Chowdown in Chinatown!

This weekend head down to Vancouver’s Chinatown for the annual Chinatown Festival.  Saturday Aug 6th and Sunday Aug 7th will be two days full of entertainment, food and fun as 50,000 people converge at Columbia and Keefer streets, the epicentre of old Chinatown.

This year’s theme “Food For Folks” introduces some new elements; cooking demonstrations, games and Vancouver 125 programs, alongside annual staples like,  history walks, multicultural celebration stage, Youth Talent Showdown and Street Fest performances.  Once the daytime activities wind down, don’t leave, stay into the evening for the Chinatown Night Market.

The Rectory Cafe

A hidden gem - The Rectory Cafe

A short ferry ride away from the megatropolis of Toronto, lay the Toronto Islands chain and just a five minute walk from the Ward’s Island Ferry dock is the beautiful Rectory Cafe.
Built in 1948, the former home of the priest of St Andrew-By-The-Lake, The Rectory sits peacefully in a

Beautiful & fresh starter salad

grove of trees. As you enter it feels warm and inviting as though you are entering a private home for an intimate dinner party. Open year round the intimate setting is perfect in winter to sit by the fireplace but in the summer the small deck behind the house leads out to a lovely back garden on the edge of the lake> The al fresco dining has seen The Rectory voted “Best Lakeside Patio” by Now Magazine.  The fresh and flavourful menus by Chef Richard Chambers are beautiful, simple and delicious.  This special location is the perfect location to take a break from strolling the islands and linger over a great meal and a glass of wine*.

Fresh grilled panini

The Rectory is located at 102 Lakeshore Ave, Ward’s Island
Toronto, Ontario. A short walk from the Ward’s Island Ferry.
Open Year Round, current summer hours are:
Sunday-Thursday 11-9
Friday and Saturday 11-10
Call for more information: 416-203-2152

*The Rectory is fully licensed to also allow “Bring Your Own Wine”

Live at Squamish Festival – coming soon

Now that summer has finally shown up, it’s time to start thinking about ways to get out and enjoy it.

One great event coming up is LIVE At Squamish festival, August 20 and 21.  Taking place in the beautiful setting of the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields in Squamish it’s two days of “Happy Times” with some great acts performing over three stages.
Presented by Virgin Mobile; LIVE at Squamish features Weezer, Metric, Girl Talk, Major Lazer, John Butler Trio, Stars, Kyprios, Shad, Black Mountain, Hey Ocean and many more acts.  There’s still plently of time to get your tickets but don’t wait too long the festival is coming up fast!

Got Style? – Get Styled!

Got Style - Casual

Toronto’s men need look no further to get a complete wardrobe than Got Style : The Menswear Store.   Away from the busy downtown cookie cutter mall stores, Got Style serves up style in a charming yet masculine, easy-to-shop manner that will win over even the least shopping-friendly man.  Whether a seasoned

Got Style - Social

fashionista or a man-on-the-run, Got Style is broken into Casual, Social, Business and Formal attire zones making it simple to know what pieces go together to create the perfect ‘look’ . Need some help? Ask one of the store’s stylists to lend a hand and guide you to the perfect choice of clothes, shoes and accessories from

Got Style - Business

local, Canadian and International designers.  If you can’t

Got Style - Barber Shop

find that right look in business or formal wear, Got Style also offers bespoke tailoring.  Once the wardrobe is set, make an appointment with the in-store barber shop for a haircut and hot shave to really finish off the ‘look’!

Got Style : The Menswear Store is located in Toronto at 62 Bathurst Street (at Wellington), across from the Thompson Hotel.

Celebrating 80 years of YVR

In the 1930’s renowned aviator snubbed Vancouver for a stop over as there was “no fit field to land on”.
This spurred on the city of Vancouver to begin construction of a small wood-framed administration building and control tower on the relatively undeveloped Sea Island in Richmond which opened on July 22nd 1931.
Vancouver Airport has seen and been part of the growth and development of not just the city but the entire province of British Columbia over the past 8 decades.  Connecting the world to Vancouver and beyond has been instrumental in growing trade, manufacturing, tourism and commerce in BC.
From a humble 1930’s single runway and small building, to Royal Canadian Air Force base and a Boeing manufacturing plant during World War II, the dawn of the Jet Age and “International Airport” status in the 60’s and expansions through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, YVR grew at an amazing pace. Landmark events like taking in thousands of passengers stranded by airspace closures after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks up to welcoming the world for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and then the unprecedented processing of a record 37,000 departing  passengers after the closing of the Games have secured Vancouver International as a premier global airport as confirmed by SkyTrax naming YVR number 1 airport in North American numerous times.

