30 Aug 2015

YVART

In a long trip to or away from home, airports make a difference. Will this airport be hectic, overwhelming and disorganized? Or will you be lucky enough to take off or land in a place that surprises you with its efficiency, atmosphere or art? YVR has come a long way

28 Aug 2015

Pumpkin Chai Panic

The scarcity principle works. Last week, I got word from a stealth source that maybe, just maybe, pumpkin chai tea would be available soon at David’s Tea. Since this, my newish favourite tea, is only available in Fall, every year I vow to stockpile. But, the piles are never high enough

25 Aug 2015

Lynn Falconer

Lynn Falconer has been working as a sculptor for over ten years. She has always loved her work doing larger gallery pieces, but was looking for a new challenge. Falconer decided to take a group approach. Each participant in her challenge group had to identify some key goal that they wanted

23 Aug 2015

Simone Osborne’s Gilda

‘P.S: As soon as you get this let­ter, put on your skates; run about the city and find some­one of influ­ence to get us per­mis­sion to do Le roi s’amuse. Don’t go to sleep; give your­self a good shake; do it at once.’ So wrote Giuseppe Verdi to his librettist, Francisco

18 Aug 2015

Dimitri Tzotzos

Bread and Meate! Buy a candlesticke? Buy any prunes? Buy a washing ball? In 18th Century London, bread lovers knew when their favourite loaves or buns were ready for purchase. Street vendors – ringing their bells, clanging their pots – would shout each other down with their musical cries. Bread

16 Aug 2015

The Island Markets

In Vancouver, we are lucky to be just a boat ride away from so many beautiful islands, each with their own unique character. It could be a quick ferry to Bowen, or a little farther to Hornby, Pender, Qualicum Beach or Metchosin. For those looking for a fun day or

14 Aug 2015

Brilliantly Bored

First came the ‘No Fun City’ label. Then, The Economist had to pile on. In an article entitled Torporville, no less, Vancouver was thrown into the sludge with Vienna and Geneva as ‘pleasant cities, yes, but mind-numbingly boring. What right-minded person would rank Vienna a better city than Rio, or Vancouver preferable

11 Aug 2015

Anthony Poon

The Big Day. The Best Day of your Life. Or is it: The First Day of the Rest of your Life? If your work involves weddings, then you better get it right. Who wants to be responsible for bungling this day of all days? Wedding videographers have a persnickety task.

09 Aug 2015

Mr. Lee’s Donuts

It is easy to get caught up in the new new thing: square donuts, bacon donuts, ice-cream donuts, wedding cake donuts, crispy cronuts. But, meanwhile, it is the classics that continue to dominate. Kids and adults still seek out these top-selling donuts, according to Datassential MenuTrends. Here, in Vancouver, Lee’s Donuts

07 Aug 2015

The Getz Ear

Who is going to be the Next Big Thing in Classical Music? Ask Leila Getz. Every year, new, promising talents gain notice in this country or that – fronting symphonies, winning competitions. Over time, the odd one will enthrall the classical masses and leap into superstardom. Since starting the Vancouver