New All-Access Tour Goes Inside Vancouver’s Historic Orpheum Theatre

Photo credit: MichaelThoeny | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: MichaelThoeny | Wikimedia Commons

You may have seen the big neon sign on Granville Street, but how much do you really know about Vancouver’s historic Orpheum Theatre?

Special walking tours are now giving visitors an inside look at the nearly century-old theatre, which started its life as a vaudeville house.  The 90-minute tours (for the bargain price of $10) shed light on the long, sometimes troubled history of one of Vancouver’s most iconic landmarks.

When it opened its doors in 1927, the Orpheum was the biggest theatre in Canada, built with 3,000 seats at the astronomical cost of $1.25 million.   Continue reading:
New All-Access Tour Goes Inside Vancouver’s Historic Orpheum Theatre

Free Outdoor World Cup 2014 Party in Vancouver

Photo credit: Jarke | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Jarke | Wikimedia Commons

World Cup soccer fans in Vancouver have something to cheer about.

The city is hosting a giant outdoor bash for the World Cup final on Sunday, July 13, at Trout Lake near the Commercial Drive neighbourhood.

At the Soccer! Samba!! Celebration!!! party (just look at all those exclamation points) fans can catch the game on one of the largest LED screens in the city.  In addition, South American dancers are set to perform and special stations will be set up for kids to design their own soccer jerseys.

Apart from giving fans a place to show their pride, the celebration is also meant to bring attention to the 2015 Women’s World Cup, coming to Canada (and Vancouver) next year.

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Free Outdoor World Cup 2014 Party in Vancouver

Caribbean Days Festival 2014 Coming to Vancouver

Image courtesy of TTCS of BC | Flickr

Image courtesy of TTCS of BC | Flickr

Ready for a taste of the Caribbean on Vancouver’s North Shore?

The Caribbean Days Festival returns to the city for a full weekend of sun, music and food straight from the islands, July 26-July 27.  More than 30,000 people converge on North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park – just next to the Lonsdale Quay – for the largest event of its kind in the province.

The free festival, running from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, highlights the best of tropical rhythms, cuisine and culture.  It kicks off with a Carnival-style parade on Saturday, July 26 (starting at approximately 10 a.m.).  Costumed performers – many in feathers and skimpy, sequined outfits – strut their stuff down Lonsdale Avenue, grooving to Caribbean beats before turning onto Esplanade and making their way to Waterfront Park.

Action inside the park centres around a free outdoor music festival, backdropped by the Burrard Inlet and gorgeous views of the downtown Vancouver skyline.  Continue reading:
Caribbean Days Festival 2014 Coming to Vancouver

50 Free Bands + 40 Food Trucks: Khatsahlano Street Party Returns to Vancouver

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Vancouver’s biggest free music and arts fest is back.

The Khatsahlano Street Party is set to transform West 4th Avenue into 10 blocks of live music, beer gardens and outdoor art on Saturday, July 12.  Now in its fourth year, the festival is expected to attract more than 100,000 revellers to the Kitsilano neighbourhood, from Burrard to MacDonald Streets on West 4th Avenue.

Khatsahlano has earned a well deserved reputation for great live music.  This year, more than 50 bands with local roots will perform on eight different stages.  Headliners include The Poppy Family Experience, who emerged from Kitsilano’s counterculture scene in the 1960s and went on to international fame, as well as The Grapes of Wrath, the Kelowna-based rockers known for their hit record These Days who recently reunited after an 18-year hiatus.  A complete lineup is available on the festival website.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a street party without street food.   Continue reading:
50 Free Bands + 40 Food Trucks: Khatsahlano Street Party Returns to Vancouver

Inside Vancouver’s Tiniest Parks: A guide to the city’s “parklets”

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Chances are you’ve walked by some of Vancouver’s tiniest parks without even noticing.

Over the past years, the city’s Viva Vancouver organization has helped quietly transform spare parking spaces on busy city streets into petite “parklets.”  These miniature oases, which often measure no more than 30 square metres, functions as mini public plazas, with benches, tables and landscaping.

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Inside Vancouver’s Tiniest Parks: A guide to the city’s “parklets”