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What to See Vancouver

Pride & Joy: Vancouver Pride 2016

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Vancouver Pride Parade. (Photo: Michael Song/Tourism Vancouver)

The Pride Parade winds its way through the West End. (Photo: Michael Song/Tourism Vancouver)

Join a rainbow of revellers at Vancouver Pride. Over the last 38 years, a peaceful protest march bloomed into the city’s most joyful, flamboyant fete. More than 650,000 attend events such as the Davie Street Block Party (Jul. 29, 2016), Pride Festival at Sunset Beach (Jul. 31, 2016) and Pride Parade (Jul. 31, 2016). Absolut’s colourful tribute to diversity is the perfect way to shake things up. Scout out local liquor stores, or visit The Keefer and Royal Dinette for cocktails that capture the pride spirit.

Breakfast With the Bears

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Grizzlies Grinder and Coola frolic in their wildlife refuge. (Photo: Grouse Mountain)

Grizzlies Grinder and Coola frolic in their wildlife refuge. (Photo: Grouse Mountain)

For most, breakfast with bears brings to mind porridge that’s too hot or too cold. Not so at Grouse Mountain (to Oct. 9), where daily in summer, visitors can share a morning meal with orphaned grizzlies Grinder and Coola. Watch the bears’ morning feeding, learn fun facts from a wildlife ranger, then tuck into your own bear-themed breakfast, which includes smoked salmon and “bearioche” French toast. Now that’s a memorable meal.

Sounds of Summer: Vancouver Folk Music Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Gorgeous views are part of the package at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Gorgeous views are part of the package at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Everyone knows summer starts in June, but for some Vancouverites, it doesn’t truly arrive until the beginning of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Jul. 15 to 17, 2016). For three sunny days each July, Jericho Beach Park overflows with sweet sounds ranging from folk to roots to bluegrass. Highlights of the 39th annual seaside festival include Bruce Cockburn, Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Wainwright Sisters, Oysterband and Lord Huron.

Pemberton Music Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

See Pearl Jam at the Pemberton Music Festival

See Pearl Jam at the Pemberton Music Festival

At the Pemberton Music Festival (Jul. 14 to 17, 2016), the stunning scenery is nearly as eye-catching as the stellar on-stage line-up. With the picturesque Pemberton Valley as backdrop, the four-day fest’s multiple stages host grunge-rock from Pearl Jam (pictured), lively hip-hop from Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, and punk-infused rock from Billy Idol—just to start. There is plenty of talent on the comedy stage, too: Cheech and Chong, Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, and Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson. Let the good times rock ’n’ roll.

Scientific Slumber Party at Science World

By SHERI RADFORD

Budding scientists can sleep over at Science World

Budding scientists can sleep over at Science World

What’s better than an afternoon at Science World? An entire night at the popular science centre housed in a geodesic dome (Jul. 15, 2016). Inquisitive children aged six to 12 (and their parents) are invited to stay overnight and see an OMNIMAX film, a live science show and a dinosaur presentation by famed palaeontologist Dr. Scott Sampson, plus explore behind the scenes. There might even be some sleeping involved—but that part is far from guaranteed.

Around the World

Satiate wanderlust with an array of globetrotting dishes and spa journeys—suitcase and passport not required

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Bao Bei's delectable edibles include charred octopus salad, poached braised chicken and  green beans with house-cured bacon. (Photo: KK Law)

Bao Bei’s delectable edibles include charred octopus salad, poached braised chicken and
green beans with house-cured bacon. (Photo: KK Law)

CHINA
Forget airports and security lines. Simply hop the elevator to the fifth floor to arrive at Chi, The Spa, a wood-panelled sanctuary that’s steeped in Eastern philosophy. Here, treatments are governed by chi, the universal life force that has guided traditional Chinese medicine for millennia. Inspired by the stretching methods of Chinese martial arts, the Wushu Massage treatment was created following study with a wushu master at the remote Wudang Mountain. First, guided stretching and breathing exercises open the body’s meridians. The stress release treatment is followed by tension-relieving muscle warming and Tai Chi massage. For the toxin-release treatment, bamboo assists in gentle stretches, then is rolled over muscles before a purifying oil massage. Serenity, found. (more…)

