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September 16th. 2016

RiverFest Returns to Rock the Quay

This year RiverFest is giving you more smooth, acoustic hits to embody the flow of the Fraser River.

Folks, it’s September in New West, and RiverFest is back to rock the Quay with craft vendors, family fun, and live entertainment. Hosted by the Fraser River Discovery Centre, RiverFest is an all-ages extravaganza that is held in celebration of BC and World Rivers Day. This year’s event will take place between 11 am and 4 pm. If you love live music and local artists, then RiverFest is for you!

For Your Entertainment

RiverFest has gone all out to give you the best experience of the year. To help you rock out, this year’s festival will feature two stages instead of one. If you miss a set or find yourself shouting encore (we’re sure your voice will be gone by the end of the day), don’t sweat it because each artist will perform on both stages during the five-hour event.

Line Up

This year’s lineup will feature five artists who are have so much soul that you’ll think you’re drifting down the Fraser on the Paddelwheeler Riverboat. Varying in style, these performers’ sets are sure to have you grooving all afternoon.

Ava Carich

Canadian Singer-Songwriter

Inspired by Lana Del Rey, Ava Carich is a promising singer-songwriter whose been performing publicly for half a decade now. Known for her soft vocals and smooth acoustic sound, Carich released her first ever song “Player”, in 2012. Since then, she has gone on to perform at White Rock Beach, Granville Island, and other greater Vancouver locations.

Cole Petrone

Canadian Singer-Songwriter

Cole Petrone is an accomplished singer-songwriter who has entertained audiences all over the world. Combining a smooth tenor voice with an artistic finger-picking technique, Cole has crafted a unique indie that has often been compared to the sounds of Jason Mraz and a modern James Taylor.

Deceptive Resolutions

One Man Band

Deceptive Resolutions aims to create a full-band sound using just one performer. Using a stomp box, loop pedal, and melodica to fill out the sound, Marc creates rich textures and catchy melodies and will leave you humming the tunes long after the show has ended.

Karla Sax

Saxophone Player

Playing at top Vancouver and international venues, Karla Sax is one of those rare female saxophone players. Her exquisite sound captures the subtleties of a voice and creates beautiful dulcet tones. Karla performs innovative jazz and contemporary saxophone sounds over jazz, Top 40, electronic house, and lounge music. Her covers will have you wondering if your favorite tunes ever needed vocals at all.

Vicky Sjohall

Vicky Sjohall

Vicky Sjohall is a local singer-songwriter who performs regularly throughout the lower mainland. She is well known for her soaring vocals and captivating presence, and collaborates with many artists as well. Her debut CD, “Simple Pleasures”, can be found on iTunes, and her 2nd album is currently a work-in-progress.

September 5th. 2016

Must-Do’s in New West this September

The summer break may be over, but New Westminster has a variety of September events to keep you feeling like the summer time is never ending.

During September a few of the summer’s regular events will continue.

The Royal City Farmer’s Market in Tipperary Park on Thursdays from 3 pm until 7 pm will continue throughout the month of September. October 6th, 2016 will be its last hurrah for the year in the park. Once the Summer Markets have ended, the farmers will move to Uptown at Belmont Street every first and third Saturday of the month from 11 am – 3 pm starting November 5th, 2016.

Alongside this regular events New Westminster still has festivals and events to keep you busy!

First up we have Riverfest! This is an annual event with legendary music; art; historical, environmental, and conservational exhibits; a Kids-Zone; a parade; and so much more. It is hosted by the Fraser River Discovery Centre and is a great way to enjoy a beautiful day along the Fraser River.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the 14th Annual Riverfest coming to our blog soon.

 

Riverfest on the River Market in New Westminster

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Now, we know that the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival just ended, and we know that your tummy is probably still full… But the second annual Feast on the Fraser is quickly approaching! For those of you that don’t know, the Feast on the Fraser is a 10-day culinary experience, from September 23rd until October 2nd. To start the 10 days, there is an opening night celebration hosted at the River Market where you can get a taste of what the 10-days has to offer. This kick-off is followed up by 9 days of signature events and truly tasty food.

Chef profiles will be coming soon to the website! Check back to see what ingredients along the Fraser River inspires our chefs to create astounding dishes with local ingredients. There will also be updates via the Facebook page and our Twitter and Instagram accounts letting you know about signature events, tickets, and participating companies and sponsors. This one is going to sell out like hot cakes (get it?), so check back regularly.

