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Dining Out for Life Vancouverites, this is your mission: on Thursday, March 29, go out for breakfast. Then go out for lunch. And then, even if you’re full, go out for dinner. But not just anywhere. Support the 225 restaurants which are taking part in the annual one-day fundraising feast called Dining Out for Life ( A portion of the proceeds from each meal is donated to A Loving Spoonful and Friends for Life, two organizations which are dedicated to improving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Raising a glass to the restaurants and diners who together raise tens of thousands of dollars every year are Sheena Sargeant, executive director of Friends For Life, honourary chef Ned Bell of Yew Restaurant, centre, and Lisa Martella, executive director of A Loving Spoonful. Photo courtesy Wink Photography

Live at Squamish goes on sale On April 4, the line-up for the 2012 Live at Squamish Music and Arts Festival (August 24 to 26) will be unveiled at a launch party at the Commodore Ballroom. Last year’s musicfest attracted crowds of 10,000 people a day — and that was before event organizers brand.LIVE got Live Nation to sign on as additional partner. (Virgin Mobile returns as a presenting partner, offering its members special ticket pricing, priority access and a VIP viewing deck.) The launch party will feature recent Peak Performance winner Current Swell (left), coming back from performances at this year’s South by South West, and runner up The Matinee, recently showcased at the 2012 Canadian Music Week. Tickets are $10 each and go on sale March 30 through Ticketmaster.

The Future is Female Vancouver painter Angela Grossman is intrigued by the ways girls and women are shaped by both deeply personal experience and socially prescribed notions of female status, sexuality, femininity and conventional beauty. She explores the struggle for identity, security and self-acceptance in a new exhibit at the Winsor Gallery (3025 Granville). Thirty years after being introduced as a “Young Romantic” by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Grossman has devoted much of her career to examining themes of displacement and social margins through the use of collaged and transferred discarded materials. Her new exhibit, The Future is Female, runs from April 4 – May 6. Grossman will be at the opening reception on April 4 from 6 to 8.






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The revolution starts here HootSuite has helped bring down presidents but Barack Obama uses it, too. Even still, Vancouver’s Ryan Holmes, founder of the social media tool, has a bigger picture in mind.

COVERSTORY By Kelsey Klassen


ootSuite founder Ryan Holmes, one of the most tapped-in men on the planet — the man whose professional mission to revolutionize social communication is on pace to connect six million users this year — is actually waiting to hear from someone. In Grade 5 he scrawled a fan letter to a video game developer, sealed it in an envelope and sent his praises off the only way possible — by mail. The hero? Richard Garriott, aka Lord British. Garriott created a video game called Ultima in the early 80s and the young Holmes was in love with computers and Garriott’s work. Did Garriott write back? “Actually, he didn’t. The big jerk,” Holmes recalls. So much time has passed that Holmes has lost track of exactly what he is expecting in reply. “He owes me an email. No, he owes me a letter,” the Vernon export amends with a laugh. “What’s worse, I can’t imagine back in the day he was getting very many letters.” Honing his passion on his first computer, an Apple IIc that he won in a school districtwide programming contest, Holmes’ future impact on the internet would be charted around that time — long before his wise old owl came to roost. Despite the detours of starting a paintball company, dropping out of university and opening a restaurant, Holmes was ultimately drawn back to something very similar to his childhood passion. Arriving in Vancouver in 1999, Holmes founded Invoke Media a year later. The still-thriving web services company had its biggest breakthrough in 2008, when Holmes and Invoke staff realized they needed a more effective way to handle the torrents of information flowing in and out via burgeoning social media sites. HootSuite came from needing a better tool, but as they worked on the product, Holmes quickly developed a deeper understanding of how much opportunity and appetite there was for what they were doing. The free service quickly became a communication platform so pervasive it was used by Barack Obama and the Occupy movement. It’s called positive K factor, a scientific term for having a product so popular the marketing takes care of itself. The social media dashboard took two years to rack up a million users, eight more months to reach a deuce, and only six months after that to hit the three-million mark, where it currently perches. Holmes is confident they’ll cross six million by the end of 2012. All that spells greater profit for a Vancouver company that refuses to sell out. Breaking the revenue bubble over a year ago with the release of a premium version of the product that hauls in well over $1-million a month, Holmes won’t rest until his company is worth a billion dollars. But not for the reason you might think. “If we exit say at $100-million, I personally will do very well. My team will also have some money, but they won’t have a life-changing financial outcome.” Exits, IPOs, acquisitions — call it what you will, things get more interesting for everybody after they cross the billion-dollar threshold.


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Working towards that goal is not only good for Holmes and his staff, but it’s good for the country. Seated in a busy coffee shop near his Eastside office, where staff and patrons greet him by name, Holmes lifts the curtain on why Canada has failed to generate tech-sector success stories to match the past decade of Silicon Valley start-up fury. The Silicon Valley Cerberus of military, university and finance attracted a critical mass of brainpower to the San Francisco region in the 90s. As the internet gained in popularity, these three ingredients supernova’d and Silicon Valley became a centre of innovation and development. There is now a growing shift towards decentralization but SF continues to have a stranglehold on tech for one playfully nefarious reason: the PayPal mafia. This syndicate of American business people and investors who were founders or early employees of the e-commerce company aren’t feeding rivals to the fishes to maintain their monopoly, they are using their payout to propel new start-ups into household names. LinkedIn anyone? Holmes takes a minute to give a brief lesson in brilliance. “PayPal had an amazing acquisition. There was a group of people who got in early on who all took a ton of money off the table. Those guys are called the PayPal Mafia and what they continue to do is work together to co-invest in different start-ups.” One member does the diligence and looks into a company. Once he decides to invest, he talks to the others and they kick in money as well. “Those guys basically got into every big start-up that you’ve heard about over the last 10 years. It just blew up and these guys kept doubling down in what they were doing.” So while Canadian equivalents exit, and have good exits (see Fredericton’s Radian6 at $326-million), they simply aren’t superstars in the incestuous, self-fulfilling universe of technology. And, according to Holmes, there haven’t been enough IPOs or acquisitions where the whole team does amazingly enough to re-invest in new ideas. The Canadian government does what it can to support start-ups with programs like SR&ED (Scientific Research and Experimental Development) and IRAP (Industrial Research Assistance Program), but their finances and foresight are limited. Holmes sums it up bluntly. “The government (isn’t) going to sit in rooms and come up with great ideas. It’s the entrepreneurs who drive it, but it takes some success to get people excited. Angel investors will come out of the woodwork if they see that [success] happening and they’re not getting in on it. Greed is a big motivator.” So while the PayPal mafia picks its next lucky “victim,” Holmes makes his pilgrimage from Vancouver to SF for partnership meetings with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the like. After all, there’s nowhere else on the planet he can see all three in the same day. But the innovator remains wary of an

independence-killing phenomenon known as groupthink, or social agreement on viewpoints that are incorrect or uninformed — a psychological mass steamrolling of ideas and alternatives commonly seen in hubs like San Francisco. In contrast, remote outposts like New York, Austin, Boulder, Montreal and Holmes’ own “crystal cave of solitude” are emerging as start-up incubators. As to why he refers to Vancouver with such reverence, he gets down to the business of talent retention. “There’s always a new shiny ball in SF. First there’s Google and then the next thing that comes along is Facebook and then Twitter. People are always moving and there’s a lot of talent churn.” “It’s an amazing place, but here we’ve been able to keep our team focused and building out a big product and a big prize. We’ve been able to attract some of the brightest and best and that’s been a huge benefit to us.” Vancouver wins as well. HootSuite currently employs hundreds of talented engineers, salespeople and creative minds. And the HootSuite team, which sat at 25 people last year, has increased tenfold and is expanding into a new, adjacent office space. Iain Black, president and CEO of the Vancouver Board of Trade, isn’t surprised. “It’s a trend towards recognizing Vancouver as one of the three or four top locations in world in terms of talent in the area of digital animation and new media, of wireless innovation, of basic handleheld application development, and broader technology industries. “I think that the emergence of HootSuite as a global force is a testament to the innovation and creativity that has and will continue to come out of a city like

Vancouver. (It) puts us, in my opinion, in same leagues as traditional technology giants like Creo and Electronic Arts.” Black also expects to see interest surrounding companies from Metro Vancouver and emerging pockets like Kelowna, translate into investment. “It reinforces the message that Vancouver is increasingly being seen by the venture capital community as a place they should investigate for creative business plans, smart well-trained entrepreneurs and unbridled optimism.” So while home base builds here, Holmes’ idea spreads worldwide. He smiles at seeing the beloved HootSuite mascot take on themes of hundreds of other countries, from the Japanese geish-owl to a Brazilian soccerplaying bird — one for every language his program is localized for. There was even a Steve Jobs owl in honour of the man he never got to meet. Their reach still staggers the soft-spoken man, who has helped disrupt long-standing reigns, ranging from email to Hosni Mubarak. “It’s given us some pretty amazing insight into the times we live in. In Japan, during the tsunami, we were heavily used. We had some of our biggest days through that, and through the Egyptian revolution. In Egypt, one day, we had a 16,000 per cent increase in registration. When they shut down Twitter and Facebook people were using us to indirectly access those. And then they shut down the internet to stop all communication. “It is really interesting to see how disruptive and how core what we’re working on can be to the internet.”

HootSuite founder Ryan Holmes’ love of yoga isn’t the only thing keeping him in Vancouver. From the PayPal Mafia to groupthink, he takes WE behind the scenes of our growing tech sector. Rob Newell photo

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igel Malkin knows that if there’s one thing most urbanites won’t leave home without, it’s our smartphone. We’ll tuck a bank card or $20 bill in our pocket and walk out the door clutching our lifeline to both the outside world and our network of friends and family. But let’s say our destination is the Milano café in Gastown. We’ll get there and then curse that in our quest for travelling light we left our reward card in our wallet. Curse no more, Malkin says. Simply take out your smartphone and scan the QR code that’s printed on your receipt for a soy latte. It will record your purchase and put it towards the tally that eventually leads to a free cup of coffee. The idea seems so simple that a few years from now, when QR codes on receipts are ubiquitous, we’ll think they’ve always been there. We’ll forget that someone had to come up with the brilliant idea. And that then they had to find a way to make it work, brand it and sell the idea to all those stores and coffee shops that want to earn our loyalty. That someone was Malkin and his partner Jeff La Porte, the founders of RewardLoop which, in 2011, won the BCIT Most Promising Startup award as well as $57,000 for coming in second in the BCIC New Ventures competition. “It’s starting to percolate all over Vancouver,” says Malkin. “We have inquiries from all over the planet because finally there’s a critical mass of smartphones [to make the technology appealing to companies.] I wouldn’t be surprised if we opened offices in Europe and Asia.”

COVERSTORY RewardLoop is currently in negotiations with a multinational hardware manufacturer that will make their goal of going global seem less than a pipe dream of two entrepreneurs who wanted to develop the next big thing and more like their natural destiny. Malkin was born in Vancouver but moved to Santa Barbara with his parents. He stayed to go to university there and started working in the film industry. It was fun when there was work, worrying when there wasn’t and pretty hard all the time when it came to building meaningful relationships. He moved back to Canada and built a film studio on the North Shore that was home to two $100-million feature films. At the same time he started The Specialty Gourmet (which later became Licious), which delivered diet meals to people’s homes. (Think of it as Weight Watchers on wheels.) After he sold both he founded Brand2hand Media which… better leave the description for tech geeks. Geek-speak is also what you get when you describe LaPorte’s earlier career. He led the technical direction of the VX 2010 Showcase of wireless, new media and digital industries during the 2010 Olympic games. Prior to that he was a whole bunch of acronyms: CEO of EQO which helped pioneer VOIP at something called DEMO. (Don’t ask for a translation.) But one acronym that does matter is the TR35 award he got from MIT Technology Review in 2006 for being one of the top 35 innovators under 35. The two of them started talking about the fact that everyone forgets to carry their reward cards with them. If their smartphones could read QR codes why not find a way to store all those points in their smartphone? It would solve a problem for consumers but also for merchants who would no longer have to worry about printing and distributing the reward cards.

Malkin and LaPorte both knew how expensive and time-consuming it is to open a new office so they applied for one of the spaces at WaveFront, an amazing technology incubator found in one of downtown Vancouver’s office towers. Funded by the provincial and federal governments, with support from the City of Vancouver, WaveFront offers start-up wireless companies free office space (with fabulous views) for a year. Better yet, in one of the glasswalled cubicles there are shelves filled with 350 different kinds of smartphones so if you want to test your new technology on one of them, you don’t have to go out and buy it. Right now, Rogers is currently building a new innovations program as part of WaveFront’s facilities. And where else can budding tech entrepreneurs have face-to-face meetings with Sony executives who can help take their product to the next level? WaveFront gave Malkin and LaPorte the financial breathing room they needed to develop RewardLoop. Since they lived off their savings for the first year, it meant a lot not to have to worry about buying desks or paying rent. “It really sent us on our way,” Malkin says. Now that the business is becoming successful, RewardLoop has five staff members and is hiring more. It’s also started paying rent at WaveFront. “The provincial government is really investing in creating a digital knowledge base,” says Malkin of Vancouver’s growing reputation as a tech hub. Colleges and universities support the demand for trained staff by setting up tech programs that produce talented and innovative graduates. WaveFront then adds its resources to the mix to make it a “national centre of excellence accelerating the growth and success of wireless companies in Canada by connecting them with critical resources, partners and opportunities.” It’s little wonder that Vancouver is earning the loyalty of so many tech firms.

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No wonder they’re leaving A West End business owner was fined $250 for having his dog unleashed. This dog has been walking the same block unleashed for more than 10 years. In all the years his dog has walked the block, never ever has she even so much as growled. Hundreds of people including children, elderly with walkers have walked past this store without any problems. I just cannot believe what this city has become. For those who have already left be glad you are gone — it sucks! I hate this city so much. It has changed and I dislike all the political correctness this whole city has become. What a waste of taxpayers’ dollars! They can’t get rid of the meth heads so they make themselves feel important by doing this shit? Anonymous, via email

A kudo to a kind security guard I visited the Citizen and Immigration Canada office downtown last week and am very, very, very impressed with security officers and staff in general. Many of the customers were confused about what documentation and processes were required and how to go about having their respective immigration issues resolved. The staff behind the glass remained cool, calm and collected the whole time and repeated instructions clearly and patiently with each customer, sometimes several times to the same customer. One particularly memorable customer appeared very agitated and tried to plead his case to the security guard. The security guard, who could obviously do nothing to resolve the refugee status/monetary/health/stress/ tax issues this guy was upset about,

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Having thought that we West Enders were way too cool to have one of those inane “Baby on Board” stickers on our cars, spotting a couple of them in our neighbourhood recently leads me to ask the owners this simple question: Do you honestly believe that putting one of these stickers on the back of your car will make me any more careful about avoiding rear-ending you than I already am? Or, in some kind of smug way, do you just want to let everyone know that you’ve actually had sex on a couple of occasions and managed to conceive a child? Becoming a father is the best thing that ever happened to me but I have never felt the need to advertise it. Roger, via e-mail

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I find it strange that Christy Clark has no money for teachers or children with special needs but she has $1.3 million for her propaganda. All those ads about ‘selfish teachers’, I’m totally insulted they’re spending taxpayers’ money to insult teachers. Our children are too important to be played with. What you’re looking at, Christy Clark, is solidarity. You want to push? We’ll push back. Anonymous, via email

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Yuk Yuk’s seeks city’s funniest voices By Curtis Woloschuk


ou don’t spend three-anda-half decades building Yuk Yuk’s into the world’s largest chain of comedy clubs without enduring a few disastrous openings along the way. Just one of the war stories in founder Mark Breslin’s arsenal of anecdotes concerns a last-minute paint job of a new club’s furniture. When the opening night audience found themselves wearing the finishing coat home, he was forced to buy everyone new clothes. However, with only hours to go before Vancouver’s fourth incarnation of Yuk Yuk’s opens its doors, Breslin couldn’t be calmer. As liquor bottles are shelved, tables wiped clean, and sound levels tweaked, the transformation of the rustic Jolly Alderman Pub (at 2837 Cambie) into a modern com-

edy club is all but complete. There’s a palpable sense of relief that the end of a protracted metamorphosis is in sight. “It was rubble when we took it over. I mean, real rubble,” recalls Breslin of his first visit to the venue a year earlier. Add some convoluted negotiations with the Hotel Indigo that houses the club (and whose signage still tellingly promises “Opening in Spring 2011”) and you can understand why Breslin suggests, “It’s quite amazing, actually, that this has happened.” During Yuk Yuk’s two-year absence, Vancouver’s alt-comedy scene has flourished in non-traditional venues such as restaurants and art spaces. However, Breslin argues that Yuk Yuk’s — “where the alternative meets the mainstream” — offers a unique opportunity for stand-ups. “We have the infrastructure to be able to take

“It was rubble when we took it over. I mean real rubble,” Mark Breslin says of new Cambie Street location for Yuk Yuk’s. “It’s quite amazing, actually, that this has happened.”


people all across the country,” he explains. “What comics in Vancouver need is, maybe to some degree, a new comedy club like ours. But what they really need is a comedy club in Calgary and Edmonton and Halifax and Toronto where they can play. Otherwise, the scene becomes ghettoized.” Having already taken locals such as storyteller Damonde Tschritter and satirist Brett Martin under Yuk Yuk’s management wing, Breslin is now seeking out new voices through Wednesday open mic nights. “That’s part of the mandate. You want to find people who are going to become real stars,” he explains. “The fact I can brag about Howie Mandel, Jim Carrey, Russell Peters, Harland Williams, Norm MacDonald and a lot of other people who started at Yuk Yuk’s and really cut their teeth here, it gives

credence to the idea that we may know how to spot some talent.” One night later, the 200-seat club’s packed opening night saw former Vancouverite Jay Brown and current resident Sam Easton share the stage with Torontonian Bryan O’Gorman and venerable American eccentric Emo Philips. And while a smattering of dick jokes and Brown’s unfortunate jabs at Asian drivers back Breslin’s contention that comedy hasn’t changed dramatically in the past three decades, the laughter from a notably diverse crowd (some in attendance weren’t legal age when the last Yuk Yuk’s shut its doors) suggest that the grand opening has fulfilled another of Breslin’s mandates: “We want to take as broad an audience as possible and expose them to our cult. The cult of stand-up comedy.”

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Alexander Ludwig is no longer hungering for fame — he’s got it Vancouver actor has it thrust upon him given huge success of Hunger Games By Curtis Woloschuk


s Alexander Ludwig fields questions from WE and other local media outlets in a downtown Vancouver hotel, The Hunger Games’ colossal $152-million opening weekend is still two days in the future. However, no one would be foolish enough to call this the calm before the storm. The previous day, hordes of teenaged fans queued for upwards of 12 hours to score his autograph at a Chapters bookstore. Earlier this morning, he needed to evade another throng of girls who’d staked out his appearance at a local radio station. “I wouldn’t wait five minutes for me,” marvels the 19-year-old Vancouver native. “I don’t really understand what’s happening.” What’s happened, of course, is that Ludwig has scored a coveted role in the highly-anticipated adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ popular young adult novel. In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime has established a televised bloodsport/showof-power in which 24 teenagers enter and only one survives. (With the contestants required to curry favour with the audience by establishing backstories and subplots for themselves, the parallels to reality television are easily spotted.) At the centre of the tale is good-hearted Katniss Everdeen (Jen-

nifer Lawrence), who must survive more merciless competitors like Ludwig’s Cato. Having previously enjoyed prominent roles in lower profile movies like The Seeker and Race to Witch Mountain, The Hunger Games presented Ludwig a new challenge: breathing life into a major character who isn’t blessed with a wealth of dialogue. “A lot of it was creating backstory. Suzanne, (director) Gary Ross and I sat down and talked about the character. Luckily, Suzanne is such a great writer that part of it was already mapped out for me in the novel,” he recalls of the process. “The interesting part was trying to justify what Cato was doing. As an actor, if you’re playing someone like that, you have to fully believe that everything that character is doing is for the right reasons. And you have to come up with reasons why that is okay. It was a very dark and intense but fulfilling experience as an actor. “The reason I took the role was because of one scene near the end of the movie. You really see, just for a second, a glimpse of humanity in Cato,” he continues. “At that very last second, people kind of sympathize with him. Even though what he’s doing is horrible and unforgivable, you kind of see where he’s coming from.” A graduate of West Vancouver’s Collingwood School, Ludwig is now a theatre major at the University of Southern California. As he tells it, his time on set only furthered his education. “One of my favourite scenes was getting to work opposite Stanley Tucci [who plays flamboyant media darling Caesar Flickerman],” shares Ludwig. “I learned so much

“I don’t really understand what’s happening,” Alexander Ludwig says of excited fan reaction to the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ popular book. from him just in the five minutes that we talked. When we first met, I was already taking down mental notes. ‘Remember everything Tucci says.’” While Ludwig admits that he was occasionally starstruck in the presence of Tucci and Lenny Kravitz, he and younger costars such as Josh Hutcherson established some immediate rivalries. “We were all duking it out right from the time we got to training. It was all in good fun but I’m a very competitive person at heart. That’s one thing I did relate to in my character.” Showing that he knows his way around a metaphor, he surmises, “I like to think of my career as the arena that Cato’s in. I have to duke it out with everyone else and hopefully come out on top.” He laughs before adding, “And hopefully not die.”

Strike ‘write book’ off Bucket List: Buried Life By Charles Atkins

MTV’s Buried Life stars will be in Vancouver next week.


hey’ve played basketball with Obama, cut a lock from Robert Pattinson’s head and helped deliver a baby, now the boys from MTV’s Buried Life — Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn — are to launch a picture book. What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? is about real people’s dreams — in fact 200 of them, selected from millions of responses that Buried Life received from their Facebook fans (over 1.25 million), Twitter followers (150,000) and people they met along the road. The book also reveals what motivated the boys from Victoria to start this project some six years ago. “Something amazing happened to each of us individually, and this brought about a self-belief that we could do anything,” Ben says.



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Opening soon... Exorcising DB’s ghost, Nu beginnings, Oyster Express and Vicino

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t’s not every week that I get to update our readers about four new interesting restaurants under construction, but such was the one just passed. The first that I’d like to talk about is the new project from Alex Tsakumis and Patrick Corsi of the Mediterranean-themed Q4 Ristorante on 4th and Q4 al Centro on Richards. It’s actually two-in-one, a wine bar and a restaurant. The wine bar will be where chef Rob Feenie’s career skyrocketed a decade ago at 2551 W. Broadway. I’m referring, of course, to Lumiere, a restaurant that, for several years, was arguably the finest

in Vancouver. Its success begat the more casual, much larger “Feenie’s” next door, which will soon house the next Q4. When Feenie fell out quite publicly (it was ugly) with partners Manjy and David Sidoo back in 2007, in came superstar international chef Daniel Boulud, who turned Feenie’s into DB Bistro and left Lumiere much the same as before. Sunlit uplands, right? Wrong. After a good first few months, Vancouver diners abandoned them both (as if the restaurants were cursed). For want of customers, they barely lasted two years, closing exactly one year to the day before Corsi confirmed to me last week that he and Tsakumis had taken them over. Spooky? Not particularly. But why did it take so long for a new tenant to come along? I asked a few restaurateurs this in confidence and the answers ran the gamut. “It’s not a good location.” “It’s too expensive.” “Dealing with strata and residential neighbours would be a headache,” et cetera. No surprises there. The most interesting response? “Bad voodoo.” While I’ve never known restaura-

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Following the success of Nicli Antica Pizzeria, Bill McCaig is opening Vicino next door. Andrew Morrison photos teurs to be a superstitious lot, all the soap operas that took place at this address were clearly still fresh in the minds of many of them. “I wouldn’t take either place over if I had free rent for a year,” said one, and that’s despite the fact that — according to Corsi — the famed million-dollar kitchens are still intact. I’m not suggesting that he and Tsakumis hire an exorcist to clean the places out. I’m merely pointing out that some salt over the shoulder might do the trick. Opening: six weeks. Moving on to the western edge of Gastown, we find that Harry Kambolis of “C” and Raincity Grill is opening the third location of Nu, his Greek take-out, day-only chainlet. The 16-seat location is the old butcher/sandwich shop (So.cial, MacLean’s) at the rear of 332 Water (facing out to Cordova). This Nu is going to be a little different than the ones on Robson and West Broadway, and five times better looking (lots of wood, chalkboards, old architectural bones). The focus will remain on souvlakis, though Kambolis will be serving them open-faced for a change. He’s also looking to make a splash with his line of flavoured pitas (the long hope is to have them on supermarket shelves, too), and possibly score a liquor licence for weekend dinner services. Opening: one week. Meanwhile, in Chinatown, former Rodney’s Oyster House hand Shawn Chesney is getting set to open Oyster Express at the southwest corner of Keefer and Gore (296 Keefer). The shucker will be omnipresent, busting bivalves from a five-foot-wide oyster bed in a small room that has been

And last, an update on Vicino at 68 East Cordova. I made mention of the coming DTES eatery in the Fresh Sheet a moon or two ago, and construction is now well underway. Owner Bill McCaig (who owns the popular Nicli Antica Pizzeria next door) and his team have taken the 2,000 sq.ft. empty space — which has never been a restaurant before — and created the skeleton of a kitchen, the shape of a delicatessen counter, and marked out both where the pasta drying cabinet will go and where they’ll be making their own gelato. This will be a mostly take-out, counter-service operation with only 16 seats — all communal — at the front of the space (the rest being taken up by retail and back of house.) In addition to the many fresh pastas and house-made sauces on offer, we’ll see a panini press put through the works, lots of meat and cheese, plus plenty of antipasti items. McCaig has hired on Calgary’s Craig Picek (ex-Capo, Il Sogno) to be the chef. Opening: eight weeks.

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completely wrapped in raw wood a la Aurora Bistro, circa 2003. (It will also boast two Hobbit-ish circular windows). We can expect anywhere from four to 10 types of fresh oysters in the offing at any given time, plus an addendum menu of salad, cornbread, and so on. There will only be espresso, tea, smoothies and juices for liquids to begin with, but Chesney is aiming to get a liquor licence once he’s up and running. That’s my only doubt about the place, really, as oysters and smoothies aren’t as natural bedfellows as, say... oysters and Prosecco. Here’s hoping he can start pouring quick! Opening: one week.

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ever, ever say that Les Dames d’Escoffier are women who do lunch. Unless you mean that they grow the food, cook it, choose the wine, hire the staff, host the meal and then critique and promote the entire experience. “It’s about the love of food, the depth of knowledge and the excitement we get talking about food,” says Nancy Wong over lunch — a working lunch — at Shaughnessy Restaurant. “We want to give back and be with like-minded people,” agrees Pam Williams. Mary Mackay takes a bite of her Nicoise salad — the slightly seared tuna is a West Coast touch — and adds, “as a collective, the networking opens us up to new things and exposes us to different trends.” Wong owns Culinary Communications, a media relations company that specializes in food and restaurants. Her business card says MBA but really she has a Master’s in multi-tasking — she’s also the director of marketing and communications for VanDusen Botanical Garden. Williams is the owner of Ecole Chocolat and if ever there was a Master’s of Chocolate, she’d have it. Her professional school of chocolate arts complements her website,, which is an exploration of all things chocolate. Mackay is the head baker at Terra Breads. She must have one of the best-smelling jobs in the entire city, in charge of what comes out of the hearth ovens at the city’s popular artisan bakery. Each woman is an expert in her own field but can also talk knowingly about all aspects of food and wine. This is partly due to aptitude, partly due to what they learn from the other members of Les Dames. Their passion for the arts of the table is naturally infectious but there’s also a deep commitment to supporting excellence and the women who make it happen. “It’s a sense we all have when we know we’ve tapped into something good,” says Mackay. When she started out as a chef 25 years ago, Vancouver’s food

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International wines get their day in the sun CityCELLAR By Kurtis Kolt


t’s springtime in Vancouver, the time of year when we start to see an increase of cruise ships in the harbour, parking at Granville Island becomes impossible, and I’m more than likely to slip on a pile of mucky cherry blossoms after a good rain. It’s also a busy time of year for local wine enthusiasts, with many seminars, events and fairs filling up the calendar. Since the best way to learn about wine is to get out there and taste as much as possible, hitting these upcoming events will both turn you into a social butterfly and increase your personal inventory of favourite drops.

Malbec World Day | Tues. April 17 | Various Locations | Free! | The price is right with this one! Celebrating the charismatic, ultra-purple grape grown from France to Argentina and all points in between, there are plenty of free tastings going on beforehand to get you prepared and on the day of so you can celebrate! On Saturday, April 14, Marquis Wine Cellar will be busting open at least a half-dozen different bottles for your sampling pleasure, with Legacy Liquor Store doing the same the following Sunday. On Malbec World Day itself, Tuesday, April 17, the BC Liquor Store at 39th and Cambie will have a dozen different Malbecs and blends pouring freely with the added bonus of empanadas from House of Empanadas as the perfect pairing. Follow the #MalbecWorldDay hashtag on Twitter to share in the day’s festivities around the world.

California Wine Fair | Weds. April 18 at 7 pm | VCC East | $75 | An annual fundraiser for Vancouver’s beloved Arts Club Theatre Company, the swanky affair offers wines from over 100 wineries across the Golden State, including those from both Napa and Sonoma Valleys, the Central Coast and more. They break out the good stuff at this one year after year, and not only is it added fun to go with a big group, buying six or more tickets at once knocks ten bucks off of the price!

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Rick Hansen comes home to celebrate By Kelsey Klassen


wenty-five years after the Man in Motion World Tour ended, Rick Hansen is still working to change the lives of people with spinal cord injuries. On May 22, the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay will complete its crossCanada journey here, in Vancouver. To celebrate, Canadian difference-makers and entertainers will gather at Pacific Coliseum for Rick Hansen Celebration 25, a spectacular live show that will also serve to launch the first annual Rick Hansen Day of Possibilities — a national public fundraising campaign, which sets the stage for the next 25 years of progress in the areas of spinal cord injury research, accessibility and inclusivity. Notables including environmentalist David Suzuki, Free The Children founder Craig Kielburger, and Paralympic gold-medalist Lauren Woolstencroft will participate in the show as part of a group of outstanding Canadians who serve as inspiring reminders of what can be done to bring positive change to their communities. Vancouver is one of the most wheelchair-

accessible cities in the world thanks to the transformative efforts of the Rick Hansen Foundation and thousands of champions, according to the founder. “It hasn’t happened overnight. A lot of amazing things helped us think about being accessible: the Man In Motion Tour; having 3,000 people close out the Decade of Disabled Persons in ‘92; a good friend of mine, Sam Sullivan being mayor of the city, and hosting the Olympic and Paralympic games,” he told WE. “But we have a long way to go. It’s encouraging to see Mayor Gregor and the City of Vancouver continue to set goals and

challenge other communities.” For Hansen, who was confined to a wheelchair at the age of 15 after a caraccident left him paralyzed from the waist down, his continued motivation comes from seeing the progress already made, and envisioning the potential. “I’ve seen some unbelievable examples. Michael Harcourt, the former premier of the province of BC — he was injured and received best practice treatment and care and he’s walking today with much less permanent paralysis than what would have ever happened before the Man In Motion Tour. “May 22nd was the day I concluded my journey 25 years earlier. The difference between then and now — I know now this is just the beginning.” The two-hour special event will also feature performances by award-winning Canadian artists, including David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Jann Arden, The Canadian Tenors, Marianas Trench and Johnny Reid. Tickets went on sale Mar. 27 and are available through Ticketmaster at TicketMaster. ca for $25, $55 and $95. Information on the Rick Hansen Day of Possibilities can be found by visiting

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THE SALESMAN (LE VENDEUR) Starring Gilbert Sicotte Directed by Sébastien Pilote Sébastien Pilote’s debut feature commences with two striking visions of death. In the first, a moose has become grisly roadkill. As it’s cleared from a frozen highway, we can almost convince ourselves that the creature didn’t suffer. There are no such assurances with the second death scene, which transports us to an isolated Quebec town. The local pulp and paper plant has been closed for months and the community is enduring a torturously slow demise. Enter Marcel (Gilbert Sicotte), a 67-year-old car salesman who’s been his dealership’s reigning employee of the month since the Mulroney era. Even so, he still endeavours to perfect his craft, surreptitiously recording every transaction so that he might review it for mistakes. With sales his sole purpose in life (and the soft-sell his primary weapon), he’s fixated on presentation and, perhaps more importantly, keeping up appearances. It’s this latter concern that allows him to convince a laid-off factory worker that an expensive new truck is a perfectly feasible purchase. Thanks to Sicotte’s eloquent performance, we’re keenly aware that Marcel is more misguided than manipulative. Pilote’s unhurried approach to storytelling also serves this character study well, allowing every minor detail to fully resonate. Many of these then return to the fore (and often with a vengeance) once a cruel twist of fate confirms just how treacherous the Canadian winter can be. The film’s incisive final passages boldly assert that there are fates worse than death. For instance: outliving your own self-delusion. In this snow-swept tale, nothing is more chilling than when Marcel finally accepts the truth about himself. — Curtis Woloschuk ****

Starring Lior Ashkenazi, Shlomo Bar-Aba Directed by Joseph Cedar From its opening salvo, Footnote’s bombastic score not only alerts us to the swirling drama and suspenseful twists that await us, but also the idiosyncratic comedy that writer-director Joseph Cedar derives from the most unlikely of sources: Talmudic studies. At the centre of this comedy of errors are two Professor Shkolniks. A wonderfully orchestrated flashback sequence details how luckless Eliezer (Shlomo Bar-Aba) saw 30 years of diligent research rendered unnecessary by another scholar’s chance discovery. His simmering resentment is further fuelled by the rampant success enjoyed by his son Uriel (Lior Ashkenazi), whose more accessible Talmud-related writing he considers to be frivolous. When a clerical error sees Eliezer awarded the prestigious Israel Prize intended for Uriel, the younger Shkolnik must decide whether to let the spotlight shine on a man who seemingly has nothing but disdain for him. It’s precisely the sort of “impossible decision” that characters are required to make in all finely crafted screenplays, knowing that, regardless of their choice, not everyone gets to live happily ever after. As the drama escalates, Cedar skilfully entwines his characters’ arcs: Uriel discovers his inner resolve while the newly-emboldened Eliezer succumbs to petulance and vindictiveness. The filmmaker’s gift for wry humour and clever visuals is never more apparent than when Uriel confers with the Israel Prize committee. As a small army of intellectuals cram into a miniscule office like clowns into an undersized car, the scene never lapses into cartoonishness. Instead, it sublimely illustrates the utter absurdity of Uriel’s predicament and certifies that Footnote holds equal appeal for admirers of either Franz Kafka or the Coen Brothers. — C.W. ****

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A Main Street story Twigg&Hottie doesn’t bend to fashion trends By Kelsey Klassen


p a narrow set of stairs, amidst bins of overflowing fabric and lace, filtered attic light and dust fairies dancing in the warm air, a little girl learned to sew. Jessica Vaira, 31, is the continuation of many family traditions, from musical expression to sustainable lifestyle, but it was the making of garments that she has spun into a career. Both her grandmothers were seamstresses, and some of her fondest memories were of creating outfits for her dolls in her Grandma Barbara’s attic sewing room. “I was always nosing around the great vats of fabric. I’d make outfits for Barbies that always looked really good from the front,� she says with a laugh from behind the front counter of her clothing store, Twigg&Hottie. Originally from Vancouver Island, Vaira always expected to be a music teacher. Adrift after an unsatisfying stint in the Malaspina Jocal Jazz program, Vaira ended up moving to Vancouver to live with her brother, Mario — an up-andcoming music producer. The singer stumbled upon the now defunct Helen Lefeaux School of Fashion Design and realized the new direction was a perfect fit. “I hadn’t sewn from a pattern until I went to school, but my family always pushed us to do creative things that we were interested in. For me fashion is still such a cre-

ative thing, but it’s a creative thing I can put borders around.� During the 10-month intensive program, covering all aspects of the fashion world, Vaira met future business partners Glencora Twigg and Christine Hotton. Shortly before graduation in 2003, Twigg and Hotton linked up to buy a vintage consignment store on Main Street. After running it as-is for a short time, the two fashion grads started incorporating locally-made fashions, including their own designs, into the selection. The offerings initially leaned towards avant-garde — or super out-there, depending on who you ask — but Twigg & Hottie (3671 Main at 21st) has mellowed with time and found its niche in the Main Street vernacular. “The physical product in Twigg & Hottie is varied but what ties everything together is that one step must be taken out of the regular production process: made in Vancouver, made elsewhere but of sustainable fibre, or the underlying quality is a bit special. We want to connect people to the garments and to the reason we’ve chosen them for the store. Things don’t come from a store, there’s a huge backstory to every product. “Up Main there’s so much interesting stuff to check out and interesting perspectives. We each have our own little thing going on. Some people might have the misconception that all local design is Thing A, but really there’s a lot of variance in that. The Two of Hearts shop does a great job with their one particular aesthetic. Smoking Lily, an amazing shop with beautiful things, is another. “We’re a little bit more on the


Fashion and style news from across the city

Eco-conscious swimwear line La Isla Brand is going to be at this year’s Vancouver Eco Fashion Week presenting its 2012 collection. Recently featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, La Isla Brand maintains an environmental and social responsibility in its every day business practices. It employs head-of-household women in Colombia who hand-embroider La Isla’s unique bold prints. In addition to having their 2012 women’s swimwear collection on the runway for Eco Fashion Week, La Isla will also debut its first-ever men’s board short collection. The men’s collection will feature

Jessica Vaira, Glencora Twigg and Christine Hotton of Twigg&Hottie eclectic side, so our one thing is the eclectic-ness,� she concludes. Vaira joined the team as a coowner in 2006 and says one the rewards of being in business together for so long is that the three women have gotten to watch each others’ lives unfold. Twigg and Hotton have both started families and Vaira has continued to pursue her musical passions, performing regularly around Vancouver. Eight years in, Twigg & Hottie sits proudly alongside Eugene Choo, Smoking Lily, Barefoot Contessa and Front as one of the longest-running clothing retailers on a street that has seen some change. “Recently Life of Reilly on the corner closed. Hum — another example of local and Canadian — closed last summer. “There’s been a lot of emptiness, but where the Hum space was, the new soap store [The Soap Dispensa-

ry] is super cool, all refillable soaps and lovely little bits and pieces. She’s a wonderful addition to the street — along the same mindset but not diluting it.� But despite their longevity, there have been frustrations for the sustainable lifestyle proponents. “It can be hard to sway a lot of people that paying $10 for something crummy that falls apart and having to pay that $10 over and over again is just the same as paying $60 for quality that you’ll have for a long time. “There was a really big boom a couple years ago. It felt like people were super on the local train, but the economy has really been trickling down. It has been all over the map last couple of years. People are holding their cards very tight, and that mentality too, is ‘Oh, I want to buy something,’ and they pick that cheaper thing to satiate that

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urge rather than making a good informed decision. “People who shop along sustainable principles always will — they’re doing that because they feel good about it and its a good product — but some people can’t see past the bottom line of (price).� The economy seems to be thawing and the women are optimistic that things will level off. As more restaurants like Last Crumb Bakery and Cafe (coming July) round out the area, Main Street can only become more of a destination. The girls plan to keep up with the resurgence by offering Trunk Shows, where entire collections are brought to the store by the designer and offered at 15% off; deals of the week through their Facebook page; and a late night shopping event with other retailers along the street coming this summer. (

design aesthetics including 80s neon and bold stripes using classic men’s board short silhouettes. La Isla has partnered with Canadian company, Mala Imports, for the featured accessories of the show. The Balinese handmade jewelry collection incorporates spiritual numbers with authentic beads by Aum Rudraksha Designs. Worn by Julia Roberts in the film Eat, Pray, Love, the natural tone beads are enhanced with bold colored gems and tassels selected as a reminder of the consciousness within. This collaboration will prove to be a union of authentic style and eco friendly practices. Catch the show April 11 at 7pm in Vancouver’s historic Robson Square. Got Shop Talk? Email




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Free Will Astrology Rob Brezsny • Week of March 29 ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): A few months after America invaded Iraq in 2003, soldier Brian Wheeler wrote the following to help us imagine what it was like over there: “Go to the worst crime-infested place you can find. Go heavily armed, wearing a flak jacket and a Kevlar helmet. Set up shop in a vacant lot. Announce to the residents that you are there to help them, and in the loudest voice possible yell that every Crip and Blood within hearing distance is a PANSY.” As a characterbuilding exercise, Aries, I highly recommend you try something like this yourself. APRIL FOOL! I was just kidding. What I just said is not an accurate reading of the astrological omens. But this is: Get out of your comfort zone, yes, but with a smart gamble, not a crazy risk.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): According to a recent poll, God’s approval rating has dipped below 40 per cent for the first time on record. My research suggests the new low is due in part to a disproportionate amount of dissatisfaction by those born under the sign of Taurus. Can you fix this please? If you’re one of the discontent, please see if you can talk yourself into restoring some of your faith in the Divine Wow. APRIL FOOL! The real truth is, I encourage you to be skeptical in regards to all authorities, experts, and topdogs, including God. It’s an excellent time in your cycle to go rogue, to scream “I defy you, stars!” Be a rabble-rousing, boat-rocking doubter. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Photographer Darrin Harris Frisby doesn’t think people should smile in photographs. He regards it as “superficial and misleading.” In the greatest portraits ever painted, he says, the subject’s gaze is almost always neutral, “neither inviting nor forbidding.” Did Rembrandt ever show people grinning from ear to ear? No. Did Vermeer, Goya, Titian, Sargent, or Velasquez? Nope. Make that your guiding thought in the coming week, Gemini. Be a connoisseur of the poker face. APRIL FOOL! I lied. The truth is, in the coming week you will have more than ample reasons to be of good cheer. You should therefore express delight extravagantly. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Back in 1835, a newspaper known as The New York Sun resorted to an extreme measure in order to boost readership: It ran a story about how the renowned astronomer Sir John Herschel had perfected a telescope that allowed him to see life forms on the moon, including unicorns, two-legged beavers that had harnessed fire, and sexually liberated “manbats.” If I’m reading the astrological omens correctly, Cancerian, you temporarily have license to try something almost equally as wild and experimental to “boost your readership.” APRIL FOOL! I lied about the unicorns. Don’t refer to cliched chimeras like them. But it’s fine to invoke more unexpected curiosities

like fire-using beavers and sexually liberated manbats. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): In his documentary film Prohibition, Ken Burns reports on the extreme popularity of alcohol in 19th-century America. He says that the typical person over 15 years of age drank 88 bottles of whiskey a year. In light of the current astrological omens, Leo, I suggest you increase your intake to that level and even beyond. APRIL FOOL! I lied. It’s not literal alcoholic spirits you should be ingesting in more abundance, but rather big ideas that open your mind, inspirational sights and sounds that dissolve your inhibitions, and intriguing people who expand your worldview. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): A woman in Euclid, Ohio claims her house is haunted by randy ghosts. “They have sex in my living room,” Dianne Carlisle told a TV news reporter. “You can see the lady’s high-heeled shoes.” I suspect you may soon be dealing with a similar problem, Virgo. So consider the possibility of hiring an X-rated exorcist. APRIL FOOL! The naked truth is that you will not be visited by spooks of any kind, let alone horny ones. However, you would be smart to purify and neutralize old karma that might still be haunting your love life or your sex life. Consider performing a do-it-yourself exorcism of your own memories. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): In Karley Sciortino’s NSFW blog, she announces that “this blog is intended to trick strangers into thinking my life is more exciting than it actually is.” I highly recommend you adopt that approach, Libra. Do whatever it takes — lying, deceiving, exaggerating, bragging — to fool everyone into believing that you are a fascinating character who is in the midst of marvelous, high-drama adventures. APRIL FOOL! I wasn’t totally sincere about what I just said. The truth is, your life is likely to be a rousing adventure in the coming days. There’ll be no need to pretend it is, and therefore no need to cajole or trick others into thinking it is.

self-esteem,” said author William Gibson, “first make sure you are not, in fact, just surrounded by a--holes.” This is a good time to check in with yourself, Scorpio, and see if Gibson’s advice applies to you. Lately, the jackass quotient seems to have been rising in your vicinity. APRIL FOOL! I was half-joking. It’s true that you should focus aggressively on reducing the influence of jerks in your life. At the same time, you should also ask yourself rather pointedly how you could reduce your problems by changing something about yourself. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): Do not under any circumstances put on a frog costume, go to a shopping mall, and ride around on a unicycle while reciting erotic poetry in German through a megaphone. APRIL FOOL! I lied. That wouldn’t be such a terrible use of your time. The astrological omens suggest that you will be visited by rather unusual creative surges that may border on being wacky. Personally, though, I would prefer it if you channeled your effervescent fertility in more highly constructive directions, like dreaming up new approaches to love that will have a very practical impact on your romantic life. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan is stirred to the point of rapture by Jay Gatsby’s silk shirts. “I’ve never seen such beautiful shirts before,” she sobs, burying her face in one as she sits in his bedroom. I sincerely hope you will have an equivalent brush with this kind of resplendence sometime soon, Capricorn. For the sake of your mental and even physical health, you need direct contact with the sublime. APRIL FOOL! I half-lied. It’s true that you would profoundly benefit from a brush with resplendence. But I can assure you that plain old material objects, no matter how lush and expensive, won’t do the trick for you.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): Last December a woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma made creative use of a Wal-Mart. She gathered various ingrediSCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): “Before you ents from around the shelves, including lightdiagnose yourself with depression or low er fluid, lithium, and drain cleaner, and set up a meth lab right there in the back of the store. She’s your role model for the coming week, Aquarius. APRIL FOOL! I lied, kind of. The woman I mentioned got Get the training and support you need to find and keep a job in B.C. arrested for illegal activity, which I don’t advise you Job search resources • Personal employment planning • Workshops and training • Specialized services to do. But I do hope you will ascend to her levels of ingenuity and audacity as you gather all the resources you need for a novel experiment.

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THEATRE LA LISTE Jennifer Tremblay’s award-winning drama about a woman consumed by guilt attempting to reconstruct the order of events that led to her neighbour’s death. Mar. 28-31 at Studio 16, 8pm. $24-$27 from 604-736-2616.


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AWOLNATION Alt-rock solo project from multi-instrumentalist Aaron Bruno. Apr. 5 at Commodore, 8pm. $25 (Z, TM).

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CLASSICAL UBC SCHOOL OF MUSIC Free. Tickets available at Chan Centre ticket office at noon on day of performance. • Mar. 29, noon: Special matinee performance of AVE EVA, university singers. • Mar. 30, 8pm: AVE EVA university singers, full program • Mar. 31, 8pm: Canadian conductor Raffi Armenian will lead the UBC Symphony Orchestra, featuring percussionist Jeremy Lawi, winner of the 2012 UBC Concerto Competition. • Apr. 5, 8pm: Postcard from the Americas. UBC Symphonic Winds Ensemble, UBC Concert Winds, and featuring UBC Opera Ensemble.

JOHANNES MÖLLER CLASSICAL GUITAR RECITAL The Vancouver Classic Guitar Society presents Swedish guitarist and 2010 GFA International prize winner performing works by Albeniz, Barrios, Craeyvanger and Johannes Möller. Mar. 31, 7pm at St. James Community Hall, 3214 West 10 Ave. $5-$20. Tickets/info:

VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The VSO presents its 2012 series of concerts. All shows at Orpheum Theatre, 8pm, unless otherwise indicated. Info: 604-8763434 • Tickets from • Apr. 2: Wizard of Oz Come in costume to watch this classic, remastered in all its glory.

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Percussion legend and tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion offer a mesmerizing exploration of Indian music. Apr. 1, 7pm at Chan Centre, UBC. $47-$53 (student/senior discounts available). Tickets at: Chan Centre box office,, (TM). live at Venue, 881 Granville St. on Apr. 3, $24.50 at, Beat Street Records, (TM).


The Life Game shows us a side of improv, and ourselves, that you may not expect. Last Sunday of every month (Apr. 29, May 27, June 24) at 8pm. Studio 1398, 1398 Cartwright St., Granville Island. $10 at door. (TT).

BURNT BY THE SUN Passion and politics collide in this chilling tale of betrayal, intrigue and love gone wrong during the chaos of Stalinist Russia. Presented by United Players. Thurs. through Sun. at 8pm. Mar. 30 - Apr. 22 at Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St. $16-$20. Preview Show: Mar. 29 $10. HEDDA GABLER Osimous Theatre presents Ibsen’s classic staged inside the Roedde House Museum. To Mar. 31 at Roedde House Museum, 8pm. $ from 604-689-0926.

named Ernest. To Apr. 15 at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 8pm (Wed-Sat), 7:30pm (Tues). Matinees: Wed, Sat-Sun, 2pm. $29-$65 from 604-687-1644.

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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). Mar. 29-31: Ari Shaffir; Apr. 5-7: Brendon Walsh.

