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40 HOMES 26 Distilled Design Furniture as heirlooms By Gaile Guevara

30 FAR OUT HOMES The Shell House By Goody Niosi

40 FEATURE HOME: BRYANT HOUSE A Kerrisdale couple try a modern aesthetic By Claudia Kwan

58 HOME FURNISHINGS SECTION What’s new in furniture By Sarah Rowland

76 ONCE UPON A TIME A ‘Vancouver Special’ gets a modern reno By Diane Switzer



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18 CELEBRITY PROFILE: BRENT BUTT Canada’s funnyman in his man-cave By Michelle Hopkins

36 TRANSFORMATIONS The Opus Hotel and designer Robert Bailey By Catherine Dunwoody

50 GALLERIA Functional art of 3 BC designers By Megan Cole

54 DESIGN DISTRICT: United Boulevard Coquitlam’s shopping street By Joanne Sasvari


84 ESCAPE BC’s Gulf Islands getaway By Claire Newell

90 HAUNTING OF... Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s lady in red By Greg Mansfield

94 LIVING WELL Vancouver spas offer indulgent treatments By Catherine Roscoe Barr

97 EXPRESSIONS Artist Lori Popadiuk By Cathy Watters

100 ART FIX Vancouver Art Gallery’s latest exhibit By Courtney Rosborough

108 EPICURE Cactus Club’s new flagship restaurant

114 WORDS ON THE STREET: PENDER STREET Chinatown’s evolution By Bruce Macdonald

119 THE FAST & THE LUXURIOUS Luxury SUV’s By Tony Whitney

126 Web Exclusives 128 Looking Forward




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The start of a burgeoning comedic career

Whiskey. Cigar. And a $20 buy-in… Brent Butt, stand up comic, award-winning actor, scriptwriter, and director, can now add filmmaker to his long list of achievements The funnyman who created one of television’s most iconic characters, Brent Leroy on CTV’s sitcom Corner Gas, has wrapped up his first feature length movie, No Clue.


Born the youngest of seven siblings in Tisdale, a small farming town in Saskatchewan, around the age of 12 Butt learned how to make himself standout amongst his siblings - by making them laugh. He honed his comedic chops telling jokes at school and in coffee shops with his friends. “It was a challenge to make my sisters and brothers laugh, but I wouldn’t give up,” he quips. “Also, coffee shop conversations were a great way to learn comedy.” The popular stand-up comic also credits some high school teachers for encouraging his talent. “My teachers were very open-minded and so instead of making me write a book report, I’d do a radio play … I’d put a lot of effort into it,” Butt says.

“If I have to put a label on it, No Clue is a whodunit with murder and danger involved,” says the 46-yearold Butt. “I’m a big fan of detective movies and mysteries and it just happens to be funny as well.”

In February 1988, his first gig was during an amateur night at a now defunct Saskatoon comedy club. “It was the best show I’ve ever had,” Butt says. “I was called back for an encore and I knew I’d found my career path.”

Wearing a suit and tie and looking rather serious, Butt invited Homes & Living into his westside Vancouver home - one he shares with Nancy Robertson, his wife of eight years and co-star on Corner Gas and Hiccups, as well as his beloved dog Oliver. “Oliver’s a four-year-old of a million breeds,” says Butt.

At 20, he moved to Toronto to pursue that career. Within months, Butt was headlining at comedy clubs, and after a few years, was touring internationally, appearing at major festivals and on television specials - cementing his reputation as one of Canada’s funniest guys. This year marks the 25th anniversary of his professional career as a standup comic.

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Corner Gas Corner Gas became an instant hit right after it aired in 2004, averaging a million viewers per episode. In its six years, it’s won six Gemini Awards, countless nominations and accolades. Butt came up with the idea for Corner Gas when he asked himself “what would I have done had I not become a standup comedian? The answer was I’d still be pumping gas in Saskatchewan,” quips the veteran actor. The show centered around his character, Brent Leroy, a proprietor of the roadside corner gas station, which included a onestop convenience store and coffee shop in fictional Dog River, Saskatchewan. “We focused on the lives of small town folks and, to my surprise, people loved it,” he says. The series went on to become Canada’s #1 comedy, broadcasted in more than 26 countries. “I didn’t want Corner Gas to get old and tired, and I certainly didn’t want to be asked to leave the party,” he says of his decision to walk away from his hit sitcom in 2009. Butt went on to create, executive produce, and star alongside Robertson in CTV’s sitcom Hiccups. The show focused on Robertson’s character - a neurotic, volatile children’s author, whose bursts of anger were dubbed hiccups. The couple made 26 episodes of Hiccups, winning multiple LEO awards along the way.



personal side Q&A You tour as a comedian, you’re on TV and write and star in your first movie ... what is your favourite role? This may seem like a cop out, but in all honesty; whatever I’m doing at the moment, that’s my favourite. I’m truly blessed to get to do all these things that I absolutely love. I hope I always get to do TV, and movies, and I will always, forever and ever; come hell or high water, do standup. If you boil everything else away, I’m a standup – that’s what I am.

What was the most difficult aspect of transitioning from TV to film? There are a lot of similarities, because both are very collaborative. TV and film are both team sports. The differences lie mainly on the administrative, executive side – how the projects are financed and developed. I learned a lot from watching Laura Lightbown (VP Business Affairs for Sparrow Media Co.) put that side of things together. And it was refreshing to work outside of a concrete timeline. With a sitcom you have 22 minutes – that’s it. With a movie, it can be 91 minutes … 103 minutes … whatever works.

You are also working on developing a new TV show ... what will this one be about? About 22 minutes.

Who would you love to work with? I’d love to do something with Bill Hader or Melissa McCarthy – both so naturally hilarious, and creatively fearless. And throw Eugene Levy in there too. And Catherine O’Hara, and Bill Murray. How many can I list here?

I love hanging out at home – curled up on the couch watching a movie or a hockey game. I also take my dog, Oliver, to the dog park every day and watch him wrestle with his big goofy dog pals. That always makes me smile. I also like to cook – that’s relaxing. And I’m a big Twitter freak (@BrentButt) so I can kill a lot of time on there.

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His Man-Cave Guarding his privacy, Butt allowed H&L to photograph his “man-cave.” In this room Butt loosened up and his trademark comedy emerged. About two years ago, the comedian transformed his garage into a soundproof guys’ playroom, a place where he and his buddies “can play poker, watch hockey, tell tasteless jokes and smoke cigars without bothering Nancy.” “I hired a drywaller and then a buddy and I did the rest … you know, trying to be manly men,” he laughs. Butt and his cronies began their weekly games of Texas hold’em in an apartment in the West End back in the late nineties, when all of them were struggling artists.

Above. Now that’s a poker-face


“The stakes are never crazy … it’s a $20 buy-in. It’s really about getting the guys together and having a laugh,” he says, adding his man-cave is a tobacco-friendly zone.

The walls are covered with photographs of favourite movie stills, stand-up comics he admires, as well as some of his early stand-up performances. The ‘cave’ is complete with a ping-pong table, foosball table, a big screen television and a fridge stocked with Butt’s favourite liquor of choice, Canadian rye whiskey. Butt made the floating bar out of an old bookcase he had. One of his prized possessions is a mini replica of a Corner Gas gas pump. “A retired woodworker and fan of the show contacted my booking agent and told him he’d made me a wine rack in the shape of a gas pump,” says Butt. “He presented it to me after a show in a Winnipeg casino.”

What’s next?

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Butt is currently developing a new show for television (he won’t divulge more than that), while promoting his film, No Clue (no release date yet). In addition, Butt says he’ll soon hit the road with new material for his standup act.


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Timeless Interiors by Gaile Guevara

GG: What does heirloom or standing the test of time mean to you?

Design is everywhere, it isn’t necessarily something you just purchase. Design is an understanding of value, created through solutions that are beyond aesthetics I believe people who care enough about their future and the impact of their decision making, take greater responsibility as consumers. Live with less, invest in quality and you will live a life designed by great choices. Surrounding ourselves with only what we love creates a much more meaningful approach to framing the life we can live. I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with local talent. Miguel Brovhn and Jeff Martin are brilliant and both share similar values in their approach to creating timeless objects in our every day living. Miguel Brovhn of STUDIO BROVHN, is a Vancouver furniture designer who brings new methods of technology & a high level of design into his pieces. As a Vancouver furniture craftsman, Jeff Martin, of JEFF MARTIN JOINERY, brings authentic value to the work he produces.


MB: Pieces that can be passed down to different generations: imagine a second or third generation being able to remember a previous family member through a furniture piece quality materials, craftsmanship, and timeless design are vital to heirloom pieces that grow better over time. Dining tables for me are especially a staple piece in a home. Whether casual or formal in nature, they are a place where we reenergize our bodies through food. People naturally socialize around food, and the right table can make all the difference. JM: It really revolves around a series of questions. Can the piece of furniture structurally last for multiple generations? Was the wood cured for long enough to remain stable and is it from a renewable or responsible source? Is it fabricated using excellent craftsmanship? Finished properly and will it age gracefully? Does the client have a proper maintenance plan? Am I running my business in a responsible and sound manner so that I am able to help with warranties and maintenance in the future? Does it exceed my client’s expectations? If you can answer yes to those questions, you have a higher likelihood of creating something that someone will love and want to give to their children. Something that has a story and connects deeply with their life. GG: In each of our projects, we aim to create an experience that encourages our clients to invest in the making of an heirloom piece for their home, a testament of time and a place to gather. The storytelling that creates meaningful memory points for everyday living. Food is a basic need and when we can share a meal with loved ones and friends, a special marker in our lives begins. This concept was the motivation behind one of my residential clients, Leah and Andrew, choosing to go the route of purchasing a custom dining table with the guidance and knowledge of Gaile and Miguel.



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GG: How has your experience of purchasing a customized piece (table) differed from other furniture pieces in the past? Leah: Andrew and I are both lovers of art and design and it is really important to us to live in a space that is well planned and includes pieces that have meaning to us. We have both finished university in the last couple of years, so this is the first home that we truly get to make ours. In creating our space, we are learning about ourselves along the way and want to make decisions that will result in pieces that we will continue to love over time. Because of this, we put greater weight into a decision for our dining table. It is the center of our home as this is the place where we truly get to step back from our busy routines and to enjoy some of the greatest things in life – food, family and friends! GG: How do you see yourselves using the piece over the next 5/10/25+ years? L & A: The next five to ten years will see countless dinner parties with friends and family, late night work sessions, board games, and maybe homework if nature agrees with us! So much can happen in 25 years, but I am sure the table will still be with us in some shape or form. GG: How has personally dealing with the designer, and having a locally crafted furniture piece affected your appreciation and engagement with the table? L & A: Working with Miguel and Gaile has really made us feel like the table is ‘ours’. We were able to choose a size based on how we wanted to use it rather than what was available. Having the table made locally is also really important to us – wherever we can, we like to buy locally. It is important to us to know where our goods come from, to engage with our community, and to make sure our local economy is thriving. GG: If you had to do it all over again, would you choose a custom table over a standard table? L & A: Absolutely – we would always choose a custom piece if possible, after this experience, especially where the piece is something that we can take with us to new spaces.


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IMAGINE A SEA SHELL – PERHAPS AN ABALONE, A CONCH, OR A SCALLOP. WHITE, FLOWING, CURVING LINES. FORM DELICATE YET STRONG ENOUGH TO BE HOME TO A SPECIAL LIFE FORM. PROTECTING IT AND ALLOWING IT TO FLOURISH AND GROW Now imagine that shell large enough to shelter an entire human family from the elements – a structure that is simple, that is not part of nature, yet mimics nature and performs the functions of a shell. The structure appears in the middle of the woods, as though dropped by a spacecraft from some fantastic science fiction dream. It is not unlike the surrounding caves and rocks and yet it is clearly not organic – and not ancient. It is something altogether unique.

This unique home was created by ARTechnic Architects. Lead architect Kotaro Ide, who established the company in 1994, has been responsible for other outstanding projects in Japan including the SMD House in Zushi, the YMM House in Suginami and the Cherry Terrace Library in Shibuya, Tokyo.

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Within the shell are hardwood and polished concrete floors, elegantly curved walls, round skylights, flowing seating, a round suspended fireplace and a bathroom that is all sensual curves leading to the large expanse of windows that looks out on a tiered patio, which in turn leads the eye back into the forest.


A simple company mission statement says that ARTechnic Architects has a strong belief in the ability of architecture to enrich daily life and aspires to improve the quality of life and the environment through innovation and design excellence. The passion for building with art, quality and the environment in mind is evident in every detail of Shell. The inspiration that guided the creation of Shell was the desire to be in harmony with nature. In its description of the building, the architectural firm writes, “Being in sync with nature isn’t about yielding to nature – it’s about coexistence. The existence of the structure depends on its power to endure nature. By isolating living space from the wilderness, and upgrading its quality as a shelter, the house will be protected from nature and will provide a comfortable environment.” The firm goes on to explain that leaving the boundary between human life and nature ambiguous is a Japanese virtue. But there, the firm faced a conundrum. In a home where owners live daily, they can take time to tend a garden. Shell is not a city home – it is a villa or weekend getaway. The inhabitants don’t want to work in the garden when they escape from the city. And so, merging Shell into the wilderness, was the practical and ultimately beautiful, solution.


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Attention to details in the construction started with the mechanical system, which provides comfort and performance levels. The central control system enables all mechanical and electrical equipment to be managed by three buttons. The entire structure is composed of twodimensionally curved surfaces. The floor is built 1400 mm above the ground so that all air and exhaust outlets are installed beneath the sash, letting air run outside through the terrace louver. The building depends on warm in-floor heating and natural air ventilation through it’s many windows and doors. The system also has a dehumidification and ventilation drive, which runs by automatic operation throughout the year. In warm weather or cold, it is remarkably efficient. At just under 1,100-square-feet, Shell is not a large house – but it lives large because the entire expanse of nature is never farther than a quick glance away. Shell is continuously flooded with natural light. Like the translucent shell of a scallop, it allows light and warmth to pour in, while offering its inhabitants stalwart protection from the elements. The Shell House is not part of nature – but most definitely in harmony with it.


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The Opus – Vancouver’s Yaletown hotel, has never been much for the boring beige ‘hotel style’ established by boutique hotels around the globe You know the ‘look’ – knocked off by every bath, bedding, and furniture label around. Minimal, colourless, and generally lacking in décor personality. Recently revamped, the 96-room hotel looks more stylish and colourfully chic than ever, thanks to the keen eye of interior designer Robert Bailey, who was the lead designer for the Opus when it first opened, over 10 years ago. But, like any thing of beauty, after a decade, it was time for the hotel to have, shall we say, a ‘little work done.’


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Billy - the British rock star. Retro Liverpool green décor. Flocked linen, stripes and dark wood. Benjamin Moore #2024-10 Chartreus. Artist Taizo Yamamoto


Susan - the fashion executive. Periwinkle décor. Velvet, floral prints, metallic lavender faux leather, and dark wood. Walls, Benjamin Moore #2068-40 California Lilac. Artist, Alana Rothstein

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Pierre - the food critic. Hermes orange décor. Black brocade, velvet, metallic gold faux leather, natural and dark woods. Benjamin Moore #2017-20 Sharp Cheddar. Artist Tiko Kerr

Bailey’s inspiration for the hotels’ nip and tuck came from five fictional muses he created – hotel ‘guests’ from all walks of life. “They were a vehicle to define the design of the rooms, in a world of possibilities, they assisted in narrowing our focus,” he says. Bolder, brighter, refreshed guestrooms are the dazzling result, and in keeping with the Opus’ style, Vancouver-based artists are featured throughout, bringing local flavour.

Dede - the dramatic diva. More is more, décor. Velvet, faux reptile skin, animal prints, mirror, gilded wood, driftwood, and chrome. Wall covering, Designer Guild. Artist, Anthony Goicolea


“The overriding inspiration for Opus is and has always been, to create a very special place, that makes guests feel glamorous and cool”, says Bailey. “Art plays a big role in our interiors and brings with it a deeper meaning – being able to break away from banal ‘hotel art’ was very important in advancing the décor.”

Mike - the New York City doctor. Raspberry red dĂŠcor. A patent, faux croco headboard. Ethnic patterns and dark wood. Walls, Benjamin Moore #2080-30 Cherry Wine. Artist, Michael Miller

Custom Cabinetry for Period-Style Homes If you’re looking for cabinetry and mill work that stays true to the character of your home, take a moment to savour the style and luxury of McBurney Junction Face Frame Cabinetry. Style and beauty are best appreciated in person so why not drop by our showroom?

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Bryant House

Modern Shelter, Major Style

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The beauty of the Bryant home relies partly in its subtlety. Quite a feat for a house built in the modern tradition – where oftentimes the focus is on making some grand design statement, rather than creating a home to be lived in


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A brilliant green hedge veils most of the house from the street front, serving as a visual break from cars driving by. Lush landscaping, from landscape architect Paul Sangha, frames the path to the front foyer; variations in colour, height and texture creating a sense of discovery. Architects Bruce Haden, Alan Boniface, and Andrew Larigakis of DIALOG decided on a series of doors marching in progression through the main floor of the home. A barn door is the first point of access, rolling away to reveal a generously sized outdoor nook in concrete. There’s lots of space for guests to remove coats and shoes, while remaining under cover. The same materials have been used for the doors on the main floor – thin strips of stainless steel streaking vertically down Brazilian cherry wood, in a pattern of seemingly random widths. It too invites further investigation, both visual and tactile.


“People often forget houses are to touch as well as see,” says Haden with a smile. The massive front door is on a pivot, opening wide to reveal a beautifully proportioned central space, the ceiling soaring three stories above. It has made the home a natural location for fundraisers – there’s even space for a speaker’s podium – as well as two weddings. A sunken living room is designed for lounging, with a fireplace providing both warmth and light. On the flip side of the fireplace is an office with a built in desk and shelving of more Brazilian cherry wood, and a powder room. The dining area is a natural gathering place for homeowners Bob and Donna Bryant and their visitors. It is also where they share some of their thoughts on the home with Homes & Living magazine.

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“The modern style also demands precision, because everything’s revealed”


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The couple raised four children to adulthood in their previous home on the westside of Vancouver, located near the busy intersection of West 49th Avenue and Granville Street. They had also gone through two extensive renovations of that 1950s home. However, in 2004, when Bob decided to retire from his career of more than 30-plus years in the advertising industry, he and Donna decided it was an opportunity to build a custom home in a quieter neighbourhood. The Bryants fell in love with the idea of a modern home after visiting friends who had already embraced the aesthetic. They made a budget and a wish list, and then revised the budget. “This was very different from the renos we’d already done, because it’s a custom house – there really is no such thing as out of the box,” says Bob. “The modern style also demands precision, because everything’s revealed. There are no moldings or baseboards to hide imperfections.” The Bryants engaged in an extensive effort to find the right team, including hiring an ‘owner’s rep’, who could act as intermediary between the architects and general contractors G Wilson Construction. This allowed the architects to focus on design and the builders to work on implementing the details. “Some people think it’s ‘here’s a blank cheque, go build a house,’ “ project manager Blair Wilson says ruefully. “It’s really about making sure people get what they want, on time and on budget.”


“People often forget houses are to touch as well as see” — Bruce Haden, Architect


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Glass, concrete, stainless steel, and warm wood – the modern aesthetic embraced


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The home has become a showpiece for the company; they bring prospective clients through to demonstrate their work. The Bryants say the home is everything they could have wanted. The linear kitchen is ideal for traffic flow while entertaining. It is bookended by two more sets of those signature doors, one concealing a closet, and the other opening up to a pantry. Beyond that is a secondary sink and a breakfast bar with stools, for easy clean up during the outdoor months. Huge glass panels allow natural light to stream in from both the south and the west for the central space; the panels frame more verdant landscaping and invite one outside to the tiered infinity pool. Some houseguests like to swim in the lower level pool, while others prefer to relax in the hot tub or soak up some sun on the deck. Giant bamboo has been planted in a glassed-in niche next to Donna’s office, providing pleasing contrast to the concrete walls. A staircase winds up the right-hand side of the house with a gentle rise that provides a sensation of gliding upward. If visitors prefer, they can take the concealed elevator up instead. PALICIO

“One side of the house is more open, and the other is a little more closed. Stormy, dark weather seems to come from the north, so we decided to create the effect of an umbrella reaching over the house, protecting it from the wind and rain.” The sense of whimsy continues upstairs, with a walkway connecting the master bedroom to the bathroom. A massive cutout leaves the deck off the master bedroom exposed to the elements; if it gets too rainy, it’s easy to watch the storm safely inside, behind the massive glass windows.





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The path up the stairs highlights wooden supports along the roofline. They are meant to evoke the ribs of an umbrella, says architect Bruce Haden.



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Donna’s dressing room is one place where they decided to forego the complete openness demanded by the modern aesthetic; items are neatly concealed behind more doors of Brazilian cherry wood. Two guest rooms and a laundry room complete the upper floor. The lowest floor contains more surprises, including a stunning indoor/outdoor garage. When the exterior garage door is open, the Bryants’ vehicles are visible to people inside the home through huge glass windows, resembling a luxury hotel lobby. A waterfall connected to the infinity pool provides a gentle soundtrack to people accessing the home from the driveway.


Every inch of space is used thoughtfully here. An expansive wine cellar has been tucked underneath the infinity pool, and a guest bedroom on this floor ensures privacy. Visitors can watch a movie in the media room, or they may be lucky enough to sit in one of two chairs in Bob’s fumoir. Additional ventilation has been installed to indulge his cigar habit while reading a book or simply relaxing alone. It feels very much like a home – one that the Bryants will be sad to leave. They are moving to West Vancouver to be closer to their grandchildren. Their love of the modern aesthetic is permanent though, says Bob – they can’t see themselves ever living in a traditional house again.

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Unconventional Art Ideas and Advice



Words by Megan Cole

Art is typically seen as sculpture, paintings or photographs, but with some furniture designers creating unique, functional, limited-edition pieces – a new breed of art collector has been created

Omer Arbel


3 BC Designers change the face of

Brent freedman Omer Arbel Vancouver designer Omer Arbel had plans to become an architect. He was mentoring with famed Spanish architect Enric Miralles, but when Miralles died of a brain tumour, Arbel returned to Canada and began a new chapter in his career. The Omer Arbel Office opened in Vancouver in 2005. Arbel creates unique limited-edition furniture, and his ability to combine form and function has clients collecting his pieces, like paintings. “I don’t like calling myself an artist,” says Arbel. “I don’t know how I bridge the gap between art and furniture. People have called my work art and collect it as if it were artwork, and I am fine with that.”

“A lot of contemporary architecture and design has lost touch with its roots in the craft and act of construction and making,” he said. “I prefer to relinquish control as the designer and do what the materials want to do.”

Brent Freedman of Gamla Design Studio With a background in music production and visual art, Vancouver’s Brent Freedman is comfortable merging form and function. Before Freedman launched Gamla, he was creating music under the name Pete Samples and building miniature models for installation pieces. “For some reason when I started Gamla I was incredibly interested in tables,” he says. “I’m fascinated with them as objects. They can be incredibly sculptural, or a place where you have friends over for a dinner party or drinks. You can also have your work station set up at a table, or it can just be a beautiful object that occupies a lot of space, in your place.” Gamla produces a number of sculptural tables, as well as headboards, benches and repurposed chairs, made of both new and found materials.

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Arbel struggles calling his pieces art because they are rooted in the real world. When Arbel creates one of his unique chairs, tables or lighting features, he allows the material to teach him what form they are going to take.


Left. Gamla

Left. Gamla

Above. Omer Arbel

Joseph Uy

Functional art is created by combining something aesthetically beautiful with the exactness of science, and for Joseph Uy, Aquascapes’ designer and president of Miyabi Aqua Designs, the role of science is crucial.

Joseph Uy

Uy creates living art with Aqua Design Amano technology, which uses carbon dioxide to grow plants inside a crystal-like glass cube. “It’s a cube of landscape underwater,” he says.” But you don’t see any water because the water is all the way to the brim of the tank. It’s like fish are flying through air in the tank.” The unique Aquascapes are custom created to a homeowner’s specifications. They can feature a mountain, an Amazon rainforest or even a scene from Star Wars. “A lot of my customers come into our Vancouver store and are interested in having an aquarium in their living room, but want one that will blend well with their high-end furniture,” says Uy. “The designs we create, combined with the Aqua Design Amano, are very elegant and beautiful.” “The glass is made of low lead and iron content glass, which makes it closer to the composition of a Swarovski crystal, than glass,” says Uy. “It’s a living landscape.”


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Coquitlam’s United Boulevard has become British Columbia’s favourite destination for furniture shopping. Here’s why...

Words by Joanne Sasvari



Left. Photo provided by IKEA

United Boulevard has become a major destination for home design. Many of the leading furnishing and design retailers line either side of United Boulevard, making this one of the most concentrated areas for consumers to shop for all their home design needs. Here you will find every type of furniture store from value-driven bargain brands to high-end luxury emporia. Designers, contractors and renovators love it because they can find just about any style their customers are looking for, whether it’s sleek European contemporary or custommade Arts and Crafts. Retail customers love it because they can park their cars and walk from store to store, exploring a world of home ideas in just a few blocks. “It has definitely developed over time,” says Steve Foster, manager of IKEA. “It has an energy and momentum. It’s quite the destination.” United Boulevard is far from complete. The shopping district has spilled over to the other side of the Trans-Canada, to the Lougheed Highway, where you’ll find IKEA and other retailers. Meanwhile plans are afoot to create a residential neighbourhood around the area. See a complete list of United Boulevard showrooms in H&L’s Source Index on page 126.



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No longer just the place for cheap bookcases (though they have those, too), the Swedish retailer has become a juggernaut of contemporary home design. The Coquitlam location was the first store to expand the United Boulevard destination across Highway 1 to the Lougheed Highway, and for many in the Lower Mainland is a destination unto itself. “Coquitlam was the right place for us,” says store manager Steve Foster. “It was an area that was starting to grow, and we could grow into the space.” You can find everything here, from candles to sofas, wardrobe systems and entire kitchens designed with the help of the store’s consultants. And all of it comes at impressively low prices. “We’re for the many,” Foster says. “We pride ourselves on our low prices and at the same time high quality and design.” Some assembly may be required.

Sandy’s Furniture 1335 United Blvd 604.520.0800

bedroom inspiration Sandy’s showrooms offer a wide range of bedroom sets on display. Bedroom sets are beautifully displayed with coordinating pieces. A great selection in a variety of styles to suit any home

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One of the first stores to open along United Boulevard, Sandy’s Furniture still sets the standard for the shopping district. “We cater to everyone,” says manager Dayna Tukutau. “We have great products at a great price, but our focus has always been quality.” The original Sandy’s opened in 1976 in an old barn on Vancouver’s Arbutus Street; it has come a long way since then. Today the store is spacious and bright, bustling with busy salespeople and packed with a massive range of brands and styles to suit all their customers’ tastes, everything from the contemporary lines of Italsofa to the meticulously handcrafted wooden furniture by Simply Amish. “The attention to detail is unbelievable,” says Tukutau. “That’s the kind of stuff we like to sell.”



Muse & Merchant 1400 United Blvd 604.524.3444

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Although Muse & Merchant is owned by the same people as next-door ScanDesigns, you’d never know it from the design esthetic. “There’s quite a difference,” says company president Gert Knudsen. Where ScanDesigns is all cool contemporary, Muse & Merchant is a funky and quirky treasure trove of beautiful finds, with a vintage feel and a globetrotting sophistication. Expect an eclectic collection of furniture from around the world, much of it made from sustainable, reclaimed and recycled materials such as elm salvaged from old buildings in China and accent pieces fashioned from recycled metals. If your taste runs to industrial design, you’ll love pieces like the Rockwell cart coffee table. If you prefer a more refined look, then the elegant Cardiff sofas and chairs may be more your thing. Muse & Merchant also specializes in sumptuous custom designs.

Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre 1338 United Blvd 604.523.6555 What strikes you first is the sparkle: Crystal chandeliers glitter and silvery chrome gleams in this temple to modern convenience. “We have everything here,” says showroom manager Mies McLennan. “We cater mostly to designers and builders, and we have everything for them.” Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre specializes in high end and luxury brands, such as lighting by Schonbeck, Tech Lighting, Kichler, Murray Feiss and Elk. And plumbers will be happy to find Kohler, Grohe, Duravit, Riobel, Caroma and Aquabrass. “A lot of the designers are looking for those particular brands,” McLennan says. This is the place not just to buy a new light, but the right one, designed perfectly for your living space.

Schonbek® Century Authentic Schonbek® Century Authentic handcut and hand-polished crystal exclusive to Schonbek, photo provided by Robinson Bath & Lighting

muse & merchant Home Couture Galleria of Fine Furniture 1311 United Blvd 604.521.7727

rolf benz 6500 Challengers come and go. Rolf Benz 6500 is here to stay. Rolf Benz 6500 is an elegant design statement and occupies an iconic status in the world’s living rooms, photo provided by Home Couture Galleria of Fine Furniture

Galleria of Fine Furniture

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From the outside, Home Couture looks big. Step inside, though, and you quickly realize that it is more than just big, it is massive, a vast showcase for luxury and beautiful design – indeed, it is the biggest furniture brands showroom in Canada. Room after room is filled with elegant furnishings by high-end brands such as Drexel Heritage, Thomasville, Henredon, Pearson, Hickory Chair, Raymond Waites, Broyhill, Couture International and CDI. It is the first store in Canada to carry the luxuriously contemporary Rolf Benz line from Germany, but it also features beautifully understated classics by Barbara Barry as well as opulent pieces by more traditional designers. Despite the abundance of furniture and accessories on the showroom floor, Home Couture actually specializes in custom design, making it must-see destination for decorators.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries 1338 United Blvd 604.521.0100

CARLYLE RECLINER Elevate your style factor along with your legs, with the decoinspired Carlyle recliner, photo provided by La-Z-Boy

London Trunks An extensive collection of case pieces styled after turn of the century steamer trunks, incorporating distressed and textured leathers, metal, and corner caps, photo provided by Muse & Merchant

natuzzi at sandy’s Natuzzi Italia sofas, sectionals, armchairs, accessories and an endless combination of styles, leathers and fabrics in a variety of colours and functions, photo provided by Sandy’s Furniture

Natuzzi Italia 1335 United Blvd 604.520.0800



Sandy’s Furniture was the first store in Canada to carry the luxuriously contemporary Natuzzi Italia line; it proved so popular, they eventually opened a separate 40,000 square foot store just to showcase the brand “It’s beautiful. It’s a different shopping experience for our customers,” says Tukutau. The look is clean, elegant and subtle in soft neutral hues with the occasional splash of vibrant colour. Natuzzi Italia is best known for its leather sofas and sectionals, but customers will also find armchairs, occasional tables, lighting and accessories. It is also a line of great functionality, with endless combinations, available, perfect for livening spaces large or small.

