• Jul2


    Benedict Campbell, Jennifer Lines
    [Benedict Campbell, Jennifer Lines] 

    Although this year’s shows at Bard on the Beach have taken new, creative spins with the invasion of Steampunk and Chicago jazz, the staging of King Lear holds steadfast to its classic roots. 

    In collaboration with Theatre Calgary, the starring role of Lear has been secured by the revered Benedict Campbell. Over two decades ago, his father, Douglas Campbell, played the king at the same venue, while his step-brother Torquil was the King’s Fool.

    Bard on the Beach's King Lear cast 

    Having such famous family ties to a show may be daunting to some actors but director Denis Garnhum emphasizes that his version is devoted to the relationship of family. King Lear is doubtless a colossal tragedy, with a final body count (10) that slightly bests Hamlet’s (nine), with plenty of onstage gore. 

    Nonetheless, Garnhum has chosen to focus on the human connections within the play – blood ties, parental bonds, filial debts, personal loyalties – rather than the larger themes of justice and chaos. In the latter, he allows viewers to make judgement as the brutality of the play speaks for itself.   
    Considered amongst Shakespeare’s finest works (if not his masterpiece), King Lear is a complicated play, chock full of emotional extremes, brisk wordplay, and savage acts of betrayal. Aging and vain, Lear wants to shed the burden to rule while still enjoying the power and privilege afforded by the title of King. Talk about starting with a misguided goal! To achieve this, he decides to divide his British kingdom amongst his three daughters and have each take care of him in turn. 

    David Marr, Michael Blake
    [David Marr, Michael Blake]

    Brilliant resolution, right? What daughter wouldn’t want dear old dad piddling around the castle, criticizing her every move? 

    Equally sensible is how Lear determines how to divide the kingdom: “Which of you shall we say doth love us most?” (1.1.49). In other words, “Which one of you can flatter me best?” 

    While the two older daughters, Goneril (Colleen Wheeler) and Regan (Jennifer Lines), proceed to profess adulation, his beloved Cordelia (Andrea Rankin) refuses to play the dishonesty game. Whether as a result of her impudent youth and inexperience or of true virtue, Cordelia sets loose the wheels of chaos. 

    In a rage befitting a king but with the rationality of a madman, Lear banishes his most loyal subjects: his youngest daughter and his devoted advisor, the Earl of Kent (John Murphy). But families quarrel; all will be OK, right? Not so. The noble king eventually transforms into a madman as he discovers betrayal is the only gratitude awaiting him from those he trusted. 

    In a parallel subplot, the king’s old chum, the Earl of Gloucester (David Marr) is being conspired against by his bastard son, Edmund (Michael Blake). Edmund craves legitimate fame by any illegitimate means necessary. Thus, he also convinces the short-sighted Gloucester that his dutiful son, Edgar is plotting to murder him.

    As the two anguished fathers roam the countryside, Edmund unites with Lear’s elder daughters to gain ultimate power. Meanwhile, Cordelia has married the King of France and is marching an army towards Britain to rescue her father. Family feuding at its finest! 

    Andrea Rankin, Benedict Campbell
    [Andrea Rankin, Benedict Campbell]

    Theatre-goers who enjoy the look and feel of Shakespeare as it might have been performed in the Globe Theatre during the Elizabethan era will be pleased with this effort. Pam Johnson’s minimalist set allows the audience to focus on the magnificent performances as they unfold.

    Multi-levels of aged wooden beams are enhanced with movable furniture, tapestries or vegetation to alter the scenery. 

    Astute choices by lighting director Gerald King transform the stage into a furious storm during Lear’s flight and a lattice of golden crosses during Edgar’s soliloquy.

    Deitra Kalyn’s sumptuous Elizabethan style costumes make use of glorious autumn colours during the first acts, then purposely faded into winter hues as the kingdom spirals into decline. Slight improvements could be made to the audio system as some dialogue was hard to hear over the heady music (Dave Pierce) or typical noises surrounding an outdoor venue.

