This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver – June 23, 2017

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Watching the sunrise from the @vancouverlookout above the sleepy city below ✌🏼📷 // Photo: @carlblanchet

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Summer has arrived in Vancouver ☀️🏐☀️ // Photo: @icalderonphoto

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Car Free Day Main St

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This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver – June 23, 2017

An Evening in Damascus: A Fundraiser for Queer Syrian Refugees

By Casey Stepaniuk

If you’re looking for an event in this busy Pride month of June that is both meaningful and entertaining, look no further than An Evening in Damascus. It’s your chance to support queer Syrian refugees coming to Vancouver as well as experience an unforgettable night of delicious authentic Syrian food, Middle Eastern belly dancing, and storytelling by queer former Syrian refugees.

Author of The Clothesline Swing and former Syrian refugee, Danny Ramadan tells stories at last year’s event | Image provided by Danny Ramadan

You might remember this occasion from previous Junes, as 2017 is the third year the event has taken place. The fundraising event raises money that goes equally to two sponsorship groups: The Divine Road, a group sponsoring two Syrian women to come to Canada, and Journey to Canada, a group supporting two sisters from Syria as they integrate into Canadian society. Both of these groups are supported by and linked to the work done by Rainbow Refugee Society, a local Vancouver community organization that has, since 2000, supported and assisted LGBTQ2+ and/or HIV+ asylum seekers, refugee claimants, and refugees in Canada.

At this year’s event, An Evening in Damascus is partnering with Tayybeh: A Celebration of Syrian Cuisine, a new organization and business run by Syrian women who cook delicious and authentic food from their Syrian hometowns at special community dining events like An Evening in Damascus. While Tayybeh is a source of income for the women, it is also meant as a group where community-building is facilitated both between Syrian women and Syrian women and the larger Vancouver community. A little bit of information behind the name is provided on their Facebook page: “The word ‘tayybeh’ in Arabic is the feminine construction that means “kind”, and in the colloquial Levantine dialect [it] means “delicious.”

Tabbouleh salad, cabbage salad, baba ghanouj and mutabal kusa from Tayybeh’s last Event | Photo by Rafal Gerszak, image via theglobeandmail.com

After you’ve stuffed yourself with delicious food, you can enjoy dancing, music, and storytelling from the same region. Khadiejah, a Middle Eastern belly dancer, will be dancing throughout to room to beautiful Arabic music. Danny Ramadan, a gay former Syrian refugee who arrived in Vancouver three years ago and the founder and organizer of the event, will be doing some storytelling, along with Rory, a Syrian lesbian who arrived in Vancouver last year.

Check out the Facebook event for to RSVP and share the event with your friends. To buy tickets, go straight to the Eventbrite page. Remember to bring cash for the bar, which will be serving red and white wine. If you can’t make it but want to support the cause, or have the means to give more after purchasing a ticket, you can buy a community ticket for $ 25. This ticket will allow a person from the queer and trans refugee community to attend the event who otherwise might not be able to.

When: Friday July 28, 7:00-10:30 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
How Much: $ 40 a ticket; $ 25 to donate a community ticket

Casey Stepaniuk is a writer and librarian-in-training who runs the website Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian, where you can find LGBTQ+ Canadian book reviews and a queer book advice column. She also writes for Book Riot. Find her on Twitter: @canlesbrarian

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An Evening in Damascus: A Fundraiser for Queer Syrian Refugees

An Evening in Damascus: A Fundraiser for Queer Syrian Refugees

By Casey Stepaniuk

If you’re looking for an event in this busy Pride month of June that is both meaningful and entertaining, look no further than An Evening in Damascus. It’s your chance to support queer Syrian refugees coming to Vancouver as well as experience an unforgettable night of delicious authentic Syrian food, Middle Eastern belly dancing, and storytelling by queer former Syrian refugees.

Author of The Clothesline Swing and former Syrian refugee, Danny Ramadan tells stories at last year’s event | Image provided by Danny Ramadan

You might remember this occasion from previous Junes, as 2017 is the third year the event has taken place. The fundraising event raises money that goes equally to two sponsorship groups: The Divine Road, a group sponsoring two Syrian women to come to Canada, and Journey to Canada, a group supporting two sisters from Syria as they integrate into Canadian society. Both of these groups are supported by and linked to the work done by Rainbow Refugee Society, a local Vancouver community organization that has, since 2000, supported and assisted LGBTQ2+ and/or HIV+ asylum seekers, refugee claimants, and refugees in Canada.

