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British Columbia

Bittergirls: The Musical Comes to Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

Celebrate solidarity in singlehood with Bittergirl: The Musical. (Photo: Emily Cooper)

Bittergirl: The Musical, at the Granville Island Stage. (Photo: Emily Cooper)

Jun. 15-Jul. 29, 2017 When you’re down in the dumps after being dumped, why not turn that heartache into art? Written by three unlucky-in-love gals from Toronto, Bittergirl the play led to Bittergirl the book and now Bittergirl: The Musical. This funny, feisty show bursts onto the Granville Island Stage with hilarious vignettes and girl-group hits such as “Be My Baby,” “I Will Survive” and (of course) “Where Did Our Love Go.” Who knew heartbreak could be so entertaining?

Andina Brewing Joins the Local Beer Scene

By TIM PAWSEY

Sample a few of the unique beers at Andina Brewing. (Photo: KK Law)

Sample a few of the unique beers at Andina Brewing. (Photo: KK Law)

The latest addition to the city’s burgeoning beer scene, Andina Brewing makes beer with a difference. The Amaya family, who hail from Columbia, take great pride in blending their native culture with that of their adopted home. The brewery is the first in Canada to use Patagonia Malt—and the results are impressive: Totuma, a well-balanced, refreshing Kölsch; the heartily hopped but also gently honeyed Monita Blonde IPA; Melcocha Andean Mild Ale, with a hint of molasses; and easy-drinking, copper-toned and malty Ay Ay Ay. Sample them all and more, including wines and cocktails in the tasting lounge, which also serves excellent Columbian bites. Don’t overlook the revolving selection of ceviches, with plantain chips. Vivid yellow, with its 18-m- (60-ft-) tall mural of “La Pola” girl, Andina’s building is hard to miss—and already a popular East Van landmark.

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Save the City: “Heroes & Villains” Family Edition

By CHLOË LAI

Unlock the clues to save Vancouver from the Muck Monster.

Unlock the clues and save Vancouver from the Muck Monster.

Is your family ready for comic book–style adventure? Assemble your legion of superheroes—up to four kids aged eight to 13, plus at least one intrepid adult—and dash over to Vancouver Mysteries to play Heroes & Villains. Your mission is to stop the despicable Muck Monster from destroying Vancouver, all while discovering local landmarks like Coal Harbour and the Olympic Cauldron. Armed with your assigned superpowers, you’ll scour the downtown waterfront to find clues, complete challenges and solve puzzles that reveal your foe’s secret lair and identity before it’s too late. With great power comes great responsibility, but also great fun.

Bill Reid Gallery Exhibit: Those Who Are Amazing at Making Things

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Raven Frog Headdress" by Bob Dempsey. (Photo: David Koppe)

“Raven Frog Headdress” by Bob Dempsey. (Photo: David Koppe)

To Sep. 4, 2017 Maestro. Virtuoso. Whiz-bang. Whatever you call them, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art has their work in Xi Xanya Dzam: Those Who Are Amazing at Making Things. This not-to-be-missed exhibit features pieces by 11 recipients of BC Lifetime Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art, including luminaries such as Robert Davidson, Susan Point and Bob Dempsey (“Raven Frog Headdress,” pictured). These impressive artists are certainly gifted, but you get the gift with all the works on display under one roof.

 

 

A+ Activities: Our Favourite Reasons to Visit UBC

Find the best places to eat, explore and be entertained at the University of British Columbia. School may be out for summer, but this lush coastal campus is packed with hidden gems for every visitor, from orchestra aficionados and art connoisseurs to golfers and nature lovers

By CHLOË LAI

The Museum of Anthropology is home to an impressive collection of totem poles. (Photo: KK Law)

The Museum of Anthropology is home to an impressive collection of totem poles. (Photo: KK Law)

Art History

Fancy a bit of a scavenger hunt? This campus is a veritable outdoor gallery, featuring an ever-evolving collection of art installations just waiting to be discovered. The most recent addition is the Reconciliation Pole, a towering 17-m (55-ft) totem pole carved by James Hart, a Haida master carver and hereditary chief. Intricate details etched into the 800-year-old red cedar tell the story of First Nations communities’ experiences before, during and after the traumatic residential school system—thousands of copper nails are hammered into the wood, each commemorating a child who died at a residential school. Other totem poles around campus include the Musqueam Post by Brent Sparrow Jr., and the Victory Through Honour pole by Calvin Hunt and Merv Child.

For contemporary art, step into the crisp white rooms of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, where avant-garde artists and innovative exhibitions take centre stage. Download or print their info sheet to take a sunny self-guided outdoor art tour—and keep an eye out for the delightful Classical Toy Boat by Glenn Lewis, which isn’t on the list. If you’ve only got time for one destination, venture across Marine Drive to find the Museum of Anthropology tucked away amongst the trees. With one of the finest collections of First Nations art and artifacts in the world, as well as impressive exhibits spanning every culture from Asia to the Amazon, it’s an absolute must-see. (more…)

In Your Element

For those who love the river, the road or the sky—or all three—adventure awaits

By CHLOË LAI

Even beginners can handle white water rapids on the Elaho River. (Photo courtesy Sunwolf)

Even beginners can handle white water rapids on the Elaho River. (Photo courtesy Sunwolf)

Make a Splash

Whistler’s rivers and lakes are icy, but the action is hot. Thrill-seeking travellers and fun-loving families put their paddling power to the test by rafting through glacier-fed white water rapids with Sunwolf. With adventures for every ability level, from the roaring Elaho to the gently rolling Cheakamus River, there are plenty of opportunities to get your feet—and everything else—wet. Those looking for a more meditative experience can head over to Backroads Whistler and glide gently down the River of Golden Dreams in a canoe or kayak, with fresh air courtesy of the old-growth forest. Drift solo, or go with a guide to discover the stories behind every landmark. (more…)

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2017

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Catch Kandace Springs at Pyatt Hall on Jun. 25. (Photo: Mathieu Bitton)

Catch Kandace Springs at Pyatt Hall on Jun. 25. (Photo: Mathieu Bitton)

Jun. 22 to Jul. 2, 2017 Summer starts off on a high note at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Now in its 32nd year, the fest fêtes the sounds of 1,800 local and international artists, including Seu Jorge’s David Bowie tribute (Jun. 22), Kandace Springs’s soulful vocals (Jun. 25) and Ziggy Marley’s reggae beats (Jun. 26). Find over 300 toe-tapping performances—including 150 free concerts—at venues across the city. The festival even jazzes up opening weekend with family-friendly activities, artisan markets and more (Jun. 24 to 25). Facing the music has never been more fun.

North of Robson: Downtown Dining

By TIM PAWSEY

French fare at Tableau Bar Bistro tastes as good as it looks. (Photo: KK Law)

French fare at Tableau Bar Bistro tastes as good as it looks. (Photo: KK Law)

Some of the city’s best tastes are found just a block or two off Robson Street. For elevated French bistro fare, wander north to Melville, to Tableau Bar Bistro (pictured) for onion soup, moules frites, chicken supreme and addictive mushrooms on toast in an authentic setting. A block north on Denman, Nook is a popular haunt for Italian fare with fresh pasta made daily, plus pizza, good charcuterie and smart wines. Or, for excellent ramen, head to Marutama, a bustling spot a few steps along Bidwell, where fans return for the flavourful house chicken broth and especially the tamago original bowl. Order it mild or, for purists, robustly spiced.

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Abstract Angles: Otto Rogers Exhibit at Gallery Jones

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Trumpet's Song" by Otto Rogers

“Trumpet’s Song” by Otto Rogers

Jun. 8 to Jul. 8, 2017 This geometry certainly isn’t textbook. Famed Canadian artist Otto Rogers explores the principles of unity and light—drawing from his Bahá’í faith—to create meditative-yet-dynamic works that spark the imagination. Early in his six-decade-long career, Rogers was inspired by cubism and constructivism, the effects of which can be seen in bold acrylic-on-canvas pieces like “Trumpet’s Song” (pictured). Explore his graphic, textured world in New Paintings at Gallery Jones.

Million Dollar Quartet Comes to Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

By SHERI RADFORD

Presley, Cash, Lewis and Perkins burst into life at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. (Photo: David Cooper)

Presley, Cash, Lewis and Perkins burst into life at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. (Photo: David Cooper)

To Jul. 9, 2017 Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins walk into Sun Records Studio on December 4, 1956 and end up making memorable music together. Inspired by real events, Million Dollar Quartet reimagines and expands upon this legendary jam session, filling it with conflict, camaraderie and all the jukebox hits you’d expect. Crowd-pleasers abound, including Lewis’s “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” Perkins’s “See You Later Alligator,” Presley’s “Hound Dog” and Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” Catch this burst of sweet nostalgia at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

Summer Jam: Truck Stop Concert Series

By CHLOË LAI

Enjoy summer with live music, local brews and good company.

Enjoy your summer weekend with live music, local brews and lots of good company.

Jun. 17, 2017 At Red Truck Beer, you don’t just drink—you party. The fun-loving brewers are hosting their third Truck Stop Concert Series this weekend, where two stages and 1,500 partygoers fuelled by food trucks and local craft beer transform the brewery parking lot into a bona fide party zone. Electronica kings Cut/Copy fly in from Australia to rock the headline with tunes from their upcoming album, as well as fan favourites from In Ghost Colours and Free Your Mind. Arrive early to catch killer opening acts like the rapidly rising Youngblood—named one of Vancouver’s top 10 acts in CBC Music’s Searchlight competition last year—and the wild, charismatic Band of Rascals.

Drink It All In: Vancouver’s Juice Bar Scene

Vancouver juice bars are on the rise as locals discover the benefits of these detoxifying drinks. What better way to conquer your fitness goals? Drink up and cool down with post-workout delights around the city 

By DANIELLE CUNNINGHAM

Cold-pressed refreshment by Sexy Juice at Kitsilano's Olive + Ruby Café.

Cold-pressed refreshment by Sexy Juice at Kitsilano’s Olive + Ruby Café.

Gastown

Whether it’s a post-spin class pick-me-up you’re seeking, or hydration after an afternoon of sightseeing, Nectar has you covered. The menu features juices with seasonal flavours and specific healing properties. Some aid in digestion, promote healthy immune function, clear the skin or support weight loss, while others simply aid in recovering from a night out. All Nectar juices have been pulped and pressed using a hydraulic press to pack in nutrients. The Motivate “milkshake” steals the show with hemp seeds, chia seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla, raw honey and alkaline water. Visit the flagship location on West Hastings, or stop by the cart on Granville. (more…)