Hundreds of Zombies Dancing to Thriller: Thrill Vancouver Returns, Oct. 25

Photo credit: Vancouver Film School | Flickr

Photo credit: Vancouver Film School | Flickr

Are you ready to let out your inner zombie?

Thrill Vancouver, the event where people dress up in gruesome costumes and dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, returns Saturday, Oct. 25.  This year, the dance – which has attracted hundreds of participants in the past – is being held at Olympic Village Plaza, on False Creek in downtown Vancouver, at 4 p.m.

Thrill Vancouver is actually part of the international Thrill the World event, which sees thousands of participants in dozens of different countries simultaneously emulate the signature dance moves from Jackson’s epic 1983 music video Thriller, which famously featured walking corpses thrusting and gyrating to the beat.

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Hundreds of Zombies Dancing to Thriller: Thrill Vancouver Returns, Oct. 25

Free Movies at All Cineplex Theatres in Vancouver, Oct 18

Photo credit: Yaletown BIA | Flickr

Photo credit: Yaletown BIA | Flickr

Movie tickets at Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver are regularly priced at $12.99.  But on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 18, they’re absolutely free.

Scotiabank Theatre, along with nearly a dozen other Cineplex theatres in the Lower Mainland, will be showing free movies that morning as part of the annual Cineplex Community Day.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and movie start times range from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Apart from a free flick, you can also get cheap snacks: Regular popcorn, regular fountain drinks and selected candies are all $2. (Now that’s a “breakfast of champions.”) All proceeds are donated to the Free the Children Foundation.

So what’s showing?

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Free Movies at All Cineplex Theatres in Vancouver, Oct 18

Crazy clowns and creepy dolls, experience Fright Nights at Playland

Fright nights 2014

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I have never been one for haunted houses. I love Halloween itself–the increase in skull-themed merchandise, dressing up in a comfortable onesie for work, eating lots and lots of leftover candy. But, its the “scary” part of Halloween that I just can’t stand. Which, to many, really is the point of Halloween. (ugh)

So, for some unknown reason, I decided to volunteer and check out Playland’s 2014 version of Fright Nights. My biggest nightmare, going to a dark, creepy, amusement park (with professional “scarers” shuffling around) to line up and go into dark, creepy, horrible houses to scare myself.

Why!? Peer pressure, if I have to be honest!

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Crazy clowns and creepy dolls, experience Fright Nights at Playland

Local Chocolatiers win big at Canadian National Chocolate Competition + Giveaway!

Photo credit: Sean Neild

Photo credit: Sean Neild

Since 2012, Canadian chocolatiers have competed to win a spot at the International Chocolate Awards. The 2014 Canadian qualifying competition was held October 9 and an awards ceremony took place at popular Vancouver chocolate shop, xoxolat. The Canadian National Competition of the International Chocolate Awards saw Lower Mainland chocolate makers take the podium last night.

With entries from coast to coast, chocolate makers competed in a number of categories including:  Bars – Milk chocolate flavoured with an infusion, ganache, truffles and nut-based pralines among many other.

There were some familiar entrants competing for the second year in a row: Sweet Lollapalooza, Violet Chocolate Company from Edmonton, Christophe Morel from Montreal and Beta5 Chocolates from Vancouver.  Continue reading:
Local Chocolatiers win big at Canadian National Chocolate Competition + Giveaway!

Vancouver Loses its Beloved Steam Clock (for 2 months)

Photo credit: Junichi Ishito | Flickr

Photo credit: Junichi Ishito | Flickr

Gastown has lost an icon. The legendary Gastown Steam Clock, the steam-powered, 16-foot-tall clock on the corner of Cambie and Water Streets, is gone.

The clock was removed on Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, by city work crews, who carted it off on a flat-bed truck.  It will spend the next two months in a city works yard getting some long overdue repairs before being returned to its original location.

The clock debuted on Sept. 26, 1977.  If it happens to look a lot older than that, there’s good reason. The Victorian-style timepiece – with its  brass and copper finishings – was part of a larger effort to give Gastown a more vintage look and lure in tourists (other touches included the faux cobblestones laid down on Water Street).  The clock was installed to cover an existing steam grate and (at least, according to Wikipedia) “prevent street people from sleeping on the spot in cold weather.”

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