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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.

Pharmasave opens June 13 in Steveston!

Monday, May 30th, 2011

A new Pharmasave store will open its doors in Steveston Village on June 13, 2011 offering superior customer service and unique programs to the Steveston community.

Pharmacist/Owner, Peter Tong and his team are committed to providing customers with a shopping experience “above and beyond” that of a traditional drug store, by making each and every customer’s health, their number one concern.

Among the many services one can expect to find, some of the more unique services include skin-care and cosmetic consultations by the pharmacist, prescription compounding for people and pets (including lactose-free forms of most medications), natural supplement consultation and medication review services, gait assessment through state-of-the-art equipment, breastpump service and rentals, sleep apnea assessments, and a unique diabetes program run by a certified diabetes educator pharmacist! 

With over 100 stores across British Columbia, and over 400 stores across Canada, Pharmasave has been growing strong since its humble beginning.  The chain of independently owned stores was formed in 1981 when two small groups of independent pharmacies, United Pharmacies Ltd. and Western Drug Mart, joined forces.  

Pharmasave’s success is primarily due to their non-traditional approaches to pharmacy practice and active involvement in the lives of their consumers. 

 “In 1981, pharmacists were dispensing medications and doing some counseling.  Today, Pharmasave’s professional pharmacists are playing a much more proactive role in people’s health.  In contrast to many of the larger pharmacy chains, we encourage our pharmacists to expand their traditional boundaries, by getting out from behind the counter, talking to their customers face to face, and assisting in their important health decisions.” – Dave Reston, CEO of Pharmasave’s Pacific region.

Peter believes strongly in the Pharmasave philosophy, and welcomes you to join him in this new approach to customer care.

105-1240 No. 1 Rd, Richmond BC V7E 6N2.  Telephone 604-232-0159

Steveston Townhome for Sale

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Beautiful 1330 sf 2 bed & den townhouse located directly across from park & boardwalk with water/direct water views (will not be affected by future development). Features include: open livingroom with cozy fireplace, french doors to front balcony, dining room with chandelier, spacious kitchen with breafast bar, pendant lights, wood cabinets, granite counters &  stainless steel appliances. Off the kitchen is large covered deck and powder room. Upstairs are 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms with water and park views from master and walk-in closet with ensuite.  Below is den, utilities & tandem garage. Well maintained 8 year old, 10-unit complex built by Onni with repainted exterior last year. Location cannot be beat, right in the heart of bustling Steveston Village. By appointment.  Call Karel Palla 604-329-1430

More details…


Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Stepin’ Out Shoes is growing and is switching places with Laara’s Vacuums.  Come help celebrate their storewide moving sale  all week May 21 – 29, 2011.  Stepin’ Out Shoes, 3991 Moncton Street, Steveston, B.C., 604-304-0602.
Sign up with their customer appreciation card and get 10% off your purchase.  Existing Stepin’ Out customer appreciation card holder receives 15% off purchase.

Recreation & Culture Guide Summer 2011 Registration

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Online registration begins on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:00 p.m.

Call Centre and in-person registration starts on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

The Parks, Recreation and Culture Guide features a wide variety of excellent programs and services, events and drop-in activities offered by the City of Richmond and community partners. Information in the guide is categorized by age and subject making finding that perfect class even easier!

A paper version of the guide can be picked up at any City recreation or cultural facility or local Safeway or Save-On-Foods grocery stores.

Happy Anniversary Steve’s Board Shop!

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Steve’s Board Shop is one year old this month. Time flies when you’re having fun and looking good. Just ask owner Nicole Allen who dresses the men and women of Steveston in fashionable & affordable clothing.  With brand names like Billabong, Quiksilver, Roxy, O’Neil and local designers Pink Martini & Dish jeans, you not only look marvelous, but feel marvelous once you’ve had the personal touch and warm welcome from the staff at Steve’s.  Join me in congratulating them on a successful start to one of the best new businesses in Steveston. On May 22nd receive 10% off everything in the store on their special day!

150-12240 Second Ave, Steveston Village, Richmond BC.  Telephone 778-297-7422

Ships to Shore Steveston 2011

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

June 3 – 7, 2011 four of North America’s most popular tall ships will dock in Garry Point Park.

Mock gun battles, free viewing and shipboard tours, pirate-themed outdoor movie nights, day sails, a community entertainment stage and a farmers market are all part of the fun at Ships To Shore Steveston 2011. Most activities are free, however, a limited number of exclusive access tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

Leading the small fleet are the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, from Washington State. A brigantine and a top-sail ketch, both over 30-metres (100-feet) in length, the pair are popular favourites whenever they sail, staging mock gun battles reminiscent of the days of pirates and privateers. The Lady Washington was also featured in Pirates of the Caribbean 3: The Curse of the Black Pearl, along with other movies.
While in Richmond, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will stage two mock gun battles on June 4 and 5, which will be viewable for free from Garry Point Park. A limited number of tickets will be available to sail on board the two ships as they stage their epic gun battles.
Also featured in Ships To Shore Steveston 2011 are the Adventuress, a 40-metre (133-foot) gaff-rigged schooner, originally launched in 1913, and the Zodiac, a 39-metre (127-foot) gaff-rigged schooner dating from the 1920s. Among the fastest ships of their days, these two stunningly beautiful schooners will offer ticketed three-hour day sails on June 4 and 5 as well as free onboard tours.

Tickets are available starting May 11 through our Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300 or in person at Steveston Community Centre and Britannia Heritage Shipyard in Richmond.
Ships To Shore Steveston 2011 is presented by the City of Richmond. Platinum sponsor is Vancouver International Airport. Gold sponsors are Coast Capital Savings and Port Metro Vancouver. Community partner is Urban Impact and media partner is CTV.
Ships To Shore Steveston 2011 also kicks off an exciting series of events that will be held in Richmond through the summer. From one of Canada’s most popular and longest-running Canada Day celebrations, the Steveston Salmon Festival, to an expanded Richmond Maritime Festival, to innovative new events such as Mortal Coil Performance Society’s production of Salmon Row at Britannia Heritage Shipyard, the new series will be an eclectic blend of arts, sports, culinary, cultural and community events and celebrations occurring in the Steveston area from June through September.

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