Things to do in Granville Street

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  • MDJ334
    Minneapolis, MN93 contributions
    This gallery was on my list of things to visit, we walked by it and I said I need to see this. The architecture is stunning, as well as the way items are exhibited. It was an engaging collection.
    We both thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Written September 14, 2022
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  • Dorothy Gale
    11 contributions
    I just wanted to post some seating info as I wasn't able to find much online when I was buying tickets.

    We were at the Orpheum for a movie with orchestra accompaniment (Home Alone.) We sat in the third row downstairs. The stage is low enough that the kids could see, even in the front row. However, there is a bit of interference with the conductor's head, some of the musicians, and the lower edge of the screen. Also, from the front section, you can only see the front rows of the musicians, we couldn't see the horn section at all or the piano. Just the strings. I think the best seats to observe the orchestra are about halfway back on the floor, as you get a bit of elevation and you can see the back section of the stage. Or the front of the balcony/dress circle would be a good view of everything as well.

    I also wasn't sure if the third row would be too loud for the kids, but it was not an issue. The show was very enjoyable and the kids had a good time too. The bar had small bags of popcorn, chips and candy along with wine, beer, cider, and soft drinks. Tipping is not allowed, but the price seems to include it.
    Written December 15, 2022
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  • Joel K
    Vancouver, Canada3,288 contributions
    Excellent exhibitions. Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment and the Guud San Glans/Robert Davidson Exhibit "Entitled A Line That Bends But Does Not Break."
    Written January 6, 2023
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  • jaybird135
    Los Angeles, CA39 contributions
    This is a lovely church with beautiful architecture inside and out. It's open to the public and was quite peaceful during our visit. Don't forget to look up while there - the design and construction of the ceiling is pretty interesting.
    Written January 6, 2023
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  • Alex Sico
    Calgary, Canada193 contributions
    Rather large mall with lots of options for luxury item shopping, including the largest Nordstroms I have ever seen. The food court was average, reasonable amount of seating space. Payment is required for parking, even with proof of purchase within the CF mall, which I felt was unfair.
    Written May 19, 2022
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  • tammy c
    16 contributions
    After attending their concert on Saturday, I can't stop raving about the VSO. The orchestra played with conviction which the audience responded enthusiastically.
    The high light was Beethoven's piano concerto #5, majestic and mesmerizing. Leslie Dala brought its full effect for the hundreds who were at Shaughnessy Height.

    We came to Vancouver to attend the André Rieu concert which was cancelled the last minute because of their members got Covid. We truly feel like the luckiest visitors in Vancouver to have found VSO on the day.

    Music lovers must seek them out whenever this local orchestra is playing. They deserve the attention and support!
    Written March 28, 2022
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  • BigMerk
    Glasgow, UK2,061 contributions
    This cinema is well-located centrally to downtown Vancouver. Inside it’s spacious and the seating for the showing is comfortable with decent room. Good concessions too.
    Written June 8, 2019
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  • arpc29
    Tampa, FL1,235 contributions
    We went to the Vogue for The Proclaimers concert. We had a fabulous time – the group was such fun to watch. That said, the comments about the seats are true. They were small and uncomfortable. The toilets were clean and the staff were professional and helpful. It is an good, intimate venue which needs updating to make it great.
    Written January 25, 2019
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  • Stephen D
    Vancouver, Canada98 contributions
    Ballet BC continues to deliver the most outstanding performances blending contemporary dance, music and innovative set design. Looking for to seeing what the new Artist Director will bring to Ballet BC.
    Written March 8, 2020
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  • Chrisinkingwood2
    Houston, TX5,671 contributions
    Several other reviews have mentioned this but this is a relatively new building, It is directly across from the old Chris Church Cathedral.

    Opened in 1991, Cathedral Place was developed through a joint venture with Sir Run Run Shaw of Hong Kong and the design team was headed by the celebrated and respected architect, Paul Merrick.

