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W H AT I S A R C H I V E ? Archive is a photography magazine about Vancouver. Anyone can submit photos and our community of readers decides what we publish. To participate you must download the Archive app. From there you can submit photos for consideration and vote on the ones submitted by others. You cast votes by swiping photos off the screen—up if you like something, down if it sucks—like Tinder for photography.

STOCKISTS We are always looking for new places to drop off copies of Archive Vancouver. If your business would like to carry the magazine send an email to samuelkerr@elective.ca

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G A S T OW N Alibi Room - 157 Alexander St Milano Gastown - 36 Powell S. The Diamond - 6 Powell St Save On Meats - 43 W Hastings St Darby’s - 16 W Hastings St The Irish Heather - 210 Carrall St The Latest Scoop - 159 Water St Buro - 356 Water St Guu with Otokomae - 375 Water St Cavalier Gastown - 217 W Hastings St Crosstown Dispensary - 312 W Hastings St Blenz - 508 W Hastings St

KITSIL ANO Zulu Records - 1972 W 4th Ave Lotusland Cannabis - 1952 W 4th Ave Displace Hashery - 3293 W 4th Ave Benny’s Bagels - 2505 W Broadway Cartems Donuterie - 3040 W Broadway Cannabis Culture - 3175 W Broadway Deacon’s Corner - 3189 W Broadway Lotusland Cannabis - 3474 W Broadway

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Top Photographers is a list of people ranked by the average score of their five best photos in a given month. The winner will be interviewed and given a multi-page spread to showcase their best photography in the following month’s magazine. Rank

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Contents Editor’s Letter

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Staff Picks

29 A Vancouver Crossword (with dick jokes) Harrison Mooney and Merlin Von Duck

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Vancouver Listicle By Sam Kerr

32 White Whale Burger By Doug Haddow

34 Blow It Out Your Ear With Trevor Risk

36 In Your Mouth With David Stansfield

37 Adult Colouring Book Art by Owen Ellis

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People Comments by Dusty Baker

52 Places Comments by Arjun Hair

72 Things Comments by Charlie Kerr

85 Places for People Downtown Comments by Thomas Daley

Sharon Wish

96 Top Rated Photo of Them All

Esme Borisoff Cristina Simaika, 64.9%

hate has no home here  madeline adams, 65.7%

Downtown  Justin Parenteau, 75.9%

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Editor’s Letter Gone Drinkin’

We’re taking a break from publishing until January. Typically, Archive comes out every other month, which means our next issue is scheduled to arrive in December. But, I don’t want to do a magazine in December. I have reasons. First, people spend December visiting with their families. Family time implies exposure to children and the elderly. Nothing against those groups of people but Archive doesn’t really fuck with kids and olds. Diapers aren’t our demo. Second, half the city is drunk for two weeks straight in December and drunk people don’t read magazines. Third, dragging boxes full of magazines all over the city in the rain sucks. Doing it in the snow is unbearable. Kicking the delivery headache down the road to January doesn’t make the problem go away but it means I can get drunk with children and the elderly for two weeks straight in December without worrying about lugging magazines all over the city. So we are taking an extra month. That means the submission period for the next issue will have extra time so we decided to add some pages to the magazine and run a second contest. The first contest will stretch over October and November, and it’s subject will be Best Pets of YVR. Animals are photogenic and popular on the internet and they look great in print. Also, I’m excited to study your voting data in order to quantify exactly how much better dogs are than cats. We haven’t made a decision on the subject for the second contest yet. Since it will take place between December and January we are leaning towards “Holiday Drinking” as a title. New Year’s Eve pictures and all the Christmas season stuff could make a fun magazine section. We haven’t made it official yet because there’s a chance the contest may end up getting sponsored. If a company wanted us to customize the app and create a special section of the magazine to promote their business, we would take their money. Yes, we’re sellouts. What did you expect? We aren’t running a charity here. There’s one more way Archive can help you stay busy until January. The archive.live website has FINALLY arrived. It’s a scandal that we’ve been homeless online for so long but that’s in the past and we don’t think about that anymore. The site makes it easy to find all the articles, crosswords, and colouring books we’ve made, and they’re presented in a way that looks slick. The website also helps us share on social media so like us on the Facebook if you want our writing in your stream. Or don’t, whatever. See you next year. SAM KERR

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HOW WE CHOSE THE COVER — It’s hard to define cool. James Dean smoked cigarettes and died in a car wreck. That was cool. Michael Jordan dunked on everyone in sight, won championships then quit basketball. That was cool. Ryan Adams used Twitter to call Father John Misty, “the most selfimportant asshole on earth.” That was cool. The kid on the cover grew long hair, put on some 70s eyewear, and mastered the subtle art of not giving a fuck. That was cool.

Domo  Grace Liu, 75.0%


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Archive Staff Picks Readers of Archive tell me that they love seeing portraits in the magazine, but pictures of human faces are highly unpopular on the app lately. To square this circle, we've selected some portraits that demand comment.

It’s a shame that the first rule of Burning Man is nothing like the first rule of Fight Club.

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Hot days in Vancouver 03  Kyla Hawkins, 65.9%


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Last issue I took a stand against the appropriation of ginger culture by the Kiwi guy who plays Archie on Riverdale. He’s not ginger. Well, I’m ready to take another stand. I went for dinner at Dark Table last week. It was excellent. Eating food in complete darkness is an incredible sensory experience. As we left the restaurant I learned that our server was blind, and then I realized that the entire dark dining experience was appropriation of blind culture. It’s basically black face but for the visually impaired. My children will probably be ashamed.

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It’s difficult to write jokes about beautiful women. When it’s a handsome dude I can give myself a conspicuous case of the ‘not-gays’ and then load the comment with awkward sexual tension. But if I do something similar about a babe it comes off as pervy and weird. I don’t know. Maybe I should just make a joke about how Kim Jongun called Donald Trump a dotard. Dotard is a funny?

