What’s Happening in the Tri-Cities: Winter Artisan Fair, Shrine Fantasy Show, The Trailer Park Boys, Tequila Tastings and More!

Trailer Park Boys Coquitlam

Throw in a bunch of Christmas Crafts.  Mix in a few Christmas Shows.  Add some scotch.  Stir in a jazz singer, a piano player and an illusionist.  Sprinkle in a few Christmas lights and then top it off with some tequila and The Trailer Park Boys and you pretty much have this week’s events covered.

What:  Unique Single Malt Scotch Workshop – Port Moody
When:  Thursday, November 29 from 7:00-9:00pm 19:00 – 21:0
Where:  Eden West Fine Foods, 2500 Saint Johns Street  (map)
The skinny:  Whether you are an aficionado of scotch, or someone who wants to discover more about this unique beverage, this workshop is the perfect fit.  Join a local scotch expert for an informative and interesting session exploring single malt scotches. You will learn about various scotch regions, and how that influences the final taste and aromas of the different scotches. You will be guided through the tasting experience, so you can appreciate the subtle differences between each sample. A total of four unique scotches will be tasted and explored in this fascinating look at single malts. Tickets for this tasting are $59 plus HST per person. A limited number of 20 seats are available.
More info:  604.463.1998

What:  32nd Annual Coquitlam Christmas Craft Sale
When:  November 30 – December 2 (Friday: 5:00 – 9:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-4:00pm)
Where:  624 Poirier Street (map)
The skinny:  Featuring delicious homemade goodies, fine creations in glass, ceramics, textiles and wood, as well as skincare and unique housewares. With over 120 BC Crafters, there is surely something for everyone! Adult Admission: $2.00 Seniors and Children: $1.00
More info:  604.469.9669

What:  Maria Ho: Jazz Vocal Concert
When:  Friday, November 30 form 8:00-10:00pm
Where:  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  Enjoy music by The Maria Ho Quartet. With a smile in her voice … warm, alive and distinctive … Maria Ho’s impeccable articulation and precise diction captivate and enchant audiences. Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Nancy Wilson, Blossom Dearie and Stevie Wonder, Maria can swing a tune with brightness and positive energy to uplift people and put a smile on their face or caress a powerful ballad that can silence a room full of people. Advance tickets: $20.
More info:  info@musicalbreeze.ca

What:  Crossroads Coffeehouse – Ryszard Wrzaskala
When:  Friday, November 30 from 7:30-10:00pm
Where:  1100 – 2253 Leigh Square (The Gathering Place) (map)
The skinny:  “Unplugged at the Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse” series is set in a casual atmosphere centered on acoustical performances from a wide range of musical genres.  For over twelve years local musicians from across the Lower Mainland have joined Crossroads to raise funds and awareness for the Crossroads Inlet Centre Hospice.  Performer: RYSZARD WRZASKALA is a composer and arranger who will give a rare piano concert. Invite your piano crazy friends because this concert will dazzle! $5 admission at the door Doors open at 7:00 pm Open stage 7:30 pm Feature performer 9:00pm
More info:  604-945-0606

What:  Christmas Market
When:  Saturday, December 1 from 10:00am – 3:00pm
Where:  River Springs Recreation Centre, 1950 Lodge Drive (map)
The skinny:  Enjoy a fun day of shopping and support a good cause at Gaby Davis Foundation’s Christmas Market. Lots of great gift ideas, home decor, clothing & accessories, Grayson’s hot chocolate stand, many local vendors and much more!
More info:  604.464.4229

What:  Christmas in Leigh Square
When:  Saturday, December 1 from 11:00am – 6:00pm
Where:  Leigh Square Community Arts Village, 2253 Leigh Square (map)
The skinny:  This is the event that kicks off Christmas season in Port Coquitlam each year.  Activities include: Winter Artisans Fair in the Outlet – Sat: 11:00am – 6:00pm / Sun: Noon – 5:00pm, Holiday Ornament Making, Hot Chocolate and Treats outdoors by Bandshell from 3:30pm – 5:00pm and the Entertainment Lighting Ceremony at the Bandshell at 4:30pm.  This is a rain or snow event. Admission: Free Donations accepted for Share’s Christmas toy and food drive!
More info:  604.927.7935

What:  Brighten Up! – A Lantern Affair
When:  Saturday, December 1 from 4:30-7:30pm
Where:  1120 Brunette Avenue (map)
The skinny:  Place des Arts, Mackin House and Fraser Mills Station Museum are brightening up the dark days of autumn with a seasonal celebration of arts and heritage! Gather up family and friends and enjoy a variety of activities taking place at Carré Heritage Square throughout November and December. A Lantern Affair is a free annual multi-cultural celebration of light (formerly Light up the Square). Hear the Dickens classic like never before with A Christmas Carol Live on Air featuring Place des Arts Next Stage acting students and guest professional actor Simon Webb. Drop in on arts and crafts workshops; make your own lantern for the ceremony; have a visit with Santa; enjoy live music and song; partake in heritage baking and cookie decorating and more. Let’s celebrate the things that make us unique but together form a cultural mosaic! Free admission.
More info: 604.664.1636

What:  A Holly Jolly Christmas Show
When:  Saturday, December 1 from 7:30-9:30pm
Where:  Terry Fox Theatre, 1260 Riverwood Gate (map)
The skinny:  Broadway Bound presents a fun-filled family Christmas Show featuring a talented line up of their own singers, dancers and actors. A delightful evening for the entire family. The Broadway Bound Performing Arts Studio is a unique studio with the sole purpose of training youth in all aspects of musical theatre and dance.They believe that the skills developed through performing help students to achieve personal goals, team work and confidence. Price: Adults $22 | Student/Senior/Child $18 (Reserved Seating) Tickets available at Broadway Bound Performing Arts Studio, 105 – 2071 Kingsway Ave, Port Coquitlam, or call 604-464-2800.
More info:  604.468.9403 

What:  A Merry Little Christmas
When:  December 1 & 2 (Saturday: 7:30 – 9:30pm; Sunday:  2:00-4:00pm)
Where:  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  You are invited to come and enjoy Christmas music presented by The Coquitlam Chorale. A selection of songs from the sacred O Magnum Mysterium, through the 1940’s and 50’s, a song from the “The Grinch” and some new twists on old favourites will get you in the holiday spirit. Come and take part in our 250 voice sing-a-long and maybe take home a Christmas poinsettia. Tickets $20 Adults and $10 Students
More info: 604.970.8070

What:  Trailer Park Boys
When:  Saturday, December 1 starting at 8:00pm
Where:  Red Robinson Show Theatre, 2080 United Blvd. (map)
The skinny:  Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are back with an all-new live show but this time they’re not alone. Mr. Lahey and Randy will be there in all their drunken glory! The hit series ran on Showcase for seven seasons and has since been broadcast worldwide.  Currently the boys are gearing up for their nationwide tour of their upcoming stage show, The Trailer Park Boys’ “DEAR SANTA CLAUS, GO F#CK YOURSELF” Tour. Tickets: Orchestra $49.50 | Golden Circle $59.50 | plus service charges Tickets on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone 1-855-985-5000 or online.
More info:  604.523.5361

What:  Shrine Fantasy Show
When:  Sunday, December 2 from 2:00-4:00pm
Where:  Terry Fox Theatre, 1260 Riverwood Gate (map)
The skinny:  Celebrate the magic and spirit of Christmas with your family this year at the Shrine Fantasy Show, presented by The Gizeh Shriners of BC. Watch in amazement as world-class illusionists dazzle you with their magic. Get swept away in the wave of laughs and music provided by professional performers and musicians. $25.00 each. Available through Imark Ticket Sales as well as will be sold at the door.
More info:  604.468.9403

What:  Ultimate Tequila Workshop – Port Moody
When:  Monday, December 3 form 7:00-9:00pm
Where:  Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St. Johns Street (map)
The skinny:  Ole!… to the real “tequila”! Our Expert, Omar, will explain the fascinating history, growing, and production methods of crafting world class tequila. After an interesting presentation he will guide you through samples of three styles of tequila so you can appreciate the differences and learn which type of tequila to use for different drinks and cocktails. During the evening you’ll have the opportunity to sample the tequilas with traditional salsas and tortillas, which will help you understand the basics of food matching. The evening ends by learning how to mix the perfect Margarita, so the next time you have a party you will be the tequila host with the most! Tickets for this unique tasting are $45 plus HST per person. A limited number of 20 seats are available.
More info:  604.463.1998



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