At this year’s event, An Evening in Damascus is partnering with Tayybeh: A Celebration of Syrian Cuisine, a new organization and business run by Syrian women who cook delicious and authentic food from their Syrian hometowns at special community dining events like An Evening in Damascus. While Tayybeh is a source of income for the women, it is also meant as a group where community-building is facilitated both between Syrian women and Syrian women and the larger Vancouver community. A little bit of information behind the name is provided on their Facebook page: “The word ‘tayybeh’ in Arabic is the feminine construction that means “kind”, and in the colloquial Levantine dialect [it] means “delicious.”

Tabbouleh salad, cabbage salad, baba ghanouj and mutabal kusa from Tayybeh’s last Event | Photo by Rafal Gerszak, image via theglobeandmail.com

After you’ve stuffed yourself with delicious food, you can enjoy dancing, music, and storytelling from the same region. Khadiejah, a Middle Eastern belly dancer, will be dancing throughout to room to beautiful Arabic music. Danny Ramadan, a gay former Syrian refugee who arrived in Vancouver three years ago and the founder and organizer of the event, will be doing some storytelling, along with Rory, a Syrian lesbian who arrived in Vancouver last year.

Check out the Facebook event for to RSVP and share the event with your friends. To buy tickets, go straight to the Eventbrite page. Remember to bring cash for the bar, which will be serving red and white wine. If you can’t make it but want to support the cause, or have the means to give more after purchasing a ticket, you can buy a community ticket for $ 25. This ticket will allow a person from the queer and trans refugee community to attend the event who otherwise might not be able to.

When: Friday July 28, 7:00-10:30 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
How Much: $ 40 a ticket; $ 25 to donate a community ticket

Casey Stepaniuk is a writer and librarian-in-training who runs the website Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian, where you can find LGBTQ+ Canadian book reviews and a queer book advice column. She also writes for Book Riot. Find her on Twitter: @canlesbrarian

Sign up for the Out In Vancouver newsletter if you are interested in hearing about more non-heteronormative news, events, and culture that are part of Vancouver’s colourful mosaic, and to get notified on the latest contests.

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An Evening in Damascus: A Fundraiser for Queer Syrian Refugees

Peek Behind the Curtains at Vancouver Aquarium This Weekend

photo: Michael DeYoung

The following article was submitted by the Vancouver Aquarium.

Summer’s here, the sun’s out, and we’re giving visitors an opportunity to see Vancouver Aquarium in a new light with a peek behind the curtains!

To mark the first weekend of summer, guests of Vancouver Aquarium will have a chance to win up-close-and-personal animal experiences or behind-the-scenes explorations taking them on a unique journey into the Aquarium. With prize draws throughout the day, visitors can have multiple opportunities to win these special adventures and see the Aquarium as they never have before.

Visitors can enter to win by completing a ballot at the Info Desk located in the Pacific Canada Pavilion.

Where: Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park, 845 Avison Way

When: Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (contest runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

What: A contest for Vancouver Aquarium guests to win up-close-and-personal animal experiences or behind-the-scenes explorations during their visit

Vancouver Aquarium is extending its hours for even more summer fun! Starting Friday, June 24, the Aquarium will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily and visitors can enjoy more:

Entry into the contest is included with membership or admission. Admission tickets can be purchased onsite or online at http://ift.tt/2hT1Ioq. Terms and Conditions apply.

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Peek Behind the Curtains at Vancouver Aquarium This Weekend

YVR Food Fest Celebrates Canada Day with an Epic Brunch and More

YVR Food Festival 2017

Image courtesy of YVR Food Festival

Canada’s big 150th birthday bash is coming up next week and there are tons of events happening around town to celebrate the big 1-5-0. If you’ve got a craving for a side of tasty food with your Canadian celebrations, you’ll be happy to hear that the sixth annual YVR Food Fest will be returning to Vancouver from June 29 to July 3 at Olympic Village.

This is one food festival you’re not going to want to miss. This multi-day event will include something for everyone, with a food-focused speaker series (June 29), a long-table dinner (June 30), a Canada Day barbecue (July 1) with live music, and the largest outdoor brunch in the city’s history (July 3).

Not to mention, the festival’s flagship event, The Streetfood Showdown, a gathering of 70+ food carts, restaurants, wineries, and breweries with tasting menu items that pair well with drinks offered from the local breweries, wineries, and distilleries on site.

YVR Food Festival 2017

Image courtesy of YVR Food Festival

Tickets for the event are still on sale, but will likely sell out as the festival gets closer. If you’re at all interested in any of the events, it’s a good idea to grab a pair or two soon. Prices range per event from $ 10 for general admission to $ 199 for the long table dinner.

Can’t wait for the event? Check out a sampling of the events that will be happening during 2017 YVR Food Fest:

Food for Thought

When: Thursday, June 29
Time: 7pm – 10:00pm
Where: The Fox Cabaret (2321 Main Street)
Price:$ 17+tax
More info

Food For Thought is speaker series of genuine and personal stories about food-related topics that engage, provoke, and inspire. The event also includes a panel discussion with audience participation. This event aims to foster dialogue and build community while those at the forefront of the industry share their personal stories.

Gather Dinner Series

When: June 27, 28, 29
Time
: 6:30pm / 7:00pm / 7:30pm
Where: Fayuca Restaurant (1009 Hamilton Street)
Price:$ 135.00 includes ten-course meal, wine pairings and gratuity
More info

A series of communal dinners that boast some of the city’s top culinary talent cooking alongside visiting culinary stars. These unforgettable meals feature pairings from the province’s top wineries. The dress code may be casual, but the meals will be sumptuous four-star delights. Attendees can come with a group or come alone and leave with new friends.

YVR Food Festival 2017

Image courtesy of YVR Food Fest

Canada Day Cookout

When: Saturday, July 1
Time
: noon – 8:00pm
Where: Olympic Village (215 West 1st Avenue)
Price:$ 10 – $ 60
More info

A gigantic Austin-style outdoor party with bands, DJs, and, of course, amazing food, the Canada Day Cookout will be one of the city’s biggest celebrations. The event will feature some of the top bands + DJs in the city, while the culinary aspect will be based around the idea of pairing great tasting BBQ staples (everything from dogs and burgers to brisket and ribs) with great local craft beer.

Street Food Showdown

When: Sunday, July 2
Time: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Where: Olympic Village (215 West 1st Avenue)
Price:$ 10 – $ 60
More info

YVR Food Fest’s flagship event, offering up an affordable tasting menu items that allows one to sample as many different food carts and restaurants as they can handle. This feeding frenzy will be complemented by pairings from the top breweries, wineries, and distilleries in the province. At the end of the event, attendees will vote on their favourites and winners will be declared in a variety of categories.

YVR Food Festival 2017

Image courtesy of YVR Food Fest

The BIG Brunch

When: Monday, July 3
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Olympic Village (215 West 1st Avenue)
Price:$ 10 – $ 60
More info

A unique event, and the first of it’s kind in Vancouver! A gigantic outdoor brunch that feature every conceivable type of delicious brunch fare from some of the city’s best restaurants and cafés. In addition to the main event, we’ll be staging multiple food/drink events: a Caesar competition, a breakfast sandwich cook-off, and a cold-brew kegger featuring the city’s best coffee roasters.

For full details about the festival, check out the YVR Food Festival website.

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YVR Food Fest Celebrates Canada Day with an Epic Brunch and More

Peek Behind the Curtains at Vancouver Aquarium This Weekend

photo: Michael DeYoung

The following article was submitted by the Vancouver Aquarium.

Summer’s here, the sun’s out, and we’re giving visitors an opportunity to see Vancouver Aquarium in a new light with a peek behind the curtains!

To mark the first weekend of summer, guests of Vancouver Aquarium will have a chance to win up-close-and-personal animal experiences or behind-the-scenes explorations taking them on a unique journey into the Aquarium. With prize draws throughout the day, visitors can have multiple opportunities to win these special adventures and see the Aquarium as they never have before.

Visitors can enter to win by completing a ballot at the Info Desk located in the Pacific Canada Pavilion.

Where: Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park, 845 Avison Way

When: Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (contest runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

What: A contest for Vancouver Aquarium guests to win up-close-and-personal animal experiences or behind-the-scenes explorations during their visit

Vancouver Aquarium is extending its hours for even more summer fun! Starting Friday, June 24, the Aquarium will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily and visitors can enjoy more:

Entry into the contest is included with membership or admission. Admission tickets can be purchased onsite or online at http://ift.tt/2hT1Ioq. Terms and Conditions apply.

