturday, April 20, 2019 festivities from 9:30am to 4:00pm
Where: Starting out from the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple (12885 85th Ave).  The parade, which features a variety of floats, community groups, live music and dancers and performers travels along 124th Street, turns left onto 75th Avenue, continues on 76th Avenue, onto 128th Street, then back to the Temple. View the parade map here »

Vaisakhi Parade Vancouver

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When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Starting out from the KDS Ross Sikh Temple (8000 Ross St, Vancouver) heading up to the Punjabi Market (49th to 51st Ave on Main St) and back, you can view the full parade route here »

Guests of all cultures and religions are invited to these peaceful, family-orientated celebrations, which will also have plenty of delicious food!

Related: SAF Vaisakhi Fest in Surrey on April 14, 2019.

Dress for Success Vancouver’s IMPACT 360 Gala


Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 — 11:03am PDT
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IMPACT 360, the largest annual Dress for Success Vancouver (“DFSV”) fundraiser, is gearing up to be extra special this year as the organization celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Roaring 20s theme.

IMPACT 360 Gala

When: Wednesday May 8, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Regency Lexus (2288 Burrard St, Vancouver)
Tickets: Available online for $200 (tax receipt included $125)

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The event features spirit tastings, hors d’oeuvres, music, a silent and live auction in addition to the coveted client fashion show. Connect with over 300 of Vancouver’s most influential business leaders and community supporters. Help DFSV reach their goal to sponsor 100 women for a year at this fabulous evening of giving.

Many DFSV clients who benefitted from dressing, career and mentorship programs since 1999 will be in attendance celebrating their success and the corresponding success of their families and communities. The event aims to raise funds to support the the continued elevation and empowerment of women into the economy.

IMPACT 360 features a silent and live auction hosted by Fred Lee in addition to delicious appetizers from Lazy Gourmet and exclusive networking opportunities over bespoke cocktails. The evening showcases the exceptional stories of DFSV client ambassadors, while they walk the runway of success in a fashion show, dressed by Turnabout Luxury Resale. The fundraising focuses for this year’s event are for DFSV’s Sponsor a Woman and Professional Women’s Group programs.

About Dress for Success Vancouver

Dress for Success Vancouver is a registered charity committed to empowering women into the workforce by providing professional attire, career development tools and a career advancement program. An affiliate of the international organization Dress for Success, DFSV was established in 1999 as the first international affiliate and has served over 30,000 women in the Lower Mainland.

Follow Dress for Success Vancouver on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more info.

Cherry Blossom Photo of the Day


Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 — 9:45am PDT
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I’m bringing back the Cherry Blooms Photo of the Day feature! It’s the time of year when our streets and parks are peppered with pretty pink confetti from the beautiful plum, cherry and sakura blossoms. Thanks to Mike Lan for today’s pic, which was shared with the Miss604 Flickr Pool:

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Photo Mike Lan
Photo by Mike Lan

Check out all of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival events and activities running April 4 to April 28, 2019 along with the interactive cherry blossom map to find the best places for photo ops in Vancouver.

Reel 2 Real Film Festival for Youth


Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 — 9:20am PDT
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The Reel 2 Real Film Festival is back for the 21st year, from April 7-13, 2019 at the Roundhouse Community Centre and Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. The Festival is geared towards youth between the ages of 6-19 along with their families, caregivers, and teachers.

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Reel 2 Real Film Festival for Youth

When: April 7-13, 2019
Where: Vancity Theatre and Roundhouse Community Centre
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Through public screenings, hands-on workshops, interactive panel discussions, and public forums, Reel 2 Real’s mission is to involve youth in actively viewing and discussing professionally made films; expose youth to new ideas and cultural perspectives; offer high-quality cinematic entertainment outside the mainstream; explore issues that are important to youth; engage youth in discussions with filmmakers about their work; increase understanding of the art and craft of filmmaking; and promote the production and presentation of high quality independent films for youth.

Featured Films

The Opening Night film (April 7th at 4:30pm) will be the Canadian Premiere of Mia and the White Lion (France, South Africa, Germany), directed by Gilles de Maistre. A young girl from London moves to Africa with her parents where she befriends a rare lion cub. This incredible project was developed and filmed in real time over five years as the cast and animals aged and formed real bonds with each other. The young lion whisperer and star of the film Daniah de Villiers, playing Mia, will join us via Skype from her home in South Africa.

The Closing Night film (April 13th at 6:30pm) is the Canadian premiere of Pachamama (Canada, Luxembourg). Headstrong Tepulpaï dreams of becoming a shaman. Pachamama’s particular style of animation and use of vibrant colours are drawn from the jungle and mountain forests of the Andean altiplano. Academy and César Award-nominated Didier Brunner, producer of Triplets of Belleville, The Secret of Kells (R2R ‘10), and Ernest & Celestine (R2R ‘13), delivers yet another culturally authentic voice in Juan Antin’s richly textured Andean fable.

Youth Media Conference

The focus of this year’s Youth Media Conference (YMC) will be an Inside the Industry panel. The panelists will cover the ‘how-to’ of breaking into and working in the film industry: networking with professionals; where various career opportunities lie; and how to take advantage of them. During this interactive day, which includes a Behind the Scenes job fair, students with an interest in a range of industry opportunities, from screenwriting to set design and cinematography will be able to learn what it really takes to pursue a future in the film industry.  Panelists include: Vincent McCurley (VR Creator, NFB);Jenna Brown (Technical Lead, DHX Media); and Siobhan Condon (VFX Producer, Double Negative).

Sunday Fun Day

Don’t miss Sunday Fun Day to kick off our festival week with some delicious pancakes on Sunday April 7th, 2019 at 10:00am. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast of homemade pancakes and sizzling bacon. They’ll also have juice, and gallons of hot coffee for the grown-ups. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. Pancakes will be served from 10:00am to 11:30am, and the workshops and films will be offered until 2:30pm.

The Reel to Real: A Celebration of Moving Images for Youth Society is a non-profit registered charity dedicated to showing the best in culturally diverse, authentic programming for youth. Reel to Real presents an annual film festival, the Reel 2 Real Film Festival for Youth, and media arts programming year-round.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to opening night, and a pair of tickets to the closing night screening as well! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow the Reel 2 Real Film Festival for Youth on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more info. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Friday, April 5, 2019.

UPDATE: The winner is Mikaela G!

10 Easter Events Around Metro Vancouver


Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 — 1:02pm PDT
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Enjoy crafts, snacks, scavenger hunts, and family fun at these 6 Easter events around Metro Vancouver this April long weekend:

Easter Events

Easterfest at Taves Family Farms
Where: Taves Family Farms Applebarn (333 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford)
When: April 19 to 22, 2019 from 9:30am to 4:30pm daily
Details: Bring the family and take a hay ride down the Bunny Trail and embark on an egg hunt in the apple orchard. Explore bunny town, jump on the jumping pillow, take a spin around the pedal cart track and more. Taves is also hosting its first event Adult Easter Egg Hunt in the evening on April 20th.

Easter at the Cannery
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery (12138 Fourth Ave, Richmond)
When: April 19 to April 21, 2019 hunts every 30 minutes 11:00am to 4:30pm
Details: This annual fun-filled family friendly weekend features crafts, story time, games, and of course, the Easter Salmon “Egg” Scavenger Hunt, all inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.

Easter Egg Hunt & Carnival
Where: Killarney Community Centre (6260 Killarney St, Vancouver)
When: Friday, April 19, 2019, 9:30am to 1:00pm
Details: The event will feature a bouncy castle, dance party and so much more! The Easter Egg Hunt portion of the event will take place indoors. All participants are guaranteed to take home a prize.

Easter at the Vancouver Aquarium
Where: Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way, Vancouver)
When: April 19 to April 22, 2019 open 10:00am to 5:00pm daily
Details: This Easter, uncover all of the quirky and curious facts about the 50,000 creatures living at the Vancouver Aquarium – where weird is normal. Take part in the eggs-tradordinary Easter scavenger hunt, and discover which animal uses its mouth as an egg incubator, and which fish’s eggs are laid in their very own ‘purse’! 

Old Fashioned Easter at Historic Stewart Farm
Where: Historic Stewart Farm (13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey)
When: Sunday, April 20, 2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details: This free, all ages event is ideal for making memories and taking beautiful photos. Other family fun activities include DIY rabbit ears, decorate egg shaped cookies, scavenger hunts, face painting and more. While there is no egg hunt at this year’s event, families are encouraged to stroll the grounds, consider a walk through Elgin Heritage Park and utilize the photo opp area until 3:00pm.

Eggciting Easter Hop at VanDusen Garden
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak St, Vancouver)
When: Friday, April 19, Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21 four sessions daily at 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, and 1:00pm
Details: Enjoy an unforgettable Easter experience with your kids (0 to 5 years). Kids can collect eggs near the maze area and receive a chocolate prize, and hop along to fun music on the great lawn. Take a photo with the Easter bunny, and enjoy other eggciting activities at the garden. Please bring your own basket. Bunny ears and costumes are encouraged with prizes awarded for best costume during each session. Tickets include entry to the entire 55-acre garden so make sure to enjoy a picturesque walk after the Easter activities.

Easter Activities at Fort Langley
Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site
When: Sunday, April 21, 2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Enjoy a relaxed scavenger hunt between 10:00am and 5:00pm where every child collects stamps and will receive a treat! For the “hoppiest” little bunnies, join an egg scramble at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Children ages 5 and younger try to pick up as many foil eggs as they can before they’re gone. Bring your own basket and arrive at least 30 minutes in advance to allow time for parking and to pay site entry.

Easter Fair at the Stanley Park Train
Where: Stanley Park Miniature Railway, off Pipeline Road in Stanley Park
When: April 18 to April 22 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, daily
Details: Hop on the Stanley Park Train for an egg-citing Easter ride through the forest and look for cotton-tailed inhabitants. After the train ride, kids can enjoy fun activities including: Scavenger hunt, meeting the Easter Bunny, Easter crafts, bouncers and carnival games, Bunny Burrow Maze, and Toddler Zone.

Easter in Queen’s Park
Where: Queen’s Park (3rd Ave, New Westminster)
When: Sunday, April 21, 2019 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Details: Face painting, ArtsToGo workshop, crafts, entertainment and more at the Egg-Stravaganza Activity Stations and Queen’s Park Farm. Easter bunny photos (suggested $2 donation). Free admission.

Dino Easter Egg Hunt at Britannia Mine
Where: Britannia Mine Museum, Britannia Beach, Sea to Sky
When: Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 11:00am & 1:00pm
Details: Britanniasaurus Rex is back again for the annual candy-free Easter Dino Egg Hunt. Find the eggs and then bring them to the mineral table to identify your treasures. While you’re there, make sure to pick up your free gift before they’re all gone.

For more activities, check out the big monthly April event list from Miss604 here »

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival’s 30th Anniversary Season


Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 — 12:08pm PDT
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It’s been a staple of summer in Vancouver for the last three decades! Bard on the Beach celebrates its 30th season with a lineup that includes a salute to an all-time favourite Bard production, the stage adaptation of an Oscar-winning romantic comedy, a cross-cultural story set in India, and a powerful, rarely-staged political drama.

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Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival’s 30th Anniversary Season

Tickets on Sale April 3, 2019

The season kicks off with The Taming of the Shrew, inspired by Bard’s beloved 2007 Wild West production, a high-energy hit; it plays in repertory with the Elizabethan-set romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, adapted from the award-winning film of the same name; both areon the BMO Mainstage. The Howard Family Stage offers two new Shakespearean productions that run consecutively: All’s Well That Ends Well, set in 1940s India at the time leading up to Indian independence, and Coriolanus, a riveting political drama filled with resonance for our time.

Play Run dates and Special Events for 2019 are:

Tickets for all Bard on the Beach plays and special events go on public sale April 3, 2019. Play ticket prices (regular adult) include all fees & taxes and start at $26. Youth pricing, sponsored by Global BC, is available for patrons ages 6 to 22 at 50% off regular ticket prices. Prices for special events, group bookings and multi-play ticket packages can be found online or by calling the Bard Box Office at (604) 739-0559.

Follow Bard on the Beach on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more info about the festival and season.