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

5 Vancouver-Specific New Year’s Resolutions to Make for 2016

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Everyone usually has the same old New Year’s resolutions that are either about losing weight, eating better, exercising, etc.. etc.. Not only are those resolutions not exactly fun they are hard to keep up (unless you are one of those really dedicated people). Instead of making resolutions that will find you in a packed gym, surrounded by hundreds of other people who have pledged to lose 5 pounds, here are five Vancouver-specific resolutions that are not only fun to do, but will be easy (in some cases) to accomplish.

Try one or try them all! Here are the 5 Vancouver-specific resolutions that you can make this 2016:

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5 Vancouver-Specific New Year’s Resolutions to Make for 2016

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!