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ou’ve seen it done for stage and screen, and now it’s been adapted for sex appeal: Lewis Carroll’s beloved children’s classic, Alice in Wonderland, is getting the burlesque treatment. Vixens of Wonderland, a Vegas-style burlesque musical, steps through the looking glass onto the stage at Performance Works on Granville Island, to bring you an ambitious fusion of theatre and costumed camp. If you can handle it, expect Alice, The Cheshire Cat, The White Rabbit, and The Evil Red King to get sent down the rabbit hole and spanked. Vixens of Wonderland runs August 15-29 at 8pm. Tickets are $25 at Brown PaperTickets.com. –Kelsey Klassen
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unk rock, mohawks, and a burger-eating contest. Sounds sweaty, but if you like your music loud, this is a great chance to catch the best this city has to offer. The 4th annual Burger Fest returns with 32 bands on two stages at the Japanese Hall (487 Alexander). Music starts at 1pm; tickets $10 at the door. Oh, and the burgers are organic and hormone-free, if that was holding you back from stepping into the Burger Dome.
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Summer Night Concerts This old favourite is back with LeAnn Rimes, Gavin DeGraw, Trooper, Three Days Grace, Air Supply, Joan Jett, and more. Concerts are free with admission and play outdoors nightly at 8pm at the PNE Amphitheatre.
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YVR Fly Dome: A 360 Travel Experience Using 360 degree motion capture technology, the dome will display scenes from Machu Picchu, New York City, the Pyramids of Giza, and more on a massive screen nearly 60 metres in circumference. This new attraction runs daily from 11am to 11pm near Playland.
Polo returns to Vancouver
ivot stomp, chukkers, mallets and the throw-in. Specific to polo, the few terms many readers will recognize about the equestrian sport are horse, rider and ball. And probably the field, which is the largest in sport at 10 acres and more than eight times the size of a soccer pitch. Vancouverites curious about the game or long in love with the sport of kings (and princes… hello, Harry) can take in the first one the city has seen in more than 20 years when the nascent Vancouver Polo Club hosts its inaugural event with the Southlands Riding Club on Aug. 17. Gates open rain or shine at the Southlands
Riding Club at 12:30pm Aug. 17. The game starts with the throw-in at 2pm. VIP tickets are sold out, but general admission is $5. “Fancy dress” is encouraged and there will be prizes for best-dressed man, woman, child, and couple. Remember though, you will be in a paddock setting, so plan your outfit from the shoes up. For details and tickets, call 604-263-4817. –Megan Stewart
4th Annual Rib Fest Competition The Fair is once again hosting the popular competition featuring barbecue pit masters from across Canada. Four national teams will showcase some of their award-winning barbecue ribs, brisket and pulled pork. PNE.ca
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Mike Burdick, spokesperson of the Marpole Residents Coalition and resident of 35 years, said many do not see the Gallery Show Lounge as a problem because the former Fraser Arms Hotel operated a strip club. Photo Dan Toulgoet
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Strip club divides neighbourhood By Christopher Cheung
“gentlemen’s club” set to open in Marpole claims it will employ some of the most beautiful women in the country, but some residents want to send the business packing. A large billboard at the site of the future location featuring three scantily clad women has some residents concerned about the Gallery Show Lounge while others are indifferent to it. The issue came up at a July meeting of the Marpole Residents Coalition. Mike Burdick, the coalition’s spokesperson and resident of 35 years, said for the most part, the community agreed it wasn’t a big deal, but there were a few residents who were passionately against the strip club. “I know it offends a lot of people and it’s probably abhorrent to some, but the people that own the license have every right to make money on their license until the city says ‘no, you can’t do that,’” said Burdick. The location at 1312 SW Marine is the former site of the Wild Coyote and Motel nightclubs and near the former site of the Fraser Arms Hotel, which operated a strip bar until 2004. The lounge isn’t a problem for some
residents because it isn’t a new issue to them, said Burdick. Bree Gilroyed, who has worked in Marpole for about a year, recently moved into the area. “It doesn’t really phase me that much, it’s just a business,” said Gilroyed. “Sex is selling over all of our billboards, so to me it’s just another thing that happens when you get more populated… I do think it’s a little bit strange because it’s not like downtown… Are people really going to come travel that far? I guess we’ll find out.” Nicola Khan, nearby resident and parent, fears for the neighbourhood’s families due to the club’s clientele. She cited the abundance of family amenities within two blocks of the club including daycares, a Montessori preschool, a learning centre for children with autism and St. Anthony of Padua Catholic elementary school. “Marpole’s kind of like a safe haven,” said Khan. “Obviously [the Gallery Show Lounge is] going to be like the kind of place where the gangsters are going to go. They’re not really welcome downtown in a lot of establishments and want to go somewhere where they can go and have their own private Idaho. It’s like a pedophile’s dream.” She is aware of the previous nightclubs but believes the show lounge will bring a
different crowd of “riffraff.” Khan is also worried about gun violence and suggested a bulletproof barrier be put up in front of the club. Dominko Komnenovic, senior project manager at the B.C. ministry of transportation, is a parent and Marpole resident of 10 years. He doesn’t think the location is worth the worry. “You have to cross two Marine Drives, with the median, and then go under the ramp and it’s only in the corner close to the rail track. It’s secluded.” Komnenovic also doesn’t think parents or children are going to wander there because there is nothing nearby to draw families. “Even if gangsters are going to come at midnight, my kid’s going to be in bed,” he said. “It’s not like they’re going to be dancing in the parking lot.” Last Friday, the club’s Facebook page said it would be opening “within a couple months.” Many residents contacted the Marpole BIA despite the location being out of the association’s area. In response, the BIA contacted the city, which said the business is meeting regulations. “They’re talking about an upscale facility,” said BIA executive director Claudia Laroye. “That will be seen how it plays out on our community perspective.” — Story courtesy of Vancouver Courier
unch at the simple click of a button. That’s idea behind Vancouver company Spoon’s innovative new lunch delivery service, which hopes to bring sustenance to workers too busy to leave their desk. “We wanted to make ordering and paying and delivering your lunch as simple as possible,” says co-founder Regina Wong. Every day around 10:30am, users a get a simple text message with two menu items. All you have to do is text back “A” or “B”, and around noon-ish, your lunch will be dropped off at your office and your credit card will be automatically billed. If you don’t feel like placing an order, don’t text back. “You don’t even have to be there,” says Wong. “We can drop it off and text you that your lunch has arrived.” Wong says the idea came from one of the company’s co-founders who was an engineer, and would often lose track of time while engrossed in a project. “Lunch was always a sticky situation, because he’d be so caught up in work, he’d forget to eat sometimes,” said Wong. Taking inspiration from the dabbawala of Mumbai, Wong and her team set out to transform how Vancouver does lunch. The logistics of coordinating and delivering so many lunches at the same time has proved challenging, but Wong says the solution was to offer a simple menu of only two items every day. That also allows Spoon to partner with local food trucks and restaurants to bulk buy large quantities of lunches daily at a reduced price, similar to how a Groupon might work. The menu changes everyday, and items that prove to be popular with customers will be more likely to make a repeat appearance. The cost ranges from $8 to $13, and includes delivery charges and taxes. Currently Spoon is delivering to select offices in downtown Vancouver, but Wong is hoping to expand to wider geographic area in coming months. To sign up, visit spoon.pm to enter their credit card information and delivery address.
