Monday, 24 August 2015

Vancouver Style Home Renovation

1: Cut down trees
2: Remove the roof in sections
3: Remove one wall/ leave 3 walls standing
 This is considered a home renovation instead 
  of a  redevelopment
4: Rebuild making sure the 3 walls are   
    included in the structure

Thursday, 13 August 2015

FREE! CBC Musical Nooners: Weekday Concerts Jordan Hart

Did we mention that these concerts are FREE!!! CBC is in it's sixth year of hosting MUSICAL NOONERS, free luncheon concerts at the CBC plaza on Hamilton Street (between West Georgia and Robson).  Catch a number of acts including Jordan Hart (pictured above) from Monday to Friday between noon and 1PM.

Friday, August 14 - Tonye Aganaba 
Inspired by Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, Tonye Aganaba has travelled the world making music. Her soulful voice, wicked guitar chops and magnetic stage presence defy category. 

Monday, August 17 -  Hanggai
They're back!  Beijing's Hanggai returns to the Musical Nooners stage after their enormously popular show here in 2013. They build an intoxicating mix of Mongolian folk music, including throat singing, with rock. Rave reviews on the festival circuit this summer make this a must-see event. 

Tuesday, August 18 - Twin Bandit
Intimate folk/roots with strong harmonies and original songs - that's Twin Bandit featuring Hannah Walker and Jamie Elliott.

Wednesday, August 19 Sister Speak 
These regional finalists in CBC's Searchlight talent competition bring a grounded energy, strong vocals and compelling song writing to their audiences every time they step on stage. With roots in both BC and California, they create a serious west coast vibe. 

Thursday, August 20 - Bodhi Jones
Bodhi Jones is the sound of the singer/songwriter today - fresh takes on stories from the heart.

Friday, August 21 - Mariachi Los Dorados
This all-star collection of musical talent plays the finest of Mexican traditional music, with their own unique northern twist.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Pink Piano Burrard Street Bridge

This 800 lb pink piano is the latest in a number of  pianos that have been added to the streets of Vancouver as part of the Pianos On The Street project sponsored by Pacey’s Pianos and the Piano Teachers Federation. The goal of the project is to make music accessible to all members of the public during summer months. This piano is located between the arches of the Burrard Street Bridge facing west and showcases great views of  the city.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Christ Church Cathedral Raises The Roof

If you've walked by the corner of Burrard and Georgia lately, it's been impossible not to notice the massive scaffolding structure surrounding Christ Church Cathedral. This church, which opened over a hundred years ago is in the process of building a new zinc standing seam roof, adding an all-new illuminated glass bell spire, and expanding its community outreach kitchen which feeds about 100 people a day nine months of the year. A massive fundraising campaign "Raise The Roof, Ring The Bells, Feed The Hungry!" has been working on raising 7.5 million dollars to cover the renovations.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Rush Hour Commute Come To A Stop On Granville St As Bus Clips Fire Truck

If you were wondering why buses weren't moving during the afternoon rush hour it's because a transit bus got a little too close to a fire truck parked outside the Hudson Bay store on Georgia and Granville.  As buses backed up in both directions, commuters had to wait for firefighters to return from their call before things could be sorted out.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Heaps Of Wrecked Cars Spewing From Old Growth Cedar Tree: Trans Am Totem by Marcus Bowcott

Even though it looks like it might be part of the movie set for the movie Deadpool, filming off of the Georgia Viaduct starting April 5th and starring hometown boy Ryan Reynolds it in fact has nothing to do with it.  Trans Am Totem by Marcus Bowcott is the latest installation of Vancouver's 2014 -2016 Biennale Public Art exhibition. Having brought us displays by world famous artists such as Os Gemeos  and Yue Minjun , this 10 meter high, 11,340 kilogram sculpture of five scrap cars and a cedar tree can now be added to the list of outdoor art in Vancouver.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

More East Vancouver Fences

Earlier in the month I came across a backyard fence that was made from old discarded skis (see link). Today while out I discovered another unusual fence this time decorated with old rusted tools.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Granville Gardens: What's Left 6 Months After The Fire

Less than six months after a major fire broke out at the construction site of the nearly completed Seniors Residence Granville Gardens, this is all that remains today. The residence, located at Granville St.  and 49th Ave. in Vancouver has been demolished with only a small wooden structure and  underground parkade still intact.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Starbucks / Tim Hortons 3451 Kingsway

With coffee battles brewing throughout Canada it is not unusual to see small coffee shops pop up and then disappear within months. I have also noticed a few Starbucks locations  closing within Vancouver. The battle to be Canada's best coffee brand is fierce and has seen Starbucks drop below McDonalds  from second to third place.  Topping the list is Tim Hortons.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

More MW Bowen Street Art On Granville Street

More of MW Bowen's street art is posted on the Granville Street Bridge next to the demolition site of the Continental Hotel. Not sure how long the art will be there as his work tends to disappear quickly.