A Ted event  that brings together creators, catalysts, designers and thinkers to share their ideas worth spreading on the TEDx stage.  These diverse TEDx talks are interspersed with activities, performances, and food worth eating. Each talk will be recorded and available for viewing via TEDxRenfrewCollingwood's YouTube channel. 

TEDxRenfrewCollingwood is dedicated to discovering great ideas and sharing them with the rest of the world. Acting as a hub of energy and inspiration, the TEDXRenfrewCollingwood stage will bring unique thinkers together in a platform for sharing wisdom and experiences. It is a chance to welcome interesting people into the community and to showcase and celebrate the dynamic ideas which exist in Renfrew-Collingwood and in Vancouver.  This years theme is  Rock, Paper, Scissors. Check it out on Saturday October 25th from 9am to 4pm - witha fun after party from 4:30pm to 7pm.

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It's Culture Days this weekend and there are dozens of events going on for the next three days as well as  Word Vancouver and a Slow Fish Mystery Dinner.

Culture Days is a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. The are many free and priced events goining on. Click here for the full schedule.

We also have the Greek Food Festival going on today through Sunday at the Hellenic Community centre on Arbutus.  Yummy!!!

Word Vancouver is a free event that is running at various locations throughout town. The Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society has produced The Word On The Street Vancouver, the primary literary festival for Western Canadian book lovers and literacy enthusiasts. For a full schedule of all the Word events click here.

We also have the Vancouver Night Race which is a 5K and 10K run/walk through city parks at night. Crazy? Maybe. Fun? You Bet! With 2500 runners decked out with headlights, you have a moving, living, breathing, light show! 

For a more complete list of what's happening in town this weekend click here. For me I'm heading to Anacortes on my motorcycle for the annual Oyster Run.  Whatever you end up doing have fun and enjoy your weekend.

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That's right - the 33rd annual VIFF starts today and runs through to October 10th.  For 16 days almost 365 films from more than 70 countries will play on 9 screens.  This is one of the largest film festivals in North America with films from around the world, but with a special emphasis on some great Canadian content.  Click here for more and be sure to sign up for the VIFF newsletter.

I would think one the more interesting films this year would be The Story of the Vancouver Asahi, a fasinating true story about a team of Japanese Canadian baseball players who became a symbol of hope.  

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Last night Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq stunned the audience at the annual Polaris Music Awards by receiving the top prize, for her album Animism.  The talented singer put on a dazzling performance and received an standing ovation.  She is the sixth artist to win the top album since the inauguration of the prize in 2008.

On October 16th and 17th Tanya and her collaborator violinist Jesse Zubot will be coming to town for 2 shows at the Chan Centre at UBC.

However, beware - the shows aren't simply concerts.  There will be a mix of music with activism and the 2 evenings will include activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki who has been a public environmental activist since she was 12, and is a Yale-educated scientist and part of the David Suzuki Foundation.

Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at the Chan Centre either in person on on-line. 

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There is plenty to do in and around Vancouver this weekend.  Possibly starting with The Cellar Jazz Society from New York at  the Pyatt Hall on Seymour street tonight at 8pm where you will catch George Cables playing his wonderful Jazz on the piano accompanied by Victor Lewis on drums and Chuck Deardorf on bass.

There is also Kyle Bottom's Comedy Bucket where the comedians are guaranteed to talk about what's on your mind. This will take place at the Hot Art Wet City on Main at 9pm tonight.

The 8th annual boat show at Mosquito Creek Marina in North Vancouver takes place this weekend as well as the first annual tug boat show at Granville Island.

This weekend  features the season's final performances of Bard on the Beach and the last weekend at Playland.

Don't forget Richmond's Night Market and the 4th annual Cork and Keg and Wine, beer and food festival in Langley at the Cascades Casino Resort. 

And there is plenty more to do.  For a more comprehensive list please click here.  Get out and enjoy this final weekend of summer!!! Have fun.

Il Mercato - Italian Night Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Since 1958 shoppers at Canadian Tire stores have received Canadian Tire money as a form of cash back on their purchases but after 56 years, Canadian Tire money is going digital. Their new card-based rewards program is said to roll out in October and will track customer purchases digitially.  Customers will be able to collect and redeem their rewards using a card or an app.   This signals the end of an era for a lot of loyal Canadian Tire customers.  While paper Canadian Tire money will still be honoured, the days of stockpiling these bills is nearing its end.  Do you save Canadian Tire bills?

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The nearly 100 year old amusement park is getting ready for a huge restoration project which could take up to 13 years to complete and will increase the size of the park from 6 hectares to 9.

The first annual PNE fair took place in 1910 and Happyland, the original name for  Playland opened in 1926.

Some of it's signature rides like the Roller Coaster which opened in 1958 and the Wave Swinger which opened in 1960 are more than a half century old.

The renovation not only calls for modernizing the rides but also for introducing a softer, more welcoming look and feel. 

