Our Top 4 Halloween Events in Kitsilano

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Vancouver has a ton of stuff going on for Halloween – everything from haunted houses to haunted amusement parks, from bar hops to club crawls, from house parties to dance parties, this city has got Halloween covered. We’ve scoured Kitsilano to find the best events taking place in our neighbourhood, for those of us who want to celebrate without venturing too far from home. Here are our top picks for Halloween events in Kits:

Top 4 Halloween Events in Kitsilano

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300+ Spirits to Sip at Vancouver Hopscotch Festival Nov. 17-23

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Do you celebrate your victories with a tumbler of Scotch? If yes, perk up.  Hopscotch, the festival for dedicated whisky connoisseurs, returns to the PNE Forum in Vancouver November 17-23. Ranked one of the 10 best drinking festivals in the world by MSN Travel, the festival has expanded from a tasting hall to a super impressive Grand Tasting Hall with a slew of other satellite events including whisky dinners, classes, cigar smoke outs and even a Jack Daniels themed hoe down.

Admission to the Grand Tasting Hall starts at $45 and comes with five tasting tokens. Extra tokens cost $1.10. In addition to whisky, you can choose from craft beer (including the talented Vancouver brewers), vodka, gin, rum, tequila, liqueur, and so many more reasons to use the festival’s free shuttle service. There will be food on offer at the tasting hall. Details on that aren’t out yet.

Get tickets and more intel from the festival website: http://www.hopscotchfestival.com/

6 Vintage Photos of Kitsilano

Image: Vancouver Arcives, 1903, [View of Kitsilano looking north from 1875 7th Avenue], showing Chief Samuel North's house at 1850 6th Avenue.  AM54-S4-: Be P46.2

Image: Vancouver Archives, 1903, view of Kitsilano looking north from 1875 7th Avenue, showing Chief Samuel North’s house at 1850 6th Avenue. AM54-S4-: Be P46.2

 If you love Kits as much as we do, it’s really fun to poke around the City of Vancouver Archives for vintage photos of the old days in our neighbourhood.

Here’s a selection of 6 images from 1900-1940. Take a coffee break and travel back in time with us. Things that will jump out: extensive forest (and massive old growth trees), bears playing among the housing developments on our side of the inlet, good-looking craftsmen houses, and the crowning of a Kitsilano Queen! Read more…

5 Things You Didn’t Know About LUSH

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Image: LUSH

LUSH has been a Kitsilano staple for over fifteen years. You can follow your nose to its storefront on West 4th Avenue from blocks away. Known for its fresh, handmade, naked cosmetic products packed full of fragrant essential oils, LUSH is an iconic Vancouver, and Kitsilano, brand.

Offering everything from fresh, preservative-free face masks made from ingredients like blueberries and peppermint, to solid massage bars made of fair trade organic cocoa butter and fragranced with Sicilian lemon oil, to a perfume line that includes Jude Law’s daily fragrance pick (majestically titled ‘Breath of God’), there’s something for everyone in this vibrant shop.

If you live in Kits, then you’ve inevitably sniffed the LUSH scent whether or not you’ve ventured inside. But how much do you know about this cosmetics company that produces products good enough to eat?

I’m willing to bet that I’ve found five fun facts that might surprise and entice you: Read more…

Meet CBC’s Bob McDonald at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Tuesday, October 28

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Join CBC Quirks & Quarks’ Bob McDonald, at the HR MacMillan Space Centre for a planetarium adventure and the launch of his new book, Canadian Spacewalkers: Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure.  One of Canada’s leading science journalists, McDonald will take you on an astonishing journey into the stars and the lives of three celebrated Canadian Astronauts.

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Vancouver Halloween Events for Kids

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Halloween is such a thrilling time of year, so it seems a shame to limit all the fun to just one night. Luckily there’s no shortage of spooktastic events in and around Vancouver for families to enjoy before Halloween, and even, in a few cases, after.

5 Fabulous Family Halloween Events

1. Pick a pumpkin at Richmond Country Farm, Open 7 Days a Week

Throw on your wellies and take a drive to Richmond Country Farms to see the farm animals, take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and corn maze, be serenaded by the Country Pumpkins band and dance with Polly Pumpkin, Strawberry Shortcake and Korny Corn. Check the website before you go. Read more…

4 Great French Restaurants and Cafes in Kitsilano

Linh Cafe's Three Chocolate Mousse

Linh Cafe’s Three Chocolate Mousse dessert

With the highly anticipated Au Comptoir restaurant & cafe opening up this weekend (in the old Take Five Cafe space across from Whole Foods on West 4th Avenue), Kitsilano is adding another French dining spot to its list. Before we go and try this new Parisian brasserie, let’s review 4 great French restaurants & cafes in Kitsilano right now.

4 Great French Restaurants & Cafes in Kitsilano

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Zombie Walk to Save Pine Free Clinic Oct. 26

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On Sunday, October 26, you can get involved in a good cause while getting in the Halloween spirit. A zombie walk is taking place on West 4th Avenue to protest the closing of the Pine Free Clinic.

The BC government is refusing to provide funding for this free youth medical clinical, which provides not only basic health care for youth and young adults, but also mental health care, addiction treatment, and birth control services. The clinic is scheduled to close on October 31st, making this Halloween-themed protest the perfect fit. Read more…

Go Stalk Cool Authors at Vancouver Writers Festival on Granville Island Oct. 21-26

vancouver-writers-fest-2014-logoIf your perfect fall past time is curling up with a good book and a warm drink, this is the October event for you.  Every year, swarms of scribes and their devoted following descend on Granville Island to celebrate the written word. Vancouver Writers Fest takes place October 21-26 this year, and there are so many good events to choose from.

This year, one of the themes of the Vancouver Writers Fest is that of discovery. Every year festival-goers attend an event to see one author, and leave having discovered someone new. The  2014 Festival, however, may be unprecedented in terms of the number of international authors you’ve not yet heard of but are bound to become entranced with.

Stand outs include Karl Ove Knausgaard, an acclaimed novelist in his native Norway, was unknown to English-speaking readers until his Min Kamp (My Struggle) books, a series of six autobiographical novels, began appearing in translation. Now his work is reviewed widely, he has been compared to Proust, and British novelist Zadie Smith is quoted as saying she needs his next book “like crack.” Read more…