A second rally was held in Vancouver to support the Black Lives Matter movement and protest George Floyd’s death. On Friday June 5, 2020 a crowd estimated between 5000-10000 people came to Jack Poole Plaza to hear speeches by the black community. There was no violence.
Vancouverites gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery in downtown Vancouver on Sunday May 31, 2020 at 5pm to show solidarity with the black community and to protest George Floyd’s death. The gathering was peaceful with no violence or arrests. There were even times of silence when people were waiting for the next speaker.
Vancouver stores are preparing to open again after the BC Government announced it plans on May 6, 2020 to restart the economy after the pandemic shutdown many businesses. Stores that were boarded up and painted by artists had removed the plywood. You can see some of the boarded up photos and photos taken on May 13th, 2020 below.
Yama Cafe in the Grandview-Woodland neighborhood is open with a takeout menu of their amazing Japanese food. They also have Japanese baked goods, other products including delicious sesame butter and cloth face masks (pre-order). The cloth face masks are made by Japanese Fabric Creations Shino. If you are in a position to, please support our local businesses. Yama Cafe is located at 2007 E. Hastings St. Please check their Facebook page below for hours as they are currently changing.
Yama Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/JapaneseStyleCafe/
Japanese Fabric Creations Shino: https://www.instagram.com/japanesefabriccreationshino
Here is a look at how Granville Street in Downtown Vancouver is looking these days. But like the transformation happening on Robson Street, artists are painting on boarded up storefronts on Granville Street with the support of Downtown Vancouver BIA and Vancouver Mural Festival.
Dressew (337 W. Hastings St.) in Gastown is closed because of the pandemic, but today they’ve launched their online store, www.dressew.com with in-store pick up between 12pm-3pm. Atex Fabrics (330 W. Hastings St.) is right across the street from Dressew is OPEN from Monday to Saturday from 12:00pm-5:30pm. They have fabrics and notions such as elastics if you are looking to make some cloth face masks. Visit their website for more information. https://www.atexfabrics.com/
This WW2 Air Force Officer veteran celebrated her 102nd birthday with great fanfare on Tuesday April 28, 2020. The Vancouver Mounted Unit, Vancouver Police and Vancouver firefighters came by to wish her well and sing happy birthday to her.
Vancouver artists are transforming Robson Street in Vancouver by painting on boarded up storefronts. The Downtown Vancouver BIA and Vancouver Mural Festival have enlisted the artists to create a more positive environment. The storefronts have been boarded up due to an increase in commercial break-ins due to the pandemic.
Here are some photos from the Climate Strike March across Cambie Bridge in Yaletown in September 2019. It’s unreal to look back on these photos and see large crowds like that. Happy Earth Day.
Vancouver students participate in the global movement School Strike 4 Climate at the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza on Friday March 15th, 2019. The movement was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg.