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DEFINING WEST COAST LIFE AND LUXURY

ISSUE NO.17 JUNE/JULY 2019

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TICKET IN TOWN Karen Khunkhun Sebastian Sevallo

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BEST VALUE WINES

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SHOWCASING

BC’s Best Builders

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HUMAN BODY EXPERT AND SCULPTOR DANIELLE SWIFT


BOULEVARD JUNE/JULY 2019

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ASIAN ART AUCTION Collectible Fine Art and that of established contemporary artists in Canada and China.

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VIEWING A LEGACY

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Pictured here in the Hometown Heroes Lottery prize home is Karen Kuhnkuhn and Sebastian Sevallo. Photography Alfonso Arnold Styling & Design Arezoo Aliperti Hair & make up Styled by Kiran, Kiran Hundal Table settings Upright Decor & Event Design Flowers Granville Island Florist All Clothing Supplied by Nordstrom Vancouver

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Prestige, an abundance of retail shopping and a myriad of existing dining choices.

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LISA MANFIELD What Dads want most for Father’s Day.

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ALFONSO ARNOLD'S ARTIST SPOTLIGHT A conversation with human body expert and sculptor Danielle Swift, at her studio.


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rt auctions can be both tantalizingly exciting – with the prospect of finding a long sought-after treasure, or they can be intimidating for the uninitiated. As British Columbia’s only auction house featuring both Asian fine art (including highly prized antiques) and Canadian contemporary art, YKLM Auctions has entered the art auction arena with verve and vigour. Local buyers and sellers of fine art have good reason to be enticed by what is on offer. YKLM (which stands for Yì Kōng Lián Méng, translating as Art Space Alliance) originally was founded in Xi’an, China in 2015. One of the great ancient Chinese capitals, Xi’an is home to the Terracotta Army. YKLM in Xi’an soon became recognized by art buyers and dealers from around the world for its collection of high-quality fine art, antiques, jewellery and collectibles. Late last fall, YKLM established a second art auction house in Richmond. It has great appeal to fine art collectors and arts and culture connoisseurs from B.C. and abroad. The two areas of focus, Asian and Canadian art, are curated by art specialists. This bridging of Asian and Canadian arts and culture was uppermost in mind when the Richmond space was planned. Jason Shang, Director said, “YKLM is an excellent platform to serve a person’s cultural interests and enrich their level of aesthetics from the East to the West.” Using its online platform and mobile App for monthly online auctions allows clients to bid live from anywhere in the world. The first live auction will be this Sept. 24, 2019.

Zhang Daqian 米芾拜石图 “ Figure” 136×34cm Hammer Price: ¥728,000 ($142,000 CAD) Date of Sale: July 28, 2018 (LIVE in Xi’an)

Since opening, YKLM Auctions has offered highly sought-after works such as classical Chinese paintings and calligraphy, Taiwan photo masterpieces, and exclusive works from Canadian artists including the “free flow” paintings by Vancouver’s Catherine Adamson. YKLM Auctions is located at Lipont

Fan Zeng 苏东坡得砚图 “Figure” Hammer price: ¥806,400 ($157,000 CAD) Date of Sale: December 31, 2016 (LIVE in Xi’an)

Place, known for hosting the popular Titanic Artifact Exhibition last year. This stunning building with vast 20-foot windows, high ceilings and open spaces is an award-winning arts and culture space in Richmond. Lipont Place not only houses YKLM Auctions, it also features a commercial gallery under the same name – and is used as a multifunctional venue for exhibitions, events and performances. Ideally located on No.3 Road near the Aberdeen Canada Line Station, locals and visitors alike can make a day trip out of a visit to Lipont Place; take in a preview of a YKLM auction, view the current exhibition at the gallery and enjoy a cup of coffee while exploring the gallery shop. Jason Shang added, “I believe that culture is a key component for people’s lives. They may speak a different language, but the appreciation of art and its aesthetics is the same.” n B O U L E VA R D

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DESIGN ART Inspired by a cross section of a cut tree.

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SHOWCASING BC'S BEST BUILDERS Top three Georgie Award Winners in Custom Home Building.

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2019 ANNUAL OVATION AWARDS Showcasing the very best in Metro Vancouver Builders and Renovators.

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KAREN KUHNKUHN AND SEBASTIAN SEVALLO Giving Back to Vancouver through the B.C. Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund with the Hottest Ticket in Town.

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VANCOUVER WEDDING FEATURE Beautiful Weddings at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver.

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FINE WINE FOR EVERYONE 15 of the best value wines at the Vancouver International Wine Festival.

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VANCOUVER ARTS Some highlights happening in the Vancouver art scene in June.

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1. CATHERINE BARR“Cat” is known as one of Vancouver’s most popular celebrity/events columnists and writes about society life in Vancouver and all the best charity parties in town. She is also editor/owner of WestVancouver.com and NorthVancouver.com which represent Canada’s wealthiest communities online with over 3 million hits per month.www.CatherineBarr.com. 2. NATHAN FONG has been an award-winning food stylist for print and film advertising for the past 26 years and is an internationally published food and travel journalist. He currently is celebrating his 25th year on Global BCTV with his Fong on Food segments a contributor for The Vancouver Sun as well as a regular contributor to Taste Magazine. In addition he has worked for Enroute, Bon Appetit, Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, Men’s Health UK, and NUVO. 3. SABRINA FURMINGER interviews in the Vancouver film & TV industry, as well as national and international newsmakers like Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1), Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), and Rick Mercer. Writes for multiple western publications www.sabrinafurminger.com/westender. 4. ALFONSO ARNOLD Premier photographer for the Boulevard magazine group, Alfonso Arnold shot his first professional film rolls in the fashion industry. Focusing on versatility, inspired by artistic, and social diversity. He shoots for commercial and fine art clients with a strong passion for people and landscapes, and is the photo director for the yearly anticipated Eco Fashion Week. 5. LEETA LIEPINS is Co-host/ Co-Executive Producer for Vancouver’s own entertainment and lifestyle television show “Our City Tonight” that airs every Sunday at 12:30pm on Citytv and Nationally. Leeta has been writing about Fashion, Food, Entertainment, Health, and the Lifestyle scene for many years as a contributor in multiple publications. She also works as a boutique PR consultant specializing in unique brands for clients in the arts, music, culture, and fashion industry. Follow her @LifewithLeeta and @OurCityTonight plus catch all past episodes of Our City Tonight TV on YouTube. 6. RON RAPP is the interim CEO of HAVAN, the Homebuilders Association Vancouver, with over 1,100 members including builders, developers, renovators, designers, suppliers, sub-trades and leading professionals. 7. LUCY LAU is a Vancouver-based design and lifestyle journalist who writes regularly for the Georgia Straight. Her work has also appeared in a number of local online and print publications, including Western Living and BCLiving.ca. 8. JOE LEARY is a veteran broadcaster having plied his trade for a number of Vancouver radio stations over the years as well as a thirteen year run as an on air host & weather anchor on City-TV, through its various incarnations: UTV, Global and CKVU. Joe is also a widely-published freelance writer and radio host. 9. SIERRA LUNDY is a Victoria-based artist who works as a fashion designer, illustrator and model, and teaches fashion illustration at Pacific Design Academy. After growing up on Salt Spring Island, she studied fine arts at Mount Alison University before moving to Vancouver and graduating from Blanche MacDonald’s fashion design program. She also works as a musician. www.sierralundy.com 10. AREZOO ALIPERTI A Vancouver based Event/Wedding management and design expert with over 20 years experience. She is also the producer of annual Dare To Dream Bridal Showcase and various charity galas in Vancouver. She owns Something Borrowed Event Management & Design company and her work has been featured in many publications. Instagram @somethingborrowed.events www.somethingborrowed.ca 11. LISA MANFIELD is a writer, editor and content strategist. Formerly the founding editor of BCLiving.ca, she has also been a contributing editor at Backbone Magazine and marketing manager at TheTyee.ca. She also teaches writing and editing for the web at Simon Fraser University.


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f you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for the dad in your life — whether it’s your own doting dad, your fabulous father-in-law or your helpful hubby, you could probably use some ideas. Because let’s face it, most dads are tough to buy for, and many of the old standards like ties (does anyone wear these anymore?), cologne (how much does one man need?), ‘best dad’ novelty mugs/shirts/hats (sweet but these get old fast) no longer really cut it. When it comes to buying gifts dads will truly love, it’s best to stick to practical, useful items they might not bother to get for themselves. Here are some ideas.

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We all know guys love their cars — especially when they’re clean and shiny. But dads with young kids or teens undoubtedly have cars filled with dirt and debris — and little time to do anything about it. Getting their car professionally detailed for them gives them a clean ride and saves them time they can otherwise spend with the fam. Full disclosure: I got for this gift for Mother’s Day and was not disappointed.

Guys love their tech toys like Vancouverites love their real estate, so why not help him update his tech? If he’s a heavy smartphone user, consider a portable charger or wireless headphones. If he’s more of a homebody, how about a home assistant or a video doorbell? If his car is his second home, consider a dash cam or phone dock.

A Grill Kit

It’s not just moms who need pampering from time to time, dads enjoy being doted on too. Give him a little down time with a gift card for a massage, a movie or a meal prep service.

What dad doesn’t love to grill in the summertime? A grill kit gives you lots of gift options — from a new grill itself to all the accessories he’ll need to season, flip and skewer to his heart’s content. You could even get him a good cooler to help him transport it all to a beach cookout.

Essentials by Subscription If the dad you’re buying for is shopping-averse (as so many are), do him a favour and give him a gift that will keep on giving — and keep him out of the stores. Subscription boxes deliver everything from snacks, to shaving supplies, to socks and underwear, to beer — all the essentials he needs without any of the hassles of shopping.

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With a little thought and creativity, you can show the dads in your life a whole lot of love for all they do with a gift they’ll really appreciate. However you celebrate the dads in your life, we wish you a happy Father’s Day! ■

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very month, Boulevard sends photographer and chief Alfonso Arnold to scan our wonderful city to find true and passionate artists to interview, snap, and feature. This month, Alfonso visits and chats with human body expert and sculptor Danielle Swift, at her studio! Boulevard: Welcome to the Spotlight Danielle! Can you share a little bit about who you are and what you do? Danielle: Absolutely, I’m a sculptor working out of East Vancouver. I studied Fine Arts at the University of the Fraser Valley before getting a position with my longtime mentor, David Robinson. It was during that time, around 2006, that I set up my first studio here at 1000 Parker St. I began working full time out of my studio about 5 or 6 years ago. I do contract and commission work as well as creating one of a kind, large scale figurative sculptures. Boulevard: What you do is quite labor intensive. How important is it to be in the right space and environment to create human sized and even larger art? Danielle: Logistically? It is incredibly important. As you probably noticed I have very high ceilings and quite a bit of open space which allows me to work on a relatively large scale. I require a fair amount of space both for working in and storing materials, moulds, tools and etcetera. I spend more time in this studio than anywhere else and can’t imagine life without it. Boulevard: Some of your works reference your own body shape or expression. Is there a particular reason or message why other than for convenience? Danielle: That question has more than one answer. First, I’ve had a fascination with life casting since I was a child so I’ll often incorporate at least one

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piece hat has been cast off me directly, kind of like a signature. I also try to use dynamic poses that play with tension. By holding these poses myself I can really feel which muscle groups are working hardest which is important to understand during the sculpting phase. Lastly, and probably the most complex or abstract reason is the ongoing search for a deeper understanding of the self. Boulevard: Finally…What can we expect in your evolving world of human form and creation? Danielle: My most recent pieces have just begun to touch on my admiration and fascination with nature and how we are tethered to it. I expect that will continue to evolve and that natural elements will begin to play a more substantial role in future pieces. I believe many people have been feeling increasingly disconnected to the natural world which leads to a certain discomfort or uneasiness. I’d like to explore that connection and disconnect further. Thank you for taking the time to chat, and for the wonderful experience Danielle! To learn more about Danielle Swift and her extraordinary work, please visit: www.danielleswift.com DASwiftStudio @ddstruction


