Kids In Vancouver: See Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment

Elsa and Anna | Photo: Disney on Ice

Frozen’s Elsa and Anna | Photo: Disney on Ice

Nothing makes a child’s eyes light up more than experiencing the magic of Disney, and with the Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment tour coming to Vancouver from November 23 – 27, 2016, your family can marvel in the merriment of Mickey and his friends right here in the heart of the city.

Here’s more of what you can expect from this awe-inspiring performance, featuring appearances by all of your favourite Disney characters.

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Kids In Vancouver: See Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment

Walk, Race, Volunteer or Play Bingo with Drag Performers to Support People Living with HIV in Vancouver

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By Kendell Yan

Over the past three decades much has changed for the HIV+ members of our communities. Life expectancy has increased with greater access to anti-HIV treatments and community support resources; however, the challenges that HIV+ people face remain as palpable as ever, and there are many ways to help in Vancouver that bring people together in ways that are both meaningful and fun.

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Walk, Race, Volunteer or Play Bingo with Drag Performers to Support People Living with HIV in Vancouver

The Vancouver Kings and Queens and Everything in Between: Shay Dior

Image by Tommy Ting

Image by Tommy Ting

By Kendell Yan

As international supermodel of the world RuPaul says, “we’re all born naked and the rest is drag.” But what about those curious and beautiful creatures who paint a face upon a face, and possibly even one more upon another? Who are the drag kings and queens that flip the script on gender and push the boundaries of the possible with powder, pigment, and lace? Who are these community leaders that carry on the legacy of gender heroes, such as Marsha P. Johnson (who threw the first stone at Stonewall in 1969), throughout LGBTQ+ herstory?

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The Vancouver Kings and Queens and Everything in Between: Shay Dior

The Vancouver Christmas Market Relocates to Jack Poole Plaza This November

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A treasured holiday tradition for locals and visitors alike, the Vancouver Christmas Market announced today that it will be moving from its original site at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza to its new, expansive seaside home at Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron). Running November 26 – December 30, 2016, the city’s signature yuletide celebration will expand its revelry with more than 50,000 square feet of space and over 70 huts in which to savour the abundance of authentic German flavours.

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The Vancouver Christmas Market Relocates to Jack Poole Plaza This November

Photos: Vancouver Mural Festival brings 41 new murals to the city

Murals at the False Creek Flats.

Vancouver is embracing its’ flourishing street art scene with 41 new murals brought to the city by the first ever Vancouver Mural Festival.

The murals, painted by both local and international artists, are located throughout Mount Pleasant and the Downtown Eastside.

For a glimpse of some of the new murals and details of mural locations, check out the photo essay below.

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Photos: Vancouver Mural Festival brings 41 new murals to the city

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival Shines Its Spotlight August 11 – 21

Kiki | image courtesy of Out On Screen

Kiki | image courtesy of Out On Screen

By Kendell Yan

It’s a beautiful and inspiring moment when members of a community can come together with the unified purpose to lift each other up, to share a platform to raise each other’s voices, and to help each other shine. The team behind the Vancouver Queer Film Festival have been doing that for 28 years, and this year the spotlight is as bright and wide as it’s ever been.

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) is a truly remarkable 11-day event in August that celebrates the very best in independent queer cinema and the myriad of queer lives lived in and through them. Continue reading:
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival Shines Its Spotlight August 11 – 21

Vancouver’s Alternative Pride Adds Even More Diversity and Inclusivity to Pride Week

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Image Courtesy of Vancouver Art and Leisure

By Kendell Yan

Queers, straights, and allies rejoice! Vancouver Pride week is about to experience an expansion of the festivities offered in the city by a team of over 100 artists working to make this season as inclusive as ever with the Alternative Pride Festival.

The four-day festival is being run by Vancouver Art and Leisure (VAL), a radical artist-run organization which advocates for cultural agency through non-discriminatory events that enrich the cultural in non-traditional spaces.

“At Alternative Pride you can be yourself,” states creative director Matt Troy. “We foster an environment free from prejudice where people from all walks of life can be proud of who we are.”

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Vancouver’s Alternative Pride Adds Even More Diversity and Inclusivity to Pride Week