Minoru Chapel Opera Mozart to Strauss May 7

Opera di Concertisti: Mozart to Strauss   The final performance of the spring season of the City of Richmond’s Minoru Chapel Opera series is Wednesday, May 7, 2014.   Richard Strauss (whose 150th birthday is this year) is quoted as saying that Mozart was his greatest influence. In this concert, four opera excerpts will examine…

Homage to the KING of FASHION

Even the most diehard, dedicated fashion floral fans, can’t deny that JIMI HENDRIX holds the torch for being the first to push, if not invent this look during the mid 1960’s. Year after year, the major fashion houses design similar military jackets, blouses, flare velvet pants,  from Balmain, to Dolce & Gabbana, Ana Sui and…

Bicycle Vancouver Meetups

The Vancouver Bicycle Meetup Group is another great group to keep your eye on.  You must register for this group.  They have bicycle meetups in various parts of the lower mainland.  All communication is done online and with a cell phone in emergencies, they will send you a very detailed email about the rides. The duration,…

Wine Reviews courtesy of Sam Hauck

Here are some suggestions for your weekend trip to the local wine store: 2011 Tinto (Malbec, Syrah, Bonardo) La Posta Cocina Mendoza, Argentina $17.99 Silver medal Tasted 2014 01   This is a blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Syrah and 20% Bonarda. Garnet red in colour with deep intensity. The nose shows aromas of plum,…

Magnolia Hotel & Spa offers new getaway for the guys

Victoria’s leading boutique hotel is Made for Men this spring Mad Men’s Don Draper returns on April 13th, whiskey in hand, for the final season of the hit TV show about the roller coaster lives of advertisers in the 1960s. If watching the devious doings of Draper – the famously hard-drinking alpha male – makes you appreciate the hard-working man…

BARD ON THE BEACH CELEBRATES 25th ANNIVERSARY

PLAY & SPECIAL EVENTS TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 1ST Bard on the Beach celebrates its 25th anniversary season in Vanier Park with two of Shakespeare’s best loved productions. Tickets for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival go on sale April 1, 2014  in advance of Vancouver’s signature summer theatre festival, which returns to its seaside home in Vanier Park from June 11 to September 20, 2014.   “We are very excited…

Easter springs up at Bel Café

The spring season isn’t complete without a visit from the Easter Bunny! Chef Wayne Kozinko is helping out once again by creating beautiful hand-crafted Easter treats and our online ordering makes it easy to select and purchase.     Hop to Bel Café this Easter for a delicious array of holiday treats and new spring sweets. Starting from April 7th, you…

BRIGHTEN UP EASTER BRUNCH WITH RAINBOW EGG CUPS

Elegant Le Creuset keepsakes liven up holiday traditions Le Creuset introduces their new rainbow-coloured egg cups gift set just in time for Easter. Perfect for gifting or for presenting eggs for brunch, the colourful cups are charming keepsakes to brighten up holiday breakfasts and family gatherings. The Rainbow Set of 6 Egg Cups (MSRP $49.99) comes in an elegant…

My Van City nominated for Social Media Award

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that MyVanCity.ca has been nominated for an Excellence in Engagement Award (non profit). This is truly an honour and we couldn’t be more excited. Now we need your vote to put us over the top! http://socialmediaawards.ca/voting/excellence-in-engagement-non-profit/ Here is what the nominator said about MyVanCity.ca My VanCity MyVanCity.ca is a…

My first foray to Culinaire Victoria

  Before you even arrive at Culinaire Victoria in the Crystal Gardens expectations have been set pretty high. Although quite a different event from Scott Gurney’s popular Brewery and the Beast it still has the earmarks of the same success. Brewery and the Beast debuted in Vancouver in 2013 on a brilliantly warm and sunny…

Spring Flavours & Innovations

  My afternoon this past week was an introduction to new beverages that are either speculative or recently listed in the government liquor stores presented at a New Product Salon. Here is what I sampled, in random order, which is only a fraction of what was being poured. The majority are speculative beverages and I…

What Should YOU Purchase?

Before you begin looking for your new home, it is important that you consider the needs of all the people it must shelter and what effect their daily activities will have on your desire for a certain size or location, both now and in the future. COMMUNITY: Rural? Small town? City?  What facilities are available? Shopping centers? Places of worship?…

5 year fixed rate Mortgage at 2.99%

Today, everyone in the mortgage market are abuzz about the new Bank of Montreal offer for a 5 yr fixed rate at 2.99%. Like with all hype, typically we find that the offering is not always cracked up to what you think.   First of all the offering has limitations to it which other offers…

Tigh-Na-Mara wins Humanitarian Hall of Fame Award of Excellence

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre has been selected to receive the 2013 Hotel Association of Canada Award of Excellence in the category of Humanitarian.  The property and staff receive this award in recognition of their long history and dedication as a generous supporter of many charitable campaigns and initiatives both financially and through…

MOE’S Home Collection just in time for Easter

With Easter right around the corner, it’s time for celebrators to prep their homes for family festivities with holiday-themed accents from MOE’S Home Collection. Start honing those egg hunting skills, Easter is hopping ‘round the bend! If you’re hosting the whole clan for a springtime reunion filled with festive family fun, time is ticking down to…

April 17th is Malbec World Day

  Celebrations are Planned Across British Columbia Be prepared: the 4th annual Malbec World Day is on Thursday, April 17th 2014, and 55 cities in 44 countries around the world will celebrate. In British Columbia there are more than 40 FREE consumer tastings. April 11th & 12th – 18 BCLDB stores featuring 24 Argentinean Malbec-based wines April 12th  – The following private wine stores…