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North Van Events August 2014

Coming Up in September … Music in the Park

Monday, September 1  12:00 – 5:00pm  FREE
What better way to end the summer than spending the day outside listening to great music, visiting local artists at work and soaking up those last rays of summer sun, while taking in the majestic views of the North Shore mountains and the pristine Capilano Reservoir? Take the family and friends, your lawn chairs and pack a picnic lunch (or grab some great fresh, local treats from the food vendors). There will be free activities for the kids from 1:00-4:00pm and free artist demonstrations in many mediums from 12:00-5:00pm by a selection of talented local artists – they will also have artwork for sale.
Where: Cleveland Dam  Capilano Road
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North Van Events July 2014

Saturday Summer Sessions

Saturday, July 5 to August 30  3:00pm – 10:00pm  FREE
Free concert series which takes place on Saturdays, and features free outdoor evening concerts as well as afternoon fun for the family. Activities include free interactive art for kids, face painters, and ‘Painters at the Pier’. Each week you will find a variety of food trucks, local artisan vendors and a beer garden for those 19 years and older. Take the family, take a chair and get ready to have some summer fun on the waterfront in North Vancouver.
Where: Shipbuilder’s Square  Foot of Lonsdale Avenue
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Canada Day Activities in the North Shore

Lions Club’s Pancake Breakfast – 7:30 a.m

Why not start the day with the Lions Club’s pancake breakfast on Grand Boulevard from 7:30 a.m. until quantities last.

North Shore Canada Day Parade – 10am

Stake out your spot early along the North Shore Canada Day Parade route. The parade starts at 10 am sharp,  and there will be lots of colourful floats, cultural groups and lots of goodies for the kids.
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North Van Events June 2014

Vagabond Opera – Concert

Friday, June 27  7:30pm  FREE
Portland-based neo-cabaret ensemble, Vagabond Opera, puts a playful modern spin on their eclectic repertoire of gypsy swing, Balkan beats, Klezmer, Parisian hot jazz, and yes, opera. Featuring singers, cello, sax, clarinet, bass, drums and accordion, they deliver impeccable musicianship, ceaseless charisma, and indomitable stage presence. Doors open at 7:00pm, arrive early for the best seating. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. Presented by North Shore Jazz/Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
West Vancouver Memorial Library  1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver  604-925-7400  Visit the website for more information.

Friday Movie Night on the Plaza

Friday, June 27  9:20 – 10:00pm  FREE
Grab your chair and your blanket and head down to the Civic Plaza for an outdoor movie on the Plaza! Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase. This week’s movie is Back to the Future.
Civic Plaza  120 West 14th Street  604-983-7354  Visit the website for more information.

Old Fashioned Carnival

Saturday, June 28  10:00am – 2:00pm  FREE
Lynn Valley Legion 114 membership is hosting an old fashioned carnival, complete with carnival games, live music, community engagement and more! All proceeds go to support Legion beneficiaries and local organizations. For more information email rcl114@shaw.ca
Lynn Valley Village  1277 Lynn Valley Road  604-987-2050.

BC Bike Race

Saturday, June 28  10:00am  FREE
Saturday marks day zero of the BC Bike Race (BCBR), a seven day mountain bike adventure from North Vancouver to Whistler. It’s a tour of British Columbia’s West Coast – the trails, the towns, the lifestyle. BCBR is gearing up for its eighth year of delivering a life changing experience for 600 racers from 30 countries! The festivities start with a farmers market and the kid’s race. For a $2 donation, kids aged 2 – 8yrs can compete on a small course, all monies raised going towards local trail development. It’s a fun event and every child receives a medal just for participating. Registration begins at 10:00am, the race starts at 11:00am @Argyle Secondary School

​Sunday, June 29  8:00am
The epic race begins 8:00am. Cheer the racers on from the cheer zones set up at the end of Lynn Valley Road, by the End of the Line Cafe and at the top of Mountain Highway near the water tower.
Argyle Secondary School  1131 Frederick Road

