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Sheri Radford

Brewery & The Beast: Ultimate Meat Fest

By SHERI RADFORD

Savour flame-grilled meats and local brews at Brewery & The Beast.

Savour flame-grilled meats and local brews at Brewery & The Beast.

Jul. 23, 2017 Calling all carnivores: only one event each summer combines perfectly prepared proteins with liberal lashings of local libations. When Brewery & The Beast returns to Vancouver this month, it brings with it more than 50 acclaimed chefs and restaurants, including Kissa Tanto, Hawksworth, Forage, Café Medina and Torafuku. Each one cooks, cures, roasts or barbecues various cuts of meat to mouth-watering perfection. And if you want to feel virtuous about such a day of debauchery, rest assured that partial proceeds go to charity.

Vancouverites Get Muddy at Rugged Maniac

By SHERI RADFORD

The muddier, the merrier, at Rugged Maniac

The muddier, the merrier, at Rugged Maniac.

Jul. 15, 2017 Do you have what it takes to be a Maniac? Find out when Rugged Maniac returns to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. This 5K obstacle race is filled with waterslides, fire jumps, trampolines, tunnels and mud—lots of mud. The day involves more than just a wacky race: participants and spectators alike can listen to live music, ride a mechanical bull, try outstanding food and beer, and take part in pie-eating and strength contests. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a couch potato, you’re sure to find something to test your mettle.

Welcome to Whistler Farmers’ Market

By SHERI RADFORD

There's something for everyone at the Whistler Farmers' Market. (Photo: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

There’s something for everyone at the Whistler Farmers’ Market. (Photo: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

Think the Whistler Farmers’ Market is just for locals? Think again. Running from Jun. 18 to Oct. 8, this popular outdoor marketplace offers a lot more than just fresh produce. While browsing for handcrafted jewellery, clothing and souvenirs, you can sample artisan foods, watch cooking demonstrations, listen to live music, get the kids’ faces painted—and, of course, buy fresh produce, grown nearby in the Pemberton Valley.

Phantom of the Opera Comes to Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

Experience the everlasting magic of Phantom of the Opera. (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Experience the everlasting magic of Phantom of the Opera. (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

JUL 12-23, 2017 It’s the longest-running show in Broadway history, with 12,166 performances and counting. It has worldwide gross receipts of more than $5.6 billion. And it’s returning to Vancouver. Find out for yourself what all the fuss is about when Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera fills the Queen Elizabeth Theatre with “The Music of the Night.”

Bittergirl: 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?

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.

Udderly Delicious

By SHERI RADFORD

Scoop up some joy this summer.

Scoop up some joy this summer.

If the whole family is screaming for ice cream, head to Cows Whistler. There’s something for all tastes, from traditional—Vanilla, Chocolate, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter—to more playful: Gooey Mooey, Messie Bessie, Wowie Cowie, Moo Crunch, Chip Chip Hooray. With so much frozen goodness to choose from, brain freeze is inevitable (but worth it).

Blast from the Past: Def Leppard

By SHERI RADFORD

Catch Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla at Rogers Arena. (Photo: Kazuyo Horie)

Catch Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla at Rogers Arena. (Photo: Kazuyo Horie)

Jun. 6, 2017 Are you ready to rock out to “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” then party like it’s the ’80s again? It’s bound to be a headbanging good time at Rogers Arena when Def Leppard (pictured) takes the stage after opening acts Poison (with all the original members) and Tesla. Expect some Hysteria and maybe even some Pyromania.

Vancouver International Children’s Festival: Fun for All Ages

By SHERI RADFORD

Take the whole family out for a day of performers, puppets and more.

Take the whole family out for a day of performers, puppets and more.

To Jun. 17 For 40 years, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival has been entertaining youngsters and oldsters alike with lively theatre, music, dance, circus acts, puppetry and storytelling. This year, Canadian music icon Fred Penner performs hits such as “The Cat Came Back.” RupLoops does body percussion and beatboxing. Théâtre de l’Oeil retells Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen using actors and puppets. Afrique en Cirque mixes traditional African dance and music with acrobatics and death-defying circus feats. There’s truly something for everyone, whether two or 102.

Well-Heeled

By SHERI RADFORD

Step into footwear paradise at Holt Renfrew.

Step into footwear paradise at Holt Renfrew.

In the words of the great Carrie Bradshaw, “The fact is, sometimes it’s hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.” The Sex and the City heroine and all her friends—both single and coupled-up—would love the women’s shoe hall in Holt Renfrew. Newly expanded to a glorious 790 sq m (8,500 sq ft), it’s overflowing with Carrie’s favourite brands, including Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. Bonus: tucked off to the side is a petite Ladurée shop, because macarons are the best fuel for trying on fantastic footwear.

More Than Skin Deep

By SHERI RADFORD

Get a complexion that feels as good as you do.

Make your complexion look as great as you feel.

It’s glow time at SkinCeuticals by Project Skin. Whether you’re concerned about aging, hydration, sensitivity or acne—or all of the above—you’ll find skincare help here. Medical aesthetic treatments such as facials and peels are tailored to your specific needs, resulting in a healthy, glowing complexion. Consider it the next best thing to discovering the Fountain of Youth.

Massage on Demand

By SHERI RADFORD

Staying in never felt so good.

Staying in never felt so good.

After a long day, what’s better than going for a relaxing massage? Not having to leave the comfort of your hotel room, home or office to get that R&R. Fortunately, Soothe can send a certified massage therapist to you in as little as an hour to deliver a deep-tissue, Swedish, sports or prenatal massage, from 8 a.m. to midnight. Visit www.soothe.com or call 1-800-960-7668 to book yours—or surprise your partner with a treatment for two.