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Jill Von Sprecken

Gourmet Cabaret: Bacio Rosso

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Irina Pitsur captivates audiences during their gourmet four-course meal

To Dec. 31, 2018 Circus and cabaret and comedy, oh my! Not to mention magicians, contortionists, trapeze artists and more, all performing their high-flying acts while diners dig into a four-course meal by an award-winning chef. Even the venue—an antique Belgian spiegeltent—is dressed for the occasion in red velvet, gold trim and more than 2,000 mirrors. So what is it, exactly? Bacio Rosso, a definition-defying show that’s one part gourmet, one part cabaret, one part cirque, and all fun.

Artistic Keepsakes: Douglas Reynolds Gallery’s Haida Repoussé Jewelry

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Eagle & Frog repoussé bracelet by Jesse Brillon

To Dec. 31, 2018 Add a little sparkle to your Christmas by placing a piece of jewellery (or two, or three) by Jesse Brillon under the tree. The Haida carver’s bold silver and gold bracelets are created using repoussé, a technique where a design is formed in relief by hammering or moulding the material. And you never know what the gift may spark—the artist’s own career was inspired by a bracelet carved by Don Yeomans, who Brillon would later study under. Discover all his beautiful bangles at Douglas Reynolds Gallery’s Haida Repoussé Jewelry.

Merry Magic at the Aurora Winter Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Experience the merry magic of the Aurora Winter Festival

To Dec. 30, 2018 We hear the North Pole is beautiful this time of year, but the Aurora Winter Festival offers a holly-jolly Arctic experience, too—and it’s just a smidge closer. This winter wonderland brings brilliant light displays, carnival rides, ice skating and even Santa’s workshop to the city. Introduce yourself to a yeti, race to the bottom of the tube park, peruse the market, ooh and ahh at aurora borealis in the light dome, and indulge in delicious food truck fare. Trust us: the North Pole’s got nothin’ on this.

Winter Wonderland at Granville Island

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Dec. 2018

On weekends, take a tour of Granville Island, guided by Santa’s elves

Various dates Hear those sleigh bells jinglin’? Follow them to Granville Island, where festive frolics await. Hunt for perfect presents on Santa’s Village Tour (Dec. 1 to 16). On weekends, Santa’s elves take shoppers on guided tours of the island’s stores and galleries for a chance to win prizes. (On weekdays, the tour is self-guided.) Enjoy seasonal shows like A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill or Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (both to Dec. 30). And share breakfast—and Christmas wishes—with Kris Kringle himself on Dec. 15 at Dockside. What are you waiting for? Giddy up, let’s go!

Retro Revival: Let Your Nation’s Flag Fly

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Nov. 2018

The World Shirt by Mondetta Originals, featuring an Irish flag

Everything old is new again—especially in the world of fashion. Sometimes that means scrunchies and fanny packs, but other times something refreshingly retro makes a comeback. Like the World Shirt by Canadian sportswear brand Mondetta Originals. The iconic flag sweatshirt’s updated look means you can wear your heritage on your sleeve—literally. The collection represents seven nations, including Canada, and has a removable sleeve patch with over 170 country options. We’ll take that over a tube top any day. Find it at Below the Belt

Multitasking Makeup for Travel

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Nov. 2018

Short on suitcase space? Multitasking make-up from IT Cosmetics has the answer. The cult-favourite beauty brand’s skincare-and-make-up hybrids deliver truly transformative results. Top sellers include the Superhero Mascara that flies off shelves thanks to the buildable formula and volumizing collagen, and the CC+ Oil-Free Matte (pictured), a triple threat that delivers full coverage, anti-aging skincare ingredients and SPF 40—all in one. Stock up at Sephora.

NHL’s Erik Karlsson Suits Up with RW&CO.

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Nov. 2018

Karlsson wears The Traveler Suit from RW&CO.

When NHL hockey defenseman Erik Karlsson isn’t blocking shots on the ice, he’s scoring style points in a suit from RW&CO. The Canadian retailer’s latest collection of high-performance suits features three on-the-go options, all crafted with comfort in mind. The Traveler Suit is a power play for those on the road—it boasts inner pockets for passports and earbuds, and can withstand airport dashes and overstuffed suitcases thanks to wrinkle-resistant, shape-recovering fabric. Plus, the sleek, tailored look helps every man look like a winner. Score!

Ski Heaven: Upcycled Souvenirs

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Nov. 2018

Wine rack by Ski Heaven

Here’s just the thing for those eagerly awaiting powder-covered peaks: Ski Heaven. The local company aims to keep discarded skis and snowboards out of landfills, and in homes where they inspire a love of schussing year-round. The upcycled objects range from wall-hangings and picture frames to wine racks and coat hooks. The best part? Ready-made pieces can be delivered anywhere in Whistler within a day. And customized pieces can be shipped worldwide. Better set aside some suitcase space. Find them online here.

Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery: All in the Family

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“The Space Between” by Corrine Hunt

Nov. 17 to Dec. 29, 2018 Some vases hold water, others hold history. Such as “The Space Between” (pictured) by famed First Nations artist Corrine Hunt. The vibrant wood-and-acrylic vessel features an inherited raven crest, a treasure included in the dowry of Hunt’s great-great- grandmother. Her ancestor was also considered the first notable artist in a long line of celebrated artists—a legacy also captured in the vase’s design. For more of Hunt’s remarkable works—and history—see Resilience at Coastal Peoples.

Meet the Artists: Eastside Culture Crawl

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Suspended Disbelief” by Vanessa Lam (Photo by Kris Graves)

Nov. 15 to 18, 2018 Want to get up close and personal with Vancouver’s vibrant art scene? Peek into the homes and studios of local talent. No, it’s not snooping. It’s the 22nd-annual Eastside Culture Crawl, where 500-plus artists open their doors to more than 35,000 art admirers. Start your self-guided tour by downloading a map from the Crawl’s website, then peruse one-of-a-kind pieces by artists like Vanessa Lam (“Suspended Disbelief,” pictured).

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Photo courtesy Premier Exhibitions, Inc.

To Jan. 11, 2019 On April 14, 1912, the unthinkable happened: the unsinkable ship sank. But the enduring story of the ill-fated ocean liner lives on in Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Embark on your journey using a replica boarding pass, which tells the story of a real passenger. Read the bio to see whether the model first- or third-class cabin would have been your lodging. Then peruse the 120 remarkable artifacts recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic, including Canadian currency and a diamond ring. And just try to resist touching the real iceberg on display. Trust us: it’s the trip of a lifetime.

In Peak Spirits: Mountaintop Cocktails

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Oct. 2018

The London Mountain cocktail at Sidecut at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler

If there ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from a great cocktail, you’re in luck: Sidecut’s cocktail program features the talents of celebrity mixologist Lauren Mote. Inspired by mountain ranges from around the globe, the spirited round-up includes the London Mountain (Whistler Mountain’s original name), spiked with vodka, “hygge chai,” black currant, aromatized wine and wildflower honey. Or the Volcan de Fuego, a delicate rum creation that comes enveloped in a cloud of applewood smoke. They’re sips worth climbing a mountain for—luckily you can find them right here.