More info @ http://www.bcbikerace.com/

The Modelos – North Shore Jazz

Saturday, June 28  1:00pm  FREE
In partnership with TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy a 100 mile musical diet with Vancouver’s own rock ‘n’ roll cowboy surfers, The Modelos. Originally East Van rockers with a spaghetti Western sound, Joe Rotundo and Mike Kenney collaborated in a songwriting adventure that would produce Western songs like, “Down the Dusty Trail.” Featuring Brad Ferguson and Geoff Hicks as the rhythm section this project created a new and adventurous alternative rock sound which is sure to get you on your feet.
Civic Plaza  120 West 14th Street  Visit the website for more information.

North Vancouver Canada Day Parade

Canada Day 2014Tuesday, July 1  Pancake Breakfast 7:30am  Parade 10:00am
The Mount Seymour Lions Club will be serving up a $5 pancake breakfast from 7:30 – 9:30am on Grand Boulevard near 13th Street. Please take your own plate and cutlery! The parade begins at 10:00am from 13th Street and Grand Boulevard, and  proceeds west down 13th Street to Lonsdale, turning north on Lonsdale. At 17th Street the parade heads west where it will end at Mahon Park with ample opportunities to view some of the entries afterwards. A BBQ lunch will be available to purchase after the parade at the Royal Canadian Legion, 123 West 15th Street.
Visit the website for more information.

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations

Tuesday, July 1  12:00 – 4:00pm  FREE
The Rotary Club of Lions Gate presents the North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations. This free, family event features live multicultural performers, crafts and games, activities for the whole family and some of Vancouver’s best food trucks!
Waterfront Park  200 Block of West Esplanade  Visit the website for more information.

Canada Day Red & White Picnic

Tuesday, July 1  4:00pm – 10:30pm  FREE
Wear our national colours and head down to John Lawson Park to enjoy live entertainment throughout the evening, followed by a fireworks show. Take your own picnic or visit one of the food vendors that will be on site.
John Lawson Park  Foot of 17th Street, West Vancouver  Visit the website for more information.

Summer Concert Series

Friday, July 4  7:00 – 9:00pm  FREE
The Summer Concert Series is back with some great new bands, along with some returning favourites. The line-up for this week is:
Edgemont Village – The Day Trippers (Beatles Tribute) and
Lynn Valley Village – The Bobcats (Classic Pop/Rock)
Concerts may be cancelled in the event of rain, except for Edgemont Village where the concerts will be held in Highlands Church.
Visit the website for more information and full concert listings.

All of Me – Concert

Saturday, July 5  7:30pm  $20
Love songs in their many shades sung by the very soulful Cayla Brooke and backed up by a phenomenal three-piece band: Bill Sample – Piano, Laurence Mollerup – Bass and Buff Allen – Drums.
Silk Purse Arts Centre  1570 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver  604-925-7292  Visit the website for more information.

Saturday Summer Sessions

Saturday, July 5  3:00 – 10:00pm  FREE
Saturday Summer Sessions is a free concert series which will take place on Saturdays from July 5 – August 30, and features free outdoor evening concerts as well as afternoon fun for the family. Fun family activities including free interactive art for kids, face painters, and “Painters at the Pier”.  Each Saturday you will find a variety of food trucks, local artisan vendors and a beer garden for those 19 and over. Take the family, take a chair and get ready to have some summer fun on the waterfront in North Vancouver.
Shipbuilder’s Square  Foot of Lonsdale Avenue  Visit the website for more information.

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones – Concert

Monday, June 23  8:00pm  $36 / $34
In partnership with TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, together again after 30 years, the Alvin brothers, Dave and Phil, share the stage for a memorable reunion to pay tribute to the influential bluesman and leader in the folk music revival of the 1950s, Big Bill Broonzy. As Dave Alvin says about his relationship with his brother, “We argue sometimes, but we never argue about Big Bill Broonzy.” After the break up of the Blasters in the 1980s, the brothers each took different paths, both in and outside music, but after an illness nearly took Phil’s life in 2012, the brothers joined forces once more to bring audiences an unforgettable trip down memory lane that will include Blasters songs and other surprises.
BlueShore Financial Centre  2055 Purcell Way  604-986-1911  Visit the website for more information.

Gardens, Community and You

Wednesday, June 25  7:00 – 8:00pm  FREE
Join Courtenay Fraitzl, North Vancouver District’s Community Beautification Coordinator, to hear what’s happening in your community. She’ll be talking about the new Native Bee Garden in Edgemont Village and other exciting community beautification projects across the District of North Vancouver. The event is free, but registration is required.
Capilano Library  3045 Highland Boulevard  604-987-4471 ext. 8175  Visit the website for more information.

BC Bike Race

Saturday, June 28  10:00am  FREE
Saturday marks day zero of the BC Bike Race (BCBR), a seven day mountain bike adventure from North Vancouver to Whistler. It’s a tour of British Columbia’s West Coast – the trails, the towns, the lifestyle. BCBR is gearing up for its eighth year of delivering a life changing experience for 600 racers from 30 countries! The festivities start with a farmers market and the kid’s race. For a $2 donation, kids aged 2 – 8yrs can compete on a small course, all monies raised go towards local trail development, it’s a fun event and every child receives a medal just for participating. Registration begins at 10:00am, the race starts at 11:00am

​Sunday, June 29  8:00am
The epic race begins 8:00am. Cheer the racers on from the cheer zones set up at the end of Lynn Valley Road, by the End of the Line Cafe and at the top of Mountain Highway near the water tower.
Argyle Secondary School  1131 Frederick Road  Visit the website for more information.

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations

​Tuesday, July 1  12:00 – 4:00pm  FREE
The Rotary Club of Lions Gate presents the North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations. This free, family event features live multicultural performers, crafts and games, activities for the whole family and some of Vancouver’s best food trucks!
Waterfront Park  200 Block of West Esplanade  Visit the website for more information.

Philippine Days Festival

Saturday, June 14 & Sunday, June 15  10:00am – 6:00pm  FREE
Celebrating  116th Philippine Independence Day.  It begins at 10:00am with the flag raising of the Canadian and Philippine flags at the Civic Plaza by the City Library. The celebrations then move to Waterfront Park where a small parade and a colorful opening ceremony takes place. Each year, approximately 20,000 people gather at this 2-day festival, where everyone gets a taste of traditional Filipino cuisine, live cultural entertainment, including songs and dances, and great fellowship with the Filipino community. The event is organized by Metro Vancouver Philippine Arts and Culture Exposition Society, in collaboration with the District and City of North Vancouver, and is supported by various Filipino and Canadian vendors, organizations and media partners. Everyone is invited to attend.
Waterfront Park  200 Block of West Esplanade  Visit the website for more information.

9th Annual Strides for Strokes

Saturday, June 14  10:00am  FREE
This family friendly walk, run, wheel route goes from John Lawson Park to Dundarave and back, and is a major fundraiser for stroke survivors and their caregivers. There will be food, refreshments, prizes and great music.
John Lawson Park  West Vancouver  778-340-5803  Visit the website for more information.

Grouse Mountain Seek The Peak Relay

Sunday, June 15  8:15am
Seek The Peak is back for the 11th year complete with 16kms of ultimate fitness bragging rights and a challenge that is guaranteed to leave you breathless. With an awe inspiring 4100ft climb, Seek The Peak will test your fitness, stamina, strength and overall mental toughness, and the camaraderie will keep you powering onwards and upwards. Face the 16km course alone or tackle the race with a team of four splitting up the legs including the famous Grouse Grind. With every upward step you take along the route from Ambleside Park in West Vancouver to the Peak of Vancouver at Grouse Mountain, valuable funds will be raised for the BC Cancer Foundation’s lifesaving work in the fight against breast cancer. Seek The Peak is a walk in the park compared with the fight that those with breast cancer face every day.
Start line: Ambleside Park  West Vancouver  Visit the website for more information.

Soapbox Race

Sunday, June 15  10:00am – 12:00pm  FREE
Local children aged 10-12yrs have been putting enthusiasm, spark and hard work into designing their own soapbox racers through Social Success by Soapbox, a program to increase their social skills and community well-being. After months of commitment it’s now time to race. Cheer them on at this great community event, and bring noisemakers if you have them! There will also be a concession, face painting, charity BBQ, raffle, obstacle course and DJ.
Carnation Street, between Berkley Road and Emerson Way  Visit the website for more information.

Save Our Shores Discovery Waterfront Walk

Sunday, June 15  10:30am – 3:00pm  FREE
The Annual Save Our Shores Low Tide Waterfront Discovery Walk is a moderately challenging walk for all ages, along beach and trails, starting at Cates Park and finishing at Deep Cove. Sign up time is between 10:30am and 11:30am. A free boat ride will bring participants back to their cars, or they can walk back. Sturdy footwear is advisable as there are sections of rocky beach, and do not forget water.
Walk begins at Cates Park concession stand  Visit the website for more information.

North Shore Eagles Jr B Lacrosse

Thursday, June 19  8:30pm  $4 / $2
Cheer on the Eagles as they take on New Westminster.
Harry Jerome Arena  123 East 23rd Street  Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Treetop Tales – Nature Story Time

Friday, June 20 11:00 – 11:30am Admission by donation
Leaping lizards, it’s nature story time! Visit the Ecology Centre for songs and stories with a seasonal nature theme. Designed for children 2yrs & up, accompanied by an adult.
Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre 3663 Park Road 604-990-3755 Visit the website for more information.

Suds – The Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera

Friday, June 20 to Saturday, June 28 8:00pm $20
It’s Cindy’s birthday and she starts out her day at the Laundromat very hopeful that good things will happen for her. Bit by bit things go wrong and when her two friends arrive, matters get worse. However, events seem to improve especially with the arrival of Johnny Angel.
Deep Cove Shaw Theatre 4360 Gallant Avenue Visit the website for more information.

Kelly Joe Phleps – Concert

Friday, June 20 8:00pm $28 / $26
In Partnership with TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. This truly one of a kind musician with an achingly soulful voice, Kelly Joe Phelps returns for an intimate concert. In an evening sure to please fans and newcomers alike, Phelps returns to his roots with the brilliant slide guitar that first put him in the spotlight as well as his fabulous finger picking style. Immerse yourself in the deep well of his sound and effortlessly exceptional music in a setting that is more up close and personal than you have ever seen him before.
Presentation House Theatre 333 Chesterfield Avenue 604-990-3474 Visit the website for more information.

Buckin’ Hell Trail Race

Saturday, June 21 9:00am $35 / $45
This year there is a new distance option of a 15km short course, with 900m of climbing and descent, along with a half marathon trail distance of 21.1km, with a lung searing 1300m of climbing and descent on local favourite trails such as the Baden Powell, Dales Trail, Old Buck and Three Chop. Both courses climb the infamous Seymour Grind, while the trail half marathon continues all the way up to the Seymour Lookout on Mount Seymour. The lookout just happens to be one of the best vantage points in all of North Vancouver, with clear sight lines over Mt. Baker in Washington State! Northvanrec Playcard holders get 15% off race entry!
Start/finish line: Deep Cove Visit the website for more information.

Solstice & Pie Festival

Saturday, June 21 10:00am – 12:00pm FREE
Celebrate the longest day of the year, and the berry harvest! Enter your berry pie into the taste testing contest, learn about growing berries in your backyard, and join the potluck picnic at 12:00pm.
Loutet Farm East 14th Street Visit the website for more information.

Teddy Bear Picnic

Saturday, June 21 10:30am – 2:00pm FREE
Take your favourite furry friend along to the 8th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic. Your teddy will be treated to a teddy bear beauty parlour makeover, a visit with Dr. Bear at the teddy bear clinic, and even have their paws read by the teddy bear paw reader. There will also be face painting, arts and crafts, BBQ, bouncy castle, bake sale, story time, and bear-ious other activities. The event runs rain or shine.
St. Andrew’s United Church 1044 St. Georges Avenue Visit the website for more information.

The Chip Butcher Quartet – Concert

Saturday, June 21 8:00pm $20
Back by be-bopular demand, The Chip Butcher Quartet pokes “A-sharp, minor” stick at the caged bear of jazz conformity. Butcher, considered a heavyweight in the trumpeting of the “north by north-west coast” jazz sound, is pleased to present the vocal landscapes of saloon crooner Coleman Holeman. And, with the introduction of the quartet’s seldom-seen accompanist, Meinhard Grinke, on keyboards, we finally catch a rare glimpse of Butcher’s legendary and impressive pianist. Together, the quartet’s music and lyrics, entirely improvised, blend to create a new jazz standard.
Presentation House Theatre 333 Chesterfield Avenue 604-990-3474 Visit the website for more information.

23rd Annual Walk the World for Schizophrenia

Sunday, June 22 10:00am FREE
Everyone is welcome to join the North Shore Schizophrenia Society for the 23rd annual Walk the World for Schizophrenia. Help raise awareness about serious mental illness and its affect on families and individuals. The walk begins at John Lawson Park and goes to Dundarave Pier and back again – just look for the clusters of blue and gold balloons!
John Lawson Park Foot of 17th Street, West Vancouver Visit the website for more information.

The Night Crawlers Featuring Dawn Pemberton – Concert

Sunday, June 22 1:00pm FREE
In partnership with TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. This is gritty, soulful, down home music that’s all about having a good time. In the tradition of ’60s Hammond B3 organ bands like Booker T and the MGs, Vancouver’s own Night Crawlers explode with soulful swagger and greasy swing.
Civic Plaza 14th Street & Lonsdale Avenue Visit the website for more information.

Keep On Singing – Concert

Sunday, June 22 5:00pm FREE
byoV (bring your own Voice) Community Choir presents their year-end concert “Keep On Singing.” This hour long concert is also a celebration of the choir’s second year of music making. byoV is a non-auditioned community choir that celebrates community, peace, harmony, and joy through singing. In this concert, a variety of styles of music, gospel, spiritual, world, jazz, pop, and classical, will be showcased. The concert will not be complete without the audience joining in the fun in several sing-along songs. Stay for refreshments afterwards before heading out to continue enjoying the summer weather.
Lynn Valley United Church 3201 Mountain Highway Visit the website for more information.

Bill Frisell – Guitar in the Space Age – Concert

Sunday, June 22 8:00pm $48 / $46
In partnership with TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, one of the most influential jazz guitarists of his time, Bill Frisell takes the stage in an homage to the cosmic and ground-breaking guitar music of the 50s and 60s. Joining Frisell for this evening of musical celebration are the members of his trio, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen, along with Greg Liesz, a master of lap and pedal steel guitars. From jazz icon Charlie Christian to rock pioneers Chuck Berry, surf music legends The Astronauts, and country music star Jimmy Bryant, Frisell and his stellar quartet will leave no galactic stone unturned in a rare look at the music that first inspired him and rocketed popular music into the future.
Kay Meek Theatre 1700 Mathers Avenue 604-981-6335 Visit the website for more information.

SPRING-SUMMER Bike Camps

Spring – Summer Bike Camps in West Vancouver & North Vancouver

Spring camps in the North Shore. Where do we start? Let’s start by saying that we have the best backyard in the world! No wonder why we have such a great variety of  Bike Camps to choose from. Surrounded by mountains with bike trails that range from easy rides to more challenging ones, here is a little information about the highlights of the different Spring Bike Camps we find in Vancouver. They all have something special to offer and having kids going through many of these bike camps I can honestly say that they have always been a great experience, done with safety in mind and inspiring the love for the sport.

Bike Camps

Bike-Riding in North Vancouver

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