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Le Marché St. George Seriously romantic, design forward, and, yes, a corner store with a French flair By Jenn Chic


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iny chairs are tucked next to the counters, perfect nooks and crannies for wee ones to crawl around while moms catch up. Lounge chairs and benches are covered with inviting overstuffed pillows. Sunflowers tower in front of urban farm-fresh produce — today it’s cucumbers, apples, and potatoes. French linen dresses hang in the window illuminated by another sunny day. Customers’ expertly crafted coffees are delivered to small marble tables with care. In only two years, Le Marché St. George has become a place people come to meet, enjoy, shop and indulge. It’s a unique concept — a market and a café which owner Janaki Larsen created as a European-inspired, rustic haven. The menu is small; quiches, flatbreads and sandwiches are served on antique silver platters and fine bone china. Its well-curated shelves invite shoppers to stop, admire, and discover new, mostly local, musthave staples with some luxurious handmade items thrown in for good measure. “I love grocery shopping. While sourcing for products I have been reintroduced to Vancouver as a wildly creative community of artisanal producers,” Larsen says. Le Marché features a selection of dry-cured

sausages from D-Original Sausage Co., rich and creamy farmhouse cheeses, and freshly made croissants, tarts, and baguettes brought in daily from Tartine and other bakeries. The idea for the café was just a dream until a neighbour called Larsen to let her know the building she had been eyeing came up for sale. “I was seven months pregnant and wanted to leave the film industry. I had this fantasy of owning a café, standing behind the counter with the baby on my hip,” she says. “I had no idea what I was getting into and our friends thought I was crazy.” Together with her husband, Pascal Roy, and aunt, Marie Brennan, they bought the building and just a few months later that they were in the backyard toasting with a glass of wine to their new home and business. “It really was crazy but I love it so much.” Larsen is responsible for the design of the space. Her travels to Montreal and Europe and a childhood in art-filled homes have heavily influenced the aesthetic. “I’m a total escapist and love how just going to the post office in Europe can be a beautiful experience.” She also looked at many paintings by 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. His muted palette and dramatic play with light are evident in the interior space. “I didn’t want a light and airy white room. I wanted it to

be dark and rustic. I wanted it to be seriously romantic.” Larsen’s mother, Patricia, an accomplished painter, has her paintings on the walls and her sister, Klee, another part-owner, exhibits her photography. The sisters love working together and are responsible for the handweathered ornate wallpaper that looks like it’s from a turn-ofthe-century ballroom that’s seen better days. “It took us days,” Larsen admits. “We applied the wallpaper then painted over it, scraped it, rubbed in coffee grounds and just kept it going ‘til it looked right.” The result is a dark and dreamy, rustic finish that is perfect for pondering over an exceptionally good latté. As a whole, Le Marché has been unfolding in a very organic way. A local beekeeper keeps a couple of hives on the garage roof. The flat upstairs is getting booked with out-of-town guests. A collection of sommeliers, artists, chefs and musicians pop up monthly to collaborate on wine tastings, dinners, shows, recitals and talks. These ticketed events usually sell out within the day the posters go up on the front counter. “I don’t even have to plan events anymore — people just approach us now because they want to be a part of the family.”

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The stained glass house Mount Pleasant home was once owned by artist who designed Vancouver crest By Shawn Conner

The Blomerus family — Paul and Alexandra with sons Sebastian, 7 Spencer, 5 — delight in their home’s architectural touches, including the original stained glass. Doug Shanks photos


rowing up as the granddaughter of auctioneers, Alexandra Blomerus has always loved old things — the older the better. So when she and her husband found the Heritage C house at 2544 Columbia, once occupied by artist James Blomfield and his father Henry, they knew they’d found their home. Built in the late 1800s, the house retains some of the original owner’s stained glass work, including its signature art nouveau bay window. The window’s motif of leaves and flowers — possibly poppies — is repeated in a number of other stained glass windows on the main floor of the house. Henry Blomfield founded the stained glass firm Henry Blomfield and Sons in New Westminster in 1898. James, his son, may be best known for designing the original crest for the city of Vancouver. “It was really nice to be able to buy into some heritage,” says Blomerus. Along with their children, now five and seven, Alexan-

dra and her husband Paul moved to Vancouver from London over a year ago. After renting in Point Grey for a year, they found the Blomfield house. The other houses they looked at “paled in comparison,” says Blomerus. In London, the family lived in an even older house than the Blomfield house but she characterizes that previous dwelling as “bog-standard.” During a tour, Blomerus ex-

plained what she loves about the Blomfield house, and its stained glass legacy. “We both love ancient stuff, the older the better,” says Blomerus, who is a private school teacher; Paul works at engineering company Westport. “I think one of the reasons I love the stained glass is because it must have been carefully chosen by the artist himself. He must have had some special connection to the

flower. Henry had free reign, and this is what must have most appealed to him in the whole world.” A stained glass window, in the shape of a half-circle, marks the entrance to the kitchen. A smaller transom-sized stained glass window is fixed in a dining room wall. On a kitchen wall hangs a large black-and-white north-facing photo of a snow-covered Columbia Street that includes the Blomfield house and, just a few yards away,

the Blomfield work studio (which today is classified as a heritage home, and is for sale). On the living room coffee table are the books Vanishing Vancouver and A Verse Map of Vancouver. The house has other fantastical features, such as a small room with a vaulted ceiling. The room is accessible only by ladder. Blomerus says they plan on turning it into a room for model trains — both her husband and her father are model train enthusiasts. The view, of downtown Vancouver and the mountains, from the north-facing top-floor bedroom is spectacular. Blomerus said the house’s previous owner was ambivalent about selling to the family at first, due to concern about two young children running around in the house. “There are some strict rules about where they can throw balls around,” she says.


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Audience referees Urban Surburban fight By Martha Perkins


n 1970, Sarah Daniels’ parents bought a house in Shaughnessy for $64,000. They sold it years ago but, if they’d kept it, it would be worth $6.5 million today. When Daniels was in the market for her own home, the seventh generation Vancouverite wanted her dollars to stretch as far as they could. That desire — as well as the fact she has three dogs — took her far from the neighbourhood where she grew up. But as a White Rock resident with a 2,000 sq.ft. three-bedroom beachfront home, don’t tell her she made the wrong choice. Today, her role is to push other young home owners over the I-don’twant-to-live-in-the-suburbs ledge. And it’s her brother’s job to push them back downtown. Daniels and Philip DuMoulin are the brother-sister team behind Urban Suburban, a successful HGTV show that eavesdrops on home-buying couples who can’t decide whether they want to accept a smaller space downtown or more buying power a few neighbourhoods away. Both are realtors and the back-and-forth bickering between them is as real as the dilemma the couples on their show face. Season Two started a few weeks ago with a Vancouver couple. They have two young children and as the kids grow up, their two-bedroom condo will grow too small. She wants to stay downtown near her friends

and favourite haunts; he wants a house with a yard. Daniels makes the pitch for a house in Port Moody; DuMoulin steers them towards a duplex in Riley Park. They compete to see who can win the battle between urban and suburban. On the show, and in real life, Daniels shoots from the hip. A former Global news anchor, she has an ease on television that’s only made stronger by a no-holds-barred personality. Her brother is a bit more gentle hearted, but this season, she says, expect to see more drama between Daniels and DuMoulin and the couples themselves. “In the first season Philip feels he was thrown under the bus verbally so this year he’s upping the ante,” says Daniels during an interview at the Opus hotel, one of her favourite downtown haunts. And when it comes to the indecisive couples, expect a few tears and door slamming this year. While some aspects of the show need careful planning, Daniels says nothing is scripted. What you see is what really happened. She is indeed as blunt in real life as she is in the show but that’s more of a Canadian trait than some people expect. “Canadians can be bulls in a china shop but we clean up after ourselves.” Urban Suburban airs back-to-back episodes Tuesdays at 5pm on HGTV. You can also watch them online at If you love your neighbourhood you can also join their photo challenge on the Urban Suburban Facebook page.

