May 2 edition: The Golden Plates winners are…

Plus: All the can’t-miss arts and music events for May

Hello! It’s been a busy few months here at Straight headquarters, as we’ve been working on one of our annual bonanzas: the Golden Plates Awards! 

Hitting newsstands across the Lower Mainland today, this month’s print edition looks at the best and brightest of Vancouver’s culinary scene—as voted for by you, the public. 

Pick up a copy wherever you find fine papers, or read on to see the winners in all their glory. Bon appetit!

— V.
Associate Editor


The 27th annual Golden Plates Awards:
The tasty results are in

A photo of burrata from Published on Main

You nominated, ate, munched, chomped, devoured, and voted—and now, we’re ready to announce the winners of the 2024 Golden Plates Awards. Click here to view them all, organized by category, and discover your new favourite restaurant, cafe, cafe, pizza place, doughnut shop, and more.


The Museum of Anthropology is reopening after 18 months of renos

A photo of the top of the Musum of Anthropology, showing concrete beams and big glass windows

The Museum of Anthropology at UBC has been shut since early 2023 due to ongoing seismic upgrades. Now, the museum is back, better—and sturdier—than ever. When its doors reopen in June, there will be two new exhibitions for visitors to enjoy—as well as limited-time entry discounts.

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Photo Credit: Madeleine Suddaby, Josh Epstein, Chelsea Rose, Jonathan Winsby, and Tenaj Williams: photo by David Cooper for the Arts Club Theatre Company, Guys & Dolls, 2024

Don’t miss the Arts Club’s Guys & Dolls!

Revel in the laughs and romance of this Tony Award–winning musical, featuring a score packed with beloved tunes like "Luck Be a Lady," "Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat," and, of course, "Guys & Dolls." Set in the bustling streets of 1950s New York City, Guys & Dolls follows the intertwining stories of gangsters, gamblers, and showgirls and is filled with witty dialogue and irresistible charm.

Playing at Arts Club's Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage May 16–Jun 30, buy tickets online from $39!


A quick and dirty guide to DOXA 2024

Today is the beginning of DOXA, the biggest doc festival in Western Canada. We’ve got the low-down on some of the most exciting films at the fest, from Vancouver, BC, and Canadian filmmakers. We love local talent!

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Vancouver’s Youth Fountain is all grown up

A man with tattoos and stretched earlobes sits on the floor with his knees to his chest, facing the camera

Tyler Zanon—the man behind alt-emo project Youth Fountain—is looking towards the future. The 28-year-old Vancouverite just dropped his third full-length, Together in Lonesome, which leaves behind some teen angst in favour of “the cleaner stuff”—that’s no less emotionally resonant. Check out our chat with Zanon ahead of his show at the Rickshaw tonight.

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Earth and Aether: the archaeology of soul and sky

What remains when we are gone?

Let the voices of Chor Leoni, accompanied by harp and saxophone, guide you through space and time in a one-time-only singing experience. The music of Grammy-nominated Kile Smith and Melissa Dunphy illuminate our common human legacy, both in the earth and in the air.


Perspectives in Place: Tamam Palestinian restaurant uses food to celebrate and educate

The outside of Tamam. A yellow awning reads: Tamam Fine Palestinian Cuisine

Sobhi and Tamam Zobaidi didn’t set out to start a restaurant. The couple, who have backgrounds in film and art, moved to Vancouver in 2006. But their restaurant in Hastings-Sunrise is full of their creativity and care. “The way you treat art,” says Tamam, the chef, “is the same way you treat food.”


Diaspora epic Homecoming is Urban Ink’s latest heart-rending production. (May 2 to 12 @ Historic Theatre)

Her Ladyship Sketch Comedy Show sails through stormy seas of silliness on Granville Island. (May 2 to 4 @ The NEST) 

Indie mainstay Bombay Bicycle Club tours its latest album. (May 3 @ Vogue Theatre)

Korean ensemble SE:UM fuses jazz with traditional melodies in East of the Sun. (May 3 and 4 @ Anvil Theatre, New Westminster)

Anonymous gallery show Dumped repackages heartbreak. (May 3 to 5 @ Metatribe Headquarters)

The Freedom of the City, by Irish playwright Brian Friel, follows three protestors caught in the crossfire. (May 3 to 19 @ Jericho Arts Centre)

LiterAsian Festival examines (re)dress in its 2024 edition. (May 4 to 5 @ various Chinatown locations)

Chefs from Ono, Wildlight, and more gather for a screening of The Interceptors and a celebration of rescued food in A Night of Too Many Chefs. (May 5 @ False Creek Yacht Club)

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

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