Stressless E200

ScanDesigns 1400 United Blvd 604.524.3444

Innovative and modern, the Stressless E200 is more beautiful than you can imagine and more comfortable than you can conceive, photo provided by ScanDesigns

Cool. Elegant. Sophisticated. Since it was founded in Vancouver in 1979, ScanDesigns has been known for showcasing contemporary European design; of course, back then, it was all rosewood and teak and today it is mostly leather and chrome. It has also grown from a single store to six across the province, including the United Boulevard location, which was one of the first stores on the strip. But the clean lines are the same, and so is the attention to quality and innovation, making ScanDesigns a leader in the contemporary furniture retail industry. You will find a large selection of up-to-the-minute designs, including what might just be the world’s most stylish recliner, the leather Stressless chairs from Ekornes.


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It’s more than just a reclining chair. Over the past decade, La-Z-Boy has developed an impressively large range of furniture and accessories in a wide variety of styles, fabrics, colours and price points. “We’ve got very sleek looking, more contemporary looks that still offer that reclining comfort,” says storeowner Tim Miller. “We are all about comfort.” That’s evident from the moment you walk in the store, with its cosy room arrangements and its friendly, accessible staff. Design consultants are on hand to offer advice, at no extra charge. And of course, if you are looking for that comfy recliner for watching the game, you’ve come to the right spot.


Traditional. West Coast. Bohemian. It doesn’t matter what home decor style you lean toward, mixing in at least one key piece of modern furniture into every room can only enrich the personality of your home. After all, we’re not one-dimensional, so why should our homes be?

Above. Oviedo Chaise by Timothy Oulton in black & white moo, from Bondars

explore some of our favourite contemporary furniture finds of the season…


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Left. McCreary sectional from Home Evolution

Left. Whittaker corner unit, from Jordans Below. Tenore loveseat by Natuzzi Italia, from Sandy’s Furniture


Instead of harsh solids, it’s all about softer neutrals like muted greys and nature-inspired weaves. The earthy-toned Whittaker corner unit, for instance, boasts a clean, sleek aesthetic, yet still manages to be warm and inviting ($11,757 including arm) at Jordans, as does the McCreary sectional ($5,250) at Home Evolution in Calgary. We’re seeing more play with texture as well – a good example of this is the Tenore loveseat by Natuzzi Italia ($3,459), at Sandy’s Furniture in Vancouver. Here, fabric and leather are combined with contrast stitch detailing, ultra thin armrests and stainless steel feet. Who says you need a full-length sofa to anchor a room?


Contemporary style doesn’t have to come at the cost of comfort. These cozy sectionals are every bit as cosmopolitan as the sterile waiting-room couches we used to associate with modern decor. The difference is these sectionals are actually nice to sit on, and gone are all the clinical whites and heavy blacks of yesteryear too.

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beds They don’t call it the ‘bedroom’ for nothing. A gorgeous bed is such a worthy investment, considering how much of our lives we spend sleeping.

Above. Alison bed from Parc Modern Interiors

Right. Tufted Wing bed bed by Bernhardt Interiors, from Bondars


This just in: upholstered headboards are all the rage. Design-wise, they free you up to mix and match your nightstands and dressers. The result is a more eclectic, stylish bedroom, which is a nice way of saying matching bedroom sets are donzo. You can go retro with the Meredian Wing King Bed ($1,929 with frame) at Sandy’s Furniture in Vancouver. With a nod to 19-century French wing chairs, the Meredian has a definite vintage vibe. But at the same time, the neutral beige, tufted linen makes for a great blank canvas – almost any decor style is going to suit this bed.


Below. Atelier bed from Home Couture

Below. Meredian Wing King bed from Sandy’s Furniture

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Modern, European design at it’s best. The Alison bed has clean lines, open frame detailing, and elegant metal legs. A classic beauty available in Queen or King (starting at $1,999) from Parc Modern Interiors, Victoria.

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A slightly more modern option is the Atelier bed in two-toned luxury leather, maple wood with birch finish (starts at $6,995), at Home Couture in Vancouver. Or, there’s the modern stoic Jordan Tufted Wing Bed by Bernhardt Interiors ($3,260) from Bondar’s Furniture in Calgary – a tour de force in masculine design, and that’s saying a lot in the upholstered headboard world.


the extras... In the realm of environmentally conscious design, one name stands apart: Thomas Bina, a designer known as much for timeless style, as livable furnishings crafted by hand from sustainably harvested and reclaimed woods. Juxtaposing warm patinas with rough and refined woods, his designs lend a sense of history to any space, though never appear dated. The artistic use of tone ensures every one-of-a-kind piece is a focal point able to blend beautifully with others.

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Place strategically for ambience and functionality

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original artwork Always a worthy investment

pillows Choose an ethnic or playful print

Rex Media Cabinet

Ryan Coffee Table


A deep club chair is timeless

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Distressed leather adds personality

Tarkan Rug Indigo Blue

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The natural flow and variation in a Cambria countertop calls people to dinner. We offer trend-forward designs, with more than 100 options to choose from. Good taste doesn’t start with the stovetop.

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After Top left. Goliath transformable table from Resource Furniture

Above. Karim Rashid extendable table and Ottawa chairs, from BoConcept

Dining Tables

When it comes to the modern dining room, we’re seeing design ingenuity at its best. For instance, extendible tables have never looked so good. The Goliath (starting at $4,000), for example, is simply stunning. Using an aluminum telescoping mechanism, this transformable table comes with five leaves, which can extend long enough to seat 12 people – available in wood, glass and lacquered finishes exclusively at Resource Furniture (various locations).

dining tables

Above. Saturno by Natuzzi from Sandy’s Furniture

Left. Adria table, from Bondars


As well, there’s the Karim Rashid Red Dot Award line at BoConcept in Calgary and Vancouver. What makes these extendable tables ($2,995) a real standout is the accompanying Ottawa Chair (from $879). These super sophisticated ultra-modern seats are available in a variety of fabrics as well as leather. So there’s nothing stopping you from playing with different colours. In the green-initiative department, the Adria 84” dining table ($2,395) at Bondars Furniture in Calgary is tops. Designed by Thomas Bina, this standout piece is handcrafted from sustainably harvested reclaimed woods, so it’s environmentally friendly as well as bea-u-ti-ful.

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Always a smart trick to create the illusion of a bigger living space – this roughhewn frame adds texture to the mirror

Mason pendant chandelier

Damon round mirror

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Choose art that compliments, but isn’t too matchy-matchy

table accessories A tray of succulents acts as a low maintenance centrepiece

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A distressed carpet adds a tactile touch

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Drawing inspiration from early French and American architecture, the Hughes Collection from Four Hands combines modern functionality with wood reclaimed from old buildings, resulting in a “found” appeal as striking as it is livable. With unique characteristics defined by the timber’s origin, the Pine and Elm are bleached, sanded, and finished to heighten their raw beauty. The addition of slate, stone, and cast iron adds to Hughes’ rustic allure.


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COFFEE TABLES Above. Hourglass Cocktail table from Drexel Heritage from Home Couture

Above. Cabaret table from Sandy’s Furniture Above. Skovby coffee table from ScanDesigns

Coffee Tables

Lets face it - coffee tables are meant to complement your key pieces, and not the other way around. So they need to be adaptable in order to fit in with the rest of your decor. Left and below. The extendable Passo table from Resource Furniture

Natuzzi Italia has designed one of the chicest, most multifaceted tables out there. The Cabaret table at Sandy’s in Vancouver is available in several base options, different tops and even different shapes. If dining room space (or lack thereof) is an issue, the Passo ($3,500) at Resource Furniture (various locations) is a great choice. This elegant quick-change coffee table can be easily pulled up and extended into a dining room table that can accommodate eight people. Of course, sometimes you just want something beautiful, and that’s where the Hourglass Cocktail table from Drexel Heritage ($1,195) comes in. Available at Home Couture in Coquitlam, this black granite and gold heirloom standout is the epitome of effortless style. The new Skovby coffee table ($1,498) from ScanDesigns can be elevated to exactly the height you want, or with the flick of a switch, transformed it into a dining table, in one sliding movement.


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Below. Rolf Benz chair from Home Couture

chairs Left and above. Stackable Pocket chair from Resource Furniture


A new chair is a perfect opportunity to imbue some personality to a room. You can add a pop of your favourite colour or go for something classic like the Marlene armchair by Natuzzi Italia (from $1,559), available in leather or fabric at Sandy’s in Vancouver. This 19th century-inspired seat of state says, you never have been and never will become, a slave to trends. Or, go for a funky statement piece like the Nuage Chair from Roche Bobois or the Oviedo Chaise by Timothy Oulton in black & white moo ($2,695 - shown on pages 58-59), available at Bondars in Calgary. This one says, “my start-up company is kicking some serious butt right now.” Germany’s luxe-line, Rolf Benz, at Home Couture in Coquitlam offers this chair (starts at $6,995) – the perfect melding of modern and classic sensibilities, this luxury leather piece says, “I want it all!”


