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ong before Dianna David could educate others with her one-woman show, she had to take a closer look at herself. Behind the face paint and carefully rehearsed routines about acceptance and tolerance is a woman who was, at one time, playing a character in her own life. Frustrated with the view from her rung on the corporate ladder, David left her job as a successful San Francisco-based mechanical engineer and enrolled in clown school. And, no, her parents weren’t happy about it. Despite fostering an incredible dance ability from a young age, David encountered mostly fear and disappointment from her parents that she was making a reckless decision. The 25-year-old daughter of Filipino immigrants had more changes in store. Upon leaving Edmonton after a visit home, she was connecting through Vancouver to her return flight to San Francisco when she got stopped at the border. Told she had outstayed her visa and couldn’t cross, David picked up the phone for another hard conversation with her family. Feeling she couldn’t go back to Edmonton and easily pursue performance art, David decided in the departure terminal of YVR to make San Francisco’s sister city her home. Well-respected in the Filipino community in Edmonton, David says for the first few years of her do-over, her parents felt shame. Often compared to begging in her culture, she knew street performing lacked the esteem of her previous career. Ironically, it was the story of her father’s move to Canada that inspired her decision to become a clown. He was shocked when she told him, “It was your dream to go abroad and now I have a new life here. Well, I have a dream too.” Eight years later, David can speak candidly on the difficult choices she credits with her success. Mentored upon her arrival to Vancouver by promi-

nent local comedian David C. Jones, David says her friend pushed her out of her comfort zone. She was one of the original women to join his troupe, The Bobbers Queer Comedy Improv, and she began street performing while establishing herself though events and corporate gigs in Vancouver as an artist to watch. When the 2010 Olympics arrived in Vancouver, she and her creative partner Charity Zapanta embraced the spirit and produced a festival called I Heart Van to bring together other artists in Vancouver and celebrate the city. Her talent was noticed, and she was encouraged by a local grant writer to seek funding from the government to turn her stable of characters into a show. David is Incorporating hip hop dance launching with contact juggling, miming, Dianna video screens and multiple at acters, David took the $25,000 the end of grant and created a product she February. classifies as movement storytellNew ‘likes’ ing, or Charlie Chaplin meets to her Michael Jackson, which she tours Facebook to schools around the province. fan page Even after performing to rave get a free reviews for more than 100,000 moonwalk children, David still brims with enthusiasm for her new life. She tutorial struggles, though, to discuss her video. proudest accomplishment — her new relationship with her parents. Her voice breaks as she describes the sense of contentment that came over her when she flew them to Vancouver last November to watch her Canada’s Got Talent audition. It was the first time they had seen her home. “It was pretty touching,” she says, pausing to compose herself, “to have my mom really know that I’m taken care of, seeing what my work has done and that I’m okay.” Since she decided to dance and play for a living, the highlight has surely been proving to her parents that success comes from doing what you love. The whirlwind of discovery has ultimately broken down the barriers of communication in her family, but more importantly, allowed her to finally master one of the first rules of clown school: Find your authentic self.






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ane and Steve Cox are young, hip and urban. They became one of Vancouver’s cultural power couples by being connected to lots of other people who are young and hip and urban, too. So it’s not surprising that they founded this city’s version of Pecha Kucha, an evening of dynamic speakers who share their knowledge, passion and connectedness with the hundreds of ticket-holders in the audience. And yet if you miss Pecha Kucha — the one on February 29 is already sold out — you can’t watch any of these speakers on YouTube. The evening isn’t live-streamed on the internet either. The event is totally unplugged, a very deliberate decision and one which illustrates exactly how the Coxes got to know so many of the interesting people they invite on stage. They believe there are times when being involved in your community means actually being part of what’s going on, not only as a Twitter follower or Facebook friend. You have to be there. You have to be part of the moment, not a spectator on your computer or smart phone. You are the moment. “When someone says, ‘Can I watch it from my sofa?”, I say ‘No, you have to come and experience it,’” Jane says. “We don’t want you to be able to take part in Pecha Kucha from your sofa.”

Instead, they want you to be part of the entire experience — jostling for a drink at the bar of the Vogue, bumping into friends, listening to the music, seeing the speaker walk on stage, listening to the audience laugh and applaud. “It’s about getting it,” Steve says. “The people we get excited about are the people who are not followers.” It’s a lesson they learned when one of their other bright ideas, Key to Vancouver, didn’t take off. They wanted to “unlock the best of Vancouver’s culture” by giving members special access to various events and organizations. The problem was that while many people say they want to get out and do things, they can be rather apathetic when it comes down to actually getting out and doing it. Their good intentions get diverted by whatever turns up on TV or the internet that night. “You have an apathetic city and yet people complain it’s boring,” Steve says. Four hundred cities around the world host Pecha Kucha nights yet Vancouver’s is one that generates the most buzz, in part because the Coxes force people to actually come to the event if they want to be a part of it. This approach also illustrates why their business is called Cause + Affect. They want to understand what causes certain phenomena or feelings and then they want to affect change. “When you own your own brand, you make the rules,” Steve says of one of the advantages of being


Jane and Steve Cox are the creative minds behind Cause + Affect. They also run Vancouver’s Pecha Kucha night. Rob Newell photo entrepreneurial. He trained as an architect, Jane trained as an interior designer and yet when they put their two personalities together in both marriage and business, what emerged is a complex, intricate amalgam of their interests and knowledge. It’s hard to put your finger on just what Cause + Affect is. Design firm? Marketing guru? Brand maker? Style provocateur? It’s everything and anything, a chameleon that adapts to the next assignment and becomes whatever the client needs. “North America is about special-

ization,” Steve says. “You hire eight people do do eight things. In Europe you hire one person to do eight things.” Think of them as being European. “There’s no ceiling when you do what you love,” Jane says. “Something new could come to us tomorrow and change everything. You just don’t know. “And yet I’ve never thought ‘I’m doing what I love.’ I’m just doing what I know. But I do think we’re unemployable now,” she adds with a laugh. “We can’t fit inside someone else’s description.”

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he man who helped make revolutions possible through the use of social media used to have to hotwire his family car to power his computer. Ryan Holmes’ childhood home in Vernon had no electricity. His parents chose to live off the grid so when Ryan won his first computer as part of a school contest, he had to pop the hood of his father’s car, run a wire from the battery into the house and hook it up as the power source for his Apple IIc. “If I played on the computer for too long at night my mom would get mad because we’d wear down the car’s battery and we’d have to jumpstart the car in the morning,” he told a bemused crowd at Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon at the Vancouver Playhouse last Wednesday night. This from the man “before whom the most fearsome dictators tremble,” Sullivan said. Holmes is now one of the most


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HootSuite founder Ryan Holmes would choose Vancouver over Silicone Valley any day. plugged-in internet entrepreneurs as the founder and CEO of HootSuite. Three million people use HootSuite to help them manage 150 million Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn messages a day. Instead of having multiple screens up on your computer, or posting the same message

on various types of social media, HootSuite lets you do everyone all at once. And it’s free. Holmes showed a photo of his staff shot-gunning beer when the company reached one million users. He wants to take another photo when there are a billion HootSuiters.

It was tempting in the beginning to move the company to Silicone Valley, Holmes said. On Wednesday night he gave the reasons why Vancouver is still the best place to foment his own brand of technological revolution. 1. Silicon Valley attracts top talent but “everyone is looking for the next shiny bauble.” Talent moves from company to company. HootSuite is home to 100 dedicated employees. 2. Investment trends change. Instead of centralizing areas of expertise, now there are incubators, places which nurture new companies. Vancouver is one of them, thanks in part to government support. 3. There’s a “crystal cave of solitude in Vancouver” which allows you to think differently and yet there’s proximity to Silicone Valley. 4. Vancouver has better beer and bacon. 5. Liveability. Access to healthcare and proximity to family are mightily strong practical reasons for staying in Canada, but really, would you like to live anywhere else?

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Mall; by theatre goers who have the nerve to sit behind you with a bag of popcorn; by people who have the nerve to contribute to cleaner air by using their bike; by homeless people who have the nerve to ask you to help them out or whose dumpster diving woke you from your well deserved sleep in your comfortable warm bed. Apparently there are still huge lots of Crown land available for lease where you can build your own little private nirvana. Just be careful you don’t suffer an early demise from... boredom. Realist, via email

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Dogs turn shoppers away Re: “Mall has gone to the dogs”, Rants Feb. 9. I spoke to one of the merchants in Denman Mall and a lady was bitten by a dog about two weeks ago outside the mall. They looked for a security person but no one was around so the lady left. What next? Who does one call if this were to happen to them in the future? Ex Denman Mall shopper when I see dogs in there

Give the hummingbird a break

Wholesome praise A couple of Sundays ago I got home and realized I had left my black change purse, with more than $40 in it, in one of three places I’d shopped that day. Imagine my surprise and delight when I asked at Whole Foods (Broadway and Cambie) and Brian C. in customer service handed it to me — with all the money in it! My appreciation to him, for sure, and also to the person who turned it in. I had plans for that money which I was able to fulfill. Jennifer, via email

Re: “No joy in global warming,” Rants Feb. 9. Oh man, someone finds the pretty little hummingbird joyful and you have have to dump on him? Global warming isn’t just an ecological disaster that’s looming, it’s here. So the fact is you have to deal with it. Go out in the sun and get some colour and enjoy the birds that are coming your way. Do your part to introduce species that will be part of our lives. Anonymous, via Rantline

Kudos to police

Nirvana is boring

End of civilization

My sincerest sympathies go to those of you whose lives are totally being ruined by the only companion many elderly people have left in their lives (their dog) and have the nerve to take them into Denman

Re: “Don’t sit behind me,” Rants Feb. 9. We live in a very ignorant and self-serving society. The good book tells us that in end times, people will be lovers of themselves. In other words, the majority of society

I’ve continued watching the Occupiers around the world and the responses of the police, compared to Vancouver, have been ridiculously brutal. When police are hurting people instead of protecting them, there’s something very wrong with a society. I’m really proud of Vancouver’s police. They were very restrained and professional. Anonymous, via Rantline

doesn’t give a rat’s ass about anyone other than themselves. We see this every day. The good book also tells us hearts will be waxed cold with one another. It’s happening. People are so miserable, one could say it’s a case of misery loves company. So much for respectful, quiet times at the movies. Anonymous, via Rantline

Not digging it The urban gardens look horrendous 90 per cent of the year. They’re just a museum of dead weeds. Is there any way we could just put a picture of a flower or carrot up? Anonymous, via Rantline

Danny for PM I was just thinking about how the right wing and left wing in B.C. co-operated after Gordon Campbell brought in the HST attack. What if (former Newfoundland premier) Danny Williams, who never got along with Stephen Harper, wanted to lead an alternative conservative party? He could tear Stephen Harper in half like a tissue paper in a debate. Anonymous, via Rantline

You do the math Last year, six months of the year, I had to wait for my disability cheque for a week. It’s not enough to live on for even four weeks but they figure five weeks is what you have to wait. When you add it up, they didn’t even pay us for a month. Anonymous, via Rantline

Puke-worthy Re: “You’re killing me too”, Rants Feb. 9. I’m a reformed smoker who doesn’t mind second hand smoke. I still enjoy the smell but will never have one again, that would make me puke. Dave, via email

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Feenie is among culinary champs Cactus Club chef wins silver in coveted national competition

Siena, the new restaurant from Mark Taylor (owner of the award-winning wine bar Cru), has just opened in the old Star Anise location at 1485 W. 12th in the heart of the South Granville neighbourhood. The theme is Mediterranean, with chef Tim Evans (formerly sous to Alana Peckham at Cru) dishing a variety of fresh pastas and more.


A decidedly tiny victualling station designed for cyclists is under construction at 1262 Burrard, which is to say in the alleyway between Hornby and Burrard off Drake (and the Hornby bike route). It’s called Caffe Le Musette, and they’ll be serving 49th Parallel espresso from a custom-painted celeste La Marzocco machine together with a selection of baked goods. Owner Thomas Eleizegui is giving the small space an antique treatment and adorning the walls vintage cycling memorabilia. Expect opening day around March 1.

By Andrew Morrison


his past November’s Gold Medal Plates — BC’s most prestigious cooking competition — set a dozen of the province’s top chefs against one another. It was a close-run thing, with Rob Feenie of the Cactus Club edging out Ensemble’s Dale Mackay by a hair for the gold medal. Feenie’s success advanced him to the Canadian Culinary Championships (CCC), the gruelling, vicious, altogether unkind contest that just took place over the weekend in Kelowna. Gold Medal Plates competitions take place in eight other major cities across Canada to establish who will compete in the CCC, which is our cooking equivalent of the Stanley Cup finals, although instead of seven games, it’s all a sudden-death shootout. Matching Feenie’s win were Michael Dacquisto of Winnipeg’s Wow Hospitality Concepts; J.P. St. Denis of Montreal’s Kitchen Galerie Poisson; Jan Trittenbach of Edmonton’s Packrat Louie; Anthony McCarthy of Saskatoon’s Saskatoon Club; Michael Dekker of Calgary’s Rouge; Marc Lepine of Ottawa’s Atelier; Jonathan Gushue of Toronto’s Langdon Hall; and Mike Barsky of St. John’s Bacalao. Each gold medalist landed in the Okanagan on Thursday, and together with judges from each of the regions represented (myself among them), they gathered at Quail’s Gate Winery. Here, they were reminded that there were actually three competitions in one — a mystery wine battle, a black box contest and the grand finale. To start, they were each given a bottle of unlabelled Canadian wine (Ontario’s 2008 Chateau des Charmes Riesling), $500 cash for ingredients, and 24 hours to come up with 350 identical plates that pair with the mystery wine. I’m also the national referee, so I had to go over all of their receipts to ensure the expenditures were within the prescribed limits. (If they go over, they’re docked major points.) The spread was wide, with the chef from St. John’s returning with over $200 and the chef from Montreal having spent $499.87. Marc Lepine of Ottawa stole the show with his citrus-ash-dusted, avocadowrapped roulade of lagoustine. Feenie

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Marc Lepine (centre) of Ottawa’s Atelier restaurant strode his way to the goldmedal podium at the Canadian Culinary Championships. J.P. St. Denis (left) of Montreal’s Kitchen Galerie Poisson earned bronze while Vancouver’s Rob Feenie of Cactus Club fame won silver. Andrew Morrison photo came a distant second with his butternut squash gnocchi mounted with parmesan foam and sauced with complex, baconlicked chicken reduction. The rest were far back. Feenie would have to pull a rabbit out of his toque if he was to catch up with Lepine, and Lepine would have to fall flat on his face. Early the next day, one by one, the chefs were given a box containing a set of ingredients that had to be incorporated into two dishes — each replicated 12 times — in under an hour. This year, they were given wild rice, cloudberries (aka bakeapples), goose breasts, parsley roots, Lake Diefenbaker steelhead, and Rassembleu blue cheese. I’m happy to report that no one went over time, but not all chefs managed to impress. There was a lot of basic searing of the goose (a lot of blood rare renderings), and very few knew what to make of cloudberries or had an idea as to what to do with wild rice. Again, it was Lepine coming out on top (his dishes were almost without fault), followed a ways off by Feenie, with a battle shaping up for bronze. At the end of it, everyone was bone tired, but the grand finale was only a few hours off in the ballroom of the Delta Grand Hotel. In a way, holding two huge competitions on the same day mirrors the workload and stress-levels of a busy Saturday service at a top-tier restaurant (with a table of several hungry restaurant critics at both lunch and dinner), so if you’re a champion, you stand tall and lean into it. St. Denis of Montreal won the night with an inverted Vitello Tonnato (veal tongue

over a carpaccio of tuna), which elevated him from the middle of the pack to secure the bronze medal. Feenie, again, did exceptionally well — this time with rabbit bacon presse and foie gras boudin — but so did Lepine, who nestled a beautifully seared (and truffle surrounded) Quadra Island scallop next to perfect little croquettes of chorizo under a snow of bacon powder. He was — and am I’m not exaggerating here — the most poised and professional chef I’ve ever seen in action, and it was amazing to watch from close up. He won the gold medal with remarkable ease, and made me seriously consider a stopover in Ottawa for the short flight back to Vancouver. My takeaway? I’d like to say how magical it was to see so much money raised in ticket sales and auction items to help fund Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes heading to London this summer (truly wonderful), or that it was really awesome seeing Ed Robertson perform with Barney Bentall on stage at the finale (it certainly was), or how cool it was that the Similkameen’s little Orofino Strawbale Winery took home the Best Wine nod from some of this country’s top oenophiles. But what really impressed me the most was the state of Canadian cuisine, especially the hands that are currently responsible for it. I write plenty about how far Vancouver’s food scene has come in the last few years, but the same can plainly be said of cities across this country. The evidence, however fleeting, was all kinds of delicious.

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Bistro Pastis owner John Blakely has bought Bistro de Paris in the iconic West End restaurant space at 751 Denman Street. “This has been a dream of mine for years,” Blakeley says. (He used to work at this address when it was Cade de Paris). He takes control this week and plans to renovate and re-open as Le Parisien around the start of April. Hamilton Street Grill is hosting an Oscar party on Feb. 26. For $20 you get a ballot, a “Golden Cocktail”, light canapes and your own bag of gourmet popcorn to munch on. The event starts at 4pm and to to win a prize for your winners’ predictions you must fill in your ballots before 5:30 pm. Special on the menu that night is an Angus beef steak topped with fresh crab meat, asparagus and bearnaise sauce. (1009 Hamilton, 604-331-1511, James Douglas loved his cat. The chef of The Morrissey/Ginger 62 adopted Marshal as an orphan kitten and was deeply saddened when Marshal passed away last year. In Marshal’s honour, he’s hosting a fundraising event for the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association ( on Oscar night, Feb. 26. It begins at 3:30 pm, with early attendees at The Morrissey (1227 Granville) receiving free appetizers. Watch the stars walk down the red carpet on the large-screen TVs then cheer on the Oscar winners starting at 5. The suggested donation is $20, plus the cost of your meal. Reservations for groups of six or more can be made by emailing

Menchie’s is hoping to warm the hearts of Van-

couverites with its new self-serve frozen yogurt store. It celebrates its opening at 2315 Cambie (across from Canadian Tire) on Feb. 18 and 19 with free frozen yogurt and balloons from noon to five, door prizes, and free gift bags for the first 20 children on Saturday. Menchie’s customers help themselves to an unlimited mix of yogurt and toppings with more than Vancouver’s favourite breakfast 100 rotating flavours. destination for over 10 years.

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A call for liquor licence reform CityCELLAR By Kurtis Kolt


t seems as though we’re at a bit of a tipping point in regard to the ongoing push for liquor law reform in British Columbia. Those following East Vancouver’s Rio Theatre’s recent tussle with the provincial government over the inability to show movies as a licensed premises (while similar venues with identical services and licences have never had a problem) have been exposed to a system that is long overdue for major overhaul. There are many aspects of current provincial regulation that are in desperate need of change, and while those of us at the frontlines have been calling on the province for legal amendments for years to no avail, it looks as though the City of Vancouver has our back on these issues and can be more instrumental than many realized. The city stepped into the ring on behalf the Rio, calling on the province to update the existing law that says liquor cannot be served in venues that show movies. Once Mines and Energy Minister Rich Coleman took the reins of liquor regulation from Solicitor-General Shirley Bond last week, the law literally changed overnight. I could fill a year’s worth of columns with my wish list for liquor law reform, everything from adjusting the 123 per cent import tax that currently results in us having the highest wine prices on the continent to allowing B.Y.O. wine for a corkage fee in restaurants to permitting wine on grocery store shelves. Realistically

though, there are a few simpler changes that I would like to see the City of Vancouver press the B.C. government for, issues that are of immediate concern and would support businesses big and small, drive more provincial revenue and put us closer in step socially and culturally with other major cities around the world.

Implement wholesale discounts for alcohol If a bottle of Cabernet is $19.99 on government liquor store (BCLDB) shelves, then that is the same price restaurants pay for it to put it on their wine list. This is the key reason mark-ups are so high in restaurants and the cause of further disparity between wine prices here and other major cities. Private wine stores, who have to buy their liquor from the BCLDB just like everyone else, get either a 30 per cent or 16 per cent discount dependant on their licence. A logical, simple improvement would be to impose a flat wholesale discount of beer, wine and spirits (similar to the Californian model) that would apply to any venue purchasing alcohol for re-sale. It would increase fairness across the board and ideally open up the (currently illegal) option of restaurants buying wine from private stores, supporting both those stores and the BCLDB who sell them the product in the first place. The government wouldn’t lose a dime and it would ease operating costs of small business and lighten the tab at the end of a meal, encouraging more consumer spending.

