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This year, the annual Powell Street Festival hit a major snag. Thanks to an ongoing occupation by First Nations protesters of Oppenheimer Park, the event’s usual site, organizers have had to transplant the country’s largest Japanese-Canadian festival. This week it was announced that the the food, entertainment and other planned activities will continue, but in a car-free block party format centred at Alexander Street (between Princess and Dunlevy avenues) and Jackson Avenue (between Railway and Cordova Streets).
It’s been a year and a half since I left my beloved adopted home of Vancouver for my hometown of Toronto. It was a tough choice to make, as I’d never imagined I would leave a place I felt so enamoured by. But it was work related decision and an offer that would have been silly to turn down. I made a commitment to return as often as I could, which is why I’ve been here since mid-June.
A few months ago, I decided to take advantage of the freedoms of freelancing and spend some time out West during its prime season: Summer. I arranged a month’s worth of house and cat sits in different parts of town, packed a small suitcase and booked a one-way ticket.
In the Academy Award-nominated documentary Waste Land, artist Vik Muniz creates a portrait of a Brazilian woman … that’s roughly the size of a high school gymnasium.
The woman is a scrap collector in a Brazilian junkyard. And the portrait is composed of tons of trash. Muniz enlisted the entire community of collectors to harvest the raw material for his masterpiece – everything from bottle tops and bits of metal to old tires and scraps of cloth. From a catwalk perched high above the floor, he orchestrated the action as pieces were arranged into a vivid mosaic.
Now, Muniz is bringing his epic style of art to the Vancouver region. Continue reading:
Giant Mosaic Being Built outside Vancouver
No matter how many times we see ‘em, fireworks always delight and amaze us as if we’re seeing them for the first time… And Vancouver has the best pyrotechnic light show of them all. The Honda Celebration of Light is a signature event of Vancouver’s summer and an annual highlight of Vancouver’s Celebration Season!
It’s not only Vancouver’s biggest event, but it’s also the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world and attracts up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening.