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

29 Mar 2015

Suzane Lee

Pink roses, orchids, peonies: the van was stuffed with flowers. Tourists at the Pan Pacific Hotel lined up to see these massively gorgeous flower creations make their way upstairs. The floral arrangements were too big to fit into the service elevator; twelve people had to angle themselves awkwardly on the escalator

27 Mar 2015

Giants On Granville Island

Concrete giants with hoodies and man-bags? This is probably not something that Walter and Herbert Gilley would have envisioned. Yet, here in their old industrial plant, stand a brobdingnagian quartet created by two other brothers – Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, high profile artists from Brazil. In 1886, the Gilley Brothers opened their

25 Mar 2015

Wendy Bross Stuart

If you are a musical theatre fan and you live in Vancouver, you have undoubtedly seen her work. Singin’ In The Rain, Annie, Annie Get Your Gun, Rose, South Pacific, Oklahoma, Anything Goes. Wendy Bross Stuart has been the Music Director behind some of our city’s most popular productions for

21 Mar 2015

Cherry Blossom City

This time of year, you will see Vancouverites and visitors out with their cameras and easels, circling blocks that are lined from one end to the other with cherry blossom trees. Our cherry blossom tradition began with generous gifts from Japan. In the 1930’s, the mayors of Yokohama and Kobe gave