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Vancouver

Fresh-Air Fare: Araxi’s Longtable Dinner

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Araxi's Longtable Dinner Series at Pemberton's scenic North Arm Farm. (Photo: Toshi Kawano)

Araxi’s Longtable Dinner Series at Pemberton’s scenic North Arm Farm. (Photo: Toshi Kawano)

When it comes to alfresco dining, Whistler’s celebrated Araxi ups the ante. At the Longtable Dinner Series, chef James Walt’s elegant farm-to-fork fare is served in a spectacular outdoor setting. In Vancouver (Aug. 3), 250 guests indulge in the hyper-local, four-course meal set in picturesque Vanier Park with guest chefs from local eateries, including CinCin and Thierry. On Sep. 5, Pemberton’s North Arm Farm will stage a repeat performance, with dramatic Mount Currie as a backdrop.

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.

Adventure in Relaxation

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Ayurvedic Podikkizhi massage. (Photo: Ayurvedic Podikkizhi)

Ayurvedic Podikkizhi massage. (Photo: Ayurvedic Podikkizhi)

In truth, no daring is required to enjoy CHI, The Spa’s Sense of Adventure massages. Inspired by Shangri-La spas across Asia, signature treatments from Thailand, India, China and the Philippines transport visitors to exotic locales. Try the Wushu Massage, inspired by Chinese martial arts, to relieve stress and toxins. Or the Ayurvedic Podikkizhi Massage from India, with its coconut-stem compresses and aromatic oils that ease tension and lightly exfoliate skin (pictured). It’s an adventure in relaxation, all wrapped up in a terry-towel robe.

Wanderlust Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Wanderlust Festival. (Photo: Jon Chiang/Wanderlust Festival)

Wanderlust Festival. (Photo: Jon Chiang/Wanderlust Festival)

The West Coast is known as a mecca for Zen-seekers who also like to work up a sweat. Each summer, Wanderlust (Jul. 30 to Aug. 3) takes over Whistler for five jam-packed days of yoga and meditation classes, guided hikes and runs, inspiring lectures, live music and superb local food. To get into the spirit ahead of time, pick up a copy of Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Self (Rodale Books; $28.99) at local bookstores. Written by Jeff Krasno, co-founder of Wanderlust, the book overflows with ideas, recipes, writing prompts and exercises, all aimed at guiding the reader toward mindful living, creativity and enlightenment. Feeling inspired yet?

Grab ‘n’ Glow: The Juicery Co.

By SHERI RADFORD

L-R: Strawberry-watermelon-mint juice soda, smoothie bowl and Botanist juice soda

L-R: Strawberry-watermelon-mint juice soda, smoothie bowl and Botanist juice soda, at The Juicery Co.

Looking for a sweet treat that won’t destroy your diet? Head to The Juicery Co. for an assortment of healthy summertime goodies. The smoothie bowl (pictured above, middle) overflows with mangoes, bananas and house-made almond mylk, layered with gluten-free granola. The strawberry-watermelon-mint juice soda (pictured above, left) is a great replacement for pop, as is the Botanist juice soda (pictured above, right), with its pineapple, pear, fennel, mint, ginger and lemon. The Juicery also makes its own creamsicles (which sneak carrots into the recipe), fudgesicles (made with cocoa-banana almond mylk), and fruit popsicles, using only nutritious, organic ingredients. Who knew healthy eating could taste so good?

A Chat With David Suzuki

Vancouver’s world-renowned geneticist, environmentalist, author and broadcaster—and proud grandfather—shares his thoughts on the future

By SHERI RADFORD

David Suzuki. (Photo: Brendon Purdy)

David Suzuki. (Photo: Brendon Purdy)

“Hello, this is David Suzuki.”

When the voice comes down the phone line, it’s as familiar as your grandpa’s. It is, after all, a voice Canadians have been hearing regularly since Suzuki’s first radio show, Quirks and Quarks, hit the airwaves in 1974. His many decades hosting the television show The Nature of Things on the CBC have earned him an unmatched level of recognition and loyalty. In fact, Reader’s Digest recently named him Canada’s Most-Trusted Influencer of 2015. (more…)

Karaoke Fever

Sing your heart out at Vancouver’s hottest karaoke nights

By LUCAS AYKROYD

Step into the spotlight at these karaoke spots

Step into the spotlight at these karaoke spots

Let’s face it: we can’t all be rock stars. But at Vancouver’s numerous karaoke nights, it’s easy to show off your singing in the spotlight, or just amuse your friends with your earnest—if off-key and possibly alcohol-influenced—warbling. (more…)

Save the City With Vancouver Mysteries

By SHERI RADFORD

Save (and see) the city with Vancouver Mysteries

Save (and see) the city with Vancouver Mysteries

Do you have what it takes to be a super spy? Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save Vancouver. Your adventure starts from a top-secret downtown location, then your team has just two hours to break codes and find hidden clues, in order to stop a criminal mastermind from detonating a bomb. Along the way, you learn about local history and landmarks—and walk a couple of kilometres. Vancouver Mysteries may be all fun and games, but if you set a new speed record for solving this spy puzzle, the bragging rights are real.

Bill Reid Gallery: Bold and Beautiful

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Hamatsa mask, at Bill Reid Gallery. (Photo: Jill Von Sprecken)

Hamatsa mask, at Bill Reid Gallery. (Photo: Jill Von Sprecken)

Come face-to-face with an astonishing cast of characters at The Box of Treasures: Gifts From the Supernatural. The masks and regalia on display are made by master carvers, including Kwakwaka’wakw artist and chief Beau Dick. The eye-catching creations have a short lifespan—they’re worn in dances four times, then burned to send them back to the spirit world. Meet these masterpieces at Bill Reid Gallery, to Sep. 27.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Gorgeous views from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. (Photo:  Joe Perez)

Gorgeous views from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. (Photo: Joe Perez)

Said the Whale. Hawksley Workman. Blind Pilot. Adam Cohen. Phosphorescent. Taj Mahal. That’s just a small sample of the bands scheduled to perform at the 38th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Jul. 17 to 19). Every year, this seaside fest takes over Jericho Beach Park for three days of fun in the sun, attracting 40,000 folks who want to shop at the artisan market, eat mouth-watering food from around the world and, most of all, hear great music.

5 Top Seafood Spots

By TIM PAWSEY

Fish ’n’ chips, at Go Fish. (Photo: KK Law)

Fish ’n’ chips, at Go Fish. (Photo: KK Law)

Seafood lovers revel in superb, sustainable West Coast seafood, from Dungeness crab to freshly caught sockeye, scallops and more.

1. Go Fish West of Granville Island, this outdoor eatery serves the freshest of fish ’n’ chips, fish tacos and more, often sourced from the boats moored at the dock below.

2. Pajo’s Find fresh fish ’n’ chips on a Steveston wharf, along with other locations at Garry Point Park (Steveston), Rocky Point Park (Port Moody) and Gates Park (Port Coquitlam).

3. The Fish Counter All Ocean Wise–certified seafood—such as oyster po’boys, Pacific cod tacos and, of course, fish ’n’ chips—is the real deal at this part fish market, part diner in the heart of Main Street.

4. Pier 7 Hop on the SeaBus and head to the North Shore to feast on the seafood tower for two, with oysters, scallop salad, marinated mussels, poached prawns and snow crab legs, at this happening spot right on the harbour’s edge.

5. Fisherman’s Terrace Take the SkyTrain to Aberdeen Mall for lunchtime dim sum at this popular Richmond seafood specialist that rivals the best in Hong Kong.

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Pemberton Music Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The Black Keys

The Black Keys

From Jul. 16 to 19, the mountains of Pemberton are alive with the sound of music. Simply swap out Julie Andrews’ warbling notes with lively hip-hop from Kendrick Lamar and Missy Elliott, blues-infused rock from The Black Keys and cheeky alt-rock from Weezer. With the scenic Mt. Currie as backdrop, the four-day Pemberton Music Festival features five stages with over 80 acts that range from crooners to comedians. It’s an event worth adding to your list of favourite things.