The Global ComedyFest corrals some of the best and brightest comedians on the international circuit into Vancouver for a marathon of laughs, fun, and moderately uncomfortable first dates. Big names such as zany former MTV staple Tom Green perform alongside up-and-comers in more than 30 performances throughout the festival. Eschew the everyday monodimensional comedy with a combination stand-up and comedy 3-D video show featuring Canada's own Reza Peyk, Jy Harris, and Gary Fong, or opt for a night of “it’s funny because it’s true” laughs at the Gerry Dee show. The Edge of the Fest performance pushes the festival’s edgiest artists to the limits of social acceptability, while the Best of the Fest showcases top comedians such as Greg Behrendt and Peter Chao.
For more than 45 years, Simon Fraser University has nurtured the talents of student-athletes who have gone on to achieve great things in either aspect of that role, producing Rhodes Scholars and Olympians alike. Since winning its first championship in 1972—swimming and diving in men's NAIA—the Clan has claimed victory in more than 50 National NAIA or CIS championships in such sports as skiing, women's basketball, and women's wrestling. Each year, rather than honouring its athletes as in other schools' age-old traditions—sending them off on an ice floe to fight the Soviets—SFU bestows an outstanding male and female each with a highland sgian dubh, a traditional Gaelic weapon that symbolizes courage, respect, and loyalty.
Join the throngs of jerseyed fans and cheer on the Vancouver Giants as they attempt to maintain their team's cold tyranny with swift passes, speed-of-sound shots, and gentle camaraderie composed of deep, meaningful silence and smoldering eye contact. Now in their 10th-anniversary season, the Vancouver Giants are the 2006 Ed Chynoweth Cup (WHL) Champions and the 2007 MasterCard Memorial Cup Champions, and they have won the WHL BC Division title the last five years in a row. Like a small family of feral Zambonis, the Giants make their chilly home at the Pacific Coliseum located on the Pacific National Exhibition grounds. Choose from any of the following hard-hitting games:
The same course that hosted some of Vancouver’s first horse-racing events in the 1890s today boasts such luxury amenities as a casino, lounge, and upscale dining options for attendees who file into the tiered grandstand. Hastings Racecourse fuels racing festivities with a slew of concession stands and five different dining spots, including Silks restaurant—known for its buffets and 9-inch table monitors. Lady Luck strolls through the gaming-floor area, passing by more than 600 slot machines before arriving in the lounge. Hastings Racecourse is also the home of Mario Gutiérrez, the winner of last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
Now that it has been fully restored, the Rio Theatre immediately recalls the splendour of its grand opening in 1938. Hiding behind the old-fashioned aesthetics, however, are a digital HD projector and surround-sound speakers that immerse filmgoers in an eclectic array of first-run blockbusters and cinema classics. Showing films again as of April 2012, the theatre’s movie selection ranges from sci-fi and horror to wholesome family films, though the program coalesces around a love for pop culture that the owners share with their most ardent fans.
Aside from the daily show times, cult classics—frequently in their original 35 mm form—screen at midnight on Fridays. Guests from all walks of life come out to these packed showings, where they can snack on popcorn made with real butter or win prizes for dressing in costume as their favourite character or key grip. The 420-seat theatre also hosts concerts and events throughout the year, including past performances by Janeane Garofalo and local musicians Bend Sinister.