The Vancouver Inspiration Pass Lets You See Your City for Free!

Vancouver Inspiration Pass

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Lacking a little inspiration in your life? The Vancouver Public Library is looking to liven up your routine by offering The Vancouver Inspiration Pass: a free, cultural and recreational pass program that allows local families and teens to get out and explore the city in a whole new way.

If you already have a library card, you’re set! If not, visit your closest local library to get your own library card. All you need is a piece of ID and proof that you live in Vancouver.

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The Vancouver Inspiration Pass Lets You See Your City for Free!

Vancouver’s Shangri-La Hotel to Showcase the Art of Kung Fu Tea

Vancouver's Shangri-La Hotel to Showcase the Art of Kung Fu Tea

Che Huadong at the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver; Image courtesy of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

The award-winning luxury hotel, Shangri-La, Vancouver, is adding something quite special to their renowned afternoon tea, to celebrate Chinese New Year: Kung Fu tea. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Shangri-La Hotel to Showcase the Art of Kung Fu Tea

Lovers in dangerous times – a retrospective of acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien

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Shu Qi and Chang Chen in Three Times.

For some film buffs, the only way to see a movie is in big-screen, 35mm projection. For those fans, and fans of international cinema in general, Cinematheque’s current retrospective of a contemporary filmmaker is a major event.

Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien, which is currently touring internationally, includes all 17 features that the director has released to date, as well as shorts and important collaborations.

Considered by many to be one of the most important and influential filmmakers of the past three decades, Hou Hsiao-hsien is an innovative artist whose movies can best be described (as the Cinematheque’s press release eloquently puts it) as “contemplative, deeply humanistic” and “visually accomplished.”

Take, for instance, Three Times.

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Lovers in dangerous times – a retrospective of acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien

Five Drop-In Dance Classes to Shake It Up In Vancouver 

Photo credit: The Landing Dance Centre

Photo credit: The Landing Dance Centre

Remember that town in Footloose where dancing was banned? Spoiler alert: that town was not Vancouver. A happy Vancouverite is a sweaty-after-dance-class Vancouverite and when it comes to busting a move, the city has a class for every style and level of experience.

Mix things up in your fitness routine by trying out one of the many fun and funky drop-in dance classes across the city. There’s no commitment and it’s a great way to find a new activity that you might love. And what’s better than beating rainy day blues than dancing up a storm? Perfect for when you’ve absolutely, positively got to shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Five Drop-In Dance Classes to Shake It Up In Vancouver 

Free Oscar Party at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre (with red carpet)

Photo credit: Lincoln Blues | Flickr

Photo credit: Lincoln Blues | Flickr

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony is Sunday, Feb. 22, in Hollywood. But if you can’t make it to California to be on the red carpet and schmooze with Neil Patrick Harris, the next best thing may be the Rio Theatre in Vancouver.

The historic East Vancouver theatre – known for its offbeat cinema, creative live acts and, of course, bar – is holding a free Oscar party timed to coincide with the awards show.

In true Oscar style, guests are encouraged to dress up in their fanciest attire. (But jeans are fine, too … no one will be enforcing a dress code.) There will be an actual red carpet outside the theatre’s entrance near Broadway and Commercial Drive, with a photographer on hand to get shots of the glamorous ladies and gents lining up for the big show.

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Free Oscar Party at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre (with red carpet)