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the week ahead Blue Man Group Have you ever seen a light show featuring three bald men painted blue? Now you can at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until March 30. The Blue Man Group takes you on a fun (and funny) journey, using LED visuals to poke at our love for technology. The Dallas Morning News described them as “three Harpo Marxes acting like E.T. in an episode of Monty Python.” The theatrical tour features brand new content which has been adapted for various stages. Shows are at 8pm weekdays and Saturday. Matinees at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday and Sunday evening at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 at or 1-855-985-5000.

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August Strindberg’s Miss Julie was the inspiration but playwright and director Yael Farber’s observations of life in South Africa provides the drama in Baxter Theatre Centre’s production of Mies Julie at The Cultch (1895 Venables.) Set in the sweltering heat of a Cape Karoo kitchen, it pulsates with menace, passion, power and the forces of memory. The South African cast is joined onstage by musician and singer Thandiwe Norfirst Lungisa. March 25 to April 19, with tickets starting at $31. Post-show Q & A on Mar. 26, Apr. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16.

“I Heard it Through the Grapevine” that Motown is coming to Vancouver. More than 25 Canadian singers, along with a 12-piece band, will come together to bring back the “funkified” classics inspired by the film Standing in the Shadows of Motown. Performers include Tom Landa of the Paperboys, Dawn Pemberton from Dreamgirls, Ali Milner (pictured) and The Sojouners. A fundraiser for the Shooting Stars Foundation, it’s March 29 at the Commodore Ballroom. Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $30 and available at or 1-855-985-5000.

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Introducing the Beach District Vancouver House not only creates an urban village under the Granville St. Bridge but it also invents a new word — gwerk By Martha Perkins


t’s not often that a condo development gives us a new word. But Vancouver House doesn’t plan to be like any other condo development. The word is gwerk, as in “Vancouver has to stop resting on its laurels; it’s got to gwerk it,” says Vancouver architect Trevor Boddy, the curator of an exhibition, Gesamtkunstwerk, which chronicles the evolution of what is hoped to be the next “special moment” in Vancouver’s architectural history. Or here’s another example from Boddy: “‘My office needs a real gwerk,’ which means a total redesign.” Thank goodness the developers are giving us the new word because, otherwise, few of would be able to pronounce, let alone remember, gesamtkunstwerk. It’s a German word, popularized by the composer Richard Wagner, that translates into something like total work of art or synthesis of the arts. Those are the words on the side of the building next to the Granville Street Bridge where the exhibit is being held. And while people have seen drawings of the gleaming twisting condo tower that will rise next to it, it’s what’s happening under the bridge that gives the concept a totally radical reputation. Introducing the new Beach District, an urban village that will run under the bridge along Beach Avenue. It’s going to be a collection of pie-shaped buildings that include rental apartments, offices and retail outlets. It will also be providing the nine o’clock gun a run for its time-keeping money. At nine o’clock every night, a spin-

ning chandelier by artist Rodney Graham will twirl its way down over the street from its base underneath the bridge, dazzle the crowd and then twist back up into its perch for another day. But it won’t be the only time people walking under the bridge will want to look up. Westbank, the company behind Vancouver House, is commissioning a second installation of public art on the underside of the bridge. The light boxes will display a changing exhibit of photos produced with students from Emily Carr University. People talk about the amazing planning that’s happening in Vancouver but they don’t talk about the moments that are very special,” Ian Gillespie, the principal at Westbank, said at a press conference moments after spring officially arrived in Vancouver. “What we lack are a few special moments and this is what Vancouver House will represent. It will be one of the lasting things that stays in [visitors’] minds.... Can we turn the Granville Street Bridge into a moment itself?” James Cheng is the architect who nursed the concept from the time when it was a glint in Westbank’s eye seven years ago until last October, when the City of Vancouver gave it its blessing. Cheng, who worked with Arthur Erickson during the “mind-blowing” years of exciting development, has handed over the project to Bjarke Ingels whose Copenhagen- and New Yorkbased firm, BIG, has been creating innovative and dynamic buildings around the world. Cheng said the Vancouver we know today got its start in the 1970s when Mayor Art Phillips pulled together a team to think about what the city could be doing architecturally. The first projects centred on South False Creek, which blended the city’s talent pool. Then the federal government bought into a plan to turn its lands on Granville Island into a thriving food, arts and theatre district. After Expo 86 came Concord Pacific’s False Creek development, and then eyes turned to the downtown, with questions about how to turn

As part of its commitment to gesamtkunstwerk, Vancouver House will create an urban village under the Granville St. Bridge. Lightboxes will display a changing exhibit of photos produced with students from Emily Carr University. Rodney Graham’s spinning chandelier will descend every night at 9pm. Coal Harbour into a continuation of this waterside housing community. But then we became a little complacent, a little too blasé about the accolades, Cheng said. We stopped creating special moments, which are like the punctuation marks of the city’s evolution. (Joo Kim Tiah, the CEO of Holborn, has a jump on the desire to create Vancouver’s iconic architectural image with his 63-storey Trump Tower and Hotel on West Georgia. It’s slated to open in 2016.) He noted there’s five decades between Erickson, whose Project 56 drawing of twisting buildings straddling English Bay is part of the exhibit, and Ingels. Ingels said he first knew of Vancouver as the home of two of his favourite writers, Douglas Coupland and William Gibson. He wanted to see the city the spawned such fabulous thinkers. Vancouver House was born out of the need to figure out how to deal with the bridge and the oddshaped pieces of land underneath it, he said. The bridge couldn’t be moved so the project had to work around it. The main condo tower starts on a 6,000 sq.ft. footprint at the base of Howe Street (where the Buster’s Towing lot used to be) to

Bjarke Ingels is designing the main 52-storey Vancouver House condo tower, which starts with a 6,000 sq. ft. floorplate and twists up to a 13,000 sq.ft. floorplate. honour setback requirements but once it’s higher than the bridge, it starts to turn and add floor space until, at the top of its 52 storeys, its floorplate is 13,000 sq. ft. We’re turning it into an urban village,” Ingels said, with the bridge’s underside becoming the canopy. It’s where all aspects of

life — art, landscape, design, culture, human interaction — come together. It gwerks. The exhibit, which is free at 1460 Howe Street, runs until May 18. Construction is to begin next year, with Rodney Graham’s spinning chandelier to be installed in 2017/2018.

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Prominent graffiti downplayed as ‘trend’ Businesses, mural targeted by high profile taggers By Sandra Thomas


he owner of a Subway shop on Oak Street has a message for the vandal who’s continually tagging the wall next to his store with the message “No Pipe Lines.” “I’m not a big corporation, I’m just an individual franchise holder,” Preet Sran told the Vancouver Courier Monday. “This is the fourth time in the last month they’ve sprayed that wall.” Sran said his landlord is responsible for having the graffiti removed, but that cost is taken from a common expense account shared between the retailers in the small strip mall. “It seems to be happening every couple of days so it’s adding up,” said Sran. Has graffiti increased in Vancouver in recent months? Complaints to the city about graffiti were up last month, but no one is yet calling it an increase. The same tagger, or taggers, seems responsible for ruining a mural on Commercial Drive numerous times. The popular mural, the work of artist Milan Basic, has been tagged repeatedly with the words, “Oil Spill” and the “A” symbol synonymous with anarchy. Ironically, the “Oil Spill” and “No Pipe Lines” tag is applied using petroleum-based spray paint. Main and Cambie streets also shows numerous examples of the work of a vandal who uses large cartoon-style letters. An example of that graffiti covered two walls of windows at a vacant storefront at the corner of East 41st Avenue and Main Street for more than a month before it was recently removed. Malek Burzynski, owner of Futur Graffiti Removal Services, tackled that removal job. Burzynski was reluctant to offer much information for fear of encouraging the taggers even more, but he noted graffiti is more

Is graffiti on the rise in Vancouver? Above: A Subway restaurant on Oak Street is one of countless surfaces defaced with “No pipelines” graffiti. Below: Additional examples across the city. Dan Toulgoet photos

nticeable when it appears as a trend. He said the “No Pipe Line” tag is just another trend, as was the “Mohinder” tag that covered much of the city’s East Side last year. “Trends in graffiti come and go,” said Burzynski. “When one disappears another takes its place.” Randy Fincham, media relations officer for the Vancouver Police Department, agrees. “We do see trends emerging when a specific tag begins to spread throughout the city,” Fincham said in an email to the Courier. “Others tend to stop.” Fincham added the VPD’s Anti-Graffiti Unit investigates incidents of graffiti in the city. In addition there are a number of community police offices that conduct paintover programs to remove the vandalism. According to a statement from the city, there was an increase in 311 calls related to graffiti in February. The city is responsible for removing graffiti from street furniture such as electrical, newspaper and mail boxes, as well as bus shelters. The city’s integrated graffiti management team is tasked with eradicating graffiti, the enforcement of the city’s graffiti bylaw, and education and prevention programs organized to deter the vandalism on public and private property. The team conducts approximately 30,000 graffiti removals a year on public property, according to the city. In addition, staff at the integrated graffiti management program educate and support community groups, businesses and residents on graffiti eradication, partially by providing free paint and helping coordinate Keep Vancouver Spectacular/Community Paint Out events to remove the vandalism. The city also offers several youth engagement and art programs, including community centre outreach for youth, RestART, a restorative justice art program for at-risk youth and a mural program among others. Fincham said that anyone who sees graffiti in progress should call 911 immediately so it can be investigated. If it’s after the fact, he said the public is asked to call the Graffiti Hotline at 311 or 604-873-7000 or email police at Story courtesy the Vancouver Courier.

