Vancouver Art/Book Fair 2014

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Vancouver Art and Book Fair 2013. All photos by Colby Ferguson/courtesy Project Space.

The Vancouver Art/Book Fair is happening this weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street). The annual event brings in a plethora of guests and focuses on the art of books and bookmaking. The free event is the only international art book fair in Canada and only one of two on the West Coast. It’s expected to draw over 1500 people.

The two-day (Oct 4 & 5, 12 – 5 p.m.) event will feature nearly 100 local, national and international publishers, as well as programs, performances and installations. Artists are coming here from around the globe to show off their books, magazines, zines and other printed ephemera, as well as experimental forms of publication.

Check out some of the highlights below.

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Vancouver Art/Book Fair 2014

Vancouver Home + Design Show, Oct. 16-19 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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The Vancouver Home + Design Show is where it all comes together for any home improvement project! With big names like Colin McAllister & Justin Ryan, stars of Cottage Life TV’s Colin & Justin’s Cabin Pressure, Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV’s Leave it to Bryan, and culinary master Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, plus local design and foodie favourites, more than 325 exhibitors and a slew of sensational new features, there’s expert insight, innovation and inspiration for living well at every turn. Satisfaction guaranteed – or the cost of admission is on us.

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Free, Behind-The-Scenes Tours of 20 Quirky Vancouver Landmarks: This Weekend Only

Photo sourced from doorsopenvan.ca

Photo sourced from doorsopenvan.ca

Ever wondered what those big smokestacks on the south end of the Cambie Street Bridge are for … the ones that spew lots of steam and even light up from time to time? They’re actually attached to the False Creek Energy Centre, the first facility in North America to capture heat from sewage and waste water.  The heat is then returned to local buildings, cutting emissions by up to 60 percent.

If that kind of stuff fascinates you, then you’re in for a treat.  The False Creek Energy Centre and 19 other iconic and sometimes mysterious local buildings will be opened to the public this weekend as part of the inaugural Doors Open Vancouver. On Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (some times vary), you can swing by for free, behind-the-scenes tours that look at the architecture, engineering and history of some real Vancouver landmarks.

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Free, Behind-The-Scenes Tours of 20 Quirky Vancouver Landmarks: This Weekend Only

The Opera with Lap Dances: Carmen Comes to Vancouver

Photo credit: Tim Matheson for Vancouver Opera

Photo credit: Tim Matheson for Vancouver Opera

By now you’ve seen the signs on the sides of buses and the ads in the papers: Carmen – The World’s Sexiest Opera.  The sultry cornerstone of the opera canon – about a torrid affair between a Gypsy siren and a young soldier – is on in Vancouver through Oct. 5 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.  But does it live up to all the sexy hype?

Well, yes.  There’s more flesh, writhing and lap dancing in Carmen than in any Vancouver Opera production I can remember.  But that’s just half the story.  For opera newbies, Carmen is entertaining, accessible and – despite clocking in at three hours – surprisingly fast-paced.

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The Opera with Lap Dances: Carmen Comes to Vancouver

20 Craft Breweries + Burlesque Dancers: Beerlesque Comes to Vancouver

Performers at Beerlesque at the Roundhouse Community Centre Aug 19 2011. Photo credit: Robyn Hanson/The Snipe News

Performers at Beerlesque at the Roundhouse Community Centre Aug 19 2011. Photo credit: Robyn Hanson/The Snipe News

Craft beer, food carts and burlesque dancers: It’s a match made in … Vancouver.

Beerlesque IV rolls into town Friday, Oct. 10, as part of Vancouver Craft Beer Week.  Held ins Yaletown’s Roundhouse Centre, the event brings together 20 local breweries and a lineup of the city’s top burlesque dancers.

Because it’s easy to work up an appetite from all that drinking and ogling, a few of Vancouver’s top food carts will also be on hand.  Meanwhile, Blackberry Wood will be rocking the house with their unique brand of country-gypsy-circus music, completing the “adult carnival” atmosphere.

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