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Summer 2010

Downtown Living Magazine

it ‘styling downtown’

Edgar Sandulo

Real Estate



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Downtown Perspectives


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Do the Mall

Crawl by Helen Peterson

When the summer sun is beating down, and tourist traffic clogs the streets, sometimes it’s nice to “head underground” to the safe sanctuary of the shopping mall.

in the downtown core. Royal Centre Mall is also located downtown, at Burrard and Georgia, in the lower levels of the Royal Centre building.

Downtown Vancouver has a plethora of great places to shop, with name brand stores (heavily favouring women’s clothing shoes, handbags and jewellery) to provide a nice departure from frying yourself down at the beach!

Sinclair Centre is an upscale shopping mall located at 757 West Hastings Street between Granville and Howe. The centre is comprised of four buildings that were restored by Henriquez Partners Architects and joined together by a glass atrium roof in 1986, at a cost of $38 million.

There is the signature Pacific Centre, with its epicentre at Granville and Dunsmuir (or Howe and Georgia, depending on your approach), with hundreds of shops, including the revitalized Holt Renfrew. And even if you can’t afford the Paris Hilton lifestyle, they won’t mind if you want to come and take a peek at the designer togs and treats, irresistibly displayed. At Pacific Centre, their motto is “say chic.” The website promises this mall is at the edge of fashion in the heart of downtown, featuring: Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen, MaxMara, Hugo Boss, Hollister, Sephora, Apple, Coach, Browns Shoes, Atmosphere/Sport Chek, the Four Seasons Hotel and so much more. Attached to Pacific is Vancouver Centre, with a really great food fair that the downtown working crowd flocks to. Across from Canada Place, under the Waterfront Centre Hotel, is an underground network of interconnected shops accessible through various buildings and entrances 

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luxury goods In 1986, Charals opened their doors on the second floor in the historic Sinclair Centre. In 1997, the business expanded to bring their customers more unique and extraordinary writing instruments, leather accessories, luggage, watches and much more. And 24 years later, Charals is still offering the finest writing instruments, leather goods, and luggage, always expanding inventory and bringing in new and exciting products. Here you can find brands such as Montblanc, Cartier, Tumi, Faber Castell, Visconti, Parker, Waterman, St.Moritz and many more. (Info provided by The CLAIRE NEWELL Leather Tote Bag ($450) at Charals.


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by Helen Peterson

Finally, it’s out with the umbrellas and galoshes, and trekking through the mire. Summer fashion is all about easy, breezy dresses, sandals with attitude and a jolt of fab colour. The city’s fashion forward are demonstrating what you’ll want this season, with fashion shows, trunk sales, designer launches, blow-out sales and just about any method to get the word out. Oakridge Centre, a reigning style capitol of Vancouver, recently hosted Style Night 2010, to show their faithful the up-to-the-moment trend-setting clothes, footwear and accessories the mall has in store.

Mini spotlight Tucked away in Vancouver’s trendy Yaletown – just steps from the swanky oyster bar, Rodney’s – is the coveted wardrobe for the feminista. Whether you need to look fabulously stylish for a night out with the girls, effortlessly sexy for your Wednesday night date, or simply flawless for the big event of the season, you’ll be sure to find something pretty to wear in Boudoir’s ultra chic closet. The best part? There’s a good chance the girl you love to hate won’t be wearing the same thing!


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A leather or vegetable-based weaved handbag (big enough to take to the beach), in a bright like green, really rocks. A straw hat keeps the sun off your face. Pick a racy colour to make heads turn – an added benefit!

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For women of all ages, finding the perfect hairstyle that suits us is a constant journey. The long, straight or wavy look we sported in our 20’s may look dated and tired now. The shoulder-length, curly style from the grad photo may have morphed into a present-day ball of frizz. The way our hair behaved in the past is irrelevant. We need a look that feels great, is easy to maintain and features the colour(s) or highlights that suit our age.

Long, sultry hair in the Penelope Cruz style, or Jessica Simpson’s blonde locks – these may be ideals we aspire to, but if hair is dry, frizzy, over-coloured or full of split ends, no amount of fussing and flattening will really help. Plus, over-processing just makes the hair follicles even more battered and bruised. With summer and its effects of sun, wind and chlorine doing a dry-out number on our hair, perhaps it’s time to consider a bold move – to a chic, short shape! Hairstylists say most gals can achieve the look, with the possible exception of those with a square face / strong jawline. And whether your new “bob” is wavy and flirty, or straight and cut on a striking angle, do take note – a short cut really accentuates the face. Think of actresses like Michelle Williams, Keira Knightley, Ginnifer Goodwin

– and back in the day – Meg Ryan. Their short, sassy do’s draw major attention to their eyes and cheekbones. You’ll have to do your makeup a bit differently (dramatic eyes absolutely dance with a short hairstyle.) And you’ll have to learn a few tips on styling, like wisping the ends with a curling iron or sporting a gem-crusted hairpin to hold back a bang. Discuss it with your hairdresser and find out – could short and sassy be on your style agenda this summer?

Summer Radiance by Shona Wercholuk, contributing writer

As soon as summer hits, it’s goodbye raccoon eyes and hello fresh summer glow. This time of year is all about looking natural, with the help of great products of course! Bronzer is a must, as it helps you to emit a natural radiance without the risk of burning to a crisp in the sun. To create this bronzed look without turning yourself orange, it is important to pick the right shade for your skin. You’ll want a bronzing powder that offers the perfect mix between bronze and shine, to create a natural summer look. Carmen, manager of Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique, downtown on Dunsmuir, has some great 10

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tips to get and maintain the perfect summer look. She emphasized the importance of nude lips this summer. Make sure to choose a lipstick that intensifies, not overwhelms, the natural colour of your lips. She recommends adding a neutral gloss to the lipstick, which gives off a plumping effect, making your lips look much fuller. A challenge for every woman is going from a plain and simple day look to a breath-taking night look. Simply put, it’s all about the eyes. Carmen suggests going with a light, shimmer-based pink eye shadow for both day and night. In the eve-

ning, take these pinks and create a smoky effect by adding a smoldering black eyeliner. To illuminate the perfect look this summer remember, glow, glow glow. Pick the perfect bronzer, the perfect lipstick and gloss and you’ll be ready to hit the beach. And with this base, it’s easy to build up summer night glam using the most basic of products.

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Gastown is Vancouver’s oldest and most intriguing neighborhood, which is protected by the provincial government due to its vast historical significance. Taking a walk through Gastown is like taking a walk through a museum, with informational plaques found on all of the oldest and most significant buildings. Not only do you experience each of the buildings, but you are able to learn about their history and why they are significant to Vancouver. When taking a walk through the cobblestone streets of Gastown there are two specific landmarks that are particularly key to the area, ‘Gassy Jack’ and the Gastown steam clock. Gassy Jack is a statue in the neighbourhood, which was built and named after the gold prospector, riverboat captain, saloonkeeper and Gastown’s founder ( The steam clock is Gastown’s most famous attraction, but certainly not the oldest. It was originally powered by steam, but is now powered by electricity, while the steam is still in place to illustrate how it used to work. From what once was a dock-loading area to the now ultimate neighbourhood in urban coolness, Yaletown is ever evolving. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that the transformation of Yaletown began to change from nothing to what is now referred to as Little SoHo. Now the area has some of the most breath-taking real estate and trendiest restaurants, as it incorporates modern day design within the 19th century architecture. The neighbourhood is perfect for the upcoming patio season, as many of the areas old loading docks have been converted into incredible patios, offering stunning ocean views and a

