10 Experiences for Last Minute Gift Giving.

If you’re still looking for Christmas gift giving ideas, time is running out, the shops are packed and delivery for online shopping is getting tight.  Why not choose a fun experience to give as a gift this year? A perfect gift for the person who has everythings, it’s also a green gift – no waste, no returns and no wrapping.

Here’s a few local experiences that are sure to suit someone on your Christmas list:

Theatre: Vancouver has a vibrant theatre scene, with theatre companies presenting shows for all tastes. Pick up tickets or a gift certificate from The Arts Club Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Firehall Arts Centre, The Cultch and more.

Cinema in Concert

Orchestra: There’s some great symphonic music experiences coming to town  that will make great gifts; Cinema in Concert with the China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra, A Salute to Sinatra or A Classical Mystery Tour; Beatles Tribute with the VSO, Bach to the Future or other shows from Early Music BC’s spring line up

Cooking: Novices and experienced home cooks alike will each enjoy a cooking class at Cook Culture is just the ticket; learn some new skills or have a fun and tasty night out with a group of friends.

Mystery: Team building, a family challenge or an adventurous night out; Forbidden Vancouver take you on a walk through the city’s scandalous past or Vancouver Mysteries put you in the action to hit the street to solve a crime.

Pop: Tickets to a favourite concert are never a bad gift, with Bruce Cockburn, Lights, Portugal the Man, Milky Chance, Dua Lipa, Miguel and Katy Perry coming to town in the next couple months there’s plenty to choose from.

Canada Sevens

Sports:  First hand or arm-chair athletes will love a sports experience in their stocking; Canucks, Whitecaps, Lions or Canadians are great choices or Canada Sevens in March or get ahead with World Juniors Hockey Championships coming to Vancouver/Victoria in 2019


Festivals: Vancouver has some unique festivals that bring an ensemble of events together under one theme sure to appeal to someone on your list; PuSh Festival and Dine Out Vancouver are in January, DOXA Documentary Film Festival and Cherry Blossom Festival are in Spring, and many more gift options for passes and tickets run throughout the year.

Staycation: Everyone loves a getaway, even if it’s in your own town, a night at at a one of Vancouver’s great hotel can make an amazing change of pace at any time of year.

Pamper:  Spa, Floatation Tank, Salon gift certificates, even for just an hour can be rejuvenating as your recipient lets someone tend to their manicure, pedicure, massage or more.

Homecare: Almost everyone loathes having to do housework, why not give someone on your list a break with a gift certificate for housework, laundry or any household odd jobs,  do-it-yourself or hire a service to do it.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas on experiences and events to put under the tree to fit your Christmas gift giving list.

Trip Advisor: Travellers’ Choice 2013 Top 25 Canadian Hotels

Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Top 25


Top 25 Canadian Hotels

Vancouver often listed as a best place to live, now Trip Advisor’s travellers have choosen Vancouver and British Columbia one of their top places to stay in Canada. With 16 of the Top 25 Canadian Hotels from British Columbia, 8 from Vancouver, our regions hoteliers are definitely doing something right.

Take a look at the Top 25 list to know what to recommend for your visiting friends and family or better yet, planning a getaway of your own and be a pampered visitor in your own town.

1. L’Hermitage Hotel – Vancouver
2. Rosewood Hotel Georgia – Vancouver
3. Auberge Saint-Antoine – Quebec City
4. The Loden Hotel – Vancouver
5. Fairmont Pacific Rim – Vancouver
6. Sonora Resort – Sonora Island
7. The James Hotel – Saskatoon
8. Long Beach Lodge Resort – Tofino
9. First Tracks Lodge – Whistler
10. Wedgewood Hotel & Spa – Vancouver
11. Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver – Vancouver
12. Harbour House Hotel – Niagara-on-the-Lake
13. Hotel Le Germaine Maple Leaf Square – Toronto
14. Nita Lake Lodge – Whistler
15. Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre – Whistler
16. Wickininnish Inn & The Pointe Restaurant – Tofino
17. Trump International Hotel & Tower – Toronto
18. The Hazelton Hotel – Toronto
19. Magnolia Hotel & Spa – Victoria
20. Four Seasons Resort Whistler – Whistler
21. Hotel Gault – Montreal
22. Hotel Le Germaine Calgary – Calgary
23. Falcon Crest Lodge – Canmore
24. Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver – Vancouver
25. Pinnacle Hotel At The Pier – North Vancouver

Polaris Music Prize – Short List Announced

Following the June anouncement of the Polaris Music Prize Long List the jury has cut the orginal list of 40 to the short list of the Top 10 Albums to vie for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. The ultimate winner will be selected by the 11 member Grand Jury and announced at a Gala presentation on September 19th.

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Austra – Feel It Break

Braids ­? Native Speaker

Destroyer ­? Kaputt

Galaxie ­? Tigre et Diesel

Hey Rosetta! ­? Seeds

Ron Sexsmith ­? Long Player Late Bloomer

Colin Stetson ­? New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Timber Timbre ­? Creep On Creepin’ On

The Weeknd ­? House Of Balloons