It’s that time of year when the lush VanDusen Botanical Gardens transforms into dazzling display of colourful lights just in time for Christmas.
Thousands of Christmas lights are strung along the garden’s many trees and bushes that brighten up the winding paths. There’s also live music and food trucks serving warm drinks and snacks, a carousel, musical instruments and more.
The Festival of Lights is on now until January 7th, 2018. Tickets are required for entry and available online or in person. Dress appropriately as it may be cold or wet. Parking is limited, but transit is always an option (either with the 17 bus or a short walk north from the 41 bus).
Can’t make it? Check out the photos from the this year’s event on Gallery.
Fans filling the auditorium at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
The wildly popular The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses returned to Vancouver to delight fans of one of Nintendo’s popular franchises with an evening of music and magic. The concert was held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, instead of the Orpheum (as in years past) on Thursday, November 30th, 2017. Attendees of all ages filled the auditorium, many in costume or decked out in their favourite Zelda gear to show their love for the games.
Energetic local conductor Kevin Zakresky kept the crowd engaged with his performances leading the orchestra, turning to the audience for cheers and applause. He even broke out the Wind Waker baton for a few of the songs.
Tour producer Jason Michael Paul started the evening off with opening remarks, including a statement that the concert would go on hiatus for 2018. He added that if we’d like to see the tour start back up again, fans would need to contact Nintendo to let them know there’s still a demand for it.
The journey back into the many worlds of Zelda began with the overture, a compilation of the themes and motifs of Link, Princess Zelda and Ganon. From there, we launched into heaving Great Sea from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The calming music of the immersive Hyrule in the latest title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild captivated the crowd. Images from the games were shown on a giant screen behind the orchestra, adding to the wonder and nostalgia. Other compilations included selections from the 3D classics The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, the renowned The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, the colourful The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Of course, there was also a reprise of additional melodies from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The evening concluded with a classic, the Ballad of the Wind Fish from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. It was a beautiful way to finish off the concert.
Merchandise this year included a new tour shirt, updated poster, music books and a replica of the Wind Waker baton. As usual, the line for these goodies snaked their way up to the second level of the theatre.
The 55 foot tree illuminates the plaza in 2016.
The annual tradition of illuminating Surrey’s largest Christmas tree returns Saturday, November 25th, 2017 at Surrey City Hall Plaza.
Enjoy live music, food trucks, a holiday market, fair rides and even a zip-line at this family-friendly event. Performances from over 20 different artists including Juno-winning artist Ruth B., alternative rock band Daysormay, and jazz-soul artist Krystle Dos Santos will take the stage next to choirs and other local acts. Of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand with the city’s mayor and council to partake in the entertainment.
There’s no admission to watch the 55 foot (16.7 metre) tall tree when it’s lit at 6:30 pm. The Surrey Tree Lighting Festival begins at 12:00 noon and ends at 7:00 pm. Take transit for easy access to the venue, which is a short walk from the Surrey Central Expo Line station.
Cover artwork for NARUTO FINAL BEST.
Aniplex held a poll for Naruto fans to select songs in the last compilation album for the animated series titled NARUTO FINAL BEST. The album has eleven songs, all opening and closing themes from the two series, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, which aired over the span of 14 years.
The songs included in NARUTO FINAL BEST are:
- Blood Circulator by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
- Blue Lullaby by Kuroneko Chelsea
- Pino to Amerie by Huwie Ishizaki
- Kara no Kokoro by Anly
- Tabidachi no Uta by ARUMIKURIKAMAKI
- ZetsuZetsu by Swimy
The songs chosen from the online poll are:
- Haruka Kanata by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
- GO!!! by FLOW
- Namikaze Satellite by Snorkel
- CLOSER by Joe Inoue
- Sign by FLOW
Accompanying the CD is a DVD of the endings and openings, a booklet and Naruto sticker.
NARUTO FINAL BEST goes on sale December 13th, 2017.
