Jun 29

Top 5 Posts from #PlaylandNights

Last Friday saw the return of the super popular Vancouver summer event: Playland Nights (19+).

Whether you are looking for a fun activity with friends or a cute date idea, Playland Nights is great way to celebrate at the end of the week.

This isn’t an ordinary night at the amusement park… There’s are DJs bumpin’ tunes, an axe-throwing challenge*, and multiple bars with hard lemonades, candy floss vodka martinis, and champagne cocktails!

This year’s event features 2 additional entertainment options: challenge your friends to a virtual reality racing game* or if sultry glamour is more your taste, then take in the talented performers at the Kitty Nights burlesque shows (4 shows nightly at 8, 9, 10, 11pm).

If you want to take the experience to the next level, grab a VIP Pass which gets you express park entry, allows you to skip the line (once) at ten different rides including the Beast and Wooden Roller Coaster, plus exclusive access to the VIP Bar!

Visit Playland Nights (19+) for more info or buy your tickets here before 5:00 on event days to save $3.

 *an extra change applies for these attractions


Check out the top 5 Instagram posts from last week’s #PlaylandNights event!

A ton of great shots were taken at the opening week event! Here are a few favourites:

Tay bae all the way everyday

A post shared by Makenna Rae (@makenna2113) on

Are we just really tiny or is the chair just really big? #playlandpark #Vancouver

A post shared by Clare Lange (@clareellenlange) on

If you’re attending an upcoming Playland Nights, use the hashtag #playlandnights!

Jun 26

PNE Announces New President and CEO

The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) today announced the appointment of Shelley Frost as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Frost, a long-time member of the organization’s senior executive team, is currently serving as the PNE’s Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

“Shelley is an integral member of our leadership team and has been involved in all aspects of the organization’s business for well over a decade,” says Councillor Raymond Louie, Chair of the PNE’s Board of Directors. “The Board is delighted that Shelley has accepted the position of President and CEO, effective July 9th, 2018. She is an experienced leader with outstanding relationships across the PNE’s many business, community and stakeholder groups. Shelley is well-positioned to ensure the that momentum the PNE currently enjoys continues into the future.”

Ms. Frost joined the PNE team in January 2004 as the Vice President of Marketing, overseeing the company’s branding, advertising, promotions, retail partnerships, ticketing systems, media plans, market research and corporate partnerships. She has since assumed oversight of the Sales department, which is responsible for business development related to concerts, sporting events, trade and consumer shows, festivals and cultural events within PNE venues and outdoor spaces year round. Ms. Frost’s previous experience includes working as a senior executive for a publicly traded technology company, as well as providing business consulting and freelance expertise to technology companies and arts/culture groups in Canada, the US and Europe. Ms. Frost completed undergraduate degrees in both Psychology and Business (Marketing) from the University of Alberta and holds an MBA in International Business from Simon Fraser University.

“I joined the PNE because I wanted to be part of an organization that contributes in so many ways to the people of our city and province,” says Ms. Frost. “I’ve loved sharing the PNE team’s genuine commitment and passion for all that we do. The organization is strong and the opportunity that lies ahead for the PNE is enormous. I’m thrilled and deeply honored to have the ability to lead this organization into its next exciting chapter.”

Dec 30

Five Feature Lanterns

You’ve probably been seeing a lot of photos of the Chinese Lantern Festival at the PNE on social media.

There’s the 200-foot long dragon, the pagoda made from 100,000 dishes, and the giant archway at the corner of Hastings and Renfrew Streets. Below are five notable feature lanterns that you need to see in person to appreciate the craftsmanship, scale and beauty.

Lantern Wheel

Peacock Screen – Powered by Telus PureFibre

Peacocks have been a part of the Chinese culture for centuries and are the embodiment of grace and talent. The peony, known in China as King of Flowers, is graceful, generous, and forgiving. Combined together, the images depict the ideals of luck, wealth, and happiness in this display.

Sea World – Presented by BCAA

The sea is mysterious and home to many peculiar creatures. This lantern is themed with jellyfish, accompanied by fish, sharks, coral reef and algae.

Panda Paradise – Presented by Brian Jessel BMW

Pandas are China’s most precious animal and a national treasure. They live mainly in mountainous areas of Sichuan, Gansu, Shaanxi Provinces. Pandas spread Chinese people’s friendship all over the world as peace ambassadors. Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of pandas while walking by Panda Paradise.

Prosperous Fish Surplus Year After Year – Presented by London Drugs

China’s many traditional festivals are an important part of Chinese history. The form of each festival contributes to the history and culture of China. The fish is a very famous symbol in Chinese culture. In Chinese, the pronunciation of “fish” is the same as “surplus” so the fish symbolized the hope that people will have bountiful wealth and food in the coming year.

Flying Fairies – Presented by Hastings Racecourse

This lantern group depicts the ancient flying figures found on the walls of the Dunhuang caves in China. The fairies display the grace of elegant female clothing, and feature colourful ribbons fluttering in the air. The Fairies of Dunhuang have been said to be China’s greatest creative work, and a marvel of Earth’s historical art.