Salish Sea Coastline from the Air

The coastline of south-western British Columbia is beautiful jewel, filled with lush islands, sandy beaches and plenty of marine activity. See this amazing landscape from the air in a collection of photos on Gallery. It truly is breathtaking part of our world.

Matamoros Bus

Taking the bus in Matamoros

The border towns of Mexico are the gateway to this amazing country. Getting around Matamoros in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas by bus is a world apart from public transit in Canada and the US, but opens up the what this bustling city has to offer.

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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.

 

Chrom, Dark Samus, King K. Rool, Simon Belmont and Richter Belmont join Super Smash Bros. roster

This morning, Sora Ltd. director, Masahiro Sakurai, hosted a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct video jam packed with teasers of the upcoming title for the Nintendo Switch.

Five new characters join the overflowing roster, three of which are “echo fighters” — clones of existing characters with minor differences in actions. Newcomers include vampire hunters Simon Belmont and Richter Belmont (Simon’s echo fighter) from the Castlevania series, Kremling commander King K. Rool from Donkey Kong, Ylissian prince Chrom (an echo fighter based on Roy) from Fire Emblem Awakening and the phazon-covered Dark Samus (another echo fighter based on Samus from Metroid Prime).

Over 100 levels are expected, many of which are returning from previous games in the Smash Bros. franchise, but some are new — Dracula’s Castle from Castlevania and New Donk City Hall from Super Mario Odyssey. All stages are available; no need to unlock them and all will support eight-player battles.

Even more music is being packed into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with some 900 songs included. That’s almost 28 hours of music! The Nintendo Switch can function as a portable music player when the screen is turned off in handheld mode. Samples of the tracks are available on the official Super Smash Bros. web site.

There’s still more! Classic Mode is back, letting players pick a character to battle through a predetermined set of stages and opponents. Stamina Battle lets players fight other characters, whittling away their stamina until it reaches zero to be the victor. Squad Strike is five-on-five or three-on-three battles where five players fight five or three other characters in battle. Tourney Mode lets a maximum of 32 players go head-to-head in a tournament so they can advance until there’s one person left. In Smashdown, once a character is used, they become unavailable for the rest of the game, forcing players to pick someone they might not be familiar with. Training mode includes a grid that shows the distance a character can fly after being hit, and how far they need to be to defend… or attack.

There’s just so much being crammed into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which means there will definitely be more goodies coming our way.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate comes out on December 7th, 2018 on the Nintendo Switch.

Source: YouTube

AniRevo 2018 photos

Nothing says summer like sizzling cosplay! AniRevo returned to the Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver for three days of Japanese pop culture and entertainment, complete with attendees in costume of their favourite series.


The action continues on Sunday. If you’ve missed it, check out the photos on Gallery.

Well I’ll be go to hell, an Uncharted fan film

While the Uncharted movie is trapped in development hell, actor Nathan Fillion has teamed up with director Allan Ungar for a short fan film on the popular Uncharted action-adventure game series.

A captured Nathan Drake, played by Fillion, is held in a Mexican mansion accused of stealing from an auction. Diego (Geno Segers) plies Drake for the whereabouts of the stolen treasure, but Drake’s humorous banter isn’t enough to prevent the short and vicious El Tigre (Ernie Reyes Jr.) from being called in to soften him up. However, the cavalry isn’t far behind as the cigar-smoking Sully (Stephen Lang) is just outside. Even the adventurous reporter Elena Fisher makes an appearance.

It’s 15 minutes of fun, filled with fight scenes, quotes referencing previous Uncharted games, and a hope that one day, we’ll actually get to see a feature-length film as good as this.

Source: YouTube

My Hero Academia movie coming to Canada and US September 2018

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

Promotional artwork for My Hero Academia: Two Heroes.

Plus Ultra! The heroes of Class 1-A are coming to the big screen this September in their first feature film. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes will screen at select theatres in Canada and the US across five days in both Japanese with English subtitles and in English.

The announcement came earlier today at San Diego Comic Con when English voice actors Justin Briner and Christopher Sabat in an interview with IGN. Briner and Sabat lend their voices in the English dub of My Hero Academia which is licensed by FUNimation.

The English dub will screen on the September 25th, 27th, and 29th; the Japanese with English subtitles on September 26th and October 2nd.

Izuku Midoriya, alias Deku, a young hero in training, receives an invite to attend a Quirk expo with his idol All Might. At the event, Deku encounters Melissa, a girl who had a similar Quirkless upbringing. The fun doesn’t last as a group of villains override the complex’s security system, putting their evil plan in action. Can the heroes help stop these villains and save the day?

