A new type of Tangoo has been introduced to the city. It still involves dancing, but preludes with dining, cocktails, and some good ol’ socializing. Tangoo’s tagline is “imagine your weekend, all in one night”; what underlines this how the Tangoo staff organize everything. From drinks, appetizers, dinner, and a night out at a bar or pub, Tangooers don’t worry about line ups or debates on where to go that wouldn’t take up two hours to get in. The effortlessness of a VIP-like service without necessarily sporting a VIP exterior is the perfect reason to bring you and your crew Tangooing over and over again.
In the very corner of our poster promoting "Creative Acts of Community," is the phrase, "The City Belongs To You." It is a reminder to all the artists, designers, performers and others that doing is just as possible as dreaming in a place like Vancouver. Whether it’s building a web application that empowers both social change-makers and everyday citizens or just a fashionable way to hold to your coffee cup, creative entrepreneurism thrives in our neighourhoods.
Wontons, pie holes, ice cream and then some: Hawkers Market delivered the first of many distinctive nights at East Van Studios. By bringing together a global palette of unique tastes under one East Van roof, each hawker conquered one tongue at a time in a notable style of culinary commerce. Simply put, this wasn’t your typical run to the supermarket.
Remember art class in highschool? That Arts and Social Sciences elective in college you didn’t think you’d like? Creativity during the age of youth tends to fall under a “happy coincidence” or a “passion like no other.” Bridging the former to the latter is exactly the goal of ArtQuake’s new OneLove Mentorship Program and Festival.
Pick up a rock and throw it in any direction; you’re likely to hit an artist. We live among you like looming birds on a wire and we’re not going anywhere. Each quarter we spend goes to an ounce of artisanal coffee, a page in the local culture magazine, and funding an Indiegogo campaign that matters to us. As far as Vancouver’s creative economy is concerned, we “make it happen.”
The annual excitement of blooming cherry blossoms at the Burrard Skytrain Station is enough to get anyone into the spirit of Spring. But for those who follow the lunar calendar, as is customary in Chinese culture, Spring started two months ago. And while snakes flowed down city streets to the welcoming sounds of chimes and cymbals, a different kind of celebration took place on February 9th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
A 2013 study from Demographia on the relationship between affordability and land regulations ranked Vancouver as the second most expensive city housing market worldwide. Post-secondary students both within British Columbia and across the nation are forced to come up with creative ways to cut costs if they want to graduate without accumulating thousands of dollars in debt.
Often is the phrase, “do what you love,” associated with young professionals reluctant to abandon their 9-5 jobs in exchange for a fluidly unstructured career in the Arts. For Amy Tran and Kamelli Mark, however, this is their new reality as Vancouver and Edmonton wedding and event planners. Operating under the name, the All & Sundry Collective, Amy and Kamelli are ready to get you hitched.
Letting loose and having fun shouldn’t be as much as work the week that just passed. From deciding on the food to the designated driver, a good majority of people will settle for their favourite watering hole and that familiar group of friends, with good reason, of course. However, a new Vancouver startup, Tangoo, is looking to change things up with their special brand of “organized spontaneity.”
There’s no point avoiding it. The city of Vancouver and the concept of urban agriculture are like two peas in a pod. Only now, you can grow your own set of peas in a self-watering container system that fits on your windowsill. It’s called Patch, and it’s only a matter of time before everyone’s giving it two green thumbs up.