It’s Getting Hot in Here: Fifty Shades Steams up Vancouver

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Fifty Shades of Grey hit theatres in February, though by now Mr. Grey’s saucy antics are old hat to Vancouverites. Much of the innuendo-packed production was shot in downtown Vancouver – though the story is set in Vancouver, WA and Seattle – and half the fun of watching the flick is identifying familiar attractions (The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver! Gastown!). Rub up against these sensual spots on your next trip to the city.

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It’s Getting Hot in Here: Fifty Shades Steams up Vancouver

La Rumba de Kingsway

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“La Rumba de Kingsway” combines elements of dub, cumbia, and reggaeton to imagine a daydream theme for the unpolished urban beauty of East Vancouver’s historic Kingsway, the oldest and oddest strip in the city.

Mngwa is 9 musicians from Mexico, Canada, and Russia playing psychedelic latin music. An unusual proposition in Canada, but fitting within the anything-goes vibe of Vancouver. With their debut Vancumbia Ambush EP, the shifting groove monster of a band sinks its teeth into the progressive global music scene. Based in East Vancouver but spilling across many sonic and cultural borders, Mngwa has begun what promises to be a wild and singular journey. This is music for the strange new world.

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Vancouver’s West End Amazes With Giant Pocky and World Class Art

Photo Credit: Matthew Presidente

Photo Credit: Matthew Presidente

Think you know all the West End has to offer? Think again. Sure there’s the stunning forest trails and seawall walks around Stanley Park, the aquarium with its cute sea creatures and educational programmes, and on sunny days, the trio of sandy beaches which wrap around the park are unmissable.

However, there are plenty of hidden gems in the West End that even some of the locals don’t know exist. From a dazzling blown glass sculpture by world-class artist Dale Chihuly and Canada’s only outlet of Malaysia’s favourite baked treat, to one of the most photographed crosswalks in Canada it’s all here, you just need to know where to look… Continue reading:
Vancouver’s West End Amazes With Giant Pocky and World Class Art

Vancouver’s YVR Airport Gets Domestic Terminal Facelift

Image sourced from YVR Blog

Image sourced from YVR Blog

A $5 fee here, a $20 fee there … and suddenly you have a new $213-million domestic terminal area.

A new section of Vancouver International Airport’s domestic terminal is now open for business, featuring new shops, gates, lounges and artwork. The improvements were paid for by YVR’s airport improvement fee ($5 for flights within BC or the Yukon; $20 for flights elsewhere), which is automatically added onto ticket prices when you use the airport.

The new section of the 1968 terminal is known as the A-B Connector. In the past, passengers arriving from certain areas – like Prince George or Nanaimo – would have to go through security all over again before continuing to their next stop.  Now, however, they can breeze through the A-B Connector and skip the security lines.

But given the new shops and services inside the A-B Connector, they might just want to stay and linger awhile.   Continue reading:
Vancouver’s YVR Airport Gets Domestic Terminal Facelift

For the Dogs: Unique Pet-Sharing Service Launched in Vancouver

Photo credit: Kinjeng Submiter | Flickr

Photo credit: Kinjeng Submiter | Flickr

Have a pooch but don’t like the idea of leaving him in a kennel when you’re away? Love dogs so much that you’d be willing to take care of one for free? A new online sharing service started by a Vancouver resident may be for you.

Part Time Pooch connects dog owners with special doggie hosts – animal lovers who are willing to take care of pets while their owners are away.  The unique dog-sharing site was started by West End resident Gavin Flett, who got the idea after seeing how distraught some animals get when left in a kennel.  When he couldn’t find an online exchange for pet lovers, he decided to start one himself, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun.

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For the Dogs: Unique Pet-Sharing Service Launched in Vancouver