New $700,000 Sculpture in Stanley Park Explores Portuguese-Aboriginal Roots

Photo sourced from Vancouver Park Board

Photo sourced from Vancouver Park Board

A new $700,000, 4.2-metre-high sculpture has been unveiled in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

Rising on Brockton Point, the new bronze sculpture – dubbed Shore to Shore – depicts a little-known but colourful figure from the city’s past, the whaler known as Portuguese Joe Silvey. Silvey, who emigrated in 1858 from Portugal, opened a saloon opposite Gassy Jack Deighton’s in what is now Gastown. He earned a reputation as a cultural bridgemaker, marrying into the local Coast Salish First Nations community and having 11 children with two wives.

The sculpture, which took five years to complete, depicts Portuguese Joe and each of his wives alongside a monument of intricately carved designs crowned with the head of a raptor, representing both the Canadian eagle and the Portuguese açor.  It’s set on a a field of black and white stones, imported from Portugal and arranged into an intricate, swirling design. It sits near the site where Portuguese Joe once had a home in Stanley Park.   Continue reading:
New $700,000 Sculpture in Stanley Park Explores Portuguese-Aboriginal Roots

3 Vancouver Farmers Markets open this week: here’s when and where

Trout Lake Farmers Market Facebook | Julia Montague photo credit

Trout Lake Farmers Market Facebook | Julia Montague photo credit

Get out your reusable shopping bags! Spring has sprung and summer is on its way…and with that, Vancouver Farmers Markets are gearing up for a busy season.

Three of the seven markets are opening this week (Yaletown, Trout Lake, and Kitsilano). The West End market opens on May 30, and three others follow in June.

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3 Vancouver Farmers Markets open this week: here’s when and where

Calling all Carnivores: Brewery and The Beast 2015 Festival Tickets on Sale Now!

brewery and the beast vancouver 2015

Image sourced from Brewery & The Beast

If the thought of spending an afternoon in the sun eating freshly cooked meat and drinking freshly brewed local beer makes you simultaneously drool and grin, we’ve got great news for you. The incredibly popular Brewery & the Beast Festival will be coming back to Vancouver on Sunday, July 26, 2015.

You can expect an afternoon of sun (hopefully!), delicious meat samples, and refreshing local beer to wash it all down. Tickets for the 3rd annual festival of meat & beer went on sale yesterday, and if you’re hoping to check out the one-of-a-kind culinary experience, it’s probably a good idea to purchase a ticket soon – this event is known to sell out fast!

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Calling all Carnivores: Brewery and The Beast 2015 Festival Tickets on Sale Now!

Free Public Wi-Fi Coming to 43 Vancouver Locations

Photo credit: Andrew Raun | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Andrew Raun | Wikipedia

Internet users, it’s time to fire up those browsers.

The City of Vancouver is rolling out free Wi-Fi at 43 locations, ranging from community centres to outdoor pools, cultural centres and even marinas and public golf course clubhouses.

The new offerings will supplement the free Wi-Fi already available at Vancouver Public Library locations. It will be anonymous, with no registration requirements and no data caps.

The free Wi-Fi initiative is the result of nearly a decade of lobbying by groups seeking to “bridge the digital divide.” Free Wi-Fi levels the playing field for people who don’t have access to Internet at home, while also making things easier for tourists and helping in emergency situations.  Continue reading:
Free Public Wi-Fi Coming to 43 Vancouver Locations

5 can’t-miss events at Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2015

Photo credit: Two Peas Photography | Vancouver Craft Beer Week on Facebook

Photo credit: Two Peas Photography | Vancouver Craft Beer Week on Facebook

The countdown is on to Vancouver Craft Beer Week, and there’s still time to get your ducks—er, bottle caps–in a row.

The biggest craft-beer festival in Canada starts at the end of this month and runs from May 29 to June 7 with beer-pairing dinners, festival tastings, and party upon party.

Tickets to some of the signature events (such as the Rare Brews & BBQ) have already sold out but, but there are plenty of others to choose from.

Here are five to whet your whistle.

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5 can’t-miss events at Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2015