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Fans of Japanese animation (and some soon-to-be-fans) will be delighted to know about Castles In the Sky: The Masters of Studio Ghibli, a retrospective in Vancouver Dec. 14 – Jan 3. Studio Ghibli is the world renowned anime studio founded in Tokyo in 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki. Among its films are the classics Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro (pictured) and Spirited Away. Other Ghibli films that will be screened include Ponyo, Castle in the Sky, Porco Rosso, Kiki’s Delivery Service and more. Both Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour) and Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe) will screen the movies. The Studio Ghibli films at the Vancity will be in 35mm in the English-language versions. Films at the Cinematheque will screen in Japanese language prints with subtitles. The Ghibli films are open to all ages. Princess Mononoke is classified 14A, all other titles are rated G or PG. The Vancity Theatre offers a special rate of $7 for youth under 19. For a complete list of films, tickets and showtimes visit VIFF.org.
Since 2000, more than 500 volunteers have donated their time, expertise and hearts to give more than 26,000 life makeovers to women living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Founded by Caroline MacGillivray (pictured left), the Beauty Night Society builds self-esteem and changes the lives of women living in poverty. The very first event MacGillvray held was attended by 73 women and 14 volunteers. Today, programming is offered four nights a week serving 200 impoverished women and youth each week. On Dec. 15, Beauty Night marks its 12-year anniversary at the Celebrate Dignity Gala at the Hive Vancouver. Hosted by Jessica Holmes, Canadian motivational speaker and comedian, this eco fashion show will feature 12 Beauty Night ladies. Tickets are $99 at CelebrationOfDignity.eventbrite. com. File photo
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The creative side of politics Change is coming, says Mayor Gregor Robertson. We can shape it if we are creative
Being a politician is not all serious business: Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson shares a laugh with Mark Busse at Creative Mornings. Trevor Jansen photo
By Martha Perkins
hen you’re an organic farmer trying to figure out how to get your products to consumers, you need to find creative ways to get past all the giant food firms who rule the market. How about setting up your own farmers’ market? When you’re a mayor who’s constantly getting messages about why things can’t be done, you need to find creative ways to make things happen. How about using the city’s 40,000 street lamps as wifi towers and electric-car chargers? “Applying creativity has to be at the core of solving problems,” Mayor Gregor Robertson told the standing-room only Creative Mornings crowd at W2 Media on Friday. Change is coming, he added, and it’s better to embrace it than trying to stick to your current path. “We can shape that change for maximum, positive outcomes if we use our creativity.” Robertson was the first politician to be invited to the monthly forum for innovative ideas and
conversation. The only caveat for him was that he had to stick to the theme of creativity. The only caveat for the audience was that they too had to stick to the theme in the question and answer period. No grilling him about taxes or garbage pick-up. Robertson started with his own journey to the mayor’s chair: a 12-year-old wannabe rock star
(who did Kiss covers); a young man’s travels through China to connect with Dr. Norman Bethune, a relative who is viewed as a hero to the Chinese (and with whom he shares a name); a sailing adventure across the Pacific with his wife Amy, fishing for dinner and anchoring off islands in quest of fresh fruit; and then back to BC where he and Amy started an
organic farm and Robertson and a friend started the Happy Planet juice company. Happy Planet’s first name was Creative Juices, which is something they had to tap into when it came to making money. “The only way to compete with the Cokes and Pepsis of this world is to be creative and hustle,” he said. As he travelled with his juice
truck, he became more aware of some of the problems facing us as a society. He wanted to help change things, but how? That’s when he turned to politics, something he could have never predicted happening. Now he’s a convert. “Politics is our most direct way to create change,” he told the youthful audience, “but very few of us get involved directly.” Facing the future, Robertson says that while Vancouver has and will continue to be powered by resource industries, “it’s the creative economy that’s growing in leaps and bounds.” Vancouver is the world’s third most important digital media hub following LA and London. More can be done to continue with that success and ensure that change is a positive force that moves us forward. “You need pressure points inside and outside the system,” Robertson said, encouraging people to become more involved in applying that pressure. “I don’t think it will come from same-old, same-old… We need to get more voices to the table and make people think they can help shape the city.” The next Creative Mornings is Jan. 4 with Joseph Wu, an origami artist and programmer. Tickets are free thanks to event sponsors — this past Friday it was Modo, next month it’s PowerShifter and, as always, W2 Media Cafe and the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada/British Columbia. They become available starting December 31 at CreativeMorningsVancouver.eventbrite.com.
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By Sabrina Furminger
Once Upon a Time (now in its second season) has been a smash hit for ABC, and Tracy credits the showâ€™s success, in part, to the dreariness of modern life. â€œIn this depressive recessionary time where people, A, canâ€™t afford to go out, and B, are really feeling the desperate heaviness of this time, you have this show,â€? said Tracy. â€œThey donâ€™t talk about the economy in Storybrooke [ably portrayed by Steveston, BC]. Itâ€™s like the rest of the world doesnâ€™t exist, and I think that escapism is very timely.â€? While Tracy has plenty to share about Once Upon a Time, she canâ€™t divulge quite as much about the yet-to-air Bates Motel, which co-stars Freddie Highmore as a young Norman and Vera Farmiga as his mother. â€œI can say that I portray a teacher whoâ€™s very influential,â€? she said. â€œYouâ€™re lucky if you have one of those come along, and I think thatâ€™s what sheâ€™s going to be for him.â€? When sheâ€™s not acting with the likes of Redford (â€œYou just canâ€™t help but be dazzled by him,â€? she said) or engaged in full-blown mommy mode, Tracy can be found on Twitter (@keegolicious), tweeting about any number of her passions: fashion, literature, French, New York Times crossword puzzles, and mixed martial arts. â€œ[My interests are] certainly incongruous to some degree,â€? she said with a laugh. â€œI love the idea that I can be a polyglot and a mixed martial arts fan and a fashionista and a damn good mother all in the same package, [because] you have to have varied interests, and I come by them honestly.â€?
n Keegan Connor Tracyâ€™s world, magic is not merely the stuff of fairytales. The last two years have been exceptionally magical for the Vancouverbased actress. First Tracy snagged the plum role of the Blue Fairy on ABCâ€™s hit fantasy series, Once Upon a Time, a dream gig in which her spirited character regularly squares off against the wicked Rumplestiltskin, masterfully portrayed by Scottish actor Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty). Shortly thereafter, she was handpicked by icon Robert Redford to appear in his political action thriller The Company You Keep, currently snapping up awards and acclaim on the festival circuit. Now the seemingly ageless actress is gearing up for yet another high-profile role: that of Miss Watson, Norman Batesâ€™ language arts teacher, on Bates Motel, A&Eâ€™s upcoming Psycho prequel set to premiere in early 2013. And Tracy has made all of these career strides while simultaneously immersed in the role of a lifetime: the mother to two young daughters under the age of four. â€œMagic still exists at our house,â€? said Tracy during a recent interview in a Vancouver pub. â€œ[My older daughter] is fascinated that when the Tooth Fairy comes in the night, she leaves a little letter saying, â€˜please say â€˜hiâ€™ to my friend the Blue Fairy.â€™â€? Itâ€™s not only magic that has led to this shining moment in Tracyâ€™s career. The Ontario native has been working steadily in film and television for 17 years, with roles in films like 40 Days and 40 Nights and Final Destination 2 and TV shows like Battlestar Galactica, Jake 2.0 and Beggars and Choosers under her belt. But the Blue Fairy (and her counterpart, Mother Superior) has changed everything for Tracy â€” and fans might be surprised to discover how grueling and non-magical the work can be. To date, much of Tracyâ€™s Blue Fairy work has been shot against a green screen, involving complicated harness work that finds her floating 30 or 40 feet off the ground for hours at a time, with an inanimate object usually standing in for co-stars such as Carlyle and Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White). â€œItâ€™s usually a piece of tape or a water bottle or sometimes the script supervisor has been a stand-in because I really like to have eyeballs to look into,â€? said Tracy. â€œOver the course of a long, long day [the harness] can get painful.â€? Physical challenges aside, her fairy-dustwielding alter ego is a source of ongoing delight for Tracy â€” even though the powerful being is far from the goofy and quirky fairy Tracy had expected to play at the outset. â€œWhen I got to say the thing about the curse in the Pinocchio episode, â€˜after 28 years sheâ€™s going to come back and save us all,â€™ I couldnâ€™t believe that I got to say that,â€? said Tracy. â€œItâ€™s like when you get to say whatever the title of the movie is, and thatâ€™s your line in the movie.â€?
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Wish upon a star Once Upon a Timeâ€™s Keegan Connor Tracy enjoys a magic moment in her life as an actress, mother and lace-crazed fashionista
n a rainy afternoon in mid-November, the foyer of the Marine Building played host to a magical photo shoot with Blue-Fairyturned-WE-cover-girl, Keegan Connor Tracy. Dressed in a series of tightly cinched corsets from Lace Embrace Atelier and elaborate hats supplied by The Saucy Milliner, Tracy appeared perfectly at ease as she was photographed amongst the Burrard Street landmarkâ€™s art deco fixturesâ€”hardly surprising considering her long-held passion for fashion. â€œI actually wore a feathered fascinator to my 8th grade graduation,â€? said Tracy, who described her everyday look as â€œbohemian chic.â€? â€œI love pulling together old and newâ€Ś. I have always tried to find something no one else would have.â€? Tracy is an avid fan of both Lace Embrace Atelier and The Saucy Milliner, two Vancouver designers whoâ€™ve created pieces for Once Upon a Time and who, says Tracy, whip up fashion magic for their customers. â€œAnything bespoke has a magic that makes it yours,â€? said Tracy. â€œI love supporting local artists who are stepping outside of this tendency we have to buy mass-produced, inexpensive pieces that donâ€™t last. These are investment pieces that you can savour over time. Itâ€™s like slow food, but with fashion.â€? Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 7pm on CTV.
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hen Emma Slipp was a teenager, her family started practising an unusual Christmas ritual that set their holiday revelries apart from those of their neighbours’. “We’re mummers,” the Vancouver actress told the audience at The Flame: Holiday Season Edition storytelling event last month at The Cultch. Mummering, an old-fashioned custom used to usher in the new year — which Slipp likens to “Christmas carolling and trick-or-treating on crack” — is still practised in Newfoundland. Mummers don outlandish costumes, cover their faces, disguise their voices, noisily burst into unsuspecting homes and perform plays for the bewildered residents. “When the performance is over, it is assumed that you will be given booze, and then be joined by all the people in the house as you go to the next house.” Newfies love this “roving drunken costume party.” But she is from Nova Scotia. “No one had ever heard of mummering until the year that I was 15 and my very theatrically minded mother decided that mummering was going to be our new family tradition.”
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On Bowen Island live the Black Sheep Morris Dancers. Every Christmas they go a-mummering on the ferry to and from Horseshoe Bay, delighting commuters with the tale of King George and the dragon. Go to BowenBlackSheep.ca for updates on the Dec. 21 trek. In this story, Emma Slipp tells of the night the police caught her mummering with her family. Martha Perkins photo For their inaugural mummering tour, Slipp’s family presented Saint George and the Dragon (her father played the damsel in distress). The last stop was the home of the Wade family, who had a teenaged son. “So that house was the last place on earth I wanted to go with my father prancing around in a tutu,” Slipp says. They entered the house, drums pounding, whistles blaring, and it seemed, for one relieving moment, that no one was home. “But then my father opens the door to the TV room and a huge cloud of smoke hits us in the face,” Slipp recalls. There, eating munchies and watching The Trailer Park Boys, was the Wade boy and his friend. “We had to proceed with our medieval revel and they just sat there, stunned and very stoned, and I wanted to die.”
Back home, Slipp retreated to her bedroom, humiliated. Moments later, she saw an RCMP cruiser pull into the driveway. “Seems a bunch of masked freaks just made two poor boys watch a play,” Slipp overheard the officer tell her mother. Fortunately, no one was arrested for breaking and entering. “It turns out that the officer was a proud Newfoundlander, and when he heard the boys’ story and then matched our plates to their description, he just laughed at them and said, ‘You’ve been mummered, boys’.” Slipp regrets that she will not be home for Christmas. “I will be here, in this big damp city, wishing that I was dressed in a gold lamé gown, with a flowery pillowcase over my head, committing minor felonies with my dear family of Christmas terrorists.”
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ooking for an original gift idea for the interior decorator on your Christmas shopping list? Whether you’re buying for someone who’s just moved into new digs, or someone hoping to spruce up their existing living space, a beautifully designed household accessory is always a much-appreciated gift. WE Vancouver arts & style style reporter Kelsey Klassen and local lifestyles writer Taraneh Ghajar Jerven have scoured the city and compiled a list of this year’s must-have items for the house (or condo!).
Patch is a self-watering planter that enables you to grow herbs and lettuces year-round. Locally made in Richmond with post-consumer and recyclable materials, it comes in three slick designs: classic white, the line drawings of the Icon Jumble or the subdued grey ombre. The planters can be purchased flatpacked ($39.95 each, with a special holiday promotion of three planters for $99.95) or, for their Vancouver customers, fully assembled with soil and herbs ($59.95 each). Order online at Patch-33.myshopify. com, and with each purchase, a planter is donated to Growing Chefs to use in classrooms around the Lower Mainland as part of a volunteer initiative to educate kids about planting, harvesting, and cooking their own food. Assembled planters are 12” x 6” x 6” and fit neatly on a windowsill. — Kelsey Klassen
Designed by British papercut artist Rob Ryan, this gift boxed Four Season’s plate set is a design lover’s must have. The look is modern, but with a whimsical, romantic twist. $46; Available at The Bay downtown (674 Granville). — Kelsey Klassen
The Recipe Rock ($12.49): Did you know 70 per cent of cooks are abandoning their traditional recipe books for printed internet or magazine materials? The Recipe Rock is a stylish rock and magnet that holds up to eight pages of any printed recipe angled upright, and doesn’t eat up precious counter space. Across Canada at Sears, Home Outfitters, London Drugs, and gourmet shops. Online retailers include Cayne’s Superhousewares (CaynesHousewares.com), Cookworks (Cookworks.ca), Golda’s Kitchen (GoldasKitchen.com), London Drugs (LondonDrugs.com). — Kelsey Klassen
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Crack a door in any East Van condo and you’re sure to find a terrarium. But none so elegant as the hand-crafted hanging tear by Score + Solder. Founder Matthew Cleland scores each pane of glass and solders it into geometric designs, building his company name as well as artful homes for ecosystems, in his workshop on Pender Island. He leaves the plant selection to you. Suspended Teardrop Terrarium, $170. (Old Faithful, 320 W. Cordova, 778-327-9376, OldFaithfulShop.com). — Taraneh Ghajar Jerven
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Recreate the cozy scents of winter with Sydney Hale Co.’s hand-poured candles. Made with soy wax, the most festive editions include Fir + Sage — the aroma of Christmas — and Woodsmoke + Amber, which smells like walking into a wintery cabin with the fireplace going. Sydney Hale Co. candles just keep on giving: 10 per cent of the profits goes to animal rescue. When the candle is done, re-use the apothecary jar for a flower vase or drinking glass. Sydney Hale Co. Candles, $29.95. (Much & Little, 2541 Main Street, 604-709-9034, Muchandlittle.com). — Taraneh Ghajar Jerven
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hristmas gifts are always a head scratcher. What do you get for friends, family, or co-workers and not blow the budget right out the window? Well, here are the top five wishes on my Christmas list. Who knows, maybe someone on your list will love them too! 1) Anything owl from Parliament in Gastown! Seriously, who doesn’t love the owl mugs (pictured previous page)? I already own some — and the salt and pepper shakers, but I can NEVER have too many!!! ParliamentInteriors.com | 115 Water | 604-689-0800
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ot only does this week’s column run through some holiday gift ideas for the wine lover in your life, but it’s also testament to not giving any of the many goofy, heinous examples of wine paraphernalia on the market. Let’s just say if you’re thinking of giving a wine-themed gift that makes you laugh or you couldn’t see yourself using, then it’s probably not very appropriate for your oenologically-inclined family or friends. These include ‘The Wonky Wine Glass’ that’s tilted to the side so it spills when you swirl or, my personal favourite, ‘The Wine Rack,’ touted as a “boob-enhancing beverage bra!” Here are a few suggestions that are not only more tasteful, but gifts that will go to good use. Had A Glass: The Top 100 Wines Under $20 by James Nevison, $15-20 | Local Bookstores or Online My good buddy and wine writer James Nevison compiles this annual run-down of fantastic wines that are available across the province that’ll cost you less than 20 bucks and are pretty much guaranteed to please. Opening with a little overview of wine basics, the book is divided into sparkling, whites, reds, pinks and fortifieds with selections that span the globe. With food-pairing tips, an abundance of facts and his casual witty tone, James always has readers navigating local liquor store shelves with ease. With 100 wines to splash into, it’s definitely a gift that keeps on giving.
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to glasses are Riedel’s “O” Series CabernetMerlot version. Even for whites, or other reds from Pinot Noir to Syrah, the size and shape of these ones are perfectly ‘general’ enough to do all wine a good amount of justice. The lack of stem makes this range of glassware a little less likely to break for me as well, whether when doing the washing-up or that sweet move I have when crossing my leg too close to the coffee table when I seem to take out a stem or two with ease. Vancouver Urban Winery Gift Cards, any denomination | VancouverUrbanWinery.com Not only does Railtown’s hot, new city winery make wine from imported grapes under their Roaring Twenties brand (a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and an Argentinian Malbec), and keg wines that are served on tap around the city, but with a small retail store and a tasting bar offering various food and wine experiences, any wine fan will make good use of their gift cards that can be charged up with any amount. Check out their website for plentiful options.
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nne Pearson is a recovering architect. She used to work downtown at a big firm with the best of them, but that was no fun. So she has created a haven for design junkies to get inspired and shop. Her store, Vancouver Special, appeals not just to the nerdy architect looking for the latest coffee table book on the Eames chair, but to everyone who can appreciate functional AND beautiful housewares, high-quality audio equipment, a great cookbook, and a nice cup of tea. “I love everything in the store,” says Pearson. She opened in 2008 on a very dangerous stretch on Main Street — if you’re on a budget. Pearson loves that many of her neighbours in Mount Pleasant, such as Eugene Choo or Smoking Lily, are long-standing independent retailers that are making it. With a recent expansion that doubles the size of the shop, Vancouver Special seems to be making it, too.
“It really is a dream to have more space to showcase the furniture,” she says. Entering the bright, lofty showroom, it’s easy for customers to see how to incorporate design elements into their own homes. A Dot Cushion by Hay can add a much needed splash of colour. That wool upholstered coffee table by Bingo unfolds into a spare bed. Offering guests a seat in an Acapulco chair, just in from sunny Mexico, or a Mountain Beanbag, an insanely comfy line of beanbags from Sweden that represent the world’s tallest mountains, is fun! Vancouver Special invites in those who browse with open arms and well-displayed shelves. Although not crowded by any means, every pass around the store reveals a new surprise. Favourites such as the Yanagi kettle from Japan, Weck canning jars from Germany or the UK’s Rega line of turntables, broaden horizons beyond IKEA to see what the talent of the world really has to offer. And there are even
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Sophia Lee of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet returns to her hometown to perform as Clara in The Nutcracker. David Cooper photo
• LUMINESCENCE AT THE VANCOUVER AQUARIUM: Gaze at a display of 100-plus origami jellyfish that light up when eels give off electric charges, and learn how sea creatures create and reflect light in the depths of the ocean. Don’t miss the thrilling 4-D film The Polar Express, where you’ll feel the wind on your face, touch snow with your fingertips and smell hot chocolate in the air. Until Jan. 22. VanAqua.org. • SANTALAND DIARIES: True confessions of a Macy’s elf by popular humourist David Sedaris. From posts as Vomit Corner Elf to Water Cooler Elf to Cash Register Elf, Sedaris worked his way up the candy-cane ladder and lived to share his hysterical, behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Showcases the comic brilliance of Ryan Beil. Until Dec. 22 at Revue Stage (1601 Johnston). $25-$35 at ArtsClub.com.
• IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: George Bailey’s guardian
angel swoops in to remind him that faith, hope, and family make life truly wonderful. Until Dec. 29 at the Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston). ArtsClub.com.
• VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET: Named one of the world’s top 10 Spectacular Holiday Markets by Frommer’s, it’s an authentic “Christkindlmarkt” featuring traditional German crafts, cuisine and entertainment. A special children’s area gives youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and ride the children’s Christmas carousel. German bratwurst, Swiss raclette, brataepfel (stuffed baked apples) and schupfnudeln (German noodles). New this year is the X-mas Factor singing competition for the grand prize: a studio recording worth $10,000. Until Dec. 23, 11am-9pm. $2-$5 at the door. VancouverChristmasMarket.com.
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• VANCOUVER WELSH MEN’S CHOIR: With select school choirs: Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver, Dec. 14, 8pm. Tickets $25, sr/student $22. VWMC.ca
Royal Winnipeg Ballet puts a Canadian twist in BC Ballet presentation of The Nutcracker By Jenn Chic
ndre Lewis, the artistic director for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker, which is coming to Vancouver December 14 to 16, has good news for hockey fans. “The ballet actually opens with a hockey game — two kids playing outside on a rink beside the house,” he says. “This is an opportunity for people to enjoy a special Christmas event and have their hockey fix.” The Royal Winnipeg Ballet was inspired to give the iconic ballet a new twist with a Canadian theme. It’s set at the turn of the century, with Mounties dancing amidst sugar plum fairies. This is the first time that RWB has presented The Nutcracker in Vancouver since 1988-89. Sophia Lee will be playing Clara, and is happy to be coming to her hometown for the production. She first fell in love with The Nutcracker watching it on TV. Her mother had taped the performance and Sophia’s favourite part was the Pas de Trois in Act 2, where one male dancer dances with two female dancers in pointe shoes. After that Sophia wore her pointe shoes around the house
and watched the video over and over much to the dismay of her family. This is her second year in the role and she looks forward to being the princess of every girl’s dream. “I want to make the audience truly believe that I am a little girl who starts out by dancing in her bedroom, gets a Nutcracker for her Christmas present, meets her dream prince, and dances with him after she becomes a princess,” she says. “The artistic staff of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet has given me such a big, wonderful opportunity and it will again be a special experience for me, being able to dance in my hometown, Vancouver.” Dancing alongside Sophia will be more than 70 children from Arts Umbrella and various dance schools in the Lower Mainland. They have been practising their parts here in Vancouver while Sophia and the RWB company practise in Winnipeg. “This is such a Christmas tradition — a fantastic way to herald the Christmas season,” says Lewis. “You know the story, you know how it ends but it’s a chance to be with your children, support the arts and be part of something very special.” The show runs December 14-16 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. BalletBC.com and TicketMaster.ca
unforgettable musical about love and friendship. Based on the classic film, this tap-dancing delight brims with tunes including “Blue Skies,” “Sisters,” and the ever-popular “White Christmas”. Until Dec. 23 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville). ArtsClub.com.
• CAROL SHIPS PARADE OF LIGHTS: More than 50 boats decorated with 100,000-plus twinkling lights can be seen gliding through Vancouver’s waterways on peak evenings. The spectacle viewed from the shore is free, but the best experience is from the carol ships themselves. Until Dec. 23. CarolShips.org. • CANYON LIGHTS AT CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE PARK: Explore the forest and Treetops
Adventure, in addition to decorating gingerbread houses, listening to seasonal music from a Christmas band, taking part in glass ornament blowing demonstrations and joining a kid-friendly scavenger hunt. View a dancing light display along the colour-washed cliff-face. New for this year, visitors can board a complimentary shuttle departing from Canada Place every hour on the hour. Until Jan. 5 (closed Dec. 25), 4pm-9pm at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (3735 Capilano Road). $12-$31.95, $65 (families). Capbridge.com.
• KARAOKE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TROLLEY TOUR:
Grab a mic and lead the chorus on the Vancouver Trolley Company’s Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour. The trolley departs the Vancouver Christmas Market at 6:30pm and winds through the streets of Vancouver to Stanley Park for the Bright Nights light spectacle. Walk through Stanley Park’s twinkling plaza, then hop back on the trolley to VanDusen Botanical Garden for Festival of Lights. Until Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 25), 6:30pm. $25-$40 at VancouverTrolley.com.
• FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN: The garden is transformed into a holiday
• HERITAGE CHRISTMAS AT BURNABY VILLAGE MUSEUM: Kids can meet Father Christmas, tour historical buildings and enjoy crafts, story time, Christmas baking, carolers and a festive scavenger hunt. Dec.15-Jan. 4 (closed Dec. 24-25). BurnabyVillageMuseum.ca.
wonderland with seasonal displays and more than one million sparkling lights wrapped around trees and trellises. Until Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 25), 4:30pm-9pm. $7.75-$14.25. VanDusenGarden.org.
• A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES: This beautifully written, wistful memory about strange relations, snowy adventures and traditional holiday fun with five actors, original songs, is a must for all ages. It’s jolly, hokey and a delightful holiday treat! Dec. 12-23 at the PAL Theatre (581 Cardero). $15-$20 at BrownPaperTickets.com.
Free family activities, Canadian entertainment and the best of Christmas past and present. With old favourites and brand new added attractions Christmas at Canada Place promises something for everyone. Until Dec. 30 on the Vancouver waterfront. CanadaPlace.ca.
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Choreographed by Galina Yordanova and Nina Menon,with costumes designed by Paul Daigle, Nutcracker is set in turn of the 20 century Canada and presents a unique take on the sparkling Christmas tradition, featuring endearing Canadian scenes such as a hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie). Dec. 14-16. $30.25-$87.75 at Ticketmaster.ca.
• BRIGHT NIGHTS IN STANLEY PARK: The Stanley Park holiday train winds through the forest past two million sparkling lights, while the aromas of hot chocolate, fresh popcorn and roasted chestnuts bring back festive childhood memories. Kids can also visit Santa in his “living room” at the train station. Until Jan. 2 (closed Dec. 25). $6-$10 for train ride. Vancouver.ca • THE PEAK OF CHRISTMAS ON GROUSE MOUNTAIN: Guests begin their adventure by soaring 3,700 feet above the city aboard the Skyride, which has been transformed into a reindeer (complete with antlers and red nose). Visitors can meet real-life reindeer during a live comedy sketch at the wildlife habitat, take pictures at the reindeer photo board, participate in reindeer-themed crafts and get a reindeer tattoo. Until Dec. 24, 9am-10pm. GrouseMountain.com.
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By donating a toy for needy children, Pan Pacific hotel will offer a hot buffet breakfast. Musical sounds by the Good Noise Gospel Choir, as well as Sophie Lui and Steve Darling from Global TV’s Morning News, and the morning crew from Rock 101! They say that more teenager toys are needed rather than stuffed animals. Dec. 13, 6-9am at the Pan Pacific Hotel (999 Canada Place).
• HARK THE HERALD ANGELS: Vivaldi Chamber Choir presents a Christmas concert of readings and song based on the role of angels in the Christmas story, together with arrangements of traditional carols by director David Millard. The evening will highlight six boy trebles and be accompanied by recorders, keyboard, and guitar. Refreshments to follow. Dec. 14, 8pm at Trinity-St. Mark’s Church (1805 Larch). $15-$20 at VivaldiChoir.org. • GIFTS-A-GO-GO: CHRISTMAS POP-UP SHOP:
Groovy one-of-a-kind artisan gifts stocking stuffers to fine finds. Dec. 16, 11am-5pm at the Performing Arts Lodges (581 Cardero). PalVancouver.org. • A DYLAN THOMAS CHRISTMAS: A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES: Read by our favourite Welshman, Russell Roberts of Bard on the Beach. The familiar story is illustrated with an all-new set of Christmas carols and songs arranged by Vancouver Chamber Choir longtime artistic director, Jon Washburn. Dec. 14-16 at Ryerson United Church (2205 West 45).
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HOLIDAY HOT TICKETS • 12 BANDS OF CHRISTMAS: Fairmont Pacific Rim partners with Shore 104FM for the 2nd Annual ’12 Bands of Christmas’ fundraiser in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Rock away to live bands and donate (canned goods or cash donations). Dec. 14, 7am-7pm at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Shore104.com • THE WET SPOTS’ EAST SIDE
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Award-winning international musical sex comedy duo presents an outrageous, adultthemed monthly variety show at the Rio (1660 E. Broadway). Dec. 14, 8pm. $12-$15 at RioTheatreTickets.ca and at the door. • VANCOUVER BACH CHOIR PRESENTS EL NINO: The Canadian premiere of John Adams’ profoundly illuminating nativity oratorio El Niño. The oratorio weaves text from pre-Christian prophets, canonical and Gnostic gospels, and mid-20th century Hispanic poetry into powerful and staggeringly beautiful score. Dec. 15 at the Orpheum Theatre (884 Granville). $25-$59 at VancouverBachChoir.com. • GIANT VANCOUVER CRAFT FAIR: More than 150 vendors, live entertainment, fun activities such as face-painting and even a visit from Santa. Great Canadian Craft is proud to showcase the very best in local artisans from handmade crafts to locally inspired cuisine. All attendees are encouraged to support the food bank with a donation of a canned food item. Dec. 1516 at the Salt Building in Olympic Village. GreatCanadianCraft.jimdo.com. • 19TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S WINTER FAIRE: Combining art, culture and social activism, the Faire supports local artists, many whose livelihood depend solely on their art — talented resourceful women who lean toward using “upcycled”, recycled as well as new materials in wood, glass, textiles, and metal. Dec. 15-16, 11am at Heritage Hall (3102 Main). $3-$5 door donation for victims of Hurricane Sandy. SoundsandFuries.com.
A Messiah for the modern age By Christine Lyon
e may not be considered “young” by many industry standards, but, in the world of classical music, 41-year-old Vancouver conductor Leslie Dala is a relative spring chicken. “In the earlier part of the 20th century, most of the conductors were all white-hairs,” Dala says. “It was unthinkable that you would have somebody younger than that.” But times are changing, he explains. With the evolution of the recording industry, and in hopes of preserving the future of classical music, it’s no longer necessary to have a lifetime of experience before taking up the baton. Today, Dala says more and more passionate young conductors with an appetite for creating excitement are getting big opportunities early in their careers. Now in his third season as music director of the Vancouver Bach Choir, Dala hopes to create said excitement with El Niño. Written in 2000 by American composer John Adams, the contem-
porary nativity oratorio makes its Canadian debut at the Orpheum Theatre this Saturday. It tells the age-old story of the birth of Jesus Christ — with a few modern-day touches. The large-scale production features the Vancouver Bach Choir, six soloists — three of whom are countertenors — the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. A percussion ensemble, keyboards and steel-stringed guitars add a contemporary sound. Meanwhile, the libretto — or the words of the opera — weave text from preChristian prophets, canonical and Gnostic gospels, and mid-20th century Hispanic poetry. While El Niño doesn’t have the same name recognition as popular Christmas productions such as The Nutcracker or Handel’s The Messiah, Dala promises the visual and musical impact of this concert will be hard to top. “I just think it’s an extremely important and relevant piece and I, among many other people, believe that John Adams is one of the most important living composers,” he says, explaining Adams has made an indelible mark on the
The Vancouver Bach Choir’s music director Leslie Dala is among a new generation of conductors eager to breathe fresh life into classical music. Karen Tregillas photo international music stage over the course of his career. Like much of Adams’ work, Dala says, El Niño transcends boundaries and will appeal not just to classical music aficionados. After all, there are guitars and drums. “These days people are so caught up with their iPods that music is usually just experienced through digital or technological means,” Dala says. “That’s great, but it has no comparison to what it is to actually walk into a hall and see people making music in real time, with their own voices, with their own instruments.” Dala experienced live music at an early age growing up in Toronto. For his Hungarian immigrant parents and their social
circle, classical music was part of everyday life. Like his three older siblings, Dala studied music and eventually found his way to Vancouver when he did his master’s degree at UBC. A lifetime of practise has paid off. In addition to his role with the Vancouver Bach Choir, Dala is also music director for the Vancouver Academy of Music and associate conductor and chorus master for the Vancouver Opera. And he’s only just getting started. The Vancouver Bach Choir performs El Niño at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 pm. Tickets are $25-$59 at VancouverBachChoir.com or 604-696-4290.
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HOLIDAY HOT TICKETS • BAH HUMBUG!: Victorian England meets Downtown Eastside in this reading with musical numbers of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol featuring Jay Brazeau, Margo Kane, and Jim Byrnes. Reconceived as a tale where Scrooge owns a pawn shop on Hastings Street, this imaginative all-ages production celebrates the transformative power of human redemption. Dec. 15 at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre (149 West Hastings). $10-$20 at SFUWoodwards.ca or at the door. • WINTER HARP: Dec. 12-13, 7:30 pm at the North Shore Credit Union Centre, Dec. 16, 3pm and 7pm at the ACT in Maple Ridge and Dec. 22, 7:30pm at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church. WinterHarp.com. • THE CHRISTMAS CAROL PROJECT: An enchanting, musical version of Dickens’ tale, The Christmas Carol Project is a unique and captivating blend of classic literature and contemporary folk music, perfect for the whole family. Brass Monkey Productions’ Juno-nominated folk musicians return for a third year in what is becoming a holiday tradition. Dec. 17-18. TheCultch.com.
Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Dec. 19-23, including matinees on Dec. 22 & 23, at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts. Tickets at GohNutcracker.com. • THE MAGIC OF SANTA: From dancing Christmas trees and rockin’ reindeer, a singing snow queen, and jovial Santa, join Emily on her enchanted journey as she searches for her very own Christmas wish. Dec. 21, 7pm, Dec. 22, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm at the Pacific Coliseum (100 N. Renfrew). $22.50 at Ticketleader.ca. TheMagicofSanta.com. • 19TH WINTER SOLSTICE LANTERN FESTIVAL: The Dr. Sun
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• GOH BALLET’S NUTCRACKER: With its lush sets, gorgeous costumes and joyous dancing, Goh Ballet turns this traditional tale into a Vancouver classic that you can watch year after year. Featuring young dancers at the Vancouver ballet school, principal dancers with the New York City Ballet and live music by members of the
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lush harmonies and timeless festive gems. Concert includes Christmas movie music as well as “carols wronged” – comedic twists on old favourites. Dec. 18, 7:30pm at St. Phillip’s Anglican Church (3737 West 27). $10-$35 at MusicaIntima.org.
Todd Talbot returns year after year to Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical at The Arts Club. David Cooper photo
Dreaming of a White Christmas By Gen Handley
ince the inaugural performance in 2008, more than 100,000 people have seen Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical. Todd Talbot has played the philandering Phil Davis since the production began. “We get a lot of people come back year after year. It’s great to be a part of that,” the 39-year-old says, his voice is still raspy having just finished a sold-out matinee.
So after 133 performances over the four years, he must be sick of all the Christmas songs. “Actually I’m not,” he says seriously. “I’m in the category of holding off on the music and decorations until December 1 at least, but after that I’m all for it. They don’t bother me at all. I was walking down in Granville the other day between shows and I was whistling the tunes – they’re contagious. “Some people might have a problem with them but I say, ‘get over it,’” he adds with a laugh.
He has a sort of ritual before every show. “I go up into the crossbar of the theatre, and then I stretch, do some vocal warmups, I listen to a couple White Christmas tunes on my iPhone, to get in the mood, and I sing through a couple of the tunes.” But there’s always one order of business to be taken care of before a performance. “You make sure you go to the bathroom because it’s a long time before a break,” he says. “Always remember to do that.”
The bins are new. The goal is the same. The program launched in August 2012 with the installation of 60 new beverage container recycling bins at high-traffic Vancouver beaches and on Commercial Drive. The bins are designed to encourage more recycling in Vancouver and to help the City achieve its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan zero waste goal. The new bins are non-locking, self-servicing recycling containers. This will allow the bins to be self-serviced by residents or people wanting to retrieve the deposit refund attached to each container.
Return-It Man at the pilot program launch with United We Can Founder Ken Lyotier, Vancouver Park Board Commissioner & Chair Sarah Blyth, Encorp Pacific President & CEO Neil Hastie, and City of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.
ncorp Pacific (Canada) is a federally incorporated, not-for-profit, product Stewardship Corporation with beverage container management as its core business. Their mandate is to develop, manage and improve systems to recover used packaging and end-of-life products from consumers and ensure that they are properly recycled and not landfilled or incinerated. This model is commonly referred to as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) or Industry Product Stewardship (IPS). Currently Encorp Pacific is recovering 80% of the beverage containers sold in BC and recycling them into new useable products.
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Finding ways to increase that number has meant years of research. In fact, research over the past 15 years by Encorp has shown consistently that “the heavy discarders” of beverage containers are primarily single males 18 – 34, located in urban areas, and residing in multifamily dwellings. One of the reasons they cite for throwing away empty beverage containers is the lack of convenience; specifically, the lack of dedicated bins. In an effort to recycle more beverage containers and help “the heavy discarders”, Encor p Pacific has launched a new pilot program in partnership with the City of Vancouver.
Throughout the year, a series of waste audits will be conducted before, during and after the pilot to benchmark and analyze their effectiveness. At the conclusion of the oneyear pilot program, project partners will determine whether to keep the receptacles in their piloted locations permanently or explore expanding the network of bins to additional areas of the city. The pilot program in Vancouver will also serve as a model for potential future Encorp beverage container recycling bins that will be placed in other B.C. municipalities. For more information on the pilot program visit, return-it.ca.
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The good, the bad, and the ugly of the past year in food OnThePlate
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ith the close of 2012 on the horizon, it’s once again time to take stock of the local food and drinkscape. I’ll be sharing my picks for the Top 10 Best New Restaurants of the Year in next week’s column, and the week after that we’ll be looking hard at what 2013 might have in store for us. But in order to make sense of the year ahead, it’s prudent to first look back on the good, the bad, and the ugly of the year that was. First, the bad. There were certainly some closures that I wasn’t too happy about (for entirely selfish reasons). I’m going to miss, for example, the fried chicken at Refuel; the boeuf bourguignon at Bistrot Bistro; the schnitzel at Cafeteria on Main; the duck confit at Cru; and just about everything I ever tried at Dale Mackay’s Ensemble (what a shame). I weep also for the loss of the undersung Mistral on West Broadway and the trail-blazing Pair Bistro on West 10th — two eateries that deserved a lot more love than they ever received. To be perfectly frank, I’m not all that choked up about the rest of the closures. The Flying Tiger on the West Side was never the same after chef Tina Fineza left; Ensemble Tap was a disastrous cautionary tale in hubris; themeless, pointless RTL in Yaletown lasted a year longer than it was ever welcome; nearby Cento Notti in the Opus Hotel was just as mercifully short lived as its horrifying predecessor (the tasteless 100 Days); and though I liked Hapa Umi and Goldfish enough, their replacements — Hapa Izakaya and Minami — made their quiet passings all the less painful. I did not shed a tear for the end of Keg baron David Aisenstat’s multi-million dollar behemoth Shore Club on Dunsmuir, which always felt like the last redoubt of the 1 per cent. (No surprise here — it’s slated to become another Keg.) Nor did I rent garments over the demise of the second location of Gord Martin’s Go Fish, which was nowhere near as delightful as the original shack at False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf. Martin then opened another restaurant, SoL, in Coal Harbour, but it lasted just two months. Thankfully, 2012 also brought with it plenty of newcomers worthy of our interest. Hastings’ Wildebeest — which I reviewed last week — was one of the best of the new crop, as was The Acorn on Main, which was one of three exciting new vegetarian restaurants (see also Heirloom on
12th and The Parker on Union). I’m a huge fan of the two new Spanish tapas joints — Espana on Denman in the West End and The Sardine Can on Powell in Gastown (the albondigas at the latter and chickpeas at the former are highly addictive). And since Tacofino was one of my favourite food trucks this year, I was an easy mark for its new brick and mortar location on Hastings. Joining them in the tables and chairs game was fellow food truck Pig On The Street, which just opened the aptly named Pig & Mortar, an “extremely porky” 30-seater on West 6th. Other new options for comfort foods abounded. Witness the roast beef, blue cheese and horseradish sandwiches at Chinatown’s new East of Main; the noodles cooked with poultry and pork pan drippings at Powell’s Asian BBQ-themed Fat Dragon; the fried chicken with maple syrup and waffles at Portland Craft; the extra fatty pork ramen at Harvest Community Foods in Strathcona; the corned beef with sambal gherkin mayo at the new Meat & Bread on Pender; the French onion soup at Gastown’s gussied Lily Mae’s; and the salted caramel brownies at Cadeaux Bakery. And speaking of bakeries, the long anticipated Beaucoup just opened up last week, and their croissants are worth crawling on your hands and knees for. Unlike 2011, which saw the city overrun by quality pizzerias, 2012 didn’t really have a defining trend. Vegetarian and Spanish did very well, but so did food trucks (again) with their brick and mortar transitions and the summer Sunday festivals in the back parking lot of The Waldorf Hotel (the closest thing to Portland’s awesome food truck pods we’ve seen to date). For drinks, I heard and read a lot more about craft beer and wines on tap than I did about cocktails, but I’ll be damned if I still didn’t drink more Negronis and Boulevardiers than was good for me. Altogether, 2012 was a year of treading water, and fine dining — at least how we used to know it — didn’t even show up at the pool. Despite pretensions here and there, Vancouver did not chamber a single restaurant of heavy calibre this year. For my own part, I counted only five flawless meals for 2012, and they were all in fine dining establishments, and only the fifth on that list — West — was in Vancouver (the others were at Araxi, Sonora Resort, The Pointe, and The Terrace in that order). Comfort food is fine, but it is entirely ordinary. Vancouver is due for some extraordinary, and I hope to eat some in 2013.
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Steamworks’ Blitzen ale now available in bigger bottles ‘Tis the season for festive beers and, more specifically, the highly anticipated Steamworks Blitzen ale. Starting this weekend, Steamworks Brewing Company will warm the hearts of craft beer lovers across British Columbia with the first-ever release of Blitzen Winter Ale in 650ml bottles. Every bottle depicts a sleigh-driven reindeer bursting through Vancouver’s Science World, ingeniously repurposed as a steampunk snow globe. Blitzen, an ode to Belgian Tripel, is a richly brewed winter ale with apple and citrus aromas, a toasted malt character and a creamy finish — enough to make any beer drinker sing holiday cheer. Blitzen Winter Ale will be available in BC Liquor Stores as well as private licensed retail stores.
Turkey time JD Farms has fresh turkeys in store right through to the New Year. As well, many of the Langley farm’s Lower Mainland retailers are taking some fresh turkeys early so that customers can have one for any early celebrations. Sizes range from about 8 pounds up to about 20 pounds.
Daniel Hospitality Group (DG) has been awarded first place as BC’s top hospitality employer, and second place as overall Best Company to Work for in BC (with more than 100 employees) in the annual survey presented by BC Business Magazine. This is the second consecutive year DG has been awarded the ‘Best Companies to Work for in BC’. Founded in 2001 by Daniel Frankel, the company currently operates and manages six landmark restaurants in Vancouver, including The Mill Marine Bistro, Burrard Bridge Bar & Grill (Pirate Pub), Prospect Point Café & Gift Shop, Stanley Park Pavilion, Stanley’s Park Bar & Grill. The latest addition is Tap & Barrel in Olympic Village and a second location opening at the Vancouver Convention Centre in 2013. “By receiving this award DG is encouraged and motivated to continue to work hard- cultivating our family-style work environment”, says Frankel.
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Vancouver’s Tap & Barrel has just launched Flight Night, which runs every Wednesday. Each week, sommelier David Stansfield picks a flight of three wines and personally attends to serve the wine and experience the offerings with his guests. On December 12, he’s going to be including the Summerhill Organic Syrah — a single vineyard certified organic Syrah sourced from the Sekhoor family vineyard in Osoyoos. Stansfield describes the wine as “a big, mouth-filling wine with alluring notes of dark berries, coffee, and spice.” The restaurant is located in the Olympic Village at 1 Athletes Way, 604-685-2223. TapAndBarrel.com.
