09 Jun 2015

Hot Shop Chihuly

How would you like to spend your day toiling in front of a furnace heated to 2150° Fahrenheit? You will hold tight onto your stick of molten silica and batch, and you will poke it in and out of the deadly cauldron. After a long while standing at the Gates

07 Jun 2015

Jamaican Patties

For the supertaster picky fuss eater that I was as a child, family visits in Jamaica were a dining challenge. Curried goat, jerk chicken, plantains? No thank you. Ackee and saltfish, mannish water, callaloo? Noooo thank you. Morning, noon and night, I relied on the Jamaican patty to soothe my

05 Jun 2015

The Hobbit Houses

‘It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle…The best rooms were all on the left-hand side (going in), for these were the only ones to have windows, deep-set round windows looking over his garden …’ Tolkein started

02 Jun 2015

Jon Izen

Wistful birds with giant foreheads are reading thick books, wearing devil suits, balancing oranges on their heads and trying to find a good time to leave. A wild-eyed Zach Galifianikis is playing a tiny, grey piano. Meanwhile, a Yam Roll in cowboy boots is dashing about in a taxi and

28 May 2015

Mr. Vancouver Is On The Mural

If there was someone who knew the people and places of Vancouver, it was Chuck Davis. ‘Mr Vancouver’ – historian, author and broadcaster – wrote about Vancouver in articles and in The Vancouver Book and The Greater Vancouver Book. He told local stories on radio, television and to eager audiences. Chuck

28 May 2015

The Bull On Georgia

Amidst the cars, the high-rises  and the bike racks, stands a bull. A life-size bull. Royal Sweet Diamond is the work of Joe Fafard – an Officer of the Order of Canada who was born in Ste. Marthe, a small agricultural community in Saskatchewan. This imposing bronze sculpture was installed in

26 May 2015

Natalie Ferrari-Morton

They are an interesting group. Madame Cherry is terribly grand, secretive and proud of her French heritage. Saint Claire was a devout Catholic nun – pure in her spirit, intense in her approach and a little tart. Blackberry Jack is adventurous, swarthy and ready for any dares you throw his

23 May 2015

Le Marché St. George

When you talk to local creators about where they have sold their wares or where they like to hang out, it’s amazing how many mention Le Marché St. George. This is an utterly unique café and general store and it is located in the middle of a residential neighbourhood at East

21 May 2015

Art @ The Wickanninish

It is a long, twisty drive or a 45 minute flight from Vancouver. But, the trip to Tofino and the pristine Clayoquot Sound is well worth some slog. The beaches, like Chesterman, are endless. The surfers are out in their wet suits, rain or shine. Dogs are leaping for balls, otters

19 May 2015

Mark Ferris

If you’re looking for someone who knows the Vancouver music scene, look for violinist Mark Ferris. He is everywhere. From one week to another, you might find Ferris serving as Concert Master for the Vancouver Opera Orchestra or playing with Diana Krall, Wanting Qu or Marianas Trench. Then again, Ferris might be