Stanley Park welcomes 2019 EVO Summer Cinema

EVO Summer Cinema outdoor movie series returns to Second Beach in Stanley Park. Tuesday nights from July 2 to August 20, 2019, the the Grand Lawn at Ceperley Field becomes a free public cinema.  

Free seating for up to 5000 people is available on a first-come, first-seated basis, around the meadow. Bring your own low-profile lawn chair, beanbag chair, yoga matt, blanket, or buy a blanket from the Fresh-Air Cinema Snack Bar, and join in the fun.  

Upgrade your movie date night to one of 200 Reserved VIP Gold Circle Seats, available in a Adirondack cottage-chair placed in the front row of the cinema. Book ahead or take the chance on rush seats being released the Monday prior to the film.

Why not make it dinner and a movie? Packages with a three-course meal from one of the West-End’s many restaurants + VIP Gold Circle seating are also available.

Bike Valet is onsite for those who peddle to the park. Food trucks and pre-show activities keep patrons entertained while waiting for the films to begin, at dusk. Before the show begins, the EVO Summer Cinema Marketplace brings a selection of carefully curated local artisans and vendors to the cinema meadow each week.

The 2019 EVO Summer Cinema line-up of fan favourite flicks is: (note movies begin after sunset, times are approximate)

Wayne’s World
Tuesday, July 2
95 minutes
Sunset: 9:20pm

Tuesday, July 9
94 minutes
Sunset: 9:15pm

Tuesday, July 16
90 minutes
Sunset: 9:10pm

Sleepless In Seattle
Tuesday, July 23
106 minutes
Sunset: 9:05pm

Moulin Rouge!
Tuesday, July 30
130 minutes
Sunset: 8:55pm

Finding Nemo
Tuesday, August 6
100 minutes
Sunset: 8:45pm

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
Tuesday, August 13
143 minutes
Sunset: 8:30pm

Jurassic Park
Tuesday, August 20
126 minutes
Sunset: 8:20pm

See you at the cinema!

Lumiere Vancouver brings light to the nights

Just as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end, Lumiere Vancouver returns for a 5th year to light up long Vancouver nights.  This weekend the beloved winter festival brings three nights of interactive art installations land activities to three iconic Vancouver sites: English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza,
šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square, formerly known as the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery. 

Lumiere – Luna

This year, the festival, with the support of its partners, will feature 17 public artworks created by local and international artists. Like a beacon on the bay, the now iconic Luna the illuminated Orca, returns to Morton Park, at Davie & Denman Streets, lighting the shores of English Bay. Look for Luna to be joined by Stanley, an illuminated 13 foot heron honouring Stanley Park’s Great Blue Heron colony. Both brilliant beasts are created by MK Illumination Canada

New this year, Lumiere expands to the šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square (Art Gallery north), with seven interactive installations to help celebrate the return of Standard Time and the earlier nightfall. The plaza welcomes the public to be inspired, intrigued and interact with the music and light art works.

Public Disco shakes up Davie Village on Saturday November 3 for a night of music and dancing. Featuring a lineup of local DJ’s, hundreds of disco balls and a variety of immersive art works, it will be a night to remember.

Lumiere will kick off tonight, Friday November 2, 2018 and runs until Sunday November 4, 2018 in all three locations. Events take place 5:30 – 10pm nightly. For more information on the featured artists and the full schedule, visit

6 Free Events for your Vancouver Pride Weekend

Today, at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square (Vancouver Art Gallery north plaza) the City Of Vancouver councillor Stephenson, Joan-E Drag and members of Vancouver Pride Society will officially proclaim Pride Week In Vancouver.

The proclamation kicks off a week of events, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Vancouver Pride. While the week is packed with ticketed parties, fundraisers, and dances, there are plenty of free events to fill your agenda.

Here’s six free events to fill your Vancouver Pride weekend:

Pride At The Pier: Tuesday July 31, 5pm-10pm at Shipbuilders Square, North Vancouver
Music, activities, performers and more come to North Vancouver’s pride party for the young or young at heart.

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast: Saturday August 4, 8am-noon at Jim Deva Plaza, West End
The by-donation pancake breakfast celebrates the legacy of Terry Wallace on of the Pride Society’s founders.

15th Annual Dyck March & Festival: Saturday August 4, 11am-5pm at Grandview Park, East Vancouver
The March leaves McSpadden Park at noon, makes its way down Commercial Drive to Grandview Park

Celebration of Light: Saturday August 4, 10pm in English Bay
While not an official Pride event the fireworks festival starts your Saturday night off with a bang as the skies above English Bay come to life.

Sunset Beach Festival: Sunday August 5, 11am – 6pm, Sunset Beach, West End
Start early, or stop by after the Parade for beer gardens, entertainers on the Main Stage, Community Zone, Family activities, food trucks and more.

40th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade: Sunday August 5, Noon – 3pm, route along Robson St, Denman St, and Beach Ave.
Join the thousands of spectators who line the streets of the West End to watch the Parade and celebrations.


Explore Tasting Plates West End – June 20th

Kick off Summer 2018 with a flavourful evening during Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates West End.  As with all Tasting Plates, the neighbourhood’s restaurants and eateries will offer participants a tasting plate or cup that best exemplifies their establishment and chef.  During the evening, join other foodies and friends to sip and savour the flavours both new and established.  Visit with others over the bites, as questions of some of the chefs, learn about the West End and enjoy the last day of Spring.

