Mini Guide to CelticFest 2015 – Vancouver’s 12-Day Celtic Bash

Photo credit: jpmpinmontreal | Wikipedia

Photo credit: jpmpinmontreal | Wikipedia

Vancouver has a global reputation for being a green city. But for 12 days this March, that will take on a whole new meaning.

CelticFest Vancouver returns March 6-March 17, with dozens of music, dance and theatre events where you can let your shamrock shine and wear your green with pride. The annual celebration of Celtic culture includes free and ticketed happenings at venues around the city, culminating in the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 15.

Here’s a look at some can’t-miss highlights at CelticFest Vancouver 2015 (prices are for advanced ticket sales online):

Traditional music: Take in the 100-voice Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir (paired with the De Danaan Irish Dancers) ($27) at Christ Church Cathedral on March 13. Or see internationally renowned fiddler and singer April Verch ($25) perform foot-stomping Irish and Scottish tunes at the Annex on March 16.  Continue reading:
Mini Guide to CelticFest 2015 – Vancouver’s 12-Day Celtic Bash

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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22 distilleries raise spirits at BC Distilled festival

Photo courtesy of BC Distilled

Photo courtesy of BC Distilled

Two words: pace yourself.

With 22 distilleries pouring samples of gin, vodka, and other spirits, this is one event you’ll want to arrive and depart by transit.

B.C. Distilled, which returns this year on April 18, is a great opportunity to have a wee taste of what’s in those big bottles before making a commitment. It brings together 22 of the province’s leading makers of locally crafted spirits, along with a handful of artisanal beverage and food purveyors.

Here’s what will be pouring.

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22 distilleries raise spirits at BC Distilled festival

Featured Vancouverite: Jessica Slonski

Jessica Slonski

Hometown: Whitehorse, Yukon

How long have been a Vancouverites? 8 years

Occupation:
I’m the owner and founder of Form Body Lab, a boutique pilates studio focused on an integrated, client-focused approach to wellness. Not just yoga and pilates, our studio was the first to include in-house physiotherapists and registered massage therapists – a collaboration of instructors and practitioners to provide a center for high quality rehabilitation and physical maintenance.

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See local and international design ideas to transform Vancouver’s famous Robson Street

Urban Reef

Last year’s winner, “Urban Reef.”

Urban theorists often say that the health of a city can be measured by its public spaces, or lack of them.

In Vancouver, one of the central gathering spots has long been the 800-block of Robson Street. Steps from some of the city’s best shopping, and extending from Robson Square to the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the block is a prime example of the kind of urban space that attracts people from all walks of life. But it could be more fun.

That, at least, is the idea behind the Robson Redux Design-Build Competition. Over the past few summers, the City of Vancouver initiative has resulted in installations of giant bean bags, waves of yellow shag and, last year, a curvy urban reef.

What will it be this summer?

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See local and international design ideas to transform Vancouver’s famous Robson Street