33 things that made Vancouver Awesome this week


Take a break from the news cycle and help us celebrate the things we covered this week that are making Vancouver Awesome with a capital “A.”

January 20-26, 2018

1. Episode 7 of the V.I.A. podcast brings you 6 awesome things you should know about. 7 if you count the podcast itself.


2. Find out how a YouTube video got BC Ferries to change their tune.

3. They did not, however, change their tune about smoking–the full ban went into place this week.

4. Here’s what’s brewing at Vancouver’s Milano coffee roasters (hint: it’s golden!)

5. Vancouver has embraced car-sharing more than any other North American city.

6. Those who ride bikes may know that our Burrard Bridge is the busiest cycling route in North America, though.

7. And in more bike news, U-bicycle moved their HQ to Vancouver this week, and plan to expand in the city.

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8. Good news for transit users: TransLink has ordered 32 double decker buses.

9. A made-in-B.C. solution now improving access to TransLink fare gates.

10. The “Dawson’s Creek” townhouse development in South Surrey gives playful nod to TV teen soap.

11. La Taqueria is opening another Vancouver location, this time in Mount Pleasant.

12. Blaze Pizza is coming in hot in Metro Vancouver, opening four locations soon.

13. Small Victory bakery is adding a South Granville location.

mr bannock food truck

14. Vancouver is now home to an Indigenous food truck.

15. We’ve got 19 food events you can check out in Vancouver in February.

16. Among those events is a beer and chowder smackdown between Gastown eateries.

17. Calling all beer fans: Spinnakers’ barrel-aged sour smells like delicious wet leather.

18. More beer news: East Van Brewing is having their official grand opening right now.

19. Wine lovers, our expert directs you to the Tuscan wine hot spot you may not have heard of.

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20. Japanese retailer UNIQLO is opening two more stores soon in Metro Vancouver.

21. This new public art/maze addresses Vancouver’s zero-waste mission.

22. Adam Sandler came to town this week with some famous funny buddies, and gave Vancouver a little social media love.

23. Comics stump for votes to decide ‘Vancouver’s Next Top Mayor’ at a local event. (No, not Adam Sandler.)

24. The dangerous Knight Street Bridge and SW Marine Drive intersection is now a little safer.

25. The B.C. government signed an innovative deal with WeChat to promote tourism in the province.

doritos ketchup chips streetwear
You’ll look #badass in this Doritos ketchup ball cap. Photo Jamal Burger

26. You can show your love of Doritos limited edition ketchup chips by wearing gear from their streetwear line.

27. And in another stunt, Indigo on Granville will have a “nap pod” set up in store to promote Casper pillows and mattresses.

28. Grown ups can geek out at the Space Centre during their 19+ events.

29. Over at the Museum of Anthropology their adult-only night is showcasing Indigenous burlesque.

night shift untamed indigenous burlesque
Tiffany Ireland Photography

30. BCIT’s Planetarium has a new lineup of cool VidLaser shows for your Saturday night entertainment.

31. A South African jazz pioneer will revisit iconic catalogue in Vancouver.

32. We’ve got a roundup of 10 picture books that teach kids about equality, race and justice.

33. Megaphone Magazine’s “big sell” returns February 6th at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom