Exclusive Q&A with this season’s returning designer, Vonbon

Q.1. Introduce Yourself!
My name is Jennifer Wilson. I am a mother of two beautiful children, that happen to have the same birthday exactly two years apart. I am a sugar junkie, who is  happiest when the sun is shinning and blue skies are above. I will never turn down a donut and think that many of life’s problems can be solved with a living room
dance party. I am also the owner and designer of the local baby and children’s brand, VONBON.

Q.2. What is your favorite part of working in Fashion industry?
I love the ever-changing atmosphere. Each season you can start fresh and new, and be able to base the collection off of new ideas and inspirations.

Q.3. Name one person who has contributed to your success?
It’s hard to name just one when it takes an entire village to make VONBON a success. My husband is one person who I couldn’t live without. He is such a constant source of support and encouragement. Not to mention an amazing father who cooks all of our meals and watches the kids when I need to work over-time. VONBON would not be what it is today without him!

 

Q.4. What motivated you to get into the fashion industry?
I was looking for cool baby gifts long before I was ever pregnant and I couldn’t find what I wanted, so I created it. It was never really a decision to work in the fashion industry, it just happened that way.

 

Q.5. Who/what are your inspirations when designing? Why?
I take most of my fabric inspiration from home decor and design trends. When I started my company, I had no kids of my own. I created our collections from a gift givers perspective. As my family has grown, I now look to my own children to inspire my designs, especially the function of our garments. It’s very cool to see how the brand has evolved with the birth of my own kids.


Q.6. What and when was your first fashion memory?
I loved drawing models and clothing from an early age. I had a sketch book full of designs when I was in Grad 8/9.

 

Q.7. How would you describe your personal style?
It really depends on my mood AND if I have the kids in tow. My clothing choices have evolved over the past decade and I gravitate towards quality made pieces that will last the test of time, kids and trends.

 

Q.8. Who attracts your attention in the fashion industry today? Why?
I am constantly inspired by other mothers who are making it happen in the Industry. Nicole Bridger is a local designer who I have always loved and admired. She creates conscious clothing and offers collections that are made ethically and responsibly. She is an inspiration to me and many others who are trying to make our mark in an industry that is highly polluting and wasteful.

 

Q.9. Where are you from and how does that inspire what you create?
I am born and raised in Vancouver, BC and I feel that growing up on the Westcoast has definitely played a roll in how I design my collections. Whether it be from color palettes to the names of fabrics. For example, this season we have an Organic Cotton Slub in ‘Coastal Blue’, and last season we had a beautiful. Hooded Jacket in “Forage Green”. The fabrics we design also need to hold up to lots of outdoor play and washing, because I grew up playing outdoors and camping in the summers.

 

Q.10. What advice would you give to amateur designers just starting out in the industry?
There are so many people out there trying to do the same thing. Stay true to who you are, what your brand is all about and tell your own story. Authenticity is everything these days!

 

Q.11. How would you describe your brand in 3 words?
VONBON is a conscious clothing line for the modern infant and child, designed and made in Vancouver. We pride our brand on high quality pieces made with organic cotton and other sustainable fabrics.

 

Q.12.. What is that one thing you will always look back to?
This past September, VONBON walked the runway for the 1st ever Vancouver Kids Fashion Show. It was exhilarating!! I have never been more proud in my professional career than to see my hard work walk down the catwalk on such amazing little models. It was an experience I will never forget and I look forward to it again this season!

Mayoral presented by VSimage

About the company:
“Our goal is being better rather than bigger. The second comes along with the first one.” Mayoral is a family business with history. Nearly a century ago our grandfather began manufacturing tights and socks in Malaga. Over the years and with the help of his offspring, he developed an important company in that market area. In the 70s, with the third generation in control, the manufacturing of kids clothing started, and we are still at it with the fourth generation of the Domínguez family. Nowadays, Mayoral is formed by a group of companies that are dedicated to the design, manufacturing and distribution of kids’ clothes and footwear to more than nine thousand clients in more than seventy countries. The design of our clothes combines fashion and quality as well as functionality at a reasonable price. We team up with our clients whom we support with image and brand campaigns, while we think of the products consumers and orientating the business towards the present market. All this effort wouldn’t be possible without the work of a great executive team that manage and direct more than a thousand employees at different levels and specialities, for which the company continues to invest in formation. Also, our sales executives are experts in the business and are trusted by our clients, as Mayoral has been operating continuously for years and is not seeking a one day deal. We are pleased to see our best clients prosper knowing that we have helped them get there, and every day we search for new friends.Do you want to be one of them?
The greatness of caring for little things Mayoral is the leading brand for children’s wear in the Iberian peninsula and one of the most important groups specialized in children’s fashion in Europe. Mayoral Group designs, produces, markets and distributes children’s fashion in over 75 countries, through a sales network of: 14 branches, 220 sales agents, 190 Mayoral stores and more than 10.000 clients worldwide. The Mayoral strategy is to promote its designs and brand with personality and its own style, providing our customers with a well-balanced product that is fashionable, price conscious and of the highest quality. Mayoral currently develops its e-commerce sales in the Spanish, Portuguese, British, Irish, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch, Belgian, German, Austrian and Greek markets.
Mayoral has continued “making friends” for more than 70 years. In its history we find thousands of anecdotes, key moments, decisions that have set a course…
The funny thing is, in its origins, what began as a modest company dedicated to the production and marketing of socks and stockings (“Dominguez Toledo” in 1941), is today a major international group that projects and represents Spanish fashion worldwide. Later, in the early 70’s, Mayoral Moda Infantil was founded and is the
current parent company of the group. Mayoral is today an integrated producer of fashion that provides its customers (the point of sale) coordinated, ready-to-wear clothing for presentation to the final consumer. Since its inception, Mayoral has always been a family owned business, a fact crucial to the principles that guide the progress of the company, focusing on ethical and social responsibility.

Exclusive Q&A with this season’s upcoming designer, Plaid & Paisley

Q.1. What is your collection called?

Rocky Mountain Collection.

 

Q.2. What was your inspiration behind this collection?

We really wanted this F/W collection to be a Canadian take on European fashion. The pieces we have incorporated are very sophisticated, yet the fabrics we very make the garments very casual and comfortable. This collection is masculine.

 

Q4. What motivated you to get into the fashion industry?

When we started Plaid & Paisley Littles it was a recession. The poor dollar made us realize we must start supporting local Canadian companies. When in search for natural toned basics, we came up short. It seems Canada was lacking a children’s clothing company that encompassed three things: practicality, timelessness and
effortlessness.

 

Q6. What is that one thing you will always look back to?

The three of us will always look back to a simpler time; when garments were often made in Canada, or created by hand. These pieces told a story. They were not mass produced. Moms took time to care for garments, because there were not 50 loads of laundry to do.
Attention was given to clothing because they were more than just a disposable piece of fabric; they were a memory. We hope to bring back this kind of simplicity to homes in Canada.

 

 

 

Q11. What is your favorite part of designing a collection?

What we love most is using our creative process to create pieces; then throwing them out to the universe and seeing what it gives back to us.

 

Q12. How would you describe your brand in 3 words?

Practical, timeless, effortless; essentially Canadian.

 

Q13. Is there any inspirational quote you follow? And by who is it from?

“Giving back, is the new luxury.”
Late editior of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani

 

Q14. Are you planning to upsize your clothes?

Plaid & Paisley recently did some major growing up! As we had begun our journey designing clothing from 0/3months – 2T, we realized shortly that our passion was to bring clothing to an older group of children. We decided to adjust our sizing to size 2T – size 11/12.

Who’s got a Sweet Tooth?

