A Vancouver Newcomer’s Observations Vol 2 – Job Dropping

Photo: fineartamerica.com

Photo: fineartamerica.com

Hello Vancouver! My name is Britanny, and I’m a Vancouver newbie. I’m from Canmore, Alberta, I went to university in Calgary, after that I moved to Montreal, and now I’ve landed here in Vancouver. Though I’m a fresh Vancouverite, I’ve already come to adore this city and I’m proud that I now get to call it home. Follow me and my column, New-B, as I get to know Vancouver and, inevitably, fall in love with it.

Throughout my travels I’ve come across a whole lot of people who just can’t wait to tell me what they do for a living. By this I do not mean they are so passionate that they just want to share. What I mean is that they want to rattle off their verbal resumes to seem impressive in social situations whenever possible. Continue reading:
A Vancouver Newcomer’s Observations Vol 2 – Job Dropping

Cute News Alert: Baby Sea Otter Coming to Vancouver Aquarium

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Image courtesy of Seattle Aquarium.

In today’s top story in the cutest news ever: a new baby sea otter will be joining the crew at the Vancouver Aquarium after being rescued and rehabilitated by the nearby Seattle Aquarium.

The stranded pup was discovered in early August, alone and starving on Rialto Beach, which is located on the outer coast of Washington state. He was only about three weeks old and incredibly thin and weak. Unlike the seals that seem to overpopulate our waters, sea otters are listed under the state of Washington as a threatened species.

The orphaned pup (now known as “Rialto”) will be moving to the Vancouver Aquarium as soon as he’s stable and the proper permits have been obtained.

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Cute News Alert: Baby Sea Otter Coming to Vancouver Aquarium

Downward dog in the departures: Yoga at YVR Airport

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Image from YVR Airport

Vancouver loves its yoga, so it has always been pretty surprising that there isn’t already a YYoga studio at the YVR Airport. Flying can be an anxious and somewhat uncomfortable experience (especially when you’re sitting for more than 4 hours!) so getting a little bit of stretching or meditation in before a flight can be very valuable.

This summer, YVR will be trying out a new dedicated yoga room as part of the Take-off Fridays Festival, the airport’s popular summer event series that features music, entertainment, and family-friendly activities in the terminal. The yoga room will be open each Friday until August 26 from 10am – 2pm.

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Downward dog in the departures: Yoga at YVR Airport

The Best Places to see Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver

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West 22nd Avenue and Arbutus Street
Image courtesy of Spencer Finlay | Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

As the rainy season comes to an end, it seems like the whole city is celebrating by coming into bloom with beautiful, white, puffy flowers. Amazingly, there are over 2,100 locations in Vancouver that host cheerful cherry blossom trees, lighting up the streets and painting neighbourhoods in awash of colours from a blush of pink to pure snow white.

But, if you’re on the hunt for the perfect place to see cherry blossoms in Vancouver for your next photo-op, check out the list below and get your camera ready. While the flowers still look amazing on cloudy days, it’s always best to go when the clouds are gone and the sun is shining. Pink blossoms and blue skies just go together!

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The Best Places to see Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver

Vancouver Composer-in-Residence and Kanye West collaborator gets props from the Times

Caroline Shaw.

Caroline Shaw.

“25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music is Going,” blares the cover of this past Sunday’s New York Times Magazine against a neon orange-to-pink background.

One of those “songs” – #19, “Partita for Eight Voices” – was written by Caroline Shaw, the current Composer-in-Residence with Vancouver’s premiere presenter of neo-classical music, Music on Main, and composer who collaborated with Kanye West on the pop star’s recent album The Life of Pablo.

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Vancouver Composer-in-Residence and Kanye West collaborator gets props from the Times

Tobias Jesso Jr., Destroyer and more Vancouver acts up for 2016 Juno Awards

Destroyer at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct 17 2015. Kirk Chantraine photo for thesnipenews.com.

Destroyer at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct 17 2015. Kirk Chantraine photo for thesnipenews.com.

The nominees for the 45th Juno Awards were announced earlier today. The Canadian equivalent of the Grammys, the annual event rewards success as recognized by the music industry. To no one’s surprise, Toronto chart-toppers Drake, the Wknd, Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber (well, he’s originally from Stratford, Ontario, but close enough) led the pack.

Vancouver musicians and groups accounted for a respectable number of nominees, with the strongest showing by Tobias Jesso Jr. The Vancouver singer/songwriter had a breakout year for his debut solo album Goon and some high-profile songwriting credits (Adele, Sia).

Another Vancouver act that is new to the Junos is rock band Dear Rouge, who released their debut album earlier this year. Cellist Cris Derksen received a nod for her album Orchestral Powwow. Indie-rock sensation Destroyer received its second nomination, while perennials like Nickelback, Bryan Adams and Hedley are also acknowledged. The winners will be announced April 3 with a televised ceremony in Calgary.

Here’s a list of Vancouver artists nominated for Juno Awards.

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Tobias Jesso Jr., Destroyer and more Vancouver acts up for 2016 Juno Awards

Canada Ranked as #2 Best Country in the World

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Image courtesy of Alain Limoges | Inside Vancouver Flickr

We’re #2! We’re #2! In a new ranking released last week, it was revealed that Canada was ranked No. 2 in the U.S. News “Overall Best Countries Ranking” list. Canada was narrowly beaten by Germany but remains higher than the United Kingdom, the United States, and Sweden.

The rankings were based on a variety of categories including: Adventure, Citizenship, Heritage, Power, and Entrepreneurship. Notably, Canada ranked #1 under Quality of Life, due to a good job market, safety, and a well-developed public education system.

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Canada Ranked as #2 Best Country in the World