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Recycling at Coquitlam's Kaleidoscope Festival in 2016.

Metro Vancouver video – Coquitlam’s Festivals Recycle 
Re-live Coquitlam’s sunny summer Kaleidoscope Festival, which diverted 900 kilograms of landfill waste through recycling and food scraps collection.

The Lights at Lafarge event on Nov. 26 will shine especially green with on-site collection of recyclables, plastics and food, thanks to a partnership with City of Coquitlam and Westcoast Plastics Recycling.


Picnic at the Booth Farm 1929 (Coquitlam Heritage Society collection)

Tri-City News – Sept. 13, 2016 – Coquitlam heritage snap to be re-staged for 125 anniversary
A free community heritage picnic will take place Saturday at Blue Mountain Park in Coquitlam.

Come dressed in your historical clothing and re-enact the 1929 Booth Farm picnic photo!



Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge – Video
Robbin Whachell discusses the challenge!

Join us Saturday Sept. 10th!



Community Heritage Picnic Promo 1Around Town on ShawTV – Aug. 24, 2016 – Community Heritage Picnic
Terra Dickinson, Special Events Officer, talks about what to expect at the 1925-themed Community Heritage Picnic.

Step back in time at Blue Mountain Park on Sept. 17!



block-party-counter-1Tri-City News – Aug. 8, 2016 – Letter: New friends found at Coquitlam 125 block partyThe Editor, On Sunday, July 24, I attended my first neighbourhood block party along with two of my longtime friends, Pat and Linda.

For more information about hosting a block party, visit our Block Parties page.


swim club

Tri-City News – Aug. 8, 2016 – Swim club makes a splash for Coquitlam 125
The Sharks are chasing a salmon to honour Coquitlam’s 125th year.

April Lacheur’s handpainted salmon will be placed in Mundy Park. 




Tri-City News – Aug. 8, 2016 – A new song for Coquitlam’s 125th year
George Chung’s choral work is based on a poem by Robert William Service.

George Chung.



Time lapse salmon

YouTube – Aug. 5, 2016 – Time-lapse salmon sculpture painting
Artist April Lacheur paints salmon sculpture for City of Coquitlam.

For more information about the project visit our Salmon webpage.




CKPM FM Morning Show with Rod MacBeth – July 20, 2016 – Nancy Owens
Nancy Owens talks about the Salmon Project as a part of Coquitlam 125.

For more information about the project visit our Salmon webpage.



Tri-City News – Aug. 2, 2016 – Coquitlam 125 – Remembering the curfew horn
When Coquitlam was a young district in the early 1900s, its leaders worried about at least one of the same things we do today: Young people out in the evening hours — they must be up to no good.

The old Coquitlam city hall.



Legacy Salmon

Tri-City News – July 27, 2016 – Legacy salmon for Coquitlam

The dozen salmon sculptures designed by Squamish Nation artist Jody Broomfield and commissioned for Coquitlam’s 125th anniversary were unveiled last Saturday at the new Town Centre Park Plaza during Kaleidoscope, the signature festival of the city’s year-long celebrations.

April Lacheur (Location: Mundy Park, Hillcrest Street)


Brent Shaw and Jim BaganTri-City News – July 26, 2016 – Coquitlam Kinsmen ready for beer fest this weekend
On Saturday and Sunday, the Coquitlam Kinsmen will host their inaugural International Craft Beer Festival at Town Centre Park

Coquitlam Kinsmen Brent Shaw and Jim Bagan are the organizers of the club’s inaugural International Craft Beer Festival, happening this weekend at Coquitlam Town Centre Park. Visit kinsmencraftbeerfest.com for tickets or purchase them at the gate.

Artist Maria CentolaTri-City News – July 23, 2016 – Salmon sculptures unveiled at Coquitlam 125 fest
The Kaleidoscope festival at Coquitlam Town Centre Park includes storytelling, visual arts, theatre, dance, music and more.

Lafarge Lake (Pinetree Way) – artist Maria Centola



Joyelle BrandtCKPM FM Morning Show with Rod MacBeth – July 21, 2016 – Story Café is a part of Coquitlam’s Kaleidoscope
Tara Dickonson, Events Officer at the City of Coquitlam, talks about the Story Café and what to expect, with readings and performances by Joyelle Brandt, Ivan Coyote, Charles Demers and more.

Joyelle Brandt also stopped by to talk and to sing.


Odds-headerCKPM FM Morning Show with Rod MacBeth – July 20, 2016 – Odds
Odds perform and talk about playing at the Kaleidoscope festival, as well as some of the other artists that will be performing on the 23 and 24.

You can also listen to the full interview.


Kaleidoscope PosterCKPM FM Morning Show with Rod MacBeth – July 19, 2016 – Kaleidoscope Festival Coquitlam
Brunella Battista, a member of the Coquitlam 125 Community Engagement Artists, shares some of the activities they have planned for Kaleidoscope including the historical characters and the Coquitlam Trail, which will take participants through 12 stations featuring artifacts and stories of Coquitlam’s past.

Also featuring special guest (historical character) Miss Teen Canada 1970.


OddsTri-City News – July 18, 2016 – Odds, Yukon Blonde and Jim Byrnes for Coquitlam 125The free, two-day Kaleidoscope festival is the signature event for the City’s 125th birthday celebrations, happening July 23 and 24 around the new Town Centre Park Plaza.

Odds – Photograph by Cole Northey



Yukon Blonde (2)CKPM FM Morning Show with Rod MacBeth – July 18, 2016 – Kaleidoscope Festival
CAST Force Chair, Joan McCauley, talks about Kaleidoscope, a free arts festival being held at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam on July 23 & 24.

CAST Force member, Michael Fera, also discusses Radio Coquitlam: A Summertime Vaudeville, a theatre performance that will take place at Kaleidoscope and other events throughout July.



Radio VaudevilleTri-City News – July 16, 2016 – A radio vaudeville show for Coquitlam’s 125
Teens with a theatre troupe will perform a travelling radio vaudeville show around Coquitlam this summer — a nod to the city’s 125th year.

From left to right: Max Smith, Kate Malcic, Ace Crowchild, Daphne Santos, Bukola Balogun and Saba Mohseni. Photograph by Place des Arts.



Kaleidoscope PosterAround Town on ShawTV – July 14, 2016 – Kaleidoscope: Celebrating 125 Years of Arts & Culture
Lynda Baker, our Community Events Coordinator explains what you can expect to see at our newest arts festival on July 23 & 24.

The City of Coquitlam invites you to immerse yourself in the arts!



Maria Centola - Salmon SculptureTri-City News – July 8, 2016 – More sponsors step up for Coquitlam 125 salmon
A legacy project for the Coquitlam 125th birthday celebrations now has more sponsors.

Coquitlam artist Maria Centola will see her salmon artwork at Lafarge Lake, Pinetree Way.



Plein AirTri-City News – July 4, 2016 – Plein Air art contest for Coquitlam 125
Emerging and professional artists can win prizes during the city of Coquitlam’s signature Kaleidoscope festival this month.

As part of the Coquitlam 125 bash, the municipality is inviting up to 20 artists to be part of the Plein Air contest to complete a painting within three hours at the festival site: Town Centre Park.


RosesTri-City News – June 30, 2016 – Stop to smell the roses in Coquitlam this weekend
The Fraser Pacific Rose Society hosts its 25th annual rose show in Coquitlam on Saturday and Sunday, with the new Coquitlam Rose to be unveiled July 3 at 2 p.m.

Members of the Fraser Pacific Rose Society celebrate the group’s silver anniversary at its annual rose show — the largest in BC.



1507_CD_170CKPM FM Morning Show with Rod MacBeth – June 28, 2016 Canada Day Volunteers
Ross Munroe, Community Services Coordinator, talks volunteers.

Volunteer positions are still available for Canada Day and Coquitlam 125 events. 



1407_canday_065Tri-City News – June 28, 2016 – Can you help on Canada Day?
The city of Coquitlam seeks volunteers for its July 1 party at Coquitlam Town Centre Park.

Canada Day is just three days away and the city of Coquitlam still needs volunteers for its celebration of the nation’s 149th birthday.



Coquitlam RoseTri-City News – June 21, 2016 – New rose for Coquitlam’s 125
The salmon-coloured Coquitlam rose will be unveiled July 3 during the Fraser Pacific Rose Society’s annual show at Dogwood Pavilion.

The Coquitlam rose was bred by Brad Jalbert of Select Roses.



Saint Jean Baptiste Day - TCNTri-City News – June 20, 2016 – Ooh la la! Fete en Maillardville
Feast on all things French during La fête nationale in Coquitlam’s French-Canadian enclave on Friday.

Société Francophone de Maillardville hosts its Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day party for families at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave.) on June 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.




Tri-City News – June 20, 2016 – Get set for Neighbourhood Nights
Neighbourhood Nights will be held every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in a different Coquitlam park with games and activities for families.

Beginning this Thursday, Coquitlam will host a series of Neighbourhood Nights at city parks, with activities, music and crafts at a different park each Thursday evening through Sept. 8.


BC Highland GamesTri-City News – June 16, 2016 – THINGS TO DO: Celebrate Father’s Day and all things Scottish this weekend
Pull on your tartan, relive Elvis’ glorious ‘68 comeback, explore Austin Heights, check out amazing classic cars, learn about Squamish history and, most of all, celebrate everything that makes your Dad great this weekend.

Photograph provided by BC Highland Games.


The KalyardersTri-City News – June 15, 2016 – Musicians, dancers to kick up heels at BC Highland Games
The BC Highland Games were held on June 18 at Coquitlam Town Centre Park.

The Kailyarders, who made their debut as a band at the games two years ago.



Relay For LifeTri-City News – June 7, 2016 – 25 years of Relay for Life
The 25th annual Coquitlam Relay for Life was held on June 4 at Percy Perry Stadium in Town Centre Park and, as usual, the Canadian Cancer Society fundraiser drew a huge crowd.

Photos are from the June 4 fundraiser at Coquitlam Town Centre Park.


Mike ChisholmTri-City News – June 6, 2016 – Pipers, drummers ready for BC Highland Games
The Coquitlam event is in the middle of the circuit for piping, drumming competitors.

Mike Chisholm is the chair of this year’s BC Highland Games in Coquitlam.



TCN Tiny StoriesTri-City News – June 1, 2016 – Tiny Stories Contest part of Coquitlam 125 fun
You have 420 characters — that’s the long and short of it.

Coquitlam Public Library’s Tiny Stories Contest is looking for writers.



CommunityGlobal BC – May 2016 – City of Coquitlam 125
Our thanks to our Coquitlam 125 media partner Global BC for putting together this great video.

Be sure to also check out our 125 Things to Do.


Family Fun Day

Tri-City News – May 24, 2016 – Family fun in Maillardville on Saturday
Put on your party hats and help celebrate Coquitlam’s 125th birthday this weekend in Maillardville.

Hosted by Place Maillardville Community Centre, Family Fun Day was a Coquitlam 125 Sanctioned Event.



Maria Centola - Salmon SculptureTri-City News – May 19, 2016 – Coquitlam 125 salmon now in artists’ hands
A dozen artists are now hand painting the iconic city symbol for the 125th anniversary celebrations; the public art work pieces will be unveiled July 23 and 24.

Coquitlam’s Maria Centola will see her completed salmon sculpture in Town Centre Park this summer. The 23-year-old Capilano University graduate was one of 12 artists picked to hand paint the iconic symbol as part of the city’s 125th anniversary celebrations.


Coquitlam 125 - Twitter Profile PictureTri-City News – May 18, 2016 – Leaders needed for Coquitlam 125 fun
The City of Coquitlam is calling on volunteers to help mark the municipality’s 125th anniversary this year.

About 150 leaders, production assistants, event ambassadors and activity attendants are needed to put on the milestone celebrations.



Capture CoquiltamTri-City News – April 11, 2016 – ARTS IN BRIEF: Call to ‘Capture Coquitlam’
BC artists are invited to be part of a special exhibit at Place des Arts this fall to mark Coquitlam’s 125th year.

The faculty concert at Place des Arts this month. Photograph by Place des Arts.



Salmon SculptureTri-City News – April 8, 2016 – More biz sponsor Coquitlam 125 salmon
Three more corporations have shelled over $5,000 to sponsor a Coquitlam 125 salmon sculpture as part of the city’s milestone celebrations this year.

A blank Coquitlam 125 salmon sculpture made by artist Jodi Broomfield. 



Salmon Sculpture - ModelShaw TV – April 7, 2016 – Interview with Coast Salish Artist Jody Broomfield
Artist Jody Broomfield speaks about his art, preserving Coast Salish culture and his vision for the Coquitlam 125 Salmon Project.

Salmon maquette (model) created by artist Jody Broomfield for the Coquitlam 125 Salmon Sculpture.



Jody BroomfieldTri-City News – March 29, 2016 – Onni first with Coquitlam salmon cash
Sponsors are being sought for the public art projects for the city’s 125th year.

Artist Jody Broomfield with a blank Coquitlam 125 salmon sculpture.



DSC_2873Global BC Morning News – March 14, 2016 – Salmon Project
Lynda Baker, Community Events Coordinator, talks about the Coquitlam 125 Salmon Project and the significance of salmon to Coquitlam.

