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Jodi Balfour finds balance as café owner and actor COVERSTORIES by Martha Perkins
t’s one of those ironies that makes you think the gods are having a little fun with you. Or maybe, just maybe, they’re trying to teach you something. Jodi Balfour was in the midst of a dry spell in her acting career when she decided that “I needed my life to have meaning somewhere else.” Instead of being caught up in the ego-punishing quest for the next role, she joined two fellow South Africans and opened Nelson the Seagull in Gastown. Together they had a lot of fun creating a place with tons of genuine charm but no pretensions. No one cared if Balfour’s hair wasn’t perfect when she came to work; no one was critiquing her to see if she was the right person to be pouring their coffee. Instead of thinking about herself, she immersed herself in thinking about others. And that’s when the call came. She was being considered for a lead role in Global TV’s inaugural season of Bomb Girls. She was flown to Toronto for a screen test and shortly after that, she was back in Toronto for a nine-week stint playing Gladys in the Second World War drama. The final episode of the first season aired last month; now she’s learned that Bomb Girls has been picked up for a second season, this time with 12 episodes. It means that Balfour will be flying the coop at Nelson the Seagull for six months this fall. Yes, somewhere in the struggle to figure out how she’s going to balance her two equally busy jobs, Balfour knows there’s an important lesson about how to go about getting what you want in life. Let your dream go and then, because you’ve made your peace with its departure, watch it fly right back at you. Such patience doesn’t come naturally. “Sometimes I have an incredible sense of haste,” she says, sitting at one of the tables that her partners, siblings Lee and Jonathan Snelgar, made by hand for Nelson the Seagull. “I’ve known I wanted to act since I was young and I’ve always felt this sense of urgency.” Now 24, when she was a girl she judged herself against Dakota Fanning. Then, in later years, it was Carey Mulligan who became her professional benchmark. But those two actresses were always so far ahead of her; how on earth could she catch up? That internal pressure to succeed is one of the things that made her turn to the emotional oasis of the café.
And now she’s got to leave it for six months because her career is starting to gain speed. That’s not as traumatic a transition as it sounds. Not only does Balfour love her role as Gladys but just like at Nelson the Seagull, there’s a sense of love, common goals and teamwork on the set. “I fell in love with Gladys,” Balfour says with her soft South African accent. Gladys is the daughter of an influential Toronto businessman. Suffocating in her social straightjacket and sensing there is more to life, Gladys gets a job in a munitions factory. “Gladys has so much strength and courage, almost despite herself some time. I’ve always admired people like her who have the ability to be brazen,” Balfour says. “Yet at the same time she’s got a humungous heart. She’s completely flawed but she genuinely always sets out to do things for good reasons.” When she was in Toronto filming the first season, it was for a relatively short time so she stayed put, essentially cutting herself off from Nelson the Seagull’s day-to-day happenings. Even though she’ll be in Toronto for a longer period of time filming the second season, she hopes to fit in trips to Vancouver. She doesn’t want to go from 100 per cent commitment to long absences to coming back for more full time commitment. “I’d like to find a way to stay on top of how things are going.” Nelson the Seagull is in a constant state of metamorphosis. It got its name from a folk song the three partners knew in Cape Town. During apartheid, no one was allowed to broadcast Nelson Mandela’s name and the song, “The seagull’s name was Nelson” became a quiet ode to the jailed hero. Balfour and the Snelgars started out wanting to brew good coffee and then they got passionate about bread and then they fell in love with the space at 315 Carrall. “I can’t tell you how much joy this space has brought me,” Balfour says, looking out at the room. In the back there’s a huge wooden table where freshly-baked loaves of bread are cooling. There are a couple of large, communal tables, a couch, some comfy chairs and a scattering of small tables. Some people are engaged in animated conversation while others immerse themselves in books or their computer screens. Three women at one table seem to be having a business meeting.
Jodi Balfour has two professional loves: co-owning Nelson the Seagull and starring as Gladys in Bomb Girls (left). Matt Barnes/Shaw Media photo at left; Rob Newell photo above. That night, the tables were going to be pushed to the side to make room for a yoga class led by Alex Mazerolle. She’d been coming every Monday night for a staff yoga class and then they decided to host another class on Wednesday night for the first 20 people to sign up. It’s part of their goal to foster a sense of community and it’s why Balfour doesn’t want to cut herself off from the place where she feels so at home.
“I definitely am so grateful for the life I’m starting to create but I have a larger thirst,” she says of what’s compelling her forward. “Life would be so relaxing if I let some things go but I guess that’s the nature of my character. “I kind of have another dream life that’s kind of silly — to have a small holding somewhere rural, to strip life as bare as it can be when I’m not working.”
Busy Doing Nothing? Nardwuar? Maybe with his music, but not his interviews by Todd Coyne
e’s interviewed every pop music icon since pop “went the world in 1987,” many of them at North Vancouver’s legendary Tomahawk Restaurant. Sometimes for national television, sometimes campus radio, and sometimes just for fun, Nardwuar the Human Serviette has bellied up to the tables at the T-hawk alongside music industry heavies for what he estimates at somewhere north of 100 interviews and as many Skookum Chief burgers. But today, the lifetime Vancouverite and national treasure trove of pop music trivia has come to talk up his own band, The Evaporators. Formed at his high school back in the mid-1980s, the band has always collaborated with its friends and punk rock contemporaries.
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Rock around the ‘hawk — Nardwuar the Human Serviette has been bringing bands and musicians to the legendary Tomahawk Restaurant for 25 years. Now it’s his turn. But as the group’s star rose alongside the extracurricular notoriety of its founder and singer, those contemporaries have increasingly come from the brighter
and broader reaches of the pop music constellation. That’s not to say, though, that Nardwuar and the band have lost their way in the light of all
that star power. On the eve of his first full-length release since 2007, Nardwuar — who American filmmaker Michael Moore once famously accused of being “on crack” for his over-the-top interview antics — is sipping Numi herbal tea and talking quietly about his music and his mother. Nardwuar the Human Serviette and The Evaporators Present... Busy Doing Nothing! is the name of the new disc — in stores March 6 — and it features the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Kate Nash, Jill Barber and Andrew W.K. It’s classic Evaporators sound and fury, but the singer insists that this record above all others — including 2004’s Ripple Rock and 2007’s Gassy Jack and Other Tales — is his truest tribute to the former GVRD. “I’d go anywhere if the opportunity came,” Nardwuar says from under his customary Scotch tartan cap and a maple-leaf crested jacket. “But I always come
back to Vancouver because there’s always a Vancouver connection to everything.” As a man who admittedly enjoys an album’s liner notes almost as much as he does its music, Nardwuar goes above and beyond to lay down those connections on Busy Doing Nothing. In fact, the album includes not only Nardwuar’s trademark six degrees of separation explaining how each artist landed on the record, but interview transcripts as well and a full-size photo calendar of monumental Vancouver concerts, all inside the record sleeve. It’s a meticulous duty to detail that apparently runs in the Human Serviette family. Nardwuar the Human Serviette and The Evaporators will host a free all-ages record release party at 2 p.m. on March 3 at Neptoon Records (3561 Main St., Vancouver), followed by a 19+ show that evening at Venue Nightclub (881 Granville St., Vancouver).
Hey Ocean’s Ashleigh Ball ‘reins’ over My Little Pony by Andrea Warner
eing the lead singer of an indie rock band brings its own unique experiences — road warrior fatigue, playing dingy bars, bad pick-up lines. But Hey Ocean’s Ashleigh Ball has an entirely different, not-so-secret second life, that makes being a rock star seem almost normal. As the voices of Applejack, Rainbow Dash and more, Ball is saddle-deep in the animated world of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. And that’s where things start to get a little — well, strange. “It’s pretty weird! That whole thing has just gone crazy,” Ball says, over the phone, having ducked inside a coffee shop to escape the Vancouver rain. In part, she’s referring to how the cartoon television series — just one of her many voice-acting gigs — is not only hugely popular with its target audience of children, but is also an underground pop culture phenomenon for grown men, known as Bronies. Media outlets all over North America have reported on the craze, which has spawned huge online followings and real-life groups, as well as BronyCons. Yes, conventions dedicated to the television series. It’s where Ball found herself this past January, feted as a guest of honour for her voice-acting work. “It was pretty crazy,” she laughs. “I actually brought a friend of mine along to document it... I was hoping they would be okay with him coming, and the organizer, a person named Purple Tinker, was like, ‘Of course!’ They paid for him to come as well and treated me like royalty! They put
us up in this fancy hotel and I just got to talk about being a pony... He’s going to put together some stuff for a trailer and we’ve got some work to do on it. It was very, very bizarre.” It’s not the future Ball envisioned for herself as a kid interested in musical theatre. “I went to a fine arts mini school and did a lot of improv and theatre,” she says. After graduating from the Canadian College for the Performing Arts, she performed in a talent showcase and was scooped up by an agent who ended up representing her at the beginning of her voice career. “I was originally signed to do TV and film stuff and theatre, but I didn’t have very much success with that,” she laughs. “It’s not something I really ever wanted to do that much. I get a bit camera shy, and I’m not that striking beauty they’re looking for, so the voice work seemed to be the right fit. I was super lucky to get my foot in the door; it’s a really small community of people in Vancouver that do it. I work with people time and time again, it’s very close-knit. I landed some of my first roles six years ago, and then slowly built a bit of a name for myself among the voice directors. And now being a part of a series, like My Little Pony, that’s going crazy, it’s pretty cool.” For Ball, it’s a weird culmination of six years of hard work, most of which has been also spent balancing her increasingly demanding role in Hey Ocean, one of Vancouver’s hardest working and most popular bands. “Music is my number one passion and I’ve always wanted to pursue it,” Ball says. “Being in a band takes an incredible amount of commitment, but a lot of musi-
Ashleigh Ball (flanked by bandmates David Beckingham, left, and David Vertesi, right) pulls double duty as the lead singer of local indie pop band Hey Ocean and a voice actress on shows such as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. cians have to have side jobs. All the guys in our band have side jobs, whether it’s teaching music or working at a coffee shop or whatever. It’s hard to be a full-time musician, so this is really incredible. It gives me the freedom to not have a full-time job. If I go into the studio once or twice a week, that’s my rent for the month.” Second jobs might not be the reality for Hey Ocean in the near future. The band has a management deal with Nettwerk Records and recently signed to Universal as their Canadian label. The new album, their major label debut, is expected sometime this summer and they’re about to set out on a coast-to-coast Canadian tour for the month of March. While Ball is grateful for the momentum in both aspects of her creative/
professional life, she admits that juggling both isn’t easy. “It can be a struggle. I use my voice for everything. It’s all I do. That’s kind of weird to think about!” she laughs. “[When we’re on tour], I usually have to come back and do a bunch of scripts I’ve missed out on and then go back on the road. You have to make it work. I’m getting a steady income from the voice-over world and if I do a series, obviously they expect me to be there part of the time. Sometimes I’ve felt like I’ve been burning the candle at both ends. I’ve lost a couple series because of my schedule. It sucks... But I love both of these things so much. They’re both so important to me. I try to keep people happy and keep myself happy.”
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Evolution’s top prizes always go to those who are able to adapt. Lea and Justin Ault of Vancouver’s Hapa Izakaya restaurant group are becoming masters of economic Darwinism. Last March, they opened Coal Harbour’s Hapa Umi, a higher-end “sister” restaurant to their popular Hapa Izakaya restaurants. Although the Japanese menu earned rave reviews, it turns out that patrons were yearning for the more informal izakaya-style restaurant. The Aults listened. Hapa Umi will have its final dinner service on March 3. The location will reopen as Hapa Izakaya Coal Harbour for dinner at 5pm on March 7, with lunch service beginning on Monday, March 12. The menu will offer all of the Hapa favourites as well as Ocean Wise seafood-forward dishes inspired by kaiseki-trained executive chef Nobu Watanabe. (909 W. Cordova, 604-420-4272, HapaIzakaya.com)
Hawksworth chefs travel to Hong Kong As lucky as we are to have Hawksworth so close at hand, it will almost be worth a trip to Hong Kong to be able to experience the confluence of tastes and cultures when the team of chefs presents a “Canadian culinary showcase” at the esteemed SEVVA restaurant. “At SEVVA the cuisine is inspired by the cultural diversity of Hong Kong itself exploring authentic tastes typical of those created in everyday Chinese regional kitchens alongside myriad influences from the colonial days,” says a press release from Hawksworth. “Hawksworth’s contemporary Canadian
The new Cactus Club on English Bay is gearing up to open in early March. cuisine embraces the very best of local land and sea while similarly drawing on the city’s melting pot of cultural diversity to include Asian, Indian and European influences.” The culinary adventure is March 21 to 30.
W. Georgia White Spot The White Spot restaurant at 580 W. Georgia served its last meal on Feb. 25. The closure is in preparation for the construction of the new Telus Garden development.
Phnom Penh reno Phnom Penh (244 E. Georgia in Chinatown) is closed for renovations until Mar. 6 — from BC Clefs D’Or.
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Mission Hill part of Spring Wine Festival The plush grounds of the Okanagan’s awardwinning Mission Hill Family Estate Winery will play host to two very special wine suppers during the Spring Wine Festival this May. The first takes place on May 5, and pairs winery chef Matt Batey with Top Chef Canada finalist Connie DeSousa and chef John Jackson, the co-owners/co-chefs behind Calgary’s celebrated Charcut Roast House. Tickets are $149 for five courses paired with Mission Hill wines. The second supper is a more interactive affair on May 9 that will see Batey in Mission Hill’s state-
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Vancouver’s love affair with the Tofinoimported food truck Tacofino will enter a new relationship stage when owners Kaeli Robinsong and Jason Susman launch a brick and mortar restaurant of the same name at 2327 East Hastings (formerly Seri Malaysia, and just a few doors down from Campagnolo Roma and Red Wagon). The 1,350 sqft location will provide them with seats for 50 and — crossed fingers — a liquor licence so they can share their affections for tequila. We can expect to see their famous fish tacos and other items from the truck’s menu on offer when it opens this May, but Susman tells us that he’s looking forward to playing around with Asian and Californian flavours as well.
Lobster Festival Le Gavroche’s Lobster Festival is back for the month of March. The venerable Alberni Street restaurant, with its views of Coal Harbour, is offering a three-course dinner for $39. Options include warm lobster salad, lobster bisque, cavaletti royal and a lobster and shrimp cake. Provençal wine pairings for an additional $25. (604-685-3924, LeGavroche.ca)
Donut delight The new pop-up Cartems Donuterie in Gastown, which was featured in last week’s WE, is raking it in on the southeast corner of Carrall and Hastings. Demand has forced them to increase their production from 60 delicious rings to nearly 500 in their first week alone. (That’s what happens when you add maple icing and sliced bacon to a donut).
CHINESE 1. Szechuan Chong Qing (205-1668 W. Broadway, 604-734-1668, SzechuanChongQing.com) 2. Kirin (various locations, KirinRestaurants.com) 3. Victoria (tie) (1088 Melville, 604-669-8383) 3. Hon’s (tie) (1339 Robson, 604-685-0871; 268 Keefer, 604-688-8303, Hons.ca)
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1. East Village Bakery (2166 E. Hastings, 604-568-5600, EastVillageBakery.com) 2. Thierry (1059 Alberni, 604-680-6870, ThierryChocolates.com) 3. Baguette & Co. (3273 W. Broadway, 604-737-8050, BaguetteAndCo.ca)
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HOME FURNISHINGS (INDEPENDENT) 1. Parliament (115 Water, 604-689-0800, ParliamentInteriors.com) 2. The Living Lab (1806 Victoria; 1121 W/ 15th, North Van, 604-973-0263, TheLivingLab.ca) 3. Moe’s (1728 Glen, 604-687-5599, MoesHome.ca)
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Foodie getaways beckon ur first daffodils must have got their asses kicked over the weekend. I don’t know for sure if they survived the wintry blast (I flew down to Los Angeles for a food safari right when the weather was getting particularly sour), but their recent arrival was no small cause for celebration in our household. Our first blooms usually herald the time when we start sorting our plans for Spring and Summer travel. I have Mexico and Europe on the horizon, but I’m just as excited about puttering around the province again looking for new tastes and rekindling old, flavourful flames. Here are several that I’m fixing to make it to once things warm up….
organic apples (this September 30) to its host of homey cafes, Salt Spring Island offers a wealth of easily accessible variety to adventuring foodies. Don’t get back on the ferry without first checking out its two superb cheese dairies: Moonstruck Organic Cheese (MoonstruckCheese. com) and Salt Spring Island Cheese Company (SaltspringCheese.com). The former makes some of Canada’s best blue cheeses, while the latter produces a battery of flavoured goat’s cheeses, including the almost famous, surface-ripened “Juliette”, done in Camembert style.
God’s Mountain | 4898 Lakeside Rd. Penticton, BC | GodsMountain.com At least two of the best dining experiences of my life have taken place at this gorgeous cliffside B&B just outside of Penticton on Skaha Lake, and I’m hoping to give it another go this summer. The setting is especially dramatic: one long, white linen-draped table under a grove of trees overlooking the shimmering water as the sun sets behind the mountains. Penticton’s Joy Road Catering does the cooking every Sunday night of the summer, which is to say supper — with all its ingredients sourced locally — is drop-dead outstanding. I’ve yet to stay overnight afterwards. This year I mean to.
The Terrace | 1730 West Bank Road | West Kelowna, BC | MissionHillWinery.com The Terrace restaurant at West Kelowna’s multiple award-winning Mission Hill Family Estate Winery is the ultimate in al fresco dining. Few settings this picturesque are matched by culinary skill, and instead of leaning on its stunning location and dishing mediocrity (as is common with rooms with views), they really go for it. I haven’t eaten chef Matt Batey’s food in more than two years, so I’m keen to give it another try, especially since chef Chris Stewart (ex-Fat Duck, with stages at Bouchon and The French Laundry) has joined his brigade for the new season.
Rockwater Secret Cove Resort & Spa | 5356 Ole’s Cove Rd, Halfmoon Bay, BC | RockwaterSecretCoveResort.com I’ve heard plenty of great things about this place on the Sunshine Coast ever since it opened a few years back. The accommodations are supposed to be some of the most jaw-dropping in the country. Think spacious tent houses with radiant floors, king-size beds, hydro-therapy tubs, rainforest showers and fireplaces, all right on a remote, rocky waterfront. There is a full-service restaurant on site which has been recommended to me on several occasions, but I know next to nothing about it, save for its West Coast cuisine specialization. Time to check it out!
Nita Lake Lodge | 2131 Lake Placid Rd, Whistler, BC | NitaLakeLodge.com I reviewed the food at this Whistler hideaway last summer, and boy was I ever impressed. Chefs Tim Cuff and Owen Foster work its restaurant, Aura, with the aid of a massive rooftop garden that supplies their kitchen with a battery of “same day” fresh ingredients, which resurface artfully on the plate with proteins sourced from around BC. As an added bonus, bar manager Hailey Posemko is one of this province’s best kept cocktailling secrets, shaking and stirring all manner of original drinks that would be at home in any of Vancouver’s top watering holes.
Ocean Village | 555 Hellesen Drive, Tofino, BC | OceanVillageResort.com I try to spend as much time as I can in Tofino on Vancouver Island (about a month a year) and I’m sure I’ve stayed at just about every hotel and resort they have save one: Ocean Village. I’ve walked past it dozens of times while beachcombing up and down Mackenzie Beach, and have always wanted to stay in one of the beehive-shaped cottages that sit a mere putt from the high tide line (and right in front of the sunset). They come equipped with kitchens, but just up the road from the beach are The Tofitian for morning coffee and both Tacofino and Wildside Grill for fresh, hot chow.
Miradoro | 32830 Tinhorn Creek Road, Oliver, BC | Miradoro.ca Jeff Van Geest was once one of Vancouver’s most up-and-coming chefs when he owned Main St.’s award-winning locavore restaurant, Aurora Bistro (now The Wallflower). He’s since left us for Oliver, where he’s been plating superb Mediterranean fare at the new, architecturally-stunning and view-heavy Miradoro restaurant (umbilically attached to Tinhorn Creek Winery). He’s at his best when he’s tinkering, and as a former John Bishop protege (he was once a sous chef at Bishop’s), he’s well schooled in making magic with local, high quality products. Miradoro’s pizzas and pastas hardly challenge him, so if there are any intriguing specials on offer, pounce. Also, do your part for Vancouver and plead with him to come home.
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Portuguese wines deserve better hype CityCELLAR By Kurtis Kolt
his week’s column is coming to you from Portugal, a quick tour in advance of the current Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. I was using this as a reconnaissance tour, sprinting right past port in favour of exploring the incredible values in table wines made from a host of indigenous grapes such as the dark fruit and plum-laden Touriga Nacional for reds, the peachy and elegant Encruzado for whites, plus many more tongue-twisting varieties from all points of the spectrum, often blended together.
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The trip, sponsored by the Portuguese wine industry, had about 35 of us from all around North America. This cast of pretty zany characters spent way more time sitting on a bus and standing around than actually tasting in wineries since there didn’t seem to be much organization or direction when it came to our itinerary, or lack thereof. The country, with its endless selection of mysterious varieties and styles, remains much of a mystery to many of us on this trip, due to what ended up being way too much aimless loitering — wondering where we were heading to next, when the bus would pick us up or where we would sleep that night. I visited only six wineries in six days, plus a couple of small general tastings, with no overview or context provided. I’d hoped to come back with a clear idea of where the Portuguese wine industry is at, or at least some element of direction or common goal Portuguese wineries hope to achieve so they can increase their market share in the New World. Alas, while there were enjoyable times, some decent dinners and I certainly don’t take these occasional industry opportunities for granted, many of us found our experience indicative of why Portugal is not making larger strides in our wine market. A very tight marketing campaign providing simple education of Portuguese wine basics in B.C. (and elsewhere) could certainly go a long way. Aside from all that, and the important thing, is that many of the wines coming out of Portugal are quite good. From the crisp, bone-dry whites of Vinho Verde, perfect with the bright, salty fish dishes of the coast, to a good handful of red blends, perfect for tucking into charcuterie, sausage, steak and potatoes, which are common Portuguese dinner table staples. Some of the most interesting wines we tried were from wineries that had a very clear concept of the specific style they’re going for. I was also a fan of places that
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Quinta do Crasto 2010 Branco | Douro, Portugal | $24.99 | BC Liquor Stores A white blend that’ll be a crowdpleaser, equal parts floral, citrusy and tropical. Medium bodied with a slightly oily texture, there’s a bunch of character with this one that will play well with halibut, poultry, olives and nuts.
Caves São João ‘Porta dos Cavaleiros’ Red | Dão, Portugal | $16.99 | Liberty Wine Merchant Stores An absolute stunning and complex rich red with blackberries, cocoa, espresso, leather, herbs, purple fruit and perfect dusty tannins. A fine oldworld bottle at a killer price that tastes like it should cost twice as much and be served with any carnivorous fare that strikes your fancy. For more Portuguese tips and recommendations, hit up KurtisKolt.com.
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ong before the high-end home furnishing shops, clothing stores and trendy eateries were established on Granville Street, there was Gallery Row. Nicknamed as such in the ’70s, the street currently boasts more than 20 art galleries specializing in everything from Canadian contemporary art to museum quality originals by European masters. And a certain air of affluence. That’s why it may come as a surprise that the galleries that line the street south of the bridge welcome art lovers of all backgrounds and budgets. They even encourage kids. “For years people have been intimidated by galleries. Everybody is welcome. We love it when children come,” says Julie Lepper, director of the Ian Tan Gallery, with a smile. The answer of why Granville Street remains such a enduring arts hub is in the commitment to quality found in all the businesses, she explains. “The smaller retailers all have an art bent. The
designer clothing, it’s high-end with an emphasis on craft... even the larger retailers that moved in. It’s become a home destination street. “We don’t like to talk about decorating in the art world because that’s not the point, but it fits very well with it.” This Saturday the Ian Tan Gallery has expanded its habitual open day to partner with Bau-Xi and Elissa Cristall galleries for an art walk. People are invited to experience the variety of new of works on display, imbibe, hear from the artists in attendance, and acquaint themselves with the local art scene. Taking place between West 6th and West 14th streets, the all-weather art walk is a chance to see work by Canadians Glenn Payan, Robert Marchessault and Anda Kubis respectively. Speaking on her exhibit, Lepper says Payan is one of the most popular artists they represent. “People rush in to see his work. The shows sell very fast – people are always so happy to see his work. It makes them smile.” The popularity of an artist shouldn’t amount to pressure to buy on the spot, however. “It can be out on approval. Clients don’t have to make up their mind in the gallery. We love to bring it over to their home, hold it up on the wall, hang it, leave it for a day to allow for a proper decision. We’re happy to install the work as well. It’s a full service.”
Lighthouse Park View by Glenn Payan at Ian Tan Gallery
The Granville Street art walk is Saturday, March 3 from 2-4 pm.
Kitsilano honours top businesses
ululemon founder Chip Wilson was given the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award at the Westside Business Awards dinner on February 14. It was just one of the awards that recognizes the businesses that make the neighbourhood such a vibrant community. This year’s Westside Business Awards distinguished recipients are: • Best in Business: Nicola Wealth Management • Best Business Person: Michael Gokturk, Payfirma Corporation • Best New Entrepreneur: Lorenzo Bottazzi, The BiBo Restaurant • Best Restaurant: Hapa Izakaya • Best Retailer: Zulu Records • Best Community Spirit: Raymond Greenwood, Mr. Fireworks • Best Green Business: Recycle-Now • Best Not-For-Profit: West Side Family Place The night of glamour and applause was held at the contemporary Jewel Ballroom. The MC was News 1130 personality Richard Dettman. The muchanticipated evening also included a silent auction, live jazz and a three-course dinner for its guests and VIPs.
Chip Wilson, founder of Lululemon, accepts his lifetime achievement award.
“The community has really raised the bar this year with the quality of nominations,” says Chamber president, Julien Phipps. “It makes the judging process extremely difficult as there were several contenders in each category that could have been worthy recipients. The Kitsilano Chamber is grateful to everyone who supports and celebrates this wonderful local achievement. It serves as an excellent reminder of how much talent and spirit there is on the Westside.” — KitsilanoChamber.com
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s many people discover at the start of each new year, the one universal truism about getting into shape is that only the individual can make it happen. And that is why it was wrong of me — oh, so wrong — to test-drive a fitness trend in the heat of office party season, where the workout’s success hinged upon my ability to be competitive with myself. “As you know, nutrition is 75 per cent of the changes you make in your body,” Kalev [pronounced Kuh-love] says and I nod as though I live and breathe by this fact, the memory of the salty McDonald’s fries I savoured on the way home from a holiday event the previous night still lingering on my tastebuds. A buff, earnest young man with ‘80s-movie good looks, Kalev seems like a guy who would never have to fight with himself to push out one more set, and who doesn’t eat McDonald’s fries. He’s the heart and soul behind his eponymous Kalev Fitness Solutions, a completely different space than most Vancouver workout facilities. (It takes up part of two levels inside the historic Sun Tower in Gastown.) A boutique facility right down to thoughtful touches in the well-appointed ladies’ locker room (I didn’t see the men’s), Kalev offers everything from state-of-the-art dumbbells to candlelit yoga sessions. But it’s his three-dimensional personal training (where you experience a team of personal trainers to get more rounded results) and his Ta-
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Yaletownâ€™s Coco Chiropractic Wellness centre (formerly Bonn Chiropratic) is offering integrated family careh. The team includes Dr Stephanie Bonn offering chiropractic care, Jody Anderson offering massage therapy, Dr. Shannon Larson offering services in Chinese medicine and acupuncture with a focus on fertility, obstetrics and doula care, Monita Triplett offering acupuncture, reflexology and holistic nutrition consulting, Brittney Kirton offering nutritional consulting and lactation consulting and Dr. Evangelina offering naturopathic medicine, homeopathy and craniosacral therapy. (1020 Mainland, 604-688-5437, CocoChiro.com)
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Josh wraps the class with eight sets of my own personal torture: burpees. I catch a sight of my lethargic, sleepdeprived self in the mirror as I battle through three pathetic sets, probably totalling about 14 total burpees. Somewhere during the fourth set my legs decide to stop listening to my brain and refuse to go back into a plank position together in the same motion. Awesome, I think â€” four exercises and 20 minutes is all it takes to annihilate me. Josh consoles me as we wind down our session on the bikes, saying that the depletion Iâ€™m feeling is the
whole point. A Tabata Boot Camp is about pushing yourself through each exercise to the point of failure. Thatâ€™s why you do only four exercises each session. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s up to you to be accountable to yourself and step it up a little very single time. Thatâ€™s why you should leave feeling as though you were hit by a truck (my words, not his). And if you want your body to be a fat burning, super engine, Tabata will get you results â€” as long as you donâ€™t stop at McDonaldâ€™s for fries on the way home.
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Rudd and Aniston a winning pair in â€˜Wanderlustâ€™ MOVIE REVIEWS WANDERLUST Starring Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston Directed by David Wain While Wanderlust gets some commendable mileage out of dirty hippie jokes, what truly fuels this comedy is the ability of director David Wain (Role Models) to wring awkwardness and absurdity from the most mundane of situations. Routinely leaving the camera rolling well beyond when most directors would have cut, Wain delivers a unique strain of humour that can only be achieved when the scripted joke has been stretched, twisted, and distorted beyond recognition. That said, many of the garden-variety gags penned by Wain and co-writer Ken Marino deliver too. After a calamitous day sees George (Paul Rudd) lose his job in finance and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) have her â€œpenguins with testicular cancerâ€? documentary rejected by HBO, the couple abandons their Manhattan â€œmicro-loftâ€? (read: studio) in favour of a rural
â€œintentional communityâ€? (read: commune) presided over by patchouli-scented prophet, Seth (Justin Theroux, operating at full-bore). Few directors use Rudd as well as Wain, who recognizes that quips and cutting remarks are often founded in peevishness and insecurity. While there are laughs to be had at Georgeâ€™s mounting exasperation over the ludicrous assertion of an acid-victim (Alan Alda) that â€œmoney literally buys nothing,â€? weâ€™re also keenly aware of why he wonâ€™t let the argument go: having been left penniless, heâ€™s discovered that the supposed land of opportunity doesnâ€™t offer many palatable options. Thanks to such solid character work, weâ€™re more inclined to forgive Wain and Marino when they sheath their sharp satire in order to deliver a rather conventional resolution. By that point, we want George and Linda to find their place in the world every bit as much as they do. â€” Curtis Woloschuk
PEOPLE OF A FEATHER Starring the Community of Sanikiluaq Directed by Joel Heath With his dĂŠbut documentary, Joel Heath
strikes an ideal balance between his longstanding concerns as an ecologist and newfound impulses as a filmmaker. In turns breathtaking and unsettling, itâ€™s readily evident why it scored the Environmental Film Audience Award at last fallâ€™s Vancouver International Film Festival. Opening with painterly images and a poetic voiceover, People of a Feather establishes not only how reliant the Inuit of Belcher Island are on the eider ducks but also the deep reverence they possess for the birds. Tragically, massive hydroelectric projects have altered ocean currents and ice flow patterns, triggering a massive die-off in the eider population and threatening these Inuitâ€™s way of life. Having spent nearly a decade visiting the remote Nunavut community of Sanikiluaq, Heath familiarizes us with its inhabitants by allowing us to observe their daily routines. While this affords us the opportunity to witness time-honoured hunting and construction techniques, it also presents us with highly cinematic instances in which traditional ways collide headlong with the modern world. In the filmâ€™s most playful passage, an impromptu
hip hop video breaks out on the frozen, quiet Sanikiluaq streets. Ultimately, Heathâ€™s spectacular underwater footage serves to underline precisely how kindred the eider and Inuit are. After all, could there be a more apt (or agonizing) visual analogy for these peopleâ€™s struggle than the sight of a diving duck trapped underwater and fighting a losing battle against a sheet of ice that just shouldnâ€™t be there? While you admire such fierce resilience and determination, youâ€™re offered few assurances that these attributes alone can ensure survival. â€” C.W.
VANCOUVER JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Director Michael Prazan will talk about his film, Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades, at the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival premiere 1pm on March 11. By the spring of 1943, the 3,000 members of the Nazi killing squad called Einsatzgruppen had systematically murdered over a million Jews and tens of thousands Roma, handicapped, partisans, Communists and Soviets. Who were these men? ((Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 W. 41st, VJFF.org or call 604-264-0499.)
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* Forecast for end of 2012/13. Source: Budget 2012 ** Forecast for 2012. Source: International Monetary Fund, Fiscal Monitor, September 2011
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Vancouver film pros dream of Genies
Local nominees represent at 32nd annual Genie Awards
Gurl Twenty Three keeps the ‘Beat’
By Andrea Warner
ancouver’s film and television industry will enjoy a substantial part of the national spotlight at the 32nd annual Genie Awards when they’re broadcast Thursday, Mar. 8 on CBC. WE has rounded up four of the contenders to answer a few quick questions about their craft and their hometown connections. AMBER MAKAR: Nominated for Achievement in Make-Up, Amazon Falls. Three essentials every make-up artist needs? I have a become a huge fan of having a HD Powder armed and ready. Good moisturizing products such as moisturizers and spray waters to help set the makeup. And a good concealer means you’ll always be ready to combat anything. Favourite places for make-up in Vancouver? I love going to Studio FX on West Georgia. I am always popping in with sometimes the stupidest of questions...or just being needy and they are always ready to oblige! Also any of the Shoppers’ beauty boutiques. You can get anything you need in any line and the girls are trained in all lines as opposed to stuffy department stores. FARNAZ KHAKI-SADIGH: Nominated for Achievement in Costume Design, Afghan Luke What’s been your proudest design? I’m very proud of the challenges we overcame for Afghan Luke, and in our ability to make the costumes authentic and realistic. However, the most personal project for me has been my friend’s wedding dress. She wanted me to create something different and unique that captured both her personality and charisma. I was proud and honoured by the gesture and she looked amazing on her special day. Where do you love to shop in Vancouver? I love to promote and help out the local designers. Jacqueline Conoir, Obakki, Sancha Jewellery design, Barefoot Contessa and Spank are some of the places I shop the most at and tend to go to for productions. JON JOFFIN: Nominated for Achievement in Cinematography, Daydream Nation What makes for a strong visual in a scene? I always start with what the scene is about, rather than what is being said. Somewhere in the character’s subtext or objective, is the way into what visual or quality will best serve the scene. Your favourite places to shoot in Vancouver? My favourite places to shoot in and around Vancouver are the mossy green rain forests, the ice caves in Pemberton glacier, and the alley ways of the downtown east side. JULIA IVANOVA: Nominated for Best Feature Length Documentary for Family Portrait in Black and White What are some key points you look for in telling a story? When I choose the topic, I always have emotional connection to it: if it matters to me, I want to be a part of it. I am trying to tell any story in such a way that people see their own life, their own experience in the stories of people that are in the film. I choose personal stories that shed light on our common experience as human beings. Avoiding simplification of an issue is a fundamental rule for me. What’s Vancouver’s greatest untold story? I would not say it is necessarily the greatest story but it can be fun! I spent last week desperately looking for a used car at different car dealerships — now my hands are itching to make a doc about Vancouver car salesmen!
Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture gives rise to new voices at Vancouver Art Gallery
Left: Larissa Healey, AKA Gurl Twenty Three. Photo supplied. Bottom: ‘Wasco’ wall mural by Corey Bulpill and Larissa Healey was painted directly onto a wall at the VAG. Photo by Andrea Warner
By Andrea Warner
generation of artisans quietly came of age over the last few years at Vancouver’s grunt gallery. They produced the Beat Nation project — originally an exhibition and a website — to showcase the artistic influence of urban youth culture on aboriginal culture. The project hit a nerve. It’s since evolved to include a performance art/hip hop musical collective featuring Kinnie Starr, and last week launched a full-scale, mainstream exhibit at the venerable Vancouver Art Gallery. Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture features 20 artists and innovators from across the continent. And several of those artists are from right here in Vancouver, some of whom were on hand for a media walk-through last Thursday. One woman in particular caught my eye: short and solid, with a feather twisted into one of the long braids coming down each side of her face. She looked tough, but when she smiled everything sparkled with a kind of radiance that made me stop thinking she’d like to kick my ass. Larissa Healey, AKA Gurl Twenty Three, is a street artist who made her rap debut just a few weeks ago at the PuSh Festival. Now, the mural she co-created with Corey Bulpill is on the wall at the VAG. Healey still can’t quite believe that this is how her life is turning out. Standing in a room filled with art by her peers that mixes past and present traditions, Healey opened up about her art, finding her voice and overcoming the darkest aspects of her troubled past. Your stage name references 23. Was that age a turning point for you? In our culture, suicide is a big issue. I had no identity, I was sad, I was an alcoholic. In [dealing with my suicidal issues], I realized how incredibly greedy suicide was and that people cared about me and I survived. I
marked it [rolls up a sleeve to reveal an ornate tattoo spread across her upper arm]. It’s pretty heavy, so I try not to share that with many youth. I tell the right ones, the ones who are ready for that. It’s not the easiest thing to talk about, but it makes them feel — not that it’s “common,” but it is something that happens in the world that surrounds us with the oppression and colonization. How did you discover the best way to express yourself creatively in both music and visual arts? I was always taking anything in my environment and manipulating it, whether it be finding mud in my backyard and sculpting or ripping gypwall out of the wall or going to the beach and finding a piece of coal and scratching on something, anything, finding cardboard in the alleys and chopping it up. It just kept the momentum going. Then my adopted father gave me a spray can and I grabbed it from him and then it was on after that! I followed the AA Crew, Aerosal Assassins, the first graffiti crew in Vancouver, and met them over time and worked with them individually and learned from them. What about the music? Where did that come from? There was another turning point with a lot of drugs, a lot of alcohol. My teeth were starting to go from substance abuse. I quit everything cold turkey. I got braces and my mouth changed, so I had no voice, I was only visual. I put those two together and learned how to re-use my mouth. My tongue was pretty mangled from the braces, so I started rapping, practising using
my voice. The group of people I was working with have a pretty aggressive lifestyle and I was the female on the team, so to speak, and I thought, maybe I can express myself to them: let’s celebrate being alive and being a woman. I relearned how to use my mouth, I relearned how to have a voice, and then I rapped the song, ‘I’m a Hood Diva.’ And then Paul Armstrong, from Beat Nation Live, heard it and said, “You’re doing it! You’re doing that song on stage, you’re a part of the show!” That was it. I’ve never been on stage. It was just a couple weeks ago at the PuSh Festival. It was so beautiful. I never dreamed of having that experience! This is a whole brand new world that you’re about to take on! Being at this exhibition makes me feel confident, in our people and myself. I was bombing on the street one time and an elder came by and was like, “No, no. That’s not how you do it.” I looked at him and said, “Well, this is how we do it now.” And he said, “Ohhh!” (Laughs) To have him not be angry and have the elders see what we’re doing, it’s very important. Larissa and Corey will be doing a graffiti mural live this weekend at Family FUSE Mar. 3-4. Beat Nation runs to June 3 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Info: VanArtGallery.bc.ca.