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Board games bring community together in West End Volunteers in West End combat urban isolation with Monopoly, Clue By Christopher Cheung
imulations of railway construction and power struggles over wheat are met with laughter and community in the West End. Jim Balakshin, volunteer coordinator at the Gordon Neighbourhood House, is combating urban isolation with board games. Balakshin wanted to create a public, welcoming opportunity for residents to come out and interact with one another in response to the Vancouver Foundation’s survey on loneliness, which he believed was true in the West End. He called board games a “social impetus” due to their universality. “It doesn’t matter who you are,” said Balakshin, “or your background, or your orientation, or your race.” Balakshin applied for a neighbourhood small grant from the Vancouver Foundation and West End Games Night was born, with help from the West End BIA and Gordon Neighbourhood House. On Thursdays at 5pm, a bright yellow shelf packed with $500 of new games is rolled out to the rainbow picnic tables at Bute Plaza on Davie and Bute. Strangers are welcomed to come off the streets, grab a game and adventure together or go head to head. Tables are always filled. A 15-minute warning is given to ensure eager gamers have time to finish up. John Bishop stepped out of a restaurant on Davie one Thursday evening and stumbled upon the scene of gamers. “I think it’s a great place to start coming together than behind doors,” said Bishop. “It really brought the village to a village…
[and] created a real, live sense of community.” Balakshin lives a block from the intersection and believes the West End’s apartments contribute to the lack of meaningful interactions. Vancouver seems to centre on commercial and private spaces, he said. Bishop, who also lives in the area, agrees. “You can live two blocks from someone and never see them,” he said. “People who live in apartments don’t come out unless they need to.” Bishop is glad the evening takes a normally private activity and welcomes anyone who wants to join in. “When I grew up with my family, we did a lot of board games, card games, but it’s in our homes,” said Bishop. Balakshin is pleased with the interactions the games have fostered. He saw families including young couples and singles to join in. Two friends beckoned a young woman over who was shyly watching from the side. After two hours of games, they walked off together. Local folk band Coldwater Road played live at a few games nights. Bishop spotted a flautist one evening as well. Last Thursday, a piano was found in the alley. Blenz lent a chair and a musician volunteered to play. “It was kind of a neat vibe when all of that comes together with the music and the lights,” said Balakshin. The most popular games are not traditional fare like Monopoly, but cult favourites such as Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Cards Against Humanity. The collection is diverse enough to even include The Twilight Saga: New Moon’s board game. While Cards Against Humanity is described by creators as “for terrible people” due to its politically-incorrect dark humour, a family with teenagers tried the game and enjoyed it immensely. It was one of Balakshin’s favourite moments of the evenings so far. “It was funny to watch,” he said.
he Vancouver International Film Festival Society has undergone a leadership transition in its 33rd year, naming Jacqueline Dupuis as executive director. Dupuis replaces Alan Franey, who announced he would step aside at the close of last year’s festival, and has served as CEO and festival director for the past 26 years. Franey will remain involved with the festival as director of programming, and Dupuis, who joined VIFF two years ago, will now be focused on the leadership of the entire organization. “We’re so thrilled to continue to work with Alan in that role to keep the artistic core and spirit of the festival in tact,” Dupuis told WE Vancouver in a phone interview. “The challenge for the organization and the reason that I’m here, is that, when we moved into the film centre in 2005, the organization had grown beyond [its] capacity, and Alan identified that he wanted to focus more specifically on programming, not running the operations of the overarching society.” The not-for-profit VIFF Society produces year-round programming at the Vancouver International Film Centre in addition to the 16-day International Film Festival and the four-day VIFF Industry Conference each fall. The society employs more than 100 staff and 750 volunteers in BC, with an annual operating budget of approximately $5 million.
By handing the controls to Dupuis, the society is anticipating changes in its focus and direction. “It’s an interesting time for screen-based storytelling because we’re seeing so much crossover from content creators, from film to television, to web content and back and forth,” explained Dupuis. “We’re looking at, ‘What does this one-screen world potentially mean?’ And, ‘How do we find ways to incorporate those various platforms into our festival’s year-round programming, and also our industry measures?’” Prior to joining VIFF, Dupuis served as the executive of director of the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF). Once a strategic planning process is completed for VIFF later this year, the society is expected to roll out a vision that will keep pace with advances in viewing habits, technology, and content creation. “I see us potentially exploring how we can celebrate excellence in storytelling, which we already do so well for film with the film festival,” said Dupuis. “An example of that is the event that we had last year which featured a screening of one of creator Vince Gilligan’s favorite episodes of Breaking Bad, followed by an up close and in-person conversation with Vince himself just two days before the season finale. That was a really great profile piece for the local industry, because Vince got his start in TV right here in Vancouver working on X-Files. It also gave us the opportunity to test out content that was developed for a small screen on the big screen, and how that experience differs.” VIFF runs from Sept. 25-Oct. 10.
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Vancouver’s coffee rock stars Vancouver’s growing number of indie coffee shops are sticking it to corporate coffee culture and doing things their way By Robert Mangelsdorf
ith a warm purr and a gurgle, the hot dark liquid slides out of the imposing stainless steel hulk sitting atop the bar at Milano Coffee on West 8th. Nearly the size of a V-8 engine, it produces just a dainty cup’s worth of black gold: Owner Brian Turko’s own La Futura espresso blend. Turko takes a small spoon and barely dips its tip into a bowl of sugar, dissolving the crystals into the thin layer of crema floating atop his coffee. “Just a touch of sugar,” he says as he stirs, “and it opens up your taste buds.” The flavours are complex, and intense. There’s nutty cocoa, hints of citrus and vanilla. There’s spice too – cloves and cardamom – and a sweet toffee finish. Ten different kinds of arabica beans go into this blend, each with its own personality, each a variable in the equation. Last year, La Futura brought home gold at Italy’s International Coffee Tasting Competition, beating out espresso blends from around the world. Turko is one of a growing number of local artisan coffeemakers who are finding success by following their passion for the bean. And like the many different beans in an espresso blend, Vancouver’s many independent coffee shops each have their own personality.
Clockwise, from bottom: 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters barista Cole Trepanier pours the perfect cappuchino; Coffee at Revolver in Gastown resembles a work of art; The pourover method of brewing coffee is a big hit at Revolver; Brian Turko, owner and master roaster of Milano Coffee rocks out while his coffee roasts. Jennifer Gauthier photos
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Vancouver has always been a coffee town, thanks to the many Italian immigrants who settled in our fair city and brought their delicious traditions with them. Turko grew up just a few blocks away from the espresso shops of Commercial Drive. Although he was an outsider in the heavily Italian neighbourhood, Turko nevertheless fell in love with the social nature of the coffee shop at an early age. “That’s where the girls were,” he chuckles.
Before long, he found himself working in the cafés he frequented, learning the secrets of the trade. Turko and his wife Linda struck out on their own in 1997, opening Turk’s Coffee Bar. Their little café was the first nonItalian coffee shop on the Drive, and for a time at least, was largely ignored by the community. “We were coffee geeks before there were coffee geeks,” says Turko. But soon word got out, and within months the coffee shop became a Commercial Drive staple. Six years later the couple bought Milano Coffee and its roasting facilities on West 8th, where former owner and master torrefazoni Francesco Curatolo took Turko under his wing and shared with him his craft. Through a doorway into Milano’s back room lies Turko’s laboratory. Here in the roasting room, he oversees every aspect of his coffee’s production, from the roasting, to the blending, to the packaging, all the while, plucking a tune on a beat-up acoustic guitar. “The key characteristics of coffee are its body, flavour, aroma, and acidity,” Turko explains. “[As a roaster], you have to pair these elements and match it to the tastebuds: Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami.” The sweet spot for roasting takes place between 200 C and 221 C. Even one degree over can burn the beans. Darker roasts produce a fuller flavour with more caramelization and bitterness, while lighter roasts produce subtler flavours, with more acidity and more caffeine. Chains like Starbucks – which are notorious for over-roasting, if not burning, their beans – have helped popularize a taste for dark roasts on the West Coast. Starbucks opened its first location outside of the U.S. here in Vancouver at Waterfront Station in 1987. The shop was an instant hit with caffeine-addicted commuters, and today the global coffee chain operates close to 100 locations within the
city limits. Until 2012, the intersection of Robson and Thurlow featured a pair of Starbucks shops, right across the street from each other. Not long after Starbucks arrived on the scene, the Blenz coffee franchise opened its first location at Robson and Bute in 1992. The chain is one of the biggest in BC and now stretches across the Pacific Rim with locations in Japan and the Philippines. While Tim Hortons holds more than 60 per cent of the Canadian coffee market, Vancouverites didn’t get to roll up their rims until 1994, when the first BC location opened on East Hastings. But the weak drip coffee the chain offers has never had much appeal to Vancouverites. “What Starbucks has done is popularize European coffee culture,” says Turko. According to the Coffee Association of Canada, more than 65 per cent of Canadians drink coffee daily, averaging 2.8 cups per day. And while corporate coffee chains of every variety have spent big bucks on advertising to encourage that daily coffee ritual, Vancouver’s coffee drinkers are growing up, says Turko. And after decades of corporate coffee, Vancouver’s java junkies are ready for the real thing, and their tastes are expanding: Pour-overs, single-origin, artisan roasting. Coffee fans are beginning to realize there’s more to coffee than burnt beans and sugary, milky drinks. For Turko, his product has finally caught up with his customers. Three-and-half years ago Milano’s Gastown location was the first coffee shop in the city to offer pour-overs. Common in Japan, this take on traditional filter coffee is brewed to order using a glass carafe and a specially-designed kettle, producing an exceptionally smooth and flavourful cup of black coffee. Today, pour-overs can be found in just about any independent coffee shop in the city. “We don’t follow trends,” says Turko. “We follow the art of coffee gastronomy.”
