Lumière Vancouver’s Staycation Contest

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Lumière Vancouver is illuminating the city through beautiful public art this month at more locations than ever! The 8th annual late-autumn festival in the West End has expanded with light installations in Downtown Vancouver and on Granville Island. At its core is the local businesses that make the neighbourhood shine and to celebrate them, Lumière is giving away an epic prize package valued at over $400!

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Lumière Vancouver’s Staycation Contest

Here’s what you can enter to win:

To enter to win, head over to the Lumière Vancouver Instagram post and tag a friend you’ll be enjoying this staycation with, and follow all of the prize partners.

The giveaway is open until Friday November 26 at 11:59pm. Must be a resident of the Lower Mainland to win. The winner will be contacted directly via Instagram direct message. Good luck!

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Lumière has installations in four iconic spots: English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza, Granville Island and Bentall Centre – there is no admission fee in these public spots and the displays are for all to enjoy.

Jim Deva Plaza is set to host ‘Twin Harmonic Amplified Neuro-Knowledge Stimulator’ (T.H.A.N.K.S.), designed to amplify feelings of gratitude. The bright colours are reminiscent of sunsets, sweet treats, and daydreams.

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Bentall Centre is home to ‘Parasol’, one-of-a-kind mushroom-like structures that fuse nature and innovative light design to reignite onlookers’ sense of wonder. Each of the five, nine-foot-tall sculptures contains 40 fins to mimic the underbelly of a mushroom. Parasol will take on a new life when animated with colourful patterns that react to music providing an exceptional visual experience for visitors enjoying the patio in the evening. 

Additionally, on the Dunsmuir Patio at Bentall Centre, ‘Canopy Lights’ a 55 LED string light structure will allow people to see their voice translated to light patterns creating an immersive light and sound experience to interact with the canopy in a whole new way. Downtown Vancouver’s third installation, ‘Chromatic Blocks’ on the Burrard Benches, invites guests to get lost in light and colour when physically immersing yourself inside the cubes to explore a stunning gradient visual. 

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Located on Granville Island, ‘A Beacon of Light’, adds colour and light to the Courtyard of the Public Market. This 12-pointed, 22-foot-tall illuminated star shines bright enough to be spotted from the West End. Alongside this is the 14-foot-tall ‘Alder Bay Star’ which dazzles as it hangs off Granville Island’s furthest point of land.

New this year in English Bay is a dazzling 12-foot-tall beaver, that will join Davie, Luna, Stanley and Eugenia. Select installations will remain on display until February 2022 to be enjoyed nightly. Enter to win the Lumière Vancouver Staycation Contest on Instagram by Nvember 26th.

Dine Strathcona is On Now – Win $300 in Gift Cards

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Strathcona Business Improvement Association (“SBIA”) has brought back its popular Dine Strathcona culinary event from November 17 to 30, 2021 as nineteen of the neighbourhood’s beloved independent restaurants, cafés and breweries come together to raise money in support of vulnerable community members within Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. 

I also have $300 in gift cards to give away – details below!

Dine Strathcona 2021
Belgard Kitchen (top left & right), The Garden (bottom left & right)

Dine Strathcona

First launched in 2019, the two-week community festival invites locals and visitors to savour special promotional dishes at food and drink hotspots in the vibrant neighbourhood — including The Mackenzie RoomSuperfluxStrathcona Beer CompanyDosanko and The Garden Strathcona to name a few — with $5 from the sale of each Dine Strathcona menu feature donated directly to the festival’s 2021 community partner, HAVE Culinary Training Society.

Guided by a philosophy of Hope, Action, Values and Ethics, HAVE Culinary Training Society is a not-for-profit organization that provides accessible food service training and employment opportunities to members of the community who face barriers to employment such as poverty, homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges. Over the past 14 years they have successfully trained 1,200 students with over 75% of them gaining steady employment in the tourism and hospitality industry. Since March 2020, the kitchen at HAVE’s on-site café has been utilized to prepare over 1,000 meals per day for at-risk individuals who have experienced food insecurity due to the pandemic.

“For the third year in a row, the Dine Strathcona festival gives diners the chance to support a worthy cause while discovering the incredible culinary talents and community spirit that make Strathcona such a unique and special neighbourhood,” says Johanna Lauyanto, Manager, Communications & Sustainability at the SBIA. “The money raised during this year’s event will provide funding to enroll new students in HAVE’s culinary training program and help secure job placements for new graduates in Metro Vancouver restaurants.”

Nineteen neighbourhood establishments will be taking part in the 2021 edition of Dine Strathcona. Participating restaurants, cafés and breweries are as follows:


  • Ask for Luigi
  • Axum Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Dosanko
  • LanaLou’s Restaurant
  • The Belgard Kitchen
  • The Heatley
  • The Mackenzie Room
  • VV Tapas Lounge


  • Container Brewing/Burdy
  • Luppolo Brewing Company
  • Strathcona Beer Company
  • Superflux Beer Company


  • Coastal Eden Cafe
  • Harken Coffee
  • Liquids & Solids
  • Pallet Coffee Roasters
  • Prototype Coffee
  • Railtown Cafe
  • The Garden

Enter to Win

I have a super gift card bundle to give away valued at $300 that includes $50 gift cards for: The Mackenzie Room, The Garden Strathcona, The Heatley Restaurant, Prototype Coffee, Axum Ethiopian Restaurant, and Superflux Beer Company!

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 Thursday, November 25, 2021. UPDATE the winner is Amanda!

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend Nov 19-21

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It’s been an incredibly tough and trying week in BC, first and foremost I hope that folks are safe and sound even while displaced or evacuated by the devastated flooding. If you are looking to support the relief efforts here are some links: Red Cross (donation page), and big lists of beneficiaries via GoFundMe and CanadaHelps.

If you are around the city and are looking for activities and events, you can find a big list of things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend below including the Portobello West Holiday Market on Saturday and Sunday at the Roundhouse in Yaletown:

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Holiday Pop-Up: The Polygon
Holiday Pop-Up: Place des Arts
Holiday Pop-Up: Got Craft? Virtual Market 

Friday, November 19, 2021
IronFest: A Fall Jazz Concert Series
Pharis & Jason Romero
Tom Jackson: Stories, Songs and Santa Causes
21st Annual Chutzpah! Festival
Eastside Culture Crawl
UNBOUND Reading Series: Housewarming
The Collective Winter Market at SKY Hangar
The Cultch: Farm to Fable
2021 Deer Lake Craft Festival
Victor Julien-Lafferière & Jonas Vitaud Virtual Concert
q̓ʷɑti̓cɑ: k̓ʷam̓k̓ʷəm̓ tə šxʷhəliʔ Phyllis Atkins: Divine Connection
Critter Club Events for Kids from Stanley Park Ecology Society
Sho Sho Esquiro: Doctrine of Discovery
Sankofa: African Routes, Canadian Roots
Boarder X at the Museum of Vancouver
Hidden Wonders Speakeasy Magic Experience
FlyOver Canada
Firehall Arts Centre: Paddle Song 
Bear Creek Park Lights 
The instructions of Yoko Ono / The art of John and Yoko
Vancouver Christmas Market Returns
Holiday Splash at the Vancouver Aquarium
Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital
Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol
Chinatown Storytelling Centre
Sistine Chapel Exhibition
The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh 

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Holiday Movie Themed Cocktails at H Tasting Lounge

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H Tasting Lounge at the Westin Bayshore in Downtown Vancouver is serving up festive cocktails inspired by holiday film favourites from November 20 to December 25, 2021.

Holiday Movie Themed Cocktails at H Tasting Lounge
Holiday Movie Themed Cocktails at H Tasting Lounge. Photo submitted.

Holiday Movie Themed Cocktails at H Tasting Lounge

Can you guess all of the movies that inspired these delicious drinks? Here’s the special menu available this season from H Tasting Lounge:

1. Network President
‘Champagne’ Mionetto Treviso Brut Prosecco, Demerara, Menta Branca, Bitters, Black Olive Brine
2. Total Agony of Love

Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka, Frangelico, Love Buzz Sour Reduction, Lemon, Oat Milk, Pinot Noir Soda
3. Yukon Cornelius
Tanqueray 10, Stump Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, Elderflower Cordial, Wintergreen, Gold Dust
4. 39-and-a-Half Foot Pole

Noteworthy Gin, Crème de Cacao, Mint, Mint Chocolate Ice Cream
5. Glacier Gulch

Bornholmer Akvavit, Bitter Bianco, Esquimalt Dry Vermouth, Juniper Condensed Milk, Nordic Tea Blend, Skyr, Cranberry Bitters
6. Thief Trap

Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila, Galliano Ristretto, Pepsi Reduction, Whey & Collagen Powder, Cherry Soda

7. Free Subway Bubblegum
El Tequileño Reposado Tequila, Stump Gin, Lemon, Bubblegum, Mint
8. Don’t Hog the Nog
Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Hennessy VS Cognac, Torres 5yr Brandy, Goslings Black Seal Rum, Hart & Sons 151 Rum, Cream & Milk, Egg Yolks, Spices
9. Lactose Intolerant

Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Lactose-Free Cream Cheese, Soy Milk, Rooibos Tea, Lemon, Vanilla
10. Rye Hard

Rittenhouse Rye, Cherry Heering, Jägermeister, Underberg
11. Oh Fudge
Angostura 5 yr Rum, Fernet Branca, Lucano Caffé, Brown Butter Falernum, Housemade Hot Chocolate, Bitters
12. Pumpkin Grog

Sparrow Rum, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Hart & Sons 151 Rum, Pumpkin Spice, Cold Brew Coffee

Spirit-free options include:

Sugar-Free Bubblegum
Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint, Bubblegum, Soda

Milk & Cookies
Maca Hojicha Oat Milk, Lactose-Free Cream Cheese, Oreos

Hot Chocolate
Housemade Hot Chocolate, Mint, Whipped Cream, Crushed Candy Cane

Evoking the glamour of early 20th-century Hollywood, H Tasting Lounge offers a robust line-up of handcrafted cocktails, curated by premium bartenders and complemented with local tasting plates. Unwind in the sophisticated, plush velvet interior, or dine within translucent ‘Winterlust’ domes in the winter. Open daily for lunch and dinner service, and for afternoon tea service on weekends.

Touchstone Theatre Presents Lights – Win Tickets

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Touchstone Theatre welcomes audiences back to live theatre with Lights by Adam Grant Warren, its first production since the 2020 COVID shutdown, and the thematic flagship for their forthcoming season “Let There Be Lights” which heralds a brave return to the stage after a challenging eighteen months.

Lights - Susinn McFarlen, Adam Grant Warren. Photo credit David Cooper
Lights – Susinn McFarlen, Adam Grant Warren. Photo credit David Cooper

Touchstone Theatre Presents Lights

  • When: December 2 (Preview), December 3 (Opening) – December 12, 2021
  • Where: Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: Available online now
    • All patrons must wear masks, including at their seats. Patrons should come prepared with both a valid government issued photo I.D. AND their BC vaccine card ready to show staff for admittance to the theatre.

Directed by Touchstone Theatre’s Artistic Director Roy Surette and set against the backdrop of a pandemic Christmas, Lights follows the story of Evan Chaulk (Adam Grant Warren), a schoolteacher and wheelchair user who returns to his family home in Newfoundland for Christmas to discover his mother Nancy (Susinn McFarlen), a strong-willed retired teacher is adapting to life with Alzheimer’s Disease. Unsettling, daring, and funny – Lights is a portrait of a tight-night family facing profound life changes and discovering what remains when a lifetime of memories begins to fade away. 

As Touchstone Theatre’s first of three World Premieres this season, the three-time pandemic postponed production is more than ready to meet its audience: 

“We are delighted to finally stage Adam’s gorgeous and powerful new play,” says Roy Surette, Touchstone Artistic Director. “Though set during a Christmas visit home to Newfoundland, it’s not your typical holiday fare. It’s a rich and intimate look at family dynamics, adapting to change, and finding strength in unusual places.”

Lights was developed through Touchstone’s Flying Start Program, an incubator supporting the next generation of theatre artists through the commissioning of new Canadian works by early career playwrights. Along with dramaturgical support, the program culminates in a full-scale production as part of Touchstone’s Mainstage series. Flying Start is supported by RBC Emerging Artists program and is produced In Association with Firehall Arts Centre.

Lights features Jessie award-winning Adam Grant Warren (Kill Me Now, Touchstone Theatre), Susinn McFarlen (The Taming of the Shew, Bard on the Beach), and Leslie Dos Remedios (Thanks for Giving, Arts Club Theatre)

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to see Lights live at the Firehall Arts Centre, 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 Thursday, November 25 ,2021. UPDATE the winner is Lori!