More hardship for the struggling Rio Theatre By Kelsey Klassen
s the cue marks flash their warning that the end of the reel is near, it appears that the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch is asleep at the projector. It’s up to them whether the next reel plays or the story ends here for East Van’s cherished Rio Theatre according to owner Corrine Lea. At the receiving end of licensing “fixes” that she claims make it impossible to conduct business, Lea stated bluntly on the phone with WE that the Rio theatre will close if nothing is done. “Everyone thought we won about two weeks ago — thought the restrictions had been lifted — but we can’t operate.” The Rio triumphed in the fight to serve alcohol at live events; however it has hit a
seemingly impenetrable wall of bureaucracy. In order to show movies, they now have to permanently remove their liquor licence on film days. There is a cost involved with every licence reinstatement, which is complicated by the fact that schedules are constantly changing. “It’s a severe step to take. The restrictions are pretty much impossible to use.” Lea says close to 30 employees will be out of work for the next 10-15 days because she can’t show movies. In an open letter to Minister Rich Coleman, she begs for some leeway. Quoting from a story in the media, she questions his assertion that they have fixed the problem. “If the fix was really true then why is our film programming being banned by the LCLB once again? The LCLB just came back with more red tape and unrealistic regulations that are are impossible for any venue to follow, which only sets us up for
failure. We are the last single-screen theatre in East Vancouver and the community does not want to lose the Rio like so many other independent theatres have been lost. Our business model works, and it could very well be a practical solution for other indie theatres to stay in business.” Lea’s suggestion is to allow venues to lock up their alcohol when they have events with no bar service to mitigate the safety issue that shapes the LCLB reasoning. Since penning the letter, Lea says she has received even more disheartening news. Karen Ayers, general manager of the LCLB, is apparently considering canceling the licence completely if Lea keeps trying to show movies. “If my licence gets cancelled then all this work I’ve done for a year and three months is over. The Rio will de done.” Phone calls to Rich Coleman and Karen Ayers had not been returned at press time.
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The personal delivery this week of 45 individually numbered Love Jules Leather boat shoes to Sitka on W. 4th is just one of the charming reasons the Whistler-based leather duo has such a loyal following. That and the fact that Julia “Jules” Vagelatos happens to be one of those artists you just want to know. With each hand-made piece taking upwards of 12 hours to complete, the leatherworker and her partner Josh Blodans effortlessly craft hot commodities. Born and raised in Vancouver, and influenced by their Whistler surroundings, the designers source local materials to meld traditional leather craft with stunning contemporary design. The Love Jules Leather X Sitka boat shoe, $200 at Sitka while supplies last; Lovejulesleather.com. Darby Magill photo For every 500 of these water bottles sold, one water well can be drilled in Africa under a new program launched by the Obakki Foundation. Obakki partnered with bkr (pronouced beaker) to develop a 500 ml reusable glass water bottle with a sleek silicone sleeve. The bottles retail for $40 each and 100 per cent of the proceeds of each purchase will be used by the Obakki Foundation to provided education and clean water for communities in Africa. Until this fall, the bottles are available only at Obakki.com.
Vancouver’s Lifetime Collective is ready to take on the world. On Feb. 28, it launched Lifetime Collective.com as a new web store that entertains browsers as they shop. High on the site’s hit list will be the newly-released global spring/summer 2012 collection. Founders Reid Stewart and Trevor Fleming say, “With clothing as the main focus, Lifetime is inspired by the communities we live in, the places we travel to, and the curious characters that surround us. It is a family-spirited operation receptive to ideas that are shifting and paths that are twisting. More than a ‘brand of lifestyle,’ Lifetime is defined by the changes that occur and the creative ways we adapt.” Icebreaker TouchLab is launching the new spring/summer Black Sheep collection of clothing made from exceptionally fine merino wool, grown in New Zealand’s rugged Southern Alps. The collection is part of Icebreaker’s new Journeys range of soft, lightweight tees, sweaters, dresses and coverups. (Icebreaker.com, 2089 W. 4th at Arbutus). J. Crew, the iconic American fashion retailer, will open a two-floor store at 1088 Robson. It will carry the J.Crew women’s collection and, for the first time in Canada, its highly coveted men’s collection, including the Ludlow suit and 484 and Wallace & Barnes Japanese selvedge denim. A curated collection for women promising everyday designs along with Italian cashmere, weekend, outerwear, handbags, belts, jewelry and shoes will mix with limited edition pieces from the Collection label.
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ith International Women’s Day shining stretches, and dance choreography. the well-deserved spotlight on women Having handled the cut-throat film and televiMarch 8, who better to weigh in on sion industry in her career, Hunt admits even she the state of affairs of our fairer sex than has felt the weight of the insecurities she sees a powerhouse who’s been away for around her. “I’ve dealt with being almost a decade? judged and critiqued my whole Back in Vancouver after an life. It wore me out.” eight-year stint in LA, dancer and Now she channels her own actress Chantal Hunt says that strength and skills into teaching the majority of women she has other women that it doesn’t have encountered need a little more to be that way. pep in their steps. “Giving back is sexy. Everyone is With Stilleto Fit, a glamorous allbeautiful in their own way.” levels dance program, Hunt’s goal Stiletto Fit and local non-profit is to empower women and build Help Change My City have teamed self-esteem through positive body with Fortune Sound Club (147 E. image, health and expression. Pender) to host the LBD Soiree — “Vancouver women are amaza networking event celebrating ing at taking care of their health women’s strength, with proceeds and fitness. Out of all the cities dedicated to the Battered Women’s I’ve been in, Vancouver definitely Support Society. Chantal Hunt has women with the healthiest The March 3 (7 to 10pm) event bodies.” features Hunt performing Stiletto She and business partner Alex Kaye, also a Fit routines with additional performances by professional dancer, realized, however, that many Burlesque Beauties and the StilettoEttes. Attendees women who wanted to learn how to dance in are encouraged to don their favourite little black heels were not comfortable walking in them. dress (or casual best for men) and enjoy the So they geared their classes to teach women the entertainment, auction and prizes for a $10 — Kelsey Klassen art, all while engaging in aerobic exercises, yoga donation at the door.
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CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Astrologer Antero
Rob Brezsny • Week of March 1 ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): At one point in
his book The Divine Comedy, the Italian poet Dante is traveling through purgatory on his way to paradise. American poet T.S. Eliot describes the scene: “The people there were inside the flames expurgating their errors and sins. And there was one incident when Dante was talking to an unknown woman in her flame. As she answered Dante’s questions, she had to step out of her flame to talk to him, until at last she was compelled to say to Dante, ‘Would you please hurry up with your questions so I can get on with my burning?’” I bring this to your attention, Aries, because I love the way you’ve been expurgating your own errors and sins lately. Don’t let anything interfere with your brilliant work. Keep burning till you’re done. (Source: A New Type of Intellectual: Contemplative Withdrawal and Four Quartets, by Kenneth P. Kramer.) TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): If you’ve been holding yourself back in any way, Taurus, now’s the time to unlock and unleash yourself. If you have been compromising your high standards or selling yourself short, I hope you will give yourself permission to grow bigger and stronger and brighter. If you’ve been hiding your beauty or hedging your bets or rationing your access to the mother lode, you have officially arrived at the perfect moment to stop that nonsense. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): In the cult blaxploi-
tation film The Human Tornado, the main character Dolemite brags about his prowess. “I chained down thunder and handcuffed lightning!” he raves. “I used an earthquake to mix my milkshake! I eat an avalanche when I want ice cream! I punched a hurricane and made it a breeze! I swallowed an iceberg and didn’t freeze!” This is the way I want to hear you talk in the coming week, Gemini. Given the current astrological configurations, you have every right to.
Alli theorizes that the placement of the sign Cancer in a person’s chart may indicate what he or she tends to whine about. In his own chart, he says, Cancer rules his ninth house, so he whines about obsolete beliefs and bad education and stale dogmas that cause people to shun firsthand experience as a source of authority. I hereby declare these issues to be supremely honorable reasons for you to whine in the coming week. You also have cosmic permission to complain vociferously about the following: injustices perpetrated by small-minded people; short-sighted thinking that ignores the big picture; and greedy self-interest that disdains the future. On the other hand, you don’t have clearance to whine about crying babies, rude clerks, or traffic jams. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): L.A. Weekly praised
the music of drone-noise band Barn Owl. Its review said that the listening experience is “akin to placing your ear against the Dalai Lama’s stomach and catching the sound of his reincarnation juices flowing.” That sounds a bit like what’s ahead for you in the coming week, Leo: getting the lowdown on the inner workings of a benevolent source... tuning in to the rest of the story that lies behind a seemingly simple, happy tale... gathering up revelations about the subterranean currents that are always going on beneath the surface of the good life. It’s ultimately all positive, although a bit complicated. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): In the coming
days, you could do a lot to develop a better relationship with darkness. And no, I don’t mean that you should do bad things and seek out negativity and be fascinated with evil. When I use that word “darkness,” I’m referring to confusing mysteries and your own unconscious patterns and the secrets you hide from yourself. I mean the difficult memories and the parts of the world that seem inhospitable to you and the sweet dreams that have lost their way. See what you can do to understand this stuff better, Virgo. Open yourself to the redemptive teachings it has for you.
LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): Sister Jessica, a
character in Frank Herbert’s Dune books, says, “The greatest and most important problems of life cannot be solved. They can only be outgrown.” I encourage you to use that theory as your operative hypothesis for the foreseeable future. Here are some specific clues about how to proceed: Don’t obsess on your crazy-making dilemma. Instead, concentrate on skillfully doing the pleasurable activities that you do best. Be resolutely faithful to your higher mission and feed your lust for life. Slowly but surely, I think you’ll find that the frustrating impediment will be drained of at least some of its power to lock up your energy. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): A few years ago,
the Hong Kong company Life Enhance sold briefs and boxer shorts that were supposedly designed by a master practitioner of feng shui. On the front of every garment was an image of a dragon, which the Chinese have traditionally regarded as a lucky symbol. To have this powerful charm in contact with your intimate places increased your vital force — or so the sales rep said. By my estimates, Scorpio, you’re not going to need a boost like that in the coming weeks. Without any outside aids whatsoever, your lower furnace will be generating intense beams of magical heat. What are you going to do with all that potent mojo? Please don’t use it on trivial matters. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): There are times in your life when you do a lot of exploring in the outer world, and other times when your pioneering probes are directed primarily inward. In my astrological opinion, you’re currently more suited for the latter kind of research. If you agree with me, here’s one tack you might want to take: Take an inventory of all your inner voices, noticing both the content of what they say and the tone with which they say it. Some of them may be chatty and others shy; some blaring and others seductive; some nagging and needy and others calm and insightful. Welcome all the voices in your head into the spotlight of your alert attention. Ask them to step forward and reveal their agendas.
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): The Oxford English Dictionary, an authority on the state of the English language, adds an average of two new words every day. In the coming weeks, Capricorn, I’d like to see you expand your capacity for self-expression with equal vigor. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re due for an upgrade in your vocabulary, your clarity, and your communication skills. Here’s one of the OED’s fresh terms, which would be a good addition to your repertoire: “bouncebackability,” the ability to recover from a setback or to rebound from a loss of momentum. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): We turn to Dr.
Seuss for help in formulating your horoscope this week. He told a story of dining in a restaurant with his uncle, who was served a popover, which is a puffy muffin that’s hollow on the inside. “To eat these things,” said his uncle, “you must exercise great care. You may swallow down what’s solid, but you must spit out the air!” Drawing a lesson from these wise words, Dr. Seuss concluded, “As you partake of the world’s bill of fare, that’s darned good advice to follow. Do a lot of spitting out the hot air. And be careful what you swallow.” I expect your coming week will be successful, Aquarius, if you apply these principles. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): You should be like
a rooster, Pisces: dispensing wake-up calls on a regular basis. You should be nudging people to shed their torpor and shake themselves out of their stupor. What’s your personal version of “Cockadoodle-doo!”? It shouldn’t be something generic like “Open your eyes!” or “Stop making excuses!” Come up with attention-grabbing exclamations or signature phrases that no intelligent person can possibly ignore or feel defensive about. For example: “Let’s leap into the vortex and scramble our trances!”?
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psych-rock band plays in support of its latest release, Candy Salad. May 14 at Media Club, 8pm. $12 (RC, Z, TW).
KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS Indie rock singer/
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songwriter plays in support of his newest EP, So Outta Reach. Mar. 25 at Biltmore, 8pm. $17 (RC, Z, TW).
AWOLNATION Alt-rock solo project from multi-instrumentalist Aaron Bruno. Apr. 5 at Commodore, 8pm. $25 (Z, TM).
indie electronic musicians coheadline. May 25 at Electric Owl, 7pm. $16 (RC, Z, TW).
BON IVER Grammy Award-winning indie-folk musician. May 25 at Deer Lake Park, 5:30pm. $42.50 (Z, H, RC, TM).
ZEUS Canadian power pop VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL BURLESQUE FESTIVAL Annual festival celebrating
band plays in support of its new release, Busting Visions. May 26 at Biltmore, 7pm. $15 (RC, H, Z, TM).
HUNCHBACK Catalyst Theatre’s gothic and innovative adaptation of the classic tale has earned rave reviews. To Mar. 10 at the Playhouse.
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XIU XIU Experimental electro-rock band with guests Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Father Murphy. May 28 at Biltmore, 8pm. $16 (RC, Z, TW). CHICKENFOOT Rock supergroup featuring Sammy Hagar with guests Black Stone Cherry. June 5 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 6:30pm. $39.50-$69.50 (TM).
MAPS & ATLASES Indie rock band plays in support of its recent release, Beware and Be Grateful. June 12 at Media Club, 8pm. $13 (RC, Z, TW).
IRON MAIDEN Legendary British heavy metal band (“2 Minutes to Midnight”) with guests Coheed and Cambria. July 29 at Pacific Coliseum, 6:30pm. $29-$99 (TM).
CONCERTS G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE Philadelphia-based blues trio plays in support of its new release, Fixin’ to Die. Mar. 1 at Commodore, 8pm. $29.50 (H, Z, TM).
THE UNDERSCORE ORKESTRA Accordion Noir presents the Gypsy-Balkan klezmer band with guests The Creaking Planks. Mar. 1 at Little Mountain Gallery, 8-10pm.
LE VENT DU NORD Quebecbased folk band. Mar. 1 at St. James Hall, 7:30pm. $20-$24 from RogueFolk.BC.ca.
BOZ SCAGGS Grammy Awardwinning singer/guitarist. Mar. 2 at Red Robinson Show Theatre, 7pm. $74.50-$84.50 (TM).
ANDREW W. K. Cult favourite
NNEKA Nigerian R&B/gospel
punk-rock singer/songwriter with guests The Evaporators. Mar. 3 at Venue, 7pm. $25 (Z, RC, H, TM).
singer/songwriter/rapper. Mar. 6 at Biltmore, 8pm. $15 (RC, Z, H, TM).
THE TREWS Nova Scotian rock
LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO Critically acclaimed South
band with guests Poor Young Things. Mar. 3 at Vogue, 7pm. $27.50 (TM).
African band tours in support of its latest release, Songs from a
Zulu Farm. Mar. 8 at Vogue Theatre, 7:30pm. $38.50-$42.50 from VogueTheatre.com.
BAND FIGHT Battle of the Bandsstyle weekly competition. Every Wednesday to Mar. 14 at Library Square Pub, 7:30pm. $12 at the door.
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CLASSICAL VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The VSO presents its 2012 series of concerts. All shows at Orpheum Theatre, 8pm, unless otherwise indicated. Info: 604-876-3434 • Tickets from VancouverSymphony.ca. • Mar. 1, 2pm: Come Fly With Me! Featuring violinist Jeanette BernalSingh and host Christopher Gaze. $21-$38. • Mar. 2-3: Wicked Divas Featuring New York Pops music director Steven Reineke and Broadway singers Emily Rozek and Julia Murney. $21.50-$84.
EARLY MUSIC VANCOUVER All events at 8pm at Christ Church Cathedral unless otherwise indicated. $32-$35 from EarlyMusic.bc.ca • Mar. 2: Kassia: The First Female Composer of the Occident Featuring VocaMe, a women’s vocal ensemble dedicated to performing works by Kassia.
VANCOUVER RECITAL SOCIETY Tickets from 604-602-0363 • Mar. 4: Steven Osborne (piano) Selections by Beethoven, Ravel and more. At Chan Centre, 3pm. $36-$58. • Mar. 8: Murray Perahia (piano) Selections by Bach, Chopin and more. At Orpheum, 8pm. $36-$99.
MUSIC IN THE MORNING At Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut), 10:30am. Tickets $16-$35 from MusicInThe Morning.org • Mar. 7-9: Bach — The Goldberg Variations.
CHORAL ELEKTRA WOMEN’S CHOIR Info: 604-833-1255 • Elektra.ca • Mar. 4: Pure Elektra At Ryerson United Church, 3pm. $22-$28 (BPT).
LAY A GARLAND The Gallery Singers present an electic program of music by Nills Lindberg, Robert Pearsall and more. Mar. 4 at Canadian Memorial United Church, 3pm. $15-$18 at the door.
PACIFICA SINGERS Perform a community concerts with selections by Benjamin Britten and Jonathan Dove. Mar. 4 at St. Philips Anglican, 7:30pm. $15-$20 at the door.
Holocaust history, only to meet a woman who’s lived through a more recent genocide. Mar. 6-11 at Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm. Matinees: Wed, 1pm; Sat, 2pm. $12-$30 from 604-689-0926.
THE ODD COUPLE A female version on the Neil Simon classic about opposite divorcees who share an apartment. Mar. 6-17 at Jericho Arts Centre, 8pm. $10-20 (BPT).
THE NEKAA ROOM: DARK MATTER Micro cinema theatre performance examining the culture of cuteness. Mar. 7-10 at The Anderson Street Space (1405 Anderson, Granville Island), 7pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm, 9:15pm nightly. $10 from BocaDelLupo.com. LOST GIRLS OF NEVERLAND A musical comedy, borrowing heavily from Peter Pan, about shenanigans concerning the women of a dance troupe at a Gentlemen’s Club in New Orleans. To Mar. 3 at the ANZA Club, 8pm. $15-$25 (BPT).
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD Fighting Chance Productions present the Tony Award-winning musical, based on Charles Dickens’ novel, with a ‘choose your own adventure’ ending selected nightly by the audience at intermission. To Mar. 3 at Metro Theatre, 8pm. $10-$30 (TT).
ing. To Mar. 24 at Revue Stage, 8pm (Mon-Sat), 7:30pm (Tues). Matinees: Wed, Sat 2pm. $25-$35 from 604-687-1644.
COMEDY PAUL ANTHONY’S TALENT TIME Monthly variety show. March ft. 4-year-old’s tribute to Whitney Houston, comedian Erica Sigurdson, House of La Douche dance troupe and more. Mar. 7 at Biltmore, 8pm. $8 at the door.
THE COMEDY MIX Comedy club with themed pro-am nights and internationally renowned headliners. Tues-Thurs 8:30pm. Fri-Sat, 8pm and 10:30pm. At 1015 Burrard (inside the Century Plaza).
