Summer in the City 2009

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      Vancouver can be deathly dreary in the winter (and the spring ”¦ and the fall) but this year's Georgia Straight Summer in the City issue proves that Vancouver is the place to be once the sun begins to shine. We've scoped out the best in summer arts, movie, music, and food festivals as well as everything from dining and dating to style and sports. So no more whining about this no-fun city!

      Summer events

      Catching the summer arts festival fever

      Summer concert tickets worth trading up for

      Fair-weather film festivals let you travel the world

      Go grazing at these summer food festivals

      Vancouver fundraisers profit charities and you

      LGBT-friendly summer fun in Vancouver


      Reading the city as a poem in A Verse Map of Vancouver

      Vancouver Matters thinks its way through the city

      Food and dining

      Wanted: an affordable bistro on English Bay

      Pickers point way to bounty of fresh berries

      Burrard Bridge Marine Bar & Grill's pirate pub serves it all up with a view, matey

      Get it while it's young: Beaujolais by the batch

      Lifestyle and travel

      The art of the pickup in Vancouver

      Beauty takes on new shapes

      Oil prices may create more local tourism

      Steal this deal: staycation in the fun lane


      Summer sports offer windows into other cultures

      Freewheeling bicycle culture cranks out fun


      The monokini brings cutout chic to the beach

      Making small urban patios big on design