Sources: Crunchyroll, Aniplex
Artwork of the Yuri!!! on ICE The Complete Series Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD box set.
FUNimation unveiled their line-up of home releases for February 2018 and the hit anime series Yuri!!! on ICE was mentioned next to series Fairy Tail, Attack on Titan and All Out.
A limited edition combination pack includes all twelve episodes on both DVD and Blu-ray. This accompanied by an 80 page booklet chock full of artwork and interviews with the co-creators, three art cards, a three-inch button of Victor Nikoforov hoisting his golden medal, all inside a beautiful box that has a holographic Yuri!!! on ICE label and metallic silver snowflakes. A regular edition, minus all the goodies, is also available.
Yuri Katsuki made it to the Grand Prix Finals of ice skating, but winds up last. Upon returning to his home in Japan, Yuri contemplates on what to do next, until legendary Russian ice skater Victor Nikiforov shows up to be his coach. As the two train together, they learn more about each other and what they want to achieve, despite fierce competition from another Russian skater, Yuri Plisetsky and others from around the world. Will Yuri come out on top and win the gold this time?
This collectors edition of Yuri!!! on ICE is available for pre-order through FUNimation’s web site and is slated for release on February 6th, 2018.
The boys from the Iwatobi Swim Club are coming back with a new series scheduled for summer 2018. Promotional artwork for this new anime is being screened at showings of the movie called Free! -Take Your Marks- in Japanese theatres.
Additionally, fans who purchase Blu-ray or DVD copies of Free! -Timeless Medley- and Free! -Timeless Medley- Promise movies, can receive tickets to enjoy episode 0 as a bonus; this episode isn’t being broadcast publicly.
Further details on the new Free! series will be added to the official web site at a later date.
Source: Free! -Take Your Marks-
On Saturday, November 11th, 2017, communities throughout Metro Vancouver will hold ceremonies to honour the men and women who serve and have given their lives for Canada for Remembrance Day.
- Vancouver – Ceremony and Parade at Victory Square (West Hastings Street between Cambie and Hamilton streets). Starts at 10:00 am PST.
- Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony at North Burnaby Cenotaph in Confederation Park (Willingdon Avenue and Penzance Drive). Starts at 10:30 am PST, followed by the ceremony at 11:00 am PST.
- Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony at South Burnaby Cenotaph in Bonsor Park (Imperial Street and Nelson Avenue). Parade starts at 10:30 am PST, followed by the ceremony at 11:00 am PST.
- New Westminster – Ceremony at the Cenotaph in front of New Westminster City Hall (511 Royal Avenue). Starts at 10:30 am PST.
- Surrey – Ceremony at Cloverdale Cenotaph at the Surrey Museum and Surrey Archives (17710 – 56A Avenue). Starts at 9:30 am PST.
- Richmond – Ceremony and Parade at Richmond City Hall (6911 No. 3 Road). Parade leaves Minoru Park at 10:20 am PST followed by the ceremony at 10:40 am PST.
- Coquitlam – A Remembrance Day service will be held at the Blue Mountain Park Cenotaph (975 King Albert Avenue) beginning at 9:45 am PST, followed by a parade from the Como Lake Middle School to the Cenotaph at 10:30 am PST and concluding with services at the Cenotaph in Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Avenue).
- Delta – Ceremony at North Delta Social Heart Plaza (11415 84th Avenue). Starts at 10:40 am PST.
- Delta – Parade and Ceremony at Ladner Memorial Park (5010 47th Avenue). Parade starts at 10:15 am PST followed by the ceremony at 10:45 am PST.
Figure manufacturer and distributor Good Smile Company unveiled the designs for three new Yuri!!! on Ice characters for its Nendoroid series. The concept art shows Victor Nikiforov in his coach outfit and the casual styles worn by Yuri Katsuki and Yuri Plisetsky.
No date for release was mentioned.
Source: Good Smile Company