Allow catering companies Special Occasion Licence privileges According to current law, catering companies cannot take out Special Occasion Licences for their clients, nor can they

purchase or transport liquor for events. According to Tourism Vancouver, Tourism Victoria and Tourism Whistler, B.C. consequently loses out on many potential national and international conferences due to it being incredibly problematic for companies to organise the liquor aspect of their event in advance of their arrival. Millions of dollars of potential revenue, tax and otherwise, is lost because of this. An easy issue to rectify.

Re-examine applicant requirements for Special Occasion Licences One of many examples: Until recently, a colleague had obtained Special Occasion Licenses every couple of months to present educational diploma-level seminars in conjunction with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust of London, the most highly-regarded wine education organisation on the planet. These seminars recently got shut down, being told that Special Occasion Licences can no longer be issued if a business gains income from an event in any capacity. A frustrating, socially-paralyzing precedent. There’s much more opportunity for revenue and control with mild change to regulation. These are what I believe to be three of the most pressing issues we face, ones that keep Vancouver from being in social and economic step with other great cities of the world. Let’s support and encourage the province to implement liquor law reform, and encourage the City of Vancouver to keep up the pressure. Join the movement. ‘Like’ and Tweet this column, use the #UpdateLiquorLaws hashtag, and stay in touch at KurtisKolt. com.

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BC Games puts spotlight on coaches’ role


oaches can sometimes be the unsung heroes of athletic success. The images we see in the media are of gold-medal-winning athletes standing on podiums with their coach nowhere to be seen. But almost without fail, athletes will credit their coach for their success ahead of anyone else. Coaches lead and inspire athletes from community programs to the Olympic and Paralympic podiums. At the BC Games, coach education and training is a priority with all coaches at the Games requiring certification from the National Coaching Certification Program. Coaches BC is the provincial organiza-

tion responsible for coaching education programs and the ongoing support and development of coaches. “A coach’s preparation for the BC Games, or any other competitive environment, is just as important as an athlete’s preparation,” says Coaches BC Executive Director Gord May. “Every successful athlete has been trained by someone who has taken the time to learn about the technical aspects of their sport and how to prepare their athletes both mentally and physically. Excellence will come about when you have the right tools and use them the right way.” Karate BC developed a junior coach

mentorship program as part of the BC Winter Games where youth coaches have the opportunity to work with a certified adult coach. Six coaches ranging in age from 15 to 18 years old will be part of the program at the 2012 BC Winter Games. Another successful mentorship program developed by the BC Games Society, Coaches BC and Promotion Plus, supports the education of female coaches. For Laura Watson, technical director with Coaches BC and ringette coach, this has been a terrific opportunity for both her and her apprentice coach. “As I started out in coaching I wish that I had had an opportunity to study from a

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he Kitsilano Arena, awash with ice skates, discarded layers and jackets, half-full water bottles, and the unmistakable smell of winter sport, is the second home for young speed skaters Anita Frioud, 13, and Ericsson Sing, 14. The pair spend the majority of their afterschool hours on or around the ice here, gearing up for their first-ever BC Winter Games, taking place in Vernon in just over a week. The BC Winter Games, held in a different part of B.C. every two years, see young athletes aged 10 to 18 compete in 15 events ranging from speed skating to hockey to archery. For the majority of the youth, it’s the first large-scale competition they participate in — and, for some, an important first step on the road towards becoming an Olympic-level athlete. Both Anita and Ericsson, the two youngest members of the Vancouver-Squamish short track team heading to the games, were inspired to start speed skating after watching the sport during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. “I thought it looked so easy,” says Anita, who also practises piano and Bollywood dance. “But the first time out, I couldn’t stay on my feet.” The blades on speed skates are flat, not curved like hockey skates, so balance is a key part of the sport. As is practice. For almost two years, aside from twice weekly team practices, Anita and Ericsson stay on track by participating in free skates and coaching young skaters. Anita also figure skates—which means she only has one day away from the rink a week.

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Encore! Encore! The ocean’s Unsung Heroes get their turn in the limelight at Blue Water Café By Martha Perkins

P The many faces of Myriam: Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week founder Myriam Laroche encourages fashionistas to think before they buy.

Glammed up or wearing vintage, Myriam Laroche makes eco-wise choices by Martha Perkins


very fashionista knows just how good Julia Roberts’ Pretty Woman felt when she strutted out of a designer clothing store laden with bags emblazoned with the store’s logo. Those bags were her badges of honour, the signal to the world that she was a woman of style and taste. Such moments are fleeting. The bags, however, can last forever in our landfill sites. “We need to change how we feel about buying new stuff,” Myriam Laroche, the founder of Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week, told the Vancouver Playhouse crowd as part of Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon last Wednesday night. If shoppers change, then designers and retailers will change. If we eschew the prettified bags, then stores won’t feel the need to use them. If we avoid the designers who employ child labour or harmful environmental practices, then they will be forced to make more ethical choices. Laroche used to be the type of shopper that she is trying to influence today. She bought things for the momentary pleasure of the purchase, whether she really needed or wanted them. She didn’t think

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ity the poor periwinkle. Although it can evoke the charm of an oceanside picnic on a summer’s day, it has none of the allure of its much bigger cousin, escargot. And mackerel? Peasant food compared to sablefish, the media darling. Few foodies even deign to consider the lowly sardine, normally seen packed onto grocery store shelves. So bourgeois. But Frank Pabst knows better. Born in Germany and trained in some of the best restaurants in France, the executive chef of Yaletown’s Blue Water Café is giving periwinkles, mackerel and sardines — not to mention jellyfish, sea urchins, anchovies and herring — an opportunity to show their true gastronomic colours. His Unsung Heroes menu, which runs until the end of the month, gives these plentiful denizens of the ocean the gourmet treatment. Under his amazingly deft touch, the herring is harmoniously matched with a celery salad with preserved watermelon, walnuts, Fuji apples and watercress; the sea urchin is the salt-water infused delicacy on top of a luxuriously light yet creamy trifle with avocado, nori seaweed, Peruvian gooseberries and ponzu jelly; and the sardine does a humorous rift on pigs-in-a-blanket when

its wrapped inside its own duvet with pine nut gremolata, broccolini and harissa sauce. “We don’t want to take away from the essence of the flavour [of the fish] but we want complementary flavours so your tastebuds aren’t just concentrated on the sea urchin, for instance,” Pabst says. It was a lot of fun coming up with the pairings of tastes and textures. His goal was to get people to try various types of seafood they might normally have an aversion to. Maybe they think that herring is too fishy, and jellyfish is too squishy. He didn’t want to disguise the flavours but he did need to make those flavours more accessible to patrons whose only experience with anchovies, for instance, is asking for them to be left out of a Caesar’s salad. “I wanted something everyone can relate to.” When he did his first celebration of the ocean’s Unsung Heroes, it was presented as a tasting menu. Few patrons, however, wanted a full dinner of foods they weren’t accustomed to. Now the Unsung Heroes dishes are presented as appetizers, the most popular of which will stay on the menu. A portion of each sale off the Unsung Heroes menu will be donated to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program. The menu is offered until Feb. 29.

