The Ultimate Free Ride: Free Public Transit in Vancouver this New Year’s Eve

Photo credit: ArielKettle | Wikipedia

Photo credit: ArielKettle | Wikipedia

As Vancouverites know all too well, the mathematical odds of finding a taxi on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver are pretty close to zero. Fortunately, taking transit should be easier (and cheaper) than ever this year.

Translink is offering free, extended service starting on New Year’s Eve and continuing into the wee hours of New Year’s Day. The bumped-up transit offering starts at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2015, and goes to 5 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2016. The best part: It won’t cost you a thing during that time period.

The SkyTrain will be running more frequent evening trains and also extending service by approximately one hour. The last trains will be departing Waterfront Station at 2:05 a.m. (Canada Line), 2:16 a.m. (Millennium Line) and 2:20 a.m. (Expo Line). Continue reading:
The Ultimate Free Ride: Free Public Transit in Vancouver this New Year’s Eve

Hallelujah! Leonard Cohen Musical Returns to Vancouver for the Holidays

Image sourced from firehallartscentre.ca

Image sourced from firehallartscentre.ca

Attention Leonard Cohen fanatics: The classic that puts the spotlight on Canada’s most beloved poet-crooner-novelist is back for a holiday run in Vancouver.

The Chelsea Hotel returns to the Firehall Arts Centre, Dec. 15-Jan. 9. The wildly creative musical is pieced together from Cohen’s acclaimed music and poetry. It premiered in 2012 to rave reviews (the Globe and Mail praised its “overwhelming inventiveness”) and has since played to sold-out shows across the country.

At the start of the musical, we encounter young Cohen suffering from a serious case of writer’s block. In fact, a literal mountain of crumpled paper rises next to his bedside at New York’s Chelsea Hotel. As the story progresses, he’s visited by a series of characters and lovers, all drawn to his outsized creative gifts and magnetism. Women are picked up and discarded; serious heartbreak and reflection ensues. And, in the process, Cohen discovers his artistic voice.

The plot, as it is, is fairly free form. But what really drives the musical forward is the interpretations of Cohen’s classic songs. The six performers pick up and play 17 different instruments – from guitars to cello, accordion, keyboards and even kazoo – as they work their way through the iconic Cohen catalogue.  Continue reading:
Hallelujah! Leonard Cohen Musical Returns to Vancouver for the Holidays

Things To Do On New Years Eve 2016 In Vancouver!

title2016It’s almost time to put all that party practice you’ve been working on this month to task and put yourself through one last hurrah on December 31st – as is the tradition! Here, for your perusing pleasure, is over 40 things that you can do this New Year’s Eve in Vancouver. Slip into some sequins or a tux and waltz your way into midnight with fine dining and dance, bring the kids to an early-ending night of entertainment, get clubby with one of the many DJ’d nights, enjoy New Year’s inspired by an entirely other decade, or even get freaky with your top full-off. Whatever floats your new years boat, you can probably find it.

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Things To Do On New Years Eve 2016 In Vancouver!

Boozy Holiday Tribute to Keith Richards Returns to Vancouver: Keithmas VI, Dec 18

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Photo credit: SolarScott | Wikipedia

Looking for a different way to ring in the holiday season?

This Dec. 18, Rolling Stones guitarist and legendary party animal Keith Richards will be turning 72 years old. In tribute to Keith, and in keeping with the spirit of the season, Vancouverites will again be marking the occasion with Keithmas – quite possibly the weirdest holiday tradition in the city.

The one-of-a-kind celebration, held this year in downtown’s Rickshaw Theatre, fuses Christmas themes with debauched live rock-and-roll music. At least nine separate bands will take the festively decorated stage over the course of the evening, performing hard-rocking covers of Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones.   Continue reading:
Boozy Holiday Tribute to Keith Richards Returns to Vancouver: Keithmas VI, Dec 18

12 New Bike Lanes Proposed for Vancouver

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Vancouver may be getting even more bike friendly over the next five years.

A dozen new bike lanes, including eight in the downtown core, have been proposed as part of a new report scheduled to go before city council this week.

The proposed changes amount to a Christmas wish list for avid bikers in the city. Major additions being considered include a new bike lane across the Granville Street Bridge, a much needed route linking Yaletown and the West End via Drake and Burnaby Streets, a long-awaited bike lane along Commercial Drive and a new “Portside Greenway” to run along Water Street in Gastown, according to reports in the Vancouver Sun and Metro.   Continue reading:
12 New Bike Lanes Proposed for Vancouver

Canada’s Puppet Master Returns to Vancouver with 19+-only Show: Daisy Theatre with Ronnie Burkett

Images from thecultch.com

Images from thecultch.com

If you see one puppet show this year (or this lifetime) make sure it’s this one.

More than 40 creepily realistic and very adult-themed puppets – everything from a snarky old dowager to a self-described “fairy boy” named Schnitzel – come together in The Daisy Theatre, a unique “puppet cabaret” returning to the Cultch, Dec. 1-Dec. 20.

The show incorporates dramatic set pieces, variety acts, music, monologues and lots off off-colour jokes – all performed by the ever-changing cast of puppets.  Amazingly, all the action is controlled by one man. Behind the strings, working from a balcony high above the stage, is Canada’s undisputed puppet master, Ronnie Burkett. Continue reading:
Canada’s Puppet Master Returns to Vancouver with 19+-only Show: Daisy Theatre with Ronnie Burkett

More Local Craft Beers Coming to BC Liquor Stores

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Photo credit: TheDigitel Beaufort | Flickr

There’s good news for B.C. beer fans in Vancouver.

Changes in liquor board rules mean that more local craft beers should be showing up in your neighbourhood B.C. Liquor store. The rule change allows government liquor stores to sell up to a dozen more beers from area microbreweries. This total is above and beyond the craft beers already on liquor store shelves.

The new policy represents a needed update to an antiquated distribution system, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun by Randy Shore. Up until now, government liquor stores have been limited largely to stocking beers listed by the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch. Stores can choose from just a limited selection of around 650 beers, and only 143 of those qualify as microbrews. Continue reading:
More Local Craft Beers Coming to BC Liquor Stores