Vancouver Bartenders Create New Spring Cocktails With Local Spirits

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Shaun Layton of Juniper in his natural habitat.

Some of the city’s best barkeeps are serving up spring in a glass, using locally-made mixers, tinctures and elixirs, and of course world-class spirits. We caught up with a few, who shared their secret recipes, and where you can enjoy them. Continue reading:
Vancouver Bartenders Create New Spring Cocktails With Local Spirits

Vancouver Screen Scene: From Charlize Theron to Canadian talents Christopher Plummer and Eric McCormack

Charlize Theron will star in Tully, which will film in Vancouver this summer.

Charlize Theron will shoot Tully in Vancouver this summer.

Many international audiences don’t realize that some of their favourite stars working in Hollywood actually hail from the Great White North.

Some of them even come back home to shoot their projects here in Hollywood North, such as Ryan Reynolds (hello, Deadpool) and Seth Rogen (who will shoot the forthcoming sci-fi comedy The Something here).

For this edition of Vancouver Screen Scene, we wound up playing spot-the-Canucks so feel free to play along with us (by drinking a shot of maple syrup every time we mention a Canadian) as as we list what’s shooting in town these days.

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Vancouver Screen Scene: From Charlize Theron to Canadian talents Christopher Plummer and Eric McCormack

Cartoonists at large – highlights of this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Art by Faith Erin Hicks, a Halifax cartoonist who is one of the guests at this year's Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.

Art by Faith Erin Hicks, a Halifax cartoonist who is one of the guests at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.

Talented guests, entertaining and informative panels and an all-around good vibe have combined to make the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival one of the city’s most anticipated events, at least by comics nerds (and the city has plenty of those).

Now in its fifth year, VanCAF 2016 takes place May 21-22 at the Roundhouse Community Centre. This year’s special guest is Lynn Johnston, known to fans of the funny pages as the creator of the popular comic strip For Better or For Worse. The Canadian cartoonist, who worked on the strip for over 30 years before retiring in 2010, will be in conversation with cartoonist Doug Savage on Saturday, May 21. Afterwards, she’ll sign books and meet fans.

But there are plenty of other highlights, too. Let’s look at some of the other creators who are going to coming out to talk comics. And, by the way, VanCAF is FREE, although enthusiasts might want to think about paying for a VIP Package, which is $20 and includes raffle tickets, posters and more.

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Cartoonists at large – highlights of this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Vancouver Date Idea: Go to the Races at the Deighton Cup

Photo Credit: Zook-It Photography

Photo Credit: Zook-It Photography

Last year, I visited London in June, and was really hoping to go to the Royal Ascot races. I love the glamour of the event, the over-the-top fancy hats, and the glitterati (including the Royal Family) in attendance. Alas, logistically, it wasn’t meant to be.

Fortunately, I have the opportunity to don my finery and watch horse races at one of my favourite Vancouver events of the summer! My boyfriend, who usually lives in jeans and a t-shirt, will also be transformed. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t own a top hat and waistcoat, but we’ll find some, I’m sure.

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Vancouver Date Idea: Go to the Races at the Deighton Cup

Kids In Vancouver: 4 Lakes To Explore In The City

Rice Lake | Photo: Flickr

Rice Lake | Photo: Flickr

BC boasts a bounty of beautiful lakes, attracting tourists from around the world to swim, boat and enjoy a quiet lakeside getaway, but there are some lesser-known watering holes located right in the Metro Vancouver area that are equally as enchanting.

All less than an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver, these 4 lakes are worth the short trek, even if some are not suitable for swimming. Stroll, bike, bird watch, picnic or play in one of these sweet little sanctuaries, without having to leave the comforts of the city.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Lakes To Explore In The City

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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We are getting into summer market season, with both day and night markets opening up to sell you all sorts of things, like fresh foods, preserves, crafts, trinkets, young coconuts and fried squid tentacles. There’s also the Spot Prawn Festival, a night of whiskey and literature, a fermentation fair, and a comedy show by sexual assault survivors, among other things.

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Tonight, the battle of the century – it’s Gentlemen Hecklers v Green Lantern!

Ryan Reynolds stars as the titular character in 2011's Green Lantern.

Ryan Reynolds stars as the titular character in 2011’s Green Lantern.

“It’s a big, bright, beautiful chunk of cheese,” says Eric Fell of the anti-gem Green Lantern.

In honour of the 2011 superhero flick, Fell and his fellow comedians Patrick Maliha and Shaun Stewart are going up against the film tonight (May 11) as part of their ongoing Gentlemen Heckler series at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway). Fell had a few more things to say about the movie…

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Tonight, the battle of the century – it’s Gentlemen Hecklers v Green Lantern!