Summer in the West End means two exciting events come to my doorstep: the four nights of the”Celebration of Light” fireworks shows, and topping the month off, the Pride Parade. This year was a special one for me, as for the first time since I moved up here, my Mom was in town during both these events and able to see in person what I had been raving about. This year’s parade was particularly special – not only was there a record crowd, but the overall vibe just seemed to be set to extra-joyous. There was a time I’d have told you I was getting a little jaded about the Pride Parade, but this year – maybe because of my special guest – it seemed even more fun than ever.
Of course, the usual elements were all in place, without which it just isn’t a Pride Parade. I mentally checked them off in order as the procession went by: Continue reading →
Well, after 14 years of West End living, this was the first year I received not one, but two invitations to enjoy the annual fireworks extravaganza from a lofty vantage point. The highlight had to be the final night, when I viewed the show from a friend’s 15th-floor balcony directly across Beach Avenue from the fireworks barge. It was a remarkable perspective on the event and a real thrill. I’ve posted my best photos – have a look!
Well, I cracked open a fresh copy of our fine weekly paper this evening, and to my surprise and delight, the photo I’d submitted earlier in the week was gracing the contents page! Here’s an AdamAbrams.com exclusive: the full-colour version! Continue reading →
The former Golden Harvest Theatre In the Downtown Eastside has been given a high-tech, high-end makeover and turned into an amazing screening room seating 150 in plush leather chairs.
Incongruously located on an otherwise unremarkable block directly across from the police station, I was lucky enough to be invited inside as part of a group viewing a demonstration of the Figaro seat-back titling system, being considered for the Pantages Theatre as part of its restoration. The decor is minimalist Asian luxury, and quite stunning. It was a treat to get to see this new hidden treasure. Thanks to Flickr, you can take a tour as well.