The pristine glass-and-marbled Anvil Centre in the heart of Downtown New Westminster stands as a landmark for the potential of the city’s close-knit and burgeoning community to support and encourage arts and culture. Though the studio spaces appear immaculate in these early days of use, a lively up-and-coming arts and cultural hub thrives within its walls. Here, children, youth, adults and seniors from all walks of life can feel welcomed, included, challenged and inspired. This is your centre for the arts in New Westminster.
As newly appointed Arts Programmer for the City of New Westminster, I come to arts and education by way of years spent as a student in one program, degree or another (of course I also consider myself a life-long learner and the world around me as the ultimate classroom). What stood out – and sustained me – throughout my education was not the size of the studio, the view from the window, or even the subject of the course, but the qualities and abilities of the faculty. Even the most inane Business Math class can be exciting and inspiring, given the right instructor; compound interest calculations!? Yes please! Continue reading “To Teach is to Learn Twice”
Get your stretchy pants ready: you are about to feast like never before. From September 25 – October 4, even the healthiest eaters in New West will want to take at least one “cheat day” to enjoy the mouthwatering delights on offer for Feast On The Fraser, a 10-day long gloriously indulgent foodie festival.
Organized by Tourism New West and presented in partnership with the City of New Westminster and the Brewery District by WesGroup Properties, Feast On The Fraser is designed to show off our city, pairing New Westminster’s top chefs with some of our brightest cultural talent. It’s much more than two weeks of tasty meals: each day of the festival features a one-time-only collaboration between an eatery and one of our other local arts, entertainment, or retail movers-and-shakers to create a one-of-a-kind culinary experience that can be found only in New West.
“New Westminster has long distinguished itself as one of Metro Vancouver’s premier culinary destinations, and it’s time for us to expand our dining scene and pair it with some fun experiences,” said Tej Kainth, Executive Director, Tourism New Westminster in a press release about the event. “Feast on the Fraser is the perfect opportunity to further showcase the city’s delicious offerings, along with our rich arts, culture and entertainment scene.”
The festival kicks off on September 25 with Boathouse Brews & Bites, a beer-themed menu at the Boathouse Restaurant incorporating Steel & Oak’s delicious local brew. Other events over the 10 days include live music, painting your very own work of art, watching a Monday night football game, geeking out playing the “Rock Band” video game, dancing, cooking demonstrations, a boat cruise, belly dancing, a master chef cookoff, and even a tribute to the famous King Neptune restaurant (New West old-timers still talk about how amazing it was).
Participating businesses include 100 Braid St. Studios, Anvil Centre, The Boathouse, Boston Pizza, Heritage Grill, Longtail Kitchen, Pacific Breeze Winery, Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours, Steel and Oak Brewery, Taverna Greka, Truffles Fine Foods and Catering, Wild Rice, and more.
All events are ticketed, and I would suggest you snap yours up quickly – many are sure to sell out. The cost ranges from just $20 to $94 per person, so there is something to fit every budget.