Heather Magee
Heather is a Vancouver-based lifestyle and entertainment writer. Her love of travel has taken her all of the world, fueling many of the stories you’ll find on her blog Curious Contentment. When not writing about life on the West Coast, she's out there living it on the ski hill or the seawall. She's also fanatical about film.

Entries by Heather Magee

Designing a Perfect Desert Getaway to Palm Springs

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 7:51 PM

Temperatures are rising across the country as snowbirds flock north to settle in until the weather turns come fall. The thought of 40+ degree temperatures may not appeal to some, but if you're looking for an extra hot holiday for half the price, now is the perfect time to escape...

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Vancouver Film Festivals Call for Submissions

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 6:08 PM


The film festival season unofficially begins in snowy Sundance followed by Tribeca, Cannes and all of the corresponding hype that follows. Come fall, it's Canada's turn to host the glitterati and a roster of impressive filmmakers...

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Has Technology Ruined the Romance of Travel?

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 1:15 PM

It was the summer of 1998 and my friend and I decided to spend 5 weeks touring the UK and Ireland before heading back to school in the fall. We were 19 and it was the first time either of us had traveled outside of North America. Armed with our...

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My Day As A Movie Extra

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2014 | 11:42 AM


I'm a bit fanatical when it comes to film. The storytelling and plot twisting and characters with all their complexities. Costumes that can instantly ignite a trend and soundtracks that sometimes define a generation. It's the most exquisite form of escapism.


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What I Learned Travelling in My 20s

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 12:11 PM


My 20s were all about three things: hustling, partying and traveling. Hustling to move forward in my career, partying with my ever-growing network of friends, and traveling as much as my bank account would stretch. The three pillars of my 20s, you could...

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Discovering the Bohemian Beaches of Goa

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 12:34 PM

If you've grown weary while traveling the popular tourist attractions of India, the beautiful beaches of Goa are the perfect place to reflect and relax. Known worldwide for attracting a wave of western hippies in the 1970s (some of which still linger), the coastal region plays host to a new...

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Where to Drink in London

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 11:05 AM

London is one of my favorite places to play on the planet. Every time I travel to Europe, or anywhere in the vicinity, I try to squeeze in a detour to soak in a bit of the energy. And while Londontown is teeming with fine eateries, it's the drinking that...

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Embracing the Golden Triangle of India

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 1:18 PM

Landing in Delhi immediately shot electrical currents up my spine and sent my mind into overdrive. "Here we go," I thought. Peering out onto the tarmac, I was eager to lay eyes on a city I had heard so many wild tales about. The airport was surprisingly not unlike London...

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Meet The Super Bowl 'Skittles Guy' From Coquitlam

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 11:50 PM

2014-01-30-skittlesseahawks.jpgPhoto by Jeff Marsh Creative

The Seattle Seahawks have taken Vancouver-based NFL fans by storm over the past few years. Our adopted home team came close to competing in Super Bowl XLVII last year, losing the NFC West title with only 30 seconds to...

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Is It Too Risky To Turn Your Passion Into A Paycheque?

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 3:45 PM

Richard Branson once said that entrepreneurship is about turning what excites you in life into capital. In the words of the late Steve Jobs, the only way to do great work is to love what you do. In a time where we are encouraged to follow our dreams, indulge our...

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How to Crash a Corporate Christmas Party

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 4:31 PM

This weekend marks the beginning of a month-long marathon of drinking, binge eating and social-schmoozing among the corporate set. Phrases like "that dress will easily translate from day to night" and "liquid lunch anyone?" are commonly uttered in between cubicle walls while the social committee awkwardly invades people's work space...

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Rediscovering Vancouver's Past Through the Lens of Prolific Street Photographer Foncie Pulice

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 7:10 PM

Today, taking someone's portrait is as simple as pulling out your smartphone and digitally capturing an image, preserving it on the inter-webs for eternity. In the 1930s, not everyone had the means to pay for regular family portraits, never mind the simple luxury of owning a camera.

Foncie Pulice, a...

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VIFF 2013 Review: The Lunchbox

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 7:38 PM


Some love stories arise out of the most unusual and unexpected circumstances. Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is a stay-at-home mom who is trying to win the affections of her distant husband by preparing superb lunches for him each day. When she realizes her husband's lunch...

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VIFF 2013: 'Finding Vivian Maier' Reviewed

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2013 | 7:27 PM


In 2007, Chicago-based historian and collector John Maloof discovered 100,000 negatives and hundreds of hours of Super 8 film footage and audio recordings which he acquired during a storage locker auction. What he didn't know was he was on the cusp of uncovering some...

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VIFF Review: 'All The Wrong Reasons'

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 6:08 PM


All aspects of the human experience unfold, as customers of a big box department store are monitored by Kate (Karine Vanasse), post traumatic stress disorder sufferer and wife of ambitious store manager James (Cory Monteith). More than a year after the death of Kate's...

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I'm 34 and Refuse to Let Go of My Partying Ways

(1) Comments | Posted September 1, 2013 | 1:00 PM

When I was in high school, I spent an entire summer dissecting the dialogue of Richard Linklater's coming-of-age classic "Dazed and Confused." Fast forward a few decades, I caught myself muttering a popular line from the film to colleagues over lunch -- the one that quite arguably kickstarted Matthew McConaughey's...

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Dîner en Blanc Brings Sparkly Spectacle Back to Vancouver

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Vancouverites descended on the neighboring grounds beside Science World last night for the city's second annual Dîner en Blanc pop-up picnic and after party. About 2,500 lucky attendees donned whimsical white ensembles to participate in a tradition that began in Paris 25 years ago.

The al fresco phenomenon was originally...

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Vancouver Pride Survival Guide

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 10:25 PM


In case you missed all the media coverage surrounding the new -- and fabulous -- rainbow crosswalk in the West End, Pride Week is in full swing in Vancouver. I love how Vancouverites come together to celebrate...

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Benefits of a Motley Crew of Female Friends

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 8:45 PM

Ten years ago, most of my friends were male. That's not to say that I didn't see the value in having girlfriends, I just preferred the simplicity and lighthearted approach of men. There was very little drama and very low expectations associated with these kinds of friendships. It was all...

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12 Places to Enjoy L.A. in 4 Days

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 6:57 PM

I recently popped down to L.A. for a four-day mini break at the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood. Having arrived around midnight, depleted of energy and thirsty for festive libations, it took much composure to refrain from petting the furry walls or asking if we could feed the...

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