Spring has sprung!  

Whether you celebrate Passover (April 14 to the 22nd) or Easter April 20, 21) take the holiday time to celebrate Spring, new life, or start the seeds growing for our garden, here is to one of the most important things to do celebrate ….CHOCOLATE!! Happy long weekend everyone!


Pajos Fish&Chips is proud to announce we are the first & only 100% Ocean Wise Fish&Chip shop in the lower mainland! We are now a fully certified partner with 100% certified Ocean Wise Menu! Sustainable fish stocks mean the WORLD to us!!

Check out OceanWise  for more information.  Follow SeaChoice  if you are finding yourself extremely interested in what is going on in the world of sustainable fishing. The Vancouver Aquarium is a non-profit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life.  You can support the Vancouver Aquarium, there are many ways to do so!  From their members only events, to events open to the public go to  here  for more information. 

Overfishing is the number one problem facing the world’s oceans…

Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. Ocean Wise works directly with restaurants, markets, food services and suppliers ensuring that they have the most current scientific information regarding seafood and helping them make ocean-friendly buying decisions. The options are highlighted on their menus and display cases with the Ocean Wise symbol, making it easier for consumers to make environmentally friendly seafood choices. The Ocean Wise logo next to a menu or seafood item is an assurance that the item is a good choice for keeping ocean life healthy and abundant for generations to come. Pajos Fish&Chips is the only Fish&Chip multi unit shop that has a 100% Ocean Wise Menu!


GraphicForRelease OW_program_logo_black

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Chinese New Year January 31st
~ Rich in tradition and custom, the Lunar New Year is the most important holiday for many Asian cultures. Experience a variety of local and exciting events that honour the rich traditions and customs of Richmond’s Asian community. Here is just one great event to participate in! Countdown Night to Chinese New Year of the Horse at Aberdeen Centre from 8pm to 12:30pm at Aberdeen Centre.  This event is a robust night of entertainment and celebration! When you’re not watching the events on the main stage, you can browse the shopping centre or dine at one of the many on-site establishments. Featuring countdown shows by Fairchild Radio and Fairchild TV. Click Here and Here for more information and events around the lower mainland~Aberdeen


STEVESTON the Wharf and Garry Point 



January 1 to February 24th – Head to Steveston during the cold and wet and have a hot cup of great coffee and hot chocolate and enjoy an Art Show! Dancing in the New Year: Art Show – The show at Rocanini Coffee Roasters Steveston Café

Steveston’s Indoor Farmers & Artisan MarketStevestonFarmersMarket

Richmond’s historic Steveston village hosts this year-round market every other Sunday, featuring foods and fresh produce, handmade jewelry, arts, crafts and live entertainment. In October, the Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market is moves indoors at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.


COME SOAR OVER CHINA! See both Flight of the Dragon and FlyOver Canada back-to-back! JAN 17 TO MARCH 2, 2014

FlyOver Canada is proud to present “Flight of the Dragon”, a new flight ride experience never before seen outside of China. FlyOver-Canada-Vancouver-Flight-of-the-Dargon For a limited time, guests will get to experience Flight of the Dragon and FlyOver Canada back-to-back for the regular FlyOver admission price! First, follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery during Flight of the Dragon. Then, stay seated and take off again to experience FlyOver Canada, a thrilling flight ride that takes you from east to west across Canada. Both rides incorporate state of the art special effects including wind, scents and mist. Click here for more information.

 Port Moody and Port Coquitlam

Sunday Coffee Concerts

coffeeThe line-up for the 15TH SEASON of SUNDAY COFFEE CONCERTS is officially released! Join us on Feb 9th, Feb 23rd, & March 9th for this whirlwind of talent. For tickets, call experienceit.ca or dial 604-927-8400. Groups of ten or more receive a 10% discount. Click here for more information.

Winter Wine Tasting


Winter Wine Tasting – Port Moody Being held at the Port Moody Arts Centre One Evening – Thursday, January 30th 7pm to 9pm. Enjoy an evening sampling warm red wines and spiced wine surrounded by winter candles. This unique tasting will feature some of the best wines to enjoy by the fireplace with a good friend or loved one, or at the end of a long work week. Seats are $40 each, plus GST. Purchase your seat(s) through our secure company PayPal account. Your reservation will be confirmed within one business day. Click here to purchase a ticket.





Happy Holidays from the Pajo’s Family to Yours!

