Who to see at this year’s annual free comics convention VanCAF

An image of Shade the Changing Girl (Young Animal/DC) by Vancouver artist (and VanCAF 2019 guest) Marley Zarcone

Each year, Vancouver’s only free comics convention brings creators and fans together for two days at the Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, near Yaletown). Many of the artists and writers are local, while others come from across Canada or over the border from Oregon and Washington.

This year, the convention takes place May 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dozens of guests will have exhibition booths, and it’s fun to just show up and go from table to table. (Entry is free; find out more at vancaf.com.) But here are a few notable guests.

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Who to see at this year’s annual free comics convention VanCAF

Highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival

Dairakudan’s Pseudo human Super Human by Hiroyuki Kawashima.

This year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival features a ton of premieres, as well as the return of audience favourite Dairakudakan.

Taking place March 4 – 30, the nearly month-long program features performances by both internationally revered artists and lauded Vancouver performers. See below for some highlights.

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Highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival

Vancouver Flip-Out brings new, vintage games to the Roundhouse for three days of pinball action

Brooklyn-based artist/model Antoinette Johnson is one of the guests at this year’s pinball extravaganza Vancouver Flip-Out.

An early look at a Deadpool machine, vintage wood-rail machines, and special guest pinball wizards are a few of the highlights of this year’s Vancouver Pinball Expo.

The Expo also includes a tournament. Vancouver Flip-Out is the largest pinball tournament in Canada and the only Canadian event in the Stern Pro-Circuit, a series of 20 high-level pinball tournaments.

But you don’t have to be a pinball wizard to knock yourself out at the Expo. Players of all ages and skill levels can try their reflexes on 100+ free-play games at the Flip-Out, which is being held Sept 6-9 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews). Food trucks and a beer garden will also be part of the weekend. Read more below.

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Vancouver Flip-Out brings new, vintage games to the Roundhouse for three days of pinball action

An Insider’s Guide to Yaletown

Yaletown’s beauty is more than skin deep.

Vancouver’s neighbourhoods are like a tight group of friends – they each have distinctive personalities, yet a cohesive vibe ties them all together. Gastown is hip and trendy with an old soul; Kitsilano active, bubbly and health-conscious; East Vancouver artsy, rowdy and never afraid to shake things up. And Yaletown would be stylish, serene and focused on living her best life. Of course, people are filled with hidden layers, and neighbourhods are, too. Let’s have a latte with Yaletown and get to know her better – you might be surprised. Continue reading:
An Insider’s Guide to Yaletown

Highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival

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The Canadian premieres of Possible Impossible and Crisálida, two co-productions from Sweden’s Memory Wax and Cuba’s Danza Teatro Retazos, are among the highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival.

From Feb. 28 – March 19, the 2016 VIDF will host dancers from Sweden, Cuba, Japan, Quebec, Ontario, and Vancouver in an impressive array of world, West Coast, and Canadian premieres. Here are some highlights.

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Highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival

Pink Floyd Laser Light Shows Returning to Vancouver

Screenshot from VidLaser Dark Side of The Moon Teaser Trailer

Screenshot from VidLaser Dark Side of The Moon Teaser Trailer

There’s good news for Vancouverites experiencing a little laser light show withdrawal.

Three years ago, Vancouver’s H.R. MacMillan Space Centre stopped running its popular “VidLaser” shows, ending a more than 30-year tradition. No longer could fans of Pink Floyd spend their nights zipping through the galaxy, while listening to Dark Side of the Moon and being dazzled by multi-coloured lasers.  Continue reading:
Pink Floyd Laser Light Shows Returning to Vancouver

Who to see at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

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This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day – the day comic book stores in cities across North America, including Vancouver, give out free, specially-created comics. And with the new Avengers movie hitting screens nation-wide this week, it seems like comic book characters are taking over the world, at least for the time being.

So it’s a good time to consider the annual Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.

VanCAF doesn’t have the budget some other comic-book-related conventions have, so don’t expect William Shatner, the original Batmobile or a light-sabre demo. But the grassroots gathering is free, fun and features a range of guests from veteran to up-and-coming comics creators, both local and from afar.

Besides a chance to see and buy some stuff, there are panels and other events planned.

Here are a few creators to watch for at this year’s festival, May 23-24.

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Who to see at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival