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The scary thing about human behaviour is how predictable it is. How else could Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) have written characters who are as real to us in urban Vancouver today as they were in rural Russia a century ago? Maybe it’s because his first career was as a doctor, discerning the signs of what ails us. Vancouver’s Blackbird Theatre is in the midst of showing how it’s done. Its production of Uncle Vanya, a story about what happens when an elderly uncle brings what we’d call his trophy wife to visit the family estate, finishes its run at The Cultch on January 18, with post-show talkbacks on Jan. 5, 8, 12, and 15.

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very day we assemble the ingredients for news stories, human interest features, fashion, food and movie columns and arts previews. We then deliver what we hope is a five-course feast into the city’s sidewalk boxes, coffee shops and mobile devices before moving hungrily on to the next. But, like a host checking to see if everyone has had enough to eat, we like to know our readers are satisfied. Accordingly, an ad hoc look back on your emails, tweets, Facebook comments and website traffic has revealed the keys to your appetites for 2013.

Amanda Tapping While interviewing beloved local sci-fi icon Amanda Tapping on her lengthy career and huge international fan base, writer Sabrina Furminger learned a heartbreaking truth about Tapping’s personal life. And while Furminger’s series of stories throughout the year on Tapping have all been widely read, it was the world exclusive in May on Tapping’s eight miscarriages that gripped her fans (and made new ones) around the world.

Best of the City For 17 years, WE Vancouver has been asking our readers to tell us which people, places and businesses are the Best in the City. In 2012, we added a second poll — Best of the City Dining — that focuses specifically on the booming food scene in Vancouver. You can also add your opinions to our new BOTC Neighbourhood poll, now underway at contests with an iPad mini up for grabs. The results prove, year after year, to be among the most popular and most contested stories on our website.

Mary Zilba Reality TV star Mary Zilba is no stranger to bullying in her line of work, and touched on the subject when she met with writer Gen Handley in March for a story about her new album and upcoming Shooting Stars Foundation charity performance. Her placement on the cover got some readers riled up, but we’ll support someone who’s giving back to a local charity any day.

February feature on one winner in particular that lit up our social media feeds. Kid Carson’s wide-ranging profile by editor Martha Perkins explains why the likable SONIC 104.9 fm host was chosen Best Radio Personality for 2013 (and why so many women love him).

New Antiquarians Actress Emelia Symington Fedy contributed to our cultural education in June with her guest piece on Vancouver’s New Antiquarian movement. In profiling the old-world ways of the Belmont Barber Shop, forager Alexander McNaughton, Old Faithful Shop, Space Lab, The Found and the Freed and cobbler Hunter Mayer (pictured), she articulated the difference between this sincerity movement and our love-em-orhate-em hipsters.

Nils Hognestad is a 28-year-old Vancouver actor whose biggest role to date has been ‘Heart Patient #1’. It’s a recurring role; as a child, Hognestad underwent three open-heart surgeries. I sat down with him in February, just days before his fourth surgery (a

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I put on my wide-brimmed, floppy fashion-writing hat to explore the 10 showrooms of the Parker Building in March, and talked to the sartorial wholesalers who rep more than 50 high-end designers out of the reclaimed East Van space. Many of your favourite clothing labels find their way into local boutiques through the halls of this fish factory turned fashion agency hive. And then there are the sample sales….

Best new restaurants? We’re known as a foodie newspaper, and the sheer number of food stories making the top ranking month after month show that you are right there with us. Taraneh Ghajar Jerven’s speculative piece at the start of 2013 on which would be the best new restaurant of the year tapped Bestie, Burdock & Co., Cartems Donuterie, The Flying Pig, Maruko Ramen, Pidgin, Tableau, Tap & Barrel and Tractor for her top 10. Was she right?

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Follow Me Foodie Award-winning blogger Mijune Pak — otherwise known as Follow Me Foodie — joined our food pages in May to deliver weekly insights from her position as international food critic, event judge and chefs’ confidant. Some of her most popular stories of the past seven months include her overview of the Vancouver Food Cart Fest, her piece on the forget-me-nots of the Vancouver restaurant scene and her Sushi 101 etiquette series.

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THE DISH When looking back over 2013, the list of fantastic, silent-eating-inspiring dishes was pleasantly long. These ran the gamut from the heady, rich and decadent meals from the likes of Cin Cin, Araxi, and Campagnolo Roma — involving white and black truffles, beef heart, and pork belly galore — to the delightfully minimalist and refreshing creations of Burdock and Co., Farmer’s Apprentice, not to mention an entire host of comfort-

able eats from Mamie Taylor’s, Good Wolfe et al. To choose one dish that beat out the rest is rather like choosing a favourite child. Instead, I chose a dish that was memorable because eating it awakened the senses, refreshed the palate, satisfied my craving for richness while offering health-enriching ingredients, and met all the requirements of contemporary locavorism. The oyster and radish salad at Burdock and Co., available seasonally (as is the entirety of the menu), gave all this. Look for a newer innovation on the current menu with rosemary-smoked mussels and pickled garlic. BurdockandCo. com

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Saying goodbye… both Boneta and House Guest have closed their doors for good. No word yet as to what might be going into the now-vacant Gastown spaces.

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Chocolate Arts has posted their classes for 2014, with lessons on ganache, tempering and sweets for your sweetie, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Absinthe Bistro has opened at 1260 Commercial Drive. Think cheap and cheerful French fare with very reasonable two- and three-course prix fixe menus for $28 and $35, respectively, as well as a la carte offerings. And, yes, absinthe, both in drops and cocktails, is on the menu.

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’ve made it a regular habit to bring along a couple bottles of BC wine when I’m visiting other countries, whether the trip is for business or pleasure. The vast majority of BC wine is consumed within the province and our few exports largely consist of ice wine. So, I find that sharing a bottle of something that expresses the quality of what we do is a great way to expose friends and colleagues to some of the good stuff they might not otherwise try. Truth be told, I also enjoy taking any opportunity to dispel the somewhat common myth that all we’re capable of around here is ice wine. Well, it looks like the next time I go to the US, my luggage can now be a little lighter! The BC Wine Institute, whose mandate is to market and promote BC VQA wine, has recently entered a partnership with Good Company Wines, an American importer, to make BC wines far more accessible to consumers south of the border. To start things off, there are four premium producers now available through the retail portal at Black Hills Estate Winery, Laughing Stock Vineyards, Meyer Family Vineyards and Painted Rock Estate Winery. Now those of us wanting to share some local goods with American friends and family have a far more streamlined way of doing so. Here are my recommendations from what’s available. The best part is, the bulk of these are still widely available in BC, so we’ll still have plenty of opportunity to enjoy them in comfort of home.

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New year? New food Follow Me Foodie by Mijune Pak New concept: 300 Dishes at Secret Location Seasonal menus, daily menus and fresh sheets aren’t uncommon these days, but how about a new 10-course menu every single day with no repeating dishes? It’s not something that’s happened in Vancouver, let alone anywhere, until now. Executive chef Jefferson Alvarez of Secret Location in Gastown kicks off the year with ambitious goals: making 300 dishes. Starting January 16, this concept restaurant will offer a daily changing menu of 10 courses for 30 days. The three snacks, two appetizers, two savoury, one palate cleanser and two sweets ($75 per person with wine pairings) will change every day, hence “300 Dishes”. Chef Jefferson has been preparing for the courses since November and anticipated dishes include saffron squash leaves, house-made black olive oil, and “fake prune” components. Known for his modernist cooking, innovation and experiments, 300 Dishes caters to those looking for an artistic and unique dining experience. New expansion: Ganache Patisserie It is one of the earlier players in Vancouver’s Parisian dessert scene. Pastry chef and owner Peter Fong of Ganache opened in December 2003 in Yaletown. Much of his business is from cake orders and to-go items, given the limited seating, but that’s about to shift. This month they are expanding the Homer Street store and taking over the space next door. Its current location will eventually be used for production and the new space will be the sit-down cafe. It’s still under construction, but it should be ready soon. I’m hoping they apply for a liquor licence and open late because dessert bars in the city are severely lacking. New restaurant: Cinara It’s not the only new restaurant opening this month, but Cinara is by far one of the most anticipated. Chef and owner Lucais Syme of the popular La Pentola in Yaletown and his wife Jill are opening Cinara at the old Victorian Hotel. See Mijune on City TV’s Breakfast Television talking about her first event of 2014: the 6 Course Discourse is January 20 at Edgewater Casino. This Dine Out Vancouver Festival featured event is one of the hottest tickets this year. Made for serious “foodies” and chefs, the event offers culinary talks from six of Vancouver’s most honoured chefs, and a BC wine and canapé standing reception from some of the city’s finest restaurants. Find out more about Mijune at

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ood options in this city are going far beyond the standard dripping steak at The Keg. Vancouverites have a reputation for healthy living, and this is not limited to weekend ski trips, Grouse grinds and paddle-boarding. At the same time, living healthy in Vancouver is combined with a taste for culinary excellence. Not satisfied with placing a granola bar on a silver dish, restaurants in Vancouver have stepped up to the dining plate. More and more fine eateries that combine healthy, ethical dining with a taste of class are opening. In the past year alone, new vegetarian/vegan restaurants are helping to break the stereotypes and create an atmosphere that a variety of diners can enjoy. These new locations are not only aimed at clientele pursuing a certain dietary lifestyle, but also provide a casually upscale atmosphere and food that meets the demand of the general connoisseur, not just the vegetarian. For both the adventurous foodie and the neighborhood local who just wants a decent meal, establishments such as Acorn, Graze, Gorilla Raw, and Heirloom meet the call for good ambience and a menu that just happens to be health-conscious. As Michael Lyons of Graze puts it, “You’re not sacrificing everything because you’re on a date with a vegetarian girlfriend.” This new wave has actually helped similar restauranteurs, even though they all strive to offer unique aspects of dining. “If a restaurant in Kits turns someone on to vegetarian food, they might seek more of that,” said Aaron Ash of Gorilla Food. David Kenny, the manager of the comparatively more upscale Heirloom, agreed. “These businesses create awareness of vegetarianism. No one is feeling the heat.”

