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Morija Designs: One-of-a-Kind Silk

By CHLOË LAI
May 2018

Photo by Joseph Cruz/www.cherryblossomportraitstudio.ca

Coco Chanel once said that “in order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” Local textile artist Morija Reeb more than meets that challenge: every item in her collection is crafted entirely by hand, ensuring unique patterns and textures. Using natural dyes and ethically sourced raw silk fibres, Reeb creates singularly stylish scarves, necklaces, earrings and floral pins that you’ll never want to take off. Discover Morija Designs online, or in person at the Silk Weaving Studio.

Royal Canadian Family Circus Spectac! Comes to Metro Vancouver

By CHLOË LAI

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 Guerrero, 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

By CHLOË LAI

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. 

Pink: Beautiful Trauma Tour Comes to Rogers Arena

By CHLOË LAI

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.

2018 Where to Dine Awards: Vancouver

At Five Sails, enjoy pan-seared bass piccata, vegetables and golden fingerling potatoes in a lemon-and-caper butter sauce—and, of course, the incredible view of Coal Harbour

Our annual Where to Dine Awards pay tribute to the hardworking folks who make Vancouver such a food-lover’s paradise

By TIM PAWSEY, SHERI RADFORD & JILL VON SPRECKEN
Photos by KK LAW

Critics’ Choice

LES CLEFS D’OR CANADA SILVER SERVICE 
Five Sails Restaurant

Vancouver’s abundant dining options can overwhelm a hungry traveller, but Les Clefs d’Or always know the newest hotspots, the tried-and-true stalwarts and the hidden gems. These dedicated concierges won’t steer you wrong, and this year their top pick is Five Sails. Perched right on the waterfront, this perennial favourite expertly combines stellar West Coast cuisine with warm service and stunning views of the mountains, inner harbour and Stanley Park. Linger over poached lobster, roasted sablefish or smoked duck breast while watching floatplanes land and cruise ships depart. And make sure to peruse the wine list, which showcases selections from BC’s Okanagan region.—SR (more…)

2Cellos: The Score Tour at Rogers Arena

By CHLOË LAI

Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic of 2Cellos. (Photo by Roger Rich)

Apr. 25, 2018 Individually, Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser began as classical music prodigies, winning countless prizes at international music competitions. Together, they’ve taken the pop/rock world by storm: since bursting into the spotlight as 2Cellos seven years ago, they’ve played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, toured with Sir Elton John and performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show and Glee. Catch them at Rogers Arena as they unleash their latest album, Score, covering iconic songs from films like The Lord of the Rings and Titanic. Truly epic. 

Science World: Ripley’s Believe It or Not

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Interact with a vast collection of fascinating artifacts, discoveries and displays from around the world at Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

To Apr. 22, 2018 Step right up! At Science World, kids of all ages can explore the unbelievable at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibit. Inside this “odditorium” of artifacts, discover the science behind the truly amazing and absurd, such as micro-sculptures that can pass through the eye of a needle, and a life-size model of a prehistoric snake. Or stand on your tiptoes to see how you measure up against the world’s tallest man. Experiments, specimens, challenges and multimedia installations help budding explorers glimpse the weird and wonderful world of Robert Ripley. Strange, but true.

Cirque du Soleil Hits the Ice

By CHLOË LAI

Photo by Matt Beard, costumes by Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt. Courtesy Cirque du Soleil

Apr. 11-15, 2018 For the first time ever, Cirque du Soleil is taking their gravity-defying show to a whole new level: the ice. Awe-inspiring acrobats are joined by skaters—coached by four-time world champion figure skater Kurt Browning—for Crystal, a groundbreaking ice show packed with synchronized skating, aerial trapeze, and ramp-jumping, back-flipping hockey players. It’s a new frontier for fearless fun.

Viva Las Vegans: Touring Vancouver’s Plant-Based Eateries

By CHLOË LAI
Apr. 2018

The organic, dairy-free gelato at Umaluma is deliciously creamy. (Photo courtesy Umaluma)

Vancouver Food Tour gets the palate party started with a walking tour of some of the city’s most popular plant-based eateries. Cozy comfort fare, vegan pizzas, acai bowls and unbelievably creamy dairy-free gelato (pictured) await eager appetites in Gastown and Chinatown, while a visit to nearby Vegan Supply Co. offers a chance to stock your suitcase with healthy snacks for herbivores. Remember, what happens in Vancouver’s vegan scene doesn’t have to stay in Vancouver’s vegan scene.

Fifi’s Bistro: Tastes Like Home, But Better

By CHLOË LAI
Mar. 2018

Made-from-scratch fare at Fifi’s Bistro (Photo by Shelby Jenkins)

Outdoor adventures call for hearty home-cooked meals. That’s where Fifi’s Bistro comes in. Made-from-scratch fare and warm, rustic decor make this cozy spot feel like dining in your best friend’s living room—assuming your best friend serves Ocean Wise seafood, bakes fresh pastries and breads daily, and knows how to make stellar flat whites on a top-of-the-line espresso machine. The menu changes seasonally, but covers all the bases: half of the dishes are deliciously vegetarian, and there’s always fresh-baked gluten-free bread on offer. Plus, floor-to-ceiling windows bring the mountains inside, so you can fuel up without missing any of the action. Now that’s worth writing home about.

Moonshine Dreams: Jewellery Made From Pieces of Vancouver

By CHLOË LAI
Mar. 2018

Find Moonshine Dreams designs on pendants, flasks, rings, clothing and more

When Vancouver buildings are torn down, the lucky ones live on, thanks to Moonshine Dreams founder Richard Thomson. A demolition worker by day, he salvages fir and cedar from work sites—like UBC’s old Aquatic Centre—to create pieces that showcase his love of Sailor Jerry artwork and the Pacific Northwest’s great outdoors. Channel your inner pin-up girl, happy camper or past-life pirate with pendants, bottle openers, cufflinks and more. Now you really can take a piece of Vancouver home with you. Available at Make.

Pitch-Perfect Performances at Chutzpah! Festival

By CHLOË LAI

“An Evening with Mary Walsh” features the comedian’s best comedic bits and characters

To Mar. 15, 2018 No kvetching allowed: whatever you’re in the mood for, the Chutzpah! Festival’s international line-up of acclaimed Jewish comedians, musicians, dancers and actors is sure to hit the spot. Hone in on the humour with shows like An Evening with Mary Walsh (pictured), featuring the award-winning Canadian performer and co-creator of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Catch the world premiere of Salomé: Woman of Valor, a fearless spoken-word opera. Or rock out to Troker, a genre-busting Mexican band that fuses jazz, funk, mariachi and more to create perfectly blended chaos. At Chutzpah!, every spectacle is spot-on.