THEATRESPORTS LEAGUE Improv comedy at The Improv Centre on Granville Island (1502 Duranleau). Ticket prices vary $5-$25 from 604-687-1644 and VTSL.com.15 • Encore! A Musical Improv Series: Wed 7:30 • Improv Test Kitchen: Wed 9pm • Ultimate Improv Championship: Thurs 9:15pm • Scared Scriptless: Fri-Sat 11:15pm
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VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL 34th annual festival,
CHELSEA HOTEL: THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF LEONARD COHEN A writer seeks inspiration
featuring more than 180 wineries, representing 15 countries. To Mar. 4 at Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. Times and events vary. Info: PlayhouseWineFest.com
for a new song while past and present muses battle for his attention. To Mar. 3 at Firehall Arts Centre. $12-$30 from 604-689-0926.
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Bottoms improv group’s weekly show. Mon at Oasis Ultra Lounge, 7pm. Free.
WALKING MAD & OTHER WORKS Ballet BC presents the Canadian premiere of choreogrpaher Johan Inger’s Walking Mad, set to Ravel’s Bolero, featuring nine dancers. Mar. 8-10 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. $22.50-$70 (TM).
presents the Vancouver premiere of this satire about a man who undergoes plastic surgery but comes out of the operation “too beautiful.” To Mar. 4 at Jericho Arts Centre, 8pm. $20 reservations from TheUglyOne.info. Pay-what-youcan at the door.
some of the best dance groups from Coastal B.C., Yukon and Alaska. Mar. 8-11 at UBC Museum of Anthropology. Full schedule, details and tickets: Damelhamid.ca.
TALKING STICK FESTIVAL Celebrating established and emerging, local and international Aboriginal artists in music, poetry, dance, performance art, theatre and more. To Mar. 4 at various venues. Full schedule, tickets and info: FullCircle.ca.
hosted by Jason Bryden and Jimmy Barnes. Mon at Prophouse Cafe (1636 Venables), 9pm. $5 cover.
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COASTAL FIRST NATIONS DANCE FESTIVAL Featuring
showcase of Jewish performing arts features dance (Holland’s Noords Nederlandse Dans); music (Hadag Nahash) and theatre (A Blessing on the Moon) and more. To Mar. 4 at various venues. Full schedule, tickets and info: ChutzpahFestival.com.
BLIND PANTHER STAND-UP COMEDY Weekly comedy night
THE UGLY ONE Plan B Theatre
AL DANCE FESTIVAL 12th annual showcase of local, national and international contemporary dance, Mar. 2-11 at various venues. VIDF.ca. Highlights: • Mar. 2-3, 8pm: Alonzo King LINES Ballet • Mar. 6-7, 8pm: inkBoat
Maliha hosts this weekly variety show every Tues. The Fray (3980 Fraser), 9-11pm. Free. To sign up, contact Patrick Maliha via Facebook.
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL PRESENTS All read-
Original creation by Eloi Homier inspired by his frustrations with his day job at a call centre. Mar. 2 (8pm) and Mar. 3 (2:30pm) at VIVO Media Arts Centre. $6-$15 from EloiHomier.com.
ings are free at Vancouver Public Library’s Alice MacKay room at 7:30pm unless otherwise indicated. • Mar. 7: Steven Bruck (Omens in the Year of the Ox), Julie Price (Monkey Ranch).
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ROBSON READING SERIES All readings are free at the UBC Bookstore at Robson Square, 7pm, and free unless otherwise indicated. • Mar. 8: Sean Johnston (The Ditch Was Lit Like This) and Anne Simpson (Is).
FILM STOLEN MEMORIES World television premiere screening of the documentary about a filmmaker trying to return a lost photo album to a Japanese family interned during World War II. Mar. 4 at W2 Media Cafe, 7:30pm. Admission by donation.
BINGO FOR LIFE Weekly event raises funds for Vancouver Friends For Life Society. Wed at Celebrities (1022 Davie), 8pm. Joan-E and Justine Tyme invite you into their new home. Bingo cards by donation. Info: FriendsForLife.ca.
EVENTS UNIQUE LIVES AND EXPERIENCES 18th annual series featuring noteworthy women. All shows at the Centre for Performing Arts, 7:30pm. $35-$85 from UniqueLives.com. • Mar. 6: Clara Hughes Athlete and multi-Olympic medalist.
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VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL The 12th annual celebration of contemporary dance runs Mar. 2-11 at various venues.
FOUR PLAY A four-part dinner/ theatre love story that follows two people from their first date through to a wedding. Mar. 5 at Salt Tasting Room (45 Blood Alley, Gastown), 7pm. $65/show or 240 for all four from InTheHouseFestival.com.
IGNORANCE The Old Trout Puppet Workshop presents a puppet documentary about prehistoric humanity. To Mar. 10 at the Cultch, 8pm. $16 and up from Tickets. TheCultch.com. HUNCHBACK Co-production
OPERA ROSSINI’S GHOST Film screening of David Devine’s classical musical film, with an introduction by the Vancouver Opera’s director of education and the Bugs Bunny short, The Rabbit of Seville. Mar. 3 at Vancity Theatre, 2pm. $6-$11 from VIFF.org.
OPERA PRO CANTANTI Repertory opera company performs Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Mar. 4 at Cambrian Hall (215 E. 17th), 7pm. $12-$18 from 604-646-0406.
THEATRE A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD Return engagement of the popular Jessie Award-winning adaptation of Arnold Lobel’s beloved books. Ages 3+. Mar. 3-Apr. 8 at Carousel Theatre. $12-$29. Times, tickets and info: CarouselTheatre.ca.
WHO’S THERE? Theatre shorts celebrating beloved professor Peter Loeffler, with funds raised to benefit UBC’s Peter Loeffler Memorial Prize in Theatre. Mar. 3 at Frederic Wood Theatre. By donation.
GOODNESS Drama about a recently divorced writer who embarks on a journey to discover his family’s
with the Playhouse and Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre, known for its highly original, gothic productions, offers a new take on Victor Hugo’s classic story about the deformed bell ringer, Quasimodo. To Mar. 10 at Playhouse Theatre, 8pm. Matinees: Wed, Sat, 2pm. $34-$74 and up from 604-873-3311.
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CONFESSIONS OF THE OTHER WOMAN World premiere drama about a woman who meets her soul mate, only to discover that he’s married. To Mar. 11 at Performance Works, 8pm. $20-$30 from 604-873-3311.
INTIMATE APPAREL A love story set in 1905 about an independent African-American seamstress who longs for romance. To Mar. 10 at Granville Island Stage, 8pm (Wed-Sat, Mon; Tues, 7:30pm). Matinees: Wed-Sat, 2pm. $29-$49 from 604-687-1644. KING LEAR The Honest Fishmongers Equity Co-op presents its intimate take on Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness. To Mar. 17 at Havana Theatre, 8pm. $2-$15 (BPT). GORDON A dark comedy about two criminals who take refuge in a rundown house and end up involved in a peculiar homecom-
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MOVING & STORAGE
1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Real Professionals, Reasonable. Rates. Different From the Rest. 604-721-4555.
ABBA MOVERS & DEL. Res/com 1-4 ton truck, 1 man $35/hr, 2 men from $45. Honest, bsmt clean up. 25 yrs of experience.604-506-7576
AFFORDABLE MOVING Local & Long Distance
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WEED FREE Mushroom Manure 13 yards - $180 or Well Rotted 10 yds - $200. 604-856-8877
283 GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS GUTTER Cleaning Service, Repairs Free Est, 20 yrs exp, Rain or shine. 7 days/week. Simon 604-230-0627
109 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
109 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Advertising Representative Vancouver's Urban Weekly, is seeking a full time retail advertising/ marketing representative. This opportunity is for a results oriented individual. Candidates for this position will possess the ability to service existing clients and develop new business in an extensive and varied territory. Must enjoy outside sales. If you have a proven track record in sales and customer service, thrive on working in a fast-paced environment, are highly motivated, career oriented with strong organization and communication skills, we would like to hear from you. Our work environment sets industry standards for professionalism and combines a salary/benefit package designed to attract and retain outstanding employees. Please send your application in confidence to: Gail Nugent Advertising Manager WE 280-1770 Burrard St., Vancouver, BC V6J 3G7 email: admanager@WEVancouver.com Closing date: March 15, 2012
WE Vancouver Thursday, March 1, 2012 HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 329 PAINTING & DECORATING A-TECH Services 604-230-3539 Running this ad for 8yrs
PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services. www.paintspecial.com
Purebred registered Havanese pups, great disposition, litter trained, 1st shots, many different colors to choose from, great pets for any family. For information call 1-250-8324923 or 1-250-517-7579.
REAL ESTATE 625
FOR SALE BY OWNER
REDUCED! 3Bdrms, 2baths, totally reno’d in & out, 6 new appli’s on 1.5 acres with year round creek. All Services. Burns Lake, B.C. Private. $125,000 firm. Call (250)692-3738.
HOUSES FOR SALE
821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS
BUTE MANOR 1 & 2 Bedroom apts avail starting at $1075/mo. - West End. Clean, Quiet Bldg. No Pets. Near beach!
2011 NISSAN VERSA - 5 dr hatchback, auto, 20K. Loaded. Asking $9800/obo. 778-895-7570
SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pickup anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288
Bachelor - $950/mo. Hardwood floors. Avail Immediately. Call 604-669-9769
2005 POLARIS Sportsman ATV, 700 twin, EFI, mossy oak camel, warn winch, front & rear bumpers, Easy-Off windshield, exc. cond. 1538km. $5500 firm. Chilliwack 1 (604)799-8533
MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
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DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals
2006 YAMAHA APEX 1000, 4stroke, MLX Mtn. 163” x 2¼” track, reverse, comes with service manual. 1024 mi. Cheapest Apex/4stroke in Canada! $5900 firm. Chilliwack (604)799-8533
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Date: March 3 , 2012 Time: 12:00 Noon Auction
10% OFF if you Mention this AD! *Plumbing *Heating *Reno’s *More Lic.gas fitter. Aman: 778-895-2005
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Viewing Dates: March 2nd 1:00p.m.-6:00p.m. March 3rd 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. Address: 14730 66th Ave. Surrey, BC (AROUND BACK) PARTIAL LIST ONLY Auction Details: As NEW Mac Tool Macsimizer Tool Series Chest (25k AS NEW) HUGE Snap-On Tools Tool Chest, John DEERE Skid Steer bobcat #317, Natural Gas Gensets, 3 large semi truck engines, Pipe Bender w/shoes 1.5”-2.5” , Honda Diesel Genset EX13D, Heavy Duty Truck Parts, 2 4500 w diesel gensets, 6 as new tool boxes full of tools, Gasket and Hollow Punch, Flaring Tools, Oil Filter Wrench Sets, Torpedo Heaters, Workshop Presses, Miller Welder, Ingersoll Rand Impact Guns, 2004 F-350 Crew Cab, rebuilt engine, with new chip, Hyster 50 Forklift, Hyster 2500, 4000 Clark Electric forklift, Toyota 2500lb Electric, Mac Tool Air Conditioner recharging unit, Landa 3500 psi pressure washer, pallet jacks, HYSTER 3000 Forklift, Pipe bender w/shoes 1.5?-2.5?, As New 2 5hp 3ph full size compressors, 3 large air dryers- 1 gates pc707 hose machine with dies 1ph - 2 , 1=2 miller 300 acdc 1ph wire feed machine with gantry feeder. - 1 miller 625 plasma assorted jacks - grinders floor jacks, hero airless paint sprayers with new lines and guns.- Snap on Mac torque wrenchs. - 1 10hp honda pressure washer. - asst Snap-On Mac wrenches sets. - 1 blue star miller 13 hp mobile welder. - 1 ph 100 amp high frequency welder. 1- professional grade pipe. - misc torches - safety equipment.). 1 peca 9 camera surveillance system with cameras. - 2 h beam trolleys. - misc parts bins. - various hand port-apowers, jack stands, jacks ETC.
Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988
SO MUCH MUCH too mention!!!
(Subject to additions & deletions. Terms: VISA, M/C, AMEX, CASH 15% buyers premium)
CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are Spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at fraservalleyhumanesociety.com or call 1 (604)820-2977 CHIHUAHUA / MALTESE PUPS. $425-450. Vet checked, 1st shots. 2F, 2M. Abbotsford 604-866-8727. Chihuahua pups, tiny, 2 males, 1 long & 1 short, vet check, deworm, 1st shots, $650. (604)799-1919 GOLDEN Retriever puppies, born Jan. 7th, family raised, very well socialized, 1st shots & deworming included. Mission 604-820-4827. LAB cross puppies, vet checked, 1st shots, eager and social $350, 604-823-6739 afternoons/evenings. NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com PITBULLS ~ PUREBRED. Ready for sale. $500. Vet ✔, 6 weeks old. Call 604-217-2983
1997 20 ft. Slumber Queen Class C Motorhome. Chev chassis, fully equipt. Many Extras. $15000. Call 604-796-0230
LEIGHTON APT 130 East 11th Street Recently renovated 1 & 2 bdrooms avail. Close to Lonsdale Quay. Dishwasher, fridge, stove, shared laundry facilities, u/g parking, carpet, balcony. Includes heat & hot water. Elevator. N/P.
Call 604-861-5746 www.aptrentals.net VANCOUVER
BARAFIELD APTS Affordable Westend living! 1 bedroom – includes heat / hot water some fully renovated! Sorry no pets.
WE BUY HOUSES The OLDER. The DIRTIER. The BETTER. Flexible Terms. Quick Closing. Call us First! 778.707.9647
WALL CENTRE - 1 bdrm. + den + solarium - furn. - incl. heat, light, cable, net - Suits mature N/S individual. $1700 mo. (604)943-2440
633 MOBILE HOMES & PARKS *****WHOLESALE Factory Direct***** Modular Homes, Manufactured Homes, and Park Model Homes. New Homes Starting @ $37,209, 16 wides $49,183, double wides $70,829. www.hbmodular.com or 877-976-3737 The Home Boys
660 LANGLEY/ALDERGROVE HOMES FOR SALE-SUPER BUYS
Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley
STEEL BUILDINGS FOR ALL USES! Spring Deals! Make an offer on selloff models at factory and save thousands NOW! Call for FREE Brochure - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170.
MATTRESSES staring at $99 • Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331
MISC. FOR SALE
Can’t Get Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1866-981-5991 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper? SAWMILLS from only $3997 - MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT. STEEL OF A DEAL - BUILDING SALE! 20X24 $4798. 25X30 $5998. 30X42 $8458. 32X58 $12,960. 40X60 $15,915. 47X80 $20,645. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca.
REAL ESTATE 612 BUSINESSES FOR SALE INVESTOR/PARTNER
For expanding manufacturing business, 85 person net profit. $599K.
SCRAP CAR REMOVAL
AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673
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2011 HONDA CRV 4 wd, Auto, silver. Loaded. Local car. $22,500: 9000kms. (778) 895-7570
TIBETAN MASTIFF puppies. P.B. 8 wks old. Ready to go. Good health. 604-302-5914 or 604-440-3650
Reach 448,000 Households
1000 plus tax
Includes one week in the Bowen Island Undercurrent, Burnaby/New West Newsleader, North Shore Outlook, Richmond Review, and WE.
TRUCKS, CARS, BOATS, TRAILERS, RV’S, VANS 3 lines in all listed publications for one week only $10 + tax. Includes a listing on bcclassiﬁed.com (private party ads only)
– or pay $25 + tax for one week – in all Lower Mainland publications 1.5 million households
CARS - DOMESTIC
2000 CHRYSLER INTREPID, clean, auto, 4 dr. 125,000km. Great shape. $2900. (604)583-1366 NEED A VEHICLE? EASY FINANCE!! Low Payments! $99 Delivers 24 Hour Approval. We Deliver! 3,000 Vehicles to choose. Call Now! Marty 1-888-414-8042. Big Discounts! www.eagleridgegmc.com.
940 ADULT PHONE SERVICE
Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal
847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES
2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, green, 126K, $7400 firm. Call 604-538-4883
TRUCKS & VANS
2001 GMC SIERRA 4x4, ext cab, auto, green, 135K, $8300 firm. Call: (604)538-9257 FOR SALE: Excavating Company including excavators, dump trucks and skid steers. $250,000 O.B.O FOR SALE: Septic Pumping Company includes 2 trucks (one hydrovac, one pump truck) 250,000 O.B.O Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022
940 ADULT PHONE SERVICE
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WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective Thursday, March 1 to Wednesday, March 7, 2012. We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.
Grocery Department Popchips Snacks assorted varieties
Meat Department Happy Planet Fresh Fruit Smoothies
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts value pack
assorted varieties 85g
Enter to win Whitecaps fc tickets from popchips in-store.
Stash Premium Teas
325ml • product of B.C. + dep. + eco fee
100g • product of Germany
Belsoy Non-Dairy Puddings and Desserts
ProBar Whole Food Meal Replacement Bars
Certified Organic, California Grown
Broccoli Certified Organic, California Grown
.98lb/2.16kg Large Hass Avocados
Choices’ Own Black Bean and Quinoa Salad
18-20 bags • product of USA
Tule Specialty Sweet Navel Oranges from Homegrown Organic Farms
Spring Creek Top Sirloin Steaks
Ritter Sport Chocolate Bars
4x125g • product of Canada
85g • product of USA
Liberté Organic Yogurt
Amy’s Kitchen Frozen Burritos
650 - 750g • product of Canada
Kans Tandori Vegetable Mini Samosas in a Whole Wheat Wrap
156-170g • product of USA
Organic Red and Green Lentils bins or bags
regular retail price
reg 1.29 • save .46
Imagine Foods Organic Soups
Wasa Crispbreads assorted varieties
Health Care Department
200-310g product of Germany
500ml- 1 L • product of USA
Prairie Multigrain WOW! Bread PRICING
Pastifico di Martino Silver Hills Organic or Whole Wheat Pasta 20 Grain Train or assorted varieties Ali’s Alpine Grain Bread
Efruiti Fruit Juice Gummies
Marinelli’s Pasta Sauce
100g • product of Germany
Old Dutch Crunch Potato Chips
original or caesar flavour
95g • product of USA
package of 6
Rice Pita Triangles
200g • product of Alberta
The natural choice for kids ‘n colds! Provides multi-symptom cold relief, safety and effectively.
Avalon Organics Shampoo and Conditioners Beautifully made organic aromatherapy hair care.
740ml • product of Canada
Calbee Snack Salad Snapea Crisps
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
500g • product of Italy
600g • product of Canada
Hyland’s Cold n’ Cough
Bach Rescue Sleep Alleviates stress safely and effectively, with no side effects.
To our Committed Customers:
Choices Market 6855 Station Hill Drive, Burnaby Closing March 31, 2012 It is with much regret that after 10 years of serving you in the South Burnaby Edmonds area we will be closing our doors March 31,2012.
Look for our
We value our relationship with you and hope to continue your patronage at our sister store – 8683 10th Ave., Burnaby.
2627 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0009
3493 Cambie St. Vancouver 604.875.0099
1888 W. 57th Ave. Vancouver 604.263.4600
1202 Richards St. Vancouver 604.633.2392
Choices in the Park 6855 Station Hill Dr. Burnaby 604.522.6441
2595 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0301
3248 King George Blvd. South Surrey 604.541.3902
Choices at the Crest 8683 10th Ave. Burnaby 604.522.0936
Kelowna 1937 Harvey Ave. Kelowna 250.862.4864