13 May 2018

Queen Elizabeth Plaza

When Queen Elizabeth visited Vancouver in 1959, we kept her busy. There was a visit to the newly opened UBC Faculty Club and the opening of the Deas Island Tunnel. The latter involved QEII giving Premier WAC Bennett a dime in exchange for a fancy pair of sterling silver scissors. This

11 May 2018

Okanagan Wineries

Three sips. That’s what it takes, according to the Summerland sommelier. The first will still have traces of your last taste – lunch, 3 pm chocolate, another wine. With the second sip, your mouth is preparing itself for the wine at hand. By the third sip, you are fully into

08 May 2018

Granville Island Art Smash

As you wander in and out of Granville Island this week, you can stop to watch talented artists painting murals under the Granville Street Bridge. Participating in Art Smash – a collaboration between the Island and Vancouver Mural Festival – is Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow, Spanish artist Ruben Sanchez and

06 May 2018

Vancouver Opera Backstage

It was the night before the opening of Lady Macbeth and Parvin Mirhady, Head of Wardrobe for The Vancouver Opera, had all the costumes ready to go. Then, she got the call: the leading lady was coming down with a sore throat, her replacement might need to go on instead.

04 May 2018

Jill Allan

i. I work as an: Artist and instructor, hot glass is my primary medium. ii. I do this creative work because: I find it fascinating, I like the challenge and each project leads to another curious possibility…what will happen?? I love that when I am teaching I am always amazed and

04 May 2018

Crafted Vancouver

How would you like to learn how to: make creative cocktails from an award-winning bartender, prepare a traditional Japanese tea ceremony schooled by a certified instructor in the Omotesenke tradition, hand-set and print fine press books, watch a master Chilkat weaver, or walk your way through ten tables of master

01 May 2018

Tiffany Stone

i. I work as a children’s author. I think of myself primarily as a poet, one who writes in rhyme, but recently I’ve begun to branch out into writing picture book texts in prose. However, these stories contain plenty of word play, which I consider a close cousin to poetry. ii.

29 Apr 2018

Art + Chocolate

‘Charlie Bucket found himself standing in a long corridor that stretched away in front of him as far as he could see. The corridor was so wide that a car could easily have been driven along it. The walls were pale pink, the lighting was soft and pleasant. ‘How lovely

29 Apr 2018

UBC Botanical Garden

Garden life was not easy for Botany John. B.C.’s first provincial botanist was the brains behind UBC’s botanical garden. The original site for his thousands of plants and shrubs was on the Essondale hospital grounds in Coquitlam. When the Office of the Provincial Botanist closed in 1916, Botany John and

27 Apr 2018

Takashi Murakami

If you haven’t been yet, if you’ve been waiting for the crowds to dissipate, wait no more. The Vancouver Art Gallery’s Takashi Murakami exhibit, The Octopus Eats Its Leg, closes on May 6th. Given Murakami’s popularity, the VAG has extended gallery hours until 9pm for the last week – April 30th