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Vancouver

True BC Flavours at Bishop’s

By TIM PAWSEY
Dec. 2018

Locavore pioneer John Bishop serves specialties such as fresh Kusshi oysters from nearby Cortes Island

At Bishop’s, a West Side destination for over 30 years, John Bishop’s namesake room remains the pinnacle of gracious dining. The celebrated chef and author who helped forge BC’s unique regional style serves superbly crafted dishes, such as turnip-and-salmon cake with lobster bisque and caviar; miso-marinated cod with smoked-eggplant-and-mushroom broth; and roast lamb loin with fingerling potatoes, leeks, caper berries and jus. Wines are thoughtfully chosen and well paired. Tranquil and understated, the room is highlighted by local art that suits the mood, while the host’s legendary hospitality is personal, discreet and timeless.

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

Multi-Wear Clothing by Helene Clarkson

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Versatile travel clothing by Toronto-based designer Helene Clarkson

To Mar. 2019 Are your travel wardrobe and carry-on suitcase, well… not a great fit? Then get ready to fall in love with the jet-setting pieces at the Helene Clarkson Pop-Up Shop at Royal Centre. The Toronto-based designer specializes in stylish separates and dresses that are reversible and versatile (think tops with a second neckline when worn back-to-front, and an additional pattern when worn inside-out). Plus, the made-in-Canada collection is wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying and non-fading. Sounds like there’ll be space for souvenirs after all.

Seasonal Sparkle at Capilano Suspension Bridge

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Festive holiday photo opportunities await at Capilano Suspension Bridge’s Canyon Lights

To Jan. 27, 2019 For that festive feeling, head to Capilano Suspension Bridge’s Canyon Lights. There, brilliant light displays take hundreds of thousands of twinkling bulbs to new heights—from the glittering bridge to dazzling decked-out Douglas firs, eight of the world’s tallest Christmas trees. To keep the whole family merry and bright, there’s gingerbread decorating, scavenger hunts and sing-along carols. And with partial proceeds supporting the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, the real spirit of the season is celebrated, too. Very merry.

Ian Tan Gallery: Yes, It’s the Mural

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Refracted Airflow” by Kristofer Dean

To Jan. 31, 2019 Somewhere, over the rainbow, Kristofer Dean finds inspiration for his Crayola-coloured works—or at least that’s what we assume. The Canadian artist’s prismatic acrylic-and-resin paintings have adorned gallery walls and covered the sides of buildings. But regardless of size, his pieces always have an element of play, using light, shadow and perspective to add (or fake) dimension. To see vibrant works like “Refracted Airflow” (pictured), don’t bother chasing rainbows. Instead, visit Ian Tan Gallery for Yes, It’s the Mural.

The Perfect Jacket for Raincity (aka Vancouver)

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

Defy the elements in a comfortable, waterproof jacket by Columbia

Most Vancouverites spend years searching for the holy grail of jackets, one that’s fully waterproof but also feels nice against the skin. That’s where the OutDry Ex Stretch Hooded Shell from Columbia comes in. Its outer membrane is both waterproof and durable, while its wicking fabric inside feels soft and comfortable. Try one on at Sport Chek or Atmosphere, and you’ll be a true believer.

Shopping for the Man Who Has It All

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

Revolucion is full of great gifts

Whether a husband, a father or a friend, there’s at least one man on every gift list who’s impossible to buy for. Fortunately, there’s Revolucion. This Yaletown store looks small from the outside, but inside you’ll find gifts running the gamut from practical to fun. For the man who has everything, how about an elegant spinning globe by Mova, which is powered by ambient light and torque from the earth’s magnetic field—no batteries required. Or a clever RFID-blocking Secrid wallet, which also protects credit cards from bending. With gifts this creative, you might want to pick up an extra for yourself.

Style-Savvy Shopping

By CHLOË LAI
Dec. 2018

Kimono-inspired top by Karen Kane

It’s officially holiday-party season. When a suitcase-based wardrobe just won’t cut it, stock up on designer apparel at Fashion Addition 14+. Curvy fashionistas find soirée-ready styles by labels such as Eileen Fisher, Dex and Karen Kane (pictured), with pieces that range from chic to showstopping. Party on!

Review: Blind Date

By SHERI RADFORD

Dec. 2018

Imagine the most memorable blind date of your life. Now imagine that date unfolding in front of 300 spectators. That, in a nutshell, is Blind Date.

Mimi sits alone in a restaurant, waiting for a potential beau who never arrives. Instead of despairing, she cheerfully ventures into the audience, where she plucks a male onlooker out of the safety of the dark theatre and propels him into the centre of the action. What follows is 90 minutes of awkwardness and hilarity in equal doses, thanks largely to the skill and comedic timing of Mimi (played on different nights by Tess Degenstein, Lili Beaudoin or Ali Froggatt). From start to finish, Mimi is control of everything happening on stage, even when her hapless date blurts out something particularly odd or rambling. And she manages to turn the completely improvised experience into an entertaining show with a solid beginning, middle and end. After more than 7,000 performances, Mimi has clearly learned a thing or two about comedy—and the magic of two people meeting for the first time.

Blind Date runs to Dec. 30 at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre. It’s definitely worth repeat viewings, since no two shows are ever the same.

Super Fun Stocking Stuffers

Give Santa a helping hand with these quirky gifts

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

Pocket-sized flask by Indigo Read more…

Festive, Frothy Fun: Miss Bennet at the Granville Island Stage

By SHERI RADFORD

Costume design by Amy McDougall. Photo by David Cooper

To Dec. 30, 2018 It is a truth universally acknowledged that a holiday show should wrap up love and laughter in a family-friendly package. Fortunately, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley delivers on all fronts. Set two years after Pride and Prejudice, this modern sequel captures the spirit of Jane Austen’s much-revered novel about the Bennet family. Will bookish middle child Mary finally find true love? Find out at the Granville Island Stage. Spoiler alert: it’s a Christmas show, so we predict a happy ending.

Set design by Ted Roberts, costume design by Amy McDougall, and lighting design by Conor Moore. Photo by David Cooper

Gourmet Cabaret: Bacio Rosso

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Irina Pitsur captivates audiences during their gourmet four-course meal

To Dec. 31, 2018 Circus and cabaret and comedy, oh my! Not to mention magicians, contortionists, trapeze artists and more, all performing their high-flying acts while diners dig into a four-course meal by an award-winning chef. Even the venue—an antique Belgian spiegeltent—is dressed for the occasion in red velvet, gold trim and more than 2,000 mirrors. So what is it, exactly? Bacio Rosso, a definition-defying show that’s one part gourmet, one part cabaret, one part cirque, and all fun.

Artistic Keepsakes: Douglas Reynolds Gallery’s Haida Repoussé Jewelry

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Eagle & Frog repoussé bracelet by Jesse Brillon

To Dec. 31, 2018 Add a little sparkle to your Christmas by placing a piece of jewellery (or two, or three) by Jesse Brillon under the tree. The Haida carver’s bold silver and gold bracelets are created using repoussé, a technique where a design is formed in relief by hammering or moulding the material. And you never know what the gift may spark—the artist’s own career was inspired by a bracelet carved by Don Yeomans, who Brillon would later study under. Discover all his beautiful bangles at Douglas Reynolds Gallery’s Haida Repoussé Jewelry.