Celebrate Italian Day on Commercial Drive Sunday, June 9

Photo credit: Italian Day

Photo credit: Italian Day

Italian Day returns to Vancouver’s very own Little Italy, aka Commercial Drive, on Sunday, June 9. Last year, 100,000 revelers turned out to enjoy the free street party. In 2013, the Italian Day Festival Society has stepped up their game with a “Carnevale di Venezia” theme. Many attendees will be decked out ‘Venetian style’ with masks and costumes. So consider getting dressed up and adding to the spectacle.

What happens on Italian Day? Commercial Drive closes to car traffic from 4th Avenue to Parker Street. The crowds move between two main stages featuring live Italian music, folk dancing, fashion shows and more. This year, performers include includes crooner Federico Fuoco, international singer/songwriter Carmelina Cupo and Langley’s youth Ukulele Ensemble.

In addition to the events on stage, visitors can check out classic car displays, Vespa shows and Italian cooking demos, as well as participate in a contest to win a trip to Venice.

The most exciting events at Italian Day are the Italian-inspired food contests: grape stomping, pizza tossing, pasta and watermelon eating (photos after the jump). It gets loud and messy. You may even learn something.

Finally, the part you’ve been waiting for: the food. Italian Day is an eat-athon. From gelato carts to PazzaRella Pizza–Vancouver’s only food truck with a wood-fired pizza oven–and profiterole stands, you’re going to need a lot of room. Many of Commercial Drive’s well-known Italian restaurants have extended patios on Italian Day, so you can eat, put up your feet and watch the crowd surge by. Consider pre-gaming the Vancouver way with an extreme run on Saturday. Continue reading:
Celebrate Italian Day on Commercial Drive Sunday, June 9

5 things you should know about the Laugh Gallery

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Laugh Gallery host Graham Clark

Those keen on comedy are probably familiar with the Laugh Gallery, a monthly event that brings together some of the top comedic talent this city (and country) has to offer. In its 13 years, the Laugh Gallery has taken on various incarnations – from a weekly show at El Cocal, to one-off events for New Years and the Vancouver Comedy Festival. It’s currently a monthly show at the Havana theatre, with the next one taking place on April 15. I spoke with host Graham Clark about the five things people need to know about this Vancouver comedic institution. Continue reading:
5 things you should know about the Laugh Gallery

The True Heroines red carpet, live cabaret show and screening

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Fans of Canadian television and film are in for a treat this Tuesday. Sociable Films will be screening the first season of its web series The True Heroines at the Rio Theatre. The original series is stacked with multi-talented Canadian performers, who you’ll surely recognize from programs like Supernatural, Fringe, Arctic Air and many more. While the show doesn’t go live online until March 27th, the Rio premier will give the audience an advanced screener of all six episodes of Season 1, as well as a chance to see some bold-faced Canadian names on the red carpet event.

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The True Heroines red carpet, live cabaret show and screening

5 Truly Vancouver Date Ideas

Photo: John Bollwitt

Photo: John Bollwitt

The following article was contributed by Vancouver blogger Rebecca Bollwitt – aka Miss 604 (www.miss604.com | @miss604)

Vancouver is a beautiful place to fall in love, which is what my husband and I did 7 years ago when I was living in Kitsilano. When it comes to date ideas in the city, I think we had it easy. He moved from the Midwest to our glorious Pacific Northwest burg all those years ago so being a “tourist in my hometown” was a no-brainer for date nights. A walk down to the water, a trip up the SkyRide, a tour of our urban forest. The possibilities, from opening our wallets for event tickets to spending nary a penny on a romantic stroll to watch the sun dip into the ocean at the end of the day, seemed endless. We still have date nights, we still explore our hometown, and it’s safe to say we’re still pretty crazy about each other which is why I wanted to share some of my suggestions for truly great, truly local, and totally Vancouver date ideas:

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5 Truly Vancouver Date Ideas

Crows flying over Commercial Drive

Check out this video of crows flying over Commercial Drive. YouTube credit: Matt Ward