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allet BC presents UN/A this weekend (April 24 to 26), a trio of world premiere works by Gioconda Barbuto, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano and Cayetano Soto. After the success of TOUCH in 2011 for Ballet BC’s 25th Anniversary program, Montreal choreographer Gioconda Barbuto returns to create a new full company commission. Barbuto’s work reflects her personal characteristics as a dancer, specifically explosive physicality and subtle intelligence endowed with a fine sense of wit and theatricality. In 1998, she joined Netherlands Dance Theatre III, a company of professional dancers over the age of 40. In 1996, she received the Clifford E. Lee Award for excellence in choreography. Gustavo Ramirez Sansano is a rising star in the international dance world. He is the artistic director of the prominent Chicago-based Luna Negra Dance Theater and the recipient of many awards for choreography, including competitions in Barcelona, Hamburg, and Valencia. He has shared his unique dance vision with Compañia Nacional de Danza, the Hamburg Ballet, Budapest Dance Theater, Bal-

let Junior de Genève, and Netherlands Dance Theatre II. Ballet BC is the first Canadian company that Sansano has chosen for his newest choreographic adventure. Cayetano Soto is a vibrant new voice in contemporary ballet. Born in Spain, Soto studied in Barcelona and later The Hague before performing with IT Dansa in Barcelona and then Ballet Theater Munich. His work is in the repertoire of major companies around the world, including Royal Ballet of Flanders, Stuttgart Ballet, and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. During this incredibly creative period in Soto’s career, audiences can anticipate an inspiring work of discovery. BalletBC.com/Una.html

Ballet BC dancer Thibault Eiferman will be performing in the troupe’s UN/A contemporary dance performance this weekend. The show features world premiere works by Gioconda Barbuto, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano and Cayetano Soto. Michael Slobodian photo

ROVE around Main Street art scene Main Street comes alive with creativity on Thursday, May 1, as seven opening art receptions take part in the ROVE Vancouver Art Opening Tour. Local BC artists are always looking for an opportunity to show their work and the Main Street area of Vancouver is home to a variety of locations that showcase a vast array of artistic creations. The event is a great way for people to experience all the art, venues, and artists around Main Street in one fun and interactive night out. Locations involved in the tour are Lüt Boutique, The Archer and the Horseman Gallery, Bird on a Wire, Kafka’s Cof-

fee, Hot Art Wet City Gallery, Visual Space Gallery and the ANZA Club. To find out more about the locations and artists involved and to print your map before you arrive visit, JamieSmithStudio.com/Rove. You can grab a ROVE map at any of the art locations and walk, cycle, bus or drive between locations along Main Street and in the surrounding area. Watch for the red balloons along the way that will mark an art opening. The opening night tour will take place from 6pm to 10pm on May 1 with a cocktail reception and prize draw, all taking place at ANZA Club at 9:30pm.

Relive your awkward teen years, or laugh at the folly of others at Comedy Gems’ Teen Angst Poetry Night at the Emerald on Monday, April 28. Teen Angst Night is a comedic reading series where people read from their embarrassing old teenage journals, diaries, poems, songs, essays and more, hosted by comedian Sara Bynoe. The audience is encouraged to share in the schadenfreude and participate in the reading with their own works. You can share anything so long as the work is your own, it was written it between the ages of 10 and 19, and it absolutely makes you cringe while reading it. The more embarrassing the better! The Emerald is located at 555 Gore. Tickets are $8.

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Vancouver Cubans hope to connect with families back home By Jenny Peng

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very time Vancouver resident Julio Montero calls his family in Cuba, he feels uneasy about the expensive long distance rate that costs money he would otherwise would send home to his relatives. He hopes his costs decrease after the Cuban government’s decision over a month ago to relax restrictions for Cuban residents to access their email on mobile phones. Montero says he’s fortunate enough that his mother has some access to the Internet through friends who work in government offices. “I have the advantage of using email as an alternative. If I weren’t using email as an alternative I would be using way more [money],” he says. “It limits how much we can help our family. I want to help my family more.” The challenges of high prices and bulging demand still makes Internet hard to obtain for ordinary citizens in the island Caribbean country. Although Montero’s family has some email access, he says if they have their own email accounts and features like Skype then he could save more money. For every minute on the phone, Montero pays 90 cents to $1, which he considers “crazy” compared to rates his friends from Central and South America are paying to keep in touch with their families. To keep his bill from growing, he limits his con-

Kitsilano residents are afraid the Pine Free Youth Clinic on West 4th may be closed as part of Vancouver Coastal Health’s plan to restructure primary care services.

Kits youth fear losing clinic Vancouver’s Cuban community is hoping the Caribbean nation’s decision to relax restrictions on Internet use will allow them to better keep in touch family members. Dan Toulgoet photo technology, Fonseca says it would affect most Cubans living in North America and all over the world. “We have paid dearly for communications with Cuba because of this [Internet] problem... It is true that it would make our lives easier.” Internet access reforms in Cuba comes after an underwater fibre-optic cable was installed from Venezuela to Cuba in 2011. Since then, there have been reports in 2012 of the government stalling to provide access. Then in 2013, it was confirmed by the government’s telecommunications monopoly that the cable was activated but warned residents of limited access.

versation to around 20 minutes. “Internet would simplify things a lot and I’m talking about an easily additional $100 that I could send my mom every month for her to look after herself... by using Internet, [it] will help improve the quality of life of our families.” Julio Fonseca, a Cuban-Canadian professor at York University in Toronto, says he’s been following the new changes over email access in Cuba and applauds the government for “taking the right steps.” Although he doesn’t plan to switch over to email to reach his mother, who’s incapable of adapting to the

