Archive for June, 2011

Heidi’s Cookie Creations

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

I ordered custom cookies from Heidi’s Cookie Creaions.  School is ending for the year and each kid is receiving a chocolate star cookie with their name on it from Kage.  Each coach is receiving a small box thanking them for their work all year.

www.heidi’   604-270-2709

66th Annual Steveston Salmon Festival

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

The 2011 Steveston Salmon Festival – “Canada’s biggest little birthday party” – is looking forward to celebrating our country’s 144th birthday with a great community get together from sunrise to sunset!
This year, the Salmon Festival will celebrate “Sport for Life,” based on the City of Richmond strategy adopted in November 2010. The Sport for Life Strategy vision reads, in part: “All Richmond residents have access to a full range of opportunities to experience the passion and joy of participating in sport and physical activity.”
The Sport for Life theme will be evident throughout the festival, from the various parade floats and community groups in the parade, to the newest featured attraction, the Richmond Olympic Oval, who will be on-site offering kids of all ages an opportunity to try out the latest games and equipment.
Another addition is a return of sorts. Until the mid 1980s, the Kajaks Track and Field Club hosted a one mile race just prior to the parade. This year we are bringing the race back and are looking forward to the “Kajaks Salmon Run,” which will take place along the parade route starting at 9:55 a.m. at Garry Point, and end on Moncton Street near Railway Avenue. Visitors awaiting the parade will get an extra thrill as runners from elite athletes to novice amateurs sprint the distance.
The Steveston Salmon Festival is organized by volunteers to honour Canada Day and the diverse culture of our community. This year the Festival will include all your favourite attractions including the pancake breakfast, Canada Day parade and our famous salmon bake, which last year served over 2,300 plates of fresh wild sockeye salmon expertly cooked over open alder wood fire pits. It is a fun-filled day of live entertainment, complete with dance and musical acts, trade and craft shows, activities for children, and a variety of inflatable slides, bouncers and other adventurous attractions.
Other features include the Japanese cultural show, food fair and a youth rock fest featuring local bands as well as a three-on-three hockey tournament.
The day begins at 6:30 a.m. with the pancake breakfast. The Children’s Bike Parade starts cycling at 9:30 a.m., the Kajaks Salmon Run takes off at 9:55 a.m., then the big Canada Day Parade begins at 10 a.m.
For complete details including a schedule of events, parade map, road closure notice and parking information, or to find out how you can volunteer, please visit the Steveston Salmon Festival website at

Screamers Soft Serve & Treats

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Steveston has soft serve ice cream and screamers!  The owners of Pajo’s, Kevin and Tara Elston, have opened a new business called Screamers in the location previously occupied by the Steveston tourism booth in front of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.  What is a screamer?  The best soft ice cream in a flavoured slushie.  It is already a favourite!



Father’s Day – Steveston

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Father’s Day is this Sunday and there are many things to do right here in Steveston for and with your father:

1. Go out on a boat:  Steveston Water Taxi, Steveston Eco Tours, Steveston Seabreeze Adventures, Vancouver Whale Watch.

2. Shop:  Steve’s Board Shop.

3. Gift Certificate for coffee:  Bean & Beyond, Blenz, Rocanini, Starbucks, Steveston Coffee Co, Timothy’s, Waves.

4. Gift Shops for cards and fun things:  A Monkey Tree, Beat Merchant, Hearts, Nikaido, Pieces, Prickly Pear, Serenity.

5. Lunch or dinner on the waterfront: Blue Canoe, Mandalay Steakhouse, Shady Island, Sockeye City, Charthouse, Pajo’s, Sockeye City.

6. Buy a special bottle of wine or case of beer: O’Hare’s, Shady Island, Steveston Hotel, or a gift certificate to make wine at Steveston Winemakers.

7. Sweets: Bell’s Bake Shop, Candy Dish, Dairy Queen, Damien’s Belgian Waffles, Diplomat Bakery, Outpost Mini Donuts, Sinfully The Best, The Sweet Spot.

8. Gift Certificate for photos of father and son by Sandra Steier Photography.

9.  Rent a bike together:  Village Bikes, Steveston Seabreeze Adventures, Steveston Bicycle.

Steveston Eco Tours

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Steveston village is a great place to shop, dine and explore, but to go out on the water is awesome!  Last week we went out with Bruce Livingston, the owner of Steveston Eco Tours, on his 22 foot aluminum boat while the tall ships were here.  We boarded at Steveston’s public dock and went out for an hour.  It was one of the best things we have done this year!  We saw tall ships, sail boats, fish boats, eagles, sea lions, and more! 


•Enclosed and heated cabin with large observation windows
•Seating for 6 guests
Remember to bring your warm clothing, hat, waterproof jacket, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, camera and enthusiasm!

“You Choose the Cruise at Steveston Eco Tours!”

Guaranteed a unique and memorable experience.


Trollbeads Trunk Show

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

It’s summer, and it’s time to stock up on Trollbeads!

Pieces is hosting a Trollbreads Trunk Show on June 22, 2011 (4-8pm).

Receive a free bracelet when you purchase a decorative clasp, or purchase 3 beads and get a 4th bead free!

Pieces, 100-3580 Moncton St, Richmond BC.  604-271-1011

Steveston Salmon Festival 2011

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

 The 66th Annual Steveston Salmon Festival celebrates “Sport for Life” on Friday, July 1, 2011. We look forward to celebrating “Canada’s biggest little birthday party” with you!  The people of Steveston have come together every year since 1945 to celebrate Canada’s birthday & the rich heritage of our community. Thanks to the tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers & the generous support of our sponsors, the Steveston Community Society organizes one of the largest non-profit Canada Day celebrations across the country! On average, over 70,000 people from across Richmond, Metro Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest spend Canada Day with us!

The day begins at 10am with a parade through historic Steveston village, which features over 100 entries including floats, marching bands, celebrities, politicians, community groups, vintage vehicles & much more. Then, the Festival is officially kicked off at our Opening Ceremonies on the Main Stage at 12:30pm with dignitaries, speeches, & the singing of O Canada. After the official opening, the stage bursts with great entertainment all afternoon. Festival highlights include attractions such as the Japanese Cultural Show, Craft Fair, Trade Show, an awesome Children’s Festival, Martial Arts Demonstrations, Youth Rock Fest, Food Fair plus an Art Show & Exhibit.

The main attraction is our famous salmon barbecue where over 1200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits. This popular treat sells out every year!


Home Grown Band is Worth Chasing Down

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

What comes to mind when you think about Steveston? Most likely, a historical fishing village, the Fraser River, Fisherman’s Wharf, great boutiques and restaurants, but perhaps a rising rock band on your back door step would not be at the top of the list. In fact, in the future Steveston may receive attention as the place where it all began for The Chase.

The Chase is comprised of band members Jeremy Hankins (guitar), Jameson Hankins (drums), Mischa Lowenstein (guitar), Jeek McIntyre (bass) and Kyle Owens (vocals). They are instantly recognizable in their matching black jeans, white v-neck t-shirts and black vests, reminiscent of the early days of British rock when The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Animals wore matching suits. In their own words, The Chase enjoy making fun energized party music, and they are not out to make people cry. In the past five years, with an innovative sound and a charismatic stage presence, The Chase has entered the Metro Vancouver music scene and successfully demonstrated that retro-rock does not have to sound like something you have already heard.

Inspired by rock legends including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and newer bands such as Sam Roberts and Arctic Monkeys, The Chase was raised on a steady diet of music from across the pond, and most of the music that they listen to originates from the United Kingdom.

In 2006, while still attending McMath Secondary, twins Jeremy and Jameson met Jeek in a guitar class. They recruited Kyle to be the voice of the band. Kyle is the band’s vocal front man while Jeremy is the key songwriter. After playing countless shows around Metro Vancouver, The Chase added Mischa to the line-up. With a second guitarist, the band was able to expand their musical horizons and rally audiences with their dynamic live performances.

Family support in their early years was an integral part of their journey to becoming musicians. When they were young, Jeremy and Jameson enjoyed playing behind the couch where they would make up songs with their mother’s old two-string guitar. Music was always a part of Kyle’s life as his father is a musician and a high school music teacher. Jeek’s guitar playing uncle inspired him to pick up the guitar. There was always a guitar lying around Mischa’s house; however, it was not until he was in Grade 8 and saw grade 12 students Jeremy, Jameson and Jeek perform that he thought it would be cool to learn how to play and be in a band.

In the early years, living rooms and garages were converted into jam spaces. All of the band members come from supportive and loving families who attend many of their shows. Indeed the band feels extremely grateful for the support of their parents and closest friends.

Jeremy, Jameson and Mischa continue to live in Steveston while Kyle and Jeek live in Vancouver, but they enjoy coming back to their old stomping ground. The Chase enjoys hanging out at Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant where Kyle’s photograph hangs on the restaurant’s wall of fame. Garry Point was one of the band’s favourite places to hang out during their teen years. They enjoyed having hot dog roasts on the beach, and beach fires, before fires were banned in the park.

What is their long-term goal? The Chase hope to become established as a top rock and roll band, yet ever loyal to Steveston, they will miss home when they are away on world tours. In the meantime, they will continue to work their way to the top by playing locally, which will include performing for their fourth year at the Steveston Salmon Festival’s Rock Fest on Canada Day. They derive a great deal of satisfaction from playing gigs where nobody has heard of them and by the end of the evening, they have a roomful of new fans. Their fan base may soon be spreading across Canada as The Chase is working on booking their first Western Canada tour, which may also include venturing east to Toronto and Montreal.

At this point, they do not have a record label; however, they have succeeded in getting their songs onto i-Tunes, which is an important stepping-stone for making their music widely available. Jay “Juice” Evjen of JuiceMix Productions produced their self-titled CD. The cover photo features The Chase’s black and white ‘uniform’ lying on the beach and the back cover photograph was shot at one of their favourite places, Garry Point.

The future looks bright for this young band. Make a point of catching a performance soon as it may not be long before you are chasing down tickets to see them in concert when they return home from a world tour.

by Sarah Gordon


Stepin’ Out on the Move

Monday, June 6th, 2011
Stepin’ Out Shoes and Accessories Boutique owners Duane and Sue Laviolette are on the move. Have no fear, they are not going far, in fact, the shop is simply trading spaces with neighbouring business Laara’s Vacuums. Stepin’ Out has outgrown its current location and needs a larger space for their customers comfort, as well as for the growth of their successful business. Stepin’ Out has been in business since 2005. In 2008, the couple decided to expand their retail business to children’s clothing, and opened Buttons and Soles Children’s Shoes and Clothing on Bayview Street. Duane operates Buttons and Soles while Sue is a block and a half away at Stepin’ Out.

Duane Laviolette owned his first shoe and clothing store in Lumby, B.C. where he trained as a cobbler. He moved to the Lower Mainland in 1989. Originally, from Sussex, New Brunswick, Sue moved to Richmond in 1971. They met in Richmond in 1999 and have lived in Steveston for eleven years. The original location of Stepin’ Out was on First Avenue. Duane worked for the first eight months with Sue’s assistance while she continued to work full-time with a software company. A year later, they moved to the corner of No. 1 Road and Moncton Street. Sue came on board full-time, and they created the corner boutique known for its quality designer footwear, handbags, jewellery, glasses, scarves, hats, belts and gloves.

They find Stevestonites to be incredibly supportive of their business; in fact, many of their customers have been regulars since they opened. Personal service is important to Steveston shoppers, and the Laviolettes aim to please by taking time to help their customers find the perfect shoes to match their outfit. Like the shoes they sell, many of their customers come from around the world including Spain, Israel, South Africa, India, China, Romania and Mexico. The Laviolette’s enjoy the excitement and challenge of seeking brands that suit the community, as well as searching for accessories to match their shoe selection. While making a fashion statement is an important part of purchasing shoes, they strive to help their customers find the most comfortable and well fitting pair of shoes.

Duane and Sue Laviotte believe Steveston is a unique location and appreciate its rich history and great beauty. They have three grown children living in Vernon, Calgary and Nelson. When not working, the Laviolettes enjoy walking around the village or hopping on their motorcycle. In the summer, they enjoy boating in the Gulf Islands, and on sunny days, Sue motors about in her 1979 red Corvette. Last winter they left the two businesses in the capable hands of their managers Christine Chandler and Michelle Haggerty, and headed for the sunny south.

Their hope is that Stepin’ Out will continue to thrive and provide a unique shopping experience for their long term local customers, and for their shoe loving friends from around the world!

Stepin’ Out Shoes & Accessories Boutique, 3991 Moncton Street. 604-304-0602

CTV Live – Movie Night on Friday

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Come out On Friday June 3rd, 2011 at 5:00pm.  CTV is going to be there at 5pm and the organizers need all your support. Come and buy a Smokie and a pop for $3 then please get some great POPCORN from our friends that are at the market every second Sunday and if you need some coffe we have that too.  All these Great people are donating the the money they make to this night for Rick Hansen Foundation which in turn will help many young children to understand and to get support eg wheelchair and so much more. 

Reel to Wheel Movie Night featuring Peter Pan movie.  Bring your blankets and chairs, bug repellant and sweaters, and all your neighbours and friends for a great community get-together, have some fun and help support the Rick Hansen Foundation at the same time.  Movie starts at approximately 9:15pm.