Honda Celebration of Light 2012: Road Closures, Best Viewing, Transit, Photo Contest

Monday, July 23rd, 2012 — 1:19pm PDT
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The Honda Celebration of Light will paint the skies over English Bay starting this weekend as hundreds of thousands take to balconies, roof tops, benches, and beaches to catch the spectacle on July 28th, August 1st, and August 4th.

Mobile Application

For the first time the Honda Celebration of Light has released a mobile application, available for iPhone and Android. It features:

  • A schedule of bands performing during SHOREfest in English Bay & Sunset Beach
  • A map of things to see and do before the fireworks
  • A soundtrack to each fireworks performance that will auto-play when the show begins
  • A voting function so fans can vote for the country they feel put on the best show

Klahowya Village at Stanley Park for Summer 2012: Win Spirit Catcher Train Tickets

Monday, July 23rd, 2012 — 10:36am PDT
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Klahowya Village in Stanley Park has returned for the summer with the Spirit Catcher Train (telling the legend of Sasquatch), ceremonies, artisans marketplace, cultural performances, and more.

Klahowya Village in Stanley Park

Open daily from 11:00am to 4:00pm until September 3rd, it’s a great family activity rain or shine. Admission to the village is free for everyone and under the canopy of Stanley Park’s western Red Cedars and Douglas Firs you’ll learn about the area’s cultural history through storytelling and art.

Japadog Eating Contest at YVR Airport

Monday, July 23rd, 2012 — 9:22am PDT
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Japadog has become a quintessential Vancouver food cart that even has Hollywood and Food Network celebrities lining up next to their street-side carts. They’ll be hosting their first eating competition at Vancouver International Airport next month and everyone is welcome to sign up for the challenge.

Photo source: YVR Airport Blog

What Japadog eating contest, see how many you can eat in 10 minutes
When Friday, August 17, 2012 (during Take Off Fridays) from 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Where Haida Gwaii, The Spirit of the Jade Canoe on level 3 of the international terminal

The winner receives $250 YVR bucks to spend in the airport and a $50 Japadog gift certificate. To become a contestant, visit the Japadog cart at YVR which is located near Chester Johnson Park – right when you head from the parking garage to the international terminal, on ground level. Entries are currently being accepted until August 8, 2012.

Contestants will be chosen at random from all entries and contacted by telephone. All participants will be awarded $15 YVR bucks and a $10 Japadog gift certificate, just for participating.

a la cuisine—Japadog // press L and smell
Photo credit: CogitoErgoShoot on Flickr

These hot dogs with a uniquely West Coast fusion flare (topped with seaweed, shredded cabbage, soy or miso sauce, and more) have built up an empire expanding from a small food cart in downtown Vancouver to opening up storefronts, including one in New York City.

Follow @YVRAirport on Twitter for more information about the competition and other events happening at the airport this summer. Follow @Japadog on Twitter for the latest updates about locations and menu items.

Blogger Profile: Trish Friesen

Monday, July 23rd, 2012 — 7:47am PDT
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Over the years I have profiled bloggers from the Northwest Territories to the Fraser Valley, anyone that interests me and that I hope will interest you as well. A few years ago I started asking a standard set of questions and I’ve sent these out to a few local bloggers for this week’s series. Click, share, explore, and enjoy.

Trish Friesen

Trish Friesen Trip StylerBlog:
Twitter: @TripStyler
Facebook: /TripStyler
Instagram: TripStyler

How long has your blog been around?
Since December of 2009.

What is your role?
Founder, editor and principal blogger.

What does your site do/what is it about
Trip Styler is a Vancouver-based travel lifestyle publication whisking readers away to close-by and far-off lands three times weekly {M, W, F}. Think of us as your everyday beach-read, even when you’re sitting at your desk {sans sunglasses} under fluorescent lighting! In a week, we’re as likely to dish on Palm Springs’ hottest hotels as we are to talk about bagging the best beach tote.

What can people see, read, and do when visiting your site?
We’re all about the stylish travel lifestyle {which doesn’t always equate to luxe $$$} and the best way to see, wear it, shop it and eat it whether you’re traveling to Vancouver Island, Thailand or Paris.

Trish was recently featured in Expedia’s “Find Your Calling” campaign.

Why do you blog?
I never got out of the teen diary phase. Just kidding; ok, not really. Seriously though, after sharpening my teeth in Vancouver’s marketing scene and traveling my face off at every available opportunity, I felt compelled to encourage people to try out different types of travel {ie – trip styles} from camping to urban to beach to adventure. There’s a time and a place for every trip style which can encourage, inspire, replenish, educate and transform.

What is the ultimate goal for your site, how would you like to see it grow?
Goal: To remind aspiring jetsetters it’s possible to tread in Jimmy Choo-like destinations for the price of TOMS, and to try different trip styles to keep life fresh.

Growth: As far as growth, I have a solid international readership, but I’d love for more Vancouverites to fly the friendly skies with us.

Follow Trish:, on Facebook, and Twitter

Read all entries in my Blogger Profile series and feel free to suggest a blogger for possible feature in the comments of this post.

Surrey Fusion Festival 2012: Photos

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 — 7:44am PDT
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The 5th annual Surrey Fusion Festival is taking place this weekend in Holland Park with over 30 cultural pavilions, entertainment and food alongside international bands, local chefs, and dance teams.

Surrey Fusion Fest 2012

Arriving on scene on Saturday the site looked larger than previous years with an expanded Flavours of Surrey area with the Safeway Celebrity Cooking Stage, the heritage and agriculture section with tents, the World Sports Zone, activities, and dairy demos, and more. The sun was shining and the grass was drying from recent rain showers. The clouds parted and presented a perfect day in the park with a different drum beat to be heard around every corner.

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Yelp Food Cart Fest at the Waldorf

Saturday, July 21st, 2012 — 11:44am PDT
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Following a successful Canada Day festival where a collection of Vancouver’s food trucks served up meals to thousands, the Waldorf is now opening up its lot for street food Sundays starting July 29th until September 2, 2012.


The Yelp Food Cart Fest will a variety of food trucks like La Brasserie, Soho Road, Off the Wagon, Re-Up, Juice Truck, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Cartel Taco, Streat Meat, Pig on the Street, Guanco, Holy Perogy, and more. There will also be a beer garden (for those 19+), live musical performances, DJs, and family entertainment.

From Yelp: “The kickoff event [July 29] will be curated by Jamie Leah Gill of Moonrock vintage clothing and jewelry. Over 50 vendors will be on hand to sell vintage and original clothing, accessories, art, jewelry, and home decor. Upcoming summer market will include a vintage market curated by The Chosen Ones, a farmers and artisan market, an outdoor book and comic sale, and more.

It’s the perfect opportunity to try delicious bites from these trucks, some of which have been featured on Food Network’s Eat Street.

The Waldorf Hotel is located at 1489 East Hastings and will run from 12:00pm to 6:00pm Sunday July 29th, August 5th, August 12th, August 19th, August 26th, and September 2nd. Admission is free, come hungry! Follow Yelp_Vancouver and @WaldorfHotel on Twitter for updates week to week.

This has been extended through September 2012