Yule Duel: Vancouver’s Largest Outdoor Competition Returns to Gastown

The Yule Duel event is on for one night only – so it’s a can’t-miss event to kick-off the Christmas season in Vancouver. As well, the event is more than just a carolling competition, as it is a way for the participating choirs and the community to give back by fundraising for May’s Place which provides much-needed compassionate end-of-life care to vulnerable people in the Downtown Eastside.


Yule Duel brings together Vancouver’s top choirs and some of the city’s most notable personalities to fundraise for May’s Place which provides much needed, compassionate end-of-life care to vulnerable people in the Downtown Eastside. 

When: December 1, from 6-9 PM.

Where: Along Water Street in Vancouver’s vibrant Gastown.

What to expect: Choirs will be performing along Water Street. People can wander the street to enjoy a diverse selection of carolling performances by over 20 of Vancouver’s top choirs, each with a unique style ranging from rock to pop to gospel. There are a number of opportunities for people to make donations to the groups they like best.

Why the “Duel” in Yule Duel? Throughout the evening choirs will sing their hearts out in hopes of performing in a sing-off on the main stage. Everyone is welcome to vote for their favourite choir, by buying a button for $5 and casting a vote. Near 8pm, the panel of celebrity judges will select their favourite choirs from those with the most votes. The top two choirs will then ‘duel’ it out on stage.  

Judges: This year’s judges include: John Fluevog, Fluevog Shoes; Morna Edmondson, Elektra Women’s Choir; Mike Forrester, Coastal Jazz; Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss 604; and Vision Councilor, Heather Deal.

MC: People will be entertained by hilarious and charming, Fred Lee.

Choirs: Saint James Music Academy Choir, the Lions Gate Chorus, and Vancouver Pops Choir are among the wide range of top level choirs you will see and hear.

“All donations received will be given to May’s Place, which provides compassionate end-of-life care to some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” said Michele Sutherland, Manager of Hospice Services at May’s Place. “We’re so grateful for the generous support this event received last year, raising more than $38,000 to support our charity. We can’t wait to see what this year brings!”

Yule Duel is a joint partnership between the Gastown Business Improvement Society and The Bloom Group, the nonprofit operator of May’s Place. Media partners include Global TV, the Georgia Straight, and Miss 604. Local sponsors include Big Little, The Social Agency, Club Card, Richards Buell Sutton, Inform Interiors, and Miss604.com. 

{{GIVEAWAY}} ENCHANT Christmas Light Maze and Market 

Enchant, the world’s largest Christmas light maze will be coming to Vancouver for its inaugural event, starting November 25th, and running until December 31st, 2016.


The family-friendly festival will include a 55,000 square foot maze of light sculptures, a 64-foot Christmas Tree, live performances, an outdoor fire pit, and a sprawling marketplace including food and drink vendors serving mulled wine, specialty coffees, and holiday beers. Enchant will run from November 25th and end on New Year’s Eve with a firework finale.

Enchant’s Christmas market will combine a variety of local vendors and artisans for holiday shopping, and guests will get a chance to browse speciality products from talented craftsmen/women, as well as enjoy delicious seasonal treats from 12 food trucks. There will also be a licensed eating area where of-age guests can enjoy a sip of their favorite holiday drink, including mulled wine, craft beers, buttered rum, eggnog, and much more.

Enchant will also feature a VIP lounge for private parties and holiday get-togethers. Guests can enjoy a private lounge with a beautiful atmosphere where they can relax, socialize and celebrate in style. The VIP Lounge includes an exclusive entrance into the light maze, a private bar, access to all of the food trucks, and customizable entertainment options.

Lastly, Enchant 2016 will debut a special new Christmas storybook written by local storyteller Leanne Johnston and illustrated by Sebastian S.C. The story follows the aftermath of a disastrous snowstorm that hits the North Pole the night before Christmas. Children around the world are asked to explore the enchanted light fields of the North and search for the missing reindeer in an attempt to help Santa and save the world’s biggest holiday.

Guests will be able to bring home this beautifully illustrated storybook as a souvenir of this unforgettable event. It’ll be available for purchase at the exit of the light maze or can be pre-ordered with tickets.

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We’ve got a 2pk of Adult admission tickets to GIVEAWAY for the media night on November 24th to two lucky readers (Kids under 16 are free for this event only, 5 and under are free for regular times) That means, I’m drawing 2 WINNERS! This contest is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver Area and Sea to Sky Corridor only! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. Winners announced November 15th, 2016.

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{{Giveaway}} Time to #LoseTheLaces with HICKIES! 

Mornings are usually a madhouse around here during the week!

I get the kids out of bed at 7:00am, and spend the next hour and a half making breakfast, yelling calming reminding the kids to keep eating their breakfast, yelling encouraging them to quickly get dressed, and brush their teeth.

Then trying to get them to put on their coats and shoes, usually takes three times longer than necessary! If something could make this process faster, then I am all for it. My daughter knows how to tie her laces, but watching her s-l-o-w-l-y tie them is so painful when you’re in a rush.

As for me…I love to run! You can catch me lacing up my runners and heading out on preschool mornings to get in some exercise and more importantly, some much needed “me time”!

My shoes go through a lot and get worn out pretty quickly. My laces wear out before my soles do because I tie them so tight. I like to keep my shoes tight when I run, if not, blisters are my new friends.

I recently discovered HICKIES.


The HICKIES Lacing System is a modular one, meaning that instead of one lace running through the length of each shoe, you have one unit per pair of eyelets. This allows for a one-size fits all design with maximum customization when it comes to tightness, comfort, security, and color.

These “laceless” laces are awesome!

My runners are comfortable and snug, and super quick to put on. I love the variety of colours available to mix and match with my shoes and clothing.


The great thing about these are, the variety of ways to “lace up”! You can wear them loose or tight depending on your needs and style.

{{The Giveaway}}

Hickies has provided us with two sets of Hickies “laceless” modular systems to giveaway! Two readers will be selected to WIN a set! Winners will be drawn November 19th. Contest is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area and Sea to Sky Corridor. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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