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Main Street Vancouver Celebrates Public Art August 20th

Main Street Vancouver Celebrates Public Art August 20th


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Great Beginnings Program and Mural Tours

The Great Beginnings Program is a project launched in 2008, in celebration of Vancouver’s culture, heritage and history, in commemoration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Neighbourhoods covered include Chinatown, Gastown, Strathcona and Japantown, and the provincial government committed $10 million over three years. The program is geared towards restoring the public appeal of the founding neighbourhood, through improvements to public spaces, streets and buildings. It also promotes street festivals, celebrations, the arts and cultural activities.

In celebration of street art and culture, 4 Eastside Mural Tours have been organized by geographic location. Walking, each of the tours takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

Each of the tours has a downloadable map:

The Vancouver Mural Festival

The first Vancouver Mural Festival is expected to draw between 80,000 – 100,000 people to the Main Street community of Mount Pleasant on August 20th. To put on this event, The Create Vancouver Society partnered with the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area, Burrard Arts Foundation and the City of Vancouver. On the day of the festival, more than 40 artists will install more than 35 permanent murals. Main Street will be closed between 7th and 12th Avenues. Outdoor murals will be created primarily in the Mount Pleasant and False Creek Flats areas of Vancouver

This will be Vancouver’s largest public art celebration. Art, music and various community events will take place throughout the day. The Burrard Arts Foundation will showcase the works of participating artists. This year’s contributing artists include Corey Bulpitt, Bicicleta Sem Freio (Brazil), Kashink (France), Low Bros (Germany), Nevercrew (Switzerland), Scott Sueme (local), Ola Volo and Andrew Young.

More than 150 businesses are expected to be involved, with public markets, interactive art exhibits, dance and music performances, artistic activities and workshops, community art projects and more. Entertainment will include more than 20 bands on 5 free stages, including Willa, The Katherines and Hey Ocean!

Underplay, a new club music series that will launch during this event, will highlight several concert venues in Mount Pleasant, including the Anza Club, Fox Cabaret, The Biltmore, and The Cobalt.

Day: Saturday, August 20, 2016

Time:  12:00pm 7:00p

Rediscovering Queen Elizabeth Park

Rediscovering Queen Elizabeth Park


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The next time you want to get out for a few hours, consider re-exploring one of Main Street Vancouver’s greatest treasures, Queen Elizabeth Park.

The Vancouver Park Board celebrated Queen Elizabeth Park’s 75th anniversary by throwing a massive party on September 13th. The 130-acre park in Riley Park was built in 1939, from an old rock quarry used for sourcing rock and minerals that supplied the construction of Vancouver’s first paved streets. Located at the junction of Cambie Street and West 33rd Avenue, the park is easy to access by bike, TransLink public transit and car, with both free and pay parking.

If you mention Queen Elizabeth Park, the first image that comes to mind for most Vancouverites is that of the lush green Quarry Gardens. The main garden is just west of the Bloedel Conservatory. The large quarry excavation has become home to specimen trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and annuals, accented by a stream and waterfall. Below the Seasons in the Park restaurant there’s a smaller North Quarry Garden. The north garden is influenced by oriental horticulture, and features an arched bridge over a stony stream bed.

As magnificent as the quarry Gardens are, there’s much more to enjoy in Queen Elizabeth Park. In 1949 Junior Forest Wardens began planting blocks of timber species such as douglas fir, subalpine spruce, coast redwood and ponderosa pine. The larger trees in this civic arboretum are now about 60 years old, and there are about 1,500 trees from across Canada along the park’s north and north-western sections. In 1967, the Rose Garden was created on the south-western perimeter of the park to commemorate Canada’s Centennial. Many rose varieties are represented, including some hardy hybrids.

The park is a celebration of art. In 1984 a bronze figurative sculpture of a man photographing three people, called Photo Session, was given to the park by J. Seward Johnson, Junior. The famous sculpture, Knife Edge-Two Piece, by British Sculptor Henry Moore, is located on the plaza to the east of Bloedel Conservatory. Four marble sculptures by Cameron Kerr, of Campbell River, BC, are on display outside the Conservatory. In spring and summer Painter’s Corner becomes an outdoor art gallery, with paintings for sale by many local artists.

Adjacent to the Bloedel Conservatory, the Dancing Waters 70-jet fountain is entertaining and beautiful both day and night. The fountain operates on a program, with varying heights of the jet, recirculating 85,000 litres of water.

If you’re looking for some recreation, Queen Elizabeth Park offers a pitch and putt golf course with beautiful views of the city. Along the southern edge of the park, you’ll find a bank of 17 public tennis courts, and a practice wall. From April through September, the Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club is open. The park also has two outdoor roller hockey courts and three basketball courts.

Queen Elizabeth Park offers one of the most enjoyable walks in the city of Vancouver, taking you to the “top of the city”. A walk around the park is 0.41 km (0.26 miles), or 824 steps. A marked path makes the gardens wheelchair accessible as well. Along the north side, among the Arboretum trees, there’s a designated picnic area; so bring a cooler and blanket. Picknickers are also welcome in other areas of the park. There’s an off-leash dog area located at 4600 Cambie St, off East 37th Avenue and Columbia Street.

The Bloedel Conservatory is open 7 days a week. The conservatory contains three different climate zones. There’s a tropical rainforest habitat, subtropical rainforest habitat and desert zone. Hundreds of plant species are represented, and many are labeled. There are more than 230 colourful free-flying birds.

The Baltimore Cabaret Welcomes you to The Lady Show

The Baltimore Cabaret Welcomes you to The Lady Show


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It is a comedy thing! That’s right, if you love comedy then you won’t want to miss The Lady Show on Main Street. Held in different parts of the city and the country, The Lady Show is finally on Main Street. This is an event to look forward to, with plans in the making for a very long time. The organizers are confident that you wouldn’t be disappointed. Furthermore, you may be able to participate in this event by preparing your jokes and sumitting a request to perform at the end of the show. Everyone — especially ladies with talent who feel like they would like to venture into stand-up comedy — are encouraged to attend the show and put in a request to share what they have with the crowd.

What is the lady show?

As opposed to the name, the lady show is not exclusive for ladies but it is an all gender stand-up comedy show. However, the performers are exclusively female comedians famously known as “the ladies.”

“The ladies” always perform as a group of six comedians, with five main ladies and one guest lady comedian. The ladies include:

  • Fatima Dhowre – A regular at the Yuks Yuks comedy club, Fatima Dhowre is an established comedian in Vancouver BC and has also been featured in a number of other shows such as the funny OutTV show and Next Top Comic.
  • Katie-Ellen Humphries – She is a witty and charming comedian who delights audiences with her hilarious perspective and unique voice. A regular among a number of comic shows, Katie never disappoints her audiences. When she is not doing comedy she likes to swim and she is three-time Canadian National Open Water 5k Swim Champion.
  • Morgan Brayton – Morgan is an accomplished film and television actor. One of her most famous shows is the Morgan Brayton & Other people comic show on OutTv. She writes as well as performs comedy and lives in Vancouver with her wife.
  • Robyn Daye-Edwards – Robyn is an award-winning stand-up comedian and an actress. One of her outstanding qualities is the energy she brings to the stage and she always wows her audiences. She is one of the most in-demand stand-up comedians in Vancouver and when she is not doing comedy she likes teaching children how to mix cocktails.
  • Erica Sigurdson – An awarding winning comedy writer, performer, and comedian, Erica has got it all. She performs comedy on CBC television as well as the CBC Radio.
  • Diana Bang – Diana is an actress, writer and producer and has been featured in several films including The Interview.

 

Where and when

The ladies show on main will be held on June 10th 2016 at the Baltimore Cabaret which is at 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 0A9. The show starts at 8pm but the gates will be open at 7pm. Tickets will be available at the gate.

This is a chance to watch some of the best comic talents in Vancouver and you cannot afford to miss it! Make sure you attend the show and you never know; you might just get the chance to be part of “the ladies.”

City of Bhangra Festival on Main

City of Bhangra Festival on Main


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The City of Bhangra Festival is a familiar festival in Vancouver having been held annually since 2004. For more than a decade the residents of Vancouver and visitors as well, have been able to enjoy the unique festival which mainly celebrates the culture and history of the Punjab people in India and Pakistan. The City of Bhangra festival is not a single day festival or event but is a series of festivals carried out at different places all over Vancouver. This year’s festival will be held on June 11th to 18th.

City of Bhangra Festival on Main will be held on June 14th at the Fox Cabaret. Tickets are available at $29.00 and the festival will be held as from 8pm to 9.30pm.

What is Bhangra festival?

Bhangra is a famous style in East Indian folk dance and music that originated from the Punjab regions of Pakistan and India. Originally Bhangra was performed by young and energetic labourers in the Punjab region. This dance was mainly meant to strengthen the bonds between local communities and bridge the economic and social gap that was there between various different communities. Bhangra, first of all, became popular in Great Britain in the 1970s and early 1980s. It was only after the popularity of Bhangra had crossed over to Europe, that it was able to become popular worldwide. Many communities across the globe soon learned about Bhangra and it became very popular, both among the Asian communities living and working abroad as well as people with Indian roots.

Vancouver being a multi-cultured city, has a good number of residents who originated from India and other parts of Asia. The City of Bhangra festival is all about bringing people together while maintaining and showcasing the unique culture of its origins.

What to expect

The festival on Main will be electrifying with plenty of things to look forward to. The main artist for the day will be renowned singer and musician from Punjabi: Vijay Kumar Yamla. Vijay Yamla is an entertainer and a musician trained in the dhol, dholki, and tabla. Being extremely talented, Vijay is also adept to naal, chimta and sapp. His prowess in the industry has seen him travel far and wide to as far as the United Arab Emirates and Korea where he has had very successful performances as well as partnering with other well-established musicians. Vijay is a joy to watch and you can be sure that you will get value for your money. You won’t want to miss City of Bhangra Festival on Main at the Fox Cabaret, so be sure to get your ticket today.

Main Street Farmers Markets Ready for Another Fantastic Year

Main Street Farmers Markets Ready for Another Fantastic Year


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It’s an exciting new season for Vancouver Farmers Markets. The rain has subsided and Vancouver shoppers will soon be turning out as the sunny weather returns. You’ll see some new vendors this year, and some of the established shops with exciting new products.

Main Street Station

Main St. Station returns for its 6th season, at the commuter intersection of Main and Terminal. Market vendors will line up on the east side of Thornton Park, on the sidewalk along Station Street.

Venders will offer everything from meats and cheeses, to baked goods, crafts and much more. Take in the complimentary chef’s demonstrations. Hot food will be offered on-site, so you may want to pick up dinner and then relax in the park for  the evening.

Website: http://eatlocal.org/markets/main-st-station/
Email: info@eatlocal.org
Phone: 604-879-FARM

Open: June 1 through October 5, 2016, every Wednesday from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.

Public Transit: Skytrain and bus

Parking Options: Easy Park Lot #16 (1696 Quebec St.),
250 Northern St, 1150 Station St. and 231 National Ave.

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market will soon be re-opening at 2300 Guelph Street, between West 7th Ave and West 8th Ave. It’s one of the newest farmers markets, but already has become a community gathering place. There’s no better place for newcomers to Mount Pleasant to meet the neighbours.

Website: http://eatlocal.org/markets/mt-pleasant/
Email: info@eatlocal.org
Phone: 604-879-FARM

Open: June 12 through October 9, 2016, every Sunday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Public Transit: bus

Parking Options: Street parking is available

Nat Bailey Farmers Market

Nat Bailey Public Market is open year-round. Every Saturday you can find locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood, cheeses and breads, from local farmers and rancher, fishermen and artisans. Food trucks and hot drink vendors, and market musicians will keep you fed and entertained.

Website: http://eatlocal.org/markets/winter-market/
Email: info@eatlocal.org
Phone: 604-879-FARM

Open: Year-round

Parking Options: Parking within walking distance

HUB Bike to Work Week May 30 – June 5

HUB Bike to Work Week May 30 – June 5


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Join thousands of others in Metro Vancouver who have signed up for HUB Bike to Work Week. The event will run from May 30 through June 5, 2016. Whether you want to save money, improve your level of fitness, or just try something different, Bike to Work is an excellent way to add some excitement into the daily task of getting to work.

KLM is presenting the event and is giving away a new bike a day and a trip for 2 to Amsterdam, one of the world’s bike capitals. Anyone who logs a bike trip during Bike to Work Week will be entered. For a complete list of prizes visit https://bikehub.ca/bike-events/bike-to-work-week/prizes.

If you’re new to cycling, or haven’t been on one for some time, consider hosting a HUB Workplace Cycling Workshop at your office, or you sign up of an upcoming HUB Streetwise Cycling Course. You’ll learn everything you need to know for a safe and convenient bike commute.

It’s free, fun and easy to participate:

• Register for Bike to Work Week. Decide whether you’re registering solo, joining a team or starting a team.
• Encourage your colleagues to join your team and help you win prizes.
• Log your trips during the Bike to Work Week and you’ll be entered to win more prizes. You have the choice of entering your total kilometres cycled or by mapping it.
• Check the Celebration Station Map to find out where you will be able to stop for free bike mechanic services, free treats, and more prize draws throughout the week.
• Consider becoming a member of HUB to support cycling improvements and bike education around the Vancouver.
• If you’re a team leader, be sure to pick up your package at the office: 1 -828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver between 10am and4pm Monday through Thursday.

