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Royal Winnipeg Ballet Presents: Svengali Partially inspired by filmmaking maverick Guy Maddin, the RWB’s latest lavish production boasts psychological complexity to rival Mark Godden’s intricate choreography. You’re invited to either delve into the subtext or simply allow yourself be entranced by the spectacle. Svengali runs April 20 to 22 at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, 8pm. Tickets $44-$96 from Ticketmaster.

Into the Wild Those crazy kids from the Arts Club’s smash hit Sexy Laundry are back! And this time Henry and Alice are camping—sort of. Forced to examine their relationship in the tangle of the wilderness — including collapsing tents, uninvited guests, and their own particular style of alfresco “cuisine” — they just might discover how to survive a true mid-life crisis. Henry and Alice: Into the Wild runs from April 19 to May 26 at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets at ArtsClub.com



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Voted Whistler’s Best Event in Pique Newsmagazine’s annual awards, the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival is back for its 17th year with sports, arts, fashion and music. From April 13 to 22, Whistler Blackcomb resort will be transformed into a thriving hub of foot-stomping live music, adrenaline-pumping sports competitions and awe-inspiring arts and lifestyle events. Playing Sunday April 15, The Cat Empire will help kick off the 10 days of festivities with their iconic, anything goes sound. The Sheepdogs, purveyors of good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, shake the mainstage the following Sunday, April 22. Follow them on Twitter @wssf and Facebook for all the up to the minute news. WSSF.com


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s was the case with many of us, the CBC played a prominent role in Tyler Morgenstern’s upbringing. The Current and Disc Drive provided the soundtrack for rides to and from school. North of 60 — which was produced by a family friend — became an institution. Hockey Night in Canada was watched with due reverence. “The CBC has always been a very big part of my life. It’s been an essential part of how I’ve learned culture, learned news, learned my country, and learned the world,” he says. “My relationship to it over time has really only gotten closer. I’ve learned at a conceptual level and at a political level the real value and worth of having a public media alternative.” When Morgenstern saw the recently-delivered budget cuts to the Mother Corp looming, he enlisted as engagement co-ordinator for the Reimagine CBC campaign. Rather than simply appealing to nostalgia, the campaign engages people in “an interesting conversation that was creative and collaborative and focused on the future.” “I think it has exceeded any expectations that we may have had,” he says of the venture, found at ReimagineCBC.ca. Hundreds of Canadians have

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Curling for world peace? Vancouver artist Jason Young somehow makes it plausible

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Illuminated in the glow of his high-tech curling rocks, Jason Young uses the sport as an analogy for collaboration in his April 10 New York art event.


rant/rave! E-MAIL: rantrave@wevancouver.com RANTLINE: 604-742-8673 All rants are the opinion of the individual and do not reflect the opinions of WE. The editor reserves the right to edit for clarity and brevity, so please keep it short and (bitter)sweet.

Signs, signs everywhere are signs A mini-billboard attached to the bus shelter has completely blocked the sidewalk on Beach Ave. where LOTS of people walk, all because a mini billboard has been attached to the bus shelter. How was this allowed to happen? Oh, I know: these signs generate dollar$. That’s why it’s there. Screw the pedestrians, they can get nailed by a cyclist OR walk out into traffic. I pity the poor buggers in wheelchairs travelling past here. As well, the enormous, needless, Cactus Club sign is overkill. We all know what and where that landmark building on the beach is. That huge monolithic sign should be removed; it ruins the views it has already displaced here. Time to get rid of it. Paul Richards, via email

Vomit-inducing princess passengers Re: Re: “It’s not about parents”, Rants, April 5 (in response to my rant March 29.) While I’m genuinely very grateful for information regarding the origins of the “Baby on Board” car stickers, I’m afraid that I maintain my scepticism about the motives behind their usage, given that the now vomit-inducing variations of “Little Princess on Board” and “Little Dude on Board” would appear to me to suggest that the owners are making a statement rather than giving a warning. And re: “Better safe than sorry”, while I hear what you’re saying, I would respectfully suggest that someone who is NOT careful is


going to rear-end you whatever sticker you have. Roger (as it seems to be important to state parental qualifications, I too am a ‘caring’ father and grandfather)

Snopes vs urban legend Re: “It’s not about the parents.” For the sake of accuracy, Baby on Board signs were not started after a baby was inadvertently left in a car after an accident. Use Snopes.com to check the accuracy of urban legends like this. The sign was implemented following the use of such signs in Europe. The intent was for other drivers to be more careful. The sign would more appropriately read “Warning! Sleep deprived parent on board” Jean R.N., via email

Nice paper I picked up WE for the first time and was impressed. Will look for it again but please, how about leaving the sex trade ads/photos to that other Vancouver publication, the one that used to be focused on the music and counter culture scene many years ago. Anonymous, via email

Manly advice Too many Vancouver men look like apes. They’re clomping down the street with their feet splayed outward, their legs bowed, their shoulders hunched, a scowl on their face. Vancouver men, stand up! Look forward with a smile. Put your shoulders back, it makes your butt looks better. Anonymous, via Rantline

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Free Will Astrology Rob Brezsny • Week of April 5

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Some people misunderstand the do-it-now fervor of the Aries tribe, thinking it must inevitably lead to carelessness. Please prove them wrong in the coming weeks. Launch into the interesting new possibilities with all your exuberance unfurled. Refuse to allow the natural energy to get hemmed in by theories and concepts. But also be sure not to mistake rash impatience for intuitive guidance. Consider the likelihood that your original vision of the future might need to be tinkered with a bit as you translate it into the concrete details. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): There is a possibility that a pot of gold sits at the end of the rainbow. The likelihood is small, true, but it’s not zero. On the other hand, the rainbow is

definitely here and available for you to enjoy. Of course, you would have to do some more work on yourself in order to gather in the fullness of that enjoyment. Here’s the potential problem: You may be under the impression that the rainbow is less valuable than the pot of gold. So let me ask you: What if the rainbow’s the real prize?

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): “It’s eternity in a person that turns the crank handle,” said Franz Kafka. At least that should be the case, I would add. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that a lot of people let other, lesser things turn the crank handle — like the compulsive yearning for money, power, and love, for example. I challenge you to check in with yourself sometime soon and determine what exactly has been turning your crank handle. If it ain’t eternity, or whatever serves as eternity in your world view, get yourself adjusted. In the coming months, it’s crucial that you’re running on the cleanest, purest fuel.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): For a white guy from 19th-century England, David Livingstone was unusually egalitarian. As he travelled in Africa, he referred to what were then called “witch doctors” as “my professional colleagues.” In the coming weeks, Cancerian, I encourage you to be inspired by Livingstone as you expand your notion of who your allies are. For example, consider people to be your colleagues if they simply try to influence the world in the same ways you do, even if they work in different jobs or spheres. What might be your version of Livingstone’s witch doctors? Go outside of your usual network as you scout around for confederates who might connect you to exotic new perspectives and resources you never imagined you could use. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): The flag of California features the image of a grizzly bear, and the huge carnivore is the state’s official animal. And yet grizzly bears have been extinct in California since 1922, when the last one was shot and killed. Is there any discrepancy like that in your own life, Leo? Do you continue to act as if a particular symbol or icon is important to you even though it has no practical presence in your life? If so, this would be a good time to update your attitude. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): The cartoon character Felix the Cat made his debut in 1919. He was a movie star in the era of silent films, and eventually appeared in his own comic strip and TV show. But it wasn’t until 1953, when he was 34 years old, that he first got his Magic Bag of Tricks, which allowed him to do many things he wasn’t able to do before. I bring this up, Virgo, because I believe you’re close to acquiring a magic bag of tricks that wasn’t on your radar until you had matured to the point where you are now. To ensure that you get that bag, though, you will have to ripen even a bit more.

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LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): I have one child, a daughter, and raising her conscientiously has been one of the great privileges and joys of my life. Bonus: She has turned out to be a stellar human being. Every now and then, though, I get a bit envious of parents who’ve created bigger families. If bringing up one kid is so rewarding, maybe more would be even better. I asked an acquaintance of mine, a man with six kids, how he had managed to pull off that difficult feat. He told me quite candidly, “My secret is that I’m not a good father; I’m very neglectful.” I offer up this story as a way to encourage you, at this juncture in your development, to favor quality over quantity. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): I expect there’ll be some curious goings-on this week. A seemingly uninspired idea could save you from a dumb decision, for example. An obvious secret may be the key to defeating a covert enemy. And a messy inconvenience might show up just in time to help you do the slightly uncool but eminently right thing. Can you deal with this much irony, Scorpio? Can you handle such big doses of the old flippety-flop and oopsieloopsie? For extra credit, here are two additional odd blessings you could capitalize on: a humble teaching

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SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): Some of our pagan forbears imagined they had a duty to assist with nature’s revival every spring by performing fertility rituals. And wouldn’t it be fun if it were even slightly true that you could help the crops germinate and bloom by making sweet love in the fields? At the very least, carrying out such a ceremony might stimulate your own personal creativity. In accordance with the astrological omens, I invite you to slip away to a secluded outdoor spot, either by yourself or with a romantic companion. On a piece of paper, write down a project you’d like to make thrive in the coming months. Bury the note in the good earth, then enjoy an act of love right on top of it. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Once upon a time, I fell in love with a brilliant businesswoman named Loreen. I pursued her with all my wiles, hoping to win her amorous affection. After playing hard to get for two months, she shocked me with a brazen invitation: Would I like to accompany her on a whirlwind vacation to Paris? “I think I can swing it,” I told her. But there was a problem: I was flat broke. What to do? I decided to raise the funds by selling off a precious heirloom from childhood, my collection of 6,000 vintage baseball cards. Maybe this story will inspire you to do something comparable, Capricorn: Sacrifice an outmoded attachment or juvenile treasure or youthful fantasy so as to empower the future of love. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): We all know that spiders are talented little creatures. Spiders’ silk is as strong as steel, and their precisely geometric webs are engineering marvels. But even though they have admirable qualities I admire, I don’t expect to have an intimate connection with a spider any time soon. A similar situation is at work in the human realm. I know certain people who are amazing creators and leaders but don’t have the personal integrity or relationship skills that would make them trustworthy enough to seek out as close allies. Their beauty is best appreciated from afar. Consider the possibility that the ideas I’m articulating here would be good for you to meditate on right now, Aquarius. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Have you ever had the wind knocked out of you? It feels weird for a short time, but leaves no lasting damage. I’m expecting that you will experience a form of that phenomenon sometime soon. Metaphorically speaking, the wind will get knocked out of you. But wait -- before you jump to conclusions and curse me out for predicting this, listen to the rest of my message. The wind that will get knocked out of you will be a wind that needed to be knocked out — a wind that was causing confusion in your gut-level intuition. In other words, you’ll be lucky to get that wind knocked out of you. You’ll feel much better afterwards, and you will see things more clearly. HOMEWORK: Why is this a perfect moment? Tell me at Truthrooster@gmail.com. To hear my reasons why, tune in to my podcast: http://bit.ly/PerfectionNow.

Vote online, by mail or in select branches Be part of something greater and vote for those who will guide how we make an impact. Results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting. Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Place: Italian Cultural Centre 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver Time: Registration begins at 6:00 pm Call to order at 7:15 pm Go to vancity.com for further details.

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xpect to see more people downtown this year when the cruise ships dock. Cruise ship “Calls to Port” are down from 199 in 2011 to 191 for 2012 in Vancouver, reports the Vancouver chapter of Les Clefs d’Or, the association of professional concierges. However, the passenger count will up slightly — to 650,000 — because ships returning to Vancouver from Seattle will have a higher passenger capacity, eg. Sapphire Princess (approximately 3,000). The Coral Princess will arrive every Monday. There are four “black days” (really, really busy days) this season (compared to two in 2011):

• May 19: three ships at Canada Place = 15,000 passengers and one ship at Ballantyne Pier = 5,000 passengers • September 14: three ships at Canada Place = 13,000 passengers • September 23: three ships at Canada Place = 10,500 passengers and one ship at Ballantyne Pier = 5,000 passengers There is also one “red day” (a really busy day): September 22: three ships at Canada Place = 10,000 passengers and one ship at Ballantyne Pier = 5,000 passengers. Canada Day is on a Sunday this year with two ships in port (6,300 passengers).

• May 11: three ships at Canada Place = 12,000 passengers


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n Drake Street, steps away from the water, there is a short crosswalk connecting Elsie Roy Elementary School to the Roundhouse Community Centre. Before, during, and after class, students from the Yaletown school make the trip between these two buildingsto attend a dance class, to wait for their parents to pick them up, to just hang out during the noon hour. Volunteers from the Roundhouse use the route to visit the school grounds daily-to meet with the school’s administrators and teachers, to walk younger students back from activities, to eat lunch in David Lam Park, which doubles as Elsie Roy’s playground. Of course, it’s just a crosswalk. But the buildings it links are pillars in the Yaletown community, and their co-operation is one example of how a midsized public elementary school has benefited from partnering with the businesses and groups that share its dense, urban neighbourhood. The eight-year-old school is perhaps best known as that school where parents used to camp out overnight in the rain to ensure their kids’ admittance. (It’s since moved to a lottery system-the principal, Rosa Fazio, says the camp-out method was unfair.) There are an estimated 3,000 children living in the downtown core, according to the 2006 census, and Elsie Roy was the first inner-city elementary school to be built in Vancouver since 1975 (the next one, near International Village, is in the planning stages; Fazio says it is being mirrored after Elsie Roy’s model). Right now, the school holds 355 students, but four new classrooms have just been finished (classrooms that a small group of students helped decorate), which means that next year, that number will grow to 420. “We’re full, we are over full,” says Fazio. “The hope is the International Village will be built and they’ll be able to take some of the kids.” The waitlist is ever-present, says Fazio (known endearingly as Miss Rosa to the students). And no wonder-not only is it catering to a large surrounding population, but this is a public school that

boasts interactive whiteboards, 60 iPads for student use (thanks primarily to one of their community partners, the Yaletown Lions Club), the Middle Years Baccalaureate program, wi-fi everywhere, and the means to provide inclusive, personalized learning in a multi-cultural, urban setting. It’s this multi-cultural setting in a vertical neighbourhood that the parents I spoke to at Elsie Roy were most fond of. Many of the families live in the surrounding condos and there is no dominant cultural group. “We’re living in a community where everybody knows everybody, you see the same faces, you feel comfortable-you actually feel quite safe,” says Emerald Yeh, whose daughter is in Grade 5. Another parent, Sue Bai, bought a house in Port Moody when her daughter was first born, but her family ultimately moved back to Yaletown because they felt isolated and missed living in a walkable neighbourhood. The central location also places the school in a position that allows them to benefit from the surrounding businesses and community groups. The Roundhouse is the most obvious partner (it’s often referred to as the school’s other half), but more than 20 other businesses and six non-profits also support their neighbourhood’s school. Concord Pacific has financed learning initiatives to the tune of over $40,000 throughout the years, and Allen Financial, a life insurance company that’s been in business in Yaletown for 25 years, is working on a series of videos promoting the school’s connections in the community. How do they get these sponsors? Fazio and the PAC go out and ask. Having worked in 10 schools over the last 22 years, Fazio recognizes her school is in a fortunate position — some schools have to fundraise for the basics, while Elsie Roy’s fundraising efforts focus on the instructional piece of the educational puzzle, what she describes as the “and more.” “There’s a strong commitment from the staff at Elsie Roy and the staff at the Roundhouse to really work together,” says Denise Johnson, a Vancouver School Board director of instruction who works with Elsie Roy. There are other schools in the district that have strong community ties, such as Strathcona Elementary, which also shares grounds with their neighbourhood community centre.

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Principal Rosa Fazio, second from right, believes in seeking out partnerships with parents, neighbours, the school board and local businesses to make the school stronger.


Patti-Jo Wiese is working with Rosa Fazio on a series of two-minute videos for the web called Elsie Roy Elementary: Community ConnecXtions. The project is being funded by Ross Allan of Allan Financial. “He is keenly aware of the how this small school is the touchstone of the community and that many people are unaware of just how family oriented Yaletown has become.” The four videos promote and support the school’s innovative alliances and Fazio’’s proactive approach to personalized learning, says Wiese. “Other communities stand to learn a lot from Elsie Roy.” The first video, which has been completed, profiles Elsie Roy’s partnership with the Roundhouse Community Centre. The three others, which will be ready by June, are as follows: • Vancouver Art Gallery — world-class access to creative engagement. • Ghost Mapping — Yaletown’s Rail history... living memories all around us. • Yaletown Business — our modern school thrives with community corporate giving.

You can’t get more urban and yet more small-town community than this: Elsie Roy Elementary sits along the Seawall, surrounded by Yaletown’s condo towers. Doug Shanks photo The school board has just published its sectoral review, Our Future (available online), part of which looks at how schools are working with their community partners and identifying who they can work with in the future. “There’s a real interest, willingness and excitement about aiding and increasing our community partnerships,” she says, noting that the interest goes both ways. “I think everyone’s starting to realize the benefits of us working together.” When I visited Elsie Roy during the morning recess late last week, some of the older kids were lounging about in the front office - rocking back and

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he development of “spatial awareness” is a hot topic in my house these days. I’ve been trying to imprint upon my children the importance of recognizing their immediate surroundings in relation to their activities so as to improve their chances of still being alive come adolescence. Crossing the street? Look both ways. Waving a lightsaber around like a Sith Lord’s apprentice? Check behind you. Dropping in at the skatepark? Make sure that no one else is first. Progress has been slow, but I daresay they’re doing a better job than the staff at Max’s Burgers. They weren’t bumping into tables, dropping trays of their booze-infused milkshakes, or anything of that typical kind. I thought their service was pretty spot on for a burger joint. The problem is their soundtrack. The new restaurant on West 8th off Cambie (across from Whole Foods) has plenty going for it. I’ve been a few times since their January opening, and tasted my way through much of its menu. Its nine burger options are big, well thought out and capably put together. I’m partial to the “British Columbian” and the “Five Alarm Funk”; the former is blessed with applewood smoked bacon, cheddar, and bacon marmalade, and the latter is spread with delicious apricot and habanero jam and mounted with enough blue cheese to quell the fire. The brioche buns are nice and soft, and the accompanying fries (whether yam or potato) are big on taste. But the music... Restaurants are generally careful about the hip hop genre. I expose my kids to plenty of it at home, but I appreciate the chasm of difference between, say, De La Soul and Too Short. One is appropriate for all audiences, and the other...not so much. It’s a subtlety that is completely lost on the staff at Max’s Burgers. Let’s take Eminem’s Bag-

The British Columbian is delicious at Max’s Burgers. The hip-hop music that can accompany it, however, is inappropriate. pipes From Baghdad as an example, as it was playing when our food was delivered to our table... Insert inappropriate, expletive-laden song lyrics here. Such a stanza would have been an especially tricky to explain to curious sixand 10- year-old audiophiles had they not been so immersed in the arrival of their cute little trios of chicken and beef sliders. Lucky for me, they failed to hear. Moments later, however... Insert inappropriate, expletive-laden song lyrics here. This time, with his brow furrowed, the eldest of my boys asked, “What’s up with this song, Dad?” I pretended not to hear and asked a question of my own: “Hey, do you guys know what beef tallow is?” They shook their heads. Insert inappropriate, expletive-laden song lyrics here. “It’s rendered fat from cows,” I quickly explained, “and the fries that you guys are chomping on are actually cooked in it.” Their faces registered an eww factor of 10. “That might sound gross, but don’t they taste great?” I popped a few in my mouth for emphasis. They nodded tentative agreement, staring at their fries with

“Um...” I wavered. Their ears had pricked up again. “...when I was a kid, McDonald’s used to fry their fries in beef tallow,“ I ad-libbed (it was true). “They stopped doing that over 20 years ago, and they’ve really never been the same since.” Dad was boring. Crisis averted. The table next to us with the three children under 10 were having similar trouble. I overheard one of them ask, “Mommy, why is the song swearing?” She didn’t know. How could she? Except for the many flat screen televisions showing silent sports highlights, Max’s Burgers certainly had the look of a kid-friendly, easygoing diner of the Rockwellian kind. Families were ensconced in booths, maraschino cherries abounded, and the food tugged more convincingly than White Spot, and yet... Defeated, I waved down our server. “I think we’re going to get the rest of our food packed up to go.” She looked at us, worried. We were not even halfway through our food. “Is everything OK?” she asked. It was bewildering. Were we not in the same room? How was it possible that she could so completely tune out the inappropriateness of the soundtrack? Ill-considered soundtracks aren’t an uncommon thing, but this was the first time I’d ever had to bolt from a meal on account of one. And shockingly, this is not the first time that Max’s Burgers has been given grief about it. Just a couple of months ago, one of my colleagues — a critic at another paper — wrote of how “the staff had cranked the music to a deafening, conversationstunting pitch”. She didn’t mention the inappropriateness of the lyrics, but that’s beside the greater point. As diners, we put ourselves in what we expect to be the capable, careful charge of people who’ve been trained in spatial awareness. Good crews are schooled in making customers feel at home and anticipating their needs, whether they be the expeditious delivery of food or the replacement of cutlery between courses. All of that was done, but all of that was made moot because they’d also been tasked with the responsibility of an iPod.

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t was right about this time of year in 2010, when I was wrapping up my years running Gastown’s Salt Tasting Room, that I decided to take a small break before diving into the very abstract world of freelance wine consulting. A friend was running the Okanagan’s Naramata Heritage Inn and told me there was an opportunity to help with the wine program over the summer. Having been a long-time proponent of B.C. wine, I’d actually spent a criminally low amount of time in our wine country. I jumped at the chance. My Naramata fling was quite enjoyable, full of the highs and lows that come with living anywhere, really. There was the enchanting, romantic side of things living in a tiny cabin on a vineyard, a five-minute Rob Van Westen walk from the beach and is a third-generhaving everything from ation farmer in osprey to wild peacocks as Narmata. my neighbours. Then there was the other side of things, the cabin had mice, the lack of urban comforts and amenities, I had many bears as neighbours. All and all, it was a very rich experience where I got to experience the day-to-day life in living amongst the vines. It’s the people of Naramata that I miss most

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The Meal: Think of it as the Last Supper on show tunes

Musician Caleb Stull says playing Judas means “getting his brood on.”

By Kelsey Klassen


nitially debuting at the 2011 PuSh Festival to transcendent reviews, Pacific Theatre presents an encore performance of the boundary-challenging song cycle, The Meal. A guest production by The Lost Gospel Ensemble, it’s The Last Supper on show tunes. Inspired by the Gospels of John, Thomas, Judas and Mary Magdalene, and Luis Bunuel’s macabre film The Exterminating Angel, The Meal’s four singers swig wine and break bread while anxiously awaiting a late guest of honour. Written by Rick Maddocks, directed by Richard Wolfe and featuring musicians from some of Vancouver’s top indie bands, this “non-church going” cast gathered around a shared love of soulful, spiritual music. Caleb Stull found his way into the troupe on the recommendation of a mutual friend, to fill an opening left by the last Judas; the Parlour Steps singer was already on Maddock’s radar and Stull was a fan of Maddock’s work in The Beige. As Judas, Stull spends much of his time “getting his brood on” — tormented by his role in the demise of their revered teacher — but his party planning skills haven’t taken the same turn.


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What kind of food would be served? Wine, most definitely, would be flowing freely. If I’m in charge of the menu it’s going to be earthy and fresh, lots of seasonal local vegetables. Who would you hire as the entertainment? The Kronos Quartet doing Philip Glass. What would you ask him if you had the chance? I suppose I would inquire as to whether he had any immediate plans on coming back and re-iterating his more compassionate teachings to some of his earthly followers, many of which happen to scare the crap out of me. Of John, Thomas, Judas and Mary — who would you befriend if you were an apostle? I would most definitely hang with Mary. Her struggles made her more rational, more in touch with the love and compassion of the better parts of J’s teachings. Plus I think she was more capable of having some serious fun.

The Meal runs April 11 to 14 at the Pacific Theatre, 1440 W. 12 Ave. Tickets range from limited to very limited, so call 604-731-5518 or check PacificTheatre.org for pricing and availability.

Rick Maddocks: Feather-ruffling potential What inspired you to write The Meal? I pictured a number of singers sitting down at a table, a dinner party or something, and a visitor of some kind at the heart of the performance. At the same time I was getting into underground gospel funk music from the Seventies and also Bunuel’s film The Exterminating Angel. So it was all just a series of coincidences and accidents. I never set out to write a sort-of mini opera that echoes the Last Supper. It’s been a surprising journey, especially since I’m not a Christian. What’s the connection with Exterminating Angel? A formal dinner, some well-dressed people, a powerful presence in the room that has a profound effect on all involved but is neither seen nor explained. How did the artists involved inform the development of the show? Was it collaborative? I wrote the songs before we got together as an ensemble, but the vocalists’ individual styles prompted some lyrics to change or get switched from one singer to another. The ensemble members made subtle suggestions about the structure of songs, plus our movements onstage. I was more ruthless; some songs were thrown out or cut in half, a prelude or two was added. Our drummer Stephen Lyons (from Fond of Tigers fame), who’s all about structure, weighed in on the overall shape of the song cycle. That’s been one of the great bonuses in The Meal — all the Lost Gospel Ensemble members are composers in their own right, and the fact that they’re willing to put so much into this strange “gospel by heathens” project is a testament not just to their creative energy, but to their openmindedness. And it doesn’t hurt that they’re fun to be around.

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Atheism is more prominent than ever in our culture. In fact, Vancouver is the least religious city in Canada, so what kind of relevance does a show like this have? Well, The Meal could be seen as a musical and intellectual provocation of sorts. Instead of taking a popular, negative perspective toward organized religion and its centuries of baggage, The Meal’s trying to approach it at the root, as a blank slate. We’re using these ambiguous Gnostic gospels as our raw material. What would it be like at the dawn of this new movement, before they even had a name for it? What would it look and sound like in an allegorical sense? In terms of lyrics and staging, I wanted to explore the power of absence and what an audience might project onto that absence. There’s no

Writing The Meal a ‘surprising journey’ for a non-Christian. mention of Jesus or Lord or Saviour or Christ in The Meal, and neither does such a character appear, not to our eyes anyway. There are no crosses or Christian paraphernalia onstage either, though there are healthy amounts of bread and wine. At the same time, The Meal has drawn some controversial images and ideas from these “heretical” texts that were banned for centuries. So it might be an equal-opportunity offender — it could ruffle the feathers of believers and atheists alike. How does a project like this fit into the landscape of your career? It’s the first time I’ve done a project like this. I usually just go wherever the creative tide takes me. I’ve published a book of fiction, recorded a pair of atmospheric roots albums with The Beige, and edited a literary magazine for instance, but The Meal has probably been the biggest creative leap, with several disciplines — literature, music, theatre — converging at once on a larger scale. I think we’ve succeeded in creating neither a musical nor a play! That’s what I keep telling people anyway: The Meal is more like a ritual set to music. What’s next for you? The Lost Gospel Ensemble will be releasing a studio version of The Meal on CD. Also, I’m at work on a long work of fiction. That’s another big leap after a long song of absence. If you were to write a gospel, what would its message be? Believe what you want to believe, but don’t expect others to believe it. And if they don’t subscribe, don’t kick in their door.


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Vancouver International Children’s Festival is inspiring kids’ creativity and embracing their artistic talents on Granville Island from May 29 to June 3 with Celebrate Our Story. Expect face painting, maritime fun and rocking music performances and ways to power smart at the Celebration Zone. Exploration Zone will be filled with creative fun such as lantern making, spin art painting, sock puppet making, and circus skills Visit the Imagination Zone to learn about Claymation and assemble your paper house for the paper village. Main stage show tickets generally $18. ChildrensFestival.ca • MacLure’s Cabs is the oldest taxi company in Vancouver but it is the first to adopt a text messaging service for patrons needing a cab. Simply text “222 222” including the rider’s name, pick-up location and destination, and a cab will be sent as quickly as possible. Once a text is received an

• For the first time in a few years there is no threat that the Celebration of Lights will be cancelled. The three-day festival runs July 28, August 1 and August 4. New this year is the Friend Finder Grid System to make it easier to find your friends/family among the crowds at English Bay. All you have to do is look for new sign towers marked with large letters and plan a meeting spot ahead of time. • The BMO Vancouver Marathon is May 6. There are new routes for both the full and half marathon, which start at Queen Elizabeth Park and end at the VCEC. In its 40th year with 10,000 participants, it has become one of the best marathons in North America. Road closures will be in effect: 7 to 11 a.m. around Queen Elizabeth Park; 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. around Granville and Oak at 49th; Burrard to Thurlow and Cordova to Pender; and Burrard Street Bridge will have only one southbound lane open. • Lululemon Half Marathon will be held on August 11.

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Fashion and style news from across the city By Kelsey Klassen

These days, few need a reason to shop and dine in Gastown, but incentives being what they are... On April 12 from 5 to 9pm, there will be oodles of in-store specials at more than 30 establishments. Orling & Wu, for instance, is offering 15 per cent off all regularly priced stock and also giving away boxes of hand-piped Soirette macaroons to the first 40 customers who spend more than $50. And Bella Gelateria will be setting up a gelato stand in front of the store for free tastings. Go to Gastown.org for details. Cameras 4 Change is a registered not-for-profit organization based in Vancouver that offers a door of hope to arts-based programs that utilize cameras and creative writing. These programs provide opportunities for developing skills, mentorship and emotional social support and open doors to creativity as a way of healing and coping. They also encourage community engagement, promote leadership, instill confidence and provide a mechanism for transformation. By educating individuals and providing skills in photography, videography and storytelling, C4C endeavors to give a voice to those who may not otherwise have one. Their current projects focus on Mexico, Haiti and Kenya. On April 19, C4C will be kicking off its first fundraising event, Hands Up! at the old Boneta. The event features silent and live auction items including art from some of Vancouver’s most talented, wine, live entertainment from Rio By Night and gastronomic delights from Roaming Dragon. (1 West Cordova; tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Cameras-4-Change.org)

different colours, styles and cuts, but her main goal is to create clothing that flatters different body shapes and ages in easy-to-wear styles and easy-to-wear materials. Layer crocheted detailing over a cozy jersey neckline or mixing a fun and flowing top with a traditional black pant. Her spring collection works with a bohemian mantra of natural fabrics, free flowing designs and earth-toned hues then progressively develops to include a nautical nuance of stripes and splashes of coral, cranberry, and navy. By pairing these inspirations together, Bohnet creates the perfect mix of soft and hard styles wearable for every age, shape, and occasion. Pieces in Broken Doll’s spring 2012 collection range from $70-$250 and can be found at Tutta Mia (1302 Victoria Dr.; BrokenDollClothing.com)

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Fiveleft leather goods marry sleek modernism with rugged saddlery tradition. Creator Lincoln Heller brings these contrary esthetics together by hammering found objects into leather and dying them to produce fiveleft’s stunning colour pallet. To pay for art school Heller worked in an Alaskan logging camp, where he began working with leather by making tool pouches from discarded boots. Upon returning to Vancouver, he began building custom bags for men based on one of his own creations. Now, Heller has developed fiveleft leather into a full line of accessories for men and women. With each new season fiveleft leather’s unconventional look keeps gaining recognition (see the Leashed Clutch or Career Carrier — pictured). For their runway debut, Heller has asked Forsya designer Julie Hebb to design clothing that will act as canvases for his leather goods; the clothing will accessorize the accessories. Promising performance art and runway theatrics, his Eco Fashion Week pieces will walk with Forsya (2206 Main St.) and can be caught April 11 from 8 to 9pm in Robson Square. Otherwise, head to Fiveleft.ca to browse the collection; studio visits by appointment only. And for a dose of fashion frivolity: “Since 1970 John Fluevog has given everything he has to his footwear empire and his treasured Fluevogers. It’s even fair to say that he’s given his blood, sweat and tears over the last 40 plus years, sketching his visionary footwear any and every time of day wherever he happens to be. Given the connection he has with his customers, his staff, and world leaders who all use his soles to guide their future, the importance of John and his Soul is not taken lightly. Although some followers truly believe John is immortal, no one knows for sure. Seven years ago, a crack team of scientists and numerous types of ‘ologists gathered to discuss the options for making sure John’s Soul was forever a part of the footwear on the off chance that he didn’t live forever. After several painful and failed attempts at cloning John’s Soul, we have finally found a way for John to always be with his flock. Starting with

the current Spring 2012 line of shoes, John’s DNA will literally be a part of every single pair of Fluevogs until the end of time. For years we collected John’s hair, shaving stubble, finger nails, eyelashes and tears, and combining that with more science, we’ve found a way to create an unlimited supply of FluevogSoulDust™®© that when administered properly during sole making adds three strands of John’s DNA into every Fluevog Sole, guaranteed.” In anticipation of hot summer weather, Goorin Bros. has just released its new collection of genuine Panama hats handwoven in Ecuador, en route to Vancouver as we write. Tucked into a busy corner of Yaletown, their first Canadian hat shop represents their independent, modern look — the perfect fit for the dynamic mix of international flavor and a hat tip to the frontier spirit that makes Vancouver great. With hats for men, women and children, Goorin Bros. (est. 1895) has something to offer every tête. From The Godfather ($110) to Francisco ($325) and all price points and brim widths in between, the hats not only revere the classic look but they also help you stay cool. After shopping at Goorin (1188 Hamilton), you might want to head down the street to Revolucion (1062 Mainland) to buy a cigar and then pound out a chapter on an IBM Selectric while sipping rum. Now if only we knew of a place in Vancouver that sold guayberas, the look would be complete.... With wedding season nigh, look to locally designed and crafted jewelry for that extra special someone. Era Custom Design, a small studio located in Yaletown, specializes in modern and vintage engagement and wedding rings. Era offers custom fine jewelry design consultation with drawings, wax models, and comprehensive education alongside a curated collection of antique & estate items in a low key studio environment. Era Design collaborates with the client to create original engagement rings, wedding bands, earrings, pendants and more with only the highest quality materials. Rosemary Bartram, a local Vancouver designer with over 15 years experience, established Era Design in 2003 with the goal of providing excellence in design, quality, service and buyer education. Era Custom Design has an extensive line of wedding bands for both men and women; these styles include simple unadorned rings in varying widths, rings with hand engraved patterns, filigree rings, pavé set diamond rings, channel and gypsy set rings, and two-tone gold or platinum rings. Their selection changes with the seasons so check often.

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Van Django infuses April in Paris festival with its Gypsy jazz By Curtis Woloschuk


ver the past six years, Van Django have become a fixture at The Rogue Folk Club’s annual April in Paris festival. In turn, violinist Cameron Wilson has noticed the gypsy jazz celebrated at the showcase becoming increasingly commonplace in the world around him. To wit, moviegoers recently swooned to Stéphane Wrembel’s Bistro Fada, which set the mood for Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, or caught a glimpse of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt (as portrayed by Emil Lager) in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. Just as those two films looked back fondly at bygone eras, Wilson is prone to waxing rhapsodic about his earliest encounters with gypsy jazz. “When I was 13, I heard (violinist and Reinhardt collaborator) Stéphane Grappelli play in concert,” he recalls. “It was kind of life changing. “Then, I had a junior high school English teacher who was really into Django and played guitar. He would bring these charts to school and we’d jam at lunch hour,” he continues. “He had all of these Stéphane Grappelli records I’d never heard before. It was mind-blowing to hear.” Some years later, Wilson crossed paths with another guitarist — Budge Schachte — and formed Van Django, which now includes cellist/guitarist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels. In addition to tackling Reinhardt standards like “Djangology” and “Belleville,” the quartet also pen their own material, which features heavily on their second album, Waltz in the Shape of a Tree, released in conjunction with their April 20 show at St. James Hall. In addition to drawing heavily on traditional gypsy jazz, the players — who also toil in countless other projects — allow a myriad of other influences to shape Van Django’s music. While Wilson’s admiration for Grappelli has never waned, his playing style is equally indebted to Joe Vinuti and Stuff Smith. “He swung harder than anyone,” he marvels of Smith. In terms of how their pieces are assembled, “A lot of it is just instinctive... You throw

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Goodbye gutter jams Music community welcomes new, purpose-built rehearsal space Van Django plays at St. James Hall on April 20. in the odd country music lick... Some classical motifs and harmonies... Some pop music too...” Having once reworked Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” as a gypsy jazz piece, Van Django have now added The Beatles’ A Day in the Life to their repertoire. In terms of how they found their way into the multi-movement anthem, he expains, “The second section where it gets faster — ‘Woke up/Fell out of bed...’ — is almost swing. Then, we threw in a little of Django’s ‘Minor Swing.’ It’s sort of like a casserole. Then, there’s a little George

Harrison quote near the end.” To Wilson’s way of thinking, it’s this sense of of experimentation that separates North American gypsy jazz players from their European brethren, who tend to stick to standards. “The European gypsy jazz is more authentic. It has more attitude and panache,” he admits. “I think we bring our own eclectic sense of mixing and matching genres. We’re open to making (the music) more our own.” The 6th Annual April in Paris Gypsy Jazz Festival runs April 19-22 at St. James Hall.

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f Flamenco is more your style, the Peña Bulería Flamenco Club, in collaboration with the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society, is hosting the 8th Annual International Jondo Flamenco Festival, May 6, 14, 16, and 25 at multiple locations across Vancouver. It will include two “breathtaking” performances, a two-day competition for the very first time in Western Canada, and screening a documentary Por El Flamenco for the first time in Canada.

ZYRYAB Internationally renowned artists from Iran fuse classical Persian instrumentation, harmonies, and aesthetics with flamenco. This new collaborative work by Pirouz Ebadypour, aka Pirouz de Caspio, displays the natural musical and cultural relationship that exists between flamenco and Persian music from musical melodies and scales to presentation style. May 6



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ancouver bands, if your jam space is so run-down and dodgy that you, too, have had to pee in the sink, you might be excited about Soundhouse Studios. Centrally located just off Main, the newly opened space boasts 7,000 square feet of modern, thoroughly soundproofed luxury. Having done the bulk of the renovations themselves, the musically inclined couple of Chris ‘Pher’ Gautreau (Heads Hang Heavy) and Karen Parusel (who claims she just dabbles) are proud to offer spaces that their community can feel comfortable in but also afford. When asked just how bad it could get out there, Parusel shudders. “It’s really common for rehearsal spaces to be badly soundproofed and disgusting. In one, the bathrooms had stopped working and people just started going in the sink.” You know who you are... “We thought, ‘Somebody must be doing this better,’ but we couldn’t find where.” In addition to 13 rentable rooms ranging from $10 to $30 per hour, Soundhouse also offers amenities like toilets and an expansive multipurpose event mezzanine upstairs — at competitive rates. Personal touches like hand-made guitar wall hangers and rooms named after wellknown live-music venues like the Paradiso in Amsterdam, reflect that the project has been a two-year labour of love which intends to stay that way. “The idea is that the rooms would remind you of where you aspire to play, and hopefully we can help you get there. We had a customer in the studio yesterday who had actually played at Paradiso a few years back. That ties in nicely with what Pher and I believe,” she explains. “It’s important to visualize your success. We wanted to create a space that would inspire; that feels good and people know they’ll be treated well.” Soundhouse Studios can be found at 33 W. 8 Ave; SoundhouseStudios.com

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Local soul singer Tonye Aganaba and her band The Foundation open for The Skatalites at Venue April 19. RDM Photography photos

British expat Tonye Aganaba has been making waves on the West Coast; she is opening for ska legends The Skatalites on April 19 By Kelsey Klassen


onye (pronounced like ‘Kanye’) Aganaba might have dearly departed England for our fairer shores, as well as softened the edges of her accent over the last few years, but she hasn’t lost her British wit. At ease on the mic and in the classroom — the young musician is also enrolled in entertainment business studies at Vancouver Film School — she’s known for being as sharp between songs as she is singing them. Her band, local reputes The Foundation, bears the brunt of it. “ I introduce [my drummer] as Paul ‘Pretty Boy’ Clark at every show. He is literally the most gorgeous drummer ever, and better than that he is such a sweetheart, such a good man!” Okay, that may not sound like a razzing, but he’d probably prefer the audience focus on his skills on the skins. Ahem... Ms. Aganaba, in addition to being a dynamic guitarist and band leader, has guested on some seriously hot tracks the past year, which only ramped up anticipation for her recently released R&B and soul infused EP, White Wizard. “White Wizard is my mayan astrological sign, and basically people with this sign are born communicators, blessed with an ability to inspire others with their gifts, they create magic with our talents and use their skills to motivate and encourage others. When I read that, I couldn’t believe how much it encompassed my hopes and dreams for myself.” After friend and bandmate Randy Ponzio passed away in November, Aganaba, 26, spearheaded the All Love Album through her arts organization The Living Society, compiling songs from Vancouver musicians in tribute to the beloved musician to raise money for his three children. She is a rising star, leaving compassion and positivity in her wake. Tapped to open for ska bastions The Skatalites at Venue this Thursday, you’d could be fooled by her enthusiasm into thinking this was her first big gig.

“Skatalites are a legends! When I got the call asking me to open for them with my band, I was absolutely floored! Skatalites have played with some of the biggest names in the business, and its a real blessing to share the stage with them.” The seminal ska band from Jamaica, The Skatalites have backed the likes of Bob Marley and Toots and the Maytals over their 48-year career of frenzying the dance floor. The Skatalites are also using this tour to promote their Alpha Boys School Project which will collect instruments for that institution, one of the core schools for teaching music on the island. But with every gig, Aganaba is in fact only padding her resume, having brought her Lauryn Hill/Chaka Khan-esque sound to everything from Save the Children campaigns to the famed Beirut Music Hall, and topping Beatport’s dubstep chart with her feature on Hirshee’s So Good. Her excitement is contagious and so is her sound. You can catch Tonye Aganaba and The Foundation with The Skatalites at Venue (881 Granville St.) April 19th, 8pm. Tickets $28 at Ticketweb.ca.

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merging indie label Sizzle Teen Records is throwing a benefit show to raise funds with the intention of creating an all-ages scene here in Vancouver. The label’s goal is to sustain an affordable venue or location to host all-ages shows beginning this summer. The first of several fundraising events will take place on Saturday, April 21 at the Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir St.), featuring local bands Diamond Dancer, Tough Lovers, Young Pacific, and Chimpanzebras. Sizzle Teen Records is a Vancouver indie label founded by musician Richie Fudalewski. The label’s mandate is to reconnect its artists with a younger audience by organizing exciting all-ages events within the Lower Mainland. In addition to local talent, the benefit will also feature door prizes and sponsor giveaways. It also coincides with Record Store Day — an international celebration of the art of music — which reinforces Sizzle Teen’s support of the vinyl format and businesses that make contributions to the local music community. Doors 9pm; tickets $10 at the door. SizzleTeen.com

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ou don’t have to look too hard to see a pattern in the roles coming Wesley MacInnes’ way. After playing a supervillain on Smallville, he portrayed rebellious Sean Harris in Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story. In turn, this led to a role on Heartland as a country musician prone to breaking hearts. Given that the first credit on his c.v. was the lessthan-saintly sounding “Pissing Guy #1” in The Vampire Diaries, it’s only fair to ask: Have casting directors branded him an outlaw? “I think I kind of come across as an offbeat kind of character,” laughs the Calgarian-turned-Vancouverite. “So, I find myself in those kind of roles.” While playing the real-life Harris (the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Ron Weasley) required some research, slipping into the role of Heartland crooner Austin Mars proved an easier transition. “I always joke with my friends that he’s a less nice version of me,” suggests MacInnes, who writes and performs his own music under the name Wes Mack. “Yeah, I’m certainly able to draw a lot from what I’ve been doing... That kind of colours in what his personality is like.” And when Austin needed a song to sing in a particular episode, the producers looked no further than “Waiting on Maria,” a Wes Mack ballad. “When I first started on the show, we talked about how, at

MOVIEREVIEWS LOCKOUT Directed by James Mather, Stephen St. Leger Starring Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace British actor Guy Pearce has an uncanny ability to take an unwatchable mess and elevate it somewhat to a mediocre escape. A case in point is his latest starring role in Lockout. Set in 2079 Pearce plays Snow, a man wrongly convicted of conspiracy who is offered freedom if he can rescue the U.S. president’s daughter (Maggie Grace) from a bunch of angry inmates inside a floating outer space prison. The cheeky humour present in the film is established early with Snow getting pummeled during an interrogation while rapidly firing one-

Documentary pays musical homage to The Wrecking Crew cost of licensing fees, Tedesco naively plowed on, connecting with such music luminaries as rock n’ roll impresario Dick Clark, producer Lou Adler, former Wrecking Crew member Glen Campbell, the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Cher (who “just melted and acted was like she was 16 again” when asked if she’d agree to be help with doc), all of whom exalted the group. The doc — flush with interviews and more than 100 songs — played to sold-out festival crowds and won a series of awards. Unfortunately for Tedesco, he couldn’t release it as a DVD because of the outstanding fees. Then, when a fan asked if they could pay to put a dedication for the song “Up, Up and Away” on the screen, the light bulb went off. Tedesco teamed with the International Documentary Association (IMD), a non-profit organization that helps promote nonfiction filmmakers. “They accept donations on our behalf, do all the accounting and they pay off the labels and publishers,” Tedesco says. He now needs only $175,000. The Wrecking Crew will be screening at the Denman Cinema on Sunday April 15, at 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm.

By Greg Ursic Actor Wesley MacInnes has a music career as Wes Mack. some point, I’d be playing a song,” he reminisces. “We didn’t really discuss it any further until I got the script and my lyrics were on the page. It was a pleasant surprise.” Juggling two pursuits has allowed him to achieve a semblance of balance in life. “Acting is the ultimate in hurry-up-and-wait,” MacInnes offers. “You can be more proactive with the music.” Magic Beyond Words airs April 13 & 14 on Movie Central. Visit WesMack.com for more on his music.

liners between punches to the face; it’s like John McClane meets Snake Plissken. The tone of Lockout is dark and menacing most of the time but the keen actor keeps things light because he’s simply relishing playing a wise-cracking hero. Credit should also be given to the villainous duo played by Vincent Regan and Joseph Gilgun who have a nasty case of sibling rivalry. The bad news is Lockout’s story borrows heavily from other sci-fi films we’ve seen before. The plot was co-written by Luc Besson and, while over the top, feels Thor familiar as it begins to unfold. Diakow The special effects in this space thriller are pedestrian throughout and an early scene with Snow fleeing from cops on a motorcycle is so horribly done you’ll think you are watching a video game. Lockout is a renter at best but Pearce is so committed to the ridiculous role one has to wonder if his character may return for another adventure.


very boomer knows who sang “These Boots Are Made For Walking”, “Good Vibrations” and “Strangers in the Night”. But few people know that these and hundreds of the hits, and many TV theme songs (“Batman” and “Hawaii Five-O”) from the ’60s and ’70s were scored by 20 session musicians who would come to be known as The Wrecking Crew. Denny Tedesco set out to change that. Tedesco started working on his documentary, The Wrecking Crew, in 1995 after his father Tommy — a virtuoso guitarist and a core member of the group — was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Denny soon followed up by interviewing other Crew members including Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Hal Blaine, reputed to be the most prolific drummer in music history, and legendary bassist Carol Kaye, the only female of the group. Tedesco’s original 14-minute film featured a killer soundtrack. Even though he was warned about the


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college students bound for a weekend at a, well, cabin in the woods. The moment they drop their bags, they transform into archetypes — the virgin (Kristen Connolly), the stoner (Fran Kranz), etc. — and lapse into stereotypical horror movie behaviour when set upon by supernatural creatures. Of course, given our glimpses of those snarky puppet masters, we’re left to consider: “When are the evil dead not necessarily the evil dead?” The answer comes courtesy of a skillful piece of storytelling told on two narrative fronts. Unfortunately, one of the casualties of the two-pronged approach is genuine scares. Whedon and Goddard constantly undercut would-be shocks with wry comedy. That failing would prove more irksome if so many of the jokes didn’t cut close to the bone. Ultimately, you’re left disinclined to ever take a conventional horror film seriously again. And one suspects that that was the entire point of this deconstruction project. — Curtis Woloschuk




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JOHNNY REID Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter performs in support of his upcoming album. Apr. 13 at Pacific Coliseum, 6:30pm. $24.50-$59.50 (TM).

MUSIC: THE INVISIBLE ART Presented by Orkestra Futura with special guests Futura Chamber Choir at the Roundhouse Community Centre Apr. 13, 8pm. $5 -$20 from 604-683-7033 or www. orkestrafutura.com

AFRICAN NIGHT/SOIRÉE AFRICAINE Discover colours and flavours of Africa, featuring a Djembe class with Russell Shumsky and African rhythms from the Zhambai Trio. Apr. 13, 6:30pm at Alliance Francaise De Vancouver, 6161 Cambie St. $8 members, $12 non-members from www.alliancefrancaise.ca

THE CAT EMPIRE Popular Aussie reggae rock band. Apr. 13-14 at Commodore, 8pm. $29.50 (H, Z, TM).

TRAVIS TRITT Grammy Awardwinning country music superstar. Apr. 14 at Red Robinson Show Theatre, 7pm. $54.50-$64.50 (TM).

SOCIAL DISTORTION L.A.based punk band with guests Toadies, Lindi Ortega. Apr. 16-17 at Commodore, 8pm. $39.50 (RC, Z, TM).

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Japanese soul collective. Apr. 18 at Media Club, 8pm. $15 (NT, RC, Z).

its 2012 series of concerts. All shows at Orpheum Theatre, 8pm, unless otherwise indicated. Info: 604-876-3434 • Tickets from VancouverSymphony.ca. • Apr. 12: Lehar: The Merry Widow Franz Lehar’s beloved operetta with the UBC Opera Ensemble. $21-$38. • Apr. 13, 14: Let’s Dance! Featuring 2010 National Jitterbug champion and So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Carla Heiney. $21.50-$84. • Apr. 15, 7:30pm: Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra on Tour, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung $22.50-$80.00.

KITS CLASSICS + WORLDS BEYOND: THE 14TH SEASON Clarinetist Johanna Hauser, violist Roger Mangas, and pianist Monica Pfau perform Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio and more. Apr. 15, 4pm at St. James Hall, 3214 W10th. By donation: 604-732-3990.

VANCOUVER RECITAL SOCIETY Tickets: 604-602-0363. • Apr. 19: Kirill Gerstein (piano) Award-winning German pianist performs selections by Weber, Knussen, Mozart and more. At Chan Centre, 8pm. $36-58.

EARLY MUSIC VANCOUVER All events at 8pm at Christ Church Cathedral unless otherwise indicated. $32-$35 from EarlyMusic. bc.ca • Apr. 17: Quatuor Mosaiques: Schubert’s Rosamunde And works by Haydn and Mendelssohn. At Playhouse Theatre. • Apr. 20: Alexander the Great: Hero, Warrior, Lover Featuring the Boston Camerata and the Turkish-American ensemble Dunya.

OPERA LOVE IN PUBLIC Vancouverbased composer David MacIntrye’s contemporary opera cabaret reimagines Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese. Apr. 19-29 at SFU Woodwards. $15-$25 from SFUWoodwards.ca.

AIDA Verdi’s famed romantic HORSE FEATHERS Portlandbased indie-folk band plays in support of its newest release, Thistled Spring. Apr. 19 at Biltmore, 8pm. $15 (NT, RC, H, Z).

OUR LADY PEACE Canadian alt-rock group with guests The Pack a.d. Apr. 19 at Commodore, 8pm. SOLD OUT.

THE SKATALITES Jamaican ska band with guests Tonye Aganaba & The Foundation. Apr. 19 at Venue, 8pm. $28.50 (H, Z, TW).


drama set in ancient Egypt. Apr. 21-May 3 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 7:30pm. $35-$165 from VancouverOpera.ca and 604-683-0222.

A musical “ad-rap-tation” of the Bard’s beloved The Comedy of Errors, with a live DJ and original music. Apr. 3-22 at Studio 16, 8pm. $15-$25 (BPT).

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 artsclub.com. CATS Broadway Across Canada presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular, Tony Award-winning musical (“Memory”). Apr. 10-15 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm (Tues-Sat); Sun, 7:30pm. Matinees: Sat-Sun 2pm. $35 and up (TM).

TREMORS Rumble Production’s contemporary theatre festival Apr. 10-28 at the Cultch and Little Mountain Gallery. $15 and up from 604-251-1363. • Apr. 10-21: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (see The Cultch listing) • Apr. 17-21: Giant Invisible Robot 2011 Fringe hit about a painfully shy young man and his destructive robot. • Apr. 19-28: Endgame Main Street Theatre’s adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist classic about the end of life. • Apr. 24-28: A Last Resort A voyage to the dark side of society’s loose grasp on paradise.

UBUNTU: THE CAPE TOWN PROJECT A woman and man worlds apart are drawn together, using storytelling, music and dance. Apr. 12-21 at Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm. Matinees: Wed, 1pm; Sat, 2pm. $12-$30 from 604-689-0926.

SIN PEAKS Live improvised soap opera opens Apr. 16 at the Waldorf (Tiki Cabaret Room) and runs Mondays at 8pm. $10. 604-253-7141.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Oscar Wilde’s brilliantly witty satire about two wealthy men, one in the city and one in the country, both pretending to be 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.

EGNI’S EYE: THE STORY ARTHUR MILLER DIDN’T WANT TOLD - PART 2: THE MOTHER Egni’s Eye is a mother’s photo journal diary brought to life. Apr. 12-21, 8pm. Matinees Apr. 14&21, 2pm. Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St, Granville Island. $20-$25 (TT) or 604-684-2787.

HENRY AND ALICE: INTO THE WILD A sequel to the comedy Sexy Laundry that follows the titular characters on a camping trip where they’re forced to examine their relationship issues. Apr. 19-May 26 at Granville Island Stage, 8pm (Mon, Wed-Sat), 7:30pm (Tues). Matinees: Wed, Sat 2pm. $29-$49 from 604-687-1644.

THEATRE 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

COMEDY 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).

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FEDERICO’S COMEDY DINNER FRIDAYS! Dinner 6:30-8pm; Comedy Show 9pm; Dancing with Federico & Fire 10:30pm; $50. • Apr. 13: Paul Brae and Chris James Federico’s Supper Club, 1728 Commercial Dr. To reserve: 604-251-3473.

IDLE MINDS SKETCH COMEDY - FUNNY ALL OVER YOUR FACE A cast of eight talented performers whom you might recognize. Apr. 15&16, 8pm at Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Dr. $7 with food/beverage purchase, or $10 (at the door).

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 • Theatre Sports: Thur-Sat 7:30pm; Fri-Sat 9:30pm • Rookie Night: Sun 7:30pm • The Improv Challenge: Tues Apr. 24, 7:30pm

DANCE DANCE ALLSORTS Series of monthly Sunday recitals at the Roundhouse Community Centre, 2pm and 4pm. $5-$15 in advance from NewWorks.ca. Pay-what-you-can at the door (suggested $5-$20). • Apr. 15: Brief Encounters ft. The Tomorrow Collective

DANCE CENTRE All events at the Scotiabank Dance Centre unless otherwise indicated. 604-606-6400 TheDanceCentre.ca • Apr. 26, 12pm: The 605 Collective Showcases contemporary dance and excerpts from the company’s new work, Inheritor Album. Part of the Discover Dance! series. $8-$10 (TT).

SVENGALI Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s new production of seduction and control. Apr. 20-22 (Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm) at Centre for Performing Arts. $44-$96 (TM).

SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS: MERTON’S VISION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY Free public talk co-sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada and the VPL. Speaker: Dr. Christine M. Bochen. Apr. 18, 7pm at Central Library, 350 W. Georgia.

VISUAL ARTS ‘PORTABLE WALLS’ EXHIBIT Featuring artists Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang at the Elliott Louis Gallery, 258 East 1 Ave. Show runs Mar. 29-Apr. 21. Opening reception Mar. 29, 6:30-9:30pm.

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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SPRING SOUNDWALKS Wonderful opportunities to experience free, guided listening tours in Vancouver neighbourhoods. Rain or shine. Presented by Vancouver New Music. • Apr. 15: Leaving Footprints: hearing the sounds of home. 2pm. Meet at Commercial Dr. & E. 14th. • Apr. 22: The Sounds of Sustainability. 2pm. Meet at main entrance to the Centre of Interactive Research on Sustainability.


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If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161.

From 1, 3, 5, 7,10 Ton Trucks Licenced ~ Reliable ~ 1 to 3 Men Free estimate/Seniors discount Residential~Commercial~Pianos

604-537-4140 WEED FREE Mushroom Manure 13 yards - $180 or Well Rotted 10 yds - $200. 604-856-8877



SPARTAN Moving Ltd. Fast & Reliable. Insured Competitive rates. Wknd Specials. Call Frank: (604) 435-8240




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for qualiďŹ ed on-campus applicants Online programs also available CALL TODAY for information

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ADDITIONS, Renovations & New Construction. Concrete Forming & Framing Specialist. 604.218.3064

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Salmon, Halibut, Rock Fish

SERVICE MANAGER - Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta). Opportunity in a perfect family environment. Strong team, competitive wages, benefits, growth potential. Fax resume: 403-854-2845. Email: chrysler@telusplanet.net.



Packages avail. Early Bird Specials. 1-877-282-FISH (3474)



Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. Are you looking for the opportunity to do meaningful, fulfilling work? PLEA Community Services is looking for qualified applicants who can provide care for youth in their home on a full-time basis or on weekends for respite. Training, support and remuneration are provided. Funding is available for modifications to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door.




142 OFFICE SUPPORT/CLERKS New World Consulting Company in Downtown requires F/T Secretary. 3 years+ yrs. exp. Univ. grad., Computer, filing and translation skill, Fluent in Korean & English. $18.50/hr 40hr/wk Email: newworldca@hanmail.net Fax: 604681-3549

Including: Company Vehicle, Paid Travel, Support Crews, Top Wages, Health/Dental, Pension & Company Uniforms. Must have proven ability to install using RCABC roofing practices and follow WCB regulations.

OWNER OPERATORS & CLASS 1 Company Drivers Surrey Terminal



F/T SUSHI COOK, min 3 yr exp, develop menu, supervise sushi bar, train staff, $16-18/hr, Sushi Time Restaurant. F: 604-327-0343

excellent reputation since 1986, requries fully equipped & financially stable O/Os pulling their own Super Trains/Tri axle flats for steady hauls in Western Canada. You must have a clean Abstract, professional attitude & be fluent in English. Please call us for more info 604-857-1191 or 1-800-9613444. Thank-you for your interest.

.The Canadian Bar Association Lawyer Referral

Must be outgoing


FARM worker required at Heppell’s Potato Corp. Surrey BC for approx. 25 weeks starting June 2012. Duties are planting, weeding, harvesting field crops, grading, heavy lifting, packaging & general cleanup. Skills required are ability to work among others. Hourly rate of $10.25, 48-55 hrs/week, 6 days a week, 1 day off. Fax Resume 604574-0553 or email info@heppells.ca


12 F/T CSR reps needed Up to $20/hr, weekly pay


TRAIN TO BE AN Apartment/Condominium Manager at home! We have jobs across Canada. Thousands of graduates working. 31 years of success! Government certified. www.RMTI.ca or 1-800-6658339, 604-681-5456.



bcclassified.com 604-575-5555


CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.



Fax Resume to 778-395-3536 htltransport@live.ca

BC ARTS AND CULTURE WEEK is coming! Celebrate the arts by attending the great events that are being presented in your community from April 22-28. www.bcartsweek.org


Call Erica

Candidates will be interviewed on site. Please bring your resume.



INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. Sites in AB & BC. Hands on real world machine training. NO Simulators. Start any Monday. Funding Options. www.IHESchool.com 1-866-399-3853


Chelsea Stowers Graduate 2008









A full service Natural Foods retailer based on Vancouver Island with two stores, located Parksville and Qualicum Beach. We are looking for individuals interested in growing their careers with our company as we expand, while promoting healthy, low impact life styles. Applicants must: - have retail grocery store experience - be willing to work full time - be looking for advancement opportunities - be willing to work exible hours Successful applicants will likely have a management background in produce or grocery retailing and be willing to relocate for career advancement, as we grow. Naked Naturals offers a competitive wage and beneďŹ t program, with job security. Please make your applications to: Kris Baker - careers@shopnaked.ca - 250-594-0277

WE Vancouver Thursday, April 12, 2012 HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 329 PAINTING & DECORATING



WEVancouver.com 23 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 560












The Scrapper

AAA PRECISION PAINTING. Quality work. 778-881-6096.


Haul Anything... But Dead Bodies!! 604.


Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988

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

374 “ ABOVE THE REST “ Int. & Ext., Unbeatable Prices, Professional Crew. Free Est. Written Guarantee. No Hassle, Quick Work, Insured, WCB. Call (778)997-9582

Tree removal done RIGHT!

Running this ad for 8yrs

• Tree & Stump Removal • Certified Arborists • 20 yrs exp. • 60’ Bucket Truck • Crown Reduction • Spiral Pruning • Land Clearing • Selective Logging ~ Fully Insured • Best Rates ~


604-787-5915, 604-291-7778

A-TECH Services 604-230-3539

3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour

www.treeworksonline.ca treeworkes@yahoo.ca 10% OFF with this AD

(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



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?

SHIFT AUTO FINANCE Get Approved Today! CREDIT DOESN’T MATTER.. For The Best Interest Rate Call: 1.877.941.4421 www.ShiftAutoFinance.com

BUTE MANOR 1 & 2 Bedroom apts avail starting at $1075/mo. - West End. Clean, Quiet Bldg. No Pets. Near beach! Call 604-685-1272

WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in April, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. www.creditdrivers.ca 1-888-5936095.

