11 Jul 2017

More Main Murals

Vancouver is busy gearing up for its second annual Mural Festival from August 7th to 12th. More than 350 artists submitted proposals and the committee has been working its way down to a short list. Once again, Mount Pleasant will be ground central. Vancouver Mural Fest 2017 In the meantime,

02 Jul 2017

YVR Dali

Salvador Dali. What are the first things that come to mind when you hear those words? Salvador Dali. Backs deep in the couch, neat white beard looming overhead, the freely associating people would offer up a lot of the same words: surrealism, moustache, melting clocks. A great student of Freud, Dali might

30 Jun 2017

Battle of the Food Trucks

Anyone who has been seduced by the seeming romance of the food truck lifestyle would have loved the movie Chef, great soundtrack included. It’s a tough way to make a living, but Vancouver is known for its abundance of food trucks, trackable around the city through various apps. If you want

25 Jun 2017

Brenna + Annie + Utility Box

Here are two more utility boxes that have been artfully wrapped by local creators as part of Vancouver’s Integrated Graffiti Management Program. First, at 4th and Cypress, is the work of Brenna (Beetle) Mackinder. Brenna graduated from Capilano University’s IDEA program and now works in town as an illustrator and graphic

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

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

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,

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