Make sure to save your appetite for this one! Come Feast on the Fraser with us.

September 2nd. 2016

Back to School, New West

Back to school is easier than ever!

Ah September. Once again the school year has rolled around and too soon at that. Not only do the students have to trade in the sunshine for textbooks, but also the teachers. Whether you are a K-12 student or in the post secondary system, the dread is all the same.

There is one part of going back to school that has always been enjoyable through all of the sadness and looming ideas of the autumn season: back to school shopping. Who doesn’t enjoy back to school shopping? It has always been the pinnacle of September. Buying new clothes, being able to buy a new backpack, and crack the spines of fresh notebooks. Sharpening a new pencil for the first time… Who can resist?

The best part about back to school is that you can get all of your supplies in New Westminster! Head out to Queensborough Landing for the most fashionable back to school yet and for new notebooks. First, head over to Wal-Mart to pick up all of the notebooks, pens, pencils, and stationary that you could ever want for the new school year. Not only are the products cool but also they are super cheap.

Once you have all of the supplies that you need, check out the outlets! From Aeropostale to Tommy Hilfiger, the Queensborough Landing has every look you could be searching for. You can even stop for lunch at one of the many fast food and sit-in restaurants.

Clothing stores in the Queensborough Landing include:

Restaurants and food establishments include:

Miscellaneous stores include:

Once you have gotten all of your new outfits and school supplies ready, you can head over to London Drugs for new electronics. If you’re looking for a new laptop, iPod, headphones, or the like London Drugs is always helpful. Located in the Westminster Centre Mall, the tech department will know what you’re looking for.

If you’re looking for something a little bit cheaper than the landing, you can always check out Army & Navy for your clothing needs as well. From shoes to track pants, Army & Navy has everything you’re looking for at discount prices!

New West has got you covered for everything back to school. Isn’t New West the very best?

August 26th. 2016

The Best in New West – Taco Edition

New West has a lot of great things, but exceptional tacos are one to get excited about.

The city has a variety of truly great tacos at a handful of ethnic restaurants that each put their own spin on them. And if you’re anything like us, you’re always craving a good taco.

The Notebook Tacos

Tacos forever.

Without further ado, in no particular order, these are the best places to get tacos in New West.

Taqueria Playa Tropical

This restaurant is one of New West’s great treasures. The casual dining restaurant has friendly service and complimentary chips before your meal! With 10 different kinds of tacos as well as burritos and tostadas, the Taqueria Playa Tropical has been rated 4.1/5 stars on zomato.com. This is definitely one of the “you gotta try it for yourself” places in New Westminster.

Mexican food

Yum.

Chronic Tacos

New West has recently become home to one of the Chronic Tacos franchises. This franchise is the Subway of tacos. They let you build your own, exactly how you like it. The franchise also uses local ingredients. It also has a variety of authentic California-inspired Mexican grill recipes. The franchise even offers gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Wild Rice Market Bistro

Wild Rice is an Asian fusion restaurant with a local flare. Using only farm-fresh veggies, Ocean Wise seafood, and hormone-free meats you can be sure that there is something here for even the pickiest of eaters! But most importantly, this restaurant does a killer taco. These tacos are called the Peking Duck Tacos in the starter menu at Wild Rice. While a little bit unconventional, these tacos are bomb. Owner, Andrew Wong, will always be sure of that.

el Santo

“Get ready to redefine everything you know about Mexican cuisine.” El Santo utilizes both the diversity of Mexican foods and the best, fresh, west coast ingredients. This unique New Westminster restaurant features two different food menus and both showcase five different kinds of tacos. Not only is this authentic Mexican cuisine, but they also have awesome tacos. How could you say no?

Ole Ole

Ole Ole is one of those restaurants that you would blink and miss. Located on 12th Street in New Westminster, this Mexican restaurant has a three-taco combo that comes with rice and beans. How could you pass that up? This little mom-and-pop shop may not look special on the outside, but it has a variety of different Mexican dishes, flavors, and styles. This restaurant puts its heart and souls into its dishes.

Chris Pratt's mind being blown.

Mind blown.

August 19th. 2016

The Perfect (Skytrain) Stop

This Skytrain Station is out of this world convenient.

Whether you are looking for a restaurant meal, somewhere to relax, to go grocery shopping, or book a flight to Paris; it does not matter. The Shops at New West Station have everything a passer-by could want. Often, when taking the Skytrain travelers are looking to a specific destination or find their way home. Little do they know, New West Station is more than just a Skytrain stop.

New Westminster has created a mall around its main station. In this station you will find a Safeway for all of your grocery needs, a variety of restaurants from Starbucks to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and the Hub Restaurant, various banks, a movie theatre, a spa, and so much more.

Many regular users of the Skytrain would start their journey at a stop in the suburbs and end somewhere in the downtown Vancouver area. On these trips many commuters don’t stop to see what might be hiding in the Skytrain stations between their regular stops. To their surprise, almost every convenience that they would look for in day-to-day life is at this New West Station.

You can stop to do banking, pay phone bills, and even catch a movie without having to walk any distance. As a commuter, not having to carry groceries back to a Skytrain is a huge bonus. New West Station boasts the true definition to a “one-stop-shop”.

Check out what’s inside with a quick visit or go to the website: http://shopsatnewwest.com/index.php. Shopping just got easier!

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August 8th. 2016

3 Must-Do’s in New West this August

New Westminster has been amping up its events in recent years. With the astounding success of the Food Truck Festival, why wouldn’t it?

Here are three main events that you don’t want to miss this August.

Cultural Crawl

The Cultural Crawl is quickly approaching! With over 20 venues and 50 artists, how could you miss out on this one? There are 11 venues to be explored from 11 am until 5 pm on August 13th and 14th. And don’t forget about opening night! On August 12th from 5 pm to 7 pm, the Anvil Centre on Columbia Street will kick it off with pride!

Speaking of pride…

New West Pride Week

This week is New West Pride Week! With events and activities running throughout the week, you are sure to find something to do. This will not be a quiet one.

The wrap up to New West Pride is on August 13 from 3 pm until 8 pm. The Columbia Street Party will be better and bigger than ever! Make sure to stop by to check out a variety of different vendors, activities, and give-aways.

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival

Food Truck Festival by the Original Downtown in New West

Last must definitely not least, the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival. This is one for the books, so make sure its in your calendar! Over 90 food trucks, 24 patios, 6 beer gardens, and entertainment. on August 20th, 2016 from 4 pm until 10 pm experience it all. What more could you ask for? Well, the Food Truck Fest is also live streaming the Tragically Hip’s LAST ever concert. FOR FREE! 

How could you resist? From 5:30 to 8:30 you can experience the band’s last concert, help to raise money for a good cause, and satisfy your tastebuds. We will be there and we hope that you are too!

Alongside these events…

We have so many other great things happening in New West this summer! If you’re not up for the bigger events, come by for the smaller ones.

And more! You wouldn’t want to miss out on any of these awesome events. Grab your pals and a bottle of water. This is going to be a long and wild ride!

August 5th. 2016

Gotta Catch ’em All, New West

New Westminster has Pokemon everywhere! If you are a PokemonGo player looking for the nearest PokeStops and gyms we have all the information you could need here! We also have a list of businesses that are currently dropping lures and will continue to in the future.

There are events based on how many Pokemon there are in the city! On Saturday, August 6th, from 10:30 am until 12:00 pm there is a sold out PokemonGo Historical Walking Tour hosted by the museum and archives in the Anvil Centre. Because of the popularity, there has been a second tour added! From 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm also on August 6th. Followed by a Pokemon meet-up on Sunday, August 7th, from 2 pm until 4 pm at Hyack Square.

PokeStops

  • The Starlight Casino has two Pokestops! There is one by the entrance and another by the water fountain. They also have a gym in the Starlight Tower.
  • The River Market on the New West Quay has been a hotspot for Pokemon in the last few weeks. If you have yet to visit, you better head out there before all of the rare pokemon are caught! There is also a Pokestop here so you can grab more supplies.
  • PaddleWheeler Riverboat Tours Ticket Centre has supplies waiting for you at their Pokestop! You may even be able to find some Pokemon out on the water if you catch one of their Riverboat tours. Let us know if you find any out on the Fraser River.
  • The Gallery at Queens Park has a necessary Pokestop as the park is filled with Pokemon! You can also grab a little afternoon snack at the concession.
  • The Royal City Centre has two Pokestops! Get your shopping done and pick up some necessary Pokemon goodies on your way out.
  • In the mood for a cold beer on a hot summer’s day? Check out Steel & Oak! Their tasting room even has Pokestop.
  • The Anvil Centre on Columbia Street has a Pokestop on the main floor. It’s also air conditioned for those hot days.
  • The historical Irving House
  • Samson V Museum
  • The Music Box

Lures

If you’re looking for rare Pokemon, these businesses occasionally drop lures! Keep an eye out.

  • GameDeal Video Games
  • Starlight Casino
  • Gallery at Queens Park

Alongside these PokeStops and the lures being dropped, the River Market is hosting a PokemonGo contest to win free lunch. Head over to the Quay for details.

PokemonGo winning

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Go forth and catch ’em all, New West!

July 31st. 2016

Reasons Why New West is the Best on BC Day

We know that this long weekend has been one for the books. That’s why you should end it off right! Why spend your Monday off cooped up in the great indoors?

We have 4 reasons why you should be out and about, especially in New Westminster.

  1. Free Fitness Classes

Did you spend this weekend lounging around on the patio? Get your summer-bod back in a hurry with the River Market’s Free Fitness for Families on the Fraser. From 1 pm – 3 pm try on some boxing gloves and throw a few punches; 1 pm – 2 pm experience Abda Capoeira with Mastre Rasta; and from 2 pm – 3 pm join Sensei Bill Hunter (Tashu Martial Arts) in karate. You don’t have to spend any money, or even get up early! Getting out there has never been so easy.

Free Fitness for Families on the Fraser River

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  1. Outdoor Patios, Lounges, and Seating

New West has a variety of patios to chill out and have a snack on. From Uptown to the heart of Downtown, we’ve got plenty. There are also a variety of outdoor seating areas throughout the city. Keep your eyes peeled for the red chairs in front of the Anvil Centre, the library, the parklet on 6th, and the Queensborough Community Centre. There’s also the hammocks and tanning loungers at Pier Park! What better way to kick back and relax than in a hammock by the Fraser River?

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  1. Outdoor Swimming Pools and Water Parks

New Westminster has three outdoor pools. Moody Park and Hume Park pools are open from 1:30 pm until 7:55 pm. Grimston Park also has a wading pool with a lifeguard on duty from noon to 4 pm daily. Alongside these great swimming holes, there are a variety of different water parks in the city. The different locations include Westminster Pier Park, Moody Park, Queens Park, Sapperton Park, Ryall Park, and Hume Park.

Water/Spray Park in New Westminster

Queens Park

  1. Museums and Heritage Buildings Galore!

This city was BC’s first capital, so it’s only fitting that we have heritage buildings and museums to explore. The most well-known of which is the 1865 mansion, the Irving House. Located at 302 Royal Avenue, the Irving house is open from 12 pm to 5 pm on BC Day. Alongside this heritage house, you can also visit the Fraser River Discovery Centre from 10 am to 4 pm, and the Samson V from 12 pm to 5 pm (on BC Day) – both located on the New West Quay. Our Visitor Centre will be located at the Fraser River Discovery Centre for the day, as well!

July 20th. 2016

The Best in New West – Sushi Edition

New Westminster has a large variety of ethnic foods from Thai to Francophone. But did you know that the city has a total of 18 sushi restaurants? We have done our (tasty) research and have the low down on the best sushi in New West!

Here are some of the best sushi locations (in no particular order) in the city:

To start off our list we have [a staff favourite] Sushi Well (Okonomi Sushi) on Fourth Street beside the Columbia SkyTrain Station. This sushi restaurant has the benefit of being both unique and spectacular. With helpful and friendly staff, good prices, and sushi that not only boasts being good for you, but is also generally yummy Sushi Well is one of the greats. They use a different kind of rice vinegar to make their rolls, so the sushi is pink! They also sell scrumptious deep-fried treats like ice cream and bananas for dessert. Sushi Well, we will be back.

Best Sushi in New West - Deep Fried Ice Cream.

Deep Fried Ice Cream at Sushi Well.

Next on our list is Ki Sushi located on 8th Street across from the New West SkyTrain Station. This restaurant has a great lunch special where you pick three items and get miso soup for only $8.95. Not to mention, we think the quality of this sushi is on fleek. Easy access from the SkyTrain station, good food, and good company for $8.95?! Who could resist.

