04 Apr 2017

Capturing Vancouver

In a City of Glass, bound by mountains and sea, photographers will thrive. Photoconceptualism – or ‘The Vancouver School’ –  includes world-renowned artists like Vikky Alexander, Roy Arden, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Ken Lum, Jeff Wall and Ian Wallace. Jeff Wall: Tableaux, Pictures, Photographs 1996-2013 gives us a vivid glimpse into Wall’s pioneering work in cinematographic re-creations. “Something

28 Mar 2017

Sketching Vancouver

It always seems so romantic: sitting on the crest of a hill, charcoal in hand, sketching the beach below and the mountains beyond. But, if everything you sketch looks like a puddle or an elf’s bonnet, the experience soon loses its lustre. Thankfully, Michael H.X. Zhu has created a sketchbook

26 Mar 2017

GOT Music

And so he spoke, and so he spoke That Lord of Castamere And now the rains weep o’er his halls With no one there to hear. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan and you hear the cello working its way into the Rains of Castamere, you know that winter

24 Mar 2017

MOA Masks

The mission is clear. When the day comes, you must wear a mask. From the moment you wake up till the moment you return home to bed, you will be wearing a full face mask. What kind of mask will it be? Friendly, fearsome, happy, sad, handsome, ugly, human, animal, flashy, understated, funny,

12 Mar 2017

Bloedel Conservatory

“Giddyup!” Over the last couple of days, people have been talking about Seinfeld’s Kramer again, this time in reference to the amazing slide entrance of Kim Jeong-ah as she swooped in to remove her runaway toddlers from Daddy’s live BBC interview. Daddy’s on TV! In Vancouver, we have our own

07 Mar 2017

Outdoor Art @ UBC

The great thing about public art at universities is that students are engaging with it all the time. They’re creating memories – hiding from the rain, gathering 2017 snow, texting, studying – in which the art becomes a familiar marker. Some are making their own art and leaving it for others

28 Feb 2017

Snape @ The Symphony

When the right actor lands in the right role, the resulting character stays in your head long after the movie is through. When the brilliant Alan Rickman entered the world of Harry Potter, the result was glorious, head-lodging Snape. For those of us who are obsessed – RIP Alan Rickman –

17 Feb 2017

Mother Nectar Mural

As you are walking down the staid, grey blocks of West Hastings – legal offices, banks, passport basements – you will be struck by unexpected colour. It is the blue, yellow, purple and green of Mother Nectar, a mural by artist Jenn Brisson. Brisson, who has also had a fruitful career in

14 Feb 2017

Gate to the Northwest Passage

When the weather is off – too wet, too slurpy-sludge – Vancouverites get cabin fever. As soon as some sun appears, we are out in droves. One of the most popular post-lockdown walks is the seawall from Kits Pool to the Planetarium. A key marker along this gorgeous stroll is

12 Feb 2017

Love @ The Met

With cupid in sight, some are counting the minutes: a day to celebrate my one and only Valentine, a day to transition from casual to serious. With cupid in sight, others are gnashing their teeth and counting crows: February 14th is a day for smug couples and surge price chocolates. Whatever your