Food options in Vancouver are never ending. But the best part about a meal is the dessert. No matter how full we are, there is always room for it. And nothing says dessert like French patisseries. Be it wines, cheese or dessert – the French are the best in the game! Here are my recommendations on where to satisfy your sweet tooth:

 

  1. Laudrée (1141 Robson St.)

One of most famous pastry shops straight from Paris to our neighbourhood here.  The first thing you will think about when you enter the shop is France. Very sophisticated, fancy and stylish interior with unique French flavours. The place to go for macaroons and tea. The vibe is very Parisian and the staff is very polite and patient.

  1. Breka Bakery & Café (Fraser St., Bute St., & Davie St.)

First things first- this bakery is open 24 hours! Yes, that’s right. A very common place to hang out at for students and office workers who want to grab a quite coffee or a bite to eat. He baked goods are great and having a place to go satisfy those random late night cravings. Always packed and busy but the service is always top notch.

  1. Purebread Bakery (159 West Hastings St.)

This is a family bakery is based in Whistler and has one of the busiest kitchens that run around the clock to provide pastry cases that can be filled with as many as 50 items daily. They serve delicious brownies, coconut banana loaf, flourless chocolate cake, cookies, almond croissants (that are so buttery that they melt in your mouth), freshly baked bread, earl grey lavender scones, oh and the chili cornbread are the major items on their menu that makes the locals drool over.

  1. Cadeaux Bakery Inc (172 Powell St.)

The bakery is run by the award-winning pastry chef Eleanor Chow and her team and they call their made from scratch baking a labour of love. Ah! So poetic just like their all natural goods. From those house-churned sorbets to the pecan raisin sticky buns, they have it all!  You need a novelty cake? Cadeaux is your place to go. It offers eight great flavours that include carrot, lemon poppyseed and chocolate euphoria; and also offer six different kinds of icing so you get your dream cake.

  1. Patisserie Lebeau (1728 W 2nd Ave)

Hands down this place has the best waffles in town. A huge variety of sweet and savory waffles that are as fresh as the morning sun. And the pastries are to die for! A little secret- everything is made in the store itself, nothing artificial.

 

 

Yet another exclusive Q&A with our upcoming designer, Os & Oakes

Q1.Would you like to share some Fun facts about you or your brand?

Os & Oakes was developed by a brother & sister duo, who wanted to create a simple, stylish clothing line for toddlers.

-All of our clothing is designed by Erika & Michael and made by a team of seamstresses in London Ontario and Toronto Ontario. Fair working conditions, equitable wages and supporting Canadian economy are what our brand values!

–  Our clothing is made out of a sustainably sourced bamboo fabric that is eco-friendly and ultra soft!

Q2. What was the biggest challenge you faced through your journey till here?

Finding a team of reliable people that truly believed in our vision was difficult. We have heard the word “No” a lot, but perseverance is so important when starting your own business and if you work hard, believe in your visions and your brand it will eventually happen (maybe not overnight- expect delays in the fashion world) but it will happen!

 

Q3. How many kids do you have? Could you briefly introduce them?

Os & Oakes was created with Erika’s children Noah (age 4) and Bennett (age 3) in mind! We wanted them to have comfortable stylish basic pieces that were on trend! They are often our models and can be seen featured on our website and in our social media. They even have there own Instagram profile: @oakesbros

Q4. How do you manage to balance your work-life and personal-life?

Managing a work life balance is definitely difficult as I (Erika) always feel there is something to be working on. My kids are definitely my full time job so there are many nights where work doesn’t happen until after bedtimes and late into evening! Michael also works a full time job, so prioritizing our tasks with checklists is very important. Also taking a break from emails and social media can help to recharge the batteries!

Q5. What is your favorite part of designing a collection?

My favourite part of designing clothing is actually seeing your pieces in public! It’s so amazing when we see children wearing and loving our designs! It gives you such a sense of accomplishment! Starting a business has many ups and downs, but when people say they love your brand or show there support by sharing pictures, it really validates all the hard work!

Q6. How would you describe your brand in 3 words?

3 words that describe our brand are Simple, Stylish, Staple

Q7. Are you planning to upsize your clothes?

Yes we are in the process of adding additional sizes to our collection and are hoping to release them soon!

Q8. Do you recommend any favorite of your products or brands to our audience?

We love the Australian brand Beau Hudson! Having lived in Australia, Erika love Australian fashion forward designs and I love how Beau Hudson brought that trendy look to children’s fashion! We often pair our Os & Oakes pieces with Beau Hudson apparel! They compliment each other well.

This just in-summer’s newest style staples!

This summer, it’s all about preppy shirts, blow-ey dresses and pretty pink blouses for all your little ones to make their own style statement. We’ve picked the most colorful, fun and frilly outfits from our designers to help update your little one’s wardrobe with the season’s most stylish ensemble.

This sleeveless top from Vonbon, a designer based in Vancouver, is made from super soft bamboo/organic cotton jersey, and pairs best with almost everything and anything. These rolled cuff shorts in Chambray is the newest addition to the designer’s collection. Designed in light yet structured linen-like Chambray makes it perfect for days at the beach or just a casual sunny day out. And most of all, this outfit is gender neutral, a keeper for both, your little girl and boy.

This bubble dress from our designer brand named ‘The Sociial Collective’ can be styled with either a tee or leggings or just simply worn as a dress. This versatile wardrobe staple is made of super soft sustainable bamboo fabric and has hidden little pockets, your little one is sure to love. It comes in 3 different colors and is designed in Canada, ethically made in Toronto.

This unisex soft cactus tee paired with this cactus harem pants, are a keeper. Comfortable, durable and just perfect for almost everyday, this outfit will be your little one’s favourite. Made with super soft sustainable bamboo fabric, these pants and top have little pattern pockets made with 100% organic cotton. This little cacti outfit only gets cuter each time your little one wears it.

We all need a little black dress in our wardrobe. Os & Oakes, our designer brand established in London, Ontario is known for its detailed contemporary designs for fashionable young ones. This little black dress made out of stretch bamboo jersey with its signature ostrich logo made of Eco-friendly ink. This dress can be styled with a few accessories for a special occasion or styled down for a day out in the park.

Your little one is sure to love these summer styles!

Exclusive Q&A with this season’s upcoming designer, Cabriolle

Q.1. What is your collection called?

My collection is called "BEAUTY IN ENCHANTED KINGDOM", which has 3 distinctive themes : Royal Heritage, Ballerina and Fairytale. Each theme has its own uniqueness and character that suit certain type of kids personality.

Q.2. What was your inspiration behind this collection?

The collection of Beauty in Enchanted Kingdom is inspired from a story in a world of enchantment and dream.
The theme of Royal Heritage describes the life of princesses in magnificent royal palace with sophisticated interiors, huge stairs, light of dazzling chandeliers, sparkling crystals and beautiful element in a wall. The excitement of Ballerina twirling in the grand ballroom of a palace is captured as the personality
of Ballerina Theme.
Other whimsical elements of flying butterflies, colorful singing birds, beautiful flowers in the garden of the palace, and the fairy sitting on the leaf and blowing a pixie dust are expressed imaginatively in the Fairytale Theme collection.

ROYAL HERITAGE
ROYAL HERITAGE creation by Cabriolle has devoted to the world of Beauty in Enchanted Kingdom, placing an emphasis on timeless beauty. The creation emanates elegance, luxury, glamorous with exquisite sense of craftsmanship and vision of extraordinary royal style.

ROYAL HERITAGE design creates the signature exquisite dresses shine with magnificent embroidery and crystals that serves as a reminder of style and beauty. Each creation is a unique form immersed in intricate detail and exquisite fabrics.
Royal Heritage collection is designed for little princesses who are want to feel the grace and
confidence of royalty.

BALLERINA
BALLERINA collection represents playful, charming yet feminine in modern way. A design that moves, evokes emotion and makes little girls want to twirl with excitement.
BALLERINA design creates the signature exquisite dresses shine with magnificent embroidery, pearl beads and crystals specialized with mini ruffled and flared tulle hemline. Your little ballerina will feel so special, she will love the way the layers of ruffled tulle swishing and rippling as she moves.

FAIRYTALE
Fairytale in Cabriolle's collection is steeped in a world of enchantment and dreams. Drawing on the entranced world of a garden dreamscape, charmed elements one may find in a beautiful, whimsical foreign land filled with capricious characters. All imagined within a more whimsical interpretation.

FAIRY TALE design creates the signature exquisite dresses shine with magnificent embroidery and crystals specialized pleated tulle and many of the finest materials for the finest of little Princess, the collection is bewitching to the eye, down to every last detail.

FAIRY TALE collection is designed for little princesses who love to dream and imagine on a magical
journey of exploration.

Q3. Would you like to share some Fun facts about you or your brand?

I started my professional carrier as an interior designer, however it cannot fullfil my desire of expressing my inspiration and passion in interior design freely. Apperently, i decided to become a fashion designer which is my passion since my childhood. In Fashion for girls’ clothing, i can explore and express my imagination limitlessly.

CABRIOLLE brand is taken from my daughter's middle name, she is my biggest source of inspirations in creating unique and imaginative dresses.

Q4. What motivated you to get into the fashion industry?

Fashion is my passion for life. Fashion is an expression of art, that reflects the inner style and charm of each individual. I want to create dresses for girls which bringing out an authentic, luxury, elegant, glamorous and a unique allure while staying focused on being completely original and stand as a remarkable kids couture with exceptional craftmanship.

Q5. What was the biggest challenge you faced through your journey till here?

The biggest challenge is to create a unique and luxury design with an exceptional craftsmanship which can understand and express a personality for every little girl who wear it. I believe a dress for girls is not just looked beautiful but it should bring confidence and inspire them to explore their imagination.

Q6. What is that one thing you will always look back to?

I never look back. i always focus and enjoy my journey of life.

Q7. How many kids do you have? Could you briefly introduce them?

I have 2 children, a 9 years old girl named Nicole Cabriolle Lee and the youngest boy is 6 years old now, his name is Ethan Nathaniel Lee.

Q8. How do you manage to balance your work-life and personal-life?

The best way to balance my work-life and personal-life is integration. Both life cannot be separated from each other. I love my work as much as I love my family. They are my main motivation and inspiration in achieving my goals and exploring my life journey. Eventhough my work-life requires a lot of time and attention, I will give the best possible quality time for my family. I always try to evaluate my day to day activity and set the priorities first then I would have a better balanced work and personal life.

Q9. Are there any hobbies other than your love for fashion?

Yes, I love travelling with my family and spending quality time together. By traveling I will always be energized with new inspiration and motivation.

Q10. Do you travel a lot with family? If yes, what are your top travel destinations?

Yes, I love travelling to Europe, I love the culture and every details of its classic atmosphere and environment.

Q11. What is your favorite part of designing a collection?

The moment when I find the idea, fabric and final output fits together.

Q12. How would you describe your brand in 3 words?

Unique, Aunthentic, Luxury

Q13. Is there any inspirational quote you follow? And by who is it from?

In Order To Be Irreplaceable, One Must Always Be Different – Coco Chanel

Q14. Are you planning to upsize your clothes?

Yes. For now, I am concentrating in designing children's dresses but in the future I will design a collection for adults. I would do a one of a kind piece for a very special individual.

Q15. Who is your role model/ inspiration in your life?

My family is the biggest inspiration in my life.

Q16. Do you recommend any favorite of your products or brands to our audience?

ROYAL QUEEN dress, this sophisticated dress is so royal, it is a perfect choice for who adore luxurious and elegant. It is definitely a great way to stand out from the crowd.

Q&A with mommy blogger Kat Petrunia, ourhappyplace.ca

  1. What are your best DIY ideas / suggestions to transform your child’s bedroom?

DIY artwork is a cute way to add a personal touch, and a simple coat of paint with some wall decals can transform the look of any room. Wall decals are great since you can remove them and update them as your child gets older. Painting furniture is also a budget friendly way to freshen up a space and there are lots of quality pieces on Craigslist, etc. that look amazing when refreshed with a coat or two of paint, and some new hardware.

2.What are mom products you can’t live without?

Bebe De Luxe Organic Oatmeal

Bath Soak – it’s my favourite bath product for the kids and I love soaking in a warm bath infused with BDL myself.

3. Any blogging advice or tips for mama’s that want to get started?

Share about topics that are important to you. Think about the things you enjoy and want to share about and go from there. Find some networking/ collaborative groups on Facebook to help you meet other bloggers and local brands, and follow accounts of interest on Instagram. It never hurts to reach out with questions and ask for advice and many bloggers are happy to share a few tips from their own experiences.

4. Where is your favourite place to shop for kids clothing / apparel brand & why?

I love buying from local brands – the styles and quality can’t be beat and is worth every dollar and thrift stores. I splurge on locally made items that both kids will wear and stock up on basics such as t-shirts and jeans at thrift stores. Overall, this helps us save on clothes that the kids grow out of quick, while still supporting local small businesses.

5. How do you maintain a work / life balance?

I’m not sure that I do. But what I try is to prioritize each day and be at peace with how I choose to spend my time. Some days are more family focused and I dial down work, and on work days I pour myself into what has to get done and my Mum watches the kids for me. I prefer to focus on one thing at a time if I can – I’m better as a Mom and wife when I focus on my family, and I’m a better blogger when I focus on my work. That doesn’t always work out and some days are an absolute messy mix of it all, but I just try to think about what my goals are for each day and let that be the main influence of how I structure the day.

Exclusive Q&A with our upcoming designer brand this season, Wild Swan

Q.1.  What is your collection called?

「Bitter Girl」

Bitter Girl’s concept is elegance and coolness. By using flower designs that aren’t too sweet, every girl will transform from a sugary girl to a stylish lady.

 

Q2. Would you like to share some Fun facts about you or your brand?

Usually people would wear very simple designed leotards during practices.  But at the same time, it is a moment when you can see yourself in the mirror for several hours.  By wearing WILD SWAN’s leotard, you will become more elegant than usual, and your everyday lessons will become very special.  In order to make them more comfortable and beautiful in shape, we fixed the leotard over and over to create what we have now.

 

Q3. What motivated you to get into the fashion industry?

I loved dancing when I was a child, and starting my own leotard brand was my dream since.  So after I graduated college, I experienced the fashion industry by working at an aparel company and being in charge of the designing section.

 

Q4. What is that one thing you will always look back to?

I always listen to advices and requests from other people when creating leotards.  However, this may be a self-centered thought, but I eventually come to a conclusion of making a leotard that will excite me.  I always look back into my passion when producing them.

 

Q9. Are there any hobbies other than your love for fashion?

Yes, my hobbies are going to museums and movies.  I feel like I’m experiencing the world of the works when coming in contact with art, movies, and music.  It’s definately a great moment for me.

 

Q10. Do you travel a lot with family? If yes, what are your top travel destinations?

Yes, I love to travel.  I would go with my family if it’s somewhere in Japan, but when I visit other countries I’m usually alone because some of my travels are work related.  Out of all the countries I’ve visited, the one that has a special place in my heart is Russia, the place I always wanted to go as a child.

 

Q11. What is your favorite part of designing a collection?

I was taking ballet and gymnastics lessons when I was a child.

I was always observing Russian ballerinas and gymnasts because I knew Russia is the top country when it comes to ballet and artistic sports.  I was young, but I noticed how their uniforms were more unique in design than what I saw in Japan, and the rich color really impressed me.

Since then I am really attracted to the designs, colors, and calico patterns that Russian art and folk craft uses.

The originally designed textile of this collection is also influenced by their ballet music Swan Lake, and their traditional craft Gzhel.  I am very satisfied with how the textile came out to be.

 

Q14. Are you planning to upsize your clothes?

There are so much more new things that I want to do with WILD SWAN, so I will be announcing more new products in the near future.  Not only in Japan, but having all of the dancers in the world wear WILD SWAN’s leotard is my dream.\

BRAND BIO

About the designer:

Chiya Ishikawa, a designer was born and raised in Hyogo, Western Japan, performed in ballet and rhythmic gymnastics since she was a child. Passionate about her dancing, Chiya always wanted to dress up her leotard more fashionably than wearing the simple ones. She always dreamt of playing with colorful prints and different fabrics to create a leotard of her own. It was no later than graduating from University, Chiya went after pursuing her dream. She worked as a product designer at a wholesale fashion company, and with sheer dedication, in 2015, launched her own dance wear brand, ‘WILD SWAN’, products of which are currently made and sold in Japan.

HISTORY

‘WILD SWAN’ was launched in 2015, and within a year’s time participated in the ‘Play Time Tokyo Kids Fashion Exhibit S/S 2016. She was also covered in ‘ Kids Fashion Magazine Appeared in “Milk France” A/W 2016’. She was an Award winning designer for ‘Discover The Kobe Genius Artists Project, 2016’ and, in 2017, she will showcase her collection at ‘Vancouver Kids Fashion Week’.

QUALITY

Made and tailored in Japan, WILD SWAN’s textiles reflect true originality in terms of its designs and prints. With fabrics that are smooth as ever, WILD SWAN products adapt to your body temperature and restrains from sticking to your body.

This leotard can transform you into stylish dancers and make those dance lessons filled with fashionable fun.

The top go-to places for this month.

Vancouver is the one of the few cities in Canada that are always busy and keep their residents occupied with entertainment and fun. And with August right around the corner, there is plenty of events lining up for the Vancouverites to be a part of. From fine dining to muddy hikes, from special screenings at Cineplex to movies under the stars, the month of August has a lot in store for us to relish.

1. The Honda Celebration of Light, August 5 (English Bay & Second Beach)

The event consists of a major Fireworks display and a crew of performers to keep the local and distant fun-seekers entertained throughout the day until dark,
when everyone goes quiet to see the sky be covered with the lights from the fireworks. After Canada day, this is the one event to look forward to, if you enjoy
fireworks!

2. Theatre Under the Stars, August 1-19, (Stanley Park)

The outdoor theatre at Stanley park featuring The Drowsy Chaperone and Mary Poppins for three weeks, and it is an ideal place to be at if you are one that
enjoys stargazing, a warm beverage and a nice musical with someone you love and care about. It is a great event to make an appearance at and impress your
better half with a nice romantic evening! Stanley Park also has summer movie nights, and this month’s features include a 1991 version of Beauty and the Beast
(August 1), Jaws (August 8), Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (August 15) and Guardians of the Galaxy (vol. 2) (August 22).


3 Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival 2017, June 1- September 23, (Vanier Park)

This is a Shakespearean event that takes place every year in the summer at Vanier Park. This year they are showcasing plays that include Much Ado About
Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. So, a shout out to all the people who love Shakespeare and his plays to
come out and enjoy this awesome festival while you can and take a dive into literature.

4 Richmond Night Market, May 12- October 9, (River Road, Richmond)

The largest and most amazing night market in North America is happening again this year at River road in Richmond. The Asian themed market is a fun place for
both adults and kids. The new attraction this year is the dinosaurs, they are giant and moving, roaring and very life-like creatures that the children are amazed to
see. The market displays a lot of clothing, jewelry that is cheap and yet fashionable. The food is a must try here. The extremely rich flavors of the street food, especially the seafood available here is mouth-watering and the famous smoking mocktails and Rotato speak for themselves.

5 KitsFest, August 18-20, (Kitsilano Beach)

KitsFest is a 3-day summer sports festival at the Kitsilano beach that has a varied range of sports to play and Include DJ music all day long. The event starts at 8:30 in the morning and runs till the evening, with sports that include beach volleyball, water polo, yoga, Zumba, touch football, tennis, and even spin classes.

 

These are the top five on my list to enjoy with plenty of other fun and adventurous places to be at this summer!