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he community of Langley has been a thriving hub for many years. The city is balanced perfectly with its array of retail and entertainment options that continue to attract residents. One of the community’s newest developments, Legacy on Park Avenue is expected to single-handedly draw residents thanks to the project’s state-of-the-art design that is unlike anything the community has seen before. Legacy on Park Avenue is a collection of 69 luxurious residences that will offer residents a truly unique living experience. Exterior renderings showcase an architectural design that has yet to exist in the Fraser Valley. Designed by Keystone Architecture, the building boasts an extremely unique curved design — a true testament to the skilled workmanship of the project. The project’s design utilizes Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), an innovative building material that continues to grow in popularity. CLT panels house multiple layers of kiln-dried lumber boards, layered in alternating directions, bonded with adhesives, forming a solid and straight rectangularshaped panel. Providing a fit and finish that simply cannot be achieved by conventional framing, the material allows for builders to construct Legacy’s unique design. The use of CLT panels has been a growing building trend for the past several years, with the province recently announcing changes to the BC building code that allow for the construction of taller wood buildings. A sustainable alternative to traditional concrete materials, CLT further enhances the living experience by reducing the transfer of heat and noise and improving the seismic resiliency of a structure. Not only will Legacy on Park Avenue bring incredible design to Langley, it is also the first building that will utilize mass timber in its construction and the first application in Canada for a CLT firewall.

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“CLT construction is thought of as an eco-conscious alternative to traditional materials like concrete,” says Bronson Job, who along with Ben Gauer are exclusive listing agents for Legacy on Park Avenue in charge of Sales and Marketing. “It has a smaller carbon footprint and significantly reduces the transfer of heat and noise compared to traditional framing and boasts improved seismic resilience. This building truly will be the owner’s legacy. Clad with glass, aluminum, and tile, nothing here is cheap and it’s going to last a very long time.” Legacy on Park Avenue is the epitome of luxury living offering a litany of unique features beyond its incredible exterior. A massive two storey lobby with


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Located at 20416 Park Avenue, Legacy on Park Avenue is a mere 40 km from Vancouver and provides Langley’s Douglas Park as its unofficial backyard.

The innovative design is brought indoors with state-of-the-art kitchen appliances that encourage usability and environmental awareness. Floor-toceiling windows welcome floods of natural light and impeccable views while engineered hardwood floors span the surface of each living space.

Whether you’re currently looking to downsize or simply prefer condominium living outside of the bustling pace of Vancouver, Legacy on Park Avenue is the perfect address to escape from the ordinary and find the confluence of where natural beauty meets urban convenience.

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Custom Home Valued Between $1,300,000 - $1,899,999 Winner: Blackfish Homes, and its associate companies: Westeck Windows, SSC Countertops, Caesarstone Countertops. Project Location: North Vancouver Completed in 2018, this 5,800 square feet, Built Green Platinum home is very environmentally friendly and energy efficient with an EnerGuide rating of 86. It is at least 30% more energy efficient than what is required by the general building regulations or the current Energy Step Code under Part 3 Buildings. The homeowner and his family lives in North Vancouver and has owned this property for many years. To meet the growing needs of the family and to provide a healthy living environment for their children, they rebuild the house to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. At that time, Blackfish Homes was involved in a partnership project in energy and environment, and was able to use this home as a sample. Constructed with higher performance walls and windows that meet glazing requirements, this home is also equipped with a Drain Water Heat Recovery system and uses high-performance heating technology. To achieve its goal in saving energy, the products used in the interior are also selected to meet the requirements of Built Green. This leads to higher air quality and makes the living environment healthier.

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Custom Home Valued Between $1,900,000 - $3,000,000 Winner: My House Design/Build/Team Ltd Project Location: Surrey

This new, 7,000 square feet home is located in Surrey. On the outside, it looks like an old, magnificent manor house with its red brick exterior and symmetrical design. However, the interior is full of modern day trends and convenience. This weekend vacation home has been redesigned into a relaxing, fun, family-centered space. In the center of the house is an impressive swimming pool. Right above it is a vaulted ceiling with wooden beam embellishments, offering views of the azure sky while bringing light to the interior.  The beautiful French doors lead to the outdoor deck, allowing you to fully enjoy the fun in the sun. The kitchen, dining room and living room are found in a huge open space. The red bricks used in the kitchen are echoed on the fireplace wall in the living room, connecting the entire space. The T-shaped island comes with a sink, and can also serve as a dining table that comfortably seats 6 people. The wainscoting and lattice ceilings are interspersed throughout the home, adding to it a touch of elegance.   Polished marble that look like tiles are luxurious and requires little care. The 4 bedrooms upstairs each comes with an ensuite. This exquisitely rich mansion has a warm, comfortable and elegant interior, allowing family members to enjoy their time spent together.

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Custom Home Valued over $3,000,000 Winner: Paramax Homes Ltd. Project location: West Vancouver

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HOM E S This 10,000 square foot house is built on a 25,000 square foot corner lot with beautiful scenery. A swimming pool, a green lawn, a stream, rockeries and a lush garden makes a beautiful scene in the courtyard. Inside the home, natural marble and imported Italian panels are heavily used. Key features of the home include the stylish Italian Eucalyptus kitchen cabinets, state-of-the-art electrical appliances, and Calacatta Oro marble center island and backsplash, a fully equipped wok kitchen and European lighting fixtures that make the kitchen stylish and practical. The dining room walls feature textured grey marble and Eucalyptus wall panels. The living room has a 10’ 3 long stylish fireplace, and the floor to ceiling glass windows bring outdoor beauty into the interior. The main floor and upstairs use primarily oak flooring. LED lights are used on the main floor’s ceiling. Upstairs is a master bedroom and 3 other bedrooms, each with an ensuite. The vaulted ceiling and fireplace in the master bedroom make the room feel cozy and chic. The walk-in closet features Italian cabinets and lamps. The large polished white tiles in the spacious bathroom creates a sharp contrast with the Port black marble bezel. Down the stairs to the lower level is a spectacular wine room, a lounge area, a play area, a video room, a sauna steam room, a fitness room and two bedrooms.

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he Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN) revealed the winners of the 10th annual Ovation Awards on Saturday, May 4th, 2019, to a packed room of industry professionals celebrating the best new-home construction, renovation and design projects in Metro Vancouver. Showcasing micro-homes to breathtaking custom-built estates, and the latest in kitchen renovations to whole-home renovations, the HAVAN Ovation Awards, presented by FortisBC, highlight industryleading builders and designers for consumers to connect with trusted, local homebuilders, to help create dream homes. A sample of winning projects are shown here. To view the full list of winners, check out www. ovationawards.ca

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WINNER: BEST NEW SMALL-SCALE HOME Builder: Rain City Renovations Designer: Madeleine Design Group Inc. Project Name: Luxury Laneway (Vancouver) Photo credit: Provoke Studios

This 900 square foot home celebrates the owners love of cooking and entertaining. Fifteen-foot sliding doors connect the main living areas to an outdoor sunken patio to maximize light and space. Vaulted ceilings with four massive skylights take advantage of the southern exposure of the roof and save on energy consumption.

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WINNER: BEST CUSTOM HOME: $2 MILLION – UNDER $3 MILLION Builder: Tavan Developments Ltd Project Name: Wiltshire Tradition (Vancouver) Photo Credit: Keith Henderson Photography

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Located in the traditional westside of Vancouver, the exterior of the Wiltshire Tradition home blends seamlessly with this established neighbourhood. Extensive use of rich, natural materials and finishes creates the classic Tudor-style home. Upon arrival, you’re struck by richness in detail, inside and out. Stunning foyer spotlights, rich marble flooring, mouldings and brilliant chandeliers point to world-class craftmanship. The floor-plan is Feng-Shui-friendly, designed for entertaining. The flow is natural, with the central staircase connector. The kitchen is situated adjacent to the patio for indoor-outdoor living at its best. Upstairs, three bedrooms with ensuites, including a ‘grand’ master suite, define opulence.


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WINNER: BEST ROOM: NEW CONSTRUCTION Builder: Lebcan Developments Inc Designer: Sleeping Grape Project Name: Welcome to my Grotto

An under-utilized 300 square foot garage is transformed into an authentic wine-cellar, connecting seamlessly to the estate home. The 300-pound entry-door is made from four-inch thick natural wood sourced from Arizona. Belvedere Granite countertops create a rich classic look, with gold veining adding a subtle shimmer. The timeless look of brick stone sets the grotto scene. Rich-toned oak and maple millwork is used for the intricately recessed designed wine racks. Bonus: Custom-made rolling ladder allows for better use of 14-foot vertical space for larger bottle count.

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WINNER: BEST RENOVATION: $700,000 - $1 MILLION Builder: Blackfish Homes Ltd. Project Name: Mathers (West Vancouver) Photo credit: Ema Peter

The Mathers renovation project is a full foundation-up whole-home renovation. Electing to renovate vs build new, the existing foundation was utilized, and allowed the large mature garden and trees to be maintained during construction. Structural loads were brought to the centreline of this modern designed home, to allow for the large open living space created for the kitchen, dining and living areas. Following the roof pitch upwards half a level, you arrive at the master suite and home office. Large roof overhangs provide natural shading in the summer to limit solar gain, while the large window surfaces increase solar gain in the winter, providing more comfort.

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HOMETOWN HEROES in Ocean Park BY LIN STRANBERG

A l l w a r d r o b e c o u r t e s y N o r d s t r o m V a n c o u v e r | Ta b l e s e t t i n g s : U p r i g h t D e c o r & E v e n t D e s i g n | F l o w e r s : G r a n v i l l e I s l a n d F l o r i s t Styling & Design: Arezoo Aliperti | Hair & make up: Styled by Kiran, Kiran Hundal | Photography: Alfonso Arnold


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he fabulous pair on this month’s cover, Sebastian Sevallo and Karen KhunKhun, are local broadcast personalities who give back to the greater Vancouver community in a generous and openhearted way. Sebastian is a full-time Vancouver fire fighter as well as co-host of HGTV renovation show Worst to First, and Karen, a wellknown radio personality, is currently co-host of the Jeff O’Neil morning show on CFOX. As spokespersons for the Hometown Heroes Lottery, Karen and Sebastian are dedicated champions of the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and the B.C. Professional Fire fighters’ Burn Fund, which are supported by the Lottery. They deserve to be considered hometown heroes in their own right. Karen has been a Hometown Heroes spokesperson for two years. She is justifiably proud of her role. “I love being a part of the Hometown Heroes Lottery,” she said. “It was a bit of a no-brainer for me, because community outreach is the backbone of

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my radio station. And the Hometown Heroes Lottery does so much amazing work. We’ve met people first-hand who have benefited from the Burn Fund – not just from big, disastrous fires but from smaller accidents that happen all the time. The lottery raises funds for the reconstructive surgery that helps people recover from these burn incidents.” Sebastian is in his fourth year as a Lottery spokesperson. Being a fire fighter was his enduring childhood dream and today he is a shining example of the firefighter persona he respected and admired – and still does. “We love to help out, whether on-duty or off-duty, and our goal is to maintain happiness and peace. We’re hard-working, reliable, and we’re good at handling stressful situations. We know what to do in an emergency. Fire fighters care about the community, and the people involved in traumatic events,” he said, “and I’m proud to be part of something that supports these ideals. The Burn Camp for kids is a really great cause, where young


