30 Apr 2015

VanDusen

Behind some of the city’s most inspiring sites sit teams of volunteers working quietly to keep things beautiful. The amazing Aunt Hilde – when she wasn’t beetling around town in her red Nissan or traveling the world solo at 90 plus – would spend hours at VanDusen Gardens, tagging plants and

28 Apr 2015

Melissa Cartwright

She is creeping purposefully about the back yard, with her full-coverage body suit, hooded veil and vintage leather gloves. Is this a Stephen King moment? Are more of them coming? There is, thankfully, no havoc to be wreaked here. This unusually clad woman is beekeeper Melissa Cartwright and she is tending

27 Apr 2015

French Macarons

During the French Revolution, Sister Marguerite and Sister Marie-Elisabeth – Les Soeurs Macarons – were seeking asylum in the French town of Nancy. Doctor Gormand took them in and the Macaron Sisters earned their way by making and selling their ground almond meringue cookies. Les Macarons de Nancy are still famous and

23 Apr 2015

Charles And His Lions

If you visit Vancouver for even the shortest of tours, you will probably hear something about lions: the West and East Lion peaks on the Northshore Mountains and the stately concrete lions who stand guard at the Lions Gate Bridge. The Lions who guard the Gate were carved by Italian-born sculptor Charles Marega in the 1930s.

21 Apr 2015

Marcus Wild

In The Pirate Who Lost His AARRR, we hear about a young lad who is born with a powerfully loud voice. His in-crib hollering can be heard throughout the town. As the boy grows into a man, he is faced with an important choice: how best to use the power

18 Apr 2015

Don Mowatt

It takes a brave actor to inhabit the life of a major historical figure – Mark Twain, Robert Schumann, Frederic Chopin, Anton Chekhov. It takes a braver actor to try and portray the complexities of one of these icons’ romantic relationships. What was Twain like with Olivia Langdon Clemens, Schumann

17 Apr 2015

Queen E Park

Situated at the highest point in Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park offers spectacular views of the city and is free for the wandering. You will find painters and photographers a-plenty, moving from one spot to another, looking to capture the best views. And the views are spectacular: across the city, over

14 Apr 2015

Kate Wood

Even die-hard Vancouverites like to escape the city now and then. The Gulf Islands are close and offer easy access to gorgeous, isolated beaches. If you do happen to run into strangers, they may be combing through piles of smooth stones, looking for beach glass. Artist Kate Wood grew up in

09 Apr 2015

Playing Gigs And Hunting Chickens

Two Christmases ago, Mum and I were reminiscing as we rifled through Dad’s extensive library. Deep in one of the back-shelves, I found a little black binder of B.C. postcards postdated from 1908 into World War One. Mum and I figured that these could be mementos from ‘Dad’s’ (Dad’s Dad’s) friends or treasures

07 Apr 2015

Paige Coull

The daschunds bark a loud welcome, luring you into Black Bird Studios. Inside, you’ll find Paige Coull, listening to music and surrounded by her ceramic art – some finished, some fired, some waiting to be adorned. Should Coull need some fresh air, she can wander out her front door and