Yaletown transforms into Candytown this Saturday!

Candytown Yaletown Vancouver 2014

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Christmas is coming early to Yaletown this Saturday, November 22nd for the 3rd annual free holiday festival – Candytown! If you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit, Yaletown is the place to be this weekend. Vancouver’s only free, outdoor Christmas festival will transform Mainland Street into a winter wonderland from noon until 7:00pm.

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Yaletown transforms into Candytown this Saturday!

Discovering Vancouver’s Board Game Bars

Photo credit: thebarrowboy

Photo credit: thebarrowboy

There’s no shortage of great watering holes in Vancouver. From nightclubs, to pubs, to sports bars, in this city, there are plenty of options for the thirsty. But what if, alongside a hankering for a cold beer or cocktail, you’ve also got a craving for Clue, an appetite for Apples to Apples, a yearning for Yahtzee?

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Discovering Vancouver’s Board Game Bars

Where to get American Thanksgiving dinner in Vancouver

Fraser Valley turkey breast with all the trimmings at Yew seafood + bar.

Fraser Valley turkey breast with all the trimmings at Yew seafood + bar.

Right about now, Americans are gearing up for the big bird of all dinners. In Vancouver, we’re way ahead of you–Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. (Here’s more on how our celebrations differ.)

Fear not: there’s still plenty of fresh turkey to go around. While November 27 is not a holiday in Vancouver, several restaurants are welcoming their American cousins to dinner and putting on a south-of-the-border-style celebration. Here’s where to find turkey with all the trimmings.

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Where to get American Thanksgiving dinner in Vancouver

Hobbit Beer Comes to Vancouver

ccbd_preciouspils_650_v2.jpg__0x400_q95_autocrop_crop-smart_subsampling-2_upscaleIf you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings – with all of its Hobbits, dwarves, trolls, wizards and dragons – then this is the beer for you.

Metro Vancouver’s own Central City Brewers is unveiling a special series of Hobbit-themed beer to correspond with the Dec. 17 release of the final film in the Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies.

The Surrey-based brewery won exclusive Canadian rights to market the special line of beer. Three varieties will be produced: Gollum Precious Pils, Smaug Stout and Bolg Belgian Tripel.  (For those not steeped in Tolkien lore, Gollum is a “small, slimy creature” who lives in a cave and covets the precious ring, Smaug is a dragon that sits on a mountain of gold and Bolg is a seriously ugly-looking leader of the Orcs, humanoid goblins.)

Based on their descriptions, the beers should be sure to please the famously hard-drinking Hobbits and dwarves, as well as discerning Vancouver tipplers:

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Hobbit Beer Comes to Vancouver

‘Embedded historian’ Aaron Chapman on his new book, Live at the Commodore

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One of Vancouver’s most venerable entertainment institutions now has its own book.

Local author/historian Aaron Chapman has penned Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historic Commodore Ballroom. The book is a loving ode to the Granville Street venue that has hosted everything from vaudeville to big bands to classic rock to punk, and just about everything in between.

Live at the Commodore Ballroom is in local bookstores now. But you can also attend a launch at the Commodore itself Nov. 26. It will feature readings and live music, and admission is free with ticket or reservation (see below for details). Also featured as part of the evening, The Vancouver Heritage Foundation will present one of its Places that Matter plaques to the Commodore Ballroom recognizing its significance to the city.

We talked to Chapman about the book, which is filled with telling anecdotes and never-before-published photographs, posters and more.

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‘Embedded historian’ Aaron Chapman on his new book, Live at the Commodore