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The Young Gun For Revolver Coffee owner and manager George Giannakos, coffee is in his blood. Giannakos grew up surrounded by coffee culture in his parents’ shop, The Daily Roast, on the Sunshine Coast. The coffee shop quickly became a Sechelt landmark after it opened in the early 1990s, and still operates today, albeit under different owners. “There were no Starbucks around then,” recalls Giannakos. “If you wanted a coffee, you had to go to a diner or a gas station.” While he was immersed in all things coffee-related for years, it wasn’t until his parents opened Crema Coffee Bar in West Vancouver that Giannakos began to take coffee seriously. “That’s when I learned to taste it, to serve it, to really appreciate it,” he says. Before long, Giannakos had left the nest, travelling around the world to sample coffee culture in places like Montreal, Portland, New York, and Japan. What he learned, he brought back to Vancouver, and in 2011 opened Revolver on Cambie in Gastown with the help of his family. The thoroughly modern coffee shop has quickly gained a devoted following thanks to its hip personality and devotion to the art of coffee. “We wanted to create a super coffee-focused place with great service, tons of options, and if you don’t want to geek out, that’s great too,” says Giannakos. In addition to offering traditional espresso blends and pourovers, Revolver also features a wide range of single-origin coffees, which contain one type of bean, from one farm or region, roasted one way. The result is a coffee with a very specific and distinct flavour, allowing the shop to offer a variety of different flavours from geographical regions around the world. “And people want to know where their coffee is coming from,” says Giannakos. That sense of connectedness applies to the store itself. Independent coffee shops are members of the community they serve, and, compared to corporate chains, a greater percentage of their profits stay in that community. And their customers realize that. “There’s a very real personality with each business, and with chains, you don’t get that same personality and spirit,” says Giannakos. “At the end of the day, there’s a lot of passion in the independent shops, and you can get a unique product.” For Giannakos, it’s as much about the coffee as it is the experience. And while Vancouver’s coffee drinkers are thirsty to explore the creative new world of the independent coffee shop, he understands they are also creatures of habit. “It’s a delicate thing,” he says. “Everyone has experience with [coffee], so everyone has an expectation of how it should be. “And it’s easy to come across as pretentious when you’re doing something different.”
Trepanier. Of course, technical skills and a highly-refined palate are also necessary. Working an espresso machine is a delicate art that requires constant taste-testing and recalibrating to ensure a consistent product, Trepanier explains. “The weather, the humidity, the heat of the grinder, everything goes into account,” he says. “If we open the garage doors here, it completely changes the profile of the coffee.” Trepanier’s passion for coffee is evident, and infectious. And that’s part of the appeal of an independent coffee shop. “We’re passionate, but we tread careful ground,” he says. “We don’t want to be pretentious, we just want people to care about coffee the way we care about coffee.” While Trepanier says there’s an invisible divide in Vancouver between those who only go to the independent coffee shops and those who get their coffee wherever, overall, customers are much more educated and willing to try new things. “Have an open mind, try a different roast profile, talk to your barista, and you’ll get to understand the nuances of the flavours,” says Trepanier. And don’t be afraid to ask your barista any questions you might have. “It’s always exciting for a barista to get to talk about coffee with customers and share our passion.”
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Barista Cole Trepanier grew up in rural Hope, far away from the coffee scene of the big city. But in a town with not much to do, the local coffee shop was a godsend. “That’s where we would all hang out,” he says. “There wasn’t a lot of access to anything truly special, but that’s what we had.” After moving to Vancouver in 2008, Trepanier decided to pursue his love of coffee professionally and train as a barista. Last month, Trepanier took first place at the Western Regional Barista Competition, hosted by Rocanini Coffee Roasters in Richmond, earning him a spot at the Canadian National Barista Competition in Mississauga next month. “I love the ritual of making my coffee,” says Trepanier, who pulls espressos for 49th Parallel Roasters on Main. “It’s such a sensory experience.” During the competition, baristas give a 15-minute serviceoriented presentation, serving four espressos, four cappuccinos, and four signature beverages to the judges. It is a race against the clock as competitors are scored on a complex set of rules that emphasize cleanliness, taste, professionalism, efficiency and mastery of craft. It’s not enough to have a perfect flavour profile, however. Competitors are also judged on their ability to be personable. “Customer service is such a big part of what we do,” says
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Brand-new to downtown Kelowna, this small charcuterie and wine bar is run by first-time owner/chef Jason Liezert, who readers might remember from his time in Vancouver at Boneta, Save On Meats, Corner Suite Bistro, and The Parker. Liezert butchers and cures all of his own locally-sourced and ethically-raised meats, and sources local artisan cheeses, and wines from the Okanagan and Pacific Northwest. Check out the meat fridge for takeaway items, enjoy a charcuterie plate at one of the high tops, or indulge in one of the massive sammies, like the slow-roasted brisket or the smoked tongue off the dinner menu.
he secret is out about the Okanagan. This month, USA Today named the area the second best winegrowing region to visit in the world, and for good reason. The Okanagan is definitely a place that allows for long, lazy days of meandering from one awardwinning winery to the next, sipping all manner of varietals and blends. But this region is also home to some of the best food producers and growers in the world, meaning local chefs have unparalleled bounty to work with. And what they do with it can blow your mind – and palate – right out of the vineyard. From Kelowna in the north to Osoyoos in the south, here are 10 dining destinations you won’t want to miss. Some are brand new, some are more established, but all are outstanding and offer a fantastic taste of the (more than) OK valley.
Old Vines at Quail’s Gate Estate Winery This stunning location overlooking the Boucherie Mountain Bench slopes down to Lake Okanagan, offering views of vines, water, and mountains. It’s the food that will blow you away, however, thanks to the incredible passion and dedication of executive chef Roger Sleiman. Almost everything is sourced within BC, with the bulk coming from the fields and gardens in the surrounding area, including chef’s own. Open year-round, the menus change seasonally, but BC spot prawns with ricotta ravioli were standout, especially when paired with Quail’s Gate excellent rosé.
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September 7, 2014 at Bremner’s Farm (Wellbrook Winery) 4626 88th Street, Delta A gourmet wandering harvest festival, Feast of Fields is FarmFolk CityFolk’s largest annual fundraiser. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, taste BC’s extraordinary bounty as prepared by some of the province’s most talented chefs, vintners, brewers, farms and food artisans. Witness the connection between farmers and chefs, food producers and consumers.
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Chef Lee Humphries was mourned by Vancouverites when he left the helm of C Restaurant to move his family to the Okanagan and take over the toque at Local, but Humphries has found his stride, and every step is delicious. The food here is all about casual comfort, but it’s done with inventive twists and local, seasonal ingredients. Match it with a bottle from the stellar wine list and take it out onto the patio to enjoy the unobstructed lake view. Don’t miss the chickenfried oyster mushrooms from local cultivator What the Fungus (WTF) or the two-burger combo with ground chuck, smoked bacon, pickled beets and a fried egg.
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Burger 55 Speaking of burgers, when in Penticton, all roads lead to Burger 55. What started as a tiny shack off the railroad tracks has morphed into a busy bricks and mortar establishment that features customized burgers with serious cred. Pick a bun (or tortilla, or salad), pick your meat (I recommend the lamb or AAA Angus beef) and then go crazy with cheeses, toppings and sauces. Grilled peaches with beet strings, “drunk” caramelized onions and feta cheese graced my lamb burger and created a monster that need a little more than two fists to handle properly. Neatness not included.
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Clockwise from left: Local Lounge executive chef Lee Humphries; Dessert at Old Vines at Quail’s Gate by pastry chef Nikki Neff; A custom burger at Penticton’s legendary Burger 55. Anya Levykh photos
Bogner’s of Penticton Over 35 years ago, this secluded heritage home in downtown Penticton was transformed into Granny Bogner’s, loved by locals for its country home cooking and surrounding gardens. Today, under the ownership of Chef Darin Paterson, it has become one of the city’s fine dining destinations. Practically self-sufficient in the summer and fall months, thanks to the private farm operated nearby by the restaurant staff, as well as the onsite kitchen gardens, it’s not uncommon to gaze through a window and see one of the kitchen staff run out to clip some leaves for the hyper-local caesar salad or pull some herbs with which to garnish your meat. The menu changes frequently, based on what’s available locally on any given day, including the lamb that is raised a few miles away. Paterson also has rotating prix fixe barbecue menus on Friday and Saturday nights that include five courses for a reasonable amount. By the glass selections are very reasonable, like the Van Westen Voluptuous red, which goes for $11. Pair it with the braised lamb ragu over the housemade gnocchi.
302 Eckhardt Ave. West, Penticton | 250493-2711 | Bogners.ca
Theo’s Restaurant In Vancouver, Greek food is that cheap thing you line up for on Davie Street, but in Penticton, it’s a culinary showcase that shows you what you’ve been missing. Theo’s has been quietly serving happy locals for almost 40 years, but has yet to be discovered by most out-of-town visitors, which is a shame. The building was constructed in 1976 as a re-creation of a village in Crete, complete with indoor vines and plants, secluded balconies (including a Romeo and Juliet balcony where just-engaged couples have carved their names) and an authentic mix of stucco, tile and stone. The same family has been running it all these years, and currently Nikos Theodosokis (son of the founding couple) handles operations. The grape leaves for the delicious and moist dolmathes come from their own vines, and are still made daily by Nikos’ mother. The hummus and taramasalata are not to be missed, and the roast lamb – the benchmark for any good Greek restaurant – is a large juicy shoulder baked over oregano branches and dressed with garlic, lemon, white wine and mustard.
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Smoke & Oak Bistro Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery’s new bistro is all about the barbecue—and the spaetzle. If you think that’s an odd combination, then it might help to know that winery founder Adolf Kruger is of Germanic origin and knows a thing or three about German
noodles. The winery’s emphasis on grapes like gewurztramienr and riesling made barbecue a perfect fit, and chef Sarren Wolfe uses vineyard cuttings and wine barrels to smoke the meats in an authentic competition smoker imported from Tennessee. The sauce is made from local fruit and Wild Goose wine, and all meats are served with spaetzle made from Kruger’s family recipe. Go for the smoked pork ribs with spaetzle, baked beans and salad or the monstrous share platter, which gives you a little taste of everything.
2145 Sun Valley Way, Okanagan Falls | 250-497-8919 | WildGooseWinery.com
Miradoro Featuring another Vancouver transplant— this time former Aurora Bistro owner/ chef Jeff Van Geest—Miradoro has solidly ensconced itself as the south Okanagan’s top dining destination. Located at the awardwinning Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, the restaurant is a partnership between the winery and Manuel Ferreira, founding owner of Le Gavroche in Vancouver. Van Geest is a perfect fit here, as the local, seasonal, ethical, sustainable ethos that he championed at Aurora is given free reign here, and the results are innovative and inspired. Classic Neapolitan pizzas like the bascaiola, with sweet fennel sausage, grilled mushrooms, confit garlic and chilies over a cream base, are excellent, but the dinner menu is where Chef’s talents are truly let loose. Morel-crusted elk, pork belly in a gewürtz glaze, or more of those heady pizzas are all worth trying. Menus change frequently, which makes each visit a welcome surprise.
537 Tinhorn Creek Rd., Oliver | 250-4983742 | Tinhorn.com/Restaurant
Joy Road Vineyard Kitchen Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart of Joy Road Catering have long been lauded as two of the best chefs in the Okanagan. Their legendary al fresco winery dinners at God’s Mountain Resort in Penticton are a local byword, and you can catch them every weekend at the Penticton Farmers’ Market, selling their rustic Okanagan fruit galettes. Now, they have a permanent kitchen at Black Hills Estate Winery in Oliver, and everyone’s rejoicing. The menu focuses on small plates and snacks, like the excellent faro, cucumber and French radish salad with salsa verde and sweet onion, or the fall-apart meatballs. Don’t miss the Berkshire pork, raised by Ewart and Smith, or the heartier pizzas, like the green garlic pesto with house smoked bacon, potato and goat’s cheese, or the fennel sausage meatballs with fresh arugula, provolone and heirloom tomatoes.
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By Kurtis Kolt
s a riesling fan, I love that we can say BC wine country has a great handle on the grape. There are so many wineries that make the grape shine, from Tantalus and Summerhill in Kelowna to JoieFarm in Naramata to Oliver’s Road 13 Vineyards. Lately though, there’s been a particular Okanagan riesling that has been top of mind. CedarCreek’s 2013 Block 3 Riesling ($24.95 winery direct; a couple bucks more here in town) has been, simply put, charming the hell outta me lately. First off, it exudes its Kelowna terroir, chock-a-block with minerality and Okanagan summer fruit. It’s what most would refer to as off-dry, but pleeease don’t let my honesty on the matter make you think it’s a sweet wine. It ain’t. The acid soars throughout, and it’s bright as mid-day sunshine. Winemaker Darryl Brooker has made this bottling an expression of its particular vineyard block, and my favourite part is that it’s a mere 8.8 per cent alcohol. I’m thinkin’ this is a drink-by-thepint wonder for hot August nights. Lookin’ to boost up your wine credentials? For those in the wine trade with a few years under their belt, the Court of Master Sommeliers are hitting town at the end of September for only the second time
ever to offer the first couple levels of their curriculum. Head on over to WineCollege. ca to check out what they have going on. The possibilities are endless once you start on the track with these guys, anyone who’s seen the movie Somm can attest. The flick’s on Netflix right now, and an enjoyable view whether you’re in the trade or a keen enthusiast. How charming and civilised it is to hit up our local farmers markets and sample a little spirit, beer and wine, right? Recently at my local Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, I recently tried the Similkameen Valley’s Robin Ridge Winery Pinot Noir, and then toddled over to R&B Brewing’s table to refresh myself with a couple of their ales. This addition to our local farmers’ markets seems to be well received and I encourage readers to sip samples and then go ahead and purchase favourites so we can support this initiative. Finally, I’ve been pretty stoked to be part of My Wine Canada over the last month and a half. Over at the website (MyWineCanada.com) you can order wines from British Columbia, Ontario, or Nova Scotian wineries from anywhere in Canada! It’s been a fun exploration of wines that we don’t often see in our market, plus you can read about the wide world of Canadian wine over on the Wine log section, where myself and a few other Canadian wine folks offer the scoop on local fare.
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Chef Alex Tung, corporate chef of La Grotta Del Formaggio, swept the awards at The Rustichella PrimoGrano Pasta Competition in Abruzzo, Italy on Aug. 3. Mijune Pak photo
Vancouver chef Alex Tung takes top pasta prize Tung wins Rustichella PrimoGrano Internationl Pasta Competition in Abruzzo, Italy
Follow Me Foodie By Mijune Pak
hat a way to wrap up the trip in Abruzzo! Chef Alex Tung, corporate chef of La Grotta Del Formaggio in Vancouver, and I have spent the last week exploring the world of Rustichella PrimoGrano pasta and Abruzzo culture. The Peduzzi family celebrated Rustichella’s 90th anniversary this year, and although I was unfamiliar with their pasta, 90 per cent is exported outside of Italy. Chef Tung was already well-versed and loyal to the brand. We experimented with it leading up to the trip and I was further convinced after learning about their meticulous production process. Just as important as the quality of rice is to sushi, or bun to a burger, the pasta is the epitome of an excellent pasta dish. Rustichella’s PrimoGrano line is considered one of the Ferraris of pastas, if not the Ferrari of pasta. It is made with high-quality organic semolina grown in Abruzzo, the Italian region on the Adriatic Sea that boasts itself as the “Greenest Region in Europe”. The bronze dies they use to make the pasta roughen up the texture of the noodle, allowing maximum sauce to adhere to the pasta. It also allows for even cooking and ideal al dente texture. Rustichella’s low-temperature, slow-drying process also takes five times longer than most traditional pasta manufactures. As a result there is no caramelization, which means better flavour and a drier pasta lending itself to a better yield. Most industrial companies use Teflon dies, which cannot accomplish these characteristics, but are faster and more affordable. The Rustichella PrimoGrano Pasta Competition took place on Aug. 3 at the RED Culinary Facility. Chefs were invited from Brazil, Korea, New York, Portland, and Vancouver to compete.
Competitors had one hour to make two pasta dishes and chef Alex Tung won Best Pasta Dish as well as Best Overall – the only two titles to be won. Amongst the judges were Michelin-starred chef Gianfranco Vissani, food personality and journalist David Rosengarten, Rolando Beramendi of Manicaretti, Stefania Peduzzi, and family patriarch Nonna Peduzzi. Chef Tung’s first pasta was Rustichella PrimoGrano trigehetti with Abruzzo guanciale, corn, pear tomato, Trebbiano wine, pecorino di Abruzzo, a fried egg, and Rustichella PrimoGrano Intosso Extra Virgin Olive Oil. His second pasta was the winning dish, which was a Rustichella PrimoGrano spaghetonni, Pescara shellfish (used to make the broth), clams, mussels, pork sausage, pepperoncini, and oven-roasted cherry tomatoes. I asked chef Tung about his inspiration and philosophy behind the dishes and he mentioned how he fell in love with Abruzzo cuisine earlier in the week. He was clearly inspired by the Abruzzo region and its bounty, but also interjected his own modern style with his West Coast sensibilities. As a classically trained French chef, Tung has dedicated his life to everything Italian for the last five years. To him, Italian cuisine is simple, yet elegant. It has clean flavours executed with strong technique. He won using the least ingredients by far. He was emotional and thankful to have this opportunity to represent Canada and showcase his culinary beliefs. He is honoured to be Rustichella’s flag-bearer and looks forward to defending his title next year. Perhaps the most important things he learned in this competition was experiencing the traditions and hospitality of Abruzzo, as well as learning and educating one’s self about food history – something I obsess over. Find out more about Mijune at FollowMeFoodie.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @followmefoodie. In celebration of Chef Alex Tung’s win, bring this article to La Grotta Del Formaggio deli (1791 Commercial) for 20 per cent off any Rustichella PrimoGrano product for the month of August.
