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⚓ Which of these 45+ events in New West will you attend?

Plus: an MLA's office is closer to reopening, your Salmonbellies update, and Arrieta announces departure from Front St.

Welcome to Thursday, New West—it’s Ria.

I wanted to take a moment to highlight some really cool events that are coming up over the next few days! We have more than 45 in the newsletter this week 🤯.

  • Meet Me Downtown. This looks really cool: I love the idea of heading down to Hyack Square and sitting and chatting with friends (or bringing my computer to work on a newsletter!) while listening to live music. This is happening today.

  • Street Food Feast. This is happening at Royal City Centre, and Kimshaker’s is the star of the show. This is happening tomorrow and Saturday.

  • Terry Fox Run. This is happening Sunday at 10am. Find fellow runners and walkers at the River Market.

Want more events? Look no further. There’s a massive list of them below. We’ve got your back, New West. 💟 

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🌡 Temperature check

Today: ☀️ 21°

Friday: ☀️ 21°

Saturday: ⛅️ 22°

Sunday: ⛅️ 22°

Monday: ⛅️ 18°


They weren’t able to sweep the Bellies in four, but the Ontario-based Six Nations came out on top in the best-of-seven series, defeating the 24-time Mann Cup champions 11-9 on Wednesday night. We’ve got a recap if you weren’t able to watch the game.


Centre: MLA Jennifer Whiteside at an event for the YMCA in September 2023. 📸: Jennifer Whiteside.

After over a year of closure, MLA Jennifer Whiteside tells The Anchor she’s elated that her office will be reopening (hopefully) soon. The space had to close after a fire—which also resulted in the closure of Head to Toes Spa. 


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📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🎨 Arrieta Art Studio. On social media, studio owner Mishel Arrieta announced on Wednesday she’d be vacating the Front St. Mews space before the end of the year.

🎤 Seniors have voices. There will be an event at Century House that looks at advocacy and how to try to make a change to parts of everyday life. The next one will take place at 6pm on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

🏫 After school drop-in. The New West Public Library’s Queensborough location will be hosting these events each Wednesday from 3 to 4pm. The first one started yesterday.

👀 Next exhibition. The New Media Gallery’s next exhibit will be MEASURE, opening on Saturday, Sept. 24.

🌲 Tree of Life. This family art workshop will be happening on Thursday, Sept. 28. This is being organized by New West Family Place.

💻 The tech event of the month! Join Vancouver Tech Journal as they host Jason Fried, co-founder & CEO of 37signals (makers of Basecamp, HEY, and much more), next Thursday at the Vogue Theatre. Tickets start at $29 - use code NWA20 and get 20% off!*

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🗞 In other news

Lots to talk about. The Union of BC Municipalities convention is set to begin on Monday. Some of the major topics include housing affordability and mental health and drug policies. (CBC Vancouver)

Representation. A group of Metro Vancouver Filipina Canadian lawyers recently held a meeting with BC’s attorney general, highlighting the continued need for equitable and diverse hiring through the BC public service.

Not moving. Burnaby’s council is choosing not to move its City Hall from the Deer Lake area to a space around Metrotown. (Burnaby Beacon)

Purchase problems. Home buyers in Richmond say they want their money back because construction on their homes stopped more than three years ago. (CTV Vancouver)

Unlikely. A political scientist says folks shouldn’t hold their breath when it comes to a snap provincial election. The next one is scheduled for October 2024. (CityNews Vancouver)

Number two bags. They’re not for your pup… they’re actually for the humans. They’re called “Waste Alleviating Gel bags,” which ironically, when you use the first three letters to create an acronym, spells WAG. (CBC Vancouver)

New West’s police board is looking for a $2.5M increase for 2024—that’s up about 9% from last year. There will be a presentation later today at City Hall to discuss the numbers. You can preview some of what the police department is looking for—we published a story yesterday.

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ICYMI: New West City council in Queensborough

There were back-to-back meetings on Monday, which included a council workshop, followed by an on-the-road meeting at the Queensborough Community Centre. 

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Today, Sept. 14

  • Meet Me Downtown. 11am. Hyack Square.

  • New West Farmers Market. 3pm. Tipperary Park.

  • Seed cleaning event. 6pm. New West Public Library, main branch.

  • Board game night. 6pm. Arrieta Art Studio.

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

  • Karaoke night. 7pm. The Paddlewheeler.

  • Hidden Wonders. 7pm. Secret location.

  • BingPot Trivia. 7pm. The Met.

  • Sound Bath. Tickets required. 7pm. Sea2Sky Wellness.

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

Friday, Sept. 15

  • Street Food Feast. Kimshaker’s at Royal City Centre.

  • Create Your Top. Tickets required. 6pm. Massey Theatre.

  • Hidden Wonders. 7pm. Secret location.

  • Salsa in the Park. 7:30pm. Pier Park.

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

  • Hidden Wonders. 9:30pm. Secret location.

Saturday, Sept. 16

  • Bigger Ideas Conference. Presented by Odihi. All day. Massey Theatre.

  • Street Food Feast. Kimshaker’s at Royal City Centre.

  • Groove Cat Books and Records event. Includes live music and cold sodas while supplies last. 2pm. Groove Cat Books and Records.

  • Family game afternoon. 2:30pm. New West Public Library, main branch.

  • Pasta night. 5pm. Georgie’s local.

  • Hidden Wonders. 7pm. Secret location.

  • Live music. 7pm. The Paddlewheeler.

  • Kick Start. 8:45pm. Union Jack Pub.

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

  • Hidden Wonders. 9:30pm. Secret location.

Sunday, Sept. 17

  • Terry Fox Run. Registration opens at 9am. New West Quay.

  • Concert in the Park: Vibetown. 1pm. Moody Park.

  • Artist talks. Featuring Robert Friedman, the talented mind behind The Interplay of Light. 1pm. The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

  • Movie Night. Movie: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. Hops Northwest. 8pm.

Monday, Sept. 18

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

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

  • WorkBC workshop. 4pm. Queensborugh Community Centre.

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

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

  • Music bingo. 7pm. Paddlewheeler Pub.

  • Karaoke night. 7pm. The Terminal Pub.

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

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

Wednesday, Sept. 20

  • After school drop-in. 3pm. New West Public Library, Queensborough location.

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

  • Trivia night. 7pm. Hops Northwest.

  • Trivia night. 7pm. Paddlewheeler Pub.

  • Intro to Lindyhop. 7pm. 332 Columbia St.


  • The Interplay of Light. On until Oct. 1. Gallery hours. The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

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