Archive for July, 2014

2014 Pride Festival and Parade returns to Davie Village and Fireworks!

Friday, July 25th, 2014

It is that time of year once again when over the next couple of weeks our own Davie Village becomes the main focus for the festivities in Vancouver, its our time of the Summer season where the West End comes alive with the fantastic and colourful Pride Parade, Street party and Fireworks display – ending with a bang over the August long weekend.

We will break down how the events will transpire and what you can expect – we hope that you will join us in all the fun!

Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks July 26th July 30th & August 2nd
As we have written previously at the end of July and the very first weekend of August is dominated by the incredible Celebration of Light Fireworks display that lights up all of English Bay – as well as the Fireworks there is also a huge Music Festival called Shorefest that is located down at our namesake Beach Sunset Beach which is little over a 5 minute walk away from us.

Important Information:
Please click on this link for further details as it explains where the festival is located and any Road closures you may need to be concerned about: http://www.sunsetinn.com/blog/?p=5642

Pride Festival, Davie Street Party and Pride Parade July 28th to August 4th.
On July 28th Vancouver City Hall will proudly hoist up the familiar Pride rainbow flag to commemorate the beginning of the main festivities – it is a proud reminder of how important this Parade and festival is and how far it has come with recognition and support since the first parade occurred way back in 1978.

Davie Street Block Party – Friday August 1st
Davie Street once again kicks off the long weekend in style with a street party to remember, the 3 main blocks of Davie Village from Burrard Street to Jervis St closes down for the evening for lots of dancing, singing, live music and more – the main event is ticket only and will have booths where you can buy alcoholic drinks, there are also designated areas that are family friendly where there will be plenty of stalls to visit, live music, karaoke and more…..

Tickets for the Beer Garden can be found here – this area is for ages 19 and over only – $10 and available at Little Sisters (1238 Davie Street, Top Drawers (Davie St) – See more at: http://vancouverpride.ca/events/davie-street-block-party-presented-by-barefoot/#sthash.edor7f1a.dpuf

Davie Village Block Party Map:
https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Davie+St+%26+Bute+St,+Vancouver,+BC/Burrard+St+%26+Davie+St,+Vancouver,+BC/@49.2804426,-123.1334252,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x5486722b790e17b9:0x7e5dfa6f45592272!2m2!1d-123.1333493!2d49.2817893!1m5!1m1!1s0x548673d497d96575:0xa77311b3ff332f42!2m2!1d-123.1291853!2d49.2790867!3e2
You can see our location on this map so you can clearly see where we are in relation to all the events.

Pride Festival, Market and Sunset Beach
Celebrate Pride in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful Waterfront parks that is Sunset Beach! Browse through over one hundred exhibitors in our Pride Market, including local artisans, community supporters and non-proft organizations. This is a pedestrian event for the general public to come and enjoy the day, watch live performances on the main stage, sample great food at the food zone and dance to DJ’s in the 19+ Beer garden area. After a hot afternoon cheering on the fabulous parade entries, stroll on down to the Pride Festival Family Picnic zone at Jervis and Beach for some delicious street food and cool beverages. The new family fun zone has all kind of kid friendly events.

The Main event – The Pride Parade and Beach Party Finale.
Join us for one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. The Vancouver Pride parade was granted civic status in 2013 and is one of the city’s largest flagship events.
Attracting crowds of more than 650,000 the Pride Parade is renowned in the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ events in the world. Find your place along one of the most beautiful and diverse parade routes* in the world!

* The parade begins at Robson Street (Shopping district) and Thurlow Street, heads west to Denman St and to Pacific then Beach Avenue and finishes at Sunset Beach where the Pride Festival and markets join forces for a spectacular finale.

For full details on the Pride Parade and more click here: http://vancouverpride.ca/events/pride-parade/

Vancouver Pride Parade 2014 Live Stream.
If for some reason you cannot make it to the Parade or just cannot handle the crowds but still want to see the parade there will be a live stream of the Parade as it happens - Click on the clink to enjoy Pride 2014 in real time! http://vancouverpride.ca/live-stream-2014-pride-parade/

Celebration of Light Fireworks and Shorefest at Sunset Beach

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

The Sunset Inn hotel and the West End is getting ready for the return of the annual Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks display.
The first of 3 displays begins on Saturday July 26th with two more following on Wednesday July 30th and Saturday August 2nd which is also Pride Weekend in the district, this spectacular pyrotechnic display that is a staple in the Vancouver Festival calender lights up the sky at English Bay.
The fireworks displays are an actual competition and each year a different country is chosen to create an impressive display all in sync to the music of their choice. Previous participants have used creative ideas such as James Bond theme and The Wizard of Oz film which was fantastic.
This is an event that is by far one of the most popular in Vancouver, and for all those who live in the West End we see this as the true beginning of summer and its time for the West End to show off and party in the gorgeous Summer weather.

Shorefest at Sunset Beach
Not only are we treated to a late evening display there is a live music festival that begins at 2pm down at Sunset Beach which is only a five minute walk away from us. This is a great day out and best of all it is free and runs up until the fireworks display.
The bands are really really good and in the past we have been treated to great live music from well known bands such as The Trews and The Barenaked Ladies to name but a few.
Please click the following link to know what to expect:
http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/artists/shorefest-2014

Celebration of light website:http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/

Sunset Suggestion and tips!
We always suggest that you head straight down to the Beach via the seawall on Thurlow Street to Sunset Beach and towards English Bay…..you do not have to be right at English Bay to see the display, it will be pretty crazy and crowded and if anything Sunset Beach will be quieter with an amazing vantage point, try and go early as there will be plenty of entertainment to occupy you before the big show shoots into the sky at 10pm.

Road Closures at 4pm
This is a major event in the city, and with any huge event such as this you will have to expect road closures, so, we do strongly suggest that if you do have a vehicle this will be the best day to leave it at the hotel, the West End completely shuts down for traffic at around 4pm, so the streets can let around half a million people migrate through the West End towards English Bay.
Click on this link to see the Map of the event road closures – you will see that we are in the closure zone at Burnaby St and Thurlow St. https://www.dropbox.com/s/b6qx1bwbpgwhpoq/HCOL2014%20FINAL%20Site%20map%20with%20flags.pdf

Natural display rivals the fireworks!
In 2009 during the South African display at the celebration of light, a very rare strong thunderstorm moved over the city and very nearly upstaged the event itself, I believe the footage will speak for itself…..the first is a timelapse of the day which is pretty breathtaking, the second video is the full display itself…enjoy!

Granville Island and Vanier Park

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Granville Island and Vanier Park are the areas that you can see from across the hotel if you happen to be staying in one of our Executive Suites, especially from the vantage point of our largest rooms (Called the Executive Large Suites) which are South facing. Check these rooms out! http://www.sunsetinn.com/suites/executive

What you can see from here is the beginnings of False Creek water way, Granville Island and Vanier Park which is home to the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival during the Summer, The Maritime museum, H.R Macmillan Space Centre and Museum of Vancouver.

GRANVILLE ISLAND
This is a must see destination when you are visiting Vancouver and at the height of Summer there is plenty to see and do for all ages. Even if you are here for just one day, it is something that we recommend you visit if you do nothing else at all!!!
The Island is home to the popular Public market which is open everyday from 9am to be 7pm, outside of the Public market there are plenty of cute and quirky shops, lots of fantastic restaurants and plenty of live entertainment from Buskers to live theatre and comedy. Granville Island Public Market: http://granvilleisland.com/public-market

Some places we feel you should check out down at the Island….
Dining out: The Sandbar Restaurant
By far one of the most popular restaurants to dine in on the island – The Sandbar offers something for everyone and has a great ‘pub’ like food, plenty of Seafood and if you like Asian style food more specifically Japanese you will also notice that many dishes are Asian fusion, which is very typical of this part of the world. So if you want Seafood, Burgers, chicken or Sushi, this place has it all!!!!
Website:https://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar

The Backstage Lounge – Nightly Live Music and great food.
Live Music, theatre and more can be found here at the backstage lounge – it also functions as a restaurant too with a cute patio located right on the Creek itself under Granville Bridge.
Website: http://www.thebackstagelounge.com/

Granville Island Broom Co – The Broom Shop!
Among many of the quirky shops to peruse on GI you should check out this Broom Shop. They make the Brooms on site and can be really cool and funky, and whats more you are invited into the Studio to see how they are made right in front of you!!!!
Website: http://broomcompany.com/

VANIER PARK
Vanier Park is not too far away from Granville Island – you can walk there in around 15 minutes or so along the far reaches of the Sea wall that joins all of the downtown city to False creek and the district of Kitsilano Or you can simply catch the False Creek Ferry to the Maritime museum.

What you can see at Vanier Park….
H.R Macmillan Space Centre and Museum of Vancouver
Looking across False Creek from Sunset Beach you will see a funny looking building that looks quite literally like a large Decanter for Wine. Well Wine lovers we are sorry to disappoint you but this building is actually the Vancouver Museum and H.R Macmillan Space Centre.
If you have a love for everything that is cosmic and have little ones in tow that love anything to do with the stars and beyond then this is the place for you, it is educational and fun for all the family! Website: http://www.spacecentre.ca/
The Museum of Vancouver is one of the largest civic museums in Canada and has events and exhibits that change on a regular basis, for some reason it is not too much on the radar within tourism which we feel is a shame, as this museum should be on the agenda – its main focus with all its exhibits is that it concentrates on Vancouver with history, artifacts and the future – please go check it out! Website: http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

Bard on the Beach
A hugely popular event that shows no sign of stopping, if you love the works of William Shakespeare you will be sure to love watching the plays at the Park with a gorgeous city back drop to heighten the senses.
Website: http://www.bardonthebeach.org/

Kitsilano Beach
While you are down at the Park, keep strolling along and eventually you will end up at Kitsilano Beach – which to some of us Vancouverites we see this as our little piece of California! Tell us if you agree….
This beach is gorgeous and has some incredible views of the North Shore mountains, Stanley Park and the downtown core of Vancouver itself. http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/kitsilano-beach.aspx

Yelp Reviews on Vanier Park: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/vanier-park-vancouver

False Creek Ferry Schedule: http://www.granvilleislandferries.bc.ca/schedule.htm

Lets Dance at Robson Square!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Put on whatever coloured shoes you fancy and lets dance the blues!

Vancouver is now in full swing with the sounds and sights of Summer – as I type it is a very nice 27 Celsius which is 80 in Fahrenheit. what with the gorgeous weather and festivals really making the summer vibe electric how about we point you to the direction of Robson Square for a spot of dancing. If you like Salsa, Rumba, Ballroom, Swing and Cha Cha, well Waltz on down to the Square for some free lessons!!!

Located near the Vancouver Art Gallery at Robson St – between Howe and Hornby Streets.

Watch the Video here: Robson Square Dancing

ROBSON SQUARE DANCING
Every Friday evenings – Hosted by DanceSport BC
Down at the Square you can get some free dance lessons between the hours of 8pm and 9pm After 9 up until 11pm you will be treated with Demonstrations from various Dance groups to entertain you and close off the night.

Robson Square

http://www.dancesportbc.com/about/robsonsquare/

The Full nightly schedule will run as follows for the Summer 2014 season.
7:30pm Music begins for general dancing
8:00pm Free Beginner Dance Lesson with Professional Instructors
8:45pm General Dancing
9:00pm Showcase Demonstrations
9:25pm General Dancing
10:00pm Showcase Demonstrations
10:25pm General Dancing
11:30pm Last Waltz

Sunday Afternoon Salsa – running till August 29th
Sundays mean Salsa at the Square. These sessions offer free lessons in Salsa, live performances starting from 3 p.m until 7:30 p.m.

Website: http://sundayafternoonsalsa.com/