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n a leafy sidestreet a few hundred metres from the constant parade of life in Davie Village, Watson House is gently awakening to the start of a new day. Emma Charman gets up from her office, carved out of a narrow space next to the kitchen, and heads up the staircase to the second floor. She knocks on one of the bedroom doors. “Are you awake,” she asks through the closed door. “Would you like your meds?” In a city where it’s estimated that 14,500 young people are experiencing severe mental health issues, the eight-bedroom heritage house is the only residential facility of its kind. Young people in the early stages of their diagnosis live here for an average of two years as they learn how to cope with this new, unwelcome presence in their lives. “When I was first diagnosed, I was the only person I knew who had a mental illness. I thought I would never get better, that what I had was really rare and basically a death sentence,” says Tracy. Tracy’s now a part-time student at Langara College. When she was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a teenager, she couldn’t even get out of bed, let alone leave her house. At Watson House – one of three sites run by Coast Mental Health for youth – the

residents are given the support they need to regain their independence and learn how to manage their mental health. “Your life takes a bit of a hiatus when you’re first diagnosed,” says Charman, program manager at Watson House, which opened its doors on Pendrell in 2006 as part of Coast’s Early Psychosis Intervention program. Staff and peer support workers help with everything from learning symptom management techniques to how to budget. Staff is on site 16 hours a day; the eight hours that residents are on their own are equally important because it inspires a sense of responsibility and reduces the feeling that they need to be “supervised.” “It’s an extremely rewarding job,” says Charman, who’s been with Coast Mental Health for 15 years. “Helping people get their life back on track is really necessary; they’re missing out on a lot of things we take for granted.”

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Living the Dream: Madame Moje

By Kelsey Klassen


ou don’t have to be a rocket scientist to design clothing, but you might want to be an accountant. When Malashnee Naidoo and her husband Hamed Emtiaz opened their South Granville store, Madame Moje, with the $700,000 in womenswear she had designed and manufactured locally, a background in finance certainly helped. And it meant just three seasons later that she was able to focus on putting her first ready-to-wear collection together for Toronto Fashion Week, instead of worrying about less exciting things like the books. In fact, her only rookie mistake in the lead-up to the near flawless show was wearing one of her showstopping TFW dresses one month early, at a Vancouver event in her honour. (It was just too green and gorgeous to keep under wraps.) During our February interview and photoshoot, Naidoo flits around her pink and black Parisian-inspired boutique, long hair brushing the band of her high-waisted skirt, deftly dressing mannequins in the Fall/ Winter 2014 pieces she’s about to début. She’s fresh off a crunch-time phone call with TFW and you can

practically hear the hum of her nerves. When a particular outfit – a camel-coloured suit with an eyecatching cut out – isn’t offering enough contrast for the camera, Emtiaz appears out of of the back in casual jeans and a white T-shirt to help re-dress the mannequin and de-stress his sweetheart. The two met in Johannesburg. Neighbours in the same apartment complex, the Tehran-born electrical engineer started his shining armour habit by being the guy to help Naidoo hang her pictures and curtains. A University of Natal graduate, Naidoo was working as a CA for Sasol – one of Africa’s largest oil and gas companies. Emtiaz’s investment company, AKN Group, had offices in Paris, Sydney, Dubai, Singapore. Shortly after they were married, AKN invited Naidoo to join the firm and it wasn’t long before the couple moved to Singapore as COO and CFO to run operations from there. But they struggled to acclimate to Singapore; so, after discovering Vancouver during an Alaskan cruise, they decided to move their lives and the business here in June of 2012. There was just one problem... Naidoo had always been passionate about clothes, and Vancouver wasn’t exactly the fashion mecca she was

Designer Malashnee Naidoo and her husband Hamed Emtiaz at Madame Moje, their South Granville boutique. Scan with Layar to watch Naidoo’s Toronto Fashion Week début. Rob Newell photo accustomed to. She had some luck finding items in her sophisticated-yet-skin-tight signature style, but with a $2,000$3,000 price tag. So she decided to create her own line – one that looks and feels the part, minus that pivotal fourth zero. For all of 2014’s talk of normcore and dressing to fit in, Madame Moje (pronounced mo-zhay) is all about standing out. Gold zippers and black accents trace a relief map of female topo-

graphy, peplum puts the flounce in a stroll down the street and lace panels let you know there’s some skin in sight, even through the long, dark days of winter. With one World MasterCard Fashion Week already under her belt, there is almost the bittersweet feeling – like seeing a future star light up the silver screen for the first time – that Malashnee Naidoo might soon eclipse Vancouver’s small scene. But, with a mind not only for dollars but the kind of

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always believed, from my elevated medical view as a hospital practitioner, that Pilates was for the young and mainly female, who were striving for a lithe, supple body. It obviously had no place alongside such established clinical treatments as conventional physiotherapy in the management of musculo-skeletal problems or abnormalities of posture or gait. How wrong I was! It took a major lumbar disc prolapse, resulting in severe pain, loss of function of my right leg, and a five-hour operation to fuse my lower spine, before I experienced what Pilates could offer for clinical rehabilitation.

Yvonne Bray teaching Dr. Jonathan Freeman roll back exercise on the Pilates Cadillac.

Pilates is an exercise program based on sound movement principles and clinical research. It is as useful following surgery as it is to improve muscle imbalances and postural issues caused by arthritis in advancing years, or by work conditions such as prolonged sitting or standing. These clinical problems do not respect age, and can occur in the young just as well as the elderly, but like me, as one gets older

they occur more frequently. With a personally designed program from a Pilates Instructor qualified in clinical rehabilitation, delivered in a well-designed studio with appropriate and varied technical equipment, one can not only get noticeable improvement from underlying problems but also develop optimal strength and tone for the future. On arriving in Vancouver from the UK, I was fortunate to meet one such experienced Pilates instructor, Yvonne Bray, owner of Pacific Spirit Pilates, at her studio on South Granville ( I was immediately impressed by her naturally relaxed, yet professional, manner. She explained what Pilates offered and showed me around her studio. After completing the necessary health questionnaires, I underwent a rigorous assessment of my posture, gait and muscular imbalance. Yvonne then designed a personal program for me and we commenced what has been my ongoing rehabilitation. There is no doubt that change takes time, but over the last year I have improved dramatically. I feel physically and emotionally so much better. I started skiing again in February, took to my bike in the spring and ran the Vancouver Sun Run in April. I am looking forward to this year’s hiking and continued good health, but I now realize that this doesn’t come without perseverance and regular Pilates. Dr. Freeman is a semi-retired Physician from the UK who now resides in Yaletown.

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The search for Canada’s cuisine By Kenzie Colbourne


If you want a taste of all the cultural influences available at Granville Island Market, Vancouver Foodie Tours has partnered with Edible Canada, on a two-hour tour, running daily yearround. Go to for details. GRANVILLE

anada has long been a meeting place for global cultures and influences. As each wave of immigration brings new citizens to our shores, so too have new customs and traditions become absorbed into the Canadian way of life. Nowhere is this more evident than in the kitchen. Family dinners vary greatly household to household, depending on where one’s family originally hails from. From roast beef with Yorkshire pudding to butter chicken to pork adobo, Canadian cuisine is as varied as Canadians themselves. But what unites us? What makes Canadian food Canadian? It all depends on who you ask. Eric Pateman, executive chef and president of Edible Canada, attributes Canada’s unique variety of cultures to our vast concept of “Canadian cuisine.” “We are a melting pot of cultures. In my opinion, that’s true to what really defines Canadian cuisine,” says Pateman. “We will never be an Italy or a France because we have so many influences. We need that Asian influence, Italian influence to be Canadian food.” Edible Canada is one of an increasing number of restaurants that has chosen to use Canadian staples and local products, and it’s combining locally-sourced ingredients with international inspiration that makes these menus unique. At Edible Canada, a soup featuring local carrots and Indianinspired coconut and cumin can be found on the menu alongside Haida Gwaii Halibut with wild ginger. But when it comes to the quintessential Canadian dish, Pateman picks an obvious favourite: Poutine. “I think it’s just got so much variety,” he says. “Poutine is a dish I could literally take coast to coast and regionalize it so it represented every part of this country.” Given Canada stretches 7,000 kilometres from coast to coast, it’s little wonder that regional cooking varies greatly depending on the local history and available ingredients. Newfoundland cuisine – with its cod tongues, bakeapple pies, and Jiggs dinner – is far different from the smoked salmon in BC or Toronto’s peameal bacon sandwiches. Coastal towns differ from prairie provinces, and the northern communities again differ from the southern. Most local dishes are a combination of what is readily available from the soil, forests, or oceans, blended with inspiration from foreign ancestors. To the east, there are Irish- and British-based meals; on the Pacific coast the Asian influence is ubiquitous; in central Canada you’ll find hearty fare built around Eastern Europe and First Nations traditions. Although Canada has not typically produced exotic ingredients like citrus fruits, mangoes, or even lamb to any great degree, there are many indigenous edibles most people can

find close to home. in addition to wild game like elk, bear, venison or salmon, there is also a huge plant variety – watercress, fiddleheads, leeks, elderberry, blueberry, strawberry; the list goes on – from which chefs or the adventurous cook can draw on. Rémi Caudron is co-owner of Salmon n’ Bannock, a restaurant on West Broadway specializing in aboriginal cooking - the original Canadian cuisine. He believes that how you define Canadian cuisine is all a matter of perspective. “I think you have to trace back one generation behind you,” he says. “Canadian cuisine is what you tasted at home.” Caudron spent his childhood in Quebec where he ate things such as pork feet stew and beans. He now associates Canadian food with game and wild fish — things he serves in his restaurant. Staying away from items that are easily found in a grocery store, such as chicken or beef, the menu instead boasts barbecue pulled boar, bison cheese burgers, and elk soup – new twists on old favourites in keeping with the local food mantra. And of course, everything is served with bannock, a traditional aboriginal bread that’s good with pretty much anything. Looking for a simple snack? Try it with cedar jam from Quebec. Caudron thinks that people enjoy aboriginal food because local food is “in” right now and Canadian culture is tired of the “regular” food we eat. “We’ve played with all the crazy mixtures and the spices,” he says. “I think there is a craving for people to go back to the original, simple foods.” But there will never be a single Canadian dish that brings everyone together, says Pateman. “Our food scene is ever-evolving and probably will continue to evolve as more immigrants, nationalities, and ethic influences creep into our country,” he says. With such a vast pool from which to draw inspiration, Canada faces endless possibilities when it comes to our own cuisine, and our culture. “That’s what makes us unique.”

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Siena brings Tuscan flavours to South Granville The Dish by Anya Levykh


here may currently be a proliferation of wine bars in the city, but there was a time, and not that long ago, when you could count such places on one hand and still have a few digits left over. One of the earliest innovators was Mark Taylor, who opened the late-lamented Cru in 2003 and ran it for nine successful years. Cru’s colourcoded menu that matched food and wine selections was a first for Vancouver and paved the way for future iterations. Like all good things, Cru eventually came to an end, but before it was laid to rest, Taylor went on to open Siena a few blocks away in the heart of South Granville. Named for the city in which he proposed to his wife, the casual little trattoria is a simple testament to the alchemy that happens when good food and wine are aptly paired. “Originally, we planned it to be more Mediterranean,” explains Taylor, “focusing on Italy, Spain and France. But it gradually evolved into an almost exclusively Italian menu based on what our guests wanted.” The customers were absolutely right in this case. A fabulous antipasti platter for two changes daily, is excellent value at $19 and one night came loaded with arancini stuffed with truffle, chives and lemon, a head of roasted garlic, pickled carrots and cranberries, farro salad, prosciutto, sopressata, mortadella, parmesan, roasted salted walnuts, fig jam and toasted focaccia. It’s hearty and bright, with contrasting flavours and textures. Burrata ($14) is excellent, sided with sweet, light, onion jam and grilled focaccia. Chef Jessica Howery, who was with Taylor at Cru, keeps things easy and elegant. Pastas are a select list, with standouts like the puttanesca ($17) and porcini ravioli ($19). Mains are even more tightly focused, with three regular selections, and a daily feature. One night the feature was panroasted halibut with a cauliflower-fennel puree. In-season always tastes best, and this was a winner that will hopefully stay on the menu for the duration of the season. Local is definitely a theme, as most of the produce is sourced from the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley or even closer. “In summer, almost all of our produce comes from UBC Farm,” says Taylor. The food might be more Italian in focus, but the wine list ranges freely over BC, France, Italy and Spain. Bubbles by the glass include cava, prosecco and a particularly excellent crémant. Reds and white follow a similar path, based on what tastes good rather than where they’re from. Most of the glasses hover around the $10-$12 mark, and – wine aficionados takes note – all bottles are 50 per cent off on Mondays, which also

Siena GM Tessula Whitford with chef Jessica Howery. On the plate: Porcini ravioli with Madeira cream and confit portobellow mushrooms. Kelsey Klassen photo seems to be a night for industry to converge. As for Taylor, it doesn’t seem that resting on his laurels is in the plan. The busy father has entered into partnership with the owners of Biercraft to open a third Biercraft location at UBC this summer. Look for 155 seats, plus a 90-seat patio, and what sounds to be a menu worth the drive. In the meanwhile, get thee to Siena and feast like a happy Tuscan. All ratings out of five stars. Food: ★★★★ Service: ★★★ Ambiance: ★★★★ Overall: ★★★★

★: Okay, nothing memorable. ★★: Good, shows promise. ★★★: Very good, occasionally excellent. ★★★★: Excellent, consistently above ave. ★★★★★: Awe-inspiring, practically perfect in every way. Open for dinner daily at 5pm. Siena | 1485 West 12 Ave. | 604-558-1485 | Anya Levykh has been writing about all things ingestible for more than 10 years. Hear her every Monday on CBC Radio One’s On the Coast and find her on Twitter @foodgirlfriday and


