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Sheri Radford

Light ‘Em Up: Honda Celebration of Light

By SHERI RADFORD

Fireworks erupt over the waters of English Bay. (Photo: Clayton Perry/Tourism Vancouver)

Fireworks erupt over the waters of English Bay. (Photo: Clayton Perry/Tourism Vancouver)

Get ready to ooh and aah as the Honda Celebration of Light illuminates city skies. This year, the United States (Jul. 26), France (Jul. 30) and Japan (Aug. 2) compete for worldwide bragging rights. Who will create the best fireworks display set to music? Find out when the winner is announced on Aug. 4.

A Bright Idea: Lise Watier Nails It

By SHERI RADFORD

This ingenious nail polish comes in summery colours such as Coral Paradise

This ingenious nail polish comes in summery colours such as Coral Paradise

When trying to avoid smudges and smears while applying nail polish, there’s never enough light. That’s why Montreal company Lise Watier produces nail lacquers with ingenious light-up caps. Featuring a long-lasting LED, the cap shines the spotlight exactly where you need it most while perfecting your polish: on your fingernail. Find this summer’s limited-edition shades, Rose Eden and Coral Paradise (pictured), at Shoppers Drug Mart. Brilliant!

Sweet Souvenirs From Starbucks

By SHERI RADFORD

Take home a porcelain version of Vancouver's skyline. (Photo: KK Law)

Take home a porcelain version of Vancouver’s skyline. (Photo: KK Law)

Java junkies who are jonesing for both a cuppa joe and a Vancouver souvenir head straight to Starbucks. Hot and cold caffeinated drinks fill the menu, while the city mugs are sure to invoke recollections of a Vancouver vacation over morning coffee back at home.

Buzz-Worthy Jewellery

By SHERI RADFORD

Birks new bee-inspired collection

Birks new bee-inspired collection

The busy bees at Birks have been hard at work. To celebrate its 135th anniversary, the Canadian jeweller created three new collections inspired by honey bees. Crafted from yellow gold, silver, gemstones and diamonds, the pieces pay homage to the hardworking creatures that pollinate one-third of all the food that humans consume. Birks also announced a partnership with Ontario’s Honey Bee Research Centre, as well as an urban beekeeping installation at its flagship boutique in Montreal. Definitely the bee’s knees.

City of Douglas Coupland

By SHERI RADFORD

The local author, artist and visionary is taking over Vancouver, and there’s no sense fighting assimilation when it’s this much fun

Coupland contemplates items in his studio. He confesses to "straddling the line between collector and hoarder.

Coupland contemplates items in his studio. He confesses to “straddling the line between collector and hoarder”

Most folks know Douglas Coupland as an author. His first novel, 1991’s international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, popularized the now-ubiquitous term “Generation X.” Since then he has published 13 more novels along with an eclectic assortment of non-fiction works, including City of Glass, a collection of essays about Vancouver; Souvenir of Canada, which covers experiences and objects unique to the True North Strong and Free, from Baffin Island to poutine to zed; and Terry, a pictorial biography of Terry Fox. (more…)

Fabulous Must-Have Beach Accessories

By SHERI RADFORD

Sunglasses? Check. Towel? Check. How about everything else necessary for a long, lazy day at the beach? Don’t forget these warm-weather essentials

Keep your beach umbrella firmly planted with this innovative invention

Keep your beach umbrella firmly planted with this innovative invention

Beach umbrellas provide shade from the hot summer sun, but if gusts of wind make them go airborne, they can cause serious injuries. Fortunately, the ingenious Noblo Umbrella Buddy stops accidents before they happen. Simply fill it with sand, Velcro it to the umbrella and relax.  (more…)

Weiner Takes All

By SHERI RADFORD

Owners meet their four-legged friends at the finish line. (Photo: Caroline Toth)

Owners meet their four-legged friends at the finish line. (Photo: Caroline Toth)

On Jul. 12 and 13, Hastings Racecourse is going to the dogs. At the annual Wiener Dog Races, a plethora of petite pooches vie for the title of top dog. How fast can dachshunds dash? Fast enough to work the crowd into a frenzy. Betting is encouraged; the toughest part is predicting which of the competitors will cross the finish line first—and which will get distracted and wander off the course. Win or lose, it’s doggone fun for all.

Shop in Style with Posh Tours

By SHERI RADFORD

Get the VIP treatment with Posh Shopping Tours

Get the VIP treatment with Posh Shopping Tours

Shop till you drop? Brandy Kawulka of Posh Shopping Tours has a better idea. Her excursions include VIP pampering, chauffeured transportation, swag bags and discounts, making it easy to keep shopping all day without dropping. Tour options run the gamut from vintage/consignment to Vancouver designers to red-carpet ready. Ladies, warm up your credit cards, because they’re about to get a workout.

Skin Care on the Fly

By SHERI RADFORD

Travel-sized skin care that's perfect for travel

Travel-sized skin care that’s perfect for travel

Savvy travellers avoid checking luggage, which usually means leaving favourite beauty products at home. Not so with Optimera’s new science-based day cream and night cream, which are small enough to slip into a carry-on bag. In addition to reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and enlarged pores, they also improve the skin’s texture, smoothness, radiance and elasticity. Bonus: the unisex scent and packaging avoid the need for separate his ’n’ hers products. Order online at www.mynerium.com.

Dancing on the Edge

By SHERI RADFORD

Ziyian Kwan's a slow awkward (Photo: Chris Randle)

Ziyian Kwan’s a slow awkward. (Photo: Chris Randle)

Dancing on air. That describes how fans of contemporary choreography and boundary-pushing works feel during the Dancing on the Edge Festival. This annual fest, the longest running of its kind in Canada, brings more than 70 dancers to town to perform in 30 works, including Ziyian Kwan’s a slow awkward (pictured), Kate DeVries’ Feast, and the premieres of Matthew Romantini’s Crumbling and MascallDance’s The Three Cornered Hat. Catch the action Jul. 3 to 12 at indoor and outdoor venues around the city.

50 Things We Love About Granville Island

By SHERI RADFORD and JILL VON SPRECKEN

Want to explore False Creek on your way to Granville Island? Take the Aquabus mini ferry. (Photo by Dominic Schaefer)

Want to explore False Creek on your way to Granville Island? Take the Aquabus mini ferry. (Photo by Dominic Schaefer)

1. Commuting via Aquabus or False Creek Ferries.

2. SeaVillage, a charming collection of floating homes.

3. Browsing for fresh produce, bread and seafood in the Granville Island Public Market.

4. Spotting orcas with Wild Whales Vancouver.

5. Ocean Concrete, the oldest and largest tenant on the island. It’s been there since 1917.

6. Edible Canada at the Market, with its fresh regional fare on the menu, plus foodie tours and a gourmet artisan retail shop.

7. Watching buskers perform: musicians, jugglers, magicians and more.

8. Hand-pressed, hand-bottled sake from Artisan SakeMaker.

9. Splashing around in the Granville Island Waterpark.

10. Watching artisans hard at work in their studios.

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Happy Canada Day!

By SHERI RADFORD

Annual Canada Day celebrations at Granville Island. (Photo: by Tim Matheson courtesy Granville Island)

Annual Canada Day celebrations at Granville Island. (Photo: Tim Matheson/Granville Island)

Grab a flag, don some red and white gear, and get ready to belt out the national anthem on our country’s 147th birthday.

On Jul. 1, free festivities—including parades, concerts and face painting—take over Canada Place, Granville Island, Burnaby and Whistler. The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival concludes its 29th fest with outdoor concerts on Granville Island. The Britannia Mine Museum has organized a LEGO scavenger hunt and an interactive storytelling experience to celebrate both Canada’s birthday and its own 110-year anniversary. (more…)