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The girls from Victory Gardens. Rob Newell photo
the week ahead Kwantlen fashion grads stretch the limits of design
The Kwantlen Polytechnic University fashion and technology grads are stretching the limits of design for their 2014 fashion show. This year’s designs range from functional children’s outerwear, to plus-size active wear, to eco-friendly fashions. “It really is truly a magical night where the students get to showcase their four years in one night,” says Lindsay Norris, the teacher behind this event. “It’s more than just a fashion show.” Kaylyn MacKenzie created her line, You,, (pictured) because she noticed that most adaptive apparel was out-of-date. Her line is wheelchair-friendly and she wants to show that disability has no limitations. Pulse by Nicole Picco is inspired by the active girl with curves. This activewear line is designed for plus-size women and focuses on fit, comfort and quality construction. The show is April 24 at 1, 3, and 7pm at the River Rock Show Theatre. Tickets are $18 for day shows and $38 for the evening show. — Kelci Nicodemus (photo by Maria Koehn)
Sebastien Archibald, Colby Wilson and Emma Slipp. Andrew Klaver photo
Shop Hop comes to Gastown Gastown’s boutiques are celebrating new Spring fashion with food, music, and special promotions during the Spring 2014 Gastown Shop Hop, taking place on Thursday, April 10. More than 40 retailers are opening their doors until 9pm to showcase the season’s latest arrivals, and to mingle with stylish locals who share an appreciation for one of a kind fashion. Gastown’s cobblestone streets will be decorated with balloons for this special night. You can choose your own adventure — stop by your favourite shops or follow the Shop Hop map found at participating shops. Shop the in-store specials and receive dining vouchers to end the evening soothing your appetite at some of Gastown’s best restaurants. Visit Gastown.org for more information. — Robert Mangelsdorf
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Vision commissioners call for end of whale captivity at aquarium By Sandra Thomas
n an unprecedented move, two Vision Vancouver park board commissioners are stating publicly they want all cetaceans — whales and dolphins — phased out at the Vancouver Aquarium. Not coincidently, the city’s bylaw surrounding the keeping of cetaceans in captivity is up for review next year. Vision commissioner Sarah Blyth says it was her decision not to seek a third term on the park board that gave her the inspiration to speak out. “No one doubts the aquarium does amazing conservation work,” Blyth said. “But everyone I talk to asks about the whales and dolphins.” In 2010, a motion by Green Party commissioner Stuart Mackinnon recommending a non-binding plebiscite on keeping captive cetaceans was voted down by Vision Vancouver commissioners, with the exception of Constance Barnes, who now sits as Vision’s vice-chair of the park board. But, Blyth notes, the increased push to include a referendum in the November election could be ill-timed. “I’d like to see the question asked, ‘Should whales be kept in captivity at this time?’” Blyth said. “But we can’t bind another board to a decision we’ve made.” Both Blyth and Barnes admit watching the movie Blackfish was a pivotal moment in their decision to speak out — and is partly why Barnes also wants whales and dolphins phased out at the aquarium, a decision she describes as a personal one. Blackfish is a documentary film about a captive orca named Tilikum, which was involved with the death of three people, including a trainer at the now-defunct Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria in 1991. The film also examines the consequences of keeping orca whales in captivity. “I’m very supportive of Sarah, and it’s not news I don’t support keeping whales in captivity,” Barnes said. “But I also know the aquarium does really great work on the rescue and rehabilitation side as well as saving endangered species like the Panamanian golden frogs in the news last week.” Barnes says she receives numerous emails daily from residents concerned about keeping whales and dolphins at the
aquarium. The aquarium is in the midst of completing phase one of an almost $100-million expansion, which will eventually include larger whale and dolphin tanks. With the expansion came a renewed lease with the park board until 2029. Aquarium president John Nightingale says once the larger whale tank is completed, the facility will increase the number of belugas on display. There are currently two belugas at the aquarium. “But, we’ll very likely be bringing back the ones we already own that have been on loan to other accredited institutions,” said Nightingale. “Not wild whales.” Nightingale says everything the aquarium does is 100 per cent within the current bylaw and he is well aware the park board will be reviewing that law next year. As Barnes and Blyth attest, the Vancouver Aquarium is world-renowned for its education, research, rescue and rehabilitation, and conservation work. Besides its recent success in breeding the endangered Panamanian golden frog, other accomplishments include the Ocean Wise program, which encourages restaurants to use sustainable seafoods, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, animal protection programs, numerous research projects and the Marine Mammal Rescue program. Paul Spong, a neuroscientist, cetologist, former Vancouver Aquarium employee and one of the province’s foremost orca experts, agrees the aquarium does some great work. “I just find it very unfortunate that they have a blind spot when it comes to keeping captive cetaceans and wish they would once again lead the way as they did when they decided to end orca shows,” Spong said. “It’s very disappointing they continue the practice.” Spong says the trend of keeping “big-brained animals” in captivity is quickly dwindling worldwide so he’s surprised the Vancouver Aquarium is still so determined to continue the practice. He also doesn’t buy the aquarium’s reasoning for keeping cetaceans in captivity. “It’s a tired old argument from the captive industry,” said Spong. “To be quite blunt, what it really teaches children is that it’s OK to mistreat these animals. There are many other alternatives they could consider.”
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Cops ask kids to name crimefighting pups By Sandra Thomas
ute nicknames like Fluffy, Muffin or even Fido just won’t cut it for a naming contest sponsored by the Vancouver Police Department. The VPD’s Name That Puppy Contest is looking for monikers for two pups destined to join the distinguished lineup of police dogs that share their bloodlines and go by the names Scout, Bear, Jackal, Flash and Saint. The two German shepherd littermates are eight weeks old and, while one is black the other is sable, both are destined for service with the VPD. While the VPD has dubbed the puppies the “Cutest Crimefighters,” the puppies have no official names. That’s why the VPD is turning to the experts: kindergarten to Grade 7 students attending schools across the city. During the next two weeks the students will work together as a team in their individual classrooms to decide on a name. The VPD says the names are important because the dogs will become an integral part of the force. The contest continues now through 11:59pm, April 17, and the winners will be announced April 22. The winning class will be provided with a tour of the Dog Squad’s facility, have a chance to meet the puppies and in-service dogs up close and receive a police dog demonstration. If a class is unable to travel, the Dog Squad will come to the classroom. Stories courtesy Vancouver Courier
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A nostalgic battlecry for self-sufficiency
uring the First and Second World Wars, one of the home-front battle cries was “victory gardens!” If people could grow more of their own vegetables at a time when many farm hands had signed up to fight, then governments could invest more of their resources in winning the war and bringing the men home. “Sow the seeds of victory!” a poster exhorted. And Canadians listened. In 1943 there were almost 210,000 victory gardens in Canada, producing an annual 250kg of vegetables each. Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Samantha Philips were born three generations after the Second World War and not only do they love that “We can do it!” spirit, they are also ethically committed to the idea of being more self-sustaining. But in the 70 years since war’s end, society became more urbanized and food production became industrialized. Very few parents were passing down gardening know-how to their children, who grew up believing that if you want to eat, you go to a grocery store or a restaurant. So the three friends decided to start their own gardening business and called it Victory Gardens. Not only do they hire themselves out to create gardens — they just established a rooftop garden at HootSuite’s headquarters and one for Acorn, the vegetarian restaurant — but they also host workshops and seminars on growing your own vegetables. Winning the $25,000 prize from the Co-
At Victory Gardens, Sandra Lopuch, Samantha Phillips and Lisa Giroday are helping to transform Vancouver’s backyards and rooftops into gardens that provide residents and businesses with their own vegetables. Rob Newell photo operators’ National Co-op Challenge will help them spread the message even further. They’re using the money to produce an educational series of YouTube videos that show people how to create and nurture their own urban vegetable gardens. “Success is one of the easiest ways to be inspired to grow food,” says Giroday, who still marvels at the miracle of planting a seed in the earth and watching it grow into something she can put on the dinner table. In today’s world where so much is ephemeral, gardening really does allow you to enjoy the fruits of your labour. When Victory Gardens does an initial as-
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Vancouver has more than 75 community gardens, located in city parks, in school yards, on private property — and even one on the grounds of City Hall.
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hen was the last time you were able to pronounce all of the ingredients in your meal? The Urban Seed Project allows you to grow your own food and take control of what you eat. It was started in the Downtown Eastside Vancouver to create sustainable vegetable gardens for people with little to no yard space. The project focuses on community involvement and showing children the benefits of gardening and growing your own food. It has a Truck Farm that drives around the city to teach children not only about growing, but about cooking and nutrition as well.
So you want to go pro SPIN Farming (Small Plot INtensive), an educational resource intended to help you transition beyond traditional home gardening practices, suggests that aspiring farmers start by answering these questions: • How will you sell your produce? • How much income do you want? • What is the average level of sales you need to generate each week?
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Grow your own way Raena and Rob Blusson both have full-time jobs in Vancouver, yet begin and end each day on their working 10-acre farm in Maple Ridge
or one Vancouver couple, the concept of farm-totable didn’t exactly translate to dining at Fable a few nights each month. In 2011, Raena and Rob Blusson made their urban farming dream a reality — purchasing a 10-acre plot of land in Maple Ridge while living and working downtown. Three years later, the duo now wakes up every morning in Maple Ridge, tends to the animals and chores, and then rides the West Coast Express into the heart of Vancouver to continue their full-time careers in the mining sector. After high school, Raena, the tomboy farm girl who was horrified by the pink boots her parents tried to give her at age six, thought she was done with Maple Ridge — the rural municipality between the Fraser River and Golden Ears mountains where she was raised. She moved downtown, finished university and left her parents’ lamb and chicken farm in the childhood rearview. Rob, 36, was a South Cambie boy who grew up across from Queen Elizabeth Park. He spent much of his youth outdoors, striding in the footsteps of his geologist father. And while that didn’t stop him from a career cultivating “soft accountant hands” in corporate finance, he says he, like Raena, always hoped for a homestead to stretch his legs. The property, located just across the street from her parents’ house, had sat idle for two years before they bought it. In its heyday, the farm was kept golf-course-green-clean by the sheep and cattle it supported; up for sale, however, weeds were going rogue and the Band-Aid coloured 1960s rancher (“sponsored by Johnson & Johnson,” jokes Rob) was crying out for an update. They initially disregarded it, thinking they’d purchase in Langley when the time was right. But then they realized Maple Ridge is one of the few areas of the Lower Mainland where you can own farmland and still come into the city every day by public transit. Suddenly, they could see past the land clearing and home renovations straight to the potential. The newly named Ashlar Farm now has horses and chickens, and a lush garden next to a commercialscale honeybee operation. As you pull around the winding gravel drive, a fence line — so new the wood is still pink — guides the eye along the salmon river that torrents through the front fifth of the property. Over by the hedges, Rob is tossing bone meal into a freshly dug blueberry patch while a fivemonths-pregnant Raena looks on. “Raena loves giving tours,” Rob quips, more than slightly out of breath as I walk up. “Shut up,” she bandies back playfully. “I’ve been working, too.” She turns to me and whispers, “Yesterday we did dick-all because it was raining.” She laughs, relaxed, while leading me around the house to the back eight, where a monolithic covered bridge spans the aforementioned river (the North Alouette to be precise) and a cathedral grove of spruce and cedar keeps the peace. Here she plans to graze cattle and lay a test plot for the 30 hop rhizomes being delivered next week. (There’s a craft beer industry brewing in BC, after all.) “The idea just came to me a couple of months ago. I kept hearing about these microbreweries going crazy in Vancouver, and I started reading about hops,” the 29-year-old explains. “In the ‘40s, the Fraser Valley was the biggest hops producer in the Commonwealth. It’s a prime place, but they grow on 20-foot trellises so we’ve got a lot of infrastructure to put in!” Which is what they spend
every evening and weekend doing, learning as they go. “It really sucks in the winter when we get up and it’s pitch black and we’re feeding animals and it’s pouring rain, and we go to work and we come back and it’s pitch black and we’re feeding animals and it’s pouring rain. But as soon as it gets lighter, we come home and we’re out until it’s dark just puttering,” she says, her glow infusing more than just her words. According to Smart Growth BC, 38 per cent of farmers in BC are over the age of 55. Opportunities to get into the industry are available to the next generation largely because arable land, always so close to the beauty developers pay top dollar to frame, has been protected since 1973 by the Agricultural Land Reserve — a province-wide zoning classification in which farming is prioritized and non-agricultural uses are controlled. Approximately 3,814 hectares or 13 per cent of Maple Ridge’s land is in the ALR, compared to 279 hectares, or 2 per cent, in Vancouver. “Raena’s got all sorts of ideas about the crops she’d like to have or the types of animals she’d like to have out here, and I’m 100 per cent open to them,” says Rob, who, according to his wife, has made the adjustment from city boy to farm whisperer like a natural. “But had you asked me even five years ago about the ALR, I would have probably asked if it was a fancy car.” Rob sees any lifestyle sacrifices not only as an investment in his family’s food supply, but in his community. “I’m starting to understand the requirement of protecting these sorts of lands so that we can maintain a good source of local food. More than anything, I look at this as an opportunity for our family to have food. But, taking it to a broader sense, I’d love to have something sustainable to provide food to our local neighbourhood here.” High-intensity urban farming systems can yield as much as $50,000 per half-acre, but Raena is a realist: “It’s easy to grow a lot of food, but making a livelihood from urban farming? I don’t know how people do that. To be classified as a farm you have to make $2,500 in revenue a year — and we make that — but it’s a ton of work just to make $2,500. This is a lifestyle for us and we’d love to keep building businesses, but we have no intention of quitting our jobs.” She points to her beekeeping as an example of the risk farmers take on. Despite producing exquisite wildflower honey that sells out every year, her hives are regularly gutted by colony collapse. “Farming is a hard way to make a living. It has been glamorized a lot lately — I read those magazines and get all dreamy-eyed, too — but the weather, disease, death… There are so many variables. It could all go to shit in a day. I don’t know if I’d want the stress of having our livelihoods depend on a farm like this. We don’t have 200 acres in Alberta where we’re producing mass crops. This is a small, diverse farm.” A farm which waits for no one. “The honey harvest is about two weeks
Raena and Rob Blusson balance full-time careers in Vancouver with farm life in the suburbs. Kelsey Klassen photos before my due date, so, unless Rob suddenly becomes a beekeeper, I have every intention to keep going,” she says with a smile. “I might be in for a wake up call, though.” For someone so matter-of-fact, it’s fitting that she says the highlight of taking up farming so far has simply been “getting projects done.” “I would have thought you’d say marrying the love of your life on this property,” counters Rob. Raena rolls her eyes. “She’s not a sentimental one...” he concludes with a grin.
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SCENE | HEARD Summerhill Pyramid Winery has just released its 2013 Ehrenfesler, the first BC wine made with the use of a nitrogen generator in order to reduce unnecessary sulphite addition during the winemaking process. Summerhill.BC.ca April is Sweet Dreams Dessert Month at all Cactus Club Cafes. One dollar from every dessert sold throughout the month will be donated to Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon. This is the restaurant chain’s 14th year raising funds with this initiative. CactusClubCafe.com Galloway’s Foods is holding a series of food and health presentations, classes and demos at their Burnaby and Richmond store locations throughout April and May. Topics cover live blood analysis, raw food around the world, fermented food and probiotics, and infant health. GallowaysFoods.com
involves lots of fishy fun. Both restaurants are offering different prix fixe menus throughout the month. Mediterranean is offering three courses for $45 and Marinaside is offering four courses for $48. ProvenceVancouver.com In addition to launching a new spring menu, Wild Rice has also launched “Appy Hour” for April. Every Friday and Saturday between 3-5pm, receive 50 per cent off all starters. WildRiceBC.ca April 17 is Malbec World Day, and 55 cities in 44 countries will be celebrating this popular varietal. In BC there will be more than 40 free consumer tastings, including at Marquis Wine Cellars and Everything Wine on April 12, and Legacy Liquor Store on April 17, as well as BCLDB tastings. For full listings, visit MalbecWorldDay.com. Market by Jean-Georges is launching a new Movies at Market series on April 23-24 with the Vancouver premiere of Spinning Plates. Tickets are $78 and includes champagne, popcorn, dinner and the movie. MarketByJGVancouver.com The annual Spring Sessional Cask Festival, presented by the Campaign for Real Ale Society of British Columbia (CAMRA) is back on May 10 from 1-6pm at The Cobalt. Tickets are $30 ($25 for CAMRA members). CamraVancouver.ca
Odd Society Spirits has obtained a lounge licence from the city and is now officially open for cocktail service Thursday through Sunday from 1pm. OddSocietySpirits.com
Chef Angus An of Maenam is hosting Meyer Family Vineyards for a special wine dinner on April 16 at 6:30pm. The familystyle three-course dinner will be paired with Meyer Famiily’s new release Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, and is $95 per person. Maenam.ca
The Liberty Distillery on Granville Island has launched its Endeavour Gin just in time for spring. Available at the distillery. TheLibertyDistillery.com
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uty called in Victoria Monday night, via a message sent my way from Alan Dickinson, proprietor and winemaker of British Columbia’s Synchromesh Wines. He’d invited me to a winemaker’s dinner he was hosting at Little Jumbo, the stillfresh hotspot owned by Shawn Soole, the Aussie expat who’d made a name for himself in the local cocktail world at Clive’s Classic Lounge at Chateau Victoria. by Kurtis Kolt In my few brief encounters with the Okanagan Falls winery, I’d been impressed with not only their tight focus on Riesling, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc (three of my favourite Okanagan varieties), but also for Dickinson’s clean and honest winemaking style. He employs minimal winery intervention so his wines can be bright and fresh, singing with local terroir. Accompanied by my friend Treve Ring, a well-known wine writer/consultant in both Victoria and Vancouver circles, I was looking forward to enjoying the wines with Little Jumbo’s casual, small-plate fare — things like duck liver parfait with grilled bread. In its first seven months of being open, Little Jumbo has become the centre of the Victoria’s burgeoning wine scene. It’s become my go-to venue when I host BC Wine Institute seminars in town, and there are monthly VISA (Vancouver Island Sommelier Association) tastings and seminars for Island trade. The crowd Monday night was composed of a who’s who of local wine folk, sommeliers, retail buyers, as well as the Turyk family, proprietors of the Island’s (quite good) Unsworth Vineyards. It was cool to see the clamouring of local industry there to support not only the wine hub that Little Jumbo has become, but also this ultraboutique winery (just 1,200 cases made last year) that’s quite worthy of your attention. Wines are available at prices listed below over at SynchromeshWines.ca, or for a few bucks more at private wine stores around town. Here are my three favourites:
Kurtis Kolt caught up with Synchromesh winemaker Alan Dickinson at Dickinson’s industry dinner in Victoria Monday night. Synchromesh 2013 Storm Haven Riesling | $31.90 This version of Riesling comes from the Synchromesh home vineyard in Okanagan Falls and is a touch more delicate and floral than the Thorny Vines version. Perfumed peaches and honey mingle charmingly with hints of the property’s mineral-rich soil. There are echoes of Germany’s Mosel region in this bottle; that ain’t a bad thing at all. With this one chiming in at 8.2 per cent alcohol, you might have to steer yourself away from drinking it by the pint. Synchromesh 2012 Pinot Noir | $24.90 This cohesive study of East Kelowna Pinot Noir is assembled from three different clones of the grape, fermented separately and kindly licked by a little neutral oak. Red plum, black cherry and purple beets abound. Serve with a hint of a chill and a whole lot of duck. While column space concerns ensure brevity of recommendations, there isn’t anything in the Synchromesh portfolio I’d steer you away from. Do get to know them. Good stuff abounds.
Synchromesh 2013 Thorny Vines Riesling | $18.90 A zippy, lemony testament to Naramata sunshine. The moderating effect of Lake Okanagan keeps the acidity both bright and in check, while the mere 9.2 per cent alcohol makes this quaffable dazzler good for constant top-ups.
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Vertical farming or rooftop farming are two suggested urban-farming methods, but the upkeep cost of a vertical farm is outstanding — think of implementing a hydroponic system to start. As for a rooftop garden, it also requires a pricey drainage system and it’s small scale, but so are the standard community gardens now. The community gardens in downtown Vancouver are a solid reminder of why eating “real food” is important, but the pollution in densely populated areas inevitably affects the soil and water. So while growing food is rewarding, farming safety should be priority. For example, I wouldn’t recommend eating mushrooms cultivated in urban areas since they are extremely porous and absorb all the nutrients and contaminants in their natural environment. Same goes for raspberries as well as a lot of fruits and vegetables. The farm-to-table movement and urban farming go hand in hand but the truth is it’s impossible to feed all of BC locally. That’s why I don’t always give restaurants crap for buying fruits from California, unless they market themselves as an “eat local” restaurant. The amount of food required to feed the population is more than the amount of available public land we have for farming, let alone urban farming. In an ideal world it would work in harmony, but until then it’s a fantasy… or more optimistically, a work in progress. I’ve barely scratched the surface of a mother topic, but I’ve probably planted some controversial seeds.
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Chef/owner Lucais Syme of La Pentola takes diners on a trip to Europe with his new endeavour, Cinara. Rob Newell photo
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n ancient Roman legends, there is the story of a young goddess who fell out of favour with the other gods and was cast out and turned into a thistle — prickly on the outside and soft on the inside. Thistles, in case you didn’t know, are from the same family as artichokes. The young goddess’s name was Cinara. When chef/owner Lucais Syme of La Pentola and business partner Gill Book decided to open a second restaurant, they chose to move away from the classical Italian ethos of their first operation. “We wanted to branch out of the mold and cook what was most interesting to us,” explains Syme. “We wanted to be free to use whatever ingredients were fresh and
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film & tv Reel People: Shorts Arctic Air is selling off its massive inventory of props and costumes. The inventory sale from the recently cancelled CBC series will take place this Saturday and Sunday at County Line Elementary School in Aldergrove. Items up for grabs include vintage clothing, leather jackets, aviation items, camping and fishing gear, parkas, and Arctic Air memorabilia. 11am-5pm on April 12; 9am-5 pm on April 13. Cash only; items are priced to sell, so expect pennies on the dollar. DOXA unveiled the line-up for its upcoming DOXA Documentary Film Festival at a press event on April 2. The festival runs May 2-11 at venues around the city and features more than 90 films from around the world, including To Be Takei (about Star Trek alum and social media sensation George Takei) and A Brony Tale, in which Vancouver-based My Little Pony voice ac-
tress Ashleigh Ball seeks to understand the adult male fans of her show. DoxaFestival. com.
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Vancouver web series won big at LAWEBFEST in California last month. Local winners include Aeternus (cinematography and directing); Convos with my 2-yearold (series premise); Fools For Hire (guest actor and cinematography); Les Pevetistes (lead actor); Polaris (writing and cinematography); Standard Action (cinematography, sound design, score and directing); The True Heroines (cinematography, series and directing); and Under the Hud (special/ visual effects, theme song and directing). LAWEBFEST is the first and largest web series festival on the planet.
The SyFy Network has ordered 13 episodes of mythological drama series Olympus from Vancouver’s Thunderbird Films. Production will take place in Vancouver and London. The series is set to premiere in 2015.
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Starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites Directed by Mike Flanagan Odds are there’s been some point in your life when you’ve honestly believed that your mirror had it in for you. Director Mike Flanagan takes a looking glass’ capacity for cruelty and conflates it to supernatural levels, rendering an inanimate object unexpectedly menacing and crafting an extremely clever horror film in the process. Fresh off a 10-year stint in a mental institution, Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is convinced by his sister Kaylie (Karen Gillan) to help destroy the cursed mirror responsible for his sectioning and their parents’ grim fates. She’s established precautions and fail-safes, all of which prove hopelessly overmatched by the dark forces that inhabit the antique wall hanging and display a funhouse’s flair for distorting reality; persistently tricking Tim and Kaylie into harming themselves and one another. Interweaving the siblings’ tragic past
with their perilous present while incorporating phantasmagoric elements, Oculus keeps a viewer more off-balance than most of its contemporary horror brethren. It’s also granted sufficient emotional weight by its lead characters’ solemn childhood vow of retribution. Seeking out sinister adversaries rather than fleeing them, Gillan is a notably proactive heroine. Furthermore, she joins the film in scoffing at rational explanations (regarding exactly how a mirror embarked on a centuries-long killing spree) and simply gets on with the grisly business at hand. And while it boasts sporadic instances of gore, Flanagan’s film largely subsists on the suspense derived from an inability to separate reality from illusion. There’s no denying that many horror fans have seen this all before. However, he finds intriguing new angles from which to approach these familiar tropes, making the hoary appear horrific once again. Brenton Thwaites — Curtis Woloschuk
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Recognizing that he was going to have an awfully hard time topping the unrelenting martial arts mayhem of The Raid: Redemption, Gareth Evans changes tack for this follow-up. Whereas the original promised — and delivered with a vengeance — “one minute of romance, 99 minutes of non-stop carnage,” this installment keeps the incredibly high carnage quotient but grafts on roughly 45 minutes of storyline. Rejoining the resilient cop Rama (Iko Uwais) right after he’s fought his way through a Jakarta apartment block of gangsters in a matter of hours, the sequel charts the subsequent years he spends infiltrating the ranks of the city’s organized crime syndicates. Befriending the entitled heir to an underworld empire (Arifin Putra) while undercover in prison (a setting conducive
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to a couple of epic battles royal), he becomes entangled in the machinations of a power-hungry schemer (Alex Abbad) once released. While Evans’ sublime fight choreography once again brings a balletic grandeur to brutal showdowns, his ambitions to step out of his skull-crushing, spine-snapping comfort zone reveal that he’s a rather crude storyteller. Ultimately, the majority of the dramatic scenes only generate tension due to the audience’s understandable impatience for the next set piece to be ushered in. Having backed his way into a corner with his pedestrian scripting, it’s only fitting that Edwards opts to fight his way out. Consequently, this Raid earns its redemption by way of a final hour that’s a breathless sequence of elaborate melees executed with considerable brio. At this stage, it seems that Edwards’ only worthy adversaries in the realms of action filmmaking are his own limitations. — Curtis Woloschuk
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Genre-hopping daddy Horror films prepared actor Jesse Moss for fatherhood By Sabrina Furminger
esse Moss isn’t the first actor to say that horror movies are fun to make, but he might be among the first to describe them as training grounds for parenthood. “With horror movies, you’re shooting all night and your sleep patterns become irregular,” said Moss, a father to a three-month-old boy. “Being up all night with my son isn’t that much of a change.” The Vancouver-based Moss, 30, stars as obnoxious hipster Seth in Extraterrestrial, a new horror flick from local writer/director duo the Vicious Brothers that will have its world preVancouver actor Jesse Moss miere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18. stars in horror flick Extrater“[Seth]’s the most obnoxious character I’ve restrial, premiering this month ever played,” said Moss. “He goes a bit psycho, at the Tribeca Film Festival. which is a lot of fun to play.” In Extraterrestrial, a group of kids head into the woods to search for the wreckage from a fireball they saw fall from the sky. No spoilers, but given that this is a sci-fi horror flick, it’s safe to say that terror of an alien variety ensues. It’s a busy time for Moss, who in 2007 won a Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series Leo Award for his work on Whistler. This summer, he’ll be seen on the big screen in the comedy/horror flick Wolfcop, as well as on CTV’s Motive and Hallmark’s Cedar Cove.
Real life husband and wife Peter and Julia Benson wrote and co-star in the Leonominated Death Do Us Part, which comes to DVD April 15.
Julia and Peter Benson open up about writing and costarring in Death Do Us Part
Reel People by Sabrina Furminger
eath Do Us Part isn’t a peek into the marriage of Julia and Peter Benson — which is probably a relief to the people who love them. Peter and Julia (together with Ryan Copple) wrote and produced and also starred in the Leo-nominated horror flick, coming to DVD on April 15. In Death Do Us Part, the Bensons — Julia is widely known for Stargate Universe, Peter for jPod — engage in what are best described (without giving too much away) as hair-raising, relationship-changing showdowns befitting a horror movie. But they’re quick to point out that their on-screen confrontations bear little resemblance to their off-screen dynamic, which is more mutual appreciation society than horror movie fare. “Peter and I don’t fight in real life as a couple that often, so we were like, ‘It would be fun if we could fight on screen,’” says Julia in a weekend interview with WE. Linked in together via conference call, the couple takes turns singing each other’s praises. “Peter’s leadership and his ability to collaborate with people and then inspire them to do the best they can do, it’s amazing to watch,” gushes Julia. “She’s got the most amazing tenacity and determination to execute things,” Peter says. Throw this mad love together with a shared passion for film and a desire to create movie magic with their actor friends, and the Bensons’ debut feature project was healthy from the get-go. Death Do Us Part’s press release describes
it as follows: “[Six friends] go to a remote cabin in the woods to celebrate a Jack and Jill bachelor party… Friendships are ripped apart and accusations fly in this bloodfilled psychological horror with a whodunit twist.” They filmed over 11 days up at Julia’s father’s cabin on the Sunshine Coast in 2011 with director Nicholas Humphries (The Little Mermaid) at the helm. “There’s majestic beauty as you look out on the water, but 100 yards away, there are all these abandoned creepy shacks in the woods,” says Peter. “We’re like, ‘what an ideal setting for a horror film.’” Besides location, the desire to have fun dictated what type of movie they would make. For actors, it doesn’t get much more fun than horror. “The stakes are always so high in those kind of movies, so it’s fun to just play,” says Julia. And having industry friends on board — including Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Kyle Caissie (True Justice), and Emilie Ullerup (Arctic Air) — heightened the fun. “These are all people that we went to acting school with or trained with, and we’ve seen them do this huge array of character work that maybe the roles they’ve gotten on TV haven’t showcased,” says Peter. “We wanted to give them roles that they could sink their teeth into and show a different side of themselves.” Death Do Us Part won’t be the couple’s last collaboration. They’re already hard at work on their follow-up: a romantic comedy entitled What An Idiot. “We started this right after Death Do Us Part and decided, ‘let’s do a film where we’re nice to each other,’” laughs Peter. For updates on Death Do Us Part, follow @DDUPmovie.
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Vaisakhi a festival of food and fun
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very April thousands of people in the city enjoy an abundance of free food, live performances, and a festive parade for Vaisakhi. In Sikh culture, it marks the end of the harvest, the beginning of the new year, and the anniversary of one of the most significant events for Sikhism, the birth of the Khalsa (the Sikh brotherhood). More than 50,000 Vancouverites attend the parade every year to enjoy food given out to them by nearly every house, tent, and store along the parade route. Expect to see a lot of colour — most people will be dressed in traditional Indian attire. This year’s celebration is April 12. The parade Vancouver WestEnder starts at 11am-at the Ross Temple (8000 Ross at 64th). It moves onto southeast Marine Drive, then
west onto Main Street down 49th, east onto Fraser and finishes by going south onto 57th before returning to the temple. Do not take your vehicle; streets will be shut down. If you miss this parade, there will also be one in Surrey that will draw nearly 200,000 people on April 19. Enjoy foods such as: Samosas — a fried pastry filled with spicy potatoes, onions and peas. Pakoras — a piece of vegetable such a cauliflower or a potato, coated in seasoned batter and deep-fried. Sholay puri — chickpeas sautéed in sauce with spices and served with a small, round, flat piece of bread made of unleavened wheat flour, deep-fried. Saag and roti — a leaf-based dish made with a combination of spinach, broccoli and other greens and served with a chapatti (roti). Chai tea — traditional Indian tea.
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Free Will Astrology by Rob Brezsny • Week of April 10
ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s compensation week. If you have in the past suffered from injustice, it’s an excellent time to go in quest of restitution. If you have been deprived of the beauty you need to thrive, now is the time to get filled up. Wherever your life has been out of balance, you have the power to create more harmony. Don’t be shy about seeking redress. Ask people to make amends. Pursue restorations. But don’t, under any circumstances, lust for revenge.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe,” said novelist John Updike. That’s a sad possibility. Could you please do something to dispute or override it, Taurus? Would it be too much to ask if I encouraged you to go out in quest of lyrical miracles that fill you with wonder? Can I persuade you to be alert for sweet mysteries that provoke dizzying joy and uncanny breakthroughs that heal a wound you’ve feared might forever plague you? Here’s what the astrological omens suggest: Phenomena that stir reverence and awe are far more likely than usual.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I wonder if it’s time for you to modify an old standby. I’m getting the sense that you should consider tinkering with a familiar resource that has served you pretty well. Why? This resource may have some hidden weakness that you need to attend to in order to prevent a future disruption. Now might be one of those rare occasions when you should ignore the old rule, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So be proactive, Gemini. Investigate what’s going on beneath the surface. Make this your motto: “I will solve the problem before it’s a problem — and then it will never be a problem.”
horoscopes eat for free as they provide a service for the large reptiles. As I analyze your astrological aspects, Scorpio, I’m inclined to see an opportunity coming your way that has a certain resemblance to the plovers’. Can you summon the necessary trust and courage to take full advantage?
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Are you sure you have enough obstacles? I’m afraid you’re running low. And that wouldn’t be healthy, would it? Obstacles keep you honest, after all. They motivate you to get smarter. They compel you to grow your willpower and develop more courage. Please understand that I’m not talking about trivial and boring obstacles that make you numb. I’m referring to scintillating obstacles that fire up your imagination; rousing obstacles that excite your determination to be who you want and get what you want. So your assignment is to acquire at least one new interesting obstacle. It’s time to tap into a deeper strain of your ingenuity.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In 1937, physicist George Paget Thomson won a Nobel Prize for the work he did to prove that the electron is a wave. That’s funny, because his father, physicist JJ Thomson, was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1906 for showing that the electron is a particle. Together, they helped tell the whole story about the electron, which as we now know is both a wave and a particle. I think it’s an excellent time for you to try something similar to what George did: follow up on some theme from the life of one of your parents or mentors; be inspired by what he or she did, but also go beyond it; build on
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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You have been a pretty decent student lately, Aquarius. The learning curve was steep, but you mastered it as well as could be expected. You had to pay more attention to the intricate details than you liked, which was sometimes excruciating, but you summoned the patience to tough it out. Congrats! Your against-the-grain effort was worth it. You are definitely smarter now than you were four weeks ago. But you are more wired, too. More stressed. In the next chapter of your life story, you will need some downtime to integrate all you’ve absorbed. I suggest you schedule some sessions in a sanctuary where you can relax more deeply than you’ve allowed yourself to relax in a while.
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takes or do you not have what it takes?” That’s the wrong question to ask, in my opinion. You can’t possibly know the answer ahead of time, for one thing. To dwell on that quandary would put you on the defensive and activate your fear, diminishing your power to accomplish the task at hand. Here’s a more useful inquiry: “Do you want it strongly enough or do you not want it strongly enough?” With this as your meditation, you might be inspired to do whatever’s necessary to pump up your desire. And that is the single best thing you can do to ensure your ultimate success.
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While waiting politely for a pedestrian to clear the intersection while turning right, this car received a wide grin and a giant wave from a woman wearing industrial welding goggles. She looked a bit like a bee. So does this. It’s the Beetle GSR, a special edition version of Volkswagen’s Turbo Beetle that’s a real honey of a car. Take that comment literally; this machine really does look like it was hatched in a hive.
If yellow stitching on a flat-bottomed steering wheel can really be considered tasteful, then the inside of the GSR is more tasteful than the exterior. It’s actually quite reserved in here, and you might never know it was a limited-run model – except that VW has helpfully written that fact on the steering wheel. Just 3500 GSRs will be sold worldwide. With the original car, all were gone in just two months. In Canada, fewer than 100 will be imported, so perhaps the rarity value is worth something.
The name comes from a tribute to the 1973 Gelb-Schwartz Renner (Yellow-Black Racer), a similarly bumblebeeshaded machine that is so famous, you never heard about until just now when I mentioned it. Sold only in the German home market, it had 50hp from an aircooled 1600cc and slightly larger wheels and tires – no Muhammad Ali here.
As far as the rest of the interior goes, this is essentially just an R-Line Beetle with a few extra badges. You get comfortable, great-looking seats that don’t provide quite enough lateral support as compared to a GTI, a very VWlooking dash layout, and a multi-gauge pod. Where the regular Turbo Beetle gets a neat carbon-fibre trim, this car gets matte-finish treatment to most of the surfaces, and the aforementioned yellow stitching everywhere.
Still, for the time the car was fairly nippy, and marked a change for the humble people’s car from modest little fuelsipper to unlikely performance hero. This new version has 210 turbocharged horses to draw on: is it all buzz, or is there a sting in the new GSR’s tail?
This particular version was equipped with the Beetle’s Technology package, which adds satellite navigation and an 8-speaker-plus-subwoofer Fender-branded premium audio. This works great for cleaning out your ears because it can and will melt your earwax.
While the Beetle’s shape does limit headroom and would send most young parents tut-tutting and heading for a fivedoor GTI or a GLI instead, it’s actually not all that bad for short distances. A child seat does (barely) fit, and an adult passenger could endure a short lift across town.
The previous generation of front-wheel-drive Beetle was very popular, but might have been accused of being a bit cutesy in its homage to the sturdy, no-nonsense original. I mean a flower vase next to the steering wheel? That’s a bit much. However, when VW decided to drop the turbocharged four-cylinder engine out of the GTI into the car, those cute looks were suddenly hilarious. Here was a car from the Care Bear / My Little Pony school that was perfectly capable of dusting off the hot hatchbacks of the day. The new car is much less saccharine-sweet, with an extended profile that gives it something of the look of a Porsche. All GSRs get the cosmetic upgrades of the R-Line cars, which means aerodynamic trim including a large spoiler, and 19” alloys shod in wide, 235-series rubber. There’s also LED strip lighting up front, and in case you missed the point, an all-over yellow-and-black graphics package that includes “GSR” proudly emblazoned on the flanks.
Essentially, owning this car requires something of a sense of humour, both inside and out. And, speaking of giggles, let’s talk about what’s under the hood.
Ten more horsepower - that’s all I’m asking VW, just ten more horsies to give this blazing-yellow Bug some genuine performance credentials over and above the regular Turbo Beetle. No dice. Still, the original GSR didn’t have any more punch-buggy than the 1600 Beetle it was based on, so perhaps tradition is being upheld. Besides which, this isn’t really a car about winning races – this is a car designed around the concept of having a bit of a laugh. Two transmissions are on offer, a six-speed manual that’s a bit more engaging, or a $1400 six-speed dual-clutch
gearbox that adds stop and go practicality without losing much of the fun. The 210hp, 2.0L four-cylinder turbo is the same venerable mill that’s found throughout the VW line-up. It’s responsive and grunty, and makes a really good noise. So, if you’ve got a racing helmet with a VW sticker on it, then maybe you’re best off sticking with the GTI, particularly the new one coming later this year which is simply excellent. But what if you just want to have a bit of fun? Here, the GSR becomes an out-and-out hoot. If someone in a more-powerful Focus ST wants to stoplight race you, then just roll your eyes and let them go – the GSR isn’t built for would-be Vin Diesels. Instead, it’s easy to drive, with much better sightlines than the old car, excellent grip on long sweeping corners, and a comfortable, upright driving position. It’s not a serious car, but the world is full of serious cars stuck in traffic. At least with this bright yellow package, you’ll gather a smiling wave or two, rather than a scowl.
As mentioned, the GSR is a trim beyond a fully-loaded top-of-the-line R-Line Turbo Beetle, so you get 19” alloys, full leather interior, Bluetooth handsfree, heated seats, biXenon headlamps, etc., etc. Aside from choosing which transmission you want for your waggle-dance, the only option on the GSR package is the Technology bundle. This includes satellite navigation and the powerful Fender stereo for $1090 – not bad. Fuel economy for VW’s four-pot turbo isn’t bad either, with official ratings of 9.0L/100kms city and 6.5L/100kms on the highway. Like any other turbocharged vehicle, you’ll struggle to hit those figures if you drive the car as it’s meant to be driven, but VW is often closer than most.
Nice interior; sense of fun; responsive engine and transmission; unique appeal
No better dynamically than regular Turbo Beetle; stiff ride; slightly compromised handling
The Checkered Flag: Buzzy, but in the good way.
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