JFL Northwest comedy festival profiles – Andy Kindler

Andy Kindler hosts The Alternative Show Feb. 24 & 25 at the Rio Theatre as part of JFL Northwest 2017.

Andy Kindler might be considered a comedian’s comedian, if so many comedians wouldn’t just as soon see him retire.

Actually, “retire” might be too weak of a word. When you’re as critical of your fellow comics as Kindler is – folks like Adam Carolla, Bill Maher and Dane Cook have been recipients of his on- and off-stage barbs – then you’re bound to make some enemies.

Besides his stand-up routines, Kindler is also known for his annual state-of-the-industry address at Just for Laughs in Montreal, as well as for hosting Hulu’s stand-up series, Coming to the Stage. He’s done voicework for Bob’s Burgers and played a fictional version of himself in the series Maron. At this year’s JFL Northwest comedy festival, Kindler will host the Alternative Show (Feb. 24 & 25) at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway St.), which features a lineup of favourites from the festival. Among other things, we asked the L.A.-based stand-up about how he handles awkward backstage encounters with fellow comedians.

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JFL Northwest comedy festival profiles – Andy Kindler

Snowshoes, Sunsets and the Grind

 

Scenic views from the Snowshoe Grind Photo: D Coo Badger Photography

Missing your fitness fix on the Grouse Grind?  Resolved to up your fitness level in 2017? With epic snow on our North Shore Mountains if you have not yet traded your hiking boots for snowshoes, now might be the time to challenge the Snowshoe Grind!

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Snowshoes, Sunsets and the Grind

Kids In Vancouver: Peruse, Purchase & Play at the Vancouver International Boat Show

Granville Island Floating Show | Photo: Vancouver International Boat Show

With the ground covered in snow, and many of Vancouver’s water surfaces solidified in ice, it may seem like a peculiar time for the city to host a boat show. Now in its 55th year, the largest boat show in Western Canada has proven that boating can be a year-round affair.

At first glance, this showcase of the newest and most innovative boats and accessories may seem fit only for the most skilled and passionate boaters who are serious about making a purchase, but the event offers a variety of shows and displays to entertain visitors of all ages and skill levels. Here are 4 highlights at the boat show that the whole family can enjoy.

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Kids In Vancouver: Peruse, Purchase & Play at the Vancouver International Boat Show

Updated: sing along with ‘Rebel Rebel’ and other David Bowie tributes in Vancouver

The loss of David Bowie has left a void in the hearts of many. To commemorate both his death and birth – Bowie was born Jan 8 1947 and died on Jan 10 last year – Vancouver musicians and music fans are paying tribute to the late British rock star this month with events devoted to his music.

Update: we have added three more events, Impromptu Rock Choir’s three-night Bowie singalong.

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Updated: sing along with ‘Rebel Rebel’ and other David Bowie tributes in Vancouver

The Vancouver Recital Society Presents Piano and Cello Winterlude Concerts

Jean Guihen Queyras
Photo: Marco Borggreve

The difficult task of making resolutions for 2017 has begun for me. Exercising more and sleeping in less figure on the growing list.

However, certain resolutions are going to be much easier to keep since they’re actually going to add more joy and entertainment to my life. One resolution involves my boyfriend and me forgoing the television watching, and instead taking increased advantage of the vibrant arts and culture scene in Vancouver. On the top of the list is checking out the Vancouver Recital Society’s 2017 concert line-up.

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The Vancouver Recital Society Presents Piano and Cello Winterlude Concerts

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend: January 5, 2017

Happy 2017! It’s time to dig yourself out of the pile of cheese rinds, chocolate wrappers and wine bottles (if you want, I’m not judging) and head out for the first weekend of the year. ‘Tis the season for outdoor ice skating – either at Robson Square or up on Grouse Mountain, the holiday lights are still up at Capilano Suspention Bridge, and the Vancouver Italian Film Festival begins.

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend: January 5, 2017

#VeryVancouver Neighbourhoods – Commercial Drive

Photo: Ken Eisner / Flickr

A confluence of cultures makes Commercial Drive, or “The Drive,” a neighbourhood worth exploring. Known as “Little Italy,” this diverse neighbourhood is home to a colourful mix of hippies, immigrants and families. Back in the late 1800s, the area was a thoroughfare used for logging, with shops springing up along Commercial as the surrounding area became residential. Subsequent waves of immigrants after the two world wars, many from Italy and Southern Europe, contributed to The Drive’s current character.

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#VeryVancouver Neighbourhoods – Commercial Drive