Featured Vancouverite: Heather Magee

Hometown: Squamish, British Columbia

How long have you been a Vancouverite?
I moved to the West End in 2002. I now hang my hat in Yaletown.

Occupation:
I’ve been working in corporate PR and communications for over a decade, but I’d say writing has been my passion for the past 5 years. I’m a regular contributor to The Province blogs, with a penchant for all things pervy, covering sex and dating trends. I also write about lifestyle and entertainment for Huffington Post BC. All other musings can be found on my blog Urban Cowgirl Vancouver. My major focus this year will be finishing a screenplay I started a few years ago. It finally feels like the right time to write it.

Favourite Vancouver artist/band:
Lately, I’ve been crushing on Daniel Wesley. I got to meet him at a music festival last year and he was lovely. I actually walked down the aisle to one of his songs at my wedding. I don’t think people realize how many talented musicians we have in this city. When I first moved here, I was a regular barfly at many of the live music venues – the Brickyard, the Pic, and the Columbia – all since closed down. It was such a good time to be in Vancouver, and it feels like much of that local talent is starting to surface again.

Best way to meet new people in the city:
This seems to be a bone of contention for anyone new to Vancouver. We have a reputation for being a bit cliquey but I’ve always found Vancouver to be an easy place to meet people, if you’re willing to put yourself out there. Belly up to a bar in Gastown – Pourhouse and the Keefer are two of my faves – or join one of the beach volleyball leagues. We seem to have a million of them! If I were new to Vancouver, I’d hit up a cooking class at Dirty Apron. Conversation always comes easy over good food and wine.

Most inspiring Vancouverites:
I’m a huge Seth Rogen fan. It blows my mind that he can go from writing hilarious films like Superbad and Pineapple Express to starring in poignant films like 50/50 and Take This Waltz. There’s a lot of depth beneath his pot head persona. Spandy Andy is another Vancouverite I admire. There’s something strangely appealing about a guy who has no fear around donning head-to-toe spandex and busting a move to MJ in the middle of a huge crowd. He wins people over every time. I guess you could say I’m rather affectionate towards people who can make me laugh.

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