Vancouver Screen Scene: Once Upon a Time, Miranda Sings, Dakota Johnson, William Shatner, and more

Once Upon a Time will shoot its sixth season in Metro Vancouver.

Once Upon a Time will shoot its sixth season in Metro Vancouver.

In this week’s roundup, we take a look at a number of TV series are about to start while others are wrapping up.

Among them are some deals with the devil, particularly one that seems to resemble the gossip column headlines of a real-life A-list star.

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Vancouver Screen Scene: Once Upon a Time, Miranda Sings, Dakota Johnson, William Shatner, and more

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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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playgrounds To Explore In Wesbrook Village UBC

Nobel Park | Photo: Wesbrook Village Website

Nobel Park | Photo: Wesbrook Village Website

The University of British Columbia (UBC) campus is no longer a secluded stomping ground suited only for university students and staff. The sprawling arboreous land has evolved into a thriving community fit for young families, foodies, and outdoor enthusiasts, regardless of educational aspirations.

Located at the centre of Vancouver’s westernmost peninsula, and surrounded by old-growth forest, Wesbrook Village is the perfect spot to lunch and play. Not only does the newly-expanded neighbourhood feature an array of shops and services, but the swanky site is rich with water features, parks and playgrounds fit for a day of outdoor play with kids in Vancouver.

Grab a parks map and seek out these 4 awe-inspiring playgrounds, located in the heart of this bustling new community hub.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playgrounds To Explore In Wesbrook Village UBC

Date Idea: A Visit to the Museum of Anthropology

Flickr: Colin Knowles

Flickr: Colin Knowles

My boyfriend “S” has lived nearly two years in Vancouver and, up until this week, had never been to the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I say this with some surprise because the MOA (6393 N.W. Marine Drive) is one of my favourite museums (and places) in the city. I go at least once a year to check out one of their temporary exhibits, but also just to visit an old friend who reminds me why I love the west coast so much.

And because I also love S, I wanted to share the MOA with him. Plus, our dates have been getting a tad humdrum (ie lounging on the couch) so I wanted to do something different for a change.

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Date Idea: A Visit to the Museum of Anthropology

Wooden Skyscraper Coming to Vancouver – 18 storeys, all wood

Image sourced from UBC Public Affairs, from Acton Ostry Architects

Image sourced from UBC Public Affairs, from Acton Ostry Architects

One of the tallest wooden towers in the world is coming to Vancouver.

Plans have just been approved for an 18-storey student residential tower made almost entirely of wood to rise on the University of British Columbia campus.

At 53 metres (174 feet), the Tall Wood Student Residence would dwarf North America’s current tallest wooden building, a six-storey structure in Prince George, as well as the world’s tallest wooden building, a 10-storey tower in Melbourne, Australia. Upon completion in 2017, it will likely rank among the world’s tallest residential wood structures (though not quite as tall as a 35-storey mixed-use tower currently underway in Paris).

The $51.5-million project will ultimately house 404 upper-level university students in 272 studio units and 33 four-bedroom units. It will also have a ground-floor lounge and a special “Collegium” space for first-year and commuting students to gather.

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Wooden Skyscraper Coming to Vancouver – 18 storeys, all wood

Check Out Eco Dining at Vancouver’s UBC Perch Restaurant

Perch-Patio 01For students, and visitors to the UBC campus, life got a little more delicious recently with the opening of the brand new Perch restaurant on top of the new AMS Student Nest building. Next time you visit the world class Museum of Anthropology out at UBC, make time to pop into Perch for a meal and you’ll see what all the flap is about. Forget all your preconceived ideas about student union mac and cheese or mystery meat burgers, Perch is offering an inspired and affordable menu sourced from local and sustainable ingredients. Continue reading:
Check Out Eco Dining at Vancouver’s UBC Perch Restaurant

Watch traditional and contemporary First Nations dance in Vancouver

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Each year, internationally renowned artists from throughout British Columbia, Alaska, Yukon, and Washington come to Vancouver for the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival (March 3-8). The festival is a chance to enjoy both traditional and contemporary First Nations dance in an amazing setting – the Great Hall at the Museum of Anthropology.

This year’s lineup is as colourful and dynamic as ever, and includes a pair of sisters from Arizona, a hoop dancer from Calgary, and many more.

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Watch traditional and contemporary First Nations dance in Vancouver