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Jill Von Sprecken

YVR Food Fest: Savour the Flavours

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Sip, sample and stroll in the sunshine at YVR Food Fest.

Sip, sample and stroll in the sunshine at YVR Food Fest.

Jun. 29-Jul. 3, 2017 For an alfresco festival that’s good enough to eat, dig into YVR Food Fest. Back for its sixth year, the five-day festival is the perfect way to explore the city’s food scene in the company of a few thousand of your closest friends. Tie one on—a bib, we mean—at events like Gather, a collaborative long table dinner (Jun. 30); a Texas-style Canada Day Cookout (Jul. 1); and the flagship Street Food Showdown (Jul. 2), featuring more than 80 food carts, restaurants and breweries in one scenic spot. Now that’s one way to keep things fresh.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival 2017

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Enjoy your Shakespeare shows with a side of ocean and mountains.

Enjoy your Shakespeare shows with a side of ocean and mountain views.

Jun. 1 to Sep. 23, 2017 All the world’s a stage—but perhaps none is more picturesque than seaside Vanier Park, where open-air tents pop up every summer for Bard on the Beach. The popular Shakespeare festival features four different plays, such as The Winter’s Tale and The Merchant of Venice, and even transports wisecracking Much Ado About Nothing to 1950s Italy. Also taking centre stage: lectures, live music and family nights, plus a peekaboo panorama of ocean and mountains. It’s a theatre-goer’s dream that lasts far longer than a midsummer’s night—it goes all summer long.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

Natural Beauty: Vancouver Island Artists Showcased at Ukama Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Confidence" by April Ponsford.

“Confidence” by Catherine Gerus

Jun. 8 to 22, 2017 Take a walk on the wild side at Ukama Gallery, where two Vancouver Island-based artists are finding inspiration in nature. Besides a shared location, Catherine Gerus and April Ponsford have a similar interest in the outdoors, and explore it on canvas in their abstract works. While Ponsford’s pieces attempt to capture a landscape’s more ephemeral qualities, Gerus is guided by Mother Nature’s colour palette (“Confidence,” pictured). Discover where the wild things are in the Interactions exhibit.

Painted Panoramas: David Edwards Exhibit at Ian Tan Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"The Lie of the Land", by David Edwards.

“The Lie of the Land”, by David Edwards.

Jun. 3 to 30, 2017 Lush landscapes by David Edwards blur the line between real and unreal in Ian Tan Gallery’s Re-Constructed Landscapes. The Canadian-based artist begins his painting process from photographs, stripping away and distilling the images down to their most basic elements. The results? Serene oil-on-canvas works that often feel both foreign and familiar (“The Lie of the Land,” pictured).

Frothy Fete: Vancouver Craft Beer Week

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Celebrate the incredible diversity of Vancouver's craft beer scene. (Photo: DLINCA/istockphoto.com)

Celebrate the delicious diversity of Vancouver’s craft beer scene. (Photo: ©DLINCA/istockphoto.com)

Jun. 3-4, 2017 Want to tap into the local brewing scene? Head to the eighth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week, a sudsy celebration of beer, live music and special events. The 10-day beer-chanalia culminates at the VCBW Festival, which brings more than 100 craft breweries and cideries—and over 300 unique pours—to a single venue. There, hopheads can raise a glass to art installations, food trucks, pinball, DJs and more. Cheers!

Craft Beer Circuit

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Join the most rewarding brewery crawl in town.

Join the most rewarding brewery crawl in town.

Excitement is brewing in Vancouver’s East Village. The area is home to six craft breweries and a small-batch distillery—all just a hop, sip and jump away. Now there’s extra incentive to tour the area’s artisanal offerings thanks to The East Village Brewery & Distillery Passport. Pick up the map and passport at venues like Odd Society Spirits, Storm Brewing and Powell Street Craft Brewery, and start sipping. Once stamps to all seven locations have been collected, souvenir-savvy imbibers are rewarded with a free growler. We’ll raise a glass to that.

Double Take

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Nearby Nearby: 291 Burlap Walls" by Kelly Lycan.

“Nearby Nearby: 291 Burlap Walls” by Kelly Lycan

Things aren’t always what they seem. That’s why it’s worth taking a longer look at the Contemporary Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, Song of the Open Road. Highlighting 10 artists from around the globe, the show focuses on diverse photography practices—everything from stills to moving images to archival prints. Pieces like Kelly Lycan’s “Nearby Nearby: 291 Burlap Walls” (pictured) are examined through a lens that questions whether snapshots record a moment or show an alternate reality. See for yourself until Jun. 18.

Buzzing Bakery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Tempt your taste buds with treats for every occasion. (Photo by Betty Hung)

Tempt your taste buds with treats for every occasion. (Photo by Betty Hung)

Love honey? Then make a beeline to Beaucoup Bakery for honey pastries that arrived just in time for spring. The bakery is all abuzz with excitement for three new creations that celebrate local, small-batch nectar from Hives for Humanity. Satisfy that sweet tooth with the buttery Honey Banana Double Baked Croissant, topped with honey caramel and crushed banana chips. For a delicately sweet treat, try the unbaked Grapefruit Honey Tarragon Cheesecake. Or indulge in the savoury Miso Honey Roasted Eggplant Flatbread, with fresh zucchini shiso salad. Trust us: it’s the bee’s knees.

Lakeside Serenity

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Relax at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge.

Relax at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge.

Looking for your bliss? At The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge, you’ll find it all wrapped up in a terry-towel robe. The top-to-toe treatments use sustainably sourced oils and scrubs, while the rooftop hot tub provides the perfect post-pampering soak. For an indulgence that’s equal parts “oommm” and “aahhh,” try the Inner Connection package, complete with the signature kundalini massage, shirodhara (warm oil poured over the third eye), body scrub and facial. Paradise, found.