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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson18,278 contributions
    This end of Vancouver is probably where I would want to live, if I lived here. It just seemed less congested, had nice parks, was serviced by mass transit, and just looked so clean and pleasant.

    We took the False Creek Ferry here to the Science World stop and got out to look for anything remaining of the Olympics. But, after the Olympics, the area went through a massive redevelopment and all the temporary Olympics events and places were dismantled. Progress stops for no one.

    Things get really crowded and hectic around Granville Island and it was so refreshing to find some peacefulness out this way.
    Written February 7, 2023
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  • Neil B
    Auckland, New Zealand1,060 contributions
    Second stop on our Mt Pleasant self-guided brewery tour. Most convivial. Wide range of good beers. Cider available in cans. Very friendly staff.
    Written December 30, 2022
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  • Neil B
    Auckland, New Zealand1,060 contributions
    Third stop on our Mt Pleasant self-guided brewery tour. Beautiful old building, good beer, friendly and obliging staff.
    Written December 30, 2022
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,062 contributions
    The City of Vancouver can hardly be considered as one big homogeneous place, especially when one visits great neighbourhoods like Commercial Drive, or this one.
    While bounded by Cambie, Clark, 2nd, and King Ed, the heart has to be Main Street running south from Broadway. I found Red Cat Records (vinyl galore!) Vietnamese restaurants, pocket parks, and a poodle statue (really!). I'm getting to be of an age to be unable to report on the nightlife, but saw signs that the night before must have been fun for some. I enjoyed the walk through the past, and hope you do too!
    Written June 20, 2021
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,576 contributions
    I was a little bemused to see the Vancouver Biennale listed as a “thing to do” on TripAdvisor. My befuddlement stems from three points: 1) The Biennale is an organization that promotes and exhibits art in public spaces. They hold a physical office in Vancouver, though I doubt it’s on most peoples’ itineraries; 2) All of the current Biennale-sponsored public art pieces have their own listings on TripAdvisor; and, 3) The TripAdvisor listing for this page speaks specifically to the Ocean Concrete Silos “GIANTS” at Granville Island, which already has its own TripAdvisor page (“Granville Giants Murals”). I realize point #3 is probably just somebody’s silly error, but it does make “Vancouver Biennale” potentially confusing for some. Nevertheless, I’ll take this as an opportunity to talk about the Biennale and its importance in shaping the character of this city. In doing so, I’ll likely mention some of the Biennale’s installations in passing. If you’d like more substantive reviews of individual Biennale public art pieces, please see my separate entries for each on this site.

    Established in 2002, the Vancouver Biennale has as its Mission “exhibit[ing] great art in public space, creating a catalyst for learning, community engagement, dialogue, and social action.” In short, the Biennale – through its public art exhibits – hopes to engage the community and encourage us to think while concomitantly enjoying the art before us. In this way, art isn’t just a beautiful plaything for us to admire; instead, it becomes a space within which we can ponder deep cultural questions and maybe – just maybe – be spurred into action. Consider Jianhua’s “Pillows” from the 2009-2011 Biennale: A series of fibreglass “pillows,” the artist upsets and de-constructs the meaning of “pillow” from soft, warm and welcoming to a cold, hard and impersonal object. In doing so, Jianhua encourages us to more closely examine “the everyday” for new meanings and insights. “Pillows” was a quirky installation at Harbour Green Park, but it captured the essence of the Vancouver Biennale quite aptly.

    Because the Biennale only uses public space for its exhibits, the artwork is accessible to most anybody. Vancouver is thus transformed into an “Open Air Museum” which, in turn, morphs the city into a massive canvas of sorts where we can all come together and explore, create an inter-communal dialogue, and learn from one another. There are no boundaries; we can use our imaginations and make of the art what we want. “Echoes” at Kits Beach, for example, can simply be a comfortable set of chairs, or they can be modes through which we can communicate and question language constructs. Now that’s deep!

    What I appreciate about the Vancouver Biennale, beyond its (mostly) interesting installations across the city, is the indirect way it encourages us to explore our City of Glass. When I decided to do a “Biennale Walk” of sorts, I started at Point Grey – one of Vancouver’s most affluent neighbourhoods – to view “Vancouver Novel.” Set within the context of a posh neighbourhood, the scrolling text is at once humorous and unsettling. You almost feel like a voyeur standing in front of someone’s private home. From Point Grey, I made my way to Kits Beach (home of “Echoes”) and wandered along the Seawall until I came upon Granville Island (“Giants” and “The Family”). After exploring bustling Granville Island, I continued along the Seawall until I reached Cambie Bridge. Here is where you’ll find the Biennale’s latest installation, “Voxel Bridge,” which combines the physical and digital worlds in a beautiful gestalt. “Vortex” is at nearby Hinge Park, but is a waste of time, in my view. Following an insightful and mind-blowing experience at “Voxel Bridge,” I exited the Seawall and made my way towards the Vancouver Biennale office where I could observe “The STOP.” This piece, which was part of the 2009-2011 Biennale, is an excellent example of why context is important. The STOP was originally installed at Charleson Park and Vanier Park – unsettling and disturbing viewers because of its apparent randomness – but now resides next to the Vancouver Biennale offices, in a small industrial area. In my view, The STOP loses much of its impact because, 1) It’s not in a very high-traffic area; 2) The signs are spaced differently and at least one is somewhat askew; and, 3) The pink colour opposite the word STOP is likely to be missed unless one walks into the small parking lot adjacent the office building . . . okay, I’m rambling. Long story short: The Biennale provided an opportunity to actively explore and engage the city in a unique way – through art and culture.

