You Otter Know that Saturday Kicks Off Otter Awareness Week at Vancouver Aquarium

Tanu and Katmai

Whether they are diving, playing, splashing about, or holding paws while they sleep, sea otters are undeniably charming . . . some may even say they are “otterly” adorable. More than just a fuzzy face, sea otters play a vital role in coastal ecosystems, keeping kelp forests — which provide a home to marine animals and protect our shorelines from wind and waves — in balance. Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, invites you to celebrate sea otters during Sea Otter Awareness Week. From Saturday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Oct. 1, visitors can learn more about sea otters, the challenges they face in the wild, and how to help conserve this cute and crucial species.

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You Otter Know that Saturday Kicks Off Otter Awareness Week at Vancouver Aquarium

Literary thrillers, song-and-dance cartoons, East Van gangs at this weekend’s Word Vancouver

Katherine Collins will talk about her groundbreaking Canadian comics creation, Neil the Horse, at this year’s Word Vancouver.

From the 1900 salmon strike to the 2017 women’s march, Vancouver boasts a long history of activism. This history is the subject of City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes, a new book by Kate Bird.

Bird is one of many authors featured at this year’s Word Vancouver Festival. The festival gets underway today (Tues. Sept 19) and features (free!) readings and events throughout the week.

But the whole thing culminates on Sunday, Sept 24 with a full, multi-author day of activities in and around the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia). Events include readings, presentations, workshops, kids books, and even poetry (poetry! in this day and age!). Below, we’ve listed a few of Sunday’s authors and presentations we think might be worth checking out.

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Literary thrillers, song-and-dance cartoons, East Van gangs at this weekend’s Word Vancouver

Vancouver’s Trans-centric Monthly Club Party: Coconutz and Bananas

By Kendell Yan

A safe and inclusive oasis of body positivity has popped up in Vancouver’s club scene in the form of the city’s very first trans-centric club party, Coconutz and Bananas!

Coconutz and Bananas (C&B) premiered at the Odyssey in August 2017, and is on monthly for nights full of gogo dancers, DJs, drag, and performers, delivering trans and non-binary curated entertainment by and for the city’s LGBTQ2+ community. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Trans-centric Monthly Club Party: Coconutz and Bananas

Strolling in Shaughnessy

Stately homes in Shaughnessy Photo: Rob Weiss

When you think of destinations for the rich and famous and the world’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, what comes to mind? Fifth Avenue in New York, Kensington or Chelsea in London, England, or perhaps Nob Hill in San Franciso? Well, closer to home, with prices as high as the Lions, immaculately maintained gardens, and a vibrant past lies Vancouver’s very own Shaughnessy. Steeped in history, this residential area was first conceived in the early 1900’s as an elite neighbourhood by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). In fact, this exclusive residential area is named after CPR President, Sir Thomas Shaughnessy and many streets like Angus and Marpole are named after former CPR Directors.

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Strolling in Shaughnessy

Filming in Vancouver: Christmas TV movies abound, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet praise Vancouver

Idris Elba hit the Toronto International Film Festival’s red carpets with his new girlfriend from Vancouver, Sabrina Dhowre.

While, inexplicably, egg nog has already hit Vancouver store shelves prior to Halloween, if you happen to see elaborate Christmas decorations around town, they may not necessarily be companies trying to push the Noel season upon us prematurely.

What you might be witnessing are the numerous Christmas TV movies being shot around town.

In fact, there are so many seasonal TV specials being shot here, Vancouver might as well be renamed Hollywood North Pole.

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Filming in Vancouver: Christmas TV movies abound, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet praise Vancouver

LUSH Gorilla Perfume Presents: Gorilla Gallery Vol IV in Vancouver

With the long-awaited launch of LUSH Gorilla Perfume IV, comes the return of the Gorilla Gallery.

At Gorilla, they’ve always said that Perfume is Art, and have always been passionate about exploring art in all its forms. That’s why every time they release a new collection of perfumes they create an interactive exhibition, where each one becomes its very own installation. Guests are allowed to truly immerse themselves in the scents and experience the stories that inspired them.

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LUSH Gorilla Perfume Presents: Gorilla Gallery Vol IV in Vancouver

Vancouver Cheese and Meat Festival Returns September 30

vancouver cheese and meat festival 2017

Image courtesy of the Vancouver Cheese & Meat Festival | Facebook.com

Meat and cheese go together like bread and butter (which, also tastes good with meat and cheese), so it just seems right to have a festival devoted to the perfect pairing. The second annual Vancouver Cheese and Meat festival is approaching quickly and tickets were quick to sell out.

However, there is a rumour that some extra passes will be made available to those on the waitlist for evening tickets. Additionally, if you post on the Event Facebook page, there’s a good chance that people may be willing to sell their tickets if they’re no longer able to go to the actual event. If all else fails, you can start planning your trip back to Vancouver for the 2018 Cheese & Meat Festival!

This year, The Cheese and Meat Festival will be hosted in Vancouver on September 30 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Yaletown (181 Roundhouse Mews).

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Vancouver Cheese and Meat Festival Returns September 30