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Sheri Radford

Sounds of Summer: Vancouver Folk Music Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Gorgeous views are part of the package at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Gorgeous views are part of the package at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Everyone knows summer starts in June, but for some Vancouverites, it doesn’t truly arrive until the beginning of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Jul. 15 to 17, 2016). For three sunny days each July, Jericho Beach Park overflows with sweet sounds ranging from folk to roots to bluegrass. Highlights of the 39th annual seaside festival include Bruce Cockburn, Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Wainwright Sisters, Oysterband and Lord Huron.

Scientific Slumber Party at Science World

By SHERI RADFORD

Budding scientists can sleep over at Science World

Budding scientists can sleep over at Science World

What’s better than an afternoon at Science World? An entire night at the popular science centre housed in a geodesic dome (Jul. 15, 2016). Inquisitive children aged six to 12 (and their parents) are invited to stay overnight and see an OMNIMAX film, a live science show and a dinosaur presentation by famed palaeontologist Dr. Scott Sampson, plus explore behind the scenes. There might even be some sleeping involved—but that part is far from guaranteed.

25 Things We Love About Summertime in Vancouver

As the temperature rises, so does our passion for this sun-kissed city

By SHERI RADFORD

A stroll through downtown’s magnificent Stanley Park. (Photo: KK Law)

A stroll through downtown’s magnificent Stanley Park. (Photo: KK Law)

1. Long evenings that end in glorious sunsets.

2. Kayaking, canoeing, dragon boating, stand-up paddle boarding and any other water-based activity.

3. Spending a leisurely morning at a farmers’ market.

4. The abundance of outdoor festivals.

5. Seeing orcas in the wild on a whale-watching adventure. (more…)

Top Picks for Travellers

Must-haves for those bitten by the travel bug and suffering from incurable wanderlust

By SHERI RADFORD

Toast your travels with the Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Toast your travels with the Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Tedious travel time can often be improved with a tipple or two. The Carry On Cocktail Kit contains almost everything necessary to mix up a duo of delicious cocktails while high in the sky. All that’s missing from the perfect Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule or Gin & Tonic is the liquor, which a flight attendant (or hotel minibar) can supply. At Kiss and Makeup. (more…)

The Must List: June

By SHERI RADFORD

An orca breaching in the wild. (Photo: ©Menno67/Dreamstime.com)

An orca breaching in the wild. (Photo: ©Menno67/Dreamstime.com)

1. Visit Grinder and Coola, Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bears.

2. Cheer on the Vancouver Whitecaps at a home game.

3. Travel by mini ferry to Granville Island, then browse for fresh produce and artisan crafts in the Granville Island Public Market. (more…)

A Taste of the Orient at Panda Market

By SHERI RADFORD

Find Asian flavours at Panda Market. (Photo: KK Law)

At Panda Market, food stalls sell plenty of Asian-inspired fare. (Photo: KK Law)

If you’re craving the flavours of Asia, pull on some stretchy pants and head to the Panda Market (to Sep. 11, 2016) for an evening of sipping, tasting, nibbling and munching. This night market in Richmond is the closest you can get to an Asian street market without boarding a plane. Enjoy the ever-changing roster of live entertainment while browsing for jewellery, cellphone accessories, colourful socks, fleece blankets and more. The best part? No passport required.

Welcoming the World

By SHERI RADFORD

False Creek with Science World

Science World, an iconic Vancouver landmark since Expo 86

It’s impossible to imagine just how different Vancouver would be if Expo 86 hadn’t taken place. Running from May 2 until Oct. 13, 1986, this transportation-themed world’s fair left behind several structures that quickly became local icons—BC Place, Canada Place, Science World (pictured), the SkyTrain and the Inukshuk statue, to name a few. Plus the five-month-long party introduced more than 22 million people to Vancouver’s laid-back, ocean-side charm, firmly establishing the city as a tourism destination.

Makes Perfect Scents

By SHERI RADFORD

Saje

A peek inside the Saje At Home concept store

Follow your nose to Saje Natural Wellness, which recently launched its first Saje at Home concept store, inside its popular Robson Street location. This new space features all-natural aromatherapy products for the home or office, including ultrasonic nebulizers, candles and room sprays. Each one is designed to remove toxins and freshen the air. Founded in Vancouver in 1992, Saje now has stores all across the country. What’s that delicious aroma? The sweet smell of success.

The Eyes Have It

By SHERI RADFORD

C4-Lily Shiny Black

Geek-glasses are so chic at C4

These are not your granny’s reading glasses: the latest C4 collection features four edgy styles that make a bold fashion statement. And $5 from each pair goes to the Cause We Care Foundation, a Vancouver-based charity that helps single mothers and their children. Who knew charitable giving could look so good? Available at Nordstrom or online.

DBelt: Clever and Comfy

By SHERI RADFORD

DBelt Pink On Model

Keep essentials cleverly concealed with DBelt

Need a cunning spot to stash your cash while travelling? The DBelt can hold money, keys, a cellphone (even the large iPhone 6 Plus) and more, and it hugs the body, hiding comfortably underneath clothing.

Beautiful Baubles at Van Cleef & Arpels

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Van Cleef & Arpels shop within the Birks boutique

Grace Kelly. Elizabeth Taylor. Marlene Dietrich. Van Cleef & Arpels jewels are nearly as iconic as the leading ladies photographed wearing them. The Paris-based brand recently opened a jewel-box boutique inside Birks, and brought its seminal sparklers, timepieces and that certain je ne sais quoi along. Collectors and fashionistas will find the famed jewels in an elegant setting of black and gold, plus a private library for getting to know the sparkling selection a little better.

Winter is Coming

By SHERI RADFORD

VTSL-Jon Snow 25

Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow

Stormy with a chance of hilarity. That’s the forecast this month as Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow continues on Granville Island, presented by the Vancouver TheatreSports League (to May 28). Lightning-quick improvisers battle for comedic supremacy, until just one of the great families of Westeros remains to claim the Iron Throne. Weather may be unpredictable, but with this show, the belly laughs are guaranteed.