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Surrey brewery is running its second fundraiser to support research into a costly treatment for autism. On May 24, Darryll Frost, founder and president of the Central City Brewers + Distillers, will host the follow-up to last year’s Evening for Autism. Central City has partnered with SFU to help fund a clinical trial of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for children living with autism, with a goal of $400,000 for the four-year trial. HBOT involves the inhalation of oxygen in a pressurized, hyperbaric chamber, increasing the circulation to the brain. Studies have suggested this increase of blood flow and oxygen could help alleviate symptoms of autism spectrum disorders. Autism is an issue that hits close to home for Frost as his son, Callum, was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder when he was two-and-a-half. Frost admits to spending over $10,000 for Callum’s HBOT therapy at a private centre in White Rock, and knows that “virtually no one can afford it.” “MSP won’t fund that kind of therapy, so what I did was ask SFU if they would run a clinical trial for children and adults, run a trial to see if we can prove the science behind HBOT,” Frost said. “I want to prove it’s science so government has to fund it.” And what he’s seen in his son is compelling. “Callum is a guinea pig,” he said. “We go based on his behaviour, and after 60 dives (in the hyperbaric chamber) he’s a different kid, totally different kid.” “His communication skills with his brother, his play, everything has really accelerated and you don’t do that in six months, not if you

saw the previous four years.” With the first Evening for Autism in 2013, Frost and the CCBD invited 200 people and raised $75,000 for the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) and Dr. Suzanne Lewis, who studies genetics as it relates to autism out of UBC. This year, Frost is fundraising in a variety of ways: Central City has produced 2,000 cases of their Imperial IPA for Autism. Two dollars from every bottle will go toward the cause. As well, cash donations will be accepted at Central City. “It’s $400,000, it’s not a walk in the park. This trial will spin off many trials and in four years time, I want to be able to sit in front of a result we can share with the world.” Dr. Peter Ruben, the associate dean of research and graduate studies in the faculty of science at SFU, is looking at measuring the validity of HBOT therapy in a more “objective, scientifically skeptical way.” He cautions that HBOT therapy is not proven and that the use of unlicensed or unsupervised chambers has resulted in death due to suffocation in some cases. The study will examine both children and adults using placebos and HBOT therapy along with brain imaging to measure results. “The bottom line is we want to see whether it’s effective,” Ruben said. Frost stresses the need for community participation, as it is something not limited to his experiences and the work of the CCBD. “It’s not for Surrey or the Lower Mainland, BC or Canada. This is a world trial. It’s for all children suffering from autism,” he said. Three hundred tickets will be sold for the black tie event at $100 a piece. The 19+ event will be held in the atrium at SFU Surrey and will feature fine food canapés, appetizer and include beer, wine and cocktails. Some of the silent auction items include a Robert Bateman original painting, Canucks jerseys and sticks, a flight voucher to anywhere in the world and a ball and helmet from Saskatchewan Roughrider Geroy Simon. To buy tickets, go to – story courtesy of Surrey Now

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he “Hands-on Cook-off” contest is underway as BC families show how much fun they can have in the kitchen. The contest is supported by Better Together BC – an organization that aims at encouraging families to eat more meals balanced meals together. Better Together founder Sydney Massey thinks the key to getting families to eat together is by spicing things up in the kitchen. “Our mantra is reconnect food and fun in the kitchen,” she says, and the contest is a way to do just that. Better Together aims to promote better health and self-sufficiency while having fun. The organization was founded after decades of research indicated fewer families were eating meals together, and those who were, were cutting corners with healthy meals. Entries for the contest run until May 15. Now in its fifth year, the contest is split into two categories: multigenerational and youth. Traditionally the contest was only open for multigenerational, but since last year, youth older than 18 can submit videos of themselves cooking with friends. In a three-minute video, contestants must demonstrate themselves having a blast while

preparing a meal with someone. Entries will be judged on interaction, creativity and xfactor by a panel of experts. Research shows that when families eat together they are eating healthier and receiving benefits far beyond the realm of food. “The more often they are eating family meals, the more often they are eating vegetables and calcium rich foods,” says Massey. She adds that research indicates children from families who eat together also benefit academically, socially and mentally. Dirty Apron owner David Robertson has been involved with Hands-on Cook-off for several years as a spokesperson and judge. Robertson believes in involving your kids in the kitchen. A father of two, he loves that at the age of five, one of his daughters has opinions about food andgets involved in cooking. Finding the time to sit down as a family and enjoy a meal can be hard, so plan your week out says Robertson. He and his wife also make it mandatory to sit and eat as a family. The Better Together website also offers family table tips such as conversation starters, meal planners and kid-friendly recipes. “Food is one thing that bridges a gap between generations,” says Robertson, “I find food is a good medium for relationship building.”

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t’s a whole mix of fun this week, with each wine a good study of their grape variety. If you find yourself sticking to a particular grape or blend all the time, perhaps you can take these recommendations as a good excuse to break out of your mould and try something a little different!

Fort Berens 2013 Pinot Gris | Lillooet, BC | $18 | Winery Direct/ Private Stores Mangos abound! This take on BC’s most-planted white grape hails from Lillooet, which enjoys a similar climate to sunny Oliver. A slightly weightier Gris, there’s an abundance of rich tropical fruit that will envelope spicier dishes well. If you’re a Pinot Blanc fan, this is a step up in complexity.

Trimbach 2011 Gewurztraminer | Alsace, France | $33.99 | BC Liquor Stores While this lovely, honeyed ode to Alsatian sun brings typical lychee and rosewater notes, there’s layer upon layer of more decadent elements such

as lemon tart and maybe even peach galette. The clean acidity keeps things cheery all the way through. If you like Torrontés or Muscats, you’ll probably be all over this one.

Loveblock 2013 Sauvignon Blanc | Marlborough, New Zealand | $26.99 | BC Liquor Stores Proprietor Erica Crawford was recently in Vancouver, delighting many with this handsome Sauvignon Blanc that’s just as stunning as its incredible packaging. This ain’t cat-pee-on-agooseberry-bush, more like Granny Smith apple, lime leaf and white pepper. If you’ve been put off by cheapass New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs that are aggressively pungent with hints of ammonia, it’s time to give this grape and country another whirl. Keep an eye out for Crawford’s Pinot Noir, which’ll be hitting our market soon; it’s pretty spectacular stuff.

Quail’s Gate 2013 Chenin Blanc | Okanagan Valley, BC | $18.99 | BC Liquor Stores Oh, I wish we made more Chenin Blanc in British Columbia! Year in, year out, Quail’s Gate’s version stops me in my tracks, chock-a-block with

pears, honeydew, watermelon and Meyer lemon. It’s pretty easy to throw the ‘sunshine in a glass’ phrase around with this one. If un-oaked Chardonnays are in your glass often, you’ll love the quaffability here.

Laughing Stock 2011 Syrah | Okanagan Valley, BC | $36 | Winery Direct/Private Stores Cynthia and David Enns’ darling of a Syrah is composed from grapes grown in Osoyoos, and while there’s a ripeness of blackberries, plums and currants, there’s of whole heap of fresh, aromatic herbs like mint, basil and maybe a fleck of dill. A dusting of pepper completes the package with just the right spark of heat. A wonderful opportunity to get out of a Merlot rut.

Quarisa ‘Caravan’ Petite Sirah | SE Australia | $16.99 | BC Liquor Stores Did someone order a tall mocha? Yup, there’s both espresso and cocoa notes in this Caravan, and they’re woven amongst Italian plums, black cherries and some quite-enjoyable cardamom flavours. Weighty and juicy, but with a pleasantly dry finish – there’s good value here. Think of it as somewhere between Zinfandel and Syrah.

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SCENE | HEARD The annual Where to Dine awards took place on April 30. Homer Street Café was named best new restaurant for Vancouver, while Grill & Vine took the honour for Whistler. Yew Seafood & Bar won for best hotel dining, while best last course went to Thierry Patisserie. See full listing at Quail’s Gate Winery has won gold at the Pacific Rim Win Competition for its 2012 Chenin Blanc and 2011 Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir. Summer farmers markets are back, including Yaletown’s Farmers Market every Thursday from 2-6pm. This weekend marks the start of the Trout Lake farmers market every Saturday from 9am-2pm and the Kitsilano market every Sunday from 10am-2pm. Tickets to the annual Brewery & The Beast are on sale now. This popular festival of meat on July 27 features chefs from more than 35

restaurants preparing everything from whole animal roasts and charcuterie to classic barbecue and ethnic flavours. It also features Phillips Brewing, Left Field Cider and Mission Hill wines. $89 per person (19+). Partial proceeds go to BC Hospitality Foundation.


The Cambie and 39th BC Liquor Store will be holding a free consumer event on May 10 from 3-6pm featuring wines of Germany paired with dim sum from Floata Seafood Restaurant. A team of sommeliers will be pouring 12 featured wines to pair with the food.

The Little District Roadhouse will be featuring 13 top-shelf bourbons from June 1-15. Each day a feature bourbon will be $2 off, and on June 14-15 all 13 will be offered at the feature price. Vancouver Aquarium is celebrating its grand re-opening with a special Night at the Aquarium fundraiser on June 19, featuring top restaurants like Araxi, Blue Water Café, The Fish Counter, Miku and Yew, as well as Taittinger champagne, Mission Hill Wines and more. Tickets are $300 per person.

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s Mijune Pak presciently laid out in her Follow Me Foodie column last week, it’s time to finally learn the difference between High Tea and the one you might be whisking mom off to this weekend. Atmospheric and upper crust, the appeal of Afternoon Tea extends far beyond Mother’s Day, but it is on precisely this occasion that the matron in your life should indulge in at least one hour of luxury. This is by no means the complete list of Vancouver tea services, with every grand hotel and dining room offering its own divine version, but a selection of some of our top-tier favourites: The roof at the Fairmont Hotel – newly re-opened and steeped in tradition – provides an elegant update to their longstanding Mother’s Day tea offering. Sip Fairmont fine tea blends alongside warm butter scones, classic sandwiches, yogurt panna cotta and sweet and savoury delights as you drink in the breathtaking vistas from 111 metres up. A children’s Bubblegum Tea, including child-friendly finger foods is also available. Open daily, reservations are encouraged. Go to or call 604-662-1900. 900 W. Georgia If the Fairmont is the queen of tea service, The Urban Tea Merchant is the Princess Kate. The dining room, known for its charming tea-infused cocktails, places variety as well as tradition on a silver platter.

From Patisserie Fur Elise’s pink wonderland (pictured) to the newly opened roof at the Fairmont Hotel, there’s an Afternoon Tea to suit all the moms in your life. From a signature range of savouries such as butter poached lobster with saffron pearls to the luxe Champagne and caviar service, the pinky doesn’t lift much higher than this. The adjoining store boasts a selection of over 200 teas and tea gifts, tea equipage, exotic home décor and lifestyle accessories that can add to mom’s tea ritual experience at home as well. Open daily, Mothers Day services will take place May 9, 10 and 11. Reservations required; go to UrbanTea. com or call 604-692-0071 to book. 1070 W. Georgia

From its 1893 Queen Anne-style doll house heritage home in Yaletown (one of three in the area), Patisserie Fur Elise offers up Afternoon Tea with all the pomp of a regal retreat. Presented by servers in floral fairy tale dresses, select your tea and then nibble on prosciutto and fresh basil sandwiches while neon pink sand runs through the quaint hourglass steeping timers. Things will get girly. or 604-684-1025. 847 Hamilton Full menus can be found online. It is recommended to reserve well in advance.

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Neverland Tea Salon in Kitsilano began offering up cups of whimsy last year. Its tearoom – the passion project of an Oscarnominee and theatre producer – is filled to capacity with shabby chic furniture, mismatched tea sets (serving 60 different teas), and ooey-gooey baked goods with glutenand dairy-free options. Even the most jaded of moms will feel a little sprinkle of pixie dust on her spirits. Open daily, Mother’s Day service May 9, 10 and 11; reservations required. or 604-428-3066. 3066 W. Broadway

The Secret Garden Tea Company awaits the chance to prove the restorative power of cogitations over cups of tea and canapés. Like many of its peers, this tearoom is always booked well in advance, but don’t fret if you missed the Mother’s Day window this year – it’s tea time all the time at The Secret Garden, and the list of leaves to try is long enough to have you coming back for more. or 604-261-3070. 5559 W. Boulevard

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he technician told me that my baby’s heart had stopped in the same room where I’d first heard my daughter’s heartbeat four years ago. “Impossible,” I said. I still felt pregnant. I’d thrown up that very morning. My body knew how to be pregnant. It had succeeded once before. “I’m sorry,” the technician replied as I collapsed onto a chair. “Do you want your family?” Tears flooded my eyes as I pictured my husband and daughter sitting in the waiting room. They thought they were coming in to hear a heartbeat. How was I going to explain to them that

I had failed them? And what would happen now to the baby that hadn’t made it? I had so many questions. All I could muster was a weak, “Yes. My family. Please.” That was April 9. At the time, I was nearing the end of my tenth week of pregnancy. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been as bowled over as I was. I’d schooled myself in miscarriage statistics exactly one year earlier, when I’d interviewed sci-fi icon Amanda Tapping about her eight pregnancy losses (‘Amanda Tapping on coping with miscarriage’ on Nearly 25 per cent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. The bulk of those losses occur in the first trimester. So why should I expect that a miscarriage was out of my realm of possibility? Perhaps it is because that, other than with Amanda, I’d never discussed miscarriages with anyone. A quarter of all pregnancies end in loss, and yet they are mostly borne in silence. But the loss was mine now, too. My husband and I met with my family doctor the next day. I was broken, sad and terrified. I didn’t know what was in store for me.

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There are different types of miscarriages, the doctor explained. Natural miscarriages are characterized by bleeding and cramping and seem to occur spontaneously. But I’d experienced something called a missed miscarriage. At some point, the baby had simply stopped developing, and I hadn’t known when it had happened. She could offer no explanation as to why the baby hadn’t made it. I knew this was par for the course, and that in most cases there’s nothing the mother could have done to prevent the loss. Knowing this didn’t stop me from feeling guilty, however. My doctor referred me to the Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic at BC Women’s Hospital ( HealthServices/ReproductiveMedicine/earlypregnancy.htm). The clinic deals exclusively with early pregnancy loss. Upon consulting with a nurse and doctor there, we decided that a dilation and curettage (D&C), an outpatient procedure in which the fetal tissue is removed, was our best option. A few more days would pass before the D&C. I spent the bulk of that time in my bedroom, riding waves of grief and guilt. I wanted to be alone. I didn’t want to face anyone. But I’d told a lot of people about the pregnancy (I’m terrible at keeping secrets and didn’t feel there was any need for secrecy). I had no choice but to share my bad news. I sent texts and DMs and braced myself for shame. I was unprepared for the messages I received in turn. Almost every single person I’d contacted shared some sort of miscarriage story of his or her own. This buoyed me. I wasn’t alone. None of us are. And now, I share my story frequently. I