The changes are all part of a much larger plan adopted in 2010 which aims at transforming the entire 63-hectre Hastings Park, including Hastings Racecourse, The Pacific Coliseum, The Agrodome and livesstock barns and Empire Fields.

The intent is to turn the park into a greener,  more inviting year-round destination.

Some of the changes already made include the new Creekway Park which is a former parking lot restored to its natural state including uncovering an long buried creek and the new Plateau Sports Park, a  complex with volleyball courts and other facilities which is scheduled to open in November.  

This all sounds very exciting - I just hope they don't change the good ole Roller Coaster too much!!!

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Last nights private fireworks display over Metro Vancouver's skies was spectacular!!  It sounds like this was caused by a solar flare on Wednesday afternoon that is resulting in a special display of the norhtern lights both last night and tonight.  Solar flares can knock out high frequency communications systems, such as those used for cellphones and GPS systems termporarily.    Last night some of these systems were disrupted for about an hour.  Click here for more local photo's.

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While I have a huge apreciation for  those big beasts I have never been a keen rider.  But my wife and daughter have a immense love for horses and ride at every opportunity.   They would both enjoy the Southlands Country Fair which happens this Sunday (September 14th). Here is an opporunity to check out what goes on at the Southlands Riding Club and spend a beautiful sunny day in a place that feels like the country which is set in the heart of a cosmopolitan city.  For more about this fun event click here.

There's plenty of room for the kids to roam at the fair. Photo by Noriko Tidball.

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Five of Vancouver's street artists will be showing off some of their best work inside for a change during the month of September at Hot Art Wet City Gallery on Main Street.  You can see some of the works of M. W. Bowen who is a Vancouver illustrator, painter and street artist who loves to question what is normal through his art. iHeart, who calls himself ' just a boy with ideas, opinions and a whole lot or aerosol' whose work can be seen everywhere ffrom Seattle to New York will have some work on display as well as Fred (Joy) Joyal who insists his work is simply for fun and therefore full of joy.

This exhibition runs until September 26th at 2206 Main Street - certainly something out of the norm to do.

Photo sourced from iheartthestreetart.com

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Oh my, blogging about chocolate before breakfast on a Monday morning.  A good way to start off the week. But the news is out. Mink Chocolates Mermaids Choice has been ranked the best chocolate bar in the world. This Vancouver made chocolate bar beat out entries from across Canada, The US and around the world.  Apparently they pulled together some tricky ingredients and got it bang on.  The Mermaids Choice sells for $6.25 and can be ordered online at minkchocolates.com or you can visit their shop at 863 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver.  I know where I am heading the next time I am downtown.

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The weather should be beautiful this weekend - are you looking for some great ideas of what to do??

How about the Vancouver Fringe Festival which runs through to September 14 at various locations on Granville Island and Downtown - all shows are $14.00 plus a $5.00 membership pass.

Or if you happen to be in Richmond, how about the 1st annual TAFISA World Martial Arts Games which takes place at the Richmond Oval. - Or maybe the Shipyards Night Market at  the Shipyards Plaza at 15 Wallace Mews in North Vancouver which is in a class of its own with over 15 food trucks, around a 100 vendors and a beer garden.

Then of course you have the 2nd Annual White Rock Moon Festival which will be a lot of fun.

Yes, there is plenty to do.  For a complete list of all these great activities please click here.  Have fun!! 

Candyland at the Richmond Night Market| Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Yes, that's correct.  Summer isn't officially over in Vancouver until the streets have been taken over by the 'undead'  during the annual Zombie Walk.  To participate all you need to do is cover yourself in fake blood, meet at the Art Gallery just before 3pm this Saturday and shuffle your way with all the other walking corpses to English Bay. For more on this crazy Vancouver event - click here.  Sounds like a lot of fun!!

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Miranda Post recently wrote an article for 'Inside Vancouver' about Vancouver's not so secret neighbourhood shops. Shops where the owners live in the area that they operate in, know their customers by name and sell goods that are not mass produced.

She describes a latte and bike mechanic cafe near City Hall and the West Ends Production Road Studio which is a nice little gift shop run by photographer Hubert Kang and Annie Chen - which is full of interesting stationary, graphic art bags and more. 

Miranda gives you a real insight of the many interesting shops throughout the city, which helps shapes Vancouver for what it really is - Friendly!

To read more about these not-so-secret Vancouver shops click here.

Get your gears cranked and your espresso pulled at Tandem Bike Cafe

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'Feast of Fields' - an event where a working farm becomes your smorgasbord for the day is back.  On Sept 7 dozens of top chefs, winemakers, brewers, growers will be setting up shop at Delta's Wellbrook Farm.  Here guests will wander from tent to tent sampling local produce, cheeses, beer and wine and prepared dishes from dozens of Vancouver restaurants. All this located about 30 minutes south of Vancouver on a sprawling property with restored century old buildings, antique farming equipment and even a winery.  Not cheap at $95 a pop, but the event is all you can eat and the proceeds go to supporting the local food movement.  For more click here

Photo sourced from FarmFolkCityFolk's Facebook Album

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