The iconic Kitsilano Showboat needs your help. If you aren’t familiar with its history, here’s the scoop. The Kitsilano Showboat has operated since 1935. It’s an open-air amphitheatre located at Kits Beach. All summer long, the Showboat hosts free performances from local bands, dance groups, and other performers. Its goals are: to show off amateur talent and entertain residents and tourists.
Why does the Kits Showboat need help?
In late 2012, a King Tide, in combination with high winds, caused major damage to the Kitsilano Showboat stage and facilities located at the Kitsilano outdoor pool. The water breached the pool wall, surrounded the stage and flooded all the dressing rooms, storage rooms, bathrooms, sound room and parts of the stage. The water was 18 inches deep backstage and everything was covered in debris and seaweed. Read more ›
Spiced Kits Beach at Elwoods
On a recent afternoon in Kitsilano, with the beach in sight and the sun shining bright, I decided to hunt for a quintessential Kitsilano summer drink. Summer isn’t really that far away; it’s best to be prepared. My idea was simple: grab a bar stool and ask for a refreshing drink. Kitsilano makes responsible enjoyment easy, all I needed was a comfy pair of kicks and I was off on a walking tour of watering holes. Here’s a taste of what I found!
Best Ode to the Beach: Spiced Kits Beach at Elwoods
Kudos to Elwoods for making my order easy – this concoction of Spicebox Canadian Whiskey, pineapple & cranberry juice is a fitting homage to our beach. This tasty mix leaves a tangy zip on your lips after each sip. Spicebox received a 93 point tasting (out of a possible 100) which means you’re not wasting your sunny day with anything but the best. Delish.
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Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival drew 80,000 people to West 4th Avenue in July 2012. We hear the 2013 Khatsahlano! fest, which takes place Saturday, July 13 from 11am to 8pm, will be bigger and better.
In case you missed the ruckus, Khatsahlano! is a free music event featuring the best of the best local bands performing on stages between Burrard and Macdonald. This year, 50 bands will perform. There were 40 acts last year and 30 in launch year 2011. Our local 4th Avenue BIA (ShopWest4th) has teamed up with Music B.C. and the PEAK (102.7 ) to showcase the top 20 artists chosen during the PEAK Performance Project.
Russ Davies (BIA team leader) has also reached out to a new arts agency launched by the former operators of the Waldorf Hotel to curate the arts aspect of the festival. Expect a big art show with high profile Vancouver artists displaying their work in tents.
And what’s a festival without food carts? Read more ›
Vanier Park in Spring – Photo credit: Lisa Voormeij
Don’t let a spot of rain keep you inside. Here are 8 ideas for free outdoor fun with the kids around the Kitsilano neighbourhood.
Our tips? Do dress in layers, bring umbrellas, and pack a large blanket for impromptu picnics, naps (you wish), or diaper changes! Don’t forget to bring a bit of cash just in case you get tempted by some of the refreshments along the way.
8 Free Outdoor Activities For Kids In & Around Kitsilano
1. Seawall Stroll
Walk the buggy or bike with the trailer along the seawall path in Vanier Park and take in the wide views of the West End and the grand Art Deco style Burrard Street Bridge. Veer off onto the grass and let the little ones discover interesting sculptures, a pond full of birdlife, and see if they can spot the eagles’ nest high up in a tree (at the parking lot by the for Kits Coast Guard base and public washrooms).
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James Cunningham, host of Food Network’s loveable food truck show Eat St., is rolling into Vancouver this weekend. The foodie celeb is here to launch his new book, Eat Street, featuring recipes of North America’s “tastiest, messiest, and most irresistible street food”.
Season 4 of Eat St. premiered on April 8. If you’re into the show, or just eager to eat some quality street food, you can join James Cunningham at Barbara Jo’s Books To Cooks book shop (1740 West 2nd Avenue) on Sunday, April 14 at 2pm. $25 tix gets you food and a signed copy of the book. Vikram Vij will be there and prepare a delicious recipe from his truck menu – “Vij’s Railway Express”. It’s not a bad deal, considering the cook book retails for $24. Read more ›
Vancouver Maritime Museum, located in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park (1905 Ogden Avenue), is often sleepy. But it shouldn’t be. Especially not with an exciting new exhibit Tattoos & Scrimshaw: The Art of the Sailor featuring controversial, headline-making “whale bone porn.”
Museum curator Patricia Owen, who did her thesis on Haida tattoos, and tattoo artist Christ Hold have worked together on a collection of contemporary photography, illustrations, equipment, tattoo “flash”, and dozens of pieces of scrimshaw – engravings made on whalebone.
The scrimshaw is the controversial stuff. One Vancouver mum kicked up a fuss over the etchings, some of which are moderately lusty. You can take a look at the raunch-levels and judge for yourself. While Ann Pimentel, the outraged mom, has requested that the scrimshaw is moved to its own room with 18+ entry, the Vancouver Maritime Museum already has the scrimshaw off to the side, in an elevated case to keep them away from children. Read more ›
Spring in Vancouver is underway. The streets are adorned with a carpet of pretty pink petals. Every year the city celebrates its 40,000 cherry trees – many of which are gifts from Japan – with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival taking place April 4-30.
The packed line-up of Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival events kicks off with Cherry Jam, the downtown street festival happening today, April 4, at Burrard SkyTrain Station from 11am-1:30pm. Throughout April, you can join in on the blossom fun including blossom walks and talks, flash mob dancing, blossom painting and bike the blossom events. Sakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen Botanical Garden April 6-7 is your best bet for Japanese eats including sushi, ramen, takoyaki and karaage.
Find our picks for the best events at Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013 below. Read more ›
Harriet loves playing in the Family Place garden.
West Side Family Place, located at West 11th and Macdonald, is the perfect stomping ground for children any time of year. But, it’s at its best in spring, when everyone can enjoy the fabulous grounds in the sunshine and duck indoors if an April shower strikes.
The nurturing staff and carers who stay with their children make Family Place a retreat from busy lives where happy children and families are a priority. The outdoor play area is fabulous, with swings, a covered sandbox, a climbing structure, and lots of ride-on toys. The downstairs of the house has been converted into a play room with a sand table, arts and craft tables, a ton of toys and books. And upstairs you can borrow toys from the lending library, read a book on the comfy sofas and enjoy tea and coffee and baked goods generously donated by Starbucks.
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On Saturday, March 30, Singer/songwriter Julie Doiron will give an exclusive in-store performance at Zulu Records from 5pm to 6pm at the store at 1972 West 4th Avenue. Her October 2012 release “So Many Days” has gotten great reviews. The show is free and open to all ages. The atmosphere at these short, intimate shows at Zulu is great, but make sure you come early as it will likely be a packed!
Zulu Records, 1972 West 4th Avenue, 604-738-3232, Zulurecords.com
I love to dance. What I love even more is being able to walk to and from the dance hall in mere minutes. Add a diverse crowd ranging from younger kids to older adults, former hippies, office people and more to the mix and boom… That’s Just Dance. It happens three Fridays a month at the Russian Community Centre just on the corner of West 4th Avenue and Arbutus Street. And I love it!
Just Dance is a positive party community event that was founded in 1993 by resident DJ Abheeru. He had recently moved from Quebec City and wanted to to create an innovative and positive dance event with music from around the world in a smoke-free (unique in the days of smoky clubs) and alcohol-free environment. He also wanted Just Dance to be a nonprofit event that would donate all its proceeds to local charities and be driven by volunteers. Read more ›