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.  

SPOTLIGHT

Portland's Colorful Mural Festival Is Changing the Face of the City

Local and international artists take to the streets for the annual Forest for the Trees festival with 15 new murals.

07/20/2015 By Fiona McCann Photography by Michael Novak

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Portlandia Meets Pickathon

Plus Wild Kratts is Portland bound, Hollywood Theater's birthday celebrations, and Fight Club rock opera, anyone?

07/16/2015 By Fiona McCann

BOOKS

'My Whole Life is Kind of a Feminist Directive'

The acclaimed writer and critical thinker Maggie Nelson talks to Portland Monthly about gender fluidity, motherhood, and why the notion of a book about family is “super bleugh”

07/16/2015 By Fiona McCann

JAZZ

Is This Man Portland's Best Kept Jazz Secret?

He’s played with Billie Holliday and John Coltrane, had Lead Belly in his living room, and was a member of the Bill Evans Trio. Now Portland’s best kept jazz secret Chuck Israels is releasing a new record, and he’s hoping his hometown will get behind it.

07/16/2015 By Fiona McCann

OPERA

Behind the Scenes with the Funny Man of the Portland Opera

Stephen Condy talks Seinfeld and snake oil, and why opera doesn’t have to be a serious business.

07/15/2015 By Fiona McCann

BOOKS

Lewis and Clark 2.0? Oregon Author Benjamin Percy Reimagines Discovering the West

Benjamin Percy's latest project? A post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Here, he talks Oregon, the environment, and counting Stephen King among his fans.

07/10/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Tender Loving Empire's Expansion

Plus, a Portland play opens Off-Broadway, a Gus Van Sant-related time machine, and the Mississippi Street Fair's musical extras

07/09/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Heather Woods Broderick's Top Ten Portland Spots

Heather Woods Broderick's new album, Glider, may be informed by her life on the road but she hasn't lost her ties to Portland.

07/09/2015 By Fiona McCann

DANCE / THEATER

Everything You Need to Know About the Risk/Reward Festival

A chamber play, a “Butch Queen,” an attack on the self-help industry, and a line of naked butts? You may be wondering what in the world the Risk/Reward Festival is all about, so we've put together a quick primer for you.

07/07/2015 By Fiona McCann

VIDEO

'Wild' Author Cheryl Strayed Calls on Millennials to Step Up on Climate Change

Portland's own Queen of Letters Cheryl Strayed has lent her voice to a new video on climate change, an environmental call to arms for millennials .

07/07/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Modest Mouse's Mad New Video

Plus new digs for OBT and maybe for Bag&Baggage, PAM's new curator, and the countdown to TBA

07/01/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Road Trip! One Portlander's Musical Journey Across America

Take one Portlander, one playlist, one continent and one Mini Cooper Clubman van and what do you get? Cover of America, is what...

07/01/2015 By Fiona McCann

FILM

Portland Comedy Series 'The Benefits of Gusbandry' Headed to a Small Screen Near You

A new comedy web series about the friendship between a straight woman and her gay friend is in the Portland pipeline—and it's looking for backers!

06/29/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Tove Lo and Jen Kirkman Ahoy!

Plus a Forest for the Trees fundraiser, the PDX carpet as fine art, and the last chance to see Gordon Parks's very timely exhibit on segregation.

06/25/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Third Angle Tunes Up on Irvington's Porches

Fresh from their New York City debut, Portland's own contemporary music outfit Third Angle is bringing it home— to homes in Northeast Portland's Irvington neighborhood

06/24/2015 By Fiona McCann

REPORT

Under Armour is Coming to Portland to Challenge Nike, Adidas, and Columbia

How a Baltimore upstart is taking on Portland's sportswear titans with a new Northwest hub.

06/22/2015 By Fiona McCann

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Bach to the Future? The Oregon Symphony Looks for New Horizons

Can CEO Scott Showalter drive the symphony into a new era?

06/22/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Pink Martini Welcomes Portland's New Citizens

They were in the courthouse to become full citizens of the United States of America; what better ovation than being serenaded by Portland's own ambassadors of sound?

06/19/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest In Portland Arts News—Awards, Galas and Fellowships, Oh My!

Plus $1 million worth of pianos taking to a Portland stage near you

06/18/2015 By Fiona McCann

COMICS

Our Top Five Jean-Luc Memes For Captain Picard Day

Saturday is Captain Picard day, and Floating World Comics is running an art contest to celebrate. Need some inspiration? Check out our top five Jean-Luc memes and engage!

06/17/2015 By Fiona McCann