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December 28th. 2017

Ring in 2018 in New Westminster


Wondering where you can ring in 2018 in New West? We’ve rounded up a few things you might want to consider to celebrate the New Year!

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

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Want to ring in the new year with the kids but don’t want them up past their bed time? December 31st, between 6pm and 8pm, you can join Lionel and the rest of the BP crew in a New Year’s countdown and balloon drop every hour on the hour. No reservations required, goodie bag for every kid too!

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

The Columbia

Billy Dixon and his Soultrain Express + Big City Soul! Advance tix are only $60, $75 at the door. More details and to buy your tix online see the event’s website here.

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Ring in the New Year on the dance floor until 4am! MagnetiQ brings you a party you won’t forget with 4 DJ’s spinning the best of Latin, Afrobeats, RnB and Dancehall music. Indulge in a buffet between 10pm and Midnight and party favours for everyone!

Heritage Grill & Judge Begbies
The Golden Mile is back with 3 rooms to celebrate in; Rockabilly with WHEELGRINDERS in the Heritage Front Room, Electric blues with MIKE MACHADO TRIO in Begbie’s Tavern, and THE DRAG SHOW in the Heritage Back Room

DINNER AND DRINKS

El Santo

Enjoy 4-course dinner, live music, and close with a tequila toast to ring in the new year.

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Ring in the New Year across from the New West Skytrain! Balloons will drop at midnight and every guest will enjoy a champagne toast!

Starlight Casino Redbar Lounge
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Starlight Casino in Queensborough, where you can enjoy dinner, music and more. The RedBar Lounge has live music by Infamous Players, a 4-course dinner, party favours, balloon drop and a midnight toast!

Sapperton District Taphouse
Come celebrate New Years Eve with the new bar in town! Indulge in a 3-course set menu from 6pm-7:30pm. After dinner, drink and dance from 9:30pm-3am to a live DJ and complimentary champagne at midnight of course.

2018 is #MadeInNewWest

 

 

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November 2nd. 2017

What to do this Weekend in New West | Nov 3-5, 2017

The first weekend in November is kicking off with concerts, plays, and a craft market! Check out our pick for the top 6 things to do this weekend.

Friday, November 3


Quayside Voices – West Coast A Cappella

Expect to feel like you’re at a private show right in Quayside Voicess living room @ 100 Braid St Studio. They’ve got NEW arrangements and a couple of fan favourites lined-up for the night.


Concord Floral

Experience the exciting re-imagining of Boccaccio’s medieval novella The Decameron. This thought-provoking play is written by one of Canada’s best young playwrights, Jordan Tannahill.

Saturday, November 4


New West Craft

Get your Christmas Shopping started at this bi-monthly local craft market!


Exhibit Opening: Bottoms Up

Explore New Westminster’s saloons, breweries, distilleries, afternoon teas, soda fountains and other drinking habits, places and stories.


Royal City Rumble

A dramatic 30 athlete wrestling show in the middle of your local mall, featuring Mayor Jonathon Coté, and wrestlers from across the world.

Sunday, November 5

Enjoy a New West brunch & morning walk with Family + Friends

Head to the New West Quay and enjoy a morning walk & brunch at one of the many restaurants along the Fraser River.
[Angelina’s, The Boathouse, River Market, El Santo, Old Crow Coffee Co., just to name a few]

Weekends are #MadeInNewWest

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October 27th. 2017

What to do this Weekend in New West | Oct 27 – 29, 2017

This Weekend in New West

From spooky tours to ghoulish games here’s the top 5 things to do in New West this weekend for Halloween!

Friday, October 27

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Fright Night on the Fraser

Party aboard a spooky cruise along the Fraser River.

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One Man Stranger Things: A Parody

just in time for season two! Prepare to turn the upside-down upside down.

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Monster Bash: Halloween Party
 at Magnetiq Nightclub

Call all ghouls & monsters to dress up and dance the night away. Best costume will go home with a prize!

