Big-Budget Movie Looks at Vancouver’s Legendary Japanese Baseball Team

VancouverAsahiTheYou’ve heard of “moneyball,” but what about “brain ball”?

That’s the strategy used by the Vancouver Asahi – the city’s storied baseball team from the 1930s – to dominate the competition.  Instead of relying on home runs, they used bunts and great defence to foil their opponents.

The team and the Japanese-Canadian experience during that era is the subject of the new feature film The Vancouver Asahi, in local theatres now as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival.  The big budget movie recreates the Asahi’s epic 1937 season while offering a glimpse into life in Vancouver’s historic Japantown neighbourhood in the days before World War II.

And there’s a unique twist: The film was made in Japan, offering a Japanese take on Vancouver life and racial politics at the time. Continue reading:
Big-Budget Movie Looks at Vancouver’s Legendary Japanese Baseball Team

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

From jazz and Shakespeare to dance and dragon boats, there’s bound to be something for everyone in our beautiful city this Friday through Sunday.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Take a Walking Tour of Vancouver with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Granville Island. Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

Now that spring has arrived in Vancouver, it’s only a matter or time before you’ll want to get outside and walk around our beautiful city. Vancouver Heritage Foundation offers a number of walking tours in different areas of the cities, led by guide Maurice Guibord. Whether you’re just visiting or you’re a long-time resident of Vancouver, it’s a great way to see the city and learn something new about Vancouver. Choose between tours exploring historic neighbourhoods, residential areas, or discovering the architecture of downtown Vancouver. All walking tours are $15; register for one here.

Tours

Grandview from Commercial Dr to Clark Dr – April 20
Straddling industrial, commercial, and residential precincts, this fascinating area has been rarely explored. Displaying the transitions that continuously transform its built heritage, explore how artists have played a significant role in making the area more habitable, while demographic pressures have impacted the residential landscape. See how some individuals have chosen this area to make their statement, whether it be cultural patrimonial or other.
Meet in Mosaic Creek Park (corner of Charles St. and McLean Dr.).

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Take a Walking Tour of Vancouver with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Banzai! Powell Street Festival This Weekend, August 4-5

Red leaf shiso mochi. Photo credit: Flickr user Rubber Slippers in Italy

Powell Street Festival, a celebration of Japanese Canadian culture, arts and heritage, is back for its 36th year,  August 4 -5, in East Van’s Oppenheimer Park. The 2012 theme is Big Banzai, an adaption of a battle cry and a heartfelt shout out to Vancouver’s Japanese Canadian community.

This year, Powell Street Festival takes place on the same day as the Celebration of Light finale, enabling revelers to spend the day watching Sumo demonstrations and gorging on Japanese food before the last night of fireworks, August 4.

This hotly-anticipated summer festival is a free, family-friendly event. Get the scoop on the show schedule, kids activities and food vendors after the jump.

For more info on August Long Weekend events in Vancouver, check out our handy list. Continue reading:
Banzai! Powell Street Festival This Weekend, August 4-5

DTES Heart of the City Festival October 26 – November 6

Image: M-J Milloy

Where is the heart of Vancouver? The living, beating nucleus of this fair town is Downtown Eastside, a neighbourhood that encompasses Gastown, Victory Square, Chinatown, the Main and Hastings corridors, Japantown, Oppenheimer and Strathcona. The Downtown Eastside is where Vancouver began, and the 8th annual Heart of the City Festival, Oct. 26 to Nov. 6, is a series of events that pay tribute to the neighbourhood’s past and present.

The first residents were the ancestors of Coast Salish people who still reside in the DTES today. For the last 125 years, immigrants of all nationalities have settled in this space making it Vancouver’s most diverse neighbourhood. Far from static, the Vancouver’s heart has shape-shifted from entertainment/shopping centre to skid row to hipster magnet with serious affordable housing issues.

The Heart of the City Festival tells these stories with music, dancing, art and history. There are over 100 events in the festival offerings this year. Here are some you won’t want to miss. Continue reading:
DTES Heart of the City Festival October 26 – November 6