L A M P : lighting architecture movement project 2016

lampladiessquaredThe 4th Annual L A M P exhibition is coming November 4 – 6, 2016, bringing out of this world lighting designers and artists.

At the opening on Thursday November 3rd, at the Jan Kath Showroom at 505 Railway Street the 4th Annual L A M P exhibition presents the winning “Cosmic” themed lighting designs.  The finalists work in three categories; established, emerging and student, are displayed alongside Jan Kath’s stunning “Spacecrafted” series of works.  The first time in North America that this series will be presented in its entirety.

In addition to the finalists exhibition and the Jan Kath series, L A M P also features the Quantal Quilt by HFour, an experimental design studio. The Quantal Quilt is a geometric projection mapping artwork.

Saturday from Noon – 2pm L A M P hosts the annual Kids Workshop to get children interested and involved in design by working with Collage Collage for the kids to create their own lampshade inspired by the finalists.

lamplogosquareTickets for opening night on Thursday November 3rd and the Kids Workshop are available online.
L A M P opens to the public, by donation: Friday November 4th 9:30am – 9pm,  Saturday November 5th 1pm – 8pm, Sunday November 6th 11am – 4pm.


Pick your Pumpkin at these 5 Pumpkin Patches

If you haven’t already visited to one of the local pumpkin patches to pick up a pumpkin, this week is your last chance to find a perfect Jack O’Lantern.  Even if you’ve already had a carving party, you might want to pick a prime pumpkin for your porch.

GaleyPumpkin_img_9336Here’s a few Pumpkin Patches around the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island that will help you get your great gourd.

Southlands Heritage Farm: 6767 Balaclava Street, Vancouver, BC
The closest pumpkin patch to downtown Vancouver
Admission: by Donation
Pumpkins: $5 per pumpkin
Reservations: not required for families, groups requested to book ahead.

The Applebarn Pumpkin Farm at Taves Family Farms: 333 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford, BC
U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, Pony Rides, Hayrides, Corn Gun and Pumpkin Cannon plus many more activities for the whole family.
Admission: Free
Pumpkin Cannon: $5 per shot/pumpkin
Corn Gun: $3 per three shots/ears
Pony Ride: $6 per person
Hayride: $3 per person
Applebarn Pass: one pass for all activities

Richmond Country Farms: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond BC
Farm market, plus costumed entertainers, music, hayrides, Halloween decorated Pumpkin Patch.
Admission: $9 weekdays / $12 weekends
Pumpkins: admission includes kids-size pumpkin, others available from farm stand

GaleyFarm_img_9327Pumpkin Fest at Galey Farm: 4150 Blenkinsop Road, Victoria BC
Hayrides, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Petting Farm, Haunted House, Crazy Train and more day and night fun and entertainment.
Admission: Adult $12 (single attraction) – $18 (combo ticket) / Child $8 – $13 / Family, 2 adults + 2 children – $48

McNab’s Corn Maze & Produce Farm: 4613 Yellow Point Road, Ladysmith, BC
Seven acres Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Produce Stand and more ‘family fun in the country
Admission: Adult $8 / Child $5 / Family, 2 adults + up to 4 children – $26

Friday Find: Live Out There

Just in time for the wetter, cooler weather, Canada’s fastest growing online outdoor retailer, Live Out There, has expanded their line-up to include new fashion-meets-function brands for the Fall/Winter months. The online retailer has a whole new crop of jackets for men and women that are perfect for all of Canada’s many climates. 

From L to R: Woolrich John Rich & Bros - Arctic Parka, Soia & Kyo - Wool Jacket, Colmar Originals - Wool Insulated Jacket, Soia & Kyo - Marshall Parka.
From L to R: Woolrich John Rich & Bros – Arctic Parka, Soia & Kyo – Wool Jacket,
Colmar Originals – Wool Insulated Jacket, Soia & Kyo – Marshall Parka.

From cool, crisp days wandering the city to snowy mountain adventures, Live Out There has you covered (literally). New brands like Woolrich, Mackage, Soia & Kyo and Diego M join the mainstay collection of Patagonia, Helly Hansen and Arc’teryx, all available to shop online now throughout the season.

From L to R: Marmot - Quasar Jacket, Fjallraven - Kyl Parka, The North Face - Thermoball Full Zip Jacket, Mountain Hardwear - Nilas Jacket.
From L to R: Marmot – Quasar Jacket, Fjallraven – Kyl Parka,
The North Face – Thermoball Full Zip Jacket, Mountain Hardwear – Nilas Jacket.

If you haven’t heard of Live Out There, the outdoor retailer has a mission to inspire, equip, and guide all Canadians to find their own adventure.  Live Out There’s co-founders Jamie Clarke and George Achilleos believe having the right clothing and gear — that fits, is comfortable, performs and lasts — allows people to go farther and longer, be safer and have more fun.
From origins in their Calgary bricks and mortar location, to allow Live Out There to reach more Canadians, online was the best option. Free shipping, free returns in Canada and a wide selection of apparel for everyone is helping Live Out There expand it’s reach from coast to coast to coast.

Check out their Fall/Winter line-up and get yourself geared up at liveoutthere.com

Tasting Plates Yaletown – Recap

Last night, the wet weather wasn’t enough to stop patrons from taking a walk around the neighbourhood on Tasting Plates Yaletown.

Starting at Rocanini Coffee’s Beatty Street location, the gaggle of hungry Tasting Platers picked up their Tasting Plates cards and maps then descended upon the streets of Yaletown.

