07 Apr 2020

The 9 Now 7 O’Clock Gun

It’s the Vancouver monument with the best Twitter account. February 26th: ‘Boom!’ February 27th: ‘Boom!’ February 28th: ‘Boom!’ February 29th: ‘Boom!’ . . Since 1898, Vancouver’s 9 O’Clock Gun – located in Stanley Park – has let out its great canon boom at 9 p.m. Well, 9 p.m give or

08 Mar 2020

The Royals Open Lions Gate Bridge

Blimey. The King and Queen are coming to … Rest easy, Carson. Downton has done its bit. It’s May, 1939 and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth I are coming to Vancouver. Their official duty? To open the Lions Gate Bridge. This landmark suspension bridge has been a long time

23 Feb 2020

Spring Mood In Southlands

The calendar and morning windshields may not agree, but it’s starting to feel like spring in Vancouver. To ride the vernal mood, we visited Southlands Nursery – the vignette-filled, green creation of local artisans Thomas Hobbs and Brent Beattie. . . Next up? Watching sun-happy horses clomping around the Southlands

21 Feb 2020

Centre Stage Hologram

“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” Back in 1977, Princess Leia – with the fine help of R2-D2 – surprised the audience, and Luke Skywalker, by appearing in holographic form to deliver a most important message. “General Kenobi. Years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars.

18 Feb 2020

Our Bed Of Roses

Did you know that the rose is the Official Flower of Vancouver? It was so deemed in December 14, 1967. Other flowers had vied for our city crown: the dahlia, the sweet pea, the spring flowers of the BC-official dogwood tree. But, on that mid-December day, the rose prevailed. It will

07 Feb 2020

Streamers @ MOV

‘It is in our blood to protect this land.’ 23  year old  Tsleil-Waututh Nation Artist, Ocean Hyland, offers this introduction for her Water and Blood streamer, now on display at the Museum of Vancouver. Hyland is one of seven Pacific Northwest indigenous artists featured in the MOV’s new exhibit: Acts of

01 Feb 2020

Pucci to Gucci

Surely flight attendants dressed like this would offer better meal options than single-digit pretzels and honey-tinged nuts. These fabulous uniforms are the creation of Italian designer Emilio Pucci, who was born 1914 in Naples. Known particularly for his colourful prints, Pucci created six collections for Braniff Air staff in the mid

28 Jan 2020

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

26 Jan 2020

Books We Borrowed

What do a lollipop-loving caterpillar, a Goldfinch, a wimpy kid, and Michelle Obama have in common? All four of these protagonists sit atop the Vancouver Public Library’s latest ‘Most Borrowed’ lists. It is Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar who wins the crown, with more than 10,000 checkouts over the past 16

12 Jan 2020

Year of the Rat

As the Lunar New Year approaches, Vancouver is getting ready to celebrate the Year of the Rat. . . In her 2019 book, The Year of the Rat ( A Pacy Lin Novel Book 2), Grace Lin – a Newberry and Caldecott Honor-winning children’s author – explains how this less than