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.

 

Pokémon GO trainers can enter the PNE free on August 20

The Pacific National Exhibition opens this Saturday, August 20th and for one hour between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm, Pokémon GO trainers can enter for free by showing the Pokémon GO app on their mobile phone.

The Fair at the PNE runs Saturday, August 20th through Monday, September 5th, 2016 and is closed on both Monday, August 22th and 29th. Gates open at 11:00 am.

Source: Twitter

Digimon Adventure tri. to show in select Canadian theatres September 2016

Digimon Adventure tri. promotional poster

Promotional artwork for Digimon Adventure tri.

The DigiDestined are coming to a theatre near you! Cineplex is screening the English dubbed first episode of Digimon Adventure tri. in only a handful of their locations across Canada on Thursday, September 15th, 2016.

Six years after their first foray into the Digital World over summer, the DigiDestined have grown up and moved on. The tranquility since the portal to the Digital World closed is not to last as a monster appears in Taichi Yagami’s hometown of Odaiba. Taichi is helpless; unable to stop the destruction of his neighbourhood caused by Kuwagamon. But when Kuwagamon’s attention turns towards Taichi, the teenager’s long silent Digivice activates…

Visit Cineplex.com for available theatres and to purchase advance tickets for Digimon Adventure tri. – Chapter 1: Reunion.

Only two locations in the Lower Mainland are hosting the hour and 20 minute anime: SilverCity Riverport Cinemas and Cineplex Cinemas Langley.

Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival returns fall 2016

The 14th annual Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is back for another delicious year with a smorgasbord of dining events October 4th through 7th, 2016.

This year there are new experiences designed to get you up and close with some of Canada’s best chefs. 2016 edition of EAT! Vancouver will be highlighted by a Dinner Series over October 4th and 5th, BETA 5 chocolate demo on Monday, October 4th and a Food Trends Tasting Panel on Tuesday, October 5th, the Eat! Harvest feast on Thursday, October 6th, and lastly, An Intimate Evening with Chef Michael Smith on Friday, October 7th. Proceeds from these benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Unlike earlier years, there is no one central location hosting a marketplace of vendors, restaurants and seminars. Each event is designed to create an a more inclusive atmosphere where patrons get to know their chefs and have an intimate involvement with their creations and techniques.

Tickets for these culinary sessions are available online through the Eat! Vancouver web site.

Photos from AniRevo 2016

A wave of cosplay washed over Canada Place this weekend, and coupled with a couple of cruise ships, it made for a colourful experience for tourists and locals alike. Plenty of Pokémon, ninjas, volleyball players, swimmers, droids, Sailor Scouts, witches, princesses, soul reapers, demons, and even a personal healthcare companion made appearances on Vancouver’s waterfront at this year’s AniRevo.

Kakashi is all business today. An energetic Nishinoya leaps into action! Simon and Yoko are ready to save the world!
Gotta catch 'em all! A full line up of Fire Emblem characters Don't mess with the expert marksman Daisuke Jigen!

See the rest of the eye-catching costumes on Gallery!

Honda Celebration of Light 2016 – Team USA

With one of the largest crowds ever in attendance for the Honda Celebration of Light, Team USA closed off the three-night fireworks festival with a performance by the Walt Disney Company. Music from Disney films included Aladdin, The Lion King, Frozen, Pinocchio, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars and Fantasia synchronized to the pyrotechnics impressed the crowds. The only thing missing was the giant castle and Mickey Mouse.

See more photos from the evening on Gallery.

English version of Kuroko’s Basketball manga hits shelves August 2016

Kuroko's Basketball volume 1&2

Cover of Kuroko’s Basketball volume 1&2

VIZ Media brings Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s popular sports manga Kuroko’s Basketball to English readers in both physical and digital formats this August.

Tetsuya Kuroko is a rather unassuming teen; he doesn’t stand out even with his sky blue hair. This takes Taiga Kagami by surprise when he signs up for Seirin High’s basketball team. Kagami can’t believe that Kuroko once played as part of “The Miracle Generation”, a storied team from Teiko Junior High that were the best of the best. And now, he needs Kuroko’s help in beating these legendary players so he too can reach the top.

Kuroko’s Basketball is readable on the VIZ Manga App, Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play platforms. The printed version is to be published on a bi-monthly schedule.

The combined copy of volumes one and two of Kuroko’s Basketball, goes on sale Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016.

