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NEWS

A rooftop park at the redeveloped Oakridge Centre will be maintained by private workers rather than park-board employees—which upsets Local 1004 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. > BY CARLITO PABLO

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THE BOTTLE

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he rooftop park at the new Oakridge Centre will be a first in Vancouver in more than one way. At 3.65 hectares, the park will be the first of its kind of this scale. Also, it will be the first city-owned park that will be maintained by private workers and not by parkboard employees. This model could set a precedent, and there are concerns about what this means for future largescale developments. Through Local 1004, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) represents Vancouver park-board employees. According to CUPE 1004’s president, Andrew Ledger, union members maintain all public parks in the city. “To establish a new public park that is a city-owned entity and to not have it maintained by park-board employees is, in our estimation, an act of contracting out work,” Ledger told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview. The park board approved the concept for the rooftop park in a meeting on July 9 this year. But it was not the park board that determined the maintenance of the park will not be done by city employees. City council included as one of the conditions when it approved the rezoning of the Oakridge Centre in 2014 that the property

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owner will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the park. Ledger said, “There is no one more qualified to provide the maintenance work at the proposed park at Oakridge…than the members of CUPE 1004 who work for the park board.” The shopping centre will be redeveloped by the QuadReal Property Group and Westbank Corp. The plan includes 10 towers—with the tallest at 44 storeys—and three mid-rise buildings with commercial, office, and residential units. John Irwin is an SFU lecturer and a candidate with the Coalition

of Progressive Electors (COPE) for park board in this fall’s civic election. Irwin told the Straight by phone that the privatized maintenance of the rooftop park may be used as a model for other major rezoning applications that involve the provision of public spaces. Irwin said it is conceivable that a proportion of new public parks may end up being maintained by “private gardeners”. The rooftop park at the redeveloped Oakridge Centre is projected to be completed and transferred to the city in 2028. -

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Point Grey Village is tucked in near the end of West 10th Avenue, right before UBC. It is one of those areas that are usually touristfree and offers up a local vibe. You won’t find many chain stores here. Shoppers may want to slowly wander around the area with a good cup of coffee and some time on their hands. Those keen for a self-care day can get a manicure at Nailtastic (4526 West 10th Avenue) or Bedazzle Nail Spa (4521 West 10th Avenue). Shoppers in search of the perfect antique bookshelf and other stunning home décor will find plenty at Gild & Co. (4415 West 10th Avenue). And for some one-of-a-kind closet additions, hit up Tenth & Proper (4483 West 10th Avenue). Karuma Apparel (4419 West 10th Avenue) will give style enthusiasts hip-hop and sport-inspired fashion options without having to tackle the more cluttered shopping districts. -

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FOR THE FOODIE CAFFEINE STOP: Bean Around the World (4456 West 10th Avenue) brews tasty organic coffee with an old-country feel from behind a wood-panelled counter. LANDMARK: Now in its 60th year, The Diner (4556 West 10th Avenue) is still celebrating all things royal and serving “British Fayre”, including shepherd’s pie. Check out the model of Tower Bridge by the window. WATERING HOLE: Dentry’s Irish Grill (4450 West 10th Avenue) offers $3 beer, $9.99 burgers and fries, and, if you’re lucky, some Irish music. GO-TO GREENSPACE: Nearby Pacific Spirit Regional Park is more than twice the size of the more famous Stanley Park.

East meets West in the neighbourhood closest to UBC’s Point Grey campus—and it offers some of the best dining bargains in town. Buy one pasta at Bella Roma Pizzeria & Ristorante (4460 West 10th Avenue) and you’ll get the second one for half-price. The Ginger & Chili Restaurant (4409 West 10th Avenue) offers reasonably priced Szechuan cuisine, and Burgoo (4434 West 10th Avenue) always ensures you’ll leave filled with comfort food without breaking the bank. Another favourite destination is Enigma (4397 West 10th Avenue), with its casual vibe and tasty West Coast cuisine. Korean food is available at The Kitchen (2620 Sasamat Street), and for lovers of Japanese food, there’s Kuroishi Sushi Bar (4532 West 10th Avenue) and Sun Sushi (4512 West 10th Avenue). Then there’s Rice Burger (2630 Sasamat Street), a casual eatery that serves—you guessed it—rice burgers, as well as kimchi fries, popcorn chicken, and other treats. And if you want to celebrate a momentous achievement or simply eat some tasty Parisian cuisine, head to La Brass (4473 West 10th Avenue). Imagine all of that in just two blocks, which are easy to reach via the 99-B bus route. Just hop off at West 10th Avenue and Sasamat Street. -

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Hill’s of Kerrisdale has a rich history, opening in the neighbourhood in the 1920s; it’s still owned by the same family today.

FOR THE STYLE STALKER Kerrisdale may be situated on the city’s ritzy West Side, but the ’hood boasts boutiques that cater to a range of budgets. The birthplace of women’s fashion giant Aritzia, Hill’s of Kerrisdale (2125 West 41st Avenue) is a must-stop for quality, contemporary garb— from J Brand denim and ecofriendly frocks to Swedish-designed suiting and Adidas kicks— for both guys and gals. A curated selection of breezy womenswear awaits at Spill It Sister (1856 West 57th Avenue), while those with tots in tow will find much to love at Blake & Riley (2150 West 41st Avenue) and Isola Bella Children’s Clothing (5692 Yew Street). Looking to shop vintage or secondhand? Head to Dragon & Phoenix (3510 West 41st Avenue), a familyowned biz that’s one of the city’s oldest consignment stores, and HOB Thrift Boutique (2236 West 41st Avenue), proceeds from which support the Vancouver Hospice Society. And then there are Miniso (2138 West 41st Avenue) and Mumuso (2120 West 41st Avenue), two Asian chains that stock an assortment of affordable beauty goods, home items, and more. -

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FOR THE FOODIE CAFFEINE STOP: Enjoy locally roasted beans in a sleek, pareddown environment at Rocanini Coffee Roasters (5631 West Boulevard). LANDMARK: Let the quaint, pillared welcome sign greet you at Kerrisdale’s charming shopping district on West 41st Avenue between Maple and Larch streets. WATERING HOLE: An impressive cocktail list boasting house-made syrups and tinctures makes Barra 41 (2407 West 41st Avenue) a must-visit. GO-TO GREENSPACE: Take five at Kerrisdale Park—just steps away from the Arbutus Greenway—with a book and blanket.

Because Kerrisdale used to be a predominantly British neighbourhood, you’ll find teahouses such as Adonia Tea House (2057 West 41st Avenue), Rose House (5687 Balsam Street), and the Secret Garden Tea Company (2138 West 40th Avenue) serving up classic scones and finger sandwiches. For those who prefer Asian flavours, tasty noodles are offered at Chi Noodle Bar (6019 West Boulevard), while Chinese soup dumplings steal the show at Modern City Chinese Restaurant (2106 West 41st Avenue) and fresh Japanese bites are on the menu at Ajisai Sushi Bar (2081 West 42nd Avenue). Quench your thirst with bubble tea from Boba Boy (2184 West 41st Avenue), and indulge in a variety of matcha treats and drinks from Nana’s Green Tea (2135 West 41st Avenue). Try out Italian and Greek dishes at the family-run Minerva Restaurant (2411 West 41st Avenue), or pizza and shawarma at Sofra Mediterranean Kitchen (2277 West 41st Avenue). -

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FOR THE FITNESS KEENER Vancouver’s health-conscious reputation can largely be traced to this laid-back ’hood, a former hippie hub that’s home to more gyms, fitness studios, and plant-based juiceries than we can count. Devotees of barre—an isometric workout that borrows balance-testing moves from ballet—can look to Pure Barre (1907 West 4th Avenue) and the Dailey Method (1735 West 4th Avenue), while yogis are spoiled for choice with spots like Semperviva (2201 West 4th Avenue and 2608 West Broadway) and YYoga (1915 West 4th Avenue). Part café, part community space, and part gym, TurF (2041 West 4th Avenue) offers a selection of fun conditioning classes—including ab- and booty-targeting sessions—and the Class by Taryn Toomey, a cult New York City–born sweat sesh that’s described as a “heart-opening, body-strengthening release”. Local athleticwear label RYU hosts the occasional workout at its airy Kits flagship (1745 West 4th Avenue), too, while Lagree West (2625 West 4th Avenue)—with its intense mix of cardio, balance, and core—offers, hands down, one of the most challenging exercises in town. More personalized training plans are available at gyms like Ron Zalko Fitness (1807 West 1st Avenue) and Rep1 Fitness (3313 West Broadway). -

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Raisu serves casual Japanese fare on West 4th Avenue in the heart of Kitsilano.

FOR THE FOODIE CAFFEINE STOP: The Only Cafe (2678 West 4th Avenue) serves the best latte in town and delectable pastries. LANDMARK: Inspired by bald eagles in the ’hood, the #kitswings mural (at the northwest corner of Burrard Street and West 4th Avenue) will have your likes soaring on the ’gram. WATERING HOLE: Come to Local Public Eatery (2210 Cornwall Street) for the boozy, boot-shaped cocktails; stay for the incredible patio and view. GO-TO GREENSPACE: It’s not green per se, but summer days don’t get much better than on scenic Kitsilano Beach.

Laid-back vibes and ocean views define this popular neighbourhood—which, naturally, results in a bounty of fresh seafood and no-fuss grub. You’ll find shellfish at Oddfish Restaurant (1889 West 1st Avenue) and Chewies Smoke and Oyster Bar (2201 West 1st Avenue). Seasonal plates made with West Coast ingredients are offered at Bishop’s (2183 West 4th Avenue), Latin-American cuisine at Cacao (1898 West 1st Avenue), and contemporary Canadian fare resides at AnnaLena (1809 West 1st Avenue). Don’t skip out on brunch—it’s an important ritual in the city (especially in sleepy Kits) and you can find hearty wake-me-up dishes at Fable Kitchen (1944 West 4th Avenue) and Oakwood Canadian Bistro (2741 West 4th Avenue). JapaneseFrench culinary creations are served at Mak N Ming (1629 Yew Street), and find authentic Japanese food at Octopus’s Garden Restaurant (1995 Cornwall Avenue). If you want a casual Japanese bite, check out Raisu (2340 West 4th Avenue) for fun tapas-style eats. Vegetarians will find tasty menu items at the Naam (2724 West 4th Avenue) and Tractor Foods (1903 West 4th Avenue). If you’re an ice-cream fan, make sure to stop by the perennially busy Rain or Shine Ice Cream (102–1926 West 4th Avenue), even if the line is out the door and stretches a couple shops down. -

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tastings, as he’s pretty much sold out of his current releases. Fortunately, we can still hop to bellawines.ca/ to nab the last few bottled gems available, my current pick being Bella’s King Family Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 ($28), an ultradry fizz gleaming with citrus and stone fruit. In the same Naramata neighbourhood is Nichol Vineyard, a pioneering winery in the area, where we came upon a very buzzy tasting room where Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Syrah flowed at a fast and furious pace. Year after year, the Nichol Vineyard “Old Vines” Syrah ($40) is a top pour of the region, notable for being made from the first Syrah vines planted in Canada, way back in 1990. The current 2014 vintage is opulent and meaty, with plenty of stewed blueberries, bacon fat, espresso, and pepper; some really cool umami notes are exhibited by this wine. Everyone I spoke to was happy with how the current vintage is rolling along—when it comes to ripening time, we don’t seem to be too far ahead or behind, a good place to be—and it doesn’t seem like smoke damage will be a factor from any recent fires. A hot, dry summer of late has kept disease pressure at bay, and aside from occasional mildew issues here and there, it’s steady as she goes, and we’re keeping fingers crossed that things will continue well through harvest. The last winery tour I had was at Kelowna’s Tantalus Vineyards, where I found the perfect wine to toast a good vintage in progress. Tantalus Riesling Lab 2017 ($17.39) is made from hard pressings of Riesling, allowing more texture and phenolics to come from the skins. Although typical citrus and apple notes come from that Riesling, the hard pressing brings a little Muscat- or Gewürztraminer-style exoticness, a little litchi and elderflower here and there. Cool stuff, and perfect for raising a glass to the season. -

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March 20–April 19

A promise made to yourself is now come due. Saturday’s solar eclipse marks a time to get started or restarted. Better-than-average opportunity will continue to unfold in the months to come. As of Sunday, Mars retrograde revisits Capricorn. For the next four weeks, Mars assists you to get a better handle on yourself and to have more to show for your efforts.

keeps you going strong through Saturday. The eclipse marks a time of significant endings but also, more importantly, of beginnings. Whether it is an adjustment or an overwhelming or a joyous thing, the solar eclipse targets you for an abundance track, especially so if your birthday falls on Friday or Saturday.



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Even though things look the same, inwardly a fresh fire is being stoked. Thursday’s Venus/Saturn and Friday’s Mercury/Jupiter help you to sort yourself out and to move past a mindset, an emotional issue, or a communication block. Saturday’s solar eclipse is a confidence builder. Along with Mars on a revisit of Capricorn, the eclipse gives you something more substantial to work with. September 22–October 23

Thursday’s Venus/Saturn moves you past it. Friday brings more. As is typical of Mercury retrograde, expect to reconnect, revisit, or resume. Saturday’s solar eclipse sets you up to break ground on the next level up regarding personal, career, and lifestyle reinvention. In coming months, a new goal, creative project, financial track, or significant relationship will take on a life of its own. October 23–November 21

Can you rebuild? Can you better your best? Yes. With a modification or an upgrade, if it worked well for you previously, it can again. Whether you are using the past as a springboard or aiming for something completely fresh, Saturday’s solar eclipse enhances prospects and potentials. A new career, ambition, and/or personal life trajectory is well timed. November 21–December 21

Friday is a good day to socialize, go exploring, or set wheels in motion. Saturday’s solar eclipse sets up an excellent take-flight backdrop. Whether it was what you envisioned, or if life leads you onto an unexpected route, the eclipse greatly enhances prospects for personal growth, career and creativity, perTAURUS forming, publishing and notoriety, April 20–May 20 education, travel, relocation, and Can you do better? Can matters of heart. you be happier, feel more fulfilled? CAPRICORN A new living-with-yourself chapter December 21–January 19 is the mandate of Saturday’s solar Whether it is a feeling, an eclipse. A new address or home-life situation is possible. Through Nov- undercurrent, or something more, a ember, the reality and the future will no-turning-back reality now takes unfold in some nonnegotiable way. shape. Saturday’s solar eclipse proPut your whole self/your whole heart vides a sense of completion, of right time, and of leaving the past behind. into it; invest and gain. Better yet, the stage is now set for GEMINI building toward something more May 21–June 21 substantial. Mars, on a revisit of CapA great idea can spark. ricorn, reaffirms and solidifies. One thing leads to another. Beyond a AQUARIUS good weekend to socialize or to celeJanuary 20–February 18 brate a special occasion or milestone, A full-to-the-brim weekSaturday’s solar eclipse launches an opportunity cycle. Regarding mat- end lies ahead. The solar eclipse can ters of heart, health, or wallet, watch perk up your social life or mark a for better prospects and potentials to special occasion. Over an extended come your way soon. Communica- time frame, it increases prospects for tion tracks improve too. A special or lovers, career, and financial growth. influential someone can claim more For this, next month Mars in Capricorn hits prep mode. Mid-September of your attention. through mid-November, Mars hits CANCER full steam ahead in Aquarius.











June 21–July 22

You may have to lower your expectations where others are concerned but hold to high expectations for yourself. Saturday’s eclipse helps you to get a better fix on “I deserve.� It also prompts a deeper examination of what it means to love yourself better. Mars necessitates that you put up better boundaries and toughen up on your rules, requirements, and the good-for-you stuff.



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Communication and how

BY JANET SM IT H

it can get warped in our wired world are at the core of two of-the-moment B.C. plays at this year’s Tremors festival. In Norman Yeung’s Theory, a young professor champions free speech, encouraging her students to take part in an unmoderated Internet discussion board—one that quickly spins out of control when an anonymous student posts offensive comments and videos. In Christine Quintana’s Selfie, a sexual encounter at a teen house party spirals into even more complicated terrain when one of three friends posts about it on Instagram. Here, social media plays a central role in questions of assault and consent. The plays are by two fast-rising Vancouver actor-playwrights: Yeung took first prize in the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition in 2015; Quintana’s accolades include being named the 2017 Siminovitch Prize Protégé Playwright by Siminovitch winner Marcus Youssef, and an Urjo Kareda Emerging Artist Residency at Toronto’s acclaimed Tarragon Theatre. At Tremors, the biennial fest of emerging talent, the two plays fi nd clever ways to project the digital back-and-forth between characters, not to mention (in Selfie’s case) their carefully curated Instagram pages. But as Quintana points out to the Straight by phone, just because a script makes central use of social media, it isn’t necessarily about that. “I don’t think this play is any more about social media than Shakespearean plays are about letters,” says Quintana, whose full-length rework of the play just enjoyed a premiere at Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre this spring. “In a way it’s just a form of communication. It’s important to keep the lens on the human behaviour.”

Sending Tremors into digital space

Selfie (with Grace Le, Olivia Lang, and Carlen Escarraga) takes on consent and social media; below left, Theory looks at online forums. Mark Halliday photos.

“Isabelle champions at talking about consent,” she says. “The idea is we freedom of thought, but recognize what sexual assault is, but when it comes At this year’s festival of emerging talent, local plays Selfie and nowadays where does time to name perpetrators, we don’t want to ruin their Theory look at social media and the dangers of Internet anonymity that sit? Is that right- lives. That’s because we see sexual assaulters as comwing or left-wing?” pon- plete monsters, instead of saying, ‘Here’s a person you That said, she’s already had to update the plat- ders Yeung, who has tried to explore all sides of the like and trust but whose critical misunderstanding of forms her characters use, developing the play issue. “A lot of it is her encouraging her students to consent transforms people’s lives forever.’ ” Quintana has been disturbed and yet heartened since the award-winning premiere of its shorter, fight the institution and change things in a revoluby the open, deep conversations about the definition French-language rendition at Vancouver’s Thé- tionary way. âtre la Seizième in the 2015 season: “In the fi rst “I offer many angles about the pros and cons of of consent she’s seen at talkbacks for teens—and version most of it happens on Facebook, and now political correctness,” he adds. “And it’s situated Tremors will host what should be similarly engaging postshow audience discussions on August 21, most of it is on Instagram. Teenagers don’t use in a university setting, which is definitely a 23, and 24. In addition, Quintana, Yeung, Facebook anymore.” hotbed for discussion now. What is a uniand playwright Dave Deveau (whose Tiny Yeung, who’s been developing Theory versity supposed to do as far as exposReplicas is also on the Tremors roster) since 2009, laughs to think about ing students to new ideas and growth Check out… STRAIGHT.COM gather for a free Speaker Series event on the way digital communication has and things that we never thought of Visit our website August 22 to share their insights into morphed in the time since he began before? If you can’t talk about certain for morning-after working on his play. working as a playwright today. They’ll things, is that limiting growth?” reviews and local “Snapchat didn’t even exist in 2009,” also speak solo about their works after Quintana, too, has pushed to show arts news he marvels, speaking to the Straight the complexity of the issues she’s tackspecial performances—Quintana after the August 18 performance, Yeung on Aufrom the Thousand Islands Playhouse ling—even more now, in her longer vergust 22, and Deveau on August 23. in Ganonoque, Ontario, where he’s ap- sion of Selfie, which speaks so meaningfully Both Quintana and Yeung are excited to see pearing in the new comedy The Can- to the #MeToo discussion. adian “From the start it was about “An assault happens between two trusted friends their ideas explored by the young directors, deadian. Internet communication, though—a and it takes the whole play for the characters to name signers, stage managers, technical artists, produdiscussion around emails and postings and acknowledge what happened. With the play cers, and performers working in the hothouse of that become a problem, and the dan- longer, everyone has to sit with it even longer,” she re- the Tremors fest. And they’re eager to see their gers of anonymity because it makes us flects. “I have been able to put the character through works presented in the intimate and intense bolder. When we speak up on the In- more self-doubt and victim-blaming. That helped to atmosphere of the rooms of the Italian Cultural make the scenario more recognizable as something Centre, which serves as Tremors’ ground zero. ternet, where is accountability?” “For an audience to be that intimate and upLike Quintana, however, he’s digging at some- that could happen in our own communities. “This is the lived experience of myself and close—that’s kind of opposite to the alienating effect thing deeper and more complex than just our digital world. Isabelle, the young on-track-to-tenure many people I know, and what is great is that I feel that social media has,” Quintana observes. prof at the centre of Theory, considers herself lib- the level of nuance I’m trying to get at is there.” To date, Quintana’s play has shown to younger Rumble Theatre presents the Tremors Festival of eral-minded, but the discussion-group free-for-all, which quickly turns to hate and harassment, forces audiences, but she’s eager to see it staged for only Emerging Talent at the Italian Cultural Centre from her to question her rigid beliefs about open debate. slightly older crowds at Tremors. “Adults are no better next Thursday (August 16) to August 25.

OU T S ID ER FEST SHOW CASE S UNKNO WN TAL E NTS With its combination of live

2 performance and visual art,

the inaugural Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival last year was undoubtedly, Eric Rhys Miller says, a success. “We were really, really happy with how it turned out, and really gratified by the response from the artists and the public both,” the Community Arts Council of Vancouver’s executive director says, on the line from his part-time home on the Sunshine Coast. “I think there was a level of surprise from the artists at how supportive the whole structure turned out to be and what a generally positive experience it was, whether they sold work or not.…And from the public I think there was a level of surprise at the quality of the work

and the breadth of the kind of work that was there. “The atmosphere,” Miller adds, “was really welcoming.” And so this year the festival will return to the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, with more artists, more workshops, more collaborations—and perhaps just a little less surprise on the part of the public, now that it knows what to expect. For while outsider artists might be selftaught or working independently of the gallery system, and while many struggle with addiction or mental-health issues, there’s at least one important quality that they share with their more established peers. “On the whole,” Miller explains, “they’re making art because they

need to, because it’s part of their healing and their survival and their thriving.” One of the main aims of the Outsider Arts Festival is to introduce the public to the many gifted artists—mostly painters, but also musicians, dancers, ceramicists, and more—who make their homes in this city but who generally don’t show their work in such a public setting. The event’s 2017 debut has already had ongoing results, most notably in the establishment of two outsider-art gallery spaces at Vancouver General Hospital. “Having come out of the festival with a lot of relationships and interested artists and artists who were ready to exhibit, we were able to put together an exhibition at the hospital which

> BY ALEXANDER VARTY

was up for six months,” Miller says. “It was a nice boost.” Th is year, a further boost will come through a collaboration with the Vines Art Festival, which is programming ecologically themed performances at the Roundhouse on Friday (August 10). Both Vines and the Outsider Arts Festival share a mandate of inclusion—manifested here by All Bodies Dance, which offers dance classes to people irrespective of their physical ability, and by a Disability Justice Workshop that will bring artists and activists together to discuss how they can effect social change. Other festival workshops, Miller says, will focus on “the business of selling your art, and on writing grants”. “There’s definitely an appetite to

learn these things,” he adds, “and of course, like the rest of the festival, it’s all free.” But the art itself remains at the centre of the festival, and Miller has a few words of advice for possible attendees. “You probably won’t fi nd yourself responding to all of the work, or necessarily all of the performances,” he cautions. “But give yourself an hour or two to take it in, and I think you’ll undoubtedly discover something that you do respond to—and then you can take it home, if you like.” The Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival takes place at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre from Friday to Sunday (August 10 to 12).

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Scripting Mewa Singh’s lost story > BY JA NET SM IT H

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rowing up, Paneet Singh heard so much about Mewa Singh—a martyr to many in the South Asian community here—that one day he searched for a monument to the man. As a teenager in New Westminster, he looked in vain for it on the site where Singh died a century ago. “I had an idea there must be a monument to him on the quay there,” the theatre artist, filmmaker, and Arts Umbrella instructor tells the Straight by phone. “I even remember seeing a statue of Simon Fraser with this beard and thinking ‘That must be him!’, then running up to it and being disappointed to see it wasn’t. “That’s when I realized it’s not a quote-unquote mainstream story.” The drive to share the tale, considered the last chapter in the Komagata Maru incident, with a wider audience stuck with Singh. And today, he’s preparing to stage The Undocumented Trial of William C. Hopkinson, a newly reworked play he’s written and is directing on the subject, at the Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts. The play’s title refers to the immigration inspector whom Mewa Singh shot at the provincial courthouse, now the Vancouver Art Gallery, in October 1914. Only a few months earlier, Hopkinson had been a key figure in sending home the Komagata Maru, the ship carrying 376 Indian would-be immigrants to Canada who were denied entry. But that wasn’t the main event that pushed Mewa Singh to his violent act. Hopkinson, who had grown up in India and spoke Hindi, had developed spies within the local Punjabi Sikh community, all in an effort to quell Ghadarite revolutionaries pushing for their homeland’s

The Undocumented Trial of William C. Hopkinson hits the Monsoon fest.

independence from Britain. One of those informants murdered two men at a local temple. Pushed to the edge by an act he saw as blatant sacrilege, and facing pressures from Hopkinson’s agents himself, Mewa Singh killed Hopkinson at the courthouse, then immediately surrendered. He was hanged in New West the following January. Paneet Singh heard these stories as a young boy, mostly from his mother. And now he wants the rest of Vancouver to learn about the historic events. “The part that spoke most to me was the absence of history—growing up and going to Sikh places of worship and then stepping out of those spaces and not seeing it,” says Singh, who has compared his subject’s plight to Louis Riel’s. “That really propelled me to put it out there.” From his starting point about four years ago, Singh wrote The Undocumented Trial of William C. Hopkinson

with one specific stage in mind: the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Courtroom 302, where the trial of Mewa Singh took place, and where the show will be performed. The gallery was also the site of the shooting of Hopkinson. “There was this parallel story, this urban myth of Charlie the Ghost at the Vancouver Art Gallery,” Singh says, pointing out the ghost staffers talk about seeing is supposedly Hopkinson, whose middle name was Charles. “That raised the question ‘Which histories live on and which are erased?’ Staging it in the art gallery—it’s the idea of reclaiming the space from the point of view of the South Asian community and putting the voice of the story into the hands of the marginalized.” To write the play, Singh turned to actual court transcripts of his subject’s murder trial and found both overt and subtle signs of prejudice against Punjabi-Canadians throughout. “You could see how deeply embedded the racism was,” he says. Since debuting the play in a small production three years ago, Singh has significantly reworked his script for the South Asian arts festival, adding a female character to what was once an all-male cast. But in both its original and new forms, Singh stresses, the play is interested neither in lionizing Singh nor in vilifying Hopkinson. Instead, he wants to reopen the forgotten case for dialogue. “That’s what really propelled me to put it out there,” he says. “Where there isn’t a presence, there can’t be discussion.” -

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Brennan ratchets up tension > B Y G U Y M A C P HE R S O N

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eal Brennan’s comedy credentials are impressive. With Dave Chappelle, he created Chappelle’s Show, on which he was a director, producer, and writer, receiving three Emmy nominations along the way, and the cult classic film Half Baked. He’s a writer, creative consultant, and onair correspondent on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, and executiveproduced Chris Rock’s latest special, Tamborine. And he was on the most recent season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, where he dared tell the master he wasn’t a fan of his sitcom. “He took it like a champ, though,” he says on the phone from Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival. “He got it.” Behind the microphone, he’s no slouch, either. He’s only been taking standup seriously for 11 years, and his first special, in 2014, was named one of Paste magazine’s 10 best of that year. His most recent one, Netflix’s 3 Mics, sees him innovatively employing a trio of microphones, each for a different aspect of his comedy. Despite all the acclaim and

notoriety, Brennan still fears he’ll show up to an empty theatre. “That’s all I worry about,” he says. “What happens is you sell out a show and you’re relieved and they go, ‘You want to add a show?’ And you’re like, ‘Do I want to add a show?’ Then you add a show and you’re just worried again.” Fretting aside, there’s nothing he prefers doing over standup. “I was just talking with a buddy of mine, a comedian, and we were talking about how we get to walk around like Socrates. It’s an amazing job,” he says. “You’re a philosopher, you’re a sociologist, you’re a preacher, you’re a mentor, and you’re a fool. All in one. And you get to showcase your humanity. It’s a cool thing.” He’s back to a single mike on this tour as he tackles topics such as #MeToo, Trump, race, technology, social media, men and women, and dogs. Standups may feel more confined in our socially aware age than they were during the ’80s boom, but Brennan likes the challenge. “The good news is I think my ability is growing as the parameters are narrowing,” he says. “I don’t mind the parameters. I like the higher level of tension. If I can say something

about #MeToo that makes men and women see it in a new light, then I’m doing stuff. If I say it when only men see it in a new light, or I’m just pandering to women, that to me is not interesting and it’s not very funny and it’s not very creative.” Then there’s the added challenge of competition. With so many standups, it would seem more difficult to rise above the sea of specials left in their wake. But that doesn’t faze him either. He doesn’t foresee a bust anytime soon. “There are more good comedians right now than there have ever been in the history of comedy,” he says. “I guess it’s harder to stand out, but it’s a genre and a world with a lot of eyeballs on it and rightly so, because it’s really interesting and it’s the only place where people are thinking publicly, or talking publicly, in a way that’s not circumscribed or cautious. I’m not going to jinx it and say people have an endless appetite, but people have a real appetite for original thought presented in a funny way.” Neal Brennan’s Here We Go tour stops at the Rio Theatre for two shows next Thursday (August 16).

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Schmidt’s audio installation DIY Hifi. I wasn’t able to appreciate what one of my old LPs would sound like through Schmidt’s enormous, hand-built speakers. On the plus side, this lapse spared me judgment on my musical tastes by other, more hip visitors to the show, not to mention that of the young volunteer who stood behind the turntable. On a busy Saturday afternoon, she answered questions about the work, told us that the artist “likes to play around with opposition and paradox”, and kept repeating the phrase “back in the day”. That “day” was the 1970s, a time of counterculture striving, hand-built homes, and manuals instructing folks how to make their own stereo systems. The three-metrehigh speakers Schmidt created are based on plans by the legendary audio designer Nelson Pass, now posted on the Internet for contemporary DIY enthusiasts. The utopian beliefs and aspirations of today’s DIY communities, including the embrace of creative commons and the furthering of individual agency, nicely echo the older hippie refusal of capitalism and social conformity. An inventive and accomplished artist and musician, previously from Vancouver and now living in Kelowna, Schmidt also built Excess Dispersion, the installation’s acoustic diffusers, using waste materials from kitchencabinet shops. They function well in audio terms and are also visually pleasing, evoking hard-edge and op art while exploring what the show’s intro panel calls “the aesthetics

of knowledge production by DIY communities”. (The speakers are also impressive as pure sculpture.) At the same time, the diffusers add a note of economic and environmental commentary (overconsumption and its associated waste; inflated real-estate markets driving home renovations and demolitions), as does DIY Hifi’s default soundtrack. This consists of the chirping of birds and other natural sounds Schmidt recorded in the Peace River area that is due to be flooded by the Site C dam. In RGB Beg Cycle, the artist again invites audience participation, deploying electronic keyboards and computer technology to enable us to activate low-tech light and sound effects inside the gallery and, simultaneously, on the building’s exterior. Each key we play sounds a snippet of field recordings Schmidt made at small-town music festivals. Mostly what we hear is undifferentiated hubbub, with occasional clumsy drumbeats. RGB Beg Cycle is a playful and accessible work, although not, perhaps, as successful in its probing of spectacle as other Schmidt works, past and present. More curious, complex, and weirdly insistent is How to Make an Off-Grid Hydroelectric Light Show. Here, videos projected on three walls of a darkened gallery demonstrate, in how-to fashion, Schmidt’s conversion of a washing machine into a portable generator driven by water from a wilderness creek. The power so derived is used to support a modest light show—with the artist as its sole producer and audience—in a clearing in an evergreen forest. As curator Grant Arnold suggested during the media preview of the exhibition, the work thwarts society’s “pressure to commodify and monetize” the entertainment and the natural world that is its setting. Back in the day, hippies would have loved it. I loved it too. Far out, man.

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The child’s-eye view of a haunted Summer Catalan writer-director Carla Simón makes an indelible impression with her semi-autobiographical and very unusual debut feature RE VIEW S SUMMER 1993 Starring Laia Artigas. In Catalan, with English subtitles. Rated G

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mer 1993 is a very unusual movie. First-time featuremaker Carla Simón draws on her own childhood for this naturalistic study, but it’s certainly not the first time we’ve seen that. What’s different is her almost complete dismissal of the conflicts generally used to heighten drama in any long-form narrative. Curly-haired newcomer Laia Artigas, only eight when this was made, holds her own against an experienced adult cast. That’s fortunate,

since she’s in every scene as Frida, a spunky urbanite whose summer— set 25 years ago—is marked first by the loss of her mother and then by a move to the remote countryside of Catalonia. It’s already offbeat that the movie is in Catalan, and more so that it’s stingy with background information, only gradually teased out over a leisurely 95 minutes. Frida’s mom, who died of a disease no one talks about, had two sisters and a brother, Esteve (David Verdaguer), with the latter agreeing to take the orphaned girl to their rundown but very appealing stone house in the Eight-year-old newcomer Laia Artigas more than holds her own against an sticks. Her care really falls to Esteve’s experienced adult cast in the airily naturalistic festival hit Summer 1993. patient but no-nonsense young wife, Marga (cast standout Bruna Cusí, an (Paula Robles) on her hands. It’s a him, he showed aptitude for art early Iberian Charlotte Gainsbourg type), double adjustment for Frida, whose on. It was only because his beloved who already has a lively five-year-old grief, lightly blanketed by Catholic mum saw a TV report on the slow rituals imparted by her black-clad death of Savile Row that he became a grandma, is coupled with basic dis- tailor’s apprentice. orientation; her old life, running in According to one of the many the old streets of Barcelona, has been loyal colleagues, childhood friends, suddenly replaced by the slow pace and family members interviewed of the wooded Pyrenees countryside, here, Lee could almost instantly cut near the French border. cloth without patterns to guide him. The movie itself reflects that tem- He moved on to designing theatpo, with less emphasis on dialogue rical costumes—something barely than on airy moods transmitted by touched upon but highly relevant to the director’s sure touch. This comes outré designs he later brought to Giwith the aid of Santiago Racaj’s hand- venchy, Gucci, and, eventually, his held camera, usually shooting from a own brand. child’s point of view, and a score by Writer-director Peter Ettedgui (who Pau Boïgues and Ernesto Pipó craft- previously wrote material on Marlon ed to resemble exploratory jazz of Brando, Franz Schubert, and French the early 1960s. The result, if you let film pioneer Jean Vigo) directs with it, will carry you back to the deeper low-budget genre producer Ian Bonsensations of childhood, when every hôte. Neither has direct connections to event—whether happy, tragic, or the fashion world, so there are no Anna anything in between—imparted the Wintours or other usual suspects to urgent question: “What next?” guide us through the thickets of this > KEN EISNER thorny subject, who was traumatized by early-childhood abuse and put M C QUEEN that pain into controversial shows like “Highland Rape” and his “McQueen’s A documentary by Ian Bonhôte and Theatre of Cruelty”. Peter Ettedgui. Rated 14A What they do have is spectacuThe darkly compelling Mc- lar footage of those shows. Some Queen makes a fascinating material is awfully on-the-nose. bookend with Westwood: Punk, Icon, We learn that he was obsessed with Activist. Both profile working-class composer Michael Nyman, so guess Londoners who muscled their way who does the soundtrack? In fact, into fashion through chutzpah, raw the music is so insistent at times, it talent, and a keen eye for the main effectively drowns out the words of chance. Still, these films and their people who miss the man and are alsubjects couldn’t be more different. most certainly telling you why. > KEN EISNER While Dame Vivienne Westwood, now 77, will always be associated with the DIY aesthetic of the punk era, her PUZZLE whole career has been largely tongue- Starring Kelly Macdonald. Rated PG in-cheek. Alexander McQueen, who This unusually slack piece barely made it past 40, took his reof storytelling depicts a drab belliousness very seriously, and this death-haunted documentary reflects woman’s liberation through, ahem, that. A lumpish East Ender known by jigsaw puzzles. It was lifted dirfirst name Lee to all who were close to ectly from a 2009 Argentine film

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(from the intoxicatingly named Natalia Smirnoff), itself resembling France’s Queen to Play, which centred on chess as an escape for a middle-aged chambermaid. Sophomore director Marc Turtletaub is best-known for producing inexpensive indie items like Little Miss Sunshine. But viewers will miss a little sunshine in this claustrophobic, darkly lit tale of Agnes, a Connecticut woman from a Hungarian Catholic family. Scotland’s Kelly Macdonald often seems illuminated from within, but we start to worry about her Agnes upon noting that she’s married to Pam’s lumpish fiancé from The Office, David Denman. Still in their gloomy suburban home are two layabout grown sons (Austin Abrams and Bubba Weiler), for whom she cooks and cleans when she’s not doing her husband’s car-repair books, organizing church events, or—as seen at the start—baking a cake for her own birthday party. Okay, we get it. But Turtletaub lays on dozens more scenes detailing just how old-convent-school Agnes’s life is. In fact, what year is this? Fortysomething Dad is worried that his oldest boy going to culinary school will make him “unmanly”. One good thing coming out of that party is a 500-piece map of the world, ahem, that beginner Agnes puts together at lightning speed. She’s hooked and, on a rare trip into Manhattan to pick up some more puzzles, also hooks up with a conveniently rich guy wanting a partner for competitive jigsawing. Who knew? The movie’s other main lure is the casting of Bollywood legend Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi), presumably called Robert here because he was Roberto in the original film. Robert is irresistibly drawn to the drab, unworldly Agnes; perhaps he dimly recalls her as the mouthy chick from Trainspotting. No matter: all characters here are only collections of selfish personality traits for Agnes to push against. The script, by newcomer Polly Mann and veteran Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Love & Mercy), is stunningly banal. Even more surprising is the director’s lack of interest in making the jigsaw metaphor a jumping-off point for deeper thoughts or creative visuals. The biggest head-scratcher in this Puzzle is why it got made.

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Queer Film Festival takes us back to 1985 > B Y A DRIA N M A C K

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an acclaimed short he made in 2016, Tan based 1985 on stories he heard when he worked for a company that bought insurance policies from the terminally ill, not long after he relocated to the States in the mid-’90s. “This was right before the breakthrough cocktail drugs happened,” he says. “It sounds really morbid, but I never would have been able to interact with these people otherwise.” While that explains much of its narrative veracity, Tan has come to realize, as 1985 makes the festival rounds, that the film’s soul is uniquely his. And possibly Marty McFly’s. “It’s come up a few times—why did I make this film set in 1985?” he says. “And I realized that 1985 was a very significant year for me personally because that’s the year that I first had an inclination that I was gay. And I would sort of credit Michael J. Fox for that.” Say what now? Tan laughs, explaining: “I just remember really wanting to be Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future, but then also thinking I wanted to be with him in Teen Wolf. But coming to terms with my feelings for another man crashed against Rock Hudson’s very public

death, also in 1985. I think, being Malaysian and seeing that, I was like, ‘I’m gay, and I’m going to die of AIDS.’ In the mind of a 10-year-old, that’s how I put it together, that was the way I connected it. It was an emotional scar.” Bear all that in mind as you watch. Tan’s film is a weave of private stories and period beats, but it might vibrate most as a letter to his own childhood— something that brings an especially powerful payload to its final scenes. “In some ways I’m almost going back in time to tell my 10-year-old self, ‘Hey, being gay doesn’t mean AIDS,’ ” he offers. “Those are two different things and being gay by itself can still mean you can have a life of happiness, finding love—all the things that everyone wants. This is only something I realized after talking about the film over the past couple of months. And I was like, ‘Oh gosh, this is actually the real intention behind the film.’ ” -

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pening the Vancouver Queer Film Festival on Thursday (August 9), 1985 tells the story of a gay man visiting his conservative Christian family in Texas three years after leaving for New York. Implicitly a film about the AIDS crisis, the sad, elegant feature is striking for its authentic sense of time and place, even more so when you consider that in 1985, writer-director Yen Tan was a 10-year-old boy living in Kuala Lumpur. That’s a long way from Reagan-era Fort Worth. “I’ve soaked up a lot of stuff after living here for two decades,” says the filmmaker, reached by phone at his home in the Lone Star state’s great creative hub of Austin. “I think I really understand what makes people tick here, how they talk to each other— and how they don’t talk to each other.” 1985 is full of people not talking to each other. As Adrian, Gotham’s Cory Michael Smith shows up for Christmas bearing lavish gifts and a handful of painful secrets. Virginia Madsen dotes as Mom, but Dad (Michael Chiklis) can barely look his son

in the eye. It doesn’t help that little brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) has recently developed a taste for theatre and, uh-oh—Madonna! Shot in 16mm black-and-white, Tan’s film might remind viewers of a less arch, ’80s Jim Jarmusch, with the pacing here designed to reveal inner lives that are richer than we think. In the kindness it extends to all of its characters—especially its “stereotypically bigoted dad”—1985 recalls

Roger Ebert’s famous description of cinema as an “empathy machine”. Tan quips: “In some ways I think that 1985 was one way for me to reconcile this idea of a good person who still voted for Trump.” Of course, it was a different style of cryptofascist who occupied the White House 33 years ago, while a specific kind of fear and prejudice was directed at a community ravaged by the so-called gay plague. Building on

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Macbeth, Timon of Athens, and Lysistrata. To Sep 28, Vanier Park (1000 Chestnut). Tix from $24, info www.bardonthebeach.org/. THEATRE UNDER THE STARS Performances on alternating evenings of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and 42nd Street. To Aug 25, 8-10:30 pm, Malkin Bowl (610 Pipeline Road, Stanley Park). Tix $50-$70, info www.tuts.ca/.

2UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS VANCOUVER FRINGE FESTIVAL Annual festival features performances by nearly 100 theatre artists and companies over 11 days. Sep 6-16, Granville Island (1398 Cartwright Street ). Info www.vancouver fringe.com/.

DANCE 2JUST ANNOUNCED WORLD OF DANCE LIVE! Live interpretation of the TV show World of Dance, NBC’s dance-competition series. Nov 10, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts (777 Homer). Tix on sale Aug 8, 10 am, $125/55/39.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/.

2UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS THE PELICAN PROJECT Guest artists Yvonne Chartrand, Marcus Merasty, Kana Nemoto, Krista Solheim, and I-Ying Wu lead a series of free community movement classes including Métis jigging and tai chi, as well as a participatory multi-arts workshop. Aug 18-26, Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie). Free, info www. thedancecentre.ca/the_pelican_project/.

Returning to his Texas family home after three years in the Big Apple, Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) lives it up while he still can in writer-director Yen Tan’s 1985.

VANCOUVER BACH FESTIVAL Early Music Vancouver presents its third annual Vancouver Bach Festival, featuring 15 concerts with guest artists from around the world. To Aug 10, Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard). Info www.earlymusic.bc.ca/ tickets/summer-festival/.

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THE COMEDY MIX 1015 Burrard, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, 604-684-5050, www. thecomedymix.com/. Comedy club with pro-am night Tue at 8:30 pm, showcase Wed at 8:30 pm, and featured headliners Thu at 8:30 pm and Fri-Sat at 8 and 10:30 pm. Cover $8 Tue, $10 Wed, $15 Thu, $18 Fri, $20 Sat. 2BENNY DARSOW Aug 9-11 2ERICA SIGURDSON Aug 16-18 2PATRICK MALIHA Aug 23-25 AVOCADO TOAST—VANCOUVER GROWN, ORGANIC FREE-RANGE COMEDY Vancouver TheatreSports presents a comedy show that pokes fun at Vancouver and its stereotypes. To Sep 1, Thu-Sat. at 7:30 pm, The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau, Granville Island). From $10.75, info www.vtsl.com/show/ avocado-toast/.

A KALEIDOSCOPIC ARRAY Violin rebel Kytami is just one of the wildly diverse musical acts bringing to life the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park on Saturday (August 11). The Philosopher Kings are headlining, with groups as diverse as the Eagle Song Dancers, the Royal Academy of Bhangra, and Vancouver’s hiphop–contemporary dancers Ouro Collective taking the stage throughout the day. Look also for roving theatrical performers, a giant community art-making project, body painting, and both food trucks and craft brews to fuel the festivities.

MUSEUMS MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER 1100 Chestnut Street, 604-736-4431, www.museumofvan couver.ca/. 2WILD THINGS: THE POWER OF NATURE IN OUR LIVES (exhibition

1985 screens at the Vancouver Playhouse on Thursday (August 9) and the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on Friday (August 10). The Vancouver Queer Film Festival runs from August 9 to 19.

THE MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT UBC 6393 NW Marine Drive, 604-8225087, www.moa.ubc.ca/. 2ARTS OF RESISTANCE: POLITICS AND THE PAST IN LATIN AMERICA  (exhibition illustrates how Latin-American communities use traditional or historical art forms to express contemporary political realities) to Oct 8

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BILL REID GALLERY 639 Hornby, 604682-3455, www.billreidgallery.ca/. 2BODY LANGUAGE: REAWAKENING CULTURAL TATTOOING OF THE NORTHWEST (guest curator Dion Kaszas of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation traces the deep-rooted

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So Loki makes inroads with Safe & Sound > B Y KATE WIL SON

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n the face of it, hip-hop is booming in Vancouver. Last year alone, Future, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay-Z each boasted sell-out dates at Rogers Arena, Fortune Sound Club gave buzzworthy international stars their first local outing, and the long-standing night Hip Hop Karaoke hit its eight-year milestone. Despite that fervour, says duo So Loki, it’s not easy to survive in the city’s grassroots rap scene. “When people think of Canada, they think of Toronto,” rapper Sam Lucia tells the Georgia Straight, reached by phone with producer Geoffrey Millar at the group’s Burnaby studio. “And Toronto got Drake, and the Weeknd, and all of OVO in a really big ecosystem. A lot of our friends out there say that people are really fighting over it [the rap scene] now, and that’s great—but it makes it much harder for artists from this side of the country to move and thrive there. “We don’t have industry professionals here yet in Vancouver, or a solid base of large labels,” he continues. “There’s not a reliable place for funding like on the East Coast from a lot of big companies. There’s tons of talent, but there’s no one to tell kids where to go, especially because everyone is coming from a rock background in the city.” Rather than viewing Vancouver’s nascent infrastructure as a problem, however, So Loki saw an opportunity. Realizing that the region lacked a specific sound, they set out to mark their musical territory. While Drake’s smooth, introspective lilt spawned a thousand copycats in T.O., the pair looked to what made Vancouver unique—porous genre boundaries, a thriving electronic-music scene, and the scrappiness necessary to persist in the most unaffordable housing market in North America. Creating a muscular, punk-inspired sound crowned by a polished aesthetic,

So Loki—rapper Sam Lucia and producer Geoffrey Millar—argues that the Vancouver rap scene needs a thriving ecosystem to compete with Toronto.

Lucia and Millar aimed to anchor the Vancouver scene. First came a five-track debut named V, an angsty collection that launched the duo with a much-hyped marketing campaign. Left-field songs released on a rubber USB stick shaped like a black cross, the initial run sold out 26 hours after the announcement. Next, they found modest Soundcloud success with a slew of singles, before settling on the track listing for Shine, their first official full-length album. Ever ambitious, Millar and Lucia were already looking to the future at the hour of its release. “Shine was the last time that we could do something for ourselves,” Lucia says. “I mean, we really selfindulged on that project. I think it

was a lot like graduating high school for us. We knew that we could have fun with it, we could do whatever we want. But once that thing is done, you have to go and level up—not just for you, but for the people around you. You have to punch at something. So Shine was like stretching, and getting it out of us right before you go and exercise. And now we’re on the pushup phase.” “Pushup” doesn’t just mean selfpromotion for So Loki. Always looking to put Vancouver in the spotlight, the pair recognize the value of building a community, and succeeding together. Gathering a collection of local creatives, Millar and Lucia ask others to accelerate their brands alongside their own. Videographers like Lucas Hrubizna and photographer Steve

Kim—known as Skimchi—each get a nod from the duo in interviews, and So Loki is attempting to prop up the missing middle in the hip-hop scene with its own label, Owake Records, which serves as a platform for a selection of local musicians. “There’s so many talented people here,” says Millar. “When we collaborate and work with other artists, we don’t like to send stuff over [for them] to do something with it. We want to have a conversation. I think we’ve found our core team up here in Vancouver. It’s just about chipping away at this wall we’re all up against.” “Geoff and I are in such a fortunate position, because not only do we have each other, but we’ve been building a team for the past three years just so we could get one thing to work,” says Lucia. “And we have all these kids that are trying to do their album artwork, their production, their writing, their recording, literally everything themselves. And I think it makes it hard to see the scope of everything. Even if you see the scope of everything, it’s hard to get it all done. But one of the upsides is that there is a lot of talent. There are a lot of kids that I think that if they had the right push, they’d be able to take it seriously.” The pair’s tireless work ethic and endorsement of the local scene are starting to garner national attention. More than 128,000 people have watched the video for the single “Liquid Luck” on YouTube alone, and outlets from Vice’s Noisey to the CBC have penned features about the group. This year, the duo scooped one of the very last MuchFact grants to shoot a well-received video for the track “Athlete’s World”, and convinced hip-hop icon Sway to appear on the single’s cover. But despite that buzz, it’s near impossible for So Loki and their crew to elevate the Vancouver scene alone. A thriving ecosystem requires managers, labels, promoters, and funding, each focused on plucking raw upand-comers from back-street ciphers and placing them on an international

Bodega unleashes a sexy Scroll As overdriven and joyously frenetic as Bo-

2 dega sounds on its debut album, Endless

Scroll, the New York City five-piece took a meticulously calculated approach to business during its formation. Reached in the Big Apple, singerguitarist Ben Hozie notes that the group rose out of the wreckage of the similarly named Bodega Bay, which included his current bandmate and cosinger Nikki Belfiglio. “There were a lot of great things about that band, but when it broke up me and Nikki took stock,” Hozie says, on the line from home with Belfiglio. “We made a band diagram where we wrote all the things we love about Bodega Bay on the left, and then on the right all the things that we really didn’t want to do anymore. From the left-hand column we started Bodega, obviously adding more things to it. We realized there were things that bands do at shows we don’t like, things that bands do on their records that we don’t like. Some of it was musical, some of it was literally like the kind of shirts that bands wear. Everything was really thought through with this new group.” What Bodega ended up with was a strain of indie rock that harks back to the early ’00s, when New York City gave rise to a culture-shifting wave of guitar bands that included Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Strokes, Interpol, and TV on the Radio. Rock had been pronounced dead at the time, but New York and Detroit (thanks to the White Stripes, Von Bondies, and Dirtbombs) suddenly made the genre seem sexy and vital again. The magic of that era is not lost on Bodega, whose hypersmart LP Endless Scroll will remind you how you felt the first time you heard the Strokes’ swaggering landmark Is This It. Songs are loaded with turbo-slacker guitar and vocals that walk a frazzled line between fantastically bored and enraged at the grind of daily existence. “One of the things we also talked about was sexiness,” Belfiglio says. “It’s something that’s been absent from indie rock for a long time. And for good reason—I think that white, male indie-rock bands have been shamed into a little cave. Instead of going ‘We can be sexy, and have consent, et cetera et cetera,’ they chose to retreat

stage. To attract hip-hop moguls, the Lower Mainland has to be seen as a booming hub for the genre. That’s where festivals like New West’s Safe & Sound—the group’s next performance date—come in. Few events this year are showcasing a hip-hop lineup as stacked as the Westminster Pier Park event, and have the capability to help define the local landscape. After Lucia and Millar perform, Friday evening will boast a bill with performances from coarse California rapper Vince Staples, uptempo duo LNDN DRGS, and R&B crooner Manila Grey. Saturday will play host to hip-hop superstar Anderson .Paak, radio darling Alina Baraz, and local boy Sonreal, among others. By booking talent that graces the top tiers of world-class festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, the event is helping to legitimize Vancouver’s rap scene. “Geoff and I have been talking about it for a while, that we need to see more festivals like this,” says Lucia. “This is what gets all the youth excited, and that’s all that’s important— making the kids happy. This is a thing I think gives the kids the chance to go outside and be excited for it.” The event represents a milestone for the group, and the chance to fulfill a personal goal. Finally performing on the same stage as Vince Staples—an artist they cite as an influence on their sound—So Loki is positive about the role that big rappers play in helping elevate performers in the local community. “I think some years ago, he [Staples] ended up coming through and Geoff and I wanted to open the show,” Lucia says. “I remember us not getting it. Now I think we can appreciate the opportunity a bit more, and appreciate what he does. “I would say that it’s sick that we’re playing the same stage,” he continues. “And it will be even better on the day when he ends up hearing the music.” So Loki plays the Safe & Sound festival at Westminster Pier Park on August 24.

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New York City’s Bodega aims for something more than retro rock on its driving debut, Endless Scroll.

into their little bedroom world. But there are other ways of being able to be sexy without being sexist or using your power in a way that’s unliberating for your fans.” Endless Scroll also shows that Hozie and company—guitarist Madison Velding-VanDam, bassist Heather Elle, and drummer Montana Simone—have plenty to say lyrically. Scattered across the 14 tracks are references to everything from hitting up the local liquor stores for moving-day boxes to hipsters who can never seem to remember your name. “A lot of the discussion when we started Bodega was ‘What can we do to update this sort of punkrock vocabulary that we find interesting and fun, and not like a retro-rock thing?’ ” Hozie says. The album’s title will resonate with anyone who hates checking, in no particular order, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and Pinterest at midnight, and then repeating the ritual the second they wake up. Yes, take a step forward if, more than you care to admit, you can relate to “I use

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my computer for everything/Heaven knows I’m miserable now” from “Bodega Birth”. “Literally, I had this epiphany,” Hozie recalls, “where I would get up and go to work at a desk job where I was on a computer all day working as a film editor. Then, on my break, I’d talk to Nikki on Facebook Chat or something like that. Then, as soon as I got off work, I’d come home and scroll through music sites, or if I was working on a song, demoing it in front of the computer. “Then,” he continues, “if I wanted to watch a movie, I’m on the computer. Right until going to bed, I’m on the computer except for about 20 minutes, and that’s just a fact. There’s an endless scroll, and there’s us as a band sort of literally recording this moment and how ubiquitous this technology is and how it’s literally changing the way my brain works.” > MIKE USINGER

Bodega plays the Fox Cabaret on Tuesday (August 14).

ore than a half-century on from his apprenticeship in Spain, Michael Dunn recalls some good advice—advice that continues to inform the various guitars and ukuleles that emerge, slowly, from his East Vancouver workshop. “One of my maestros, a guitarmaker I worked with, said that you should be able to take a close-up picture of six different parts of a guitar, and anybody looking at them should be able to tell that they all come from the same instrument,” Dunn relates, in a telephone interview from his home. And that, he doesn’t need to add, should be easy enough to do when it comes to his own creations. Although they owe a stylistic debt to early-20th-century innovators such as Mario Maccaferri and Chris Knutsen, Dunn’s guitars also often incorporate elements drawn from visual-arts movements such as cubism and art deco. No one else builds instruments that look like his. The same could be said of Joe Yanuziello and Ervin Somogyi, two of the many master luthiers who will join Dunn at the second annual Vancouver International Guitar Festival this weekend. Yanuziello, who made cabinetry for high-end retail stores before turning to lutherie full-time, has a jeweller’s attention to detail, custom-fabricating his own metal see page 20


