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.  

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 3–6

Catch a roller derby smackdown, pack up the covered wagon for some Oregon Trail–inspired theater, heed the call of Siren Nation, cake yourself in glitter for PWR BTTM, and go on a literary frenzy at Wordstock.

11/02/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jason Buehrer, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 27–30

It's the Halloweekend. From cemetery tours to an oral history of death—with some vaudeville acrobatics for good measure—here's how to keep it spooky.

10/27/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ko Ricker, Webb Wright, Jason Buehrer, and Fiona McCann

Hip-Hop

Damian Lillard Releases Debut Album Featuring Lil Wayne and Jamie Foxx

The Portland Trail Blazer, a.k.a. Dame D.O.L.L.A., dropped his first full-length rap album on Thursday, October 20.

10/20/2016 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 20–23

Pirouetting poltergeists, retro video games, effervescent pop-punk, psychological thrillers, robot gardeners in outer space, razor-sharp standup, and many more ways to fill your weekend.

10/20/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ko Ricker, and Fiona McCann

Books

Sex, Drugs, and Masterful Movies: Rome's Sweet 1950s Life

Author Shawn Levy explains how our modern, celebrity-obsessed culture was born in 1950s Rome.

10/13/2016 By Fiona McCann

The Essentials

Portland Cello Project’s 10th Anniversary + An Oral History of Death: November’s Pop Culture Hot List

The concert, book, and festival you can’t miss this month.

10/10/2016 By Fiona McCann

Film

A Powerful New HBO Documentary Explores Internet Spook Slenderman

Two Wisconsin girls tried to kill their friend—and blamed an Internet meme. Should they be tried as adults? Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky examines the case.

10/10/2016 By Fiona McCann

Top Nonprofits

Meet Our 2016 Light a Fire Winners

Celebrating the nonprofits that make Portland a better place to live, love, give, and grow.

10/10/2016 Edited by Marty Patail By Kelly Clarke, Claire Colby, Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Lisa Dunn, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Regina Winkle-Bryan

Light a Fire 2016: Lifetime Achievement

How George Thorn Guides Portland Arts Organizations to Sustainability

The behind-the-scenes master knows how to pull the strings.

10/10/2016 By Fiona McCann

Visual Art

Portland Breast Cancer Survivors Lend Their Bodies for Art

Local artists create work from the casts of cancer survivors for a new downtown exhibit.

09/29/2016 By Fiona McCann

Books & Talks

Susan Faludi on Her Trans Father, Identity, and Hillary vs. Trump

We caught up with the feminist writer and onetime Portland resident ahead of her upcoming Powell’s reading.

09/22/2016 By Fiona McCann

Profile

Interior Designer Andee Hess Puts the Portland Aesthetic on the National Map

Wiz Bang Bar to House Spirits, Hess and her company are behind some of this city’s sharpest spaces.

09/21/2016 By Fiona McCann Photography by Christopher Dibble

TBA 2016

Juggling, YouTube Videos, Whispering Children: Notes from TBA 2016

From a spread-eagle performer in a Barbie mask to a newly birthed musical supergroup, here are our highlights from Portland’s high-concept, high-density arts festival.

09/21/2016 By Eden Dawn, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

TBA 2016

Critical Mascara in Photos

Portland's drag extravaganza took it to the next level at the Time-Based Art Festival. We've got the pictures to prove it.

09/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

Books

Bruce Springsteen Coming to Powell’s Books

The Boss is Portland bound to promote his new book, and tickets for the bookstore event go on sale this week.

09/13/2016 By Fiona McCann

The Essentials

Blind Pilot + Weird Portland Stories: October’s Pop Culture Hot List

The book, gallery show, and concerts you can’t miss this month

09/13/2016 By Fiona McCann

DIY Culture

Portland’s Indie Print Mecca Must Move—Again. Can the IPRC Survive?

Faced with quadruple rent, the beloved DIY institution is on the quest for a new home.

09/13/2016 By Fiona McCann

Dispatch

Who Will Be Crowned the World’s Greatest Tetris Player?

This month, the classic game’s most brilliant, crazy-dedicated competitors—including local phenom Terry Purcell—vie for international supremacy in Portland’s Tetris World Championship.

09/13/2016 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 8–11

The inaugural Portland Black Music Festival, a slew of new plays, the return of comedian Shane Torres, and a pop-up art museum at Pioneer Courthouse Square—put your weekend pants on.

09/08/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Kailla Coomes, Michelle Porter, and Fiona McCann

Books

Who's Coming to Wordstock? Literary Arts Reveals the 2016 Lineup

Plus six new venues for Portland’s annual book festival.

09/08/2016 By Fiona McCann