See local and international design ideas to transform Vancouver’s famous Robson Street

Urban Reef

Last year’s winner, “Urban Reef.”

Urban theorists often say that the health of a city can be measured by its public spaces, or lack of them.

In Vancouver, one of the central gathering spots has long been the 800-block of Robson Street. Steps from some of the city’s best shopping, and extending from Robson Square to the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the block is a prime example of the kind of urban space that attracts people from all walks of life. But it could be more fun.

That, at least, is the idea behind the Robson Redux Design-Build Competition. Over the past few summers, the City of Vancouver initiative has resulted in installations of giant bean bags, waves of yellow shag and, last year, a curvy urban reef.

What will it be this summer?

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See local and international design ideas to transform Vancouver’s famous Robson Street

Huge Andy Warhol Exhibition Opens in Vancouver – For Free

marilyn_pinkDozens of masterpieces from the undisputed master of the pop art movement have come to Vancouver. And you can see them all for free.

Some 80 prints and paintings from Andy Warhol are on display now through March 30 in Yaletown’s Maison Al warehouse, as part of an exhibition titled A Different Idea of Love.   Many of the works are from Warhol’s so-called Socialites series – portraits of the social elite of his day, including Marilyn Monroe with canary yellow hair and pink lips, Jane Fonda and Ted Kennedy.

The exhibit represents the largest collection of Warhol works ever displayed in Canada.

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Pop-Up Fried Chicken Restaurant Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: Crystal H. | Yelp

Photo credit: Crystal H. | Yelp

Have a craving for some Southern fried chicken in Vancouver? You’re in luck … at least for a couple of days this March.

Chicken Shack – a pop-up restaurant serving fried chicken and Southern-themed sides – will open its doors on East Vancouver’s Hastings Street for four days only, this March 5-March 8. The pop-up is the creation of the culinary team behind two East Van foodie fixtures: Big Lou’s Butcher Shop (known for its artisan meats) and the now closed but not forgotten Two Chefs and a Table.

This is actually the second pop-up appearance of the Chicken Shack, which had its first go-round back in 2013 (and was sold-out and swamped with finger-lickin’ patrons each night). The menu this time will feature two distinct varieties of fried chicken.

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Where to See TED 2015 for Free in Vancouver

Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson | Wikipedia

TED – the annual conference that brings together some of the planet’s brightest thinkers – returns to Vancouver for its second instalment, March 16-20. The lineup for TED2015 is packed with more innovators and game changers than ever, including space jumper (and Google VP) Alan Eustace, TV producer Shonda Rhimes, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and exoplanet expert Sara Seager.

Tickets to see the four-day conference live in the Vancouver Convention Centre, however, will set you back $8,500 US a pop (Not to mention, you have to submit a formal application to get one and they sold out months ago). But that doesn’t mean you have to wait for the 18-minute speeches to show up on YouTube to get in on the action. There’s another way to take in all the TED wisdom live – and for free.

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$139,000 Whisky on Sale in BC Liquor Store in Vancouver

THE DALMORE CONSTELLATION COLLECTION - The Dalmore ConstellationAmong Vancouver residents, seeing high prices at B.C. Liquor Stores is nothing new.  Still, this price tag is bound to raise some eyebrows.

As of this week, shoppers can find a set of four vintage whiskies on sale for $139,000 inside the Signature Liquor Store on Cambie Street and 39th Avenue in Vancouver.

Dating from the 1960s, the single-malt whiskies are from Scotland’s Dalmore distillery, a favourite among connoisseurs as well as investors in rare whiskies.  The four-bottle set includes a 1964 vintage, one of only 67 bottles ever created, as well as a 1966 vintage and two 1969 vintages.

Each whisky comes in a hand-blown crystal decanter with a solid silver stag emblem, the distillery’s logo.

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$139,000 Whisky on Sale in BC Liquor Store in Vancouver