PROVENANCE WEB MAGAZINE Spring - Summer 1997, Vol.2 No.2

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The Information Professional's Guide To British Columbia


The Vancouver Area

cross section of False Creek, City & Mountains

Known as the gateway to the Pacific, Vancouver

is celebrated for its dramatic setting. It is sur-

rounded by water -- Burrard Inlet, the Fraser River

and the Straight of Georgia, as well as spectacular

rugged mountains and wilderness areas.

Vancouver is the largest city in BC and the third

largest city in Canada. The almost 2 million

inhabitants of the Greater Vancouver area are

multicultural, and come from more than 60

cultural groups.

The original inhabitants of the Vancouver area were coastal Indians including the Musqueam

and the Squamish. The City was named by Europeans after Captain George Vancouver,

who first sailed here in 1792.

 

Getting Around

Public Transit

BC Transit buses are clean and safe. The cost is $1.50 for one zone,

$2.25 for two zones, and $3.00 for three zones, and is payable in exact

change only. For more information phone 521-0400.

Skytrain, our version of a subway, is above ground, and runs daily from

Vancouver through the suburbs of Burnaby, New Westminster and

Surrey. Rates are $1.50 for a one station fare, $2.25 for a two station

fare. Skytrain maps are posted at each station.

Aquabus is a tiny 12 seater electric ferry that looks like

it's right out of the pages of a child's cartoon. It runs from the

south foot of Howe Street to Granville Island, the east side of False

Creek, and the Maritime Museum

in Kitsilano. Rates are $1.50 per trip, or $1.75 if you take your bicycle. If

you can't afford a harbour tour, this is a wonderful alternative.

Car Rental: Alamo, Avis: 606-2847; Budget: 668-7000; Hertz: 606-3700; ,

Taxis: Black Top Cabs, 731-1111; McLure Cabs , Yellow Cabs, 681-1111.

Trains: BC Rail: Information/Reservations 984-5246; VIA Rail Canada 1-800-561-8630.

On-line Maps: e.g. Downtown, West End and Chinatown (37 k) have been provided for your convenience.


The Weather

Temperature: Average daily: June: 14.8, July: 16.8, August: 16.9, Sept.: 14.4, Oct.: 10.3.

Hours of Sunshine: Average daily: June: 242.2; July: 295.9; August: 264.9; Sept.: 188.9; Oct.: 124.4

Precipitation in millimeters: June: 45.7; July: 36.1; August: 38.1; Sept.: 64.4; Oct.: 115.3.

 

Emergencies

Police, fire, medical emergencies: dial 911

Dental Emergencies: (From fillings to root canals) Dr. John Lee: Office Hours: Tuesdays: 11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Wed. - Sat.: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Emergencies: (24 hours) 736-7372.

Medical Care: Care Point Medical Centres: (Various Locations),
* Downtown: 1175 Denman St., Vancouver. 681-5338. Open: 11:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. seven days per week. $40.00 per visit

Hospitals:
* Downtown: St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, 682-2334;
* Vancouver General Hospital 12th & Oak Street, Vancouver. 875-4111;
* University Area: University of British Columbia Health Sciences Centre, UBC Campus, 822-7121.

 

Culture

Vancouver has a rich, diverse cultural life, owing to the 60 cultural groups

who make their home here.

 

Dance: There are several professional dance troupes in Vancouver,

including Ballet British Columbia, Judith Marcuse Dance Projects and

Kokoro Dance Theatre. For information on events contact: TicketMaster

280-4444.

Music: includes the Vancouver Cantata Singers, Vancouver Opera

Association, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Men's Choir,

CBC For information contact TicketMaster at 280-4444.

Newspapers: There are three dailies: The Vancouver Province and the

Vancouver Sun report news in English. The Ming Pao daily reports the

news in Chinese. Many Vancouver areas have weekly newspapers. The

best is Business in Vancouver. Others include the Kerrrisdale Courier,

the North Shore News, and the Richmond news. The most popular

downtown area weekly is the free-of-charge, Georgia Straight.

Theatre: includes the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, Queen

Elizabeth Theatre, the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre,

as well as Arts Club Theatre, Firehall Theatre, and the Vancouver East

Cultural Centre. For information contact TicketMaster at 280-4444.

Universities: University of British Columbia and Simon

Fraser University are the two local large universities. There are

many colleges throughout the city and suburbs including Capilano

College, Douglas College, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design,

Kwantlen College, Langara College, and Vancouver City College.

 

Writers: It has been estimated that over 1,200 writers now live in BC.

Local well known BC writers include:

Jeannette Armstrong, Okanagan Nation Band member, whose books

include Enwhisteekwa: Walk in Water, Slash, Breath Tracks, and

Neekna and Chemai.

Luanne Armstrong, author of the well-known young adult novel, Annie,

and Bordering.

Nick Bantock, author of the Griffin and Sabine Trilogy and the Venetian's

Wife, as well as many popular children's books.

Anne Cameron, award winning author of Bright's Crossing, Deejay and

Betty, Dreamspeaker, Kick The Can, Selkie, A Whole Brass Band, The

Whole Fam Damily, and many others.

Douglas Coupland, author of Generation X: Tales For an Accelerated

Culture, Polaroids From the Dead, Microserfs, and Shampoo Planet.

