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Sundae Saturdays at Beta5

By SHERI RADFORD

Love s'mores by the campfire? They're even better in a sundae.

Love s’mores by the campfire? They’re even better in a sundae.

To Sep. 30, 2017 What’s the sweetest day of the week? Saturday. That’s when Beta5 holds its summer ice cream socials. Enjoy a new sundae each week: mango bubble tea, mint chocolate chip, apple pie and green tea latte are just a few of the options worth risking brain freeze for. The ice creams and toppings are all crafted in-house with the same attention to detail that has made Beta5’s chocolates, cream puffs and éclairs so popular. The weekend can’t come soon enough.

Sunday Seafood Boil at Boulevard

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

If you get crabby when you're hungry, scuttle down to Boulevard for the cure.

If you get crabby when you’re hungry, scuttle down to Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar for the cure.

To Sep. 3, 2017 Go ahead: roll up your sleeves and get crackin’. After proving to be a smashing success, Boulevard’s East Coast–inspired Sunday Seafood Boil series is back for its third year. Dig into a tempting communal feast of crawfish, Dungeness crab, mussels and prawns, all piled high on butcher’s paper and served family-style alongside bacon-jalapeño cornbread, potatoes, corn on the cob and sweet beignets. Now that’s a crustacean sensation.

Fair Attractions at the PNE

By SHERI RADFORD

At the PNE, every day is a holiday.

At The Fair at the PNE, every day is a holiday.

Aug. 19 to Sep. 4, 2017 One day is never enough to take in all the sights, sounds and smells of The Fair at the PNE. For over a century, this summertime fair has been entertaining both the young and young-at-heart with rides, outdoor concerts and mouth-watering food. Cheer on the SuperDogs, visit farm animals and wander through the PNE Prize Home. And we dare you to resist the aroma of Those Little Donuts—a scent guaranteed to send Vancouverites into a feeding frenzy.

Canada 150 at TWG Tea

By SHERI RADFORD

Sip and savour your way through Canada's 150th birthday.

Sip and savour your way through Canada’s 150th birthday.

To Aug. 31, 2017 It’s Canada’s 150th birthday, but you get the treat: TWG Tea is offering a special Jubilee Tea set menu to celebrate the country’s sesquicentennial. Made from local ingredients, the cornucopia of dishes are inspired by traditional recipes from across the country; for instance, the salmon confit with Lemon Bush Tea–infused panna cotta suggests the West Coast, while the tourtière (meat pie) with Weekend in Hong Kong Tea–infused rhubarb chutney evokes the province of Quebec. The meal is paired with either hot Jubilee Tea or iced French Earl Grey Tea. Consider it a cross-country culinary road trip, all without leaving Vancouver.

Set Sail with Leavetown

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Cruise through crisp Pacific waters on a sleek sailboat.

Cruise through the crisp Pacific waters on a sleek yacht. 

When warm weather hits, there’s nothing quite like catching a wave. Soak up Vancouver’s marine scene on Leavetown’s luxurious 17-m (56-ft) Indio Navi yacht. Salty dogs cruise the waves on daylong excursions, or clear a few days to let the tides take them to beautiful Bowen Island and beyond. Pack a picnic, or request catered provisions. A skipper is provided, making it the perfect summertime excursion—even if you don’t know stern from starboard. Anchors aweigh!

Stop and Stare: OneRepublic in Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

All we need is the air we breathe, and a place to watch OneRepublic perform.

All we need is the air we breathe, and a place to watch OneRepublic perform.

Aug. 21, 2017 It’s a dream come true for 1R fans when OneRepublic takes the stage at Rogers Arena this month. The American pop-rock quintet has been around for a decade now, and in that time they’ve amassed an impressive array of Grammy Award nominations, multi-platinum albums and hit singles, including “Apologize,” “Counting Stars” and “Good Life.”

