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Fun City Returns by Helen Peterson


fter getting tagged as no-fun city a few years back due to a a few events disappearing from the social scene, Vancouver was starting to get a bad rap. Not anymore. Simply take a peek at the huge numbers of events and activities, shopping experiences and shows that are on tap this summer in the city, and it doesn’t get any better. There are activities for all age groups – from the hip and cool singles to the family groups to seniors. Indoor and outdoor options abound. Dining al fresco? Our restaurants offer patios and menu selections to suit every taste. Thrill rides and art shows? Check. It’s all here in Celebrate City Life. What are you waiting for? …Get to it!


These events are… complimentary! Compiled by Manon Paradis & June Stafford

Chinatown Night Market

To Sept. 6 – Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 6:30 – 11:00pm A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicraft, fashionable gifts and tempt your taste buds with ethnic snacks.

Evenings in Edgemont Concert Series

Every Friday from July 3 to Aug. 21, 7 – 9pm A free, outdoor, family-friendly concert series held Friday evenings in Edgemont Village. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music with family and friends. (Weather permitting).

Cates Park Concert Series

Every Saturday to Aug. 22, 4 – 7pm The Cates Park Concert Series is a series of free, familyfriendly concerts held in the picturesque Cates Park, North Vancouver. The concerts are held on an outdoor stage and the series showcases 27 original artists/ bands.

A Summer of Cinema and Song

Every Friday to Aug. 28, Concert at 7:30; Film at 9:15 Enjoy your Friday nights at John Lawson Park listening to a free outdoor concert followed by a movie on a big screen. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the outdoor experience. (Weather permitting).

Collingwood Multicultural Summer Market

5 Summer Sundays, July 26 – Aug. 23 Collingwood/Joyce Skytrain Station Farm/garden fresh produce, international spice market, recipe exchange, bike tune-up station/valet parking, entertainers, & arts and crafts.

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Kitsilano Showboat

To August 22 The Kits Showboat at 2300 Cornwall at Kitsilano Beach was founded in 1935 as a community project and was a place whtere entertainers could display their talents. It features entertainers on stage from many countries, sharing their dances and costumes with the audience. All programs start at 7:30, and are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

BC 2009 World Police & Fire Games

July 31 – Aug. 8 The Games are open to all full-time professional firefighters, law enforcement, customs and correctional officers from around the world. 40 + Venues, 60+ Sporting Events and over 12,000 Athletes.

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West Vancouver Harmony Arts Festival BC Cultural Crawl July 31 – Aug. 9 at Ambleside Landing Visit various seaside venues to experience first hand all the sights, sounds & sensations of this 10 day festival.

Traces: Projecting Neighbourhood Stories

Aug. 1, Woodland Park As part of the Powell Street Festival. Free outdoor projections of video, animation and shadow puppetry. Created by neighbourhood youth, artists, seniors and long time residents.

Fire Hall Open Houses

July 5 – Aug. 23, 1 – 3pm This is a great opportunity to meet your local firefighters, learn what they do, and discuss any fire and life safety concerns that you may have. Come for refreshments and demonstrations. Aug 16th: Firehalls #8, #13, #10 Aug 23rd: Firehalls #14, #17, #12

Aug. 1 – 31 The BC Cultural Crawl is a self-guided tour of community-initiated events: music, theatre and dance performances, visual arts, festivals, museum and heritage exhibitions, culinary arts, community art walks and more.

Pride Parade & Festival

Aug. 2 The Parade begins at noon at Robson and Thurlow, heads West down the hill to Denman street, follows Denman to Pacific and Beach Avenue and finishes at the Sunset Beach Festival Site.

Gastown Farmers Market

Aug. 2 – Sept. 27 Join neighbors, friends and visitors at the Gastown Farmers Market held Sundays 11am-3pm on Carrall Street near Gassy Jack Square. The market will feature only locally grown and harvested produce meat, seafood, baking, preserves, snacks and more!

Be socially promiscuous…

Do you find it hard to meet new people in Vancouver? If you want to spice up your social life, then this is the place for you. With over 500 members, the only rule at Campoverde is that you have to be friendly.

Contact us for an informational interview! 604.734.1660


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Live in Lynn Valley Concert

Aug. 7, 7- 9pm Lynn Valley Village Plaza - Headwater (Tractor Jazz). Aug. 14, 7 - 9pm Lynn Valley Village Plaza – California Calling (Surfer Music).

