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What to See Vancouver

Equinox Gallery: New Works

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Day Residue” by Ben Reeves. (Photo courtesy the artist and Equinox Gallery)

Oct. 20 to Nov. 25, 2017 On the palette, paint is…well, simply paint. But on the canvas, it becomes much more. That duality is what interests Vancouverite Ben Reeves. The local artist explores both the physicality of paint—whether a blob, splash or smear—and what it means when paired with other bold brushstrokes. Discover his lush, colour-drenched world with recent paintings such as “Day Residue (Blue Ebb)” (pictured) in New Works at Equinox Gallery.

Review: Thanks for Giving

By SHERI RADFORD

Oct. 2017

Caacumh – Aaron M. Wells, Tom McBeath, Deneh’Cho Thompson, Leslie Dos Remedies, Tai Amy Grumman and Margo Kane in Thanks for Giving. Photo by Emily Cooper.

Like many Thanksgiving feasts, this one is stuffed a bit too full for comfort, though it does ultimately satisfy. Written and directed by Governor General’s Award–winner Kevin Loring, Thanks for Giving tells the story of Nan (Margo Kane) and her family. Nan is a First Nations woman whose second husband, Clifford (Tom McBeath), is a white man and avid hunter who never even attempts to understand the issues facing Indigenous people. Nan’s daughter, Sue (Andrea Menard), battles addiction and pain of both the physical and physiological varieties. Nan’s grandchildren John (caacumhi – Aaron M. Wells), Clayton (Deneh’Cho Thompson) and Marie (Tai Amy Grauman) each have their own demons to face. Also taking a place at the strife-filled Thanksgiving table is Sam (Leslie Dos Remedios), Marie’s lesbian lover who is posing as her roommate.

Shyama-Priya and Tom McBeath in Thanks for Giving. Photo by Emily Cooper.

The action kicks off with Clifford shooting a bear, an act that has repercussions both in the family and in the greater world, as Clifford ultimately faces prison time and a fine substantial enough to bankrupt the family. The first act takes place during one long Thanksgiving dinner full of drama and revealed secrets, while the second act skips through the following years. Throughout the two-hour run time, the play examines issues relating to the treatment of Indigenous people, Native storytelling traditions, the lingering effects of intergenerational trauma, homosexuality, family secrets, addiction, violence, colonialism and more—a lot to swallow, indeed. Thanks for Giving is at its best when showing small, relatable family interactions, especially involving the stellar Margo Kane, whose deadpan delivery garners huge laughs, and her on-stage husband, Tom McBeath. But the play falters when it veers into lecture territory, in particular one long diatribe delivered by Tai Amy Grauman over the dinner table, which feels like it was lifted directly from a university textbook. Despite these flaws, the play is such an enjoyable meal overall that it might even be worth a second helping.

Margo Kane and Tom McBeath in Thanks for Giving. Photo by Emily Cooper.

The world premiere of Thanks for Giving runs until Nov. 4 on the Granville Island Stage.

Deer Lake Gallery: Horror Vacui

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Find pieces by artists like Mallory Donen at the Horror Vacui exhibit.

Oct. 7 to 28, 2017 Do empty spaces give you the creeps? Deer Lake Gallery has the cure: the exhibit Horror Vacui. The art principle—also a fear, called kenophobia—takes an aversion to white space and fills the void with visually busy, dynamic art that encompasses the entire canvas. Meditative and time-consuming, these works demonstrate intense attention to detail through mark-making and repetition. Take in a collaborative mural, plus drawings, sculptures and paintings by artists such as Mallory Donen (pictured).

Art: Masters of the Northwest Coast

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Get a glimpse of something truly spectacular at the Masters of the Northwest Coast exhibit.

To Sep. 30, 2017 There’s no denying that the Pacific Northwest is easy on the eyes. There are stunning coastlines, majestic mountains and, of course, eye-catching First Nations art. To see works by some of the best Indigenous artists in the West, head to Douglas Reynolds Gallery for Masters of the Northwest Coast. The exhibit features masks, sculptures, jewellery, carvings and more by famed artists like Bill Reid, Beau Dick and Robert Davidson. Pure eye candy.

