Etsy Craft Party

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Anyone who’s spent hours getting lost on the popular online craft market Etsy knows that there’s a lot of talented and creative people out there – many of whom live in Vancouver. Well, there’s now an opportunity to go behind the velvet curtain of mystery that we call the Internet and meet the folks behind the crafts.

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Etsy Craft Party

5 things you can expect at the Victory Square Block Party

Photo credit: Kate Henderson

The Victory Square Block party is an all-day party for hundreds of Vancouver music fans that want to mark the unofficial end to the summer as memorably as possible. Some might interpret the event as bittersweet as it falls on the Sunday before Labour Day, which is generally the day before students go back to school. However, the day’s itinerary is so stellar that you quickly forget this might be the last hoorah before it’s back to the books and cooler seasons.

Here are five things you can expect from this annual Vancouver tradition.

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5 things you can expect at the Victory Square Block Party

Vancouver Gets Progressive with Affordable Condos Downtown

OK.  We all know Vancouver’s a fantastic city.   We also know that it’s not an especially cheap one.   It’s not that food, transit or entertainment costs any more than in comparable cities.  Instead, it’s the cost of buying an apartment or home in Vancouver – and especially downtown – that has become a bit of an issue lately.

Which is why I wanted to highlight a really unique new residential project that’s in development on the edge of the Gastown neighbourhood, right in the heart of the Downtown Eastside.   This is a bit of a departure from my posts on restaurants and events around town, but I think that having a diverse mix of people is just as important to the city’s rich culture.

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Vancouver Gets Progressive with Affordable Condos Downtown

Heart of the City Festival Oct 27 – Nov 7, 2010

For many, only one thing comes to mind when they think of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). But the DTES is much more than a sum of its stereotypes. It’s home to a growing number of artists and musicians, the historic birthplace of Vancouver, and its environs span portions of a diverse and mixed-income area, including Gastown, Chinatown, Japantown, and Strathcona—and the annual Heart of the City Festival will prove it.

The Heart of the City Festival is a celebration of the Downtown Eastside, a celebration of its cultural diversity, art, history, and spirit. The 2010 Festival features twelve days of cultural events, including theatre, poetry, outdoor festivities, processions, forums, workshops, discussions, history talks and history walks.

A perusal of the jam-packed Heart of the City Festival schedule demonstrates just how diverse the DTES truly is: Events range from an open house of the Vancouver Police Museum (November 5), an Aboriginal Celebration & Feast (November 1), a Flamenco Dance Workshop (November 4), and a Walking Tour of Historic Jewish Strathcona (November 7). There are also parades, live music, art discussions and workshops, and much, much more. Get the complete Heart of the City Festival Schedule here.

The Heart of the City Festival runs from October 27 – November 7, 2010. Try it; you may see the Downtown Eastside in a whole new light!

The perfect gift book for Olympic visitors: John Lee’s Walking Vancouver

Walking Vancouver, by Vancouver travel writer John Lee

I’ve been enjoying Christina Wallaert’s Olympic Diary on this site and it occurred to me that she–and the gazillion other people who are planning to descend on Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games–would do well to add local boy John Lee’s new book, Walking Vancouver, to their holiday wishlist.

John’s an internationally published travel writer–a transplanted Brit with a sharp eye, quick wit and good shoes.

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The perfect gift book for Olympic visitors: John Lee’s Walking Vancouver