The 13th Annual Beach Soccer Blast

Aug. 7 - 9 The Beach Soccer Blast is the largest beach soccer event in Canada. Each year more than 150 teams of 10 descend on the picturesque Spanish Banks Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia. So kick off your cleats, the Beach Blast is all about enjoying the sun and the sand.

Art in the Garden

Aug. 8 - 9 UBC Botanical Garden will be the backdrop for an exciting exhibition of works by 20 B.C. artists. Event will include art from and for the garden, and art inspired by the garden. Featuring all types of artworks from garden fountains to bird feeders, jewelry to ceramics, works in glass to works in metal, plus large and small sculptures.

Iskcon Parade & Festival of India

Sunday Aug. 9, 11:30am The Parade will start on Beach Ave. at Howe Street at 11:30 am and go along Beach Avenue, finishing at 1pm at the Festival site at 2nvd Beach in Stanley Park. Featuring music and dance, live theatre, mulit-media for the soul, mendi hand tattoos, yoga and meditation, puppet theatre, fashion, food and more…

Free Music at Haywood Bandstand, Alexandra Park

Aug. 9 – Three Potato, August 24 – Just Jazz Trio 1755 Beach Avenue at Bidwell - all Concerts from 1 – 3pm, Bring a blanket and a picnic. Music is suitable for all ages.


Aug. 14 – 16, Kitsilano Beach KitsFest encourages healthy living through sports and health programs. Featuring invitational basketball and tennis tournaments. Attractions include the city’s top DJ’s and lots of fun entertainment.

Deep Cove Daze

Aug. 30, 12 – 8pm Set in Panorama Park in the beautiful community of Deep Cove, this outdoor festival features many local artists, bands, artisans along with a beer garden.

Latin Summer Fest

Sunday Aug. 16 – Trout Lake - 11am – 7pm The morning starts off with a parade along Commercial Drive; an import market and food pavilions surrounding an outdoor stage where artists from Flamenco to Cuban Rueda delight on stage in this free community Expo, complete with kids activity area.

Kerrisdale Days

Aug. 27 – 29, West 41st Avenue from Larch to Maple Fabulous end-of-season sidewalk sales and free entertainment for the whole family. Live music, horse and carriage rides, annual Kerrisdale Idol contest.

Experience Summer with Italian Tradition Home of the Famous Cannoli – decadent & delicious Huge variety of Pastries, Cookies & Cakes

5907 Fraser St. (Fraser @ 43rd) Phone: 604.324.0248 Email:

and get the second of equal value free. Valid only at the Fraser & 43rd location. Expires Aug 31/09

THURSDAY AUGUST 13, 2009 The proceeds from the sale of all BLIZZARDS will go to BC Children’s Hospital

BUY ONE GET ONE Buy any regular priced cone and get a second cone of equal value free. Valid only at the Fraser & 43rd location. Expires Aug 31/09

Bring in this coupon & receive $5.00 off $5 off any cake you pick-up before Aug 31, 2009 Valid only at the Fraser & 43rd location

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Why consign? Now open on Skeena Street in Vancouver, Filmgo is a reputable consignment outlet, offering fabulous store-front exposure and professional services to sell your treasures. Roselle is a certified appraiser and is available for initial home visits. She can easily assist you in determining how and what to downsize. Their large showroom is across from the new Walmart on Grandview Highway at Skeena Street. Filmgo sales serves the general public as well as the film industry, which lends an interesting, eclectic feel to the store.

Filmgo Sales 2741 Skeena

Owners Roselle Bourgeois and Doug Carnegie

(off Grandview Hwy, by Boundary)

604.456.0515 Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-5:30


Arctic Rush®

#104 – 2828 East Hastings St.


Buy any regular priced

Deli Meats • Italian Coffees Party Trays • Speciality Items


Opposite Wal-Mart

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A West Coast Air Vancouver tour, landing at our dock for dinner

Ripple Effect Dock’n Dine Charters: for a romantic evening or small group adventure

Silent Summer Nights

Saturday & Sunday Brunch by the Sea

Sept. 2 – 4, 8pm, Grandview Park Celebrate the end of summer in style by three enchanting evenings of silent and not-so-silent films featuring original live music by Eye of Newt and invited guests.

Cannery picnic • Sunday night 3-course dinner for $38 per person

2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver • 604-254-9606

Davie Day Festival

Sept. 12, 11am – 8pm The sixth annual Davie Day festival is a multicultural event celebrating music, food, culture and the neighbourhood’s historical past. A must-see for the entire family, this is the largest multicultural event in Vancouver’s West End.

