Katie Stobbart

Chilliwack: Welcome to where you live

Welcome to where you live No matter what led you to Chilliwack on the eastern edge of British Columbia’s Fraser Valley — work, family, school, the cheaper than Vancouver real estate — I have a question. How much do you really know about where you’ve chosen to live? Sure, you’ve experienced the manure stink. You’ve…

Exploring Downtown Mission through a camera lens

Photography Mission A visual exploration of Mission’s historic downtown by Joe Johnson with files from Katie Stobbart and Shea Wind Starting this June, Mission will celebrate its 125th anniversary. Mission is, of course, more than just a few landmarks north of the river: a university campus, a terminus for the West Coast Express, an abbey. It’s…

Editorial: A year of Raspberry

Hi reader,   Birthdays are kind of arbitrary. And unless there’s a plan I don’t know about, we’re not even celebrating ours with cake. But I do feel it’s important to recognize our milestones: to lay out where we’ve been and where we’re going.   Raspberry was created a year ago after a lot of…

Open Mosque opens the door to cultural sharing

Nearly 500 local residents attended the Fraser Valley’s first Open Mosque Day on February 11. The community was invited to visit the Abbotsford Islamic Centre, meet our Muslim neighbours, and learn. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., shoes of all sizes were piled around and crammed into the shelves at the front door. On the…

Raspberry Jam: A year in local music

Year-end lists tend to be soulless exercises, lacking in personality. And yet we so easily award these arbitrary rankings incredible significance when debating their “correctness” in comments sections. This approach to music appreciation generally sucks the life out of it. So, rather than trying to provide a comprehensive list of the year’s best, we’ve asked…

New Western Jaguar record coming on Mighty Speck Records in 2017

  Since the early 2015 release of Wayfarer, Western Jaguar has undergone a metamorphosis, from ambient solo project to live rock band. The Mission-based project led by vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Jeffrey Trainor has its roots in Jeff’s parents’ basement, gradually growing into a dynamic live act featuring AJ Buckley on drums, (Casinos front man)…

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