Philip DuMoulin loves urban living. His sister Sarah Daniels says suburban living is better. They duke it out on their HGTV show, Urban Suburban.

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fter months of courtship, Nordstrom and Cadillac Fairview have finally said “I will.” Unfortunately, shoppers who yearn for the American retailer’s first foray into Canada will have to put up with a long engagement. Nordstrom is not expected to open its doors until early 2015. But judging by Vancouver architect James K. M. Cheng’s drawing of the gorgeous new glass-clad edifice that will be built on the foundation of the current Sears store, the wait will be worth it. Gone are the towering white walls with no windows looming over Howe and Robson streets. Instead, above the three floors dedicated to Nordstrom (including the street level), there will be 280,000 sq.ft. of office space. “Once it’s fully occupied, there will be 2,000 [new] jobs in the downtown core,” says Tom Knoepfel, senior vice-president and portfolio manager at Cadillac Fairview, which owns Pacific Centre, home of the new space. As excited as he is about Nordstrom signing agreements to open four stores at Cadillac Fairview properties across Canada — Pacific Centre in Vancouver, Chinook Centre in Calgary, Sherway Gardens in Toronto and the Rideau Centre in Ottawa — he says

the creation of the office space will attract companies to the downtown core. It will be the only place downtown where a company can rent 80,000 sq.ft of office space, he says, helping to reverse a trend to locate headquarters in the suburbs. One of the appeals will be easy access to public transit and the vast array of restaurant and retail opportunities. Knoepfel says that while no leases have been signed yet, there are some very strong leads on potential office tenants. The arrival of Norstrom might have some existing retailers worried, but Knoepfel says “retailers that are strong and successful like to be around other strong and successful retailers.” Together, they create a shopping destination. Nordstrom will also help solidify Pacific Centre as a premiere attraction for shoppers who, while liking the ease of internet shopping, still like to touch or try on products. Cadillac Fairview must obviously have a lot of faith to be spending so much money on the building. Knoepfel won’t say how much the renovations are costing other than to say “a lot.” (He also won’t name the “new and exciting” stores that have expressed interest in locating in the lower level of Sears, which will become a 48,000-sq.ft. extension of Pacific Centre.) Sears will close its doors this fall. Construction is set to begin in November.

Photo courtesy of Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co. Vancouver Parks has an eye for design, and picking good architects. Earlier this summer the Architectural Institute of British Columbia chose the VanDusen visitors’ centre, above, and Oppenheimer Park Activity Centre as some of the year’s best designs.

Architectural legacy Two City Parks projects win awards for architectural innovation and sustainability By Gen Handley


ocal architect Danica Djurkovic says she’s witnessed a lot of changes in the past 15 years with the city’s buildings. “Vancouver has come a long way in reviving the streets and neighbourhoods, and creating mix-used buildings, paying a lot of attention to public grounds and spaces,” says Djurkovic, who is also director of facilities planning and development for the City of Vancouver. “I think the whole point of these buildings is to make people feel really comfortable and to make them want to come and use them. There’s been a trend of opening up more to the streets and opening up to the parks — it’s been so significant.” Earlier this summer, two buildings owned by the City of Vancouver were recognized by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia for architectural innovation and sustainability. The VanDusen, Botanical Garden Visitor Centre designed by Busby Perkins+Will Architects, received the 2012 Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture as well as the 2012 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence, which Djurkovic says is a unique recognition for a building. The Oppenheimer Park Activity Centre, designed by Mcfarlane Green Biggar Architecture + Design, was also recognized with a 2012 Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture. “We’re very proud of both of these projects,” Djurkovic says. “We wanted to push boundaries

and encourage people to take more steps towards sustainable buildings.” While the eco-friendly VanDusen is very different from the community services-oriented Oppenheimer, Djurkovic noted that the planning of both buildings had the same goal in mind – to make the spaces as comfortable and functional as possible for the people using them. Djurkovic says the city, which owns more than 500 buildings, has a unique role as a building developer in that it looks at the entire life cycle of a building – from the construction to the impact it will have on the area 100 years down the road. “People are looking to us as builders before we start mandating and regulating,” she says. “We want to make sure we are walking the walk first.” So what makes Vancouver buildings unique? “I think there is almost a West Coast architectural movement that exists that is really unique to the area,” she says. Djurkovic pauses for a couple of seconds. “What I have found is that there really is a balanced approach with the design of the building – the use of wood and local materials – and there is also a lightness to the look of the buildings,” she continues. “There is a good balance of value that we’re mindful of – something that is budgeted well, but is functional, designed well and operated well and sustainable. I think that is what makes Vancouver and the West Coast unique in the world.” Vancouver has received a number of awards for its buildings over the years. To see the list of awards, visit parks/info/awards.htm.

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Well-known public relations mavens Tanis Tsisserev of T2 Communications and Kate MacDougall, have joined High View Communications. The 10-year-old lifestyle PR boutique just won the mandate to promote Ford Motors Ann Gallery, Tanis Tsisserev and Kate MacDouacross BC and is gall of High View Communications Inc. behind taking the global the wheel of a new Ford Mustang. lead for CND Shellac, a nail polish company. It already represents Heinz, Dempster’s, Vail Resorts, Method home cleaning products, Awake Chocolate, Winsor Gallery and Icebreaker clothing here.

Hadani Ditmars celebrates city’s style in Wallpaper travel guide By Martha Perkins


ome travellers want to be where all the beautiful people are. Readers of the Wallpaper City Guides want to know where all the beautiful places can be found. Wallpaper — the people behind the highly respected design magazine — commissioned local writer and architecture enthusiast Hadani Ditmars to introduce travellers to the beauties of Vancouver. But instead of concentrating on the natural splendour that provides the city’s visit-inducing backdrop, she explores what our architects, designers and store owners have done to bring grace and style into our lives. We meet on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery overlooking Robson Square, the de facto public square of the city. The fifth-generation Vancouverite wants to take me to her favourite Arthur Erickson building in the downtown core. (Her favourite local building designed by the revered architect is the Museum of Anthropology but it’s not within walking distance.) Ditmars says that she is a product of Erickson’s architecture because she grew up at his Simon Fraser University campus, where her parents were charter students. His work has infused her awareness of form and design, and of the way architecture can strongly influence what we feel about our environment, whether we’re aware of it or not. As we walk along Hornby Street towards the Vancouver court house, she tells me about her writing assignment in Baghdad, where she explored the Bauhaus influence for Wallpaper. Erickson visited the city too, and had the dream of creating a version of Robson Square there. That dream was never realized and, instead, or maybe in lieu of, Ditmars says Erickson gives her a sense of being in Baghdad as she follows the tree-lined entrance to the building with its cascading wall of Cornelia Oberlander’s garden and vaulted glass ceiling. Three of the five buildings she highlights in the guide were designed by Erickson. But the book also invites you to walk through the entranceways to dozens of Vancouver buildings so you explore beyond the city’s facades. There’s a chapter on hotels, restaurants, boutiques such as Gastown’s Old Faithful and Bombast, and designers such as Martha Sturdy. She writes about various neighbour-

Recovery Day There will be a downtown march, live music, a recovery countdown, gratitude shares, speeches and a moment of silence when Mayor Gregor Robertson officially proclaims Sunday, Sept. 30 as Recovery Day. The celebration is from noon to three at the Vancouver Art Gallery. There will be a prize for the best sign or banner. Day

Hadani Ditmars has written the Wallpaper guide to Vancouver. One of her favourite Arthur Erickson buildings in the city is the Vancouver court house. Martha Perkins photo hoods and districts, and also invites you for a day trip beyond the city’s borders. (She likes Baldwin House on the shores of Deer Lake in Burnaby.) “Our built environment is part of our cultural environment,” she says. “It’s about how we experience public space and personal space.” The Wallpaper guide is a celebration of architecture and design in Vancouver. Instead of simply walking past buildings, she asks us to be aware of how the people who have designed them, inside and out, have handed us a mirror in which we can view ourselves. Ditmars handily puts these accomplishments into perspective, giving us a hint of their history and provenance. (For a somewhat more critical view of where we’re at architecturally, pick up the September issue of Architecture Review. In her Letter from Vancouver she writes, “The skyline is a long way off from our patron saint of architecture Arthur Erickson’s visionary 1955 sketch of a city of skyscrapers by the sea.”)

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The next course: Forage Former O’Douls chef busily prepping for new restaurant

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hen imagining restaurants of the future, my parents’ generation saw robot servers and tableside microwaves that would turn little pellets into meat and potatoes after just 10 seconds. They’d drink their food like the astronauts and bake bread using special eyeglasses. Science and efficiency would rule. Save for a some lame novelty restaurants in Asia, very little of that has come to pass. Just as my folks were deprived of their promised jet packs and flying cars, they still haven’t been served by robots or compelled to use a microwave for much aside from shitty popcorn on movie nights. For my generation, the restaurants of the future are very real and fast approaching. A pretty fair exemplar will be opening at 1300 Robson at the foot of the Listel Hotel before Christmas. The space used to house O’Douls, a sprawling restaurant and bar that for more than 40 years functioned as one of the more exceptional live jazz venues in town. Half of the original square footage is being given over to retail, but the other half is being reserved for a new locavore restaurant called Forage. It will be unlike any eatery ever attempted in Vancouver. Of course we already have many restaurants wearing the local, sustainable, and organic mantle, and some of these wear it very well (think Bishop’s, West, L’Abattoir, Wildebeest, etc). As a director of the Chefs Table Society of BC and chief organiser of the annual Spot Prawn Festival, Forage chef Chris Whittaker (who was also the chef at O’Doul’s) has a passion for doing things right, and since O’Doul’s closed in June, he’s been bouncing around the province getting all his supplier ducks in a row. (You can follow his exploits at I’ve seen the West Coast-themed menu that he has put together for Forage, and it all reads like a great representation of BC’s backyard. Some standouts: Chilliwack corn bread with spicy honey and cheddar from Golden Ears Cheesecrafters; Pacific Provider salmon bellies grilled with Pemberton potatoes and pickled sea asparagus; Peace Country buffalo burger with house cured bacon and roma tomato chutney; Pinot Noir-glazed albacore tuna with chanterelles and brown butter gnocchi; double fried pork cutlet

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AUTHENTIC A UTHENT Thai Cuisine Flavoured with Chef Grace’s own Chef Chris Whittaker in the shell of Forage, opening this Fall/Winter in the Listel Hotel. Andrew Morrison photo with bull kelp, arugula and kasu cipollini onions; and so on. Clearly, the fellow has his imagination going full tilt. Is the seafood ready for the Oceanwise stamp of approval? Check. Are there Glorious Organics greens? Yup. Is there a zero-waste program in place? Totally. Will condiments and such be made in house? Naturally. Will Whittaker be able to draw on a massive rooftop garden for many of his ingredients? Absolutely. Will it all be carbon neutral? Sure thing. Will the water be solar heated? I saw the massive photovoltaic solar arrays on the roof for myself. He isn’t kidding around. There are already some Vancouver restaurants hitting at least some of these same marks, so what’s the big deal? What makes Forage a restaurant of the future? The whole thing is a joint endeavour between the hotel, BC Hydro and a retinue of partners including the Green Table Network, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, the Food Service Technology Center, and various kitchen appliance vendors. The purpose of the restaurant (aside, of course, from satisfying bellies) is to employ new energysaving practices and green technologies that might compel other restaurants in BC to follow suit. In other words, it’s one big guinea pig, a test project attempting to pre-ordain a particular future by showing new and existing restaurateurs how that future is here, right now, if they choose it. The province’s thousands of eateries consume some 2,700 gigawatt hours of electricity every year. According to BC Hydro estimates, if Forage inspires the industry to get smart about energy, they’d not only save enough power to juice 81,000 households, they’d also shave a not inconsiderable amount of money off their annual operating budgets.


SIMPLY THAI Whittaker and the brains behind the concept, Green Table Network founder André LaRivière, gave me the nickel tour. The kitchen was in the process of being retrofitted with upgraded appliances, the rooftop garden was still in the planning stages, and Forage itself was just an empty shell save for the skeleton of the central bar. My tour guides could see the finished project in their minds. It wasn’t until they told me who the designers were that I started to see their vision. I know every one of David Nicolay and Rob Edmonds’ restaurant projects very well. Their firm, Evoke ID, gave us the looks of the new Irish Heather, Habit Lounge, The Cascade Room, The Union Bar, and countless other local joints, even the original Glowbal in Yaletown (they’re now busily putting the finishing touches on South Granville’s anticipated Heirloom, the massive vegetarian restaurant that should be opening very soon). With that knowledge I could see 80 seats filled. I could see the kitchen, functioning like any other, but in a much more efficient way, with line cooks running up the stairs to the garden in the middle of service to score more basil for the bruschetta. I could see the future, and to be perfectly honest, it looked delicious.

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thought they were going to keep their new location on Hornby simple too. The space was primarily needed as a commissary kitchen for the Italian Kitchen on Alberni, where chefs didn’t have enough room to handle the volume of preparation needed to keep the crowds well fed. The Hornby location also includes their offices and was only supposed to have a small take-out counter. Now IK2Go has 40 seats where you can enjoy a charcuterie plate and glass of wine for lunch or drop by and pick up a filet of salmon, or roast chicken or skewered prawns for dinner on your way home from work. The entrées and meal-sized salads are priced in the $12 range. It’s open Monday to Friday from 8am to 9pm, Saturdays from 8am to 5pm, and closed on Sunday. “Life isn’t getting simpler,” Bosa-Yacoub laughs, adding that Emad just got back from Toronto full of dreams about making another foray into that city, which is where he and his wife got their start in the culinary world.

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ne of the main reasons many people gravitate to the New World when buying wine is because it’s more common for a wine label of BC, Australia or California to list the grape(s) the wine is made from. In the Old World (Spain, Italy, France, etc.) it’s tradition for a label to express the bottle’s provenance, assuming the consumer knows what wine the region is known for. When you learn about wine in an academic setting, you’ll almost always start with France, since it’s given the world much of the template of the grapes we commonly grow and the blends that work best. When France is covered — Burgundy’s Pinot Noirs, the Syrahs of the Northern RhĂ´ne and the Chardonnays of Chablis — it’s Bordeaux that’s discussed first. After all, it’s the place of legend where you’ll find some of the world’s best reds. A red wine from Bordeaux is made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc (but not necessarily in that order,) and it’s not uncommon for there to be a splash or two of Malbec or Petit Verdot. The sub-region (or “appellationâ€?) listed on the label is an important component that offers not only geographical information, but a further indication of the wine’s style, such as the area’s typical blend and other characteristics that come with soil type, the direction vineyards face, and so on. A couple of years ago, Barb Philip, the European Portfolio Manager from BC Liquor Stores, went on what must be the best shopping trip ever. After the excellent 2009 vintage, her tasting excursion involved pre-purchasing wines that went on to age in Châteaux cellars, and will finally be on store shelves as of Saturday, September 29. Take heed — the only store that will carry the complete range of 2009s is the flagship 39th and Cambie location. This is arguably the biggest day


