30th Annual Vancouver International Writer’s Festival

The Vancouver International Writer’s Festival (VIWF) opened this week for the 30th edition of the renowned festival of the written word.  In this age of quick and instant media the full house at Performance Works on opening night proved that readers and writers are still going strong.

While the Writer’s Festival holds events all year around, the marquis program runs from October 16th to 22nd, 2017, when more than 110 authors takepart in over 95 events. all over Granville Island.  The Festival has events for all walks of life and all ages.  Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Children, Youth literature and more all take the leap from the page to the stage.

Past writers in attendance have included; Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, John Irving, Robbie Robertson, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Ian Rankin, J.K. Rowling, Salman Rushdie, Frank McCourt.  Every year readers find new discoveries to add to their libraries and share with their book clubs, families and friends. Who will you find this year? Find out which events still have tickets online at writersfest.bc.ca

Beyond the festival special events continue through the fall, including Waiting For First Light, an Evening with Romeo Dallaire on November 16th, and A Newfoundlander in Canada, musician and writer Alan Doyle discusses his new book on November 20th.



Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre Gains Perspectives

As The Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre reaches middle age, the landmark has partnered with Vancouver Heritage Foundation for a collaboration series; Perspectives.

In conjunction with its 40th anniversary, Perspectives, is a series of talks that explores Vancouver’s thought-provoking history that has shaped the city’s present.  Inspired by the rich history surrounding the Vancouver Lookout, Vancouver Heritage Foundation planned five unique speakers to present on the diverse history of Vancouver.  From the unique vantagepoint offered by the Lookout, guests will enjoy fascinating talks on Indigenous stories and context, South Asian history and immigration, architectural development and change, Vancouver music scene and nightlife, and the city’s seedy criminal history.

Four Perspective events in the series remain;

Cultural Landscapes: Vancouver’s South Asian Community –
Saturday October 7th 9:45 – 11:30am

Historic Crime: Early Forensic Investigations –
Thursday October 19th 6:15 – 8pm

Heritage From Up High –
Sunday October 29th 9:45 – 11:30am

Vancouver After Dark: History of the Entertainment Scene
Thursday November 16th 6:15 – 8pm

Tickets for all talks are available online at vancouverperspectives.com

All talks take place at the Vancouver Lookout, located at 555 West Hastings Street.  Arrive 15 minutes early to take the elevator up to the Lookout.

PuSh Festival 2017 opens January 16

January 16th, the 2017 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival gets underway delivering three weeks of groundbreaking performing arts. The 13th edition of PuSh Festival, January 16 – February 5, 2017, brings cutting edge and creative performances to venues all around the city.

Opening with Macbeth by Third World Bunfight, from South Africa, at Vancouver Playhouse and closing with The City and The City from Up In The Air Theatre & The Only Animal. In between, 123 performances range from the operatic Macbeth, sexually charged dance in South Korea’s Oil Pressure Vibrator or Belgium’s Sweat Baby Sweat, the dramatic Arts Club Theatre coproduction of As I Lay Dying.  It’s not just stage productions at PuSh Festival either, take in the film series, learn with Industry talks and networking sessions, there’s plenty of talkback sessions and lecture. The caravan showcase is a collaboration with England’s Caravan Festival, bringing the best of British to PuSh.  There’s plenty of free sessions as well from all aspects of the festival too.

Single tickets are available now or to fully experience PuSh Festival get a four-show or six-show PuSh Pass

Check out pushfestival.ca now to find out more about the amazing shows coming to Vancouver soon.

Food Talks Vol 12 – April 27

Food TalksSpring is here and with the coming growing season it’s time for a new season of Food Talks.

Food Talks Volume 12 hosted by Vancouver Foodster, Richard Wolak, is coming up next week, bringing a new cycle of great speakers to discuss their food based businesses and relation to the local food chain.

This edition of Food Talks welcomes;

Peter Van Stolk, CEO – SPUD (Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery), online grocery store. 

Dominique and Cindy Duby – Chefs and Co-Owners Wild Sweets, Canada’s only science-based artisan cocoa bean-to-bar chocolate-maker

Takayuki Omi – Chef at The Raw Bar, sushi restaurant at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

Barbara-jo McIntosh – Author and Owner of Barbara-jo’s Books to Cooks located in Vancouver’s Armoury District

Loren Taves – Owner, Taves Family Farms and Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, Abbotsford based artisan vegetable growers and Apple Cidery 

Join other foodies and friends at Momento Coffee House, 577 Great Northern Way, on April 27, 2015 and listen to the distinguished panel discuss Perfectionism in our Food CommunityFood Talks Volume 12 begins at 6:30pm for mixing and mingling over light refreshments before the speaker’s talks at 7:15 followed by a Q&A session.  Tickets are on sale for $20 online now at Eventbrite

Food Talks Vol. 11 – September 16

Food TalksVancouver Foodster’s Food Talks season 3 kicks off September 16th with Food Talks Vol. 11 at Lost & Found Cafe.

Like past seasons, expect an evening of socializing with like-minded foodies while learning about the food industry.  Food Talks Vol. 11 focuses on the theme, “Innovation in our Food Industry”.

The night’s speakers will be:

Ken Beattie, Beer Educator at Eureka Beer Guide
Steven Hodge, Pastry Chef and Owner of Temper Pastry
Rosie Priest, Kombucha Purveyor at O5 Tea
Lauren Elbe, Founder of Nuez Milk
Yashar Nijati, Founder of Yummus Organics

The speakers will discuss the points; innovating when they started their business, how they achieved their goals and if failing is a concern to being innovative.

Food Talks Vol. 11 takes place September 16, 2014 at 6:30pm at Lost & Found Cafe, 33 West Hastings Street.

$15 Early Bird Ticket Sales end tonight, $25 Tickets after, on Eventbrite

Food Talks : Volume 9

Food TalksLet’s talk about Food baby!  Food Talks Volume 9 is coming up on September 24th. Gather with your fellow foodies and come together to mix and mingle at Lost + Found Cafe before hearing from another group of inspired individuals discuss their roles in the local food and sustainability movement.  As always there will be great conversation, education, food and prizes as well as an opportunity to ask the panel questions after their talks.

The panel for Food Talks: Vol 9 is:

Chef Andrea Carlson:  Chef and Owner Burdock & Co Restaurant and Harvest Community Foods.

Felix Schellenberg: Owner of Chilcotin Harvest and Pasture to Plate

Peter Ladner: Former City Councillor, Author of The Urban Food Revolution

Jenice Yu: Owner of Fresh Ideas Start Here Market Ltd. [F.I.S.H. Market]

Susan Davidson: Glorious Organics Co-op

There’s still time to get discount advance tickets (on Eventbrite), just $15/person before September 21 (regular price $21/person after September 21)

Tickets includes Food Talks, appetizers and desserts by Lost + Found Cafe. Beverages are available for a fee.

As usual a donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs,  the Food Talks designated charity, a local organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools.


Celebrate Stanley Park 125!

A defining part of the downtown Vancouver landscape since 1888, Stanley Park is celebrating its 125th Anniversary with a weekend of fun arts, entertainment and sport. Taking place throughout the park August 24 and 25, the mostly free activities take place from noon until 8pm based around 5 zones around the 1000 acre park.
There’s something for everyone to see and experience over the weekend; discover the depth of Stanley Park’s history or ecology on a walking tour, visit the mounted police horse stables, meet the park gardens, take in historical car displays, play sports at Brockton Oval, tour the naval base HMCS Discovery, let Bobs & Lolo entertain the whole family and try some of Vancouver’s renowned food trucks.

The 5 zones are:
Live at Second Beach – a live stage, food concession, food trucks, beer garden from Stanley Park Brewery
Family Fun At Fisherman’s Arch – family stage with children’s performers, Coast Salish artisans, ecological walks, the Vancouver Aquarium Aqua Van and food trucks
Memory Lane At The Garden – historical displays in the Rose Garden, Shakespearean performances, and ticketed shows from Theatre Under The Stars and Boca del Lupo
Brockton Sportsapalooza – Rugby, cricket, Coast Salish games demonstrations, beer garden, food trucks and HMCS Discovery Open House.
Lost Lagoon’s Ecoharmony – nature displays, walks, talks and games at the Nature House plus music performances on the Lost Lagoon Stage.