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Celebrities can be difficult to deal with. Agents and handlers control their every move. Jet-set lifestyles severely limit their availability for photos and interviews. So, you can imagine my delight (and huge relief) when it came time to photograph Eric McCormack for our Spring cover and everything proceeded with ease. The actor called me personally to confirm our photo shoot details. He welcomed our team (editor, photographer, writer, assistant and stylist) at his beautiful beachfront home on Vancouver’s West Side, casually toured us from room to room and let us take his picture anywhere we wished. He even pressed his own shirt for the shoot — or at least set up the ironing board before I could take over that chore. He was gracious and accommodating, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing him on stage at the Stanley this summer in the Arts Club Theatre production of Glengarry Glen Ross. Turn to page 25 to read Fred Lee’s interview with the star.


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Also in this issue, discover four fabulous spa destinations in our local travel feature H2Oh! Read design diva Debbie Travis’s tips for creating a Luxe Laundry in your home. And freshen your spring wardrobe with one or two bright new styles from our fashion feature Onshore Chic.

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Sparkling hill resort Vernon Carved out of the granite bedrock, the

Sparkling Hill Resort is the Okanagan Valley’s newest architectural wonder. The luxury hotel is set amidst breathtaking views of Okanagan Lake to the west, and the Monashee Mountain peaks to the east. The 152-room resort features a wellness centre that boasts a European cold sauna — the first in North America — as well as a trio of therapeutic pools, seven different saunas and 48 treatment rooms offering everything from massages to facials.

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h, water. Vitality and health are found in this colourless substance of life. From the beginning of time, water has been critical to our existence. Throughout our history, we have found water to be rich in properties crucial to helping us ward off illnesses and facilitate healing. The idea behind the spa derived from the use of natural waters for therapeutic purposes. The word spa may originate from the Latin word spagere, which means to sprinkle, disperse and moisten. In medieval times, people suffering from illnesses were treated with iron-bearing spring water. Certainly both the Greeks and Romans understood the value of bathing in hot springs and mineral waters. Today, we are fortunate that this ancient legacy is still alive in the modern spa. The restorative properties of water are many, says Dr. Dave Scotten, dean of academics at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, in New Westminster. “One of the simplest ways to heal the body is with water,” says Scotten. “Water offers all kinds of trace elements, which help promote healing in our bodies — elements not found in our diets. “If you immerse yourself in hot springs or hot pools, muscle cells relax, which allows heat to deliver magnesium into the circulatory system.” And that’s good to renew cells, says Scotten.

Even better, he adds, is merging both hot and cold water therapy for optimum health benefits. “We have long known that if you do a combination of hot and cold, these temperature changes create reactions which energize the immune system and ensures the elimination of toxins,” he says. The beauty of any spike in temperature means you help the body rid itself of fat soluble, which can produce weight loss. What’s not to like about that? Scotten adds: “Heat also helps decrease inflammation in your joints and muscles, which in turn helps lessen pain.” The cold plunge, meanwhile, slows down your immune system and shocks the body, making it work its way back to its normal temperature. What that does is drive blood into your vessels, which promotes fresh tissue to form, Scotten adds. This is Look’s salute to the spas, which rejuvenate our bodies and minds in a multisensory, watery environment. Here’s a look at four destination spas — all within a day’s journey from home — that celebrate and honour the healing powers of H2O.

If you are brave enough, try the cold sauna. It involves spending up to three minutes in a dry-cold room set at -110°C, with your extremities covered. European athletes have long touted its benefits, reporting feeling happier, stronger and infused with a surge of energy, which can last up to six hours after immersion in freezing temperatures. A couple’s getaway package includes two nights in a luxurious open-concept lake or mountain view suite, gourmet breakfast for two each morning, choice of dinner entrée daily at PeakFine restaurant and a $150 gift certificate for Clear Balance Spa. Also receive complimentary access to the seven steam and sauna rooms, indoor-outdoor pool and fitness room, starting at $810 per person. Book online at or call 1-877-275-1556. Introductory rates are available for a short time. Getting there: A short and scenic 25-minute drive from the Kelowna International Airport.





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Experience an outdoor massage in a waterfront cabana at the Madrona Del Mar Spa at the Galiano Inn & Spa. Perched on the rocky edge of the ocean, allow yourself to drift away to the sound of waves lapping and seagulls flapping above you. This boutique resort immerses you at every turn with the relaxing and therapeutic powers of nature’s best — water. Recognized as one of the country’s preeminent spas, the Madrona also features the Mineral Sea Flotation Bath. It is known to induce a deep sense of relaxation, as well as a number of health benefits to

sports injuries, stress, anxiety and more. While you float in the oversized Cleopatrainspired tub — filled with 360 kilograms of water packed with Epsom, Dead Sea and mineral salts — you induce a deep sense of relaxation. “Floating releases all pressure on your joints, which in turn helps heal sport injuries,” says Conny Nordin, a partner in the property. Situated among wooded forests and lush gardens on the ocean’s rim perimeter, guests can stay in a lakeside cottage or lodge, or opt for a cosy guest room in the inn. For more information or to book your getaway, visit or call toll-free 1-877-530-3939. Getting there: Within an hour from the Tsawwassen ferry, you can be sipping a chilled glass of Chardonnay on your waterfront deck.

Relax and rejuvenate by treating yourself to a massage in a waterfront cabana left at the Madrona Del Mar Spa on Galiano Island.

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with nature, surrounded by its sights, sounds and scents. Enclosed by rugged spruce and cedar trees and carved into the mountainside of Lost Lake and Spruce Grove parks, the Scandinave Spa Whistler awaits you. The ancient Finnish tradition of hydrotherapy and Scandinavian baths beckon you at this expansive Nordic-style spa, which is incorporated into three acres of natural setting. Wind through a forested pathway to the reception. Once there, choose from a host of different spa experiences — you might want to immerse your body in eucalyptus steam baths, wood-burning Finnish saunas or outdoor hot baths. Then cool yourself in the thermal and Nordic waterfalls, cold baths and showers. Finally, guests can unwind within the solariums and terraces, relaxation areas, hammocks and outdoor fireplaces. The spa, which has integrated sustainability in its overall concept, encompasses six buildings, all within minutes of Whistler Village. The baths are open year-round, rain, shine or snow. The Vitality Duo Package is a great romantic package for couples. For $355, receive access for two to





Among the amenities at the Galiano Inn below are oceanfront suites, an intimate oceanside restaurant, and extensive gardens stretching to the seashore.

Whether you choose the sauna above or take in the full traditional Scandinavian experience of warming-coolingrelaxation at top, you are sure to feel the benefits of nature’s healing properties at Scandinave Spa.

the Scandinavian baths, two Swedish massages, two healthy lunches from the award-winning Bearfoot Bistro, two pairs of sandals, two stainless steel hydration bottles, and body care products. For more information or to book your spa experience, visit or call 604-935-2424. Getting there: A two-hour drive from Vancouver along the Sea-to-Sky Highway.

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Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa

When you want to leave the stress of the big city behind, there’s a place where the


endless ocean views and mountain vistas might soothe away any worries you may have. In the charming coastal community of Sidney, The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa stands as a beacon to relaxation and rejuvenation. The 55-room boutique hotel’s Haven Spa takes advantage of the healing properties of the marine life just outside its doors — cocooning you in products derived from indigenous ingredients. All of its treatments, whether it’s a facial, body massage or esthetics, incorporate these local products. The spa, salon and fitness centre are located in a serene inner courtyard with natural skylight and soothing water feature. Some of the treatment rooms, as well as the salon, also offer a front-row seat to the outdoor playground. While you enjoy a pedicure, watch as people meander along the waterfront boardwalk, or catch locals and visitors alike coming back from the landmark Satellite Fish Co., laden with the fresh catch of the day wrapped in newspaper. Next door to The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa is the new Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. You can spend hours observing the many varied species that are native to our ecosystem. The aquarium houses hundreds of fish, invertebrates, marine plants, anemones and octopus. Everyone, young and old, is encouraged to explore the sea life using microscopes, a wet lab and discovery pods.

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Getting there: The hotel is a mere seven minutes from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.

For more information or to book a girlfriends getaway, visit or call 250-655-9445. For information about the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, visit or call 250-665-7511.

Kids can enjoy the ocean discoveries at top while mom indulges in a spa treatment above right, when staying at the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa. Spacious suites above look out over Vancouver Island’s Saanich peninsula.






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If the pace and stress of an active life has your body tied up in knots, relax. There is a spa in North Vancouver that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and better than new. Voted ‘Best Spa and Skin Care Centre’ by North Shore News readers in the annual ‘Reader’s Choice’ awards, Paradise Spa and Wellness, located beside North Vancouver’s Holiday Inn at 720 Old Lillooet Road, has been providing intensive, soothing skin and body care for over a decade. In a tranquil setting that includes individual and couple’s treatment rooms, Paradise Spa offers a full range of services including Massage Therapy, Manicures, Pedicures, Waxing, Make up artistry and Facials. With products from Eminence Organic Skin Care, Laboratoire Dr. Renaud, Sea Flora and more, Paradise Spa’s Specialists can help you take years off your look and restore lustre to tired skin. “Our boutique reception room is filled with skin care delights, from organic vanilla mint to fresh pear and poppy seed and everything in between,” says Registered Massage Therapist Sabrina Jamal. “We also showcase beautiful jewellery and other unique gift items.” Their real specialties include Therapeutic Massage, Organic Facial and Body Care, precise




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hair removal and heavenly hand and foot care. Covered by many extended health care plans, Paradise Spa’s Registered Massage Therapy treatment can assist with injury rehabilitation, relieve stress and improve blood and lymphatic flow. Sabrina Jamal and staff combine gentle touch with years of training to release deep rooted muscle tension in a beautiful, calm environment. “I focus my health giving hands on deep tissue massage treatments and never let you go without homecare advice,” says Sabrina. Also at Paradise Spa you’ll find Tina W, renowned for her meticulous touch and known as Queen of Brows, Cody, a phenomenal facialist and a consummate listener, Caroline, with an impeccable eye for knowing exactly what your skin needs and Kelsey, whose attentive care leaves you calmed and restored. Open seven days a week, treatment is also available until 9 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. If rejuvenation is what you seek, a trip to Paradise might be just what you’ve been looking for.




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eaweed is the superfood of our coastal waters. Low in fat and packed with vitamins and minerals, these leafy greens from the ocean garden are a nutrient-rich staple at the sushi bar. As a skin-care ingredient, seaweed nourishes from head to toe. Seaweed treatments can help soothe skin concerns like eczema, reduce inflammation, clear up acne and replenish skin’s nutrients, says Sherina Jamal, creator of Beauty Through Balance, a natural spa product line. The North Vancouverite uses Pacific organic seaweed, along with green tea, Canadian glacial clay and other pure ingredients, to create masks, scrubs and lotions used at Vancouver Island’s Tighna-Mara and other luxury spa resorts. Seaweed is an elixir for winter-weary skin, says Jamal, who recommends it “to rejuvenate, detoxify and renew skin that has been exposed to the dry, cold winter season.” The ultimate indulgence: Spa Utopia’s West Coast Seaweed Journey ($259), a 100-minute treatment that begins with a dry sisal exfoliation followed by a nourishing seaweed body wrap and a

soothing soak in the hydrotherapy tub and finishes with relaxing massage. Or recreate the spa experience at home with Body Through Balance products. Start in the bath or shower with Glacial Purifying Cleanser for Face & Body. Rinse well, then massage Green Tea Pacific Seaweed Salt Exfoliation into wet skin, using circular motions with a body glove or bare hands, starting with the feet and working upward, to gently remove dry skin cells and rejuvenate circulation. Leave on for about a minute before thoroughly rinsing. After bathing, spritz with Glacial Revitalizing Mist and follow with a generous dollop of Seaweed Body Butter. Massage both into the skin to leave it completely nourished. Shrug on a robe and slippers, then pour yourself a cup of herbal tea and relax. A detoxifying soak is a component of Spa Utopia’s West Coast Seaweed Journey hydrotherapy treatment pictured that incorporates nourishing products from Beauty Through Balance. Visit for a list of North Shore day spas that sell the locally made bath, face and body products.








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With the dark, dreary

evenings behind us and the fresh sunny days ahead, it’s time to pull out our lighter wardrobes and add the new pieces for Spring. My pick of the season is the perfectly worn-in faded jean by AG. The AG-ed (“aged” – get it?) denim collection is handcrafted to replicate a true vintage jean, offered in a naturally aged appearance from 1 to 30 years. Handcrafted in LA, the Mecca of denim design, no two pairs are alike. The best thing about this denim is it gets better with time, like a fine wine! We now have customers buying more than one pair because they love them so much and each pair is unique. The staff favourite is the “Tomboy”, which happens to be my favourite too. It’s a loose fit, so no muffin top, and you can literally keep them on when you get home from work instead of switching into your yoga pants. They’re that comfortable! This line offers a bootcut, a jegging and a straight leg to name a few. For a little more of a dressy look, try the “Premiere.” A long,

straight, skinny leg and an ever-so-slightly higher rise make this a sexy jean for any occasion. What to wear with those perfectly faded jeans? White – pretty much anything white looks amazing with the vintage jean. A sexy v-neck white t-shirt will do the trick, or a cropped white cardigan with a long, white tank layered under it looks great too. Remember with the Tomboy jeans to add a leather belt with an interesting buckle. Now you’re thinking, “What about the shoes?” For that weekend look with the Tomboys, pair them with a great slip on runner or a flip flop when the weather is a bit warmer. You can also roll this jean up to give the capri look. With the skinny, dressier look I would add a beautiful ballet flat (try some colourful ones) or pointy stiletto for a night on the town. The dark denim is still very important, but if you want to try something you’ll really love, I highly recommend a pair of AG jeans.

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Oriental Noodle Salad A picnic-perfect meal from chef Louis Gervais.

ingredients 2 chicken breast (skinless & boneless) ½ cup Japanese soya sauce 1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped ¼ cup orange juice ¼ cup mirin (rice wine) ½ tsp amber-coloured sesame oil 1 tsp sesame seeds (black or white) 2 green onions, chopped ¼ cup mayonnaise 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped ½ mango, cubed 2 cups fresh soft Oriental noodles (or one package of dried farkay noodles, soaked in boiling water until soft) 1 tsp corn starch 1 tsp cold water

method Marinate the chicken breast overnight in soya, mirin, garlic, ginger, orange juice and sesame oil. The next day, drain and place chicken on a barbecue grill, preheated at medium, for 8 to 10 minutes per side. In a saucepan, bring the marinade to a slow simmer for 10 minutes and thicken lightly with cornstarch diluted with water. When marinade is a light, syrupy consistency, remove from heat, add the mayonnaise and whisk vigorously. In another pot, bring 2 litres of water to a boil, drop the noodles in and cook until soft. Strain the noodles and rinse under cold running water until completely cooled.

Photo mike wakefield

Using a mixing bowl, toss the noodles with the marinade dressing and cubed mango.

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Thinly slice the chicken breast and place on the noodles. Garnish with sesame seeds, chopped green onions and cilantro. Makes 4 servings.

Dining Out LOOK sent out our picnic sleuths to find the perfect place to spread your blanket. Here is what we discovered.

King’s Mill Walk

North Vancouver Waterfront paths and a front-row seat to Vancouver’s port activity and downtown skyline.

Deer Lake Park

Burnaby Rent a boat, row to the middle of the lake then drift slowly ashore. Mood music: Symphony in the Park (July 12) and Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival (Aug. 9).

Tynehead Regional Park

North Surrey Mother Nature is your hostess in this glorious urban wilderness of towering trees and grassy meadows.

Grant Narrows Regional Park

Pitt Meadows Rent a canoe for a paddle up Widgeon Creek or perch at a picnic table overlooking Pitt River, at the mouth of North America’s largest tidal lake.

Campbell Valley Regional Park

South Langley Splendour in the grass: lovers canoodle and children frolic in this peaceful meadow setting. Spread your blanket beneath the arms of the Hanging Tree.

Rocky Point Park

Port Moody Fill up on fish and chips at Pajo’s. Bonuses: outdoor pool, skateboard park, waterpark and ice cream for dogs.

Confederation Park

Burnaby Family friendly: Picnic among the trees then hop the miniature train for $2.50 or wander nearby trails for free.

Whytecliff Park

West Vancouver Find a rocky knoll and watch the passing boats below. Bonuses: barbecues, swimming beach, harbour seal-watching and underwater diving. Compiled by Layne Christensen

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As the rains subside and the warmth of spring brings the scent of cherry blossoms and lilac to the air, we enthusiastically look for opportunities to share a meal outdoors. Foods that travel well are a must and one of the favourites at Louis Gervais’ new day bistro is the Oriental Noodle Salad with fresh mango, cilantro and grilled chicken. Perfect for a picnic lunch in the park or a sunset dinner on the beach, this salad can be served as a entrée on its own or paired with a light Asian fruit salad of melon, pears, kumquats and fresh mint.

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he last time we met was at a PAL (Performing Arts Lodge) fundraising dinner at the home of Doug and Diane Clement. You were with your friend, actor Jennifer Clement. Jennifer and I went to theatre school together at Ryerson in Toronto. She was two years ahead of me. Years later, when I moved to Vancouver, I ran into her again. She was dating young Vincent Gale. They are two of my best friends. Is there a charity that you support? A Los Angeles-based charity called Project Angel Food, which delivers up to 1,600 meals a day to people living with HIV/ AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. They’ve been going strong for the past 20 years. My wife [Janet Leigh Holden] delivered meals for them and is now on the board.

When did you realize you had this responsibility to give back? Right at the beginning of Will & Grace. It made a lot of sense at the time to be a face and a voice for equal rights and AIDS. That happened naturally. Debra [Messing] and I were the hosts of an event for Project Angel Food in 1998, months after the show started. And that just kind of continued. And, I’ve done a lot of work lately for marriage rights and equal rights in California. How’s that going? I thought we were making tremendous progress until Proposition 8 passed [California’s constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage as between man and woman only]. Now I just don’t know. The United States is a country run on religion in ways that is shocking sometimes. The

silent majority are not so silent anymore. In some ways we’re way ahead and in other ways there is this tremendous amount of ignorance and fear. Must be nice to get away from all that and come up here. Yeah. My wife and I are both Canadian — I’m from Toronto and she’s from Edmonton, but Vancouver is where we both came to years ago. I have been here since 1992. Some of our dearest friends — a lot of whom were not from Vancouver originally — also came from other places and call Vancouver home. And you’re sharing that with your young son, Finnigan? It’s strange. Our son is fully American, born and bred in Los Angeles. But he is getting a whole lot of Canadiana coming through his veins. This house and the time we >