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he Emily Carr University of Art and Design is the lucky recipient of a $7 million donation from Vancouver real estate developer Reliance Properties, it was announced Friday. The gift is the largest financial donation ever given to Emily Carr University, and is the single largest donation ever made to an arts-only university in Canada. The donation will help build the Libby Leshgold Gallery and the Reliance Lecture Theatre at Emily Carr’s new campus at Great Northern Way, and will help launch the university’s capital campaign, called The Big Idea. “This gift demonstrates our shared belief in the transformative power of creativity, and it signals an historic moment,” says Dr. Ron Burnett, President and Vice Chancellor of Emily Carr University. “The arts and industry are coming into alignment – we are


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Fantastic opportunity to live or invest in a spacious 1 bedroom city home. Quiet southfacing garden suite with many upgrades. Situated in a well-maintained building w/ a proactive strata. Recent building upgrades include a new roof (2013), piping (2008), hot water tanks, elevator, common area upgrades & money for a new boiler. 1 parking and 1 storage locker included. Rentals and pets allowed! All this in the heart of the West End, just steps to the seawall, English Bay, shopping and all the great amenities downtown has to offer.



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1330 Harwood #1206 Sunset Beach Views! Cute studio with probably the best English Bay views you could hope for. Stunning unobstructed water views, parking, pool & roof deck. $258,000.

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West of Denman 1879 Barclay #201 OPEN: SAT. 2:00 - 3:00 Stanley Park

sunny SW corner with refinished red oak hardwood floors at Ralston Court. Live the glory of heritage character design two blocks to the park. 665 sf. $298,000.



1236 Bidwell #802 SW Corner 1493 sf 2 bdrm + den. Shown to 175 people in three days. SOLD with multiple offers. $998,000.

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Unwieldy script traps Spider-Man THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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Here’s Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. VFX Supervisor Jerome Chen says the artists were trying to represent a storm contained by skin. They were inspired by footage of lightning storms and deep-space images of nebulae.

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uch of what’s amazing about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – namely, its jaw-dropping visual effects – was created right here in the 604. Last Friday, Sony Imageworks invited a handful of journalists to its Yaletown studio to learn more about its massive contribution to the blockbuster (1,000 shots) from the film’s VFX bigwigs: VFX supervisor Jerome Chen (pictured), digital effects supervisor David Smith and animation supervisor David Schaub. Vancouver artists wielded their special magic on the film’s three major villains (Electro, Green Goblin, and Rhino), as well as digital doubles of the heroes, photorealistic battles and otherwise unfilmmable moments. (“[Emma Stone] was great at doing a lot of her own stunts, but she balked at a 400-foot fall,” said Chen.)

Narrated by Katie Couric Directed by Stephanie Soechtig Sugar is literally killing the American people; this alarming claim is not necessarily new information but is concisely laid out in Stephanie Soechtig’s new documentary Fed Up.  Narrated by veteran broadcaster Katie Couric, the film offers expert testimony from industry whistleblowers, policy makers, academics and children suffering from obesity, an epidemic that was virtually unheard of in youth before 1980.  Soechtig seeks to change the way consumers look at food and she may just succeed. Damning evidence is presented throughout, arguing we should be less concerned with fat and exercise and more focused on the dangerous amount of ‘damaging and addictive’ sugars present in nearly all processed foods readily available

Vancouver Web Fest concluded its inaugural edition on Sunday by handing out a slew of awards. Local winners included The True Heroines (Best Canadian series); Under the HUD (Animation); and Vancouver Cycle Chic (Documentary/Non-Fiction). The award for Best Overall Series went to Libres from Spain. The Leo Awards invite lovers of the BC screen scene to vote for their favourite locally produced film and television property. Voters in the Leo Awards People’s Choice Survey are entered for a chance to win a grand prize package that includes a stay for two in the Fairmont Hotel Vancou-


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in supermarkets across the U.S. What’s worse, the sheer audacity of the major food producers and government officials, who claim McDonald’s doesn’t target kids or that pizza can be considered a vegetable, is staggering.  Fed Up doesn’t break new ground in its approach to filmmaking but follows a straightforward method that is effectively able to convert statistics and medical jargon Thor into user-friendly information. Diakow One startling image illustrates how a package of processed, low-fat cookies contains just as much sugar as the regular version. However, the personal stories of the film are the most shocking, depicting everyday American children, some as young as 12, who are suffering from debilitating health problems, many already weighing over 200 pounds.  In short, Fed Up may present its case as a slick, nightly news feature but it’s impossible to deny something needs to be done. 

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It seems they’ve really streamlined the process of making a terrible Spider-Man movie. Where it once took Sam Raimi five years of trial and error to achieve the train wreck that was Spider-Man 3, Marc Webb has managed to send his reboot hurtling off the rails just two years after its lurching start. While rather fond of capturing the web-slinger in balletic slow-motion that accentuates his preternatural agility, Webb proves incapable of lending similar grace to an unwieldy script. As with the first instalment, Oscorp Industries and their deplorable safety record prove the bane of Spider-Man’s existence by churning out super villains with alarming frequency. If it’s not milquetoast Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) scoring powers from a bath with electric eels, it’s petulant emo CEO Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) making

off a heavily-armed glider or braying Russian mercenary (Paul Giamatti) getting a battle armour makeover. Despite all of these baddies having a score to settle with his costumed alias, the greatest threat facing Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) seems to be his uncertainty over his relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Lest we forget that Webb helmed the overrated 500 Days of Summer, we’re subjected to constant reminders courtesy of tedious melodrama and clunky repartee penned by the writers of Transformers. Furthermore, these scenes of teary, angsty romance also ensure a tonal imbalance when abutted with set pieces hinging on cartoonish villainy. Evidently believing that with an obscene budget comes great responsibility, the gregarious Garfield goes down fighting and heroically attempts to keep this overstuffed film from coming apart at the seams. Next time out, maybe he’ll finally be rewarded with a blockbuster befitting his commitment. –Curtis Woloschuk

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Given that Birth, Jonathan Glazer’s lyrical portrait of everlasting love, featured Nicole Kidman being courted by a child, it’s not particularly surprising that his horror story concerning the pleasures of the flesh should prove stranger still. That said, even admirers who’ve eagerly anticipated this long-gestating follow-up may be wholly unprepared for just how abstract and audacious it is, employing narrative rhythms and formal techniques that seem utterly alien. However, Under the Skin’s inherent strangeness ultimately makes it all the more spellbinding. Accompanied by Mica Levi’s discordant score, an opening salvo of hallucinatory visuals establishes Glazer’s mind-bending agenda. The exhilarating sequence spills Scarlett Johansson out onto the screen as an alien predator masquerading as human. Adorned in acid-washed jeans and faux fur, she’s down market but undeniably seductive as she entices lonesome Glaswegians back to a squalid flat. Intent on getting certain portions of their anatomy wet (to paraphrase the parlance of our times), they instead find themselves suspended in viscous liquid while their skin is harvested through methods both engrossing and

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grotesque. Through these heinous actions, she slowly grows enchanted by the idea of experiencing humanity. While the film’s sensibility recalls boundary-pushing ‘70s oddities like The Man Who Fell to Earth, its guerrilla tactics are distinctly 21st century, with hidden cameras used to capture Johansson’s overtures to actual unsuspecting civilians. This bold technique allows some naturalism to intrude on the otherwise stylized proceedings and also heightens the victims’ vulnerability, rendering the machinations of Johansson’s killer all the more sinister. While Glazer’s sci-fi psychedelia is rich with haunting, indelible images, the distress it induces proves equally difficult to rid yourself of. –Curtis Woloschuk

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VCBW 5.0 puts the hops in hip hop Cicerone vs Sommelier • ARC Restaurant at the Fairmont Waterfront • 6-10pm • $115 JUNE 4 Returning beer champion cicerone Don Farion (BierCraft, Bomber Brewing) will square off against wine expert Michaela Morris from House Wine over a luxurious five-course tasting menu created by ARC executive chef Alessandro Vianello. Each course will be paired with a selected beer and wine.

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he fifth installment of Vancouver Craft Beer Week promises to be the biggest and best of all, with more than 20 events for local craft beer lovers. The week-long brewsapalooza is being hosted this year by Prevail of Swollen Members, and events will feature a decidedly hip hop feel with freestyle battles, DJs and plenty of samples (of beer). It culminates with the VCBW Beer Festival on June 6 and 7 at the Olympic Village Event Grounds with more than 70 breweries taking part. Tickets are on sale now, and some events have already sold out, so visit to get yours. Here’s a taste of what we’ll be ordering when Craft Beer Week hits: The Peak Presents VCBW Opening Night hosted by Prevail • Gossip Night Club • 5-10pm MAY 30 • $49 VCBW 2014’s opening night bash stars Prevail of Swollen Members, DJ Flipout, the Hip Hop Karaoke All Stars, and 20 of the craft brewing industries finest. This party is the top of the hops, the beast of the yeast! Your ticket gets you unlimited craft beer samples, a souvenir VCBW tasting glass, and door prizes for those dressed in their hip hop best.

PDX Brewers Delight • Portland Craft • 5-9pm • $55 Come join Gigantic, Breakside, Upright, The Commons, Alameda, Basecamp, Hopworks, Cider Riot!, and Occidental for a tap takeover you’ll never forget! Tickets include beer samples, dinner, and some special treats you’ll have to be in the house to find out about!


New Belgium vs Steamworks Collaboration Throw Down! • The Bimini • Noon-6pm • $49 MAY 31 The Bimini will be tapping 12 amazing beers from New Belgium Brewery and 10 amazing beers from Steamworks including their very special Collaboration Golden Ale. Your ticket gets you access to enjoy all of them, all day!


Rare Brews & BBQ • Darby’s Pub • 2-7pm • $60 This event features limited release or neverbefore-seen beers from 10 local breweries, served up on tap, infused, or by the cask. While you savour these rare brews enjoy a selection of locally sourced meats barbequed by chef AJ Jackson. Some beers are more limited than others so come early! Hoppapalooza V • Alibi Room • 5-9pm • $49 Hop heads don’t die, they JUNE 1 multiply! This legendary event has already sold out, which is a shame, because Nigel Springthorpe’s epic party featuring Rich Hope rocking the house is always a VCBW highlight.


Vancouver Craft Beer Week is bringing “the hops to the tops” and “the beast to the yeast” May 30 to June 7 with this year’s theme, It’s a Rap! Craft brewers like Parallel 49 (pictured) will be pairing their wares with food, fun and friends from across the industry; tickets are on sale now. Rob Newell photo The 5th Element – B-boy & IPA Battle • FanClub • 4-8pm • $20 Ten of BC’s premier breweries are throwing down to find out who brews the best damn IPA on the market in a blind, winner-take-all competition. Who is the top of the hops? You decide! Your $20 ticket gets you entry, a souvenir tasting glass, three beer tokens, entertainment provided by the infamous Jheric b-boy crew, and a vote in deciding BC’s best IPA. Craft Beer Bingo! • Doolin’s Irish Pub • 7-9pm • $30 Guests will receive a traditional bingo board filled with 25 1oz tasters glasses, one for each square. Guests will get three rounds of 25oz Craft Beer Bingo and have the chance to win some amazing prizes. BierCraft Belgian Showcase • BierCraft • 6-11pm • $65 MON. This all-inclusive event at the JUNE 2 Cambie location will feature a wide cross section of Belgian beer styles from the old world and the new. Abbey ales, Trappistes, saisons, strong blondes, strong darks, Flemish reds. Grab a glass and enjoy a journey of the history of beer itself. Hyper Local • Merchant’s Oyster Bar • 6-10pm • $66 Six beers, six courses, $66! A very limited number of tickets will be released to what is


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sure to be one of the most talked about VCBW dinners in years. Storm Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewery, and Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s Brewmasters will have their beers expertly paired with the finest offerings from Commercial Drive’s own community gardens, Ocean Wise seafood, and Fraser Valley meat. Battle of the Bartenders Beer Cocktail Competition III • The Blackbird • 6pm-Late • $20 JUNE 3 Ten of Vancouver’s top bartenders will square off at The Blackbird with only bar tools and their imagination to create a beer-cocktail using one feature craft beer. Your $20 ticket includes cocktail samples, beer samples and canapés.


Beest & Da Bloc • Wildebeest • 5-11pm • $99 Wildebeest presents an evening of deliciousness from La Belle Province. Les Bons Vivants will enjoy six satisfying courses of Québecois fare as seen through Wildebeest’s carnivorous prism, each paired with a beer from three of Quebec’s finest craft breweries. In Da pourHouse! • Pourhouse Restaurant • 7-9pm • $75 This year’s spread is a four-course experience featuring a menu from head chef JeanChristophe Poirier with beers from Driftwood Brewing, 33 Acres Brewing, Derrick Franche (Whistler Brewhouse), and Dageraad Brewing.

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Craft Beer vs Kyprios & The Chaperones • Anza Club • 8pm-2am • $30 Phillips, Bomber, and Hoyne breweries are being tapped for this open-mic freestyle jam session. Vancouver hip hop legend Kyprios and his band will knock down a few craftbrews before taking the stage and rocking the house. Guests receive three 8oz samplers, with additional beers available for purchase. Cider Rules • The August Jack • 6-9pm • $15 Six premium ciders from AnJUNE 5 them, Reverend Nat, and Finn River will be expertly paired with a different appy/amuse-bouche. Ticket includes entrance, one cider sample, and one appy. Once the pairings are done, there will be a “cider mingler” with live music.


Portside Samples • The Portside Pub • 4pm-Late • $10 Sample upcoming products from some of Vancouver’s hottest breweries, purchase never-been-seen items from Vancouver’s most imminent clothing and shoe stores, all while listening to hip hop samples played on 45s. The VCBW Beer Festival presented by CRAFT Beer Market • Olympic Village event grounds • JUNE 6 & 7 Friday 4-9pm • Saturday 2-7pm • $35/day After a week of amazing events it’s finally here, the event you’ve all been waiting for, the VCBW Beer Festival presented by CRAFT Beer Market. This epic evening features more than 70 of the best craft breweries in the industry at the amazing Olympic Village event grounds. Tickets include a commemorative VCBW taster glass and three drink tokens. Additional tokens are $1.25 each. FRI. & SAT.


