Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: March 16, 2017

It’s a very green weekend in Vancouver, full of St.Patrick’s Day themes, such as a Celtic fest, Irish-themed comedy, a film about an Irish conservationist, and no doubt green beers anywhere you wander.

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: March 16, 2017

2016’s Queen of Burlesque and star boylesque performer headline this year’s Vancouver Int’l Burlesque Fest!

Reigning Queen of Burlesque, Miss Exotic World 2016 Poison Ivory performs at this years VIBF.

It’s festival time in Vancouver. And perhaps no festival is more hotly anticipated than the tassel-touting Vancouver International Burlesque Festival.

This year, the festival is bringing in two top-tier headliners: Reigning Queen of Burlesque Poison Ivory and boylesque dancer Bazuka Joe. But that’s not all, as Canada’s longest-running burlesque festival hosts two nights, The International Cabaret (March 31) and Vancouver Uncovered (April 1), that feature visiting and local performers.

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2016’s Queen of Burlesque and star boylesque performer headline this year’s Vancouver Int’l Burlesque Fest!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Vancouver at the 2017 Celtic Village and Street Party

CelticFest - St Patrick's Day Parade | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver is already working to be one of the greenest cities in the world, but this weekend it’s going to get even greener! St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching on Friday, March 17, and there are plenty of chances to celebrate the Irish holiday with a little jig or a glass of green beer in Vancouver.

While there will be no St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver this year, are still plenty of festivities happening around town. Whether you’re after a green beer, a perfectly poured Guinness, or some Irish Dancing, there’s something for everyone this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Vancouver.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Vancouver at the 2017 Celtic Village and Street Party

Kids In Vancouver: 3 Reasons To See Dream Big: Engineering Our World

When I was invited to see a preview of the latest IMAX movie, Dream Big: Engineering Our World, I was weary of the subject matter. I didn’t think I’d be able to sit through 45 minutes of what I thought would be a documentary about engineering – exploring the technical ins and outs of some of our world’s buildings and bridges doused in enough mathematical and scientific jargon to put me to sleep. But I was so very wrong. Not only did I love every moment of the film, but I left with tears in my eyes and an overwhelming desire to tell everyone I know to see the latest OMNIMAX release at Science World.

Here are 3 reasons why you need to grab your kids and head to Science World to see this heartwarming, tear-jerking, action-packed film – about the exciting world of engineering.

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Kids In Vancouver: 3 Reasons To See Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Visit the B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives in Vancouver’s West End

Ron Dutton, sorting through a piece of the Archives | Image via Vancouver Courier, photo by Dan Toulgoet

By Casey Stepaniuk

If you’re not a LGBTQ+ library/archives nerd like me, you probably don’t even know that nestled in Vancouver’s West End is the B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives, an incredible resource preserving the history of both Vancouver and the wider province’s LGBTQ+ populations. Late last year, I visited the Archives to do some research on the history of Vancouver’s LGBTQ+ Out on the Shelves Library (more on that in a future post!). I was astounded at the breadth and depth of material and at the dedication of the archivist Ron Dutton, who selflessly runs the archives out of his own apartment!

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Visit the B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives in Vancouver’s West End

Savouring Lemonade at Horseshoe Bay

BC Ferries Terminal – Horseshoe Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.  That proverbial phrase rang true for me during my recent excursion to the Village of Horseshoe Bay.  Running late, despite my best attempts to adhere to the BC Ferries schedule, I literally missed the boat!  From the comfort of my car, I witnessed her slip out of the terminal and begin her journey across the Salish Sea. Disappointed and frustrated, I pondered what to do with my time.  Glancing up from the dashboard of my vehicle, I noticed a sign directing ferry customers to the Village of Horseshoe Bay.  Voila – lemonade!

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Savouring Lemonade at Horseshoe Bay

Vancouver Fashion Week’s Fall/Winter Preview Kicks Off March 20

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Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) has announced details for its 29th consecutive season. The autumn/winter 2017 season will take place from March 20 – 26 in Vancouver.

Presenting a range of national and international designers, VFW has established a global platform, while also maintaining its support for local talent. The shows will be held at the David Lam Hall in downtown Vancouver, where it will open its doors to designers, media, buyers and agents to explore and discover seven days of ready-to-wear from around the globe.

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Vancouver Fashion Week’s Fall/Winter Preview Kicks Off March 20