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mainly men / mainly women Syx Langemann

cabaradio Ruven K.

strange faces on commercial drive Dasha Lushnikova et al.

towards car free days Tina Hoang

main street art collective Nicole Ignacio

an early evening Dani Barnes

kranky cafe Rebecca Keillor

artist profile Leah Gregg / Ashley Andel

cover photo by Clayton Perry Photography


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amigos, may/july 2011

Mainly Main is printed bimonthly by the Mainly Main Group. No parts of Mainly Main Magazine may be reproduced in any form without prior consent from the publisher. All content © Copyright Mainly Main Group 2011 Headquartered at Main and Broadway, we’re local. This is a magazine for and by the community of East Vancouver. Contributions are always welcome. When you’re finished with your copy, pass it on to a friend who’ll appreciate it.   Enjoy Mainly Main Magazine responsibly.   Designed by Rachelle Harvey Editor in Chief and Creative Direction: Ruven K. Assistant Editor: Goldie Hoffman Twitter: @MainlyMain Facebook: Advertising inquiries should be directed to:

¶ mainly men / mainly women �� interview & photos by Syx Langemann Assistant Loren Beyerstein

Rath’s Art Supply Stan Rath moved from Hamilton to Vancouver in 2004. The move left Rath’s Art Supplies homeless. He was getting his haircut 6 years ago, when the Barber mentioned that he was retiring, and asked him if he was still looking for a location for his art store. In that same location, Rath’s Art Supplies found its Vancouver home. Stan loves the Main Street community. He often takes a walk up to East is East for dinner, looking at businesses as he walks, checking out their interiors and their windows displays and contemplates how he could make Rath’s better. He admits he is too busy to make those changes but he welcomes the day when he finds a dedicated and loyal worker to help with the front of the store while he stays in the back stretching custom canvases to so that local artists can continue to produce their work. Rath’s is located at 2410 Main Street, just at 8th avenue in the heart of Mount Pleasant. He carries a great range of art supplies and he stretches one mean canvas. Rath’s is closed on Sundays so that Stan can get in a cruise around the seawall and a ride through the city on his late 70’s Peugeot Campagnolo bicycle.

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The Nice Café The Nice Café has been in the same location at 154 East 8th avenue for just over 20 years. Mary took over from the original owners 5 ½ years ago. Since then, she has been preparing food for most of Mount Pleasant from the intimate kitchen where her guests can usually see her smiling face. Mary has been in the restaurant industry most of her life with family members owning different types of restaurants while she was growing up. Honestly, it shows in the food and the staff. If you want a great classic diner breakfast, served quickly with a coffee cup that rarely runs empty head on over. You might want to get there early, especially on the weekend because there’s usually a line up. When Mary can, she gets away from it all by heading straight up Main Street to Vegas. That’s right… Vegas. Mary is a bit of a gambler… 4-card poker actually. In fact, during the shoot, she offered to help me with my understanding of Craps. Married for 16 years and together for 29, her and her husband still plan date nights.


interview by ruven k Photo by

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East Vancouver’s Teddy Smooth and Eroc host CiTR’s CabaRadio, the ultimate late night variety program. Every show is themed and always interesting. Having just celebrated the second anniversary of their show and winning 3rd place in the Georgia Straight’s "Best Late Night Radio DJ" category, I sat down with Teddy to chat. Where are you taking CabaRadio in the future? I’ve always wanted to do a live radio play. The goal would be to create something that has modern day relevance. Live folley, getting local actors involved. There’s a lot of positive talk from people but it’s a hard one to get together.   What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome being a radio variety show? Both Eric (Eroc) and myself work on a lot of projects outside of CabaRadio. The biggest challenge has been to keep up an artistic lifestyle. I don’t really want to work a “day job” – I do a little bit sometimes, but maintaining the artistic lifestyle while producing a high quality show is definitely challenging.   What are your three favorite entertainment venues in Vancouver? ₁ The Vancouver Burlesque Festival is coming up, which brings in great performers from all over. Last year, Tigger from New York killed there and just rocked the house. It was a lot different than what anyone had seen in Vancouver, and it really shocked people. ₂ Kitty Nights on Sunday at the Biltmore. ₃ The Rio Theatre. They bring in bands and talks; it’s so multipurpose and community oriented. The venue goes way beyond a movie theatre; I love that place. CabaRadio airs Tuesday nights at 11pm on CiTR, 101.9FM and is also available to download as a podcast.


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Strange faces on Commercial Drive Art: Frances Adair Mckenzie Photography: Dasha Lushnikova Models: Clinton Debogorski, Sonia Zagwyn, Frances Adair Mckenzie

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←Name: Royal Sharma

Occupation: Quality-Inspector in the fresh organic meats department of a Whole Foods store and weekend philosopher. He is mostly interested in contemplating the internal structure of time-consciousness…but he also has an insatiable taste for slim gazelle-like women and long espressos.


↑Name: Latisha and Raquelle Brown

Occupation: Barista and lead singer of the infamous underground indie trio The Bottomfeeders. They will be playing next Saturday around eleven at a secret venue, which you will know about (if you're meant to be there).

Occupation: Recently released from a Mississippi penitentiary, the sisters decided to move to British Columbia to launch their new "transplant cleanse" and general-health regime. They are using their recent release-granted to them only on the condition that one sister donate her kidney to the other--as a marketing platform.


↑Name: Phoenix Jade

←Name: Brianna Green

Occupation: Student in environmental engineering at UBC and Greenpeace activist. She moved to Vancouver from Edmonton because she thinks this city has a less industrial feel and more to offer the lover of all things natural.

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What has become the city's largest and most anticipated single-day summer festival is run by people for people who share a passion for their neighbourhood's community, culture, and a sustainable future. In response to increasing traffic and the pending Gateway Program, Matt Hern and Carmen Mills spearheaded a small group of volunteers to celebrate Commercial Drive's first Car-Free Day in 2005. Everything was free, everyone was a volunteer and the whole project was organized from beginning to end by local neighbourhood residents. Following a tremendous response from residents and visitors alike, the festival expanded in 2007 to include events in Vancouver's West End, Kitsilano, and of course, Main Street neighbourhoods. The annual event, solely run by volunteers, continues to operate using limited resources. Last year, the festival's motto: 'Less Cars = More Community; More Community = Less Cars' was brought to life more vividly than ever, as over 200,000 people did their part to create five emission-free zones throughout Vancouver. This year, the festival will continue to celebrate communities and showcase local talent and culture, but the greater goal will be to inspire those who have come to love and appreciate CFV Day to participate more actively in the festival, and to extend its impact throughout the year.  With each year that passes, each participating neighbourhood refines its distinct car-free vibe. Main Street's event has flourished as a preferred destination ,thanks to its unique character, creative attractions, and incredibly diverse yet cohesive community which is impossible to emulate or replicate elsewhere. Live music stages, ethnic food carts, and sub-cultural displays stimulate the senses, while socially driven organizations spark the mind along the Main Street's car-free stretch. As the festival gains recognition and popularity in the city, a troubling trend is emerging at the same time: less people are left to organize a bigger festival. Last year, Main Street's festival was the biggest in terms of its sprawl and attendance, but it was also the most challenging as its volunteer base and financial support have been stunted. In order to make the single-day festival happen, a handful of dedicated core volunteers hustle months in advance to liaise with the City of Vancouver, and to sort out logistics in order to accommodate merchants, organizations, artists and performers, and the throngs that take to the streets. 


If you've enjoyed a CFV Day in the past or if you're planning on attending this year's festival, there are several additional ways to show your support: contribute time as an organizing or day-of volunteer in your favourite neighbourhood, or donate funds to Car Free Vancouver to cover operating costs. Once the festival is over, keep its joyous spirit alive throughout the year by rethinking the way you travel, by considering how you can contribute to your community, and by promoting sustainable habits.


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towards car-free days Article by Tina Hoang Photography by David Stambler


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Last but not least, Car-Free Day would like to acknowledge the support of the City of Vancouver's Special Events Office, the CarFree Society, and all of the merchants and organizations who have embraced CFV Day so readily. It is inevitable that some parties may feel less enthusiastic about this event. However, it is hoped that the positive outcome will prevail. This year, Car-Free Vancouver Day will take place rain or shine on Sunday June 19th across the city. Main Street car-free zone will be set between 12th and 28th avenue from 12pm to 8pm. For more information or to get involved, visit or find details on Main Street's event by checking in with 'carfreemain' on Facebook and Twitter. Get out, bring your friends, family and neighbours, and get involved!

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Kim Villagante, visual artist, singer, writer, performer, Renaissance woman, threw out a message in a bottle via Craigslist to all artists in Vancity looking for a community to grow with. After a few hours of posting her ad, 11 people signed up to form the Main Street Art Collective. Their meeting spot of choice is Our Town Café, which was also where their first exhibit was held. Our Town’s walls were filled with postcard-sized canvases painted by the artists of MSAC this past October. Their second show, The Shift, packed a full house at Raw Canvas, filling the space to capacity with art enthusiasts. Devotees even waited their turn to find room inside, even on a cold February evening. MSAC now has 30 visual artists expressing in a variety of mediums, meeting every second Saturday of the month at Our Town. Inclusive, authentic and soulful, MSAC will bring you back to the sincerity of creation. Find them online at:


by Nicole Ignacio

main street art collective


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An Early Evening A collection of words and images by Dani Barnes PHOTOGraphy by Whitney Jean Gittens find her on facebook (she has no website)

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And when the breeze blows swiftly by. When you know it's there. And she punches you in the face. And she punches you in the mouth. Swiftly floating above their realities you lurk. Seeing behind the false barricades, Moving beyond the particles that are close together. And feeling true. Thats blood. Thats lust. Thats thirst. Thats humanity. The girl who lived. The girl who walked free. And in your freedom you get a dash of loneliness. And a pinch of segregation. And a teaspoon of fans- of people who worship you with their fangs. Are you silent now? Are you still? Walking down the lobby of sameness and normalcy you see an open window. And you jump.

And you jump ��


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Words by: Rebecca Keillor photographer: Tameem Barakat

Kranky Cafe: Coffee House and Bake Shop


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Independent cafés like Kranky, says Myles, are important in Vancouver, with the rapid development of look-a-like condos and big-box stores: “We need the mom and pop stores because they’re unique and provide diverse stimulus for people. If everything’s the same, we’re all going to just dry up like little raisins.”

Open now for just under a year, Myles and Oikawa are in it for the long haul. “We’re not trying to be cool, or the next hip place,” says Myles. “That stuff is just short-lived and false. We’re being real and want a real place for real people. It’s the people who are going to define us and create who we are.” They might not be trying to be cool, but in quirky ways they’re achieving it. The café walls are decorated with the artwork of local exhibiting artists, and features, like the “Kranky Book Exchange” —where people are invited to drop off and pick up literature at will­—add character to the place. David Hasselhoff’s Don’t Hassle The Hoff: The Autobiography is wedged in beside J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey, just to ward off any pretension. Friendly and unassuming, Kranky Cafe was recently referred to as the “Cheers of Mt Pleasant” by a local blogger. “It’s like your living room,” says Myles. “We’re nestled in a small residential area with a very large community of people and it’s a thriving neighbourhood, so people use the place as a regular stop in their day, to eat, drink and meet people.” Reflecting the apartment-dwelling times we live in, Myles says she and Oikawa have witnessed their customers meeting their neighbours for the first time when stopping in for coffee.

Check out the Kranky Cafe website for details on their monthly music events at Visit them at: #216 – 228 E. 4th Avenue.

Kranky Cafe, a cozy little spot tucked just off Main Street on East 4th Avenue, is worth checking out. They offer a selection of baked goods that are all made on premise; have a liquor license that allows for refreshments to be taken inside or on their garden patio; and host live music gigs once a month. “We’re a bake shop because we wanted to give people that homemade, homestyle baking experience,” says Tondela Myles, who owns and operates Kranky Cafe with business partner Dana Oikawa. “We use good ingredients, while also being responsible environmentally, and we cater to different dietary requirements.”


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