Vancouver - ARTS & CULTURE
June 30th, 2011
You could play “O Canada” on repeat, or you could stock your patriotic playlist with these tunes and rock your Canada Day BBQ true north style.
Junior Boys - "A Truly Happy Ending"
The Slew - "Problem Child"
Caribou - "Selfish Boy"
Miracle Fortress - "Tracers"
Shout Out Out Out Out - "Bad Choices"
Chilly Gonzales - "You Can Dance"
Jacques Green - "Another Girl"
Zeus - "How Does It Feel"
Sloan - "G Turns to D"
Austra - "Lose It"
The Zolas – "You’re Too Cool"
Brasstronaut – "Hearts Trompet"
Broken Social Scene – "World Sick"
Rural Alberta Advantage – "Stamp"
Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II"
Crystal Castles – "Celestica"
Coeur de Pirate – "Comme des enfants (Le Matos Remix)"
Chromeo – "Fancy Footwork"
Feist – "1234"
Stars – "Take me to the riot"
—KD & AG
June 22nd, 2011
We started off obsessed with Sassy and then grew up into Jane. But when irreverent editor, Jane Pratt, put away her red pen and razor-sharp wit, we had to be content with magazines that taught us how to toe the femininity line.
XOJane is Pratt’s new web magazine “where women go when they are being selfish, and where their selfishness is applauded.” With great advice on how to Do this Don’t, much needed makeunders and terrific tips for us techy types, we know where to go when we’re feeling more clever than Cosmo.
Now that’s sassy stuff. —JN
June 21st, 2011
It seems that Woody Allen had to move away from New York City to get his mojo back. Following his flings in London and Barcelona, Allen set his eyes on Paris in what is essentially a love letter to the city.
Midnight in Paris’ Woody Allen-esque protagonist Gill (Owen Wilson) is a Hollywood writer who longs for the Parisian jazz era. Sans the Delorean but in true Marty McFly style, Gill ends up jumping back and forth between the present and the past, rubbing elbows with Paris’ most colourful citizens like Hemingway, Stein, Picasso and Dalí.
Lit and art history weren’t this entertaining in school. —AG
June 8th, 2011
Finally, a food magazine for those that want to marry their love of food with their love of great writing and visual arts.
Sounds to good to be true? Meet Lucky Peach, a new journal of food writing, published on a quarterly basis by literary nerdom McSweeney’s. Created by chef David Chang of Momofuku fame and the production team behind Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, each issue will explore a single topic through recipes, essays, interviews, illustration and photography, with the first issue focusing on ramen.
Sounds like a marriage made in foodie heaven. —AG
Lucky Peach is available June 14 in bookstores or through an online subscription ($28 plus shipping) from mcsweeneys.net
May 25th, 2011
Remember when you could pick up a phone and dial a number from memory? Or calculate a tip without help from your smartphone?
Nognz, the new brain fitness store, is working on helping us regain those skills. The concept is this: exercise your mind, and you’ll be happier, smarter, and less likely to have dementia in old age. Games, software, and books help to develop your memory, word skills, coordination, critical thinking and focus.
Considering what we spend on wrinkle creams, yoga classes, and superfoods, this type of preventative investment makes a lot of sense.
And if we lose our phone, we’ll be able to call someone to come to the rescue! If we can find a pay phone, that is. —ASI
Nognz, 1517 Bellevue Ave., West Vancouver, www.nognz.com
May 18th, 2011
Big screen musicals are great, but nothing beats a song-and-dance stage spectacle.
The newest production at the Stanley Theatre, Hairspray has won eight Tony Awards and the hearts of countless theatregoers. Much more than doo-wop and hairdos, the musical addresses social issues of the ‘60s as it tells the story of a starry-eyed, “pleasantly plump” Baltimore teenager.
Hairspray is proof that with big hair and big heart, anyone can be a catalyst for big change.
We caught up backstage with one of its stars, recent New York transplant J. Cameron Barnett. Watch the clip on our Editors’ Diary.
Tickets from $29, at the Stanley Theatre until July 10, www.artsclub.com
May 17th, 2011
Tina Fey released a hilarious tell-all memoir, Bossypants, full of witty self-deprecation and helpful advice on everything from surviving adolescence to being the boss lady. We could go on and on, but here are five things we learnt from our imaginary BFF Tina.
1. Your awkward teenage years will inevitably turn into awkward adult years. Embrace it!
2. It might be possible to have “bad nail beds,” although no one really knows what this means. “Lunch lady arms,” on the other hand, we totally understand.
3. Avoid cruise ships at all costs. This also means that we should also try and avoid marrying a man with a fear of flying.
4. Boys are gross. And they sometimes pee in jars. Enough said.
5. Turning forty means that we can take off our pants as soon as we get home. We really look forward to that. —AG
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May 4th, 2011
Have we got a surprise for you!
Ever since friends floored us with an out-of-the-blue birthday bash, we’ve loved surprises. Our latest obsession? The Never Surprise. Singing sweet harmonies reminiscent of Elliott Smith and Wilco, the Vancouver-based duo has perfected the art of the mellow melody. With folksy tunes that beg for backyard BBQs, they have us longing for warm summer evenings. But we’d happily listen to them indoors too. Lucky for us, The Never Surprise will be performing tomorrow (May 5) at the Railway Club in celebration of their self-titled debut album.
And when they become Canadian folk heroes, well, that won’t be a surprise at all. —KD
See more here.
April 20th, 2011
With 95 films, this year’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival is the biggest ever. We’ve picked three to see.
Louder Than a Bomb
How poetic. This story of four Chicago teens competing in the world’s largest high school poetry slam is equally heartbreaking and uplifting.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
A 3D documentary? Yep. Journey with Werner Herzog to what is believed to be the world’s earliest example of art – the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc cave of Southern France.
The National Parks Project
A true film lovers’ film. Or, rather, films. This collection of 13 shorts sees 13 filmmakers document the sweeping landscapes of Canada’s national parks. —KD
March 31st, 2011
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our obsession with home décor shows it’s this: lighting can transform any space. .
Enter Fleet’s new Shell Light. Hand-cast out of porcelain in their Vancouver studio, it has a beautiful organic shape that is at once modern and classic. At night Shell Light emits a warm glow, and during the days it looks like a little sculpture. And it’s compact enough to add a bit of glamour to the smallest nooks and crannies.
See? Any space can be beautiful. —KD
From $100 at Fleet, www.fleetobjects.com