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6 Ways to Upgrade Your Patio

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Image: Mymodernmet,com

The stretch of sunny days no doubt has you thinking about patio season. Is your patio ready? Do you have the furniture, barbecue and picnic gear you need?

Here are 6 fun and useful additions to your patio life. Read more…

Bard on the Beach Tickets On Sale for Summer 2015

Bard-on-the-BeachBard on the Beach, Canada’s largest professional Shakespeare Festival, is back in Vanier Park June 4-September 26.  For 26 years, Vancouver patrons of the arts have turned up enthusiastically for this culture fest celebrating the genius of William Shakespeare with natural beauty of Vancouver as the backdrop. Tickets for Bard on the Beach went on sale April 8. Now is the time to book if you want the good seats.

Here are the highlights for the 2015 season, including details on the incredibly popular Canada Day Bard-B-Q and fireworks. Read more…

Just Announced: Lindi Ortega Is Coming to Vancouver Folk Music Festival

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Image: Vancouver Folk Music Festival

In case you needed extra incentive to score early bird tickets to Vancouver Folk Music Festival which has been going down at Jericho beach every summer for the last couple of decades, here it is. Lindi Ortega is performing.

Who’s that? A sultry siren of the Nashville stage who wears signature red cowboy boots and whose voice is like the naughty offspring of Johnny Cash and Emmylou, with good ole Dolly Parton as godmother. Read more…

Branches & Knots Japanese Fashion Retailer Commits to a Permanent Home on West Broadway

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Image: Branches & Knots

Branches & Knots Trading Co., a fashion retailer and wholesaler specializing in Japanese-made goods, has transitioned from pop-up to permanent location at 3128 West Broadway. This little gem has super chic and practical Wild Bird Society of Japan rain boots, handcrafted JHA watches, sculptural outerwear and all sorts of other good design. Stop by and say hello to owners Naomi and Junko, plus Coco – the store pup.

3128 West Broadway, 778-379-1855,

Mayor Robertson Supports Reopening of Kitsilano Coast Guard


Following the toxic bunker fuel spill in English Bay, Mayor Robertson is calling for the Kits Coast guard Base to be reopened. The base closed in 2013, despite protests.

As reported by CKNW:

“I don’t think that closure was warranted. I think we need to have a Coast Guard Base with the equipment to deal with a situation like this right here on False Creek. People in Vancouver are still very concerned about losing that Coast Guard Base, and want to be sure we have all of the resources necessary to respond to an oil spill.” Read more…

How To Volunteer To Help with English Bay Oil Spill Clean Up


An estimated 2,800 litres of toxic bunker fuel oil spilled from a grain-carrying cargo tanker anchored in the middle of Burrard Inlet. We’ve seen the early effects wash up in the seaweed and rocks on Kitsilano Beach and other Vancouver beaches, which are now closed to the public. It’s what we don’t yet see, like the long term impact on marine life and marine ecosystems, that’s most worrying.

If you want to help out with the spill clean-up, you can register to volunteer with the City of Vancouver here:

Vancouver Fuel Spill Washes Up at Kitsilano Beach

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Image: Chad Dey (@chad_dey)

As reported by CBC, Vancouver’s beaches, including Kitsilano Beach, have been made no-go areas after toxic fuel leaked into the waters of English Bay on Wednesday afternoon.

Residents are being warned to avoid the beaches on both sides of the bay, despite the sunshine, and to keep their pets leashed and away from wet sand as a cleanup operation continues. Read more…

Why You Need to Attend EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival: April 26-May 3, 2015

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Image: Eat!

When you find yourself coming up with mostly dining ideas for out-of-towners, you know your town is a food destination. Thank goodness Vancouver’s 13th annual Eat! Festival is finally living up to our community of talented chefs.

Eat! 2015 takes place April 26-May 3. The new format includes over 35 culinary events. There will be five days of interactive experiences (this is the good stuff) leading up to the three-day B.C. Place floor show. Read more…

Delicious Thing We Ate: Brioche Hot Cross Buns at Beaucoup Bakery

Image: Jackie Kai Ellis/Beaucoup Bakery

Image: Jackie Kai Ellis/Beaucoup Bakery

If you add one more treat to your Easter menu, let it be brioche hot cross buns from Beaucoup Bakery. When some French upper class lady said “Let them eat cake,” (it wasn’t Marie Antoinette; that’s urban legend), she was referring to brioche, the buttery almost bread that’s impossible to put down once you tear off a tender corner. If you use that recipe as a base for hot cross buns, it’s magic. Beaucoup has enriched their brioche recipe with candied lemon and orange peel, currants and a pinch of spice. Tradition never tasted so good. Read more…