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British Columbia

One for the Books: Indigo on Robson Street

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

Indigo on Robson Street

Calling all bookworms and bibliophiles: a huge Indigo opened downtown recently, and it’s filled with everything to warm a booklover’s heart. More than 58,000 unique titles run the gamut from romances, mysteries and memoirs to cookbooks, travel guides and graphic novels. Browse the departments for children and babies, linger in the wellness area to test a meditation pillow or aromatherapy spray, and check out the impressive selection of board games. Make sure to visit Starbucks on the second level, where floor-to-ceiling windows boast a stellar view of Robson Street. Book paradise, found.

Like a Rock: Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band live at The Palace of Auburn Hills (Photo by Ken Settle)

Feb. 7, 2019 Those in the mood for some “Old Time Rock and Roll” are in luck: Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band are on their final farewell tour, and they’ve brought their catalogue of classics along. After five decades of chart-topping songs and sold-out stadiums, one of the world’s best-selling artists is ready to “Turn the Page” and retire from the road. Catch the “Travelin’ Man” and his band at Rogers Arena.

New Year, New Art at the Contemporary Art Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Jan. 2018

“Abandoned Details 4” by Anna Torma (Photo courtesy the artist/Esker Foundation)

Multiple dates Starting the New Year off with a bang, the Contemporary Art Gallery presents three—nearly simultaneous—January exhibit openings. On Jan. 18, two solo shows take over the gallery space: Chair for a Woman, featuring imaginative sculptural works by Anne Low, and If No One Asks, Aslan Gaisumov’s thought-provoking still and moving images. They join off-site exhibit How far do you travel?, which takes over the streets as of Jan. 17. The innovative exhibition wraps city buses in works by five Canadian artists, such as “Abandoned Details 4” (pictured) by Anna Torma. Consider it a cultural tour de force.

KISS’s End of the Road Tour Hits Rogers Arena

By CHLOË LAI

Photo by Jen Rosenstein

Jan. 31, 2019 If you’ve been waiting your whole life to “Rock & Roll All Nite,” wait no longer. This month, KISS  explodes onto the stage at Rogers Arena for the very last time. The legendary fire-breathing, blood-spitting, pyrotechnics-loving rock stars are kicking off their End of the Road farewell tour, which means this may be your last chance to see them in all their costumed glory. “Creatures of the Night,” take note: the time to rock is now.

Like a Local: Ice Skating at Robson Square

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Robson Square Ice Rink (Photo by KK Law)

To Feb. 28, 2019 Besides saying “sorry,” ice skating may be one of the most Canadian activities out there. Take part in this patriotic tradition at Robson Square Ice Rink, which appeals to aspiring Sidney Crosbys and Patrick Chans alike. And aside from showing off your triple lutz to all your new (and very polite) Canuck friends, the best part is entry is free and skate rentals are only $5. Prefer to stick to the sidelines? Watch all the action with a warm drink from the concession. Get ready to glide.

Canadian Artist Paul Ygartua’s Vivid Works at Ukama Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Fiesta” by Paul Ygartua (Image courtesy the artist)

Jan. 18 to 31, 2019 Depth of colour and feeling combine in vibrant works by Canadian artist Paul Ygartua. His pieces create dimension through a unique backdrop of canvas and plexiglass—a medium he developed back in 1980 (“Fiesta,” pictured). Peruse his paintings at Ukama Gallery’s Primordial Abstraction: Depth & Illusion.

Mind-Bending Magic: The Illusionists

By CHLOË LAI

The Illusionists dazzle audiences at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from Jan. 15 to 20

Jan. 15 to 20, 2019 The explosive entertainers behind The Illusionists have more than a few mind-blowing tricks up their sleeves. Styled as eccentric characters with names like The Escapologist and The Anti-Conjuror, these masters of deception have been astonishing sold-out audiences all over the world with their high-tech hijinks, fiery pyrotechnics and seemingly impossible physical feats. Catch their amazing act at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre—and try not to let your jaw hit the floor too hard.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival is a Foodie’s Dream Come True

By CHLOË LAI

Fine fare at Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge (Photo by KK Law)

Jan. 18 to Feb. 3, 2019 Oyster-shucking workshops. Behind-the-scenes sips at craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. Dim sum tours of Chinatown. Welcome to the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Canada’s largest celebration of food and drink. Sample sustainable seafood at the Ocean Wise Pop-Up Restaurant inside the Vancouver Aquarium, or head to Bauhaus for a five-course meal by a Michelin-starred guest chef. The most appetizing offer of all? Superb prix-fixe menus at some 300 restaurants give guests a rare chance to sample top-notch local cuisine at bargain prices. Bon appétit!

A Beginner’s Guide to French Pastry

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2019

French Pastry 101 by Betty Hung

If your New Year’s resolution is to avoid sweets and pastries, then we offer you our condolences. But if, instead, you’ve resolved to live in the moment and wrest joy from every experience, then follow your sweet tooth to Beaucoup Bakery, where some of the city’s best croissants, brownies, tarts and cookies await. While lingering over coffee and a treat, pick up a copy of French Pastry 101, the new cookbook from Beaucoup co-owner Betty Hung. Filled with dozens of recipes that even a beginner can follow, the tasty tome is sure to inspire cravings galore. Happy New Year!

Mountaintop Tastes at Whistler Blackcomb

By CHLOË LAI
Jan. 2019

Roundhouse Umbrella Bar (Photo by Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Even the most dedicated skiers and snowboarders need to refuel. Fortunately, there’s no need to abandon the scenic slopes—there are plenty of delicious options at high altitude, all offering great views. On Blackcomb, indulge in fully loaded Belgian waffles at Crystal Hut or fine cuisine and flights of wine at Christine’s. On Whistler, sample Ocean Wise seafood at Steeps Grill & Wine Bar or I-can’t-believe-it’s-all-veggie fare at Raven’s Nest. Looking for a liquid lunch? Sip a Caesar cocktail at the glass-walled Roundhouse Umbrella Bar (pictured) while soaking up 360 degrees of Coast Mountain scenery. You may never want to come down.

The Sweetest Resolution: Chocolates in Vancouver

This year, we resolve to eat better…chocolate

By CHLOË LAI
Jan. 2018

Photo by KK Law

The science is in: eating chocolate lowers cholesterol and reduces age-related memory loss—hey, we’re not getting any younger. Plus, it releases endorphins that make us feel like we’re falling in love. West Coasters are big on wellness (and love!), so we take these sweets seriously. Vancouver’s cacao connoisseurs craft the finest melt-in-your-mouth magic this side of Willy Wonka’s factory. Ask your chocolatier if these chocolates are right for you. Clockwise from top left: Crave-worthy cocktail chocolates from Beta5. Gourmet ganache-filled chocolate bars from Mink. Mini milk chocolate hedgehogs with creamy hazelnut filling from Purdys. Chic chocolates and truffles from Thomas Haas. Solid dark chocolate medallions with Haida designs, from Chocolate Arts. Beautifully bite-sized chocolate bonbons from Thierry.

Electric Company Theatre’s World Premiere of The Full Light of Day

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo by Don Lee

Jan. 7 to 12, 2019 What do you get when you combine traditional theatre with 14 live-streaming cameras and huge on-stage projections? The Full Light of Day, a provocative new work by Electric Company Theatre. The company is known for producing innovative shows that also tell a strong story, and this new piece is no exception. A modern allegory, it focuses on a terminally ill woman who takes a huge risk to redeem her family, and it uses larger-than-life projections to smash through the customary limitations of live theatre. Catch this groundbreaking show at the Vancouver Playhouse.