5 Can’t-Miss Acts at the 2015 Vancouver Jazz Fest – Tickets on sale now

buddy-guy-lifetime-achievement-101The sun is shining, people are playing beach volleyball and what little snow there was has melted off the North Shore mountains. It may not be summer in Vancouver yet, but it almost feels like it.

In that spirit, here’s a quick preview of some top acts at the upcoming 2015 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 18-July 1.  Each year nearly half a million music lovers converge on Vancouver for hundreds of free and ticketed concerts by jazz, blues, soul and world music artists. Though the 14-day festival is still a few months away, tickets for headline acts have already gone on sale and are sure to sell out fast.

Here are five can’t-miss headliners at the 2015 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival:

Blues Legend Buddy GuyThe six-time Grammy winning guitarist and singer practically invented electric blues. At age 77, he’s influenced everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan in his generations-spanning career. Don’t miss a chance to hear Guy’s soulful voice and distinctive guitar solos.  June 19 at the Orpheum; $59

Backup Singer to the Stars Lisa Fischer: Recently featured in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, Fischer has worked behind superstars like Tina Turner, Luther Vandross and George Benson in her career, and is also known for her blistering duets with the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger. Now she’s touring on her own, showing off her powerhouse vocals in a show that blends delicate ballads, gospel, soul and more.  June 25 at the Vogue; $45 Continue reading:
5 Can’t-Miss Acts at the 2015 Vancouver Jazz Fest – Tickets on sale now

See a Live Webcam of Vancouver’s Great Blue Heron Colony

Photo credit: Alan D. Wilson | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Alan D. Wilson | Wikipedia

A new webcam is giving wildlife lovers an intimate, interactive look at Vancouver’s colony of great blue herons.

Mounted on the roof of a nearby apartment building, the Vancouver Park Board Heron Cam focuses in on a cluster of nests built high in the trees next to the tennis courts in Stanley Park.  Dozens of the long-legged birds with bright blue feathers can be seen sitting on nests, perching on branches and even tending to newly laid eggs.

In a unique twists, the webcam is also interactive.  By visiting the official website (http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/heron-cam.aspx), viewers can join a queue to control what the camera looks at. It’s possible to zoom in tight on individual nests or select wider angle views to see the whole scene.

Each spring, hundreds of great blue herons, which are classified as a “special concern” species in Canada, return to Vancouver’s Stanley Park as part of their annual migration pattern. Continue reading:
See a Live Webcam of Vancouver’s Great Blue Heron Colony

“Pop-up Restaurant Incubator” Opens in Vancouver: Next up – An All-Meatball Pop-Up

Photo credit: Josh | Flickr

Photo credit: Josh | Flickr

Local foodies may have already noticed something interesting happening inside an aging brick building on Hasting Street in Vancouver, in the heart of the Downtown Eastside.

In early March, the nondescript venue at 337 E. Hastings St. – sandwiched between a Chinese restaurant and a corner store – hosted a pop-up fried chicken restaurant called Chicken Shack. The four-night pop-up sold out in days, with more than 600 meals served.

Then, later in the month, the popular food truck The Local Omnivore hosted its own pop-up for one-night only in the same space, offering diners their popular cheeseburgers with locally sourced beef and house sauce. An estimated 200 people jammed inside, turning a rundown corner of East Hastings Street near Main – if only briefly – into one of the hottest culinary spots in Vancouver.

It turns out that something bigger is going on.   Continue reading:
“Pop-up Restaurant Incubator” Opens in Vancouver: Next up – An All-Meatball Pop-Up

Best Chinese Food in Vancouver? 33,759 people voted – Here are the results

Best Five-Spice Beef Wrapped in a Chinese Pancake, Shanghai Morning Restaurant

Best Five-Spice Beef Wrapped in a Chinese Pancake, Shanghai Morning Restaurant

Wondering where to find Vancouver’s best dim sum, Cantonese-style restaurant or five-spice beef wrapped in a Chinese pancake? Your search may be over.

The winners of the 2015 Chinese Restaurant Awards have been announced. A total of 33,759 diners cast their ballots over the month-long voting period for hundreds of Metro Vancouver restaurants. The result is an incredible cheat sheet for foodies looking to explore the city’s Chinese cuisine scene – from classic restaurants to new up-and-comers.

Winners were selected in 21 different categories.  Five new categories this year looked at specific Chinese delicacies, including best har gow, or shrimp dumplings (Kirin Restaurants), best tea-smoked duck (Dinesty Dumpling House) and best five-spice beef wrapped in a Chinese pancake (Shanghai Morning Restaurant).  The remaining categories looked at types of Chinese restaurants, from best hot pot restaurant (Claypot Hotpot and BBQ) and best Hong Kong-style cafe (Deer Garden Signatures) to best dim sum (Kirin Restaurants) and best Cantonese restaurant (Bamboo Grove).   Continue reading:
Best Chinese Food in Vancouver? 33,759 people voted – Here are the results

Eat Dinner in a Stranger’s Home: #dinnerpartyYVR is back

The menu of Feasting in a Lebanese Forest

The menu of Feasting in a Lebanese Forest, one of the #dinnerpartyYVR themed dinners

Ever want to eat dinner in the home of a complete stranger? Now’s your chance.

#dinnerpartyYVR is back for its third year, this Saturday, March 28.  More than 50 hobby chefs across Vancouver are inviting diners into their homes for a multi-course meal. The $40 price tag includes a home-cooked feast complete with wine or beer, and all proceeds go to charities.

The idea is to connect people who love to cook with people who love to eat, bringing Vancouver a little closer together in the process. The event doubled in size this year, with dozens of home chefs applying to host dinners. The meals are all intimate affairs, with seating for four to ten people.  Continue reading:
Eat Dinner in a Stranger’s Home: #dinnerpartyYVR is back