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he end appears nigh for the Gordon T. Legg residence on Harwood at Bute, but the Heritage Vancouver Society is making a last-ditch effort to urge city council to place a moratorium on its demolition. Built in 1899 for the manager of Union Steamships of BC — Legg was also one of the founders of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club —, the West End mansion is an “A” (primary significant) building on the City of Vancouver’s Heritage Register. “Designed in the British Arts and Crafts style, the house

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— with its broad overhanging jerkin-headed roof — typifies the style and grace of the late Victorian era and the patriotic connections to the Mother Country of many of Vancouver’s elite,” Heritage Vancouver says on its website. A plan to restore and conserve it was agreed to by the city’s Heritage Commission in exchange for permission to build an 18-storey residential tower on the site. However, the society says city council turned down the proposal and requested that the developer create a new plan that would retain what’s believed to be the oldest tulip tree in Western Canada on the property. The developer’s new plan saved the tree, reduced the height of the Bing Thom Architects-designed building by one storey and included the demolition of the building. Since it met the West End zoing requirements, council’s permission was not required. Now the orange fencing is up on the site, making Heritage Vancouver fearful that demolition is about to take place. “The owner attempted for five years to find a way to save the house, yet all attempts were rejected by City Council,” Heritage Vancouver says. “We believe that this owner would be open to finding ways to retain the mansion. It is our strong belief that new developments in the City’s Heritage Conservation policies over the past two years since the proposal was approved give the city the opportunity to revisit the decision to demolish this building. Demolition now flies in the face of heritage recommendations outlined in the recently approved West End Plan and in the City’s Heritage Action Plan.” Heritage Vancouver, which placed the mansion on its “most endangered” list in 2011, is encouraging people to lobby city councillors to stop the demolition until a new development plan can be put in place. Both a development and building application have been submitted to the City, but not yet issued. Once issued, a demolition permit would follow, Heritage Vancouver says. If the demolition goes ahead, Heritage Vancouver says it will be the second time that this city council allowed the demolition of an “A” listed property. The first was Marpole Safeway in 2012.

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he Stanley/New Fountain Hotel is like a well to which PHS Community Services Society keeps returning. The Downtown Eastside charity’s four senior managers quit and its nine-member board was replaced last week after BC Housing and Vancouver Coastal Health audits found widespread misspendPenny Ballem ing of taxpayer funds. PHS ran a $2.07 million deficit for the year ended March 31, 2013, but its annual financial report was revised last summer to show a $3.9 million surplus after it sold the Stanley/New Fountain Hotel, built in 1907 at 36 Blood Alley Square. In 2001, Greater Vancouver Housing Corp gave PHS ownership of the single room occupancy hotel, but 2002 provincial cutbacks halted renovations. City hall paid PHS $2 million for the 104-room Stanley/New Fountain in 2003 and BC Housing chipped in $500,000 for renovations to house squatters from the Woodward’s protests. City hall spent $237,504 for a new roof and arcade fencing in 2008. A report to council said it was supposed to break even on ground floor commercial leases and room rents, but ongoing maintenance and additional staff needed for tenants with addictions and illnesses led to undisclosed

PHS losses. City hall balked at extending a March 31, 2013 deadline for PHS to buy the property, but city manager Penny Ballem denied it tried to block the sale. “It’s not our business to say you can afford it or not; it’s not something you’d interfere with,” Ballem said. Westbank Corp. president Ian Gillespie said his 23 Cordova Property Inc. eventually exercised the option for $2.348 million on April 29, 2013. Under the deal, PHS remains the manager and the developer has to replace the SRO housing. Stanley/New Fountain was appraised at $9.51 million in 2012, so PHS auditor EPR counted a $6 million gain. “They didn’t have the money to buy it themselves,” Gillespie told the Courier. “They were concerned that it not get bought by some of the elements circling for property in that area.” Gillespie called it a “defensive move” for Westbank, which owns retail and office space nearby at Woodward’s and 60 Cordova. As for PHS’s problems, Gillespie said he wasn’t aware until the damning audits were published. “They were fantastic to deal with, so it’s kind of sad,” he said. “On the other hand, as a taxpayer, I think it’s important that people are looking out for these things.” City of Vancouver statements of financial information show city hall paid $938,081.06 for goods and services and $133,363 in grants to PHS between 2003 and 2011. Story courtesy Vancouver Courier.


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he Eastside Flea isn’t your grandpa’s junk market. Under the tentacles of white string lights and chandeliers were tables of baked sweets and flowers from Fleur et Farine, cute and creepy drawings by Andrea Hooge, an assortment of vintage plates for sale by Joanie MacKenzie, who was selling at the market this past Saturday at the WISE Hall just for fun. “I’m practically giving this stuff away,” she said. The Eastside Flea celebrated its first birthday three weeks ago. Friends and business partners Linda Ounapuu and Jill Whitford decided to start the market the Sunday after the Waldorf Hotel ceased to exist as one of Vancouver’s most popular creative spaces last year, proving that the will to be creative can be as resilient as climbing ivy no matter how often it’s cut down to make way for development. Traditional flea markets may dig up old memories for some of roaming endless rows of tables full of items such as piles of old licence plates waiting to be purchased by somebody wanting décor for his Mexican bar. Even the name “flea market” has somewhat unpleasant origins as it was coined from the outdoor markets of Paris, France where used furniture was often infested with the parasites. “What we’re trying to do is put a current twist on flea markets,” said Whitford, a graduate from the University of British Columbia

Sauder School of Business. “We’re bringing in modern goods that people actually want to buy and come seeking.” Ounapuu added that there are regular sellers mixed with new sellers. “It’s the feeling of it being a different market every time you come.” Inspiration came a couple years ago when a friend took Ounapuu to the Brooklyn Flea during a 24-hour layover in New York. “It was a mix of modern, small businesses, people making Popsicles at home and selling them under umbrellas, vintage sellers — this is what a flea market should be! Not about some dusty, musty old lady stuff,” she said. Ounapuu and Whitford also saw similarities between the two cities and their struggles to keep arts and culture alive amidst development. The Brooklyn Flea began six years ago by organizers who were concerned about the city’s cultural community after the closure of several Manhattan markets. Founders Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby grew the market to include 150 vendors with a focused community, which echoes the Eastside Flea’s goal, said Ounapuu. “And we really wanted to do something on the East Side of town,” she added. “East Van definitely has a do-it-yourself feel and anything goes. People here are generally into vintage, they’re socially conscious…” Eastside Flea joins forces with The Eastside Artisan’s Company for the Eastside Artisan’s Market this Saturday at the Woodward’s atrium from 10am to 5pm. The Eastside Flea also presents the UBC Spring Market March 31 and April 1-2 at 6138 Student Union Blvd. from 10am to 5pm. Story courtesy Vancouver Courier.

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Main Street in micro A panel of long-time Main Street residents discusses the pressures facing the area By Kelsey Klassen


ome of Vancouver’s oldest buildings are located near Mount Pleasant’s original intersection, where 7th Avenue, Main Street and Kingsway meet. And, thanks to a unique set of metaphysical forces, so are some of the city’s most vocal residents. Ten thousand years of First Nations history, the pre-automobile development of the Victorian-era “Village Feel”, the industrial boom of Brewery Creek and the pioneering (gentrifying) artists of the ‘70s made Mount Pleasant an ideal site in the ‘90s for the city’s first artist live/work studios. Now, just outside those fiercely protected studio doors, the shadows of the False Creek condo developments stretch across Main towards the 15 high-end art galleries of the newly established Flats and the future site of the United We Can bottle recycling facility. The colonies that built up around independent businesses intimidate the uninitiated while “friendlier” big name chains are relegated mostly to throughways, where locals might loiter only while waiting for the bus. The forces at work on Main Street have resulted in both coruscating diamonds and workaday coal. And inside the Vancouver Brewery Garage at 255 East 7th sits 21st century cultural carbon. The building is a Mission Revival-style auto body turned mixed-use heritage space that, as you go door to door, introduces you to LPY Studios (home of acclaimed Canadian artists Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Shawn Hunt and Graeme Berglund), Make (a full-service creative agency) and the long-awaited, soon-to-open Main Street Brewing. It is the perfect crosssection of the Main Street family tree. So, one sunny March afternoon, representatives of each branch — fine arts, marketing and manufacturing/hospitality — sat down to offer their perspectives. It would be impossible to recreate the hourlong round table here, so the full transcript is available online. But as the conversation went on, a number of pressure points were struck. Make owner Sarah Tesla, a Main Street resident for 10 years whose agency employs seven other people, got the discussion going by saying she opened in the area to stay connected to an artistic community and offer her clients a less stressful experience than downtown. For revered Coast Salish artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (“man of many masks”), his

studio sits on the land of his ancestors. Paul, a graduate of Emily Carr and one of Canada’s preeminent political First Nations painters, (or simply Vancouver’s “oldest hipster” if you believe his studiomates), merges Native iconography and surrealist influence to address West Coast Native issues. In his 17 years living in the area, he says he’s seen an influx of human beings, bars, beers and beards. (Main Street often looks a lot like Middle Earth, he joked.) Despite her amusement at the imagery, this promoted a surprising declaration from Tesla that Main Street is no longer the hipster epicentre of Vancouver. And the group unanimously agreed, with Berglund — musician, painter and founder of The Cheaper Show (“Buy Art Not Cocaine”) — saying that particular Main Street trend peaked two years ago, with financial pressures such as lease rates and renovictions “displacing and dispersing” the hipster demographic into Chinatown and Strathcona. Moving in, continued Berglund, are the “Wealthy White People” (WWPs), including (his claim, not mine) post-modern Heiltsuk artist Shawn Hunt, who moved to Vancouver from the Sunshine Coast in 2012 to paint with Paul and Berglund. Main Street Brewing owners Nigel Pike (The Union, The Cascade Room, etc.) and Cameron Forsyth (Portland Craft) believe the WWPs could be a good thing for restaurateurs such as themselves, but Pike expressed concern that, with the relatively small size of Vancouver, there’s not necessarily any incentive to eat, drink and socialize where you live. “People go where their friends are,” Pike explained. So, even with two decades of area experience between them, it’s still a carefully calculated risk to open their new business. Forsyth feels most of the new people moving into the area are still artists — be it theatre, film, food, music or canvas —, but artists that have had success and are drawn (or drawn back) to the vibe of the community. This is likely one of the reasons why, despite the changing demographics, the much-acknowledged sense of connectedness has remained. Berglund then raised the point that the creatives currently living in the Main Street area are also the people that were “able to survive”, drawing a round of agreement from the entire panel. “There’s a new sense of affluence here,” he continued, referencing the top-tier area galleries all around them, “and it’s very much reflected in the arts community.” “We’re not here in isolation,” added Tesla. In fact, the building is walking distance from artistic incubators Gene Café, Antisocial Skateboard Shop, Western Front and Grunt Gallery. “It just so happens that we’re all kind of

Artists Graeme Berglund, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Shawn Hunt and Andrew Oliver work out of a Mount Pleasant heritage building whose blended demographic represents the recent changes to the area. “There’s a new sense of affluence here,” says Berglund of Main Street, “and it’s very much reflected in the arts community.” Rob Newell photos business owners,” she continued. “We’re here for a reason and we’re all relatively similar in age. We’ve grown at our own pace to get to the level we are at in the businesses, and we’re all reciprocating back to our community. Just, kind of, fostering the next cycle, who are maybe just fresh out of art school. Of course you can’t afford a lease on Main Street, but you can still have connections and outlets and things that are happening that we’re helping to facilitate, I hope.” Paul is a perfect example, being in a position to buy into the big yellow building (which he playfully calls District 9), then leasing the space to share with Berglund and Hunt, who, in turn, mentor art students such as Andrew Oliver.

Berglund though, despite being an incumbent coming into Main Street’s ‘Age of Affluence’, is still years away from being able to buy a place to live where he works — an issue facing many of the Original Mains in the development-wary ‘hood. Even the division of their building into 50 per cent commercial space — after it was initially earmarked for artists — was contentious. Although, the dozens of jobs Pike and Forsyth create through their combined restaurant holdings potentially helped calm the waters. Berglund certainly believes it was the right call. “Studio space is equally important to social space. We need places like Gene, Cascade — those meeting places where people commune and discuss things are really the most important part of life.” Tesla agreed that, almost two years in, their building is a completely successful model. But one that might only make sense where it is. “I’m trying to imagine it in Kits; I’m trying to imagine it Yaletown... The statement of truth here is that we’re all committed to this being a creative community. So, regardless of your business, if it’s craft brewing, you have art in your restaurants and you’re connected to that community through the people who work [for you]. Make has launch parties and shows artists. And [LPY Studios] is making the art in the finest sense and giving back in their own way, through The Cheaper Show and making sure that people are coming out and supporting. It’s this reverberating effect.” One that reaches far beyond the confines of its Main Street microcosm. For the story and transcript, and to join the conversation, go to

Cameron Forsyth, Nigel Pike and Jack Bensley of Main Street Brewing were a controversial late addition to the plan for the Vancouver Brewery Garage, originally intended only for artists such as next-door-neighbour Sarah Tesla (right).


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What does the Fox say? By Kelsey Klassen


he Fox Cabaret has opened at 2321 Main, and the long, narrow, black and red room — which we overheard one particularly loquascious attendee at the soft open describe as the colour of a “hateful womb” — is exactly what you’d expect of a converted porn theatre. Allegedly North America’s last-remaining one at that. And good riddence to bad ‘rub’-ish. Gone are the broken chairs and broken spirits. In their place is a much cleaner space that still retains its cinematic essence. It’s also stocked with some of the old sound equipment from the Waldorf, and tailor made for brawling rock concerts, tongue-in-cheek ice cream socials and miscellanous arthouse indulgences. Set to have its grand opening in April, the upcoming event schedule is as such: Weekly Mondays: Ice Cream Social with DJs Cam Dales, Tyler Fedchuk, and Trevor Risk. Doors at 8pm; free admission.

Wednesdays: SubShop with DJs Eli Muro, Silence, and guests. Doors at 8pm; admission is $5 before 10pm and $10 afterwards. Sundays: The Sunday Service (starting April 6). Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm; admission is $7. One-offs: March 27: Michael Brock EP Release Party with 8PRN. Doors at 9pm; admission is $5. April 4: North Americans, Bobo Eyes, LNS and Bobby Draino. Doors at 8pm, admission is $10. April 11: Kahn with Taal Mala and Scotty D. Doors at 8pm; admission is $10. April 18: The Gay Nineties and James Younger. Doors at 8pm; admission is $10. April 25 : Shimmering Stars with Gal Gracen. Doors at 8pm; admission is $10. May 1: Tough Lovers 2nd Annual ALS Charity Fundraiser. Doors at 8pm; admission is $15. Oh, and the Pink Mountaintops are on May 23 (details TBA). That’ll be huge. So what does the Fox say? Most likely, “What are you doing tonight?”

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avid Hawkes has been busily developing a new live music program for The Imperial, which has a new audio and lighting package to complement its multi-million dollar renovation a few years ago. Here’s what he’s got planned for the next few weeks. March 28: Kafanan Night with Schwejz Duo: Balkan Sensation Party March 29: Lip-sync competition for charity April 4: Electro Swing Club, Swing Outlaws and Sweden’s Movits! April 10: Fast Romantics + Dear Rouge April 11: CD launch for City Walls (former Louder Than Love) + Six To Midnight + Real Mad Decent + Dear Adeline April 19: Shapeshifter + guests May 1: Legs + Red Vienna + guests May 2 to 4: Webfest May 10: Jackbeats with AC Slater May 16: Pigeon Park + The Post War + Cobra Ramone May 23: The Ghost Of The Saber Tooth Tiger featuring Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl + guest Syd Arthur.

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A chat with Slickity Jim’s Mike Zalman By Martha Perkins


his story is not going to use a certain four-letter word that starts with f and ends in conflagration. It’s the word that comes up most often in stories about Slickity Jim’s Chat ‘n’ Chew to explain why owner Mike Zalman is on his third location. (The first two locations were destroyed by that red-hot destructive force that reduces dreams to piles of charred embers.) Zalman has been known to use the f-word but he’d like to move on from those dark days when he called himself Bad Luck Mike. In other words, the f-word is not the one he wants forever associated with his popular Main Street diner/restaurant. He’d rather use a three-letter word that starts with a and ends with a multitude of possibilities. “I like art that has a purpose,” he says of why he does what he does. “This restaurant is a big piece of art. If I didn’t have to charge people, I wouldn’t, but if I don’t have the money to practise my art...” Art is in the food — To Mock a Killing Bird (eggs benny with avocado and roasted vegetables), the Are You Going To Be A Nacho Man appetizer and The Double Belly Buster Pork Platter for dinner, to wit. Art is in the music — at the time of the interview, 1920s New Orleans jazz was creating yet another time travel dimension. And art is in the décor — although kitsch might be the more creatively honest word. (Zalman gets up from our table to straighten a painting of a black Lab waiting to retrieve a duck that its owner is about to shoot.) It’s in Zalman’s nature not to be defined by one thing, just like it’s hard to come up with a few words to describe the vibe at Slickity Jim’s, with its curved veneer-panel roof that makes you think you’re camping out in a vintage caravan trailer, bus-seat chairs and vintage treasures straight out of a 1950s rec room. “I’m just doing what comes naturally,” Zalman says. “I use food as a method of communicating. The décor is a long story. It’s a vision of how I see the world.... Why does a

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painter paint? Why does anyone do anything? I don’t have designs on what I want it to be. I do what I do and people enjoy it.” The house he rents, half of a duplex just a couple of blocks south on Main, is one of the most photographed locations on the strip. Could it be the front garden of mannequin heads? Or maybe the upside-down mannequin leg on the porch or the ravaged mannequin heads in his window. The 1969 Norton motorcycle parked on the tiny patch of lawn has a head-turning effect, too. The yard art grew organically from happenstance. His daughter was studying to be a hairdresser and practised on the mannequins which, having given their hair to a good cause, were given a place of honour in the windowsill. Introducing Happenstance also had a Skinny Fat Jack’s lot to do with turning a punk rocker into a restaurant owner. Mike Zalman is trans“When I was 15 with a purple forming Slickity Jim’s mohawk, there weren’t many back room into a other jobs than kitchen work. It “1920s Chicago booze was either be a bike courier or a can speakeasy.” While dishwasher.” Restaurant jobs are a portable the room will still stay skill and when Zalman, who open for breakfast, had dropped out of cooking lunch and dinner, at school, landed in Vancounight Zalman plans to ver, he started selling soup to close off entrance from Vancouver restaurants. When inside the restaurant the old Eagle Grill at Powell so you have to gain acand Victoria came up for rent, cess via the back alley. his wandering days were over. With only 300 sq. ft. “It just had this dynamic cross to work with, patrons section of people and it was will have to cozy up to what a restaurant should be — hear music — probably a place where the community acoustic —, watch a gathers.” burlesque show or lisWhen the roof of the buildten to live radio plays. ing caved in in 1999, Zalman moved to Main and Broadway. The only other nearby businesses were Eugene Choo, Burcu’s Angels and Lugz Café. With its $3.75 breakfast and Zalman’s commitment to good grease, Slickity Jim’s soon became a mecca. Slickity Jim’s and four other businesses were destroyed by that nasty f-word in November 2009, but Zalman was back at it again the following spring, with people lining outside his doors at Main and 19th from day one. In August 2011, it’s suspected that someone lit a you-know-what in a dumpster behind the building but Zalman was able to rebuild his treasured nook at the same location. Knock on plywood, nothing bad has happened since then. You Gotta Eat Here dropped by last year, introducing the Food Network’s fans to Slickity Jim’s Abstract Notion, a menu choice that depends on the chef’s whims of the moment. Zalman is joined in the kitchen by Mike Soret, the former frontman of the Molesticks and author of Confessions of a Local Celebrity: A Tale of Rags to No Rags. “He’s way over qualified to be working here,” Zalman says but Soret, like him, believes in the ephemeral creativity at play at Slickity Jim’s. Zalman thought bad luck had returned when the house he rents, an obvious tear-down between the Lip Lounge and Vancouver Special, sold for $1 million. But the new owner’s happy to leave it as is, along with the rent and Zalman and his neighbour as tenants.

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ave you ever found yourself walking into a store or shopping online and saying to yourself, “They’re charging how much for that?” We’ve all felt that disappointment. Unfortunately there’s not a lot we can do about it. It’s not like the customer has any say in the pricing of an item, right? Say hello to Garmentory, an online shopping experience that lets you have that say. To local designers and boutiques, Garmentory is an opportunity to sell sale stock in the most unique way, directly to people who may have never known their stores existed. For shoppers, it’s a streamlined resource that allows you to browse through clothes, shoes and accessories until you find something that’s completely and utterly “you.” Here’s the twist: when you go to make a purchase, you see the regular retail price of an item and, from that, decide what you would like to pay. The “offer” is then sent to the boutique or designer and either accepted or

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Jonathan Orr was thrilled when 28 bikes were donated to his micro-community project, Spoke Songs. Dan Toulgoet photo Orr’s plan is to get 15 of the bikes completely road worthy by mid-April and then launch the project with some guided rides once or twice a month in partnership with the PHS

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n East Side man who recently appealed to the public for help in launching a bike share program for addicts was overwhelmed by the response. “It was better than I ever imagined,” Jonathan Orr says. “It was incredible. I received 28 donated bikes and I expected them to be cast-offs with missing parts, but that wasn’t the case.” Orr was inspired to start the program for addicts living in the Downtown Eastside after using a bike to help with his own recovery three years ago. It was then he took an old Raleigh 10-speed to Our Community Bikes, a repair shop, bicycle-recycling depot and education workspace on Main Street. “They showed me how to fix it,” Orr says. “It’s become my silent sponsor. When I’m feeling anxious or jammed-in I ride my bike. It makes me happy and gives me a sense of peace.” Orr added there’s a lot of science backing the thought that exercise can help in early recovery, which is one of the reasons he’s excited to get the micro-community bike share program off the ground. His belief is so strong he created a group, dubbed Spoke Songs, dedicated to promoting cycling for its healing qualities.

Drug Users Resource Centre. Along the way, Orr plans to share his personal experiences in using cycling as part of his recovery. His goal is to eventually offer weekly rides with a focus on encouraging drug users and the hard-to-house to join in. “I want to build gradually and include people who don’t naturally have an opportunity to ride,” said Orr. Many marginalized residents of the Downtown Eastside have had access to a bike in the past, but often used them during activities such as bottle picking or even while committing a crime, Orr says. “I want them to consider a bike ride as a nice experience. I just want to get them out on a bike ride on a nice day.” Orr said the PHS Community Services Society is also supporting his efforts by offering space to store the bikes. The bike-share program officially kicked off last month with a party at the Interurban Art Gallery in the Downtown Eastside, which also coincided with the second anniversary of Spoke Songs. Orr organized the celebration so it would also work as the drop-off location for donated bikes. He said over the course of the evening, members from “all walks of life” dropped by with bikes to donate, including an older woman who admitted she’d never been to the Downtown Eastside prior to that night. “She didn’t stay, but she dropped off a really nice bike,” said Orr, who added another woman came by with a bike that had belonged to her dad. “He had passed away,” said Orr. “It was an old proper road bike he used to ride around Vancouver Island. I was really touched.”

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hen you talk about the new hot thing in the restaurant scene, all eyes are focused on Peru. In New York, it’s practically the second coming at the moment. But here in Vancouver, the trend has been a little slow to grab hold. A couple mom-and-pop style operations accounted for the bulk of the offerings — that is, until the arrival of Chicha. Anyone who’s spent any time at all at Lolita’s on Davie will be familiar with the food stylings of one Shelome Bouvette, former executive chef and local industry vet. The brunches were an insider byword for years, as was Bouvette’s vibrant cooking style. When the chance came to open her own shop, along with friends and business partners Allison Flook (who runs the line in the kitchen) and Kumiko Umeno (who acts as general manager), Bouvette jumped, literally, opening within a twoweek turnaround. “I’ve always been good at cooking Latin food,” laughs Bouvette when we speak over the phone. “I wanted to do something that nobody else was really doing in Vancouver. So, I took Peruvian flavours and inspired them with my own style of cooking. My food is very colourful and vibrant, like Peruvian cuisine, but also very feminine.” That ethos comes across in dishes like the causa, chilled and whipped potatoes that are topped with seafood or vegetables. Cold mashed potatoes initially may not sound so tempting, but try once and you’ll become a fan. The potatoes are cool and creamy, and make a solid base — both physically and gustatorily — for the bright

When chef Shelome Bouvette, right, (formerly of Lolita’s), opened her own restaurant, she asked friends and business partners Kumiko Umeno and Allison Flook to join her.

huacatay (think Peruvian mint) dressing. Some of the dishes are surprisingly spicy, like the mixed seafood ceviche, served with a large thick round of sweet potato that cools the buds and cob corn chunks that provide crunchy texture. Others, such as the octopus and chorizo grilled skewer, head in the opposite direction, offering mild flavours and comforting textures. Many of the dishes are glutenfree, as Peruvian food is based around grains such as quinoa and about 3,000 varieties of potatoes. Dark chocolate cake (gluten-free) is made without flour of any kind and is absolutely outstanding. Sweet potato doughnuts, called piccarones, are not celiac-friendly, unfortunately, but are rather addictive, nonetheless. As for cocktails, thanks to bar manager Paul Clark (formerly of The Cascade Room), instead of the sweet, fruity concoctions one might expect, it’s all about infused Peruvian pisco (try the Earl Grey Pisco), housemade extracts and syrups (everything, in fact, is made in-house), and refined, elegant cocktails that are a solid match to the food. All ratings out of five stars. Food: ★★★1/2 Service: ★★★ Ambiance: ★★★ Overall: ★★★ Dinner nightly from 5pm to late. Lunch Tuesday-Friday, 11:30am2:30pm. Chicha | 136 East Broadway | 604620-3963 |

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very foodie, food-hipster, and food enthusiast has their eye on Main Street. It’s more than an up-andcoming area because it’s already quite happening. It’s always had a neighbourhood feel and eclectic charm, and it’s where old things become new again. From independent cafés, casual and affordable eateries, and even some sophisticated choices, it’s an area worth exploring any time and day of the week. While most people are anticipating the new and “coming by Mijune Pak soon” restaurants (I am too), I can’t help but to bring attention to the local favourites. They might not come up on everyone’s radar, but if you’re on top of Vancouver’s Asian food scene then you’re familiar with my following recommendations. I tend to gravitate towards Richmond when it comes to Asian food cravings, specifically Chinese, but Vancouver has some competition. The city’s massive Asian population makes our Asian food scene well known in North America, and some of my favourite Asian dishes are found on Main Street.

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2) Au Petite Café Another legendary hole-in-the-wall. How convenient that it is located right beside Long’s? Lunch #2? I do it all the time. After all, it’s just a sandwich. The city is full of banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) shops at ridiculously cheap prices, so is it necessary to have it here? Yes. It’s one of the originals for excellent banh mi, and while it might not be my favourite place for it, it’s in my top five for sure. The Banh Mi #1: French bread with homemade ham, house meat ball, vegetables and hot peppers is the one to order. Love the meatballs here. 4851 Main 3) Pho Tan It’s another classic on Main that’s beloved by locals. Known as the favourite for pho on Main Street, the winning dish is the Pho Bo Satay — Satay Beef with Rice Noodle Soup in peanut sauce and coconut milk. I find their original pho very good, but beatable by other excellent pho shops in Metro Vancouver. But the Pho Bo Satay was pretty special. 4598 Main

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’m fresh from attending the Import Vintners & Spirits Association new product salon, a bimonthly trade tasting showcasing new products and vintages that have recently hit liquor and wine store shelves. With iPhone in hand, I snapped some label shots and tapped away at some notes so I could share some of my favourite new releases. Do take note some of these are imported in small quantiby Kurtis Kolt ties, so grab ‘em while they’re hot!


Vinos de Finca 2009 Losada | Bierzo, Spain | $24.99 | BC Liquor Stores This wine from the light and fragrant Mencia grape variety had many colleagues abuzz for good reason. Bing cherries and fresh tobacco lend themselves both to aromatics and notes on the palate, but the old vines contribute an earthy richness that provides many layers of dark fruit and minerality. Drinks like a wine that costs way more than a mere 25 bucks.

Dunavar 2012 Muscat Ottonel | Hungary | $10.99 | BC Liquor Stores

Yalumba 2012 Old Bush Vine Grenache | Barossa Valley, Australia | $24.99 | BC Liquor Stores Speaking of consistency, vintage after vintage Yalumba knocks it out of the park with its Grenache, fully-loaded with purple fruit, cloves, cocoa and mint. A powerhouse at 14.5 per cent alcohol, it manages to not drink too boozy or heavy, there’s some fine acidity and buoyancy from start to finish.

Jansz Premium Cuvée | Tasmania, Australia | $29.99 | BC Liquor Stores We don’t see much Tasmanian wine here, so when we do it’s quite the treat. The cool-climate island is tailor-made for

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Dunavar has long been known for a kick-ass Pinot Grigio that’s consistently cheap and delicious, so it makes sense that its take on Muscat Ottonel follows suit on both fronts. Bright, aromatic and cheery; this one’s all orange blossom, lemon balm, crisp and flinty. Serve super-chilled and top up liberally.

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wines with good acidity, which is exactly what we want in a solid, ‘traditional method’ (ie ‘Champagne-style’) sparkler. The aromatics are akin to sourdough fresh out of the oven, chased by lemon fizz candy and lime leaf. A golden charmer.

Château De Pierreux 2012 Brouilly | Beaujolais, France | $21.99 | BC Liquor Stores Hooray for Beaujolais! What we have here is quite dark and brooding for the Gamay grape; plenty of blackberries and plums are dusted with a good dose of black pepper and a smattering of fresh herbs. Loving the lilac notes on the nose as well.

Romain Duvernay 2012 Vacqueyras | Rhône Valley, France | $28.99 | BC Liquor Stores Swaddle yourself in this wooly blanket of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre; black fruit, licorice, cinnamon and some delicious, toasty oak. A cool, rainy night? Game on!

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ictoria’s plan to standardize wholesale discounts for all of the BC’s liquor retailers will harm wine store owners and potentially put them out of business. “Our model is effectively gone,” said Liberty Wine Merchants owner Robert Simpson. “We were counselled through the years and regulated in a way to develop our business in a certain manner, which we did. Now, all of a sudden, it’s changed.” Four of Simpson’s six Metro Vancouver stores operate under licences that enable him to buy wine from the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch at a 30% wholesale discount, except for BC VQA wine, which he gets at a 20% discount. Those licences, which were created to cultivate high-end wine stores, prohibit owners from selling beer, coolers or spirits. The province’s licensee retail stores (LRS), in contrast, get a 16% wholesale discount but can sell high-volume profitable items such as beer, coolers and spirits. When Attorney General Suzanne Anton tabled a bill March 6 to allow liquor stores to be located within grocery stores, she said the government’s goal would be to make all wholesale discounts the same. “If you buy a bottle of wine for a $15 wholesale price, it’s $15 whether you’re a private retailer or a government retailer,” she said. That tilts the playing field unfairly, according to John Clerides, who owns one of BC’s 12 licences that allow wine store owners to get a 30% wholesale discount. “I just spent $2 million renovating my wine store,” said Clerides, who owns Marquis Wine Cellars. “I employ 14 people, and I won’t be able to survive as a specialty wine store if I have the same wholesale discount as everyone else.” If any wine-only stores do survive, Clerides said, they will be forced to stock cheaper wines with higher profit margins and be “commodity” stores instead of boutique shops where wines from small producers around the world can be showcased. Neither Clerides nor Simpson wants to sell beer or spirits, but they believe that they should be given that option if they are forced to lose a wholesale discount that is 88% more than that of LRS competitors. Owners of licences for the province’s 35 stores that sell only BC VQA wine will also be hurt by the new regulations but not as much as Simpson, in part because they buy wine at a 20% discount and don’t pay wineries until products are sold. Simpson said he’s prohibited from doing that with his international suppliers. VQA wine stores might soon be allowed to carry BC craft beers, said Anton’s parliamentary secretary, John Yap. But he declined to comment on whether or how the government would compensate Simpson for devaluing his wine store licences. Instead, Yap said the government would engage in “consultation.”

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Private liquor store owners cheered Attorney General Suzanne Anton’s announcement that the BC government will allow liquor sales in grocery stores. “There’s lots of opportunity for us in this scenario,” Stephen Bebis, CEO of Liquor Stores NA, says. His company operates 36 private liquor stores in BC. Under BC’s new regulations, the value of private liquor store licences is expected to rise — in some cases substantially. Despite Anton saying that she will allow a “limited” number of new licences permitting grocers to sell BC wine, she stressed that she would cap the number of private liquor stores at the current 670. “Anytime you’re creating a moratorium, you’re going to create an increase in value,” said Bert Hick, liquor industry analyst and Rising Tide Consultants principal. License retail store (LRS) owners will also be free to move their licence anywhere in the province, as long as they are no closer than one kilometre to an existing liquor outlet. “Licence values may triple,” Hick said of the licences, which trade for hundreds of thousands of dollars. “It depends on the specific case.” Gabriola Island, for example, has one government liquor store, three private stores and 5,000 residents, Hick said. LRS licence owners might find a more lucrative location is a strip mall near a fast-growing Surrey subdivision.

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n increase in growth in China’s gross domestic product would have a positive impact on the housing market in Vancouver, argues a Conference Board of Canada report released March 24. The influence of China’s economic state on the city’s housing market should not be underestimated; the report argues that the Chinese economy is one of the biggest drivers behind housing sales activity in the area. It “rivals” not only the city’s population growth but also the employment environment and mortgage interest rates in terms of what determines the state of the market. “The chief implication is that observers need to pay attention to China’s economic health when assessing the outlook for Vancouver’s housing market,” the report said. “This analysis suggests that Vancouver’s housing markets would perhaps welcome a pickup in Chinese GDP growth more than a rise in local employment and about the same as lower Canadian interest rates. “If the Chinese economy is indeed improving, this could help rekindle both new and resale demand in the Lower Mainland.” The report argues that when looking back

over the past couple decades, periods of high and low sales in Vancouver home sales can be correlated to similar trends in China’s economy. For example: • in the 1990s, China’s GDP growth was “tepid” with annual growth rates ranging from 3.8% to 7.8%, after annual expansion of 12% per year in the 1980s. Correspondingly, Vancouver’s housing market was also relatively sluggish, despite the fact that the local economy was healthy, with increasing employment of 2.3% annually and an annual population growth of 2.5%; and • in the 2000s, Chinese GDP grew by over 8% annually – and Vancouver’s housing market also took a dramatic swing upward. Today, the pattern is repeating, the report said. Vancouver’s employment growth was 2.1% per year on average between 2010 and 2012, and population grew by 1.6%. Those factors, combined with low mortgage rates, would lead to the expectation of a more active housing market. However, over the same period, China’s GDP growth slowed down to 12-year lows — and Vancouver home resale volumes fell 23% in 2012, while the average home sale price dropped 6.4%.

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ay Harris officially took over from Sandra Wyant as president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver at the organization’s March 20 annual general meeting. Harris has been in the real estate business for nearly 30 years. He has chaired committees such as the REBGV’s governance committee. He also served as chair of an area of the REBGV that includes Burnaby, New Westminster and the Tri-Cities.

A recipient of the MLS lifetime membership achievement award, Harris volunteers and has spent time as an area governor for Toastmasters International. “The key thing is that we’re going to provide service to the realtors to make them more productive within the community so they can provide better service to the public,” Harris says. The REBGV, the second largest real estate board in Canada, is known for putting out monthly statistics to reveal trends in sales, prices and the price-to-listings ratio.


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Everyone’s favourite self-referential band of felted puppets is back and although Muppets Most Wanted doesn’t quite have the heart and dizzying charm of the Jason Segel and Amy Adams-led revamp from 2011, it more than makes up for things with an endless barrage of gags and wisecracks sure to please most of Thor Diakow the nostalgia seeking parents. This time around, the troupe is fresh off the success from their reunion and fall under the spell of a smooth talking manager, aptly named Dominic Badguy (Gervais), who convinces them to launch an ambitious world tour; this leads to several exotic locations and internationally flavoured jokes. Soon enough,

Badguy’s nefarious intentions become clear when the group becomes embroiled in a crosscountry crime caper that sees a Kermit-lookalike infiltrate them while our hero is sent to a Siberian gulag to contend with a singing Tina Fey. It all sounds rather ridiculous but hey, this is the Muppets, people! Thankfully, director James Bobbin and Nicholas Stoller’s script keep the wackiness reigned in with clever punchlines and music supervisor Bret McKenzie, of Flight of the Conchords fame, delivers another collection of rousing and smile-inducing numbers. It’s not all blissful highs though; the movie’s middle section drags a bit and will prove a challenge for the kids. The final cameo recap-laden five minutes also contains the weakest song and awkward staging, leading to a muted finale. Still, Muppets Most Wanted provides enough memorable moments, kinetic storyline and downright hilarity to ensure the gang is in good hands.

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The traditional clique-system is writ large and lent a post-apocalyptic makeover in the dystopian future envisioned by young adult novelist Veronica Roth (whose writing seems to have taken a page from the Myers-Briggs personality test rather than Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces). In a decimated Chicago that cowers behind a fortified wall, citizens pledge themselves to factions boasting unwieldy names like Abnegation, Candour and Erudite. When it’s time for our teenage heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley) to pick who she’ll run with, she opts for Dauntless. And why not? They sprint around in rowdy mobs, leap out of moving trains, zip line through the city, sport bad-ass tattoos and include the brooding, soulful Four (Theo James) among their number. From the outset, we’re aware that Tris is “divergent,” demonstrating attributes of multiple factions. However, there’s no sense of the dire ramifications that await should anyone discover this, depriving her secret of any gravity. Likewise, Dauntless’ extreme stunts hardly register as death-defying when no one ever perishes. Dutifully directed by Neil Burger, the film desperately needs a few of Star Trek “redshirts” — stock characters who meet early demises in order to establish the deadly stakes. Instead, we endure almost two hours of consequence-free training sequences that only serve to slowly manoeuvre Tris and Four into a position whereby they might finally lock lips only for her to utter, “I don’t want to go too fast.” Alas, neither does this opening instalment of a presumptive franchise, relying on the goodwill of established fans but offering little to entice the uninitiated to stick around. — Curtis Woloschuk

For obvious reasons, Bad Words has endured its share of Bad Santa comparisons during its festival roll-out. In actual fact though, Jason Bateman’s directorial début has more in common with HBO’s debauched Eastbound & Down. Through liberal use of slow motion, this dark comedy brings a sense of epic grandeur to the boorish behaviour on display, lending its antihero’s indignant raising of a middle finger the same aesthetic allure as an action star’s acrobatic gunplay. Rather than a burned out baseball star, the deadbeat paraded around for our amusement here is Guy Trilby (Bateman). Having discovered a loophole to exploit in the Golden Quill Spelling Bee’s rulebook, the misanthropic proofreader engages in televised vocabularic combat with ‘tweens. Despite a genius-level IQ and photographic memory (he doesn’t flinch when confronted with “floccinaucinihilipilification”), he insists on fighting dirty, messing with his young rivals’ impressionable heads. For many of us who’ve experienced the disappointment of adulthood, there’s undeniably a perverse cathartic thrill in watching these promising young overachievers being taken down a peg. Unfortunately, the reasonable explanation for Guy’s inexcusable behaviour — uncovered by the sexually depraved reporter (Kathryn Hahn) charting his path to undignified glory — is every bit as underwhelming as you might fear. Thankfully, before that anticlimactic reveal, there’s much to guiltily admire here. Bateman goes about his business with a compelling grim determination. And as he drags everyone down to his level, we discover that there’s considerable comedy gold to be found in the gutter he haunts. — Curtis Woloschuk

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If I Had Wings, about a blind cross-country runner, stars Jaren Brandt Bartlett (left) and Richard Harmon (right). Harmon’s father directed, his mother produced and his sister co-starred in the film.

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ost families can barely get through a relaxing vacation without bickering. So working together, efficiently and productively, without fighting? That’s a far-flung dream for the majority of families out there. And yet, that’s precisely what the Harmon family accomplished in If I Had Wings, an inspirational feature that kicks off the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth on April 4. With mom Cynde producing, dad Allan directing, and adult kids Richard and Jessica in front of the camera, the Harmons brought Michael Markus and Tim Stubinski’s script for If I Had Wings to cinematic reality in as drama-free a fashion as is possible. The secret to working with family, Allan says, is to push aside the fact that you’re working with family. “We all do all these jobs, and so we just got together and we’re doing the jobs that we do together,” he said during a family interview at a Gastown coffee shop. Not that there weren’t challenges. The Harmons’ 15-year-old dog Clough died during filming. “If you were on another set where we were alone, we probably would have been more capable of holding it in, but it’s difficult when you’re around your family because they’re going through the exact same thing,” said Jessica. “At the same time, it was easier, too, because they were there. We had each other.” If I Had Wings became a passion project

for Cynde the moment she read the script. “It was like a little piece of our family history, because both of the children had run cross country in school, and so did I,” she says. It took six years to secure the financing for If I Had Wings, and then 15 days to shoot it. Richard is Alex Taylor, a blind teen who prevails in cross-country running; Jessica is his coach. “They’re both extremely prepared, which makes me really proud,” says Allan of his Leo Award-winning children. “These were not easy roles. They needed a subtle nuance built into the parts, and both of them bring that in their own way.” For Richard, Alex is a departure from the charismatic, nasty characters he’s played in recent years on series such as Continuum and The Killing and films such as Evangeline (he’s a rapist in that one). Not only is Alex a nice guy, but being blind, “I had to put away the idea of always knowing or being aware of what I look like.” To prepare for the role, Richard avoided mirrors, and would blindfold himself and go running with a friend who’d direct the actor with his voice. He even sat in a movie theatre blindfolded and “watched” The Internship. “I wanted to understand how well I could make out a situation if I couldn’t see it, and I think I did pretty well,” he said. If I Had Wings also stars Lorne Cardinal (Corner Gas), Jill Hennessey (Crossing Jordan), and Jaren Brandt Bartlett (Arctic Air). “I cry every time I see the film,” says Cynde. “I can see it another several hundred times and not ever get tired of it.” The Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth features screenings, a talent lab, and a youth media lab and showcase. For details, visit If you work in our film and TV industry, Sabrina Furminger wants to hear your stories. Follow Sabrina on Twitter @sabrinarmf or send your news to

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Yvonne Bray of Pacific Spirit Pilates in South Granville says, “People need to know what an amazing method Pilates is for rehabilitation and for keeping you moving pain-free into your golden years.” Bray’s mission is to make Pilates accessible to the baby boomer and senior population (although she does work with all ages and

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Reel People: Shorts Afterparty won the William F. White Reel Canadian Indie award at the 2014 Canadian Film Fest in Toronto on March 22. The debut offering from Vancouver’s Sociable Films (Nicholas Carella, Ali Liebert, and Michelle Ouellet) screened to a sold-out crowd at The Royal. On March 16, Boston’s Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film honoured Vancouver actress Rebecca Jenkins for her work in such films as Marion Bridge, Wilby Wonderful, Past Perfect, and Whole New Thing. Jenkins also appears in the Chlotrudis Award Best Documentary nominee, Stories We Tell, bringing Sarah Polley’s mother, Diane, to cinematic life. Community-powered grant program STORYHIVE is now accepting applications from video content creators who’d like a shot at this year’s 10 x $10,000 grants. Unlike most grant programs, the community decides which projects receive the funding; votes determine the winners (who’ll also have their work featured on TELUS Optik TV). Applications will be accepted until March 30. Details at Vancouver animation powerhouse Nerd Corps continues its winning streak with the premiere of its first TV movie for red-hot

levels of fitness.) “I work with clients with a variety of physical painful issues as well as for strength training. “Many can barely make it in the door with back pain, arthritis, sciatica, shoulder, knee and foot issues, etc. All clients complete medical forms, and I work closely with health care professionals to ensure safety and the best possible outcome,” she says. A posture and gait analysis is completed along with muscle testing as needed. Exercises are modified and programs are designed to specifically suit the needs of each client. After addressing physical issues privately, some clients wish to do small group mat classes. Most classes have only three or four clients. “One thing I like to tell my clients is that ‘motion is lotion’ for the joints,” says Bray. “A client of mine, Janet Sinclair, would like others to know how Pilates has helped her with osteoarthritis: “When I first came to Pacific Spirit Pilates, I was limping and in pain. I was taking painkillers to sleep because of osteoarthritis. After about six weeks of Pilates private equipment sessions, I have no pain and I don’t limp,” says Sinclair. “I have not taken painkillers in a long time, and I sleep all night without awakening!” —Helen Peterson

original franchise Slugterra. Ghoul from Beyond premieres on Disney XD at 3pm on March 30. It’ll also be released on DVD later this spring. The Cinematheque presents From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg, a retrospective of films by celebrated Canadian director David Cronenberg. The series features newly struck 35mm prints and digital restorations of many of Cronenberg’s signature works, including Videodrome, Shivers, The Fly, Dead Ringers, and A History of Violence. April 3-May 2. More at The Vancouver date still needs to be confirmed, but rest assured, this is happening: Just For Cats: Internet Cat Video Festival will soon arrive in the 604. Get your lint rollers and catnip ready.

Hits from VIFF 2013 continue to screen: Down River has been held over at Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 3 Days in Havana (pictured) opens at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas on March 28, and That Burning Feeling — a comedy about STDs — opens on April 11.

El Tabador gets his own tv series By Nelson Bennett


l Tabador — the little animated pro wrestler with the Hispanic accent who left the ring to be brand ambassador for Koodo — is getting his own TV series. Carl Demarco, a former executive with World Wrestling Entertainment, has secured the rights from Koodo and its parent company, Telus, to create a new family-oriented TV series based around the El Tabador character. It will be a combination of live action and computer-generated animation: real actors will interact with the animated El Tabador character. It’s not the only pop culture figure that is migrating from one media format to another. Rovio Entertainment’s popular mobile game, Angry Birds, is being turned into a movie, and Vancouver’s Sony Pictures Imageworks studio has the contract to do most of the animation. Demarco said his 26-episode El Tabador TV series is still in early creative development, so he hasn’t chosen an animation studio yet. He did not rule out some of the work going to a Vancouver studio. Several Vancouver studios were represented at the Kidscreen Summit in New York, where Demarco was shopping around his new TV series. Kate Robb, manager of marketing for Koodo Mobile, said a TV series will be good for the company’s branding. “Whenever we test in a market, people know it’s a Koodo commercial immediately, as soon as they see him come through and they hear that voice,” Robb said. “They immediately associate it with Koodo. So the more exposure we have of El Tabador, the more our brand name will be known.” Story courtesy Business in Vancouver.


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A little art with your afternoon tea... In 1999, photographer Rob Smid started exploring Canada, capturing its beauty through film. He’s sharing those photos, and his passion for what they say about our country at the ShangriLa Hotel’s Xi Shi Lounge. As artist in residence until April 15, he’s even there on weekends (from 1 to 4pm) to tell guests the story behind each photo in Canada: The Light on Our Land. The menu for the afternoon tea, which is served daily from 11am to 5pm, is also Canada-inspired, ranging from a BC smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel to cinnamon dusted doughnuts with maple cream. $38 per person. — Kelci Nicodemus

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Pappas wraps up family fur Century-old business weathered history of Downtown Eastside By Sandra Thomas


family company that’s been selling high-fashion furs across the globe for more than 100 years will close its doors April 15. Constantine Pappas said Pappas Furs, on Hamilton Street across from Victory Square, has a long history in the city. “We’re the third generation of my family in the fur industry,” said Pappas, president of the company. George Pappas landed in New York from Greece after emigrating in 1910 and then moved to Prince George via San Francisco. He worked as a foreman during construction of the Grand Trunk railway line, overseeing a crew of about 200 men. His brother Theodore later joined him and began buying furs from the First Nations people he encountered. It didn’t take Theodore long to become a furrier and together the brothers

founded Pappas Furs. Constantine Pappas said it’s because of his family’s long history in dealing with eco-friendly suppliers with a focus on the humane treatment of animals that he’s never had any qualms about selling fur, despite the occasional protest targeting the store. “It’s part of my family’s heritage,” said Pappas, who’s worked at the store for 45 years. “In 1969 I worked three days a week while I went to university until I graduated with a degree in psychology. Later I took another full year off to get a teaching degree. I wanted to have a profession, but I’ve always worked in the store.” Pappas, who turns 63 in May, said his father waited until he was 85 to retire and then passed away at 88. “I never forgot what my father said to me before he died, ‘Don’t do what I did. You’re still young enough to enjoy yourself,’” said Pappas, who has no children who could take over the company. The top three floors of the 24,000-square-foot building, which is still owned by the Pappas family, are under construction. Pappas said the top floor will likely

become a restaurant, while the other floors and eventually the storefront will be rented out to other companies. Pappas noted the neighbourhood has undergone a huge transition in the past few decades adding it was a desirable neighbourhood at the time the Woolworth and Woodward’s department stores flourished nearby. He added that, with their eventual closures, the neighbourhood went downhill. “But with the redevelopment of the Woodward’s building it’s becoming a popular neighbourhood again,” said Pappas. He added it also helped when he and a group of local business owners and residents teamed up with the city and park board around 2000 to redevelop Victory Square across the road. They formed the Friends of Victory Square group and, with the help of the Vancouver Police Department, worked to reclaim the green space, which had become a hotbed of criminal activity and home to a group of squatters. With financial support from the federal and provincial governments, the project was finally completed in 2004.

Contantine Pappas is closing the doors of Pappas Furs doors after more than 100 years. Dan Toulgoet photo For now the longtime vegetarian has few plans with the exception of liquidating more than $2 million worth of furs and becoming a master herbalist, a study he’s been interested in for years. “I’ve been studying at a school of

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ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): I have coined a new word just for your horoscope this week. It’s “zex,” short for “zen sex.” Zex is a kind of sex in which your mind is at rest, empty of all thoughts. You breathe slowly and calmly, move slowly and calmly, grunt and moan slowly and calmly. You are completely detached from the sensual pleasure you are experiencing. You have no goals other than the intention to be free of all goals. Zex is the ONLY variety of sex I recommend for you right now, Aries. APRIL FOOL! I lied. Zex may be fine to practice at any other time, but not these days. The style of sex you need most is exuberant, unbridled, expansive, and even zany. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): In Somalia, there’s a law that forbids you from putting your used chewing gum on your nose and walking around in public. Fortunately, you don’t live there, so it’s fine if you want to do that. In fact, I encourage you to go right ahead. To do so would be right in alignment with the cosmic omens. APRIL FOOL! I lied. You should definitely not take yourself too seriously this week; you should look for opportunities to playfully lose your dignity and razz the status quo. But there are craftier ways to do that than by sticking gum on your nose. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Tata Massage is a salon in San Francisco that provides an unusual beauty treatment: face-slapping. The Thai masseuse named Tata claims to be improving your complexion as she smacks your cheeks and forehead with her hands. She also does “massage boxing,” in which she administers healthgiving punches to your body with her fists. Is there a comparable service available where you live? I highly recommend it. APRIL FOOL! I lied. Here’s the truth: You should be absolutely firm that you won’t tolerate whacks and wallops -- including the psychological kind -- even if they are supposedly good for you. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Now would be an excellent time to launch a new tradition or instigate a fresh trend or make a beautiful thing that will last for a thousand years. I’m talking about an amazing marvel or useful innovation or unique creation that will improve the lives of countless humans all over the planet for the next 40 generations. APRIL FOOL! I was exaggerating a bit. Producing something that will last a thousand years is too ambitious. How about if you simply launch a new tradition or instigate a fresh trend or create a beautiful thing that will last for the rest of your long life -- an amazing marvel or useful innovation or unique

horoscopes creation that will continue to teach and amuse you all along the way? LEO (JULY 23-AUGUST 22): Your patron saint for the next three months is surrealistic artist Salvador Dali. Regard him as your muse and role model. In fact, you might want to spout some of his famous declarations as if they were your own. Start with these: 1. “The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad.” 2. “I do not take drugs; I am drugs.” 3. “Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature.” 4. “Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.” APRIL FOOL! I lied. Salvador Dali is your patron saint, role model, and muse for only the next 14 days, not three months. VIRGO (AUGUST 23-SEPTEMBER 22): You know how Jesus could supposedly turn water into wine? Well, St. Brigit, a sixth-century Irish nun, was legendary for an even greater miracle. When visitors came to her monastery in Kildare, she changed her old bathwater into beer for them to drink. I think there’s a good chance you will develop that precise talent sometime soon. APRIL FOOL! I kind of lied. You won’t really possess St. Brigit’s supernatural power. However, you will have an uncanny ability to make transmutations that are almost as dramatic as changing bathwater to beer.

modulate your least attractive qualities. SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22-DECEMBER 21): To be in strict compliance with cosmic necessity, you should attend a party every day in the coming week. Dance ecstatically, make love abundantly, and expose yourself to previously unknown pleasures. Feast on a wide variety of food and drink that introduces you to novel tastes. Make sure you experience record levels of sensual enjoyment, nonstop excitement, and dynamic socializing. APRIL FOOL! I’m exaggerating, although just a little. Try doing a 70-percent version of what I advised. CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22-JANUARY 19): has a step-by-step guide to set up your home as a command center where you can pursue your plans for world domination. The article provides advice on how to build a surveillance system, encrypt your computer files, and prepare for black-outs and weather emergencies. Do it, Capricorn! Get the lowdown at secretlair. APRIL FOOL! I lied. You don’t really need to create a high-tech fortress. But you would be wise to make your home into more of an ultra-comfortable, super-inspiring sanctuary -- a place where you feel so safe and strong and smart that you will always have total power over yourself, and never feel driven to fulfill anyone else’s standards of success but your own.

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23-OCTOBER 22): The band Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last May. Guitarist Alex Lifeson delivered an unusual acceptance speech. For the two minutes he spoke, he repeated one word endlessly: “blah.” “Blah-blahblah,” he began. “Blah-blah-blah blah-blah blah-blah.” Many hand gestures and shifting vocal inflections accompanied his rap, always in support of variations on “blah-blah.” This is the spirit you should bring to all of your important conversations in the coming week. APRIL FOOL! I lied. In fact, the opposite is true. It’s crucial for you to speak very precisely and articulately in the coming week. Say exactly what you mean. Don’t rely on meaningless bullshit like “blah-blah.”

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20- FEBRUARY 18): The planetary omens suggest that you need to experience all possible flavors of Doritos corn chips. Here’s the problem: The place where you live offers only a limited range. That’s why I urge you to drop everything and travel to Japan, which is the world leader in Dorito variety. There you can sample coconut curry-flavored Doritos, along with fried chicken, corn soup, smoked bacon, tuna and mayonnaise, and many others. Buy your plane ticket now! APRIL FOOL! I lied. The truth is, you will benefit from communing with a wide variety of sensations and experiences and ideas in many areas of your life, not just Doritos.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23-NOVEMBER 21): When a human embryo begins to develop in the womb, the very first body part that appears is -- can you guess? -- the anus. This scientific fact led the witty commentators at to declare that “Every human being starts out as an asshole.” They were making a joke, of course, hinting that every one of us has an unattractive quality or two that make us at least a little bit of a jerk. That’s the bad news, Scorpio. The good news is that you now have an unprecedented chance to transform the asshole aspects of your personality. APRIL FOOL! I lied. You’re not an asshole, not even a little bit. But it is true that the coming weeks will be an excellent time to try to fix or at least

PISCES (FEBRUARY 19-MARCH 20): According to a survey by Public Policy Polling, four percent of the population believes that “shape-shifting reptilian people control our world by taking on human form and gaining political power to manipulate our societies.” My own research suggests that 62 percent of those believers are Pisceans. Are you one? If so, now is a good time to intensify your fight against the shape-shifting reptilian people. APRIL FOOL! I lied. In fact, I strongly encourage you NOT to feed your paranoid delusions and fearful reveries. This should be a time when you bolster your positive fantasies, constructive visions, and inspiring dreams.



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ive the students from the Design Formation program at Langara College some craft paper, twine, coffee filters, packing tape and a few thumb tacks and watch them very closely — you have to see the results to believe them. Within three weeks these students created exquisite gowns and dresses too delicate to wear but too beautiful not to display. The impressive works of art are now, for the first time, on display in Oakridge Centre’s East Galleria until April 6. The exhibit features 15 hand-crafted paper dresses emulating designs from Alexander McQueen, Dior and vintage Balenciaga.


Students from Langara College have created paper replicas of famous designs. Above: The first dress, with long sleeves, is Penny Walter doing Alexander McQueen, Spring 2009, followed by Bryan Villamor recreating Ulyana Sergeenko, Fall 2013. Right: Rachelle Oh emulating Elie Saab, Spring 2009. Supplied photos



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ETHEL WILSON FICTION PRIZE: Théodora Armstrong, Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility (House of Anansi Press) • Janie Chang, Three Souls (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.) • Cynthia Flood, Red Girl Rat Boy (Biblioasis) • Ashley Little, Anatomy of a Girl Gang (Arsenal Pulp Press) • Kathryn Para, Lucky (Mother Tongue Publishing) RODERICK HAIG-BROWN REGIONAL PRIZE: Sean Kheraj, Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History (University of British Columbia Press) • Rolf Knight, Voyage Through the Past Century (New Star Books) • David Stouck, Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life (Douglas & McIntyre) • Graeme Truelove, Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics (New Star Books) • Robin K. Wright, Daina Augaitis (eds), with Haida Advisors Robert Davidson and James Hart, Charles Edenshaw (Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing) HUBERT EVANS NON-FICTION PRIZE: Arno Kopecky, The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway (Douglas & McIntyre) • J.B. MacKinnon, The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be (Random House of Canada) • Bev Sellars, They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School (Talonbooks) • Jane Silcott, Everything Rustles (Anvil Press) • David Stouck, Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life (Douglas & McIntyre) DOROTHY LIVESAY POETRY PRIZE: Jordan Abel, The Place of Scraps (Talonbooks) • Catherine Greenwood, The Lost Letters (Brick Books) • Jennica Harper, Wood (Anvil Press) • Renée Sarojini Saklikar, children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections (Nightwood Editions) • Russell Thornton, Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain (Harbour Publishing) CHRISTIE HARRIS ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN’S LITERATURE PRIZE: Not Your Typical Dragon, by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Tim Bowers (Viking Children’s Books) • Wild Berries, by and illustrated by Julie Flett (Simply Read Books) • When I Was Eight, by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret PokiakFenton, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard (Annick Press) • The Great Bear Sea: Exploring the Marine Life of a Pacific Paradise, by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read, illustrated by Ian McAllister (Orca Book Publishers) • How To, by and illustrated by Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books) SHEILA A. EGOFF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE PRIZE: Becky Citra, If Only (Orca Book Publishers) • Ari Goelman, The Path of Names (Scholastic Canada) • Silvana Goldemberg (by), translated by Emilie Smith, Victoria (Tradewind Books) • Ashley Little, The New Normal (Orca Book Publishers) • Robin Stevenson, Record Breaker (Orca Book Publishers) BILL DUTHIE BOOKSELLERS’ CHOICE AWARD: Jesse Donaldson, This Day in Vancouver (Anvil Press) • Grant Lawrence, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie (Douglas & McIntyre) • Michael Layland, The Land of Heart’s Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island (TouchWood Editions) • Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, Raven Brings the Light (Harbour Publishing) • Paula Wild, The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous (Douglas & McIntyre)

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1 1 Architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG, Westbank principal Ian Gillespie and architect James Cheng at the Mar. 20 media tour of the Gesamtkunstwerk exhibit that chronicles the evolution of Vancouver House. 2 James Ong, board chair of Out On Screen; Drew Dennis, executive director Out On Screen; Martin Spencer of Affinity Auto, performer Joan-E and Trevor Kramer of Affinity Auto at the Friends & Company March Mingler, held at Affinity Auto on March 21. 3 Lifestyle reporter Mana Mansour hosted the Sunday

Occasion spring fashion show at Pacific Centre March 9 in support of Coast Mental Health. 4 Ramesh Rajan and Samuel Araki from LocalTrifecta Marketing were greeted by Owly at a HootSuite event Mar. 20 5 Duncan Blair of Invoke Labs, Vivian Chan of Wavefront and Cindy Cheng of OMG Social Media at HootSuite. 6 Native Shoes creative director Mark Gainor and CEO Scott Hawthorne at the launch of the 2014 collection March 11 at Walrus Home.

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You can put things and people into it. It’s little, yet big inside BY BRENDAN McALEER

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Here’s the difference between Canada and the USA: Americans are the only ones to get the Chevy SS, which is basically a four-door Corvette; Canadians are the only folks to get one last go at a 132hp four-cylinder hatchback. Where they salute the flag to red rockets in air and revolutionary cannon fire, we retire early to bed with the dulcet tones of Peter Mansbridge ringing in our ears, and thoughts of a nice cuppa of Red Rose tea in the morning. Yes, occasionally we Canadians unleash Beast Mode when handed a length of timber and told that the other guys have the puck, but mostly we’re laidback, and reserved, and conservative. The Matrix is a very Canadian sort of car, and a decade or so after its introduction, the Yankees have decided they don’t want it any more. We, on the other hand, apparently can’t get enough of the thing, so it’s back again for 2014 like one last Rush reunion tour.


The Matrix is built in Cambridge, Ontario, and is sort of the Canadian tuxedo of cars. If ever a machine were to wear all denim attire, this’d be it. A vast amount of puffy sheet metal seems to dwarf the 16” steel wheels (17” alloys are available as an option), and the greenhouse of the car clusters atop the vehicle like the conning tower on the Seabus. Where newer machines find their ad campaigns crammed with words like “aggressive,” “dynamic,” and “emotional,” the Matrix is none of those things. The Matrix isn’t stylish, it’s simply there. The optional S package does add a tiny bit of pizzazz, with the aforementioned 17” alloys, front and rear aero-kit and a rear hatch spoiler, but it’s still a tad hum-drum. This is not a flashy car. That wouldn’t be very Canadian.


The Matrix carries a Toyota badge up front, but

judging from the insides, a Rubbermaid one would be far more appropriate. While the Corolla now looks reasonably upscale inside, to the point of including a stitched-look dash, the Matrix is from the old school Toyota line, and is festooned inside with plasticnot-so-fantastic. The driver’s seat fabric does look pretty durable, but the armrests are unyielding. Rear seat room is surprisingly good, and while taller folks might not find the little Toyota to be especially comfortable, everybody else will. What’s more, the rear cargo area remains exemplary. It’s all plastic too, but that just means it’s highly durable and capable of handling bags of soil for the home gardner, or wet dogs, or lumberjack equipment. The seats fold as flat as the prairies – not always that common in the hatchback market – and the S model includes a flat-folding passenger seat as well. If you’re used to “S” standing for “sport”, then in this case, the sport is cross-country skiing. The controls are simple and easy to use. One of the three rings of the gauge cluster is flattened, as if somebody sat on it, but they’re easy to read. It’s all a combination of slightly outdated, but familiar and unchallenging.


Underneath the Matrix’s truncated hood, one will find a 1.8L, 132hp four-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox, or a four-speed automatic. In today’s world of CVTs, direct-injection, and smalldisplacement turbochargers, this sort of hardware is the motoring equivalent of Fred Flinstone’s feet. The suspension too, is not set up for corner-carving, and the traction control is as nervous as a new parent watching a toddler near a puddle. If a wheel so much as thinks about spinning, it scurries in to the rescue, flapping its electronic arms anxiously and urging you to be careful. And yet, for all that, it’s not so bad. What we have here, on the face of it, appears to be some sort of car. The pedal on the right makes it go, and the pedal on the left makes it stop. You can put things and people into it. It’s little, yet big inside. The road noise is really quite loud – some research indicates this may be down to Toyota’s choice of OEM tires, but the echo

chamber of all this plastic inside is surely partly to blame. All hatchbacks can be boomy, and the Matrix is no exception. It is not fast, and body roll is pronounced. While there once was a performance model in the Matrix range, the sprightly 180hp XRS, this current car is essentially a Corolla hatchback, and it is not at all interested in zippy driving. The manual might be a little better here. So there are a few demerits on the sheet, which makes it sound like a vehicle that is no longer competitive - but not so fast, literally, not so fast. The Matrix is not cutting edge, its working class. It’s a steadfast hauler, a people-mover, a machine that puts its shoulder to the wheel and pushes. As it’s been around so long it’s sturdy and reliable, and the simplicity of its packaging eschews flashin-the-pan goodies for tough essentials. What could be more Canadian than that?


Your basic Matrix comes with power door locks and windows, but you must pay extra for the convenience package to get air-conditioning. The convenience package also adds Bluetooth connectivity, an upgrade to six-speaker stereo, cruise control and keyless entry. The touring package is basically a sunroof and alloy wheels affair, and the top-line S package adds in the front and rear fascias and the rear spoiler. No navigation is available. Safety features are good, with standard ABS and traction control joining eight passenger airbags. Disc brakes are standard at all four corners, and for an older design, the Matrix still retains good side and front impact results. Fuel economy ratings are solidly average at 8.1L/100kms in the city and 6.3L/100kms on the highway. Observed mixedmileage was just under 9L/100kms.

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Spacious storage; simple layout; plenty of interior room; reliable

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Outdated powertrain; plastic interior; plain styling

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hroughout the six-day Vancouver International Auto Show, more than 80,000 visitors from the Lower Mainland and beyond will visit the Vancouver Convention Centre to be immersed in all things automotive. Twenty-two of the world’s greatest auto manufacturers will showcase 400 new models of cars, SUVs, trucks, hybrids and more, until March 30. As western Canada’s largest trade and consumer event, the Auto Show celebrates our love affair with the automobile and displays include not only what’s new but also what’s next in the industry. This year’s exhibits range from a digital history of the automobile to the very best of exotic and luxury vehicles from the most prestigious nameplates in the world. Within every square inch of the Convention Centre, the Auto Show pays homage to the industry’s colourful past and generates excitement for the innovative designs of the future.


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Bark is as bad her bite As I was approaching a building I manage, I saw a dog wandering onto the grass to do its business, despite the sign saying “Please Keep Off Grass”. Knowing that the dog likely cannot read, but assuming that the owner can, I said to the owner, “You do realize that you’re standing right next to a sign saying keep off the grass, right?” Her reply blew me away. She said, “How am I supposed to control where the dog goes?” Looking at the leash in her hand (the other end of which was not attached to the dog in any way) I advised her that this is what the leash was for. Upon this revelation, she told me to mind my own business. I replied that it was my business as I maintain the lawn there. That must have been it for her — she must have run out of ammo — as she simply yelled at me to “F#%* off!” Wow! I’ve seen entitled dog owners before, but this woman really took the cake! Anonymous

Poodle skirts danger On a recent Tuesday, a black and white poodle got loose from its owner. Lots of people tried to help protect him from traffic. Well, Im happy to report to all concerned that dog and owner were happily reunited by the park in Coal Harbour. I would have felt bad had I not known, so I’d just like to let everyone know who were kind enough to help. Jeff, bystander

Reconnected I just want to thank the person — people, actually — who found my iPhone on Saturday night at Alvin Narod Mews in Yaletown. When I couldn’t find my phone, I asked a perfect stranger if he could please call it for me — which he did, despite a low battery, so thank you to you as well! To verify that I was the owner, I identified the phone’s case to the woman who had it and arranged to meet her. When I went to her building, she told me that someone (apparently) had found it outside and put it on a table in her lobby, likely assuming a resident there had lost it. How lucky was I to have two people handle my phone and both be honest about it?! Thank you to each of you for your honesty and for restoring a bit of faith in humanity. John Merzetti

PLEASE READ THE FINE PRINT: Offers valid until March 31, 2014. See for complete details on all cash back offers. In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between Toyota prices, rates and/or other information contained on and that contained on, the latter shall prevail. Errors and omissions excepted. 2014 Corolla CE 6M Manual BURCEM-A MSRP is $17,540 and includes $1,545 freight and pre-delivery inspection, tire levy, battery levy and air conditioning federal excise tax. *Lease example: 1.9% Lease APR for 60 months on approved credit. Semi-Monthly payment is $87 with $900 cash back applied as a down payment. Total Lease obligation is $11,340. Lease 60 mos. based on 100,000 km, excess km charge is $.07. Applicable taxes are extra. Down payment, first semi-monthly payment and security deposit plus GST and PST on first payment and full down payment are due at lease inception. 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A security deposit is not required on approval of credit. ††Finance example: 0.9% finance for 60 months, upon credit approval, available on 2014 Sienna CE. Applicable taxes are extra. †††Up to $2500 Non-Stackable Cash Back available on select 2014 Sienna models. No cash back on 2014 Sienna CE V6. 2014 Tundra Double Cab SR5 4.6L 4x4 Automatic UM5F1T-A MSRP is $36,640 and includes $1,815 freight and pre-delivery inspection, tire levy, battery levy and air conditioning federal excise tax. ‡Lease example: 1.9% Lease APR for 60 months on approved credit. Semi-Monthly payment is $175 with $4,000 down payment. Total Lease obligation is $24,940. Lease 60 mos. based on 100,000 km, excess km charge is $.15. Applicable taxes are extra. Down payment, first semi-monthly payment and security deposit plus GST and PST on first payment and full down payment are due at lease inception. A security deposit is not required on approval of credit. ‡‡Finance example: 0.9% finance for 72 months, upon credit approval, available on 2014 Tundra. Applicable taxes are extra. ‡‡‡Up to $4000 Non-Stackable Cash Back available on select 2014 Tundra models. Non-stackable cash back on 2014 Tundra Double Cab SR5 4.6L 4x4 Automatic is $4000. Stackable Cash Back offers may be combined with Toyota Financial Services (TFS) lease or finance rates. Vehicle must be purchased, registered and delivered by March 31, 2014. Cash incentives include taxes and are applied after taxes have been charged on the full amount of the negotiated price. See for complete details on all cash back offers. Non-stackable Cash Back offers may not be combined with Toyota Financial Services (TFS) lease or finance rates. If you would like to lease or finance at standard TFS rates (not the above special rates), then you may be able to take advantage of Cash Customer Incentives. 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Toyota semi-monthly lease program based on 24 payments per year, on a 60-month lease, equals 120 payments, with the final 120th payment waived by Toyota Financial Services. Competitive bi-weekly lease programs based on 26 payments per year, on a 60-month lease, equals 130 payments. Not open to employees of Toyota Canada, Toyota Financial Services or TMMC/TMMC Vehicle Purchase Plan. Some conditions apply. See your Toyota dealer for complete details. Visit your Toyota BC Dealer or for more details. Some conditions apply; offers are time limited and may change without notice. Dealer may lease/sell for less.

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about the benefits of new vehicles and the range of offerings from each of the world’s best manufacturers. On behalf of the New Car Dealers Association, we thank the manufacturers who have chosen the Vancouver International Auto Show to present their newest models and the city of Vancouver for supporting the auto industry year after year. Finally, we thank the residents of British Columbia and the out-of-province visitors for coming to the Show for the past nine plus decades.

And the future of the industry is looking exceptionally bright. Canadians purchased a recordsetting 1.74 million cars last year: a four per cent increase over 2012 and just the second time in history that the market has ever surpassed 1.7 million units. In British Columbia alone, new auto sales account for over $10 billion annually in economic activity. This shows that Canadians are confident in BC’s as well as the nation’s economy. It also shows that Canadians are confident in the quality and selection of vehicles on the market. It is clear that manufacturers today are aiming to fulfill the needs of all types of drivers through a focus on an extensive range of models and features: fuel efficiency and safety, high-tech equipment and accessories, varied pricing options, and vehicles that blur the lines of traditional automotive categories – like compact SUVs and hybrid sports cars. All of these features show that vehicle manufacturers really are striving to give drivers what they want. That’s why, even after 94 years, the New Car Dealers Association of BC continues to present the Vancouver Auto Show, as the best place to learn

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