Your Secret Weapon for “I’m Bored, Mom!”


Your Secret Weapon for “I’m Bored, Mom!”

It’s time to curb the boredom blues!

You and your kids are running out of ideas for inside, virtual or backyard activities, and if you hear “I’m bored, Mom!” one more time, you just might scream. So, what’s a frazzled parent to do? We’ve got you covered with a selection of fun, safe and educational weekend activities that will captivate your kiddos (and you!) for hours.

Set sail at the Vancouver Maritime Museum

Situated in scenic Vanier Park, the Vancouver Maritime Museum is packed to the gills with over 15,000 marine-inspired artefacts. The collection pays homage to the maritime history and heritage of Vancouver, the Pacific Northwest and the Arctic, with objects related to maritime technologies, marine art, coastal trade, Arctic art and culture and the Royal Canadian Navy, among others. Start with Underwater World, an exhibit designed with kids in mind, complete with pirate ship, colouring and reading nook, knot-tying, and maritime activity kits (rest assured, the kits are sanitized prior to handover). Nearby, Silent Witness, a display of striking photography showcasing the wood and iron skeletons of abandoned ships around the world, is sure to mesmerize your little pirates. Kids can also tour the St. Roch, the first vessel to traverse the Northwest Passage and circumnavigate North America, and now a permanent addition to the museum.

Your Secret Weapon for “I’m Bored, Mom!”

Spring at the Museum of Vancouver (Tourism Vancouver/Vision Event Photography).

Get to Know Vancouver at the Museum of Vancouver

Right beside the Maritime Museum is the Museum of Vancouver, whose exhibits are centred on the city’s history, culture and people. One of the newest collections is A Seat at the Table, which explores the stories of Chinese Canadians in BC through the lens of food and restaurant culture – a great way to teach your kids about immigration and multiculturalism. Young ones will adore the neon lights and zippy colours of Neon Vancouver I Ugly Vancouver, which spotlights the city’s lights from the 1950s to the 1970s – some lit for the first time since they were rescued from the junkyard. On June 3, the attraction will introduce That Which Sustains Us, a long-term exhibition examining people’s relationship with forests and the natural environment, a perfect opportunity to broach a discussion with your kiddos about sustainability and our intimate connection to nature.

Your Secret Weapon for “I’m Bored, Mom!”

There’s an entire day’s worth of adventures at the Britannia Mine Museum (Destination BC/Heath Moffatt).

Dig deep at the Britannia Mine Museum

Mining has shaped human history, but how do we balance the need for resources with the need to protect our planet? The Britannia Mine Museum – already an Aladdin’s cave of kid-friendly education and attractions – recently introduced the TerraLab, an exhibit that journeys through the story of human mineral exploration, from our earliest ancestors to the latest research in low-impact resource extraction. Here, the whole family can learn about the surprising ways mining and environmental stewardship can go hand-in-hand. Your kids won’t want to miss BOOM!, an immersive live action experience that tells the story of Mill No. 3. through multiple screens, over 30 speakers and Disney-like special effects. There are also underground train tours, the gold panning pavilion, a prime photo opp in front of an 800,000-pound truck and much more.

Your Secret Weapon for “I’m Bored, Mom!”

Get inspired at the BC Sports Hall of Fame (Tourism Vancouver/BC Sports Hall of Fame).

Reach for the stars at the BC Sports Hall of Fame

Have a budding athlete in your clan? Head straight to the BC Sports Hall of Fame, which celebrates extraordinary achievement in sports while inspiring future generations to achieve their dreams. Here, more than 27,000 artefacts representing 150 years of sporting accomplishments await, including the Indigenous Sport Gallery, where visitors can learn about Indigenous achievements in various sports, as well as traditional Indigenous games and the work of the Four Host Nations during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics;  Paddles Up!, an exhibit dedicated to the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival, which is anchored by two full-sized dragon boats and features engaging displays about the festival’s history and participating athletes; and the Rick Hansen Gallery, which tells the inspiring story of the “Man in Motion”, who toured the world in his wheelchair over two years to raise awareness for people with disabilities and money for spinal cord research.

Stroll into the past at the Burnaby Village Museum

Situated on 10 acres of pleasant greenery near Burnaby Lake, the Burnaby Village Museum whisks guests into the 1920s, complete with attendants in period costume, old-fashioned storefront and a restored vintage carousel (best of all, the attraction is free!). After wandering the blacksmith shop, theatre and war memorial fountain, stop for a cold treat at the Ice Cream Parlour. Afterward, head to the nearby beach, where you can rent boats and paddle the tranquil waters, or simply stroll the walking trails.

Have another idea to keep kids entertained? Share the kid-friendly ways you #LoveVancouver in the comments below, then visit www.tourismvancouver.com/love.



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Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend


Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Since we will all be staying close to home this Victoria Day weekend, it’s the perfect time to rediscover your city. Visit a garden, watch the sunset on the beach, go on a hike and give some love to your local attractions and restaurants. Here are some things to do around Vancouver to plan your long weekend.

Until further notice, in line with the public health order, non-essential travel into, within, and out of BC is not recommended. BC residents, let’s do our part by continuing to stay small and support local with your immediate household, in accordance with the latest guidelines.

Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Biodiversity Days: Family Nature Walks

Where: UBC Botanical Garden & Greenheart TreeWalk
What: In honour of UN World Biodiversity Day, head over to the beautiful UBC Botanical Garden for a family-oriented adventure. Pick up your Travelogue and enjoy a 90-minute journey through our forest garden with educational stops along the way. High up in the forest canopy, you and your family can experience the Greenheart TreeWalk. Children and youth will take home a Kids Nature Kit to continue to explore nature in your own neighbourhood.
Runs on Saturday, May 22 & Sunday, May 23, 2021

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Peach Sour Sample Shop by Granville Island Brewing

Where: 45 Water Street, Vancouver, BC
What: To celebrate the launch of its fresh new summer brew, Peach Sour, Granville Island Brewing is inviting Vancouverites to taste, interact and give back at an immersive 10-day pop-up presented in partnership with Lee’s Donuts and the Vancouver Food Bank. From interactive photo experiences to limited edition Peach Sour donuts from Granville Island neighbour Lee’s Donuts, you can taste, smell and see the new Peach Sour beer in new ways.
Runs until May 24, 2021

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VanDusen Botanical Garden

Laburnum Walk

Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden
What:  Forty-three hybrid goldenchain trees (Laburnum x watereri ‘Vossii’) are blooming along VanDusen Garden’s Laburnum Walk. Laburnums bloom for a brief two weeks and are one of the most popular and Instagrammable blooms of the year. Laburnums are just one of the many May highlights in the Garden. Rhododendrons can be seen in an abundance of colour, and now is the perfect time to take a stroll down the Rhododendron Walk. Tickets are only available online for designated entry times at www.vandusengarden.ca.

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Photo credit: Frederique Neil

Spot Prawn Festival

Where: Online & Fisherman’s Wharf near Granville Island
What: The Spot Prawn Festival is back for 2021! Chefs’ Table Society of BC (CTS) and The Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association (PPFA) have “deconstructed” the much-loved annual event that was missed in 2020 due to the pandemic. A safe COVID-19 friendly format has been created for 2021.
Runs until May 29, 2021

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Crafted Vancouver 2021

Where: Various Venues
What: Each May craft-based work is featured & exhibited in a 25-day festival through a variety of events at dozens of venues throughout Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley. As the only month-long festival in North America designed to celebrate the vitality of our hand-crafted world, we are dedicated to enhancing appreciation of fine craft and our crafted environment from across a continuum, including the ancestral, tribal & traditional to leading-edge contemporary.
Runs until May 25, 2021

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ParkerArtSalon

Where: Online & Various locations
What: The 6th annual much-loved ParkerArtSalon is going Canada-wide this year featuring an online auction with Waddingtons, raising funds for the Beedie Luminaries Foundation. “Essential Travel” is the title of the auction, which will be hosted at the Pendulum Gallery for public viewing from May 3-28, while bidding commences online from May 6-16. Additionally, visitors can also visit a curated selection of the works of more than 60 Parker Street Studios artists at the GALLERY GEORGE—conveniently located next to the Parker Street Studios—with two consecutive exhibitions running May 6-16 and May 20-30.
Runs until May 30, 2021

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Kitsilano Farmers Market

Where: Kitsilano Community Centre
What:50+ farms and producers, food and coffee trucks
Runs on Sundays until October 31, 2021

Riley Park Summer Farmers Market

Where: 50 E 30th Avenue & Ontario Street
What: 25+ farms and producers, food and coffee trucks
Runs on Saturdays until October 30, 2021

Trout Lake Farmers Market

Where: Lakewood Dr. & E 13th Ave.
What: 60+ farms and producers, food and coffee trucks
Runs on Saturdays until October 30, 2021

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Where: Dude Chilling Park
What: Every Sunday, 25+ farmers and producers, food and coffee trucks.
Runs on Sundays until October 31, 2021

West End Farmers Market

Where: Nelson Park
What: Every Saturday, 30 farmers and producers, food and coffee trucks.
Runs on Saturdays until October 30, 2021

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Photo credit: Andréa Saunier

“Street of India” Exhibition by Andréa Saunier

Where: Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver
What: A multi-talented artist, filmmaker, photographer, and writer, Andréa Saunier will exhibit her photographic series named “Street of India” at Le Centre Culturel. “Suspended moments captured. Inspired, unexpected, spontaneous. India soothed me. This is what lingers with me from this country, the connection with self to connect more deeply with the external world. Letting go. An invitation to silence. A bubble of tenderness”.
Runs until July 1, 2021

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Yellow Objects – Exhibition

Where: Firehall Arts Centre
What: Written and directed by Sydney Risk Award-winning playwright Derek Chan, yellow objects invites us to question our responsibility to future generations by stepping into a Hong Kong of two eras – 2019 and 2050. The exhibition will take patrons through the theatre to the Firehall’s courtyard, and be limited to ten patrons per showing. There will be no live performers – only objects, voice recordings, and projections. Over the twelve-day exhibition, there will be a total of fifty showings, each forty minutes in length.
Runs until May 22, 2021

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Photo credit: Imagine Van Gogh

Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West
What: In this exhibition, visitors of all ages discover a new way of reconnecting with the work of this great master. The very concept of Imagine Van Gogh is grandiose: visitors wander amongst giant projections of the artist’s paintings, swept away by every brushstroke, detail, painting medium and colour. Immersed in an extraordinary experience where all senses become fully awakened, viewers will be truly moved by such spectacular beauty. Visitors discover more than 200 of Van Gogh’s paintings, including his most famous works, painted between 1888 and 1890 in Provence, Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise.
Runs until August 29, 2021

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Photo credit: Science World

Arctic Voices

Where: Science World
What: Arctic Voices takes visitors on a riveting journey over the tundra and into the world’s northernmost biome. Enjoy an immersive experience of the fascinating, changing Arctic through its many voices: its people, ecology, wildlife and way of life. Dance with auroras, hop on ice floes and learn just how deeply connected we are to the Arctic through this feature exhibition that will leave you awestruck and inspired.
Runs until September 6, 2021

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Bill Reid carving the Skidegate Pole, 1976. Oil on canvas, by Chris Hopkins

To Speak With A Golden Voice

Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
What: Launched in July 2020, the exhibition is a centennial birthday celebration of Bill Reid, who was born in 1920. The exhibition tells the story of Reid’s creative journey through four distinct sections: Voice, Process, Lineage, and Legacy. Curated by Gwaai Edenshaw—considered to be Reid’s last apprentice—the exhibition includes audio narratives, literary excerpts, rarely seen sketchbooks and casting molds, and short films, as well as newly commissioned works by Haida artist Cori Savard and singer-songwriter Kinnie Starr. It also includes the addition of two new artworks—the Eagle and Beaver Pole (1980) by Haida carver Reg Davidson and an exquisitely carved cedar door, designed by Bill Reid and carved by James Hart in 1980—as well as the anticipated commemorative book: Bill Reid, To Speak With a Golden Voice.
Runs until September 6, 2021

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Photo credit: Polygon Gallery

A Feast for the Eyes

Where: Polygon Gallery
What: Feast for the Eyes explores the rich history of food as one of photography’s most prevalent and enduring subjects. In an age where sharing images of food has emerged as a unique facet of contemporary culture, this exhibition offers a look at the timeless ways in which things we eat shape us and our perceptions of the world.
Runs until May 30, 2021

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Photo credit: The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

Paddles Up! The Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Exhibit

Where: The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
What: Paddles Up! The Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Exhibit explores the festival’s history since the sport’s arrival at Expo 86. Discover unique artifacts, including two full-sized dragon boats, hear stories from athletes of all backgrounds, and learn about the festival’s cultural heritage.
Runs on Fridays and Saturdays until May 31, 2021

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Photo credit: Stefano Benazzo

Silent Witness

Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: Silent Witness features a collection of photographs by Italian photographer and artist Stefano Benazzo who has spent decades seeking shipwrecks from some of the most remote locations around the globe. His work narrates the scenes of these wrecks with light and portrays the soul of the abandoned vessels. The photographs in Silent Witness tell the story of decay for these ships, capturing their architecture and presenting them as sculptures embedded in the landscape.
Runs until July 18, 2021

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Photo credit: Museum of Anthropology

A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake

Where: Museum of Anthropology at UBC
What: The exhibition coincides with the 10th anniversary of the 2011 triple disaster that saw a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown hit the eastern region of Japan. A Future for Memory highlights nature’s destructive impact on humans and its regenerative potential, and explores how humans live in harmony with nature. It also examines how new connections and relationships have developed in the aftermath of this tragic event.
Runs until September 5, 2021

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Photo credit: Vancouver Art Gallery

Sun Xun: Mythological Time

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Sun Xun is a mid-career Chinese artist who works in a range of mediums including painting, drawing, animation, video and installation. In his highly imaginative video installation Mythological Time (2016), Sun takes viewers on a journey through his hometown of Fuxin in northern China, a coal-mining centre facing the depletion of its economic lifeblood. Sun’s video installation from the Gallery’s collection will be presented alongside a major 30-metre ink painting, being shown for the first time.
Runs until September 6, 2021

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Photo credit: Museum of Vancouver

A Seat at the Table

Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: The Museum of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia proudly present a new feature exhibition, A Seat at the Table, Chinese Immigration and British Columbia. This exhibition explores historical and contemporary stories of Chinese Canadians in BC and their struggles for belonging. It looks to food and restaurant culture as an entry point to feature stories that reveal the great diversity of immigrant experience and of the communities immigrants develop.
Runs until January 2022

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Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

Waves of Innovation: Stories from the West Coast

Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
What: The exhibition features stories of adaptations and innovations in the commercial fishing industry and their effects on west coast communities. Four key areas of innovation will be highlighted – energy, fishing, preservation, and innovations of today. Quotes from the diverse fishing communities and examples of artifacts from each area of innovation will be featured, alongside interactive displays which will help visitors of all ages and backgrounds explore the question – What does innovation mean to you?
Runs until April 15, 2022

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North Van Arts: Printmaker’s Mark

Where: City Scape Community Art Space
What: Printmaking dates back thousands of years: Sumerians used clay printing wheels in 3000 BCE, Chinese used stone rubbings in 200 CE and Egyptians used woodblocks for printing fabric in 600 CE. In 1400 CE movable type and the screw press created an explosion of knowledge. Using silkscreen, wood, metal, linoleum and plastic, the artists in the group exhibition educate, tell stories, and express their ideas and visions through printmaking.
Runs until Sunday, May 30, 2021

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Courtesy of and Copyright by The Leon Polk Smith Foundation, New York City. Photo by Adam Reich.

Leon Polk Smith: Big Form, Big Space

Where: The Contemporary Art Gallery
What:  The first solo exhibition in a public gallery in Canada by American artist Leon Polk Smith (1906-1996). Focusing on paintings and works on paper from the 1950s, the exhibition charts a critical moment in Smith’s artistic career in which the signature visual language of his work began to manifest, reflective both of prevalent trends of the time and an increasing engagement with the contexts of his upbringing and identity. Big Form, Big Space provides a timely opportunity to re-evaluate Smith’s place within art history, looking beyond the strict appreciation of his place within hard-edge modernist abstraction to encompass broader considerations of context, time and identity.
Runs until  August 20, 2021

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explorAsian 2021 – Online

explorASIAN is an annual Metro-Vancouver festival showcasing pan-Asian Canadian arts and culture during Asian Heritage Month in May. Programming continues to showcase the great achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent in the arts and culture scene, with expanded programming that reflects pressing issues facing Asian-Canadian communities in Metro-Vancouver.
Runs until May 31, 2021

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Kawaguchi + Takase 2014, Photo credit: Chris Randle

Vancouver International Dance Festival – Online

The Vancouver International Dance Festival celebrates its 21st season with 18 livestream contemporary dance performances. Broadcast from the KW Production Studio, the 2021 VIDF presents cinematic perspectives of contemporary dance streamed live to wherever you are. This weekend Vancouver’s Company 605 will present Brimming (April 29-30 & May 1). The new solo investigating the body as a container was created and performed by its co-artistic director Josh Martin.
Streaming until June 19, 2021

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Carmen: Up Close and Personal – Online

Inspired by French arthouse film, stage director Brenna Corner adds a non-traditional lens to Bizet’s beloved masterpiece. Playing with the conflicting ideas of fate and choice, Carmen: Up Close and Personal is an alluring, intimate and stripped-down cinematic adaptation, focused on the four principal characters, with a few twists and turns along the way. Starring members of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program with members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.
Streaming until June 1, 2021

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Photo credit: Chan Centre

Chan Centre’s Spring 2021 Dot Com Series – Online

The Chan Centre’s Spring 2021 Dot Com Series features eight all-new performances which will be delivered 100% online and recorded around the globe—from Mexico to Montreal to our very own Chan Centre stage. Additional Performances launched every two weeks.
Runs until May 31, 2021



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Grouse Mountain Grizzlies Grinder and Coola Emerge from Hibernation


Grouse Mountain Grizzlies Grinder and Coola Emerge from Hibernation

Photo: grousemountain.com

Today marks the end of the longest hibernation period yet at Grouse Mountain for the two resident Grizzly Bears – Grinder and Coola. They went into their den and sleeping chamber on November 10th, 2020 and emerged today on April 29th, 2021. This is a period of 170 days and beats the previous record of 153 days set in 2017.

Bears in the wild will hibernation anywhere from a few weeks in moderate climates to up to six months in extreme conditions.  Grinder and Coola have averaged four months per season over the years with some hibernation periods, like this one, being an exception for length due to heavy snow loads.

Grouse Mountain Grizzlies Grinder and Coola Emerge from Hibernation

Photo: grousemountain.com

Read more on the Grouse Mountain blog: https://www.grousemountain.com/posts/bears-emerge-2021 



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City Council selects Paul Mochrie as Vancouver’s new City Manager

City Council selects Paul Mochrie as Vancouver’s new City Manager


April 20 2021 –

Town Council has chosen Paul Mochrie as the new Town Supervisor for Vancouver.

Mochrie has been serving as Performing Town Manager considering that the departure of previous Metropolis Supervisor Sadhu Johnston in early January. Prior to taking on this acting position Mochrie was Deputy City Supervisor, a situation he was appointed to in October 2015. In this role, he provided oversight for a broad portfolio of municipal expert services, which include: Fire and Rescue Companies Unexpected emergency Administration Improvement, Properties and Licensing Arts, Culture and Community Solutions Know-how Services and Human Assets. He also represents the Metropolis as a director of the Pacific Nationwide Exhibition and E-Comm 911. 

Mochrie demonstrates ongoing commitment to equity and Reconciliation, and played a key part in the institution of the City’s Equity Workplace inside of the Office environment of the City Supervisor with a mandate to decolonize and clear away barriers to inclusion across the business. 

Mochrie has wide practical experience in the general public sector, such as appointments with the Government of British Columbia, regional health and fitness authorities and employers’ associations. Right away prior to joining the City, he worked with the BC Ministry of Health and led the business enterprise associations in between the PharmaCare plan, pharmaceutical firms and retail pharmacies. He in the beginning joined the City in May possibly 2011 as the Typical Supervisor, Human Useful resource Services.

Mochrie retains a Bachelor of Commerce from the College of British Columbia and an MBA from Queen’s College.  

As the administrative head of the City, the Metropolis Supervisor oversees a $1.6 billion operating price range and a town-vast crew of close to 7,700 staff members.

The appointment concludes an comprehensive six-month worldwide prospect research and recruitment procedure performed by Pinton Forrest Madden. 

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Mayor Kennedy Stewart

“On behalf of Vancouver Town Council, I’m thrilled to have Paul Mochrie consider on the important purpose of Vancouver’s Town Supervisor at specifically the second when our town wants somebody of his professionalism, talent, and perseverance to the neighborhood,” explained Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “Over the past two several years I have experienced the pleasure of operating carefully with Paul and have viewed how much respect he has among our staff workforce. Paul’s notice to depth and relentless concentrate on earning our metropolis function for all people will be very important as we make back from the COVID-19 pandemic more robust than prior to.”

Councillor Rebecca Bligh

“Paul Mochrie is a committed civil servant with established ability and expertise to direct our town by 1 of the most complicated moments, and outside of. I am thrilled to have Paul as our new City Supervisor.”

Councillor Christine Boyle

“Paul Mochrie is a considerate and capable chief, with a shown dedication to equity and Reconciliation. In his earlier roles as Deputy Town Manager and Interim City Manager, Paul has labored tirelessly to progress motion on important area concerns, and I am self-assured he will go on to provide inhabitants and staff members properly in this new function.”

Councillor Adriane Carr

“Paul Mochrie has anything I’m hunting for in our new Metropolis Manager: intelligence, a men and women human being, and the deep comprehending of our metropolis which is essential for us to chart the ideal attainable COVID recovery and long term.” 

Councillor Melissa DeGenova

“Over the past 10 years, as Director of Human Assets, Deputy City Manager and Performing City Supervisor, Paul Mochrie has shown his unwavering motivation to the City of Vancouver—we are fortuitous to have him as our City Manager and now additional than ever, our employees and whole city have to have the professional, well balanced and expert management that Paul will provide.”

Councillor Lisa Dominato

“Paul is the consummate community servant who displays a superior degree of authenticity and moral leadership, and I am confident he will bring favourable alter to the group.”

Councillor Pete Fry

“Grateful for Paul Mochrie in this role he has been a wonderful asset to the firm, with a breadth of experience, professional rigour, and managerial acumen ̶ he is the finest person for this task at a most critical time.”

Councillor Colleen Hardwick

“Paul will have a regular hand to see the City of Vancouver by means of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung

“Paul Mochrie is highly regarded by staff members and neighborhood alike. He provides robust, organizational awareness to the Town for the duration of a time when robust leadership is wanted to tutorial us via restoration, and I know from functioning with him when I was chairing the Park Board, that he’ll step up and deal with organizational troubles to make certain we produce powerful and responsive services to our residents and enterprises.”

Councillor Jean Swanson

“I’m pleased we have a new Town Supervisor who has presently manufactured excellent adjustments, is aware of the town effectively, and is kind.”

Councillor Michael Wiebe

“I’m joyful that Paul is prepared to direct Vancouver as Metropolis Supervisor in a just, environmentally friendly COVID restoration with a potent link to the broader community and a distinct knowing of the issues that will need transformational modify.”



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Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend


Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Photo credit: Vision Event Photography/Tourism Vancouver

Is it Friday yet? I am not sure about you, but I am so ready to enjoy the sunshine we’ve been promised! We live in a beautiful place, let’s not forget that and get out there. Stay active, fill your cup with joy and do something fun this weekend.

Until further notice, in line with the public health order, non-essential travel into, within, and out of BC is not recommended. BC residents, let’s do our part by continuing to stay small and support local with your immediate household, in accordance with the latest guidelines.

Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Photo credit: BC Bird Trail

The BC Bird Trail

Where: Fraser Valley, Richmond, Delta
What: British Columbia’s super, natural landscapes provide a safe haven to thousands of migratory birds every year. The BC Bird Trail is your guide to exploring BC’s Pacific Flyway, offering a series of self-guided itineraries showcasing the regions our feathered friends seek out year after year. The birders of all levels are encouraged to Look Up and Stay Grounded as they explore vibrant communities and outdoor experiences providing new opportunities to engage, learn, and grow.

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Photo credit: Take Off Photography

Guided Virtual Big Easter Run

Where: Jericho Beach
What: Come run the official Big Easter Run route with voice guided navigation around Jericho Beach Park. This holiday themed virtual run offers a 5km or 10km Run/Walk around scenic Jericho Beach Park. Run with the local bunnies, enjoy a scenic run along the water, through the trees and around the park, while hearing fun facts about Easter and motivational messages from special guests! Suitable for all ages and abilities including strollers and leashed dogs.
Runs until April 25, 2021

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Photo credit: Vancouver Mysteries

Outdoor Games with Vancouver Mysteries

Where: Various Locations, Downtown Vancouver
What:  Vancouver Mysteries is a fully outdoor, Covid secure game that takes you throughout downtown Vancouver solving clues in teams. Teams must be within the same household and you can pick the adventure that sounds the most fun to you! Choose one of four outdoor game routes and have fun solving a mystery.

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Photo credit: Vancouver’s Farmers Markets

Riley Park Winter Farmers Market

Where: 50 E 30th Avenue & Ontario Street
What: 70+ farms and producers, food and coffee trucks.
Runs on Saturdays until April 24, 2021

Hastings Park Farmers Market

Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds
What: 35+ farms and producers. food and coffee trucks.
Runs on Sundays until April 25, 2021

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Photo credit: Imagine Van Gogh

Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West
What: In this exhibition, visitors of all ages discover a new way of reconnecting with the work of this great master. The very concept of Imagine Van Gogh is grandiose: visitors wander amongst giant projections of the artist’s paintings, swept away by every brushstroke, detail, painting medium and colour. Immersed in an extraordinary experience where all senses become fully awakened, viewers will be truly moved by such spectacular beauty. Visitors discover more than 200 of Van Gogh’s paintings, including his most famous works, painted between 1888 and 1890 in Provence, Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise.
Runs until August 29, 2021

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Photo credit: Science World

Arctic Voices

Where: Science World
What: Arctic Voices takes visitors on a riveting journey over the tundra and into the world’s northernmost biome. Enjoy an immersive experience of the fascinating, changing Arctic through its many voices: its people, ecology, wildlife and way of life. Dance with auroras, hop on ice floes and learn just how deeply connected we are to the Arctic through this feature exhibition that will leave you awestruck and inspired.
Runs until September 6, 2021

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Photo credit: Moon & Back Gallery

Mirror Light Gallery

Where: Moon & Back Gallery
What: Vancouver’s First Mirror Light Rooms Installations for fun and photo perfect moments. Get your cameras out!

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Photo credit: Surrey Art Gallery

I Spy a City

Where: Surrey Art Gallery
What: Riffing on the children’s game of “I spy,” Flavourcel’s project for UrbanScreen captures different sights from across Whalley and the broader Surrey region in animated form. The collective invites you to “spy” the things that connect with you: nearby shop facades, local ingredients, Surrey wildlife, popular sports, and more.
Runs until May 2, 2021

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Artwork by Sheila Letwiniuk

Spirituality, Art, and Community: An exhibition of artworks from members of our community

Where: Christ Church Cathedral
What: Partnership of Christ Church Cathedral, posAbilities & Outsiders and Others to “bring light and hope to our community in a time of panic and isolation.” This show includes artwork by 19 members of the Christ Church community. Displayed in the Cathedral windows, it can be seen at any time. Also viewable online (see website).
Runs until May 2, 2021

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Photo credit: North Van Arts

North Van Arts: Mother Tongue

Where: CityScape Community ArtSpace
What: What is motherhood? What does it mean to be a mother? These questions are explored in Mother Tongue. The exhibition draws together multiple mothers’ narratives by creating a visual language of their experiences, challenging the notions of motherhood.
Runs until April 10, 2021

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Photo credit: Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver

Exhibition “Aquatika” Sylvie Peltier

Where: Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver
What: Sylvie Peltier’s exhibition “Aquatika” explores the richness and complexity of nature, which is so much more than a mountain, a sunset, a forest, or a lake. Recently she has been experimenting with the interplay of lily pads, reeds, and water and the mysterious abstract motifs they create.
Runs until April 22, 2021

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Photo credit: Griffin Art Projects

Whose Chinatown? Examining Chinatown Gazes in Art, Archives, and Collections

Where: Griffin Art Projects
What: Whose Chinatown? Examining Chinatown Gazes in Art, Archives, and Collections,” brings together an art history of Chinatowns and their communities by historical and contemporary Canadian artists such Emily Carr, Unity Bainbridge, Yucho Chow, Fred Herzog, Paul Wong, Mary Sui Yee Wong, Morris Lum, and aiya哎呀, among others.
Runs on Saturdays until May 1, 2021

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Indigenous History in Colour

Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
What: This solo exhibition by Luke Parnell is a powerful exploration of the relationship between Northwest Coast Indigenous oral histories, conceptual art, and traditional formline design. Indigenous History in Colour’s playful juxtapositions and bold commentary are inspired by history, pop culture, and Bill Reid. Parnell’s multidisciplinary analysis of the shifting perspectives of Northwest Coast art in modern history challenges contemporary discourse on notions of reconciliation, repatriation and representation today.
Runs until May 9, 2021

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A Feast for the Eyes

Where: Polygon Gallery
What: Feast for the Eyes explores the rich history of food as one of photography’s most prevalent and enduring subjects. In an age where sharing images of food has emerged as a unique facet of contemporary culture, this exhibition offers a look at the timeless ways in which things we eat shape us and our perceptions of the world.
Runs until May 30, 2021

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Paddles Up! The Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Exhibit

Where: The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
What: Paddles Up! The Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Exhibit explores the festival’s history since the sport’s arrival at Expo 86. Discover unique artifacts, including two full-sized dragon boats, hear stories from athletes of all backgrounds, and learn about the festival’s cultural heritage.
Runs on Fridays and Saturdays until May 31, 2021

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Silent Witness

Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: Silent Witness features a collection of photographs by Italian photographer and artist Stefano Benazzo who has spent decades seeking shipwrecks from some of the most remote locations around the globe. His work narrates the scenes of these wrecks with light and portrays the soul of the abandoned vessels. The photographs in Silent Witness tell the story of decay for these ships, capturing their architecture and presenting them as sculptures embedded in the landscape.
Runs until July 18, 2021

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A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake

Where: Museum of Anthropology at UBC
What: The exhibition coincides with the 10th anniversary of the 2011 triple disaster that saw a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown hit the eastern region of Japan. A Future for Memory highlights nature’s destructive impact on humans and its regenerative potential, and explores how humans live in harmony with nature. It also examines how new connections and relationships have developed in the aftermath of this tragic event.
Runs until September 5, 2021

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Sun Xun: Mythological Time

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Sun Xun is a mid-career Chinese artist who works in a range of mediums including painting, drawing, animation, video and installation. In his highly imaginative video installation Mythological Time (2016), Sun takes viewers on a journey through his hometown of Fuxin in northern China, a coal-mining centre facing the depletion of its economic lifeblood. Sun’s video installation from the Gallery’s collection will be presented alongside a major 30-metre ink painting, being shown for the first time.
Runs until September 6, 2021

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A Seat at the Table

Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: The Museum of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia proudly present a new feature exhibition, A Seat at the Table, Chinese Immigration and British Columbia. This exhibition explores historical and contemporary stories of Chinese Canadians in BC and their struggles for belonging. It looks to food and restaurant culture as an entry point to feature stories that reveal the great diversity of immigrant experience and of the communities immigrants develop.
Runs until January 2022

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Storytime Saturdays with Maritime Museum – Online

Settle in and listen to a maritime-themed story on Saturday mornings. This event for ages four and up includes activities to engage little ones in ocean themes. Themes include seashore appreciation, marine animals and myths of the sea.
Runs on Saturdays at 10 am. Registration required. 

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Silent Witness with Stefano Benazzo – Online

Meet Italian photographer Stefano Benazzo and learn about his work travelling to remote locations to shoot shipwrecks. These photos are part of a feature exhibition at the VMM called Silent Witness. This virtual presentation includes a visual feast of photographs and stories of adventure.
Sunday, April 11, 2021

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Haiku Invitational – Online

The Haiku Invitational presented by Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. is an online contest with six main categories receiving submissions from all over the world.  Submit up to two unpublished and original works on the theme of cherry blossoms! The top poems in six main categories (Vancouver, BC, Canada, United States, International, and Youth (age 17 and younger) will receive celebrity readings and be featured in creative ways during the 2021 festival.
Runs until June 1, 2021

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Ne. Sans Opera and Dance – Online

Choreographer Idan Cohen shows excerpts from his research to stage Gluck’s monumental opera Orfeo ed Euridice as an innovative contemporary dance work. Bringing together six dancers, five opera singers, musical director Leslie Dala and costume designer Evan Clayton, Cohen’s research views Orpheus not as a god, but as an artist – a human who looks at the complex and sometimes violent history of western, classical opera and dance with eyes wide open, the dancing body serving as a living example of human strength and fragility. This pre-recorded showing will share excerpts of work in progress, and a discussion with the choreographer.
Streaming until April 13, 2021

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North Shore Art Crawl – Online

Are you ready for an art crawl? With over 60 artists participating in this year’s North Shore Art Crawl, everyone can discover some amazing art. Visitors can scroll and swipe their way across the North Shore with artist webpages showcasing studio practices and exhibitions. The North Shore Art Crawl is an opportunity for local audiences and remote browsers to explore these creative, talented, and passionate North Shore artists. Encounter new artists and learn more about the inspiration, technique and practices behind their works.
Runs until April 12, 2021

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Vancouver Opera – The Music Shop – Online

In this brilliant comedy (that is great for the family!), a meek husband desperately searches a music shop for a song requested by his wife. But if only he could remember the title or the tune of the song! His Wagnerian wife appears in a series of hilarious hallucinations during his mad scramble through the ill-fated music shop. If you enjoy opera, music theatre, musicals like Into the Woods, and zany comedy you’ll love this opera. A Canadian premiere performed and directed by the Vancouver Opera Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program participants.
Runs until April 12, 2021

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Chan Centre’s Spring 2021 Dot Com Series – Online

The Chan Centre’s Spring 2021 Dot Com Series features eight all-new performances which will be delivered 100% online and recorded around the globe—from Mexico to Montreal to our very own Chan Centre stage. Additional Performances launched every two weeks.
Runs until May 31, 2021





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City extends land lease for school serving children with dyslexia

City extends land lease for school serving children with dyslexia


Fraser Academy has helped so several children discover and mature around the a long time, and now many thanks to the tough operate of all of Council this faculty will be able to expand in order to welcome even far more children as a result of its doorways.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart

March 30 2021 –

Vancouver Town Council has agreed in theory to the extension of a lease that will permit Fraser Academy, a faculty that supports young children with dyslexia and other language-based mostly learning disabilities, to keep on being at their present-day web-site on West 10th Avenue.

Lease extension to July 2030

The lease extension, which will be introduced to Council for acceptance this summer time, will assure the Academy can stay at the web page right up until July 2030. Staff members and the Academy are also negotiating ailments of an agreement that will pave the way for a minimum 60-calendar year ground lease that, topic to approval by Council, would allow for the Academy to redevelop the web-site as an expanded university, along with the growth of a non-financial gain childcare facility.

“This is a win for children and a earn for our city,” mentioned Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “Fraser Academy has helped so numerous little ones find out and increase around the decades, and now thanks to the tricky get the job done of all of Council this university will be capable to increase in buy to welcome even additional young children by way of its doors.”

“Our heartfelt many thanks go to Council and the City of Vancouver for their vision in supporting young children with dyslexia and language-dependent studying dissimilarities,” claimed Maureen Steltman, Head of Fraser Academy. “As a result, we will be in a position to develop our plans, including outreach, early intervention, and most importantly, instructor teaching.”

About Fraser Academy

Fraser Academy, which is a non-earnings culture and charity, at this time provides specialised aid and school for 350 college students each 12 months.

In the coming months, City staff will operate with the Academy to ensure a plan that supports the Academy’s eyesight to make a Centre for Dyslexia and Neighborhood Literacy that will increase community entry to programs and neighborhood reward for all children with language-primarily based finding out disabilities. 

Employees will update Council on the progress of this system in summer season 2021.



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Imagine Van Gogh will now spend summer in Vancouver!

Imagine Van Gogh will now spend summer in Vancouver!


Envision Van Gogh the Initial Immersive Exhibition in Impression Totale© have introduced they are extending to August 29th, 2021. Tickets for the extension are on sale now at www.picture-vangogh.com.

In session with nearby wellness authorities, Picture Van Gogh the Original Immersive Exhibition in Graphic Totale© is built as a contactless working experience and will have restricted capacity, timed entries, and will operate in full accordance with British Columbia’s community health guidelines.

Imagine Van Gogh will now spend summer in Vancouver!

The interior world of a visionary genius arrives alive in Imagine Van Gogh the Primary Immersive Exhibition in Graphic Totale©. Established by French Creative Directors Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron—renowned for their do the job at Cathédrale d’Images in Les Baux-de-Provence—Think about Van Gogh surprised audiences when it debuted in France with the artwork thought of Impression Totale©.

Imagine Van Gogh will now spend summer in Vancouver!

Filling 25,000 square toes of the convention centre, this grandiose exhibit delivers an immersive display screen of additional than 200 of Van Gogh’s paintings, together with his most popular works, painted amongst 1888 and 1890 in Provence, Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, from the acquainted Sunflowers and The Starry Night time to the intimate Bed room in Arles to the sublime The Purple Vineyard. The exhibit delivers Van Gogh’s canvases to existence in a vivid, magnificent way, enabling the viewer to enter and roam the luminous dreamscapes conjured by Vincent Van Gogh, accompanied by the audio of Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, Schubert, Mozart, Satie, and additional.

Imagine Van Gogh will now spend summer in Vancouver!

“In 2008, Annabelle Mauger designed her very first immersive Van Gogh exhibition, making off what she learned about immersive experiences from her husband’s grandfather, who developed an early model recognized as Picture Totale©. She has continued to adapt it, performing with an art historian to existing the past two many years of the artist’s everyday living. She needed people to respect the facts of van Gogh’s artwork and his thick and sometimes violent-searching brush strokes without having the barrier of a frame”.  – Christina Morales, New York Times

For tickets and data on all overall health and basic safety protocols, visit www.visualize-vangogh.com

 





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