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Given the Chance, Would you Climb the Lions Gate Bridge?

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Image courtesy of James Wheeler | Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

If you were allowed, would you climb to the top of the Lions Gate Bridge? Shout out to all the thrill seekers out there: a new business venture has been proposed to allow interested parties a chance to climb to the top of the historic Lions Gate Bridge!

If approved, those looking for an adrenaline rush will be able to climb to the top of the bridge, ending up on a platform near the navigational beacons for an unparalleled 365-degree view of Vancouver from a birds-eye perspective.

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Given the Chance, Would you Climb the Lions Gate Bridge?

Join the Pants-Less Party at the No Pants Skytrain Ride on Jan 8

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Photo: GoToVan | Flickr

If you happen to be riding the skytrain on Sunday, January 8, 2017 and people start taking off their pants… Don’t worry, this is completely normal… sort of.

The official No Pants Skytrain Ride is coming back to confuse and bewilder people on the Vancouver skytrain (and hopefully cause a few laughs). On January 8, 2017 you’re invited to take your pants off and take a ride on the skytrain with the folks from Vancouver Improv Anywhere.

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Join the Pants-Less Party at the No Pants Skytrain Ride on Jan 8

Vancouver album releases pt. 2: records you might have missed

Singer Lee Aaron released her first album of rock in 20 years.

In part 1 of our round-up of notable 2016 Vancouver albums, we covered most (we hope) of the latest releases from established musicians, from pop hitmaker Carly Rae Jepsen to indie-rockers Black Mountain to long-running local garage-rock band The Evaporators.

In this second instalment, we’re looking at records from local artists that might have been missed, or not received the attention they deserved, from the last year. We’re going to look at 12 releases that we think are worthwhile, with an emphasis on debut or second full-lengths from new and emerging artists (with one major exception). The albums are listed chronologically, according to release month.

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Vancouver album releases pt. 2: records you might have missed

Vancouver album releases pt. 1: year in review

Vancouver’s own White Lung. Photo by Rick Rodney.

For the third year in a row, we’re putting together what we hope is a fairly comprehensive look at notable album releases out of Vancouver. We’re looking at both high-profile albums as well as a selection of some of our favourites that might not have received the recognition they deserve.

But first, let’s start with an overview of the year in album releases. And any round-up of Vancouver music in 2016 must, rightfully, start off with the band that not only made more critics’ year-end best-of lists than any other Vancouver act, but which appeared on more lists than any other punk rock group, period.

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Vancouver album releases pt. 1: year in review

#VanKiss Mistletoe Popping up in Vancouver for the Holiday Season

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Image courtesy of VanKiss Facebook page

What would the holidays be without a little mischief under the mistletoe? Mysterious sprigs of mistletoe are starting to pop up around the city with only a #VanKiss label on their bright red post.

This fun, annual tradition first began in 2013 when a group identified only as the “#VanKiss Elves” first tweeted about the smooching stations. Since then, several hundred kisses have been photographed and posted on social media.

The mistletoe is back for the 2016 holiday season, so we’re challenging you to take a selfie with your sweetheart at one (or all) of the 2016 locations!

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#VanKiss Mistletoe Popping up in Vancouver for the Holiday Season

Vancouver-made docudrama about Canada’s forgotten Evel Knievel opens today

Aim for the Roses is a 2016 docudrama that tells the story of Canadian stuntman Ken Carter.

Aim for the Roses is a 2016 docudrama that tells the story of Canadian stuntman Ken Carter.

A new Vancouver-made documentary about an obscure but ambitious Canadian stuntman begins its Vancouver theatrical run today, Dec. 2, at Vancity Theatre.

Aim for the Roses has been described as “Errol Morris and Philip Glass meets Super Dave Osborne” – that is, a film that combines the vision and/or investigative abilities of an incisive documentarian with the musical acumen of a neo-classical composer brought to bear on the subject of a semi-amateur, showboating daredevil/stuntman. We’re not sure about that. What we do know is that, to some, Ken Carter – the film’s subject (and not to be confused with the American basketball coach) – is the Canadian Evel Knievel, and filmmaker John Bolton’s docudrama tells his story, as well as the story of one of his biggest fans.

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Vancouver-made docudrama about Canada’s forgotten Evel Knievel opens today