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May 30th. 2016

Spotlight on Susie Gilmour of the Massey Theatre

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By Sheliza Mitha

Passion and people.  These two words jump to mind when talking with Susie Gilmour about her job as Ticket Centre Manager at TicketsNW.  Her position at the Massey Theatre and TicketsNW, which acts as a box office for productions throughout New Westminster (and beyond), keeps her constantly engaged with production teams and the public.

In addition to managing the box office (and selling tickets), Susie does everything from working with organizers and promoters to coordinating production logistics and even helping out with costume design. But the path leading this Scotswoman to New Westminster’s theatre and tourism scene has been far from the straight and narrow.

Rather, the journey that brought her from the shores of Scotland to coastal British Columbia was long and winding, involving a stint at Piccadilly Circus, a detour to Bahrain and then a decade living inside a Scottish lighthouse.

Along the way, she began a career in theatre, worked in insurance, became a secretary, and then a successful entrepreneur before finding her way back to the theatre…and to a new life and love in British Columbia, where she married her childhood sweetheart from Edinburgh, Scotland (who was living in Vancouver).  Indeed, passion and people seem to be a recurring theme in Susie’s personal and professional life.

I had a chance to chat with Susie about her travels and her work at the Massey Theatre, an important part of New Westminster’s theatrical and tourism scene.

How long have you worked with the Massey Theatre and TicketsNW?

I’ve been going on nine years now.  TicketsNW is relatively new, but I’ve been with the Massey Theatre for nearly a decade. Before that, my box office work experience included a theatre in Guildford in the county of Surrey, England – just southwest of central London – and in Berwick, a town on the Scottish-English border.

How did you get your start at the Massey Theatre?

Theatre has always been my passion – it’s also where my training lies. But when I moved here about 12 years ago, there were very few full time box office manager positions.  So, I turned to my other interest – animals – and worked at a veterinarian’s office. Everyday on the bus headed for work, I’d pass by the Massey and say to myself that I really ought to volunteer my time there.  And that’s what I did.  Within a few sessions, I had a chance to chat with some people about my box office experience and eventually a full-time box office position opened up.  It was perfect timing.

What does your typical work day look like?

My mornings are usually filled with various kinds of administration work – such as putting events on sale, dealing with promoters, figuring out ticket pricing and other details, where the VIP seats should be, creating sales reports, scheduling box office staff for all the events and that sort of thing.  Basically, everything that includes general maintenance of current events as well as events coming up.

Then at noon, I open the box office and work more on the customer service side – and this goes until 6pm.  It’s safe to say that everyday is different, and I don’t know what the day will bring.  It’s a very interesting job that changes all the time, and that’s what I love about it – that it’s a bit different everyday.

What are some of the most exciting and/or meaningful productions you’ve worked on at the Massey Theatre?

What’s so great about working here is that it’s so community based.  We’ve had all sorts of productions… East Indian groups, Korean groups, body-building groups, symphony events and then there’s the incredible Royal City Musical Theatre.  We have a great relationship with the Royal City Musical Theatre, and there’s a lot that goes into these events; they sort of epitomize live theatre in New West with their professional artists, locals and loads of volunteers, which make them particularly unique to our city.  Their productions are very much like a Broadway show – that’s the kind of calibre I’m talking about.

What would you say is the best part of your job?

Without question, I would say it’s all the people I get to meet and work with.  Whether it’s behind the scenes working on logistics, staging or promoting the events – or at the box office dealing with customers.  And the team here at the Massey Theatre is just fantastic.  It’s an honour to work with them.  We’re like a family.

In your opinion, what is New Westminster’s best-kept secret?

Why the Massey Theatre, of course! I have so many patrons come in to see an event for the first time… and they’ve lived here all their lives. Many of them even attended New Westminster Secondary School, but have never watched a performance in the theatre.

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget what’s in your own backyard, so to speak, but I would say that the Massey Theatre is a definite hidden gem full of exciting and interesting performances.

Fun fact: Did you know that BC tourism-related businesses employed nearly 130,000 people in 2014?

Click here to find out what’s coming up at the Massey Theatre.

May 29th. 2016

Inside the Inn at the Quay with Michele Mahussier

By Sheliza Mitha

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The Inn at the Quay, in historic downtown New Westminster, holds a much-coveted spot in the Lower Mainland.  Perched over a portion of BC’s longest river, this contemporary hotel on stilts boasts – among other features – waterfront views of the Fraser River from each and every guestroom.

It is here that Assistant General Manager Michele Mahussier endeavours to greet her guests at every turn.

As a prominent local business, the Inn at the Quay could very well be considered the very soul of this downtown neighbourhood – and Mahussier its heart.  At 26 years and counting, her tenure at this property spans a veritable generation of time that has seen the property and the area around it evolve and flourish.

Mahussier began her career at the hotel first as a part-time front desk clerk. From there, she became the weekend duty manager, followed by a full-time reservations agent and then front office manager before finally landing in her current position as assistant general manager.  She now also does double duty as the property’s revenue manager.

“Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to see first-hand the evolution and transformation of both this hotel and the area around it, as well as New Westminster’s positive growth in the tourism and hospitality industry,” Mahussier explained.

What has kept Mahussier in one place for so long?  Her answer is short and simple: the people, the location and the sense of community.

“We have amazing staff here, and the days are made even better by the guests that we get to interact with – whether they’re visiting from other parts of BC or other parts of the world,” she added.  “Plus, a location that puts us right on the water and next to the dynamic River Market is hard to beat. Add to this a city that prides itself on its close-knit community…and it’s an incredible combination!”

What is the best-kept secret of the Inn at the Quay?  Mahussier says “it has to be the fact that every hotel guestroom has a view of the water. The difficulty for our guests is having to choose between a gorgeous sunrise and a stunning sunset.”

When asked about the best-kept secret of New West?  “I would say it’s that the city is a perfect combination of old and new.  While our heritage is evident in the stunning homes of the Queen’s Park neighourhood and the shops along Columbia Street, new offerings such as the award-winning Pier Park – which is considered to be ‘the world’s third urban beach’ – show our progressive side. The key is to just start exploring, and discover all there is to see and do here.”

Fun fact:  Did you know BC’s accommodations and food services sector employs more than 177,000 people? (According to Statistics Canada 2015 data.)

Need more information about New Westminster? Visit Inn at the Quay and learn more about all the exciting things to do and see at Tourism New West.

May 24th. 2016

5 reasons you need to catch a New Westminster Senior Salmonbellies game! And your chance to win tickets to the home opener:

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Spring is in that air and that means that the New Westminster Salmonbellies are back in action! Here’s your chance to #PaintItRed, New West! Locals are proud of our close ties to lacrosse—we even house the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame at Anvil Centre!

If you haven’t attended a lacrosse game yet, here are five reasons you should:

  1. History: The Salmonbellies are North America’s oldest lacrosse club, founded May 12th With 24 Mann Cup wins under their belts (the most of any other lacrosse team), they are a point of pride in our City’s history.
  2. Community: A Salmonbellies game is Thursday night fun here in New West! The atmosphere at a ‘Bellies game is one of community pride and team spirit and is fun for all ages. Don your red gear and show your spirit!
  3. Giveaways: There are prizes to be won at every game! But you’ve got to be in the stands to win!
  4. Home of the Champions: New West has produced many notable players, including Paul Parnell, Wayne Goss, Eric Cowieson, Jack Bionda, Cliff Sepka and Geordie Dean, all of which have had their numbers retired by the team. Learn all about the team’s history at the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame at Anvil Centre!
  5. Pre-Party: Get there early and enjoy everything that Queen’s Park has to offer, from pre-game activities and concessions, to trails, the Rainbow Playground and more! While at Queen’s Park Arena, be sure to check out the ‘Bellies memorabilia including pieces of the original green wood floor!

Bonus: All New West Minor Lacrosse players and their families get FREE admission to the home opener!

