Ready for the Events During Vancouver’s Entertainment Season? Enter to Win Tickets and Accommodation!

Photo: TOTORORO.RORO | Flickr

From the bold colours of autumn to the sparkle of the holidays, Vancouver is illuminated with culture and festivities from our ocean-side downtown core, across our many parks, and up the mountains during Vancouver’s Entertainment Season. Theatre, dance, and music programs have launched for the season, sports enliven our stadiums and pubs, and the holidays are right ahead with twinkling displays, Christmas markets, holiday attractions and family fun. Get in on all of the biggest events – all on one page.

Want to bask in the glow of a couple of nights out on the town? Visit the Vancouver’s Entertainment Season page to win two nights at the Executive Hotel Le Soleil  (including breakfast) and a $500 Tickets Tonight gift card that is your ticket to arts, culture, sports, and events!

Booze! Charity! Bartenders! Make a Date for Vancouver’s Barate Kid Grand Final

Barate2If you like fun boozy charity fundraisers, then make a note in your diary for Monday 26th October when BC’s biggest bartender contest reaches its last lap at Republic on Granville Street with the grand finale of the Barate Kid Bartending Tournament. Running since March with seven qualifying events across Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria, Barate has the largest cash prize of any contest of its kind in Canada and is a serious test of bartenders’ speed, skill and drinksmanship. We spoke with Gez McAlpine of the Keefer Bar, co-organiser of the event to find out more.

“This is the fourth year that we’ve run the Barate Kid and this year is definitely the biggest so far. Initially we had an invite-only event but it took off and so many wanted to be involved we opened it up to all-comers. Unlike most other bartending contests, this is a lot of fun for the audience too: you won’t find people chatting in hushed voices about bespoke ingredients here, this is all about bartenders competing head to head to make classic cocktails as fast as they can. You don’t even need to wait to see who wins each heat as it’s a tournament-style event with a ‘sudden death’ outcome. Instant gratification!” Continue reading:
Booze! Charity! Bartenders! Make a Date for Vancouver’s Barate Kid Grand Final

Concord Eats! September 17 – October 15

photo: Concord Pacific

Are you a self-proclaimed Vancouver Foodie snapping photos of delicious food wherever you eat? Share your photos with Concord Social this month (September 17th – October 15th) for chances to win weekly $100 gift certificates to Tourism Vancouver member restaurants including Il Giardino, Provence Marinaside, Le Crocodile and Minami Restaurant!
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Concord Eats! September 17 – October 15

Celebrating Sustainability with a Listel Hotel Prize Package!

Art lovers know that the Listel Hotel is Vancouver’s “most art-full hotel” and “a cultural tourist’s dream”, but it’s quietly becoming Vancouver’s most eco-friendly hotel as well. The Listel profiles the extraordinary work of local and international artists and musicians all while preserving the beautiful, natural environment that surrounds its vibrant Robson Street location.

The art-filled, 129 room hotel has taken on several sustainability initiatives over the years, including installing solar panels and a highly efficient heat recovery system to pre-heat water used by guests. The adjoining O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar uses their old menus as note paper and has implemented a sustainable purchasing policy. Think fresh, local, Ocean Wise (aka ocean-friendly) seafood – yum!

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Celebrating Sustainability with a Listel Hotel Prize Package!

Lonely Planet Vancouver City Guide – Book Giveaway!

Congratulations to our winners Josephina, Alexandra, and Nicole!

Lonely Planet has released the newest edition of the Vancouver City Guide. It’s a great companion piece to and for planning your next trip to Vancouver. :-)

And once again the good folks at Raincoast Books have provided us with a small stack of these books to give away. They still have that new book smell…

To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment below saying you want one. We’ll randomly pick a bunch of names on Friday and notify you by email. If you don’t win, the book is now available from Chapters.

Double your chances of winning by tweeting the following:

Get your free Lonely Planet Vancouver City Guide from @myVancouver and @RainCoastBooks! RT to win.

Share your Favourite Olympic Moment and Win a Pair of Mitts!

An Olympic Original

The anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games is just around the corner. Arguably one of the most iconic souvenirs from those games were those red mittens that everyone was wearing. People stood in line for hours in hopes of buying  a pair, and many were disappointed. And good luck trying to find a pair now. That design has been discontinued, and although The Bay is currently selling  something similar, you aren’t going to find any Olympic rings on them.

Lucky for you we’ve got a couple of shiny new pairs to give away, still with the original Olympic tags and all! To be eligible to win them you simply need to post a comment below sharing your favourite Olympic moment.

Congratulations to Michelle and Kenneth for winning the Red Mittens Giveaway!

Win a Gift Certificate to One Hundred Days Restaurant thanks to Dine Out Vancouver

Dessert from Araxi Restaurant (Photo: John James Sherlock)


You all know that Dine Out Vancouver 2011 is just around the corner, literally! You will be able to make your reservations as of January 6 and if you’re following us on twitter, you’ll get a sneak peek on January 5!

As well as the three-course menus at $18, $28 and $38 available at 215 restaurants, there are also a ton of culinary events happening this year. Cooking classes, market tours, a food & wine Ocean Wise event, theatre shows paired with delicious dinners… the list goes on! And don’t forget that you can make a night of it with hotel stays at $68, $98 and $138! Be sure to check out the Dine Out website for information on all events, hotels and restaurants.

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Win a Gift Certificate to One Hundred Days Restaurant thanks to Dine Out Vancouver