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Greek Day on Broadway is Sunday, June 28

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Image: Greek Day

We look forward to Greek Day on Broadway every summer. It’s free. It’s fun. You learn stuff about Vancouver urban culture and Greek culture. There’s lots of tasty food. People actually dance in the streets. It’s especially meaningfult o get out ad support Greek culture this year, as Greece’s financial future hangs precariously in the balance.

The big day is tomorrow: Sunday, June 28. Here’s what you need to know about the event schedule. Read more…

Free Outdoor Movies Vancouver 2015 at Stanley Park

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Image: Outdoor Movies BC

The most popular Vancouver summer event is soon here. Free outdoor movies begin in Stanley Park July 7 and continue every Tuesday through August 25. The movies show in Ceperley Meadow on a four-storey inflatable movie screen. About 5,000 Vancouverites attend every screening. Here are the details on the film schedule and attendee protocol. Read more…

Vancouver Celebration of Light Fireworks Expands to 25 Nights of Free Fireworks Starting July 1

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UPDATE – Change of plans due to dry weather: http://globalnews.ca/news/2063357/concerns-over-dry-weather-lead-to-revamped-celebration-of-light-events/

Every year for the past 24 years Metro Vancouverites come into Vancouver to see the Celebration of Light Fireworks. This year, in honour of their 25th anniversary, Celebration of Light is setting off free Vancouver fireworks shows throughout Metro Vancouver every night from July 1-25.

The shows will be brief and are intended to build momentum for the Celebration of Light showdown which takes place July 25, July 29 and August 1. Read more…

Diesel Fuel Spill in False Creek

Image: Canadian COast Guard

Image: Canadian COast Guard

As reported by CBC, coast guard officials now say as much as 5,000 litres of diesel fuel may have spilled into Vancouver’s False Creek near Fisherman’s Wharf on Sunday night June 14. A 1,000-foot-long boom has been deployed in the waters to contain the spill.

A small fishing vessel has been identified as the source of the spill, says coast guard spokesperson Jeff Brady. The seawall has been shut down at Fisherman’s Wharf from Granville Street to 1500 West 1st Avenue. Read more…

AnnaLena Launches Weekend Brunch Service

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Everyone’s going on and on about AnnaLena, the new Kits destination restaurant by former Oakwood Chef Mike Robbins. We tend to agree with the rave reviews of the food, even if we object to the trend wherein cool kid restaurants use their Gramma’s name as a restaurant moniker.

So if you ate there after sunset and got hooked on Kusshi oysters with jalapeno mignonette and shaved foie, or the tahini kale salad, stop by between 10am and 1:45 Saturdays and Sundays for brunch. Here’s the release. Read more…

Vancouver Food Cart Fest Is Back Starting Sunday, June 28

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Vancouver’s incredibly popular Food Cart Fest is back for the fourth year with more trucks and carts and live-music. Here’s the press release:

Arrival Agency, Streetfood Vancouver, and Vancity present the 4th Annual Food Cart Fest, the city’s largest gathering of street food carts. Last year, upwards of 5,000 people swarmed to Olympic Village every week to take in Vancouver’s beloved street food scene. Launching this year on Sunday, June 28, it will run for 11 consecutive Sundays until September 6.

This year the festival is adding to its programming in a major way. Read more…

Patrick Corsi Opening Baccano Osteria in the Smoking Dog Space in Kitsilano

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Restaurateur Patrick Corsi of Quattro has announced his new project. He’s taken over the Smoking Dog Bistro space (1889 West 1st Avenue) and will launch Baccano Osteria-Bar this July. Quattro  Kitsilano opened in 1994, underwent a location change and rebranding to Q4, and closed in 2014. The North Van and Whistler locations are still going strong. Read more…

Only in Vancouver: Burrard Bridge to Close for Massive Yoga Class

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B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced Friday that Burrard Street Bridge will be closed on June 21, the International Day of Yoga (IDY), for a mass yoga class.

CBC reported on the strong social media response from Vancouver residents, which can be summarized as: “Only in Vancouver.”

The class will result in a seven-hour closure of one of the main connectors from downtown to the city’s West Side. The government has partnered with Lululemon and yoga studio YYoga to organize what they hope will be the largest IDY event to be hosted outside India. Natural Gas company Altagas is also supporting, with a $10,000 sponsorship.

Though the bridge will be closed to vehicles from 4 a.m. until 11 a.m. PT June 21, the big yoga stretch proper will begin at 8.30 a.m. and involve an hour-long yoga session.

Too bad Vancouver doesn’t have a 1,000 acre urban park or something. They would have had a more peaceful and less disruptive place to go…

#Omthebridge, y’all.