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British Columbia

Easter Egg-stravaganza

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Easter treasures await. (Photo: AbsolutImages /iStockPhoto.com)

Easter treasures await. (Photo: AbsolutImages/iStockPhoto.com)

Easter is a time for family, bunnies, eats and adventures. Enjoy them all and have a good hare day with these fun holiday happenings.

Easter at Lonsdale Quay Kids earn a sweet treat bag by finding all five colours of eggs scattered across Lonsdale Quay Market (Apr. 16), then the Easter Bunny himself drops in for a visit. (more…)

Eating on the Edge

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Dine down at Wild Wood Pacific Bistro. (Photo: Darby Magill)

Dine down at Wild Wood Pacific Bistro. (Photo: Darby Magill)

Take taste buds off the beaten track at Wild Wood Pacific Bistro. This cozy eatery is a favourite with locals for out-of-the-box brunches like banana bread French toast and nine—that’s right, nine—varieties of eggs Benny. But the menu goes way beyond brunch. Dig into baby back ribs, smothered in Canadian whisky and maple syrup BBQ sauce, or antipasti with panko-crusted goat cheese. Now that’s a walk on the wild side.

 

Artist Statement

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Spaced Invaders" by Sonny Assu

“Spaced Invaders” by Sonny Assu

In an era where street art is around every corner, Sonny Assu’s graffiti-esque tags stand out. Except his canvas isn’t brick—it’s Emily Carr’s famed paintings. In We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr at the Vancouver Art Gallery (to Apr. 23), Assu interrupts Carr’s works by adding Kwakwaka’wakw-style formline elements, reaffirming First Nations’ place in her landscapes.

Top Dogs

By SHERI RADFORD

Get your best friend on the best-dressed list.

Get your best friend on the Best-Dressed list.

Pampered pooches and well-heeled hounds get outfitted by Danes and Divas. The local company crafts stylish bowties, collars, leashes, bandanas and more for dapper dogs (and good-natured cats). Shalla Black established the business in 2012 because she saw a need for accessories that went beyond basic nylon or leather. Designed and manufactured in BC, Black’s creations express each pet’s personality. Outfit your own precious pup at Barking Babies or online.

Canadian, Eh

By SHERI RADFORD

Keep your head warm with a cozy toque from Roots

Keep your head warm with a cozy toque from Roots

If you know how to wear a toque, have a drawer stuffed full of Canadian Tire money, and own at least one piece of clothing emblazoned with a maple leaf, chances are you’re from the True North Strong and Free. If you’re from elsewhere, we’ll let you in on a secret: Roots clothing is the unofficial uniform north of the 49th parallel. The company started in 1973 in Ontario making leather shoes but soon branched out into leather jackets and bags, sportswear, clothing and accessories. Pull on a cozy toque from Roots and you just might be mistaken for a true Canuck.

 

A Song of Ice and Fire

By SHERI RADFORD

A concert as epic as its namesake.

A concert as epic as its namesake.

Apr 1 While you’re (still) waiting for the next book and TV season, immerse yourself in the GoT world at the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, complete with 3D designs that rise from the stage and an 80-piece orchestra conducted by the show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi. After all, winter is coming.

Delicious Deeds

By CHLOË LAI

Mouth-watering salmon at Joe Fortes. (Photo: Dining Out For Life)

Mouth-watering salmon at Joe Fortes. (Photo: Dining Out For Life)

At Dining Out For Life, you can have your cake and let someone else eat it, too—in a manner of speaking. On Mar. 30, restaurants throughout the Lower Mainland donate 25% of each food bill to local not-for-profit A Loving Spoonful, which provides free, healthy meals and nutritional counselling for Vancouverites living with HIV/AIDS. The more you indulge, the more you help. So go ahead and order that chocolate molten cake (Dockside), praline mousse (Forage) or traditional tiramisu (Joe Fortes) after dinner. It’ll feel as good as it tastes.

A Beautiful Nature

By CHLOË LAI

"Among Flowers" by Katie Cheung.

“Among Flowers” by Katie Cheung.

There’s an element of earthly magic to award-winning artist Katie Cheung’s mixed-media and acrylic-on-canvas paintings. Flowers blossom freely across the scene, inspired by her boundless love of gardening. Born in Hong Kong and trained in Vancouver, Cheung is constantly experimenting with colours and styles, creating lush pieces that dance between realism and dream states. Explore her energetic and introspective works in Beyond Nature II, at Art Beatus until March 31.

Imperfect by Design

By SHERI RADFORD

Pyrrha-Carpe-Diem

Handcrafted Pyrrah Jewellery

Most designers craft their jewellery to look absolutely perfect. Not Danielle Wilmore and Wade Papin, the Vancouver couple behind Pyrrha. Using reclaimed sterling silver or bronze, they handcraft talisman necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings, all based on 18th- and 19th-century wax seals. Each piece reflects the antique seals’ cracks and imperfections. Find your new perfectly imperfect talisman at Ruby Tuesday, or shop online at www.pyrrha.com.

High Impact

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Salmon Panel" by Susan Point.

“Salmon Panel” by Susan Point.

In the Coast Salish language, the closest word to “art” is “x ˘al,” a reference to the feeling derived from making a mark. It’s a definition that perfectly suits boundary-bending Musqueam artist Susan Point and a career spent making her mark on paper, glass, wood—and, of course, First Nations art. Known for blending traditional Coast Salish motifs with non-traditional techniques, Point creates intricate, modern works that are sure to leave an impression (“Salmon Panel,” pictured). Find an array of the famed artist’s eye-catching pieces in X ˘al: Making Her Mark at Coastal Peoples Gallery until Mar. 30.

Dance Dance Fever

By SHERI RADFORD

San Francisco's Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Newbies and aficionados alike always find much to love at the Vancouver International Dance Festival (Mar. 1 to 25). The 17th annual fest brings to local stages everything from ballet to butoh. Don’t miss Dairakudakan, Japan’s otherworldly ensemble; the visionary choreography of San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet (pictured); and Post No Bills, a solo piece by Denmark’s Kitt Johnson that explores the transformative power of crisis.

Made For Each Other

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Postmark Blonde and Sevens IPA await the action.

Postmark Blonde and Sevens IPA await the action.

Beer and rugby—it’s a match made in sporting heaven. Especially when it’s a local brew, crafted to team up with the fast-paced HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series that takes the city by storm Mar. 11 and 12. The limited-edition Sevens IPA from Postmark Brewing can be found throughout the province, including at BC Place, the action-packed epicentre. The accessible IPA takes a balanced approach to hops, so it’s as easy to drink as the Rugby Sevens are exciting to watch. Sounds like the perfect pairing.