25 Sep 2018

Dali + Picasso

As a young artist, Salvador Dali revered Pablo Picasso who was twenty three years his elder. In 1926, when Dali finally had the opportunity to meet his idol in Paris, he said: “When I arrived at Picasso’s on Rue de la Boétie, I was as deeply moved and as full

23 Sep 2018

Fred Herzog’s Vancouver

What strikes you about your hometown? It is interesting to look at a city through the eyes of its artists. And who better to supply the view than celebrated photographer Fred Herzog? Herzog was born in Germany, emigrating to Vancouver in 1953. He went on to careers in both fine and

18 Sep 2018

The Birds Of False Creek

Melanie Daniels: “I keep telling you, this isn’t a few birds! There are gulls, crows, swifts….!” Mrs Bundy, elderly ornithologist: “I have never known birds of different species to flock together. The very concept is unimaginable. Why, if that happened, we wouldn’t have a chance! How could we possibly hope

14 Sep 2018

Shannon Mansion

‘Lanning’s thin cheeks quivered, “No, Quinn, no. There is nothing in the Rules of Robotics that makes any allowance for human guilt. A robot may not judge whether a human being deserves death. It is not for him to decide. He may not harm a human– variety skunk, or variety

28 Aug 2018

Fleming For Free @ UBC

With the high cost of living in Vancouver, it can be tough to find the money to get out to artist events. Thankfully, free options exist, including some wonderful options at UBC. Case in point: On September 18th at the Old Auditorium, the incredible Renée Fleming – most recently nominated

14 Aug 2018

Puccini to Rossini

In February of 1896, music critic Carlo Bersezio delivered his verdict on the first performance of Puccini’s new opera, La Bohème, in Turin. ‘La Bohème, even as it leaves little impression on the minds of the audience, will leave no great trace upon the history of our lyric theater, and

05 Aug 2018

Vancouver Pride Parade

Here in Vancouver, we love a parade! And none is greeted with more anticipation than the Pride Parade, downtown today, starting at noon. The imagination that goes into creating some of the costumes and floats is incredible; the community spirit even more so. Here is a video from filmmaker Jodi

03 Aug 2018


On the twenty year anniversary of Harry Potter, it is fitting that we celebrate Kidsbooks, the first Canadian store to sell JK Rowling’s tale of Hermione, Ron and their scarred friend: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Founded by Phyllis Simon in 1983, Vancouver’s Kidsbooks quickly became the go-to spot

29 Jul 2018

Caribbean Days

Back in the day, you had to put on your driving hat to get a shot of Caribbean culture in Vancouver: Ebony Eyes hair salon on Kingsway, the Patty Shop on Macdonald, the Caribbean Market in New West. When the Caribbean Festival launched in 1988, it was a chance to

24 Jul 2018

Paint It Blue

‘Blue is the typical heavenly colour,’ Kandinsky wrote. ‘The ultimate feeling it creates is one of rest. When it sinks almost to black, it echoes a grief that is hardly human. When it rises towards white, a movement little suited to it, its appeal to men grows weaker and more