Tis the Season – Winter Celebrations at Anvil Centre

It’s being described as a ‘cornucopia of entertainment for everyone.’ And after checking out the event listing I can confirm there is something for everyone. There’s a hip-hop dance party, musical performances, singalongs and art installations, yoga and an Indigenous Circle – Storytelling and Tea.

Winter Celebrations kicks off on December 18th at 1pm at the Anvil Centre with an evening of joyful choir performances followed by Quayside Voices.

And Christmas isn’t complete without a reading of the Dickens classic, ‘A Christmas Carol.’ On December 21st and 22nd New West Performing Arts Collective will perform this staged reading.

There truly is something for everyone. Be sure to check out the website for a full breakdown of events.

Many of the events held on the main level of the Anvil Centre are free however tickets for events held in the theatre range from $10-$20 with some lower prices for students. Ticketsnw has them available for purchase now!

Craft fairs are coming to town

The holiday season and craft fairs go hand-in-hand. And craft fair season is upon us people – get  yourself ready because there are quite a few in New Westminster in the next month.

I spotted a few signs around town this past week and thought that a compiled list of New West – based fairs would be beneficial to everyone. (Note: If you know of one and want me to add it please email hello@tenthtothefraser.ca).

Here they are in chronological order so you can add them your calendar:

Herbert Spencer Craft Fair
605 Second Street
Saturday, November 24th

Thornbridge Gardens
649 8th Avenue
Saturday, November 24th

Christmas Crafts in Support of the Deaf-Blind Community of Vancouver
Hosted at the River Market
Saturday, November 24th

St. Peter’s Church Bazaar
330 Royal Avenue
Saturday, November 24th

New West Craft – night market!
Hosted at the River Market and 100 Braid Street Studios
Saturday, December 1st

Fridays on Front (under the parkade)
Friday, December 14th

New West Craft
Hosted at the River Market
Saturday, December 15th

And while it is technically in Burnaby the craft fair held at St Thomas More Collegiate is along Tenth Avenue:
Knights Christmas Market at St Thomas More Collegiate
November 24 & 25th

The New West Farmers Market primarily hosts food vendors but also has a small selection of artisans.
Saturday, November 17, December 1st and December 15th
Belmont Street

Cutting-edge artists from Club PuSh coming to a venue near you!

For the first time in its history, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is extending its programming to New Westminster with the launch of Club PuSh at the Anvil Centre. New West residents can still catch up-close two renowned artists creating major buzz in Canada and the US as part of this series.

Showing off his three-octave range, US singer Joseph Keckler moves from opera to pop without missing a beat in this riveting performance. Keckler was named as a “major vocal talent whose range shatters the conventional boundaries” by The New York Times in 2016. He performs widely and has appeared at Lincoln Center, Centre Pompidou, Miami Art Basel, UCB, SXSW and many other venues internationally. Keckler performs this weekend – January 26 at Anvil Centre. (For a sample of his range and work, check out this performance – he has many operas to choose from but I like this operatic English language short film).

A photo of performing artist Joseph Keckler seated alone on stage with a microphone.

Award-winning and JUNO-nominated Canadian Aboriginal cellist Cris Derksen and her trio will pull audiences in with their hypnotic blend of loop pedal, drum machine and cello. Originally from the North Tall Cree reserve in northern Alberta, Derksen has collaborated with icons from Kanye West, to Naomi Klein. The trio takes the Anvil Centre stage on February 2.(I struggled to pick one track – they are unbelievable soundscapes to listen to- but try this one featuring Jennifer Kreisberg from her most recent album.) 

Jessica Schneider, representing both Anvil Centre and the Massey Theatre, said about this first-time partnership: “We have adventurous audiences all over Metro Vancouver who are going to love having Club PuSh a little closer to home. This is yet another smart move for PuSh in branching out to New Westminster’s community. Anvil Centre will be a great theatre setting to take in Club PuSh. Adding a second date for visiting artists increases the impact of their visits to BC and an earlier performance time makes the shows accessible to a wider public.”

The PuSh Festival has been bringing cutting-edge arts experiences across the disciplines of dance, theatre, music or multimedia to Vancouver audiences for the past 14 years. This year, the festival welcomes artists from 11 countries – including those from Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Italy and Mexico, among others.


Analog After Dark / Pop Up Vinyl Shop Returns

On Saturday, November 18th from 6:30-11:00 pm, record labels, collectors, and vinyl lovers from across Metro Vancouver will gather in New Westminster for an evening of music, beer, community and of course crate digging.

First launched by Steel & Oak Brewing Co. and the Arts Council of New West in the fall of 2016, the third edition of Analog will take place in the River Market food hall at 810 Quayside Drive from 6:30-11:00 pm. Select River Market food hall vendors will be open for the evening with vinyl sales from 6:30 pm onwards.

“Our last event was a huge success and we’ve managed to build a community of vinyl enthusiasts eager to support local labels, shops and collectors.” says Steel & Oak co-owner Jorden Foss. “The vibe in the spring was electric and people loved spending an afternoon browsing for records, while also enjoying some amazing music, good food and beer. They’re definitely going to like what we’re doing with the after dark concept.”

Adding to the evening of vinyl shopping and sipping craft beer, the Arts Council of New West is collaborating with local electronic music night organizers Social Medium to program a lineup of vinyl DJs playing a range of hip-hop and electro through to house and techno with live video mixing and visuals from local artist and DJ Mutes Ito.

In addition to popular returning vendors Scrape Records, Music Madhouse & Northern Electric are a handful of collectors, new recruits Highlife Records, and internationally recognized electronic music labels Hybridity Music, Pacific Rhythm and Mood Hut.

“We’re super excited for the event! It’s fun working together with our friends at Steel & Oak and Social Medium to bring an innovative event like Analog built around the arts that is a bit out of the ordinary from what people might expect of New West.” says Stephen O’Shea of the Arts Council. “We’re always looking for ways to surprise people and do something creative that they might not have seen before.”

New for this event is a limited edition S&O beer called High Fidelity, brewed especially for the event. “We wanted to have some fun with the after dark concept and think people are going to really dig what we’ve put together.”

Analog: Pop Up Vinyl Shop hits River Market at 810 Quayside Drive, November 18th 6:30-11pm. Register here. 

New West Cultural Crawl August 12 and 13

Oh my there is so much happening in New West this summer!

Quickly approaching is the 14th Annual New West Cultural Crawl, taking place across the entire city once again on August 12 and 13, 2017. This free and family-friendly arts festival will see 37 venues across the five distinct New West neighbourhoods open their doors to celebrate the professional and emerging artists in the city. Besides the self-guided tour during the day, the New West Cultural Crawl is also proud to present many special events throughout the weekend that should be on everyone’s Crawl route:


  • Opening Night – Sneakpeak at the Crawl!

Friday August 11, 5pm to 7pm
Anvil Centre Community Art Space, 777 Columbia Street (3rd Floor)

Catch a sneakpeak at the Crawl and enjoy this reception in conjunction with the exhibition opening of “ArchiTEXTURE” by the New Westminster Art Services at the Community Art Space! Come mingle with the participating artists, enjoy a glass of wine from the cash bar and live music, and design your route for the Cultural Crawl!

Facebook event. 

“After the Rain” by Judy Villiet will be amongst the many textile works present for the “ArchiTEXTURE” exhibition!


  • Watch and sip some Latte Art

Saturday August 12, 12pm to 4pm

Sunday August 13, 12pm to 2pm

Blenz Coffee, inside Royal City Centre (next to Whitespot), 610 Sixth Street.

For some, a cup of coffee is nothing more than daily mandatory $2 expense to keep the day going; but for these baristas, it’s became a medium for creative outlet that is truly awe-inspiring. Blenz Coffee located inside Royal City Centre will be the home for expert baristas to show off the so-called Latte Art, with a competition scheduled on Sunday August 13 at noon! Be sure to swing by Blenz this weekend to check them out.


Come see the expert baristas demonstrate their Latte Art skills including rosettas, hearts, and etching.


  • Shakespeare crash course!

Saturday August 12, 2pm-3:30pm

Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Avenue

Bard on the Beach’s Riotous Youth will take over Massey Theatre on Saturday to introduce Shakespeare and his plays in this dynamic, engaging presentation suitable for all ages. In one hour, audiences will learn about Shakespeare’s role in our society today and discover how plays written so long ago can be so relevant today.

Featuring the Riotous Youth from Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach!


  • Amelia Douglas Gallery exhibition opening!

Saturday August 12, 1pm – 3pm
Amelia Douglas Gallery, 700 Royal Avenue (4th Floor)

Check out the opening reception of the exhibition “Greenlinks 2017: In a Nutshell” at the Amelia Douglas Gallery! Refreshments, live music, and a free seed-paper making workshops!

The Boy Who Dares Dream of Tomorrow’ by Tracie Stewart.


  • Pechakucha Vol. 16!

Saturday August 12, 7pm – 9pm
Queen’s Park Band Shell

One of New West’s most beloved events returns to outdoor in on August 12, this time in the beautiful Queen’s Park Band Shell! This popular presentation format will see each speaker get twenty seconds with each of their slides. Cash bar will be available as well!

Check out the beautiful poster designed by Carter Hales!


  • Get cozy for the outdoor movie series!

Saturday August 12, at Sundown (around 8pm)
Port Royal Park

The popular Outdoor Movie series comes back to Port Royal Park on Saturday August 12, where they will be screening “A Dog’s Purpose”. The park is conveniently located right next to the Port Royal Dock where the brand Q2Q Ferry will be in service!

Bring a blanket and popcorns to share!


  • Super Fun Artshow!

Saturday August 12, 9am – 9pm
Sunday August 13, 9am – 9pm
Fat Paint Company, 140 – 131 11th Street

Local mosaic artist Ted Munz is hosting his and many other artists’ works at the FAT Paint Company, along with many other festivities! Make sure to check them out!

Super fun art show!


  • Crash the Mad Hatter’s tea party!


Sunday August 13, 11am – 5pm
Port Royal Community Garden, 83 Crescent Street

A garden wonderland with tempting artwork, toe-tapping tunes and tasty treats! Let the Mad Hatter of Queensborough hfashion your complimentary topper! Tea, goodies and live music from noon to 3pm, with activities till 5pm. Just steps away from Q2Q Ferry’s Port Royal Dock!

Fun for all ages!


Most of the 37 venues we have in the Cultural Crawl this year will feature some demonstration and/or hands-on workshop, some great examples being Brick and Mortar Living(42 Sixth Street/52 Sixth Street) and The Playground Co. (1012 3rd Avenue). Take a look at our website with neighbourhood-specific maps so you may plan out your routes!

Also check out our Instagram contest for during the Crawl – the more venues you visit, the more chances you get to win! Contest info here. Come get your Crawl on!