Schmooze with Sea Lions

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

It’s always a roarin’ good time at Steller’s Bay. (Photo: Vancouver Aquarium)

Looking to meet some locals? Then head to the Vancouver Aquarium for an introduction to some of the most sociable West Coasters around: Steller sea lions. Like any true local, they love seafood, sunbathing and ocean swims. Find them enjoying all their favourite things at Steller’s Bay, the Aquarium’s latest exhibit. Not only is it the perfect place to meet and greet these charismatic creatures, but it’s also an active research station that helps scientists understand why wild Steller sea lions are disappearing. We can’t think of a better reason to get up close and personal.

Alfresco Art

Get a glimpse of Vancouver’s most beloved sculptures without ever leaving the sunshine

By CHLOË LAI + Photos by KK LAW

Golden Spruce 002 KKLaw Sept17

Vancouver artist Douglas Coupland’s “Golden Tree”, a 13-m- (43-ft-) high sculpture made of steel-reinforced resin and fibreglass with a hand-finished gold exterior, awaits an audience near the Marine Drive SkyTrain station. Step inside this to-scale replica of the beloved 800-year-old Stanley Park Hollow Tree for souvenir snaps that echo through the centuries. (more…)

Vancouver Fashion Week: Evan Clayton

Collections by local designer Evan Clayton hit the catwalk at Vancouver Fashion Week

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

(L) The Devil In Miss Jones collection was inspired by the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. (R) Evan Clayton.

(L) The Devil In Miss Jones collection was inspired by the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. (R) Evan Clayton.

Sep. 18 to 24, 2017 Vancouver-based fashion designer Evan Clayton is only 25, but he already has a wealth of experience under his—presumably very chic—belt. His show-stopping collections have ruled the runways at Vancouver Fashion Week for eight seasons, been featured on British Vogue online, and graced the catwalk in Vienna, Austria. (more…)

Take a Sea-nic Day Trip

By CHLOË LAI

Cruise through Howe Sound to find out what lies beyond the city.

Cruise through Howe Sound and find out what lies beyond the city.

If city life doesn’t float your boat, sail away from it all with Pacific Ferries’ day tours through Howe Sound. Your trip to tranquillity begins at 9 a.m., when the sleek foot-passenger ferry launches from Coal Harbour’s public dock. Settle into the open-air viewing area for panoramic views of Stanley Park, Lighthouse Park and Horseshoe Bay, as well as several Gulf Islands. To get the tour guide’s scoop on the scenery, have a seat inside the vessel—windows along both sides mean you won’t miss a thing. (more…)

Artist Collab: Northwest Coast Meets New Zealand

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Find the beautiful results of Singletary and Gardiner's perfect pairing at Spirit Wrestler Gallery.

Find the exquisite results of Singletary and Gardiner’s powerful pairing at Spirit Wrestler Gallery.

Sep. 9 to 30, 2017 Two heads are better than one. For proof, go no further than Spirit Wrestler’s Pacific Currents: New Collaborations in Glass and Jade. This creative collab crossed cultures and an ocean, bringing together two far-flung artists: Preston Singletary, a Northwest Coast First Nations glass artist; and Lewis Gardiner, a New Zealand–based Maori jade artist. The result? Traditional stories and designs that find form in innovative new artworks. Now that’s a dynamic duo.

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.

25 Things We Love About Gastown

By DANIELLE CUNNINGHAM
Sep. 2017

The charming Gastown Steam Clock lets off an impressive show of steam and whistle chimes every quarter hour. (Photo: SSUNI/iStockphoto.com)

The Gastown Steam Clock lets off an impressive show of steam and whistle chimes every quarter hour. (Photo: SSUNI/iStockphoto.com)

1. The charming exposed-brick buildings and cobblestone streets that tell stories of years past.

2. Iconic landmarks such as the Gastown Steam Clock, Victory Square and statue of Gassy Jack.

3. Sipping a perfect brew from Prado Cafe, where each cup brims with local roasts from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. Soak up the lively atmosphere and fill your plate with sweet waffles, poached eggs, salads and more. (more…)

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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