Rare Porsches, Ferraris and More Coming to the Vancouver International Auto Show

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Auto Show

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Auto Show

Car lovers, here’s some news to get your motors running. Western Canada’s biggest auto show is returning to Vancouver, March 24-29.

The 2015 Vancouver International Auto Show will fill the Vancouver Convention Centre with the newest models from major manufacturers, as well as high-end sports cars, green vehicles and more.  An estimated 85,000 visitors are expected to come kick the tires on some of the hottest cars out there.

A perennial favourite at the auto show is the exotics section – a display of rare and powerful luxury and sports cars from around the world.   Continue reading:
Rare Porsches, Ferraris and More Coming to the Vancouver International Auto Show

TED 2015 Preview: 9 Speakers Not to Miss in Vancouver

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Photo credit: Danny Robinson | Flickr

TED is returning to Vancouver.

The annual conference – which features inspiring, 18-minute speeches from some of the planet’s most brilliant people – is back for the second year in Vancouver, March 16-March 20 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. And the lineup is packed with more legendary thinkers, inventors, designers and disruptors than ever.

The theme for TED2015 is Truth and Dare. According to organizers, speakers will take a look at hard truths about our environment, the state of our economy, the government and more.  And they’ll dare to propose bold answers, using the latest technology and innovations.

Alas, tickets to TED (which start at $8,500 a pop) sold out long ago.  But don’t despair. Speeches will be simulcast to multiple locations in and around the city for free. In the meantime, here are 10 speakers not to miss from the TED2015 lineup, with excerpts from their official TED bios:

Alan Eustace, Google Senior VP of Knowledge and space jumper: “On October 21, 2014, Google Senior Vice President of Knowledge Alan Eustace donned a custom-built, 400-pound spacesuit, was strapped to a weather balloon, and rose to a height of over 135,000 feet, where he dove to Earth at speeds exceeding 821 miles-per-hour — breaking both the sound barrier and previous records for high-altitude jumps.” Speaking March 17, between 2:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.   Continue reading:
TED 2015 Preview: 9 Speakers Not to Miss in Vancouver

See the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver, March 15

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Photo credit: Michellerlee | Flickr

Ready to show your shamrocks with pride? The 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will turn downtown Vancouver into a sea of green this Sunday, March 15, with marching bands, dancers and plenty of bagpipes.

The parade marks the climax of CelticFest Vancouver, a 12-day tribute to Celtic culture. The festival includes dozens of music, dance and theatre events at venues around the city, from Celtic rock concerts to guided whisky tastings. (Check out some of the can’t-miss happenings here.)

But the biggest event is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Continue reading:
See the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver, March 15

Grouse Grind Closed? Try the New “Urban Grind” inside the Stairwell of the 553-Foot Harbour Centre

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Photo credit: GoToVan | Flickr

The Grouse Grind may be Vancouver’s most famous (and gruelling) hike. The steep, 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain has a total of 2,830 steps, earning it the nickname Mother Nature’s Stairmaster. Each year, 150,000 people make the ascent.

But during winter – when the trail is often closed due to weather conditions – all those “Grouse Grinders” are generally out of luck, with no place to blast their quads and gluts. Except this year.

This March, the 553-foot-tall Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver is opening up its 40 flights of stairs to fitness buffs. Continue reading:
Grouse Grind Closed? Try the New “Urban Grind” inside the Stairwell of the 553-Foot Harbour Centre

Mini Guide to CelticFest 2015 – Vancouver’s 12-Day Celtic Bash

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Photo credit: jpmpinmontreal | Wikipedia

Vancouver has a global reputation for being a green city. But for 12 days this March, that will take on a whole new meaning.

CelticFest Vancouver returns March 6-March 17, with dozens of music, dance and theatre events where you can let your shamrock shine and wear your green with pride. The annual celebration of Celtic culture includes free and ticketed happenings at venues around the city, culminating in the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 15.

Here’s a look at some can’t-miss highlights at CelticFest Vancouver 2015 (prices are for advanced ticket sales online):

Traditional music: Take in the 100-voice Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir (paired with the De Danaan Irish Dancers) ($27) at Christ Church Cathedral on March 13. Or see internationally renowned fiddler and singer April Verch ($25) perform foot-stomping Irish and Scottish tunes at the Annex on March 16.  Continue reading:
Mini Guide to CelticFest 2015 – Vancouver’s 12-Day Celtic Bash