Vancouver is at a crossroads in its history--host to the 2010 Winter Olympics and home to the poorest neighborhood in Canada, it is a young, multicultural city with a vibrant surface and a violent undercoat. In Vancouver Special, an alternative guidebook, writer and performer Charles Demers digs deep to examine the past, present, and future of Vancouver, shedding light on the various strategies and influences that have made the city what it is today (and what it should be). Vancouver Special is a love letter to the city, taking a no-holds-barred look at Lotusland with verve, wit, and insight.
Charles Demers was born and raised in Vancouver. He is an activist, journalist, and comedian; he often performs as one-half of the comedy sketch duo Bucket, an act that Robin Williams called ?the future of comedy.?