Source: FUNimation

Bleach volume 74

<em>Bleach</em> volume 74

Bleach volume 74

It’s been a long journey for Ichigo Kurosaki, from that fateful day he became a soul reaper, with the manga series coming to a close. Volume 74 of Bleach, the last chapters, are coming this fall.

It’s the final fight, the last stand between the Soul Reapers and Quincies as Ichigo heads into battle against Yhwach. Can Ichigo and the rest of Soul Reapers stand up to enormous and endless power of the leader of the Quincies?

The last volume of Bleach, number 74, will hit store shelves in North America on October 2nd, 2018.

Photos from Carnaval del Sol 2018

When the sun comes out, so do the people and for the 10th annual Carnaval del Sol, the plazas were packed and the lines long for Latin American cuisine, music, culture and shopping. The sights, sounds and smells brought together so many Central and South American countries as our neighbours and friends.

Couldn’t make it out? Browse through the photos from Sunday on Gallery.


Attack on Titan Season 3 World Premiere coming to select Cineplex locations in Canada

The titans are returning to the big screen. On July 10th and 11th, 2018, select Cineplex locations across Canada are hosting the Attack on Titan Season 3 World Premiere Event.

With the Female Titan subdued, Eren Jaeger must keep on fighting to stop even more Titans reach Wall Rose. Humanity’s chance at survival is now more dire than ever, with new revelations on these colossal creatures coming to light. And knowing whom to trust in this battle is getting harder and harder.

This movie is a recap of Attack on Titan Season 2 which is then followed by a premiere of Season 3 episode 1, a whole two weeks before it airs in Japan on July 22nd, 2018!

Canadian locations include:

  • Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas
    Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade S.W., Calgary, AB
  • Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP
    10 Dundas Street East, Suite 402, Toronto, ON
  • Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough
    320 Water Street, Peterborough, ON
  • Cineplex Cinemas Winston Churchill
    2081 Winston Park Dr., Oakville, ON
  • Cineplex Odeon McGillivray Cinemas and VIP
    2190 McGillivray Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB
  • Cinepex Cinemas Park Lane
    5657 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS
  • Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin
    350 rue Emery, Montréal, QC
  • The Park Theatre
    3440 Cambie St., Vancouver, BC
  • SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas
    355 Barrydowne Road, Sudbury, ON
  • Cinéma Cineplex Quartier Cavendish
    Le Mail Cavendish, 5800 boulevard Cavendish, Cote Saint-Luc, QC
  • SilverCity Windsor Cinemas
    4611 Walker Road, Windsor, ON

Sources: Kodansha Comics, Cineplex

YURI!!! on ICE movie to be released in 2019

A feature-length film of popular ice skating anime series, YURI!!! On ICE is coming in 2019. Titled YURI!!! on ICE the movie : ICE ADOLESCENCE was announced at the end of the YURI!!! on ICE concert in Osaka, Japan on July 1st, 2018.

A brief trailer shows Yuri Katsuki’s Russian coach, Victor Nikiforov and his pet dog Makkachin, walking on a sandy beach before closing out with the staff credits. The story is written by Mitsurou Kubo and Sayo Yamamoto, with Yamamoto as director. Characters are designed by Tadashi Hiramatsu, based on the original designs by Kubo. The music will be composed by Taro Umebayashi and Taku Matsuhiba, with Keisuke Tominaga on the piano.

Source: YURI!!! on ICE the movie : ICE ADOLESCENCE Official Site

Kingdom Hearts III theme song “Don’t Think Twice” available for purchase on iTunes

Cover of Hatsukoi by Hikaru Utada.

Japanese artist Hikaru Utada has released her newest album “Hatsukoi”, which includes the theme song to the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III game: Chikai (or Don’t Think Twice in English).

Utada has previously performed songs for the Kingdom Hearts series, including Hikari (Simple and Clean in English) in the first title, and Passion (Sanctuary in English) in Kingdom Hearts II.

The song Chikai, along with the full album Hatsukoi, is available on iTunes.

Source: Facebook

Canada Day events for 2018

The Canada Day parade in Downtown Vancouver

Canada turns 151 years old this Sunday, July 1st and it’s time to come out and party! Even though the weather is looking a little gloomy, doesn’t mean the party stops; there’s plenty of fun with food, parades, music, festivals and yes, fireworks! Bonne fête Canada! Sadly, the Canada Parade in downtown Vancouver will not happen this year.

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