Above. Marlene armchair by Natuzzi Italia from Sandy’s Furniture

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Right. Tavern Swivel Barstool from Sandy’s Furniture

Left. NowModern’s Eclipse Stainless bar stool from Möbler Furniture

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Left. Rolf Benz stool from Home Couture

Below. NowModern’s Eclipse walnut bar stool from Möbler Furniture

Feel like a stiff drink? Sidle up to your bar and slide into one of NowModern’s ultra-contemporary barstools. Canadian retailer, Möbler Furniture, recently launched this online stool store ( and the selection is pretty swish. From the swingin’ Eclipse Stainless bar stool ($229) in red, to the midcentury style Shell Chrome & Walnut bar stool ($149), every piece in this collection is a triumph in design. For an unapologetically minimalist look, Rolf Benz line has a lean and mean option at Home Couture in Coquitlam (starts $3,495). This sleek stool is the perfect seating for contemporary bars, but it could also offer a nice contrast to a traditional bar setting. Now, if you really want to warm up your rec room, the Tavern Swivel Barstool ($319) at Sandy’s in Vancouver is a great way to go. With a leather seat and back as well as exposed nail heads, this seating will bring a touch of old-school sophistication to just about any home bar. Inspired? When it comes to furniture, even one new piece can change up any room in a snap.


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They are the most prolific housing style in the city and they are known as Vancouver Specials. They come in many different sizes; some large models are known as double-wides and some have very distinctive off-set roof crests, but all came from stock plans which could be purchased a halfcentury ago for about $65. Builders then adapted them to the variations of a particular lot. It is estimated that between 1965 and 1985 more than 10,000 Specials were constructed. Some popped up from building permit to completion in three weeks. They are the only style of home unique to Metro Vancouver. All other housing styles have developed elsewhere and Vancouverites have added their own west coast twist.

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There are thousands of them in the city. Iconic Vancouver houses with a boxy shape, low pitched roofs, flat-faced front facades and brick garden walls adorned with white wrought iron railings and perhaps a few decorative lions or pineapples


Vancouver Specials developed as an inexpensive and fast way to house a burgeoning immigrant population while maximizing the allowable building area on standard Vancouver lots. Today with Vancouver’s sky-high real estate prices, the once deplored ‘Special’ is seen by many potential homebuyers as desirable. Specials often come at a cheaper price point, and creative homebuyers are seeing almost endless possibilities in their very flexible floor plans. Because the two floors have almost equal square footage it is common to see co-ownership arrangements, live-work spaces and multi-generational living. Vancouver Specials offer some of the most creative housing choices in the city.


This Keefer Street Vancouver Special and its mirror image neighbouring house were built together by two brothers in the 1980s in the historic Vancouver neighbourhood of Strathcona. When it was purchased by the current owners little had changed in this almost 2,000-square-foot home from when it was built, including original bathrooms, kitchen and floor plan. Intact were the solid floor-to-ceiling staircase wall which obliterated the skylights, and the dropped ceiling with its decorative spindles in the living room. By taking out these walls and opening up the kitchen to the living and dining areas, light now floods into the space through the original sky lights. As with most Specials the ceilings, and sometimes the walls, were covered in stippled or textured paint. Seeking a clean, modern look the owners painstakingly scraped down most of the stippled surfaces, leaving one bedroom ceiling true to the original surface.

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A half-century ago, Vancouver Specials stock plans could be purchased for about $65

With a sophisticated design sense from their work in the home staging industry, the owners set about creating a 21st century interior within the 1980s shell. They left the layout almost original but opened up the main floor living and kitchen area which like most Specials is one floor up from the entry. They were lucky because the house already had three bathrooms, however they have all been beautifully updated. The kitchen has also had a complete makeover with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances, including a gas range. The fireplace hearth and brickwork were left in place but painted to continue the clean, modern feel the owners were striving for. The hot water heating remains but not its accompanying clunky radiators, which have been changed to modern, low-profile units. The exterior remains original except for a coat of paint, in taupe, to give it a contemporary look. No challenge is insurmountable, however Specials present two significant ones. After a quarter of a century, the windows, which are usually inexpensive aluminum sliders, have failed and need replacing. Another challenge is the lack of insulation. The wall construction is usually 2 x 4 construction and there are rarely attics, leaving little space to add insulation without gutting either the interior walls or exterior cladding down to the studs.

Diane Switzer is the Executive Director of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation. She has a passion for the history and heritage of her native Vancouver, and for the past 14 years has brought the history of city neighbourhoods and buildings alive through walking, bus and self-guided tours, lectures, film nights and guidebooks. Her creative, award-winning programs stretch conventional thinking of what a heritage building is to include Vancouver Specials, mid20th century architecture and the entire span of the architectural history of the city.


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These owners had the objective of finding a home in the Strathcona neighbourhood – although they had no intention of becoming Vancouver Special renovators. This house however, became their very special Strathcona Special – very Vancouver indeed.


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Gulf Islands Getaway


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Right. Salt Spring Island. Photo provided by Tourism British Columbia. Photography by Russ Heinl

When it comes to gorgeous natural settings, you really can’t do much better than BC... And, in all of my years of travel, I still haven’t found a place that can match the stunning beauty and tranquility of the Gulf Islands. Most of the 225 Gulf Islands are very small and can be reached only by private boat. But the six larger islands, Salt Spring, Pender, Mayne, Galiano, Saturna and Gabriola, are serviced by ferries and float planes regularly. The area’s mild climate is almost like the Mediterranean, making it the perfect location for wineries and holistic farms. Stunning landscapes act as a backdrop for the creative atmosphere you find on the Islands, which attract artists and visitors looking for one-of-a-kind finds. Time slows down in the Gulf Islands and tourists usually feel a sense of tranquility during their stay. Island hopping over a week or so is a great way to explore the islands, but spending time focusing on one island at a time is also a fun way to soak it all in. Besides taking the opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenic landscape and explore local arts, you can dine in gourmet restaurants and shop in eclectic boutiques. For outdoor lovers, you’ll definitely be in the right place. Try out activities like hiking, kayaking, golfing and fishing. Bike riding is probably the best way to traverse the islands and explore more in a shorter amount of time. Take your bike on vacation to the Gulf Islands and easily walk on the smaller ferries servicing the main islands; this is a fantastic way to explore. A couple of years ago, National Geographic Traveler named the Gulf Islands one of the world’s best coastal destinations and if you’ve been there, it is easy to see why. Let’s take a closer look at three of my favorite Gulf Islands and some incredible resorts that are sure to put the relaxation into your next getaway.


Words by Claire Newell

Natural beauty never taken for granted

Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island is the largest, most populated and arguably the best known of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands.

Salt Spring Island is an unspoiled paradise rich in community spirit and brimming with forest, trails and beautiful beaches. Combine this with resorts and spas, worldclass art and a lively music and performing arts scene and it’s no wonder the island is a favorite of travelers.

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The island’s largest village, Ganges, is located in the center of the island and is a focal point for galleries, restaurants, pubs, unique shops and bookstores. On Saturdays, visitors will love the spectacular outdoor Saturday craft market.


Left. The west coast of Galiano island Bottom. Salt Spring Island. Photo provided by Tourism British Columbia. Photography by Adrian Dorst

Salt Springs Spa Resort

Salt Spring Island’s highly acclaimed seaside spa resort features uniquely designed ocean view and forest view chalets, each with their own cozy woodburning fireplace, full kitchen and two person mineral water hydro-jet bathtub. Their organic and Ayurvedic health spa offers a full range of traditional and modern holistic body, beauty and fitness treatments and programs. Galiano Island

In keeping with the tranquil Island vibe, at Galiano, you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere. Sturdies Bay is where you’ll find most of the island’s restaurants, shops, and galleries. The bakery and ice cream parlor are just up the road from the ferry terminal at the island’s south end facing Active Pass and near-neighbor Mayne Island. Visitors can also take some time to explore the quiet country roads winding through the forest, play a challenging round of golf or kayaking along the shoreline.


Right. The sparkling white spray of its breath surrounds an orca as it surfaces in the waters of Galiano Island

Galiano Inn Willem van der Velde II, Warships in a Calm Sea, 1678 (detail) , oil on canvas, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Davidson, Photo: Henri Robideau, Vancouver Art Gallery.

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The Galiano Inn & Spa is a West Coast resort at its finest. This spectacular waterfront property boasts a world-class spa and beautiful gardens. Guests can relax on private balconies and take in the gorgeous view. Every room has an ocean view and wood-burning fireplace so winding down is made easy here. Foodies will love to sample cuisine at the award winning eat@galianoinn. This onsite restaurant boasts dishes featuring local fish, produce, poultry and artisan cheeses.


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Pender Island

Known as the friendly islands, “the Penders” are actually two islands joined by a bridge. Outlined by scenic coves and beaches, you’ll find the perfect place for family vacations, romantic escapes and even corporate retreats. The island has a 9-hole golf course and a 27-hole disc golf course. You’ll also find numerous art galleries, shops and restaurants. There are various local events there throughout the year, including the Pender Island Fall Fair and the Lantern Festival. On Saturday mornings during the summer, the Pender Island Farmer’s Market a local produce and handcrafts, as well as entertainment. Poets Cove Resort

Top. Pender Island. Photo provided by Tourism British Columbia. Photography by Andrea Johnson Bottom. Pender Harbour. Photo provided by Tourism British Columbia. Photography by Albert Normandin

At Poets Cove Resort, you can spend the day enjoying the array of activities the resort has to offer, including biking, kayaking and even whale watching. Guests also have complimentary use of the pools and full fitness facilities. Enjoy fine, contemporary West Coast cuisine at Aurora Restaurant, or relax with classic comfort food and seasonal specialties at their more casual Syrens Bistro. Accommodation choices include villas, cottages or hotel rooms each designed beautifully with natural materials. Each one of the 46 units and rooms has a fireplace, balcony and stunning views of the ocean. I highly recommend checking out Galiano, Salt Spring and Pender Island the next time you are planning a local getaway. Set your watch to “Island Time” and get some much needed R & R on the Gulf Islands. If you are interested in taking a trip to the Gulf Islands here are some helpful websites: | |


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haunting of... Ghosts of Vancouver

One of Vancouver’s best known landmarks, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, has stood on the south side of West Georgia Street, between Burrard and Hornby Streets, since 1939

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Lady in Red Photograph provided by The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

This is the third iteration of the hotel, the previous two having both been situated further east along Georgia Street, between Howe and Granville. Capped with a steep-pitched copper roof and guarded by ghoulish gargoyles, this classically Canadian, chateau-style hotel has a resident ghost.