Many of these restaurants have spread that awareness via word-of-mouth, in true gourmand fashion. Other resources such as Yelp have also strengthened their reputation, as one customer tells his/her experience to a much wider audience. Heirloom and Graze are each about a year old, but they’re already establishing roots in their neighborhoods. “We’re for everybody — people just want to eat better food,” said Kenny. Lyons at Graze echoed this: “We get a range of clientele, from new foodie hipsters who’s interested in new things, new ingredients, to older educated foodies with more dispensable incomes.” That doesn’t stop food explorers from other parts of the Lower Mainland; both Graze and Heirloom claim to be “destination” locations with a clientele that’s willing to travel miles in search of something different. The trend isn’t limited to fine dining. Gorilla Foods caters to counter service lunchtime crowds, and Graze intends to open their second floor to a more casual experience where customers can watch the game while enjoying healthy comfort food. Still, the bottom line is about the ethical, healthy lifestyle that the West Coast is renowned for. The dining environment may be pleasant, but ultimately, nutrition is key. As Kenny says, “People want to live longer.” It’s a choice a lot of people in the city find appealing. Check out the Metro Vancouver Veg Directory for an up-to-date listing of vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants, retailers, services and more. There is also a free app for iPhone and Android phones, making it a handy resource for Meatless Mondays, visiting relatives and friends, date night, and for anyone looking to enjoy the benefits of a plant-based meal.

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ince 2000, a panel of professional critics from Vancouver’s print, radio, online and television industries has tempered the snark so essential to their métier and joined forces to acknowledge the year’s very best in film. This year, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is the Vancouver Film Critics Circle’s top international pick with six nominations, including best film, actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), supporting actor (Michael Fassbender) and supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o). The Act of Killing, Blackfish and West of Memphis have been nominated for Best Documentary, while Blancanieves, Blue is the Warmest Color and The Hunt have landed solidly in Best Foreign Language Film. Closer to home, The Dirties, a conceptually daring story of two film geeks planning a high school shooting, has secured five VFCC nominations in the Canadian category, including Best Canadian Film (up against Gabrielle and Watermark) and Best First Film by a Canadian Director — making its début as a category. Director-star Matt Johnson has also been nominated for Best Director of a Canadian Film and Best Actor in a

Canadian film. The 2013 nominees for Best BC Film are Down River, Oil Sands Karaoke and When I Walk. Canadian animation pioneer Al Sens has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Ian Caddell Award for Achievement. Presented to a British Columbian who has made a significant contribution to the province’s film industry, this award is named in honour of the VFCC’s cofounder who passed away in 2012. A Vancouver native, the self-taught animator founded Al Sens Animation, the city’s first animation studio, in 1958. Since then, he’s amassed an impressive body of inventive work (including 1965’s The See Hear Talk Think Dream and Act Film and 1978’s Canadian Vignettes: Logger), developed his trademark “spit technique” and served as a mentor to generations of animators. Sens, who turns 80 this week, will be presented with his award at the VFCC’s 14th annual awards ceremony, to be held at the Railway Club in Vancouver on Tuesday, January 7. The complete list of nominees can be found at VancouverFilmCritics. com.

Canada Line airport surcharge to hit more riders By Jeff Nagel


ransLink wants to make more passengers pay a $5 surcharge to ride the Canada Line branch from Vancouver Airport to Bridgeport Station in Richmond. The YVR AddFare is currently charged only for Canada Line riders who pay in cash to take the rapid transit line off Sea Island. But with the introduction of the Compass card in 2014, TransLink is proposing to apply the same $5 additional fee to Compass cardholders who pay with stored value. The YVR AddFare was approved in 2010 to generate extra cash to help cover TransLink’s shortfall in funding the Canada Line to Richmond and YVR. TransLink officials say large numbers of people who now pay in cash at the airport are expected to switch to Compass cards next year, resulting in a $1.4-million drop in annual revenue if nothing is done. Extending the AddFare’s reach to more people is forecast to generate an extra $1.7 million. Many savvy transit riders dodge paying the $5 surcharge by instead buying a day pass or a booklet of

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FareSaver tickets from a retail outlet at the airport, instead of paying at the station ticket machines. But they’ll be out of luck once the Compass cards roll out and FareSavers are discontinued. TransLink also proposes to charge the AddFare on day passes sold on Sea Island either by retailers or from the ticket vending machines. The machines at Sea Island stations are currently disabled from offering day passes but TransLink says riders want to have the option to buy them there and are willing to pay the premium. YVR employees and Sea Island residents would be exempt from the revised AddFare, as would holders of monthly passes, U-Passes, BC Government bus passes and CNIB passes. The AddFare hasn’t been generating as much revenue as TransLink originally expected – the cumulative shortfall was $5.4 million at the end of 2012 and that’s forecast to grow to $12.2 million by the end of next year without changes. TransLink Commissioner Robert Irwin will make a final ruling on the application and has asked for public comment by Jan. 31. Comments can be emailed to Drive. A $5 donation is suggested. You can also bring your trees to Kingsgate Mall (370 E. Broadway) January 5 (10am-4pm) for the Mount Pleasant BIA’s 5th Annual Tree Chipping for Kids event. Proceeds from the by-donation service go to the Mount Pleasant Elementary School’s fundraiser for a new community playground. Free cookies and hot chocolate will be served to those who donate.

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ew year-end statistics show that 2013 set a record for new Vancouver rental housing for the second consecutive year, after a decade of limited rental construction and with rental vacancy rates among the lowest in Canada. “Another record year for new rental housing shows that Vancouver is on the right track in our support for renters, and that our rental incentive programs are delivering results,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson in a press release.   Year-end statistics for 2013 show that 1,097 units of new rental housing were approved this year, after a previous record high of 1,021 units approved in 2012. Zero units were approved in 2008 and 2009, and an average of 328 in 2010 and 2011. In 2009, the City launched the Short-term Incentives for Rental (STIR) program, a pilot program that provided incentives for the creation of new rental housing. In 2012, the City established the Rental 100 program, which built on STIR and provides incen-

tives such as reduced parking requirements and expedited permitting for 100% rental buildings. In 2013, the biggest new rental project approved was 133 units through the STIR program at 1600 Beach Avenue. Fifty-eight per cent of the units are targeted to families with children. It is only the second new purpose-built West End rental building in a decade. According to CMHC, the rent for a onebedroom purpose-built rental unit in Vancouver is 37 per cent cheaper than renting a one-bedroom condo.  Vancouver has also seen two consecutive record years for new laneway housing permits, with 348 permits issued in 2013 following 350 issued in 2012. Laneway housing is required to be rental. More than 52 per cent of Vancouver households are renters, with Vancouver providing 46 per cent of the rental housing in the Lower Mainland and 27 per cent of the rental housing in British Columbia.

Highlights from 2013 By Glen Truax


es, 2013 was that celebratory year when Rob Ford apparently lost his mind, when “twerking” was added to the dictionary, when we got even more desperate for oil money, when Snowden tattled on the NSA, when we actually began to think that “trap rap” was a good thing and when Beyonce went undercover and then sold a billion records. But in a bid to predict the future while maintaining a bridge with the past, we asked around, and got some crystal ball-like revelations of our glorious coming year.

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Gord Knights, general manager Vancouver is becoming an epicenter for music — musical acts are now using Vancouver as their North American venue of choice. ¨We used to be tied with Pacific Northwest tours, now we’re a start and end point for bands.” An outstanding emotional performance in October by local heroes 54-40 at their 50th show at the Ballroom marked their humble beginnings in a career that has spanned three decades in Vancouver — “It was a pretty big milestone for everybody.” In 2014: Singer-songwriter Serena Ryder will be playing one of her only dates in downtown Western Canada next April at the Ballroom, as will the Mercury Prize-winning Alt J. Twigg and Hottie Glencora Twigg, founder/designer The clothing boutique on South Main Street celebrated 10 years in business this year. 2013 also marked Twigg and Hottie’s major contributions to Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week in early October. Eco Fashion is dedicated to promoting sustainable and ethical fashion brands, something that Twigg fully supports. In 2014: “We want to continue making a

smaller carbon footprint. We want people to look at the label, and vote with their dollars when they’re trying to shop ethically. We’re also trying to change people’s minds about sustainable materials like hemp in the coming year.” Holt Renfrew Lisa Tant, VP fashion editor “Fashion isn’t really as dictated as it used to be, thanks to street style. People are more interested in personal expression.” That may explain the continued popularity of punkinfused haute couture. Another 2013 trend was the graphic print. In 2014: Throw in some pinks and pastels and you’ve got the look of the spring. The powder pink blazer will be especially arresting in the February rain. And don’t forget to look at least interested in being trim. “Active wear is a rising trend, both for men and women. Not necessarily sporty or outdoorsy, but definitely looking fit is going to be in.” Tourism Vancouver Sonu Purhar, media relations specialist Bollywood came to Hollywood North in April, as Vancouver hosted the Times of India Film Awards. The event’s stars lured 40,000 people to BC Place. The city continued to strengthen its relationships across the Pacific, partnering artistically with Wanting Qu, a Chinese singing sensation in China but a virtual unknown in Canada. This new cultural diplomat has been positioned to attract more Chinese tourists to cosmopolitan Vancouver. In 2014: We can look forward to hosting the NHL Heritage Classic, marking a century of Canada’s sport. The Ottawa Senators will be venturing into BC Place on March 2 to face off against the Canucks. Celebrities Nightclub Paige Chan, marketing manager Another year, another face-lift, as Celebrities re-opened its doors in March. A steady stream of club favourites poured through the doors, including Disclosure, Le1f, and Sneak Sound System. It was another huge year for Davie Village’s Pride Week as well, with a marathon six night live show run at Celebrities followed by a 13 hour HISTORY party. Jinx Monsoon, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Seattle native was on hand to host the festivities. So that’s that, 2013. Your presence has been appreciated and given us plenty to talk about at our New Year’s parties. From the team at WE, here’s hoping all of your plans and resolutions come true in 2014, and that you make headlines in all the right ways. Cheers!

Vitamin Daily: TV shows to binge on


e’ve watched more than our fair share of sappy Christmas TV and movies. The perfect palate cleanser? Binge-watching Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, a gritty series that takes place in a women’s prison. Bonus: It was written by Jenji Kohan (creator of Weeds, which was really good before it got really bad). — Christine Laroche, Montreal editor In its fifth season, The Good Wife is hitting a new high in every way. Julianna Margulies is pitch perfect as the “stand by your man” political wife who is thrust back into the workforce after her husband is caught in a compromising position (er, positions). — Maria Tallarico, managing editor

I can’t quite manage to stay awake for an entire movie, so I’m hooked on TV series on Netflix. Since the final season of Breaking Bad isn’t on there yet, I’m going to indulge in crime dramas like Homeland, The Shield, and MI-5, about the secret service in London. — Alexandra Suhner Isenberg, fashion editor I was devastated when Don’t Trust the B*** in Apartment 23 was cancelled earlier this year. My girl crush Krysten Ritter is hilarious as NYC party-girl Chloe. You’ll be laughing-outloud and hooked after one episode. Seasons one and two are available on iTunes. — Sara Samson, Calgary editor See more at


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And the most popular baby names are...


he top baby names for BC parents in 2012 were Olivia and Ethan. They replaced the 2011 top parent picks, Liam and Emma, which fell to second place. The most popular picks are compiled by the BC Vital Statistics Agency, which registered

44,270 births in the province in 2012. That’s a slight increase from 43,991 in 2011. The five most popular girl names are Olivia, Emma, Sophia, Emily and Ava. The top boy names for 2012 were Ethan, Liam, Lucas, Mason and Logan.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Deep bronzes, smoky cinnamons and dark chocolates will be your lucky colours in 2014. Mellow mahoganies and resonant russets will work well for you, too. They will all be part of life’s conspiracy to get you to slow down, deepen your perspective, and slip into the sweetest groove ever. If you aren’t totally clear on where home is, either in the external world or inside your heart, devote yourself to finding it. Hone your emotional intelligence. Explore your roots. On a regular basis, remember your reasons for loving life. Stay in close touch with the sources that feed your wild soul. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): For years, French painter Édouard Manet and French poet Stéphane Mallarmé hung out with each other every day. Mallarmé referred to their relationship as “the most complete friendship.” They influenced each other to become better artists and human beings. Taurus, you’ll thrive on that kind of stimulating companionship. Having such regular contact with a like-minded ally might even be an important factor in ripening your intelligence. You will attract blessings and generate luck for yourself by deepening your ability to cultivate synergistic bonds. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): St. Peter’s Basilica contains a life-size bronze statue of St. Peter that is at least 700 years old. Visitors pay their respects by kissing and touching the feet of the idol and the right foot has been so thoroughly worn down by these gestures that the individual toes have disappeared, leaving a smooth surface. You will have a similar kind of power in 2014, Gemini. Little by little, with your steady affection and relentless devotion, you can transform what’s rigid and hard. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Big rivers don’t travel in straight lines. Their paths are curvy and complicated, with periodic turns and bends. In some places they flow faster and in others they’re slower. Their depth and width may vary along the way, too. Your own destiny is like one of those big rivers, Cancerian. In some years, it meanders for long stretches, slowing down as it wanders along a crooked course. It may even get shallower and narrower for a while. But I expect that in 2014, you will be moving more rapidly than usual. You will be travelling a more direct route, and you will be both wide and deep. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “In games there are rules,” writes science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, “but in life the rules keep changing.” It will be an especially poignant truth between now and your next birthday. You may sometimes feel as if every last law and formula and corollary is mutating. In some cases, the new rules will be so different from the old rules, they may at first be hard to figure out. But here’s the happy ending: It may take a while, but you will eventually see that these new rules have an unexpected logic and beauty that will serve your future well. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I predict that you will commit no major acts of self-sabotage in 2014. Congrats! I also foresee that you will be exceptionally careful not to hurt or damage yourself. Hooray! More good news: You won’t be as critical of yourself.

The judgmental little voice in the back of your head won’t be nearly as active. Yay! Even your negative emotions will diminish in frequency and intensity. Hallelujah! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The citizens of Iceland love literature, but many are not content to simply read. One out of every 10 Icelanders writes and publishes a book at sometime in his or her life. I think you’re ready to make a big statement — to express yourself in a more complete and dramatic way than ever before. If you’re not ready to write a book, attempt an equivalent accomplishment. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I’m hoping you will find a new teacher or two in 2014, maybe even a mentor. Not a guru who tells you what to do. Not an exploitative “expert” who claims to know what’s right for you or a charismatic narcissist who collects adoration. What I wish for you, Scorpio, is that you will connect with wise and humble sources of inspiration... with life-long learners who listen well and stimulate you to ask good questions... with curious guides who open your eyes to resources you don’t realize you need. In the coming months, you are primed to launch a quest that will keep you busy and excited for years. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 2014, it’s possible you will be given a cabbage farm or a petting zoo or some bequest that’s not exactly in close alignment with your life’s purpose. But it’s more likely that the legacies and dispensations you receive will be quite useful. The general trend is that allies will make available to you a steady flow of useful things. Your ability to attract what you need will be high. You might match those Scorpios’ proficiency at extracting the essence of what you want from every situation. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Here’s a poem by Margaret Atwood. Try saying this and see if it works for you: “Last year I abstained / this year I devour / without guilt / which is also an art.” If you choose to make this affirmation your own, be sure you don’t forget that devouring without guilt is an art — a skill that requires craft and sensitivity. You can’t afford to get blindly instinctual and greedy; you shouldn’t compulsively overcompensate for 2013’s deprivations. Be cagey and discerning as you satisfy your voracious hunger. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The coming months are a good time to meditate on the concepts of happy accidents and benevolent trouble. Throw constructive mischief into the mix, too, and maybe even a dose of graceful chaos. There’s only one requirement that you have to meet in order to receive your odd gifts in the spirit in which they’ll be offered: You’ve got to be open-minded, eager to learn, and flexible. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In 2014 you Pisceans will be primed to be pioneers. Your emotional intelligence should be operating at peak levels. Your imagination will be even more fertile than usual. Are you ready to generate revolutionary innovations in the art of feeling unique and interesting feelings? To get started, consider these: 1. amused reverence; 2. poignant excitement; 3. tricky sincerity; 4. boisterous empathy.

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THE ARTS CLUB 604-687-1644 | ARTSCLUB.COM • A BRIMFUL OF ASHA: A real-life mother and son team present an entertaining tale about generational and cultural clash. Jan. 16-Feb. 8 at Revue Stage (1601 Johnstone). $25-$35 • THE ODD COUPLE: Classic comedy about mismatched roomies. Jan. 23-Feb. 23 at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville). $29+ THE CULTCH 1895 VENABLES | 604.251.1363 | THECULTCH.COM • UNCLE VANYA: Vanya’s monotonous country estate existence is thrust into chaos when his brother-in-law returns with a beautiful and irresistible new wife. Until Jan. 18. From $18

MIRROR, MIRROR: Project Limelight reimagines Grimm’s fairytale about a kind princess and her narcissistic stepmother. Jan. 12 at SFU Woodward’s (149 West Hastings). $10-$15 at www. MEASURE FOR MEASURE: Shakespeare’s gripping tale about a young nun confronted with a terrible ultimatum. Jan. 17-Feb. 8 at Pacific Theatre (1440 West 12th). $19.99-$29.99 at www.pacifictheatre. org. THE PITMEN PAINTERS: Coal miners in Depression-era England hire a university professor to lead an Art Appreciation class. Jan. 24-Feb. 16 at Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery). $16-$20 at



ROMEO & JULIET: Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers are set in motion in this exquisite, full-length production from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Jan. 30Feb. 1 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton). $29-$89 at

Electroacoustic Festival: Jan. 16: The Krells; Jan. 17: talk presentation by Martin Gotfrit, Philipe Pasquier, Keith Hamel (pay what you can.) Jan. 18: New works by BC composers featuring NOVO Ensemble. $20/$10. www.vancouverpromusica.

INHERITOR ALBUM: 605 Collective returns home with explosive, urban-infused, athletic dance. Features animation by LA-based mixed media artist Miwa Matreyek. Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie). $22-$30 at

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• GERALD FINLEY: A riveting performance of Schubert’s Winterreise by the great Canadian baritone. Jan. 26. From $70.

MIKE ALLEN QUARTET WITH HUGH FRASER: An evening of soulful, swinging original music by the Mike Allen Quartet and trombonist Hugh Fraser. Jan. 23 at The Cultch (1895 Venables). $10-$20 at


SARAH LEE GUTHRIE & JOHNNY IRION: Married folk rock duo performs original songs. Jan. 31 at CBC Studio 700 (700 Hamilton). $22 at www.


• LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: First Tea & Trumpets concert of 2014 showcases work from one of music’s most dominant figures. Hosted by Christopher Gaze. Jan. 9.

• MEDICINE: Master monologuist TJ Dawe recounts his funny and enlightening experiences with Dr. Gabor Maté, psychotropic plant medicine, and group therapy. Jan. 14-25. $20-$30

• FIFTY YEARS OF JAMES BOND: Music from Dr. No, Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, From Russia With Love, For Your Eyes Only, and Skyfall. Jan. 10 & 11.

NORTHFEST: Showcase of cool and contemporary music from Canada’s North. With Diyet, Nive Nielsen, and Speed Control. Jan. 31 at Rickshaw Theatre (254 East Hastings). $12-$15 at www.

• ONE: In this autobiographical story, Mani Soleymanlou traces his journey from his birthplace in Iran to Montreal. Jan. 29-Feb. 4. $29+

• YOUNG DRUNK PUNK: Kid in the Hall Bruce McCulloch combines stand-up, live music and assorted autobiographical insights in his new solo show. Jan. 28-Feb. 1. $37 *** REBEL WOMEN: Excerpting passages from historical documents, Vital Spark Theatre Company shines a spotlight on the front line of the suffrage movement. Jan. 3-12 at Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery). $18-$22 at AN EVENING WITH FIDEL: Two-act play incorporates historic film footage to recreate scenes from the life of the Cuban leader. Jan. 8-11 at Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial). $20 at www.

• NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL: Jan. 17: Standing Wave. Jan. 18: Water Music, Redux. Jan. 19: Dean on Dean. Jan. 20: Songs of Joy and Bliss. • HAUNTED LOVERS: Tchaikovsky’s symphonic fantasy tells the story of Francesca da Rimini, a damned lover from Dante’s Inferno. Also on the program: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 and the overture to Don Giovanni. Jan. 25 & 26. VANCOUVER RECITAL SOCIETY VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE (600 HAMILTON) 604.602.0363 | VANRECITAL.COM • AVI AVITAL: Grammy-nominated mandolin player performs music by Bartok, Ravel, Bach, Falla, and Kuwahara. Jan. 12. From $25

DANCE COALESCE & ARMOUR: Peggy Baker’s company performs companion pieces inspired by the scientific essays of Lewis Thomas. Jan. 8-11 at Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova). $14-$30 at www. DANSE LHASA DANSE: Seven dancers, four singers and five instrumentalists honour the life and work of Montreal-based folk musician, Lhasa. Jan. 18 at Chan Centre (6265 Crescent, UBC). From $36 at USUALLY BODY FALLS: Nine performers explore physical intensity, rock music, and the coexistence of artistic genres in this new creation from Montreal’s Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup. Jan. 28-30 at SFU Woodward’s (149 West Hastings). $38-$44 at www.

