Live Screening of The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration

If you were not one of the fortunate ones and you did not get a ticket to one of this summer’s Tragically Hip concerts there is still a chance you can see the iconic Canadian band through a number of outdoor live screenings.

The city of Burnaby is hosting a live screening of one of the most memorable concerts to happen in years: the CBC and the Tragically Hip presents ‘The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration.’

As The Tragically Hip’s tour crosses Canada, live screening opportunities have arisen for those who cannot view the concert first-hand. Burnaby residents will have the opportunity to come together and celebrate the musical magic at Civic Square with an open-air live screening of their own.

“The City of Burnaby is pleased to host a live public screening of the CBC and The Tragically Hip Presents: ‘The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration’,” says Mayor Derek Corrigan. “The Tragically Hip is an iconic Canadian rock band and these live screenings are another way to bring Canadians together.”

The live screening at Civic Square (next to the Bob Prittie Metrotown Library) is free to attend and open to everyone. The event starts at 4:30pm, with the live screening beginning at 5:30pm.

Donations will be accepted to the Canadian Cancer Society. Viewers are encouraged to arrive early and bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Food Services will be on-site with food and a beer garden.

To better serve all attendees, the City of Burnaby is requesting that those interested RSVP on the official Facebook event listing:

BC Superweek and the Giro di Burnaby

On Thursday, July 14th 2016 (that’s TOMORROW!!!) the Giro di Burnaby returns to the Burnaby Heights neighbourhood for its ninth year.

Professional cyclists from all over the globe will race on the fast and technical 1.3km closed loop course on Hastings Street competing for over $15,000 in prize money.

Giro di Burnaby Schedule:

  • 3:00pm – Girolino (Kids Zone) – Corner of Willingdon & Albert
  • 5:30pm – Giro Expo Opens – Hastings & Madison
  • 5:30pm – Boffo Breve Youth Race
  • 6:00pm – Women’s Race
  • 7:20pm – Men’s Race

As part of the BC Superweek series, the “Giro” is one of nine premiere pro-cycling events taking place between July 8th – July 16th in Metro Vancouver.

The day after the Giro di Burnaby (that’s Friday, July 15th) is the PoCo Grand Prix, the youngest member of the BC Superweek series. This race is located in the heart of Port Coquitlam and is a criterium-style race featuring a mass start and a 1.3-kilometre circuit that cyclists will navigate for 40-65 laps.

The Steve Nash Fitness World Tour de White Rock  is one of the longest standing races in North America. It consists of the Choices Markets Criterium in the heart of White Rock and the historic Peace Arch News Road Race, ending the weekend Tour with one of the most challenging road races in the Pacific North West.

The Tour de White Rock is a grueling 130 km test of endurance and strength as cyclists tackle the steep seaside hills of the City of White Rock.


Joe Fafard Exhibition; Retailles 

Internationally renowned, Joe Fafard is one of Canada’s most recognized and prolific artists.

Joe Fafard; Retailles
Joe Fafard; Retailles

Mr. Fafard is one of Canada’s leading professional visual artists and has exhibitions of a wide variety of work in galleries and museums across the country and around the world, including the United States, Great Britain, France and Japan.

He is widely recognized as being at the forefront of his art, and his outstanding contributions to the arts have significantly raised the profile of both Saskatchewan and Canada on the national stage

In the early 1970’s, much of his sculpture used clay as a medium.

In 1985, he shifted to bronze as his chief sculptural medium, successfully establishing a foundry in Pense.

His insight and humour characterize his portraits of neighbours, farm animals, wildlife, and famous artists that he came to respect as he learned his craft.

His work in bronze is displayed across Canada and his cows have become one of his trademarks. Some say that Joe Fafard adds a sense of humour to his depiction of the everyday through his artwork; Joe says that he never really took it out…

Fafard’s current exhibition titled Retailles offers an insight into his exploration of the laser-cut process featuring laser-cut and welded metal sculptures along with embossed and woodcut prints.

Fafard’s current exhibition at the Burnaby Art Gallery opens  on Thursday, June 23. There will be an opening reception at the BAG from 7-9pm for Joe Fafard: Retailles.

The Burnaby Art Gallery is located at 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby.

Coquitlam’s Tree Watering Bags

For the second year in a row, Coquitlam has installed watering bags to help out young trees and is inviting neighbouring residents to help keep the trees healthy by adding water to the bags during drier spells.

Tree Water Bag
Tree Water Bag

The City of Coquitlam is committed to supporting a healthy urban forest that includes 2,800 young trees. To that end, once again this year, the City’s Parks crews have installed watering bags to help trees grow strong and healthy during the drier summer months.

The watering bags, which will be filled by City staff once every two weeks, are a more efficient – and effective – way to deliver water to street and park trees.

Similar to last year, residents neighbouring these trees are requested to supplement the City waterings, especially during extended periods without rain. Instructional letters have been mailed to affected residents asking for their assistance. While not required, this added boost helps the trees to be more vigorous and more pest resistant.

In 2015, the newly introduced watering bags lead to an increase in the establishment and survival of young and newly planted trees, with the City losing very few trees despite a record drought and many severe weather events.

The tree watering program runs from late May until late September and the bags will be removed in the fall so they can be reused in future years.

Residents with questions or concerns about the tree watering program may contact Parks at 604-927-6300.

Canada Day in Coquitlam

While the neighbouring community of Burnaby is hosting their annual Canada Day celebration at Swangard Stadium, this year will be Coquitlam’s eighth Canada Day celebration and more than 60,000 people will gather in Town Centre Park on July 1st for ‘Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day’.


The Canada Day celebration in Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park is a free community festival featuring live music and entertainment, food, beverages, family activities and fireworks.

As part of the Coquitlam 125 anniversary celebrations, the 2016 event will recognize the City’s past, present and future with a new site configuration and special activities.

Photo opportunities abound at this colourful event, from the red and white face paint and clothing, to the live performances on three stages, to the spectacular fireworks display over Lafarge Lake.

The free Canada Day Celebration is an all day event culminating with fireworks at 10 p.m.

Limited parking is available on site and event-goers are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or use transit or the free shuttle. A free shuttle bus will run from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. between the site and Gleneagle Secondary (1195 Lansdowne Dr.) and a free bicycle valet service will be available.

Buses that stop within a block or two of the site include the 97 B-Line, 179, C27 and C28.

Come on down to Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park to celebrate Canada Day!

Coquitlam 125 Partnership; Keeping Waste Out of Landfills

As thousands of people prepare to attend the Coquitlam 125 anniversary celebrations this year, the City’s special events staff are devising a plan to keep more than a tonne of discarded food, packaging and other recyclables out of the landfill.

A single large event such as Coquitlam’s Canada Day celebration can produce almost 900 kilograms of food, recycling and refundable items, plus another 130 kilograms of garbage.

Diverting as much as possible from the landfill is a key goal for Coquitlam 125 events of all size. Big events such as the Kaleidoscope arts and culture festival July 23-24, the Heritage Picnic Sept. 27 and Lights at Lafarge Nov. 26 will attract thousands of people and together will generate more than a tonne of waste.

The City will be working closely with Westcoast Plastic Recycling at these three signature Coquitlam 125 events to make sure waste is sorted correctly on site and disposed of properly afterwards. As part of its role as the official Coquitlam 125 Recycling Partner, Westcoast will be helping manage all forms of waste during the three events.

For example, Westcoast staff will be on hand to help event-goers sort their waste into bins for organics, mixed recycling, refundable recycling and garbage at stations located throughout the grounds.

At the end of the day, organics and garbage will be removed by the City while Westcoast will haul away all recyclables. Back at their facility in Richmond, the company will further sort the recyclables and prepare them for remanufacturing.