Review: Metallica’s Worldwired Tour

By CHLOË LAI

Metallica band photo by Herring & Herring

Metallica band photo by Herring & Herring

Those who dream of music that brings people together in difficult times probably don’t have heavy metal in mind, but Metallica may be the band to change that. When frontman James Hetfield opens the second-last show of the Worldwired Tour at BC Place, he starts by welcoming fans from all backgrounds.

“We don’t give a sh*t who you voted for, where you’re from, who you want to marry . . . we don’t care about differences. We care about similarities,” he says. “We just want to celebrate life and live music. Are you with us?” Read more…

Dîner en Blanc Doubles Down

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Don a crisp white outfit for this pop-up picnic with an elegant twist. (Photo: Jonathan Evans)

Don a crisp white outfit for this pop-up picnic with an elegant twist. (Photo: Jonathan Evans)

Aug. 24, 2017 What happens when Parisian elegance meets flash-mob feast? Dîner en Blanc, a pop-up event that draws thousands for an all-white-attire affair. Launched 29 years ago in Paris, the posh picnic is now hosted in over 70 cities worldwide. And this year, for the first time in North America, the elegant evening will be hosted in not one, but two secret locales. Strict rules add a certain je ne sais quoi: all attire must be white; tables, chairs and accoutrements are toted in by participants; and locations remain hush-hush until just hours before. Tickets are snapped up weeks in advance, but this en blanc bash is truly a sight to behold. Bon appétit!

Tom Petty Plays at Rogers Arena

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers by Mary Ellen Matthews

Put on that party dress (or shirt), because Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are in town. (Photo: Mary Ellen Matthews)

Aug. 17, 2017 Every fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers knows the waiting is the hardest part. It’s been three long years since the heartland rockers last raised the roof of Rogers Arena, but the drought is finally over. The band’s 40th-anniversary tour is making a stop in Vancouver, and fans can sing along to hits such as “Breakdown” and “Learning to Fly.” Rock on.

Ultimate Alfresco: Araxi Longtable Dinner

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The great outdoors just got a little greater.

The great outdoors just got a little greater.

Aug 20, 2017 Meals just don’t get more memorable than the Araxi Longtable Dinner, where diners sit elbow-to-elbow with 150 other guests. With spectacular Mount Currie as backdrop and Araxi’s famed James Walt as chef, this four-course dinner enjoyed alfresco has all the elements of a night to remember. It takes place at Pemberton’s North Arm Farm, chosen not just for the stunning scenery, but also because it’s where many ingredients in the family-style dishes were grown. Now that’s a fresh farm-to-table fête.

Richmond Art Gallery: Beyond the Horizon

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Evening - Keremeos, B.C." by William Percy Weston. (Photo: Lance Blomgren)

“Evening – Keremeos, B.C.” by William Percy Weston. (Photo: Lance Blomgren)

To Aug. 20, 2017 See the forest and the trees—and everything in-between—at Richmond Art Gallery’s Beyond the Horizon. The exhibit explores Canada’s vast landscape through the works of famed True North artists, and 10 secondary-school students’ responses to them. See stunning scenery by luminaries like Toni Onley, Susan Point and William Percy Weston (“Evening – Keremeos, B.C.,” pictured) alongside some of BC’s fresh talent. It’s the great outdoors, but in a way you’ve never pictured.

Must-See Movies: Vancouver Queer Film Festival

By CHLOË LAI

Revelatory documentary FREE CeCe screens at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Revelatory documentary FREE CeCe screens at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Aug. 10 to 20, 2017 Catch more than 50 fabulous films from 15 countries at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Dive into documentaries like FREE CeCe (pictured), Laverne Cox’s interview with African-American trans woman CeCe McDonald about her imprisonment following an act of self-defence. A Taiwanese filmmaker documents 20 years of conversations with her mother, a lesbian Taoist priestess, in Small Talk (Ri Chang Dui Hua). Meanwhile, Signature Move tickles funny bones as amateur wrestler Zaynab, a young queer Pakistani woman, hides her new relationship from her TV-obsessed mother. Watch and learn—and laugh, cry or fall in love—at venues all over the city.