JFL Northwest is Back in Vancouver with Trevor Noah Kicking off the Festival in February 2022

JFL NorthWest, in association with SiriusXM, Vancouver’s premium comedy festival is ecstatic to return this winter, taking over the city of Vancouver from February 17 through 26, 2022. Festival programmers have been working around the clock to ensure that the long-awaited 6th edition of JFL NorthWest satiates all comedy enthusiasts who are just as excited as we are about returning.

After persevering through undoubtedly some of the toughest months, JFL NorthWest is proving its resiliency by confirming an arena performance by comedy megastar, Trevor Noah, as he stops in Vancouver on Saturday, February 26 at Rogers Arena with his critically acclaimed tour, Trevor Noah: Back to Abnormal. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 1 at 10 AM at ticketmaster.com.

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JFL Northwest is Back in Vancouver with Trevor Noah Kicking off the Festival in February 2022

14 Vancouver Pumpkin Patches to Visit in Fall 2021

Pumpkin patch at Taves Family Farms near Vancouver

Photo: Taves Family Farms

There’s no better way to celebrate autumn than picking out a pumpkin at one of Vancouver’s pumpkin patches. Many local farms have embraced the season by adding tons of family-friendly fall activities to their pumpkin patches like hayrides, corn mazes, and petting zoos. Here are 14 Vancouver-area pumpkin patches to visit in fall 2021.

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14 Vancouver Pumpkin Patches to Visit in Fall 2021

21st Annual Chutzpah! Festival Lineup Announced

Ted Littlemore, Solo for Orpheus. Photo: Andi McLeish

The Chutzpah! Festival returns with an exciting and dynamic lineup of performances this November 4-24, 2021, presenting music, theatre, comedy, and dance that reflects the joy of coming back together. For over two decades the Chutzpah! Festival has been an eagerly anticipated and annual highlight of Greater Vancouver’s arts season. Artists will once again grace the stage of the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, our festival hub, and share their work in person and via digital streams. Single tickets start at $18 (plus applicable fees and service charges) and are available online on September 15 at www.chutzpahfestival.com or by phone at 604.257.5145.

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21st Annual Chutzpah! Festival Lineup Announced

BC Indigenous-Run Cultural Centres: Sharing Stories and Strengthening Community

Photo Source: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC)

September 30 marks two very important Days for Indigenous peoples in Canada: Orange Shirt Day, which raises awareness about the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday that invites reflection and the honouring of survivors of residential school.

A hopeful part of the Reconciliation process lies with the many Indigenous-run cultural centres that exist in British Columbia, including the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay on Haida Gwaii and the U’Mista Cultural Centre at Alert Bay.

At these centres, Indigenous people speak proudly for themselves, as opposed to being spoken for, as has happened and still continues to occur. For example, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) in nearby Whistler does incredible work in celebrating the heritage and stories of the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh and L̓il̓wat7úl Nations and their connections to their shared territory. “We really reflect where our Nations have come from but also currently where we are,” says Alison Pascal, Curator at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

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BC Indigenous-Run Cultural Centres: Sharing Stories and Strengthening Community

Take a Self-Guided Port Moody Brewery Tour

Moody Ales in Port Moody

Moody Ales. Photo: BC Ale Trail

Did you know that the Vancouver area is home to several dozen craft breweries? Head to Murray Street in Port Moody to visit the Brewer’s Row area. Yellow Dog Brewing Co. opened their tasting room here in 2014 and since then the region has developed into a craft beer mecca. Use our step-by-step guide to spend an afternoon walking or biking between tasting rooms. Our 1.7-kilometre long route visits six different breweries on or near Brewer’s Row. And it starts at the Moody Centre Skytrain Station on the Evergreen Line so you can go car-free.

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Take a Self-Guided Port Moody Brewery Tour

Fall Harvest Market at Lulu Island Winery

Photo: Lulu Island Winery

Lulu Island Winery is back with another artisan market and this time it is Autumn harvest themed! Lulu Island Winery’s summer markets have been a huge success and we are all excited for their next one on September 25. This indoor market is from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. There will be live music, food trucks, and of course wine!

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Fall Harvest Market at Lulu Island Winery

B.C.’s Howe Sound Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Region

Heart of Howe Sound Gambier Island / Photo: Rich Duncan

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is proud to share the news that the Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound Biosphere Region has received the prestigious UNESCO Biosphere Region designation, a positive step towards biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, and reconciliation.

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B.C.’s Howe Sound Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Region