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rom holistic therapies, to whole foods, to hiking the Grouse Grind, Vancouver is a city that takes health and wellness seriously. To celebrate, the Wellness Show will present over 200 health and wellness exhibitors, plus more than 100 guest speakers, demonstrations and workshops on a variety of topics, all designed to help you live your most balanced life ever, February 17-19 at the Convention Centre.

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Here are the top 10 health and wellness trends in Vancouver: 1. Meditation: key for reducing stress and gaining clarity, The Wellness Show will feature multiple workshops on meditation: Sufi Whirling, Meditation Made Easy, and Meditation is More than Just Sitting Still! as well as meditation props and aids. 2. Juicing: extracts the vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables, and makes it easier for you to absorb them. Attend a juicing demonstration, or sample juices, smoothies and juice supplements by our exhibitors. 3. Coaching: having someone to guide you and be accountable to is a powerful step towards self-actualization. Chat with one of the many coaches at the show about your goals to discover the right fit for you. 4. Fitness: we all know how important it is to move our bodies, and how good we feel when we do! The Wellness Show has something for everyone: badminton, yoga, pilates, running, walking, Bollywood dance classes, square dancing, and fitness for plus-sized women. 5. Massage/reflexology/spas: once thought of as a luxury, we are now coming to understand that these relaxation therapies are a powerful maintenance activity. Get a massage or reflexology treatment at the show, or indulge in a spa treatment. You’ll leave looking good, and feeling good. 6. Local, seasonal, fresh food: no two ways about it, Vancouver is a foodie city. Join some of Vancouver’s world-class chefs, as they demonstrate dishes that come from our own backyard. They include: Pino Posteraro, Cioppino’s; Ned Bell, The Four Seasons; Jennifer Peters, Raincity Grill; Robert Erikson, Central Bistro; Antonio Cerullo, Choices Markets; Kris Kabush, Hart House Restaurant; Hidekazu Tojo, Tojo’s; and special guest, Julie Van Rosendaal, best-selling author, Spilling the Beans. 7. Holistic forms of therapy: Naturopaths, chiropractors, shiatsu, physiotherapists and energy healers are now a mainstream way of maintaining our health. Visit with the many

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he Vancouver International Mountain Film Fest features a host of films that get you up close to the action, but sometimes it’s nice to meet the people doing the action faceto-face. Cue, Adam Campbell’s talk, An Ultra State of Mind, an intimate first-person account of how the award-winning local trail and mountain runner braves the elements and balances his day job as an articling law student. WE caught Campbell, on the run of course, in this email interview. So, why do you run? What clicked that this sort of extreme sport was right for you? Ha, the more do it, the more I realize there is no general answer to that question. Each of my runs is done for its own reason: sometimes it’s out of obligation, like following a training program. Sometimes it’s out of necessity. For instance if I’m late for the bus, but mostly it’s for the simple pleasure of covering incredible natural terrain under my own power. I’m a physical person and I’m most at ease when I’m moving. My body feels better, my thoughts are more clear and I simply feel better about myself, which makes me a better person in other aspects of my life. You’re a 50-mile trail champion. Can you walk us through the high and lows of that competition? The Canadian 50-mile championships last year was the first 50-mile race that I’d completed, so I still have a lot to learn. The most important aspect is to manage your emotions throughout the day and having key words, like form cues. In my case those are relaxed shoulders, thinking about my cadence and being tall. I also have cues to remind me to fuel. The key is to not let the highs get too high, nor to let the lows get too low. It’s incredibly demanding to run for multiple hours, so you have to learn to accept what you’re asking your body to do and take pleasure and strength from your surroundings. For instance, the race happened on a route that I was very familiar with, so when I started to have lulls, I’d think back to other times I’d struggled in training and remind myself that I’d eventually come out of it. I’d also try to appreciate my surroundings, thank people I’d pass on the trail for cheering and focus on the process of what I needed to do to keep moving forward as quickly as possible. You’re also article as a lawyer. How do you balance these two demanding roles? I often feel like I don’t balance them well at all. The scales are often tilting one direction or the other, but I find that they do complement each other, too. I process a lot of thoughts while running and the work helps me quiet my mind and forces me to rest my legs. I do give up a lot of other activities that sound like they may be fun. I don’t socialize at nights much, I pass on hockey, soccer and ski trips, because I choose to go for a run instead. It’s what’s most fulfilling to me. Some people might consider it a sacrifice, but I’ve always found that that puts too much of a negative spin on it. If you’re passionate about something, in my case it’s mountain running, then you just find a way to make it work.

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Movies Woody Harrelson unravels in masterful ‘Rampart’ MOVIE REVIEWS RAMPART Starring Woody Harrelson, Robin Wright Directed by Oren Moverman Teaming with hard-boiled crime novelist James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential), writerdirector Oren Moverman (The Messenger) crafts a fractious, fractured character study that requires the routinely under-challenged Woody Harrelson to employ every weapon in his arsenal, be it unhinged aggression, oddball physicality or smooth-talking southern charm. Rising to the challenge, the utterly fearless Harrelson brings to life one of the more unsavoury anti-heroes to (dis)grace a screen in years. With a corruption scandal gripping the LAPD’s infamous Rampart Division in 1999, misanthropic “Date Rape” Dave Brown (Harrelson) continues to court suspension on a daily basis. When his guardian devil (Ned Beatty) suggests, “You could just stop beating people up,” Dave can only laugh at the ridiculousness of the idea. His aptitude for reading people and playing the system has lent him a gunslinger’s swagger and accompanying aura of invincibility. Malnourished, sleep-deprived, and drugaddled, this dirty cop is obviously poised for a fall. However, once he starts plummeting, Rampart eschews predictability. Instead, the tone feeds off of Dave’s rampant paranoia and the narrative takes its cues from his damaged psyche, becoming increasingly elliptic and disjointed. Editor Jay Rabinowitz masterfully allows the film’s early assured pacing to devolve into arrhythmic chaos. Where Dave once had every angle worked out, he now can’t make heads or tails of any given situation or get a clear read on anyone. In turn, we’re constantly kept off balance, uncertain of characters’ motivations yet assured of one thing: on this occasion, there’ll be no escape for this fallen Angeleno. Downward spirals don’t come much more dizzying than this. — Curtis Woloschuk

IN DARKNESS Starring Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann Directed by Agnieszka Holland Viewers will be forgiven if they look at yet another bleak Holocaust film — even an

