Tour de Butt 2017: Naked Bike Ride Returns to Vancouver July 22

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Image courtesy of World Naked Bike Ride – Vancouver | Facebook.com

There’s nothing quite as nice as enjoying the breeze on your cheeks as you ride through the streets of Vancouver… Which set of cheeks is up to you! This weekend, you may be seeing a whole lot of butt-cheeks if you’re in the Downtown core on Saturday, July 22. The World Naked Bike Ride is rolling through Vancouver this weekend with a crowd that’s stripped down to their skivvies in support of human-powered transportation, safe streets, and body positivity.

If you’ve got guts, the ride is open for anyone to join, with a dress code of as bare as you dare. Even if you’re more comfortable in just wearing a bathing suit, you’re free to join the festivities.

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Tour de Butt 2017: Naked Bike Ride Returns to Vancouver July 22

Walk, Bike or Roll on the Arbutus Greenway

Arbutus Greenway Photo: Rob Weiss

Proud. Pride with a capital P! Simply stated, as I cycled along the Arbutus Greenway, Vancouver’s newest shared recreational path, I felt a deep sense of pride. After only a few spins of the wheel, it became crystal clear to me; this route is more than a paved, car-free shared access Greenway; it is a vibrant, community space. Connecting our beloved Kitsilano neighbourhood to Marpole, the trail is several kilometres of terrific and I felt extremely proud of the community effort involved to bring this vision to reality!

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Walk, Bike or Roll on the Arbutus Greenway

Buffy Sainte-Marie, inaugural Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week and more at The Drum is Calling Festival

Buffy Sainte-Marie opens the Drum is Calling Festival (July 22-30). Christie Goodwin photo.

The Drum is Calling Festival is a nine-day celebration of arts and culture, with a First Nations theme.

The City’s Canada 150+ anchor event, the arts and culture festival represents a partnership between the City of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland’s Host Nations. Events are daily from 1 – 10 p.m. and include concerts, workshops, plays, readings, a walking tour and more.

The July 22-30 festival takes place at various locations in downtown Vancouver, including Larwill Park, the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre and Vancouver Public Library.

Events are free, although some indoor venues may require advance registration. See some festival highlights below.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie, inaugural Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week and more at The Drum is Calling Festival

Filming in Vancouver: Vince Vaughn, Olivia Munn, Jason Alexander, Six, and more

Olivia Munn recently shot The Predator in Vancouver but she’s joining the cast of another locally shot production.

This week’s roundup of what’s shooting in Vancouver sees a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. And fears.

There’s an action-thriller feature, a psychological thriller, and a military drama TV series. But there are also some laughs are coming our way with a remake of a 1970s family comedy TV series. And along with all of that are some big names coming to town.

So let’s take a look at who’s who and what’s what in Hollywood North this week.

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Filming in Vancouver: Vince Vaughn, Olivia Munn, Jason Alexander, Six, and more

Take a Bite Out of Shark Week at the Vancouver Aquarium

photo: Zebra Shark / Vancouver Aquarium

With replenishable teeth, six senses, and unparalleled survival skills, sharks are the ultimate aquatic predator. Saluting Shark Week, Vancouver Aquarium is inviting visitors to get up close with these fierce yet fascinating animals with a Shark Week Giveaway from Saturday, July 22 to Sunday, July 30 and a chance to experience an exclusive feeding with sharks or stingrays (‘flattened’ shark cousins). Perfect for those intrigued by sharks and stingrays, the lucky visitors will be randomly chosen upon arrival to enjoy behind-the-scenes access and dedicated time with an expert while helping feed these animals. 

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Take a Bite Out of Shark Week at the Vancouver Aquarium

Get In My Belly! Crab & Lobster Boils Are Happening at YEW seafood + bar

Sweet, succulent, buttery and juicy. Yes, we’re talking about shellfish all-stars, BC-caught Dungeness crab and Canadian lobster.

Now through the end of August, the YEW seafood + bar (at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver) offers you the chance to dig into these sustainable seafood favourites at their Canada 150-inspired coast-to-coast Sunday Seafood Dining Series Crab & Lobster Boils.

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Get In My Belly! Crab & Lobster Boils Are Happening at YEW seafood + bar

The Vancouver Dyke March: A Balance of Celebration and Protest, Aug. 5, 2017

By Casey Stepaniuk

The Dyke March has always been my favourite Vancouver Pride weekend event. Held on the Saturday of Pride weekend every year, the day before the parade put on by the Vancouver Pride Society in the West End, the Dyke March (and Festival) is a beautiful blend of celebration and protest held in East Van on Commercial Drive. The idea behind the event, in the words of the organizers, is to create a march and festival that:

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The Vancouver Dyke March: A Balance of Celebration and Protest, Aug. 5, 2017