17 Dec 2017

Crème Brûlée

First comes The Sweet: “I think you’ll be excited about the dessert. Crème brûlée. Do you like it?” Like it? Thwacking the spoon against that slightly burnt canopy of sugar. Wriggling said spoon into the valley of custard. Gathering up caramelized shards in the exit. Then comes The Sorrow: But, but where are

15 Dec 2017

Gordon Smith: The Black Paintings

Now 98 years old, artist Gordon Smith has his fifth solo exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. His Black Paintings features a rich set of works, many of which reference his World War II experiences. Smith was an intelligence officer whose right leg nerves were blown apart in Operation Husky – 1943, in Leonforte, close to

12 Dec 2017

Canada Binge Watches

Do you like Lord of the Rings? Do you like it enough to watch The Return of the King every single day of the year? Well, you can take a LOTR break on Easter, Thanksgiving, your birthday and Dress Up Your Pet Day. On each of the 361 remaining days, put aside

10 Dec 2017

Holiday Hobbs

If you don’t have the energy to create your own lantern-lit, mulled thermos, winterland hike, there are alternatives. To breathe in fresh cedar and pine while sipping fresh coffee and listening to holiday music, head down to Southlands Nursery. You can wind through candlelit paths while admiring a thicket of beautiful, healthy plants: holiday whites,

08 Dec 2017

Sarah Edmonds

i. We work as artists/designers. ~ ‘We’ is Sarah Edmonds and Tammy Lawrence of Banquet Workshop.~ ii. We do this creative work because we love to make things. iii. Personal qualities that help me in my work are perseverance, perfectionism, joy and gratitude. iv. The greatest challenges around doing this work are

05 Dec 2017

Joanna Lovett

i. I work as a jewellery designer and maker. ii. I do this creative work because… I love to create original jewellery inspired by nature that can act as life markers for the people who collect and wear it. While doing this work requires a lot of other business skills,

03 Dec 2017

Sweet Reds

62. According to Reay Tannahil, author of Food in History, that is how many pickle and sauce chefs one could expect to find in the royal kitchens of 2nd Century BC China. 128 day to day chefs, 128 special events chefs, 335 grain, fruit and vegetable chefs, 162 master dieticians

01 Dec 2017

Can You See Us Vancouver?

If holiday shopping has you kicking bells and cursing elves, it might be time for an art break. Right now, at the Pendulum Gallery on Georgia, you’ll find Can You See Us Vancouver, a wonderful small exhibit put on by Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture. Nine artists – all of whom

28 Nov 2017

Hidden Palace Opera in Venice

Of all the places we visited in Italy, we were most unsure about Venice. With the gondolas, the serenading, the much-photographed pigeon squares, we worried that we knew too much about the city, that the endless onslaught of we tourists would have robbed the city of its natural charm. We

26 Nov 2017

Heather Braun

i. I work as a letterpress printer and stationery designer. I’m the founder and owner of Porchlight Press, a commercial print studio. ii. I do this creative work because… I care deeply about preserving analogue – letter-writing, personal communication, creating things with your hands. That’s what letterpress is all about. It’s