• KitsFest 7 at Kits Beach starts August 7th

    Apr 6 • Events • 1371 Views

    Over the past decade, The Canada One Athletic Foundation (COF) has built up a sporting festival in Kitsilano like no other. Through the help ofThe Vancouver Parks Board, acceptance of The Kits Point Residents Association and local support from many community partners, KitsFest has become a spectacular sporting event like no other in Canada. With a great supporting cast directing each sport, Beach Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball tournaments have been held on the same weekend at the same iconic Kits Beach site. With the addition of beachside classes such as morning Zumba (lead by The Zed Team), astounding (glow in the dark) Sunset Beach Yoga by Lululemon, and now two Spin cycling classes by Steve Nash Fitness, the festival can appeal to an even wider audience. By adding on a new Water Polo tournament, the entire beach will be taken over by what Co-Founder Howard Kelsey describes as an “active living and healthy lifestyle smorgasboard.”


    KitFest Volleyball – photo credit: Vancouver Sports Pictures

    As am Olympic Basketball Alumni, Kelsey teamed up with Julien Phipps, past President of The Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce, to form a sports festival on Kits Beach. Having grown up at this site, Howard Kelsey and Ron Putzi refer to these courts as their old stomping grounds. Both Kelsey and Putzi grew up playing at Kits Beach before making it to the international level of basketball. With their roots deeply seeded in the grounds of Kits Beach, these two legendary “ballers” along with Phipps, have furthered the mission and purpose of the COF. The COF launched in the year 2000, with the purpose of developing youth leadership excellence, sports and education. Following 15 years of awarding youth education grants surpassing $1.2M via The HSBC/TELUS Basketball Classic, The Foundation oversees the annual community tradition of KitsFest. Now in its 7th year, this free public event has helped steward over $750 K of community legacies at KitsilanoBeach and their mission continues to grow. COF has helped lead renovating, maintaining and the manicuring of amenities at Kits Beach via the palm trees outside of The Boathouse Restaurant, the ten recently renovated Kits Beach tennis courts and the two Kits Beach basketball courts.

    Sunset Beach Yoga - Photo Credit: Vancouver Sports Photography

    Sunset Beach Yoga – Photo Credit: Vancouver Sports Pictures

    The coming August 7th, the seventh annual three-day KitsFest will be bigger than ever. Live entertainment will be provided by Smooth Grooves Productions throughout the entire festival. Be sure to visit the JoyTV BC enJOYment zone for beach side lounging with special host Carmen Ruiz y Laza.

    Follow KitsFest on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook for special updates, contests and prizes.

    This will be one of the most sports-packed festival’s to date.


    Website: www.KitsFest.com

    Date: August 7, 8 and 9, 2015

    Address: Kits Beach (Arbutus St. and Cornwall Ave.)

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  • Sophie’s Cosmic Café is simply out of this world

    Mar 17 • Eats, Establishments • 6283 Views

    Describing Sophie’s is no easy task. There’s tons of wacky memorabilia on the walls from Star Wars lunch kits to Pee-wee Herman dolls. The menu is an extensively large selection of savory breakfasts like omelets or heavenly burgers in the afternoon. If the bright neon lights don’t get your attention outside the building, I don’t know what will. Sophie’s Cosmic Café is an experience full of fun, nostalgia, and great food.

    20150209_151525Sophie and Chris Dikeakos along with their family owned and operated a Greek restaurant in the 1970’s here in Vancouver for a number of years. After shutting down, Sophie came across a classic neighborhood diner properly named The Arbutus Restaurant up for sale. Sure enough in 1988, Sophie’s Cosmic Café opened its doors after the Dikeakos family took the place over.

    The Cosmic Café comes from the other half of the building. When renovations were being done, a former Hemp shop next door called the Comic Circus was discovered. The cosmic name in Sophie’s was taken right from there and is still being used, now part of what you see on the 4th Ave signage.

    20150209_151336As the years went on, decorations quickly went up on the wall. A lot came from the families own “treasures” in their attic and even a few donations. Sophie calls herself the “Queen of garage sales” and says she found a lot of what you see from hunting around. Chris tracks down unique and interesting pieces of art.

    Emmanuel, Sophie and Chris’ son, keeps the place running along with his brother, Aunt and Uncle, and even nieces. A true dying breed in the way of business, Sophie’s is and always will be family run. The tight knit group works hard to keep up the legacy while bringing in fresh ideas.

    What you will find is breakfast that includes a tasty selection of omelets, combination plates, Belgian waffles and benedicts. There are of course healthy and gluten free options for everyone too and the food is made from scratch. The all day breakfast ends at five and pastas, burgers, meatloaves, and a variety of sandwiches are what await you at night. Then of course there is the desert; Milkshakes, pies, and old fashioned ice cream dishes including Cosmic Sundaes and Banana Splits that are all to die for.

    Sophie and Madame Anne (Palm Reader) Image: Sophies Facebook page

    Sophie and Madame Anne (Palm Reader) Image: Sophies Facebook page

    Then there’s the unforgettable entertainment like a Madame Anne, A Palm Reader who stops in on Thursdays to foresee the future with your palm or even coffee grounds. UBC Astrologist Professor Doctor Jaymie Matthews even comes in on Sunday’s with his own questions for trivia for a rousing and tough game.

    The best description might be music, food, crazy décor, and a dedicated family who’ve served the community for the last twenty six years. Emanuel says he was born in Kitsliano, lives in Kitsliano, and is proud to be part of the community.


    Impossible to replicate, and guaranteed to give you a lasting memory, Sophie’s Cosmic Café is simply out of this world.

    Sophies Cosmic Cafe
    2095 West 4th Avenue.


    Facebook @ Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe

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