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  • May16

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    Boskke Sky Planter-4

    Remember this cute little Boskke Sky Planter I wrote about last year? Well, since then Vancouver-based By Nature Design has grown (pardon the pun) with several new clients around town as well as a few upcoming products to green your home (including a soon-to-be-available clear cube planter).

    Vancouverscape has since been featured twice on By Nature Design’s buzz-worthy page and you’ll be happy to know that our inverted greenery is happily thriving in our living room.

    By Nature Design living wall-3

    I recently visited with By Nature Design co-owner Fred Collay at FS Financials, a Westside company offering advice to younger clientele. As well as FS Financials (located at the corner of West Broadway and Hemlock), a couple of other spots that you can check out a By Nature living wall include Access Law at 1185 West Georgia (in lobby of 17th floor), and at a residence on the corner of West 8th Avenue and Oak, where an outdoor wall is now thriving (have a peek from the street).

    By Nature Design living wall-2

    The ModuloGreen trough-based living wall shown in these photos comprise over 300 plants belonging to four different tropical plant species, with a gutter installed at the bottom to collect water. The plumbing system in place schedules automatic watering, one to two times weekly depending on your room’s climate and natural light source(s). By Nature works with budgets and spaces of all sizes.

    The green system converts C02 to oxygen, improving your health and increasing productivity all the while showing off a striking, all-in-one garden.

    By Nature Design living wall-1

    These walls have been installed in Ontario, Alberta, and in the US, via teams trained by Fred Collay and Nicolas Rousseau, two likeminded Frenchmen who decided to start this business for the love of nature and creativity. Nicolas has a Masters in Plant Physiology from France’s University of Poitiers, while Fred, a Communications and Journalism major, emigrated with his family from Paris to Canada in 2007. Within a few years, he was helping Nicolas with living wall technology in this country.

    By Nature Design WallFlower assortment
    [A few of the many assorted Wallflower frame colours available]

    These are showpiece gardens currently gracing the walls of businesses and residential homes alike. I’ve partnered up with By Nature to offer one lucky reader a Wallflower living frame valued at $80. You’ll get to meet Fred in his East Van green ‘urban jungle’ where you’ll pick a frame and plants for your new home green centrepiece.

    To enter, follow both Vancouverscape and By Nature Design on Twitter and retweet the following:

    I’ve entered for a chance to green my space via Vancouverscape and By Nature Design http://ow.ly/wOfk5

    The 12” square frame accommodates four plants, is easy to maintain, and can be placed on a table, on a shelf, or mounted on a wall (with provided mounting kit).

    If you’re not exactly a green thumb, don’t worry: these are easily maintainable with a bit of water and light.

    Contest closes on May 30, when I’ll choose a winner at random at 5 pm. Congrats to Jillian Glover! I’ll be contacting you via Twitter to collect your prize.

    Winner must be able to meet at By Nature Design’s showroom space at 1000 Parker Street (#490) in East Vancouver to customize and to collect their prize.

  • May9

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    Vancouver Canadians mountie

    Already being touted as one of Minor League Baseball’s most intriguing and fierce new characters, the Vancouver Canadians newest addition to the Vancouver baseball family lacks an official name.
    The Canadians, who return to Scotiabank Field on Wednesday evening, June 18, are calling on fans of all ages to help name their newest, fun-loving character through a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ promotion titled the ‘Next Top Mascot’. Watch the promo video here.
    “We have some really creative and passionate fans that I believe will enjoy this challenge,” said Canadians president Andy Dunn. “They have a real passion for the history of the game here in Vancouver and asking them to help name our latest character is a fun way to tap into their ideas and get us all excited about another season of Canadians Baseball which is now just weeks away.”
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  • Mar17

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    Cuisinart Elite Collection 12-cup food processor

    Kitchen appliances have become simpler, faster, and more smartly designed over the years, and Cuisinart’s products are no exception. When Cuisinart Canada sent me the new Elite Collection™ 12-Cup food processor to check out, the unboxing led to a lot of parts and accessories that when assembled, formed a compact, well-designed appliance for regular use on our kitchen countertop.

    Cuisinart 12-Cup Elite food processor-1

    With a motor boasting 1,000 watts of power, this sleek food processor can accommodate 12 cups (or 3 liters) of ingredients to chop, shred, slice and purée, with the option of using one of two included nested and sealed bowls. What I liked about this food processor was that unlike our Philips European-designed older machine, the Cuisinart’s stem adapter will stay in place (along with your chosen disc or cutting blade) when emptying the contents of the bowls.
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  • Mar3

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    Breville Juice Fountain Plus

    As the cold days and nights begin to give way to slightly milder weather, we’re already turning to thoughts of spring and getting outdoors. Along with getting active comes a healthy diet, including fresh fruit and veggies.

    Breville recently sent me an Australian-designed Juice Fountain Plus to test drive. The parts are easy to clean and they dry pretty quickly in our dish drainer (most of the parts are also dishwasher safe in the top shelf).

    We’ve been experimenting with all sorts of fruits and veggies (from recipes in the user manual to Spud Organic Delivery’s online concoctions).

    If you haven’t yet heard of SPUD (Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery), owning a juicer is a great way to get introduced to their organic produce delivery service. Orders are customizable and you can select a weekly or bi-weekly delivery, or simply order a supply of certain items as needed. A big plastic hamper arrives at your door (and you don’t even need to be at home for the delivery; SPUD will work with you so the box can be left somewhere agreed upon in advance).
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  • Dec4


    Kobo Touch e-Reader

    Winter reading list adding up? Looking for a compact way to take your favourite books to a warm winter getaway or ski adventure? Either way, London Drugs and Vancouverscape have got you covered this month.

    Kobo readers

    London Drugs has provided me with a Kobo Touch e-Reader in silver to give away to a lucky reader this holiday season. Cozy up near the fireplace with your favourite bevvy and enjoy some downtime, or fill someone’s stocking with some gadget love.
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  • Nov21

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    Team Sodexo
    [Team Sodexo at Oceanwise Chowder Chowdown]

    Vancouver’s Sixth Annual Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is by far one of my favourite events to attend. Not only do some of Vancouver’s top chefs go into friendly battle preparing some of the finest seafood chowder around, but lively conversation around the aquarium along with paired craft beers in hand draws a packed crowd – at least for the past four years I’ve been there.
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  • Nov4

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    Yogacara yogi

    Yogacara Studios, committed to both growing yoga and building community, maintains the true essence of yoga with small class sizes in a nurturing atmosphere. All teachers are committed to a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

    With several locations in Vancouver (and one in Whistler), Yogacara offers a full yoga schedule as well as pilates, infrared sauna sessions, workshops, and yoga teacher training.

    Women doing yoga in field

    In the spirit of a healthy, balanced, and stress-reducing holiday season, Vancouverscape has partnered with Yogacara by giving away a three-month, unlimited membership good for yoga and pilates classes for use at any location.
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  • Oct16


    Elfman Burton poster

    The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) will present and perform in the Canadian premiere of an exciting and original live show featuring Danny Elfman’s famous film scores on November 23. This show was recently presented at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where Elfman was a guest performer.

    This one-of-a-kind evening will include visuals on the big screen of Tim Burton’s original film sketches and drawings from storyboards, celebrating the nearly three-decade-long partnership between two of Hollywood’s top creators.
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  • Sep23

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    Sure to make a hit with your wine-loving friends, Israeli-based Monkey Business sells Corkers, a line of clever little wine accessories. Designed by Reddish Studio together with Oded Friedland, six little creatures (and four robots) are available to spark up your next party, dress up the next bottle of wine you gift.
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  • Sep17


    Tovolo TeaGo tea press-1

    I recently came across a pretty nifty tea accessory for enjoying loose-leaf tea on the go.

    From Seattle-based Tovolo, makers of a wealth of kitchen gadgets and cookware, comes TeaGo, a mobile tea press that stores, steeps, and plunges excess water straight from your backpack or purse to a tea cup.
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  • Sep5


    Cornucopia trade tasting

    On Wednesday evening, September 25, Wines of Argentina will host Celebrate One Night In Argentina at Vancouver’s Jewel Ballroom

    view from Jewel Ballroom

    If you’ve not yet been to an event at the Jewel Ballroom off Granville Street, you’re in for a treat! The views over False Creek are fabulous, perfect for clinking glasses and sampling nibbles with friends.

    The festive event will include DJs, a graffiti artist, and over 30 wineries, celebrating Argentine culture. Your ticket will help benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation’s Tip Out To Help Campaign.
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  • Aug29

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    Jelly Invasion poster

    Jellyfish are poised to invade Vancouver’s best java joints from September 16 to 22 when Vancouver Aquarium launches its Jelly Invasion Latte Art Contest
    The Aquarium is inviting local baristas, known for the intricate designs they swirl into foam, to inject some sea life into their café lattes. Beyond their usual repertoire of hearts, flowers and leaves, they’re being invited to add beautiful jellyfish to the mix during the contest period.
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  • Aug14

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    Great Places Banner

    Fan of the A-maze-ing Laughter sculptures at English Bay’s Morton Park? Here’s your chance to vote for its inclusion into the Great Places in Canada.