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wls are still in. And the shimmering mercury decor accents on the shelves at the new West Elm send Christmas alarm bells ringing. You know that, pretty soon, picture-perfect Christmas trees will be popping up in the stylish ‘Loft’ area in the centre of the home furnishing store, offering inspiration on how to make your tree look a little less Linus and a lot more you. From under the exposed beam ceilings, the West Coast-inspired space on South Granville overflows with hand-picked home decorating pieces meant to blend with your personal style. Store associates are on hand to help customers review Pinterest files, hash out space planning and customize design projects utilizing the store’s Design Lab, or go to the customer’s home — all free of charge. This season, collaborations with artists from Cape Town, West Elm’s Abigail Jacobs with creative director Vanessa Holden in the Loft area of Vancouver’s new West Elm, prior to opening. Johannesburg, Brooklyn, The Granville St. location is the home furnishing retailer’s 41st India, and, for the first time, storefront, but only their second in Canada. Kelsey Klassen photo Vancouver, have resulted in pieces that are ready to move have a couple of kids, and they hide all manner of in and amongst your home. evils,” she laughed. With this location, the 10-year-old brand is déFor those who want versatility, she turned to the buting their Etsy corner, where local artisans from seating around the Emerson dining table. “This the online handmade marketplace are represented is the bench that we designed to go with it, and — making each display unique to the city it’s in. people are moving it from the bedroom to the They chose well, with Heather Dahl’s delightful entryway. People often think, ‘small space, we need two-tone ceramic vases (among other offerings) storage solutions,’ but it’s also important to think now capturing the hearts of all who pass in person. of everything you own as being able to travel.” In addition to owls and trees, grey/graphite hues Many of West Elm’s furniture pieces are designed are another major theme for Fall, with New Yorkto suit small, urban spaces, and an increasing numbased creative director Vanessa Holden reflecting ber of products are also marked “West Elm Green” on its versatility as a base. — a label that indicates responsibly produced, “Graphite is a palette you can lay a colour back organic, recycled, rapidly renewable, or non-toxic to easily, and go as light or heavy as you’d like. products. We’re always looking at colour as a vehicle for The Sydney native, who came to West Elm by texture in terms of a knit or textile fabrication, way of Martha Stewart Living (editor-in-chief) and and getting to a layered look in terms of material Donna Hay magazine (creative director), says she and finish. And it takes the light really well,” she draws inspiration from trips to Australia, France explained on our tour of West Elm prior to opening and Italy, but most of all, from visits to restaurants. day. Gastown captured her heart on this trip to Continuing to the front of the store, she touched Vancouver, but Holden says Vancouver takes her on an issue that every Vancouverite can relate to: breath away and embodies an indoor outdoor life“For small spaces, [choose] things like the rustic style that “ feels easy and relaxed, but refined.” storage coffee table. I, at home, have two of them That could be the best way to describe her vision next to each other,” she said, describing how the for the Vancouver location, where trees and tops pop open to reveal deep hidden storage. “I mountains wouldn’t look all that out of place.

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n the day when Martin and Esther Kafer attempt to be the world’s oldest couple to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro — he’s 85, she’s 84 —, they are asking their fellow Vancouverites to tackle the Grouse Grind to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of BC. The Kafers have climbed more than 500 mountains and made over 75 firstascents in the B.C. coastal mountain range. You can support them on their quest by either making a donation to the Ascent for Alzheimer’s in their name, or by taking part in the Mt. Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind for Alzheimer’s on September 30. Participants are encouraged to fundraise, either as individuals or a team, a minimum of $700 in funds. For more information or to make a pledge, go to, or Meanwhile, the Grouse Grind Mountain Run is September 22. Hikers of all ages and abilities can try to beat their best times or simply challenge themselves for the first time. Length: 3 kilometres; elevation gain: 853 metres; total stairs: 2,830; fastest official time ever: record held by Sebastian Salas of 23:48; average time: an hour and a half.

Yogacara makes yoga accessible for all Yogacara knows how much yoga can contribute to wellness. It also knows that the cost of classes is sometimes a barrier. As part of its Grow Yoga, Build Community program, it is offering a Karma Yoga program that allows students to attend yoga classes simply by making a donation of a canned good. It will also donate $3 for every student who attends the class to a local charity. Yogacara has studios in Kitsilano and Riley Park

The Grouse Grind is a challenging climb, but Vancouver’s Martin and Esther Kafer have their sights on a mountain seven times as high — Mt. Kilamanjaro. They hope to be the oldest couple to reach the summit. and has just opened a new one in Mount Pleasant. On September 15, it started offering a variety of classical yoga styles include Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Yoga Nidra and Pilates. The studio (at 3381 Fraser) is owned by Carmellia Rumbal, an experienced yoga teacher and Reiki Master. She has trained with David Swenson, Donna Farhi, Doug Swenson, Rodney Yee and Nancy Gilgoff. You can win a $50 gift card to try out some of the classes at Yogacara by going to

Whole lotta hoola! Your hips will certainly get a good workout at the Thursday night hoola hoop classes for women at the West End Community Centre (870 Denman). The six sessions — Sept. 20 to

Oct. 25 — with Jessie Rockley will teach you to manipulate the hoola hoop with style and grace, as well as a few trick moves. Classes are from 6:60 to 7:30pm and are $71 for all six or $13 each as a drop-in. Register at or by calling 604-257-8333.

Vida spa de-stresser If back-to-school stress is getting to you, Vida spa is making it easier to invest a little time on yourself. It’s offering the following packages until Sept. 30: Spend $200 on any retail and receive a free De-stress Face or Body treatment; spend $400 on any retail and receive a free 60-minute Classic Balancing Facial; spend $500 on retail and receive a free 60-minute Classic Massage.

Discover the freedom that balance can bring! Liz from Vij’s was dishing out samples at the Whole Foods Living Naturally Fair in the parking lot of the Robson location on Sept. 15. More than 55 vendors took part. Kelsey Klassen photo

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Handheld gimmickry unravels End Of Watch END OF WATCH Directed by David Ayer Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña Gritty drama meets Reality TV in David Ayer’s south central LA cop drama End of Watch. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña star as police officers who become targets of a dangerous drug cartel after the pair find a cache of money and weapons following a routine traffic stop. There is no denying the genuine chemistry between the two leads, each balancing the other with a convincing sense of bravado and machismo. Gyllenhaal, in typical fashion, tends to overact in many scenes, while Peña’s Hispanic stereotypes begin to turn stale. That aside, the two gifted actors fill the roles adequately. There are genuine moments of tension that permeate throughout the movie as various members of

the police squad round dark corners with guns drawn, always expecting the worst. Ayer’s ‘point of view’ approach to the camerawork is initially quite effective, but the intensity gradually wears off as the film stumbles due to uneven pacing and some frankly nausea-inducing chase scenes. The justification Thor Diakow for all the handheld camera work in the movie becomes utterly ridiculous; it’s one thing for Gyllenhaal’s character to document a day’s work for a film class but the notion that a member of a hardened Mexican cartel would carry a camcorder amidst drive-bys and alley chases is nonsensical. As a result, End of Watch gets lost in a murky attempt to galvanize a style of genre made famous by the television show Cops. The film has a lot of ambition and energy but isn’t channelled properly in the end.

Perhaps cognisant of the fact that moviegoers weren’t exactly clamouring for a send-up of roller disco’s less-than-hallowed heyday, the Picnicface comedy troupe has wisely decided to have the running time of their big screen début correspond directly with its time period. Clocking in at 70odd minutes, Roller Town gets impressive mileage out of its slight premise without ever outliving its welcome. Taking its cues from countless other dance flicks, this is the story of Leo (Mark Little), a working class kid who falls for rich girl Julia (Kayla Lorette). While she’s a classically trained roller skater studying at a prestigious conservatory, he frequents the seedy, subterranean Roller Town. After incurring the wrath of the town’s wheeled preppies, Leo must also contend with two scheming gangsters who are intent on getting teens hooked on arcade games. Boasting the glaring lack of production values that graced Picnicface’s short-lived Comedy Network series, Roller Town also displays the sketch comedy show’s willingness to toss everything and anything

at a screen and see what sticks. Consequently, the film delivers a deluge of throwaway gags, be it a DJ squirting glitter onto a hotdog or Leo tackling a treadmill while wearing roller skates. Conversely, the troupe also proves adept at pushing jokes well past their natural limits and into the realms of absurdity, calling to mind David Wain’s oddball oeuvre. And appearances by disco trio The Bugaloos add another dimension to the demented proceedings, ensuring that patrons will leave the theatre with — to use the Roller Town parlance — a little dance in their pants. — Curtis Woloschuk

Unfortunately, bad writing and flat acting make a bad review Inescapable And yet, here we are watching Adib (Alexander Siddig), a Toronto businessman, receiving word that his daughter has been abducted in his native Syria. Jetting off to her rescue, he enlists the aid of his In 2009’s Cairo Time, writer-director Ruba Nadda told the tale of a married American woman and her ex-fiancée (Marisa Tomei), asks pointed questions of his former military intelligence partner (Oded Egyptian guide wandering around the titular city Fehr), and grows suspicious of a shady Canadian while desperately quelling their feelings for one diplomat (Joshua Jackson). Could it be that Adib’s another. Nothing about that study in repression daughter is now suffering for the past sins of her suggested that we should expect Nadda’s follow up father? More importantly: could we care any less? to be an action-heavy, vaguely topical version of While notably more plot-driven than its languid Taken. predecessor, slapdash writing and inept execution deprives Inescapable “ ” of both urgency and . tension. While it’s initially heartening to see an “ ” actor of Siddib’s calibre headline a film, he soon only elicits our sympathy for being saddled with either stock tough guy quips or less-thanprofound musings like, “Damascus seems... older.” Only adding to his burden is a glaring lack of chemistry with Tomei (seemingly preoccupied with maintaining her accent) and Nadda’s uncanny ability to bungle even the most basic of action sequences. Ultimately, the production team’s shoddy DIANE VIRGINIE LÉA KRUGER LEDOYEN SEYDOUX attempts to pass off their shooting location of Johannesburg as Damascus prove emblematic of a film that proves unconvincing on every FACEBOOK.COM/EONEFILMS YOUTUBE.COM/EONEFILMS NUDITY conceivable front. — www.festivalcinemas.CA FESTIVAL CINEMAS Curtis Woloschuk 1:15, 4:30, 7:10, 9:30 FIFTH AVENUE


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Yes to Yaletown centre

I am so impressed by the dedication of the senior citizen who stands near the Roundhouse Canada Line station escalator with a clipboard every morning during rush hour. He started a petition asking that a seniors’ centre be built in Yaletown and is within 500 signatures of the 5,000 which are needed. There isn’t much to think about for those of us passing by, even when still in a sleepy haze, because I can’t think of any reason not to build a seniors’ centre. Can you? We should be grateful that in Canada we are free to start petitions and follow our ideals without fear of persecution. This man can say, “I believed in something and did all I could”. Orchids to you, sir! Katherine, via email

Hands off that helmet!

As a cyclist I am ticked how people take bike helmets left briefly in public spaces. Twice in the last two months I have left a helmet on a park bench and come back for it, only to find it gone! Don’t people realize when I leave the area I come back for it? This is safety equipment and the law provides for double penalty for taking! Don’t take other peoples stuff! Anonymous via email

Choose our own fun

The ‘powers that be’ have been chipping away at reducing our right to freedom and fun by implementing ridiculous control and hardship on any kind of non-conforming event or establishment. Our event and licensing laws are ridiculous and oppressive. The City has also bombarded neighborhoods with a wealth of dull, tragic street/neighbourhood events in their illusion that they will make Vancouver ‘fun’. Starting two decades ago I embraced all these events, volunteered at many and supported them. Now I’m so sick of them, and they keep coming up with new ones. These events are also very costly to operate, disrupt traffic and peace in neighbourhoods, and in the end it’s just another dull, annoying, lame event in Vancouver. Our right to a variety of things to do day and (especially) at night is crucial to creating a fun-loving, friendly, robust, social environment. Instead we have been trained to stay home and isolate ourselves as the social options are less than enticing or interesting. If other cities can embrace a full array of social variety and freedom, without the governments’ fear that people might just have a good time, then we should have that freedom as well. Paul Richards, via email

Free Will Astrology By Rob Brezsny • Week of September 20

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): For every trillion dollars the US government spends on the military, it creates about 11,000 jobs. That same expenditure, if directed toward education, creates 27,000 jobs. I’d rather have the taxes I pay go to teachers than soldiers. I suggest that in the coming months you make a metaphorically similar move, Aries. Devote more time and energy and resources to learning, and less to fighting. Ironically, doing that will ultimately diminish the fighting you have to do. As you get more training and wisdom, you’ll become more skilled at avoiding conflicts. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Now is an excellent time to cull, prune, and winnow. Look for opportunities to pare down and refine. Don’t go too far. Be careful that you don’t truncate, desecrate, or annihilate. You will have to be skeptical about any temptation you might have to go overboard with your skepticism. You will have to be cautious not to allow your judicious discernment to devolve into destructive distrust. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Why did people start drinking coffee? Who figured out that roasting and boiling the bitter beans of a certain shrub produced a stimulating beverage? Historians don’t know for sure. One old tale proposes that a ninth-century Ethiopian shepherd discovered the secret. After his goats nibbled on the beans of the coffee bush, they danced and cavorted with unnatural vigor. I urge you to be as alert and watchful as that shepherd, Gemini. A new source of vibrant energy may soon be revealed to you, perhaps in an unexpected way. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): “Hello Dear One: I was browsing online when I came across your shiny dark power, and now I must tell you that I am quite sure you and I can circle together like sun and moon. It would give me great bliss for us to link up and make a tender story together. — Your Surprise Soulmate.” Dear Soulmate: Thank you for your warm inquiry. However, I must turn you down. Because I was born under the sign of Cancer the Crab, I have to be very careful to maintain proper boundaries; I can’t allow myself to be wide open to every extravagant invitation, especially from people I don’t know well. That’s especially true these days. We need to be extra discriminating about what influences we allow into our spheres. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): Questions and more questions! Will the monkey on your back jump off, at least for a while? Will the sign of the zodiac that you understand least become an X-factor in the unfolding plot? Will a cute distraction launch you on what seems to be a wild goose chase — until it leads you to a clue you didn’t even know you were looking for? Will a tryst in an unsacred space result in an odd boost to your longterm fortunes? The answers will be headed your way. You’re at the beginning of a phase that will specialize in alluring twists and brain-teasing turns. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Want to submit a letter to the editor of a major newspaper? The odds of you getting published in the Washington Post are almost three times as great as in the super-influential New York

Times.The Post has a much smaller circulation, so your thoughts there won’t have as wide an impact. But you will still be read by many people. According to my reading, you’re in a phase when you should be quite content to shoot for a spot in the Post. Please apply that same principle to everything you do. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): According to Tantra and Taoism, it’s unhealthy for a man to have too many ejaculatory orgasms. Doing so depletes his vital energy, and can lead to depression and malaise. But medical researchers in the West have come to the exact opposite conclusion. According to them, frequent sex even promotes youthfulness and longevity. Here’s what I think: Every man should find out for himself by conducting his own experiments. As a general rule, I recommend the empirical approach for many other questions as wells. Rather than trusting anyone’s theories, find out for yourself. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): Henrik Ibsen was an iconoclast who relished exposing the hypocrisy and shallowness of conventional morality. While working on one of his plays, he kept a pet scorpion in an empty beer glass on his desk. “Now and again,” he testified, “when the creature was wilting, I would drop into the glass a piece of fruit, which it would seize upon in a frenzy and inject with its poison. It would then revive. Are not we poets like that?” Keep these details in mind during the coming weeks, Scorpio. You will probably have some venom that needs to be expelled. I hope you’ll do it like Ibsen writing his brilliantly scathing plays or the scorpion stinging some fruit. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): “There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose,” said Henri Matisse, “because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” I’d love to expand this principle so that it applies to everything you do in the coming week.

Whatever adventures you seek, Sagittarius, prepare for them by forgetting all the adventures you have ever had. That way you will unleash the fullness of the fun and excitement you deserve. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Where do you belong? Not where you used to belong and not where you will belong in the future, but where do you belong right now? The answer to that question might have been murky lately, but the time is ripe to get clear. First, decide what experiences you will need in order to feel loved and nurtured between now and your birthday. Second, determine the two goals that are most important for you to accomplish between now and then. Third, summon a specific vision of how you can best express your generosity between now and your birthday. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): Are you excited about your new detachable set of invisible wings? They’re ready. To get the full benefit of the freedom they make available, study these tips: 1. Don’t attach them to your feet or butt; they belong on your shoulders. 2. To preserve their sheen and functionality, avoid rolling in the muddy gutter while you’re wearing them. 3. Don’t use them just to show off. 4. It’s OK to fly around for sheer joy, though. 5. Never take them off in mid-flight. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): You know that leap of faith you’re considering? Now would be a good time to rehearse it, but not do it. How about that big experiment you’ve been mulling over? Imagine in detail what it would be like to go ahead, but don’t actually go ahead. Have you been thinking of making a major commitment? My advice is similar to the first two issues: Research all of its ramifications. Think deeply about how it would change your life. Maybe even formulate a prenuptial agreement or the equivalent. But don’t make a dramatic dive into foreverness. Not yet, at least. This is your time to practice, play, and pretend.



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1 Gallery director Vince Dumoulin and Pamela Groberman of Pamela Groberman Media and Public Relations at the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver’s 2013 Phantom Series II launch at Three Harbour Green on September 15. 2 Former US President Bill Clinton spoke about the importance of music education at Sarah McLachlan’s Voices in the Park Sept. 15. (Kelsey Klassen photo) 3 Model Katie Hensrud in a design by Katie Jeanes at the HelenJean trunk show Sept. 11. 4 Tracy Stern Salontea’s Sarah Ambrose and editor Danica Jeffry browsed the home decor goods at the West Elm grand opening party celebrating the South Granville location on Sept. 12. 5 Pink Elephant Thai owner Desmond Chen (left) and Tara Teng got down to old school music at the Skinny Girl Cocktails Ladies Night Out at the Alberni restaurant on September 13. 6 Veenita Singh and Frances Hui at the Skinny Girl Cocktails Ladies Night Out. 7 Sublime Interiors founder Geele Soroka and friend at the Western Living Designers of the Year Awards on September 13 at the Salt Building. 8 Niche Wine Co. proprietor Joanna Schlosser (right) and LuFREE HD video & photo messaging • CLASSIFIED photo viewer lulemon’s Alexis Finlay TRAVEL mode … only on GuySpy! poured fine wine at the Western Living Designers of the Year Awards. 20

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Where are you from: I am originally from Red Deer Alberta. I moved to Vancouver in 2006. Describe TODAY: We stock independent labels (Mink Pink, Finders Keepers, etc.) from an international standpoint, with a focus on women’s wear. What are your passions: Being able to dress people up so they’re conďŹ dent and comfortable in their outďŹ ts. Where do you get your style inspiration: Stevie Nicks, Olsen Twins (duh) and the people I surround myself with — my friends. Your style: Comfortable, over-sized, masculine and comfortable

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INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN To be considered for these positions candidates must have the following qualifications and attributes: t3FE4FBM$FSUJĂśDBUJPOGSPNBSFDPHOJ[FEQSPHSBN t UP  ZFBST FYQFSJFODF  QSFGFSBCMZ JO B GPPE manufacturing plant t&YDFMMFOUFMFDUSJDBMUSPVCMFTIPPUJOHBOESFQBJSTLJMMT t&YQFSJFODFXPSLJOHJOBGBTUQBDFEBOEDPMEXPSLJOH environment considered an asset We offer industry competitive wages and benefits with TUFBEZGVMMUJNFXPSL .FDIBOJDBMMZ JODMJOFE 3FGSJHFSBOU 0QFSBUPST BOEPS $MBTT1PXFS&OHJOFFSUJDLFUXPVMECFBOBTTFU Please send covering letter and resume to: or fax 604-875-6031



INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. NO Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Apply online! 1-866-399-3853 BUSINESS AND FINANCE: Seeking a business opportunity or partner? Posting legal notices? Need investors, agents or distributors, this is where you advertise. Call


Thursday, September 20, 2012 WE Vancouver EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION 130


THE SUNDRE ROUND-UP, a 2,000 circulation weekly, requires an experienced editor. Sundre is 110 km northwest of Calgary. Full benefit package. Apply: Lea Smaldon, 5013 - 51 St., Olds, AB, T4H 1P6. 403-556-7510;




COOKS ~ SERVERS ~ DISHWASHERS: 0889117 BC Ltd. o/a POINT ZERO LOUNGE & RESTAURANT is Hiring F/T (East Indian Cuisine) Tandoori Cooks & Curry Cooks. All $17/hr. Servers ($10.25/hr) and Dishwashers – ($10.25/hr). Send resume by:



HIRING an Electrician (Temporary) at Surrey Schools! For more info & to apply by Sept. 24, 2012, please visit & click on Career Opportunities & Support Staff or JOURNEYMAN AUTOBODY POSITION available Immediately at brand new modern dealership. Lots of work, great pay, benefits, great Northern Saskatchewan community. Apply to Rob Dron at or call 1-800-667-0511. SECHELT WASTE COMPANY seeks Heavy Duty Mechanic to manage shop operations and the maintenance of all equipment. Submit resume to 604-885-4247 or



WE WILL design a sleek professional website for your business. Call us at 604-307-6489. YOU NEED IT! WE’RE ON THE WEB

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.

Make it yours. Call 604-708-2628


Restaurant Helper

FOOTO DELIGHTS in Downtown Vancouver has a F/Tposition with flexible hours. Hourly wage @10.25 Duties: customer service, cash register, cleaning,preparation of food & drink etc. Food safe required. Ability to speak Japanese and exp. in bakery/cafe would be an asset. Send resume to:


260 HEAVY EQUIPMENT REPAIR LTD. currently has full-time positions available: H/D Truck & Transport Mechanic & Parts Counter Person. Contact Herb 780-849-3768; (cell) 780-849-0416. Fax 780-8494453. Email: LOCAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE company looking for day rate and hourly Vacuum Truck Operator. Must have current oilfield tickets and up-to-date drivers abstract. Benefit package. Fax 403845-3903.

Required for an Alberta Trucking Company. One Class 1 Driver. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience pulling low boys and driving off road. Candidate must be able to pass a drug test and be willing to relocate to Edson, Alberta. Scheduled Days Off. Call Lloyd 780-723-5051 THE LEMARE GROUP is accepting resumes for the following positions: • Grapple Yarder Operators • Hooktenders • Chasers • 2nd Loader/Buckers • Hydraulic Log Loader/Hoe Forward Operators • Off Highway Logging Truck Drivers (Pacific) • Heavy Duty Mechanics. Full time with union rates and benefits. Please send resumes by fax to 250-956-4888 or email:



THAI BASIL Restaurant, Van. requires 1 Asst Mgr, 2-3 yrs. exp. $15.80/hr. Email:



AUTOMATED TANK MANUFACTURING INC. is looking for Welders. Due to a huge expansion to our plant located in Kitscoty, Alberta, 20km west of Lloydminster. We have openings for 10-3rd Year Apprentices or Journey Person Welders. We offer best wage in industry. 3rd Year Apprentice $28-$30/hour, Journey Person $32-$35/hour, higher with tank experience. Profit sharing bonus plus manufacturing bonus incentive. Full insurance package 100% paid by company. Good working environment. Join a winning team. Call Basil or Blaine at: (office)780-846-2231; (fax)780846-2241 or send resume to; Keep your feet on the ground in a safe welding environment through inhole manufacturing process. No scaffolding or elevated work platform.




• Estate Services • Electronics • Appliances • Old Furniture • Construction • Yard Waste • Concrete • Drywall • Junk • Rubbish • Mattresses & More!

Starting $40/hr. LICENSED & INSURED ✶ Local & Long Distance ✶ ✶ Seniors Discount ✶


On Time, As Promised, Service Guaranteed!


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

But Dead Bodies!!

AWD Interior/Ext Painting. Drywall/Ceiling Repairs. Call Will for a Free Estimate. (778)709-1081

Specializing in Palm, Tarot Cards, Crystal Ball Readings. Reunites loved ones. One visit will amaze you! Call today for a better tomorrow. 3 Readings $35


CASH BACK - $10 for every pound you lose. Lose weight quickly and safely and keep it off, results guaranteed! Call Herbal Magic today! 1-800-854-5176.


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. MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.




SCHNAUZER Puppies 2 male, 1 female. M- Salt & pepper , F - black. 8 wks. $800/ea. Jim (604)826-8877

SHELTIES SABLE COLOUR full white collars, 3 months old, taken out on leash, 2M 1F (604)826-6311

SMOOTH MINI Dachshunds. Born July 27/12. Family raised. 1st shots, dewormed. $750. 604-855-6176

YELLOW LAB Puppies - exc stock. No papers. $450: 1-(604)820-2687



ABLE AUCTIONS in Vancouver is currently accepting jewellery, fine art, antiques and collectibles for upcoming auctions. FREE APPRAISALS Call 604-818-9473



A New Pillowtop Mattress Set Still in Packaging! Can Deliver! $100 - Call: 604-484-0379

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




A-1 PAINTING CO. 604.723.8434 Top Quality Painting. Floors & Finishing. Insured, WCB, Written Guarantee. Free Est. 20 Years Exp.


• Portable Toilets • Fencing • Containers • Waste Management • Storage

10% OFF when you Mention this ad HARDI RENO SVS. *Plumbing *Tile *Drywall*Paint*More! 778-865-4072

Always Done Right With Integrity.

Complete Dry-wall & Renovation services. Textured ceiling specialist. Phone Steve (604)613-4861

We Recycle! GO GREEN!

A-TECH Services 604-230-3539 Running this ad for 8yrs 604-882-2733

PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services.



Reno’s/Additions/Kitchens Drywall work/rubbish removal

Gary 604-339-5430


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

PRESSURE WASHING HANDYMAN - 604-518-4778 WCB & Liability Insured.

Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET


1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366)








Airedale pups. P/b, CKC reg., microchipped, health guar, (604)7943500. email: BUDGIES to good home, (6), all under 2 years old. call (604)703-1818

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

Family owned & operated. Fully insured. We do Cedar Shakes, conversions, concrete tiles, torchon, fibreglass shingles, restoration & repairs. 20 yr labour warranty. 604-723-2626

Local & Long Distance From 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 TON TRUCKS Licenced ~ Reliable ~ 1 to 3 Men Free Estimate/Senior Discount Residential~Commercial~Pianos


CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are Spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at or call 1 (604)820-2977

25 yrs in roofing industry

1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Real Professionals, Reasonable. Rates. Different From the Rest. 604-721-4555. 10% OFF with this AD

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

Mainland Roofing Ltd.


604-787-5915, 604-291-7778

FIVE STAR ROOFING All kinds of re-roofing & repairs. Free est. Reasonable rates. (604)961-7505, 278-0375


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

PLUMBING, heating and gas services. Design and installation for new construction, home renovations and existing systems as well as emergency on-call service. Call McCallum Mechanical 604-6539514 or email us at




RECYCLE YOUR JUNK! Rubbish Removal, Caring for the Earth. Professional Quality Service at Great Rates. 604-787-8782


Raven Marine Boat Yard at Mosquito Creek Marina 419 West Esplanade North Vancouver, BC

Buy • Sell • Swap Save at the Swap Meet!

Tree removal done RIGHT!


Saturday September 22, 2012 10:00-16:00




Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988


778-997-9582 WEED FREE Mushroom Manure 13 yards - $180 or Well Rotted 10 yds - $200. 604-856-8877

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.



Residential & Commercial Services

“ ABOVE THE REST “ Interior & Exterior Unbeatable Prices & Professional Crew. • Free Est. • Written Guarantee • No Hassle • Quick Work • Insured • WCB

Email: hoot&




604-653-5928 173E

FLEETWOOD WASTE Bin Rentals 10-30 Yards. Call Ken at 604-294-1393

Haul Anything...




Physic Healer

Certified Utility Arborists and 2nd yr Apprentice Utility Arborists wanted immediately for clearing in and around energized lines in lower mainland & interior regions. Competitive wage & benefit package. Call Matt for details 250-308-6033. DUE TO A STEADY growth in our industry we currently have multiple positions open for Journeyman Heavy Equipment Technicians for our field service division. Mining and large construction equipment experience is an asset. We offer very competitive wages and benefits. Apply:

JUNK REMOVAL Recycled Earth Friendly


GET the best for your moving 24/7. From $40/hr. Licensed & Insured. Senior Discount. 778-773-3737





YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420.

F/T FORKLIFT OPERATOR NEEDED Min. 32hrs/wk. Must have a valid ticket. Send resume to:


GET the best for your moving 24/7 From $40/hr Licensed & Insured Senior Discount 778-773-3737


DROWNING IN DEBTS? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. AVOID BANKRUPTCY! Free consultation. or Toll Free 1 877-556-3500

SERVERS & DISHWASHERS India Bistro Ltd. is hiring for F/T Food & Beverage Servers ($11.25/hr) & Dishwashers ($10.73/hr). Mail: 1157 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N2 or Fax: (604) 681-6373.






An Alberta Construction Company is hiring Dozer and Excavator Operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051.


Email: or Fax: 604-681-6373. HANDI CUISINE of India dba Original Handi Restaurant in Vancouver is hiring 1 F/T Restaurant Manager. Must have 2 to 3 years relevant experience in managing a restaurant. Salary would be $17.50/hr with 40 hours/week. Knowledge of fluent English and Hindi or Punjabi is required. Interested applicants please email resumes to:


A Bargain Bonanza for Boaters & Land Locked Friends Come browse a great selection of new & used boating, fishing, and sailing items. Come early for the best selection of nautical art & treasures, fish/dive/boat gear, marine electronics & hardware, tools, boating supplies & equipment. Enjoy refreshments, visit with friends and neighbours, and clear out your boat, garage, locker, or shed! Sellers may bring non-marine items of interest as well, e.g., clothing or household goods.

Admission: $2 Donation to support the Capilano Little Ones School. Table space starts at $45 for individuals and may be shared. Contact Carly:604-985-5326 or at yardsaleatthecreek for details.

A swap meet flyer and seller’s registration form are available for download at: http://mosquitocreek

DALMATIANS, 2M, born july 9, ckc reg., shots, dewormed, $1000-$1500. (604)793-5130, (604)723-2232


NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837


P/B Choc. lab puppies, 3 F. 1 M.left, born June 27, CKC reg. vet✓ $700. 604-217-6551, 604-825-1730





Growing into, or growing out of?


A virtual curb for your unwanted couch

BECOME A PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLOR Earn Your Diploma in 1 Year Applications being accepted for On campus and home study programs Call today for Career Options

(250)717-0412 Chelsea Stowers Graduate





WE Vancouver Thursday, September 20, 2012 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 560






SAWMILLS from only $3997 MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.

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Each side: $449,000 5 bdrms. 3 bath, front & back decks. Exc. revenue opportunity We work with agents! 604-626-7100 www.

1992 Class A 34ft WINNEBAGO ELANTE motorhome, 454 Chev motor, only 42,000miles. Low profile, awning, generator, air compressor backup camera, 2 TV’s & many other extras. This is a top of the line motorhome in top shape. Asking $21,000. Call 604-536-2899.


