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Summertime in the cinema

Ah, summer: forget those shrinking icecaps and slap on the SPF 50, if only for surfing your way to the air-conditioned picture show. There are so …

SkyTrain deaths examined

Most of the deaths have been ruled suicide, but could some, or all, have been prevented?

AWOLNATION builds a legacy

Coming up with a hit follow-up to the multiplatinum smash “Sail” wasn’t a big worry for Aaron Bruno when he began working on AWOLNATION’s new <i>Run</i>. The …

Major oil spill could expose a million people to benzene, Vancouver council hears

Up to a million people could be exposed to unsafe levels of benzene, a chemical used to dilute bitumen, in the event of a major oil spill in …

Hamilton Leithauser hammered out the tunes on his solo debut

You wouldn’t know it from the opulent, often orchestral sounds of Hamilton Leithauser’s 2014 solo debut, <i>Black Hours</i>, but the onetime Walkmen singer …

Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World a warm portrait of the surrealist artist

<b>A documentary by Belinda Sallin. In Swiss German, German, and English, with English subtitles. Rating unavailable.</b><p>As morbid visionaries go, H.R. …

Liz McDowell and Wes Regan: Kinder Morgan pipeline project not worth risk to B.C. businesses

A major oil spill in Burrard Inlet could cost Vancouver’s economy $1.2 billion. This is one of the findings from a report released last Friday by …

One World is Jesse Cook’s guitar-centric travelogue

Last week I scored a copy of the new CD from Canadian nuevo-flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook, <i>One World</i>, and before even cracking it open I got a nice …

Vancouver-shot Focus is pretty much a blur

<b>Starring Josh Blacker and Christopher Young. Rated PG.</b><p>According to IMDb, the title <i>Focus</i> has been used for features, shorts, and tube series at least …

Miami Horror dances away heartache on sophomore LP

Despite its name, and the fact that its latest album kicks off with a track called “American Dream”, Miami Horror is not from Florida, or the United …

I’ll See You In My Dreams shows a realistic side of aging

<b>Starring Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott. Rated PG.</b><p>At first glance, <i>I’ll See You in My Dreams</i> seems like the kind of genially maudlin fare aimed at fans …

When Marnie Was There a dark tale buoyed by lovely anime

<b>Featuring the voices of Sara Takatsuki and Kasumi Arimura. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Rating unavailable.</b><p>Bittersweet, female-centric …

Iris is life-affirming

<b>A documentary by Albert Maysles. Rating unavailable.</b><p>This luminously life-affirming documentary is a verité love letter to its subject, eccentric …

Wet Bum is a soggy affair

<b>Starring Julia Sarah Stone. Rated PG.</b><p><i>Wet Bum</i> begins with all of its central characters levitating in a wildly supplicative posture—surrendering to …

Why B.C. residents should pay attention to a Trident nuclear submarine scandal in Britain

For decades, B.C. peace activists have been raising an alarm about nuclear-weapons-carrying submarines travelling through Georgia Strait.<p>When Jean …

Author Linden MacIntyre speaks about the evil of Canada's prison system

During his lengthy career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Linden MacIntyre was one of Canada's most trusted reporters.<p>With many awards for …

Excellence in Advertising: Sugar Rice Krinkles

<i>Before God invented Netflix and PVRs, you had to sit through a battery of commercials every time you turned on the idiot box. Most of them made you</i> …

Dear 16-year-old Me video on melanoma goes viral

If you watch this video, you'll understand why it's generated more than eight million page views on YouTube.<p>It provides a straightforward message to …

Sasquatch 2015: Mother Mother makes the crowd euphoric

When Mother Mother took the Bigfoot Stage at 7:00 p.m. on the opening night of the Sasquatch! Music Festival, there was a lot of pushing and shoving. …

Senior Indian culture ministry official calls for better maintenance of Komagata Maru memorial in Vancouver

There was a host of dignitaries near Coal Harbour yesterday to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the arrival of the <i>Komagata Maru</i>.<p>Attorney General …

The #DontHave1Million rally at Vancouver Art Gallery spurs mealy-mouthed response from Mayor Gregor Robertson

The #donthave1million rally has generated a great deal of media attention in Vancouver over the past week.<p>So it shouldn't come as a huge surprise …

Sasquatch 2015: Modest Mouse delivers with a downright filthy performance

When a band has many hit albums, with different sub-generations flocking to different efforts, their set will always leave some fans a little …

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Sasquatch 2015: Chromeo takes the main stage with a set that can't last long enough

On Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. on the main stage at the Sasquatch Music Festival, Chromeo felt it had something to prove. Veterans of this annual …

If there's a no vote in transportation plebiscite, TransLink board should boost tolls on Golden Ears Bridge

This morning, Maple Ridge mayor Nicole Read went on CBC Radio's <i>Early Edition</i> to push for a no vote in the transit plebiscite.<p>At the core of her …

Ireland becomes first country to grant same-sex marriage by popular vote

Although preliminary polls indicated that a "yes" vote would win the referendum, it still remained a surprise to many observers around the world that …

Vancouver Aquarium dolphin, Hana, dies after surgery for gastrointestinal disorder

One of only two dolphins the Vancouver Aquarium holds in captivity passed away over the weekend.<p>According to a blog post at the Vancouver Aquarium's …

Sasquatch 2015: Milky Chance shows why it's one of the hottest bands in the world

German duo Milky Chance was introduced to the crowd at the Sasquatch Main Stage in the early afternoon on Sunday with the words “One of the hottest …

Gwynne Dyer: Millions could die if Barack Obama allows Islamic State and Nusra Front to take over Syria

The fall of Ramadi to Islamic State troops on Wednesday (May 20) was not a big deal. The city was deep inside IS-held territory, IS fighters had …

Surrey's David Jorge crowned MasterChef Canada

We might have to thank <i>MasterChef Canada</i> for helping to bring us the next acclaimed restaurant in Metro Vancouver.<p>After 15 episodes of challenges and …

Ballet B.C. and Arts Umbrella strengthen alliance

Ballet B.C. and Arts Umbrella have officially joined in a tightly-knit pas de deux that could enrichen both dance companies, and the city's cultural …