2120 West Broadway - 604 730 0880

Homemade European Cuisine. Great food. Great value.

$10 OFF

with the purchase of two dinner entrées. Not redeemable for cash. Not valid with any other offer. Expiry: September 30, 2009.

Schnitzels, borscht, grilled lamb, perogies, chicken Paprikash, cabbage rolls, Transylvanian sausages, homemade desserts & more... Green Toys

Classic children’s toys made from recycled plastic. MiYim

Safe, chemical free toys for babies.

Celebrating 25 Years

Toys, games and puzzles to empower your children.

Plan Toys

Choosing products that are ethically better for your child and mother earth too!



Made in Canada from recycled plastic and sprig wood.

3 R’s of green living with recycled rubber wood.

3298 Main Street (at 17th Ave) 604-875-0065 Kids Market Granville Island 604-684-0076

The Blowout Sale of 2009 at


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Hospice Opportunity Boutique

We need to make space for the Fabulous Fall items in storage. So come and enjoy the shopping experience at The HOB and take home your delightful finds at amazing low prices!

Shopwith- our TWO FOR ONE already incredible prices

Saturday, August First begins our feature: Buy one item and get a second item (of lesser value) FREE for all summer suits, dresses, skirts, tops, slacks, capris, shoes, sandals, purses, hats, belts, scarves. (except jewellery) We feature fashionable, current styles of high-quality gently-used Women’s clothing & accessories

3352 Dunbar Street near W18th


HOURS Monday - Friday 10:30 to 5:30 • Saturdays to 5:00

The HOB is a program of the Vancouver Hospice Society. All proceeds support VHS hospice and bereavement resources in Vancouver.

Made from natural resources and is 100% biodegradable.

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These events are… affordable!

Noodle Bar

1867 West 4th Ave Vancouver BC


the tipper r e s t a u r a n t

Fresh Food supporting fresh Vancouver Artists B R E A K FA S T, LU N C H & DINNER o p e n f ro m 8 A M d a i l y Private Room… Multipurpose meeting space, catering, live music venue & comedy night.

2066 Kingsway (at Victoria)

2 FOR 1 the tipper


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(second entrée of equal or lesser value) Valid until August 31st Not valid with other coupons or other in house offers

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Arts Umbrella

Summer / fall The much-loved Arts Umbrella School has expanded its programs. There are more than 100 new classes available for children and youths ages 2 to 19. Visit the website for details on visual, digital and performing arts education opportunities on Granville Island and the new Quebec St. and 7th Ave. location.

UBC Museum of Anthropology

Through Sept. 30 The contemporary significance of Samoan tattoo traditions is the focus of an insightful and provocative exhibit. The show features over 40 photographs by distinguished New Zealand artist Mark Adams.

Vancouver Art Gallery

To Sept. Current exhibitions include Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art, NEXT, Andreas Gursky, Anthony Hernandez, Stan Douglas and Two Visions: Emily Carr and Jack Shadbolt. Pay by donation every Tuesday evening, 5:30 – 9pm.

Bard on the Beach

To Sept. 26 Celebrating its 20th Anniversary from May 28 – Sept. 26, Bard on the Beach will both delight and challenge. Enjoy this year’s Shakespeare Festival line-up which includes, Othello, The Comedy of Errors, All’s Well That Ends Well and Richard II. Cash in on savings – get up to 37% discount by taking in a weekend matinee performance.

MOV Museum of Vancouver

To Sept. 7 Velo-City: Vancouver and the Bicycle Revolution is a 7,500 square foot exhibit

100% Pure Vegetarian

4210 Main St (26th & Main Street)

Wide array of vegan, wheat free, fair trade, certified organic and kosher foods, 100% local family enterprise

“One of the Best” - The Vancouver Courier 2009


July 10 – Aug. 22, Malkin Bowl, 8pm Presenting Annie and Thoroughly Modern Millie (alternating nights), these performances will entertain the family through popular musical theatre shows while providing a vibrant outlet and training ground to develop amateur performers and technicians both young and old.


restaurant, bakery and food store

1103 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Theatre Under The Stars



Sweet Cherubim

about contemporary and future cycling in Vancouver challenges people to think differently about an everyday object. It redefines the bicycle as a vehicle for artistic self-expression, a provocative symbol of counter-culture and as a tool for social change.

