23 Apr 2015

Charles And His Lions

If you visit Vancouver for even the shortest of tours, you will probably hear something about lions: the West and East Lion peaks on the Northshore Mountains and the stately concrete lions who stand guard at the Lions Gate Bridge. The Lions who guard the Gate were carved by Italian-born sculptor Charles Marega in the 1930s.

21 Apr 2015

Marcus Wild

In The Pirate Who Lost His AARRR, we hear about a young lad who is born with a powerfully loud voice. His in-crib hollering can be heard throughout the town. As the boy grows into a man, he is faced with an important choice: how best to use the power

18 Apr 2015

Don Mowatt

It takes a brave actor to inhabit the life of a major historical figure – Mark Twain, Robert Schumann, Frederic Chopin, Anton Chekhov. It takes a braver actor to try and portray the complexities of one of these icons’ romantic relationships. What was Twain like with Olivia Langdon Clemens, Schumann

17 Apr 2015

Queen E Park

Situated at the highest point in Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park offers spectacular views of the city and is free for the wandering. You will find painters and photographers a-plenty, moving from one spot to another, looking to capture the best views. And the views are spectacular: across the city, over

14 Apr 2015

Kate Wood

Even die-hard Vancouverites like to escape the city now and then. The Gulf Islands are close and offer easy access to gorgeous, isolated beaches. If you do happen to run into strangers, they may be combing through piles of smooth stones, looking for beach glass. Artist Kate Wood grew up in

09 Apr 2015

Playing Gigs And Hunting Chickens

Two Christmases ago, Mum and I were reminiscing as we rifled through Dad’s extensive library. Deep in one of the back-shelves, I found a little black binder of B.C. postcards postdated from 1908 into World War One. Mum and I figured that these could be mementos from ‘Dad’s’ (Dad’s Dad’s) friends or treasures

07 Apr 2015

Paige Coull

The daschunds bark a loud welcome, luring you into Black Bird Studios. Inside, you’ll find Paige Coull, listening to music and surrounded by her ceramic art – some finished, some fired, some waiting to be adorned. Should Coull need some fresh air, she can wander out her front door and

04 Apr 2015

Lysanne Sweeney

The tables are full – birthdays, showers, just because. New couples, retired regulars and little girls in tulle are deep in choice: what to eat next? Peanut butter shortbread, orange macaroon hearts or hazelnut Linzer cookies built around raspberry jam? Blueberry brioche pudding, dark chocolate bon-bons or one of those

02 Apr 2015

Knockturn Alley

When you see the mad eyes, the raised knife, the marbled slab and the Gulliver hands, you might reasonably assume that you have veered off into Knockturn Alley. Not so, they say. This is, rather, the King Edward and Main building of a popular butcher’s shop that has been operating in Vancouver

31 Mar 2015

Robert Bailey

Vancouver may be a growing city, but we can still feel a sense of small-town pride when one of our own makes international waves. That is certainly how I feel when I open magazine after magazine and see the beautiful work of interior designer Robert Bailey. This 2013 Western Living