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL: Five new films and five classic gems screened in inaugural outing of Vancouver’s first Italian film fest. Jan. 10-16 at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour). $11+ at PUSH FESTIVAL: Vancouver’s international performing arts festival returns for its tenth edition of boundary-pushing shows. Jan. 14-Feb. 2 at various venues. Club PuSH, which spotlights cutting-edge performances in a cabaret setting, runs concurrently at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street). Full schedule at SECRETS OF THE PENTHOUSE: Guided tour inside the historic nightclub. Includes Italian buffet dinner. Jan. 16 at Penthouse Nightclub (1019 Seymour). $39-$49 at Sketch Comedy Festival: More than 25 sketch groups from across North Amercia descend on Waterfront Theatre and Studio 1398 from Jan. 2325. NEW ORLEANS AND ALL THAT JAZZ: Inspired by the steamy romance of New Orleans, The Cultch’s annual fundraiser includes a plated dinner on the stage, live entertainment, an auction, and dancing. Jan. 25 at The Cultch (1895 Venables). $200 at www.

OUT-OF-TOWN TRIBUTE TO DAVE BRUBECK: The life and legacy of the late jazz pianist is celebrated through performances by Capilano University’s instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles. Jan. 24 at BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts (2055 Purcell Way, Capilano University). $27-$30 at www.|centre.

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A shark in wolf’s clothing THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie Directed by Martin Scorsese Fuelled by adrenaline, testosterone and narcotics, Martin Scorsese’s riotous account of the Lifestyles of the Morally Bankrupt and Infamous is every bit as obscene and excessive as its subject matter demands. Based on a lurid true story and bolstered by Scorsese’s masterful direction, Terence Winter’s profane script, and at least a dozen perfectly calibrated performances, Wolf tells of the Goodfellas-like rise and fall of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). First glimpsed hoovering cocaine off a prostitute’s posterior and tossing little people around his office (the tip of the debauched iceberg), the stockbroker proceeds to regale us with precisely how he pulled himself from the wreckage of the Black Monday market crash of 1987, started hocking penny stocks and built himself into a multi-millionaire by indulging in highly illegal practices.

In his fifth collaboration with Scorsese, DiCaprio is compellingly brazen and utterly captivating in every frame. Initially, he’s outwardly impressionable but the glint in his eyes reveal a lupine hunger. He’s practically begging to be corrupted. And just as Belfort surrenders to unhinged hedonism, revelling in the unseemly gaucheness readily associated with “new money,” DiCaprio throws himself into a physically demanding role that routinely calls on him to be a puppet whose vices are pulling the strings. A skirmish between Belfort and his lieutenant (an unsettlingly odd Jonah Hill) while both are whacked out on Quaaludes ranks as one of the most gonzo sequences committed to film in 2013. Scorsese’s Wolf makes no apologies for its bad behaviour, brilliantly conveying the illicit exhilaration derived from living large off of ill-gotten gains before allowing reality to unceremoniously crash the party. Much like the sordid life that inspired it, it’s one hell of a ride. — Curtis Woloschuk

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Directed by Jennifer Steinman With resolutions all the rage at the moment, there are undoubtedly countless Vancouverites digging their running shoes out of the closet and looking to pound the pavement in order to shed a few holiday pounds. For those wellintentioned souls, Jennifer Steinman’s sweatdrenched documentary will either serve as a shot in the arm of inspiration or precisely the sort of intimidation that will send them scurrying back to the safety of the couch. In Desert Runners, Steinman and her intrepid crew spend a calendar year following in the wake of four ultramarathon racers as they struggle to complete four gruelling 250km treks across the world’s driest, windiest, hottest and coldest deserts. Viewers inclined to pick a proverbial pony in these competitions will be hard-pressed not to go with the sentimental choice: Dave O’Brien, an avuncular 56-year-old Irishman. However, each of the amateur competitors offer fascinating insights into how “pretty ordinary” people contend with the most extreme conditions imaginable. (A montage of the blisters incurred will induce more squirming than most horror flicks.) A longtime editor, Steinman remains strongest at the technical elements of filmmaking. Capturing the otherworldliness of the desert landscapes in striking compositions (the Atacama comes by its Mars comparisons honestly), she also ensures that the documentary unfolds at a vigorous pace. And while her storytelling is decidedly straightforward, the breathtaking topography and gripping travails encountered between Points A and B make it hard to take issue with her direct approach. — Curtis Woloschuk

Starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone Directed by Peter Segal All you can really do is shake your head. Shake your head that Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone, Hollywood veterans who once respectively played boxers in iconic roles, would sink to this kind of mawkish comeback story. Grudge Match tells the vapid story of two aged Pittsburgh fighters, long since retired, who rekindle their rivalry to settle the score once and Thor for all. The unsettled affair Diakow revolves around the fact Stallone retired the night before their title match. Thirty years later, an unintentionally funny bout between them at a video game studio, featuring both actors in embarrassing motion capture skintight green suits, goes viral and soon morphs into a highly touted reunion match that will reopen old wounds that are both predictable and trite. To say the film is clichéd would be a horrible understatement. A seemingly bored Alan Arkin and opportunistic Kevin Hart provide some of the comic relief; The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal is the estranged son; Kim Basinger provides the backbone for the inevitable years-long love triangle that ended in heartbreak and regret; and there is even a third act car accident that needlessly hammers home the forced melodrama. It’s not that Grudge Match is totally offensive or completely unfunny; some of the jokes admittedly work on some rudimentary level. It’s just that the writers, director and actors seemed all too content to play it safe and give audiences a forgettable matchup that could have been a memorable prize fight for the ages.

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Canadiana Cool Vancouver antique dealer Scott Landon steps onto the national stage with CBC’s Four Rooms By Sabrina Furminger


he last place that Scott Landon ever thought he’d end up was reality television. Between his South Granville boutique, buying trips throughout North America, and collaborations with designers on hip spaces like Homer Street Café, Tap and Barrel, and Meat and Bread, the Vancouver-based antiques dealer has long had a full plate. So when the opportunity arose for him to audition to join the quartet of buyers on CBC’s new series Four Rooms, he did so reluctantly. “I didn’t want to water down my brand, and I really didn’t want to water down the antique business in this country, period, because it needs a little bit of help,” said Landon during a recent junket below CBC’s downtown headquarters. But the audition — in which the potential buyers were put through the paces of an episode — made him a believer. “It was strange to stand with the cameras staring at me, but once I got past that, it was about the negotiation, and the buying,” he said. In Four Rooms (the Canadian version of a popular UK series, which marries the subject matter of Antiques Roadshow with the studio format of Dragon’s Den), Canadians with antiques to sell face a panel of renowned antiques buyers: Eddy Rogo of Montreal, Toronto’s Derreck Martin and Jessica Lindsay Phillips, and Landon. The seller makes a presentation to the buyers, and then the buyers negotiate with the seller. Only one buyer emerges victorious. Eight hour-long episodes were filmed in Toronto last August. From them, viewers will learn how value is determined on an object, witness actual trans-

actions — “It’s real money coming out of my pocket when I win an item,” Landon says — and gain an understanding of the buying and selling that occurs in the antiques sphere, according to Landon. Landon’s favourite Four Rooms finds are indicative of the style for which he is quickly becoming known: Canadiana cool, ideally accompanied by a compelling story from our nation’s past. Case in point: flour sacks from the First World War. During the war, Canada sent thousands of bags of flour to Europeans suffering behind enemy lines. Each bag was made from linen and stamped with the words “Free Gift Canada.” Once the flour had been consumed, the recipients would often transform the bags into clothing or — as was the case in Landon’s win — remarkable pieces of art. “I bought [these three bags] in a heartbeat,” he recalled. “It’s not the most valuable thing I bought, but it’s one of the most important stories from a time when the people who were involved aren’t

around any more.” He considers himself a caretaker of historical remnants. “I get to hold these things for a while, and move them to the next person who will hold them for a while, who will sell them to somebody else,” he said. “The pieces survive.” Landon’s own home is filled with such story-laden pieces, as is his Vancouver boutique and a 6,000-square-foot warehouse in Cloverdale. The warehouse is essential, given Landon’s passion for buying up dozens of vintage doors, or hundreds of industrial light fixtures, or lots of old-school siding, and then waiting for the right project to present itself. “I want people to know that stuff is available, that before you go buy this thing that was made in another country and you’ll throw in the garbage in three years, think about the alternative. You may have to spend a little bit more, maybe less, maybe the same, but look what you got. Now create your own story.” Four Rooms premieres on CBC Television at 8pm on January 5.

Scott Landon is one of four antique dealers asked to be buyers on a new reality TV show that marries Antiques Roadshow with Dragon’s Den. Rob Newell photo

Ellie Harvie, right, delights in being the meanie on a teen show.

New to sitcom life Ellie Harvie flexes her acting muscles on YTV’s Some Assembly Required By Sabrina Furminger


or Ellie Harvie, there’s something cozy and familiar about her role on YTV’s new kidcentric Some Assembly Required, even though it’s her first time on a sitcom. “I really think, as an actor, I’m designed for sitcoms,” the Vancouverbased actress says. It’s a bold statement, but Harvie has the experience to back it up. She cut her teeth as part of the trailblazing Vancouver TheatreSports League, and boasts a lengthy list of theatre, film, and television credits, including a high-profile stint as Morticia Addams on The New Addams Family. Now, as the conniving Candace Wheeler on Some Assembly Required, she’s performing in that happy place where comedy, live performance, and television intersect. “Every genre I’ve done has required a different muscle group, but in Some Assembly Required, I get to use a lot of muscle groups,” she says. In particular, her theatre chops are getting a workout. “In theatre and in sitcoms, you’ve got to stay in the moment, even when you’re not talking, and you have to be present and engaged.” Some Assembly Required follows the adventures of 14-year-old Jarvis

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