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Legendary Local Artist: Canada’s First Female War Artist


“Cornish Town #2” by Molly Lamb Bobak (Photo by Rachel Topham/Vancouver Art Gallery)

To Apr. 8, 2018 See landscapes through the eyes of Canada’s first female war artist in Molly Lamb Bobak: Talk of the Town. The Burnaby-raised artist is known for delicate watercolour wildflowers and dynamic crowd scenes, but her cityscapes are just as stunning. The distinctive buildings, all carefully realized, contrast the human chaos experienced during the Second World War (“Cornish Town #2,” pictured). Back in Canada, Bobak had an extraordinary career—from studying with luminary Jack Shadbolt, to receiving the Order of Canada. Explore her vibrant world at Burnaby Art Gallery.

Interactive Exhibit: Mend Piece by Yoko Ono


Photo of Mend Piece by Pierre Le Hors/The Rennie Museum

To Apr. 15, 2018 Yoko Ono’s Mend Piece has arrived in Vancouver—in pieces, of course. The interactive exhibit invites viewers to reassemble shattered ceramic cups and saucers using twine, tape and glue. Once “repaired,” the completed projects are displayed on nearby shelves. First conceptualized in 1966, the work parallels the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an aesthetic that finds beauty in imperfection. The small act of mending is linked to larger ideas of repair: how to pick up the pieces left by war, violence and hate. Chip in at the Rennie Collection.


VIP Dining at No. 1 Gaoler’s Mews


L’Abattoir exterior by Hamid Attie Photography

Mar. 23 and Apr. 27, 2018 History and haute cuisine collide at No. 1 Gaoler’s Mews. Tucked into a 19th-century heritage building, behind local favourite L’Abattoir, the space hosts exclusive evenings once a month, sharing its neighbour’s celebrated chefs and sommelier. These intimate chef’s-table dinners host just eight patrons, who are seated bar-style for front-row seats to the open kitchen and all the delectable drama within. The 10-course menu comes with all the trimmings, including wine pairings and keepsake gifts. It routinely sells out, so act quickly if you want to savour this culinary spectacle.

Singin’ in the Rain: Springtime Activities

Put up your hood and open your umbrella for 20 activities that can be enjoyed rain or shine

Mar. 2018

The seawall is scenic in every weather. (Photo by KK Law)

1. Stroll through Stanley Park. The city’s 400-hectare (1,000-acre) forested oasis is a can’t-miss activity. On a drizzly day, skip the seawall and head into the park’s interior for extra protection from the green canopy above. (more…)

Charlotte Tilbury: Brightening Youth Glow

Feb. 2018

Brightening Youth Glow by Charlotte Tilbury

Ready to see the light? Then stock your make-up bag with Charlotte Tilbury’s Brightening Youth Glow. This anti-aging, colour-correcting, glow-boosting primer can take the place of several products, making it carry-on friendly. It delivers radiant, glow-y skin daily, with anti-aging results in four weeks thanks to olive extract, vitamin B3 and watercress. Go ahead, get your glow on. Find it at Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom.

Cultural Connector: a Self-Guided Tour of Art in Whistler

Feb. 2018

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Excited to explore Whistler’s art scene? If you’re on the Cultural Connector, you’re on the right path. This scenic walking route links six of the resort’s coolest cultural venues: the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Audain Art Museum, Whistler Public Library, Whistler Museum, Maury Young Arts Centre and Lost Lake PassivHaus. Along the way, discover public art like Susan Point’s “Timeless Circle,” plus local lore and points of interest. Pick up a map from the Whistler Visitor Centre (page 39) or one of the six venues to embark on a self-guided tour. Art admirers, lace up your walking shoes.

Rocky Mountain Soap Co.’s New Wellness Balms

Feb. 2018

The Headache wellness balm from Rocky Mountain Soap Co. features peppermint, lavender, sweet marjoram and rosemary essential oils.

For over a decade, Rocky Mountain Soap Co. has been committed to natural, toxin-free bath and body products. Now, the Canadian company is expanding their repertoire with a range of wellness sprays and balms, each targeting a specific need—from battling stress, headaches and flu symptoms to cultivating serenity and deep sleep. Plus, they’re packed full of powerful essential oils, and they come in a travel-friendly size, too. Win, win.

Cute Creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium

Feb. 2018

Hardy, one of the Vancouver Aquarium’s rescued sea otter pups, strikes an adorable pose. (Photos courtesy Vancouver Aquarium)

You don’t have to deep-sea dive to discover the wonders of the ocean—simply ride the tides to the Vancouver Aquarium. Inside, find 50,000 incredible animals ranging from sloths to sea otters. Roll up your sleeve and pet a stingray, pop over to Penguin Point, tour the tropics, and discover all the life flourishing right here on BC’s coast. And don’t just bring home memories—the gift shop carries an array of souvenirs such as jewellery, Inuit art, plush toys, local cookbooks and upcycled glass sea stars that are worth the suitcase space. Bonus: gift-shop purchases fund aquarium programs that keep oceans wonderful. Now that’s deep.

True North Textiles at the Museum of Anthropology


Salish blanket from the collection of the National Museum of Finland. (Photo by Markku Haverinen)

To Apr. 15, 2018 There is history woven into the traditional textiles on display in the Museum of Anthropology’s The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving. The exhibit includes some of the oldest Salish weavings in existence, with pieces on loan from museums in England, Scotland, Finland and the US that were acquired from early explorers, dating back to the early 1800s. Following colonization, the traditional weaving practice was lost, but it experienced a revival in the 1960s. 

Cool Chronicle: Sculpture in Canada

Feb. 2018

Uncover Canadian art history, one sculpture at a time.

Chock-full of for-the-ages art, Sculpture in Canada: A History (Douglas & McIntyre) chronicles the country’s past through sculpture—from a hand-chipped bone shard that dates back to 13,000 BCE, to pieces created through modern-day 3D modelling. History buffs and art enthusiasts alike will appreciate the eye-catching colour photos and Dr. Maria Tippett’s encyclopedic knowledge of art, and how the economy and culture of the nation influenced the works. In short: prepare to be fascinated. Find it at local bookstores.

Relive Vancouver’s Gold-Medal Glory

The 2010 Winter Games may have been eight years ago, but when it comes to Olympic activities, the city is ready for its victory lap

Feb. 2018

The Olympic Cauldron in Jack Poole Plaza was lit by hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. (Photo by KK Law)

In 2010, Vancouver had a gold-medal year. World-class athletes and their spirited fans crowded the streets to gasp and cheer over every triumph and defeat—from the mechanical malfunctions at the opening ceremonies to Sidney Crosby’s gold medal–clinching overtime goal.

From Feb. 9 to 25, the world is turning its attention to PyeongChang, South Korea, the official venue of the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. But in Vancouver, the legacy still lives on. Here’s where to recapture that Olympic spirit. (more…)

Vancouver Art Gallery: Murakami


“Flowers, flowers, flowers” by Takashi Murakami. (Photo: Collection of the Chang Family, Taiwan/Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd)

Feb. 3 to May 6, 2018 Bright, whimsical and never, ever boring—Takashi Murakami is one of Japan’s most imaginative and important artists. Over the course of his career, he’s partnered with powerhouses like Louis Vuitton and Kanye West, exhibited at the Palace of Versailles, and been compared to Andy Warhol. Now, the Vancouver Art Gallery hosts the first-ever retrospective of his anime-inspired work in Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg. See 55 playful paintings (“Flowers, flowers, flowers,” pictured) and sculptures that pair pop art with traditional Japanese culture. Colour us impressed.