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Secrets of a reel mama Actress Nicole Oliver finds her voice after post-partum depression Reel People By Sabrina Furminger


f you’re an A-type personality, the onset of motherhood can rattle your soul. Everything that was once in your control – your career, your schedule, your sense of self – is suddenly out of your grasp the moment that new life is placed in your arms. For self-described over-achiever Nicole Oliver, new motherhood offered a chance to get to know herself all over again – albeit after a bit of a bumpy ride. Oliver is a familiar face (and voice) to television watchers and industry insiders. She’s a Leo Award-winning actress with a long list of film and television credits, including Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and Stargate SG-1. She’s one-half of an industry power duo (her husband is award-winning composer Chris Ainscough). In recent years, she’s found global success supplying the voices for cartoon characters (“It’s freeing to voice a little boy, and then a little girl, and an older woman”), including that of Princess Celestia on mega-hit My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. But 11 years ago in August, Oliver became a mother for the first time (to her son, William) – and then 19 months later, she gave

Actress Nicole Oliver and her composer husband, Chris Ainscough, know all about the hardships of a career in film and television. While one son, Grady, is heeding those cautionary tales, William is nominated for a Leo for his role on Package Deal. birth to her second son, Grady. In those early years of motherhood, Oliver tried to be both Supermom and Super-Actress. Within a few weeks of both births, she was back at work out of town, often flying breast milk home via Harbour Air. She rarely asked others for help and didn’t recognize the futility of her efforts to be everything to everybody – until she found herself full of despair.

“One day I stopped for a woman to cross the street with her baby, and this pick-up truck stopped beside me and [the driver] screamed at me, and I started to cry, and I couldn’t stop crying,” she says. “I cried for a couple days and then I went, ‘I need to get help.’” The realization that she was suffering from postpartum depression was the wakeup call she needed to find her footing as a

mother, an actress, and a woman. Her journey took her to Royal Roads University, where in 2011 she earned a Masters Degree in Communication. Her Masters thesis was an exploration of Supermom Syndrome. Today, the focus is on keeping her sense of self – which still includes working hard and aiming for greatness – while also cutting herself some slack. “It’s been a journey of identity. ‘Who am I?’ I’m so many things, and more, and to not be able to answer that question is okay, too,” she says. “I’m Nicole, and that’s enough.” Even though she won’t call herself a Supermom, she’s clearly doing a super job. Both William and Grady are happy, welladjusted boys. William just received a Leo nomination for his work on Package Deal (dad Chris received a nomination for scoring Down River with Kevin House); Grady isn’t interested in acting, although he did talk himself into being his brother’s photo double on R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour. Oliver is brutally honest with William about the realities of life in showbiz. “I’ve been honest with him and said, ‘This is a crappy business, it’s horrible for kids, it’s horrible for adults.’ We struggled with it because we really want our kids to be kids, but he loves it and he’s continued to thrive at it.” Find Nicole Oliver on Twitter (@mouthnoize). Follow Sabrina on Twitter @sabrinarmf or send your film & TV news to You can find Sabrina’s briefs from Vancouver’s film and TV scene on page 17.

Are West End seniors facing a rental housing crisis? • Are you aged 65 or older? • Do you worry about how you are going to pay your rent? Are annual rent increases eating away your income or savings? • Do you know another senior who has had to leave the West End because he or she could no longer afford to live in our neighbourhood? Join the Social Planning & Research Council of BC, the West End Seniors’ Network and Gordon Neighbourhood House for the third in a series of lunch meetings for seniors like yourselves to share your stories. Your voice will help us make a difference. Your privacy will be assured.

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founding director Craig Stowe, centre, with sponsors Christian Chia, CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group, and Robbie Dickson, VP of DeBeers Canada, at the gala dinner at the Four Seasons April 23. 2 Fools for Hire star Mike Cavers wore his Captain Kirk bathrobe to emcee the early morning block of screenings at the Vancouver Web Fest on May 3. 3 Rick Antonson, joined by his wife Janice, was praised for all he’s done to make Vancouver a place where people love to live and visit at his retirement party as president of Tourism Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre (which he helped get

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built) on April 22. 4 Autoform’s Aaron Van Pykstra and Mike Wood recently co-hosted a Tesla preview event to give their customers the chance to take a test drive — right past all the gas stations.


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Fireworks displays excite the eyes and lift the spirit. But the smoke and dust they produce can harm the lungs. The toxic chemicals they release may pollute streams and lakes and even groundwater. So is there any alternative? Not yet. But if it happens soon, I bet it will be due to the efforts of an enterprising Aries researcher. Your tribe is entering a phase when you will have good ideas about how to make risky fun safer, how to ensure vigorous adventures are healthy, and how to maintain constructive relationships with exciting influences. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Free jazz emerged in the 1950s as a rebellion against jazz conventions. Its meter is fluid and its harmonies unfamiliar, sometimes atonal. A key element is collective improvisation – riffing done not just by a featured soloist, but by the entire group of musicians playing together. To prepare for your adventures in the coming days, Taurus – which I suspect will have resemblances to free jazz – you might want to listen to music by its pioneers, like Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, and Sun Ra. Whatever you do, don’t fall prey to scapabobididdilywiddilydoobapaphobia, which is the fear of freestyle jazz. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Apple and Exxon are the most valuable companies in America. In third place, worth more than $350 billion, is Google. Back in 1999, when the future Internet giant was less than a year old, Google’s founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page tried to sell their baby for a mere million dollars. The potential buyer was Excite, an online service that was thriving at the time. But Excite’s CEO turned down the offer, leaving Brin and Page to soldier onward by themselves. Lucky for them, right? I foresee the possibility of a comparable development in your life, Gemini. An apparent “failure” may, in hindsight, turn out to be the seed of a future success. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too” is an English-language proverb. It means that you will no longer have your cake if you eat it all up. The Albanian version is “You can’t go for a swim without getting wet. “ Hungarians say, “It’s impossible to ride two horses with one butt.” Cancerian, you will soon disprove this folk wisdom. You will, in effect, be able to eat you cake and still have it. You will somehow stay dry as you take a dip. You will figure out a way to ride two horses with your one butt.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I know this might come as a shock, Leo, but... are you ready?... You are God! Or at least godlike. An influx of crazy yet useful magic from the Divine Wow is boosting your personal power way beyond normal levels. There’s so much primal mojo flowing through you that it will be hard if not impossible for you to make mistakes. Don’t fret, though. Your stint as the Wild Sublime Golden Master of Reality probably won’t last for more than two weeks, three tops. I’m sure that won’t be long enough for you to turn into a raving megalomaniac with 10,000 cult followers. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In your imagination, take a trip into the future. See yourself as you are now, sitting next to the wise elder you will be then. The two of you are lounging on a beach and gazing at a lake. It’s twilight. You turn to your older self and say, “Do you have any regrets? Is there anything you wish you had done but did not do?” Your older self tells you what that thing is. (Hear it now.) And you reply, “Tomorrow I will begin working to change all that.”

