Game On! Roller Derby Season Kicks Off in Vancouver this Weekend

Roller Derby Vancouver 2014

This weekend, the elbows will be jabbing and the girls will be flying as another season of roller derby in Vancouver kicks off on April 5, 2014 at the Kerrisdale Arena.

This sport really has it all, with tough chicks battling each other to score points, cow bells and air horns blasting from an enthusiastic crowd, and a 19+ beer garden to top it all off.

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Game On! Roller Derby Season Kicks Off in Vancouver this Weekend

Attention Canucks Fans: New App Plays Goal Horn Whenever Canucks Score

Photo credit: FreeRishad | Flickr

Photo credit: FreeRishad | Flickr

The Vancouver Canucks haven’t been scoring a ton of goals lately. But the next time the puck slides into the net you’ll be sure to know, thanks to a nifty new app.

Released in December, the Live Goal Horns app blasts a recording of the Canucks goal horn to your phone – in real-time – every time the team scores.  That means you can be walking down the street, eating dinner, in an important meeting and all the sudden hear the satisfying bwaaaahhhhhh that marks another Canucks score. (You can see a YouTube video of the app in action here.)

The app is free to download, though you have to pay $.99 to buy the actual Canucks goal horn sound file, as heard in Rogers Arena.  The app can be customized so you get updates (and hear goal horns) for any (or all) of the NHL’s 30 teams.  The horn sound is followed by a push notification with the updated game score.

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Attention Canucks Fans: New App Plays Goal Horn Whenever Canucks Score

Marathon Dance Party Coming to Vancouver: Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, shown here in Las Vegas, is coming to Vancouver. Photo credit: c&rdunn | Flickr

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, shown here in Las Vegas, is coming to Vancouver. Photo credit: c&rdunn | Flickr

Want to get a head start on those New Year’s resolutions? How about training for Vancouver’s newest – and funkiest – new marathon?

The first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event is coming to Vancouver, Oct. 26. Featuring both a 10K and a half-marathon, the event is equal parts live music party and road race.

Along each mile of the course, bands are on hand to pump up runners.  Music ranges from rock and soul to jazz, blues and even punk. Dozens of live music groups in total transform the race into a giant dance party.  (In fact, local bands are being recruited shortly, if you’d like to rock out in front of thousands of runners and fans).

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Marathon Dance Party Coming to Vancouver: Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Free Swag! NHL Fan Fest Hits Vancouver this Weekend

The 2010 Winter Classic in Boston. Photo credit: misconmmike | Flickr

The 2010 Winter Classic in Boston. Photo credit: misconmmike | Flickr

On March 2, open-air NHL hockey comes to Vancouver. BC Place is set to host the 2014 Heritage Classic, a matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators in front of 50,000 fans and – if the weather cooperates – under an open roof.

If you’re not lucky enough to score a ticket, however, there’s still a way to get in on the action – at a free fan festival held on the False Creek waterfront before the game.

The parking lot outside the Plaza of Nations buildings is set to be transformed into the NHL Spectator Plaza from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on game day. Fans can expect to find a bevy of Canucks stars of yesteryear, interactive hockey-themed attractions and lots of freebies and giveaways (including your own hockey trading cards). Importantly, there’s also a Molson Canadian Hockey House on premises, should you need a little refreshment.

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Free Swag! NHL Fan Fest Hits Vancouver this Weekend

Incredible (and Easy) Winter Hiking in Vancouver, Part II

IMG_0902Lots of outdoors lovers I know in Vancouver, the kind who wouldn’t think twice about doing the Grouse Grind during the summer, tend to avoid winter hiking.  The usual complaints: It’s too technical and requires specialized equipment.

Not necessarily.  There are a number of relatively easy, accessible winter hikes for beginners around the city, offering access to pristine alpine scenery and plenty of snow without a lot of headaches.  In Part I of this two-part post, I profiled a great trek to Dog Mountain, near Mount Seymour.

Another one my favourites is the hike up Black Mountain at Cypress Mountain Ski Area, which I did over the weekend. The route is approximately 4-5 kilometres and takes around 2.5 hours to complete.  But in that relatively short distance, you’re rewarded with great views and even a frozen mountain lake.

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Incredible (and Easy) Winter Hiking in Vancouver, Part II