Broadway Hit Peter Pan (and Boyz II Men) Coming to Vancouver’s 2015 PNE Fair

Photo sourced from PNE.ca

Photo sourced from PNE.ca

Broadway is coming to the PNE. In a first, Vancouver’s 2015 Pacific National Exhibition – the city’s annual summer fair – will feature a Broadway production: the Tony-nominated hit Peter Pan.

The 90-minute spectacle, free with the price of admission ($16), is to be staged nightly at 7:30 p.m. for 9,500 guests in the Pacific Coliseum for the duration of the fair. It stars Tony Award-nominee Cathy Rigby, hailed by the Washington Post as having “mastered the boy who wouldn’t grow up.”

The production is just one of many new additions for the 2015 PNE, which runs Aug. 22-Sept. 7. Continue reading:
Broadway Hit Peter Pan (and Boyz II Men) Coming to Vancouver’s 2015 PNE Fair

Sun, Sand and Shakespeare: Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach fest is back

Photo credit: Bard on the Beach | Flickr

Photo credit: Bard on the Beach | Flickr

The Bard is back.

Bard on the Beach – Vancouver’s summer Shakespeare festival – returns this June 4 for its 26th season. The festival presents some of the playwright’s best-known works, plus original creations, against a backdrop of sea and sky at waterfront Vanier Park.  On tap this year: King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost and an original production, Shakespeare’s Rebel.

Of course, the setting for all this drama is almost as epic as what’s on stage. Plays are performed inside soaring, red-and-white striped tents with stadium-style seating. The tents are open-ended, meaning gorgeous vistas of English Bay and the distant Coast Mountains are part of every performance. They form the core of Bard Village – a little patch of Elizabethan England transported to current-day Vancouver. Inside the gates, you’ll find a concession, bar and even a boutique for Shakespeare bric-a-brac, all linked by a network of boardwalks.

This year’s lineup offers a healthy dose of timeless tragedy and classic comedy. Continue reading:
Sun, Sand and Shakespeare: Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach fest is back

5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver

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Vancouverites have such an affinity for the water and there’s so many ways to get close and enjoy our rivers, lakes, coastal inlets and bays. Boardwalk promenades are ideal locations for leisurely strolls, watching activity on our waterways, soaking up some sunshine, and purchasing fresh-caught local seafood.

Here are the 5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver that will get you above and around our beautiful waterfronts.

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5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver

Green Milestone in Vancouver: Half of all trips now by bike, transit or on foot

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Vancouver is officially a little greener this month. New stats released by city transportation officials show that, for the first time ever, nearly just as many trips are made by bike, transit or on foot as are made by car.

In 2014, a total of 918,000 daily trips were made by automobile, down from 983,000 the year before. That compares to 905,000 daily trips made by bike, transit or on foot in 2014, up from 893,000 the year before.

In other words, cars now only account for roughly half of all trips made in Vancouver – a major milestone in the city’s quest to become the world’s “greenest” city by 2020. At the same time, total kilometres travelled by vehicle has plummeted in recent years, down 21 percent since 2007.

Much of that progress can be attributed to a dramatic uptick in cycling. Continue reading:
Green Milestone in Vancouver: Half of all trips now by bike, transit or on foot

Deaf-Dining Comes to Vancouver: New Concept Restaurant Uses Sign Language and Deaf Servers

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Photo sourced from Deafined.ca

Vancouver has lots of Mediterranean restaurants. But only one allows you to order your hummus, baba ghanoush and tabbouleh in sign language.

A new concept restaurant in Kitsilano is staffed entirely by deaf servers and encourages guests to communicate in a combination of American Sign Language and written notes. Called Deafined, the restaurant on West 4th Avenue is only the third in North America to focus on hiring deaf or hard-of-hearing staff.

Deafined is the creation of local restaurateur Moe Alameddine, already known for his unique blind-dining eatery Dark Table. Opened in 2012, Dark Table employs blind or visually impaired staff, and patrons eat their meals in complete darkness. With Deafined, he’s set his sights on “promoting American Sign Language and offering employment opportunities fore the deaf and hard of hearing,” while also serving up “exquisite fusion fare in a warm, welcoming environment.”

So how does it all work? Continue reading:
Deaf-Dining Comes to Vancouver: New Concept Restaurant Uses Sign Language and Deaf Servers