Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

South Africa brings the fireworks, the Caribbean brings a carnival, teens bring Shakespeare, and Pride brings interactive art to Vancouver this weekend, along with a cat conference, a bunch of kink, some soccer and a bit of guided forest therapy.

 

Continue reading:
Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Get ready for Vancouver’s power-pop event of the year!

The Burn Ins bring a blues-rock component to this year’s International Pop Overthrow. No shouting “Dwight Twilley!” at inopportune moments.

Pop music is alive and well. And no, we’re not talking about the Justin Bieber/Rihanna set, the kind played by folks who can afford million-dollar Hollywood Hills song doctors (not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course).

We’re talking about power pop—songs played with guitar/drums/bass, with plentiful melodic hooks and harmonies. In other words, the kind of pop music that pretty much became a commercial kiss-of-death following the break-up of the Beatles.

Every year, the International Pop Overthrow brings together purveyors of this wondrous sound, and sets up in different cities with different lineups. This year, the Vancouver edition runs Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at the Fairview Pub (898 West Broadway). If you’re looking for a (cheap—only $10!) night out that will leave you tapping your toe and humming a new favourite song, check out one of these shows. To help, we’ve highlighted a few of the bands playing. Continue reading:
Get ready for Vancouver’s power-pop event of the year!

Things to Do this Weekend in Vancouver: July 13, 2017

Just how Vancouver can one summer weekend possibly get? Quite, if a mashup of a folk music on the beach, tiny dog races, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh canoeing, sipping adult beverages at playland, live painting, outdoor dancing, and even an exhibition about sustainable urban housing pretty much encompasses most of it. Throw in a bit of hiking, outdoor yoga, and sushi, and I’d say we’ve pretty much got it in the bag this weekend.

Continue reading:
Things to Do this Weekend in Vancouver: July 13, 2017

Six events to check out at this year’s free Word Vancouver festival

elizsarobhasa_WOTS (126) smaller

Interested in learning how to write and draw comics, pitch magazine editors or write that mystery you’ve had percolating in the back of your mind?

Or maybe you just want to hear some poetry, see an author read from his or her current bestseller, or check out tables full of books for the perfect reading material.

If any of the above applies, Word Vancouver has something for you.

With the latest edition, the annual festival of reading and writing is celebrating its 20th year with 100 readings, 150 authors, and 20 workshops. That’s a lot of words, so we’ve broken down the festival into six events we think are worth checking out.

Although the festival begins Sept. 23, our focus is on Sept. 27, the main festival day. All events on the 27th are free, and take place in the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library or in Library Square.

Continue reading:
Six events to check out at this year’s free Word Vancouver festival

The Girl On the Train author and other guests announced for Vancouver Writers Festival

Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, is one of the guests with this year's Vancouver Writers Festival.

Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, is one of the guests with this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

It seems that you can’t get on a plane (or a train, for that matter) without seeing someone clutching a copy of the latest bestseller from one of the guests at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

In fact the festival, now in its 28th year, has scored one of its biggest literary fish yet. Paula Hawkins, author of the psychological thriller The Girl on the Train – basically, the Gone Girl of 2015 – has been announced for the annual celebration of all things literary.

But there are many other authors to get excited about. Here are just a few writers whose panels and readings you’ll want to check out at the festival, which takes place on Granville Island Oct. 20 to 25.

Continue reading:
The Girl On the Train author and other guests announced for Vancouver Writers Festival

Japanese food alert: 5 dishes to try at Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival 2015

Salmon dinner (left) and Spam musubi |Photo credit Owen Cameron

Salmon dinner (left) and Spam musubi |Photo credit Owen Cameron

If you like Japanese food and want to try something new, here’s a great opportunity.

Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival takes place on August 1 and 2 downtown, in the historic Japanese Canadian area surrounding Powell Street. It’s Canada’s largest festival of Japanese arts and culture–and there’s plenty of delicious home-style cooking.

This year, the festival features 17 food vendors serving over 50 menu items. Most of the food booths are staffed by volunteers, and there are more vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Perennial favourites include the salmon barbecue, takoyaki (octopus fritters), and kakigori (shaved ice).

Like many people who never miss the festival, I have my favourite dishes. I lived in Japan for several years so at the festival I make a beeline for some of the comfort food that I don’t find as much at Vancouver restaurants.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to eating.

Continue reading:
Japanese food alert: 5 dishes to try at Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival 2015

What to see at this year’s Dancing on the Edge Festival

Karissa Barry performs in Three-Tone, part of Dusk Dances with the 2015 Dancing on the Edge Festival (July 2-11). Robin Toma photography.

Karissa Barry performs in Three-Tone, part of Dusk Dances with the 2015 Dancing on the Edge Festival (July 2-11). Robin Toma photography.

This year, Canada’s longest running dance festival features over 30 dance shows around the city. Free outdoor performances are also part of the 2015 Dancing on the Edge Festival (July 2-11).

Outdoor performances include Dusk Dances at Portside Park, Wreck Beach Butoh, and Fortier Danse from Montreal’s solo performance in secret locations around Granville Island.

Continue reading:
What to see at this year’s Dancing on the Edge Festival