Go wild in the city with Rewilding Vancouver!

The Rewilding Vancouver exhibit looks at nature past, present and future. Photos courtesy Museum of Vancouver.

The Rewilding Vancouver exhibit looks at nature past, present and future. Photos courtesy Museum of Vancouver.

Vancouver is known for its natural surroundings. Between the city’s proximity to mountains, the rainforest, the oceans and all those natural habitats, we’re about as close to nature as an urban centre can be.

But a new exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver challenges some of our perceptions about that connection. By looking at the city’s history through a non-human historical lens, Rewilding Vancouver asks just how much European settlement has changed the area, what we’ve lost and what we’ve gained – and what the future might hold.

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Go wild in the city with Rewilding Vancouver!

5 Best Summer Exhibits at Vancouver Museums and Attractions

Photo credit: Science World

Sure, beach time is what summer in Vancouver is all about. But if you happen find your brain turning to mush, your creative drive in need of inspiration, or rain on the horizon, duck inside and check out these cool, relatively new summer exhibits at Vancouver museums and attractions.

5 Best Summer Exhibits at Vancouver Museums and Attractions

1) Foncie’s Fotos at Museum of Vancouver, through January 2014
Foncie Pulice, Vancouver’s most prolific and beloved street photographer, took about 15 million photos of Vancouver residents from the 1930s to the 1970s shooting in hotspots along Granville Street and Hastings Street. Museum of Vancouver is offering a rare chance to peek back into Vancouver urban history at their new exhibit of his work: Foncie’s Fotos: Man on the Street.

2) Grand Hotel at the Vancouver Art Gallery, through September 15, 2013
Hotels are a place where it seems like anything can happen. Rock stars, beat poets and actors take up residence in hotels. Hotels symbolize so many things, from seedy to decadent, including easy wish-fulfillment, escape and purgatory. The Vancouver Art Gallery captures these complexities in their fantastic new exhibit: Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life.

3) Science of Sexuality at Science World, through September 2, 2013
From Remy’s coverage: Think Science World is just about sprockets and pulleys, creepy crawlies and whimsical gadgets? Think again. Pushing the boundaries of science education, Science World has just unveiled a provocative new exhibit on the Science of Sexuality (running through Sept. 2).  The self-guided display explores the stages of human sexual development, all the way from conception to first love and beyond. Continue reading:
5 Best Summer Exhibits at Vancouver Museums and Attractions

Dating in Vancouver: Westside Wander

Photo credit: Beatty Biodversity Museum/Derek Tan

Photo credit: Beaty Biodversity Museum/Derek Tan

Many of my friends complain about the lack of a singles scene in Vancouver. In fact, when Vancouver Magazine published an article about dating here, my internet was set aflame with comments, emails, Facebook posts, tweets and news stories about the controversial article entitled, “Do Vancouver Men Suck?” The January 2012 article sent many single Vancouverites into a period of navel gazing (my-single-self-at-the-time included). Why was it so hard to meet and keep the interest of potential mates in this city?

It all boils down to actually getting out there and doing things. If your excuse for not clicking on that cute person’s OK Cupid profile is a lack of dating activities in Vancouver, then you’re mistaken.

Our city is bestowed with many date-tastic neighborhoods and activities. Vancouver’s Westside contains endless day or night courtship possibilities. Whether you like beach walks or fine dining, biology explained or sex explored, cool patios or warm barstools, the Westside offers up a range of naughty, nice or nature-inspired possibilities. Continue reading:
Dating in Vancouver: Westside Wander

New MOV Exhibit Reveals Candid Street Photos By Vancouver’s Most Prolific Street Photographer

Foncie's Fotos at MOV. Photo credit: Museum of Vancouver

Foncie’s Fotos at MOV. Photo credit: Museum of Vancouver

Foncie Pulice, Vancouver’s most prolific and beloved street photographer, took about 15 million photos of Vancouver residents from the 1930s to the 1970s shooting in hotspots along Granville Street and Hastings Street. Museum of Vancouver is offering a rare chance to peek back into Vancouver urban history at their new exhibit of his work: Foncie’s Fotos: Man on the Street, opening June 6, 2013.

Foncie wasn’t aiming for fame. From his 20s onward, street photography was his job. He did what many other street photographers of the day did. He took photos of citizens dressed up and hitting the town. Whether it was a special date, a family event or hanging out with friends, getting your photo taken was part of the downtown Vancouver experience. People expected it. The next day, you picked up your photo at a downtown storefront studio. The photos were taken head-to-toe candid shots when you were just being –not unlike an old fashioned version of Facebook.

Foncie stood out from the other street photographers because he took more photos. And he was friendly. He is the best known Vancouver street photographer thanks to his bottomless collection of residents throughout four decades. Continue reading:
New MOV Exhibit Reveals Candid Street Photos By Vancouver’s Most Prolific Street Photographer

Explore Vancouver’s Neon Past with new “augmented reality” app

Photo credit: Ken Oakes, Vancouver Sun, 1960

During the 1950s and 1960s, Vancouver was home to some 19,000 neon signs.  At night, the Chinatown and Granville Street neighbourhoods glowed with garish turquoise, pink and red marquees, advertising everything from cabarets to drug stores and even funeral homes.

By-laws enacted in the 1970s resulted in a crackdown on the city’s neon signage.  But it’s now possible to relive Vancouver’s neon heyday with a new app from the Museum of Vancouver.

The Visible City app, available for iPhone and Android on April 30, takes users on interactive walking tours of bygone neon landmarks in Chinatown and along Granville Street.  Thanks to new augmented reality technology, when you hold your camera up to current-day scenes, the app shows how the same location looked in all its former neon glory.

The app was developed by the Museum of Vancouver, which says it is the first cultural institution in North America to make use of augmented reality.  It’s accompanied by an online exhibition, as well as the extremely popular Neon Vancouver, Ugly Vancouver exhibit, a permanent installation of 22 salvaged signs that debuted in the museum in 2011.

Vancouverites weren’t always so nostalgic about their neon, however.

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Explore Vancouver’s Neon Past with new “augmented reality” app