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Vancouver

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.

Izakaya Redux at ShuRaku

By TIM PAWSEY

Sample sashimi and sushi at ShuRaku. (Photo: KK Law)

Sample sashimi and sushi at ShuRaku. (Photo: KK Law)

In a city with more than its share of good Japanese dining, ShuRaku stands apart for its vibrant Asian flavours complemented by a superb sake selection. An impressive 40-foot grainy maple bar rules, perfect for sampling a wide range of styles, from Ginjo to Junmai. On the menu: traditional and contemporary fare, from sushi, sashimi and signature rolls, such as real crab California, to beef tataki, short ribs, tuna three ways and assorted tempura.

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Top Picks for Travellers

Must-haves for those bitten by the travel bug and suffering from incurable wanderlust

By SHERI RADFORD

Toast your travels with the Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Toast your travels with the Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Tedious travel time can often be improved with a tipple or two. The Carry On Cocktail Kit contains almost everything necessary to mix up a duo of delicious cocktails while high in the sky. All that’s missing from the perfect Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule or Gin & Tonic is the liquor, which a flight attendant (or hotel minibar) can supply. At Kiss and Makeup. Read more…

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).

The Must List: June

By SHERI RADFORD

An orca breaching in the wild. (Photo: ©Menno67/Dreamstime.com)

An orca breaching in the wild. (Photo: ©Menno67/Dreamstime.com)

1. Visit Grinder and Coola, Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bears.

2. Cheer on the Vancouver Whitecaps at a home game.

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

Coastal Cornucopia at The Sandbar

By TIM PAWSEY

The Sandbar boasts spectacular views of False Creek. (Photo: KK Law)

The Sandbar boasts spectacular views of False Creek. (Photo: KK Law)

Tucked beneath the girders of the Granville Street Bridge, The Sandbar celebrates West Coast seafood in a modern salute to Granville Island’s industrial past. A spacious two-tier waterside dining room and expansive upstairs patio (with fireplaces) offer sweeping views of False Creek and the city. Ocean Wise choices abound on the menu, in addition to a wide choice of sushi. Tastes roam from Dungeness crab cakes, fried oysters and wok-charred tuna to alder-grilled salmon and seafood towers, plus burgers (both salmon and beef) and sirloin steaks, for committed carnivores. The mood is always upbeat, with live entertainment nightly.

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A Taste of the Orient at Panda Market

By SHERI RADFORD

Find Asian flavours at Panda Market. (Photo: KK Law)

At Panda Market, food stalls sell plenty of Asian-inspired fare. (Photo: KK Law)

If you’re craving the flavours of Asia, pull on some stretchy pants and head to the Panda Market (to Sep. 11, 2016) for an evening of sipping, tasting, nibbling and munching. This night market in Richmond is the closest you can get to an Asian street market without boarding a plane. Enjoy the ever-changing roster of live entertainment while browsing for jewellery, cellphone accessories, colourful socks, fleece blankets and more. The best part? No passport required.

Cheers to Local Beers!

With 23 craft breweries in the city limits—and more brewing all the time—a hoppy haven is always just a hop, sip and jump away. Ready to raise your glass to the wealth of choice? Here are a few ways to dive into the city’s craft beer circuit.

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Tote your brews in a custom-designed growler by Sigil & Growler. (Photo: KK Law)

A custom-designed growler from Sigil & Growler shows off Vancouver’s beloved landmarks. (Photo: KK Law)

Tapped In
Brewery Creek, once the turn-of-the-century hub of the local brewing scene, is enjoying a renaissance that has put the historic area back on the map. Anchored by hip-and-happening Main Street, a cluster of breweries offer sippers ranging from easy drinking to experimental. It’s the perfect jumping-off point for exploring craft beer by the flight or pint, and easily accessed on foot or—to really blend in with the locals—by bicycle. Read more…

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.

Welcoming the World

By SHERI RADFORD

False Creek with Science World

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

Saje

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.