TastingPlates_YT_img_9352Rocanini Coffee started off the rainy night with a tasting cup of Cortado – strong espresso and steamed milk topped with micro foam.


TastingPlates_YT_img_9359Then for something sweet On Yoghurt Cafe at 95 Smithe Street dished out their “Ice Fried” frozen yoghurt in pumpkin spice, and strawberry flavours.  Also served alongside was a smooth, strawberry milkshake.

TastingPlates_YT_img_9370On Robson, Straight Outta Brooklyn their tasting plate was a couple slices of their NY style pizza.  I choose the Original – Margherita and a Classic – Pepperoni, both perfectly balanced iconic slices.





TastingPlates_YT_img_9405The three month old, House Special Modern Vietnamese has a flavourful take on traditional south east Asian cuisine. Their tasting plate offered a Shredded Chicken Pomelo Salad on a crunchy Shrimp Chip, a Peanut Sauce Pulled Pork Frybread, Kabocha Wuntun on a zesty Curry.

TastingPlates_YT_img_9417For a cleansing sip Chaser’s Fresh Juice Bar squeezed a jar of their Green Juice – a healthy blend of fruits and vegetables, and for a treat vegan and gluten-free cookies.

TastingPlates_YT_img_9420A couple doors down, dessert came from Lime & Moon Pie Co, serving a tasting plate of pair of favourite mini-pies; a Chocolate Banana Cream Pie and a Sugar Pumpkin Pie both perfect Fall flavours and a nice way to wrap up Tasting Plates – Yaletown.

The next Vancouver Foodster event, Food Talks Vol 14, takes place at Vancouver Aquarium. Buy a ticket now to learn about The Sustainable Seafood Supply.  Then Tasting Plates Chinatown hits that neighbourhood on November 23rd.

Picks of the Week – October 19, 2016

Days are getting shorter and darkness is overtaking us as we’re scaring up some fun in the picks of the week as Halloween sneaks up on us;

tastingplate_yaletown_2016_x250Plates: Tonight, take a culinary trip around Yaletown with Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates – Yaletown edition.

Icon: Tonight at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, rock icon Alice Cooper brings his suitable for Halloween style to the stage.

Ivories: Sing along and celebrate the 1st Anniversary of Keys Piano Bar at XY YVR tonight.

Academy: Hold on to your broom as you take flight at Fly Over Canada and earn your witch academy diploma this Halloween.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks hope to put another game in the win column when they host Buffalo Sabres Thursday night at Rogers Arena

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of The Flick is on The Granville Island Stage until October 29th and Bakersfield Mist is in previews starting Thursday, and runs until November 20th at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

Laughs: Comedy legends and Monty Python alumni Eric Idle and John Cleese bring their “Together Again for the First Time Tour” to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for three shows, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

Thrills:  Hold on to your wits as you visit the haunted houses and thrilling rides of Fright Nights at Playland until Oct 31st

Pop: British singer-songwriter Tom Odell brings his sounds to The Imperial on Main Street.

Faux: Friday night, The Junction hosts its monthly DMS fundraiser Faux Girls, with an open Halloween drag show.

Roar: Show your Lions Pride as the BC Lions regular season is drawing to a close with the second to last game versus Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday.

Dance: Find your rhythm when DJ Domtop and Eva Scarlett host ONYX, Saturday night at XY YVR.

Taste: Get a taste of the neighbourhood as you bite your way through the set menus created especially for Taste of Yaletown until Oct 27th

whitecaps_img_9073Kicks: Whitecaps FC 2016 season comes to an end when they host Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers at BC Place on Sunday afternoon


5 Fun Frights for Halloween in Vancouver

Halloween is just around the corner; leaves are falling, pumpkins are being carved, candy is being selected for trick or treaters.
Get a chill when you take on these frightening (but family friendly) Halloween in Vancouver.

  1. Fright Nights at Playland: Until October 31st, the annual fright fest at Playland is loaded with haunted houses and thrilling rides, but not for the younger members of the family. 
  2. Halloween at Fly Over Canada: Enroll in Broomelda’s Witch Academy at Fly Over Canada until October 31st.
  3. Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour: Seek out the haunted spots all around the city; Shaughnessy mansions, Mountain View Cemetary,  Vancouver Police Museum morgue are just some of the ghost tales you’ll hear on the nightly Trolley Tours.
  4. Stanley Park Ghost Train: Experience the thrills and chills of the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, plus the Spooky Barn is a haunted indoor space away from the weather.
  5. Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum: On October 27 – 30,  witches, ghosts and all manner of storybook characters will come to life over the wicked weekend. Watch what might be around the corner. 

King of the Yees at Gateway Theatre

The Gateway Theatre’s 2016-17 season has opened with the Canadian Premier of “King of the Yees”.  Award-winning playwright Lauren Yee’s semi-autobiographical play may be set in San Francisco’s Chinatown but it is transferable to our own Chinatown and Chinese heritage.

Told as a play within a play, King of the Yees, breaks the fourth wall and brings the audience and the playwright and her father on to the stage as they learn a little about each other and the culture of Chinatown.  When her father, Larry goes missing, Lauren sets about to find him and in the process discovers more about her family than she has ever known.

The lighthearted play has plenty of laughs it also has a lot of heart in the story. While it has Chinese themes and history, you don’t need to be Asian to enjoy the comedy, everyone, of all cultures, will relate to the family dynamics between Father and Daughter and the pressures of community.

King of the Yees runs only until October 22nd so get your tickets now at gatewaytheatre.com/yees

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