Star Trek 3 and Spielberg Movie to Shoot in Vancouver this Year

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An exciting few months of filming in Vancouver will be kicking off this week, bringing in superheroes, big friendly giants and aliens to our fair city.

The arrival of sunnier weather in Spring means more white trailers and vans will be lining the streets of Vancouver to shoot big blockbusters in Hollywood North.

Rumours had been widely circulated that the Star Trek franchise will be coming to shoot the third instalment in Vancouver (as reported in October), and it looks as if cameras will begin rolling from June 1 to the end of September.

Not to be left out, Steven Spielberg will be filming the childhood favourite Big Friendly Giant based on the book by Roald Dahl.

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Star Trek 3 and Spielberg Movie to Shoot in Vancouver this Year

The New York Times gets hip to North Vancouver homeboy Nardwuar!

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This week’s New York Times Magazine features a glowing tribute to Vancouver’s own Nardwuar the Human Serviette.

Vancouverites, and Canadian music fans, have long acknowledged Nardwuar – known as John Ruskin to family and friends – as a national treasure whose fearless interviewing style has endeared him to thousands of music fans. Now, millions of Americans are waking up with their morning coffee and newspaper to an appreciation of the beloved VJ/DJ/music journalist/musician.

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The New York Times gets hip to North Vancouver homeboy Nardwuar!

Whistler’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola Awarded with Two World Records

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If you have ever been on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola in Whistler and thought to yourself “woah, this is really high”, you couldn’t be more correct. The red cable cars that connect both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains has been providing both awe and fear in visitors since the beginning of its operation in 2008.

Now, the Peak 2 Peak is getting the respect it deserves by being included in the 2015 edition of the Guinness World Records Book.

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Whistler’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola Awarded with Two World Records

Concierge Spotlight: Stéphane Mouttet, Chef Concierge at the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver

Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver

Stéphane Mouttet; Image courtesy of the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver

Who knows what’s happening in a city better than a hotel concierge? As the point of contact for hotel guests seeking information or assistance during their stay, they need to be extremely knowledgeable about a great number of things, from where to eat to what is the current hottest play to see to where to get a fabulous blowout. It’s a tough, but rewarding job.

Each month, Inside Vancouver will get to know one of Vancouver’s top concierges, by putting six questions to them. This month, we interview Stéphane Mouttet, Chef Concierge at the award-winning Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver — a 119-room luxury boutique hotel that is strategically located in Vancouver’s vibrant city centre. It occupies the first fifteen floors of a 61-storey landmark building, which is currently the tallest in the city.
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Concierge Spotlight: Stéphane Mouttet, Chef Concierge at the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver

See local and international design ideas to transform Vancouver’s famous Robson Street

Urban Reef

Last year’s winner, “Urban Reef.”

Urban theorists often say that the health of a city can be measured by its public spaces, or lack of them.

In Vancouver, one of the central gathering spots has long been the 800-block of Robson Street. Steps from some of the city’s best shopping, and extending from Robson Square to the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the block is a prime example of the kind of urban space that attracts people from all walks of life. But it could be more fun.

That, at least, is the idea behind the Robson Redux Design-Build Competition. Over the past few summers, the City of Vancouver initiative has resulted in installations of giant bean bags, waves of yellow shag and, last year, a curvy urban reef.

What will it be this summer?

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See local and international design ideas to transform Vancouver’s famous Robson Street