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ome Kitsilano residents are anxious over concerns that a longtime walk-in youth clinic in their neighbourhood is closing. An online petition demanding that Vancouver Coastal Health provide more information about the closure of Pine Free Youth Clinic had 389 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon. The petition at Change.org reads: “If the Pine Free is terminated, our community, and specifically our youths, will experience an increase in drug abuse, suicide, STI’s, depression, eating disorders, and pregnancy.” Bryan LaRochelle started the petition when he found out from people working at Pine Free that Vancouver Coastal Health plans to close the clinic down. Operating for more than 40 years, the clinic is well known to youth as a safe place to go for questions about sexual and mental health. Emelie Peacock, a 26 year-old UBC graduate, went to Pine Free as a student for STI and pregnancy testing. “It was an important resource for me because I was new to Vancouver at the time and I didn’t have a GP,” she said. “It was a very welcoming place and the staff were non-judgmental. If they were to shut down, there would be a gap in services for young people.” At times, the line up to see a heath professional at Pine Free extends out the door and onto the sidewalk. Concerns over funding cuts for Pine Free and other community health centres stem from Vancouver Coastal Health’s plan to restructure primary care services. Salary-paid doctors at clinics such as Pine Free may soon be paid on a per service basis. Vancouver Coastal Health responded to question from the Courier with an email: “Physicians are currently engaged in working with an independent consultant to pursue transitioning to a fee for service model which would see a clinic remain open at the Pine location,” the email read. Vancouver Coastal Health’s website states that the health care services at Pine Free will be available at the Raven Song clinic, located on the corner of Ontario Street and Eighth Avenue. There is no mention of whether this will result in any change to services at Pine Free. David Eby, NDP MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey, questions the move to cut funding to clinics like Pine Free. “It’s a model that works very well, and to see something like that taken apart for no reason is concerning,” he said. –Stories courtesy of Vancouver Courier

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n North America there are entire television networks devoted to the cult of the celebrity chef. It’s hard to imagine Mok Kit Keung and Lau Yiu Fai being asked to host their own shows. It’s not that they don’t have the chops – Keung is executive chef at the two-Michelin star Shang Palace at the Kowloon Shangri-La and Fai is executive chef at the one-Michelin star Yan Toh Heen at the Hong Kong InterContinental. The problem is they don’t like to talk about why their food has impressed everyone from multi-billionaires to heads of state to travellers who simply want to experience a once-in-a-lifetime meal. “They see being good at what they do as their job so they’re not ‘shiny, shiny’,” says Debbie Cheung, acting as their translator during an interview at the Four Seasons. Keung and Fai are two of the master chefs who have been asked to cook at the Chinese Restaurant Awards’ Gold Medal Dinner at the Vancouver hotel on April 23. Ask them what makes them excited about their cuisine, or what engages their creativity as chefs, and they both respond that their

satisfaction comes from pleasing their guests. Food is the gift they offer to the universe. They devote their lives to doing it well and ask for nothing more than an empty plate and a thank you. “Cooking is about making people happy,” says Fai. While you can’t expect them to boast that the universe has responded by queuing up at their restaurants, it’s a sense of celebration that prompted the Vancouver edition of the Chinese Restaurant Awards to invite them to the black-tie dinner. It’s all part of the CRA’s “global vision.” Vancouver is becoming a mecca for people who love authentic Chinese cuisine, and the awards honour the local chefs who live up to those expectations. “We want to provide a stage for local chefs but also for master Chinese chefs to exchange ideas and collaborate,” says Rae Kung, the CRA’s project and public affairs director. “In North America,” says Cheung, who is the awards’ media relations manager, “there are conventional perceptions of what Chinese food is. We want to bring in the rock stars.” Fai is opening the dinner with chilled Nova Scotia lobster with BC salmon caviar while Keung is

The Chinese Restaurant Awards have flown Michelin-star chefs Mok Kit Keung and Lu Yiu Fai to Vancouver to share their talents with local chefs at the Gold Medal Dinner at the Four Seasons on April 23. Martha Perkins photo expressing his delight with the flavours of Alberta beef with his pan-fried beef short ribs with a lily bulb, red date and beef sauce, accompanied by stewed ox tongue in his secret marinade. Joining them in creating the

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at the Four Seasons and executive chef at the Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant in Burnaby, Joseph Tse, executive chef at Above & Beyond at the Hotel ICON in Hong Kong, Andy Lau, executive chef at Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant in Richmond, and Bruno Feldeisen, the Four Seasons’ pastry chef. The Four Seasons’ executive chef, Ned Bell, is creating the canapés: Alberta beef tenderloin with black truffle, honey and Okanagan apple compote and Alberta pork belly with BC cranberry and maple jam. “The techniques are traditional but we add new elements to make it contemporary,” says Fai. “I don’t like to complicate them — simple but elegant.” For Keung, the wok is the source of Chinese cuisine’s harmony and energy. He was invited as the guest chef at the Shangri-la in Paris, where he discovered that many diners expected traditional dishes such as Peking Duck. But even though he is devoted to Chinese traditions — he challenged himself to recreate centuries-old dishes — he wants to introduce people to the vast scope of Chinese cuisine. He spends his days off visiting markets to find the freshest, most imaginative ingredients. As part of the Gold Medal Dinner on April 23, the winners of the CRA’s Critics’ Choice and Dinners’ Choice awards will be announced. Details at ChineseRestaurantAwards.com.

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Gastown bars are at the centre of the global cocktail revival By Robert Mangelsdorf

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here’s magic in the small ceramic tea cup Bambudda bar manager Buck Friend fills, pouring from a white teapot on high to aerate the golden liquid therein. Of course, this isn’t the usual Chinese restaurant staple he’s preparing. The Tsui Hang “cold tea” cocktail is Friend’s cheeky homage to the infamous late night Granville Street hole-in-the-wall that has been a familiar haunt for the city’s hospitality workers for decades. The concoction of Dark Horse rye infusion, sherry, bitters, oolong tea, and Budweiser reduction is as delicious as it is playful, and that’s the point. “We love to have fun with things,” he says. “Everything doesn’t have to be stirred and shaken.” Friend is one of a handful of skilled gourmet mixologists at the forefront of the local cocktail revival, for which Gastown is ground

zero. In fact, the restaurants and cocktail bars that surround the site of Gassy Jack Deighton’s long-gone Globe Saloon are serving up some of the most progressive and innovative libations being made anywhere, and attracting talent from all over the world. “It’s the reason I came here,” says Friend, who grew up in Australia before moving to Vancouver in 2011 to further his cocktail career. “Vancouver is in easily in the top five in the world for cocktails.” The appeal of the cocktail is simple of course: It’s delicious! It’s fun and versatile, so it can suit any mood, occasion, or food pairing. So what is a cocktail, exactly? Well, anything you want it to be, says Friend. Traditionally a cocktail is defined as a beverage consisting of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters. But modern bartenders like Friend have increasingly taken their inspiration from molecular gastronomy, incorporating elements like hibiscus bubbles, sake foam, and homemade infusions into their creations.

Keefer Bar owner Dani Tatarin prepares her signature Laoshi Old Fashioned cocktail. Rob Newell photo “We try to have fun with everything we do,” he says. “But it’s important not to be too self-indulgent.” He’s quick to note that there’s no right or wrong way to make a cocktail, just as there is no right or wrong way to order one. “If a paramedic comes in after his shift and orders a vodka soda, who am I to look down on him?” says Friend. “It’s our job to serve the people, so drink what you want.” Steps away from Gastown is the tiny Keefer Bar, where owner Dani Tatarin has made a name for herself putting unique spins on classic cocktails. Taking its cues from its Chinatown surroundings, the Keefer is decorated to look like a Chinese apothecary. Indeed, some of

the homemade infusions and tinctures use traditional Chinese herbs and ingredients, like cordyceps fungus and even seahorse (yes, SEAHORSE!). Tatarin’s take on the Old Fashioned includes a dollop of traditional Chinese cough syrup, a nod to The Simpson’s Flaming Moe (aka The Flaming Homer). The traditional elements of cocktail making have always intrigued Tatarin, and form the starting point for many of her creations. “There’s flips, fizzes, sours, slings, high balls, punches,” she says. “And if you play with the base spirits, it’s going to taste very different.”

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Continued from page 6 The history of the cocktail goes back to the early 1800s, when the first published references to the mixed drink began to appear in print. The cocktail took off on the West Coast during the California Gold Rush at San Francisco’s Occidental Hotel, while Prohibition led to an increased popularity in gin, which was easier to make illicitly than whiskey. The casual alcoholism of the post-war era, combined with the increased disposable income of the middle class, saw the cocktail reach its zenith in the 1950s. This was the era of the tiki bar and the three martini lunch, when Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra crooned glass-in-hand. The 1980s brought about a new – and perhaps forgettable – era in the cocktail. The classics gave way to sweet sugary concoctions like the Midori splice and the piña colada. While Hollywood movies like Cocktail glamourized the bartender, their portrayal was not as a skilled gourmand, but instead as a shaker-juggling bar clown. The 1990s weren’t much better, as classics such as the martini were twisted into sickly sweet perversions that contained just about anything except gin and vermouth.

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Thankfully, there were those who knew better. Legendary bartender Dale DeGroff helped pioneer the gourmet approach to cocktailmaking at New York’s Rainbow Room in the late 1980s when he resurrected a number of nearly forgotten classic cocktails. Instead of merely masking the presence of alcohol, DeGroff helped popularize “spirit forward” cocktails to showcase the quality liquors the cocktails contained instead of hiding them with globs of syrups, sugars, and fruit juices. “He’s really the father of the modern day cocktail,” says Friend. The past decade has seen the cocktail return to prominence, such that any restaurant worth its salt now carries a cocktail program. “Seven or eight years ago, there were only three or four bars you could even get cocktails,” says Shaun Layton of Gastown’s award-winning L’Abbatoir restaurant. “Now every restaurant is expected to have a cocktail program.” Layton has travelled the world to hone his craft; visiting distilleries, attending seminars, and learning new techniques. Layton won the Canadian Giffard Cocktail Championship in 2010, and was recognized at the 21st Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards as Bartender of the Year. Layton specializes in creating cocktails to please diner’s palates, including drinks that are savoury, rather than sweet, such as his signature avocado gimlet. But it’s not enough to simply be different, he says. Successful bartenders need to provide top-notch customer service, and that means ditching the pretentiousness. “Vancouver is a small city, but it’s a fickle city,” he says. “There are a lot of options, so you really have to nail it. Despite the wide variety of choices available to local tipplers, Tatarin says the city’s cocktail scene is supportive, rather than competitive. “It’s not competitive at all,” she says. “There’s no animosity towards other bartenders. We help each other, we encourage each other, and we all drink at each others’ bars on our days off.”

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ollowing the cue of the burgeoning craft beer scene, a handful of microdistilleries have popped up in Vancouver in the past year, offering mouthwatering spirits with flavours like black current, licorice, juniper, or crisp cucumber. The locally-sourced and independently-operated businesses are rapidly gaining attention for the superior product they produce, as well as the fun and jovial atmosphere they provide. There are now more than a dozen microdistilleries in BC, with six of the 17 microdistilleries featured at the upcoming BC Distilled festival based in Vancouver. Alex Hamer, the founder of BC Distilled, said he started the festival because it’s something he himself would love to attend: A place to go and indulge in an evening liqueur or try a new crisp and light vodka. The festival will provide a chance for people to try new local spirits, evening liqueurs and crisp concoctions. Encouraging people to buy local, Hamer says the festival will give people a chance to see what is

available close to home. “I’m a huge supporter of local anything... and I think a lot of people don’t realize what’s available locally,” said Hamer. “The consumers are there, we just need to build awareness.” Using BC grown grains, botanicals and other trade ingredients, microdistilleries boast unique flavours in their spirits. Most ingredients come from the province, and most product is sold here, too. “It’s the first opportunity for people who want to understand what’s available in BC, and I think people will be surprised at not only the variety, but the quality of the products,” Hamer says. Long Table Distillery opened last year as a brand new business on Hornby Street, and is a trendsetter in distillery culture in Vancouver. Long Table will be at the festival as Vancouver’s first microdistillery. They primarily distill vodka and gin, with other specialty products on their menu. BC Distilled will be hosting the event Saturday, May 10, 6pm-9pm at CBC Studios on Hamilton Street. Visit BCDistilled.ca for tickets or more information.

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Gastown Experience First Nations culture in Gastown Visitors interested in learning more about Canada’s rich First Nations culture will soon have the opportunity to stay at an entirely aboriginal-themed hotel in downtown Vancouver. This May, Skwachàys Lodge will open an 18-room boutique arts hotel featuring distinctly cultural accommodations. Designed by six aboriginal artists and Vancouver-based interior design firms, each room boasts a unique theme featuring various animal spirits and original indigenous artwork like carvings, blankets and paintings. The property at 31 W. Pender also features a sweat lodge, an artist’s workshop, smudge room, and guest lounge. Skwachays.com

