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.  

The Essentials

12 Things to See and Do in Portland: March 2019

Noname plays the Crystal, Tiffany Haddish comes to the Keller, and twisty plays take the stage at Artists Rep and Third Rail.

02/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Spring Up

6 New Projects Shaking Up Portland's Arts Scene

From a brick-and-mortar outpost for Baby Ketten Karaoke to the Hollywood Theatre's refurbished pipe organ, here's what to know right now.

02/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Visual Art

Portland Artist Josh Keyes Paints a Beastly City

Foxes, rhinos, and bears push up against the built environment in Keyes's wild paintings.

02/26/2019 By Fiona McCann

Profile

Author Mitchell S. Jackson Is a Blistering, Lyrical Voice of Our Time

For proof, read the Portland-raised writer's staggeringly smart new book, Survival Math.

02/26/2019 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 21–24

Sharon Van Etten plays the Crystal, Dani Shapiro reads at Powell's, Pedro the Lion returns, and Hand2Mouth unveils an immersive play with a score by beloved children's musician Red Yarn.

02/20/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Jackson Main

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 14–17

A new podcast festival arrives, Marlon James stops by Powell's, Maz Jobrani hits the Aladdin, and David Bowie alums reunite at Revolution Hall.

02/13/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, Wriik Maui, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 7–10

Michelle Obama comes to the Moda, Ezza Rose plays the Doug Fir, zombies invade a sleepy Oregon town, and the Winter Light Festival illuminates the city.

02/07/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Wriik Maui, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 31–Feb 3

Buckle up for papier-mâché puppets from Chile, acrobatic dance from Canada, new tunes from Portland supergroup Eyelids, and paint-splattered portraits inspired by 1960s jazz music.

01/31/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Wellness: Couldn't Hurt

Bargain Massages, Therapy Bunnies, and 9 More Ways to Feel Better

Portland serves up a dizzying buffet of options for improving your mind, body, and soul—or at least an hour or two of your day.

01/29/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Casey Jarman, Amy Martin, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, and Benjamin Tepler

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: February 2019

The PDX Jazz Fest sweeps the city, Beijing Dance Theater makes its Portland debut, Shane Torres returns to Helium, and Jennifer Egan hits the Schnitz.

01/29/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Performance

A New Portland Performance Transforms Trauma Into Art

Anya Pearson's Made to Dance in Burning Buildings is a vivid choreopoem about rape, PTSD, and perseverance.

01/29/2019 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 24–27

Travis Scott returns to the Moda, Fertile Ground sweeps the city, BodyVox mashes up dance and film, and Ha Jin reads at Powell's.

01/24/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 17–20

From Leslie Odom Jr. to Tayari Jones, Black Belt Eagle Scout to Andy Borowitz, here's what you can't miss this weekend.

01/17/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 10–13

Elton John hits the Moda, a world-premiere play follows an Oregon judge's inspiring story, an all-star percussion ensemble plays Mississippi Studios, and Richard III gets a teenage twist.

01/10/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 3–6

Welcome to the first weekend of 2019. Here's how to start the year strong.

01/03/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 27–30

It's the last weekend of the year. Here's how to make it a good one.

12/26/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, and Allison Place

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: January 2019

Radical Canadian dancers, a London R&B queen, Andy Borowitz, and a quadrumvirate of Portland poets are on the calendar this month.

12/21/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Q&A

One Year In, Portland's Creative Laureate Sounds Off

Subashini Ganesan weighs in on the state of the arts.

12/21/2018 By Fiona McCann

Hidden Portland: Eat This Now

4 Under-the-Radar Portland Food Scores

Lobster rolls to Indian spices, don't sleep on these finds.

12/21/2018 By Brian Barker, Fiona McCann, and Benjamin Tepler

Hometown Hero

The Newest DC Comics Superhero Is a Girl of Color from Oregon

Meet Naomi, a new character created by Portland writers Brian Michael Bendis and David Walker.

12/21/2018 By Fiona McCann