5 Must-See Shows at Vancouver’s aboriginal culture fest: Talking Stick 2016

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Slam poetry. Independent films. Original theatre and dance. And one powwow to remember.

The best of aboriginal art and culture is coming to Vancouver this Feb. 18-Feb. 28 as part of the 2016 Talking Stick Festival. Staged at venues throughout the city, from night clubs to community centres, the festival puts the spotlight on emerging and established indigenous artists.

For anyone seeking perspective on contemporary aboriginal culture in Vancouver and beyond, Talking Stick is a rare window into a world of rich history and cutting-edge art. Here are five can’t-miss events this year:  Continue reading:
5 Must-See Shows at Vancouver’s aboriginal culture fest: Talking Stick 2016

5 Comedy Icons Coming to Vancouver’s JFL Northwest Fest this February

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This February, some of the biggest names in comedy are coming to Vancouver.

The inaugural JFL Northwest Festival rolls into town Feb. 18-Feb. 27. The 10-day blowout, at venues throughout the city, highlights some of the planet’s best-known standup comedians, as well as emerging talent from Canada and beyond. Plus there’s plenty of improv and sketch comedy, not to mention family-friendly events.

Here are five huge standup icons who will be gracing Vancouver stages as part of the festival and in its lead-up this month:

Trevor Noah: The new host of The Daily Show is possibly the hottest act coming to JFL Northwest. Noah, who hails from South Africa, is known for his razor sharp analysis of American culture and world affairs. He manages to bring out the absurd on subjects as diverse and seemingly unfunny as racial tensions in America, terrorism and even the Ebola crisis. Feb. 19 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre; starting at $39.50

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5 Comedy Icons Coming to Vancouver’s JFL Northwest Fest this February

Unique Vancouver Seafood Fest Puts Snails, Barnacles and Jellyfish in the Spotlight: Unsung Heroes 2016

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Have a craving for some gooseneck barnacles and sturgeon-liver mousse?

You’re in luck. These overlooked and 0ft-snubbed delicacies and others are about to grace the menu of one of Vancouver’s finest restaurants for a most unusual seafood festival.

Unsung Heroes returns to Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe this February for its 12th annual instalment. The month-long festival puts the spotlight on local, unique seafood that diners often pass on or turn up their noses at. Menus in past years have included everything from red sea urchin trifle to stir-fried jellyfish and poached periwinkle.  Continue reading:
Unique Vancouver Seafood Fest Puts Snails, Barnacles and Jellyfish in the Spotlight: Unsung Heroes 2016

Can’t-Miss Events at the 2015 Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

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Photo credit: Raul Pacheco-Vega | Flickr

Think Pride is just a parade? Not by a long shot.

The Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival returns to the city, July 25-Aug. 2. Apart from the giant parade on Aug. 2 (which attracts more than 650,000 spectators), this year’s festival includes a full lineup of outdoor events, street parties, dinners and club nights and even a celebration on Sunset Beach.

Ready for a 10K with a twist? The festival kicks off with the annual Pride Run and Walk through Stanley Park on Saturday, July 25. Runners (many in costume) compete on a course through the park’s trails and seawalls, hydrating at special disco water stations en route. There’s also a 5K walking option. Afterward, focus shifts to Picnic in the Park, a family-friendly afternoon of summer games – think tug-of-war, volleyball and a special “drag” race – plus music by local DJs.  Continue reading:
Can’t-Miss Events at the 2015 Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

East Van Summer Jam 2015, July 4 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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The 2015 East Van Summer Jam (EVSJ) has announced their lineup, including Ab-Soul,
Mayer Hawthorne, Kelela, The Boom Booms, ESTA, Slow Jam Sundays, Kinnie Starr and
more. EVSJ takes over Strathcona Park in East Vancouver on Saturday July 4th, 2015,
promising a full day of music and activities tailored to the whole community.

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East Van Summer Jam 2015, July 4 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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!)

Ready to Bhangra? City of Bhangra Festival Brings Music and Dance to Vancouver

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The best of bhangra is coming to Vancouver.

The City of Bhangra Festival celebrates the high energy music and dance form from South Asia, May 28-June 6. Originating as a folk dance in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, bhangra – with its colourful costumes and elaborately choreographed routines – is perhaps best known as a staple of Bollywood films. In recent decades, it has also spread around the world, popping up everywhere from hip hop videos to celebrity fitness routines.

The 10-day City of Bhangra Festival features dance recitals, concerts, talks and more at venues across Vancouver and Surrey.  The main event is Downtown Bhangra, June 5-June 6, a full weekend of music and dancing at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. Each year, thousands of people gather to get enjoy free bhangra concerts, complete with whirling dancers and pulsing rhythms, from noon to 10 p.m.   Continue reading:
Ready to Bhangra? City of Bhangra Festival Brings Music and Dance to Vancouver

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