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Reimagine Your World Vancouver Writers Fest

The Vancouver Writers Fest is one of Canada’s premiere literary events, showcasing award-winning and up-and-coming authors to more than 25,000 audience members every year. Running for six days in October every year, the Festival also presents a myriad of special events throughout the year, encouraging readers to connect with books and ideas.

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Vancouver's Original Sports Bar Shark Club

Upscale without being pretentious and freshly renovated, Shark Club Vancouver redefines sports bar greatness. Shark Club’s close proximity to Granville Street, fused with pre-game energy from Rogers Arena and BC Place and two 12ft x 7ft screens, puts this legendary downtown sports bar in a league of its own.

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Ride Satisfied Denman Bikes

Cycling in Vancouver is easy, fast, and fun. At Denman Bikes, the experience starts before you even get on the bike. Experienced, non-commissioned staff maximize the quality of your ride by providing buying advice, repairs, and free estimates. Commuter and city bikes, accessories and more can be found at both locations, in downtown and Mount Pleasant.

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Consistently Exceptional. Always Memorable. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

Experience Burrowing Owl Estate Winery’s commitment to quality and service in the Guest House, Wine Shop and Sonora Room Restaurant. Never miss another release, sign up to be among the first to hear about wine releases and other winery news.

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Fresh Local Meets Bistro Cool Tableau Bar Bistro

Tableau Bar Bistro is a Vancouver bistro serving a French-inspired menu that blends classic culinary flavours of Paris with the use of fresh west coast ingredients. This Coal Harbour restaurant is the perfect place for a business lunch, meeting friends out on the patio, everyday dining, special celebrations or brunch with the family.

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Canada’s Premier Entertainment Arts School Vancouver Film School

Vancouver Film School is Canada’s premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution, currently celebrating 30 years of industry-defining and award-winning success. Recognized internationally and throughout the creative industries for its unique and effective education model, VFS offers intensive one-year programs in acting, animation, film and television production, makeup, programming, screenwriting, sound, motion, interactive and video game design.

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One Stop Shop Country Furniture & The Other Room

Providing a wide selection of modern, contemporary, traditional and custom furnishings and accessories, Country Furniture and The Other Room has become Vancouver’s, North Vancouver’s and Calgary’s premiere furniture store for every stage of your life. Family owned and operated since 1979, Country Furniture and The Other Room prides itself in providing industry leading customer service to our existing and rapidly expanding loyal clientele

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Live a Life You Love Events & Adventures

Events & Adventures isn’t another dating app; it’s an activities club that hosts over 30 events every month. Vancouver singles have trusted Events & Adventures to meet new people and have new experiences for almost 10 years. If you’re new to Vancouver or if all your friends are married, perhaps it’s time to join Events & Adventures.

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Not Your Typical Ballet Studio Ballet Lounge

Ballet Lounge is an exciting new dance-fitness studio which specializes in adult ballet classes, located on Granville and Drake. Owner Suzy Kaitman has set the tone for a fun, relaxed and supportive environment where high quality instruction is accessible to anyone. This stunning state of the art studio is composed of high ceilings, big windows, and a cool LED Barre that glows.

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Civilized Debauchery Chambar

In a city blessed with an abundance of restaurants, Chambar has earned its place among the best. The food is exceptional, with a commitment to fresh seasonal produce, Belgian themed with North African influence. Experience stunning cocktails, an extensive Belgian beer list, and an unsuspecting selection of affordable wines.

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Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Services AspenClean

It’s your home, keep it healthy. AspenClean provides a wide range of eco-friendly cleaning services using their own 100% natural, vegan, EcoCert certified products - made locally in B.C. They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, are rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, and offer a user-friendly online quotation and booking system. Get a free quote and experience the AspenClean difference for yourself.

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Steam Whistle – Canada’s Pilsner Steam Whistle

Steam Whistle offers the style and flavor of the great Pilsner of Europe, yet is brewed fresh out of their independent, Canadian Brewery. Crafted under the watchful eye of a Czech-born Brewmaster, this golden-coloured Bohemian Pilsner is one of the most challenging styles to make. It is characterized by a floral hoppy aroma, a sweet, full malty character that is balanced by a pleasant bitterness and clean, crisp finish.

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Auto Service Experience Pawlik Automotive

Pawlik Automotive has served clients for the past 25 years with integrity and personal service. Expert service on all makes and models, with a focus on import cars, diesel engines and diagnosis, Pawlik Automotive is dedicated to providing customers with an excellent auto service experience.

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Sound Legal Advice With a Tradition of Trust David Watts, Notary Public

David Watts, Notary Public works with people buying and selling real estate throughout the Province of British Columbia. Most buyers and sellers either work or live in Vancouver, especially Downtown Vancouver. Conveniently located at the corner of Granville and West Hastings, David’s office focuses on excellent service, efficiency, and green practice.

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What Your Dog Needs Pawsh Dog Spa

Stress of life getting you down? Imagine if you were a dog. You would deserve extra care, love and attention. There's only one place that can give you what you need: Pawsh Dog Spa. They'll wash your coat, clip your nails, give you the perfect hair cut and do everything your stressed out owner can't. You deserve to look and feel your best.

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Janice Ungaro and Cory Ashworth Roundhouse Radio 98.3

Janice and Cory are the afternoon (2p – 6p) hosts of Vancouver’s newest radio station Roundhouse 98.3. With hyperlocal content and an urban presence Roundhouse aims to connect, entertain and engage on-air, online and on the street. They want to make a difference for everyone who lives, works and plays in the City of Vancouver.

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The Grand-daddy of Locavore Dining Bishop's Restaurant

Since opening its door in 1985, Bishop’s Restaurant is one of Vancouver’s premier dining destinations for Pacific Northwest cuisine. Open six days a week for dinner, John Bishop’s eponymous restaurant offers an intimate fine dining environment in the heart of Kitsilino. Bishop’s features an innovative menu with the freshest of locally sourced ingredients, accompanied by an extensive global wine list.

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Lower Lonsdale's Hair Specialists The Dye Lot

The Dye Lot offers custom colour, precision cutting, and much more. This certified Green Circle salon is located in busy Lower Lonsdale, a short walk from the SeaBus. Be sure to visit The Wig Room located within the salon, which provides wig and hairpiece services for fashion or compassion.

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Granville Island Brewing Lions Winter Ale Granville Island Brewing

Granville Island Brewing is Canada’s first microbrewery, serving up great beer since 1984. With classic brews and seasonal favourites like Lions Winter Ale, they have carved a well-deserved place in Vancouver’s burgeoning craft beer scene. Sample the latest offerings in their award-winning taproom, open daily from 12:00 – 8:00 PM.

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Distinguished and Truly Affordable Amherst Funeral

Dignified, quality professional funeral and cremation services don’t need to cost a fortune. Serving Vancouver and the Lower Mainland with its uniquely affordable services, Amherst has been dispelling such myth since 2009. Its combination of simple packages, transparent pricing and convenient arrangement options (online or they come to your home) has set a new gold standard in local death care industry.

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Beauty That Doesn't Wash Off The Vanity Lab

With a team of some of Vancouver’s top beauty miracle workers and advanced medical technology, the Vanity Lab delivers results. Book in for a complimentary in-depth assessment where they create a customized solution plan, mapping out treatment and product options to meet your specific goals and needs. Your dreams of perfect skin are about to come true.

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Nine Locations To Serve You Aarm Dental

Open Monday to Saturday, Aarm Dental Group has eight convenient downtown locations and one in Whistler, where new patients and emergencies are always welcome. Most major dental insurance plans are accepted, and Aarm doesn’t charge above BCDA Fee Guide prices. Visit the website to meet their dentists and see 360 degree office photos.

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Flower wild - Vancouver Florist Celsia Floral

Refined designs with a wild botanical spirit. Valuing relationships and a passion for beautiful flowers, Celsia Floral creates timeless and yet of-the-moment designs for those who seek to bring nature inside, be it to their desk, table or celebration event.

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Boutique-style Pilates Studio Line5 Pilates Studios

Line5 Studios is a boutique style Pilates studio, taking pride in offering undivided, focused attention to their clients. Nestled in the heart of Vancouver in an award-winning 1907 heritage building, the focus from Day One has always been on the individual; Mylene Perrier and her instructors work to guide their clients through a comprehensive customized Pilates program, leading towards fulfilling fitness and wellness goals.

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Unique Gifts For Everyone On Your List Bird On A Wire Creations

Think of Bird On A Wire as an expertly curated artisan market. They build relationships with local artists so that you have access to their handcrafted work all year long. From jewelry, home décor and lifestyle items, Bird On A Wire has the gifts you’re looking for, all in a relaxed atmosphere on one of the best shopping streets in North America.

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Ballet BC Presents Program 1 Ballet BC

This evening by Ballet BC Resident Choreographer Cayetano Soto, a vibrant voice in contemporary ballet, launches the season with four works that display a unique range of creativity and originality throughout his choreographic career. “Like a Pedro Almodovar film, Soto subverts beauty to convey something else.” Photo credit Michael Slobodian.

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Vancouver’s Mediterranean Brunch Spot Café Medina

Café Medina has carved out a niche as an exceptional breakfast, lunch and brunch destination that blends eclectic bistro fare, connoisseur-savvy coffee and the city’s best Belgian waffles. Owner Robbie Kane’s pioneering attitude towards café culture and distinctive brand of enlightened hospitality is an ideal complement for the café’s instantly memorable, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine by celebrated chef Deniz Tarakcioglu. Photo credit Scout Magazine.

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Respect Your Universe RYU

RYU, respect your universe, has created tailored innovation for the urban athlete. This athletic apparel and accessories brand is engineered for the fitness, training and performance of the multi-discipline athlete who is “beautiful tough”. Designed without compromise by athletes for athletes, and with a fully focused community mindset, RYU really is working hard to facilitate human performance.

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Educated, Supportive & Empowering Self-Care The BC Compassion Club Society

Located on Commercial Drive for almost 20 years, The BC Compassion Club Society is a unique not-for-profit community health model sustaining accessible, natural healing for all. Profits from their offering of high-quality cannabis products subsidize low-cost natural therapies for members in a supportive and client-centered environment. The Wellness Centre's beautiful apothecary is stocked with quality herbs & supplements and is open to the public.

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Vancouver’s Favourite Pop-Up Boutiques The Latest Scoop

A lifestyle-concept store known for its unique mix of product—picture a covetable pair of leather ankle boots, next to a beautiful set of glassware, next to a sparkling statement necklace—the company originally started with only short-term, pop-up shops. Now, with two flagship locations (South Granville and West Vancouver), the company maintains their pop-up culture with temporary stores in Gastown and Pasadena, CA. Multiple visits are a must with new stock arriving weekly.

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From JoieFarm to Your Table JoieFarm Winery

JoieFarm is a small farm winery located on the beautiful Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley. Joie (zh-wah) – means “joy” in French and it expresses the pleasure that wine and food bring to life. Enjoy an authentic wine country tasting in the scenic farmhouse, or with a picnic blanket and wood-fired pizza in the shaded orchard.

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Laugh Til Your Face Hurts Vancouver TheatreSports

Renowned internationally and at home for their innovative improv comedy, Vancouver TheatreSports has been in the business of making people laugh for over 30 years. Using audience suggestions to drive the action, improv actors are the daredevils of the theatre world – writing the script, directing themselves and acting in character all at once without the ‘safety net’ of a predetermined script. The results are always hilarious.

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A Boutique Approach to Personal Training Innovative Fitness

Innovative Fitness is a luxury personal training studio that blends lifestyle and science to create a transformative fitness experience. Knowledgeable, experienced coaches create programs tailored to their members’ goals, and local and international events make fitness a communal, and adventurous, experience.

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Enhance Your Sexual Experience Womyns'Ware

Founded in 1995, Womyns'Ware is Vancouver's iconic sex positive sex toy store. The ongoing mission of this locally owned business is to create an outstanding shopping experience for all who visit. A commitment to providing information regarding how to use quality toys in a body safe way to enhance sexual pleasure continues to be their number one priority.

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Vancouver’s Go-To Photographer Emily Cooper Photography

Emily Cooper’s unique and creative work is widely publicized. Locally, she has shot over 15 covers for the Georgia Straight and internationally has created book covers for Harper Collins, and editorial images for The Boston Globe. Currently she is working with the National Film Board on an exciting photo essay and with Metro Vancouver photographing our stunning Regional Parks.

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Closer Than You Think, More Than You Imagined Richmond Olympic Oval

The premier venue of the 2010 Games, the Richmond Olympic Oval is now a centre of excellence for sport, health, wellness, culture and entertainment, serving the residents of Richmond and Metro Vancouver and those representing Canada on the international stage. Membership tours available daily, including 10-day trial passes.

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Harrison Hot Springs Weekend Getaway Tourism Harrison

Harrison Hot Springs offers charming small town atmosphere away from the hectic crowds of the city. The perfect place to relax, recharge and reconnect with that special someone in your life while enjoying natures wonderful healing hot springs. With a range of quality accommodations to suit your preferences and budget and best of all find it just up the road.

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Sanctuary in the Heart of Yaletown Glow Acupuncture and Wellness Centre

Glow Wellness Center is a leading complementary and alternative health center, providing a tranquil and soothing environment in the heart of Vancouver. The healing begins as soon as you step through the door. Services include: Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Registered Massage Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Counselling, Coaching, Chiropractic, Ohashiatsu, and Energy Healing.

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Service. Value. Selection. Brian Jessel BMW. Brian Jessel BMW

Conveniently located by Boundary and Lougheed, Brian Jessel BMW invites you to discover the full range of exciting new BMW cars and SUVs, as well as the exclusive inventory of high-quality pre-owned vehicles in stock.

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More Fun, Less Fuel Toyota

Toyota Prius is built to last, with a battery designed to outlast the car. It is one of the most fuel efficient vehicles without a plug. And it's cheaper to maintain, due to intermittent engine use, and the lack of belts, starters, or transmission fluids. Goes further, lasts longer, and costs less to run.

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Groundbreaking Iconic Vancouver Dance Company Kokoro Dance

Founded in 1986 by Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, Kokoro Dance is famous for its provocative and evocative productions, its annual Wreck Beach Butoh performances, and for producing the Vancouver International Dance Festival. Visit Kokoro Dance’s new studios in the Woodward’s Heritage Building to see the company in action. Photo credit Peter Eastwood.

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Watch This Space Vancouver Civic Theatres

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is one of Canada’s largest proscenium stages. This mid-century beauty hosts the city’s best performing arts including the resident companies Ballet BC, Broadway Across Canada and Vancouver Opera. VCT’s iconic Orpheum concert hall provides excellent acoustics for an amazing concert experience.

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The New Trend Of Urban Transportaion Motorino Electric Cycles

Electric scooters and bikes have become an accessible and incredibly practical form of urban transportation in the last few years. Since its introduction in 2002, Motorino has become the premiere brand of electric motorcycles, scooters, and bicycles in Canada while earning a reputation for superior design, performance, quality, and customer support.

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Legendary Cookware Ming Wo

Originally opened in 1917 in Vancouver's historic Chinatown, Ming Wo has been a source for professional cookware for over 90 years and a Canadian owned and operated company with a tradition of providing superior service and quality products to generations of Vancouver cooks.

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Elevated Unbiased Home Financing Advice Tony Marchigiano

By providing financing for property buyers and owners, unbiased advice and funding advocacy, mortgage broker Tony Marchigiano at Mortgage Alliance West creates a safe environment for people buying property and the many options available to them. With six years in the business, Tony strives to connect buyers with a community of trusted professionals to take care of them throughout the home buying process.

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Celebrating 10-Years in Kitsilano Kits Family Dental

Kits Family Dental is celebrating their 10-year anniversary. Dr. Robin Mak and Dr. Sakura Iwagami both graduated from the faculty of Dentistry at UBC, and have been happily seeing children and adults in their family-style practice. Between the two experienced doctors, they are able to handle everything from Invisalign clear braces and restorative and cosmetic dentistry, to seeing even the youngest child patients.

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Your Fertility Centre Olive Fertility

Olive Fertility is one of Canada's leading fertility centres, with clinics in Vancouver, Surrey and North Vancouver. With decades of experience, a world class IVF lab, exceptional personalized care, and advanced fertility treatments including IVF, comprehensive chromosomal screening (CCS)and egg freezing, Olive Fertility offers patients an excellent chance of a successful pregnancy.

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Pilates for All Bodies Pacific Spirit Pilates Inc.

Yvonne Bray, owner of Pacific Spirit Pilates, specializes in providing custom designed programs by clinical consultation and assessment of posture, gait, and muscle imbalances. The result: optimal strength and movement, core strength, and functional movement patterns which provide pain relief and injury prevention. The studio also provides Body Harmonics Pilates Teacher Training and continuing education workshops.

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For The Ones You Love Tisol Pet Nutrition & Supply Stores

Since 1974, Tisol has been providing pet parents with a great selection of premium pet food, treats, toys and accessories, all at competitive prices. Tisol stores pride themselves on being local pet experts and using their knowledge and experience to help find the right nutrition and other solutions for your pets.

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