Must See Exhibition: Forbidden City at Vancouver Art Gallery

ForbiddenCity-06 Empress’s ceremonial coat (chaogua) Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period silk with gold thread © The Palace Museum

ForbiddenCity-06 Empress’s ceremonial coat (chaogua) Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period silk with gold thread © The Palace Museum

After much anticipation, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors will be unveiled to the public October 18 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Nearly 200 treasured objects from the collection of Beijing’s Palace Museum will be under the spotlight, revealing the centre of the Chinese empire, The Forbidden City — a palace once closed from public sight for five centuries of imperial rule.

This unprecedented exhibition will offer Gallery visitors a glimpse of an iconic and long hidden era of Chinese cultural history. From the finest Ming porcelain to the emperor’s own garments, these examples of exquisite works of art range from as early as 500CE and onwards to the early 20th century.

Many objects in the exhibition, including textiles, calligraphy, paintings and armour, have never before travelled outside the Forbidden City.Due to the exhibition’s significant number of light

For the last five centuries of the empire, which fell in 1911, Chinese emperors called the Forbidden City, located in the heart of Beijing, their home. With only the emperor, his household and special visitors allowed inside its walls,this immense palace captured the world’s attention for its power, wealth and mystery.

The exhibition’s narrative for the Vancouver Art Gallery is conceived by Timothy Brook, who is a scholar of Chinese history at the Department of History, University of British Columbia. Read more…

Ultra Rich Asian Girls Vancouver Reality Show In the Works

Image: HBIC

Image: HBIC

Remember when the Real Housewives of Vancouver premiered in 2012? Everyone smirked and said they’d never watch it and then it got the record for the highest-rated premiere in Slice network’s history. You can expect more of the same for HBICtvUltra Rich Asian Girls, a show about Vancouver’s super rich Asian women, which will launch in the next month or so following a viral casting call last summer.

The casting video drew 300,000 views on YouTube and 2.8 million viewers in China. Produced by local television producer Kevin Li, the web-based reality series pokes into the lives of the daughters of loaded, Mandarin-speaking Chinese-Canadians living in Vancouver.

How rich are the women exactly? We don’t know. And we don’t know why the title of the show uses “girls” when these are, in fact, Chinese-Canadian women. But that deserves its own blog post. Read more…

Haunted Houses in Vancouver 2014

Image: PNE

Image: PNE

So the Dunbar Haunted House is closed this year. Where are you going to get your fright on? For those craving that Halloween adrenaline rush, the fight or flight ninja kick to the gut that will serve you well should the zombie apocalypse actually arrive – there are still plenty of  haunted houses in Vancouver to visit.

Here are the haunted houses in Vancouver for Halloween 2014.

Or browse the entire list of Vancouver Halloween community events and costumes for sale.

Haunted Houses in Vancouver 2014

1. Fearmongers: October 27-31

New this year, Fearmongers is testing out the Vancouver crowd. The idea behind this scare palace? They trap people in a haunted experience and have them solve physical puzzles and mental riddles in order to escape. If Fearmongers proves popular with Vancouverites in 2014, they will expand to many captive scenarios next year. Read more…

Unicycle Graffiti Appears on Vancouver Bike Paths

Image: CBC

Image: CBC

Somebody call Sherlock Holmes. Several mysterious unicycle markings have appeared along sections of the Adanac bike route, including the separated lane on the Dunsmuir Viaduct.

Calls to members of the unicycle community have not yet yielded any answers as to who might be responsible for the markings.

Have you seen the unicycle graffiti? Do you have any clues?

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend


Even though it’s Thanksgiving weekend, the real estate market is still in full swing. If you’re looking to buy a new place, seeing open houses this weekend is worthwhile since you may not have as much competition with other buyers who are likely out of town.

Below are a few of the interesting units with open houses this weekend, but there are lots more, take a look at the full list of properties at Live Kitsilano here:

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 3: Dunbar-Southlands

Butter Baked Goods

Find nostalgic treats at Butter Baked Goods on Dunbar Street

Over the last few weeks we’ve brought you recommendations on what to see, eat, and buy in some of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods that border Kitsilano, including the West Point Grey and The Armoury District areas. For this week, take a look at a neighbourhood where time has stood relatively still and with a community that is fiercely committed to holding on to its relics, including a retro theatre, several bookshops, antique stores, and even horse stables. Welcome to the Dunbar-Southlands neighbourhood.

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 3: Dunbar-Southlands

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Dalai Lama Coming to Vancouver October 21; Tickets on Sale Now


The Dalai Lama is coming to Vancouver October 21. This mighty spiritual authority, who has won a Nobel Peace Prize in addition to his day-to-day role as the leader of the dominant school of Tibetan Buddhism, is here to inspire thought leaders from business, education and the community

He will go on stage at the Vancouver Convention Centre for “Be the Village,” a discusson focusing on heart-mind well-being in children and youth in British Columbia, with other rather prominent names including TED-speaker Sir Ken Robinson and Canadian superwoman Janet Austin. Tickets to attend his dialogue run from $60 to $250.

His second appearance is at UBC October 23. This speaking event will focus on compassion. Tickets range from $35 to $200. Proceeds will support the Tibetan Resettlement Project.

We imagine many folks are seeking something – knowledge, peace, inspiration – from his Holiness, so act fast if you’d like to participate.

Must Drink Now: Seasonal Pumpkin Beers at Darby’s Liquor Store


Darby’s Liquir Store has a shelf full of pumpkin craft beers. Act fast, before they’re gone and pumpkin season passes you by.

  • Red Racer Spiced Pumpkin Ale
  • Parallel 49 Beer Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter
  • Parallel 49 Beer Schadenfreude Pumpkin
  • Russell Brewing Pumpkin Jack
  • Phillips Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale
  • Phillips Crooked-er Tooth Pumpkin Ale

Darby’s has expanded their liquor delivery service. You can get your pumpkin beer delivered  7 days a week from 3:30pm to 11:00pm. Call 604-731-8750.

Vancouver’s Jericho Lands Finally Sold in a Package Deal for $307 Million


The federal government sold one of the last large undeveloped land plots on Vancouver’s Westside after nearly two decades of speculation. A group including the Canada Lands Company and three local First Nations have reached an agreement to take ownership of the Jericho Lands (marked above) and two other properties in the Lower Mainland. The sale of properties in West Point Grey, West Vancouver and South Cambie is valued at $307 million.

As reported by BC Business, the Canada Lands Company, a federal Crown corporation, will split ownership 50/50 with the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Along with the Jericho Lands, the site of a Department of Defence installation (still home to around 100 military personnel and their families), the consortium will acquire a former Department of Fisheries and Oceans waterfront site in West Vancouver, valued at $11 million, and a former public works owned-property just south of Children’s Hospital. Read more…