Gather Pop-Up

Have you felt the need to spend a lot of money on design pieces? So run to Gastown this weekend where the Gather Pop-Up Shop will feature the work of great local designers. More intimate than a market, Gather takes place in the former Boneta space at 1 East Cordova and features collections by 20 local designers plus eight creative worshops. Visitors will have a chance to learn all the lastest Instagram tricks, hairstyling, how to build a terrarium, cocktail mixology and even embroidery, while making new friends. The prices range from free (after paying the $3 Gather admission) to $20 or so for classes that require materials. Check the full schedule at:

EC Student Ambassador

Hi everyone! There is a new and unique opportunity for our students: Become an EC STUDENT AMBASSADOR! But what is a student ambassador? As part of this program, you will share your student and Canadian culture experiences with new students from all over the world, assist and participate in the development of student activities, encourage everyone to follow EC’s rule of speaking English at all times, provide feedback to EC’s staff members and also give information on restaurants and attractions that are considered student-friendly. There are some pretty nice benefits to being a student ambassador too! You will have the chance to lead student activities, receive an EC Certificate of Acknowledgement and a letter of recommendation from our Center Director. This awesome experience will also help you to build your resume and work experience writing blog posts. Next week our first Student Ambassador will begin making a difference in our school! Her name is Isabela and she has been a student at EC Vancouver for 16 weeks. She will familiarize new students with the school and downtown area. She will always post the coolest events in Vancity on our blog and will be in our welcome orientation presentation this coming Monday, July 30th! Good luck Isabela and THANKS SO MUCH!   “I am very happy to be the first EC Vancouver Ambassador and help new students with anything they need all the while having fun,” says Isabela. To apply you must be placed in EC’s intermediate level or higher, be enrolled for 12 weeks at our school (eligible after 4 weeks), have an 85% minimum of attendance and write a letter of interest explaining why you are the right person! Remember: Being a positive student role model and having a “can-do” mindset is very important! If you have what it takes, … Read more


  This Saturday, July 28, is the time for Vietnam to show us that they know how to light up the sky. The annual international fireworks competition will be held at English Bay starting at 10pm and this is a great opportunity for you to hang out with your friends. Vietnam will be competing against Brazil (Aug 1) and Italy (Aug 4).  The winner will be announced on August 6.  Arrive early to find a good spot, as 400.000 spectators are expected, and don’t forget your camera! Skytrain and buses will run on a different schedule in the downtown area on festival days.

Caribbean Fest

  Do you have plans for this weekend? If you don’t, how about head to North Vancouver to enjoy the Caribbean Days Festival? This event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-loving people to Waterfront Park for a weekend of parades, exotic cuisine, dancing, crafts and tropical rhythms that only the Caribbean can offer. Organized by the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Society of BC, this Festival is among the very largest cultural events in British Columbia, so don’t miss it! When: July 28 and 29, from 10am to 7pm.

Food Cart Fest

  Vancouver food fans will have the opportunity to try some of the city’s best selection of street food during the Food Cart Fest held at the Waldorf Hotel. Local food carts confirmed at the events include La Brasserie, Soho Road, Off the Wagon, Re-Up, Juice Truck, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Cartel Taco, Streat Meat, Pig on the Street, Guanco and Holy Perogy. More than 50 vendors selling assorted clothing, accessories, art, jewelry and more will also be on hand at the events. The first Food Cart Fest kicks off from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, and is set to run for five Sundays in a row.  Admission is free, so there is no excuse not to check this out—it sounds amazing!

Bowen Island

Want some adventure? What about sea kayaking? So join the Club ESL activity today at Bowen Island! It is a beautiful place and the home to a variety of wildlife, including eagles, grouse, herons, cormorants, mink and deer. You can also explore Snug Cove and have dinner at a beach front restaurant. The price is $60.00 which includes the ferry! Sign up at the 3rd floor and meet the green team at LSC / EC Seymour Street entry at 1:15 pm! Don’t forget a 2 zone bus ticket and ENJOY!

Student testimonial – Jimmy Persson

Jimmy Persson is a former student from Sweden.  It was in August 2011 I decided to go to Vancouver for studying English. The reason for that was I didn´t know anything about Vancouver or Canada! In March 2012, I arrived in Vancouver and started my adventure! I remember the first day at LSC/EC.  I was confused and didn’t know which building was the right one, because there were many international schools around same area with similar names. But at the end, I found the right one,  LSC/EC,  a stylish big blue building in the centre of downtown! The teachers at the school were good and had different ways of teaching with exercises. Meanwhile, I was learning grammar-structures, formal-language, and idioms, but also informal-languages like “daily-talk” and slang-words which were very useful! The staff at the school was very friendly and helpful and was always trying to find a solution if you had any concerns. However, after four months, I felt that I wanted to study something different so I studied “Advanced Business English” for my last three weeks. In my opinion, it is difficult to see your own progress and efforts because you are learning new things all the time, but in my case I have at least developed my ability and skills to understand English better. I also made friends from other countries. I really enjoyed my school and Vancouver in general, because there were a lot of opportunities to do things. A few things I did were Whale-watching, hiking, visiting parks and trying out different restaurants. I enjoyed summer as well by going to many beaches! Vancouver also has good public transportation which makes you able to go to places smoothly. I have met people from other countries and have learnt a lot of things that I will … Read more

Capoeira event

  Axé Capoeira will be hosting an Afro-Brazilian Block Party on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, 2012 on Granville Street. This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the group and will also showcase a Capoeira competition and a Batizado ceremony. The event is expected to draw thousands of people for a full day of performances including traditional dance, music and Capoeira culminating in a huge Brazilian street party not to be missed.

Khatsahlano Music + Art Festival

As you may have noticed, Vancouver is a land of festivals!  Every week during the summer there is a different one happening somewhere in the city. This weekend the party is taking place in Kitsilano, where the Khatsahlano Music + Art Festival will be held on Saturday July 21st. Rain or shine there will 30 bands, food vendors, street performers, shopping, garage sale and the best thing possible:  1 FREE street party! Where: West 4th between Burrard and Macdonald When: Saturday, July 21st, from noon to 8PM

Motion Notion Festival

Motion Notion 2012 will happen at a spectacular location in the heart of the Rocky Mountains JULY 19-23. The historic BEAVERFOOT LODGE and surrounding festival grounds is located in a secluded valley near GOLDEN, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA. Beaverfoot is one of North America’s best festival venues- it features beautiful green pastures, untouched forests, and immense mountains and is bordered by a clear glacial river! Check out some pictures from past events and have fun! For more information visit: