Metro Vancouver events as part of BC Culture Days

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Photo: Glenna Turnbull Photography.

Next weekend, Sept. 26-28, Canada is throwing a party – an arts and culture party. Across the country, arts organizations, artists and groups will be inviting the public to open houses, putting on (free) performances and holding workshops. Everyone’s invited.

There are hundreds of events scheduled in the province and over 50 in Vancouver.  Here is a sampling of what you’ll find happening over the weekend:

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Metro Vancouver events as part of BC Culture Days

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Loads of community block parties and music events this Friday through Sunday!  Start planning with our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend… and aye, don’t forget it’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day on Friday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Etsy Canada to host offline pop-up market at Robson Square

Love My Local will be selling their province-themed cheeseboards at Etsy: Made in Canada

Love My Local will be selling their province-themed cheeseboards at Etsy: Made in Canada

When it comes to online shopping for homemade, vintage and offbeat goodies Etsy has the internet market cornered.

Part virtual craft fair, part uber-searchable catalogue, Etsy the internet home to artists, crafters, collectors and artisans around the globe, including Canada.

Founded in 2005 and calls Brooklyn, NY home. Etsy has over 1 million active shops, 26 million items listed and had $1.35 billion in sales in 2013. If you search for ‘Made in Canada’, Etsy says there are 17,072 items labelled such. Small batch crafts, it seems, are a big deal.

On September 27, Etsy vendors from the Vancouver area will go offline at the Etsy: Made in Canada pop-up. The event takes place at Robson Square from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The pop-up marketplace is part of a cross-Canada celebration of the Canuck Etsy community. Similar markets are popping up in 23 cities from Quebec to B.C. More than 65 vendors are selling everything from honey to jewellery to kids clothes  at the Robson Square ice skating rink September 27.   Continue reading:
Etsy Canada to host offline pop-up market at Robson Square

Five places to see the mighty Fraser River in action

Tugboats docked in front of New Westminster's River Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Tugboats docked in front of New Westminster’s River Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

In Vancouver, the ocean gets all the glory. While tourists and locals alike stroll Kits Beach and cycle Stanley Park’s sea wall, nobody mentions the Fraser—yet it’s an integral part of West Coast life. Many people live along the river’s banks and enjoy it daily, walking their dogs and jogging along its shores.

The Fraser is a working river, and you’d be amazed to see what kinds of things travel along it. Flowing 1,375 kilometres from its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains, it merges with the Pacific Ocean and acts as a highway for people and industry. It’s always a treat to watch the tiny tugboats chug by, pulling everything from heavy log booms to shipping containers. (How do they do it?)

The view is always changing, and it’s always inspiring. Here are five places to see the Fraser shine.

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Five places to see the mighty Fraser River in action

End of an Era: Canadian Tire Money Going Digital

5c_aSandy McTire’s days may be numbered.

The tam-wearing Scotsman, with his bushy moustache and toothy grin, is featured as a mascot on some of Canada’s most beloved currency – Canadian Tire money.  Since 1958, shoppers at Canadian Tire stores have received Canadian Tire money as a form of cash back (.4 percent per dollar spent) on their purchases.  The distinctive paper bills come in a variety of denominations – from five cents to $2 – and can be redeemed at Canadian Tire stores.

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End of an Era: Canadian Tire Money Going Digital