Fiona McCann is a senior editor at Portland Monthly, where she steers the magazine’s arts and cultural coverage as well as the On the Town blog. When not out seeking her cultural hits in high and low places—she’s as likely to be found at a symphony concert as in a mosh pit, at a ballet performance as in a comics store—she creates and edits plump and colorful feature packages on such diverse topics as love and sex, pets and children, and Portland’s eternal love of pop culture. Since joining the magazine in 2015, she’s also covered school board challenges, sportswear upstarts, and a kick-ass Tetris tournament.  

In her past life, she was an Arts and Features Writer for the Irish Times, an editor at social news agency Storyful, edited and wrote for Time Out guides in Argentina, and worked for Reuters, Buenos Aires.  

The Essentials

From Beth Ditto to Wonder Woman, June's Pop Culture Hot List

The records, dance show, and books you can't miss this month

05/15/2017 By Fiona McCann

Music

Newly Landed Portlander Justin Townes Earle Makes Country Relevant

The son of folk legend Steve Earle abandons the South for freer-thinking territory.

05/15/2017 By Fiona McCann

Pour

Five Essential New Portland Patios for Summer 2017

The sun is coming. Here's where to soak it up, drink in hand.

05/15/2017 Edited by Benjamin Tepler By Fiona McCann, Kelly Clarke, and Margaret Seiler

West End: Insider Picks

Where West End Insiders Really Eat, Shop, and Play

The people who live and work in this oddball corner of downtown Portland explain its charms.

05/15/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Performance

Musician Holcombe Waller Confronts the Risks to our Rivers

The Portlander's new recital explores the environmental threats from crude-oil-by-rail transport along the Columbia.

05/04/2017 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 4–7

From Yaa Gyasi to a live-action Point Break, the Magnetic Fields to mountain biking in Mongolia, it's finally May. (Yay!)

05/03/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Lauren Kershner, and Fiona McCann

Comedy

Bridgetown Comedy Festival Returns—Maybe for the Last Time

Cofounder Andy Wood is considering calling time on Portland’s best-loved comedy fest.

04/27/2017 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 27–30

The Tempest meets Cuban operetta, Joseph plays the Crystal, spoken-word poets vie for top lyrical laurels, dance hits the big screen, and Patti Austin pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

04/27/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Meagan Nolan

Books

Literary Arts Announces Oregon Book Award Winners

Awards went to Tracy Daugherty, Walidah Imarisha, and Joyce Cherry Cresswell, among others. Read on for the full list.

04/25/2017 By Fiona McCann

Theater

Hip Hop Meets Theater in Spiritrials

A personal tale packs political punch in Dahlak Brathwaite's solo show.

04/20/2017 By Fiona McCann

The Essentials

From Bridgetown Comedy Fest to PDX Supergroup Eyelids, May's Pop Culture Hot List

The comedy shows, record, and play you can't miss this month

04/17/2017 By Fiona McCann

In-Flight Entertainment

The Portland Airport Opened a Mini-Movie Theater—and It’s Packing Houses

Buckle up for a different kind of pre-flight screening at the Hollywood Theatre's PDX outpost.

04/17/2017 By Fiona McCann

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats 2017: 30 Portland Dishes That Will Break Your Mind—But Not Your Budget

Family-style Korean stews. Mood-altering chicken and jojos. A world of dumplings and $1 sushi delivered by a tiny train. Time to eat your way, wallet intact, across the city's rollicking food scene.

04/17/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, Benjamin Tepler, and Molly Woodstock

Theater

Why You Should See This Show about Rodney King (Before It Hits Netflix)

Roger Guenveur Smith’s solo show ends its four-year run right here in Portland, and it's more relevant than ever. He tells us why.

04/13/2017 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 13–16

Canadians stage a sing-along at the Aladdin, Kyle Kinane hits Helium, Laura Gibson plays a hometown show, OBT celebrates the earth, and the Portland Art Museum closes the curtain on Rodin.

04/13/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Meagan Nolan, Lauren Kershner, and Fiona McCann

Arts News

Dance Presenter White Bird Launches New Speaker Series

The Portland institution invites audiences to join intimate conversations with some of its longtime collaborators. First up: Judith Jamison and Ronald K. Brown.

03/23/2017 By Fiona McCann

The Essentials

From Lidia Yuknavitch's New Novel to a Berlin Quest-Turned-Portland Play, April's Pop Culture Hot List

The singers, books, and play you can't miss this month.

03/20/2017 By Fiona McCann and Rebecca Jacobson

Dispatch

Wildfang Foments a Feminist Revolution

The Portland clothing boutique proves fashion can get political—and make a difference.

03/20/2017 By Fiona McCann

The Oregon Woman: Tough Love

Portland Women's March Organizer Margaret Jacobsen on Why Change Won't Come Easy

Meet the de facto spokesperson for a new wave of local feminism.

03/20/2017 By Fiona McCann

Independent TV

XRAY.fm Comes to a Television Near You

Portland's indie radio station launches XRAY TV on March 11, promising original series and footage curated by local artists.

03/09/2017 By Fiona McCann