Playing with Fire – Ceramics of the Extraordinary: Win Tickets to the MOA

Comments 19 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Museum of Anthropology (“MOA”) is one of my favourite places in the city, and no matter how many times I visit, there’s always something new to see like the latest exhibition: Playing with Fire – Ceramics of the Extraordinary on display from November 22, 2019 to March 29, 2020.

MOA Playing with Fire
Tree House, by Jeremy Hatch (2006). Collection of the artist. Photo by Alina Ilyasova, courtesy of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.

Playing with Fire – Ceramics of the Extraordinary

Where: Museum of Anthropology (UBC, 6393 NW Marine Drive)
When: November 22, 2019 to March 29, 2020
Exhibit Opening Reception: November 21, 2019 at 7:00pm

Showcasing a group of 11 highly celebrated BC-based artists, this premiere exhibition of ceramic works expresses strong opinions on urgent social issues and offers subtle perspectives on the state of our contemporary world. While at first glance these works may appear very approachable through a lens of nostalgia, beauty, or humour, upon closer inspection they reveal much deeper commentaries on social injustice, racism, identity, and censorship. This powerful exhibition invites visitors to explore the many layers of understanding each of these provocative works embody, boldly demonstrating clay’s myriad discursive possibilities.

Playing with Fire features the work of 11 internationally recognized BC-based artists — Judy Chartrand, Ying-Yueh ChuangGathie Falk, Jeremy Hatch, Ian Johnston, David LambertGlenn Lewis, Alywn O’Brien, Bill Rennie, Debra Sloan, and Brendan Tang — who are all acclaimed for their fearless innovation in ceramic work. Working in clay, the most accessible of mediums, and drawing inspiration from pop culture, art history, humour, beauty, hope, and nature, these artists bring fresh, playful, and challenging perspectives of the art form. Visitors will be encouraged to discover new meanings and uncover complexities hidden, often in plain sight, within the works.

MOA Playing with Fire
Antechamber (detail), by Ian Johnston (2010-2012). Collection of the artist. Photo courtesy of the artist.

For this exhibition, more than 35 ceramic installations will be on display — some of which are epic in scale, including Johnston’s The Antechamber (2010–2012), in which a 25-foot-long room is covered with a repeating, grid-like motif of ceramic elements, created through a vacuum-forming process. The result of these overlapping elements, hanging like roof tiles, evokes the massive scale of consumption of manufactured goods today.

Follow MOA on Twitter and Facebook for more information about this exhibition and more.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner who will be able to visit the MOA for Playing with Fire. 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 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. The winner will be able to attend on the date of their choosing between November 22, 2019 and March 29, 2020.

UPDATE The winner is Michal

Big Rigs for Kids and the Surrey Santa Parade 2019

Comments 2 by Alexis Miles

What do you get when you combine trucks, Christmas lights and festive activities on a Sunday night whilst giving back to the community? It’s Big Rigs for Kids and the Surrey Santa Parade! On Sunday, December 1st, get ready to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends by watching a parade of lighted trucks roll through Downtown Surrey.

Big Rigs for Kids

Big Rigs for Kids and the Surrey Santa Parade

When: Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 3:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Starting in Cloverdale and riding to Civic Plaza (13450 104 Ave, Surrey)
Admission: Free!

The trucks start in Cloverdale as part of the Surrey Santa Parade at 5:00pm and will arrive in Downtown Surrey at around 6:30pm.

Surrey-Santa-Parade-Route-2019
Parade Route in Cloverdale Before Heading to City Hall Plaza

The trucks will then be parked on University Drive in front of the City Centre Library till 8:00pm. At Civic Plaza, the fun begins long before that (at 3:30pm), and guests are encouraged to come early for fun activities and live entertainment.

This event is held in support of the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau, both of which will be present on site to collect food, toys, and monetary donations from all the generous people in the Downtown Surrey community.

The Surrey Food Bank helps feed more than 14,000 people per month, but they cannot do it without the community’s support. If you are not sure what to bring to support The Surrey Food Bank, please check their online list for highly needed items.

The Surrey Christmas Bureau is a charitable non-profit that operates solely with the mission to provide low income families with toys, stocking stuffers, and more to create a memorable holiday. All proceeds from Big Rigs for Kids are split between the two charities, so please come out and donate on December 1.

Follow the Downtown Surrey BIA on Facebook and Twitter for more information about this event.

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum 2019

Add a Comment by Rebecca Bollwitt

Take a step back in time as you stroll through the history and charm of Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum this season. There’s plenty of festive yuletide fun with free admission to this iconic local attraction.

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

  • Admission: FREE! Carousel rides are $2.65
  • Address: 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • When: November 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020
    • November 23 to December 13, 2019 Monday to Friday, 1:00pm to 5:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1:00pm to 9:00pm.
    • December 2, 1:00pm to 4:30pm. December 14, 2019 to January 3, 2020 Daily 1:00pm to 9:00pm, closed December 24 & 25.

Wander the Village and take in all the seasonal entertainment, demonstrations and activities. Heritage Christmas features a huge variety of events throughout the holiday season, including:

  • The 12 Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt
  • Children’s Christmas Craft 
  • Carollers, live music, theatre performances and more! 
Deer-HeritageChristmas

Drop by between December 13 to 23, 2019 and help our community. With every picture taken at Heritage Christmas posted with the Hashtag #ConcordSleigh, Concord Pacific will donate $5 to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau and participants will have a chance to enter the draw to win a $500 Metrotown gift card. 

BurnabyVillageHeritageChristmas_JohnBollwittPhoto
Photo by John Bollwitt

Bright in Burnaby

Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Official launch ceremonies include a tree lighting and light refreshments at 6:00pm. Proceeds from all carousel rides tickets ($2.65) purchased between 5:00pm to 9:00pm will be donated to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau. Concord Pacific has generously committed to doubling the donations by matching the total sales of carousel tickets.

Burnaby Village Museum

Plan your visit to Burnaby Village Museum and follow on Facebook and Twitter for information about this event and more.

Miss604 is a proud media sponsor of Heritage Christmas 2019-2020

OWL I Want For Christmas 2019

Add a Comment by Alexis Miles

Come and get your picture taken with Santa and his owl helper when you visit The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (“OWL”) on December 7th. At OWL I Want for Christmas you can take a tour around The Wildlife Museum and visit raptors up close!

OWL Christmas

OWL I Want For Christmas

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: OWL Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (3800 72 St, Delta)
Tickets: Entrance by donation. Digital photos are $10. RSVP on Facebook here to get updates »

Enjoy hot beverages and treats, find amazing and unique holiday gifts in the gift shop and visit the owls up close. All proceeds go to the care of injured and orphaned raptors.

The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is a non-profit organization whose staff and volunteers are dedicated to public education and the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned raptors. Found an injured raptor? Call them immediately at (604) 946-3171 available 24 hours a day for emergencies.

For more information follow OWL Orphaned Wildlife Society Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Canadian Superstars Christmas: Win Tickets

Comments 32 by Rebecca Bollwitt

There’s nothing like live music during the holidays and on stage at the Massey Theatre you can hear some of your very favourite tunes at The Canadian Superstars Christmas! This will be a spectacular evening celebrating the music of two of Canada’s biggest Superstars, Celine Dion and Michael Bublé.

The Canadian Superstars Christmas

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:30pm
Where: Massey Theatre (735 8th Ave, New Westminster)
Tickets: Available online now

This incredible live production show features two dynamic vocalists, full band and dancers.  Starring Adam Lucas as Michael Bublé and powerhouse vocalist Tiffany Desrosiers as Celine Dion. The show will take you on a journey through all of your favourite Celine Dion and Michael Bublé hits, including “My Heart Will Go On”, “The Power Of Love”, “I’m Alive”, “Home”, “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet”, “Feeling Good” and so many more!  This all-ages, interactive performance is sure to make you laugh, sing, dance and perhaps even shed a tear.

CanadianSuperstars_Christmas

Adam and Tiffany have performed in theatres, casino showrooms, festivals and galas throughout North America. Follow the MoonCoin Productions on Facebook and Twitter for more info about this show.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to this Canadian Superstars performance on December 7th. 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 12:00pm on Monday, November 25, 2019.

UPDATE: The winner is Samantha!

Lights at Lafarge Kickoff Event 2019

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Lights at Lafarge returns as one of Metro Vancouver’s largest FREE outdoor holiday light displays. Presented by Coquitlam Centre, the City of Coquitlam has one again decorated lakeside Town Centre Park with thousands of twinkling lights, launching for the season on November 30th.

Lights at Lafarge Lake

Kickoff Event and Fire Show

When: Saturday, November 30, 2019 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) take the SkyTrain to Lafarge Lake – Douglas Station and walk over
Admission: FREE all season. Follow the Facebook event for more details »

The kickoff event will have roving performers, food trucks (from 5:00pm to 9:00pm), choir performances from Coastal Sound Music Academy and Gentlemen of Fortune, performances by The Crescent Sky and Chatham Roots, and a Fire & light show by NZR Productions at 7:30pm.

Lights at Lafarge Lake

Lights at Lafarge Season

The lights will then switch on at dusk every day from Saturday, November 30, 2019 until Sunday, January 19, 2020.

Stroll the 1.2km loop in the park and enjoy the city sights, snow-capped mountains, sparking displays, and warmth of a hot apple cider from the concession stand. Be sure to dress for the dark and for the weather too! Late November can bring us rain, wind and snow – make sure you are dressed accordingly. The event takes place entirely outside, so be sure to have warm clothing and waterproof, durable footwear.

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

Miss604 is a proud Media Partner of Lights at Lafarge