May 11, 2017

Bike to Work and Win

Bike to work May 29-June 4 and win. Register for Bike to Work Week and you could win awesome prizes. Included in the prize pool is a bike trip for two to Croatia. If you're already registered from a previous Bike to Work Week, simply log a trip to activate your account. Even without the prize wins, riding a bike to work is a win-win for employees and employers. Get details of the Spring Bike to Work event at bike.

May 5, 2017

Doxa Docs

DOXA presents a diverse selection of domestic and international documentary films. Included in the 2017 program are: Complicit, an inside look at the health effects of poor working conditions in electronics assembly plants in China; Vancouver: No Fixed Address focuses on housing, a timely local topic of conversation. Presented by the non-profit Documentary Media Society, Doxa runs until May 14 at various venues. See the complete lineup of films, events and scheduled screenings at here.

April 24, 2017

VIFF Screens Docs

Celebrated urban activist Jane Jacobs is the subject of a new documentary now showing at Vancity Theatre. In Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, Vanity Fair feature writer turned filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer focuses on a particular urban renewal battle to illustrate a point: citizens can fight city hall and win. Also at Vancity this week, The Stairs documents the lives of three street-wise Toronto public health workers struggling to maintain their stability. Shot over five years by Canadian filmmaker Hugh Gibson, the film counters media stereotypes of drug use, sex work and homelessness. Get more info and showtimes here. 

April 11, 2017

DECK Embraces Small Town Life

How does a recently pink-slipped single parent escape a mountain of debt? Easy. He moves to the Kootenays and begins life anew as an Eco-conscious, back-to-the-land sort of guy. In Lucas Myers' darkly funny DECK, Cliv (not Clive) sets out to embrace small-town life only to be thwarted by his own incompetence and a free-wheeling, free-living carpenter. See the play April 21-22 at Shadbolt Centre. Get tickets at here or by phone at 604-205-3000.

April 10, 2017

Your Passport to Regional Parks

To mark the the 50th anniversary of an extensive network of regional parks and greenways, Metro Vancouver has introduced a free passport that lists public events taking place throughout the year. The soft-cover booklet includes maps and facts about the history, wildlife and notable features of each regional park. Visitors can collect stamps for every visit to a park or nature house, and earn commemorative stickers, crests and pins. Passports are available at local community centres, libraries and regional park kiosks. You can also also download the passport as a phone app from Apple or Google. Spring is a great time to get out and explore regional parks. Click here for more info.

March 28, 2017

Seized Fleet Surfaces

The ongoing debate around the recent arrival of non-white immigrants has prompted Vancouver Maritime Museum to launch an exhibit focusing on the Canadian government's seizure of some 1,200 Japanese-Canadian owned fishing boats during the Second World War. 
Lost Fleet looks at the world of the Japanese-Canadian fishermen and how racism played a part in the confiscation and sale of their property.
“The seizure of (their) fishing boats in BC had been on a list of important topics we were considering for an exhibition," says curator Duncan MacLeod. "The process of deciding on an exhibition took place during the rising crisis in Syria, and the contemporary discussions of an influx of non-white immigrants bore a strong resemblance to the rhetoric used when speaking about the Japanese and other Asian immigrants in the 20th century prior to WW II.”
The unique show displays a series of photographs as well as several models of Japanese-Canadian fishing vessels similar to boats that were seized in 1942. Also in the exhibit is a shell fragment from an attack on the Estevan Point Lighthouse by a Japanese submarine.

March 20, 2017

Time Capsule: Leonard Cohen on Screen

Experience the magic of musician/songwriter/poet Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) during his 1972 European concert tour, performing many of his classics (Suzanne, Sisters of Mercy, Chelsea Hotel, Famous Blue Raincoat, So Long, Marianne). Directed by Tony Palmer this long-lost movie captures Cohen in concert and backstage, gamely enduring press interviews, balking at encores, self-deprecatingly funny, and humbly assessing life on the road. A portrait of a deeply reflective, yet always genial artist, at his creative peak. March 20 & 22 at VanCity Theatre.