07 Dec 2018

Holiday Victoria

“We’re a bagpipe flashmob,” the chief piper announced as a crowd quickly gathered. “Any donations will go to Victoria Hospice.” Mark my footsteps, good my page Tread thou in them boldly Thou shall find the winters rage Freeze thy blood less coldly. Drone cords and Santa pompoms swayed as be-kilted

27 Nov 2018

Retro Sound Museum

What are some of your favourite sounds from your day to day life? How many of those noises will no longer exist five, ten years from now? Which sounds do your miss from your childhood? In 2013, German designers Daniel Chun and Jan Derksen from Chunderksen Design built Conserve The Sound,

25 Nov 2018

Swedish Falu Red

As you drive through the Swedish countryside, you can’t help but notice how many houses and barns are painted the same shade of red. Well, that red has a name – Falu Red or Falu Rödfärg – and historical significance. Falu Red is named for Falun, a small town outside of

19 Aug 2018

Gabriola Arts Festival

So far there have been one person plays, magic shows, The Kerplunks and a be there in a flash mob doing the grapevine and the rolling twist to Aretha. Artisans have been selling their creations while farmers ladle out their winning stews. If you can get to the Cultivate Theatre,

10 Aug 2018

Summer @ MOCA

How would you like to put paintbrush to canvas and, millimetre by millimetre, clean the canvas of a Jackson Pollock painting? Specifically, his abstract expressionist Number 1, 1949. Thrilling or terrifying? Meticulous Pollock primping is exactly what Conservator Chris Stavroudis is doing – in public view, no less – at LA’s Museum

31 Jul 2018

The Mannequins Of Norway

You can learn a lot about a town from its mannequins. Here are some great ones we saw driving through Norway.    

22 May 2018

MOMA: The Long Run

As artists pass a ‘certain age’ – TBD by culture, demographics, the century in which they are living – the whispers get louder. If these artists have not yet achieved the success they seek, it’s: ‘why are you still doing this?’ ‘Isn’t it time to give up?’ Those artists who

20 May 2018

New York Shows ’18

What an incredible Broadway season this is. From new, Tony-nominated offerings like The Band’s Visit and SpongeBob Squarepants The Musical to stunning revivals like Carousel, Angels in America, Travesties, My Fair Lady. It’s a star-studded run with Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane in Angels in America, Renée Fleming in Carousel,

18 May 2018

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

JK Rowling has issued a post play warning: Keep the Secrets. She cannot be blamed. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child – the two part play that started in London and has extended to Broadway – is extraordinary. Now nominated for ten Tonys, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is at

02 Mar 2018

Palm Desert Architecture Tour

This year, in honour of Modernism Week, we climbed atop the double decker bus for the 4th Annual Palm Desert Architecture Tour. Funny enough, our tour guide was from Vancouver. Palm Desert, we learn, was about ‘the glamourous good life of Twentieth Century America.’ A string of renowned architects solidified the style known