⚓ International Women's Day events in New West

Plus, Coastal Dance Festival this weekend and comedy show cancelled

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International Women’s Day is about a week away, and if you are looking for things to do and causes to support, there’s some good news ahead! Scroll on down for some information about events and initiatives that are locally based.

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International Women’s Day in New West

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With International Women’s Day not too far away (it’s on Friday, Mar. 8!) there are a number of events in New West that you can attend if you’d like to get inspired. Here are some of the ones taking place in New West:

Mujeres Rising. This is an event being put on by the New West Chamber of Commerce at El Santo on Tuesday, Mar. 5.

DIVERSEcity x Minerva BC’s Women’s Leadership Forum. Hosted by former journalist Ria Renouf and featuring a keynote welcome by Sophie Lui of Global BC, this event is happening at the Anvil Centre on Friday, Mar. 8. It goes from 10am to 2pm and includes creative workshops and talks to get you inspired. This event is free to attend, but registration is required. 

Supporting women’s initiatives. There are a number of groups based in New Westminster who champion the support of women. These include Westminster House, the Elizabeth Fry Society, and Odihi.


Celebrate Festival du Bois - March 8-10

Say “bonjour” to the 35th Anniversary Festival du Bois, March 8-10 in Maillardville/Coquitlam’s Mackin Park. Come hear (and dance to) live Acadian, folk and world music, see fun shows for kids and families, explore the Métis Village Experience, sample delicious cuisine traditionnelle – and much more!

This year’s music lineup features New Brunswick’s talented La Famille LeBlanc, carrying on their Acadian family heritage. From PEI and the Magdalen Islands, Vishtèn Connexions beautifully blends Acadian and Celtic music with rock and Indi-folk influences. La Famille Léger and Podorythmie, both based in Washington State, play the music and dance of French Canada – and introduce you to crankies! For kids, there’s Will’s Jams and Missy D. Check out the full lineup and schedule, and get tickets here.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

ℹ️ Day of action. A day of action is being planned for the Save-On Foods in Uptown New Westminster, though it’s not clear what the exact action will be. ACORN is taking the lead on the event, set to happen on Saturday, Mar. 2. ACORN has spoken out about price gouging in the past.

⚾️ The search is on. New Westminster Baseball is looking for umpires to join them—and it’s a paid gig. If you are 11 years or older, you’re asked to email [email protected] Umpire training begins in March.

💃 Performers wanted. New West Youth is looking for performers between the ages of 13 to 18. Singers, dancers, musicians, DJs, and other unique talents are invited to apply to perform at the New West Youth Awards in May. Find the details through the group’s Instagram.

🚶 Walk30 to return! New West has done quite well at these. It’s scheduled to take place this year for the entire month of April. You can learn more about how to participate through the challenge website. 

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🗞 In other news

Cancelled. After a petition was launched to have their show at the House of Comedy cancelled, the Danger Cats have confirmed they will not be performing in New West next month. The group was called out for selling shirts that made light of the Robert Pickton case. (CBC Vancouver)

Commercial rent. Coun. Tasha Henderson’s motion to look at commercial rent controls went ahead at council earlier this week, with a 4-2 vote. The next step will be to forward the motion to the Lower Mainland Local Government Association. The motion was opposed by Daniel Fontaine and Paul Minhas. (The Record)

Testing, testing. TransLink is looking to test its RideLink mobile app, and 1,300 people will get to be a part of the project. You can apply to be a tester online.

Support. BC MLA Bowinn Ma is speaking out after someone took to Twitter to say that Ma was breastfeeding at a group event. In response, Ma noted she wouldn’t be apologizing for feeding her child. Messages of support have since come in for the minister of emergency management and climate readiness. (CityNews Vancouver)

🤩 Community spotlight

This event features three days of events showcasing Indigenous artists who share and support one another in a celebration of lived artistic practices. An array of mediums may also be combined to allow the audience to reflect on Indigenous identity—for instance, multimedia.

There are a number of local and international performers that will be featured in this series, including the Dancers of Damelahamid from BC’s Northwest Coast.

You can purchase your tickets online through TicketsNW. Tickets are available for tomorrow, Mar. 1, as well as Mar. 2 and 3.

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Today, Feb. 29

  • Framed/Through the Keyhole. Final day. Massey Theatre.

  • North of the Fraser Ale Trail tasting passport. Participants include Steel & Oak, and Another Beer Co., both based in New West. Final day.

  • New West ACORN chapter meeting. 6:30pm. Room 413, Anvil Centre.

  • Rainbow Karaoke. 7pm. The Terminal Pub.

  • Thursday trivia nights. 7pm. Howe Sound Brewing.

  • Karaoke night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.

  • Trivia night. 7:30pm. Sapperton District Taphouse.

Friday, Mar. 1

  • The Natural Flow Meets Art. Gallery hours. On until Mar. 24. The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

  • Coastal Dance Festival. 11am. Anvil Centre. (Event is SOLD OUT)

  • Moxie Muse: A Journey of Art and Empathy. 12pm. Unit 103, 78 10th St., New Westminster.

  • Friendsday Night board games. $2 venue fee. 6pm. 527 Front St. Mews.

  • Connecting Queer Communities: banner decorating party. 7pm. 336 Columbia St.

  • Coastal Dance Festival. Tickets start at $30. 7:30pm. Anvil Centre.

  • Dance party. 9pm. Georgie’s Local.

Saturday, Mar. 2

  • Rotary bottle drive. 9am. 166 6th St.

  • Paper Bag Princess Day. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Registration required. 10am. Kinder Books at the Quay.

  • Coastal Dance Festival. Admission by donation. 1pm. Anvil Centre.

  • Paper Bag Princess Day. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Registration required. 1pm. Kinder Books at the Quay.

  • The Phantom Series: a Super Smash Bros. tournament. Venue entry fee: $5. Tournament entry fee (optional) is $5. 4pm. 527 Front St. Mews.

  • Lïve Wïre: A tribute to Mötley Crüe AND Malice and Chains: A tribute to Alice in Chains. 7pm. Bully’s Studios.

  • Coastal Dance Festival. Tickets start at $30. 7:30pm. Anvil Centre.

  • Dance party. 9pm. Georgie’s Local.

Sunday, Mar. 3

  • New West Gaming. 11:30am. Kelly O’Bryan’s & Carlos O’Bryan’s New West.

  • Public art programming. Featuring a demonstration by Tian Dai. 1pm. The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

  • Coastal Dance Festival. Admission by donation. 1pm. Anvil Centre.

Monday, Mar. 4

  • Poker night. 6:30pm. Sapperton District Taphouse.

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, Mar. 5

  • WorkBC workshop. 4pm. Queensborough Community Centre.

  • Open mic: standup comedy. 6pm. The Terminal Pub.

  • Trivia night. 6:30pm. Kelly O’Bryan’s.

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.

  • Name that tune! 7pm. Hops New West.

Wednesday, Mar. 6

  • Trivia night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.


  • Fusion Perspectives. On until Mar. 27. Third floor, Anvil Centre.

  • Beloved of the Sky. On until Apr. 15. Amelia Douglas Gallery.

  • ZOOVEILLANCE. On until May 5. Gallery hours. New Media Gallery.

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