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tories of corrupt politicians, mobsters and back alley saloons colour the walking tour about prohibition conducted by Forbidden Vancouver. Gisele Da Silva, appropriately wearing a fedora, takes people back to a time when Vancouver was full of showgirls, suited men and smoke-filled skies. A simpler time, some could imagine, but also a more dangerous one. In 1917 prohibition came into effect in British Columbia. With encouragement from the business elite and the Christian Temperance Union, BC voted for prohibition after a referendum. Over the next several years, prominent figures like corrupt mayor L.D. Taylor, mobster Joe Celona and crooked prohibition commissioner Walter Findlay reaped the benefits of the illegal liquor trade, while many people were criminally punished for indulging their cravings. After years of corruption, half-hearted police efforts and fed up citizens, prohibition was voted out in 1920, and in 1921 liquor flowed free again. But the story is much more complicated. The time in between the referendums is full of scandal, luxury, and the dirty laundry of Vancouver’s past. The tour, which starts in Cathedral Square and ends in Gastown, gives us a glimpse into a Vancouver when illegal boozing and shoddy whisky joints were seen all over the city. With an animated voice and lively demeanor, Da Silva leads the group around downtown Vancouver pointing out important land marks to the prohibition era and what happened there. Whilst pointing out illegal hotspots and spinning tales about beautiful burlesque dancers, the tour encourages all the attendees to be “reporters.” Notepads in hand, they are told to listen to the facts to solve the mysteries of prohibition. Da Silva poses as a reporter from World News who was fired from the job for trying to uncover the dirty details surrounded the illegal liquor trade. Likely not an uncommon occurance for Vancouver newspapers at that time. Given tasks and clues, the tour keeps the “reporters” involved and entertained for the excursion. Da Silva points out a back alley, which would have housed a blind pig, or saloon, places where you would need a secret knock and a cautious attitude. On Abbott Street, she brings to life a vivid scene at The Lotus Hotel, the location of a “private club” where the privileged would go to indulge – police,

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mayors and judges included. The Cambie Bar & Grill, one of the last stops on the tour, is said to be the location of the city’s first “beer parlour” after the prohibition ended, which still houses relics from when it opened. Prohibition was a time where dealing in alcohol could mean years on a chain gang – hauling stone in a quarry, building stone roads – or time behind bars. You couldn’t legally manufacture liquor to sell or distribute and it was not an offence taken lightly if you were caught. The only thing you do could do safely was make your own alcohol to drink at home. Until prohibition, Vancouverites were accustomed to a life where booze and bars were commonplace all over town. Saloons covered the city, in hotels, on the streets, and they were usually filled with people. A small city then, only 20,000 people, bourbon and whisky soused over 60 saloons. Exclusive private clubs allowed the rich and privileged to drink – technically speaking – legally. At these private clubs, you could bring your own homemade liquor to drink. It was legal to drink in private during the prohibition, so as long as you were a member of the private club, no problem, you just had to bring your own booze. But any saloon “worth its weight in whisky,” said Da Silva, would have liquor there, ready to buy. Bartenders, burlesque dancers, jazz bands and clouds of cigarette smoke would fill these clubs, along with those who had the means to back it. Like any other legal activity, there were loopholes. Besides being able to drink in a private club or at home, you could drink with a prescription. Da Silva talks of a time where a gallon of whisky or a case of champagne would be prescribed; from a hangnail to an under active liver, all you had to do was call up the doctor, and you could be boozing away. During the years of the prohibition Vancouver housed 400,000 people and over 385,000 prescriptions were filled for alcohol; a number that implies enough alcohol for every man, women and every some children. Churches of course had wine, so they too could bring in casks to serve during Sunday mass. The problem was that almost as much was going in the front door would be bootlegged out the back. So did prohibition stop folks from drinking? No. It just forced them to be more creative. Aside from illuminating a time when Vancouver ran dry, the tour gives you a chance to see the city, from back alleys to noteworthy buildings, cobblestone roads and monuments. ForbiddenVancouver.ca

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This light and merry sparkler bursts with aromatics of peach nectar and red currant, but on the palate it’s all fruit cocktail with fresh slices of Bartlett pear thrown into the mix. At first sip, you’ll think it’s rather sweet, but as you continue on, you’ll note its lively acidity and find yourself reaching for more. Made from a couple Muscat varieties sourced around the Okanagan, never mind waiting until dessert – enjoy it with Thai or Indian curries instead.

many of us. In classic form, there’s a purity of citrus fruit here, and I’m also picking up the intensity and charm of key lime pie. Throw in some hints of limestone, very good length and, oh, is that a little jasmine, too? I love this wine; it’s well worth the price tag. Put it this way; the first thing I said upon tasting was, “Holy shit!”

Stag’s Hollow 2013 Syrah Grenache Rosé | Okanagan Valley BC | $22-26 | StagsHollowWinery.com This is totally a strawberry rhubarb pie cooling on a farmhouse window sill on the first day of summer. Tucking into it a little further, there’s cherry jam, red wine gums, dried thyme and pinch of heat on the fairlydry finish. This isn’t a one-dimensional wine either, there’s ample character to ponder if that’s what floats your Kolt boat. Available winery-only at the moment, hitting Vancouver stores within weeks.

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SCENE | HEARD Belgard Kitchen is now officially open at The Settlement Building at 55 Dunlevy Ave. Look for hearty, casual lunch items and charcuterie and small plates on the evening menu. BelgardKitchen.com Merridale Artisan Distillery in Cobble Hill has won Best in Class, Gold and Silver awards for their pear and apple brandies at the American Distilling Association’s 8th annual competition. Visit MerridaleCider. com BC Wine Institute, which represents 138 British Columbia member wineries, has announced the start of an independent third-party review of the organization’s governance structure, in part influenced by the latest Liquor Policy Review recommendations. Goals include expanding opportunities for those who work in BC’s wine industry, which contributes $2 billion annually to BC’s economy. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery in Oliver has used funds raised in their tasting room to purchase land and donate it to the South Okanagan Rehab Centre for Owls and the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society, both of which work with endangered and injured birds. BOVWine.ca

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Milestones Grill & Bar Restaurants are the newest national partner of Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program. All 51 locations will now offer Ocean Wise-approved choices on the menus. MilestonesRestaurants.com

DRINK | DINE On April 24, support the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation at the Jeans Day BBQ in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery, 11:30am to 1:30pm. Each $10 lunch, provided by Glowbal Restaurants, includes choice of porchetta sandwich or vegetable wrap, along with choice of quinoa or potato salad, and Duso’s five-bean salad. All proceeds go to the BCCHF. BCCHF.ca Tickets for the annual Dish ‘n Dazzle fundraiser for the BC Hospitality Foundation on May 1 are 75 per cent sold, but there’s still time to get yours! This fifth annual showcase of wine, food and cocktails features the wines of New Zealand, as well as 14 of Vancouver’s top restaurants and six of the city’s most talented mixologists. DishNDazzle.com La Pentola is holding their next Famiglia Supper Series on April 27 at 6pm. The 10+ courses will take you on a journey through the Marche region of Italy. $55 per person. LaPentola.ca

Another helping of EAT! The EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is back May 30 to June 1 at BC Place Stadium. Featured chefs include Chuck Hughes, Lynn Crawford, Vikram Vij, Ned Bell, and Rob Feenie. Don’t miss the Celebrity Chef Throwdown, as well as more than 250 exhibitors. Eat-Vancouver.com

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Mamie Taylor’s is launching their southernstyle brunch this weekend on April 26. Look for eggs and grit, chicken-fried steak, smoked pork belly biscuit benny and Freedom Toast. MamieTaylors.ca On Saturday, May 10, Calabash will be launching a brunch menu, focusing on authentic Caribbean food and drink. Look for roti with jerk scrambled eggs, salara French toast with spiced mango maple syrup, and other exotic dishes. CalabashBistro.com

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still remember the severe disappointment people expressed when they heard that the West End’s long-standing and extremely popular Tapastree on Robson was closing back in 2010. That disappointment was slightly mollified when they understood that executive chef/owner Mike Jeffs and life/business partner Nicole Welsh were in fact closing it down in order to open up something new. Tavola quickly became even more popular than its predecessor, adding to the success Jeffs, Welsh, and partner Brad Rourke had already established with Nook, just around the corner on Denman.

Fast-forward to a few months ago, and Nook’s second location arrived in Kitsilano, at the old Rossini’s space just up from Kits Beach. Gone was the dark, smoky room that had seen its fair share of late-night jazz blowouts, and, in its place, a light, bright, airy room appeared, courtesy of designer Scott Posno. The room is also larger than its West End cousin, with 60 seats, and, more importantly, the kitchen is larger as well, allowing for a few extra items on the menu, and the goal of offering lunch service by late May. “We have the space and manpower to do it here,” says Rourke over the phone. “Now that

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Owner Jamie Maxwell serves up pizza and more at at Nook in Kitsilano. Rob Newell photo dinner is nailed, we can focus on other things.” There’s no patio, but the garage-style windows open fully, making it a perfect shaded retreat in summer. Restaurant chef and new partner Jamie Maxwell runs the line here, and is turning out the same superb dishes that made the West End location such a hit. Meatballs are so moist and tender, I thought they must have been cooked for days, but it’s a clever trick involving a hard sauté in the tomato sauce, and then a quick 20-minute finish in the oven. The new location also has a classic Lazio dish that I first fell in love with as a child in Rome, tonarelli cacio e pepe, long egg noodles with cheese and pepper. It’s the type of dish that’s easy to overdo, but Maxwell obviously and rightly favours simplicity, which helps showcase the

stellar ingredients being used. Gnocchi with tiny meatballs is another winner, as is the rigatoni boscaiola, with prosciutto, mushrooms and sundried tomato. Buratta is sourced from Cioffi’s and is considered to be one of the best in the city, although, when speaking to Rourke, he mentioned they might be switching to something “even better.” (Is that possible?) Maxwell also makes his own bread, like the lovely crostini smothered in chicken liver or ricotta. He’s also been playing around with some ancient grain recipes, which, hopefully, will make it onto the menu by the time lunch service starts. The best part of the new location is the brunch menu, which is exclusive to Kits. Don’t look for eggs benny and hashbrowns on this menu, however. “Kits is such a brunchy neighbourhood,

but we didn’t want to do what all of our neighbours are doing,” explains Rourke. The menu includes items like baked ricotta drizzled with honey, and skillets of eggs with wild mushrooms and sausage, or polenta with pork ragú, among other options. The full pizza menu is also available (who doesn’t like pizza for breakfast?) and there are even pancakes, although these are the puffy Dutch version, more like a popover, and served with apples and mascarpone. The small, carefully curated wine list is a treat, with low mark-ups on bottles and decent by-the-glass selections, although rosés seem to be in short supply. The Aperol spritz was standout from the cocktail list, and, along with the rest of the menu, makes for a much-appreciated addition to the growing list of neighbourhood joints.

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If the shoe fits Army & Navy, the Canadian owned and operated discount department store, has a long legacy with Vancouver’s historic Gastown neighbourhood. It opened its doors in 1919, and, 30 years later, the legendary shoe sales began. In the lead up to this, the 65th edition, we looked at Canada’s largest designer shoe sale by the numbers: • 148,233: Pairs of shoes in this year’s sale • 5,148: Average number of shoppers across Canada who queue up opening day • 3.732 million: Total number of pairs sold to date The sale starts April 30 at 8am. If you left your line-up shoes at home, shelves are restocked throughout the day and while the sale lasts.

Closing Sale Lusso Verde, boutique purveyor of gourmet Italian foods and fine flowers, is closing its doors as of the end of April. The shop, at 1523 W. 8th and Granville is Canada gets American Girl selling all stock at Starting on May 3, the line-ups at Washington 40 per cent off. border crossings might be a little shorter. That’s because parents will no longer have to go to the US to buy the must-have doll Eco Fashion Week for their daughters. The Chapters store on Value Village is once again Robson will be the first store in Canada to presenting a night for vincarry American Girl, an almost cult-like tage lovers everywhere favourite for young girls who want to with the always-popular customize their dolls to look just like them. Thrift Chic Challenge, There are even accessories, including hair featuring stylists Lauren Clark extensions and a spa chair — yes, a spa chair and Lyndsey Chow of Hey — to help you keep your doll “looking and Jude, Jerome Insorio, and feeling her best.” The Canadian price has yet to Ghazal Elhaei. be announced, but the popular doll sells across The evening also the line for US$110. includes Tammy Joe of Young Oak, an up-and-coming Vancouver designer, taking on Value Village’s 68lb Challenge, which involves expertly transforming 68 pounds of gently-used clothes from Value Village – the amount of clothing and textiles the average North American throws away each year – into a brand new, reworked collection. Eco Fashion Week, one of the top recurring fashion shows in the city, runs April 27-29. The Your downtown Vancouver Thrift Chic Challenge kicks off Meeting Solution! April 28 at 7pm at the Fairmont Waterfront (900 Canada Pl.) folA proud member of LOUD lowed immediately by the 68lb Challenge. 1-800-663-0575 Tickets to the evening are www.chateaugranville.com $60.75, available through EcoFashion-Week.com. Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated. ©2014 Best Western International, Inc. All rights reserved.

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RECORD PRICE FOR KITS APARTMENT The sale of an older eight-unit Kitsilano rental apartment building has set a record price of more than $628,000 per suite. NAI Commercial sold the apartment building on Cornwall Avenue in Kitsilano this month for $5,025,000. That works out to $628,125 per apartment. NAI recently sold an even older 20-unit rental building on Cornwall Avenue for $425,000 per door and a nine-unit rental building on Point Grey Road, “that needed a complete renovation” for $588,000 per door. –Courtesy of Business in Vancouver

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Living the dream: Mike Graziano By Kelsey Klassen

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“I’m trying to do it as cheaply as possible, so that any person who watches our show can take a good, hard look at their situation and realize there is another lifestyle available to them. The reason people don’t do it is, No. 1, they think it’s too expensive. No. 2, they think it will be lonely to go on their own. And No. 3, they don’t think it’s safe. Which is all far from the truth.” They raised more than $10,000 on Kickstarter towards fulfilling that dream. Most of that money went towards camera equipment, but some will also being helping others. “We’re pooling money towards the good deeds fund. This is not an organization. It’s us, and, as we go, we’re going to find people in need. On an individual-to-individual connection. We’ll already be passing though these areas and it’s an opportunity to be helping.” Graziano left April 7 for Belize and will return in August, having gone to 21 countries in Central and South America. Then its saving for the next leg: Asia. He also plans to loan himself out over

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the course of his quest as a brand “errand boy.” Instead of a travelling salesman, he’s a travelling marketer. On this junket, he’s taking music from electronic label Monster Cat to remote areas and filming people’s reactions to hearing it for the first time. He’s also playing Hodor to the Monster Cat mascot, and carrying it around for photo opps. As plans for the trip started coming together, Graziano happened to meet Prevail, and the Swollen Members frontman liked what he heard. Prevail linked him up with internationally acclaimed mixologist and Absolut ambassador Jacob Sweetapple, and all three were sitting around a table a few weeks ago, discussing the trip and staring lustily at Sweetapple’s celebratory custom creation. It was inspired by the Monster Cat song “Savage” using Absolut’s newest flavour. The fact that it was created in a 24-hour window is but a testament to Sweetapple’s talent. The drink tastes like if Jessica Rabbit walked into a rave. The anise notes and strength of the absinthe are smoothed out dangerously by citric acid, and the drink itself, ‘The Burlesque Beauty Queen’, transitions seductively from pink to blue with a stir of the sugared violet flower that sits demurely like a geisha on the bottom. And while this mind-bending drink won’t be appearing on any menus (you can replicate it yourself with the recipe below), it represents something that Graziano craves – the thrill of taking what you think you know, and allowing the entire world to question it.

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Nimisha Mukerji : A storyteller’s story

Female comedy lacks empowerment THE OTHER WOMAN Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann Directed by Nick Cassavetes

65_RedRoses director Nimisha Mukerji on crowdfunding, women in film, and Oprah

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hen Eva Markvoort decided to share her organ transplant journey with the world, she trusted Vancouver filmmaker Nimisha Mukerji to tell her story. Mukerji (together with fellow recent UBC film grad Philip Lyall) only had a handful of documentary shorts to her name when she dove headfirst into the feature that would launch her career: an uncensored look into Markvoort’s life as she awaited a double lung transplant. The result – 2009’s 65_RedRoses, so named for Markvoort’s web moniker – was a hit on the festival circuit, and thrust its subject and filmmakers into the global spotlight. The film received a game-changing stamp of approval from none other than Oprah Winfrey, who selected it to launch her documentary series Doc Club in 2011. Sadly, Markvoort lost her battle with cystic fibrosis in 2010, but her brave story lives on in no small part thanks to Mukerji, who has since dedicated her life to sharing stories that move, challenge and inspire. “[Documentary filmmaking] is almost like having a relationship with someone,” says Mukerji on the phone from Las Vegas where she’s filming Tempest Storm. “When you decide to make a film, you’re committed. You fall in love with your subjects and the story, despite all of their flaws, despite your own flaws, [and] you decide that there is a story to be told. You don’t know how it’s going to end, but you definitely want to be there for the journey.” Mukerji’s current cinematic relationship – a feature about an 85-year-old burlesque star who once dated Elvis and JFK and is still living it up in the desert city – was one of the first to be successfully “Kickstarted” when the crowdfunding giant launched in Canada last year. Crowdfunding is a model that suits Mukerji just fine,

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Vancouver filmaker Nimisha Mukerji will be honoured at Women in Film & Television Vancouver’s 25th Anniversary Spotlight Awards. especially when compared with a documentarian’s usual funding M.O.: Jump into a project with no financing, and then hope the footage snags the interest of a funder or two. “[Kickstarter] was about taking the power back,” she says. “Rather than going about it through the grant system, we’re like, ‘Let’s show there’s an audience for this film right off the bat.’” The support of the Mighty O continues to impact Mukerji’s career. “Meeting [Winfrey] and being a part of that documentary club, it gave me the confidence to continue making movies that I believe in and that I’m passionate about, despite the broadcasters or the audience or the distributors,” she says. “I need to have an identity as a filmmaker and I need to make strong decisions, and I felt empowered to do that.” Her work is not going unnoticed here at home. On April 30, Mukerji will be honoured at Women in Film & Television Vancouver’s 25th Anniversary Spotlight Awards for artistic achievement. “Getting the award is honouring all of the extraordinary women in my life who have helped me get here, from my mother to my mentors to the subjects themselves, like Eva and Tempest,” she says. “I share this with all of them because they’re the reason that I’m making films and they’re the reason I’m getting this award.” The Women in Spotlight awards will be handed out at Performance Works. Horror directors Jenn and Sylvia Soska (American Mary) and Whistler Film Festival founder Shauna Hardy Mishaw are among the other honorees. Tickets and information at WomenInFilm.ca/Spotlight.html. If you work in our film and TV industry, Sabrina Furminger wants to hear your stories. Follow Sabrina on Twitter @sabrinarmf or send your news to info@sabrinafurminger.com.

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Diakow The three female leads in The Other Woman tease a bounty of potential comic gold but end up delivering a shallow and often vacuous experience, due mostly to a painfully mediocre script that confines a cast to mundane jokes and recycled gags. After discovering her boyfriend (Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in a thankless role) is married, Carly (Diaz) winds up accidentally meeting his wife (Mann) and the two of them strike up a reluctant friendship. Apparently, the screenwriters didn’t find this plot zany enough because the ladies soon discover the SOB is actually THREE-timing with a buxom blonde played by the ridiculously miscast supermodel Kate Upton. The trio decide to team up and the movie quickly becomes a revenge comedy. It all goes downhill and pretty damn fast. Upton’s acting is so dreadful it’s painfully clear she was literally hired for one scene in which she runs slo-mo down the beach in a white bikini. Diaz continues to stumble in throwaway roles and Mann, who was so effective and pathos-laden in Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, basically plays a loopier version of that character. Even Coster-Waldau, who is TV’s ultimate medieval villain, is reduced to enduring the exhausted ‘laxative in the drink’ gag. Granted, The Other Woman contains a handful of clever bits and witty banter that are all the more disappointing because one can see the overall potential; sadly this one is a dreadful misfire that insults the talents of its stars and the brains of audience.

Leo awards set for biggest night ever For the first time in its history, the Leo Awards will expand to three dates on the film scene calendar. The Leos – which celebrate achievements in British Columbia film and television – received a record 1,052 eligible entries this year, giving them the opportunity to sustain more categories. A record 102 Leo Awards will be handed out at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver over three nights: May 30, May 31, and June 1 (if you’re unable to attend, fear not; Reel People will be live-tweeting the whole thing). Watch this space for the nominations announcement. -Sabrina Furminger

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Starring Macon Blair, Devin Ratray Directed by Jeremy Saulnier The mark of a superior revenge film is when it manages to make the unconscionable actions of its anti-hero completely understandable. As quite possibly the most accomplished American indie concerning contemporary family blood feuds since Jeff Nichols’ 2007 debut Shotgun Stories, Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin openly acknowledges the ultimate futility of gruesome vengeance while illustrating the reasons why its perpetrators are incapable of curbing the body count. As we’re introduced to Dwight (Macon Blair), the beardo with “anticipation” tellingly tattooed on his chest seems locked in stasis, living in a dilapidated car along a desolate stretch of beach. But when word comes down that a certain convicted killer has been released from prison, we come to understand that the vehicle has served as a veritable rust-encrusted cocoon within which an essential metamorphosis has occurred. Trading in tin cans for gas money (just one of the fantastic details that punctuate Saulnier’s taught script), he sets out to claim his pound of flesh, unaware of the chain of events he’s putting in motion. Doughy and doe-eyed, Dwight not only seems overmatched by his opponents but by ordinary life itself. There’s undeniably a visceral thrill in watching this underdog have his grisly day, overcoming odds in a manner reminiscent to Dustin Hoffman’s nebbish in Straw Dogs. But Saulnier is sure to temper the grim fatalism with empathy and joins his protagonist in seeing the absurd humour in his brutal downward spiral. In the closing minutes, it isn’t Dwight’s gunshots that resonate so much as his simple, sorrowful assessment of the collective folly he and his adversaries have fallen prey to. –Curtis Woloschuk Plays the Vancity Theatre on April 25, 26, 30 and May 2.

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Where’s the enforcement, officer? I was stunned to witness a City of Vancouver parking enforcement officer throw his cigarette butt onto the ground just before boarding the Number 10 – Granville. I didn’t bother to say anything to the officer, but I do wonder how he justifies writing parking enforcement tickets while breaking a bylaw himself. Then I remembered a conversation I had with two sitting Vision Vancouver councillors; I was told that bylaws are written simply to let people know what is the right thing to do. Basically, the city doesn’t really bother enforcing bylaws (aside from the very lucrative vehicle-related bylaws). This is why people litter with abandon throughout the West End and, no doubt, the rest of Vancouver – there’s no fear of getting caught, let alone fined for this action. John Merzetti, West End Cleanup organizer

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More than 25,000 fanboys and fangirls (many in wild, wacky and wonderful costumes) filled the Vancouver Convention Centre from April 18 to 20 to meet genre stars, attend panels, buy memorabilia from their favourite sci-fi, fantasy, anime, comic book23302 and video game franchises, and people-watch at Docket: 115 Thorncliffe Park Drive Toronto Ontariois Awesome” about this Fan Expo. 1 “Everything Lego 247cosplay. - JWT 2 That time our Reel People columnist Client: M4H 1M1 Participation Job Name: Sabrina Furminger was strangled by Freddy Krueger (Robert Ads Englund). 3 Ursula’s demeanour is Tel 416•696•2853 Lara Vanderheide Production Contact:days. decidedly more friendly than in her Little Mermaid 1,3 Reiko Shimizu Anderson photos 4 Canadian Olympians gathered at OMEGA’s Vancouver boutique April 10. From left to right, men’s speed skating gold medallist Charles Hamelin, women’s bobsleigh gold medallist Heather Moyse, B:5.8125” OMEGA brand manager and country manager, Canada, Hazem Sbayteh; women’s curling gold T:5.8125” medallist Jennifer Jones and women’s bobsleigh gold medallist Kaillie Humphries.

Your mind online Comment on wevancouver.com “Mia Kohout: Cycling for better cities”, April 3 thespokesman: Yes, ICBC does provide data that shows some effectiveness of cycle helmets, but recent research shows the effectiveness of bicycle helmet laws are unclear. Perhaps a good question is does a person on a bicycle run a greater risk of death than person on foot? No, they don’t, according to local research out of SFU. But the biggest question of all may be why does BC forbid people from riding bicycles without helmets if doing so improves their health and increases their lifespan? And perhaps the larger point is practices, policies, or laws that discourage or restrict a person from riding a bicycle are bad and should be changed.

