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Events Vancouver

10 Things We Love About Eco-Friendly Vancouver

It’s easy to see how we’re on track to be the world’s greenest city by 2020

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo: KK Law)

(Photo: KK Law)

1. Bicycles
Mild West Coast weather forms the backdrop for cycling on the seawall or coasting along in dedicated bike lanes, resulting in Vancouverites’ year-round love affair with two-wheeled transportation. (more…)

Spine-Tingling Cinema: Movies in the Morgue

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Catch a flick in the city's old morgue. (Photo: KK Law)

Catch a flick in the city’s old morgue at the Vancouver Police Museum. (Photo: KK Law)

Bored to death of the same old movie experience? Liven things up at Movies in the Morgue. The second Tuesday of every month, the Vancouver Police Museum brings silver-screen favourites to the city’s old morgue, including popular flicks such as Hot Fuzz (Apr. 12). Bring along blankets and some friends, and try not to be distracted by the…ahem, surroundings.

For Shutterbugs: Capture Photography Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Hot Properties #3" by Jim Breukelman

“Hot Properties #3” by Jim Breukelman

From Apr. 1 to 28, the Capture Photography Festival takes the city by storm in a snapshot spectacular that features over 75 exhibitions, events and public art projects, plus more than 40 participating galleries. To see the city through a new lens, watch for billboard-sized installations of Jim Breukelman’s series Hot Properties: Urban House Portraiture (“Hot Properties #3,” pictured). The photos of quirky, well-tended Vancouver homes also capture a portrait of the people within. Time to get snap-happy.

Hop to It

Give the Easter Bunny a helping hand this year with an assortment of goodies ideal for filling any basket

By SHERI RADFORD

ThomasHass-EasterEgg

Chocolate from Thomas Haas (more…)

Long Live the King

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo:  RTG Productions)

Return to Grace pays tribute to the king of rock ‘n’ roll. (Photo: RTG Productions)

Pull on your bobby socks, slide on your saddle shoes, and get ready to relive the glory days of rock ’n’ roll. When you see the Man from Memphis’s unmistakeable swivel and swagger in Return to Grace (Mar. 22-27), you’ll forget it isn’t Elvis Presley himself on stage performing all his greatest hits, from “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Suspicious Minds” to “Love Me Tender” and “You Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog.”

Macaron Day at Faubourg

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Delicious macarons from Faubourg

Delicious macarons at Faubourg

If any dessert deserves to be celebrated, it’s the confetti-coloured macaron. On Mar. 20, bakeries do just that, at Vancouver’s fifth-annual Macaron Day. Need another reason to indulge? Faubourg will match the $1 price of each mini-confection sold and donate all proceeds to the BC Cancer Foundation. With flavours ranging from raspberry rose to salted butter caramel, it’s truly a sweet deal.

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s MashUp Exhibit

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

(Photo: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./SODRAC)

“Jackie II” by Andy Warhol. (Photo: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./SODRAC)

In an era where collage is commonplace and remixes rule the radio waves, the Vancouver Art Gallery presents an exhibition that traces the melange movement back to its beginnings. It’s no small task: MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture (to Jun. 12) covers the gallery’s entire four floors—their largest exhibition yet—and features 371 artworks by 156 artists. Head up to the fourth floor, where mixed-media history begins with early-20th-century works by innovators such as Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, before descending through the ages, all while taking in pieces by Andy Warhol (“Jackie II,” pictured), Quentin Tarantino, William Burroughs and many others. It’s a creative tour de force—and it’s all under one roof.

The Must List

Your must-do activities and must-see attractions for March and April 2016

By SHERI RADFORD

Cherry blossoms turning the city pink. (Photo: Coast Mountain Photography/Tourism Vancouver)

Cherry blossoms turning the city pink. (Photo: Coast Mountain Photography/Tourism Vancouver)

Visit the belugas, dolphins, penguins and turtles at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Lace up your shoes and join 50,000 other walkers, joggers, runners and wheelchair racers for the Vancouver Sun Run (Apr. 17), Canada’s largest 10K road race—or just cheer from the sidelines.

Eat sushi.

Dress in green for St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17), and join in all the CelticFest activities (Mar. 10 to 17).

Take a yoga class.

Travel by mini ferry to Granville Island, then browse for fresh produce and artisan crafts in the Granville Island Public Market.

Buy an umbrella, because you’re bound to need one at this rainy time of year.

Fill your camera with images of local landmarks such as the Gastown Steam Clock, Canada Place, Olympic Cauldron, Digital Orca, Inukshuk and A-maze-ing Laughter.

Explore a whole menagerie of plastinated creatures at Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out, running to Mar. 28 at Science World.

Clip-clop around Vancouver’s favourite green space with Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours, and make sure to snap a photo of the totem poles.

Go skiing on one of the local mountains or at nearby Whistler.

Enjoy a coffee while visiting all the friendly felines at Catfé, Vancouver’s first cat cafe.

Cross the swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Attend a performance of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Go for a stroll—or, if you’re feeling energetic, a run or a bike ride—along the seawall.

Spend some quality time in an off-leash dog park, watching all the joyful canine antics.

Take the kids for a ride on the Easter Train in Stanley Park.

Bounce on the famous sprung dance floor of the Commodore Ballroom.

Snap a selfie with cherry blossoms in the background.

Cheer on the Vancouver Canucks or the Vancouver Whitecaps at a home game.

Theatre Fun for Young Ones

By SHERI RADFORD

See Franklin the Turtle and all his friends at Koba's Great Big Show

See Franklin the Turtle and all his friends at Koba’s Great Big Show

The tiniest of theatre-goers find entertainment galore at Go, Dog. Go! (to Mar. 20). Adapted from the beloved children’s book by P.D. Eastman, this family musical gets tails wagging with its zany song and dance. Also a hit with wee ones: Koba’s Great Big Show (Mar. 20). This family-friendly production brings together characters from four of the most popular preschool shows on TV—Franklin the Turtle, The Backyardigans, Max & Ruby and Mike the Knight—for a musical adventure guaranteed to keep tots and tykes amused.

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series

By CRAIG SCHARIEN

Australia’s Allan Fa’alava’au gets caught in a Canadian tangle

Australia’s Allan Fa’alava’au gets caught in a Canadian tangle

What’s in a name? When it comes to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series (Mar. 12 and 13), quite a bit, actually. Each team fields seven players at a time and the games are broken into seven-minute halves. This fast-paced and high-scoring game makes its Olympic debut in 2016, so this worldwide tournament is a great primer for new fans. Adding to the spectacle is the so-called fancy dress: fans are encouraged to wear their favourite costume on match day. In the end, the name of the game is fun.

JFL NorthWest

By SHERI RADFORD

Host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah

Host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah

What’s so funny? At the end of February, the answer is the inaugural JFL NorthWest festival (Feb. 18 to 27), which brings belly laughs to multiple venues across Metro Vancouver. Prepare to have your funny bone tickled by the likes of Lewis Black, the angriest man in comedy; Jeremy Hotz, on his International Man of Misery tour; Miranda Sings, alter ego of YouTube star Colleen Ballinger Evans; Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show; feisty Wanda Sykes; stunt magician Wes Barker; smart and sassy Janeane Garofalo; and lots more stand-up folks.

Hot Dates: HÉ HO!

DD4_4275Photo by Dan Harper, courtesy Festival du Voyageur.

FEB 12-21, 2016

Manitoba’s rich Francophone heritage comes to life at the 47th annual Festival du Voyageur. Held in the heart of the city’s French Quarter, the celebration pays homage to the past while introducing brand new fun, like karaoke and board game nights. During the day, find snow and ice sculptures, a snow maze and educational activities for little ones, and traditional fiddling and jigging performances. At night, warm up with caribou (a mix of red wine and whiskey) sipped from an ice glass and rock out to high energy local bands. Voyageur (Whittier) Park, 836 Joseph St, 204‑237‑7692, festivalvoyageur.mb.ca.