Marvelous Murals – Vancouver’s Answer to Dreary Days

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Photo: Rob Weiss

Looking for the perfect cure for the rainy day blues?  Look no further than historic Mount Pleasant.  Known for heritage buildings, funky shops, cafes and eateries, Mount Pleasant is also home to a thriving art scene.  Recently, while strolling the bustling streets of the Mount Pleasant area, I was struck by the size and scope of the outdoor murals.  Imagine, talented artists turning blank building walls into spectacular art installations.  Accessible, public art, many pieces thought provoking and some works simply pure, clean fun.

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Marvelous Murals – Vancouver’s Answer to Dreary Days

Vancouver’s Alleys are More Awesome Now!

Photo: Lenée Son/Inside Vancouver

As part of its More Awesome Now project, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, HCMA Architecture + Design and the City of Vancouver have come together to transform several drab laneways into vibrant, engaging, accessible urban parks. Featuring basketball hoops, a foosball court, and hopscotch, More Awesome Now encourages people to BYOB (bring your own ball), have fun, and make new social connections.

The first Awesome public lane is located south of West Hastings between Seymour and Granville. Check out the photo essay below to see what I’m talking about.

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Vancouver’s Alleys are More Awesome Now!

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

DTES Heart of the City Festival October 26 – November 6

Image: M-J Milloy

Where is the heart of Vancouver? The living, beating nucleus of this fair town is Downtown Eastside, a neighbourhood that encompasses Gastown, Victory Square, Chinatown, the Main and Hastings corridors, Japantown, Oppenheimer and Strathcona. The Downtown Eastside is where Vancouver began, and the 8th annual Heart of the City Festival, Oct. 26 to Nov. 6, is a series of events that pay tribute to the neighbourhood’s past and present.

The first residents were the ancestors of Coast Salish people who still reside in the DTES today. For the last 125 years, immigrants of all nationalities have settled in this space making it Vancouver’s most diverse neighbourhood. Far from static, the Vancouver’s heart has shape-shifted from entertainment/shopping centre to skid row to hipster magnet with serious affordable housing issues.

The Heart of the City Festival tells these stories with music, dancing, art and history. There are over 100 events in the festival offerings this year. Here are some you won’t want to miss. Continue reading:
DTES Heart of the City Festival October 26 – November 6