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Vancouver Opera Presents L’Elisir d’Amore



“L’Elisir d’Amore” gets a small-town Canadian makeover. (Photo by Michael Cooper)

Jan. 21 to 27, 2018 It’s a classic tale of sweet love and opportunistic swindling: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy buys “love elixir” (i.e. cheap wine) from a con artist masquerading as a doctor, and comedic confusion ensues. Vancouver Opera brings Gaetano Donizetti’s rom-com-style L’Elisir d’Amore back to Vancouver for the first time in nearly a decade, this time set in a small, quaint Canadian town in the early 1900s. Performed by award-winning opera singers and accompanied by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, it’s the perfect way to warm your heart this winter.

Barber & Co: A Close Shave

Jan. 2018

Clary sage aftershave tonic from Barber & Co.

Gentlemen, whether you ascribe to less-is-more maintenance or prefer to be pampered, Barber & Co. has a product—or three—for you. The Vancouver-based company’s barbershop beginnings quickly grew to five locations and a line of small-batch grooming products. Go-to picks like the Aftershave Tonic, Beard Oil and Classic Pomade are infused with natural essential oils, for masculine scents like dry English gin (juniper berry and lime) and old-fashioned bay rum (mandarin peel and black pepper). Look good, smell good.

Taikan Bags: Form + Function

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.

PuSh Festival: On the Edge


“Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster” by Nicola Gunn. (Photo by Sarah Walker)

Jan. 16 to Feb. 4, 2018 Ready to bend your boundaries? Then head to the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Now in its 14th year, the annual fest celebrates groundbreaking theatre, dance, music and visual arts in 28 works by artists from 11 countries. See works such as Inside/Out, BiRDMAN LiVE or Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (pictured), a provocative performance that examines human behaviour through a lens of peace and conflict, with moving results. It’s an evening spent on the edge—of your seat, that is.

Over the Moon: Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Kick off the Lunar New Year with parades, performances and Peking duck

Jan./Feb. 2018


Colourful dragon dancers in the Spring Festival Parade. (Photo by Michael Wheatley/Tourism Vancouver)

It’s time to bid zàijiàn (farewell) to the year of the rooster and usher in one of the friendliest animals in the Chinese zodiac: the dog. But before you board the Canada Line SkyTrain to nearby Richmond—home to a thriving majority Chinese population—check out the spectacular celebrations happening throughout downtown Vancouver. Read more…

Chinatown Redux: Classic Dishes, Reinvented

Jan. 2018

Vintage art, button lights and preserved trees add to the ambience at Sai Woo. (Photo by KK Law)

Savour new twists on old flavours in one of the city’s original neighbourhoods. Housed in an artfully re-envisioned 1920s chop suey house, Sai Woo (pictured) blends classic ingredients with contemporary flair. Go for Chinese “paella,” Korean scallion pancakes with barbecued pork, and sous vide Szechuan black-pepper beef. Or book a dumpling masterclass and historic Chinatown walking tour. At Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie, owner Tannis Ling salutes the street food of Saigon and Taipei with edgy small plates, family recipes and savvy cocktails. Nearby, at The Union’s friendly communal tables, you can meet locals while savouring inventive pan-Asian tastes.

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Dine Out 2018: Canada’s Biggest Food and Wine Celebration


Photo of Yew Seafood + Bar by KK Law

Jan. 19 to Feb. 4, 2018 Vancouverites love their food. Witness the extravaganza that is Dine Out. The 17-day-long festival, which started as a make-work project to fill seats in the post-holiday season, has blossomed into Canada’s biggest food and wine celebration. If you’re looking for dining deals, there’s no better time to be here, with over 200 restaurants offering set menus for $20, $30 and $40. Beyond dining deals, the festival now includes an extraordinary repertoire of 35 unique events to appeal to every taste and interest. From craft beer tours and specialty-tea gastronomy tastings to market tours and street food celebrations, the festival leaves no stone unturned. To check on event availability, click here.

Blundstone’s Special Edition Eh! Boots

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.

Bau-Xi Gallery: Girls Gone Wild


“Nervous System” by Janna Watson.

Jan. 13 to 27, 2018 With brushstrokes this bold, it’s no wonder that Bau-Xi’s latest exhibit is called Girls Gone Wild. On the walls, find eye-catching canvases by two female artists: dreamy landscapes by Mel Gausden, and turbulent abstracts by Janna Watson (“Nervous System,” pictured). While their styles are strikingly diverse, both Ontario-based artists use untamed palettes and gestural mark-making, for energetic, provocative pieces.

Meet Vancouver’s Funniest Sommelier

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.” Read more…

Clever Clothing by Ably Apparel

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.

Onstage: Hot Brown Honey



Fierce, feminist and fabulously fun, Hot Brown Honey is just the thing to heat up your winter nights (Photo by Dylan Evans)

Jan. 9 to 27, 2018 Sugar and spice and everything nice is what little girls are made of. But what about when they’re all grown up and ready to smash the patriarchy? That’s a question for the cast of Hot Brown Honey, a hive of six sassy females who keep the stage abuzz with circus, burlesque, hip hop, comedy and song. This sweet show out of Australia had the Edinburgh Fringe Festival buzzing, and it’s landing at York Theatre just in time for The Cultch’s Femme January. Feminism has never tasted so sweet.