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Thurs. Aug 24: A bakery in The Heights won't be closing

Plus the Raptors are coming to SFU, the best cafes, and more

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Hello there, everyone—Ria here!

Some of you may know me from New West Anchor, a sister publication to the Beacon. What some might not know is that I actually grew up in Burnaby, and am a proud Alpha Secondary grad. Go Aztecs!

As of today, I’m your new managing editor for the Burnaby Beacon.

As a kid who grew up in The Heights, it’s a full-circle moment to know I’ll be leading this publication. I look forward to hearing from you: you can always reply to these emails if you have tips or feedback, or you can email me: [email protected].

👀 In today's edition:
  • The Valley Bakery isn’t closing, but…

  • Public hearings and newspapers

  • The next group of winners in our Readers’ Choice Awards—we’re talking coffee!

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Jack Kuyer, second from right, will hand off The Valley Bakery to new management on Aug. 25. Mayor Mike Hurley (to the right of Kuyer) and other members of council were at the shop on Saturday, Aug. 20 to wish Kuyer well. 📸: Coun. Pietro Calendino.

As patrons from all over the Lower Mainland made their way down to The Valley Bakery to enjoy one last cookie, cake, petit four, or strudel, news emerged that the longtime Heights staple would not be closing—but instead welcoming new management beginning tomorrow.


Vancouver Fringe Festival returns

Pushing the limits of performing arts, Vancouver Fringe Festival takes the stage for 2023 with 85+ trailblazing new acts from Sep 7 – 17. From emerging local artists to groundbreaking talent from across the globe, this year will see more theatre, comedy, dance, drag, spoken word, and music descend on Granville Island (and beyond!) than ever before.

Expect jaw-dropping dramas, gut-busting comedy, death-defying dance and more as we enter the spotlight for 11 days of wild theatrics, high jinx, and hilarity. Take a risk on something new from only $15 a ticket – you might just be met with the experience of a lifetime.

Burnaby Bulletin

🗒 In case you missed it. The non-essential travel restrictions in various Okanagan communities have been lifted—though there are some exceptions.

The next stages. The City of Burnaby says it’s filled all seven positions in its Chinese Canadian Reconciliation Advisory Group.

From the courts. The brother of a teenager who was found dead in Central Park six years ago has testified, with the person accused in the girl’s death still on trial. The sibling talked about his correspondence with his sister through WeChat just hours before she died. (CBC Vancouver)

🏀 Nothing but net. The Toronto Raptors will host a training camp in October at SFU’s Burnaby Campus. Tickets will be going on sale soon. 

👀 Sneak peek. There’s a public hearing scheduled for next Tuesday at City Hall. Projects include a multi-residential and storefront project in The Heights, around Hastings and Willingdon.

🏗 Burnaby 2050. There will be additional Visioning Dialogue events happening next month—apparently they’ve been quite popular. If you’d like to attend, make sure you reserve your spot before Sept. 13.

🎭 Vancouver Fringe Festival returns Sept. 7-17, where 85+ shows from around the world push the boundaries of performing arts. Secure your tickets today!*

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A notification change

Burnaby City Hall. The City of Burnaby.

With Glacier Media previously announcing that the Burnaby Now—along with the New West Record and the Tri-City News—will no longer publish hard copies of newspapers, the City of Burnaby has told residents over Twitter/X it will circulate information via the Thursday edition of The Province.

“To meet statutory notice requirements and keep the public informed, all City of Burnaby public notices will be published in The Province newspaper until further notice,” the post reads.

The requirements the city is referring to are outlined in both the Community Charter and the Local Government Act, which address what municipal governments are required to do to notify the public about hearings.

If you’d rather not wait for the Thursday edition of The Province to get the latest information on public hearings, you can also visit the City of Burnaby’s website.


Burnaby 2050: Visioning Dialogues

The City of Burnaby is creating a new Official Community Plan to set the long-term vision for managing the city’s growth. Burnaby 2050 is a multi-year process engaging the community in conversation about Burnaby’s future. Two additional dialogues are planned on Sept. 21 and 23. RSVP for free.


Let’s keep those Beacon Readers’ Choice Awards going. This time, we’re talking about cafes.

Did your favourite make the top three? There’s only one way to find out.

Where to eat & drink

Fortuna Bakery. This family operated and owned spot serves up yummy cakes, breads, and pastries—and it’s been in The Heights for more than 40 years.

eF & Be Bakehouse. This Japanese bakery doesn’t have a storefront, but you’ll want to watch for it as its yummy melonpan (a Japanese bread) can be found at farmers markets and stores across Metro Vancouver—including SuzuYa at Nikkei Place.

Sushimoto. Right at Holdom Station, Sushimoto makes it convenient to dine in or take your food to go. We’re obsessed with the Red Hot Chili Roll, which is also available as part of a lunch special that comes with a miso soup.

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🗓 Things to do

Thursday, Aug. 24

  • Summer Stages. The day’s performers will include Paul Silveria (at noon) and Rain City Improv (at 2pm). Don’t miss out on the fun at Confederation Park, near the spray park.

Friday, Aug. 25

  • Vance Joy. This Aussie singer will be in town, performing from 5 to 9pm at Deer Lake. (Please note: tickets for this event are sold out.)

  • Summer cinema. Don’t miss another evening of film outdoors. Bring your blanket or chair to Civic Square—show starts at 8:15pm, but there will be some related events starting just after 6pm.

Saturday, Aug. 26

  • Community clean-up. The penultimate edition of this summer event goes from 9:45am to 1pm. You’ll need to register in advance. Edmonds Community Centre.

  • Farmers Market. There’s still some time to check out this amazing hyperlocal event put together by Artisan Farmers Markets—before the season ends. Find it every Saturday until Oct. 28 at the Burnaby City Hall parking lot. 9am to 2pm.

  • Bollywood Desi Urban Beats. Celebrate a Bollywood extravaganza. Please note this is a 19+ event, and tickets start at $13. 9pm. The Rec Room.

Sunday, Aug. 27

  • Crave the Heights—last day. Don’t forget to check out all the yummy offerings in North Burnaby. If you need a refresher of which restaurants are participating, we’ve got your back.

Monday, Aug. 28

Wednesday, Aug. 30

  • Summer Season. There’s still time to catch an array of events at the Burnaby Village Museum, including the Truths Not Often Told: Being South Asian in Burnaby exhibit. Admission is free. Happening until Sept. 3.

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