• Jun29

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    Love's Labour's Lost at Bard on the Beach

    A playful party ambiance greets audiences inside the Howard Family Stage at Bard on the Beach for the opening night of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Actors in exquisite period costumes of sparkling flapper dresses and tailored three-piece suits mingle amongst the crowd and set the mood for an evening of escapades and laughter. As expected, Labour’s is a Shakespearean comedy, packed with the usual gags, quips, and puns. 

    Gleefully unexpected is the tuneful adaptation by director Daryl Cloran — sharp, vibrant, and risky. Some traditional Shakespeare lovers may object to the liberties Cloran has taken with the script, but this show, along with the wildly inventive Comedy of Errors at this year’s Bard, is sure to entice a new following who may normally find Shakespeare a tad stuffy.   

    Jay Hindle, Josh Epstein, Daniel Doheny
    [Jay Hindle, Josh Epstein, Daniel Doheny]

    Love’s Labour’s Lost ranks among Shakespeare’s less popular works, criticized for its overly pompous use of vocabulary and obsolete allusions making the play hard to digest for contemporary audiences. However, the uncomplicated storyline is deftly distilled by Cloran, cleaving out some of the heavier dialogue and injecting expressive musical numbers to jazz up this weighty play. 

    Indeed jazz music becomes the language of love for this comedy set in prohibition-era Chicago, where it isn’t hard to imagine King Ferdinand is really a “kingpin” and Princess is an acceptable name for the daughter of a rival gangster. This backdrop houses the same themes prevalent throughout the play: the struggle of private desire against imposed oppression. 

    The audience is transported to the hype and tension of the roaring 20’s through scenic designer Marshall McMahen’s adaptable set. A perfect collision of glitz and grit, it’s visually-gratifying whether as an in-vogue speakeasy or a backyard haven. The audience is further treated to a live on-stage band expertly directed by Ben Elliot, who also plays an unflappable Holofernes, the resident pianist at Club Navarre.

    Luisa Jojic, Lindsey Angell, Sereana Malani
    [Luisa Jojic, Lindsey Angell, Sereana Malani]
     
    The play opens during the last night of celebration at Navarre, King Ferdinand’s trendy, illegal liquor bar. With quixotic excitement, the King (Jay Hindle) has vowed to abstain from all vices of masculine desire, including women, for a period of three years. Two of his loyal fellow gangsters, Dumain (Daniel Doheny) and the reluctant Berowne (Josh Epstein) have been coaxed to take the oath with him. However, their unrealistic plans are tested immediately by the arrival of Princess (Lindsey Angell), the daughter of Ferdinand’s chief rival, and her entourage of beautiful women (Luisa Jojic, Sereana Malani, Anna Galvin). 

    Andrew Cownden, Dawn Petten, Ben Elliott
    [Andrew Cownden, Dawn Petten, Ben Elliott]

    The men fall hopelessly in love but must suppress their overt desires in order to save face. Each attempts to secretly woo his love but their ruse falls apart as the women mock their absurd efforts. Relieved that they have all equally broken their vows, the three men are absolved to court their ladies openly. Their fantasies are crushed when a message arrives that Princess’ father has suddenly died, bringing all parties back to reality. 

    The women must depart to prepare for mourning. Exercising rationality, they refuse to pledge themselves to the men until a year has passed. During that time, the men must show they are worthy through various acts of altruism. This ending, while atypical for Shakespearean comedies, is apt for 1920’s Chicago, with the rise of flapper culture and women’s voting rights.

    Love's Labour's Lost at Bard on the Beach
     
    Cloran shows uncommon cleverness through his choice of setting, musical style, dance routines and incorporation of slapstick. His adaptation keeps pace as a side-splitting comedy and an energetic jazzy musical. Both Choreographer Valerie Easton and Fight Director Nicholas Harrison are instrumental to the flow and tempo of the show. 

    Gorgeous, opulent costumes are materialized from the creative mind of Rebekka Sørensen-Kjelstrup. Outrageously entertaining performances by the entire cast demonstrate their exceptional professionalism and unparalleled teamwork. 

    Particularly memorable were the trifecta of Lili Beaudoin as Moth, Don Armato’s mouthy sidekick, Andrew McNee as the bumbling Don himself and Andrew Cownden as the oblivious Costard. 