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parts and finishing his electric guitars and mandolin-family instruments in an array of gemlike colours. Somogyi, a contemporary of Dunn’s and one of the key architects of the ongoing rise of the handmade guitar, has an uncanny eye for wood’s innate beauty and a penchant for intricate carvings that take their inspiration from historical instruments, Arabic geometry, and Asian painting styles. All make functional objects that double as art. And all will make something for you, if you have deep pockets and comparable patience. But there’s more to commissioning a guitar than buying something beautiful that will sit on a stand or in a corner cabinet; ideally, the handmade guitar is a collaboration between builder and client, and different luthiers will allow for differing degrees of customization. Dunn, for instance, isn’t entirely keen on ceding control of the aesthetic dimension. “If they want an artistic guitar, so to speak, I say, ‘Can you just let me have carte blanche? I’ll make you something really nice,’ ” he explains. “’Cause I try to make the whole thing holistically.” But that also includes assessing ergonomic and sonic needs, which are arguably more important than the visual dimension. “First of all, I’m a guitar player,” Dunn says. “I’ve been playing all my life, so I can spot certain features of somebody. I’ll ask somebody to play something on their guitar, or on a guitar. I just want to watch their hands. I want to listen to what they play and I want to see what they do with the instrument, because that gives me some idea of what they’ll need.” Somogyi is similarly attentive. “My method or technique or preferred way to do that is to talk to the client quite a bit,” he explains from his Oakland, California, home. “I try to figure out ‘Who is this person, and is there anything that they want that’s beyond or over and above or in addition to the things that they’re telling me?’ Because usually they tell me bare-bones

things. You know, ‘I’d like an OM cutaway guitar in Brazilian rosewood,’ or something like that. So I try to ascertain…what kind of sound is it that they would prefer without knowing that it might be important to include in the conversation.” Sometimes, of course, it’s not only the clients who get what they want. Somogyi cites how one customer’s unusual request for “drop-dead fabulous bass response” led him into a deeper study of the physics of stringed instruments; he’s now an authority on that topic, and has written a pair of books on “the responsive guitar”. And input from client Kevin Breit, a Toronto-based but internationally recognized session musician and multi-instrumentalist, helped Yanuziello develop his Cupcake and Stella Bella Strada models. We can’t reveal too much about the latter, which will make its public debut at the guitar festival. But the former came from the peripatetic Breit’s need for a fully functioning electric guitar that he could carry as overhead baggage, and has since become a popular addition to Yanuziello’s line. “It’s kind of a big-boy guitar, but it’s really small,” Yanuziello reports from his home near Niagara Falls, Ontario. “The nice thing is that whenever somebody suggests something, it gives me an opportunity to really think on it.” Sometimes, too, client requests can be entertainingly odd—like slide-guitar specialist and Vancouver Island MusicFest artistic director Doug Cox’s most recent commission from Dunn, which incorporates slivers of wood from blues great Muddy Waters’s childhood home. “They’re very small pieces, nothing solid enough that I could use them as inlay or anything,” Dunn says. “They’ll be under glass in the headstock of the guitar. So that’s fun; that kind of thing is a joy to do.” The Vancouver International Guitar Festival takes place at Creekside Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday (August 11 and 12). For more information, visit www.vancouver guitarfestival.com/.

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it was the only variable in my life that changed in the last couple of months. I want to be faithful to my boyfriend, who has been great and understanding—allowing us to open our relationship to casual encounters with strangers. (Also: no friends, no one we both know, DADT, and no intimacy with anyone—it must be purely sexual/ physical.) But I’m feeling sexual connections to so many more people now, and often to people I’ve known for a while. I see this all as mostly positive, but the adjustment to the new sexual hunger has been strange and difficult to wrap my head around. > SUDDENLY HORNY AND GOING GAGA ISN’T NORMAL

“I’m so glad to hear this woman sees the increase in her libido as positive,” said Meredith Chivers, an associate professor of psychology at Queen’s University, a world-renowned sex researcher, and—I’m proud to say— a frequent guest expert around here. “At the same time, I understand how overwhelming these urges can feel, especially when they are new.” Luckily for you, SHAGGIN, you’re with someone who’s secure enough to let you feel the fuck out these new feelings. Whether or not you act on them is one thing—DADT agreement or no DADT agreement—but not having to pretend you aren’t suddenly interested in fucking men, women, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances is a real gift. Another example of your good luck? Chivers is about to give you the Actual Science download on hormonal birth control—complete with qualifications about what we know, what we don’t know, and areas that require more research!

> BY DAN SAVAGE “It’s difficult to say what is and isn’t normal when it comes to the effects of hormonal contraception (HC) on women’s sexual interest,” said Chivers. “To my knowledge, researchers have not specifically examined the question of what happens to women’s sex drive after stopping HC.” But lots of women have stopped using hormonal contraception for the exact same reason you did, SHAGGIN: worries about how it might be affecting their libido—and there is some indirect evidence that HC can negatively impact a woman’s desire for sex. “The NuvaRing is a combined hormonal contraceptive containing synthetic estrogens and progestins (the same as many birth-control pills),” said Chivers. “HC like the NuvaRing works, in part, by raising and stabilizing progesterone levels throughout the menstrual cycle, which helps to prevent ovulation and implantation.” And it’s those stabilized progesterone levels that could be the culprit. “Progesterone is one of the hormones involved in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy; levels are highest in the week before menstruation (called the luteal phase) and are also high during pregnancy,” said Chivers. “A recent large-scale study reported that women with higher progesterone—women who weren’t using HC—had lower sexual interest, on average. Because using HC is associated with reductions in sexual interest, we could predict that stopping HC—and, thus, progesterone levels returning to more typical lower levels—could be associated with increases in sexual motivation.” Since you definitely experienced an increase in sexual desire after you removed your NuvaRing and started

using condoms, SHAGGIN, Chivers was comfortable saying… that you definitely experienced an increase in sexual desire and that might be related to going off HC. “Given that she has been using some form of HC since she became sexually active, my guess is that she’s never had the chance to experience her sexuality while naturally cycling,” said Chivers. “Part of her process could be learning about her unmedicated hormonal cycle, her sexuality, and the variations in her sex drive. For example, does her sexual interest fluctuate over her cycle? She might want to consider collecting some data with a cycle-tracker app. Flo, Clue, and Period Tracker are among those that my women sex-researcher/ educator colleagues recommend. This might help her notice patterns in her libido, attractions, and sexual pleasure—and help her to develop strategies to manage, and perhaps even capitalize on, her sexual desires.” As for your boyfriend, SHAGGIN, and your desire to be faithful to him: so long as you honour the terms of your openness agreement, you are being faithful to him. But check in with him more than once before you fuck someone who isn’t him. Because when a partner agrees to open the relationship but then places a long list of restrictions on who you can fuck—a list that excludes most of the people you wanna fuck—that can be a sign your partner doesn’t actually want to open the relationship. The last word goes to Chivers: whether you’re having fun with others or you decide to remain sexually exclusive with your boyfriend, “Have fun!” To learn more about Chivers’s research, visit the SageLab website

(queensu.ca/psychology/sexualityand-gender-lab) and follow her on Twitter @DrMLChivers.

I’m part of a nonhierarchical polycule. In a few months, one of my girlfriends will be marrying her fiancée. I’ll be attending as a guest with my other girlfriend. What are the guidelines or expectations for purchasing a gift for your girlfriend’s wedding? Surprisingly, the other advice columnists don’t have guidance on this one. > WEDDING ETIQUETTE DILEMMA

Get the couple something nice, something you can afford, maybe something from their gift registry. Or give them a card with a cheque in it so they can spend the money on whatever they might need for their household or use it to cover the expense of the wedding itself. In short, WED, wedding-gift guidelines are the same for people in nonhierarchical polycules as they are for love-muggle monocules. I’m not slamming the poly thing for overprocessing and overthinking—most people process (a.k.a. communicate) too little, and it’s often better to overthink than to underthink or not think—but not everything needs to be dumped into the poly processor and puréed. Congrats to your girlfriend (the one who’s getting married) and her fiancée! On the Lovecast, the kink phenomenon of “sub drop”: savagelovecast. com . Email: mail@savagelove.net . Follow Dan on Twitter @fakedansav age. ITMFA.org.

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