Visit 30 countries in 2 days at Burnaby’s European Festival 2015

Delhi 2 Dublin |Photo sourced from EuropeanFestival.ca

Delhi 2 Dublin |Photo sourced from EuropeanFestival.ca

Want to explore Europe without leaving Metro Vancouver? Over the last weekend in May, you can experience the food, music, and dancing of up to 30 different countries at the annual European Festival in Burnaby.

On May 30 and 31, Swangard Stadium at Central Park will be the site of a mash-up of European culture. The 18th annual festival features continuous entertainment on two stages with musical performances ranging from Spanish flamenco guitar to Slovenian polka to a Balkan brass band.

Turkey is the featured country this year, and the Vancouver Turkish choir will also be performing.

The headliners on Saturday night are Delhi 2 Dublin, a Vancouver-based band that Hour Magazine called “the United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll”.

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Visit 30 countries in 2 days at Burnaby’s European Festival 2015

How hard is it to become a YouTube Star?

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How hard is it to become a YouTube Star? And can anyone really do it? A UK study recently found that 40% of 16-24 year olds would rather be a YouTube star over becoming a doctor, lawyer or pop music star.

In this doc, the guys behind SHIFT interview Vancouver’s biggest YouTube celebrities (Austin Pamaj, Convos With My 2YR Old, and IFHT) and start a channel from scratch to find out how hard it is to go viral… and succeed with 2M channel views to date.

5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver

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Vancouverites have such an affinity for the water and there’s so many ways to get close and enjoy our rivers, lakes, coastal inlets and bays. Boardwalk promenades are ideal locations for leisurely strolls, watching activity on our waterways, soaking up some sunshine, and purchasing fresh-caught local seafood.

Here are the 5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver that will get you above and around our beautiful waterfronts.

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5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver

Night at the Aquarium, June 18

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There are few places in Vancouver more magical at night than the Vancouver Aquarium. The word “enchanting” comes to mind, with jellyfish glowing as they float against a bright blue backdrop and sharks dancing around each other as the beloved endangered sea turtle, Schoona, sails by.

On Thursday, June 18, the Aquarium will open its doors for a particularly majestic evening – their signature fundraising event, Night at the Aquarium. Continue reading:
Night at the Aquarium, June 18

Green Milestone in Vancouver: Half of all trips now by bike, transit or on foot

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Vancouver is officially a little greener this month. New stats released by city transportation officials show that, for the first time ever, nearly just as many trips are made by bike, transit or on foot as are made by car.

In 2014, a total of 918,000 daily trips were made by automobile, down from 983,000 the year before. That compares to 905,000 daily trips made by bike, transit or on foot in 2014, up from 893,000 the year before.

In other words, cars now only account for roughly half of all trips made in Vancouver – a major milestone in the city’s quest to become the world’s “greenest” city by 2020. At the same time, total kilometres travelled by vehicle has plummeted in recent years, down 21 percent since 2007.

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Green Milestone in Vancouver: Half of all trips now by bike, transit or on foot