Pride Week Round-up

Courtesy of Sean Hagen via Flickr

Courtesy of Sean Hagen via Flickr

It’s that time of year where Vancouverites and visitors alike are encouraged to let their flags fly, whether it’s freak flag, rainbow flag or a Canadian flag. All flags, and people, are welcomed at the fast-approaching Pride Week, which starts on July 26th and runs until August 3rd. We’ve got a round-up of events so you’re on top of what to expect during the most colourful week in Vancouver. Continue reading:
Pride Week Round-up

Vancouverites Encouraged to Hug for Hunger, Mar. 20

photo: Hugs for Hunger

photo: Hugs for Hunger

First day of spring sees furry mascots hugging to support the Food Bank!

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On the first day of spring, cute, furry, and gregarious animals will be waking up from hibernation and giving out hugs to Vancouverites. Spring Advertising will be unleashing the animals/mascots at various locations across the city as part of Hugs for Hunger, a fundraiser to help the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

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Vancouverites Encouraged to Hug for Hunger, Mar. 20

Vancouver’s not-so-secret neighborhood shops and markets

Photo credit: Le Marche St. George

Le Marche St. George Photo credit: Luis Valdizon

Corner store culture was a large part of my childhood.

On weekends I pedaled the half-block down to Jackson’s corner store to buy sour soothers with my mom’s spare change. In the summer my friends and I would flock to Bob’s Mini Mart for screamers – a decadent cup of slush with soft-serve ice cream on top.

The owners knew our names and the selection of munchies and trinkets for sale seemed endless.

Now, as an adult, I seek similar qualities in the delis, markets and shops I frequent:  availability of quality snacks, quirky goods and location, location, location.

Whether I’m hunting for a sparkly, spontaneous gift or fixing for a rare ingredient like garlic-scape salt or frozen lobster bisque Vancouver has a lovely smattering of eclectic markets, mini-grocers and shops that can provide these and more. Herewith are some of my favourite neighborhood shops and not-so-secret mini-markets around the city. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s not-so-secret neighborhood shops and markets

No Cars, 4 Huge Parties: Car Free Vancouver Day Returns

Photo credit: Rob__ | Flickr

Photo credit: Rob__ | Flickr

(Don’t) Start your engines!

The sixth instalment of Car Free Vancouver Day is scheduled to hit city neighbourhoods June 16 (Father’s Day).  The premise of the festival is simple: Main streets throughout Vancouver are closed to traffic, so everyone can get out, stretch their legs and actually rub shoulders with friends and neighbours.

Over the years, Car Free Day has evolved into one of the best, totally grassroots events of the summer.  Pedestrianized streets are transformed into carnivals full of food, music, performers and general revelry.  It’s all volunteer-based and community-organized, so you’re sure to get a healthy dose of local colour and local weirdness.

As in past years, Car Free Vancouver Day will take place in four neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive, Main Street, the West End and Kitsilano.  Here are details on what you can expect if you leave the car behind: Continue reading:
No Cars, 4 Huge Parties: Car Free Vancouver Day Returns