June 25 edition: Big tree energy

Plus: Fabric art, pizza picks, and summertime events

Hi there. Has this happened to you? You spot something on a menu that sounds nice. In this case, it was “devilled eggs: everything bagel and dill pickle.” You order it. What comes… is not what you expected. 

This weekend, that happened to someone I was hanging out with. She expected a bagel, filled with eggs. What she got instead were six egg halves: three piled with dill pickle slices, three covered—of course—in everything-bagel seasoning. Not a carb in sight.

Pretty funny, until you realize those three eggs cost $15. Egregious! Or, rather… egg-regious.

— V.
Associate Editor


Stab It Pretty skewers embroidery expectations

Two embroidery hoops depicing pevlises, paited in trans pride colour watercolors

Embroidery has a reputation for being old-fashioned. But a new wave of contemporary fabric artists are changing that. Maddi Vestrum of Stab it Pretty is one, making explicitly queer, sexy, unexpected art with needle and thread. “I love that sort of juxtaposition of the very dainty, delicate—something I learned from my grandma’s neighbour,” they say, “and combining it with these things that I know go against those more traditional values I was raised with.”


This photo of a BC old-growth cedar just won a major award

A person in a black shirt looks up at a giant tree.

BC has a special affinity for big trees. It’s no wonder people protest old-growth logging when you see the size and spectacle of these ancient arbours. Ancient Forest Alliance photographer TJ Watt has received international recognition for his love of the trees, as his snap, Flores Island Cedar, just won the Royal Geographical Society’s Earth Photo 2024 prize.

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The Whistler Summer Concert Series reveals line-up for this season's free concerts

Whistler Summer Concert Series has your soundtrack to summer and the playlist includes Ocie Elliott, Walk Off The Earth, Bahamas, Boy & Bear, Gone Gone Beyond and more. With 13 nights of free outdoor concerts and two new Sunday Sessions on the August and September long weekends see up-and-coming, trending and world-renowned musicians in one of Whistler’s most iconic settings on the Great Lawn at Olympic Plaza

  • Monday, July 1 - Walk Off The Earth, opening DJ Foxy Moron 6:30PM

  • Thursday, July 4 - Aysanabee, opening DJ Peacefrog 6:30PM

  • Friday, July 5 - The Sheepdogs, opening DJ Whitness 6:30PM

  • Thursday, July 11 - Ibibio Sound Machine, opening DJ Doc Rhythmo 6:30PM

  • Friday, July 12 - New Breed Brass Band, opening DJ Vinyl Ritchie 6:30PM

  • Sunday, August 4 - Sunday Sessions - 1-5PM

    • Sets by Taylor James, Ryan Harris, Gone Gone Beyond and Bahamas

  • Thursday, August 8 - Astrocolor, opening DJ Surgeon 6:30PM

  • Friday, August 9 - The Suffers, opening DJ Soul Club 6:30PM

  • Thursday, August 15 - Fort Knox Five LIVE, with special guest Dunks 6:30PM

  • Friday, August 16 - Colin James, opening DJ Mixmasterfab 6:30PM

  • Thursday, August 22 - Trans-Canada Highwaymen, opening DJ ShotSki 6:30PM

  • Friday, August 23 - Ocie Elliott, opening DJ LAZY FNGZ 6:30PM 

  • Thursday, August 29 - Drag in the Mountains, opening DJ Nat Morel 6:30PM

  • Friday, August 30 -  Boy & Bear with special guest Boo Seeka, opening DJ LDA. 6:30PM

  • Sunday, September 1 - Sunday Sessions 

    • Sets by Little Biggs Band, JennaMae and The Groove Section, Cat Madden, Kim Churchill


The Eviction takes a comedic look at Vancouver’s housing market

Two women eat pasta at a dining room table

When an East Vancouver couple finds out their apartment is being sold, they concoct a cunning plan: what if they make their apartment seem unbuyable? That’s the premise of The Eviction, a web series that has recently been nominated for two awards at the Leos. If you can’t relate—well, you probably bought a place back when that was a real thing that regular working people could do. For the rest of us, staging a rat infestation isn’t out of the question.

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There's More to My Story

Meet Rosie, a Family Services of Greater Vancouver employee who’s passionate about support for survivors of domestic violence. Why? She’s experienced abuse herself and believes that by speaking up she’ll break down barriers, inspire resilience, and underscore the importance of community support. Read Rosie's story and share yours at #MoreToMyStory 


Multi-band musician Emilor Jayne and Pointed Sticks’ Nick Jones reflect on the Rickshaw

A woman in a colourful outfit sings on stage

Emilor Jayne won’t let anything as trivial as a broken finger stop her from rocking out. The musician—who sings for Pet Blessings and drums for Night Court alongside filling in for Rong on bass—and Pointed Sticks vocalist Nick Jones tell Allan MacInnis about their favourite Rickshaw memories, and reflect on the state of the local music scene.

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Where to get pizza in Vancouver

A close-up of pepperoni pizza

Look, we’re a city of salads and acai bowls and quinoa. That’s great. But sometimes, nothing compares to a slice of pizza. Neapolitan or deep dish, extra-cheesy or cheerfully simple, there is no shortage of good pizza spots in Rain City.

  • Scoop up a treat at these gelataries

  • Vegan baking proves you don’t need dairy to be delicious

  • Windsor Meats in Dunbar offers locally raised meat, dry goods, and fresh produce, with dedicated butchers to ready to help you enhance your meals.*

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New show Liars of Orpheus rewards writers for sneaking truths into bullshit-laden lectures. (June 25 @ The Pleasant) 

Queer Arts Festival goes out with a bang with an artsy, drag, DJ-soundtracked farewell party. (June 25 @ Roundhouse Community Arts Centre)

Jessica Pratt strums critically-acclaimed folk songs. (June 25 @ Biltmore Cabaret)  

Kenny Barron and Regina Carter, a pianist and violinist, join forces for a virtuosic concert. (June 25 @ BlueShoe Financial Centre for the Performing Arts, North Vancouver)

All-body, all-gender, consent-mandatory Rent Cheque offers $500 to the best amateur stripper. (June 26 @ Village Studios)

Group exhibition Animalia looks at fauna through sculpture, graphite, and paint. (June 26 to July 21 @ Silk Purse Arts Centre, West Vancouver)

Rachel Ruecker hosts a night of NAAMedy, featuring Straight Break Out comedian Ola Dada. (June 26 @ The Naam)

Billy-Ray Belcourt reads from and chats about his latest story collection, Coexistence. (June 27 @ Upstart & Crow)

Want to know what else is happening in Vancouver? Check out our events listings.

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