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

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

03 Jul 2015

The Bard And Our Beach

Time to make your English teacher beam with pride. That, or deny ever having met you. ••• 1. Which author is famously known as The Bard or The Bard of Avon? 2. Match the quotes to the plays… a. ‘Many a true word hath been spoken in jest.’ b. ‘If

28 Jun 2015

Hard Luck Lions

They sit regal, if a little mucky, on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery. They watch the goings on in the courtyard and scare off anyone who tries to come in the wrong way. These fifteen ton lions look self-possessed and stern, but they have had a hard-knock life. The

18 Jun 2015

Car Free Days

Usually, I just stumble into it. We’re driving to Main or through Denman to do this or that, and suddenly we’re in the middle of a street party. Instead of cars, the streets are filled with couples doing salsa, locals selling their honey and chocolate, shoppers modelling jewellery in tiny hand mirrors and

28 May 2015

Mr. Vancouver Is On The Mural

If there was someone who knew the people and places of Vancouver, it was Chuck Davis. ‘Mr Vancouver’ – historian, author and broadcaster – wrote about Vancouver in articles and in The Vancouver Book and The Greater Vancouver Book. He told local stories on radio, television and to eager audiences. Chuck

28 May 2015

The Bull On Georgia

Amidst the cars, the high-rises  and the bike racks, stands a bull. A life-size bull. Royal Sweet Diamond is the work of Joe Fafard – an Officer of the Order of Canada who was born in Ste. Marthe, a small agricultural community in Saskatchewan. This imposing bronze sculpture was installed in