June 2016

All articles posted in June 2016.

Carnaval del Sol warms Vancouver with Latin American culture

Mariachi at Carnaval del Sol

A live mariachi performance at Carnaval del Sol

Spice up your summer with some Latin American flair at the eighth annual Carnaval del Sol with countries from Central and South America bringing their culture to the Lower Mainland.

The food plaza hosts cuisine from dozens of countries; from Mexico to Colombia to Brazil to Argentina. Join in a game of soccer or learn how to salsa or get your heart beating with zumba. On top of that, live music and cultural performances come to life on the main stage. There’s fun for everyone, including activities for families with children.

Carnaval del Sol takes place Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th at Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd in Vancouver. Carnaval del Sol is easily reachable by transit with a short walk from either the Stadium-Chinatown or Main Street-Science World SkyTrain stations.

Blue Exorcist anime expected to return for second season

Even though the official Blue Exorcist web site now includes a timer, counting the minutes and seconds down to Monday, July 4th at 8:00 am JST (Sunday, July 3rd at 4:00 pm PDT) , word from Japan has spread that this for an announcement of a second season for the anime series.

The first season of Blue Exorcist (or Ao no Exorcist) aired in 2011 followed up with an animated movie, but aside from new volumes of Kazue Kato’s manga, no other anime-related news surfaced. A rumoured second season is slated to air in 2017 with an adaptation of the Kyoto Impure King Arc. Additionally, J-Rock band UVERworld might perform the opening; their song CORE PRIDE served as the first opening theme.

Source: Tokyo Otaku Mode

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

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