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British Columbia

Eco-friendly Tips for Tourists


Enjoy the best of Whistler by bike. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Enjoy the best of Whistler by bike. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Countless travellers have fallen for Whistler’s natural good looks—here are some ways to keep it lush by making your visit environmentally friendly: Make the most of that fresh mountain air by walking or cycling everywhere. Check bin labels to see whether items are compostable or recyclable before putting them in the trash. Carry reusable water bottles and shopping bags so you can sip glacier-fed tap water while loading up on locally designed souvenirs. And come back soon, because visitors like you are part of what makes Whistler beautiful.

Equinox Gallery: New Works


“Day Residue” by Ben Reeves. (Photo courtesy the artist and Equinox Gallery)

Oct. 20 to Nov. 25, 2017 On the palette, paint is…well, simply paint. But on the canvas, it becomes much more. That duality is what interests Vancouverite Ben Reeves. The local artist explores both the physicality of paint—whether a blob, splash or smear—and what it means when paired with other bold brushstrokes. Discover his lush, colour-drenched world with recent paintings such as “Day Residue (Blue Ebb)” (pictured) in New Works at Equinox Gallery.

Review: Thanks for Giving


Oct. 2017

Caacumh – Aaron M. Wells, Tom McBeath, Deneh’Cho Thompson, Leslie Dos Remedies, Tai Amy Grumman and Margo Kane in Thanks for Giving. Photo by Emily Cooper.

Like many Thanksgiving feasts, this one is stuffed a bit too full for comfort, though it does ultimately satisfy. Written and directed by Governor General’s Award–winner Kevin Loring, Thanks for Giving tells the story of Nan (Margo Kane) and her family. Nan is a First Nations woman whose second husband, Clifford (Tom McBeath), is a white man and avid hunter who never even attempts to understand the issues facing Indigenous people. Nan’s daughter, Sue (Andrea Menard), battles addiction and pain of both the physical and physiological varieties. Nan’s grandchildren John (caacumhi – Aaron M. Wells), Clayton (Deneh’Cho Thompson) and Marie (Tai Amy Grauman) each have their own demons to face. Also taking a place at the strife-filled Thanksgiving table is Sam (Leslie Dos Remedios), Marie’s lesbian lover who is posing as her roommate.

Shyama-Priya and Tom McBeath in Thanks for Giving. Photo by Emily Cooper.

The action kicks off with Clifford shooting a bear, an act that has repercussions both in the family and in the greater world, as Clifford ultimately faces prison time and a fine substantial enough to bankrupt the family. The first act takes place during one long Thanksgiving dinner full of drama and revealed secrets, while the second act skips through the following years. Throughout the two-hour run time, the play examines issues relating to the treatment of Indigenous people, Native storytelling traditions, the lingering effects of intergenerational trauma, homosexuality, family secrets, addiction, violence, colonialism and more—a lot to swallow, indeed. Thanks for Giving is at its best when showing small, relatable family interactions, especially involving the stellar Margo Kane, whose deadpan delivery garners huge laughs, and her on-stage husband, Tom McBeath. But the play falters when it veers into lecture territory, in particular one long diatribe delivered by Tai Amy Grauman over the dinner table, which feels like it was lifted directly from a university textbook. Despite these flaws, the play is such an enjoyable meal overall that it might even be worth a second helping.

Margo Kane and Tom McBeath in Thanks for Giving. Photo by Emily Cooper.

The world premiere of Thanks for Giving runs until Nov. 4 on the Granville Island Stage.

Ultimate Travel Jacket: Arc’teryx

Oct. 2017

Warm, dry, stylish. What more could we possibly want in a jacket?

Autumn weather can change in an instant, from sunny and summery to wet and wintry, then back again. Fortunately, the Codetta Coat from Arc’teryx has you covered. Made from Gore-Tex fabric, it keeps out Vancouver’s infamous rain but looks more stylish than most waterproof jackets. It’s lightweight and breathable for warm days, and also roomy, to fit cozy layers underneath in chilly weather. The adjustable hood and double back vent ensure a comfy fit. Plus it’s long enough to keep your derrière dry in a downpour, yet light enough to fold up small in a suitcase. In other words, the ultimate travel jacket.

Interview: Cirque du Soleil Aerialist Anne Weissbecker


Aerialist Anne Weissbecker performs acrobatics on a flying bicycle for Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios (Photo by Martin Girard/ShootStudio.ca. Costume by Philippe Guillotel)

Oct. 19 to Dec. 31, 2017 “We all have, I’m sure, weird luggage,” laughs Anne Weissbecker. The aerialist is talking about what it’s like to travel with Cirque du Soleil—around six cities a year, with two months spent in each location. “Your whole life is in your suitcase,” she says. “I am French, so I always have my coffee machine, and some pans to cook. You have to find things that make you happy.” (more…)

Hudson’s Bay and Levi’s: Trucker Jacket Collab

Oct. 2017

Wondering whether you can rock a Canadian tuxedo? The answer is yes.

Don’t drive a big rig? No problem. High-octane heritage brands Hudson’s Bay Company and Levi’s recently teamed up to roll out a pair of timeless styles—the women’s Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket and the men’s Type III Trucker Jacket—that look as slick on the street as they do on the highway. Featuring classic denim detailing by Levi’s, and lined with the iconic stripes of Canada’s oldest department store, these jackets are well worth a detour to Hudson’s Bay.

Deer Lake Gallery: Horror Vacui


Find pieces by artists like Mallory Donen at the Horror Vacui exhibit.

Oct. 7 to 28, 2017 Do empty spaces give you the creeps? Deer Lake Gallery has the cure: the exhibit Horror Vacui. The art principle—also a fear, called kenophobia—takes an aversion to white space and fills the void with visually busy, dynamic art that encompasses the entire canvas. Meditative and time-consuming, these works demonstrate intense attention to detail through mark-making and repetition. Take in a collaborative mural, plus drawings, sculptures and paintings by artists such as Mallory Donen (pictured).

Get Squeaky Clean with Lush Cosmetics

Oct. 2017

Follow your nose to the fragrant offerings at Lush’s newly renovated space.

If you’re looking for a vegetarian bath bomb, bubble bar or body butter, you’re in luck. For over 20 years, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics has been making cruelty-free skincare and haircare products, using as little packaging and as few preservatives as possible. The Vancouver-based company recently renovated its flagship location on Robson Street, expanding it to almost double the size. And Lush’s commitment to the environment is as strong as ever: reclaimed wood and salvaged vintage decor fill the updated space, making it bigger and better.

Win! A Membership to Polygon Gallery

Win a FIRST MEMBERSHIP to the city’s most anticipated new cultural attraction, which includes 2 tickets to The Polygon Gallery’s not-to-be-missed OPENING PARTY on Friday, Nov 17!

To enter, simply follow these two steps:

1. Follow @thepolygongallery and @wherevancouver on Instagram.

2. On the Instagram post, tag who you would bring to the party.

Contest closes Oct. 17, 2017.

Rules and Regulations

Seasonal Sips: Pumpkin Ale


Bradley Moffatt with one of the fall offerings at Central City. (Photo by KK Law)

Well before Halloween, the city’s talented craft brewers turn their attention to pumpkin ales. And the results are anything but scary. Styles can range from dry and spicy to sweet and fruity. But the flavours, often with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove hints, are always authentic. For a truly seasonal sip, swing by Central City for Red Racer Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ale. Head to Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smoke House in the Stadium District for the Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale. At Steamworks in Gastown, sip some pumpkin ale and get a glimpse of the harbour. Or, to discover a range of styles, try a flight at St. Augustine’s in East Van, with over 60 beers and ciders from near and far on tap.

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Noodlebox Turns Up the Heat


Whether you like it hot or mild, you’ll find your flavour at Noodlebox.

Summer’s officially over, but the heat is on at Noodlebox. Curb your pan-Asian flavour cravings with classics like the Spicy Peanut Noodle Box, brimming with ribbon noodles, creamy Indonesian peanut sauce and fresh veggies. For a protein pick-me-up, try add-ons like ethically raised meats, Ocean Wise prawns, or tofu. And if a mild spice level isn’t enough to warm your belly, there’s always the Scorching Hot option—but be ready to feel the burn.

Festivals for Writers

Oct./Nov. 2017

Meet the great minds behind your most beloved books. (Photo by Rawf8/Fotolia)

Various Dates Calling all bookworms and bibliophiles: you can meet like-minded bookish folks at three big events this fall. The Vancouver Writers Fest (Oct. 16 to 22), Whistler Writers Festival (Oct. 12 to 15) and JCC Jewish Book Festival (Nov. 25 to 30) feature authors such as Margaret Atwood, Andrew O’Hagan, Barbara Gowdy, Susin Nielsen, Ruby Namdar and Rachel Kadish. Readings, poetry slams and writing contests are just a few of the attractions for lovers of the printed word. Write on!