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‘Obsessively sourced’ teas at O5
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f a cicada was to bite you — probably thinking you were something else altogether — it might hurt a little. But when the beetle bites into a certain tea leaf in Taiwan, things get interesting. That bite somehow changes the leaf’s chemistry and results in a tea that has a slight peachy taste with absolutely no bitterness. Pedro Villalon tells this story as he’s pouring a cup of Oriental Beauty, one of the exotic teas that he and his partner Brian Noble is introducing to Vancouverites at their W. 4th tea salon, O5. Here, the storytelling is part of the experience. This is a place that while eschewing snobbery, also wants to turn Vancouver into a place that cares as much about its teas as it does it wines and coffee. Just as 20 years ago your only choice for coffee was “milk and sugar?”, Vancouver now prides itself on its many micro roasters, each with a devoted line-up of customers. Give Vancouver a few years, and its burgeoning tea scene will have the same status, Villalon says. He laughs when he says that the only thing that tea “experts”, like many other experts, agree on is that they know the best way to do things and everyone else is wrong. He shies away from any titles, calling himself a tea hunter. He travels the world — and Asia in particular — looking for teas that are special and richly nuanced. No vanilla-infused flavours here. The teas that he lovingly scoops out of their containers get their flavours from the leaves themselves. Just as the farmers took care in growing the tea trees, Villalon and Noble honour the farmers’ commitment by creating a space that aesthetically and
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Hyde Park misses the mark despite Bill Murray’s best effort Hyde Park on Hudson
Directed by Roger Michell Starring Bill Murray, Laura Linney The always delightful Bill Murray shines as US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on Hudson, which makes it all the more disappointing that the movie never really comes together. Set in 1939, the biographical comedydrama tells the story of the love affair between FDR and distant cousin Marga-
ret Suckley (Laura Linney). The film also follows the events of a weekend in which the King (Samuel West) and Queen (Olivia Colman) of England visit the presidential country estate in New York. The potential exists for great storytelling and the performances are top notch (also watch for an exceptional Olivia Williams as Eleanor), aside from an unusually bland Linney, but Hyde
Park struggles all the way through to find a strong narrative and satisfying climax. There are moments where some scenes work and the actors transcend the mundane script. West and Colman are fantastic in their respective roles; one has to wonder if the Thor Diakow tale would have been better served as a comedy focused on them and not the sordid, melodramatic story of the president’s mistress. The
veteran Murray is also quite effective in his stately role, bringing just enough quirkiness and charm to engage the audience. Despite a promising start however, the movie eventually turns into a murky collection of patchwork scenes with no way to tie them all together. The result is an emotionless exercise in average filmmaking. In the end, Hyde Park on Hudson amounts to a wasted opportunity that even Bill Murray himself can’t salvage.
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I work in an office of women only, so imagine my surprise when, during a brief interlude in the staff washroom, I discovered that the last person to use the facility had left an empty roll of toilet paper. What? After years of teasing men for being the culprits where washroom etiquette is concerned, I discovered that all women do not come with the gene that tells them it’s polite to put on a new roll when you’re the one who finishes off the last one. Do I owe an apology to all my former male co-workers?
Santa had a very naughty, ratty-looking, skinny short girl steal a backpack from his gym last Friday! He watched you come in and head straight for the area where all the elves keep their gear stored. Then he watched you head towards the door where you escaped with a stolen backpack. You got away even though someone tried to stop you. We spoke to the elf whose backpack was stolen and were told that it only contained keys to their home. (Signs were left out not to leave valuables in your gear.) Get some help, woman, before it is too late! Santa
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I’m too sexy for my beer I like beer — it makes me look sexier and it makes others look sexier to me. My issue is that I usually like to order draught beer; however, there have been a few times that I have ordered it and it tastes like crap. I have been drinking this stuff in the woods since Grade 7 and have an idea of what skunky beer tastes like; have you ever had my uncle’s “Wonder Brew”? If you are a server in the city and someone politely requests a new beer because it tastes bad, please do not question them by saying “Nobody else has a problem with it; we cleaned our lines yesterday!” which happened to me on Commercial Drive one night. I call that bullshit (with a capital B!). If you are a beer drinker in the city and your beer doesn’t taste right, speak up! I’m the one paying for the beer and I’m the one tipping, so please do not insult me! Anonymous
The view from a bus driver’s seat To the anonymous person complaining about bus drivers being aggressive (“Hey bus drivers,” Rants, Dec. 6.) Try being in our shoes when we signal to go out and people either speed up so we can’t pull out or they refuse to yield. I’ve waited 30 to 60 seconds at times to pull out and no one yields. What do you suggest? Wait until no cars are coming? On Davie, Granville, Burrard and all the other busy streets, that will never happen. We usually are five to 10 minutes late on average just driving on Davie during busy times; add 30 to 60 secs per stop waiting for someone to let us out and now we will be on an average another five minutes late. We usually can’t make up this time, especially during rush hour. Do the math. Oh, and by the way, when we are late, people verbally reprimand us. Have you ever had to pull out from a parking spot and the traffic keeps coming and no one gives you a break?