soothing summer breeze. This makes it the perfect stop for a martini or a lovely meal. One of Yaletown’s most innovative and hip restaurants is the Blue Water Café and Raw Bar, which perfectly exemplifies the flavour and prestige of the neighbourhood. The restaurant focuses on healthy and sustainable living by offering only sustainable harvests and an abundance of raw food choices. It isn’t only the food that makes this such an incredible experience, but with beautiful interior design, the restaurant creates a perfect balance, making it the ultimate dining experience. Although the neighbourhood is an enlightening experience on any day, Chinatown offers different festivals throughout the summer, making the experience all the more memorable. From July 5th-July 26th, Chinatown presents their annual Chinatown Arts and Cultural Festival. It is during this festival that the Chinese culture really comes to life in the neighbourhood and it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking to get a real taste of Chinese society. For specific dates of the events of the festival go to http:// events.html. Gastown

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Market Buzz

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People live in downtown Vancouver for a reason. This exciting mecca encapulates the areas “over the bridge,” surrounded by water on three sides, and terminating roughly at Cambie Street to the east. Downtowners (specifically Beach Ave, Yaletown, Gastown and Coal Harbour inhabitants, as well as West Enders), they’re a centric bunch. They can’t imagine being anywhere else. And when people who love downtown buy in, they’re not in a flipping frame of mind, according to Debra Porteous of RE/MAX Masters Realty ( Being Vancouver born and raised, Porteous has first-hand, longrange knowledge of market trends. “Buyers in that area tend to be a bit younger, and are buying their first or second property and living in it, versus buying to flip for a quick buck,” says Porteous. “And that trend is diminished anyway; it’s more of a buyer’s market (more listings are on the MLS than there are buyers to snatch them up).” The waterfront (or water view to be more precise) is still the hottest seller in the resale market in downtown Vancouver. “The south-east portion of the area is really popular – encompassing Yaletown, Crosstown and Gastown – it’s outselling other areas substantially,” she says. “You can get a starter condo for about $412k these days, whereas in False Creek / Coal Harbour you’d be looking at a median price of $790k.” Porteous says there is tons of choice for people looking to buy into downtown, or those already there who want to relocate in their same neighbourhood, to acquire additional space or to accommodate a growing family.


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A recent trend in downtown is older residents selling and moving to quieter places, like the Sunshine Coast. These early boomers are retired or work from home and want peace, nature and a mellow lifestyle. Jake Moldowan, president of Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver ( said, “Prospective home buyers in today’s market have a broad selection to choose from in every property type. Realtors are telling us they’re working with buyers who are not feeling as rushed to make a decision as they did late last year and earlier in the year.” Porteous concurs, as she’s noticed (and hosted) plenty of open houses, well attended, but the bottom line is not being signed off with such haste. “It’s important for those looking to buy or sell a home to remember that real estate is local and wise real estate decisions are made by those who understand current market conditions at the neighbourhood level,” Moldowan said. Downtown Vancouver, as a jigsaw puzzle of neighbourhoods, is a market in constant flux. If considering buying or selling, contact a downtown real estate specialist. Debra Porteous of RE/MAX Masters Realty

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Home Reno’s for


Condominium Owners In downtown (West End) you’ll find a number of much-older suites, where you buy it and renovate, for yourself or to put on the market. When the time comes to sell, if it looks old and dated inside - not current in its colours, flooring, new kitchen and bath, etc. - it’s not moving, and neither are you! Follow these City of Vancouver guidelines before you begin any project. Condominium and townhouse owners contemplating renovations or alterations to their unit need to comply with not only City by-laws, but their own, particular, Strata by-laws. For instance, the City does not require a permit to change your flooring from carpet to hardwood, but your Strata Council, and the person living below you, will want a say in what you’re planning. As well, you may meet all the City’s requirements to enclose a balcony or add a window, but your Strata by-laws may not allow any exterior alterations. So, for strata owners, reviewing your Strata by-laws is an essential step in planning your home renovations. Once you’ve established your renovation plans aren’t going to cause a ruckus in your building, you need to determine what, if any, permits the City will require.