Savannah Dayna Weststeyn, 68.5%

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If this guy were a character in a movie from the 80s he’d be an oracle of ancient wisdom who might offer you a monkey’s paw or bag of dried seahorses, and you’d better take what he gives you because it’s your only chance against Lo Pan.

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Anything helps Giancarlo Delgado, 71.3%


Once a month, A Better Life Foundation invites some of the city’s finest chefs to our commissary kitchen at Save On Meats to develop a once in a lifetime diner style menu through 4 courses thoughtfully paired with craft cocktails. The results are delicious. All proceeds go to supporting A Better Life Foundation’s efforts to increase food security in the DTES through meal programs, education and employment. B

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Since starting Archive we’ve learned some interesting stuff about the kind of photography people like. For example, photos of women standing in front of bushes are immensely popular. Check the inside front and back covers of this issue. They’re everywhere. I don’t know why but a woman in front of a bush works like an Archive cheat code.

Vulnerability  David Salandanan, 75.9%


Cosplay is a fun way to show affinity for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But if you’re a real fan and you want to show real commitment to the Asgardian God of Mischief you get his name inked onto your chest for life. That tattoo says Loki, right?

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Secrets by the sea  Seth Molson, 66.6%


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It’s a good thing I’m not that handsome because I’d use his powers for evil. Imagine what that must feel like to be that good looking. Intoxicating. I’ve got a clearly established case of the ‘not-gays’ and I’d leave my wife to run away with him tomorrow. Look, I know it’s overly simplistic to judge a person based solely on their looks but he should be the Prime Minister of Canada.

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Tristan Hannes Merwe, 67.2%


A VANCOUVER CROSSWORD

Puzzle by Harrison Mooney. Edited by Merlin Von Duck.

  ACROSS 1 Chokes or jokes 5 Have sex with Austin Powers 9 Bird with a sanctuary in Stanley Park 14 Each 15 WWE's "Hell in a ___" 16 It's when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie 17 "99 Luftballons" singer 18 Jay-Z song "___ the Next One" 19 Annual Cloverdale event 20 Mayor Moonbeam 23 Singer Lewis who performed at the PNE this year 24 "___ Felicia" 25 Get beaten by 28 Stallone who ended the Cold War by defeating Ivan Drago at the PNE Agrodome 30 "Larger Than Life" boy band, to fans 33 Mayor Moonbeam's ex-girlfriend 35 Dave of Foo Fightersl 37 Speechify 38 "Compete is in ___ nature" (Canucks slogan) 39 Spooky 40 Vancouver's St. ___ Hotel 41 One of Mayor Moonbeam's pet issues 43 Huge breasts 44 Barrett of Pink Floyd 45 "Tag" weapons 46 Org. for Mulder and Scully 48 Catches, like an STI 49 Mayor Moonbeam's party 57 Outro's opposite 58 Shitloads 59 How sophisticates like their steak 60 Container for smuggling booze into Rogers Arena 61 ___ same but different 62 Andrews who won a $55 million settlement after being spied on at a hotel 63 Dutch oven components, along with sheets and women 64 Headed to overtime 65 Vancouver ___ March

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  DOWN 1 Red Scorpions or Juggalos 2 Copycat 3 "___ Baby Gone" 4 Meal served at an Old Factory 5 Beat, as a Canucks' goalie 6 Oh ___! (turd-like chocolate bar) 7 Countertenor 8 Goo unit 9 Styles or Potter 10 Overact 11 Pop star Stewart and Flanders' oldest son 12 Sandwich cookie that's vegan, surprisingly 13 Vancouver had 19,000 of this type of sign in the 1950s 21 Gross belly buttons 22 BC's Attorney General David 25 Lesbian drama set in LA but filmed in Vancouver, with "the" 26 Rowed a boat 27 Ensnares 28 "Ika" at Momo and "Calimari" at Earl's 29 Read but don't comment, on a message board

30 Word attached to "wind" or "air" 31 More introverted 32 ___ this mess (corny doormat) 34 Pass, as time 35 Ice cream, to Mario 36 Comforted 42 Like Trump, with the Russians' help 44 Gluttony or avarice 46 Musqueam ___ Nation 47 Items sold at MacLeod's 48 The largest one in the world stands next to an Esso on Vancouver Island 49 Like TIFF, but shittier 50 "Drinking ___" (Bran Van 3000 song) 51 Word with Wars or Trek 52 Widespread 53 Jai ___ 54 Your mileage may do this 55 Canucks defenceman Gudbranson 56 First name of Celine Dion's late husband

Calm Before The Storm Aaron Goodis, 73.1%


There was a gathering of Juggalos in Washington, DC recently called the Million Man March, which was weird because there was a different Million Man March in 1995 organized by Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. Anyway, the Juggalos were protesting because they’ve been classified as organized crime syndicate by the FBI. A reporter on the scene interviewed a guy named Hootsnake who defended the Juggalos against the FBI’s accusation by saying they were too disorganized to be organized crime. I also learned female Juggalos are called Juggalettes.

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Tova Grace Liu, 63.1%


Bottom 1 Vancouver Listicle of The Month By Sam Kerr

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riting the phrase “millennials love listicles” feels worse than leaving the movie theatre after watching Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Unfortunately, I don’t decide what people like to read and if I wanted a job that made real money I should have built a two sided murder-for-hire marketplace on the dark web. But here we are, so welcome to Archive Vancouver’s Top 1 Listicle of the Month for October / November (and December) 2017. An MLA from Chilliwack named Laurie Throness wants British Columbia to carve the world’s largest sculpture into one of our mountains. He said, “I thought, for example, it could be a pair of uplifted hands so big that you could drive a number of tour buses onto the palms.” Since the idea is ambitious and controversial Throness stipulated a decision on the final shape of the carving should be put through a lengthy process of proposal and consultation. To help that process along Archive Vancouver is excited to present the top three best ideas for what we should carve into the mountain!

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British Columbians have a deep and intimate connection with nature. In Vancouver we hike and ski and surf and hunt and sail and fish and kayak and camp—all in the same day. That’s why real estate is so expensive here. A visceral connection with our surroundings is shared by all British Columbians so it makes perfect sense that we would want to use the sculpture to celebrate the majesty of nature. I can’t think of a more righteous way to commemorate mother earth than to carve a monument to the natural world into our natural world. We should carve a mountain into the mountain. 2 . C A R V E A I R B U D I N T O T H E M O U N TA I N

Laurie Throness made clear that a human likeness should not be the subject of the carving. Smart. Many historical figures who were upstanding citizens in their own era do not pass the public monument smell test today. It would be a shame if we had to nuke the mountainside in 60 year’s time when we discovered our favourite politician was a racist or a pedo. After eliminating humans from contention the list of great British Columbians gets pretty short. In fact, I’d say there’s

only one non-human public figure worthy of mountainside commemoration. He was a great capitalist who brought prosperity to the economy of British Columbia. He was also a talented artist whose acting brought joy to the hearts of small children. His ability as an athlete is the stuff of legend, dominating at the highest level of seven different sports. That hero was Buddy, a golden retriever, but you know him by his onscreen persona: Air Bud. A true giant of Canadian cinema. Who could have guessed a stray from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains would, one day, become the richest self-made dog in Canadian history? Plus, since he was born in the states he’s got the whole immigrant thing going for him. British Columbians love an immigrant story. Carve Buddy into the mountain. 3 . CARVE A G RE E N L AMBORG HINI WITH AN N O N T H E B AC K , PA R K E D I N A B I K E L A N E W H I L E T H E T E E N AG E D R I V E R G E T S L U N C H AT A “ WO R L D C L A S S ” F O O D T R U C K

An asteroid could strike earth. Climate change could render the planet uninhabitable. A super virus could ravage our species. Weapons of mass destruction could usher in the nuclear winter. Or maybe Kurzweil is right and we will enter the singularity. Or we follow Elon Musk off this planet to terraform Mars and the galaxy beyond. We don’t know when nor do we know how or why but we can be certain that human beings’ dominion over planet earth will end, someday. In the distant future, when aliens come down from the sky to explore our empty planet, what will they find? What will the monuments to our civilization tell the aliens about our species? Our libraries may burn and our servers may melt and our cities may be reduced to ash, but our mountains will still stand. And when those aliens set their eyes onto a humongous carving of a green lamborghini with an N on the back, parked in a bike lane while the teenage driver buys lunch at a "world class" food truck, they will know and understand Vancouver in 2017 as well as anyone reading this listicle. Carve the damn lambo.

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“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.”

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adventure. Mystical isn’t the right word but this mug definitely held an aura of the esoteric. It read “Lucky Pierrot Hamburger, Hakodate” in a cotton candy font with a simple green drawing of a clown face on a white background. We were drinking Nikka whiskey and talking about the rare edition racket. I asked Yamamoto-san, the resident bartender/book dealer as to the nature and origin of the mug, and was told that it came from a chain of hamburger joints that can only be found in Hakodate, a city located in the middle of the snowy Kameda peninsula, on the southern tip of Hokkaido. Now this is where it would be appropriate to use the word mythical, as Lucky Pierrot is indeed the stuff of myth. Each of the burger chain’s 13 locations are lavishly decorated with themes like Eternal Christmas, Audrey Hepburn, and The Virgin Forest Paintings of Henri Rousseau, to name a few. The menu is equally eccentric and includes customer favourites like the Chinese chicken and Genghis Khan burgers, as well as more challenging items such as the quadruple-decker Futoccho, which by my estimate contains no less than five layers of meat. But for those who make the pilgrimage, these are but minor distractions from Lucky Pierrot’s piece de resistance: the Kujira-Miso. The world’s first and only fast-food burger with a patty made of whale meat. Specifically, deep-fried minke, smothered in miso sauce, on a toasted sesame seed bun.


When I asked if the whale burger was any good I was met with a silence typically reserved for the observation of ancient purification rituals. Yes, it was good, my patron’s eyes said to me, it is beyond words… the greatest burger on this distant and lonely planet of ours. So I packed a bag, jumped a train, and hurried my way to Hakodate. I wanted to know what unchartable truth tasted like. After many hours spent on local, sleeper, and bullet trains, I arrived the following morning, bleary-eyed and hangry. The Kujira-miso is only available at one of Lucky Pierrot’s thirteen locations, and the theme of this location is whales. The walls are decorated with diagrams of whale anatomy, whale bones, harpoons, and various homages to Japan’s history of whaling. For such a controversial meal, it was fulfilled without any pageantry and made to order in under five minutes. Such presentation made it seem entirely normal, which is actually rather strange. And to be honest, I expected more pomp and circumstance. Physically, one approaches a whale burger just as you would any other burger. Regardless of the moral ambiguity inherent in eating whale meat, the prototypical bun-pattybun interface remains intact. You simply unwrap it, grasp it with your bare hands and begin eating. For pairings, I personally recommend a chocolate milkshake and onion rings. And as long as you don’t think too hard about what you are eating, it goes down like any other burger. But it’s hard not to think when in the presence of harpoons, and the mind naturally drifts towards the history of how this burger came into being. As the literature on the Lucky Pierrot menu points out, from 1633 to 1853, Japan maintained a foreign policy in which, save for minor exceptions made for Dutch, Chinese, and Korean traders, no foreigners were allowed to enter the country and no Japanese were allowed to leave. This all ended when some Americans showed in Tokyo Bay with a fleet of gunboats, demanding that the Emperor open up his ports and begin a diplomatic relationship with the United States. At that time, the American whale oil industry had become so vast and profitable that it had obliterated whale stocks in the Atlantic and its operations had largely shifted into the Pacific. Sometimes wayward Yankee whalers would end up shipwrecked along the Northern Japanese coast, and it was the welfare of these whalers that provided the impetus for the American government to show up on the Emperor’s doorstep. But I digress.

