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VSO Performs Music from 13 Pixar Films: Pixar in Concert on April 30

Thursday April 24, 2014

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) has a special night of music for Pixar fans: Pixar in Concert, on April 30.

The concert features music from 13 Pixar features, including all three Toy Story films, Up, A Bug's Life, Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Cars, Brave and Wall-E. The VSO performs the music live in concert together with accompanying video clips on the big screen. If you're a big Pixar and music fan, this will be a concert you won't want to miss!

You can purchase tickets through the VSO site; ticket prices range from $20 - $55 (depending on seating) and include discounts for students and seniors.

Image Courtesy of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Five Best Spas in Vancouver

Monday April 21, 2014

Want to pamper yourself--or someone else (Mom for Mother's Day?)--at a Vancouver spa but aren't sure which to choose? With so many luxury and neighbourhood spas in Vancouver, it can be hard to decide where to go if you don't already have a favourite.

Which is why I created a new Guide, Five Best Spas in Vancouver, which highlights five top spas with unique or unusual signature treatments. Stressed out and in pain? Try Spruce Body Lab's Infrared Sauna. Want a luxury anti-aging treatment? There's Absolute Spa's Oxygen Facial. Or, try the raved-about, 100% organic facials at J Spa in Kits.

If you have a favourite Vancouver spa or spa treatment, I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

Image Courtesy of Absolute Spa Group

Easter Events, Fan Expo Vancouver & Surrey Vaisakhi Parade - Weekend Picks

Friday April 18, 2014

For more things to do for Easter in Vancouver, go here: Complete Guide to Easter in Vancouver 2014.

  • Top 5 Easter Events & Easter Egg Hunts
    Take the kids to an Easter egg hunt or top Easter event this weekend, including the Easter Train at Stanley Park and Easter at Grouse Mountain.

  • Fan Expo Vancouver
    Fans of sci-fi, comics, anime and more converge on the Vancouver Convention Centre for two days of 700 exhibits, loads of celebrities, and more. Runs Friday, April 18 - Sunday, April 20.

  • Surrey Vaisakhi Parade
    The annual Vaisakhi Parade is one of Surrey's biggest free events, attracting over 80,000 spectators. Enjoy food, live entertainment, and more. Happens Saturday, April 19.

Top 7 Things to Do for Easter in Vancouver 2014

Wednesday April 16, 2014

This Sunday, April 20, is Easter in Vancouver, and even you don't celebrate the holiday you can still enjoy the holiday-themed fun!

Top 7 Things to Do for Easter & Easter Weekend in Vancouver 2014

  1. Ride the Easter Train at Stanley Park - April 16 - 21, 2014
  2. Hunt for Easter eggs at VanDusen Botanical Garden - April 19, 2014
  3. See the Easter Bunny on Grouse Mountain - April 20, 2014
  4. Gorge yourself on a scrumptious Easter Brunch - April 20, 2014
  5. Tour the cherry trees in your neighbourhood on foot or by bike
  6. Head up to Whistler for the free World Ski & Snowboard Festival - April 11 - 20, 2014
  7. Cosplay at Fan Expo Vancouver - April 18 - 20, 2014

For more, check out my Complete Guide to Easter in Vancouver 2014

Image Courtesy of Vancouver Park Board

What Sign Should the Vancouver Park Board Use For Gender-Neutral Washrooms?

Monday April 14, 2014

Gender-neutral washrooms are a step toward inclusivity that are a win-win for everyone: Not only are gender-neutral washrooms helpful for people who are transgendered or who don't identify with binary gender definitions, they're great for families and for cutting down on washroom wait times (why wait for your gender's washroom to become available if the other one is free?), and just make sense. As long as they're clean--and don't we want all restrooms to be clean, anyway?--I think they're a fantastic idea.

So does the Vancouver Park Board, which plans to add gender-neutral changing rooms and washrooms to all its recreational facilities. The question for the Park Board is: What will the gender-neutral bathroom sign look like? (Presumably, if there comes a time when gender-neutral is the default, the sign will simply say, "washroom.")

The Vancouver Park Board has several ideas, including a rainbow triangle and an all-inclusive gender sign (pictured) or just a symbol of a toilet. The final report on the issue--including which sign to use--will go before the Park Board on April 28. In the meantime, you can weigh in with your opinion of the gender-neutral signage online, as part of the City of Vancouver's Engaged City initiative.

Which symbol do you like for a gender-neutral washroom? Please comment below!

Image Courtesy of Vancouver Park Board

WSSF, Sakura Illumination & Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade - Weekend Picks

Friday April 11, 2014

Surrey's annual Vaisakhi Day Parade is next weekend, on April 19.

  • World Ski & Snowboard Festival
    Whistler's annual, free World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) is a world famous 10-day celebration of snow sports, music, arts, and mountain life, and includes the biggest free outdoor concert series in North America. Runs Friday, April 11 - Sunday, April 20.

  • Sakura Illumination at Sunset Beach
    Part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, this two-night art installation from artist Stuart Ward uses LED and patterned video lights to illuminate a canopy of cherry blossoms at Sunset Beach. Free. Runs Friday, April 11 - Saturday, April 12.

  • Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade
    Vancouver's annual Vaisakhi Parade and festivities include music, food, singing and dancing. Free. Happens Saturday, April 12.

Eating Local in Vancouver, Part IV: Best Farm to Table Restaurants

Thursday April 10, 2014

Here's the next part of my ongoing series on Eating Local in Vancouver: Best Farm to Table Restaurants.

The eating local / locavore movement in Vancouver is so strong that there are many, many options for eating local at Vancouver restaurants. This Guide lists the top Vancouver farm to table restaurants, and has insider tips for finding restaurants serving local foods in your neighbourhood.

Best Farm to Table Restaurants in Vancouver

If you have a favourite farm to table restaurant in Vancouver, please share in the comments!

For more on eating local in Vancouver:

Image Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver

Complete Guide to Easter in Vancouver 2014

Monday April 7, 2014

Easter falls on April 20 this year, and there are lots of ways to celebrate the holiday in Vancouver this year, from family-friendly Easter egg hunts to sophisticated Easter brunches to special Easter events.

Use these Guides to Easter in Vancouver 2014 to plan your holiday:

Photo Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Sakura Days Japan Fair, Nifty for Fifty Sale & Roller Derby - Weekend Picks

Friday April 4, 2014

This is the first weekend for the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, too.

  • Sakura Days Japan Fair
    Part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Days at the VanDusen Botanical Garden celebrates modern and traditional Japan through the tea ceremony, festival food, origami, ikebana (flower arranging), sake tastings, guided hanami tours (flower viewing), and Haiku Invitational. Runs Saturday, April 5 - Sunday, April 6.

  • Nifty for Fifty Sale
    The 7th annual Nifty for Fifty event features wares from 30 local designers and artisans at Heritage Hall on Main Street. Happens Saturday, April 6.

  • Roller Derby Season Opener
    The Terminal City Roller girls open their 8th season at the Kerrisdale Arena this weekend with a double header this Friday, April 5.

Eating Local in Vancouver, Part III: Where to Buy Local Seafood

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Here's the next piece in my on-going series on Eating Local in Vancouver. This one tackles the question of where to buy local seafood, and includes info on shops and markets that specialize in local, in-season seafood as well as fish markets where local fishermen sell their catches.

Earlier entries in the series include:

If you have more tips on where to find fresh, local seafood in Vancouver, please leave a comment!

Image Courtesy of Daily Catch

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