Though it started as a small berry stand in 1977, Maan Farms Market & Estate Winery has spent the last three decades expanding, accommodating, and providing its community with a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of urban living. One constant during that time, however, has been the family's dedication to producing fresh edibles, from juicy berries picked during the summer, to the crisp vegetables and sweet corn that spread across tables in the fall. Today, those are also supplemented by fermented produce: fruit wines, made from the farm's own berries and sold by experts who always have a pairing suggestion on hand.
While visiting the farm, guests can utilize those wholesome treats as fuel to explore the property's collection of activities, including the Critter Corral, where pigs, bunnies, and ducks elicit wonder by munching scoops of food or re-enacting chapters from Charlotte's Web. A bird sanctuary, a patch of pumpkins ranging from 10 to 100 pounds, a panoramic view of the valley, and a trio of mazes?including Papa Joe's corn maze?round out the lineup of agricultural attractions, which group tours, birthday parties, and campers can take advantage of at various times throughout the year.
Two of Christian music’s most iconic artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith join forces to spread the good news, leading congregations in melodious worship on their 2 Friends Tour. Since 1982, this dynamic duo has engaged millions to flock to their catchy, ecclesiastical pop music, sharing a musical camaraderie as impenetrable as a fortress with abandonment issues. Amy Grant, author of No. 1 hits such as “El Shaddai” and “Baby Baby,” has shared her gift of song for more than 30 years, selling more than 30 million albums, garnering six Grammys, and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Michael W. Smith has earned countless accolades with his tremendous songbook of head-bobbing hymns and choir-rousing hits. Sharing the stage for the first time in two decades, Amy and Michael thrill fans with new psalms and favorites from their sonic scroll, merging their sets with joyful duets and chemistry that crackles like Abbott and Costello after getting struck by lightning.
Darian Kovacs of Jelly Marketing, Kevan Gilbert of Domain7, and Braden Douglas of Relevention Marketing Inc. each bring a distinct set of entrepreneurial skills to Digital Storytelling. The one-day workshop helps businesses weave a compelling narrative for their customers online, and each of the local businessmen have techniques to help. Guests learn how to communicate via social media and press from Jelly Marketing, Domain7's representative focuses on web strategy, and Relevention's presenter speaks to the importance of data research.
Amid the glitzy shops and department stores of the spacious Coquitlam Centre, guests at the third-annual Unwined: Sip, Savour & Mingle expands their palates while making memories with old and new friends. Notes of live jazz music wash over the swanky event, soundtracking each sip of craft beer, cider, and fine wine from producers such as Turning Point Brewery, Vincor Canada, Central City Brewery, and Peacock & Martin. Local restaurateurs win over future patrons with samplings of their wares, as chefs from Townhall Pub, COBS Bread, Tasters, Cactus Club, and Pasta Polo serve up tasty bites to pair with each glass of vino.
Leigh Square Community Arts Village honours art in all its forms, from handmade woodcarvings to flamenco-dance interpretations of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales. The complex?s three buildings reflect its broad focus. The band shell, a glass-covered outdoor stage, hosts live music and dance performances. The indoor exhibition space houses visual-art exhibits, and the complex?s final building, a refurbished post office, serves as a workroom where creative minds can craft new works.
The Global ComedyFest corrals some of the best and brightest comedians on the international circuit into Vancouver for a marathon of laughs, fun, and moderately uncomfortable first dates. Big names such as zany former MTV staple Tom Green perform alongside up-and-comers in more than 30 performances throughout the festival. Eschew the everyday monodimensional comedy with a combination stand-up and comedy 3-D video show featuring Canada's own Reza Peyk, Jy Harris, and Gary Fong, or opt for a night of “it’s funny because it’s true” laughs at the Gerry Dee show. The Edge of the Fest performance pushes the festival’s edgiest artists to the limits of social acceptability, while the Best of the Fest showcases top comedians such as Greg Behrendt and Peter Chao.