Where To See The Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight. And It’s Gonna Be Amazing.

Image: 2010 Perseids / Fred Bruenjes via NASA.

Image: 2010 Perseids / Fred Bruenjes via NASA.

It will be a spectacular light show tonight with as many as 100 meteors streaking across the sky every hour, according to our very own local expert Derek Kief, astronomer at the HR MacMillan Centre.

Kief spoke to The Vancouver Sun about where to view the Perseid Meteor Shower. Here’s what he had to say. Read more…

Last Call for Free Outdoor Yoga at Kitsilano Beach

Image: Kits Space

Image: Kits Space

Free outdoor summer yoga is soon coming to an end, so make sure and practice sun salutations in sunlight while you can.

You’ll find free outdoor yoga in Kitsilano at Kitsilano Beach Pool every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00 – 8:00 pm until August 31st. The classes are organized by Kits Space. In summer 2014 they offered 37 free classes and had 1080 people turned out. This year is even more popular, as word of the community grassroots organization has spread.

Bring is a mat (or beach towel). No previous experience is necessary. Tips are welcome.

Arvind Gupta Resigns as President of UBC after Only One Year in Office

Image: UBC

Image: UBC

As reported by CBC, the president of the University of British Columbia has resigned after little more than a year on the job.

Arvind Gupta took over the position from Stephen Toope in July 2014, signing a five-year contract.

The surprise resignation announcement was made by UBC’s Board of Governors Friday, who stated that former president Martha Piper would step back into the position from Sept. 1 until June 20, 2016, while a global search for a permanent replacement is conducted. Read more…

KitsFest Sports Festival Returns to Kitsilano Beach This Weekend

Image: KitsFest

Image: KitsFest

KitsFest, the annual Kitsilano sports and healthy living festival, is back at Kitsilano Beach this weekend, from Friday, August 7 to Sunday August 9. The event includes sporting events in tennis, basketball, beach volleyball, zumba and even sunset yoga. You can check out the full schedule here. Heads up, sunset yoga takes place today at 8:30pm.

We have a soft spot for KitsFest because the festival founders, Ron Putzi and Howard Kelsey, plug so much money back into Kits Beach park improvements. They financed the popular Kits Beach basketball court upgrades. They played a lead role in facilitating the recent Kits Beach palm trees donations and the Kits Beach tennis court renovations and will continue to help enhance other similar Kits Beach-related initiatives.

Future upgrades planned for the entire Kitsilano beach area include The Kitsilano Showboat Read more…

Bar Events and Daily Specials in Kitsilano for Every Day of the Week

Image: Corduroy

Image: Corduroy

Kits has loads of fun spots for easy weeknight drinks and entertainment. In fact, most of them host daily events with drink specials, featuring live music and all sorts of tournaments.

We checked out a few of the more popular venues to scope out what’s happening in Kits this summer, so that you know which bar to hit up, when you’re in the mood for a casual night on the town.

Bar Events and Daily Specials in Kitsilano

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Kitsilano.ca Talks To CKNW’s Jon McComb about What Makes Kits Great


Kitsilano.ca was thrilled when CKNW’s Jon McComb Show reached out and asked us to talk about life in Kitsilano.ca – what we love, what we don’t love and what’s changed.

The interview is part of CKNW News Talk 980’s new “Summer Neighbourhood Series”, a community driven series that explores eight neighbourhoods that make this city great.

The shows run through August 14, 2015. The goal is to tell the stories of the city, exploring different neighbourhoods, and introducing listeners to the people, places and events that make Vancouver such an incredible place to live.

You can listen to what Kitsilano.ca blogger Olivia Kelava shared here. She chats about the Kits work hard, play hard ethic, changes on West 4th, and where to find dope drinks specials on a student budget. You’ll also find inside intel on the rest of Vancouver’s boroughs.

What do you love about Kits? What are your neighbourhood stories? We’d love to hear from you.

LUSH West 4th Reopens Better Than Ever August 3 + Party August 22


One of West 4th’s oldest residents has recently received an overwhelming upgrade. LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, located on 4th Avenue between Yew and Vine, has been closed for the majority of July for a complete overhaul, bringing the 15 year old shop up to par with its neighbours and with the other LUSH stores in the lower mainland. The Lush Kits shop reopens Monday, August 3, with a grand opening party scheduled for August 22. Read more…

Powell Street Festival Celebrates Japanese Canadian Culture August 1-2


Summer is the season for free festivals. If you’ve already spent your vacation budget, check out Powell Street Festival this weekend, another great and free event that’s worth your while.

Before the Second World War, the Downtown Eastside was home to the largest Japanese Canadian community in Canada. Powell Street Festival puts the spotlight on the history of this community on Aug. 1-2. The event celebrates all aspects of Japanese Canadian culture and includes food stalls, crafts, dance, music, walking tours, sumo wrestling, a David Suzuki lecture and more.

Now the longest-running community event in Vancouver, the festival fuses east and west, traditional and quirky, at Oppenheimer Park and surrounding venues.

Find out more about the must-see shows in the Georgia Straight coverage or this article in 24hours Vancouver. If you’re only in it for the food, we can assure you that the sake, sushi, ramen, Japadogs, karaage fried chicken, osaka balls, gyoza  and grilled corn will be out of this world. Attend hungry.

Find more free cultural festivals in Vancouver in August here.

4 Free Cultural Festivals in Vancouver in August

Jultagi - Korean  tightrope walking. Image credit: Koreanfestival.ca

Jultagi – Korean tightrope walking. Image credit: Koreanfestival.ca

Looking for free fun for the month of August? Vancouver and surrounding cities have a lot of festivals planned to keep you occupied before the end of summer arrives. Here we’ve chosen 4 cultural festivals for you to check out. All are free, family friendly, and celebrate Vancouver’s multiculturalism.

4 Free Cultural Festivals for August in and around Vancouver

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