INTRODUCTION Summer is here and the team at ION has but together a helpful guide for things that we feel are worth checking out. This time asked some of the people that are putting Vancouver on the map what they like to do in our fine city as well, just to round it out. So once you have had your fill of sitting on the beach, get out there and visit some of these places. You can thank us later.
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ProFILE: Blaine Thurier Blaine Thurier (second from the left) is a member of Vancouver supergroup The New Pornographers. He’s also a filmmaker and his most recent film, A Gun To The Head, premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival.
Favourite Things About Vancouver…Best takeout? It’s a tie between the Korean stand upstairs in Robson Public Market (best bibimbap of all time), and Rice n’ Spice in the Royal Centre food court. Favourite restaurant for a sit down meal? Gyoza King by far. It’s the place I miss the most when I’m on tour. None of the recently opened Japanese tapas places come close even though some are really good. Best bar? I haven’t found one. I miss the Marine Club. Somebody please tell me a good bar in Vancouver.
Best place for live music? The Starfish Room. Sigh. (note: it’s been closed for a over decade). What’s your favourite local band/musician? I couldn’t name just one and they’re mostly friends. I love what my bandmates are doing. Kathryn Calder’s upcoming solo album is fantastic. I also really like Todd Fancey’s stuff. Who’s your favourite local artist Jason MacLean. Is he still considered local? What are your summer plans? Tour tour tour tour. In other words, work work work.
Three things people should do when they visit Vancouver? Go to Stanely Park, eat sushi and help us pay the six billion dollar bill for the Olympics. Best free activity? Walking the seawall. What do you like most about the city? The mountains, the ocean, the great Asian food. On my days off I’m... Spending time with my wife and four year old son. www.thenewpornographers.com www.imdb.com/name/nm0862151
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THE HIP LIST A quick list of some of our favourite things in the city right now. PUBS AND CLUBS Bar None 1222 Hamilton Street 604.684.3044 dhmbars.ca Soho attitude and feel. Cascade 2616 Main Street 604.709.8650 A nod to the British Pub.
Pop Opera 686 West Hastings 604.633.3988 dhmbars.ca| High-end club scene. Post Modern 7 Alexander Street 604.647.0151 postmodernbar.ca Nightclub-cum-hipster bar.
Fortune Sound Club 147 East Pender Street World-renowned Funktion-One Soundsystem.
The Metropole 320 Abbott Street 604.408.5822 themetpub.ca Well-run dive bar
Ginger 62 1219 Granville Street 604.688.5494 Premium dance-lounge.
The Morrissey 1227 Granville Street 604.682.0909 A rock n’roll hideaway.
EATS/DRINKS Bao Bei 163 Keefer Street 604.688.0876 Chinese brasserie. Café Medina 556 Beatty Street 604.879.3114 Coffee & Belgian Waffles Calabash 428 Carrall Street 604.568.5882 The newest Caribbean joint. Chambar 562 Beatty Street 604.879.7119 Civilized debauchery. The Diamond 6 Powell Street For the people, The Craft, Past & Present
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dougiedog 1011 Granville Street 604-HOT-DOGS (604.468.3647) Hot dog delivery. Everything Cafe 75 East Pender 604.681.3115 It’s got everything. Guilt & Company 1 Alexander 604.288.1704 Board games & booze.
NUBA 146 East 3rd Avenue 604.568.6727 B1-207 West Hastings Street 604.688.1655 1206 Seymour Street 778.371.3266 ION Staff lunchroom.
121A – 1025 Robson Street 604.683.2171 Street culture destination.
Pourhouse 162 Water Street 604.568.7022 Gastown gastropub.
JNBY 2201 West 4th Avenue, 604.737.0022 2623 South Granville, 604.568.6262 Metropolis at Metrotown, 604.435.0303 Apparel to Just Naturally Be Yourself.
Global Atomic Designs Inc. 1006 Mainland Street 604.806.6223 Art. Fashion. Footwear.
SHOP Habit 2610 Main Street 604.877.8582 Modern Canadian Food. The Hide-A-Way 1898 Main Street Secret Tiki Patio!
Adhesif Clothing Company 2202 Main Street 604.568.4905 Recycled Fashion.
L2 Leone 350 Howe Street 604.685.9327 Hip, fun and functional women’s and men’s clothing.
