Category Archives: Nightlife

Metro column: Pinning hopes on Granville makeover

12 January 2009

Love it or loathe it, Granville Street is a Vancouver original.

The downtown district for public intoxication, peep shows and post-pub pushing matches is quite the spectacle on a Friday evening — or a Saturday morning, for that matter.

But while Granville is a magnet for the young, the restless and the seekers of cheap pizza slices — it has yet to be universally embraced. Continue reading

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Vancouver Province column: Please, will someone find a new home for popular night market?

The Province
Monday, October 1, 2007

Load up on the dumplings, DVDs and designer knock-offs while you can. The Richmond night market closes out its 2007 season next Monday night.
Vendors will be folding up their tables and turning off their grills until next year — if there is a next year, that is. Continue reading

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Vancouver Province column: Let’s stop measuring progress by by the number of condo projects

The Province
Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Vancouver is a great city with a pathetic bar scene.

Don’t take my word for it. Just ask those Canadians who took part in an opinion poll released last week by Angus Reid. In that survey, Vancouver ranked as the best to city to live or vacation in.

But for nightlife, those same respondents gave our West Coast metropolis a miserable zero per cent of the vote — behind even that well-known party city of Saskatoon.

And in an otherwise glowing travel article in the New York Times, writer Marc Weingarten proclaimed Vancouver’s clubs to be generic and disappointing.

Is the Vancouver bar scene really as ho-hum as Weingarten and other out-of-towners make it out to be?

For many Lower Mainlanders, the answer would be a resounding yes. Continue reading

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Vancouver Province Column: It’s time to hit the Granville rowdies where it hurts most — in the wallet

The Province
Monday, May 14, 2007

The Granville strip, Greater Vancouver’s avenue of good times, needs a fix — and fast — for escalating rowdiness and public disorder.

This is especially true as the coming summer tourist season and events like the 2007 Memorial Cup junior hockey tournament bring thousands of newcomers to the city.

The solution? Make the perpetrators pay for their actions through stiffer punishments — and put this change into play now.

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