Vancouver Gets a Virtual Reality Studio

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A new virtual reality studio tucked away in Vancouver’s industrial south side is making that – and lots of other virtual experiences – possible. Sawmill studio is bringing high-end virtual technology to the masses, all inside a former sawmill perched on the edge of the Fraser River.

The heart of the unique space is its motion-capture capabilities – i.e. the ability to turn actual people and objects into digital equivalents. For instance, thanks to an iPad equipped with a special sensor at the studio, virtually any object can be scanned in 3D and dropped into a virtual environment (even lifelike avatars of people can be made in a flash).  Users experience this virtual world by putting on a special headset.

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Vancouver Gets a Virtual Reality Studio

7-Storey Graffiti Mural Coming to Vancouver’s Granville Island

Photo sourced from Vancouver Biennale

Photo sourced from Vancouver Biennale

If you’ve been on False Creek lately, they’re hard to miss.

Those giant concrete silos on Granville Island – the ones that tower 70 feet above the water at the Ocean Concrete plant – have gotten a dramatic facelift.  They’ve been painted a rainbow of reds, yellows, pinks, blues and greens as part of one of the largest public art projects the city has ever seen.

World-renowned street artists Osgemeos are using the silos as a 23,500-square-foot canvas for their latest work.  It’s all part of this year’s Vancouver Biennale, the outdoor sculpture and art exhibition that sees dozens of monumental works of art installed on the street, parks and buildings of Metro Vancouver.

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Scandinavia in Vancouver

Midsummer 2014, photo by

Midsummer 2014, photo by Randall Peterman

It’s the time of year for beaches, popsicles, fresh cherries, and the summer feature embraced by all: vacation time.

For some, this means assembling travel essentials of an exotic nature like passports, water purification tablets and translator apps. Upcoming 5am wake up calls sing in the distance with sweet promises of crowded airports and jetlag.

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Scandinavia in Vancouver

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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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.

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Giant Mosaic Being Built outside Vancouver