Vancouver Welcomes Back Italian Day on the Drive, June 11! (Free Giveaway!)

Looking for the biggest celebration of Italian culture west of the Mediterranean? Italian Day returns to Commercial Drive for it’s 8th year to celebrate Italian culture, community and heritage.

Commercial Drive will transform into a festive, 14-block celebration zone, filled with over 200 exciting merchants, food vendors, live entertainment and more. Last year’s festival saw Italian Day on The Drive take the top spot as the largest one-day cultural street festival in Vancouver, and 2017 is expected to be no different.

This year’s Italian Day theme is Amore, and will attract enthusiastic attendees, no matter what age or culture, with its universal message – love.

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Vancouver Welcomes Back Italian Day on the Drive, June 11! (Free Giveaway!)

#VeryVancouver Neighbourhoods – Commercial Drive

Photo: Ken Eisner / Flickr

A confluence of cultures makes Commercial Drive, or “The Drive,” a neighbourhood worth exploring. Known as “Little Italy,” this diverse neighbourhood is home to a colourful mix of hippies, immigrants and families. Back in the late 1800s, the area was a thoroughfare used for logging, with shops springing up along Commercial as the surrounding area became residential. Subsequent waves of immigrants after the two world wars, many from Italy and Southern Europe, contributed to The Drive’s current character.

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#VeryVancouver Neighbourhoods – Commercial Drive

Car Free Day Festivals take over Vancouver’s Busiest Streets

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If you’re struggling with an idea for what to this Father’s Day in Vancouver other than getting dear old dad another tie for his collection, why not treat him to a unique experience instead? This Father’s Day weekend in Vancouver also coincides with the Car Free Day Festival taking over major streets on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19.

Four neighbourhoods will be hosting epic parties to take back the streets with food, fun, family-friendly activities, and music. Main Street, Commercial Drive, Denman Street, and Kitsilano will be the place to be this weekend, and your dad might just enjoy the entertainment over another round of golf.

Here’s what’s going on at the different neighbourhoods for Car Free Day 2016:

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Car Free Day Festivals take over Vancouver’s Busiest Streets

Commercial Drive Bike Lane Plan Attracts Mixed Reviews in Vancouver

A cyclist along a downtown Vancouver bike lane. Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

A cyclist along a downtown Vancouver bike lane. Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Will a new bike lane be good for Vancouver’s Commercial Drive? Well, that depends whom you ask.

Late last year, the city proposed a dedicated bike lane along the busy East Vancouver strip, part of a larger plan to add a dozen new bike lanes to the city over the next five years. Behind the push: a dramatic increase in the number of bike trips across Vancouver, which jumped by 16 percent last year alone.

A newly released study, however, suggests that a Commercial Drive bike lane is not without controversy.  84 percent of business and property owners surveyed do not support a separated bike lane on the Drive, according to the Commercial Drive Business Society. And 85 percent are concerned about losing parking on the street to make way for bike access.  Continue reading:
Commercial Drive Bike Lane Plan Attracts Mixed Reviews in Vancouver

Car Free Day Vancouver is Back: 4 Huge Street Parties, No Traffic

Photo credit: Rob__ | Flickr

Photo credit: Rob__ | Flickr

This June, some of Vancouver’s busiest streets will be filled with a different kind of traffic – people partying in the middle of the road as part of a city-wide outdoor bash.

The 11th instalment of Car Free Day is coming to neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver June 20-June 21. The festival sees major arteries closed to traffic and transformed into free, open-air parties – with street food, live music and entertainment, skate parks, arts and crafts markets and more.

Car Free Day began 10 years ago on Commercial Drive in direct response to the Port Mann/Highway 1 improvement project. Though the multi-billion-dollar project is now complete, Car Free Day – which is 100-percent volunteer run by local residents – still serves as a reminder that “fewer cars equals more community.”

Distinct events are now held in four neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive, Main Street, the West End and Kitsilano (details below). Continue reading:
Car Free Day Vancouver is Back: 4 Huge Street Parties, No Traffic

Italian Culture, Community and ART Take Over Commercial Drive, June 14 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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All things Italian will once again take over Commercial Drive on Sunday, June 14, for Vancouver’s largest cultural street festival, the 6th Annual Italian Day. Celebrating more than 50 years of Italian heritage in Vancouver, Italian Day brings together the best that Italy has to offer in our own backyard. This year’s festival puts a special focus on Italian ART, with pre-event showcases of Italian film and painting, and breathtaking examples of Italian design, music, theatre, food, crafts and activities throughout the event!

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Italian Culture, Community and ART Take Over Commercial Drive, June 14 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

World Cup of Eating – Where and What to eat during the FIFA World Cup

Portugal fans can grab a cuppa on Commercial Drive Photo Credit: Doug Murray (resized) and Waferboard (resized)

Portugal fans can grab a cuppa on Commercial Drive // Photo Credit: Creative Commons – Doug Murray (resized) and Waferboard (resized)

The 20th FIFA World Cup is off to a exhilirating start. If you’re anything like me, you love the thrill of cheering for your team with other like minded, similarly dressed folks with an equal level of passion for yelling at the screen.

Quite a few local media outlets have created some really great World Cup watching guides such as this one and this one.  CBC has even put together a fantastic interactive map of places to watch the FIFA World Cup around Vancouver.

World Cup games can run more than two hours with extra time, the half time interval and/or penalty kicks so you’ll likely get peckish as you watch some of the fittest legs in the world run up and down the pitch.

Staying hydrated and nourished is key to a positive FIFA World Cup watching experience. Below you’ll find my guide on where to watch the Beautiful Game and have a great plate of nosh. Continue reading:
World Cup of Eating – Where and What to eat during the FIFA World Cup