Starting at Milano Coffee at 849 Denman Street, Tasting Platers will check in to receive their Tasting Plate passport and menu, then off they’ll go to complete the passport and get their fill of the West End. Other eateries on Tasting Plates West End, along Denman and Davie Streets, include;

Davie Dosa Company, 1235 Davie Street, Vancouver

Pasture to Plate, 1061 Denman Street, Vancouver

Tartine Bread and Pies, 1069 Davie Street, Vancouver

Izakaya Gon’s, 854 Denman Street, Vancouver

Get your tickets to Tasting Plates West End on Eventbrite now:

Advance Tickets: $45 per person until June 18, 2018
Regular Tickets: $60 per person after June 18, 2018
*Eventbrite fees and tastes extra

Ticket price includes a tasting plates at each of the participating eateries throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some locations, as noted on menu, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – West End Brunch Crawl 2017

The 2017 Dine Out Vancouver Festival wrapped up this weekend and before it concluded, another pair of neighbourhood Brunch Crawls, presented by Vancouver Foodster.  This week saw a tour of Robson Street / West End Brunch Crawl on Saturday and Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl on Sunday.

We stepped out on a snowy Saturday morning to take in the Robson Street / West End Brunch Crawl.  Beginning with a visit to Papparoti to pick up our Brunch Crawl registration cards and then to get the day started with Papparoti’s Brunch Crawl offering.

If Papparoti was on my way to work, I’d be starting my day this way a lot more often. They served a pair of their flavoured fresh from the oven Rollies; Coconut and Choco Banana filled. Accompanying my pastries was a Signature Karak Tea, like a light, milky chai tea. The Tea, Papparoti Pastries and a paper would be a perfect leisurely weekend morning but we had many more places to visit so off we went.

Down the street, one of our favourites, De Dutch Pannekoek House had the griddle on serving a sweet or savoury pannekoeken.  Edam and de Bakon made a meaty, melty combination for me, if sweet was in mind, a strawberry topped pannekoeken was the other option. Sweet or Savoury is always a hard decision, even harder when facing the full De Dutch menu!

On the corner of Robson and Denman, PuntoPasta introduces Brunch Crawlers to the newest addition to their menu, pizza. A natural fit for an Italian cafe, PuntoPasta offered a trio of pizza toppings; Margherita, Veggie or Carbonara. Equally at home on pasta as on oven baked dough. Served alongside was a cup of fresh brewed Lavazza Italian Coffee.

Further down Denman a collaborative effort at Ritual Vancouver, the comfort food cafe where Commodity Juicery serves their fresh cold-pressed juices and smoothies.  Ritual served a rich, and flavourful dish; Yam Of Your Dreams; a roasted, sweet caramelized yam topped with hearty pulled pork.  On the side, an Upbeet Smoothie from Commodity was a blend of pineapple, cantaloupe, mango, beets, banana, coconut, ginger, dates and apple juice.

Finally, we visited Styo Dessert the waffle and smoothie cafe offered a Ham & Cheese pair with a Blueberry croissant style waffle for sweet and savoury plate.  To keep our morning energy up, an Antioxidant Berry dairy-free smoothie completed our tastes and wrapped up the Brunch Crawls for 2017.

We can’t wait until next year to see what the neighbourhoods have to offer.  If you can’t wait until then, check out some of the other Vancouver Foodster events coming up like; Pizza Palooza – February 22nd, or the 5th Anniversary Downtown Tasting Plates on March 8th.

Tasting Plates West End coming August 24th

jmintetastingplates_WEGet ready for a tasty summer’s night stroll on Tasting Plates West End, coming August 24, 2016.
This edition of Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates, explores the flavours of Vancouver’s West End from Davie to Denman to Robson Streets.  The diversity of the West End food and drink scene will be on display through establishments like;

Marquis Wine Cellars
Vera’s Burgers
Grotto Italian
Tartine Bread & Pies
Styp Desserts
Whole Foods Market

Like all other Tasting Plates, guests will check-in, in this case at Marquis Wine Cellars, and collect their Tasting Plates card and map, then head off with their friends on a flavourful experience around the ‘hood.  Taste the food, meet the chefs, find new locations and flavours.

Early Bird Tickets for Tasting Plates West End are on sale now on Eventbrite for $29 until August 3rd. Tickets rise to $40 after August 3rd and again to $55 after August 21st.
Tickets include your tasting plate from the participating restaurants.

Lumiere Festival 2015

lumiere festNext weekend, the second annual Lumiere Festival shines bright in the West End.  December 11 and 12, the dark nights will be illuminated with interactive,  colourful,festive lighting installations throughout the neighbourhood.

Lumiere Festival - Lights of HopeInspired by the century’s old Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France, Vancouver’s Lumiere Festival strives to bring a destination event to the off-season.    Lumiere Festival has teamed up with the West End Business Improvement Association, Vancouver Pride Society and Illuminating Engineering Society of BC. to make this year’s Festival burn even brighter.  From the St Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope and the West End Community Garden at Davie & Burrard St, to Morton and Alexandra Parks on Beach Avenue and every where in between light installations will be all around.  Hop a ride on the free Vancouver Trolley and Hollyburn Property’s Horse-Drawn Carriage to explore the West End or stroll the neighbourhood and watch for street entertainment and other activities along the way.

Lumiere Festival lights up Vancouver’s West End December 11 and 12 after dusk.