Kitsilano Summer Bucket List


It seems like only yesterday that we were anticipating the warm weather and long lazy evenings of summer, and now we are already being bombarded with back to school deals and rainy afternoons. But instead of looking too far ahead and dreading the gray skies looming around the corner, let’s revel in the moment and create a last minute Summer Bucket List. Here are our five Kits summer must-dos that you absolutely have to make time for in the next couple weeks:

 Kitsilano Summer Bucket List

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3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend


What are you up to this weekend? If you’re in the market to buy a new home or scoping real estate is your idea of Sunday worship, here are three open houses in Kitsilano.

The properties include a condo, townhouse and a house. Read more…

Granville Island Silos Transformed into Massive World-Class Artwork

Image: Vancouver Biennale

Image: Vancouver Biennale

The unmissable 7-storey concrete silos on Granville Island are in the process of receiving a dramatic makeover as they became a super huge piece of public art. The once-drab structure belongs to Ocean Concrete who is working with Vancouver Biennale. As a result the silos are rainbow currently hued and will be further adorned with a mural by Brazilian graffiti artists (and identical twins) Gustavo and Otavio Pandalfo, known from Berlin to NYC  as “the OSGEMEOS.”

“The mural is destined to become one of the most recognizable and iconic works of public art anywhere in the world, and if all goes as envisioned, it will become a legacy of the 2014-2016 Biennale exhibition”, says Barrie Mowatt, President and Founder of the Vancouver Biennale.

The Biennale has launched an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign to raise $20,000 towards the hefty $125,000 price tag on the project. Once complete, it will be one of Vancouver’s largest pieces of public art. Read more…

5 Back to School Essentials to Buy in Kitsilano

Brown leather Camper Ankle Boots available at gravitypope.

Brown leather Camper Ankle Boots available at gravitypope.

That’s right folks, in just several short weeks it will be back to school time again. Tuesday, September 2, 2014, is the official start to the academic year for Kitsilano kids attending school, and for UBC students too. Here are some back to school essentials to buy in Kitsilano for all ages.

5 Back to School Essentials in Kitsilano

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Free Outdoor Movie in Stanley Park Tonight Will Be Mrs. Doubtfire

mrs-doubtfire2In tribute to comedic genius Robin Williams, Fresh Air Cinema will change tonight’s free outdoor movie in Stanley Park to the 1994 classic, Mrs. Doubtfire, replacing the scheduled screening of Ghost. As most of you know, Robin Williams was found dead in his California home yesterday.

The free screening of Mrs. Doubtfire starts at dusk (8:45pm) at Second Beach’s Ceperley Meadows in Stanley Park, between Second Beach Pool and the children’s playground. Bring your blanket and your nearest and dearest to enjoy this feel-good family flick and celebrate the lightheartedness Robin Williams brought to the world

Free WiFi by TELUS on Metro Vancouver Public Buses


Riding the bus just got better; Telus has launched a pilot project to give Vancouver public transit users free WiFi. The program launched today and is available on three bus routes, one of which is pertinent for Kits residents.

Vancouver Buses with Free WiFi

One bus along the following routes will offer free WiFi:

  • 99 B-Line – Commercial-Broadway Station to UBC
  • 351 – White Rock to Bridgeport Station in Richmond
  • 555 – Carvolth Exchange in Langley to Braid Station in New Westminster

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There’ll Be Tons of Fun at Picnic in the Park this Sunday, August 10


If you’re looking for a great family event this weekend then check out the Kitsilano Community Centre’s Picnic in the Park, at Connaught Park, this Sunday, August 10, 10am – 3pm.

This old-fashioned family fair includes a bouncy castle, carnival games, face painting, community booths, concession stands and a charity barbeque.  For $5 you can purchase a wrist band to access the carnival rides.

As if that’s not enough of a draw you can also explore and shop for local produce at the Kitsilano Farmers Market which will be in the parking lot of the Kitsilano Community Centre 10am – 2pm.

Sadly last year’s event was struck with torrential rain but the weather gods are smiling on us this year. The forecast is for clear sky and a temperature of 290 C so don’t forget the sunscreen.

Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch St, 604-257-6976

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend


What are you up to this weekend? If you’re in the market to buy a new home or scoping real estate is your idea of Sunday worship, here are three open houses in Kitsilano.

The properties include a a penthouse and two townhouses. Read more…

KitsFest Sports Festival Returns to Kisilano Beach August 8-10

Image: KitsFest

Image: KitsFest

KitsFest, the sports festival dedicated to healthy living, is back at Kitsilano Beach today  through Sunday. The event’s goal is to build stronger community and give back to the community through legacies such as park facility upgrades. They’re the folks who fixed the basketball courts, resurfaced the tennis courts and added palm trees to Kits Beach.

If you’re feeling very been there done that about heading down to see the KitsFest basketball and volleyball matches, 2014 has more to offer.

After a four-year absence, the annual beach sport festival will again host men’s and women’s doubles tournament on the public hard-courts at Kitsilano Beach Park. Sixty-four players will compete August 9 and 10.

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Free Screening of “Nash: A Documentary Film” at Kitsfest Saturday, August 9


If you’re looking for free family fun this weekend, head down to Kitsfest at Kitsilano Beach for the free screening of the documentary film “Nash” – all about Canada’s celebrated athelete, Steve Nash. The premiere takes place at the north end of Kits Beach Saturday, August 9 at 7pm.

The documentary reveals the unexpected journey of Nash, a BC native who currently plays for the LA Lakers, and was ranked among the 100th most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine (in 2006). In the film, Nash attempts to navigate his way through the morally corrupt world of professional sports while trying to leave a lasting legacy on and off the court.

The screening is free to attend.There is VIP seating available for $30 which comes with refreshments.