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Brackendale Winter Eagle Festival and count As American bald eagles continue to winter in the nearby Squamish Valley, feeding on abundant spawning salmon (the world record of 3,769 was set there in 1994), there are opportunities to view the eagles and experience what the popular annual count is all about. On January 6, volunteer eagle counters (the count itself is not open to the public) will cover 22 areas throughout the valley, ranging from downtown to remote riverside locations, for the 27th year. Photographers and bird lovers (seeing upwards of two dozen eagles in a tree is not uncommon) can be on hand at the Brackendale Art Gallery as the count is returned throughout the day. The gallery also offers eagle walking tours at 10am. 41950 Government Rd., Brackendale; BrackendaleArtGallery.com Ken Lubas photo

Love is a popular thing, and spontaneous displays tend to increase around roaring fires and time with family, so chances are you know someone who got engaged over the holidays. Now in its 36th year, the Wedding Fair is the longest-running wedding tradeshow in Canada, and it falls conveniently the first week of January (Jan. 5 and 6 at the Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Dr.) With more than 150 exhibitors and 170 booths, brides- and groomsto-be, along with their family and friends, can find inspiration, fresh ideas and industry professionals to help them plan the wedding of their dreams. Featured exhibitors include everything from invitation vendors, gown shops, cake makers, jewelry designers, photographers, decorators, musicians, wedding planners, honeymoon destinations and representatives from some of Vancouver’s finest venues. Complementing the fun will be the annual Fashion Show Extravaganza featuring gowns, bridesmaids dresses and honeymoon lingerie. With over 1,000 unique prizes and gifts valued at over $250,000 (including the always divine Dream Wedding), this show can be a highlight in the planning process for any newly engaged couple. WeddingFair.ca Janet Rerecich photo

One year after their successful, 1,200-person Polaroid Party, Team Awesome is back with another adults-only fundraising bash. On January 5, starting at 6pm, kick off the new year with “Instagram-o-rama” at Club Five Sixty (560 Seymour). This charity art show, showcasing the Instragram skills of local amateur and professional photographers, will be a sweet look back on the beauty of 2012, and will also benefit two local non-profit organizations — imagine1day and the Looking Glass Foundation. Two hundred user-submitted photos will be showcased alongside high-quality prints and posters for sale, surrounded by good music and woolly Vancouverites. Team Awesome’s goal is to make young individuals and professionals excited about making an impact in different corners of the world, not simply by giving money, but by having fun, engaging with the community, and promoting local art. A full list of featured photographers and DJs can be found at TeamAWSM.com. Tickets are $10 at Instagramorama.Eventbrite.com. Team Awesome collage

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Laughing in the face of Death Masked mimes bring their dark comedy back to Vancouver By Christine Lyon

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Phoenix. The two met at California’s Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and became much more than classmates when they teamed up to create the end-of-life comedy Grim and Fischer. They began dating, got married and, in 2009, co-founded their very own Portland-based theatre company called Wonderheads. Local theatregoers may recall Grim and Fischer from the 2011 Vancouver International Fringe Festival. Among other accolades, it won the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, allowing it to return for an encore run at The Cultch Jan. 3 to 13. Performed without dialogue, and featuring Wonderheads’ signature full-faced masks, the story centres on Mrs. Fischer, a feisty older woman holding white-knuckled onto life. “It’s quite literally a cat and mouse kind of cartoon chase between the character, Death, and this tenacious grandmother,” says Braidwood, originally from Maple Ridge. Before joining forces on Grim and Fischer, Braidwood had watched her grandparents age and move into care homes, and Phoenix had recently dealt with death in his family. Those experiences resulted in wanting to examine what it means to lose the youthful “veil of invincibility” and face one’s own mortality.

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Wearing cartoon-like masks allowed them to explore a difficult, and sometimes scary, subject with humour and heart. Phoenix designed the set and is the actor beneath the oblong Grim Reaper mask, while Braidwood plays the stubborn Mrs. Fischer. She is also in charge of sound design and creates the oversized papier-mâché masks worn in all Wonderheads shows. (Their production history includes the liveaction short Winston’s Last Puzzle and Loon, which toured last summer.) The headpieces are a more complex, colourful and expressive interpretation of traditional European larval masks. Braidwood says she usually incorporates two emotional states into every character’s face, which can then be angled to express different feelings. “For instance, I wanted Mrs. Fischer to have sort of a side smile, a twinkle in her eye,” she says, “but I also wanted her to be vulnerable, so an aspect of worry or fear.” Without dialogue, the performers rely on physical acting to tell the story. And that can be challenging with an oversized mask to contend with. “There’s no peripheral vision, so we really have to be aware of what the other performer is doing, and we have to be aware of the edge of the stage so we don’t fall off,” Braidwood says. The universal themes of aging and death make Grim and Fischer accessible to a wide audience, Phoenix says. And the crowd should be prepared for both absurd humour and earnest heartbreak. “At one moment, I want them to be laughing at a fart joke, and the next moment crying because of how touched they are,” Phoenix says. “We’re not stuck in one genre or the other. It’s not just the drama or the comedy, it’s definitely both.” The show runs Jan. 3 to 13 at The Cultch. Tickets are $30, available at TheCultch.com or by calling 604-251-1363.

