Fan Expo Vancouver 2014: An Experience Not to be Missed

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This weekend in Vancouver, don’t be surprised if you see a fully-costumed Iron Man chatting up Zelda, or a Star Wars Storm Trooper fake fighting with Spiderman and Pikachu. It’s just that time of year again, the blossoms are blooming and thousands upon thousands of geeks, nerds, and comic book aficionados will be descending upon the Vancouver Convention Centre for Fan Expo 2014.

It’s a weekend of comic books, cosplay, and celebrities—Vancouver’s very own Comic Con, located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, taking place from April 18-20, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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Fan Expo Vancouver 2014: An Experience Not to be Missed

The Vancouver Park Board is launching the first City Bird competition

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You can vote for your favourite bird from among six splendid and popular birds that live in Vancouver year round – Anna’s Hummingbird, Black-capped Chickadee, Varied Thrush, Pacific Wren, Pileated Woodpecker, and Northern Flicker. The winner will be named the ‘official’ City Bird for Bird Week 2015.

The competition is to raise awareness about the importance of birds in Vancouver as they are visible markers of a healthy ecosystem and an experiential link between people and local biodiversity. We are kicking off this campaign with a media event on Sunday, April 13 at 9:30am at Stanley Park Ecology Nature House, Lost Lagoon.

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The Vancouver Park Board is launching the first City Bird competition

New Sea to Sky Gondola Ready to Open Outside Vancouver

Photo sourced from Sea to Sky Gondola.

Photo sourced from Sea to Sky Gondola.

The long-awaited Sea to Sky Gondola is finally set to take its first passengers.

Situated in Squamish, about one hour north of Vancouver, the gondola will begin whisking visitors from sea level to a height of more than 885 metres on May 16.

The $22-million facility is situated on a strip of land between the famous Stawamus Chief Provincial Park (better known as “the Chief”) and Shannon Falls.  After a 10-minute ride in plush, eight-person gondola cars, passengers disembark on a mountain peak situated high above Howe Sound.

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New Sea to Sky Gondola Ready to Open Outside Vancouver

Ready for North America’s Biggest Ski, Music and Arts Fest?

Photo: Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

Photo: Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

Ready for some spring skiing, free live concerts and mind-bending ski and boarding competitions?

North America’s largest “winter sports, music, arts and mountain culture” festival is coming to Whistler, April 11-April 20.  The World Ski and Snowboard Festival features 10 days of world-class competition, free hip hop and electronic dance music shows and, of course, all the skiing and boarding you want at one of the continent’s highest-rated resorts – all just two short hours from Vancouver.

Here’s a peek at what’s in store:

WSSF | Dave Humphreys / dhump.ca

WSSF | Dave Humphreys / dhump.ca

Live sportsSpectator sports offerings range from the heart-pounding to the goofy and absurd.  At the World Skiing Invitational, see competitors face off in an adrenaline-packed slopestyle competition and truly jaw-dropping big air jump competition. Equally impressive, the Shred Show sees the world’s best snowboarders compete on a huge, 70-foot table jump.  Meanwhile, furry mascots do battle in Mascot Mayhem, while local pets participate in the Whistler Dogfest and roller-skaters face off in roller derby on Super Brawl Sunday.

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Hey Sherlock! Funny, entertaining Baskervilles heads to Vancouver stage

James Rowley, Mark Carter and Michael Charrois in Bad Dog Productions The Hound of the Baskervilles.

James Rowley, Mark Carter and Michael Charrois in Bad Dog Productions The Hound of the Baskervilles.

One of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous mysteries is coming to Granville Island.

It’s only right. With the English TV series Sherlock (starring Benedict Cumberbatch) and the American show Elementary, interest in the world’s most famous detective is at a fever pitch.

Thankfully, Bad Dog Productions’ The House of the Baskervilles doesn’t modernize the early 20th-century characters or story, but it does play up the laughs. Originally a UK production, this entertaining and funny take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s third Sherlock Holmes novel had a successful run last fall in Surrey. The Vancouver remounting runs April 22 thru May 3 at Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright St.) on Granville Island, and it promises to be fun for the whole family.

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Hey Sherlock! Funny, entertaining Baskervilles heads to Vancouver stage