REAL ESTATE 615 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY DIY STEEL BUILDING DEALS! Many sizes and models. Make an offer on clearance buildings today and save thousands of dollars. FREE BROCHURE - 1-800-6685111 ext. 170.

Comox Manor


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

2008 PONTIAC WAVE, 4 dr sedan, auto, high kms. runs/looks good, white, $3850 firm. 604-538-9257. Coquitlam Centre GREENBOROUGH APTS


“New Building”

1996 SUZUKI Swift 2/dr car, auto, 4 cyl. 1.3L, stereo, passed AirCare for 2 yrs. $1250. Call (778) 551-1662.

1 bdrm - from $1025 /mth 2 bdrm, 2 bth - from $1395/mth




2000 Honda AWD CRV- Standard, runs perfectly, new breaks all round, air cared. Mag wheels/snow tires avail. $5500 1 (604)796-9757

Avail. immed. Centrally located. N/S, No dogs. Close to all amens & transportation. Clubhouse facilities.

10% OFF if you Mention this AD! *Plumbing *Heating *Reno’s *More Lic.gas fitter. Aman: 778-895-2005



2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, green, 126K, $6200 firm. Call 604-538-4883

851 40’ DUTCH STAR with Cummings turbo diesel, less than 59,000 mi. Always stored indoors, looks like new, economical to operate, 2 slides, din. booth, 2 a/cond, 2 TV’s, 2 CD & 2 VHS players, ldry., propane generator (6500W). Must be seen. 604-854-3266




2008 Mazda B4000 SE+, Gold/Grey, 48K, auto, loaded, lk new, $13900, N.Delta, 778-8553097


2 hr. Service www.a1casper.com (604)209-2026



12’ DOUBLE HAUL Fiberglass boat, 3 seats, oars, rod holders & canopy. On eze-load trailer. Very safe. $3,200. 604-850-7143

2001 BMW 330i 4 dr. sedan, blk. leather on blk. auto, local, 109k, sun. roof, all pwr. options. Very clean. $10,900 604.312.7415

Phone (604)468-1698

DOWNTOWN. 1 Side newly decorated and vacant. Other side rented. Each side has 4 bdrms, 3- 4 pce baths, garden area & storage shed. $337,900. (604)534-2748.


length, towed w/ a Rav 4. Gold rated ECO Construction. Queen bed, 4 person dinette/double bed, Fridge, Stove, Micro./Conv. oven, A/C, Furnace, H/W, AC/DC, Inverter, Bath w/ shower, ext. Adda-room. $13,900 ~ Save $1000’s Call: 604-307-4357 or email: ajeepster@shaw.ca


2003 CHEVY MALIBU 110,000 km, auto, AirCared, good tires, $3000 obo. Call: (604)531-3251

Call 604-669-9769

STEEL BUILDING - BLOWOUT SALE! 20X26 $5,199. 25X28 $5,799. 30X42 $8,390. 32X56 $11,700. 40X50 $14,480. 47X76 $20,325. One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca.

2010 R-POD TRAILER Light weight, 2121 lbs. 18’ 4” in



1997 FLEETWOOD 27’ Class A Motorhome, self-contained,sleeps 6 b.i. generator, TV, lots of storage. $13,900/obo. 604-853-5528 Abbots

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


$36/HOUR. Local lic’d Plumber. Big & small jobs. Plumbing, heating, plugged drains, call (778)549-2234 NORTH VANCOUVER


Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal

CENTURY APT 250 East 15th Ave.

Easy on your Budget Excellent Reference, Lic. & Ins. 10% off any written quote! WCB Skyview Roofing 604 - 317 - 4729

Spacious 1 bdrooms avail. Balcony parking at back. Laundry fac. avail. Swim pool & sauna.

GL ROOFING. Cedar shakes, Asphalt Shingles, Flat roofs, WCB Clean Gutters. $80. 604-240-5362

Call 604-830-7587

FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022

2003 Salem Light:

Northwest Pkg, 22 ft, Sleeps 7, 1 bunk, Shower in & out. G.V.W. 3300. Lots of extras



$9,995.00 604-463-9428




Repairs, New & Re-Roof. Prompt Quality Service Excellent References


Affordable Westend living! 1 bedroom – includes heat / hot water some fully renovated! Sorry no pets.

*Free Estimates *WCB Insured *Member BBB *Seniors Discount

Call Jas @ 604-726-6345 www.jjroofing.ca

Call 604-834-4897

PETS NAHAL CONSTRUCTION New and Re-Roof Specialist Residential & Commercial. Shakes, Shingles and Duroid. 25 year of experience. Call for your FREE estimate.

Jas 778-896-4065 Bell 604-339-2765



CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866

WE’RE ON THE WEB www.bcclassified.com

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


AUTO FINANCING Need A Vehicle! Guaranteed Auto 1.877.680.1231 www.UapplyUdrive.ca

Cocker spaniel pups – purebred, no papers 1st shots, dewormed, ready to go now. $600. Call 604-888-0832 Jack Russell pups, cute, short, stocky, smooth coat, tail doc, deworm, 1st shot. $550. 604-798-9233 LAB/RETRIEVER born January 23 family raised. Dewormed. $400. 604-491-5262. No Sun. calls please 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




JUNK REMOVAL Recycled Earth Friendly • Estate Services • Electronics • Appliances • Old Furniture • Construction • Yard Waste • Concrete • Drywall • Junk • Rubbish • Mattresses & More!

On Time, As Promised, Service Guaranteed!


Rottweiler Pups- PUREBRED, tails, dewclaws, shots, vet checked Health guarantee. Ready April 6th $650. to $1,000, 604 460 0804.



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 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.




MATTRESSES staring at $99 • Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331


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




WE BUY HOUSES! Older House • Damaged House Moving • Estate Sale • Just Want Out • Behind on Payments Quick Cash! • Flexible Terms! CALL US FIRST! 604-657-9422



Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley



RURAL NOVA SCOTIA water front lots for sale. Country living at its best. Three bedroom apartments for rent. 45 miles to university town. www.sawmilllanding.com waterfront@bellaliant.net 1.902.522.2343


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GUARANTEED Auto Loans or We Will Pay You $1000

All Makes, All Models. New & Used Inventory. 1-888-229-0744 or apply on line at: www.kiawest.com (click credit approval) Must be employed w/ $1800/mo. income w/ drivers license. DL #30526






WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective April 12 to April 18, 2012. We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.

Grocery Department

Meat Department

Salt Spring Organic Fair Trade Coffee

Skinny Sticks Snacks

assorted varieties


Sugar Snap Peas from Earthbound Farm

Spring Creek Top Sirloin Steaks

assorted varieties


Produce Department

8.99lb/ 19.82kg





West Creek Trout Fillets Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips

Clif Luna Nutrition Bars assorted varieties




156g • product of USA

Pacific Foods Soups

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

2/6.00 500-600g

3/7.98 1 L • product of USA

regular, herb or pepper

reg 3.99

Vegetable Spring Rolls

sea salt or garlic and chive



Fine Choice Vegetable Gyozas



Eden Organic Quinoa

assorted varieties

red or white 18 bag



Alexia Frozen Potatoes and Onion Rings

Bio-Vert Liquid Laundry Detergent

assorted varieties

regular or fragrance free



Thai Kitchen Thai Sauces and Pastes

Kikkoman Sauces

assorted varieties

assorted varieties



reg .60 each




2/4.00 1 lb package

Bulk Department Red and Green Organic Lentils bags or bins

10% off

regular retail price

Health Care Department Earth Mama Angel Baby

15% off regular

Organic Country French Bread

retail price

Safe, organic pregnancy, postpartum and breastfeeding support products that work, naturally.


Renew Life CleanseSmart


Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins


An easy to use, 30 day advanced cleanse..

5.99 package of 6

Rice Bakery


Sharwood’s Indian Sauces

Kettle Foods Organic Potato Chips

assorted varieties

assorted varieties




reg 1.09 each



Bakery Department



California Grown

Chevalier Double Cream Brie Cheese

Sensible Portions Baked Pita Bites

Imperial Organic Tea




assorted varieties


Deli Department


Olympic Krema Yogurt

Certified Organic, California Grown

2 lb bag

Rudi’s Organic Bread, Buns or Rolls



12.99lb/ 28.64kg

assorted varieties

3.98 340g package

! New

Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega


Rice Chocolate Chip Sorghum Cookies

60 caps Clinically shown to support heart health, and the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response.

3.49 package of 6

142g • product of USA

Seminars & Events at all Choices Locations.


Saturday, April 14, 10:00am – 4:00pm


Inspired Saturday Nutrition staff and Inspire Health will be instore to assist in educating our customers on choosing healthy foods and supplements for a cancer prevention lifestyle. In addition we will be supplying a shopping list. For every item that you buy off of the list, we will give you an entry form for the grand prize which is a trip to Hollyhock Resort.

Look for our


www.choicesmarkets.com 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