    Lili Beaudoin, Andrew McNee Andrew Cownden
    [L to R: Lili Beaudoin, Andrew McNee; Andrew Cownden]

    Sprightly and delightful, Beaudoin plays a very credible gabby lad. McNee suffers through energetic acrobatics while maintaining an unruffled and coiffed facade. Cownden fools the audience into believing that his precise comedic timing is mere child’s play.
     
    Come early and enjoy the lively pre-show. A Christopher Gaze mini-me waits to welcome you! Wear your sequins and fascinators and immerse in the roaring 20’s. Famed director Kenneth Branagh’s attempt to create a musical out of Love’s Labour’s Lost in 2000 was a dismal disappointment. You’ll only be disappointed if you miss Cloran’s fresh and dynamic rendition at this year’s Bard. Love’s Labour’s Lost continues at the Howard Family Stage through September 20.

    Photos by David Blue.

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  • Jun29

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    OITNB
    [Orange Is the New Black]

    Netflix now offers a What’s Streaming feature to highlight the most exciting and highly anticipated titles coming to the subscription-based service, as well as a short list of those you’ll want to catch before they’re gone.

    Here’s a few selections from July’s What’s Streaming list, from stand-up and well-loved films to Netflix Originals including Orange Is the New Black (recently-launched Season 3 is pretty awesome!), Tig, and Wet Hot American Summer.

    Chris Tucker Live

    Chris Tucker Live – Netflix Original
    Cast: Chris Tucker
    In his first-ever stand-up comedy special, Chris Tucker returns to the stage he loves and showcases his mind blowing comedic chops from pitch-perfect impersonations to singular on-stage physicality, sharing experiences from childhood to the big time. The special was filmed at the Historic Fox Theatre in Tucker’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

    Iron Man
     
    Iron Man
    Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges
    After escaping kidnappers by building makeshift power armor, a weapons maker turns his creation into a force for good by using it to fight crime.

    BoJack Horseman – Season 2
     
    BoJack Horseman, Season 2 – Netflix Original
    Cast: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris
    Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the 90’s … 20 years later. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show Horsin’ Around, but today he’s washed up, living in a Hollywood bachelor pad, complaining about everything, and sometimes wearing colorful sweaters. Set in an L.A. where humans and anthropomorphic animal-people coexist, BoJack Horseman is about one man (well, horse-man) who peaked too early and must figure out what to do next.

    Step Up 3
     
    Step Up 3
    Cast: Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani, Sharni Vinson
    A motley crew of street dancers takes on a talented squad of hip-hoppers with the help of a New York University freshman named Moose.

    Tig
     
    Tig – Netflix Original
    Cast: Tig Notaro
    “Good evening. Hello. I have cancer.” That’s how comedian Tig Notaro opened her now legendary stand-up set at Largo in Los Angeles in August 2012. Defiantly funny in the face of devastating news that included the loss of her mother and her own breast cancer diagnosis, Tig is about how Notaro found herself on stage at that moment and how she put her life together just when it seemed to be falling apart.

    Wet Hot American Summer
     
    Wet Hot American Summer – Netflix Original
    Cast: Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler
    Return to the summer of 1981 at Camp Firewood in this hilarious prequel to the 2001 cult classic. Set on the first day of camp, events quickly snowball as rivalries simmer, secrets surface, hearts break and hormones rage. With the film’s original cast, including Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, and Amy Poehler returning as the oldest teenagers ever, this is a nostalgia trip like no other.

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
    Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
    Back in District 13 after demolishing the Hunger Games, Katniss reluctantly becomes the icon of a groundswell rebellion against the Capitol.

    To kick off this new feature, we’re giving away a one-year Netflix subscription to one lucky reader!
     
    Simply follow both Netflix Canada and Vancouverscape on Twitter, then retweet the following to enter the contest:
     
    I’ve entered for a chance to win a free year of streaming service with Netflix Canada and Vancouverscape http://bit.ly/1K8cVZK
     
    Contest closes July 13 at 5 pm at which time we’ll draw a winner at random. Open to Canadian residents only. Good luck and happy summer binge-watching!

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  • Jun25

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    Godspell cast in Vancouver, BC

    The Arts Club Theatre Company has brought a timeless musical to Vancouver with its current production of Godspell. I went into this show as a first-timer, with obviously no comparisons to draw from.

    I do know that this Tony Award-winning pop musical centering around Jesus and the apostles has been staged from Broadway to London and back again, was turned into a film in 1973, and has been referenced in books, film, and television countless times in the years since.

    Godspell cast in Vancouver, BC

    Godspell began as a college project by Carnegie Mellon University students, later re-scored for an off-Broadway production that led to a long-running success.

    The Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage has been transformed into a modern-day train station complete with departure and arrival boards, flipping through biblical destinations including Galilee, Jordan and Jericho. A colourful single railroad track sits smack in the middle. Characters approach the stage, a few interacting with the audience before the show starts.

    The transit-themed production features cell phones, digital cameras, yoga mats and offers loads of fun Vancouver references that add spice to the parables. Star Wars fans will find a fun moment in here too.

    Godspell cast in Vancouver, BC

    From a sense of chaos, unity forms on stage with tight choreography (Sara-Jeanne Hosie, also the show’s director), brilliant sets and lighting design (Alan Brodie), sound (Geoff Hollingshead) and music (led by Musical Director Danny Balkwill, in the role of The Cop).

    Jesus is a woman in this production; according to Hosie, “from the moment Jennifer Copping walked in the room, there was an immediate feeling that we would follow her.” Copping’s frizzy long hair adds a rock opera flair to the show (think Tommy meets Jesus Christ Superstar). Coincidentally, Jennifer and Jesus share something else in common: the same initials.

    Scott Perrie, Craig Salkeld, Kale Penny
    [Scott Perrie, Craig Salkeld, Kale Penny]

    The stage not only cleverly resembles a train station but its panels also symbolize a church interior. Those large panels get illuminated when the cast pull a cord to allow each actor a chance to tell their tale, be it through music, storytelling or a game of charades.

    As well, the cast create their own sound effects and accessorize their costumes (designed by Connie Hosie) during the show to great effect.

    Aubrey Joy Maddock, Andrew Cohen, Jennifer Copping Andrew Cohen, Lauren Bowler
    [L to R: Aubrey Joy Maddock, Andrew Cohen, Jennifer Copping; Andrew Cohen, Lauren Bowler]

    Key vocal talent is provided by scene-stealer Lauren Bowler as The Vamp, Janet Gigliotti (The Waitress), Craig Salkeld (Homeless Man), Katrina Reynolds (The Nomad) and Scott Perrie (The Misfit). We’re hoping to see 12-year old Aubrey Joy Maddock (who gets a turn as John the Baptist) in future shows. She’s bright and holds her own up on stage amongst the adult cast.

    You may not get all the biblical references during the show’s two and a half hours (including intermission), however this fresh take on Godspell is packed with great dance numbers, creative touches, and a lively cast that will make for a good time at the theater.

    Godspell continues through August 1 at Granville Island Stage. Photos by David Cooper.

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  • Jun24

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    Goodfellas

    Each month, Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to Vancity Theatre’s Cinema Salon, in order to present his/her favourite film. After the screening, both audience and speaker have the opportunity to engage over drinks and snacks in the Vancity lounge. This month’s film is Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film Goodfellas.

    “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster”.” And so begins Martin Scorsese’’s masterpiece, based on the biography of real-life mobster Henry Hill and his brutal but seductive life of organized crime.

    Starting at full throttle and speeding towards a life of flashy cars, gold watches, women, cash and crime, Goodfellas gives us the best performances of every actor in the cast with an unforgettable soundtrack. As Roger Ebert wrote, “”No finer film has ever been made about organized crime – not even The Godfather.”

    “Cory

    Cory Weeds is a tenor saxophonist with an expressive sound rooted in Jazz. Weeds was the founder and owner of Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club which became one of North America’’s best jazz clubs, where masters such as George Coleman, Jeff Hamilton, Louis Hayes, David “Fathead” Newman and Dr. Lonnie Smith performed before it closed in February 2014.

    Weeds has also recorded nine albums including Condition Blue, The Music Of Jackie McLean, As Of Now, Juno-nominated Up A Step, With Benefits, The Many Deeds of Cory Weeds, Everything’’s Coming Up Weeds and Big Weeds. He’s also in charge of the jazz program at Francesco’s Restaurant, organizes a monthly series at The Italian Cultural Centre, leads jazz tours to New York and works as an educator and DJ.

    Vancity Cinema Salon and Cory Weeds Present Goodfellas

    Date: Tuesday, July 7, 7:30 pm
    Venue: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
    Tickets: $13.00; may be purchased online

    *Please note: The July 7 screening is the final Cinema Salon of 2015. In 2016, the Cinema Salon will take place every three months.

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  • Jun22

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    La Pentola pizza

    La Pentola’s Famiglia Supper Series continues this month with a journey through Naples on Sunday, June 28.

    The 10+ course menu will feature Buffalo mozzarella, whole local fried anchovies, BC octopus and branzino. Local pizza expert Graham Marceau of Corduroy Pie Co. has been invited to join Chef Travis McCord in the La Pentola kitchen to contribute a course. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited.

    La Pentola Famiglia Supper Series
    Date: June 28, 6 pm
    Venue: La Pentola, 350 Davie Street, Vancouver BC
    Price: $55 per person. Phone 604. 642. 0557 or email info@lapentola.ca for reservations

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  • Jun19

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    Grapes and Soda-2

    Farm-to-table concept Grapes & Soda quietly opened last month next to Farmer’s Apprentice. The brainchild of Farmer’s co-owners David Gunawan and Dara Young, this new intimate space serves to pair natural and organic wines with flavourful bites. The menu contains about half a dozen shared plates, with something for everyone: meat, fish, veg.

    Grapes and Soda-5

    Former Bishop’s Executive Chef and Winnipeg native Ron Shaw lived in London for six years, working at well-known dining establishments including Zuma and Maze. His BC-born wife wished to be closer to home, so they moved back here where Shaw completed his WSET Level 2 exam, with an interest in working in the wine industry. Bishops followed in 2010; he left at the end of 2014 in order to enjoy his first foray into fatherhood. When the space next to Farmer’s Apprentice became available, he was immediately on board with the dining concept they were after.

    Grapes and Soda-4
    [In you go]

    The 25-seater is filled with quirky, rustic touches, the chef action front and center with open kitchen and prep area. The compact space is well-utilized with shelving and rows of preserved food and storage jars right in front of the work station. Bottles of current wines on offer sit individually on thick wall-mounted wood block shelves. A variety of lighting and wooden cell phone drawers at each table completes the scene.

    Grapes and Soda-3

    Grapes & Soda is meant to be a fun, casual environment to enjoy a relaxing evening amongst friends. We were there for over two hours, savouring the wines between the four shared plates we ordered. In addition to the plates, there’s cheese, D-Original Sausage Company charcuterie, and two desserts, each paired with its own cocktail!

    Bar Manager Satoshi Yonemori (formerly of Wildebeest and The Diamond) clearly has fun creating the restaurant’s cocktail offerings. This sets Grapes & Soda apart from its older sibling next door: drinks are more the focus here.

    Grapes and Soda: Bread, cultured butter

    Fresh bread with cultured, Maldon salt-topped butter is the best way to start the evening. The breads are sourced locally; on the night of our visit, we were lucky to have discovered Matchstick Rye (sourdough’s another regular in the lineup).

    Grapes and Soda: Smoked Sockeye salmon, mizuna, ikura, strawberry, rhubarb

    First up was a plate of smoked Sockeye salmon, mizuna, ikura, strawberry and rhubarb, paired with Puzelat-Bonhomme Petillant Naturel Rose 2011. This dish is as colourful as it is flavourful, perfect for summer! The sweetness of the strawberry marries well with the slightly cured and smoked salmon, light and luscious.

    Grapes and Soda: Summer peas, goat yogurt, sprouted wheat berries, lemon zest

    While a mix of summer peas, goat yogurt, sprouted wheat berries and lemon zest may sound overly uncomplicated, it’s precisely the flavours brought out by the lemon coupled with its Clos Roche Sauvignon Blanc No. 5 Touraine 2012 wine pairing that makes this so fantastic. Enjoy the fruits of this recently-retired Loire valley vineyard that’s recently been sold; it’s Clos Roche’s final vintage.