    Cathedral Place was designed to fit its site as comfortably as a perfectly crafted keystone fits to an arch. Reflecting the architectural character of the Christ Church Cathedral and the adjacent Hotel Vancouver, it has an air of permanence and harmony associated more often with buildings of the past. Ornamental components of the original Medical Dental Building have been reinstated into the facade of the new structure giving rebirth to a part of Vancouver’s heritage.
    Written January 25, 2019
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,062 contributions
    Not much change to this edifice since I last visited about three years ago; but that is just the point. Vancouver is a young city, and 100+- year old buildings are few and far between. Not only is it interesting to examine the architectural style of this building, but to note that the other three corners of this prime intersection (many would say THE centre of downtown) have been redeveloped. So, look at the new chic hi-rises, then see what has stood the test of time. This building is indeed a real landmark.
    Written October 15, 2021
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,576 contributions
    Whenever I’m in Vancouver, I tend to walk by this building on an almost daily basis. It’s never occurred to me that I should come here and play tourist, even if the lobby is considered a public space. For me, the HSBC Building is just one of many indistinguishable office towers in our city of glass. It certainly has its charm – built as it is with granite from Quebec and South Dakota – but as a “thing to do” in Vancouver . . . I don’t know. I just kind of struggle with it. I guess if one is on an artistic culture tour then the HSBC Building might merit a brief stop? The site carries with it an interesting history and, hey, it does feature art.

    First opened in 1986 and home to HSBC since 1987, this office tower is built on the former site of the much lauded Hotel Devonshire (imploded in 1981). Over the last 33 years, the tower and – specifically – atrium have evolved into something of a minor artistic hub. In fact, the HSBC describes their atrium in this way via an information plaque found on the exterior of the tower: “The Atrium [. . .] is a public space dedicated to Vancouver’s citizens and visitors for the enjoyment of the arts and urban life.” It goes on to say that the arts and commerce have been brought “under one roof for the benefit of all.” In short, the arts have been combined with commerce to form a sort of gestalt. This might seem surprising at first, especially given the postmodern nature of the temporary art exhibitions, but if one thinks about it one quickly realizes that art and commerce have always walked hand-in-hand: Artists create objects – be they paintings, pictures, or whatever – that are part of our daily lives. They form, and inform, us regardless of how abstract they might be. The fact that the exhibits in HSBC’s atrium usually function as a “preview” of larger shows whereby pieces can be sold and people can network only makes their placement in a large banking tower all the more apt and appropriate.

    Beyond the transient art exhibits, perhaps the most noteworthy attraction at the HSBC Building is Alan Storey’s impressive “Broken Column” pendulum. Installed in 1987, the piece has been described by Fodor’s as “one of the city’s more intriguing public-art installations.” While I might disagree with that characterization (the city is home to far more intriguing pieces of public art), I will agree that it is nevertheless an eye-catching piece. When I first visited the HSBC Building for business about 10 years ago, seeing the pendulum swing “to and fro” was almost mesmerizing. A decade later, it still carried the same effect on me. It was peaceful and thus represented a nice contrast with the hustle and bustle of Vancouver’s downtown core.

    If I was a tourist in Vancouver, would I make a special trip just to visit the HSBC Building? No; however, if one is on a cultural tour of sorts, this attraction can very easily be added to an itinerary. After all, it is in the heart of downtown AND the Vancouver Art Gallery is literally right across the street. So, one can spend a few minutes here and then cross the street or vice versa.
    Written August 5, 2020
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  • Wilson L
    Vancouver, Canada3,953 contributions
    Very average nightclub. Nothing special, but not the worst either. Drinks are decent though and priced well.
    Written February 9, 2020
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  • Heather M
    1 contribution
    I had Paulo for my bike tour in Vancouver - could not recommend more highly. It was super informative and covered a huge amount of the city, and Paulo had our group of girls laughing the whole time, even in the cold winter weather! My favourite part was through Stanley Park & learning about the First Nations use of the ancient cedar trees…. Will be passing along to anyone I know travelling here :)
    Paulo also sent through a follow up email after our tour with a huge amount of additional information and recommendations for other areas our group were travelling - as we would say in Aus, what a bloody legend!
    Written January 6, 2023
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  • Kyle W
    Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
    I was diagnosed with Bells Palsy and told 3-6 months! After a couple weeks of treatments with Dr. Na and my recover was MUCH faster. He was always courteous and kind and helped alive a lot of worry associated with my diagnosis. The front staff always greet with a smile and very pleasant! I know that his treatment helped my recovery and I would HIGHLY recommend! Thanks Dr.Na!
    Written February 26, 2020
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