Stanley Park Rose Garden Path

Stanley Park Rose Garden

Stroll along the paths and take in the aroma of dozens of blooming flowers in the Rose Garden in Stanley Park. While summer is nearly over, it’s not too late to enjoy the colour, depth and selection of the roses, whatever the time of year may be. A collection of photos over the years are available for viewing on Gallery.

Interurban car 1207

A look back at the interurbans

Even though the Downtown Historic Railway is out-of-service, you can still experience the heritage interurbans online. Browse through pictures and brush-up on the routes these versatile rail cars took on their journeys through the Lower Mainland.

Anime Conventions

What is an anime convention?

Curious about what goes on at an anime convention? Ever wondered why people wear costumes to these events? Where can I find one that’s nearest to me? It’s my first time, what do I need to bring? Answers to these questions and more can be found in the all about anime conventions and the convention checklist articles.


Helping those affected by the Alberta wildfires

Our friends and family in Alberta need our help to overcome the devastation caused by the wildfires that have displaced whole communities.

The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations which both the Alberta and the Canadian government will match. To make a $5 donation, text “REDCROSS” to 30333 from your mobile phone.

Rio Theatre to show The Boy and the Beast

Vancouver’s Rio Theatre has lined up three showings of Mamoru Hosoda’s latest animated film: The Boy and the Beast.

Abandoned and left wandering the streets of Shibuya, Kyuta happens upon another world filled with creatures and encounters the fearsome Kumatetsu. As a warrior, Kumatetsu is searching for a worthy apprentice to partner with him and Kyuta appears to fit the description. Their bonds grow, undeterred by the differences Kyuta and Kumatetsu share, evolve into a relationship neither of them thought would happen. Though a force far stronger than anything ever seen before threatens to destroy both worlds, man and beast must unite together to save everything they’ve built.

There are three dates so far, with a potential for more based on demand. Advance tickets are available for $10 online or for $12 at the door. The film will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles.

  • Saturday, May 28th at 4:45 pm PDT
  • Monday, May 30th at 9:15 pm PDT
  • Saturday, June 4th at 3:00 pm PDT

The Boy and the Beast was originally released in Japan on July 11th, 2015.

Pokémon Sun and Moon starters revealed

Unveiled today, the trio starting Pokémon in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are Rowlet, Litten and Popplio. Selected at the beginning of the in-game journey, they become the core part of the player’s team and evolve into more than fighting creature.

RowletFirst up is Rowlet, a grass quill Pokémon, weighing in at 3.3 lbs and a height of one foot. Rowlet is a combination grass and flying type with the overgrow ability.

LittenNext is Litten, a fire cat Pokémon. At 9.5 lbs, Litten is heavier than Rowlet, but only four inches taller. As a fire type, Litten’s fur is saturated in flammable oil which it can lick and spit fireballs with.

PopplioFinally there’s the sea lion Pokémon, Popplio. While Popplio is the same height as Litten, it is the heaviest of the three at 16.5 lbs. Despite that, the water type is very flexible and acrobatic creating water balloons for both battle and fun.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon hits store shelves November 18th, 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console.

Source: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon

WHL team makes Giant move to Langley

In what seems like downsizing, the Vancouver Giants confirmed Tuesday that the team is leaving the Pacific Coliseum for the Langley Events Centre. The WHL team will play the 2016-17 season at the new facility.

The 5,276 seat Langley Events Centre, situated at 7888 200 Street, Langley, is a considerably smaller venue than the aging Pacific Coliseum. The 15,713 seat Coliseum was home to the Giants since their inception to the league in 2001.

Giants owner Ron Toigo stated that “This is a decision that allows us to relocate to an area where a very high percentage of our core demographic live.” and “…allows us to have a home venue whose size will enable us to sell out games, create a fun game night atmosphere and give the team some real home ice advantage.”

A name change is not in the plans of the team’s transition from Vancouver into Langley; they will still be called the Vancouver Giants.

Source: Vancouver Giants

Free Comic Book Day for 2016 is at your local comic store Saturday, May 7

An action packed weekend is just around the corner with Free Comic Book Day hitting the shelves on Saturday, May 7th, 2016. For 15 years, anyone can pick up select copies of new popular and new series for free — no strings attached.

This includes manga too, next to favourites of The Avengers, Suicide Squad and Doctor Who. Manga titles available for this year are…

  • Pokémon Pocket Comics Legendary Pokémon by Santa Harukaze from Viz Media / Perfect Square
  • Attack on Titan Anthology Preview by Hajime Isayama from Kodansha Comics
  • Street Fighter Volume 1 by Ken Siu-Chong, Matt Moylan, Edwin Huang from Udon Entertainment
  • One Punch Man / My Hero Academia by One, Kouhei Horikoshi, and Yusuke Murata from Viz Media
  • Sonic Sampler by Jamal Peppers, and Gary Martin from Archie Comic Publications

For a complete list of available titles and participating store locations, check out the Free Comic Book Day web site.

Nintendo gives tiny glimpse into mobile, Zelda and NX as part of yearly report

New mobile games, The Legend of Zelda update and confirmation of the Nintendo NX console were some of the topics included in Nintendo’s fiscal earning report which ended on March 31st, 2016 according to a press release by the Japanese gaming company.

Following the success of Miitomo, which surpassed 10 million users worldwide since its March 31st launch, two more mobile games were announced. Expected in the fall of 2016 are titles from the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises which will feature far more immersive gameplay than Miitomo. Further details of these apps are proposed in the coming months.

Information about the next generation console, NX, is still limited. Secrecy still shrouds the device which will not be included in Nintendo’s line up for this year’s E3 expo. However, NX has an anticipated release in March 2017 and that a proper reveal will happen in late 2016.

Work continues on The Legend of Zelda game, which will launch in 2017 concurrently on both Wii U and NX. Nintendo mentioned that they will have a playable Wii U version of the game at E3 in June and it will be the only game attendees can partake in during the event.

Naruto anime returns to manga with story and new opening song

Promotional image for the new episodes of Naruto Shippuden. Courtesy TV Tokyo

Promotional image for the new episodes of Naruto Shippuden. Courtesy TV Tokyo

The final episode focusing on Uchiha Itachi concludes on Thursday, April 28th, thus closing the tormenting saga of the elder Uchiha sibling. This lets the Naruto Shippuden series return to the manga story where Naruto and Sasuke square off against Uchiha Madara in the Fourth Great Ninja War in episode 459, titled “The Incipient” which airs Thursday, May 5th.

Coinciding with this announcement, TV Tokyo uploaded to their web site new promotional artwork featuring Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke and Kakashi.

Additionally, Japanese band Asian Kung-Fu Generation returns to perform the song “Blood Circulator” during the opening credits.

Sources: Crunchyroll, TV Tokyo

Bonaparte’s Gull

Bonaparte's Gull

A Bonaparte’s Gull glides effortlessly over the calm waters of Qualicum Beach on a warm spring morning. The beach is always a busy place with gulls and the occasional eagle looking for a snack.

Sakura Days Japan Fair 2016 photos

Spring was ushered in with the annual Sakura Days Japan Fair in the delightful VanDusen Gardens this past weekend. With tea ceremonies, taiko drumming, haiku writing, sake sampling, ramen, yakitori, and of course, cherry blossoms! Photos from the two-day festival are on Gallery.

Preparing tea during the tea ceremony Kagamibiraki - breaking of the sake barrel Tetsu Taiko
Cherry blossoms! Ducklings bobbing for food in the garden pond. Yakitori grilling over charcoal

Honda Celebration of Light countries announced for 2016

China's display at the Honda Celebration of Light in 2015

China’s display at the Honda Celebration of Light in 2015

For three nights this summer, the Honda Celebration of Light returns to Vancouver’s English Bay bringing world-class fireworks for everyone to enjoy.

Participants this year include Royal Fireworks representing the Netherlands on Saturday, July 23rd, Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics for Australia on Wednesday, July 27th and the Walt Disney Company on behalf of the United States of America on Saturday, July 30th.

Each 25-minute pyrotechnical performances begin at 10:00 pm PDT and synchronized to music to create a stunning show over the water. But there’s much more than pretty explosions in the evening sky. SHOREFEST hosts live music from two stages — one at English Bay and the other at Sunset Beach — in the afternoons leading up to the fireworks.

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