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TAKE OUT: April 2014

Take-Out  |  04.01.2014  |  

Hey, winter? That’s a wrap! Cherry blossoms have been bursting forth outside our window for almost a month (really—check our Instagram) and we’re ready to trade our fireside Manhattans for G&Ts on a patio somewhere. This month’s event picks are making us giddy with fun-loving spring fever. If you’re looking for things to do in Vancouver, these should do the trick!

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
As if walking around looking at cherry blossoms and lording it over the rest of frozen Canada wasn’t enough fun, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival also includes plein-air blossom painting classes, walk and talk tours, and Bollywood dancing. Even better, if you’re staying with us, borrow one of The Burrard’s cruisers and join the “Bike the Blossoms” event on April 26.
April 3 – 28 all over Vancouver

East Van Pillowfight Club
If the last time you saw a pillow fight, you were at a seventh grade sleepover trying to protect your headgear from attack, the East Van Pillowfight Club might blow your mind. With fight names like Tinkerhell and Lil Dread Riding Hood, these ladies put the “fight” into “pillowfight” while they raise money for the Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter.
April 5 at the Astoria

Definitely Dali
Melting clocks? Check! Elephants? Check! This collection of 10 Salvador Dalí bronze sculptures hits all the notes you would expect from the master Spanish Surrealist but to see them in person is just something else. If your credit card is burning a hole in your wallet, you’ll be pleased to note that all of the works are for sale.
Through May 12 at Chali-Rosso Art Gallery

BC Distilled

Bringing together 15 British Columbia and Yukon micro-distilleries, this celebration of spirits (the liquid kind, not the paranormal) claims to promote “locally conscious drinking.” We’re not entirely sure what that means, but it’s sure better than “remotely unconscious” drinking.
May 10 at the CBC Studios


TAKE-OUT: March 2014

Take-Out  |  03.07.2014  |  

As winter nears its end, we see the light at the end of the tunnel! Seriously, it’s blinding, although that might be our blue-light therapy lamp… Crawl out of your hibernation chambers and join us at some of these great things to do in Vancouver over the next few weeks:

Urban Winery Sunday School

Maybe you were cooler than us back in high school, but our education didn’t include wine. Vancouver’s Urban Winery steps up to fill this gap in your education with their Sunday School, an on-going series of seminars featuring multiple flights of wine structured around a theme and served blind. The next session is March 16th’s “Sommelier Smack Down.” Ring the bell – school’s in, sucka!
Ongoing at Vancouver Urban Winery

Raincity Chronicles

We often like to tell stories over a late night currywurst at Bestie, so it’s no surprise that this is totally up our alley. Our favourite storytelling series, Rain City Chronicles, has teamed up with the Bestie lads for “Das Lexicon,” a night of bratwurst and stories inspired by German words such as Katzenjammer (hangover), Wunderkind (child prodigy) and Backpfeifengesicht (fights), all within the retro ambience of the Vancouver Alpen Club.
March 22 at the Vancouver Alpen Club

Rewilding Vancouver
Vancouver’s tagline might be “Spectacular by Nature,” but once upon a time, it was just “spectacular nature.” The brand new “Rewilding Vancouver” exhibit at Museum of Vancouver takes a look at the wildlife the city once boasted, and also what it could still be. Along with the core exhibit, take advantage of the score of free tours with curator J.B. MacKinnon, also known as one of the authors of the 100-Mile Diet.
Through to September 1 at Museum of Vancouver

Nifty for Fifty
If you’re looking to pick-up a souvenir of your stay in Vancouver, consider opting for something you might actually use, say something from one of our kick-ass local designers. The Nifty for Fifty Sale brings together 30 designers and artists offering clothes and accessories all under $50. Once you’ve perused the wares (and given the Visa a work-out), treat yourself to a beer down the road at one of the Main Street neighbourhoods’ “beer ‘n beards” craft breweries.
April 6 at the Main Street Heritage Hall


TAKE-OUT: January/February 2014

Take-Out  |  01.14.2014  |  

Now that the holidays are over, you are probably looking to take on those New Year’s resolutions… even when you’re on the road. No sugar, no trans fats, no gluten: no fun. AMIRIGHT? We suggest indulging in a bit more fun during your hotel stay as there are so many great events happening in Vancouver over the next few months where you can get your jollies on while still adhering to those strict 2014 goals.


Night Circus is a pilot event that can only be described as an experience — an experience that includes burlesque, circus, live music, and theatre — and instead of it happening on the stage, it happens all around you throughout the room. Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday from January 17th – February 2nd and FanClub.


Vancouver Winter Farmers Market

Every Saturday, the Vancouver’s best artisan vendors and farmers are teaming up with Vancouver’s favourite food trucks to bring you the Winter Farmer’s Market. Surely this will check off a few boxes in your search for fun-filled ways to see the city without focusing solely on delicious and tempting food? Or not. But we guarantee it will be worth it and you could walk up the Queen Elizabeth mountain afterwards.



Vancouver has always had a vibrant  comedy scene and we’re not just referring to our sense of style in all things Lululemon and Uggs. With so much comedic activity happening about town, it was high time that another great comedy was added to the circuit. Vancouver International Sketch Comedy Festival takes place from January 23rd – 25th, 2014. New Year’s resolution tip: Experts believe it is actually possible to chortle yourself into a smaller pant size.



One of Vancouver’s signature annual events, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival features ground-breaking and visionary work in the performing arts. With both local and international talent in the mix, you are sure to find something to suit your fancy. Insider’s tip: Book a hotel room on for PuSh and receive free tickets.




The Vancouver Art Gallery knows how to put on a great party and FUSE is its name. This month, the VAG has a special “PuSh” edition to celebrate the PuSh. What could really be better than visiting an art gallery for a party? You get to tell grandma “of course I went to the art gallery and it was beautiful”, but we know the truth.




Even if you are still not sure how to pronounce it, you should know about the wonders of Pecha Kucha. Vancouver’s January edition is packed full of top-notch movers and shakers and at $10 for tickets, it’s a better bet than the movies.


TAKE-OUT: December/January 2013

Take-Out  |  12.16.2013  |  

If you’re thinking of visiting Vancouver over the next month, chances are your dance card is already pretty full, what with shopping for a Secret Santa gift for Aunt Judy, dealing with your turkey coma, and drawing up a strategy for your New Year’s hangover. But if you’re looking for a diversion, or maybe just something more cultural than your family’s after-dinner game of charades, look no further than this list.

Vancouver Christmas Market
Based on a traditional German Christmas market, we love that this annual event gives us the perfect excuse to wander around with a hot mug of wine, shovelling pretzels, gingerbread and sausages in our mouths, and inventing reasons to buy adorable, handmade wooden toys while tipsy-dancing to a swing band.
Through December 24 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

New Year's Eve 2014
If you don’t already have New Year’s Eve plans, this party will be the big one in Vancouver this year. The respected organizers from Arrival Agency are taking over the event space at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, and offering an extravaganza of DJs, performance, art and “spectacle.” Also safe to assume “excess.”
December 31 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
If you’re someone who laments the mass commercialization of this time of the year, this will restore your faith (we’ll be right with you after we’ve stowed all of these shopping bags.) The Yaletown festivities include three drum-lead lantern processions meeting up at David Lam Park for performances and a “Labyrinth of Light.” For those that haven’t spent the last month crafting a lantern, a last-minute workshop is offered earlier in the afternoon.
December 21 throughout Yaletown

Penthouse Nightclub
Vancouver’s Penthouse Nightclub is the sort of place where you leave the dancing to the professionals, if you know what we mean… Opened in 1947, it’s still a family-run business, and has seen quite the characters slip through those doors for a little titillation over the years. After the tour, enjoy a good ol’ spaghetti and meatballs dinner, and live cabaret show. You can feel wholesome knowing this is a fundraiser for Heritage Vancouver.
January 16 and 23 at the Penthouse Nightclub


TAKE-OUT: November/December 2013

Take-Out  |  11.19.2013  |  

The weather in Vancouver might be a bit grey at this time of year, but we think that’s a great excuse to have some fun indoors with these picks. While we might be heading into the season of reindeer sweaters, creepy wooden soldiers, and fruitcake, Vancouver also has plenty to keep you busy if you’re still in tinsel-denial for a few more weeks.

Foncie's Fotos at MOV
Foncie Pulice was Vancouver’s most prolific street photographer, shooting around 15 million images in the 40 years he worked Granville and Hastings streets up until his retirement in 1979. The amazing thing about these photos is how proud and confident everyone looks. And of course, we’re crazy about the super-slick outfits!
On until January 5, 2014 at the Museum of Vancouver

Red Obsession

A critically-acclaimed documentary narrated by Russell Crowe AND we get a VIP wine tasting before the show? Uh, yes please! The Rio Theatre is one of our favourite places to mix movies and good times, and the premiere of wine documentary “Red Obsession” should be no exception. Along with the film, enjoy wines from top British Columbia producers such as Summerhill, Okanagan Crush Pad and Bella.
November 26 at the Rio Theatre


We don’t think that going to see The Santaland Diaries really qualifies as a holiday activity because we’d go and see a play based on David Sedaris’ writing any day of the year! Based on a piece Sedaris wrote for NPR in the early 1990s, it follows his professional climb through the ranks of Macy’s Holiday elves including stints as Vomit Corner Elf, Water Cooler Elf and Cash Register Elf.
November 21 through December 21 at the Arts Club Revue Stage

Got Craft?

OK, we lied a bit – this is one that you have to be in the holiday spirit for, but we promise it’s worth it! If you’re going to go to one craft market this Christmas, make it Got Craft? Unlike other events that are packed to the gills with macramé door sausages and seashell-adorned photo frames, Got Craft boasts some of Vancouver’s coolest designers of jewellery, fashion, housewares, stationery and toys. Wine and beer are available on the Saturday, and there are even DIY workshops to seduce your inner-crafter.
December 14 & 15 at the Maritime Labour Centre