Category: Lifestyle

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire set for Pacific Coliseum Sept. 28

Arcade Fire has announced other Canadian tour dates — with a Vancouver stop Sept. 28 at Pacific Coliseum.

Arcade Fire — fresh from playing Toronto’s Olympic Island and a recent Montreal gig — is hardly saving all their true patriot love for the East. New North American tour dates have just been revealed, and following a Sept. 22 show in St. Paul, Minn., Arcade Fire will be rolling across Canada, hitting four cities (not the suburbs) in support of their new album, The Suburbs.

Danish Smart House Eco

Danish Smart House Eco (Prefab) by Valbaek Brorup Architects

The Danish Smart House Eco is an environmentally friendly housing system which can be optimized in a number of ways to meet the space needs of both individuals and families. Creators Eva Kristine Borup and Stefan Valbaek of Valbaek Borup Architects, designed the system to be flexible to the needs of the occupants with regard to building orientation, number of floors, number of rooms and materials. Especially interesting is that the house is certified by the Danish Ecolabel Agency!

Stay safe in the sun

Stay safe in the sun

We’re supposed to be out there having fun, but a painful sunburn or nasty dose of food poisoning won’t enhance anyone’s summer.

It’s easy to avoid most of the usual risks lurking in the campground or on the barbecue with some common-sense precautions recommended by health officials.

People who already have a health condition, often the elderly, are likely to be hardest hit by air pollution, excessive heat or a bout of food poisoning.

Equilibrium

Kamloops green dream home no energy hog

It may not have been cheap to build, but a “green dream” demonstration house in Kamloops will be cheap to maintain.

The 3,000-square-foot home located in the Sun Rivers development is so loaded with energy-efficiency features that the estimated net cost for a year’s worth of electricity will be zero.

A rooftop array of solar photovoltaic panels generate enough power to warrant installation of a dual-purpose electricity meter that tracks the amount of energy consumed as well as surplus power dispatched onto the grid when the home doesn’t need it.

LG Optimus One

Taking on iPhone could be too much for LG, Nokia

Dethroning Apple’s iPhone could prove to be too big a bite for some of the old leaders of the cellphone industry, including LG Electronics, who are only now scrambling to catch up with their phones and services.

Nokia, Samsung and LG control 70 per cent of the total handset market but their failure to stop Apple’s roaring march in the smart phone market has hit their profits and is now raising questions about whether it is a fight they will want to continue.

Apple, which entered the handset industry only three years ago, makes one iPhone for every 13 phones Nokia sells, but it generates larger total profit from these fewer phones.

‘Busiest weekend of the summer’ arrives

‘Busiest weekend of the summer’ arrives

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to celebrate in the West End streets during what police call “the busiest weekend of the summer.”

With tonight’s fireworks grand finale and Vancouver’s Pride festival on in full force, hoards of excited revellers are expected to flock to the neighbourhood to join the festivities.

Kits Beach

Vancouver named among world’s best beach cities

Vancouver has been named one of National Geographic’s top 10 beach cities in the world — along with international destinations including Cape Town, Honolulu, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.

“Canada’s most adventurous metropolis is home to 10 beaches, from the family-centric Jericho to the clothing-optional Wreck Beach, many of which offer commanding views of the Vancouver skyline and majestic North Shore Mountains,” a recent article in the magazine reads.

Seek the Peak Relay

Grouse Grind: Seek the Peak Relay – Sunday July 4, 2010

Merrell is pleased to present the 7th Annual Seek The Peak Relay raising funds for Rethink Breast Cancer. The challenging 16-kilometer course starts on the beach at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver, winds its way through North Vancouver, then heads up the legendary Grouse Grind to the Peak of Vancouver.