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Sheri Radford

Pop-Up Shop: First Pick Handmade

By SHERI RADFORD

Fill your bags (or fingers) with fabulous finds by Canadian designers.

Unleash your inner magpie at First Pick Handmade, where there’s no shortage of shiny objects and fashions by Canadian designers.

Sep. 16 and 17, 2017 Whether you’re looking for vegan boots, period-proof panties, purposely mismatched socks, a recycled cashmere toque or cufflinks made from a broken skateboard, you’ll find them all at First Pick Handmade. This event is transforming Heritage Hall into a pop-up boutique department store featuring 27 designers from Vancouver and beyond. Some of our favourites include Kat Cadegan Jewellery (pictured), Daub + Design clothing, Zed Handmade scarves and cowls, and natural-textile accessories from Le Fil Rouge. It’s a fashionista’s dream come true.

The Sound of Music Returns to the Stage

By SHERI RADFORD

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre will be alive with The Sound of Music from Sep. 12-17.

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre will be alive with The Sound of Music from Sep. 12-17.

Sep. 12 to 17, 2017 Few folks recall that The Sound of Music started out as a Rodgers & Hammerstein show on Broadway, because the 1965 film version starring Julie Andrews captured hearts so completely. Now the beloved story of Maria, a plucky nun-turned-governess, and Captain von Trapp is returning to its live-theatre roots. It takes over the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for six days, filling it with timeless tunes such as “My Favourite Things” and “Edelweiss.”

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival 2017

By SHERI RADFORD

Fire up the party with flamenco performances, classes and workshops at Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. (Photo: Audrey Bow)

Fire up the party with flamenco performances, classes and workshops at Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. (Photo: Audrey Bow)

Sep. 11 to 24, 2017 There’s no need to fly all the way to Madrid or Barcelona to experience the raw emotional power of Spanish dance. The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival features international artists, including headliner La Moneta of Spain, as well as Canadian performers such as Calle Verde (pictured), Flamenco Rosario and Christina Tremblay. The best part? No passport required.

Take a Hike

By SHERI RADFORD

Spectacular scenery awaits you in Whistler, BC. (Photo: Mitch Winton/Coast Mountain Photography and Whistler Blackcomb)

Spectacular scenery awaits you in Whistler, BC. (Photo: Mitch Winton/Coast Mountain Photography and Whistler Blackcomb)

Whether you’re a rambling rambler or a hard-core hiker or somewhere in-between, you’ll find the right route here. The 40-km (25-mi) Valley Trail, which is paved but non-motorized, connects all of Whistler’s parks, lakes and neighbourhoods, from Cheakamus River to Creekside to Green Lake. The trails around Lost Lake are ideal for a leisurely stroll, even with a baby stroller in tow. Seeking more adventure? Head for the hills—Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, that is, where the lift-accessed alpine hiking trails range from the easy Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk to the advanced Alpine Walk to Overlord Trail to Decker Loop on Blackcomb. Lace up those hiking boots and get moving.

Stand-Up Guys: Demetri Martin & Chris Rock

By SHERI RADFORD

Get a dose of the best medicine when jokesters Demetri Martin and Chris Rock take the stage.

Get a dose of the best medicine when jokesters Demetri Martin and Chris Rock take the stage.

Sep. 9 and 14, 2017 Two funny folks are causing lots of laughs in Vancouver this month. On Sep. 9, Demetri Martin (above left) brings his trademark deadpan delivery to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. On Sep. 14, Chris Rock (above right) takes over the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, filling it with his abrasive but hilarious observations on modern life.

35 Things Kids Love About Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD + Photos by KK LAW

Kids can choose from a cornucopia of ice cream flavours on Granville Island.

Kids can choose from a cornucopia of ice cream flavours on Granville Island.

  1. Splashing around in seaside Kitsilano Pool and Second Beach Pool.
  2. Grinder and Coola, two orphaned grizzly bears at Grouse Mountain.
  3. Putting the pedal to the metal at Richmond Go-Karts.
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Dynamic Duo

By SHERI RADFORD

Party all night long with Lionel Richie

Party all night long with Lionel Richie

Sep 3 You’ll be dancing on the ceiling (oh, what a feeling!) when Lionel Richie takes the stage at Rogers Arena. Joining the Grammy-, Oscar- and Golden Globe–winning artist—in what might be pop music’s most perfect pairing—is the best-selling female artist of all time, Mariah Carey. Their aptly named All the Hits Tour is filled with the songs you know and love, from Richie’s “Endless Love,” “Penny Lover” and “All Night Long (All Night)” to Carey’s “Always Be My Baby,” “Touch My Body” and “We Belong Together.” Consider it a stroll down memory lane complete with a hit-parade soundtrack.

Sundae Saturdays at Beta5

By SHERI RADFORD

Love s'mores by the campfire? They're even better in a sundae.

Love s’mores by the campfire? They’re even better in a sundae.

To Sep. 30, 2017 What’s the sweetest day of the week? Saturday. That’s when Beta5 holds its summer ice cream socials. Enjoy a new sundae each week: mango bubble tea, mint chocolate chip, apple pie and green tea latte are just a few of the options worth risking brain freeze for. The ice creams and toppings are all crafted in-house with the same attention to detail that has made Beta5’s chocolates, cream puffs and éclairs so popular. The weekend can’t come soon enough.

Fair Attractions at the PNE

By SHERI RADFORD

At the PNE, every day is a holiday.

At The Fair at the PNE, every day is a holiday.

Aug. 19 to Sep. 4, 2017 One day is never enough to take in all the sights, sounds and smells of The Fair at the PNE. For over a century, this summertime fair has been entertaining both the young and young-at-heart with rides, outdoor concerts and mouth-watering food. Cheer on the SuperDogs, visit farm animals and wander through the PNE Prize Home. And we dare you to resist the aroma of Those Little Donuts—a scent guaranteed to send Vancouverites into a feeding frenzy.

Canada 150 at TWG Tea

By SHERI RADFORD

Sip and savour your way through Canada's 150th birthday.

Sip and savour your way through Canada’s 150th birthday.

To Aug. 31, 2017 It’s Canada’s 150th birthday, but you get the treat: TWG Tea is offering a special Jubilee Tea set menu to celebrate the country’s sesquicentennial. Made from local ingredients, the cornucopia of dishes are inspired by traditional recipes from across the country; for instance, the salmon confit with Lemon Bush Tea–infused panna cotta suggests the West Coast, while the tourtière (meat pie) with Weekend in Hong Kong Tea–infused rhubarb chutney evokes the province of Quebec. The meal is paired with either hot Jubilee Tea or iced French Earl Grey Tea. Consider it a cross-country culinary road trip, all without leaving Vancouver.

Stop and Stare: OneRepublic in Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

All we need is the air we breathe, and a place to watch OneRepublic perform.

All we need is the air we breathe, and a place to watch OneRepublic perform.

Aug. 21, 2017 It’s a dream come true for 1R fans when OneRepublic takes the stage at Rogers Arena this month. The American pop-rock quintet has been around for a decade now, and in that time they’ve amassed an impressive array of Grammy Award nominations, multi-platinum albums and hit singles, including “Apologize,” “Counting Stars” and “Good Life.”

Tom Petty Plays at Rogers Arena

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers by Mary Ellen Matthews

Put on that party dress (or shirt), because Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are in town. (Photo: Mary Ellen Matthews)

Aug. 17, 2017 Every fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers knows the waiting is the hardest part. It’s been three long years since the heartland rockers last raised the roof of Rogers Arena, but the drought is finally over. The band’s 40th-anniversary tour is making a stop in Vancouver, and fans can sing along to hits such as “Breakdown” and “Learning to Fly.” Rock on.