it’s inspiring to see what our fire fighters can do. it’s an honour to support their cause. burn survivors can go to camp with other kids who have had the same experience. The staff and medical team are volunteers, a n d t h e H o m e t o w n H e r o e s Lo t t e r y supports it.” Karen’s admiration for fire fighters is heartfelt and genuine. “It’s inspiring to see what our fire fighters can do. When we need someone the most, they are there for us. It’s an honour to support their cause.” Being part of the fashion shoot at the beautiful 2019 Hometown Heroes Lottery Grand Prize Home was all in a day’s work for her. She is always happy to promote the lottery and its cause. “With the Hometown Heroes Lottery, you’re not only supporting a great cause but you can actually win a great prize,” Karen said. The lucky ticket purchaser who wins this year’s Grand Prize Home Package, valued at more than $2.5 million, will get the gorgeous 4,585 sq. ft. lottery home in our photographs, including $85,000 in furnishings and electronics, a 2019 BMW cabriolet and $50,000 cash. The home is in the very desirable Ocean Park community of South Surrey, not far from Crescent Beach. Builder Ryan Thorpe, co-founder of nearby Ryder Creek Homes, believes Ocean Park to be one of the top communities in B.C. It’s heavily treed, family-friendly and is generally opposed to redevelopment. “Ocean Park protects its low density and its neighbourhood values,” he said. He chose the lot because it was the last one on the street and right next door to a green space that will never be built out.

Karen’s dress: Zuhair Murad

In this house, Ryan’s first lottery home, he set out to create a difference that was memorable without being showy or ostentatious, that would be timeless and

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not become dated, and that would provide a lasting appeal for the people or families who lived there. With its simple lines, soaring 10 ft. ceilings, and clean Scandinavian feel, the home offers understated luxury on three levels. Its only feature wall is ungimmicky and looks like it will never go out of style. Finished in a beautiful white shiplap, it’s visible from the entryway, positioned just beneath the glass-railed staircase leading to the five bedrooms upstairs. The real stars are the abundance of natural light and the contemporary calm in the streamlined spaces. “The goal was to create a living space that was as open as possible,” Ryan said. In the great room, the kitchen area has a low-key white chevron backsplash that’s echoed in the flat chevron marble tiling of the modern fireplace in the room’s opposite end. The streamlined gourmet kitchen is sleek and clean, with wood cabinet facings that play off the Scandinavian feel of the wide-plank flooring. Just off to the side, the spice kitchen provides an additional space for food prep. Large sliders open to an outdoor entertaining area with seating and fire table. More space for entertaining is on the lower level, with a large and very comfortable media room, a smaller room for more intimate gatherings, complete with a walk-in wine room, and a flex room that can be used as an extra bedroom or a home gym. A family could easily adapt the downstairs entertainment rooms to accommodate family lifestyles and children’s play spaces. The restraint with which Ryan built this home has paid off in the quiet, relaxed and fuss-free luxe he has achieved

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I love being a part of the Hometown Heroes Lottery”

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here. Interior designer Jen O’Donnell of Jen O’Donnell Designs, who is an Ocean Park resident, understood Ryan’s lifestyle vision right away and she echoed his restraint in her choice of furnishings and accessories. “I wanted to create a casual, comfortable home that felt luxurious but not extravagant,” she said. “It’s more down to earth and familyfriendly, reflecting my own personal style and what I like to do with my own spaces.” She furnished the home with contemporary items in neutral tones from Urban Barn and used many natural wood pieces, respecting the clean lines, airy spaciousness and understated luxe of the home as a whole. Natural decorative elements lend an organic feel to the spaces – a wall of baskets in the dining area of the great room that’s echoed in varied basketry throughout the home; greenery; tribal themes; textured wool toss cushions, poufs and throws. Like the house itself, Jen’s décor will withstand the test of time. “The easy and neutral furnishings are the constants; the artwork, cushions, lamps and other accessories can be easily changed up every few years to remain fresh,” she said. “I designed it to be classic with a twist: for example, I used safe colours in riskier, more exciting textures and prints. You can always change things like accessory groupings, curtains and throws, and bring in extra interest with bohemian touches.” In her opinion, the important thing is to create a home that feels collected, not store-bought. “That way, it has meaning and history.” “It’s been a great experience to be part of the Hometown Heroes Lottery team,” Jen said. “Before I was a designer, I worked in healthcare and I have witnessed firsthand the valuable accomplishments of the burns and plastic unit. It’s been nice to make this home look pretty, but at the end of the day, it’s all for a great cause. This lottery home happens to be about fire fighters and the burn unit— but every lottery home is created for a really worthy cause.” The 2019 Hometown Heroes Lottery Grand Prize Home is at 1912 Laronde Drive, South Surrey, and can be visited daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. heroeslottery.com n 54

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WEDDINGS AT FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM By Kelly Bai

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pring is a perfect time for weddings. In the March issue of our magazine, we shared about trends in wedding dresses and venue decorations, as well as tips on setting banquet budgets. Today, let us look at wedding venues. After all, it is a key part of the wedding. On April 2nd, the Fairmont Pacific Rim hosted a special event to officially launch its own wedding brand - Weddings at Fairmont Pacific Rim.

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The first part of the event was a longtable banquet, which showed the beauty of a wedding at a hotel, the banquet decoration used and the outstanding quality of fusion cuisine. Walking past the white arches are long white tables set up in the spacious hall outside the Star Sapphire Ballroom. The colourful fresh flowers and art designs make the tables look stylish, luxurious and romantic. Glass candle holders stacked up in the center of the table creates a screen that blurs the view of the guests on opposite sides of the table, giving an out of reality aesthetic feeling. The four-course menu features cuisines from China to India, Western Pacific to Asia and to the Middle East. The name

of each course reveals the combination of cuisines used. The appetizer, named “Pacific Northwest”, gathers the essence of the Pacific Northwest - jumbo crab, smoked salmon, American Honeycrisp apple with Northern Divine Caviar. The second course, “Asian Fusion”, features marinated duck dumplings, crispy suckling pigs and grilled scallops. The third course, “A Taste of the Middle East”, combines Masala lamb loin, cumin potato patties and vegetables such as baby carrots and pea leaves. The dessert, called “Indian Inspired”, is a cardamom cake topped with rose flavored frozen yogurt and a pistachio meringue. Each course is not only beautifully presented, but tastefully prepared. When paired with wine, it is like icing on the cake.

