By RACHAELA VAN BOREK
Ronnie Burkett and The Daisy Theatre marionettes
Tired of your regular winter routine? Head to the Cultch and revive your spirits with the delightfully cracked humour of Ronnie Burkett’s puppet show The Daisy Theatre (to Dec 15). Influenced by Parisian cabaret and the illegal theatres of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, the show is acted out by comical marionettes and changes gears every night. Each spontaneous spectacle is loosely structured around a rotation of new selected playlets written by nine renowned Canadian playwrights. Audiences can expect absurd characters, musical numbers, morality tales and lots of improvisation.
Readers voted for the best spots to shop in retail-friendly Vancouver. (Photo: Kevin Arnold/Tourism BC)
We asked. Where readers voted. Here are your top spots to shop for 2013.
Department Store The Bay.
Home Accessories Atkinson’s.
Art & Antiques Panache Antiques & Objets D’Art Inc.
Children’s Clothing The Children’s Place.
Men’s Clothing Boys’ Co.
Ladies’ Clothing Fashion Addition 14+.
Sporting Goods Mountain Equipment Co-op.
Lingerie Dianes Lingerie.
Chocolate & Confections Purdy’s Chocolates.
Fine Art Inuit Gallery of Vancouver.
Jewellery & Watches Lugaro Jewellers.
Spas & Salons Absolute Spa.
Shopping Centre Pacific Centre.
Gifts & Souvenirs Jade.
By BRITTANY HENDRY
WHY WE CHOSE IT
This photograph captures the chaos of Vancouver life while reminding us of the beautiful environment that surrounds the city. The sea of lights and action are mesmerizing, until one’s eyes are directed down the middle of the photo where calming fog-covered mountains peak out from behind the high-rises.
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By SHERI RADFORD
“Puttanesca,” Sugo’s sauciest option
For a uniquely Vancouver taste of Italy, liven up pasta with locally made Sugo Sauce ($10). Classico (classic style) pleases everyone with its original family recipe of tomatoes and basil. Arrabbiata (angry style) has quite the bite, with its hot chillies, definitely not for timid taste buds. And the memorably named Puttanesca (whore style; pictured) is spicy, with anchovies, olives and capers. Find all three at Vancouver Urban Winery and West Elm Market. Buon appetito!
By BRITTANY HENDRY
WHY WE CHOSE IT
A vibrant beautiful, purple starfish climbs above water on the boat dock at Vancouver’s Granville Island. Positioned between contrasting colours—the orange pole and the wall of dark grey shells—the beautiful creature stands out, photographed in such incredible detail that we can see the texture of its speckled exterior.
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By BRITTANY HENDRY
Via Rail’s long-standing passenger route across our homeland, aptly named The Canadian, is one of the most exquisite ways to experience the vast space between Toronto and Vancouver. Covering 4,466km, the train offers incredible views of the Rockies, the Coast Mountains, the Prairies and the pre-Cambrian shield. Here, we offer the five top reasons to experience this unforgettable journey.
By JEFF ALLEN
Lots to see on the ground, too
Who doesn’t like to stare up at the sky on a nice summer day? Join flight enthusiasts of all ages at the Abbotsford International Airshow (Aug. 9 to 11). Marvel at the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team as they perform precision aerobatics and head-on passes nearing speeds of 600 km/h (372.8 mph). The Smoke-n-Thunder jet car show and Heritage Flight Museum ensure no shortage of things to see on the ground. Located just over an hour’s drive outside Vancouver, Canada’s largest airshow is rightly considered one of the world’s best.
Singer Taylor Swift performs at BC Place Stadium on Jun. 29. Photo by Mike Coppola ©2012 Getty Images
Taylor Swift certainly isn’t the first country singer to turn heartbreaks into hit singles, but she’s probably the most prolific. High-profile break-ups with celebrities such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas and John Mayer have provided fodder for a long list of popular tunes: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “Dear John,” “The Story of Us,” “Last Kiss.” Hear these angst-filled songs, and many more from the country-pop superstar, Jun. 29, 2013 at BC Place Stadium.—Sheri Radford
“Untitled (Poodle),” by Gisele Amantea
By Jill Von Sprecken
We’ve seen pint-sized pets in handbags. But a giant poodle on a pedestal? That’s a sight worth the trip to Main Street. The work of art, “Untitled (Poodle),” stands 2.1 m (7 ft) tall and is perched atop a 7.5-m (25-ft) pole. Of the approximately 300 pieces of public art around Vancouver, the informally dubbed “Main St. Poodle” is the one everyone is howling about. The Poodle isn’t the silent type, and barks back using the twitter handle @MainStPoodle. The clever canine chimes in with quips like: “Breezy up here today. Can’t control my ears” and “Had a stretch and fell off the pole again.” We love a pooch with personality (Map 2: D2).
Start with a shave and end with a cocktail at Killjoy Barbers
When you look your best, you want to head out on the town. At Killjoy Barbers, a hot shave and a stiff drink are always close at hand. Here, dapper lads can take a turn in the barber’s chair before heading into the lounge to whet their whistles. Find top-notch gin creations—with over 30 varieties of the liquor to choose from—alongside charcuterie plates, oysters and wines on tap. Later in the evening head downstairs to the nightclub space, where DJs spin and perfectly coiffed revellers dance the night away.—Jill Von Sprecken
JJ Bean on “the Drive”
Just “the Drive” to locals, East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive has a distinct flavour—one you should soak up while sippin’ a cuppa in one of these cafes. You can bring your laptop or book, but why bother when the people-watching is so good?
The white minimalist decor in Prado gives the cafe an airy and spacious feeling, even when the place is filled to the gills, which is often.
It’s worth trekking right to the outskirts of the Drive at Commercial and Venables for Bump ’N’ Grind. The baristas don’t pull single shots, so every espresso drink is a double. Load up on caffeine and kick back at the bench and communal table out front.
Buy a bag of beans at JJ Bean (pictured) and get a free brewed coffee. While you’re there, ask when they’re holding their next cupping, a free public tasting that lets coffee lovers sip the shop’s best brews and learn about bean selection.—Rachel Dunlop
Jazz musician Herbie Hancock
June 21 to July 1, 2013
A summer of festivals kicks off when the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival fills the city with the silky smooth sounds of jazz, blues and funk. This year’s highlights: Herbie Hancock (pictured; Jun. 30), Esperanza Spalding (Jun. 23), Shane Koyczan (Jun. 30) and Nikki Yanofsky (Jun. 29).—Sheri Radford