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By the end of next week, a dense camp of several dozen homeless people will have stood in the zero block of West Hastings Street for three months. In a telephone interview, one of the camp’s organizers, Karen Ward, noted that while similar socalled tent city demonstrations have sparked debates on affordable housing in years past, the media and the public’s collective reaction this year has felt nonexistent. Ward told the Straight she wonders if that’s because people have accepted such camps of homeless people as a regular fixture of life in Vancouver. “The fact that we’ve become so used to basically having refugee camps inside Canada—that that’s been accepted as par for the course each summertime—it’s appalling,” she said. Through the summer of 2014, as many as 200 tents were pitched in Oppenheimer Park as part of what homeless people described as a call for affordable housing. It was eventually dismantled by firefighters and police after the city won a court battle where it was argued the camp had come to pose a problem amid concerns about sanitation and security. Ward said organizers of the West Hastings site have consciously applied lessons learned from that experience. “We’ve emphasized the safety concerns that need to be met so that we don’t get caught up in that sort of thing,” she said. “Anything that puts other campers at risk is not tolerated.” According to a May 2016 city report, there were 1,847 homeless people in Vancouver when the last count was conducted over a 24-hour period in March 2016. In a separate interview, Vision Vancouver councillor Andrea Reimer echoed Ward’s comments and said she agrees that the West Hastings demonstration has failed to attract the public’s attention. “It’s an unfortunate sign of the times,” she told the Straight. “You’ve got camps in Abbotsford, Victoria, and Maple Ridge. All over the place. And I think that’s not surprising, given the growing numbers of homelessness.”
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Dogs may have additional places to roam and run free under a plan being developed by the Vancouver board of parks and recreation. “It could include more off-leash areas. That’s one possible outcome,” board chair Sarah Kirby-Yung told the Straight in a phone interview. The first round of public consultations on a new strategy for how people can best share parks with the four-legged animals will end on October 14. “In my time as a commissioner, I certainly received emails from people who make comments that they do need to drive to off-leash areas,” Kirby-Yung said. “Dogs are permitted in all Vancouver parks, but on-leash. And we do have a limited number of off-leash areas. But one thing I do hear from dog owners is, you know, the need to
spend time and distance to get to the closest dog park.” There are 36 off-leash areas in the city. Six are fenced and open all day. The remaining areas are unfenced, where space is shared by people with and without dogs. Many of these have time and seasonal restrictions. Dogs aren’t allowed on beaches, except on Sunset, Spanish Banks, and Hadden Park. According to Kirby-Yung, the park board is doing a broad review that includes things like better signage and education for dog owners. The park board chair also said that Vancouver is looking at jurisdictions where dog parks have agility or fitness facilities for the animals. A 2011 board report based on an Ipsos-Reid poll estimated that there were 145,000 dogs in the city. “If you consider that most of those probably come with a person,” Kirby-Yung said jokingly, “that’s a significant number of users. So we want to make sure that we have a good strategy in place to support all of our users who have dogs, and also for those folks that may not love them as much.” Only 30,000 dogs were actually see next page
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Vancouver–False Creek MLA Sam Sullivan says he is prepared to play a bigger role in the B.C. Liberal government. Although he has not served in cabinet, the former Vancouver mayor related that he has learned a lot since his election in 2013. “I was fortunate to be on a number of committees that taught me a lot about how the process works,” Sullivan told the Straight in a phone interview. Premier Christy Clark is expected to shuffle her cabinet as part of the groundwork for the next provincial election in 2017. The composition of cabinet may also change, depending on the election results, which Sullivan said he doesn’t doubt will favour the ruling party. “That’s solely a decision of the premier,” Sullivan said about potentially serving in cabinet. “I am always ready to serve in any capacity she decides. She has a very, very difficult job to, you know, decide the makeup of her government. And I’m very respectful of that. I’m very much happy where I am.” What is certain is that Sullivan will be running for a second term in Vancouver–False Creek: he has been acclaimed as his party’s candidate there. The B.C. Liberals have governed since 2001, which New Democrats will certainly raise as an argument for change during the election campaign. “They’ve been in power for a very long time,” VancouverKingsway MLA Adrian Dix of the B.C. NDP told the Straight in an interview. “They don’t deserve to be re-elected. They need some time in opposition.” Sullivan is having none of that:
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The Greater Vancouver Regional District and its cousins want a new legal name. They want the term Metro Vancouver to refer to the political and corporate entities that deliver regional services to 21 municipalities in the Lower Mainland, the Tsawwassen First Nation, and Electoral Area A. If approved by the province, they’ll officially be called Metro Vancouver Regional District, Metro Vancouver Water District, and Metro Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District. It’s about branding, explained City of North Vancouver mayor Darrell Mussatto, who sits on the boards of the regional bodies. “People know us as Metro Vancouver,” Mussatto told the Straight by phone. “We’re going to continue calling us that, whether the province allows it or not. So we’d like to have that support from the province.” A staff report recalled that GVRD directors petitioned the province in 2007 for a formal name change to simply Metro Vancouver. Ida Chong, who was then minister of community, sport, and cultural development, denied the request because the proposed name didn’t contain the term regional district. However, she indicated that the regional body could use “Metro Vancouver” for branding purposes. Subsequently, the housing agency owned by the regional district changed its name to Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation. The regional body didn’t formally pursue a name change with the term regional district, and its directors now have the chance to revisit this decision in a board meeting on Friday (September 23). > CARLITO PABLO
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Fentanyl test strips show promise in trial > BY TRAVIS L UPICK
ince mid-July, an experiment at Insite, Vancouver’s supervised-injection facility, has allowed drug users to test substances for fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is largely responsible for B.C.’s fatal-overdose epidemic. Last Sunday morning (September 18), the Straight watched a drug user take a tiny amount of white powder and place it in a small dish to which water was added. The individual then dipped a paper testing strip into the solution and gave it a little stir. Less than one minute later, two lines appeared on the piece of paper. The white substance did not contain fentanyl, according to those two lines. If it had, only one line would have appeared. That result was atypical. According to the latest data supplied by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), 85 percent of heroin mixtures (and 80 percent of all drugs) checked at Insite between July 7 and September 8 (332 checks) tested positive for fentanyl. For now, the test strips are only available at Insite—on East Hastings Street near Main Street—on a trial basis. They were designed for urinary analysis and adapted to test raw substances at VCH’s request. Questions remain about their effectiveness and impact on user behaviour, but Vancouver health authorities and practitioners told the Straight the test strips have “huge potential” as a new tool that could help bring the province’s skyrocketing rate of overdose deaths back under control. Dr. Mark Lysyshyn is a medical health officer with VCH, the regional body that operates Insite alongside the nonprofit Portland Hotel Society. He told the Straight that the idea is not necessarily to deter people from using drugs. “We don’t think that’s realistic,” he explained. “What we do hope
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is that people will adopt safer druguse practices. That they will inject with a friend, start with a lower dose, use Insite more often, and get themselves a take-home naloxone kit.” Lysyshyn emphasized that the test strips are no magic bullet. Although they are proving reliable in detecting fentanyl so far, they cannot identify very similar drugs—what researchers call an analog—which can be just as deadly as fentanyl or even more dangerous. He stressed that authorities are concerned the strips could create a false sense of security among drug users who see a negative test result. But Lysyshyn said he’s encouraged by the trial at Insite and noted that there are no significant hurdles
preventing VCH from expanding access to the kits. One challenge Lysyshyn predicted that VCH will encounter is the question of how to get drug-testing equipment into the hands of middleand upper-class drug users—a lawyer who uses cocaine, for example, or a university student who buys oxycodone on the street—who are not comfortable stopping at a clinic in the Downtown Eastside. “An intervention like this is potentially more interesting with recreational drug users because they actually might be more willing to dispose of their drugs,” he noted. “We would eventually like to do this in the community.”
Before 2015, the all-time high for drug-overdose deaths in B.C. was set in 1998, when there were 400. In 2015, there were 494 fatal overdoses in the province. During the first eight months of 2016, there were 488, according to the B.C. Coroners Service. So far this year, fentanyl has been detected in about 60 percent of those deaths, up from 30 percent in 2015. While Insite is still the only bricksand-mortar location in Vancouver where one can obtain a testing strip, the kits are more easily available than most people know. The company supplying VCH is Ontario-based BTNX Inc. On the phone from Markham, the company’s president and CEO, Iqbal Sunderani,
said wider distribution is a simple question of supply and demand. “We would have to package them individually,” he explained. “For us to do that, we would have to get them manufactured in that way.…So until we are approached by a pharmacy that is really interested, we are reluctant to go and make so many.” BTNX does not accept online orders for the kits, Sunderani said, but they can be obtained by contacting the company via phone or email. A package of 50 strips costs $175, plus shipping. “The problem is that we don’t have a pharmacy where people can go and buy them,” Sunderani said. “So the problem is, how do we get it to them?” Dr. Thomas Kerr, director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/ AIDS’ urban health research initiative, has studied harm reduction in the Downtown Eastside for two decades. In a telephone interview, he expressed cautious enthusiasm for the program. “The thing that is tricky about what they are doing at Insite is they are using that test in a novel way,” he explained. “It’s designed to test urine; it’s not designed to test drugs. We don’t even know how accurate it is.” On middle- and upper-class users, Kerr noted there is academic research that suggests people from those groups can be less likely to seek out harm-reduction supplies like a drug test for fentanyl. He said that means there is a need to normalize the distribution of such supplies in places where every kind of user feels comfortable. “Mail order is an option,” he continued. “I think pharmacies are good because people are used to going to pharmacies and buying things they might be a little embarrassed about. Condoms, lube, and things like that. I think that would be a good venue for drug-checking [equipment].” -
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imes have changed—and with them, the AIDS Walk for Life. A diagnosis of HIV or AIDS used to be a death sentence. Entire social networks vanished. Activism about the pandemic surged in the 1980s and ’90s. Now, HIV organizations are competing against an endless assortment of fundraisers that fill the calendar year, not to mention the rise of online fundraising. There’s also desensitization to the issue, partly due to medical progress and new generations growing up without having witnessed the harrowing onset of the epidemic. As Positive Living BC chair Neil Self reveals, Vancouver’s AIDS walk has struggled with funding for the last few years. Consequently, he says, “It was time to shake it up a little bit.” This year, the walk is reborn as the Scotiabank AIDS Walk to tHrIVe on Sunday (September 25). What remains as important as ever in the age of the app is a physical space where the community can converge. And what also hasn’t changed is the need for awareness. “There’s a misconception out there that HIV is over and you just need to take a pill and you’re fine,” Self says. He explains that while the walk-forlife concept is outdated, HIV-positive people still “need some support out there to thrive”. Also, although two main groups with high rates of infection—young gay men and aboriginal populations—are areas of concern, Self says it’s important for people to remember that HIV and AIDS aren’t limited to any specific demographic groups. Despite medical advances, he emphasizes that many uncertainties remain.
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“They have bright futures at this point, but we’re not entirely sure, right? By all accounts, the medical evidence is they’re just going to be able to take pills and be very healthy. But again, that’s not for sure. I like to say this is like one big, large experiment happening because…we don’t actually know the long-term effects.” Accordingly, the walk is being reinvented as a celebratory community-building event. “This is a way to get people who don’t necessarily know that much about HIV and AIDS out there: the younger generation, the newly diagnosed people, because a lot of the newly diagnosed people don’t have that same sense of community that
was forged in the fire of 20 years ago, so this is one way to sort of rebuild our community or re-establish the connections within our community,” Self says. Proceeds will help low-income people with HIV purchase over-thecounter items and treatments, such as vitamins or therapies, not covered by health plans. New this year is a music festival, which people can attend even if they don’t want to participate in the walk. (Tickets are $30, and a $20 tax receipt will be issued.) The lineup is a showcase of local talent: vocalist Alita Dupray, singersongwriter Andrew Allen, electronic duo Destineak, Vernon singer-songwriter Olivia, soulful outfit Pompadoors, and funky funksters Queer as Funk (with MC David Jones and host Symone Says). This festive approach is part of the organization’s bid to attract newcomers. Yet Self, who has been HIV-positive for 27 years, says they understand the importance of maintaining connections with long-time community members. “Quite frankly, a lot of them are feeling forgotten in this euphoria of the AIDS-free generation sort of thing,” he says. Interested parties have three options for participation: volunteering, joining in the walk, or attending the concert. The walk begins at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre at noon, travels along the seawall, and ends at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, where the tHrIVe Music Festival and Wellness Fair will get the party started at 1:30 p.m. (A free shuttle bus will run from noon to 6 p.m. from the Roundhouse to Malkin Bowl.) For full details, visit AIDSWalktoThrive.ca/. -
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TEDXWESTVANCOUVERED A day focused on rethinking education. Participating speakers include Todd Ablett, Bridgitte Alomes, Brad Baker, Hannah Boon, Joey Commisso, Tracy Cramer, Brad Daudlin, Lisa Domeier de Suarez, Jennifer Ellis-White, Ian Landy, Gordon Neufeld, Alan November, Phil Nuytten, Joey MacDonald, Brooke Moore, Sukhi Muker, Angus Reid, Dean Shareski, Lee WatanabeCrockett, and Frank Wolf. Sep 24, Kay Meek Centre (1700 Mathers Ave., West Van). Tix $75, info www.tedxwestvancouvered.com/.
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FORUMS 2JUST ANNOUNCED AN EVENING WITH RICHARD DAWKINS Atheist and former fundamentalist Baptist Matt Dillahunty talks with the eminent author and scientist about secular humanism, atheism, biology, science, and religion. Nov 6, 8 pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd., UBC). Tix $52-76 at www.chancentre.com/.
2THIS WEEK BRINGING FORTH ELDER WISDOM The SPEC Elders Circle offers a space for deep reflection, personal connection, and intimate discussion. Sep 22, 5:30-8:30 pm, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (2325 W. 7th). Free, info www.spec.bc.ca/ elderscircle/. LEADING MOMS Vancouver women share stories on leadership and motherhood, using the theme of childhood. Sep 23, 8:30 am–2:30 pm, Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour). Tix $99, info www.leading moms.ca/. ABORIGINAL HISTORY AND CULTURAL AWARENESS SESSION Workshop on the importance of focusing on resiliency in working with indigenous peoples. Sep 23, 8:30 am–4:30 pm, Musqueam Cultural Education Centre and Gallery (4000 Musqueam). Tix $250, info www. raveninstitute.ca/. MAPPING THE HEDGE CITY — VANCOUVER AND GLOBAL CAPITAL Lecture explores how cities and public policy are reshaped by a world of transnational investment. Sep 23, 5-8:30 pm, SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings). Tix $5, info www.sfu.ca/. DARK MONEY: HOW MONEY IS SHAPING THE U.S. ELECTION Author and New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer discusses how super PACs and big donor money have shaped the 2016 election. Sep 23, 6:30 pm, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre (6163 University Blvd., UBC). Free admission, info lindinitiative.ubc.ca/ series/u-s-election-campaign/.
DYING MATTERS FORUM 2016 Explore topics such as home dying, death doulas and midwives, home funerals, green burials, religious and cultural traditions around death, and the newly crafted assisted-death legislation. Sep 24, 9:30 am–3:45 pm, West End Community Centre (870 Denman). Tix $75, info ca.apm.active communities.com/vancouver/Activity_ Search/dying-matters-forum-2016/62128. SEED SAVING Village Vancouver instructors talk about the best seeds to start saving, harvesting, drying, storing, and cleaning. Sep 24, 1-2:30 pm, 3-4:30 pm, Vancouver Public Library Kitsilano Branch (2425 Macdonald). Free admission, info www.vpl.ca/. HILLARY VS THE DONALD: THE FIRST U.S. PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE Watch a live broadcast of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the first U.S. presidential debate. Presented by Democrats Abroad Vancouver Chapter. Sep 26, 5:30-8:30 pm, Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood Pub (3728 Clark Drive). Info www.facebook. com/democratsabroadvancouver/.
riders. Proceeds help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Sep 30, 12-4 pm, Terry Fox Plaza, BC Place (777 Pacific Blvd). Info www.jdrf.ca/revolution/.
CIBC RUN FOR THE CURE A five- or one-kilometre walk and run raises funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Oct 2, 7:30 am, Concord Pacific Place (88 Pacific). Info www.cibcrunforthecure.com/.
Westminster). Tix $20/17, info www.ghost lightvaudeville.com/.
CNIB NIGHT STEPS Take a five-kilometre walk and help raise funds for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Sep 24, 5:30-9 pm, Holland Park (King George Hwy. & Old Yale Rd., Surrey). Info www.cnibnightsteps.ca/. BRILLIANT! 2016 A night of fashion, art, and dance in support of mental-health and addiction-medicine programs at St. Paul’s Hospital. Sep 24, 7 pm, Rocky Mountaineer Train Station (1755 Cottrell Street at Terminal Avenue). Tix $90, info www.brilliant.helpstpauls.com/.
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SPLASH The Arts Umbrella’s 34th annual fundraiser features an auction, food, music, and art in support of accessible arts-education programs. Oct 15, 6:30 pm, Performance Works (1218 Cartwright, Granville Island). Tix $500/300, info www. artsumbrella.com/events/splash-2016/.
2THIS WEEK THE GUMSHOE REVUE Ghost Light Vaudeville presents an evening of paranormal pulp and pulse-raising variety acts. Proceeds go to the Women Against Violence Against Women. Sep 22, 8-11 pm, Columbia Theatre (530 Columbia St., New
BRENT BUTT Canadian comedian and Corner Gas star performs with the Jeff Standfield Band at a fundraiser for the North Shore Disability Resource Centre Foundation. Sep 24, 7:30 pm, Centennial Theatre (2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Van). Tix $40, info 604-984-4484, www.centennial theatre.com/. PUSH FOR YOUR TUSH Charity run raises money for local initiatives and national research into colon cancer. Sep 25, 9 am– 12:30 pm, Jericho Beach Park (3941 Point Grey Rd.). Info www.pushforyourtush.ca/. SCOTIABANK AIDS WALK TO THRIVE 31st annual event in support of people living with HIV includes a music festival,
a health and wellness fair, a new walk route, food, and cocktails. Participating performers include Alita Dupray, Andrew Allen, Destineak, Olivia, the Pompadoors, and Queer As Funk. Sep 25, 11 am, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews). The event also takes place at Malkin Bowl. Registration free/$30 for concert, info www.aidswalkvancouver.ca/.
12 ANGRY JURORS FUNDRAISER Standing Room Only Theatre presents a fundraiser for its upcoming production of 12 Angry Jurors. Sep 25, 6 pm, CBC Studio 700 (700 Hamilton). Tix $10, info www. standingroomonlytheatre.org/. PAINTINGS BY NUMBERS Buy a painting at the annual fundraiser gala for the Federation of Canadian Artists. Sep 26, 7-11 pm, Performance Works (1218 Cartwright, Granville Island). Tix $800, info www.artists.ca/.
FASHION 2THIS WEEK HERMES AT WORK Travelling exhibition brings Hermès’ craftspeople from the intimacy of their ateliers in France to Vancouver to interact with the public and demonstrate their craft. Sep 21-25, Jack Poole Plaza
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STRAPPING IT ON This workshop and demo will explore the many ways to get the most out of your strap-on. Sep 27, 7:30 pm, The Art of Loving (369 W. Broadway). Tix $50, info www.artofloving.ca/.
2UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS INTERNATIONAL CANNABIS BUSINESS CONFERENCE Two-day conference on the cannabis industry covers business essentials, politics, networking, activism, and culture. Event includes keynote speech by Gabor Maté and celebrity interview with Tommy Chong. Oct 13-14, Hyatt Regency Vancouver (655 Burrard). Tix US$399-649, info www.internationalcbc.com/.
TAKE ACTION 2THIS WEEK INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION Highlights include performers, social justice, speakers, refreshments, and an art and writing contest for youth. Sep 24, 2-5:30 am, Fleetwood Community Centre (15996 84th Ave., Surrey). Free admission, info www.peacealways.org/. #GMFER VANCOUVER MARDI GRAS FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS Familyfriendly activities include live music by local artists, elephant masks, prizes, a walking elephant mascot, face painting, and speeches by Patricia Sims, Paul Blackthorne, and Mike Farnworth. Sep 24, 12-1:30 pm, Creek Side Park (1455 Quebec). Free admission, info www.elephanatics.ca/.
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2JUST ANNOUNCED JDRF REVOLUTION RIDE TO DEFEAT DIABETES Cycling event with five challenges for individuals and teams of beginner, intermediate, and advanced
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AN EVENING WITH UNDER THE STREETLAMP Celebrating the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons from the Tony Award winning Broadway smash “Jersey Boys” FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30 *SPECIAL NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOW* SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 Tickets starting at $59.50
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Each year, the century-plus-old Pacific National Exhibition fair treats our city and region to new experiences along with our old favourites: the special singleseason-only shows, the summernight concert series, the old roller coaster and numerous new rides, and, of course, the tremendous offering of healthy and slightly less-healthy food. Each year I go to the exhibitors’ building and look for some new invention and, of course, find myself a deal or two.
I love Main Street. Everything you need is on Main: clothes, coffee, entertainment, flowers, food, wine—the list goes on. I always feel at home there, mostly because I’m not the only parent chasing after three kids and a crazy dog…it’s nice to know you’re not alone! I hope it never loses its character and charm. Really, it’s the people on Main who make it so colourful and friendly.
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ABSOLUTE JOURNEY TRIBUTE Absolute Journey Tribute is one of the most acclaimed rising tribute acts in North America Doors Open: 7PM | Show Starts: 8PM Tickets starting at $29.00
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BAD GIRLS OF FASHION LAUNCH PARTY Celebrate the launch of Jennifer Croll’s new book Bad Girls of Fashion with music spun by Cherchez La Femme, themed cocktails, book sales by the Paper Hound, and sweet treats. Sep 22, 7-10 pm, The Projection Room (2321 Main). Info www.facebook.com/foxprojectionroom/.
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EAT! VANCOUVER FOOD + COOKING FESTIVAL The 14th annual celebration of food and food culture features a series of collaborative dinners, opportunities to meet Canadian chefs and taste their upcoming fall dishes, an exclusive evening with chef and author Michael Smith, a food-trends tasting panel, and a BETA 5 chocolate demonstration. Oct 4-7, various Vancouver venues. Info www.eat-vancouver.com/.
2THIS WEEK OKTOBERFEST VANCOUVER Highlights include authentic German atmosphere, beer, pretzels, German food, and Oktoberfest traditions. Sep 23–Oct 15, 8 pm–2 am, Vancouver Alpen Club (4875 Victoria). Tix $35, info tickets.vacbc.ca/.
THE GRAPE AND THE GRAIN FESTIVAL Sample local spirits, wine, and beer while you take in live music and food from Vancouver’s food trucks. Sep 24-25, 11 am–11 pm, Plaza of Nations (750 Pacific ). Tix $20, info www.the grapeandthegrain.ca/.
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COUNTRY WINES Learn how to make small-batch country wines with minimum amounts of equipment, personal time, and expense. Sep 25, 11:30 am–2:30 pm, Homestead Junction (649 E. Hastings). Tix $50, info www.homesteadjunction.ca/. MEZCAL VAGO EVENT Experience the culture, flavours, and aromas of Oaxaca while tasting the Mezcal Vago line. Sep 27, 7-9 pm, Legacy Liquor Store (1633 Manitoba). Tix $10, info 604-331-7900, www.legacyliquorstore.com/. CHEF MASAYOSHI WITH KAWATSURU + TATENOKAWA SAKE BREWERIES Communal, long-table dinner combines cuisine by Japanese chef Masayoshi Baba with a selection of Japanese sakes. Sep 27, 7-9 pm, Broadway International Wine Shop (2752 W. Broadway). Tix $70, info www.broadwaywineshop.ca/tasting/.
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VANCOUVER TACO CRAWL Each restaurant will serve up tasting plates of tacos. Participating venues include Las Tortas, Patrón Tacos and Cantina, and La Catrina Tacos. Sep 28, 6-10 pm, various Vancouver venues. Tix $60/45, info www. eventbrite.ca/e/vancouver-taco-crawltickets-24662441025/.
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INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW VANCOUVER This year’s highlights include a Dutchdesign showcase, a central bar designed by Kalu Interiors, a chance to try out products by the next generation of designers, keynote lectures by local and international industry professionals, and a pop-up shop featuring products by Tom Dixon. Sep 22-25, Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place). Tix $12-35, info www.idswest.com/. HARVEST FEASTIVAL An outdoor feast is followed by exclusive shows and exhibits in UBC’s arts and culture district. Sep 22, 4:30 pm, University of British
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1. VanCity 2. lululemon athletica 3. University of British Columbia Columbia (2329 West Mall). Tix $10-35, info www.planning.ubc.ca/feastival/. HAPA-PALOOZA FESTIVAL: CELEBRATING MIXED HERITAGE Highlights include a festival gala and awards night, a family-friendly afternoon of entertainment, an art station, two writing workshops, and a panel discussion of mixed heritage and hybrid identity. Sep 23-25, various Vancouver venues. Free admission, info www.hapapalooza.com/. VANCOUVER FLIPOUT PINBALL EXPO Vancouver’s first annual pinball expo features industry speakers, vendors, and tournaments for all ages and skill levels. Sep 23-25, 10 am–11:30 pm, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Downtown (1110 Howe). Info www.vancouverflipout.com/. VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL EXPO Highlights include travel seminars, travel-photography tips, and over 120 exhibitors specializing in cruising, safari, adventure, beach, honeymoons, and culture. Sep 23, 5-9 pm; Sep 24, 11 am– 7 pm, Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place). Tix $10/7, info www.vitexpo.ca/. MATTHEW KOCEL: SOUND HEALING Throat singer and healer Matthew Kocel presents a live sound-healing event. Sep 25, 11:30 am–1 pm, Banyen Books and Sound (3608 W. 4th). Free admission, info www.banyen.com/events/kocel/.
KIDS’ STUFF 2JUST ANNOUNCED PEPPA PIG’S BIG SPLASH Family-friendly show sees characters from eOne’s TV series take the stage in a live-theatre experience. Apr 7, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton). Tix $47.50/35.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/.
SPORTS 2THIS WEEK CANUCKS VS. OILERS The Vancouver Canucks take on the Edmonton Oilers in National Hockey League pre-season action. Sep 28, 7 pm, Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way). Tix $46.75-181.75 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketmaster.ca/.
ATTRACTIONS BLOEDEL CONSERVATORY Experience the colours and scents of the tropics at a venue that features more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers. 4600 Cambie, Queen Elizabeth Park. Info vancouver.ca/parks-recreationculture/bloedel-conservatory.aspx VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN This 22-hectare garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world and almost two dozen sculptures. 5251 Oak. Info 604878-9274, www.vandusengarden.org/
OUT OF TOWN 2THIS WEEK MUDDERELLA WHISTLER Participants work together to conquer eight to 11 kilometres of muddy obstacle courses. Sep 24, Whistler (4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler). Info www.whistler.com/events/ mudderella/.
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BEST OF VANCOUVER
best of vancouver What’s so great BY TA MM Y KWAN LUC Y LAU JOHN L U CAS JA NET M C DONALD STEVE NEWTON C A RL ITO PABLO JENNIE RA MSTAD A M A NDA SIE BE R T C HA R LIE SMI TH JA NET S MI TH C RA IG TA KE U CH I MIKE USI NG E R KATE WI LSO N
about Vancouver? At the risk of sounding trite, there’s Earnest Ice Cream and a worldclass library system. We have beaches and bike lanes that are the envy of North America. One of Canada’s most renowned DJs, Pomo, hails from these parts, as does an even more famous man of music, Michael Bublé. And, of course, Vancouver is the birthplace of Seth Rogen and Ryan Reynolds. But when the Georgia Straight contacted some local luminaries about what they like best about our city, none mentioned any of these things. Not even the chief librarian, Sandra Singh. “Picking one thing I like best is pretty much impossible because there is so much to like,” Singh stated, echoing the thoughts of many of us. “But if you forced me to speak to only one thing, I would say the cultural diversity of Vancouver. I am proud to work for a community with so many cultures, identities, and languages, and one in which these diverse cultures and identities are respected, celebrated, and seen as something that makes us stronger and better as a city.” Coun. Elizabeth Ball also cherishes the way different cultures come together in Vancouver. “My family moved to Vancouver from Ottawa when I was 13,” she revealed. “I was fascinated by the wonderful diversity of people here, and my brothers and I spent every Saturday exploring Chinatown. After freezing Ottawa, the weather, especially the foghorns and the fog, seemed so romantic.
Well, we rarely have fog now, but the great diversity remains and the cultural scene is exciting and varied. Still my favourite place in the world!” Veteran broadcaster Shushma Datt, owner of Spice Radio, is similarly energized by Vancouver’s global feel. “When I came here from London, England, in the ’70s, Vancouver was a sleepy little town compared to London. It is now bursting with colour, diversity, and excitement.” Former director of planning Brent Toderian is a fan of the various transportation options available in our town. “What I like best about Vancouver is that we’ve built a city that supports a lifestyle choice where my family can not only exist but, in fact, thrive without the need to own a car.” Not everyone gushes about Vancouver all the time. Writer and educator Jackie Wong readily acknowledges how difficult it is to live in our town. “So perhaps as a reflection of its endless and frustrating contradictions, what I like best about Vancouver is also what I like the least: its small-town heart despite—or perhaps because of—its big-city posturing. To me, this city will always feel like home because it suffers from a kind of insider-baseball parochialism that feels indulgently cozy at the best of times. At its worst, of course, this same community closeness is precisely what makes the place so hard for newcomers to break through or even for Tinder users to find a date.” At the same time, Wong points
out that the city is “full of generous, openhearted people who want to share of themselves and want to connect in all sorts of ways”. The Georgia Straight’s 21st annual Best of Vancouver issue clocks in at 136 pages, a testament not only to the city’s economic vitality but also to the enduring fascination with discussing what we like about living here. This year, we’re featuring the observations of several hometown favourites sprinkled among our usual picks by staff writers. The public’s views are reflected in more than two dozen “readers’ choice” boxes, which were compiled from hundreds of thousands of responses to individual questions in an online survey. And various experts chime in with their choices of what’s best in their areas of prowess. So sit back, grab your favourite beverage, and enjoy this year’s Best of Vancouver. We hope you have as much fun reading it as we did in pulling it together.
BEST EXAMPLE OF STANDING UP FOR SCHOOLKIDS
At the risk of being fired by the province, school trustees with Vision Vancouver and the Green Party decided enough was enough. They refused to support $21.8 million in cuts to administration, education, and maintenance services in order to balance the budget for the 2016-17 school year. Perhaps knowing that the board enjoys tremendous popular support, the provincial government blinked. Instead of firing the board, Education Minister Mike Bernier ordered an audit. Again. BEST POLITICAL CAMPAIGN TO KEEP SCHOOLS OPEN
While some Vancouver MLAs appear to be snoozing over looming school closures in their constituencies, Vancouver-Kingsway legislator Adrian Dix has been rallying parents, students, and educators to save Gladstone secondary and Sir Guy Carleton and Graham Bruce eleNEWS & POLITICS mentary schools. Over the past few months, we’ve seen a student flash BEST WAY TO PISS OFF mob, op-ed pieces, a massive petiFACEBOOK TROLLS tion campaign, and a high-profile Write about how racism affects Van- bus tour to the school-board office. couver real estate, and watch the A famous Gladstone grad, artist comments roll in… Ken Lum, joined the campaign, accusing the provincial government of BEST REASON TO KEEP imposing “collective punishment” AN EYE ON PUBLIC PLAZAS on East Side kids. IN PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS
Some of the privately owned spaces that provide refuge for residents and visitors downtown seem to be disappearing as more buildings are going up. In March this year, the small plaza with a grove of ornamental cherry trees outside the Grosvenor Building on Alberni Street was demolished. A high-end retail building will take its place. Likely next to go are the rotunda and square outside the Pacific Centre mall on West Georgia Street. A three-storey building has been proposed to replace the square’s benches and cherry trees.
BEST ARGUMENT FOR A RENTAL TAX CREDIT
It’s tough for many renters, especially in Vancouver. Rents are high and vacancies are low. One way things could be made a bit easier is if tenants in the city and elsewhere in B.C. could claim a tax credit on their payments. It’s being done in Manitoba, Quebec, and Ontario. In Manitoba, a tenant can qualify for up to a $700 tax credit. With a provincial election coming up in 2017, perhaps B.C. politicians may want to take up this idea. see next page
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1. 8X on The Park (Brenhill Developments) 2. Navío at the Creek (Concert Properties) 3. Vancouver House (Westbank Corporation)
1. Brian Jessel BMW 2311 Boundary Road 2. Kia Vancouver 396 Southwest Marine Drive 3. Carter Motorsports 1502 West 3rd Avenue
1. Mr. Lube, various locations 2. AAMCO Transmissions Various locations 3. Kal Tire, various locations
1. Evo Car Share 2. car2go 3. Modo
1. Trev Deeley Motorcycles 1875 Boundary Road 2. Carter Motorsports 1502 West 3rd Avenue 3. British Import Motorcycles 1381 Venables Street
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1. Vancity 2. TD Canada Trust 3. Coast Capital Savings PLACE TO GET A MORTGAGE
1. Vancity 2. RBC Royal Bank 3. TD Canada Trust
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1. Pawlik Automotive Repair 30–966 Southwest Marine Drive 2. Lee’s Transmission 1350 East Hastings Street 3. Tremblay Motors 1505 West 3rd Avenue
1. Motorino 336 West 2nd Avenue 2. Vespa Metro Vancouver 590 Clark Drive 3. Daytona Motorsports Various locations
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1. Dueck Auto Group Various locations 2. Autoform 1885 Clark Drive 3. Mile’s End Motors 1755 West 3rd Avenue
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1. Toyota Prius 2. Fusion Hybrid 3. Accord Hybrid
1. Vancity 2. RBC Royal Bank 3. TD Canada Trust
AUTO-BODY REPAIR SHOP
1. Craftsmen Collision Various locations 2. Korva World Class Collision 231 West 2nd Avenue 3. George’s Body Shop 1870 Crowe Street
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The city has made it clear: keep all public declarations of love away from the fencing on the Burrard Bridge and near False Creek. Instead, take your love locks to Love in the Rain, a stainless-steel, four-metrehigh sculpture by Bruce Voyce recently erected by the park board in Queen Elizabeth Park. Consisting of four genderless, ageless couples, it’s meant to celebrate the union that love brings. There’s even a box for lovers to toss their keys in once they’re finished making it official. Amanda Siebert photo.
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Whether it be an old Chilliwack Sea Cadets hat to give to rapper Lil Yachty, or an ’80s couture Versace to wear when interviewing EDM noisemeisters Flosstradamus, or even some amazing Christmas sweaters for my band the Evaporators, Burcu’s Angels [3128 Main Street] is one-stop shopping! Burcu Ozdemir, the owner, gives me lessons on colour, texture, and fabric every time, plus I trust her! She plays in a band too, Something About Reptiles! Doot doola doot doo... Burcu! Nardwuar hosts Nardwuar the Human Serviette Radio Show on Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on CiTR.
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and other NDP figures from the 1990s. It will be time for new leaders, and one name that is always talked about is David Eby, the rookie MLA for Vancouver–Point Grey. Even B.C. Liberals acknowledge this. During question period in the legislative assembly last May, Finance Minister Mike de Jong said this after a round with Eby: “I quite enjoy the exchange with the dauphin of the NDP.” Interjections followed. BEST CHRISTY CLARK FLIP-FLOP
In May 2015, the premier ruled out taxing foreign buyers of Vancouver homes, saying that moving them out of the market would cause housing prices to drop. Fourteen months later, the B.C. government placed a 15-percent tax on foreign purchases. Housing developers went berserk as the price of a detached home dropped 16.7 percent in August. But the unflappable Christy Clark wasn’t perturbed about that. “The prices were going up way too fast and if we helped slow that down, that’s good,” the premier told reporters. The runner-up in this category? Clark’s flip-flop on a four-percent hike in medical-services premiums. She hasn’t abandoned a $3.5-billion Fraser River bridge project or the $8.8-billion Site C dam—but with about eight months to go before voting day, anything is possible. BEST VANCOUVER PROTEST
On June 19, queers and Muslims held hands outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower on West Georgia Street. It was their way of repudiating U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s efforts to pit gays against Muslims in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shootings. Trump claims that gays support his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States, but the message from downtown Vancouver on that day suggested otherwise.
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After decades of doing its best to keep B.C. drier than a Utah Mormon, the provincial government last year allowed liquor stores to start opening on Sundays. To the chagrin of the Tsawwassen Temperance League, society hasn’t crumbled and the streets and alleys of Metro Vancouver don’t look like the set of Barfly. How positively civilized: you can now roll out of bed Sunday morning, pick up a quick mickey of Bombay Sapphire gin, and prepare for church with a Satan’s Whiskers cocktail. (Pour gin, Grand Marnier, sweet and dry vermouth, orange juice, and orange bitters on ice; shake; then strain into a glass.) Now if only we could join the rest of the civilized world by having
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beer, wine, and spirits available in grocery stores. Like, you know, Mexico, Vietnam, Cuba, America, Italy, Cambodia, France, Turkey, England, Holland, Spain, Thailand, Portugal, Japan, Costa Rica, and—well, you get the idea. One foot forward, the other still, sadly, ass-backward. BEST SIGN OF LGBT CHANGE IN SURREY
After years of criticism for failing to fly the Pride flag at its city hall, Surrey came through by both flying the rainbow flag (in solidarity with Orlando) and holding its first Pride parade this year on June 26. Although Surrey has been the target of criticism, Richmond still has yet to have a Pride march.
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more Buddha statues than any store its size outside of Dharamsala, which is home to the Dalai Lama. There are metal Buddhas, wooden Buddhas, and clay Buddhas, but it’s more than just that. There are also Asian and Indian household goods, including wall hangings, to jazz up your little condo or apartment. And it’s all very affordable, too. BEST PLACE TO TAKE A FLIGHT WITHOUT FLYING
Yes, a flight-simulation attraction does exist in Vancouver. Promoted as the “ultimate flying ride”, FlyOver Canada at Canada Place takes guests on an eight-minute journey that overflies some of our country’s best-known landmarks. From the boarding zone to the seat buckles, you might feel like you’re actually catching a flight at YVR. Good news—your takeoff will be as smooth as a mountain ski lift. For those who aren’t too keen on travelling by air, this is the best alternative. Did we mention that special effects include wind, mist, and scents of our home and native land? The only thing you’ll ever smell on an actual flight is crappy airplane food or, worse, full diapers. BEST REASON TO WISH FOR WINTER
Normally, the only people in Vancouver who want to see snow fly are snow-tire dealers. But we’re hoping for a miserable winter in 2016 for a purely selfish reason, namely that the lineups at Earnest Ice Cream, Twisted Ice Cream, Rain or Shine, Bella Gelateria, and Mario’s Gelati will merely be out the door instead of right up the block. This summer was anything but a scorcher, but that didn’t stop gourmet ice cream from deservedly becoming one of Vancouver’s hottest trends.
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Eklectic Finds Home & Garden 1654 Duranleau Street, Granville Island This quaint little shop behind Granville Island’s Net Loft might have
Sorry, we’re not talking famed Vancouver troglodyte and broadcaster Bruce Allen but the Ginkgo biloba trees that are found all over Vancouver. As a
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Santa Ono became the University of British Columbia’s 15th president. The former president of the University of Cincinnati isn’t named after the famous Saint Nick—his name is short for that of a Japanese folk character Santaro. So no, children shouldn’t send their Santa Claus letters to UBC.
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immigrants historically settled in the area, which is part of the GrandviewWoodland neighbourhood, and businesses continue to thrive there today, with up to 80 percent being owned by Italian Canadians. But no, the name doesn’t refer to height.
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species, the trees date back about 270 million years, which means they were around long before the planet looked like a real-life version of John Hammond’s island in Jurassic Park. To get a look at the living fossils, simply head to Chinatown, where they line the streets and are easily identifiable this time of year thanks to the edible nuts they produce. Just follow your nose, because the nuts not only smell, but smell atrocious. Some of the less flattering comparisons have suggested that the ginkgo’s fruit stinks like puke, dog shit, and, worst of all, the broadcastradio opinions of Bruce Allen.
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Everett Crowley Park 8200 Kerr Street Stanley Park gets all the tourists; Trout Lake (formally known as John Hendry Park) is a haven for East Van dog walkers; and Dude Chilling has the coolest name—which makes Everett Crowley Park easy to overlook. Part of a South Vancouver green strip that also encompasses Fraserview Golf Course and Champlain Heights, Sparwood, and Captain Cook parks, Everett Crowley was developed on the site of a former landfill. Despite that inauspicious beginning, the park is a 38hectare habitat for birds and other wildlife as well as an urban sanctuary for harried humans, complete with trails, a pond, and lush woodland.
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The City of Vancouver has a contract with Busters Towing to tow and impound vehicles from city streets and parks, under Impounding Bylaw 3519. The fun thing is, if you ever get towed, you can tweet your impotent rage to the “unofficial account” of Busters’ customer service @Busters_Towing. “Tweet us your comments both positive and negative about experiences with Busters Towing and we will help” reads the description on the Twitter page. If thou dost protest too much about getting towed, though, that “help” can come in the form of a gleefully mocking response. The taunting tweets sometimes end with the hashtag #busted, as in busted by Busters. Hilarious! BEST JOLT OF EDUCATION
The annual TEDx West Vancouver ED conference takes the TED concept—short speeches by accomplished people—and places the focus purely on learning. Organized by West Vancouver school principal Craig Cantlie, this year’s event will take place at the Kay Meek Centre on Saturday (September 24). Among the speakers will be kindergarten teacher Tracy Cramer, who has also been a long-distance open-water swimmer and 911 dispatcher. Squamish Nation
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Because, thanks to the city’s spatially oblivious, arm-flinging, mumbling pedestrians, it happens every day on the sidewalks of Vancouver. BEST PLACE TO GET A BOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE FIX
Virtually everything is available on the Internet, but sometimes people just want to pick up a glossy mag with fullEvery summer we hear stories about ignorant motorists leaving their dogs locked inside vehicles in the colour shots of movie stars. But it’s not blazing heat. So why not give this guy credit for figuring out how to provide his pooch with the ultimate so easy if you’re a Bollywood fan cravair-conditioned rickshaw ride? It’s a stylin’ sight along Victoria Drive, him in his cool denim jacket and ing a Shah Rukh Khan fix and you live shades, with his beagle buddy sitting comfy in the shade in the back seat. And on rainy days, the little in downtown Vancouver. Fortunately, guy stays dry while still getting heaps of fresh air. Genius comes in many forms. Janet McDonald photo. the Vancouver Public Library’s South Hill branch on Fraser Street carries one of India’s premier English-language movie mags, Filmfare, as well as member and award-winning North and early tech adopter Ian Landy. BEST PLACE TO FIND LITTLE a large selection of other Indian pubVancouver principal Brad Baker is Former South African president ITALIANS lications and subtitled Hindi movies. also on the roster. Other educators Nelson Mandela once said that edu- Little Italy who will give presentations include cation is the most powerful weapon The City of Vancouver officially Shah Rukh, Amitabh, Priyanka, Kathe Delta school district’s principal to change the world. But it can only designated an eight-block section of trina, Hrithik, Akshay, Salman, and of inquiry and innovation, Brooke occur if educators are given oppor- Commercial Drive (north and south Deepika are only a bus ride away. of 1st Avenue) as Little Italy. Italian Moore, and Okanagan principal tunities to make this happen. see page 33
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Bute intersection because the plaza took over the south end of Bute Street. However, there’s now a deconstructed rainbow splashed across the plaza, which means you can still be walking on sunshine as you stroll through the tribute to one of Vancouver’s LGBT pioneers.
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Stanley Q. Woodvine’s witty and wise blog offers an astonishing view of Vancouver from the street, but it’s not exclusively about homelessness. The Fairview binner writes knowledgeably about everything from the latest high-tech developments to fentanyl to what it’s like living in a parkade with a dead spider nearby. Woodvine also regularly breaks news stories from his daytime perch inside McDonald’s near the corner of West Broadway and Granville. And he takes sensational photos of insects and the Vancouver skyline. Read his posts on Straight.com and you’ll come away thinking that not all homeless people are just like the rest of us—Woodvine is actually much smarter than almost everyone else. Why won’t the City of Vancouver seek his input when devising policies around homelessness? BEST PLACE TO LOSE YOUR TRAMP STAMP
Everyone seems to have a tattoo these days, so there’s bound to be a bad choice in there somewhere. Tattoo removal or cover-up is always an option. Hidden within Monkey King Tattoo on Kingsway is a guy called Scott who will carefully laser away your shame. You may be lucky enough to have a small dog keep you company. When you’re finished, you can look at the amazing authentic Asian-style tattoo art. BEST NONDENOMINATIONAL ORDER OF QUEER NUNS
Okay, there’s only one order of nondenominational queer nuns, so there isn’t a lot of competition in this category. But, hey, the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence still deserve credit for their good works, which include handing out condoms in bars and raising funds for AIDS Vancouver, Positive Living B.C., and other organizations. The sisters’ painted white faces and horned wimples
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Burrard and Davie intersection The walk signals light up three seconds ahead of the traffic lights at the intersection of Burrard and Davie streets, which allows pedestrians to hit the road before cars do. It’s a good thing, due to the width of the four-lane road plus parking and a bike lane. See how fast you can speed across the street—before cars do. BEST ENGLISH NOD TO ENGLISH BAY
BEST 2 PLACE TO SHOOT A 007-MOVIE SCENE Forget the infinity pool in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands hotel; Vancouver has its own 007-worthy set. Yaletown’s One Pacific condo complex (68 Smithe Street) has its third-floor Riviera Deck with a stunning overhanging glass swimming pool. Attention, all location scouts: this pool looks good from every angle, even the street. Lock that baby down before anyone else does. Janet McDonald photo.
business or institution? That’s a sign that it’s a safe place for LGBT people to go if they’re in need of assistance or in distress. The Vancouver Police Department launched its Safe Place program in late July, a voluntary program in which participants pledge to allow LGBT people to remain on their premises until police are able BEST PLACE TO LOSE YOUR EX to arrive. Want to participate? Check Cover up your past with a new tattoo. out vpdsafeplace.com/. If it’s time for a fresh start, Vancouver is full of amazing artists. Book BEST NEW WEST END SPOT TO an appointment and cover that past; REMEMBER AN LGBT CHAMPION bury it like a bad childhood memory. When Jim Deva was disinherited and asked to leave his Alberta family home BEST SIGN OF AN LGBT for being gay, he came to Vancouver SAFE SPACE with his partner, Bruce Smith, and Have you seen rainbow-coloured founded Little Sister’s Bookstore. His decals posted in the window of a epic battle against Canada Customs,
which often seized his book shipments at the border, was a pivotal chapter in Canadian censorship and queer history. Jim Deva Plaza opened in July, paving over Bute Street from Davie Street south to the alleyway. The treelined plaza features tables and benches, and a pink megaphone sculpture pays tribute to the freedom of speech for which Deva fought.
make them instantly recognizable at events across the Lower Mainland. “The sacred white face is an expression of joy,” Rev. Mother Diversity Rains told the Straight during Pride Week. “It provides for the population an indiscernible face that they can feel free talking to.”
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Not only did Jim Deva Plaza open up but the West End rainbow crosswalks got a fresh coat of paint. And just in time—they had been getting dirty and worn ever since they were revealed in 2013. There are now three, instead of four, crosswalks at the Davie and
We’ve always loved English Bay. But in February, the Guardian chose it as one of the top 50 beaches in the world, scraping in at No. 47. They called it a “mecca for families and volleyball players” and “a prime spot for watching the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks displays”. Although who knows, maybe they liked something about the name? BEST PLACE FOR A PUBLIC BREAKUP
It’s never good. You thought you were solid until a single swipe revealed them with a new Tinder profile. So where do you break the news? Text? Facebook? No, no, no. Starbucks. If there’s a scene, no one will notice. They are conveniently located all over the city. Neutral territory. Order a chai latte and calmly say “It’s over.” BEST PLACE TO GET VACATION ENVY
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core weaving through cars to help pedestrians keep within the crosswalk lines, Dawson is a polarizing figure. Dedicated to following the laws of traffic, she has been known on more than one occasion to shout abuse at drivers. What’ll happen if the city opens bike lanes on her stomping grounds? We can only imagine.
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obsession with social media in a way that’s both sharp and unsettling. The artist’s first piece—a since-effaced image of a boy bawling below three zeros in an Instagram notification bubble—emerged in Stanley Park more than two years ago, and he, she, or they recently returned to install seven more—mostly in and around Mount Pleasant—as part of the Vancouver Mural Festival. BEST SIGN OF A VANISHING VANCOUVER
Want an early heads-up that the postwar bungalow down the street is headed straight to the landfill? Or that the Craftsman home two blocks over is about to get a featured spot on the website Vancouver Vanishes? Simply watch for the city’s ubiquitous orange plastic fences, designed to make sure that the trees near scheduled-fordemolition houses aren’t damaged when the Dumpster arrives. The last thing anyone wants to see is a perfectly good sapling being harmed when that cute heritage home is coming down for yet another profit-maximizing duplex. Too bad the city can’t come up with a orange plastic fence to protect perfectly good homes that are getting razed daily after being part of the Vancouver landscape for decades. More than 1,000 demolition permits are issued by Vancouver city hall each year, which explains why there are more orange fences from East Van to Dunbar than there are surviving character houses.
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A half-decade ago, Metro Vancouver beer nerds could only gaze wistfully across the border, where their fellow Cascadians were doing things with suds far beyond creating a drinkable lager. Raise a pint glass if you used to dream of a world with easy access to groundbreaking brews like Pyramid Apricot Ale, Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, and Elysian Space Dust IPA. Flash forward to 2016, and Vancouver’s craft-beer explosion has made the province every bit the equal of Washington state and Portlandia. Now it’s the Americans who are looking across the border, wondering if it’s time to update their passports, if only to get their hands on Parallel 49’s Meyer Lemon Radler, Strange Fellows Blackmail Milk Stout, and Brassneck Brewery’s Raspberry Changeling. No one is saying Vancouver does things better than the fabled beer meccas just down the I-5, but damned if we BEST REASON TO GET MOVING haven’t grown up quickly to become Bitch all you want about bike lanes, just as great as the big boys. which have reshaped the streets of Vancouver in a way not seen since BEST PLACE TO GET A HEART Granville Street was an untouched ATTACK WHEN YOU’RE JUST stand of forest. The reality is that not TRYING TO HIKE all of us in the city are comfortable Nature lovers and outdoors aficionados riding along Prior Street during rush may disagree, but the average person hour. For those of us who’d rather not who doesn’t regularly run marathons take our lives in our hands every time understands that Grouse Grind is just we get on two wheels, there’s some- another word (or two) for “death”. If thing undeniably wonderful about you’re looking for a bit of fresh air and being able to pedal from Commercial some light exercise, we recommend Drive to Stanley Park without worry- choosing a different North Shore hike. ing about dying. Thanks to the city’s With its 2.9-kilometre uphill trail, be ever-expanding network of bike lanes, see next page
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BEST 2 NEW ART FOR JUSTICE A highlight of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival this year will be the installation of an eight-metre-high monument celebrating human dignity. Called the Survivor’s Totem Pole, the work will be raised in Pigeon Park in November as a tribute to people who have endured racism and other forms of prejudice. The lead artist on the project is DTES resident Bernie Williams (also known by her Haida name, Skundaal), who was the only female apprentice of master Haida carver Bill Reid. Amanda Siebert photo.
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of portraits of past chancellors, emitting an aura of importance. Students love the European-style wooden tables and chairs, with fancy table lamps for use when the natural light fades. The most popular feature inside the room is the winding staircase that takes you to the fourth floor. Still not convinced? Students across campus have even named it the Harry Potter Room. Even though it’s not open to the public, if you know a UBC student, they could probably take you in for a quick peek.
warned that it’s not unusual for hikers to feel lightheaded or run out of breath when climbing the Grind’s 2,830 steps. (There have been some unfortunate deaths on the hike.) We’re not kidding when we say that you will cry tears of angst and regret during the first few minutes of the hike. But for those active individuals who make it to the top, you’ll feel accomplished when looking down at the glory that is Vancouver. Remember to give yourself a pat on the back before proceeding to the moun- ARTS taintop café for a celebratory beer.
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Keep an eye out for bright colours the next time you stroll north down Main Street between East 14th and Terminal avenues. Thanks to the inaugural Vancouver Mural Festival, which took place in August, Main Street is destination number one if you’re looking to get lost in massive outdoor paintings. Detours down side streets and through a series of back alleys will reveal a refreshing kind of beautification that art nerds throughout the city have quickly grown to appreciate. BEST PLACE TO QUESTION YOUR PROVINCE’S NAME
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s paintings and sculptures speak to the political and cultural upheaval of Canada’s First Nations, urging viewers to contemplate the cost that colonization has had for indigenous people. Yuxweluptun’s exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology, Unceded Territories, stirs curiousity about the origins of the name British Columbia, and in the book detailing the exhibit, the artist calls on viewers to come up with a more suitable name for the province. Come up with one yourself during your next visit to MOA.
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Guess what dance artist Crystal Pite is doing on September 26. Opening the Paris Opera Ballet season with a new work, that’s all. Now considered one of the foremost choreographers in the world, she’s ready to unveil a piece for more than 50 dancers called The Seasons’ Canon. And, yes, it’s just the big damn deal it sounds. The international press is already descending to preview it. Next March, she creates a work for the equally esteemed Royal Ballet—making her the first woman to create a main-stage work at that U.K. institution in 18 years. On top of all that, the Kidd Pivot director also serves as associate choreographer at Nederlands Dans Theater, and Betroffenheit, the unforgettable dance-theatre work she created with Electric Company’s Jonathon Young earlier this year, will continue to move audiences from Barcelona to Belgrade on tour into next year.
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Vancouver Mural Festival Held in August, on and around Main Street Finally, the city has an event that celebrates street art the way Montreal, Berlin, or Seattle does. Which is fitting, considering some of the world’s in-demand street artists live right here in Vancouver. The first one alone, held in August, has livened up the city with more than 35 permanent murals. FAÇADE FESTIVAL
Held in early September at the Vancouver Art Gallery Just finished its second year, this Vancouver Art Gallery and Burrard Arts Foundation collaboration uses artists’ projections to turn the entire front face of the old courthouse on Robson Street into a living, moving, monumentally scaled artwork you can see from blocks away. Extra props for a list of participating artists that has so far included computer animator Barry Doupé, web innovator Chris Shier, and digital mavericks WALLPAPERS. VINES FESTIVAL
Held at Trout Lake Park in August This truly grassroots East Van happening shows eco art in every possible manifestation, pushing into the highly conceptual, the performance-art based, and the provocative. The fest, in only its second year, avoids the literal and is full of surprises and wonder. That’s what it will take to wake people to the enviro crisis at hand.
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and the announcement that the opera wasn’t going to be holding a regular season of shows provoked a sizable outcry. But we think this big late-spring celebration is on the right track, with plans to aniVANCOUVER OPERA FESTIVAL mate the entire site, utilizing both April 28 to May 18, 2017, at the Queen the Queen E. and Playhouse theElizabeth Theatre plaza atres, as well as a giant tent on the Okay, admittedly, we’re still wait- plaza, huge projections, cinema, ing to see how this one turns out, visual art, food, and drink. Strong
programming like Otello and Dead into reimagined Babylonian hanging gardens, a lot of performances have Man Walking helps. been happening alfresco this year. BEST SIGN THE CITY’S DANCERS One of the highlights was the latter AREN’T AFRAID TO GET THEIR troupe’s appearance at Small Stage’s FEET DIRTY Live at the Bolt, at the Shadbolt CenWhether it was gravity-defying Aeri- tre for the Arts, where Ballet BC artosa Dance scaling a towering grove of ists perched on bobbing lake docks trees in Stanley Park during the Dan- amid lily pads, danced barefoot in cing on the Edge festival or Ballet BC the grass, and donned forest-creature turning the Queen Elizabeth plaza masks in the woods.
Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series holds its shows for 20 people or fewer, making theatre way more intimate and personal than you’d ever get in a conventional venue. We’ve seen one production where a single audience member was invited to hold the hand of an actor for 30 minutes while 11 people watched in the near dark (All Good Things). The piece was structured like a conversation, with questions, while the actor slowly revealed a traumatic event in the past—one that tied searingly in to the act of holding hands. Intense? You bet. In another show, two actors raced to see who could make friends with an audience member first (You Are It). Next month, look for Red Phone, which involves two audience members stepping into old-school phone booths and having a conversation, with the help of an operator who prompts them. In other words, not your average night out at the theatre.
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Natural redheads everywhere have been hard at work rebuilding their brand since South Park’s infamous slandering of the recessive gene. Now—thanks to a new ongoing project by Vancouver-based artist Douglas Coupland that will spotlight the state of “redheadedness”— gingers may finally be poised for a comeback. Coupland’s first order of business? A large bronze bust modelled after the face of Vincent van Gogh. Suck on that, Cartman. ENTERTAINMENT BEST OUT-OF-VANCOUVER NIGHTLIFE EXPERIENCE
You lot give the city’s late-night scene so much grief (“Bro, it’s way better in Brampton!”) that Twelve West nightclub said “Fuck it” and modelled its shtick after the granddaddy of degenerate after-dark outings: Las Vegas. From four-litre bottles of sparklertopped Goose to bartenders trained in the art of the AMF, the high-rolling club has everything you’d expect from the strip down south. But you’ll have to stumble the eight blocks to Brandi’s if you’re looking for dancers—this ain’t that kind of establishment. BEST NEWS FOR YOUR BUM AT THE CINEMATHEQUE
Anyone who’s sat through the full lineup of Film Noir screenings each year at the Cinematheque was pleased to know that in April, the theatre (one of the last one-screen theatres in the city) installed brand-new seats and a sound system. The new high-backed seats (replacing seats installed in 2008 that were inherited from Fifth Avenue Cinemas) feature faux leather and reclining abilities, plus more legroom. Just as exciting, the 1980s sound system was updated from Dolby Stereo Surround 4.0 to 7.1. BEST PLACE TO GET TATTOOED BY A TV STAR
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The Merc With the Mouth overtook The Matrix Reloaded to become the biggest-grossing R-rated film ever at the global box office ($745 million compared to $742.1 million). Deadpool also spent a whopping $40 million–plus in the province during its production. With Deadpool 2 slated to be shot and hometown boy Ryan Reynolds reprising the lead role, will Vancouver have another starring role? One can only hope. BEST PLACE FOR VINYL RETAIL THERAPY ON THE EAST SIDE
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“Anonymous and the Politics of Leaking” Outlaw tactics. Vigilante justice. Website defacement. Data dumps. In this golden age of whistleblowing and leaking, Anonymous has displayed a knack for fomenting controversy and drawing attention to its actions using these unconventional forms of Internet-based political dissent. Dr. Gabriella Coleman will provide a history of Anonymous’ crucial role in establishing a novel style of hacking-for-leaking: public disclosure hacks. Thursday, October 20, 2016, 7:30 pm at the Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are free and can be reserved at pwias.ubc.ca
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If the title doesn’t confuse you, your first sip certainly will: Parallel 49’s ¡Orale! Tequila Gose looks like a beer, sounds like a sour, and tastes like a mild tequila shot, lime included. Launched at the brewery’s fourth anniversary earlier this year, the brew fits in well with Parallel 49’s mishmash of super-weird beers and creative concoctions. If you’re feeling a fiesta but shots remind you too much of that college spring-break trip to Cancún, give this beer a shot—just don’t be surprised if your mouth can’t tell the difference. BEST WAY TO TREAT YO’SELF LIKE A 10-TIME GRAMMY WINNER
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BEST 2 UNEXPECTED MEETING OF HIP-HOP AND POLITICS No, Justin Trudeau wasn’t spotted at a Drake concert. (Not yet, anyway.) Rather, a recently installed mural by local artist Nick Gregson featuring the faces of Eazy-E, Tupac, and former NDP leader Jack Layton is blowing us—and our list of fantasy collabs—out of the water. Written above the unlikely trio’s heads on the blue-tinted wall near East Hastings and Clark Drive? “Welcome to Eastvan”. Boyz n the Hood, indeed. Lucy Lau photo.
Close to the SkyTrain, a pot shop, and a bowling alley, the 2200 block of Commercial Drive has not exactly been gourmet heaven. Enter Cabrito (2270 Commercial Drive), a truly buzzing Spanish tapas joint with a garage-door patio, Catalonian tile work, and a giant toro y matador mural. Food from the open kitchen varies, but think killer authentic cured meats, smoked papas, pinchos-style prawns, and lamb lollipops, all washed down with sangria or a flight of three sherries. Now Jamjar has opened right next door (2280 Commercial), an industrial-modern setting for Lebanese food, outfitted with bare light bulbs, rustic salvagedwood accents, and sleek white subway tiles. Opt for hot and cold mezze, halloumi cheese and olives, or tangy fattoush to share at communal tables. Just follow the sound of crowds and the smell of garlic. And if those two hopping places don’t suit, you can always grab a juicy gourmet burger and craft beer at Relish (2290 Commercial). BEST WAY TO DISCOVER FILIPINO FOOD AND CULTURE
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While there have been some Japanese food trends that have come and gone (yoshoku, we barely knew ye), the ramen craze continues to mushroom across the city. Gojiro invaded downtown Vancouver in March with its monstrous, Godzilla-themed bowls. The cat-themed Natsumi Ramen staked out its territory on Commercial Drive. Several spots have opened up in Richmond, including G-Men, Sanpoutei, and Yah Ya Ya, which will open a second location in downtown Vancouver on Robson Street. The ever-popular Hokkaido Ramen Santouka will open a second location on Broadway near Cambie, where the Benkei and Menya ramen joints already are. Meanwhile, ground zero for local ramen, the Robson and Denman
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intersection, continues to draw new entries in addition to the eight that were already there. Toronto’s Touhenboku moved in. Taishoken (in Crosstown) opened up sister shop Men-no Kura. Koyuki Sapporo Ramen opened on Jervis Street in June. Will Vancouver be able to sustain so many ramen shops? So far, the packed premises of numerous locations say yes. But in the end, diners will be the real winners of this delicious cook-off. BEST PLACE TO ENJOY FRIED CHICKEN AND CONTEMPLATE GENTRIFICATION
In just a few years, the 100 block of Keefer Street has changed from a hubbub of Chinese culture into a trendy strip of hipster hangs. Its latest addition? The suspiciously southern-inspired Juke Fried Chicken, though it’s hard not to feel a tad conflicted as you take in the ’hood’s artisanal-cocktail spots and fusion eateries from the base of yet another glass-and-concrete multistorey development. The place makes some damn good fried chicken, though. BEST PLACE TO FIND GOOD FOOD WHEN YOU’RE ONLY TRYING OUT FURNITURE
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Ever since the patisserie Ladurée opened up on Robson Street, sweets and confectionery fanatics have f locked there to wait in line and purchase its goodies. But at $3 per macaron, your wallet will feel a lot lighter than it did before you walked in. This is especially true if you intend to splurge on multiple macarons to fill that fancy-looking box you’ve had your eye on. You know what they say: it’s not about the price; it’s about the experience. If you ask us, that’s a lotta money to pay for a short-lived experience.
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The Pie Shoppe 1875 Powell Street To read some of the comments online, the staff at the tiny Pie Shoppe occasionally take their cues from the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld. But who cares if the folks behind the counter are sometimes “a little impolite” or have “REALLY BAD MANNERS”? That’s actually a blessing, because it might mean “No pie for you!!!” and more for us. And what goddam sinfully delicious pie it is, whether you’re into taking your taste buds to bold new places (hello, salted honey and pear-ginger) or having your mind blown by lovingly hand-crafted classics (apple and pumpkin). The Pie Shoppe likes to go organic and local with its ingredients, and its various creations are fingerformed and baked onsite. Doors open at 11 and close either at 6 or—traumatizing—when the pies are all gone. So get up early. And watch the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld the night before you go—the last thing you need to happen at the Pie Shoppe is a lifetime ban, bad manners be damned. BEST EDIBLE RIFF ON A NETFLIX SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER
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BEST 2 GIANT GOLDEN TREE It’s a tough choice, but if we had to pick, it would probably be Douglas Coupland’s Golden Tree statue. The Vancouver writer/artist has created a mirror image of the famous 800-year-old Hollow Tree in Stanley Park. It’s 13 metres tall and made with a ridiculous 15,875 kilograms of Styrofoam and steel reinforcement and supported by a thick fibreglass covering. Since it was installed at the busy intersection of Cambie Street and Southwest Marine Drive, a number of local residents have called its bright colour garish. But don’t try repainting the statue: it turns out Coupland covered the whole thing in an antigraffiti coating. We didn’t test that out. Honest. Amanda Siebert photo.
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consumed byproduct of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant, it has also got you covered if you’re more into putting stuff up your nose. For $2 a hit, you can indulge in straight-outtaBelgium snorting chocolate. Finely ground raspberry-mint or gingermint cocoa is packed onto a spoon, and then you inhale it with the aid of a special mini catapult. The catapult, and the idea of snorting chocolate instead of eating it, was invented by Belgium’s Dominique Persoone, who was asked to come up with a novel idea for a birthday party for members of the Rolling Stones. Licorice Parlour owner Mary Jean Dunsdon tried snorting
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What’s classier than having a cup of tea and some sweet and savoury snacks midday? Tucked away on a quiet little street in Kerrisdale, Rose House is your answer as to where to act classy (good practice before William and Kate arrive). As soon as you walk in, you’ll notice the abundance of rose stems and rose petals that follows the theme of its name. Sit back on one of its plush velvet– upholstered seats and sip from a cup of rose afternoon black tea. With your pinkies up while holding fine china, you’ll think this is the classiest you can get—but you’ll be wrong. When the finger food—like cucumber sandwiches, home-made scones, and mini pastries—arrive on a three-tier stand, that is the epitome of opulent snacking. It wouldn’t hurt to wear a fascinator or bow tie, you know, just to keep up with the theme. see page 52
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National Aboriginal Day provides all Canadians with the opportunity to learn about and reflect on the past, present, and future of our country’s First Nations. The annual celebration at Trout Lake covers all the bases: food, art, music, history, a marketplace, and community outreach converged at the park this year, where all were welcome to take a canoe ride on the lake, be part of a traditional smudging ceremony, and engage in storytelling with indigenous elders. Top it all off with some smoked salmon, “Indian” tacos, and fry bread, and this community-oriented event fills both the stomach and the soul.
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It’s an act of civil disobedience that has been repeated for 20 years without interruption: Vancouver’s renowned 4/20 celebration. Previously held at the Vancouver Art Gallery (and before that, Victory Square), this year’s event took place at Sunset Beach, where stoners from across the Lower Mainland gathered to puff, puff, pass on April 20. The unsanctioned event drew about 100,000 people to the new location, showing prohibitionists across the country that despite protest from the city and the park board, the people of Vancouver won’t be giving up the herb anytime soon. BEST CELEBRATION OF INDIGENOUS CULTURE TO MARK CANADA’S 150TH BIRTHDAY
Vancouver wants to become the aboriginal cultural-tourism destination in Canada next year, when the country observes its 150th birthday. To achieve that vision, the city government has approved plans for the Drum Is Calling Festival of indigenous arts. The festival will be held at Larwill Park in downtown Vancouver in July 2017 and is expected to draw 125,000 people. Plans also include a Walk for Reconciliation, which is anticipated to mobilize up to 100,000 marchers. Thousands took part in a rainy four-kilometre march marking the end of Reconciliation Week in Vancouver in September 2013. 52 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT SEPTEMBER 22 – 29 / 2016
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rom “don’t mix metals” to “tiles belong on kitchen walls” to “avoid dark colours in tight spaces”, socalled rules dominate the realm of interior design. But according to Amber Kingsnorth, interior designer and principal of local firm MāK Interiors, breaking from tradition has its benefits. “It’s fun, for one thing,” she tells the Straight by phone, “and it’s nice to go against the norm because, for me, design is about creating a personalized space. If you want it to exude who you are, then you have to break some rules to build an aesthetic around that.” Kingsnorth will be tackling this topic alongside three other Pacific Northwest design iconoclasts this Sunday (September 25) at Against the Grain: Design Rebels, a speaker presentation at IDS Vancouver, which takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre’s west building MaK Interiors designer Amber Kingsnorth bucks the neutral-kitchen trend by adding bold colour to cabinetry. (999 Canada Place) from Thursday Kingsnorth. “They look so fun.” Applying wallpaper to your ceilwith décor items like a sculptural to Sunday (September 22 to 25). Painting your cabinets—whether lighting fixture, handcrafted table- ing is an equally ballsy move that In the meantime, here are Kingspacks a huge impact when done north’s favourite home-design and in their entirety or select sections ware, or an abstract area rug. to create a colour-blocking efdécor rules to break. fect—is a no-brainer move. (KingsPIN EVERYTHING From outfit in- north recently paired royal-blue spo to wedding planning to home with white f lat-panel cabinetry in KITCHENWARE STORE ANTIQUE/REPRODUCTION renovations, Pinterest has become one client’s kitchen, for example.) 1. Ming Wo FURNITURE STORE the de facto inspiration station for However, tinted lighting fixtures, Various locations 1. Antique Warehouse all sorts of style-related projects. furnishings, and small appliances 2. The Gourmet Warehouse But sometimes, it pays to step away are also easy ways to embrace col226 Southwest Marine Drive 1340 East Hastings Street from the pinboard. our—especially if you’re wary of 2. Antique Market 3. Cook Culture “There’s a point that it becomes the commitment. 1324 Franklin Street Various locations totally overwhelming,” says Kings“It’s one of those things that 3. Moe’s Home Collection north. “So it’s important to ac- people really shy away from,” the Various locations CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE knowledge that these are places designer says, “They think, ‘Oh, reSTORE to keep stuff that you like or are sell value. What is the next person 1. INspiration Furniture VINTAGE/RETRO FURNITURE drawn to, but just because you like going to think?’ But I think spaces 1275 West 6th Avenue it doesn’t mean that it’s the right should be for you—you’re the one STORE 2. Crate & Barrel thing for you.” living there—so take a chance on 1. Attic Treasures and Mid 650 West 41st Avenue The key, then, is to keep an open that. I’ve done it many times and Century Modern 3. Urban Barn mind when redecorating or reno- it’s always paid off.” 944 Commercial Drive Various locations vating your home. Is your partner 2. ReFind Home Furnishings proposing that you ditch the media LEAVE CEILINGS BARE The ceilFURNITURE STORE 4609 Main Street console for a vintage dresser? Or ing, roof, or “fifth wall”—whatever (INDEPENDENT) perhaps your roommate is dying you call it, it’s an oft-forgotten ele3. Fullhouse Modern 1. Moe’s Home Collection to drape the bathroom in a celes- ment when it comes to home reno1545 West 4th Avenue Various locations tial wallpaper. Don’t be so quick to vations and space revamps. “That’s 2. INspiration Furniture say no. “Just because you haven’t a huge surface that most people LOCAL HOME IMPROVEMENT 1275 West 6th Avenue seen something before online or in don’t think about. They’re like, STORE 3. Inform Interiors a magazine doesn’t mean it’s not a ‘Okay, white ceiling. Yep, done,’ ” 1. Home Hardware Various locations says Kingsnorth. “But it can be a great idea,” the designer stresses. Various locations really good opportunity to bring SPECIALTY FURNITURE STORE 2. Windsor Plywood KEEP KITCHENS NEUTRAL Who lots of interest to a room.” 1. Montauk Sofa Vancouver says only light and bright kitchens If you’re feeling bold—and are Various locations 228 Abbott Street look chic? For a striking visual im- working with an enclosed space— 3. Dunbar Lumber (tie) 2. Inform Interiors pact, consider infusing some colour try painting your ceiling an unVarious locations Various locations into your cooking space. “White expected hue like black, plum, or 3. Kerrisdale Lumber (tie) 3. INspiration Furniture and wood kitchens are classic, but midnight blue. Balance the shade 6191 West Boulevard 1275 West 6th Avenue I’ve been doing a lot of coloured by incorporating punches of the cabinets lately and I love it,” says same colour throughout the room
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right. Consider a graphic pattern in a larger scale, which will help open up a space. “It might not be practical for every situation, but it’s a great way to bring in a cool touch,” says Kingsnorth. STICK TO ONE PATTERN Forget what you know about matchymatchy prints: Kingsnorth suggests combining an assortment of shapes, colours, and designs for an eclectic feel that’s all your own. “I love a good unexpected mix of patterns,” she says. Tread lightly into the task by tossing together a mishmash of printed throw cushions. Marry chevrons with a funky pineapple print, for example, or a traditional Moroccan pattern with a nautical stripe. If you’re into the look, you can consider contrasting larger items like wallpapered surfaces, furnishings, or rugs. To ensure a cohesive feel, incorporate hits of the same hue throughout each print and opt for varying sizes. “When you’re dealing with a mix of patterns, you don’t want to do too many that are the same scale,” advises Kingsnorth. “So, a small pin dot with a large floral—that’s a good combo. You don’t want medium f loral with a big f loral—that just doesn’t work. They kind of clash.” FOLLOW THE LATEST TRENDS
Though not as f leeting as the seasonal styles that dictate the world of fashion, interior-design trends emerge every few months too. And while there’s no harm in emulating the formal dining spaces or whiteon-white aesthetic pictured in this month’s glossies, it’s important that you, well, do you. “Interiors are just like fashion,” says Kingsnorth. “If you try to make a look work that isn’t you, it just reeks of not working. If you love it, it will come across well, you’ll be proud of it, and the space will just shine.” Love the feel of a traditional dining room? Go all out with a vintage chandelier and darkstained woods. Have a thing for ’70s-inspired décor? Embrace the orange and curvy plastics. You can also play on current trends by remixing them to jibe with your personal style. “That’s a way to dip your toe into more rebellious design,” notes Kingsnorth. “It’s taking something that you like and then thinking, ‘How can I put my stamp on this? How can I do something that’s a twist on a classic?’ ” -
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Sarah Savoy has dabbled in yoga, home design, and art, but it took a “huge leap of faith” for the Vancouverite to find her true calling. Spurred by a desire to connect people with objects that have “a story behind them”, the former interior designer opened fashion and lifestyle boutique Much &
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Matchstick Coffee Various locations Prado Café various locations Western Front 303 East 8th Avenue “Cafés in certain neighbourhoods, like Matchstick or Prado, because they attract creative types and interesting people. I also like galleries. The last time I was at Western Front for their annual art auction, there was some amazing style.” BEST VINTAGE SHOPPING
Erin Templeton 511 Carrall Street Little Miss Vintage 931 Commercial Drive Woo Vintage 4393 Main Street “I found a great pair of high-waist denim overalls and a denim wrap skirt from Erin Templeton recently—and she also has her own line, which is nice. On Commercial Drive, there’s Little Miss Vintage for ’30s and ’40s, and Woo Vintage on Main Street for accessories.” BEST-DRESSED WAITSTAFF
Osteria Savio Volpe 615 Kingsway “They’re not dressed fancy or anything, but they have great street style. You go in and someone’s wearing something kind of edgy but cool and casual, and it’s like, ‘Ooh, I could wear that outfit.’ ”
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Much & Little 2541 Main Street “How can I not say Much & Little? It kind of describes my store to a tee—there’s a little bit of something for everyone. There’s definitely a distinct look, but I carry everything from vintage Moroccan rugs to accessories and gifts to women’s clothing.” BEST SPOT FOR A KILLER PAIR OF SHOES
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Drafted Eminence www.facebook.com/draftedeminence “She does costume headpieces and wings and shoulder pieces, and I’ve worked with her for photo shoots. It’s just going to her studio and seeing these elaborate headpieces everywhere!”
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Vancouver is more than just a Gore-Tex-, and yoga-wear-happy town—one gorgeous couture gown at a time. Through her work as a photographer shooting galas and fancy fundraisers she noticed this town is also home to a lot of upscale, knockout dress-up events. “I was talking to women at these events and they’d say ‘I have to buy dresses in L.A. or London,’” she tells the Straight. “And they want clothes that speak to so much more than just the fabric. They’re interested in supporting local dress designers and they want to express themselves artistically.” Now the Kwantlen Polytechnic University fashion-design grad is ready to debut her first full collection at Vancouver Fashion Week on Sunday (September 25). Called Vesuvius, it features dramatic flowing gowns inspired by the oil paintings of Jack Wass, rich with luxurious gold, black, and red silks. Some of his imagery even appears digitally printed on fabric. Along with artistic inspiration (Stringer hopes to work with a different artist each collection), look for exquisite draping and pleating, and fine details like matte sequins and baroque appliqués. “Art has been very important to me in my life: my mom’s a painter,” Stringer says. “Art helps inspire me with colour and prints, but also it’s being able to collaborate.” Immersed in art, photography, and especially fashion, she dishes on a few of Stringer’s favourite things:
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Nordstrom Pacific Centre 799 Robson Street “I have had a pretty awesome experiDesigner Sam Stringer (right) based her intricately detailed Vesuvius gowns on the oil paintings of a local artist. ence at Nordstrom’s designer ones. I cool mix. They have to wear BCBG was trying on gowns and they were BEST PLACE TO SPOT BEST VINTAGE SHOPPING VANCOUVER’S DRESSED TO clothes but they manage to rock it in like, ‘Do you want coffee?’” House of Vintage IMPRESS a very personal way.” 1008 Robson Street Vancouver Fashion Week BEST FASHION TREND TO HIT Turnabout Luxury Resale VANCOUVER BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD To September 25 at the Chinese Various locations “Definitely I’m looking forward to Cultural Centre “House of Vintage is great for sin- FOR SHOPPING “It’s the time of the year when Van- gular, very strange pieces that I love “For me it’s probably Main Street flared and wide-legged pants comcouver’s best-dressed get to express that you can’t find anywhere else between 8th and 15th. There’s a lot ing back—finally! I have long Twiggy themselves. Watching the runway and you need the confidence to rock of vintage, and a lot of urban-casual chicken legs so, yeah, I’m excited about it. And I’m tired of everyone doing the shows is an inspiration for me as a them,” Stringer says. “Turnabout has stores.” Skinny Jeans Shuffle. But people are designer, but off the runway, it defin- a lot of designer pieces.” BEST CHEAP starting to wear flares here—they’re itely shows what people in VancouTHRILL BEST PLACE TO STYLE-WATCH wearing a lot of off-the-shoulder tops ver are wearing.” “I really like West 4th around Bur- Distillery Bar + Kitchen and they look good with that.” BEST LOCAL JEWELLERY rard. A lot of people are headed 1132 Mainland Street DESIGNER downtown and there are a lot of very “My fashion industry is about a lot BEST FABRIC STORE Carolyn Bruce Designs interesting coffee shops that have of networking, so my go-to is the Telio Showroom carolynbrucedesigns.com/ [people in] cool looks.” bottomless mimosas at the Distil- 211 Columbia Street “Her designs are fantastic—they’re lery. That’s a good meeting place.” Rokko Sarees and Fabrics steampunk but they’re still very BEST-DRESSED RETAIL STAFF 6201 Fraser Street BEST SPLURGE “For wholesalers Telio is awesome; elegant. They appeal to me person- BCBG Max Azria “I’m from Victoria, so my best it’s a Montreal company but it has a ally but they also work well with 1080 Robson Street “Every time I go in there it’s such a splurge is taking HeliJet!” my collection.” see next page
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“Sex, hula-hooping, running—I love doing anything physical. I love to smoke a big fat joint and run 10 kilometres, it’s one of my most favourite things to do. I also love to bake when I’m high. My first cooking show was called Baked and Baking.”
“In terms of character and creativity, David Malmo-Levine. He practically wrote a history book on marijuana for Justice Minister Jody WilsonRaybould; it was called ‘Protecting the Poor and the Young From Prohibition’. He’s been able to do this with a lot of pizzazz and without any financial backing. He’s gone to jail for the cause, and every year, he pens new articles. He also opened up a dispensary called Stressed and Depressed, which is hilarious. Dana Larsen, Marc and Jodie Emery, Don Brier, and Rielle Capler are also at the top of that list.” FAVOURITE WAY TO GET HIGH
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“I was doing an active rehab program with a client who had been in a serious car accident, and her life had been turned upside down. She told me to be grateful and appreciative each day, no matter how ordinary or mundane, because if suddenly you can’t have those ho-hum days, you’d do anything to get them back.”
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wynevere Staddon was just 16 years old when she died of a suspected fentanyl overdose in a Port Moody Starbucks washroom in August. She’s just one of hundreds of people in the province who have lost their lives to the powerful opioid that has triggered a provincial public-health emergency. As the epidemic persists and spreads from B.C. to the rest of the country, people on the frontlines continue pushing for ways to prevent needless, premature, and devastating deaths like Staddon’s. Dr. Mark Lysyshyn is one of them. As the medical health officer for the North Shore and Sea to Sky region, he’s helping lead the public-health response to the fentanyl crisis. He called for naloxone—an injection drug that blocks the effects of opiates, especially in overdoses—to be available over the counter rather than by prescription. He called for training of staff at homeless shelters and drop-in centres so they would be able to recognize signs of an overdose and administer naloxone. And he is calling for more supervised-injection services. The Ottawa native’s commitment to combatting the crisis stems from experiences he had while working in internal medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital more than a decade ago. That’s where he cared for many patients grappling with substance use and mental-health disorders, people he’ll never forget. “I’ve spoken to a lot of them about the trauma and pain they’ve been through,” he says during an interview over a freshly pressed juice in Lower Lonsdale. “A lot of these people are abused even before they’re born; they talk about things like a mother using substances while she’s pregnant or a father beating a mother while she’s pregnant. One of my patients told me his mother injected him with heroin when he was a baby to get him to stop crying. So many have such traumatic lives, but then when they end up in these horrible situations, society blames them. “When patients came into the hospital, even though we were giving them probably the best in the world in terms of care, it wasn’t fixing their problems; we were intervening too late,” he says. “We were putting very expensive BandAids on wounds that wouldn’t heal.” Although Lysyshyn knew in 2007 that he wanted to focus on harm
During a yoga retreat, Ottawa’s Dr. Mark Lysyshyn realized where his true passion lies: in addressing substance use in Vancouver. Gail Johnson photo.
reduction within public health, his road took a detour, in large part because of Stephen Harper. “The Public Health Agency of Canada was still relatively new and still trying to build itself,” he says. “I was interested in issues of substance use, but at the time it was the Conservative government and people mentoring me said, ‘If you want to enjoy public health and flourish, you need to work on issues that the government is supporting right now.’ ” So the 43-year-old competitive CrossFit athlete and former gymnast moved back to Ottawa and spent five years in communicable-disease control, with projects including the response to the H1N1 pandemic as it started, the effects on Canadians at home and abroad following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and bioterrorism preparation for events like the 2010 Olympics and G8 and G20 summits. “I got to represent Canada around the world in terms of public health and attend the World Health Assembly with Canada’s delegation,” he says. “My father is a diplomat, and people were always asking me if I would do the same thing. I was not interested in that, but I was essentially doing medical diplomacy, which was really interesting. It was an amazing experience to get to travel the world and represent Canada and be part of significant health events.” It was satisfying work, but Lysyshyn still yearned to get back to the area of substance use. Although Vancouver seemed an obvious place to be, he was
uncertain about moving across the country when job opportunities in public health are limited. A wellness vacation helped him make the leap. “I struggled with this decision, but I made it on a yoga retreat in Mexico,” he says. “I told one of the other guys on
the retreat about this dilemma and he actually gave me a very yoga question. He said, ‘What does your heart want to do?’ I answered him with my pros and cons list, with my brain, because that’s how I had been working on the decision. Then I went into yoga class and we were looking out at the ocean and I could see whales jumping and I was all relaxed and I came out of class and said, ‘I didn’t answer you with my heart. I would love to go do that training; I could learn more and be in a place I love.’ As soon as I said those words, the decision was made and I was instantly happier.” Lysyshyn moved back to Vancouver in 2012 to do his residency in public health and started working as a Vancouver Coastal Health medical officer in 2014. He hasn’t looked back since. “It was the best decision I could have made,” he says. “Vancouver Coastal Health is very progressive, and its leadership under Patty Daly is inspiring. Insite is a world leader, and I wanted to be involved in that. “I feel like I’ve been able to expand what we do in terms of harm reduction,” he continues. “What a great opportunity: to be able to use skills and
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When he’s not searching for and saving lives, North Shore Rescue team leader Mike Danks spends his spare time in British Columbia’s natural playgrounds.
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As the team leader of North Shore Rescue, Mike Danks spends a lot of time outdoors searching for people and saving lives. He’s been doing it for over two decades, following in the footsteps of his father, who was a long-time member of the community-based search and rescue team. In between scaling the mountains on a regular basis, the father of three is also a firefighter with the City of North Vancouver. You might wonder how he has time to himself to enjoy the scenic hiking routes and trails in Vancouver’s beautiful back yard. “A lot of our recreating time is done through rescues that we’re on, which might sound a bit crazy, but we love to get out to the mountains,” Danks told the Straight by phone. “Every time we have a call, we’re getting out to the mountains in a beautiful country that we love and we’re helping people at the same time.” It’s not always serious business—he also enjoys going on hikes and being close to nature during his off time. Danks obviously has quite a few insider tips on hiking, and here are his top picks for everything to do with one of the most popular hobbies among outdoors-loving Vancouverites.
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Just how much does Rod Fergusson love Gears of War? The Vancouver-based game developer has a tattoo that proves his devotion. Microsoft photo.
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od Fergusson freely admits to being an expert. When announcing that he had been hired to lead development on Black Tusk Studios’ Gears of War franchise when Microsoft acquired it in 2014, Xbox head Phil Spencer called Fergusson “a great addition”. Hanno Lemke, who was running Black Tusk at the time (the studio is now called the Coalition), said that his experience was “second to none”. So what is Fergusson an expert in? “I’m an expert in Gears of War,” Fergusson, a Canadian, said with a laugh during an interview. He was only half joking, and he’s got a Gears of War tattoo to prove it. One of the reasons that Fergusson was brought in to work on Gears, which Microsoft says has sold more than 22 million games, earning more than a billion U.S. dollars in revenue, is that he was fundamental to the success of the first three games in the franchise. But he’s not alone. “The thing that’s interesting with the video-game industry is there isn’t a single role that makes video games,” he explained on the phone from his office in Crosstown Vancouver. “When you look at the diverse set of skills that are required, we have specialists who are very good at very specific things: artists who are specifically good at lighting a scene, artists who are good at making environment assets or making special effects. We have systems designers and gameplay designers and level designers. “But you can only do so much as an individual. You need a strong, passionate, dedicated team underneath you.” Fergusson, now also running the studio, believes that the Coalition is filled with experts. It’s his job to pull all of them together, and all of the things they do into one cohesive, blockbuster product. “My strength is guiding a team…and ultimately being able to ship a product.” On October 11, the studio will release its second game, Gears of War 4. Its first was Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, a remastered and updated version of the 2006 game that gave life to the lucrative franchise. By developing Ultimate Edition, staff in the studio also became experts in Gears of War. Fergusson started working on Gears of War in 2005, when it was just an idea for a first-person shooter brewing within Epic Games in North Carolina. He had been working as a
publishing producer for Microsoft, acting as the point of contact for studios developing games, getting experience with Train Simulator and Blood Wake, a launch title for the original Xbox console. While producing 2003’s CounterStrike Xbox, Fergusson realized that the game could go “from nothing to ship” in under six months only if he brought development inhouse. That gave him his first true taste of what it meant to be a producer leading the development of a game. He was hooked. His next assignment was working as Microsoft’s producer on Gears of War. Fergusson noticed the team at Epic was facing challenges, and decided to make a move. Gears of War was a smashing success, but after two popular sequels, Epic was looking to focus on free-to-play games, and Fergusson wasn’t interested. “I love telling a story and creating characters and creating a world,” he explained. Searching for that storytelling took him to Irrational Games in Boston, where he was brought in to wrangle production on Bioshock Infinite, which was languishing. “They had a lot of great ideas but they were not having great success in their process and being able to close down the game.” He was in Boston for six months and admits it was some of the hardest work he’s ever done. But the game was released to acclaim in the spring of 2013. “I was grateful for the experience to bring another team to closure and to deliver a game that people really wanted to get their hands on,” Fergusson said. When he learned that Irrational planned to shrink the studio and shift focus, Fergusson once again found himself looking for a place to work. He accepted an offer to set up a studio for 2K Games, but after just a few months, Gears of War was offered to him. Fergusson calls it a triple homecoming. Coming to Vancouver brought him back to Canada, back to Microsoft, and back to the franchise he helped establish. “I get to work with some of the most talented people in the world,” he said, adding that he’s proud of what the developers at the Coalition have been able to accomplish while making Ultimate Edition and Gears of War 4. He also admitted to being “humbled by the intensity of the passion of our fans”, many of whom, he said, also have the tattoos to prove their commitment. -
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ith parents who ran a restaurant in Vernon, there was no way Eleanor Chow Waterfall was ever going to follow in their footsteps. Even though she adored baking as a child and her mom would routinely tell her “You should be a chef!” she was turned off by the industry’s never-ending slog. Chow Waterfall was studying humanities at university when a trip to a local bookstore changed her mind. “I remember going to Chapters when I was 18, and I started looking through all these beautiful cookbooks,” Chow Waterfall says by phone. Petits fours, lemon tarts, layer cakes: images of so many exquisite desserts ignited in her a passion. “I just thought, ‘I can do this. I want to do this.’ ” Shortly thereafter, she applied to Dubrulle Culinary Arts at the Art Institute Vancouver. By the time she was 22, she had already worked at Bearfoot Bistro and the now defunct La Rua, both in Whistler, and went on to open Feenie’s after working at Lumière. Next she was off to Blue Water Café before spending several years at Chambar and its sister restaurant, Café Medina. In 2012, she decided to go it alone, opening Cadeaux Bakery. The Gastown spot serves all of the delicacies she remembers falling in love with in those cookbooks and more: truffles, cheesecakes, croissants, danishes, and then some. She’s among a group of culinary professionals who rarely get the kind of celebrity status increasingly bestowed on restaurant executive chefs. They’re the industry’s unsung heroes, the ones who toil away in the shadows but whose artistry and talent make people ooh and ahh. It’s hard to believe that, before Thomas Haas came onto the scene just over a decade ago, the city’s pastry-making community was leaner than a skim-milk latte. Recent years, however, have seen a stronger presence of these culinary specialists, a dedicated and inventive bunch who are comfortable being in the background but who have been busy elevating the trade to sweet new heights. For Chow Waterfall, as with her peers, the appeal of the craft is the creativity involved. “I’ve always really liked art,” she says. “When I was younger, I drew a lot and painted a lot and did sculptures. With pastry I have this freedom to do what I love and
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Beta5 chocolatier and co-owner Adam Chandler takes a mathematical approach to making pastries, such as with this cherry cola cream puff.
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the art of it. It’s really fun starting with flour, butter, chocolate, which really have no form, and being able to create something completely unique. On the culinary side, when you’re starting with a piece of fish or a piece of steak, you want it to look like that when you’re finished. With pastry, we have total freedom to work with flavour and texture. It’s really a blank canvas.” After completing his formal culinary and pastry training at Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver, Chandler honed his skills in France and Belgium. Back in Vancouver, he was on the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s opening team for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, launching his own shop in 2012. He has since earned several medals at the International Chocolate Awards. Aside from chocolates, caramels, and candy bars, Beta5 specializes in cream puffs. Popular in Paris, the “choux” at Beta5 come in flavours like Vietnamese coffee, raspberry Earl Grey, and spiced mango. Not that Chan-dler has to worry about overindulging in them: “I don’t really have a sweet tooth,” he says. “I like conceptualizing and making them. That’s what I gravitate to.” Elena Krasnova, whose Mon Paris Pâtisserie is to open in Burnaby in December, says that pastries were a foreign concept throughout her childhood in Volgograd during the former Soviet Union’s perestroika period. Bare necessities were in demand, and she learned to express herself creatively, to make something out of nothing. When the former accountant had the opportunity to go to France, she discovered the possibility of working creatively with food. “I saw how totally different a culture it was in terms of cooking; pastry is an art for them,” Krasnova says by phone. “I never thought of being a pastry chef growing up. Now Russia is
starting to develop more culinary arts. Twenty years ago we didn’t have anything. It [becoming a pastry chef] was not even a choice. No parent would want to have their kid go into culinary arts.” Her plan is to focus on the kinds of pastries you’d find in her bakery and café’s French namesake, plus her own contemporary creations—like baked Limoncello tarts, ricotta tarts with jasmine-infused caramelized pears, coffee-cream profiteroles with whipped lemon ganache, and more. Éclairs could be the next French treat to become especially popular here, as they have in Paris and New York, says pastry chef Leanne Bentley. She teaches the trade at VCC and says she enjoys sharing with students what’s trending in the industry—like the recent rise of ice-cream sandwiches, for instance. Another recurring theme she’s seeing is that of diners wanting to know where their food comes from. It’s not just the chicken or fish on their plate that they wish to be local, organic, and sustainable; more people are asking where the ingredients in their viennoiseries are sourced, too. Over the last decade, Bentley has worked at several large hotels, including Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland and downtown Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront. Those kinds of positions come with a hefty measure of stress—which she says is part of the appeal. “The pressure is half the fun,” Bentley says in a phone interview. “But once you’ve done that banquet for 600, there’s no better feeling. Pastry has a precision, and I like the controlled creativity. There’s always a formula or ratio; there’s always a few rules you have to follow, but I like it because it gives me just enough room to wiggle. “I think most pasty chefs are fairly happy to be in the background,” she adds. “But I do think we should get our names on the dessert menu and get a little bit more of a shout-out every once in a while.” -
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BEST OF VANCOUVER
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and still fail to make a dent in the city’s culinary scape. But can the same be said of Vancouver’s independent coffee scene? Apparently so, as local writers Mike and Shirley Wong have found in their commitment to uncovering the best cup of joe the city has to offer. The husband-and-wife team began chronicling their quests on the blog Vancouver Barista in early 2015. They’ve since visited over 80 cafés and amassed a loyal following of coffee fiends. “It’s really neat going around to different neighbourhoods and seeing how independent cafés cater to that area’s people,” Mike notes by phone. Here are Mike and Shirley’s picks for the best caffeinated beverages, places, and people in the city. BEST ESPRESSO
Milano Coffee Roasters Various locations Mike: “Milano is legendary for winning seven international gold medals for their espresso. And some of those blends actually contain up to 13 single-origin beans, which is quite a lot.” BEST POUR-OVER COFFEE
Platform 7 2331 East Hastings Street 2300 West Broadway Mike: “They offer a slow-brew ‘wow’ experience: they have this large bar area where you can watch them make it, and the baristas put on a big show. The presentation of the pourover is great, too—there’s usually this little flavour profile card that they include.” BEST LATTE
33 Acres Brewing Company 15 West 8th Avenue Shirley: “This is the ultimate latte— it’s super creamy, with milk that’s perfectly steamed. They actually use six parts milk to one part espresso, which is different from other cafés, and it gives it this really sweet taste.” BEST LOCAL COFFEE ROASTERS
Moja Coffee 1102 Commercial Drive 1412 Rupert Street, North Vancouver Mike: “We’re really excited about the innovation in Moja’s Lab series, which is a line of limited-edition coffees.” BEST CAFÉ TO GET SHIT DONE AT
Milano Coffee Roasters 156 West 8th Avenue Shirley: “You can log a lot of laptop hours at this particular location. And if you need to have an impromptu business meeting, the deck…has a huge view of downtown Vancouver.” BEST COFFEE-SHOP INTERIOR
The Birds & the Beets 55 Powell Street Shirley: “It’s a big space with this old feeling from all the brick. And it’s decorated beautifully with plants— there’s even an area where they have their own flower shop.” 76 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT SEPTEMBER 22 – 29 / 2016
BEST LATTE ART
Platform 7 2331 East Hastings Street 2300 West Broadway Pallet Coffee Roasters 323 Semlin Drive Shirley: “One of Platform 7’s baristas, Kunie Inaba actually placed fourth in the 2015 Canadian Latte Art Championships. She’s amazing, and she does a lot of the latte art at the location in East Village. For Pallet, I find that they’re very consistent and the art is more complex than other cafés I’ve seen.” BEST UNEXPECTED PLACE FOR COFFEE
Mike: “We have to go with Cold Brew Bike—it’s a bike cart that was set up by Kelly McKenzie. He wheels around and offers nitro-brew coffee on tap and pour-overs. We first saw him at a farmers market in East Van.”
BEST EDIBLE SELECTION AT A LOCAL CAFÉ
Matchstick Coffee Various locations Shirley: “This coffeehouse really surprises us with its huge selection of all-made-in-house foods, and they’re best known for making their own bread and croissants.” BEST COFFEE SHOP THAT DESERVES MORE LOVE
Agro Roasters 550 Clark Drive Mike: “Dusty Smith and his wife, Marina, took over this roaster a few months ago. Dusty is a Qgrader—a quality grader—which is a big deal in the coffee world. The coffees are some of the best that we’ve had, and Dusty, as a barista, is amazing.”
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1. Vancouver Community College 250 West Pender Street 2. The Art Institute of Vancouver 2665 Renfrew Street 3. Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts 101–1505 West 2nd Avenue PLACE FOR CASUAL COOKING CLASSES
1. The Dirty Apron Cooking School & Delicatessen 540 Beatty Street 2. Well Seasoned 117–20353 64 Avenue, Langley 3. The Gourmet Warehouse 1340 East Hastings Street JUICE BAR
1. The Juice Truck 28 West 5th Avenue 2. Glory Juice Co. Various locations 3. Nectar Juicery Various locations COFFEE SHOP (LOCAL CHAIN)
1. JJ Bean Coffee Roasters Various locations 2. Blenz Various locations 3. Caffè Artigiano Various locations TEAHOUSE
1. The Secret Garden Tea Company 2138 West 40th Avenue 2. DAVIDsTEA Various locations 3. Neverland Tea Salon 3066 West Broadway SEAFOOD STORE
1. The Daily Catch Seafood Company Various locations 2. 7 Seas Fish Co. Various locations 3. Granville Island Public Market 1669 Johnston Street, Granville Island
SPECIALTY CHEESE STORE
1. Les Amis du Fromage Various locations 2. Benton Brothers Fine Cheese Various locations 3. La Grotta del Formaggio 1791 Commercial Drive BUTCHER
1. Market Meats 2326 West 4th Avenue 2. Jackson’s Meats and Deli 2214 West 4th Avenue 3. Pasture to Plate 1420 Commercial Drive GELATO
1. Bella Gelateria Various locations 2. Mario’s Gelati 88 East 1st Avenue 3. La Casa Gelato 1033 Venables Street FROZEN YOGURT
1. Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Various locations 2. Qoola Frozen Yogurt Bar Various locations 3. Pinkberry Various locations ICE CREAM
1. Earnest Ice Cream Various locations 2. Rain or Shine Homemade Ice Cream Various locations 3. Soft Peaks 25 Alexander Street INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOP
1. Revolver Coffee 325 Cambie Street 2. 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters Various locations 3. Greenhorn Espresso Bar 954 Nicola Street FOOD TRUCK
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Akister tells cocktail tales > B Y M IK E U S ING E R
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WHO ARE YOU
My name is Kristi-Leigh Akister and I’m the bar manager at the Union. MY PARENTS MIXED
Although I grew up with a wet bar in our basement, my parents always favoured the simple pleasures. My father was a devout rye and Coke man while my mother enjoyed a stiff Gilbey’s lemon gin and grapefruit soda. An ice-cold pilsner beer never went amiss after a long day of work, and I was always keen to fetch them whichever they requested. Let’s just say I learned at a young age the art of eyeballing the two-finger pour.
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I am incredibly fortunate to work in a neighbourhood that has a myriad of fresh ingredients, so for me the creative process often starts with a stroll throughout Chinatown and checking out what the different markets have to offer. Sometimes I’ll start with one unique ingredient, and go from there. I carry around my copy of The Flavor Bible everywhere I go, and am constantly thumbing through it to glean a little insight on how different flavour profiles play with each other. I encourage my team to take risks when they’re creating their own libations, and it often results in some pretty special beverages. BEST DRINK I EVER HAD
I’ve had the pleasure of imbibing a lot of extraordinary cocktails, but I would say the most memorable experience I had was discovering this little Japanese
The Union’s bar manager, Kristi-Leigh Akister, says a trip to New York cocktail hotspot Employees Only changed her life. Amanda Siebert photo.
sushi restaurant in the tiny city of Akureyri in northern Iceland. I had spent the past week camping the country at the start of winter and we were keen to find a warm place to rest our heads and put some fire in our bellies. I have an affinity for great whisky and was delirious when I discovered that this little restaurant boasted the largest collection of Nikka whisky I had ever seen. I subsequently enjoyed a fair few drams that evening, and still remember every single moment of it.
and when I stumbled out several hours later I thought to myself, “Damn. That looks fun. I bet I could do that.”
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Employees Only, in NYC. That bar changed my life. I had been bartending for the better part of a decade when I walked into EO, but primarily at dive bars, pulling sticks and pouring whisky. I had never been exposed to the cocktail culture at that point, and I was told I should check it out while I was there. I feel that serendipity was at play when there were two seats at the bar available and I became instantly mesmerized by the dance those gentlemen weaved and the care and devotion they exhibited while creating each and every cocktail. It’s impossible not to get swept up in the moment there
I’m going to have to go with the Wuyi sour on this one. It was born in harmony with one of my team members while we were discussing how to make an approachable Scotch sour while playing within the flavour profiles of Southeast Asia. She said passion fruit, I said Lapsang souchong, and a star was born. There are so many incredibly talented individuals in this city that inspire me daily, but I’d love a cocktail with Kaitlyn Stewart from Royal Dinette. She’s amazingly talented and is just slaying her drinks these days. Randy Gaudreau (Shebeen Whiskey House) is an unbelievable wealth of whisky knowledge and can create a flight of whiskies for both the timid and the adventurous. Kylie Bartlett from Odd Society Spirits works tirelessly to help other bartenders learn the process of creating great spirits and she shakes a mean cocktail when she’s behind the bar in the tasting room. -
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BEST OF VANCOUVER
Brewery tour master picks his favourites INDUSTRY EXPER TS
has a killer patio and a great view of the water. I also like Darby’s in Kits for the beer list, and because it’s stumbling distance from the beach, which makes for a great day.”
With no end in sight to Vancou-
2 ver’s obsession with craft beer,
Ryan Mackey is glad he hopped on the wagon early. Growing up brewing in his basement with his dad, Mackey developed an insatiable passion for craft beer at a young (but legal) age. Now the owner of a company that shares the best of the city’s local breweries with thousands of thirsty clients on an annual basis, Mackey’s love for beer is unwavering. Opening Vancouver Brewery Tours in June 2013, his venture into the world of craft beer began out of admiration for local breweries and the people who work in them. Organizing three-hour tours of some of the city’s most brewery-dense neighbourhoods, Mackey has led locals and out-of-towners alike through tasting adventures, introducing them to styles and brews that are inherently West Coast. With a f leet of three vans and a staff of seven guides, his company offers multi-brewery visits seven days of the week and often hosts special events that are specific to styles, for those who might want to delve deeper into sours or IPAs. (This year, the company even hosted a Big Lebowski–themed bowling tour. There were no White Russians, but we’re sure the Dude would have approved.) With his next-level knowledge of the local industry, Mackey was happy to share his picks for the best of Vancouver’s craft beer scene.
BEST BOTTLED BEER IN THE CITY
“I tip my hat to the team at Strathcona for making craft beer available in 40-ounce bottles; they even serve them in a paper bag!”
BEST THING YOU’VE HEARD SOMEONE SAY AFTER A COUPLE TOO MANY PINTS
Vancouver Brewery Tours owner-operator Ryan Mackey says his favourite stop is Brassneck Brewery. Amanda Siebert photo.
Ale when it’s released and usually pick were the Guardian White IPA from up a growler fill of the always available Strange Fellows and the La Maison Passive Aggressive Dry Hopped Pale Wild Saison from Four Winds.” Ale. They nail it every time.” BEST LIQUOR STORE
Legacy Liquor Store 1633 Manitoba Street The Alibi Room Brewery Creek Cold Beer & Wine Store 3045 Main Street 157 Alexander Street “I love the great selection for craft The Storm Crow Alehouse beer at Legacy Liquor and Brewery 1619 West Broadway “I’m a big believer in drinking locally, Creek.” so I look for somewhere that focuses primarily on beers from Vancouver and B.C. For that reason, I love the Alibi Room, because of the selection and rare local releases—and with the BREWERY TASTING ROOM option of ordering beer flights, you can 1. Brassneck Brewery try many at once. I also really enjoy the 2148 Main Street new Storm Crow Alehouse on Broad2. Big Rock Urban Brewery way. They have a solid local selection 310 West 4th Avenue and I feel right at home with the sci-fi/ 3. 33 Acres Brewing Company nerd bar theme they’ve created.” BAR WITH THE BEST SELECTION OF BEER ON TAP
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“Your sippy-cup game has to be “Find another tasting room and strong, but I love a beer at Kits beach drink another couple of beers.” on a warm, sunny evening.” BEST GROWLER DESIGN
BEST PATIO FOR CRUSHING A PINT
Tap & Barrel 1 Athletes Way Darby’s Public House 2001 Macdonald Street “Tap & Barrel in Olympic Village
“I’m probably biased, but the folks at Sigil and Growler made a custom “Dude Abides” growler for our Big Lebowski Bowling Tour this year, and it was a hit!”
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“I’ve missed it two years in a row, but I really want to check out Farmhouse Strange Fellows Brewing Company Fest at UBC. A few friends have said 1345 Clark Drive it’s the most unique festival of the Strathcona Beer Company year, as it focuses on some of my fa895 East Hastings Street vourite styles, like wild ales and sour Faculty Brewing Co. beers. Other than that, the main fes1830 Ontario Street tival for Vancouver Craft Beer Week “Really, any tasting room designed in June is super fun, and the PNE is by the folks at Simcic & Uhrich perfect for a festival: lots of shade Architects. They’ve done the tasting and places to hang.” rooms for Brassneck, Strange Fellows, Strathcona, Faculty, and more.” BEST OUT-OF-THE-BOX BEER BEST TASTING ROOM FOR FEEL/DECOR
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“That would have to be Glacial Mammoth Extinction by James Walton at Brassneck Brewery Storm Brewing—$1,000 a bottle, 25 2148 Main Street percent ABV, and adorned with a “This is a tough question, as there 35,000-year-old piece of mammoth are so many great breweries to choose tusk—say what?!” from. It’s hard to beat Brassneck for the quality and ever-changing beer BEST EASY-DRINKING BEER selection. I always look forward to the FROM A LOCAL BREWERY understated Mr. Personality Amber “Some of my go-to beers this summer BEST BREWERY FOR BEER SELECTION
BEST PARK TO ILLEGALLY ENJOY A BEER IN
“ ‘Are you running another tour after this? Because if so, let’s do it again!’ I may have heard that a few times over the years.”
PRIVATE LIQUOR STORE
1. Legacy Liquor Store 1633 Manitoba Street 2. Granville Liquor Store 2658 Granville Street 3. Coal Harbour Liquor Store 1218 West Pender Street PRIVATE BEER STORE
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1. Doan’s Craft Brewing Company 1830 Powell Street 2. Off The Rail Brewing Co. 1351 Adanac Street 3. Powell Street Craft Brewery 1357 Powell Street LOCAL BREWERY
1. 33 Acres Brewing Company 15 West 8th Avenue 2. Parallel 49 Brewing 1950 Triumph Street 3. Granville Island Brewing 1441 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
1. Brewery Creek Liquor Store 3045 Main Street LOCALLY BREWED BEER 2. Darby’s Liquor Store 1. Gypsy Tears by 2001 Macdonald Street Parallel 49 Brewing 3. Broadway Liquor Store 2. Four Winds Nectarous (tie) 1169 West Broadway 2. Granville Island Lions Winter Ale (tie) LOCAL DISTILLERY 3. 33 Acres of Sunshine 1. Odd Society Spirits 1725 Powell Street B.C. BEER BREWED OUTSIDE 2. The Liberty Distillery VANCOUVER 1494 Old Bridge Road, 1. Driftwood Fat Tug IPA Granville Island 2. Hoyne Dark Matter 3. Long Table Distillery 1451 Hornby Street 3. Whistler Brewing Co. Grapefruit Ale
CANADIAN BEER BREWED OUTSIDE B.C.
1. 100th Meridian by Mill Street Brewery (tie) 1. Steam Whistle Pilsner by Steam Whistle (tie) 2. La Fin du Monde by Unibroue 3. Grasshopper Wheat Ale by Big Rock Brewery BREW PUB
1. Granville Island Brewing 1441 Cartwright Street, Granville Island 2. Red Truck Brewery 295 East 1st Avenue 3. Steamworks (tie) 375 Water Street 3. Yaletown Brewing Co. (tie) 1111 Mainland Street PUB
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BEST OF VANCOUVER
Chef-owner Andrea Carlson and sommelier Jesse Walters work together to develop Burdock & Co.’s impressive wine program. Amanda Siebert photo.
Burdock & Co.’s wine stewardship topnotch
or this Best of Vancouver There are many wine programs in issue of the Straight, I’d been other restaurants that boast the finworking on a collection of est châteaux, domains, wineries, and some of the best wines I’ve vineyards available in our market. tasted this year, writing occasional There are those that build on their notes and thoughts on them as I had owners’ keen and savvy philosophies the time. In fact, I’d just finished with a small collection of carefully notes on a particular Pinot Noir selected bottles, without a doubt. when I had to put the laptop aside and But when you look at a wine prohead out to a meeting I’d arranged gram’s place in a restaurant, it’s not with a colleague. about simply havWe were to meet ing a killer list of at the bar of Burgems. It has to dock & Co. on hum right along Kurtis Kolt Main Street in with the food comMount Pleasant. What was initially ing out of the kitchen, it has to match meant to be a brief 30-minute chat the tone of the room, and it requires over a glass of wine morphed into both an intelligent steward and disan epic, two-and-a-half-hour multi- cerning guardians on the floor. course dinner. I’ve always enjoyed Check. Check. Check. chef and owner Andrea Carlson’s The steward at Burdock & Co. is honest cooking and devotion to lo- Matt Sherlock, who is quite the Rencal ingredients, particularly her aissance man in British Columbia’s tightrope walk between rusticity and wine industry. Besides his position elegance. This visit was no different, as wine director working alongbut a thought I had as my friend and side chef Carlson, he’s director of I tucked into our first dish, a pork sales and marketing at Ross Hackand chanterelle mushroom ragout worth’s storied Nichol Vineyard in over fettuccine with fennel pollen, Naramata. He is also a partner with changed the scope of this column. Hackworth at Lock & Worth WinI had this thought as I sipped a glass ery, just 10 minutes down Naramata of Frank Cornelissen 2013 Conta- Road from Nichol. Aside from all of dino from Mount Etna in Sicily, a this, he is a partner in Sedimentary blend of Nerello Mascalese and a Wines, a wine-importing company host of other indigenous Italian var- specializing in natural wines from ieties—a crunchy, herb-driven wine Italy and France. that straddles the line between a red It is indeed natural wines that and a rosé. populate the compact, tidy list at Burdock & Co. has the best wine Burdock & Co., and since there are program in Vancouver. no official rules or certification for Yup, I’m calling it. see next page
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Staff at Burdock & Co. participate in various wine tastings at the restaurant, which are led by sommelier Jesse Walters. Amanda Siebert photo.
wines dubbed natural, there’s room for a flexibility of styles. Traits that all listed wines share include being sustainably farmed and crafted with minimal intervention in the winery. With very low amounts of sulphur dioxide added to some, they can occasionally taste a touch oxidative. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing when kept in check; it’s a component of a taste profile that takes a few sips to wrap one’s head around, just like when a wine carries barnyard notes or other attributes that stray from the usual berries, orchard fruit, spices, and herbs. The wines are at once familiar on the palate, yet have additional components that fascinate or challenge, taking you out of your comfort zone (in a good way). The same can be said for Carlson’s food. For every wine like Jean-Paul Brun 2014 Beaujolais Blanc, a Chardonnay blooming with honeydew, elderflower, limestone, and a very distinct, earthy finish, there is a perfectly suited dish to accompany it. In this case I’m looking at a newto-the-menu sea-urchin-and-crab chawanmushi, a traditional Japanese egg custard dish. Corn risotto with lobster mushroom and poblano
broth is knocked out of the park with Domaine Comte Abbatucci 2013 Vieilles Vignes Blanc, a Corsican, biodynamically farmed old-vines Vermentino laden with wildflowers and honey. Where many restaurants may get righteous or smug with wine programs of this nature, Burdock & Co. shares these wines with enthusiasm and outright glee. A big reason for this is sommelier Jesse Walters, who just may be the nicest guy in the world. He takes such joy and pride in these wines that he just wants you to feel that same light—and the way he guides you through the wine component of your evening reflects that. More than anywhere else I can think of, the wine list at Burdock & Co. is basically a wine version of the food menu, and vice versa. It is at once honest, genuine, stimulating, and full of a whole lot of delicious. For those looking to play with their food and wine, it’s an incredible playground. It’s no wonder the place is a go-to for many local sommeliers on a night off, and it should be your next go-to as well. -
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2AFRICAN ★ NYALA AFRICAN CUISINE Tagines and stews from Ethiopia, Morocco, and South Africa. 4148 Main, 604-876-9919. lt$$
2AMERICAN REGIONAL ★ MEMPHIS BLUES BARBEQUE HOUSE Hearty southern comfort food includes ribs and smoked chicken. 1342 Commercial, 604-215-2599; 1465 W. Broadway, 604-738-6806. For more locations, see www.straight.com/. lt$$
OUISI BISTRO Cajun-Creole cuisine; pre- and post-theatre dining spot on South Granville. 3014 Granville, 604-7327550. bl$$$
CACHE BISTRO & LOUNGE Contemporary cuisine fuses Asian and French culinary traditions. Brunch on Friday and Saturday. 1269 Hamilton, 604558-1269. $$$
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MONGOLIE GRILL Over 45 ingredient selections, all grilled Mongolian-style. Also wraps, soups, and rice. 8400 Alexandra Rd., Richmond, 604-276-0303. lpt$$$
2BISTRO CAFE REGALADE French bistro cuisine; good breakfasts and sandwiches. 2836 W. 4th, 604-733-2213. bl$$ ★ CASSIS BISTRO Authentic French country fare served in a stylish, high-ceilinged room. 420 Pender, 604-605-0420. lp$$$
2BREWERY BRASSNECK BREWERY Popular craft brewery and tasting room. 2148 Main Street, 604-259-7686. $$ CENTRAL CITY BREW PUB AND RESTAURANT Award-winning brewpub serves casual dishes and craft beer. 13450 102nd Ave., Surrey, 604-582-6620. l$$$ ODD SOCIETY SPIRITS Located on Powell Street in East Vancouver’s port district, Odd Society is dedicated to combining Old World distilling traditions with New World ingredients and ingenuity to create a family of spirits including whisky, vodka, and gin. 1725 Powell Street, 604-559-6745.
2CAFES/DESSERTS EARNEST ICE CREAM Small-batch ice cream shop featuring one-off flavours and traditional favourites. 1829 Quebec, 778-379-0697. $ ★ MEDINA CAFE Belgian waffles with house-made toppings, plus brunch. 780 Richards, 604-879-3114. blt$$
MONTMARTRE CAFÉ Licensed Parisianstyle café with live entertainment at 8:30 pm. No cover. 4362 Main, 604-879-8111.
My favourite thing to do in Vancouver is to wake up on a Saturday morning in the sunny days of August, pack my bag, fill it with crackers and soft drinks, and walk down Davie Street, all the way to English Bay, and meet my friends there. Together, we walk in our shorts and tank tops towards Second Beach. On the way, we gossip about cute boys around us and take shameless selfies. We sunbathe all day, and I slide down the children’s waterslide into the pool at least once. I mean, I realize it’s for children, but I’m a child at heart.
My favourite thing to do in Vancouver is to go for a run in Kitsilano and then make my way to the ocean for a good stretch. The seawall is the most beautiful and refreshing place to be in the city. I also love getting up early and riding my bike around Stanley Park. Seeing the mountains every day and the beautiful landscape is an unparalleled experience and never gets old.
One of my favourite spots in Vancouver is CRAB Park at dawn. It’s one of the few places that feel really “Vancouver” to me. From the fishing and tug boats gearing up and the tankers terrifying pods of orcas to the insanely beautiful views and folks who needed a place to be safe rising for the day, it’s a real juxtaposition that keeps me focused on things I care about.
Hannah Georgas, whose new album is called For Evelyn, plays the Commodore on November 2.
Mark Brand’s ventures include Save On Meats, Persephone Brewing, and A Better Life Foundation.
Danny Ramadan’s novel The Clothesline Swing comes out in spring 2017.
REVOLVER COFFEE Cozy yet sophisticated coffeehouse in Gastown. 325 Cambie, 604-558-4444. bl$
OVALTINE CAFE For over 70 years the Ovaltine Cafe has provided classic meals. 251 E Hastings, 604-685-7021. bl$
RHIZOME CAFÉ Healthy, fresh food; organic, fairly traded coffee; and a fully licensed bar. 317 E. Broadway, 604-8723166. bl
★ SOPHIE’S COSMIC CAFE Garage-sale décor, kid-friendly menu, popular for breakfast. 2095 W. 4th, 604-732-6810. blpt$$
★ DUNN’S FAMOUS Hand-cut Montrealstyle smoked-meat sandwiches, poutine, and all-day breakfasts. 827 Seymour, 604682-8938. blt$$
★ BOB LIKES THAI FOOD Casual, reasonably priced home-style Thai dishes. 1521 West Broadway, 604-558-3320. lt$$
MEAT & BREAD Brick-and-beam deli serves creative sandwiches. 370 Cambie, 604-566-9003. l$$
WHITE SPOT Canadian chain of restaurants specializing in hamburgers and home-style food. 718 Drake, 604-605-0045. blt$$
2CHINESE ALWAYS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Casual space specializes in dishes like fried squid and Dungeness crab. 4298 Main, 604-876-6110. t$$ CHONGQING ON ROBSON Extensive menu, spicy dishes. Ginger beef a specialty. 1260 Robson, 604-568-0303. lt$$
★ KIRIN Fine Cantonese dining featuring seafood dishes. 1172 Alberni, 604-944-8833. lt$$$
CAFÉ DEUX SOLEILS Licensed restaurant and music venue with poetry slam Mon and open mike Thu. 2096 Commercial, 604-254-1195. blp$$
LANDMARK HOT POT HOUSE Hong Kong–style hot pot; known for its flash wok-fried geoduck. 4023 Cambie, 604-8722868. t$$$
PEACEFUL RESTAURANT Northern Chinese cuisine, handcrafted noodles, rolls, dumplings, and buns. 2394 W. 4th, 604-559-9533. lt$$ ★ PINK PEARL CHINESE RESTAURANT Long-standing Chinese restaurant with dim sum and large banquet facilities. 1132 E. Hastings, 604-253-4316. lt$$
2CONTINENTAL ★ BAUHAUS RESTAURANT Uwe Boll’s fine-dining restaurant with a Michelinstarred German chef. 1 W. Cordova, 604974-1147. l$$$$
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★ CHAMBAR RESTAURANT Busy Belgian restaurant with moules frites and a selection of imported beers. 568 Beatty, 604-879-7119. lp$$$$ ★ CHARTWELL Men’s-club setting, tiptop service. Four Seasons Hotel. 791 W. Georgia St., 604-689-9333. bl$$$$
2EAT IN/TAKE OUT THE JUICE TRUCK Juices and smoothies made with fresh fruit and vegetables. For truck locations, call 604-719-8861, follow @juicetruck on Twitter, or see www.straight.com/. 28 W. 5th. lt$ LUKES GENERAL STORE Specialty shop serves gourmet coffees, chocolate, and more. 49 W. Hastings, 604-428-0700. blt$$ ★ ROCKY MOUNTAIN FLATBREAD CO. Handmade thin-crust pizzas with organic toppings. 1876 W. 1st, 604-730-0321. blp$$
SOLLY’S BAGELRY Sandwiches on bagels and bread, Jewish baked goods. 4071 Main, 604-675-9770. blt$ ★ TERRA BREADS Sandwiches, soups, and treats made daily from scratch. 2380 W. 4th, 604-736-1838. blt$
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BISTRO PASTIS Classic bistro fare served with a contemporary touch. 2153 W. 4th, 604-731-5020. l$$$$
★ BACCHUS RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Modern French food in an elegant setting at the Wedgewood Hotel. 845 Hornby, 604-608-5319. bl$$$$
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BIBO PIZZERIA CON CUCINA Authentic Italian Neapolitan pizza. 1835 West 4th Ave, 604-568-6177. l$$ CIBO TRATTORIA Stylish room with upscale Italian food. 900 Seymour, 604602-9570. bl$$$ ★ CINCIN Mediterranean and classic Italian dishes from a wood-burning oven. 1154 Robson, 604-688-7338. p$$$
GIARDINO RESTAURANT Umberto Menghi’s spot serves Tuscan-style Italian cuisine. 1328 Hornby, 604-669-2422. $$$$ INCENDIO Pizza and fresh-made pastas
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in a funky heritage-bistro atmosphere. 103 Columbia, 604-688-8694. lpt$$
LA NOTTE RISTORANTE ITALIANO Variety of pasta in a friendly, neighbourhood atmosphere. 3307 Dunbar, 604-2224033. t$$ LA QUERCIA Cozy Italian restaurant offers family-style platters for two or more. 3689 W. 4th, 604-676-1007. $$$ SAVIO VOLPE Classic osteria–rustic fare in the Italian tradition, using local ingredients. Pasta handmade daily. 615 Kingsway, 604-428-0072. $$
★ LE CROCODILE Alsatian regional dishes in downtown Vancouver. 100-909 Burrard, 604-669-4298. lp$$$$
AKI SUSHI Downtown eatery serves Japanese grilled dishes and sushi rolls. 1368 West Pender, 604-682-4032. lt$$
L’ABATTOIR Modern, French-inspired cuisine in a stylish Gastown space. 217 Carrall, 604-568-1701. p$$$
EBISU Japanese tapas and inventive sushi; trendy, modern atmosphere. 827 Bute, 604-689-8266. lnt$$
★ KIBUNE SUSHI Traditional sushi restaurant with bar seating, snug booths, and a small patio. 1508 Yew, 604-731-4482. pt$$
2INDIAN ★ ALL INDIA SWEETS & RESTAURANT An array of Indian desserts and savoury takeout. 6507 Main, 604-327-0891. lt$$
CHAI Elevated Indian ayurvedic cooking upstairs from East Is East. Walled-in patio. 2nd floor, 3243 W. Broadway, 604734-5881. $$ SWEETS Indian eatery specializes in pizza, snack mixes, and sweets. 6555 Fraser, 604-325-4911. lt$$ ★ HIMALAYA RESTAURANT Real Indian food includes samosa appetizers and buffet. 6587 Main, 604-324-6514. l$$ ★ RANGOLI Sister venture to Vij’s with takeaway meals, frozen dinners, and a selection of entrées. 1488 W. 11th, 604-736-5711. lt$$
A TASTE OF INDIA Specializing in butter chicken, tandoori, and vegetarian curries. 1282 Robson, 604-662-8585. lt$$
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AL PORTO RISTORANTE Traditional Italian fare, Neapolitan pizza, Tuscan ambiance. 321 Water, 604-683-8376. lt$$$$
CANDIA TAVERNA Greco-Roman menu items such as souvlakia, roast lamb, seafood, pizza, and various pastas, surrounded by rustic furnishings and cosy, private tables. 4510 W. 10th Ave., 604-228-9512.
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CACHE BISTRO & LOUNGE Contemporary cuisine fuses Asian and French culinary traditions. Brunch on Friday and Saturday. 1269 Hamilton, 604558-1269. $$$
ATHENE’S Thirty years of authentic Greek food; friendly atmosphere, lamb casserole specialty. 3618 W. Broadway, 604-7314135. lpt$$
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★ VIJ’S Famous for artful cooking, engaging service. 3106 Cambie, 604-7366664. $$$
KINGYO IZAKAYA Lively West End spot with well-presented Japanese tapas, leafy room. 871 Denman, 604-608-1677. l$$ KOBE JAPANESE STEAK & SEAFOOD HOUSE Teppanyaki dishes prepared by entertaining chefs at the table. 1042 Alberni, 604-684-2451. $$ MIKU RESTAURANT Stylish Japanese eatery specializes in flame-seared, aburi-style sushi. 70-200 Granville, 604568-3900. lp$$ OHAKO SUSHI Weekly specials, lunch boxes, and weekend lunch buffet. 1414 W. Broadway, 604-732-0112. lpt$$ ★ TOJO’S RESTAURANT Sushi and seafood from the city’s best-known Japanese restaurant. 1133 W. Broadway, 604-872-8050. pt$$$$
2LATIN AMERICAN/CARIBBEAN ADELITAS Traditional Mexican food with vegetarian options. 5178 Victoria, 604-6771580. bl$$ CUCHILLO Modern pan-Latin tapas and classic cocktails in a room. 261 Powell, 604559-7585. $$$
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BEST 2 FOOD & DRINK SPORTS BAR
1. Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery 560 Smithe Street 2. Shark Club Various locations 3. Library Square Public House 300 West Georgia Street HOTEL BAR/LOUNGE
1. Lobby Lounge Terrace + RawBar at the Fairmont Pacific Rim 1038 Canada Place 2. 1927 Lobby Lounge at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia 801 West Georgia Street 3. Notch8 Restaurant & Bar at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver 900 West Georgia Street INDEPENDENT BAR/LOUNGE
1. The Keefer Bar 135 Keefer Street 2. Pourhouse 162 Water Street 3. The Diamond 6 Powell Street
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1. The Blackbird Public House 905 Dunsmuir Street 2. Clough Club 212 Abbott Street 3. Pourhouse 162 Water Street LAS MARGARITAS RESTAURANTE Y CANTINA Casual atmosphere. Mexican classics, weekend brunch. 1999 W. 4th, 604734-7117. lpt$$ LATITUDE West Coast fare with subtle Latin-American influences. 3250 Main, 604875-6246. $$$ ★ LA MEZCALERIA Cantina combines home-style dishes like fish tacos with cocktails focusing on mescal. 1622 Commercial, 604-559-8226. $$
RED BURRITO Latin-American and Caribbean burritos. 606 Robson, 604-6760097; 1700 Commercial, 604-707-0877. For more locations, see www.straight.com/. 1236 Robson, 604-676-0040. TACOFINO TACO AND BURRITO BAR Bustling sit-down space also has takeout burrito bar. 15 W. Cordova, 604-8997907. l$$
2MIDDLE EASTERN AFGHAN HORSEMEN RESTAURANT Lamb, beef, and chicken shish kebabs, plus vegetarian dishes. 202-1833 Anderson St., Granville Island, 604-8735923. lt$$$ ★ BABYLON CAFÉ Popular, authentic, take-out shawarma spot. 105–1610 Robson, 604-568-6324. lt$ ★ JAMJAR Lebanese comfort food, served tapas-style. 2280 Commercial, 604252-3957. lt$$
NUBA RESTAURANT AND CAFÉ NUBA Authentic Lebanese food served in a casual, upbeat atmosphere. 146 E. 3rd, 604-568-6727. lt$$
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1. The Roxy 932 Granville Street 2. Doolin’s Irish Pub 654 Nelson Street 3. The Bimini Public House 2010 West 4th Avenue PICKUP BAR (F SEEKING M)
1. The Roxy 932 Granville Street 2. Caprice Nightclub 967 Granville Street 3. Bar None 1222 Hamilton Street GAY BAR
1. Celebrities Nightclub 1022 Davie Street 2. Pumpjack Pub 1167 Davie Street 3. The Odyssey Bar & Nightclub 686 West Hastings Street LESBIAN CLUB EVENT/BAR
1. Hershe Bar 398 Richards Street [Red Room] 2. The Cobalt 917 Main Street 3. Score on Davie 1262 Davie Street
2PACIFIC NORTHWEST ★ BEACH HOUSE AT DUNDARAVE PIER Fresh, modern food. Excellent wine list. 150 25th St., West Van, 604-922-1414. lp$$$$ ★ BISHOP’S Elegant, understated West Coast menu with European influences. 2183 W. 4th, 604-738-2025. l$$$$ ★ BISTRO 101 Gourmet food prepared by Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts students; à la carte dining, buffets, and three-course set meals. 1505 W. 2nd, 604734-0101. l$$$ ★ COAST Stylish setting showcases inventive West Coast seafood menu. 1054 Alberni, 604-685-5010. p$$$$ ★ DIVA AT THE MET Haute West Coast cuisine prepared with high-tech methods. 645 Howe, 604-602-7788. lp$$$$ ★ FABLE Modern Canadian cuisine created by Top Chef Canada competitor Trevor Bird. 1944 W. 4th, 604-732-1322. $$$ ★ HAWKSWORTH RESTAURANT Contemporary cuisine by chef David Hawksworth. 801 W. Georgia, 604-6737000. bl$$$$
MANHATTAN RESTAURANT Simple, modern approach to classic dishes and beverages. Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel. 550 W. Hastings, 604-899-3049. lb$$$ ROYAL DINETTE Chef David Gunawan’s farm-to-table dishes, with a five-course
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1. The Naam Restaurant 2724 West 4th Avenue 2. MeeT Various locations 3. The Acorn 3995 Main Street 1. Denny’s Restaurant Various locations 2. Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe 2095 West 4th Avenue 3. Bon’s Off Broadway 2451 Nanaimo Street BRUNCH
1. Café Medina 780 Richards Street 2. Yolk’s Restaurant & Commissary Various locations 3. The Wallflower 2420 Main Street BREAD BAKERY
1. Whole Foods Market Various locations 2. Urban Fare Various locations 3. Save-On-Foods Various locations 1. Kin’s Farm Market Various locations 2. Whole Foods Market Various locations 3. Donald’s Market Various locations 1. Urban Fare Various locations 2. Pomme Natural Market Various locations 3. Meinhardt Fine Foods Various locations
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tasting-menu option. 905 Dunsmuir, 604974-8077. l$$$
SEQUOIA GRILL West Coast cuisine; setting and view. Ferguson Point, Stanley Park Drive, 604-669-3281. lp$$$$ THE SONORA ROOM, BURROWING OWL ESTATE WINERY Cuisine made from South Okanagan produce and artisanal breads and cheeses. 500 Burrowing Owl Pl., 877-498-0620. l$$$ TAP & BARREL RESTAURANT Locally sourced comfort food, craft beer, and premium wine. 1055 Canada Place, 604235-9827. lp$$ WATER ST. CAFÉ Creative seafood dishes, pasta, fresh-baked breads, and desserts. 300 Water, 604-689-2832. lp$$$ WILDEBEEST Farm-to-table cuisine with an emphasis on whole-animal cooking. 120 W. Hastings, 604-687-6880. $$$
2RESTAURANT/BAR ALIBI ROOM Hip hangout in Gastown. Good appetizer list. 157 Alexander, 604623-3383. l$$$
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1. Terra Breads Various locations 2. Purebread 159 West Hastings Street 3. A Bread Affair 1680 Johnston Street, Granville Island 1. Beaucoup Bakery & Café 2150 Fir Street 2. Purebread 159 West Hastings Street 3. Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie Various locations
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1. Whole Foods Market Various locations 2. Choices Market Various locations 3. Pomme Natural Market Various locations
1. Urban Fare Various locations 2. Whole Foods Market Various locations 3. Meinhardt Fine Foods Various locations
★ DARK TABLE Contemporary set menus served in a pitch-black dining room by visually impaired servers. 2611 W. 4th, 604-739-3275. $$$
DENMAN TAPHOUSE Overlooking English Bay, the Denman TapHouse shows pay-per-view events on 11 HD screens. 1184 Denman, 604-568-3437. l$$ DOOLIN’S IRISH PUB Modern Irish pub serves staples like shepherd’s pie and nachos. 654 Nelson Street, 604-6054343. $$
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DOVER ARMS West End joint serves up pub-grub classics like chicken wings and burgers. 961 Denman, 604-683-1929. l$$ DUBH LINN GATE Irish-style pub with local craft beer and imports, fish and chips, and more. 1601 Main, 604-449-1464. l$$$ FALCONETTI’S EAST SIDE GRILL Commercial Drive eatery with housemade gourmet sausages and laid-back upstairs terrace. 1812 Commercial, 604251-7287. p$$ GLOWBAL Sophisticated surroundings complement a global menu, specializing in robata. 590 W. Georgia, 604-6020835. $$$
★ THE IRISH HEATHER GASTROPUB ATLANTIC TRAP AND GILL East Coast Traditional Irish fare, Guinness on tap. 210 seafood, pub fare, and brews. 118 Robson, Carrall, 604-688-9779. blp$$ 604-688-5840. p$$ THE KEEFER BAR Sleek Chinatown bar THE BIMINI PUBLIC HOUSE Gastropub serves “apothecary” cocktails and Asian fare with 24 beers on tap. 2010 W. 4th, 604- street-food tapas. 135 Keefer St., 604-688733-7116. l$$ 1961. $$
BRIX & MORTAR Executive Chef Chris Bisaro presents modern Canadian cuisine with subtle French, Italian, and Asian influences, crafted with locally sourced ingredients. 1138 Homer, 604-915-9463. $$$$ ★ BURRARD BRIDGE MARINE BAR & GRILL Neighbourhood pub on the False Creek seawall with an Ocean Wise menu. 1012 Beach, 604-676-2337. lp$$
CACTUS CLUB CAFE Casual fine dining; menu features dishes crafted by Vancouver-based Iron Chef winner Rob Feenie. 1136 Robson, 604-687-3278. lp$$ CEILI’S IRISH PUB AND RESTAURANT City’s largest Irish pub, with Irish and North American fare served on three levels and a rooftop patio. 1774 W.7th, 604-732-0010. lpt$$ CHESHIRE CHEESE INN British pub grub like steak and kidney pie, bangers and mash, and shepherds pie. 4585 Dunbar, 604-224-2521; 5645 W. Boulevard, 604-261-2834. 4585 Dunbar St., 604-2242521. l$$ CINEMA PUBLIC HOUSE Pub featuring craft beer and cocktails, pub food, latenight menu, and weekend brunch. DJs all night Wed-Sun. Happy hour 3-6 pm. 901 Granville, 604-694-0202. l$$ CRAFT BEER MARKET Over 140 beers on tap complement burgers and flatbreads. 85 W. 1st, 604-709-2337. lp$$$ DARBY’S PUB Neighbourhood pub offers pastas, sandwiches, and craft beer. 2001 Macdonald, 604-731-0617. lp$$
★ LOCAL PUBLIC EATERY Burgers, nachos, and guacamole made at the table. 2210 Cornwall, 604-734-3589. l$$
THE METROPOLE COMMUNITY PUB Burgers, poutine, and sandwiches. 320 Abbott, 604-408-5822. l$$ NEW OXFORD PUBLIC HOUSE Pub fare with a British touch. 1144 Homer, 604-899-3229. l$$ THE PINT PUBLIC HOUSE Sports bar serves favourites like nachos, burgers, and chicken wings. Brunch on weekends. 455 Abbott, 604-684-0258. l$$ PORTLAND CRAFT Locally sourced dishes inspired by the Portland food scene; a focus on Oregon beer. 3835 Main, 604569-2494. lt$$ POURHOUSE Handcrafted cocktails and a well-edited wine list; comfort-food menu. 162 Water, 604-568-7022. l$$$ RED CARD SPORTS BAR + EATERY Italian-inspired dishes like arancini, meatball subs, and pizza. 560 Smithe, 604-6894460. l$$ RITUAL Comfort food like Swedish meatballs, daily handpies, and buttermilk pancakes. 774 Denman, 604-4287722. bl$$$ SHARK CLUB Sports bar/nightclub within walking distance of GM Place, B.C. Place Stadium, and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. DJs at 10 pm. 180 W. Georgia, 604-687-4275. l$$ THE SUNSET GRILL TAP HOUSE & WHISKEY BAR Dishes made with
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organic, sustainable ingredients; diverse whisky and craft-beer selection. 2204 York, 604-732-3733. pt$$
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2SEAFOOD ★ BLUE WATER CAFE Fresh local seafood, sushi, and raw bar. 1095 Hamilton, 604-688-8078. p$$$$
COCKNEY KINGS FISH & CHIPS Traditional English fish and chips. All you can eat on Mon, Tues, and Wed. 6574 E. Hastings, Burnaby, 604-291-1323. t$$ DOCKSIDE Ocean Wise seafood, inhouse brewery. 1253 Johnston, Granville Island, 604-685-7070. blp$$$ ★ THE FISH COUNTER Robert Clark’s sustainable-seafood eatery serves fish and chips and more. 3825 Main, 604-8763474. lt$$
JOE FORTES SEAFOOD & CHOP HOUSE Bustling seafood grill with steaks and an oyster bar. 777 Thurlow, 604-6691940. lp$$$ ★ SALMON HOUSE ON THE HILL Native-art-themed room; alder-grilledsalmon dishes. 2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver, 604-926-3212. lp$$$$
2SOUTHEAST ASIAN ★ BANANA LEAF Malaysian food, mild to spicy, with familiar and unusual dishes. 820 W. Broadway, 604-731-6333. lt$$
KAYA MALAY BISTRO Contemporary Malaysian cuisine with French influences. 1063 W. Broadway, 604-730-9963. lpt$$
★ GOTHAM STEAKHOUSE & BAR American-style steakhouse with by-theglass wine selection. 615 Seymour, 604605-8282. lp$$$$ ★ HAMILTON STREET GRILL Casual Yaletown spot serves red meat, seafood; house-made desserts. 1009 Hamilton, 604-331-1511. lp$$$ ★ HY’S ENCORE Traditional steakhouse with steak tartare and Canadian beef. 637 Hornby, 604-683-7671. l$$$$
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Is it wrong to play the Rite in fall? B Y ALEX ANDER VAR T Y
We’ll find out this weekend, when the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season with a performance of Igor Stravinsky’s epochal The Rite of Spring, alongside Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, with soloist Alexander Gavrylyuk, and Jocelyn Morlock’s Oiseaux bleus et sauvages. For some, it might seem an odd choice. Stravinsky’s pulsing, primal score—written for a Vaslav Nijinsky ballet depicting human sacrifice—is all about vernal energy, albeit of a dark and primitive kind. There’s little that’s misty or mellow about this 1913 work, although fall’s fruitfulness is there: the Rite has inspired a century’s worth of modern music, and continues to do so today. Perhaps, though, playing the Stravinsky is a good way to spring into a new season, one that will see some changes in the orchestra and that is also, arguably, its busiest and most adventurous ever. Bramwell Tovey certainly thinks so. “We usually have something fairly splashy to begin the season,” the VSO music director tells the Straight in a telephone interview. “To do both a contemporary work and The Rite of Spring for an audience that is sometimes a little bit gala-y on the first night—they’re not necessarily the hard-core people that come—is a good way for us to reach out. And then the Tchaikovsky piano concerto.…Alexander Gavrylyuk played all the Rachmaninoff piano-andorchestra pieces with us a couple of years ago, and it was a huge success. So I thought it would be an absolute humdinger to be able to open the season with him. “It’s a bit of a cocktail of fun,” he adds. “We probably wouldn’t normally do the Tchaikovsky piano concerto with The Rite of Spring, because both of them are enough to seduce an audience in. To have both in one evening is an embarrassment of riches.” Tovey has an additional motive for playing the Rite. “For the orchestra, it’s very much a statement,” he notes. “It’s a very hard piece to play, and
The Rite of... Autumn?
Maestro Bramwell Tovey hears folklore flowing through both The Rite of Spring and the Tchaikovsky concerto to be played by piano star Alexander Gavrylyuk (below).
If there’s any over- of Stravinsky and birds; they think of [French arching theme that con- composer Olivier] Messiaen and birds.” The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra opens its season with nects the three works, And, like much of Messiaen’s work, both it’s that they all “sample” Oiseaux and the Rite express a kind of ecstatic enextra splash, mixing Stravinsky with Tchaikovsky and Morlock folkloric material. The gagement with the natural world. “That’s probably true, isn’t it?” says Tovey. I think the VSO plays it extremely well. And we’ve Tchaikovsky concerto quite explicitly borrows melodic themes from Russian and Ukrainian folksong, “I mean, with Stravinsky, his ecstatic rendering of always used it as a kind of measuring stick.” This weekend, Tovey and his associates will while a repetitive motif in Morlock’s piece alludes to nature is rather more roughly hewn than Jocelyn’s, but nature is many different things, so it’s also be measuring Karl Stobbe, the Prince her time studying Balinese gamelan at UBC. quite right that it would be.” George–born associate concertmaster of Slavic melodies can also be heard in the Beyond that, there’s the question of linTovey’s former employer, the Winnipeg Rite, although Stravinsky initially deCheck out… eage—and here, too, Tovey sees a thread, Symphony Orchestra. The violinist is the nied that it was anything other than STRAIGHT.COM which he traces back to the young Strafirst of several candidates under consider- fully original. Visit our website There’s a more explicit link bevinsky’s meeting with Tchaikovsky at the ation for the job of VSO concertmaster, for morning-after Moscow Opera, circa 1893. “Stravinsky a position left vacant by Dale Barltrop’s tween Oiseaux bleus et sauvages reviews and local arts news was in awe of Tchaikovsky, and I think decision to return to his native Australia. and the Rite, however. Both begin Jocelyn is in awe of Stravinsky,” he says. “So “We’ll be having guest concert- with music inspired by birdsong, as there’s definitely a link there—and of course masters in my concerts over the course Morlock’s mentor Nikolai Korndorf of the next few months, while we make a once pointed out to the younger composer. Tchaikovsky was in awe of [Wolfgang Amadeus] Mozdecision about our new appointment,” “He said that he’d been out in the country and art, but Mozart doesn’t get a look-in this weekend!” For that, we’ll have to wait until Emanuel Ax Tovey explains. “Obviously, we’ve got heard crazy birds—like roosters and all kinds very big shoes to fi ll with Dale leav- of things—all practically losing their voices visits the VSO in January of next year—but we ing us, but in the meantime we have a singing away at the beginning of dawn,” the won’t complain about what’s on offer now. quite fantastic assistant concertmaster VSO’s resident composer recalls, in a separate in Nick Wright, who is quite wonder- telephone conversation. “So he thought that The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, with pianful. So we’re hoping to make a decision about the was in the Rite, and there is a Stravinsky quote ist Alexander Gavrylyuk, opens its 2016-17 seaconcertmaster position early in the new year, but that describes this happening. So there is sort of son at the Orpheum from Saturday to Monday a bird connection there, not that people think (September 24 to 26). the process starts this week.”
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Editor’s choice ANGELS TAKE WING Hard to believe that this year marks the 25th anniversary of Angels in America, Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize– winning, truly epic play about the 1980s AIDS crisis. Studio 58 is marking the occasion by staging the ambitious, sometimes wildly surreal production’s Part One: Millennium Approaches as its season opener, and we’re looking forward to this helming by two theatre-community stars: director Rachel Peake and set designer Drew Facey. Subtitled A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, the play still packs a considerable punch; even with our distance from Reagan’s America, these are themes of life, death, and injustice that speak to, well, the millennia. Studio 58 presents Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches from next Thursday (September 29) to October 16
Five events you just can’t miss this week
TROMBONE SHORTY AND ORLEANS AVENUE (September 25 at the Chan Centre) We all need a little Louisiana in our lives right now.
DIGITAL FOLK (September 21 to 25 at SFU Woodward’s) A video game meets contemporary dance and a costume party? We’re in.
PETER VS CHRIS (September 23 and 24 at Performance Works) The Fringe circuit’s funniest dudes are back and battling it out.
GORDON SMITH (To October 15 at Equinox Gallery) Tangled, matted vines and twigs turn into complex abstract art in the hands of this master.
MARK HALL-PATCH: TOMORROW TOMORROW (To October 15 at grunt gallery) You’ve never seen watercolour paintings so dark, dangerous, and alienated.
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PICKS ANNOUNCED The Vancouver Fringe Festival has announced its Public Market Pick of the Fringe winners—hit shows you’ll get one more chance to see between Wednesday and Sunday (September 21 through 25). The holdovers—chosen based on their popularity with audiences and critical acclaim—hit a new venue on Granville Island this year: Performance Works. Shows include Charlatan!, And Bella Sang With Us, The After After Party (pictured above, which also snagged a coveted Georgia Straight Critic’s Choice Award), Curious Contagious, Sink or Swim, and Carry On: A Musical. Also on the bill are shows that didn’t make it to this year’s Fringe, along with favourites from past years: One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendships and Shoes, Peter Vs Chris, The New Conformity, and God Is a Scottish Drag Queen IV. SEPTEMBER 22 – 29 / 2016 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 89
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Authors recall books that changed their lives for blacks in the U.S. had already proven the potency of nonviolence as weapon for political change. I became a lifelong votary of peace and nonviolence as a way of resolving fundamental challenges in building a more just, egalitarian, and compassionate world. The West’s violent forays into Iraq and Libya are just the latest proof the world needs less bullets and guns, more Kings and Gandhis.”
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he annual Word Vancouver festival is set to start on Wednesday (September 21) and carry through to the annual literary extravaganza of author readings, panel discussions, and displays in and around the central branch of the Vancouver Public Library on Sunday (September 25). In anticipation, we asked a group of the distinguished writers in the fest’s massively inclusive lineup to tell us about their finest reading experiences. Which books put a stamp on their imaginations early on? Which ones revealed to them the full power of the written word? Here’s what they told us. For info on their appearances and the complete festival program, go to wordvancouver.ca/. CARMEN AGUIRRE (Something Fierce; Mexican Hooker #1) “In the summer of 2003 my mother sent me a book. I was living in Los Angeles at the time, trying to finish a screenplay entitled Cojones or Bust. But I digress. The book my mother sent was Santiago-Paris: El Vuelo de la Memoria (Santiago-Paris: The Flight of Memory), cowritten by Carmen Castillo and Mónica Echeverría, a daughter-and-mother duo. Castillo was a founding member of the MIR, Movement of the Revolutionary Left, that my mother and I belonged to. She had spent most of Pinochet’s dictatorship exiled in Paris. Echeverría, who had stayed in Chile, was an outspoken member of the opposition, though in disagreement with her daughter’s revolutionary politics. Their book covered 70 years of Chile’s 20th century. It was personal and political, a historical document and an intimate conversation and debate between mother and daughter. I devoured it and wept, laughed, and nodded. Tender and intimate, it told a secret story
Clockwise from left: Kim Fu fell for Junie Moon; Elee Kraljii Gardiner draws from John Asfour’s poetry (Christoph Prevost photo); Anosh Irani struck A Fine Balance (Nirmal Shah photo); Ronald Wright reveres William Golding (Satva Hall photo).
of inconceivable pain and loss, now out in the open. It shook me to my core and gave me the balls to turn the shy notes I’d been taking into my first memoir, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter.” CROLL (Fashion That Changed the World; Bad Girls of Fashion) “I was such a voracious reader as a kid that it’s tough to pinpoint one book that changed my early life. I always lived through reading—every couple of weeks I’d bring home from the library great towering stacks of books that would terrify my babysitters. It’s all a bit of a blur. One book that stands out, however, is Roald Dahl’s Matilda, which I read when I was maybe eight or nine. It’s the story of a clever girl’s triumph in a dark and twisted world, and despite the elements of fantasy,
I felt like I could identify; Matilda’s story gave me bravery. I’m going to cheat and shout-out a second book, too: Douglas Coupland’s Girlfriend in a Coma, another sort of dark fairy tale which I read while I was 23, living in a closet in London, and horribly, horribly homesick. I think I can realistically say that Coupland’s dystopian vision of Vancouver plucked at my heartstrings enough to make me want to buy a plane ticket back to this city, even if I felt like my plane might fall out of the sky.” UJJAL
DOSANJH (Journey After
Midnight) “In the mid-1970s, contending with complex legal principles as a student at UBC law school, I became an easy prey to the distraction of a Canadian general’s book collection in the graduate-student-centre library.
There, for the first time in my life, I read in its entirety The Story of My Experiments With Truth, Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography, authored with elegant simplicity in the 1920s—upon his return to India, as he assumed the leadership of India’s freedom movement after many years of struggle against racial discrimination against Indians in South Africa. By then, I had already had a passing encounter with the radical Canadian left that had argued for violent political change in the world. Despite its strong attraction for a young Third World immigrant, I had quickly realized the dangerous futility of political violence—without yet having settled on an alternative. Gandhi’s ‘nonviolence is truth’ and ‘truth is nonviolence’ went straight to my political soul. Martin Luther King’s peaceful struggle for equality
KIM FU (For Today I Am a Boy) “When I was 11 years old, I came across Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon by Marjorie Kellogg in a bookstore—a short, brutal novel from the 1960s about three relative strangers who are discharged from a hospital at the same time and decide to live together. It was one of the first books for adults I ever read. I still have the copy I bought that day; the pages are torn, stained, and wavy with water damage. What struck me then, as a child, and still moves me now, was how real the characters in Tell Me felt, their fullness and depth and vividness. Even the most minor players—the nurses and other patients, a briefly remembered grandmother, a racist neighbour, a dog on the roadside, characters who appear for only a scene or a sentence—I understood inside and out. I have innumerable literary heroes now, but I think Tell Me showed me, unconsciously and at an early age, the kind of writer I want to be. Kellogg’s prose was spare, the plot brusque. It was the people that mattered.” ELEE KRALJII GARDINER (serpen-
tine loop) “Blindfold, among John Asfour’s five books of poems and many books of translation, is a perfect mini-world demonstrating his intellect and curiosity. These poems are philosophical, humorous, biting, and so completely told in my friend’s voice see next page
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that every time I read them it’s as if we are visiting, which is bittersweet— John died in 2014. I met John one year after I wrote my first poem. He came to Vancouver as the inaugural writer in residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House and became a friend of Thursdays Writing Collective. We were pals and co-editors (of a TWC chapbook and of V6A: Writing From Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012); when he moved back to Montreal we continued to talk about poems and social justice and life. He grew me up as a writer, opened his work for me to learn, weathered my juvenile questions. John let me accompany him through the process of creating a manuscript and publishing it—a path I have just enjoyed for the first time with my own book. His poems teach me something each reading, not just about how to navigate prejudice or survive an explosion as a teen in Lebanon, but about how a poet’s life is less about publication than connection. From that self-aware point the incisive poems in Blindfold unfold with clarity and truth.” BRETT JOSEF GRUBISIC (The Age
of Cities; From Up River and For One Night Only) “As a kid I read voraciously—Tolkien, comics, the Dune novels, Helter Skelter, my dad’s private stash for the actual articles. Cereal boxes. Really, anything. All the while I never gave a thought to writing. Immersive reading was the thing. In my surly teen years that love affair with words cooled. ‘Why bother?’ my stunted frontal cortex decided. Complaining gave me so much more satisfaction. One day, though, my younger sister begged me for help with an English-class essay. Something about the symbolism of red in an assigned novel. I said ‘Sure’ and promptly, er, devoured Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman. Aside from the comedy, the cleverness, the satiric jabs, and the social commentary, the novel entertained, educated, and provoked me
Renée Sarojini Saklikar says Slave of the Huns, by Hungarian writer Géza Gárdonyi, had a mysterious hold on her imagination. A. Tsabari photo.
while also showing me a few techniques that I’m probably still utilizing. In my top five of Atwood’s books, I’ve read and taught it a dozen times since. And each time it impresses me. And, in truth, each time I probably notice one of its words or ideas and repurpose it (thank you, Ms. Atwood) for writing of my own. We see further by standing on the shoulders of giants, right?” ANOSH IRANI (Dahanu Road; The
Men in White) “I was in my early 20s when I first read A Fine Balance. The 800-plus pages seemed daunting, but I was already familiar with Rohinton Mistry’s work. His first book, a collection of stories, was set in a Parsi colony, and I lived in a real-life version of ‘Firozsha Baag’ in Bombay. It was the ease of the writing, the simplicity and gentleness of the prose, that allowed me to enter the story. Before I knew it, I simply could not put the book down. I was tense and anxious because the characters I was reading about weren’t just characters in a novel anymore; they felt so damn real. I cared about them deeply. I had no control
to proximity and relatability. Postpunk, new-metal, thrash-grunge, Pacific Northwest Self-Identity Blossoming, I suppose. My first band, GorillaGorilla, opened for No Means No at Seattle’s OK Hotel, sealing my fate as a ‘professional vocalist’, and I was hooked for good. In Seattle, I ate at Rocket Pizza, hung out with boys who shot drugs and rode sport bikes, learned about American cops, and was in the hellish place that the Gits’ Mia Zapata was murdered. Five years later, in 1998, I was on my second solo record, really felt like I was coming into my own as a ‘feminist’, and then I learned about Seattle writer Inga Muscio and her book Cunt: A Declaration of Independence. My brain exploded. Her book educated and empowered me in a way no other writer, at that time, had. Cunt had such a huge impact on my feminism and self-awareness. I began to shed my shame and self-consciousness, and blossom as a female. I felt like I was evolving into a more positive woman (read: a ‘cuntlovin’ woman!) and wanted to change the world! And I still relate to Inga’s writings, and her important, powerful words definitely led me down a path of new self-respect, and led to my learning to love myself, today.”
over their fates, but wished, with an almost religious fervor, that I did. By the end of the novel, I felt someone had punched me in the gut: it was beautiful. I remember thinking, ‘So this is what literature can do.’ A Fine Balance was perhaps my first encounter with the awesome power of literature—its RENEE SAROJINI SAKLIKAR (chilability to disturb, to move, to find in- dren of air india) “Slave of the Huns by spiration in the most ordinary of lives.” the Hungarian writer Géza Gárdonyi, first published in 1901, brought out in JOY KOGAWA (Obasan) “When I was English by Corvina Press in the late seven to nine years old living in the ’60s: the book as mysterious object, mountains of B.C., I read and re-read to hold, to divine. A red cover, with Little Men by Louisa May Alcott. The ink drawings by Victor C. Ambrus, Bhaer family life became my ideal life the novel sat on a shelf in my father’s and my clear ambition was to have an library up at the manse in the town of orphanage when I grew up. The dream towns. One afternoon, abandoned by was not realized but the wish lingers Time, I ran a finger along the spines on. It’s not so much that the book was of objects, and the thing called to me, a turning point in my love for reading and I took hold of it, sinking down or writing, but that it fed an appetite to into an overstuffed chintz-covered know others, especially the stranger chair. At the place of the yellowneeding a home.” ribbon marker, I met the freed slave, Zeta, in love and hopeless, with a girl, BIF NAKED (I, Bificus) “Living in Emmo, attendant to Attila, king of Vancouver, for a Good Prairie Kid the Huns. So great is the passion of like me, meant I had a great affection Zeta the Greek, for Emmo the Hun for Seattle, Washington. This was due noblewoman, Zeta indentures his
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In Helen & Edgar, U.S. writer-performer Edgar Oliver weaves the true tale of his beyond-eccentric upbringing in Savannah. Sara Stacke photo.
Storyteller tackles his fears in Helen & Edgar He’s considered one of America’s greatest raconteurs, but Edgar Oliver still finds revealing himself frightening > BY JA NET SM IT H
performing now. “I think because I’m inherently so shy that there is a sort of safety in being on-stage. That makes it exhilarating.” Initially, Oliver says, it was hard for him to divulge such private events from his past. Helen & Edgar, which soon comes to the Cultch’s York Theatre, tells about growing up in an old house in Savannah, one choked by ivy, where his eccentric mother kept him and his sister, Helen, isolated from the outside world. It is a haunting story, with allusions to his mother’s paranoia and obsessivecompulsive rituals and his father’s traumatic death, as well as stinging recollections about being outcasts in 1960s Georgia. But looking back, he doesn’t consider his childhood unhappy. “I really and truthfully loved my childhood. A lot of my show might seem very dark, but I loved growing up with Mother and Helen and it was fun. I think we all three revelled in our darkness,” explains Oliver, whose mother’s accomplished paintings appear in projections throughout the show—and surround him always, he says, in his home now, along with those of his sister. “I think Savannah is a magical place and I loved that house, with its beautiful porch and back yard, surrounded by trees and vines.” It would be unfair to divulge too much more about that childhood, as the joy of Helen & Edgar comes in listening to his tale unfurl with his idiosyncratic rhythms, intonation, and elocution. What’s key, he points out, is that he speaks from the viewpoint of himself as a child, recounting his experiences and never passing judgment on what happened. “I do have a real sympathy for things that my mother was going through now and that I probably didn’t have any idea of at the time,” he says. “One thing I do hope in this show is I’m trying to create a portrait of Mother. And although it speaks of some dark things, I hope it is a loving portrait.…I hope and I believe that almost everyone in the audience can connect with what I’m telling and identify with it somehow.” -
o understand the power of Edgar Oliver’s storytelling, you must first hear his voice. Answering the phone at his New York City apartment, a famously rickety Lower East Side abode stuffed with artworks, curiosities, and ghosts, he sounds exactly the same as he does on-stage, with a dramatic, quavering lilt that falls somewhere between Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff, with maybe even a bit of Gloria Swanson thrown in. It conjures black-and-white horror movies and the faded Faulknerian glory of the South. Hearing his voice makes it immediately obvious why the playwright, poet, and actor has such a cult following, and why, with solo shows like Helen & Edgar (his monologue about coming of age in Savannah, Georgia, with his mother and sister), he is considered one of America’s great raconteurs. Oliver seems a natural-born storyteller, so it’s interesting to hear him admit, after a long pause, that it terrifies him. “I write for the stage and I write because I find it very difficult to communicate by speaking,” he says. “I think it had something to do with me being a writer. It doesn’t come easily to me and I really have to work at it.” The scariest thing he’s ever had to do is perform for The Moth, an unscripted, spoken memoir project for radio and live performance. He started participating in the popular New York initiative in the late ’90s, and eventually put together some of those shorter tales into his solo show Helen & Edgar. “I’ve written many plays about my childhood, but they’ve been fictionalized—even though they’re very accurate,” says Oliver, who’s a legend in the New York theatre community. “With The Moth it’s the truth, so it’s very frightening. When you go up there you don’t have anything memorized and you don’t know exactly what you’re going to say. It’s true, I think, that it never gets easier, although with Helen & Edgar it is scripted, so it is different and therefore easier—it’s frightening, but I’m Helen & Edgar is at the York Theatre not in mortal terror anymore.” He admits, too, after another from next Thursday (September 29) pause, that he enjoys aspects of to October 8.
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Heâ€™s one of the biggest names in Canadian comedy. He performs theatre shows and galas all across the land. But youâ€™re more likely to see him dropping in on clubs and smaller comedy rooms in Vancouver than working headlining halls. Such is the lot of the hometown hero. So it will be a treat when Brent Butt, whoâ€™s lived in Vancouver longer than in his native Saskatchewan, brings his act to Centennial Theatre in North Van on Saturday (September 24). The last time he did a big show here was two years ago, in support of his feature film debut, No Clue. This time, the cause is more serious. All proceeds will go to the North Shore Disability Resource Centreâ€™s information and advocacy program. The creator and former star of Corner Gas and Hiccups is often asked to perform at charity events. Usually, his agency checks them out to see if theyâ€™re a good fit for him or not. â€œThis is a no-brainer,â€? Butt tells the Straight over the phone from his home on the West Side. â€œThere wasnâ€™t a lot of research involved in this. It was just like, â€˜Yeah, this is a good cause; letâ€™s get on with it.â€™ â€? Buttâ€™s standup, as good as anyoneâ€™s anywhere, is timeless. His jokes arenâ€™t tied to the news or pop-cultural references of the day. Itâ€™s purely intentional. â€œThe decision was thatâ€™s too much work!â€? he says. â€œThat was the conscious decision: â€˜God, that seems like a lot of work. What, you mean, like, write new jokes every day?â€™ â€? Heâ€™s joking, of course. Mostly. He says it was â€œjust the practicality of not writing short-term jokes. Write a joke that has a shelf life that you can put in the arsenal. Every now and again, Iâ€™ll be doing a show on a stage and there will be a trigger thatâ€™ll remind me of a bit I did 10 years ago or something, but the situation Iâ€™m in on-stage is perfect for it and I pull it out. So itâ€™s great to have that arsenal of jokes with a shelf life.â€? Since this is our Best of Vancouver issue, we thought weâ€™d get some Brent Butt contributions:
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elease your jaw.” “Move from your bones.” “Breathe into the sides of your torso.” These are the kinds of gentle instructions you might hear in a dance class or rehearsal, the specialized language that professional artists use to achieve a certain effect. But dance artist Deanna Peters realized what she calls Body Talk could benefit almost anyone by opening up a world of understanding and mind-body connection. “The way the idea came to me was in social media,” explains Peters, the Vancouver ambassador for the upcoming B.C. Culture Days. “I thought everybody could benefit by having these body reminders come across their desk. There’s all this stuff about how sitting is bad for you. But it started in the language: people don’t want to be told about their posture; they get offended. It’s a different way of introducing the idea to people.” For the past few years, her Body Talk project has taken several forms, from a presentation at a PechaKucha night to posters at the Dance Centre, a blog, and, yes, social-media missives. For each of the three Culture Days, as part of programming across the city and province (not to mention the
concurrent Culture Days being held across the country), she will host an event at the Scotiabank Dance Centre that’s a mashup between a multimedia installation and movement class. The key, she says, is not to use jargon. “I’ve gotten more and more away from ballet language,” says Peters, who once trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, but now follows somatic practice—a dance form that emphasizes the artist’s internal physical sensations. “If you’re thinking ‘plié’ you do something different than if you think ‘Bend your knees’.…The lines are becoming much more blurry for me between when I’m working on dance and when I’m not.” One of the goals, after all, is to demystify contemporary dance, a form that intimidates some people, or at least causes them stress as they try to understand it. In a way, you could say she’s helping to translate a language. “It’s not that people can’t understand it, it’s just that they don’t,” she says. “They interrupt the experience through doubting themselves. There’s always the saying ‘I don’t get it,’ but they don’t know that it’s okay. So often with dance, there’s not that one thing to get.” Peters is open to putting dance out there by almost any means possible, whether through shows in
clubs and art galleries or via the web and video. She links to almost all of her experiments, including Body Talk, through her website Mutable Subject (www.mutablesubject.ca/). Now the artist is venturing into new terrain as a B.C. Culture Days ambassador, a job that finds her not only hosting events, but recommending them as well. Among her picks for the three-day communitybased celebration: grunt gallery’s Meet the Curators talk from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday (October 1); interactive demonstrations and artmaking at the Aboriginal Gathering Space at Emily Carr University, on the same day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; and the behind-the-scenes tour of the Arts Factory, 21,000 square feet of artist studios, workshops, office space, and common areas in False Creek Flats, also on Saturday afternoon. (See bc.culturedays.ca/ to build your own customized schedule for the weekend.) “I like going into spaces that I don’t normally have access to,” she says. And she’ll help us access some of our inner physical spaces, too. Body Talk takes place as part of B.C. Culture Days at the Scotiabank Dance Centre next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (September 30, October 1, and October 2).
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Thu Oct 6, 8:00pm
Presented by the UBC School of Music Led by conductor Jonathan Girard, the UBC Symphony Orchestra opens their season at the Chan Centre with a program of DvoĜak, Bloch and Hindemith.
DENIS MATSUEV PIANO RECITAL Thu Oct 20, 8:00pm
Presented by Show One Productions Renowned pianist Denis Matsuev performs a program that includes works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Schumann, and Prokofiev.
HANNIBAL BURESS: THE HANNIBAL MONTANABAL EXPERIENCE Fri Oct 21, 7:00pm
Presented by Live Nation and The Georgia Straight Comedian Hannibal Buress performs his wildly popular standup routine.
PEPE ROMERO AND FRIENDS Sat Oct 22, 7:00pm
Presented by Lugaro and Newport Realty Maestro Pepe Romero makes his long awaited return to Vancouver alongside Alexander Dunn, Randy Pile, and Robert Ward.
VSO: THE ITALIAN SYMPHONY Oct 28 + 29, 8:00pm
Presented by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Italian conductor Carlo Montanaro brings distinct style to a program of Mozart and Mendelssohn. Featuring pianist Andrew von Oeyen.
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The 900 and 1000 blocks of Main Street. This busy lil’ patch of land has kept my spirit turnt up for nearly six years and I don’t see any signs of that slowing down until I finally go home to Jesus. Torafuku, Upstairs at Campagnolo, and Pizzeria Farina keep me fed and make me look like I’ve got my life together on a first date. I can snatch cute dresses and pet cool dogs at the Eastside Flea, and when I’m ready to give shows for the kids, I slip into the Cobalt, where everybody knows my shame. It’s a very polite Groundhog Day situation.
The first thing I do when I come back to the city after tour is drop my bags at my place in East Van and sneak over to Mount Seymour for a run in the woods. Less known and less visited than Cypress and Grouse, the trails starting in the Old Buck and Hyannis Point parking lots are mostly empty and better than any I’ve seen—anywhere. In the winter the rainforest helps our rain make sense. And in the summer, stop by Third Beach in Stanley Park on the way home for the most epic Vancity doubleheader.
My favourite thing about our fine city is the constant ingenuity of artists to make a mark upon this city. Despite the many challenges of creating art in this city you will find art everywhere, from bus stops to murals to pop-ups. A friend of mine once described the Vancouver art scene as “Venue Whac-A-Mole”. Numerous art venues have disappeared, but despite this there are always new and interesting spaces appearing where artists can present work on their own terms.
Shanda Leer hosts the sketch-comedy show Studio With Shanda the first Saturday of every month at XY.
Tarun Nayar’s band Delhi 2 Dublin has just released a remix of last year’s album We’re All Desi.
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Unlike most kids, Lindsay
2 Coulter knew what career path
she wanted to pursue at an early age. “When I was nine, I said, ‘One day, David Suzuki and I will be like this,’ while crossing my fingers,” she tells the Straight by phone. Years later, while sitting in a clearcut in her native Alberta—“counting birds, identifying them by song or something”—she decided to relocate to Vancouver to make it happen. Today, the eco-minded zoology grad is living her dream. As the David Suzuki Foundation’s resident Queen of Green, Coulter serves as a teacher, a public speaker, and an all-around green-living expert, writing articles, leading discussions, and conducting workshops that help Canadians reduce their environmental footprint. Having now lived in Vancouver for over a decade, she’s also a fountain of knowledge when it comes to the city’s most eco-friendly spots.
Lindsay Coulter gets eco-friendly, from her clothes to her restaurants.
swaps, Nicole Bridger is typically where I get my wardrobe.” BEST RECYCLING RULE OF THUMB
“My shtick is to recycle less. Some people say, ‘If I just had three blue bins, I could fill them every week.’ But the answer isn’t to recycle more, it’s to reduce and reuse first.” BEST SPOT FOR A LOCALLY SOURCED, SUSTAINABLE MEAL
Homestead Junction 649 East Hastings Street Community centres Various locations “Homestead Junction conducts workshops that cover everything from how to grow mushrooms to beekeeping to how to make soap. And they have all the supplies there, which is really cool. You also might be surprised by what you find in your local community-centre catalogue.”
Go Fish 1505 West 1st Avenue Tractor Foods Various locations Rain or Shine Homemade Ice Cream 102–1926 West 4th Avenue 3382 Cambie Street “Go Fish near Granville Island for sustainable seafood if you’re into that, and Tractor if you’re vegetarian. I also like Rain or Shine for ice cream—everything there is compostable and they use local and organic ingredients.”
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Kitsilano Natural Foods 2696 West Broadway “Choices is quite good for this—you INDUSTRY EXPERTS can find washing soda and a bunch of different staples. The Soap Dispensary IHEART is another one, of course, as well as If you’ve ever passed Vancouver Kitsilano Natural Foods. That’s where General Hospital, headed down I buy bulk salt and bulk baking soda.” Main Street, or cycled through Stanley BEST LOCAL GREEN INITIATIVE Park, you’re probably already familiar “The Jericho Stewardship Group that with the work of one of Vancouver’s does tree-planting and cleaning. They premier street artists, iHeart. Inevitmeet every week and you can just ably compared to the designs of global show up. It’s family-friendly. I also superstar Banksy, iHeart’s paintings like Keep Vancouver Spectacular, target issues like social-media usage, where you can sign up as an ambas- homelessness, and consumer culture sador to clean up your block. Then with striking and humorous imagery. there’s the shoreline cleanups con- Although iHeart is quick to point out ducted by the Surfrider Foundation, the differences in their styles—Banksy for example, and Little Free Library, is, the local virtuoso notes, “an internationally renowned artist who builds which is a fun way to share a book.” amusement parks, does a month-long residency in New York, and sneaks BEST CONSIGNMENT STORE Macgillycuddy’s Consignment for into Gaza to paint cats”, while iHeart struggles to pay off a “backbreaking Little People student-loan debt”—Banksy has post4881 MacKenzie Street ed the young Vancouverite’s work on Cobblestone Children’s his social-media. Consignment iHeart’s street art has been fea4394 West 10th Avenue tured on notable blogs Hypebeast and Turnabout Luxury Resale Designboom, and his paintings have Various locations been exhibited at the Hot Art Wet Cheapskates City gallery in Vancouver and Taking 3644 West 16th Avenue “Macgillycuddy’s and Cobblestone Back the Streets in New York City. A for kids and Turnabout for men and big-name participant in the Vancouver women. Cheapskates is awesome if Mural Festival this year, the famously you need outdoor and sports gear—I secretive artist has put up seven new just consigned a fleece jacket and my pieces around the city, all under the cover of darkness. old rock-climbing shoes there.”
Nicole Bridger Choices Markets 14 Water Street Various locations “Aside from the stuff I get through The Soap Dispensary consignment, thrift, and clothing 3718 Main Street
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London Drugs Various locations “London Drugs’ green deal program takes batteries, light bulbs, and Styrofoam packaging—whether you purchased the product there or not—as well as soft plastics. Electro-recycle events at farmers markets are great too.”
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“I don’t like to pick favourites. Vancouver has a handful of street artists like Slingshot, Mega, Wrk(less), and M.W. Bowen who all bring something different to the table.” BEST WAY TO GET INTO STREET ART
“Participation is a great first step.”
iHeart’s street art is well-known, but the artist is famously secretive. BEST WAY TO CHOOSE A MURAL LOCATION
“It’s ideal to pick a spot that’s empty at night and packed with people during the day.” BEST VANCOUVER NEIGHBOURHOOD TO FILL WITH STREET ART
“I’m testing out the ‘broken-windows theory’ in some affluent areas. I’ll get back to you.” BEST MUSIC TO PAINT TO
“Yacht rock. I’m trying to stay optimistic about the future.” BEST PLACE TO GET A LADDER
“I find it to be more cost-effective to use old patio chairs, but if you’d rather drop $300 on a telescopic ladder, I’d suggest Home Depot.” BEST PIECE OF FEEDBACK YOU’VE EVER GOT
“ ‘You should quit painting. Everything you’ve ever done is played out and unoriginal.’ ” BEST WAY TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS
> KATE WILSON
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Southeast meets Northwest DANCE COLLECTED, TRACES, AND STILL HERE A Co.ERASGA production. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre on Wednesday, September 14. No remaining performances
Sometimes we take for granted
2 the cool cultural fusions that
make this city, perched on the Pacific Rim, such a fascinating place to live. In a single day you can eat Thai street food served up with local craft brew at a sleek contemporary bar, go out and hear a band that mixes Chinese erhu and jazz drums, then have a cocktail infused with Lapsang souchong syrup. These kinds of experiences come to mind when you watch Co.ERASGA’s new work fill the stage at the Scotiabank Dance Centre—two pieces that take the rich ancient traditions of Southeast Asia and retool them with electronic noise soundscapes into something entirely new and surreal. They’re dance works that probably only could have happened here, in this place on the edge between East and West. Choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino is reaching into his own indigenous Filipino roots and melding them with his contemporary western dance practice, but his ideas span several countries and their diasporas. Both pieces feature striking imagery and build to an aural and visual chaos that gives way to trancelike calm. Tolentino, who usually works in solos featuring himself, clearly relishes the chance to sculpt and scatter seven dancers— five local, with two visiting Filipino artists—and it’s exciting to see his ideas spread across an expanded palette. In Tracing Malong, he finds myriad ways to use the traditional Southeast Asian fabric, playing on its origins but also finding ways to create haunting new images. Legs
Co.ERASGA’s new work draws upon Southeast Asian culture and traditions and fuses them with Western modern dance practice. Yasuhiro Okada photo.
poke out, disembodied, from fabric stretched into rectangles over dancers’ bodies. A chorus of women vocalize while twisting and throwing their malongs. A woman wraps hers around her like a hijab and floats ghostlike through a crowd. Dancers pull the fabric up into eerie, face-covering masks. And, in one of the piece’s most mesmerizing instances, the dancers enact a frenzied loop of wrapping and unwrapping the material around their necks, heads, and waists. It’s all set against a cacophony of voice, found sound, and fragmented traditional instruments like clanging gongs and chimes that composer Emmanuel Mailly gathered on trips to Southeast Asia. The effect is dreamlike, thankfully never literal, somehow suggesting the complex history of regions and peoples, and the role of the malong to them, but then refracting it into something more abstract. There’s a lot of layered sound, dance, and meaning going on here, and sometimes the piece feels on the verge of spinning out of control on its set lined with mismatched light stands. But Erasga creates a mood here, and effectively builds to an ecstatic state.
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Mudras initially feels much more meditative, turning the hand gestures of yoga and eastern religions into fullbody movements. Dancers run, lunge, and whirl, a delicate finger and thumb suddenly taking the age-old position and freezing into focus. At one point dancer Sophia Wolfe’s shuni mudra morphs into a kind of grasping claw; at another, Olivia Shaffer holds her hand positions while hopping around the stage. Tolentino, who has recently studied Thai classical dance, also borrows that form’s facial expressions, from the gaping, silent-scream mouths to the dramatically widened eyes. The messages are less fully formed here, but the movement, by a team of fully committed dancers, is often mesmerizing to watch—building to a startling finale where the dancers move from a serene, carefully held lotus position to silently face the audience in a blinding light that bathes the entire auditorium. It’s like they’ve reached some higher trance state against the roar of sound. Tolentino, too, by creating a world that somehow transcends East and West, has worked a kind of trance on his audience.
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Winner for Best Live Performing Arts Venue – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Runner-up for Best Live Music Venue – Orpheum
Fringe names winners, opera fest unveils roster Vancouver Fringe Festival 2 The has announced it broke its rec-
ord for ticketed attendance this year. The event welcomed more than 35,000 attendees, who contributed to the fest racking up the highest revenues to artists in its history (over $250,000). The Fringe is also celebrating its prizewinners, who were on hand at the annual awards night on Sunday. Among the winners, the Georgia Straight’s Critic’s Choice Award, handed out by writers Colin Thomas and Kathleen Oliver, went to The After After Party and The Orbweaver: A Dark and Twisted Folktale About a Mildly Farfetched, Highly Illegal Immigration Across Metaphysical Borders. (The latter also won the volunteers’ choice award.) The After After Party also took home the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, handed out by the Cultch via the Fringe as a tribute to a show that demonstrates “unique potential”. RAGMOP Theatre, the company behind Falling Awake, won the Joanna Maratta Prize for showing true Fringe spirit. Deneh’Cho Thompson, who penned The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine, won the new-play award. The B.C. Touring Council award, which goes to the artist with the best potential for touring the province, went to Hip. Bang! (Hip.Bang! Improv and Hip.Bang! Presents the History of Romance). The winner gets mentorship, marketing support, and the chance to showcase the work at Pacific Contact, the B.C. Touring Council’s annual trade show and booking conference for the performing arts. The Vancouver Fringe’s board of directors handed its Artistic Risk Award this year to Cameryn Moore of the show Nerdfucker.
And the Spirit of the Fringe Award went to Bon Dos Remedios, from Walk the Talk, for best demonstrating that “Fringe attitude”.
OPERA FEST UNFURLS LINEUP Vancouver Opera has just
released new programming details about its first festival next spring. Among the happenings that will bring the entire Queen Elizabeth Theatre site alive from April 28 to May 13, 2017, will be a new video installation by artist Paul Wong and performances by vocal stylist Ute Lemper and Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq. All of them will take place in the site’s massive Festival Tent. Called Five Octave Range, Wong’s site-specific installation is to incorporate images from 50 years of Vancouver Opera productions. The company has also announced a massive choral event that brings together pro and amateur choirs in one of the largest massed opera choruses in the city’s history on May 3. Jonathan Darlington conducts this coproduction with the Vancouver Bach Choir. And amid the names attached to the main-stage shows are tenor Clifton Forbis in the title role of Otello by Giuseppe Verdi and bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch starring in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Erhard Rom, the visionary behind VO’s stunning 2010 production of Nixon in China, designs sets for both. For Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the Vancouver Playhouse, VO has brought on set designer Drew Facey, who created the dark, striking world of 2014’s Stickboy, and contemporary costumes by Canadian fashion designer Sid Neigum.
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> JANET SMITH
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 7:30PM, ORPHEUM SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 2PM, ORPHEUM Constantine Kitsopoulos conductor Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, with the VSO! The original Indiana Jones adventure, re-mastered and presented on the big screen at the Orpheum, with the orchestra playing the famous, award-winning score by John Williams live on stage. Classification: PG. Parental Guidance Suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
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ONE WOMAN SEX AND THE CITY: A PARODY OF LOVE, FRIENDSHIPS AND SHOES A play by TJ Dawe and Kerry Ipema takes the audience on a laughterinfused version of all six seasons of the TV show. Sep 22, Performance Works (1218 Cartwright, Granville Island). Info tickets. vancouverfringe.com/.
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HUNGER GAMES—CATCHING FIRE: THE MUSICAL Pop-culture parody sees Katniss Everdeen continue to defy the Capitol, play with Peeta’s heart, and belt out songs in the style of Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande. Sep 22–Oct 1, 8 pm, Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright, Granville Island). Tix $20, info www.facebook.com/D13Presents/.
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TRUMP THE MUSICAL Donald Trumpthemed musical features songs like “I’m a Yankee Donald Dandy”, “Little Marco and Lyin’ Ted”, and “Hillary’s Lament”. Sep 23, 8 pm, Studio 16 (1545 W. 7th). Tix $15, info www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/2605558/.
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THE NEW CONFORMITY Three jugglers create a show that combines theatrical and social commentary with high-level circus skills. Part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Sep 25, 5:45 pm, Performance Works (1218 Cartwright, Granville Island). Tix $25, info www.vancouverfringe.com/.
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GOD IS A SCOTTISH DRAG QUEEN IV Writer-performer Mike Delamont skewers everything from politics to the platypus. Part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Sep 25, 7:30 pm, Performance Works (1218 Cartwright, Granville Island). Tix $25, info www.vancouverfringe.com/. SONIC ELDER The Chop Theatre presents an on-stage documentary with live music from the generation that invented youth culture. Sep 27–Oct 1, 7 pm; Oct 2, 2 pm, Penthouse (1019 Seymour Street). Tix $28, info www.thechoptheatre.com/plays/ sonic-elder/.
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BARD ON THE BEACH Annual outdoor Shakespeare festival features performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor (to Sep 24) and Romeo and Juliet (to Sep 23). To Sep 24, Vanier Park (1000 Chestnut). Tix from $20, info www.bardonthebeach.org/. THE GLASS MENAGERIE Island Productions presents Tennessee Williams’s classic about the plight of a single mother and her two adult children. To Sep 25, PAL Theatre (8th floor, 581 Cardero). Tix $20, info www.glassmenagerie.ca/. BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY The Arts Club Theatre Company presents director John Murphy’s version of Ken Ludwig’s zany whodunit. Based on the Arthur Conan Doyle story. To Oct 9, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville). Tix from $29, info www.artsclub.com/.
2UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS MULAN THE MUSICAL Pangburn Philosophy presents an exclusive performance that uses Chinese drum music, traditional kung fu, and dance to tell the story of one girl’s determination to save
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1. Ballet BC 2. Kokoro Dance 3. Kidd Pivot
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1. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra 2. Turning Point Ensemble 3. Pacific Baroque Orchestra
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her family. Oct 15, 2 pm, 8 pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton). Tix $30-50 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketstonight.com/.
DANCE 2JUST ANNOUNCED CONDUIT Contemporary dance work by Jenn Edwards, based on the movements of orchestral conductors. Oct 1-2, 8 pm, Gold Saucer Studio (211 - 207 W. Hastings). Tix $10, cash only, info www.jennedwards dance.com/. SCHOLARSHIP SHOWCASE Highlights include performances by 2016 Vancouver Ballet Society scholarship winners and a silent auction. Oct 2, 1 pm, Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie). Tix $75, info www.vancouverballetsociety.ca/. SMALL STAGE: 34 Dances for a Small Stage 34 kicks off the season with a performance that features a range of popular dance styles. Oct 13-16, 7 pm, ANZA Club (3 W. 8th Ave). Tix $25, info www.smallstage.ca/.
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2THIS WEEK DIGITAL FOLK The plastic orchid factory presents an interdisciplinary collaboration between dance artist James Gnam, visual artist Natalie Purschwitz, lighting designer James Proudfoot, and 11 dance artists that explores a generation’s approach to identity, physicality, social dance, and performance. Sep 21-25, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings). Tix $28/22/18, info www.sfuwoodwards.ca/.
2UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS DISCOVER DANCE! SHIAMAK’S BOLLYWOOD JAZZ Vancouver’s Shiamak dance team showcases the dynamic fusion of jazz, folk, and modern dance styles seen in Bollywood films. Sep 29, 12-1 pm, Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie). Tix $14/12, info www.thedancecentre.ca/. NEW WORKS 16/17 SEASON LAUNCH Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg’s Porno Death Cult sees characters confront the unanswerable questions that contort our collective perceptions. Sep 29, 30, 8 pm, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews). Tix $25/20, info www.newworks.ca/. GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER The Moscow Ballet premieres its family-friendly holiday dance performance, featuring a company of almost 40, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, and handmade costumes. Nov 13, 2 pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton). Tix at www.nutcracker. com/buy-tickets/.
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Orchestra in a program that sees the Indiana Jones film played on the big screen alongside a performance of the score by John Williams. Nov 5, 7:30 pm; Nov 6, 2 pm, Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe). Info www.vancouversymphony.ca/.
HANSEL & GRETEL The Vancouver Opera presents the musical story of two children who find themselves on a magical adventure. Score by Engelbert Humperdinck. Nov 24–Dec 11, Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton). Info www.vancouveropera.ca/.
VOLIÈRE ÉLECTRIQUE: NEW WORK BY TERRI HRON AND HILDEGARD WESTERKAMP Recorder virtuoso Terri Hron returns to Vancouver to premiere a new work created in collaboration with Vancouver-based composer 2THIS WEEK Hildegard Westerkamp, along with works by Hron and Robert Normandeau, DROP IN ROCK CHOIR Sing classic and and Hron and Monty Adkins. Sep 30, contemporary rock, pop, and indie songs 8 pm, Vancouver Community College with a vibrant community choir. Sep 22, Broadway (1155 E. Broadway). Free 29; Oct 6, 7:30-9 pm, Presentation House admission, info www.newmusic.org/ Theatre (333 Chesterfield Ave.). Tix $10, terri-hron-voliere-electrique-sept-30/. info www.impromptumusic.ca/. THE VSO AT THE MOVIES: ALFRED VSO SEASON OPENING: THE RITE OF HITCHCOCK’S PSYCHO Scott Terrell conSPRING Bramwell Tovey conducts pianist ducts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Alexander Gavrylyuk and the VSO in a proin a performance of the soundtrack to gram of Morlock’s Oiseaux bleus et sauAlfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller Psycho vages, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as the film plays on the big screen. Oct 12, in B Flat Minor, and Stravinsky’s The Rite of 7:30 pm, Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe). Spring. Sep 24, 8 pm; Sep 25, 2 pm; Sep 26, Info www.vancouversymphony.ca/. 8 pm, Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe). Info www.vancouversymphony.ca/. ANDRÉA TYNIEC Music on Main presents the Toronto-based violinist in a program of works by Sokolovic, Bach, Ysaÿe, and Hron. MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM Sing along to Oct 18, 8 pm, CBC Studio 700 (700 Hamilton). sea shanties performed by the Lazy Jacks and take part in an old-time fiddle jam Tix $25/15, info www.musiconmain.ca/. session with Doug the Fiddler and Friends. Sep 25, 1-4 pm, Old Hastings Mill Store THE DANISH STRING QUARTET The Museum (1575 Alma). Admission by donaVancouver Recital Society presents the tion, info www.hastings-mill-museum.ca/. Danish classical ensemble in a program of work by Bach, Mozart, Shostakovich, and CHAMBER MUSIC AT HYCROFT Beethoven. Oct 19, 7:30 pm, Vancouver Violinist Jennie Press, cellist Lee Duckles, Playhouse (600 Hamilton). Tix from $25, and pianist Monica Pfau perform piano info 604-602-0363, www.vanrecital.com/. trios by Beethoven and Alexander THE VSO AT THE MOVIES: RAIDERS OF Zemlinsky. Sep 27, 10:30 am, University Women’s Club (1489 McCrae). Tix $30, info THE LOST ARK Constantine Kitsopoulos www.uwcvancouver.ca/. conducts the Vancouver Symphony
DROP IN ROCK CHOIR Sing classic and contemporary rock, pop, and indie songs with a vibrant community choir. Sep 20, 27; Oct 4, 7:30-9 pm, WISE Hall (1882 Adanac). Tix $10, info www.impromptumusic.ca/. WEDNESDAY NOON HOURS: MICROCOSMOS QUARTET Vancouver classical ensemble plays music by Dutilleux and Bartók. Sep 28, 12-1 pm, Roy Barnett Recital Hall (6361 Memorial Rd., UBC). Tix $5 at the door, cash only, info www.music. ubc.ca/wednesday.noon.hours/. TRUMPET MASTERCLASS WITH PAUL MERKELO The Canadian classical pianist and principal trumpet with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal leads a workshop. Sep 28, 7:30 pm, Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut). Free admission, info www.vam.ca/.
2UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS THE MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE Conductor Brent Havens leads vocalist Tony Vincent, Rock Ensemble, and the VSO in an exploration of David Bowie’s innovative musical style. Oct 5, 8 pm, Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe). Info www.vancouversymphony.ca/. EWA POBLOCKA The Vancouver Chopin Society presents a concert by the Polish classical pianist. Oct 14, 7:30 pm, Vancouver Playhouse Recital Hall (601 Cambie). Tix $40/30/20, info www.chopinsociety.org/.
COMEDY 2ONGOING 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. 2KEVIN FOXX Sep 22-24 2PAUL MYREHAUG Sep 29-Oct 1 2MATT BILLON Oct 6-8 YUK YUK’S COMEDY CLUB 2837 Cambie, 604-696-9857, www.yukyuks.com/vancouver. Comedy club with Top Talent Tue at 8 pm, amateur night Wed at 8 pm, and professional headliners Thu-Fri at 8 pm and Sat at 7 and 9:30 pm. Cover Tue $10, Wed $7, Thu $10, and Fri-Sat $20. 2DARRYL ORR Sep 22 2JOE MACHI Sep 23-24 2ANGELO TSAROUCHAS Sep 30-Oct 1 VANCOUVER THEATRESPORTS LEAGUE Some of the world’s most daring and innovative improv. Colin Mochrie at the Improv Centre (every Fri, 7:30 pm, 9:30 pm); The Big Picture: An Improvised Movie (Thu and Sat, 7:30 pm); Firecracker! (Thu, 9:15 pm); Improv After Dark (Sat, 11:15 pm); OK Tinder (Wed, 9:15 pm); Rookie Night (Sun, 7:30 pm); TheatreSports (Wed, 7:30 pm; Sat, 9:30 pm). Sep 21-28, The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau, Granville Island). Tix $8-22, info www.vtsl.com/.
2THIS WEEK FIRECRACKER! The Vancouver TheatreSports League presents evenings of improv comedy that explore what it means to be a woman in Vancouver. To Dec 22, 9:15 pm, The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau, Granville Island). Info www.vtsl.com/. OK TINDER The Vancouver TheatreSports League presents an improv-comedy show inspired by Vancouver’s notorious and ludicrous dating scene. To Dec 21, 9:15 pm, every Wed, The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau, Granville Island). Info www.vtsl.com/. KEVIN FOXX Canadian comedian and radio-show host performs a solo show. Sep 22-24, The Comedy MIX (1015 Burrard). Tix $20/18/15, info www.thecomedymix.com/. DARRYL ORR Standup comedian and musician performs a solo show. Sep 22, 8 pm, Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (2837 Cambie). Tix $10, info www.yukyuks.com/vancouver/. JOE MACHI Standup comedian performs a solo show. Sep 23, 7 pm; Sep 23, 9:30 pm; Sep 24, 7 pm; Sep 24, 9:30 pm, Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (2837 Cambie). Tix $20, info www.yukyuks.com/vancouver/. COLIN MOCHRIE UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL Canadian improv comedian, Vancouver TheatreSports League alumnus, and Whose Line Is It Anyway? star presents an evening of laughter. Sep 23, 7:30 pm, 9:30 pm, The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau, Granville Island). Tix $79/69, info www.vtsl.com/. THE COLIN MOCHRIE EXPERIENCE Canadian improv comedian, Vancouver TheatreSports League alumnus, and Whose Line Is It Anyway? star presents an evening of laughter. Sep 24, 7:30 pm, Vogue Theatre (918 Granville). Tix $29-69, info www.vtsl.com/. TRUMP CARD The Vancouver TheatreSports League presents an improvcomedy show that examines the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Sep 28–Nov 12, 7:30-9 pm, The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau, Granville Island). Info www.vtsl.com/.
2UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL IMPROV FESTIVAL The 17th annual celebration of improv comedy features over 30 interactive performances, workshops, and an opening-night gala. Oct 4-8, 7:30-11:30 pm, Granville Island. Info www.vancouverimprovfest.com/. HANNIBAL BURESS The Georgia Straight presents American comedian performing
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2016 JUST FOR LAUGHS COMEDY TOUR Just for Laughs presents standup comedy by Dane Cook, Vinny Fasline, and John Campanelli. Nov 18-19, 7:30 pm, Vogue Theatre (918 Granville). Tix $65.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www. ticketfly.com/.
THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST SEP. 30 & OCT. 1 @ 8 PM • KAY MEEK CENTRE
AMY SCHUMER American standup comedian, writer, actor, and star of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer performs on her world tour. Dec 2, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way). Tix $109/39 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/.
A celebration of David Bowie’s iconic album with some of Vancouver’s best musicians
EL TWANGUERO & PAUL PIGAT SAT. OCT. 15 @ 8 PM
A night of guitar magic with two rockabilly virtuosos
Vancouver is the ideal walking city, rain or shine. I purposely choose to walk through the nooks and crannies of the city for my walks. I feel much more connected to the community when I walk through the wonderfully diverse neighbourhoods. I love hearing pockets of cheering during a World Cup game, visiting the chickens running around someone’s front yard, or seeing a homemade “honey for sale” sign on a beekeeper’s gate.
Third Beach is my go-to place of possibilities. I’ll swim/float, stare off into the horizon, and get lost savouring a concessionstand ice cream. Tuesday nights during the summer, there’s a sunset drum circle and I like to swim out with the beats behind me, buoyed and renewed.
Julia Kwan is developing an animated film with the NFB inspired by Tuk, the geriatric polar bear. two shows on his Hannibal Montanabal Experience tour. Oct 21, 7 pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd., UBC). Tix $39.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/.
TOGETHER AGAIN AT LAST...FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME English comedians and Monty Python alumni John Cleese and Eric Idle give a performance that blends scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage, and aquatic juggling. Oct 20-22, 8 pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton). Tix $69.50-99.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketmaster.ca/. DANNY BHOY Scottish comedian known for performing at the Edinburgh Festival, the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and Just for Laughs. Oct 27, 7 pm, Vogue Theatre
Writer-director Mina Shum’s award-winning documentary, Ninth Floor, is on iTunes. Her next fiction film is Meditation Park.
(918 Granville). Tix $45.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www.hahaha.com/.
BOB SAGET American actor, standup comedian, and TV host performs his signature raw and raunchy brand of comedy. Nov 10, 8 pm, River Rock Casino (8811 River Rd., Richmond). The event also runs Nov 11 at the Molson Canadian Theatre at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver. Tix $69.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www. ticketmaster.ca/. BRAIN Novelist, musician, and former Canadian poetry slam champ Brendan McLeod maps his experiences with obsessive compulsive disorder. Nov 17, 7:30 pm, Telus Studio Theatre (6265 Crescent Rd., UBC). Tix $20-32 (plus service charges and fees) at www.chancentre.com/.
THE VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST Annual celebration turns reading into a community experience, bringing people together to share thoughts, explore ideas, and witness conversations. Participating authors include Yann Martel, Wade Davis, Teva Harrison, Sam Wiebe, Sarah Glidden, Madeleine Thien, Michael Helm, M.G. Vassanji, Lindy West, Joy Kogawa, Ivan Coyote, Kenneth Oppel, Guy Gavriel Kay, Gordon Korman, Erin Bow, C.C. Humphreys, and Billie Livingston. Oct 17-23, Granville Island. Info 604-681-6330 x111, www.writersfest.bc.ca/.
DONNY MCCASLIN • FRI. OCT. 28 @ 8 PM
Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist blurs the line between jazz and electronica with“A” Band and NiteCap
Tickets: 604.990.7810 • Online: capilanou.ca/centre Capilano University • 2055 Purcell Way • North Vancouver
2THIS WEEK WORD VANCOUVER Highlights of the annual celebration of the written word include a marketplace, readings, panel discussions, workshops, entertainment, colouring and typewriter stations, and familyfriendly activities featuring Canadian authors and book, magazine, comics, education, and literacy exhibitors. Participating authors include Lynn Johnston, Joy Kogawa, Anosh Irani, Ujjal Dosanjh, Paul Yee, Ronald Wright, Yasuko Thanh, Jen Sookfong Lee, Bif Naked, Carmen Aguirre, bill bisset, Daphne Marlatt, Wayde Compton, Caroline Adderson, Lorelei Bachman, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, and Faith Erin Hicks. Sep 21-25, various Vancouver venues. Free admission, info www.wordvancouver.ca/. LITERASIAN2016 FESTIVAL The festival events will explore different ways we choose to gather and record the past and illuminate the deeds of earlier generations. Sep 21-25, Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 W. Georgia). The event also runs at the Chinese Cultural Centre, info www.literasian.com/. POETRY IN TRANSIT 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT WORD VANCOUVER Readings of 20 poems commemorate the extraordinary contribution poets have made to the cultural fabric of B.C. Poetry in Transit initiator Sandy Shreve
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AT THE MOVIES!
A SYMPHONIC NIGHT AT THE MOVIES WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12
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Scott Terrell conductor Vancouver Symphony Orchestra PREPARE FOR HALLOWE’EN with a very special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Bernard Herrmann’s spine-tingling score elevates this cinematic masterpiece to new heights in a thrilling big-screen presentation, accompanied by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. PSYCHO "A Symphonic Night at the Movies" is a production of PGM Productions, Inc. (New York) and appears by arrangement with IMG Artists.
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will host. Sep 21, 7-9 pm, The Emerald (555 Gore). Free admission, info www.word vancouver.ca/2016-festival/schedule/.
PRICE PAID: AN EVENING WITH BEV SELLARS Join award-winning author Bev Sellars to celebrate the launch of her new book Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival. Presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest. Sep 22, 7:30 pm, Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 W. 41st). Tix $26, info www.writersfest.bc.ca/.
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THE PANDORA’S COLLECTIVE LITERARY AWARD GALA This year’s awards recipients will be honoured at a special evening that features host Sean Cranbury, a cash bar, and a silent auction. Sep 24, 7 pm, CBC Studio 700 (700 Hamilton). Free admission, info www.pandorascollective.com/whatwe-do/awards-gala/. BROWN: KAMAL AL-SOLAYLEE IN CONVERSATION Kamal Al-Solaylee balances research about the experiences of workers and immigrants throughout the world with reflections about his own identity as a brown-skinned person. Presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest. Sep 28, 7:30 pm, Revue Stage (1601 Johnston Street). Tix $26, info www.writersfest.bc.ca/.
ET CETERA 2JUST ANNOUNCED B.C. CULTURE DAYS Annual event promotes direct interaction between creators and the public, as well as increases understanding and appreciation of arts, culture, and heritage. Highlights includes over 400 registered activities in visual arts, music, dance, theatre, architecture, heritage, film and video, literature, culinary arts, and multimedia. Sep 30–Oct 2, various Lower Mainland venues. Free admission, info www.bc.culturedays.ca/.
2THIS WEEK OBJECT KNOWLEDGE: INSIDE THE MOV’S COLLECTION MOV curatorial associate Jillian Povarchook explores multiple single-item accessions of the museum’s early collection. Sep 22, 7 pm, Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut Street). Tix $15/11, info www.museumofvancouver.ca/programs/calendar/. RENDEZVOUS ON THE ROOFTOP This Picasso-themed evening features access and tours of the exhibition Picasso: the Artist and His Muses, art activities, cocktails, appetizers, music, and socializing. Sep 23, 7 pm, Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby). Tix $35/free for YA members, info www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/index.html.
GALLERIES VANCOUVER ART GALLERY 750 Hornby, 604-662-4719, www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/. 2PICASSO: THE ARTIST AND HIS MUSES (exhibition examines the significance of the six women who were inspirational to the artistic development of Picasso) to Oct 2 2BHARTI KHER MATTER (exhibition brings together sculptures and paintings that represent the diversity of New Delhi-based artist Bharti Kher’s practice) to Oct 10
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HER PALM FROM THE MOMENT SHE STEPS INTO FRAME.” - Justin Chang, VARIETY
“Kate Winslet’s best role since Titanic.”
“A glossy, guilty pleasure.”
- Shanee Edwards, SHEKNOWS
- Jon Frosch,THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER 1100 Chestnut Street, 604-736-4431, www.museumof vancouver.ca/. 2ALL TOGETHER NOW: VANCOUVER COLLECTORS AND THEIR WORLDS (sensory experience explores the cultural power and significance of collecting through wall-to-wall displays of unconventional objects, which tell the stories of 20 diverse, local collectors) to Jan 8 THE MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT UBC 6393 NW Marine Drive, 604-822-5087, www.moa.ubc.ca/. 2LAWRENCE PAUL YUXWELUPTUN: UNCEDED TERRITORIES (Vancouver-based artist is showcased in a presentation of works that confront the colonialist suppression of First Nations peoples and reflect the ongoing struggle for indigenous rights to lands, resources, and sovereignty) to Oct 16
OUT OF TOWN 2THIS WEEK ARTWALK 2016 Arts Whistler presents its annual self-guided walking tour of more than 40 pop-up galleries. To Nov 30, various Whistler venues. Free, info www. artswhistler.com/events/artwalk-0/.
R I O T H E AT R E
WHISTLER WRITERS FESTIVAL Event brings together Canadian and international authors for a weekend packed with readings, workshops, speaker panels, spokenword events, and music. Oct 13-16, Fairmont Chateau Whistler (4599 Chateau Boulevard). Info www.whistlerwritersfest.com/.
Sept 23 & 24 7 & 9:30 PM
JERRY SEINFELD American comedian, actor, director, writer, and producer performs his signature standup routine. Nov 4, 7 pm, Paramount Theatre (911 Pine St., Seattle, Wash.). Tix US$46.25-146.25 (plus service charges and fees) at www.stgpresents.org/.
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Republican presidential primary hopeful
2 Mike Huckabee gets fucked five different
times in this year’s HUMP! Film Festival. Allow us to explain: conceived (the old-fashioned way) by Savage Love columnist Dan Savage in 2005, the amateur porn exhibition includes among its rules and guidelines the not-mandatory use of a prop determined by HUMP!’s organizers. Judging by its recurring role in this collection of lovingly curated short-form smut, now on tour, Huckabee’s super-shitty book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy was obviously last year’s prop. So—it’s not like the former Arkansas governor takes five cocks or anything, but he is lampooned right off the top of a very entertaining 90-minute program. In “Hysterical Bullshit”, a fully clothed woman reads from his dumb-ass book (pointedly, a passage about his admiration of the 19 Kids and Counting Duggar family) until she succumbs to a quivering orgasm, presumably because somebody is under the desk.
We HUMP! Huckabees
Launched in 2005, Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival allows anonymous but enthusiastic participants to be “porn stars in the theatre—not on the Internet”.
to capture the tinny dread- requiring the large multinational cast to fulness of the era while still whisper haltingly, with generic “foreign” acEverybody’s favourite amateur porno festival returns with being stupidly catchy. (And cents, into the close-held microphones of the lots of fucking, sucking, and one humiliated U.S. politician the spinning penis mandala dubbing studio. This coincides with the cast’s is a nice touch.) static blocking in restricted spaces, resulting With the exception of Mike Huckabee, every- in something resembling an educational dioHuckabee also shows up in the hilarious “The Collector”, about a guy whose personal mu- thing about HUMP! is done on the condition rama more than a movie. The most interesting aspect of a story that seum of jizz includes contributions from Sean of anonymity. Your phone will be confiscated Connery, most of One Direction, and the entire right there in the theatre—forever—if you try probably plays better to children than to adults state of Delaware. He’s there again in the equally to take a sneaky screen grab, and I should prob- is that the phenomenal paintings—probably ticklesome “Let’s Try to Fuck”, a neatly accom- ably avoid mentioning that at least one of the done more than 20,000 years ago—were actually plished black-and-white parody of ’50s hygiene contributions to this year’s fine selection was discovered, in 1879, by de Sautuola’s eight-yearold daughter. Shown as infinitely receptive to his films that culminates in a string of increasingly obviously made in Vancouver. > ADRIAN MACK passion for science and nature, she’s played here weird one-liners (“Mike Huckabee—that’s an by newcomer Allegra Allen, who exerts some old term for people that urinate themselves”). These are also among the tamer entries in The HUMP! Film Festival screens at the Rio Theatre force of personality but delivers every line as if unburdening herself of an archaic poem, memthis year’s road-show version of HUMP!. In the on Friday and Saturday (September 23 and 24). orized syllable by syllable. sleek “Art Primo: Dick & Pussy”, an attractive Much weaker is the material involving de het couple indulges in a lot of straight-up fuck- FINDING ALTAMIRA Sautuola’s religiously devout wife (played by Iran’s ing and sucking, while the polymorphous four- Starring Antonio Banderas. Rating unavailable elegant Golshifteh Farahani), torn between her way of “Hotels and Haircuts” adds strap-ons and The most surprising thing about Finding husband’s probing rationality and the defensive squirting to the mix. Pretty as those are—the Altamira is that it comes from the muchposturing of the Catholic Church, represented iPhone 5–shot “Pachisi” is another pro-level efby Rupert Everett with a shaved head and, fort—enthusiasm trumps technique in many of feted director of 1981’s Chariots of Fire, if I’m not mistaken, a serpent’s tongue. the more viscerally memorable shorts, including Hugh Hudson. The Brit, who started Check out… Cartoonish villains abound, with the the decidedly lo-fi “Two Boys and Some Rope” as an innovative documentarian, STRAIGHT.COM astounding discovery—which conscored another hit with Greystoke: and the wild lesbian pissathon “I Fist a Grrrl”. Visit our website tained remarkably vivid portraits of Given its mandate of total inclusivity, HUMP! The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the for the latest now-extinct creatures in convincing is really at its best with these little dispatches from Apes before drifting into obscurreviews and local motion—attacked for being blasthe margins, the farther out the better. “Blown” ity. This historical drama is the first movie news phemous, fake, or both. It took the no doubt answers a lot of questions people might feature from Hudson, who turned 80 family 20 years to retrieve its reputahave about enlarged clits and trans fellatio, while last month, in 15 years. And despite a tion, and Finding Altamira helps that more in the nightmarish “Lube Dispenser”, with its ban- few f lourishes, plus some solid work from daged fisting partners and human K-Y tube, is the Antonio Banderas as Marcelino de Sautuola— theory than on-screen. > KEN EISNER hard-core Clive Barker/David Lynch collabora- the amateur scientist who first uncovered the famous cave paintings in northern Spain— tion you never expected to see. In all cases, the participants are eager, en- it’s pretty much the work of someone going BLAIR WITCH dearing, and generally a lot more like you and through the motions. Starring James Allen McCune. Rated 14A. Utilizing a serviceable, if doggedly preachy, me than the hairless gym monkeys of mainMade on the cheap, The Blair Witch Project stream porn. Which is also the point, of course. script by Wuthering Heights scribe Olivia Hetwas a huge sleeper hit ($250 million worldIt’s furthermore a showcase for talent that goes reed and Spain’s José Luis López-Linares (who beyond the inventive stimulation of toilet parts, usually works as a cinematographer), the U.K./ wide) when it was released in 1999, putting the as evidenced by the BDSM contraptions of “Uni- Spanish/French production was probably found-footage horror flick on the map and pavcorn in the Castle” or the impressively accurate doomed no matter who directed it. That hap- ing the way for other low-budget cash cows like faux ’80s music video, “Dick”, which manages pened with the decision to shoot in English, see page 110
WEEK IN WIDESCREEN
1 2 Norwegian blue VIOLENT To celebrate Art House Theatre Day, which is a real
thing, the Vancity Theatre is making a full night out of its screening of Andrew Huculiak’s astonishing 2014 debut. Cohosted by the Directors Guild of Canada, the event features a reception, behind-the-scenes footage, a Q&A with Huculiak and actor Tor Halvor Halvorsen, and a lot more besides. Violent screens on Saturday (September 24). -
What to see and where to see it
BLAZING SADDLES We’d like to offer the
Rio a Laurel and Hardy handshake for bringing Mel Brooks’s blockbuster western spoof back to the big screen, in tribute to the late, great Gene Wilder. Screening with the no less essential The Producers on Thursday (September 22).
CLASS ENEMY A classroom of Slovenian
teens go to war with their authoritarian German substitute teacher in Rok Bicek’s impressive drama, released in 2014 and copresented by the Vancouver Foreign Film Society at the Vancity on Friday and Sunday (September 22 and 25).
FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK Leonard
Nimoy’s 100-percent human son Adam Nimoy goes in search of the complex man with the pointy ears, in a film described by the Straight’s Doug Sarti as “a bittersweet yet eminently intriguing profile”. At the Rio on Monday (September 26).
FUNNY GAMES Released in 1997 and a masterpiece of sorts, Michael Haneke’s devastating home-invasion flick put the cap on a decade that had already seriously brutalized audiences with endurance tests like Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Man Bites Dog, and the director’s own Benny’s Video—which accompanies Funny Games for a weekend of spiritual uplift (not really!) at the Cinematheque, starting Saturday (September 24). SEPTEMBER 22 – 29 / 2016 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 107
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Called the “most important 1960s songwriter that you’ve never heard of,” Bert Berns was responsible for such hits as “Twist & Shout,” “Piece of My Heart” and “Hang on, Sloopy,” among others. A noted producer as well, he was also intimately familiar with the Mafia… Bob Sarles and Brett Berns (Bert’s son) take us on a fascinating and hugely entertaining tour of the man’s life and work that features interviews with music legends Solomon Burke, Cissy Houston, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison and many others.
The Killing$ of Tony Blair
KONELINE: our land beautiful
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Jim Jarmusch – USA
Poetic, enigmatic, sublime and achingly beautiful: Yang Chao’s long-awaited masterpiece sets a new standard for Chinese cinema. Signed up for a mysterious boat journey up the Yangtze River, a sailor finds a book of poetry, inspiring visions of a beautiful woman (or is it several women?) in each of the riverside ports he traverses. As their intimacy intensifies, their passion permeates through the film’s poetic texts and classical landscapes. Sensuality made visible: a triumph of cinema art.
The Last Family PLAYHOUSE VANCITY
How did the former British PM come to be persona non grata in his own land? Here’s the case for the prosecution: a scabrous, funny, infuriating Michael Moore-style takedown presented by controversial left-wing politician George Galloway. Sanne van den Bergh and Greg Ward deliver this eye-opening portrait of ego, idealism, charm, charisma, craven opportunism, class inferiority, hypocrisy, cynicism and insatiable avarice. Stephen Fry and Blair’s sister-in-law Lauren Booth help Galloway state his case.
In Nettie Wild’s stunning magnum opus, a mining company helicopter hovers above the pristine land of the Tahltan First Nation in northern BC, carrying a huge electric transmission tower, casting patterned shadows. This conflict between manmade geometries and nature’s vortices is at the film’s heart. Marking a tonal departure from her earlier documentaries, Wild creates a balanced profile that’s free of polemics and a feast for the eyes. “Subtle, beautiful and remarkably even-handed...”— Globe & Mail
THU. SEP 29
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The Stooges are the greatest rock and roll band ever. Try and argue that assertion with Jim Jarmusch and he’ll counter with this documentary that makes its persuasive case by cranking the volume for archival footage and imparting anecdotes with as many hooks as “Search and Destroy.” Engaging Iggy Pop as an iconoclastic equal, Jarmusch illustrates these glamorous degenerates’ influence on music and the maverick director’s own filmmaking. “One of the great rock documentaries of recent times.”—Sight & Sound
A Man Called Ove
Jan P. Matuszyński – Poland
Nettie Wild – Canada MON. OCT 3
Yang Chao – China
Jonathan Parker’s cutting comedy stars Parker Posey and Eric McCormack as a couple looking to build the perfect home on the Seattle seaside. First they need the perfect architect, but what they get instead is the wildly ambitious, blather-spewing Miles Moss (James Frain) who insists on getting deeply in touch with them in order to realize their dream. As the project spirals out of control and tensions mount, Parker crafts some sharp insights into real estate realities and contemporary romance.
Sanne van den Bergh, Greg Ward, Daniel Turi – France/ UK
Hannes Holm – Sweden
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For decades, Polish surrealist Zdzislaw Beksinski obsessively recorded—in photographs, on video and on audiotape—every aspect of his life in the modest apartment he shared with his wife, mother and mother-in-law. Inspired by this archive, Jan P. Matuszyński has constructed a portrait of the artist as a mild, unassuming husband and son, and a loving father to a troubled, volatile son of his own. The banal sits cheek by jowl with madness, death and desire in this trenchant, superbly executed debut.
Patrolling his neighbourhood for signs of disorder, sticking his nose into everyone’s business, observing no social niceties when dealing with “idiots”—Ove (Rolf Lassgard) is one cantankerous old git! The arrival of a young family next door, however, sets in motion a charming tale that uses flashbacks and wonderful acting to tell Ove’s story… “A touching comic crowdpleaser… Hannes Holm’s irresistible adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s eponymous bestselling novel… [is] a heartwarming tale...”—Variety
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108 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT SEPTEMBER 22 – 29 / 2016
Expanding Frontiers in Storytelling: Virtual Reality A full day dedicated to VR and AR, with key insights from some of the most respected futurists in the world, as well as conversations and demos from leading VR creators, companies, technologists and distributors. TUE, OCT. 4, ALL DAY
Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol The creators and stars of Vice’s first scripted series Nirvanna the Band the Show. FRI. SEP 30, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Marti Noxon Writer and producer on Mad Men and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and creator of UnREAL. TUE. OCT 4, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Van Helsing Join Vancouver executive producer Simon Davis Barry (Continuum) for a screening of the premiere episode of Van Helsing, followed by a behindthe-scenes look at the making of this sure-to-beblockbuster series. SAT. OCT 1, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Tatiana Maslany @ RIO The star of the sci-fi thriller series Orphan Black and VIFF selection The Other Half. SAT. OCT 1, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Skate, Ski, Ride Skateboarder Rick McCrank, owner of Antisocial skate shop and star of VICELAND’s Abandoned and Jordan Manley, creator of A Skier’s Journey. SAT. OCT 8, 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Better Call Saul After a screening of his Emmy nominated episode, Five-O, writer Gordon Smith discusses his work on the acclaimed Breaking Bad spinoff series. FRI. OCT 7, 6:00 – 7:45 PM
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Pablo Larraín – Chile/Argentina/Spain/France
Matt Johnson – Canada/USA
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The Other Half
Sven Taddicken – Germany
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Joey Klein – Canada
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Another robust and inventive drama from Pablo Larraín (No, VIFF 12; The Club, VIFF 15), Neruda, set in 1948 Chile, features Gael García Bernal (terrific) as a somewhat inept yet self-aggrandizing police detective who makes it his mission to hunt down Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) after the poet is forced into hiding for his beliefs… “[This represents] the director at his stunning best with a work of such cleverness and beauty, alongside such power, that it’s hard to know how to parcel out praise…”—Variety
In 1967, movie geeks from the CIA’s A/V Department are recruited to help NASA stage the moon landing. Operating in true guerrilla fashion (including actually infiltrating NASA to shoot scenes), director-star Matt Johnson and his resourceful team have created a truly audacious conspiracy thriller, with every frame infused with the delirious (and wholly infectious) joy of mischief-makers who can’t believe that they’re getting away with it. “A sly little comedy-thriller... An act of movie love.”—Vulture
The Lives of Others (2006) co-stars Martina Gedeck and Ulrich Tukur re-team for Sven Taddicken’s (My Brother the Vampire) wholly original drama about a seemingly complacent housewife (Gedeck, mesmerizing) whose underlying masochism leads her to embark on a relationship with her shrink (Tukur)... “An elegantly disquieting investigation into the interrelation of faith, violence and sexual degradation, held together by a rivetingly sure-footed performance by German star Martina Gedeck...”—Variety
The Red Turtle
Shepherds and Butchers
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Michael Dudok de Wit – Netherlands/France/Japan
Alison Maclean – New Zealand
Oliver Schmitz – South Africa/USA/Germany
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A marvellous, dialogue-free slice of animated poetry, this collaboration between Dutch Oscar-winner (for the animated short Father and Daughter) Michael Dudok de Wit and Japan’s Studio Ghibli gives us a Robinson Crusoe-like man, stranded on a desert isle, whose adventures delve deep into the allegorical and fantastic... “A fable so simple, so pure, it feels as if it has existed for hundreds of years, like a brilliant shard of sea glass rendered smooth and elegant through generations of retelling.”—Variety
Argyris Papadimitropoulos – Greece FRI. SEP 30
MON. OCT 3 THU. OCT 13
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Kirill Serebrennikov – Russia
Canadian-born, New Zealand-raised Alison Maclean (remember Crush from VIFF 93?) makes a fine comeback with this deeply felt and superbly directed drama about a group of acting students coming to grips with their personal and professional lives under the tutelage of a great teacher (Kerry Fox, perfect). Unfolding over one school year, the film is honest, profound and beautifully acted. “Narratively teasing, structurally taut and emotionally textured… A drama that’s as piercing as it is potent.”—Screen
In 1987, 164 people, most of them black, were legally put to death in South Africa. Oliver Schmitz’s (the groundbreaking Mapantsula) tense courtroom drama, set in ‘87, stars Steve Coogan as a crusading lawyer whose anti-capital punishment position leads him to take on the seemingly open-and-shut case of a young man, traumatized by his job as a governmentsanctioned executioner, facing the death penalty for gunning down seven unarmed men. “A rare, disorienting perspective on capital punishment…” —Variety
A battle of wills between a fanatically Orthodox teen, Venya (Pyotr Skvortsov), and his atheistic biology teacher, Elena (Victoria Isakova), threatens to careen over into tragedy in Kirill Serebrennikov’s savage satire on the state of Russia today. As Venya’s extremism lurches into anti-Semitism and homophobia, Serebrennikov takes dead aim at Russia’s regression. “Splendid... A stormy, swoon-inducingly shot bout of Russian moral wrestling that hits as hard and as heavily as a nastoyka hangover...”—Variety
Things to Come
We Are X
Mia Hansen-Løve – France/Germany
Stephen Kijak – UK/USA/Japan
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It’s summer in Greece and the beaches are awash with tanned young hedonists. This proves the undoing of Kostis (Makis Papadimitriou), a doughy, middle-aged doctor who becomes infatuated with Anna (Elli Tringou) after dressing her flesh wounds. Adopted as her hard-partying gang’s sad-sack mascot, he’s summarily banished for failing to curb his rampant desire. Of course, ostracization only fuels his obsession, allowing Argyris Papadimitropoulos to deliver “an absorbing, discomfiting drama...” —Sight & Sound
Joey Klein’s accomplished debut hinges on the relationship between a bipolar woman (Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black) and a grief-stricken man (Tom Cullen, Weekend). The film’s nuanced narrative is striking in its depth and sincerity as it portrays a relationship borne of mutual mental distress. Its aesthetic flourishes and indelible soundtrack work to create a dizzyingly atmospheric tone. “A troubled, anguished love story that neither exaggerates nor softpedals the demons on display...”—Variety
The great Isabelle Huppert gives a profoundly moving performance as a philosophy teacher who finds her life unmoored by a wholly unexpected divorce in Mia Hansen-Løve’s terrific exploration of one woman’s complex emotional and intellectual response to latemiddle-aged trauma. “Hansen-Løve and Isabelle Huppert prove a dream partnership in the director’s gorgeous, heart-cradling post-divorce drama... This is major, many-shaded work even by [Huppert’s] lofty standards.”—Variety
Watch this documentary and be rocketed into the outer realms of rock ‘n’ roll extravagance as you meet X, the Japanese band that’s captivated audiences worldwide with their operatic musical stylings, outlandish costumes and over-the-top theatrics. The backstage story explores some darker territory, but Stephen Kijack’s film remains a riveting, often inspiring movie. “Bound to become a favorite among fans and to persuade others to join the ranks of those under the loud spell of X.”—IndieWire
(The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming) Ann Marie Fleming – Canada FRI. SEP 30
MON. OCT 3
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Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses, a beautifully narrated and colourfully animated story of a young girl’s journey, employs poetry, music and illustration to celebrate the value of self-discovery. After being invited to a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, by a mysterious figure, Rosie Ming faces challenges that ultimately lead to her self-realization. The film’s superb voice cast includes festival veterans Sandra Oh, Don McKellar and Ellen Page.
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VIFF â€™16 Blair Witch
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the Paranormal Activity franchise. The scariest thing about The Blair Witch Project didnâ€™t have much to do with witches or the curses they impart; its terror came mostly from the primal fear of being hopelessly lost in the woods with dwindling supplies. The freakiest thing about the movie was the herky-jerky shaky-cam footage, whether shot in the pitch-black forest or that grungy old house at the end. The makers of the new Blair Witch went all-in on the freakiness, but not so much on the scares. James Allen McCune plays James, who, obsessed with the disappearance of his sister Heather in the first film, finds a clue to the mystery online. He recruits friends Lisa (Callie Hernandez), Peter (Brandon Scott), and Ashley (Corbin Reid), andâ€”armed with the latest high-tech recording gearâ€”they head out to the Black
Hills Forest of Maryland for a fun weekend of camping/witch-hunting. On the way they pick up a local couple who canâ€™t be trusted, so thereâ€™s that to worry about as well. Things get silly pretty quick. Early on in the hike Ashley suffers a nasty gash on the bottom of her foot, which becomes possessed or something, leading to a gruesome infection that momentarily turns the movie into Eli Rothâ€™s Cabin Fever in the Black Hills Woods. The rest of the film is basically a rehash of the original, with the campers getting lost and angry and then, at night in their tents, being tormented by bizarre noises that make them jump out and run around in the dark, filming shit. Only this time around the noises are ridiculously loud and the freaky shaky-cam scenes go on foreverâ€”far too long to sustain their panic-inducing impact. Itâ€™s okay to crank everything up to 11, but you gotta know when to tone it back down. > STEVE NEWTON
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rom bug-eating to ballet to a soft-rock vision of Canada in the â€™70s, this weekâ€™s roundup of criticsâ€™ faves (and a few raspberries) from the 35th Vancouver International Film Festival reminds us that nothing succeeds like diversity. Also notable in the capsule reviews gathered below is Vancouverite Johnny Maâ€™s Chinese-made film Old Stone, which just waltzed out of the Toronto International Film Festival with the trophy for best Canadian first featureâ€”quite the prize in an especially strong year for homegrown cinema.
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master Kore-eda Hirokazu delivers one of his most satisfying efforts to date with his tender look at a disintegrating family and what truly remains of the love that was once there in abundance. Handsome veteran Abe Hiroshi plays an aging novelist who hasnâ€™t followed up on early success. His immaturity has cost him work and family, but heâ€™s still trying to get back in the good graces of his fed-up ex-wife and their easygoing little boy. The guy is surprisingly inarticulate for a writer (perhaps a script deficiency), and he pretty much does everything wrong. But he does listen to his earthy mother, who does her bestâ€”in Ozu-like fashionâ€”to keep conflicting sides in harmony. Itâ€™s really the directorâ€™s eye for ordinary human contact that stays with you, but he also manages to hit some extra-sweet notes about this little clan in particular. Playhouse, October 7 (3:30 p.m.); Centre, October 13 (6 p.m.) > KEN EISNER THIS PANIC (USA) With dreamy-hazy lighting and finessed handheld lensing, All This Panic viscerally captures all the yearning and uncertainty of its intimate coming-of-age story. Director Jenny Gage spent three years shooting seven amazingly articulate Brooklyn teenage girls, following them as they lose and find themselves, experiment with drugs and love, and struggle with school and career aspirations. Some take a detour into partying and self-harm (check out the hands-off parenting); others define themselves and flourish once they hit university. A luminous, heady portrait of urban girlhood and the pressures that face young women today. Playhouse, October 6 (1 p.m.); SFU, October 8 (8:30 p.m.) > JANET SMITH
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Superchef Ben Reade (whoâ€™d make a good standup comic) travels around the world sourcing and then stuffing his face with hundreds, if not thousands, of types of insects and only gets food poisoning onceâ€”from a hamburger in Sydney. He devours termites, grubs, and grasshoppers on behalf of a research project for the Nordic Food Lab in Copenhagen, which takes Reade and his partner to remote areas around the world,
with the enthusiastic cook often preparing (genuinely mouthwatering) meals right in the field. Global food sustainability is the quest, but Reade quits the mission when he realizes that corporate capitalism will eventually fuck everything up. His absence almost kills this fantastic, intellectually nutritious doc, at least until director Andreas Johnsen abruptly and pointedly ends matters on a note that signals just how much he can stomach. International Village, September 30 (3:30 p.m.), October 5 (4:15 p.m.), and October 12 (7:30 p.m.) > ADRIAN MACK THE CHINESE LIVES OF ULI SIGG
(Switzerland) File this one under â€œRequired viewing for contemporary-art fansâ€?. Hereâ€™s a definitive portrait not just of the soft-spoken collector who brought the likes of Ai Weiwei and Cao Fei to the worldâ€™s attention but of the birthing pains of post-Mao China. The film begins in the late â€™70s, rich with rare archival footage of the isolated Communist state, when Sigg first heads there on behalf of the Schindler elevator company. His love affair with the culture ensues, and later, as an ambassador, he gets to know the underground art community, turning the Swiss Embassy into an unofficial museum. How important is he to these now huge world names in art? Their many portraits and sculptures of him are a testament. Amazing art shots, in-depth interviews, and ample political intrigue. SFU, September 30 (3:45 p.m.); International Village, October 10 (7:15 p.m.) > JS FREIGHTENED: THE REAL PRICE OF SHIPPING (Spain/France) As
we learn from this eye-opening but ultimately unsatisfying doc, in 20 years there will be no Arctic ice left but the shipping industry will have tripled in size. Companies like Maerskâ€”disaster capitalists of the
highest water, so to speakâ€”have built invisible empires from accelerated and stupidly inefficient global trade while outstripping air traffic with the incomprehensible environmental cost. And thatâ€™s ignoring the ultrasleazy business of developedworld corporations purchasing regulation-dodging flags of convenience from the likes of Liberiaâ€™s Charles Taylor, who used the profits to slaughter his own people. Itâ€™s deeply enraging stuff, but so is the filmâ€™s wimpy third-act attempt at investigating techno â€œsolutionsâ€? that are, frankly, meaningless inside such a vast and basically untouchable criminal enterprise. International Village, September 30 (6:45 p.m.) and October 2 (11 a.m.); Cinematheque, October 12 (6:30 p.m.) > AM THE INFINITE FLIGHT OF DAYS
(Colombia) A gorgeous portrait of colourful Jerico, Colombia, seen through the eyes of women, Infinite Flight features wide panoramas of the mountain village with its orange, yellow, and pink doorways, red rooftops, and lush jungle surroundings. Elderly residents tell stories of lost love, enduring love, and, inescapably, the unhealable wounds of the desaparecidos (the â€œdisappearedâ€?) of the past. They sew, apply bright-pink lipstick, or cook bread over an open fire while they talk. Add atmospheric old love songs from the region and you have an artful, lovingly shot portrait that will reawaken your travel bug. Vancity, October 4 (8:15 p.m.) and October 6 (10:30 a.m.) > JS
THE LOCKPICKER (Canada) A convincingly dreamlike aesthetic imbues this almost character study of an Ontario teen trying to escape the rather generic violence around him. We say â€œalmostâ€? because although newcomer Keigian Umi Tang makes an impression as the lonely kid, his personality see page 112
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Placing wagers on the outcomes of feline fights is frowned upon at Catfé, but that didn’t stop Geoff Burner, Jay Arner, or the members of Burmis Tree from doing it anyway. Amanda Siebert photo.
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Sean MacPherson and plays guitar with Burmis Tree, a darklands-alt-country unit whose debut album, Blood of the Land, will leave you wondering Vancouver’s top talents tell us about the local music who the band loves more: they love, and the local musicians they’d love to love Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, It’s become a habit for our annual Best of the Gun Club, or William Faulkner. The party line Bands interviewees to reference previous Best of is no doubt something diplomatic like “All of them Bands picks, but, thankfully, this year’s crop has equally.” But get the rest of the band (drummer Jonah started thinking outside the box. Which means Toulmin, bassist Thorsten Abel) and its various hired either we’re getting worse at mining the gems, or the guns (guitarist-mandolinist Doug Liddle, pedal-steel Vancouver music scene is getting bigger. We’re going player Kyle Nunweiler) liquored up on Bulleit Bourto go with the latter. (We’re not ones to brag, but our bon Frontier Whiskey, and at some point someone is past choices have gone on to accrue multiple Juno guaranteed to start talking. Awards and a fistful of Polaris nominations, after all.) Outing their favourite people, places, and BEST LOCAL RELEASE OTHER THAN YOURS: shows, we’ve rounded up nine of the city’s great- I would have to say Shiloh Lindsey’s Bloomfield & est lead singers and solo artists to give the inside Isleville. It has a lot of depth to it and there is no scoop on the local scene. Each having released one denying that Shiloh is one of the best singers in of Vancouver’s most impressive records over the Vancouver. Also looking forward to Rodney Depast 12 months, these musicians have earned the Croo’s upcoming album Old Tenement Man. Had right to hold court on the best things the city has the pleasure of hearing a few unreleased tracks and to offer. And if we’ve learned anything, it’s that they sound amazing—it’s going to be a great record. our hometown boys and girls stick together. Power-pop performer Jay Arner loves last year’s THE YEAR’S BEST GIG: Violent Femmes lived Best of Bands choice Supermoon so much that he’s up to my nostalgic ’90s expectations, but the best seen the group play 30 times this summer. That’s local show was Shiloh Lindsey’s release party some next-level friendship. Burmis Tree’s Sean [May 20 at LanaLou’s]. Her set was amazing and MacPherson rates Vancouver singer-songwriter her band was better than ever. Rodney DeCroo Rodney DeCroo so highly that he name-checks the opened up with the Wise Blood, one of the best artist twice. And postrock darlings Seven Nines songwriters and bands in town—commanding, and Tens are so enamoured with the New Porno- tight, and intense. It amazes me sometimes what a graphers that their first choice of dinner venue is solid alt-country scene we have in Vancouver. a restaurant where the “Letter From an Occupant” HOOTSUITE’S RYAN HOLMES IS PAYING. writers took an obscure promo shot. These artists are keen to highlight their integ- WHERE’S DINNER? I would insist on keeping it rity—and despite being offered the chance to go in Mount Pleasant, starting with a coffee at Gene wild in the city, they’ve refused to sell out. If Ryan [2404 Main Street], sandwiches at the Federal Store Holmes was to foot the bill for the most expensive [2601 Quebec Street] (open up already!), soup at meal imaginable, for instance, where would these Dock Lunch [152 East 11th Avenue], followed by a musicians choose? Panago Pizza and their local gro- round of Prairie Fires at Hyde [2960 Main Street]. cer. If they could turn any location into a first-class music venue, where would it be? The Vancouver Flea WE’RE ROAD-TRIPPING. WHO’S ON THE STEREO? There is no better combination of eleMarket or a Main Street basement. Gritty stuff. And that’s not the only thing that proves that ments on the planet than big sky, open road, and the the Best of Bands 2016 is a hardy bunch. Strug- Smalls on the stereo. Start out with the white album gling through cat-related illnesses in the name [The Smalls], followed by To Each a Zone, and maybe of music, willingly visiting the set of Masters of throw on some of the later stuff after. For someone Horror, and actually choosing to watch Cobalt who grew up in Alberta and the East Kootenays, karaoke, these nine artists are braver souls than the Smalls are essential road music, a sonic vessel of us. We definitely couldn’t sit through another both memory and geography. As the road trip wears sweaty, drunk butchering of “Sweet Caroline”. on, maybe some more straight-up country, shapenote music, or history podcasts. No, thank you.
LIKE THAT WEEKND SONG, WHO MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN’T FEEL YOUR FACE?
Matty Reed, saxman extraordinaire—Prettys, Public Domain, et cetera—has got some serious swagger these days. Stephen Hamm: One Man Band is a strong contender as well—his masculine performance of “Sensitive Man” at Backfest was something quite… Face-numbing.
YOU’RE A CREATIVE TYPE. WHERE ARE WE OPENING A VENUE? There is an old, aban-
doned jazz club in the basement of my building near Main and Broadway. Douglas-fir dance floor, marble bathrooms, ghosts, and a cast-iron boiler from 1915. My landlords are currently renovating the basement, so who knows? Maybe it’ll open its doors to the public once again. That, or they are just getting ready to renovict us all… > MIKE USINGER
Jay Arner might be the most approachable
2 popsmith in Vancouver these days. In addition to the inviting, cherry-cheeked power-pop sounds of his sophomore set, II, the guy also playfully coughed up his contact info on the record’s digits-revealing “Personal Line”. If you want to shoot him a friendly text, or have a crank call routine you’re dying to use, try 778-240-4529.
BEST LOCAL RELEASE OTHER THAN YOURS:
Playland by Supermoon. I’ve seen the band play 30 times this summer [on tour]. It’s poppy. They got really good at playing medleys on tour; we kept trying to do that but we never pulled it off. I recorded their first tape, and I’ve had Playland since the test-pressing stage.
THE YEAR’S BEST GIG: Sexy Merlin at the Lido
[on June 4], during Music Waste. He just moved from Toronto, and I think it was his first show here. No one ever moves from Toronto to Vancouver, so there was a high novelty factor, and the music was so good. He’s a very good drummer, so it’s percussion-heavy. He just plays drums and sings. Very percussive dance music.
HOOTSUITE’S RYAN HOLMES IS PAYING. WHERE’S DINNER? We’re going to go to Pana-
go on Broadway [1278 West Broadway], and I’m going to take a large with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and black olives. I don’t like sharing pizza, necessarily, I’m a bit of a hog. I love all the pizza in town. I’ve given Don’t Argue a shout-out in the past, so I’m just trying to spread it around a bit. Vancouver’s a great town for pizza. see page 113
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and potential never really come into focus. This is amidst the relentlessly swirling atmospherics provided by filmmaker Randall Okita, who seems far more interested in how things look than what anyone has to say about anything. International Village, September 30 (8:45 p.m.); Vancity, October 1 (3:30 p.m.) > KE MOTHER (Estonia)
A parade of townspeople come to spend time with Lauri, who’s in a coma after being shot. One by one, they turn his room into a confession box, spilling clues as to what happened (as well as secrets about their personal lives) while a police officer tries to figure out whodunit. When it’s revealed that Lauri withdrew a huge amount of money prior to the crime, a mad but secretive scramble ensues to find where he stashed it. The actions of his circle of family and friends slowly reveal their hidden selves, particularly in the case of Lauri’s mother. A lightly engaging dark comedy that sustains interest through its careful pacing and curious characters. International Village, October 1 (11:30 a.m.); SFU, October 8 (8:45 p.m.) and October 13 (6:30 p.m.) > CRAIG TAKEUCHI
(EMMA) (Indonesia) Reflecting its characters, a calm warmth and an enduring patience permeate this tale—adapted from Alberthiene Endah’s novel Athirah—of a family quietly torn by a father’s polygamy. A pregnant Emma becomes aware that her husband, a trading-company owner, is not always leaving for business. The awareness spreads through the family silently, with a gloom falling over them and much of the film. As Emma’s teenage son Ucu attempts to fill in for his father, he faces fallout from his father’s reputation in his own social life. Amid scenes of sarong fabrics and family meals, a pained Emma strives to surmount the emotional challenges of the MOTHER
situation in her own low-key way. While filmmaker Riri Riza employs classical cinematic construction, he upends expectations with unique f lourishes and indirect narrative codas, making the most of the unspoken but tense spaces between characters. Beautifully done. International Village, October 2 (8:45 p.m.) and October 3 (1 p.m.) > CT OLD STONE (China/Canada)
In China, the cost of automotive injury is often much higher than the cost of killing someone with your car. The sort-of hero of Old Stone is a straightshooting taxi driver who loses everything trying to do the right thing after a drunken passenger causes an accident. The contrast between old social nets and the new selfishness provides background here, but young Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Johnny Ma is also a quietly sneaky stylist, moving confidently from a plain documentary feel to darkly comic noir in the flick’s fast-moving 80 minutes. It’s an outstanding debut. International Village, October 2 (3:15 p.m.); Vancity, October 5 (2:30 p.m.); International Village, October 7 (5:45 p.m.) > KE
ORIGINAL BLISS (Germany)
Top German actors Martina Gedeck (Mostly Martha) and Ulrich Tukur (The Lives of Others) star as mismatched potential lovers who come at human connection from opposite directions. Helene misses the religious faith she had in her youth and atones somehow through a masochistic relationship with an abusive husband. Eduard is the leader of a philosophical movement and lives mostly in his head—also where his unusually obsessive porn addiction hangs out. It’s a master class in emotionally controlled acting (and literary adaptation) as these two square off. The stunningly well-designed and -built movie can be challenging at times, although some of the edge is polished away and we never quite get to how either of their sexual fixations actually relates to the
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other roles. For example, we never learn if Eduard’s Cybernetics is a serious thing or a self-help type of cult or why Helene’s spirituality came and went, but there’s still plenty to think about here. Playhouse, October 4 (9:15 p.m.); International Village, October 5 (4:30 p.m.) > KE PIHU (India)
Where the 1996 French drama Ponette depicted a four-year-old girl contending with her mother’s death and the 2004 Japanese feature Nobody Knows portrayed four children carrying on after their mother abandons them, Pihu combines the premises of both those films—and dares to take things even younger. In the wake of her birthday party, two-year-old Pihu awakens to find her mother unresponsive. Although the other films elevated the story to touch upon existential issues, what follows in this film doesn’t go beyond a horror narrative featuring the youngest protagonist you’ll ever see: Pihu struggles to take care of herself in a messy apartment as she risks being burned, electrocuted, suffocated, poisoned, injured by slipping or falling, and hurt by all manner of household hazards. The film’s bold concept is intriguing, but by its end it offers little beyond an exercise in viewer anguish, compounded by its manipulative soundtrack and lack of artful restraint. A stressful, painful, difficult watch. SFU, September 30 (9:15 p.m.); International Village, October 2 (1:45 p.m.) > CT
PORTRAIT OF A GARDEN (Nether-
lands) Spend four beautiful seasons in the life of a gorgeous Dutch garden with this playfully meditative documentary, which takes as much care with the fruits and vegetables as it does with its human beings. Rosie Stapel’s debut feature is an elegantly designed tour, focusing on an elderly gardener attempting to pass on his deep knowledge, and his abhorrence of monocultures, to younger men and women. Cellist Julia Kent’s lovely chamber music is another plus
in this coolly luxurious break from all the festival melodrama. Vancity, September 30 (1 p.m.); International Village, October 2 (7 p.m.); Cinematheque, October 12 (4 p.m.) > KE Gifted Benjamin RESET (France) Millepied, the choreographer behind Black Swan who went on to marry Natalie Portman, has just taken the helm of the Paris Opera Ballet when this documentary begins. The filmmakers capture the flurry of creation and bureaucracy that ensues as he prepares to debut the season and his most important work. The camerawork and saucy editing make this riveting eye candy for dance fans, playing long shots of the ornate, storied old venue off slo-mo shots of the world’s top ballet dancers whirling and lifting. Then there are the images of the charismatic artist himself, bobbing his head to Nico Muhly’s roaring soundtrack and scratching chaotic images in his sketchbook. Don’t look for much tension or revelation here—the flick barely hints at why, five months later, Millepied departed the legendary institution—but for dance nuts, this is a fast-paced, illuminating look at the creative process of a guy bent on shaking up old-style ballet. International Village, October 1 (4:15 p.m.) and October 11 (7 p.m.) > JS
whatever the cost. SFU, October 2 (6 p.m.); Playhouse, October 4 (1 p.m.) > AM SUNTAN (Greece) This sun-dappled film’s first hour is a near masterpiece of mood- and place-setting, with Greek TV star Makis Papadimitriou—a dour Kelsey Grammer type—as a middleaged doctor starting a new life. Recovering from some undisclosed crisis back in the big city, he is now serving a tiny island community that only comes alive in summer. He also comes alive after bumping into a crowd of hedonists half his age. They’re led by a willowy free spirit who inexplicably invites him into their Dionysian, pan-European beach world. These frequently naked nubiles soon tire of his company, though, and so do we. Just when the movie should be letting us into what made this lousy doctor such a sad sack, it starts wasting our time with repetitive scenes of his descent into drunken debauchery. When Mr. Party finally cracks, the absurdity of his downfall basically undoes every smart observation up until then. In the end, I felt burned. International Village, September 30 (4 p.m.); Rio, October 3 (6:30 p.m.); SFU, October 13 (8:45 p.m.) > KE WE ARE X (U.K./USA/Japan) There’s
so much back story to the 36-year career of monster Japanese band X— which has weathered suicides and a singer who joined a cult—that director Stephen Kijak’s elliptical style can leave you scratching your head. But a hard focus on drummer pianist composer Yoshiki turns We Are X into a riveting experience. Bleeding charisma and sincerity, and still supernaturally beautiful at 50, Yoshiki is even more alien than Bowie, although his otherness emanates from a disturbing lifelong proximity to death. When a producer recalls witnessing bleeding stigmata on Yoshiki’s chest—while insisting on his own rationality and soundness of mind—we believe him. Playhouse, October 1 (3:45 p.m.); Rio, October 5 (6:30 p.m.); International Village, October 9 (4:15 p.m.) > AM
(Iran/Germany/Switzerland) You won’t soon forget the precocious and indomitable subject of Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s heart-rending doc, a 14-year-old Afghan girl stranded with her sister in Iran, where lack of status makes day-to-day life almost impossible. Sonita’s long-shot solution to a seemingly insurmountable set of circumstances—made worse when she’s summoned back home to be married off for a small profit—is hip-hop. That’s even unlikelier than you think when you factor in the justifiable apprehension of Iranian producers confronted by a kid who raps about child brides and Shariah law. The anguished filmmaker crosses hard ethical lines as Sonita soars toward its almost fairy-tale finish, but The Vancouver International Film Festiwe’re grateful for any happy ending, val runs September 29 to October 14.
Every Sunday, Jenn Bojm and Khingfisher join the members of Did You Die and the Ballantynes for a six-hour jam session at CRAB Park, much to the annoyance of area residents. Amanda Siebert photo.
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WE’RE ROAD-TRIPPING. WHO’S ON THE STEREO? On our last tour,
overall, we listened to Sparks, but I think my favourite album of the trip was Naughty Boys by Yellow Magic Orchestra. I’d never heard it before. I listened to Yukihiro Takahashi’s Neuromantic a lot, and didn’t know he was in YMO. I came at it backwards and discovered this guy I thought was a solo artist has a sweet band with a ton of albums, which was exciting. I have all their albums now. LIKE THAT WEEKND SONG, WHO MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN’T FEEL YOUR FACE? Tommy
BEST LOCAL RELEASE OTHER THAN YOURS: Inclusive Fitness
by Ford Pier and Strength of Materials. Rock ’n’ roll string quartet with vocals. I don’t know how many times a guy has to say Ford Pier is an unbelievable genius before people catch up to him. Not too many more times now, I figure. Also, incredible string playing. THE YEAR’S BEST GIG: Rae Spoon with Carole Pope, ArtsWells Festival [July 31]. Okay, ArtsWells is in Wells, but it’s really just an extension of Commercial Drive to central B.C. Spoon and Pope proved in a single performance that gay electronic disco rock is a traditional music, where generation upon generation builds upon the form, adding to the richness of the tradition. Deep, deep, danceable, and very funny too. And the vocals just destroyed everybody. Can’t be described, and won’t be repeated. One for the ages.
Tone (aka Tom Whalen)! You don’t often know what his band is called from month-to-month, but he’s made two albums now as Tommy Tone. He wears many different pairs of sunglasses, often at the same time; he’s got a really nice wig; and a track jacket. You put those things together… Phew! HOOTSUITE’S
RYAN HOLMES IS PAYING. WHERE’S DINNER?
YOU’RE A CREATIVE TYPE. WHERE ARE WE OPENING A VENUE? Catfé
Portuguese Club of Vancouver [1144 Commercial Drive]. Beautiful food. Real atmosphere that only actually having a history can provide. Can’t believe the condo kings haven’t gotten around to destroying it yet.
[88 West Pender Street]. Two people in the band are allergic to cats, but those same two bandmates have worked there. They would love it, to spend more time sneezing there. I would not invite any humans, and I would just play music for the cats. There’d be a WE’RE ROAD-TRIPPING. WHO’S lot of hissing—it would be exactly like ON THE STEREO? Retribution by Tanya Tagaq. The follow up to Aniplaying Montreal. > GREGORY ADAMS mism, which won the Polaris. This one is even more aggressive and polGEOFF BERNER itical. This record will motivate you. You’ll be ready to drive head-on into Geoff Berner’s primary music- a pipeline at 100 miles an hour. al weapon is the accordion, but politically and lyrically the LIKE THAT WEEKND SONG, WHO DIY veteran is as punk as anyone MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU who ever played the Smilin’ Bud- CAN’T FEEL YOUR FACE? That’s dha Cabaret back in the glory days. kind of a fucked-up question. Lower Mainland condo developers, Stephen Harper, and fascists of all YOU’RE A CREATIVE TYPE. WHERE stripes get a deserved shit-kicking ARE WE OPENING A VENUE? How on his latest, We Are Going to Bre- about a pop-up venue in the living men to Be Musicians, a record that room of whoever moves into the WISE proves klezmer sounds as great Hall’s neighbourhood [1882 Adanac red-lined as it does scaled back for Street] and files noise complaints? > MIKE USINGER a candlelit Old World tavern.
To be frank, it’s a travesty that the “organ-wailing, hip-shaking, and tambourine–shimmering” sixsome the Ballantynes hasn’t already been included in our Best of Bands roundup. Since dropping their first release in 2011, frontman Jarod O’Dell (keys, guitar, vocals) and fellow band members Vanessa Dandurand (vocals), Jennifer Wilks (keys, vocals), Corey Poluk (guitar, vocals), Max Sample (bass, vocals) and Micheal McDiarmid (drums) have established themselves as one of the city’s sweatiest live acts—because, as O’Dell once pointed out in an interview with the Straight, “everybody fucking loves soul music.” Serving up a solid set of dance-floor fillers, the Ballantynes’ shows are more concerned with making sure everybody is having a good time than hitting every note. If you want to hear the band at its technical best, however, you can just take a listen to its latest release—a cassette tape of eight of the band’s singles— which proves that everything sounds better when accompanied by a good rotary organ. Or so O’Dell says.
BEST LOCAL RELEASE OTHER THAN YOURS: I was having a bit
of a time answering this question. I’ve listened to so many great songs from groups this year, but I couldn’t hold on to one. Thankfully, Jennifer Wilks talked me off a ledge by offering a sample of songs, so I’m going to say Adrian Teacher and the Subs’ “Emily Carr Punks”, from the album Terminal City. THE YEAR’S BEST GIG: Cobalt Karaoke. Say it’s farce and you’re not entirely wrong, but I’ve watched more honest and gut-wrenching performances on that stage this year than I have at any classic venue.
HOOTSUITE’S RYAN HOLMES IS PAYING. WHERE’S DINNER?
Ramen with a velvet-cloud broth… The sweetness of perfect ceviche… Rich, spicy pollo taco… No, we’re not going to a restaurant. We’ll take our stack of bills and hit the grocer.
WE’RE ROAD-TRIPPING. WHO’S ON THE STEREO? We’re just back
from being on the road recently, and I noticed a strange shift in our soundtrack for this one. Sirius XM scored our travels with its curious and repetitive playlists. Corey [Poluk] was offering a deeply emotive take on “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette. I spent a lot of time in the back with headphones and Carly Rae Jepsen keeping me company.
LIKE THAT WEEKND SONG, WHO MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN’T FEEL YOUR FACE? Good—
it’s time to discuss all those artistic types that I’d like to know in a Biblical way. I’m going to say Christian Pelech. He’s a consummate performer and a tremendous dresser. He’s been in the ditch with me and helped me out in the morning.
THE YEAR’S BEST GIG: Qalandar
at the China Cloud [on February 19]. It’s a real happening to see such a virtuosic ensemble play traditional Persian compositions, blended with free improvisation, in a true listening room. The instruments are beautiful and for those who have yet to hear Gord Grdina play the oud, look out for the next show. The ensemble also includes traditional instruments like kamancheh, tar, tombak, daf, and a couple vocal compositions. HOOTSUITE’S RYAN HOLMES IS PAYING. WHERE’S DINNER? The
Heatley [696 East Hastings Street]. Because it has a friendly atmosphere, occasional live music, and familiar faces. Totally a good celebration spot. WE’RE ROAD-TRIPPING. WHO’S ON THE STEREO? Maybe nothing
from the get-go, to be honest. Probably around Hope we’ll start to feel like a bit of Françoise Hardy’s Loving or Chavela Vargas’s Con el Cuarteto Okay, fine, but isn’t the water such Lara Foster to paint the scenery. a tremendous part of this city? Wait—I’ve got it. The MPV Consti- LIKE THAT WEEKND SONG, WHO tution: Vancouver’s paddlewheeler MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU boat. It would be a bobbing venue CAN’T FEEL YOUR FACE? Colin Cowan of Colin Cowan & the Elastic on the waves. > KATE WILSON Stars. The diversity of music projects that he is a part of alone makes for JENN BOJM AND a pretty sexy list. Elastic Stars, Dada KHINGFISHER Plan, Black Mountain, Dálava, Sun Ra Star System, Proliferasian—to On Symphony Club, two of the name a few. He’s an incredibly talmost crystalline voices in the ented musical gem of Vancouver. city come together for a collection of folk covers of such quivering YOU’RE A CREATIVE TYPE. intensity and beauty that you won- WHERE ARE WE OPENING A der if the vinyl might disintegrate VENUE? That building under the under too much exposure to light. Granville Street bridge, downtown Speaking for both herself and Mr. side, that’s adorned with MichelKhingfisher (aka Craig Mechler), angelo’s fresco The Creation of Jenn Bojm answers our questions Adam—if it still exists. It’s always from a much prettier and gent- been intriguing as a potential music ler dimension than the one we’re showcase space. For one, it already has a fresco on it. It’s discreetly used to. tucked under a bridge so it’s low-key BEST LOCAL RELEASE OTHER and also by the water. It would be THAN YOURS: HM by Hallow nice to leave a great show and waltz Moon. An impressive self-produced home to the continued accompanisecond album from one of the most ment of lapping water. Our West talented group of songmakers in the Coast soundtrack. > ADRIAN MACK city. It sounds like a butterfly flew see next page into an old television set. YOU’RE A CREATIVE TYPE. WHERE ARE WE OPENING A VENUE? The Pacific Ocean. No?
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Eat your hearts out, New Pornographers: the Jolts, Tor, and Seven Nines and Tens did you guys one better by having their picture taken inside the Ovaltine Café. Amanda Siebert photo.
time: Grant Francis Minor from Girlfriends and Boyfriends. Sexy man, and interesting fact: we went DID YOU DIE to the same arts-based high school in Mississauga, Ontario, back in the Richie Felix Alexander is the ’90s. I’d also like to note that Jen singing, guitar-slinging front- Twynn Payne from the Courtneys’ man for Did You Die, which also fea- sweet voice does it for me every time. tures James Green on drums, Maria Turner on bass, and Matt Pappadop- YOU’RE A CREATIVE TYPE. WHERE oulous on guitar. The band’s latest al- ARE WE OPENING A VENUE? Are bum, Weird Love, is for anyone who you familiar with these domelike flew the flannel through the era of structures in East Van? One of these shoegaze and grunge—or just wish structures was the old Yamaha motorcycle dealership on East Hastings, just that they had. east of Commercial [1756 East HastBEST LOCAL RELEASE OTHER ings]. It would make for a sick venue. THAN YOURS: It’s really hard to pick > JOHN LUCAS one album, so it’s come down to a major tossup for me. I can’t get enough of THE JOLTS either of these albums and have spun Shit, fuck, and damn. After surthem an equal amount of times, day afviving some 11 years of Cobalt ter day, month after month. Twin River’s Passing Shade is a perfectly crafted, implosions, gentrification, and the dreamy indie rock record. Softess’s Ab- almost total marginalization of classolute Truth is not for the faint of heart sic Converse-to-the-nuts rock music, and definitely a banger. I find myself vocalist Joey Blitzkrieg and his buddies in the Jolts—Joshy Atomic (guitar), feeling really uplifted when it’s on. Evan Dabbler (bass), and Dusty DudTHE YEAR’S BEST GIG: DIIV with erino (drums)—went and put out a recSunflower Bean and No Joy at Fortune ord that sounds like the resurrection of Sound Club on October 20 . It Sonic’s Rendezvous Band (a very good was a magical night and the first time I thing, if you wouldn’t mind looking up saw Sunflower Bean live! DIIV played from your laptop for a second). The fenew songs from Is the Is Are that night rocious No Paradoxes is a decisive win and they were extremely powerful for an outfit that should have made our live. The audience was really into both Best of Bands a decade ago. bands; DIIV had like a ’90s-era moshpit/stage-diving thing going for their BEST LOCAL RELEASE OTHER THAN set. The funniest thing was that when YOURS: Hands down it’s gotta be the a few kids asked Zachary Cole Smith Sore Points tape. Not that I have any way about merch, he responded that the of listening to the thing, but I bet it would new album wasn’t printed yet and that sound like sunglasses-at-night-wearing they had no T-shirts—almost as if he miscreants playing two-minute-or-less didn’t care/didn’t rely on merch for his amped-up jean-jacket punk through band. A true slacker kid. Something blown-out speakers. But I hear it’s real limited, so good luck finding one. we can all relate to in DYD.
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HOOTSUITE’S RYAN HOLMES IS PAYING. WHERE’S DINNER? I’m
perplexed as to who that is. I’m very skeptical—sounds like some techstartup guy. But if someone wants to wine and dine us, we would like someone to take us to Nuba in Gastown [207 West Hastings Street].
WE’RE ROAD-TRIPPING. WHO’S ON THE STEREO? For me, it would
THE YEAR’S BEST GIG: Laurice in the back room at the Emerald (August 5) was such a weird and awesome night. Even though he performed solo overtop backing tracks and the PA sound was a bit iffy, the songs were so fucking good and the energy in the room just buzzed. In between he told stories of his life and the set spanned a four-decade-long career of glam, soul, and disco hits, as well as tracks from his 2016 album G.A.Y.D.A.R. It was definitely not to be missed.
be either My Bloody Valentine’s Isn’t Anything or Nothing’s Guilty of Everything. Both albums do a really good job of documenting the vibes of the road. HOOTSUITE’S RYAN HOLMES IS PAYING. WHERE’S DINNER? I’m LIKE THAT WEEKND SONG, WHO thinking Osteria Savio Volpe [615 MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU Kingsway]. No idea what they serve CAN’T FEEL YOUR FACE? True there, I’m just assuming it’s good based story, and I’ve felt this way for a long on all the nice cars parked around 114 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT SEPTEMBER 22 – 29 / 2016
Robson Park these days. Also the fox are as first-rate as anything that’s BEST LOCAL RELEASE OTHER THAN YOURS: Water Water by Huon the window looks great and I’m currently contemporary. mans. I’ve been a big fan of these guys pretty intrigued by the super-tall door. HOOTSUITE’S RYAN HOLMES IS for years, and it’s been awesome to hear WE’RE ROAD-TRIPPING. WHO’S PAYING. WHERE’S DINNER? The their sound progress and see them tour ON THE STEREO? If you’re road- Ovaltine on East Hastings between all over. Plus it’s a big accomplishment tripping with the Jolts probably Joshy Main Street and Gore [251 East Hast- to pull off a 10-minute track that’s is hogging the aux and playing some ings Street]. There are a few reasons catchy as hell and never gets boring. crazy mix of super obscure gems and for my selection. One, it’s a twounlistenable outsider trash, but my minute walk from my apartment and THE YEAR’S BEST GIG: Moderat at personal go-to road album would be the food is decent. Two, the New Por- the Vogue Theatre [on May 23]. Their High Visibility by the Hellacopters. nographers took a promo pic in front music has been a huge inspiration for It’s one of the records that influenced of it in all its neon-lit glory. That band me, and the sound, performance, and me to form the Jolts and every piece is so brilliant. Three, Tobe Hooper— visuals that night were amazing. It of it still sounds exciting. the director of one of the best films was so cool to see live electronic music of all time, The Texas Chainsaw Mas- taken to that level. They had great stage LIKE THAT WEEKND SONG, WHO sacre—shot an episode of the 2005 presence, too—Gernot [Bronsert] of MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU Masters of Horror series there. Insane! Modeselektor had the “Grumpy GerCAN’T FEEL YOUR FACE? Probman” shtick down perfectly. ably our former manager–synth player WE’RE ROAD-TRIPPING. WHO’S Dwight Lightning. Something about ON THE STEREO? Air by Astron- HOOTSUITE’S RYAN HOLMES IS that lipstick tattoo… If you’re reading oid, Tidals by Spotlights, the Radio PAYING. WHERE’S DINNER? I’d this, we miss you, Dwight! Come back! Dept., Alcest, the Tragically Hip, love to check out PiDGiN [350 CarAmusement Parks on Fire, Camera rall Street]. I’m usually not much of a YOU’RE A CREATIVE TYPE. WHERE Obscura, Atlas Sound, Cave In, Pink foodie but they apparently have great ARE WE OPENING A VENUE? That Floyd, Failure, and Sunny Day Real cocktails, plus I love Asian food. My round park [Piazza Italia] on Clark Estate. I could continue. friends rave about this place. If I were Drive at the end of North Grandview. treated there I wouldn’t say no. Seems like a perfect place to set up and LIKE THAT WEEKND SONG, WHO play since it’s between the Skytrain MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN’T WE’RE ROAD-TRIPPING. WHO’S and a mechanic shop and there’s no FEEL YOUR FACE? Anne Emberline, ON THE STEREO? I’m a huge fan of one nearby to complain about noise. I the bassist from Craters. She’s a quad- ’90s hip-hop on road trips, so I’d have heard it used to have a statue of a teen- ruple threat. Beautiful, brilliant, a stel- go with ATLiens by Outkast—I’ve been lar person, and she’s from the same coming back to that album since it was age Columbus. > ADRIAN MACK county as me back home in Ontario. first released, and it’s a classic that abCraters are so good, too. solutely holds up today. It’s become a SEVEN NINES AND TENS bit of a tradition that when I’m on the YOU’RE A CREATIVE TYPE. WHERE way home from a festival, I crank up Dave Cotton wields a wicked six- ARE WE OPENING A VENUE? In that record alongside some other oldstring, and occasionally sings, the Craft Beer Market barn in Olym- school hip-hop tracks. with Seven Nines and Tens, in which pic Village [85 West 1st Avenue]. Not he’s joined by guitarist Riley McGuire, because I like craft beer, but because it LIKE THAT WEEKND SONG, WHO bassist Max Madrus, and drummer reminds me of the classic venue KEE to MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU Drew Christie. The postrock out- Bala in the Muskokas in Ontario. I saw CAN’T FEEL YOUR FACE? Andrea fit’s latest EP, Set the Controls for the Kim Mitchell, April Wine, and Sloan Graham, aka the Librarian. She’s been a big part of putting Vancouver’s elecHeart of the Slums, alternates between there, among other legends. Classic. > JOHN LUCAS tronic-music community on the map hazy, shoegazing ambiance and skullwith her work with Bass Coast music crushingingly heavy riffs. TOR festival, which is gaining a lot of interBEST LOCAL RELEASE OTHER national attention, and her incredible THAN YOURS: Blessed by Blessed. Taking nearly a decade to com- sets. I’ve hung out with her a bunch We played with them and Behold… plete his 2012 debut album, of times too. We camped next to each The Arctopus, of all bands, when two Drum Therapy, electronic music pro- other at Burning Man with some of ’em were in GSTS!. I just remem- ducer Tor is either the world’s greatest other Vancouver music producers like ber thinking, “Who are these kids? procrastinator, or the world’s biggest JPOD and Blondtron. Good times. Why are they so good? How do they perfectionist. Judging by the finished have such good taste in gear?” Same record, however, it’s more likely to be YOU’RE A CREATIVE TYPE. WHERE as it ever was. Blessed rule. the latter. Championed by globally ARE WE OPENING A VENUE? The renowned producer Emancipator, big red building where they have the THE YEAR’S BEST GIG: The Tra- Drum Therapy was chosen to be the Vancouver Flea Market, by Main and gically Hip at Rogers Arena on July first release on the star’s new label, and Terminal Avenue [703 Terminal Av24. They were a bit loose and I was Tor was swiftly selected to create offi- enue]. I could see it being converted into sitting in the nosebleed section, but cial remixes for groups as high-profile a multiroom warehouse-style venue. the atmosphere was tremendous and as ODESZA. Recently completing his There’s a huge underground music made for an unforgettable show. I second album, Blue Book, the Vancou- scene in Vancouver that’s always fightwish I had listened to their last two verite continues to master the down- ing for spaces to host events, and to have albums more, because the tracks tempo genre with a stellar collection of somewhere like that would be amazing. > KATE WILSON they chose to play from those records crisp samples and atmospheric vibes.
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His eighth studio album, Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea sees Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) once again co-produce alongside Chris Vallejo (INXS, Empire of the Sun), this time at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland, as well as Linear studios in Sydney. The epic landscapes in both New Zealand and on a recent trip Mike took to Iceland lent inspiration to create a newly panoramic album, with themes of relationships and the passing of time that are at once personal and universal. The album was written alongside an incredible band of musicians – Ben Edgar (guitar), Rob Clader (bass), Peter Marin (drums) Jon Solo (keys). Passenger has seen massive worldwide success since the release of multiplatinum “Let Her Go” from album All The Little Lights. The accompanying video just joined YouTube’s elite The Billion View Club, only the 23rd music video to do so. Passenger released Whispers in 2014, which debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200. He spent the next two years playing sold-out shows across the world and commanding the attention of thousands upon thousands of festival-goers with only his voice and acoustic guitar.
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St. Paul and the Broken Bones keep it real > B Y M IKE USING E R
aking some degree of sense considering he once seemed destined for a career in the clergy, singer Paul Janeway had a good old-fashioned epiphany before working on Sea of Noise, the sophomore album from St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Evidently, he came to the big conclusion that trying to make the world a better place was just as important as entertaining the masses, the latter something that he’s proven more than adept at as the frontman of the Birmingham, Alabama, throwback-soul septet. That explains Sea of Noise lyrics that are more likely to tackle mudslinging in politics (“All I Ever Wonder”) and crises of faith (“Is It Me”) than traditional R&B fancies like where the hell that once-loving relationship went wrong. “Our songs bring a lot of joy to people, and that part of it is wonderful,” says the band’s bassist and cosongwriter, Jesse Phillips, on the line from a New York tour stop. “But after doing this for several years, Paul just felt like he didn’t want to do the same thing over again. He decided that if he was going to be a real lyricist and musician that he was going to use his platform to inject real thought and commentary into his lyrics. He wanted to get people asking questions. He reads a lot of nonfiction and had been really digging into stuff about people working on social justice issues. That kind of gave him this moment of ‘Well, what the hell am I doing with my life?’” To hear Phillips describe things, after years of struggling in gonowhere bands—and almost giving up music for accounting—Janeway finally realized he had an audience that was listening to him. The breakthrough was a long time coming.
If your café doesn’t feature a black-velvet painting of Jimmy Page, St. Paul and the Broken Bones will eat elsewhere.
Before they stumbled on the idea of treating vintage R&B with holyroller soul, Phillips and Janeway played in more groups than they can remember. (YouTube “The Secret Dangers” + “March On” for a stroll down memory lane.) Thanks to a shit-hot and outright revelatory live show, the unit found an almost instant audience for its debut 2013 EP, Greetings From St. Paul and the Broken Bones. A quickly recorded debut album, Half the City, got St. Paul and the Broken Bones out on the road fulltime with a vengeance, fans showing up en masse in markets the septet had never even played before. If you were lucky enough to be at a soldout Rickshaw in February of last
yard, you saw a show that was part Southern Baptist tent revival and part Motown circa ’68. By the end of the night it was hard to tell who was sweating more—Janeway and his completely into-it bandmates or their deliriously enraptured fans, a good number of whom appeared to have shown up curious and ended up newly minted disciples. And yet even as Janeway was making an instantly palpable connection with crowds every time he stepped on stages in North America, it somehow wasn’t enough. “He started to feel like ‘I’m going out there and being this dancing clown, yelling and falling to my knees,’ ” Phillips recalls. “All that’s fun and there’s nothing wrong with it—there’s
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Internet that supports whatever you think is true,” Phillips says. “From police brutality on down, there are lots of things that you can artfully comment on right now. It’s a 24-hour news cycle where something messed up is always being beamed from the headlines, so there’s lots of fodder. Paul pulled out things that were most meaningful to him.” Sea of Noise’s title, then, was no accident. But that shouldn’t get fans thinking that St. Paul and the Broken Bones have suddenly taken a permanent turn to the dark, despite song titles like “Burning Rome”. The album may kick off with an atmospheric soundscape, “Crumbling Light Posts, Part 1”, inspired by the bleak musings of Winston Churchill, and end with the equally eerie “Crumbling Light Posts, Part 3”, but in between Phillips and his bandmates haven’t forgotten how to throw a killer soul-man service. Try to resist moving when they get more superfly than John Shaft on the funksplattered “Flow With It (You Got Me Feeling Like)” or build a bridge between the Mississippi Delta and Studio One Kingston with “Waves”. The upside to playing for years with no success is that you end up appreciating it when your band finally takes off. “I think that things turned out really well—it was a challenge, because we also didn’t want it to be too heavyhanded,” Phillips says. “We tried to keep a playful element to it. When we got into the studio, we kind of said, ‘Well, if something does get too bleak, let’s just put in a reference to, I dunno, a UFO.’ That will lighten things up as you’re speaking to themes of isolation and alienation, but in a kind of funny and artful way.” -
certainly a huge entertainment value to it. But I know that he went into the new album specifically thinking ‘If I can’t step up my game, then I don’t want to be doing this.’ And I think that he did a really good job. He spent months and months working on the lyrics and revising things. Most of the songs have specific themes and they are written about specific things.” The bassist notes that it’s a weird time to be living in America, with many citizens saturated with so much information that they can pick and choose whatever they want to believe. That Donald Trump is still within hair-pulling distance of Hillary Clinton in the polls certainly St. Paul and the Broken Bones play the Commodore on Sunday (Sepbacks that up. “There’s always something on the tember 25).
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Sometimes Waterhouse feels misunderstood For reasons that Nick Water-
was about ideas and the disconnect between the ideas that you have, and the reality of what the execution of those ideas is going to be. Which can be really cruel. Almost a nightmare.” But not nearly as cruel as the fact that Waterhouse has yet to break anywhere near as big as acts like the Black Keys or Jack White, neither of which have ever been ghettoized as being singularly obsessed with a time they never knew. One seriously has to wonder if it’s all about the clothes. “From the beginning of my career, I kind of wondered what the alternate reality would be if I dressed not like myself,” Waterhouse admits with a laugh. “Everyone perceives me dressing like myself as me dressed not like myself. I always wonder, if I’d shown up my first time at South By Southwest wearing a beard and a jean jacket, how my songs would be perceived. I would have a Pitchfork review for sure.”
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tive years often get lost in the narrative when he finds himself profiled. When you’ve made a name for yourself playing impeccably retro R&B while wearing pressed clothes that the editors of GQ: Motown Edition would appreciate, the last thing people expect is someone who understands music didn’t start and end with James Brown and Otis Redding. As records like his new and thoroughly great full-length Never Twice make abundantly clear, Waterhouse knows his history, from the giants to lesser-known trailblazers like Roy Head and Little Willie John. But his knowledge of ancient history doesn’t stop there. “Obviously, the way that I get written about is a neat and tidy narrative that doesn’t have any room for any deviation,” the wonderfully open singer-guitarist reveals, on the line from his one-time hometown of Huntington Beach, California. “But I grew up around the punk-rock thing, and the punk-rock community.” As a kid, he had old Black Flag cassettes handed down to him by his father, who had seen the pioneering giants of American hardcore back in the day. But by the time Waterhouse was in his teens, seminal O.C. punk legends like T.S.O.L., the Vandals, and Adolescents had either disbanded or had their thunder stolen by Hot Topic pop-punk acts. That led him on a quest for something more authentic. He’d find it in a brand of raw and unvarnished R&B that made labels like Stax legendary in the ’60s. “After the 1990s, punk rock obviously became a global brand of platinum-selling records,” Waterhouse says. “A lot of stuff, especially when I was 13 or 14, felt really passé and like it belonged to the previous generation. Honestly, the way that I felt about punk rock was the way that punk
> MIKE USINGER
Nick Waterhouse plays the Cobalt on Wednesday (September 28).
By all appearances, Nick Waterhouse is living the good life in California. The sad fact is, he really works as a pool boy.
rockers felt about Yes or E.L.O. in 1977. But I was always a really curious kid, so I was really engaged in the independent music scene that came after that.” That curiosity, and a fascination with the DIY aesthetic, would eventually lead the 30-year-old to press his first single “Some Place” on vinyl and assemble the final product by hand. Waterhouse’s oldschool approach to business—not to mention his penchant for crisp corduroy pants and button-down shirts—would eventually cause some to wonder if he placed more of a premium on style than substance. Which, is, of course, fucking
idiotic. One of the great records of 2016, Never Twice has Waterhouse bumping and grinding through the greasy “The Old Place”, reaching for the Brylcreem on the doo-wop delight “Katchi”, and hitting the Lost Weekend Lounge with a Manhattan in hand for the piano-adorned “Lucky Once”. “Tracy” finds the guitarist ripping things up like he’s gunning for a spot on the boxed set Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of ’50s Rock, while the drum violence at the end of “Stanyan Street” can be attributed to his generosity as a band leader. He notes that on Never Twice he brought vet-
eran players into the studio and then encouraged them to be as creative as they liked. Waterhouse acknowledges there are times when he feels misunderstood; he describes 2012’s raw and garagey Holly as a reaction to the way he was sometimes perceived after touring for his debut Time’s All Gone. “Holly was a pretty dark record, personally for me,” he says with a laugh. “That’s like my drug record. Not that I was abusing drugs, but I was definitely having to take a lot of Xanax for panic attacks around then. When I hear the songs I also hear how hard it was to make that record. A lot of that record
Guitar-slinging Gunn takes the road less travelled When the Straight connects Steve Gunn, the New York–based musician is in a moving vehicle, heading out of North Dakota and into Montana. That’s fitting, because on his latest album, Eyes on the Lines, Gunn sings of journeys. Unlike the A-to-B treks of a band moving from one gig to the other, though, these lyrical wanderings don’t have any particular destination. “It’s a field guide from the other side/Beyond the paths you know,” Gunn sings on “Conditions Wild”. Wandering off the grid and getting happily lost is almost inconceivable in
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“When I’m playing the trumpet I’m very influenced by Cuban music,” he notes, “and in my solos sometimes I’ll stick to some of those rhythms, to where my drummer will pick it up and we’ll start going to some Latin beats. Or sometimes I might use some punk-rocktype phrasing, and then the band will follow that. Then we’re right back into the tight arrangements— but when we solo, it can literally go anywhere. “Music is just music,” he concludes. “It’s just about how we interpret it, how we put it out.”
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the era of GPS and Google Maps, but it’s something that Gunn spends a lot of time pondering. “I feel like, particularly nowadays, the idea of embracing that concept is just getting lost,” he says. “It’s just vanishing. So that was sort of the topic. It’s a theme that’s important to me just in my life in general, and it also felt like to write lyrics and have songs about that idea was something I wanted, to kind of run a thread through the record. “You have to set yourself up for a certain amount of improvisation in your life at different scales and levels.” Gunn and his band, the Outliners, do their fair share of that, taking songs that are relatively concise on record and stretching them out in new directions on-stage. Case in point: the shortest track on Eyes on the Lines is “Park Bench Smile”, which clocks in at 3:24. Poke around on YouTube, however, and you’ll find fan-shot videos of the Outliners leaning into the song’s spiralling groove for nearly nine minutes. Gunn is a prodigiously talented guitarist. Playing fingerstyle on an electric six-string, he crafts unpredictable, but unfailingly melodic lines, drawing on influences that include John Fahey and Jimi Hendrix. With
> ALEXANDER VARTY
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Trombone Shorty provided the voices for all the adults in The Peanuts Movie. He really did that. This is not a joke.
the Outliners, he employs those skills in the service of songs that cruise down cosmic highways that run parallel to roads previously travelled by JJ Cale and the Grateful Dead. He certainly knows his way around his instrument, but Gunn is also aware of his limitations. “I kind of skipped over a lot of theory and different things like that,” he admits. “I did take lessons, but then I stopped and I just did a
lot of things by ear and played a lot, put a lot of time in by myself in my bedroom playing, and developed my own way of understanding and navigating around the guitar, which I still use. I got kind of locked into the 10 different tricks I do, I guess, so I had to take a step back and kind of relearn things and understand them from a different angle, a more technical angle. “It’s kind of an endless thing. There’s
certainly a lot more for me to learn.” Several spins into Snowblink’s In other words, there are many new Returning Current, I’m more roads left to explore, and plenty of opportunities to get lost thoroughly seduced by the record’s sensuous glaze, but I still can’t tell along the way. > JOHN LUCAS you what any of the songs mean. And Steve Gunn and the Outliners play this is puzzling for the Toronto trio’s Fortune Sound Club on Friday (Sep- singer, multi-instrumentalist, and tember 23). principal songwriter Daniela Gesundheit, who contends that the new disc is full of meaningful and deeply personal songs. “One that comes to mind is ‘Feel Like a Man’, where the chorus is ‘I feel There’s a wonderful photograph, like a man/I haven’t cried for a week readily accessible on the Inter- now,’ and the verses are all saying net, that shows a diminutive Troy these typically masculine things—but, Andrews, playing a trombone longer obviously, I’m the one who’s singing than he is tall but clearly holding them,” she says, reached with her longcentre stage in the middle of a New time musical partner Dan Goldman Orleans marching band. Two things and new drummer Phil Melanson are immediately apparent, one being while transiting Regina en route to where Andrews got his Trombone Saskatoon. “So there’s that angle, but Shorty stage name. The other is that also several of the songs sort of zoom his musicianship is deeply embedded in on the history of a relationship in a in the Tremé neighbourhood of New very particular way—there’s an entire Orleans, the community where he was arc, from courtship to the dissolving of born and raised. a relationship.” Now 30 and playing as much trumGesundheit does offer me an out pet as trombone, Andrews is just as later in the conversation, when she likely to be headlining a Canadian admits that even she doesn’t always soft-seater or sitting in with the Foo know what she’s writing about on first Fighters as he is to be strutting in the hearing. Some of Returning Current’s second line. But he’s far from having songs only yielded their real meaning forgotten his roots, as his charitable months or even years after they were activities show. When he’s not on- written. “They sort of became true in stage or in the studio, he’s running real life,” she notes. “I’m still getting the Trombone Shorty Foundation, my head around the idea that songa collaboration with Tulane Univer- writing can be predictive. It would sity that offers instruments, lessons, never have occurred to me, necessarily, and music-business training to high- except that this album was particularly school students throughout the New strong in that regard—in terms of getOrleans area. ting to the end of the body of work and In one sense, he’s simply passing looking at it and going ‘Oh, yes. This is on what he learned, informally, from what was going on, personally.’ family members and older march“But it makes a lot of sense, in ing-band peers. (Andrews is the some ways,” she continues. “Espegrandson of R&B pioneer Jesse Hill, cially the way I write songs. It is a bit and almost everyone in his family like metal-detecting the aether—getplays music.) But in a larger sense, ting these little pieces out of the air he’s also trying to recreate the world and, I guess, out of my subconscious. that shaped him—one of the hardest It makes sense that they might give hit by 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. sneak peeks at what’s going on that “The reason why I put this togeth- I maybe don’t want to look at, or er,” Andrews explains, on the line haven’t necessarily dived into.” from a Sacramento, California tour Her intuitions aren’t entirely dark, stop, “is because I had a great up- Gesundheit stresses. “It’s not always bringing in the Tremé neighbour- like a doom-predicter!” she says, hood, where all these musicians laughing. “‘How Now’, for instance, from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band or asks the question ‘Will the goodness Rebirth Brass Band lived. It was an we have witnessed stay good for cenunspoken tradition that they passed turies?’ but it’s not a pessimistic song along knowledge and affirmation whatsoever. It’s very much about the naturally. That’s what some of the excitement of the present moment. older musicians had done for them, ‘This is so new! How now?’” and I just wanted to create that cityGiven the role of the subconscious wide, because I realized that not in Gesundheit’s songwriting process, everybody is going to be able to grow it’s apt that Snowblink’s music is best up like I did and have all those great described as dream-pop. On Returning musicians surrounding them. Current, Goldman’s layered key“After the storm,” he adds, “Tremé boards and guitars, along with Robbie was no longer the Tremé that I grew Lackritz’s R&B-influenced producup in, so I just wanted to pass that tion, make for the kind of listening that along.…I just want to make sure that Gesundheit readily describes as a conNew Orleans music stays alive for scious alternative to the harsh textures another couple of hundred years!” of much rock, rap, and EDM. Andrews is doing his part on-stage, “I just can’t stand that feeling of too. Although his big, extroverted listening to music that has that jacksound on both trumpet and trombone hammer impact,” she says. “I like draws on the brass tradition initially a soft edge; I really do. This music made famous by Louis Armstrong, comes from the dream-state, so I’m his band, Orleans Avenue, merges that glad it also induces that.” > ALEXANDER VARTY with funk, rap, and hard rock. Arguably the jazziest thing about the band is its penchant for improvisation— Snowblink plays the China Cloud on which, Andrews says, can be applied Friday (September 23). see next page to any musical style.
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is known for many things. Yes, he’s a three-time Scribble Jam DJ Battle winner (think Woodstock, but for hip-hop). Yes, he’s a Juno Award nominee. And yes, he has some of the world’s best DJs, like Jazzy Jeff and Just Blaze, on speed dial. But what does Skratch highlight as his most important achievement? That’s right. His grill skills. Marking its sixth birthday with a four-date tour, the DJ’s annual Bastid’s BBQ is once again making a pit stop in Vancouver. Last dropping by in 2014, Skratch’s celebration lit up the city with a stellar selection of hip-hop talent and high-class food vendors. Now returning with bigger names and even better burgers, the DJ’s barbecue promises to welcome music aficionados and hickory-sauce lovers in equal measure. “The idea behind the event is to throw a hip-hop show outside on a summer afternoon, and move this kind of music out of dark clubs and into the daylight,” Skratch Bastid tells the Straight on the line from his Toronto studio. “The one underlying ideology for the event is to bring people together and help strengthen the community—whether that be
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fit with ours. Vancouver is definitely getting the good lineups. We didn’t stop here last year, but with Primo in the mix it was time to come back.” Skratch’s afternoon event is not all about the big names, however. Shining a spotlight on artists like REUPTRIPPYSHIT’s Rico Uno & Genie, two-time regional Red Bull Thre3style champ Nick Bike, and DJ Marvel/Kutcorners collaboration Live Evil, Skratch’s barbecue encourages fans to network and party with some of the city’s best up-and-comers. “Canada is so small that there’s only about two degrees of separation between people,” the DJ says. “So you think ‘Oh, Jim’s cool, he’s a rapper, and he’s really good.’ But we’re so close to the artists around us that we underestimate how talented and special our friends can be until they end up on someone else’s record. Look at Pomo for instance—he’s on the new Mac Miller single right now, and he used to be the sound man at a bar in Montreal that I played at. You forget that even though these people are in your backyard, they’re extremely gifted. So alongside the headliners, the barbecue is designed to highlight dope people from each city. Plus there’s tons of great DJs in Vancouver. It was pretty easy to book the talent.”
DJs, musicians, or just music fans. It’s open to everyone, and it’s entirely inclusive. And the food is great.” With parties in Muskoka, Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver, the lineup for each event varies—and, according to the organizer, he’s saved the best until last. “The first time we came to Vancouver, we had DJ Jazzy Jeff play,” Skratch recalls. “This time we’ve got DJ Premier, and it’s the only city to feature him on the bill. I’ve known > KATE WILSON Primo a long time, but even then it wasn’t easy tracking him down. By a Bastid’s BBQ is at the Waldorf Hotel stroke of luck, though, his schedule on Sunday (September 25)
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ancouver and Toronto might be two of Canada’s coolest cities, but they’re poles apart. Toronto is all about business, while Vancouver is all about yoga. Toronto is metropolitan, while Vancouver loves nature. Toronto is chock full of rap stars, while Vancouver… Yeah. Devoid of a Drake or K’naan to pioneer hip-hop culture, Lotusland’s rap groups are overshadowed by the meteoric rise of the city’s up-and-coming artists in other genres—look at the growing success of indie groups Dear Rouge and Mounties, for example. With hip-hop firmly relegated to the fringes of local music culture, the average Vancouverite couldn’t name one single resident rapper. So when a talented MC and producer finally pop up, it’s time to start listening. Experimental rap duo So Loki have been working together for just over a year, but they’ve already solidified their status as one of the city’s most innovative partnerships. Releasing their debut album, V, this month—the follow-up to February’s well-received mix tape Supermanic—producer Geoffrey So Loki’s Sam Lucia and Geoffrey Millar are still wearing the outfits they Millar and rapper Sam Lucia have had on when they escaped from the Home for the Insane in the Membrane. achieved a cohesion often missing hip-hop scene in Vancouver is not music—Teena Marie, Stevie Wonder, from experimental projects. “Supermanic was a smorgas- like Toronto. That city has a really de- Sly and the Family Stone—which bord,” Lucia tells the Straight over fined sound—Drake’s sound. Here, combine multiple vocal layers to a large coffee. “It was one of those there are little pockets of people do- make a gospel-esque sound. Then we things where we wanted to do it ing their own thing. There’s not a put our own spin on that.” all and try everything. That record push towards everyone making the “I played in a punk-pop band bewas all about me and Geoff figuring same kind of music.” fore I got into production,” Millar “No one knows what Vancouver’s remembers, “and I was really into each other out, building trust, and rap scene is going to end up looking screamo and hard rock. People say understanding our boundaries.” “V is really different,” Millar chimes like,” Lucia agrees, “which allows that So Loki is a departure from that, in. “We had to cut us to do what we but I think it’s very similar. Punk down about 20 want freely. Once has a lot in common with rap. They options to 12 for one of us makes should both be very aggressive and Supermanic. For it big, though, radical, and that’s what a lot of rap is Kate Wilson this album, we that artist will missing—that pure energy.” knew what we wanted to put across likely create Vancouver’s sound—so Lucia and Millar practise what they from the get-go. We picked our fa- right now it’s a battle of innovation. preach. Fresh off a wild performance vourite aspects and worked on them, Whoever does the best thing first at the Victory Square Block Party—a rather than just blindly writing every- will hold the keys to the city.” show that saw a big crowd moshing at thing. That gave us the grounds to still Drawing on a palette of inf lu- the front of the stage—the duo conbe playful and creative with it, but to ences that differs wildly from most tinue to hone their live set while focusmake it much more consistent.” rap groups, So Loki already has a ing on creating new material. Despite achieving their goal of a head start in the race for origin“What’s next for us?” Lucia asks more uniform sound, the two never ality. Blending the best aspects himself. “The moment we’ve fincompromise their signature experi- of different genres, the duo syn- ished and released an album, we mentalism on their new record. The thesizes everything from specific start on the next one. We just have a new single “Birthday” links haunting production techniques to musical compulsion to write. Of course we’re synth chords and distorted samples ideologies into their work. still into the material for the live set with multilayered vocals, while al“I’ve recently come to the realiza- and love playing it in front of people, bum track “Say Too Much” features tion that it’s possible to write half as but we’re already focusing on new jazz-trumpet melodies and broken many words, and say twice as much,” music. And the next record is going rhythms. Deftly weaving Lucia’s Lucia suggests, “and that formula to be the big one. We’ve talked about rhymes into the rich tapestry of noise, has come from listening to singers, how much we love this album, but Millar creates a cinematic sound- not rappers. We’ve started using the we know we can already outdo it. It’s scape that’s full of contrast, drawing voice as an instrument and mesh- an exciting time.” on multiple musical traditions. ing it into the track, rather than just “Our goal was to keep things in- letting our raps sit over the top. We So Loki’s V is out now on major digitventive on V,” the producer says. “The take inspiration from a lot of old ’80s al platforms.
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BASIA BULAT Canadian folk singersongwriter tours in support of latest studio album Good Advice, with guests Oh Pep! Oct 12, 7 pm, Vogue Theatre (918 Granville). Tix $20 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketfly.com/. THE BACARDI BOOHAHA Adults-only Halloween party features DJ Flipout spinning hits. Cash prizes for best costume will be awarded throughout the night. Oct 29, 9:30 pm, Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville). Tix on sale Sep 23, 10 am, $29.45/19.45/9.45 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. THE STRUTS U.K. rock ’n’ roll band tours in support of Everybody Wants. Nov 9, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, The Imperial (319 Main). Tix on sale Sep 23, 10 am, $25 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. COLEMAN HELL Thunder Bay indie-electronica artist performs on his Summerland Tour 2016, with guest Ria Mae. Nov 10, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Venue (881 Granville). Tix on sale Sep 23, 10 am, $23.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. OFF! Los Angeles punk band. Nov 18, doors 8 pm, show 9:30 pm, Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings). Tix on sale Sep 23, 10 am, $20 (plus service charges and fees) at Red Cat, Zulu Records, and www.ticketweb.ca/. GORD BAMFORD Canadian country artist tours in support of seventh studio album Tin Roof, with guest Meghan Patrick. Nov 22, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville). Tix on sale Sep 23, 10 am, $30 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. IN FLAMES AND HELL YEAH Swedish heavy-metal act coheadlines with American heavy-metal group on their Forged in Fire Tour 2016, with guests From Ashes to New. Dec 14, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville). Tix on sale Sep 23, 10 am, $42.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. HALF MOON RUN Montreal-based indie-rock quartet, with guests Plants and Animals. Dec 16, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm,
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As much as Commercial Drive has changed in the last 25 years, it still enjoys the largest concentration of weirdos outside the Downtown Eastside. I sidestep the bold, the broke, and the beautiful as I make my rounds, stopping at JJ Bean before continuing on to Frattelli Bakery, Donald’s Market, and Wonderbucks. Crusty street punks serenade me with banjos and the pungent smell of pot drifts from the Canna Clinic as I walk down the street. I might have a burger at Vera’s or stop for a beer at the Dime Roadhouse, but everything I need is right fucking there. This is my neighbourhood—my home—and I’ve become surprisingly attached to it over the decades. Winnipeg was never like this.
One of the perks of my job is that I get to visit so many cities around the world. Having seen all that, I will never leave my beloved home of Vancouver. I grew up in Point Grey/UBC and I still live there today. My favourite activities include: my dog and I at Spanish Banks at low tide on a sunny day, or running with her and my sister in the UBC Endowment Lands and Camosun Bog. Wreck Beach is amazing, although trust me, you will see something you can never “unsee”. (You never see the ones you want.) And the Eatery at 3431 West Broadway has the most amazing and creative Japanese fusion I’ve ever had. I have never seen any other city in the world that has so much beautiful diversity to offer. We are all truly lucky to live in such an amazing place.
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VOGUE THEATRE 918 Granville, 604-5691144. 2TA-KU (LIVE) Sep 26 2ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Sep 27 2KAYTRANADA Sep 30 2FLIGHT FACILITIES Oct 5 2DANNY BROWN Oct 6 2STICKY FINGERS Oct 7 2GOJIRA Oct 9 2BASIA BULAT Oct 12 2GHOST Oct 13 2ZIGGY MARLEY
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savage love I’m a 27-year-old straight male
and a high-school teacher held to a strict code. I left my fiancée in June and haven’t had sex since. Needless to say, I’m really horny. I’m also in that weird in-between age where I’m not comfortable hanging out at college bars but I’m also a bit younger than most of the women in other bars. But when I scour dating apps, I see profiles of women ages 18 to 22—women who, for all I know, could have been students at my school. I would never fuck a former student, of course, but I’m worried that I could get my licence revoked if my supervisors discovered I was online trolling for sex. So what am I supposed to do? My cock is making sad faces at me right now.
and she will refuse to abort. I trust him, but condoms break (or get holes poked in them). He inherited serious money from his father, and his father got “oops’d” into having three kids. I would immediately divorce my husband if this happened. (Yes, I’m an asshole, but my life plans have NEVER included children, step or otherwise.) My solution is for him to get a vasectomy. He says he’s for it, but it’s been a YEAR and he hasn’t made an appointment. I’m seriously considering yanking “open” until he’s sterile. Maybe he really wants children and he’s not telling me, but I keep asking and he keeps saying no. Am I being unreasonable asking for the snip? > SERIOUSLY NOT INTO PREGNANCY
> TEACHER EVIDENTLY NEEDS SEXUAL ENCOUNTER
If you live in a college town, TENSE, there’s at least one bar where grad students hang out—look for the bar where women are grading papers, not pounding shots, and hang out there. And with more than one in three new marriages beginning with an online meeting these days, and with Pew Research telling us that 60 percent of Americans approve of online dating, I don’t see how your supervisors could possibly object to staffers scouring dating apps and the interwebs for age-appropriate partners. Unless we’re talking about a Catholic school staffed entirely by nuns, which isn’t what we’re talking about.
I’m female, 26, and in an open
marriage with a wonderful man. I am having a recurring fear that he’ll get some other woman pregnant
> BY DAN SAVAGE benefits relationships. In every single one, a time has come, generally sooner rather than later, when I completely lose interest in my partner sexually. It’s not a matter of him being less attractive to me. It’s not a matter of us not being on good terms—often we become very close friends. It’s not a matter of my sex drive shutting down—I’m all kinds of turned on by other guys, just not the one I’m with. It’s reached a point where I’m deliberately holding myself back from getting into relationships because I’m tired of ruining good things. > CONFIRMED BACHELOR
You could get your ass into therapy, CB, and churn through several relationships while you work on this— relationships that could fail for this or some other reason—and not have anything to show for your effort 10 years from now. Or you could find a guy who has the same problem you do—your predicament is not uncommon—and instead of breaking up when you lose interest in each other sexually, you stay together, you love each other, you take care of each other, and you both fuck other guys.
Maybe your husband wants children, SNIP, maybe he doesn’t. Or maybe he’s one of those guys invested in/aroused by the power of spunk to make babies they don’t want; these guys would rather see their shots intercepted than go unattempted. So while a vasectomy is an eminently reasonable way for a married man who wishes to remain childless to prevent himself from impregnating someone who isn’t his Mid-20s female here, ready to wife, SNIP, arousal often defies reason. date after a period of difficulty in my And ultimately this is his decision to personal life. I have started taking an antidepressant, which has allowed me make—his body, his choice. to regain control over my life, but one I’m a gay single male in my 40s. side effect is difficulty having orgasms. I have a good life and do good work. People can be judge-y when it comes to I’m not worried about finding the antidepressants, and it’s not something right guy to settle down with. I’m that’s easy to share. It’s frustrating beworried about what happens next. cause this medication allows me to be I’ve had three serious long-term re- in a place mentally where I can purlationships and several friends-with- sue healthy adult relationships, but it
affects sex, which for me is something that is key for a healthy relationship. How do I have a conversation about this with a potential partner? > HOPEFUL ABOUT POTENTIAL PARTNERS, YAY
You can put off the convo about your meds with a white lie, HAPPY, by telling your potential partner you never come the first few times you’re with someone new—no pressure on you to come (or come clean just yet), no pressure on them to make you come. Then level with them about the real reason you’re having difficulty coming—new to antidepressants, still adjusting, but grateful for the other benefits—after you’ve gotten to know them better. It’s a harmless, understandable white lie, not a major betrayal. If they react like it is one, HAPPY, then you’ll have to DTMFA.
I’m male, 30, and newly single.
ally bad—but not always. In some cases, cheating is the least worst option for all involved (the cheater, the cheated, their dependents); in others, cheating saves marriages that needed saving; in still others, cheating ends marriages that needed ending. Absent more info about this woman’s particular circumstances, BADDY, I can’t make a definite ruling about her badness for cheating or your badness for aiding and abetting.
Straight 64-year-old man
wanting to try the gay side of life!!! Don’t have the bodybuilder’s body anymore!!! Average size!!! Would anyone get turned on to old-timer’s body!!! Need some advice where and how to meet other gay men!!! Also HIV is a concern!!! Any other advice would be appreciated!!! > WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR
I’ve been using my newfound freedom to sleep around, and last week I had sex with a married woman. Yes, she was cheating. Yes, I was aware. There won’t be any future sexual encounters with this woman, but here’s the thing I was wondering about: I don’t feel guilty, not one bit. This fuck was a strong contender for best fuck of my life. Does that make me a bad person? And if so, do I just accept the fact that I’m a bad person?
Check out daddyhunt.com, WISF, the “largest gay personals site for daddies, bears, and guys that love them”!!! Don’t be paralyzed by fear!!! Of HIV or anything else!!! But consider getting on PrEP!!! And use condoms!!! And remember::: Sex with a guy who thinks he’s negative but isn’t is way riskier than sex with a guy who knows he’s positive and takes his meds!!! And stop calling yourself straight!!! -
> BASICALLY A DASTARDLY DICK, YES?
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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 WHERE: Donair Dude on Davie Street Beautiful Man at Donair Dude on Monday afternoon.... I couldn’t keep my eyes off you as I sat in my truck across the street. I went to Starbucks to get a napkin and wrote a message on it for you... when I went back... you were gone :(
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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 WHERE: Matchstick Coffee on Fraser and Kingsway Herbal tea. Great smile. Sideshaved head and a ponytail; You asked me if the cafe had wifi, and said your phone browser wouldn’t ‘prompt’ a log-in page which was an endearing AF choice of words. There were notebooks and loose paper- some of it crumpled into a ball because you were, presumably, unimpressed with what you had written. Then you left in a rush before I could drop my earphones and return your smile with anything other than one of my own. Are you free to sit next to each other on purpose some time?
KITS MACENZIE NEAR BROADWAY.
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 WHERE: Mackenzie Near Broadway. Saw you in Kits coming out of your house near Starbucks on Broadway, you looked at me and we smiled at each other, I was with my friend talking to the next door neighbour. Me: tall and dark eyes, you made want to know you. Kicking myself for not saying something. Wanna coffee or drink in the neighbourhood ?
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 11, 2016 WHERE: Ferry to Vancouver Me: too cool to say ‘hey’ You: just too cool. Banjo, dog, rockin’ bod... so hot. I was checking you out as we waited to depart. It was obvious.
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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 WHERE: Savoury Island Pie, West Vancouver
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 WHERE: Kitsilano Beach Park
You were with a friend getting a soy latte. You sat on the adjacent table. There was an English couple across. I would have asked for your number if I had not been shy. Coffee?
You have dark hair and a good beard, and were collecting chestnuts with your kids at Kits Beach. The little girl I was looking after unburied a chestnut your son had so carefully hidden in the sand. I was the blonde girl in a jean jacket with the stash of goldfish crackers. We chatted briefly. It’d be nice to see you again sometime. :)
HOMER STREET SMILES
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 WHERE: Homer St. Near Helmcken In passing - I was on my lunch break walking west on Homer St. close to Helmcken and you had crossed the street walking the other way. You: A handsome taller Mark Wahlberg’esk looking man in dark jeans and khaki long sleeve with great smile. Me: cute brunette with long hair in a burgundy sweater, black leather jacket and black pants. You smiled / I smiled / we both smiled at each other; made my day. There is little chance you will read this, but you never know. If you do, share another smile or two over a coffee?
BEAUTIFUL GIRL ON A MOBI BIKE
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 WHERE: Richards and Smithe You pulled up to a red light on you’re Mobi share bike looking very cute and European without a helmet or a care. I was in a black Yankees ball cap and black leather jacket. I crossed in front of you and caught your eye. You made me change course and cross again with you riding next to me. We just kept looking at each other. How do ask a girl on a bike out to dinner?
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 WHERE: Commercial-Broadway Station I saw you this morning entering the SkyTrain station. I’ve had a crush on you since you first started working with me a few years ago, but I never worked up the courage to talk to you.
EMBARRASSED BY MY ROOMIE HOLLERING OUT OF HER CAR AS YOU PASSED BY
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 WHERE: Nanaimo St., You: Catching the 7 My friend and I were stopped at an intersection in her red Civic on Nanaimo and Adanac (roughly). I told her I thought you were cute and she proceeded to flag you down in a rather embarrassing manner. You were such a good sport, shook my hand and told me your name was John. Despite being embarrassed, I still think you’re cute and would love to hear from you. Cheers! M.
YOUR YELLOW UMBRELLA PROVIDED REFUGE FROM THE RAIN
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 WHERE: Denman at Pendrell I (black shirt and blue jeans) was struggling in the rain trying to work the parking machine when you offered me the shelter of your yellow umbrella (Saturday, 2016-Sep17). You are from Ontario (spent time in Ottawa), I am from Saskatchewan, but spent some time in Ottawa too and I went to Rideau High School on the east side of the Rideau River. Later, I thought I should have tried to connect with you. You reminded me of Meryl Streep in the movie, “The Bridges of Madison County”. I would love to to get to know a little more about you and find out what we have in common. Coffee, drinks, lunch, dinner, billiards at the Commodore - well maybe not - just a blind stab in the dark on the billiards).
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 WHERE: Costco in Richmond Saw you in Costco, Richmond on Sunday September 18th around 11:45am. You were wearing grey jogging pants, a white shirt and a baseball hat. You have dark brown hair and brown eyes. I was wearing blue jeans and a plaid shirt. My son was in the buggy. We locked eyes & smiled at each other but I never saw you again. I can’t believe I’m doing this...
CUTE QUIDDITCH PLAYER
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 WHERE: Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain
Being Single Is Great Being single is great. I have a great life and have so many amazing adventures literally everyday. I am in third year and will be traveling this summer to Europe and don’t need a man holding me down. I just don’t have any time for a boyfriend right now because being single is amazing.
I was coming down the stairs at Commercial-Broadway station. We used to work together but I never could build up the courage to talk to you. I’ve seen you around now and again and wish I could just say hi but I’m too chicken.
Acting on missed connections
MAIN STREET FARMERS MARKET
I have been welcomed into your social circle. I still feel the same about you. Respect all round. Desire remains.
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 WHERE: Main Street Farmers Market I was buying eggs. You walked over with a bag of carrots. I said, “good carrorts?” You said, “yeah, you want one?” I said, “sure”. I thought it was really cute you offered me a carrot. Then you asked if I lived in the area. I really loved your energy. Maybe we can have coffee, or go for a drink? Happy to make friends, or get married and run away.
BABE ON A BIKE
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 WHERE: Hastings and Heatley We were talking on Hastings and you were frustrated. I just wanted to smooch away your mood. You rode off and I got on the bus. I felt like getting off and chasing you down but you were too far away. Literally and figuratively. I hope we can ride together soon.
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I wish myself and everyone included would have the courage to ask a stranger out on a date. Just make sure you’re not creepy.
I still feel the same...
My Personal Opinion Staring into the smartphone and shoveling food into your face is disrespectful to the animal that died for your meal (and the company you are sharing a meal with).
Taking the Complaint free world challenge I started taking the Complaint Free World Challege last week which requires me not to complain, criticize and gossip for 21 days. But I am back at day 1 because I complained yesterday. I’ll keep everyone updated on my progress
my husband is a functioning addict No one knows. Or if they do, they don’t tell me. I don’t know who to talk to.
Fall into winter Summer came and went way too fast. Now we must settle into short days, long cold wet nights. Plus another tedious and boring hockey season. And then there’s Christmas.....ugh....
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straight stars September 22 to 28, 2016
ercury has just ended a three-week retrograde cycle, but that’s not the only good news to share. Between Thursday and next Tuesday, the sun, Venus, Pluto, and Mars are on the move-along too. Usually, it is advised to allow a little extra time for Mercury to get back up to full speed, but with such great stellar fuel to support progress, the now is a prime time to hit the ground running. Quite recently, Jupiter, the abundance planet, began its one-year tour of Libra. The sun begins its annual one-month tour of Libra on autumn equinox Thursday. On Sunday, the sun and Jupiter meet up. This transit happens only once a year—and only once every 12 years in Libra. It is considered especially fortunate for social, relationship, and financial matters. It is particularly auspicious for new trends and initiatives regarding the same. Sun/Jupiter can put a major contract, karmic or actual, into full swing. There’s nothing small or insignificant about this joint venture. Just ask Wills and Kate. Something or someone special could deliver big for you too. Venus into Scorpio, starting Friday, increases the potency quotient, the obsession, and the sexy. On Monday, Pluto in Capricorn ends the retrograde it started back in April, and on Tuesday, Mars finally leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn. Mars in Capricorn is a great make-a-decision, roll-up-your-sleeves, and get-it-done transit. Ambition well applied and well timed produces great results. Sunday through Tuesday dish up the best of the week ahead.
March 20–April 20
There’s still more sorting out to do, but now that Mercury retrograde is over, you’ll fi nd you have more to work with, for, and toward. Venus into Scorpio features money matters, intimate or close relationships, and trust issues. Mars into Capricorn helps you gain better control; Sunday through Tuesday are optimum for doing just that. Sun/ Jupiter puts abundance in your path. April 20–May 21
Mercury has just ended retrograde but it will continue to keep you busy on repair projects for another two weeks. Along with Mars freshly into Capricorn, a confidence-building transit, you should fi nd you can get it together and keep it together much better. Sunday’s sun/Jupiter is especially opportune for fi xing, correcting, healing, and fresh-start initiatives. Job prospects, communications, and relationships hit an upswing.
GEMINI May 21–June 21
Home matters, family, and personal targets are likely to stay on track better now that Mercury retrograde has ended. Venus, freshly into Scorpio, and Mars, freshly into Capricorn, are also a big help regarding implementation and the stick-to-it routine. Sun/Jupiter puts you in a great frame of mind/heart. Sunday through Tuesday could bring happy news, big opportunity, a reason to splurge or celebrate.
> BY ROSE MARCUS
CANCER June 21–July 22
You’ll get it said and done better now that Mercury retrograde is over. Venus into Scorpio, starting Friday, pumps up your confidence, intuitive smarts, and success ratio too. Jupiter/sun can increase your fi nancial overhead, but they can also increase your fi nancial prospects. The transit favours moving in together, pooling, and sharing. Jupiter/sun also helps you to fi nd/gain/ add support. Tuesday/Wednesday are productive.
LEO July 22–August 23
Sunday/Monday, the Leo moon has you feeling mighty fi ne and timing it just right. Action can net a big payoff, though with sun/ Jupiter in easy-come mode, all you really have to do is to show up and say thanks. There’s also a tendency to go overboard, to expect or spend too much. Mars, Mercury, and Pluto aim to keep it real and on track.
VIRGO August 23–September 23
The sun leaves your sign on Thursday, but Mercury continues to keep you busy with the work-itout routine for another two weeks. As of Sunday, more helpful stars are on your side. Sunday’s sun/Jupiter improves relationships, communications, fi nancial prospects, and an overall sense of well-being. Mars into Capricorn, starting Tuesday, loans you better control. Sunday through Thursday, all’s well in your world.
LIBRA September 23–October 23
Birthday month is off to a great kick-start thanks to the building sun/Jupiter conjunction. Benefiting you socially and personally, this lucrative, happy-making, and harmonyproducing transit gifts you through mid next week. More cooperation and better communication tracks can be readily established. Business, lifestyle, or relationship, new starts and big moves are well timed. The one drawback? A possible weight gain.
SCORPIO October 23–November 22
The end of Mercury retrograde and Venus into Scorpio, starting Friday, set you/it onto full steam ahead. Sunday’s sun/Jupiter also launches a great upswing regarding social involvements, romance, plans, upgrades, fi nancial prospects, and personal goals. Monday/Tuesday, Pluto and Mars pump up your ambition and your success ratio. Both planets help you gain and maintain better control.
SAGITTARIUS November 22–December 21
December 21–January 20
Beyond a romance weekend, a special anniversary, or an event to attend, Sunday’s sun/Jupiter marks an auspicious time to sign a contract or to move on something big. You’ll also gain from the end of Pluto retrograde and Mars into take-charge Capricorn starting Monday. Friday through mid– next week, your stars are optimized. Put it into action; see results. January 20–February 18
Venus into Scorpio, starting Friday, can put you on the gain with finances, career ambitions, or someone in charge. Building through Sunday and of benefit for the week ahead, good-news planets sun/Jupiter enhance social, financial, and romantic prospects. Try your luck on someone or something. They also favour travel, legal matters, marketing, and speculative ventures. February 18–March 20
Venus into Scorpio, starting Friday, is one of your best attractit transits. Along with Sunday’s sun/ Jupiter conjunction, finances, legal matters, partnerships, intimate relationships, and other key one-on-one relationships gain a great big boost. These transits keep opportunity and prosperity good to go through the week ahead. Pluto direct and Mars into Capricorn make it/keep it real. -
Communications, social opportunity, romance, parenting, banking, and career matters can hit a major improvement track. The sun into Libra on Thursday, and beautifully boosted by Jupiter on Sunday, can produce a special event, good feedback, or something to celebrate. Mercury, Mars, and Pluto give you something more sub- B o o k a re a d i n g o r s i g n u p f o r stantial to go on and they also help Rose’s free monthly newsletter: www.rosemarcus.com/astrolink/. you to gain better ground.
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