Eat Chilli and enjoy Blues – All at the Same time!

Jump Blues. Boogie. Rockabilly. Shuffle. Gospel…and Chili. The 2nd Annual Gastown Blues & Chili Festival has it all! on Sunday September 19th from noon to 7 pm you can enjoy showcases from several local up-and coming and high profile musicians throughout the day.

What better way to combine music than with food! Gastown is know for it’s talented chefs and the Gastown Blues & Chili Festival is a great way to put the chefs to the test. Several local celebrity judges will decide who can make the best Chili in town. The winning batch will be available for sampling by everyone!

Last year, almost 5,000 visitors came to enjoy the good music and food. Twenty Gastown area restaurants and the Vancouver Fire Department participated in the Chili Competition, and the day was capped off with a performance from Blues legend, Jim Byrnes. I for one am very curious to see what they have planned for this year! For more information, click here

The Gastown Blues & Chili Festival is a celebration of community businesses, local residents, and will raise funds for a local music-based charity. A carnival-type atmosphere with games, a beer tent and other entertainment is guaranteed to have both young and old enjoying the vibe!

Don’t miss Gastown Blues & Chili Fest – But be sure not to eat to much chili to spoil your appetite! At 6.30 pm the PoT LuCK at the Staffhouse will start! For directions to the house, email us at

Bike Ride Through Stanley Park

Have you been out to Stanley Park yet? If not, or if you want to get to know other INTERNeX candidates join us for a bike ride through Stanley Park on Sunday July 4.

For those of you who don’t know, Stanley Park is Vancouver’s biggest park, located on the edge of Downtown Vancouver. Every year Stanley Park attracts an estimated of eight million visitors every year, who come to check out the beauty Stanley Park has to offer.

Stanley Park offers something to do for everybody. You can take a walk, have a picnic; there is even an outdoor swimming pool! A fun, relaxing way to see Stanley Park is by a horse-drawn tour. The tour takes an hour and takes you all around Stanley Park. But what better way is there to see Stanley Park than on a bike. As you can see on the map, there a lot of bike paths that takes you through the entire park.

If you don’t have bike, you can still join us. We will meet up in front of the Bayshore Bike Rentals, located on 745 Denman Street in Downtown Vancouver at 1 pm. There everyone who doesn’t have a bike can rent one. You can rent a bike for only $6.00 per hour or $16.80 for 4 hours. As it is mandatory to wear a helmet while cycling in Vancouver, the rental price includes a complementary helmet.

Another fun way to explore Stanley Park is on roller blades! For only $5.00 per hour or $14.50 per 4 hours you can see Stanley Park on wheels!

After making sure that everybody has a bike or roller blades we will make our way to Stanley Park. Before we enter Stanley Park we will ride on the Seawall of Vancouver. The Seawall is a 22 km (13.7 miles) path that starts at the Convention Centre on Burrard Inlet (Coal Harbour), then goes around Stanley Park and False Creek, past Granville Island and ends at Kitsilano Beach Park. We will follow the Seawall part that goes around Stanley Park.

To be sure that there are enough bikes or roller blades for everybody, we encurage you to let us know if you want to join us for the bike ride. You can let us know by sending an email to or by calling us at 604 662 8149. This way we can reserve your bike or blades in advance!

As the weather in Vancouver can change at a moment notice, be sure to check out our blog frequently. Should the weather be really bad, we will post a notice on the blog saying if we are cancelling or not. You can also call us on Friday at the office (604 662 8149)  to check if the bike ride is still on!

I hope to see you on the 4th July for a beautiful ride trough Stanley Park!

– Manouk