    Jennifer Lines, Benedict Campbell, Colleen Wheeler
    [Jennifer Lines, Benedict Campbell, Colleen Wheeler]
    The two sisters, played by Colleen Wheeler and Jennifer Lines, are one of two dynamic duos to watch for. They slink in unison like forceful energy waves of evil – insatiable and unyielding. Their inner malignancy becomes more grotesque though their outer garments become more beautiful. However, at times it was difficult to hear the poisonous lines delivered by Wheeler. Not sure if slowing the speeches may reduce the tones of distain, or whether she was actually trying to emulate the effect of one long venomous hiss. 
    David Marr’s multi-layered Gloucester is a feat that only a seasoned actor can pull off. He is a veritable sot for Edmund’s ruse, a noble friend to the downtrodden Lear and a penitent beggar in Edgar’s arms. Poor Gloucester meets a dignified end rather than a piteous fade-out.

    Scott Bellis, Benedict Campbell Benedict Campbell
    [L to R: Scott Bellis, Benedict Campbell; Benedict Campbell]
    The other potent duo is Lear and his Fool, played by Scott Bellis. Campbell’s visceral performance is, without doubt, majestic, gripping and rousing to the senses, able to convey a hundred emotions with the raise of a single eyebrow. Campbell gesticulates and staggers like a madman yet struts and bellows like a royal. However, at times, Bellis’ nimble Fool seems to outshine all on and off stage. His frivolous jokes and ludicrous exchanges with the King mask terrible truths for the averse ear of Lear and supply the most revealing and gratifying scenes in the play. 

    Bellis’ extreme melancholy paired with stinging sarcasm temper Lear’s delirious railings against injustice. In an eerie snippet of stage direction, Bellis floats like a ghost off the stage and disappears silently away through the audience. This movement foreshadows the hopelessness of the impending fate to follow. 
    Although King Lear is a long and arduous play to digest, Shakespeare’s rich expressions and fine performances make this show gratifying to sit through. Hopefully you’ll depart with an appreciation that your family is nothing like Lear’s! King Lear runs through September 20.

    Photos by David Blue.

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  • Jun30


    Urban Digs Farm-10

    See these pigs? Look how happy they are! They’re being fed red grapes by Julia Smith, owner of Burnaby’s Urban Digs Farm. While today’s blog isn’t a discussion for vegetarianism, the idea of community farms and knowing where your food comes from, is.

    Urban Digs Farm-9

    I was recently invited to Urban Digs (and its newly-launched The Beasty Shop, a wholesale/online butcher service at 9247 Shaughnessy Street in South Vancouver). While touring The Beasty Shop, a familiar conversation ensued: should food cost more?

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    [Pork products at The Beasty Shop]

    While I’m not in the position to judge how to feed a large family on a tight budget, I am aware of the cost of cheap, mass-produced foodstuffs on our bodies and on the environment. Julia’s partner Rory Holland made a good case here by pointing out how much we easily dole out monthly on cable/internet/cell phone service, while balking at food costs.

    Urban Digs Farm-3
    [Julia Smith of Urban Digs Farm, The Beasty Shop]

    Urban Digs recognized a need for the growing demand of butcher services in the area; at the Slow Money conference last year, she met Rory Holland. They got to talking and discovered a similar vision when it came to our local food industry and soon decided to go a step further and open their own speciality butcher shop.

    Urban Digs Farm-5

    Animals are as important to health of the land as is good crop rotation. Doing it close to home was a compelling reason. And so The Beasty Shop was born, opening its doors in April.

    The space gives them the chance to be much more intimate with their customers, again helping to spread the word about quality over quantity.

    Urban Digs Farm-6

    Urban Digs Farm is now able to process its meats, including its own heritage breed pastured pork, while providing whole animal butchery services to other local small farms. The finished products are available for purchasing at the farm, on the web, and at local restaurants.

    Urban Digs Farm-7

    Head out to Burnaby this summer and enjoy the scenery. There’s fresh produce, lavender, and locally-made food products in the shop, as well as ‘Beasty Boxes’ — ‘nose to tail’ butchery boxes for pick up or delivery to the home or office.

    Urban Digs Farm-8

    Urban Digs is a passionate and vision-led boutique farm located at 4992 Byrne Road in Burnaby. Visit their website for more information, special events, and opening hours.

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  • Jun29


    Love's Labour's Lost at Bard on the Beach

    A playful party ambiance greets audiences inside the Howard Family Stage at Bard on the Beach for the opening night of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Actors in exquisite period costumes of sparkling flapper dresses and tailored three-piece suits mingle amongst the crowd and set the mood for an evening of escapades and laughter. As expected, Labour’s is a Shakespearean comedy, packed with the usual gags, quips, and puns. 

    Gleefully unexpected is the tuneful adaptation by director Daryl Cloran — sharp, vibrant, and risky. Some traditional Shakespeare lovers may object to the liberties Cloran has taken with the script, but this show, along with the wildly inventive Comedy of Errors at this year’s Bard, is sure to entice a new following who may normally find Shakespeare a tad stuffy.   

    Jay Hindle, Josh Epstein, Daniel Doheny
    [Jay Hindle, Josh Epstein, Daniel Doheny]

    Love’s Labour’s Lost ranks among Shakespeare’s less popular works, criticized for its overly pompous use of vocabulary and obsolete allusions making the play hard to digest for contemporary audiences. However, the uncomplicated storyline is deftly distilled by Cloran, cleaving out some of the heavier dialogue and injecting expressive musical numbers to jazz up this weighty play. 

    Indeed jazz music becomes the language of love for this comedy set in prohibition-era Chicago, where it isn’t hard to imagine King Ferdinand is really a “kingpin” and Princess is an acceptable name for the daughter of a rival gangster. This backdrop houses the same themes prevalent throughout the play: the struggle of private desire against imposed oppression. 

    The audience is transported to the hype and tension of the roaring 20’s through scenic designer Marshall McMahen’s adaptable set. A perfect collision of glitz and grit, it’s visually-gratifying whether as an in-vogue speakeasy or a backyard haven. The audience is further treated to a live on-stage band expertly directed by Ben Elliot, who also plays an unflappable Holofernes, the resident pianist at Club Navarre.

    Luisa Jojic, Lindsey Angell, Sereana Malani
    [Luisa Jojic, Lindsey Angell, Sereana Malani]
    The play opens during the last night of celebration at Navarre, King Ferdinand’s trendy, illegal liquor bar. With quixotic excitement, the King (Jay Hindle) has vowed to abstain from all vices of masculine desire, including women, for a period of three years. Two of his loyal fellow gangsters, Dumain (Daniel Doheny) and the reluctant Berowne (Josh Epstein) have been coaxed to take the oath with him. However, their unrealistic plans are tested immediately by the arrival of Princess (Lindsey Angell), the daughter of Ferdinand’s chief rival, and her entourage of beautiful women (Luisa Jojic, Sereana Malani, Anna Galvin). 

    Andrew Cownden, Dawn Petten, Ben Elliott
    [Andrew Cownden, Dawn Petten, Ben Elliott]

    The men fall hopelessly in love but must suppress their overt desires in order to save face. Each attempts to secretly woo his love but their ruse falls apart as the women mock their absurd efforts. Relieved that they have all equally broken their vows, the three men are absolved to court their ladies openly. Their fantasies are crushed when a message arrives that Princess’ father has suddenly died, bringing all parties back to reality. 

    The women must depart to prepare for mourning. Exercising rationality, they refuse to pledge themselves to the men until a year has passed. During that time, the men must show they are worthy through various acts of altruism. This ending, while atypical for Shakespearean comedies, is apt for 1920’s Chicago, with the rise of flapper culture and women’s voting rights.

    Love's Labour's Lost at Bard on the Beach
    Cloran shows uncommon cleverness through his choice of setting, musical style, dance routines and incorporation of slapstick. His adaptation keeps pace as a side-splitting comedy and an energetic jazzy musical. Both Choreographer Valerie Easton and Fight Director Nicholas Harrison are instrumental to the flow and tempo of the show. 

    Gorgeous, opulent costumes are materialized from the creative mind of Rebekka Sørensen-Kjelstrup. Outrageously entertaining performances by the entire cast demonstrate their exceptional professionalism and unparalleled teamwork. 

    Particularly memorable were the trifecta of Lili Beaudoin as Moth, Don Armato’s mouthy sidekick, Andrew McNee as the bumbling Don himself and Andrew Cownden as the oblivious Costard. 

    Lili Beaudoin, Andrew McNee Andrew Cownden
    [L to R: Lili Beaudoin, Andrew McNee; Andrew Cownden]

    Sprightly and delightful, Beaudoin plays a very credible gabby lad. McNee suffers through energetic acrobatics while maintaining an unruffled and coiffed facade. Cownden fools the audience into believing that his precise comedic timing is mere child’s play.
    Come early and enjoy the lively pre-show. A Christopher Gaze mini-me waits to welcome you! Wear your sequins and fascinators and immerse in the roaring 20’s. Famed director Kenneth Branagh’s attempt to create a musical out of Love’s Labour’s Lost in 2000 was a dismal disappointment. You’ll only be disappointed if you miss Cloran’s fresh and dynamic rendition at this year’s Bard. Love’s Labour’s Lost continues at the Howard Family Stage through September 20.

    Photos by David Blue.

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  • Jun29


    [Orange Is the New Black]

    Netflix now offers a What’s Streaming feature to highlight the most exciting and highly anticipated titles coming to the subscription-based service, as well as a short list of those you’ll want to catch before they’re gone.

    Here’s a few selections from July’s What’s Streaming list, from stand-up and well-loved films to Netflix Originals including Orange Is the New Black (recently-launched Season 3 is pretty awesome!), Tig, and Wet Hot American Summer.

    Chris Tucker Live

    Chris Tucker Live – Netflix Original
    Cast: Chris Tucker
    In his first-ever stand-up comedy special, Chris Tucker returns to the stage he loves and showcases his mind blowing comedic chops from pitch-perfect impersonations to singular on-stage physicality, sharing experiences from childhood to the big time. The special was filmed at the Historic Fox Theatre in Tucker’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

    Iron Man
    Iron Man
    Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges
    After escaping kidnappers by building makeshift power armor, a weapons maker turns his creation into a force for good by using it to fight crime.

    BoJack Horseman – Season 2
    BoJack Horseman, Season 2 – Netflix Original
    Cast: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris
    Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the 90’s … 20 years later. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show Horsin’ Around, but today he’s washed up, living in a Hollywood bachelor pad, complaining about everything, and sometimes wearing colorful sweaters. Set in an L.A. where humans and anthropomorphic animal-people coexist, BoJack Horseman is about one man (well, horse-man) who peaked too early and must figure out what to do next.

    Step Up 3
    Step Up 3
    Cast: Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani, Sharni Vinson
    A motley crew of street dancers takes on a talented squad of hip-hoppers with the help of a New York University freshman named Moose.

    Tig – Netflix Original
    Cast: Tig Notaro
    “Good evening. Hello. I have cancer.” That’s how comedian Tig Notaro opened her now legendary stand-up set at Largo in Los Angeles in August 2012. Defiantly funny in the face of devastating news that included the loss of her mother and her own breast cancer diagnosis, Tig is about how Notaro found herself on stage at that moment and how she put her life together just when it seemed to be falling apart.

    Wet Hot American Summer
    Wet Hot American Summer – Netflix Original
    Cast: Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler
    Return to the summer of 1981 at Camp Firewood in this hilarious prequel to the 2001 cult classic. Set on the first day of camp, events quickly snowball as rivalries simmer, secrets surface, hearts break and hormones rage. With the film’s original cast, including Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, and Amy Poehler returning as the oldest teenagers ever, this is a nostalgia trip like no other.

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
    Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
    Back in District 13 after demolishing the Hunger Games, Katniss reluctantly becomes the icon of a groundswell rebellion against the Capitol.

    To kick off this new feature, we’re giving away a one-year Netflix subscription to one lucky reader!
    Simply follow both Netflix Canada and Vancouverscape on Twitter, then retweet the following to enter the contest:
    I’ve entered for a chance to win a free year of streaming service with @Netflix_CA and @Vancouverscape http://bit.ly/1K8cVZK
    Contest closes July 13 at 5 pm at which time we’ll draw a winner at random. Open to Canadian residents only. Good luck and happy summer binge-watching!

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  • Jun25


    Godspell cast in Vancouver, BC

    The Arts Club Theatre Company has brought a timeless musical to Vancouver with its current production of Godspell. I went into this show as a first-timer, with obviously no comparisons to draw from.

