Downward dog in the departures: Yoga at YVR Airport

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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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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

Top 10 Most Instagrammed Locations in Vancouver

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On grey days like today, it’s always a good idea to remind ourselves that Vancouver is an amazingly beautiful city even when it’s cloudy! With its epic sunsets, snow-capped mountains, and sky-scraping trees, this place is pretty easy on the eye.

Whether you’re already an Instagram aficionado or you’ve never heard of it, these 10 places are great to check out as a guaranteed spot to take some great photos. A picture is worth a thousand words, so we’ll let this list do the talking. Can you guess #1?

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Top 10 Most Instagrammed Locations in Vancouver

NewLeaf Travel Announces Cheap Flights Across Canada

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A new discount airline in Canada has just announced that they will be offering cheap flights across Canada starting mid-February. NewLeaf Travel will start flying beginning on February 12, 2016 with flights running out of Nova Scotia, Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Flights will cost between $89 and $149, which makes it easy to have a home base at Vancouver and do a few quick trips across Canada for less than $500!

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NewLeaf Travel Announces Cheap Flights Across Canada