Sunday, November 1, 2009

Day of the Dead Altars exhibition at the Roundhouse Community Centre

The Roundhouse Community Centre presented an exhibition of Day of the Dead altars organized in conjuction with the Mexico Tourism board.

The altars were set up by companies like Mexicana Airlines, Edible British Columbia, Dona Cata Mexican Foods, Casa Las Margaritas; organizations like Ex-ATec, Consulate of Mexico in Vancouver and also for families and group of friends.

The altars were dedicated either to family members, friends and also famous and important people like Mexican writer Octavio Paz, artist Frida Kalho, artist Jose Guadalupe Posada and actors of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema like Pedro Infante and musicians like Agustin Lara.

Dona Cata Mexican Foods' altar was dedicated to family members and friends, one of them is their aunt Josefa Espejo Sanchez who was wife of Emiliano Zapata a leading figure of the Mexican Revolution.

Casa Las Margaritas' altar was dedicated to illustrator and artist Jose Guadalupe Posada whose best known works are the skulls like the famous Catrina.

Mexican Consulate in Vancouver's altar honored Mexican writer, poet and winner of the 1990 Nobel prize for literature Octavio Paz.

The Indigenous Festivity dedicated to the Dead in Mexico was proclaimed in 2003 as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

Octavio Paz Facebook page
Museo Frida Kahlo
Jose Guadalupe Posada Facebook page
Emiliano Zapata Facebook page
Pedro Infante

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Day of the Dead - A Mexican Celebration in Vancouver at the Roundhouse Community Centre

Thursday October 29TH, 7:30PM-9:30PM Free Event - No Admission Cost

THE CELEBRATION: spend an evening drinking hot chocolate, eating traditional Bread of the Dead, visiting the altar exhibition, participate in workshops of alfeñique
(Sugar-Skull making), and enjoy performers while judges choose the best altars.
Organized by Mexico Tourism Board and the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

2nd. Annual Mexican Competition - Submit your entry! - Free to participate!
Great prizes for the winning altar!
Deadline for Entry Thursday October 22

Come and celebrate life by honoring the dead in the most traditional way, by setting up and decorating an altar. Sign up with your friends and family to commemorate someone special and be part of our competition, teams of 4. Information about the tradition, history and elements will be available to inspire and guide you. A starter kit will be given to every team. Open to everyone. Be creative, be outrageous and have fun!

The Altars setup will take place on October 25th and will run till November 2nd. Setup time will be the 9am to 8pm. Please send the name of your team members and sign up now!! For more information call 604-669-2845 Ext. 224 or email vrivas@cciba.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Sailing on the Dock - Vancouver Autumn

Sailing on the Dock, this is how the sail boats looked like from the distance this chilly morning while walking by the beach in Kitsilano. It is a beautiful sunny day and we also saw a squirrel very busy getting ready for winter stuffing branches and leaves on a hole of a tree ......... There is some snow in the mountains and the temperature is cooling down ...

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Monday, September 28, 2009

It's Raining in Vancouver

This is autumn season now and we like it, colors of fall start showing in the city but here we have some pictures to remember the summer ....

Monday, August 10, 2009

Mezcal: Beyond Tequila Fundraiser for the Roundhouse in Vancouver

The Mexico Tourism Board, The Mexican Consulate
and the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre present


A Yaletown Summer-Time Event

August 15, 7 pm-10 pm

Roundhouse Exhibition Hall

Tickets: $35 per person or $55 if you buy two!!!

To purchase tickets: 604 713-1800 or pick up at Roundhouse Front Desk.

Experience an unique opportunity sampling the range of flavour’s of Mexico’s ‘other’ drink while nibbling on culinary delights by local Mexican chefs. For the first time ever in Vancouver we bring you the chance to get a taste of the spectrum of premium Mezcal not available in Canada. Learn the history of Mezcal producing regions of Mexcio, chill to live Mexican music, relax and mingle – a summer-time party not to be missed!!!

This is a Roundhouse fundraiser, so bring your friends and come out to support your favourite local Community Arts Centre. We would LOVE to see you!

For more info: or call 604 -713-1800

Please plan alternative transportation to this fun event, be safe, do not Drink-and-Drive.

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie & Pacific)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Odlum Brown Van Open - Western Canada's largest professional tennis event August 1-9th 2009

This week there is a challenger tennis tournament taking place at the Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver.

The winner of the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open will likely be given a spot to play in the Canadian open that starts next weekend in Toronto.

For more information:
Odlum Brown Van Open

By TenekTech

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Vancouver Celebration of Light – UK and China

On Wednesday July 29th , the hottest day in Vancouver that even broke the record for the first time in forty nine years was the turn for the UK to present their show in the Celebration of Light in Vancouver.

Yesterday was the turn for China, and with them the Celebration of Light concluded without us knowing who the winner is yet.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Weekend in Vancouver

One of the nice things of Vancouver in the summer is that there are many things to do and events to go outdoors that it even make it difficult what to choose.
Two of the events that are happening right now are Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival 2009 Season and also Vancouver Celebration of Light.
Things to do outdoors we can go hiking, camping or just go for a walk and have brunch in one of the many restaurants of Kitsilano like Abigail’s Party where you can have a delicious classic Benny or have the classic Fish and Chips in the famous Go Fish in Granville Island.

More information about:
Celebration Of Light
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival 2009 Season
Abigail’s Party restaurant
Go Fish 1504 W 1st Ave


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Vancouver Fireworks - By Mother Nature

Today was the turn for the South Africa team to participate in the Celebration of Light in Vancouver, but it was shared by a thunder storm that added a beautiful spectacle in the sky


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Vancouver Fireworks - Celebration of Light

Canada was the first participant last night at the Celebration of Lights 2009. We watched it from Kits Beach, one of the best viewing points. The next participants are South Africa on Saturday July 25, UK on July 29th and China on August 1st.

More info @CelebofLight on Twitter

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Canadian Goose chasing a young bald eagle - Vanier Park

For those living in Kitsilano is a great pleasure to have this year not one but two 2 young bald eagles living in Vanier Park, these are children of the a couple that nest every year in one of the big trees in this park.

We went for a walk today and saw that they are already flying around and are being chased by crows and also by geese if they get too close to them as we saw in one of the the little lagoons.

The young eagles look great and healthy, although we could not find the little ducklings that we saw 2 weeks ago, hopefully they were not part of their diet.

Even if the pictures that I am showing here look like one of the young eagles is attacking the goose is was actually the opposite.

Here is a link for more information about the Nesting Bald Eagle Update: Stanley Park Ecology Society