In 2006, a small group of women met over a plate of nachos to discuss a dream that they shared: launching Vancouver's first all-women roller derby league. Seven years later, the Terminal City Rollergirls has blossomed into a flat-track institution, with more than 60 active participants, four full teams, and its own training program that teaches aspiring competitors the tricks of the trade. The league's teams— the Riot Girls, the Bad Reputations, the Faster Pussycats, and Public Frenemy—square off in bouts overseen by Terminal City's in-house referees, who call major fouls by putting players in the penalty box and recognize good play by throwing smiley-faced stickers into the crowd.
The 2012 Karate Canada National Championships bring together the country’s top martial artists to compete in head-to-head and individual events in a quest for the national title. Dozens of karate students from British Columbia divided up into three age groups will compete against interprovincial peers in the kumite events, sparring in simulated combat, scoring points, and trying to capture their opponent’s pudding cup without them noticing. Kata events showcase pupils attempting various forms, scoring points through the linked perfection of a series of movements. All events take place at the Richmond Olympic Oval, whose signature wavy roof and grand glass facade lends the space a charmingly natural air, garnering it the superlative of “Dreamiest Building” at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Dunbar Theatre keeps things simple: fresh popcorn, comfortable seats, a friendly staff, and one big screen. But in simplicity is something fresh. Those seats have enough room that audiences can stretch their legs, armrests raise for cuddling, and a balcony lets viewers change up their sightlines. Old-fashioned styles aside, the movie house stays up-to-date with recently upgraded projection technology and a sound system with the clarity of 10,000 Morgan Freemans. Located near UBC, the theatre is within walking distance of numerous diners and cafes, making it a date-night no-brainer.