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rctic Air star Pascale Hutton thought she knew the difference between slightly chilly and absolutely freezing until on-location shooting in Yellowknife provided a harsh re-education. “It’s 40-below. We finish filming, run into a heated tent and we’re like, ‘oh my gosh, it’s so warm in here, this feels so good,’” recalled Hutton during a December interview in a warm CBC Vancouver studio. “The make-up artist goes over to her bag and pulls out her water bottle that has been in the tent the whole time, and it’s ice. So it feels so warm in there, but it’s still literally freezing.” But, according to Hutton, the je ne sais quoi that Yellowknife infuses into Arctic Air is well worth braving the chill. “People say, ‘Couldn’t you just fake it? Couldn’t you just go up to Squamish and get some snow shots?’ And we really couldn’t,” said the Vancouver-based actress, who added that she considers Yellowknife a co-star. “That landscape is so specific and it really does inform so much of our storyline and the interaction between the people. We have to go out there.” Arctic Air follows the harrowing adventures and messy interpersonal relationships of a group of pilots working for a struggling Yellowknife airline co-owned by cantankerous Mel Ivarson (Kevin McNulty) and playboy Bobby Martin (Adam Beach). The first season of Arctic Air smashed ratings records for the national broadcaster, and positioned Hutton as a breakout star. Hutton portrays Mel’s daughter Krista, a talented, headstrong pilot who shares a complicated romantic past with Beach’s Bobby. “What initially drew me to the

character was that… she was almost the traditional male role,” said Hutton, 33, who’d previously graced the small screen with roles on Sanctuary, Flashpoint, and Smallville. “[Krista]’s the one who’s kind of hard around the edges. She’s not flaky. She’s not emotional. She’s the person you want to call in an emergency because she will get stuff done.” Hutton has nothing but praise for co-star Beach, a veteran of film and television whose credits include Windtalkers, Flags of our Fathers, and Cowboys & Aliens. “[Beach] is an amazingly charming man, and he tells me I’m beautiful every day, so how can I really not like that man? Even when I look like I’ve gone through a meat-grinder, he’s like, ‘Pascale, you look amazing,’” said Hutton. “He’s a lovely person to be around, and we put in a lot of hours together, and that could potentially be tense, and it never is.” Their on-screen chemistry took centre stage in the season one finale when Krista, newly engaged to fellow pilot Blake (John Reardon), shared a sizzling smooch with Bobby — a moment that happened to be witnessed by her hapless fiancé. “[The triangle] just gets more complicated and tense and awkward and painful and passionate in season two,” said Hutton with a laugh. “That triangle really carries us through season two, because they all are still working together, and trying to work out that complex web of emotions.” The new season will also introduce viewers to Krista’s previously MIA mother. “That just unearths a whole new side to Krista that we have never seen,” said Hutton. Arctic Air isn’t focused solely on relationships. It’s also an action-adventure show, showcasing the dangers regularly faced by Northern pilots. “Obviously it’s ramped up for television… but those scenarios that they find themselves in, those aren’t made-up

scenarios,” said Hutton. She spoke from experience: shortly after production began on season one, a pilot who’d flown Arctic Air crewmembers to film aerial shots was killed in a plane crash in Yellowknife. The first episode of the series was dedicated to this pilot and her colleague. “When you are dealing with those elements, such extreme cold, that adds an intensity to every aspect,” said Hutton. “Then to fly in that sort of environment is

intense.” Still, the Creston native (and mother to a rambunctious toddler) relishes every second she spends in the Northern sky with professional Arctic pilots. “[When] you’re in those little planes and you’re looking out the window and the landscape is right there below you, it’s surreal and it’s amazing,” she said. Arctic Air kicks off its second season at 9pm on January 9 on CBC.

Young actress takes reins on CBC’s Heartland By Sabrina Furminger

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t’s never easy coming in as the new kid on a hit television show — and harder still when the scripts call for intense interactions with unpredictable co-stars such as dogs and horses. But since joining the cast of CBC’s Heartland in 2012, 11-year-old Vancouverite Alisha Newton has tackled every challenge with the grace of an old pro. She’s clearly impressed her human co-stars. “One of the first things I did with Alisha, we were supposed to be watching her in the round pen working with a horse,” said Graham Wardle (Ty), who sat beside Newton— admittedly to provide moral support — during a recent interview at CBC Vancouver. “[Her character]’s supposed to be really upset and she’s supposed to be doing all this stunt work with the horse, and the horse kept doing something else, and I was going, ‘if that was me in there, I’d be having a really hard time getting into that emotional headspace while trying to remember all these things,’ but Alisha nailed it every time.” Now in its sixth season, Heart-

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land has been a big hit for the national broadcaster; the family-friendly series will celebrate its 100th episode in March 2013, a rare milestone for a Canadian television show. Alisha portrays Georgie Crawley, a jaded veteran of the foster system who finds a nurturing home at the sprawling Alberta ranch (the Heartland of the title) operated by Jack (Shaun Johnston), a gruff, big-hearted rancher, and his intuitive granddaughter, Amy (Amber Marshall). Georgie arrives at Heartland angry and rough around the edges, 11-year-old Alisha Newtown talks horses but she immediately softand her first season on Heartland. ens in the presence of the Diane Newton photo animals and, as the season progresses, bonds with pink and purple sequined dress she Heartland’s human inhabitants. wore to the interview. “I like that she’s spunky and But Georgie and Newton overlap she’s very hard, but on the inside in one critical area — one that has she’s all mushy,” Alisha says. served Newton well during her Where Georgie is tomboyish and tenure on the show. “I just love all surly, Alisha impresses people with animals and horses are definitely her eloquence and poise. “Georgie one of my favourites,” said Alisha, would never wear this,” Alisha said who, prior to her time on Heartwith a laugh, motioning to the land, had very little experience

with horses, and now identifies horseback riding as her go-to hobby. Newton has been working steadily for more than half of her life. Her first job was in a Little Mommy commercial, and to date she has numerous commercials, short films, and television shows under her belt. As a child actress, Alisha is expected to maneuver seamlessly between work and school. Heartland films on location in Alberta (two episodes every 15 days in order to film a single season over the course of eight months) and Alisha splits her classroom time between a Vancouver public school and an onset trailer. “I think she’s mastered being able to be professional but still be a kid, still have fun and that really shows on set,” said Heartland co-star (and additional source of moral support) Jessica Amlee (Mallory). “That’s a good skill to have.” It might seem like there’s a lot on her plate, but Newton insists

there’s nothing else she’d rather be doing. “I love being able to be someone else, to feel what you don’t feel every day in your normal life,” said Newton. “I really like crying on TV. I don’t know what it is, but I love it. It’s awesome. I think crying in front of [another actor] that you don’t know as well, it brings you closer.” This statement clearly fascinated her older co-stars. “This is getting really deep right now,” said Wardle, while Amlee leaned forward in her seat. “Wow, Alisha. In what ways do you feel that that happens?” Alisha flashed a winning smile. “I open up to them, they open up to me,” she replied, and both Wardle and Amlee nodded thoughtfully. Alisha’s advice for child actors eager to break into show business: don’t take no for an answer. “What if your mom tells you that you can’t have another cookie?” Wardle teased. The winning smile returns brighter than before. “Then take ‘no’ for an answer.” Heartland airs Sundays at 7pm on CBC.

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Try the other type of skiing On the cross country ski trail, the whippersnappers are in their 40s and there’s always time to say “Hi” By Jenn Chic

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he hill may be daunting but I’m training for the Olympics. I must not let up. This is my last chance for gold. I can do it! I’m still young — just 40, but I’m smooth, coordinated, strong, and I’m only getting better with age. So goes the mantra as I’m skiing down the trail. Then it happens. A gentleman, usually with a white beard, skis by with exceptionally smooth, coordinated strength and without missing a beat, “Good morning! Beautiful day isn’t it?” I smile back, breathless, and struggle up the hill we were on while off he goes. This is by far one of my favourite moments of a day cross-country skiing. It’s a challenging sport that demands technique

and focus but there’s always someone out there who is at least a decade or two older than I am, who is an absolute vision of what that technique and focus can be. Whether it’s just a nod and a smile, or a stop and chat at the side of the trail, we cross country skiers know that we are doing — we’re enjoying the beauty and serenity of the outdoors together, quietly travelling through the forest, a coordinated effort of body and mind. Cross-country skiing has been around way before half-pipes and heli-skiing. The oldest pair of skis, found in Sweden, are believed to be more than 4,500 years old. Back then and for thousands of years afterwards, these skis were used to keep a traveller on top of the snow as they traversed across the snowcovered countryside in Scandinavia and Russia. Nowadays, the Nordic system of skiing, where the toe is secured to the ski and the heel is left free, very similar to those first skis, is used mainly for recreation. Vancouver is lucky to boast proximity to some great facilities for nordic skiing, and a bustling community of skiers, of many ages, who love to get out in the snow. When Sigge Bjorklund moved to Vancouver from Finland in 1956 he quickly realized

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before the other ski shops in Kits,” Anders, with his Scandinavian good looks, says with a smile. Sigge didn’t just bring skis to Vancouver, though; he played a very important role in developing the cross-country community here, too. In 1962, Sigge and some friends formed the Vancouver Skiers Cross-Country and Touring Club. Still around today, the club arranges weekend trips to nordic destinations around BC, some closer, such as Whistler and Manning Park, with others farther, such as Vernon or Kelowna. Dedicated to welcoming skiers of all ages and abilities, the club provides opportunities to have fun in some of BC’s most beautiful nordic skiing areas and also to improve skills — there are coaching days at nearby Cypress Mountain for those looking to improve. Cypress Mountain offers 19km of groomed trails. The views are breathtaking — ocean, city, mountain, taken in from many a vantage points on the trail system, are especially stunning at night. Seven and a half kilometres of trails are lit up after 3pm and they lead right by Hollyburn Lodge. Opened in 1926, the lodge is a perfect spot to warm up with a hot chocolate or a great meal — threecourse fondue dinners are very popular, and hearty enough to satisfy an appetite developed after a few hours of playing in the snow. Since I began skiing on a golf course in Manitoba when I was four, I was hooked. Terrain was no boundary — even a prairie dweller can be a skier. Age is no limit — little ones shuffle along, singing and catching snowflakes and on the other end of the spectrum, white-haired compatriots will kick your ass with a smile. It’s inspiring. I will be that good one day!

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Snowshoeing It’s easy, accessible and usually includes a fondue — no wonder snowshoeing is becoming the fastest growing mountain sport By Jenn Chic

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hile the city is once again green, it’s easy to see that 2013 will be a snow year. With almost three metres of snow making up the base at the local mountains already this season, it would be silly not to get out there and play in it. Not everyone gets excited about hurtling down a mountainside strapped to a couple of planks, but a walk in a winter wonderland — now that sounds just about right. Hello, snowshoeing! It might be one of the most accessible sports out there. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. More accurately, if you can walk on two and half metres of fresh snow, without falling in up to your hips, then you ARE snowshoeing. This sport smacks of invincibility — a feeling to be free to go wherever you want to in a winter landscape, to breathe the fresh air and stay fit long after the bikini has been put away for the season. Just be careful of the fondues and stay within the boundaries of the ski area. If venturing into the wilderness, be sure to go with a buddy and both be trained in avalanche safety and carry avalanche gear. Safety first, at all times. Snowshoes are available for rent at the following ski areas, as well as a handful of locations around Vancouver. Grab a warm pair of boots and you’re ready to go!

forests. Aside from exploring on your own, guided tours are available for individuals, groups and “Baby and Me” — special tours for parents with babies. The chocolate fondue tour on Saturday evenings is very popular for Valentine’s Day so be sure to book well in advance, otherwise pre-register by 3pm the day before the tour. The SnowFit Series is a fitness-focussed 90-minute power hike on snowshoes for those with a beginner to intermediate fitness level.

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Rob Newell photo On January, 1, 2012, Marc Smith resolved to rediscover why he loves Vancouver. The result? His 30 Day Adventure blog. One of his favourite actitivies was touring Vancouver by air on Helijet. You can win a chance to do the same at WEVancouver.com/contests.

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very January we reflect on the past year and decide we will do better this year — we will lose weight, connect more with friends and family and go outside more often to be more adventurous. Every year we start out with the best of intentions; however, along the way, our lives get busy and we fall off the wagon. This is very true for me so, back in May, I decided to do something about it. I created 30 Day Adventures, a blog about doing something for 30 days in the hopes that it would become a new habit. The first 30 Days would be

about seeing and doing things in Vancouver that I’d never done before or, if I had, I hadn’t done them in years. It was an amazing experience and I would like to share some of the adventures I went on with WE Vancouver readers. I had such a hard time just choosing the five best so I asked my readers to help me whittle down the favourites. Perhaps one or more of these will inspire you to get out and experience something new in our beautiful city of Vancouver. It’s one of the best places to live in the world for a reason. I know I will certainly be doing some of them again! What is next though for 30 Day Adventures? I think I’m going to tackle some New Year’s Resolutions. Feel free to

suggest a few and who knows maybe I’ll be giving your idea a try. Marc Smith is the Chief Muse at Amuse Consulting and the founder of 30 Day Adventures. A keynote speaker, MC and burgeoning experience writer, everything he does is about building community. 30 Days is about shaking it up and trying something new for 30 days. Whether it’s eating at food trucks or performing random acts of kindness, his activities are always fun and challenge us to get outside of our everyday humdrum life. Follow his adventures at 30DayAdventures.ca. He is always looking for ideas and suggestions so don’t be shy. Be warned though — you may just have to go on one of his adventures with him.

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The readers’ choice adventure goes to Flyzone and the mobile vertical wind tunnel. Flyzone is located near the entrance to the Richmond Night Market and the River Rock Casino Canada Line Station. The experience was exhilarating and adrenaline pumping. A great alternative to skydiving as it’s only 20 minutes from downtown and a fraction of the cost.

From June to September you have got to experience the Vancouver Canadians in action. Playing out of the Nat Bailey Stadium it’s a very short Canada Line trip from downtown. It’s exciting to cheer on the home team and watch the home runs update on one of the only remaining manual scoreboards in the entire Minor League Baseball. The sushi races performed by the mascots and the 5th inning dance by the grounds crew keep you entertained from start to finish. Adult and family friendly, this is a must do in the summer of 2013. Gus Fosarolli photo

When we think of wine tours in BC, we automatically think of the Okanagan and rightly so. But did you know that there are seven wineries located in Langley? I toured three of them and had an amazing day. We started with a visit to Vista D’Oro for wines and their signature preserves. Then to Neck Of The Woods where they were making sparkling wine Champagne style. We finished off at Township 7 with some wine tasting at a picnic table. Only an hour from downtown — make sure you do a bus tour or assign a designated driver! Rebecca Bollwit photo

If the weather is really bad you can visit the Vancouver Aquarium to see some of the beautiful creatures of the sea. However, if the weather is clear, I say get out and experience the majesty of our aquatic neighbours for yourself. Seals, bald eagles, and orcas are abundant off our coast. Why wait until you go on vacation somewhere else to experience them when they are right in our back yard? Gather up friends and family and make a day of it; you can’t help but be awestruck by the beauty and grace of nature. Marc Smith photo

I saved one of my favourite adventures for last — flying high above Vancouver in a helicopter. You can choose from 10-, 20- or 30-minute flights. I took the 20-minute tour and flew over the North Shore mountains, through the Lions and over Horseshoe Bay. Flying back into Vancouver we could see the scale of Stanley Park, the dynamic urban residential blend that makes up downtown Vancouver and the busy Port of Vancouver. It’s a view of Vancouver you deserve to experience. It is one of the best places to live in the world after all. Marc Smith photo

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David Hawksworth’s eternal quest Rather than rest on his laurels (and there are lots of them) Vancouver chef is always wanting to improve his art

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ueen Elizabeth once had an annus horribilis. For Vancouver chef David Hawksworth, 2012 will go down as an annus mirabilis. Pinnacle Award for Chef of the Year. Maclean’s magazine’s Restaurant of the Year. Vancouver Magazine’s Chef of the Year. WE Vancouver’s Best Overall Restaurant and Best Chef. Can it get much better than that? “It’s been unbelievable, surreal,” he says in an end-of-the-year interview with WE. “Everything you wish for happens, which is kind of bizarre.” It took three years of waiting and planning to open Hawksworth restaurant as part of the multi-million-dollar refurbishment of the luscious Rosewood Hotel Georgia. But ever since that moment in early summer 2011, Hawksworth has been reaping accolades by the bushel. But as rewarding and overwhelming as it’s been to garner such praise, David Hawksworth himself is always striving to create the next great meal, the next memorable dining experience, the next gotto-go-to restaurant. “We’re just trying to make it better and better,” he says. With 35 staff in the kitchen and almost 90 other staff to handle Hawksworth, Bel Café and catering, it’s a constant challenge to maintain and train for the standards that diners expect. Vigilance is a must because “you just never know what’s around the corner.” Vancouver is too small to cater to any one kind of market — the businessman looking for someplace smart to impress clients, the couple wanting someplace special to celebrate an anniversary, the girlfriends hungry after a morning shopping at

Pacific Centre, the gourmand wanting to have his or her tastebuds challenged — so in many ways, Hawksworth has to be all things to all people. “I think our prices are reasonable, the room’s amazing and we give people options, from a hamburger cooked just the way you want it to caviar. There’s a great spectrum of value,” he says. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hawksworth has been pleasantly surprised by how busy lunch has been over the holidays thanks to the proximity of so many stores. Rather than resting on his laurels, however, Hawksworth is setting new goals for himself. “We’re aiming for a scholarship program for later in the year,” he says. It will be for a beginning chef (28 or younger) and Hawksworth describes it as “a huge project.” Then, to whet everyone’s curiosity, he says “I’ve got a concept for a new restaurant type thing. I have an idea of what I want to do but I’m working on the location.” Before you start wondering how to be first in line, he adds that this project will also be a couple of years in the making. And since there’s no better way to compliment someone than by borrowing a page from their recipe book, expect to see some Japanese-inspired dishes on the menu soon. On January 16, Hawksworth is flying to Tokyo, where he’s booked for dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro. This 10-seat, three-star Michelin restaurant, tucked into a subway station, is where the inimitable Jiro Ono has created his legendary cuisine. “Apparently it’s out of this world,” says Hawksworth, who advises everyone to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a movie about the 90-year-old chef. Meanwhile, asked what advice he’d give to an aspiring chef or restaurant owner, Hawksworth pauses a moment, as if not yet accustomed to his guru status. “Aim as high as you can,” he says, “and that can be making the best cheeseburger you can possibly make. Never be completely satisfied.”

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— the user-friendly “Tapp” can make any water drinkable while flowing it into water bottles, bags, hoses, buckets etc (see photo, bottom left), whether you’re an international traveller, a back-country hiker, or just want to be ready for emergencies. And for every supporter who purchased a Tapp through their December indiegogo fundraiser campaign (Indiegogo.com/Tapp), Twothirds Water is giving one to someone in a developing nation. Contributions are now closed, but they are still looking for business and charity partnerships to distribute Tapp in the coming months. Head to Twothirdswater.com for contact info and to watch the making-of video. — Kelsey Klassen

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Vancouver’s ‘Shoe Whisperer’ shares his fashion must-haves Josh Langston

Freelance fashion and lifestyle writer. Lead Vancouver contributor for The Social Life Magazine (The-SocialLife.com) Describe your style: In a word, eclectic. I’m someone who dresses depending on my mood at the moment. I love to mix my favourite designer luxury items, with cool vintage and consignment finds. I’m all about the push and pull of focus. I’m a bit of a hardware addict and known as a ‘Shoe Whisperer’ because of my ever-growing collection. Where do you get your style inspiration: The London punk scene, Saturday morning cartoons, Japanese street style blogs, the runways and from the daily looks I see. What is, and is in, in your bag at this very moment? A 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Tote in black with gold hardware (this was over a month’s rent in Gastown and a month’s bills, but worth every penny). In it? MY LIFE. A few key items: iPhone 5 charger, DSLR Camera, random accessories to tweak my look throughout the day, five pairs of sunglasses (even in the winter), cologne/deoderant, business cards, Kiehls toning spray, a notebook. Proudest accomplishments? • Being brave enough to go back to school to pursue my dreams in my early/mid-twenties. • Excelling so well in my program at Blanche Macdonald that I was selected as one of three students out of more than 100 to go to New York Fashion Week (NYFW) for the last season at Bryant Park on a internship through my school. • Covering the shows at NYFW as well as getting to go backstage before the shows and running into people like Coco Rocha, Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington. • Making my mom proud. Describe your personal power outfit? I would say sunglasses for me are the major confidence booster, like my Alexander Wang x Linda Farrow Metal capped cat eye glasses. There’s also something to be said about a great-coloured brogue moment. Most sentimental wardrobe item? My Tiffany chain that I got for my “Sweet 16” from my mom/vintage silk Pierre Balmain Couture blazer/Balenciaga leather and gold cuff I bought my first time going to New York for NYFW. Where do you shop for everyday staples? I practically live at Jenny Fleur Loves because of its amazing selection. Top Shop, H&M for the basics, Timeline Boutique for luxury bags and accessories. I also got an amazing jewel-encrusted Alexander McQueen shirt from Vous Valet the other day for

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next to nothing! I also love going into Secret Location because they carry brands you will not find anywhere else, in a beautiful store. Where do you look for that after-hours ‘wow’ outfit? Holt Renfrew, BoysCo, Secret Location, Roden Gray. Dream splurge item? A 40 cm Hermes Birkin in black, crocodile, with gold hardware encrusted in diamonds, with a Hermes scarf to tie around the handle, and a stack of Hermes cuffs on one wrist in various colours. What fashion event do you look forward to the most every year? I always look forward to Deighton Cup — it’s such a well orchestrated event. This year I got to spend the day hanging out with and interviewing Miss America. It was surreal. The Diner en Blanc flashmob was another great event. Last year Vancouver participated with over 1,200 guests — what a magical evening. I also always look forward to Jason Matlo’s fashion shows each season. Fashion pet peeve? Leggings are NOT pants, nor should they ever be worn as pants — I don’t care how long your shirt is. Favourite: • Drink: Alcoholic? Margarita on the rocks or Champagne. Non-alcoholic? Overpriced espresso drinks. • Food: I grew up eating sushi as my first solid food. I also am a slight bacon enthusiast. I have a killer sweet tooth as well. • Store: Holt Renfrew, Jenny Fleur Loves, Timeline Boutique, Vous Valet. Designer: Alexander McQueen, Jeremy Scott, UNIF, Balmain, Dsquared, Givenchy, Tom Ford, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Burberry, Comme Des Garcon, Proenza Schouler. • Perfume: Chanel Allure Edition Blanc, Prada Edition L’Homme. • Blog/magazine: The Social Life, StyleCalling (Blog), Style Republic Magazine, Kenton Magazine, VMAN, Dazed and Confused, L’Officiel Hommes, GQ, Vogue (USA, British, Nippon, French, Italian). • Spot to people watch: Gastown, Robson, Granville, English Bay. • Local charity: Friends for Life, A Loving Spoonful, BC Cancer Foundation.

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International style city? New York, especially during fashion week. What was your first trophy as a kid? Not applicable, I was too busy playing with clothes and dyeing my hair crazy colours. Something that surprises people about you? That from shower to out the door it takes

me about 10-15 minutes to get ready for an event. I also make the BEST double peanut butter cookies. Last time you cried and why? When I watched the video Amanda Todd made, the teen who just killed herself due to cyber bullying. What’s your style/beauty life saver? I love Kiehls Acai DamageProtecting Toning Mist. I discovered it in the H&M Tent at Coachella music festival last year and it was a life saver in the desert climate.

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Into the future This year’s fashion graduates from Blanche Macdonald surpass expectations By Deanna Cheng

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eople who knew Leah Evans as a young girl growing up in Toronto probably would have predicted

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she’d have a career in sports. After all, she loved the grace of figure skating and the power of boxing. But then someone gave her a purple sari. She was transfixed by the pattern on the hem. It was the little details that caught her eye, drawing her in. She took an online sewing course but it was not enough. With high expectations, based on the tuition and the fact Blanche Macdonald School is a private institution, she moved to Vancouver and enrolled in their one-year program. She was one of 20 Blanche Macdonald fashion design students recently handpicked by teachers to share her designs at a media-only fashion show. As the show’s host, Jaylene McRae, said, the process starts at finding inspiration, progressing to fashion illustrations to patternmaking and then finally, creating the garments themselves. “They do teach you a lot. I can either know how to do it and feel confident about it or go back on my notes and figure it out,” Evans told WE Vancouver. “It is a really good starting base for [your]self, working for others and building your way up with great stuff instead of moving onto more school.” She is currently working on collaboration with Anna Talbot, another graduate from the show, for Eco Fashion Week. Lesley Chen studied economics at Kwantlen University and UBC

before switching to fashion. She always had an interest in clothing. When she was little, her mother made all out her outfits, which were very fashionable. Growing up, she wanted to make clothes for herself and her mother. At Blanche Macdonald, Chen found the teachers helpful, wise and knowledgeable. Pattern-making was the most difficult process for her. At the moment, she works on private commissions. When asked for advice to give future students, Chen said to learn sewing skills first. Drawing skills would help a little, too. Evans said to make sure it is something you want to do and are passionate about because the program is condensed. There will be nights where you “stay up late, do your homework and seam-rip after seam-rip after seam-rip.” Fashion director Tyler Udall said this year’s graduates surpassed expectations, especially for commercially viable outfits. As artists, they had a better grasp of the direction they wanted to take and what their vision is. The other 17 graduates who had designs in the show are John Paul Reyes, Mira Campbell, Sandy Shen, Paula Dee Janes, Josephine Li, Michelle Hardy, Katelyn Birch, Colleen Schneebeli, Tammy Lim, Katy Baldock, Brockton Lane, Jena Lewis, Meeya Ladolcetta, Ann Der, Summer Li, Alison Mogg and Ranjit Heer.

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Movie Reviews This movie will fade away quickly Not Fade Away

Directed by David Chase Starring John Magaro, Jack Huston Writer-director David Chase, best known for creating the hit TV show The Sopranos, finally makes his foray into feature films with a disappointingly bland effort in Not Fade Away. Set in suburban New Jersey in the 60s, the film relies heavily on the rock music of the era as a thematic backdrop while following the exploits of band mates Douglas (Magaro) and Eugene (Huston) as they hope to move from garage status to the upper echelon of rock ’n’ roll.  The movie is dreary at times, coupled with doses of strangely placed comedic elements, thus making the whole piece drift aimlessly without a purpose.  To make matters worse the cast is full of unlikeables and, with the exception of James Gandolfini as

Douglas’ father, never convey any authentic presence in the picture. Some credit should also be given to Bella Heathcote, who serves as the romantic interest for a couple band members, as she does her best in an underused role. The movie has some redeeming qualities though; thanks to music supervision by the legendary Thor Steven Van Zandt, Diakow the tunes add real verve to the film and the look is unmistakably 60s, right down to the last detail.  Unfortunately, all this is nearly derailed by a ham-fisted ending that literally spells out the underlying message in a terribly awkward final scene. Despite some clever musical cues and a downright gritty take on adolescence, Not Fade Away gets lost in a sea of forgettable performances, messy writing and a meandering plot.

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Starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski Directed by Gus Van Sant Let’s be honest: There isn’t much promising about a flagrant piece of Oscar-bait scripted by two Hollywood stars eager to tackle a hot-button environmental issue. Sure enough, Gus Van Sant’s latest foray into mainstream filmmaking wastes little time in living down to its potential for wrongheadedness and over-earnestness. And as it grows increasingly condescending, you find yourself thinking back to the rebuttal that natural gas salesman Steve Butler (cowriter Matt Damon) offered as a critique of his company’s controversial fracking practices: “I know you think what you’re doing is right and we admire your commitment... However...” Steve and his partner Sue (Frances McDormand) have been dispatched to rural Pennsylvania to convince the locals to allow their employer to

tap into the natural resources buried beneath their picturesque fields. Everything proceeds apace for the silver-tongued salt-of-the-earth type — he even makes romantic inroads with a teacher (Rosemarie DeWitt) — until the arrival of a charismatic environmentalist (cowriter John Krasinski) who alerts the townspeople to the devastating side effects of having toxic chemicals pumped into their land. And while the talent imbalance between Damon and Krasinski should make it inconceivable that the latter could triumph in a battle for hearts and minds, the film’s thoroughly insulting depiction of “common folk” takes care of that. Presented here as gullible rubes clamouring to buy the flavour of the day, what they really need is for Steve’s heart to grow three sizes so that he might see fit to save these simpletons from themselves. God help you if you’re buying what this film is selling. — Curtis Woloschuk

Social media army ruins investigation LIVERPOOL

Starring Stéphanie Lapointe, CharlesAlexandre Dubé Directed by Manon Briand By the time one of its characters bemoans the fact that his dreams and reality are never quite in sync, it’s become apparent that writer-director Manon Briand’s comedic thriller is suffering a similar fate. Attempting to meld breezy romance with noirish mystery, Liverpool certainly isn’t without its charms. However, it’s also never quite as clever as Briand intended or as stylish as she envisioned. There’s also a gap between the characters in Briand’s script and the actors before her camera. Both Stéphanie Lapointe and Charles-Alexandre Dubé are a touch too photogenic to convincingly pass as never-beenkissed wallflowers. However, they do give engaging performances as Émilie, a meek coat check girl, and Thomas, her introverted crush. When the former discovers a hotel key in an overdose victim’s abandoned coat,

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a barrage of rapid-fire contrivances flings the pair into an environmental conspiracy involving gangsters and corrupt industrialists. Too shy to even lock eyes, Émilie and Thomas ace the entrance exam to qualify as “unlikely detectives.” However, Briand’s staid shooting style fails to lend their investigation any tension. We’re even less inclined to take any of this particularly seriously once Émilie and Thomas become prone to quirky indulgences such as impulsively dancing the Madison in roadside diners. In her somewhat misguided climax, Briand suggests that no one needs to be a lone crusader in the age of social media. While its admittedly novel to see how one iPhone and a couple of tweets can suddenly even-up formerly insurmountable odds, it ultimately leaves a viewer wondering, “Where’s the fun in your underdog heroes having a veritable army at their beck and call?” — Curtis Woloschuk

Spirit Indestructible is “the result of a very inspiring time in my life,” says Nelly Furtado, who will be singing songs from her new album when she comes to the Commodore on January 9. Mary Rozzi photo

Bulletproof spirit Nelly Furtado’s new album pays tribute to the people she met in Africa through Free the Children By Gen Handley

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ong before she sold millions of albums to the world, Nelly Furtado was already performing in the streets of Vancouver. “Every year there was this big feast, this big Portuguese party, and I would come over with my Portuguese church and collaborate with a local marching band from the church in Vancouver,” says Furtado who was 12 at the time. “So every year I’d look forward to this — we’d get on the 7am ferry, we’d have our lunch in Stanley Park and we’d march around, playing in the blistering heat all afternoon and then have a beef sandwich on the ferry home. Those were some of the best days of my life.” And long before she was awarded two Grammies and 10 Junos, Furtado was your normal music fan visiting Vancouver to see a show. “My first concert I ever went to was in Vancouver and it was Boys II Men, with Brandy opening, and Usher,” the Victoria native says almost wistfully. “I was 15, but had some older, 18-plus people in our group and that’s why we could go. And we waited outside to see if we could get autographs.” Like Furtado when she was a teenager, there will more than likely be a long line of excited fans waiting outside the Commodore Ballroom to catch an autograph from the singer when she performs in Vancouver on January 9. This will be the second stop of a long tour supporting her most recent release, Spirit Indestructible; her first English album since 2006’s mega-seller Loose. “The album is kind of like a big ‘hallelujah’ because it’s my first time really writing passionate songs in English after like six years,” she says. “I went off and did Spanish songs (2009’s Mi Plan) for a while because I wasn’t really feeling inspired to write in English. So when I finally felt ready

to put some out, it was because I felt so strongly about the material that you hear on the album.” The inspiration returned after meeting several enduring spirits while working with young girls in Kenya. “It’s the result of a very inspiring time in my life, sort of a spiritual high from the last couple of years,” she explains. “Being an ambassador, working with Free the Children, travelling to rural Kenya and Africa and feeling really inspired again and hopeful about the future. Some of those themes are on the album, for instance on Spirit Indestructible, the title track, inspired by a lot of the great, fighting personalities that I met — the bulletproof spirits.” Before travelling to Kenya and after an admirable streak of hit songs, Furtado retreated from the prying public eye, focusing more on herself and her young daughter. She embraced the role of mother and, with it, the virtues of privacy, which was a bit scarce at the time. “I don’t know, I like the spotlight maybe when I’m on stage,” she says with a cynical laugh, “but other than that, I don’t crave it or really want it. I live a really simple life. I wear a lot of hats and glasses and keep it low key. I really treasure my privacy so I appreciate any chance I get to lay low. It’s not like I despise the spotlight but it’s just that I’m primarily a songwriter and if I don’t live a normal life I won’t be able to write songs anymore –— that’s why I do regular stuff. I’m a mom — it’s my number one job. I love being a mom and all the joy that brings and I like taking time off to…” She pauses for a few seconds. “Taking time off just to live, you know?” Enter to win two tickets to the Nelly Furtado concert at the Commodore, plus exclusive backstage passes for a meet and greet, at WEVancouver.com/ contests.

January concert highlights: Toronto-based pop-country band Blue Rodeo rides through town Jan. 5 and 6 for their 25th anniversary tour; Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball tour has a two-night stand Jan. 11 and 12 at Rogers Arena; Canadian folk rockers Whitehorse (the husband-and-wife duo who stole the show at Sarah McLachlan’s Voices in the Park last summer) hit the Commodore Ballroom Jan. 26.

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Free Will Astrology By Rob Brezsny • Week of January 3 ARIES (March 21-April 19): In 2013, I pledge to conspire with you to increase your mastery of the art of friendship. Together we will concentrate on making you an even stronger ally than you already are. We will upgrade your skill at expressing your feelings with open-hearted clarity, and in ways that don’t make people defensive. We will also inspire you to help others communicate effectively in your presence. I hope you understand that doing this work will empower you to accomplish feats that were never before possible for you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Chickens and alligators share a common ancestor. Seventy million years ago, they were both archosaurs. That’s why chickens possess a gene that has the ability to grow teeth. A few years ago, a biological researcher at the University of Wisconsin managed to activate this capacity, inducing a few mutant chickens to sprout alligator teeth. I predict there will be a metaphorically comparable event happening for you in 2013, Taurus. The “chicken” part of you will acquire some of the gravitas of an alligator. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground,” said French novelist Marcel Proust. An attitude like that is always a barrier to growth, of course, but in 2013 it would be especially ill-advised for you Geminis. In order to win full possession of the many blessings that will be offering themselves to you, you will have to give up your solid footing and dive into the depths

over and over again. That may sometimes be a bit nerve-racking. But it should also generate the most fun you’ve had in years.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Here’s the horoscope I hope to be able to write for you a year from now: You escaped the chains that kept you enslaved to your primary source of suffering. You broke the trance it kept you in, and you freed yourself from its demoralizing curse. Now you have forged a resilient new relationship with your primary source of suffering — a relationship that allows you to deal with it only when it’s healthy for you to do so and only when you feel strong enough to do it. Very nicely done! Congratulations! Excellent work! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “In this world,” said Oscar Wilde, “there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” I’m counting on you to refute the last part of that questionable assertion, Leo. According to my analysis of the long-term astrological omens, you will definitely be getting what you want in the next six months. You will receive your prize... you will earn your badge... you will win a big game or claim your birthright or find your treasure. When that happens, I trust you will make sure it is an enduring blessing. There will be no sadness involved! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): English poet Alfred Tennyson wrote so many memorable lines that he is among the top 10 most frequently cited authors in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. One

of his most famous passages was “’Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all.” When he was on his death bed at age 83, his enigmatic last words were, “I have opened it.” Let’s make that declaration your mantra for the coming year, Virgo. In your case, it will have nothing to do with death, but just the opposite. It will be your way of announcing your entrance into a brighter, lustier, more fertile phase of your life. Try saying it right now: “I have opened it!”

