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: 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

Fall Arts 2016

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Finally Has a Home of Its Own

The city’s premier avant-garde arts organization prepares for the 14th annual Time-Based Art Festival—and a new era in a new space.

08/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

The Long Play

PODCAST: Trail Blazer-Turned-Rapper Martell Webster Talks Basketball and Beats

On this episode of The Long Play, the one-time Trail Blazer gives the scoop on Portland-based record label EYRST, playing South by Southwest, and how basketball still runs in his blood.

08/11/2016 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 11–14

Comedian Ian Karmel makes a triumphant return. Dancers take inspiration from zombies. A silent Buster Keaton classic gets a new score. NE Alberta throws a party. We're happy to see you, weekend.

08/11/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Lisa Dunn, and Fiona McCann

Opera

This Star of Portland Opera’s New Show Is Also the Voice of Mickey Mouse

The Italian Girl in Algiers stars Egypt-born Ashraf Sewailam. He holds forth on opera at the pyramids, playing the macho, and dubbing Disney into Arabic.

07/28/2016 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Five PDX Pop Now Performers Share Their Festival Picks

Summer Cannibals, Mic Capes, and more pick the bands they're most excited to see.

07/21/2016 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 14–17

Prince tunes on the cello. Highland dance and stone throwing in Gresham. Jazz under the St. Johns Bridge. Speed drawing. A Wizard of Oz convention. Bring it, weekend.

07/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

THE ESSENTIALS

Joseph to Buster Keaton’s Oregon-Shot Silent Film: August’s Pop Culture Hot List

The festival, album, book, and film you can’t miss this month

07/12/2016 By Fiona McCann

SUMMER READS

Summer Reading 2016: Brand-New Short Stories and Poems from Top Portland Writers

We’ve got fresh fiction from Margaret Malone, David Shafer, and Diana Abu-Jaber, plus poems by Anis Mojgani, Elyse Fenton, and Samiya Bashir. Dive in.

07/12/2016 Edited by Fiona McCann By Margaret Malone, David Shafer, Diana Abu-Jaber, Anis Mojgani, Elyse Fenton, and Samiya Bashir

SUMMER READS

Summer Reading 2016: Brand-New Short Stories and Poems from Top Portland Writers

We’ve got fresh fiction from Margaret Malone, David Shafer, and Diana Abu-Jaber, plus poems by Anis Mojgani, Elyse Fenton, and Samiya Bashir. Dive in.

07/12/2016 Edited by Fiona McCann By Margaret Malone, David Shafer, Diana Abu-Jaber, Anis Mojgani, Elyse Fenton, and Samiya Bashir

MUSIC

July: A Month of Concerts in 20 Songs

From a Portland Cello Project tribute to Prince to the free, all-ages extravaganza of PDX Pop Now, July promises a stellar lineup of live music.

07/05/2016 By Lisa Dunn, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

BOOKS

This Oregon Author Wrote a Book about a Family of Latvian Gravediggers

And it’s earning her rave reviews. We caught up with the award-winning Gina Ochsner before her Powell’s reading on Wednesday.

06/29/2016 By Fiona McCann

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 23–26

Whether you want to go bare (the World Naked Bike Ride) or barefoot (deep-voiced pianist Benjamin Clementine), this weekend's got a little somethin' for everyone.

06/23/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Lisa Dunn, and Fiona McCann

MUSIC

One Degree from the Bacon Brothers

Michael and Kevin Bacon—yes, he of Footloose fame—are in town tonight for a Revolution Hall show. They talk songwriting, defying categorization, and why Kevin won’t give up his day job.

06/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

BIG IDEAS

Oregon’s Innovators Light Up Tech, Art, Business, History, the Cityscape—and the Future

From vanished ancient coasts to singing buildings to eco-drones, Oregonians break revolutionary ground.

06/13/2016 Edited by Zach Dundas By Benjamin Tepler, Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Fiona McCann, Eden Dawn, Chad Walsh, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, and Andrew D'Cruz

BIG IDEAS

Six Oregon-Hatched Ideas That Could Change the World

Eco-drones to avant-garde aerobics, these projects showcase the best of local innovation.

06/13/2016 By Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann