7 Perks of a City Staycation + Enter to Win a Weekend Stay at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre!

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre city staycation

Photo: Mark Newman

While 2020 has been the year of sticking close to home, sometimes you’ve got to get out of the house! A city staycation can give a chance to celebrate a special occasion, show some love to the city, and not have to worry about cooking for a couple of days.

Vancouver’s hotels are welcoming guests with all COVID-19 health protocols in place, including distancing measures and a “commitment to clean” like no other. I recently spent a weekend at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. I’ve shared my experience and the perks of a city hotel staycation.

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7 Perks of a City Staycation + Enter to Win a Weekend Stay at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre!

Five Benefits of Exploring Local in Vancouver

explore Vancouver local

Staying local during the pandemic gives Vancouverites the opportunity to get to know our city again. As we transition into the fiery colours of autumn, here are some reasons to play tourist in our town with a staycation or day trip to the city.

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Five Benefits of Exploring Local in Vancouver

Capturing Distanced Moments in Vancouver

Good Side Photo - Through the Window

Image by Good Side Photo

While Vancouverites physically distance in each of our homes, as isolating as it can feel, it may help to know that we are all sharing a uniquely challenging moment in time together with not only Vancouver, BC or Canada, but with the whole world.

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Capturing Distanced Moments in Vancouver

Add Dagger Editions to Your Isolation Reading List

By Rachel Rosenberg

Halfmoon Bay is a small community near Vancouver on the Sunshine Coast, with beautiful coastline views and a thriving artistic centre. This idyllic locale is home of Caitlin Press and its Dagger Editions imprint, dedicated to queer women voices, available for order online with delivery through local bookstores; Spartacus Books, Massey Books and Pulp Fiction.

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Add Dagger Editions to Your Isolation Reading List

Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar Winner 2020

By Kendell Yan

The audience roars, then falls into a silent anticipation, a collective breath to take in her glory. She stands proudly under a spotlight, a long crimson cape flutters behind her, the sound of a sword slices through the air. “My name is Kara Juku,” she says, “and I will bring honour to us all.”

[Editor’s COVID-19 note: Missing the nightlife already? See the bottom of this post for a list of virtual and streaming drag shows coming up from Vancouver.]

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Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar Winner 2020

Drag Monarch, Alma B*tches, Reflects on a Year of Charity

Photo credit: Fernando Cysneiros @thedragseries

By Kendell Yan

If you’ve been to a few drag shows in Vancouver over the past five years there is a fairly significant chance that one of them was hosted, MC’d, and/or performed by Alma Bitches, her most imperial sovereign majesty, Emprex 48 of the Dogwood Monarchist Society.

Charity and community work have always been a focal point for Alma, having started their career in drag as a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a worldwide charity organization, almost 10 years ago. It was a natural progression for them to apply for election to the title of Emprex. Continue reading:
Drag Monarch, Alma B*tches, Reflects on a Year of Charity

Filming in Vancouver: Jurassic World, The Stand, Helstrom, Kung Fu, and more

James Marsden

In this week’s look at what’s filming in Vancouver, there’s everything from prehistoric creatures and martial arts to satanic superbeings and post-apocalyptic drama.

A dinosaur blockbuster has departed from this part of the world for shoots elsewhere, taking with it some big Hollywood names.

In its place are several other projects, including a TV pilot in which part of a family finds themselves immersed in a mysterious primeval world after a sinkhole rips open in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, the 1970s are a recurring theme in source material this week.

A TV adaptation of a 1970s post-apocalyptic horror-fantasy novel calls it a wrap while a ‘70s martial-arts TV series gets rebooted with an update for the identity of the lead character.

Speaking of adaptations, two hellish Marvel Comics characters are making the transition from page to screen with a fiery new TV series.

So if any or all of this interests you, here’s our roundup of what’s happening in Vancouver’s screen scene.

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Filming in Vancouver: Jurassic World, The Stand, Helstrom, Kung Fu, and more