STOP RENTINGRENT TO OWN Call Kristen 604-786-4663













639 REAL ESTATE SERVICES FREE BROCHURE - Kings County - “Land of Orchards, Vineyards & Tides” - Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Live! Work! Start Business! -Toll-Free: 1.888.865.4647





DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-910-6402 DL# 7557

2000 DODGE GREAT WEST VAN Class B Motorhome 318V8 107,000 km. Like new in & out. A/C, fantastic fan, toilet, shower, am/fm stereo w/ CD & Cassette, dvd w/ screen. Fridge, stove, micro, sink. A must see! $18,500 604-796-8792





1995 BUICK LE SABRE - loaded, 92K, Air Cared, No accident. Like new! $3700obo 778.565.4230

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL “No Wheels, No Problem”



604-328-0081 7 Days/Week

2006 MAZDA 3 - 4 dr sedan. auto, 70,000 kms, Blue. Many options. $7000/firm. Call (604)538-4883 2011 NISSAN VERSA 4/dr h/back, auto, 25,000/km, red, many options, $8600/firm. 604-538-9257.



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




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SURREY: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, hardwood floors throughout and new roof. $549,000. 604-575-5555.



2010 VENZA: Like new, only 20,000 kms, fully loaded, automatic, 6 cylinder, dvd system. $22,800. 604-575-5555.


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ONLINE AD: BC-wide reach! For one week!

ONLINE AD: Local reach — until you cancel it!


We Pay CA$H For •Auto •Scrap Metals •Batteries •Machinery •Lead


2 hr. Service (604)209-2026

RARE 1983 GMC 4WD Van shorty. Fully rebuilt. Spectacular cond! Everything new. Nicest one around guaranteed. Too much to list. $12,500/obo. 604-290-5532

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: Azim Abdulla formerly of #2202 - 1067 Marinaside Cres, Vancouver BC. Notice is hereby given that creditors and others having claims against the estate of the above deceased are required to send particulars of such claims to the Executor c/o Nazir Abdulla 20842 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 2R3 on or before October 25, 2012 after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have been received. Nazir Abdulla, Executor.


WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in September $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888593-6095.

LANGLEY $1950. Huge Park like yard with trails. Home remod. 4 bdrm 2 full baths. pets OK. N/S. very quiet St. Oct. 1. Jamie 604209-3702

Metal Recycling Ltd.

2001 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 175K, fully loaded, Great cond. $5250 obo. Daniel 778-574-5081




2 BD, 1bth Chlwk suite for rent. No smk. no pets. $700/mnth. Call Gerry 604-861-7560

ALTO CONN SAX $595. Tenor Sax $595. 604-859-5925


2008 FORD 350, diesel. Black. 3 yr warranty left. $27,000. Call 604589-6032 or 604-807-6022.

The Scrapper

1996 22’ SLUMBER QUEEN 5th wheel. Interior like new, has to be seen to appreciate. New stereo, back up camera, flat screen TV, new HD antenna, m/w, a/c. Incl. hitch. $7,000. 604-625-7761 Aldergrove

• No Qualification-Low Down • CLOVERDALE -18898 65th Ave, HOUSE, 3900 sqft. 5 bdrm. & 2 suites, quiet neigh. $1,488/M


Price $19,950. obo. Henry 604-309-6012



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

1991 Class A MOTORHOME Mode-34 SI. Ford chasse, 460CID engine SFI, 4 spd, auto. trans (with over drive) Power steering, power brakes, disk brakes on 4 wheels, tilt st. wheel, a/c, cruise, burner range, oven, double sink & many more extras. A must see! Original owner. Under 70,000 miles.

Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley



Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal


WE BUY HOUSES! Older House • Damaged House Moving • Estate Sale • Just Want Out • Behind on Payments Quick Cash! • Flexible Terms! CALL US FIRST! 604-626-9647



2005 Mazda 6 Sport Wagon - 139k, 3.0 V6, 5 spd. manual, 220 hp exc. cond. BC car, dark grey w/ blk. int., no accid. sunroof, pwr. drivers seat, light duty hitch for bike rack, new clutch & starter, recent tires, car needs nothing $9500 778-861-5017






1977 DODGE CAMPER VAN - exc. cond. all working cond. REDUCED $3250/obo.Must See 604-599-3835

Sun Peaks Duplex For Sale

WANTED pre 1970’s toys. Dinky, Corgi, matchbox, hotwheels, tin trucks. Call 604-889-5414



ONLINE AD: BC-wide reach! For one week!

ONLINE AD: Local reach — until you cancel it!


BRINGING SMILES TO OUR COMMUNITY: Did you, or someone you know just get engaged? Advertise your precious moments with us. Call 604-575-5555




WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective September 20 to September 26, 2012. We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.

Grocery Department

Meat Department Wasa Crispbreads

Mighty Leaf Artisan Teas

assorted varieties

assorted varieties


PRICING reg 11.99

Whole Frying Specialty Chickens



assorted varieties

pin bones removed


1L +deposit +eco fee • product of Spain

Astro Yogurt

11.99lb/ 26.43kg


product of Germany

Way Better Multi-Grain Tortilla Chips assorted varieties

assorted varieties



product of Canada

Organic Himrod White, Seedless Grapes from Covert Farms, Oliver



assorted varieties




2.99lb/ 6.59kg

West Creek Trout Fillets

Efruiti Gummies

Hero Fruit Nectars


200-310g product of Germany

15 ct product of USA

Produce Department

Deli Department Choices’ Own All Natural Hams Black Forest or Honey


product of USA

weather permitting B.C. Grown


Organic Green Beans from Fraserland Farms in Delta B.C. Grown

Drink Me Raw Whole Food Organic Smoothies

Farmer’s Market Puree’s and Organic Butternut Squash

assorted varieties

assorted varieties



397-425g product of USA

450ml +eco fee • product of Canada

Happy Planet Health Shots


Organic Super Colossal White Porcelain Garlic from Don Kepke and Sons Farm in Creston B.C. Grown



Bulk Department

Gruyere, Organic Emmental, Organic Gruyere, Raclette, Appenzeller or Tete de Moine

bins and bags

Organic Slow or Quick Cooking Oats

.80/100g off 20% off regular retail price regular retail price

assorted varieties

assorted varieties



Earth’s Choice Organic Almond Butter

170-340g • product of USA

Bakery Department

Health Care Department Sibu Products

20% off regular

Organic Multigrain Bread


Bio Vert Liquid Laundry Detergent

retail price


Sibu products are earth friendly, sustainable, wild crafted, fair trade and certified organic by Ceres.

regular or fragrance free


500ml product of Canada


Fruit and Nut or Triple Fruit Granola or Organic Muesli

1.8L product of Canada

1.00 off Applesnax Applesauce

Tree Of Life Organic Spreads

unsweetened, assorted varieties

assorted varieties



796ml or 6 pack • product of Canada

235ml • product of Canada

Earth’s Choice Spring Water

Cookiń Greens Frozen Dark Leafy Greens


assorted varieties

9.5L • +deposit +eco fee product of Canada


9.98lb/ 22.00kg

Swiss Cheese: Emmental, Gruyere, Cave Aged

Casbah Side Dishes

75ml +deposit +eco fee • product of BC

1.98lb/ 4.37kg


1.69/100g reg 2.69

2L package

regular retail price 454g

Rice Bakery ! New


120 caps

A potent blend of extracts from six medicinal mushrooms.

Ascenta NutraSea Original

Mexican Wedding Cookies or Hazelnut Sorghum Shortbread Rounds

2.00 off

WOW! regular retail PRICING price

500g • product of USA

Purica Immune 7

20% off regular retail price

240 softgels

NutraSea by Ascenta is a balanced EPA + DHA formula beneficial for cardiovascular health and brain function. Also available in liquid.

Seminars & Events at Choices South Surrey, 3248 King George Blvd. Tuesday, September 25, 7:00-8:30pm.


Complementary Care for Prostate Cancer with Dr. Caleb Ng, ND, of MVWC.

Look for our


Cost $5. To register call 604-541-3902.

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, September 20, 2012  

September 20, 2012 edition of the WE Vancouver

WE Vancouver, September 20, 2012  

September 20, 2012 edition of the WE Vancouver