Both development and building permits, and applicable trade permits, are needed to: • build an addition to increase floor area; • build a new deck; • create or enlarge a deck or patio area on an existing roof; • roof over or enclose an existing patio or deck; • add, remove or relocate a window, skylight or exterior door; • install a gas fireplace that requires the installation of an outtake pipe (chimney). If you are in doubt as to what type of permit you need or why you need one, visit City Hall or call 604-873-7611 or 604873-7613 for more information; web:

No permits are needed to: • replace fixtures (except for gas fixtures, which always require a permit); • replace counter tops, cabinets and flooring; • paint the interior of your home.

Building permits and applicable trade permits are needed to: • remove interior walls and partitions; • construct a new interior wall or partition; • relocate or install new electrical, gas and plumbing lines (including moving a kitchen sink or adding a dishwasher); • remove a portion of a wall to install a door or create an archway; • replace the drain, waste and vent piping or the water distribution system; • upgrade, replace or install a new fire alarm system or sprinkler system.

This West End condominium belonging to Edgar Sandulo was a three-bedroom when built in the early 80’s. He completely renovated it into a one-bedroom suite, creating generous space for entertaining.

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Sales of apartment properties in all of Vancouver reached 1,354 in May 2010, a decline of 7.1 per cent compared to May 2009, but an increase over 2008. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 13.9 per cent from May 2009, to $398,783. Source: REGBV.

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Vistas visits a window dresser whose displays have walk-by traffic gazing

Special Guest for Summer 2010 Edgar Sandulo of Edgar Designs Q Describe your career to date, and the benefits of being an entrepreneur, a.k.a. “self-made man.” Edgar I actually started my career in retail supervision in Vancouver. I had worked in New York City for a couple of years with Simon Doonan at Barney’s - this was probably the best display education I could have found. I returned to Vancouver to go to school, and started my business to put myself through University; in third year, my business took off, so I decided to focus on it rather than get my BA degree. I think the benefits of self-employment are the flexible schedule, and the job ‘security.’ Working with clients in so many different areas of retail, it allows a level of being creative that would not exist if I was working within one company. Technology has also made “travelling to see clients” much more possible. I can be on the job site “virtually,” no matter where I am in the world. Q The recession is supposedly winding down. How will it affect your design business? Are stores ramping up their image to the public? Edgar The window display portion of my business does not change much through recessions. Window displays are such a visual indicator of their business that companies tend not to make this a

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priority in budget cuts. The events I work on with my clients tend to also be crucially important during these times. In fact, the Olympics caused more of a negative impact on my business than the recession, but I find a good, strong retailer will be able to endure this and find ways to better meet their customer needs. Q You live downtown. Which area and why did you choose it, what do you like about it? Edgar I have lived in the West End since 1982. When I decided to buy a condo 13 years ago, it just made sense to be here. I love being able to park the car on weekends and walk – to the coffee shop, shopping, gym, movies, the park… I like that the heart of the West End maintains building restrictions, which really helps keep the sense of community we have, yet all the wonderful amenities of Coal Harbour and Yaletown are nearby. Not to be left out – I’m close to the beach! Q In summary, tell us what makes downtown Vancouver great: Edgar It’s a wonderful, liveable city. Simple as that.

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décors all the rage Beer bottle countertops now in vogue? When renovating a condo or townhouse, making it more “green” or environmentally-friendly has taken on a whole new meaning over the last few years. It’s evolved from changing a few light bulbs and thermostats to choosing energy-efficient appliances, recycled material floors, carpets and even furniture. Eco-conscious owners now strive to create entire recycled home decors using only renewable materials as alternatives to traditional interior design options. This growing recycled décor craze has led manufacturers to develop some of the most unique and high performing environmentally-friendly alternatives available today. One such product that’s already made a huge impact with eco-conscious renovators and designers alike is Elements by Durcon, an extremely durable, silky smooth countertop surface made with, among other things, recycled beer bottles. “Designers and architects agree that the product’s unique qualities and highly durable characteristics set it apart from the first generation ecofriendly surfaces currently available,” said Mark Hanna, President of Leeza Distribution Inc., one of North America’s leading distributors of premium countertops. Molded from a blend of fine quartz, epoxy resin,


Three-peating by Helen Peterson

With a little extra effort, everything that’s old can be new again. Vintage furniture and décor items were often crafted by hand or produced on a limited scale, and that explains their durability. Here are some redo ideas to perk up, or add accent to, a modern living space:

and recycled glass (clear beer bottles), the material is solid, non-porous, never requires sealing, and is homogenous in consistency. Its unique manufacturing process produces an incredibly silky smooth and durable countertop surface. It’s this distinct “hot silk” finish that makes these countertops so unique, according to Hanna. “You just can’t help to touch and feel these countertops, they’re remarkably smooth.” Designers are also impressed with Elements’ versatility. “Who knew beer bottle countertops could be so stylish and sleek,” said Nancy Soccio, designer of Dolce Design in Montreal. “They come in the latest pure solid colours or you can have them with trendy metallic flecks. They work beautifully in home designs from rustic to contemporary, with intriguing applications for kitchens, bathrooms and even the laundry room.” Unlike other eco-friendly countertop options, Soccio said Elements is an incredibly safe and durable countertop surface, ideal for kitchens as it is certified by NSF, is a very low VOC emitting material and boasts the highest heat resistance rating of any countertop surface available. More information on eco-friendly countertops is available at and Article courtesy

Wrought-iron patio furniture picked up at a flea market or garage sale can be revitalized with a little clean-up and a visit to your friendly neighbourhood re-upholstery shop for new seat cushions. Voila - Beverly Hills’ hotel poolside, circa 1962. Limited space in your living room? A glass-topped coffee table can be sanded down, re-stained and reconfigured into a table/wine rack ensemble, with a little help from a woodwork shop. And your guests can label browse for the fun of it. Buying new décor items to spruce up your space? At Ten Thousand Villages, you can find things like a lampshade created from recycled coloured newsprint. A fire-retardant has been added to the product for safety. Happy reading!

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Grill On Text & photos by Fred Lee

Though you wouldn’t know it from recent temperatures, summer is here. And that can only mean one thing – BBQ season! So it’s time to take the cooking and socializing outside. For a man who is out ‘gala-vanting’ 24/ seven, you may ask: what does he know about grilling? Admittedly not a hell of a lot, but I have grilled up a mean meal in my time. Goes to show, summertime and the grilling is easy.

Getting ready Step one - clean your grill. Nasty bacteria can grow on food particles left on the grill. Fire up the barbie and while the grill is hot, use a heavy wire brush to remove any bits left on the grill. It will keep your food from sticking. Van-hattan’s reigning chef of the year, Frank Pabst of Bluewater Café + Raw Bar, suggests using stainless steel scrubs rather than the tools made specifically for barbecues. And safety first! It is always a good idea to have a fire extinguisher handy and within reach. Have plenty of plates ready. Never use the same dish for raw meat as for cooked, and use a separate cutting board and knife for meats as for vegetables. Use long handled barbecue tools to avoid getting burned like a moth to a flame. Use flame retardant mitts. Not so fashionable, but your digits will thank you. And puh-leeze, wash your hands before and after handling food.

Heat is on Food for the barbecue should not sit out, especially meats—keep food cold in the refrigerator or a cooler until you are ready to grill it.


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Fred’s friends gather on a beautiful West End penthouse deck to enjoy food and libation.

Next order of business - charcoal or propane? Depending on your taste, both will do the trick. A propane grill will give you everything a charcoal grill can, minus the extra set-up time and added mess. Important to note if you are planning on pulling out the designer summer whites for entertaining. Oil up! To prevent food from sticking, give the grill a light oiling before turning up the heat. Open the BBQ’s burners to full, and light your fire. Iron Chef and Cactus Club Food Architect Rob Feenie concurs, “Before you put the meat on, make sure the temperature is at least 500 degrees, to get the best flavour. Then enjoy!” If you’ve got a built-in igniter, you’ve got your work cut out for you. (Honey, it’s time to get a new barbecue). If you’re doing things the old fashioned way, stick your BBQ lighter into the hole on the side of the grill, and light it. Once you start, put a lid on it! Pabst says, “Be sure to cook with a closed lid, so that the temperature maintains a consistent high heat.” Resist the urge to constantly check your food. That includes poking and prodding it. You’ll lose precious juice and moisture from your meat, making it less tender and less tasty. Have a misting bottle handy. When you’re not cooling yourself with it, have one nearby for flare-ups, especially when cooking with fattier meats. Throwing water on a grease fire is a no-no, but a mild Evian mist will keep things under wraps. See next page for some culinary crescendos, perfect for patio entertaining.

Rob’s job is to ‘season to perfection’

Bring on the meat! Marinades and brines and rubs, oh my! Whatever! Unless you have the time and sophistication, we’re going au natural! More time to work the company and tan. Goldfish Pacific Kitchen executive chef William Tse agrees. “Keep it simple silly (KISS); BBQ food should taste like BBQ, not over sauced or flavoured. Add a little soy, a pinch of seasoning, salt, and fresh ground pepper. That’s all you need. Let the fire do the flavouring.” Before putting your meat on the grill, gently rinse the meat and pat dry to remove any odors or materials that may be on the surface due to handling. This allows the meat to accept the desired seasonings and create better browning. Trim excess fat off your meat prior to grilling. This will reduce the amount of drippings created and diminish flare-ups. But do leave a thin layer of fat to preserve juiciness. You can always trim the rest off afterwards. Save the sauce for last. When grilling meat, apply sweet sauces made with sugar, honey or syrup near the end to prevent burning. Savoury sauces, such as soy and teriyaki, can be applied throughout the grilling process.

Other quick grills Don’t forget to have your veggies! Onions, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and squash are all personal faves. Just brush a light coating of olive oil, sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste and then toss straight on the BBQ or slide the vegetables on to a skewer or wrap in foil. Say yes to seafood. Not everyone realizes just how easy it is to grill seafood. Clams, mussels and oysters are a snap on the grill. Just place on a medium hot fire and cook until opened. The smoky fire will give these marvelous mollusks a great flavour when you dip them in a savoury sauce. spring 2010




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by Shona Wercholuk, contributing writer

The Great Outdoors Chic urban garden décor is the key to a great downtown balcony. Art Knapp Urban Garden (, located at 1401 Hornby Street, offers a selection of chic garden furnishings and has one of the largest selections of plants in the city. From south-facing to northfacing and from perennial to annual, this garden centre offers something for everyone, to create the picture perfect garden space.

Moving in the Right Direction South-facing plants can be slightly more difficult to maintain, as they are much more weather dependant, requiring a lot of sun. Some great plants for these types of patios are the classic geranium and sweet peas, which are fast growing and give off a fantastic scent. Northfacing balconies are best for those plants that need part sun and part shade. Some suggested plants for this type of downtown condo are any vines or foliage and the quintessential impatiens flower.

Going to New Heights When planning your garden it’s important to take note of a high deck versus a ground level patio. Ground level patios create the perfect setting for tall plants, from growing trees to planting a tall orchid. High decks produce the opposite effect, as it is a windier environment, so trees and tall plants are not ideal. Great ideas for this type of balcony include ornamental grasses and small leaved plants, as well as an assortment of hanging baskets.

Summer, Floating By Gardening expert, Glenn, had a helpful tip for garden balcony décor this summer; water gardening. It’s something that not only looks great but feels great, as it creates a peaceful and soothing environment. But, best of all, it’s low maintenance. Art Knapp offers several pots as a habitat for these gardens, as well as pumps and spouts to ensure the gardener doesn’t have to do much work.

