Historic West End hotel gets its time in the spotlight with two new one-act musical plays

Two new one-act musical plays look at that most historic of Vancouver hotels, the Sylvia.

In the heart of the West End’s English Bay neighbourhood, the Sylvia was built in 1912. In 1954, it opened Vancouver’s first cocktail bar, the Tilting Room; until 1958, it was the tallest building in the West End. The Sylvia Hotel cat, Mr. Got To Go, inspired three popular children’s books.

Two Views from the Sylvia is the title for the evening of the two musical one-acts. They run Nov. 8-12 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island (and not, unfortunately, at the Sylvia itself. Then again, parking would be a nightmare).

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Historic West End hotel gets its time in the spotlight with two new one-act musical plays

Japan, the U.K. and Canada Will Light Up the Skies Over English Bay For the 27th Year! (Free Tickets)

The spectacular energy of the Honda Celebration of Light returns for its 27th year on the shores of English Bay, with a thrilling line-up for this year’s festival, featuring Japan, the United Kingdom and home team Canada. The three teams are set to take to the skies on Sat. July 29th, Wed. August 2nd and Sat. August 5th, respectively, in the world’s longest running offshore fireworks competition.

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Japan, the U.K. and Canada Will Light Up the Skies Over English Bay For the 27th Year! (Free Tickets)

Vancouver’s Great Duo – Paddling & English Bay

Dragon Boat – English Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

What comes to mind when you think of great duos? Simon and Garfunkel, peanut butter and jelly, fish and chips or perhaps Beauty and the Beast? Personally, one of my favourite duos is the combination of English Bay and paddling. It doesn’t matter what you’re paddling; dragon boat, kayak, canoe, rowboat or stand up paddle board. The thrill of viewing Vancouver’s skyline, Stanley Park, and the spectacular North Shore Mountains from the ocean by a self-propelled watercraft is undeniable.

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Vancouver’s Great Duo – Paddling & English Bay

Colours of Vancouver – Welcome Spring!

Daffodils and English Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

They say patience is a virtue, and if you are an avid fan of spring flowers and blossom viewing, this year’s unusually long, cold, snowy winter has certainly tested your patience. But, dare I say the wait is over!  Snowdrops are dropping, daffodils are dazzling, and the promise of new growth and regeneration is in the air.  Congratulations – we made it! Our beloved cherry blossoms and spring flowers are returning with a delightful vengeance.

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Colours of Vancouver – Welcome Spring!

The Competitors Have Been Announced for This Year’s Honda Celebration of Light!

photo: The 2016 Celebration of Light | Seaside Signs / Flickr

This article was originally published on News1130.com

It’s an annual event that draws hundreds of thousands of people to the shores of English Bay in Downtown Vancouver’s West End and this year is expected to be no different.

Organizers of the annual Celebration of Light have announced this summer’s line-up. Continue reading:
The Competitors Have Been Announced for This Year’s Honda Celebration of Light!

7 Free Parking Areas in Vancouver

photo: Clayton Perry / Flickr

photo: Clayton Perry / Flickr

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

We know what you’re thinking. Free parking in Vancouver? Is this a joke? Well, it’s not. Parking in this city isn’t cheap so we’ve put together a list of areas with free parking to help you save a few extra dollars.

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7 Free Parking Areas in Vancouver

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Perfect Spots To Snap Fall Photos Of Your Family

Falling Leaves | Photo: Sonika Arora 604 (Flickr)

Falling Leaves | Photo: Sonika Arora 604 (Flickr)

A family visit to Vancouver in the Fall isn’t complete without a colourful photo of your children tossing leaves into the air, grinning from ear to ear as they gaze at the floating foliage that falls to the ground in reds, oranges, greens and yellows. Fortunately, Vancouver is chock-full of photo-perfect spots to capture those special autumn moments. Here are just 5 of the best places to snap Fall photos of your family in and around Vancouver.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Perfect Spots To Snap Fall Photos Of Your Family