People bandy around the term “Hollywood North” when talking about Vancouver, mainly because of the number of movies that are shot here, and not because of the rise in cosmetic surgery (we hope). So it’s totally fitting that Vancouver also has an awesome annual film festival. Running September 25 through October 10 this year, the Vancouver International Film Festival will offer 380 movie screenings, resulting in 142,000 bums in cinema seats. It’s one of top five North American film festivals in terms of the number of films and attendance. That’s pretty impressive.
But lots of cities have a film festival, so what makes the Vancouver Film Festival worth attending?READ MORE
We’re not supposed to tell you this, but September is our favourite month in Vancouver. Kids are back at school, the sun is still shining, and let’s just say that something as simple as walking Vancouver’s lovely seawall is a pleasant stroll as opposed to the elbows-out, blood sport that it becomes during July and August. On this month’s “to do” list, we have one of Vancouver’s biggest festivals, two doses of mid-century modern style, and a new wine event. Bottoms up!
TOP DROP VANCOUVER
Bringing together trade seminars, a dinner, a grand tasting and more, the two-day Top Drop event focuses on “terroir-focused, hand-crafted wines.” What the H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks does that mean? All 24 of the wineries—some local, some international, produce wines that are a true reflection of where they’re from, the values and standards of those that make them, and their vintage. Coles Notes version: no industrial, factory wine here.
September 15 & 16, through Top Drop Vancouver
If the idea of riding up a mountain with a group of like-minded, lycra-clad individuals appeals to you, you’re going to love the GranFondo Whistler. Starting in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, more than 7,000 cyclists will start the “big ride” (yup, that’s what “GranFondo” loosely translates to in Italian), heading over the iconic Lions Gate Bridge, before continuing up the Sea-To-Sky highway to Whistler.READ MORE
The Burrard has made a name for itself with modern-retro hotel rooms that combine funky, mid-century modern design touches with loads of bang up-to-date amenities like free wifi, premium cable channels and free North American calling. So we’re beyond thrilled to be included in Aefa Mulholland’s awesome “Vintage Vacations” article in the July 3, 2014 issue of Xtra! In it, we’re mentioned alongside other like-minded North American properties, including Portland’s very cool Jupiter Hotel.READ MORE
Vancouver is a city that loves its parks and beaches, and we locals have Opinions on these things (and that’s “Opinions” with a capital “O”). If you’re asking around for the best Vancouver parks, you might as well ask which kid is their favourite child. So with that in mind, we’re still going to wander into the fray and give you our opinion.READ MORE