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here is a big part of what we want to show him; sharing our heritage with him. How often are you in Vancouver? We spend most summers here. Always have. We were here last year and we will be this summer for Glengarry. Your new beachfront home here on the West Side of Vancouver is beautiful. It is truly a retreat. Why here? We wanted to do something outside of Los Angeles. Do we live in a cottage? Do we live in another state? The logical choice was to come back to Canada, in particular Vancouver. My wife is not really an island person. She didn’t necessarily want to be by the ocean. She likes lakes but I wanted to be where I can see all of this. [McCormack gestures to the ocean, mountain and city views through his floor-to-ceiling windows.] Is it true this home was inspired by a similar house on the block? No, not so much. I was inspired by our architect [James Bussey of Formwerks] who had done a lot of houses in Kits and Point Grey. What we are most excited about is that this home is very us. We dictated exactly what we wanted. A lot of things my wife wanted that were very particular to her. We wanted something that felt like a summer home in the summer and a real lodge in the winter. Something that didn’t feel like it was brand new; that felt more like it had been here for a while. I hear your wife is an avid baker. She is a fantastic baker. [McCormack nods towards the pastry kitchen in an alcove off the main kitchen.] Unfortunately, she doesn’t eat pies. She makes them. I eat them. Do you have a favourite room in this house? The Great Room. I wanted a room that utilized the view and had open space. I love the natural light in here. So, friends tell me you are a wine enthusiast. In terms of drinking it, yes! I don’t pretend to be an expert but we built a wine room downstairs. My wife spent a lot of her childhood in the Okanagan in Penticton so we have gone up there some summers. I love that whole scene. I love the wine country feel up there. Where do you visit when you’re there? We discovered Poplar Grove, my new favourite. I love their cheeses and their wines. Terry David Mulligan moved up there a few years ago; we visited him a couple of times. He has a great house overlooking everything. I did his wine show [Hollywood & Vines] with Jason Priestley. They had the chief from Nk’Mip Cellars, North America’s first aboriginal owned and operated winery, on the show. We were sitting there shooting the TV show with the chief. He was very proud of the winery

and the positive role it has had on his band. I couldn’t help myself. I remember asking him: “So, the really, really expensive stuff you make… Is that called the reserve reserve?” He smiled. Thank God he appreciated the comment. Where is home? L.A. is home in that we have been there for 10 years in the house that we are in. We love our neighbourhood. Our kid is in a school that we love. He has made a lot of friends; that is where he was born. But this house shifted things. The point of this house was that we would eventually retire here. Our son comes and goes. He loves being in this house. He and I were out for dinner last night. I said, “So what do you think about living in Vancouver more permanently?” He said, “Maybe college?” Are you competitive? I am in certain things. I was never competitive in a sports way. Partly why I am excited about Glengarry Glen Ross is that male energy — that competitiveness, the butting heads, I am going to step on top of you to get what I need kind of energy is something I don’t often get a chance to play. I’m excited about that. . . . Scrabble? Yes, I’m very competitive. In Glengarry Glen Ross, there’s a lot of pressure to succeed. It is all about closing that deal. Are you competitive as an actor? Yes and no. You are always competing. But it’s not the same as you and I standing on a line and we run. When a guy goes in ahead of me or after me at an audition, I don’t know what he did. And if he did better than me or is better for the role, how can I say otherwise. I have never felt that sense of competition. You won an Emmy for your portrayal of gay lawyer Will Truman on Will & Grace. What are your views on awards shows? As much as one likes to be nominated for things, I have always felt that award shows are just insane. We always feel like we have to acknowledge that. If we win, we have to acknowledge all the other nominees and how crazy it is. Look at the Academy Awards: Avatar going up against Up in the Air for best film. It is apples and cars. They’ve nothing to do with anything. And yet someone is going to win a statue. The competitive nature of the business of getting the job and getting the award has always sort of eluded me. I want the job over that guy but I don’t think of it as competition. I think of it as luck of the draw. That’s a typically Canadian viewpoint. Yeah. There’s a bunch of guys from here that I have known for 18 years now. We run into each other [in the entertainment industry]. We wish each other well. It’s in earnest. It is a Canadian thing. New York actors come to L.A. and they bring something. Chicago actors bring something different. I found Canadians brought a >

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plays a therapist and love interest for Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s character Christine.] It’s fun to be in front of an audience again. But honestly, the level of energy on Will & Grace was unlike anything I have ever seen. To go back to anything that didn’t have that in terms of a live audience would be disappointing. In success, you get damned. You’re damned if you do or damned if you don’t. In this case, I have got to convince people I can be other things and look like other things. Do you think you will ever find that kind of success again? Probably not, but it’s possible. What I would like is to be someone like Ted Danson. Following Cheers, he had another series, Becker, that did well. And look at the acclaim he’s received on the first year of the legal drama Damages [Danson’s role as corrupt billionaire Arthur Frobisher earned the actor an Emmy nomination.] It had nothing to do with Cheers. It was a dramatic role. He looks different. And the work he does on Curb Your Enthusiasm, playing himself, is hysterical.

