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Downtown Vancouver’s Canvas Corridor

Friday, August 30th, 2019 — 1:09pm PDT
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The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (“DVBIA”), in partnership with the Robson Street Business Association (“RSBA”), has transformed another drab laneway in the downtown core into a vibrant and inviting public space. Eihu Lane, shared between Alberni and Robson Streets, is the location of the latest laneway revitalization project, Canvas Corridor, which has created a colourful outdoor art walk for all to enjoy.

Canvas Corridor

Downtown Vancouver’s Canvas Corridor

45 laneway-facing doors and vents from Burrard to Bute Streets provided a blank canvas on which to showcase unique work from local artists.

In collaboration with the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts and Vancouver Mural Fest, hundreds of artist submissions were received for the Canvas Corridor Project. A total of 27 artists will have their work featured in Eihu Lane, each piece contributing to the transformation of an under-utilized laneway into a bright, fun, pedestrian-friendly space. The project team worked closely with property owners and businesses to secure doors for the project.

Previous projects included Alley-Oop, a bold, pink and yellow-hued and playful public space located just off of Hastings and Granville and Ackery’s Alley, an outdoor performance space adjacent to the Orpheum Theatre, complete with an interactive light and sound installation in the heart of the entertainment district.

Follow the DVBIA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news from Downtown Vancouver.

A guest post by Alexis Miles

Alexis Miles

Alexis Miles is a college student with a passion for writing, hiking, and live music.

Maker Faire Vancouver 2019 at Science World

Friday, August 30th, 2019 — 12:21pm PDT
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Maker Faire Vancouver takes place September 14th at Science World. Join more than 50 Vancouver-based artists, tinkerers, inventors, crafters, and other Makers for a day-long extravaganza of crafting, learning, and exploring!

Vancouver Maker Faire 2019

Maker Faire Vancouver

Where: Science World (1455 Quebec St, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Tickets: Admission is included with your Science World ticket for the day so there is no additional cost to attend Maker Faire and you have access to all of Science World as well!

The Maker movement encompasses a diverse range of disciplines, and welcomes Makers from all walks of life. Makers are tech enthusiasts, metal artists, homesteaders, painters, potters, 3D printing enthusiasts, knitters, roboticists, -anyone embracing the Do-It-Yourself (or Do-It-Together) ethos. The maker community is expanding, diverse, and inclusive.

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Vancouver Maker Faire 2019

Makers are encouraged to incorporate a hands-on element to their exhibits, and as a result fair attendees have had the opportunity to try their hand at activities like felting, candle-making, robot building, soldering, letterpress, 3D printing, laser cutting, leather working, spinning, lampwork, and button making.

Follow Maker Faire on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more info.

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Babe Gurr Album Release Concert: Win Tickets

Thursday, August 29th, 2019 — 2:33pm PDT
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Vancouver singer-songwriter Babe Gurr celebrates the release of her new recording ‘Blurred Lines’ at the Rogue on September 6th. Joining her will be Paul Pigat (guitar), Nick Apivor (percussion), Jeff Gammon (stand-up bass) and Simon Kendall (keys, accordion, support vocals).

Babe Gurr

Babe Gurr Album Release Concert

When: Friday, September 6th 2019, 8:00pm (doors at 7:00pm)
Where: St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave, Vancouver)
Tickets: $24 / $20 Rogue Folk Members. Purchase now online, in person at Highlife & Tapestry or call the Rogue Ticket Hotline at (604) 736-3022

Babe Gurr’s sound defies labelling but musically she finds a home best described as adult alternative – a fusion of blues/pop, with a twist of roots. Her new release “Blurred Lines” exemplifies her unique and seamless blend of genres. Her warm and sultry voice, intelligent lyrics, memorable melodies and savvy personality add up to pretty much everything you want to see on a stage.

The organic bent to Babe Gurr’s music contributes to the success of her songwriting. Babe has recently received accolades; taking the win for the Sonicbids Nashville Song Contest, garnering honourable mention for three self-penned tunes in the acclaimed Billboard World Song Contest, and being selected as a finalist for three tunes in the 12th and 13th Great American Song Contests. 

Whether live in concert or on her various recordings, this artist promises to bring people on an emotional rollercoaster. Audiences will feel a whole range of emotions while on this musical journey but will walk away with a smile upon their faces.

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Join the party! I have a pair of tickets to give away to Babe Gurr’s album release concert, here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00am on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Follow Rogue Folk Club on Facebook and Twitter for more info.

UPDATE The winner is MJ!