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Over 100 years ago, the cattle industry pressured the US government to kill off wolves in Yellowstone National Park. By 1926 the wolves had all but vanished. In the following decades, elk herds grew unnaturally big, no longer hunted by their natural predator. The elk decimated the berry bushes of Yellowstone, eating the wild fruit with such voracity that grizzly bears and many other species went hungry. In 1995, environmentalists and conservationists got clearance to re-introduce wolves to the area. Now the berry bushes are flourishing again. Grizzlies are thriving, as are other mammals that had been deprived. I regard this vignette as an allegory for your life in the coming months, Libra. It’s time to do the equivalent of replenishing the wolf population. Correct the imbalance. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I have no problem with you listening closely to the voices in your head. There might be some weird counsel flowing, but it’s possible that they mightoffer sparkling insights. As for the voices that are delivering messages from your lower regions, in the vicinity of your reproductive organs: I’m not opposed to you hearing them out, either. But I hope you will be most attentive and receptive to the voices in your heart. They are likely to contain a higher percentage of useful truth than those other two sources. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Kangaroo rats live in the desert. So well-adapted are they that they can go a long time without drinking water. While it’s admirable to have achieved such a high level of accommodation to their environment, I don’t recommend that you do the same. In fact, it’s probably better if you don’t adjust to some of the harsher aspects of your environment. Now might be a good time to acknowledge this and start planning an alternate solution. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Those who control their passions do so because their passions are weak enough to be controlled,” said writer William Blake. I think you will challenge this theory in the coming weeks, Capricorn. Your passions will definitely not be weak. And yet I bet you will manage them fairly well. By that I mean you will express them with grace and power rather than allowing them to overwhelm you and cause a messy ruckus. You won’t need to tamp them down and bottle them up because you will find a way to be both uninhibited and disciplined as you give them their chance to play. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Would you please go spend some quality time having non-goal-oriented fun? Can I convince you to lounge around in fantasyland as you empty your beautiful head of all compulsions to prove yourself and meet people’s expectations? You need a nice long nap, gorgeous. Two or three nice long naps. Bake some damn cookies, even if you’ve never done so. Soak your feet in epsom salts as you binge-watch a TV show that stimulates a thousand emotions. Lie in the grass and stare lovingly at the sky for as long as it takes to recharge your spiritual batteries. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Dear Pisceans: Your evil twins have asked me to speak to you on their behalf. They want to apologize for the misunderstandings that may have arisen from their innocent desire to show you what you had been missing. They simply wanted to fill in some gaps in your education. OK? Next your evil twins want to humbly request that you no longer refer to them as “Evil Twin,” but instead pick a more affectionate name, like, say “Sweet Mess” or “Tough Lover.” If you promise to treat them with more geniality, they will guarantee not to be so tricky and enigmatic.


Jerome Guillen, VP of worldwide sales and service for Tesla, poses with the new Model S at the new Tesla store on Robson Street, which opened May 3. Kenzie Colbourne photo

Izzam Ahamed of Regency Lexus gave Craig James a taste of the good life — butler service, Lexus style, at the new Burrard and 6th location. Rob Newell photo

We’ll take the Lexus, Jeeves By Craig James


he Relentless Pursuit of Perfection wasn’t just an ingenious and highly successful advertising campaign. It was a guiding philosophy that would define a brand and completely reshape the automotive industry. For years, Germany and America had a tight grasp on a huge portion of the luxury car market, while Japanese manufacturers had traditionally been known for economical and reliable transportation. That was until Toyota’s chairman asked the top brass one question – “Can we create a luxury vehicle to challenge the world’s best?” Six years and a billion dollars later, the answer was a resounding YES known as the LS 400. Heralded for its build quality, appointments and quietness, the LS 400 quickly won numerous awards and rated better than both the Mercedes 420SEL and BMW 735i at a fraction of the cost. While the champagne glasses gently tinkled, the old guard was left scrambling as their sales plummeted by up to 30 per cent. Lexus, along with Acura and Infiniti, firmly established Japan as a major player in the upscale vehicle market. It wasn’t just the extraordinary reliability, comfort and value; but also the unparalleled service that would help to forge Lexus’ astonishing level of customer devotion. A legendary auto industry story goes… An early voluntary wiring recall would see technicians sent to pick up, repair, and return some 8,000 cars to customers at no charge – even if it meant flying in mechanics and renting garage space in remote areas, all in just 20 days! This unheard-of level of commitment did not go unnoticed and the media lauded Lexus for its efforts. Fast forward 25 years to the self-service age. Do-ityourself has replaced how-can-I-help you, and yes please is now yeah-yeah.

The new home of Regency Lexus at Burrard and 6th is an innovative global design flagship location for the luxury brand. Designed with imported tile, colourful canvasses, glass staircases and a new platinum look, the brown and gold of old has been replaced by a bright, open air theatre with leather seating in offices of glass, and classical piano. There’s also a lounge space and even indoor parking. Its 14,000 square feet, over two separate levels, features a wide range of beautiful automobiles, with the upper level dedicated as an F-Sport showroom and event space. Also being unveiled is the Lexus exclusive ‘Butler Service Program’ that general manager Izzam Ahamed refers to as a philosophy: “A specifically crafted approach, designed to enhance your automotive buying and service experiences.” Sales professionals are now more akin to long-term account managers who strive to understand and anticipate your needs. Much like your favourite hotel remembers you prefer the room away from the elevator and two extra pillows, the butler service offers little things like having your favourite beverage or radio station ready and bringing a test drive to you A genuine ‘car guy’, Izzam grew up in family run dealerships and is amongst a rare breed who ‘gets’ that the key to success is in the long-term relationships. As we conclude our interview with a tour of Kitsilano in an impressive ES 300h, Ahamed says, “By taking the time to listen to our customers, we’re better able to meet or exceed our clients’ needs and expectations now, and in the future.” Indeed! Craig James is a writer for, on online guide to the good life hosted by Prevail of Swollen Members fame. This is one of the articles that Prevail has provided WE Vancouver in the lead up to his “guest editorship” on May 22.

Romancing the road behind the wheel of a Tesla By Martha Perkins


f you want to know the type of person who is driving a Tesla in Vancouver, here’s a hint: the new owners have traded in an Aston Martin DB9, Porsche Panamera GTS, Audi R8 and Range Rover for the luxury of never having to pull into a gas station again. “You get romanticized by the car,” says Aaron Van Pykstra, president of Autoform, which co-hosted a preview event at its Clark Drive location last month. “People love the design, and the functionality of the car is pretty incredible.” Tesla has sold more than 22,000 cars worldwide and while specific numbers aren’t available for Vancouver, sales are bound to increase now that the store – they don’t call them dealerships – has moved from Powell Street in Vancouver’s gritty East End to the retailing world’s sweet spot near Victoria’s Secret on Robson. While it does offer test drives of the Model S all-electric sedan, don’t expect to be able to kick the tires of many models at the store. At Friday’s media launch the day before the store opened, there was (intentionally) one car in the showroom. Instead, Tesla’s “owner advisers” can help buyers custom-build the electric car of their dreams on Tesla’s website, with delivery one to three months later. Tesla now has superchargers from Vancouver to Los Angeles. Compared to the six to 16 hours it takes to recharge using a home’s electrical system, a complete recharge takes 20 minutes. And it’s free for Tesla owners.




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