The Hotel Vancouver is known to be haunted by the benevolent spirit of an elegantly dressed “Lady in Red”. Her apparition is usually spotted on the 14th floor and has also been seen in the ground floor lobby near the guest elevator doors. She sometimes passes through elevator doors on those floors and glides along the hallways. Most intriguing is that the 1st and 14th floors are the only levels that have a set of non-operational elevator doors that lead to an empty elevator shaft. The ghost has been seen passing through those sealed doors. In the 1990s, a crewmember of The X-Files who was helping set-up for filming on the 14th floor, saw the ghost gliding silently along one of the hallways. Many believe that the Lady in Red is the ghost of Jennie Pearl Cox, a Vancouver socialite who, with her husband and daughter, was a regular guest at many of the hotel’s dinner dances and other such occasions in the early 1940s. Some say that she took up full-time residence in the hotel after dying in a car accident nearby.

Photograph by Roderick LeClair

Words by Greg Mansfield

However, pre-1980s hotel employees used to recount a more horrific story that Mrs. Cox accidentally fell into the empty elevator shaft at the 14th floor. The doors somehow opened and she stepped into the void. This would help explain why her ghost is seen gliding in and out of the doors to that shaft, and the tale of her dying in a car wreck may have simply been a “better for business” cover-up. We may never know whether the Lady in Red is indeed the spirit of Mrs. Cox or how she really died, but she seems to enjoy getting people’s attention.

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The Lady in Red has also been encountered in some of the guest rooms. Once, a Japanese family checked into a 14th floor room and was greeted by the phantom, sitting at the end of a bed. They were so confused by her appearance that they called down to the front desk to ask whether their accommodation had been double-booked. In a separate incident, a bellman saw the Lady in Red follow some guests into room 1403. When he caught up and entered the room with the guests’ luggage, she had vanished.



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More recently, disembodied footsteps and other inexplicable noises have been recorded by security cameras in a stairwell near the 14th floor. Even hardcore skeptics, like some of the security personnel at the hotel, have admitted that something out of the ordinary is going on in this grand old building.




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Living Well

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Vancouver Spas take inspiration from martial arts, indigenous ingredients, and innovative techniques

Chi, the spa at the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver


WORDS BY Catherine Roscoe Barr

CHI, The Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel Steeped in Asian tradition, CHI, The Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver is influenced by the company’s Hong Kong base, and inspired by the mythical paradise of Shangri-La.

The spa’s exotic signature treatments, Wushu Body Wisdom Massages, take inspiration from Wushu martial arts, focus on removing energy blocks and restoring life force, or Qi, through guided stretching and Qigong breathing, a variety of massage techniques, and individualized CHI element oils. Practitioners undergo training with specialists from the Shangri-La Academy in China, who studied with a Wushu Master in the Wudang Mountains of Northern China. The Toxin Release pre-treatment incorporates holding onto a long Tibetan bamboo rod to assist with easing tight muscles and increase range of motion before disrobing and climbing into a luxurious treatment bed for targeted massage and warm bamboo rolling. 90-minute Wushu Toxin Release ($225) Treatments are followed by hot ginger tea and suggestions for post-treatment exercises to do at home. All guests have complimentary access to the outdoor pools and terrace, fitness centre and a quiet studio for stretching, yoga or Pilates.

Above. Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver

Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Enter the sophisticated Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, high above the bustling streets of downtown, and you’ll find an urban oasis overlooking Vancouver’s picturesque harbour and the North Shore mountains. Serenity-seekers should arrive 45 minutes pre- treatment time to partake in Willow Stream’s Spa Ritual, a relaxing journey inspired by traditional Japanese hydrotherapy. The co-ed outdoor terrace has tables to enjoy a healthy lunch – the bento box is divine – and rattan pod chairs for quiet contemplation, as well as two Jacuzzis and an infrared sauna to coax tired muscles into bliss. Signature treatments feature the B. Kamins and Kerstin Florian product lines and include The Great Canadian Facial ($149/60 minutes), which comprises a customized peel, glacial water from BC, a Saskatchewan-sourced clay mask, and maple-infused moisturizer. The Tranqwillow by the Sea ($219/90 minutes), begins with exfoliation and a lavender oil massage of the back, and ends with a customized facial plus scalp massage. The well-equipped fitness centre, complimentary for spa guests, features cardio equipment from TechnoGym’s Excite line, the TechnoGym Kinesis cable pulley machine for functional strength training, and a separate movement studio where intimate yoga classes are held. Yoga classes and personal training sessions are available at an additional cost.

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You’ll step into your own little world when you enter your private spa-suite, with its relaxation lounge, fireplace, soaker tub, heated floors, and, through sliding wooden doors, a powder room with vanity and shower.


Left. Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver

Sense Spa at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia The Rosewood Hotel Georgia, the cosmopolitan update of the historic 1927-built Hotel Georgia, grounds itself by incorporating elements of the surrounding cultural and natural history but is elevated through its polished decor and exquisite attention to detail. So, too, does the fourth floor Sense Spa capture this gracious yet grounded ambience, through its gleaming marble floors and stunning art collection – the hotel has one of the largest private collections of Canadian art – and thoughtful touches like the hot towel guests receive upon arrival, infused with the spa’s signature scents of peppermint and basil. The Rosewood philosophy, A Sense of Place, guided many of these thoughtful touches, including the use of Vancouverbased Beauty through Balance products – which count sustainably harvested Pacific seaweed and BC glacial clay as key ingredients – as one of their signature product lines.

Above and left. Sense Spa pool and fitness centre at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver

Left. Sense Spa at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver

The innovative spa also features the rejuvenating oxygen treatments and retail products from Intraceuticals, whose website displays countless celebrity endorsements of luminous, youthful skin. The Rejuvenate Infusion treatment ($175/50 minutes, $225/80 minutes) begins with a two-step deep cleanse using the Clarisonic electric cleansing brush, and the Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Serum, containing hyaluronic acid, green tea extract, and Vitamins A, C, E, is administered through an application wand using hyperbaric oxygen. The 80-minute treatment also includes exfoliation, skin resurfacing, extractions and a facial massage. The hotel’s large, modern fitness centre has high-end equipment like FreeMotion’s dual cable cross and a bright studio for a post-workout stretch, and adjacent to the fitness centre is a 52-foot indoor saltwater pool, with lounge chairs for relaxing. Complimentary parking is offered to spa guests and, for a limited time, locals receive a 15 percent discount on spa services.



Words by Cathy Watters

Vancouver’s Lori Popadiuk is a full-time artist and part-time interior designer who has found a way to marry the clean aesthetics of interior design with the creative flow of abstract art

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Inspired by nature, Lori Popadiuk uses a limited palette made up mostly of white and greys to create textured works reminiscent of sunlit birch bark trees. Becoming an artist was, for Lori, a natural step that came from growing up in a creative family that includes a couple of uncles who are well-established artists in Scotland. She began painting 20 years ago in oils, switching to non-toxic acrylics nine years ago when she was pregnant with the first of her two children. (She met her husband, a graphic designer, at art school.) “I always thought I’d go back to oils, but acrylics are so much easier,” she says, noting clean up and drying time are part of what won her over. “And how I build up the layers and finish it, it has the feel and depth of oil.” While her oils were rich with colour and imagery, her acrylics are minimalist and abstract. “I don’t know if it’s something I moved to subconsciously after taking interior design, but it’s what I’m attracted to,” she says, adding that she loves the effects of using so much white. She also creates texture by building up layers of paint and gesso, and adding non-paint elements like stamped words or cut up paper, to create visual interest. For example, when she created “In the News,” she cut out pieces of old magazines and newspapers, including them in her painting so the more someone looks, the more they discover. She likens it to peeling back wallpaper or birch bark to see what’s underneath. For commissioned pieces, she asks clients to look through their shoeboxes or attics and find things they’ve collected that having meaning to them – sheets of music, maps from places they’ve travelled to, special dates – and she incorporates them into the painting. “I like to encourage people to go through that stuff again and give it a new lease on life,” Lori says. “I’ll put it into a painting and you can see your story, your whole history, in a piece of art.” Lori Popadiuk is one of seven artists at the Red Door Studio. Lori’s work can be seen at Van Dop Gallery. For information, call 778.838.4321 or visit


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German-born Martin Honert’s fascination with memories is explored through manipulated scale and meticulous renderings in his physical three-dimensional formations. Viewers are transported to their childhood, where adults look like giants, tables are oversized and stories pop right off the page

Contemporary art often confronts the concept of memory indirectly through mediums such as photographs, illustrations, or drawings. In his first Canadian solo exhibit, German artist Martin Honert asks the physical reality of his sculptures to represent the illusion of his childhood memories by depicting these ways in which we remember. His meticulously manipulated sculptures are a secondary revision, a representation, of his personal past in the Ruhr Valley of Germany. Honert makes us question where the truth in memory resides. Is it in the bridge created between past and present, to the historical objects and lived experiences or is it in the process of remembering itself? Memory encodes our outside world into an inner receptacle where images and experiences are stored for long periods of time. They can later be retrieved, revisited and relived. However these memories are not stagnant. They evolve. They are manipulated by the mind. He casts us physically back into our childhood, where adults seem huge, tables are always too big, and our wild imagination makes characters all too real. However, our memories can often fade, dissolve and disappear, which is why Honert says he attempts “to save an image before it dies within me.” Honert’s art installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery consists of ten large-scale sculptures dips into his small body of work spanning the breadth of his thirty-year career. It also includes an exciting new piece of work that has yet to be exhibited. His three-dimensional art pieces transform the observer’s perception of time and space by broadening the sensory experience with physical magnitude. Honert’s sculptures of contemporary everyday subject matter come to life just as action figures take on personas in child’s play. These verist sculptures show the imperfections of the memory and that art is not simply perfect pictures hanging on a wall. Right. Photo (1993) epoxy resin, oil and acrylic on wood. MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main. Acquired with funding from the Margarethe and Gustav Kober Donation, 2005/101 © Martin Honert/ SODRAC (2013). Photo: Axel Schneider, Frankfurt am Main

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Words by Courtney Rosborough


Above. Starling (1992) polyester resin and paint. Private Collection Š Martin Honert/SODRAC (2013). Photo: Axel Schneider, Frankfurt am Main

Although Honert’s subject matter is very personal, there is a void of nostalgia as he opens up a blank page for us to project our childhoods onto



Honert states he is interested in “the contradiction between a personal theme but a dry presentation.” So although Honert’s subject matter is very personal, there is a void of nostalgia as he opens up a blank page for us to rewrite our childhoods onto. The images he creates are emotionally inert as he avoids the autobiographical avenue and isolates them from their original context of his childhood memories, reducing them to their “purest state.” Void of personal implications, the viewer is left to exchange a conversation on only what they see. The sculptures are also simplistic in description and title, as Honert did not want his words to direct the viewer’s experience, left dry and open for interpretation. A type of ready-made art, Honert fabricates all of his own material out of brittle polystyrenes, a rigid plastic. It is malleable much like glass when heated, allowing for fine-detailed moldings. Often transparent, it is easily coloured with vivid primary colours. A floor sculpture, Fire (1992), which was inspired by a childhood dictionary illustration, exemplifies this technique and Honert’s timely dedication of an almost obsessive measure to the fine details of his sculptures. This particular creation was transformed over a number of years from plaster to polyester resign, which was then hand painted and lit from within. Vastly simplistic in his subject matter, Honert is meticulous with their renderings. Working with such delicate material, each piece can take months or even longer to create resulting in a small body of work.

