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

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

12 May 2015

Sami Wall

A new home is to be treated with the utmost care. Step in the wrong way, bring in the wrong tchotchkes and a hex might fall upon all who live there. In many cultures, people are deeply superstitious about the dos and don’ts of breaking in a new home. If

05 May 2015

Meaghan Kennedy

In most apartment buildings, the recycling rituals are the same. Separate your plastics from your papers from your food mush, then bring the lot down to the giant bins in the basement when your own receptacles are full. In Meaghan Kennedy’s building, things work a little differently. Residents store their

28 Apr 2015

Melissa Cartwright

She is creeping purposefully about the back yard, with her full-coverage body suit, hooded veil and vintage leather gloves. Is this a Stephen King moment? Are more of them coming? There is, thankfully, no havoc to be wreaked here. This unusually clad woman is beekeeper Melissa Cartwright and she is tending

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

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

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