Grouse Mountain joins 2011 Vancouver Outgames

Grouse Mountain and the Vancouver 2011 Outgames have combined to provide a true west coast athletic experience for locals (in the know) and visitors yet to experience! The infamous “GROUSE GRIND” has been added to the line up of the Vancouver 2011 Outgames sports schedule as the 6K VERTICAL CHALLENGE.  Climbing nearly 2000m, racers will start the 6 km course on July 26th at 9am, from the foot of Grouse Mountain and race to the top of the most challenging hiking trail in the City commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”! This course will be one of the most (literally) breath-taking sport events at the Games!
The Vancouver 2011 Outgames will include 10 sport elements supported by GLISA (International Sports Association of North America) running from July 25 – July 31, 2011
The week-long festival also includes a Human Rights Conference and Cultural Celebrations

Museum of Vancouver

Sometimes overshadowed by the more famous and visible cultural institutions, like the Vancouver Art Gallery and Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Vancouver is definitely worth a visit.

Colourful costumes of visiting exhibition

Located in picturesque Kits Point, adjacent to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and nearby Maritime Museum, the MOV is a hidden gem.  The museum is divided into two spaces, the east wing catering to visiting exhibitions and the west wing, the permanent collection.

Currently the east wing is featuring “ : Vancouver’s Bhangra Story” in

Bhangra Instuments

collaboration with the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society the exhibition runs until October 23, 2011.  A collection of oral recollections, personal artifacts, instruments, costumes, posters, pictures and music it tells the history of South Asians in Vancouver and how Bhangra is integral to their local and international cultural identity.

In the west wing you wind your way through the permanent collections as they tell the story of Vancouver, from it’s humble, logging village beginnings to the tumultuous 60’s through to the modern day. Great artifacts and memories abound as you peak into each vignette and display.

Sign from Vancouver's neon heyday

Although a smaller scale than some of it’s larger competitors the Museum of Vancouver isn’t any less packed with history and information. It should be on everyone’s list to check out and learn a bit more about Vancouver.

The Museum of Vancouver is located at 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver BC
Winter (Sept – June) : Tues-Sun 10am – 5pm, Thurs 10am – 8pm, Mon Closed
Summer (July – Aug) : Mon-Sun 10am – 5pm, Thurs 10am – 8pm

Vote Now! Urban Culture Conference

Coming up August 27-28, 2011 is the first Urban Culture Conference and Awards.  An amazing combination of entertainment, culture and awards show.
The beginnings of a great line-up has already been announced and with more acts being announced weekly this looks to be a one of a kind weekend!
To ensure that everyone can participate in the fun, voting is now open for the UCC Awards.
Categories include: Music, Blog, Arts, Sports, Style, Food, Media and Nightlife.  Multiple polls are under each category, vote for your favourite today!

2011 NA Outgames – more than just fun & games

With just over 2 month to go before the 2011 North America Outgames begins, preparations are in full swing for all components of the week-long festivities.

Athletes will be competing in 18 sporting events including Soccer, Volleyball, Hockey, Eco-Challenge 10K Run, Golf and many more taking place throughout the Lower Mainland and Whistler.

In addition to sports there are two other components to the Outgames.

The Human Rights Conference, taking place at Sheraton Wall Centre will feature keynote addresses from Blake Skjellerup (New Zealand, Olympic short track speed skater), Sara Davis Buechner (Professor of Music UBC and concert pianist) and Stephen A. Glassman, Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. Many more talks and seminars will take place throughout the week. Visit the Outgames website for complete information

The Cultural Celebrations take place mostly in the Plaza of Nations, the final stop of the Flag Run, home of Opening and & Closing Ceremonies, Womenzone and daily performances by various artists, nightly medal ceremonies. Running concurrently with Vancouver Pride Festival, many more activities and events will happening throughout the city

Visit for more information on how to participate in one of the biggest events of the year!

Urban Culture Conference & Awards 2011

In spite of the “no-fun city” naysayers, Vancouver is a city rich in culture and diversity with unique artists, creators and performers around every corner.
The first annual Urban Culture Conference & Awards (UCC) aims to capitalize on this rich tapestry of arts and culture by gathering them all together for one great weekend this summer!
Awards in categories ranging from music, art and fashion to social media and sports will be voted on by the public via the UCC website making sure this in an inclusive event where we are all welcome to express our tastes and interests.
In addition to the awards show the weekend will include; live performances, sports, sponsor exhibits, guest speakers and seminars.  All bringing together the thoughts, inspiration and recognition of the urban generation.
Keep watching the UCC website for more information, contests, giveaways, secret parties and the award nominees.