Sara Ellis, Librarian, and award winning author of children's and young

adult fiction including the Baby Project, Back of Beyond, Mud and Gold,

Pick-up Sticks, Putting Up With Mitchell, and Next Door Neighbors.

William (Bill) Gibson, the science fiction writer who coined the term

"Cyberspace," and author of Burning Chrome, The Difference Engine,

Idoru, Johnny Mnemonic, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Neuromancer, Virtual

Light, and others.

Laurence Gough, well known mystery writer and author of Accidental

Deaths, Fall Down Easy, The Goldfish Bowl, Heartbreaker, Hot Shots,

Killers, Memory Lane, Sandstorm, and Serious Crimes.

John Lent, a popular Okanagan writer of prose and poetry, including The

Face In the Garden, Frieze, Monet's Garden, and Wood Lake Music.

Bill Richardson, former Librarian (MLS, UBC 1980), winner of the

Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, and Canada's self-proclaimed

Poet Laureate, Bill Richardson has authored numerous books including,

Canada Customs, Queen of all the Dustballs, and the wonderful Bachelor

Brothers Bed and Breakfast series.

Kit Pearson, former Librarian, and internationally acclaimed and award

winning young adult novelist, has authored award winning books including

Awake and Dreaming, the Daring Game, A Handful of Time, the Lights

Go on Again, Looking At the Moon, and the Sky is Falling.

Jane Rule, author of Contract With the World, Desert of the Heart, which

was made into the feature film Desert Hearts, A Hot-Eyed Moderate,

Memory Board, Outlander, Theme for Diverse Instruments, This Is Not

For You, The Young in One Another's Arms, and others.

L.R. Wright, winner of the Edgar Award, and author of numerous

mysteries with Sechelt, BC public librarian, Cassandra Mitchell, cast as

the heroine. Books include The Suspect, (her first, and to my mind the

best), A Chill Rain in January, Fall From Grace, Love in the Temperate

Zone, Sleep While I Sing, Strangers Among Us, and A Touch of Panic.

Events

Now to 30 August. Tony and Tina's St. Wedding. St. Andrew's

Wesley Church, 1012 Nelson. Reception at Chardonnays Restaurant,

Restaurant, 808 West Hastings Street. TicketMaster: 280-4444.

 

4,5,8,9 June 1997. Vancouver New Music Festival with the Canadian

Broadcasting Corporation's Vancouver Orchestra, the Vancouver New

Music Ensemble, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. 876-3434.

 

10 June - 21 September 1997. Bard on the Beach. Shakespearean Plays

are performed in tents in Vanier Park in Kitsilano. Love's Labour 's Lost,

and The Winter's Tale. 737-0625.

 

12-16 June 1997. Vancouver International Art Exhibition. Vancouver

Trade and Convention Centre. 661-7373.

 

15-23 June 1997. Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival. False

Creek/Plaza of Nations. 688-2382.

 

15-29 June; 01 July - 03 August. Phantom of the Opera. Ford Centre for

the Performing Arts. TicketMaster: 280-4444.

 

21-30 June 1997. Du Maurier International Jazz Festival. Various

locations. 682-0706; 1-888-get-jazz; cjbs@mindlink.bc.ca

 

01 July 1997. Canada Day. Various celebrations. Fireworks at 10:00

p.m. at Canada Place, 999 Canada Place.

 

01 July 1997. Steveston Salmon Festival. Outstanding Parade,

multicultural cuisine's, Japanese dancing and martial arts demonstrations.

Steveston.

 

22 July - 02 August 1997. Vancouver Chamber Music Festival. For

information phone 602-0363.

 

25 July - 04 August 1997. Vancouver International Comedy Festival.

For information phone 683-0883.

 

03-12 July. Dancing on the Edge, the Festival of Independent Dance Choreographers.

Firehall Arts Centre. 689-0926.

 

05 - 15 September. Vancouver International Fringe Festival. For

information phone 873-3646.

 

26 - 29 September. The Moon Festival. This world renowned festival of

the moon, in the heart of Chinatown features an outstanding opportunity

to learn about the culture of Vancouver's Chinese community. There are

wonderful lanterns, story telling, and much more, all at no charge. Dr. Sun

Yat-Sen Classical Gardens. For information phone 604-662-3207.

 

Nightlife

 Babalu. Latin salsa. Very dressy. Smoking, including cigars. 1006

Granville. 681-6341.

 Chameleon Urban Lounge. From jazz, rhythms, techno funk to Latin. 801 West Georgia Street. 669-0806.

 Hard Rock Cabaret. Rock and roll. 364 Water Street. 684-1968.

 Purple Onion Cabaret. Live jazz. 2nd floor, 15 Water Street. 602-9442.

 Richards On Richards. Live and recorded top 40, rock. 1036 Richards

Street. 687-6794.

 Roxy. Classic rock. 932 Granville Street. 684-7699.

 Starfish Room. Very popular. Live Bands. 1055 Homer Street.

682-4171.

 The Waldorf. Retro lounge music. 1489 East Hastings Street.

253-7141.

 The Yale. Live Bands. Rhythm and blues. 1300 Granville Street.

681-9253. Jim Byrnes fans take note!

 

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