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Objects are infused with intrinsic meaning created from a social conversation about their history, the connotations and experiences we as viewers have placed on them. This inherent meaning becomes hard to strip away. Honert acknowledges this by placing his objects in a void space, deliberately distancing the viewer from the context in which he can interject relevance. He creates a space, time and stage for the viewer to contemplate the object, to project their memories and allows for philosophical reflection. The observer does not simply see the object in this present space, but rather is invited to see their own childhood story as well. This sets the unprecedented importance of the observer’s inclusion in that which is observed, projecting expectations and social habits onto the object.


Top. Children’s Crusade (1985-1987) acrylic on polyester and oil on canvas. Private Collection © Martin Honert/SODRAC (2013) Middle. Fire (1992) painted and illuminated polyester. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Partial and promised gift of Ivan Moskowitz and Herbert Moskowitz, 98.85 © Martin Honert/ SODRAC (2013) Photo: Axel Schneider, Frankfurt am Main Bottom. Lantern (2000) aluminum, plexiglas, inkjet prints, polystyrene and fluorescent lights. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery © Martin Honert/SODRAC (2013)

Child Crusade Child Crusade (1985-1987) was Honert’s first large scale installation made from 1985-87 just after his graduation from Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf. Inspired by a history lesson he heard as a young boy in school, the characters march right out of the page like a popup book. Featureless faces molded out of cast-polyster resemble toy soldiers that would have been played with at this time. Photo (1993) depicts a small child with a cartoonish cold stare sitting at an oddly large sized table and is lightly sprayed with charcoal dust to represent the shadows of the old photograph it renders. Wonder. Fantasy. Innocence. Naivety. The childhood collective experience resonates in these works of art as they transport the viewer back to feeling small, confused, awkward and lost. We have distanced ourselves from these initial childhood memories like the bedtime rituals and children’s books where the world was way too big and there was no limitation on imagination. Honert has frozen these moments in time for everyone to recollect the childish creativity that we as adults tend to forget we ever had. To see the world through your child-like eyes again. He resurrected his memories through the documentation of a childhood in post-war Germany where fantasies live in molded plastic, reminding us all of the creative child within. “The VAG has a strong mandate to support contemporary art and introduce the work of international artists to a Vancouver audience for the first time”, says Kimberly Phillips, Public Programs Coordinator-Interpretation. This will be Director Kathleen S. Bartels and Jeff Wall’s fifth collaboration. They chose Honert as he showcases a “particularly compelling relationship to the history of picture-making and representation.” This Vancouver Art Gallery installation runs until October 14, 2013






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Whet Your Appetite


Cactus Club opens its 23rd restaurant – considered its flagship – in Vancouver’s picturesque Coal Harbour

To call this landmark spot, a stones throw from the Olympic Cauldron, a primo location, is a bit of an understatement. The jaw-dropping view, the gallery-worthy art pieces and decor, plus some fine West Coast cuisine – means no shortage of lined up guests. The culinary force behind Cactus Restaurants is of course, celebrated Executive Chef Rob Feenie, who continues to up the menu-ante with new offerings of fresh local ingredients, including Ocean Wise sustainable seafood.




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WITH CORN, BACON, AND RED PEPPER RAGOUT Serves. 4 This dish makes an excellent starter for a meal or a nice lunch when served with a simple green salad.

In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, rice vinegar and lemon juice. Set aside. Heat a large frying pan on medium. Add the bacon and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring, until crisp. Stir in onions, corn, bell peppers and chili and sauté for 2 minutes, then add lime juice and butter. Season with salt and pepper, reduce the heat to low and simmer while scallops are cooking. (Or refrigerate the ragout in an airtight container for up to 2 days.) Preheat a stovetop grill or a barbecue to medium-high. Warm a plate in the oven at 200º F. Pat scallops dry with paper towels and season with salt, pepper and a dash of olive oil. Grill scallops for 2 minutes, turn over and grill for another 1 minute. Transfer to the warm plate. Divide the ragout evenly among 4 plates and top each serving with 3 scallops. Spoon about 2 tsp of the soy dressing over each plate and garnish with cilantro. Serve immediately.


The interior design of the restaurant offers plenty of at-home inspiration, like Carrara marble counters, white oak paneling, Cassina Italian leather chairs and barstools, plus hand-cut Brazilian slate flooring. And like all Cactus Clubs, Coal Harbour features its own unique original art collection, with some of BC’s best in the mix.

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1 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp rice vinegar 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 slices smoked bacon, in ¼-inch dice ½ cup diced red onions 1 cup corn kernels, cut off the cob ½ red bell pepper, in ¼ inch dice (about ½ cup) 1 Thai chili, seeded and finely minced 1 Tbsp Lime Juice (juice of 1 lime) 1 Tbsp unsalted butter 12 large scallops (muscles removed from sides if present) 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro



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kosher salt sugar water crushed black peppercorns fresh thyme bay leaves double-cut pork chops, each 12 to 14 oz extra-virgin olive oil

To brine pork, combine salt, sugar and the 4 cups water in a large glass or enamel bowl, mixing until dissolved. Add peppercorns, thyme and bay leaves and refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes. Place pork chops in a large resealable bag, cover with brine and close tightly. Place the bag in a large bowl and refrigerate for 24 hours.



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APPLE-PINEAPPLE RELISH 1/2 cup 1 Tbsp ½ cup 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp 1/3 cup

diced Granny Smith apple fresh lemon juice diced pineapple rice vinegar liquid honey roasted pecans, lightly crushed

In a large bowl, toss apple with lemon juice until well coated. Add pineapple, rice vinegar and honey and set aside. This relish will keep (without the pecans, which are added just before serving) refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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Finish pork chops Preheat a barbeque grill to 400ºF. Line a plate with paper towels. Using tongs, remove pork chops from the brine and set on the lined plate to absorb any liquid. (If the pork chops are damp, the meat will flame on the barbeque.) Discard the brine. Allow pork chops to come to room temperature, 15 to 20 minutes, then season with salt and black pepper and brush lightly with olive oil. Grill chops for 5 minutes, then turn them 45º and cook for another 5 minutes. Turn chops over and grill for 5 minutes, then turn them 45º and grill for 5 minutes more. Insert a meat thermometer; once the meat reads 160ºF, immediately remove chops from the heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes.


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Line a small plate with a paper towel. In a medium frying pan on medium heat, cook bacon until lightly crispy, about 5 minutes. (If the meat begins to smoke, reduce heat.) Remove bacon form the pan and drain on the lined plate. Carefully pour off some of the rendered fat, then add shallots and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in Brussels sprouts and cook for 2 more minutes, then add bacon and butter and toss lightly. Season with salt, black pepper and lemon juice. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese.


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“We are proud to open our flagship restaurant at this landmark location for Vancouver,” says Richard Jaffray, president and founder, Cactus Restaurants Ltd. “In 25 years of operations, it is our largest restaurant to date and we look forward to creating a one-of-a-kind dining experience inspired by this location.”



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Street HOME TO VANCOUVER’S OLD CHINATOWN IN THE 1960s CHINATOWN’S NEON-LIGHTED PENDER STREET WAS THE DESTINATION FOR RESTAURANTS AND NIGHT LIFE Brian Croft’s painting shows Pender Street looking west from Main Street in 1960. Chinatown was in its full neon glory and at the height of its popularity as an exotic destination of interesting shops, restaurants and nightlife. There weren’t any fast food chain restaurants such as McDonald’s in the whole city. Chinatown was one of the city’s first popular restaurant destinations for exotic business lunches and special family dinners. The neon helped to make it all fabulous. In the distance looms the Sun Tower on Pender at Abbott Street, the tallest building in the British Empire when it was built as the World Tower in 1912. In Chinatown Pender Street was home to the WK Gardens, Mings and Bamboo Terrace restaurants plus the Marco Polo Supper Club where the Fifth Dimension and Bill Haley and the Comets played. In 1954 the landmark Ho Ho Chop Suey Restaurant opened at 100 East Pender on the corner at Columbia Street. Its well-known neon blade sign featured a neon rice bowl at its base. The building was constructed in 1912 for Loo Gee Wing, one of a number of successful Chinatown merchants who had made fortunes during the Gold Rush. In the 1970s the Ho Ho restaurant was a favourite of both Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and local comedy duo Cheech and Chong.


Chinatown - 1960, shows Pender Street at the apex of its popularity as a restaurant destination and captures the essence of those magical times in Chinatown, 1960.