Azura Cook of Timeline Boutique offers fresh street styles at consignment cost. Jennifer Gauthier photos
Street Style: Time to consign A Good Chick to Know By Jennifer Scott
s with interior design, some of fashion’s best elements are repurposed. As a stylist, I take pieces from seasons or eras past, and work them into my current wardrobe to give a fresh take on today’s street styles. I love new fashions, but I definitely don’t love to look like a walking billboard for one store or another, or to be caught wearing the same outfit as anyone else. To create a look all my own, I’m a huge fan of shopping consignment; not only am I able to find unique pieces, but designer names can be scored for a steal. When I work with wardrobe clients, they often ask how they can achieve a runwayworthy image yet keep a realistic outlook on budget. Many people see fabulous designer fashions gracing the pages of glossy magazines and, although they are inspired and covet what they see, they often dismiss the idea that these items could be a part of their own attire due to cost. One of my most favourite parts of my job is showing clients how they can achieve the look for a fraction of the cost. I take many clients (and friends!) to the fab roster of consignment boutiques we have here in Vancouver. It seems as though almost every neighbourhood has a hidden gem for gently used designer garments, a seemingly exclusive spot for locals in the know. Kerrisdale has Dragon & Phoenix, which is definitely my first stop when scoping out second hand designer handbags; Main Street’s claim to fame for consignment is the consignment-meets-new hotspot, Front & Company. Main Street also just landed a new location of Turnabout (in the old blockbuster video building) and it offers perhaps one of the largest selections for consignment fashions in the city. I recently spent some time chatting (over a serious peruse through delicious finds – which ultimately led to scoring my new fall jacket
for this year!) with Azura Cook, owner of one of my fave stops for high-end consignment fashions: Timeline Boutique. She filled me in on all the fun surrounding her shop, her style and how it all got started. Tell me a little bit about your shop and how it all began: I began Timeline Boutique for the love of a great deal, the love of all types of clothing, and the love of recycling! We have such a broad product range of designer women’s consignment, from Forever 21 to Chanel. Our clients love that they can pop in to consign with no appointment necessary and I offer cash up front. What do you love about your location? We are excited to be at the corner of Davie and Seymour in Yaletown – there are so many people walking by with Emery Barnes Park right across the street! Plus I love that my friend has the What’s Shaken milkshake, smoothies, green drinks, protein shake bar next door. Finish this sentence: the average person who walks through the door is… Surprised that the prices are so good, or that it’s consignment at all! There are many items on the floor from businesses or people who bring in new items with the tags for consignment. We’ve had Chanel with the tags on many times. What would you say is your most popular item? Party dresses and great heels! What colour best describes your personality? Purple! And if it can be a sequin, that’ll sum it up. If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing? Designing shoes is on my life list. What are some style trends we can expect to see in 2014? Tassels, fringe, and I’d like to predict stirrup pants. They just have to come back!
The Carriage House Consignment Unique, one-of-a-kind items Cinde Stevens, Owner Walking through The Carriage House Consignment Store is like going on a journey through time and space; it’s a place where you’ll find a wooden spinning wheel reminiscent of Rumpelstiltskin next to a contemporary white sofa. You’ll also spot silver candlesticks perhaps once used in a castle or chateau in the same room as custom throw pillows with your pet’s image printed on them. You can even purchase a desk with secret compartments or a Macassar ebony wood dining table, no big deal. Owner Cinde Stevens has basically created a time warp in her store by mixing and matching art and furnishings from different centuries together into a modern stylish cocktail. The Carriage House, a family-run business, made its debut in 2004. Originally located in Railtown, the store started off as a showroom for designer William Switzer’s discontinued items and showroom samples, and soon developed into a consignment store hosting items from designers such as Barbara Barry, Roche Bobois, Floss, Minotti, and Ligne Roset. Now located at 1533 West 7th (between Granville and Fir), The Carriage House has grown to be the largest store of its kind in Western Canada. The Carriage House encourages people to submit photos of their pieces for consignment; if they meet the “wow factor” Cinde takes them in. Since she only accepts exceptional pieces, everything in her store is both uniquely different and of the finest quality. “A piece needs to have a really nice structure or look interesting, it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive”.
My Vancouver What’s your favourite thing about the city? I think probably the ethnic diversification, I love that about it. I find it really interesting that there’s a mix of people that have have brought their food and culture to the city. How do you like to have fun? I like to hike. I used to do the Grouse Grind every day when I lived in the area. On my 50th birthday, I did the Grind in 50 minutes! INTERESTING FACT: As a young adult, Cinde Stevens was a BC and Canadian Synchronized Swimming Champion for six years and then won a world championship.
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Beaucoup Bakery launches The Paris Tours By Kelsey Klassen
Free People stores coming to Vancouver By Kelsey Klassen
ohemian lifestyle brand Free People is coming to Vancouver. The American retailer sells women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, intimates, and swimwear inspired by world-travel and vintage styles, and is a part of Urban Outfitters, Inc. The location at Park Royal opens Aug. 29, and the boutique at 2624 Granville Street is set to follow on Oct. 10, marking the brand’s first forays into British Columbia. The stores will be Free People’s 98th and 99th North American locations. According to the press release, the 3,400-sq.ft. Granville Street store concept is inspired by the “globe-travelling girl”, and will feature two skylights flooding the space with natural light, and hand-carved elements that play up Free People’s feminine side. Both stores will have the brand’s latest collection of fall merchandise, including a wide array of denim, pullovers, socks, and a special collection of white woven tops. To celebrate the Vancouver launch, the brand is running “Vantown Sweeps” from Aug. 25-Sept. 21. Enter to win at FreePeople.com/FPVantownSweeps beginning Aug. 25.
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ackie Kai Ellis is standing on a sidewalk in Paris, in the pouring rain, waiting for me. I’m late for our interview and flustered. The drops of rain lurking on the ends of my hair are a giveaway of how unexpected the wet weather is, and Ellis graciously asks if I need an umbrella. She then confides that she had just been suckered into spending 50 Euro on hers. “This is my umbrella for the rest of my life. I’m never buying another umbrella,” she says with a rueful smile. It’s a funny story, and a relief to hear for someone who has just spent 15 stressful minutes trying to figure out which entrance of the Bon Marché we were meant to meet at. While Paris is a city of secrets to me, it is not a place that typically gets the better of an insider like her. The award-winning Vancouver pastry chef, who has developed an almost cult-like foodie following for her combination of childhood favourites and modern French pastries, is a star in her home town. In Paris, however, she’s a former lover; a wide-eyed student who studied under the weight of the city’s traditions and walked away clutching them to her chest. After graduating from École Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil in 2011, Ellis then tasted her way across Europe – an area of the world where the “taking of pastries” is an every day occurence. Converted to the church of simple pleasures, she returned to Vancouver and opened Beaucoup Bakery in 2012, looking to elevate the local experience by honouring the French one. “Eating pastries in France is just a part of life. Every a day, children eat a financier or a baguette for breakfast with some hot chocolate. After school they’ll go to a pastry shop and get a pain au chocolate. It’s like coffee shops in Vancouver,” she continues. “Everyone is going to go get a coffee. It’s not a question of whether you’re going to do it, just where you’re going to buy it.” The 35-year-old, who just last year was recognized as the city’s top Emerging Culinary Artist at the Mayor’s Arts Awards, still returns to Paris every few months to seek new inspiration, further her training, or accompany the next wave of winners of Beaucoup’s scholarship training programs. We walk for a few minutes, and, while I am again lost, Ellis winds her way effortlessly through Saint-Germain-des-Prés to Rue du Bac, marking the beginning of our culinary adventure, The Paris Tours – a guided introduction to the world of 100-yearold pastry recipes, breaded chandeliers, and “MOFs” (to delve into that realm, check out the King of Pastry on Netflix). See the setting, smell the context, and then pick your pastries to be gift-wrapped for tasting at the end of the three-hour walking tour. These pastries represent the ultimate in intimidation, not only in appearance, but price point. I would have never been inclined to try (or buy) a single one on my own, yet those first bites are now among my fondest memories of Europe. Ever. Each tour visits up to 10 locations, depending on the season, and here are six highlights from mine:
THE FINANCIER FROM HUGO ET VICTOR This pastry shop, named in honour of esteemed French writer Victor Hugo, looks like a jewelry store; except where Tiffany goes
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Local pastry chef Jackie Kai Ellis leads tours of her favourite patisseries, bakeries, and chocolate houses when she is in Paris. Kelsey Klassen photo blue, Hugo et Victor goes black. With its inlaid and theatrically lit display cases and no pictures policy, the experience feels more like shopping for engagement rings than pastries. So it was surprising that, Ellis quietly recommended skipping the “jewels” and going straight for the bar of gold: The financier. Light and moist, and made with an intoxicating combination of almond flour and brown butter, the rectangular cakes are baked to a golden crisp. I actually saved my financier for the next day and it is now the only way I’ll ever start a morning in Paris again.
A SLICE OF BREAD FROM POILÂNE Forget baguettes; this rough, dark, slightly tart boule has been sold by the slice for more than 80 years. “You still see old women come in each day just to buy two slices for themselves,” says Ellis with a smile. By far the most famous bread in the city (the bakery sells up to 15,000 loaves a day), where baguettes are made to last two to three days, Poilâne bread can last up to a week. It was this staying power which helped the shop outlive many other bakeries in the area in times when food and finances were scarce. The owners are also well-known for wild side ventures such as a furnished-by-dough project with Salvador Dali. An entire room of furniture was created out of bread, and a breaded chandelier hangs in the shop to this day as a reminder of the ambitious “dough-cor”. For a product so local, it’s shocking to learn that you can find the bread in 20 countries around the world. You might even know it as Urban Fare’s $100 loaf.
THE SADAHARU AOKI EXPERIENCE Sadaharu Aoki is a Japanese pastry chef that revolutionized French-meets-Japanese fare using flavours like bamboo, red bean, black sesame, matcha, and yuzu. And he does it perfectly. According to Ellis, the opera cakes at Miku and Minami in Vancouver were inspired by Aoki’s creation. For our tasting, we started with the Tart Caramel Salé, which is built as a storybook spiral of chocolate mousse and caramel that unravels accordingly. (Wait out the sweetness of the caramel for the floral bitterness of the matcha.) That was followed by two more Aoki sensations before we got to the crowning experience of the tour: Cracking the powdered yellow facade of his Citron Praliné to reveal the lemon-white chocolate mousse, hazelnut, and croustilliant secrets inside. I actually got emotional eating this for the first time.
“THE PINK ONE” Formally known as an Ispahan, it will forever be known as The Pink One to me. Pierre Hermé, the Picasso of Patissiers, was the inventor of the now ubiquitous flavour combination of raspberry, rose, and lychee when it was still considered outrageous to use tropical fruits in baking. Much like the chocolatehazelnut cliché, you’ll see this exact combination in almost every pastry shop from Paris to Vancouver. But having the opportunity to try it as it was originally envisioned – macaron shell, fresh rose-scented pastry cream with a licking of lychee – is the most exquisite of contexts.
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Next Paris Tour planned for 2015 Continued from page 12 PATISSERIE DES REVES The first stop on our tour set the tone for every experience thereafter. Truly “the pastry shop of dreams”, mastermind Philippe Conticini pushes French boundaries in creative ways. “The French are very particular. If you change one thing, it’s no longer that pastry and you have to call it something else,” explains Ellis. So Conticini plays with sizes, shapes, and deconstructions to put childlike wonder under the cloches. You’ll want to try the Paris-Brest and madeleines.
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Frank a whimsical surprise FRANK
Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal Directed by Lenny Abrahamson “Can you play C, F and G?” That’s the extent of the interview Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) endures before being thrust onstage as keyboardist for Soronprfbs, an avantgarde noise band fronted by Frank, a freeform lyric-spouting madman (and possible genius) wearing a giant papier-mâché head (and played by Michael Fassbender, already notorious for another oversized appendage). Heavy on aspirations but light on talent, Jon soon finds himself holed up in a cabin with the band, making meagre contributions to their atonal recordings. Keeping his Twitter and YouTube followers apprised of developments as new musical scales and instruments are invented, he also finds himself a lightning rod for the scorn of theremin player Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Despite Soronprfbs’ best efforts to remain undiscovered, they land a showcase set at SXSW. Alas, a shot at conventional success only sends Frank further off the rails. Drawing from his own tenure as keyboardist for real-life oddball Frank Sidebottom, co-writer (and esteemed gonzo journalist) Jon Ronson also incorporates unstable elements of Syd Barrett and Daniel Johnston in creating a messianic figure who possesses an uncanny charisma despite his unchanging artificial visage. (One of the film’s best running gags finds Frank narrating his facial expressions: “Flattered grin, followed by bashful half-smile.”) Deftly switching narrative rhythms like Zappa changed time signatures; director Lenny Abrahamson depicts the delirious exhilaration of being in the presence of someone transmitting on frequencies no one else is attuned to. As the film shifts keys from absurdity to tragicomedy, he also illustrates that not all outsiders can withstand going viral and there’s nothing particularly glamorous about mental illness. What a strange, uproarious and unexpectedly involving film this is. –Curtis Woloschuk
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Starring Megan Fox, William Fichtner Thor Directed by Jonathan Liebesman Diakow In many ways, Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman’s cult comic book creation that spawned a massive global empire was bigger than Marvel’s The Avengers in its heyday of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. After all, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had several feature films, a successful cartoon series, endless toys and even a touring rock ‘n’ roll arena show. Now, thanks to Michael Bay’s production company and some gargantuan leaps in movie visual effects, the wisecracking and butt-kicking heroes in a half shell are back for a modern reboot. This updated origin story is essentially the same, with a few convenient plot tweaks, and features Megan Fox as intrepid reporter April O’Neil who stumbles upon the reptilian foursome’s crime fighting tactics. Fox, who was reduced to vacuous eye candy in the Transformers films, actually succeeds in carrying the bulk of the film, especially in the first expository-heavy forty minutes. There’s also something to be said about a strong, central female character who isn’t the typical damsel in distress. The Turtles themselves are rendered through impressive motion capture technology and highly entertaining vocal work, especially from Vancouver’s own Noel Fisher who plays the perpetual party animal Michelangelo. Granted, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is often a silly affair and the script won’t win any awards but it never feels bloated and features several effective action sequences, including a mountain slope chase that is so ridiculous it’s hard not to enjoy and easy to see the playful homage to the franchise’s roots.
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The real Steve Nash Local filmmakers document nice-guy icon (and chat with Obama & Snoop Dogg) in Nash Reel People
BC-bred NBA basketball star Steve Nash is the subject of Michael Hamilton and Corey Ogilvie’s documentary Nash. Submitted photo
which was ultimately conducted in the White House. “Until he was in that room, you never knew if it was going to happen or not,” recalls Hamilton. “He rolled into the room, and he’s so eloquent, and it was amazing. We had five minutes with him. As fast as he came in, he was gone.” Hamilton says the titular athlete has been supportive of the film since day one. “[Nash] blessed this 150 per cent. There’s no way we could have done it without him being on board,” he says. “But he’s really humble. He did say, ‘you guys have worked really hard on this and I think you did a really great job,’ so that’s the most we got, but that’s pretty good.” For more on Nash, visit NashtheMovie.com.
