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.  

Arts News

Portland's Tin House to Stop Publishing Its Magazine

The local publishing company's 20th anniversary issue, to be released in June 2019, will be its last.

12/13/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 13–16

The Nightmare Before Christmas gets a live score, Kurt Vile plays the Crystal, and snowflakes and tin soldiers twirl about the stage.

12/13/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, Allison Place, and James Stevens

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 6–9

Gospel Christmas raises the roof, NW Dance Project takes on fables and fairy tales, Blossom plays Mississippi Studios, and "holiday-positive" sketch comedy comes to the Siren.

12/06/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, and Allison Place

Monster Banquet

Anthony Bourdain’s Final Graphic Novel Is a Grisly, Ghostly Tale

Hungry Ghosts, cowritten with longtime collaborator Joel Rose, was released by Dark Horse Comics four months after Bourdain’s 2018 death.

12/05/2018 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 29–Dec 2

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about the universe, the Dandy Warhols play the Crystal, and The Little Prince becomes an opera.

11/29/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Allison Place, and James Stevens

Beats from Bed

Laika Characters Join Weird Al and Lisa Loeb for Bedstock Benefit

More than 75 musicians unite with the likes of Kubo and Coraline to raise money for sick kids.

11/28/2018 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 22–25

Sticking around Portland over the holiday weekend? Here's how to fill your calendar.

11/21/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, Allison Place, and James Stevens

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: December 2018

Alela Diane plays the Old Church, Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher hit Helium, and NW Dance Project draws inspiration from fables and fairy tales.

11/20/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Music

The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus Has Had Quite a Year

Among other feats, the 38-year-old group became the first-ever LGBTQ choir to tour China.

11/20/2018 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 15–18

Cat Power plays the Roseland, David Sedaris hits the Schnitz, and two Portland comics writers break down some sex-ed basics.

11/15/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, and James Stevens

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 8–11

France's most famous comedian hits Portland, the Oregon Symphony mashes up Tchaikovsky and Drake, Polaris Dance Theatre muses on politics, and Frankie Cosmos plays the Wonder.

11/08/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, Allison Place, and James Stevens

Books

5 Picks for the Portland Book Festival (Formerly Known as Wordstock)

Saturday’s literary event offers a smorgasbord of bookish delights. We’ve narrowed the list for your delectation. 

11/08/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 1–4

Onetime Portlander Susan Orlean comes to Powell's, Mitski plays the Crystal, Russian puppets take the Schnitz, and Shakespeare gets a Harlem twist.

11/01/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, and Allison Place

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 25–28

Dirty Revival brings the funk, Night of the Living Dead gets a live score, Y La Bamba plays Mississippi Studios, and a beauty queen attempts to revolutionize the American government.

10/24/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Allison Place, and James Stevens

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 18–21

From Kamasi Washington to Phoebe Robinson, Mercury Rev to Ukrainian puppet theater, it's an epic weekend ahead.

10/18/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, and James Stevens

Light a Fire 2018: Exceptional Volunteer

Portlander George Nicola Documents Untold Stories of the LGBTQ Movement

The GLAPN volunteer captures how change happens.

10/17/2018 By Fiona McCann

Light a Fire 2018: Lifetime Achievement

This Portlander Has Devoted His Life to Helping At-Risk Children

Friends of the Children, founded by Duncan Campbell, follows kids for more than a decade.

10/17/2018 By Fiona McCann

Top Nonprofits

Meet Our 2018 Light a Fire Winners

Welcome to our annual celebration of local nonprofits, volunteers, and community projects.

10/17/2018 Edited by Fiona McCann Illustrations by Loris Lora

The Essentials

11 Things to See and Do in Portland: November 2018

Tom Hanks and Abbi Jacobson come to town, Tank and the Bangas play the Roseland, and the Oregon Symphony mashes up Tchaikovsky and Drake.

10/17/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Comics

In a New Book, the Comics Writers Behind Oh Joy Sex Toy Tackle Sex Ed

Portlanders Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan set out to school us on the basics.

10/17/2018 By Fiona McCann