The Blue Parrot, Granville Island

A fall afternoon in 1979; Granville Island had recently opened.  A year earlier I had arrived from Victoria.

Sitting exactly here with an unexpected view, sipping one of my first espressos, looking out on to a still-industrial creek False Creek, watching boats and people, I thought: Yup, this is the right place.

 

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Pan flutes by Edgar Manuela, Granville Island.

The sound of Muenala`s pan flutes vibrating in the reverberating spaces of the Granville Bridge will always be the sound of Granville Island for many. The Ecuadorian has been playing those spaces below the bridge for … how long?

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