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.  

Public media

Portland Community Media Is Reborn as Open Signal

In its bright, newly renovated quarters, Open Signal offers public access to media equipment and education, with a focus on social impact.

02/23/2017 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 23–26

All-lady mariachi troupes, rock-’n’-roll photographers, Pulitzer-winning authors, and holograms. The weekend has arrived.

02/23/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jason Buehrer, and Fiona McCann

The Essentials

From a New Shins Album to a Blitzen Trapper Musical, March's Pop Culture Hot List

The album, book, musical event, and poetry collection to know this month

02/20/2017 By Fiona McCann

Dance

With Fresh Talent and Energy, Oregon Ballet Theatre Makes a Big Leap

OBT was all but pronounced dead near the start of the decade. Now, very much alive, it forges ahead into a bold, ambitious future.

02/20/2017 By Fiona McCann Illustrations by Nick Iluzada

Coffee Guide: Hallowed Ground

9 Neighborhood Coffee Shops We Love

No matter your quadrant, the best coffeehouse is the one closest to you.

02/20/2017 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Benjamin Tepler

Hollywood Theatre

Hollywood Theatre's Airport Cinema Opens February 23

PDX travelers can soon watch short movies by Oregon filmmakers. For free. Squeeeee!

02/16/2017 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 16–19

Edna Vazquez. Swan Lake. Argentine tango. The Northwest's first black comedy fest. Arctic photography. Portland's got it going on.

02/16/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Jason Buehrer

Portland Music

A New Elliott Smith Podcast Hits Your Earbuds

Say Yes: An Elliott Smith Podcast promises interviews with Jack Black, Gus Van Sant, and Anderson Cooper as well as a previously unheard conversation with the late Portland singer-songwriter himself.

02/03/2017 By Fiona McCann

Politics

How Trump's Travel Ban Affects Two PSU Students

At Portland State University, a former student from Syria is separated from his loved ones. Another just prays he'll be allowed to finish his degree.

02/02/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Visual Art

This PAM Exhibit Puts African American Art Front and Center

Constructing Identity features more than 80 artists, with work from the 1930s till now.

02/02/2017 By Fiona McCann

First Thursday

Turn Your Protest Sign into Art in a New Portland Gallery Show

Wieden & Kennedy calls on Portlanders to donate their protest signs for a new exhibit, We the People, opening Thursday, February 2.

02/01/2017 By Fiona McCann

Activism

PDX Protests: Hundreds Rally against Trump's Immigration Order

Hundreds of demonstrators assembled at PDX International Airport to protest Trump's action blocking nationals from seven Muslim-born countries, among them volunteer lawyers offering assistance to those in need.

01/30/2017 By Fiona McCann, Margaret Seiler, and Zach Dundas

Comics

Happy 25th Birthday, Image Comics!

The recent Portland transplant celebrates its birthday with signings all over town.

01/25/2017 By Fiona McCann

The Essentials

PDX Jazz Festival to the Last Artful, Dodgr: February’s Pop Culture Hot List

The album, festival, show, and book you need to know this month.

01/23/2017 By Fiona McCann

Visual Art

This Pendleton Institute Is a Beacon for Native Art

In its 25 years, Crow’s Shadow has helped make Oregon a stronghold of modern Native work.

01/23/2017 By Fiona McCann

Family

20+ Ideas for Family Fun in Portland

We’ve got 10 gold-standard destinations and off-the-radar alternatives that will blow your little ones’ little minds.

01/23/2017 Edited by Fiona McCann By Kelly Clarke, Zach Dundas, and Margaret Seiler

Pets

How to Be Your Pet’s Best Friend

From holistic vets to hamster hotels to cat piles, here’s everything a Portland pet owner needs to know.

01/23/2017 Edited by Fiona McCann

Pets: Trophy Case

5 Portland-Made Gifts for Furry Friends

From kitty bow ties to pet portraits, here’s how to coddle your creature.

01/23/2017 By Fiona McCann

Pets: Canine Calendar

A Dream Day in a Portland Dog’s Life

From dog-friendly cafes to acupuncture and afternoon pedis, it’s a divine time to be alive.

01/23/2017 By Fiona McCann

Festival

6 Shows to See at the 2017 Fertile Ground Festival

Need some help navigating the annual bonanza of new, locally produced performance? Here are three solid bets and three wild cards.

01/19/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann