2016 Khatsahlano street party lineup announced!

Hannah Georgas is among the performers at this year's Khatsahlano Street Party. Here she is at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver April 26 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Hannah Georgas is among the performers at this year’s Khatsahlano Street Party. Here she is at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver April 26 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

The lineup for this year’s Khatsahlano Street Party has just been announced.

Created in 2011, the one-day party has become the city’s largest free music and arts festival. Khatsahlano features multiple stages that showcase dozens of Vancouver’s top musical performers. The work of local artisans will also be on display, and street performers will entertain the thousands of pedestrians that flock to the annual event. The 10-block street fair, which spans West 4th from Burrard to MacDonald Street, also features a variety of food options, patios, giveaways, special activities, and licensed beer gardens. This year’s takes place July 9 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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2016 Khatsahlano street party lineup announced!

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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William Shatner is in town for a talk, we’ve got international art showing, there’s pop-up storybook-themed mini-golf, musical drag performances, a tequila party, a tailgate party, music from around the world, and even a live script reading of The Room (it’s far worse than Plan 9 From Outer Space, and in a culty way, that’s actually kind of a complement). This weekend can get as weird and wonderful as you want it to.

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Trip into yesteryear this weekend at the Retro Gaming Expo

Retro gaming enthusiasts keep their eyes on the screen this weekend at Anvil Centre.

Retro gaming enthusiasts keep their eyes on the screen this weekend at Anvil Centre.

A well-known gamer, an award-winning webcomic and geek musician, and a Vancouver improv troop are among the guests at this year’s Retro Gaming Expo, on May 28.

The one-day event takes place this year at the Anvil Centre (777 Columbia St.), and with the move to the New Westminster facility, organizers are promising more panels, more vendors, more artists, more bands and of course more tournaments.

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Trip into yesteryear this weekend at the Retro Gaming Expo

The Fair at the PNE Unveils 2016 Line Up Wtih All-New Programming And Returning Faves

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The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) unveiled its line-up for the 2016 Fair at the PNE, British Columbia’s most popular event and an annual tradition for thousands of families from across the province. With a diverse entertainment line-up that will appeal to families, teenagers and those who are young at heart, the 2016 Fair is set to be one of the most eagerly-anticipated in recent memory.

“The Fair at the PNE is one of British Columbia’s most beloved and iconic events,” says Mike McDaniel, President and CEO of the Pacific National Exhibition. “With a diverse and exciting line-up of all-new exhibits and shows, and returning favourites, the 2016 Fair at the PNE provides the best ticket value in BC while delivering top-tier family entertainment.” 

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The Fair at the PNE Unveils 2016 Line Up Wtih All-New Programming And Returning Faves

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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This long weekend we celebrate the first-ever queen of Canada, the late five-foot-tall, outspoken monarch who was shot at several times and who had a scandalous relationship with her butler – Queen Victoria. Hey, I’ll take it for a stat holiday. Take in a rodeo, a threesome of musicals, art, music, or get outside for some walking tours this long weekend.

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Cartoonists at large – highlights of this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Art by Faith Erin Hicks, a Halifax cartoonist who is one of the guests at this year's Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.

Art by Faith Erin Hicks, a Halifax cartoonist who is one of the guests at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.

Talented guests, entertaining and informative panels and an all-around good vibe have combined to make the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival one of the city’s most anticipated events, at least by comics nerds (and the city has plenty of those).

Now in its fifth year, VanCAF 2016 takes place May 21-22 at the Roundhouse Community Centre. This year’s special guest is Lynn Johnston, known to fans of the funny pages as the creator of the popular comic strip For Better or For Worse. The Canadian cartoonist, who worked on the strip for over 30 years before retiring in 2010, will be in conversation with cartoonist Doug Savage on Saturday, May 21. Afterwards, she’ll sign books and meet fans.

But there are plenty of other highlights, too. Let’s look at some of the other creators who are going to coming out to talk comics. And, by the way, VanCAF is FREE, although enthusiasts might want to think about paying for a VIP Package, which is $20 and includes raffle tickets, posters and more.

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Cartoonists at large – highlights of this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Vancouver Date Idea: Go to the Races at the Deighton Cup

Photo Credit: Zook-It Photography

Photo Credit: Zook-It Photography

Last year, I visited London in June, and was really hoping to go to the Royal Ascot races. I love the glamour of the event, the over-the-top fancy hats, and the glitterati (including the Royal Family) in attendance. Alas, logistically, it wasn’t meant to be.

Fortunately, I have the opportunity to don my finery and watch horse races at one of my favourite Vancouver events of the summer! My boyfriend, who usually lives in jeans and a t-shirt, will also be transformed. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t own a top hat and waistcoat, but we’ll find some, I’m sure.

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Vancouver Date Idea: Go to the Races at the Deighton Cup