Our friends and family throughout British Columbia need your help to overcome the devastation caused by the wildfires that have displaced many communities.
Forest Fire Risk
Now that summer is upon us, the temperatures soar and British Columbia’s dense forests dry out and become prone to forest fires. Small fires, including camp fires, are now banned through much of the province due to the risk. If you see a forest fire, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a mobile device. For more info, click here.
Canada turns 150
Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary since Confederation in 1867. Throughout 2017, communities across the country are hosting events to commemorate this occasion. Here’s to 150 years of the true north, strong and free! #Canada150
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.
The smoky hot weather and long lines didn’t deter attendees as they converged upon the west building of the Vancouver Convention Centre this weekend for Anime Revolution.
Surprised tourists mingled with the costumed con-goers, snapping pictures of popular characters from Deadpool, My Hero Academia, Naruto, The Legend of Zelda and more!
There’s still one more day, as Anime Revolution wraps up on Sunday, August 6th. Photos from Saturday are on Gallery.
Japan was the first country to perform for the 2017 Honda Celebration of Light over Vancouver’s English Bay. As part of Canada 150, all participating countries were asked to include a Canadian song — Japan chose Halleluja by Leonard Cohen as their opening song.
If the high tide, crowds or glaring sunshine kept you away from English Bay, you can check out out some of the sweet shots from their show on Gallery.
The United Kingdom is up next on Wednesday, August 2nd followed by Canada on Saturday, August 5th. Fireworks start promptly at 10 pm.
The Ice Tiger of Russia from ice skating anime Yuri!!! on Ice now comes as a miniature-format figure. Joining Yuri Katsuki and Victor Nikiforov is Yuri Plisetsky as part of the Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid line.
Yuri (or Yurio as he’s affectionately called to differentiate from the other Yuri) is dolled up in his silver outfit he wears during his Agape performance. Also included are three interchangeable facial expressions (agape, sour and shocked), katsudon piroshky, and a pair of cat ears from he obtained during scene at the Rostelecom Cup.
These final images of Yurio were posted on Good Smile’s Kahotan blog. Yuri Plisetsky, when purchased through the Good Smile Company web site, will ship with a special rubber strap. He goes on sale Tuesday, July 25th, 2017.
Source: Good Smile Company
At Disney’s D23 event this afternoon, Square Enix director Tetsuya Nomura announced that Kingdom Hearts III would be launching in 2018 and presented a trailer detailing a new world in the game based on Disney Pixar’s Toy Story franchise.
Protagonists Sora, Donald and Goofy, transform into action figures as they enter Andy’s bedroom. Upon learning from the other toys that Andy’s disappeared, they must join forces with Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Rex, Hamm and Sarge as they fight off the Heartless in the long journey to the Galaxy Toys store.
Sora gains new abilities in the Toy Story world. Woody and Buzz can lend Sora their strength to create a giant mallet and strike multiple Heartless at once. Once in the store, he can also take control of large toy robots and use them to battle other larger toys, utilizing their large cannon arms.
Kingdom Hearts III will be available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime in 2018.
Source: Square Enix
Grab your helmets as Yowamushi Pedal is back for a fourth season starting January 2018! The announcement came at the Le Tour de Yowapeda 2017 event Sunday for the third season of the animated cycling series.
Also mentioned at the event was Yowamushi Pedal Re: Generation, a movie using footage from the third season, with additional scenes added in. It’s scheduled for screening October 2017 in Japan.
Yowamushi Pedal is based on the manga of the same name by Wataru Watanabe.
Canada’s 150th birthday is a once in a lifetime event, and Vancouver’s core swelled all weekend long for the celebration. This year, the Canada Day Parade was held on July 2nd, just because it would be too much for one day. Because Canada’s unique background, many cultures took to the streets in the parade, embodying the Canadian spirit of unity.
Couldn’t make it down to Georgia Street? Fear not, photos are on Gallery.
Canada turns 150 years old this Saturday, July 1st and it’s time to come out and party! With so many things going on this weekend, it’s hard to choose, but don’t despair — There’s an entire weekend to have fun with food, parades, music, festivals and yes, fireworks! Bonne fête Canada!
- Canada Day at Canada Place – July 1 & 2, 2017
999 Canada Place, Vancouver
- Steveston Salmon Festival – July 1, 2017 6:30 am to 10:00 pm
- Surrey Canada Day – July 1, 2017 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey
- Canada Day at Edmonds Plaza & Park July 1, 2017 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Edmonds Park, Burnaby
- Canada Day at the Burnaby Village Museum July 1, 2017 from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby
- Canada Day Concert at Swangard Stadium July 1, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby
- Canada Day 2017 July 1, 2017 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm
Queen’s Park, New Westminster
- North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations July 1, 2017
Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
- North Shore Canada Day Parade July 1, 2017
13th Street and Grand Blvd, North Vancouver
- Coquitlam Canada Day July 1, 2017 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
- Canada Day at Fort Langley 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Fort Langley National Historic Site, Fort Langley
- Canada Day Celebration at Diefenbaker Park 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Diefenbaker Park, Tsawwassen
- Canada Day Celebration at Kirkland House 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Kirkland House, Ladner
- Canada Day Celebration at Chalmers Park 5:30 pm – 10:45 pm
Chalmers Park, North Delta
- Canada Day at Granville Island – All Day
Granville Island, Vancouver
Following the success of the NES Classic Edition console, Nintendo revealed the Super NES Classic Edition console today. Included are 21 pre-installed games (see the list below), two controllers, an HDMI cable and USB power cable. This version of the retro console is smaller than its original form; it’s easily held in one hand.
The pre-installed software library is a selection of popular series from the 90’s, along with the never-before-released game, Star Fox 2; which is unlockable upon completing the first level of Star Fox.
- Contra III: The Alien Wars™
- Donkey Kong Country™
- Final Fantasy III
- Kirby™ Super Star
- Kirby’s Dream Course™
- The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past™
- Mega Man® X
- Secret of Mana
- Star Fox™
- Star Fox™ 2
- Street Fighter® II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania IV™
- Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts®
- Super Mario Kart™
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars™
- Super Mario World™
- Super Metroid™
- Super Punch-Out!! ™
- Yoshi’s Island™
The Super NES Classic Edition goes on sale September 29th, 2017, with a suggested retail price of $79.99.
It’s hoped that Nintendo will increase stock availability for this console, as the NES Classic Edition was plagued with limited inventory causing sellouts at some retailers and reports of scalpers dumping the console online for exorbitant prices.
The beating of drums. The cheering crowd. The detailed dragon-head prows. These are all part of the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, which takes over False Creek Friday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 25th, 2017.
But there’s much more than just watching the boats glide up and down the eastern end of False Creek. Live music with local bands, food trucks, a beer garden and vendors selling wares related to boating and fashion will line the seawall.
So come on down, rain or shine, and support your favourite team this weekend; and best of all, it’s free to attend! The easiest way of getting to the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival is with transit — the Main Street-Science World SkyTrain station is just a quick five-minute walk away.