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Back in 1830, it was expensive to stay up and do things in your room after dark. To earn enough money to pay for the whale oil that would light your lamp for an hour, you had to work for 5.4 hours. And today? It’s cheaper. You have to put in less than a second of hard labour to afford an hour’s worth of light. I suspect that in 2013 there will be a similar boost in your ease at getting the light you need to illuminate your journey. I’m speaking metaphorically here, as in the insight that arises from your intuition, the emotional energy that comes from those you care about, and the grace of the Divine Wow. All that good stuff will be increasing. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life,” said Scorpio painter Georgia O’Keeffe, “and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” I think her declaration is excellent medicine for you. In 2013, you will have great potential for upgrading your relationship with your fears — not necessarily suppressing them or smashing them, but rather using them more consistently as a springboard, capitalizing on the emotions they unleash, and riding the power they

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Ambition can creep as well as soar,” said Irish philosopher Edmund Burke. That will be good for you to remember throughout 2013, Sagittarius. Later this year, the time may come for your ambition to soar — in the month of April, for example, and again in the month of August. But for the foreseeable future, I think your ambition will operate best if you keep it contained and intense, moving slowly and gradually, attending to the gritty details with supreme focus. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In Tom Robbins’ book Skinny Legs and All, one of the characters, Ellen Cherry, has a conversation with a voice in her head. The voice gives her a piece of advice: “The trick is this: keep your eye on the ball. Even when you can’t see the ball.” I think that happens to be excellent counsel for you to heed during the next six months, Capricorn. You may not always be able to figure out what the hell is going on, but that shouldn’t affect your commitment to doing the right thing. Your job is to keep your own karma clean and pure — and not worry about anyone else’s karma. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I’ll be bold and predict that 2013 will be a time when you’ll discover more about the art of happiness than you have in years. Here are some clues to get you started. 1. “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” — Agnes Repplier. 2. “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things that are beyond the power of our will.” — Epictetus. 3. “For the rational, healthy person, the desire for pleasure is the desire

to celebrate his control over reality. For the neurotic, the desire for pleasure is the desire to escape from reality.” — Nathaniel Branden. 4. “Our happiness springs mainly from moderate troubles, which afford the mind a healthful stimulus, and are followed by a reaction which produces a cheerful flow of spirits.” — E. Wigglesworth. 5. “Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.” — William H. Sheldon. 6. “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” — Charles Kingsley.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In 2013, I pledge to help you feel at peace and in love with your body; I will do everything in my power to encourage you to triumph over media-induced delusions that tempt you to wish you were different from who you actually are. My goal is to be one of your resourceful supporters in the coming months — to be a member of your extensive team of allies. And I will be working with you to ensure that this team grows to just the right size and provides you with just the right foundation. If all goes well, your extra help will ensure that you finish almost everything you start in the coming year. You will regularly conquer everyday chaos and be a master of artful resolutions. Homework: Send me your New Year’s resolutions. Go to RealAstrology.com and click on “Email Rob.” For extra credit, also send me your anti-resolutions: Weird habits and vices that you pledge to continue.

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Organic Multigrain Bread

1.00

off regular retail price 260-560g

Life Choices Organic Macaroni & Cheese assorted varieties

assorted varieties

3/4.98

2/8.00

170 - 216g

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Vitasoy Quinoa Beverages

Gardein Frozen Meatless Entrees

original or vanilla

assorted varieties

3/5.49

product of Canada

200-340g • product of Canada

Olympic Organic Yogurt

Mama Mary’s Pizza Crusts

assorted varieties

3/9.99

650g

New

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PRICING reg 4.99

assorted varieties

from 2/7.00

1.00 off

regular retail price package of 3 or 6

Rice Bakery Brown Rice Bread

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2 piece kit

select varieties

6.99

2.00 off

regular retail price 454g

PRICING

2 or 3 pack • product of USA

product of Canada

26.99

Optimizes detoxification, cleansing and elimination in two parts to improve digestion, intestinal function and overall health and vitality.

Andalou Hair Care

from 2/6.00

946ml

Genesis Today Cleanse

Spelt Coconut or Pumpkin Muffins

product of Canada

600g • product of Canada

355ml

Avalon’s bath and shower gel provides a more gentle way to cleanse the skin while awakening the senses.

whole or half loaf

Pearl’s Organic Perogies

340ml

Advanced fruit stem cell Science improves hair follicle longevity and vitality for healthy hair from root to tip.

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Gear up for Gluten Free Sunday, January 13, Vancouver Convention Centre.

PRICING

Choices Markets is proud to be the title sponsor of the Vancouver Gluten Free Expo, Canada’s premier gluten-free event. Join us at the Choices booth to speak with our Nutrition Team, sample goodies from the Rice Bakery and purchase a copy of our Gluten-Free Food Guide on Sale for the month of January for $9.95 plus taxes.

Look for our

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2011, 2012 Awards. Your Loyalty has helped Choices achieve these awards. Thank you!

www.choicesmarkets.com Kitsilano 2627 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0009

Cambie 3493 Cambie St. Vancouver 604.875.0099

Kerrisdale 1888 W. 57th Ave. Vancouver 604.263.4600

each

bags or bins

Rocky Mountain Frozen Pizzas

St. Dalfour Jams

.98

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PRICING

2.00 off

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5.98

5lb box

Long English Cucumbers Mexican Grown

Aiming for a healthy New Year? Allégro 4% Cheese

PRICING

Maple Hill Farms Organic Large Free Range Eggs

PRICING

Deli Department

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Beverages

assorted varieties

500g • product of Canada

85g

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product of USA

product of USA

Elias Honey Creamed or Liquid

Jeju Satsuma Mandarin Oranges from Korea

4.99lb/ 11.00kg

Popchips Potato Chips

assorted varieties

Yaletown 1202 Richards St. Vancouver 604.633.2392

Rice Bakery

South Surrey

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

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WE Vancouver, January 03, 2013  

January 03, 2013 edition of the WE Vancouver

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January 03, 2013 edition of the WE Vancouver

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