    I do know that this Tony Award-winning pop musical centering around Jesus and the apostles has been staged from Broadway to London and back again, was turned into a film in 1973, and has been referenced in books, film, and television countless times in the years since.

    Godspell cast in Vancouver, BC

    Godspell began as a college project by Carnegie Mellon University students, later re-scored for an off-Broadway production that led to a long-running success.

    The Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage has been transformed into a modern-day train station complete with departure and arrival boards, flipping through biblical destinations including Galilee, Jordan and Jericho. A colourful single railroad track sits smack in the middle. Characters approach the stage, a few interacting with the audience before the show starts.

    The transit-themed production features cell phones, digital cameras, yoga mats and offers loads of fun Vancouver references that add spice to the parables. Star Wars fans will find a fun moment in here too.

    Godspell cast in Vancouver, BC

    From a sense of chaos, unity forms on stage with tight choreography (Sara-Jeanne Hosie, also the show’s director), brilliant sets and lighting design (Alan Brodie), sound (Geoff Hollingshead) and music (led by Musical Director Danny Balkwill, in the role of The Cop).

    Jesus is a woman in this production; according to Hosie, “from the moment Jennifer Copping walked in the room, there was an immediate feeling that we would follow her.” Copping’s frizzy long hair adds a rock opera flair to the show (think Tommy meets Jesus Christ Superstar). Coincidentally, Jennifer and Jesus share something else in common: the same initials.

    Scott Perrie, Craig Salkeld, Kale Penny
    [Scott Perrie, Craig Salkeld, Kale Penny]

    The stage not only cleverly resembles a train station but its panels also symbolize a church interior. Those large panels get illuminated when the cast pull a cord to allow each actor a chance to tell their tale, be it through music, storytelling or a game of charades.

    As well, the cast create their own sound effects and accessorize their costumes (designed by Connie Hosie) during the show to great effect.

    Aubrey Joy Maddock, Andrew Cohen, Jennifer Copping Andrew Cohen, Lauren Bowler
    [L to R: Aubrey Joy Maddock, Andrew Cohen, Jennifer Copping; Andrew Cohen, Lauren Bowler]

    Key vocal talent is provided by scene-stealer Lauren Bowler as The Vamp, Janet Gigliotti (The Waitress), Craig Salkeld (Homeless Man), Katrina Reynolds (The Nomad) and Scott Perrie (The Misfit). We’re hoping to see 12-year old Aubrey Joy Maddock (who gets a turn as John the Baptist) in future shows. She’s bright and holds her own up on stage amongst the adult cast.

    You may not get all the biblical references during the show’s two and a half hours (including intermission), however this fresh take on Godspell is packed with great dance numbers, creative touches, and a lively cast that will make for a good time at the theater.

    Godspell continues through August 1 at Granville Island Stage. Photos by David Cooper.

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  • Jun24



    Each month, Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to Vancity Theatre’s Cinema Salon, in order to present his/her favourite film. After the screening, both audience and speaker have the opportunity to engage over drinks and snacks in the Vancity lounge. This month’s film is Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film Goodfellas.

    “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster”.” And so begins Martin Scorsese’’s masterpiece, based on the biography of real-life mobster Henry Hill and his brutal but seductive life of organized crime.
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  • Jun22


    La Pentola pizza

    La Pentola’s Famiglia Supper Series continues this month with a journey through Naples on Sunday, June 28.

    The 10+ course menu will feature Buffalo mozzarella, whole local fried anchovies, BC octopus and branzino. Local pizza expert Graham Marceau of Corduroy Pie Co. has been invited to join Chef Travis McCord in the La Pentola kitchen to contribute a course. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited.

    La Pentola Famiglia Supper Series
    Date: June 28, 6 pm
    Venue: La Pentola, 350 Davie Street, Vancouver BC
    Price: $55 per person. Phone 604. 642. 0557 or email info@lapentola.ca for reservations

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  • Jun19


    Grapes and Soda-2

    Farm-to-table concept Grapes & Soda quietly opened last month next to Farmer’s Apprentice. The brainchild of Farmer’s co-owners David Gunawan and Dara Young, this new intimate space serves to pair natural and organic wines with flavourful bites. The menu contains about half a dozen shared plates, with something for everyone: meat, fish, veg.

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    Former Bishop’s Executive Chef and Winnipeg native Ron Shaw lived in London for six years, working at well-known dining establishments including Zuma and Maze. His BC-born wife wished to be closer to home, so they moved back here where Shaw completed his WSET Level 2 exam, with an interest in working in the wine industry. Bishops followed in 2010; he left at the end of 2014 in order to enjoy his first foray into fatherhood. When the space next to Farmer’s Apprentice became available, he was immediately on board with the dining concept they were after.
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  • Jun17


    OtterBox Resurgence Power Case-2

    Whether or not you have Apple’s latest iPhone 6 or next-oldest 5/5s, Otterbox’s Resurgence Power Case is optimized to give you a high-speed charge and double boost of battery power on the road while protecting your valuable piece of Apple tech.

    OtterBox Resurgence Power Case-3

    Out of the box, the case includes a micro USB charging cable, headphone jack extender and pocket instruction guide. I found the two-part case difficult at first to open, fearing I would actually break the thing. A tip from OtterBox’s tech support: the lip on top right by Apple’s power button is where you want to begin snapping it apart. I’ve read many online reports mentioning the difficulty.
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  • Jun16


    Audio-Technica SonicSport Headphones-1

    Getting fit with your favourite tunes this summer? We recently checked out Audio-Technica’s SonicSport ATH-SPORT3 waterproof in-ear headphones.
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  • Jun15


    Truffles tempered prawns with Japanese mayo
    [Tempered prawns]

    From its humble start as a film and television caterer a decade ago at North Shore Studios, Truffles Fine Foods Catering and Kitchens has grown to become one of the city’s top caterers, with onsite catering at Van Dusen Gardens’ Visitor’s Centre. Truffles offers everything from elegant buffet-style meals and creative plated dinners to stylish canapé and cocktail receptions for events of all sizes.
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  • Jun15


    Comedy of Errors cast

    Saturday evening saw a packed house for Bard on the Beach’s 26th season opener The Comedy of Errors, where Goth meets Steampunk.

    At two hours (plus intermission), The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare’s shortest production and is filled with comedic twists and turns, the theme of mistaken identity a key player.

    A menacing tone is immediately injected into the smoke-filled opening sequence as the characters make their way onto the stage, many via florescent green, blue and red floor tile openings.

    Josh Epstein, Andrew Cownden
    [Josh Epstein, Andrew Cownden]

    Staged on two levels, a one-handed clock high above spins wildly to the sound of the tolling bell, creating a lively, animated environment during set/scene changes (provided by the wizardry of Scenery Designer Pam Johnson). While enjoying the story unfold, we admired the attention to detail of the main set, representing a giant machine, many of its parts used to create sound effects as well.

    The stage set reveals a lot of beautiful and pleasant surprises. There’s more to it than meets the eye.
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  • Jun12


    Etsy products

    This month, Etsy Canada celebrates a decade of selling unique finds online. We share a decade-long milestone with Etsy: 10 years ago on June 16, my husband and I entered Canada for the first time as permanent residents, after having fallen in love with Vancouver on two prior visits.

    10 years has flown by! We often use Etsy when shopping for gifts. The never-ending variety of goods at all price levels is what’s kept Etsy top of mind for many online shoppers.

    I asked Jennifer Knox, Etsy Canada’s PR and Communications Manager, a few questions about Etsy’s history and favourite trends.
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  • Jun10


    Vancouver Food Cart Fest Preview-22

    Arrival Agency, Streetfood Vancouver, and Vancity present the Fourth Annual Food Cart Fest, the city’s largest gathering of street food carts. Last year drew over 5,000 food lovers to Olympic Village to take in Vancouver’s beloved street food scene. Continue reading »

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  • Jun10


    Yale Hotel, 2009

    Toronto-based photographer Tanja-Tiziana has spent the last decade travelling across North America documenting the dying world of neon signs. Her immense Buzzing Lights photo series is now being published as a full colour book celebrating the art of neon. As a fellow longtime neon fan, her quest to have this book published caught my attention earlier this week in my inbox.
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