Shop the Neighbourhood with the YP app

FullSizeRenderCan’t make it out for Black Friday shopping deal? Don’t worry, wait until tomorrow, November 29th, grab your smartphone, open the YP app and Shop The Neighbourhood.

Yellow Pages is encouraging Canadians all across the country to support their local small businesses.  In this age of the global marketplace, with everything from everywhere at our fingertips, it’s easy to forget the impact of a local purchase.

This Saturday, take a look at’s Shop The Neighbourhood site or app to see what offers are near you then head out to your ‘hood and see what’s in store at your local merchants and services.

Enjoy your shopping!


Top 6 Christmas Light Displays 2014

Christmas wishes 2012As the Holidays draw near, the City begins to have an added twinkle as people and places light up their businesses and homes. Some of the brightest and most festive displays are opening to the public in the coming weeks, here’s a list of a half dozen spots to enjoy the twinkle of Christmas Lights:

Lights of Hope at St Paul’s Hospital – For 16 years, St Paul’s Lights of Hope have illuminated the West End helping to raise much needed funds for the hospital. The 2014 Lights Of Hope will light up on November 27th with a public event featuring fireworks, food trucks and family entertainment at St Paul’s Hospital on Burrard Street. – Free Admission

Bright Nights, Stanley Park Christmas Train- November 27, 2014 to January 4, 2015 opening hours vary for Matinee and Night Trains. Two million lights twinkle throughout the plaza and Miniature Train. Ride the train, watch the dozens of festive displays while strolling the plaza sipping a hot cocoa. – Matinee Train tickets are $6 for all ages, Night Train tickets are $11(Adults) or $8(Children/Seniors). Admission Bright Nights Train Plaza only, is by donation (suggested $4, proceeds to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund)Holiday Bear_IMG_5694

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park open November 29th, 2014 and run until January 3rd, 2015. Thousands of lights spread throughout the Park, highlighted by the tallest living Christmas Tree. – All-day Adult park admission is $32.95, includes the holiday activities, crafts and entertainment beginning at 4pm each day.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden run December 10th, 2014 to January 4, 2015 opening at 4:30pm. Hundreds of thousands of lights, carolers, dancing gnomes and the ever popular Dancing Lights show (on the half hour) make this one of the city’s most popular Christmas Light displays so think about buying tickets in advance. – Adult Admission $15.00

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum – Heritage Christmas, celebrating the Holiday traditions of a century ago, is on now at Burnaby Village then on December 13, 2014 the village invites you to stay later as the Village is illuminated with thousands of lights, until January 2, 2015 – Free Admission

Christmas at Canada Place - Now in its 27th year, Port Metro Vancouver presents the annual Christmas at Canada Place holiday event. From December 13-31st, 2014, stroll The Canadian Trail (west promenade) to see the festive fun, glimpse the iconic Woodward’s department store holiday windows, Christmas movies at Rudolph’s Theatre, take in the Christmas fun at Fly Over Canada and don’t forget to look up to the Canada Place Sails of Lights. – Free Admission

Picks of the Week – November 26, 2014

While the Grey Cup Festival may be the weekend’s big ticket item, there is still plenty of other activities in the Picks of the Week to keep the non-football fans entertained;

Hope: The 16th annual St Paul’s Hospital Lights Of Hope illuminate the historic hospital starting tomorrow with a public light-up ceremony.

Ice: There’s fun for the whole family at Pacific Coliseum when Disney On Ice brings your favourite characters to the Arena until Sunday November 30th.

R&B: Head to Rogers Arena on Thursday night for some smooth R&B sounds and hot dance moves from Usher

DeeJay: the award winning Hot Chip take to Fortune Sound Club for a DJ Set on Thursday night

Dance: Thursdays mean it’s time for Liberace at Celebrities, this week take a step back with Y2K night featuring DJ Dom Top and a TLC Drag show at midnight.

Lights: Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park get underway on Saturday night, lighting up the park until January 3rd.

Playhouse: Hometown heroes Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party bring their “Holiday Spectacular” party to Celebrities on Saturday night.

Puppets: Find out what the Internet is for… and what Schadenfreude means at Avenue Q on until January 3rd at Arts Club Granville Island Stage.



Picks of the Week – 102nd Grey Cup Edition

It’s Grey Cup weekend in Vancouver, even though BC Lions are not in the big game, there’s no reason we can’t take advantage of all the events surrounding the 102nd Grey Cup Festival.  Head out and show the visiting teams’ fans how Vancouver can have fun!

