Special Photo Studio Just for Selfies Opens in Metro Vancouver

Photo sourced from The Selfie Room

Photo sourced from The Selfie Room

Chances are you’ve never taken a selfie like this.

A new selfie photo studio in Metro Vancouver is giving snapshot lovers the chance to take studio-quality selfies, complete with pro lighting, DSLR-camera-quality images and elaborate props and backdrops.

The Selfie Room is a new business located in Richmond, on the site of Trapped, an “escape gaming” complex where people pay to break out of themed rooms. (More on that here.) It’s inspired by similar offerings in Hong Kong, where the “selfie industry” is already booming. The idea is that guests can come in, choose from an array of backdrops and costumes, then take their own studio-quality images, no photographer required.

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Special Photo Studio Just for Selfies Opens in Metro Vancouver

Love Aussie Wines? Tickets on Sale for Vancouver International Wine Fest

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

If you’re a fan of wine from the “land down under,” this might be right up your alley, mate.

Tickets for the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival, Feb. 20-March 1, are officially on sale now. And the 37th instalment of the festival – one of the biggest on the continent – is putting Australia’s incredible wines in the spotlight.

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Love Aussie Wines? Tickets on Sale for Vancouver International Wine Fest

No Pants SkyTrain Ride Returns to Vancouver, Jan 11

Photo credit: GoToVan | Flickr

Photo credit: GoToVan | Flickr

If you’ve always dreamed of taking your pants off on the SkyTrain with dozens of other thrill seekers, then this is the event for you.

The No Pants SkyTrain Ride is back, Sunday, Jan. 11. This is the fifth Vancouver installment of the annual happening, which coincides with a global de-pantsing on mass transit around the world organized by a group called Improv Everywhere.

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No Pants SkyTrain Ride Returns to Vancouver, Jan 11

20+ Food Carts, 1 Convenient Downtown Location: Street Food City Returns to Vancouver

Photo from Tourism Vancouver

Photo from Tourism Vancouver

It’s hard to believe that it was only in 2010 that Vancouver loosened municipal by-laws to allow street food to be sold in the city.  Before that, pretty much all you could get on the streets was hot dogs and popcorn.

Since then, we’ve come an awful long way.  There are now more than 100 permitted street food vendors operating on the streets of Vancouver.  On any given day, you might find Salvadorian pupusas, Australian meat pies, wood-fired pizzas, perogies, Korean-style bibimbap or dozens of other dishes being hawked curbside.

But, as any true street food lover knows, we’ve still got a ways to go.  Continue reading:
20+ Food Carts, 1 Convenient Downtown Location: Street Food City Returns to Vancouver

New Sculpture by Ai Weiwei (with Hidden Meaning) Unveiled in Downtown Vancouver

Photo from Vancouver Biennale

Photo from Vancouver Biennale

One of the world’s best known political activists has unveiled a brand new outdoor sculpture in downtown Vancouver.

The provocatively named F Grass by Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei consists of hundreds of blades of metal grass arranged in the shape of the letter F.  The 13.5-square-metre sculpture, which stands just a few centimetres high, is located near the Coal Harbour waterfront at Harbour Green Park.

Visually, the sculpture looks arresting.  While the metallic blades of grass aren’t sharp, they look a lot like the traffic spikes that police use to puncture tires during car chases. But there’s a deeper symbolic meaning to the piece, as well.

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New Sculpture by Ai Weiwei (with Hidden Meaning) Unveiled in Downtown Vancouver