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Experience the Lightroom at Metropolis at Metrotown

July 10th, 2015

Many people may decry the slow and painful death of art and culture in today’s increasingly materialistic society. Many people may assume that creative expression and rampant commercialism are oceans apart from one another and never the twain shall meet. The folks at Metropolis at Metrotown couldn’t disagree more, as evidenced by the new Lightroom […]

Hats Off Day 2015 in Burnaby Heights (Videos)

June 8th, 2015

In Vancouver, there are many ways you can mark the unofficial start of summer. Maybe it’s the first time you enjoy a meal out on the patio. Maybe it’s the first time you head to the beach or the first time you enjoy a backyard barbecue. In Burnaby Heights, you know summer has arrived when […]

Giveaway: Win Tickets to Of Heaven and Earth at Vancouver Art Gallery

June 5th, 2015

Italian culture and heritage make up a significant portion of Vancouver’s cultural scene and there are few neighborhoods where this is more pronounced than along Commercial Drive. That’s why it only makes sense that Italian Day is set to take over the Drive next Sunday, June 14. The theme of this year’s celebration is Italian […]

Marvel Universe LIVE! Costume Contest

May 25th, 2015

It pains me to say that I have yet to watch Age of Ultron. I know. I know. There are probably some strings on me. If you have had the chance to watch the latest Avengers movie and you’re itching for some more superhero action, you’re in luck. Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming to Vancouver […]

Sunday Snippet: Han Solo (Star Wars)

April 19th, 2015

“Look, good against remotes is one thing, good against the living, that’s something else.” Unless you’ve been trapped under a tauntaun for the last week, you’ve probably seen the new Star Wars trailer. As we look forward to the seventh episode in the storied movie franchise, we must also look back at the original trilogy […]

In Defense of Trevor Noah

April 3rd, 2015

View image | Two months ago, Jon Stewart dropped an unexpected bombshell on the world when he announced that he would be leaving The Daily Show after hosting it since 1999. He didn’t say where he was going and he didn’t say who would succeed him as host. We still don’t know about the […]

Weekend Movie Reviews: Big Hero 6, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Dazed and Confused

March 6th, 2015

Big Hero 6 (2014) Walt Disney Animation Studios has come out with some terrific films over the years. They’re the ones responsible for everything from The Lion King to Wreck-It Ralph. And it is with a similarly “geeky” slant that they approached Big Hero 6 (though not as geeky as The LEGO Movie). What’s interesting […]

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Red Pockets Music Video

February 19th, 2015

As a kid, three of my favorite days of the year were my birthday (naturally), Christmas and Chinese New Year. The one thing all three of these days had in common was that I would get red pockets from my elders. Sure, the more “Western” relatives could give me actual gifts on my birthday and […]