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Where to Go Vancouver

Tee Off at One Under Urban Golf Club

By SHERI RADFORD

Don't worry about the weather at One Under

Don’t worry about the weather at One Under

Winter golf comes with three big drawbacks in Vancouver: rain, showers and intermittent drizzles. The solution? Take it inside. One Under Urban Golf Club boasts six simulation bays, so you can experience what it’s like to tee off at some of the world’s finest courses—no umbrella required. And the menu of pizzas, salads and snacks, complemented by a comprehensive drinks selection, means the festivities can continue long after the last round of golf is played.

Pop a Cork at Twelvewest

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The extravagant twelvewest

Bottles of bubbly and much more can be found at extravagant twelvewest

Frank Sinatra may get no kick from champagne, but the rest of us certainly do. And at twelvewest, it’s always an effervescent evening. The main attraction at this luxe lounge is the 300-bottle champagne fridge, but bottles of bubbly aren’t the only extravagance. The beau monde get a ride from nearby West Oak to the club via a Cadillac Escalade, then settle into the VIP lounge among French damask wallpaper and Swarovski-crystal chandeliers. Others prefer to listen to DJs spin from the dance floor, where revellers dance the night away. Now that’s an evening with kick.

Elevated Pub Fare at The Abbey

By TIM PAWSEY

Try modern comfort food at The Abbey

Try modern comfort food at The Abbey

The Abbey, a clean-lined, sexily lit modern room, close to theatres and arenas, offers a riff on the contemporary British gastropub, with good draught beer on tap (Bomber ESB, Driftwood Fat Tug and Red Racer Pale Ale), smart wines and cocktails. Sophisticated comfort food revels in local flavours and ingredients, including herbed roast chicken, seared rare albacore tuna Niçoise, and Toulouse sausage and mash, as well as classics such as Welsh rarebit and sausage rolls with de rigueur Colman’s mustard.

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Waiting for Beckett

By SHERI RADFORD

A radio play on stage: All That Fall (Photo: Tim Matheson)

A radio play on stage: All That Fall. (Photo: Tim Matheson)

For half a century, no one was allowed to watch All That Fall. Samuel Beckett refused all requests to turn his radio play into a stage play. Finally, in 2012, the playwright’s estate relented, and audiences in London and New York have been lucky enough to see the show, which is staged as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a radio play being performed. Now Beckett’s creation comes to Canadian soil for the first time, with a production Dec. 29 to Jan. 24 at the Historic Theatre at the Cultch. What are you waiting for?

Mahony & Sons: Irish Escape

By TIM PAWSEY

Guinness with a view at Mahony & Sons (Photo: KK Law)

Guinness with a view at Mahony & Sons. (Photo: KK Law)

Hop aboard the Aquabus (directly from the foot of Davie Street in Yaletown) to reach this newly unveiled, lavish Mahony & Sons, right on the False Creek waterfront at Stamp’s Landing. Drop by for casual bites such as fresh oysters on the half shell, thin-crust pizzas and burgers. Or tuck into classics such as Irish stew, Guinness-battered fish ’n’ chips, (Irish) bangers and mash, and plentiful West Coast chowder. Best-kept secret: the upstairs private room.

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CONTACT Winter Music Festival

By LAURA DENNIS

Catch Zedd at CONTACT Winter Music Festival

Catch Zedd at this popular music fest

Sports fans in foam fingers are replaced with partygoers in furry boots and glow sticks when BC Place Stadium hosts the largest indoor music fest in Western Canada. CONTACT Winter Music Festival (Dec. 26 and 27) features some of the world’s most-coveted DJs, including headliners Armin van Buuren and Zedd (pictured), spinning at the state-of-the-art stadium. Lose yourself in a light show using all the latest technology or step out for some fresh air and catch more artists playing on the tented outdoor stage.

A Christmas Tradition

By SHERI RADFORD

Young Clara and the Nutcracker (Photo: Vince Pahkala)

Young Clara and the Nutcracker (Photo: Vince Pahkala)

When the Nutcracker ballet returns to Vancouver this month, expect your old favourites—Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Nutcracker Prince, the exquisite music of Tchaikovsky—along with a few uniquely Canadian additions: a hockey game on a snowy pond, a battle on Parliament Hill. Catch all the fun Dec. 12 to 14 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Winter Warm-Up at The Charles Bar

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Beer-Battered pickle spears at The Charles Bar

Beer-Battered pickle spears at The Charles Bar

The Charles Bar, a lively sports and suds spot in the trendy Woodward’s building, welcomes the arrival of sweater weather with seasonal menu additions. Elevated pub-food offerings include pistachio-crusted chicken parmesan and the chef’s famed bourbon BBQ ribs. Or sip from ample beer and cocktail offerings while noshing on tangy beer-battered pickle spears. Wait out winter from a cozy booth? Don’t mind if we do.

Football Fever: Grey Cup 2014

The Grey Cup makes its way to Vancouver, bringing fast-paced football and four days of celebrations that go way beyond the usual end-zone dance

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

    The 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game will take place in Vancouver, November 30

The 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game will take place in Vancouver, November 30

From the stands at BC Place Stadium to the streets of Vancouver, the 102nd Grey Cup promises to have fans on their feet for a weekend of football and festivities. The Canadian Football League (CFL) championship game will see the sports arena packed to capacity with 52,000 cheering fans on game day. But the celebrations don’t start—or end—there. Street festivals, a parade and concerts featuring Trooper, Tim Hicks, Hey Ocean! and 54-40 mean there’s just as much excitement outside the stadium as inside. (more…)

Rumours?

By SHERI RADFORD

All five Fleetwood Mac members are on the road for their On With the Show tour

All five Fleetwood Mac members are on the road for their On With the Show tour

Those aren’t just rumours—for the first time in 16 years, all five Fleetwood Mac members are on the road together. Christine McVie has joined her bandmates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks for the On With the Show tour, criss-crossing North America all autumn long. It rolls into Rogers Arena on Nov. 18 for an evening of timeless hits, everything from “Go Your Own Way” to “Dreams” to the guaranteed crowd-pleaser “Don’t Stop.”

Flashdance – The Musical

By SHERI RADFORD

The hit movie dances its way to the stage for Flashdance – The Musical

The hit movie dances its way to the stage for Flashdance – The Musical

Back in 1983, the influence of Flashdance was inescapable. The hit movie produced a flood of top-10 songs—“Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” “I Love Rock ’N’ Roll,” plus that oh-so-catchy title track—and countless fashion trends. Now it’s time to brush off those old legwarmers and off-the-shoulder grey sweatshirt and head to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for the stage adaptation, Flashdance – The Musical (Nov. 11 to 16). What a feeling!

Stickboy

By SHERI RADFORD

Spoken-word artist, Shane Koyczan

Spoken-word artist, Shane Koyczan

What happens when the bullied becomes the bully? Canada’s best-known spoken-word artist, BC’s own Shane Koyczan (pictured), explored this idea in his novel-in-verse Stickboy. Koyczan and composer Neil Weisensel have now adapted the much-lauded book into a visually innovative and musically memorable opera. Catch the world premiere Oct. 23 to Nov. 7 at the Vancouver Playhouse.