What are your future aspirations? I hope for longevity. I hope that I can find another series or whatever, but it does not have to be now. It can be when I am 50 or when I am 55. I just hope I can keep the momentum going so I don’t have sit here for a while. You started your career on the stage at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Since Will & Grace you have been doing a lot more theatre. That was all I was doing. When I came to Vancouver in 1992, I was just focusing on film and television. There was nothing for a while and then I did Music Man on Broadway in 2001. It was very exciting to get back to that. When I wrapped Will & Grace I did Neil LaBute’s American premiere of Some Girls [2006] and The Fantasticks [2009] with Jason Alexander. I have been dabbling. I can’t afford to do it too often. Someone of your stature, you can’t afford to? When I say afford to, I don’t necessarily mean money as much as time. We had to

get the Arts Club to commit to us and us to them a while ago. To go to your agent and manager in L.A. who are trying to get you serious work and say, “Oh, by the way. There are seven weeks in the middle of the year in two years where I can’t work.” . . . I did a series pilot for NBC last year and I said to them, “We have to build into the contract that if the show gets picked up for a second season we can’t start shooting until Aug. 23.” Everyone started to laugh hysterically. They said, “It will never happen and they will start their series whenever the fuck they want.” So I said I wouldn’t do it; it’s a deal breaker. I phoned [Arts Club’s artistic managing director] Bill Millerd later and said the American Broadcasting Corp. just bowed down to the Arts Club Theatre. It was a provision in my contract. Are there other projects you’re putting on hold so you can play for Vancouver theatre audiences this summer? Neil LaBute phoned last week and said he’s taking Fat Pig to Broadway and I could have done it if it made sense for my >

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This will be your premiere on the Stanley stage. Yes. Vince has been on both stages. Gerard was in My Fair Lady at the Stanley. I would have been happy with the Granville Island Stage. But we just thought, “Hey, let’s go big.” I’m hoping people who have never come to theatre will come simply because they like the TV show. That is the point of having a name or why Broadway has names. And for me to show them that I could do other things. It would be really exciting to fill that place for a month. Glengarry Glen Ross is directed by Michael Shamata. Have you worked with Michael before? At Stratford. He stage-managed > King Lear that I was in. I didn’t have any lines. I was an apprentice. We had some different thoughts for director but we needed a commitment from someone good and someone that really wanted to do it. Michael threw his name in the ring. I’m excited. It’s an incredible cast. It’s a great cast. Everyone is ideally suited right now where they are in their lives to their parts for different reasons. It’s just the way it fell together. I’m just excited about being with a group of guys that are my dear friends.

This is serious drama. Playwright David Mamet has a terrific ear for dialogue. You play Ricky Roma, the tough-as-nails real estate guy, a role that scored Al Pacino an Oscar nomination for his portrayal in the 1992 film version. How do you top that? The film was really well done. I think the play is bigger than that. I don’t think it’s going to be like, “They’ll never get better than the movie.” There are certain iconic roles that you think, “I don’t know if anybody else can play that role.” In this case, the play begs for a new cast, fresh blood, and new ways to explore. This is about doing a true, honest, visceral and energetic production of this play. And it’s on the Stanley stage. It’s not a small space. You can do this play very intimately or you can try and define the size of it. Even though it’s very often just a conversation between two men, there’s a size to these characters and their ambitions. I understand sales are tremendous. Good. And I think a lot of that is because your name is attached to it. Well, that’s OK. As long as there are people in the seats. What do your cast mates think of that? The other guys are quite content. There is a reason a lot of us go South only to come

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A place for everything and everything in its place. Keep this in mind as laundry supplies that are kept organized and neat not only look great but make the task at hand easier and more efficient. Use baskets for sorted laundry; bottles and oversized glass jars for powdered soap, clothes pins and other small items.