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After the banquet, a wedding runway show is set to begin in the hotel lobby. Â Models walk down the stairs and through the two long runways that are set up in the hall. The latest designs from Bisou Bridal, Stefano Ricci, Jason Matlo, House of Raina and Blush Bridal are displayed on the runway. Blush Bridal also brought along the new wedding dress by Vera Wang. Amidst the show was a special performance by Goh Ballet Dance Academy. Together with its partners, the Fairmont Pacific Rim has completed this grand event, showcasing its standards in following trends in wedding preparation, decoration, catering and wedding fashion. It also helps the Weddings at Fairmont Pacific Rim brand enter into the high end wedding market, offering a quality wedding venue choice for the bride and groom to be. n

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Best Value Wines at VIWF

By Michael Lam Translated by Yu Zhang

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he 41st annual Vancouver International Wine Festival took place between February 23-March 3, 2019. I have attended this world class festival since the mid-90s and am always interested to share my experience.

Each year I would attend various events such as dinners, seminars, trade and public tastings but my focus is always in the tasting hall which my mission is to look for fine wines that do not hurt my own bank accounts while deliver maximum enjoyment! An approximately 250 samples were tasted this year by me from 4 tasting sessions as well as two seminars. Here I would like to pick a few wines that might interest you. These wines are based on their countries of origin, grape varietals, wine styles, affordability, availability and with or without food pairing in mind but most of all they have to fit well into my Low Price / Quality Ratio test with a few exceptions.


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Winery: Monte Creek Ranch Name: Monte Creek Riesling Country: Canada Region: Emerging Region, Kamloops, BC Varietal: Riesling Vintage: 2017 Price: $15-20 before tax Score: 98-91 points Yes! Kamloops…who on earth would th ink Kamloops can produce a quality Riesling? Monte Creek Ranch is one of the fastest growing wineries in BC. It’s a primarily a ranch that raises black Angus cattle. They also have a bee colony which pollinate their blueberry farm. The winery is on 1,200 acres in the Southern Thompson Valley of which approximately 70 acres of vines are planted. They specialise in making cool climate wines using their estate grown grapes as well as sourcing fruits from Southern Okanagan to make their bigger red wines. I like their dry Riesling as it has lifted acidity with firm minerality. Lemon blossom, citrus oil and a hint of petrol can be detected from the nose. The light bodied wine is clean, fresh and sleek with adequate structure. It’s a little hidden gem from our backyard that fits everyone’s budget! Suggested food pairing: green salad with light dressings, steamed seafood.

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Winery: Vasse Felix Name: Filius Chardonnay Country: Australia Region: Margaret River Varietal: Chardonnay Vintage: 2017 Price: Approximately $30 before tax Score: 90-92 Points Vasse Felix, founded in 1967, was the first vineyard and winery to be established in the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia. It is recognised as a

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pioneer of the region and a Margaret River icon. Margaret River is nestled in the South West corner of Australia. Unlikely most regions of Australia, the climate of Margaret River is strongly influenced by the ocean. To compare, the climate is similar of Bordeaux thus the wines are balanced and with much natural acidity. Both the Vasse Felix Filius chardonnay as well as their chardonnay were tasted. This pale straw coloured medium bodied Chardonnay has a nose and taste of lemon blossom, both stone and tropical fruit intermixed with almond sprinkle, vanilla and toasted bread. It’s not heavy nor overladen but beautifully balanced by its natural acidity. A very wellmade wine indeed. Readers that should take note that the Filius Chardonnay has a relatively Low Price / Quality ratio currently under CAD$30. Suggested food pairing: From various seafood to white poultry and pork dishes.


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Winery: 8th Generation Vineyard Name: Classic Riesling Country: Canada Region: Summerland, Okanagan Varietal: Riesling Vintage: 2018 Price: $20 Rating: 89-91

Winery: Beaulieu Vineyard Name: Merlot Country: USA Region: Napa Valley Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2016 Price: Approximately $25 Score: 89-91 points

8th Generation produces an off dry Riesling with over 22 g/ litre. The Riesling classic here has a residual sugar of <10 g/ litre thus is considered dry. I have always admired the Riesling from the winery run by German Canadian couple Bernd and Stefanie Schales. Perhaps its 8 generations of grape growing and wine making experience or may be German perfectionists. All in all, they make impressive Riesling wines that I fall in love with. The Riesling Classic here is made from vines that are 30 years old that’s grown in Okanagan Falls with very light, sandy soil. The yield rate is naturally low thus the flavours and concentration are preserved. Harvest decision is based on acidity to make sure that the wine is fresh and vibrant. This Riesling has typical lemon and apple scents on the nose. The acidity keeps the wine fresh while as the minerality is profound. Readers if being lucky, should Seek and get hold of their hard to find Riesling Selection which is only produced in approved vintages.

Beaulieu Vineyard which means Beautiful Place was founded in 1900 by Georges de Latour and his wife, Fernande. BV, pioneer in importing Phylloxeraresistant rootstock from Europe to the then ravaged fledgling California wine industry and sold sacramental wine to the Catholic Church during the prohibition period. Continuous innovation in vineyard, winery and clonal research is the philosophy behind this Napa icon that remains so today. This is a medium to full body wine with juicy dark berries and plum fruit with a hint of chocolate. Good acidity with silky tannin structure and a warm satisfying finish. Extra credit for a Low Price / Quality ratio. Food pairing: Duck, veal, assorted sausages.

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Winery: Grigich Hills Estate Name: Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Country: USA Region: Napa Valley Varietal: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc Vintage :2015 Price: > $100 Score: 93-95 points Mike Grigich first gained international recognition at the celebrated “Judgement of Paris Tasting” in 1976 of which a panel of French judges chose his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay in preference to the famed French White Burgundies in a blind tasting. A year later, Mike decided to start his own venture in a partnership thus Grigich Hills was born.

