Espressotec Hosts Latte Art Throwdown: A Showcase of Local Barista Talent, April 28

latte-art-heartWhen it rains, it pours—but here in Vancouver, it pours intricate Instagram-worthy latte art. And on Thursday, April 28th at 5:30pm, Espressotec Sales & Services will be positively storming as the city’s top baristas compete for the title of Throwdown Champion.

“We’ve got a lot of talent on the coffee scene here in Vancouver,” says Espressotec owner Reg James. “It’s about time we show it off with a little friendly competition, like they do in the States. We want to engage our coffee community and celebrate our local talent.”

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Espressotec Hosts Latte Art Throwdown: A Showcase of Local Barista Talent, April 28

What’s on this weekend? How about zombies, maniacs, cannibals and cult members!

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Lynn Lowry in a scene from the 1970 exploitation film I Drink Your Blood.

The Northwest Horror Show brings some rare movies to Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) this weekend, April 22-24.

Billed as a “horror, cult, exploitation, and sometimes a little arthouse film festival,” this second edition features 35mm prints a secret closing night film, a special 40th anniversary screening of a deranged classic, short films and a special guest, actress Lynn Lowry.

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What’s on this weekend? How about zombies, maniacs, cannibals and cult members!

Biggest Lego Exhibition in Vancouver History is Coming, April 23-24

Photo credit: Alan Chia | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Alan Chia | Wikipedia

Lego mania is coming to Metro Vancouver.

The biggest Lego show in B.C. history is slated for April 23-April 24 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond. More than 5,500 adult Lego lovers from around the region and the world are expected to converge for two full days of fun and excitement with the tiny, brightly coloured plastic blocks. In fact, the event is already officially sold-out.

The public exhibition consists of a giant display hall where some of North America’s most skilled Lego builders will be setting up their creations. Expect some mind-boggling constructions that go way beyond your typical Lego forts and castles. Structures can range from full-size Lego cars to fierce-looking animals, stadiums and archaeological sites, lifelike pastries and edibles, realistic human sculptures and more.

In addition, there’s a “creation station” where guests can do some building of their own, as well as a “vendor alley” where all kinds of Lego merchandise and accessories – including rare and custom sets – will be on sale.   Continue reading:
Biggest Lego Exhibition in Vancouver History is Coming, April 23-24

Vancouver’s Annual 4/20 Protest Event Scheduled for Sunset Beach, Despite Opposition

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Photo credit: unknown author | Wikipedia

Don’t be surprised if Vancouver’s Sunset Beach looks a little hazy on Wednesday, April 20.

The beach is this year’s setting for the annual 4/20 protest, an event organized by marijuana legalization activists. The protest has been taking place annually for two decades. This year’s event has a new home and is anticipated to attract larger crowds than ever.

In past years, the setting for the protest was downtown’s Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. However, worries about growing crowds, traffic and tensions with neighbours led the city to request that protestors change their venue.  Despite opposition from Vancouver’s park board, organizers settled on Sunset Beach as their new home, between English Bay and the Burrard Street Bridge.  Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Annual 4/20 Protest Event Scheduled for Sunset Beach, Despite Opposition

This Earth Day, Celebrate a Shared Future with Voices of the Elders in Vancouver

Chief Robert Joseph is a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, and one of the last speakers of the Kwakwaka’wakw language.

Chief Robert Joseph is a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, one of the last speakers of the Kwakwaka’wakw language, and will speak at the event.

Vancouver, a city on unceded Coast Salish traditional land, is a place where we celebrate diversity, welcome new Canadians, and share a sense of community that embraces our differences. However, the Vancouver and the Canada of today is built over a painful history that has lasting repercussions, ones that become apparent regularly, such as with the tragic recent suicides at Attawapisket. While these histories and realities can be uncomfortable for some to confront, sharing meaningful stories can both show us how far we have come and, and how far we have to go. Through a celebration of culture, we can all take part in sharing the land and the history of it, including the history that came long before European settlements.

On April 22, everyone is invited to join local Indigenous elders, performers, and children for a variety show event to celebrate a shared future though reconciliation. All proceeds are going to Coast Salish Youth projects to enrich their understanding and the preservation of Coast Salish heritage.

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This Earth Day, Celebrate a Shared Future with Voices of the Elders in Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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This weekend, the city is all about diversity. There are cultural celebrations and cultural critiques; you can walk through a tour or run a marathon; you can honour brains with a fair, science, and art; or you can honour bodies with creative takes on burlesque. Add to that a few concerts that bring back the 90s/early 00s, and enjoy the next few days!

 

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40,000+ Runners Expected to Pack Downtown for the 2016 Vancouver Sun Run

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Photo credit: BigA888 | Flickr

It started in 1985 with 3,200 runners trotting through the streets of downtown Vancouver.

Fast-forward to the present and the Vancouver Sun Run is the biggest 10K road race in Canada, with more than 40,000 participants running one of the prettiest courses anywhere in the world. And this year, the race is shaping up to be more memorable than ever.

Tens of thousands of runners and spectators are expected to pack the downtown core this Sunday, April 17, for the 32nd instalment of the Vancouver Sun Run. A seasonal rite of passage for Vancouverites, the festive run brings out everyone from world-class athletes to office mates who have been training for weeks and moms and dads pushing strollers.  Continue reading:
40,000+ Runners Expected to Pack Downtown for the 2016 Vancouver Sun Run