Lunar New Year Festivities at Metropolis at Metrotown

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It’s a time for celebration, family, and tradition and this year you can take part in two weeks’ worth of Lunar New Year festivities at Metropolis at Metrotown!

Lunar New Year Festivities at Metropolis at Metrotown

Lunar New Year Festivities at Metropolis at Metrotown

Starting Friday, January 24th, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court (4700 Kingsway, Burnaby) will be the home to 388 red lanterns, great for taking photos with your family and friends.

Each weekend, Metropolis will be hosting a series of activities including traditional and modern Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean dance performances, live music performances, paper craft and cookie decorating workshops, fortune telling workshop and consultations, and Travel through Asia photo booth.

With daily activities such as Spin to Win as well as weekly Instagram prize draws, visitors to Metropolis will have various opportunities to win a prize from some of the shopping centre’s retail stores. Spend $188 or more each day, present your daily receipts, for a Spin on the Lucky Fortune Wheel in Grand Court. Win retailer prizes or even a Metropolis gift card! Limit of one prize per person per day.

From January 24 to February 9, 2020 visitors to the exhibit can also enter at Grand Court for a chance to win a $1000 Metropolis shopping spree.

Lunar New Year isn’t complete without a traditional lion dance on January 29th, arriving in Grand Court at 10am and proceeding through the mall to provide the stores with its lucky blessings.

Celebrations at Metropolis at Metrotown Event Schedule:

January 24 to February 9, 2020
  • Lunar New Year Red Lantern Display
  • Daily Spin to Win & Lucky Red Envelope Giveaways
January 25-26, 2020
  • Dance performances by South East Asian Cultural Heritage Society, Charm Dance Company, Lorita Leung Dance Academy, and Flying Dance Studio
January 29, 2020
  • Traditional Lion Dance
February 1-2, 2020
  • Paper Art Workshop with Fox and Unicorn Arts
  • Cookie Decorating Workshop with Sugar Sugar Studios
February 8, 2020
  • Vancouver Oriental Philharmonic Choir live musical performance
February 9, 2020
  • Fortune Teller & Feng Shui Master Sherman Tai Workshop & Consultations by Donation to Burnaby Neighbourhood House (min. suggested donation $10), and Travel through Asia Photo Booth
Lunar New Year Festivities at Metropolis at Metrotown

Share your photos on Instagram using hashtag #METLunar and tag @metropolisatmet for a chance to win either a weekly prize package or a $500 Metropolis gift card.

For a full schedule of events, visit the Metropolis at Metrotown website and follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more information about their shops, services, and special events.

Wedding Shows in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley 2020

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Love is in the air and if you’re looking for inspiration, vendors, photographers, prize opportunities, and everything else that comes with planning your special day, check out this lineup of wedding shows in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley:

Wedding Shows in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley

Wedding Shows in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley

FLEUR Luxury Wedding Show & Forum
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Where: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver (39 Smithe St, Vancouver)
When: Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Enchanting and glamourous, FLEUR promises to transport guests on an unforgettable journey through their dream wedding, catering to every taste. The magic will begin with a luxury décor walk, leading guests on a sensorial exploration, inspired by recent and upcoming matrimonial trends from cities around the globe. Along the way, guests can indulge in sweet treats, sip on bubbles and collect catering ideas by sampling an array of delicacies dreamed up by the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver culinary team.

A Wedding Affair
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Where: River Rock Casino Resort (8811 River Road, Richmond)
When: Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Details: Exciting prizes will be given out from each exhibitor, expert knowledge from a wide selection of local wedding suppliers, and great visual ideas will be given to the brides to help them envision the wedding of their dreams. In addition, guests will get to taste and enjoy the fine cuisine of the River Rock and a glass of wine.

All Dressed in White
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Where: Sheraton Vancouver Guildford (15269 104th Ave, Surrey)
When: Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 11:00am to 2:30pm

Where: Anvil Centre (777 Columbia St, New Westminster)
When: Sunday, March 29, 2020 from 11:00am to 2:30pm

Where: Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf (7778 152nd street, Surrey​)
When: Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 11:00am to 2:30am

Details: From spectacular fashion parades to leading wedding suppliers, give-aways and prizes. Brides and grooms can visit bridal showcase in sourcing the most affordable and reputable wedding industry suppliers in the BC Lower Mainland. First 100 Brides receive a Lucky Bridal Bag.

Fraser Valley Wedding Festival
Where: Cascades Casino Resort (20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley)
When: Sunday, April 5, 2020 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Brides and Grooms enter free, and all other adults are just $10. Show Highlights include: Industry wedding specialists, complimentary gift bags, door prizes, cake-off decorating contest, and fashion show.

Head Over Heels Wedding Show
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Where: Langley Golf & Banquet Centre (21550 44 Ave, Langley)
When: Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Details: This is an open house event for brides, grooms, family and friends to drop in and shop the Fraser Valley’s top wedding professionals.

The Original Bridal Swap
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Where: Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)
When: Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: A unique wedding event that unites Past Brides, craft artisans, decorators clearing out inventory, and other sellers who have wedding related goods and services to share with brides to be who are on the hunt for their perfect wedding treasures.

Love Fusion Wedding Show
Where: The Westin Bayshore (1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver)
When: Sunday, February 16, 2020 10:00am-9:00pm
Details: This event delivers a unique and cultural wedding planning experience by infusing different cultural elements with extraordinary modern wedding designs. Whether you are planning a simple West Coast wedding or a fusion wedding consisting of Chinese, South Asian, Vietnamese, Filipino, or other ethnicity, this is the perfect place for all your bridal inspirations.

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MAD MAXathon at the Rio Theatre for Australia Bushfire Relief

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This Saturday, join the MAD MAXathon at the Rio Theatre to benefit Australia bushfire relief.

MAD MAXathon at the Rio Theatre

MAD MAXathon
  • Where: Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway, Vancouver)
  • When: Doors 3:30pm on Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Tickets: Catch all four films for one sweet price $40 in advance or at the door. VIP pass ($60) includes early / priority entry to the event as well as a one-of-a-kind “swag bag” featuring a fantastic selection of goodies local sponsors.

Tickets to individual films are not currently available for online sale, but may be available at the door (subject to availability) for $20. Stay tuned for updates about this.

In celebration of Australia Day (January 26), the Rio is ready to throw our support to our friends and loved ones in “the land down under” the best way they know how: By screening all four of George Miller’s iconic dystopian classicsMAD MAX, THE ROAD WARRIOR, BEYOND THUNDERDOME and FURY ROAD – back-to-back, on the big screen, and dialed to 11.

MAD MAX (1979) at 4:30pm
MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981) at 6:30pm
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD at 10:45pm

Get ready for trivia, raffles and door prizes, a 50/50 draw, a costume contest and a chance to send some love, friendship, and dollars to those on the front lines of this environmental disaster (via the Australian Red Cross).

Follow the Rio on Facebook and Twitter for their latest updates.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of general admission marathon passes to give away, here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Friday, January 24, 2020.

UPDATE the winner is Robert!

Vancouver Oscar Parties 2020

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Hollywood North is celebrating the Academy Awards in style with a selection of Vancouver Oscar Parties on February 9th during the telecast of the 92nd annual awards program.

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Vancouver Oscar Parties 2020

Vancouver’s 2020 Academy Awards Gala Dinner & Auction
Where: Pinnacle Harbourfront (Vistas 20th Floor, 1133 W Hastings, Vancouver)
When: Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3:30pm
Details: Join Visitors’ Choice Magazine as the film and tourism industry comes together to celebrate the 92nd Academy Awards at an exclusive screening, dinner and gala in the beautiful 360 Vista Ballroom located on the 20th floor of the Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront. Make a red carpet entrance, enjoy an exclusive three course prix-fixe dinner prepared by Executive Chef Edmond Yee. The silent auction to benefit local causes.

The Rio Theatre’s Oscars Screening Party
Where: Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway, Vancouver)
When: Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3:00pm
Details: Get ready for the best buttery popcorn Vancouver has to offer, trivia, an Oscar contest, as well as prizes for Best Dressed, Best Acceptance Speech, and more! Come in your finest (or maybe just recycle that bridesmaid’s dress…) for a chance to prance our red carpet and win a prize for your efforts. 

10th Annual Oscar Party at Cinema
Where: Cinema Public House (901 Granville St, Vancouver)
When: Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3:00pm
Details: Hosted by Carmen Cruz from 99.3 CFOX with prizes for best-dressed, pick em’ sheets, and Oscar-themed cocktails crafted by award winning mixologist Trevor “TK” Kallies.

