After 11 years of bringing you local reporting, the team behind the Vancouver Observer has moved on to Canada's National Observer. You can follow Vancouver culture reporting over there from now on. Thank you for all your support over the years!


Festival Express Redux: a cross-Canada train trip exploring art, culture, media and business

How do we spark intellectual and cultural exchange across industries? Hop aboard the Festival Express Redux – an interdisciplinary, cross-Canada train trip exploring art, culture, media and business.

Starting the conversation

Members of the diaspora engage their communities, here in Vancouver and around the world, to facilitate change in their places of origin in a variety of ways.

UBC Robson Square to host Burnaby Youth Custody Center Artwork

Burnaby Youth Custody Center Passion Project art project has a home.

Nothing is impossible with community support

A few months ago I had the opportunity to attend the Social Venture Institute (SVI) where like-minded people from socially responsible organizations and businesses gathered together to look at case...

Next stop, Rolling Stone

If you ever have the privilege of meeting Alex R., you’ll immediately recognize her shining character and authenticity. I met Alex two years ago when she was 16. She was her own person with her own...

Despite rain and cuts to the arts, East Van keeps Lost Souls Parade alive

The Lost Souls is a vital component of East Vancouver's cultural vitality. After the  BC arts funding massacre, there was uncertainty as to whether this event could survive. Despite the...

Public Dreams celebrates 25th anniversary with night of magic, music, and art

Public Dreams Society, the organizer behind volunteer-driven and community-oriented events like the Illuminares and Parade of Lost Souls will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on September 24th...

Project Orange Thumb builds Vancouver community garden in one day

Vancouver's newest community garden in Grandview-Woodland gets off the ground with help from Project Orange Thumb.

YMCA downtown has a new building, but same commitment to community

It may look completely different on the outside, but the newly reopened YMCA on Burrard Street retains the community ethos of the old facility.

Annual Vaisakhi Parade takes place in Vancouver

The City of Vancouver’s streets will be swirling with bright colours, music and floats on Saturday, April 10, 2010 as the Sikh community celebrates Vaisakhi with its annual parade. Vaisakhi (which...