    The laughing statues located by English Bay at Morton Park are part of the Vancouver Biennale. Titled “A-maze-ing Laughter” by artist Yue Minjun, they were originally on loan to the city. On any given day, you’ll often find visitors hanging from them or laughing with them (or at them) while posing for a photo or two.

    Amaze-ing Laughter Amaze-ing Laughter

    Voting ends September 2. Click here to nominate one of English Bay’s favourite photo spots.

  • Aug12


    Fringe 2010 poster wall

    As September approaches, our city starts to gear up for new theatre seasons and festivals. The Vancouver Fringe Festival is nearly here, with over 600 performances by 89 artists over an 11-day period. Featuring site-specific theatre as well as traditional venue shows, this year the Fringe will take place from September 5 to 15. Pick up or download a Program Guide, mark your shows, and for the 29th year running, get set to Fringe!

    Edible Canada exterior

    I’ve partnered with both the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Edible Canada to offer a lucky reader and their guest a chance at a great prize pack valued at nearly $200! Our winner will get the following:

    Granville Island Market Tour for Two
    Edible Canada’s signature tour provides the opportunity for both locals and visitors to learn about and experience BC’s most visited and best-known public market. Put yourself in the experienced and knowledgeable hands of Edible Canada’s culinary professionals and learn the secrets and the best places to shop.

    Granville Public Market produce

    The centerpiece of the island experience is the Granville Island Public Market, with a diverse array of vendors, irresistible green grocers, butchers, bakers, fishmongers, cheese specialists, sweets stands, and casual eateries. Just outside the market are many local artisans as well as a wine shop, a micro roaster of organic coffee, the Netloft and Canada’s only artisan sake distillery. The tour for two people is valued at $89.00, is valid seven days a week, and winner will need to book 24 hours in advance (tour will go on with two or more registered guests).

    Edible Canada cocktails
    [Edible Canada cocktails]

    Experience Edible Canada’s Fringe Appy Hour for Two
    Winners will receive two complimentary canapés and two specialty cocktails! As part of Vancouver Fringe Festival, Edible Canada will again feature the Edible Fringe Appy Hour from 3 pm to closing during the Festival. Specially priced canapés and cocktails will be on offer from September 5 to 15. The prize is valid after 3 pm, Monday through Friday during the Fringe Festival and winner must call to reserve in advance at 604.682.6681.

    2010 Little Miss Hiccup, 7x1 Samurai
    [Little Miss Hiccup, 7x1 Samurai after interviewing them at the 2010 Vancouver Fringe Festival]

    4-pack of Fringe Exchange Vouchers
    Exchange vouchers may be redeemed for any Fringe performance (excluding special events) and will cover your Festival Membership (a one-time $5 cost) for those shows. Trade them in at the Fringe Box Office for tickets ahead of time, or use them at the venue starting 45 minutes before show time. Vouchers must be picked up at the Fringe Box Office, located in the parking lot next to 1398 Cartwright Street on Granville Island between noon and 8 pm from August 29 to September 15.

    Want a chance to win? There’s many ways to enter:

    1) Follow @VancouverFringe @EdibleCanada and @Vancouverscape on Twitter
    2) Leave a comment below on your favourite Granville Island Market or Fringe Festival experience
    3) Share this post on Facebook
    4) Become a fan of Vancouverscape on Facebook
    5) Retweet the following: I’ve entered to win a Vancouver Fringe Fest prize pack from @VancouverFringe @EdibleCanada & @Vancouverscape http://ow.ly/nJfZm

    I’ll draw a winner on Wednesday, August 28 at 5 pm. Good luck to all entrants!
    Congrats to @toothfairycyber, whose name we drew at random this afternoon. Enjoy your Fringe Fest and Edible Canada experience!

  • Aug8

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    Maritime Festival banner

    Make your mark in history this weekend in Richmond while celebrating the city’s maritime past.

    In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Richmond Maritime Festival will challenge the Guinness World Record for “The Most People Singing in a Nursery Rhyme Relay.” Festival organizers are recruiting singers to launch the record attempt, in which the first participant will sing the first word of the classic nursery rhyme, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, the next person the next word, and so on. The record to beat is 154 participants. The festival is hoping to register 200 for its attempt.
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