Neurons to Nirvana filmmaker returns with two very unconventional works

Amanda Feilding and her pet pigeon.

Oliver Hockenhull’s From Neurons to Nirvana received quite a bit of attention in underground film circles. Now the Vancouver filmmaker is back with two films, one of which is about a pioneering drug reformer who also happens to be descended from British aristocracy and who once drilled a hole in her own head.

I Am My Own Laboratory is an experimental documentary about Amanda Feilding, Countess of Wemyss and March and amateur trepanner. The other film, Shot On Blood: Kozmikomic Electronica is even more experimental. Both expand upon the themes and ideas of From Neurons to Nirvana, and Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) is screening them on Jan. 28. The screening will include a Q-and-A with Hockenhull. See below for more info on the two films.

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Neurons to Nirvana filmmaker returns with two very unconventional works

Tree Vancouver – Our Spectacular Urban Forest

Photo: Rob Weiss

Recently, while travelling on the Canada Line Sky Train from Bridgeport to Waterfront station, I found myself sitting beside a tourist from Germany. To my great delight, there were no cell phones in sight, and we were both present and engaged. Despite my lack of German and her limited English we managed to strike up a lively conversation.With unbridled enthusiasm, she eloquently described her love for Canada and specifically Vancouver. Fascinated, I probed to gain a better understanding of her interest in our fair city.

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Tree Vancouver – Our Spectacular Urban Forest

8 Most Unique Flavours at the 2018 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

vancouver hot chocolate festival 2018

The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival takes place Jan 20 – Feb 14

It’s the sweetest event of the season! Starting this Saturday, February 20 the 2018 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is back for its 8th annual celebration of all things hot, chocolatey and delicious!

The 8th annual Hot Chocolate Festival will run until February 14, 2018 (there’s your Valentine’s Day date planned), giving you 26 days to try all 75 of the crazy flavours from over 30 local businesses participating in the festival.

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8 Most Unique Flavours at the 2018 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Filming in Vancouver: Anna Kendrick, Allison Williams, Rachel Bilson, and more

Anna Kendrick sparkles as the daughter of Santa Claus in the Disney feature film Noelle.

Just as the holiday season ended and screen productions got back to set, a Christmas-themed feature film is finally wrapping itself up with a bow.

But something wicked this way comes: a creepy thriller about musical prodigies is headed into town, along with a new comedic cop series gearing up to shoot its first season.

Let’s take a look at what’s going on in Vancouver’s screen scene.

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Filming in Vancouver: Anna Kendrick, Allison Williams, Rachel Bilson, and more

$15 Lift Tickets for Ladies Every Monday Night at Mount Seymour

mount seymour ladies night

Photo by Emma Paillex on Unsplash

Mount Seymour is the place to be on Monday Nights in January and March when they host their Shred for the Cause “Locals Edition” on Mondays starting January 22, 2018.

For just $15, women of all ages can ski or ride in support a local, community-based charity called The Bloom Group. Of course, men are also welcome to enjoy the evening as well, but a lift ticket will cost $33.

The event will be held from 5:30pm – 10:00pm every Monday from January 22 – March 26, 2018 and supports a great cause.

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$15 Lift Tickets for Ladies Every Monday Night at Mount Seymour

Registration for 2018 SeaWheeze Half Marathon Opens January 25

Seawheeze Vancouver 2018

Image courtesy of The SeaWheeze™ lululemon Half Marathon

The Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon isn’t your average run. In fact, it may just be the most beautiful and ridiculously fun half marathon in the world! This September, over 10,000 runners will descend on Vancouver to sweat it out over a weekend of yoga, running, and one heck of an after party!

Registration for the SeaWheeze 2018 half marathon opens months in advance and typically sells out in minutes (sometimes seconds!) So, if you’re planning on registering for the seventh annual SeaWheeze Half Marathon taking place in September 2018, we’ve detailed all the information you need to know below!

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Registration for 2018 SeaWheeze Half Marathon Opens January 25

Best Canadian flicks of 2017 features Vancouver talent, screening this weekend

A still from the Canadian feature Never Steady, Never Still.

What happened in Canadian cinema in 2017? Glad you asked.

This month, Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) is presenting TIFF’s annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival (Jan. 12-21). The festival is a showcase of the year’s best feature-length films and shorts, as determined by the Toronto International Film Festival.

Here’s a look at what’s screening this weekend, Jan 12-14.

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Best Canadian flicks of 2017 features Vancouver talent, screening this weekend