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Vancouver

Raise a Glass: A Dram Come True

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Whisky lovers sample global offerings

A Dram Come True —a malt-centric event perfect for any whisky-worshipper—brings a globetrotting array of the hard liquor to elegant Hycroft mansion on May 13. There’s no prohibition on choice, with more than 40 varieties to sample, including renowned names such as Glenfiddich served alongside local offerings from Odd Society and Pemberton Distillery. Plus, all proceeds go towards Vancouver Writers Fest programming. Drinking for a good cause? Now that’s the spirit.

2016 Where to Dine Awards: Vancouver

By TIM PAWSEY

Beef chow mein, at Torafuku. (Photo: KK Law)

Beef chow mein, at Torafuku. (Photo: KK Law)

Welcome to Where’s 20th annual celebration of Vancouver’s remarkable dining scene. In just a couple of decades the city has blossomed into a culinary crossroads, a melting pot of myriad flavours, unbridled talents and influences that now shape a global destination. Our chefs, servers, sommeliers, growers, fishers, farmers and vintners share in a culture driven by sustainable, regional and seasonal sourcing—in the firm belief that the best is still to come. (more…)

Pure Gold: The Who

By SHERI RADFORD

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

Not many rock bands make it to the half-century mark, but The Who isn’t just any group. Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and their backing musicians have sold more than 100 million records and racked up countless hits, including “Substitute,” “Magic Bus,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “I Can See For Miles,” “Who Are You,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “You Better You Bet,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Pinball Wizard.” Catch the band’s golden-anniversary tour—dubbed The Who Hits 50!—at Rogers Arena on May 13. And rock on.

Beautiful Bots

By SHERI RADFORD

Lynne Fahenstalk at her worktable

Lynne Fahnestalk at her worktable

Where others see junk, Lynne Fahnestalk sees potential. Any discarded piece of copper, brass or steel could be just the thing she needs to finish one of her upcycled robot sculptures. It might take her an afternoon to put together a Bot, or it might take months of scouring yard sales and flea markets, looking for the elusive piece of metal that will bring out a Bot’s true personality. But as much as she might like to, Fahnestalk can’t spend every waking moment visualizing her next robot: the Vancouver resident also works full-time at a book-distribution company, and she has been a professional illustrator and cartoonist for decades. (more…)

2016 Where to Dine Awards: Vancouver

By TIM PAWSEY

Beef chow mein, at Torafuku. (Photo: KK Law)

Beef chow mein, at Torafuku. (Photo: KK Law)

Welcome to Where’s 20th annual celebration of Vancouver’s remarkable dining scene. In just a couple of decades the city has blossomed into a culinary crossroads, a melting pot of myriad flavours, unbridled talents and influences that now shape a global destination. Our chefs, servers, sommeliers, growers, fishers, farmers and vintners share in a culture driven by sustainable, regional and seasonal sourcing—in the firm belief that the best is still to come. (more…)

East Side Italian: Osteria Savio Volpe

By TIM PAWSEY

Osteria Savio Volpe dishes up grilled squid with endives. (Photo: KK Law)

Osteria Savio Volpe dishes up grilled squid with endives. (Photo: KK Law)

A short hop from downtown, newly landed Osteria Savio Volpe is already a hit. Locals pack in below the soaring ceiling for rustic, seasonal flavours. Black kale and pecorino marry with zesty lemon pepper dressing for a deliciously healthy salad, while bagna càuda brings vegetables and bread together for hot anchovy and garlic “fondue.” A wood-fired half chicken is appealingly singed. Wines are smart, and the service informed and genuinely friendly. Best to go very early, as the spot is always bustling.

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Beauty Inside & Out: RMS Beauty

By SHERI RADFORD

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift may be a New Yorker now—as evidenced by her sassy opinions on everything from airline rules to the over-plucked state of most women’s eyebrows—but she’s still a Vancouverite at heart. Her local roots show in her passion for healthy living. She developed her own organic product line, RMS Beauty, and uses it on celebrities such as Gisele Bündchen. Try it yourself at Kiss and Makeup.

