“Vancouver Special” Home Exhibit Reflects on City’s Real Estate Boom

Photo sourced from yourvancouverrealestate.ca

Photo sourced from yourvancouverrealestate.ca

The term “Vancouver Special” refers to a style of home design in the city popular from the ’60s through the ’80s.  These two-storey houses, often with brick and stucco facades, aren’t much to look at, architecturally speaking.  But they were designed to be affordable and to maximize square footage on small lots, important features for the influx of immigrants and other buyers who snatched them up.

Now, a new exhibit by artist Ken Lum – best known locally for designing the iconic East Van cross – is looking back at the heyday of the Vancouver Special, with a bit of nostalgia for a bygone era of affordability in the city.  Titled Vancouver Especially, the exhibit consists of a scale model of a Vancouver Special-style home, built on a vacant plot of land on the edge of Vancouver’s Chinatown.   Continue reading:
“Vancouver Special” Home Exhibit Reflects on City’s Real Estate Boom

4 Vancouver spa treatments that will soothe your body and soles

4 Vancouver spa treatments that will soothe your body and soles

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Frequent-flyers: Do you love travelling, but hate jet-lag? We hear you!

With so much to see and do in our fabulous city, we want you to be able to experience it all — without the unwanted effects of jet-lag.

These 4 superb spa treatments are guaranteed to rejuvenate tired travellers, melt away stress, and relieve feet and body aches. Continue reading:
4 Vancouver spa treatments that will soothe your body and soles

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