It’s a Mixed Bag Urban Garden offers several beautiful types of flora to decorate your garden with, such as water lilies and primula. But the aesthetically pleasing aspects of the garden are not the greatest feature of this chic balcony trend. Glenn suggests using something called mosquito dunk in the water garden, as it kills mosquito larvae, guaranteeing you will be able to spend time relaxing in your garden, not swatting off this menacing insect.

A Little Assistance Needed To design the perfect balcony or patio garden this summer, Art Knapp Urban Garden is a great place to go for advice. Experts on all types of plants and décor, they can help each individual to find exactly what they’re looking for to create a heavenly escape. This summer, make sure to invest in water gardening or other similar low-maintenance gardens, as it will ensure you get all of the luxury and almost none of the work. summer 2010



Technology meets foodie by Kemp Edmonds, contributing writer

Social networks and social media (the technology and the content) grow bigger each day. Even with the recent backlash against Facebook for privacy policy changes, the social network continued its climb in visits in May. Some really interesting things are happening online these days. A lot of our culture has shifted to the digital space. Whether you are looking for parenting tips, the best in local shopping or the best restaurants in town, the internet and social media can really help you find your way. Today, let’s talk about using these services for finding the best restaurants in town. has been around the longest locally, and until Yelp and Urbanspoon (more on those later) launched, it was the only game in town. Focused on user reviews and a simple interface, Dinehere. ca continues to be a great place to hear about what other locals are saying about restaurants in Vancouver. Beware – some locations no longer exist, so call ahead, and be wary of restaurants with less than three reviews. It’s best to have a large number of different opinions to draw from. is quickly taking over where DineHere left off. Yelp has reviews for more than restaurants. You can see the best Vancouver has to offer in shopping, spas and night life. Yelp has also integrated Facebook’s “Instant Personalization,” feature so if you are logged into Facebook it will highlight reviews and recommendations from your Facebook friends. Try it out and see for yourself that Facebook’s new changes aren’t all bad. is a great website for those looking to try something new in local eats. The mobile application (available for both iPhone and Android) has a great feature where you can choose a random place to eat based on: city, cuisine and cost. It works well, and when combined with reviews, can offer some great new ideas for where to eat in town. Best of all, the application is free! 26

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There are two new local services for amazing restaurant promotions. - “You call it a Restaurant Gift Card – We call it a Tab” - allows you to buy a meal for your grandma or nephew from across the country or the globe. - “Click. Save. Eat. Get 50 per cent off certificates at Vancouver’s best restaurants.” - is another innovative online offering. I’ve used both services and recommend you check them out. Now, this being said, it’s still a handy thing to pick up your local newspaper - like The Vancouver Courier, for example. You can read timely professional (yet anonymously reviewed) restaurant critiques, check out weekly restaurant specials, be introduced to new or value-conscious wine selections, and more. Most papers have an accompanying online component. Bon Appétit, Vancouver! Kemp Edmonds is a social media educator at BCIT - School of Business. He can be reached via email at:

Social Media glossary What is Web 2.0? It refers to the second generation of the Web, which enables people with no specialized technical knowledge to create their own websites to self-publish, create and upload audio and video files, share photos and information and complete a variety of other tasks. In this new world, the Internet becomes a platform for self-expression, education and advocacy that “regular people” can use on their own, without having to go to an expert to do it for them, in contrast to the less interactive publishing sites of Web 1.0. Some of the best-known Web 2.0 websites include Wikipedia, MySpace, Digg, Flickr and YouTube. Source:

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Covenant House was incorporated in 1972 in New York City. Since then, more than 20 sites have opened in six countries. As of 1997, Covenant House programs have supported over 400,000 young people. Covenant House Vancouver (located downtown on Drake Street) provides food, shelter, clothing and counselling to the estimated 500 to 1,000 street youth in Vancouver. Most of the young people they help have fled unspeakable abuse at home. Physical, sexual and/or emotional abuses have forced these young people on to the streets, in search of a better life. But the streets are no place for anyone to live - violence, poverty, sex trade involvement and addictions are just a few of the horrors associated with street life. Covenant House Vancouver opened its doors in September, 1997 in response to a study that revealed that there are over 10,000 (now 15,000) runaways reported in B.C. annually. The study also revealed that street youth were in desperate need of short-term transitional shelter and long-term supportive housing.

