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British Columbia

Festive Fare at H2

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

When it’s time to make (or bake) new friends, we recommend going the jolly gingerbread route.

’Tis the season for holiday baking. Learn how to make three types of “holly jolly holiday cookies”—gingerbread, pumpkin spice and shortbread—in a baking class, Dec. 19 at H2 Rotisserie & Bar. Each participant takes home three dozen cookies and a s’mores kit. And because the holidays revolve around food, H2 has lots more planned: a turkey takeout meal, for those who enjoy eating the big meal more than preparing it (Dec. 22 to 26); Christmas dinner (Dec. 24 and 25); and a Christmas lunch buffet (Dec. 25). Time to break out the stretchy pants.

Seasonal Magic at the Vancouver Christmas Market

By CHLOË LAI

Carousel rides, candied apples and craft brews make for a classic Vancouver Christmas.

To Dec. 24, 2017 Nothing is quite as merry and bright as the Vancouver Christmas Market, brimming with unique gifts, festive foods and live entertainment. New this year is Canada’s first Walk-In Christmas Tree: visitors can step inside to find themselves surrounded by thousands of dazzling lights.

Vancouver TheatreSports League Presents Christmas Queen 4: Secret Santa

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The best thing about improv? You’ll never see the same show twice.

To Dec. 23, 2017 Give it up, Grinch. Shove over, Scrooge. The North Pole has a new villain, and she brought lots of laughs along. The blue-haired Christmas Queen—better known as Her Royal Meanness—brings off-the-cuff comedy to Santa’s workshop in an attempt to ruin Christmas. Will holiday hilarity prevail? Find out in Christmas Queen 4: Secret Santa, a festive frolic that combines the quick wit of the Vancouver TheatreSports League with audience participation for a unique show every night.

Designer Finds at Turnabout

By CHLOË LAI
Dec. 2017

Welcome to your new happy place.

Fashion maven Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City famously said, “I like my money right where I can see it . . . hanging in my closet.” If Bradshaw had stepped out of the TV and into Turnabout Luxury Resale, she could have filled her closet with designer labels and still had enough left over for matching shoes. For nearly 40 years, this locally owned consignment boutique has showcased expertly curated clothes, jewellery, shoes and accessories for men and women. Find well-priced like-new pieces by catwalk veterans such as Manolo Blahnik and Gucci alongside gems from beloved local brands like Nicole Bridger, Aritzia and Lululemon. Pro tip: labels are colour-coded for additional markdowns. We’re going to need a bigger closet.

Holiday Gift Guide: For Globetrotters

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Trying to find the perfect present for the die-hard traveller on your list? This final piece in our five-part gift guide series is full of essentials for far-flung expeditions.

Lightweight and breathable, the Atom LT Hoody from local brand Arc’teryx feels as warm and cozy as a sleeping bag but can be packed down to almost nothing and stored inside its own pocket. (more…)

BC-made Gifts at the Audain Art Museum Shop

By SHERI RADFORD

A beautiful selection of gifts and souvenirs made in BC. (Photo: Darby Magill)

Let’s face it: no one enjoys receiving a tacky trinket as a souvenir of your trip to Whistler. Up your gift-giving game by visiting the Audain Art Museum Shop. This carefully curated boutique features exquisite jewellery, puzzles, books and sculptures, all made by BC artists and artisans. Souvenir shopping doesn’t get any simpler than this.

Review: Onegin

BY SHERI RADFORD

Dec. 2017

Alessandro Juliani, Caitriona Murphy, Meg Roe and Lauren Jackson in the 2017 production of Onegin. Costume design by Jacqueline Firkins. Set design by Drew Facey. Lighting design by John Webber. Photo by David Cooper.

When a new musical premieres to rave reviews, scooping up every local theatre award in the process, it’s hard to imagine any subsequent performances living up to all the hoopla. But the new production of Onegin at the Granville Island Stage succeeds.

The cast of Onegin in the 2017 production. Costume design by Jacqueline Firkins. Set design by Drew Facey. Lighting design by John Webber. Photo by David Cooper.

Alessandro Juliani is absolutely riveting as the self-centred Evgeni Onegin. His real-life wife, Meg Roe, lights up the stage as Tatyana Larin. Josh Epstein is pitch-perfect as Onegin’s friend Vladimir Lensky. Rounding out the stellar cast are Lauren Jackson, Caitriona Murphy, Andrew Wheeler and Andrew McNee, each switching seamlessly between various roles that demand singing, dancing, comedy and drama.

Lauren Jackson and Josh Epstein in the 2017 production of Onegin. Costume design by Jacqueline Firkins. Set design by Drew Facey. Lighting design by John Webber. Photo by David Cooper.

Don’t miss Onegin, at the Granville Island Stage to Dec. 31, 2017.

Holiday Gift Guide: For Cool Kids

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Can’t figure out what wee ones might want to find under the tree? Part four of our five-part gift guide series has you covered.

Hudson’s Bay reveals its true stripes by donating the proceeds from Hudson—this year’s limited-edition Charity Bear—to Headfirst, which supports mental health initiatives across Canada. (more…)

Handmade Holiday Market: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Letterpress stationery from Porchlight Press warms up our cold, Grinchy hearts.

Dec. 9 to 10, 2017 It’s all handmade for the holidays at Shiny Fuzzy Muddy’s 15th annual show. More than 30 local designers, jewellers and artists make gift-giving merry and bright with one-of-a-kind wares, including hand-dyed textiles from Daub + Design, upcycled cashmere accessories from Winterluxe, and letterpress stationery from Porchlight Press (pictured). We guarantee that there’s something for everyone on your list—whether naughty or nice.

Holiday Gift Guide: For Foodies

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Got a foodie in the family? Part three of our five-part gift guide series is chock-full of presents for people who crave delicious swag.

A candy bento box from Sugarfina satisfies any sweet tooth. At Nordstrom or online at Sugarfina.ca. (more…)

Review: Almost, Maine

BY SHERI RADFORD

The cast of Almost, Maine.

What happens when we open our hearts? That’s the question at the core of Almost, Maine, a quirky play set in small-town Maine.

Starring five actors who portray 19 characters, this cozy anthology explores every aspect of romance, from infatuation to heartbreak. Covering romantic ground familiar to anyone who’s ever watched the yuletide favourite Love Actually, this play handles the frequent changes in tone, from sweet to funny to bitter, more skilfully than its celluloid counterpart. The playwright even deftly sneaks in a charming tale of two male friends falling—quite literally—in love.

The ensemble cast is uniformly excellent, but special kudos go to Kim Larson and Peter Carlone for bringing to life the most memorable (and hilarious) characters.

Kim Larson and Peter Carlone. Photo by Ron Reed.

Catch all the magic to Dec. 16, 2017, at Pacific Theatre.

Holiday Gift Guide: for the Style Savvy

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Not sure what to get for the sharpest dressers on your list? No worries. Part two of our five-part gift guide series is full of fashion-forward inspiration.

No woman can resist the scintillating sparkle of a diamond necklace from Lao Feng Xiang. (more…)