06 Jan 2016

Leonardo’s To Do List

When it comes to polymath genius innovators, it is hard to beat Leonardo da Vinci. He died on May 2, 1519, yet people stake out his exhibits and push in front of his paintings like newly converted groupies. Here in Vancouver, we experienced the da Vinci devotion at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s

03 Jan 2016

Allison Lau

You might see her early mornings on the bus, making that long journey to school. She is not sleeping, studying or getting lost in her playlist. As Allison Lau makes her way to university, she knits. And knits. “My commute is quite long, so I get a solid amount of

01 Jan 2016

8 Tips From 8 Creators

Happy New Year! 2015 has been an exciting first year for Creators Vancouver. We have so enjoyed exploring the creative corners of our city and meeting interesting people from all sorts of different fields. These Vancouver creators have offered us insights into their creative passions and pursuits. We have gone through

29 Dec 2015

Playing With A Full Deck

It’s not so easy taking a leap into your own creator business. Will people value what I’m doing? Will they be willing to pay me? Clearly there are no sure bets, but it helps to learn what you can about the market: potential buyers, competitors, pricing. Creators can save a lot

27 Dec 2015

Cash And Rags

Triple Chocolate Threat, Bee Sting, Canadian Whiskey Bacon, Salted Caramel. These are just some of the donut flavours that inspire Vancouverites to get up at 7 am and head down to Cartems. Since their 2012 opening on West Pender, this local Donuterie has consistently found itself on Vancouver’s Best Donuts

25 Dec 2015

Swirly, Twirly Gumdrops

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We hope that you are enjoying the season with your friends and family. Here’s to more eating, laughing and post-turkey walks and fewer extended family squabbles. Which movies will you be watching this week? Does your family have any holiday movie musts? It’s always interesting to

22 Dec 2015

Art In The Montreal Streets

Montreal is a great city to bundle yourself up, set off walking and admire the art on the streets. Some of it is official, such as the pieces in front of the Musée Des Beaux-Arts. But, fear not as you wander down Crescent Street and away from the Musée… The city is full

18 Dec 2015

Lina And Piero

You know her face. Not because of her achievements as a Metropolitan Opera singer in the early 1900’s. Not because of her remarkable Italian life story: parents killed when she was 15, adopted by a Roman Catholic orphanage until she ran away with a theatre group, married a Russian Prince, killed alongside her

15 Dec 2015

Tiko Kerr

If you were to make a rough sketch of the Greater Vancouver area, which major elements would you include? Chances are that you would draw in some major bridges, downtown landmarks, oceans and mountains. And chances are that Tiko Kerr, one of Vancouver’s most beloved artists, has painted some of

13 Dec 2015

Pop-Up Jewels

There can be no doubt. November and December are officially high season for pop-ups. Local artisans are hunting down empty retail spaces and short-term tricking them out with their wares. Duelling Brits offer official definitions: Google reflects the November/December spike: The Centre For Economics and Business Research recently polled 2,000 consumers in the UK.