 PajosXmas7It’s only early December and already one can feel the warmth and glow that only the holiday season can bring! Surfing around the WEB to see what is happening in the Pajo’s hoods has brought back so many events to attend, it is impossible to list them all.  Read further for a sample of what’s going.

STEVESTON the Wharf and Garry Point 

December  1 – 23 Christmas at The Cannery: Festival of Trees 2013

CanneryXmasThe Steveston Merchants Association, in partnership with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society and the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market, is excited to present the 4th annual Christmas at the Cannery: Festival of Trees. See trees decorated by local businesses as you tour the Cannery (seven days a week from 10am to 5 pm). Click here for more information. 

December  5-31 Gateway Theatre Presents – The King and I king2

Anna, an attractive widow, has been hired by the King to teach English and other Western ideas to his many wives and many more children. Little do they know they’re both about to be schooled. Join us for another joyful family classic, with songs you love like “Getting to Know You”, “Shall We Dance?” and “Whistle A Happy Tune”. Tickets $49 per adult, $30 per student. Shows start at 8pm with other afternoon show times available. For more information click here 

December  7 Maritime Pet Photos with Santa at the Britannia Shipyard

Pet-photos-with-SantaCapture a holiday memory with your pet! Donations for the photographs will be taken in support of Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS). Click here for more information.

December  7  – “KAGAYAKI” a presentation of Local Nikkei Artists

The Steveston Buddhist Temple is celebrating their 50th Anniversary at its present location. As a way of saying “thank you” to the community of Steveston, they are proud to present the art exhibit “KAGAYAKI a presentation of Local Nikkei Artists”. “KAGAYAKI” is the Japanese word meaning “to shine” and the art exhibit will feature works by prominent local Nikkei Artists. Admission is free. Also, later that evening at 7:00pm, enjoy a Gala Evening Concert with Internationally renowned Celtic singer Ms. Denise Hagen. For ticket information please call the temple. Ticket $20 each. Steveston Buddhist Temple. 4360 Garry St. Richmond, BC 604-277-2323

December 18 – Steveston Folk Guild Presents: “The Westwynds”

westwynds Come and enjoy and evening of festive Christmas music, at the Chinese Bunkhouse at Britannia Heritage Shipyard presented in the best tradition of Yuletide carols…with a few lively gospel numbers to add to the holiday atmosphere. The evening’s program will evoke nostalgia for the sing-a-long Christmas repertoire, while also celebrating some of the new spirituals. A great show for all ages. Show Time: 7:30pm, Tickets: $8.00 at the door. Email to reserve seats at dave@stevestonfolk.net or call 604-715-9294. Click here for more information.


Port Moody and Port Coquitlam

December 7, 2013, 4:30pm – A Lantern Affair

lantern A Lantern Affair is a free, all-ages holiday event featuring live music and song, arts activities, crafts, stories, home baking, a multicultural celebration of light and an original performance by Place des Arts’ new Theatre Company. Make your own lantern and participate in the festive lantern ceremony. Visit with Father Christmas, bake up some heritage goodies, tick some items off your gift list.There will be a box for donations to the SHARE food and toy bank as well, so please consider bringing food or a new, unwrapped toy along with you. Click here for more information.  


12daysNov 30 – Dec 12 – 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN LEIGH SQUARE 

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
Just like the song, Leigh Square Community Arts Village offers a dozen days of wonderful festive holiday events. As a gift to the Port Coquitlam community, the 12 Days of Christmas programs and events will be offered free or low-cost. Come experience the spirit of the holidays and attend musical performances, holiday or portrait workshops, theatre performances, Christmas movies and a visit from Santa! Everyone Welcome! Click here for more information.



Beautiful British Columbia Autumn is upon us! Maple Leaf on River Bed

 What a glorious Fall it has been! Walking through crunchy leaves, gazing at glorious sunsets, and enjoying Pajo’s Fish & Chips in your warm coat or under the heaters at Pajo’s Steveston Wharf location.  Take a look at all the “goings on” in the Pajo’s hoods over the next few weeks.

STEVESTON the Wharf and Garry Point 


Scarecrow Crawl In Steveston Village !! Scarecrow festivals are popular throughout North America, and the Steveston Merchants Association is excited to host the 4th annual Steveston Scarecrow Crawl in the village. You will find one-of-kind scarecrows lurking outside of many storefronts and restaurants. We invite you to walk through the village. Bring your camera, photo opportunities await! Contest closes October 31st.

Did you know O’Hare’s is a Richmond family run business? Read more here wineisleresized and take a look at what is going on at O’Hare’s Gastropub and  O’Hare’s Liquor Store 

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the liquor store we have free beer and tastings from 4-6pm.  Every Friday night we tap a new keg of craft beer, so come on down and try something new in the pub! 5031 Steveston Hwy 

Gateway TheatreOctober 10-26

 Gateway Theatre Presents The Highest Step in the World A multi-media experience devised by one of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies, The Highest Step in the World lifts its narrator to the sky and projects our hopes and fears onto a screen behind him. Hear tales of real-life danger and fictional perils, from a death-defying descent from the stratosphere to discovering what drove Icarus so close to the sun. Tickets $48 per adult, $30 per student. Shows start at 8pm check here for more information.

 Halloween in Steveston!!  So much going on, so many events to choose from…the scariest being the Haunted Cannery tour!! World Famous known to scare the pants off of Harry Houdini! (unverified statement by since deceased early paranormal fisherman) 6000016_large

Oct. 26-27  Haunted Halloween Tours 1 to 6pm @the Cannery
Oct. 26-27  Haunted Shipyard Time: noon – 4:00pm  @the Britannia Heritage Shipyard
Oct. 26  Trick-Or-Treating In Steveston Village – This extremely popular event grows larger every year! Costumed trick-or-treaters take to the streets of Steveston in the daylight and visit participating businesses offering treats. Neighbourhood kids are invited to bring their treat bag and have a fun non-scary afternoon. Time: 3 – 5pm.
Oct. 31  Halloween Fireworks Free Halloween fireworks show at various Community Centre parks starting at 8:15 pm. Hot chocolate and coffee served by donation! Hamilton Community Centre in McLean Park, South Arm Community Centre Park, West Richmond Community Centre Park.   City of Richmond Halloween Fireworks Festival Enjoy the festivities at The City of Richmond Halloween Fireworks Festival at Minoru Park. A fun-filled evening featuring a live DJ, fire dancers, a magic show and arts and crafts followed by a 15-minute fireworks show. Time 6:30pm – 8:30pm.  

October 20  StevestonFarmersMarket

Steveston Winter Farmers & Artisans Market – Opening Day. Come and enjoy the amazing artistry, plentiful produce, chef in the market and enchanting entertainers. Market runs from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. www.sfam.ca 604-729-7326.  Gulf of Georgia Cannery 4th   

Port Moody – Rocky Pointzumbathon

October 18th, 2013 Zumbathon Fundraiser for Gleneagle Musical Theatre Department New York 2013 Trip. Join Zumba instructors Toni Da Silva and Krista Lantry on October 18th, 2013 at Gleneagle Secondary School 7:00pm – 9:00pm  $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information or to purchase in advance email: zumba4gleneagledrama@gmail.com Guaranteed smiles, sweat and a great party atmosphere. Not your typical day at the gym.


Port Moody Arts Centre and West Coast Wine Education Saturday, November 2ndportmoodyarts


Save the date for the fall wine tasting fundraiser, Best of BC Wines Uncorked. The event takes place on Saturday, November 2nd at Port Moody Civic Centre Galleria (100 Newport Drive) from 7:00 to 9:30pm. Ticket sales, $45 (inclusive), start Monday, September 16th, and are available online from bcuncorked.com, by phone 604.931.2008 and in person at the Arts Centre, 2425 St. Johns Street. Best of BC Wines Uncorked is a semi-annual wine tasting event, showcasing new and current releases from our province’s premier wineries. This fall’s event will feature over 125 wines from 35 of BC’s top winemakers, with participating wineries guiding guests through cellar choices ideal for the Holiday season. PoMoArts

Artist Call: Images for PoMo ArtsFest Posters The Port Moody Arts Centre is seeking images to be used to promote PoMo ArtsFest. The chosen image will be incorporated into a poster publicizing the event. PoMo ArtsFest (formerly Port Moody’s Festival of the Arts) is a highly anticipated community presentation of local, national & internationally acclaimed performers. Submit your images to schoi@pomoarts.ca no later than 5PM on Oct 21. Call for Design – 2014 Community Hand Painted Banner Festival Port Moody, “City of the Arts,” is seeking banner designs that celebrate arts and culture by turning the spotlight on the Expressive Arts. Application forms may be downloaded or picked up from your local library, the Port Moody Arts Centre, or Port Moody City Hall.  For more information click here 

Port Coquitlam
More Halloween fun!!

haloweenHere is a sample of what is going on on PoCo! on October 26th alone!

Heritage Halloween at Mackin House Museum – A spooktacular event for the whole family! Enjoy traditional pumpkin carving and delicious baking. Please visit Coquitlam Heritage Society for more information. 

Hyde Creek Recreation Centre  – COME DRESSED IN COSTUME FOR SOME FUN!!! • 1 – 3 pm: Swim • 3 – 5 pm: Carnival and Haunted House • 5 – 6 pm: Scarier Haunted House Haunted House $1 – prices are per person Carnival Only $3 – children ages 2 & under FREE Swim Only $2 Or enjoy all activities with an all-inclusive wristband for $5! Only available until Thursday, October 24th. Tickets Available Starting October 1st at: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, 1379 Laurier Avenue Tel: 604.927.7946

November 2, 2013 10am – 2pm
Autumn Expo / Craft Sale

 Location Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex, 2150 Wilson Avenue. Come and load up on crafts, baked goods, and one-of-a-kind finds. Entertainment, refreshments, displays, demonstrations, and bargain basement prices on well-used & near-new books! Admission is FREE! Contact Rob Sullivan, Program Coordinator – Adults & Community Access Tel: 604.927.7925 Fax: 604.927.7912 Email: sullivanr@portcoquitlam.ca

Salmons and Cods and Halibuts Oh My!!Picture 036

 Rumour has it that the ghost of Pajos has been making random appearances! There have been unconfirmed reports of sightings of this wispy apparition around the shipyards, pacing and searching and looking out to the sea mournfully. Old salty’s who frequent local watering holes whisper tales of  maritime lore of a man who worked at Pajos many years ago.  He was obsessed with the Pirates of the Caribbean and each year swore he would sneak on the Lady Washington and only when far out to sea he would reveal himself and be allowed to travel the 7 seas ever searching for sustainable seafood. While waiting one year for the majestic tall ship to arrive for the  Annual Richmond Maritime Festival, he suffered a freak potatoe accident . While “pretending” to go fetch potatoes from the potato shed he stood in the corner of the shed on a box giving him a perfect view of the incoming ships. Unbeknownst to him, all of his senses directed to watching for the ship, the potato delivery truck opened a hatch in the roof and poured in 800lbs of locally grown potatoes crushing him instantly.  Lucky for Pajo’s guests, none of these potatoes were peeled and deep fried. This year the Lady Washington is back…and so is the ghost of Pajos! 300px-Lady_Washington_Commencement_Bay2

 STEVESTON the Wharf and Garry Point


August 9th to the 11th

 The 10th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival

Come Celebrate Steveston’s waterfront heritage at the 10th annual Richmond Maritime Festival, August 9 to 11, 2013 at the spectacular Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. Learn local lore and try your hand at a variety of arts and crafts. Enjoy food, music, artists, storytellers, dancers, drummers all weekend and a kick-off outdoor concert on Friday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

August 24th

 Steveston Dragon Boat Festival


The Steveston Dragon Boat Festival promises to be a great day of fun, entertainment and paddling. The event begins at 9am with dragon boat racing beginning and food, activities and vendor booths opening.  By 11am great entertainment on the main stage begins to celebrate a sizzling summer day. The Steveston Dragon Boat Festival wishes to thank the following sponsors and partners: , 24 Hours Vancouver, AM1320, Kintec Footlabs, Dragon Boat BC, the Richmond Foodbank and the City of Richmond. Come out to watch the races, take in some great entertainment , and support the Richmond Food bank and snack on Cup of Corn and Mr Tube Steak!   Click here for more information.

August 4th

 Steveston Summer Market is on!  StevestonFarmersMarket

Another chance to take in the market that keeps getting better and better each year! The Steveston Farmers and Artisans Summer Market. Come join us for amazing artistry, plentiful produce, chef in the market and enchanting entertainers at the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market. Corner of Third Avenue.  Click here for more information. Sunday August 4th from 10am to 4pm. 

Port Moody – Rocky Point

 August 17th 10am to 2pm – Suter Brook Summer Block Party

 Saturday August 17th, 10:00AM to 2:00pm on Brew St. in Suter Brook Village. The Suter Brook Merchant Association is hosting: The First Suter Brook Summer Block Party. A FREE! Family fun event :) You can buy a 1003298_10151565973167153_1693545792_nBBQ Hot Dog by donation with proceeds go to The Share Society Food Bank. There will be , Bouncy Castle, Face-Painting, Dunk Tank, Popcorn, Music and much more!! Come Join us!!



Port Coquitlam – Gates Park  

August 16-18 Join Port Coquitlam for the party of the century !