Was it the best burger I’ve ever had? Not even close. When foreigners describe the nature of whale meat in Japan, they often label it a “delicacy”. This was not my experience. It tasted kind of like beef, a little bit like chicken, and was a bit on the chewy side. And it was in the moment after I had polished off the Kujira-Miso that I realized that I had likely attributed to Yamamoto-san’s silence a profundity that did not exist. He probably had no idea what I was talking about, as my Japanese is mostly limited to casual greetings and the odd cuss word. Mug in hand, I left Hakodate unfulfilled. I spent the train ride back to Tokyo reading up on the bizarre nature of whale meat in Japan, how Lucky Pierrot had partnered with the government and the Kujira-Miso essentially amounted to a form of culinary propaganda. The years passed by, my clown mug cracked, and was eventually lost in a move, and no single dish has captured my imagination in quite the same way as the Kujira-Miso did. Until recently. If you frequent the east side or Chinatown, you may have noticed a new presence haunting our streets: It goes by the name of Golden Era Burger. I had been hearing rumours of this transient, even ghostlike food truck for months. It had been described as sublime, “really, really good” and comparable to In-N-Out. I started following the truck’s movements through its Instagram account, where the vendor leaves cryptic clues as to his ever-shifting location. But I was never in the right place at the right time. It was always somewhere off in the distance, and when I got close, it had retreated into the ether. Friends were luckier. They told me about how the American cheese was melted to perfection. How it was “simple and on point”. How it was mega-juicy. And so on. But for me it remained elusive. The other day I saw the simply branded yellow and white truck in person for the first time, as it drove down Main. I scrambled to check the Instagram, to see if it was heading anywhere, my stride became a jog, then a full blown run. I considered hopping in a cab and just ordering it to follow the fucker indefinitely. But once again, as soon as I had encountered Golden Era, it had disappeared completely. I think maybe it turned on Broadway, but I was at a loss. More and more friends have successfully tracked it down and the positive reviews continue to pour in. “It’s amazing,” a friend told me yesterday. “You should really try it.” For now, I’ve given up my search. And the Golden Era smashed burger with American cheese sizzles in my imagination, beyond words, until the day it doesn’t.

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SMOKE BREAK  David Salandanan, 67.3%

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few years ago, the federal government of Canada mercifully retired the penny from circulation. Nearly the entire country was in agreement that this was the correct move. Being a DJ, I still operate in at least 50% cash, and every time I got a fistful of pennies during an exchange for goods and/or services, I wanted to throw them into the Pacific Ocean with a Herculean force that would threaten the sea life of that entire body of water. Studies show that we individually save between one and two hours per year not having pennies as part of our transaction. I have likely spent most of those personal bonus hours leering at Kelleth Cuthbert’s Instagram stories while sitting on the toilet, and I firmly feel that is absolutely good bonus time value. America however, being the land of the lobbyist, will likely never give up the penny, even though it costs the US Bank more to produce it than they are actually worth. Between the zinc lobby, and the cringey-named “Americans for Common Cents” lobby group the penny is likely there to stay. The long-form album format has a similarly gridlocked infrastructure in place to have it remain, despite the populace mostly not wanting them other than the ones that satisfy nostalgia. Apart from full-length recordings from your youth, what’s the last 12-song album that you not only listened to, but repeatedly revisited? Sure there are some examples, even in Vancouver—allow me to recommend the latest from the Courtneys and Woolworm—but the frequency they come out is likely a fraction of that from your youth, if you were lucky enough to have one. The entire business is modeled after singles now to encourage perpetual listening, which supports streaming platforms. You can make the case that in countries like England it always was about singles, but the idea that an artist can make 12 songs that are worthy of repeated plays is a reach, despite Robyn and Carly Rae giving it an admirable shot. Another question: do you ever hear full albums in restaurants or stores? No. We’ve replaced the long-form listening exercise with either automated playlists of singles made to encourage drinking and shopping. (Or podcasts, where we convince ourselves that listening to mid-level comedians try and persuade us that every word out of their mouths is fucking delightful as they work through their new material in a safe space rather than a comedy club is a good way to spend 80 minutes of our afternoon.) Here is a definitive list of the only people who continue to push new-release full-length records: •  The people who make them. •  Music critics who are clearly on the spectrum. •  Award ceremony people.

So, the three points of influence—or rather, what used to be influence—on the medium are all attached to getting us all to sit and listen for approximately 50 minutes to their preferred or created opuses. However, perhaps they don’t drive the culture. Firstly, the artists who insist on making these records don’t really have much influence because they don’t do much other than bloviate about streaming ripping them off. We have covered this in past issues of Archive. We’ve also covered how “music critic” is barely even a job anymore, and why organic virality is the height to criticism today, especially with wide-ranging journalistic layoffs. (“Hey, check out this video that critics won’t touch but has a bunch of gigantic gyrating asses in it!” *video gets upteen million views*) Awards don’t move the needle either. People like Bob Lefsetz have covered at length how there is only a sales bump for those who perform at the Grammy Awards, and not winners. And of course, those performances are only ONE SONG. I’m a vintage fetishist. I am a tourist in a past that I wasn’t even a part of. Someone recently barked at me at a barbecue that nobody knows or cares what I’m talking about because nobody is actually from the era I absorb culture from (To be fair, I was talking about an episode of Rhoda when this asshole interrupted me.) I enjoy albums, but they’re almost exclusively albums from my salad days, where everything is impressionable. I can still snap my neck to every song on Run DMC’s Tougher Than Leather because I have always snapped my neck to every song on Tougher Than Leather. Today, likely because artists for years exploited us having to buy full lengths even if we just enjoyed one song, I feel that most albums are one great song and a collection of songs just like it, but slightly worse. Vancouver’s The Organ were a good example of this. “Memorize the City” might be in my top 30 songs of all time, and every other song of theirs sounds like that song but not nearly as good. Call me aged, or defending my point with anecdotal evidence, but I split my time between people 10 years older than me and those 10 years younger than me, and the latter can barely muster more than a sharp, nasal exhale when an album is mentioned around them. And I mostly agree with them, especially with the types of long players that get pushed on them today. Roger Ebert used to say that good movies have three great scenes and no bad ones, and for decades, music decided to at best give you three good songs and no bad ones on an album, but mostly one great song, one follow-up photocopy, and a bunch of alsorans. Liam Gallagher can caterwaul all he wants about how people illegally downloading songs is the reason that there are no longer any rock stars, but perhaps consider charging $25 plus tax for a CD with only two good songs on it back in the 90s was the gunshot that started this war.

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with David Stansfield Everyone’s a DJ. All it takes are headphones, hubris, a working knowledge of Neil Diamond’s oeuvre, and when to “drop” it. Despite that, it’s easy to screw up. I’ve done it so many times that I now politely decline the AUX rather than, once again, overestimate a party’s interest in Japanese synth pop. A banquet I attended during a five-day drinking tour of Italy’s Trentino region with 40 wine experts from around the globe proved the wisdom of this approach. On the final night, we gathered to break bread, toast our time together, and, our organizers hoped, come together on the dance floor. The night also coincided with one guest’s 30th birthday. The birthday boy was a cherubic, young Chinese man with a slightly Kim Jongun-ish body and haircut. After blowing out the candles on a wedge of tiramisu, he stunned the party with a pitch-perfect performance of the “La Donna È Mobile” aria from Puccini’s Rigoletto. The room erupted. Corks flew. Wine flowed. People wept. I will remember that moment for the rest of my life. It transcended time and culture in a way only music, food, and drink can. When the applause died down, everyone looked to the DJ. This was his moment. The right song would get everyone on the dance floor like a model UN unified by a love of fine wines and party jams. That didn’t happen. Instead, to shocked silence, he pumped up the volume and pressed play on “Gangnam Style”. Nobody moved. The Russian sommelier seated next to me leaned over and asked, “is this racist?” “Yes, Alexander,” I replied. “Yes, it is.” Ferrari Trento Burt Metodo Classico $29.99 at BC Liquor Stores Champagne is the ultimate lifestyle wine. It’s a brand first and a booze second. That’s why restaurants can charge hundreds of dollars to d-bags in pre-distressed

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David began his wine career as a teenage cellar hand 20 years ago. Today, he works as an independent sommelier and is a co-host of the popular Sunday School wine school. When not ruminating on the grape, his interests include spy novels, escape rooms, contact juggling, Slovenian design, and beer.

denim who otherwise never drink wine. Everyone else in the world of fine sparkling wine chases Big Champagne. They see the margins and masses of aspirational drinkers and scream, “WE’RE FANCY TOO!” It’s not a good look, but I get it. One of the best Champagne alternatives comes from Trentino in the Dolomite mountains in the north of Italy from a winery named Ferrari (no relation). It costs half as much, tastes twice as good, and paid for me to travel around northern Italy in a helicopter. Two thumbs way up! Pazzo Chow Daily Special Around $10/bowl at Pazzo Chow Vancouver has an Italian food fetish. Every second restaurant opening is some design team’s take on an Italian trattoria complete with authentic regional dishes and nice fonts. Fair enough. Pizza and pasta are great and I want them all the time. It’s the authentic bit that’s troubling. Did you know that Christopher Columbus brought tomatoes back to Italy from Mexico? You do now. All food is fusion. Even if fusion is the dirtiest word in today’s authenticity obsessed dining scene. Skip the pretense and eat at Pazzo Chow instead. You’ll find it under a parkade in Chinatown. They may be Vancouver’s smallest, sort of Italian shop, but they’ve got the biggest heart. Blue Dream $10/gram at various dispensaries Everybody’s getting into the weed review game. Vancouver Magazine’s got them. Same with the Georgia Straight. Any day now Margaret Wente will trot out a terribly written, thousand-word treatise on the best strains for getting blitzed and committing plagiary in the Globe & Mail. It’s a heady time. Not that it matters, but Archive was first. Today, I’m celebrating with the Kush Cup 2016 winning Surfer’s OG strain. It’s one small step for weed journalism and one giant blunt for my hippie neighbour.


ADULT COLOURING BOOK R “Compete is in Our Nature”

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DUSTY BAKER Dusty is best known for taking part in the world’s first ever high five on October 2nd 1977. Baker is also the pseudonym of a software engineer who works in Gastown and would like to remain anonymous.

Dusty: It’s astounding that the Beatles ended up being a good band when you consider the fact that their name is a pun. Imagine the pitch meeting. “The insect is spelled beetle but we make music that has beats, so we call ourselves The Beatles.” I bet a record executive spit out his coffee. It’s an unbelievably terrible band name. The Beatles is something your dad would come up with. Apparently the original name was The Blackjacks, which is pretty cool and later they were called The Quarrymen, which is decidedly less cool but still better than a pun. Why not dress up like cows and call yourselves the Moosicians?

There was a star danced. Luze Rubio, 74.5%

Tacos Nick Molson, 80.7%

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Emilija Grace Liu, 73.4%

Dusty: You have to respect the risks that models are willing to take in order to get the right shot. That posture can’t be good for her back. You need amazing balance to even attempt that pose. When I tried to recreate it in front of my bathroom mirror I fell into the toilet.


Dusty: This guy must have been breathing pretty hard to steam up that entire restaurant. I wonder what he’s looking at on his phone. There’s some serious stuff on the internet, man.

Grit  Sheldon Lynn, 73.7%

Vertigo  Sheldon Lynn, 73.6%

big city, bright lights  Sheldon Lynn, 74.4%

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Madison Dayna Weststeyn, 76.4%

Dusty: You know that face that you have to make when your ladyfriend says “hey, am I overdoing it for dinner at your parents? I don’t know what to wear and just want them to like me,” but you’re already 45 minutes late? Yeah, that face.

Peace in my heart  Sophia Rupprecht, 76.0%

Dusty: If the child on the opposite page had seen the movie It she would not be so brazen about looking into the sewer. It’s irresponsible parenting. I understand that a photo of Pennywise would do great on Instagram but it’s not worth sacrificing the middle child.

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Free your mind David Salandanan, 73.1%


Golden  David Salandanan, 76.8%

Van life  Paige Sierra, 73.7%

Natural tribal  Aaron VonHagen, 74.5%

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Submission to nature  Christine Phang, 73.1%

Dusty: You see a man contemplating the majesty of nature and humanity’s part in the world. I see a man whose mushrooms just wore off after a four hour hike, and now night is falling and of COURSE he thought it was a great idea to give his tent to that talking goat thing three hours ago.

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Forest muse  Christine Phang, 76.2%


Ryan Hannes Merwe, 75.7% Gaze David Salandanan, 77.3%

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Overalls Are Back  Brianna Johnson, 73.6%

Sky is lava  Sheldon Lynn, 74.6%

Dusty: If TV, movies, and my real life experience are to be believed, 99% of all poison ivy and stinging nettles exist within 100 yards of Christian camps for kids. Which leads me to only one conclusion— God likes messing with children.

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ARJUN HAIR Arjun is a 23-year-old photographer born in Surrey with a degree in Film Studies from UBC. He started taking photos for his high school yearbook with a camera he got using his parents’ rewards points. During his time at UBC he became Co-President of the Photographic Society for which he still acts as an advisor because he has trouble letting go. Arjun is currently a law student at Thompson Rivers University, and he hopes that a lawyer’s salary can fund his Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS).

Arjun: Yellow skies, dark shadows, a dead tree with industrial tankers in the distance. This photo screams "movie poster”. I would see it on opening weekend

King of the Castle Mark Anderson, 83.0%

Arjun: Living in BC is like cheating at photography.

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Sense of time  Sharon Wish, 80.0%

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Silence of the Day  Sharon Wish, 81.2%

foggy meditation  Sonika Arora, 79.2%


Shortwave Sharon Wish, 82.7%

All Of This And Nothing  Sharon Wish, 80.5%

Arjun: There’s some very strong and obvious symbolism in this one. A man trapped in his own world, the ocean behind him signifying his deep tortured soul. This is how I wished people were looking at me when I was a teenager walking down the street listening to “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”

Arjun: High contrast black and white works really well here. The long thin branches of the leaves coupled with the silhouette look remind me of the art style of Limbo—hauntingly beautiful. I almost feel bad for the tree, and want to sit on the bench to keep it company.

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XX Andres Romero, 81.9%

Eerie Sunset Over English Bay  Spencer Finlay, 83.3%

Arjun: The picture of New West looks like an album cover for The XX. I would definitely hit them up to see if they want to license it. I’ll take a 50% finders fee. You’re welcome.

Arjun: You could have told me this photo was taken off the coast of Shanghai and I would have believed you. And that scares me.

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Vancouver Justin Parenteau, 80.7%

Sunset at Kits Beach Spencer Finlay, 83.3%

Missed the bus but I don’t mind  RanMeh, 80.0%

Lost Lake Aaron Von Hagen, 81.0%

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Fogcouver! BonBahar, 80.6%

Morning Smoke in the Kootenays  Ty Webb, 84.6%

Very Vancouver Sonika Arora, 83.0%

Grand illusions Filomena Rosati, 83.3%

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Bow lake Aaron Von Hagen, 80.2%

Arjun: This is what it’s about. Landscape photography isn’t just about getting a pretty picture of a mountain for your desktop background. Landscape photographers get to experience being explorers in a way that most people never get. It’s hiking and camping with a goal. That goal is to bottle the sense of wonder you’re feeling into a still image.

Arjun: The person on the beach on the opposite page is an exercise in symmetry. The subject creates an hourglass shape with her reflection that increases the sense of balance. It’s a very calming photo but I can’t help but wish the subject was wearing something other than whatever was left over on laundry day.

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Jericho beach... Andy Paul, 82.9%

Norvan Falls  Aaron Goodis, 80.2%

To infinity Soraya Sachedina, 80.8%

Golden slumbers fill your eyes Sharon Wish, 80.6%


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Top Photographer Top Photographer is a ranking based on the average score of a person’s best five photos in a given issue. The winner will be awarded this section of the magazine to do with as they please. This issue’s winner is Sharon Wish.

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W H O A RE YOU AND W HAT D O YOU D O W HE N YO U AREN’T TA KI N G P I C T U R ES?

I do administrative work at a not-for-profit medical and dental clinic in East Vancouver. It's a pretty heavy workload where I am sometimes working six days a week, but with this line of work I am able to give back to the community and that's a good feeling. Aside from the weekly grind I'm very interested in art and music, and at one time spent many years working in the music industry for a major record label. W H AT K I N D O F C A M E R A D O YO U U S E ?

I have several cameras both film and digital, but I primarily shoot with a Nikon D700. It has served me well over several years but soon it will be time to retire it as it's been very well used and is currently being held together by black electrical tape.

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exactly what I want. The stance has to be right, the clothes, the height of the person, the positioning and balance, which can all become very complex. Then there are other times where it all comes together in a single moment and you have it. It's important to always look ahead and have in mind what you are trying to capture and create. Shoot with a purpose. W H O I S YO U R FAVO U R I T E L O C A L P H O TO G R A P H E R A N D W H Y ?

That's a really tough question as this city is full of so many talented photographers. There is one photographer that I have admired for many years. Whether he's doing commercial work, portrait or travel I always get something out of his images. @williamjans is tops in any field, and if you ever get the opportunity to see one of his live interactive shows, it's 100% worth checking out.

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YO U U S E R E F L E C T I O N A N D S I L H O U E T T E A L O T I N YO U R P H O TO G R A P H Y. W H AT D R AW S YO U T O THOSE TECHNIQUES?

I say that patience is important especially when it comes to that "perfect" shot. I've been known to spend hours waiting for someone to walk through my frame to get

I think it's my love of film noir that keeps me making these types of images. Those old black and white movies with all that suspense and melodrama that would be shown on

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late night TV. Directors like Ingmar Bergman and Alfred Hitchcock are two of my favourites. This particular style has always been appealing to me but it was never my intention to bring it into my photography. Over time it just gradually filtered in and it's now been my style of photography for several years. I tend to create a sense of melancholy and it makes sense to me to have that faceless person with so much bodily expression. It feels comfortable. YO U R I N T E R N E T N A M E A P P E A R S T O B E B L U E C H A M E L E O N . W H AT ' S T H E S I G N I F I C A N C E ? ?

It's actually kind of funny and simple. At one time I used to keep lizards as pets, many different species in all shapes, sizes, and colours. My favourites were the chameleons and I was fascinated by them. My very last chameleon was a Panther Nosy B, which is a beautiful blue turquoise colour, and I was awestruck. So bluechameleon was the name I chose when I joined Flickr in 2005 and it just stuck with me over all social media. W H AT D O YO U L OV E A B O U T VA N CO U V E R ?

Look around, what's not to love? I can't think of any other city where you can hike up into the mountains and still

be home for dinner. My absolute favourite thing about Vancouver is the seawall. I've been walking around it for years now, and each time I see something different, especially with our moody weather. The winding path that might be sunny on one side and blowing cold wind on the other is always exciting. I also live for our foggy days and really can't get enough of that time of year, which is obvious with my photography. They say Stanley Park is the crown jewel of Vancouver, and I agree. It's our little escape from the city with all those beautiful tall trees and trails. Aside from our picturesque setting and having nature close at hand, the variety of cuisine this city has to offer is pretty impressive. We really are lucky to live here. W H AT D O YO U H AT E A B O U T VA N CO U V E R ?

The cost of living in the city. It went from reasonable to insane in just a few short years. Never mind trying to buy a house or a condo, but trying to rent has become as easy as winning a lottery, not to mention the insanely high cost if you do find something. Watching old buildings and homes being torn down and replaced by overpriced condos on almost every corner is heartbreaking to me. We are tearing down what the community has built and this city is S U B S CRI B E A T P A T RE O N . C O M /A RCHIVE M A G A Z I N E     6 7


becoming unrecognizable. At this rate we will not be able to see the mountains unless they are being viewed from a 60-story high-rise. The city is losing its soul and has become a rich man's playground. I find this also reflects on people and their attitude toward others. W H AT ’ S YO U R FAVO U R I T E P L AC E T O H AV E A B E E R I N VA N CO U V E R ?

I'm a big fan of The Morrissey. It's a great place to find a dark and cozy spot for a quiet conversation, but also it's very lively later in the evenings and plays great music. The decor is original and creates a great mood, plus they have a nice fireplace for the colder months. The food is also excellent and the staff super friendly. I F YO U CO U L D C H A N G E O N E T H I N G A B O U T A R C H I V E , W H AT WO U L D I T B E ?

I absolutely love that Archive is a photography based magazine!

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It would be nice to be able to zoom in on the submitted photos for more detail. Looking at photos on a smartphone is very limiting so people tend to vote for the images with less detail... the obvious landscapes, portrait and such that are easy to see at a glance. Subjects like street photography, urban cityscapes (without the sunset) and some architectural shots are perhaps losing out on the voting process because of this. I'm not a huge fan of the Archive editor commentary throughout the magazine as I feel it's often unrelated to the photograph itself, and somewhat distracting. It would be great to have features on events happening in the city, the Zombie Walk and the Mural Festival for example. Or maybe plug a new restaurant or the latest exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. There are some interesting yet undiscovered public spaces in the city that no one knows about, it would be fun to share these locations.


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Commenters of the Month

CHARLIE KERR Charlie Kerr is a musician, actor, and playwright who grew up in Vancouver and Hawaii. His work in all three fields has awarded him recognition as a ‘Star To Watch’ in 2016 by the Whistler Film Festival as well as E! Canada and Variety Magazine. He is currently working on new music as well as starring in a play he cowrote with Bryce Hodgson set to premiere in March of 2018

Charlie: I have never seen a dog look this bored. What, are you doing your fucking taxes? Lighten up.

@biggiethepug Joel Dufresne, 73.7%

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Burn Rubber Paige Sierra, 77.4%

Charlie: I imagine this motorcycle guy could get away with a pretty solid and genuine "come with me if you want to live". Then again, he could just be doing doughnuts at burning man.

Charlie: That ferris wheel is going way too fast. How are teens supposed to heavy pet each other at these breakneck speeds?

Charlie: Sure, it's rad that you got that spider web photo into Archive, but I think you could have made some real money submitting it to be the cover of an eleventh grade biology textbook.

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warm waves Sonika Arora, 77.3%


Golden web Andy Weststeyn, 75.7%

Save Ferris Aaron Von Hagen, 76.6%

crazy clouds Sonika Arora, 75.0%

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sunset silhouettes SonikaArora, 74.5%

crystal clear Sonika Arora, 76.4%

The Fair at the PNE in full swing Spencer Finlay, 78.5%

Charlie: Are you a radio tower or are you a light house? Make up your fucking mind.

bros before crows Sonika Arora, 75.0%

Charlie: This photo may look sweet and innocent but realistically these kids were probably talking about porn.


Train Car  Brian Giesbrecht, 74.3%

red light Sonika Arora, 74.4%

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Spiky balls Milan Stanic, 73.4%

Line of doors Giancarlo Delgado, 73.6%


Unknown Gurpreet Khalsa, 76.7% Night rip Tyler Webb, 80.3%

Cool Escalator Giancarlo Delgado, 76.6%

Charlie: These escalators belong in Minority Report and, I swear to god, this photo of canoes is the exact image in the background of all those old Canadian Heritage commercials.

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Prepare for landing Sonika Arora, 75.0%

Reflections Marc de Montreuil, 77.1%

Industrial Waffle Luke Welland, 73.1% 8 2     T h i ngs

blast off Sonika Arora, 77.2%

The sun through smoke filled skies! Bon Bahar, 81.1%

Crows of the world Luke Welland, 72.8%


Smokey Moon 08/02/17 Jen Pickle, 76.4%

Charlie: Dear bearded singersongwriter who recorded his latest intimate and personal collection of songs in a remote cabin in the woods, the photo of that heron in the water is your next album cover. The other heron on this page looks like a Disney villain. Voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. About to do the bidding of the other, more evil, bird below him, voiced by Willem Dafoe.

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We shape cities,

and they shape us. — Jan Gehl

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P L AC E S FO R P E O P L E D OW N TOW N All Dionysio sPsychas, 65.9%

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Monthly

Monthly is a category that changes every issue. It could be cherry blossom trees, the beach, your lunch, or concert photos. Its purpose is to make every issue feel different. Last issue we teamed up with the City of Vancouver to create a custom category that celebrated the public spaces of the downtown core. It was called Places for People Downtown and it turned out great. We live in a truly picturesque city. As Vancouverites it’s important that we appreciate the best our city has to offer because it could start raining at any minute. Next issue’s theme is Pets of YVR. Animals are photogenic and popular on the internet and they look great in print too. With luck we’ll be able to use the voting data to finally quantify exactly how much better dogs are than cats. #dogsquad

A dream that came to life Bon Bahar, 66.3%

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Commenter of the Month

T H O M AS DA L E Y Thomas Daley is an urban planner with the City of Vancouver, currently leading a new public space initiative out of the Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability Department – Places for People: Downtown. With a focus on delivering vibrant public spaces that foster public life in our city, Thomas is collaborating with an exciting team of public space professionals to apply people-centered design in Vancouver.

Thomas: The seawall is the crown jewel of Vancouver’s public space network. It is amazing that in the summertime you will be surrounded by crowds of people, but in the other seasons, you can catch yourself all alone on this path. I feel like this photo needs an inspirational quote below it…


Stanley Park Seawall  Silvija Crnjak, 71.0%

Sunset beach  Evgeny Demin, 73.1%

Science  Justin Parenteau, 80.7%

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Day Dionysios Psychas, 64.6%

Thomas: Skateboarders sometimes get a bad rap for their use of public spaces. But, they can often activate even the dullest of spaces, like an underused staircase or laneway, and bring creative expression to the streets. Next we have the steps in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Proof that staircases, when done well, can be about more than just movement. Great sun exposure and informal seating to hang out alone or meet up with people… and of course some of the best people watching in the city. And finally the Gastown Grand Prix. This race totally transforms the streets in Gastown every year and demonstrates potential uses beyond cars—again, as places for people.

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LRL Dionysios Psychas, 61.7%


Van Art Gallery Silvija Crnjak, 69.0%

Vancouver public library Sharon Wish, 70.8%

Gastown Grand-prix Milan Stanic, 67.4%

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English Bay  Kimberly Low, 62.2%

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Dude, look  Andres Romero, 67.0%

Central Library  Rachel Konetzov, 75.0%


Evening run Andy Weststeyn, 72.3% Fireworks over English Bay JennChan, 71.1%

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Gastown chains // @carlblanchet Carl-Éric Blanchet, 77.3%


Canoe bridge in Olympic Village  Evgeny Demin, 75.0%

Glimpse of North Shore  Rachel Konetzov, 65.6%

Thomas: Looking at this photo I can feel the anticipation of crowds of people about to pour out of the station and into the city. Waterfront Station is the downtown’s main transit hub, and with so many people moving through it every day, it is has vast potential to improve its role as an important public space in the city. Especially with those views.

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Stanley park  Andy Paul, 77.2%

Art Gallery Sunsets  Aaron Von Hagen, 68.5%

Granville And Robson Aaron Goodis, 72.8%


Friday Night on Granville Rachel Konetzov, 76.6%

A monk in the city Hanns Peña Corvalán, 69.7%

Thomas: Did you know Vancouver had over 19,000 neon signs in the 1950’s, second only to Las Vegas? The neon on Granville continues to define the street in part because of the impact that quality lighting can have on public space in the city— emphasizing the live music venues that line these few blocks. I have never been to this intersection without seeing a crowd of people walking and cycling through. We just completed our public space and public life study of the downtown, and my guess is that the results for this location will show comparable pedestrian volumes to parts of Manhattan in NYC.

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Top Rated Photo of Them All — Bowen Island sunrise Emmett Sparling, 87.9% 98    Archive

Archive: For my money, Emmett Sparling is the best young photographer in Vancouver. If you don’t follow him on Instagram, do it now @emmett_sparling. He shot the cover of Archive for issue 4 and his work was always at the top of the leaderboard… then he disappeared. I guess he travels the world taking pictures for a living now. Nice work if you can get it. Anyway, after leaving his account dormant for what seemed like forever Emmett resurfaced, uploaded a single photo for consideration, and scored the highest rating of them all. The kid is incredible.


I’ve been thinking about you Sheldon Lynn, 68.8%


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Archive Vancouver Issue 09  

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