Saturday, October 28

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Creepy Carnival at the FRDC

Perfect family friendly event with games, photo booth, puzzles + prizes.

Sunday, October 29

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Ghostly New Westminster Tour

Learn the ghostly history of New Westminster’s past.

 

Halloween is #MadeInNewWest

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October 6th. 2017

What to do this Weekend in New West | Oct 6-8, 2017

Check out a play or two, cruise to the Cranberry Festival & shop the fall collections at New West Craft this long weekend!

 

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Vagabond Players: Little Shop of Horrors

Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm

Meek and mild flower shop assistant Seymour Krelborn has stumbled across a peculiar new plant species, which he names after his stunning but vulnerable crush Audrey. The plant, Audrey Two, has plans that are far greater than Seymour can imagine as it grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore who offers fame, fortune, the girl he loves, and an escape from skid row in exchange for feeding its growing appetite for BLOOD.  Mixing Motown, B-movies, and The American Dream, Little Shop of Horrors is the gleefully twisted, out-of-this-world cult classic hit musical that also spawned the 1986 film starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis.

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New West Craft

October 7 | 11AM – 4PM

New West Craft is a handmade market hosted by the Arts Council of New West. New West Craft aims to provide a welcoming environment for crafters, artisans and makers to share their work with the community. New West Craft takes place on the first and third Saturday of every month at the River Market.

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Fort Langley Cruise for the Cranberry Festival with Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours

October 7 | 9:30AM – 5PM

The lush Coast Mountain Range provides a breathtaking canvas as you travel, with fascinating narration to the Birthplace of British Columbia. A unique view of Barnston Island and the Golden Ears Peaks are only a few of the highlights on your way.

We’ll travel under the latest addition to cross the Fraser River “The Golden Ears Bridge” as well as the newly constructed “Port Mann Bridge” the widest bridge in the world. Enjoy leisurely eating your delicious lunch which is included before we dock in Fort Langley.

There will be ample time to visit The Fort Langley Historic Site of Canada, browse the boutiques & antique shops in Gasoline Alley or just stroll around the quaint village soaking up the old time ambiance.

When you return to the paddlewheeler you can enjoy your relaxing return voyage to New Westminster.

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October 8 | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

From the world-renowned creative team behind the Mom’s the Word series comes a new chapter in their stories of family and fracas. Their kids are grown, their marriages have “evolved,” and their bodies are backfiring. Life doesn’t get any prettier, but it never strays far from ludicrous or poignant as the moms continue to mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. Filled with insights, secrets, and ribald humour, this brand-new show from the moms you love is both hysterical and deeply touching.

Long weekends are #MadeInNewWest

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October 2nd. 2017

Live Shows in New West | October 2017

Cozy up to with some live entertainment this month in New West! 

 

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Vagabond Players: Little Shop of Horrors

October 5 – October 27 | 8 PM – 10 PM

Meek and mild flower shop assistant Seymour Krelborn has stumbled across a peculiar new plant species, which he names after his stunning but vulnerable crush Audrey. The plant, Audrey Two, has plans that are far greater than Seymour can imagine as it grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore who offers fame, fortune, the girl he loves, and an escape from skid row in exchange for feeding its growing appetite for BLOOD.  Mixing Motown, B-movies, and The American Dream, Little Shop of Horrors is the gleefully twisted, out-of-this-world cult classic hit musical that also spawned the 1986 film starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis.

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Moms the Word 3

October 8 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

From the world-renowned creative team behind the Mom’s the Word series comes a new chapter in their stories of family and fracas. Their kids are grown, their marriages have “evolved,” and their bodies are backfiring. Life doesn’t get any prettier, buty it never strays far from ludicrous or poignant as the moms continue to mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. Filled with insights, secrets, and ribald humour, this brand-new show from the moms you love is both hysterical and deeply touching.