Homecoming bannerHomecoming Weekend is sure to be the party of the century, as the City of Port Coquitlam celebrates its 100th birthday with a massive free weekend-long family and music festival. Current and past residents alike are invited to join in the fun and show their PoCo Pride.  Click here for a full details.

cinema under the stars 2013 image

 PAJOS FISH & CHIPS @ GATES PARK for dinner  CINEMA UNDER THE STARS! On August 9th and 23rd enjoy a 26ft tall enormous silver screen, grab some dinner from Pajos Gates Park, bring a blanket and round up some friends or bring the whole family out to Cinema Under the Stars!  

Aug 9   8:30pm        Gates Park   The Amazing Spiderman
Aug 23  8:30pm        Gates Park   Skyfall (Bond, 2012) 

August 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th – Music in the Park (In Lions Park – close to Gates Park)


  In Lions Park every Sunday at 2 pm throughout July & August, Music in the Park features the finest professional musicians from across Metro Vancouver playing a variety of genres including jazz, pop, rock, blues, folk, world fusion, and contemporary.  Performers are selected through an open call for submissions every fall and juried by a community selection committee. All ages welcome. FREE. Lions Park 

 August 4
The Wheat in the Barley offers Canadian roots music with a major make-over. Crack songwriting, brilliant and warped arrangements and stunning instrumental solos unite under the banner of a savvy eclecticism that’s always been the band’s guiding light. The Wheat in the Barley pulls together a lot of great influences into one package: Celtic, Slavic, French Canadian, Yiddish, Cajun and more.  wheatinthebarley.com

August 11
The Belle Game is an orchestral dark pop band consisting of members Adam Nanji, Andrea Lo, Alex Andrew, Katrina Jones, and Rob Chursinoff. Over the last two years, the band has been quietly gathering acclaim, playing coveted opening slots for international sensation Gotye and Polaris Music Prize winners Karkwa. Described by The Georgia Straight as “…a mix of pastoral pop and percussion-bombed art rock.” thebellegame.com

August 18
Christa Couture’s new album, The Living Record has made best of the year lists at CBC Music, The Georgia Straight and Radio Regent. Her new album is inspired by personal tragedy, yet features bright, beautifully-orchestrated indie folk songs with sweet vocals reminiscent of artists like Regina Spektor and Jane Siberry and a palette of styles – fuzzy guitar, bluegrass-style pickin’, soulful cello, quirky chorus-like vocal arrangements and a touch of cabaret. The Straight’s Alex Varty describes Couture as “criminally underrated.” You won’t want to miss her! christacouture.com

August 25
Zaac Pick

Zaac’s brand of rootsy folk-pop earned acclaim after the release of his first solo EP, Fierce Wind in 2009. The album’s six elegantly layered tracks gained him a reputation for compelling lyrics and singable melodies.  Zaac spent much of 2011 on stages across western Canada, while breaking ground in Toronto with a top spot during Canadian Music Week, and in the US with two shows during South by SouthWest  in Austin, TX.  In 2012, his new EP was nominated for a West Coast Music Award for Best Solo Roots Recording, the title track added into regular rotation on CBC 3, and the accompanying video on MuchMusic. zaacpick.com

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer ! 


Dog days of summer….are defined as :
1. the sultry part of summer when Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun.
2. a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.OR …marked by.. naps in backyard hammocks, frequent spray downs with a hose to keep you cool and spending as much time as possible without shoes on! 

Did you know that 3 out of 4 Pajo’s are dog friendly? Gates Park, Rocky Point and Garry Point have shady, under picnic bench lounging reserved for all of our furry pals.  We sell dog treats and will supply endless bowls of water. If you happen to be at our Gates Park PoCo location, order a doggie ice cream for your best friend! But be warned: A dog never forgets a good thing! 

 STEVESTON the Wharf and Garry Point


July 12th Music at the Cannery 

 Darren Specht and the Bluehawks draw influences from authentic roots mixed with boppin’ jump, rockabilly, Latin jazz, and sizzling funk. Shows start at 6:30, but please arrive early to ensure a seat. Admission by donation.  Click here for more information.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery
12138 Fourth Avenue
Richmond BC - 604‐664‐9009

July 14th Fraser River Boat Cruise

Departing from Britannia’s dock, passengers will enjoy a rare excursion amongst island ecosystems involving nature and wildlife.  July 14, 2013 – July 14, 2013 Venue: Britannia Heritage Shipyard Location: Britannia Heritage Shipyard Address: 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond, BC V7E 6P3 Times: From: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM 


 July 28th Around Richmond Boat Cruise

See Richmond as you’ve never seen it before! This rare opportunity to circumnavigate Richmond by boat includes a naturalist, marine biologist and heritage interpreter onboard. Departs from Britannia Heritage Shipyard in Steveston.TBCCWDisplay

Sunday July 28
9:00am to 1:30pm.
Tickets $109 per person.
Call 604‐276‐4300 to register
Britannia Heritage Shipyard
5180 Westwater Drive,
Richmond, BC604‐276‐4300

 July 20th - Styling the Past

Saturday July 20, 11am – 4pm Steveston Museum, Town Square Park, 3811 Moncton St, Richmond BC Steveston Museum’s Picnic in the Past. Bring a blanket and lunch and enjoy music,heritage demonstrations and hands-on historical activities in Town Square Park surrounding Steveston Museum,3811 Moncton Street. Come and get a fashionable hair “do” from days gone by and find out what people used before modern shampoo was invented.

July 21st Summer Market

StevestonFarmersMarketSteveston Farmers and Artisans Summer Market. Come join us for amazing artistry, plentiful produce, chef in the market and enchanting entertainers at the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market. Corner of Third Avenue.  Click here for more information.Corner of third avenue and Moncton Street, Historic Steveston Village, Richmond 2013  July 21  (10:00am to 4:00pm) 



Port Moody – Rocky Point

July 20th Celebration of Wood Fair 

July 20th Celebration of Wood Fair downloadIn recognition of the wood industry’s part in the historic development of Port Moody, the Port Moody Arts Centre is hosting a “Celebration of Wood Fair” on the grounds of the Art Gallery on July 20th.Come see wood carvers; wood turners; boat and fine furniture builders; musical instrument makers; basket weavers; and paper makers – everything to whet your appetite on a fine summer day! The story of the history of the wood industry in the town will also be told through historical photography and demonstrations of old fashioned tools courtesy of the Port Moody Heritage Society.

  July 26th to 27th Port Moody Centennial Youth Arts Festival 

Port Moody Youth Arts Festival is back! On July 26-27 come and express yourself; if you are between 13-18,yaf_2013a performing or visual artist, writer/poet, volunteer or exhibitor, we want to hear from you! Contact us online,Port Moody Arts Centre/Facebook  


 Farmers Market  


Farmers Markets are community gathering places where local producers sell their goods directly to the public, and where residents can enjoy the talents of local musicians, socialize with their neighbours, and connect with and learn of the resources available within their community.We operate three farmers markets – a weekly outdoor summer market in Coquitlam, a twice monthly indoor winter market in Port Moody, and a new weekly evening market in Port Moody at the Port Moody Recreation Centre. This allows local residents to support BC producers and eat local all year round!! 

Poirier Street Farmers Market Sundays, 9:00am – 1:00pm, May 12, 2013 – Oct 25, 2013 Dogwood Pavilion parking lot (Poirier and Winslow Streets),  624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam Port Moody Farmers Market  Fridays, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, June 7 – October 25, 2013  Port Moody Recreation Complex, 300 Ioco Road   

Port Coquitlam – Gates Park  

Cinema Under the Stars

cinema under the stars 2013 image

 PAJOS FISH & CHIPS @ GATES PARK for dinner and ENJOY CINEMA UNDER THE STARS!For an unforgettable Friday night experience, start your weekend off with an outdoor movie night this summer! On August 9th and 23rd enjoy a 26ft tall enormous silver screen, grab some dinner from Pajos Gates Park, bring a blanket and round up some friends or bring the whole family out to Cinema Under the Stars!  

Jul 12    9pm             Sun Valley   Hotel Transylvania
Jul 26      9pm           Sun Valley   Wreck It Ralph 
Aug 9   
8:30pm        Gates Park   The Amazing Spiderman
g 23  8:30pm        Gates Park   Skyfall (Bond, 2012) 

Music in the Park

Muisc in the park 2013 image  In Lions Park every Sunday at 2 pm throughout July & August, Music in the Park features the finest professional musicians from across Metro Vancouver playing a variety of genres including jazz, pop, rock, blues, folk, world fusion, and contemporary.  Performers are selected through an open call for submissions every fall and juried by a community selection committee. All ages welcome. FREE. Lions Park 

July 14

Hilary Grist is an indie art-pop/torch-folk songstress with a performance style that incorporates elements of jazz, folk, pop and classical. Her captivating, cinematic songs have been featured on 6 national and international TV shows and have won her a notable fan following in Japan and South Korea where she toured in 2012.   http://hilarygrist.com/

July 21
Bend Sinister is a progressive indie rock band formed in 2001 in Kelowna. This quartet has since made a mark in the North American indie scene, playing gigs this year from Seattle to Austin and Montreal to Vancouver. http://bendsinisterband.com/

July 28
Illiteratty is an original folk band playing songs in a rich four-part harmony. Their repertoire embraces a broad spectrum of genres (folk, jazz, celtic, rockabilly, baroque and more) bonded by a common sense of unusual subjects, often quirky humour and always intelligence. http://www.illiteratty.com/



 It has been called PoCoPajos, Pajo’s in the Park, Gates Park Pajo’s and just plain delicious by many a fish and chip fan.  The trouble for some is finding the gold at the end of the rainbow.  So, for those Paj0′s Fish and Chip fans, Vancouverites who like to make a day trip to a lush green park and have a Pajo’s picnic in the park, and to the POCO locals who didn’t know how close Pajo’s is, here are some helpful photos to lead you down the yellow brick road to yummy Fish and Chips in the park this summer. Click  Map and a little gold at the end of the rainbow awaits you!!













































































Print this Map and bring to Gates Park Pajo’s only and get a free ice cream with purchase…





Pajo’s Rocky Point, Port Moody staff received a request for a donation. A recent tragic accident has left 2 young children without parents, and a caring group of people set out to raise money to help support the children. Without knowing the details, as the family wished to remain anonymous, the staff and managers jumped into action and decided to donate their tips over the next three weeks and put up a simple request to ask Pajo’s customers to help out. What started as a simple gesture grew and grew due to the generosity of Pajo’s guests and staff.   



Fast forward to Friday May 31st as a cheque for $1150.00 was given to the family, along with another $500.00 from the owner of Pajo’s. “The idea to do this came from the staff and managers directly, with no prompting from anyone” Director of Operations for Pajos’ Fish and Chips Andrew Stokes. What a great story, we can’t thank the staff and guests of Pajo’s Port Moody enough. 


Here is a great story from Mark that makes Pajos Fish and Chips so proud and thankful! 

Pajo’s holds a very special place in my family’s life. As a kid growing up in the Lower Mainland, my parents would take my brother and I to Steveston on our weekly Sunday drive. I distinctly remember the bakery that used to sell the best sticky buns and while the bakery is no longer there (I used to look for years wondering if I had the right street) one place that has stuck around is Pajo’s. I remember the fish and the chips and the newspaper it came in. I had no idea, as a young child, the memory of my family hanging out and eating at Pajo’s, looking at all the boats in the bay would stay with me into my adult life. When I started to date my wife, it was just before my 34th birthday and she asked me what I wanted to do, apparently I had no choice and she told me that we were going to Richmond. She re-introduced me to Pajo’s. Ever since that day, as a couple, we kept going back to Pajo’s. Pajo’s became the place of special events for us; if we had a day off, Pajo’s, new job? Pajo’s. Birthday? Pajo’s. Our wedding? Surely not…yup Siobhan & Mark Wedding-365

Our wedding day was pretty amazing, beautiful weather, a year and a half of planning, and all the amazingly annoying things that can going planning weddings but we were happy. Our niece, nephews and brothers were with us as we went to Rocky Point Park to take our pictures. When we arrived at the park and exited the SUV, my beautiful wife, wearing her wedding dress caught everyone’s attention. My eyes however spotted Pajo’s and our entourage headed to order food.I am very thankful our photographer snapped pictures of us ordering and eating the food. At first the staff was caught off guard but they soon realized it was a real wedding party and well wishes ensued. I know we didn’t plan on going to Pajo’s, let alone eat before our reception however I couldn’t have imagined our day complete without eating there.My wife and I still go to Pajo’s for special events or if we don’t feel like cooking but we can’t wait to bring our future children to Pajo’s and start building memories for them. Siobhan & Mark Wedding-344


Spring is in full swing and all Pajo’s locations are fully open!  The wind has been blowing, but the sun has been shining so come out and sit under our new patio umbrellas and try our new chowder and munch on some of the bet Fish and Chips in Canada!  There is lots going in the Pajo’s neighborhoods – check it out below!

STEVESTON the Wharf and Garry Point

Steveston Seafood & Wine Festival May 3 WineAndDine

Come out and enjoy a great tasting of BC Wines and samples from local Steveston and Richmond Restaurants.The event is always a sellout. Come and enjoy this great night out in Steveston and support good causes in the silent and live auction.. Tickets $65 each, includes complimentary cheese plate and wine glass. 7pm to 9:30pm. Purchase ticket @ www.stevestonsmiles.com or 604-277-1131. www.stevestonrotary.org  

TramOpeningDoors open

  Doors Open 2013 is Richmond’s 6th annual arts, culture and heritage festival. Coordinated by the Richmond Museum Society and Doors Open Steering Committee, this free event allows visitors of all ages to explore Richmond’s arts, culture and heritage at forty-nine partner sites through the use of a Doors Open colour brochure guide with complete listings. Click here for more information.   


Mrs. Murakami’s Garden – May 12

 In celebration of Mother’s Day, join for a tour of Mrs. Murakami’s garden   and then make a gift for your mother by planting a flower seed in an environmental paper pot. 10am to 11:30am. Click here for more information. 


2013 Summer Market Opens May 19

 Steveston Farmers and Artisans Summer Market. Come join us for amazing artistry, plentiful produce, chef in the market and enchanting entertainers at the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market. Corner of Third Avenue.  Click here for more information.Corner of third avenue and Moncton Street, Historic Steveston Village, Richmond 2013 Summer Market DatesMay 19; June 2, 16; July 7,21 August 4, 18; September 1, 15, 29 (10:00am to 4:00pm) 


 Wood Carving show Saturday May 25 & Sunday May 26

The Richmond Carvers Society 24rd Annual Woodcarving Show will be held on Saturday May 25th & Sunday May 26th at the Steveston Community Center in Richmond. Following judging the show will be open to the public on both days. We encourage all carvers, members and non-members, to submit exhibits and to come and see the quality of carving produced. Click here for more information.   




 SOS Children’s Village Run Sunday May 26th, 2013 Olympic Oval Plaza

5th Annual 5-10 K Timed and Casual Run/Walk & Family Walk. A great fresh air-fitness event on the beautiful Middle Arm dyke trail with celebrity guests, entertainment, children’s games and craft,  silent auction, food and refreshments. Individuals and teams welcomed make it a fun outing! Click here for more information.  











The Search for the Perfect Pint – May 9th

The Search for the Perfect Pint presented by the St. James’s well will feature more than 45 beers from 14 breweries. Food provided by St. James’s Well, Thrifty Foods and Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge, along with a live jazz band. Port Moody Travel will be offering a grand prize. Date: May 09, 2013 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Cost:$35 Location: Galleria – Port Moody Civic Centre 100 Newport Drive Port Moody Tickets: $35 | Tickets available at Gallagher’s Coffee Bar and the St. James’s Well (cash only).Info: Email info@portmoodyrotary.ca  


Spring festival – The Best of BC Wines Uncorked – May 25th

About the Event…Spring Festival: The Best of BC Wines Uncorked is a semi-annual wine tasting event that showcases new and current releases from top BC wineries and raises funds for the Port Moody Arts Centre. The event is being held at the Port Moody City Hall Galleria on Saturday May 25th 2013 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm.This season we are pleased to be featuring over thirty-five of the best BC wineries!  Click here for more information


100 Years Homepage Feature

Port Coquitlam Celebrates its 100 year old birthday! Events and celebrations will run for most of the summer months, here are the fun ones for May: 

A variety of events, activities and legacy projects will take place throughout 2013 to recognize the 100th anniversary of the City of Port Coquitlam’s incorporation on March 7. Click here for upcoming events and more information. 

May Day Festival - May 3-12

 It’s that time of year again – the days are getting longer and warmer, the air smells of flowers and springtime, and Port Coquitlam is gearing up for its annual May Day Festival. Dating back 90 years, the May Day Festival is more than a week of celebration and activities such as the popular May Day Rotary Grande Parade (May 11 at 11 am), outdoor concerts, May Pole dancing, amusement rides, community showcases and more.   The community has been celebrating since 1923, which means that in 2013 they’re celebrating 90 years. As ever, the festival features more than a week of fun-filled activities including outdoor concerts, community showcases, may pole dancing, amusement rides and, of course, the May Day Rotary Parade. It’s PoCo’s annual big bash, and it’s all kicking off on Friday, May 3, 2013.

 May Day Trolley Tours May 11

The trolley tours will be held at Leigh Square & Aggie Park, following the May Day Rotary Grande Parade.  The trolley bus tours will be highlighting the City’s historic sites. 

2013 May Day logo


Designed by A Creative Team