5 Diverse Reads by Vancouver Authors

Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson

Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson

By Rachel Rosenberg

The air is cold, the mountains are snow-capped, and Christmas markets are popping up all over the place. If you are like me, this is the best time of year to find new reads to cuddle up by the fake Netflix fire with (or a real one, sure), so I want to offer you 5 suggestions for brilliant books by Vancouver authors, all of whom tell their incredible stories from marginalized perspectives. These all came out in the last year, so you should have no problem finding yourself a copy at any local Vancouver bookstore.

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5 Diverse Reads by Vancouver Authors

6 Cool Craft Markets to buy Unique, locally-made presents for loved ones (or yourself!)

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Image from the Eastside Flea Market (old location)

Who’s with me – there is nothing more exhausting than spending hours shopping at a mall. The endless Christmas carols, the crowds, the extra bright fluorescent lighting…

If you’re looking for an alternative shopping adventure for your holiday gifts this year, there is no shortage of options. Whether you’re on the hunt for handmade treats, one-of-a-kind trinkets, or a gift for that one person on your list who already has everything… craft markets are a saviour in the seemingly endless task of holiday shopping.

Grab a friend (or two) and check out some of these excellent craft markets in Vancouver. You’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your shopping list (and maybe even a few surprises for yourself!)

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6 Cool Craft Markets to buy Unique, locally-made presents for loved ones (or yourself!)

The Legendary Emily Carr Student Art Sale Returns, Nov. 23 – Nov. 25

Emily Carr Student Art Sale

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The Emily Carr University of Art and Design is a hotbed for local, artistic talent. If your walls have been looking a little bare lately, or you’re interested in checking out what the latest crop of artists is working on these days, the 45th annual Legendary student art sale is the event for you.

The Emily Carr art sale is one of of Vancouver’s most highly anticipated seasonal sales (seriously), with people lining out the door on opening day to scoop up one-of-a-kind art made by Emily Carr students.

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The Legendary Emily Carr Student Art Sale Returns, Nov. 23 – Nov. 25

Vancouver’s Best Vintage Clothing Stores

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I don’t know about you, but shopping is one of my favourite pastimes! There’s nothing like strolling Vancouver in search of the best vintage finds to relax and unwind. Rather than sporting similar looks from the high-street as everyone else, vintage stores open the doors to unique styles. So, if you’re new to Vancouver or returning, keep on reading to find out where to get your hands on effortlessly cool vintage pieces.

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Vancouver’s Best Vintage Clothing Stores

Freshly picked: Spring Farmers Markets opening for the season

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Spring has sprung and so have the delicious fruits and veggies that are filling up the local farmers markets! Now that the winter farmers markets have closed for the season, the larger spring/summer markets will be opening throughout May and June!

You can check the eatlocal.org website to find out what’s in season, but there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find apples, chard, dandelion greens, kale, nettles, potatoes, mushrooms, grass-fed beef & lamb, craft beer, and a whole lot more.

Check out the list below of the spring farmers markets that will be open across Vancouver starting next month:

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Freshly picked: Spring Farmers Markets opening for the season

UNIQLO Officially Opening First Vancouver Location on October 6, 2017 (Thanksgiving Weekend)

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The wait is finally over, Vancouver’s first UNIQLO store will officially be opening on Friday, October 6, 2017.

The global Japanese retailer, known for its casual apparel sold all across the world, will be opening a 20,800 sq. ft. store at Metrotown in Burnaby, its third location in Canada, following the opening of two stores in Toronto last year.

Shoppers are still celebrating the recent opening of MUJI, a minimalist Japanese retailer with a wide range of generic products, including apparel & home goods. Now, UNIQLO will be joining the mall that’s just a short drive or Skytrain ride from Downtown Vancouver.

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UNIQLO Officially Opening First Vancouver Location on October 6, 2017 (Thanksgiving Weekend)

New Illumination Summer Night Market Debuts this May

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The summer is looking a lot brighter in Richmond this year with the introduction of the new “Illumination Market” that will replace last year’s Panda Market. The Illumination Night Market will feature the first ever, largest summer lighting show in North America with nine different themes, copious lanterns, and unprecedented scale. Various exquisite dazzling lanterns will be displayed throughout the market, weaving a colorful sparkling world.

The new market will debut this Friday, May 5, marking the start of night market season in Vancouver! The Illumination Night Market will be held behind Home-Depot, just west of Knight Street Bridge in Richmond. For the first weekend, May 5 – May 7, you can enjoy free admission to experience the new market for yourself!

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New Illumination Summer Night Market Debuts this May