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.  

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

The Long Play

PODCAST: Five Local Writers on Place, Poetry, and Old Portland

Fiction writers Margaret Malone and David Shafer are joined by poets Samiya Bashir, Anis Mojgani, and Elyse Fenton to read their work and talk about Portland as inspiration.

09/01/2016 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Listen to Loch Lomond's New Track Right Here Right Now

The stalwarts of Portland's music scene are back with a new album, a Mississippi Studios show, and this brand-new track. Listen up, PDX.

08/30/2016 By Fiona McCann

New Sounds

Rock Out the Last Days of Summer with This Brand-New Low Culture Track

The punk rockers (and recent Portland transplants) drop their second album, Places to Hide, on September 9. But you can listen to a sneak-peek track right here, right now.

08/24/2016 By Fiona McCann

Film

Four Films by Portland Teenage Girls Hit the Big Screen

Sex trafficking. Black girls in Portland. LGBTQ safe spaces. Women street artists. This Sunday, local teenage girls screen the documentaries they spent the summer making.

08/24/2016 By Fiona McCann

Music

Duran Duran’s John Taylor Stays Up Later Than Most of Portland

Ahead of their MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst show, the British-born bassist holds forth on musical infidelities, and why he's with her.

08/23/2016 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 18–21

Hear The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj recount high school horror stories. Hurtle down Mount Tabor in a soapbox. Catch new tunes from Federale. Pick up comics by the pound. It's gonna be a hot one, folks.

08/18/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Lisa Dunn, and Fiona McCann

Music

Meet the Pianist Bringing Classical Music into the Oregon Wild

For his In a Landscape series, Hunter Noack performs Schubert and Ravel at some of this state's most breathtaking outdoor locations.

08/18/2016 By Fiona McCann

ON THE CATWALK

Sequins, Drama, Gold Nipples, and Gravity-Defying Hair: Welcome to Critical Mascara

At Time-Based Art’s annual competitive drag spectacle, the stakes (and surrealism) run high. Plus: a dive into the fashion behind Portland’s vogue balls.

08/15/2016 By Fiona McCann and Eden Dawn

Fall Arts 2016

Five Can’t-Miss TBA Shows

From meditative juggling to masked avant-porn, here’s what to see at the annual extravaganza.

08/15/2016 By Fiona McCann