The Death of the Vancouver Bookstore

In the past few years, I’ve watched the retail fronts of many a bookstore lower their shutters never to open them again. It looks like the good old local bookstore is disappearing in favour of online book sellers and the big box book megastore. It is with sadness that a local Vancouver icon in the book business is going out of business. I remember when … Continue reading The Death of the Vancouver Bookstore

College-Ossington-College Walk – Toronto – part two

As we rounded the corner at Ossington and College, my friend and I were simply hoping to find a way down to Queen Street to see more urban stuff. However, we were pleasantly surprised by some of the neat little urban gems that can be found on Ossington Street. Now, Ossington is certainly not famous for any destinations nor is it known as a shopping … Continue reading College-Ossington-College Walk – Toronto – part two

College-Ossington-Queen Walk – Toronto – part one

I have a great friend in Toronto who shares a passion for the urban environment and life.  I was in Toronto at the end of May and beginning of June.  On my first night with him, we hopped on a streetcar and ended up at the Kensington Market around Spadina Avenue and Nassau Street. I’m actually surprised that I didn’t take any pictures when I … Continue reading College-Ossington-Queen Walk – Toronto – part one

Local News | Beacon Hill’s light-rail station filled with colorful art | Seattle Times Newspaper

Local News | Beacon Hill’s light-rail station filled with colorful art | Seattle Times Newspaper. Here’s a good story on Seattle’s new light rail line.  I’m actually reading more positive stuff about Seattle’s light rail than I am about anything on the Canada Line here in Vancouver.  Art inside a deep underground tunnel does make a difference to the transit experience.  I doubt the Canada … Continue reading Local News | Beacon Hill’s light-rail station filled with colorful art | Seattle Times Newspaper

Sign Singing at The Western Front

IAN SKEDD: Sign Singing: Love Will Tear Us Apart, Joy Division, 1979, Deaf Choir, 2009   Here’s a cool art installation at the Western Front Society on 303 East 8th Avenue (near Main Street) in Vancouver.  Here’s a song that most of us know – Love Will Tear Us Apart – but in a language few would ever think it could be sung in – … Continue reading Sign Singing at The Western Front

Illuminate Yaletown

Illuminate Yaletown – Feb 21, 2009 – starting 5:29pm This event looks like an exciting new annual get-together with a lot of potential.  I think these kind of free public events are great.  This would be similar to the Nocturne event that I attended in Halifax where you wander and find different art installations.  I think these kind of events are great for the community … Continue reading Illuminate Yaletown