    Grapes and Soda: Chicken balantine, Anson Mills grits, hazelnuts, morels, wild onion emulsion

    Moving on to Chicken Balantine (rolled and stuffed with a wild onion emulsion on the side) served with Anson Mills grits, hazelnuts, and morels, you’d have to wonder at the choice of grits. One spoonful and we realized that grits take on a whole new meaning here.

    They’re actually aerated and so light and fluffy that adding a morsel of chicken creates a soft, creamy sensation to the palate. The Roagna Langhe Bianco 2012 is primarily Chardonnay with a splash of Nebbiolo grapes, and is lovely with the chicken, morels, and organic greens. Each component on the plate is thoughtfully prepared and seasoned to complement that wine.

    Grapes and Soda: Organic beef tartare, beets, berries, cubeb pepper, mustard greens

    Organic beef tartare (served here with beets, berries, cubeb pepper and mustard greens) is more my husband’s territory, and in keeping with the season, this too is a light dish to complement a lighter-bodied red (Noella Marantin ‘Cot a Cot’ 2012). The French Malbec was well-suited for the slight saltiness of the beef and bite of the greens.

    Grapes and Soda: Sorrel sorbet, juniper, meringue, yogurt, wild honey

    Don’t skimp on dessert: if you’re in luck to find the Sorrel sorbet with juniper, meringue, yogurt and wild honey offered on the menu, you won’t be disappointed. This light, leafy green imparts a citrusy, cooling taste to the dish, with gorgeous bites of meringue and creamy yogurt topped with fine strips of sorrel.

    Grapes and Soda: The Green Collins: G'vine gin, lemon juice, soda, sorrel

    Satoshi pairs this with The Green Collins, adding sorrel to the gin, lemon juice and soda concoction. Dessert and cocktail heaven!

    Alongside the food and wine pairings, you can choose from assorted international reds, wines, roses, hand-crafted cocktails, craft beer (at present: Four Winds Pilsner), bourbon, single malts and digestifs. Rarely have we dined with such well-chosen wine pairings. Keep this in mind when you do come in.

    Grapes and Soda-1

    Located at 1541 West 6th Avenue between Fir and Granville Streets, Grapes & Soda is open from 5 to 11 pm from Wednesday through Sunday; between 5 and 6:30, food is half price.

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  • Jun17

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    OtterBox Resurgence Power Case-2

    Whether or not you have Apple’s latest iPhone 6 or next-oldest 5/5s, Otterbox’s Resurgence Power Case is optimized to give you a high-speed charge and double boost of battery power on the road while protecting your valuable piece of Apple tech.

    OtterBox Resurgence Power Case-3

    Out of the box, the case includes a micro USB charging cable, headphone jack extender and pocket instruction guide. I found the two-part case difficult at first to open, fearing I would actually break the thing. A tip from OtterBox’s tech support: the lip on top right by Apple’s power button is where you want to begin snapping it apart. I’ve read many online reports mentioning the difficulty.
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  • Jun16

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    Audio-Technica SonicSport Headphones-1

    Getting fit with your favourite tunes this summer? We recently checked out Audio-Technica’s SonicSport ATH-SPORT3 waterproof in-ear headphones.
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  • Jun15

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    Truffles tempered prawns with Japanese mayo
    [Tempered prawns]

    From its humble start as a film and television caterer a decade ago at North Shore Studios, Truffles Fine Foods Catering and Kitchens has grown to become one of the city’s top caterers, with onsite catering at Van Dusen Gardens’ Visitor’s Centre. Truffles offers everything from elegant buffet-style meals and creative plated dinners to stylish canapé and cocktail receptions for events of all sizes.
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  • Jun15

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    Comedy of Errors cast

    Saturday evening saw a packed house for Bard on the Beach’s 26th season opener The Comedy of Errors, where Goth meets Steampunk.

    At two hours (plus intermission), The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare’s shortest production and is filled with comedic twists and turns, the theme of mistaken identity a key player.

    A menacing tone is immediately injected into the smoke-filled opening sequence as the characters make their way onto the stage, many via florescent green, blue and red floor tile openings.

    Josh Epstein, Andrew Cownden
    [Josh Epstein, Andrew Cownden]

    Staged on two levels, a one-handed clock high above spins wildly to the sound of the tolling bell, creating a lively, animated environment during set/scene changes (provided by the wizardry of Scenery Designer Pam Johnson). While enjoying the story unfold, we admired the attention to detail of the main set, representing a giant machine, many of its parts used to create sound effects as well.

    The stage set reveals a lot of beautiful and pleasant surprises. There’s more to it than meets the eye.
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  • Jun12

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    Etsy products

    This month, Etsy Canada celebrates a decade of selling unique finds online. We share a decade-long milestone with Etsy: 10 years ago on June 16, my husband and I entered Canada for the first time as permanent residents, after having fallen in love with Vancouver on two prior visits.

    10 years has flown by! We often use Etsy when shopping for gifts. The never-ending variety of goods at all price levels is what’s kept Etsy top of mind for many online shoppers.

    I asked Jennifer Knox, Etsy Canada’s PR and Communications Manager, a few questions about Etsy’s history and favourite trends.

    1. What inspires you most about working with Etsy?

    Everyday is something new working at Etsy. As a small, nimble team the EtsyCA group is a force to be reckoned with. Twice a week we sit down for an “Eatsy” lunch together, oftentimes with partners or a seller will join us. As well, meeting the incredible Etsy Sellers across the country is inspiring and while it sure doesn’t help my savings account, buying from local artisans makes me so happy. And my jewelry collection is amazing. So… 

    2. In the past 10 years, have there been any must-have items or trends that sparked an online Etsy shopping frenzy?

    Personally I think cats are always in style. 😉 and it’s always one of the top items purchased by Canadians, so it appears I’m in good company. Other trends include personalized items (especially for baby gifts and weddings) are consistently some of the most popular Etsy items. I also think “affordable” art is something that makes Etsy really cool.

    3. What’s the most unique Etsy item you’ve come across to date?

    Last year we did a cool fashion shoot with Canadian influencers who had a distinct fashion style. For the Beckerman Twins we brought in an amazing ‘pizza pillow’ hand-knit by a US seller. It was perfect: it had pepperoni, mushrooms, and green peppers as toppings. I ended up buying it afterwards for a friend who is obsessed with pizza. He loved it.

    Some Etsy trivia: The first item sold on Etsy Canada was a chirpy bird wallet (June 27, 2005) while the first item bought on Etsy Canada was a black sheep painting on wood (June 20, 2005).

    LuLab cats pendant on Etsy Canada
    [Little cats in love pendant by LuCabLab on Etsy]

    In honour of cool finds (and 10 years in Canada), Vancouverscape has partnered with Etsy Canada to offer one lucky reader a CDN $100 gift certificate to head over to the website and shop! From member-curated favourites lists to browsable category lists, there’s sure to be something in there to perk your interest.

    How to enter? Two ways: Simply comment below with a link to your favourite Etsy find, or retweet the following (must be following both Etsy Canada and Vancouverscape to be eligible to win):

    I’ve entered for a chance to win $100 worth of Etsy Canada goods via Etsy and Vancouverscape http://bit.ly/1KdqiGG

    Do both for a bonus entry! I’ll draw a winner at random on Friday, June 26 at 5 pm. And we have a winner! Congrats to Heather Rosen aka @sweetkeet! I’ll be contacting you shortly to claim your gift card.

    Note: Winner must be based in Canada to qualify.

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  • Jun10

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    Vancouver Food Cart Fest Preview-22

    Arrival Agency, Streetfood Vancouver, and Vancity present the Fourth Annual Food Cart Fest, the city’s largest gathering of street food carts. Last year drew over 5,000 food lovers to Olympic Village to take in Vancouver’s beloved street food scene. Continue reading »

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  • Jun10

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    Yale Hotel, 2009

    Toronto-based photographer Tanja-Tiziana has spent the last decade travelling across North America documenting the dying world of neon signs. Her immense Buzzing Lights photo series is now being published as a full colour book celebrating the art of neon. As a fellow longtime neon fan, her quest to have this book published caught my attention earlier this week in my inbox.
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  • Jun9

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    Semiahmoo Resort and Spa-2

    Semiahmoo Resort and Spa is an easy over-the-border hop for Vancouver and the Lower Mainland (a 90-minute drive from Seattle if you’re headed north). The resort’s a perfect spot for relaxing, bird watching, and exploring tidal pools, offering a myriad of onsite activities.
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