3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

The Kitsilano real estate market has picked up pace this fall. We’re seeing lots of new listings, and price drops with many of the older listings that haven’t sold. We expect a lot of activity this weekend at the Open Houses, so make sure you get in to see the homes that have caught your eye before they sell.

Here’s a full list of all homes with Open Houses in Kitsilano this weekend: http://livekitsilano.com/open-houses/. Below are some notable listings with Open Houses:

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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3 Family Friendly Events in Vancouver this Weekend

Southlands Country Fair

Southlands Country Fair

Summer is refusing to give into the next season and this weekend’s forecast will certainly prove its defiance. Sure, you could head on down to the beach but consider venturing out of our Kitsilano neighbourhood to check out some other interesting areas. Here are 3 family friendly events this weekend to do just that.

3 Family Friendly Events this Weekend

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Calling All Kits Foodies: Chocolatier Greg Hook Teams Up With France’s Or Noir To Create Irresistible “Allure” Chocolate


On Saturday, September 20, Kitsilano’s Chocolate Arts chocolate shop and café releases Allure, a signature chocolate created in collaboration with renowned French chocolate house Cacao Barry.

Chocolatier Greg Hook is the first artisan chocolatier in Canada to visit their Or Noir laboratory and blend his own signature chocolate. Allure will embody the precise flavour profile and characteristics Hook/Chocolate Arts desires in their chocolate consisting of: bitter, sweet, aromatic, fruity and cocoa.

Allure will be available in various chocolates and pastries at Chocolate Arts chocolate shop and café, as well as in various formats for home use. Read more…

Pumpkin Ale is Here! Find It on Tap at Darby’s in Kitsilano

Image: Steamworks

Image: Steamworks

Pie-spiced and malted with the colour of an autumn sunset, 6.5% alc./vol., and mellow pumpkin-mash finish, Steamwork’s seasonal Pumpkin Ale is now available in Kits. You can find it on tap at Darby’s. They’ve got 30 taps going at all times, so you’ll have no trouble finding another tasty seasonal craft brew to try next.

Darby’s, 2001 Macdonald Street,Pub 604-731-0617 or Liquor Store 604-731-8750, http://www.darbyspub.ca

Fancy a Bike Ride? Vancouver Tweed Ride Rolls through Vancouver Sunday, September 14

Image: Vancouver Tweed Ride

Image: Vancouver Tweed Ride

In a city where yoga pants pass as street wear, it can be difficult to find opportunities to dress up. Here’s your chance. The Vancouver Tweed Ride, a fancy bicycle ride where riders dress in traditional British Cycling attire, particularly tweed, rolls into town Sunday, September 14.

If you’re keen to participate in this fashionable cycling event, head to the The Vancouver Club in the heart of city on the day of. Registration opens at 9:30 am. It’s $40 to participate. Registration will get you: A Rider Kit (includes Happy Water bottled water, JJ Bean Promo Card, boxed tea from Murchies and more!), morning and midway point refreshments and entrance to the after party. You can also register to participate online here: http://vancouvertweedride.com/register/.

The actual Tweed Ride will start at 11am September 14.

The purpose of the Vancouver Tweed Ride? recreate the spirit of a bygone era, promote biking in urban areas and raise money and awareness for a local non-profit.

There will be prizes for best vintage bike, best tweed outfit, etc.

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro Welcomes New Executive Chef Ryan Murphy

Image: Oakwood

Image: Oakwood

Kitsilano’s Oakwood Canadian Bistro welcomes Ryan Murphy as the new executive chef. The Halifax native has spent years traversing the globe in pursuit of his culinary passions. Murphy gained extensive experience working in international kitchens including Vue de Monde in Melbourne, Australia; Restaurant Fifty Three in Singapore; and Restaurant Frantzen in Stockholm, Sweden; and numerous well-renowned eateries around Vancouver.

With this changing of the guard, previous Oakwood executive chef Mike Robbins will leave behind this vibrant dining destination. “The Oakwood team wishes Mike Robbins all the best as he moves on to new culinary ventures,” says Oakwood’s Mike Shea. Read more…

RISE to the Challenge! Come up with an Idea to Fix Rising Sea Levels in Vancouver and Win $35,000


As part of its annual Community Summit, Simon Fraser University’s Public Square is hosting RISE, an ideas competition calling for BC residents to come up with solutions to Metro Vancouver’s rising sea level issues. Online registration for the competition, which is open to the public and offers a grand prize of $35,000, begins today September 8.

BC Ministry of Environment reports are predicting the ocean surrounding Vancouver could rise by one meter by 2100, putting local ecosystems, housing, transportation and infrastructure at risk and causing significant economic losses. The RISE competition is asking teams to come up with high-level ideas and designs to address the challenges of this sea level rise in Metro Vancouver.

You don’t have to be experts, all you need is an ability to understand the issues, come up with some innovative ideas, submit them by October 6 and present them to the judges on October 19 2014.  What issues you focus on and how you tackle them is up to you. Read more…

Call For Kits Community Feedback: Bard on the Beach Wants Your Opinion on Enhancing Vanier Park


Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival gave us the heads up about an upcoming public consultation that takes place September 14, 9am-12pm in the Bard tents in Vanier Park. The goal of this open house? Bard’s wants your input in order to identify and implement community-accepted enhancements to Vanier Park.  They’re in the planning stages with Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

The meeting will explore ways in which the Festival can enhance Vanier Park for the community’s benefit while minimizing the impact that setting up and taking down the Festival site has on the Park. They are proposing to add an all-season surface and tree-lined pathways at the Festival site (beside the Vancouver Archives) to improve the year-round usability of, and accessibility to, the park. Read more…

Vancouver Brewery Tours Offer Behind the Scenes Access to Vancouver’s Burgeoning Craft Beer Scene

Image: Olivia Kelava

Image: Olivia Kelava

Labour Day seemed to bring summer to an abrupt halt with sudden gray skies and a brisk drop in temperature. It’s always tough to say good-bye to sunny Vancouver and the abundance of outdoor activities that our city offers. But over the long weekend, I discovered an indoor activity unique to Vancity that definitely brightened up a gloomy day. Vancouver Brewery Tours offers a trip around town to the best craft breweries, with behind-the-scenes access, VIP treatment, lots of insider info, and lots and lots of beer. What better way to spend a rainy autumn day?

The tour begins in Gastown and once everybody has gathered and loaded into the van, the tour guide will drive off to one of nine craft breweries that the company has partnered with for the first stop of the day.

On my tour, I got to visit Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver, Storm Brewing on Commercial Drive, and finally Steamworks Brewery in Burnaby. Each tour matches up contrasting breweries so that guests can get a good sense of the burgeoning yet eclectic craft beer scene in Vancouver. Read more…