Science Fair at HR McMillan Space Centre

Rocket Chair by Scott August

Rocket Chair by Scott August

For those looking to experience another plane of consciousness, look no further than (where else?) the HR McMillan Space Centre. It shouldn’t be such a surprise that the city’s astronomy museum would be the venue for an event meant to challenge the concept of time and space, and ultimately explore the relationship between art and science. Continue reading:
Science Fair at HR McMillan Space Centre

Caribbean Days Festival 2014 Coming to Vancouver

Image courtesy of TTCS of BC | Flickr

Image courtesy of TTCS of BC | Flickr

Ready for a taste of the Caribbean on Vancouver’s North Shore?

The Caribbean Days Festival returns to the city for a full weekend of sun, music and food straight from the islands, July 26-July 27.  More than 30,000 people converge on North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park – just next to the Lonsdale Quay – for the largest event of its kind in the province.

The free festival, running from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, highlights the best of tropical rhythms, cuisine and culture.  It kicks off with a Carnival-style parade on Saturday, July 26 (starting at approximately 10 a.m.).  Costumed performers – many in feathers and skimpy, sequined outfits – strut their stuff down Lonsdale Avenue, grooving to Caribbean beats before turning onto Esplanade and making their way to Waterfront Park.

Action inside the park centres around a free outdoor music festival, backdropped by the Burrard Inlet and gorgeous views of the downtown Vancouver skyline.  Continue reading:
Caribbean Days Festival 2014 Coming to Vancouver

50 Free Bands + 40 Food Trucks: Khatsahlano Street Party Returns to Vancouver

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Vancouver’s biggest free music and arts fest is back.

The Khatsahlano Street Party is set to transform West 4th Avenue into 10 blocks of live music, beer gardens and outdoor art on Saturday, July 12.  Now in its fourth year, the festival is expected to attract more than 100,000 revellers to the Kitsilano neighbourhood, from Burrard to MacDonald Streets on West 4th Avenue.

Khatsahlano has earned a well deserved reputation for great live music.  This year, more than 50 bands with local roots will perform on eight different stages.  Headliners include The Poppy Family Experience, who emerged from Kitsilano’s counterculture scene in the 1960s and went on to international fame, as well as The Grapes of Wrath, the Kelowna-based rockers known for their hit record These Days who recently reunited after an 18-year hiatus.  A complete lineup is available on the festival website.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a street party without street food.   Continue reading:
50 Free Bands + 40 Food Trucks: Khatsahlano Street Party Returns to Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Loads of dance, music, fashion, and community celebrations this weekend.  How many can you fit in 3 days?  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday to Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

5 Can’t-Miss Events at Vancouver’s Indian Summer Fest

Photo sourced from Indian Summer Festival

Photo sourced from Indian Summer Festival

The term Indian Summer usually refers to a period of uncommonly warm weather in the fall, when summer’s hot days should be a distant memory.

In Vancouver, however, the Indian Summer Festival happens every July, with a week-long celebration of South Asian arts and cuisine in the Lower Mainland.  Staged at venues throughout the city, this year’s festival features nearly two dozen events that showcase performing, visual, literary and culinary arts from India.

Here are 5 can’t-miss happenings at the 2014 Indian Summer Festival:

A Culinary Tour of Asia by Vikram Vij, July 3Master chef Vikram Vij (of Vij’s restaurant fame) curates a foodie tour of Asia in the intimate confines of downtown’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  The event features dishes from some of the city’s top restaurants (Blue Water Cafe, Bob Likes Thai Food, Bao Bei, Atithi, Cafe Kathmandu and Vij’s), paired with award-winning wines and signature cocktails.  While nibbling, guests soak up live performances from acclaimed musicians and poets. July 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden; $85.  Continue reading:
5 Can’t-Miss Events at Vancouver’s Indian Summer Fest