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Vancouver

Brunette’s Witty Shirts Say It All

By SHERI RADFORD
Sep. 2018

Two of our favourite things—wine and fashion—together at last, thanks to Brunette

Whether you’re a oenophile or a neophyte or something in-between, take note. Local label Brunette has discovered the perfect pairing for fall: a “Pinot Please” sweatshirt and an overflowing glass of wine. The shirt is even the exact right shade to hide any spills incurred while sipping. Find the sassy shirt at Brunette or Nordstrom, then head to Legacy Liquor Store for a vast selection of vino. Cheers!

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time

BY Sheri Radford

Sep. 2018

 

Photo by David Cooper

Getting inside the head of someone with autism is a daunting task. Author Mark Haddon more than rose to the challenge in his bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time, which follows an autistic teenager trying to unravel the mystery of who killed the neighbour’s dog. The brilliant stage adaptation that followed dominated the Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk awards in 2015.

Photo by David Cooper

Now the Arts Club has opened its 55th season with a stellar production of the innovative play. The cast is uniformly excellent, but standouts include Daniel Doheny as the central character of Christopher, who struggles with everything in the world around him; Todd Thomson as Christopher’s gruff father, Ed, who loves and is frustrated by his son in equal measure; and Ghazal Azarbad as Siobhan, Christopher’s eternally patient teacher and the play’s de facto narrator. The story plays out against a minimalist set that transforms seamlessly from bedroom to school to London Tube station. And the special effects include the most entertaining solution to a math problem ever presented on stage.

Photo by David Cooper

The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time runs to Oct. 7, 2018, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

Show-Stealing Walruses at the Vancouver Aquarium

By CHLOË LAI
Sep. 2018

Photo courtesy Vancouver Aquarium

Move over, adorable otters. Make way, pint-sized penguins. Magnificently moustachioed walruses have arrived at the Vancouver Aquarium, and they’re a big deal in more ways than one. The first walruses to ever live at the aquarium, Lakina and Balzak are as enormous as they are charming: once fully grown, Lakina could weigh up to 1,700 kg (3,750 lbs) while her half-brother may tip the scales at 3,700 kg (8,150 lbs). They’re also talented “singers,” serenading visitors with deep roars, train-like whistles and more. And did we mention that they’re capable of sucking clams right out of their shells? Get a glimpse of these talented behemoths at the Research Outpost, which is open to the public for the first time. Talk about making a splash.

Devoted to Dumplings

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Sep. 2018

Delicious dishes await on the Dumpling Trail

Of all the spectacular trails—hiking, biking or otherwise—to conquer around Vancouver, the Dumpling Trail is arguably the most satisfying. Nearby Richmond is famed for top-notch Asian cuisine, so it’s no surprise that 20 restaurants offering delectable dumplings are all just a hop, skip and bite away. As with any trail, a map, sturdy walking shoes and stretchy pants are recommended. Along the way, discover dough-wrapped specialties such as prawn-stuffed har gow and soup-filled xiao long bao. Regional offerings like bubble tea, kimchi and hand-pulled noodles make excellent trail companions, too. A truly tasty trek.

Double Take: Film & TV Landmarks in Downtown

Hollywood North’s leading architectural landmarks are ready for their close-up

By CHLOË LAI
Sep. 2018

Photo by KK Law

Hotel Europe

Built 1909

As seen in Legends of the Fall, The NeverEnding Story, Twice’s “Likey” music video

The iconic flatiron-style building that dominates Gastown’s Maple Tree Square isn’t just the oldest reinforced-concrete structure in Vancouver: it’s the oldest in all of Canada. (Naturally, it’s also rumoured to be haunted.) If it feels like a little slice of New York City, that’s because the design echoes Manhattan’s famous Flatiron Building, constructed in 1902. Elegant original features—including Italian tile floors and granite columns—make it an ideal location for historical films. Originally a hotel for business travellers, the heritage building is now home to residential units and quirky shops. The best spot to snap a selfie with this landmark is from across the street, facing the Gassy Jack statue. Read more…

Head Over Heels for Sole’s Beach Flips

By SHERI RADFORD
Sep. 2018

Keep summer alive until the last possible moment with Sole’s Beach Flips

Seeking your sole-mate? Meet Sole’s Beach Flips. Made from recycled wine corks, these eco-friendly flip-flops are destined to find a place in your heart. The all-natural cork wicks moisture, reduces odour, absorbs shock and even moulds to your feet over time, creating the ultimate custom fit. Pick up a pair of these cute kicks at The Boardroom, so you and your feet can live happily ever after. 

Oceanside Eats: Earls Ambleside

By TIM PAWSEY

Settle in at scenic Earls on Ambleside Beach to enjoy a West Coast ahi tuna salad (front) or spicy tuna roll (back)

A quick trip across the Lions Gate Bridge leads to Earls on Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver. The shoreside spot sports a different personality from other Earls locations, with more of a California vibe. Right on the promenade, the patio offers views of the bridge and Stanley Park. The menu features classics such as crispy calamari, West Coast ahi tuna salad and Cajun chicken, but also offers vegan-friendly, plant-based options. Topping it off, a beverage list with no shortage of BC purveyors. Tip: hop on the 257 express bus from downtown to bypass traffic.

Grand Finale: Personal Highlights from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Long-Time Curator

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Fall (Modality 16)” by Jock Macdonald (Image courtesy the Vancouver Art Gallery)

Sep. 22 to Mar. 17, 2018 Thirty years, more than 80 exhibits and one Order of Canada all add up to one extraordinary career for curator Ian Thom. In the Vancouver Art Gallery’s A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects, the esteemed retiree presents a final round-up of personal highlights from the permanent collection, including works by Jock Macdonald (pictured), Emily Carr and many others.

Local Linens by Flax Sleep

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Sep. 2018

Linens by Flax Sleep are sure to inspire dreams of Vancouver

Sweet dreams are made of Flax Sleep’s luxe linens. Early birds and night owls alike love the Vancouver-based label’s beautiful bedding, crafted from 100 percent French flax. That’s because linen is stronger, softer and more durable than cotton, plus it’s naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial. Even the environmentally savvy can rest easy: flax is more sustainable than other crops, using less water, energy and pesticides to produce. To cozy up to these bed sheets, score a set online at www.flaxsleep.com or at Gastown’s Litchfield. A dream come true.

Osprey’s Ozone Duplex Pack is Twice as Nice

By SHERI RADFORD
Sep. 2018

Osprey’s Ozone Duplex pack is perfect for those who travel light

No one likes the endless wait at the baggage carousel. Skip all the hassle with the new Ozone Duplex from Osprey. This two-in-one design combines a full-sized daypack with a carry-on-sized cargo bag. Sporting a lightweight frame, the daypack can hold all your valuables and stay by your feet on the plane, while the cargo bag full of clothes and gear gets stashed in the overhead bin. The two bags clip together easily or can be used separately. Pick up this doubly clever creation at MEC.

In the Spotlight: Vancouver International Film Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Photo ©Ulia Koltyrina/Fotolia.com

Sep. 27 to Oct. 12, 2018 Grab some popcorn and settle in—the Vancouver International Film Festival is on silver screens across the city. In the limelight this year are over 200 features and 100 short films hailing from more than 70 countries, plus a host of events, workshops and live performances. It’s one of the largest showcases of Canuck films in the world, so it’s guaranteed to have fans of Canadian cinema on their feet. Documentaries and East Asian films also play strong supporting roles. In that case, better make that popcorn a large.

Hilariously Offensive: The Book of Mormon at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo by Julieta Cervantes

Sep. 25 to 30, 2018 If you’re looking for a wholesome musical to entertain the entire family, everyone from your five-year-old niece to your easily upset auntie, then this is definitely not the show to choose. If, on the other hand, it’s cheekily adult satire you seek, then don’t miss The Book of Mormon. Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame teamed up with Robert Lopez, co-creator of Avenue Q, to write this Tony Award–winning musical about two mismatched missionaries sent to preach in Uganda. It’s guaranteed to amuse and offend in equal measure.