Where to Watch Premier League Soccer in Vancouver

August 4th, 2015 @ 5:39pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Following the success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the continued — and amazing — fan support for Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Donnelly Group pubs are preparing for the launch of the Barclays Premier League season.

Starting August 8th, soccer fans all over the Lower Mainland can wake up early and head to the pub to support their favourite teams across the pond. Host pubs will be staffed and ready to go as early as 5:00am each weekend to prepare for kickoff.

Photo credit: Michael Johnson on Flickr

Where to Watch Premier League Soccer in Vancouver

All fans are welcome but if you’re looking for like-minded fans and supporters, check out these dedicated team viewing locations:

Chelsea FC: New Oxford (1144 Homer St)
Liverpool FC: Butcher & Bullock (911 W Pender St)
Manchester City FC: The Blackbird (905 Dunsmuir St)
Tottenham Hotspur FC: The Bimini (2010 W 4th Ave)
Manchester United FC: The Lamplighter (92 Water St)
Celtic FC: Library Square (300 W Georgia St)
Ranger FC: Three Brits (1780 Davie St)

If you have a favourite pub where you support your Barclays Premier League team, feel free to leave an invitation for others to join you in the comments below.

Win Tickets to Colin Mochrie and Friends

August 4th, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Canada’s best-known improvisor, Colin Mochrie, will team up with Vancouver TheatreSports League (“VTSL”) for three special shows this month at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. Colin is an alumnus of both VTSL and Toronto’s Second City comedy troupes and he was a regular on both the British and American versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway.

Colin Mochrie with VTSL

His time with VTSL starts Thursday, August 20th with An Intimate Evening with Colin, which includes a catered pre-show reception by the Lazy Gourmet, a complimentary glass of bubbly, along with a post-performance Q&A with Mochrie.

The following two nights, August 21st and August 22nd, VTSL presents Colin Mochrie & Friends, featuring Colin and a cast of all-star improvisers, with two shows nightly at 7:30pm and 10:00pm.

Each performance will showcase classic TheatreSports games, with the onstage action inspired by audience suggestions. Proceeds from the Colin Mochrie performances go to support the Improv Comedy Institute’s (VTSL’s educational division) Colin Mochrie Scholarship Fund and VTSL’s outreach programs.

An Intimate Evening with Colin
The Improv Centre on Granville Island (1502 Duranleau Street)
Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:30pm
$125 per person (plus fees and taxes)
Buy tickets online

Colin Mochrie & Friends
The Improv Centre on Granville Island (1502 Duranleau Street)
Friday, August 21, 2015 and Saturday, August 22, 2015
Two shows each day at 7:30pm and 10:00pm
$80 per person for VIP seats (table & bench)
$70 per person for theatre seats (plus fees and taxes)
Buy tickets online

Win Tickets to Colin Mochrie and Friends

VTSL has offered up a pair of tickets to the 10:00pm Colin Mochrie & Friends show on August 22nd. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow Vancouver TheatreSports League on Facebook and Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, August 13, 2015.

August in Vancouver History

August 4th, 2015 @ 8:46am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver was incorporated in April of 1886 and the months that followed were full of growth, development, and unfortunately a giant setback in the form of the Great Vancouver Fire. By the time August rolled around, the city was rebuilding and as Chuck Davis notes in his History of Metropolitan Vancouver, it was usually a time when new technologies were introduced to the city. Here are just a few advancements that happened in Vancouver, in August, over the last century:

August in Vancouver History

1895: Old Market Hall on Main Street. Archives# City P6.

August 2, 1897
There was an “Ethiopticon Kinetoscope” exhibition today at Vancouver’s Market Hall, bringing motion picture movies to the city for the first time.

August 3, 1939
Vancouver’s police department cars had two-way radios installed.

1898: English Bay. Archives# Be P124.

August 6, 1898
Telephones were installed at English Bay, the cost to use them was 5 cents.

1912: BC Electric Railway Company’s interurban tram station. Archive# LGN 1162.

August 8, 1887
A switch was thrown and the first electric lights came on in Vancouver.

August 11, 1915
Premier Richard McBride was on the North Shore to open up Marine Drive, an important arterial road that opened up areas like Caulfeild.

Harbour Centre in the Fog

August 13, 1977
The Vancouver Lookout, atop Harbour Centre, opened on this day. Neil Armstrong, who had already made a set of famous footprints on the moon, came up and left a fresh set in concrete at this Vancouver attraction.

August 23, 1990
The Surrey campus of Kwantlen University College opened.

Bridge HDR
Photo credit: Mark Teasdale on Flickr

August 25, 1960
Premier W.A.C. Bennett opened the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing in a solemn ceremony that commemorated the men who had died in its construction.

August 26, 1957
At midnight, one-way streets were instituted, changing the way we get around downtown Vancouver.

August 31, 1957
Elvis Presley performed one song at Empire Stadium and had to leave the stage when fans began to battle with police. He returned to sing four more songs, none of which could be heard over the screaming.

Sources: Vancouver History. Related Posts: January 1st in Vancouver History, February in Vancouver History, March in Vancouver History, July in Vancouver History, October in Vancouver History, November in Vancouver History, December in Vancouver History.

Team Canada Fireworks Photos at the Honda Celebration of Light

August 3rd, 2015 @ 12:12pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

On Saturday night it was Team Canada’s turn to dazzle half a million fireworks spectators in the 25th Honda Celebration of Light. Following strong showings from China and Brazil, SHOREfest concerts, and aerial shows in the skies, it was a special anniversary year for the festival. At the end of the night, Team Canada was pronounced the winner this year and in case you missed the event, here are some photos of their colourful show:

Team Canada Fireworks Photos

Vancouver - Festival of Light (Canada)
Photo credit: David Evanochko on Flickr

Celebration of Light - Canada
Photo credit: JWPhotowerks on Flickr

Fireworks with cityscape in the background
Photo credit: james c. (vancouver bc) Don Janus on Flickr

Honda Celebration of Light 2015 - Team Brazil
Photo credit: Don Janus on Flickr

Canada: Celebration of Light Vancouver 2015
Photo credit: Jerry Meaden on Flickr

Canada: Celebration of Light Vancouver 2015
Photo credit: Jerry Meaden on Flickr

Honda Celebration of Light 2015 - Team Brazil
Photo credit: Don Janus on Flickr

Canadian Sharks ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

Over three nights, the Honda Celebration of Light saw over 1.1 Million fans this year coming from communities across the Lower Mainland and throughout BC. Dates for the 2016 event will be announced in the fall.

Vancouver Pride Parade 2015 Route, Viewing, Road Closures

August 1st, 2015 @ 1:11pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s Pride Week in Vancouver and that means there will be no shortage of events for the LGBTQ2+ community and beyond. This weekend alone there is the Pride Youth Dance, Laugh Out! Starring Elvira Kurt, and the Pride in the Village BBQ, and next weekend is Pride Night at the Whitecaps Match. The biggest of all events is the Vancouver Pride Parade, which draws over half a million spectators downtown each year and is one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ2+ events in the world. This year’s theme is Gender Superheroes.

Vancouver Pride Parade 2011

Vancouver Pride Parade 2011 Vancouver Pride Parade 2010
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Vancouver Pride Parade 2015

Ever since we have lived in the West End (going on 10 years now) John and I have enjoyed watching the pride parade because it is so cheerful, inclusive, fun-filled, and vibrant. It has great music, exciting floats, happy faces, giveaways, and everyone from church groups and bands to community organizations and businesses take part. Here’s all you need to know about this year’s Vancouver Pride Parade:

When Sunday, August 2, 2015 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Where The parade begins at Robson Street and Thurlow Street, heads west to Denman Street, follows Denman to Pacific Street and Beach Avenue and finishes at Sunset Beach Pride Festival and Pride Market.

Click here to view large map

At the Sunset Beach Pride Festival and Pride Market you can browse through over one hundred exhibitors including local artisans, supporters and community organizations. A variety of bands, drag performers and speakers will be featured on the main stage, with DJs spinning in the beer garden throughout the day.

2015 Pride Parade Grand Marshals

To inspire people this year and reflect the diversity at Pride, Roan Reimer, Michelle Fortin, and Romi Chandra Herbert are this year’s Pride Grand Marshals.

Vancouver Pride Parade Viewing Areas

Spectators can line the streets all along Robson, Denman and Beach Avenue. There are a few hosted viewing parties as well at The Boathouse and at Allstar Wings and Ribs.

Vancouver Pride Parade 2010
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Vancouver Pride Parade Road Closures

Road closures will run anywhere between 8:00am and 4:00pm on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

  • Alberni Burrard to Thurlow 1000 block: 7:00am to 3:00pm
  • Alberni Bute to Thurlow 1100 block: 7:00am to 3:00pm Local Traffic Only
  • Robson Burrard to Bute 1000 to 1100 blocks: 7:00am to 3:00pm
  • Thurlow Georgia to Nelson 700 to 900 blocks: 7:00am to 3:00pm
  • Robson Bute to Denman 1100 to 1600 blocks: 10:00am to 3:30pm
  • Denman Robson to Beach 800 to 1200 blocks: 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Beach Denman to Jervis 1300 to 1700 blocks: 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Pacific Jervis to Burrard 1000 to 1200 blocks: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Vancouver Pride Parade 2011 Vancouver Pride Parade 2011

Vancouver Pride Parade 2011 Vancouver Pride Parade 2011
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Vancouver Pride Parade Etiquette

Tips on being a good spectator from parade organizers:

  • Please stay off road – let marchers come to you to get free swag.
  • No spraying water or throwing object at entries. Their costumes and sound equipment is very expensive.
  • Use recycling and garbage bins provided around the venue. Help our event become zero impact.
  • Parking along the Parade route is extremely limited so leave your car at home and take transit to the Parade.
  • Open alcohol is prohibited on streets and parks so leave it at home. Come to the beer garden at Sunset Beach after the Parade and have a toast.
  • Remember to practice sun safety by wearing a hat, applying sunscreen, and staying hydrated.
  • Stay off the Parade route to give floats and marchers lots of room to move. Take all pictures from the side of the road.

The Vancouver Pride Society has all of the information you need to have a safe and happy Pride in Vancouver. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter along with the tags #VanPride + #PrideParade2015.