Dec 5

Family Fun this Holiday Season

Are you looking for some great shows, events or concerts around the community this Holiday season? You have come to the right place! Check out the list of activities and events happening in and around Vancouver!

Stanley Park Bright Nights Trains:

Bright Nights Reindeer

If you like beautiful Christmas lights, this is the place to be.  Enter Stanley Park Plaza and the Bright Nights Christmas Train to see over 3 million sparkling lights! Purchase tickets to ride the Bright Nights Train to experience the lights, breathtaking displays and live performers along the train tracks.

You can also check out the displays in the Train Plaza which is by donation. All donations and a portion of ticket sales go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund ($4.00 suggested). Since 1998 $1.4 million have been raised to help burn survivors and their families. If you would like to donate click here.

Fire Fighters Burn Fund

Click here to purchase tickets for Bright Nights Train or find out more information.

Cirque du Soleil – Toruk – The First Flight:

Toruk - The First Flight

If you like Cirque du Soleil performances or the movie Avatar; then we have a show for you! Inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, Cirque du Soleil – Toruk – The First Flight transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery and possibility. Did we mention there is an App that that will enhance the overall show experience and allow audience members the opportunity to be part of the action?

Toruk - The First Flight App

Find out more information or purchase tickets here Toruk – The First Flight.

Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market:

Hastings Park Farmers Market

Come support local businesses in the Hastings Park community every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at the Hastings Park Farmers Market! Only minutes away from the Second Narrows Bridge and close to the highway, this is the perfect place to stop and shop local!


The Farmers Market is located between the PNE Forum and the PNE Agrodome with tree-lined pathways, great smells and locally produced goods. Wander through the Italian garden and stop by the sanctuary pond, bring the kids bundled up and play in the playground, or drop into the skateboard park if you’re brave! There’s plenty to do for everyone in the family including your pets.

The Hastings Park Farmers Market features a great selection of local produce; nursery items, fish, meat & dairy; artisan prepared foods, baking and treats; the best in local crafts, and of course, hot food trucks.

Make It: The Handmade Revolution

Make It! The Handmade Revolution

For all the DIYer’s and home crafters, here is an event you won’t want to miss! The “Make It: The Handmade Revolution” comes to the PNE Forum for what will be an exceptionally crafty event. Come check out some of the coolest handmade items, chat with the ‘Makies’ and purchase some gifts for the holidays.

Check out this short video to see what you can expect at the Vancouver Make It: The Handmade Revolution event at the PNE Forum.

For more information on where you can purchase tickets visit the Make It: Handmade Revolution website.

PNE Catering and Venue Rental

Did you know the PNE does Venue Rentals as well as catering for any event that comes to Hastings Park? If youre looking for a suite to rent during a a show or event, a boardroom for a meeting or a building to host your company Christmas party, no event is too small or to large for the PNE team. You can check out the 2016 Catering Menu here  or get more information on Venue Rentals here.

Catering Menu 2016

There you have it, 5 shows and events in Vancouver this Holiday Season for the entire family. Remember to tag @PNE_Playland (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) in any Holiday adventures you and your family partake in!

Happy Holidays from the PNE Team!


Sep 6

Dru Hill LIVE at The Fair at the PNE!

A change in weather brought cooler temperatures and a downpour of rain to The Fair at the PNE but weather be damned for R&B fans who were committed. Many braved the elements in ponchos, umbrellas and other didn’t even care about the weather. They were there for one reason, to see R&B superstars Dru Hill!

Dru Hill

Accompanied on stage with a full band Sisqo, Nokio and newest member Tao (Missing from the lineup was their 4th member Jazz) took to the stage with high energy and played some of their new songs before going into their hits. During “Never Make A Promise” they sang acapella and after hitting their first 3-part harmony, these soulful singers proved they were still the real deal. They then transported us back 20+ years to our high school days. They went through their set list playing hits like “These Are The Times”, “In My Bed” and “We’re Not Making Love No More”, before going into their first number1 Single “How Deep Is Your Love”. During this song they ended up changing it to a rock remix.

Dru Hill front man, Sisqo soon came out showcasing his iconic platinum dyed hair and announced that usually he doesn’t do his single songs during a Dru Hill concert. Sisqo showed that he still had the moves from his youth sliding and moonwalking along the stage. He educated the crowd saying that the song “Incomplete” was his biggest single from his diamond album and slowed the tempo down to prove that he still had the vocal acrobatics.

Dru Hill Sisqo

Each member of the group got their own time to shine in the spotlight, Nokio did a fantastic cover and tribute to Prince’s “I Would Die For You” even going as far as mimicking the iconic dance moves from the movie Purple Rain, before going into a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. Tao did his throwback cover to Tevin Campbell’s “Shall We Talk” which had everyone on their feet singing along! This truly was a Throwback Thursday!

Dru Hill Nokio

Dru Hill Tao

Dru Hill proved that they still had the skills to pay the bills and ended their set with “5 Steps” where Tao and Nokio went down and shook hands with fans in the front row. Tao even taking it step further by entering the crowd and dancing in the rain with one lucky Dru Hill Fan. And just when you thought it was all over, Sisqo came back after everyone had left the stage, accompanied by his dancers, to give the crowd the one song they had been requesting all night the “Thong Song” leaving everyone with a smile on their face!

This was a great show with great singers and brought back a lot of great memories and reminded everyone about great R&B music!

Dru Hill Sisqo

Sep 4

Concert Review: Colbie Caillat & Christina Perri – Girls’ Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour

-Special thanks to Francis Santos of Virgin 94.5 for being our guest correspondent. 

The stage was set as people rushed to get seats at the PNE Amphitheatre to see the “Girls’ Night Out, Boys Can Come Too” tour featuring Christina Perri and Colbie Caillat. This summer tour started on July 10th in Connecticut, travelled across the United States and Canada, and concluded here in Vancouver at the Fair at the PNE.

Colbie Caillat at the PNE

Although a summer tour, you wouldn’t have guessed it looking at the crowds; ponchos and umbrellas peppered the area. I was amazed at the number of fans braving the elements to watch these two musicians. One thing was for sure; those who attended were invested in being there and in the end, were not disappointed.

Perri and Caillat started their sets with high energy that set the tone for a magical night. Each recounted stories of how they got into the music industry. Christina Perri told her story of being a waitress trying to break into the business, and how, when she was about to give up, regained her conviction and followed her dreams.

Summer Night Concert at The Fair at the PNE

Christina Perri cONCERT vANCOUVER

Colbie Caillat thanked a friend who posted one of her songs on the now defunct social media website Myspace that helped launched her career. The theme of the night was very positive, loving and empowering, especially during Perri’s ballad “Human” and Caillat’s “Try”.

Christina Perri kept the energy up with upbeat songs like “Be My Forever”. She showed stunning class and depth, incorporating piano and cello for “Jar Of Hearts” and closed her set with “I Don’t Wanna Break” by dancing around with her bandmates and friends.

christina perri at the fair vancouver


Colbie Caillat came out strong for “Live It Up” and had the entire amphitheatre swaying and singing to “Bubbly”. She showed her playful side by donning a trucker hat for “Blaze”, and got everyone up and dancing for “Brighter Than The Sun”.

Colbie Caillat summer night concerts pne

This was definitely not just a girls’ night out, as everyone (even the guys) enjoyed the show. Their beautiful voices were able to cut through the rainy weather to brighten the mood and warm the hearts of everyone in attendance.