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Thousands of Chinese immigrants first came to British Columbia in the 1858 Gold Rush. In the early 1880s thousands more were brought in to build the Canadian Pacific Railway to Vancouver. The beginning of Vancouver’s Chinatown goes back to 1885, just before the completion of the railway and the founding of the City of Vancouver in 1886. Chinatown began to take shape at the south end of Gastown’s Carrall Street, along Pender Street that then ran along the shore of False Creek. Pender Street was named after Pender Island, one of the many street names in the downtown area that was picked in 1885 by copying names from a map of the Georgia Straight. Pender Island was named after the Royal Navy Captain Daniel Pender, who in the 1860s commanded the SS Beaver, the first motor-driven ship in the Pacific Northwest of North America. Today the oldest building in Chinatown is the Wing Sang building at 51 East Pender. It was built in 1889 for Yip Sang, who had made a fortune bringing in thousands of Chinese labourers for the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. As his family expanded to include 4 wives, 19 sons, 4 daughters and 81 grandchildren, he housed most of them on that same site by building a 6-storey tower at the rear.


Above left to right.SubLieutenant E.P. Bedwell, 2nd Master Daniel Pender, Mrs. G.H. Richards, 1st Lieutenant William Moriarity; standing, Dr. David Lyell, Paymaster W.H.J. Brown, Captain G.H. Richards, 2nd Lieutenant R.C. Mayne; of HMS Plumper. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives B-03617.

In recent years condo-king Bob Rennie spent $10 million to buy and renovate the 1889 building into his office, and the 1912 tower into an art gallery housing one of the largest collections of contemporary art in Canada. Just one block over from Pender Street on Chinatown’s Keefer Street revitalization has been going on since the 1990s with the construction of a huge parkade and the largest Chinese restaurant in Canada. Recent additions include the Chinatown Night Market, Bao Bei Chinese restaurant and the Keefer Bar at the street level of The Keefer luxury hotel, which features installations by Doug Coupland. This year on the two corners where Keefer meets Main Street the new 9-storey residential Keefer Block will open, and across the street a 17-storey condominium tower called 188 Keefer. As part of the original centre of the city, historic Pender Street is within walking distance of the downtown business district, Gastown, Burrard Inlet, False Creek and two Skytrain stations. Pender Street and the historic area around Chinatown are now prime areas for residential redevelopment.

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There are some very sound reasons why SUVs are so popular and possibly the most convincing one is the versatility they offer. Luxury SUVs in particular combine AWD/4WD go-anywhere capability with the comfort of a high-end sedan and not only offer outstanding passenger space, but also unmatched

cargo capacity. Add to this the safe, commanding, driving position you get with a big SUV and you have what must be the ultimate road trip vehicle - safe, fast and comfortable. It’s true that SUVs with conventional drivetrains aren’t the most economical vehicles around, but it’s worth noting that several automakers featured offer hybrid versions too. Non-hybrid products boast advanced engine technology that translates into surprising fuel economy, even with a big V-8 powerplant under the hood. Nowadays, many V-8s are more fuel-thrifty than V6s used to be, yet they offer the hauling power and torque needed to easily tow a largish boat or horse trailer. We chose six plush SUVs but there at least a dozen more around - it’s very much a buyer’s market.

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Given the number of feature-laden luxury SUVs on the market today, it’s easy to forget that this highly popular class of vehicle had the humblest of beginnings. After all, the original Jeep was a bare-bones military personnel hauler and the first Land Rover was initially designed for agricultural chores. Today, luxury SUVs are thriving as never before and in many cases, several automakers have bounced back from the brink of financial disaster by getting involved in this segment.


The Fast & The Luxurious 2013’s hottest SUVs



1 Porsche Cayenne GTS A few years back, Porsche fans were amazed (and often horrified!) to learn that the legendary sports car builder from Stuttgart was getting into the SUV business. Many had to eat their words when the automaker’s Cayenne SUVs started turning track times to match the sports cars and ever since, the vehicle has been a strong seller worldwide. Top Cayenne is the desirable GTS, which uses a 420-horsepower 4.8-litre V-8 matched to an efficient 8-speed transmission. Few SUVs at any price handle as well as this Cayenne - not surprising when Porsche’s racing background is considered. Having that elegant Porsche shield on the nose of your rig doesn’t come cheaply, of course, and a GTS will relieve you of almost $94,000. A basic Cayenne comes for a lot less.


Rover 2 Range Sport Land Rover is still regarded as the automaker that kick-started the SUV business back in 1948, but the latest Range Rover Sport is a far cry from the old “farmer’s favourite.” The elegant and stately Range Rover was completely re-designed quite recently and is now more regal than ever. The top Sport Supercharged model is the performance variant in this lineup and departs a little from the norm by using a supercharger to coax 510-horsepower from its 5.0-litre V-8 engine. The Range Rover’s off-road capability is respected worldwide and even though this vehicle is as luxurious and refined as can be imagined, it’ll go just about anywhere a wheeled vehicle could be taken. Perhaps the most desired SUV on the market, the Sport Supercharged will run you a little over $100,000.

3 Audi Q5 Hot-selling compact crossover/SUV products have been getting a lot of attention from luxury automakers recently and Audi’s offering for eager buyers is the Q5, which is available in conventional and hybrid versions. Quickest of the Q5s is the 3.0T, which boasts a three-litre turbocharged V-6 with a solid 272-horsepower. This Audi follows current transmission trends by mating its V-6 to an 8-speed and this means smoother power delivery and enhanced fuel economy. The interior is finished to Audi’s exceptionally high standards and like many of its competitors, it’s just as happy on a backroad trail as it is on the freeway. It’s a less expensive proposition than its “big brother” Q7 at less than $50,000 for the V-6 turbo.

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BMW’s X5 has long been one of the most popular upscale SUVs around and at the pinnacle of the model lineup is the X5 M performance model. All BMWs are desirable vehicles, but when there’s an “M” attached to the model name, it’s something very special. The X5 M uses a potent 4.4-liter twinturbocharged V-8 that develops a whopping 555 horsepower. Not the sort of rig you’d take to a Greenpeace get-together, it offers racecar-like performance and handling to match. Off-road, it has the power to get you through the trickiest challenges and back on the highway, it’s limo-comfortable. BMW’s top SUV costs $98,500 and those who buy them think it’s money well spent.

5 Lexus LX Lexus, perhaps unsurprisingly, builds one of the most opulent SUVs available and it’s also one of the toughest and roomiest. The big LX 570 was re-styled recently and now has the bold grille design you’ll find on other products from Toyota’s luxury offshoot. The rather exclusive LX is powered by a mighty 5.7-litre V-8 putting out 383-horsepower and torque to match. And while most luxury SUVs are very trail-capable, this one is better than most thanks to an exceptionally rugged bodyshell and suspension system. When the going gets really demanding, the LX’s nine inches of suspension travel helps out, as does a height adjustment function. The LX’s impressive combination of durability, luxury and refinement can be yours for a price tag of up to $94,850.

6 Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Mercedes-Benz offers SUVs and crossovers in several sizes, but tops on the performance scale is the ML 63 AMG, with all the speed and power the company’s tuning affiliate can deliver. As with BMW’s M-products, AMGs are something special and the engines are hand built, one at a time, at a separate factory to where the vehicles are built. The ML 63 lives up to its promise and uses a silky and powerful 5.5-litre turbocharged V-8 mated to a 7-speed automatic with manual override. The result is 550-horsepower with an available option package. Superbly finished, beautifully put together and proudly carrying the undeniably-prestigious Mercedes three-pointed star, this AMG SUV will run you over $100,000 and more if the options list is fully exploited.

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WEST VANCOUVER CELEBRATES ITS 23RD HARMONY ARTS FESTIVAL A summertime celebration of art, music and food on Ambleside’s waterfront; the Harmony Arts Festival, presented by Odlum Brown Limited, is back with some fresh new experiences, plus some festival favourites. “We are so excited for this year’s Festival. We are expecting more than 100,000 visitors over the ten days who will be able to take part in truly unique experiences to West Vancouver. The culinary events will feature creations from local restaurants at our annual BEST of the WEST tasting event on the pier and a RARE night with Rodney’s Oyster Bar where you will have the ocean at your feet.” — Christie Rosta, Special Events and Festivals Manager

This year’s festival includes RARE, sponsored by Fresh St. Market. A culinary evening inspired by the West Vancouver Museum’s collection of notable Canadian artists including Emily Carr, Gordon Smith, Jack Shadbolt and more. The beachfront at Lawson Creek Studio transforms into a contemporary casual dining lounge featuring Rodney’s Oyster Bar, and complimented with pairings by house wine. This unique waterfront experience includes live music and fabulous food, all on the water’s edge. Thursday, August 8. Limited tickets available, $75 each.

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A not-to-be-missed foodie event is the third-annual BEST of the WEST, a tasting event and competition including 12 local restaurants and wineries, sponsored by Park Royal. Wednesday, August 7. Tickets - $100 each. For the little ones and tweens, the new Artsy Kids outdoor studio, sponsored by North Shore News – a series of workshops, live demonstrations and hands-on art making activities like print and paper making, wood carving, bookbinding, black and white photography, animation, jewellery making, painting and more.

This year’s festival kicks off with Spirit of the West on the main stage and continues with more than 70 free concerts taking place on two outdoor stages: the Pacific Arbour Garden Stage in the Grosvenor Waterfront Lounge, and the West Vancouver Community Foundation Main Stage, home to the Onni Group Sunset Concerts, in John Lawson Park. The 2013 Harmony Arts Festival takes place August 2–11. For more information call 604-925-7268 or visit

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A high quality Art Market along Argyle Avenue allows you to meet local, regional and national artists and artisans, plus view and purchase artworks created by some of Canada’s most celebrated creative imaginations.


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Back to School – Dorm Style Ikea tells us “back to school isn’t just about new courses, new books and new people – it’s about a new room, too. But even if you have to share, you don’ have to compromise on showing off who you are.” Dorm rooms are notoriously dull – beige, bland and boring. Adding some colour to your study-space is certainly more exciting and no matter how dull the topic when it comes to hitting the books – colour really does inspire.

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When you hear it, you want it. When you see it, you want it even more. But when you drive it, you have to have it. It’s your turn to test drive desire. Your turn to experience the legend for your lifetime: the F-TYPE, starting at $69,000.* The glorious bloodline continues this June at Jaguar Vancouver.

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1730 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC V6J 3G7 Canada For information call 604-738-5577 or visit

©2013 JAGUAR LAND ROVER NORTH AMERICA, LLC. *Price shown is MSRP, Excludes destination/handling, tax, title, license, Retailer fees and optional equiptment. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your Jaguar Vancouver for details. Vehicle shown with optional equipment.