Victorian Design Fundamentals

The Victorian Period was 1837 to 1901. The period followed the burgeoning of global trade and mass production resulting in a revival of the middle class. As goods became more readily available, people took to outward expression in fashion and design. New techniques and materials were also available for designers to immerse in creativity in which new styles emerged and thus was coined the Victorian Era.

Eclecticism

The style of the period is noted for its eclecticism. In dress and homes alike, over exaggeration and abundance became the style itself. Popular design characteristics include plump and luxurious. Victorian Hotel Lobby Vancouver

Designers of the era (and today who mimic the style) favour rich materials such as mahogany wood and ivory. When it comes to colours, Victorian style also favours richness in shades such as ruby red, forest green, or deep blue. Original early Victorian style décor will show a more limited colour palette, as the process of chemical dying was not mastered until later years. Later emerged fantastic shades of green, blue, magenta, violet, and raw pink, which can be used now to accent the darker hues of the earlier period.

Diverse Fabrics

Fabrics were diverse, too. Depending on the change of season, the Victorians epitomized the classic velvet and damask, and cotton and chintz. (Damask is reversible figured fabric; chintz is patterned floral printed usually against a lighter background.)

The style of furniture itself was ornate and large. Button back chairs, pouffes and ottomans were customary. In general though, the design of furniture often borrowed from earlier styles, most notably of Gothic and Rococo.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper exploded during the Victorian era and is an important feature of Victorian design. This was because of the ability of mass production as well as the repeal of the 1712 Wallpaper Tax at the time. They were often elaborately designed in patterns and vivid colours. One of the most famous wallpaper designers at the time was inspired by Medieval and Gothic tapestries, which can be seen on many original walls.

The Victorian Hotel in Vancouver, BC

Victorian design is uniquely distinguishable and popular even today. To get a better understanding of Victorian design, visit Victorian Hotel in Vancouver, BC. The newly renovated Victorian-era building is fully furnished in Victorian style décor offering you a trip to the allure of the 19th century!

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Benefits of Staying at a Boutique Hotel

Boutique hotels began appearing in the 1980’s with New York at its epicentre. Often found in the slightly offbeat but still highly sought after neighbourhoods in urban centres, boutique hotels can be characterised as unique, stylish, and intimate.

The Victorian Hotel in Vancouver BC, for example, is a newly restored 1898 Victorian style brick building located centrally between Yaletown and Gastown, two of Vancouver’s hippest areas.

Unique

Don’t be surprised by the original artwork, complimentary wine service, or complimentary goldfish that are usually offered to guests during their stay. Don’t miss the designer toiletries, complimentary, as well.

Such services and amenities are what make boutique hotels unique. Boutique hotels are also uniquely styled hotel-by-hotel and room-by-room with a particular theme.

Moreover, they are often restored in old turn of the century heritage buildings, while conveniently being located in the best neighbourhoods in the city.

Stylish

Vintage could not be more stylish as a restored nineteenth century era building turned hotel. Whilst also being located near the centre of the city in much cooler neighbourhoods, guests also reside in the close proximity to usually one of the city’s best restaurants and/ or bars.

Hop downtown for an award-winning cocktail, or an orecchiette rabbit ragu, like at Cinara below Vancouver’s Victorian Hotel.

Intimate

Boutique hotels are never larger than 100 rooms, so you’ll almost never get lost inside one. If you do get lost, the full service accommodations and excellent concierge that comes with the style of boutique hotels will surely help you find your way, or with whatever your woes may be.

The professional and personalized service in these smaller sized hotels is surely intimate, matched by the overall more private atmosphere of a boutique hotel.

International Boutique Hotels

Boutique hotels were originally opened and operated independently. Over the last years, however, they have become the preferred choice of travellers around the world such that larger chain hotels have begun to capitalize on the benefits of boutique hotels.

W Hotels, from Montreal to newly opened Beijing, is owned by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. They are chic and glamourous, but atmospherically different than independent boutique hotels.

There are still many locally run boutique hotels with the original charm that popularized this category of hospitality, such as the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver, BC!

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Colin Mochrie and friends

  • Friday, August 21 & Saturday, August 22
  • 7:30p.m. and 10p.m.
  • The Improv Centre on Granville Island

Canada’s best-known improviser, teams up with Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) players for four spirited shows on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyways?, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) was a player at Vancouver TheatreSports™ League for years alongside fellow alumni Ryan Stiles. He has continued to light up the stage and screen as one of Canada’s funniest comedians since. For this rare Vancouver appearance Colin will be spinning comedy gold with a handpicked cast of all-star improvisers.

Featuring all your favourite TheatreSports™ games and inspired by your suggestions, Colin Mochrie will be the comedy event of the year.

Proceeds from Colin Mochrie & Friends go to support the Colin Mochrie Sponsorship Fund and VTSL’s outreach programs.

Can’t come on August 21 or 22?

Colin is performing a special show the night before on August 20th – An Intimate Evening with Colin, which includes a catered pre-show reception by the Lazy Gourmet, a complimentary glass of bubbly, along with a post-performance Q&A with Colin himself.

Regular seats $70; VIP seats $80

An intimate evening with Colin Mochrie

  • Thursday, August 20
  • 7:30pm
  • The Improv Centre on Granville Island

    Legendary improviser, VTSL Alumnus, and all-round laugh genius Colin Mochrie returns to Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL), on August 20th for a very special performance – An Intimate Evening with Colin. In addition to a performance of pure comedy gold, the evening

    includes:

  • a catered pre-show reception by the Lazy Gourmet (see menu below)
  • a complimentary glass of celebratory bubble
  • a post-show Q & A with the improv master himself

    Colin will be joined onstage by some of the stars of the VTSL ensemble for an evening that is sure to tickle your funny bone. Proceeds from An Intimate Evening with Colin go to support the Colin Mochrie Sponsorship Fund and VTSL’s outreach programs.

    If you cannot attend on August 20th, don’t despair, Colin is performing four shows entitled Colin & Friends on August 21 & 22 – check them out.

    Tickets $125

Celebration of Lights 25th Anniversary Countdown Fireworks Shows

Dates: July 1 to 25, 2015
Time: 10 p.m. nightly
More details please go to: http://hondacelebrationoflight.com

Locations:
● July 1, 2015: Canada Place, Vancouver (Canada Day)
● July 2, 2015: Langley (location TBA)
● July 3, 2015: Queens Park, New Westminster
● July 4, 2015: Surrey (location TBA)
● July 5, 2015: North Vancouver (location TBA)
● July 6, 2015: New Westminster (location TBA)
● July 7, 2015: Burnaby (location TBA)
● July 8, 2015: Blue Mountain Park, Coquitlam
● July 9, 2015: West Vancouver (location TBA)
● July 10, 2015: Rocky Point Park, Port Moody
● July 11, 2015: Richmond (location TBA)
● July 12, 2015: Burnaby (location TBA)
● July 13, 2015: New Westminster City Hall, New Westminster
● July 14, 2015: Burrard Dry Dock Pier, North Vancouver
● July 15, 2015: Moody Park, New Westminster
● July 16, 2015: Langley (location TBA)
● July 17, 2015: Victoria Park, Coquitlam
● July 18, 2015: Port Moody City Hall, Port Moody
● July 19, 2015: Fusion Festival, Surrey
● July 20, 2015: Burnaby (location TBA)
● July 21, 2015: Richmond (location TBA)
● July 22, 2015: Port Coquitlam (location TBA)
● July 23, 2015: Langley (location TBA)
● July 24, 2015: Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam
● July 25, 2015: English Bay, Vancouver (first night of the 2015
Celebration of Light)

Celebration of Light 2015 Fireworks Festival

Dates: July 25, July 29 and August 1
Time: 10 p.m. nightly
Location: English Bay, Vancouver

Participating Countries:
● Saturday, July 25: China by Team Lidu
● Wednesday, July 29: Brazil by Group Vision Show
● Saturday, August 1: Canada by Archangel Fireworks

Improv After Dark at Vancouver TheatreSports League

Things heat up with Vancouver TheatreSports League’s Improv After Dark. This edgy show is 60 minutes of non-stop, fast-paced no-holds-barred comedy for grown-ups. Featuring a roster of all your favourite improvisers, and a fully-stocked bar, Improv After Dark is a great way to cap off your evening.

Please note: these shows are rated NC17 (you must be 17+ to attend). Persons aged 17 & 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Reference: Images and Content by Darren from Vancouver TheatreSports League

Improv After Dark

Throne and Games at Vancouver TheatreSports League

Throne and Games is an elimination comedic improv format inspired by HBO’s wildly successful Game of Thrones and the book series it is based on, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

The Iron Throne of Games sits empty. Three improv families descend on the Throne, each family feeling it has a rightful claim. Throne and Games is an improvised parody filled with betrayal, death, eliminations, unlikely alliances, and above all, humour.

Laughter is coming…

Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm

Reference: Images and Content by Darren from Vancouver TheatreSports League

Throne and Games by Vancouver TheatreSports

 

Vancouver Events ListingFree Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park

Movies are shown every Tuesday night in July and August at Second Beach in Stanley Park. All movies start at dusk. Please come early for best lawn seating selection.

 Victorian Hotel

Car Free Day Vancouver

Westend (on Denman St from Georgia to Davie)
Saturday, June 20th
12 noon – 6pm

Main Street (Broadway to 30th)
Sunday, June 21st
12 noon – 7pm

Commercial Drive (The Drive from Venables to Grandview)
Sunday, June 21st
12 noon – 7pm

now in its 11th year, takes over three Vancouver neighbourhoods this weekend with events on Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st. This annual multi-site arts and culture festival reclaims traffic thoroughfares as community-focused public spaces, engaging residents, artists, performers, artisans, nonprofits, and businesses.

 

National Aboriginal Day in Vancouver

  • Canada Place
  • Saturday, June 20th
  • 11am – 5pm

The event will provide opportunities for guest of all ages to engage with and learn more about Aboriginal culture and will feature a traditional Coast Salish welcome followed by a variety of performances and activities, including drum making, drumming and dance workshops, storytelling, carving and live music.

Art Gallery Walk South Granville

  • Gallery Row South Granville St
  • Saturday, June 20th

The special events organized for this one-day-only affair draw art enthusiasts and collectors alike out to admire works by seasoned masters and to discover emerging young talents.

Vancouver Events ListingVancouver Mini Maker Faire

PNE Showgrounds

  • Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th

www.makerfaire.ca

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is truly a collaborative and community-driven event. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers.

Vancouver Craft Beer Week

  • Sunday, June 7th at 1pm – 6pm

www.vancouvercraftbeerweek.com

Vancouver Craft Beer Week’s Festival is now the biggest craft beer festival in Canada, with over 100 breweries and up to 400 beers to sample!

Kitsilano Farmers Market

Riley Park, Kitsilano

  • Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th

www.eatlocal.org/markets/kitsilano

Everything fresh, local and organic. Come and check out the Farmers Markets until Sunday June 7th.

International Summer Night Markets

12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond

  • Friday 6pm to 11pm
  • Saturday 6pm to 11pm
  • Sunday 7pm to 10pm

The famous International Summer Night Markets are back on again for 2015! With a free shuttle bus from Bridgeport Skytrain Station, this market has over 60 Asian cuisine and 200 retail stands.