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Sheri Radford

Ricky Gervais Performs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

By SHERI RADFORD

 

Ricky Gervais is scheduled to tickle some funny bones at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. (Photo by Ray Burmiston)

Jan. 29-30, 2018 If Ricky Gervais’s attempt at a music career in the ’80s had succeeded, the world might never have discovered a truly great comedian. Fortunately for comedy fans everywhere, his pop career fizzled, and instead Gervais co-wrote, co-directed and starred in The Office for the BBC. The series has since been remade for markets around the world, including the United States, Sweden, France, Germany and Brazil. See the real-life David Brent in two stand-up shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Taikan Bags: Form + Function

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

Travel bag by Taikan

If you’re seeking a versatile bag, with clean lines, that is built to last for decades, look no further than Taikan. The Vancouver brand focuses on simple but timeless designs for all of its durable backpacks, duffels and tote bags. Consider it a luxury brand without a high-end price tag. Roden Gray, Gravitypope and Livestock carry select pieces, or shop the entire collection online.

Hit the Bullseye at Forged Axe Throwing

By SHERI RADFORD

Suit up in your favourite flannel and take a shot at this Canuck sport. (Photo by Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

As Monty Python sang, many years ago, “I’m a lumberjack, and I’m okay.” Release your own inner lumberjack at Forged Axe Throwing, where a one-hour drop-in session lets you practise this quintessentially Canadian sport. It’s so popular that locals have started a competitive league—beard and plaid shirt not required (but definitely encouraged).

Blundstone’s Special Edition Eh! Boots

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

Things just got a little more Canadian at the Australian Boot Store.

These boots were made for walking—and proclaiming your love for the True North Strong and Free. The eye-catching leather Eh! Boots from Blundstone let you show patriotic pride while stepping out in style. Find your own perfect pair at the Australian Boot Company.

Meet Vancouver’s Funniest Sommelier

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

David Stansfield takes a seriously fun approach to wine.

Unlike freewheeling bartenders, sommeliers have a reputation for being staid and even a bit dull. Not David Stansfield (pictured), who took over as wine director at Earls last year. Whether he’s writing about wine, teaching classes at Vancouver Urban Winery or instructing Earls staff about the finer points of the wine list, Stansfield is “all about the humour and the swears.” He’s liberal with jokes and F-bombs, firm in his belief that wine is “serious, but it’s not serious serious.” (more…)

Clever Clothing by Ably Apparel

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

Less on-the-road laundry? Yes, please.

What do you get when you use Filium technology on cotton? A natural, eco-friendly fabric that dries quickly and resists water, stains and odours—with no synthetics and no nanoparticles. See the results for yourself in tops, pants, shorts and hoodies from Ably Apparel. They feel as soft and breathable as regular cotton, but they can go weeks or even months without being washed. In other words, the ultimate clothing for travel. Available at Zebraclub Vancouver.

Unlock the Adventure at Escape! Whistler

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Break free from reality for a fun afternoon of puzzling and code-cracking at Escape! Whistler.

Karen Mizukami and Kori Klusmeier first noticed the trend of escape rooms while travelling around Europe. They then spent ages planning one of their own, developing a challenge of just the right level of difficulty—or so they thought. During test runs, participants were never able to complete more than a third of the scenario before time ran out. The couple have clearly perfected their craft now, and their four escape rooms are constantly busy. Locals who solved all four clamoured for a new challenge, so Mizukami and Klusmeier recently dismantled their very first room and set up a brand-new one. Each room is as elaborate as a small film set—complete with dramatic lighting and a soundtrack—and its secrets are more closely guarded than a Game of Thrones script. Are you smart enough to follow the clues and crack the codes? Find out at Escape! Whistler.

 

5 Ways to Have a Happy (& Healthy) New Year

After all the stresses and excesses of the holidays, we present five of our favourite ways to rest, relax and rejuvenate

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

The seawall around Stanley Park. (Photo by JamesVancouver/iStock)

1. GO OUTSIDE
From Vancouver’s mountains to its many green spaces, the great outdoors don’t get any greater. Walk or bike the seawall around Stanley Park. Ski or snowboard on Grouse Mountain. Glide around the Robson Square Ice Rink. And ride up the Sea to Sky Gondola to go tubing or snowshoeing. (more…)

Top Titles for Travellers

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Before boarding your next plane, train or automobile, stop by a bookstore to pick up these entertaining reads.

City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes by Kate Bird (Greystone Books): In conjunction with an exhibit of the same name at the Museum of Vancouver (to Feb. 18), this book shows Vancouverites demanding change. Photos from the Vancouver Sun and Province archives depict citizens peacefully protesting injustices, rioting over a Stanley Cup loss, and everything in-between. (more…)

Onstage: East Van Panto’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

By SHERI RADFORD

Talk about a bad apple.

To Jan. 6, 2017 Get ready to cheer for the plucky heroine and boo the dastardly villain as East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves takes over the York Theatre for a month of puns, slapstick and sustained silliness. What challenges does Snow White face in the wilds of East Vancouver? Everything from riding the PNE’s wooden rollercoaster to confronting the evil Queen of North Vancouver. Will our heroine live happily ever after? You’ll have to see the show to find out.

Festive Fare at H2

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

When it’s time to make (or bake) new friends, we recommend going the jolly gingerbread route.

’Tis the season for holiday baking. Learn how to make three types of “holly jolly holiday cookies”—gingerbread, pumpkin spice and shortbread—in a baking class, Dec. 19 at H2 Rotisserie & Bar. Each participant takes home three dozen cookies and a s’mores kit. And because the holidays revolve around food, H2 has lots more planned: a turkey takeout meal, for those who enjoy eating the big meal more than preparing it (Dec. 22 to 26); Christmas dinner (Dec. 24 and 25); and a Christmas lunch buffet (Dec. 25). Time to break out the stretchy pants.

Holiday Gift Guide: For Globetrotters

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Trying to find the perfect present for the die-hard traveller on your list? This final piece in our five-part gift guide series is full of essentials for far-flung expeditions.

Lightweight and breathable, the Atom LT Hoody from local brand Arc’teryx feels as warm and cozy as a sleeping bag but can be packed down to almost nothing and stored inside its own pocket. (more…)