15 Jul 2018

Les Miz

As Jean Valjean sits alone in the candelight, dying, Cosette – the orphan he raised as his own, and Marius – her new husband – rush in.  ‘Cosette,’ Marius says, ‘your father is a saint.’ ‘When they wounded me He took me from the barricade Carried like a babe And

13 Jul 2018

The Golden Tree

As you make your way past the tangle of condos taking root at Cambie and Southwest Marine Drive, you’ll see it: a headless, hollow, golden tree. A 43 foot tall golden tree crafted from fiberglass and steel-reinforced resin. It is the result of 6,000 hours of work from renowned artist

08 Jul 2018

Mean Girls In Stanley Park

Though Mean Girls came out in 2004, you don’t have to wait long to find Cady Heron tangling with Regina George and the Plastics somewhere on TV. And now the Tina Fey-written screenplay has spawned a  2018 Mean Girls musical. When said musical didn’t win on any of its twelve Tony

03 Jul 2018

The Bard’s Play

Are you going to see ‘that play?’ You know: The Scottish Tragedy.  The Unmentionable. The one about he who must also not be named. Here, from the safety of the outside world, we can say it. Macbeth is currently on at Vancouver’s ocean-facing venue: Bard on the Beach. It’s being directed

29 Jun 2018

The Gift Of The Given

“That is so cool.” “I can’t stop looking at it.” ‘Beautiful work, amazing use of colour.’ It is the mural in progress at 1873 West 4th Avenue that is inspiring raves in passersby and the Instagram-savvy. The Gift of the Given is the work of talented Vancouver artists Tiko Kerr

26 Jun 2018

Summer Concerts @ Hycroft

It’s said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Vancouver and this 1986 photo from the city archives will do little to persuade otherwise. If Hycroft Manor does have duppies, they’ve been nothing but welcoming on any of our visits. Then again, we haven’t been filming the paranormal

22 Jun 2018

Kamasi, Morgan, Moor Mother + Miles @ The Jazz Festival

Today marks the start of the 2018 Coastal Jazz Festival and stages across Vancouver will be buzzing with all sorts of interesting musicians, visiting and Vancouver-based. The Marquee Series at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre includes Kamasi Washington – the hottest of hot saxophonist whose award-winning 2015 album – The Epic

17 Jun 2018

Gassy Jack

We call it ‘Gastown’ because of him. Visitors tromp down to his statue to snap and pose. Yet, for 97 years, the body of John Deighton – aka ‘Gassy Jack’ – lay in an unmarked grave. It was not until September 30th, 1972 that Gassy Jack’s body was identified at

10 Jun 2018

Dancing On The Edge

‘Overlapped mattresses slashed, ripped open by a knife, mutilated. A mishmash of resurrected objects, a breath of life in death. A no man’s land of destruction where Peter James and Jassem Hindi form a duo of wandering vagabonds, survivors killing time and boredom, spewing out and sublimating their pain and

05 Jun 2018

Arbutus Greenway

After all the land wrangling, the Arbutus Greenway is now a vibrant community throughfare. It’s alive with pre-schoolers on their orange-wheeled bikes, couples walking their lookalike dogs and retirees racing to the next fence. The Greenway is punctuated with wild flowers, diamond-painted utility boxes  and the hard work of private