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ports documentaries usually go something like this: An emerging athlete pursues his or her lofty dreams despite tragedy and crazy challenges, and ultimately wins the big game/contract/gold medal in a blaze of glory. But some top athletes don’t have a trail of tragedies behind them. They didn’t have crazy challenges to overcome. They grew up in supportive families. They worked hard, and they won the big game/contract/gold medal with their psyches still in tact. They’re nice people who happen to be icons. How do you make a compelling documentary about a well-adjusted icon? What’s the narrative? Well, if you’re Vancouver filmmakers Michael Hamilton and Corey Ogilvie, and you’re set on making a documentary about BC’s own nice-guy NBA superstar Steve Nash, you decide that being a well adjusted, nice-guy icon is the narrative. “The story is a guy that is doing it on his own terms and he’s managed to keep his nose above water,” says Hamilton. “He’s the anomaly.” The end result is Nash, a feature-length documentary now available for purchase and rental on iTunes and other VOD platforms. To bring Nash to cinematic life, Hamilton and Ogilvie conducted interviews with the celebrated athlete and more than sixty of his friends, colleagues, rivals, and relatives. They intercut these revealing chats with footage from basketball games and of the nice-guy icon in his car, in locker rooms, and skateboarding in New York City. What emerges is a portrait of a humble, hard-working and pensive guy from Victoria, BC, who – like the animated Sisyphus figure they cut to as their story unfolds – pushed himself to the top of the sports world. “This guy is 100 per cent true to his word,” says Hamilton. “Whatever he believes, whatever he puts out in the universe, that’s who he is and it’s so refreshing.” Hamilton had known Nash for years when he and Ogilvie approached him about documenting his rise through the NBA ranks. Shooting took place between 2010 and 2013. Hamilton – who got his first taste of showbiz in the sixth grade screening Disney films for his classmates in a far-flung Alberta town – and Ogilvie (Occupy: The Movie) thought the film was done and locked when, in 2013, it was announced that Nash would be moving on from the Phoenix Suns to the LA Lakers. “We all thought, ‘Well, we’ve got to make it relevant,’ so we went back and we got some pretty cool characters to help us tell that side of the story,” says Hamilton. Those characters include David Beckham, Andy Garcia, Kobe Bryant, and Snoop Dogg. Also making an appearance in Nash: The most powerful man on the planet, US President Barack Obama. The interview with President Obama – himself a welldocumented basketball fan and an admirer of Nash – materialized when Hamilton set out to interview Marvin Nicholson, a former classmate of Nash’s who just happens to work in the White House as a presidential aide. It was Nicholson who suggested that Hamilton attempt to arrange an interview with the President for his doc. It took a year to iron out the details for the interview,
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The best (and worst) of Squamish Fest By Kelsey Klassen and Robert Mangelsdorf Best: The Weather My god, when the sun comes out in this beautiful province of ours, in a setting as spectacular as the Squamish Valley, it almost makes you agree with those ridiculous licence plate slogans: This is truly the Best Place on Earth. Best: Arcade Fire Canada’s indie rock world-beaters did what they do best on Saturday night, blowing everybody’s minds with a two-hour musical epiphany. We danced, we swooned, we sang along (even before the band had hit the stage!), and as the moon rose high in the sky it illuminated thousands of smiling faces. The band’s set featured a healthy cross-section of their decade-long career, starting with the titular opening track of their newest album Reflektor and stretching all the way back to No Cars Go from their debut 2003 EP. “I’ve been to a few places,” frontman Win Butler told the enraptured crowd, “and this one of the most beautiful places on earth and we’re so happy to be here.” Best: Eminem If the previous two days felt like wholesome good times, there was a definite shift in the atmosphere as
bother jumping through the hoops they’ve set up. If you do intend to attempt to get your money back, you’d better act fast, you only have until the end of the month to do so.
it approached Slim Shady o’clock. But, like publicity, any atmosphere is good atmosphere, and this one created the perfect conditions to welcome the Blonde One back after an absence of 10 years. A five-minute faux True Crimes episode documented what happend after “Stan”, then Eminem bounded out in front of a flashing and whirring Tantalussized CGI boom box, and proceeded to remind us that the concepts of fast and furious have nothing to do with cars. After complaints about mosquitos and love for Vancouver, the set culminated in a medley of the hits “My Name Is”, “The Real Slim Shady”, and “Without Me”. Best: Chvrches Their glitter-bombed Glaswegian lass, Lauren Mayberry, was the leader of a dance party that, thanks to the expertly-crafted neon synth of their début, can really go anywhere. Best: The men at the front lines As festival young’uns learned the hard way that few can stand in the sun for six hours waiting for Eminem (and that eventually 10,000 people will try to push past you anyway), it was the security team – many of whom stood for three days in front of pounding speakers in the same sweat box – who methodically pulled dozens of sick, sobbing kids out of the crowd and sent them on the road to recovery.
Arcade Fire delivered a fully “reflective” set Aug. 9, spanning the 11 years since Funeral. Kelsey Klassen photo Worst: The cashless wristbands Organizers of the Squamish Valley Music Festival decided to make the event cashless this year, requiring anyone who wanted to buy anything to use a microchipped wristband which they had to load with credits via credit card, debit, or cash. If that sounds convenient, it wasn’t. The privilege of loading up the wristband with cash at the event cost you $3.50, and while festival staff were quick to tell music fans that any leftover credits at the end of the day could be refunded, they failed to mention what a ridicu-
lously byzantine process one has to jump through. See for yourself (Hold.SquamishFestival.com/p/ cashless-refunds). The instructions are 700 words long and require those wanting their change back to create an account online, provide their bank account number and direct deposit information, then pay a $2 handling fee. But don’t count on seeing that money any time soon, it’ll be three weeks before your money ends up back in your account. Organizers were no doubt counting on festival-goers to either throw the wristband out or not
Worst: The beer garden lineups You can’t really blame Squamish organizers for this: BC’s beer garden regulations are ridiculously heavyhanded and outdated. By forcing festival-goers to line up for ages just for the privilege of buying beer, music fans end up pounding as many beers as they can before they have to head back out into the crowd, leading to binge-drinking and all sorts of silliness. A quick look south of the border at large outdoor festivals like Sasquatch in Washington state offers a much smarter, more civilized solution: Those who are of age get a special non-transferable wristband. If you get caught with a beer without one, you get tossed. Pretty simple stuff. Worst: The walk between stages As media, we were among the lucky few who could keep our cell phones charged, and it would have been interesting to track our manic dashes between acts on Nike+. The Tantalus and Stawamus stages largely felt like the centers of two separate festivals, but we did notice a heartwarming number of Roots fans running down the dusty, drunk-lined path towards the Arcade Fire stage.
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OUT AFTER DARK is a weekly feature highlighting social and cultural events around Vancouver. Got an upcoming event? Email us at OutAfterDark@WEVancouver.com. 1 James Baker (on left), founder of Bikers for Autism, and Sailor Jerry brand ambassador Arron Thomas are motorbiking across Canada to raise awareness and funds for autism research and support. The pair kicked off their 15-day ride last Thursday at Lords of Gastown with a fundraiser barbecue. Full details about the ride, the events and how to get involved, visit SailorJerryLongHaul.com or BikersForAutism.com. Robert Mangelsdorf photo 2 The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival screening took place July 29 at the Vancity Theatre. Pictured (left to right) are Mark Mees (Air Canada manager of online sales and strategies), Benjamin Houde-Hostland, (executive producer, Light), Yassmina Karajah (director, Light), and Tanya Kim. 3 The fourth annual Terrazza di Peroni art series took place at The Waterfall Building, on July 30. In attendance were (from left to right) Mitchell Fawcett, Lauren Pybus, Kyle Zie, Jenna Greenfield, Houston White, Danica Lee, and Darryl Proniuk. Gail Nugent photo.
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This is an ideal Trans-Canada warrior, built to haul up the mountain passes BY BRENDAN McALEER
amount of room inside, both in front and out back. Taller drivers will like the depth to which you can lower the seat, and even with it set to fit a larger driver up front, rear seat passengers still have plenty of room.
If there’s one way forward for General Motors out of the whole recall-related public relations debacle, it’s decent product. Forget trying to fix corporate culture, forget management restructuring, forget accountability audits and road-maps to synergy. Instead, simply build the cars that people want to buy, and build them well.
I’m of two minds about the dash treatment, which incorporates a swathe of meshlook fabric to complement the black and silver motif. On one hand, it looks rather nice. On the other hand, I have some reservations about how well it’ll hold up to use, particularly when kids are involved.
To that end, while it’s fun to see the Camaro Z/28 scorch around the Nürburgring, or prepare to watch the upcoming Corvette Z06 kick the absolute bejesus out of supercars costing thrice as much, it’s far more important that Chevrolet’s passenger cars are solid and strong-selling. In the Canadian market, that means the small car segment. Since its introduction in 2008, the Cruze has done well, winning over Canadian families with big car space in a small-car package. For 2014, Chevrolet has introduced a unique drivetrain into their global car – a 2.0L diesel engine. We haven’t seen diesel in a GM passenger car in decades, and the last time we did it wasn’t exactly a good thing. So, does the Cruze Diesel have enough torque to get traction in the market?
But other than that, the Cruze has a nicely laidout cabin that’s roomy, with decent sightlines. Being a higher-end model, everything in the diesel model that you expect to be covered in leather is, and the trunk is plenty huge. If you were looking for a machine with which to cross huge tracts of land, this’d appear to be the right sort of beast of burden.
The single splash of colour on the rear of this week’s Cruze was a small green badge with a 2.0 symbol on it. That means that under the hood of this conservativelooking little sedan is its party-piece: a 2.0L turbodiesel engine cranking out 151 hp at 4000rpm and 264lb/ft of torque at 2000rpm.
Conservative nearly to a fault, the Cruze has a design that’s aged well, unlike some of its flashier stablemates. While the front fascia is dominated by a large, bowtiebranded grille, it’s not shouty at all. Diesel-equipped Cruzes come in a single trim, very well-equipped, which means you get standard 17” alloys and a bit of brightwork around the windows. In a darker colour, as with this week’s tester, the most striking thing is just how big the small car has got. The Cruze is now essentially the same dimensions as the old Impala. There’s a slight flavour of Impala to the rear taillights as well, but if you find some of the other small car options in the market a bit on the outlandish side, the Cruze should fit nicely in your driveway. It’s the equivalent of a nice dark grey pair of trousers that go with everything. Inside, the Cruze is less trousers than it is cargo shorts. Despite being classified as a compact, there’s a surprising
Where the Cruze offers its best performance is in fuel economy. Not unlike VW’s TDI range of engines, the only competitor in this entry segment, the diesel Cruze is one of the few vehicles that hits its official fuel economy ratings in real-world driving, even under the highly optimistic 2014 2-cycle testing. Observed highway mileage dipped below the 5L/100kms mark, where the Cruze really excels. Shorter commutes don’t work as well with diesels, but for long distance travel, this car excels.
Very well equipped from standard, the Cruze can be optioned with a host of features to make long distance travel that much more enjoyable. Chevy’s MyLink navigation system, based around a 7” touchscreen, is easy to use, and connects easily to your smartphone. A nine-speaker, 250-Watt Pioneer audio system is optional, as is a power moonroof, and backup sensors – but the rearview camera is standard. The enhanced safety package contains a suite of driver’s aids that can be found across almost the entirety of the Chevy range, including blind spot alert and cross-traffic alert.
That’s considerably more pep and grunt than you get with the next-most powerful engine on offer, a 1.4L gasoline-fuelled turbo four-cylinder. This is mated to a six-speed automatic, the only transmission on offer.
Official fuel economy ratings under the old system are 8.7L/100kms in the city and 5.1L/100kms on the highway, under the new 5-cycle testing. In the real world, the Cruze can best these figures.
If you’re expecting a barn-burner, this isn’t that sort of car. While the Cruze Diesel puts out figures that pip everything else on offer, the transmission and the throttle response are most definitely programmed for clean-running economy.
However, mine the torque a bit, and the sprightly chassis responds well. This is an ideal Trans-Canada warrior, built to haul up the mountain passes and then cruise on through the flat sections – er, no pun intended. There’s even a brief overboost function if you need to get around
a semi-trailer, or up a particularly steep section, with torque rising to 280lb/ft.
Excellent fuel economy; roomy cabin; easy to use infotainment
Exterior getting a little dated; transmission and throttle slightly sluggish; only available in higher trim
The Checkered Flag:
A small car fit for cruising long distances. Load up the Tom Cochrane and hit the highway.
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horoscopes By Rob Brezsny • Week of Aug. 14 ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Researchers in Peru have recently tracked down many previously unknown varieties of wild cacao plants. What that means is that there are exotic kinds of chocolate that you and I have never dreamed of, and they will be commercially available within a few years. As delicious as your Chocolove XOXOX Extra Strong Dark candy bar may taste to you now, you will eventually journey further into a new frontier of ecstatic delectability. I propose that we use this theme as a metaphor for the work you have ahead of you right now. It is time for you to make good things even better – to take fun diversions and transform them into experiences that engender transcendent bliss. Turn “yes” into “YESSSS!!!!” TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): At your next meal, imagine that the food you are eating is filled with special nutrients that enhance your courage. During the meal after that, fantasize that you are ingesting ingredients that will boost your perceptiveness. The next time you snack, visualize your food as being infused with elements that will augment the amount of trust you have in yourself. Then you will be ready to carry out your assignment for the coming weeks: Use your imagination to pump up your courage and perceptiveness as you carry out smart adventures that you haven’t trusted yourself enough to try before now. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): The leaves and berries of the deadly nightshade plant are highly poisonous. If ingested, they cause delirium and death. On the other hand, a drug obtained from the same plant is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. It’s helpful in treating many illnesses, from gastrointestinal and heart problems to Parkinson’s. Is there a metaphorical equivalent in your life, Gemini? An influence that can either be sickening or healing, depending on various factors? I suspect that now is one of those times when you should be very focused on ensuring that the healing effect predominates. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): A New York doctor offers a service he calls Pokertox. Jack Berdy injects Botox into poker players’ faces so as to make their expressions hard to read. With their facial muscles paralyzed, they are in no danger of betraying subtle emotional signals that might help their opponents guess their strategy. I understand there might sometimes be value in adopting a poker face when you are in the midst of trying to win at poker or other games. But for the foreseeable future, Cancerian, I recommend the opposite approach. You’re most likely to be successful if you reveal everything you’re feeling. Let your face and eyes be as eloquent as they can be. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): When we are launching any big project, our minds hide from us the full truth about how difficult it will be. If we knew beforehand all of the tests we would eventually face, we might never attempt it. Economist Albert O. Hirschman called this the principle of the “hiding hand.” It frees us to dive innocently into challenging work that will probably take longer than we thought and compel us to access new resources and creativity. To be clear: What’s hidden from us are not only the obstacles but also the unexpected assistance we will get along the way. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): The literal meaning of the Swedish word smultronställe is “wild strawberry patch.” Metaphorically, it refers to a special place that feels like your private sanctuary. It may be hard-to-find or unappreciated by others, but for you it’s a spot that inspires you to relax deeply. You might have had a life-changing epiphany there. When you’re in this refuge, you have a taste of what it’s like to feel at home in the world. Do you have a smultronställe, Virgo? If not, it’s time to find one. If you already do, spend extra time there in the coming week. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): If I’m reading the astrological omens correctly, the bells are about to ring for you. The festive lights will flash. The celebratory anthems will throb. It’s like you’re going to win a fortune on a TV quiz show; like you will get an A+ on your final exam; like you’ll be picked as homecoming king or queen. But it’s possible I’m a bit off in my projections, and your success will be subtler than I anticipate. Maybe, in fact, you are about to accomplish the Healing of the Year, or discover the Secret of the Decade, or enjoy the Most Meaningful Orgasm of the Century. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): A teenage Pakistani boy decided he wanted to help his country’s government clean up the local Internet. Ghazi Muhammad Abdullah gathered a list of over 780,000 porn sites and sent it to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Big job! Hard work! I would love to see you summon similar levels of passion and diligence as you work in behalf of your favorite cause, Scorpio. The coming weeks will be prime time for you to get very excited about the changes you would like to help create in the world.
PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): “I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice,” said British author G. K. Chesterton, “and then going away and doing the exact opposite.” I’m going to endorse that approach for you, Pisces. In my astrological opinion, I don’t think anyone can possibly give you accurate counsel in the coming weeks. Your circumstances are too unique and your dilemmas are too idiosyncratic for even the experts to understand, let alone the people who care for you and think they own a piece of you. I do suspect it might be useful for you to hear what everyone has to say about your situation, though. Seeing their mistaken or uninformed perspectives should help you get clarity about what’s right.
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Kintsukuroi is a Japanese word that literally means “golden repair.” It refers to the practice of fixing cracked pottery with lacquer that’s blended with actual gold or silver. Metaphorically, it suggests that something may become more beautiful and valuable after being broken. The wounds and the healing of the wounds are integral parts of the story, not shameful distortions to be disguised or hidden. Does any of that resonate with you about your current experience, Capricorn? I’m guessing it does. Let’s call this the kintsukuroi phase of your cycle. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): Near the end of his career,
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the painter Henri Matisse created a paper-cut composition he called Le Bateau, or The Boat. It is an abstract piece that does not depict a literal boat. That’s why the Museum of Modern Art in New York should perhaps be forgiven for mistakenly hanging it upside-down back in 1961, upon first acquiring the piece. Fortunately, after a month and a half, a knowledgeable person noticed, and the position of Le Bateau was corrected. I’m wondering if there’s a comparable phenomenon going on with you right now, Aquarius? Is it possible that a part of your life got inverted or transposed? If so, will you be sharp enough to see the goof and brave enough to fix it? I hope you won’t allow this error to persist.
SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): Working as a journalist for the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, Simon Eroro wanted to interview a group of indigenous rebels in a remote jungle. He decided he was willing to do whatever was necessary to get the big scoop. After making a difficult journey through rough terrain to reach them, he was told he would be given the information that he sought on one condition: that he be circumcised with bamboo sticks as part of a cleansing ritual. Eroro agreed to the procedure, got the story, and ultimately won a prize for his report. I don’t recommend that you go quite that far in pursuit of your current goal, Sagittarius. On the other hand, it might be wise for you to consider making a sacrifice.
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