Vancouver on the Cheap: Music and Dancing at YVR


If you were to create a Venn diagram where one circle was labeled “cheap” and the other labeled “awesome”, the middle point where they cross over could be labeled “Vancouver on the Cheap”. In other words, this is a weekly series on things to do and places to go in Vancouver that fall into that magical category of being both cheap and awesome.

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The other day I received an email with the following photo and story. Sure, the free music at YVR Airport is a nice thing to take advantage of if you’re living on the cheap in Vancouver, but more than anything, this is a heartwarming story of a beautiful moment in Vancouver. Hope you get some holiday season warm-fuzzies out of it.


Saturday when I arrived at YVR to collect my husband I was drawn upstairs by the sound of a live piano and vocalist. A few people were dancing and on the sidelines was an older couple, she in a wheelchair, with a young woman perhaps their daughter. Luggage and coats piled alongside as they, too, enjoyed the moment. Then, the man got up, extended his hands to the older woman who slowly rose from her wheelchair then they danced slowly and in perfect sync around the base of the Bill Reid sculpture.

It was a movie moment, but in real life.