Afternoon Wine Tasting with 780 Wines Coming to Vancouver: Wine Fest Preview

Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

A mid-afternoon wine tasting: Now there’s an idea whose time has come.

Advance tickets for the Vancouver International Wine Festival, Feb. 24-March 2, are now on sale, and the 36th annual instalment is offering up some intriguing new twists.

Each year, the festival draws more than 20,000 wine lovers to Vancouver for a solid week of gala wine tastings, wine-paired dinners, seminars, lunches and even boozy brunches. This year’s fest will feature no fewer than 178 wineries from 14 countries, pouring 1,750 different wines at 54 events.

Of course, the highlight as always is the International Festival Tasting Room, Feb. 27-March 1.  All 178 wineries pile into the Vancouver Convention Centre for the mother of all wine tastings.   Continue reading:
Afternoon Wine Tasting with 780 Wines Coming to Vancouver: Wine Fest Preview

All-Star Concert with Sarah McLachlan: Rick Hansen Celebration 25, May 22

Photo credit: RickHansenFoundation | Flickr

Twenty-five years ago, Rick Hansen made his way around the world: in a wheelchair.

Left paralyzed below the waist after a childhood car accident, Hansen set out from Vancouver in 1987.  He logged more than 40,000 kilometers in 34 countries in his epic two-year odyssey, raising $26 million for spinal cord research in the process.

This year, Hansen – a dedicated activist who has since raised more than $250 million – has been busy commemorating the 25th anniversary of his original tour with trips around the world.

Now, he’s about to return to Vancouver for an all-star concert.  Continue reading:
All-Star Concert with Sarah McLachlan: Rick Hansen Celebration 25, May 22

Glam Rock Revisited: Broadway hit Rock of Ages coming to Vancouver, May 8-13

Remember rockin’ out to Don’t Stop Believin’?  How about The Final Countdown?  Or the classic Every Rose has its Thorn?  If you’re old enough to remember the ‘80s, chances are you know the words to some of those songs by heart.

Those classics and 24 other ‘80s glam-rock hits are featured in the hit jukebox musical Rock of Ages, coming to the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts May 8-13.

First premiering on Broadway in 2009, Rock of Ages tells the story of a small town girl who meets a big city rocker in Los Angeles’ hottest rock club.  Sparks fly and they fall in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80s.

So which hair metal classics can you expect to hear?

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Glam Rock Revisited: Broadway hit Rock of Ages coming to Vancouver, May 8-13

Best in Roe: BC Caviar Ranked among Best in World

I’m not much of a caviar connoisseur , so I’ll just trust the good people at Travel+Leisure on this one.

According to the magazine’s recent Best in Roe ranking, Northern Divine caviar – raised sustainably not far from Vancouver on BC’s Sunshine Coast – is among the top 5 caviars in the world.  The magazine singled out Northern Divine for it’s “crisp pop and creamy mouthfeel, with even grains.”  Yum.

Interested in sampling some yourself?  Hope you’re a big spender.  Continue reading:
Best in Roe: BC Caviar Ranked among Best in World

A Streetcar for Vancouver? You make the call!

Olympic Village Station

Imagine zipping all the way from Canada Place, through Gastown and Chinatown, past Science World and onto Olympic Village and Granville Island on a brand-new, eco-friendly streetcar.

The proposal for a streetcar system in the city has surfaced once again in the latest mayoral election.  And while the $100-million price tag may make the project unrealistic at the moment, it’s definitely an intriguing idea.

What do you think?  Would Vancouver benefit from a streetcar system?  Please share your thoughts below.

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A Streetcar for Vancouver? You make the call!