We know, few people want to think about them this early! But if you want a good location for your party, you’ve got to book it stat. To help you, we’ve gathered a few ideas for stand-out parties.
Play a game.
For something completely different, you and your guests can play one of Vancouver’s many themed escape games. The fun begins when your group is locked in a (non-claustrophobic) room and you have to work together to find the way out. Game length, theme, and cost varies by location. Check several locations here.
Drink. Don’t drive.
Vancouver Brewery Tours offers private craft brewery tours. Hop aboard one of their chauffeured vans (up to 28 seats available) and let them take care of the rest. Allow room in the budget for a taxi home for each of your guests.
Or, if wine is your preferred beverage, House Wine will stage a private wine-tasting in your home or office. They offer many tasting themes, including (but not limited to) “Wine Etiquette,” “Brown Bag Value,” and “Match Maker” or will create a theme to suit your tastes. Again, allow room in your budget for taxis for your guests.
When was the last time you went to Theatresports? For a truly entertaining evening, buy out the entire theatre for your group. The theatre seats up to 180 and includes exclusive access to the bar & lounge.
Wield a sword.
We dare you! Bring your staff to Academie Duello on Hastings Street and learn to swing a broadsword, properly draw a sword, or even fend off baddies with an umbrella. No experience required.
Extreme Air Park (in Richmond or Langley) offers “all trampolines, all the time.” Visitors can do their own thing on any of the trampolines in the 42,000 square foot facility, but we recommend a rousing game of trampoline dodge-ball to get everyone playing together. (Probably best suited for an agile group with good knees.)
Grub is a lovely little bistro on Main Street. Closed for too long after a fire, it’s open again, and the food is as good as ever. Intimate, welcoming setting for a smallish group. Or, there’s the lovely Pied à Terre on Cambie Street (site of Line 21′s holiday party last year). Food good enough to satisfy even the fussiest gourmand.
Who says your party has to be in the evening? Consider brunch instead. The options for a great brunch are vast in Vancouver. The Teahouse in Stanley Park is an old favourite, and the view is spectacular. Or try Tuc Craft Kitchen. Featuring lots of local ingredients and a hip vibe, it’s been rated one of Vancouver’s best brunch spots.
Takes a penetrating look at the Sir George Williams University riot of February 1969, when a protest against institutional racism snowballed into a 14-day student occupation at the Montreal University.
Escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for half a decade, a young woman and her five-year-old son struggle to adjust to the strange, terrifying, and wondrous world outside their one-room prison.
Stunning cinematography explores the geographic heart of the Haida Gwaiian people, who thrived for more than 10,000 years until they were decimated through disease, rampant commercial logging, and industrial over-fishing since contact. Today, the Haida Nation is recovering, exerting their sovereignty, and winning battles against unsustainable logging and fishing.
An art challenge series showcasing 15 artists from across Canada. In every episode, three talented artists go head-to-head against each other in a real-time creative arena, giving the audience a front-row seat to the creative process.
Follows spymaster Professor Wolfgang McGee, an academic who secretly manages a roster of espionage assets. These assets, referred to as Romeo or Juliet spies, are informants engaged in intimate long- or short- term relations with state intelligence targets.
This month, we’re featuring a recipe from our very own “crazy dog lady.” It’s been tested—and given two paws up—by not only Rachel’s dogs, but by the many pups who pass through her home. The long bake-time ensures a good crunch.
2.5 c natural peanut butter
1 1/3 c flour
½ – ¾ cup broth or water
Beat peanut butter and eggs together.
Mix in flour and broth/water until you have a stiff dough.
Spread out evenly on large cookie sheet (one with edges) so that the dough covers the entire sheet.
Bake 30 minutes at 325.
Remove from oven.
Keep the half-baked dough in the pan. Using a sharp knife, deeply score the dough into roughly 1/2 inch squares.
Return the pan to the oven. Turn heat down to 300.
Bake at least 40-60 minutes. (Treats will be visibly greasy from the peanut oil.)
Cool. Break along score lines.
Store in an air-tight container. They keep well frozen.
Airs on Hallmark Channel, Saturdays at 8/7pm C
Based on author Debbie Macomber’s book series of the same name, Cedar Cove focuses on Municipal Court Judge Olivia Lockhart’s professional and personal life and the townsfolk surrounding her in the picturesque town of Cedar Cove.
I Am Chris Farley Playing at TIFF Lightbox, Toronto, until August 27 Playing at Rio Theatre, Vancouver, August 29 & September 1
A documentary on the brief life and legacy of Chris Farley. The film explores the comedian’s fast rise from Saturday Night Live to the silver screen, followed by his untimely death at age 33.
Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue has the daunting job of clearing semi-trailer wrecks to keep the Coquihalla highway open. Closure is not an option. For Jamie and his colourful crew, winter season is a non-stop onslaught of tangled semis and blistering weather.
A mystery hits close to home for Aurora when a member of the Real Murders Club she presides over is found dead. Aurora realizes the crime mirrors a case discussed by the club and fears that one of her members could either be the next target or even the murderer!
Henry Ross, a prominent chef, and Maggie Price, a no-nonsense police detective, reunite at a luxurious resort where Henry is a guest at a gourmet food conference and Maggie is taking a much-needed vacation. The two team up to untangle a complicated web of mystery involving a journalist, a movie star, and high-profile fixtures of the San Francisco restaurant scene.
Jennifer Shannon uses her sharp eye when finding rare garage sale treasures to resell at her consignment store. When her business partner dies, she uses her intuitive skills to investigate her friend’s death in a multimillion-dollar home with a dark history.
When 14-year-old Jarvis Raines’ house is nearly destroyed by a defective toy, he sues the company and ends up owning it.
Love Again Airs on Hallmark Channel, June 27 at 5pm
A couple on the brink of divorce decides to keep their marital woes a secret as they help their daughter plan her wedding. As the two work together on the happy occasion, they soon discover that their own marriage might just be worth saving.
When an engaged couple can’t agree on anything, the mother of the groom (Linda Gray) hires a wedding planner and an event planner to help put together the wedding of their dreams. The two planners are as different as night and day, but as they too learn to compromise, they discover that opposites do indeed attract and can combine to produce incredible results!
A famous country singer set to marry a glamorous Hollywood actress returns to his small town roots. When he crosses paths with his childhood sweetheart – and finally feels inspired to write songs again – he re-evaluates his life, his values, and his opinion of true love.
Based on the bestselling novel, When Calls The Heart follows the story of young school teacher Elizabeth Thatcher, who has just arrived in Coal Valley, a 19th-century coal mining town in the Western Frontier that is worlds apart from the wealthy, high-society life where she grew up.
Frankie & Alice Airs on Super Channel, June 28 at 10pm ET Airs on Super Channel VOD
Inspired by the remarkable true story of Frankie, an African-American go-go dancer with dissociative identity disorder who struggles to remain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old child named “Genius,” and a Southern white racist woman named “Alice.”
Judge Olivia Lockhart is considered the community’s guiding light in the picturesque coastal town of Cedar Cove, Washington. But like everyone else, Olivia fights the uphill battle of balancing career with family and finding love, all the while doing her best to care for the township she calls home.
Yum! Only 62 calories/good-sized cookie and they taste brownie-like. The main difference between my recipe and the original is that I perfected the amount of egg whites. I made them with the original recipe and failed, but the taste was there, so I tried again, weighing my egg whites. You don’t have to weigh, though, and I put how to do that below as well.
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 tsp. salt
3-4 large egg whites, weighed out to 120 grams
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Line two baking sheets with parchment. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. (Note: parchment paper works best. I tried it with Silpat once and wasn’t as successful.)
Whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt.
Stir together the vanilla and egg whites.
If you don’t have a scale, add egg whites slowly until you get quite a thick batter. Start with 2 egg whites, then add the rest in small amounts, stirring well to incorporate. It’s easy to go from too thick to too thin.
Whisk until the batter is moistened.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Scoop the batter by the tablespoonful onto the baking sheets. Cookies will spread, so place about 6-8 on a sheet.
Bake for 8 minutes, or until the tops are glossy and lightly cracked.
Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet, as they come off easier when they’re cool. Store in an airtight container.
Featuring sun, sand, sailboats and a panoramic view of Vancouver, the Galley Patio at the Jericho Sailing Centre is a perennial favourite place to relax over a burger on a warm summer night. Combine your casual dinner with a stroll along Jericho or Locarno Beach.
It’s a little out of the way, but the view is worth it. Perched right out over the Fraser River, the Flying Beaver shares space with VYR’s float plane terminal (and is named after the venerable bush plane). You can enjoy your excellent chicken wings while watching float planes come and go (and if you are really lucky, you’ll spot the beaver who actually lives below the building). If you can’t get onto the smallish patio during summer, the covered section stays open year-round. Daily food and drink specials.
You probably won’t be surprised by the standard pub-style fare on the menu, but you may be surprised by how delicious it all is. The deep-fried dill pickles are some of the best around. The patio is generously sized and surprisingly welcoming given the downtown location.
Okay, they’re just dogs and a cold can of pop, but… load on the onions, relish, and mustard, grab a spot on a bench, and enjoy the lovely view. Sure feels like summer! An especially lovely place to linger as the sun goes down. Bet you’ll witness at least one busker, and just try to resist having your photo taken by the giant laughing statues.
When super-cute fitness instructor Julia turns thirty with no husband prospect in sight, she vows to start a family of her own with or without a man; that is, until adorable widowed father Scott joins her Baby Bootcamp.
Enter the world of Sunflower Hour, where a reality television crew follows the casting search for a new puppeteer of a popular children’s television show, unearthing secrets probably everyone wished had stayed that way.
Aurora Teagarden is known around her small town as a master sleuth. When her friend Jane unexpectedly dies and leaves Aurora everything in her will, she also leaves a troubling murder mystery haunting her neighborhood.
A big part of the job of captioning and transcribing is watching television shows, movies, and other digital media very closely. Sometimes over and over again. This attention to content pays off in unexpected ways.
1. We can recognize a bargain.
I learned that to make one’s own wedding cake would take 40 hours labour at a minimum. Paying a baker is well worth it.
2. We get great ideas.
One Line 21 employee also writes for the BuildDirect.com blog. She gets a lot of her article ideas from set designs—both things done right, and things to avoid. We’ll never reveal which projects spawned which ideas. Steffani’s a great writer with good ideas to share. Read her here.
3. We’re better conversationalists.
Information I’ve picked up pops up in life a lot. I’ll be talking with people about food or places or whatnot, and I’ll think, “how did I know that? Oh, right, it was in that show!”
4. We’ve added to our travel bucket list.
Sichuan, China: where mysterious coffins hang on the side of a cliff.
Battambang, Cambodia: to see the bamboo railway.
Kenya: to see the elephant sanctuaries.
5. We’re safer.
I remember the work safety video where I learned that if a power line falls on your vehicle, it will charge the metal body of the vehicle. The vehicle is insulated by its rubber tires. Bottom line: you must NOT touch the frame of the vehicle or try to exit. I had absolutely no idea about this.
6. We’re better at reading menus.
I’ve learned so many foody terms and ingredients from working on cooking shows. Menus no longer intimidate me.
7. We’ve upped our game at Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit.
A sample of the interesting bits we’ve learned:
Baby beavers like to ride around on their mother’s tail.
Excavators have decelerator pedals.
Marilyn Monroe had a sort of artist/muse relationship with Milton Greene.
The author Ian Rankin writes his crime novels about Edinburgh specifically and incorporates the history and geography of the area.
Ted Harrison struggled for artistic and critical respect while enjoying commercial success.
Artist Yolanda Sonnabend is now cared for by her brother, a biologist who was at the forefront of early AIDS research.