An Evening in Damascus: A Fundraiser for Queer Syrian Refugees

By Casey Stepaniuk

If you’re looking for an event in this busy Pride month of June that is both meaningful and entertaining, look no further than An Evening in Damascus. It’s your chance to support queer Syrian refugees coming to Vancouver as well as experience an unforgettable night of delicious authentic Syrian food, Middle Eastern belly dancing, and storytelling by queer former Syrian refugees.

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An Evening in Damascus: A Fundraiser for Queer Syrian Refugees

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday #OnRobson

The following article was originally published by the Robson Street Business Association.

On Saturday, July 1st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Robson Street Business Association (RSBA) is teaming up with West End Business Improvement Association (WEBIA) to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Robson Street style!

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Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday #OnRobson

YVR Food Fest Celebrates Canada Day with an Epic Brunch and More

YVR Food Festival 2017

Image courtesy of YVR Food Festival

Canada’s big 150th birthday bash is coming up next week and there are tons of events happening around town to celebrate the big 1-5-0. If you’ve got a craving for a side of tasty food with your Canadian celebrations, you’ll be happy to hear that the sixth annual YVR Food Fest will be returning to Vancouver from June 29 to July 3 at Olympic Village.

This is one food festival you’re not going to want to miss. This multi-day event will include something for everyone, with a food-focused speaker series (June 29), a long-table dinner (June 30), a Canada Day barbecue (July 1) with live music, and the largest outdoor brunch in the city’s history (July 3).

Not to mention, the festival’s flagship event, The Streetfood Showdown, a gathering of 70+ food carts, restaurants, wineries, and breweries with tasting menu items that pair well with drinks offered from the local breweries, wineries, and distilleries on site.

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YVR Food Fest Celebrates Canada Day with an Epic Brunch and More

Molly Crabapple, Arundhati Roy and other highlights of this year’s Indian Summer Festival

Molly Crabapple

Molly Crabapple is a guest at this year’s Indian Summer Festival.

Now in its seventh year, the Indian Summer Festival is a showcase for diversity, and for programming that its website description calls “rigorous and quirky with an appetite for experimentation, deep thinking, and curiosity.”

This year, guests include author Arundhati Roy, political cartoonist/graphic novelist Joe Sacco and more. Here are some highlights from the festival, which takes place (mostly) July 6-15, at various venues.

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Molly Crabapple, Arundhati Roy and other highlights of this year’s Indian Summer Festival

Kick Off the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival With A Weekend Of Free Music

For many, it’s the official start of summer. The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival celebrates its 32nd year with a fresh new look for its opening weekend, June 24 and 25. Downtown Jazz, the free celebration of music, food, and community, marks the first large-scale gathering on the newly refurbished Vancouver Art Gallery plaza.

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Kick Off the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival With A Weekend Of Free Music

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: June 22, 2017

The first weekend of summer is full of colour, music, and art! The Vancouver International Jazz festival has begun, bringing music to venues across the city, and out in the streets and plazas. The Dragon Boat festival will be rustling the still waters of False Creek and the Kanata Festival will be amplifying indigenous voices downtown.  New shows are opening in the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Vancouver, and if you prefer a bit more interaction, there are graffiti art workshops at the Museum of Anthropology.

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: June 22, 2017

Say “Namast-eh” for Canada Day at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet is calling all yogis to join them to say namast-eh as part of their Canada Day celebrations. On July 1st, 500 yogis dressed in white will return to participate in Canada’s 150th birthday in true Vancouver fashion at the centre. This event is open to anyone wishing to downward-dog and say “Namast-eh?” for Canada. The iconic Lolë White Tour has taken place at major world sites and landmarks including the Eiffel Tour and Central Park.

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Say “Namast-eh” for Canada Day at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet