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Vancouver

Welcoming the World

By SHERI RADFORD

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Science World, an iconic Vancouver landmark since Expo 86

It’s impossible to imagine just how different Vancouver would be if Expo 86 hadn’t taken place. Running from May 2 until Oct. 13, 1986, this transportation-themed world’s fair left behind several structures that quickly became local icons—BC Place, Canada Place, Science World (pictured), the SkyTrain and the Inukshuk statue, to name a few. Plus the five-month-long party introduced more than 22 million people to Vancouver’s laid-back, ocean-side charm, firmly establishing the city as a tourism destination.

Catch Some Rays

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Experience sea life at the Vancouver Aquarium

Meeting sea creatures isn’t always so easy on dry land. But at the Vancouver Aquarium’s interactive Discover Rays exhibit, it’s possible to get up close and personal with cownose rays and southern stingrays. Just roll up your sleeve and take the plunge: the rays will let you touch their smooth skin as they swim past. Then, explore the exhibit to learn more about your newfound friends, and even take a behind-the-scenes peek at the tank’s life-support system. Go ahead—we’re certain you’ll hit it off.

Makes Perfect Scents

By SHERI RADFORD

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A peek inside the Saje At Home concept store

Follow your nose to Saje Natural Wellness, which recently launched its first Saje at Home concept store, inside its popular Robson Street location. This new space features all-natural aromatherapy products for the home or office, including ultrasonic nebulizers, candles and room sprays. Each one is designed to remove toxins and freshen the air. Founded in Vancouver in 1992, Saje now has stores all across the country. What’s that delicious aroma? The sweet smell of success.

For All Senses

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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From Teeez Cosmetics Sugar Rush collection, at The Bay

An oh-so-sweet colour palette and eye-popping packaging are just the start for Teeez Cosmetics. The cherry on top? The brand’s interactive counter set to arrive at the downtown location of Hudson’s Bay in early May. Alongside a veritable candy bar of cosmetics such as the Sugar Rush collection, find a video booth for recording make-up applications and a “play bar.” The future of make-up is a real treat.

Hook, Line & Sinker: ‘ONO Raw Bar

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Settle in at the bar for the chef’s tasting menu

There’s no shortage of sushi here, but Vancouverites are always on the lookout for the next raw-fish fix. ‘ONO Raw Bar, and its mix of East-meets-West flavours, recently dropped anchor in Gastown. Belly up to the bar for the Omakase (chef’s choice) menu, and watch chefs slice and prepare fresh fish that’s flown in daily. Or snag a table to sample share plates such as octopus carpaccio, served alongside classic rolls and delicate sashimi. Sushi cravings? Consider them crushed.

Craft Beer Circuit

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Vancouver’s craft beer scene is hopping.

Want a craft beer experience that goes well beyond popping the top on a bottle of suds? Then imbibe in Vancouver Brewery Tours. Beer-loving raconteurs tour hop-heads around three local craft breweries, offering history and a behind-the-scenes look into what happens beyond the tasting room walls. The faithful steed—a big white van—whisks groups between breweries, and has room to take a few souvenir suds along for the ride. Sample a bevy of brews at destinations like Main Street Brewing, Brassneck and Big Rock Urban. We’ll raise a glass to that.

Called to the Barre

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Striving for a dancers body at Pure Barre

Ready to raise the bar on your workout routine? Pure Barre, North America’s biggest barre chain, recently opened its doors in fitness-friendly Kitsilano. The popular dance-inspired toning technique promises a ballerina’s body—even for those with two left feet. Take muscles from lethargic to lean as you plié, plank and stretch your way through the 55-minute classes. Tutu-toting not required.

DBelt: Clever and Comfy

By SHERI RADFORD

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Keep essentials cleverly concealed with DBelt

Need a cunning spot to stash your cash while travelling? The DBelt can hold money, keys, a cellphone (even the large iPhone 6 Plus) and more, and it hugs the body, hiding comfortably underneath clothing.

Beautiful Baubles at Van Cleef & Arpels

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Van Cleef & Arpels shop within the Birks boutique

Grace Kelly. Elizabeth Taylor. Marlene Dietrich. Van Cleef & Arpels jewels are nearly as iconic as the leading ladies photographed wearing them. The Paris-based brand recently opened a jewel-box boutique inside Birks, and brought its seminal sparklers, timepieces and that certain je ne sais quoi along. Collectors and fashionistas will find the famed jewels in an elegant setting of black and gold, plus a private library for getting to know the sparkling selection a little better.

Winter is Coming

By SHERI RADFORD

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Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow

Stormy with a chance of hilarity. That’s the forecast this month as Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow continues on Granville Island, presented by the Vancouver TheatreSports League (to May 28). Lightning-quick improvisers battle for comedic supremacy, until just one of the great families of Westeros remains to claim the Iron Throne. Weather may be unpredictable, but with this show, the belly laughs are guaranteed.

That’s Amore

By SHERI RADFORD

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The Vancouver Chamber Choir. (Photo: Vancouver Chamber Choir)

What do you get when you take delizioso Italian food and wine, add in fantastico prizes and a silent auction, and set it all against a background of bellissimo music? Divertimento. This fundraiser for the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s community outreach and education programs takes place May 25 at La Piazza Dario Ristorante Italiano. Salute!

Spring Fling

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Spring in bloom captured in a painting

A palette of spring hues blooms at Pousette Gallery’s Spring Group Show (to May 28), where pretty petals, bold colours and softly lit landscapes are in season. Warm-weather works by gallery artists include Vancouver-based painter Leanne Christie and her expressive oil-on-canvas pieces (“Cambie From Granville,” pictured). Also on the exhibit’s roster: plein-air paintings by Jean Claude Roy, bold brushstrokes by Roger Ricard and super-saturated canvases by Denis Chiasson.