07 Nov 2020

Gabriola Hearts The Front Line

Pots and pans may not be clanging as loudly come 7 o’clock, but we have not forgotten the front line. Residents of Gabriola Island have been particularly ardent in showing their appreciation to health and essential workers. From ‘main’ roads to forested nooks, you’ll find gates and front yard trees

03 Nov 2020

Pat O’Hara +

“Every painting is a challenge,” says Vancouver artist Pat O’Hara in a Studio Tour short. “There’s chance, and obsession. Those are the three things that my work is all about.” “I’m most interested in colour,” says O’Hara, who cites Gordon Smith as the most influential person in her career. “I

25 Oct 2020

Dr. Jekyll + Mr. Hyde @ the Library

‘Let me but escape into my laboratory door, give me but a second or two to mix and swallow the draught that I always had standing ready; and whatever he had done, Edward Hyde would pass away like the stain of a breath upon a mirror; and there, in his

18 Oct 2020

Cake. A Modern Marie Antoinette

“I am terrified of being bored.” So said 21 year old Queen Marie Antoinette to Comte Florimond Mercy d’Argenteau, her Austrian advisor. Marie Antoinette would certainly not be bored by the notion of being fully festooned in carefully curated flowers then captured by a talented painter on a 6 by

16 Oct 2020

Beautiful Monsters

‘Unleash the beasts!’ It’s 2020. Consider them unleashed. The National Gallery of Canada has unearthed an additional 70 terrifying creatures – these ones dreamed up by 45 Baroque and Renaissance artists from Germany, France, Holland, Italy. The beautifully befanged and beclawed beings find their home in an exhibit entitled: Beautiful

06 Oct 2020

Polygon Gallery

Situated on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəýəm (Musqueam) Nations, looking out over the Burrard Inlet and downtown Vancouver, the Polygon Gallery was awarded the 2019 Governor General’s Award for architecture. This new North Shore landmark was designed by Patkau Architects, with lead design architects:

02 Oct 2020

The Marine Building

It was 1.1 million dollars over budget in the making. A big deal, particularly in 1930. But the 2.3 million dollar Marine Building opened to great fanfare – uniformed doormen! Women in sailor suits showing off five high-speed elevators! – and has only grown in stature since. These days, the

20 Sep 2020

Early Music Vancouver

Where does one go to find four renaissance lutes? And how about some baroque timpani, an 1890s Erard Piano, and a small Italian single-manual harpsichord built by José Verstappen? Early Music Vancouver has these and other rare, historical instruments in their collection. Now in their 51styear, EMV is known for

11 Sep 2020

The Gastown Steam Clock

It has always been a surprisingly popular stop. When we were Vancouver tour guides, the chatter would quicken as visitors neared the Gastown Steam Clock. “Is it hundreds of years old?” “It was designed to look like an antique, but built in 1977.” “Can we see it from here? Is it huge?” “It’s 17

04 Sep 2020

Flamenco Fierce

‘While the poet wrestles with the horses in his brain and the sculptor wounds his eyes on the hard spark of alabaster, the dancer battles the air around her, air that threatens at any moment to destroy her harmony or to open huge empty spaces where her rhythm will be