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The best of gay & lesbian Vancouver

Exploring the new East Van Bakeries that hit the sweet spot Summer fun in the city

CANADA’S VANCOUVER’S GAY & LESBIAN GAY & LESBIAN NEWS NEWS

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Contents Listings directory ›6 Ignite Smoke Shop’s customer care ›9 The Heart of East Van ›12 From butchers to boots, the East Village emerges

Freshly baked ›34 Sweet treats from some of the city’s best bakeries

Elegant fireplaces from RodRozen Designs ›32 Summer Lovin’ ›49 Unsung patios, popular parties and plenty of sports

Live music and a waterfront view at Ten Ten Tapas ›53 Tips from Vancouver Coastal Health’s Travel Clinic ›61 Index of advertisers ›66 Cover Photo by Shimon Karmel

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Listings directory Accommodations – BC

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Education & Instruction 25

Naturopathy

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Accounting Services

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Entertainment

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Pet Care

43

Addictions

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Farmers’ Markets

28

Pet Stores

43

AIDS/HIV Resources

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Funeral Services

28

Airlines

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Grocery Stores

31

Physiotherapy & Rehab

43

Alternative Health

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Health & Wellness

31

Printing

45

Antiques

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Health – Men’s

31

Psychologists

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Public Relations

45

Publications

45

Real Estate Agents

45

Renovations & Restorations

47

Restaurants & Cafés

55

Seniors’ Groups & Services

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Apartments

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Healthcare Services

Art Galleries

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Health Fitness & Exercise32

Automotive

18

Boat Cruises & Charters 18 Business & Professional Organizations

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Chiropractors

19

Cleaning & Maid Services 19 Community Groups & Services

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Health General

32

Hearing Aids

32

Holistic Health

32

Home Improvement & Repairs

33

Hotels

33

Interior Design

33

Lawyers

39

Life Coaches

39

Sex

61

Studio Space

61

Transportation

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Travel 

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Community Organizations

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Marketing

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Construction

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Massage

40

Cosmetic Services

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Massage Certified

40

Travel – BC

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Counselling

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Massage Erotic

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Websites

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Couriers

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Men’s Services

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Weddings

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Dental Services

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Motorcycles & Scooters 41

Wine & Spirits

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Contact Us

Pink Triangle Press

Publisher Brandon Matheson Managing editor Robin Perelle Copy Editor Lesley Fraser

Address 501–1033 Davie St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1M7 Office hours Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm Phone 604-684-9696  Fax 604-684-9697 Website dailyxtra.com  Email info.vancouver@dailyxtra.com

Founded 1971

Creative Director Lucinda Wallace Graphic Designers

Darryl Mabey, Bryce Stuart, Landon Whittaker Advertising & Sales Director Ken Hickling National Sales Manager Jeffrey Hoffman Sales Administration Manager Lexi Chuba Sales Team Lead Lorilynn Barker DISPLAY ADVERTISING Corey Giles, Teila Smart Client Services & Advertising Administrator Eugene Coon Advertising Coordinator Brad Deep

Digital edition xtralivingvancouver.com  To reserve space or to obtain more information about advertising in Xtra Living or other Pink Triangle Press publications, call 604-684-9696 or 1-800-268-XTRA. The publication of an ad in Xtra Living does not mean that Xtra Living endorses the advertiser. Printed and published in Canada. ©2014 Pink Triangle Press

Directors

Jim Bartley Gerald Hannon Glenn Kauth Didier Pomerleau Ken Popert Gillian Rodgerson Honorary Director Colin Brownlee President & Executive Director Ken Popert CEO, Digital media David Walberg Chief Operating Officer Andrew Chang

Cover photo by Shimon Karmel

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Accommodations – Bc

Accommodations – BC

AIDS/HIV Resources

Quality Hotel Vancouver – Inn at False Creek

AIDS Vancouver provides quality healthcare support to people affected by HIV/AIDS living in the Lower Mainland. Our services include intensive and long-term case management; HIV/AIDS nutrition-focused grocery; confidential helpline; financial assistance fund; care team to assist our clients in living independently; a resource centre providing HIV information in numerous languages; education, prevention and communityoutreach programs and the Asian Community Outreach Program: providing outreach HIV information, education and support to higher-risk people in Vancouver’s Asian communities.

This cozy hotel is located at the False Creek Promenade between the vibrant arts community and public market of Granville Island and Davie Village, the gay entertainment and dining district of Vancouver. Our full-service hotel offers onsite restaurant, lounge, outdoor seasonal pool, complimentary internet and free access to Davie Village’s “straight friendly” gym, Steve Nash Fitness World. See ad on page 33 1335 Howe St 604-682-0229 quality@qualityhotelvancouver.com qualityhotelvancouver.com

Accounting Services Felicity Webb, CGA Accounting and taxation services for businesses and individuals, by appointment. 1125 Howe St, Ste 610 604-721-7537 felicity@felicitywebb.ca felicitywebb.ca

Addictions Orchard Recovery Center The Orchard is an LGBT-friendly, private drug-and-alcohol-recovery centre on Bowen Island, 45 minutes from Vancouver. Located in a beautiful resort setting, we provide gender-sensitive solutions that are customized to fit your needs. Our effective recovery method, based on the 12-step model, allows individuals to learn responsibility for their addiction recovery by coping with fears, grief, resentments and shame. Our continuum of care includes medically supervised detox, primary care, sober living facilities, family and after-care programs, as well as holistic therapies. Treatment works, and it saves lives. See ad on page 8 811 Grafton Rd info3@orchardrecovery.com orchardrecovery.com 

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AIDS Vancouver 1-800-421-AIDS KOOTENAY/BOUNDARY HIV/AIDS NETWORK, OUTREACH & SUPPORT SOCIETY West Kootenay Boundary Regional Office 101 Baker Street Nelson, BC V1L 4H1 (250) 505-5506 information@ankors.bc.ca East Kootenay Regional Office #46 - 17th Avenue South, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 5A8 (250) 426-3383

6046964666

See ad on this page 1107 Seymour St 604-893-2201 contact@aidsvancouver.org aidsvancouver.org

AIDS Vancouver Island AVI serves the needs of people infected and affected by HIV and hepatitis C across Vancouver Island. Programs include a men’s wellness program, support for gay/bi/trans* men and women, prevention, education, 1-800 infoline, harm reduction and support services. Services and supplies available in Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay/Comox, Campbell River and Port Hardy. Visit our website for more info.

Phone: 604•893•2201

www.aidsvancouver.org

See ad on This page Access Health Centre, 713 Johnson St, 3rd Floor 1-800-665-2437, info@avi.org avi.org twitter:aidsvanisle

FIND US IN VICTORIA, NANAIMO, COURTENAY, CAMPBELL RIVER & PORT HARDY FOLLOW US: Facebook.com/aidsvancouverisland @AIDSVanIsle

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AIDS/HIV Resources

ANKORS, Kootenay/ Boundary HIV/AIDS Network, Outreach & Support

Compassionate Private Accessible

ANKORS HIV/AIDS Network, Outreach and Support Society provides services for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS or HCV in the Kootenay/Boundary region of British Columbia. ANKORS’ programs include support and advocacy, community care, prevention and education, harm reduction and needle exchange. ANKORS also hosts the Trans Connect Project. Visit our drop-in and lending library at both our Nelson and Cranbrook locations.

1-866-233-2299

See ad on page 7 101 Baker St information@ankors.bc.ca ankors.bc.ca

Dr Peter AIDS Foundation The Dr Peter AIDS Foundation raises funds to support innovative HIV/AIDS healthcare services at the Dr Peter Centre. 1110 Comox St 604-608-1874 foundation@drpeter.org drpeter.org

www.orchardrecovery.com

DAVIE ST. DAVIE ST.

ON DAVIE ST

ON DAVIEON THE DRIVE 421 – 1033 Davie St. 604.488.1001

DAVIE ST.

Mon – Thu 4 – 9pm ON Fri 11am – 4pm Sat 10am – 3pm

ON THE DRIVE 101 – 1416 Commercial Dr. 604.488.1001 or 778.708.3568 during ST clinic hours

ON DAVIE4 – 8pm

Mon & Tues

ON DAVIE ST. E DAVI HIM Health Centre: A Service forONGay Men • Rapid HIV Testing

– get your results in a minute

• Early HIV Testing

– test two weeks after risk

• Standard HIV Testing • All STI Testing

• Peer Support • Counselling Services – by appointment

• Access to PEP

– available at Davie St. only

• Free Condoms

Just drop in or call to make an appointment.

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Airlines

HIM – Health Initiative for Men HIM provides two clinics where gay men can access the rapid HIV test and other STI testing and information that is tailored for them. Our support and counselling service is manned by volunteers from our community who help with a wide range of issues, including sex and sexuality, coming out, substance use, health issues, relationships, anxiety, racism, body image, et cetera. See ad on page 8 1033 Davie St, Ste 421 1416 Commercial Dr, Ste 101 604-488-1001 checkhimout.ca

Positive Living Society of BC Positive Living is dedicated to empowering persons living with HIV disease and AIDS through mutual support and collective action. It is Western Canada’s largest AIDS organization, with a membership of more than 4,500 HIV-positive individuals. Unique among major HIV/AIDS agencies in Canada, Positive

Living Society’s board of directors is composed entirely of HIVpositive members. Positive Living provides support and advocacy services, treatment information and volunteer opportunities for its many diverse members. See ad on page 8 1107 Seymour St 604-893-2200 info@positivelivingbc.org positivelivingbc.org

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Airlines Harbour Air Seaplanes Your travel experience — elevated! Frequent scheduled flights connecting downtown Vancouver, South Vancouver (YVR), downtown Victoria, Nanaimo, Comox, Sechelt, the Gulf Islands and Whistler. Ask about our scenic tours, flight-seeing packages and private charters! Burrard Landing, 1055 Canada Pl, Unit #1 604-274-1277 reservation@harbourair.com harbourair.com

Ignite offers an extensive selection of smoking accessories.

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Ignite Smoke Shop prides itself on customer service

For Ignite Smoke Shop coowner Brandon Steele, it’s all about connecting with 109 W Cordova St customers. Having recently Vancouver, BC celebrated the store’s third Ignitesmokeshop.ca anniversary at its Gastown location, Steele says Ignite’s Smoke Shop customer service continues Light it up Smoke Shop to set it apart. Your Vaporizer Specialists 109 W Cordova St Light it up “It is our personality more Vancouver, BC 109 W Cordova LightStit up Ignitesmokeshop.ca than anything,” he says, Smoke Shop Vancouver, BC 109 W Light Cordova St up one of Ignite’s it up Ignitesmokeshop.ca Light itwrapping up Smoke Shop 109Vancouver, W Cordova St BC busiest days of the year with Light it up Vaporizers, glass, & more.. 778-786-0977 Vancouver, 109 WBCCordova theSt annual 4/20 celebrations. Ignitesmokeshop.ca 109 W Cordova St Ignitesmokeshop.ca Vancouver, BC “We Vancouver, BCreally do go that extra mile Vaporizers, glass, & more.. 778-786-0977 Ignitesmokeshop.ca for our customer.” Ignitesmokeshop.ca By taking an active interest in Vaporizers, glass, & more.. 778-786-0977 Vaporizers, glass, & more.. their customers’ needs, Steele Vaporizers, glass, & more.. 778-786-0977 and his team have created a culture that is not only ! welcoming and informative, but Y L I DA N at the forefront of the headE OP shop industry. “We not only care about our customers’ needs, but we also try to keep up with the medicinal cannabis bis newest trends in the industry,” he says. It is obvious their customers appreciate it, too, voting it the Best Head Shop in Vancouver in a recent newspaper poll. 880 East Hastings St. (@ Campbell)

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Ignite Smoke Shop 109 W Cordova St ignitesmokeshop.ca

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Alternative Health

Alternative Health Ignite Smoke Shop

For all things antique, retro, vintage, collectible, and just plain fabulous, check us out! Sunday • May 25 • 10am-3pm 21st Century Flea Market Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver Sunday • June 22 • 10am-3pm Retro Design & Antiques Fair Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver Sunday • July 20 • 10am-3pm 21st Century Flea Market Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver Sat & Sun • August 30 & 31 • 10am-5pm Kerrisdale Antiques Fair Kerrisdale Arena, Vancouver Sunday • September 21 • 10am-3pm 21st Century Flea Market Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver Sunday • October 19 • 10am-3pm Retro Design & Antiques Fair Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver Sunday • November 16 • 10am-3pm 21st Century Flea Market Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver Sunday • December 7 • 10am-3pm Retro Design & Antiques Fair Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver

For More Information www.21cpromotions.com 21st Century Promotions 604.980.3159

Ignite Smoke Shop offers a wide selection of vaporizers, brand-name and locally blown glass, grinders, pipes, organic and natural tobacco, rolling and blunt papers, hookahs and shisha, incense, fun gifts, games and more. Let our friendly and knowledgeable staff assist you with your next lifestyle accessory; we take pleasure in serving you! With great service, quality products and affordable prices, Ignite Smoke Shop has something for everyone. Come visit us in Vancouver’s historic Gastown. *15 percent discount for dispensary and MMAR members (some exceptions apply). See ad and story on page 9 109 W Cordova St 778-786-0977 ignitesmokeshop@gmail.com ignitesmokeshop.ca twitter.com/ignitesmokeshop facebook.com/ignitesmokeshop

Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary Providing medicinal cannabis products to legitimate patients with valid medical needs since 2008. Two locations open to serve you. See ad on page 9 880 E Hastings St 1182 Thurlow St (at Davie) 604-255-1844 info@cannabisdispensary.ca cannabisdispensary.ca

Antiques 21st Century Promotions Producing Vancouver’s largest antiques, vintage and retro design shows, including popular European-style collector flea markets every two months, with 175 to 250 tables of diverse and eclectic finds at each event. Come see why so many designers, collectors and antiques dealers consider these shows the place to buy! Drop-in appraisals also available at most shows; visit our website for full details. See ad on this page PO Box 91884 604-980-3159 info@21cpromotions.com 21cpromotions.com

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Art Galleries

Apartments

Open Wed–Sun, 11am–5pm. Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/billreidgallery

CAPREIT At CAPREIT we treat our residents with the utmost respect and strive to meet their needs well beyond their rental apartments. The reason for our success is simple: the needs of our residents are central to our operation and influence everything we do. We not only work with our residents to provide a home, but we work to create a comfortable residential community in which to live. See ad on THIS page

See ad on THIS page 639 Hornby St 604-682-3455 info@billreidgallery.ca billreidgallery.ca

Museum of Vancouver The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions that encourage conversations about what the city was, is and can be. See ad on page 27

rentals@caprent.com caprent.com

1100 Chestnut St 604-736-4431 guestservices@ museumofvancouver.ca museumofvancouver.ca

Art Galleries Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art This downtown public gallery is named after acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid (1920–1998). It is home to the Simon Fraser Bill Reid Collection and changing exhibitions of contemporary aboriginal art of the Northwest Coast.

Advertise! advertising.vancouver @dailyxtra.com 604-684-9696

Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: Wed – Sun, 11am – 5pm 639 Hornby St Vancouver 604.682.3455 | billreidgallery.ca Bill Reid: Wolf Pendant, 1976. Photo: Kenji Nagai

Affordable Downtown Living!

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GEORGIAN TOWERS 1450 West Georgia St.

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OCEAN PARK PLACE 990 Broughton St.

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From butchers to boots to health food for pets, the East Village emerges

The heart of East Van East Village residents are alternately neighbourhoodproud and neighbourhood-secretive. And who can blame them? If I lived in such a widely overlooked yet incredibly hip and community-focused area, I’d want to keep it to myself as well.

Platform 7 2331 E Hastings St platform7coffee.com The design of Marke McNicol and Livio Susin’s evocative coffee brew bar is inspired by Victorian train stations, with a bit of Mary Shelley gothic added to the mix — imagine a steampunk Paddington Bear. “The third wave of coffee is all about an appreciation of the bean origin, roast and brew technique,” McNicol says. The single portions of beans are ground to order, the temperatures are monitored with scientific specificity, the hand pour is perfectly timed, and the coffee “bloom” is delicately summoned. It’s a deliciously sensuous experience, more Japanese tea ceremony than the rushed and clumsy in-and-out of your local Tim’s.

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Scandilicious 25 Victoria Dr (and 1340 Commercial Dr) scandilicious.com You had me at spicy chocolate bacon burger! With Viking zeal, Scandilicious offers to plunder your hunger with a menu of traditional Norwegian recipes tinged with its particular flair. But it isn’t just about sweet and savoury waffles, smorbrod and kumle. It’s also about giving back. “We all deserve to be happy and fed,” says owner Anita Cotton with a disarming candour. To that end, they are developing lemonaidfund.com.

Salteñas 2261 E Hastings St saltenas.ca Born of necessity in the mining city of Tarija, Bolivia, a salteña is the savoury love child of an empanada and a Cornish pasty. They are also the habit-forming cornerstone of this familyrun Bolivian bistro. Try beef, chicken or veggie salteñas with a spicy shop-made hot sauce. But ask a member of the Ordoñez family to show you the right way to bite into one to avoid a piquant dribble down your chin.

Photos by Leah Bromley



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Dayton Boots 2250 E Hastings St daytonboots.com In 1946, Charlie Wohlford started handcrafting boots, and the Dayton legacy was born. Nearly 70 years later, the same labour-intensive, 230-step boot-making method is still used in Dayton’s Vancouver factory. What’s not to love about hand-cut, full-grain, top-tier leather and steel shanks? They’re individually sewn with double or triple stitching, and their Goodyear-welted, fully nailed construction ensures they can be easily resoled. These boots will last for decades. And they’re dead sexy.

Dog Country 2741 E Hastings St dogcountry.ca It all started with his first dog, Pico, a mini-Schnauzer. Everything Paul learned about making healthy choices for Pico, he’s channelled into Dog Country. “If it’s not good enough for my pets, I won’t sell it,” he says. After researching franchise options, he chose to go solo and acted as designer and contractor, which explains the store’s warm, polished look. Not to mention the fabulous disco ball hanging over the shelves of wholesome, filler-free, all-natural foods for your beloved cat or dog. “The store is everything I had envisioned it to be and more,” Paul says, “and I love serving the pet lovers of East Van.”



Photos by Leah Bromley

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Long Live Cats and Dogs 2255 E Hastings St longlivecatsanddogs.com Pets before profits! Kristy Clark and Alexis Murphy consider their shop a health-food store for cats and dogs. Their selection is almost exclusively Canadian, locally sourced, ethically manufactured and eco-friendly. Clark and Murphy are strong proponents of raw-food diets, and raw-food products account for more than 50 percent of the food the pair sell. They are also the driving force behind Neüterhead: Ace of Spays, “a non-profit organization that uses rock ’n’ roll to raise funds to assist responsible pet-rescue groups with the costs of spaying and neutering.” How cool is that?

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Windsor Meat 2276 E Hastings St windsormeats.com Vegan spoiler: if you don’t eat meat, stop reading now! Windsor Meat is run by and for meat-loving foodies. Specializing in local, non-medicated beef, pork, lamb and poultry, they also offer a Noah’s Ark–inspired list of exotics: bison, elk, ostrich, camel, crocodile. Complementing the fresh meats is a cornucopia of choice dry goods — olive oils, marinades, rubs, spices, salsas, antipastos and pastas. And craft beer jam — two of our favourite things in an unexpected and delicious pairing.

Playland 2901 E Hastings St pne.ca/playland Vancouver’s popular 15-acre amusement park has hosted millions of thrill seekers since it opened in 1910. That’s a lot of screams, corn dogs, candy-floss and Pepto. Undoubtedly, a favourite attraction is the wooden roller coaster designed and constructed by the legendary ride-building duo of Carl Phare and Walker LeRoy in 1958. Personally, I’m grateful that people can still get a thrill from a 56-year-old ride — means I’m not out of the running yet. Playland opens for weekends and holidays beginning May 3 and full-time beginning June 27.

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About the East Village BIA I’d heard talk of the rebranding of the East Hastings/ Sunrise neighbourhood to something called the East Village, giving it a hipper, more urbane feel. I was skeptical. Then I left the safety of my West End dwelling and visited some East Village businesses. Now I’m eating proverbial crow. Actually, I’m eating a steaming chicken salteña with spicy locoto chilli sauce, a side of goose prosciutto with beer jam, and a slow-poured, direct-trade organic Guatemalan coffee, while my dog tries to choose between the home-baked puppy peanut-butter cups or my new Daytons. There has been a renaissance here in the past two years — most clearly signalled by the four-storey condo developments with street-level retail popping up along East Hastings. But with an appreciation for its residents’ cultural diversity and communitymindedness, the East Village Business Improvement Association (BIA) is clearly encouraging growth that will maintain the neighbourhood’s authenticity. There will be no soul-sucking gentrification here! East Village Business Improvement Association 2620 E Hastings St eastvillagevancouver.ca



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Automotive

Automotive Alan Davis Scrap-car pickup. Will pay cash for scrap cars. See ad on THIS page 604-308-5545

Boat Cruises & Charters Waterway Houseboats Experience Canada’s best houseboating in our Shuswap

Lake paradise. Sun-drenched beaches, beautiful waterfalls and awesome fishing are yours to discover from the comfort of your home away from home. Swimming, hiking, water-skiing, golfing, ATV riding and mountain biking are some of the activities available for those with the need for more vigorous action. See ad on THIS page PO Box 69, #1 Mervyn Rd reservations@ waterwayhouseboats.com waterwayhouseboats.com

Business & Professional Organizations Gastown Business Improvement Society

Scrap car pick Up Happy to pay casH for some veHicles call alan @ 604-308-5545

Gastown is the original Vancouver and where the city’s story began more than 145 years ago. The area is an expression of both the city’s cultural heritage and the social fabric that is Vancouver. This spirited neighbourhood is where the city’s most talented denizens proudly show off their culinary, artistic and design

talents, delivering one-of-akind experiences that include cutting-edge galleries, awardwinning restaurants, independent fashion boutiques and new-media companies. See ad on page 19 604-683-5650 info@gastown.org gastown.org

West End BIA The West End BIA’s mission is to brand, promote and revitalize one of Vancouver’s most diverse and iconic neighbourhoods. As the city’s first high-rise community, today’s West End is home to Vancouver’s gay village and a compelling mix of locally owned shops, restaurants and nightclubs. The West End’s three great commercial streets draw visitors into one amazing neighbourhood. Robson. Davie. Denman. See ad on BACK COVER 1033 Davie St, Ste 411 604-696-0144 westendbia.com

1-877-WATERWAY (928-3792) 1-877-WAT

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Community Organizations

Chiropractors Downtown Chiropractic Clinic Chiropractic as it is meant to be. See ad on THIS page 736 Granville St, Ste 420 604-685-9444 dlee.chiro@gmail.com downtownchiropractic.net

Cleaning & Maid Services The Maids Move in/out, one-time, spring cleaning. Regular weekly, biweekly, monthly service. A one-of-a-kind home-cleaning plan, customized to your needs. Our premium products, advanced equipment and quality processes allow for an unmatched calibre of clean. Proudly serving our community since 1997. Consumers’ choice winners for nine years. 100-percent satisfaction guaranteed. If you’re unhappy with any area we’ve cleaned, just call within 24 hours and we’ll come back and reclean it free of charge. See ad on page 42 709 W 15th St, Ste 101

604-987-5651 maidsvancouver@gmail.com maids.com

Community Groups & Services Vancouver Primetimers Primetimers is a social club for gay and bisexual men. Over the last 24 years, we have organized pot-luck dinners, dining out and theatre events, bridge, book clubs, day trips and casual coffee meetings. We welcome men of all ages but mainly appeal to the mature male. Our members have found it a congenial setting for starting long-term friendships.

and inclusion in the broader community. See ad on page 60 1447 Barclay St 604-669-5051 wesn.ca

Community Organizations Community Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health Sexnowsurvey.com; the InvestiGAYtors and Totally

See ad on page 60 605-564-4783 primetimerscontact@shaw.ca primetimerscontact.wix.com/ vancouverprimetimers

West End Seniors’ Network The West End Seniors’ Network’s mission is to improve the quality of life of adults aged 55 and up by providing social, educational and recreational programs and services that foster connection

Dr. David Lee, D.C.

Downtown Chiropractic Clinic

#420 -736 Granville St

604.685.9444

downtownchiropractic.net

WELCOME TO GASTOWN

Sashay down cobbled streets. Explore historic buildings, courtyards and mews. Enjoy unique shopping, nightlife, attractions and special events.

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Community Organizations Outright for gay youth; BC Gay Men’s Health Summit. See ad on page 31 970 Burrard St, Ste 234 604-568-7478 info@cbrc.net cbrc.net

Construction

Vancouver homeowners. As an award-winning specialist in condo renovations, maison strives to provide designs that maintain the homeowner’s individuality and character while enhancing property values and marketability. We’ll not only design and build your dream renovation, we’ll exceed your expectations! See ad on page 48

maison d’etre design-build inc Maison d’etre is a boutique-style renovation company offering custom design-build services to

118 West 2nd Ave 604-484-4030 rob@maisondetre.ca maisondetre.ca

Cosmetic Services Daher Orthostyle – Dr Sam Daher Dr Sam Daher is one of the leading providers of the Invisalign technique in Canada and North America. Our practice is not limited to Invisalign, but it is limited to esthetic orthodontics. We pride ourselves on the courteous service and customer care that we provide each patient. Don’t simply straighten your teeth — improve your smile. See ad on page 24

With many counsellors and psychologists that happily and competently serve the GLBTQ community

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840 W Hastings St 604-662-3290, info@orthostyle.com orthostyle.com

Counselling Counselling BC Counsellingbc.com is BC’s most respected directory of counsellors and psychologists, now with more than 500 professionals. The directory is divided into areas of practice, therapeutic approaches, languages spoken and office locations. There are a large number of LGBT-friendly therapists on

Collaborative & Goal Driven LGBTQ Counselling Manage & Modify Behaviour for Anxiety, Depression, Compulsion, & Life Issues

• Authentic, Assertive & Empowered • Awareness Building & Mindfulness Work • Sex Positive Therapist • Men's Sexual Health & Masculine Identity • Couples Mediation & Counselling • Custom Career Assessment & Coaching • Myers-Briggs & Strong Interest Inventory

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Counselling board, so you can get the help you need and feel that you are being heard and respected. See ad on page 20 counsellingbc.com

Iosono Counselling Services – Ron Paviglianiti, RPC I am a registered professional counsellor to individuals and couples. Much of my work focuses on communication, relationships, self-worth and significant life transitions. Together we examine issues such as anxiety, selfesteem, sex and sexual identity, LGBT issues, monogamy, internet overuse and depression. We will work together to define issues and establish achievable goals. 736 Granville St, Ste 826 604-290-1445 ron@iosonocounselling.ca iosonocounselling.ca

Joe Ramirez Integral Counselling Provides relationship and individual counselling to men, women and trans individuals via brief counselling or depth



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Joe RamiRez MCP, CCC

integRal Counselling CANADIAN CERTIFIED COUNSELLOR AND ADLERIAN PSYCHOTHERAPIST for individuals and relationships. Your concerns may include: • Anxiety, depression, anger, trust • Guilt, grief, loss, meaning/purpose • Sex Ed, health, negotiating, fetish, roles • Communication, separation, moving in • Abuse, abandonment, belonging, bullied Specializing in: • LGBTQ Couples Counselling, Identity, Parenting • Latin-Canadian Identity and Relationships • Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

#415 - 470 Granville St., Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

778-227-9423

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Counselling psychotherapy. Addresses the immediate needs of support and skill development for anxiety, depression, grief, loss, sexual abuse, trauma, anger, sexual addiction, relationship communication and separation. Has specialized training in LGBT sexual identity, parenting and family, men’s sexual health and masculine identity, LatinCanadian cross-cultural identity and relationships.

monogamy, commitment or intimacy issues; shame; disappointment or depression; self-isolation, panic or shyness; assertiveness and empowerment.

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Are you anxious or depressed? Experiencing challenging relationships? Feeling stuck and needing change? Suffering from shame or low self-esteem? Having difficulty asserting yourself or maintaining boundaries? Seeking personal development? By offering safety, respect and solutions to clients of any sexuality, I can help you transform your life. I provide professional, non-judgmental and effective therapy to individuals and their allies.

470 Granville St, Ste 415 778-227-9423 joe@joe-ramirez.com joe-ramirez.com

Lehmann Counselling Service Goal-oriented registered clinical counsellor. Providing clients a safe, professional environment to collaboratively build awareness. Learn various “thinking” techniques to identify emotions. Challenge and change problem behaviour. Manage or master the following areas: selfdefeating sexual and technology addictions; sexual functioning and adjustment issues; negotiated

See ad on page 20 736 Granville St, Ste 826 604-614-8121 helper.jason@gmail.com jasonlehmann.ca

Monique Silverman, MA, RCC, CCC

See ad on page 21 470 Granville St, Ste 318 778-228-8456 monique@moniquesilverman.com moniquesilverman.com/lgbtq

THE MAIL ROOM

The World On Time 1755 Robson St. 604-681-6562

Tricia Antoniuk, MSW, RSW Special focus on LGBT concerns: coming out, relationship issues, abuse, trauma, depression and anxiety. Counselling gives you tools to help you open up to new possibilities in your life. Counselling also provides a safe place to explore your fears so you can find some solid ground on which to stand. Trained in EMDR. Call for a free and confidential 15-minute phone consultation. Mailing address: PO Box 197, Fort Langley, V1M 2R5 23343 Mavis Ave, Ste 104 778-378-2633 tricia@antoniukcounselling.ca antoniukcounselling.ca

Willow Tree Counselling Megan Sutherland, MSW, RCSW, offers professional, collaborative counselling in her downtown Vancouver therapy office. I meet with individuals and couples seeking help with depression, anxiety, addictions, relationships and other key life issues. I am known for my warm, empathic approach and my ability to help clients feel at ease. Together, we

BIG OR SMALL, WE SHIP THEM ALL! LARGE & SMALL FORMAT PRINTING AVAILABLE mailboxplus.bc.ca 1027 Davie Street 604.683.1433

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Dental Services can work toward meaningful, lasting change. Day, evening and weekend appointments. Free 15-minute telephone or in-person consultation. 1125 Howe St, Ste 610 604-521-3404 megan@willowtreecounselling.ca willowtreecounselling.ca

Couriers Mail Box Plus Wide-format printing, shipping, copying, mailboxes, binding and more. FedEx, Canada Post, UPS. Wholesale rates for corporations. Free packaging on express. “Big or small, we ship them all.” See ad on page 22 1027 Davie St 604-683-1433 info@mailboxplus.bc.ca mailboxplus.bc.ca

Dental Services Aarm Dental Group Open six days a week. Free patient parking. We don’t charge above BCDA fee guide prices. We do accept most

major dental-insurance plans. Emergencies and new patients always welcome! See ad on THIS page On Beach: 604-683-5530 At BC Place: 604-689-0965 On Cambie: 604-684-0224 At Coal Harbour: 604-688-2354 On Denman: 604-647-0006 In Yaletown: 604-629-0386 On Hornby: 604-681-8530 aarmdenman@telus.net aarm-dental.com

Daher Orthostyle – Dr Sam Daher Dr Sam Daher is one of the leading providers of the Invisalign technique in Canada and North America. Our practice is not limited to Invisalign, but it is limited to esthetic orthodontics. We pride ourselves on the courteous service and customer care that we provide each patient. Don’t simply straighten your teeth — improve your smile. See ad on page 24 840 W Hastings St 604-662-3290 info@orthostyle.com orthostyle.com

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Dr Dean Wershler Inc We are a quality-oriented, adultgeneral dental practice located in the heart of Davie Village. Our services include hygiene, restorative dentistry (including white fillings), crown and bridge work, full and partial dentures, oral surgery, root canal treatments, Invisalign orthodontics and Botox. We have Saturday and evening appointments available and offer free parking to our patients. See ad on page 23 1033 Davie St, Ste 512 604-688-4080, wershler@telus.net westend-dentist.ca

Dr Langston Raymond General dentistry. Offering Botox and Invisalign, as well as cosmetic restorative dentistry in a comfortable and friendly environment. See ad on THIS page 1033 Davie St, Ste 512 604-687-1008 langstonraymond.com

Redtree Dental – Dr Anita Jain Inc Modern, welcoming clinic. Prevention, cosmetics, implants,

Invisalign, Botox. Conscientious oral-health care.

A local of the BC Teachers’ Federation, VESTA represents the elementary teachers and adult educators in Vancouver and has championed and initiated anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia initiatives in public schools and the broader community.

See ad on page 24 1395 W 6th Ave (at Hemlock) 604-873-3337 info@redtreedental.com redtreedental.ca

Education & Instruction

See ad on THIS page 2915 Commercial Dr 604-873-8378 vesta.ca

Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’ Association

geneRal DentIstRy dr. langston raymond dr. anna preis

Serving the Community SinCe 2000o the practice.

Ste #512-1033 davie St on-Site parking available 604.687.1008 Cosmetic Restorative Dentistry in a comfortable environment. Offering Botox and Invisalign.

Teachers are everywhere... We’re part of the community too. The Vancouver Elementary School Teacher’s Association, representing elementary teachers and adult educators in Vancouver, is proud to advocate for transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited, intersex, queer and questioning teachers and students in our public schools. 2915 Commercial Drive, Vancouver • 604-873-8378 • lp391@bctf.ca



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Entertainment

Entertainment Ballet BC A bold and innovative contemporary ballet company with a distinctive style and approach, performing cutting-edge dance by internationally renowned choreographers. Visit balletbc.com for videos, subscriptions, information and more. Single tickets available at ticketmaster.ca. See ad on page 26 677 Davie St 604-732-5003 info@balletbc.com balletbc.com

and programs supporting the professional development of dance artists, present public performances and events, operate the Scotiabank Dance Centre facility, and provide information about dance in the province, including an online calendar of performances and the BC Dance Directory. See ad on THIS page Scotiabank Dance Centre, Level 6, 677 Davie St 604-604-6400 info@thedancecentre.ca thedancecentre.ca

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Playland at the PNE BC’s most famous amusement park — rides, midway games and exciting attractions! 2901 E Hastings St 604-253-2311 info@pne.ca pne.ca

Performances and events Resources and support for artists Studio rentals Calendar of BC dance events

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Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ Markets

the city. Schedules for all markets are available on our website.

Vancouver Farmers’ Markets

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Visit your local farmers’ market for the best and freshest in BC fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood, cheese and prepared foods. Come for groceries; stay for lunch! Artisanal crafts, community information and musical entertainment make a trip to the market an event. Summer markets are open from May to October, weekly. Seven neighbourhood locations across

604-879-3276 info@eatlocal.org eatlocal.org

Funeral Services Martin Brothers Funeral Services We are Vancouver’s premier funeral-service provider, offering compassionate care in your time of loss. Located in the heart

of Vancouver’s West End, we arrange all facets of your funeral or memorial. Our Ceremony at Sea package includes a cruise on our Pacific Ceremony yacht, where you can choose to scatter your loved one’s cremated remains at sea. See ad on THIS page 3398 Dunbar St (at W 18th) 778-330-7799 dunbar@mbfunerals.com mbfunerals.com

Richmond Funeral Home Proudly serving Lower Mainland families for more than 67 years. 14660 72 Ave 604-273-3748 richmondfh@abormemorial.com richmond-funeral.ca

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Funeral Services

Get FRESH at Nesters Right in the Heart of Your Community Great Selection • Great Prices • Quality Products Convenient Locations • Friendly Staff

Proud sponsors of Loving Spoonful's monthly volunteer luncheon. Donating 1000 meals this year to their daily meal program.

Yaletown 990 Seymour St. Vancouver Monday - Friday 7am - 11pm, Weekends 8am - 11pm 

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Grocery stores

Proudly serving the West End Community since 1958 Caring about the community is a Safeway tradition that began with the opening of our first Canadian stores in 1929.

1641 Davie St 604 669 8313 1766 Robson St 604 683 6155

Canada’s leading online vitamins, supplements, and nutrition store Free expedited shipping anywhere in Canada, no minimum purchase.

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HealthCare Services

Grocery Stores Nesters Market Where the locals shop! Monday–Friday, 7am–11pm. Saturday and Sunday, 8am–11pm. See ad on page 29 990 Seymour St 604-682-3071

Safeway Ingredients for life. See ad on page 30 Canada Safeway #90 1641 Davie St, Vancouver, V6G 1W1 604-669-8313

HIV test and other STI testing and information that is tailored for them. Our support and counselling service is manned by volunteers from our community who help with a wide range of issues, including sex and sexuality, coming out, substance use, health issues, relationships, anxiety, racism, body image, et cetera. See ad on page 8 1033 Davie St, Ste 421 1416 Commercial Dr, Ste 101 604-488-1001 checkhimout.ca

Healthcare Services HIM – Health Initiative for Men HIM provides two clinics where gay men can access the rapid HIV test and other STI testing and information that is tailored for them. Our support and counselling service is manned by volunteers from our community who help with a wide range of issues, including sex and sexuality, coming out, substance use, health issues, relationships, anxiety, racism, body image, et cetera.

Canada Safeway #36 1766 Robson St, Vancouver, V6G 1E2 604-683-6155 safeway.ca

Health & Wellness The Health Shows Western Canada’s premier health shows: Vancouver, Edmonton, Victoria, Calgary and Kelowna. Bring your questions, listen, leave with answers! The Health Shows provide new, reliable and practical diet, supplement, exercise and lifestyle tips that promote healthier living. There’s something for everyone, between the daily roster of inspiring seminars with Canada’s leading health experts. Learn about healthful eating from exhibitors offering gluten-free products, vegan and non-GMO products.

Vancouver Health Show

November 8 & 9, 2014 Vancouver Convention Centre, East Exhibit, Hall B

See ad on THIS PAGE info@healthshows.com thehealthshows.com

Health – Men’s Community Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health Sexnowsurvey.com; the InvestiGAYtors and Totally Outright for gay youth; BC Gay Men’s Health Summit. See ad on THIS PAGE 970 Burrard St, Ste 234 604-568-7478 info@cbrc.net cbrc.net

HIM – Health Initiative for Men HIM provides two clinics where gay men can access the rapid 

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HealthCare Services PROFILE

Beauty by firelight RodRozen Designs lights a different kind of fireplace Bio-ethanol, flueless fireplaces are growing in popularity: they’re the perfect addition to a glorious Vancouver summer patio day. Exclusive to RodRozen Designs, Saffretti fireplaces are designed in the Netherlands and bring a European aesthetic to West Coast homes. Their sleek design and high-quality finish add sophistication and elegance to backyard living. Their ambient firelight and versatile, freestanding construction lend both an architectural and aesthetic element to outdoor entertaining.

Saffretti’s bio-ethanol fireplaces give a warm touch of class. RODROZEN DESIGNS

Because they have no flue, they can be used indoors, as well, to create stunning focal points where traditional mantels used to be. Hung on a wall facing a seating area, they create the look and feel of a real fireplace; freestanding, they become artworks to be admired from any point in the room. Entertaining will go on until the wee hours as these fireplaces burn warm and bright; everyone will be drawn to their elegant beauty like moths to a flame. For more information, contact RodRozen Designs at 604-558-4443. rodrozen.com

See ad on page 8 1033 Davie St, Ste 421 1416 Commercial Dr, Ste 101 604-488-1001 checkhimout.ca

Sound Hearing Clinic Sound Hearing Clinic is an audiology clinic that specializes in the assessment of hearing loss in adults. We provide solutions for hearing loss through the fitting of hearing aids and accessories. We also do hearing aid repairs and aural rehabilitation and provide hearing protection (including for musicians). See ad on THIS page 1160 Burrard St, Ste 207 604-687-1488 mark@soundhearingclinic.com soundhearingclinic.com

Health – Fitness & Exercise Body Energy Club Body Energy Club was founded by two best friends who take their passion for health and fitness beyond the personal level and make it their life’s work. It all began in the modest 500-squarefoot space they occupied on Davie Street and has now grown to four locations. Body Energy’s online store is one of the largest vitamin and nutritional-supplement stores in Canada, and we feature smoothie bars in all four locations. See ad on page 30 746 Davie St 428 Robson St 555 W 12th Ave, at Cambie 2149 E Broadway 604-559-5577 sales@bodyenergyclub.com bodyenergyclub.com

Health – General HIM – Health Initiative for Men HIM provides two clinics where gay men can access the rapid HIV test and other STI testing and information that is tailored for them. Our support and counselling service is manned by volunteers from our community who help with a wide range of issues, including sex and sexuality, coming out, substance use, health issues, relationships, anxiety, racism, body image, et cetera. See ad on page 8 1033 Davie St, Ste 421 1416 Commercial Dr, Ste 101 604-488-1001 checkhimout.ca

Hearing Aids Sound Hearing Clinic Sound Hearing Clinic is an audiology clinic that specializes in the assessment of hearing loss in adults. We provide solutions for hearing loss through the fitting of hearing aids and accessories. We also do hearing aid repairs and aural rehabilitation and provide hearing protection (including for musicians). See ad on THIS page 1160 Burrard St, Ste 207 604-687-1488 mark@soundhearingclinic.com soundhearingclinic.com

Holistic Health Sequoia Thom, MA Experience the benefits  of sacred touch!  • for individual sessions  of mystical massage, see

Hearing testing and solutions Hearing aid sales and repair Hearing protection Call Today to Schedule Your Hearing Consultation

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Interior Design growinghealthier.com • for men’s workshops, see menintouch.org  • for a free online course, see sacredtouchyoga.com • for transformational life coaching that will enhance your intimacy skills and explore where eros meets spirit, see t-l-c.ca I have 30 years’ experience exploring and teaching embodied spirituality. Come explore your own erotic spirit! Near Stanley Park 778-786-3677 sequoia@t-l-c.ca sacredtouchyoga.com

Home Improvement & Repairs maison d’etre design-build inc Maison d’etre is a boutique-style renovation company offering custom design-build services to Vancouver homeowners. As an award-winning specialist in condo renovations, maison strives to provide designs that maintain

the homeowner’s individuality and character while enhancing property values and marketability. We’ll not only design and build your dream renovation, we’ll exceed your expectations! See ad on page 48

1335 Howe St 604-682-0229 quality@qualityhotelvancouver.com qualityhotelvancouver.com

Interior Design RodRozen Designs

118 West 2nd Ave 604-484-4030 rob@maisondetre.ca maisondetre.ca

Hotels Quality Hotel Vancouver – Inn at False Creek This cozy hotel is located at the False Creek Promenade between the vibrant arts community and public market of Granville Island and Davie Village, the gay entertainment and dining district of Vancouver. Our full-service hotel offers onsite restaurant, lounge, outdoor seasonal pool, complimentary internet and free access to Davie Village’s “straight friendly” gym, Steve Nash Fitness World. See ad on THIS page

A full-service luxury design and build company founded 10 years ago on the belief that everyday life can be brightened by inspired surroundings and that form and function can coexist beautifully. Design services include interior design, architectural and engineering, space planning and floor plans, 3D renderings, building-permit drawings and applications. Build services include complete renovations, commercial tenant improvements, new home construction and project management. See Story on page 32 See ad on page 2 1463 W Pender St 604-558-4443 info@rodrozen.com rodrozen.com

Just steps from Davie Village

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Classic and original treats from some of Vancouver’s favourite and up-and-coming bakeries

Freshly baked Freshly baked comfort food may seem most intuitive for those rainy winter days, but a touch of sweet can brighten up a sunny summer day too. Is there ever a bad time to visit Vancouver’s local purveyors of hearty, savoury or just plain weird baked goodies?

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ManCakes 288 Robson St mancakesbakery.com The men behind the ManCakes are beer-league hockey players, rock climbers and competitive cheerleaders. If that isn’t enough to get you in the door of their automotive-garage-inspired café, the flavour combinations will: whiskey lime, bacon chili chocolate and Buffalo wing, to name a few. “We do unique really well,” co-owner Geoff Hamilton says. He also does pushups when he gets an increasingly rare moment. Go on a Wednesday afternoon — maybe you’ll get a show with your King Kong cupcake.

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East Village Bakery 2166 E Hastings St eastvillagebakery.com Gluten-free vegan baking never sounded so good: blueberry chai and sweet orange muffins, banana-date breakfast bites, lemon-pistachio cookies, bite-sized coconut cakes with raspberry glaze and sugared violet garnish. “About 80 percent of our returning customers are choosing gluten-free, not because of dietary restrictions, but for the health benefits and the taste,” owner Karin Piett says. After introducing me to a hot chocolate brownie (surprise ingredient: cayenne), she can count me as a returning customer.

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Musette Caffè 1262 Burrard St (alley entrance) musettecaffe.com Instant exclusivity is yours to enjoy just by finding this place! Catering to the urban and urbane commuter cyclist, Musette Caffè is nestled into the alley between Burrard and Hornby streets, just north of Drake Street. In addition to their traditional Italian paninis and raw energy bars, 90 percent of their baked goods — croissants, crostata, scones and the addictive (and gluten-free) salted chocolate-chip cookies — are prepared in-house. With your robust 49th Parallel Americano in hand, be sure to peruse their finely curated collection of chic cycle-wear.

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Lee’s Donuts Granville Island Market 1689 Johnston St granvilleisland.com These are doughnuts with street cred: Alan and Betty Ann Lee are original Granville Island Market tenants. Almost 30 years later, they’re still offering the best honeydip in town. Baked fresh throughout the day, the doughnuts travel fewer than 15 feet from kitchen to counter. In addition to the classics, new flavours such as red velvet, key lime and chai spice have been added to the racks. Personally, I’m yearning for the return of the limited-edition salted caramel. Pretty please?



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Lawyers

DAHL&CONNORS BARRISTERS & SOLICITORS

Proudly serving Vancouver’s GLBT Community for more than 15 years. Wills & Estates • Family Law • Adoption • Real Estate & Mortgages • Immigration • Small Business Matters

dahlconnors.com

604.687.8752 620-1033 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC

YOUR BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS If you need a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver, the Accidents and Personal Injury Law department of North Shore Law provides a full range of legal advice in all areas of personal injury litigation.

Proudly sErViNg ThE lEsBiaN, gay, BisExual aNd TraNsgENdErEd CoMMuNiTiEs

We offer a free consultation. No legal fees are payable until your case is settled!

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Lawyers Dahl & Connors A full-service law firm providing quality and experienced service to the LGBT community. We do wills and estates, family law, adoption, corporate, real estate and immigration. We pride ourselves on providing timely and accurate solutions and results for your legal issues. Call us and let us know how we can help you. See ad on page 38 1033 Davie St, Ste 620 604-687-8752 vconnors@dahlconnors.com dennisdahl@dahlconnors.com dahlconnors.com

facilitator and author. He is a visionary, a leader and a pioneer. Doug’s powerful communication style and skills, intuition, empathy and understanding, combined with life experience and training in relationship, leadership and spiritual psychology, uniquely qualify him to offer this timely opportunity for positive change to the people he serves. See ad on page 4 778-877-6276 doug@21cd.ca 21stcenturydynamics.com povcanada.com

Marketing C&C Communications When you need to communicate your message effectively, C&C Communications has you covered. Since 1995, our boutique publicrelations agency has specialized in comprehensive communications strategies for our arts and entertainment clients. We have been an integral part of helping filmmakers, authors, artists and musicians get their messages directly to those who matter.

Law Office of barbara findlay Making the law work for all of us — including non-Canadians who want to move to Canada. In addition to immigration, we also do family law, wills and estates, employment law and, of course, human rights. See ad on THIS page 1033 Davie St, Ste 635 604-251-4356 bjf@barbarafindlay.com barbarafindlay.com

North Shore Law LLP North Shore Law LLP, in North Vancouver, BC, sets itself apart from other law firms. As one of the largest law firms in North Vancouver, we enjoy a loyal client following and are dedicated to achieving successful and innovative legal solutions. Our lawyers and staff believe in personal and confidential service; it’s our hallmark and our steadfast commitment to you. Contact us today for an appointment.

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See ad on page 38 171 W Esplanade, Ste 600 604-980-8571 inquiries@northshorelaw.com northshorelaw.com

Life Coaches Life Coach Doug Anderson, 21st Century Dynamics® Transforming relationships, health, finance and careers for individuals and business. Doug is the founder of 21st Century Dynamics ® and a dynamic life coach, group



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Read all about it. VANCOUVER’S GAY & LESBIAN NEWS

for gay and lesbian news, views and arts — both in print and online.

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Marketing Our no-nonsense approach will help yield the results you deserve.

Rick Girardeau, RMT

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Relaxation; sports injury; stress relief; soft-tissue discomfort, such as neck, shoulder, back and hip pain. Common modalities are Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial and trigger-point release. Some assisted stretching, along with take-home exercises when applicable. Located at the corner of Davie and Burrard. Available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, afternoon and evenings.

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Massage Relaxation Massage Vancouver Relaxing, soothing and stressrelieving massage. Swedish or deep-tissue techniques. Jiwan Bajracharya – VSBM certified. West End 604-789-0857 jbmassage@telus.net relaxationmassagevancouver.com

Massage Certified Linda Duncan, RMT Twenty years’ experience. A convenient and quiet downtown location. 885 Dunsmuir St, Ste 108 604-630-0101 lindaduncanrmt@gmail.com lindaduncanrmt.com

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Massage Erotic handsomehands.ca Unique therapeutic massage services for men. Tailored to your needs. Reasonable rates. handsomehands.ca

Men’s Services BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (BCSMSSA) Providing specialized victimassistance, individual and group therapy, as well as educational opportunities. BCSMSSA is a non-profit society and Canadianregistered charity. Our head office is in downtown Vancouver, with additional locations in Port Coquitlam, White Rock, Courtenay (Vancouver Island), Surrey and Abbotsford. Call head office for initial appointments in all locations. Some fees may apply. Sliding scale available. See ad on THIS page 1252 Burrard St, Ste 202 604-682-6482 bcsmssa@hotmail.com bc-malesurvivors.com

HIM – Health Initiative for Men HIM provides two clinics where gay men can access the rapid HIV test and other STI testing and information that is tailored for them. Our support and

BC SOCIETY FOR MALE SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE ABOUT US

OUR PROGRAMS FOR YOU

BCSMSSA is a non-profit society and Canadian Registered Individual Therapy – Sessions on a weekly basis. Fees may Charity with locations in Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Abbotsford, be covered by 3rd party compensation programs. Others not Surrey and Courtenay on Vancouver Island. covered are responsible for their fees. Sliding scale is available. We provide therapeutic services for males who have been sexually abused or assaulted sometime in their lives.

Group Therapy – Sessions are 2 1/2 hours per week for 12 weeks. Fees may be covered by some form of compensation.

We are active in community education within the areas of prevention, treatment and therapy for male survivors of all ages.

Short Term Individual Support – Available for significant others of male survivors. Fees for significant others are not likely covered by compensation.

We provide information regarding the Justice System, crime prevention and safety planning; we also provide resources and referrals to government or health services. Victim Service workers provide assistance in funding resources for clients, court accompaniment and maintaining community relations.

BC SOCIETY FOR MALE SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

Educational Outreach – We educate the community through presentations to schools, social service agencies or service clubs, through TV, newspapers and magazines; and through interviews, pamphlets, and video projects.

1252 Burrard St #202 Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Z1

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Naturopathy counselling service is manned by volunteers from our community who help with a wide range of issues, including sex and sexuality, coming out, substance use, health issues, relationships, anxiety, racism, body image, et cetera. See ad on page 8 1033 Davie St, Ste 421 1416 Commercial Dr, Ste 101 604-488-1001 checkhimout.ca

with hormonal imbalance, weight gain, depression and anxiety, addiction, food and seasonal allergies, as well as general health maintenance. Located in the Sinclair Centre downtown. Book an appointment now and get 25 percent off your initial visit. See ad on THIS page 757 W Hastings St, Ste 228 604-629-1120 drvangaver@gmail.com draaronvangaver.com

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Dr Reuben Dinsmore, ND A family naturopathic practice conveniently located in the heart of East Van, across from Commercial SkyTrain station. Treating stress and sleep issues, anxiety, depression and digestive concerns. Offering testing for food sensitivities, heavy-metal toxicity, hormonal imbalances and support for detox and weight loss. Mention this ad for $25 off your initial visit. 2495 Commercial Dr, Unit 10 604-568-7655 dr.reuben.nd@gmail.com

Motorcycle World Sales and service of Suzuki motorcycles. See ad on THIS page 10607 King George Hwy 604-582-9253 eddie@motorcycleworld.ca motorcycleworld.ca

Naturopathy Dr Aaron Van Gaver, BScND Inc Dr Van Gaver provides care to individuals young and old dealing

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Quality Dog Shirts at Affordable Prices!! Reversible Shirts or Embroidered Shirts

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Celebrating 40 Years of Caring BC family-owned & operated since 1974

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Physiotherapy & Rehab

Integrative Naturopathic Medical Centre A major, but often overlooked, part of health and wellness is how you feel about yourself. Integrative is the only place in Vancouver that offers the ReJuveness skincare system. With unique European technology, we can give men and women natural, non-surgical facelifts with immediate results. We will smooth your wrinkles, enhance your facial features and make your skin soft and supple. Contact us to learn more. See ad on page 3 1285 W Broadway, Ste 730 604-738-1012 reception@integrative.ca integrative.ca

Pet Care Kitty Kare Kitty sitting — all kitties need and deserve that little extra attention. See ad on THIS page 604-813-4239 deborah@kittykare.ca kittykare.ca

Pet Stores Happy Pups Quality Pup Clothing Happy Pups was started because we felt there was a need for more clothing for the “little boy” dogs in our lives. Our shirts are 100-percent pre-shrunk cotton, and a portion from each sale is donated to the BCSPCA. Happy Pups is a company that loves dogs, and we are committed to excellentquality, affordable dog clothing. See ad on page 42 604-782-7337 kathryn@happypups.ca happypups.ca

Tisol Pet Nutrition & Supply Stores Tisol is a BC family-owned and -operated pet-supply company founded in 1974. Visit one of our nine locations and see our extensive selection of toys and supplies, as well as holistic foods and treats for the health and happiness of the ones you love. See ad on page 42 14th & Main: 604-873-4117 12th & Arbutus: 604-730-1768 3033 Grandview Hwy: 604-436-3001 

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7117 Gilley Ave, Burnaby: 604-434-2812 7370 Market Crossing, Burnaby: 604-431-8458 5431 #3 Rd, Richmond: 604-276-2254 Richlea Sq 10150 #3 Rd, Richmond: 604-241-7586 20645 Langley Bypass, Langley: 604-276-2254 152 St, S Surrey: 604-536-2330 tisol.ca

Physiotherapy & Rehab Andrea Martens, BScPT, CAFCI Urban Active Sport Therapy Clinic Physiotherapy, acupuncture, vertigo (vestibular) and dizziness rehabilitation. Prompt, expert, individualized physiotherapy assessment and treatment to regain mobility and strength. University-educated, registered physiotherapist certified in acupuncture. Accepting private patients, ICBC, WCB, MSP. See ad on THIS page 736 Granville St, Ste 310 604-669-8233 andrea.martens@urbanactive.ca urbanactive.ca

Kitty Sitting – All kitties need & deserve that little extra attention Caring daily visits Vet visits Personal touch Areas of travel include: yaletown, downtown, west end and kits

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Andrea Martens, BScPT, CAFCI PHYSIOTHERAPY ACUPUNCTURE/VERTIGO

We want you to be healthy and active!

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A terrible thing happens when you don’t advertise.

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THE MAIL ROOM

The World On Time 1755 Robson St. 604-681-6562

BIG OR SMALL, WE SHIP THEM ALL! LARGE & SMALL FORMAT PRINTING AVAILABLE mailboxplus.bc.ca 1027 Davie Street 604.683.1433

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Burrard Physiotherapy Burrard Physiotherapy is your wellness team. We have 12 physiotherapists, all with extensive post-graduate education and experience, massage therapy, rolfing, kinesiologists, pilates and yoga instructors. We are dedicated to helping people reach their full potential. We offer private treatment rooms and longer-thanaverage appointment times. We have a large, fully equipped gym and up-to-date facilities. See ad on page 44 1190 Hornby St, Ste 702 (at Davie) 604-684-1640 info@burrardphysiotherapy.com burrardphysiotherapy.com

Printing Mail Box Plus Wide-format printing, shipping, copying, mailboxes, binding and more. FedEx, Canada Post, UPS. Wholesale rates for corporations. Free packaging on express. “Big or small, we ship them all.” See ad on page 44 1027 Davie St 604-683-1433 info@mailboxplus.bc.ca mailboxplus.bc.ca

Minuteman Press Our marketing professionals offer a free consultation on all marketing-related inquiries. They help you boost your company’s exposure with the purpose of increasing your sales. Some of our print services: • brochures • flyers • pamphlets • forms • business cards • stationery See ad on THIS page 13423 78th Ave, Ste 103, Surrey, BC 604-572-8558 info@minutemansurrey.com surrey.minutemanpress.com

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Public Relations C&C Communications When you need to communicate your message effectively, C&C Communications has you covered. Since 1995, our boutique publicrelations agency has specialized in comprehensive communications strategies for our arts and entertainment clients. We have been an integral part of helping filmmakers, authors, artists and musicians get their messages directly to those who matter. Our no-nonsense approach will help yield the results you deserve. See ad on THIS page 604-664-8995 candc.biz

Publications

Providing publicity and promotional services to the arts & entertainment communities for over 15 years. www.CandC.biz

Pink Triangle Press Pink Triangle Press (PTP) is Canada’s leading gay and lesbian media organization. Founded in 1971 to advance the struggle for sexual liberation, PTP’s defining activity is lesbian and gay journalism. PTP publishes Xtra, Xtra Living and Ultimate Pride Guide in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa, and operates dailyxtra.com and squirt.org. 2 Carlton St, Ste 1600, Toronto 416-925-6665 pinktrianglepress.ca

Xtra Vancouver Serving the Vancouver community since 1993, Xtra is Vancouver’s largest and most widely read gay and lesbian publication. Xtra also publishes the Vancouver editions of Xtra Living and Ultimate Pride Guide. See ad on page 39 1033 Davie St, Ste 501 604-684-9696 info.vancouver@dailyxtra.com dailyxtra.com

Real Estate Agents Darryl Persello Serving the West End and beyond. 4387 Main St 604-306-1340 darryl@darrylpersello.com darrylpersello.com

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Ian Eggleton, RE/MAX Choosing a realtor to help you buy or sell is a big decision. It’s important to work with a realtor you can trust to protect your best interest. I understand working with my clients is a privilege, and I take that seriously. I also know that moving into a new home is exciting and it should be an enjoyable and fun process along the way. I can be reached anytime, should you like to discuss your next move. See ad on page 46 1453 Bellevue Ave 604-773-1443 ian@ianeggleton.com ianeggleton.com

Lyn Hart, Macdonald Realty Ltd Professional, trusted and proud to be a part of our community! Always happy to help with your real estate needs, whether you’re buying, selling, a first-timer or a seasoned investor. Honesty, integrity and respect are the heart of my business, and I’m committed to providing you with personalized, exceptional service

from start to finish! I also mix a mean martini — just sayin’. Cheers!

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Susan Cameron, Coldwell Banker Premier Realty

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I love Vancouver — every neighbourhood, every market and restaurant, every beach and park. And as an energetic and empathetic realtor, I love matching neighbourhoods and homes to you, my clients, whether you’re searching for a condo in Coal Harbour, a character home on Commercial, a big backyard on the North Shore or anywhere in between. I’d like to share knowledge and news about city real estate with you that I hope will prove useful as we navigate this market together. I’ll provide a voice of reason in a changing market; a voice of experience in city real estate; a voice, also, that knows when to stop talking and listen to your needs. I can offer you the service that will make the experience

maison d’etre design-build inc Maison d’etre is a boutique-style renovation company offering custom design-build services to Vancouver homeowners. As an award-winning specialist in condo renovations, maison strives to provide designs that maintain the homeowner’s individuality and character while enhancing property values and marketability. We’ll not only design and build your dream renovation, we’ll exceed your expectations! See ad on page 48 118 West 2nd Ave 604-484-4030 rob@maisondetre.ca maisondetre.ca

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ACTIVITIES

Unsung patios, popular parties and all the sports you can handle

Summer lovin’ Greg Armstrong-Morris

What is it about summer that spurs us into planning mode? Is it the residual thrill of childhood summer holidays? The competitive jolt of little league remembered? The ghosts of church-camp romances gone by? Whatever the reason, and whatever the desire, the season is nearly upon us, and Vancouver has lots to offer, from patio gems to Shakespeare on the beach, from brew-pub tours to queer festivals, sports leagues and floating dance parties.



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Get away with culture Combining the best of summer getaways with a slathering of culture, the sixth annual Gabriola Theatre Festival (Aug 15–17, artsgabriola.ca) will be hosting companies from Vancouver (Swimming with Piranhas, Holmes and Watson Save the Empire! and Mr Marmalade), Victoria (Falstaff, Trunk!), Nelson (East: How Far Would You Go For Love?) and France (Tomorrow’s Dawn). This year’s speakeasy-friendly Roaring ’20s theme should ensure that high- and low-brow entertainment will receive equal billing!

The Gabriola Theatre Festival is a good reason to visit the island. Gabriola Theatre Festival

Soak in a sonnet It’s a summer of fairy royalty and psychotropically confused young lovers in varying degrees of undress. To celebrate its 25th season, Bard on the Beach (bardonthebeach.org) will remount its impishly sexy 2006 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And by “impishly sexy,” I mean the adorkable Kyle Rideout as Puck. Make an event of it with a Shakespeare-themed picnic from Emelle’s Catering (emelles.com) in 98-percent compostable packaging. No littering the fairy realm, for the love of Oberon.

Scott Bellis stars as Bottom in this year’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. David & Emily Cooper

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Dance on water With a backyard as stunningly gorgeous as ours, why party indoors? What began as the humble Riley T in 1991 is now Canada’s largest floating dance party (cruiseyt.com). Boasting two indoor and one outdoor dancefloors, the MV Britannia offers four hours of stellar DJs and spectacular views of the city, mountains and ocean. Not to mention the spectacular views on board! Oh, Captain, my captain! All CruiseyT outings are adult-only. As you can imagine, it’s always full speed ahead!



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You know it’s summer when CruiseyT sets sail. alvin grado

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Lounge on a patio Because we can’t all fit on the patio at the Cactus Club on English Bay, here are a few less-obvious suggestions on where best to while away the summer hours.

The Flying Beaver 4760 Inglis Dr, Richmond mjg.ca/flying-beaver Imagine a completely unobstructed sunset, with the occasional floatplane exception, as one lands or takes off on the Fraser River. Ignore the fishing-lodge décor.

The Sylvia 1154 Gilford St, Vancouver sylviahotel.com Apart from its English Bay views, the best thing about The Sylvia is what it doesn’t have: TV screens in every corner, hostesses teetering in heels only a drag queen should dare, and waiting lists. I think of it as Vancouver’s Algonquin Room — I’m a friend of that Dorothy!

The Mill Marine Bistro 1199 W Cordova St, Vancouver millbistro.ca With arguably the best urban oceanfront property on the continent, Vancouver’s seawall needs a handful more places like The Mill.

Whether it’s under a heat lamp or the heat of the sun, or even on a bright cloudy day, Vancouverites love their patio season year-round. SHimon Karmel

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Perfect 10 Ten Ten Tapas pairs great food and music with a beautiful view When the food is as beautiful as the waterfront view, you know you have a winner; the live music is just a bonus. Nestled beneath the north side of the Burrard Street bridge on false Creek, the vista from the patio at Ten Ten Tapas, facing Granville island, is as gorgeous as the shared plates on offer from new chef Matthew Phillip.

The waterfront view from the patio at Ten Ten Tapas. Ten Ten Tapas

Vancouver Brewery Tours offers three pubs in three hours for $69. Thinkstock

Sample craft brew If beer is, as the monks say, proof that God loves us, then the almost two-dozen craft breweries within the city limits may suggest that he has a special place in his heart for Vancouverites. Most of these breweries — including favourites Granville Island, 33 Acres and Parallel 49 — offer tours. But if you can’t make up your mind, want to visit more than one, and don’t want to worry about imbibing and driving, Vancouver Brewery Tours (vancouverbrewerytours.com) offers three pubs in three hours for $69. Beer included — praise God!



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operating a “scratch-based kitchen,” Phillip has taken his West Coast–inspired tapas to new levels by baking his own artisanal bread and highlighting the best that BC has to offer. With its passion for great food and its great atmosphere animated by live music — Thursday through Saturday, with a live jazz brunch on Sundays — Ten Ten Tapas offers a winning combination rarely seen in Vancouver. “We wanted to bring together those passions for food, for music and for life that we found so inspiring,” says co-owner Derek oelmann. Ten Ten Tapas 1010 Beach Ave tententapas.com

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Throw yourself out of a plane

For the ultimate rush, try skydiving.

Slip the surly bonds of earth, and in the untrespassed sanctity of space put out your hand and touch the face of God. And tell her I said “Hey.” For thrill-seekers, bungee jumping and paragliding are mere gateway drugs. Skydiving offers the single most epic (and, I’m told, addictive) adrenaline rush available to the earthbound. The cost hovers around $250, plus video, at locations from Abbotsford to Pemberton. Choose the backdrop for your scream-filled DVD — shiny city skyline, patchwork farm fields or majestic Blackcomb mountain. The sky’s the limit!

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Get active! Just about any sport you can imagine is on offer to the queer community: the Mabel League (women’s fastpitch), WESA (West End Slo-Pitch), the Frontrunners (LGBT runners and walkers), Vancouver Gay Volleyball, Vancouver Tennis Association, Sisters in Sync (dragon boating), Out on the Green (golf), Terminal City Rollergirls, West End Darts, Out for Kicks (soccer), two gay bowling leagues, and my personal favourites: Routes & Fruits (rock climbing) and Double Rainbow Dodgeball. “Take care of your balls, and they’ll take care of you.” — Patches O’Houlihan, Dodgeball If soccer’s your game, try Out for Kicks. thinkstock

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604.688.5771 Private party bookings available for up to 65 People

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Party with abandon Life is a banquet, and Vancouver summers offer something for every appetite. Here’s just a sample of parties and festivals to check out: Get your kink on at the SinCity fetish Sextravaganza. Sat, May 31 at Imperial Vancouver. sincityfetishnight.com Toss your cookies at Playland’s annual Gay Day. Sat, July 19. pne.ca Embrace queer art, culture and history at the Queer Arts Festival. Wed, July 23–Sat, Aug 9. queerartsfestival.com Could there be anything hotter than gay-friendly, socially conscious soccer players? Join the Whitecaps as they celebrate Pride on Sun, July 27 (vs Dallas). whitecapsfc.com (code: pridevan) Wrap yourself in rainbowcoloured abandon at any of the many events that will celebrate Pride in Vancouver this July and August, including but hardly limited to the Pride parade on Sun, Aug 3. vancouverpride.ca Sit in the dark with likeminded cinephiles at Vancouver’s Queer Film Festival this August. queerfilmfestival.ca

This year’s Pride parade takes place Sun, Aug 3. Sergei Bachlakov

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Giving good patio since ‘94

Drink Deals Bucket of Beer 3 for $15.00 Mon-Fri 4-6pm and all day Sunday Martinis, Double Highballs and Caesar’s $6.50 All day—everyday

Open 7 days a week Extended hours and live music in Summer Visit thegallerycafe.ca for seasonal hours

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Check out our newly renovated space on Davie!

Breakfast • Lunch • Burgers

1031 Davie Street (604) 682-3683 948 Denman Street (604) 642-6588

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Restaurants & Cafés Ciao Bella Step into Little Italy. This cozy restaurant has 60 seats inside and an outdoor heated patio; it is romantic and intimate and has a live piano bar Wednesday through Sunday. Ciao Bella’s authentic Italian atmosphere is perfect for a romantic dinner or private functions. Celebrating 20 years of success in the community. Thank you for your continued support!

ReSTauRanT & BaR

See ad on page 55 703 Denman St 604-688-5771 ciaobellavancouver.ca

Gallery Café & Catering Situated in the historical landmark building of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Gallery Café is the perfect hideaway for a quick meal or lunch to linger over. If you haven’t already heard, our garden patio is one of the best-kept secrets in the city, but it is our food that truly satisfies. See ad on page 57 750 Hornby St (inside the Vancouver Art Gallery) 604-688-2233 info@thegallerycafe.ca thegallerycafe.ca

Open Daily at 11am till Late Daily drink and food specials Book your in house or catered corporate function today! Join us weekly for: Fat tuesDays 6 items for $6.00 each Wing WeDnesDay $0.35/wing Fresh FriDays 3 course meal for $15.95 sunDay FunDay $5.00 Caesars & $4.25 pints of granville island Oasis Club nights with special guests DJ every Friday and saturday

Joe’s Grill Great food. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. See ad on page 58 1031 Davie St: 604-682-3683 948 Denman St: 604-642-6588 2061 W 4th Ave: 604-736-6588 3048 Main St: 604-879-6586 joesgrill.ca

Oasis Restaurant and Bar Located in the heart of the Davie Village in downtown Vancouver, Oasis Restaurant and Bar holds exciting nightly events. We strive to create an atmosphere that is sexy, fun, inviting and, most importantly, welcome to all. Located on the second floor, we offer a view from above of the Davie Village and boast a large rooftop patio with retractable awnings and its own bar. See ad on THIS page 1240 Thurlow St 604-685-1724 oasisondavie.com



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Phone: 604-685-1724 1240 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, BC

www.oasisondavie.com Proud Supporters of Loud Business Group and West End Slo-Pitch Association (WESA).

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Ten Ten Tapas Restaurant Waterfront patio, live music, tapas  . . . come taste what you’ve been missing. See Story page 53 1010 Beach Ave, False Creek North 604-689-7800 info@tententapas.com tententapas.com

Seniors’ Groups & Services West End Seniors’ Network The West End Seniors’ Network’s mission is to improve the quality of life of adults aged 55 and up by providing social, educational and recreational programs and services that foster connection and inclusion in the broader community. See ad on THIS page

Advertise! Looking for men who share your interests? Vancouver Prime Timers may be for you... Vancouver Prime Timers is an active social and recreational group for mature gay and bisexual men, and their admirers. Meeting regularly in the Vancouver area to enjoy social, educational and recreational activities.

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1447 Barclay St 604-669-5051 wesn.ca

“The” place to be for the 55+ crowd! For only $10.00, a West End Seniors’ Network membership gives you access to the wide range of programs and services we offer. Visit our webpage (www.wesn.ca) or call us to find out more. We also have a variety of interesting and fun volunteer opportunities for adults of all ages.

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Studio Space Scotiabank Dance Centre Scotiabank Dance Centre is Canada’s flagship dance facility, a beautiful seven-storey, glassenclosed building located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Facilities include six studios, plus a fully equipped 154-seat production/presentation studio, board room and canopied roof terrace, available for rent for rehearsals, classes, meetings, weddings and special events. See ad on page 27 677 Davie St 604-604-6400 info@thedancecentre.ca thedancecentre.ca

Transportation Harbour Air Seaplanes Your travel experience — elevated! Frequent scheduled flights connecting downtown Vancouver, South Vancouver (YVR),

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Helijet International Fly away in comfort and style! Helijet provides year-round daily, scenic, scheduled service between Vancouver Harbour/Airport and Victoria Harbour. Our spacious and comfortable twin-engine, 12-passenger helicopter whisks you from city to city in just 35 minutes. Impress your friends and associates with a one-of-a-kind view of Vancouver. Scenic Vancouver Harbour tours and private custom charters are also offered seasonally. See ad on page 60 800-665-4354 helijet.com

Travel Travel Clinic Visit the Travel Clinic for all your pre-travel needs, including counselling, vaccines and prescriptions. The Vancouver Coastal Health clinic is staffed by doctors and nurses specializing in travel medicine. See Story on this page L5-601 W Broadway Ave 604-736-9244 travelclinic.vch.ca

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Tips from the Vancouver Coastal Health Travel Clinic Planning a trip somewhere sunny and off the beaten track? The Vancouver Coastal Health Travel Clinic reminds travellers to get proper vaccinations and prescriptions before they take off. “You may need to get certain vaccines depending on where you are travelling to and how long you will be staying,” says Dr Suni Boraston, the clinic’s medical director. “The best way to prepare for travel abroad, where you can get exposed to bugs and viruses your body may never have seen, is to visit a travel clinic at least four to six weeks before you leave.” Depending on your destination, some vaccinations are commonly advised, such as Dukoral for traveller’s diarrhea, tetanus and hepatitis A. The hep A vaccine protects travellers against a virus that can be contracted by drinking untreated water; eating contaminated uncooked foods, such as shellfish; or eating foods prepared in unsanitary conditions. it is one of the most common vaccine-preventable illnesses in travellers. Tetanus is a serious bacterial disease that can be deadly. it can be contracted through a cut, a burn or an animal bite. Travellers are generally advised to get a booster every 10 years following their initial tetanus vaccine. for more information, visit travelclinic.vch.ca.



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CAPREIT11 62

C&C Communications

39, 45

21st Century Dynamics®, Life Coach Doug Anderson 39

Ceremony Pathways

62

Ciao Bella

59

21st Century Promotions

Community Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health

10

A Aarm Dental Group

23

AIDS Vancouver

7

AIDS Vancouver Island

7

Alan Davis

18

Counselling BC

18

Rick Girardeau, RMT

40

H handsomehands.ca40

19, 31 20

D Daher Orthostyle – Dr Sam Daher

Gastown Business Improvement Society

Happy Pups Quality Pup Clothing

43

Harbour Air Seaplanes

9, 61

Lyn Hart, Macdonald Realty Ltd 20, 23

47

The Health Shows

31

ANKORS Kootenay/ Boundary HIV/AIDS Network Outreach & Support 8

Dahl & Connors

39

Helijet International

61

Daily Xtra

62

Tricia Antoniuk, MSW, RSW 22

The Dance Centre

27

HIM – Health Initiative for Men

Dr Reuben Dinsmore, ND

41

B Ballet BC BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (BCSMSSA) Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

27

40 11

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

62

Body Energy Club

32

Burrard Physiotherapy

45

C

19

Dr Peter AIDS Foundation

8

Linda Duncan, RMT

47

Joe’s Grill

Gallery Café & Catering

J 59

K 39

Kitty Kare

43

L

G 47

43

40

F Law Office of barbara findlay

10

Integrative Naturopathic Medical Centre

Iosono Counselling Services – Ron Paviglianiti, RPC 21

E Ian Eggleton, RE/MAX

I Ignite Smoke Shop

59

Lehmann Counselling Service

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Susan Cameron, Coldwell Banker Premier Realty

Downtown Chiropractic Clinic

9, 31, 32, 40

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19

Mail Box Plus maison-d’etre design build inc

23, 45 20, 33, 47

Andrea Martens, BScPT, CAFCI Urban Active Sport Therapy Clinic 43 Martin Brothers Funeral Services

28

Positive Living Society of BC

9

Prime Timers

19

Q Quality Hotel Vancouver — Inn at False Creek

7, 33

21

Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary10

Dr Langston Raymond

25

Minuteman Press

45

Redtree Dental – Dr Anita Jain Inc

25

Motorcycle World

41

Museum of Vancouver

11

N Nesters Market North Shore Law LLP

31 39

O Oasis Restaurant and Bar Orchard Recovery Center

Relaxation Massage Vancouver40 Richmond Funeral Home

28

RodRozen Designs

33

S

7

P Darryl Persello

45

Pink Triangle Press

45

Playland at the PNE

27

Scotiabank Dance Centre

60 43

Tourism Harrison

62

Travel Clinic

61

Valley View Memorial Gardens

28

Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’ Association

25

Vancouver Farmers’ Markets

28

Dr Aaron Van Gaver, BScND Inc

41

W Waterway Houseboats

Safeway31 59

Ten Ten Tapas Tisol Pet Nutrition & Supply Stores

V

R Joe Ramirez Integral Counselling

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61

18

Felicity Webb, CGA

7

Dr Dean Wershler Inc

25

West End BIA

18

West End Liquor Store

62

Dr Joachim Sehrbrock, Registered Psychologist

45

Sequoia Thom, MA

32

West End Seniors’ Network

Monique Silverman, MA, RCC, CCC

22

Willow Tree Counselling22

Sound Hearing Clinic

32

Squirt61

19, 60

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