Add decorative items that look great but serve a purpose as well. Create a gallery of picture frames on the wall featuring washing instructions.


>“Especially people that are in condos. People are wanting to maximize their space. This is a great way for people to do that.” To bring out the best in a tight laundry area, Calder recommends adding a clean coat of bright paint, using shelving or — if space allows — adding an inexpensive white cabinet, which brings in additional storage and charm. She also suggests installing decorative hooks, which can be used for drying clothes. With so many charming ideas, the laundry room has gone from a space people want to leave quickly to somewhere they can stay comfortably. But not everyone wants to stay in the laundry room. Canada’s interior design guru Debbie Travis says many people want to bring their washer and dryer upstairs, where laundry is created. Or, if they live in a one-level condo, they still want the laundry close at hand, in their kitchen or bedroom closet. Simon Adshead, Burnaby-based sales manager at Edmonds, the appliance store, says one of the trends he sees is cabinet panels that are built to cover front-load washers and dryers, so that the appliances can be hidden in the bedroom or kitchen. The washer and dryer sit conveniently in the heart of the home, without visually infringing on the space. Adshead thinks the sun may be setting on the trend toward dramatic colours. Cherry red and electric blue appliances catch eyes on sales floors, but most buyers are opting for classic colours, like silver and white.

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Olympic athletes, Hollywood A-listers and gala-goers were podium pretty at red carpet affairs...

Roberto Luongo and his wife Gina welcomed revellers to the Vancouver Canucks 11th annual Dice & Ice Gala. Another sell-out, 720 guests attended the Rat Pack-themed affair, raising $300,000 for Canucks Autism Network and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

Lovers’ Ball first-time chairwomen Nazeem Lalji and Liz Gordon above saw $620,000 generated at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s signature soirée. Linacare Cosmetherapy CEO Carol Lee left was there in Dolce & Gabbana.

Celebrating their role dressing celebrity performers at Olympic opening and closing ceremonies Canadian-born, Milan-based Dsquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten bussed opera diva Measha Brueggergosman at an Opus Hotel fash bash.

Gung Hei Fat Choi! Scotiabank Feast of Fortune vice-chairwoman Anita Law ushered in the Year of the Tiger at the Richmond gala, raising $263,000 for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.

Sporting a Seamaster timepiece, Omega ambassador and supermodel Cindy Crawford greeted Olympic guests at a watch wingding in the Hotel Vancouver.

Adil Chagani and Benz Gillani fronted the fifth annual Night of New Beginnings Covenant House charity gala at Birks downtown, raising $200,000 for Vancouver’s homeless youth.

Gold medal-winning skeleton athlete Jon Montgomery received congratulations from Scotiabank’s Michelle Cobb at a post-victory celebration.

Working her magic at Vancouver Opera’s Passions and Potions fundraiser was former National Ballet of Canada principal ballerina Chan Hon Goh in a dress by Lida Baday.



DIAMOND BALL A seductive evening in spain awaits, at Canadian cancer society’s signature soiree. REVEL IN flamenco dancing and music while savouring Robert lecrom’s Spanish-inspired cuisine. Hotel Vancouver.




CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARDS Highlighting Vanhattan’s exciting Chinese food scene, a celebration of the city’s 50 best signature dishes. Edgewater Casinos.




Is there an event in your community that you would like Fred to drop in on? E-mail Crystal Ball Giovanni Bastone Foundation’s gala TO benefit Childhood Cancer Research. Shiny, happy people comedian David C. Jones, Hip Hop artist Brock Zanrosso and singer-songwriter Megan McNeil perform. Marriott Pinnacle Hotel.

Oops! In our Holiday edition, Peter Irving was pictured with gala chairwoman Patricia Simpson as they welcomed guests to Evening of Caring. Irving is chairman of the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation board. His role with the event was not indicated in the caption.






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