Contest Alert: We have two tickets to give away for the home opener against the Nanaimo Timbermen, May 26th 2016 at 7pm at Queen’s Park Arena. Simply like and share this blog post on our Facebook page for your chance to win! Winner will be announced Wednesday at 4pm.

Follow all the action on Twitter @Salmonbellies, on Facebook and salmonbellies.com. #RoadtotheMann

May 23rd. 2016

All rested up from the long weekend? Here are 5 things to look forward to this week in New West:

Happy Victoria Day, New West! Hope you had a fantastic long weekend! An abbreviated work week certainly doesn’t mean there’s a lack of things going on in our city! Here are 5 of the things to look forward to this week (May 23rd-29th 2016):

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May Day 1916, Queen’s Park. Photo courtesy of the New Westminster Museum and Archives.

146th Annual May Day Celebration

What: May Day is a unique New Westminster tradition where our citizens come together to enjoy the longest running May Day observance in the Commonwealth. This year will mark the 146th May Day in the Royal City!

Be sure to stop by Anvil Centre and learn all about the tradition in the New Westminster Museum’s temporary exhibit.

When: Wednesday, May 25th 2016, 11:15am-1:30pm.

Where: Queen’s Park Stadium.

Cost: Free.

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New Westminster Senior Salmonbellies Lacrosse Home Opener

What: Join North America’s oldest lacrosse club, the New Westminster Senior Salmonbellies for their home opener against the Nanaimo Timbermen! And be sure to pick up your season tickets. Get there early and check out the pre-game activities! Game starts at 7pm.  #PaintItRed

When: Thursday, May 26th 2016, 7pm.

Where: Queen’s Park Arena.

Cost: $7 students/seniors, $12 adults.

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Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo

What: Now in its 5th year, this fan expo celebrates vintage gaming and its culture and includes vendors, gaming, tournaments, costumes, old-school music, live bands, special guests, and more!

When: Saturday, May 28th 2016, 10am-10pm.

Where: Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street.

Cost: $20.

Hyack International Parade

What: The Hyack Festival Association presents the 45th annual Hyack International Parade! This year’s parade will be marshalled by New West’s own BC Lion offensive lineman, Cody Husband! Stake out your spot along the parade route and stay for the Uptown Street Festival in the 600 block of Belmont Street.

When: Saturday, May 28th 2016. Parade: 11am-1pm; Uptown Street Festival 11am-5pm.

Where: Parade starts at Sixth Street and Eight Avenue and continue down Sixth Street to Queens Avenue.

Cost: Free.

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37th Annual Heritage Homes Tour

What: Presented by the New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society, tour eight beautiful historical homes in our city, be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and follow this handy guide for tour etiquette. Tickets still available!

When: May 29th 2016, 10am-5pm.

Where: Various.

Cost: $35.

May 16th. 2016

A New Westminster Staycation Guide to Victoria Day Long Weekend:

Happy Victoria Day long weekend, New West! Planning a staycation? With so many great things to see and do, you don’t have to go far! Here are our top 5 things to enjoy this weekend:

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“Different Worlds” a Solo Photography Exhibition

What: “Different Worlds” is a solo photography exhibition by photographer Carolyn Steingard. Carolyn studied briefly at Langara College and discovered her passion for photography during hikes in BC’s forests. She had a desire to capture the beauty of the world around her and to share her experiences with others. Different Worlds invites viewers to see life in the city and the mountains, places they might not otherwise venture.

Where: Sixth Street Popup + Gallery, 42 Sixth Street.

When: May 20th 2016, 11am-7pm and May 21st 2016, 9am-5pm.

Cost: Free.

 

Explore Queen’s Park—start with the Hyack Antique Fair!

What: The crown jewel of New Westminster, Queen’s Park, is the perfect place to spend the entire weekend! Start at the Hyack’s 34th annual Antique Fair kicking off the Hyack Festival—there, you’ll find a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles. From there, head to the Rose Garden, stroll the Millennium Trail or check out the latest exhibition at the Gallery at Queen’s Park.

Where: Queens Park Arenex, Queens Park.

When: May 22nd-23rd 2016, 10am-5pm.

Cost: $3.

