Annual Jewish Book Festival hosts acclaimed novelist Gary Shteyngart, daughter of Leonard Bernstein and more

Acclaimed author Gary Shteyngart is one of the headliners at the 35th Annual JCC Jewish Book Festival. The festival takes place Feb. 8-13 at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver and other Lower Mainland venues.

The roster includes writers from across Canada, the US, Israel, and South Africa. Events include meet-the-author opportunities, readings and panel discussions, the annual book club event, children’s and youth authors, wellness subjects and two onsite bookstores new and used, open throughout the week. See below for highlights.

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Annual Jewish Book Festival hosts acclaimed novelist Gary Shteyngart, daughter of Leonard Bernstein and more

Six local Instagrammers to follow in the lead-up to Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Photo by Clint Trahan/clinttrahan.com.

When Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink rolls around, you can bet that the city’s food-obsessed Instagrammers will be out in full force.

The start of Dine Out Vancouver Festival (Jan 17-Feb 2) is just a few days away. Over 300 restaurants are taking part, with special set menus in different price ranges ($15, $35, $25 or $45 price points), as well as “Dine and Stay” packages and special hotel rates. There are also several events/experiences ranging from secret locales to beer, wine, and distillery tours and, on Jan. 16, the Grand Tasting at Rocky Mountaineer Station. Tickets are now on sale and reservations available at dineoutvancouver.com.

You can find out more about some of the events below. Meanwhile, as we get closer to Dine Out Vancouver, here are five local foodiegrammers to follow.

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Six local Instagrammers to follow in the lead-up to Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish officially re-opening on February 14, 2020

Sea to Sky gondola re-opening

Image courtesy of Sea to Sky Gondolas | Photo by Paul Bride

Just in time for a romantic date night on Valentine’s Day or for a fun day trip for the Family Day long weekend, the Sea to Sky Gondola has just announced that it will be officially re-opening on Friday, February 14, 2020.

The re-opening date comes after months of being shut down because of a confirmed act of vandalism that forced the closure of the incredibly popular tourist attraction on the Sea to Sky highway.

In the coming weeks, thirty brand new cabins will be re-installed on the main cable that recently arrived from Switzerland.

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Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish officially re-opening on February 14, 2020

Your 2020 Vancouver Wellness Bucket List (January to June)

Wellness bucket list

Photo: Heath Moffatt

And just like that, it’s 2020. The start of a new year tends to be when most of us make resolutions, goals and lists, and want to focus on our health and wellness. Sometimes that falls by the wayside come February—but it’s 2020, and we’re all seeing clearly now, right? No excuses, especially when Vancouver is full of ways to keep happy and healthy all year round. So save this link to your favourites list, because here’s your Vancouver wellness bucket list for January through June.

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Your 2020 Vancouver Wellness Bucket List (January to June)

Vancouver International Wine Festival announces tickets and events

Mark this date in your new Moleskine: Jan 8. That’s the day tickets go on sale for the 2020 Vancouver International Wine Festival.

It’s the 42nd edition, for those keeping track. The eight-day celebration of wine and food runs Feb 22 to March 1 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues around Metro Vancouver. 163 wineries are participating in 57 events. This year, the spotlight is on France, with 42 wineries from 10 regions in attendance.

Find out more below.

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Vancouver International Wine Festival announces tickets and events

King Princess, Trail of Dead, and more concert picks for January

King Princess (aka Mikaela Strauss) returns to Vancouver.

Hey music fans! We wish we had better news but January’s a slow month. Not only that, but some of the biggest shows are already sold-out—that includes Michael Kinawuka, Leif Vollebekk, and Choir! Choir! Choir! But you can still get tickets to the shows below, although King Princess tix won’t last and Trail of Dead at the Fox is likely to be a madhouse.

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King Princess, Trail of Dead, and more concert picks for January

Five unusual ways to spend New Year’s Eve

Celebrate the New Year’s with improv comedy and a look back at 2019 with Vancouver TheatreSports.

How unusual, you ask? Well, maybe not that unusual. But the following New Year’s Eve events have the benefit of featuring a diverse lineup of live acts, an unusual location, and/or both. There’s even a family-friendly event in here.

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Five unusual ways to spend New Year’s Eve