Devil May Wear 3957 Main Street 604.216.2515 Fun and functional hand made clothing and accessories. El Kartel
Lut Boutique 4219 Main Street 604.782.0920 Fashion & Art. Mandula 214 Abbott Street
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604.568.9211 Clothes that are elegantly unorthodox. Mavi 333 Helmcken Street 604.669.6284 All about denim. Orb 2028 West 4th Avenue 604.568.6720 Clothing that will amp you up. Puma 834 Granville Street 778.329.4560 Starts in sport and ends in Fashion.
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Showcase 1766 West 4th Avenue 604.731.6449 Snowboard, Surf & Skate. Underworld 1043 Granville Street 604.899.8949 One stop streetwear & skate shop. True Value Vintage 710 Robson Street 604.685.5403 Vintage for ladies and gents. Zebraclub 3101 Granville Street 604.732.3368 Fashion & art as a means of personal expression.
GROOMING Bangtown 438 West Pender Street 604.682.7775 Rad haircuts and of course awesome bangs. Coup Salon 524 Shanghai Alley 604.688.2227 Free range hair. On The Fringe Hair Design 4166 Main Street 604.569.0856 Unique perspective... Award winning stylists!
Sugar Box Suite 202 –1290 Homer Street 604.764.7444 Grooming for your special bits down there.
Funhouse Tattooing 3001 Cambie Street 604.879.4114 No egos or attitudes…just artists.
The Loden 1177 Melville Street 604.669.5060 Coal Harbour bliss.
Brewery Creek 304 Main Street 604.872.3373 11am-11pm
Fast Food Couriers cargocollective.com/fastfood Can’t fax a sandwich?
TATTOOS, ETC Adrenaline 1044 Granville Street 604.669.6800 1926 West 4th Avenue 604.734.8282 One stop destination for body modification. The Fall 644 Seymour Street 604.676.3066 Art for your walls and for your skin.
Crosstown 568 Abbott Street 604.683.8438 10am-11pm
JAPA DOG 530 Robson Street So famous, it needed to open up a restaurant. TAXI
SLEEP The Listel 1300 Robson Street 604.684.8461 Art-Full Hotel
Cruise Cab 778.330.4CAB (4222) Ride in a rickshaw like Pedicab!
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ProFILE: Trevor Risk If you run into Trevor early in the afternoon, he’ll be working hard on the next issue of ION Magazine where he’s the music editor. Dinnertime with Mister Risk will require earplugs as you’ll probably be in a rehearsal space listening to his pop band The Good News, who will bring heavenly verses and choruses down from the clouds for you. Late nights with our hero are spent at the finest nightclubs in Vancouver where he can been spotted DJing. Whether it’s his 50s/60s night, or his raging glitz-house evenings, you’ll enjoy yourself and tip a few bottles. Find Vancouver, find Trevor, and you’ve found yourself a pretty fab weekend.
5 Best Bands from Vancouver? The Modernettes Made probably the best hit of all Vancouver acts with “Barbara”. As legend has it lead singer Buck Cherry penned the song in five minutes on a drunken bet that he could write a better pop song than anything at the time. “Barbara” is spelled differently in the lyrics than in the title, which Buck couldn’t care less about. The Pointed Sticks The first Canadian band signed to Stiff Records. Perfect Youth the first album by the band never got released by the financially troubled label, but with reissues of it and a brand new album Three Lefts Make A Right the Pointed Sticks
have gone down in perfect harmony history. 54-40 Yeah, they wrote that song for some blowfish-y band, but before it was golfrocked out the song was an emotionally honest jam from the West coast of Canada. Pile on other songs like “Baby Ran”, “Blame Your Parents” and not being too ego bloated to release a track on the tribute (yes, tribute!) album to the fictional band in Bruce McDonald’s film Hard Core Logo and you’re left with an act that has no holes in it.
(and possibly the world’s) best metal act. The New Pornographers Not only does this supergroup have several records worth of hits, all the members’ solo albums are also devoid of filler. It’s rare nowadays to find a band that has the onions to skip fads and gimmicks and attempt to write the kind of songs that last forever instead… and with complete success.
3 Inches of Blood Two frontmen, four albums, two EPs, and a penchant for the new wave of British heavy metal is an excellent formula for the city’s
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PUMA PUMA is one of the worldâ€™s leading Sport lifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories. It is committed to working in ways that contribute to the world by supporting Creativity, SAFE Sustainability and Peace, and by staying true to the principles of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative in decisions made and actions taken. PUMA starts in Sport and ends in Fashion. Its Sport Performance and Lifestyle labels include categories such as Football, Running, Motorsports, Golf and Sailing. Sport Fashion features collaborations with renowned designer labels such as Alexander McQueen, Mihara Yasuhiro and Sergio Rossi. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and Tretorn. The company, which was founded in 1948, distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 9,000 people worldwide and has headquarters in Herzogenaurach/Germany, Boston, London and Hong Kong. 834 Granville Street 778.329.4560 | www.puma.com
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On the block that is known around the world for providing gear for boardsport culture & fashion; Showcase has been a mainstay in the action sports industry for over 20 years. Their reputation is built on quality products, exceptional service, and friendly knowledgeable staff. With a huge selection of gear to choose from, as well as fashionable streetwear from all the top brands, Showcase carries what you need, when you need it. In their trademark red building they are hard to miss- and you definitely wonâ€™t want to! Visit showcasesnowboards.com to joinÂ them on Facebook! Streetwear from: WeSc, Lifetime, Insight, Altamont, Matix and Quiksilver, Hurley, Haviana, Commune Equipment from: Santa Cruz, Lost, Rip Curl, Starboard SUP, 4 Skim, Da Kine | Surf & SUP Rentals available now 1766 West 4th Avenue | 604.731.6449 | showcasesnowboards.com
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Global Atomic Designs Inc. Tear the fabric of the world, Stitch together every song name you never knew of, Wear every influence you have had in your life, This will be your Aesthetic Conspiracy Art, Fashion, Footwear. Mon – Sat 11-7 |Sundays 12 –6 1006 Mainland Street | 604.806.6223| globalatomic.com
Blim BLIM is an independent, family-run art and craft facility now conveniently located in the heart of Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown. Our aim is to help build community through the spirit of fun and creativity, making the arts and crafts accessible to a wide range of people. Think of it as both a resource and platform for artists, a non-funded arts facility and small business run by and for artists. While the continued support of our community is our most important feedback, Blim was recently honoured in local entertainment guides by being voted best “Low profile event space” in Vancouver Magazine, as well as “Best Innovative Arts Space” in the Terminal City as well as “Best Place to Whip up some Art” in the Georgia Straight. 115 East Pender Street | 604.872.8180 blim.ca | @blimblimblim
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El Kartel is downtown Vancouver’s premier destination for exuberant street fashion. Built on a sensibility derived from the vibrant street culture of Mexico, El Kartel features in-house DJs, a rotating selection of art from local and international talent, and the friendliest retail staff in the city. This tucked away spot on Robson off Burrard is testament to independence in an area filled with chain-stores and uniformity. With brands like Adidas by Jeremy Scott, Penfield, Sperry by Band of Outsiders, Stussy, Six Pack, Naked & Famous, Something Else, Cheap Monday, Insight, and PF Flyers, as well as in-house styles, it’s hard to avoid finding something to like. 121A – 1025 Robson Street | 604.683.2171 | elkartel.com
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JNBY - (Just Naturally Be Yourself) is one of the newest and most fashion forward imports to hit North America with its first location in Vancouver. Boasting over 500 stores internationally including the newly opened Soho NYC store, this company based in Hangzhou, China is an influencer for women and men around the world. JNBY focuses on multi functional dressing with contemporary separates and innovative silhouettes. The detailed oriented designs will surpass trends and give you the modern edge to move forward this season. With three concept locations, thereâ€™s a lot of JNBY to love. 2201 West 4th Avenue, 604.737.0022 | 2623 South Granville, 604.568.6262 | Metropolis at Metrotown, 604.435.0303 | jnby.ca | @JNBYCANADA
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Since opening its doors in Vancouver in 2005, Zebraclub has established itself as a forerunner in men’s and women’s contemporary and street wear fashions. Boasting a wide range of local and international fashion brands from the emerging to the established, Zebraclub is a haven for those who are looking for something unique and interesting in aesthetic and design. If your search for the perfect pair of jeans remains inconclusive look no further than their library wall of denim. Knowledgeable staff and a vast selection will guarantee a great fit or an honorable mention for trying! Zebraclub believes in fashion and art as a means of personal expression and is proud to host a monthly art series featuring a local emerging visual artist on its grand white wall. Visitors are often impressed by the award-winning design of the store’s interior, but it is their fashion forward, quality product and exceptional staff that they are most proud of! 3101 Granville Street (at West 15th) | 604.732.3368 | zebraclub.com | @Zebraclub_Van
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UNDERWORLD New location at 1043 Granville Street, Underworld is home to brands from all over the globe. Such as Nike, Wesc, Altamont, LRG, Adidas, RVCA, Nikita, Obey, Volcom and Insight, you’re sure to find something for every fashion craving. As well as brands such as Sector 9, Zero, Dog Town, Santa Cruz and Girl for all your cruising needs, to name a few. Underworld is a must do one stop shop in the city core. Far out! 1043 Granville Street | 604.899.8949 | underworld-shop.com @Underworldshop
MAVI Founded in Istanbul in 1991, Mavi designs a full fashion collection for both men and women and is known for its high quality, premium denim. Mavi, which means blue in Turkish, has a philosophy based on building a brand around the customer’s lifestyle while incorporating details true to the brand’s Mediterranean spirit. Mavi is sold in 50 countries including US, Canada, Turkey, Australia, Germany, England, Denmark, Italy, France and Netherlands and currently has four free-standing stores in Vancouver and one in Montreal. 333 Helmcken Street | 604.669.6284 2112 West 4th Avenue | 604.738.6284 mavi.com | @mavijeanscanada
ORB Most things in life are about balance. Like finding the right balance between work and play. You want to look smart and you want the freedom to move and be active. Welcome to Orb. They pride themselves on creating a powerful, positive image for women by creating clothing that will amp you up! So whether you are saving the world, chasing a dream, or both, you’ll be able to do it with style, comfort and confidence. Orb is there to here to help you dress the part…making you look great on the outside to mirror feeling great on the inside.....Live like you mean it! Orb’s new site is launching June 2010 – see the whole collection and a sneak peak into Fall 2010! 2028 West 4th Avenue | 604.568.6720 | orbclothing.ca | @Orb_Tweets
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PROFILE: Amielle Lake
photo: Kris Krüg
Amielle Lake is the CEO of Tagga.com, a kick ass 14-person software company focused on making advertising agencies better mobile marketers. She’s also the author of the “The Elephant Hunters: Chronicles of the Moneymen”, a book about investors and how they manage your money. She also likes to do pull-ups.
Favourite Things About Vancouver… Favourite clothing store? Twigg and Hottie. Their shit is hot. Best takeout? Banditas on the Drive. It’s earthy, friendly and they have good vegetarian food. Plus the tequila is cheap, like really. Favourite restaurant for a sit down meal? Legendary Noodle on Main Street. Best bar? The Bayside Lounge. It’s a bar that you can literally go to and share your problems with the bartender.
What’s your favourite local band/musician? The Sicks. They are not just my favorite local band, I think they are one of my favorite bands. Period. Who’s your favourite local artist Morgan Dunnet and Perrin Grauer. What are your summer plans? Growing kale. Three things people should do when they visit Vancouver? Ride a bike ALL day, lunch at Thomas Haas, Boutique shop on Main Street or Gastown and a sunset picnic on a beach. (Note: that’s four but we’ll let it slide).
Best free activity? Sneaking into hotel pools. What do you like most about the city? That you can leave a jammed day at the office, go into the forest and feel like you have never worked a day in your life. On my days off I’m... cooking like a fiend for friends and family, running in the rain and relearning what it is like to sleep again. www.tagga.com
Best place for live music? The Biltmore or The Yale.
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BANGTOWN BANGTOWN Hair Saloon. est. 2007 ... Pretty much the best hair salon ever. But seriously. Their staff is a unique collection of international outlaw talent, each boasting a minimum of six years experience. With free parking in the back, free beer with your service, a casual yet professional atmosphere... It’s a no brainer. Forget your pretentious old hair salon. When you come to BANGTOWN, you’re part of the family. 438 West Pender Street | 604.682.7775 bangtown.ca | @Bangtown
THE HIDE-A-WAY The Narrow has a secret patio out back! The Hide-A-Way is a retro recreation a la Tiki. Come hither to get away from it all in their tropical fantasy from a far-away place and time. Check out their Tiki Fountain, Tiki Bar, Tiki Gods as well as all their new Tropical Cocktail Creations.. all served by your favorite Narrow Staff. They are open every day when the sun is shining. 3pm - 10pm ! Cheap Beer! !Blender Drinks! !New Food Menu! Happy Tiki Time Main & 3rd Avenue | narrowlounge.com
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Grooming/ Eat & Drink
Sugar Box As Vancouver’s most-trusted brazilian waxing and eyebrow grooming boutique, Sugarbox offers your girly parts the care and attention they deserve. Established in 2005, the shop is home to waxing mavens Jane, Mara, Lindsay, Kim and Sarah, who all share a love of esthetics and a responsibility to the unique needs of womankind. From modest grooming to colour, shape and rhinestone enhancement, your Sugarbox experience always includes the best in pain-management techniques and extra special attention to detail. Don’t have girly parts? Ask for Toolbox and enjoy the same immaculate service. Suite 202 –1290 Homer Street | 604.764.7444 mysugarbox.com
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Calabash Bistro Food Music Art Situated in the heart of gastown/chinatown, Calabash Bistro has arrived to provide fresh and dynamic caribbean cuisine in an uplifting and artistic atmosphere. A cozy west indian dining room featuring a flavorful and traditional menu sits above a very funky and unique lounge which showcases local artist’s, live musicians and DJs. A very warm and cozy feeling! 428 Carrall Street | 604.568.5882 | calabashbistro.com
NUBA Sit in a minimal and modern setting (Seymour); lounge in the 1940’s Beirut underground (Hastings); or relish a 70’s inspired Middle-Eastern roadside café (Main). In any setting, Nuba’s caring staff offers wholesome Lebanese food, fresh-pressed juices and a worthwhile experience. Beyond the food, Nuba maintains a commitment to simplicity, value, and sustainability that extends beyond the products and into the community around us. Cambie: B1-207 West Hastings, 604-688-1655 | Main: 146 East 3RD, 604.568.6727 | Davie: 1206 Seymour St., 778.371.3266 nuba.ca | @nubatown
DOUGIEDOG dougiedog Hot Dogs is Vancouver’s hottest and first true original hot dog restaurant. dougiedog prides itself on its own local brand of specially made all-natural hot dogs, free of preservatives or animal products. Pair one of over 20 different dogs with a side of homemade mac ‘n cheese and choose your favourite flavor of root beer from the largest root beer selection in Vancouver. Open Late until 4 am and delivering hot dogs all day long. Call 604-HOT-DOGS and join the modern dog movement today! 1011 Granville Street | 604-HOT-DOGS (604.468.3647) dougiedog.com | @dougiehotdogs
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Eat & Drink
Bao Bei When you explore the streets of old Chinatown, duck beneath the neon sign and retreat into Bao Bei for cocktails, dumplings and other Chinese treats. Cozy into a booth with friends, drink wine, eat generously and divert yourself into a true and charming Chinatown experience. Dinner Tuesday to Saturday, 5:30 to midnight. No reservations. 163 Keefer Street | 604.688.0876 | bao-bei.ca | @BaoBei1
Café Medina Named after the second holiest city next to Mecca, and a love potion cocktail from a washed up rapper song (Tone Loc), this little room is one of the city’s most stylish additions. A quaint cafe next to Chambar, serving coffee for connoisseurs and Belgian waffles for sweet sustenance. A tasty and affordable breakfast & lunch with original dishes created by owner and chef, Nico Schuermans. The room doubles as a private dining room in the evening. Using green building materials including an exceptional recycled glass bar top and palm wood paneling make for a stylish, warm, modern bistro café. 556 Beatty Street | 604.879.3114 | medinacafe.com | @CafeMedina
CHAMBAR In a city blessed with an abundance of restaurants, Chambar has earned its place amongst the best. Multi award winning for its design, service and wine list. The food is exceptional, with a commitment to fresh seasonal produce, Belgian themed with North African influence. Leave your day at the door & enjoy the essentials – food, service & great music. Experience stunning cocktails, an extensive Belgian beer list, and an unsuspecting selection of affordable wines. Dessert is no mere afterthought – they are utterly delicious. Chambar – civilized debauchery. 562 Beatty Street | 604.879.7119 | chambar.com | @chambar
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The Met Original mosaic tile floors, stained glass and exposed brick give the Met that one thing that you can’t buy – character. Since cleaning up the place in 2009, The Donnelly Pub Group has begun donating 25% of annual profits to charity organizations in Gastown and the DTES, including the Food Bank, United We Can, Gallery Gachet and others. The Met’s nights include Karaoke Wednesdays, rotating hip hop and funk with the Get Dumb! Crew and other Thursdays, party rock from rap to electro on My Radio Fridays & Black Label Saturday dance parties. Mega-cheap drinks, amazingly off-kilter people, good times. 320 abbott street | 604.408.5822 | www.themetpub.ca
The POST MODERN The Post Modern dance bar is a perfect complement to Gastown. Featuring two dance floors, pinball and video games and an enviable DJ booth, this nightclub-cum-hipster bar sports embarrassingly cheap drink prices and some of the city’s best known DJ talent. Rico Uno, Sam Demoe, Trevor Risk and guests rock the spot weekly, laying down everything from classic rap joints to disco, indie dance remixes and rock n roll. Most drinks are only $3 Thursdays, $4 Fridays and $5 Saturdays. Contact us for info and large party bookings. 7 Alexander Street | 604.647.0151 | postmodernbar.ca
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POP OPERA Pop Opera is Vancouver’s hypest high-end, get down, 2 room nightclub. It combines the best aspects of nightclubbing – sick local and guest talent (the venue has hosted Jermaine Dupri, Switch, Alex Gaudino and Lil Jon among others), VIP table service and top shelf clientele. Pop Opera’s main room boasts a pounding sound system, three VIP seating areas, icons of pop culture on display and a massive dance floor. The popular room is finished with multi-coloured Bizazza tile patterns over the bars and pillars, stylish asymmetric chandeliers, white leather couches and an impressive lighting system. Contact us for info on upcoming shows and table bookings. 686 West Hastings | 604.633.3988 | www.popopera.ca
BAR NONE The epicenter of nightlife in Yaletown, Bar None’s reputation as Vancouver’s only true New York style nightclub is well deserved. For 18 years the hotspot has maintained its Soho attitude and feel, from the brick and wood interior to the impressive lineup of international and local DJ and live talent. Surrounded by the city’s finest restaurants and hotels, Bar None is the official after spot for the hip dinner crowd and a favourite among Vancouver’s downtown-living elite. Visitors to the historic club will find a revived cocktail culture, current and classic sounds from the city’s finest DJs and a beautifully renovated room. 1222 hamilton street | 604.684.3044 | www.dhmbars.ca
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FORTUNE SOUND CLUB From deep within the loins of Chinatown comes the rebirth of Vancouver’s nightlife in the form of Fortune Sound Club. What was once the infamous Ming’s Chinese restaurant, the revamped space focuses on innovative design, art that can’t be messed with, and eco-friendly features, all of which are highlighted by the most official Funktion-One sound system. Nuanced by the grit and grime of the historic locale, Fortune Sound Club seamlessly blends high and low; downtown, up-from-the-street ambience in a clean and modern setting. 147 East Pender Street fortunesoundclub.com @FortuneSound
Guilt & Co Guilt & Co. is an experimental lounge where artists, musicians and comedians come to play with people they may never have met before, and where anyone can enjoy a game of Jenga or a house-made pickle with their aphrodisiac cocktail. 1 Alexander Street 604.288.1704 www.guiltandcompany.com
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Profile: Jody Emery Jodie Emery is married to Marc Emery who is currently in prison in The States and awaiting sentencing for “conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.” When she’s not campaigning to get her husband brought back home she’s running their businesses (Cannabis Culture Headquarters retail store, Cannabis Culture Magazine, Pot-TV and the BCMP lounge), planning her federal Green Party election campaign and taking on new responsibilities as a Director-At-Large for the BC Green Party.
Favourite Things About Vancouver…Best free activity? Taking a stroll along English Bay on a sunny summer day is the best way to enjoy Vancouver for free. What do you like most about the city? The stunning modern architecture of downtown Vancouver surrounded by its incomparable natural majesty is truly unique and captures many hearts, mine included Favourite restaurant for a sit down meal? Nuba Restaurant is next to our store, so my husband Marc Emery and I used to eat there regularly. I don’t have much time for sit-down meals anymore now that he’s been extradited and I’m running our businesses and multiple
campaigns, but I always enjoy the excellent food and ambiance at Nuba. What’s your favourite local band/musician? I don’t really go to concerts or music shows, but our BC Marijuana Party Headquarters vapour lounge has an outstanding jam night on Tuesdays. The host is a professional and there are regular skilled performers creating a very cool live music atmosphere.
experiences our city has to offer! On my days off I’m... When I take a rare day off from work, I’m usually just sitting in my apartment looking out at the North Shore mountains, eating food and relaxing, and watching Seinfeld or other lighthearted TV to distract me from the sobering and sometimes-difficult hard work I do every day. www.cannabisculture.com
Three things people should do when they visit Vancouver? Visitors to Vancouver must take a walk along the seawall, any portion of it; visit and support as many local independent businesses as possible; and find some legendary “BC bud” to really enjoy the spectacular surroundings and
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Published on Aug 25, 2010