Committed to making distinctive wines with quality, consistency and longevity with natural winegrowing and sustainability. These wines are often chosen to serve state dinners. Here I am going to talk about their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and not Chardonnay. This was probably one of the most perfect wines out of all wines I tasted during the festival. This wine has all the hallmarks of a quality of Napa cab. Like a well toned body builder, this complex wine possesses tons of dark fruits such as black currents, blackberries, dark plums intermixed with cedar, cinnamon chocolate, sweet pipe tobacco and saddle leather. The acidity is adequate to make the wine vibrant and the tannin is soft and silky in the full-bodied wine. Layered and complex. Don’t forget to decant liberally but will be rewarded with mid to long term aging. Food Pairing: Rare steak, hearty meat stew, dark poultry. B O U L E VA R D

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Winery: J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines Name: Hilltop Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Country: California Region: Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo Varietal: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot Vintage: 2015 Price: Approximately $45 Rating: 91-93 points Jerry Lohr has been synonymous with pioneering innovation on the Central Coast. J.Lohr wines has also been synonymous with great quality fruits and wines that do not hurt the bank account. I singled out the 2015 Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon to show everyone that a great Cabernet wines are not just from Napa and Sonoma but from other regions like Paso Robles if the sites and terroirs are ideal. This is for big cabernet lovers. This dark coloured fullbodied dense cabernet possesses dark cassis fruit, chocolate, graphite and anise spice. The finish is long. A true quality Cabernet Sauvignon for a relatively affordable price. Food Pairing: Rare steak, hearty meat stew, dark poultry.

7 Winery: Ravenswood Name: Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel Country: USA Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Varietal: 76% Zinfandel (a.k.a. Primitivo), 19% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane Vintage: 2016 Price: Approximately $45 Score: 91-93 points When Ravenswood is mentioned then anyone who has been drinking wine would akin with Zinfandel. The 2014 Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel is a full-bodied wine with inky colour and rich aromas of ripe blueberry, blackberry, dry prune, licorice, dark chocolate, and black pepper. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jammy, powerful and forceful but not coarse. This a big concentrated wine and is not for the faint hearted! Food Pairing: Rare, aged blackened T-bone steak, game sausages, red meat, BBQ ribs.

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8 Winery: Hann Family Wines Name: Pinot Noir Monterey County Country: USA Region: Monterey County Varietal: Pinot Noir Vintage: 2017 Price: Approximately $25 Rating: 89-91 points The Hahn Family Winery is situated in Monterrey county. Here the Cool winds from Monterey Bay ensure gradual ripening and ideal development of vibrant flavors of their different varietals. While this is not aristocratic labelled Pinot; it is, for sure, a crown pleaser especially for the affordable price. A soft, round medium body wine full of pinot characters of ripe strawberry, raspberry and red plum with a hint of cola and sweet spice. This is a wine that may be enjoyed with or without food is versatile to pair with a wide spectrum of dishes. Food pairing: Turkey dinner, pan fried pork cutlets.

9 Winery: Talbott Vineyards Name: Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir Country: USA Region: Santa Lucia Highlands / Monterrey County Varietal: Pinot Noir Vintage: 2018 Score: 90-92 points I love this pinot! It’s a soft round plump style pinot with good red and black cherry characters and sweet baking spices (think cinnamon, nutmeg). The well priced pinot is a steal. Well balanced with adequate acidity. The long, moderate and dry growing season of Satna Lucia enhances complex and healthy fruit that made into this wine. Food pairing: Turkey dinner, roast pigeon.

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Winery: Trivento Name: Golden Reserve Malbec Country: Argentina Region: Luján de Cuyo, Northern Region, Mendoza Varietal: Malbec Vintage: 2016 Price: Approximately $25 Rating: 91-93 Malbec, a minor blending grape from Bordeaux has become an Argentina national treasure! A fine Malbec is not necessarily a big wine – this is not. In fact, the Golden reserve is an antidote to many thick Malbec that flood the market. Aromas of blackberries, fragrant, herbal (mint and oregano) with an undertone of vanilla and black pepper. The tannin is well integrated with adequate acidity and modest alcohol levels leads to a lengthy, clean and balanced finish. Food Pairing: game sausages, red meat, BBQ ribs.


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Winery: Fairview Cellars Wine: The Bear (Reserve Meritage) Region: Golden Mile Bench Varietal: Classic Bordeaux Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot Vintage: 2016 Price: Approximately $40 Rating: 90-92 points How shall I start here…almost 20 years ago when I visited Southern Okanagan near Oliver, I stumbled into a sign that led me to a hut next to a golf course to sample Bill Eggert’s wine. I had to ring a bell and up came a friendly guy who welcomed me and personally poured samples of his wine. That’s the introduction of one of my first quality BC reds then. Although Bill has a variety of single varietal wines as well as blends, I think the Bear would be, may I say, the quintessential wine to taste from this one-man band winery. A mixed of red and black berry and current fruits with a hint of tobacco, bell pepper, with herbal notes and anise spice. Medium acidity. This is a reasonably complex wine that demands mid term aging. Pairing: Bear sausages, BBQ ranch steak.

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Winery: One Faith Name: Malbec – Petite Verdot (50%/50%) Region: Okanagan / Black Sage – Osoyoos Varietal Malbec (50%), Petit Verdot (50%) Vintage: 2016 Rating: 90-92 points Price: $30 One Faith is a dream project of proprietor Bill Lui, a successful businessman who has a deep passion in wine. His desire was to craft the best wine, a ‘First Growth’, from BC. Bill assembled a dream team that demands the best from start to finish by sourcing the best vineyards to grow Bordeaux / near Bordeaux varietals. Every detail is given to, from precise viticulture practice, to innovative wine making, to barrel selection and aging. Bill has proved that with relentless pursuit, outstanding wines can be made from our own BC terroir. This is an unusual and unique blend as both Malbec and Petite Verdot are traditionally, minor blending grapes of

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Bordeaux. Here the Malbec contributes to much colour, sweet tannin and dark plumb, damson fruit while as the Petit Verdot contributes both tannin and structure as well as violet and fragrant perfume component of the wine. I singled out this wine as it showcases these components of the One Faith Grand Vin. The wine is deep purple in colour, has good acidity and fruit level and is suitable with mid-term cellaring.


