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June 1st. 2016

Top 15 things to do in New West in June 2016!

It’s almost officially summer! From community and cultural festivals to exhibition and theatre openings, there’s so much to see and do in New West this June! Check out our top 15 picks:

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Branching Out Plant Exhibition

What: From Stump City to green city, this exhibition traces the ways plants have affected local citizens.  Learn how to identify local trees, find out about the Royal City Rose and more.

Where: Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street.

When: June 2nd 2016, 6-8pm.

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Calendar Girls

What: When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an ‘alternative’ calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. A funny, sentimental, and captivating comedy to touch your heart.

Where: Bernie Legge Theatre, Queen’s Park.

When: June 2nd-26th 2016.

Cost: $13-15.

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Nihon Fest

What: Nihon Fest is a family friendly Japanese Festival dedicated to giving back to the community. It is a terrific opportunity for you to make new connections and learn about areas you are interested in Anime/ Manga, Cars / Bikes, Japanese Culture and Gaming.

Where: Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street.

When: June 4th-5th 2016.

Cost: $15-30.

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New West Craft

What: The Arts Council New Westminster presents New West Craft at the River Market! Shop over 20 vendors outside along the boardwalk and inside the market.

Where: River Market, 810 Quayside Drive.

When: June 4th 2016, 11am-4pm.

Cost: Free!

 

Board Game Meetup at Big Star

What: Love board games? Join Board Game Warriors at Big Star Sandwich Co. Sunday June 5th at 11am! Socialize, learn new games, and have fun!

Where: Big Star Sandwich Co, 664 Columbia Street.

When: June 5th 2016, 11am-6pm.

Cost: Free.

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Patrick Maliha at Lafflines

What: Patrick Maliha is the world record holder for most impressions in one minute- beating out the previous record holder, Dana Carvey. His act has been described as Ray Romano meets a 21st Century Don Rickles. Join Patrick for two shows at Lafflines!

Where: Lafflines Comedy Club, 530 Columbia Street.

When: June 10-11th 2016.

Cost: $20.

 

The Bucket List Festival

What: Hosted by the Crossroads Hospice Society… Learn how you can live life to the fullest by enjoying an uplifting day full of valuable information, resources and prizes.

Where: Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street.

When: June 11th 2016, 9am-4pm.

Cost: $25.

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Sapperton Days

What: Street Festival that donates all proceeds to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. Last year’s festival donated $13,000 to support their fundraising campaign. Join us for bouncey castles, clowns, jugglers, games, live performances, mini-doughnuts, pancake breakfast, rock climbing, vendors, and more!

Where: 400 block E. Columbia Street.

When: June 12th 2016, 11am-5pm.

Cost: Free!

 

Queensborough Children’s Festival

What: The 5th annual Queensborough Children’s festival is a fun filled family event celebrating children of all ages! Join us for interactive play, amazing entertainment such as “Music with Marnie”, craft stations, food and more! The event goes rain or shine.

Where: Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Avenue.

When: June 18th at 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm.

Cost: Free!

 

Pier to Landing

What: The City of New Westminster  hosts Pier 2 Landing, a celebration of its waterfront on on Father’s Day. The event includes live entertainment, artisanal market, barbecue, bike decorating, sandcastle building, community art projects, Live5210 Playbox, a pop-up museum, historical and environmental walking tours, Paper Girl art program, cycling tours, and a bike rodeo.

Where: Westminster Pier Park, Front Street, and Sapperton Landing Park.

When: June 19th 2016, 11am-2pm. 

Cost: Free.

 

National Aboriginal Day

What: National Aboriginal Day events take place from coast to coast, and New Westminster is no exception. Join us at Anvil Centre with Spirit of the Children Society for a day of unique programming celebrating the diverse cultures of Canada’s Aboriginal populations.

Where: Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street.

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

Cost: Free.

 

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Complete Works of William Shakespeare…Abridged

What: 37 plays in 97 minutes. 1,222 characters and 3 actors to rule them all! Alchemy Theatre is proud to present the most heinous act committed against William Shakespeare and English majors everywhere. For one weekend only, June 24th to 26th, in the elegant Columbia theatre in New Westminster, Alchemy Theatre brings you a most offensive play where audiences can enjoy dinner and beverages throughout the show. Each show will also have a special performance by local comedian, Tiffany Anderson.

Where: The Columbia Theatre, 530 Columbia Street.

When: June 24th-June 26th 2016.

Cost: $20-25.

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Bollywood at Queensborough Community Centre 

What: Bosley’s Columbia Square and Columbia Square Animal Hospital are going Bollywood on June 25th for the New Westminster Animal Shelter! Join them for a Bollywood Street Party at the Queensborough Community Centre from 6pm to 10pm. There will be a band, dancing, Indian Street food, henna and crafts for kids.

Where: Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Avenue.

When: June 25th 2016, 6-10pm.

Cost: Free.

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Beatles and Abba Tributes at the Massey Theatre

What: Hey Jude its Mamma Mia! Relive and reminisce, sing and dance to the music of the top bands of the sixties and seventies. This is the ultimate Beatles and Abba platinum hits concert event.  One night only of an unforgettable experience!

Where: Massey Theatre, 835 Eighth Avenue.

When: June 25th 2016, 7-9:30pm.

Cost: $29-49.

 

Royal City Musical Theatre Fundraiser at El Santo

What: Here’s your chance to relive the magic of Royal City Musical Theatre’s Fiddler on the Roof! Join cast members for an intimate performance, great food and drinks at this unique fundraiser! 

Where: El Santo, 680 Columbia Street.

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

Cost: $100.

June 1st. 2016

Riding with Jeff Pollock of Royal City Taxi

By Sheliza Mitha

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Taxi, please! How many times have we uttered this phrase (or a variation of it) while travelling in a new city or even around the Lower Mainland?

As we try to catch a ride from the airport, scurry from one meeting to the next, or hitch a safe ride home from a night on the town…well, it’s easy to forget that taxi drivers are an integral part of the local tourism industry.  After all, they’re often the first point of contact for many visitors – and carry the responsibility of shuttling these visitors to and from the airport and other key destinations.

Jeff Pollock is one of New Westminster’s veteran taxi drivers and – as a matter of fact – the month of May marks this BC native’s 35th anniversary with Royal City Taxi, making him the company’s longest-serving full-time driver.  I had a chance to chat with Jeff about his time spent driving the streets of New West over the past three decades.

It’s remarkable that you’ve been a driver with this company for so long. What is it about Royal City Taxi and this job that has kept you here for more than 30 years?

Well, it’s a very enjoyable job.  I have my regular customers, but I also like meeting new people.  Another factor is the other drivers and people I work with.  I’ve worked with some of them for a very long time, and they’re good people.

Then, there’s the city itself.  New Westminster is very compact, and it doesn’t take long to get to know the city pretty quickly.  It’s a nice city to drive around.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I would say that it’s meeting new people.  Everyday, I get to meet new people from different cities, different provinces and different countries. It’s always nice to meet new people, and then there’s the regulars that I enjoy seeing and catching up with.

You’ve been witness to the city’s changing landscape over the past 30-plus years, so what are some of the changes you think have helped the city to grow and flourish?

Definitely the redevelopment of the waterfront has helped tourism in the city.  It used to be a big industrial area, and now there’s a walkway and a market – and that’s certainly an attraction.

The shopping in New West, such as up and down Columbia Street, is also an important part of the city.  I remember coming into New West as a child with my family to do our shopping here and visiting Eaton’s – which used to be where the Army & Navy is now.  There was also Woodward’s and now, of course, there’s still Army & Navy, but it’s in a different spot. The shopping is still quite good and different on Columbia Street.

What would you say is New Westminster’s best-kept secret?

There’s so much history here.  New Westminster has been around since the pioneer days, which is interesting.  Then there’s the river, which many people don’t realize is a really fast-flowing river and still full of marine traffic.  Plus, you can sometimes see seals and other wildlife activity in the river so it’s great for sightseeing.  The Fraser is a working river, and there’s an amazing atmosphere around it.

Fun fact: Did you know that Metro Vancouver’s tourism industry supports more than 66,000 jobs?  (According to an August 16, 2015 article in The Province newspaper.)

Click here for more information on Royal City Taxi.

May 31st. 2016

Anvil Centre’s Colin Gibson

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By Sheliza Mitha

The sleek and modern Anvil Centre is one of the newest and most exciting additions to New Westminster’s historic cultural district.  Situated just across from the Fraser River, this new multi-use facility is an impressive feat and features a conference centre, a 361-seat theatre, multi-purpose studios and smaller meeting rooms – while also being home to some of the city’s most important cultural events and attractions.

Here, inside these four floors and 18,000 square feet of multi-faceted space, guests will find the New Media Gallery (presenting art from across the globe), New Westminster Museum and Archives (celebrating the city’s rich history) and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame (representing Canada’s official summer sport).

Now barely two years old, there is still much to explore and learn about this centre and the people behind it. I had a chance to chat with Colin Gibson, Event Manager for Anvil Centre, about his work at this exciting new facility and his path into the tourism industry.

How long have you worked at the Anvil Centre?

I’ve been here since May 2014, about five months before it officially opened.  As the Event Manager, it’s been a thrill to be involved with this dynamic facility.

How did you get your start in the tourism industry?

It was right out of high school, actually.  I was looking for something to do and for some kind of adventure, as well as some kind of employment.  That’s when I saw an ad for a dishwasher job at the Banff Springs Hotel.  I did that for a while, then came back to the Lower Mainland and started working at the Hyatt in downtown, from there I worked in the food and beverage department for the Vancouver Convention Centre – and that’s where I was for 22 years.  I then got an opportunity to lead the food and beverage department for the Ottawa Convention Centre… but eventually found my way back home to BC.

What was it that attracted you to the tourism industry?

The people, for sure. This is a very social industry – a people industry – and that’s what I love about it.  I get to meet so many different people, and I’m put in so many different situations.  Everyday is a little different, and that’s another thing I love.  The adventure I started on with this industry has just grown.  There’s always something new – a new opportunity to learn something everyday.

What would you say are the three most important aspects of your job?

For one, I think it’s talking with clients and working with all sorts of groups and people. Here at the Anvil, I’ve helped to organize events for groups such as ReMax and Canada Trust as well as helping with weddings and other important events – whether it’s corporate or to celebrate some kind of major milestone, and everything in between.

Second, I love promoting and re-selling New Westminster. We have an incredible city here, and it’s great to be part of it. There’s always so much going on, and many new changes – like Pier Park, for example.

Third, I really like promoting local businesses through networking and other opportunities. Another great thing about New West is the incredible sense of community, and I enjoy being part of that and championing local businesses wherever possible.

What would you say are the three most fun parts of your job?

First, I think it would have to be seeing – and being part of – all the different events we host here at the Anvil Centre. We’ve hosted so many, and they all presented opportunities for being part of something great and something fun.

The other thing is that – with the Anvil Centre still being quite new – it’s been amazing to be part of the creation of a new building and all that it entails.  We’re evolving as we go, which is how it should be.  Just as people evolve, so do centres like ours… and we’re capable of doing so much.

Lastly, it’s a lot of fun to just network and talk to different people and different groups.  Many times, my job just doesn’t feel like one because of all the socializing and networking.  It’s a fun industry, which makes this a really fun job.

What would you say is the best-kept secret about the Anvil Centre and about New West?

For the Anvil Centre, I would have to say our theatre.  Everyone who walks into our theatre here is amazed by what we have.  Whether it’s for presentations, productions, Christmas parties or anything else – it’s just an amazing room that can be used in so many ways, and people are just learning about this remarkable space.

When it comes to New West, I think it would have to be all the new construction taking place down here… all the rebranding of Columbia Street to make it more lively and vibrant.  The changes at the New West SkyTrain Station are just one example – it’s a full-fledged hub of activity with a movie theatre, restaurants, shopping and so much more.  Then there’s the boardwalk on the waterfront, of course.  New West was a central place of business back in the 1970s and ’80s, and I think we’re seeing a real resurgence again in the city… but don’t just take my word for it!  People should come down and experience it for themselves.

Fun fact:  Did you know the tourism industry is BC’s third largest employer?

Click here for more information about Anvil Centre.

May 30th. 2016

Happy #NationalTourismWeek! Top 5 Things to do in New West:

Hey, #NewWest! It’s #NationalTourismWeek! Get out and explore our community! Start by checking our blog daily for profiles on some of the wonderful people that drive tourism in our City. That said, there are plenty of other things going on this week (May 20th-June 5th 2016)! From Nihon Fest to the opening of Calendar Girls:

National Tourism Week

What: Read our blog! In celebration of #NationalTourismWeek, Tourism New Westminster, in concert with The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC), is profiling some of the wonderful people that drive our industry. Watch our blog for more! #BCTourismMatters

Where: Tourism New West’s blog!

When: All week!

Cost: Free!

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Last Monday at the Movies: The Legend of Barney Thompson

What: The Arts Council of New Westminster presents Last Monday at the Movies! This month’s flick is the Legend of Barney Thompson. A London detective (Ray Winstone) believes a socially awkward barber (Robert Carlyle) may be behind a series of murders in Glasgow, Scotland.

Where: Massey Theatre, 835 Eighth Street.

When: Monday, May 30th 2016, 7:30pm.

Cost: $8-10.

 

Branching Out Plant Exhibition

What: From Stump City to green city, this exhibition traces the ways plants have affected local citizens.  Learn how to identify local trees, find out about the Royal City Rose and more.

Where: Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street.

When: June 2nd 2016, 6-8pm.

Cost: Free.

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Calendar Girls

What: When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an ‘alternative’ calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. A funny, sentimental, and captivating comedy to touch your heart.

Where: Bernie Legge Theatre, Queen’s Park.

When: June 2nd-26th 2016.

Cost: $13-15.

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Nihon Fest

What: Nihon Fest is a family friendly Japanese Festival dedicated to giving back to the community. It is a terrific opportunity for you to make new connections and learn about areas you are interested in Anime/ Manga, Cars / Bikes, Japanese Culture and Gaming.

Where: Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street.

When: June 4th-5th 2016.

Cost: $15-30.

 

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.