With 4.7 stars on Google reviews, Sushi Yen on 6th Street is hitting it out of the ballpark. This Japanese restaurant is more than just another restaurant. It is another staff favourite because of their yummy rolls and signature dessert. They also offer Korean-style fried chicken, Japanese hot dogs, and a few other distinctive items. Located on 6th Street, ya-gotta-eat-here!

Alongside the utterly fab typical sushi choices at Kojima Sushi on 6th Street you can also order fried rice, curry rice, and coconut juice! The menu is almost endless at this restaurant, so you’re sure to find something that you like. Kojima Sushi also has the added benefit of being able to order online, or even having your sushi delivered! Sushi straight to your door? What more could you want. Maybe to live life like the Kardashians, but we think this is a pretty good start.

Kim Kardashian Eating

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Bara Sushi & BBQ in Uptown New Westminster has the most beautiful décor and creates an ambiance that will really allow you to enjoy a meal. Alongside this they have great prices for their bento boxes. The bento boxes have great combinations including mixed tempura in most. Who could say no to good vibes and good food?

Tora Sushi in Queensborough is a quick and easy sushi grab. They have pretty sweet combos and a tiger roll that is simple, but to die for. If you’re shopping the outlets this is a great place to stop in for a quick bite with super friendly service.

Other Sushi Restaurant locations in New West include:

  • Victoria Sushi
  • Ikoi Sushi
  • Tora Sushi
  • Sushi Farm
  • Bluefin Sushi
  • Sushi Heaven
  • Woomi Sushi
  • Sushi Tang
  • Hi Dojo Sushi
  • Togo Sushi
  • Hi Sushi
  • Hayashi Sushi
  • Lucky Sushi

So the next time you’re in the mood for sushi, head on over to New West! We have the best.

July 13th. 2016

Film Locations in New Westminster

It’s a common fact that Twilight’s New Moon was filmed in New West’s downtown. But did you know that it has also played host to the TV series Supernatural, and blockbuster hits like I, Robot? It has even been turned into New York City! We’ve got the scoop on visiting your favourite TV and movie film locations here.

Film Locations by TV Series or Movie

The Good Wife (2009 -)

The Good Wife, TV Series, CBS

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New Westminster’s City Hall has been the backdrop for the TV show The Good Wife. In 2009 the first episode of The Good Wife, Showcasing the city hall, began seven seasons of a Golden Globe award winning TV show.

Prison Break (2005 –)

Prison Break, TV Series

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Ever popular, Prison Break, filmed earlier this year in front of the city hall. It has also shot at a variety of other New Westminster locations over the years, with the latest being June 26th, 2016. There are a few possible upcoming shoots for the TV show in the city coming up soon! Keep your eyes peeled.

Supernatural (2005 -)

The TV show Supernatural has been filming in New Westminster since 2005. They have showcased a variety of different venues within the city and BC’s lower mainland. Notable New West locations include Old Terminal Pub and Clarkson Street. The show has been set to film in the area until April of 2017.

New Moon (2009) and Eclipse (2010) – Twilight Saga

New Moon, Twilight, Bella, Edward, Eclipse, New Dawn

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The uber-successful Twilight saga was filmed in good old, you guessed it, British Columbia! New Westminster’s Columbia Street played a key role in the filming of the movie, as well as McKenzie Street and Front Street. Front Street was also showcased in Twilight’s Eclipse.

The Killing (2011 – 2014)

The Killing, AMC, Netflix, TV Series

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Columbia Street, one of New Westminster’s most iconic and historical areas was once again used as set to a TV series. The Killing aired in 2011 and filmed within the city until 2014. The American drama was cancelled after the 4th season, but can still be found on Netflix.

This Means War (2012)

The Reese Witherspoon film showcased both Front Street and a few Columbia Street businesses. This thrilling chick flick not only brings the action, but also helps to #DiscoverFrontStreet!

Other movies and TV shows that showcase New Westminster include

We have also heard a rumour that The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants cast has reunited… Does this mean there will be a third movie? Only time will tell. Keep your eyes peeled for the cast in and around Greater Vancouver and New West.

Some other popular film locations…

in the city include the old Keg building (which was originally a train station), the Anvil Centre, The Paramount, and various houses in Massey Heights.

Anvil Centre, New Westminster, Architecture

Anvil Centre in New West – retrieved from: http://www.tourismnewwestminster.com/businesses/conference-meetings-and-special-event-facilities/.

So, the next time you’re out and about in New Westminster, check out what is being #MadeInNewWest.