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Winery: Chateau Pesquie Name: Artemia Country: France Region Ventoux Varietal: Syrah (50%), Grenache (50%) Vintage 2016 Rating: 93-95 points Price: Approximately $50 There is evidence that the Côtes du Ventoux Appellation is one of the oldest wine producing areas in France and vine cultivation at Château Pesquié dates back to two thousand years ago! Artemis is the top cuvée of Chateau Pesquié. It is an attempt to show the amazing potential of the Ventoux terroir through two single high-altitude old vine vineyards, one of Grenache and one of Syrah. Old vines, with poor soil and high altitude mean the vines are naturally low yield, the roots are grown deep to seek nutrients and the diurnal temperature difference preserve much natural acidity. This wine has great density, complexity, concentration, structure and yet elegant and fresh. It has all the hallmarks of a fine wine and it was one of the best wines I tasted at the festival. Readers must also taste both the Quintessence Rouge and the Terrasses Rouge which are quality wines of their own rights from Pesquie.

14 Winery: Gil Family Estate Name: Atteca Old Vines Garnacha Country: Spain Region: Calatayud Varietal: Garnacha (Grenache) Vintage: 2016 Rating: 91-93 points Price: Approximately $30 Old vines of Garnacha, some of them as old as the early 1900s, are planted on the high altitude at about 3,000 ft above sea level. Again, the combination of old vines and high-altitude vineyards create fine, complex wine with concentration and depth. This is another classic example. Rich dark cherry and plum flavors are followed by mint, orange peel notes in this red wine, which has soft round tannins, bright acidity and a spicy finish. Suggested Food Pairings: Rice, pasta, vegetables, mushroom, stewed meat, sausage, pork, roast, pan fried and grilled meat.

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Winery: Gil Family Estate Name: Silver Label Monastrell Country: Spain Region: Jumilla Varietal: Monastrell (Mourvèdre) Vintage: 2016 Rating: 91-93 points Price: Approximately $25 Old vines of Mouvedre planted on high altitude vineyards above 2,000 ft with poor soil and the extreme harsh condition of Jumilla created deep rooted vines which translates into another fine wine with from the Gil family. Deep purple/black color. Explosive aromas of ripe currant, red berries and smoked notes. Rich, powerful and voluminous on the attack, a huge mouthful of crèmede-cassis concentration, silken and juicy in the midpalate with excellent length and persistence, and a long spicy well-balanced finish including toasted notes provided by the French wood. Suggested Food Pairing: stewed meat, stewed vegetable, mushroom, poultry, fish with sauce, smoked seafood, red meat, roast meat.

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EVENTS VANCOUVER CRAFT BEER WEEK May 31 to June 9 More than 100 breweries gather to showcase craft beers and ciders from around the world. Also on the schedule: live music, food trucks, a VIP section, interactive painting, brewing demonstrations, football tossing with two BC Lions, and more. PNE Centre Grounds (2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver). Tickets $39 at www.vancouvercraftbeerweek. com

ITALIAN DAY ON THE DRIVE June 9 This vibrant cultural street “festa” celebrates Italian culture, heritage, and community, spans 14 blocks, and includes over 120 participating vendors and community organizations. Commercial Drive. Free event

CONCORD PACIFIC VANCOUVER DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL June 21-23 North America’s flagship dragon boat festival returns to the shores of False Creek with three days of dragon boat racing, concerts, cultural installations, local artisans and shopping, food, and family-friendly activities. Concord Pacific Place (1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver). Free event; schedule at www.vancouverdragonboatfestival.ca

GREEK DAY June 23 Vancouver’s largest annual street festival features five blocks of live Greek music and performances, a Kids zone, an outdoor shopping bazaar, cooking demos, and food stalls. West Broadway (from McDonald to Blenheim, Vancouver). Free entry. Schedule at www.greekday.com

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O.Dela Arts presents a weekend of dance works by contemporary Indigenous female artists. With performances by Cheyenne Rain LeGrande, Mariaa Randall, Raven Spirit Dance, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Jessica McMann, and Maura Garcia Dance. 8 East (8 East Pender Street, Vancouver). $22-$30 at www.thedancecentre.ca

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THEATRE BARD ON THE BEACH June 5-September 21 Vancouver’s celebrated Shakespeare summer festival returns for its 30th season with a full slate of dazzling theatre, including The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare in Love, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Coriolanus. Bard tents at Kits Point (1695 Whyte Avenue, Vanier Park, Vancouver). Tickets from $20 at www.bardonthebeach.org

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usic in general has never been more accessible than it is now. This is due to the vast amounts of new technology and so many more independent recording companies representing an ever-widening range of musicians across the genres. My question and concern is how to keep classical music relevant in today’s world. One of the reasons that certain artists are more popular than others is due to the fact that the product is presented in two parts: those being the auditory and the visual. ‘Fans’ attend live performances to experience the performance through both senses. When young musical talents grasp this concept, they can then communicate with a larger audience regardless across the age spectrum. Lang Lang provides an excellent recent example of how to present classical music as a nonexclusive entertainment experience. By doing so, he has amassed many younger fans. The resultant performance is fun to watch, and while bending some of the ‘rules’, still maintains the integrity of the music he plays. He does this without alienating the older devotees, and keeps the

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NEW MUSIC from old ideals By Leeta Liepins OurCityTonightLeeta@gmail.com

music dynamic, exciting and traditional. Classical music with a twist. Most well-known classical composers were commonly known to have combined different styles (or to have borrowed from artists before them) to create and ultimately contribute to the evolution of music as we know it. It is interesting to note that many of the popular contemporary musicians of today grew up learning to play a classical instrument as an introduction to music. Now we can see and appreciate the influence that this important genre has had on the young musicians of today. These new artists will continue to have a significant impact on making classical music great again. The performance aspect of their art will reach a new generation of listeners, and as such, continue to make classical music attractive to more than just the elderly and the designated intellectual set. n Leeta Liepins TV Host/Co-Executive Producer: Our City Tonight TV airing Sundays at 1230pm on CityTV Instagram: @ourcitytonight, @culturebitesvancouver, @LifewithLeeta Twitter: @ourcitytonight @LifewithLeeta


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