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British Columbia

Fifi’s Bistro: Tastes Like Home, But Better

Mar. 2018

Made-from-scratch fare at Fifi’s Bistro (Photo by Shelby Jenkins)

Outdoor adventures call for hearty home-cooked meals. That’s where Fifi’s Bistro comes in. Made-from-scratch fare and warm, rustic decor make this cozy spot feel like dining in your best friend’s living room—assuming your best friend serves Ocean Wise seafood, bakes fresh pastries and breads daily, and knows how to make stellar flat whites on a top-of-the-line espresso machine. The menu changes seasonally, but covers all the bases: half of the dishes are deliciously vegetarian, and there’s always fresh-baked gluten-free bread on offer. Plus, floor-to-ceiling windows bring the mountains inside, so you can fuel up without missing any of the action. Now that’s worth writing home about.

Legendary Local Artist: Canada’s First Female War Artist


“Cornish Town #2” by Molly Lamb Bobak (Photo by Rachel Topham/Vancouver Art Gallery)

To Apr. 8, 2018 See landscapes through the eyes of Canada’s first female war artist in Molly Lamb Bobak: Talk of the Town. The Burnaby-raised artist is known for delicate watercolour wildflowers and dynamic crowd scenes, but her cityscapes are just as stunning. The distinctive buildings, all carefully realized, contrast the human chaos experienced during the Second World War (“Cornish Town #2,” pictured). Back in Canada, Bobak had an extraordinary career—from studying with luminary Jack Shadbolt, to receiving the Order of Canada. Explore her vibrant world at Burnaby Art Gallery.

Interactive Exhibit: Mend Piece by Yoko Ono


Photo of Mend Piece by Pierre Le Hors/The Rennie Museum

To Apr. 15, 2018 Yoko Ono’s Mend Piece has arrived in Vancouver—in pieces, of course. The interactive exhibit invites viewers to reassemble shattered ceramic cups and saucers using twine, tape and glue. Once “repaired,” the completed projects are displayed on nearby shelves. First conceptualized in 1966, the work parallels the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an aesthetic that finds beauty in imperfection. The small act of mending is linked to larger ideas of repair: how to pick up the pieces left by war, violence and hate. Chip in at the Rennie Collection.


Moonshine Dreams: Jewellery Made From Pieces of Vancouver

Mar. 2018

Find Moonshine Dreams designs on pendants, flasks, rings, clothing and more

When Vancouver buildings are torn down, the lucky ones live on, thanks to Moonshine Dreams founder Richard Thomson. A demolition worker by day, he salvages fir and cedar from work sites—like UBC’s old Aquatic Centre—to create pieces that showcase his love of Sailor Jerry artwork and the Pacific Northwest’s great outdoors. Channel your inner pin-up girl, happy camper or past-life pirate with pendants, bottle openers, cufflinks and more. Now you really can take a piece of Vancouver home with you. Available at Make.

VIP Dining at No. 1 Gaoler’s Mews


L’Abattoir exterior by Hamid Attie Photography

Mar. 23 and Apr. 27, 2018 History and haute cuisine collide at No. 1 Gaoler’s Mews. Tucked into a 19th-century heritage building, behind local favourite L’Abattoir, the space hosts exclusive evenings once a month, sharing its neighbour’s celebrated chefs and sommelier. These intimate chef’s-table dinners host just eight patrons, who are seated bar-style for front-row seats to the open kitchen and all the delectable drama within. The 10-course menu comes with all the trimmings, including wine pairings and keepsake gifts. It routinely sells out, so act quickly if you want to savour this culinary spectacle.

Singin’ in the Rain: Springtime Activities

Put up your hood and open your umbrella for 20 activities that can be enjoyed rain or shine

Mar. 2018

The seawall is scenic in every weather. (Photo by KK Law)

1. Stroll through Stanley Park. The city’s 400-hectare (1,000-acre) forested oasis is a can’t-miss activity. On a drizzly day, skip the seawall and head into the park’s interior for extra protection from the green canopy above. (more…)

Making Moves: Vancouver International Dance Festival 2018


The Goh Ballet presents a selection of excerpts from classical and contemporary works

Mar. 1 to 24, 2018 Newbies and aficionados alike always find much to love at the Vancouver International Dance Festival. This annual fest takes over local stages for three weeks, showcasing everything from ballet to butoh. Don’t miss Vancouver’s own Goh Ballet (pictured), performing both traditional ballet and contemporary works; Shen Wei Dance Arts, which always incorporates striking design to create fascinating kinetic stagescapes; and White Wave Dance, which interweaves music, poetry, visual arts and dance.

Prost! Handlebar Hits the Mark

Mar. 2018

Dig into German-inspired fare at Handlebar. (Photo courtesy Popcorn)

For the best pretzels and currywurst this side of Berlin, look no further than Handlebar. This lively spot opened last winter, and its superb (and ever-changing) selection of local craft beers has made it a hit with locals and visitors alike. Don’t miss Sunday brunch, where the Handfuller breakfast sandwich more than lives up to its name. Consider the resto a little slice of Germany, with no plane travel required.

Pitch-Perfect Performances at Chutzpah! Festival


“An Evening with Mary Walsh” features the comedian’s best comedic bits and characters

To Mar. 15, 2018 No kvetching allowed: whatever you’re in the mood for, the Chutzpah! Festival’s international line-up of acclaimed Jewish comedians, musicians, dancers and actors is sure to hit the spot. Hone in on the humour with shows like An Evening with Mary Walsh (pictured), featuring the award-winning Canadian performer and co-creator of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Catch the world premiere of Salomé: Woman of Valor, a fearless spoken-word opera. Or rock out to Troker, a genre-busting Mexican band that fuses jazz, funk, mariachi and more to create perfectly blended chaos. At Chutzpah!, every spectacle is spot-on.

Laugh It Up: JFL NorthWest


Trevor Noah fuels the fun at JFL Northwest 2018

Mar. 1 to 10, 2018 Have you heard the one about…? The JFL NorthWest festival is bringing belly laughs to multiple venues across Metro Vancouver. Prepare to have your funny bone tickled by the likes of Trevor Noah (pictured), host of The Daily Show; Bill Burr, best known for Chappelle’s Show and Breaking Bad; Maria Bamford, with her self-deprecating jokes about depression and anxiety; and lots more stand-up folks.

Hooked on Oddfish

Feb. 2018

Hamachi crudo at Oddfish (Photo by KK Law)

Just across Burrard Bridge, lively Oddfish lures with a variety of simple but well-prepared fresh and finny fare. Starters range from lime- and jalapeño-teased hamachi to ahi tuna poke or side stripe shrimp ceviche. Mains yield a wealth of seasonally changing tastes such as ling cod with caponata, seared seabass topped with chermoula, or bowls of nicely spiced mussels or clams, all paired with smartly chosen, eclectic wines. Don’t miss the Hot Mess: a cornucopian romp of a platter piled high with fish and shellfish, topped with a robust salsa verde.

Review: Fun Home

February 2018

By Sheri Radford

Sara-Jeanne Hosie, Eric Craig, and Jaime MacLean. Set design by Amir Ofek, costume design by Amy McDougall, and lighting design by Alan Brodie. Photo by David Cooper.

A funeral home may seem like a strange place to set a musical, but that’s not the end of strange things afoot in Fun Home, the Tony Award–winning show based on the popular memoir/graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. As a grown-up Alison looks back on her childhood years and first months away at university, her English-teacher father’s troubling behaviour makes more sense in retrospect. His interest in his young male students. His trouble with the law. His ultimate suicide shortly after Alison comes out as a lesbian. And, permeating all of Alison’s memories, her mother’s unhappiness.

Glen Gordon, Nolan Dubuc, and Jaime MacLean. Set design by Amir Ofek, costume design by Amy McDougall, and lighting design by Alan Brodie. Photo by David Cooper.

Jaime MacLean portrays the youngest version of Alison with a charm and talent that belie her young age. She, along with her two perky onstage siblings (played by Glen Gordon and Nolen Dubuc), brings the house down with a showstopper of a rendition of “Come to the Fun Home” (“We take dead bodies every day of the week / So you’ve got no reason to roam / Use the Bechdel Funeral Home”).

Kelli Ogmundson and Sara-Jeanne Hosie. Set design by Amir Ofek, costume design by Amy McDougall, and lighting design by Alan Brodie. Photo by David Cooper.

Kelli Ogmundson brings a touching honestly to the portrayal of university-aged Alison, especially in “Changing My Major,” sung immediately after her first sexual experience with another woman. Adult Alison, in the ever-capable hands of Sara-Jeanne Hosie, is the perfect combination of confident yet still haunted by memories. Eric Craig deftly handles the most challenging role in the show, that of Alison’s tormented father. Rounding out the cast are Janet Gigliotti as Alison’s long-suffering mother, who shines in the gut-wrenching “Days and Days;” Sara Vickruck, a veritable force of nature in the role of Joan, Alison’s first love; and Nick Fontaine in a handful of smaller roles.

Despite its heartbreaking subject matter, Fun Home is a hilarious show filled with tunes that get toes tapping. Don’t miss it, at the Granville Island Stage until March 10.