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

PDX Jazz Festival to the Last Artful, Dodgr: February’s Pop Culture Hot List

The album, festival, show, and book you need to know this month.

01/23/2017 By Fiona McCann

Visual Art

This Pendleton Institute Is a Beacon for Native Art

In its 25 years, Crow’s Shadow has helped make Oregon a stronghold of modern Native work.

01/23/2017 By Fiona McCann

Family

20+ Ideas for Family Fun in Portland

We’ve got 10 gold-standard destinations and off-the-radar alternatives that will blow your little ones’ little minds.

01/23/2017 Edited by Fiona McCann By Kelly Clarke, Zach Dundas, and Margaret Seiler

Pets

How to Be Your Pet’s Best Friend

From holistic vets to hamster hotels to cat piles, here’s everything a Portland pet owner needs to know.

01/23/2017 Edited by Fiona McCann

Pets: Trophy Case

5 Portland-Made Gifts for Furry Friends

From kitty bow ties to pet portraits, here’s how to coddle your creature.

01/23/2017 By Fiona McCann

Pets: Canine Calendar

A Dream Day in a Portland Dog’s Life

From dog-friendly cafes to acupuncture and afternoon pedis, it’s a divine time to be alive.

01/23/2017 By Fiona McCann

Festival

6 Shows to See at the 2017 Fertile Ground Festival

Need some help navigating the annual bonanza of new, locally produced performance? Here are three solid bets and three wild cards.

01/19/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Books

Jon Raymond on Drought, Dilemmas, and Homicidal Rage

The Portland author talks about his new novel, Freebird, ahead of his Inauguration Day Powell’s reading.

01/19/2017 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 12–15

Do-si-do to Appalachian string music, watch Northwest history unfurl onstage, take a romp through the post-Communist world of punk rock, and behold the lipstick-smeared zaniness of YouTube star Miranda Sings.

01/12/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Lauren Kershner

Film Festival

Six Movies You Should See and Hear at the Reel Music Festival

Alternative Arab music. The Rolling Stones. Malian blues. Nick Cave. They’re all on the big screen at the 34th annual fest—here are our picks.

01/11/2017 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 5–8

Gape at DIY taxidermy, belt Bowie's greatest hits, take in some subversive cinema, and catch Imago's puppet-filled fairy tale before it closes.

01/05/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

The Essentials

Kyle Morton’s Solo Album to Grimm, January’s Pop Culture Hot List

The show, album, book, and TV series you can't miss this month.

12/20/2016 By Fiona McCann

Winter Relaxation: Survival Guide

13 Secrets of Winter Relaxation Every Portlander Must Know

From cheap massages to board games to cuddly kitties, here’s how to survive the season.

12/20/2016 By Eden Dawn, Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Molly Woodstock, Amy Martin, and Kelly Clarke

Happy Holidays!

13 Portland Holiday Events to End the Year on a High Note

Be ye Santa or Scrooge, there’s something for you this holiday season.

12/13/2016 By Webb Wright, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

Music Festival

Portland Musicians Team Up with Moby and Norah Jones for Bedstock

The online music festival for sick kids returns, and it’s “bigger and bedder” than ever.

11/29/2016 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 24–27

Comedian Amy Miller celebrates her debut album, Radiation City plays Revolution Hall, the Portland Cello Project turns 10, and Crumpet the Elf returns to the stage. Seize the long weekend, Portland.

11/23/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Music

Aminé Slams Trump's Victory on Jimmy Fallon

The Portland rapper denounced the president-elect during his guest appearance on The Tonight Show.

11/16/2016 By Fiona McCann

Music

Pink Martini Keeps It Positive with Je Dis Oui!

We talk to the band’s founder, Thomas Lauderdale, about happiness, politics, and why conga lines are a must.

11/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

Pop Culture

Your Ultimate Portland Pop Culture Cheat Sheet

What are the movies, books, comics, songs, and pop culture moments (as found on YouTube) that define our city? We’ve brought them all together, right here.

11/14/2016 Edited by Fiona McCann

Culture Cheat Sheet: Books

The Essential Portland Bookshelf: 32 Books That Define Our City and State

Sometimes a Great Notion to Geek Love, these are the texts that express, entertain, and enlighten us.

11/14/2016 By Fiona McCann