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Join the Y-Dance-A-Thon for YWCA Metro Vancouver

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Back by popular demand, the annual Y-Dance-A-Thon, presented by Pacific Blue Cross in support of YWCA Metro Vancouver, is happening on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. Join host, Johanna Ward, Virgin Radio’s DJ Flipout, the team of YWCA Health + Fitness instructors and special guests for dance, music and fun.

Join the Y-Dance-A-Thon for YWCA Metro Vancouver

Join the Y-Dance-A-Thon

The Y Dance-A-Thon is five hours of dance fitness fun lead by qualified instructors, who will also be joined by some of Canada’s best DJs. All ages and all abilities are welcome to take part from home. Register as a team and enjoy some built in incentives, or come up with your own.  Stir up some friendly competition and have some fun in this engaging team building opportunity.

This year’s line up includes:

  • 3:00pm – Opening Freestyle FUN! with DJ Barron S
  • 3:30pm – BollyLatin Fusion with Yeshvi Mehta
  • 4:05pm – KPop Fever with Kevin Le
  • 4:35pm – Dynamic Dance Party with DJ Agile
  • 5:05pm – Hip Hop Hoorah with Natasha Gorrie
  • 5:30pm – Bollywood Bonanza with Rohan D’silva
  • 6:00pm – The Remix Dance Party with DJ Flipout
  • 6:25pm – Zappy Zumba with Alesya Bogaevskaya
  • 7:00pm – DanceFit! with Johanna Ward
  • 7:35pm – Cool Down Calm with Amanda Jane

Stay for the whole five hours or join in for your favourite session. Registration is free, but participants are encouraged to pledge or fundraise a minimum of $100. Registrants may also fundraise without participating in the Y Dance-a-Thon.

About the Cause

Funds raised from Y Dance-A-Thon will support the YWCA’s essential work in areas like housing, food security, violence prevention programs, mentorship, single mothers’ support services, child care and other services supporting women and families.

Every year, YWCA Metro Vancouver supports over 48,000 clients and program participants. Your gift ensures that families across Metro Vancouver can connect with the essential supports they need to be safe, healthy and experience the quality of life they desire.

Your donation will help them continue to serve the women and families who turn to the YWCA for connection and support at this critical time.

Street Food City is Back in Downtown Vancouver

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Vancouver’s longest-running and most popular celebration of local mobile eateries is back as Street Food City returns for Dine Out Vancouver.

Street Food City in Downtown Vancouver - Photo submitted
Street Food City in Downtown Vancouver – Photo submitted

Street Food City in Downtown Vancouver

Dates: Saturday, January 15 to Sunday, January 23, 2022
Times: Weekdays: 11:00am to 2:00pm; Weekends: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (W Georgia between Hornby & Howe)

Street Food CityDine Out Vancouver Festival‘s annual food truck pod, has drawn thousands of hungry culinary enthusiasts to šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square, on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery, since its launch in 2011. The milestone 10th edition had to be cancelled last year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, so organizers couldn’t be more thrilled that Street Food City has made its long-awaited return

This year’s event welcomes 13 food trucks in all, offering everything from Korean fried chicken and lobster rolls to authentic Malaysian fare, Mediterranean-inspired vegan platters and wraps, Neapolitan pizza, and more. The trucks on the plaza will rotate throughout the event so you’ll want to check back daily to see what’s new.

Participating Food Trucks

• Chickpea
• Disco Cheetah
• Mama’s Fish & Chips
• Melt City Grilled Cheese
• Mom’s Grilled Cheese 
• Mr. Arancino 
• Old Country Pierogi 
• REEL Mac and Cheese 
• Salty’s Lobster Shack
• Shameless Buns
• Super Thai
• Taste of Malaysia 
• Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana

Onsite seating and tables mean you can feast with co-workers and friends while your meal is still fresh and hot as can be, and tents will ensure potential rain doesn’t dampen the fun. Destination Vancouver, StreetFood Vancouver Society, Evo Car Share and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) are proud to present this informal branch of Dine Out that will liven the downtown core in a festive and spacious outdoor setting.

Send a CandyGram from A Loving Spoonful

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It’s that time of year! You can send a CandyGram with a fun, sweet treat to your favourite people while also supporting a very worthy local cause.

Send a CandyGram from A Loving Spoonful

CandyGrams for A Loving Spoonful

For just $10 your CandyGram includes:

  • A specially designed Valentine’s Day gift pouch (that is re-usable)
  • Gummies by Spoonful’s Candy Creations
  • McDonalds Coupon for a Big Mac or another Entrée
  • TELUS face mask
  • Postage for anywhere in Canada (sent using Canada Post)

All you have to do is visit the website, select a message, and they’ll do the rest. Here are some important deadlines for sending your A Loving Spoonful CandyGrams:

On Sale: Monday January 17th, 2022
East Coast* Deadline: 
February 3rd, 2022
West Coast** Deadline: 
February 4th, 2022
Metro Vancouver Deadline: 
February 7th, 2022
*For Mailing Purposes we categorize East Coast as:  SK, MB, ON, QC, NS, NB, NL, PEI, YT, NU, NT
**For Mailing Purposes we categorize West Coast as: AB and BC outside of Metro Vancouver.

Each CandyGram purchased means 2 meals can be provided for individuals and families in need, and all additional donations made with CandyGram purchases will be used to purchase meals, produce, milk, yogurt, juice and bread for people in need.

A Loving Spoonful is a Metro Vancouver charity that supports individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS and in many cases co-existing illnesses. They deliver ready-made and nutritious meals to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS who are unable to provide food for themselves because of medical or health conditions. 

Follow A Loving Spoonful on Facebook and Twitter (tag: #candygram) for more information.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend January 14-16, 2022

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January isn’t known for its heavy events calendar in Metro Vancouver but during this wet and dreary time there are ways to add a little light – and fun – to your weekend. Canyon Lights is still on, there’s free skating at a few outdoor rinks, and the 12th annual hot chocolate festival is kicking off as well. Find these activities and more things to do around Vancouver this weekend listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, January 14, 2022
Black Excellence Day in BC, Online Event
Firehall Arts Centre Presents: John
Métis Jigging with Madelaine McCallum
Dine Out Vancouver
Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival
Opening of Burrard Arts: Sanda Rd Key Dhund by Sara Khan
Opening of Burrard Arts: The Golden Section by Karin Jones
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition
Capilano Suspension Bridge’s Canyon Lights
Robson Square Ice Rink Skating
Skate at the Shipyards Plaza
FlyOver Canada

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Shakespeare’s First Folio in Vancouver

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The University of British Columbia has acquired a complete first edition of William Shakespeare’s Comedies Histories and Tragedies—an extremely rare book published seven years after Shakespeare’s death and credited with preserving almost half of his plays. Known as the First Folio, it will be on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery from January 15 to March, 2022 along with three subsequent seventeenth-century Folio editions of Shakespeare’s plays, marking the first time all four Folios have been displayed in Vancouver.

Photo of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, published in 1623, and gifted to the UBC Library
Photo of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, published in 1623, and gifted to the UBC Library

Shakespeare’s First Folio in Vancouver

UBC acquired the First Folio, formerly owned by a private collector in the U.S., through Christie’s New York with funding provided by a consortium of donors from across North America and with the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage. 

The First Folio includes 36 of Shakespeare’s 38 known plays, edited by his close friends, fellow writers and actors. It is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays and the foundation of his enduring legacy and reputation. When Shakespeare died in 1616, only about half of his works had appeared in print. Eighteen plays—including The Tempest, Macbeth, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale, and Julius Caesar— remained unpublished in any form. The First Folio thus not only gave their first appearance in print but was also the means by which they were preserved and passed on to posterity

“In comparison to many of our peer institutions, we are a relatively young university library,” said University Librarian Dr. Susan E. Parker. “We are deeply grateful to the many foundations and individual donors who have been essential in making an acquisition like this possible for a place like UBC Library and we are honoured to be its caretakers.”

The opportunity to purchase a First Folio arose in early 2021. Katherine Kalsbeek, head of rare books and special collections (RBSC) at UBC Library, knew that with so few copies left in private hands the library had to act.

“The First Folio is a cornerstone of English literature and with this donation, we are able to bring this cultural treasure into public ownership,” Kalsbeek said. “Adding a First Folio to the UBC Library collection represents a milestone in terms of our development as both a library and as a university.” Only 235 copies of the First Folio remain around the world, mostly in the U.K. and U.S. The nine copies in public collections on the west coast are all in California. This cultural treasure is only the second copy in Canada.

“Preserving this precious book in UBC Library makes it accessible for future generations, inspires new knowledge, and furthers our commitment to engage in world-class research in the arts and humanities,” said Santa J. Ono, UBC president and vice-chancellor.

Cultural properties of the First Folio’s magnitude and capacity to engage the public’s imagination are not evenly distributed around the world. Of the estimated 235 copies that remain worldwide, there is only one other copy in Toronto, Canada. UBC’s acquisition of a First Folio, now on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery, provides public access to one of the world’s greatest English language cultural treasures.