Additional Resources

HUB website: Bike to Work Week
Registration form

Dance Dance Party Party: A One of a Kind Event

Dance Dance Party Party: A One of a Kind Event


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Do you love to just get out and dance, or are you the shy type who dances alone where no one can watch you? Well, even if you find it difficult to move your body because you fear being judged; fear no more. Dance Dance Party Party is an exclusive girls’ only event that gives you the chance to dance the best way you can and have plenty of fun. This event is all about girls dancing and there are no guys to interfere with your evening.

Dance Dance Party Party is a unique event meant to help girls who cannot dance, or the shy kind, improve their dancing skills. There are a variety of songs played over one hour which you can dance to as you wish. However, Dance Dance Party Party is not for novice dancers only. There are some crazily talented dancers that can teach you a thing or two about dancing by copying their moves. There are no seats for you to watch, so once you get there you have to hit the dance floor and there; no exceptions. This is an alcohol free Party as well, and there won’t be any alcohol being sold at the bar.

Dance Dance Party Party is a weekly event that is hosted at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre. This is a girls-only activity that gathers all girls above the age of sixteen and allows them to dance their minds out without the fear of judgement. The event takes place every Tuesday between 8.15pm and 9.15pm. Think of it as a weekly activity that you can go and have fun, drop that sweat and learn some cool dancing moves at the same time.

This weekly activity gathers all types of dancers: the self-conscious ones, the crazy ones and the innovative ones. Here at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre it is all about dancing and nothing else. Nobody cares about how you are dancing and there are no skeezy dudes to disturb your peace.

Each weekly dancing session is referred to as a “class” and you will pay $20 for four sessions or simply $5 per class. A drop in would cost you $7 which is quite fair compared to the fun that you will have. The classes are hosted at the Mount Pleasant community Centre which is located at 1 Kingsway, Vancouver British Columbia V5T 3H7.

During each class, a playlist of groovy songs is played allowing you to do your thing the best way you know how. This is a fun routine activity that will first of all help you with your dancing skills and eventually lift your self-esteem. It is also a good alternative to the gym as you dance vigorously and burn that extra fat in your body. It is a weekly event that runs all year round and you should definitely not miss the chance to be there, so take the initiative and buy your ticket today!

Vancouver Trolley Company Presents a Tour to Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain

Vancouver Trolley Company Presents a Tour to Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain


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There is no better way to experience the beauty of Vancouver than a guided tour.

Vancouver Trolley Company offers guided tours to Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. These are two great places that attract thousands of visitors annually and there are plenty fun activities. The tours kick off on 20th May 2016 and they will be available daily until September 5th 2016. Vancouver Trolley Company will pick you up with your party at any of your hotels in Main Street or any locality in downtown Vancouver, between 4.35pm and 4.45pm. The tour will involve a drive through Stanley Park and over the Lions Gate Bridge to Capilano Suspension Bridge, where you will have a stop to enjoy the exhibits, souvenir shop and other attractions, and get a chance to walk across the spectacular 140 meters long suspension bridge.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in Canada. This bridge was first built in 1889 by George Grant Mckay. The bridge crosses over the Capilano River and is 70 meters above the water. A walk across the bridge gives you a bird’s eye view of the Capilano River and the forest below. There is also the “cliffwalk.” This is a cantilevered walkway that has been built to cling on the granite cliff which very high above the Capilano Canyon. The sight it this place is simply breath-taking and will be a thrill for you if you love looking down from great heights. Other attractions include treetop adventures, a series of viewing platforms high above the ground, providing you with views of the rainforest from the top. Finally there are the Kia’pilano and story centre, places where you can buy souvenirs and artifacts, as well as learn the history of the early people who lived in Vancouver.

You will wind up your day on top of the Grouse Mountain. The peak of this mountain is about 1200 metres above sea level. Grouse is one of the north Shore Mountains of the Pacific Ranges and the mountain is a great local alpine ski area. In the summer, there are quite a number of activities that include the lumberjack’s show, birds view, a hiking trail and a scenic chairlift ride.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to have fun with family and friends on an eventful and fun filled tour of Vancouver. Call 604-801-5515 or 888-451-5581 and book a date, or you can also send an email to info@vancouvertrolley.com.

City Hall Tour: A Great Opportunity for Main Street Residents to Learn About the History of Vancouver

City Hall Tour: A Great Opportunity for Main Street Residents to Learn About the History of Vancouver


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Main Street and the larger Vancouver city is one of the oldest places in Canada. This region holds a rich history and many historical sites. There are quite a number of journals, books and documents that have been written to document the history of this region. There is no better way for you to experience the impressive history of this city than partaking in the City Hall Tour.

City Hall is the iconic symbol for the city. It is home to the Vancouver city council which is the administrative power governing the city. This building also houses many offices offering various different services such as tax collection, business permit allocations among many other things. However, city hall is not all about the city’s administration and power.

To begin with, City Hall has a unique design and it is in itself an architectural marvel. The building is 323 feet tall, twelve story tower and stands majestically in the city of Vancouver. It also has a symbolic clock at the top. City Hall was initially located in Main Street between 1897 and 1929. However it later moved to 12th Avenue and the design and building started in 1934. The then mayor Gerry Mc Geer appointed a three-man committee to look for an appropriate location and design of the new building. After two years, in 1936, the building was complete and it became the official City Hall building to date.

For a long time City Hall design has always wowed the people of Vancouver and all its visitors. It’s the icon for this city. Apart from its unique design, the building also has a lot of archived news and events that took place in Vancouver. There is a lot of history that is housed in this building. There are special rooms and chambers for different cultural purposes. There is a full display of the events and cultures of the people of Vancouver. There are also dedicated rooms detailing the origins and histories of different parts of Vancouver. The hall of fame has all the names of the great people who made a difference and touched the lives of many people in Vancouver.

The City Hall tour is a unique event that participants will not only enjoy but will also get to understand first-hand the unique history and culture of Vancouver. The guided tour will last for about one and half hours as participants will be taken through the various unique places in this majestic building as well as learning the different cultures.

Participants will also be given a tour through the Japanese garden outside the building. The event will take place on April 21st 2016 between 10am and 11.30am. City Hall is located at 453 West 12th Avenue, BC. Participant should gather in the main floor at the information booth. The tour is free of charge for all who wish to participate but there is need for registration. You can contact the persons in charge through (604) 408-7274 ext. 2053 and inquire about registration and any other questions that you may have.

This is an educational, as well as fun event that you cannot afford to miss!

Movies in the Morgue: A Vancouver Exclusive Event

Movies in the Morgue: A Vancouver Exclusive Event


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Movies in the Morgue is one of the events that make Vancouver stand out from many other cities in Canada. Instead of just getting a scary movie and watching it alone at home, take it up a notch by watching the movie in a real-life morgue.

Since it started, Movie in a Morgue has been a massive success, so if you want to get space you’ll want to buy your tickets early. In all past events tickets have been selling out weeks to the show and there is no reason why the same will not happen this time.

This event happens on the second Tuesday of every month. Each month, you’ll get to enjoy a comedy, action or scary movie right there in what used to be the city morgue. This is not a themed event with pictures of morgue equipment or items that look like what you would normally find in a morgue. Here, you get the real deal. The room was used as a morgue for many years so what you’ll find there is real life morgue equipment. The only thing missing are the dead bodies.

Doors open at 6.30 pm but the movie won’t start until 7pm. This will give you ample time to get comfortable and to also do a little exploration in the Vancouver Police Museum. The hosts also have arranged special screenings for kids on select days. These screenings start at 11am and show movies that are friendly for younger viewers. However, the setting is still at the morgue.

Tickets go for $10 and as mentioned earlier, they sell out very quickly. You are also invited to bring your own pillows and blankets to the event. Tickets are available from the Vancouver Police Museum website. If you pay online, you will be required to bring your PayPal receipt to serve as your ticket.

In April, the event will be on Tuesday the 12th and will be showing Hot Fuzz, which is a hilarious cop movie where a dedicated cop is sent to a remote and tranquil village in the United Kingdom by his superiors who fear that his success and dedication will point out their shortcomings.

This action comedy will leave you in stitches as you watch this cop try to adjust to his new life while trying to maintain his dedication to maintaining law and order in the community. Other movies that have been screened in the past include Home Alone 1, Se7en, My Bloody Valentine, Turner & Hooch and The Shawshank Redemption. In May, they will be screening The Silence of the Lambs.

This is the ideal event if you are looking for a new twist on the normal movie night. You can even use this event to find out how the inside of a morgue looks like if you have never set foot in one. Remember to arrive early so that you can have time to check out the Police Museum that has city photos, confiscated weapons and many other rare items used by Vancouver police.