604-709-8555 Open 7 days a week for dinner Open for weekend brunch @ 11am

The Prinianakis family would like to invite you to enjoy memorable meals including delicious roast lamb, moussaka and other daily specials

Live music by local artists on weekends

BC Museum of Mining

Ongoing The Museum offers plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy from an underground train ride to gold panning on site. Visit the website to get details on their various events and exhibits in August, including the Squamish Day Parade on Aug. 2.

MusicFest Vancouver

Aug. 2 – 16 MusicFest Vancouver invites you to explore extraordinary live music! Two weeks, 50 events… enjoy the sounds of classical, jazz and world music presentations.

50th Anniversary Maritime Festival Celebrations

Aug. 8 – 9 The Vancouver Maritime Museum celebrates 50 years of bringing maritime history to life. It will be a spectacular weekend of maritime festivities with entertainment and activities for everyone

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to enjoy. Get in FREE if born in 1959! (buck-ninety-five for others).

Picnic in Connaught Park

Aug. 9 from 12 – 4pm Celebrate the Kitsilano community by attending the Old Fashioned Fair in Connaught Park (2390 West 10th Ave.). Festivities include carnival rides and games, live entertainment, bouncy castle, potato sack races and relays, face painting and more…Tickets are two bucks.

The Fair at the PNE

Aug. 22 – Sept. 7, 11am ‘til late (weather permitting) With over 800 performances and exhibits and more than 50 thrilling rides & attractions, the Fair at the PNE is definitely the best part of summer. Don’t miss the legendary summer concert series, the new daily ‘Toon Rock Parade, SuperDogs and the new night time finale, Kaboom!

August 2 – 16, 2009

MusicFest Vancouver is two weeks of glorious live music with top artists from around the world and here at home. Catch Germany’s cabaret star Ute Lemper (August 3) brilliant Canadian classical pianist Louis Lortie (August 9) Brazilian samba diva Fabiana Cozza (August 15) and more!




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Operas & Arias

Aug. 31 – 7pm; Sept. 7 – 1 & 7pm; Sept. 8 – 7pm Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents a concert staging of “COSI FAN TUTTE” performed by UBC Opera Ensemble and members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra in Bard’s Mainstage tent in Vanier Park.

HR MacMillan Space Centre - Planetarium

1108 Davie Street, Vancouver B.C. tel: 604-609-0078

BUSINESS HOURS: Sun-Thurs 11am–midnight – Fri & Sat 11am–1:00am

Ongoing Located in beautiful Vanier Park, the fun is out there — for kids, adults, the entire family! You’ll discover the wonders of space at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Participate in live science demonstrations at GroundStation Canada. Catch shows in the surroundscreen Planetarium theatre. Gaze at the stars from the observatory, or ride in the Virtual Simulator.

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It’s the best part of summer! Aug 22 to Sept 7

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Talk to the Animals at Maplewood Farms

Just 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver, take a close-up look at 200 farm animals. Maplewood is a working farm, so visitors are treated to milking demonstrations, sheep shearing and more. Admission is minimal, parking is free.

Tour False Creek by Water

Take a spin around False Creek on an Aquabus ferry. Start or end at Granville Island, Yaletown, Science World and five other locations. Hang out on the Aquabus for the whole circuit, which takes about half an hour, or head straight ahead to your destination. Each trip is only a few dollars and you get to see Vancouver from a unique vantage point.


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Voted Best Fish & Chips 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009



Offer expires December 31, 2009. Must present coupon.


Sundays & Holidays Closed

HOT & FAST FREE DELIVERY 604.874.3737 after 4:30pm • minimum order $18 • within 5km

802 West 6th Ave., Vancouver




Enjoy our free wireless internet Buy one drink and get the 2nd one FREE with this coupon valid until August 30, 2009.

2180 Cambie St. (corner of 6th)


604.266.2340 • 8620 Granville Street Open Daily 11am-9pm

World Famous Fish & Chips

Limited Seating • Parking in Front

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Tsolias Taverna welcomes you to enjoy a complimentary dinner when you order a second entree of equal or greater value. (Up to a $11 value, dine in only.)


TAVERNA Visit Tsolias tonight & celebrate the Greek Way.

251-6010 2217 E. Hastings


(One block West of Nanaimo)

2 ND entrée half price


RED FORT Authentic Indian Cuisine Delivery available

2 FOR 1

Banquet Room for up to 50 available with karaoke

Entrée Special

(second entrée of equal or lesser value) DINE IN ONLY

Open 7 days 4pm - 11pm • Full menu online Located at 1962 Kingsway (Near Victoria Dr.) Ph: 604-873-2440

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