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British Columbia

Spirited Sightseeing: Halloween-themed Tours and Activities

By CHLOË LAI
Oct. 2018

The Gastown Steam Clock is located on Water St., one of the most haunted streets in town (Photo ©James Wheeler/Dreamstime.com)

It’s officially spectre-seeking season. Revel in eerie tales of local hauntings with Ghostly Vancouver Tours, hop aboard Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours to see spooky sites—including the city’s first morgue—or solve a cold-case murder with Vancouver Mysteries. Forbidden Vancouver’s Lost Souls of Gastown tour weaves grisly historical anecdotes into a roving theatre experience, while nightmarish characters, haunted houses and scream-worthy rides await at Fright Nights at Playland. For family-friendly frights, ride The Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train. Happy haunting!

Geek Power: Fan Expo Vancouver 2018

By SHERI RADFORD

Fan Expo Vancouver gathers more than 30,000 dedicated fans for four days of faraway-galaxy fun

Oct. 12 to 14, 2018 Whether you belong to the “May the Force be with you” or the “Live long and prosper” galaxy of geekdom—or another one entirely—you’re sure to find likeminded uber-nerds at the annual Fan Expo Vancouver. More than 30,000 fanboys and fangirls don elaborate costumes and line up to meet celebs such Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy). Will you try to be there? As Yoda said, “Do or do not; there is no try.”

Clowning Around: Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Costumes by Dominique Lemieux

Oct. 10 to 14, 2018 Corteo is staged around a once-in-a-lifetime event: the funeral of Mauro the clown. The colourful character dreams his own circus-themed celebration of life, which includes acrobats bouncing off beds, a live marionette, aerialists swinging from chandeliers, and a performer who floats above the crowd aided by gigantic helium balloons. It’s all the death-defying feats, eye-catching costumes and mesmerizing music that Cirque du Soleil is famous for. Definitely worth adding to your bucket list.

Where to Celebrate Diwali in Vancouver

By CHLOË LAI

Arno Kamolika performs a Bharatanatyam interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Shyama

Oct. 3-Nov. 17, 2018 Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, brightens long autumn nights. Fire up your cooking and mosaic-painting skills at Diwali Fest or catch one of Diwali in BC’s trailblazing performances: A Vancouver Guldasta illuminates the challenges faced by the Sikh diaspora in the ’80s, while The Believers Are But Brothers shines a light on online extremism. A fresh take on Bengali dance drama Shyama (pictured) pays tribute to its original creator, the first non-European Nobel Laureate poet. Truly dazzling.

Quintessentially Canadian Cuisine

By TIM PAWSEY
Sep. 2018

Enjoy dishes such as house-smoked salmon with beets, crème fraîche and fingerling chips at Edible Canada (Photo by KK Law)

Right across from the Granville Island Public Market, Edible Canada celebrates all things comestible and Canadian. The patriotic bistro beckons with local and pan-continental tastes, from Dungeness crab risotto to Northern Alberta elk tartare to wild BC salmon with miso-apple butter. Ingredients are always sustainably sourced and seafood dishes certified Ocean Wise, while smaller, hard-to-find Okanagan and Vancouver Island producers head the wine list. No time to eat or drink? No worries. An adjoining store yields a trove of easy-to-pack gourmet souvenirs.

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Coolest Concerts of Autumn: From JT to Jay-Z

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Oct/Nov 2018

Photo by Ryan McGinley

On Nov. 8 and 9, Justin Timberlake brings sexy back to Rogers Arena. The pop powerhouse is taking hits like “Rock Your Body” and “Cry Me a River” on the road to promote his chart-topping album Man of the Woods. He’s in good company, too, as a steady stream of pop and rock icons raise the roof at the arena and BC Place: Def Leppard and Journey (Oct. 1), Jay-Z and Beyoncé (Oct. 2), Luke Bryan (Oct. 13), Drake (Nov. 3 and 4) and Fleetwood Mac (Nov. 14). With a line-up like that, it’s hard not to “Let the Groove Get In.” 

Brunette’s Witty Shirts Say It All

By SHERI RADFORD
Sep. 2018

Two of our favourite things—wine and fashion—together at last, thanks to Brunette

Whether you’re a oenophile or a neophyte or something in-between, take note. Local label Brunette has discovered the perfect pairing for fall: a “Pinot Please” sweatshirt and an overflowing glass of wine. The shirt is even the exact right shade to hide any spills incurred while sipping. Find the sassy shirt at Brunette or Nordstrom, then head to Legacy Liquor Store for a vast selection of vino. Cheers!

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time

BY Sheri Radford

Sep. 2018

 

Photo by David Cooper

Getting inside the head of someone with autism is a daunting task. Author Mark Haddon more than rose to the challenge in his bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time, which follows an autistic teenager trying to unravel the mystery of who killed the neighbour’s dog. The brilliant stage adaptation that followed dominated the Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk awards in 2015.

Photo by David Cooper

Now the Arts Club has opened its 55th season with a stellar production of the innovative play. The cast is uniformly excellent, but standouts include Daniel Doheny as the central character of Christopher, who struggles with everything in the world around him; Todd Thomson as Christopher’s gruff father, Ed, who loves and is frustrated by his son in equal measure; and Ghazal Azarbad as Siobhan, Christopher’s eternally patient teacher and the play’s de facto narrator. The story plays out against a minimalist set that transforms seamlessly from bedroom to school to London Tube station. And the special effects include the most entertaining solution to a math problem ever presented on stage.

Photo by David Cooper

The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time runs to Oct. 7, 2018, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

Show-Stealing Walruses at the Vancouver Aquarium

By CHLOË LAI
Sep. 2018

Photo courtesy Vancouver Aquarium

Move over, adorable otters. Make way, pint-sized penguins. Magnificently moustachioed walruses have arrived at the Vancouver Aquarium, and they’re a big deal in more ways than one. The first walruses to ever live at the aquarium, Lakina and Balzak are as enormous as they are charming: once fully grown, Lakina could weigh up to 1,700 kg (3,750 lbs) while her half-brother may tip the scales at 3,700 kg (8,150 lbs). They’re also talented “singers,” serenading visitors with deep roars, train-like whistles and more. And did we mention that they’re capable of sucking clams right out of their shells? Get a glimpse of these talented behemoths at the Research Outpost, which is open to the public for the first time. Talk about making a splash.

Devoted to Dumplings

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Sep. 2018

Delicious dishes await on the Dumpling Trail

Of all the spectacular trails—hiking, biking or otherwise—to conquer around Vancouver, the Dumpling Trail is arguably the most satisfying. Nearby Richmond is famed for top-notch Asian cuisine, so it’s no surprise that 20 restaurants offering delectable dumplings are all just a hop, skip and bite away. As with any trail, a map, sturdy walking shoes and stretchy pants are recommended. Along the way, discover dough-wrapped specialties such as prawn-stuffed har gow and soup-filled xiao long bao. Regional offerings like bubble tea, kimchi and hand-pulled noodles make excellent trail companions, too. A truly tasty trek.

Double Take: Film & TV Landmarks in Downtown

Hollywood North’s leading architectural landmarks are ready for their close-up

By CHLOË LAI
Sep. 2018

Photo by KK Law

Hotel Europe

Built 1909

As seen in Legends of the Fall, The NeverEnding Story, Twice’s “Likey” music video

The iconic flatiron-style building that dominates Gastown’s Maple Tree Square isn’t just the oldest reinforced-concrete structure in Vancouver: it’s the oldest in all of Canada. (Naturally, it’s also rumoured to be haunted.) If it feels like a little slice of New York City, that’s because the design echoes Manhattan’s famous Flatiron Building, constructed in 1902. Elegant original features—including Italian tile floors and granite columns—make it an ideal location for historical films. Originally a hotel for business travellers, the heritage building is now home to residential units and quirky shops. The best spot to snap a selfie with this landmark is from across the street, facing the Gassy Jack statue. (more…)

Head Over Heels for Sole’s Beach Flips

By SHERI RADFORD
Sep. 2018

Keep summer alive until the last possible moment with Sole’s Beach Flips

Seeking your sole-mate? Meet Sole’s Beach Flips. Made from recycled wine corks, these eco-friendly flip-flops are destined to find a place in your heart. The all-natural cork wicks moisture, reduces odour, absorbs shock and even moulds to your feet over time, creating the ultimate custom fit. Pick up a pair of these cute kicks at The Boardroom, so you and your feet can live happily ever after.