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

22 Dec 2019

North Van Holiday Fun

Fancy a Winter Wonderland? For nearly 100 years, snow-seeking Vancouverites have made their way to Grouse Mountain come holiday time. In 1926, bakery tycoon William Curtis eased the trek by funding an ambitious road up through the forest. Photographer Stuart Thomson captured some 1929 holiday scenes. . . Stuart Thomson. City

13 Dec 2019

Vancouver Make-It Show

Looking for an easy way to support local artisans over the holidays? The Vancouver make it show is on until 5 pm, December the 15th at the PNE Forum. There, you’ll find more than 250 makers or ‘makies,’ many of whom have been featured on the Creators Vancouver site. They

10 Dec 2019

Festival of Lights @ VanDusen

When Louise XIV walked through the Versailles gardens, his staff were on the ready. Turn on the water in the water-hog fountain beauties as he walks by. Turn off the water when the Sun King is out of sight. But, the intricate gardens of André Le Nôtre were to be enjoyed beyond the light

08 Dec 2019

Playing With Fire

‘wedge, coil, pinch, throw, cast, mould, sculpt … and ultimately push the clay to its limits.’ So reads the wall at the Museum of Anthropology’s current exhibit: Playing with Fire. Ceramics of the Extraordinary.’ The diverse range of featured artists are pushing clay to its physical and thematic limits –

01 Dec 2019

Curator’s Holiday Selection

If you’ve had enough of the holiday consumer crush, take a breath and visit Vancouver’s smaller galleries, some of which are mounting special exhibits for the season. At Bau-Xi on South Granville, you’ll soon find a Holiday Group Exhibition – a selection of gallery artist works, brought together by the