Bells and Whistles
Where: 3296 Fraser St, Vancouver
When: Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 4:30pm
Details: Fraserhood beer hall Bells and Whistles will roll out the red carpet and give cinephiles a chance to watch the 2020 Academy Awards live on the big screen when it hosts its second annual ‘A Big Night at the
’ event. Tickets are $10 per person and offer the full red-carpet arrival treatment with free popcorn, a paparazzi-inspired photo shoot and an advance voting ballot listing the nominees in all 24 major categories. The guest with the most correct guesses will win half the pot, with the remainder donated to charity.

West End Oscar Party
Where: Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton, Vancouver)
When: Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 3:30pm to 8:30pm
Details: Doors will open for red carpet coverage, followed by the main show at 5:00pm. This event is by donation, and admission is limited. Each ticket includes a bag of fresh popcorn with warm butter, and a cold drink.

The event will include an Oscars ballot (due by 4:45pm), and film trivia with prizes throughout the telecast. There will also be prizes for best dressed (we have plenty of tuxes, gowns, and outfits in The Attic Thrift Store located upstairs which will be open until 2:00pm). The West End Oscars Party is open to everyone including kids, however our venue is subject to capacity. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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Vancouver Wellness Show 2020 Giveaway

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Join over 250 exhibitors, 100 speakers, and 20,000 attendees over two days at the Vancouver Wellness Show!

For more than 25 years the Vancouver Wellness Show has been bringing new approaches to nutrition, fitness, physical and emotional well-being to help Vancouverites achieve their most holistic, healthiest selves. It’s Western Canada’s biggest and most established health and lifestyles showcase!

Vancouver Wellness Show 2020

Vancover Wellness Show

  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, WEST (1050 Canada Place, Vancouver)
  • When: Saturday, February 1, 2020 10:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday, February 2, 2020 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Tickets: Available online now including admission to all seminars, demonstrations and workshops. A 2 day pass is just $20. General admission is $14.50 and ticket sales will be cash only at the door.

Visit the Nesters Market Organic Marketplace, shop the Local Artisans Marketplace, and savour a cup of hot, healthy Traditional Medicinals tea, while resting in the custom-designed vintage-inspired lounge area provided by Past Pieces. The Rolling Cashew food truck will be onsite serving up some delicious and healthy, plant-based food, and you won’t want to miss the programming on these 5 stages:

Don’t miss the Women in Wellness Fresh Magazine Panel with Bif Naked, Mary Zilba and Jodie Emery or features of the Celebrity Cooking Stage like legendary Executive Chef Hidekazu Tojo. View all the show highlight here and follow the Vancouver Wellness Show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more info.

Win a Gift Basket

Wellness Show Prize

I have a fully loaded North Coast Naturals gift basket to give away courtesy of the Vancouver Wellness Show (valued at $300)! It includes their lineup of greens, proteins, and cleanses along with a shaker cup and lanyard.

Of course the winner will also get a pair of tickest to check out the Show.

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 Monday, January 27, 2020.

UPDATE: The winner is Chrissy!

Winter Wander at Vanier Park 2020

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Visit 5 of Vancouver’s most interesting attractions for just $5 during Winter Wander at Vanier Park on February 8, 2020!

Winter Wander at Vanier Park 2020

Winter Wander at Vanier Park

From 10:00am to 5:00pm, your $5 pass (purchased from the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre or Vancouver Maritime Museum) gets you access to:

Experience these unique waterfront attractions showcasing art, history, crafts, science and performances from Bard on the Beach and the Vancouver Academy of Music. Enjoy local food vendors and enter to win great prizes.

Two Museum Pieces

Visit Nautical Knots at the Vancouver Maritime Museum Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre throughout the day, snap a pic in the Polaroid-style photo booth at City of Vancouver Archives, check out the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada at Museum of Vancouver (Joyce Walley Room), listen to the Kits Point Chorale at Vancouver Academy of Music (Koerner Recital Hall), or take a telescope tour at H. R. MacMillan Space Centre.

Aside from the special events and activities, I highly recommend taking a look in some of the permanent galleries like Neon Vancouver or Haida Now at the MOV, the Cosmic Courtyard at the Space Centre, and some of the historic photograph collections at the Vancouver Archives.

Find a full schedule of activities on the Facebook event page here »