5 ways Vancouver has changed since I left

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It’s been a year and a half since I left my beloved adopted home of Vancouver for my hometown of Toronto. It was a tough choice to make, as I’d never imagined I would leave a place I felt so enamoured by.  But it was work related decision and an offer that would have been silly to turn down. I made a commitment to return as often as I could, which is why I’ve been here since mid-June.

A few months ago, I decided to take advantage of the freedoms of freelancing and spend some time out West during its prime season: Summer. I arranged a month’s worth of house and cat sits in different parts of town, packed a small suitcase and booked a one-way ticket.

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5 ways Vancouver has changed since I left

Giant Mosaic Being Built outside Vancouver

Photo sourced from aajpress.wordpress.com

Photo sourced from aajpress.wordpress.com

In the Academy Award-nominated documentary Waste Land, artist Vik Muniz creates a portrait of a Brazilian woman … that’s roughly the size of a high school gymnasium.

The woman is a scrap collector in a Brazilian junkyard.  And the portrait is composed of tons of trash.  Muniz enlisted the entire community of collectors to harvest the raw material for his masterpiece – everything from bottle tops and bits of metal to old tires and scraps of cloth.  From a catwalk perched high above the floor, he orchestrated the action as pieces were arranged into a vivid mosaic.

Now, Muniz is bringing his epic style of art to the Vancouver region.   Continue reading:
Giant Mosaic Being Built outside Vancouver

Vancouver Ranked Top 10 in the World for Skyscrapers

Photo credit: MagnusL3D | Flickr

Photo credit: MagnusL3D | Flickr

It turns out downtown Vancouver really is a concrete jungle.

Vancouver reached lofty new heights this week, when it was ranked one of the world’s top 10 cities by number of skyscrapers.  With 663 highrises, Vancouver ranks ninth on the list prepared by skyscraperpage.com, between Mexico City and Montreal (full list below).

The top city overall on the list is New York, with 5,894 highrises.  The highest ranking Canadian city is Toronto (2nd overall) with 2,005 highrises. (A highrise is defined as having at least 12 storeys.)

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Vancouver Ranked Top 10 in the World for Skyscrapers

Social Media Press Trip in Vancouver

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Last week, four internationally recognized bloggers and photographers travelled to Canada as guests of the Canadian Tourism Commission, Destination BC and Tourism Vancouver. During their stay – which included a visit to the Pemberton Music Festival and once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride back to Vancouver – they hit the city streets and shared their Vancouver explorations with a combined hundreds of thousands of Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Facebook followers.

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Giant New Public Art Unveiled on Vancouver’s False Creek

Photo sourced from @Van_Biennale's Twitter feed via @Blah_City

Photo sourced from @Van_Biennale’s Twitter feed via @Blah_City

Olympic Village in Vancouver has some colourful new residents.

A brand new seven-metre-tall outdoor sculpture has been installed on the edge of Olympic Village at Hinge Park.  Called Human Structures, the sculpture consists of 64 brightly coloured metal cutouts in the shape of human figures, stacked one on top of the other.

Created by acclaimed U.S. artist Jonathan Borofsky, Human Structures is part of the 2014 Vancouver Biennale, the every-other-year exhibition that brings dozens of works of monumental art to the streets, parks and beaches of Vancouver.  This edition of the Biennale will see some 20 sculptures installed in Vancouver, with an additional 10 works going up in New Westminster, North Vancouver and Squamish.

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Giant New Public Art Unveiled on Vancouver’s False Creek