This special edition of Picks Of The Week is dedicated to the 102nd Grey Cup Festival, starting tomorrow,

Concerts: The Red Truck Tailgate Gate Concert Series is a ticketed concert line-up at Vancouver Convention Centre West featuring:
- Thursday presented by The Peak – Hey Ocean!, Family of the Year, Gay Nineties- Friday presented by JRfm – Tim Hick, Tebey, One More Girl
- Saturday presented by Rock 101 – Trooper, 54-40, Sass Jordan, Pigeon Park

Street Festival: The Telus Street Festival is three days of free entertainment taking place on Canada Place Way in front of the Vancouver Convention Centre and Canada Place

Main Stage: In the midst of the Telus Street Festival the PlayNow.Com Main Stage offers free concerts every day of the Festival.
Thursday line-up;  Delhi 2 Dublin, Dominique Fricot, Jordan Klassen, Willa, Young Liars
- Friday line-up; The Matinee, ,BESTiE, The Belle Game,
Oceanographers, Rococode
Saturday line-up; The Boom Booms, Humans, Sophia Danai, Redeye Empire, Freeflow

Family: The Grey Cup is a family event too, throughout the Three Day festival the Nissan Family Zone, fills Jack Poole Plaza with family activites

Parade: The Save-On-Foods Grey Cup Festival Parade is a chance for Fans to get up close and personal with each other and see the coveted Grey Cup as it winds its way through downtown Vancouver starting at 10am.

Game Day: While the Grey Cup Festival is a great three days, it’s really all about the Big Game on Sunday afternoon.  The day starts with The Grey Cup Fan March at 1130am from Jack Poole Plaza to Terry Fox Plaza in front of BC Place.  Terry Fox Plaza is hosting the free Tail Gate Party from 10am, for all fans, even if you’re not attending the game.

Kick-Off: The 102nd Grey Cup Championship game kicks off at 3pm in BC Place, tickets are still available for the game and all Grey Cup Festival activities

Whether your cheering for Hamilton or Calgary or neither, there’s plenty to get out and have fun!

Avi Buffalo at The Fox Cabaret

Avi Buffalo – The Fox Cabaret – November 21, 2014

AviBuffalo 21 54 06 Friday night at The Fox Cabaret, Avi Buffalo made a return trip to Vancouver in support of the long awaited second album; At Best Cuckold.

Frontman Avi Zahner-Isenberg brought his usual quiet charm to the stage as he and trio of bandmates played tunes from the two Avi Buffalo albums.  The Long Beach, California based singer-songwriter has such a calm and unassuming presence that his immense musical abilities come as a surprise when he breaks into an jaw-dropping guitar solo or you realize the complicated skill in his songwriting.

With nearly 4 yeAviBuffalo 21 51 13ars between albums, the band is essentially starting from scratch to build awareness but a long tour and promotion is regrowing the fan base.  Future shows will be busier but for the 50 or so people in attendance for the hour long set at The Fox Cabaret were treated to an intimate session including a mix of tunes played by the whole band and a few solo acoustic tracks performed by Zahner-Isenberg.

Avi Buffalo wraps up their tour this December in California.


American Music Awards 2014 Winners

Last night, the American Music Awards were presented at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

Hosted by Pitbull, the light and entertaining show moved along well keeping the music performances at the forefront.  The AMAs have always highlighted popular culture and provided a showcase for buzz-worthy artists and new music.  Performances included; Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Sam Smith, One Direction, Garth Brooks, Jennifer Lopez and many more.

It wasn’t all performances, some awards were handed out as well, the main trophies went to:

Artist of the Year: One Direction
New Artist of the Year: 5 Seconds of SummerFavorite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Sam Smith
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Katy Perry
Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group: One Direction
Favorite Pop/Rock Album: One Direction for Midnight Memories
Favorite Country Male Artist: Luke Bryan
Favorite Country Female Artist: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Country Duo or Group: Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Country Album: Brantley Gilbert for Just As I Am
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Iggy Azalea
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Iggy Azalea for The New Classic
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist: John Legend
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Beyoncé
Favorite Soul/R&B Album: Beyoncé for Beyoncé
Favorite Alternative Artist: Imagine Dragons
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist: Katy Perry
Favorite Latin Artist: Enrique Iglesias
Single of the Year: Katy Perry ft Juicy J for Dark Horse

The brand new Dick Clark Award for Excellence was presented by Diana Ross to Taylor Swift

For full details of the night’s events visit the American Music Awards online

2014 DOXA Online Auction is on Now

DOXA Curio
DOXA Curio

Last week, DOXA Documentary Film Festival held their Fall fundraiser, Curio, at CBC Studio 700.  Circus Side Show themed entertainment, games and carnival food kept the attendees amused while archival footage of Vancouver’s Expo 86 and PNE / Playland was screened to remind people of the carnivals gone by.  Throughout the evening patrons were invited to bid on a great array of silent auction items, from hotels and restaurants to wine and coffee.  If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend and bid on anything at Curio, you can still support DOXA.

The DOXA Online Auction is now underway on eBay, over 40 items are listed online with auctions ending in batches between tomorrow November 22 to Wednesday November 26th. Arts & culture, tours, travel, electronics, apparel and sporting events are all online for sale.  With the Holidays coming up it’s a perfect opportunity to do your Christmas Shopping and help support one of Vancouver’s premier film festivals.

To view the full auction list visit DOXA on eBay.

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