Looking back at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Photo: Tourism Vancouver.

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler.

For 16 days, from Feb. 12-28 2010, the city welcomed visitors and celebrated with street parties, pavilions, cultural activities and of course the Games themselves.

The event brought a then-unprecedented number of people and media attention to the city. The opening and closing ceremonies introduced the world to a wealth of Canadian talent. Canadian athletes won a total of 26 medals, including 14 gold medals, seven silver medals, and five bronze medals. The gold medal haul set a historic record, as it was the most any nation had ever received at the Winter Olympics. The 2010 Games also marked the first time Canada won an Olympic gold medal on home soil thanks to freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau at Cypress Mountain.

Here’s a look at the legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and how they changed the city forever. You can also scroll down to find out where and how to celebrate the anniversary of the Games on Feb. 22.

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Looking back at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Three dance performances to see in Vancouver in February

Danca Sinfonica. Jose Luiz Pederneiras photo.

The return of an internationally renowned Brazilian dance company, a selection of new works by local choreographers and an ambitious work performed by Montreal street dancers are some of the options contemporary dance fans have in Vancouver this month. Scroll down to find out more.

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Three dance performances to see in Vancouver in February

Celebrate love and romance (or the lack thereof) with these off-beat games and shows in February

Image courtesy Vancouver TheatreSports.

Whether we’re single, long-term partnered-up, or something in between, our thoughts often turn to love and romance at this time of year, thanks to a certain inescapable occasion (no, not our RRSP tax return deadline).

With that in mind, here are some Feb. 14-related events that will put the laughs back in this anxiety-inducing occasion.

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Celebrate love and romance (or the lack thereof) with these off-beat games and shows in February

Look who’s coming to Fan Expo Vancouver 2020

Stars of the big screen and small are the big draw at Fan Expo Vancouver, a yearly three-day pop-culture event of photo ops, autographs, games, exhibitors, and cosplayers.

This year, the big names at Fan Expo Vancouver (Feb. 15-17 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place) include Christina Ricci (Addams Family), Tom Welling (Smallville), and Brendan Fraser (Doom Patrol, Encino Man). Other guests include two guys from The Office (Brian Baumgartner and Oscar Nuñez), William B. Davis (X-Files), and Levar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Of course, Fan Expos aren’t just celebrity gawkathons; there’s also a comic-book component, harking back to fan conventions’ roots. They might be strangers to the general public, but several guests will have comics fans rooting through their long-boxes to pull out copies of back issues to be signed. Here’s a look at some of the ink-stained wretches coming to Fan Expo Vancouver 2020.

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Look who’s coming to Fan Expo Vancouver 2020

Silent masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc gets period choral music treatment

In a perfect pairing of cinema and music, Early Music Vancouver is bringing together the Orlando Consort and Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent film classic La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc.

On Jan 31, at Christ Chruch Cathedral, the Consort will provide live choral music that was composed and performed during Joan of Arc’s lifetime. The Consort has tailored the music to enhance Dreyer’s acclaimed drama. Find out more about this unique event below.

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Silent masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc gets period choral music treatment

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