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Events Vancouver

Run for It

By SHERI RADFORD

It’s hard not to be a runner in a city with routes as spectacular as the seawall and Stanley Park. Whether you’re a newbie jogger or an Olympic-level sprinter, Vancouver has much to offer

The Vancouver Sun Run draws big crowds. (Photo: ©MajaPhoto/Istockphoto.com)

The Vancouver Sun Run draws big crowds. (Photo: ©MajaPhoto/Istockphoto.com)

RACE
Canada’s largest 10K road race, the Vancouver Sun Run (pictured; Apr. 27) attracts more than 48,000 walkers, joggers, runners and wheelchair athletes. The route showcases breathtaking views of Stanley Park, English Bay, False Creek and, off in the distance, snow-capped mountains. A longer race that also makes full use of the scenery is the BMO Vancouver Marathon (May 4), which Forbes magazine recently named one of the world’s top 10 marathons worth travelling for. Of particular note? An abundance of both on-course entertainment and spectacular shoreline views. Those not ready to go the full distance can choose a more manageable half marathon or 8K instead.

Lightweight clothing by local company Lululemon keeps its wearer cool and dry

Lightweight clothing by local company Lululemon keeps its wearer cool and dry

WEAR
Running on the wet West Coast requires adaptable clothes that dry quickly. Local company Lululemon (pictured) makes a range of lightweight wicking clothing with anti-stink panels; many pieces include reflectors, thumbholes and zip pockets. The GT technical sports collection from New Zealand’s Icebreaker includes ultra-lightweight styles made from fine merino wool, ideal for warm-weather exercise.

Runners on Vancouver's spectacular seawall. (Photo: Bob Young/Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Tourism)

Runners on Vancouver’s spectacular seawall. (Photo: Bob Young/Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Tourism)

RUN
Figuring out the best routes in a new city can be challenging. Both Lululemon and The Running Room offer free running sessions every week, so you can learn where to go and make new friends at the same time.

Afraid of coming undone? Try Lock Laces

Afraid of coming undone? Try Lock Laces

LOCK
Want to turn your favourite running shoes into slip-ons? Replace your shoelaces with a set of stretchy Lock Laces from Nathan, and you’ll never again have to deal with laces coming untied mid-race. At New Balance.

What Makes Olga Run by Bruce Gierson

What Makes Olga Run by Bruce Gierson

READ
Don’t dismiss Olga Kotelko as a little old lady. At 95, the spry Vancouverite still regularly competes in 11 track-and-field events, including sprinting, long jump, shot put and javelin—and she holds more than two dozen world records, despite not starting training until age 77. Fellow Vancouver resident Bruce Grierson became so fascinated with the retired schoolteacher that he wrote What Makes Olga Run? (Random House; $29.95). Following Kotelko to track meets and research facilities over several years, the book tries to unlock the secrets to living a long and healthy life. If Kotelko’s example inspires you to get active, pick up a copy of Ben Kaplan’s Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now: The Rogue’s Guide to Running the Marathon (Greystone Books; $19.95), which outlines a week-by-week program to go from couch potato to marathon competitor in one year. It also features heart-pumping exercise-music recommendations from 29 artists as varied as will.i.am, Marilyn Manson, Dolly Parton and yet another Vancouverite, Michael Bublé. At local bookstores.

UPCOMING RACES & RUNS
Apr. 27
Vancouver Sun Run
May 4 BMO Vancouver Marathon
Jun. 7 Whistler Half Marathon
Jun. 22 Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K
Jul. 5 The Underwear Affair
Aug. 23 SeaWheeze Half Marathon
Sep. 14 Terry Fox Run
Oct. 5 CIBC Run for the Cure
Oct. 26 Rock ’n’ Roll Oasis Vancouver Half Marathon and Cunningham Seawall 10K
Nov. 16 New Balance Fall Classic

Amy Grant

By SHERI RADFORD

Christian pop artist, Amy Grant

Christian pop artist, Amy Grant

After more than 25 years in the biz, Amy Grant is practically synonymous with Christian pop music. In addition to her string of Grammy Awards and Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, she’s one of only two Christian artists with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. See this legendary artist perform live with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Apr. 14 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Il Divo: Broadway’s Best

By SHERI RADFORD

This quartet is well-versed in making beautiful music

This international quartet is well-versed in making beautiful music together

“Some Enchanted Evening.” “Tonight.” “Memory.” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” Hear these hits from South Pacific, West Side Story, Cats, The Lion King—and more—as Il Divo brings A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Apr. 10. Joining the international quartet on stage is Lea Salonga, the Tony Award–winning actress and singer. Making beautiful music together? Sounds like a winning combination to us.

Vancouver Canucks Fans Can Win a Trip to Los Cabos

By SHERI RADFORD

ME Cabo Hotel in Los Cabo San Lucas

Poolside, at ME Cabo resort  in Los Cabos

Though the Vancouver Canucks have been knocked out of playoff contention for the 2013-14 season, they’re still hard at work. With three games left in the regular season (Apr. 10, 12, 13), it’s not time for them to go on vacation just yet. Loyal fans, on the other hand, will definitely be dreaming of warm-weather holidays during the final game of the season, Apr. 13 at Rogers Arena, when Los Cabos Tourism gives away an all-expenses-paid trip that includes a three-night stay at ME Cabo resort in Cabo San Lucas.

Land's End in Los Cabos

Land’s End in Los Cabos

Want to escape the cold Canadian climate for the white sandy beaches of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula? Entering the contest is easy. On Sunday night, while the Vancouver Canucks take on their long-time rivals the Calgary Flames, simply tweet a photo of the game from inside Rogers Arena using #MyCanucksView and include both @VanCanucks and @LosCabosTourism. One Baja-bound winner will be announced at the end of the second intermission.

The sun setting on paradise, in Los Cabos

The sun setting on paradise, in Los Cabos

Fans can even get a taste of the Baja right here in rainy Vancouver. Before Sunday night’s game, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., popular food truck Tacofino will be handing out free Baja-style tacos to those heading into the north entrance of Rogers Arena.

Let the Baja daydreams begin.

Sea Up Close

By SHERI RADFORD

Get up close and personal at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Photo: Sheri Radford)

Get up close and personal at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Photo: Sheri Radford)

Budding biologists, this one’s for you: until Apr. 30 at the Vancouver Aquarium, visitors can experience the facility’s 50,000 aquatic creatures like never before. Vancouver Aquarium Up Close offers a host of unique adventures, including the chance to step into the role of a marine mammal trainer, go behind the scenes to the jellyfish area or the shark penthouse, and visit the Wet Lab, with its more than 6,000 invertebrates, including crabs, sea urchins and sea cucumbers. It’s kind of like school, but way more fun.

One-of-a-Kind Skylines

By RACHAELA VAN BOREK

Sola Fiedler’s creations are 100 percent recycled, handmade and heartfelt

The tapestry showing Vancouver before the 2010 Winter Games is still a work in progress. (Photo: KK Law)

The tapestry showing Vancouver before the 2010 Winter Games is still a work in progress. (Photo: KK Law)

Vancouverite and 78-year-old knitter extraordinaire Sola Fiedler has spent the past 30 years creating huge tapestry cityscapes of several Olympic Games hosts. Every bridge, tree and building is pulled from Fiedler’s memory. (more…)

Dining Out for a Good Cause

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Lamb Shoulder at Hawksworth

Lamb shoulder at Hawksworth

There are plenty of reasons to dine out: first-class cuisine, stimulating company and, best of all, no clean-up required. But on Mar. 25, there’s an even better reason to make a reservation. Through Dining Out For Life, restaurants across North America are contributing 25 percent of their sales to charities that support people living with HIV/AIDS. Whether you’re craving an impeccable plate from elegant Hawksworth or seafood from high-energy Fish Shack, the over 200 participating restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler are certain to satisfy. Now in its 20th year, the event has raised over $3 million to benefit Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful. Eating well and doing good—we can’t think of a better excuse to dine out.

Vibrant Musical Performance

By SHERI RADFORD

Hearing and seeing the blues

It’s impossible to feel blue with this group in town

There’s no need to sing the blues when the Blue Man Group comes to town. This trio of bald, blue performers always brings on the laughs in provocative, difficult-to-define shows that push the boundaries of live theatre. What will they do next? Who knows, but it’s sure to be thought-provoking—and at least a little peculiar. Catch all the bizarre blueness Mar. 25 to 30 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Check Into the Chelsea Hotel

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Listen to the music of Leonard Cohen in a new way at Chelsea Hotel. (Photo: David Cooper)

Chelsea Hotel takes the music of Leonard Cohen and adds dance and theatre. (Photo: David Cooper)

Singer-songwriter. Poet. Novelist. Leonard Cohen’s artistry has made him a Canadian icon. Now the Firehall Arts Centre takes his haunting lyrics to the theatre stage in Chelsea Hotel (Mar. 18 to 29). Against a backdrop of music and dance, a tortured writer sifts through past and present relationships in his search for inspiration. It’s Cohen’s music in a brand new light, and a hotel that visitors won’t want to check out of.

Bright Lights: 30 Years of TED

By RACHAELA VAN BOREK

Abha Dawesar, a past TED presenter. (Photo: James Duncan Davidson)

Abha Dawesar, a past TED presenter. (Photo: James Duncan Davidson)

It’s official. After 30 years of spreading worthy ideas, the monumentally popular Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference known as TED is leaving its California base and coming to Vancouver. The main event is being hosted at the city’s exceptionally sustainable convention centre from Mar. 17 to 21, with a live simulcast feeding to Whistler’s TEDActive Conference. The five-day retreat themed “The Next Chapter” is expected to bring thousands of ingenious thinkers to the downtown core. Ticket or no ticket, visitors can expect some compelling seaside conversation.

Classes by the Glass

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Keen students raise a glass at Vancouver Urban Winery

Keen students raise a glass at Vancouver Urban Winery

March 16, April 13

Bring out your inner oenophile at Vancouver Urban Winery’s Sunday School. Intended to demystify wine, the irreverent and laid-back seminars are decidedly not stuffy—ideal for connoisseurs and the inexperienced alike. The classes feature multiple flights of wine served blind, and themes range from price to region to food pairings. This month, join experts David Stansfield and Lisa Cook as they pit their favourite wines against each other in the Sommelier Smack Down: The Rematch. Even if the seminars don’t fit your itinerary, the elegant venue is ideal for sipping selections from the tasting bar. Relax by the stone fireplace with a glass of your favourite, or—better yet—let the sommelier choose a flight of wines to sample.

Absolutely Abstract: Elissa Cristall Gallery

By MICHAEL LEUNG

"Transparent" by James Wyper

“Transparent” by James Wyper

To March 22

Tired of photorealistic scenic paintings? Elissa Cristall Gallery’s Landscape into Abstraction exhibit offers the perfect alternative. Artists from the West Coast and the rest of Canada weave colours and shapes together to form concealed yet visually arresting landscape paintings, such as James Wyper’s “Transparent” (pictured). The question “what do you see” has never been more relevant.