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New West Craft

What: New West Craft is a bi-weekly artisan market, presents by the Arts Council of New Westminster. New West Craft aims to provide a welcoming environment for crafters, artisans and makers to share their work with the community.

Where: River Market, 810 Quayside Drive.

When: May 21st 2016, 11am-4pm.

Cost: Free.

 

Eats at Pier Park Opens

What: What’s better than relaxing at Pier Park? Eats at Pier Park officially opens this weekend! Eats offers a variety of hot and cold treats and beverages. In addition, Eats rents out volleyballs for the sand volleyball courts.

Where: Westminster Pier Park.

When: May 21st 2016, 11:30am-8pm.

Cost: Various.

Victoria Day Anvil Battery Salute

What: The Ancient and Honourable Hyack Anvil Battery will fire the traditional “21 gun” anvil salute to Queen Elizabeth II and to the memory of Queen Victoria.

When: May 23rd 2016, 12pm.

Where: Queens Park Stadium.

Cost: Free.

May 9th. 2016

Books and beer…?! Top 5 things to do in New West this week:

Happy Monday, New West! With the start of LitFest, a book and beer tasting and a Mexican food and beer pairing, the first summer farmer’s market and more, there’s plenty to take in around our sun bathed city! Here’s a snapshot of some of the #MadeInNewWest experiences taking place this week (May 9th-15th 2016):

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El Santo and Steel & Oak Beer Pairing Dinner

What: El Santo and Steel and Oak Brewing Co. are teaming up for a beer pairing dinner! Each ticket to this 19+ event includes a 5 course dinner paired with a selection of craft beer! Cheers to fresh Mexican food and BC craft beer!

When: May 11th2016, 7-9pm.

Where: El Santo, 680 Columbia Street.

Cost: $65.

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Royal City Summer Farmers Market

What: Join the Royal City Farmers Market every Thursday in Tipperary Park for an exciting and family friendly market! Up to 40 vendors will be at each market offering fresh local produce, prepared foods, handmade crafts, and delicious food trucks. Every market also features live music and kids’ activities as well!

When: May 12th 2016, 3-7pm.

Where: Tipperary Park.

Cost: Free.

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LitFest NewWest 2016: DIVERSE(city) 

What: LitFest New West starts this week! From free workshops and readings to ticketed events featuring luminaries of the literary scene, LitFest and is sure to engage and inspire! Click here for tickets and a full schedule of events.

When: May 13th-19th, 2016.

Where: Various venues.

Cost: Various.

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Regenerate: TedxKids@BC at Massey Theatre

What: Modeled after the TED conference, TEDxKids is designed to encourage discussion about ideas that matter in our province to our youth. Over 600 attendees, ages 7-18, accompanied by guardians and educators, will take part in a half-day conference featuring inspiring speakers, engaging performances and opportunities to meet their peers and local youth organizations.   

Where: Massey Theatre, 725 Eighth Avenue.

When: May 15th 2016, 9am-3pm.

Cost: $25.

 

Kevin Spenst at New Media Gallery

What: Join artist Kevin Spenst in an action-response poem constructed at the Germinal exhibition.  Kevin will spend the morning in the gallery, observing, writing and responding its works. He will then immediately perform the poem and also read from other works.

Where: New Media Gallery, 777 Columbia Street.

When: May 15th, 2016, 12-12:30pm.

Cost: Free.

May 2nd. 2016

May is definitely not a busy month in New West…said no one ever!

Hey, New West! Spring is in the air, and May is shaping up to be an incredibly busy one in the Royal City! From May Day to Cinco De Mayo, this month is steeped in tradition and full of celebrations. Here’s our list of 20 things you won’t want to miss:

Cinco De Mayo Cruise aboard the M.V. Native

What: Arriba! Join Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours for a three-hour festival of joyful Latin-American music, traditional food, drink specials and fun!

Must be 19+ to attend.

Where: Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours, 788 Quayside Drive.

When: May 5th and 6th, 2016 7-10pm.

Cost: $29.

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Cinco De Mayo at El Santo

What: Join El Santo for a special 5 hour long happy hour featuring $5 menu items and drinks!

When: May 5th, 2016, 5-10pm.

Where: El Santo, 680 Columbia Street.

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My Face My Canvas

What: Born and raised in Southern Africa, Fatima Tajah Olsen is an artist based in Vancouver. She holds a BA of Fine Arts from Emily Carr and a diploma in Fashion Design. Her work is influenced by her African heritage, memories of her childhood and life experiences living in Africa. She is also inspired by different mythological tales from different tribes as well as the beauty of the female form, structure and faces from tribes around the world. Her work also explores different locations in BC that she combines with her tribal artwork.

When: May 5th-31st 2016.

Where: Plaskett Gallery, 735 Eighth Avenue.

Cost: Free.

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Pecha Kucha Vol. 11

What: Ten presenters, 20 images, 20 seconds each: 6 minutes and 40 seconds to engage, entertain and inspire!

When: May 6th 2016, 6:30-10pm.

Where: River Market, 810 Quayside Drive.

Cost: $5.

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Jane’s Walk

What: Jane’s Walk celebrates the legacy of writer and activist, Jane Jacobs. Each walk will be led by an enthusiastic local resident. Discover the walkability of New West! Click here to find a walk near you.

When: May 6th-8th, 2016.

Where: Various locations.

Cost: Free.

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Terminal City Rollergirls: Season 10, Game 2

What: Over the last 10 years, The Terminal City Rollergirls has grown to be one of the biggest and most successful roller derby leagues in Canada! Watch Public Frenemy vs Faster Pussycats and Bad Reputations vs Riot Girls at the Royal City Curling Club!

When: May 7th 2016, 5-9pm.

Where: Royal City Curling Club, 75 6th Avenue.

Cost: $5-10.

 

 

21st Annual Queens Park Garage Sale

What: Join residents of the Queens Park Neighbourhood for the 21st Annual Queens Park Garage Sale in support of Canuck Place.

When: May 7th 2016, 9am-4pm.

Where: Queens Park Neighbourhood

Cost: Free.

 

Mother’s Day 2016

What: From the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra Mother’s Day Concert, Mother’s Day Dinner and Show at Starlight Casino, Quali-Tea at Irving House, and more, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the special women in your life in New West!

When: May 8th 2016.

Where: Various locations.

Click here for a list of everything going on in the Original Downtown New West!

 

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El Santo and Steel & Oak Beer Pairing Dinner

What: El Santo and Steel and Oak Brewing Co. are teaming up for a beer pairing dinner! Each ticket to this 19+ event includes a 5 course dinner paired with a selection of craft beer! Cheers to fresh Mexican food and BC craft beer!

When: May 11th 2016, 7-9pm.

Where: El Santo, 680 Columbia Street.

Cost: $65.

 

 

Royal City Summer Farmers Market

What: Join the Royal City Farmers Market every Thursday in Tipperary Park for an exciting and family friendly market! Up to 40 vendors will be at each market offering fresh local produce, prepared foods and handmade crafts as well as delicious food trucks. Every market we feature live music and kids’ activities as well!

When: May 12th 2016, 3-7pm.

Where: Tipperary Park.

Cost: Free.

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LitFest NewWest 2016: DIVERSE(city) 

What: LitFest New West includes free workshops and readings as well ticketed events and is sure to engage and inspire! Click here for tickets and a full schedule of events.

When: May 13th-19th, 2016.

Where: Various venues.

Cost: Various.

 

Dueling Pianos at Match

What: Request your favourite song and get ready to sing along!

When: Every Wednesday!

Where: Match Public House & Eatery, Starlight Casino, 350 Gifford Street.

Cost: Free.

 

Victoria Day Anvil Battery Salute

What: The Ancient and Honourable Hyack Anvil Battery will fire the traditional “21 gun” anvil salute to Queen Elizabeth II and to the memory of Queen Victoria.

When: May 23rd 2016, 12pm.

Where: Queens Park Stadium.

Cost: Free.

 

Hyack Antique Sale

What: Love thrifting? Discover vintage treasures at the Hyack Antique Sale!

When: May 23rd 2016, 10am-5pm.

Where: Queen’s Park Arenex.

Cost: Free.

 

146th Annual May Day Celebration

What: May Day is a unique New Westminster tradition where our citizens come together to enjoy the longest running May Day celebration in the Commonwealth. This year will mark the 146th May Day celebration in the Royal City!

When: May 25th 2016, 11:15am-1:30pm.

Where: Queen’s Park Stadium.

Cost: Free.

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New Westminster Senior Salmonbellies Lacrosse Home Opener

What: Join North America’s oldest lacrosse club, the New Westminster Senior Salmonbellies for their home opener! And be sure to pick up your season tickets. #PaintItRed

When: May 26th 2016, 7pm.

Where: Queens Park Arena.

Cost: $7-12.

 

Papergirl YVR Opening Exhibition

What: Papergirl is all about bringing art and the public together in an exciting and innovative way: by taking art out of the galleries and into the streets! On the final day of the exhibit, the artwork will be taken down and bundled into rolls, then distributed by a team of cyclists to completely unsuspecting strangers!

When: May 26th 2016, 7-9pm.

Where: Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street.

Cost: Free.

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Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo

What: Now in its 5th year, the Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo includes vendors, gaming, tournaments, costumes, old-school music, live bands, special guests, and more!

When: May 28th 2016, 10am-10pm.

Where: Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street.

Cost: $20.

Hyack International Parade

What: Presented by the Hyack Festival Association, this year’s Hyack International Parade will be marshalled by BC Lion Cody Husband! The celebration will be followed by a street festival on Belmont Street.

When: May 28th 2016, 11am-5pm.

Where: 600 block of Belmont Street.

Cost: Free.

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37th Annual Heritage Homes Tour

What: The New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society Presents the 37th annual Heritage Homes Tour! Tour beautiful historical homes in our city and be sure to wear comfortable shoes and follow this handy guide for tour etiquette.

When: May 29th 2016, 10am-5pm.

Where: Various.

Cost: $35.

 

 

April 29th. 2016

Update: Quest New West

Thank you for all of the love and support for Quest New West!

At this time, Quest New West will not be running this June. Tourism New West is currently in the process of updating our five-year strategic plan and reviewing our programs and events. We are, however, seeking other partners to help facilitate Quest New West in future. Stay tuned for more!

Sincerely,

Tourism New West.

For questions and comments, please feel free to contact our Executive Director Tej Kainth at tej@tourismnewwestminster.com.

April 25th. 2016

SHOE SALES! And other things going on in New West this week:

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for our top 5 things to do in #NewWest this week (April 25th-May 1st)! From the start of Army & Navy’s Legendary Shoe Sale to the return of Gallery Sessions:

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Last Monday at the Movies: Jimmy’s Hall

What: The Arts Council of New Westminster presents Last Monday at the Movies. This month’s flick is a screening of Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall.

During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation. In 1921 Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of Civil War. The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream…but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.

Where: Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Avenue.

When: April 25th, 2016; 7:30pm.

Cost: $8-10.

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The Legendary Army & Navy Shoe Sale

What: The Legendary Army & Navy Shoe Sale starts Wednesday! Find discounts on designer brands such as Nine West, Steve Madden, Betsey Johnson, and many more!

Where: Army & Navy, 502 Columbia Street.

When: Starts April 27th, 2016; 8am.

Cost: Sale shoes!       

Gallery Sessions: Danger Bay

What: The Arts Council of New Westminster presents GALLERY SESSIONS – an all ages monthly music event to support and showcase local musicians.

This month is Danger Bay, a five-piece musical hybridization lab that brings together numerous influences in an effort to create catchy, sophisticated songs and keep all of its members amused. Their current jazz and R&B-infused product is undergoing field testing. Thank you for your participation. dangerbay.bandcamp.com

Where: The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

When: April 27th, 2016; 7pm.

Cost: $0-7.

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Dwayne Perkins at Lafflines

What: Join Brooklyn’s, Dwayne Perkins for three performances this weekend at Lafflines! With appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show, and Premium Blend, Dwayne has earned a spot in today’s class of elite Stand-up Comics. Dwayne is a regular crowd pleaser in New York, Boston and Los Angeles. The recent culmination of Dwayne’s talent and work has resulted in his very own Comedy Central Presents half hour special.

Where: Lafflines Comedy Club, 530 Columbia Street.

When: April 29th and 30th.

Cost: $20.

Music by the River: Music Box

What: The Arts Council of New Westminster in partnership with the City of New Westminster and River Market presents MUSIC BY THE RIVER.

This busking-style music program featuring weekend performances by selected musicians at River Market starts April 1st and continues through 2016.

“Music Box is New Westminster’s most innovative boutique music school. We have great music teachers dedicated to learning about our students’ personal musical goals and seeking opportunities for them beyond the classroom, such as Music Festivals where we play alongside them.”

Where: River Market, 810 Quayside Drive.

When: April 30th, 2016; 12pm.

Cost: Free.

April 18th. 2016

Happy Monday #NewWest! Like free stuff…?

Well, we’ve got a chance for you to win! Like this blog post on our Facebook page for your chance to win a pair of tickets to Royal City Musical Theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof  and a gift certificate from either Taverna Greka or the Sixth Street Grill—that’s dinner and a show on us! While you’re at it, check out our top 5 things to do in New West this week (April 18th-24th):

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CONTEST: Dinner and a show! Courtesy of Royal City Musical Theatre, Taverna Greka and Sixth Street Grill!

What: Like this post on Facebook for your chance to win a pair of tickets to Royal City Musical Theatre’s Fiddler on the Roof and a gift certificate courtesy of Taverna Greka or the Sixth Street Grill! Contest winner announced by 6pm Wednesday April 20th.

About Fiddler on the Roof: Wonder of Wonders, Royal City Musical Theatre is proud to present the musical masterpiece, Fiddler on the Roof!

The acclaimed musical tells the story of Jewish milkman Tevye, who strives to maintain “Tradition” as he sees his three oldest daughters fall in love. The talented cast accompanied with a full orchestra in the pit sing the beautiful score of well-known songs: Tradition, Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Sunrise, Sunset, If I Were a Rich Man, and To Life! L’Chaim. 

Where: Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Avenue.

When: April 21st and 22nd, 2016 7:30pm.

Cost: Free to two lucky contest winners!

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Dueling Pianos at Match!

What: Get your requests ready and be prepared to singalong! Every Wednesday at Match Eatery & Public House at Starlight Casino is Dueling Pianos!

Where: Starlight Casino, 350 Gifford Street.

When: April 20th, 2016, 7pm.

Cost: Free.

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Kathleen McGee at Lafflines

What: Kathleen McGee is the girl your parents warned you about. She will make you laugh and blush all at the same time. Kathleen’s unapologetic, dark, and sassy sense of humour will have you talking long after the show is over.

Where: Lafflines Comedy Club, 530 Columbia Street

When:  April 22 & 23,2016

Cost: $20.

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Lost and Profound at the Heritage Grill

What: Toronto-based duo Lost and Profound brings its signature “melancholy-infused pop rock” to the stage in New Westminster in support of their most recent release Goodbye Mine.

With special guests the Tiny Montgomerys.

Where: The Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia Street.

When: April 21st, 2016, 8pm-12am.

Cost: Free, but reservations are recommended. Call 604-759-0819.

Music by the River: Bruce Andrews

What: The Arts Council of New Westminster in partnership with the City of New Westminster and River Market presents MUSIC BY THE RIVER.

This busking-style music program featuring weekend performances by selected musicians at River Market starts April 1st and continues through 2016.

April 23rd is Bruce Andrews: “Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and raised on the East Coast, Bruce has been Busking on the Lower Mainland for 7 years. Positive energy, smiles and good times are always associated Bruce’s presence at any venue.”

Where: River Market, 810 Quayside Drive.

When: April 23rd, 2016 12-2pm.

Cost: Free, but donations are appreciated!