No Fun City

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Reportedly coined in 2000 by an organiser of Vancouver's annual Symphony of Fire fireworks exhibition (now known as the Celebration of Light), who was upset over a tobacco company being prevented from sponsoring the event.[1] Strict liquor licensing laws have also been pointed to as the source of the nickname,[2] as has an incident in which police advised people to avoid a New Year's celebration, fearing violence.[3]

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No Fun City

  1. (informal, usually pejorative) The city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


  1. ^ Tom Charity & Fiona Morrow, Time Out Vancouver, Time Out (2006), ISBN 9781904978725
  2. ^ Tom Jordan, Vancouver, Explorer Publishing (2008), ISBN 9789948033844, page 30
  3. ^ Mark Hume, "Vancouver's 4 a.m. bars create havoc for police", The Globe and Mail, 8 November 2006

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