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What’s Good This Week – Canada Day Edition

Let’s Get Ready to Celebrate Canada in Vancouver – 150 PLUS YEARS

I’m tagging this Canada Day #Canada150plus because Canada has been here a lot longer that 150 years! Nevertheless, we’ve got a country to celebrate and more and more reasons to celebrate as we find new ways to unite, merge and define our own versions of this great country. We’re over on Vancouver Island, exploring our province once again, and Michael’s Dad has just returned with fresh crabs from the ocean in Qualicum which we will boil up tonight. Our country is tasty and full of so many offerings up right from our own backyards. Make sure you eat and drink Canadian this weekend! Here’s some suggestions of how to do so.


Great Canadian BBQ at H2 Rotisserie & Bar: Canada Day, Saturday, July 1

Don’t just wing it this Canada Day, treat yo’self by celebrating Canada’s 150th on H2 Rotisserie & Bar’s poolside patio. Between 11:30 AM and 5:00 PM, bring your crew and experience the taste of the True North with a traditional BBQ al fresco featuring your choice of tenderloin steak, prawns and scallops skewers, salmon fillet, or a hearty beef burger. Each entrée is $24-$34 and includes your choice of signature kale quinoa or summer greens salad, corn on the cob or grilled vegetables, and a Nanaimo Bar or butter tart to top it off. Add a skewer of prawns and scallops for $8, and spice up your picnic with a flight of local craft beer for $9 or a flight of BC wine for $16. Live tunes, local spirits and outdoor games fit the bill for a Canada Day you won’t forget. Reserve your spot online via OpenTable, or call (604) 691-6966.

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Timber July 1

Celebrate with us and the West End BIA on Saturday July 1st by coming to watch the inaugural Timber Ball Hockey Tournament benefiting the Britannia After School Hockey program. From 12-4pm, on the Jervis street side, local brewery teams, a Timber/Forage collab team, Bomber Brewing guys, and a team from B.A.S.H will face off to win the coveted TBHT trophy. Drink specials, s’mores in the courtyard, and Chef Whittaker cookin’ up some delicious bison on the Timber patio. Lighthouse Brewing is offering to donate 10% of sales for the day of their 150 Heritage Maple Ale to the Britannia After School Hockey program. It’ll be a Canada Day to remember.
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Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio Raises a Glass to Canada 150 With Fresh Seafood, Champagne and Stunning Water Views

On July 1, the Ancora Glacier – a statuesque seafood tower that showcases the best of British Columbia’s backyard bounty – will be paired with a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne, for $150 per person.

Diners are invited to settle in at Ancora’s coveted patio anytime between 2 and 5pm to indulge in the Canada 150 feature. Known as one of the most stunning seafood towers in the city, the Ancora Glacier will be stacked high with freshly shucked oysters, Peruvian mussel escabeche, causa (potato terrine topped with seafood), fresh ceviche and tartare, and a selection of sashimi. Designed for two to share, the dish comes served alongside a chilled bottle of Dom Perignon, creating for guests a truly idyllic afternoon. The regular dinner menu will also be available from 4pm onward on Canada Day.

The Canada Day feature is available on Saturday, July 1 from 2-5pm for $150 per person. Seating is limited and designed for two people, and advance bookings are required. To reserve, email info@ancoradining.com or call 604.681.1164.

Hy’s Steakhouse introduces Canada 150 regionally-inspired cocktails

To celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, Hy’s challenged the cocktail team at each of its five locations to develop a drink, using local ingredients, which would reflect the tastes of their region.

Naturally, Canadian Rye Whisky shows up, along with boutique gin and local craft lager. Hy’s Vancouver will also offer a special Canada 150 Happy Hour menu with the addition of a few locally-inspired choices. Along with classic favorites like Hy’s Cheese Toast, Vancouver’s Happy Hour will feature delicious bites like West Coast Candied Salmon, and house made Nanaimo Bars, perfect for sharing in celebration.

The Canada 150 cocktail list and summer Happy Hour features will be available until August 31st. The cocktails may be enjoyed any time, while the Happy Hour menu is offered in the lounge Monday – Friday from 3-6 pm. For full menu details, visit http://hyssteakhouse.com/locations/vancouver


Canada Day Cookout – July 1

YVR Food Fest in the Olympic Village (215 West 1st Ave)
12pm – 7pm

A gigantic Austin-style outdoor party with bands, DJs, and, of course, amazing food, the Canada Day Cookout will be one of the city’s biggest celebrations. The event will feature some of the top bands + DJs in the city, while the culinary aspect will be based around the idea of pairing great tasting BBQ staples (everything from dogs and burgers to brisket and ribs) with great local craft beer.

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Street Food Showdown – July 2

YVR Food Fest in the Olympic Village (215 West 1st Ave)
11am – 8pm

Upwards of 80 food carts and restaurants will be on hand. Each one will offer up an affordable tasting menu items that allows one to sample as many different food carts and restaurants as they can handle. This feeding frenzy will be complemented by pairings from the top breweries, wineries, and distilleries in the province. At the end of the event, attendees will vote on their favourites and winners will be declared in a variety of categories.

Granville Island Canada Day Celebrations!

Canada-Day35 years ago, from an abandoned industrial area, Granville Island emerged as a vibrant public space that set the benchmark for public spaces worldwide. It was in 1979 that Granville Island opened its doors with a rich mix of theatres, restaurants, shops, studios, and the Public Market. Today, Granville Island remains true to its roots, providing a glimpse of the past while remaining a place that’s fresh with every new day.

To our favourite place in our favourite country – Happy Birthday, Granville Island! Happy Birthday, Canada! 


15th Annual Canada Day Parade | FREE

Celebrate the launch of Granville Island’s 35th Anniversary with art, dance, music and spectacle. Get ready to cheer! See map for parade route.

1:30pm – 2pm Starting at Ocean Construction and ending at Ron Basford Park.

Official Canada Day Ceremony | FREE

Show Canada some love! Join The Bat, The Bee &The Butterfly in singing our anthem, hear greetings from the Government of Canada and bring your kids for a piece of Canada Day cake, compliments of the Dockside Restaurant.

2pm – 2:30pm Ron Basford Park, Johnston Street

My Granville Island: Celebrating 35 Years | FREE

Media Lab presents a participatory video installation that puts you and your stories up on the big (and small) screen. Tell us about your favourite Granville Island memory, your favourite Island studio, or your favourite Island food! Help us celebrate 35 years of inspiration, discovery and entertainment.

Waterfront Theatre, 11am – 7pm

Family Pavilion| FREE

10 am – 5pm, Picnic Pavilion 

Bicycle Decorating Workshop & Parade

Add some colour and sparkle to your wheels, bikes, trikes, strollers and helmets and join the 1:30 parade at Ocean Concrete. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Supplies provided.
10 am – 1 pm

Willy Blizzard Band

2pm – 3pm

A truly Canadian folk and country musical experience.  Celebrate the iconic acoustic roots music that defines Canada.


All Over the Map Preview

            4pm – 4:45pm

Caudillos del Sur Mexican and Mariachi Los Dorados present traditional Mexican dance and musical traditions. Check out New Works’ All Over the Map summer concerts at www.newworks.ca

MELA! Festivals International Pavilion

Always a popular feature of Canada Day! A Lively bazaar, music, dance and mouth-watering food from around the world.

For performance schedule go to www.melafestivals.ca

11am – 7pm Under the Crane (east of Emily Carr University of Art and Design)

This great big Canadian party will be going on all over the Island, and you can make sure that party is going on in your mouth too!


Lobster Man Cookout

Come enjoy freshly boiled Lobster

8am -4pm, The Lobster Man, Mast Tower Road

Lobster Festival | $30

1 lb Nova Scotia lobster, potato salad & corn on the cob cooked on our outdoor patio!

11am – closing (or until quantities last). Bridges Restaurant, Duranleau St.


Lee’s Donuts

Special Canada Day donut! Come and see what creation the chefs at Lee’s have dreamed up this year.

9am – 7pm Lee’s Donuts, Public Market


Mini Glass-Making Workshops – $35 per person

Glassblowing for beginners!  Ages 14 and up. Participants make a glass item to take home the next day. Call 604 681-6730 to book a time slot. Some drop-in spaces available.

10am – 6pm    New Small and Sterling Glass Studio, Old Bridge Street 

False Creek Community Centre Canada Day Celebration | FREE

A carnival-like day of festivities including games, crafts, and food. New this year is a

family concert with Fanny and Earth Wizards, noon, Sutcliffe Park

False Creek Community Centre, Cartwright Street



Fun on the Water! | FREE

Granville Island’s Water Park

Still the best way to cool down on a hot Canada Day

10:00am – 6:00pm

Mini Olympic Canoe Demo’s

Kids come down to the dock and try out one of our mini Olympic style boats. Find out more about our exciting summer programs for kids and youth.

False Creek Racing Canoe Club

11:00am- 3:00pm Alder Bay, Cartwright Street


Ocean Kayak Demos.

Friendly professionals can help you with your first paddling experience in Alder Bay.

False Creek Community Centre

11:00am- 3:00pm Alder Bay, Cartwright Street


Dye Your Own Yarn! | $16 per skein of yarn

Mini drop-in workshop to hand-dye your own yarn! All supplies provided.
Required time for each participant is 30-60 minutes.

11am-3pm Fibre Art Studio, Anderson Street

Kids Market

Little Paws Agility Shows: 11am, 1pm & 3pm | FREE

The dog-days of summer are back! Check out these speedy little canines as they bob, weave and jump for Canada Day joy.

Kids activities: toy demonstrations & arts & crafts | FREE

Face painting, sand art and balloon twisting | $5 AND UP

10am – 6pm

Kids Market, Cartwright Street, activities outside by the pond


Federation of Canadian Artists | $1 Suggested Donation

Contribute to our Maple Mural Tapestry by decorating your very own Canadian maple leaf. Supplies provided. Plein Air artists also on site.

10:00am- 5:00pm

Enjoy refreshments and gallery tours at 1pm and 3pm

Federation Gallery, east end of Cartwright Street and in Ron Basford Park


Disco Party | FREE

What better way to celebrate Canada Day than to shake your Canadian bacon! They have been discoing for 10 years, come by and wish them happy dancing! All ages, all abilities.

10:30am 1pm 2pm– 5:30pm   i.e. creative, Railspur Alley

Tattoos | FREE

Get your Maple Leaf tattoo at the Canada Day Tattoo Centre.

10am – 5pm    Between False Creek Community Centre and Arts Umbrella, Cartwright Street

Celebrate 35 Years with Art | FREE

Join Arts Umbrella and Granville Island artists to create your work of art inspired by Granville Island history. Show it off in the Canada Day Parade. Selected work will be installed during Arts Umbrella and Granville Island 35th Anniversary Exhibitions.

10am – 6pm    Park between False Creek Community Centre and Arts Umbrella, Cartwright Street

Face Painting | FREE

Have your face painted with funky colours and designs!

10am – 6pm                Railspur Alley

Granville Island Buskers | By donation

Witness one-of-a-kind local and international talent in unique outdoor locations. If you enjoy what you see, please be generous.

10am – 8pm    See map for locations

Bicycle Spin Art | FREE

An eco friendly kid powered art machine! Sit on the spin art bike, pedal and squirt paint and create a one-of-a-kind work of art to take home.

10am – 4pm  outside make, Duranleau Street

Roving Performers | FREE

Mortal Coil’s spectacular stilt horses and daring disco queens are back with their brilliance.  Duh Hockey Guys play road hockey with Canada’s young hockey heroes.

11am – 5pm    All over Granville Island

Pins and Flags | FREE

Pick up a free flag and pin from many of our Granville Island merchants.

10am – 6pm    All over Granville Island

Artisan Market

Enjoy some delicious maple taffy from Maples Sugar Shack or a refreshing drink from Granville Island Tea while you browse our creative and original selection of jewellery, hats, soaps, and more!

9am – 6pm Triangle Square, Johnston Street

SS Master Historic Steam Tug | FREE

Come aboard this historic West Coast vessel and explore a 100 year old steam engine. 9am – 6pm Public Market Docks


BEST Bike Valet |FREE

Maximize your time for fun and leave the car behind!

