Archive for November, 2012

Events to look out for over the next couple of weeks…

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
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Here are some events to look out for over the next couple of weeks.

Ice Hockey
The NHL maybe locked out and that means that the Vancouver Canucks are out of action, but fear not – there is another team to watch
The Vancouver Giants are a team you can watch live, check out our calendar for all their home games.
See them at The Pacific Coliseum ( Hastings Park, 100 N. Renfrew, Phone: 604-253-2311 ) at The PNE.

www.vancouvergiants.com

www.pne.ca/venuerentals/pacific-coliseum.html

Food Markets – Christmas Markets
The weekend Farmers Markets are quite a success around the city and are becoming so popular that we are seeing them occur during the weekends in the winter. So go and see the the Vancouver Winter Farmers Market
This is a great way to support the local community by buying Organic locally grown produce all year round.

http://www.eatlocal.org/

For those of you who love baking and Christmas, there is also the Vancouver Bakers Market and the return of the annual German themed Vancouver Christmas Market

http://www.bakersmarket.com

www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com

See the dazzling Capilano Canyon Lights

The Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Forest canopy come alive in spectacular fashion at this annual Festive event, a great way to see the bridges during the winter season.

http://www.capbridge.com/explore/canyon-lights/

Welcome to the Hollywood north…

Monday, November 26th, 2012

There has been quite the buzz in the air this week due to some very famous musicians coming to town. Last night we had Sir Paul McCartney pay our town a visit, and by all accounts he was pretty awesome, and tonight Vancouver welcomes ‘The Boss’ Bruce Springsteen to entertain us.

It was Mr McCartney’s first visit back to the city after he last toured here with a band he used to be the bass player and sometime songwriter with, you may well have had heard of them….

Back on August 22nd 1964 a British band called The Beatles were riding high as their meteoric rise to fame as the leaders of the British Invasion came to Canada for the first time at The Empire Stadium. Playing in front of over 20,000 people with a set that included just 11 songs 48 years ago. This set was very different, not only was he playing to an audience of over 60,000 – he also had plenty more songs to play with too, armed with material that spanned his whole career as a Beatle, Wings front-man and solo work it was to be a long set, 3 hours to be precise…not bad for a man in his 70s.

Vancouver and Toronto are known to many as the Hollywood north due to their locations being used for the film industry, but as you can see from the kind of musicians that come to tour here, it draws all kinds of entertainment in this very eclectic cultural scene. Vancouver really prides itself as the cultural hub of Canada, between Toronto and here you will do no wrong with the entertainment scene.

Many live acts that come to Vancouver use the city to either begin or end some of their mammoth world tours, the stadium used for some of the bigger acts are BC Place which is home to the BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps, or Rogers Arena which is the home of Vancouver Canucks Hockey.

The reference of Vancouver and Toronto being known as the Hollywood north is not something we say facetiously, it really is the case.
Vancouver is home to the Vancouver Film Studio, the largest studio outside of Los Angeles.

Many many films have been recorded in and around Vancouver and the biggest one that has many tourists flocking here is none other than The Twilight films. This film is currently flying high at the box office and Vancouver is very proud to be used to film this popular series.

So choose the Sunset Inn and Suites as somewhere to stay if you are here for an event, we are located close enough to these venues to walk and just outside the noisy buzz of the downtown core so you can get a well earned rest after the buzz has died down.

http://www.rogersarena.ca


www.bcplacestadium.com/

For the best listings of entertainment click on the links below to see what is happening in around the city, and also check the calender for listings and links.

www.straight.com

www.tourismvancouver.com/do/entertainment/

Must see events to check out.

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The Festive Season is beginning to kick off in Vancouver, here are some events that we think you should see…

BRIGHT NIGHTS IN STANLEY PARK – Nov 30th- Jan 2nd
A popular annual event that will get you into the festive spirit, enjoy the dazzling lights, Christmas carols and a Train Ride among the trees of Stanley Park.

http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.aspx

CANDYTOWN – Yaletown Festival – Nov 23rd-24th
One of the newest festivals in Vancouver and a great way to explore the Yaletown district – you will be treated with entertainment on the street, Candy Cane Lamps, street entertainers and and stalls with unique gifts and festive treats.

http://yaletowninfo.com/events/candytown/

VANCOUVERS WINTER FARMERS MARKETS – Nov 24th – April 27th (Weekends)
Check out our Winter Farmers Markets. Everything from organic and conventional produce, meat, cheese and seafood, preserves, baking and bread. These markets enable you to take full advantage of our full Kitchens and fully furnished apartment style rooms at the Sunset Inn and Suites.

http://www.eatlocal.org/wfm_2012_13.html

VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET – Nov 24th – Dec 18th
The Christmas market is back for its 3rd year – get a taste of a German christmas village, with lots of great stalls showcasing tradional food, gifts and xmas cheer. Located at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza.

www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com

And then the rains came – Welcome to Raincity!

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

I must apologize for the absence of Blogs the past few weeks….November is generally the time when staff go on their vacation as the hotel tends to wind down after the busy summer period.

Coming back to Vancouver in the middle of November is like returning home to an unfamiliar city – gone are the glorious blue skies of summer, now replaced by the seasonal Pacific storms that barrel the coast like an unrelenting train (which in actual fact is the case). For some this can seem like a drab nightmare, but there is a great charm to the weather that makes the Pacific Northwest so unique.

We feel that rain should never stop you from venturing out, if anything, get the wellies and anorak on and brave the elements…the colors of the sky are not as dull gray as you may think…and Stanley park comes alive with the passing weather, its this time of year when you realize and notice that Vancouver is nestled in a temperate rain-forest, so take a good look as the fronts sweep by and watch the trees breath out the condensation in the park, it truly is a living and breathing ecosystem.

There are plenty of things to do in the city that is undercover, such as Granville Island Public Market, the Big Bus city tours, Museum of Vancouver alongside the Macmillan Space Center and Police Museum near Kitsilano Point at Vanier Park.

http://www.granvilleisland.com/

http://bigbus.ca/home/

At Kitsilano Point there is a great story that sums up our “Raincity”. Which has been carved onto a large rock, it is a lovely testament to the inclement weather.

This story stone, entitled “Vancouver in the Rain” is one of ten across the city. Here it is….

“It is probably fair to say that one of the things for which Vancouver is most famous is rain. It is true that it can and will rain here for weeks on end. Several years ago I found myself coming close to being thoroughly disgusted with the rain, unusual for me as it usually bothers me not at all.

I was walking home from work and was mumbling under my breath the whole way, carrying on about how this weather was suited only to ducks. The building I lived in at the time was a large square building surrounding a brick courtyard. I came around the corner into the courtyard and there, to my amazement, was a beautiful Peking duck, having a ball in a huge puddle in the middle of the courtyard. It was quacking and splashing with such obvious delight that I had to smile, glad that such joy could be found in the gray wetness of such a day.

I really love the rain in Vancouver. I have been told that the Inuit have hundreds of words for snow. I have often thought we don’t have nearly enough words for rain, for there are so many types of rain. There is soft rain and hard rain and sideways rain, rain that makes you instantly wet, and rain that leaves soft kisses on your cheek, like the wings of a butterfly. There is cold rain and warm rain, go out for a walk rain and stay in bed with the cats rain. There is booming rain and whispery rain, rain that lulls you to sleep and rain to sing you awake. The rain brings us all the shades of gray, but it also brings us the wonderful greenery which surrounds and blesses us.”