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Cirque du Soleil returns to Vancouver this summer and you’re invited to experience the wonder of Kooza. Cirque du Soleil has once again chosen to partner with Covenant House, donating tickets for fundraising purposes. Kooza marks a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: it combines two circus traditions - acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. Take in this enchanting summer evening of entertainment that only Cirque du Soleil can create! Cirque du Soleil’s benefit night for Covenant House is on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010. Tickets: $150 (a portion of the ticket price is eligible for a tax receipt). For tickets and/or information, contact Mark Savard, development officer - community giving by email: or tel.: 604-639-8922.

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Check out this Summer Event Planner, and have a great summer in the city! CANADA DAY BURRARD INLET FIREWORKS SHOW July 1 The 4th annual Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show is a unique multi-community event drawing over 400,000 people and numerous communities together to celebrate Canada. This unique two barge simultaneous pyrotechnic extravaganza is visible from numerous locations in Downtown Vancouver. CANADA DAY AT CANADA PLACE July 1 The 2010 event begins at Canada Place under the iconic sails and stretches west along city streets to the harbour front. This year’s theme: “Our Canada is all about what makes us proud of our country, and proud to be Canadian.” HASTINGS RACE TRACK ongoing Info: 604-254-1631 Hastings Racecourse has been capturing the imagination of Vancouverites and visitors alike for 116 years. “The Track” also features live thoroughbred racing and simulcast racing from many of the world’s most prestigious tracks. VANCOUVER CHINATOWN NIGHT MARKET Until September 15 Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicraft, fashionable gifts and delicious snacks. BARD ON THE BEACH June thru September Info: 604-739-0559 • Western Canada’s largest professional Shakespeare company, Bard on the Beach presents its festival in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park. The productions are staged in the open-ended tents on the waterfront against a spectacular backdrop of mountain, sea and sky. 2010 season: Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra, Falstaff (Henry IV, Parts I & II) and Henry V.

TD VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL to July 4 Tickets : 604-872-5200 • Vancouver’s signature festival and British Columbia’s biggest music showcase will animate the city. From noon to the wee small hours, a rich tapestry of jazz, blues, funk, Latin, fusion, electronica and world music will fill the air at venues big and small across the city. POWELL STREET FESTIVAL July 31 to August 1 The Powell Street Festival is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage that features something for everyone: dance, music, film and video, visual arts, martial arts demos, amateur sumo tournament, craft vendors, traditional displays, and of course, tons of scrumptious Japanese food. CARIBBEAN DAYS FESTIVAL July 24 & 25 This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer, featuring an amazing outdoor music festival. VANCOUVER EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL July 25 to August 14 A superb series of seven summer evening performances at UBC campus, featuring faculty members of the summer courses, as well as local and Visiting artists and ensembles at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC and at the UBC School of Music. VANCOUVER FRINGE FESTIVAL September 8 to 19 Every year the Vancouver International Fringe Festival delivers an eclectic mix of theatrical offerings. This year’s Fringe features more than 600 performances by 83 artists over 11 days!

taking pride in our city To all redneck, narrow-minded, bashing and phobic sorts: This ain’t the place for you! Vancouver is a city where diversity of all types is celebrated and encouraged. Downtown, the West End in particular, is a haven for freedom of expression. Take in these special events and show your (rainbow) colours to the max! VANCOUVER PRIDE FESTIVAL

August 1 Info: 604-687-0955 • Celebrations continue after the Parade at the Sunset Beach festival site. Over 110,000 people will gather in the park to hear live music by local performers and headliners on the Festival Stage. There are 125 booths with a diverse range of products and services, plus drinking and dancing at the beer garden. 30

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