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major public institution that allows people to view and learn about local animals. As a conservationist myself, helping other people to care about nature is very important to me and the aquarium is essential to this. If we have to keep a few whales in captivity to save potentially thousands of whales (and other animals) in the wild, then so be it. Shaylen: Money isn’t the object when it comes to oppression and slavery just like it wasn’t an object when we abolished human slavery during the civil war. No one has a right to infringe upon another’s right and profit off of their oppression and abuse. So cry me a river about your money... Disgusting. “Follow Me Foodie: The downside to farming downtown”, April 10 Shiney: FMF, I like your blog. Your restaurant reviews are fabulous, but this...this is sad. Instead of researching a subject, you wrote blindly because you knew people would get upset, respond, and thereby maximize traffic to your blog. Flaws in your argument are as plentiful and ripe as tomatoes, potentially diminishing your credibility as a well-informed food blogger. For example, you insinuate that people would need to drive around to artisan producers but not to a farmer’s market or a grocery store. That part doesn’t even make sense. Likewise, what’s this about impacting tax revenues? Just silliness. One cannot rely fully on a community garden for sustenance. Good for business and revenues if anything, as they drive consumers to purchase ancillary goods for cooking and kitchen management. You don’t think gardens are maximizing urban space? What is urban space for if not art, community, and quality of life? And why pick on mushrooms of all things? They aren’t being cultivated outside to begin with, as they need darkness. Likewise, roof gardens are not hydroponic systems unless specific produce is needed, and nor are they expensive in the least. Annual maintenance costs are pennies – less than $20 per person per year in some cases. Polluted water is not an issue here. Anyway, I’m a blogger too, and understand the need for attention but you don’t need to stoop to this level. You as FMF could write a lovely post about the flourishing of cooking creativity that gardens can inspire, as residents are turned onto items they might have never before used but do so because they encountered it in their community plot. Or maybe you are being comical and this is your attempt at Onion-style blogging? “Earth Day: Bringing clean water to the one billion in need,” April 17 cyberclark: Harper and his Conservatives have refused not once but three times not to acknowledge water as a human right. This, at the UN! That’s what you got when you put in a Conservative majority!

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If travelling through Europe, keep your eyes peeled and you just might see two of the most desirable station wagons on the planet: the gorgeous Audi RS4 Avant and the ballistic RS6 Avant. Both are flared-out, incredibly powerful, shod with steamroller-sized rubber and, most importantly, not available here. No sir, there hasn’t been a fast wagon in Audi’s North American fleet since the departure of the muchmissed S4 Avant in 2008 - shame. The small Euro-wagon has been mostly supplanted by the compact crossover, with many buyers preferring the higher seating position and accepting the compromised handling that comes with it. The public has voted with their wallets, and Audi’s Q5 has just passed even perennial favourites like the 3-series and C-Class in total sales this year. But what if you want both the friendly aspects of Audi’s crossover with some of that hot-wagon driving fun? Here’s the latest car to join the S-stable, and the quad-tailpipes out back suggest this is more than just your average luxo-pod.

Design:

One of the nicer things about Ingolstadt’s hotter versions is that they’re rarely overwrought. As mentioned, the SQ5 gets the same quad-tailpipe treatment out back as does the strong-selling S4 sedan, and it also gets those tell-tale angled red-rectangles. Standard wheel-size is a biggish 20”, with optional 21” as an upgrade, but note that a 19” alloy will clear brakes for winter use. There’s a space-saver spare tire out back so no need to run expensive run-flats. Other than a few minor clues such as big, S-rated brake calipers peeking out from behind the upgraded alloys, the SQ5 would be hard to pick out from a crowd of frontdriver 2.0L models. Like all Q5s, it has that signature Audi grille up front, large enough to make you wonder if the car runs on plankton, but the side profile is actually quite reserved. In fact, the only real critique here are the badges that give the game away somewhat. The fender-mounted “V6T” in chrome is particularly egregious, although it’d be quick work to get rid of it.

As it’s an S4 on stilts, you won’t be surprised to hear that the SQ5’s insides are practically copy-andpasted from the sport sedan. Optional carbon-fibre trim sets off a cabin furnished with embossed leather sport seats up front, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, plenty of brushed-chrome accents, and at least half-a-dozen S-badges. It looks great, and the seats are quite comfortable without being so heavily bolstered that it’s hard to climb in. The trunk is a useful size for a vehicle that doesn’t seem all that large parked curb side, and the rear seats appear to have enough leg room for adults. Any drawbacks are down to the crossover upon which the SQ5 is based. Thus, the rear seats might look adult-friendly, but the seat bottoms are too low for long-legged comfort, and they aren’t as cushy as the accommodations up front. There’s also a huge transmission tunnel bisecting the back row, which makes this five-seater really more of a fourseater.

Performance:

Tucked in behind that gargantuan grille is an engine worthy of the S-badging: a 354hp supercharged 3.0L V6. It makes peak power at 6000rpm, but peak torque comes in a little later – 347lb/ft at 4000rpm. Found elsewhere in the Audi range, this is a great engine, one of their best. It’s powerful enough to make a behemoth like the seven-seater Q7 feel spry, so when shoe-horned into something lighter, it’s just plain great. Er, that’s only a tad lighter. The SQ5 is actually a bit heavy, what with all the luxury goodies, strong chassis, and allwheel-drive differentials. It’s not a big vehicle, but it does tip the scales at over 2000kg. Even so, the eight-speed transmission and supercharged-V6 do a great job of getting this sporty crossover up and off the line. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive means every last horsepower gets to the ground with suction-cup grip, and the supercharged engine is extremely responsive. Start hammering the SQ5 through the curves, and it’s not quite as sharp as you could hope for. Like other Audi S-cars, the SQ5 has their Drive Select system, which allows the driver to change the dynamics of chassis,

transmission, and engine note between three settings. Even in the mostaggressive Dynamic mode, the feel and feedback coming through that flat-bottomed steering wheel isn’t quite enough. There’s also a bit more bodyroll than expected. Overall, the SQ5 isn’t a hard-core performance machine, but merely a sportier version of the Q5 – and that’s pretty much what you’d expect. It’s not a track car, it’s a road car, but it’s very good at its job. Fighting traffic, the higher seating position makes it really easy to see flow patterns up ahead and dodge left lanes clogged by someone turning. The transmission quickly kicks down and the all-wheel-drive grips when you’re making a quick turn onto a busy road, and there’s oodles of passing power for getting past a spray-flinging semi-trailer on the highway. It’s an all-rounder, and as that’s what a crossover is supposed to be, the SQ5 gets top marks. Gearheads might fondly dream of that unobtainable uber-fast Audi Avant instead, but in the real world, the SQ5 gets pretty much everything right.

Features:

Despite a price tag starting off at $57K and moving rapidly North from there, many options have to be selected to get the SQ5 you actually want. That great-looking carbon-fibre trim mentioned early on? That’ll be $500, thanks. Satellite Navigation is also an option, and an expensive one at that: $3200, though it does come bundled with front and rear parking assist. Blind spot monitoring is also available. Despite the power bump, the SQ5 is fairly reasonable in terms of fuel economy. Official ratings are 13.2L/100kms in city and 8.5L/100kms on the highway – while premium fuel is required, these are pretty accurate numbers.

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Strong acceleration; plenty of grip; stylish interior

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Sedate exterior; not enough steering feedback; heavy curbweight

The Checkered Flag:

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