THEATRESPORTS LEAGUE Improv comedy at The Improv Centre on Granville Island (1502 Duranleau). Ticket prices vary $5-$25 from 604-687-1644 and • 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 • Theatre Sports: Thur-Sat 7:30pm; Fri-Sat 9:30pm • Rookie Night: Sun 7:30pm • The Improv Challenge: Tues Apr. 24, 7:30pm

BLIND PANTHER STAND-UP COMEDY Weekly comedy night hosted by Jason Bryden and Jimmy Barnes. Mon at Prophouse Cafe (1636 Venables), 9pm. $5 cover. QUEER IMPROV SHOW Tops & Bottoms improv group’s weekly show. Mon at Oasis Ultra Lounge, 7pm. Free. THE $100 WINNER TAKES ALL VARIETY SHOW Patrick Maliha hosts this weekly variety show every Tues. The Fray (3980 Fraser), 9-11pm. Free. To sign up, contact Patrick Maliha via Facebook.

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SCAR TISSUE Based on the novel by Michael Ignatieff; directed by Dennis Foon. Apr. 5-28, Revue Stage, 8pm. (Wed.-Sat.), Tues. 7:30pm, Matinees: Wed. & Sat. 2pm. $25-$35 from 604-687-1644 or VICTOR/VICTORIA Tony Awardwinning musical about the Parisian entertainer who finds success disguised as a man impersonating a woman, and unexpectedly attracts the attention of a mobster. To Apr. 7 at Metro Theatre, 8pm. $19-$28 from 604-266-7191.

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WORDS VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL PRESENTS All readings are free at Vancouver Public Library’s Alice MacKay room at 7:30pm unless otherwise indicated.

ROBSON READING SERIES All readings are free at the UBC Bookstore at Robson Square, 7pm, and free unless otherwise indicated. Apr. 3: National Poetry Month Celebration: • Margaret Christakos (Welling)


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THE FUTURE IS FEMALE Vancouver painter Angela Grossman explores the struggle for identity, security and self-acceptance in a new exhibit at Winsor Gallery, 3025 Granville St., running Apr. 4-May 6. Opening reception with artist Apr. 4 from 6-8pm.

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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

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673

PIANO; APT SIZE Lowrey upright piano $550/obo. Ph: 604-418-6274 or 604-531-1576.


2002 TOYOTA CAMRY XLE 4 door. White 187,000 kms. $7700. Call 604-541-9129.

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 1-866-9815991.

Always! deliver Top soil, bark mulch, sand & gravel. 7days/wk. Simon 604-230-0627 will spread


2001 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA, 1.8T turbo, 4 dr sedan, std, all options, exc cond. $5500 obo 604-780-8404




2004 ITASCA SPIRIT 29.4 ft. Class C motorhome, 50,000km. 2 slide outs, awnings, generator & ext. warranty. Exc. cond. $42,900. (604)856-8177 604-308-5489

1997 BMW 318iS 2 dr. coupe, 4 cyl, auto, silver on blk. leather, sunroof, pwr. options, A/C, local, only 109K mint. cond. $5900 / 604.312.7418

• Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct (604)294-2331

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




Bachelor - $950/mo. Hardwood floors. Avail Immediately.




2008 PONTIAC WAVE, 4 dr sedan, auto, high kms. runs/looks good, white, $4300 firm. 604-538-9257.

MATTRESSES staring at $99

New and Re-Roof Specialist Residential & Commercial. Shakes, Shingles and Duroid.


1993 BUICK Park Ave. Altera, fully loaded, G.T.S., aircared, $3,900. Call (778)565-4334

1 & 2 Bedroom apts avail starting at $1075/mo. - West End. Clean, Quiet Bldg. No Pets. Near beach!


SAWMILLS from only $3997 MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: 1-800566-6899 Ext:400OT.


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!

SHIFT AUTO FINANCE Get Approved Today! CREDIT DOESN’T MATTER.. For The Best Interest Rate Call: 1.877.941.4421 WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in March, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888-5936095,

Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022


ADVERTISING province-wide with 604-575-5555


WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective March 29 to April 4, 2012. We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.

Grocery Department

Meat Department

Olympic Yogurt

Sockeye Salmon Fillets

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

assorted varieties


assorted varieties


650g • product of BC

Produce Department Large Hass Avocados

value pack, previously frozen

7.99lb/ 17.61kg





certified organic, fair trade


500ml • product of Canada

Rice, Almond, Oat or Coconut Dream

Spring Creek Outside Round Baron of Beef

Hot Kid Rice Crisps

assorted varieties


2/3.98 MaraNatha Organic Peanut Butter


Silver Hills Sprouted 100% Whole Grains Bread

B.C. Grown

Choices’ Own Cornish Pasties


2.99 ! w e N

each • reg 3.99

Terra Gourmet Vegetable Chips

Jarlsberg Cheese

assorted varieties

assorted varieties





600-615g product of Canada

reg 3.99/100g

170-226g product of USA

Light or Smoked


Popcorn Indiana Popcorn and Chip'ins

assorted varieties

assorted varieties



205-297g • product of USA


Bakery Department Cranberry Pecan Sourdough Bread

300-400g • product of USA

Stahlbush Island Farms Organic Frozen Grains and Legumes

L'Ancetre Organic Cheese assorted varieties



325g product of Canada



Hot Cross Buns



Latin Organics Direct Trade Organic Coffee


Bulk Department

Tamari Organic Pumpkin Seeds bins or bags

10% off

regular retail price

Health Care Department Omega Nutrition Organic Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder



High in protein, 100% vegetarian and gluten free. The new superfood of nutrition!

Amazing Grass Green Superfood


assorted varieties

Red Tomatoes on the Vine

Deli Department

4 pack/311ml • Product of USA +deposit +eco fee

Stahlbush Island Farms Frozen Vegetables



100g • product of China

assorted varieties

500g • product of USA

B.C. Grown, Certified Organic


3 lb bag

R.W. Knudsen Sparkling Fruit Spritzers

crunchy or smooth


4.99lb/ 11.00kg

assorted varieties


Concorde Pears from Harker’s Organics

package of 6

Wolfgang Puck Organic Soups



Amazing Grass Certified Organic Green SuperFood is a perfect blend of alkalizing greens, antioxidant rich whole food fruits and vegetables.

assorted varieties

assorted varieties




454g • product of Canada

So Delicious Frozen Coconut Milk Desserts

2/4.00 398ml • product of USA

assorted varieties



500ml • product of USA

Rice Hot Cross Buns (new improved recipe)

VIP 2X Liquid Laundry Detergent

assorted varieties


Sibu Sea Buckthorn Facial Care

Rice Bakery


20% off

regular retail price



Omega 3,6,9 and the elusive Omega 7 complete this skin, hair and nail solution. Features a beauty drink, daily supplements and facial care products made from premium Himalayan sea buckthorn berries.

package of 4


product of B.C.

Happy 5th Anniversary Choices Markets at the Crest, 8683 10th Ave, Burnaby.


Come and join us on Saturday, March 31, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. We will be hosting a donation barbecue along with cake and coffee and many in-store specials. See you there!

Look for our

WOW! PRICING Kitsilano




Rice Bakery

South Surrey

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

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

WE Vancouver, March 29, 2012  

March 29, 2012 edition of the WE Vancouver