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Chloe Lai

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.

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!

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.

Style-Savvy Shopping

By CHLOË LAI
Dec. 2018

Kimono-inspired top by Karen Kane

It’s officially holiday-party season. When a suitcase-based wardrobe just won’t cut it, stock up on designer apparel at Fashion Addition 14+. Curvy fashionistas find soirée-ready styles by labels such as Eileen Fisher, Dex and Karen Kane (pictured), with pieces that range from chic to showstopping. Party on!

New Gondola and Chairlifts at Whistler Blackcomb

By CHLOË LAI
Dec. 2018

Fresh bluebird powder turns under the Whistler Gondola (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Whistler Blackcomb is no slouch. The resort regularly occupies top spots in SKI magazine’s annual rankings, scoring points for everything from awesome après activities to great terrain variety. And they just keep raising the bar. A recent $66-million upgrade gives snow-seekers faster access to fresh powder on both mountains via improved Catskinner and Emerald chairlifts and an all-new Blackcomb Gondola. The gondola’s sleek 10-passenger cabins shuttle 4,000 people up the mountain every hour—over 25,000 people a day—the highest capacity in North America. Looks like there’s room for everyone at the top.

Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas 2018

By CHLOË LAI

Maureen Washington performs with the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir

Dec. 14 and 15, 2018 Vancouver’s favourite hand-clapping, foot-stomping holiday concert is back. Follow your dancin’ feet over to Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas. The 90-voice gospel choir—which has performed with the likes of Barbra Streisand and Josh Groban—joins forces with award-winning Canadian jazz powerhouse Maureen Washington to belt out beloved Christmas songs in the spectacular Christ Church Cathedral. It’ll have you dancing in your seat (or in the aisles).

Holiday Cheer at Vancouver Christmas Market 2018

By CHLOË LAI

Photo by Lindsay Elliott

To Dec. 24, 2018 There are plenty of ways to make merry at the Vancouver Christmas Market. Take photos inside the brightly lit walk-in Christmas tree or mistletoe-laden Lovers’ Lane tunnel, each decked out with tens of thousands of dazzling lights. Find treasures for all, from Käthe Wohlfahrt’s classic ornaments to Provence en Couleur’s luxe olive-wood kitchenware. Refuel with mulled wine in the heated lounge, sing seasonal tunes on select karaoke nights, or hop aboard the carousel—there’s no age limit for holiday spirit.

Ultimate Relaxation at Float House

By CHLOË LAI
Nov. 2018

Photo by Amandalproductions

Tired after a day of sightseeing? Sore from a long flight? Soothe busy minds and travel-weary bodies at Float House, where sensory deprivation tanks take rest, relaxation and recovery to the next level. Soak up the serenity—along with a healthy dose of stress- and pain-relieving magnesium sulfate—with 90 blissful minutes of effortless flotation in body-temperature water infused with nearly half a ton of Epsom salts. First-timers can even request gentle music to help ease the transition to absolute silence. Afterwards, sip tea in the post-float lounge before stepping back out into the world. Ready, set, glow.

Guo Pei’s Stunning Couture at the Vancouver Art Gallery

By CHLOË LAI

Photo courtesy of SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film

To Jan. 20, 2019 Recognize this stunning yellow silk cape (pictured)? Rihanna wore it to the Met Gala in 2015, propelling Beijing’s top couturière, Guo Pei, into the international spotlight. Resurrecting pre–Cultural Revolution tailoring techniques, Pei crafts gowns that combine imperial Chinese opulence with avant-garde aesthetics. Explore her stunning styles at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Guo Pei: Couture Beyond.

The Greatest Gift: Seasonal Shopping

By CHLOË LAI

Illustration ©Svetlana Chistobeva/iStockphoto.com

Nov. 7 to Dec. 24, 2018 It may be too early to hear sleigh bells ring, but it’s never too early to start whittling away at your shopping list. Make spirits bright with locally crafted treasures from one of the many studios and shops on Granville Island, or fill stockings with offerings from more than 300 Canadian artisans at the Circle Craft Christmas Market (Nov. 7 to 11). Nostalgic merrymakers love Christmas at Hycroft (Nov. 15 to 18), where festive vendors fill every nook and cranny of an Edwardian mansion decked out in traditional finery, and revel in the open-air magic of the German-themed Vancouver Christmas Market (Nov. 21 to Dec. 24). An exemption from the panic of last-minute shopping? That’s the greatest gift of all.