Late addition – top albums by Vancouver artists in 2014

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Ian William Craig. Photo courtesy Recital Program.

A couple of days ago I published a post listing a number of notable releases by Vancouver artists in 2014. I knew then that I’d miss a few, and local music scribe Alan Ranta was kind enough to point out two excellent local records that I hadn’t heard, Colin Cowan & the Elastic Stars’ Eye of Winter and the self-titled album from A Dada Plan is Free.

A third record came to my attention recently though, and it’s one that I think deserves its own post. The record is called A Turn of Breath, and it’s by Vancouver-based visual artist and trained opera singer Ian William Craig.

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Late addition – top albums by Vancouver artists in 2014

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

It’s the last weekend before Christmas!  Looking for ideas?  Check out our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!
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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

New East Vancouver craft brewery Strange Fellows opens

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On Wednesday, Dec. 18, Vancouver’s latest craft brewery opened its doors. The new brewery is called Strange Fellows and is located at 1345 Clark Drive in East Vancouver.

The new brewery currently has six different beers on tap, including an imperial stout (the Boris, which comes in at a night-ending – or night-beginning, depending on your outlook – 10% alcohol), an IPA, a brown ale (the Familiar Brown, our favourite), a lager, a pale ale and a wheat beer. The brewery hopes to have eight beers available, four perennials and four on rotation.

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New East Vancouver craft brewery Strange Fellows opens

No Snow, No Problem: 5 Ways to Enjoy the Vancouver Mountains, Without Snow

Photo credit: iwona_kellie | Flickr

Photo credit: iwona_kellie | Flickr

Take one glance at Vancouver’s North Shore mountains and you’ll probably notice something amiss: snow.  By mid December, the mountains are usually blanketed in white, fluffy snow and full of skiers and snowboarders swooshing down the slopes. This year, however, is a different story.

Never fear.  Not only are two of Vancouver’s three ski resorts actually open for business, but there are plenty of other ways to experience the mountains.  Here are 5 ways to enjoy the Vancouver mountains, with or without the white stuff:

Take a winter hike: Cypress and Seymour Mountains both boast great winter hiking along a network of trails.  Normally, snowshoes would be required but dry conditions this year mean you may be OK with a good set of hiking boots and some crampons if conditions are icy.  Popular, intermediate-level trails include Dog Mountain on Mount Seymour and Cabin Lake on Cypress Mountain. Both of these hikes can be completed in a few hours and offer fantastic views. (Be aware that all winter hiking is challenging and extra precautions are required.) Free Continue reading:
No Snow, No Problem: 5 Ways to Enjoy the Vancouver Mountains, Without Snow

Light Up the Longest Night of the Year at the 2014 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

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The 21st year of celebrating, held on the 21st day of December! This Sunday, the 21st Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival will be held at three locations across Vancouver to celebrate the shortest day and the longest night of the year (then it’s all downhill from here until Summer, right!?).

The 2014 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival is a warm and festive community event centered around a glowing constellation of lanterns shining in three of Vancouver’s most spectacular neighbourhoods.

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Light Up the Longest Night of the Year at the 2014 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival