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Vancouver /vænˈkvər/ is a coastal city located in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. It is named for British Captain George Vancouver, who explored the area in the 1790s. The name Vancouver itself originates from the Dutch "van Coevorden", denoting somebody from Coevorden, a city in the Netherlands.

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The largest metropolitan area in Western Canada, Vancouver ranks third largest in the country and the city proper ranks eighth. According to the 2006 census Vancouver had a population of 578,041 and its Census Metropolitan Area exceeded 2.1 million people. Its residents are ethnically and linguistically diverse; 52% do not speak English as their first language.

Logging sawmills established in 1867 in the area known as Gastown became the nucleus around which the townsite grew, and Vancouver was incorporated as a city in 1886. By 1887, the transcontinental railway was extended to the city to take advantage of its large natural seaport, which soon became a vital link in a trade route between the Orient, Eastern Canada, and London. The Port Metro Vancouver is now the busiest and largest in Canada, as well as the fourth largest port (by tonnage) in North America. While forestry remains its largest industry, Vancouver is well known as an urban centre surrounded by nature, making tourism its second largest industry. It also is the third largest film production centre in North America after Los Angeles and New York City, earning it the nickname Hollywood North.

Vancouver has ranked highly in worldwide "livable city" rankings for more than a decade according to business magazine assessments.

It has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 1976 United Nations Conference on Human Settlements and the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication. The 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics were held in Vancouver and nearby Whistler, a resort community 125 km (78 miles) north of the city.
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The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (formerly the Stanley Theatre) is a landmark theatre at 12th and Granville Street in Vancouver, British Columbia which serves as the main stage for the Arts Club Theatre Company. The Stanley first opened as a movie theatre in December 1930, and showed movies for over sixty years before falling revenues led to its closure in 1991. After years of threatened commercial redevelopment, the Stanley was renovated as a stage theatre in 1997–1998 and subsequently awarded status as a heritage building.

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The Paperboys (sometimes billed and credited as Tom Landa and the Paperboys) are a Canadian folk music band from Vancouver that formed in 1991.[1] The Paperboys blend Celtic folk with bluegrass, Mexican, Eastern European, African, zydeco, soul and country influences.[2][3][4] The band has had a variety of line-ups since its formation, with Landa remaining as the sole founding member, although founding banjoist/bassist Cam Salay often returns as a guest performer. Known for consistently creating pop songs with melodic hooks, their music has been called versatile, with a wide range of influences, melding diverse musical influences more successfully than some other Irish rock bands have previously.[5][6]

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC is a Canadian soccer club in Vancouver, British Columbia. The club was moved up to the USSF Division 1 after the ownership group of Greg Kerfoot, Steve Luczo, Jeff Mallett, and Steve Nash was awarded a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise to play in Vancouver. Whitecaps FC began playing competitive soccer in the 2011 season, joining the Western Conference of MLS. It plays its home games at BC Place. The current Whitecaps FC is the third soccer team from Vancouver to bear the Whitecaps name. The tradition was started by Vancouver's North American Soccer League team in 1974, and continued by the city's Canadian Soccer League and United Soccer Leagues side, formed in 1986. The current iteration named Whitecaps FC played its first MLS game on March 19, 2011, a 4–2 victory against Toronto FC. French striker Éric Hassli scored the first goal in Whitecaps FC history.

As of February 24, 2014, 56 players (four goalkeepers and fifty-two outfielders) have participated in at least one MLS regular season match for Whitecaps FC. Brazilian striker Camilo Sanvezzo leads the club in both all-time MLS appearances (102) and all-time MLS goals (43). Three goalkeepers and forty-three outfield players have participated in at least one Voyageurs Cup or Canadian Championship match. Camilo Sanvezzo is also the MLS club's all-time leading goal scorer in Voyageurs Cup play, with four goals. One goalkeeper and thirteen outfield players participated in the only MLS Cup Playoffs match in the MLS Whitecaps FC history. Jamaican striker Darren Mattocks scored the lone Whitecaps FC goal in that match, a 2–1 loss against Los Angeles Galaxy in the knockout round of the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. The MLS version of Whitecaps FC have never participated in the CONCACAF Champions League.

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Vancouver, BC viewed from the south with mountains behind.
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