Van Gogh, Cezanne and Other European Masterpieces Come to the Vancouver Art Gallery

Vincent van Gogh Tarascon Stagecoach, 1888 (La diligence de Tarascon) oil on canvas The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, on long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum

Vincent van Gogh, Tarascon Stagecoach, 1888, (La diligence de Tarascon), oil on canvas
The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, on long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum

The van Gogh hanging in the Vancouver Art Gallery shows an ordinary stagecoach set along an otherwise barren street. It’s a commonplace scene (or at least it was in 1888 when it was painted). But in the swirling lines of the paintbrush and in the vivid contrast between ochre walls, blue sky and red coach, there’s the unmistakeable signature of a genius.

Van Gogh, Cezanne, Degas, Manet and other European masters are currently on display as part of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Cezanne and the Modern exhibition, which opened Feb. 14. It’s a rare treat to see one or two European “masterpieces” hanging on the walls of the gallery; to see so many in one exhibition is an opportunity not to be missed.

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Van Gogh, Cezanne and Other European Masterpieces Come to the Vancouver Art Gallery

Top 10 Things to do in Vancouver with Teenagers

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Two of the worst words in the English language have got to be: “I’m Bored”, and anyone with teenagers know that’s probably also two of the most common words that come out of their mouths.

Luckily, there is an abundance of things to do in Vancouver with teenagers. If you’re visiting Vancouver and the usual nature walks and visits to art galleries are evoking yawns, rolled eyes, and the dreaded “I’m bored”,  this list should help elicit a little bit of a positive reaction from the under-twenty crew.

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Top 10 Things to do in Vancouver with Teenagers

Ten Cool Spots to Enjoy (Mostly) Free Live Music in Vancouver

Photo credit: www.anniebecker.com

Photo credit: www.anniebecker.com

Vancouver has a fabulous live music scene that you don’t have to pay inflated ticket prices to enjoy. Rhythm-loving lobby lounges, bars and restaurants across the city have plenty of regular music events all you need do is pull up a stool and order a drink (and maybe a few nibbles). Whether you’re looking to check out the latest hot talent, enjoy some cool jazz, roots ‘n’ reggae or check out some classic tinkling of the ivories, no matter what night of the week it is, you’re likely to find something to get your toes tapping.  Continue reading:
Ten Cool Spots to Enjoy (Mostly) Free Live Music in Vancouver

Renowned Montreal dance company in Vancouver this weekend!

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Interprètes/Dancers: Paige Culley. Sylvie-Ann Paré photo.

The woman who has been called “Canada’s reigning queen of contemporary dance” is back in Vancouver this weekend. And this time, she’s bringing an ambitious two-part performance that interprets work by a renowned composer and a lesser-known but no less intriguing poet/painter.

On Feb. 27 and 28, veteran Montreal choreographer Marie Chouinard returns to Vancouver with Gymnopédies and Henri Michaux: Mouvements. The first is a sensuous piece set to music composed in the late 1800s by Erik Satie. The second interprets a 1951 book of illustrations by poet and artist Henri Michaux to create a percussive and vital dance.

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Renowned Montreal dance company in Vancouver this weekend!

Walking Vancouver: Forbidden Vancouver’s Prohibition City Tour

Prohibition City walking tour

Prohibition City tour; Photo credit: Suzanne Rushton

One of the best ways to really get to know a city is by getting outside and walking. And in Vancouver, due to its fabulous “walkability,” you don’t need a car to explore some of the best sights our beautiful city has to offer.

Whether you’re hoping to gain a sense of our rich history, spot our stunning architecture, learn more about a particular topic, or discover where the best grub is, we highly recommend taking a guided walking tour — and there are lots of great ones to choose from.

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Walking Vancouver: Forbidden Vancouver’s Prohibition City Tour