Source: VIZ Media

Nintendo brings back NES with built-in games

Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition

The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is so convenient, it fits in your hand!

If you’ve longed for the days of classic gaming without the fancy graphics or gimmicky accessories, you’re in for a treat. Nintendo is bringing back the NES console, this time in a convenient compact format with 30 classic titles included in the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition.

No more blowing on the cartridges to get them to work anymore (even though that practice has been debunked), this miniature replica holds 30 games and connects to your television with an included HDMI cable. A power adapter and one retro-looking NES Classic Controller are also packaged together with the console, and all for the suggested retail price of $59.99. For those two player titles, a second controller is available separately at $9.99. Even better, the Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro are compatible.

The titles loaded into the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition are:

  • Balloon Fight™
  • BUBBLE BOBBLE
  • Castlevania™
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
  • Donkey Kong™
  • Donkey Kong Jr.™
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Dr. Mario™
  • Excitebike™
  • FINAL FANTASY®
  • Galaga™
  • GHOSTS’N GOBLINS®
  • GRADIUS™
  • Ice Climber™
  • Kid Icarus™
  • Kirby’s Adventure™
  • Mario Bros.™
  • MEGA MAN® 2
  • Metroid™
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN™
  • Punch-Out!!™ Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics™
  • SUPER C™
  • Super Mario Bros.™
  • Super Mario Bros.™ 2
  • Super Mario Bros.™ 3
  • TECMO BOWL
  • The Legend of Zelda™
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™

Saving your games used to be tough, but with the new check-point feature, you can save your progress and return later to pick up where you left off.

The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition goes on sale Friday, November 11th, 2016.

Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition Box Art

Source: Nintendo

Photos from Carnaval del Sol 2016

Even though the dark Vancouver clouds threatened rain, Concord Pacific Plaza was basking in the sun from Carnaval del Sol, an annual celebration of Latin American culture. Performances from many groups including Argentina’s Entangados and the local Nahualli Folklore Society helped add colour to what would otherwise be another dreary west coast day. If the weather scared you away, there’s still time to pop by for a visit on Sunday!

Entangados Carnitas y asada a la Mexicana tacos Nahualli Folklore Society

See more photos on Gallery!

VIZ Media brings Haikyu!! manga to English fans

Haikyu!! volume 1

Cover art for volume 1 of Haikyu!!

Haruichi Furudate’s popular sports manga Haikyu!! is finally available in English for purchase in both print and digital formats as of Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 thanks to VIZ Media.

Shoyo Hinata is fascinated with volleyball, but what he lacks in height, he makes up in determination. Managing to play one game in middle school, he encounters the intimidating “King of the Court”, Tobio Kageyama. Vowing to get better to challenge Kageyama, Hinata finds that his rival now plays on the same team!

VIZ Media will publish the English adaptation of Haikyu!! monthly to bring it in line with the Japanese version and is readable on the VIZ Manga App, Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play platforms.

Haikyu!! made its first appearance back in 2012 in Weekly Shonen Jump and is also an anime series which is scheduled for a third season.

Source: VIZ Media

New Blue Exorcist anime to air in 2017

The countdown is over with the official Blue Exorcist web site unveiling a sneak peek for the next incarnation of the anime series: Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc. This animated version of Kazue Kato’s manga is expected to air in 2017.

While the official trailer is restricted to Japan, other YouTube users have uploaded it to allow fans outside of the island nation a chance to see the video.

Tied into this announcement is new promotional artwork which is freely available for download as a wallpaper on multiple devices.

In addition to all the new visuals, the vocal cast line-up for Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc has Nobuhiko Okamoto returning as Rin Okumura, along with Jun Fukuyama as Yukio Okumura. Remaining cast members include:

  • Kana Hanazawa as Shiemi Moriyama
  • Kazuya Nakai as Ryuji Suguro
  • Koji Yusa as Renzo Shima
  • Yuuki Kaji as Konekomaru Miwa
  • Eri Kitamura as Izumo Kamiki
  • Ayahi Takagaki as Kuro
  • Rina Satou as Shura Kirigakure
  • Hiroshi Kamiya as Mephisto Pheles
  • Keiji Fujiwara as Father Shiro Fujimoto

The announcement coincides with Blue Exorcist manga artist Kazue Kato attending Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California.

Sources: Anime News Network, YouTube, Blue Exorcist

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