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Sheri Radford

Clothes for Cool Kids at Redfish

By SHERI RADFORD

Pinwheel kimono, at Redfish Kids

Pinwheel kimono, at Redfish Kids

You’ll be wishing you were a child again when you step into Redfish Kids. The adorable dresses, skirts, shirts, shorts and pants are all made right here in Vancouver using durable fabrics in vibrant prints. Each item is designed to grow with the child, so this summer’s dress becomes next summer’s sun top. Most ingenious of all is the kimono onesie (pictured), which eliminates the struggle to get baby limbs into the right tiny openings. Cute and clever.

Fair Fun at the PNE

By SHERI RADFORD

Ride the PNE's newest ride: The Beast

Ride the PNE’s newest ride: The Beast

Tops on our list of summertime activities is visiting The Fair at the PNE (Aug. 22 to Sep. 7), with its impossible-to-resist deep-fried foods, outdoor concerts and hair-raising rides. New this year: The Beast (pictured). This scream-inducing ride has speed, height and both side-to-side and circular motion. Who can resist?

La Cantina: Mexican Fusion Flavour

By SHERI RADFORD

Indulge in Mexican fusion at La Cantina

Indulge in Mexican fusion at La Cantina

Although it opened just a year ago, La Cantina has quickly rocketed to the top of the must-visit list. This friendly, unpretentious spot serves mouth-watering Mexican fusion: tacos (chicken, fish, Mayan-style pulled pork, chorizo and more), burritos, soups and salads. Don’t miss the Machu Picchu, with its mixed greens, quinoa, beets, cashews, avocado and ginger soya dressing. And don’t delay—ándale, ándale!

Alfresco Eats

Where to find perfect picnic fare, great groceries and to-go food that’s to die for, all to be enjoyed outdoors

By SHERI RADFORD

A picnic feast, courtesy Giovane Cafe

A picnic feast, courtesy Giovane Cafe

Vancouver is at its most spectacular in the summertime, and the long, hot days are best spent relaxing on a beach or in a park. When it comes time to pack provisions for an outing, the possibilities are endless, ranging from simple do-it-yourself to elaborate meals created with care by someone else. (more…)

Dish and DU/ER Denim Pop-Up Shop

By SHERI RADFORD

Visit the Dish Jeans pop-up in Railtown

Visit the Dish Jeans pop-up in Railtown

Gary Lenett is a true believer when it comes to jeans: “I wear them doing the Grouse Grind and doing yoga.” But he’s not talking about ordinary denim. Lenett is the founder of the performance denim brands Dish (for women) and DU/ER (for men). They’re the perfect jeans for Vancouver: sophisticated enough for a business meeting, but comfy enough to wear while riding a bike, thanks to the CoolMax polyester fibres infused into the denim. Visit the pop-up shop in Railtown, open until the end of the month.

Jon Bon Jovi in Stanley Park

By SHERI RADFORD

See Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia in picturesque Stanley Park

See Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia in picturesque Stanley Park

When you think of Stanley Park, you naturally think of totem poles, towering trees, ocean views—and rocking out with Jon Bon Jovi. On Aug. 22, the legendary rock star and his personal band, The Kings of Suburbia, take over the park’s Brockton Field for an outdoor concert filled with old favourites such as “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “You Give Love a Bad Name,” plus hits by some of Bon Jovi’s favourite musicians. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the rocker up close in one of Vancouver’s most stunning settings.

Bubbles, Beats & Brunch

By SHERI RADFORD

(Front to back)  Quail eggs Benedict, one-bite pancakes  and mini French toast. (Photo: ©Bruce Law Photography)

(Front to back) Quail eggs Benedict, one-bite pancakes and mini French toast. (Photo: ©Bruce Law Photography)

Summer is heating up, which means Bubbles, Beats & Brunch is back. Once again, MARKET by Jean-Georges has created the perfect mix of hot food, cool cocktails and chillin’ tunes. Social plates such as mini French toast, crab fritters and pork belly steam buns were made for sharing, just like the punch bowls and pitchers of ginger margaritas and vodka grape mojitos. It’s all set to a soundtrack of smooth tunes spun by DJ Charles Blair, with a little help from local musician Buddha Sax. Catch the chilled-out vibe on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Labour Day.

Inspiring Design From Roots

By SHERI RADFORD

Paddle Against the Flow in the new clothing line from Roots

Paddle Against the Flow in the new clothing line from Roots

Freethinkers have never been known for following the standard path. Paddle Against the Flow, the first book from Huck magazine, is a treasure trove of advice from the likes of Douglas Coupland, Spike Jonze and Miranda July on how to live a creative life. To commemorate its publication, Roots has launched a new line of clothing, meant to be worn wherever your paddle might take you.

Squamish Valley Music Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Canadian rapper Drake

Canadian rapper Drake

Once again, summer’s hottest ticket is for the Squamish Valley Music Festival (Aug. 7 to 9). The stellar line-up features headliners Sam Smith, Mumford & Sons, and Canada’s own Drake (pictured), plus a whole host of other acts: Of Monsters and Men, Alabama Shakes, Brandon Flowers, Kaskade and more. It’s three days of fun in the sun against a stunning natural backdrop.

“Weird Al” Yankovic at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo: Robert Trachtenberg)

“Weird Al” Yankovic. (Photo: Robert Trachtenberg)

You might know him only from ’80s parody songs such as “Eat It” and “Like a Surgeon,” but the self-proclaimed weirdest man in pop music is still going strong three decades later. His recent hits include “Word Crimes” (which spoofs Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”) and “Tacky” (which parodies Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”). Catch “Weird Al” Yankovic Sep. 8 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Les Misérables

By SHERI RADFORD

Come and hear the people sing at Les Misérables. (Photo: Ross den Otter)

Come and hear the people sing at Les Misérables. (Photo: Ross den Otter)

When Victor Hugo first published Les Misérables back in 1862, it’s doubtful he envisioned his novel’s astounding longevity. Jean Valjean, Javert, Fantine, Cosette and all of Hugo’s other literary creations live on in (among other things) an Oscar-winning movie and one of the longest-running Broadway musicals of all time. Catch the uplifting show to Aug. 16 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

Fun Fashions: Ted Baker London

By SHERI RADFORD

SHAMDOG checked shirt, at Ted Baker London

SHAMDOG checked shirt, at Ted Baker London

What do you get when you take Western Canadian decor—heavy on the oak, stone, leather and traditional First Nations patterns—and add a whimsical British clothing brand? The result is Vancouver’s new Ted Baker London store, which opened last month in Pacific Centre. The setting may be Canadian, but the clothing is quintessential Ted Baker.