Here and Elsewhere

Here and Elsewhere is an on-line magazine with recommendations on things to see, favourite spots to eat and drink, and places to stay in Vancouver and farther afield. We grew up and have lived in many urban centers, both in Canada and abroad, but have made Vancouver our home, and we want to make the most of what this city has to offer. As frequent travelers, we also love to keep on top of what’s happening outside of Vancouver and we scope out the art, culture, and restaurant scenes of our favourite cities as often as possible. Almost everything we’re recommending we have personally seen, tasted and tested, and everything we write about we would happily endorse to our friends! The exception, of course, is when we’re suggesting a one night only event – while we’ll have done lots of research, it’s impossible to predict what will happen on the big night! We’ll send you one email a week featuring something to see, eat or drink in the Vancouver area and something to see, eat or drink or an intriguing place to stay in another city. Hope you enjoy!

About Us

Stephanie Rebick and Emmy Lee both work at a major cultural institution in Vancouver. Between us, we have lived in Toronto, Montreal, New York, London and France. Sam Wall is also an occasional Guest Contributor. We all enjoy travel, eating, drinking and art, near and far. Here and Elsewhere shares what we love with others!

John McFarland was once a leading music tastemaker and DJ, but gave it up for cooking and the pursuit of the perfect meal. His current obsessions are Afrobeats, Sixties Soul, Street Food & Southern Cooking. A former Georgia Straight contributor, he now resides in Toronto where he is our East-Coast Editor.

Jessie Croll is an architecture student, currently interning at a creative practice in Vancouver. Collaborating, building things and drinking coffee are among her favorite activities. She is our Editorial Intern.

Guest Contributors

Tatiana Read is Founder and Director at Knot PR, a Toronto-based communications agency that works with lifestyle, fashion and culture clients, including this year’s Reel Artists Film Festival. She has sat on RAFF’s committee for three years and is a founding Co-chair of the Canadian Art Foundation’s young patron program: New Contemporaries.

Marvin Kim has spent the past several years living in Santa Monica, California. When he’s not working away on the latest designs at the office of Frank Gehry, he’s exploring the sights and surf up and down the Southern California coast.

Cléophée Eaton

Matt of Vancouver Slop

K.K. Stuart

New York City-based photographer Jacqueline Bates was born in Mount Kisco, New York, in 1981 and raised in Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004 and Master of Fine Arts in 2009, both in photography, from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions in New York City, Chicago, Portland, Colorado, and Vancouver. In addition to taking pictures, Bates also works in magazine publishing as a photography editor at W Magazine.

Cheryl Siegel has been a librarian at the University of Michigan, the Cooper Union, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Vancouver Aquarium and is currently the librarian at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

London-based Amanda Murdoch has been involved in a variety of major world events including the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, the Virgin London Marathon and the London 2012 Olympics. Born and raised in Vancouver, Amanda loves cheese and crackers, cups of tea and bouquets of gerber daisies.

Michael Turner is a writer of fiction, criticism and song. His books include Hard Core Logo, The Pornographer’s Poem, Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs (with Grant Arnold) and, most recently, 8×10. His criticism has appeared in magazines such as Art Papers, Art on Paper, Canadian Art and Modern Painters, and he has contributed to the anthologies Vancouver Art & Economies, Intertidal: Vancouver Art & Artists and Ruins in Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties. In January he co-curated Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry (with Scott Watson) at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (UBC).

Amy Burstyn Fritz is Director at Knot PR, a Toronto-based communications agency that works with lifestyle, fashion and culture clients. She has work with various organizations in the fields of media, marketing and public relations before becoming a partner at Knot PR in 2011. Amy’s love of the arts has led her to work and volunteer with a number of top Canadian arts organizations including the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Art Foundation and Luminato.

Currently located in Edmonton, Kim Bates worked for several years in art galleries in and around Vancouver before making the switch to the far more glamorous career of librarian. While a bit of a generalist it can be said that she has a pretty strong interest in independent music, graphic novels and things made out of yarn.

Vanessa Sorenson works at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She is also a writer with a background in art history and philosophy and is a singer in a new band called Rogue Twinn.

Omer Arbel leads OAO (Omer Arbel Office), a multidisciplinary design practice blurring the boundaries between the fields of building, industrial design, craft, invention and materials research. Notable works include a celebrated house called 23.2 and, with Corrine Hunt, the design of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Medals. Arbel also acts as Creative Director for the Design and Manufacturing company Bocci. Bocci’s focus is to develop open ended manufacturing procedures derived from material properties and fabrication methodology, resulting in different form in each iteration of the procedure. Notable works include 14 and 28, both ambient chandeliers which challenge the conventional central sculptural format of the chandelier archetype.

Mitch Speed is an artist and writer based in Vancouver. He edits a publication called Setup.

Redia Soltis is Editor in Chief of Zero 1 Magazine. The 8th issue of Zero 1 will be released in January, 2013.

Lili Collison still gets tingles when she enters a bookstore or library and sees all the potential good reads. An avid reader and baker, she raises three kids who thankfully also love books and eating dessert.

Kate Galicz finished her MA in Art History and diploma in curatorial studies from York University in 2007. She is currently the Director of Appraisal Services at Heffel Fine Art Auction House. Kate loves anything kitsch, fashion, and is crazy about her furry four-legged friend.

Konstantinos Mavromichalis is director of design at Urban Visuals, a Toronto-based lighting and media company specializing in responsive environments for architecture and interiors. He is currently in the Adaptive Architecture and Computation program at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

Amanda (Ama) Scriver is a full-time event planner and part-time food blogger in Toronto having also written for: Toronto Is Awesome, Little Red Umbrella and Pink Mafia. She enjoys random adventure, has a huge case of wanderlust, drinks Jameson whiskey like water, worships drag queens, listens to all hip hop everything, loves a good Americano and has an affinity for all things nerd. Just recently, she started the #fatgirlfoodsquad which will be a series of food and music events. You can follow her (boring) adventures through Instagram and Twitter: username @amapod

Bill Jeffries is a freelance curator and writer living on the shores of Lost Lagoon in Vancouver. He dabbles with photography – more so now that he has retired from his post at Simon Fraser University.

Anna Hyde is the former marketing director of the ICA and owner of every single David Bowie album (except for the perma tan years) on vinyl.

Kirsti Wakelin and Darren Carcary collectively form Resolve Design, a multidisciplinary studio focused on strategic storytelling through exhibit and interpretive design, film, and motion graphics. They are currently working on two exhibits (here and elsewhere) opening in June: Foncie’s Fotos at the Museum of Vancouver and Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

Pasquale Casullo is a young-and-old gentleman, writer, reader, flâneur, gin drinker, Shinan Govani’s The Scene Party-Proxy, and a Toronto Life ‘Camera’ Reporter. His ‘Social Gallops’ can be found at

Nicola Baird, aka Artfulbloggeruk, is a freelance writer based in London. (

Noah Cowan is the Artistic Director of TIFF Bell Lightbox and drives the curatorial vision for the organization’s year-round programming. Some of his landmark contributions to programming since the opening of TIFF Bell Lightbox in September 2010 include the curation of Essential Cinema, the lead curation of A Century of Chinese Cinema, and the co-curation of a major exhibition devoted to Canadian director, screenwriter and actor David Cronenberg, set to launch in Fall 2013.

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