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Exploring the Village: The Capital

The Capital on Davie LogoI recently had the chance to check out The Capital, one of the Davie Village's newest restaurants / bars. They describe themselves as "a social establishment bringing fine food & drink at an affordable price to the West End in Vancouver", and offer a much welcome, fun and unique atmosphere to our community. Cheap eats and affordable drinks make this a great establishment for a lunchtime meal or nighttime get together with friends.

I sat down and chatted with Dallas Hunt, the general manager, about the new restaurant.

1. Tell us a bit about the The Capital

The Capital is a pub style diner, and everything on the menu is $5.20 after tax. We try to offer foods from a variety of different areas and flavors and hope to appeal to everyone. We're a restaurant with a liquor primary section available.

2. Why did you decide to open a restaurant in the Davie Village?

My little brother is gay, actually, so I talked to him a lot beforehand and he brought me around a lot of places. The culture of this street is very positive and fun - everybody is always happy and friendly - and that's sort of the kind of personality that I like. The street is also very densely populated and it just made sense to me to want to open a restaurant here.

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Shine Shop and Dine VancouverHere are our top gay news picks from November 10th to November 16th.

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  • Shine, Shop & Dine in Support of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation: In support of the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, the West End BIA and Robson Street BA are joining forces to kick off the holiday season in style with Shine, Shop & Dine. Anchored by the St. Paul’s Lights of Hope, hop aboard a free trolley at any of the 12 pick up locations (with some on Davie Street) on Saturdays, 4:30 to 9:30 pm from November 23 to December 21.
  • Vancouver installs cigarette recycling bins: Vancouver unveiled new cigarette-collecting receptacles, or "Butt Bins", as they're labelled, this month in an effort to keep Vancouver's streets clean and move the city closer to its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan goals.

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Vancouver Cigarette Recycling Bins

Cigarette Butt Bins in the Davie VillageVancouver unveiled new cigarette-collecting receptacles, or "Butt Bins", as they're labelled, this month in an effort to keep Vancouver's streets clean and move the city closer to its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan goals. Smokers will be encouraged to dump their cigarettes in the fire-proof bins so they can be properly recycled and prevent environmental damage.

The Cigarette Waste Brigade pilot project will have 110 new bins installed along several blocks in Vancouver, including in the Davie Village. The main areas that this program covers are the West End, Downtown Vancouver, Robson and Gastown, but the city is hoping to expand the project across Vancouver and to over 2000 receptacles in the future.

"It’s about how you take a very toxic piece of waste and turn it into something useful," deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer said. "Ultimately, we would like to see everything that is on our streets or waste products in our city, whether they’re in homes, businesses or on the streets, turned into something useful."

Cigarette waste is one of the most dangerous and prevalent problems our environment faces, with an estimated 3.5 trillion butts thrown out annually. That equates to about 768 million kilograms of toxic waste that is not properly disposed of.

What do you think of this new pilot project? Let us know on Twitter or follow us on Facebook for more updates.

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  • The Wizard of Oz is fun for kids of all ages: Like a good animated film there is plenty for kids of all ages in the touring production of The Wizard of Oz currently playing Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
  • The Woman in Black is a Bloody Good ScareThe Woman in Black is a throwback to the days where you didn't need a huge special effects budget to unleash the dark side of your imagination. At times fettered by the confines of its indie venue and shoestring budget, Woman is nevertheless a solid introduction to a unique genre usually not attempted in the local theatre scene.

Top Gay-friendly Dining & Food of 2013

Wine and GrapesEvery year WE Vancouver Weekly announces its best eats in the city, and of course numerous restaurants in the Davie Village took home awards. We've compiled all of the top restaurants in the Village from WE Vancouver's Best of the City Dining awards. Congratulations to all of the gay-friendly restaurants and food stores in our community!

Farmers Market

Private Liquor Store

Breakfast

Bakery

Burgers

Milkshake/Smoothie

Tapas

French

Greek

Indian

Singaporean

Of course there's plenty more great food in the Davie Village: check out all of our recommended restaurants and support your local community!

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  • Priape saved from extinction by new owners: but only in Montreal.
  • Gender-Neutral Restrooms Become the Law: When Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation Thursday to afford equal rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, he said he hoped Philadelphia would become “the most LGBT-friendly” city in the world.
  • Hot Wired: Gay men are on the vanguard of the digital sexual revolution, and the rest of us are not far behind. Are we satisfied yet?
  • Tens of thousands march for same-sex marriage in Taiwan: Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many displaying rainbows and glitter, thronged the centre of Taiwan's capital on Saturday to press demands to legalise same-sex marriage amid an increasingly tolerant environment on the island nation.

Movember in Vancouver

Movember LogoMovember is upon us and soon our community will be a whole lot... hairier. Starting November 1st until the end of the month, men are encouraged to join the movement of growing their moustaches, asking friends and family to donate to charity for their efforts. Movember is meant to support and raise awareness for men's health causes such as prostate cancer.

How it Works

Participants are encouraged to sign up on the official Movember website and document their progress as the month goes on. These "Mo Bros" act as walking billboards, bringing awareness to men's health issues and prompting conversations wherever they go.

And for the ladies? "Mo Sistas" are encouraged to sign up online as well. By encouraging the men in their lives to participate and by raising funds, Mo Sistas can equally help the cause - without the hair.

At the end of the month, Vancouver's own Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending the infamous Gala Partés held at the Commodore Ballroom.

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Top 3 Gay Halloween Events for 2013

Halloween is almost upon us and the gay ghosts and ghouls of Davie Village will soon be haunting the streets. Want to join in on the fun? Get your costume on and check out our top 3 terrifying Halloween events in Vancouver on October 31st!

  • The Capital on Davie Street

    Halloween @ The Capital

    Come by and help The Capital (1178 Davie Street) celebrate their very first HALLOWEEN PARTY! It's going to be a great time with loads of specials: Lonetree, CPT Morgans, Lucky, Burt Reynolds and Mindfucks.

    Learn More on The Capital's Facebook »

  • Celebrities Liberace Halloween Poster

    Liberace Halloween Ft. DJ Grind

    Celebrities Nightclub (1022 Davie Street) presents Liberace Halloween Night with special guest DJ GRIND (SFO) opening set by resident Del Stamp. Performances by both Vancouver’s next drag Superstars Iona Whipp (2012) and Anita Wiglít (2013).

    Buy Tickets »

  • PumpJack Pub Slaughterhouse Halloween Poster

    Slaughterhouse

    The PumpJack Pub (1167 Davie Street) is offering a no cover Halloween event with DJ Jay Douglas. The PumpJack Pub is your neighborhood watering hole, full of diversity and a great place to enjoy a mug.

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