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Vancouver

Fall in Love with Jewellery by Leah Alexandra

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2019

Love Token necklace by Leah Alexandra

One look at a Love Token necklace, and you’re sure to fall head over heels. Vancouverite Leah Alexandra travels the globe, searching for ideas for her delicate creations, and this one was inspired by a 19th-century French love poem by Rosemonde Gérard. Find Alexandra’s rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces at Blue Ruby and The Cross, visit her studio in Gastown (call 778-320-3390), or shop the entire collection online.

French Fare Fit for a King

By TIM PAWSEY
Jan. 2019

Chef Herve Martin at The French Table

Chef Herve Martin, once personal chef to the late King of Belgium, holds court at The French Table, a charming Main Street salute to all things Burgundian. Martin is passionate about French cuisine, offering authentic stalwarts such as coq au vin, duck confit cassoulet, bouillabaisse, and escargots, as well as hard-to-find sweetbreads à la Grenobloise, and cheese or beef fondues. The intimate bistro setting, with its cozy bar and dark-wood trim, is welcoming and relaxed, with detail-driven but personable service. Not to be missed: crêpes suzette with orange and Grand Marnier sauce—and the best selection of Burgundy in the city, including bottles from the chef’s family estate.

Celebrating the Lunar New Year in Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo courtesy Coast Mountain Photography/Tourism Vancouver

Multiple Dates, 2019 Usher in Lunar New Year by going whole hog—it’s the year of the pig, after all. On Feb. 10, the Spring Festival Parade winds through Chinatown, as traditional lion dancers join dance troupes, martial artists and more. The annual Temple Fair at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (Feb. 10) fetes the occasion with a full line-up of activities. And the celebrations at International Village Mall (Feb. 8 to 10) include souvenirs, live entertainment and delectable bites. Gung hay fat choy!

New Year, New Healthy Nibbles by Naked Snacks

By CHLOË LAI
Jan. 2019

Healthy, travel-friendly treats from Naked Snacks

For those about to snack, Naked Snacks salutes you. This Vancouver company lures recovering junk-food fans away from artificial flavours and trans fats with healthy munchies made of 80 percent whole foods and 20 percent indulgent treats. Head to Urban Fare and take a walk on the sweet side with the Morning Bestie mix—featuring roasted edamame, cranberries and dark chocolate—or heat things up with Wasabi-Me, packed with spicy peas and wild-rice sticks. Snack on!

Two of a Kind: Dundarave Print Workshop + Gallery Exhibits Two Top-Notch Printmakers

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“The Ridge” by Betty Jean Drummond

Jan. 23 to Feb. 24, 2019 Look back on the careers of two powerhouse printmakers at Dundarave Print Workshop + Gallery. The best of both their worlds is on display in Betty Jean Drummond and Marijke Nap: A Retrospective of Two Highly Regarded Resident Printmakers. See Drummond’s richly textured landscapes (“The Ridge,” pictured) alongside Nap’s whimsical assemblage works. Both draw from a wealth of inspiration—Drummond studied with contemporaries like A.Y. Jackson, while Nap’s Brazilian upbringing is visible in her work. Two printmakers are better than one.

One for the Books: Indigo on Robson Street

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

Indigo on Robson Street

Calling all bookworms and bibliophiles: a huge Indigo opened downtown recently, and it’s filled with everything to warm a booklover’s heart. More than 58,000 unique titles run the gamut from romances, mysteries and memoirs to cookbooks, travel guides and graphic novels. Browse the departments for children and babies, linger in the wellness area to test a meditation pillow or aromatherapy spray, and check out the impressive selection of board games. Make sure to visit Starbucks on the second level, where floor-to-ceiling windows boast a stellar view of Robson Street. Book paradise, found.

Like a Rock: Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band live at The Palace of Auburn Hills (Photo by Ken Settle)

Feb. 7, 2019 Those in the mood for some “Old Time Rock and Roll” are in luck: Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band are on their final farewell tour, and they’ve brought their catalogue of classics along. After five decades of chart-topping songs and sold-out stadiums, one of the world’s best-selling artists is ready to “Turn the Page” and retire from the road. Catch the “Travelin’ Man” and his band at Rogers Arena.

New Year, New Art at the Contemporary Art Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Jan. 2018

“Abandoned Details 4” by Anna Torma (Photo courtesy the artist/Esker Foundation)

Multiple dates Starting the New Year off with a bang, the Contemporary Art Gallery presents three—nearly simultaneous—January exhibit openings. On Jan. 18, two solo shows take over the gallery space: Chair for a Woman, featuring imaginative sculptural works by Anne Low, and If No One Asks, Aslan Gaisumov’s thought-provoking still and moving images. They join off-site exhibit How far do you travel?, which takes over the streets as of Jan. 17. The innovative exhibition wraps city buses in works by five Canadian artists, such as “Abandoned Details 4” (pictured) by Anna Torma. Consider it a cultural tour de force.

KISS’s End of the Road Tour Hits Rogers Arena

By CHLOË LAI

Photo by Jen Rosenstein

Jan. 31, 2019 If you’ve been waiting your whole life to “Rock & Roll All Nite,” wait no longer. This month, KISS  explodes onto the stage at Rogers Arena for the very last time. The legendary fire-breathing, blood-spitting, pyrotechnics-loving rock stars are kicking off their End of the Road farewell tour, which means this may be your last chance to see them in all their costumed glory. “Creatures of the Night,” take note: the time to rock is now.

Like a Local: Ice Skating at Robson Square

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Robson Square Ice Rink (Photo by KK Law)

To Feb. 28, 2019 Besides saying “sorry,” ice skating may be one of the most Canadian activities out there. Take part in this patriotic tradition at Robson Square Ice Rink, which appeals to aspiring Sidney Crosbys and Patrick Chans alike. And aside from showing off your triple lutz to all your new (and very polite) Canuck friends, the best part is entry is free and skate rentals are only $5. Prefer to stick to the sidelines? Watch all the action with a warm drink from the concession. Get ready to glide.

Canadian Artist Paul Ygartua’s Vivid Works at Ukama Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Fiesta” by Paul Ygartua (Image courtesy the artist)

Jan. 18 to 31, 2019 Depth of colour and feeling combine in vibrant works by Canadian artist Paul Ygartua. His pieces create dimension through a unique backdrop of canvas and plexiglass—a medium he developed back in 1980 (“Fiesta,” pictured). Peruse his paintings at Ukama Gallery’s Primordial Abstraction: Depth & Illusion.

Mind-Bending Magic: The Illusionists

By CHLOË LAI

The Illusionists dazzle audiences at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from Jan. 15 to 20

Jan. 15 to 20, 2019 The explosive entertainers behind The Illusionists have more than a few mind-blowing tricks up their sleeves. Styled as eccentric characters with names like The Escapologist and The Anti-Conjuror, these masters of deception have been astonishing sold-out audiences all over the world with their high-tech hijinks, fiery pyrotechnics and seemingly impossible physical feats. Catch their amazing act at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre—and try not to let your jaw hit the floor too hard.