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

Summer Happenings at Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Group at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Gardens

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is not just one of the best known Vancouver’s tourist attractions but a home to many art exhibitions, concerts and interesting workshops. This summer an exciting line-up of events promises to entertain, teach and even get your hands dirty.

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Summer Happenings at Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

What Went On Inside the Vancouver Convention Centre Last Year?

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Ever wonder what goes on inside the walls of the Vancouver Convention Centre? For starters: a Consumer Virtual Reality expo; the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting; and, currently, more than 1,350 cruise-focused professionals who arrived today for major industry convention Cruise360. And last year? Numerous major medical conventions met within those walls, sharing new research and discussing breakthroughs.

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What Went On Inside the Vancouver Convention Centre Last Year?

Shatner Speaks in Vancouver Tomorrow

william-shatner-1-Photo by ManfredBaumannFan of the man who made Captain James T. Kirk a household name? Alumni UBC’s Centennial close event UBC100: What’s Next? has iconic Canadian actor William Shatner slated for a May 28thappearance.

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Shatner Speaks in Vancouver Tomorrow

5 Quirky Culinary Events at the 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Fest

DINEOUT_SHARK_480x280_both-1-Canada’s biggest food and drink festival is coming to Vancouver this January … and it’s got a few surprises.

The Dine Out Vancouver Festival returns, Jan. 15-Jan. 31. Hundreds of eateries – from trendy bistros to elegant restaurants – will be serving up special three-course, prix fixe menus at $20, $30 and $40 price points. In total, more than 100,000 food fanatics are expected to descend on the city to taste drive all that Vancouver has to offer.

But epicures also have the opportunity to partake in dozens of culinary-themed events. Options range from brunch crawls and cocktail tastings to some unusual options that are a bit more off the beaten track.  For culinary adventurers, here are 5 quirky, can’t-miss culinary events at the 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Festival:

Seafood, up close and personalThe Vancouver Aquarium is the setting for Feast with the Fish, a unique meal where your dinner companions include reef sharks, seahorses and sea turtles. Enjoy a four-course meal, including Humboldt squid calamari and ling cod and salmon tacos, all set against a tropical underwater backdrop. The event also features a behind-the-scenes tour. Jan. 27; $100. 

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5 Quirky Culinary Events at the 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Fest