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Jewish Book Festival is one of Vancouver’s leading cultural and literary events, attracting a large and varied audience of over 5,000 people of all ages. This highly popular community-wide event brings together prominent and emerging Jewish writers and non-Jewish writers with Jewish interest subject matter in literature, the arts, philosophy, theology, history and current events during this week-long literary experience.

Tickets here

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From Heather Gordon and the Authenticity Blog:

John Atkin and Michael Kluckner have curated two new “Through the Lens” shows for the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre’s digital Planetarium Star Theatre. Using historic photographs from the early 20th century paired with contemporary shots of the same locations, these “indoor” digital walking tours allow you to experience the changes that have occurred in our city over the past 100 years.

The Canadian Fishing Co. Ltd. and New England Fish Co. building on the Gore Avenue Wharf, 1920. Reference Code: AM54-S4-3-: PAN N163

The historic images come primarily from the Archives’ W. J. Moore panorama negatives, which we’ve featured here before. Remarkably, the Space Centre uses the same high-resolution JPG images that you can download from our online search and projects them to fill the dome of the Star Theatre. They are matched with stunning modern panoramas and other audiovisual elements to produce two unique shows. This year, there will also be some historic aerial views which, on the planetarium dome, promise to provide a unique, if dizzying, perspective on the city.

Aerial view of Kitsilano Beach and Park, 1945 Reference code AM54-S4-: Air P28

Last year, Through the Lens: Building Vancouver’s History, was so popular it sold out and was repeated earlier this year. Don’t miss your chance to see this year’s shows!

7:00pm Wednesday, November 13 (Michael Kluckner)
7:00pm Wednesday, November 20 (John Atkin)

Tickets available at the door

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Yes, it all happened on Hastings Street! It was a world of dreams and escape, thrills and wonders beyond belief, every day and night right there on Hastings. Once home to a legion of theatres that hosted the likes of the Marx Brothers, Welda and Serano, Wallace the Untameable Lion, and a host of others.

Tom Carter and I have a great lecture planned for this evening.

November 4th at 7:30pm | Hycroft 1489 McRae Ave | 12 bucks!  Book here.

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a Unique Heritage Jewel in the Heart of Vancouver’s West End – 1523 Davie Street, Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia

CBRE Limited is pleased to present the unique opportunity to acquire Gabriola, a famous Class “A” heritage mansion on a half-acre lot in the vibrant West End, Vancouver’s most densely populated neighbourhood.

The West End is home to almost 45,000 people in just over two square kilometers and is known as one of the trendiest areas in the Downtown peninsula.  The convenient location provides easy access to Davie and Denman Villages, English Bay, and the City’s financial core.  A long-term community plan was recently approved for the West End, which includes increased densification to accommodate the anticipated 20% population growth over the next 20 years.  $600 million will be invested in the neighbourhood to upgrade community services.

The stately mansion was originally built in 1900 as a family home for B.T. Rogers of Rogers Sugar.  The building is 17,327 square feet (approx.) spread over four storeys and includes a number of unique architectural and design features – masonry chimneys, stained glass windows, a carved terra cotta fireplace, and exterior walls clad in limestone quarried from Gabriola Island.  The Property enjoys almost 200 feet of frontage along Davie Street, views down to English Bay, and 26 reserved parking stalls.

The building was completely renovated in 1979.  The exterior was preserved, and appears almost exactly as it did in 1900.  The high ceilings, open floor plan and unique heritage appeal provides wide flexibility for future uses, such as hospitality, restaurant, office, dwelling, retail and more.

If you have interest in this Offering and would like to receive additional information and arrange a tour of the Property, please contact Joe O’Brien at 604-662-5124 or

An amazing evening of food and entertainment. And you get to support the Garden too. Get your tickets now – they go fast!

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 5.38.49 PM“I also think that an effort should be made to provide a number of public squares, planted with shade trees and provided with seats, where citizens could resort in the summer and enjoy fresh air. They would add much to the attractiveness of our city and remove that appearance of sterility which at present strikes a stranger so forcibly.”

From Mayor David Oppenheimer’s retirement speech
January 1892

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 1.12.43 PMLooking at a portion of this 1888 view of Burrard Inlet (CAN P105) from the Leferve Building at Hastings and Seymour, you can see the CPR’s offices on Cordova, the plank roads and wharves beyond. Looking closer and you can see the photographer didn’t think there were enough steam engines in the photo, so he’s pasted in one.


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Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 1.01.09 PMThe magazine rack at the Marpole BCER station in 1921 had the run of the mill publications on display, but up high on one rack is an issue of Saucy Tales. Begun in 1916, Saucy Stories lasted for 127 issues. Originally published by Nathan & Mencken it was soon sold to the Inter-Continental Publishing Corp. It cost 20 cents an issue. The covers could get quite racy in the 1920s.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 2.51.16 PMAlso on the rack are Short Stories, started in the 1890s and published until 1959. In the 1920s and 1930s, it was best known as a publisher of Western stories.

Young’s Magazine was published from 1897 until the 1940s. The Secret of the Night remains a mystery, it is not the detective novel by Gaston Leroux. Current Opinion began as the literary magazine Current Literature: A Magazine of Record and Review in 1888, it was absorbed into The Literary Digest in 1925.

Photo: CVA 99-3548

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As Prince George celebrates the 1st. birthday of the prince, it’s interesting to see this item from April 1913

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A little later than usual, here is the list of walks this summer
All walks are $10:00 (cash or credit card) No reservations, just show up at the location listed.

The Main Street Waterfront – August 6th 7:00 pm
The shore line of False Creek has changed dramatically in the last 100 years. On this walk we’ll explore the history and development of the former waterfront from Terminal Avenue to Chinatown.

Meet at the corner of Station and National St

East Meets West: the zero point – August 20th 7:00pm
Ontario Street is the dividing line for the street numbering system in the city. It is also the line between the massive CPR land grant and parcels owned by others. In this walk we’ll look at the contrast between the neighbourhoods either side of this line.

Meet at Ontario and 23rd Ave

Vernon Drive: art, scrap, taxis and a lost shoreline – September 3rd 7:00pm
False Creek once reached as far as the bluff at Clark Drive and before the eastern basin was filled by the railways there were many residents that enjoyed water views. On this walk we’ll explore the quirky history of this street

Meet at Venables and George Street

Strathcona: the other side of the tracks – September 10th 7:00pm
Between the train tracks and Clark Drive sits a an interesting slice of the Strathcona neighbourhood where houses, factories, and other uses are jumbled together. And there’s the rather wonderful Admiral Seymour School.

Meet at the pedestrian overpass on Raymur Avenue


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