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.  

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

The Children’s Institute, 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

Travel

8 Reasons to Winter in Palm Springs

From jet-set art to vintage gems, the Coachella Valley is a cultural oasis.

10/17/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Eden Dawn, Zach Dundas, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 11–14

Cameron Esposito hits Revolution Hall, Australian acrobats walk on each other's heads, Chanti Darling plays Holocene, and a new exhibit showcases Japanese art.

10/11/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, Allison Place, and James Stevens

Film

A New Series Dives into Feminist Experimental Film

Through October, the Northwest Film Center showcases work from the 1970s to today.

10/04/2018 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 4–7

Oh Sees, sexy theater, German films, drag queens, and bendy acrobats are on the agenda.

10/04/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Allison Place

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 27–30

Send out September with Japanese Breakfast, steamy dance routines, musings on mortality, Haley Heynderickx, and the seventh annual All Jane Comedy Festival.

09/26/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 20–23

Big names swing through town, including DeRay McKesson, Lily Tomlin, and John Prine. Plus: new work by Latinx playwrights, The Color Purple, and a STRFKR anniversary.

09/20/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Home, Petite Home

These New Portland Companies Will Build Your Perfect ADU

Wait, you don't have one already? Get with the times.

09/18/2018 By Fiona McCann

Documentary

New Ursula K. Le Guin Documentary Premieres in Portland 

Arwen Curry’s film about the late author, who died in January of this year, gets its first national screening at the Northwest Film Center. 

09/13/2018 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 13–16

Angel Olsen plays the Newmark, John Cameron Mitchell gives live Hedwig commentary, W. Kamau Bell hits the Aladdin, and TBA comes to a close.

09/13/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: October 2018

Kamasi Washington plays the Crystal, Rebecca Traister hits Powell's, Oregon Ballet Theatre tackles aquatic romance, and Pop-Up Magazine returns to Revolution Hall.

09/11/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Tales of the City

Back Fence PDX Turns 10 with a Farewell to Its Signature Show

But the stories don't end there.

09/11/2018 By Fiona McCann

Film

A Spanish-Language Dracula Comes to Portland

It was filmed at exactly the same time as the Bela Lugosi classic, with exactly the same sets and props—just in Spanish.

09/11/2018 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 6–9

Felted food sculptures, a stacked evening of stand-up, the War on Drugs at the Keller, and an Oregon-penned Western—the fall arts season is here.

09/06/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

TBA 2018

Our Top 6 Picks for TBA 2018

Terrorist drag, groovy chaos, a sitcom baking fiasco, and some joyous J-Setting: It can only be the Time-Based Art Festival.

09/06/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 30–Sept 2

From Margaret Cho to Superorganism, resistance-themed cabaret to the Oregon Symphony at the zoo, here's how to crush your long weekend.

08/30/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler