Where to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Vancouver

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a celebration of Indigenous peoples’ culture and heritage in Canada. There are many events planned across the country; here are a few in Vancouver, including an outdoor celebration at an East Van park, a documentary film and Indigenous dance performances. Continue reading:
Where to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Vancouver

Celebrate Summer Solstice & the International Day of Yoga in Vancouver on June 21st

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Celebrate the International Day of Yoga in Vancouver | Photo: Mat Collective

Ever growing in popularity for its physical, mental and spiritual benefits, yoga was recognized by the United Nations with the proclamation that June 21st be the International Day of Yoga. Also known as Yoga Day, this is a day to celebrate community and wellness. Enjoy the start of summer at these unique Vancouver yoga experiences on June 21st!

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Celebrate Summer Solstice & the International Day of Yoga in Vancouver on June 21st

Workshops, performances and more at this year’s Vancouver International Guitar Festival

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A lineup of world-renowned luthiers, live music, master classes, workshops, and exhibitions are featured in another edition of the Vancouver International Guitar Festival.

The two day-festival runs June 29-30 at Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way). Special guests include internationally recognized guitar-maker Robert Godin. The festival will present him with the 2019 Luthier Industry Builder Award, given to an individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the evolution of the guitar building industry. He’ll also present a free one-hour workshop while he’s at the festival.

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Workshops, performances and more at this year’s Vancouver International Guitar Festival

Thorgy Thor and the Vancouver Symphony Team Up

By Rachel Rosenberg

Drag is finally getting its long-deserved moment in the mainstream spotlight. A incredibly creative art form, many queens have to be skilled in fashion, makeup artistry, lipsyncing, comedy and branding. The reality television series RuPaul’s Drag Race has introduced 140 queens to audiences over 11 seasons, and as the show has grown in popularity, there has been a wider variety of queens playing with the traditional camp vs. pageant drag queen form. Thorgy Thor is a brilliant example of this mix; a classically trained musician who spoke yearningly about performing in drag with an orchestra (“thorchestra”) during her time on the show.

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Thorgy Thor and the Vancouver Symphony Team Up

5 Fantastical bike rides to join as part of the 2019 Velopalooza cycling festival

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As one of the most bike-friendly city in Canada (only second behind Victoria, BC according to UBC Cycling in Cities Research Program), Vancouverites take their cycling seriously.

Sometimes a little too seriously (looking at you, head-to-toe spandex Seawall speeders). Which is why it’s refreshing to celebrate Velopalooza, a community-driven festival celebrating bike fun in Vancouver.

First started in 2010 with themed bike rides with food, costumes, and rides for kids, Velopalooza is now a two-week celebration from June 14 – 30, 2019.

With 30+ themed rides and new ones getting added to the schedule regularly, it might be hard to choose which bike ride to join. For a good place to start, check out the list below for five fantastical bike rides that you’ve gotta join for 2019 Velopalooza in Vancouver:

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5 Fantastical bike rides to join as part of the 2019 Velopalooza cycling festival

Things to Do This Weekend in Vancouver

This weekend remember to appreciate your favourite dads! And while you’re at it, there’s Car Fee Day on Main and in the West End, a Harry Potter symphony, ballet, a live game show, baseball, and it’s looking like a good day for some straight-up park lounging as well.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Vancouver

Your essential guide to Car Free Day(s) in Vancouver for 2019

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This weekend, several neighbourhoods in Vancouver will be going car-free to host some sensational community events.

Can you imagine Main Street in East Vancouver free of cars? How about Denman Street in the West End? Seems impossible, right? Not during the Car Free Vancouver festivals, which kick off this weekend in three neighbourhoods across the city. The festival will transform major streets into a family-friendly and pedestrian-only space with entertainment, food, live performances, and a whole lot more.

The festivals will be taking place along Main Street, Denman Street, and in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. There will also be a celebration on Commercial Drive, but in July. Here’s what’s going down for car free day(s) in Vancouver:

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Your essential guide to Car Free Day(s) in Vancouver for 2019