The Whitecaps’ Danish Dynamo

Goalkeeper David Ousted of the Vancouver Whitecaps loves his club—and this city

By LUCAS AYKROYD

(Photo: ©Bob Frid/Whitecaps FC)

Goalkeeper David Ousted. (Photo: ©Bob Frid/Whitecaps FC)

When David Ousted signed as the starting goalkeeper for the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2013, it was the beginning of a new adventure for the Danish soccer star. Three years later, he has no regrets. “I’m really happy with that decision,” Ousted said. “Both I and my family have loved it here. We wanted to have an experience outside of what we were used to in Denmark. Vancouver was just what we were looking for. We’ve been really happy living here.” (more…)

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Femme au collier jaune" by Pablo Picasso. (Photo: Patrick Goetelen/©Picasso Estate/Sodrac 2016)

“Femme au collier jaune” by Pablo Picasso. (Photo: Patrick Goetelen/©Picasso Estate/Sodrac 2016)

Behind every great man is a woman. But in the case of prolific painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso, the woman was in clear view, inspiring his inimitable style. The Vancouver Art Gallery’s Picasso: The Artist and His Muses (to Oct. 2) tracks six women who inspired and influenced both the artist’s personal life and his paintbrush. From early 20th-century Paris through to the end of his life, follow the artist’s progression through the collection, the most significant of his work ever exhibited in Vancouver.­

25 Things We Love About Summertime in Vancouver

As the temperature rises, so does our passion for this sun-kissed city

By SHERI RADFORD

A stroll through downtown’s magnificent Stanley Park. (Photo: KK Law)

A stroll through downtown’s magnificent Stanley Park. (Photo: KK Law)

1. Long evenings that end in glorious sunsets.

2. Kayaking, canoeing, dragon boating, stand-up paddle boarding and any other water-based activity.

3. Spending a leisurely morning at a farmers’ market.

4. The abundance of outdoor festivals.

5. Seeing orcas in the wild on a whale-watching adventure. (more…)

The City of Bhangra Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

(Photo: Joe Carlson)

Let the beats move you at the City of Bhangra Festival. (Photo: Joe Carlson)

The City of Bhangra Festival—a sequined, spangled, Bollywood-esque blowout—arrives on the streets of Vancouver and Surrey from Jun. 11 to 18, 2016. It’s the largest festival of its kind in North America, drawing a globetrotting array of DJs, filmmakers, musicians and dancers. Break out the bangles and bindis at the Crash an Indian Wedding kick-off party; laugh until your sides hurt at Where Not to Do Bhangra; listen to women share their stories of struggle and success; or let the beats move you at the open-stage celebrations.

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun at the Museum of Anthropology

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Killer Whale Has a Vision and Comes to Talk to me about Proximological Encroachments of Civilizations in the Oceans.” (Photo: William Eakin/Plug In Editions)

“Killer Whale Has a Vision and Comes to Talk to me about Proximological Encroachments of Civilizations in the Oceans.” (Photo: William Eakin/Plug In Editions)

Playful yet polemical, traditional yet innovative—works by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun defy definition. Surrealist elements infuse the Coast Salish artist’s works, turning conventional notions of Northwest Coast art upside down. The result? Politically charged canvases that blend brilliant hues and pressing First Nations issues. See his career-spanning works at the Museum of Anthropology’s Unceded Territories (to Oct 16, 2016).

Oscar-Worthy Theatre

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

VIPTheatre

Cineplex Theatres have raised the movie-experience bar

Prefer a glass of pinot with your popcorn? Then raise a glass to the newly launched Cineplex VIP Cinemas at Marine Gateway. The second-floor, VIP theatre serves up a menu of classic movie snacks, as well as full-on entrées and appetizers. Indulge in crispy calamari, artisanal cheeses or burgers in the modern lounge and patio, or have your meal delivered right to the plush, recliner-style seats. Wine and cocktails round out the swish adults-only experience. It’s dinner and a movie, in red-carpet style.