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LAX as Moment Factory: Exploring the time and space of the layover (Published: The Globe and Mail)

In the Great Hall of LAX’s new Tom Bradley International Terminal, time dances – literally – on a giant clocktower. Every hour on the hour, the Time Tower, a four-sided, 22-metre screen plays Dance Time, a Busby Berkeley-esque dance number in which the legs of smiling showgirls create a fleshy kaleidoscope inside the clock’s whirring gears. […]

Coming home: An interview with Zhang Yimou (Published: Georgia Straight)

TORONTO – Besides being one of the leading lights in China’s so-called Fifth Generation of filmmakers, Zhang Yimou is also, for moviegoers of a certain vintage, one of his country’s best-loved historical storytellers. His period films often contemplate pivotal moments in China’s past, told from conflicting points of view, offering ways of remembering a past […]

Cusack eyes Hollywood evil. (Published: The Georgia Straight)

Like all good movies about the evils of Hollywood, Maps is an inside job. The A-list cast, which includes Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, and Robert Pattinson, participates with an ill-disguised glee. You get the sense that their performances come from their experience in the industry, a fleeting intuition that Cusack confirmed. “Every awful thing that happens to […]

Ed Burtynsky /Jennifer Baichwal’s Watermark (Published: Georgia Straight)

TORONTO—IF YOU THINK you know what water is, you don’t. Watermark, Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s documentary shot in 5K ultra high-def video, brings us on a trip to the hyperreal extremes of what water can be at its most powerful, plentiful—or absent. Burtynsky and Baichwal shot 200 hours of footage in far-flung locations around the world, places […]

Haida Gwaii: Angling for ancient tyee (Published: Askmen)

I landed by private chopper on the helipad at the West Coast Fishing Club’s Clubhouse less than an hour ago, and I’m already suited up in a bright red survival suit aboard a 25-foot Boston Whaler Predator, where three rods bend expectantly into the navy blue water. Each one is fitted with a purpose-built single-action […]

Ranch-to-table in the Chilcotin (B.C. Business)

Biodynamic, holistic Rafter 25 Ranch makes their money where their mouth is In the remote Chilcotin plateau, ranching is a way of life. Along Highway 20, the two-lane road that stretches across the Chilcotin Plateau between Williams Lake and Bella Coola, the million-dollar views of the Coastal Range and the rolling green rivers by scenery […]

Three Mile Meal: Senselab combines Relational Art and public-food activism (Published: Montreal Gazette)

MONTREAL – Though we live in an age where information is constant and ubiquitous, how much do we really know about our own neighbours? The artists and philosophers at SenseLab, a “laboratory for thought in motion” at Concordia University, think that finding common ground is more important than information exchange. Through Three Mile Meal, its […]

Corpus Delicti: Disappearance and Bodily Traces in Vancouver 1978-2007 (Published: Maisonneuve)

This is one from the vaults; my first glossy feature and first National Magazine Award win. Being in Vancouver again makes me think about how much has changed since this was published-  and how nothing has. “Beyond the search for the corpus delicti—beyond headlines about the “pig farm killer,” the accused Robert Pickton, and the […]

Boucherie Lawrence: Sourcing protein differently in the Mile End (Published: Montreal Gazette)

MONTREAL – The giant windowed storefront of Boucherie Lawrence is situated on a stretch of the upper Main where high-end designer shops are lined up next to sparse art galleries and mid-century modern furniture stores. The row of window-facing counter stools in its well-designed, airy interior, with meat-specific wall art and a wide pine “merch […]

Ethnography of Mile End Holocaust survivors: Rebuilding lives. (Published: Montreal Gazette)

When Zelda Abramson contacted me on a housing-swap website for academics on sabbatical to inquire about subletting my apartment, I gave her a list of its ups and downs. On the pro side, it’s a typical century-old triplex on Waverly St., which means original fixtures, Mile End cachet and a great quartier. On the con […]