TEDxEastVan 2016 will take place on April 23rd at the York Theatre, Vancouver. Here is a beautiful trailer for the event that gives a flavour of our East Vancouver community – the place we love – and the upcoming event.
by Craig Takeuchi
Vancouver’s screen industries have been enjoying a busy time with numerous projects heading into town. Fulfilling our reputation as Hollywood North both on and off set, there’ve been plenty of celebrities in tow, with sightings around the city being reported by citizens and paparazzi alike. If you’re either lucky or savvy enough (or both), you might even be able to snap a celebrity sighting yourself as a souvenir.
The VanDusen Botanical Garden will be buzzing with more than bees this weekend as thousands of avid gardeners descend on the hotly anticipated VanDusen Plant Sale. This free event takes place on Sunday, April 24th and typically attracts over 10,000 people looking for great deals on over 20,000 plants.
The sale lasts for just one day and is only made possible by the 400 volunteers that pitch in to help with the event. Best of all, admission is 100% free, so after checking out the plants (and the crowd) you can take a quick wander around the beautiful gardens.
Hip ping-pong clubs (yes, ping-pong clubs) are all the rage in cities like London, Chicago and New York. Imagine a pool hall, but with a table-tennis theme. Enthusiasts get down to house music and sip craft beer and cocktails, while facing off at tables.
Now Vancouver is getting its first taste of the hip pong craze. A ping-pong pop-up called Thing/Pong is making its debut May 1 at East Vancouver’s Wise Hall. The brainchild of a local pong aficionado, the “social club style” event features a full day of laid-back table tennis, coupled with art, music and culture (and booze), in one of the funkiest venues in East Van. Continue reading:
Ping Pong Pop-Up Coming to Vancouver
It was around this time of year that I had a stellar date on Granville Island. Warm, sunny days were back in the city, and suddenly, indoor dates in coffee shops and bars seemed less than appealing. I had met this cute guy on-line (again), we had gone on the obligatory first date where we mutually ascertained that neither of us was crazy (I hid my quirks well), and then agreed to meet up again.
Granville Island really is one of my favourite places in Vancouver. I worked at a (now closed) bookstore there one summer, regularly do yoga classes there at Semperviva, and often shop there for groceries and gifts for friends. So, when my date made an impromptu suggestion that we hang out at Granville Island, I gave him an enthusiastic, “Yes!” Our meeting gave me the template for the perfect Granville Island date.
It’s Earth Day weekend, and thoughtfulness is on-theme. Explore our shared future with Indigenous elders, check out a zero-waste pop-up-shop, support local crafters, discuss affordability, go for a walking tour, or check out TEDx in East Van. (It’s also William Shakespeare’s 400th death-a-versary, and there are a few ways to celebrate that as well.)
When it rains, it pours—but here in Vancouver, it pours intricate Instagram-worthy latte art. And on Thursday, April 28th at 5:30pm, Espressotec Sales & Services will be positively storming as the city’s top baristas compete for the title of Throwdown Champion.
“We’ve got a lot of talent on the coffee scene here in Vancouver,” says Espressotec owner Reg James. “It’s about time we show it off with a little friendly competition, like they do in the States. We want to engage our coffee community and celebrate our local talent.”