Sex Criminals and a horse named Neil are stars of this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

A cover for the adult comic Sex Criminals. Artist Chip Zdarsky is among the guests at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.

One of the weirdest and wistfully strange comics ever published in Canada, Neil the Horse developed a cult following during its 1983-88 publication. The comic was written and produced by Katherine Collins, who was born in Vancouver and known as Arn Saba until 1993 when she came out as a trans woman.

This year, those 15 classic, family-friendly comics have been collected in book form, in The Collected Neil the Horse. To mark the event and the renewed interest in Neil and his pals, Collins is appearing at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (May 20-21 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews) – along with a number of other special guests, including the artist behind Sex Criminals, one of the most acclaimed adult comics of recent years.

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Sex Criminals and a horse named Neil are stars of this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: April 27, 2017

It’s a good weekend to be in Vancouver for all who appreciate the off-beat! The Vancouver Opera Festival begins with all the drama of powerful vocals telling the stories of Shakespeare, Mozart, and a novel-turned motion picture from the 90s (and it’s a fab excuse to dress up). There’s also some psychedelic options –  Alex and Allyson Grey are in town, sparking a live painting and dance party on the same night as a bike rave. But wait, there’s even more…

 

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: April 27, 2017

Celebrate the Return of Spot Prawn Season!

Photo Credit: Frederique Neil

It’s nearly that time of year when food lovers in the city go crazy over the sustainable and local darling, spot prawns. For the uninitiated, spot prawns are characterized by white horizontal bars on their carapaces, as well as white spots on their tails (hence the name). And they have a distinctive sweet flavour that’s amazing!

Here are two events that will provide you with fun and delicious ways to enjoy this season’s catch.

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Celebrate the Return of Spot Prawn Season!

Billy Bragg, Shawn Colvin and more – 2017 Vancouver Folk Festival lineup announced

Rhiannon Giddens, singer of Carolina Chocolate Drops, is touring in support of her solo album Freedom Highway.

Today, organizers of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival announced the lineup for this year’s event.

Headliners for the festival, which runs July 13-16 at Jericho Beach Park, include British folk-activist Billy Bragg and American singer/songwriter Joe Henry, Grammy-winning singer Shawn Colvin, and Canadian favourite Kathleen Edwards.

Other guests include Rhiannon Giddens, the lead singer of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, touring in support of her new solo album Freedom Highway. Also, the Barenaked Ladies. And there’s a French-Canadian component, too.

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Billy Bragg, Shawn Colvin and more – 2017 Vancouver Folk Festival lineup announced

Kids in Vancouver: 6 Spots To Enjoy An Evening Stroll

9 O’Clock Gun, Stanley Park | Photo: Anthony Maw (Flickr)

The museums, shops, and tourist stops have closed for the night, and you’ve gobbled down your delicious dinner, but you’re not quite ready to hit the hay. What is there to do when the sun has set and you have restless little ones who aren’t ready to go to bed?

As the Spring weather warms and the smell of sweet blossoms fill the air, there’s no better time to wrap up your day with a quiet stroll through some of Vancouver’s most scenic spots. Here are just 6 places to enjoy an evening stroll in and around the city.

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Kids in Vancouver: 6 Spots To Enjoy An Evening Stroll

Playland will open its gates on May 6 with three brand new rides

Photo Credit: Remy Scalza

While the weather may not agree (was that fresh snow on the mountains the other day!?), summer is slowly creeping closer in Vancouver and there’s no better sign than the fast-approaching opening date of Playland Amusement Park!

On Saturday, May 6 at 10am the much-loved attraction that has hosted millions of thrillseekers of all ages since it opened in 1910, will be opening its gates for the start of the 2017 amusement park season. Playland will be open on Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays until June 16, when it will be open all week long. This year, the season will open with three new family-friendly rides that are sure to excite.

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Playland will open its gates on May 6 with three brand new rides

Melt some time with Salvador Dalí in the streets of Vancouver

Dance of Time in Beverly Hills.

Among other tropes, warped, bent clocks were a stock-in-trade of Salvador Dalí. Now, one of those famous clocks is going to be on display in Vancouver.

For the first time in Canada, the bronze sculpture Dance of Time I will be displayed in all its glory for all to see. The unveiling is May 6 at 2 p.m. at West Hastings and Hornby streets.

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Melt some time with Salvador Dalí in the streets of Vancouver