An Insider’s Guide to Yaletown

Yaletown’s beauty is more than skin deep.

Vancouver’s neighbourhoods are like a tight group of friends – they each have distinctive personalities, yet a cohesive vibe ties them all together. Gastown is hip and trendy with an old soul; Kitsilano active, bubbly and health-conscious; East Vancouver artsy, rowdy and never afraid to shake things up. And Yaletown would be stylish, serene and focused on living her best life. Of course, people are filled with hidden layers, and neighbourhods are, too. Let’s have a latte with Yaletown and get to know her better – you might be surprised. Continue reading:
An Insider’s Guide to Yaletown

Highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival

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The Canadian premieres of Possible Impossible and Crisálida, two co-productions from Sweden’s Memory Wax and Cuba’s Danza Teatro Retazos, are among the highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival.

From Feb. 28 – March 19, the 2016 VIDF will host dancers from Sweden, Cuba, Japan, Quebec, Ontario, and Vancouver in an impressive array of world, West Coast, and Canadian premieres. Here are some highlights.

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Highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival

Pink Floyd Laser Light Shows Returning to Vancouver

Screenshot from VidLaser Dark Side of The Moon Teaser Trailer

Screenshot from VidLaser Dark Side of The Moon Teaser Trailer

There’s good news for Vancouverites experiencing a little laser light show withdrawal.

Three years ago, Vancouver’s H.R. MacMillan Space Centre stopped running its popular “VidLaser” shows, ending a more than 30-year tradition. No longer could fans of Pink Floyd spend their nights zipping through the galaxy, while listening to Dark Side of the Moon and being dazzled by multi-coloured lasers.  Continue reading:
Pink Floyd Laser Light Shows Returning to Vancouver

Who to see at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

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This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day – the day comic book stores in cities across North America, including Vancouver, give out free, specially-created comics. And with the new Avengers movie hitting screens nation-wide this week, it seems like comic book characters are taking over the world, at least for the time being.

So it’s a good time to consider the annual Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.

VanCAF doesn’t have the budget some other comic-book-related conventions have, so don’t expect William Shatner, the original Batmobile or a light-sabre demo. But the grassroots gathering is free, fun and features a range of guests from veteran to up-and-coming comics creators, both local and from afar.

Besides a chance to see and buy some stuff, there are panels and other events planned.

Here are a few creators to watch for at this year’s festival, May 23-24.

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Who to see at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

20 Craft Breweries + Burlesque Dancers: Beerlesque Comes to Vancouver

Performers at Beerlesque at the Roundhouse Community Centre Aug 19 2011. Photo credit: Robyn Hanson/The Snipe News

Performers at Beerlesque at the Roundhouse Community Centre Aug 19 2011. Photo credit: Robyn Hanson/The Snipe News

Craft beer, food carts and burlesque dancers: It’s a match made in … Vancouver.

Beerlesque IV rolls into town Friday, Oct. 10, as part of Vancouver Craft Beer Week.  Held ins Yaletown’s Roundhouse Centre, the event brings together 20 local breweries and a lineup of the city’s top burlesque dancers.

Because it’s easy to work up an appetite from all that drinking and ogling, a few of Vancouver’s top food carts will also be on hand.  Meanwhile, Blackberry Wood will be rocking the house with their unique brand of country-gypsy-circus music, completing the “adult carnival” atmosphere.

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20 Craft Breweries + Burlesque Dancers: Beerlesque Comes to Vancouver

Get excited! It’s the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Delilah Dirk by Tony Cliff art

Delilah Dirk by Tony Cliff. Cliff will be at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.

Now in its third year, the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is happening this weekend, May 24-25, at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown.

VCAF celebrates independent comics creators, publishers and fans from all over the North America (but mostly the Pacific Northwest). This year is no exception, with more guests than ever coming to meet fans and discuss comics. And the two-day event is free!

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Get excited! It’s the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Drum + Light at the Roundhouse May 24

Drum + Light Festival

The annual Drum + Light Festival returns to the Roundhouse May 24. Photo courtesy Drum + Light Festival.

Percussion, light and video combine for a multi-media event May 24 at the Roundhouse Performance Centre.

This high-energy dance event features Drum + Light Orchestra, a 14-piece groove ensemble. There’s a whole lot more, too, that makes this five-year-old annual Vancouver tradition a feast for eyes, ears and feet.

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Drum + Light at the Roundhouse May 24