What’s on this Week? April 8 - 14

  

Gran Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life

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When: April 13 to September 15, 2013

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery - Stop #4

Price: Included with Admission

Named after a 1932 Hollywood film, the exhibition explores the evolution of hotels and their role in modern life. The four main themes are travel, design, social and culture. A curator tour will be available on Sunday, the day after the opening. 

Quite simply, the hotel is a veritable laboratory of modern life.”

Website: Gran Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life

  World Umbrella Dance

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When: April 13th 12:45pm

Where: In front of Vancouver Art Gallery - Stop #4

Price: Free

Shiamak Vancouver Performance Team is in charge of rehearsals for all the volunteers who will be participating in this year’s World Umbrella Dance. Anthony Redpath’s limited edition PoP-Art umbrellas will be used, and it promises to be a visually appealing performance. Dancers are lucky, because if the Vancouver rain makes an appearance they’ll be armed. 

 Website: World Umbrella Dance

  A Week in the Life of Stanley Park: Photo   Contest

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Where: Stanley Park - Stops #12 - #17

When: April 6-14, 2013

Price: Free

Stanley Park Ecology Society is accepting photo submissions for their contest from anyone, doesn’t matter which country you are from, and offering hotel accommodation and restaurant certificates as prize packages. The categories are Nature, Places, People and Youth for those under the age of 19. Thirteen winning entries will be featured in the 2014 calendar, on their website, and be displayed in the Stanley Park Nature House located in Lost Lagoon. If you’re Hopping Off in Stanley Park, or have done so in the past, this is your chance to win yourself a good excuse to return to Vancouver!

Website: Stanley Park Photo Contest

  Vancouver Convention Centre Tour 

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When: April 10th 10am, 2pm

Where: Vancouver Convention Center - Stop #1

Price: Free

A rare opportunity to tour the usually far-too busy Vancouver Convention center. The building is LEEDS certified, boasts a massive green roof complete with bees and was used as a media hub during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Book yourself a spot because this doesn’t happen every day. 

Book here

By: Alina Anghel

What’s on this week? March 25 - 31

Easter Train - Stanley Park

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When: March 23th - April 1st 

Where:  Close walk from Stop 13 - Ask your driver for directions

Price: Kids $8.75 for all activities 

         Adults $3.50 for train ride, free to supervise egg hunt

If you’ve got kids, then Hop off at stop #13 and so they can meet the Easter Bunny and go for an Easter themed train ride. All sorts of activities are planned, from an egg hunts to crafts. The train is also covered so it operates rain or shine, but fingers crossed that the streak of beautiful weather doesn’t end.

Website: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/easter-train.aspx

Canstruction 

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When: March 25th - April 3rd 

Where: HSBC Pendulum Gallery, Four Seasons Hotel, Pacific Center Rotunda - Stop 4

Price: FREE

Every year Vancouver business and organisations put their building skills to the test and face off in a canstruction competition. All the cans and food items used are donated to the Greater Vancouver Foodbank and the competition takes place in 180 cities worldwide. You can walk into the buildings hosting the competition and marvel at the ingenuity and creativity of the sculptures. I spotted an accurate model of BC place, complete with changing lights that made excellent use of marshmallows and Fiji water. 

Website: http://www.canstructionvancouver.com/

Vancouver Art Gallery 

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When: March 26, 7:00pm

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery - Stop 4

Price: Included with Gallery Admission - by donation Tuesdays after 5:00pm

A rare opportunity to hear the carver himself James Hart lead an Artist Talk discussing his process of creating The Dance Screen (The Scream Too). The process began in 2009 and was completed inside the Vancouver Art Gallery. A dance screen, it has a door to be used in the future by dancers and features traditional animal figures of the Haida people that conveys the importance of man and nature’s interdependent relationship. A theme also captured by the carving is the declining salmon population in the West Coast. Hart is a Haida master carver and chief that previously worked with Bill Reid and Robert Davidson. 

Website: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/events_and_programs/lectures_talks.html#hart

By: Alina Anghel