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One to Watch: Actor Diana Bang

May 2018

Diana Bang’s savvy bargain-hunting skills fuel her fun style (Photo by KK Law)

Diana Bang isn’t a household name—yet. For years the local actor and sketch-comedy artist has been appearing in filmed-in-Vancouver movies and TV shows such as Bates Motel. Her big break came when she landed the role of Sook in The Interview, alongside another funny Vancouver actor, Seth Rogen. Not content to just wait around for her next big role, Bang is also writing her own scripts, hoping one day to produce and direct as well: “You’ve got to create your own material,” she says. “That’s always the most fulfilling.” Her favourite collaborator is her sister, Andrea, who currently stars in the TV show Kim’s Convenience.

When Bang isn’t on a film set or at one of her many part-time jobs, she can be found working on her writing at The Birds & the Beets, a cozy cafe in Gastown, or picking up a steamed pork-and-vegetable bun or coconut bun from New Town Bakery, in Chinatown. She loves trying out new restaurants, which Vancouver has in abundance, or stopping for a drink at R&B Brewing, Pourhouse, Martini’s or Grapes & Soda.

Most of all, Bang loves making people laugh. Look for her in upcoming sketch-comedy performances with The Lady Show. We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on this rising star.

To find out more about Diana Bang, check out her website

Vancouver’s Craft Beer Circuit

May 2018

From left: Craft Lager, Filthy Dirty IPA, Trash Panda IPA and Ruby Tears NW Red Ale, at Parallel 49 (Photo by KK Law)

From easy drinking to just plain experimental, a bevy of brews can be found around Vancouver. Explore the options in hop-heavy neighbourhoods like Brewery Creek or East Village, where craft breweries are all a hop, sip and jump away. Start with local stalwarts like Brassneck and Parallel 49. For an even larger concentration of breweries, tap into Vancouver Craft Beer Week (May 25 to Jun. 3). This frothy celebration of beer, live music and special events culminates with a festival where 100 breweries pour over 300 beers and ciders. We’ll raise a glass to that.

Chanel Beauty Pop-Up


May 2018

Are you already dreaming of the beach? Chanel’s Les Beiges à la Plage pop-up has transformed the Skybridge entrance to Holt Renfrew into an urban beach resort straight out of France. Relax in a lounge chair, under a beach umbrella, while getting pampered in Chanel style. Enjoy exclusive offers and complimentary beauty services, including a “swim-up” nail bar (swimsuit not included—neither is the pool, unfortunately). And try out some of the products in Chanel’s new Les Beiges collection, such as tinted moisturizer, eyeshadow, lip balm and foundation. You’ll feel like you’ve had a French vacation without ever leaving Vancouver.

Chanel’s Les Beiges à la Plage is on until June 3, 2018.

Vocal Locavore: Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co.

May 2018

Andrea Carlson, chef and owner of Burdock & Co. (Photo by KK Law)

Burdock & Co. is a bastion of organic dining and locally sourced ingredients. For owner/chef Andrea Carlson, it’s a way of life, a journey she embarked on early in her career. (more…)

Royal Canadian Family Circus Spectac! Comes to Metro Vancouver


The S. Caleb Carinci Asch equestrian acrobats are, quite literally, lit.

May 17 to Jun. 10, 2018 It takes a certain kind of human—the word “super” comes to mind—to leap through a flaming hoop onto a galloping horse, juggle a world-record-breaking number of ping-pong balls with their mouths, or contort themselves into human pretzels. The incredible performers at Royal Canadian Family Circus Spectac! do all that and more, led by a larger-than-life ringmaster who’s headlined every circus show from Cirque du Soleil to the Ringling Brothers. Don’t miss crowd favourites Duo Gerrero, internationally acclaimed high-wire walkers who perform their death-defying balancing act while wife Aura sings to her husband, Werner—sometimes while doing the splits. Talk about going above and beyond.

Show dates and locations:

May 17 to 21: Guildford Town Centre, 10355-152 St., Surrey.

May 25 to 27: Tsawwassen Mills, 5000 Canoe Place Way, Tsawwassen.

May 31 to Jun 3: Lansdowne Centre, 5300 No. 3 Rd, Richmond.

Jun 7-10: Tradex, 1190 Cornell St., Abbotsford.

Stars on Ice Skates Into Vancouver


Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir photo by Julie Larochelle

May 17, 2018 Summer’s nearly here but Vancouver is as cool as ever, thanks to Investors Group Stars on Ice presented by Lindt. This national tour features a star-studded cast of Canada’s most-decorated figure skaters, including three-time world champion Elvis Stojko. It’s also the perfect opportunity to gaze adoringly at Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (pictured), whose steamy ice dance routine won the gold medal at the 2018 Olympics just a few months ago—and melted hearts across the country. Feel the magic in person at Rogers Arena. 

8 Great Gifts for Mother’s Day

On May 13, delight your dear mama with the perfect gift, something she can treasure all year long. (And maybe pick up something for yourself at the same time.)

May 2018

Pink: Beautiful Trauma Tour Comes to Rogers Arena


Rock on, Pink. Rock on. (Photo by Solve Sundsbo)

May 12, 2018 Almost two decades after her debut album went double-platinum, Pink is still one of the world’s bestselling music artists—and with good reason. Not content to settle for just being a powerful vocalist, the Grammy-Award-winning singer delivers live performances so athletic, they’re practically a Cirque du Soleil act. Singing while dangling from a trapeze? Check. While doing the splits on aerial silks? Check. While being flung into the air on bungee cords? Of course. There’s no telling what kind of jaw-dropping acts Pink has lined up for her Beautiful Trauma tour, but it’s safe to say: expect to be amazed.

Hot Ticket: Three Premieres at Ballet BC


Ballet BC photo by Cindi Wicklund

May 10 to 12, 2018 The final presentation of Ballet BC’s 32nd season unveils one Canadian and two world premieres—a triple-threat performance that’s sure to be en pointe. Program 3 brings to the stage for the first time Cayetano Soto’s haunting Beginning After, and New Work by the company’s own artistic director, Emily Molnar. Plus, for the first time in Canada, Bill presents the raw energy of Israeli choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. See all three at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

True Love at the BMO Vancouver Marathon


Johnson and Makokis on their matrimonial marathon in 2017. (Photo by Christopher Morris)

May 6, 2018 How do you know a couple is in it for the long run? When they share a passion for running—and get married in the middle of a race. At last year’s BMO Vancouver Marathon, Anthony Johnson and James Makokis paused at kilometre 32 to tie the knot against the picture-perfect backdrop of English Bay. On May 6, look for the happy couple as they celebrate their anniversary by doing the marathon again, this time with their moms. It seems the course of true love sometimes does run smooth.

Review: Murder on the Improv Express


May 2018

Murder on the Improv Express – A Killer Comedy parodies the classic “whodunit” genre. Photo: Vancouver TheatreSports

Vancouver TheatreSports presents homicide and hilarity with their feature show, Murder on the Improv Express – A Killer Comedy. Set in the 1930s on a luxury train stranded in the Rockies, this off-the-cuff comedy features an eclectic cast of characterswhen I saw the show, the round-up included a communist, a movie starlet, burlesque dancers, and a gummy-bear baronall of whom are implicated in a murder that takes place aboard the train. Thankfully, a famous detective is on board, too. (more…)

Get Crafty: Locally Distilled Spirits

May 2018

Toast your travels with Schramm Gin from Pemberton Distillery

Would you like to take your time in Whistler and bottle it? Then save suitcase space for small-batch spirits with local flavour. At Gillespie’s Fine Spirits, savour tipples such as Sin Gin with its locally foraged botanicals, and Raspberry Gin that’s crafted with BC berries. Pemberton Distillery is famed for the award-winning Schramm Vodka—made from potatoes sourced from just down the road—as well as more creative options like the Barrel-Aged Apple Brandy that boasts BC-based fruit. Now that’s souvenir-savvy.