B.C. Home and Garden Show 2013

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BC Home and Garden Show 2013 hits BC Place Stadium February 20-24, 2013.

The best in Canadian brands and talent are set to converge at the BC Home and Garden Show starting Wednesday February 20. The show offers five days of insight and inspiration for making any house a home – both inside and out. Headlining this year’s show are HGTV’s most recognized personalities including Bryan Baeumler of Leave It to Bryan, Decked Out host Paul Lafrance, and local realtors Philip DuMoulin and Sarah Daniels of Urban Suburban, plus sewing expert Denise Wild and Vancouver interior design duo Jennifer Scott and Megan Baker, all of whom will appear on the HGTV Main Stage. For more information, visit bchomeandgardenshow.com.

BC Home and Garden Show information

The BC Home and Garden Show has been a staple in consumers’ calendars since 1970, attracting over 56,000 qualified visitors every spring. Produced by Marketplace Events, the show features high-interest exhibits, high-profile industry personalities and the latest home and lifestyle trends. Marketplace Events produces 34 home shows in 21 markets that collectively attract 1.1 million attendees and another 1.3 million unique web visitors each year.

Show Dates and Times

Wednesday, February 20: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, February 21: Noon – 9 p.m.
Friday, February 22: Noon – 9 p.m.
Saturday, February 23: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, February 24: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The exhibition will be held at BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Boulevard) in Vancouver.

Home and Garden Show

Admission

Children (12 and under): Free
Adults: $15
Seniors (60+): $12, or $5 before 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday

Buy tickets online, and save $3 courtesy of HomeStars!

Stages

HGTV Main Stage
Spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning with inspiration from Canada’s top design, renovation and real estate experts on the HGTV Main Stage. Armed with ample anecdotes, ideas from past projects and plenty of experience, live presenters include HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler, Paul Lafrance, and Philip DuMoulin and Sarah Daniels, plus sewing expert Denise Wild, interior designers Jennifer Scott and Megan Baker, and representatives from the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association. No intimidating designspeak – just down-to-earth advice for making every home happy.

 

Home Cooking Stage
Familiar fare is off the table at the Home Cooking Stage, where popular chefs like Ned Bell, Chuck Currie and Victor Bongo, plus grill masters Ron “Rockin’ Ronnie” Shewchuk, Brian Misko and Angie Quaale, will dish out their personal recipes for easy family meals and entertaining. Think all things spring, from BBQ and beer pairings to comfort food and healthy recipes, infused with local flavours and contemporary trends that easily transfer to any home kitchen.

The Vancouver Sun Gardeners School
Growing pains will be a thing of the past, thanks to The Vancouver Sun Gardeners School. Led by respected writer Steve Whysall and his team of gardening gurus, each free seminar will have wannabe green thumbs getting down and dirty as they cover topics from seed planting to composting. Dig in!

Special Features

Opening Night
The BC Home and Garden Show kicks off on Wednesday February 20 with a night of perks, refreshments and entertainment tailored to every designing woman. Start at the Home Cooking Stage and catch the SHAW Cooking with Fire Chili Cook-off, featuring the kitchen talents of firefighters from across the Lower Mainland, then stick around for a ladies-only beer tasting seminar presented by Just Here for the Beer. Add lots of female-friendly social media giveaways, free swag bags for the first 100 show-goers and a firefighter calendar signing to the mix, and you’ve got one hot date!

SHAW Cooking with Fire Chili Cook-off
Taste buds will be set ablaze on Wednesday February 20, starting at 6:00 pm on the Home Cooking Stage. Three firefighter duos from SHAW’s Cooking with Fire will reconvene for an end-of-season rematch, as they concoct their best chili recipe in hot pursuit of bragging rights and a $1,000 donation to the community organization of their choice. Hosted by SHAW’s Melanie Pineda and Global BC’s Kaitlin Herbst, and judged by a noteworthy panel of foodies, this is one competition that’s guaranteed to sizzle!

Family Day presented by Dominion Lending Centre
Calling all parents and little ones! Family-friendly fare is the focus at the BC Home and Garden Show’s first annual Family Day on Thursday February 21 from 12:00 pm (noon) to 5:00 pm Faceaballoonza! and Vancouver Mom will be on-hand to offer up face painting and easy art projects, while moms and dads alike can glean ideas for everything from cooking and gardening with the kiddies to family-friendly design and the latest children’s fashion trends.

Spring Fashion Show
Every home renovation has to include the closets. Garner inspiration at the Spring Fashion Show on Saturday February 23, starting at 2:00 pm on the HGTV Main Stage. Models and dancers will hit the runway to showcase the season’s top trends from Park Royal retailers, complete with coveted gift bags and a $250 shopping spree giveaway.

Deck Wars
HGTV’s Deck Wars goes live on Saturday February 23 at 4:00 pm, with popular host Paul Lafrance weighing in on a battle of the blades – blades of grass, that is! Outdoor spaces will go big, bold and utterly outlandish as the top landscaping companies from across the province put their deck-building skills to the test. It’s a battle royale of all things backyard!

Attractions

LoveSewing Studio
Stitching’s a cinch with easy advice from sewing expert Denise Wild, who will offer up her expertise on Do-It-Yourself (DIY) sewing projects for the home. Save big bucks and punch up the personality in any room with homemade toss cushions, draperies and other assorted accessories. With a myriad of fabrics, patterns and techniques available to suit any fancy, there’s every reason to pick up the thread.

Beers & Bites Lounge
Most home improvement projects call for a break from the action. Steal away from the crowds while indulging in a cold brew (or two), specially selected by Just Here for the Beer and street-food fare like bacon-wrapped hot dogs and real Canadian poutine. Warning: Best bring your shopping partner along and avoid the risk of burgeoning budgets and to-do lists in your absence.

KidZone
Child’s play gets the high design treatment! From drawing on the walls (with chalk, of course) to resting on soft turf flooring, practicing gardening prowess to indulging in face painting and jewellery making with faceaballoonza!, kids will delight in a space to call their own. As they say, youth must be served.

Make an Entrance
First impressions take focus at this exhibit of internationally inspired entryways, created by Vancouver’s up-and-coming design talent. Lavish landscaping, vibrant colour and innovative design elements combine with doors provided by Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver’s ReStore to inspire an easy improvement project for any homeowner. Opportunity knocks!

BC Home & Garden Lounge
Sip and flip through the latest edition of BC Home and Garden magazine, all in the lap of luxury. Conveniently located adjacent to the HGTV Main Stage and designed by the talented Rob Spytz, this is one space that will beg for a break – and a lengthy one at that, thanks to a wide variety of wines and beers suited for every palate.

Around the World in Eight Gardens
Greenery goes global, in the form of eight lush landscapes from around the world. More than 7,000 square feet of gardens will plant the seed for every backyard oasis, complete with exotic blooms, chic outdoor furnishings, flowing water features and top landscapers to tend to every plea for gardening help. Eden, eat your heart out.

M(art)ket
Back by popular demand! Bare walls will meet their match at this curated exhibit of affordable artwork from Vancouver’s most talented up-and-coming artists. With everything from post-modern prints to cubist canvases, there’s a style and size to suit everyone’s fancy and budget. Works of art, indeed.

Winter Blooms Flower Market
Shrinking violets, no more! Preview this spring’s open-air flower markets and breathe new life into any interior with fresh-cut flowers straight from the source. From dandy daffodils to romantic roses, there’s a bloom for every room.

Portobello West
Inspired by London’s world-famous street market, Portobello West is Vancouver’s best-known fashion and art market. A selection of top emerging talent will showcase their wares in a special pop-up edition, with enticing opportunities to increase the inventory of any closet, jewellery box or art collection. Shopping local has never looked so good.

Smart Renovation Dream Home
Home remodelling is the stuff of nightmares for many a homeowner – until now. Enter this year’s Dream Home, inspired by the slew of East Vancouver bungalows being overtaken by today’s modern homeowners and families. From BC Hydro Power Smart-approved Energy Star appliances and efficient lighting to easy updates known for boosting the bottom line, this showcase of smart renovations with major return on investment will save serious grief – and serious cash in the process.

Ask a Decorator
Decorating questions asked, decorating questions answered! Christine Friend from Friendly Decorator will share her expertise with free, 10-minute consultations for renegade renters and hassled homeowners alike, paint chips and photographs in hand. No question too tough, no design topic taboo.

Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association Ask a Pro Renovation and Design Centre
Inspiration meets the voice of reason. Renovation and design professionals from the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association will provide free consultations, complete with before-and-after photos of stunning renovated homes (many of them award winners) in the popular Renovation Gallery. The 2013 Ovation Awards finalists will also be featured, with the chance to vote on this year’s People’s Choice Award winner! Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association: Helping you professionally renovate your home.

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