Cannabis is now legal in Canada, here’s what that means for you…

legalized weed in vancouver

Photo by Roberto Valdivia on Unsplash

It’s official! After years of protests, false promises, thousands of illegal pot shops, and the notorious 420 festival, cannabis is officially legal today – October 17, 2018.

Whether you plan on smoking up or not, this will have a pretty major impact on life in Canada as we know it.Β  If you have questions about what legalization may mean for you, whether you’re a local, visitor, or just curious, read on to discover some quick facts for legal weed in Vancouver.

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Cannabis is now legal in Canada, here’s what that means for you…

Take a stroll in vanishing (East) Vancouver

On Sept. 29, urban explorers are invited to take a self-guidedΒ photo walk in one of Vancouver’s changing areas.

Clark Drive in East Van has long been an industrial zone and truck route. But the neighbourhood, which is also central to the annual Vancouver East Cultural Crawl, is gradually shifting into a more walkable area, with small artist-run spaces and craft breweries popping up. ClarkWalk will feature photo-documentation and new music to accompany participants. Read more below.

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Take a stroll in vanishing (East) Vancouver

9 Essentials Every Visitor Needs for Autumn in Vancouver

Photo Credit: Yasmine Hardcastle

Though it’s not officially autumn until later in September, the leaves are turning in and it’s definitely time for locals and visitors to carry a pumpkin spice latte instead of an iced tea while out and about in Vancouver! It’s my favourite season, and as we segue into crisper, cosierΒ temperatures, every Vancouverite knows it’s important to have the essentials. Here’s what you need to pack for a fall visit to Vancouver:

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9 Essentials Every Visitor Needs for Autumn in Vancouver

Six artists to check out at ArtBreakers Illustration Market 2018

Art director/visual development artist Alexia Tryfon will be a guest at this year’s Arbreakers Illustrators Market. Art by Alexia Tryfon, ‘Saturday Morning Cartoons’.

Vancouver is fortunate to be home to many animation, gaming, and movie studios. That means we have a lot of artists who work at those studios and, in their off-time, create their own porjects.

Now in its second year, ArtBreakers Illustration Market is a two-day exhibit of work meant to highlight work by some of these artists. This year, over 40 illustrators, concept designers, comics artists and illustrators, many based in Vancouver, will attend. Many will debut and sell original prints, books, shirts, bags and enamel pins.

The Market takes place at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St., Sept. 22-23 and is open (and free) to the public. Here are a few of the more than 40 artists scheduled to attend.

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Six artists to check out at ArtBreakers Illustration Market 2018

Stretch It Out – 9 Easy and Effective Stretches for Travellers

Photo Credit: Jana Josue

Welcome to Vancouver! You’ve been in a plane, train, or automobile for a while and it’s time to get moving and exploring. Or maybe get to your first meeting/workshop at the Convention Centre. But first, let’s get out all the kinks – travel is hard on the body!

You know what I mean. Stiff neck from sleeping at a weird angle (even with a neck pillow!) Sore back and shoulders from sitting in the awkward seats. Tight legs and hips from sitting too long. Hands and feet feeling heavy. The interesting thing is that you can feel much of the same after playing tourist and being on your feet all day. Go figure.

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Stretch It Out – 9 Easy and Effective Stretches for Travellers

It’s a feline revolution: where to get your fill of cats in Vancouver this week

Art for Clowder, a show at the James Black Gallery this week.

As you may (or may not) know, Vancouver’s first Meowfest is coming up this Sunday, July 29.

But you can celebrate what is turning into The Week of the Cat today by checking out a newΒ  exhibit, Clowder (“a cluster of cats”), on now at the James Black Gallery, 114 E. 6th Ave.

The free art show, which runs until July 29 (from 12-5 p.m., with an opening reception July 26 from 7-10 p.m.), is aimed at bringing awareness to cat issues and raise money for CARES, a local cat shelter.

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It’s a feline revolution: where to get your fill of cats in Vancouver this week

Meet the Vancouver poet up for this year’s Griffin Prize

Each year, the Griffin Poetry Prize awards cash prizes to authors of what it selects as the best poetry books of the year.

This year, the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry has selected seven books for its shortlist. All finalists attending the Shortlist Readings in Toronto on June 6 will receive $10,000. The two winners, to be announced the following day, receive $65k.

Among the finalists is Donato Mancini. Originally from Hamilton, Mancini moved to Vancouver in 2000. He’s currently in Baltimore, where he’s on scholarship as a post-doctoral fellow at John Hopkins University.

We talked to Mancini about his shortlisted book, Same Diff (published by local imprint Talonbooks) about the prize.

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Meet the Vancouver poet up for this year’s Griffin Prize