Vancouver comics artists take over bus shelters!

Comics in Transit art by Nina Matsumoto.

Comics in Transit art by Nina Matsumoto.

Vancouver comics artists’ work is being seen by more people than ever before.

It’s all thanks to an initiative on the part of local publisher/collective Cloudscape Comics, working with the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Department.

Comics in Transit is a public art project that brings comics by local artists to transit shelters. Bus-riders and passersby can view work by some of the city’s most talented illustrators, including Colin Upton, Steve Rolston, and The Simpsons/Futurama comics artists James Lloyd and Nina Matsumoto.

In total, 20 giant-sized one-page comics will be going up before the end of October. Some are already installed, including Matsumoto’s, which is at the busy Dunbar & 41st stop.

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Vancouver’s Black Dog makes list of 50 Cool Video Stores

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Vancouver’s own Black Dog Video is included on a list of “50 cool video stores that still remain (as of this morning).”

In the list, posted at ew.com yesterday (Sept. 24), Tom Roston lists Black Dog, which has two locations in Vancouver, alongside surviving businesses in Santa Monica, Seattle, New York and more. Here’s what Roston says about the store.

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Take a tour through a virtual Vancouver

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A new art installation lets visitors take a virtual trip through the Vancouver of the past.

The work by Vancouver artist Stan Douglas takes the form of a cube. Visitors step into the cube, which is located in the atrium of the SFU Woodward’s building, and are immediately transported to a Vancouver that is both familiar and deeply strange.

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Dudes, exfoliating – new spa treatments for men

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According to Marketwatch.com, one of the biggest trends in spas for 2015 is an increase in treatments aimed at men.

“Men are becoming more open to the spa experience because they recognize the value of taking better care of themselves,” according to the publication. “And spas are taking notice…”

Chi certainly has.

This week, the spa at the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Vancouver unveiled new treatments aimed at today’s stressed gentleman.

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New video shows Vancouver in disguise for movies and TV

The Simpsons.

The Simpsons.

A new video by artist Tony Zhou looks at how Vancouver is transformed into other cities for movie and TV filming.

The city has been popular for filming for decades, for productions ranging from The X-Files to Homeward Bound II: Lost In San Francisco to The Interview (the Seth Rogen/James Franco movie in which Vancouver played, improbably, North Korea).

But a new video from Zhou, of Every Frame a Painting, points out not only “the extent to which Vancouver is used as well as the methods employed to transform the city into locations around the globe,” as the AV Club writes.

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A 16 Year-Old Composer Makes Music in Vancouver

photo: Fraser Jones in False Creek

photo: Fraser Jones in False Creek

Check out 16 year-old composer, Fraser Jones, playing his original piano cover “Once in a Lifetime” at various public pianos throughout Vancouver.

From Compton to Vancouver – here comes the N.W.A. Pop-Up Store

The cast of Straight Outta Compton.

The cast of Straight Outta Compton.

With the release this summer of the biopic Straight Outta Compton, interest in pioneering gangsta rap group N.W.A. has never been higher. Because of this interest, as well as a Vancouver connection, the city is getting an exclusive, one-day N.W.A. Pop-Up Store on Saturday, Aug. 29.

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