Oct 20, 2016
Vancouver International Film Festival Gala 2016
Paul Duchart

As one of the five largest film festivals in North America, the Vancouver International Film Festival presents films from more than 70 countries on nine screens. This year's gala parties proved to be the best yet including the annual Brightlight Pictures party at CinCin; the VIFF Opening Gala at the Vancouver Club; the Lighthouse Pictures party at District 319 and the BC Spotlight Party at the Blackbird Public House.

Oct 14, 2016
Five jazzy happy hour spots in Metro Vancouver
Jenny Peng

Happy hour at Yew Seafood + Bar is catering to those looking for late night snacks and cocktails. For seven days a week from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. the “reverse happy hour” features five new cocktails for $10 to pair with five new dishes also for $10 a plate. For those diners who just want to chow down on steak...

Oct 6, 2016
B.C.'s rare brews delivered to your door
Jenny Peng

Victoria-based Cook St. Liquor has launched a new campaign to make local and imported craft beers available to small or remote B.C. communities. The store, known among craft beer brands as the go-to retailer for local and imported beers, is launching a mail service that sends specialty brews via Canada Post for a $35 flat shipping fee plus the cost of...

Oct 6, 2016
EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Pacific Region 2016
Paul Duchart

More than 1,300 business leaders and VIPs attended the 23rd annual EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur of the Year Awards at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Thirty finalists were feted at the annual gala beginning with a networking reception prior to the awards ceremony with emcee Chris Gailus, Global BC anchor. The Pacific Region overall winner was Dr. Allen Eaves, Stemcell Technologies Inc. president & CEO.

Sep 30, 2016
Defamation in the Facebook era
Scott Marescaux

Tread carefully when sharing updates on Facebook’s open forum. That’s the takeaway from the Supreme Court of British Columbia’s recent decision to find a defendant liable for not only her defamatory statements but also the comments made by her Facebook “friends.” Facebook provides an informal forum to easily share thoughts with a large audience. It’s also a place where defamatory statements...

Sep 29, 2016
3 B.C. women filmmakers to watch at VIFF
Jenny Peng

Local independent filmmaker Anne Marie Fleming, who was born in Japan to Chinese and Australian parents, often incorporates animation, documentary and drama to explore themes of family history. Fleming’s 89-minute feature Window Horses is a visually stunning animation about Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet who dreams of an artistic life abroad. An unexpected trip to a poetry festival in...

Sep 22, 2016
5 of B.C.'s most scenic bike trails
Jenny Peng

For families and serious bikers alike, the Kettle Valley Rail Trail starts from Myra Canyon in Kelowna. The 11-kilometre trail is famous for its stunning mountainous and lakeside views, 18 trestles, two steel bridges and two tunnels. A host of local companies offer guided bike tours. Coquitlam’s Colony Farm is a lush hidden gem about 40 minutes outside of Vancouver. The...

Sep 16, 2016
What's new in the world of lifestyle
Felicity Stone

Since launching in November 2015, Respect Your Universe (RYU) has won design awards for its store, backpack and garments but most notably was chosen by Gwyneth Paltrow to be displayed at her Goop Market pop-up shop in San Francisco. The first made-in-Canada vermouth, Odd Society’s new Bittersweet Vermouth combines 25 botanicals and fine B.C. wine fortified with Odd Society malted barley...

Sep 15, 2016
Beyond Bilbo: the rise of film-friendly New Zealand
Mary Beach

Chances are, you have loved the beauty of New Zealand even if you haven’t actually visited it yet. Both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies were filmed entirely on location there, from the Shire’s peaceable farmlands on the North Island to Edoras’s epic battlefields on the South Island. The screen industry in this little country is big business:...

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