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.


Canada Day events for 2016

A Canadian Forces exhibit at Canada Place in 2015

A Canadian Forces exhibit at Canada Place in 2015

Come and celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday with events all around the Lower Mainland on Friday, July 1st. There are plenty of activities the whole family can enjoy: from parades, live music, food to nighttime fireworks displays. Don’t forget to check your local community calendar for any festivities not included in the list below.

2016 Dragon Boat Festival photos

The rain and cold weather didn’t keep spectators and participants away from the 2016 Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver’s False Creek. Even though mid-June felt like February, the wet, grey skies were filled with the rhythmic sounds of drums, empowered cheers and the synchronized splashes of paddles.

The three-day festival ends on Sunday, June 19th. In addition to the boats, there’s also live music and food in Creekside Park, just outside Science World.

2016 Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival Pulling away from the dock Neck-in-neck!
Manoeuvring Dragon prow Finish line!

Additional photos are available on Gallery.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild formally named at E3

Archer Link amiibo

Archer Link amiibo

Nintendo drew the curtains on the window, finally giving everyone a glimpse into the wide world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at this year’s E3. Long awaited, this new title in the Legend of Zelda franchise brings more than just an expansive map to the series.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild breathes new life into the hero Link who now sports a rugged look with a blue outfit in contrast to the traditional green tunic. Adding a touch of realism, Link can cook and eat food. This is helpful in restoring his hearts or boost his strength for a short period. Weapons are scarce at first — Link must find them or steal them from his opponents, though they do wear down over time from use.

Floating across the water

The immersive environment lets Link wander — distant mountains are no longer a border. Forests, rivers and deserts are all waiting to be explored. Distance an issue, leap off a peak and soar the skies with the paraglider, or use the shield as a sled to descend snowy mountain tops. And like the real world, the weather can change on a whim — torrential rain can extinguish fires, whereas metallic objects, like swords, attract lightning.

Wolf Link returns to help

Set to launch in 2017 on both the Wii U and the Nintendo NX consoles, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is also amiibo friendly. There are three amiibos: Archer Link, Horseback Link, and the first articulated amiibo, the Guardian. The Wolf Link amiibo is also compatible with the game; tap it to have Link’s canine form join him to help fight off enemies. Be mindful of the wolf’s three hearts, once they’re depleted he disappears.

Source: Nintendo

Nintendo’s E3 2016 schedule includes look into new Zelda, Pokémon, Wii U and 3DS titles

Link riding horse

Artwork of Link riding a horse from the in development The Legend of Zelda title.

With the largest event in the world of gaming less than a week away, Nintendo has their E3 schedule ready to go. With a large focus on the upcoming The Legend of Zelda title, it won’t be the only franchise shown during the expo.

On Tuesday, June 14th, at 9:00 am PDT (12:00 pm EDT), Nintendo of America President and Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime opens the video with a glimpse of the Wii U version of The Legend of Zelda. Gameplay of the this year’s Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon titles is expected as well.

For the second day, on Wednesday, June 15th, video streaming starts at 10:00 am PDT (1:00 pm EDT) with a look into forthcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles including Capcom’s Monster Hunter Generators, Square-Enix’s Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE by Atlus. A Q&A session with the Pokémon GO developers is also on the schedule.

Watch the videos of the two-day event on YouTube, Twitch and on Nintendo’s E3 web site.

New Kingdom Hearts 2.8 trailer peeks into Aqua’s battle and enigmatic Foretellers

Get ready to dive deeper into the world of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue with a new video where Aqua fights off a horde of Heartless in Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep–A Fragmentary Passage.

Also included in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue compilation title are improved graphics for Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD and never before seen scenes involving the Foretellers from Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue launches worldwide December 2016 on the PlayStation 4.

Source: YouTube

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

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.

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.

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