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

09 Jan 2020

Giant Lego Towers

“We’re almost near the end of some 2,000 man hours, 18 buildings, 400,000 Lego bricks, a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of mathematics, a lot of headaches, but we’re almost there.” That’s not a sentence you hear every day. The words do start to make sense when you consider

07 Jan 2020

The Planetarium

Some say the roof was designed to look like a spaceship. Knowing that the building is home to the HR Macmillan Space Centre – or ‘The Planetarium’ as it has long been known – does nothing to discredit that story. But, architect Gerald Hamilton actually designed the roof in honour of the traditional cedar-woven