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Peek Behind the Curtains at Vancouver Aquarium This Weekend

YVR Food Fest Celebrates Canada Day with an Epic Brunch and More

YVR Food Festival 2017

Image courtesy of YVR Food Festival

Canada’s big 150th birthday bash is coming up next week and there are tons of events happening around town to celebrate the big 1-5-0. If you’ve got a craving for a side of tasty food with your Canadian celebrations, you’ll be happy to hear that the sixth annual YVR Food Fest will be returning to Vancouver from June 29 to July 3 at Olympic Village.

This is one food festival you’re not going to want to miss. This multi-day event will include something for everyone, with a food-focused speaker series (June 29), a long-table dinner (June 30), a Canada Day barbecue (July 1) with live music, and the largest outdoor brunch in the city’s history (July 3).

Not to mention, the festival’s flagship event, The Streetfood Showdown, a gathering of 70+ food carts, restaurants, wineries, and breweries with tasting menu items that pair well with drinks offered from the local breweries, wineries, and distilleries on site.

YVR Food Festival 2017

Image courtesy of YVR Food Festival

Tickets for the event are still on sale, but will likely sell out as the festival gets closer. If you’re at all interested in any of the events, it’s a good idea to grab a pair or two soon. Prices range per event from $ 10 for general admission to $ 199 for the long table dinner.

Can’t wait for the event? Check out a sampling of the events that will be happening during 2017 YVR Food Fest:

Food for Thought

When: Thursday, June 29
Time: 7pm – 10:00pm
Where: The Fox Cabaret (2321 Main Street)
Price:$ 17+tax
More info

Food For Thought is speaker series of genuine and personal stories about food-related topics that engage, provoke, and inspire. The event also includes a panel discussion with audience participation. This event aims to foster dialogue and build community while those at the forefront of the industry share their personal stories.

Gather Dinner Series

When: June 27, 28, 29
Time
: 6:30pm / 7:00pm / 7:30pm
Where: Fayuca Restaurant (1009 Hamilton Street)
Price:$ 135.00 includes ten-course meal, wine pairings and gratuity
More info

A series of communal dinners that boast some of the city’s top culinary talent cooking alongside visiting culinary stars. These unforgettable meals feature pairings from the province’s top wineries. The dress code may be casual, but the meals will be sumptuous four-star delights. Attendees can come with a group or come alone and leave with new friends.

YVR Food Festival 2017

Image courtesy of YVR Food Fest

Canada Day Cookout

When: Saturday, July 1
Time
: noon – 8:00pm
Where: Olympic Village (215 West 1st Avenue)
Price:$ 10 – $ 60
More info

A gigantic Austin-style outdoor party with bands, DJs, and, of course, amazing food, the Canada Day Cookout will be one of the city’s biggest celebrations. The event will feature some of the top bands + DJs in the city, while the culinary aspect will be based around the idea of pairing great tasting BBQ staples (everything from dogs and burgers to brisket and ribs) with great local craft beer.

Street Food Showdown

When: Sunday, July 2
Time: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Where: Olympic Village (215 West 1st Avenue)
Price:$ 10 – $ 60
More info

YVR Food Fest’s flagship event, offering up an affordable tasting menu items that allows one to sample as many different food carts and restaurants as they can handle. This feeding frenzy will be complemented by pairings from the top breweries, wineries, and distilleries in the province. At the end of the event, attendees will vote on their favourites and winners will be declared in a variety of categories.

YVR Food Festival 2017

Image courtesy of YVR Food Fest

The BIG Brunch

When: Monday, July 3
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Olympic Village (215 West 1st Avenue)
Price:$ 10 – $ 60
More info

A unique event, and the first of it’s kind in Vancouver! A gigantic outdoor brunch that feature every conceivable type of delicious brunch fare from some of the city’s best restaurants and cafés. In addition to the main event, we’ll be staging multiple food/drink events: a Caesar competition, a breakfast sandwich cook-off, and a cold-brew kegger featuring the city’s best coffee roasters.

For full details about the festival, check out the YVR Food Festival website.

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YVR Food Fest Celebrates Canada Day with an Epic Brunch and More