The year’s best Vancouver albums you probably haven’t heard – 2015 edition

Chandra Melting Tallow released one of the most idiosyncratic records of the year.

Chandra Melting Tallow released one of the most idiosyncratic records of the year.

2015 was a landmark year for Canadian music, what with Canuck artists topping the Billboard singles charts on a frighteningly regular basis. Maybe you’ve heard of a couple guys named Drake and Justin Bieber? Yep. Ours.

It was also a good year for Vancouver musicians. Tobias Jesso Jr., Grimes, Carly Rae Jepsen and Destroyer, all of whom have local roots, released albums that were met with almost universal critical claim. (Jesso’s Goon made #46 on pitchfork.com’s list of the 50 best albums of the year; Destroyer’s Poison Season came in at #43; Jepsen’s e•mo•tion, 34; Grimes’ Art Angels, #3).

Dan Mangan, a Vancouver singer/songwriter who has achieved national success and some international recognition, released his most adventurous album, Club Meds, with his backing band Blacksmith. 2015 was also the year that Dear Rouge, winner of the local talent competition the Peak Performance Project in 2012, released its debut full-length, Black to Gold (check out the video for the title track here). We Are the City (originally from Kelowna) and Teen Daze (from Abbotsford) also released well-received records, Above Club and Morning World respectively.

But there were a number of other releases that didn’t receive the attention that they deserved. Here are 10 of this writer’s favourites, along with a couple of honorary mentions and other notable selections.

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The year’s best Vancouver albums you probably haven’t heard – 2015 edition

6 Tips for Taking Better Photos of Vancouver with your Phone

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It’s not that difficult to take a great photo of Vancouver. This city has dramatic sunsets and sunrises, moody fog-filled days, majestic mountains, and stunning cityscapes… But, despite all the good stuff we have to work with, it can sometimes be hard to get the amazing view captured by your phone.

A very wise person once said that “the best camera is the one you’ve got with you”. Most days we’re not carrying around a fancy DSLR and have to rely on our iPhone or Android to capture a shot. We’ve gathered a few shots from the Inside Vancouver Flickr account for a quick breakdown of some tips for taking better photos of Vancouver with the camera you’ve got on you! So if you’re looking for more likes on social media, or just a few good shots for your next slideshow, check out these tips below!

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6 Tips for Taking Better Photos of Vancouver with your Phone

Vancouver artist to illustrate Margaret Atwood’s first graphic novel

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Dark Horse Comics has announced that it will publish the first graphic novel by Margaret Atwood. Helping the author of The Handmaid’s Tale and the Oryx and Crake trilogy, among many other celebrated works, realize her vision is Vancouver artist/illustrator Johnnie Christmas.

The book, Angel Catbird, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2016, and concerns what Atwood is calling an “unusual superhero.”

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Vancouver artist to illustrate Margaret Atwood’s first graphic novel

Just in time for Christmas – Vancouver’s first cat café to open Dec. 14!

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In what has to be the best news of the season for cat-lovers, the city’s first cat café will officially open Dec. 14.

According to the latest Facebook update, Catfé has its business license and will serve its first customers next Monday at its location at 88 West Pender St., on the second floor of International Village.

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Just in time for Christmas – Vancouver’s first cat café to open Dec. 14!

Pucker Up! #VanKiss Mistletoe is Back in Vancouver

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Feeling more romantic than usual? It may be due to the mysterious mistletoe that has been popping up in various locations around Vancouver thanks to a anonymous artist collective group known as #VanKiss.

What started as a small effort of ten red sign posts with bushels of mistletoe hanging from them has blossomed into a local Christmas tradition. This year, there are more locations than ever to get your PDA on with around 40 sign posts being put up across Vancouver.

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Pucker Up! #VanKiss Mistletoe is Back in Vancouver

5 Best Places for Instagram Photo Shoots this Winter in Vancouver

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Instagram is one of the most popular social media channels today, it’s a great way to see beautiful pictures of places you’re going to visit, the city you live in, and the food you want to eat.

Vancouver is certainly a wonderful model for the thousands of talented photographers who take dreamy photos of English Bay sunsets, the flashing lights of Downtown, and the truly natural greenery in the mountains.

If you’re looking for some new ideas of where to take some awesome Instagram photos (or just photos in general) this winter season in Vancouver, take a look at the list below:

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5 Best Places for Instagram Photo Shoots this Winter in Vancouver

Groundbreaking Vancouver label celebrates 30th anniversary with limited edition vinyl!

A publicity photo of Single Gun Theory.

A publicity photo of Single Gun Theory.

This year, the label that gave the world Sarah McLachlan, Skinny Puppy and a host of other homegrown talent is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

For the occasion, Nettwerk Records has already released limited edition vinyl versions of three of its most influential albums. As of last week, Delerium’s Karma, MC 900 Ft Jesus’ Welcome To My Dream and Single Gun Theory’s millions, like stars in my hands, the daggers in my heart rage war were available in new editions in the format. This Friday (Nov. 27, Black Friday), Nettwerk is releasing Trespassers William’s Different Stars.

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Groundbreaking Vancouver label celebrates 30th anniversary with limited edition vinyl!