5 Cozy Ways to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox in Vancouver

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Photo: Tourism Vancouver/ Clayton Perry

This year’s autumn equinox is on September 23 and with the trees showing off their fiery colours, Vancouver is the perfect place to celebrate. Cooler temperatures mean it’s time to get cozy, so here are five ways to celebrate the equinox in your autumn best!

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5 Cozy Ways to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox in Vancouver

Restored (and in one case somewhat redeemed), two movies by writer-director Elaine May at the Cinematheque

Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty on a camel in Elaine May’s 1987 movie Ishtar.

Elaine May is a gifted American comic performer, screenwriter, and filmmaker. This month, Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)  is screening two films by May—including Ishtar, a feature that was a notorious bomb upon its release. Despite, or because, of the fact that she was one of the only women directing features in Hollywood in the 1970s and ’80s, both films happen to be buddy pictures.

Cinematheque is screening the two movies, both in restored versions, Sept. 13–15. Find out more about these two films, and May, below.

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Restored (and in one case somewhat redeemed), two movies by writer-director Elaine May at the Cinematheque

LGBTQ2IA+ Representation at the Vancouver International Film Festival

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Girl meets boy; boy meets girl; girl rejects boy; girl finds herself thriving without a man and then falls for one anyway; boy becomes successful in life and gains the trust of girl; star-crossed man and woman beat all odds to be together… We can all think of at least ten films immediately for each of these plotlines. They’re popular because they’re real, so many of us see ourselves in these moments. But many of us can also see ourselves in these moments when the genders aren’t strictly binary, and when the relationships are same-sex.

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LGBTQ2IA+ Representation at the Vancouver International Film Festival

Six acts to catch at this year’s Westward Music Festival (starts today!)

Harlequin Gold, a new local band, plays the Rickshaw Theatre Sept. 14 as part of Westward Music Festival. Photo: Spencer Watson.

For the third year in a row, Vancouver has its own multi-band, multi-venue music festival. Westward Music Festival returns Sept. 12-15. Some of the acts include Black Mountain, Owen Pallett, Joseph, and Titus Andronicus.

Concentrated mostly in downtown Vancouver, Westward takes place at various venues. This year, promoter MRG Concerts has partnered with the Yaletown Business Improvement Association expand the event into the Yaletown district. Westward Yaletown will be a FREE outdoor concert series running Friday and Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

For more info, and some suggestions, see below.

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Six acts to catch at this year’s Westward Music Festival (starts today!)

Get in the Seasonal Spirit with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Courtesy Dean Buscher/Netflix

Fall is coming, and that means Halloween is right around the corner! If you haven’t indulged in a ghostly session of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, now is the time: this spooky series set in Vancouver takes inspiration from classic spine-tinglers like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist. Fans can plunge into Sabrina’s world by taking a spin to the real-life Metro Vancouver locations pictured in the show!

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Get in the Seasonal Spirit with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend celebrate the full moon of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival! Our stone satellite won’t be the only thing brightening the slowly lengthening darkness as our hemisphere tilts into autumn, there’s also a light-up Facade Festival, the Fringe Festival, a music festival, and a flamenco festival. Want company? Head to the library on Saturday and borrow a dog. Really.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

8 Beginner-Friendly Places to Mountain Bike Near Vancouver

mountain bikers on a trail in North Vancouver, BC

Photo Credit: Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism

The Vancouver area is known around the world as a mountain biking destination. Since the late 80s and 90s, local riders and trail builders have been at the forefront of the mountain bike scene. That means Vancouver has lots of gnarly trails for expert riders. But if you’re just starting out, don’t be intimidated: there are tons of beginner-friendly trails in the Vancouver area too. Here’s run-down on some local riding areas.

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8 Beginner-Friendly Places to Mountain Bike Near Vancouver