18 Sep 2015

VPL Recording Studios

Do you have a digital project that you would like to take to the next level? Podcast, video or audio-recording? First episode of your new YouTube series? Check out the Vancouver Public Library’s Inspiration Lab. It’s 7,500 square feet, it’s stocked with the latest recording technology and it’s free for use with

11 Sep 2015

Ainsworth Design

As you wander around Granville Island, you never know which artists you will find showing their wares around the next corner. Some are set up in booths in the food market, some are performing outside and some are housed in the studios nestled between Arts Umbrella and Emily Carr University of

01 Sep 2015

The Street Pianos

Sometimes they are a reminder of how many talented performers live quietly after-hours, playing only for friends, small gatherings or perhaps no one but themselves. They will linger by those pianos plonked down in the middle of the sidewalk, then – bolstered by friends or a sudden surge of confidence –

30 Aug 2015

YVART

In a long trip to or away from home, airports make a difference. Will this airport be hectic, overwhelming and disorganized? Or will you be lucky enough to take off or land in a place that surprises you with its efficiency, atmosphere or art? YVR has come a long way

28 Aug 2015

Pumpkin Chai Panic

The scarcity principle works. Last week, I got word from a stealth source that maybe, just maybe, pumpkin chai tea would be available soon at David’s Tea. Since this, my newish favourite tea, is only available in Fall, every year I vow to stockpile. But, the piles are never high enough

21 Aug 2015

Sounds of Vancouver

When you think of Vancouver, which images come to mind? Mountains, oceans, markets, bridges, clocks. Visitors leave the city with thickets of photos and hard drives crammed with video clips. There are the odd travellers, however, who prefer to revisit memories with their ears rather than their eyes. They use

14 Aug 2015

Brilliantly Bored

First came the ‘No Fun City’ label. Then, The Economist had to pile on. In an article entitled Torporville, no less, Vancouver was thrown into the sludge with Vienna and Geneva as ‘pleasant cities, yes, but mind-numbingly boring. What right-minded person would rank Vienna a better city than Rio, or Vancouver preferable

28 Jul 2015

Scouting Hollywood North

After months of serious concern, the BC film industry has been picking up. With our ever-talented crew base and the hobbling Canadian dollar, Vancouver is luring back Hollywood. Once Upon A Time, The X Files, Minority Report, The Flash, Supernatural, multiple Movies of the Week. The UBCP site lists the

26 Jul 2015

From Ghost Stories To Game Of Thrones

Is Jon Snow dead dead? Or is he coming back next season? As the Game of Thrones/Kit Harington spies hunt for clues, there is one Vancouverite who no doubt has some answers. Michelle MacLaren is a  TV influencer whose work as a Director has included multiple episodes of Game of Thrones: The

17 Jul 2015

The Norris Crab

But who made it? It’s surprising how difficult it can be to find  information around who made certain buildings or pieces of outdoor art. There will be thousands of photographs from every which angle. Exact weights, heights, patina. Detailed logs of who had their picture taken by the artwork in which year. But