The partnership with Westcoast is saving the City approximately $9,000 in disposal costs while providing high-quality recycling services at the events, helping the environment and conserving valuable non-renewal resources.

According to Westcoast, plastics generally take 1,000 years to decompose and are one of the biggest forms of pollution at landfills because they take so long to break down.

For more information about upcoming Coquitlam 125 events, visit

Canada Day Festivities Planned for Burnaby

While the City of Vancouver continues the tradition of keeping Canada Day celebrations pretty low-key, neighbouring communities like the City of Burnaby continue to grow their Canada Day festivities.

This year, the City of Burnaby will play host to a free Canada Day concert and fireworks at the Swangard Stadium on July 1st for the third consecutive year. The event marks Canada’s 149th birthday and highlights include: top-notch entertainment; activities and exhibitors for the whole family, and spectacular fireworks for the grand finale.

Canada Day
The Trews

“We are so pleased to offer this unique opportunity for Burnaby families to gather with friends and neighbours to celebrate Canada’s birthday in grand fashion,” says Mayor Derek Corrigan. “We know that this will once again be an evening of exceptional entertainment – all at no cost, in honour of our country’s birthday.”

2016 boasts another spectacular lineup headlined by Canadian rockers The Trews. Joining them will be country/pop singer, Madeline Merlo along with Vancouver reggae band Purple Soul.

The event will take place Friday, July 1st at Swangard Stadium located at Kingsway & Boundary Road in Burnaby. The concert is free to the public and gates open at 5:00pm with the fireworks show slated for dusk.

Rhododendron Festival at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

I stopped in to the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at Deer Lake for the annual Rhododendron Festival. The best part of the festival was watching all the kids (and adults) flying the little plastic kites that they made there.

Rhododendren Festival
Kite Flying at Rhodo Festival

Another great part of the Rhododendron Festival was the Strawberry Tea service in the Ceperley House which is now home to the Burnaby Art Gallery.

A great day in the burbs.

Poirier Community Centre Kid’s Swap Meet

Although the headline may lead you to believe that you can swap your kids at this meet, the reality is that you can only swap (buy and sell) stuff FOR your kids.

Poirier Community Centre
Random Odd Picture

If you are still interested in buying or selling the stuff your kids no longer use, the Poirier Community Centre is hosting a kid’s swap meet on May 1 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Centre is currently looking for vendors to swap and sell gently used kids’ clothes, books, toys and more. Only 30 tables remain! (there is no truth to the rumour that there are only 30 tables).

To book a table, please call 604-927-4386 or sign up online at Search “swap meet” to register.

Poirier Community Centre is located at 630 Poirier Street in Coquitlam.

Coquitlam Says Enough of Your Baggage

Coquitlam wants residents to know that no plastic bags, whether labelled biodegradable, compostable, or ‘municipality-approved’ are allowed in the Green Cart.

The City monitors contamination in Green Carts at pickup time and there are high contamination levels due to plastic bags being used to contain green waste.  Plastic, compostable bags, and other non-organic contaminants are not accepted by the compost processing facility where the green waste is delivered.

Contaminated loads may be rejected by the processor and/or the City may receive financial penalties for contaminated loads. Coquitlam needs the cooperation of all residents to help keep the City’s disposal costs as low as possible.

Only organic materials, such as yard trimmings, food scraps, and food soiled paper products are acceptable.  Residents may choose to wrap food waste in paper or newspaper or a cellulose-lined bag (e.g. Bag to Earth).

To help address contamination issues the City sends out information letters, followed by Notices of Violation, and subsequent fines for repeat incidents. Failure to observe the City’s bylaw regarding acceptable Green Cart materials can lead to a $500 fine.

The bottomline is that people need to stop putting their green waste in “plastic” bags whether you think it is compostable or not. If you don’t, well, it is likely going to cost you.