Cast ages from 13-18 in Teen Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Atticus Cseh (Bottom), Piper Trounce (Puck), Lucy Layton (Puck) in Teen Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Jenny McDonald photo.

Sure, you can go to Bard on the Beach and see adults perform Shakespeare (MacBeth and As You Like It, to be sure).

But for those of who want to see one of the English scribe’s masterpieces interpreted by those not yet old enough to drive, we have Teen Shakespeare. This year the group brings, to an outdoor stage on Granville Island, A Mdisummer Night’s Dream (aka “The One With Puck”).

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Cast ages from 13-18 in Teen Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Bike, Ride, Walk or Bus to Car Free Day in Vancouver!

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Image sourced from Car Free Day Vancouver | Facebook.com

Can you picture a world without cars? Pretty hard to imagine these days. But, this weekend will give you a glimpse at a car-free world with the annual Car Free Festival being held in Kitsilano, the West End, and on Main Street. (Note: There is also a Car Free Day Festival on Commercial Drive, but it is held in July.)

On Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17 (Father’s Day!) the Car Free Festival will take over some of Vancouver’s busiest roadways to celebrate the community. Local organizers create each event with a slightly different feel, reflective of the neighbourhood.

For 2018, here’s an idea about what will be happening in each of the neighbourhoods:

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Bike, Ride, Walk or Bus to Car Free Day in Vancouver!

Vancouver’s Italian Day is Back on Sunday, June 10th

Images in this post sourced from the Italian Day on the Drive website

This Sunday, Vancouver’s iconic Commercial Drive will come alive with festive and vibrant colours in celebration of the ninth annual Italian Day on the Drive. The day will feature authentic Italian food, music, fashion and entertainment.

Recognized on the City of Vancouver’s list of ‘Official Celebrations’, ranked as of one of Canada’s largest urban street festivals, and labelled in most circles as the social event of the season, this year’s Italian Day is expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors.

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Vancouver’s Italian Day is Back on Sunday, June 10th

Look who’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Lewis Trondheim, the French writer/illustrator of The Spiffy Adventures of McConey, is a guest at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (May 19-20).

VanCAF, Vancouver’s annual celebration of small-press and independently-published comics and graphic novels, grows every year. With more people attending, there is also an ever-increasing number of creators taking part in panels, talks, and the exhibition halls. In fact, it can get kind of overwhelming.

Of the dozens of guests coming to this year’s two-day event (May 19-20 at the Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews, in Yaletown), we’ve selected a few to check out. But there are so many that we advise setting aside at least a couple of hours to see and chat with as many cartoonists, illustrators, and writers as possible. And don’t forget your wallet—there’ll be plenty of cool merchandise to pick up.

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Look who’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Playland at the PNE opens for the season on May 5, 2018

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Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

With night markets and spring farmers markets opening up in May, it’s no surprise that the iconic Playland at the PNE will be opening its gates this weekend as well to kick off the spring season!

The oldest amusement park in Canada will officially open for the 2018 season on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10am. The opening day is a sure sign of another fun of summer full of foot long hot dogs, roller coaster rides, and endless mini donuts.

Playland will only be open on the weekends in Vancouver until late June, when it will stay open all week long. This year, Playland will boast over 35 thrilling rides, delicious carnival food, and addictive arcade games.

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Playland at the PNE opens for the season on May 5, 2018

Discover the secrets behind Toy Story, The Incredibles and more in The Science of Pixar

Ever wonder what kind of technology goes into making movies like Up, Monsters Inc., and Toy Story?

Beginning on May 19 and running until Jan. 6, 2019, Science World will present The Science Behind Pixar. The exhibition features more than 40 interactive elements, and is broken into eight sections, including modeling, animation, and rendering. All told, the exhibit will take up 12,000 square feet.

Read more below.

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Discover the secrets behind Toy Story, The Incredibles and more in The Science of Pixar

Earth Day Celebration includes Community Parade and Festival on Commercial Drive

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Image courtesy of Earth Day Parade Facebook page

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Commercial Drive is hosting its annual Earth Day Parade. Celebrated by more than a billion people each year, Earth Day was first introduced in 1970 as a way to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

While Earth Day officially falls on Sunday, April 22, 2018, the Vancouver Earth Day Parade will be held on Saturday. A tradition since 2011, the parade was first initiated by a local high school’s climate justice group. The event has attracted international attention and was even featured in an online article that listed the “17 Cities around the world that do Earth Day Right”.

The Earth Day Parade is a fun, family-friendly tradition that encourages everyone to come together to celebrate the planet.

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Earth Day Celebration includes Community Parade and Festival on Commercial Drive