How to Have a House Party in Vancouver

At The Party

 By Amy Watkins for Inside Vancouver

If you want to have a house party in Vancouver but you don’t actually have a house to hold one in, check out these karaoke joints, supper clubs and cozy bars that have a homely vibe. Just add friends and you’ve got yourself some instant house party fun…
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How to Have a House Party in Vancouver

Vancouver’s Best Light Displays + Christmas Karaoke in 1 Tour: 2014 Trolley Tour is Back

Photo from Vancouver Trolley Company

Photo from Vancouver Trolley Company

Like karaoke and love Christmas lights? Then this is probably the event for you.

The Vancouver Trolley Company has decked out its wooden trolleys and dragged out its karaoke machines again this year for the one-and-only Karaoke Christmas Lights tour. As the name suggests, this tour brings together the joys of belting out Christmas carols in a moving trolley with chances to see some of the best holiday light displays in town.

Guests can hop aboard the old-fashioned trolleys at 6:30 p.m. every night through Dec. 30 (except Christmas) outside Canada Place for the three-hour musical journey.  Inside you’ll find festive holiday lights, coloured bows and a karaoke machine charged up and ready to rock.

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Vancouver’s Best Light Displays + Christmas Karaoke in 1 Tour: 2014 Trolley Tour is Back

Discovering Vancouver’s Karaoke Scene

Hip Hop Karaoke Photo Credit: Mark Gutknecht

Hip Hop Karaoke Photo Credit: Mark Gutknecht

Sooner or later, everyone— even the most reserved of us— is overrun with the compulsion to go to a bar, pick up a microphone, and rattle the eardrums of a room full of strangers. I’m talking, of course, about karaoke.

I was struck by this urge not long after my September move to Vancouver. One might expect that after embarrassing myself with a rendition of Justin Bieber’s Boyfriend in Beijing, China (a story for another time), I might never take the stage again. But as I settled into my new life on Canada’s West Coast, my vocal chords once again began to hunger for a decibel range unacceptable for anywhere but a karaoke night. Tom Taylor’s inner rock star, to the chagrin of everybody in a one hundred kilometer radius, was getting antsy. And so began my exploration of Vancouver’s thriving karaoke scene.

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Discovering Vancouver’s Karaoke Scene

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Gear up for an epic BC Day long weekend with Pride, festivals, and lots of dancing!  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

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
How many events and festivals can you fit in 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

Public Karaoke

You know that expression, “go sing it from the rooftops”? Well, here’s your chance to do just that – except replace “rooftops” with “the centre of Vancouver’s downtown core”.

This upcoming Sunday, the public (read: you) is invited to take part in a very communal sing-along. The Vancouver Public Space Network, along with Urban Republic Arts Society have arranged a karaoke kiosk for those brave and bold individuals who have no qualms about belting out their favourite tunes in front of a street full of strangers.

How it works: A Karaoke Kiosk is set up at this Sunday, August 19th from 2 pm – 6 pm (meaning there’s a good shot you’ll get your song in) at Robson Square between Hornby and Howe. The outdoor booth lets you choose from hundreds of songs in seven different languages from a touch screen display. It’s completely free – meaning you don’t have to tip the host – and everyone is welcome.  Even if you sing off-key.

Free Karaoke on Granville Street – August 20 & 27

Add one more free activity to the list of summer freebies this August: Free karaoke on the 700 block of Granville Street (between West Georgia and Robson) in downtown Vancouver.

Organized by Vancouver’s Urban Republic Arts Society as a public art project titled Sing!, the free Karaoke Kiosk is open to everyone and will include songs in English, Cantonese, Filipino, French, Japanese, Hindi, Mandarin and Spanish.

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Free Karaoke on Granville Street – August 20 & 27