After a winter we can’t stop talking about, summer is beginning to blossom in Vancouver with patio days, blue skies and much of the population savouring the outdoors.
Zoe Grams is principal at ZG Communications: a marketing agency working with publishers, not-for-profits and socially-conscious organizations. She has written about performing arts in both Canada and the UK.
Since the first written text was invented more than 7,000 years ago, words have shaped our perceptions, held our histories, and become one of humanity’s most complex and widely used tools.
Vancouver’s annual documentary film festival consistently reflects the energy of early spring, and the sense of possibility, drive and change that comes with it.
History may be written by the winners, but not all victors share the glory. During the First World War more than 4,000 Aboriginal soldiers fought under the Canadian flag. Relinquishing their status to enlist, they were fundamental to the Allied troops’ victory, but little is known, or celebrated, about their contribution.
At their finest, family dinners are noisy, spirited and offer a good deal of comfortable insults.
January 19 is a day of dangerous genius, astrologically speaking.
What do you do with a headstrong girl?”
Stealing olives from the jar while my mother prepared paella. Watching my nana brown fish and milk in a cast iron pot. Cooking nervously for a first love and burning the onions.
If you could read only one book for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
Standing amidst endless aisles of festive gift choices, you may ask yourself some important questions: Have you already bought your father everything MEC could possibly offer? (No) Will copious amounts of food be an acceptable gift rather than something more personal? (Yes) Is it acceptable to keep 30% of presents you purchase for yourself instead?
Is the sugary coating of traditional Christmas activities already causing cavities? Amidst the traditional festive fare offered throughout the city this December, a number of unusual, avant-garde and downright cheeky shows offer an alternative way to celebrate the season.
For twenty years, Vancouver’s iconic Eastside Cultural Crawl has transformed the landscape of Vancouver over four autumn days.
After years of escalating prices and debate, Vancouver’s housing crisis is on everyone’s lips. It looks as much a part of the city as the mountain skyline – at least for now.
They say good things come in small packages.
Vancouver International Film Festival is written in ink in every culture aficionado’s calendar. Running Sept. 29 to Oct. 14 and celebrating its 35th anniversary, this year’s festival offers a “film plus” program — hundreds of films combined with talks and events that showcase the themes and ideas presented on screens throughout the city.
The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival is officially underway — offering not only an abundance of theatre, but stranger, quirkier fare as well.
The Vancouver Latin American Film Fest launches its ebullient opening tonight, commencing an eleven-day celebration of 60 films from 14 countries at cinemas across Vancouver.
Experiencing art and a perfect summer day are uniquely combined in the second annual Vines Festival from Aug. 17-20, taking place in parks throughout the city.
Surprises are to be found in the alleyways of East Vancouver — bold murals, lush community gardens and, yes, a rickety couch or two. This August, in a backstreet just off Commercial Drive, there will be discovery of a different sort, as a yard is transformed into a fully realized performance venue for celebrated local and international artists.
Shane Koyczan is an archeologist. His quest to unearth transformative turns of phrase has taken the award-winning spoken word poet from small-town pubs to vast arenas and — on July 16-17 — to Vancouver Folk Music Festival.