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Books, the Third Place, and Career Shifts: the Story of Julie Wilkins and Squamish’s Little Bookshop

  Julie Wilkins didn’t plan to go into the independent bookstore business. She especially didn’t plan to write the picture book We’re Happy You’re Here, to be published in 2024 by Orca Book Publishers. Inspired by her best friend’s surrogacy, We’re Happy You’re Here is a love letter to small humans, encouraging families to talk about their […]

Four Magazine Launches and a Booksale

The cherry blossoms are out in Vancouver and so are new issues and volumes from your favourite B.C. magazines. Enjoy the sunshine on your way to meet other magazine aficionados at the following 2023 Spring magazine events: What: To celebrate the release of Issue 3.49, “Bad Feelings,” you are invited to join a panel discussion with Guest […]


Amanda Sum and team win 2023 SXSW Music Video Jury Award for ‘Different Than Before’

Amanda Sum’s ‘Different Than Before’ takes home the 2023 Music Video Jury Award at SXSW. The award-winning music video follows a family of five celebrating the eldest daughter’s engagement at a Chinese restaurant. Each family member takes a turn joyfully singing karaoke on stage until a group of racist hecklers try to ruin their celebration. The […]

Kid-Friendly BC Films to Stream this Holiday Season

With winter break rapidly approaching, what better way to bond with the little ones in your life than turning to the holidays films shot in BC? Puppy Star Christmas (2018) takes a unique spin on talking-dog movies by turning it into a musical. The movie stars four adorable pups who have to save Christmas. Bonus, […]


Real to Reel: Merging Reality with Fiction

Ever wonder how a script moves from ideas on paper to the final cut? The Thompson-Nicola Film Commission has put out a series of stills showing how the local environment can be transformed to meet the needs of a script. The Real to Reel series features films and tv shows filmed in Thompson-Nicola such as […]