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Vancouver

Interview: Cirque du Soleil Aerialist Anne Weissbecker

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Aerialist Anne Weissbecker performs acrobatics on a flying bicycle for Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios (Photo by Martin Girard/ShootStudio.ca. Costume by Philippe Guillotel)

Oct. 19 to Dec. 31, 2017 “We all have, I’m sure, weird luggage,” laughs Anne Weissbecker. The aerialist is talking about what it’s like to travel with Cirque du Soleil—around six cities a year, with two months spent in each location. “Your whole life is in your suitcase,” she says. “I am French, so I always have my coffee machine, and some pans to cook. You have to find things that make you happy.” Read more…

Hudson’s Bay and Levi’s: Trucker Jacket Collab

By CHLOË LAI
Oct. 2017

Wondering whether you can rock a Canadian tuxedo? The answer is yes.

Don’t drive a big rig? No problem. High-octane heritage brands Hudson’s Bay Company and Levi’s recently teamed up to roll out a pair of timeless styles—the women’s Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket and the men’s Type III Trucker Jacket—that look as slick on the street as they do on the highway. Featuring classic denim detailing by Levi’s, and lined with the iconic stripes of Canada’s oldest department store, these jackets are well worth a detour to Hudson’s Bay.

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).

Get Squeaky Clean with Lush Cosmetics

By SHERI RADFORD
Oct. 2017

Follow your nose to the fragrant offerings at Lush’s newly renovated space.

If you’re looking for a vegetarian bath bomb, bubble bar or body butter, you’re in luck. For over 20 years, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics has been making cruelty-free skincare and haircare products, using as little packaging and as few preservatives as possible. The Vancouver-based company recently renovated its flagship location on Robson Street, expanding it to almost double the size. And Lush’s commitment to the environment is as strong as ever: reclaimed wood and salvaged vintage decor fill the updated space, making it bigger and better.

Win! A Membership to Polygon Gallery

Win a FIRST MEMBERSHIP to the city’s most anticipated new cultural attraction, which includes 2 tickets to The Polygon Gallery’s not-to-be-missed OPENING PARTY on Friday, Nov 17!

To enter, simply follow these two steps:

1. Follow @thepolygongallery and @wherevancouver on Instagram.

2. On the Instagram post, tag who you would bring to the party.

Contest closes Oct. 17, 2017.

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Seasonal Sips: Pumpkin Ale

By TIM PAWSEY

Bradley Moffatt with one of the fall offerings at Central City. (Photo by KK Law)

Well before Halloween, the city’s talented craft brewers turn their attention to pumpkin ales. And the results are anything but scary. Styles can range from dry and spicy to sweet and fruity. But the flavours, often with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove hints, are always authentic. For a truly seasonal sip, swing by Central City for Red Racer Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ale. Head to Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smoke House in the Stadium District for the Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale. At Steamworks in Gastown, sip some pumpkin ale and get a glimpse of the harbour. Or, to discover a range of styles, try a flight at St. Augustine’s in East Van, with over 60 beers and ciders from near and far on tap.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit www.hiredbelly.com

Noodlebox Turns Up the Heat

By CHLOË LAI

Whether you like it hot or mild, you’ll find your flavour at Noodlebox.

Summer’s officially over, but the heat is on at Noodlebox. Curb your pan-Asian flavour cravings with classics like the Spicy Peanut Noodle Box, brimming with ribbon noodles, creamy Indonesian peanut sauce and fresh veggies. For a protein pick-me-up, try add-ons like ethically raised meats, Ocean Wise prawns, or tofu. And if a mild spice level isn’t enough to warm your belly, there’s always the Scorching Hot option—but be ready to feel the burn.

Festivals for Writers

By SHERI RADFORD
Oct./Nov. 2017

Meet the great minds behind your most beloved books. (Photo by Rawf8/Fotolia)

Various Dates Calling all bookworms and bibliophiles: you can meet like-minded bookish folks at three big events this fall. The Vancouver Writers Fest (Oct. 16 to 22), Whistler Writers Festival (Oct. 12 to 15) and JCC Jewish Book Festival (Nov. 25 to 30) feature authors such as Margaret Atwood, Andrew O’Hagan, Barbara Gowdy, Susin Nielsen, Ruby Namdar and Rachel Kadish. Readings, poetry slams and writing contests are just a few of the attractions for lovers of the printed word. Write on!

Welcome to Taste of Yaletown

By CHLOË LAI

Get a real Taste of Yaletown at restaurants like Fayuca. (Photo by Fuoco Photography)

Oct 11-27, 2017 Can’t decide what to order? At Taste of Yaletown, special menus and perfect pairings at 30 restaurants—like Provence Marinaside, The Greek and Yaletown Brewing Co.—take the guesswork out of great dining. Plus, partial proceeds from this fixed-price fare benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Talk about an easy choice.

Tacofino Oasis: Bliss in the Business District

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Take your taste buds on a tasty stay-cation at Tacofino Oasis. (Photo by Amy Ho)

For many, paradise is only a burrito away. If that’s your idea of nirvana, make your way to the city’s latest Baja-inspired outpost: Tacofino Oasis. It’s the fourth location in the family of Mexican-meets-West-Coast eateries, which hail from humble food-truck beginnings. This resort-inspired spot features a menu of unique offerings, including duck carnitas, pork belly burritos, crispy octopus and upside-down cheesecake. For those on the run, there are grab-and-go burritos, too. And of course, no watering hole is complete without craft beer and cocktails. Paradise, found.

Ghosts of Vancouver

Haunted hot spots for spectre-seekers

By CHLOË LAI
Oct. 2017

Gastown is the oldest area of the city, and it’s rumoured to be the most haunted part, too. (Photo by James Wheeler/Dreamstime)

Heeere’s Jennie!

If you’re checking into the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and there’s a woman in a red gown in your room, you haven’t been double-booked. According to local legend, you’ve just met the ghost of Jennie Pearl Cox—aka the Lady in Red—a regular at the hotel’s ballroom dances until she was killed in a car accident in 1944. Guests report seeing her pass through elevator doors, particularly on the 14th floor. When an episode of The X-Files was filmed at the hotel, she hovered outside the window, frightening a cameraman so badly that he fled the set and refused to return.

It’s Alive!

Get more than you bargained for at Salmagundi West, and not only because the antiques-and-oddities emporium often stocks unusual treasures like taxidermy, tarot cards and actual magic wands. There are whispered voices. Displaced and disappearing objects. Encounters with departed beings. Like the woman in black who begs customers to find her photograph, or the former owner’s partner, whose unhappy energy has been felt in the storage room. Local paranormal investigators reportedly encountered the ghost of a man with a bushy moustache and blood running down his cheek. With all this otherworldly activity, it’s a good thing they have a professional psychic on staff.

Silence of the Trams

Where there’s a vortex, there’s a very real chance of ghostly visitations. The Old Spaghetti Factory, supposedly located near a portal to another dimension, is said to house four ghosts. The most well-known spirit is the uniformed tram conductor who staff report seeing late at night, seated at a table in the decommissioned streetcar that occupies the dining room. Then there’s Looky-Loo, a mischievous red-haired man who wreaks havoc in the kitchen and ladies’ room. Rounding out the phantom family are a cutlery-bending boy with empty eye sockets, and a little girl with a balloon, looking for her mother.

Discover the dark side of the city with Ghostly Vancouver Tours, Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours and Forbidden Vancouver’s Lost Souls of Gastown Tour.

Firehall Arts Centre: Hyperlink

By CHLOË LAI

Itai Erdal and TJ Dawe explore the limitations of digital life in Hyperlink.

Oct. 4 to 14. 2017 Do you have friends on Facebook? Acquaintances on Instagram? Whether you embrace or avoid the Internet, there’s no escaping it—digital communication is the new norm for human interaction. We can keep up with world events, Skype our families and text our friends any time, from anywhere. So why are we still lonely? Find out at the world premiere of Hyperlink, when two acclaimed storytellers take audiences on a lively tour of a life spent online. Spoiler alert: it’s not all retweets and “likes.”