10 Things We Love About Eco-Friendly Vancouver

It’s easy to see how we’re on track to be the world’s greenest city by 2020

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo: KK Law)

(Photo: KK Law)

1. Bicycles
Mild West Coast weather forms the backdrop for cycling on the seawall or coasting along in dedicated bike lanes, resulting in Vancouverites’ year-round love affair with two-wheeled transportation. (more…)

Cool Carry-Alls by Herschel and HBC

By SHERI RADFORD

A stylish carry-all with the iconic HBC stripes

A stylish carry-all with the iconic HBC stripes

Popular local brand + North America’s oldest company = this season’s must-have travel accessories. Vancouver’s own Herschel Supply Co. teamed up with Hudson’s Bay to create five limited-edition pieces with the iconic HBC stripes: the Novel weekend duffel (pictured), the Chapter toiletries bag, the Little America backpack and two versions of the Heritage backpack. It all adds up to easy and stylish travel.

Dance Dance Fever

By SHERI RADFORD

See fiery dance by Karen Flamenco. (Photo: David Cooper)

See fiery dance by Karen Flamenco. (Photo: David Cooper)

You could spend your lunch hour eating a sandwich—or you could spend it nourishing your love of ballet, bhangra, tap, hip hop, flamenco and more. Each month, the Discover Dance! series showcases a local dance company in a noon-hour performance. Catch Karen Flamenco (Apr. 21) as they combine music, dance, storytelling and costumes into perfectly fiery flamenco.

Hemp-Based Products From Mettrum Originals

By SHERI RADFORD

Deep Moisturizing Cream from Mettrum Originals

Deep Moisturizing Cream from Mettrum Originals

You’ve probably heard lots of hype about marijuana, but it’s merely the bad-boy cousin of the family’s true superstar, hemp. This eco-friendly, versatile plant can be used to make everything from paper to animal bedding to building materials. Canadian company Mettrum Originals recently launched a line of nutritious hemp-based foods along with other hemp products, including lip balm, massage oil and moisturizing cream.

The Write Stuff

By SHERI RADFORD

Whether you’re seeking a puzzle or colouring page to pass the time during a long flight, or a beautiful volume of paintings and photos to peruse, we have a recommendation for you. Find our choices at local bookstores or online

Discover paintings by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories by Karen Duffek and Tania Willard (Figure 1 Publishing; $45): The local painter’s creations blend art, politics and spirituality, displaying his commitment to First Nations rights. This collection includes 80 of Yuxweluptun’s works spanning 30 years, plus insightful commentary.

See the world through the eyes of Geoff and Katie Matthews

Travel Between the Lines Adult Coloring Book by Geoff and Katie Matthews (Wandertooth Media; $15.52): When this local husband-and-wife duo quit their jobs to see the world, they never predicted they would eventually turn their travel photos into a book of beautifully detailed, colourable scenes and cityscapes.

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O Canada Crosswords Book 16 by Gwen Sjogren (Nightwood Editions; $13.95): Fancy some whimsical wordplay? The 16th instalment of this popular series is filled to bursting with 100 brain-teasing puzzles. Test your knowledge of Canadian pop culture, music, industry and place names—and, of course, hockey.

Soul of Wilderness

Soul of Wilderness: Mountain Journeys in Western BC and Alaska by John Baldwin and Linda Bily (Harbour Publishing; $36.95): Travelling by foot and on skis, partners Baldwin and Bily explored the pristine wilderness of the Coast Mountains, capturing what they saw in stunning photos and thought-provoking essays.

TheNaturalEclectic

The Natural Eclectic by Heather Ross (Figure 1 Publishing; $42.95): Using inspirational text and striking images, the local artist, photographer and stylist demonstrates how to cultivate a nature-inspired aesthetic. The book is a natural extension of the artist’s charming South Granville shop.

JeffWall-NorthAndWest

Jeff Wall: North & West by Aaron Peck (Figure 1 Publishing; $25): Wall has spent a lifetime photographing his beloved hometown of Vancouver, but his images transcend the city and speak to a larger truth about history and memory. This carefully curated collection showcases the best of Wall’s celebrated oeuvre.