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Free Will Astrology By Rob Brezsny • Week of December 13 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Can you manage to be both highly alert and deeply relaxed? Could you be wildly curious and yet also serenely reflective? Can you imagine yourself being extra hungry to crack life’s secrets but also at peace with your destiny exactly the way it is? If you can honestly answer yes to those questions, you’ll get a lot of help in the coming week. The universe may even seem to be conspiring to educate you and heal you. You will receive a steady flow of clues about how to get closer to living your dreams. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the coming week, you would be wise to deal with your vulnerability, your fallibility, and your own personal share of the world’s darkness. If you refuse to do that, either out of laziness or fear, I’m worried that you will reinforce a status quo that needs to be overthrown. You may end up rationalizing your mistakes, clinging to false pride, and running away from challenges that could make you smarter and stronger. Don’t do that, Taurus! Be brave. Be willing to see what’s difficult to see. There will be big rewards if you choose to explore the weaker and less mature parts of your personality.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Instinct tells us that sharks are more deadly than delicious fatty foods,” writes Jason Daley in Discover magazine. But “instinct is wrong,” he adds. In fact, eating food that tastes good but is actually bad for us is a far greater threat than shark bites. That’s just one example of how our uneducated urges can sometimes lead us astray. I invite you to keep this possibility in mind during the coming week, Scorpio. It’s by no means certain that you will be misled by your natural inclinations, but it is crucial that you monitor them with acute discernment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): For the last six decades of his life, Pablo Picasso created art that was adventurous and experimental. He didn’t invent abstract painting, but he was instrumental in popularizing it. And yet in his early years he was a master of realism, and had an impressive ability to capture the nuances of human anatomy. Commenting on Picasso’s evolution, travel writer Rick Steves says that when he was young, “he learned the rules he would later so skillfully break.” I suspect you’re in a
phase of your own development when you could profit from doing the same thing. So I ask you, Sagittarius: What are the rules that are so ripe for you to bend and twist as you graduate to a more mature level of self-expression? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Through some cosmic intervention, a sad or bad or mad story will get tweaked prior to the final turn of the plot. Just as you’re getting ready to nurse your regrets, an X-factor or wild card will appear, transforming the meaning of a series of puzzling events. This may not generate a perfectly happy ending, but it will at least result in an interesting and redemptive climax. What is the precise nature of that X-factor or wild card? Perhaps a big secret will be revealed or some missing evidence will arrive or a mental block will crumble. And it’s likely that you will have an epiphany abut how valuable your problem has actually been. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Be honest. Have you had any of the following symptoms? 1. Lack of interest in trivial matters and a yearning for big, holy mysteries. 2. Unfamiliar but interesting impulses rising
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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the 1968 Olympics, Bob Beamon broke the world record for the long jump. His leap was so far beyond the previous mark that the optical device designed to calculate it didn’t work. Officials had to resort to an old-fashioned measuring tape. After that, the word “Beamonesque” came to signify a feat that vastly outstripped all previous efforts. According to my analysis, you Geminis will have an excellent chance to be Beamonesque in 2013. I expect that you will at least surpass your own peak levels of accomplishment. If you have not yet launched your ascent, get started now. CANCER (June 21-July 22): The fire ants that invaded the southern US back in the 1930s are an annoyance. They swarm and bite and sting. The venom they inject makes their victims feel like they’ve been burned. Two communities have decided to make the best of the situation. Auburn, Georgia and Marshall, Texas both stage annual Fire Ant Festivals, with events like the Fire Ant Call, the Fire Ant Round-Up, and the Fire Ant Chili Cook-Off. (To win the latter, your dish must contain at least one fire ant.) Maybe their example could inspire you, Cancerian. Is there any pest you could develop a more playful and festive relationship with? Could you possibly turn into the equivalent of a Fire Ant Whisperer? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): While reading William Kittredge’s book The Nature of Generosity, I learned about the oldest known sentence written in ancient Greek. It was inscribed on a wine jug that dates back to 740 B.C. Translated into English, it says, “Who now of all dancers sports most playfully?” Another possible translation is “Which of these dancers plays most delicately?” I’d love to make something like that be your mantra in the coming week, Leo. The time is right for you to do more dancing and playing and sporting than usual — and to seek out companions who’d like to help you achieve recordbreaking levels of those recreational activities. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays a man who gets trapped in a timeloop. Over and over again, he experiences the same 24 hours. When he wakes up each morning, it’s still February 2. At first it drives him crazy, pushing him to the verge of suicide. But eventually he decides to use his time wisely. He becomes a skilled pianist and a fluent French-speaker. He does good deeds and saves people’s lives. He even learns what he needs to do to win the heart of the woman he desires. This transformation turns out to be the key to gaining his freedom. Near the end of the film, he escapes to February 3. A comparable opportunity is looming for you, Virgo. You have a chance to break a spell you’ve been under or slip away from a rut you’ve been in. Generosity may play a major role. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Events in the immediate future may have resemblances to reading a boring book that’s packed with highly useful information. You might feel that there’s a disjunction between the critical clues you need to gather and the hohum style in which they are offered. It’s OK to be a bit disgruntled by this problem as long as you promise to remain alert for the partially disguised goodies. Don’t fall asleep in the middle of the unspectacular lesson.
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NIRVANA Restaurant at 2313 Main Street in Vancouver is Hiring F/T FOOD BEVERAGE & SERVERS. No experience required. Salary would be $10.50/hr and min work 40hrs/ week. Must be available for weekends and evenings. Knowledge of Hindi or Punjabi an asset. Please send your resume to: 604-876-2911 or email at: email@example.com or meet in person at restaurant.
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2 Satellite Antennas Installers (reqd). Sal:$20.00/hr. F/T, Pmt. 6+ months exp. Duties: Install / test / repair antennas and related equip. Follow specifications. Test installed system conformance. Replace or repair defective parts. Attach antenna base to footing after concrete dries. Use hand & power tools and equipment. Lang: English. Contact Myron from Blue Universe in Vancouver, BC. Work at various locations in BC. Apply at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (604)568-4671
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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 545
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REAL ESTATE 627
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BIG BUILDING SALE... “”THIS IS A CLEARANCE SALE. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!”” 20x20 $3,985. 25X24 $4,595. 30X36 $6,859. 35X48 $11,200. 40X52 $13,100. 47X76 $18,265. One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-6685422. www.pioneersteel.ca
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December 13 – 19, 2012
WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective December 13 to December 26, 2012. ( 2 weeks ) We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.
Grocery Department Salt Spring Organic Fair Trade Coffee
J.D. Farms Grade A Specialty Turkey
Barbara’s Bakery Cheez Puffs
Canadian Heritage Organic Maple Syrup assorted varieties
Breyers Ice Cream
product of Canada
Oasis Health Break Fresh Juice
1.66L product of Canada
1.75L +dep+eco • product of Canada
Organic California Grown Garnet and Jewel Yams
Relax and let us cook your Turkey Dinner for you! Try our delicious holiday meal complete with specialty turkey and all the trimmings, made exclusively by our Executive Chef Antonio Cerullo.
220g • product of USA
( found in the dairy isle )
Bulk Department All Brookside Chocolate
bags or bins
PRICING reg 5.89
20% off regular retail price
425-454g • product of BC
Health Care Department
1 dozen • product of Canada
Celestial Seasonings Tea assorted varieties
Stahlbush Island Farms Frozen Vegetables
20 count product of USA
Organic Meadow Organic Butter
New Chapter Zyflamend
Fruitcakes or Stollen
300-400g product of USA
regular retail price 225-908g
5.99 Armstrong Cheese assorted varieties
PRICING reg from 11.49
600g • product of Canada
Camino Organic Chocolate Bars
Hot-Kid Rice Crisps
regular, light or classic
2L • product of Canada
package of 6
regular retail price ( available frozen or fresh )
120 veggie caps 240 veggie caps
• Normalizes adrenal function, and therefore overall health and energy • Improves overall ability to deal with excessive stress
Choices’ Star of the Season Program
November 1st – December 24th Your donation of only $2 supports the growth of healthy communities. Now in its 11th year, Choices’ Star of the Season enriches the lives of families all across Metro Vancouver and the Central Okanagan. Kindly donated by Calabar Printers, Choices’ Holiday Stars may be purchased between November 1st and December 24th for a donation of $2.00.
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For more details on each neighborhood house, please visit www.choicesmarkets.com
2011, 2012 Awards. Your Loyalty has helped Choices achieve these awards. Thank you!
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
Brad King Ultimate Vegan Anti-Stress
no egg and non dairy options available
100g • product of China
Rose Dew provides hydrating care for dry skin while LL Regeneration is tailored to people 30 and older.
Pumpkin Pies 6 or 8”
100g • product of Canada
Dairyland Egg Nog
AnneMarie Borlind 3 Piece Gift Set
Mince or Butter Tarts, Almond Bites or Cranberry Pecan Squares
product of USA
The whole, active constituents of Turmeric, delivered in New Chapter’s Zyflamend, work as a 100% herbal anti-inflammatory to help relieve joint pain. Save $5 with in storecoupon!
454g product of Canada
Kitchen Basics Cooking Stocks
salted or unsalted
No. 1 size • product of USA
Que Pasa Organic Tortilla Chips
5lb product of Canada
Kettle Brand Potato Chips
5lb box product of USA
Organic Table Carrots from Fountainview Farm in Lillooet, B.C.
Vitala Free Run Omega-3 Large Eggs
Organic California Grown Satsuma Mandarin Oranges
155-198g product of USA
400g • product of Canada
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Kelowna 1937 Harvey Ave. Kelowna 250.862.4864