Oscar-nominee for Best Foreign Language Film — and wonder what it might possibly show them that hasn’t already been depicted countless times by other entries in this unofficial genre. In actual fact, the only thing that distinguishes Agnieszka Holland’s film from its brethren is what it keeps concealed from sight. Which is to say: Long stretches of In Darkness unfold in the nearly pitch-black sewers of Lvov, Poland. We first visit the catacombs with Leopold (Robert Wieckiewicz), a scavenger who stows his valuables there, safe from the prying eyes of the occupying Nazis. Ever the opportunist, he realizes that he can make a fortune by hiding Jews amidst the rivers of feces and packs of vermin. And so it is that he takes a predictably ragtag group under his wing. As Holland and cinematographer Jolanta Dylewska leave us struggling to discern precisely what’s unfolding amidst the shadows, a profound sense of claustrophobia ensues. Frequently, you fail to realize just how anxious the subterranean scenes have left you until you venture topside with Leopold. Your breathing eases. Your muscles relax. You savour the sunlight. Regrettably, it becomes apparent that neither the surface nor tunnels offer a reprieve from the formulaic redemption arcs, shoddily fabricated conflict, and unseemly sewer sex that blight David F. Shamoon’s lacklustre script. Perhaps most dubious is the decision to usher in a cataclysmic storm at the climax, relying on an Act of God to generate the tension that his human drama alone failed to create. — CW

THIS MEANS WAR Starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy Directed by McG As CIA operatives FDR (smarmy Chris Pine) and Tuck (an inexplicably neutered Tom Hardy) kick off this haphazard fusion of action flick and romantic-comedy with a shoot ‘em up against a standard-issue Euro-villain (Til Schweiger), two things occur to you about director McG: 1) his all-consonant name isn’t getting any less ridiculous and 2) 12 years after

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Boys’ “Sabotage” blares on the soundtrack. At one point, Lauren barks at the cocksure FDR, “You don’t have to be so annoying about it.” The same could be said of the film as a whole. For but one example: Was it really necessary to saddle Lauren with a gal pal (Chelsea Handler) who’s a font of brash quips like, “You think Gloria Steinem got arrested and sat in a jail cell so you could act like a little bitch?” Ultimately, This Means War has too much in common with Handler’s insufferable character, fancying itself charming and clever when it’s actually obnoxious and idiotic. —CW

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Said the Whale reach new heights on ‘Little Mountain’ learned to read music, I was more interested in ear-training. My musical background is just a wanton desire to play music rather than being classically trained or anything like that. I’m a lover of pop music, so I write songs that I want to hear.

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So you’re self-taught? Yeah. I’ve had a band, in some incarnation, since I was 12 years old. Rocking out in my parents’ basement, much to their chagrin. We played stuff inspired by Everclear, the usual alternative ’90s rock. Everclear was my band as a kid, and I was huge into Our Lady Peace. And then when I became a teenager, it was punk rock through and through. I discovered NOFX and that was it for me, it was punk rock for the next five years, and then I just opened my mind. (Laughs) Because punk rock can be very close-minded at times.


rant Lawrence has championed them, audiences have flocked to their shows, WE readers chose them as their favourite local band and their journey to South By Southwest music festival even got the documentary treatment from the CBC. Now, in just a few short weeks, the Vancouver-based, indie rock five-piece Said the Whale will release its third fulllength album, Little Mountain. And if putting out an album and plotting a massive tour weren’t hard enough, the band’s also got an ambitious project to release a music video for every song on the record every Tuesday starting now and spanning 13 weeks, although local fans can see all the videos at a special listening party/screening at the Rio Theatre Feb. 25. WE spoke with co-singer/songwriter Tyler Bancroft about balancing art and commerce, his love of Elvis and little league baseball. Where’d you come up with the idea for doing a video for every song? We Are the City did a video for every song on their EP last March and worked with Amazing Factory as well... When you put out an album, you try to drum up all this anticipation, but it feels like a lot of times, the release date comes and you get all excited and then that’s kinda it. We thought if we did a video for every song and release a new one every Tuesday for 13 weeks, it will keep the ball rolling. As much as it was a creative decision to do a video for every song, it was also a business decision. I’ve noticed that about other Vancouver bands — there’s real innovation regarding the ephemera of music. Without a doubt. We’re over here on the West Coast; we’ve got to differentiate ourselves from the hubbub of Toronto.

Said the Whale, from left: Ben Worcester, Tyler Bancroft, Spencer Schoening, Jaycelyn Brown and Nathan Shaw. Jon Taggart photo. What inspired you to name your album after my neighbourhood? It’s my neighbourhood, too! Four of us live, more or less, in Little Mountain. I’m more Mt. Pleasant, but I grew up playing Little Mountain baseball. Little Mountain is also one of the top place names in Canada, but we wanted to name the record something that resonated with us at home but also make a connection for people not from Vancouver. Where are you taking your inspiration from? Oh man, honestly a lot of my musical inspiration comes from a lot of the bands we’ve met and toured with the last couple years. We Are the City, Aidan Knight, Dan Mangan, Mother Mother, Tokyo Police Club, Hey Rosetta!, the Arkells, Born Ruffians, Yukon Blonde,

liner notes JUNO AWARDS EDITION: Canada’s Grammys announced its nominees last week and Vancouver will be well represented at the ceremony in Ottawa Apr. 1. No foolin’! Here’s an abbreviated list of nominees, with Vancouverites highlighted in bold.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Avril Lavigne Goodbye Lullabye, Drake Take Care, Justin Bieber Under the Mistletoe, Michael Bublé Christmas, Nickelback Here and Now ARTIST OF THE YEAR: City and Colour, Deadmau5, Drake, Feist, Michael Bublé GROUP OF THE YEAR: Arkells, Down with Webster, Hedley, Nickelback, Sam Roberts Band

So was singing your first love, or did you play an instrument? I grew up loving music. The first music I was really into was ’50s and ’60s pop. I was a huge Elvis fan. I was actually an Elvis fan before I was a Beatles fan, so there that is. (Laughs) I played a bit of piano but I never

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JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD: Arcade Fire, Avril Lavigne, City and Colour, Deadmau5, Drake, Ginette Reno, Hedley, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé, Nickelback SINGLE OF THE YEAR: City and Colour “Fragile Bird”, Hedley “Invincible”, Johnny Reid “Let’s Go Higher”, Nickelback “When We Stand Together”, The Sheepdogs “I Don’t Know”

Hannah Georgas. We listen to all those guys all the time in our tour van. It’s a ridiculous Canadian playlist.

Where should people listen to your album in Little Mountain for the full experience? Well, the number one place for me would be the baseball diamond [at the base of Queen Elizabeth park, opposite the new curling rink]. That was a huge part of my life. When baseball season starts, they should go enjoy — and not to sound creepy — but they should go watch a little league game and get a delicious burger or hot dog from the concession stand, maybe a Freezie and maybe a Super Rope licorice, and that’s how they can best enjoy our record.

