What can you buy at Vancouver's annual 420 marijuana gathering? A better question might be, what can't you get?

At least 200 boothed vendors set up shop at the Vancouver Art Gallery on April 20 to deal treats and trinkets to the over 25,000 attendees who showed up during the course of the day.

After 12 hours on site, I'm pretty sure I saw it all: small and large bags of dozens of strains of weed, pre-rolled joints, shatter, oil, wax, butter, hash, lollipops, popcorn, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, and candy.

Kiesza is a mystery to me—a Canadian pop singer I was unaware of until I tripped over a reference to her two days ago.

A few websites, one Wikipedia entry, and a music video later, I understand she’s originally from Calgary, Alberta, and that she was codebreaker for the Royal Canadian Navy before she switched to a career in music. Also, her debut single, "Hideaway", entered the U.K. singles charts at No. 1, knocking a single by someone else I’ve never heard of down a notch to No. 2.

Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.

This could change alcoholism as we know it forever.

The U.S. government is believed to have given the green light to powdered alcohol. On April 8, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved “Palcohol” for retail sale. Little 100-millitre packages of the stuff could hit store shelves in the United States as early as this fall.

Seven varieties of Palcohol have been approved: vodka and rum powders (85 percent alcohol by weight), as well powdered cocktails like lemon drops, cosmopolitans, mojitos, and margaritas (81 percent alcohol by weight).

Stage to Screen, a new on-going series that brings together the worlds of theatre and cinema, launches at the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) on Saturday (April 26). The series’ first featured guest will be New York-based, award-winning playwright, David Auburn.

Auburn’s plays include Lost Lake, The Columnist, The New York Idea, and Proof, which won the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, and New York Drama Critics Circle Award. He is also an accomplished screenwriter and film director, with The Lake House and The Girl in the Park under his belt.

Back in February, plasma physicist and TED2014 speaker Michel Laberge told the Georgia Straight that magnetized target fusion holds the potential to solve the energy crisis, lower pollution, and stave off further climate change.

Here's how the founder and chief scientist of Burnaby-based General Fusion explained his company's nuclear energy research at Vancouver's TED2014 conference in March.

For some reason a lotta old-school rock-guitar heroes don't play in Vancouver. They head on up for gigs in Washington State, but then turn around and cruise back down to keep on feeding those riff-starved Americans.

Are the border guards at Canada Customs really that daunting?

Take Pat Travers, for instance. He's half Canadian, but I can't remember the last time he played here. Oh yeah, maybe I can. Was it back around 1983? It's definitely been a while.

The band and strings programs are continuing to fight the closure of the Elementary band and strings program.

The VSB announced on April 8 that it had a budget shortfall of $12.34 million and submitted a number of proposals to balance the budget. These proposals included cutting the continuing education program and decreasing the number of school days each year, among others.

One of the recommendations made was to eliminate the band and strings program for a savings of $630,651. An alternative suggested was to increase the annual student fee for the band from $25 to $250. This option, however, would still leave a deficit.

In other news of how Canada beats America, a survey of 40 countries by Pew Research revealed which nations are the most accepting of homosexuality.

Attitudes towards homosexuality did not necessarily reflect or correspond with national legalization of same-sex marriage.

European countries were the most likely to be accepting.

They came, they bought, they toked. So goes another 420 in Vancouver.

420 began as a couple hundred people in 1995. The 20th year of the annual marijuana market/smoke-in attracted what appeared to be a record number of vendors and participants on Sunday (April 20), despite somewhat dreary weather. 

While I'm not a professional guesser of crowd sizes, I have been attending Vancouver's annual 420 rally for at least a few years now and can safely say this year's gathering was the largest in memory. Robson Street between Howe and Hornby was closed due to the overwhelming crowds by 2:30 p.m., and by 3:15 p.m., the same stretch of West Georgia Street was cordoned off, the earliest I've ever seen that happen.