‘Embedded historian’ Aaron Chapman on his new book, Live at the Commodore

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One of Vancouver’s most venerable entertainment institutions now has its own book.

Local author/historian Aaron Chapman has penned Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historic Commodore Ballroom. The book is a loving ode to the Granville Street venue that has hosted everything from vaudeville to big bands to classic rock to punk, and just about everything in between.

Live at the Commodore Ballroom is in local bookstores now. But you can also attend a launch at the Commodore itself Nov. 26. It will feature readings and live music, and admission is free with ticket or reservation (see below for details). Also featured as part of the evening, The Vancouver Heritage Foundation will present one of its Places that Matter plaques to the Commodore Ballroom recognizing its significance to the city.

We talked to Chapman about the book, which is filled with telling anecdotes and never-before-published photographs, posters and more.

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‘Embedded historian’ Aaron Chapman on his new book, Live at the Commodore

Vancouver’s Best Churches for Visitors

Vancouver Churhes

Photo: John Lee

The following article was contributed by Vancouver travel writer and Lonely Planet author John Lee (@johnleewriter)

In a city where buildings from the early days are vastly outnumbered by modern glass towers, Vancouver has plenty of historic churches for visitors who love popping into places of worship on their travels.

The first stop for many is downtown’s Christ Church Cathedral, a beautiful heritage structure that looks like it could have been transported straight from a 19th-century English parish. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Best Churches for Visitors

5 Ways Vancouver Changed the World (That May Surprise You)

Vancouver-based Adbusters’ ad/poster that incited the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Photo: Adbusters / Wikipedia

I’ve had the pleasure of writing for Inside Vancouver since its debut in April 2009, and I’ve loved every minute! This is my final post for the blog (sniff!), so I wanted to say an official farewell to our editor, Darren Johner, to my amazing colleagues Remy Scalza and Taraneh Ghajar Jerven, and to all the readers and commenters who have contributed their ideas and opinions to our posts—Thank you for a fantastic 3+-year run!

For my last post, I wanted to do something fun. This list represents five things I learned about our city in my years of writing/researching for Inside Vancouver that surprised me. Hopefully, you’ll find the list fun and intriguing, too, and if you have more fun facts to add, please do so in the comments.

5 Ways Vancouver Changed the World (That May Surprise You)

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5 Ways Vancouver Changed the World (That May Surprise You)

“Don’t Eat the Whale Meat”: Vancouver Maritime Museum Debuts Quirky Exhibit of Kitschy Treasure

Photo credit: T. Jerven

Can you imagine the stuff that lurks in museum archives? What’s kitsch and what’s treasure? To collectors, they are one and the same. Milan Kundera once said: “No matter how much we scorn it, kitsch is an integral part of the human condition.”

Don’t Eat the Whale Meat, the newest exhibit at Vancouver Maritime Museum, shows off previously unseen, fascinating and kitschy collections of maritime memorabilia. The result is the most fun I’ve had at a museum exhibit in years.

Each item (canned whale meat, comics, cruise ship china, sailor slang translations, ships in bottles, post cards, salmon can labels) reveals a story from Vancouver maritime history that might never have been told.

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“Don’t Eat the Whale Meat”: Vancouver Maritime Museum Debuts Quirky Exhibit of Kitschy Treasure

Retro celeb hotspot to reopen as West End rental suites

Pacific Palisades construction in 1966. Photo credit: Vancouver Public Library

Where did Johnny Depp, Sharon Stone, Katharine Hepburn, Bob Hope and even the mustachioed Tom Selleck all hang out while in Vancouver?

Stumped?

If Vancouver is North Hollywood, then the city’s version of The Roxy during the 1970s and the 1980s was the Pacific Palisades hotel bar in the West End. While many Vancouver landmarks come and go, the modernist Pacific Palisades buildings – two towers between Robson and Alberni on Jervis – will relaunch as rental suites with an open house May 5.

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Retro celeb hotspot to reopen as West End rental suites