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Alyssa Reid, Dan Mangan (pictured), Diamond Rings, JRDN, Lindi Ortega NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR: Braids, Hey Rosetta! Mother Mother, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Sheepdogs

ALT ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Braids Native Speaker, Dan Mangan Oh Fortune, Destroyer Kaputt, Fucked Up David Comes to Life, Timber Timbre Creep On Creepin’ On Send music tips to musiceditor@

February 16 - 22, 2012


Music Local musician’s legacy lives on in benefit concert Randy Ponzio’s community rocks on for the sake of his three children By Andrea Warner


For five days last November, Randy Ponzio’s friends and family searched the Downtown Eastside for the beloved 35-year-old musician and father of three. After vanishing Nov. 15, he was found dead Nov. 19 of an overdose in a room at the Balmoral Hotel. Now, four months later, fellow musicians will unite to pay tribute to Ponzio’s message — togetherness, community, love — and the legacy he leaves behind in his three children, Shae, Jalen and Kairah. David Morin, who is performing at the starstudded fundraiser concert alongside the likes of Kyprios, Chin Injeti, Hey Ocean and WE’s Kelsey Klassen, was one of Ponzio’s best friends. The two met four years ago when Morin moved to Vancouver and began performing at the ANZA Club where Ponzio was a regular. Ponzio, an established pillar of the city’s independent music scene, quickly took Morin under his wing and the two became fast friends and collaborators. “When I first played there, he came up to me afterwards and told me how great it was and how he wanted to work with me and jam,” Morin says. “That’s how I got to know him. He would have me over to his place and we jammed out and did some recording and he just validated what I was doing. I really needed to hear that at the time.” By all accounts, this was the role Ponzio played for many of the city’s emerging and established musicians. He bridged musical genres and cliques, and brought together musicians who may have otherwise never crossed paths. He had been playing and performing for years, and had recently

Hey Ocean, Kyprios and Chin Injeti will rock the Commodore in memory of their friend Randy Ponzio (pictured). Chris Guy photo. gained exposure by winning Shore FM’s song search competition with his rousing single, “For the People.” He was a good man finally getting

what he deserved: recognition. Now, it’s up to Ponzio’s wide circle of friends to carry on. “His world extended pretty far,” Morin says. “People I didn’t even know he knew he knew. It was really hard and tough and sad. But I mean, the biggest thing is out of that people became much more inspired and I think his message was amplified. He was in the process of finishing his record and the lyrical content in his songs; it’s always been for the people, loving each other, promoting community. And not only was it in his music, but he lived it. With his loss, it puts the focus on what his message was.” It’s a message made all the more poignant by the unsettling circumstances that still surround Ponzio’s death, chief among them: what really happened? The VPD say the investigation is closed and that his death has been deemed not suspicious, but there have been rumours circulating for months that Ponzio may have met with foul play. At press time, the Coroner’s Service had not yet replied to requests for comment. Morin says he doesn’t really know what happened, and frankly he doesn’t really care to know. “What’s done is done,” he says. “It can’t be changed... I know who he was and I know what role he played in my life.” Friend, mentor, inspiration. These are the roles Ponzio played in his community and in Morin’s life. These characteristics are what bring people together to create a show like the one at the Commodore this Friday night. “He has three beautiful kids and he exceeded every expectation about providing for his family, and he did that through music?” Morin says. “That’s so incredible to me. He created a huge network of people, brought a whole lot of people together, and I want that to be the message that gets passed on to his children, his family, everyone. I can’t wait to honour him.” For the People: A Benefit Concert for the Children of Randy Ponzio happens Feb. 17 at the Commodore, 8pm. $40 from Red Cat Records, Highlife World Music and Ticketmaster.

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& Bottoms improv group’s weekly show. Mon at Oasis Ultra Lounge, 7pm. Free.

THE $100 WINNER TAKES ALL VARIETY SHOW Patrick Maliha hosts this weekly variety show every Tues. The Fray (3980 Fraser), 9-11pm. Free. To sign up, contact Patrick Maliha via Facebook.

FESTIVALS TALKING STICK FESTIVAL Celebrating established and emerging, local and international Aboriginal artists in music, poetry, dance, performance art, theatre and more. Feb. 20-Mar. 4 at various venues. Full schedule, tickets and info:

CHUTZPAH! The 12th annual showcase of Jewish performing arts features dance (Holland’s Noords Nederlandse Dans); music (Hadag Nahash) and theatre (A Blessing on the Moon) and more. To Mar. 4 at various venues. Full schedule, tickets and info:

DANCE DANCE CENTRE All events at the Scotiabank Dance Centre unless otherwise indicated. 604-606-6400 • Feb. 23, 12pm: Strathcona Chinese Dance Company Showcases a range of Chinese dance, from classical to folk. Part of the Discover Dance! series. $8-$10 (TT).

CHELSEA HOTEL: THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF LEONARD COHEN A writer seeks inspiration for a new song while past and present muses battle for his attention. To Mar. 3 at Firehall Arts Centre. $12-$30 from 604-689-0926.


a pair of tickets to the opening night of Alonzo King LINES Ballet, March 2, 2012 at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts.

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pop-rock band “(Saturday in the Park”). Feb. 16 (Red Robinson Show Theatre) and Feb. 17 (River Rock), 7pm. $84.50-$104.50 (TM).

Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra performs a tribute in memory of Maestro Wallace Leung. Feb. 19 at the Orpheum, 7:30pm. $6-$10 from

HOT CHELLE RAE Nashvillebased pop-rock group with guests Electric Touch. Feb. 17 at Venue, 7pm. $17.50 (TM).


TONY WILSON & A DAY’S LIFE BAND Famed local guitarist

tory opera company performs Bellini’s Romeo and Juliet. Feb. 19 at Cambrian Hall (215 E. 17th), 7pm. $12-$18 from 604-646-0406.

celebrates the release of his novella, A Day’s Life, and performs with JP Carter, Jesse Zubot, Peggy Lee, Russel Sholberg and Skye Brooks. Feb. 17 at Ironworks Studios, 8pm. $10-$15 from 604-683-8240.

CELLAR JAZZ 3611 W. Broadway 604-738-1959 • Feb. 18, 8pm and 9:30pm: Benny Green Trio Famed NYC-based pianist. $64.99 (including two-course meal). • Feb. 23-24: Peter Bernstein Trio NYCbased guitarist w/ local musicians Jodi Proznick and Jesse Cahill. $16. CHALI 2NA LA-based rapper and member of Ozamatti and Jurassic 5. Feb. 18 at Rickshaw Theatre, 8pm. $18 (Z, RC, H,

NATALIE COLE Grammy Awardwinning singer/songwriter. Feb. 18 at River Rock, 7pm. $69.50-$79.50 (TM).

THE MATINEE Local roots-rock band with guests Washboard Union. Feb. 18 at Venue, 7pm. $20 (Z, RC, H). DIE ANTWOORD South African high-concept (or arguably low-concept) rap group. Feb. 19 at Commodore, 8pm. SOLD OUT.

THE ASTEROIDS GALAXY TOUR Danish pop band with guests Vacationer. Feb. 19 at Venu, 8pm. $15 (RC, H, Z,

VERONICA FALLS English indie pop band with guests Bleached. Feb. 20 at Media Club, 8pm. $13 (RC, Z,

JANN ARDEN Juno Awardwinning singer (“Insensitive”) tours in support of her new covers album, Uncover Me 2. Feb. 21 at Orpheum, 7pm. $59.50-$99.50 (TM).

BAND FIGHT Battle of the Bandsstyle weekly competition. Feb. 22-Mar. 14 at Library Square Pub, 7:30pm. $12 at the door.


