23 Jun 2017

It’s Hard Being The Bard

Summer is here – let’s hope the sun has been notified – and the Bard is back on the Beach. Now in its 28th season, the Vanier Park Waterfront festival is still under the guidance of Artistic Director and Founder Christopher Gaze. From June through September, the talented Cast and Crew

20 Jun 2017

Branford + Nik @ The Jazz Festival

Nature and nurture have baked music deep into the bones of the Marsalis family. Ellis, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, Jason. Here they are ‘struttin’ with some barbecue.’ Marsali have been in and out of Vancouver at Jazz Festivals over the years. This year, it’s the oldest brother, saxophonist and clarinettist Branford

18 Jun 2017

Platform 7 3/4

If redheaded families are dispatching young wizards into the walls, we muggles cannot see it. We can enjoy the train station vibe at Platform 7 Coffee, be it the stop on East Hastings or the next one West on Broadway. From the arched ceiling fixtures to the four-person booths, candied donuts and spill-proof

16 Jun 2017

South Granville Art Walk

Tomorrow, on June 17th, South Granville will be holding its 6th annual Art Walk. It’s a chance to wander up and down Granville Street, pop into multiple galleries, listen to artist talks and nibble your way through different, local snacks. You can start south, at the Bau-Xi Gallery between 14th and

13 Jun 2017

Pictures From Here

There are not just pictures from here. These are pictures from artists who established our city’s reputation as a leader in photoconceptualism. This is the ‘Vancouver School’ that includes Roy Arden, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and extends to Christos Dikeakos, Fred Herzog, Sandra Semchuk, Cornelia Wyngaarden. These

11 Jun 2017

Corner Market Peonies

“Roses as big as cabbages.” So said Marco Polo when he first saw peonies. These glorious flowers – the 12th anniversary flower, seen to represent good fortune and a happy marriage – are now beautifully in Vancouver season. If you’re looking for some perfect peonies – nestled with other blooms or

09 Jun 2017

Ewan McNeil

Whether you’re looking for a beauty shot in your work day or an art exhibit that won’t stretch your ailing wallet, the Pendulum Gallery has mounted another free show: New Paintings by Ewan McNeil. Traditionally, McNeil has painted in black and white, playing with core architectural shapes. But “over the past year or so,”

06 Jun 2017

Secret Selfie Garden Maze With Strings

If you visit Oakridge, you might be surprised to see a flower garden maze, smack dab in the middle. Kids are winding through, seniors are resting on the vortex benches and selfies are happening all around. The Secret Garden will be up until June 26th. If you would like to see a little mall-garden entertainment,

04 Jun 2017

Peanut Butter Cup Pie

“What do you prefer, madam: an open or a closed coffyn?” “And what about the legs? Should we leave them hanging off the side for easy carrying?” These are not the questions of an old British madman. These are the questions of an old British pie-maker. The ‘coffyn’ was the

02 Jun 2017

4th Avenue Peacock

Proud as a peacock. Aristotle, Chaucer, Shakespeare, your judgy Grade Six teacher. Peacocks are rarely invoked in honour. ‘Why, he stalks up and down like a peacock – a stride and a stand.’ But, aren’t we just jealous of these feather-eyed creatures and their human-shaming courtship displays? Photographer Waldo Nell created quite a