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.  

PHOTOGRAPHY

Shooting Time: An Exhibition of Photos from US Prisons Opens in Portland

Pete Brook’s Prison Obscura turns a lens on incarceration in America.

03/31/2016 By Fiona McCann

WOMEN'S ISSUES

The Women's Foundation Is Coming to Town and They Want Your Stories

On a 12-stop tour of Oregon to hear about the challenges and struggles of women and girls, the Women's Foundation's 1987 RV is hitting the road.

03/30/2016 By Fiona McCann

Dance

Twenty-Somethings and Sexagenarians Dance Together at Oregon Ballet Theatre

Beautiful Decay is a balletic meditation on the passage of time.

03/25/2016 By Fiona McCann

THE ESSENTIALS

Singer-Songwriter Laura Gibson to Essayist Sally Tisdale: April’s Pop Culture Hot List

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

03/25/2016 By Fiona McCann

PORTLAND'S FUTURE

Five Young Portland Artists on the Verge

From a St. Johns rapper to a preteen actor, these are the rising stars to watch.

03/25/2016 By Fiona McCann

BOOKS

A 50-Something, First-Time Novelist Brings Her Million-Dollar Book to Portland

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s career switch from marketing to writing earned her a seven-figure advance. Ahead of her Powell's visit, she talks sibling dramas, creative flashes, and being friends with Amy Poehler.

03/24/2016 By Fiona McCann

PHOTOGRAPHY

This Portland Photographer Wants to Document Your Love

Gia Goodrich’s 'Love Wins' project is creating an archive of LGBTQ love stories, with photos of dozens of couples—and now a book and exhibition are in the works.

03/24/2016 By Fiona McCann

DANCE

Portland Dance Is Back on Its Feet, Says NW Dance Project's Sarah Slipper

NW Dance Project is having a major moment—in the US and beyond. As their biggest show of the season opens, artistic director Sarah Slipper talks about tough times for Portland dance, and why there’s so much hope for its future.

03/17/2016 By Fiona McCann

COMEDY

Come Say Goodbye as Two of Our Favorite Portland Comics Join the Exodus to LA

Amy Miller and Sean Jordan are leaving Portland, and you’re invited to their going-away party.

03/10/2016 By Fiona McCann

Special Event

Want to Help Close Wikipedia's Gender Gap?

Then this Saturday's Edit-a-Thon, calling on Portlanders to join in a "communal updating" of the online encyclopedia's entries on subjects related to art and feminism, is for you.

03/03/2016 By Fiona McCann

SPRING ARTS

Can Portland Artists Survive the City’s New Gilded Age?

A property boom means mass evictions and escalating rents. What does that mean for our creative scene?

03/01/2016 By Fiona McCann

Books

Monica Drake on the Folly of Loving Portland

The local author—whose new short story collection is out March 8—talks about hearing Chuck Palahniuk recite her work at Powell's, cheaper times in Portland, and why this is still a great town in which to be a writer.

02/26/2016 By Fiona McCann

OREGON WOMAN 2016

Bri Pruett and Courtenay Hameister: Funny in Oregon

A stand-up comedian and former Live Wire radio host talk women in comedy, Portland creatives, and artisanal cheese.

02/25/2016 By Fiona McCann

DANCE

How Do You Make Performance Art Less Stuffy? With Step Aerobics

Portland’s Physical Education hosts readings, curates shows, and offers free dance classes. And now they’re throwing a dance party to help fund it all.

02/25/2016 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Wanna Hear All-New Songs from Some of Portland’s Best Bands—for Free?

Boone Howard, And And And, Genders, the Domestics, and more. They’ve all joined forces for a new record showcasing Portland’s music scene right now.

02/24/2016 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Can Claire Chase Make Portland Fall in Love with the Flute?

The MacArthur Fellow—praised in the New York Times for her "extravagant technique" and "penetrating musicality"— gives Portlanders a taste of her 23-year new music project.

02/18/2016 By Fiona McCann

FILM

Our 11 Picks for the Portland International Film Festival

From Icelandic sheep farmers to a Hong Kong song-and-dance number, a famed French restaurateur to a surrealist Colin Farrell caper, here are the 11 films at PIFF we’re seriously stoked to see.

02/11/2016 By Fiona McCann and Rebecca Jacobson

THEATER

Portland-Raised Playwright Tanya Barfield Talks Race and Writing

The award-winning playwright is in town to open a season of her work at Profile Theatre. She told us what it's like to see her work staged in Portland for the first time, and why she's both sad and glad we're ready to talk about race.

02/04/2016 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair to Kick Off US Tour in Portland

The dream of the '90s will return to Portland when Billy Corgan’s beloved band starts a 19-city tour at the Schnitz in March. Tickets go on sale Friday.

02/02/2016 By Fiona McCann

2016 ELECTION

Promises, Promises: Five City Government Candidates on the Arts

Is the arts an election issue? Portland's mayoral and City Council candidates showed their cards on culture at a packed debate on Tuesday.

01/28/2016 By Ramona DeNies