To help recognize and celebrate these achievements YVR is holding an open house with a weekend of activities planed.  Musicians, DJs, caricaturists, balloon artists and mascots are some of the family friendly activities located in the International (near “The Jade Canoe: The Spirit of Haida Gwaii” sculpture) and Domestic (in the Public Observation Area) terminals. A historic photo gallery, starting in International, takes you through the history of the Airport and on a walk through the terminals.  Look out to the airfield each day at 11am and you’ll see demonstrations of the firefighting and emergency trucks standing by at YVR each day.  Also take the free shuttle to the South Terminal and you can see the Vintage Aircraft on display.

The YVR Open House continues Saturday July 23 from 10am to 3pm.  Grab the Canada Line and check out a slice of history.

What’s on this Weekend! July 21-25

WOW! There’s so much happening this time of year that I want to check out, I can’t keep up…you all will have to attend some of these great events and tell me all about it.

Thursday July 21
– if you can get down to Venue and check out Cults, I saw them at NXNE and they are great!
– downtown TV On The Radio are playing the second of two nights at Commodore Ballroom, they’re worth a listen too!
– legend, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) is holding court over at the Rickshaw Theatre
– NY synthpop group, Cold Cave are at The Biltmore Cabaret
– Local Vancouver folk/blues artist Buckman Coe is performing with David Newberry at Media Club
– looking to get your dance on? Head to The Helm with another edition of We Like Boys
– for some good tunes and cocktails stop by 1181 for Cocky Thursdays with music by DJ Adam Dreaddy

Friday July 22
– Funny man Rob Schneider brings the laughter to The Vogue Theatre
– join NY indie rockers Les Savy Fav / Handsome Furs at The Rickshaw Theatre
– The Helm has Flaunt Fridays with DJ SKLA and the vocal talents of Tonye Aganaba
– for some ‘Family Values’ join Gene Simmons and his clan at the River Rock Show Theatre

Saturday July 23
– during the afternoon, hope for some good weather, and head over to Brockton Oval in Stanley Park for the Vancouver Pride Society’s Picnic In The Park : beer garden, children’s area, DJ’s, BBQ, games and more.
Yuck with Unknown Mortal Orchestra are at The Biltmore Cabaret
– at Five-Sixty it’s their Pride Week Kick-Off Celebration

Sunday July 24
even God took one day off, so rest up because it’s going to be a busy week coming up!

Monday July 25
– it’s the start of the Vancouver 2011 Outgames, the running of the Flags starts at City Hall at 1pm wrapping up at the Vancouver Art Gallery for the Opening Ceremony at 5pm. That evening head to The Outgames Opening Party at Five-Sixty
– your Monday night alternative is over at Keefer Bar for The Price Is Gay: prizes, drinks specials, music and fun are all on the menu

Local Chef – Local Ingredients : Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver names new executive chef

Chef Ned Bell join Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

“Globally Inspired and Locally Created” is the philosophy of Ned Bell, the new Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. Look for Ned’s ‘farm to table’ menu to debut at the Four Seasons already terrific YEW Restaurant mid-August. The Okanagan born chef bring a wealth of experience to his latest restaurant.  Apprenticing in Vancouver under Chef Rob Feenie at Le Crocodile and working as sous chef on the opening team of Feenie’s Lumiere.  To broaden his experience and horizons stints in Toronto and Niagara were followed opened his own Murietta’s Grill in Calgary to much acclaim.  Next was a welcome return to the Okanagan and Kelowna’s Cabana Bar & Grille.  Western Living soon ranked him one of the “Top 40 Foodie’s Under 40”.
With a young family, joining the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver allows him to be closer to family and hopefully will allow us, public to have his creative menu at YEW for many visits!