THEATRE LOST GIRLS OF NEVERLAND A musical comedy, borrowing heavily from Peter Pan, about shenanigans concerning the women of a dance troupe at a Gentlemen’s Club in New Orleans. Feb. 16-Mar. 3 at the ANZA Club, 8pm. $15-$25 (BPT).

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES / A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER UBC VDay presents both shows to benefit local and international women’s charities. A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer (Feb. 16, 18) and the Vagina Monologues (Feb. 17, 18) at Frederic Wood Theatre, 7pm. $15 (BPT).

AESOP’S FABLES Storytellers use music, movement and drama to bring classic fables to life. Ages 3+. Feb. 18-26 at Carousel Theatre. $12-$29. Times, tickets and info:

HUNCHBACK Co-production with the Playhouse and Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre, known for its highly original, gothic productions, offers a new take on Victor Hugo’s classic story about the deformed bell ringer, Quasimodo. Feb. 18-Mar. 10 at Playhouse Theatre, 8pm. Matinees: Wed, Sat, 2pm. $34-$74 and up from 604-873-3311. THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD Fighting Chance Productions present the Tony Award-winning musical, based on Charles Dickens’ novel, with a ‘choose your own adventure’ ending selected nightly by the audience at intermission. Feb. 18-Mar. 3 at Metro Theatre, 8pm. $10-$30 (TT).

THE UGLY ONE Plan B Theatre presents the Vancouver premiere

of this satire about a man who undergoes plastic surgery but comes out of the operation “too beautiful.” Feb. 22-Mar. 4 at Jericho Arts Centre, 8pm. $20 reservations from Pay-whatyou-can at the door.

KING LEAR The Honest Fishmongers Equity Co-op presents its intimate take on Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness. Feb. 23-Mar. 17 at Havana Theatre, 8pm. $2-$15 (BPT).

THE CRUCIBLE Capilano college tackles the Arthur Miller classic about the mass hysteria of the Salem witch trials. To Feb. 18 at Capilano University. $8-$22 from

DO YOU WANT WHAT I HAVE GOT? A CRAIGSLIST CANTATA Veda Hille and Bill Richardson’s hilarious new musical. To Feb. 18 at Revue Stage, 8pm. $45 from 604-687-1644 or

WHEELS OF VENGEANCE: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT Musical comedy farce about a gang banger who’s paralyzed and sent to prison where he’s possessed by the evil spirit of a Nazi death camp commander. To Feb. 18 at Spectral Theatre Studio (350 Powell), 8pm. $12-$16 from

VINYL VAUDEVILLE 1930s-style vintage cabaret dinner theatre with trapeze, acrobats, music and food. To Feb. 18 at Performance Works, 8pm. Matinee: Feb. 18, 2pm. $69-$149 from

FOUR PLAY A four-part dinner/ theatre love story that follows two people from their first date through to a wedding. Feb. 20, 27 and Mar. 5 at Salt Tasting Room (45 Blood Alley, Gastown), 7pm. $65/show or 240 for all four from THE SILICONE DIARIES Transexual Nina Arsenault shares the stories of the 60+ cosmetic surgeries that have transformed her from an awkward man to a glamazon bombshell. To Feb. 25 at the Cultch, 8pm. $21 and up from

I LOVE YOU BECAUSE Intimate Theatre Productions’ inaugural show is the critically acclaimed musical about New Yorkers looking for love. To Feb. 25 at Studio 1398 (Granville Island), 8pm. $20-$28 (BPT).

THE CRUCIBLE Arthur Miller’s classic is on stage at Capilano College until Feb. 18.

10TH ANNIVERSARY Writing group celebrates and raises funds for its long-running Twisted Poets literary Salon with C.R. Avery, Jess Hill and Geoff Berner. Feb. 16 at Prophouse Cafe (1636 Venables), 7pm-12am. $10 plus a bottle of wine.



a true story about a middle-aged woman who loses her husband to cancer and embarks on a cheeky way to raise money for research. To Feb. 26 at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 8pm (Wed-Sat), 7:30pm (Tues). Matinees: Wed, Sat-Sun, 2pm. $29-$65 from 604-687-1644.


JULIUS CAESAR A gender reverse take on the Bard’s bloody political tragedy. To Feb. 26 at Studio 58, 8pm (Tues-Sat). Matinees: Sat-Sun, 3pm (except Feb. 4). $12-$22 (TT).

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES A musical about an all-girl singing group performing at their senior prom in 1958. To Feb. 26 at PAL Theatre, 8pm (Wed-Sat). $25-$30 (TT).

INTIMATE APPAREL A love story set in 1905 about an independent African-American seamstress who longs for romance. To Mar. 10 at Granville Island Stage, 8pm (Wed-Sat, Mon; Tues, 7:30pm). Matinees: Wed-Sat, 2pm. $29-$49 from 604-687-1644.

COMEDY WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? Comedy improv show featuring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Jeff Davis. Feb. 18 at Red Robinson Show Theatre, 7pm. $34.50-$49.50 (TM).

COMEDY FEST VANCOUVER Featuring locals and visiting headliners including Betty White, Carol Burnett, Margaret Cho and more. To Feb. 26. Tickets, dates and venues:

THE COMEDY MIX Comedy club with themed pro-am nights and internationally renowned headliners. Tues-Thurs 8:30pm. Fri-Sat, 8pm and 10:30pm. At 1015 Burrard (inside the Century Plaza).

All readings are free at the UBC Bookstore at Robson Square, 7pm, and free unless otherwise indicated. • Feb. 16: Steve Burgess (Who Killed Mom?) and Daniel Griffin (Stopping for Strangers) Best of show featuring Maggie Pie, Trixie Hobbitses, Malvina Masvino, Samantha Mack and more. Feb. 19 at Backstage Lounge, 7:30pm. $15-$25 from or at the door.

BENEFITS BINGO FOR LIFE Weekly event raises funds for Vancouver Friends For Life Society. Wed at Celebrities (1022 Davie), 8pm. Joan-E and Justine Tyme invite you into their new home. Bingo cards by donation. Info:

FILM ON THE LINE Ecojustice and Fifth Ave Cinemas presents this documentary screening about a filmmaker who bikes, hikes and kayaks the entire distance of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. Feb. 18 at Park Theatre, 9:30am. OnTheLine.

MOULIN ROUGE SING-ALONG! Screening of the beloved musical movie about an ill-fated romance between a courtesan and an impoverished writer. Feb. 18 at Denman Cinemas, 8pm. $15 includes popcorn, drink, movie from

PARTIES NOIR FETISH BALL Fetish night with dungeon play space and DJs Logik and Spaz. Feb. 18 at Cobalt, 9pm-2am. $9-$12 at the door.

THEATRESPORTS LEAGUE Improv comedy at The Improv Centre on Granville Island (1502 Duranleau). Ticket prices vary $5-$25 from 604-687-1644 and • Encore! A Musical Improv Series: Wed 7:30 • Improv Test Kitchen: Wed 9pm • Ultimate Improv Championship: Thurs 9:15pm • Scared Scriptless: Fri-Sat 11:15pm


Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Dancer Caroline Rocher, photo by RJ Muna.


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