Vancouver Mural Photos

Friday, February 1st, 2013 — 11:14am PDT
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Vancouver loves its murals, whether they are commissioned or not, as they add colour to a city that is known to get pretty grey. To view a handful at once, four self-guided Vancouver Mural Tours lead you around some inspirational, historic, and colourful works throughout the east side of town. If you have had the chance to check them out or not, I found some snapshots of other random murals that have been contributed to the Miss604 Flickr Pool (and with a useable license on Flickr):

Vancouver: City of Destiny
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Art Mural Bike Ride
Photo credit: smilygrl on Flickr

Imagine Today in Vancouver: It could be an Art Centre
Photo credit: Ruth and Dave & [travelfox] on Flickr

Photo credit: PiscesDreamer on Flickr

Vancouver: Mural (Behind a parking lot off Georgian Street)
Photo credit: longzijun on Flickr

Beautiful Lady Beatty Street Mural
Photo credit: Photocat62 & Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

House Party
Photo credit: PiscesDreamer on Flickr

IMG_2168 Sez
Photo credit: dahliaphoto & S.Vegas on Flickr

Granville Street Mural off Davie Street
Photo credit: popejon2 on Flickr

Mural -- Commercial Drive, East Vancouver
Photo credit: Gingerbeer4 & Ruth and Dave on Flickr

The Face of Vancouver
Photo credit: どこでもいっしょ on Flickr

Please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool. View all photo collections here.

Valentine’s Day Dances for a Small Stage

Friday, February 1st, 2013 — 10:34am PDT
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Dances for a Small Stage is a popular performance series renowned for bringing unique and innovative contemporary dance, inclusive of all disciplines, to a rough–and–tumble cabaret setting. They are preparing a special series just in time for Valentine’s Day that will examine all angles of the universal emotion of love – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

“Featuring a series of pieces inspired by the emotion that has touched us all, Dances for a Small Stage promises to be an unforgettable evening where truly anything can happen. Bring a date, grab a drink, and enjoy an entertaining night at the Legion on the Drive!”

Dances for a Small Stage 28 will have a three show run featuring performers and choreographers with backgrounds in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and tap at the Legion on the Drive. Tickets are $20 cash at the doors which open at 7:00pm nightly.

(Left) Karissa Barry (choreographer & co-curator). (Right) Yeva & Thoenn Glover. Photos courtesy of movent.

Dances for a Small Stage has been entertaining audiences since 2002 and in 2011 the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver named their shows the “Best place to crack a cold one and cop some culture at the same time”.

If you or someone you know have an appreciation for all things dance, this is the perfect opportunity to experience this one-of-a-kind show. I have two tickets to give away as well, here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite style of dance (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to a @SmallStage Valentine’s show from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 12:00pm. The winner will have tickets to the show on February 15th. Must be 19+ to attend. Follow Dances for a Small Stage on Facebook and Twitter for more information about this show and others.

Update The winner is Carmelle!

Vancouver Foodster’s Poutine Challenge

Thursday, January 31st, 2013 — 2:13pm PDT
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He’s known for his Tasting Plates events and hosts challenges to find the best burger or the best pancake in Vancouver. This February, Richard Wolak is also bringing back his famous Poutine Challenge.

Dunn's Poutine

The 2nd annual Poutine Challenge will take place February 5th to February 28th, 2013 at 21 participating restaurants in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Ladner and White Rock.

The public is invited to these locations to order their poutine dishes throughout February. The restaurants will either be featuring their current poutine offerings or creating specialty dishes just for this challenge. Then, starting February 26th an online vote will open until March 3rd when the winning restaurant will be announced.

At its core, a traditional poutine is simply made with french fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy — the ultimate in down-home, all Canadian comfort food. However, poutine is popping up on menus across the country combining the basics with some uniquely outrageous toppings. Richard has already leaked a few dishes to look out for: Crispy Chicken & Waffle Poutine from 131 Water Kitchen & Bar, a Spätzle Poutine from Riverway Clubhouse, a Sweet Smokehouse Poutine from Falconetti’s, and Electric Owl Social Club has created a Poutine Tron Limited Edition.

Diners are encouraged to rate the poutines based on originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. Visit the following participating restaurants next month to be the judge:

131 Water Kitchen & Bar
The Cannibal Café
Corduroy Restaurant
Darby’s Pub
Dunns Famous
Electric Owl
Indochine Kitchen
Max’s Burgers
The Reagle Beagle
Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery
Sin Bin Sports Bar
Vancouver Fanclub
Riverway Clubhouse
Sharkey’s Seafood Bar and Grille
New Westminster
Spud Shack Fry Co
North Vancouver
The District
Pier 7 Restaurant
The Raven Pub
White Rock
Pearl Urban Bistro

Follow Vancouver Foodster on Twitter for more information about the participating restaurants, the poutine menus, and the voting process.

Dine Out Vancouver 2013: Edible Canada Speaker Series with Salt Spring Coffee

Thursday, January 31st, 2013 — 10:24am PDT
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There are just a few days left to enjoy the delicious deals and experiences that Dine Out Vancouver has to offer including special events like the speaker series at Edible Canada at the market on Granville Island. Throughout the course of the festival, Edible Canada has hosted talks about Asian Inspired Cocktails, Canadian Whiskies, Pork, Foie Gras and Caviar, BC Sake VS the World, BC Brews, and Vintage Wines. I was invited to the Coffee That Rocks event yesterday with Salt Spring Coffee to learn more about beans, roasts, and brewing methods.

Dine Out Vancouver: Edible Canada Coffee SeminarOver the years I have attended wine tastings, beer tastings, and tea tastings but surprisingly enough, this was my first coffee tasting. Sure, I drown back cups of the good stuff each morning but I have never had someone walk me through different varieties from bean form to brew, sniffing, sipping, and taking note of subtle flavours and aromas.

Kevin McConnell, Lower Mainland Territory Manager for Salt Spring Coffee, and Stamatis Papadopoulos, Quality Assurance & Quality Control Manager, began the session by going back to the very basics — where coffee originated and where their beans come from today.

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My ticket to the event was compliments of Dine Out Vancouver/Tourism Vancouver

Vintage Vancouver Maps

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 — 1:44pm PDT
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One of my prized possessions is an original 1876 Map of Westminster that depicts the Lower Mainland a decade before Vancouver even became a city. Unfortunately for me it’s on loan from my father but I enjoy inspecting it every now and then to follow the lines of rivers and creeks that have disappeared, boundaries that have been erased, and the shape of our region in its infancy of development. This map inspired me today to seek out others thanks to the City of Vancouver Archives. Enjoy!

Vintage Vancouver Maps

1891 – Burrard Inlet. Derived from Archives Item# Map 50

1897 – Lower Mainland. Derived from Archives Item# LGN 1042

1910s – Plan of Burrard Peninsula Estimated for 1950. Archives Item# LGN 558

Check out how far back False Creek goes in these old maps and also how Lost Lagoon isn’t created yet in the Coal Harbour map. There is also a proposed bridge over False Creek, east of Cambie, in the Major Street Plan map.

1910 – Plan of the City of Vancouver. Archives Item# MAP 387

Coal Harbour Lost Lagoon
1910s – Coal Harbour Improvements Suggested Treatment of Inner Basin. Archives Item# CVA 789-122

1926 – Major Street Plan. Archives Item# MAP 773

To get a closer look at these maps and other material, pop into the City of Vancouver Archives (1150 Chestnut St) Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.