Vancouver Neighbourhoods: West End

Welcome to the tranquil West End. (Tourism Vancouver/Nelson Mouellic)

Tucked up against Vancouver’s downtown core, the West End is a gateway to Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Street and Robson Street. The district is also home to the city’s gay community, centred around Davie Village; as well as character-filled heritage homes, high-rise apartments and plenty of green spaces. Parks and beaches are the main attractions here, though the sheer variety of multicultural cuisine, and excellent people-watching, come in close behind.

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: West End

Filming in Vancouver: Once Upon a Time, Riverdale, and Whitecaps play soccer, plus X-Files, Ice, and more

Riverdale’s Charles Melton and K.J. Apa had some kicks playing with the Vancouver Whitecaps in a charity match at B.C. Place.

In this week’s roundup of what’s going on in Hollywood North crime-drama TV series is wrapping up this week.

But a whole bevy of TV stars in town turned out in full force on the soccer pitch to raise funds for charity. And a celebrity immersed himself in a hilarious local landmark.

Curious what this all means? Read on.

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Filming in Vancouver: Once Upon a Time, Riverdale, and Whitecaps play soccer, plus X-Files, Ice, and more

Giant “Totem Pole” Made of Stacked Cars Goes Up in Vancouver

IMG_1566Downtown Vancouver has never seen a traffic jam quite like this one.

Five full-size cars have been stacked on top of one another, then perched atop a 20-foot-high cedar stump, all part of a brand new sculpture called Trans Am Totem on the edge of False Creek. Located not far from Science World, the monumental work of art is the latest installation for the Vancouver Biennale, the city’s biannual public art exhibition.

The provocative sculpture is the work of local artist Marcus Bowcott, who spent part of his career towing logs along the Fraser River and around False Creek. For Bowcott, the installation is a commentary on the evolution of the area and the ascendance of consumer, throwaway culture in Vancouver.   Continue reading:
Giant “Totem Pole” Made of Stacked Cars Goes Up in Vancouver

New Sculpture by Ai Weiwei (with Hidden Meaning) Unveiled in Downtown Vancouver

Photo from Vancouver Biennale

Photo from Vancouver Biennale

One of the world’s best known political activists has unveiled a brand new outdoor sculpture in downtown Vancouver.

The provocatively named F Grass by Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei consists of hundreds of blades of metal grass arranged in the shape of the letter F.  The 13.5-square-metre sculpture, which stands just a few centimetres high, is located near the Coal Harbour waterfront at Harbour Green Park.

Visually, the sculpture looks arresting.  While the metallic blades of grass aren’t sharp, they look a lot like the traffic spikes that police use to puncture tires during car chases. But there’s a deeper symbolic meaning to the piece, as well.

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New Sculpture by Ai Weiwei (with Hidden Meaning) Unveiled in Downtown Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Loads of community block parties and music events this Friday through Sunday!  Start planning with our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend… and aye, don’t forget it’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day on Friday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Citizen Ship Burn It Down!

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Inspired by the 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale’s theme, “Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver,” and by Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Indian artist Sajan Mani will engage the public through his street performance Citizen Ship Burn It Down!

Sajan will walk from the Roundhouse Community Centre along the seawall to Stanley Park.  He will wear a black dress and mask covered with black paper boats, handmade by the artist as well as by local community members.  As night falls, the piece will end as Sajan lays down on a rock in the ocean, an offering to the water.

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Citizen Ship Burn It Down!

7-Storey Graffiti Mural Coming to Vancouver’s Granville Island

Photo sourced from Vancouver Biennale

Photo sourced from Vancouver Biennale

If you’ve been on False Creek lately, they’re hard to miss.

Those giant concrete silos on Granville Island – the ones that tower 70 feet above the water at the Ocean Concrete plant – have gotten a dramatic facelift.  They’ve been painted a rainbow of reds, yellows, pinks, blues and greens as part of one of the largest public art projects the city has ever seen.

World-renowned street artists Osgemeos are using the silos as a 23,500-square-foot canvas for their latest work.  It’s all part of this year’s Vancouver Biennale, the outdoor sculpture and art exhibition that sees dozens of monumental works of art installed on the street, parks and buildings of Metro Vancouver.

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7-Storey Graffiti Mural Coming to Vancouver’s Granville Island