5 Reasons to Climb the Coquitlam Crunch

Thursday, August 29th, 2019 — 12:39pm PDT
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Have you climbed the Coquitlam Crunch? This fitness hike is one to add to your bucket list in Metro Vancouver, featuring more than 400 stairs and an incline trail that gains 250 metres in 2.2 km. That’s the equivalent of 81 storeys! Here are 5 reasons to take your workout outdoors in Coquitlam:

5 Reasons to Climb the Coquitlam Crunch

Coquitlam Crunch
Coquitlam Crunch

Challenge Yourself

High intensity level: If you want to challenge yourself with stair repeats, this is the place. The Crunch now features two sets of stairs – 894 steps in total – for the ultimate cardio circuit workout.

Moderate intensity level: Your other option is to climb just one set of stairs, totalling 300 continuous metres, and continue on to the steep trail that follows along the power lines up to Westwood Plateau. This entire loop up to the top and back down to the base is just under 5 kilometres and takes approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete.

No matter your choice, you’ll feel the burn!

It’s Free, and Open Year-Round

Working out here won’t cost you a penny. Enjoy the outdoors, meet up with friends, round up the family and break a sweat. Free parking is available off Lansdowne Drive. The trail is also accessible by transit (by bus from Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station), and it’s open year-round.

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The Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria

Thursday, August 29th, 2019 — 12:01pm PDT
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It’s the nation’s oldest beer festival and the upcoming 27th edition of the Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria (September 6-7, 2019) is going to be the biggest yet!

Great Canadian Beer Festival Victoria

Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria

  • Where: Royal Athletic Park (1014 Caledonia Ave, Victoria)
    • Walking distance from downtown Victoria
  • When: Friday, September 6, 2019 4:00pm to 9:00pm
    • Saturday, September 7, 2019 12:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Tickets:
    • Friday September 6 Single Day Ticket – $40.00 + Taxes & Fees
    • Saturday September 7 Single Day Ticket – $40.00 + Taxes & Fees
    • Friday & Saturday Weekend Pass – $70.00 + Taxes & Fees
      • Ticket includes a taster glass, a program, and a BC Transit Get Home Safe bus ticket. Tokens are not included with the ticket.
    • This year they’re accepting the blue and green beer tokens from years past. All you have to do is bring them with you to the festival and redeem as normal at a brewery booth. No need to exchange them for the new red tokens, but note that this will be the last year you can use them!

Recently named one of the Top 10 Beer Cities in the World (by CNN), Victoria’s beer festival will feature a diverse range of more than 100 craft breweries from British Columbia (and beyond) along with local cideries and food trucks. The BC Ale Trail-er will also be on-site serving a selection of beers from breweries that are unable to make the trip to Victoria.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the brewers and learn more about Canada’s beer culture. Some breweries will even have unique cask-conditioned beers specially produced for the festival.  

Several breweries serving beer at the festival have only been open a couple of months, including Whistle Buoy Brewing (Victoria), Ace Brewing (Courtenay), Container Brewing (Vancouver), Rustic Reel Brewing (Kelowna), Wildeye Brewing (North Vancouver), and Slackwater Brewing (Penticton).  

What’s a party without food? Ali Baba, Deadbeetz, Greek on the Street, L’Authentique, Mama Rosies, Roast, Taco Justice, and The Deep Friar food trucks will be on site as well.

If you’re heading there from out of town, check out the festival website for travel and hotel info and follow the Victoria Beer Society on Facebook and Instagram for more info.

Indian Arm Challenge

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 — 4:42pm PDT
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We have a lot of runs and relays around Vancouver but how about a competitive paddle? The Indian Arm Challenge is an endurance race that attracts paddlers from all over the PNW to Deep Cove to experience the beauty of the area by way of paddling 32km as a solo racer or 16km as a relay team.

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Indian Arm Challenge

When: Saturday, September 14, 2019 starting at 12:00pm
Where: Deep Cove Kayak Centre (2156 Banbury Rd, North Vancouver)
Entry Free: $50 – participate in a sea kayak, outrigger canoe, or on a paddleboard

The 32km paddle leaves from the Deep Cove Kayak Centre rental centre and heads all the way up Indian Arm, around the distinctive Croker Island to the mighty Granite Falls, before heading back to Deep Cove where it began started. Paddlers can choose to complete the race solo, in a multi-person boat, or as part of a relay team which switches at Granite Falls.

It’s expected that the fastest paddlers will complete the course in around 3 hours, with the safety cut off at 6 hours to ensure all racers are safe. Following the Race, there will be awards and food for the participants. As this is a “Low Impact Event”, participants are asked to bring their own cup, plate and utensils for their food and beverage.

For more information visit the Indian Arm Challenge Facebook event listing and sign up online today.

A guest post by Alexis Miles

Alexis Miles

Alexis Miles is a college student with a passion for writing, hiking, and live music.