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Grease Sing-a-long

October 19 | 7 PM – 9 PM

Have you ever been to a film musical and had the uncontrollable urge to burst into song? Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady but never had the occasion to do so? This fully interactive screening of the classic film with on-screen subtitles is fun for everyone…Pink Lady, T-bird or general musical fan.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

October 20 & 21 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

French-Canadian Sherlock Holmes and a terminally confused Dr. Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a gormless young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate.

Hound of the Baskervilles is probably Sherlock Holmes’ greatest mystery, but in this version COMEDY rules the day as three amazingly, talented actors – plus one wandering fireplace – bring all the characters to life in an hilarious spoof that nonetheless stays true to the story’s fascinating plot.

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One Man Stranger Things: A Parody

October 27 @ 8:00 PM – October 28 @ 9:30 PM

Stranger Things burst into popular consciousness in July 2016, referencing 80s movies, kid culture, the supernatural and Eggo waffles. Charles Ross and TJ Dawe grew up in the 80s, addicted to adventure movies, and went on to co-create a series of one man parody shows of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Batman, which continue to tour the world. One Man Stranger Things: A Parody (World Premiere!) will recreate and spoof season one of Stranger Things, reminding audiences why they loved it, right in time for season two (Premiers October 27th Netflix).

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Victoria by Dulcinea Langfelder

October 27 | 7:30 pm & October 28 | 2 pm

Victoria is a wheelchair-bound 90 year-old suffering from the loss of memory, autonomy and just about everything else, Langfelder melds tragedy with humour. This multi-disciplinary work dazzles audiences with its humour and compassion while addressing old age, vulnerability, loss and death. She and her creative team sought to open dialogues and change attitudes towards old age, others’ as well as our own. Victoria proposes a positive image and reassures people who feel excluded, be it by aging, solitude, illness, handicap… socially or politically.

An uplifting affirmation for caregivers and family members.  A valuable exploration of aging today.

 

Live performances are #MadeInNewWest

 

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September 28th. 2017

Culture Days in New West | Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2017

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Celebrate Culture Days this weekend in New West! From walking tours & art exhibits to play readings paired with wine, theres something for everyone. Check out the Free events taking place at the Anvil Centre & River Market below.

 

 

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ArchiTEXTURE: Hard Edges in a Soft Medium Exhibition

Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1 at 10am to 5pm
Anvil Cente, 777 Columbia Street

Can we capture the gleam of glass, the sharp edges of metal, the coolness of tile and stone with fabric? We are four New Westminster textile artists, fascinated with the tac-tile world. The materials, processes and patterns of the man-made structures around us inspire our art. We are builders too, working with commercial or hand-dyed fabrics, planning, drafting, and constructing pieced tops, layering them to create wall art based in the tradition of quilt-making. We measure, cut and assemble; masters of the tools and machines that work for us. We offer this exhibition as an exploration of opposites: hard/soft, smooth/rough, warm/cold.


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Historic Drinking Hole Walking Tour (16+ years)

Saturday, September 30 at 10am to 11:30am

Join our Museum Curator in a walking tour tracing the locations of saloons, bars and cafes along Columbia and Front Streets. As part of the upcoming fall exhibition Bottoms Up: The Cultures of Drink in the Royal City, hear stories about the characters and history of these establishments.

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Scripts & Sips

Friday, September 29 at 7pm to 9pm
Anvil Cente, 777 Columbia Street

Why limit your drink pairings to just wine and cheese. Why not a drink and a play? Come listen and/or participate to a live play reading at The Anvil Centre. Roles will be chosen from a hat of willing participants just prior to the reading. You also will be able to sip on a beverage chosen to match the play! The play will be chosen through a twitter poll prior to the event so follow @anvilctr to have your chance to choose.

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ArtStarts at River Market

Sunday, October 1 at 11am to 12pm & 1pm to 2pm
River Market, 810 Quayside Drive

ArtStarts at River Market is a free arts-based event series for kids and families. Join some of the best artists working with young people for performances and workshops that explore a wide range of cultures and artistic disciplines. Each 45-minute workshop takes place twice, at 11am and 1pm. Ideal for ages 5 and up, but all are welcome. Free! Donations welcome.

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Dominion Exhibition Tours

Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1 at 10am to 5pm
Anvil Cente, 777 Columbia Street

Come on a journey with us through Dominion. Take in the final 3 days of our stunning summer exhibition! You will be treated to a Curatorial Tour including behind-the-scenes information on how the exhibition was put together, and fascinating background information on four extraordinary international artists. Dominion is an immersive exploration of the natural world through technology; an all encompassing experience for the senses. Spinning zoetropes, video, light, sound. New Media Gallery is proud to announce the Canadian premiere of ‘The Centrifugal Soul’ by British YBA artist Matthew Collishaw and stunning multi-media works by Jim Campbell, Kathy Hinde, Quayola. You won’t want to miss this!

Cultural experiences are #MadeInNewWest

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September 20th. 2017

What to do this Weekend in New West | Sept 22-24, 2017

This weekend brings you the third annual Feast on the Fraser, starting on Friday! Check out the campaigns signature events taking place among other fun things to do in New West.

Friday, September 22


Feast on the Fraser: A Mad Men Mixer at Mid Century Modern Home 

Step back in time and revisit the 1950’s and 60’s with a special themed evening at Mid-Century Modern Home. Mingle through the Mid-Century shop as the DJ spins 50’s and 60’s vinyl hits. Savour cocktails and appetizers inspired by the decades including cuisine served up by Wild Rice Restaurant and vintage cocktails by the Paddlewheeler Pub. Enjoy a fashion show by Gemini Rising Vintage and have your photo taken with one of the pin up girls. Get your tickets here!


Phil Johnson at Lafflines Comedy Club
Looking for a fun date idea? Grab a bite to eat in the historic Downtown and then laugh the night away at Lafflines Comedy Club – featured this week is Phil Johnson!

Saturday, September 23


Riverfest
RiverFest is a FREE family-friendly festival, and a great way to enjoy a beautiful fall day along the mighty Fraser River. RiverFest 2017 will build on past festivals to ensure informative and enjoyable family entertainment, including vendors whose products embody the Fraser, a diverse assortment of exhibitors, children’s activities, and live music.


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Waffle Pop Up Shop at Old Crow Coffee Co.
Stop by at Old Crow Coffee Co. for some western style waffles from 8am – 12pm! There will be vegan and gluten-friendly options as well.

 

Sunday, September 24


Feast on the Fraser: Be Our Guest Children’s Tea
Join Belle at Queen’s Park Preschool for an afternoon of enchanted fun. This fairy-tale tea party is the perfect event for your young ones, or anyone young at heart! Dress for a grand occasion and enjoy a magical tea party complete with tea from Great Wall Tea Co, and strawberry shortcake from Krause Berry Farms. Get your tickets here!

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Feast on the Fraser: Discover Uptown Food Tour
Get to know Uptown New West with this exciting foodie tour hosted by Off The Eaten Track! Off The Eaten Track is a unique food tour company that specializes in truly local experiences. Sample authentic multi-cultural dishes including Ethiopian, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, and Ukrainian. Taste unique dishes, meet the businesses owners, and discover your new favourite foodie hidden gem! Get your tickets here!

Weekends are #MadeInNewWest

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September 8th. 2017

This Weekend in New West | September 8-10, 2017

This Weekend In New West

It’s an event-filled weekend ahead for New West! From sports to music with some laughs + scenic views in between.

Friday, September 8

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MANN Cup 

The MANN Cup kicks off on Friday at 7:30pm at Queen’s Park Arena. #PaintItRed and show your local support for New Westminster’s very own Salmonbellies!

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Hyack Football Homecoming
It’s that time of the year again! The homecoming game is on Friday night at Mercer Stadium.

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Jon Bennett at Lafflines Comedy Club
Looking for a fun date idea? Grab a bite to eat in the historic Downtown and then laugh the night away at Lafflines Comedy Club – featured this week is Jon Bennett!

Saturday, September 9

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Discover the Fraser Luncheon

Learn the history of the Fraser River with a Mimosa and lunch in hand! Take in the picturesque views on this 2-hour Paddlerwheeler Cruise!

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BC Recovery Day Festival
Part music festival, part carnival, part educational event: Recovery Day BC is a celebration, a rally, a memorial for those lost, and a tool to raise awareness for recovery while reducing the stigma of addiction recovery.

Weekends are #MadeInNewWest

 

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August 28th. 2017

#MondayFunDay at Pandora’s Locks

Restore power to a vault, escape wonderland, and find Becky…

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It’s no secret that escape rooms are all the rage these days, but did you know we have one of our own right here in New West?! Pandora’s Locks is located on Columbia Street and has been growing in popularity. They offer up interactive, exciting, and challenging rooms for you and a group of friends, family, or coworkers to attempt an escape from. Here is our list of reasons to add this to your places to visit!

1) Three different room themes!

Pandora’s Locks’ rooms are creatively designed to stand out and be unique from one another. Their premier room, ‘Vault 405’ exists in a post-apocalyptic world, and its up to you and your team to restore power to the vault before its too late. They also have a room called ‘Escape Wonderland’, themed after the adventures of Alice. Lastly, they have ‘Where’s Becky’. Designed to look like the 1980’s, it’s up to you to find your missing friend before time runs out.

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2) Excellent puzzle design!

Each room has a well-written story, creating engaging and interactive content that makes you want to solve each puzzle. Pandora’s Locks has found the balance between difficult puzzles that make you think, while keeping them fair. One piece of advice, stay calm, because teamwork will set apart the groups that escape or stay trapped!

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Unlike other escape rooms, Pandora’s Locks doesn’t penalize you or limit your hints. If you’re stuck or think you’ve made a mistake, you can push a button to call a staff member to your room. They are great at giving just enough of a clue to point your team in the right direction, without giving it away.

4) Pandora’s Locks is located right by the SkyTrain!

You don’t need a car to attempt an escape from these rooms. Just steps away from Columbia SkyTrain Station, Pandora’s Locks’ central location makes it easy for both locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

If you haven’t been to an escape room before this is the perfect place to start, and if you have, visit and find out why so many people claim it’s the best one around.

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August 24th. 2017

#TastyThursday – Taverna Greka! You’ve got to eat here! | August 24, 2017

With authentic Greek cuisine in the heart of downtown New Westminster, Taverna Greka should be at the top of your list of places to eat.

With so many restaurants to choose from in New Westminster, narrowing down which to pick can be a challenge. This family run restaurant is a hidden gem among the hustle and bustle of Columbia Street, if you haven’t been yet, here are four reasons you’ve got to put it on your list!

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While everything on their menu is delicious, the Kalamari is something to go back for again and again. Kalamari is a mainstay on most menus, but trying it at Taverna Greka drives home the authenticity of their Greek cooking. Other starter favourites include their Saganaki, Spanakopita, and if you are with a group or feeling brave, their Greka Appy Platter.

Live Entertainment

Choosing Taverna Greka means you aren’t just getting dinner, but a show too. Throughout the week they have entertainment, ranging from live music with Rossi Tuesday’s, to live belly dancing every Friday and Saturday night. The belly-dancers move throughout the restaurant, meaning wherever you sit you won’t be missing out. If you feel up for it, you can even join in and get an impromptu dancing lesson!

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The View!

New Westminster is filled with amazing views, but the one from Taverna Greka might just be the best in the city. Overlooking Westminster Pier Park and the Fraser River creates a breathtaking experience, especially when you combine it with amazing food.

Top-notch service

As a family run restaurant, Taverna Greka puts a focus on creating a warm and welcoming environment that makes everyone feel at home. From the moment you walk in you’ll be greeted with smiles and the friendly IMG_0051 (1)service carries on throughout the whole meal.

It’s no surprise that Taverna Greka has become one of the most popular restaurants for locals and visitors alike in New Westminster. Come for the amazing food and stay for the view, entertainment, and great service!

 

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