Picture Perfect: Vancouver’s Derek Desierto Illustrates His Way onto the NYT Best Sellers List

By Rachel Rosenberg

It isn’t every day that your debut makes it onto the New York Times Best Sellers List, but that is exactly what happened to Derek Desierto. In the Vancouver-based illustrator’s first picture book, Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, he collaborated with Eva Chen, head of fashion partnerships at Instagram and former editor-in-chief of Lucky. That would be a big deal for any debut illustrator, and Desierto’s collage art is a fitting embodiment for Chen’s popular heroine Juno. The pairs’ follow up, A is for Awesome, is a board book filled with feminist icons, and the simple text really showcases Derek’s unique, vibrant style.

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Picture Perfect: Vancouver’s Derek Desierto Illustrates His Way onto the NYT Best Sellers List

What to Do with the Whole Family at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2017

Queer Film Festival Chosen Family Picnic | Image via queerfilmfestival.ca

By Casey Stepaniuk

You might not think of a film festival immediately when you’re brainstorming family and kid-friendly activities in Vancouver this summer, but I’m here to tell you not to discount Out On Screen’s Vancouver Queer Film Festival. The Festival runs for ten days in August—August 10th until August 20th—and has a plethora of activities including but not limited to movies the whole family and people of all ages can enjoy.

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What to Do with the Whole Family at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2017

See FlyOver Canada and AboveUSA Back-to-Back for a Limited Time, Mar. 6 – Apr. 12 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

aboveusa

FlyOver Canada is proud to bring back “AboveUSA”, a flight ride experience from the same  team that brought you the popular “Flight of the Dragon” ride film featured at FlyOver Canada in early 2015.

For a limited time only, guests will get to experience AboveUSA and FlyOver Canada back-to-back for the regular FlyOver admission price!

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See FlyOver Canada and AboveUSA Back-to-Back for a Limited Time, Mar. 6 – Apr. 12 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Vancouver International Children’s Festival 2012 Starts May 29

"The Itch of the Golden Nit" at the Vancouver International Children's Festival 2012.

A massive crowd-pleaser since its inception in 1978 and one of the largest children’s festivals in all of Canada, the annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival returns to Granville Island with six-days of theatre, live entertainment, puppetry, music, and more from May 29 – June 3.

The theme for 2012 is “Celebrate Our Stories,” and along with traditional theatrical techniques (on-stage shows), the Festival engages audiences of all ages with innovative performances on Aquabuses (!), in and around Granville Island’s duck ponds (the inspired “Quack Attack”), through hands-on activities, and with cooking classes at Edible Canada.

Highlights of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival 2012 include:

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Vancouver International Children’s Festival 2012 Starts May 29

No Umbrella Required: Rainy day fun for families in Vancouver

Photo credit: Remy Scalza

Spring in Vancouver is a time of cherry blossoms, pleasantly mild temperatures and frequent showers.  But just because mother nature refuses to cooperate doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.  Indoor activities to entertain, challenge and engage the whole family abound in the city.

Here are five ideas for soaking up all Vancouver has to offer on a rainy day:

Get up close and personal with the beluga whales at the Vancouver Aquarium:  Located in 1,000-acre Stanley Park, the aquarium is home to more than 60,000 marine animals, including a very popular family of white beluga whales.  Especially for the kids, there’s a unique 4-D theater with smell-o-vision, as well as a touch pool where they can handle starfish and anemones.

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No Umbrella Required: Rainy day fun for families in Vancouver