9am – 8pm Ocean Construction, Johnston Street

Sponsored by Ocean Construction

9am – 9pm Tennis Courts at False Creek Community Centre

Sponsored by Granville Island Business & Community Association and False Creek Community Centre

Public Transit – the #50 will bring you to the entrance of the Island

The Aquabus and False Creek Ferries are way more fun than driving.

Translink Information 604-953-3333 or www.translink.bc.ca

False Creek Ferries 604-684-7781 or www.granvilleislandferries.bc.ca

Aquabus 604-689-5858 or www.theaquabus.com


Saturna Lamb BBQ

July 1, 2011 – 10 am – 4:30

Country-fair flavored outdoor picnic celebrating Canada Day held at Winter Cove, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Saturna Island, BC.

Featuring a LAMB BARBEQUE dinner – hot dogs – refreshments – booths and games all day.

Ferry and Water Taxi service – boat anchorage in Winter Cove – dinghy shuttle service boat to dock.

Items to Note:

1.Gates open 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

2.Ticket sales commence at 9 am at the gate

3.”Groups of 6 or more” may reserve tickets by contacting Melanie Gaines at 539 – 2452 Or e-mail mgaines@saturnacan.net

4 .Opening ceremonies at 11am

5 .The time for serving lamb meals is between 2 and 3 pm

6 .VHF contact – channel 69

7 . “Limited” dingy shuttle service from boats to shore.

8 .No alcohol to be brought ashore or on site.

9 . No dogs on site.

10.Life jackets must be worn

11.Bring your cash money – lots for sale i.e used books, crafts and T-Shirts

12.Alternate food – vegetarian, hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream

Rocky Creek Winery’s Pig Roast

July 1 Pig Roast in the Vineyard

Canada Day – July 1 at  6 PM,   $100 Per Person, everything included!

I’m hoping for a wonderful sunny day, but am prepared in case…..  We will have you come ready to eat in the vineyard so please no heels that day.  It’s a casual but elegant picnic.  So wear clothes for outside.

Sean O’Connell from Equinox Catering is coming back after our Valentine’s dinner so show you how everyone can have great fine food even outside!  We will be roasting the pig from Quist Meats with the help of our friends at Damali Lavender Farm, Dave and Marsha.  They have everything set up and will start early in the morning so that when you arrive, things should be well under way.

Start off the evening with our wines paired with canapés to start: 

Smoked Salmon
Chicken Liver Pate

When the meat is ready, Sean will carve and serve on the tables.  The service will be Russian service or Family style.  The sides will be:

Tabbouleh Salad
Rustic Potato Salad
Roasted Vegetable Salad

The wines will be available as you like to drink them this time because it is in the vineyard as a picnic style.

We end the meal with our famous Wild Blackberry served with Petite Fours.  There will be coffee and tea available.

My vision of this event will be very much a day in the vineyard enjoying the weather and ponds.  I will have the gingham tablecloths and jugs of water with the wine.  I hope it be very much what you see in the movies and the same camaraderie as what we had for our other dinner.  Look forward to seeing you all there!

Saturna Island Lamb BBQ

saturna-poster1Country-fair flavored outdoor picnic celebrating Canada Day.
Featuring a LAMB BARBEQUE dinner – hot dogs – refreshments – booths and games all day.
Ferry and Water Taxi service – boat anchorage in Winter Cove – dinghy shuttle service boat to dock.

Items to Note
1.Gates open 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
2.Ticket sales commence at 9 am at the gate
3.”Groups of 6 or more” may
reserve tickets by contacting Melanie Gaines at 539 – 2452 Or e-mail
4 .Opening ceremonies at 11am
5 .The time for serving lamb meals is between 2 and 3 pm
6 .VHF contact – channel 69
7 . “Limited” dingy shuttle service from boats to shore.
8 .No alcohol to be brought ashore or on site.
9 . No dogs on site.
10.Life jackets must be worn
11.Bring your cash money – lots for sale i.e used books, crafts and T-Shirts
12.Alternate food – hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream

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