Everything you need to know about the Hero Show

10389516_670696859670389_5205186814389534594_nVancouver comedy nerds can attest that the Hero Show definitively takes the top prize as the hub for alternative comedy in the city. The long-running spectacle, which takes place on the first Thursday of the month, is a showcase of familiar faces from all genres of Vancouver’s comedy scene, from comedians to improv artists. The event follows a strict format:  performers go on stage alone to execute a monologue. But even though there’s one person performing at a time, this isn’t a stand-up show. In fact, that’s the only rule. The solo act must be performed as a made-up (and often bizarre) character, either in the form of a monologue, comedic musical performance or video short. 

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Everything you need to know about the Hero Show

East Vancouver arts space – BLIM – turns 10!

BLIMstorefrontIf you could compare Blim to a children’s tale, it could be called ‘Blim – the little arts space that could’. For the past decade, Blim has quietly grown into one of Vancouver’s indie arts bastions, providing countless learning and exhibit opportunities sans corporate or government funding.

Blim specializes in offering workshops, events, drop-in times/supplies and gallery space to artists (experienced or budding). This December Blim turns 10.

On December 7, Yuriko Iga, Blim’s founder will host a 10 year anniversary party at VIVO. Local artists, djs and performers such as DJ Ultimate Lover, Darwin Meyers, Jonothan and Sean Orr and Lee Hutzulak will party alongside Iga and others at VIVO on Main Street. The party goes from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and entry is by donation. Continue reading:
East Vancouver arts space – BLIM – turns 10!

Vancouver’s Chinatown Gets its Own Grisly Haunted House

Photo sourced from SevenTyrants.com

Photo sourced from SevenTyrants.com

Behind the whitewashed walls of Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, winding pathways lead between ornamental ponds, manicured shrubbery and elegant pavilions.  Inspired by the formal gardens of 15th-century China, the facility was named Top City Garden in the world by National Geographic.

Now it’s about to become one of the strangest haunted houses in Vancouver.  The garden will be the scene of murder, mayhem and unspeakable horror this month as part of Judge Dee’s Chinatown Haunted House, Oct. 24-Oct. 31.

Visitors will be called upon to solve a unique, interactive murder mystery staged entirely inside the garden.  More than a dozen actors, dancers and musicians from the Seven Tyrants theatre company will roam the haunted grounds, dropping clues and terrifying guests.

The action is inspired by the grisly stories of Judge Dee, China’s Sherlock Holmes.   Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Chinatown Gets its Own Grisly Haunted House

Explore Vancouver and Take Postcard-Worthy Photos on this Unique Tour

Vancouver Convention Centre | photo: Vancouver Photowalks

Vancouver Convention Centre | photo: Vancouver Photowalks

Vancouver is one of North America’s most photogenic cities, with snow-capped mountains, white-sand beaches and gleaming, modern buildings. But even with the latest digital cameras, it’s not always easy to capture that perfect picture.

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Explore Vancouver and Take Postcard-Worthy Photos on this Unique Tour

Tour the Rennie Collection at The Wing Sang Building

Photo credit: Alex Eng | Flickr

If you’re visiting Vancouver’s Chinatown, stopping by the Wing Sang Building is a must. The Wing Sang Building is Chinatown’s oldest building and has a rich history reflecting Chinatown’s bygone days. Erected in 1889 for Yip Sang, a prominent Chinese-Canadian businessman, the building housed Sang’s import/export business and travel agency. Following the success of Sang’s business, the building was extended to the east and above in 1901, and expanded again in 1908 to include a six-storey residence and warehouse in the rear. The Wing Sang Building also held a schoolroom, which remains today as the oldest schoolroom in Vancouver. Market Alley, between the buildings, was once the centre of opium production before opium was outlawed in 1909.

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Tour the Rennie Collection at The Wing Sang Building