Artist, Jody Broomfield, stands with one of the salmon sculptures to be decorated for Coquitlam 125. 



party02CKPM FM Morning Show with Rod MacBeth – March 14, 2016 – Coquitlam 125
Kathleen Vincent, Manager of Corporate Communications, stopped by CKPM FM to talk about Coquitlam 125 and other City topics.

Listen in for information on how to join our 125 Block Party Challenge and how to submit your Coquitlam stories online.



Coquitlam ChiefsTri-City News – March 11, 2016 – Big bantam tourney comes to Coquitlam
The Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association hosted the BC Hockey Bantam Tier 1 Championships at Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.

This is the first year that Coquitlam hosted this exciting four-day hockey tournament. Six teams from across BC (including Coquitlam) participated.



food01Tri-City News – Feb. 26, 2016 – Dine and talk at Coquitlam 125 event
Tell your story and enjoy a several course meal March 2 at Grand Palace Restaurant.

The last event in the Coquitlam 125 Dish and Dialogues series took place March 2 at the Grand Palace Restaurant.



Steelhead LodgeGlobal BC Morning News – Feb. 15, 2016 – Coquitlam 125: Little know facts about 5 historic places
Sandra Martins from the Coquitlam Heritage Society and Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task (CAST) Force tells Global News a few unknown facts about historical sites in Coquitlam, ahead of the city’s 125th anniversary.

Image: Steelhead Lodge under construction, 1939 (Source: Coquitlam 100 Years)


Minnekhada RanchCKPM FM Morning Show with Rod MacBeth – Feb. 15, 2016 – BC Heritage Week
City Archivist, Emily Lonie, joined CKPM FM Morning Show’s Rod MacBeth to promote “125 Years: An Archival Tour of Coquitlam’s 13 Decades”, which was held on Feb. 17.

Image: Minnekhada Ranch (Source: Photographer Basil King, Columbian Company fonds, City of Coquitlam Archives)


Salmon Sculpture 1CKPM FM Morning Show with Rod MacBeth – Feb. 11, 2016 – Coquitlam 125 Salmon Project
Joan McCauley talks about the Salmon Project for Coquitlam 125 and the call for artists to decorate the sculptures. The 12 salmon sculptures will be installed throughout the city as permanent pieces of public art.

Joan McCauley is the executive director of Coquitlam’s Place des Arts and the chair person of the Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task (CAST) Force.


DSC_2873Tri-City News – Feb. 11, 2016 – Salmon sculptures for Coquitlam’s 125
Artists are needed to decorate the dozen fibreglass statues that will be placed at Coquitlam parks, public venues starting this summer.

Squamish Nation artist Jody Broomfield with one of the 12 salmon sculptures he’s creating for a public art legacy project during the city of Coquitlam’s 125th year. Broomfield is photographed outside the Innovation Centre, where the first two fibreglass pieces arrived Wednesday.


Emily Lonie - Archivist 2Tri-City News – Feb. 9, 2016 – Delving into Coquitlam’s rich history
Archivist Emily Lonie spoke about the city’s 13 decades as part of the Coquitlam 125 celebrations and in conjunction with BC Heritage Week.

As part of the Coquitlam 125 celebrations and in conjunction with BC Heritage Week, Emily spoke about the fonds that are now being housed on the ground floor of City Hall.


Dish & Dialogues - Douglas CollegeTri-City News – Jan. 26, 2016 – Eat, talk, learn
Dish & Dialogues brings Coquitlam residents together to celebrate the city.

Douglas College students volunteered to help at the first Dish & Dialogues series on Feb. 4 at the David Lam campus in Coquitlam. Bhangra dancers were (from left): Ramandeep Kaur, a science student; Navroop Kaur, a business student; and Bhavneet Toor, an accounting student. Jocelyn Collin, a nursing student, helped with note taking while Grace Bailey, a hospitality management student, helped serve.


Joan McCauley - TCNTri-City News – Dec. 29, 2015 – What’s your story, Coquitlam?
Stories Told, Stories to be Created is the theme for Coquitlam 125.

Joan McCauley is the executive director of Coquitlam’s Place des Arts and the chair person of the Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task (CAST) Force, which has been organizing the 125th celebrations since 2013.


party09CKPM FM Morning Show with Rod MacBeth – Dec. 28, 2015 – Activate Coquitlam 125!
Rod MacBeth talks to Joan McCauley about the kick-off of Coquitlam 125 and other exciting events and activities throughout the year.

Joan McCauley is the executive director of Coquitlam’s Place des Arts and the chair person of the Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task (CAST) Force.

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