    The Biennale’s current theme, “re-IMAGE-n,” is timely given our existing milieu. There can be no doubt that the ongoing COVID pandemic has opened serious social cleavages and raised many important questions as a result. Toni Latour’s simple neon sign – “let’s heal the divide” – brings this to our attention and asks us to re-evaluate our attitudes in this time and this place. Likewise, the pandemic has also shifted what “public space” means. Most of us moved online to communicate, work and foster a sense of community; thus, the virtual world becomes our new public space. That’s why installations like Jessica Angel’s “Voxel Bridge” are so important – they point towards new technologies we might use for practical and, indeed, fun purposes. In brief, the current installations push progressivism within an artistic/cultural framework.

    I should note, by way of conclusion, that most works that’re part of the Biennale are typically on exhibit for a period of 2 years. After that, they’re taken down UNLESS somebody generously purchases them and donates back to the city. They then become “legacy” pieces – examples include A-maze-ing Laughter, GIANTS, The Family and Jasper. In brief, some exhibits are time-limited so be sure to see them while you can!

    PS: It’s a shame Chen Wenling’s “Boy Holding a Shark” ended up in purgatory even before installation (nixed?). I would’ve much preferred this piece over his ugly “Proud Youth,” which currently sits along the Seawall near Yaletown.
    Written March 21, 2022
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,576 contributions
    From an architectural standpoint, Vancouver City Hall is a lovely example of art deco. Made primarily of granite and concrete, the building displays a soft sheen as it sits upon its hill. The interior is equally impressive. Highlighting Vancouver’s connection with its natural environment, the woodwork takes center stage. You can tell that this monolith, opened in 1936, was built to impress. It is, after all, the seat of Vancouver’s power. Speaking of which, you’ll enjoy the Council Chambers, which are located on the third floor. The simple woodwork, framed by art deco-style light fixtures gives the impression of serious, contemplative thought . . . on Herman Miller Chairs.

    There are currently some renovations going on at City Hall – apparently to help erase some “culturally inappropriate” settings. I don’t know about that. Being postcolonial is great and all, but Vancouver rests on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Reconciliation means more than just removing a few old pictures and modifying the look of a room.

    Now, if only Vancouver would see fit to put a few Herman Miller chairs outside so that we might observe and appreciate City Hall in sheer ergonomic bliss.
    Written November 21, 2020
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,062 contributions
    With all the activity in this area, surprising there have been no reviews for two years. Also surprising that its been two years since I've enjoyed this area - must be Covid,
    In any event, while I doubt many tourists would make a special trip to see this interesting but specialized art, it helps to think of this as a break along the vast array of sights that is South False Creek - a seawall stretching from Science World, not far away at the extreme east end of the creek, to Kitsilano and beyond. There is a large square suitable for having a snack or beverage from one of the many establishments in the area, and some great photo ops to the north.
    Written September 3, 2021
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  • tyler g
    3 contributions
    Awesome brewery great vibes and really good beer, such a fun place! My favorite in all of Vancouver!
    Written July 4, 2022
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  • Moniaits
    London, UK1,294 contributions
    Good food, good beer, good service. The lamb shank was excellent and so was the IPA. Good quality burgers.
    Written January 28, 2018
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  • equinequeen
    Vancouver, Canada188 contributions
    We see them whenever we can. Have loved them since I was a child
    Written December 23, 2011
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  • Dravie B
    Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
    Went to a christmas show here during week day and liked the facility for the play we saw. Adequate sized venue with all seats giving good view of stage. Harder parking around here so take Evo or bus if you can.
    Written January 17, 2020
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,062 contributions
    My first impression, as I walked into the parking lot, was "what a dump". But, like an iceberg, I began to realize there was more to this mall than the drab facade.
    Once inside, it is clean, active, and surprisingly busy. However, as someone who knows a bit about commercial real estate, I was surprised how dated this place looked. If the producers of the movie "Grease" wanted to do a sequel, they might consider this for some scenes. Seriously!
    I suggest this is too big for a neighbourhood/local mall, but too small to be considered an area mall, like Oakridge, say. It has four clothing stores, a food store, drug store, liquor store, and many services, including a tailor. They have lots of parking and clean washrooms.
    I hadn't originally considered this a tourist destination, but after spending a while here, and reviewing my photos, I realize ALL generations could well enjoy the decor that is so dated it must be seen.
    Written June 18, 2021
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  • Michael M
    Vancouver, Canada2,697 contributions
    On display along Cambie Street near Vancouver City Hall , there are a small group of of headless cast-iron figures installed by the Vancouver Biennale …this public art collection adds to the very busy environment in this area..it is certainly worth the time to stop and reflect on these standing figures created by artist Magdalena Abakanowicz..important to display art throughout a busy city that stops us all to reflect on artistic displays…
    Written December 6, 2021
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  • bucketlisttravellers
    Sydney, Australia3,783 contributions
    We walked through here on our way from Queen Elizabeth Park back to the city. It's a nice park with a sizable children's playground. It has paths running through it.
    Written December 27, 2019
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  • Elena R
    Bowen Island, Canada4 contributions
    The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms are interesting. My daughter wanted to do all four rooms for her Birthday, and it was a great and interesting day for the whole family :).
    Thank you so much!
    Written August 30, 2022
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