Zombie Fighting Returns to Streets of Downtown Vancouver

Photo credit: The Zombie Syndrome from the Virtual Stage

Photo credit: The Zombie Syndrome from the Virtual Stage

Zombies are back on the streets of Vancouver.  And our only hope is … you and your smartphone.

For the third year, the Virtual Stage is unleashing its interactive Halloween adventure The Zombie Syndrome on downtown Vancouver.  Starting Oct. 7, you can grab your smartphone and join other “top agents” on a quest to save the world and elude the undead.  Just watch your back and don’t get bit along the way.

The unique piece of interactive theatre has won rave reviews from press, critics and – most importantly – participants.  The audience must use GPS-enabled smartphones to gather clues from across the city and stop the zombie plague. Groups are guided by special agents from the “Department of National Defence” and confront all sorts of ghoulish adversaries as they move from site to site, from walking corpses to menacing troublemakers.

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Zombie Fighting Returns to Streets of Downtown Vancouver

Accordion Noir Festival Celebrates the Squeezebox this Weekend

Accordion Noir Festival 2014

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While many people still associate the accordion with the polka, the world’s most misunderstood instrument is trying to push past its reputation of belonging in an oom-pa-pa band. For the 7th annual Accordion Noir Festival, the accordion takes the spotlight as the edgy, gritty, and soulful music-maker that it is.

The Accordion Noir Festival runs from Thursday, September 11th until Sunday, September 14th, and is packed with fun, music-filled events that will satisfy even the harshest critic of the accordion.

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Accordion Noir Festival Celebrates the Squeezebox this Weekend

Vancouver Aquarium Voted Top 10 in the World

Photo credit: Joe Robertson | Flickr

Photo credit: Joe Robertson | Flickr

You always knew there was something special about all those jellyfish, otters, wolf eels and Arctic char.  Now the world knows, too.

Vancouver Aquarium has been voted one of the ten best in the world by readers of USA Today.  The aquarium nabbed the seventh spot overall in the newspaper’s 10Best survey, just behind Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and ahead of Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.

The survey notes that the aquarium has just completed the biggest expansion in its history, nearly doubling its gallery space.  It now houses some 50,000 animals, with special new exhibits highlighting Red Sea coral reefs and Africa’s Lake Malawi.

Currently, the aquarium receives more than 1 million visitors every year.   Continue reading:
Vancouver Aquarium Voted Top 10 in the World

Made-in-Vancouver chocolate bar comes out on top!

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It’s official: Mink Chocolates‘ Mermaid’s Choice chocolate bar is the best in the world, or pretty darn close. In a story that first ran on Global News Sept. 4, it was revealed that the bar made by the Vancouver-based company tied (along with New South Wales’s Zokoko – Tranquilidad Bolivia 72%) for the title of Top Chocolate Bar at the 2014 International Chocolate Salon.

The Vancouver-made bar beat out entries from across Canada, the U.S. and around the world at the Salon, held in San Francisco. Said one judge, “Loved, loved, LOVED the Mink Mermaid’s Choice bar. They pulled together some tricky ingredients and got it just right. Wonderful mouthfeel, oozing caramel, not too much salt, rosemary accent – wow!”

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Made-in-Vancouver chocolate bar comes out on top!

Naked Sushi Makes Waves in Vancouver

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons | Think Draw

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons | Think Draw

Naked sushi has come to Vancouver.

The Japanese practice of nyotaimori – serving sushi on a naked body – is said to have its origins in the samurai period in Japan.  Of late, it’s spread to North America, with restaurants and caterers from Toronto to Las Vegas offering diners the chance to pluck their maki and sashimi off of models.

And now even Vancouver is getting in on the act, according to a story by Mia Stainsby in the Vancouver Sun.  A unique catering company is offering the service to clients in the city interested in experiencing the practice.  Of course, it’s not without controversy. Since the Vancouver Sun article was published, the blogosphere has come alive with posts and comments criticizing nyotaimori as degrading to the models and possibly even in violation of health standards.

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Naked Sushi Makes Waves in Vancouver