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

Help bring a giant water slide to Main Street this Father’s Day in Vancouver!

Slide the city vancouver

Image courtesy of Slide the City

Picture your childhood slip n’ slide, maybe it was just a stretch of garbage bags taped together with a hose for lubrication, maybe it was a legitimate Slip n’ slide with a nice pool full of foam at the bottom. Forget those poor excuses for water slides and imagine a huge padded slide stretching down multiple blocks of Main Street, participants flying down on inflatable tubes and surrounded by cheering crowds. Sounds pretty epic, right?

Slide the Main is a concept that came together over a beer night and has sparked a huge amount of interest thanks to social media. While the idea of setting up a water slide on Main Street is not set in stone, and some say it may not happen, but the organizers have started a petition to slide the main and the mayor this Father’s Day (June 21st) in Vancouver.

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Help bring a giant water slide to Main Street this Father’s Day in Vancouver!

5 Can’t-Miss Events at Talking Stick 2015 – Vancouver’s Aboriginal Culture Fest

Throat singer Tanya Tagaq

Throat singer Tanya Tagaq

One of Canada’s biggest celebrations of Aboriginal music, art and theatre is coming to Vancouver.

The 14th Talking Stick Festival is on Feb. 17-March 1. Dozens of events and performances throughout the city highlight everything from traditional dancing and drumming to contemporary spoken word and multimedia performances.

Here’s a look at 5 can’t-miss events at the 2015 Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver:

Throat singing on Commercial DriveThroat singing is a unique Inuit tradition which combines low growling and husky chanting.  It’s absolutely mesmerizing and you can catch the undisputed star of throat singing, Tanya Tagaq, doing a solo performance at Talking Stick. Tagaq’s recent hit album, Animism, was named the second best Canadian album of the year by the CBC. York Theatre; Feb. 28; $35 Continue reading:
5 Can’t-Miss Events at Talking Stick 2015 – Vancouver’s Aboriginal Culture Fest

Concierge Spotlight: Miriam Edwards, Chef Concierge at the Pan Pacific Vancouver

Miriam Edwards, Chef Concierge at the Pan Pacific Vancouver

Miriam Edwards; Image courtesy of the Pan Pacific 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 Miriam Edwards, the Chef Concierge at Vancouver’s world-renowned Pan Pacific hotel — located right on the water at Canada Place, in the heart of downtown Vancouver, and the only hotel in the world built on top of a cruise ship terminal. Continue reading:
Concierge Spotlight: Miriam Edwards, Chef Concierge at the Pan Pacific Vancouver